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The Club was thrilled to induct two new members at our meeting last week for dinner at Allie's Cafe in Manchester. Peter Hoare (on the right), a retired health care executive, is the owner of Barn Dog Daycamp on Southern Avenue in Essex and also serves as a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the Essex Fire Department. Memory Layne, second from right, runs Memory Layne Creative, marketing and design services for small businesses, many which are local. They both reside in Essex. Welcome! Also pictured are Club President Jennifer Doane and Membership Director Tim Collins. If you'd like to be a more integral part of your community, and make some great friends, please consider joining The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club, anyone living or working in a community bordering Manchester or Essex is welcome.
The Manchester Essex Rotary Club is excited to announce the recent addition of three new members to our Rotary community. Please join us in welcoming Dianne Bucco, Laura Palermino and Michael Loring, pictured alongside club president Jennifer Doane and membership director Tim Collins. The recent induction was in conjunction with our membership mixer which was held to mingle with current members, as well as get to meet potential new members in a fun, social setting.
As Rotarians, we are always looking to invite others to learn of valuable work we, as Rotarians. do locally, as well as in support of national and international causes. Whether it’s providing local scholarships, working to support clean water systems and environmental causes, or working towards eradicating polio worldwide, our contributions truly make a difference. Perhaps you or someone you might know who would like to join this fun, fulfilling organization, if so, please reach out to Tim Collins, Membership Director, at timmycollins@gmail.com.
The 23nd Annual Manchester Essex Rotary Club / Landing Restaurant Golf Tournament was held October 5th at the Meadows Golf Course in Peabody, and raised over $7,000 for the Manchester Essex Scholarship fund, thank you to
all of the 82 golfers who participated, and to the weather which turned in our favor at the last minute and allowed us to play on a wet but not raining course.
Pictured are the winners of the long drive, Carley Cook, and the closest to the pin, Lisa Willwerth.  Congratulations to these ladies on their expert golfing, showing the men how it’s done! 

The winners for this scramble format team tournament are as follows:

Best Gross Score of 59, 11 under par, Bill Willis, Dave Dufour, Rory Ekstrom, Joe McCain
Runner Up Gross Score of 61 Mike McEachern, Jon Kayle, Fran Semons, Josh Hayes          
Best Net Score (adjusted for handicap) of 54 - 17 under par - Bob Dumais, Brad Pierce, Kevin Johnson, Don Burgess

Runner Up Net Score of 57 - Bill Stone, Chris Nesbit, Max Nesbit
Photo of Club Member Sean Zahn raising the mainsail 
We had a fantastic sail on the Ardelle last night courtesy of Captain Harold Burnham https://www.facebook.com/schooner.ardelle and his crew, and to Rotary Club member Sarah Willwerth-Dyerwerth-Dyer for putting the event together. You can see a plot of our course here as recorded by our new member Mike Loring https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/7537258874
Paul Harris Award Recipients
Two Manchester Residents Recognized for "Service Above Self"
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is pleased to honor two great residents from Manchester-by-the-Sea: Sue Thorne and Tom Kehoe.
Most recently, this impressive pair were the Co-chairs of the town's 375 Committee starting in 2019 that is still working together in 2021.  Their skill and dedication to this milestone celebration has been exemplary.  They brought together a cross section of town citizens to their 375 Committee that produced and excellent program of events, fundraising, gatherings and historical updates and education. 
Over the course of their careers, Sue and Tom have been very much involved with the care of Manchester-by-the-Sea. Both served on the Board of Selectmen for many years and other positions when they were chosen to "get it done" and "get it done right."
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will present them each with the coveted Paul Harris Award certificate and pin.  This award is normally given to Rotarians for merited service and long-term membership, but Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self."  The local Club voted that Sue and Tom are the poster people for such recognition and we thank them for their many accomplishments and years of service to the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea.  
Sue Thorn responded, "...I have to say I was totally surprised and so honored to be named a Paul Harris recipient!!  Thank you so much for giving me that special recognition.  It means a great deal to me.  Giving back to Manchester has been such a pleasure!!  ..."
Tom Kehoe said, "Just a quick note to say how honored I am to be presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award at the Red, White and Blue Breakfast. It is an honor to be presented an award for Service by such a service dedicated club like the Rotary.
Great job at the breakfast, I can not believe the amount of food that was prepared and eaten by the large number of guests that you had at Tuck's Point on that not so summer-like morning.
My Thanks to you and the leadership of the ME Rotary as well as all the members for the honor that was presented to me.  I'm humbled more after talking to a couple of great Rotarians I know from Marblehead when I told them about the award I received."
Tom Kehoe being presented with the Paul Harris Award on September 8th, 2021.  Pictured from left to right are last years Rotary District Governor Joan Arsenault and Manchester Essex Rotary Club members Chris Shea, Mike Storella, Tim Collins, Tom, presenting Tom with the award last years club president Sean Zahn, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer, Judy Laspesa, Dorothy "Dot" Sieradzki, Bill Schwab and Deborah Marcus.  Story by Josephine McCollough, photo by incoming president Jack Costello. 
Manchester Essex Rotary / Landing Restaurant 
Golf Tournament
Tuesday, October 5, 2021     
Shotgun Start at 12:30
  Scramble Format  
The Meadow At Peabody Golf Course
 80 Granite Street, Peabody MA 01960
$125 Entry Fee includes 
Greens Fee, Golf Cart, Beverages, Prizes, Dinner
Dinner Only $50
            To Benefit: Manchester Essex Rotary Scholarship Fund
            For Information Contact:  Chris Shea 508-843-4979  cknsshea@aol.com
Tim Collins 617-840-0827 timmyjcollins@gmail.com
            To Register to Play
            To Register for Dinner Only 
The Manchester Essex Rotary Club recently welcomed four new members into the local chapter of Rotary International. Pictured below are our new members from left to right: Tom Colbert, Liz Colbert, Becci Sollosy, Stacey Scott, Past M/E Rotary President Chris Shea, and Membership Chair Tim Collins
Membership in Rotary International is a great way to meet new people, become involved in community events and projects, and make a valuable contribution locally as well as globally.
"There's no crying in baseball!"

