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Posted on Jul 14, 2016
Katherine Felpel was installed as the new Reading Rotary President for 2016-17 at an installation dinner held on June 24. Here President Katherine and Past President Bob watch Katherine's daughters Alyssa and Lauren who lead the assembly in the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
Posted on Jun 15, 2016
Rotarians, Mark Beckley and David Burnham, making cotton candy at Friends and Family Day on June 11, 2015.
Posted on May 26, 2016
The Rotary Club of Reading recently participated in a project with End Hunger New England to prepare, pack and pay for 30,000 meals. Members of the Rotary Club joined a team of over 70 Rotarians, friends and family at the Non-Profit Center in Boston on an early Saturday morning in May. The project started at 7:30 am when Rotarians brought the production line and raw materials from curb side on South Street up to the second floor where the event was held. Matthew Martin, the area director for Outreach, Inc., parent company of End Hunger New England, provided a brief overview of their mission and instructions on how to maximize the process.
As part of the Rotary District 7930's Conference and Assembly, the project funded the first 10,000 fortified macaroni and cheese meals. Project Coordinator and Stoneham Rotarian David Gardner explained, "It was up to those in attendance to package those meals as well as fund the additional meals to reach our goal of 30,000 meals. As the meals were packaged and the results reported, the donations began. Peabody Rotary began with an initial donation of $500 and Stoneham, Topsfield/Boxford/Middleton Rotary, Wakefield Rotary, and Winchester Rotary followed suit with matching pledges." Reading Rotary also contributed $500. An additional $1,750 was donated personally by volunteers during project. By the end, with the final pledge of $250 from the Rotary District, the project fully funded the 30,000 meals.
Already, the delivery process has begun with meals being delivered to our local community food pantries and outreach centers. Rotary District Governor David Manzi noted, “We’re well aware that many people in our communities are just a paycheck away from needing their local pantry. It’s been our honor to begin our Homelessness and Hunger Initiative this year and seemed appropriate that we spend some time during our conference in service to others.” Reading Rotary Club President Bob Hayes added, “We at Reading Rotary are especially glad to work on another hunger project; we have Rotarians delivering food from the Boston Food Bank to the Reading Food Pantry every week all year. So this kind of community service means a lot to us.”
Posted on May 08, 2016
Please note that our regular Luncheon Meeting on May 9, 2016 is moved from the Reading Schools Administration Office (Superintendent's Office) to the Coolidge Middle School Multipurpose Room. Our regular meeting room is not available that day. We will be back at the Superintendent's Office for our next meeting.
Posted on May 03, 2016
Students and faculty from Austin Prep spoke to the Reading Rotary on May 2 about their service trip to rural Peru. AP students, Pedro, Kate and Crystal were our Speakers. They were among 18 total students on a trip this February who dedicated their off time to help those in need. They were accompanied by two AP faculty members, including Reading Rotarian Michael McLaughlin, Head of Austin Prep Middle School.
They traveled to the Sacred Valley of the Incas near Cusco and Machu Picchu. They stayed with host families and preformed community service, including painting classrooms in the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Urubamba. They mixed bricks the traditional way, with their feet, and repaired walls and improved paths leading to the school in the Andes. They also had the chance to visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and learn salsa dancing.
The student speakers were very impressive as they related how these families in this very remote area had so little, including limited access to sanitary facilities and clean water. The Austin students also interacted with homeless children putting together packs of items and food and distributing them. This was a first time Austin conducted this service trip to Peru, but there are hopes to be able to repeat this service project.
Posted on Apr 29, 2016
Thanks to Salem Five and Shelley Murray for being such great hosts for our Rotary Social on April 27. It was a great opportunity to socialize with Rotarians and friends. Salem Five also generously donated a door prize. The winner: Chris Kelley.
Posted by TJK
The public is invited to our Rotary Social on Wed., April 27, starting at 5:30 at Salem Five Bank on Walkers Brook Drive. Rotarian Shelley Murray of Salem 5 is hosting. Please also note that we do not have our regular Monday luncheon meeting on Mon., April 25. The Rotary Social is a time Rotarians, guests, friends and any persons interested in Rotary to get together in an informal setting. Please come to mingle. Refreshments will be served.
