ONT Trail to Table Event - July 21 Sandy Carlisle 2024-07-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Night 2024 - June17, 2024

Our annual President's Night was a fun evening for all. President Steve McKenzie reviewed all that the Club has accomplished over the past year, topping this only by a special surprise award to his wife; Julia Phelps (PDG & Amesbury Rotary Past President) for all of the assistance and guidance that she has given him during his term as our President. Julia was MC for the evening, but was totally taken by surprise with Steve's heartfelt gesture.
 
Steve presented another special award to Antionetta DiLemme and Elise Zullo, owners of Molise; in recognition for all that they have done to facilitate both our meetings and special events.
 
Donna Collins presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Mike Silver in recognition of all his support in growing Bike Safety Day over the years.
 
To wrap things up, District Governor for 2024-2025; Tom Hankard inducted our new President; Cathy Toomey for her third term, and administered the oath to the incoming Board of Directors. Also present were Maria Bertolone, Area Governor, and her husband Joe, 
 
 
 
 
 
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President's Night 2024 - June17, 2024 Sandy Carlisle 2024-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

2024 Interact Club Meeting - June 12, 2024

This was our annual meeting where the President of the Amesbury High School Interact Club runs the meeting. this year Calista Catarius did great job of keeping us on track and on time; with an engaging smile. The AHS Interact Club has merged with the Peer Mediators, which both increases the number of members, and diversifies the group across all four AHS classes. The members of the combined clubs were: Calista Catarius, Maggie Himmel,
Josiah Fugate, Jessica, Silva, Jamie Hawkins, Lauren Talbot, Dominick Beane. 
 
Also present and recognized were the AHS 2024 Valedictorian; Zoe Moccia, with her parents (Sarah Chapman and Dennis Moccia), AHS 2024 Salutatorian; Ruby Moulton, and her mother (Polly Moulton)., Abby Arthur, recipient of the Boomerang Scholarship, and Aness Metz, recipient of the Brad Ford Scholarship.
 
  
2024 Interact Club Meeting - June 12, 2024 Sandy Carlisle 2024-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Cathy Toomey - Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival - June 5, 2024
 

Our own President Elect Cathy Toomey gave us a fun and interesting slide presentation of their fall 2023 trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, which she won in our annual raffle. After a one stop flight (no non stops flights from Boston to Albuquerque), they checked into their hot and then used Uber to get to and back from the Festival site. She said it was a great experience, which is documented in her pictures, many of which are included here. They took one day to go to by train to Santa Fe , which we said was one of the  highlights of thier trip. 
 
  
  
  
Cathy Toomey - Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival - June 5, 2024  Sandy Carlisle 2024-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Flags for Heroes May 25 ,2024

THE AMESBURY ROTARY CLUB IS PROUD TO PLACE THE 1st ANNUAL FLAGS FOR HEROES 

 

Flags are proudly displayed at the Amesbury Servicemen's Memorial Honor Roll on Main Street (across the street from Amesbury Middle School).  Flags will be on display starting  May 25th through Flag Day, June 14th.  The honorees are  veterans, active-duty service members,  first responders, police, firefighters, EMTs, teachers, coaches,  essential workers, family members, humanitarians, or best friends. Hero's names are personalized on a medallion, which are attached to a full-size American flag, and which will be given to each flag sponsor as a remembrance, when the display is taken down.  

To learn how Amesbury Rotary puts the support of this project to work in our community, please click on the "Read More" button.

Flags for Heroes May 25 ,2024 Julia Phelps 2024-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

2024 Educator of the Year May 22, 2024

 
ROTARY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2024
May 22, 2024

42nd. Annual Award

The 2024 Educator of the Year is Derek Bent, who has been make a difference in his students lives at the Amesbury Middle, for 27 years. Derek was nominated by Julie Sisson, who's letter read by Amesbury Rotarian; Madison Barns. Joining Derek for the award presentation were his daughter Lily, and son Ethan. Recognition of Derek's work, contributions and accomplishments were Amesbury Superintendent (and Amesbury Rotarian); Elizabeth McAndrews, and Amesbury Middle School; Jayne Vilandenis. We were honored by the presence of past recipients of this award; Marianne Curry and her husband Mike, 2000, and Stacey Fijalkowski, 2001.

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
Derek Bent, 2024

 

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.”

