President’s Message

Dear Santa Claus,

            My name is Holly the Hillie Rotarian and I am 102 and 1/2 years old yet I am very young at heart. I have been very good this year Santa. I helped Terry and Bernie feed the less fortunate many times, and I listen politely to Michel when he tells lame jokes. I am also nice to Evan even though he can be really annoying sometimes. I rang the bell for the Salvation Army last Christmas and Megan was awesome—she got everyone to give. And by the way the Polar Plunge was brrrrry, brrrrry challenging.

            Thank you for all the presents last year. They were really nice, and we played with all of them a lot. Especially the matchbox cars that Uncle Jim brings out every spring--but don’t send any more to Melissa, she wins all the time from lane 3… cheater! Just kidding. The pies this year were very delicious and that naughty elf Harry made everyone pay a lot of money for them but it was for a good cause. And who can forget the feeling when Barbara pulled the Ace of Clubs and won the jackpot-- it warmed our hearts.

            We also did some good deeds this year like when we helped Miss Cote’s Discovery Classroom build a garden and Rick gave a bench and he even inscribed it for nothing. Meanwhile the Cogswell Art Space sounded like a fantastic idea so we gave them some of the money they needed to make it happen. Then Stacey, the good elf, organized everybody to have a swell breakfast for the veterans and it was really special. Oh I almost forgot: the National Night Out at Swazey Field was way cool on a hot summer night and lots of fun too.

            We lost three friends this year Santa, and that makes us sad, but I know that we are better Rotarians for having served with such exemplary gentlemen.

        Please give my love to Mrs. Claus, the elves, and all the reindeer, especially Rudolph. I will leave some carrots for them next to your scotch and soda.



Visitors and guests: Last week we had 36 Rotarians and three guests: Cynthia Carver from the Salem Co-operative Bank, Beverly Donovan from the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, and our special guest speaker whose identity will be revealed below.

Announcements: District Governor and our own PP Sheryl Meehan will visit on December 15 – a good thing President Arthur distributed the “Rotary Serving Humanity” pins before her arrival!

Reminders: December 22 and 29 there are no meetings in observance of the holidays.

Also the Country Club will be closed again in February. Art and Jean will determine our mystery meeting places and let you know well in advance.

Finally, as we approach the winter season remember that if there is no school in Haverhill due to inclement weather then there is no Rotary either and that’s a fact Jack.

Happy $$$:

Michel: To strongly urge President Arthur to flush out and fine the person whose phone went off during Rabbi Ira’s invocation. Arthur responded and Tom paid the price.

Steve: Happy to be at the big table with all the Young Guns

Nicole for hosting and preparing her first Thanksgiving Day dinner-- 20 lb. turkey and all!

Tracy for a successful Educator of the Year Banquet and for the YMCA’s 2nd Place Best Float in the Annual VFW Santa Parade

Evan was fined for not knowing the 1st Place winner (Cedardale!)

Dick: $$ for having his guest and Cindy for a great Thanksgiving.

Melissa and her family will be on Family Feud in April!!! Woohoo!

Harry the Grinch: because he’s glad he will not be appearing on Family Feud.

Dale because he is looking forward to attending a Warren Miller Ski Movie sponsored by the North Andover Rotary Club

John Jamieson did a make-up meeting at the Gloucester Rotary Club and brought back three pair of brand new Orvis gloves as part of their Winter Gloves for the Homeless Drive. After brief deliberation the goods were awarded to Gretchen for her Emmaus House residents.

Our Guest Speaker: Dr. Lane Glenn the President of Northern Essex Community College gave a thought-provoking talk on a student’s approach to finding and selecting a college. He also informed us of several new initiatives at NECC and described the two campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence. An inquisitive Q&A period followed.

Raffle: Barbara held the winning ticket and Dr. Glenn fanned the cards but she drew the Five of Clubs leaving the Jackpot intact.

This week’s speaker: City Councilor and MV Chamber President Joe Bevilacqua.


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