Born and raised in Essex, MA., Annie Gosbee honed her skills at the Essex town hall baseball field.  With grit and determination she fulfilled her dream to play baseball in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  Annie was an All Star while playing for the Grand Rapids Chicks.  She later played for the Rockford Peaches made famous in the movie "A League of Their Own."  The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY has a special exhibit dedicated to the AAGPBL, the teams and players.  Annie's Story is one of inspiration to all who follow their dreams.  
11:00 - 12:30 
Girls Exhibition Game
Lunch: free hot dogs!
12:30 - 1:00 
Unveiling of Bronze Plaque
Master of Ceremonies: Rob Bradford, WEEI Radio
Dignitary: Senator Bruce Tarr
See Annie's full biography at: https://AAGPBL.org/profiles/Annie-gosbee/307
Please support by donating towards the bronze plaque depicting Annie and her story to be displayed at the field, https://tinyurl.com/yumm87tk

Rotary at work.

The Manchester Essex Rotary Club is excited to announce its involvement once again in the Festival By the Sea, sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, which will be held Saturday August 7, in Masconomo Park, and surrounding downtown areas. This yearly festival offers a first hand experience to enjoy the splendor of the local art and artisan scene, embrace the talent of our neighbors and members of the community, as well as spend time appreciating our town. 

The Manchester Essex Rotary club is proud to partner with the Cape Ann Chamber to bring awareness to the multitude of service, civic and artistic opportunities Cape Ann has to offer.  As you stroll through the idyllic park, please visit us at the booth sponsored by the Rotary Club to learn more about Rotary International, hear about our mission and service programs, both locally and worldwide, and perhaps be inspired to join us.  You may be surprised to find that Rotary is involved with many organizations of interest to you and this is a golden opportunity to become more involved. You will surely see friends, old and new!

Fresh off the success of our Red White and Blue pancake breakfast in July, we will be changing up our menu, offering hamburgers, hotdogs and other treats.  See you on August 7th for a day filled with art, food, fun and good times!

