President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,


With all of the exciting changes to our downtown it is still interesting to draw upon the nostalgia of Haverhill’s past and the home town feel that embraced our city in the post World War II decades of prosperity, when many Americans thought we were standing at the dawn of a golden Age. As it turned out the 1960s was a decade of extremes, of transformational change and bizarre contrasts: flower children and Green Berets, idealism and alienation, rebellion and backlash. For many in the baby boomer generation, it was both the best of times and the worst of times.

Throughout that turbulent era the Haverhill Rotary Club was a constant in an otherwise shifting landscape that transformed our city both physically and societally.  It is interesting to note that in the watershed years of 1966 – 69 our leadership was transferred seamlessly from one year to the next by an educator: Leo Chareth, a prominent local attorney: James R. Cleary, Jr. and a respected clergyman: Rev. Dewey Peterson. Since then we have persisted, altering in makeup and in leadership, notwithstanding our changing community.  I think it is characteristic of our organization that Rotary remains as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.

Visitors and guests:

Gretchen brought three lovely young ladies who are employed by Emmaus House to enliven our Thursday meeting.

Happy $$$:

Jeannie: For looking forward to two weeks off before school begins

Megan: For a great time at the CRC Golf Tournament

Terry: Looking toward a few get-away days at the Mt. Washington Hotel

Chuck: For two weeks sailing the coast of Nova Scotia

Gretchen: Emmaus breakfast J

Jim: South Carolina get-away

Art: For his two-day sojourn to Williamstown

Jeannie silenced the groans from President Arturo’s puns with five more Happy $$$


Diane Itaska, President of the Duston Garrison Association described the Duston Garrison and its place among Haverhill’s Cultural Treasures and gave a riveting account of the epic Hannah Duston capture and escape from the Abenaki Indians. Thank you to Phil Brown for reminding us of it's location across from "Garrison" Golf Course.


Jim Traver won the raffle but left the jackpot intact.

Chuck Traver won the Happy $$$ prize contributed by Diane Itaska: Six passes to the Duston Garrison house for its September Open House.

Next Week’s Speaker:

Kaleigh Pare from the Buttonwoods Museum. A do not miss!


This message came in through our website from the Exchange Club:

I'm a local coordinator for exchange students PAX

I have a 15 year old boy coming from Pakistan for the 2016-2017 school year. Currently seeking families in the Haverhill school area to host for the school year or welcome him for 6 weeks just so his program doesn't get canceled. His interests are soccer, scouting, photography and swimming; speaks good English has his own spending money/medical insurance all families can host if you know of a family that would consider hosting contact linda_coffey I hope to find him a family soon thank you.


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