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161 Elliott St.
Danvers, MA  01923
United States
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Some quick notes from Neal as Lenny was away this week.  
Thank you Neal for stepping in.  Your the best.

Please note that there will not be a meeting this Monday, June 20th.  Our meeting will be the installation program for Mary Beth as President and the other officers and directors that will be held on Tuesday, June 21st at the Salem Country Club, Peabody.  See you all there.

Now some notes from Neal:
Dan opened the meeting, but I forget who did the prayer.  There were no visiting Rotarians.  Jackie bought the owner of the new Salad Place on Endicott St as her guest.  I think he is a prospective member.
There was no speaker.
Mary Beth's Install dinner is 6/21, Salem Country Club
No meeting 6/20
District Install dinner is 6/30
Navy Concert is 6/30
Larry D said there is Kayaking Tuesday at 11 am
July 18 no meeting, patio party at the yacht club on the 19th
There will be an August social meeting on a boat in Gloucester. Date TBA
Mary Beth is looking for volunteers to join Beverly, Peabody and Salem Rotary clubs to package 20,000 meals from noon to 2pm at the Hathorne Hotel in Salem on a Tuesday in July (I forget which Tuesday). 
Bocce is June 28, 5:30, Endicott Park
The first Farmers Market was a huge success, but there was a poor showing of Rotarians to participate and help with set up and break down. Teams and team captains will be formed to assist in future weeks.
Softball team lost to Salem-Lawrence last week. Game is against Chelsea this week. Brad suggested go to Farmers Mkt 1st then the game.
Sheriff Matt collected $100. Most gave for the Farmers Market. Also for Dan's year, Father's Day. New Member Sara D'Antonio celebrated an anniversary.
Barry was a loser in the raffle, but Jackie got the Ace of Spades- second time in a row for her. The pot was $417 at the start of the meeting.
Hope to see you at Mary Beth's soiree.



On June 30th, the Navy Band, from Newport, RI will entertain the Danvers Community with a concert beginning at 7:00 PM.  Sponsored by the Danvers Rotary Club, this concert will help lead off this year's Family Festival.  Rotarian Larry Raimondi arranged for the Navy Band to return this year.  The concert will feature the complete group playing Patriotic Tunes along with a smaller group from the Navy Band entertaining with top 40 hits.  This is a great concert for the entire family.  Come on down to the Rotary Pavilion, on the Library Lawn, by the Mill Pond.  



District Initiative on Homelessness & Hunger


Dan Weir, President of the Boxford, Topsfield, Middleton Rotary Club, talked with our club this week, reviewing the District Governor Dave Manzi's Initiative on Homelessness and dealing with Hunger.  This initiative is one that will carry from this year and through the next couple of years.  Fighting Hunger is an area that we, as a club and district has been working on for awhile.  As an issue of every community throughout the world, there are many people in every community in need of healthy food to sustain their health.  Working with Food Pantries, the Boston Food Bank as well as sending food items to other parts of the world, are all ways to help the large numbers of those needing our help.  Even in Danvers we are surprised to see how many families can't put that important meal on their table.  Many children need the help that we can provide.  In Danvers we know how many families are homeless, living in motel/hotels, needing help from the Commonwealth and from our community.  We have been working with the homelessness issue for many years and surely this is not going way anytime soon.  Working with the Commonwealth, our local Community Council's Food Pantry and other community leaders from our community, we can make a difference. Our Danvers Club has been working on this and I am sure will continue to do our best to help support the needs in our community and beyond.  Dan is going club to club talking about this all so important issue.  Thank you Dan for your commitment. 



Sean Driscoll's Classification

Sean has been attending and has been committed to Rotary for about a year now.  He is a banker with North Shore Bank, sponsored by fellow North Shore Banker, Mary Beth O'Connell.  Sean is our Treasurer and is a proud Rotarian.  His younger years included growing up in South Boston, lived in Beverly for awhile and has been calling Danvers home since 2014.  One of his hobbies is walking and trying to wear out his puppy, a pitbull husky mix.  Went to Boston Latin High School, continued on to UMass Amherst.  He is a basketball player and after spending some time with him at Sylvan Street Grill with other Rotarians, it is obvious to me that he is proud to be a Rotarian with us.  

He enjoys life, loves to work and is a community dedicated individual.

We are all excited to know more about what Sean is all about.  Great having you in the club.





Gary Leston - Newest Rotarian

Gary Leston from Hawk Oil and Service was inducted into the Danvers Rotary Club at the Club's meeting on Monday, March 7th.  He was inducted by Past Rotary President Matt Schroeder and welcomed by the club members and Club President Dan Doherty.  Gary has been volunteering and taking part in Rotary events and projects over the past year and the club is proud to have his join as our newest member.  He has been in business for twenty-six years, here in Danvers.
Welcome Gary..... 


Kim Labonte Kay Classification

Kim grew-up in Beverly, graduating from Beverly High School in 1987, continued on to North Shore Community College, then finished up her degree at Endicott College, proudly paying her way through school.  She held many jobs including financial positions, working in insurance, and many other positions.  She was a secret shopper when she worked in insurance, catching people on workers comp claims, etc.  She feels a strong connection to family with many relatives.  Kim's Dad was one of 17 kids in his family.  His poor mother must have been sick of runny noses and cleaning up after all those kids.  She is a sportsman club enthusiast who knows how to shoot a gun.  Married to Jeff Kay with son Brice, a fifth grader in the Danvers school system.  She now works with a nonprofit, working with kids grades 8 and under, helping them give back to their community.  She works with kids, helping them do the things that they want to do.  One of these projects included the girl scouts who shoveled out fire hydrants, showing community support for safety.  Kids dream about projects that can help and she helps to make it happen. Her son participates in many of these projects as she drags him along.  Surely he must enjoy her energy.  When she visited Rotary and saw the many things we do for community and around the world she knew we would be a perfect fit with her wanting to give back.  
While she was giving her classification she was a bit emotional which she says is normal.  In finishing her talk she talked about the Rotary four way test and some quotes she lives by every day.  In short she believes she should work to make life better for others and always have a smile on her face.  In looking at her picture to the right, I believe she does just, helping others with an energetic smile on her face.  She feels lucky to be a Rotarian.  Well Kim, we are equally as lucky to have you and your devotion.   What a great classification talk.