Thank you everyone for making our Red, White & Blue Breakfast this morning a HUGE SUCESS!! We were fortunate that the rain held off, ponies were ridden, faces were painted - and over 1100 breakfasts were served. We could not have done it without you and we thank you sincerely for your support.
District 7930 held its first in-person event June 24 at the Danvers Yacht Club to celebrate the new Rotary year and the new presidents about to assume leadership on July 1. Our club was well represented. Jen's parents, Tom and Barb Guebert, traveled to be with her.
(Photo by Michael Doane)
We are excited to announce that the Annual Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast will take place at Tuck's Point on Saturday, July 3, 7:30-11am.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Children 8 and under are free.
Use the "Donate Button" above to purchase with a credit card.
Rotarians will be selling tickets on Saturday mornings in front of the Post Office.
Tickets are available at the Parks and Rec office at Manchester Town Hall.
Or purchase at the door.
On May 1, the traditional date for the running of the Kentucky Derby, the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club drew the winners of their 2nd annual Run for the Roses raffle. The three cash prize winners are: first place, $7,500 to Marty Flood, second place, $1,500 to Marcella Flammia and third place, $1,000 to Pat Rhoads. Our Derby Day hat contest winner of a dozen roses and a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon is Caroline Carlson.
Caroline Carlson's 95 year old mother whose hat was the winning submission.
M-E Rotarians wish to thank the many people who purchased a ticket. The proceeds will allow us to continue our mission to give back to the community in the form of scholarships, food security, civic projects such as the Essex ball field, and support to many individual non-profit organizations on Cape Ann.
We wish to thank our sponsors, Anthony & Dodge Certified Public Accountants, DesRosiers & Tierney, LLC Attorneys at Law, Farms Veterinary Clinic, Logue Insurance Agency, Leslie S. Ray Insurance Agency, Robert Lipkowitz Dentistry, The Open Door, Manchester Cricket.
A special thanks to the Manchester Cricket for hosting the drawing, Leslie Ray Insurance and Logue Insurance Agency for sponsoring the hat contest, Wendy Davis for judging the hat contest.
The big drawing is this Saturday, May 1st, starting at 6pm, live via our FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/892142201573767.
Don't forget to submit your Derby hat photos, guys and gals. Post your photo of yourself with your fancy Derby Hat to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #runfortherosesraffle or email your submission to info@manchesteressexrotary.org.  Best woman’s hat wins a dozen roses and a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon, best men’s hat wins just the Bourbon. Contest deadline is noon on the day of the Kentucky Derby and our Run for the Roses Raffle drawing, 6:00 PM Saturday May 1. Entrants must be 21 years of age.
  A big thanks to Leslie Ray Insurance https://www.leslieray.com and the Logue Insurance Agency http://www.logueinsurance.com for sponsoring the Derby Hat Contest. 
There are still a few tickets left...Contact Mike Storella if you are feeling lucky!
Rotarians volunteered their services to pack and distribute food to 160 households as part of a District Grant. Families received produce, dry goods, fish, meat, specialty items like olive oil, coffee and baking mixes.  It was a fabulous spring day to be outside. Manchester-Essex Rotary Club received a matching grant from Rotary District 7930. Our $2,000 investment became $4,000 for the Open Door. (Not pictured, Hope and Mike A.)
Stacey, Judy, Joanne and Marcia  Tim  Deb, Sean

