President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

Spring is here and soon my term as president will come to close and new aspirations will come forth like the crocuses emerging from our gardens when Stacey prepares to assume the mantle for 2017-18. Before that transition, however, we have plenty to keep our club occupied: Rotary Scholarships to area high school seniors preparing for the next step in their higher education. Grants to the many worthy organizations in greater Haverhill and surrounding communities must be parsed and distributed. This will require thoughtful deliberation since our post Duck Regatta treasury is not as robust as in previous years, though we know that to be a brief aberration.

The annual and now inaugural “Ken Smith” matchbox car race on June 15 promises to be as competitive and as entertaining as in years past and a fun way to raise Rotary Foundation contributions toward future Paul Harris Fellowships. $100 is your entry fee for those who have not already contributed this year. You can buy your own car (CVS has them as well as countless toy/hobby shops) or Jim Traver will select a model and vehicle type for you from his pre-owned inventory.

Membership: It is still my goal to introduce new recruits to the #1 service club in the city. I will work with PE Stacey and PP Michel to see if we can’t find a suitable time and place for a Springtime Rotary after hours when we can all relax, socialize and bring a friend, associate, or neighbor to discover what our club is all about. Remember, the steadfast members on our roster are the life-blood for the continued success, relevance, and community standing that we enjoy as a service organization.

And now for a little amusement and mental exercise I present you with my first Rotary Crossword Puzzle. Who can solve the who’s who by this weeks meeting?

Last week:

Attendance: 27 -- WHAT??? I thought that other club convened on Tuesdays.  Let’s get it going again Rotarians. After all our Thursday luncheons are half the fun!

Happy $$$

Art is very happy that Mike Reilly has emerged from another tax season (applause).

Scott: Thank you all who attended the Pentucket Bank Plaza open house.

Allison: Just returned from her middle son’s wedding, which brought all three of her kids together.

Michel because he is happy to be back!

Dick: Retiring the Sun Valley Road Runner in favor of a new trailer.

Harry is still happy for life in Rockport

Art: For Melissa’s screen test on “Family Feud”

Speaker: Our own Tracy Fuller started us off with a quiz.

Q: when did the YMCA open its doors in Haverhill? A: 1855

Q: how many people does the Y serve locally each year? A: 7,500

Q: when did the YMCA first begin swim lessons in the US? A: 1909

Tracy described the positive impact that the YMCA has on our community in addressing the two biggest needs: substance abuse, and chronic disease. In addition to the Winter Street Y they also have pre-school and Kindergarten care in the refurbished Whittier Building next door, and the Wadleigh House on Main Street provides affordable apartment living for 22 residents. Haverhill and Plaistow also sponsor the very popular summer day camps for children.

Raffle: Harry left the $850 untouched awaiting the next lucky ticket holder


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