President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  ~Mark Twain

Father's Day

Next Sunday is Father’s Day. I’ve never really embraced Father’s Day as a holiday. It wasn’t even established as an official holiday until Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972 so who knows if it’s even legal. Its singular positive reprise was that I could count on adding to my closet another striped tie, de rigueur for bankers and lawyers. The downside was a casual shirt, usually colored in the most unthinkable pastel hues known to any red-blooded, all-American male’s imagination. Bert Barrett (the haberdasher and owner of Barrett’s Men’s Clothing on Merrimack Street) must have loved Father’s Day.

Susan and I were without kids before we adopted Helen more than ten years after taking our wedding vows. Until then, and year after year, our dog Gus’s signature was dutifully forged next to a paw print on some Father’s Day card featuring Snoopy; and for some reason Gus also got presents to add to his collection: a squeaky toy, rawhide bone, or the Federal Express man.

By the time Helen and Bobby validated my paternal qualifications, Sunday outings were all the rage. These excursions often gravitated toward museums, amusement parks, Brown’s Lobster Pound, and eventually the ever favorite “mystery ride.” One such drive found its destination in Rockport at the “Paper House.” This is an actual house made from rolled up newspapers and built by some odd ball who made a small fortune designing machines that made paper clips. He reportedly built this summer retreat, furnishings and all, as a hobby (yikes!). This settled once and for all, my view of the male dominated, slide rule packing, mechanical engineering profession, and at the same time put to an end, at least for the moment, to any future mystery rides.

Now mid-way through my 60s I have come to the conclusion, as humorist Dave Barry once observed, that the perfect Father's Day would be one in which you didn't even realize that it WAS Father's Day, because nobody was making you appreciate gifts you didn't want, or read greeting cards filled with lame Father's Day poetry: ''When I was just a little tyke, you showed me how to ride a bike-- And you were sweet to me that day, I drove your car into the bay-- Dad, I think you're really grand, I'm praying for your prostate gland.''

Anyway Happy Father’s Day! Or if you are not a father then wish a Happy Father’s Day to your Dad here on earth or in heaven. Have a cook out, play golf, or go to a baseball game. But whatever you do, don’t go to the Paper House!

Last week: 26 in attendance plus one guest, Susan Sullivan from Holy Family Hospital. We are posting Sue for membership!

Also: posting Wes Davis (week 3).


This week: June 15 the Ken Smith matchbox car race, proceeds from this annual event go to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). President Art noted that CNBC ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its list of Top 10 Charities for financial soundness and transparency.  With $1.2 billion in assets and with $232 million in program giving last year, TRF ranked about 25th among US Foundations in worldwide giving.

This Thursday @ 5:30 p.m. Rotary After Hours at President Arturo’s house, 3 Summer Sweet Lane, West Newbury over the river and through the woods!  Fun, fun, fun. Bring yourself, bring your spouse or significant other, and by all means bring a guest whom you think might make a good Rotarian.

Directions: After crossing the Groveland (Bates) Bridge go left (east) on Route 113 Main Street for about 2 miles until you come to the Pentucket Regional High School. Immediately beyond the PRHS entrance and separated only by a guardrail type divider is Farm Lane. Go left then take your first right onto Chestnut Street and proceed straight ahead until the road winds into Meadowsweet Lane. Less than 1/8th of a mile later Summer Sweet Lane is on your left. We are the white cape at #3.

Happy $$$

Nicole: Dessert- plus moving out of her house to a new pad- CRC Golf tourney 7/17

Dick: for the Ken Smith Celebration of Life

Eva: Gave up the family Beamer after 26 years and 400K miles for a new car.

Michel: for his new Mini-Cooper!

Melissa: first round of golf last Monday with her Haverhill Bank pals.

Scott: Remembering Ken Smith’s memorial observances.

Gretchen: Trip to Nashville; MV Credit Union Golf Tourney f/b/o Emmaus.

Steve: Generously tithing back after last week’s raffle winnings!

Raffle: A new deck of cards and a new jackpot worth $200. Our Sergeant-at-Arms had the winning number but left the Ace of Clubs untouched.

Speaker: Michael Smolak from Smolak Farm in North Andover. Mike described the farm operations as well as the unique summer dining events which they host featuring many distinguished area chefs.


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