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In less than 2 weeks, the Fourth of July four-day weekend will be here!

The 28th annual Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, July 1, rain or shine, at Tuck’s Point. The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club needs volunteers to host this event. We have many returning workers, most notably Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Brad Hill who return every year to flip pancakes. We welcome all volunteers, new faces and regulars. Please email RSVP@manchesteressexrotary.org to help us plan. Students in need of community service hours are welcome.

Look for Rotarians selling tickets in front of the Post Office and Crosby’s Saturday mornings, 9am-noon, beginning June 10, or stop in at the Parks & Rec Department or Nor’East Frameworks. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the event. Children 6 and under are free.

This breakfast is a true-blue slice of Americana and draws crowds of all ages, townies and newcomers alike. Start or continue a tradition with your family by volunteering to serve at this event. If you don’t have email, call Dot at 526-8040, and leave a message.

Sadly, we wish Courtney Bratica good bye and good luck in her new location at People's Bank. And we welcome Aaron Thomas, new member from People's Bank in Manchester. Courtney will be gaining 3 hours a day, now that she was transferred to a bank near her home. Aaron has a short commute, from Gloucester to Manchester.

Kentucky Derby Auction & Party May 6 at 5:00pm

Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will host a Kentucky Derby Party & Auction at the American Legion in Manchester.  The $25 ticket includes a live screening of the race, wine tasting, dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as prizes for the best “his” and “her” Derby Day hats. It is a lively evening for a good cause. Senator Bruce Tarr is the auctioneer.  This event is the club’s major fundraiser of the year; proceeds fund scholarships to Essex and Manchester graduates, community activities such as Open Door meals, sponsorships such as Cape Ann Symphony and Music in Masconomo Park.

Tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian or at the door. For more information contact Dorothy Sieradzki, club secretary, at Info@manchesteressexrotary.org, or visit our website, http://manchesteressexrotary.org/.

Due to a family emergency, Kirk has canceled. He will reschedule this summer.

Tomorrow night, we are getting together informally at 7 Central at 6:00pm for drinks and dinner on our own along with some of the guests who were planning to attend.  No real meeting... think of it as a sort of calm before the Auction Storm!

Hope to see you tomorrow night,

- Jo

 

Prospective Member Event

TALKING SPORTS WITH

WEEI RADIOS KIRK MINIHANE

WEDNESDAY MAY 3

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

7 Central Restaurant 

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Join us for some hot-stove sport talk on the Pats, spring training report on the Red Sox and catch up on the latest with the Bruins & Celtics!

$25 at the door includes buffet dinner - Cash bar

 Please RSVP by May 1 to Josephine McCullough – RSVP@manchesteressexrotary.org

Cape Ann Rotaries, Rockport, Gloucester and Manchester-Essex, will partner for an evening at Gloucester Stage.


Cape Ann Rotarians will meet and get to know each-other at the Gloucester Stage Company. The Bank Job is a comedy, the perfect medium for a mixer.
Sandwiches and antipasto from Virgilio's and a cash bar complement the evening.

Rotarians should book their tickets early, $40 each. Use promo code Rotary17

www.gloucesterstage.com or phone 978-281-4433.

There will be a cut-off date (TBA) when the box office will be opened to the public.

267 East Main St
Gloucester, MA 01930
Free parking on street and on Rocky Neck Ave.

 

The Club met for breakfast at 7 Central this week. We're looking forward to breakfast on the deck when the weather warms up. Thanks to Tim Weeks for getting up early to prepare a delicious meal.
        

New location - new signs needed

Our move to a new location has prompted a review of our street signs. At the very least we need to replace the location and possibly refresh the 15 year old signs.
Let Josephine know if you have a suggestion.
Pine St.   School St.   School St.   Southern Ave.   Southern Ave.
Beginning in April, Manchester-Essex Rotarians will meet Wednesdays for breakfast at 7 Central Restaurant, at 7:15am. The Club is announcing a new membership format where members now “pay-as-they-go” (cash or check) eliminating the need to pay quarterly dues.  Many thanks to Paul Barclay and his staff for welcoming Rotary at 7 Central.
 
The new format is designed to attract people who cannot commit to weekly meetings.  Our schedule remains the same with breakfasts every Wednesday except for the fourth Wednesday of the month when we hold an evening meeting over dinner, usually at 7 Central. 
 
Rotary is a service club; members give back to the community and support international endeavors while making new friends throughout the greater Cape Ann area. Some of the activities M-E Rotarians participate in are providing quarterly Open Door meals, sponsoring Music in Masconomo Park, and our most visible event, the Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast. On the international level, we participate in the annual Polar Plunge to end polio. These are just a few of the activities we engage in. Join us at an upcoming meeting to see if Rotary is for you.
 
