President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

On Sunday I was among the 250 plus admirers who filled the big room at the Haverhill Country Club to honor our friend and fellow Rotarian Ira Korinow in a gala celebration of his retirement after 36 years as Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El.

I was indeed honored, privileged, and thrilled to speak as part of the program.  My brief remarks are as follows:

“Rabbi Korinow is a spiritual leader, community advocate, and model Rotarian, our club President in 2009. On top of that we call him friend.

In the midst of the challenges of declining membership among service organizations nationwide, the Rotary Club survives and even thrives in Haverhill-- a classic example of multiple generations coming together to serve their community. By that I include:

• Gen Z, or Centennials

• Millennials or Gen Y

• Generation X

• And of course Baby Boomers:

Ira and I are from the latter generation so we share many memories: the ’67 Red Sox, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, the war in Viet Nam, and a remarkable thing: a gradual realization among baby boomers, and generations thereafter, of our collective responsibility to give back to our communities. This is where my Rotary life intersected with Rabbi Korinow.

Ira was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 2009, the highest distinction that we bestow at the club level.

Paul Harris the founder of Rotary once said: “It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement, rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement.” 

When I think of Ira I think of one of our guiding principles: The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships:

• Is it the TRUTH?

• Is it FAIR to all concerned?


• Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

These are ideals that Ira has promoted by example his entire career: at community meals at the Citizens Center, during his presidency with the Shelter Box Drive for Haitian Relief, and as Duck Race meister and cheerleader at the annual River Ruckus.

So it is with admiration, friendship, and esteem that I express on behalf of the Rotary Club of Haverhill our thanks to Rabbi Ira for embodying our motto of Service Above Self.

Your guidance and encouragement has helped us to thrive in our community, and I personally am fortunate to have had your experience to rely on. May the next phase of your life bring you all the happiness that you deserve and more.”

Last week: 26 Rotarians (c’mon folks we can do better)

Anniversaries: Owen 1 year, Eva 3 years (tumultuous applause!)


June 15 the inaugural “Ken Smith” matchbox car race, see Jim or Harry

Special Evening Event June 15  @ 5:30 p.m. Casa Veasey – bring a date!

RYLA: June 2-4 at Camp Rotary in Boxford – sophomores and/or juniors

Happy $$$: Too many to recall without my sidekick Jim but lots of thoughtful contributions.

Speaker: Renee Noel is an experienced physical therapist and rehab manager who serves as the Director of Partnership Services at Arete Rehab. She is a 2010 graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in rehab science and a doctorate of physical therapy. Renee put the members through an active group calisthenics effort.

Raffle: Was it Dick Sundell? If so he left the jackpot intact. The pot is well over $1000 so you’d better be present this week you lucky Rotarians!

This week: Our speaker Thomas Grannemann, Ph.D. is a Haverhill resident with a strong belief in the importance of public education. He created the website:


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