For event pictures, please click on the READ MORE button on the lower right of this screen

 

2024 Educator of the Year May 22, 2024 Sandy Carlisle 2024-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
2024 Educator of the Year Donna Collins 2024-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

2024 Bike Safety Day - May 18, 2024

Rotary's Annual Bike Safety Day was held on Saturday, May 18,2024
 
Lots of happy families today! Amesbury Police, Free Wheels, Mike Silver, and Amesbury Rotary joined forces to provide over 35 children with FREE bike helmets, free bike tuneups, and a bike rodeo. Everyone that completed the bike course received a certificate of completion and a goodie bag. Two lucky kiddos were winners of a brand new bike.
Special thank you to AHS Honor Society and Interact students for their help fitting helmets and to Police Dog, Whit for making the day extra special!
 
  
 
  
  
2024 Bike Safety Day - May 18, 2024 Julia Phelps 2024-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Tough Warrior Princesses May 1, 2024

On May 1, 2024, Robbin Schell invited the two co-presidents of The Tough Warrior Princesses: Patty Mellon and Sherri Ziomek to talk with us about their passion. What ensued was an exceptional, captivating presentation about a non-profit, all volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that operates quietly here in Amesbury. This is best described in the follow excerpt from the TWP web site: www.toughwarrior princisses.com.
 
TWP is currently operating out of a third floor loft space that has been generously made available to them - however there is not an elevator, which is both an impediment to some of those that they support, and makes moving up the materials and goods for the 300+ TWP baskets per year and them moving them to the storefront on Friend Street for pickup, a considerable chore ---- if anyone knows of an alternate space that might be available please contact Patty Mellon at pattymellon@yahoo.com.
 
   
 
 
 
 
Who are the Tough Warrior Princesses?
Welcome to Tough Warrior Princesses (TWP), where we stand united in providing unwavering support, comfort, love, and resources to women affected by cancer. As an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization based in Amesbury, MA, we serve the vibrant communities of the north shore of Boston and southern NH. With a dedicated board of 10 directors and a passionate army of volunteers, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of those facing cancer.

When we hear of a woman who is newly diagnosed or facing a cancer recurrence, we work closely with their family or friend to arrange the delivery of a special Warrior Basket. These thoughtfully curated baskets are filled with essential items that offer comfort and support throughout diagnosis and treatment, along with inspirational pieces and valuable resources to guide them on their journey.

To foster connections and provide a space for support, we proudly host monthly Warrior Chats and a Warrior Yoga class.  These meetings bring together survivors and their caregivers, allowing them to share experiences, find solace in the company of others who understand, and gain strength from the power of community.

At Tough Warrior Princesses, we believe in the power of unity and collective action. Throughout the year, we organize numerous events designed to keep our network connected and supported. Together, we share a common goal of a world without cancer. As part of our commitment, a portion of our proceeds is dedicated to cancer research, contributing to the ongoing fight against this disease.

We invite you to watch our video, where you can witness the remarkable journey that led us to where we are today. It serves as a testament to our unwavering dedication and the positive impact we strive to make in the lives of those we support.

Join us on our mission to provide unwavering support, love, assistance, and comfort to those battling cancer. Together, we can make a meaningful difference until the day when a cure is found.
Tough Warrior Princesses May 1, 2024 Sandy Carlisle 2024-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Dianna DiZoglio MA State Auditor , April 24, 2024

On April 24, 2024, 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. 
Dianna DiZoglio MA State Auditor , April 24, 2024 Sandy Carlisle 2024-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Liz Kidder Hiking Colorado  April 17, 2024

On April 17, 2024, Liz Kidder; past member and President of Amesbury Rotary talked about her 3 weeks hiking in Colorado; the high and the low points, the challenges and the lessons learned, the complex logistical issues, the beauty of the Rockies, and bonds she made or renewed with fellow hikers. Her next hike is probably going to be the Pacific Coat Trail.
 
 
 
Liz Kidder Hiking Colorado April 17, 2024 Sandy Carlisle 2024-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Age-Friendly Amesbury Task Force

 

 

Doreen ArnfieldDoreen Arnfield has served the Amesbury community for over nine years and is the Director for the Amesbury Council on Aging (COA). She also is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Personal Trainer. With this background, she has the opportunity to assist in providing many different wellness programs to the growing older adult population. As important, is the capacity to assist seniors and disabled adults with accessing many resources like fuel assistance, food stamps, housing and transportation. One way she helps to meet the needs of the growing community is by collaborating with colleges to supervise interns. Another is through the COA Volunteer Program.

