The Tri-Town RotaNews - June 2, 2004
The bell tolled and the Pledge of Allegiance was lead by President (Coach) Joe.
Joe Carroll led us in a blessing.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Today we had guests, Jim and Susan Comeau from Boxford to hear our speaker and check out the Club.
Citizen of the Year:
Jim Fitzgerald presents Jim Gilford with the Club's "Citizen of the Year" award.
A very important feature of today's meeting was the presentation of the Club's "Citizen of the Year" award. For the Rotary year 2003-2004 the nominating committee choose a local fixture of the Town of Topsfield. This year's recipient is none other than James "Gilly" Gilford, proprietor one of the North Shores long serving community stores.
Jim Fitzgerald spoke of the great service that Gilly and his store bring to the Town of Topsfield and to the area. Jim Gilford is more than just the owner he's an integral part of the community supporting all sorts of causes including the Clubs own Fall Foliage Classic and the local schools. Jim is currently involved educating schools kids about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Congratulations and thank you Jim Gilford from all of us here in the TBM Rotary and from the people of the Tri Town area.
Fines and Happy Dollars:
Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Was went about his business calmly and with great courage.
The luck of the draw was with no one today as the 2 of hearts eluded both Joe Carroll and Lois Brown.
- The District 7930 Foundation Fun Raiser had net proceeds of $31,000. This will be sent to the Foundation for allocation to the participating clubs' accounts in proportion to their degree of participation.
- Topsfield's Strawberry Festival is on June 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This year we will again have a booth at the Topsfield Strawberry Festival. Last year was great fun and provided an important snapshot of TBM Rotary to the Town. Club volunteers are being asked to spend an hour of two during the event, which runs from 10-4 on the Topsfield Common. Vendors will be there selling their wares. Please contact Linda at 978 750-1900 ext 3328.
- The District is sponsoring a Rotary Night at the NE Revolution soccer celebration on July 14, starting two hours before the game. See President Joe for details.
- Don't forget your Wheelchair Foundation donation of $75. John Plate will gladly accept your money, or you can make a donation by phone by calling (877) 378-3839. For each $75.00 donated, you will receive a beautiful presentation folder, including a photograph of a wheelchair recipient, and a certificate indicating the person's name, age, country and wheelchair number.
- Don't forget the Ambassadorial Scholarship Program. Names of potential graduate students should be submitted before June 15 to Gary Sinclair.
- Is this weeks puzzle the same as last weeks? You won't know until you check it out!
Our speaker today was Nancy Black who is a professional organizer. She focuses on helping people eliminate the clutter in their lives and turning their "piles into files". Sometimes that file ends up being the wastebasket. I shutter at the thought. I know of two TBM members who did in fact go back to their offices and start acting on Nancy's message. For more information or just a bit of inspiration visit Nancy's web site a www.organizationplus.com.
June 9: Bill Sargent who will talk on the "Rising Sea Level".
June 24: District Installation of Centennial Presidents & Assistant Governors at Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers
June 18-22, 2005: Rotary Centennial Celebration in Chicago - where it all begin! Register early!
February 23: Tentative date for a joint meeting with the Beverly Club.
- Don't forget that you will be credited with a $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation for each new member you sponsor! We're still pursuing the Global Quest, so bring in those new quality members!! Are you wearing your Rotary pin every day??????
- Bernie Creeden is quite sick and in the hospital... we'll forward contact info ASAP.
See you next week.