Think Outside the Box This Holiday Season

Traditionally, Manchester-Essex Rotarians shop for toys for Pathways for Children. This year will be a little different. Three Cape Ann Organizations are joining together to collect gift cards for needy families.
Like much of our lives right now, toy drives and “holiday stores” will need to look different this year. With current restrictions preventing us from opening our doors and welcoming parents in to select gifts as they have in the past, Action Inc.Pathways for Children, & Wellspring House, Inc.  are collaborating to make sure that all Cape Ann children are still able to enjoy a magical holiday!
Make a donation by December 1 and help make the holiday shine for a Cape Ann youngster. https://capeannkids.org/
On Tuesday we held the 22nd Annual Landing Restaurant / Manchester Essex Rotary Golf Tournament. Although several changes had to be made due to Covid-19, the day was perfect weatherwise, the play enthusiastic and the results very positive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team of volunteers who helped pull off the event without a hitch:  Day Ray singlehandedly sold, designed and delivered 24 Hole Sponsorship signs. Sarah Willwerth-Dyer handled the check in payments of the 83 golfers with her usual degree of perfection. Judy Laspesa, Deb Marcus & Diane Lindquist organized, sold and delivered our record setting raffles. Jack Costello was our promotion guru, photographer par excellence and (along with Judy Laspesa) the moderator of our live Facebook Awards Presentation. Jack and Josephine McCullough orchestrated the successful “On-The-Green” 50/50 Raffle. President Sean and Mike Storella also helped out in a big way by providing expert guidance and experience (not reflected in their golf game). And, of course, for the umpteenth year Mara Coleman aptly handled the beverage cart detail. A big round of applause and hearty thanks to all of you. Incidentally, 30 of or 41 members participated in the event in one way or another - fantastic teamwork - an example of Rotary Making a Difference.
Attached you will find a list of the Golf Winners in our tournament along with lists of the Hole Sponsors, Event Sponsors, and Raffle Prizes and Donors. I'll be sending out individual thank you notes in the near future.  Also included is an unaudited description of the financial results of our tournament. Again, thanks for everyone's support.
All the best,
                                GOLF TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Low Gross Score of 62 - Buck Grader, Nardee Suydam, Dave Dufour, Joe McKane
Runner Up Gross Score of 63 - Steve O¹Neill, Bill McCarthy, Rich Murphy, Chris Byrne
Best Net Score of 55 – Bryce Suydam, Peter Frasca, Paul Mattera, John Maguire
Runner Up Net Score of 55 - Chris Shea, Phil Shea, Bill Sheridan Jay Maguire
Also Ran (Last) - Mike Storella, Don MacQuarrie, Sean Zahn
Runner Up Also Ran - Peter Anderson, Don Masterson, Bill Schwab, Meta Stahlberg
Longest Drive - Tim Louge Jr.
Closest to the Pin - Meta Stahlberg
Raffle Winners:
Opening 50/50 - Luke Gaffney $643
On the Green 50/50 - Michael Grimm $370
  •     Patti Beckwith / Constitution Financial Partners
  •    Cape Ann Savings Bank
  •    Allen’s Pharmacy
  •    Bartlett Tree
  •    NE Urology – Zachareas – (I am invoicing today)
  •    Bank Gloucester
  •    Don MacQuarrie /  – Divorced Men of Essex County
  •    Peoples United Bank
  •    L.A.D. Construction
  •    Nest Real Estate
  •    Richdale
  •    EKB Equipment
  •    The Cricket
  •    Cannon Murray Law
  •    North Shore Bank
Package sponsor prepaids:
Leslie Ray Insurance
Logue Insurance
Anthony & Dodge
Marcus Financial
DesRosiers and Tierney
Farms Vet
Lipkowitz Dental
Storella / Plein Aire
Carpenter and MacNeille
# Item                                                      Rotarian / Donor
1  Overnight for 2 at Emerson Inn / Dinner                ME Rotary Club
2  Original Painting                                          Mike Storella
3  Dozen Eggs per week/ month                             Jen & Mike Doane
4  Dozen Balls                                               Dave Ray, Leslie Ray Ins.
5  Case of Fine Wine                                        ME Rotary Club
6  Golf Rain Jacket                                          Ken Davis, Cape Ann Savings
7  Foursome at The Meadow                                 Peter Cronan, The Meadow
8, 9  Sonicare Toothbrushes (2)                             Rob Lipkowicz
10  Macallan 12 Year Old Scotch                            Mike Alden
11 One Month Membership at Praxis                         PJ O’Claire
12 Case Dark & Stormy RTD Cans                           Goslings Rum
13 Coleman Cooler                                            Merrimack Valley Dist.
14, 15 Thanksgiving Turkey (2)                               Hallsmith Sysco
16 Yeuingling Golf Bag                                        Seaboard Products
17 Korbel Patio Umbrella                                     Merrimack Valley
18, 19 Six Live Lobsters (2)                                 Porter Seafood
20 Twisted Tea Cooler                                       Merrimack Valley Dist.
21 Sam Adams Golf Pint Glasses                             Merrimack Valley Dist.
22 Veuve Clicquot Glasses                                    Carolina Wines
23 Marblehead Landing $50 Gift Certificate                 Fernando’s Cleaners                                                                    
24 Marblehead landing $50 Gift Certificate                 The Landing Restaurant
25 Liquor Basket                                             United Liquors
26 Glenlivet Tin Mugs                                        United Liquors
27 Belvedere Tin Mugs                                       United Liquors
28 Vachon Clerc Rose & Grayson Zinfandel                  Boston Wine
29 Bosquet Rose & Brunet Pinot Noir                        Boston Wine
30 Eight Bottles of Fine Wine                               MS Walker
31 Moet & Chandon Chair                                    Carolina Wines
32 Jaegermeister Hoodie                                    United Liquors
33 Riunite Wine Bag                                         Horizon Beverage
34 Dos XX Cooler                                            Horizon Beverage
35, 36 Glenfiddich Golf Umbrella (2)                        Horizon beverage
37 Bentwater Hoodie                                        Bentwater Brewery
38 Bentwater $25 GC & Glass                               Bentwater Brewery
39 Smart Watch                                            The Landing Restaurant
40 Bluetooth Headset                                       The Landing Restaurant
41 Monkey Shoulder Duffle Bag & Stuff                    United Liquors
42 Celtics Hats & PBR Hats                                Merrimack Valley

