President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians,

Rotary meeting for February 8th at the Whittier Rehab is canceled due to weather. We will meet next week at the Poet's Inn at 11:30 AM February 16th.

The 2017 Polar Plunge was another spectacular mid-winter performance with Rotarians Jim Smith and Steve Bower taking the plunge along with Tom Faulkner, Jr. and Josh from Haverhill Bank rounding out the Haverhill Rotary squad, raising more than $1,200 to help Rotary International eradicate polio around the globe. Alas our cheerleader and part-time crustacean, Melissa was diverted by other obligations which kept her from attending this year’s dive, but in true Rotary spirit she fined herself a commutation fee of $100 for missing the frigid free-for-all. As you can imagine our hearty swimmers wasted no time getting in and out of the icy surf at Gloucester’s Long Beach before retreating to Harry and Mary’s fabulous home overlooking the Harbor in nearby Rockport where a warm shower, a bowl of hot chili and a cold beer awaited them. Topside at #2 Green Street, several awestruck onlookers including Nicole, Frank, Michel, Dale and Marcia Rogers, and my bride, Susan, enthusiastically greeted them. Congratulations Polar Bears!

Last week’s Visitors and guests:

Stacey introduced Mike Kimball from Santo Insurance

Harry brought along Dick Hanlon from Haverhill Bank

Billy Sheehan was our guest together with our speaker Russell Cooke


This Thursday meeting canceled: Whittier Rehab – Ward Hill

Feb. 16.           Poet’s Inn – Whittier Vo-Tech (11:30 a.m. start)

Feb. 23.           Northern Essex Community College.


Melissa and Harry talked up the Polar Plunge. Over $1,000 in pledges so far.

Happy $$$

Nicole: Happy that Bocce was a big success

Melissa is happy that Scott Cote is back and because Dick Hanlon has joined Haverhill Bank.

Scott: Happy for all of the get well wishes that he received.

Jared: New car!

Stacey: $10 because her kids are back to school after sick days and just in time to watch the Super Bowl together.

Darlene: Trip to Puerto Rico!

Rick, editorial correction: Niece had twins not daughter. Glad Scott is back.

Bernie $20: Proud of his Rotarians plus Andrew Atwood who served 155 meals this past Monday at the Haverhill Citizens Center. Special thanks were extended to Rick Atwood for making the Heavenly Doughnuts pick up and delivery.

Joe: Jeff Davis’s son plays for the HHS Basketball team that beat Central Catholic.

Dale: Because he displayed his traveling O2 concentrator that keeps him moving.

Eva: Happy to be back

Michel because he likes the Bradford Country Club

Art: A word of thanks to Kristen and her staff at BCC

Jean’s $10 earns Art’s mea culpa.


Russ Cooke, former NFL linebacker and motivational speaker. Russ gave an inspiring talk about the road to the NFL and it’s many travails and life after pro football that led him to Boston Coach a Fidelity owned company and ultimately to his consulting work that has rounded out a varied and rewarding career path.

This week’s speaker: Jason Petrou


Once again Greg DiBurro had the winning ticket and once again he left the jackpot intact! Looking like a the high end of $600 +



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