President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

I marvel at the mixture of so many generations of Rotarians that fill our dining hall at the Country Club every Thursday. So-called Traditionalists: born 1945 and before, Baby Boomers: 1946 to 1964, Generation X: 1965 to 1976, and the Millennials: 1977 to 1985. I don’t believe we have any Gen Z yet but Phil Brown probably has them waiting in the wings as Interact Club members.

If you don’t think generation makes a difference, consider this example: When asked to recall how and where Kennedy died, the Traditionalists and Baby Boomers would say gunshots in Dallas; Generation X remembers a plane crash near Martha’s Vineyard; and Millennials might say, “Kennedy who?”

 

Somehow we seem to bridge this age separation thing with geniality, good humor, high ideals, and aplomb. Yes aplomb. That is the self-assurance that I observe every time we come together to serve our neighbors and less fortunate friends at the Citizens Center. It is the style that caught my eye last November when we rallied together to stage a Veterans Day Breakfast that captured the spirit of our community. And it is the ease of manner in which we convene once every week to break bread and to enjoy one another’s company.

Last week:

Past President Michel inducted Beverly Donovan as our newest Haverhill Rotarian. Glad we made it official Bev, and a warm welcome to the club.

We presented Jeanne Schultz and Steve Goddu with Paul Harris Fellowship certificates and pins. Congratulations for achieving Rotary’s highest recognition and for joining the remarkable company of Paul Harris Fellows throughout our club, throughout our district, and throughout the world.

Adding to the luster of the day Rotarians Greg DiBurro (+1) and Joe Cleary (+2) enhanced their distinguished Paul Harris Fellowships as multiple recipients, receiving the distinctive sapphire jewels of recognition.

Announcements:

Melissa: The Annual Boys and Girls Club Celebration this Saturday, March 4, 6:00 p.m. at DiBurro’s, Ward Hill.

Nicole: Career resources Spring Fling in three weeks. Stay tuned.

Several Rotarians expressed to President Art sadness, concern, and unqualified support for Ed and Zoe Veasey and all of the staff at Cedardale in the wake of the devastating fire that damaged the club earlier in the week.

Happy $$$

Melissa: for Cedardale

Paul: With a twinkle in his eye because Greg D. will not be here for three weeks!

Nicole: Spring Fling!

Jared: Travel $$ having just returned from Puerto Rico

Evan: Sad happy $$ for Cedardale

Michel: Vacation $$ for a visit to the Rotary Club of Aruba

Greg: Nice to be appreciated (Ed. Note: Get outta heyah!)

Frank: Declares he has had no communication whatsoever with Russians!

Bill: For Bernie’s Birthday (Megan led the club in a rousing rendition of HBD)

Art: Thanking all for the outpouring of support for Cedardale.

Anniversaries:

Paul Bertholdt - 8 years

Dick Sundell - 8 years

Mike Hart - 5 years

Evan Sideman -1 year

Speaker: Jennifer Wassan of Windrush Farms in North Andover gave a wonderful talk and presentation on the non-profit organization, which provides equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs, veterans, and youth at risk. A Q&A followed and President Art noted that PP Val Veasey is a regular participant at Windrush.

Raffle: Scott held the lucky number but left the jackpot intact!  Now pushing $700!!!

This week: Derek Tomes, In-Motion-Media

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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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