Our club prepares a community meal for the Beverly Baptist Church on the 5th Monday of the month. Due to Covid-19 we now offer a bagged meal to be picked up.
Dot, Judy, Sarah, Cheryl, Joanne, Diane. Chris took the picture.
Dear friends and fellow Rotarians,
We are excited to share that our “Run the for Roses” Raffle has officially started!  Our Club has a total of 300 tickets that we will be selling for $100 each. The winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, September 5th (KY Derby Race Day).
Cash Prizes include:
$7,500 Grand Prize
$1,500 Second Prize
$1,000 Third Prize
That’s better than a 1 in 300 chance of winning, which are GREAT odds!
Each ticket is numbered 1 – 300. We will keep a running list of the ticket #’s assigned to each Rotary member (enclosed) and we’ll also need to know the name of each ticket purchaser and the number on the ticket.  
We are asking each member to sell five (5) tickets. If you believe you will sell more than 5 get back to Mike Storella ASAP and he will get you more tickets, please specify how many you will need. Some of you have already been talking it up and have pre-sold tickets. Keep up the great work!  For others, we realize this may seem a bit daunting so we have called on a few members to put together the following FAQ and list of tips & tricks to get everyone off to a great start.
Bottom line: This raffle is our opportunity to drive much needed funding; allowing us to continue to support our local communities and organizations as they have grown accustomed.   
FAQ and Tips:
How much does the M-E Rotary Club typically raise from annual fundraising events (KY Derby, RWB Breakfast & Annual Golf Tournament)?
              Approximately $40K
Where does the money go?
M-E Rotary supports organizations like The Open Door, Beverly Boot Straps, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Friends of Essex Memorial Park and many others. When the pandemic put us into lockdown we were able to immediately direct $6,000 to The Open Door and Beverly Boot Straps to feed those most in need.
In addition, our club distributes $10,000 annually for scholarships to High School Seniors who have a financial need and align with our “Service Above Self” motto.  This year, a total of six Seniors will receive a scholarship in varying amounts.
Why should I buy a $100 raffle ticket?
Your purchase of a “Run the Roses” Raffle ticket will allow the M-E Rotary Club to continue to support Cape Ann organizations who have been most impacted by COVID-19.   Members spent, in support of the KY Derby, approximately $200 each.
Who should I target when selling raffle tickets?
EVERYONE…your friends, family, business partners, co-workers, poker club, golf league, beach buddies (you get the picture)…everyone in your network.  Those who you expect will give, may not and those who you don’t expect, will.  The only way to identify those who will give is to ask everyone! Some may surprise you!!
Can someone buy more than one ticket?
Yes! If someone is feeling extremely generous and buys multiple raffle tickets, thank them profusely! Not only does it increase their odds of winning a cash prize, but they can feel good knowing the money raised will help those in need.     
Will taxes be taken out of the cash prize winnings?
No. The winner will receive the full amount of the winning prize.  The winner will later receive a 1099 to submit when they file their annual taxes.
How will we know who won the winning tickets?
The Raffle committee created a Google sheet to track all tickets sold by each Rotary member.  Each Rotary member is responsible for submitting the purchaser’s name with ticket number to either Dot, Mike Storella or Jen Doane. The winning tickets will be pulled via FaceBook Live for all to witness & celebrate.
How to buy and pay for raffle tickets:
Make checks out to Manchester-Essex Rotary Club; mail to P.O. Box 403, Manchester, MA 01944. Put raffle ticket number on all checks and mark paid. It is up to the club member to collect all cash.
Cash: keep the cash and write a check to the club for that amount.  Put raffle ticket number on all checks and mark paid. It is up to the club member to collect all cash.
Since we are not having regular meetings in person it will be tough to do credit cards.  However, the donate link on our website works: https://manchesteressexrotary.org//donate ; but you must follow up with names and ticket numbers to Dot or Mike S or Jen.
We will have some capability with the square. Call Dot (978-526-8040) or Mike Storella (781-710-2475).
Venmo and Paypal: use between you and raffle ticket buyers, then write check to the club for that amount.  Put raffle ticket number on all checks and mark paid. It is up to the club member to collect all payments. 
Give buyers their part of the paper ticket for their records, or their number.  We are keeping a master list with every buyer and their ticket number.  The plan is to use numbered ping pong balls, a lá Bingo, for a live online drawing.
Please return all unsold tickets by August 29. Please return all sold ticket names and numbers by Sept 4.
Kentucky Derby Raffle Committee
Jen Doane (jendoane2014@gmail.com) 617-997-3772
Dot Sieradzki (DotSieradzki@gmail.com) 978-526-8040
Mike Storella (m.storella@comcast.net) 781-710-2475
Our Scholarship Committee recently released the names of the 2020 scholarship recipients. Thank you to Jen Doane, Judy Laspesa and Marcia Hubbard for managing all the applications and the difficult job of choosing among them.
2020 “Service Above Self” Scholarship Recipients
Olivia FordSophia Pomeroy
Hannah HubbardAnika Smith
Paige MandiaBridget Twomby
Congratulations & Best Wishes to All 2020 Graduates!!
The Manchester – Essex Rotary Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generous donations and support of this community…thank you!
Today was Rob's last meeting as President. We all thank him for an excellent year and welcome Sean for an excellent year to come. Here are some final thoughts from Rob:
Come join us tomorrow morning for my final morning meeting as your President.  It has been a crazy year! I always said I would never join a club that would have me for a member let alone President. The truth is though that we have a great club made up of a really great mix of interesting, hard working caring people. It has truly been an honor to have led you this year. It is not the end I was looking for but I guess it will have to do.
We have accomplished a lot this year. Together we have served food at the Open door and the First Baptist Church of Beverly on numerous occasions . We Donated $5000 for the new ball field project in Essex. We gave away $10,000 in scholarships. we supported Cape Anne Plainaire and concerts in the park.  When we were stricken by a pandemic the club donated $5000 to the Cape Anne Food Pantry and Beverly Boot Straps. Then we wrote a district grant for another $1000 which went to The Open Door Food Pantry as well as numerous smaller contributions to local causes in and around the North Shore. These are just a few of the things off the top of my head, but it is actions like these that make me proud to be a Rotarian, your President and your friend. 
My first few months as president, was spent organizing several very strong committees to do the heavy lifting for all the work we do. Many hands make light work. This is my legacy to our club. When it is your turn to step up to the plate to lead the club don't be afraid to make that commitment. We all have busy lives with family, jobs, businesses and hobbies that are important to us. All the help you will ever  need is already there. We have more active past Presidents for help and guidance than a lot of  clubs have members. We have a fantastic mix of vibrant members who are willing and able to do their fair share. 
I have enjoyed every minute of my year and I want to send a special thanks to Chris Shea for giving me the nudge that gave me the confidence to step up. I have learned a lot about my self and would not have missed it, even these last few months, for the world. Thank you all for your commitment to Rotary and our club in particular. Manchester -Essex Rotary Rocks!!!.  My best to all of you. Rob
A few years ago we made a donation to Casa Hogar, an orphanage in Mexico. Chuck and Elaine Roy, from Beverly, are the contacts here. A lovely package arrived in the mail recently with a citation for our club. A reminder of our mission.
Instructions from the District. Please remember, no one is working at their desk so don't send a check.
Member contributing online themselves, in order to credit the contribution to one’s own Rotary account, you should contribute after signing into RI's website i.e. accessing own ‘My Rotary’ account. If any member is not registered to the website, contact Dot for help. You may setup a periodic/ recurring contribution online as well.