Doreen enjoys supervising/supporting both of these constituencies as they play a very important role in the success of the COA. She also gets great pleasure facilitating a thriving Low Vision Support Group here at the center. Much of her experience lies in Community Health Education with prevention being her focus. She is a trained in evidence-based programming; Chronic Disease Self Management Leader, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and Healthy Eating for Successful Living Leader.

Education

  • Graduate of University Of Massachusetts Lowell; Master of Arts in Community Social Psychology, 2010
  • Graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell; Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education, 2007
  • Graduate of Northern Essex Community College: Associate Degree in General Studies, 2005
Age-Friendly Amesbury Task Force Sandy Carlisle 2024-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Serving Lunch at AMSB Council on  Aging - April 17, 2024  Donna Collins 2024-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Our Neighbor's Table Service Project-Aoril 3, 2024 Donna Collins 2024-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Link House Update - Christine Turner - 3/27/2024

On March 27, 2024, Christine Turner, Executive Director of Link House based here in Amesbury presented an update of Link House, its several housing, rehab and treatment sites, and its outreach to the communities that Link House serves.

Chris oversees all aspects of Link House’s residential and outpatient treatment programs, bringing more than 25 years of experience leading human service organizations to this role.

Prior to joining Link House Inc., Turner held leadership positions at Lowell House Inc. where she served as the Clinical Director for women’s treatment services and was instrumental in procuring grant funding for the development and oversight of specialized addiction treatment programming for women. During her time at Lowell House she also served as Director of the Sheehan Women’s Program, Senior Director of Residential Programs, and interim CEO. Turner was also the Director of DPH funded Community and Residential Substance Abuse Services at The Psychological Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

A Licensed Alcohol Drug Abuse Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Turner is also board certified by The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is a Master Addictions Counselor with the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bedford College (part of the Cambridge University Institute of Colleges, UK) and her graduate degree in Community Counseling Psychology from Springfield College, Massachusetts.

Link House Update - Christine Turner - 3/27/2024 Sandy Carlisle 2024-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Lisa Usani Phillips - Amesbury Poet  Laurette

Lisa Usani Phillips - Amesbury Poet  Laurette 
 
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.
Lisa Usani Phillips - Amesbury Poet  Laurette Sandy Carlisle 2024-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

$5K Raffle Royale Evening

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
$5K Raffle Royale Evening Sandy Carlisle 2024-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

Volunteering at a wild game preserve in South Africa

 
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.
 
 
Volunteering at a wild game preserve in South Africa Paula Wright 2024-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Dawne Shand, State Representative, 1st. Essex District

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.
 
 
Dawne Shand, State Representative, 1st. Essex District Sandy Carlisle 2024-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Mystery Rotarian

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. 
 
Mystery Rotarian Sandy Carlisle 2024-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Senior Holiday Lunch -  Service Project

 
December 6, 2023
This was our annual Service Project where we plated the dinners, and served them to the 250+ seniors attending this gala event. The Mayor, Fire Chief, Chief of Police were in attendance and spoke. There was live music, Christmas music, and a performance by the Amesbury High School Choral Group. Pictures below courtesy of Amesbury Rotarian Carol Bartlett.
 
 
 
Senior Holiday Lunch - Service Project Sandy Carlisle 2023-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Manning - Boston's Official Santa

November 15, 2023
Jim Nolan, Boston's Official Santa gave us a great insight into what being a professional Santa is like to be one, the training involved, how "Santas" are assigned, and what some of the pro and cons of being Santa are. Jim also shared some very heart warming stories, where he has been able to bring  comfort and joy to many kids and parents alike  -- this is the best part his profession, what got him into it and keeps him doing it year after year. 
 
Jim Manning - Boston's Official Santa Sandy Carlisle 2023-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Michael Tetrealt - President, Veterans QRF

November 8, 2023
Michael Tetrealt, a U.S. Marine veteran, started Veterans QRF (Quick Reaction Force) on his own; as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable MA corporation.in order to meet am unfilled gap in veteran's services; that of rapidly getting urgently needed funds to veterans who, QRF's partner Veterans Service Center (s) identify as urgently requiring short term funds to meet their housing and food requirements. By working through the Veterans Service Center(s) QRF avoids most of the rules and regulations, and related administration requirements that would be in play, if QRF were to be working directly with the veterans. This enables QRF to focus on their mission with a minimal staff 
- currently one; Michael Tetrealt, who makes this happen in addition to his regular, paying job,; with all funds passing to those in need. Michael shared some case stories of those (who he could not identify) who QRF has assisted. His goal is to grow QRF to be able to work with more Veterans Service Centers around Massachusetts. Their web site is: www.veteransQRF.org.
 
