Speakers
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Sep 27, 2016
Senator Jason Lewis
Legislative Update
 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Stoneham!

Stoneham

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Montvale Plaza
54 Montvale Ave
Stoneham, MA  02180
United States
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Charlie Houghton
    September 1
  • Su Mansur
    September 10
  • Mark Jawitz
    September 21
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Joanne
    September 10
Join Date:
  • John Melkonian
    September 10, 2013
    3 years
 
 

Senator Jason Lewis Speaks at Weekly Meeting

Our meeting takes place Tuesday, September 27 with lunch at 12:15PM at Montvale Plaza, happy dollars, 50/50 raffle, and project updates. Senator Jason Lewis will attend and give us his annual legislative update. The Senator will address issues of concern to our Rotary club and District 7930.
 
State Senator Jason Lewis represents the people of the 5th Middlesex District of Massachusetts, which includes the cities and towns of Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and parts of Winchester. He has been a leader in shaping public policy on a range of issues important to his district, region and the state, including healthcare, education, and economic opportunity for all.
 
Senator Lewis was elected to the State Senate in 2014 following five years serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana, and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy. He also co-founded and co-Chairs the legislature’s Prevention for Health Caucus.
 
Click here for Senator Lewis’ full bio. Please make every effort to attend the meeting and speak with the Senator.
 
Thank you for addressing the needs of our community through your work in Rorary.
 

 
 

Swing for Scholarships was a success!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, September 24, the Stoneham Rotary Club held our second annual Swing for Scholarships at Hago Harrington’s on Main Street in Stoneham. Foursomes made up of Rotarians, sponsors, friends, and family played the 18 holes of Hago Harrington’s challenging course. Contrary to rumors, my score did NOT climb into the mid-60s. Except that yes, it did.
 
Click here to see the photos from the event.
 
We especially would like to thank our title sponsor, StonehamBank and our hosts Lynn Strazzere and the rest of the folks at Hago Harrington’s for funding and hosting an incredibly fun event.
 
We thank all of the Rotarians who helped by serving on the event committee, led by Chair Christine Murphy. Amy Palmerino, Craig Celli, Anthony Guardia (on loan from the Wakefield Rotary), Adam Rodgers, and Ralph Barile all served on the event committee. Special thanks to Christine’s husband Chris Murphy for all of his help in putting on the event. Several attendees encouraged Chris to continue to rock the draped raffle tickets look. If anyone has a photo of the look, please post it on our Facebook page. Your public image chairman failed in his duty to get a shot of that.
 
We thank the following companies and individuals for their assistance in making the event a success.
 
Foursome And Tee Sign Sponsors
Anderson Bryant Funeral Home
Barile Funeral Home
Boyds Direct
StonehamBank
Stoneham TV
Boys & Girls Club
Century 21 Celli
Stoneham Animal Hospital
Carol Dresser
 
Tee Sign Sponsors
Abreu Landscaping
Stoneham Ford
Robert Lusardi
Dynasty Upholstry
Montvale Plaza
Charles Houghton
Cassidy Landscaping
Cassidy Corp.
Rep Mike Day
Mario Patalano
Liberty Bell
Caroline Colarusso
 
Foursome Sponsors
Dennis O'Hara
Salem Five
Stoneham Senior Center
MassPay
 
Individual Golfers
Bruce Doyle
Steve Rotondi
 
Cash Donors
Joe Gresci
 
In-Kind and Raffle Donors
Fusion Taste
Hairmates
Honey Dew
Local 438
Helaine Marie
Emerald Salon
Java Grind
Kushala Sip
99 Restaurant
Gaetanos
Rapids
Wakefield Rotary Club
Diane Bonanni
J&B Butcher
Stoneham Sports Center
 
Plan now to join us for our third annual Swing for Scholarships next year!
 
 

 
 

Swing for Scholarships at Hago Harrington's

 

 
 

8th Annual Stoneham Star!

Our annual talent competition, The 8th Annual Stoneham Star, took place on Tuesday, June 14. Singers and dancers competed to be the winner. The act voted “Stoneham Star” by our judges received a $1,000 prize courtesy of Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry. Second prize was $300 and third prize, $200 courtesy of MELD, Inc. Randy Perillo was the host, and judges Mark Linehan, Su Mansur and Dr. Joe Pizzarello had the difficult job of crowning the 2016 Stoneham Star!
 
Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and the charitable efforts of the Rotary Club of Stoneham.
 
The show was recorded for cablecast and streamed online by Stoneham TV. 
 
Thank you to all Rotarians who came out to help. Carol Dresser, Steve Rotondi, Sharon Iovanni, Adam Rodgers, Su Mansur, Amy Palmerino, Dave Gardner and Dennis O'Hara all spent the night making the event a success.
 

 
 

Stoneham Interact Participates in walk For Hunger

The Stoneham Interact Club formed a team for Project Bread's 48th Annual Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Click here to support their efforts. For the past 48 years, tens of thousands of people have met at the Boston Common to show their unified commitment to ending hunger in Massachusetts and walk together—making a powerful statement about our shared commitment to helping people in need.
 
Interact had a great time while supporting this wonderful cause and would love for you to join them in supporting the hundreds of community-based programs across Massachusetts that are critical in helping the more than 255,000 households in our state that struggle with hunger. Please make a donation to support the team by visiting their page. You can still donate, even though the event has already taken place.
 

 
 

Senior Center Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who helped out at our annual luncheon for Stoneham Senior Center volunteers on April 12. This is a very special luncheon that club members, the seniors, and volunteers look forward to every year, and everyone who attended had a wonderful time.
 
If you would like to see the photos from the event, they are posted on our Facebook page. Click here to visit the page and make sure you "Like" the page if you have not already.
 

 
 

District Conference May 13-15

The annual District Conference will take place on May 13-15 and will include the annual district assembly.
 
Many great speakers, workshops, service projects, and social activities are being planned for the 2016 conference. Visit the district website at www.rotary7930.org for information.
 

 
 

Stoneham Rotarians Represent Well at Trivia Bee

Steve Rotondi, Carol Dresser and Adam Rodgers represented the Stoneham Rotary Club at the Stoneham Business and Community Educational Foundation's 21st Annual Trivia Bee on Friday, April 8 at Robin Hood School.
 
The Stoneham Rotary Service BEEs ranked an impressive fourth out of 25 teams. Next year, we take the title!
 
Congratulations Carol, Adam, and Steve!
 

 
 

Stoneham Interactors to Visit Cradles to Crayons

 
The Stoneham Interact Club will visit Cradles to Crayons as a service project to package donated toys, art and school supplies, clothes, shoes, books, baby supplies, and hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo. The project is taking place at 6:30PM on Tuesday, March 22 at Cradles to Crayons’ Brighton office at 155 North Beacon Street.
 
Please bring to Tuesday’s meeting any donations that you can provide to be packaged and distributed to deserving families in our community. Any of the above-mentioned items are needed and appreciated, particularly clothes, toys, and school supplies. Click here for more details about the donations they need and can accept.
 
If you would like to join the Interactors and assist in packaging donations, please plan to arrive at 155 North Beacon Street in Brighton by 6:20PM on Tuesday, March 22. You must email Nicole Cronin at ncronin63@gmail.com by 3:00PM today, Monday, so that she can provide the list to the Cradles and Crayons folks.
 
Cash donations are also accepted. Visit their website at https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/ to make your donation.
 
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that can help with communities that need.
 
Thank you for anything that you can do to support this worthy cause and our Interact Club!
 

 
 

We Know You Like Us - Now Show Us!

If you don't know by now, our Club has a Facebook page. If you haven't already, please take a second and "Like" our page so you can keep up on club activities and what's happening around the District and the Rotary world.
 
Click here to visit the Club's Facebook page and give us a Like. And while you're at it, invite your friends and colleagues to "Like" our page as well. We never know where our next member, sponsor, or supporter will come from.
 

 
 
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The 2016 Polar Plunge

On Saturday, January 23rd over 200 Rotarians, supporters, Interactors, Rotaractors, and assorted family and friends plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in Gloucester for the District's 6th Annual Polar Plunge at Long Beach.
 
Craig Celli and Dave Gardner represented our club and took the plunge. We need to have 100% participation in this year's Polar Plunge. If you have not yet made your pledge for their plunge, good news! You can still visit one of their pages and make your donation, and send the information to your family and friends.
 
What You Can Do
1. Make your personal pledge. Visit Dave or Craig's fundraising pages and pledge your personal donation to this year's Polar Plunge.
 
