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Service Above Self

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Mondays at 12:15 PM
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Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
Sometimes we mix it up. Check out our schedule: http://www.readingmarotary.org/events/calendar
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We have had an inspiring initial response to our fundraising effort for RMHS Senior Signs.  Since March 23, the community has donated over $2,300.00.  We are close to fully funding this project and there is time for people to donate, if they would still like to do so.
 
Here's the Paypal link or send a check to Reading Rotary Charitable Trust, PO Box 61, Reading, MA 01867.
 
We were so pleased how this project turned out last year, especially seeing so many students and their family and friends walking through the Town Hall lawn to find their sign.
 
We are again so delighted to head up this community project for the Class of 2021.  
 
A heartfelt thank you from Reading Rotary for the generosity of all those who have donated to support the Senior Class.
We have had a such a great response from the elementary schools regarding our Rotary Readers books and backpacks delivered to all Reading Public Schools Kindergarteners and First Graders.  
 
We have had just two Rotarians send videos of them reading, so we can use more to send along to the schools.  Thanks John Douglass and Lisa Gibbs for your videos.
 
Please forward a video of you (or anyone else for that matter) reading a picture book for K or Grade 1 to me and I'll forward it to the schools.
 
For the first time in over a year, we held our first in person lunch meeting this Monday.  Thanks to Fusilli's for accommodating us with a private meeting room.  People were masked and distanced and many have received their vaccines.  We are testing out how receptive people are to meeting this way.  Please check the calendar for the schedule and whether we're meeting on Zoom on in person.
 
Our next meeting will be and Evening Social on April 14, the location to be determined. We are also working on doing this meeting as a hybrid, so people can participate both in person and remotely.
In 2023 Reading Rotary will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary.  Other Rotaries in District 7930 who will also marking their Centennial are:  Danvers, Newburyport, Marblehead, Gloucester; Ipswich, Medford, Somerville and Stoneham
 
District Governor Nominee Alexander Falk is organizing a meeting of these Clubs on Monday, March 29 at 7 pm via Zoom to begin discussions regarding a large joint celebration.
 
If interested in participating, let Jenn Rogers know for the Zoom info.  
 
Another note is that Reading needs a President for 2022-23.  This could be you at the helm during this momentous year.  Please feel free to discuss with Jenn, John Douglass, Mike Collins or any other Past President.  It's the best job in Rotary and something all Rotarians should experience (at least once).
Rotary Readers is our annual literacy project where we give 2 reading books and a backpack to Reading Public Schools students in kindergarten and first grade.  Over 550 literacy bags were delivered by Rotarians to the five Reading elementary schools.  We delivered them to the school offices.  In non-pandemic times, we would schedule Rotarians to read to each class.  This year we are doing the reading virtually.
 
This literacy project has been adapted from our previous dictionary, then thesaurus giveaways.  We heard from teachers that they preferred to have the younger students receive reading books.
 
This is one of our most rewarding and fun projects to bring these bookbags into the classrooms.  Here's hoping that 2022 will allow us to get back into the schools to read.  (Mask up and stay safe, all!)
 
We are still looking for readers.  If you can record a video of yourself reading a book appropriate for K or Grade 1, please send it to Tim this week..
Reading Rotary will again lead a community project to place a sea of signs in front of Town Hall for each RMHS Senior.  The pandemic has forced us all to adapt and graduating Class of 2021 has had to re-imagine the big events of their Senior year.  Last year, Rotary printed a sign for every Senior.  We will oversee the printing of sign for this year's Senior, too.  The costs have risen and all donations will be appreciated by Rotary and by these students.
 
Please consider making a donation to defray the cost.  https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LZAU2626ULBYC
The results of our recent election have been tabulated and certified.  Congratulations to next year's Officers and Directors!
 
President:  John Douglass
President Elect: Vacant
Vice President:  Vacant
Immediate Past President: Jenniffer Rogers
Secretary: David Traniello
Treasurer: Mike Bonsey
Directors: Lisa Gibbs; Mike Collins; Sheila Clarke; Kathy Kinney; Gregg Johnson; Tim Kelley.
 
Thanks to all who volunteered to serve in club leadership.  Special thanks to John for stepping into the President's role again.
 
Please note that we need a President Elect and a Vice President.  Volunteers for these roles are welcome.  Please don't be shy.
 
Please join us for our evening meeting this week, Wed., Feb. 17 at 6 pm on Zoom.
 
We will be featuring a speaker, Jennifer Cummings Hillery.  Jennifer is a Reading resident, who many likely know.  She belongs to Speaker Sisterhood, a public speaking club.
 
Jennifer will present on "Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch."  Elevator pitches are useful not just in the business setting for for any volunteer work.  Jennifer recently presented to the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.  Please attend and bring friends.
We are excited to start this new year with great news: The Rotary Foundation has been honored with Charity Navigator's Four Star rating for the 13th year in a row. 
 
"Your achievement and 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts,” says Michael Thatcher, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator. "This exceptional designation sets the Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
 
 
You may have noticed that I am now the Editor of the Rotary District 7930 eBulletin.
 
