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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:15 PM
Fusilli's usually (check our schedule)
107 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867
United States of America
Sometimes we mix it up. Check out our schedule: http://www.readingmarotary.org/events/calendar
Home Page Stories
District Governor Terry Curran will visit our meeting on Monday, November 29 to present a Certicate.  
 
Please attend if you can.
Phil Stewart, one of our new members, has taken over the role of coordinating the Food Bank Run.  Phil takes over this job from Art Hayden, who handled the scheduling for years.  
 
The Reading Food Pantry does a run for food into the Greater Boston Food Bank two or three times a month on Thursday mornings.  We need one driver with an SUV, truck or van and one helper.  We meet at Food Pantry at Old South Church at 10:15 am.  The trip usually is completed and unloaded by noon.
 
It is a great community service opportunity.  If you have questions or want to put yourself on the schedule, please contact Phil.
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.  Donors drop off at the DPW garage in the first shift, then recipient families pick up during a later shift. 

Reading Rotary thanks one of our newest members, Adam Sandberg, for coordinating our work with Adopt-a-Family.  Along with Reading Cares and the Town of Reading, our goal is to make sure every family in town has a happy Thanksgiving.  Pictured here are Rotarians and other volunteers at the Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family on November 22.
 
Reading Rotary is pleased to announce that Betsy Schneider of ReadingCares will be honored as Hero for her service to our community.  Ms. Schneider will be honored as part of Rotary District 7930’s A Celebration of our Heroes on November 11 at Danversport Yacht Club starting at 5:30 pm.  Reading Rotary selected Ms. Schneider as a special person in our community who wakes up every morning and puts others before herself and dedicates her work to helping others in need, truly embodying the Rotary motto:  “Service above Self.”
 
Reading Rotary will present Betsy with a Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of the highest honors Rotary can give to an individual.  In addition to the recipient's recognition exemplifying the highest ideals of Rotary, Clubs or Rotarians recognize Paul Harris Fellows from donations made The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International.
 
Betsy Schneider heads the volunteer organization ReadingCares.  A founding member, Betsy has developed Reading Cares from a concept to an active and depended on part of the Reading town community.

 
At our meeting last night, we wished Art Hayden a fond farewell.  Art has sold the Hayden homestead on King Street and will be relocating with Patty.
 
Art has been a Reading Rotarian since 1988.  He plans on joining a local Rotary Club when he settles into his new home.

Art has been our coordinator for the monthly Food Bank Runs, communicating with Bruce and Phyllis at the Reading Food Pantry and scheduling Rotarians to do the pick up at the Greater Boston Food Bank.
 
Art recently closed his long time printing business and we are sorely challenged in finding a replacement for all our club printing needs.
 
Thank you for all your years of service to Rotary and the community.
 
Best wishes to Art and Patty.  Please visit us when you're in the area.
 
 
Please mark your calendars for Nov. 5 and (likely) Nov. 12 for Snack Shack events.  Brenda Simblaris has sent out a sign up for the first one.
 
Please sign up to help out.  It's a lot of fun and a great way for Rotary to be visible in the community.  
 
Please contact Brenda or reply to her Google form email to volunteer.  Spouses and family members are welcome and encouraged.  Thanks to these families who have volunteered their non-Rotarian members:  Kinney, Douglass, Collins, Gibbs!
We are re-ordering Reading Rotary polo shirts.  For newer members who did not receive on of the navy blue collared shirts from our last order (around 2018), the shirt cost will be paid by the club. (Members who have not received a navy polo, please return order form and indicate $0 for the polo in Amount column.)
 
In addition to the polo shirts we have the opportunity to order other clothing items with our embroidered club logo.  Cost to the member is noted on the order form.  They are offered at our cost.
 
The order form is here.  Please return it to Tim Kelley with payment (if any) to Reading Rotary.  (Deadline: Nov. 8.)
 
The entire catalog is linked in the order form and can be found here.  If you have questions, you can let Tim know.
 
Pictured is our Prez John modeling club apparel.
President John Douglass recently presented two local Eagle Scout candidates with donation checks on behalf of Reading Rotary.  Pictured here are Ryan Segalla, President John and Wyatt Meyers.
 
Ryan's project is to replace and reconstruct a concrete path around the flagpole at the RMHS track.  Ryan is still accepting donations here.
 
Wyatt's project is the building of rolling storage tables for the Reading Food Pantry.  Donations toward Wyatt's project can be made here
 
Reading Rotary has a policy of donating $200 toward any approved Eagle Scout Project or Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
 
An Eagle Scout Project is an extensive service project which is organized, and managed by the Eagle Scout Candidate.  
 
Ryan and Wyatt are currently Life Scouts in Troop 702.  Troop 702 has been having their weekly meetings outside on the field at Wood End School since the start of the pandemic.
On Friday, October 8, Rotarians again took to the Snack Shack to provide the hungry gridiron fans with all the pizza, cheeseburgers, dogs, popcorn, candy, hot chocolate and Gatorade they could ask for.
 
The Rockets took on the Woburn Tanners, a contest of two undefeated teams.  RMHS prevailed 26-17.
 
It was another beautiful night for high school football.  TV 25 was on hand covering this big Middlesex League match up.
 
Reading is currently ranked 7 in EMass and has playoff aspirations.
 
Next home game is October 15 vs Arlington Spyponders.  Come by and see us and the Snack Shack.  (Volunteers welcome!)
The 2021 Reading Fall Street Faire is in the books and the RFSF Committee gathered for a social debriefing.  Thanks to Jeanne and Mike Borawaski for hosting the get together.
 
The Committee worked hard over a much abreviated schedule to plan the Faire this year.
 
As the final bills and numbers come in, there will be more info about how the event went from the the fundraising side.  However, considering the additional challenges we faced this year, and the public reaction, it was a rousing success.
 
We are so appreciative of all our sponsors, vendors, non-Rotarian volunteers and Rotarian volunteers.  The RFSF is a testament to Service Above Self.
 
What a crew!