President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,

Bring Back the Piano Man

Since the sad passing of Chandler Noyes we have been left without a pianist to liven our Thursday meetings. Not only has this resulted in some off-key renditions of God Bless America, it has also deprived our club of the Rotary-wide tradition of making music fun.  It was not so long ago that Rotary songbooks were distributed to each and every table and our club song meister accompanied by the keyboard talent of one of our members led Rotarians and guests in rousing chorus of R-O-T-A-R-Y  or that old standby, SMILE. It brought smiles and good cheer to an otherwise drab winter’s day and it promoted sunshine and fellowship when the crocuses were pushing through our spring  gardens. Therefore I am declaring it our mission to conduct a valley wide search in the midst of our membership drive, to identify and recruit an instrumentalist to bring back this time honored tradition.  It doesn’t have to be another Chandler mind you-- he  was an accomplished musician who played at Protestant churches, Catholic churches, and Jewish synagogues as well as our Rotary Club-- a little high energy saloon style keyboarding will do just fine.

Haverhill History Minute

King Davis reminds me that it was forty-six years ago that a red-headed, freckle faced girl of twelve donned the uniform for the Haverhill Rotary Club sponsored Little League Team throwing the community into a tizzy and casting Sharon Poole into the accidental role of trail-blazing suffragette of the baseball world. Time Magazine brought nationwide attention to our city and admonition to the league’s coaches and managers when it was revealed that she was forced to quit, and the two games in which she played (she drove in a run in her first game, went hitless in her second, and earned her teammates respect with her agility as a centerfielder) were erased from the record. Although no way complicit in her expulsion our club received dozens of angry letters from across the country deploring the act as discriminatory and unfair.


Reminder: The following venues are reserved 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

Next Monday January 30 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome Street. Please bring deserts or baked goods by 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 @ 11:00 a.m. Long Beach in Gloucester. If you are able please come support and better still, sponsor our Club Polar Bears Melissa Cerasuolo, Jim Smith and Steve Bower. Michel and I will be there to chronicle the event and Harry is opening his Rockport home for a post plunge celebration.


Mike Reilly – 34 years

Dale Rogers – 45 years

Jean Poth – 26 years

Happy $$$

My note-taker Jim was absent so let’s see how good my memory is: Hmmm… My bad!


Our own CPA Mike Reilly gave a knowledgeable and timely discussion on Income Taxes. Thank you Mike!


Matt held the ticket but left the jackpot intact. Yikes! Now $600+

This Week's Speaker

Nancy Montville, Legal Shield. Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and phishing scams.



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