President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,

A Haverhill History Minute

Many people see the recent controversy over the Trump Lawn Signs displayed on Kenoza Avenue in Haverhill as an ominous sign of discord in our country. Yet if we think politics today are dividing our citizenry consider the 1861 case of Ambrose Kimball. His editorials in the Essex Democrat had been a cause for consternation in Haverhill for their perceived Southern leanings.  On August 19 around nine p.m., a mob of rowdies, took Kimball from his house at gunpoint, stripped him, then tarred and feathered him. He was paraded down Merrimack Street to White’s Corner on a rail, then back to his newspaper office where he forced to cheer the national flag, and made to kneel and swear a loyalty oath before he was released.


Art read a letter from PP Cindy Ryan in which she gave her resignation to the club with grace and fondness. Thank you for your service Cindy-- once a Rotarian always a Rotarian.

Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year begins at sundown Sunday. Shanah Tovah to our friends and neighbors and Rotarians of the Jewish faith.

Birthdays and anniversaries:

Nicole led us in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday Tracy!

Happy $$$

Hi Derbogosian: Because he attended a meeting where he met Rico Petrocelli

Tim Jordan: An appreciation for all those who participated in the River Ruckus

Eva Valentine: Happy to be back from Laguna Beach

Michel: A big thank you to Stacey for the Chamber sponsored Casino Night

Dick Sundell: In appreciation for JetBlue in helping to fly a vet home.

Art V: A safe return home from Gotham and to show his appreciation for Steve Goddu’s patience and attentive publishing of the Nairator (and Steve added $5)

Tom Faulkner: For his son and granddaughter’s successful hike on Mt. Washington

And mercifully, Buddy Baker put a stop to Arturo’s lame puns

(Ed. note: I know they’re cheesy but they make me feel grate).

Speaker: With the unexpected nonappearance of our scheduled speaker Art and Stacey gave an informal talk on the November 10 Veterans Day Breakfast. This is our major 2016-17 event in the absence of the Duck Race and a lot of hard work has gone into its planning and execution by Stacey and her Events Committee. The breakfast will be in lieu of the regular Thursday Lunch meeting and you will be credited for the $15. Please support your club by attending, bring a guest or even better bring a veteran! The cost is $25 per person- veterans free. You can buy your ticket at our regular Rotary meeting, at any Pentucket Bank office, or as a last resort at the door at the HCC. Finally—if you know a business, a professional firm, or a philanthropist ask them if they would help sponsor this event. If you feel uncomfortable in soliciting a donation just give Stacey or me a warm introduction and we do the rest.

Next week’s speaker: Noah Koretz of Mass Development will speak to us about the ongoing and future development of downtown Haverhill. A do not miss!

Raffle: Michel held the winning ticket but alas the jackpot remains 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