President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

“Make each day your masterpiece.” ~John Wooden

Jefferson Davis was not bigger than life he was life--strong and full of laughter. He radiated joy whether he was at work, at play, or simply relaxing with his family. Every day was Jeff’s masterpiece, which you could judge in several ways: by his optimism, by his volunteerism, by his business conduct, or by his devotion to family and friends, always with a quick wit and infectious sense of humor. A lifelong Hillie and proud of it, he was a member of the Class of ’77, the popular kid with an air of mischief, who grew up to become a staunch community leader. I have heard it said that you could take measure of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. If so Jefferson ranks high in character. Watching him serve the peas and carrots at the Citizens Center one could hardly miss how he chatted up every patron with a friendly greeting and a warm and genuine smile. And if friendships measure a man’s worth it will be difficult to think of someone richer. His legions of friends are witness to his big heart and generous spirit. So it is with a tear and a smile that we say goodbye to a friend.

Last Week:

37 Rotarians present


June 15 will be the Inaugural “Ken Smith” matchbox car race to raise $$ for the Rotary Foundation. See Harry or Jim for details.

Save the date: Rotary after Dark will begin at 5:30 p.m. on June 15th over the river and through the woods at Casa Veasey in West Newbury. Bring a friend who should know more about Rotary, and bring your spouse or significant other in celebration of the final homestretch of President Arturo’s year.

Happy (Sad) $$$


Frank wants to know when Art will don a cute hat like Melissa’s?

Linda Koutoulas: Opening up her private Art Gallery May 19

Terry: Sad $$ for Jefferson

Greg Stark: Sad $$ for Jefferson and a wonderful story about his last visit.

Bill K: $$ for Jeff, his friend and neighbor.

Scott: Missing Jefferson as both a friend and Bank Director

Dave Shaw: Remembering Jeff as a friend and Trustee of the First Baptist Church

Joe Cleary: In remembrance of Jeff

Jay Cleary: A fun remembrance of a day on the NH ski slopes with Jefferson

Art: will forever remember Jeff for his tan shoes and pink shoelaces.

Melissa: for Jefferson and his athletic side.

Nicole: for Jeff’s unyielding support of CRC

Kathy Bresnahan: Here today for Jeff.

Speaker: Our guest, Attorney Jay Cleary gave a fascinating description of several historic Haverhill Deeds including the 1642 Indian Deed by which Passaquo and Saggahew sold the lands comprising Pentucket to the inhabitants of Haverhill.  Copies of the original documents and a map of the original borders of Haverhill that included communities that we now know as Salem, Plaistow, Amesbury and Methuen augmented his talk.

Raffle: Our wait staff held the winning ticket but left the $994 jackpot intact.


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