President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

When I first joined Rotary 29 years ago I did so in order to get to know the movers and shakers in the Cambridge community after I had taken a new position at a native trust company. It wasn’t an especially altruistic motive at the time but I quickly learned two important lessons: 1. Most Rotary Clubs do indeed attract a myriad of influential business and community leaders to their ranks, and 2. Any thoughts that it was simply a networking organization had to be quickly discarded. During my first 18 months in Cambridge I helped organize a 5K road race, assisted with the Family YMCA Thanksgiving Dinner, and co-chaired the National Honor Society Luncheon that the Club hosts every year at the Sheraton Commander.

Pleased to be a Cambridge Rotarian, I made many friendships.  Moreover, I was impressed that it was among the largest clubs in the district, second only to (gulp) the Haverhill Rotary Club. Not only that but during my early years Bill Adams was the District Governor and it was a happy occurrence for me when Bill made his DG visit. On two separate occasions I found time to do a make up in Haverhill, once when cousin Val was president. She somehow instantly found reason to fine me.

So I suppose it was a natural progression to join the Haverhill Rotary Club after leaving Cambridge. The clubs are alike in their commitment to community service and in the quality and character of their respective members. Already our Veterans Day Breakfast has established a thoughtful way to express our gratitude and honor those in the community who served our country, just as the Cambridge Club’s Luncheon recognized outstanding Cambridge R&L High School seniors. When I look back on it I realize that Cambridge Rotary’s community standing had nothing to do with dollars raised-- their funds were generally just enough to meet the Honor Society Luncheon expense and a few emergency donations-- it was their commitment to one another and to the community at large that stood out. The ideals are the same here. We may have a smaller treasury this year but sometimes actions speak louder than the almighty dollar. A truer maxim was never more evident than now. Our club displays character, resilience, enthusiasm, and good old fashion civic pride. And by any standard, the reward is always measured by friendship.

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have the length of 31 days. May is also the month with the shortest name with three letters. May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. I believe one of our members is going to Australia in June to visit a family member. Pack your mittens Terry.

2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Payouts:

                                                Win                 Place               Show

Always Dreaming                  $11.40              $7.20              $5.80

Lookin at Lee                                                 $26.60            $15.20

Battle of Midway                                                                   $20.80



Better Block in Downtown Haverhill

Needless to say Rotarians stepped up to support our city and the weekend Better Block project, donating time and energy to sweep the street clean! Beautification, betterment, and improved public space, of course we are there!

Last week:

PE Stacey presided in President Arthur’s absence.

Birthdays: Jim Traver

Anniversaries: Owen Murphy - 1 year

Guests: Jared introduced Heather Peatrou

Announcements: The last week to buy Jim Vanderpol’s book: 3 copies left.

Happy $$$

Jeanne:  Because Early Act Kids are doing a walk for hunger this weekend

Dick: is engaged!!!!!!!

Michel: $$ for Stacey running the meeting!

Melissa: Better Blocks downtown event is this weekend.

Harry: the Inaugural Ken Smith Car Race on June 15!

Bev: Kids Fest May 13 and the Annual Chamber Dinner June 8

Raffle: Jared had the winning ticket but came up empty as the 10 of Hearts. By my count there are twelve cards remaining in the deck and the Jackpot is close to $1000.

Speaker: Melissa told of her family’s trip to Atlanta to tape their appearance on Family Feud. She did not take a liking to Steve Harvey.


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