President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

I joined a new fitness club last week to fill the void left by the devastating fire that disrupted Cedardale. I get my weekly workouts in but it’s not the same. When I read the newspaper accounts I learned that many of their members remarked that Cedardale was like family to them. That hit home because they really are my family.  But Cedardale is not the only Haverhill institution that feels like family. Both of our Merrimack Street stalwarts, Pentucket Bank and Haverhill Bank have been hometown financiers for over a century, fulfilling the dreams of homeowners, businesses, and thrifty savers, all the while supporting our community at large with their generous financial and volunteer assistance. That sure sounds like family to me. And how about the YMCA? That organization has been serving our city for as long as I can remember. Dole, Childs & Shaw has been around since the days of the horse and buggy, and Atwood Memorials quietly endures as an esteemed family owned business. Stark & Cronk, Foto Factory, King Davis a/k/a Coldwell Banker, Novak Realty, and HC Media: all local enterprises with that touch of famiglia.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speaking of family we celebrate with joy and a touch of sadness the news of Rabbi Korinow’s retirement. Joy because after 36 years of spiritual and community leadership, Ira will reap the rewards of a life well lived. We exult because we know that family, travel, and his beloved Red Sox will be high on his retirement list. Sadness, because we will be bereft his wholehearted compassion, moral compass, good humor, and vital spirit that lies within.

Nine Months in Review:  Milestones and Obstacles that Tested our Mettle

By almost every measure I believe that we are in the midst of a year of accomplishment as Rotarians. We have served our community in many different ways: from our treasury, our volunteerism, and from the heart. We also know that this has been a year of transition as we have moved on from our signature Duck Regatta to our universally acclaimed Veterans Day Breakfast. While a big success and a solid foundation to build upon, it could hardly be expected make up for the absent revenues of the Duck Race in year one. We were also compelled to pay GAME compensation for terminating our contract but were gratified by the pro bono legal representation of Dick Sheehan in bringing this matter to closure.

Although this means our checking account is not as robust as in recent years, your Board of Directors are making responsible fiduciary decisions to ensure that our grant making to worthy organizations will continue. If you are associated with, or know of a non-profit that depends on our support, please encourage them to apply for a Rotary Grant through our web page: Just click on the portal marked “Charities” then click on Request Form.

Last week:

Eva apprised the members of a retirement gala in Ira’s honor that will be hosted by the congregation of Temple Emanu-El at the Country Club on May 21.

Erin go Bragh: President O’Veasey announced that our club will reserve a table at the Exchange Club’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Friday March 17 at DiBurro’s. A show of hands instantly filled the table’s capacity (10). Tickets are $40 – see Art or email him if you want to join in the merriment:

Happy $$$

Stacey because she had the privilege of visiting with other Rotarians

Melissa: Her girls’ basketball team’s undefeated season!

Tom Faulkner: A new car (President Art asked what brand of automobile wondering if the contribution was commensurate to the level of luxury)

Eva: Cheers for Melissa’s B-ball team.

Scott: For Pentucket Bank’s Annual Corporators meeting.  125 years!

Allison seconded Scott’s celebratory announcement.

Speakers: Derek Tomes and Pete Edgerly gave an interesting presentation for In-Motion-Media a unique advertising company founded by Derek that utilizes a roving fleet of vehicles to market the products, services, or events, for a variety of customers.

Raffle: Art held the winning ticket but left the ace of clubs securely hidden in the deck. The jackpot is now north of $700.

This week: Children’s author Gretchen Detora


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