President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,

As we pierce the year 2017 I foresee opportunity ahead: The Patriots and Tom Brady will have a chance to win a 5th Super Bowl Championship and forever silence the naysayers. And the Red Sox have reloaded to keep alive our perennial hopes for the Beantown nine. Moreover, our fair city will go deeper into another year of its amazing downtown revitalization. Which brings me to this observation. Every vibrant city in America which claims that it embodies Main Street USA, has a dynamic Rotary Club. Just like baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, Rotary has always been a part of our national fabric. So with Haverhill on the rise again, isn’t it only natural that our Rotary Club should enlarge its already robust membership?

Rotary offers something for everybody and we are fortunate to have an outstanding club that boasts a diverse makeup which includes professionals, business executives, non-profits, tradesmen, educators, religious leaders, and of course retirees, to name but a few.  We also spread the age line nicely so there is no generational gap that can’t be bridged through community service. But having a positive impact on our community is only one part of Rotary. I hardly think anyone who arrives at the Country Club every Thursday does so purely out of a sense of civic obligation. As far as I can discern everyone there looks forward to our luncheons as a break from the routine and a chance for friendly chatter, possibly an interesting speaker, and FUN! Yes for some reason this club is not lacking for good natured humor, spirited banter, and even the occasional skit to spoof whatever observance is before us (*see below).

So with this in mind lets start the second half of my term as your president with an ambitious goal to recruit new members. This shouldn’t be difficult. Simply identify someone who impresses you as possessing high standards: men and women of good character who are looking for a way to return something back to the communities where they live, work, and socialize. Invite them to a lunch. You can impress upon them that not only will they feel good about themselves for being a Rotarian, they are also very likely to have a good time while they’re at it.

Visitors and Guests

Mark Rosen, Coldwell Banker Real Estate was Jim Smith’s guest

Michel introduced Beverly Donovan, Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Andy Eicle, Benchmark Senior Living. Both Bev and Andy are being posted for membership.


The Country Club will be closed for the month of February and so far we have lined up the following alternate meeting places:

February 16th  Poet’s Inn – This is always a fun and interesting meeting as the culinary arts students at Whittier Vo-Tech demonstrate their skills in delighting the members with good food and service. Bring along your spouse or significant other.

February 23rd Northern Essex Community College – Thank you Jean Poth.

February 2nd & 9th   We are working on it and will let you know where and when.

Scott Cote is recuperating at home from back surgery. E-Cards and emails are a nice way to wish him a speedy recovery: You may also send cards the old fashioned way to: 

Scott Cote
47 Overton Rd.
Windham, NH 03087

This just in  – The Polar Plunge is Saturday February 4th in Gloucester.

Happy $$$

Greg: An anonymous good deed doer picked up his New Years Eve dinner tab.

Bernie: Happy to be back and on the mend (Applause from the members!)

Dick: He will be the guest speaker at the Waltham Rotary Club for Angel Wings

Darlene: Happy that Bernie is back!

Megan: Happy for her trip to Tennessee

Frank: Happy for HCTV’s award for best local business

Allison: Kids being home for Christmas!

New Years Resolutions:

*President Arturo announced the Top Ten Rotarian Resolutions for 2017.  Laughter and merriment ensued.

Speaker — Gretchen introduced Al Hanscom from Emmaus house. Al gave an interesting talk on how Emmaus is stabilizing homelessness through affordable housing. He said that Police and churches are work effectively with them in identifying and helping to get the homeless into affordable shelter homes.

Raffle — Harry had the winning number but left the jackpot at $554 and growing!

This week: David Ostrowsky, author: Game Over or Game On



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