President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,

A Haverhill History Minute: Inns and Taverns were important social institutions of eating, drinking and lodging in early America. The travel and transportation of people during the early eighteenth century required a respite on the road or turnpike for weary travelers. In fact distances were measured not so much from town to town as from tavern to tavern. Nonetheless in 1696 a complaint was made that there were “too many taverns” in Haverhill and it was decided that two taverns were “sufficient for the town ‘s benefit.” That decree could not have lasted very long because by the 1700s Haverhill was home to several establishments including Kendall’s Tavern, Knowles Tavern, Harrod’s, also known as the Freemason’s Arm, The Golden Ball, and Kimball Tavern to name a few.

Only the Kimball Tavern remains today at the junction of South Main and Salem Streets where it has presided over the Bradford Common for more than three centuries. Benjamin Kimball built the dwelling in 1690 after he married Mercy Hazeltine of Salisbury whose family were original settlers of Bradford. For more than two hundred years this enduring structure was home to several generations of the Kimball family and their descendants.

The Tavern was used at one time as a post office and was a stopping point for the Lowell to Newburyport stagecoach, which would pause there daily, delivering the news of the day as well as its thirsty wayfarers.

In the office of the old hostelry is the main fireplace that was said to hold eight-foot logs. It is in this room that the founders of Bradford Academy held a meeting in 1803 to establish a school for young students later to be known as Bradford Junior College.  Today it is carefully and thankfully preserved as an Antiques Shop.

The Founders Day Luncheon was a big hit with Harry and Frank leading the charge for pies and $$$ and Treasurer Bill reporting record results:

Pies  $768

Meals $540

Paul Harris checks $1890 Total $3198

Melissa gave the event a new innovation with “Pie Face,” an exciting game filled with fun, suspense, and whipped cream as someone was bound to get splatted!

Raffle: Somebody had the winning ticket and somebody left the jackpot intact – but I can’t remembah who the heck it was but we’re now pushin’ 500 bucks!!!

Community Meals:

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

~Mother Theresa


Fifteen Rotarians, two offspring, and one exchange student form Serbia made Thanksgiving Monday a special night for our Citizens Center patrons as a sumptuous pork roast, was served with mashed potatoes, sweet peas, carrots and assorted sweets to nearly 100 of our less fortunate Haverhill neighbors. Thank you Darlene, Melissa, Scott, Steve G., Tim, Owen, Rick, Terry, Steve B., Joe, Bill, Ira, Jonathan, Jered and your two sons Jacob and Ethan, plus our HHS exchange student, Phillip.

This week: Back to the Haverhill Country Club with Dr. Lane Glenn, President of Northern Essex Community College as our speaker -- A must for knowledgeable and erudite Rotarians!


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 Michel van Ravestyn

• 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