50-50 RAFFLE
 
Pot size:  $320.00
Winner:   John Walsh and John Hall had matching raffle ticket numbers, but there was no winner.
 
 
 

CALENDAR RAFFLE
 
 
 
SOLD TO:  Ron Coch
SOLD BY:  Dick Lutts
 
SOLD TO:  Barbara and Brian Shaughnessy
SOLD BY:  Beth Stevenson
 
SOLD TO:  Mary Zuorski
SOLD BY:  Ray Hodges
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
 
Assistant District Governor Kang Yu was a visitor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FINES AND RECOGNITIONS
 
Juli Lederhaus was in Florida for five days where she went to the beach, but the storm was an “RV” because it Ruined her Vacation…just one day of it because she could not leave.
 
 
John Walsh was in sunny 78 degree Florida weather too, only to return to Boston when it was zero degrees!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deborah Greel said the Public Art Commission is seeking tenants for the newly re-imagined Artists Row.  Come this summer and enjoy it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patty Pace also visited Florida and was thrilled when a good Samaritan plowed out her walkway and front door.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jane Stirgwolt celebrated her three daughters in Salem with a brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel and then a party at her home to welcome her new granddaughter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bruce Whear and Heidi went to Portland Maine to visit his brother-in-law who bought a new house.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brenda Smith has finished her work at Endicott College and is looking for her next position while she takes classes at Salem State University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Viktoria Talebian’s family went to Sunday River where her daughter gained confidence in ski school and went on double black runs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jason Consalvo enjoyed the NFL Combine and is looking forward to Rotary Softball Season starting soon.  Who is joining the softball team?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There may be a pool starting to guess when all the snow will be melted from the Roger Conant statue!  Stay tuned!
 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS
 
 
The Rotary Auction will be held on March 27th.  There will be a special tribute to Juli, who will be leaving for the west coast.
The ad book, that is bigger than ever,  is almost done.  About 8 to 9 Rotary members have purchase a table.  Please bring in wine, a raffle ticket, and/or bottle of scotch.
 
Because Gloucester is using the beach for snow disposal, the Polar Plunge has been rescheduled again to April 11th.
 
The Lifebridge dinner is next week.
 
 
 
 
 
The Polar Plunge will be held on April 11th, 2015 in Gloucester.  Please see the flyer for all the information.  Polar Plunge 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BIRTHDAYS
 
 
 
Happy birthday to Jennifer Kocur on February 25th, to Rocky Pelletier on February 29th(!), and to John Fisher on March 1st.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SPEAKER OF THE WEEK
 
 
Mark Shaw discussed the Rotary International (RI) Foundation.  It is possible to become a Paul Harris Fellow by performing outstanding service that includes an international project or by donating $1000 to RI.
 
When Mark was president 22 years ago, the Rotary Fund dropped $1M in supplies and food in Bosnia.  Our Club built a new school in Salem India.
 
When Bruce was president he conducted a Clean Water Project in Honduras.  That project changed lives, including Bruce’s because he met Heidi who was also engaged in that same project!  There were 20 volunteers in this project who also administered vaccines in two villages.
 
Trip Mason went with Dana McIntire to Romania to build a soccer field at an orphanage, as part of a Rotary International project.
 
Our Club has sent housing boxes for Tsunami relief, contributed to medical missionary trips to perform cleft palate reconstructive surgery, and has contributed $6,000 toward a literacy program in South Africa.
 
All these projects are done with local and RI funds.  In fact, through district grants, we receive up to three-fold dollars back for projects.
 
During John Hall’s District Governorship, our district raised $356,000 for the RI Annual Fund and Polio Plus…the highest amount ever for our district.
 
If each of us donated $25 per quarter, in 10 years we will all be Paul Harris fellows.
 
The Club honored our newest Paul Harris fellows, Rinus Oosthoek and Viktoria Talebian.  Rinus said that through Rotary we may find friends all over the world as we travel; and he is so grateful that our Club began the Friends Forever initiative.
 
Viktoria said that it was not difficult to become a Paul Harris Fellow if one gives just $100 per year.  In fact, she thought it was mandatory!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Several of our Rotarians are Paul Harris fellows; John Walsh actually has been given that distinction twice!
 
Mark summarized Rotary International saying that it is the heartbeat of Rotary, giving 858 district grants, 500 global grants, and 100 peace fellowships.
 
Rotary International is about peace, education, nutrition, health and safety.
 
 
 

NEXT WEEK'S SPEAKER
The speaker for next week, March 3rd, will be District Attorney Jon Blodgett.  He will be speaking about cyber crime.
 
Upcoming speakers:
  • March 10th - Mike Stare from Spectrum Fitness
  • March 17th - Randy Burba will speak about his service trip
  • March 24th - Linda Saris from LEAP for Education
  • March 31st - Alyse Barbash from Haven for Hunger
  • In the spring, the Mayor will make her yearly visit to update us on what is happening in the City.
  • May 12th - Scholarship awards will be held at the PEM, East India Room