President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,

Why I enjoy Thursday Rotary meetings: When I was a member of the Cambridge Rotary Club it was my once a week chance to escape the frenzied world of Banking and chat with folks from other every day places. Now that I am a Haverhill Rotarian I have the same opportunity to interact with interesting people from my hometown and at the same time devote more of my energies toward Rotary. What a fantastic second chance! I suppose I could sit and shoot the breeze with Terry and Jefferson every Thursday but I do not. I have known them for years and I see them socially plenty. I enjoy seeking out people with new ideas and varied experiences. This week I sat with Ira and the result was that I learned something new and interesting. Several weeks ago I was next to Eva and got an earful about the state of the world and how it impacts us us locally. And Steve Goddu...? well you hear the other side of every argument from this friendly Rotarian as well as excellent wine reviews for your next dinner party. The point is we are a diverse community of smart, friendly, and intellectually curious citizens. Relish that fact!

What a week! On Monday fifteen Rotarians plus Andrew Atwood (son of our own Rick) delivered or served 137 meals to our less fortunate Haverhill residents at the Senior Center.  As Stacey observed: “What a beautiful evening!” Thank you Bernie-- once again you lead us down that rewarding path of community service.

On Tuesday Melissa, Owen, Stacey, and Michel represented our club at the National Night Out at Swazey Field for an afternoon and evening of friendly neighborhood activities on Mt. Washington with a Rotary sponsored dunk tank that drenched Melissa, Owen, and Michel. Stacey and Megan wisely remained dry.

Wednesday was more excitement as Rick, Stacey, Darlene, and Melissa joined me and many other distinguished guests at the Consentino School for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the Butterfly Garden. Heather Cote’s first, second and third grade Discovery Club kids envisioned, planned, and brought about this garden to fruition with some small measure of assistance from the Rotary Club and a huge but as always quiet gift from Rick Atwood with the granite garden bench.

The unflagging spirit of Rotarians always inspires me.  They say 60 is the new 40 but I look at Hy DerBogosian and I think 90 (eighty eight?) must be the new 50.  What a loyal and exemplary contributor to this club.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: We had two guests this week: Andy Eick, a former Haverhill Rotarian is back and looking to renew his Rotary connection. Thank you Andy. Consider this your official post toward the road to membership. Hy had a guest- can’t recall his name but Hy introduced him and I am taking five for my forgetfulness. 

Fines: President Arturo felt badly in fining several members for being tardy. He’s a no fine guy. It won’t happen again-- not at least for a month.

Happy $$

Allison: for vacation last week

Ira: for two days in NYC

Gretchen: in appreciation for Melissa and Tim’s participation in the Emmaus House cycle for shelter bike race

Phil: Because Stacey helped him out in planning his next film.

Bernie: for his fellow Rotarians commitment to the Community Meals

Melissa: for the dunk tank fun and enthusiasm displayed at Swazey Field.

Bill Klueber: For the State of Maine!

Jefferson: For vacation at Lake Winnipesaukee

Tim: A vote for chocolate cake every week!

Dick Sundell: Scored tickets for James Taylor

Tracy: Bartending at UNO Pizzeria next Thursday for the Y- come one come all!

Art: had to fine himself in order to cease and desist his one-liner puns!


Ron Albert      37 years

Scott Cote       8 years

Matt Martin      4 years

Tim Jordan      4 years



Stacey             August 24

Joe Cleary       August 1

Announcements: Veterans Day Breakfast planning is on track and more to come.

Speaker: Jenny Arndt – Creative Haverhill – A very interesting talk and presentation about the on-going efforts supporting Haverhill’s Arts and Culture. 

Next week’s speaker: Lysbeth Noyes from Jericho Road in Lawrence

Happy $$ prize: Bill Klueber

Raffle:  Steve Bowen won the raffle but left the jackpot intact.



Officers & Directors

• President Arthur Veasey

• President Elect Stacey Bruzzese

• Past President Michel van Ravestyn

• Treasurer Bill Kleuber

• Assistant Treasurer Greg DiBurro

• Secretary Dick Sundell

• Sargent At Arms Buddy Baker

• Assistant Sergeant at Arms Greg DiBurro

• Membership Chair Sven Amirian

• Foundation Chair Harry Korslund

• Programs/Speaker Chair Stacey Bruzzese

• Greeter Greg DiBurro

• Assistant Greeter

• Director Melissa Cerasuolo

• Director at Large Greg DiBurro

• Director at Large Greg Stark

• Director at Large Jean Poth