Michael Tetrealt - President, Veterans QRF Sandy Carlisle 2023-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Madison Stanton

October 11, 2023
Our own, Maddie Stanton, shared her experience for her recent service on a Massachusetts Grand Jury, which is an element in our judicial system that most of us dom't know much about. The grand jury that she served on dealt with the full range of felony cases that could be brought before them by the District Attorney's office. While she could not reveal and specific, she gave a great overview of the Grand Jury process, and and its role in our judicial process. In most cases they find that there is sufficient state's evidence to bind the defendant  over for trial, but in a few cases they did not vote a true bill indictment.
 

Purpose of a Grand Jury

A grand jury is used in the U.S. to protect people from unjustifiable and unfair prosecution. The grand jury, composed of 12 to 23 everyday citizens, reviews evidence, and hears testimony for the purpose of conducting an investigation into alleged criminal conduct. Such grand jury investigations take place behind closed doors, testimony being kept secret, in order to encourage witnesses to testify freely. If there is sufficient evidence presented to warrant the defendant being charged with the crime, and put on trial, the grand jury issues an indictment.

Once a grand jury hears all of the evidence presented by the prosecutor in a particular matter, it makes a determination about whether there is probable cause to officially charge the defendant with the crime(s). If the evidence is deemed sufficient, the grand jury issues a true bill indictment – essentially saying it is “true” that there is probable cause. If the grand jury feels there is not sufficient evidence to warrant criminal charges, the jury issues a “no true bill.”

When a true bill indictment is issued, it results in the defendant being criminally charged, and the move toward trial begins. When a no true bill is issued, most people never even know the matter was heard by a grand jury, as these proceedings take place confidentially.

 

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Amesbury Rotary $5K Raffle Royale

 

Friends of Rotary Club Of Amesbury, Massachusetts -- we're kicking off our biggest fundraiser in a number of years. One lucky winner will win $5,000.00. We're only selling 100 tickets so your chances are good.

You can buy your chance for the big prize by scanning the QR code below, or by clicking on the following link: https://eventbrite.com/e/raffle-royale-hosted-by-amesbury-rotary-tickets-807900812077?.htm, or order and pay by check in the amount of #100.00 for each of the number of tickets you are ordering, plus $25.00 PP for the number of people who will be attending Raffle night in person; made out to Amesbury Rotary, with Raffle Royale written in the memo line, and include your contact information, and the number of raffle tickets and raffle night admission tickets being ordered-- then you can either mail it to Amesbury Rotary, PO Box 554, Amesbury, MA 01913, or drop it off at Stoneridge Properties, 20 Market Street, Amesbury.  

The evening of the drawing we are also going to have grab bags and a drop bucket for those who attend in person (only $25). Get your tickets today and enjoy a fun evening with good friends, and good food. Anyway you look at it -- you're a winner.

 

 

Amesbury Rotary $5K Raffle Royale Sandy Carlisle 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Bike Safety Day 2023-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Dennis DiZoglio

Our speaker on May 10th. was the first and three term Mayor of Methuen; Dennis DiZoglio, who's background includes;, Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Planning  Commission, Deputy General Manager for Planning & Development - MBTA, and Associate Edward J Collins Center for Public Management - U Mass Boston Dennis gave us an enthusiatic and humorous insider view of the rote and responsibilities of a small town Mayor as the town transitions from a Town Manager to a Mayoral form of government; using the chapters of his recently published book; "The Value of Political Capital" to touch on the highlights of his 3 terms as a Mayor.. 
Dennis DiZoglio Sandy Carlisle 2023-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

Cathy Lanois - Green Belt

 

Cathy Coffin Lanois, Greenbelt's Director of Development and Community Engagement

Cathy has two decades of experience in development and advancing the work of environmental, educational and cultural nonprofits. In her 10+ years at Greenbelt, she has attracted and engaged multi-generational audiences by bringing in new members, increasing the participation of current members and facilitating volunteer programs and events. She leads Greenbelt's Development and Community Engagement team working to advance our land campaigns, the Annual Fund, communications and membership programs.

