President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

Getting a cold is miserable. It knocks you out. It might not lay you up, but it sure slows you down. It affects everything you do including sleeping, talking, working, and even thinking. This is my second one of the season. When I got the first one I thought, “OK, I’m done. That old rhinovirus can’t circle back and bite me for at least another year.” Wrong!  

This is worse than the cold that bit me last February. I know because my wife brought that one back from New York City where she had been attending the Westminster Dog Show. Gotham, of course! Those denizens of Patriots hating, Red Sox baiting, and germ spreading, metropolitans have been assaulting us for years. But I can’t blame this one on them, no this one came from out of the blue.  I got sick the way Hemingway said you go broke: “gradually and then suddenly.”

After all I keep the Purell handy in a spot inside the car so that I can sanitize every time I leave Market Basket; and my uncle Everett always cautioned me, ”Don’t touch no doorknobs!” so I don’t. And for cripes sake I just returned from sunny Florida.

How it found me I don’t know but now I have to deal with it. Chicken soup and ginger tea are supposed to be good for the common cold so I tried the soup and split the difference with a beer and a small ham and swiss on pumpernickel. Modern medicines are okay but a hot toddy before bedtime is a lot better than cough syrup.

Today, as I compose this missive on my laptop, I am resting and watching golf on CBS.  I tried gardening earlier in the day but quit after about 20 minutes. Even a Sunday drive proved to be an unhappy diversion when the coughing, wheezing, and sneezing threatened to infect my driver. So here I sit watching TV with my dog. I am told that man’s best friend cannot catch colds from us humans since they have some kind of immunity to the virus. He lies nearby, content to be at my side. What??? How can that be? After all, this misery and suffering all started with a visit to a dog show.

Last week:

We had a headcount somewhere north of 30 Rotarians!!!

Gretchen brought as her guest, Margo Regan from Emmaus House.


Bernie: Just eight Rotarians plus Andrew Atwood served more than 180 community meals to those in need of a nourishing supper, a sweet dessert, and service with a smile. Our people power was low in in numbers but we came through and proved once again the enduring Rotary adage of service above self.

June 15 is the inaugural “Ken Smith” matchbox car race. See Harry or Jim to qualify.

Michel: The Haverhill Firefighting Museum is having their Kentucky Derby Day Gala on Saturday May 6 and Cynthia Graham is leaving two guest passes and two complimentary mint juleps tickets at the door for the Rotary Club as thanks for our support of the 9-11 Memorial and Dedication. See Michel if you would like to attend.

Art: Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled to this Tuesday May 2 @ 4:00 p.m. at Pentucket Bank, 1 Merrimack Street.

Joe Cleary: This day in Red Sox history!

This week: Melissa Cerasuolo will be our speaker

 Happy$$$: Too many to recall but a generous and verbose group.

Speaker: Jason Petrou our speaker gave a most interesting description of how he launched his start up business, CEO Beverage (Complete Energy On-demand). Jay is member of an established Haverhill family that owns and operates Olivia’s and Kruger’s two locally successful restaurants.  After researching and investigating several business opportunities Jay’s interest in this venture was a natural result, bringing to the marketplace an energy drink that reflects both his active life-style and his family business background.

Raffle: Jason, our guest speaker held the winning ticket but he did not draw the ace of clubs leaving our burgeoning jackpot not only intact but also getting closer to one grand!!!


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