Rotary Club

of Danvers, MA

September 24th 2018 Rotoracle

Danvers Rotary Bulletin
September 26th, 2018
Welcome:  President Jacki opened today’s meeting with pledge allegiance  
Lunch:  Coffee, salad, cheeseburger sliders, BLT’s, wedding soup, and ice cream cake for desert
Invocation:  Gary Nangle 
Rotary Moment:  Barry Kaplan talked about placing an order and striking up a conversation with the customer service/sales rep and having a shared discussion about all the good things Rotary does.  Brad Hunt received a compliment on the chess tables at the library.  Barry also golfed with Ralph Ardiff. 
Visiting Rotarians:  Kang Yu, Asst. District Governor.
  •          Farmers Market – Is doing well.  Every week something new. Be sure to visit the market this Wednesday.
  •          BREAD – Brian Ahern, our official newest member to Rotary has been bringing in home made bread for the raffle.  It’s been a huge hit.  Every week 2 Rotarians go home with          a loaf of delicious bread.  For those that are interested in buying bread – see Brian – and the $$ raised will go back to Rotary.  Thank Brian for all you do.
  •          Dictionary Distribution – Next month we will start distributing dictionaries throughout the Danvers Schools and we will need volunteers. 
  •          Chess at the Library –The Rotary wheel will be installed very soon.
  •          Raffles – Don Desmond and Jackie are organizing a couple of Rotary Raffle Fundraisers.  One may be a trip to Italy.  Coming very soon. 
  •          Raffle - 2 tickets to the Bruins, Night at the Bostonian and Dinner at Al Dente.  Only 500 tickets to be sold.
  •          State Rep Teddy Speliotis Reception - invited us to John Keohane’s home on October 3rd for a reception in his honor.  From 6-8 PM.  Located at 6 Burnham Lane, Danvers
  •          Rick Gilmore – Upcoming Speakers
    •    October 1st Gretchen Detora – Author
    •    October 15th Tom Jones – The Musary
    •    October 22nd David Halfand from LifeWise
    •    October 29th Friends Forever
 – it was a great day to welcome our newest member to the Club.  Brian Ahern has been coming to our club for a few months now.  I am personally looking forward to getting to know Brian better.  Each week Brian arrives with a smile and fresh baked bread for the raffle.  And some day I hope to win a loaf.  Brian has been married 40 years and has 2 daughters.  Brian is still working but more on a part time level.  He considers himself retired. 
Brian has lived in Chicago, New York and recently moved to Topsfield MA.  He has worked most of his life in IT/Business sector.  He has enjoyed the technology sector Client Implementation Manager as and has been active most of his life in Rotary and Rotary International.
I can tell you – Brian has over thirty years of experience leading high performing teams and software systems implementations across various industries including financial services, retail, manufacturing and health care.  He Excels in driving large projects and ERP implementations to successful completions across mainframe, client-server and Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms. Brian has proven leadership and expertise in the areas of project management, change management, business process reengineering, enterprise architecture design, data modeling, Program Management Office (PMO), project methodologies and risk management. Expert in creating Statements of Work and Requests For Proposals. Significant experience in software and project pre-sales engagements.
Now you’re probably asking yourself – Wow our Newsletter Editor really knows his IT stuff or he copied his profile off his LinkedIn page.
Brian – welcome to our club. 
GUEST SPEAKER – Dr. Al Tataranus
Great conversation today on stress and taking control your life.  Dr. Al is a past Rotarian and has spent most of his 92 years of his life helping people deal with stress.  Attended a number of colleges and universities including:  Lowell College, Harvard University and Boston University.  He has been married most of his life and has a Pony Tail in honor of his wife who passed away 9 years ago. 
Dr. Al had a number of stories and jokes that he shared with us.  Stories of his life and suggestions on how to cope with certain situations.  
Dr. Al discussed 3 ways to control stress.
  1.       Live in the present.  The past is in the past and the you have little control of the future and its unknown. 
  2.       Don’t be resentful. 
  3.       Like being yourelf and who you are.  Sometimes this can take a long time but if you do it correctly – it will be a wonderful journey.  Don’t feel inferior.
Sheriff’s Report.  Sheriff Larry DeLorenzo was in the house today.  Collected $77
Suzanne - nice to see Larry; John - walking the Jimmy Fund Walk; Mary Beth – sore from lifting; Barry – 3 Rotary moments; Rick – Jimmy G from the Pats; Lenny – Happy to be here; Brad – not late early for next weeks meeting; Ted – sheriff is back; Brian – looking forward to the Fall; Neal – YMCA pool dedication; Y Kang – welcome new member Brian; Gary – New member; Jacki – apple picking; Tim – Justin Rose; Larry D – nice to be here
Sheriff Larry – Thanks for donating in honor of Jeff’s event.  Raised enough $$ to buy a van for the Boys and Girls Club of Salem. 
Raffle:  Teddy Speliotis and Barry Kaplan  - no winners
Bread Winners:  Tom Standring and Larry DeLorenzo
Take Care
John Somes
Rotarian Bulletin Editor