President’s Message

If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants.” ~Isaac Newton

My rough translation: We are who we are because of the hard work of the people who came before us. 

I did some recalculating. Melissa will become the 105th president of the Haverhill Rotary Club’s history. I know the math doesn’t work out but take my word for it. So out of the 103 that preceded me I thought I might highlight three whose wisdom and dedication to the principles of Rotary helped chart a course for those who followed.

#1. The first club president was William E. How a local businessman who owned a stationery store in Washington Square. His inventory didn’t include just writing paper; the store also offered specialties in cutlery, fancy leather goods, fountain pens, typewriters and typewriter supplies, filing cabinets and loose-leaf binders.

Born January 10, 1858, just two years before the start of the Civil War, Mr. How was educated in the Haverhill public schools, and later graduated from Amherst College, in the class of 1881. Before opening his stationery enterprise, he was a newspaperman and editor of the Haverhill Daily Bulletin, the Lowell Daily Times, and the Syracuse NY Daily Herald.

It was said he was one of the first principal officers of every association in Haverhill founded to stimulate industry and civics. He was active in the city’s vibrant downtown community as the first secretary of the Haverhill Board of Trade, and when the Haverhill Advertising Club was formed he was elected as its first president. When the Haverhill Rotary Club was formed, it was largely through Mr. How’s efforts.

#35. Another distinguished past president (1940-1941) was Dr. Albert Consentino. Albert (Liberto in Italian) was born in 1898 in Mistretta, Sicily. He married Delia Araldo and through hard work and determination, became a medical doctor.  He practiced in Haverhill where he and Delia raised a family.  He was chief physician at the Hale Hospital, served on the Haverhill School Committee for twenty years, and was very involved with the Rotary Club.

The Consentino men were renowned musicians throughout several generations, many playing professionally. Albert never became a professional musician because he was busy enough with his medical practice and his civic commitments. He did, however, compose and publish numerous songs, mostly for children.

His civic work and devotion to the Haverhill School System did not go unnoticed. In 1970 the Dr. Albert B. Consentino Middle School was dedicated in his name.  As part of the dedication ceremony, the Haverhill High School Choraleens performed two of his songs: "Lullaby" and "Waltz Delia.”

#71. Bill Adams was a dyed-in-the-wool Rotarian serving as our club’s president in 1985-1986 and as District Governor in 1989. Bill was born in Haverhill in 1924 but moved to sunny Florida with his family as a youngster. A superb two sport athlete he played football for the University of Florida “Gators” and set the school track and field record for the 100 yard dash, a mark that stood until Olympic sprinter and future NFL star Bob Hayes broke his record in 1963.

After graduating with an engineering degree Bill did a stint in the Air Force before moving to Murray Hill, New Jersey with his new bride Ginny, starting as an entry level engineer at Bell Labs. Eventually he asked for and received a transfer “home” to the North Andover facility, perpetuating a career that lasted for almost 40 years often traveling on extended business trips to countries as distant as Saudi Arabia.

Bill broadened his travels through several Rotary sponsored excursions including a 1989 trip to China that landed them in the midst of the Tiananmen Square protests. 

Last week: 28 Rotarians plus: PP Vince Bonanno, PP Cindy Ryan, Wes Davis, and Jean MacDougall-Tattan from Holy Family Hospital.

Speaker: We reversed the order of business to accommodate our guest speaker Craig Jesiolowski, President of the Holy Family Hospitals serving Haverhill and Methuen. Mr. Jesiolowski gave a very informative talk augmented with a slide and video presentation on the hospital’s community impact and their efforts to reach out to the communities they serve.

2017 Rotary Grants: Art and Melissa awarded grants to Angel Flight, Bethany Homes, Career Resources, Community Action, Emmaus House, Northern Essex Community College, the YMCA, and Team Haverhill. Smaller gifts were also made to Gretchen Detora to help promote her book Danny and Dave Pay it Forward, the Boys and Girls Club for Camp Tasker, and to Brightside to sponsor a beautification planter near the junction of Water and Groveland Streets.


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