2. Let your friends and family know. Craig and Dave have both posted the links to their pages on Facebook. Please share their posts with your Facebook friends to give your family and friends the opportunity to support your Rotary club. Additionally, you can share this article on your account, and share the fundraising links on your Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts, and send an email to your contact list.
 
This is Dave's fourth consecutive year representing our club in the plunge, and Craig's first plunge. They, the people who worked so hard to make the Plunge happen, and the children still suffering from polio all deserve our 100% support and participation!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Incoming Rotary International President John F. Germ has announced his presidential theme and citation for 2016-17.
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

District 7930 Hosts Kickoff of Rotary Means Business

 
Stoneham Rotarian and District Governor Nominee Dave Gardner has begun a "Route 93/128 Rotary Means Business" chapter for District 7930. The kickoff event was held on November 30 at McLane Middleton's conference center in Woburn. More than 40 Rotarians attended the inaugural event and made professional contacts. After cocktails and appetizers, Dave explained the program to the attendees and then introduced Rotarian Andy Winig, who gave a presentation on maximizing results with an elevator speech. After the interactive presentation, the group had another chance to network and practice their elevator speeches before heading home for the night.
 
"What an amazing night," said Dave. "Forty business people gathered for the first Rotary Means Business meeting at the McLane Middleton Conference Center. There was time to network before and after an engaging presentation on elevator speeches that inspire dialog. Combining skill development and networking with wonderful people is a recipe for success. Thank you all who helped make it successful."
 
Stoneham Rotarians Gerry McCarthy and Dennis O'Hara were among the networkers in attendance.
 
For more information on the Rotary Means Business program, and to be kept up-to-date on future events, email Dave Gardner here!
 

 
 

Step Up to Move Our Club Forward

This is the time of year that our club leadership for 2016-17 and beyond is determined. There are several board and committee chair positions available. If you want to take a more hands-on role in determining our club's future and providing outstanding service to the Stoneham community, contact President-Elect Craig Celli at craigjcelli@gmail.com.
 

 
 

Rotary Hosts Successful Poster Day for Drug Awareness

 
The artistic juices were flowing at the Stoneham Middle School on Wednesday, October 21 for the Rotary Club of Stoneham’s first Poster Day for Drug Awareness. Over 60 students, mainly from the middle school but also some younger and older drop-ins, attended and created posters using art supplies provided by the Rotary Club. The posters represented the students’ expression of the theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Week for drug awareness, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free!” After their posters were made, the starving artists were treated to pizza by the Rotary Club.

Red Ribbon Week is an annual event for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Started by the National Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest public awareness drug prevention program in the nation.

Locally, Red Ribbon Week (October 25-31) is organized by the Stoneham Substance Abuse Coalition (SSAC). The posters were displayed at the Red Ribbon Week Vigil on Sunday, October 25 on the Town Common. They will be delivered back to the Middle School where the students can pick their posters up if they wish to keep them.

“We are encouraged by the great turnout of young artists and their enthusiasm both for participating in community activities and for encouraging their friends and families to resist the temptation to use drugs,” said Dennis O’Hara, Stoneham Rotary spokesman. “The SSAC tells us that early education and awareness are two of the most important factors in preventing drug abuse in young people.”

To see the photos from the poster event, visit the Stoneham Rotary Facebook page at facebook.com/StonehamRotaryClub.
 

 
 

Swing for Scholarships was a success!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Stoneham Rotary Club's Swing for Scholarships 2015 was hosted by Hago Harrington's Miniature Golf in Stoneham on Saturday, September 26. We enjoyed entertainment by Spinner Music, grilled burgers, hot dogs and sausages, an open beer and wine bar, and a 50/50 raffle and a hole-in-one contest.
 
Mini-golf began with a shotgun start at 7:00PM and everyone had a very fun hour going around the course.
 
After the mini-golf game, the party continued until around 9:00PM.
 
Click here to see our Facebook album of the event. Be sure to "Like" our page while you're there!
 
We are so grateful for our host sponsor, Hago Harrington's Miniature Golf Course, and the rest of our sponsors:
 
Thank you to StonehamBank, our Hole In One title sponsor, for your commitment to our community.
 
Thank you to our hole sponsors:
 

 
 

Congratulations, Dave Gardner!