Cathy's appreciation for accessible open space stems from her lifelong love of being outdoors - trail running, skiing, hiking, boating, beach walking.  Professionally, her goal is to provide others who value the benefits of conserved land the opportunity to get involved, make a difference, and support Greenbelt's mission. Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Geology and worked as an environmental consultant before starting her career at Greenbelt. 

 

About Greenbelt: 
Greenbelt works within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, helping individuals, families, municipalities and organizations realize their land conservation goals. Our mission is to protect natural land and working farms across Essex County forever, helping to conserve healthy ecosystems, clear water, local food supplies, scenic landscapes and free, accessible places for all to benefit from nature. 

Click on the "Read More" button in the lower left to learn about the Greenbelt web site and app, and to see their Essex County Sites and Amesbury trails.

 

Cathy Lanois - Green Belt Sandy Carlisle 2023-04-12 04:00:00Z 0

Pettingill House Service Project

 
Amesbury Rotarians and Kiwanians joined forces in a service project to help the Pettingill House assemble furniture and storage shelving in the new space which they are expanding into,  in order to better server their clients. The project was so well organized by Sierra Partlan; key member of the Pettingill House management team, and member of both Amesbury Rotary and Kiwanis, that all scheduled work was completed in one hour. it was a fun evening, great team building exercise, and an opportunity for two Amesbury's service clubs to work together, and get to know one another. Amesbury Rotarians participating were: Co-Presidents Donna Collins and Eric Palen, Sierra Partlan, Todd Schell, Cheryl Keim, Tom Farrell, Sandy Carlisle, and our newest member; Jeff Salerno. To see pictures of the teams, please click on the "Read More" button on the lower right.
 
 
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Social Meeting

The March 29 meeting was a social gathering at Game Iime with lots of good conversation, and Rotary camaraderie. Present were (left to right) Sandy Carlisle, Todd Schell, Eleni Lopes, Ryan Lopes, Cheryl Keim, Tom Farrell, Sierra Partlan. Also present were Eric Palen, Madison Barns, and Mac Odell.
 
 
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Amesbury Rotary is holding our annual raffle.

Amesbury Rotary is holding our annual raffle.
 
 
This year's first prize is a wonderful trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in October 2023. The prize includes airfare (economy) for two, two nights in a local hotel, two general admission tickets, and $100 spending money. Total value for the getaway is over $3,000.
 
Second prize is 20 bottles of wine with a minimum value of $500 (my personal favorite).
 
Third prize is a $100 VISA gift card.
 
Tickets are $20.00 each or 3 for $50.00. Make checks to Amesbury Rotary. You can mail your check to Amesbury Rotary, PO Box 544, Amesbury, MA 01810, or drop it off at Stoneridge Properties, 20 Market St/. Amesbury, Ma 01913
And YES you can use Venmo. Our account is @Amesbury-Rotary.
 
The drawing is on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Let us know if you have questions.
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An Irish Ballad to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

 
At our Club Assembly on March 15 at Game Time, our President Elect; Steve McKenzie lead us in singing an Irish Ballad to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - a fun time for all present.
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Madison Barns - Classification Talk

Madison (Maddie) Barns joined Rotary and the Amesbury Rotary Club o October 12, 2022. She shared her background with her fellow Rotarians in her well presented Classification talk on March 22 at Molise.
 
 
 
A Classification Talk is an opportunity for new members to introduce themselves to their fellow Rotarians, with an oral and visual biographical sketch; in whatever detail they wish. Usually it includes where they were born, where they grew up, schools and colleges/universities, sports, hobbies, particular interests, civic and professional involvement, career path and where they have worked and are currently working, significant civic and professional achievements, family, travels, events and people that have influenced your life ,etc. Some use their laptop tied to the large screen TV. Most keep it informal and on the light side, including humorous anecdotes from their past - it can be both a fun and interesting time for the club, and for them; as they revisit their past, while putting they notes and pictures together.
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Visit to Amunii Studio