DGE Sheryl Meehan Classification Talk

District Governor Elect Sheryl Meehan did her classification talk this week.  She grew up in Woburn and went to Catholic Elementary School.  Sheryl had everyone laughing as she talked about how she was a hand full in her early years.  When in the first grade she wondered what the Nuns did in their free time.  While hanging by the fence, she found a hole in the fence and watched.  Not seeing enough she went to a window with a couple of friends and looked in.  Wanting to see more, she climbed up and through the window as her friends ran away.  She climbed in and under a dresser.  She was so scared that she stayed there for hours and all she could see was the Nuns socks and shoes walking around.  After hours she came out and was caught.  For months she had to go there and read the Bible as her punishment.  Even with being a handful she has never been able to lie.  She worked in insurance and hated that type of work, got married and went to Northeastern University to get a degree in Business Administration.  She worked in computers with BASF following trying to sell computers to receptionists.  She was the President of her own company for 21 years and thought of her employees as family, yearly taking them up to Burlington Vermont for their Thanksgiving Dinner at a restaurant, Mike's Pizza house.  No it was not Pizza that they had for Thanksgiving but a regular Thanksgiving meal. Retiring from that brought her to Hospice, working with volunteers.  She now works with Care Dimention as Director of volunteers and comfort care.  She loves getting up every morning.  As for her history in Rotary, she joined Rotary at the Wilmington Club in 1998, not because of the giving, helping reasons.  She joined because they were fun people, who she loved to socialize with.  Through that social time she learned to love the work of Rotary as well.  After many years there, she transferred to Haverhill, where she learned about Rotary's involvement in eliminating Polio and that is when she realized that there was a more important reason she was involved in Rotary.  She is a Polio survivor and now she could see how that solidified her commitment to Rotary.  She was one of the lucky ones.  Sheryl was asked to be an Assistant Governor and agreed to do it since she thought it was just a little work.  She was wrong as it was a lot of work but she loved it.  Sheryl Meehan is now Governor Elect and will serve as Governor of our District next year, during time year that Mary Beth will be President of our fine club.  She thanked us for taking her in.  Truth is we are honored to have her in our club and will be honored to have her serving as governor from our club.  Welcome to Danvers Sheryl and know that you are truly an example of Service Above Self.

Danvers Rotarians honored four well deserving students with scholarships for their first year of college.  Traditionally the Danvers Club honors High School Seniors with scholarship awards to those students that best fit the criteria which includes an essay and student achievement.  
This year's recipient of the Ralph E. Ardiff Scholarship was awarded to Rachael Leslie, who will be attending Harvard in September.  The Ardiff award is presented in memory of past Rotarian and father of now Rotarian Ralph Ardiff, given to the valedictorian of the graduating Danvers High School Class.  
Three graduated students were awarded Mark Reagan Scholarships for their achievements during High School.  The Reagan Scholarships are in memory of Past Rotarian Mark Reagan, who tragically lost his life in an automobile accident.  Mark was a town employee and a true Rotarian in every way.  The three recipients include Jacqueline Beach who will be attending George Washington University, Jason Treffrey who will be attending Babson and Sean Londergen.  
Pictured here are President Dan, Justin Treffrey, Rachael Leslie and Jacqueline Beach.
Danvers Rotarians are proud to be able to give these students a boost towards their first year of continued education.  Parents were honored as well for their very important contributions to these students.


Wiffle Ball Tournament!!!


2nd Annual Wiffleball Tournament Announced


Danvers Rotary Tournament is set for August 8th


Salem Village Wiffle® Ball Tournament was held in August 2014 and proved to be a great addition to the fundraising events for 2014.  With the hard work of the club's members to find advertisers, to sign up teams for play and run the event on game day, this tournament could not have gone better for it's first year.  Now plans are ready for the 2nd tournament this August 8th.  Rotary plans this to be bigger and hard to believe better event.
The committee is hard at work making sure that everything will be ready.  The food is ordered, the fields are mapped out and the teams are being put together.  Looking to play?  Click on the link below and register your team.  Looking to get your business or name seen, then click below to see how you can sponsor or take out an ad.  
All funds raised go to programs and projects that benefit the community and beyond.  
Check out the special site set up for this Salem Village Wiffle® Ball Tournament.


Click here for more information. 



Danvers Rotarian's Polar Plunge

Barry Kaplan, not being able to take part in the rescheduled, rescheduled Polar Plunge on Saturday, April 11th, took the initiative to make his own plunge the weekend before.  Dedication is what Barry is all about and he wants everyone that sponsored him to know that he makes good on his promises, even if he has to freeze to do it.  
See Barry's Plunge Video by clicking on the following Video Link:  Barry's Polar Plunge Video
Great Job Barry!!!!!

On Thursday, September 11th, Rotarians and Danvers High School Students worked together to pack food packages to help Stop Hunger Now.  A total of 10,000 meals were packed during this evening project..

Lenny was there, but was taking the picture.



Honorary Mayor of Danvers


Every other year the Danvers Rotary Club sponsors the "Honorary Mayor of Danvers" as a fundraiser to support Rotary projects in the community and beyond.  This year's race is underway and everyone can help by either jumping into the race and or voting for the candidate of their choice.  

Click here to learn more and join in...