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    Club President:
Gary Sinclair
    Club President Elect:
Bob Murphy
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Topsfield Rotary Club
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September 11, 2001

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September 26, 2001
President Gary opened today's meeting with a Pledge of Allegiance.

Today we sat down for lunch with our Avenues of Service groups. This arrangement did manage to get Frank Martino to move to a different table, however, Frank Perry and Paul Brigham never moved. Their group came to them!!!

Interact Logo We had such a big crowd today that the waitresses had to set up the fifth table. Thanks to Joe Long and Linda Parker for their efforts in organizing an Interact team to speak to us today. In attendance were Bob Blanchard (chairperson of Hamilton-Wenham's Interact Club), Farris Ajalat (District 7930 Interact Chair) and Marsha Creteau (H/W Rotarian and in-school Interact Advisor- also former member of TBM). Also visiting were Brittany and Laura, two of Hamilton-Wenham's High School Interact Club members. Our area high schools were represented as well as guests included, Pam Culver (Masconomet High School Principal), Bob Rossi (faculty at Essex Aggie) and Rich McLaughlin (Guidance Dept. at North Shore Vocational School). Joe hopes to start a TBM Interact Club. In just four years H/W's Interact Club has grown to 30-40 students.

Gretchen's guest today was Marie Gagnon who is in the realty management business. Gary's guest again was Jim Stockwell, a therapist in Topsfield Center. Jim has been proposed for membership in our club and will be inducted on Wednesday, October 10. Oscar - did you hear that??? You may contact Denver with any questions or comments.

Our long lost friend Jack Minnehan attended today's meeting and picked the 7 of clubs to win the jackpot of $287.00 which he promptly donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you Jack!

Program:
Our two-part program today consisted of a presentation of Hamilton-Wenham's Interact program and a planning session for Avenue of Service committees. We sat in our Avenues of Service groups during lunch to our work. Prior to the end of the meeting each Avenue of Service chairperson gave the club a brief overview of their group's plans and progress. Chairs are Paul Lengieza (Club), Linda Parker (International), Peter McAllister (Community) and Ron Gannet (Vocational). If you are not a member of a group yet, please select one of your choice and contact that chairperson.

Announcements:

Eden's Kids Day America held last Saturday, raised over $2,000 for ABC Masconomet. Eden thanked all those Rotarians who showed up to help support his efforts.

The Tri-Town Council on Youth and Family Services Candlelight Vigil in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks was a success as over 250 people attended. Jan and Gary collected $968 in donations to the American Red Cross. Combined with Jack Minnehan's contribution, our total donation to the Red Cross was $1,255. Gary is still working out details for a blood drive.

Jan still has the Entertainment Books, which our club is selling as a fundraiser. The books cost $20. Our club will receive $4 per book. You may take as many books as you plan to sell and pay Jan after you sell them. Please contact Jan at 887-1006 for pickup. Remember, we have 50 books to sell. They make good Christmas gifts, co-worker gifts, etc. and are valid now. Once you purchase a book, you can go online for more discounted coupons.

Entertainment Book
2001 t-shirt design
Ira Singer and his committee are continuing to plan the Road Race. If you were in Topsfield center last night you would have seen President Gary climbing a tree in a suit and tie and Ira standing on a wobbly ladder as they strung our Road Race Banner in front of the Topsfield Town Hall. Dave Twitchell and Jan were on hand to make ambulance runs if necessary!!! Don't forget to mark October 21 on your calendar. We'll need every TBM Rotarian to help at the Road Race. If anyone has any connections for raffle prizes or items to put in the race "goodie bags", please contact Ira. Photo by Eden Hutt
  Club members working on Fall Folliage Classic mailing.

The next Board Meeting will be at President Gary's office on Tuesday, October 2 @ 4:30. Please contact Gary if you are unable to attend.

   

Calendar

October 14, 2001 - 9-11 Freedom Walk for Children, sponsored by the Tri-Town Council. Start time: 1:00 PM, Boxford Community Store. Proceeds go to Children's Aid Society and the Robert Hayes Memorial Fund.

October 21, 2001 - Fall Foliage Classic Road Race. Let's make this an entire club project.

October 31-November 11, 2001 - District Rotaplast Surgical Mission to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

January 15, 2002 - A President's mid-year meeting with DG, Donna Lee, and a Pre-PETS incoming Presidents meeting with DGE, Victor Saldanha, at the Rolling Green in Andover. The time is TBA.. (Gary and Bob)

February 2002 - World Understanding and Peace Dinner - location and date to be announced.

March 23, 2002 - Rotary Leadership Institute, Norwood, MA. Anyone interested in attending please talk to President Gary. Joe Long attended last year and may be able to provide more information on this conference.

April 5 - 7, 2002 - District 7930 Spring Conference, Hyatt Regency, Newport, RI. Let's get more members signed up. Bring your partners for a get away weekend! The weather promises to be great! Gary and Jan and Harry and Linde have already signed up.

May 11, 2002 - RYLA weekend cleanup sponsored by TBM. Be prepared to bring rakes, leave blowers, gloves, dust cloths, brooms and any other yard and cleaning needs. We'll have a cookout at the lakefront after. Family members are welcome to help.

May 18, 19, 2002 - RYLA weekend at Camp Rotary, Boxford, MA

May 21, 2002 - District Assembly - time and place TBA

Upcoming Meetings:

October 3 - at Topsfield Fair (members only)
October 10 - Tammy Belanger from First Health of Andover speaking on Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture
October 17 - Susan Moore - classification talk
October 24 - Joseph Sterit, Program Director, Essex County Sheriff's Department
October 31 - Avenue of Service workgroups

Membership News:

If you have any baby pictures, wipe the dust and cobwebs off them and quietly submit them to Harry, Eden or Jan. We'll run them in the newsletter and see if the club can collect fines from those Rotarians who can't guess your identity.

REMINDER! Our October 3 meeting will be at the Topsfield Fair. Please plan to be there at 12:00. The cost will be $10. This meeting is for TBM members only. Your entrance ticket will be your Rotary Pin and you may enter through any gate. Look for the white tent near the cow barn.

President Gary's cell phone rang at 1:30 and he quickly rang the bell to adjourn before he answered his phone and was fined.

 

Jan Weyland,       
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