On Wednesday, March 1st. Tanya and Kevin, owners of Aumnii Studio hosted our evening meeting; at their  5 Market Square, Amesbury workshop studio. Aumnii has had both a work shop/ studio as well as a retail store in Amesbury, but has decided to focus full time on DIY workshops in their Market Square studio, and at private events, birthdays, team building events, etc. both in the New England area, as well as special workshops at venues ranging from Canada to Florida. They will continue selling through the internet, after they close their Main St store later this Month. Their art forms range from the traditional to the eclectic; furniture painting. glassware painting and etching, wood image burning, macrame, cloth, wood forms, wall and window hangings, etc. -- using alcohol inks, chalk paint, acrylic pour, etc. It was an exceptionally interesting and educational evening, which we were exposed to art forms that most little or nothing about. Tanya and Kevis's discussion was fascinating, and your enthusiasm was infectious. It's great to see a small business succeeding here in Amesbury..Thier web site is: www.aumni.com.
 
 
Visit to Amunii Studio Sandy Carlisle 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

1936 Amesbury Flood

On February 22, Amesbury Historian Bart Bailey brought us back to 1936, when the great flood occurred. His oral and visual presentation was riveting, and very informative. He showed a movie which his father had taken of and from Main Street, showing both the ice and the ensuing flood. The movie was of such exceptional quality and definition, that it could easily stand beside those taken today. Bart has done a great job of preserving these images in digital format; as a permanent record for future generations. 
 

The worst possible weather combined to produce the 1936 flood: A warm front that stalled on March 11 followed an unusually cold, snowy winter. With that warm front came the first rain storm, centered on the White Mountains. It lasted until March 13 and dumped five inches of rain onto Maine, New Hampshire and parts of Vermont. Weather forecasters had accurately predicted the 1936 flood, and ample warning prevented much loss of life. Ice jams on rivers caused most of the destruction. A mark at the very top of the first story of a barn on River Road in Merrima, shows the high water mark of the infamous 1936 flood, an event that is largely forgotten today. The flood caused enormous damage all along the Merrimack River and its tributaries. It forced the evacuation of Amesburys Point Shore, and led to desperate measures such as dynamiting ice jams.

1936 Amesbury Flood Sandy Carlisle 2023-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Service At Our Neighbors Table

Wednesday, February 15 afternoon was Amesbury Rotary's sponsorship of a meal and serving at Our Neighbors Table. ONT is a key part of the greater Amesbury community; serving a prepared meal every Wednesday to all who come - meals are currently for takeout only, but the ONT staff is hoping to resume eat in table service in the near future. This meal while an important service to  the community, is the tip of the iceberg, as ONT is a major source of food through it's Main Street Food Pantry, where it make a significant contribution to addressing food insecurity in our area, which affects 1 out of every 16 people across Northern Essex County.
 
Creating a food secure region is a collective effort of working together to ensure every person across Northeastern Essex County has access to food when and where they need it. Our Neighbors' Table relies on the generosity, time, and talents of local individuals and businesses to ensure every neighbor has food on their table. You can make a difference – your actions will help create a food secure region. 
Rotary Service At Our Neighbors Table Sandy Carlisle 2023-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Link House Valentine Service Project

Amesbury Rotary prepared Valentine gift bags with socks, chocolate, and a special Valentine for Link House, Inc. residents. The feedback was that everyone loved the new socks and were happy to be remembered. Rotarians are “People of Action” and no act of thoughtfulness is too small.

 

Link House Valentine Service Project Sandy Carlisle 2023-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Holly B's Fracking Art Workshop & Studio

On January 18th. a contingent of Amesbury Rotarians had the pleasure of visited Holly B's workshop and studio at CI Works here in Amesbury, and learned about the relatively little art form of "fracking." As the accompanying pictures show; We had a "WHALE of a GOOD TIME!" Holly showed us the end product and then took us through the entire process. We learned about safety measures, sent electricity through the wood (fracking), scraped the ashes, sanded, burned the edges, and posted for pictures. We even had time to make sure that Donna and Sandy received their new Paul Harris recognition pins. It was tons of fun and we learned about a local business in our backyard. Great evening!

 
Holly B's Fracking Art Workshop & Studio Sandy Carlisle 2023-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Nepal's - Great Himalaya Trail Project

Economic and Community Development of Eco-Tourism
 
Creating successful and sustainable eco-tourism and micro enterprise among extremely poor mountain villages. Build on proven initiatives started in the Makalu and other parts of Nepal over the past 20+ years, harness a proven Appreciative Planning and Action (APA) development methodology along Nepal’s 1000 mile Great Himalaya Trail (GHT)—spanning the entire 500 miles from East to West Nepal.
 