For the Treasurer:

Contributing on behalf of your club or club members using a credit card has now also been made easy with our new online giving platform. In order to make a contribution on behalf of your club, kindly share the below steps

- Once you have logged in to your ‘My Rotary’ account (https://my.rotary.org/en):

- Bring your cursor to the heading named ‘Manage’ and click on Club Administration under the title Club & District Administration.

- When the Club Administration page loads, scroll to the Club Giving section and click on the ‘Contribute on behalf of club or club members’ link. This will bring you to the new online giving page.

- Once the page loads, choose the fund you would like to contribute to. Then scroll down and choose the radio button titled ‘This donation is from my club or its members’. The default country should be United States and the default currency, US Dollar.

- Choose the ‘Donate from club’ option since this would be a contribution on behalf of the club and choose the amount you would like to contribute.

- Fill in the rest of the details (Personal Information, Payment Details and Billing Information section as requested).

Once completed, you can either review your donation, or click the ‘Submit’ button in order to complete the contribution process.

Manchester Pays it Forward- A Benefit for The Open Door Food Pantry. Join us for Refreshments, Music and Dancing. Cash Bar available. Music provided by the talented Chris Langathianos, Joe Wilkins and Dennis Monagle. Tickets-$20.00 per person, can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.brownpapertcket.com/event/4519273. All Proceeds Benefit The Open Door- www.foodpantry.org
Manchester-Essex Cribbage Tournament
Thursday, February 27
At the American Legion Hall
(behind Manchester Town Hall)
$25 to enter – Cash Prizes
Have a fun evening while supporting a
good cause.
This is a friendly tournament.
Arrive 5:30pm to learn or brush up
6:00pm to register
6:30pm to start playing
Play 3 different people,
Winners determined by number of games played and points won by.
Please RSVP to RSVP@manchesteressexrotary.org
We have 3 brave souls plunging to fight polio this year, Brian DesRosiers, Joanne Donnelly, and Steve Laspesa. Please support them by donating via their links. The board voted to match the funds they raise up to $500.
Join the fun on Feb 29 at Good Harbor Beach.

Take the Leap at our 10th Annual Polar Plunge!Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Saturday, March 14, 2020 snow date)

Cape Ann Motor Inn on Long Beach, Gloucester
Time based on tides, TBD

All vehicles must park at Good Harbor Beach on Thatcher Road and take the free shuttle to Long Beach

