President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,

Young Guns

We speak recurrently about the veterans of the Haverhill Rotary Club. We know who they are without mentioning them by name; Rotarians who live and/or work in greater Haverhill who have earned the unofficial distinction of community leaders through hard work and volunteerism.  Esteemed men and women who know that community service is a byproduct of success and achievement. But who are tomorrow’s leaders and from whence will they gain the wisdom and experience to assume the mantel of community leadership? Well you don’t have to look any further than your club to find some good candidates.

We are fortunate to have a core of thirty-something Rotarians who have caught my eye as future leaders: Jim, Steve, Melissa, Nicole, Evan, and Owen have already demonstrated a desire to volunteer their time and energy to good deeds both inside and outside this club. And they follow in the footsteps of their immediate predecessors who are just now in their prime years of community leadership: Tim, Stacey, Allison, Tracy, Gretchen, Jim T. and Jared. Forgive me if I left someone out.

This foreshadows a strong and dynamic Haverhill Rotary for tomorrow. Yet we cannot rest on our laurels when it comes to attracting and engaging the best and brightest to this #1 community service club. We must identify more people of good character who may be seeking a vehicle to help those less fortunate in our midst, to promote our schools and the children who will one day follow in our footsteps, and to assist the myriad organizations that rely on our financial participation.

Visitors and Guests

Returning guest and once and future Rotarian Andy Eick.

HHS sophomores and Interact Club members: Adam Maagoul and Andrew Bove.

Announcements

We now have secured the following venues for our February meetings:

Feb. 2             The Bradford Country Club

Feb. 9             Whittier Rehab – Ward Hill

Feb. 16           Poet’s Inn – Whittier Vo-Tech

Feb. 23           Northern Essex Community College

Community Meals

Monday January 30 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome Street. Please bring deserts or baked goods buy 4:30 p.m.  Gretchen Arntz, Steve Bowen, Phil Brown, Joe Cleary, Bernie Clohisy, John Cuneo, Jefferson Davis, John Jameson, Bill Klueber, Linda Koutoulas, Jonathan Miller, Megan Shea, Ken Smith, Michel vanRavestyn, Arthur Veasey

Polar Plunge

Feb. 4 in Gloucester. Please contact Jim Smith or Harry for details.

Birthdays

Sarah Jan. 12 and Evan Jan. 16 were regaled in song and reverie.

Anniversaries

Tom 35 years, Darlene 25, Bernie 25, Greg D. 24, Bill 35, Ira 36, J Jonathan 26, David 25 and Honorary Rotarian and PP Val Veasey 24.

Attention Directors

We will have a Board of Directors conclave immediately following this week’s meeting.

Happy $$$

Tracy: For the Y’s travel basketball fundraiser 2/11 at the Barking Dog.

Nicole: Because she missed everyone during her brief sick leave and for Bocce 1/28

Melissa: Happy to be well again and thank you Rotary for sponsoring HHS Girls Alumni Basketball Game.

Ira: In recognition of the annual MLK observance at Temple Emanu-el and for his 2017 semi-retirement.

Dick: For another successful Rotary meeting and for his sister’s good news!

Tom: Contributed $10 to cause Art to cease and desist from his top ten.

Speaker

Author David Ostrowsky discussed his book Game Over or Game On about how pro athletes leave sports and enjoy the game of life. A vigorous Q&A followed.

This Week’s Speaker

Our own Tom Reilly just in time for Tax Season!

Raffle

Stacey held the winning number but drew the Ace of Diamonds leaving the now robust jackpot intact!

 

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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

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