This year, I joined the District Public Image Committee.  Andy Maddox of Rockport Rotary and I have taken on this role from Tracy Arabian.  Tracy was Editor for several years.  She stepped down because she will be the incoming President of the Gloucester club.
 
The District eBulletin is bi-weekly.  Please review to stay updated on District goings on.  I will greatly appreciate it!
 
I am not so rigid in sending out the Reading Rotary Nut, which is "periodic," or whenever we have enough content.  Please let me know if you have any news Rotary or not to be included.
Each year Reading Rotary partners with the community for the Adopt-a-Family project for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Rotary works with the local organization ReadingCares and the Town to coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meals for Thanksgiving and meals and gifts at Christmas.  Donor drop off in the first shift, then recipient families pick up their food and gifts during a later shift. 
 
There were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Reading Rotary’s efforts were coordinated by Gregg Johnson and John Douglass.
 
This is a truly inspirational and humbling event to see the community come together to help others.  The generosity of the donors is overwhelming.
 
Thanks also to DPW employees, Reading Elder Services, RPD and all the other folks (especially the donors) who bring this together.  Service Above Self, indeed.
Join us in congratulating Art Hayden on two recent milestones.  Number one, Art recently retired from his printing business.  Congrats and well wishes on this new chapter.  Enjoy yourself.
 
Number two, Art was recently married to his new bride, Patty.  Those of us who could make it to our Holiday Evening Meeting on Dec. 16 were lucky to meet Patty remotely.  Congrats to Art and Patty.  Here's to the happy couple!
Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of Reading Fall Street Faire Bingo, Laura DeMichele!
 
Laura was the lucky winner drawn from the qualifying entries.  The winner was eligible to receive $500 in gift cards to local businesses.  Laura generously donated $250 of her winnings to the Adopt-a-Family Program.  In addition, Laura opted to gift cards to the Tin Bucket, Pamplemousse and Whitelam Books.
 
Thanks to our sponsor for this event:  Northern Bank.
 
Thanks also to Lisa Egan and the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce for running this promotion with us.  
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Reading Chamber held a Santa Parade throughout Reading and North Reading.  Playing the part of Mrs. Claus and driving Santa in the parade in a sharp silver Corvette convertible was our own President Jenniffer Rogers.
 
The Parade was in place of the traditional Tree Lighting festivities run by the Chamber and was changed due the COVID-19 situation.
 
This was a fun kick off to the Christmas season with a tour through dozens of neighborhoods and hundreds of streets in Town.  Also in the parade were many Chamber member organizations flanked front and rear by Reading Police.
 
Congrats on a job well done, Mrs. Claus!
Rotary District 7930 and Reading Rotary encourages our friends and neighbors to shop local this holiday season.  So many of our local businesses struggling to get through this rough 2020.  These same community partners are often the first to help Rotary and other community organizations with their fundraising and projects.  Please try to patronize your local business and enjoy this Christmas and Holiday Season.
 
 
In collaboration with the DKJ Foundation and Reading Elder and Human Services, Neighborly Notes is a message writing program that helps our community stay connected to our senior neighbors.  The program is easy, fun, and a great way for our seniors to feel connected to our community, especially during this time, when many older adults must remain socially isolated.
 
Are you a community organization, a youth looking for a service project, or just an individual who wants to give back to the community? Neighborly Notes is an easy, fun project that can make an immediate impact.

It’s Simple.  Write a note, drawing, quote, or simple message.  Get Creative! Tell them something about yourself, something you did, or a story you want to share. Be sure to let them know they are valued, not forgotten, and that they are an important part of our community.

Drop it in the designated mailbox located outside the Pleasant Street Center, no envelope required; or email it to meagan@dfreading.org.  Your letter, note, message, or drawing will be delivered to a senior in our community.  
 
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Please check your email for dues billing in a new format.  Treasurer Mike Bonsey recently sent out invoices.  Please check to see they are correct.  You can now pay your dues online.  Please check that out, too.  Kudos to Mike for putting this new system in place.  The Treasurer's job is a lot of work and often thankless.  Paying your bill online will make his job easier.
 
Thank you all!
 
Reading Rotary has been designated as one of the few clubs in District 7930 to receive the RI President Citation with Platinum Distinction.  PDG Joan Arsenault will be presenting this on October 19 during our Zoom meeting.  When you see Past Prez Mike Collins, please congratulate him of a stellar year of leadership, especially given all the pandemic related challenges.
Please check out the Clubrunner mobile app.  It has been improved.  I've had it on my phone for a long time and rarely used it.  It has our website calendar, stories, contacts as well as the same for the District.  If you've never tried it, please do.  If you've downloaded it before and not been impressed, it's worth a look as the new improved app.
 
This is another reason for all to log into their Clubrunner account to made sure their info is up to date and there's a sharp headshot for reference.
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Donate to Reading Rotary via PayPal.  Reading Rotary Charitable Trust is a 501(c) tax exempt organization.  Tax Id 47-7416401.  You may designate the purpose of your donation.
 
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