President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

Last week we were enlightened and captivated by Gretchen Detora’s story of how she came to write her children’s book titled: “Dave and Danny Pay it Forward.” Paying it forward means responding to another person's kindness by being kind to someone else. The book was inspired by the sudden and tragic death of her friend David Vaughn who lived his life by example. Gretchen is actively integrating the book into elementary schools in North Andover and surrounding communities to spread this lesson of kindness and compassion to kids in grades K through Five.

We were delighted to have as our Interact guest, Emma Willard who is a senior at Haverhill High School. When Phil Brown emailed me last Thursday morning to alert me to her visit I immediately thought of the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY just across the state boundary from Williamstown. Emma Willard was a 19th century women’s rights activist who founded Troy Female Seminary, the first women’s school for higher education in the country. In 1895 it was renamed in her honor. I think our 21st century Emma is an ideal aspirant to carry on such a distinguished name.

On Friday we maxed out our table along with several other Rotarians who were scattered among the 200 or so guests at the 16th annual Rick Barry St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at DiBurro’s in Ward Hill. Our friendly rivals in the Exchange Club staged a morning of laughter, hi-jinx, and more than a few barbs thrown in the direction of our city’s politicians and business leaders.  A short video featuring our own Sven Amirian along with a cast of notable Hillies hilariously spoofed the new Harbor Place and it’s environs.

And speaking of hi-jinx your president is off to the Sunshine State for several days to confer, converse, and otherwise hobnob with five of my college fraternity brothers for our annual spring break get-together.  My bride will follow me down and rescue me before heading to the east coast for more R&R.  During my absence Stacey and Melissa, by reason of their congeniality, will rule over you. I command all of you to obey them, just as you have obeyed me.

Raffle: Our wait staff had the lucky ticket but left the Ace of Clubs securely hidden in the diminished deck. Jackpot is now way north of $700!

This week: Gus Reusch, curator of the Museum at the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace will be your speaker.


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