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May 22, 2024

42nd. Annual Award

Previous Recipients:

Barbara Leary 1983
Barbara Foster 1984
Peter Hoyt 1985
Patricia Hoyt 1986
Rose Marie Bailey 1987
Linda Young 1988
Nina Tassinari 1989
Maria Ferrandini 1990
Glenn Peterson 1991
Geraldine Minihan 1992
Marcia Stellmach 1993
Bill Claffey 1994
John Swistak 1995
Marlene Schroeder 1996
Kathy Scholtz 1997
Peggy Laufer 1998
Albert MacDonald, Jr. 1999
Christopher Perry 2000
Jim Cassidy 2001
Billie McLane 2002
Steven O’Connor 2003
Tom Horan 2004
Karen Iworsky 2005
Suzanne Morin 2006
John Lyman 2007
Patty Bradley 2008
Bruce McBrien 2009
Maureen Hardin 2010
Anita Marsh 2011
Gale Regis 2012
Liz Morris 2013
Mark Casto 2014
Bethany Noseworthy 2015
Maryanne Dower 2016
Leslie Barnaby 2017
Jessica Regis 2018
Dr. Kristen Walsh 2019
Marianne Curry 2020
Stacey Fijalkowski 2021
Courtney Lovett, 2022
Diedre Vachon, 2023


The Amesbury Rotary Club is committed to serving the youth of our community. We sponsor scholarships and offer interest-free loans to Amesbury students. We also honor one of the many outstanding educators in our school system each year. This award recognizes professional excellence and the performance of outstanding service in the Amesbury School System. Eligibility requirements as follows:

  • Must teach in the Amesbury School System - this includes all classroom/special education teachers and specialists in technology, art, music, library, guidance counselors, etc. Administrators are not eligible.

  • Must have been employed in the Amesbury School System for at least five years.

  • Must not plan on retiring within the next two years.

  • Must not be a previous recipient.

42 years and counting

This is the 42nd.. year that the Amesbury Rotary Club will be giving an Educator of the Year award,” said Donna Collins, who heads the nominating committee., “which recognizes professional excellence." The Amesbury Rotary Club takes nominations from students, parents, co-workers, anyone in the community, Collins said. “We get all these letters and I screen them. The teachers have to have taught in Amesbury for at least five years and not plan to retire within the next two years.”

After Collins sifts through the nomination letters and verifies eligibility with the school department, the committee, which includes three or four Rotarians and four past winners, reviews all eligible nominations. Rotarians make the final decision,” she said, “but the input from the teachers is very valuable to us in making that decision.”


Massachusetts State Auditor Dianna DiZoglio gave us an excellent overview of the responsibilities and powers of the State Auditors office, and how it fits in state government. She discussed some of the more notable challenges facing the Auditor's office; the MBTA and the State Legislature. With over 10 years service in the State Legislature as both a Representative and a Senator, she has considerable insight into the operations of the General Court of the Commonwealth, which is resisting an audit. She is circulating a petition, which with 12,000 signatures, will get the matter on the next election ballot. 
On April 17th. a contingent of Amesbury Rotarians served at the
Council on Aging Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
This is one of our newer Service Projects.
Lisa Usani Phillips - Amesbury Poet  Laurette 

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Lisa Usani Phillips - Amesbury Poet  Laurettei, a long time resident of Amesbury, who resides in a 1700's era home on Andrews Lane.; earned her MFA at Emerson College, and went on to avaried career in creative writing, which evolved to love of poetry. She gave us considerable insight into the creative writing process; from the spark of an idea to into rough draft (either handwritten or quickly keyed into her computer), and then through the several steps to a finished poem. Lisa treated us a reading of several of here poems, including "Shine", which she proudly read at Mayor Kassandra Gove's 3rd. inauguration. She is active in the Amesbury Cultural Council, The Council on Aging, and is visible on FaceBook and Instagram. When she is not creating poetry, she keeps her creative self busy with knitting and making cloth bags.
A fun evening was had by all, with great food by Molise, a silent mystery bag auction, donated gift baskets raffle, topped of with the $5,000 Raffle Royale drawing - and lots of comraderie with Rotarians and guests.
Raffle Royale Night at Molise
January 17, 2024
Our own Paula Wright, has moved from her world wide travels with Road Scholar to more independent travel as a volunteer at a South African wild game preserve for two weeks. Her professional quality  Power Point presentation, with ambient animal sounds (chewing and purring) was captivating. She closely interacted with cheetahs, lions, tigers, rhinos, warthogs, cows, etc; where her duties included feeding, vaccinating (cows-possible her most dangerous task), traveling by truck to pick up both purchased and donated food for the preserve wildlife-- consisting largely of animal carcasses and live chickens, scratching, petting and holding many of the wildlife, and learning about the various species, and the conservation actions necessary to protect them. Paula's next trip is going to be to work at a large animal and marine mammal preserve in the southeastern part of South Africa.
January 10, 2024
Dawne Shand, State Representative for the Essex1st.District gave us an excellent overview of her background, the 190rd .Massachusetts General Court, and the legislation that she is focusing on. A 20 resident of Newburyport, Dawne's district encompasses Merrimac, Salisbury, Newburyport and part of Amesbury. She is serving on the House Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Joint Committee on Cannabi Policy, Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
January 3, 2024
Donna Collins handed out a sheet with events in the Mystery Rotarian's life, that were wee not previously known. Then Sandy Carlisle was unmasked, and presented a short story behind each event. A different slant on a Reclassification talk. 
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