Our Club's annual Holiday Luncheon and traditional passing of the Leg Lamp.
Sean has the honor of displaying the leg lamp for 2020. And wife Hope is equally benefiting of the honor.
The legend of the leg lamp is that Dave Singleton once brought it to a Yankee Swap and its been circulating ever since.
The first of our scholarship winners attended our evening meeting, December 18.
Sean, Rob, Marcia, Judy, student Lydia Garrett-Metz home from Tulane on winter break and her parents.
Rotary members prepared a fresh haddock dinner for guests at the Beverly Baptist Church on Sept 30. The menu included Caesar salad, rice pilaf, vegetable medley and sheet cake. Thanks to Chris Shea whose many talents include a 4 star restaurant presentation.
District Governor Joan Arsenault visited Manchester-Essex to discuss District initiatives. From the left, Michele French, President Rob Lipkowitz, Joan Arsenault, Asst. Governor Anne Lewis, and visiting Rotarian Chris Doktor.
The annual installation of new club presidents and district governors took place at Danvers Yacht Club this evening. Manchester-Essex Club was well represented to wish past-president Mike Storella a hearty thank you for a job well done and welcome Rob Lipkowitz to a new year full of promise.  Congratulations Rob.
from the left: Chris Shea, Sean Zahn, Brian DesRosiers, Rob Lipkowitz, Jack Costello, Dot Sieradzki, Mike Storella, Marcia Hubbard, Tim Logue, and Jen Doane.
This year will be the 30th annual Breakfast and traditional start of the Fourth of July holiday. Save the date for Saturday, June 29, rain or shine, 7:30am-11am 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 Dotsieradzki@gmail.com 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, June 15 and 22, or stop in at the Parks & Rec Department, People’s Bank or Nor’East Frameworks. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 the day of the event. Children 8 and under are free. Free parking at Tuck’s Point, including out-of-towners, for this event.
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. You can also call Dot at 526-8040 and leave a message.
Set-up   Sean & Hope   Josephine   John & Bridget   Mike, Chris, Sean      Katherine Keith, auctioneer   Sen Bruce Tarr   Sen Bruce Tarr   Patrick & Wendy, hat judge         Paula, woman's hat winner and judge Wendy  
We had a good turn-out at the mixer at the Essex Ship Building Museum. A very interesting space that made actual mixing effortless. Marcia did an outstanding job providing the buffet dinner and beer and wine. The speakers were interesting: Betsy Manzelli, Rotary District Governor nominee, Ken Riehl, Gloucester Rotarian and Director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Julie LaFontaine, Gloucester Rotarian and Director of Open Door.
MERC's next evening meeting will be a membership-mixer at Essex Ship Building Museum, February 20, 6-8pm. There will be a buffet dinner ($25 for members, guests no charge) and a cash bar (beer or wine). Bring a friend or two. There will be a tour of the museum, updates on the 200th anniversary of Essex, and a speaker from the District. RSVP with Dave Ray.
The 9th annual Polar Plunge to eradicate polio worldwide was held Saturday at Long Beach in Gloucester. Representing the M-E Rotary Club, Brian DesRosiers, Joanne Donnelly and Stephen Laspesa, took the plunge. Patrick Meehan piped the plungers into the ocean and his friend Joanne Cusato also took the plunge. New Rotary member Peter Andersen is supporting the effort as well with a pledge to raise funds. Go to https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/polio/team/ManchesterEssex to add your contribution to the cause. The Rotary district has raised $80,000 so far this year which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match 2:1.
Our annual holiday luncheon, and the passing of the "Lamp" was especially nostalgic this year as 7 Central Restaurant will be closing for good on December 31. The origin of the "Leg Lamp" is obscure; it's said to date back to the two Daves, Peterson and Singleton. No matter, every year a new member is chosen to carry on the honor of displaying the lamp in his or hers domain. Sarah WD had custody of the lamp last year and displayed it at her Office, Anthony-Dodge Accountants. On Friday she passed the "leg" to Dot, and the tradition continues. Look for the beacon in the window when driving to Gloucester along rte 127.
Saying goodbye to Anthony-Dodge   annual passing of the lamp   new home, east Manchester
At our December evening meeting two Paul Harris Awards were presented to past presidents Chris Shea and Dave Ray. Katy Shea and Deb Ray were in attendance to share the moment. After a buffet dinner the club held its annual Yankee Swap.
Author talk with Ellen Alden
 December 5th at 7:30 am, Allie’s Beach Café, 35 Beach St. Manchester by the Sea, MA
You never know what you’ll find in your attic!
Come hear about how I brought a fist full of letters to life in Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke, an Irish Immigrant story.
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club
Cribbage Night
Thursday, November 29
at 7 Central
7pm sign in, practice play, 7:30pm start.
$20 to play, cash prizes, friendly game,
no elimination,
winners based on total points earned
To benefit the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club
We were honored to have past District Governor, Dave Gardner visit our club this morning. He came bearing recognition awards for our past president, Chris Shea and our current president Mike Storella. Dave introduced a new Rotary initiative that effects all of us in some way, addiction. Rotary is planning a campaign for schools to prevent students from ever getting hooked. Read more about the initiative here. Our members were enthused to participate.
Dave Gardner, Chris Shea, Mike Storella
At last night's evening meeting Remko Brueker and Tim Collins gave an informative presentation on the Manchester-Essex Regional School District's plans for building a new Memorial Elementary School. 

 Mark Your Calendar for Fall Town Meeting!

The Memorial School Building Committee has completed the Schematic Design for a proposed new Memorial Elementary school and the MSBA has approved the project, scope, and budget.  The next step in the process is to bring the project forward to the community for local approval. 

Each town needs to vote twice - once at Fall Town Meeting and once at the ballot.

