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Rotary Club of Reading, Massachusetts, USA

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Meeting Schedule (subject to adjustment due to holidays). 
1st Monday Lunch: Residence at Pearl, 12:15 pm. 
3rd Monday Dinner: RCTV, 6 pm.   3rd Monday Board Meeting, 5 pm
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On January 22, Reading Police Chief David Clark was the speaker at our dinner meeting at RCTV.  Chief Clark gave a comprehensive overview of the RPD and how they are adapting to changing times and needs.  
Some highlights are that due to recent hires, RPD has Officers that speak Spanish, Arabic, Greek and Portuguese.  RPD Officers are trained in and emphasize de-escalation techniques.  RPD now has a motorcycle and has hybrid cruisers, the mountain bikes are returning in 2024.  On the upcoming Town Meeting agenda will be the requested purchase of a new dispatching system to replace the existing system from the early 1980's.  
Chief Clark offered to host a future meeting at the Police Station and to have other RPD staff available to speak and answer questions.
March is Read Across America month and we will be doing our Rotary Readers program with the kindergarten classes.  We will be preparing the literacy bags at our February 26 meeting, that is, stuffing the bags with books etc.
We will be looking for Rotarians to volunteer to read to the K classes in March.  Stay tuned for the dates after we arrange that with the schools.
In lieu of the Polar Plunge this year, we are going to "Get Movin to End Polio"  at the Burbank YMCA in Reading.  
Event Date:  Tuesday, January 30th
Time:  6:30 arrival for photos and sign waiver/Events begin at 7:00
Who can attend:  EVERYONE!  Please bring your friends, spouses, families, neighbors and Interact.
Events:  Spin Bikes, Treadmills, Ellipticals, Basketball, and Pickle Ball (modified).  Please use the link below to RSVP for your preferred activity. 
We have created a Raise for Rotary fundraiser page for our challenge. Please use and send the link below for people donate on your behalf.  All donations will automatically be sent to The Rotary Foundation and credited to the Club. 
Please let me know if you have any questions
Please (1) Sign up and come on Jan 30; and (2) Donate and/or spread the word for donations.  I look forward to a fun evening to support one of our core Rotary initiatives.
Happy New Year from Reading Rotary.
With our friends beside us,
And no person beneath us,
With the bonds of Rotary between us,
And our worries behind us,
With our goals before us,
And no task beyond us,
With a thirst for knowledge,
And a dream of a Polio free world,
We are thankful for our Rotary friends, partners and neighbors. 
Reading Rotary was chartered on December 7, 1923. Today we celebrate 100 years of Club Service to our local and global community.
Joining Rotary is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the world. Rotary International is a global organization that brings together people from all walks of life who share a common goal of making the world a better place. As a member of a Rotary Club, you will have the opportunity to connect with other community members who share your passion for service and work together to create lasting change.
Some of the benefits of joining Rotary include:
Friendship: Rotary Clubs provide a platform for members to make new friends and build lasting relationships with like-minded individuals.
Community Service: Rotary Clubs are dedicated to improving the lives of people in their communities through various service projects and initiatives.
Personal Growth: Membership in Rotary can help you develop your leadership and professional skills, as well as your personal character.
Networking: Rotary Clubs provide an excellent opportunity to network with other professionals in your community and beyond.
International Connections: Rotary International has over 1.4 million members in more than 35,000 clubs worldwide, providing opportunities for international connections and collaborations.
Fun and Entertainment: Rotary Clubs organize various social events and activities that provide members with opportunities to have fun and enjoy themselves while making a difference in the world.
Let us know if you'd like to join or for more info.
The Reading High Interact Club is organizing a drive to benefit homeless families.  See the items they need in the attached photo.  While doing your holiday shopping, consider picking up items on the list.
Items will be collected through December 15.  
As we observe Thanksgiving this year, may we stay focused on the objectives we have for the world: Peace. Tranquility. A true Family of Humanity.  Freedom from hunger, from oppression, from sickness.  The freedom to choose our own destinies. 
We reaffirm our commitment to our simple Rotary Four Way Test for all we do and support: Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?  We reaffirm our commitment to high ethics in all we do. And we give thanks for this gathering of our community and for all the blessings, opportunities and responsibilities that befall us as Rotarians.  We continue in this new millennium with optimism, renewed energy, and a commitment to service to each other and to all our fellow men and women.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Our 100th Anniversary Gala was held at Meadowbrook Golf Club on November 2.  Reading Rotary was chartered on December 7, 1923.  It was a great night with over 80 guests.
Our honored guest was US Army General Jack Hammond (Ret.)  General Hammond is Executive Director of Home Base.  General Hammond is an unbelievable speaker.  He served 3 active duty combat tours.  Home Base is a part of the Red Sox Foundation and provides services to veterans for the invisible injuries of war.  General Hammond is a graduate of Reading Memorial High School
Also in attendance were Reps Brad Jones and Rich Haggerty who presented President Sheila Clarke with a Proclamation from Beacon Hill.  Town Manager Fidel Maltez and Business Development Director Ben Cares supported us from the Town.
It was great to see former active Reading Rotarians Ron Winslow, Lee McNelly, Brian Crosby, Brian Snell and Kathi Spurr.  Past District Governors Joan Arsenault and Sheryl Meehan were also in attendance.  PDG Joan presented a letter and certificate from Rotary International President Gordon McInally.
The evening also featured a raucous game of music trivia from our DJ.
Stoneham Rotary hosted the traditional Joint Thanksgiving Luncheon at Bear Hill Golf Club this Tuesday.  In attendance were Rotarians from Stoneham, Town and school officials and the captains and coaches from the football and cheer teams of both high schools.
As is the custom, the athletic directors, coaches and football captains gave speeches about the upcoming Thanksgiving game.  Stoneham hosts the game on Thursday at 10:15 am.
The Stoneham Club also honored Sharon Iovanni with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  Sharon organizes the joint event for Stoneham each year.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Tuesday, November 21 was a busy day for Rotary.  Sasha DiPietro organized Rotary's participation in Adopt-a-Family distribution day at the DPW garage.  Reading Rotary works with ReadingCares and the Town to coordinate the Adopt-a-Family program.  Donors are paired with families in need.  During the early morning drop off session, donors deliver fixings for Thanksgiving dinner for an anonymous family.  Along with Sasha, John, Lacy and Sean Douglass were representing Rotary during this shift.
During the later morning pick up shift, recipient families pick up the donations.  In addition to Sasha were Rotarians Peter Majane, Amy Walsh and Tim Kelley.
ReadingCares is an organization out of the Congregational Church.  Many volunteers from ReadingCares were on hand all morning as were Town of Reading volunteers.
Shout out to all the families and organizations who donated to this great community program.
If you could not help for Thanksgiving, please consider volunteering for the Christmas distribution day.  Sasha will be sending out a sign up for that one soon.
Special thanks to Sasha for heading up this project!