Posted on Apr 11, 2016
Max McMillan and Angela Cincis (Home Base Vet Outreach Coordinator) spoke to us on today regarding Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation program for Veteran support. Max, a 1980 RMHS grad, is running the Run to Home Base to raise funds for Home Base. He has created a team, Team GJH, in honor of Reading childhood friend General Jack Hammond, Director of Home Base. Max's Team goal is to raise $1 million over 20 years for Home Base. Run To Home Base will be run on July 23. It is a 9K race which starts and finishes at Fenway Park. Team GJH is having its First Annual team GJH Fundraiser at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, Massachusetts on June 11.
Home Base provides clinical care to returning Veterans and their families. It is partnered with MGH.
Reading Rotary is donating $1,000.00 to Team GJH.
You can donate to Team GJH here or reach them on Facebook. You can reach Max by email here for info regarding the Fundraiser (Sponsorships, Donations or Tickets).
Pictured are Rotarian Brian Snell, Max McMillan and Angela Cincis.
Posted on Mar 29, 2016
Cadette Girl Scout Samantha presented her Silver Award Project to Reading Rotary on March 28. She is raising money to install Buddy Benches at all 5 Reading elementary Schools. Reading Rotary has agreed to purchase one of the benches. Most Silver Award Projects are group projects, however, Samantha is working on this project by herself. A Buddy Bench is a place at the playground for children to sit when they can use a Buddy to play with. Donations can be maid to the Buddy Bench Fund c/o Gibbs, 9 Priscilla Road, Reading or contact Lisa Gibbs for details. Sammy gave an impressive presentation.
Reading Rotary Charitable Trust is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donors can deduct contributions under IRC Section 170, including tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts. Reading Rotary Charitable Trust's EIN is 47-7416401.
Please mark your calendars for Bunco Game Night on January 30, 2016. This is a fun and popular event lead by Brian Crosby. The dice will be flying at The Residence at Pearl Street (formerly called Longwood Place), 75 Pearl Street. Doors open at 7 pm.
Posted on Jan 25, 2016
Eleven brave (crazy?) Team Members representing Reading Rotary and RMHS Interact plunged into the ocean at Long Beach, Gloucester on Saturday, Jan 23. Rotarians, John Doherty, Gregg Johnson, KC Latham, Kathy Felpel and David Chase along with RMHS students, TJ Kelley, Sam Johnson, Alex May, Camille Arel and Abbie Novello, plus 12 year old Alyssa Felpel braved brutal winds and a wicked undertow to dunk for Polio Eradication. Team Reading has raised over $6,200 to date, but it is not too late to donate. You may donated online (https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/polio/team/Reading%20Rotary), by check (payable to Rotary Foundation) or with cash.
Jim Major presented President Bob a Certificate of Appreciate for Reading Rotary's support of the District Rotoplast Project. The Rotoplast team performed 122 cleft palate surgeries during its mission to the Philippines in 2015.
A shout out to our own Dr. John Doherty whose stewardship over the Reading Public Schools was recognized on the front page of the Jan. 6 Boston Globe. Congrats for the well deserved recognition, John! A great example of service to the children of Reading.
Reading Rotarians along with RMHS Interact Students are participating in the Polar Plunge for polio eradication. Dr. John Doherty, Gregg Johnson and KC Latham are among those braving the icy waters for this District 7930 Fundraiser.
Your donation will help the cold waters feel warmer. To donate online: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/polio/team/Reading%20Rotary
Posted on Dec 14, 2015
The Reading Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Dr. Jim Hickey, Sue Belanger, Kelly Herrity and Michael McLaughlin, all staff members from Austin Preparatory School have been has been inducted as the our members. Austin Prep has become a corporate member of Reading Rotary. Corporate membership is a new membership category that Reading Rotary has recently implemented. Dr. Hickey, the Headmaster at Austin, told us that he was pleased that he and several of his fellow AP staff members could join Rotary as AP is looking for ways to expand its involvement in the Reading community.