This proposed Economic Development International Project, supported by District 7930 and Amesbury Rotary, is being designed by Amesbury Rotarians Malcolm (Mac) Odell, Mark Bean, and Sandy Carlisle from the Amesbury Rotary Club members.
 
 You can read more about the project in the Northeast PETS House of Friendship by following this link: 
 
Nepal's - Great Himalaya Trail Project Sandy Carlisle 2023-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Merrimack River Watershed Council

On January 11th.John Macone, Policy & Education Specialist, and Tracey Chalifour, Director of Development; Staff members from the Merrimack River Watershed Council talked about activities the MRWC does to promote education and awareness about the health of the 117 mile long river, and provided supporting statistics. They also discussed some of the major challenges the river faces, most notable of which is sewerage run off into the river, when there is a period of heavy rainfall; and the roll that the federal and state governmental agencies are playing to abate this source of contamination. Amesbury Rotary has provided funding, through a District grant to fund development of a contamination warning system. Some of our members have gone on hikes/walks with the MRWC group and found them to be very interesting, which included historical and environmental issues pertinent to the area being visited. 
 
MRWC Mission Statement: to improve and protect the health of the Merrimack River Watershed for all people and wildlife.
MRWC Vision: A Watershed where community and nature flourish together.
MRWC Values: Collaboration - Inclusivity - Integrity.
 
Merrimack River Watershed Council Sandy Carlisle 2023-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Whalen - Classification Talk

Tom Whalen, one of our newest members, gave his Classification Talk on January 4th. Tom is Director of Men's Supportive Services at Link House, at their site in Amesbury. Tom shared much about his background, diverse experiences, and life before joining Link House, which uniquely qualifies him for his work in helping their residents transition from addiction to fully functioning members of the community. He shared much about Link House, their mission, challenges, statistics, success stories, and future. Tom spoke without notes, straight from the heart -- a memorable and inspiring talk. 
Tom Whalen - Classification Talk Sandy Carlisle 2023-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

Amesbury Library Update

 
The Amesbury Rotary met at the Amesbury Library in front of the fountain we gave the city as part of our 75th Anniversary. Head Librarian, Aime Westphal, and Friends of the Library, incoming president, Katie Fawkes gave us a status report on all things library!
Amesbury Library Update Julia Phelps 2022-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

DG Alex Falk Visits Amesbury Rotary

 
Today, Amesbury and Newburyport Rotarians heard from District Governor, Alexander Falk. He updated us on the presidential initiatives as well as the leadership’s plan for District 7930. He even got a few laughs from the group which isn’t always easy. KUDOS Alexander!
DG Alex Falk Visits Amesbury Rotary Julia Phelps 2022-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

The Business Side of Being an Author

 
What an interesting Rotary meeting this afternoon. We heard about the business side of being an author from Edith Maxwell, who also writes under the pen name, Maddie Day. It’s more than just writing a mystery story. Be sure to check out her website, edithmaxwell.com and sign up for her newsletter and Facebook page.We also learned that Cathy Toomey was written into (and out of) the Quaker Midwife Mysteries. It’s amazing what you can get if you’re the highest bidder
at a charity auction
The Business Side of Being an Author Julia Phelps 2022-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Link House - newest Amesbury Rotary Corporate Member Julia Phelps 2022-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Amesbury Rotary President's Night

It’s a new Rotary year, which means new leadership in our clubs, our districts, and our international board. On Monday, June 27 PDG Julia Phelps inducted our club’s first co-presidents, Donna Collins and Eric Palen. We also gave 4 people Paul Harris recognitions. Ann Ferguson, Amy Farrell, Ann Boudreau, and Tom Farrell were named Paul Harris Fellows because they exemplify our motto, Service Above Self. Outgoing President; Tom Farrell gave an excellent recap of the Club's many accomplishments during the last Rotary Year, and incoming Co Presidents Donna Collins and Eric Palen laid out their view and goals for the 2022-2023 Rotary Year. On June 30, hekd at the Danversport Yacht Club, at the district celebration where our new District Governor Alesander Falk inducted Donna and Eric. Busy week, and we’re off to our new Rotary International theme for 2022-2023; "ImagineRotary". For pictures, please click on the "Read More" button. 
 