  • Manchester -October 15th  
  • Essex - October 16th
  • Election Day- November 6th
Following the tradition of Rotarian Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, M-E Rotary sponsored two Little Free Libraries (LFL), one for the Manchester Public Library and one for TOPH Burnham Library in Essex. Essex Library Director Deb French has establish their LFL at Conomo Point, check it out. Manchester Library Director, Sara Collins, is considering Masconomo Park or the train station. Stay tuned for the next chapter.
M-E Rotary is a sponsor of the Manchester Parks & Rec summer music series. In addition to supporting a band's appearance we also provide free hotdogs, chips and lemonade to the many people who attend the concert. This community event is what makes small town life special.
President Mike Storella started out his term with a road trip to Ipswich, True North Ale. Members and guests enjoyed a relaxing evening in the tap room tasting the many varieties of beers.
On June 20th The Manchester Essex Rotary Club honored four individuals with Paul Harris Fellowships. – 2 Club Members and 2 members of the Manchester Community.  The recipients were honored for exhibiting the true spirit of Rotary - “Service Above Self”.  Pictured L-R are Michael Storella, Club President, Recipients: Brian DesRosiers, Richard Sullivan, Jennifer Doane, and George Nickless with Chris Shea, Past President

This Saturday, June 30, rain or shine:

The Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast will usher in the Fourth of July holiday for Manchester and surrounding communities.
Who: Manchester-Essex Rotary Club host the event
What: The 29th annual town-wide Pancake Breakfast
When: June 30, 7:30-11am, rain or shine
Where: Tuck's Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, free parking for non-residents
Why: start or renew a family tradition, memories are priceless
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door; kids under 8 eat free
Ticket sales, downtown this Saturday morning; Parks & Rec Office, Nor'east Frameworks, American Legion
Questions? email me Dotsieradzki@gmail.com

Cape Ann Rotary Night May 16

Madame Defarge (World Premiere)

New Musical inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities

BUY TICKETS (be sure to mention "Rotary")

By Wendy Kesselman  |  Directed by Ellie Heyman
A passionate re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ infamous female icon, from A Tale of Two Cities, illuminates this new musical by Wendy Kesselman (The Diary of Anne Frank, My Sister in This House, The Black Monk). This is the untold story of Madame Defarge, the woman whose revenge sparked a revolution.
Against the turmoil of the French Revolution, two men similar in face but separate in fate weave a story of sacrifice and salvation all driven by Madame Thérèse Defarge battling oppression with longings for love, freedom, justice, and revenge. C’était le meilleur des temps, c’était le pire des temps…
With the breakthrough director, Ellie Heyman leading the charge – Madame Defarge runs May 11 through June 2nd at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 5-8:30pm at the American Legion Hall, Manchester-by-the-Sea

$30 per person includes a buffet dinner, wine tasting, cash bar. Watch the Derby live then bid on the large screen TV. Unique silent and live auction items, sports tickets, hat contest (for men and women) guest auctioneer Sen. Bruce Tarr. It's a great party for a good cause.
Hope Violette and Sean Zahn were inducted into our club at our February evening meeting by President Chris Shea and President-elect Mike Storella. Welcome Sean and Hope.
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will once again be awarding scholarships to deserving High School Seniors of Manchester-Essex residents.  Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018.
Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who attend Manchester-Essex Regional High School or Essex Technical High School and/or whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) reside in Manchester or Essex, Massachusetts. Students must be enrolling as full-time students in a four-year or two-year degree-granting program. 
Ideal candidates are those who embody Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self" either in their school or community demonstrating leadership, integrity and academic success.  
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Scholarship Committee will interview selected finalists in April and will make the final determination of scholarship awards after the interview, review of the candidates’ past academic and extra-curricular activities, demonstrated financial need, and letters of recommendation. 
Applications are available through the High School Guidance Office and at the end of this articel.  Completed applications, SAR/FAFSA info, and two (2) letters of recommendation must be postmarked by the March 31 deadline to: Manchester-Essex Rotary Club, P.O. Box 403, Manchester, MA 01944.
The M-E Rotary Club holds three major fundraisers throughout the year to support our Scholarship Fund and mission of giving back to the community. We invite you to attend our Kentucky Derby Auction in early May, our Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast at Tuck’s Point, and participate in our annual golf tournament in the Fall. By doing so, you are also helping to give back to our community.
Brian DeRosiers pre-Plunge
Brian DesRosiers volunteered to be the club Polar Plunger. He has raised $700 which the club will match. Together with the Bill and Melinda Gates 2 for 1 match, that's $4200 to end polio. Great job Brian. You have until April 1 to contribute to Brian's campaign:


Manchester-Essex Rotary Club prepares a meal every quarter, from planning, to shopping to cooking and serving. For Ash Wednesday the club prepared baked haddock, a treat for the clients in Gloucester. From the left, volunteers Chris Shea, Joanne Donnelly, Deb D, Chet Marcus, Debbie Marcus, Lauren (from Stock Exchange), Gregg Genis, Maryann Singleton, Brian Sollosy.
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