For more information contact Dorothy Sieradzki, club secretary, at Info@manchesteressexrotary.org, or visit our website, http://manchesteressexrotary.org/.
Val and Dennis have been the Club's caterers since its inception in 2002. The move from the Legion to 7 Central closes a door on old relationships and opens a window for Val and Dennis to retire. We wish them well, and their chickens too, as we all move on.
     

Congratulations Brendan and MERC members, we surpassed our goal of $600. Team effort does the trick!

Brendan O'Donoghue will plunge for the 3rd year running, for team Manchester-Essex!

Please support him, cheer him on February 4 at Long Beach in Gloucester and make a donation, online or via cell phone. Click here OR text polio359 to 71777 to see Brendan's fundraiser page.
 
 
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International? 
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50227/Stories/polar-plunge-donations#sthash.UY6Zned3.dpuf
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW

 
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International?
 
 
 

January 11, 2017

Alex Marshall, with President Josephine McCullough, and Caitlin Malloy receive checks for the coming semester.  Caitlin is a marketing major at Bentley, and studies service learning. Alex is a freshman at St. Michael's College in Vermont, with a dual major of biology and business.

Scholarship Winners Brendan Driscoll and Molly Lynch attend Breakfast meeting to receive checks

Molly Lynch, President Josephine McCullough, and Brendan Driscoll.  Brendan is a freshman at University of Rhode Island studying computer science. Molly is an early childhood education major at Penn State.
Kelly Finnerty, scholarship winner receives check from President Josephine McCullough.
 
Our club's annual Yankee Swap; Debbie picked the "freshest" gift.
Manchester's new Fire Chief, George Kramlinger, visits our breakfast meeting.
Manchester's new police chief, Ed Conley, was the speaker at our Breakfast meeting.
Rotary Josephine McCullough with Chief Ed Conley
Our club invited local veterans to breakfast this morning, to recognize their service to our country. Our speaker was Fred Hardy, VP of Patriot Riders of America, a service organization for veterans.
 
     
Our club helped sponsor the Beatles cover band, Studio Two and we gave out hotdogs and lemonade to the crowd.
The summer concert series put on by the Manchester Parks & Rec Dept is very popular, and the location, by the harbor can't be beat.
   

Nice Photo essay of the Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast in the July 4 edition.

Our club filled a table at the Danvers Yacht Club Installation of new officers night.
Congratulations Josephine!
Once a quarter our club prepares a dinner for the Open Door clients in Gloucester. Capt. Deb Marcus was assisted by Rotarians Andy Harris, Dot Sieradzki, Heidi Hanson and Heidi's children Ollie and Jack.
Who says volunteering can't be fun too?
        

Sheryl Meehan, new DG, installed the new officers for 2016-2017.
     President, Josephine McCullough
     President Elect, Mike Storella
     Treasurer, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer
     Secretary, Dot Sieradzki
     Foundation, Dave Ray
     First V.P., Mike Storella
     Second V.P., Chris Shea
     Third V.P., Rob Lipkowitz
     Membership, Bridget Murray
     Public Relations, Dot Sieradzki
     Web Site, Sarah Buck
At our June evening Rotary meeting, outgoing President Bridget Murray recapped some of the year's accomplishments while members enjoyed an Italian dinner at the Ravenswood Nature Center. After a short walk and historical presentation by Ramona Latham, the Engagement Manager for Cape Ann properties of The Trustees and an expert environmental educator, Bridget walked the club through the past 12 months, scholarship awards, sponsorship of cultural, educational, and civic organizations, while building friendships and networking with the community. VP Josephine McCullough, incoming president, presented Bridget with the coveted "Past President" pin and plaque, as well as a memento of the club's appreciation of her hard work. Bridget showed her appreciation of club members with gifts of flower baskets. After a short hiatus, namely the Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast, the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will resume meeting July 6 at the American Legion Hall.

The 27th annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, July 2 at Tuck's Point.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Kids under 6 are free.
Meet your friends and neighbors, enjoy the view, and kick-off your July 4th weekend.
Stephanie Clark of Amirah and Christina Bain of Babson College
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club hosted the MERHS Global Issues classes at its February 10 breakfast meeting.  Manchester resident Christina Bain, of Babson College, gave an informative talk on the topic of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Ms Bain discussed the history of national and international legislation designed to stop the exploitation of adults and children worldwide, and as close to home as Peabody, MA.  Guests included faculty members Donna McKay and James Walliman, and Stephanie Clark, Executive Director of Amirah Boston.  Amirah is a non-profit organization located in the Boston area, offering a refuge and transformative whole-person care for survivors of commercial exploitation.
Diane Lindquist was inducted into the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club at their breakfast meeting, March 30. President Bridget Murray welcomed Diane in a brief ceremony describing Rotary's commitment to "service above self" and reciting Rotary's four-way test: Is it the TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? The members then welcomed Diane to the club.
 
 
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