Austin is an independent Catholic school for boys and girls from grades six through twelve. Austin was founded by the Augustinian Order in Reading in 1961. Dr. Hickey was appointed Headmaster in 2013 and has overseen a major development effort including the recent opening of a brand new, state of the art, lighted football field. We are proud to have Austin represented in our Club once again!
Posted on Nov 30, 2015
This week Reading Rotarians will be visiting the Kindergarten classes in all 5 Reading elementary schools to read stories and give each Kindergarten student reading books together with a drawstring backpack. This Reading Rotary project is in RI's Literacy Area of Focus. Our Project was inspired by Mary Kate Kelley's Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Mary Kate is one of the founding members and a Past President of the RMHS Interact Club.
Posted on Nov 30, 2015
Going to Reading Education Foundation's Festival of Trees? Come by and say hi to us. We'll be selling Cotton Candy.
The Festival of Trees is being held Sat., Dec. 5, 12 -9, and Sun., Dec. 6, 10-5 at the Parker Middle School.
For info, you can visit REF's website.
Posted on Nov 23, 2015
Are you heading to the Reading Football game on Thanksgiving morning? Fuel up at the Reading Rotary & RMHS Interact Pancake Breakfast at the RMHS Cafeteria. Breakfast is 8-10 am. $10 for Adults; $5 for Kids; Under 5 Free. Plus, you can purchase your Football Game tickets at the Breakfast and avoid a long line.
When you're at the Game, please stop by the Snack Shack and say hi to the Rotarians!
Our Fall Auction was a great success. We had a fantastic time and raised a lot of funds for Reading Rotary's local, national and international community service projects. Thank you so much to all our Sponsors, Donors, Guests and Family Members without whom we could not make it happen. This year's Auction had the most Guests and raised more money than any previous event. Thanks again to all and come back next year!
Posted by Tim Kelley
We have so many fantastic items at the Auction. Have fun and help raise funds for many great charitable causes. The universally acknowledged funniest men in Reading, John Douglass and Steve Chuha, are the Auctioneers once again! Don't miss out!
16th Annual Reading Rotary Auction
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, MA
Live & Silent Auctions, Buffet Dinner, Cash bar, Drawings, DJ
Reading Rotary will be holding our 16th Auction Fundraiser. What we have run as an Oktoberfest Auction for the past several years will this year be on Friday, November 20 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading. Please save the date and come support Rotary and all our community causes.
Please note that we are now meeting at Bertucci's at 45 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading. Our regular venue, Sanborn Place, is temporarily unavailable for our meetings. Please check our website and calendar for changes. Thanks for understanding and we hope to see you as a visitor to Reading Rotary.
Don't Miss Taste of Metro North. Take a break from the snow and sample the offerings of dozens of local restaurants. This event gets more popular every year. It is jointly sponsored by North Reading and Reading Rotary Clubs. Come to RMHS Fieldhouse, 5:30-7:30. Buy your tickets online at http://tasteofmetronorth.com before the event and save.
Thanks to all who helped make our Oktoberfest Auction a great success. Our 15th Annual Auction looks to be our most successful event. We worked hard and had a great time and hope all our guests did, too. Thanks to our Sponsors, our Donors, Family and Friends who worked behind the scenes, and to our Guests/Bidders.
Proceeds will go to many local and world wide causes.
And finally, thanks to Auctioneers, Hans and Franz!
Posted by Tim Kelley on Jun 23, 2014
Congratulations to Reading Schools and Superintendent/Reading Rotary President Elect, Dr. John Doherty, for recognition by the US Department of Education. US Ed Sec, Arne Duncan, will visit Coolidge Middle School on Wed., Mar. 12, 2014, for roundtable discussion with Reading staff and others regarding the progress and benefits of implementing current initiatives. Reading was chosen because of Reading’s leadership with several state initiatives and its commitment to prepare students for college and career readiness.
Please come join us for lunch to see what Rotary is all about. We meet most Mondays at Sanborn Place at 12:15 for lunch. In lieu of our regular Monday meeting usually once a month we have a Rotary Social Night at a local restaurant or business on a Wednesday evening. See our calendar for dates.