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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
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The RFSF Committee is in full swing.  If you want to Sponsor the event, contact Jenn Rogers or Pat Calley.  Levels of Sponsorship can be found on the RFSF website.  If you are sponsoring, we prefer you pay by check to avoid the service charge.  Please coordinate with Jenn Rogers.
 
Booth and volunteer sign-ups are also on the RFSF website.  Please plan on being available to help on September 11.  This is our biggest fundraiser and event and participation of all (plus many dozens of other volunteers) is needed to pull it off.
 
Any questions about the RFSF can be directed to Chair John Feudo and/or Co-Chair Jeanne Borawski.
The Reading Fall Street Faire is quickly approaching, and the committee is hard at work.  As our major fundraiser of the year, it is important that all Reading Rotarians get involved.  The volunteer website is now active and here is the link.
 
Please sign up for one or more slots.  Also, please forward the link to anyone or any group that may be interested in volunteering.  If you have any questions or find any problems with the website, please let me know.  I'd prefer an email outside of the Rotary website or the Sign Up Genius website.  My direct email is mfc723@verizon.net
 
Thanks, Mike Collins
Chair, Volunteer Committee
On July 12 we gathered to celebrate the installation of Sheila Clarke as new Co-President of Reading Rotary.  She is sharing the role with Co-President John Douglass.  Pictured here is Sheila with some Board Members, Directors Phil Stewart, Kathy Kinney, Pat Calley and Lisa Gibbs and Secretary Jeanne Borawski.
 
Sheila and husband Phil also graciously hosted the event in their yard.  It was a wonderfully fun time and we are looking forward to another great, service-filled Rotary year.
 
Imagine Rotary!
Reading Rotary is one of three top clubs in our District in growing membership.  You all have received information about the District Membership Webinar on August 17 on Zoom.  We will be on a panel discussion and it would be great for Reading Rotarians to participate in the Zoom webinar.
 
To register follow the link in this District story (by our own Peter Majane, District Membership Co-Chair).  A direct link to register can be found here.
 
Pictured here is Co-President Sheila accepting a certificate for 2nd most net growth along with Presidents of Arlington and Lynn and Peter Majane.
 
Congratulations to our entire Club for this achievement and especially John Douglass (President '21-'22) and Membership Chair Lisa Gibbs.  
We are looking forward to ringing in the new Club leadership with Co-Presidents, Sheila Clarke and John Douglass.
 
Our Club event is coming:
 
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Place:  Sheila Clarke's home
            536 Haverhill St.
            Reading, MA 01867
Time:   6-6:45 cocktails
            6:45-7:30 Dinner
            7:30 Installation of Officers and Board of Directors.
 
This is for all members and their spouses/significant others as well. 
 
PLEASE RSVP to Kathy Kinney by Friday July 8.
 
Pictured here is Sheila accepting a District Membership Award.  Reading is number 2 in District 7930 in increasing membership this past year.  Presenting the award is Past District Governor Terry and our own Peter Majane, District Membership Chair.
Big congratulations to Richie Lombardo and his bride Patty Lombardo who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
 
They look too young to believe they are celebrating 5o years of marriage.  
 
You can't find a nicer couple than Richie and Patty.  Congrats and many more!
 
 
On a beautiful night at Danversport Yacht Club, new Co-President Sheila Clarke, along with Presidents from the other 45 District Clubs, was installed to lead Reading Rotary for 2022-2023.  Sheila will be taking the reins with John Douglass as the other Co-President.  
 
Reading had a large group of Rotarians supporting Sheila.  Thanks to all who came out!
 
In addition, our Club is represented in District leadership.  Peter Majane will continue as an AG (Assistant Governor).  Peter is also the AG Coordinator for 7930, a role he has filled for several years.  Peter is a multiple time AG and a Past President of North Reading.  Tim Kelley was installed as a first time AG, too.
 
Next up is our Club Installation event on July 12.  Hope to see you all there.
Although it is just the beginning of summer, one group of Reading residents is already looking ahead to autumn.  The Reading Rotary Club is gearing up to host the 14th annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 11.  Members of this committee are hoping to host the biggest, best Fall Street Faire yet.
 
Under the leadership of YMCA Executive Director, Rotarian and Fall Street Faire Chair John Feudo, the fourteen-person committee has already started meeting and planning for the town’s biggest annual downtown event.  According to Feudo, “This would be way too much work for one person to do alone.  We have an incredible team.  Some of the members are relatively new and bring great energy and enthusiasm.  Some of the members have been doing this for years and just know how to get the job done.  At the end of the day, we’re all proud to be able pull off an event of this scope for the whole town to enjoy.”
 
Among the challenges are the logistics of closing down several blocks of downtown Reading for an entire Sunday to accommodate food vendors, multiple stages with live entertainment, amusements, activities, games, and more than one hundred booths. Rotarian Gregg Johnson of Lee Kimball Design and Build has been involved in planning logistics for the Fall Street Faire for years.  He says, “It would be impossible without the partnership we enjoy with the Town of Reading.  We work well with the Town Manager, Department of Public Works, and Police and Fire Departments to ensure this huge e event is fun and safe.”
 
The Reading Fall Street Faire is offering corporate sponsorships at various contribution levels for local businesses that want to support this fun community event that draws thousands every year. Registrations are also now open for local businesses, clubs, non-profits, or organizations that want to reserve a booth at the Faire.  All information can be found at fallstreetfaire.com. Residents are encouraged to follow Reading Fall Street Faire on Facebook and Instagram.
Keep our schedule of meetings and events at the tip of your fingers.  You can sync the Club Calendar on ReadingMaRotary.org with Outlook, Google Calendar or Apple Calendar on your personal device.  Go to this page, click subscribe and follow the instructions. 
 
Also, did you know that Clubrunner has an app for your phone?  Download it now from the App Store and check it out.  You'll love the ease of having our Club info in the palm of your hand.
District 7930 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee has created a Citation for clubs to achieve progress toward DEI.  In reviewing the Citation requirements (25 suggested action steps, Club must achieve 13 of the 25 for certification) Reading has already taken many of the action steps suggested by the Committee.  With a few additional modest steps, we have achieved the requirements.  Our DEI Tracker can be viewed here.
 
Rotary values a commitment to individual and Club efforts to build respect, dignity, fairness, caring, equality and self-esteem.