Amesbury Rotary President's Night Sandy Carlisle 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Step Up Thirft Store 
 

This past week, Jane Ansaldo Church shared information about the Step Up Thrift Shop. They accept “lightly” used/worn clothing/shoes and books to name a few things (not furniture) and they are open certain hours but you can donate 24 hours/day at the shed they have that’s between the library and the church. They reinvest almost all the proceeds back into the City of Amesbury.
Step Up Thirft Store   Tom Farrell 2022-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Annual Bike Safety Day

Amesbury Rotary held it's annual Bike Safety Day in conjuction with the Amesbury Police Department in the lower mill yard parking lot on May 21st. Approximately 30 kids brought their bikes down to get fitted for a new helmet, get their bikes tuned up, ride the bike safety course - they got a
certificate when completing it, and enter a raffle for a new bike. Click on "Read More" for picture from this event.
Rotary Annual Bike Safety Day Julia Phelps 2022-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

2022 Amesbury Rotary Amesbury Scholarships
 

 
Amesbury Rotary Scholarships were awarded to 5 Amesbury High School graduating seniors at the My 31 Baccalaureate. The four recipients, who  each received a $1,000 scholarship were Safiya Tarbell, Julianna Gannon, Lucas Welling, and Benjamin Blumsack. Zoe Glenn was awarded the $2,000 Bradley Ford Scholarship. Click on "Read More" to see pictures of the scholarship recipients.
2022 Amesbury Rotary Amesbury Scholarships  Donna Collins 2022-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

2022 Educator of the Year - 40th Annual Award

 
2022  Educator of the Year - Courtney Lovett
Cashman Elementary School
 
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.
 
Nominations are encouraged from past and present students, parents, co-workers, .and all community members.
 
2022 Educator of the Year - 40th Annual Award Sandy Carlisle 2022-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Amesbury Teacher Appreciation Project

 
On May 4, 2022 Amesbury Rotary showed its appreciation to all Amesbury teachers, for the impact that they have on all aspects of the growth of their students, with a pouch of seeds; symbolizing growth, with a tag reading "Thanks for planting the SEEDS of Knowledge". The project was lead by Amesbury Rotary President Elect, Donna Collins.
Amesbury Teacher Appreciation Project Donna Collins 2022-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Community Service Project - Pettengill House Emergency Food Bags

 Members of Amesbury Rotary were all smiles this evening as we put together emergency food bags and birthday bags fo the clients of Pettengill House. Many families need food to get them through a few days while they work on getting settled. We know this will help. This project was funded in part by a District 7930 Managed Grant which was made possible by our club’s contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Thank you Terri Doerfler for making this happen! All of your planning and efforts made this a fun, meaningful project. This wouldn't have happened without you! This is why I’m (Julia Phelps) so committed to Rotary. We make the world better in our own backyards as well as every where else in the world.

 

Community Service Project - Pettengill House Emergency Food Bags Julia Phelps 2022-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

PDG Julia Phelps Spoke on Her International Service Experiences

Last week Julia Phelps shared some of her many Rotary experiences. Specifically, she shared her “WASH” (Water, Sanitation and Hygine) involvement and experience. 

I think this is a great example of what Rotary is and can be. Some members of our Club are, or have been involved with International events/efforts. Some of our members are much more focused on the local area, and some members are not yet involved . I hope at least one take-away from Julia’s presentation is that there are many ways to get involved and if you aren’t sure of how to do so, just ask one of our Members – we really have a number of experienced Rotarians in our Club.

PDG Julia Phelps Spoke on Her International Service Experiences Sandy Carlisle 2022-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Valentine's Day Card Community Service Project

February 2 -  evening meeting at Game Time. We had a Community Service project work party; writing 160 Valentine’s Day cards for 2 local nursing homes. PDG Terri Kidder lead this effort; coordinating with the nursing homes and getting the supplies. We had members and guests of all ages involved. President Tom is delivering the valentines to the nursing & assisted living facilities this week.  For pictures of this event click on the READ MORE button below.
Valentine's Day Card Community Service Project Sandy Carlisle 2022-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Amesbury Rotary Served at 2021 Senior Holiday Lunch Sandy Carlisle 2022-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Two New Members Join Amesbury Rotary

Our two newest members; Eric Palen (lower right) and Ryan Lopes (upper left), the newest members to join Amesbury Rotary gave their biographical Classification Talks at our January 5th. meeting at our evening meeting at Game Time.
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