President’s Message

Fellow Rotarians:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  ~ Mark Twain

Now that my term is coming to a close and I can confidently turn the gavel over to Melissa. Susan and I plan to do some globetrotting. The Danube River is already on our calendar for September. And believe it or not I am presently reading Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick, so perhaps Nantucket and the Whaling Museum will be a spring destination. While lacking official title, I will definitely keep you informed of our explorations (not to mention some tales of local history) by way of periodic contributions to the Nairator.

Haverhill History Minute

Several trades were critical to the prosperity of our early settlement not the least of which was that of blacksmith. In 1657 John Johnson of Charlestown was contracted to move to Haverhill and given a house and land “provided he live here seven years, following the trade of blacksmith in doing the town’s work.” Blacksmiths worked with iron to make and repair tools people needed for farming, household tasks, and various other trades. When roads were established in the village, Johnson also fixed carts and wagons, and shod stage horses. His descendants carried on the trade through many generations and kept several sturdy shops at the same location. This circa 1895 photo depicts one of the last of the blacksmith shops to serve the city at the same generational Water Street location.

Last week:

30 Rotarians + Sue Sullivan, Holy Family Hospital (posting week 2)


Rotary after Hours at President Art’s house – 5:30

Melissa’s Induction as the 103rd President of the Haverhill Rotary Club will be Thursday June 29.

Eva’s Birthday was celebrated in song!

Happy $$$

For Harry’s embarrassing photo.

Buddy because he is back!

Jeanne: for her new Star Wars car (???)

Sally for her new car- it’s white but that’s all she will disclose.

Art: Because our Sergeant-at-Arms Bernard Baker is back!

Raffle: Steve claimed the lucky ticket but left the Jackpot intact.

The First Inaugural Ken Smith Matchbox Car Race was a huge success and fun galore with 40 cutthroat competitors vying for the win:

1st place: Chief Alan DeNaro

2nd place: Steve Bowen

3rd Place: Art V.

This week: Craig Jesiolowski, CEO of Holy Family Hospital will be our guest speaker. You do not want to miss this informative and timely talk.

Rotary After Hours at 3 Summer Sweet Lane was an unqualified fun night out with ideal weather and exceptionally pleasant camaraderie. Several seaworthy Rotarians even dared make the downstream trip with Owen by way of the mighty Merrimack.


Officers & Directors

• President Arthur Veasey

• President Elect Melissa Cerasuolo

• 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