We are pleased and proud to announce the selection of Dave Gardner, Rotary Foundation chair, board member, past president, and advisor to our new Interact Club, as District Governor Nominee for District 7930. Dave will assume governorship of the Rotary district for the 2017-18 Rotary year beginning July 1, 2017.

“David displayed a strong commitment to Rotary and demonstrated inspirational leadership ability,” said John Hall, selection committee member and past governor of District 7930.
 
Immediate past governor and selection committee member Peter Simonsen added, “Dave has strong leadership qualities and is well thought of throughout Rotary District 7930 by our members.  He is well organized, has a strong base of knowledge about Rotary, and has a good understanding of how to lead a volunteer organization.” Besides his work with our club, Dave currently serves as an Assistant Governor for the district and is Chairman of the district’s Technology and Communications Committee.

“It is impossible to adequately convey the level of Dave’s commitment to Rotary or his value to the organization,” said President Amy. “With his selection as District Governor Nominee, our entire district will only benefit more from his leadership.”
 
 
 

June 30 Club Installation Reception

Our installation reception was held on Tuesday, June 30 at Montvale Plaza. This was a very special installation as we also formally installed our new Interact Club at the same time. Club members in attendance had a wonderful time sharing dinner and fellowship with the Interact members and their parents.
 
 

 
 

Stoneham Rotary Crowns 7th Annual Stoneham Star

        The Rotary Club of Stoneham held our 7th Annual Stoneham Star Talent Competition on Tuesday, June 9 at Stoneham Theatre. 12 acts competed for the title, and ultimately Stoneham resident Alexandra Flammia was named the 2015 Stoneham Star for her performance of Don’t Rain on My Parade that had the whole audience on their feet. Randy Perillo once again hosted the show.
 
        Judges Susan Larson, Mark Linehan and Dr. Joe Pizzarello also chose Isabella Moore for second place and the local band Houses, with members Bobby Borenstein, Jake Michaels, Eddie Pizzano and Jon Schores for third place. Keira Haughey and Amelia Borto won the distinction of “Fan Favorite” for receiving the most votes from the audience.
 
        Stoneham Star is a fundraiser for our charities. This year, a portion of the proceeds raised will benefit our new Interact Club at Stoneham High School.
 
        “We are proud to have chartered our Interact club with such a high number of motivated members,” said our President Amy. “The Stoneham Star competition is a fun night and an important fundraiser which helps us continue the work that we do with nonprofit organizations and provide seed money for the Interact club to carry out their first community service project. I want to thank all of our sponsors, participants, host, judges, Rotary members, and audience members for making Stoneham Star 2015 a success!”
 
        Sponsors of the 2015 Stoneham Star competition include Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry, Stoneham Ford, MELD Inc., Salem Five, Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham TV, Boyd’s Direct, StonehamBank, and the Stoneham Independent. Please thank and support our sponsors.
 

 
 

Rotary Club Service BEEs Perform Well at Trivia Fundraiser

The Stoneham Rotary sponsored a team at this year's Trivia Bee, a fundraiser for the Stoneham Business & Community Educational Foundation. This group of local business leaders awards grants to Stoneham schools, PTOs, and other nonprofits for educational endeavors. The event was held at Robin Hood School on Friday, March 27.
 
Team Rotary, dubbed the "Rotary Club Service BEEs," finished an impressive fourth out of 25 competing teams, scoring a 37 out of a possible 45. Team members Dr. Bruce Doyle, Carol Dresser, Maureen Canova and Steve Rotondi were joined by a last-minute addition. No word yet on whether the gentleman was a ringer that propelled them to success.
 
The members also got into the excitement of the event by purchasing tickets for the many raffle items that were available. Bruce, Carol, and Maureen all went home with items won.
 
Stoneham Rotarians Chris Nolty, Amy Palmerino, Dennis O'Hara and Craig Celli also participated in the event, but on teams other than Rotary's.
 
In the true spirit of Rotary, our members managed to help raise funds for a worthy local organization focused on education, while learning a few things themselves and having fun in the process!
 

 
 

Interact Charter Filed for Stoneham Club

The charter has been sent to Rotary International establishing an Interact Club at Stoneham High School. There are 34 charter members and the club has already met three times, elected their leadership team, two additional board members and five committee chairs. At the most recent meeting they discussed their thoughts about the first service project that they hope to plan and complete before the end of this school year. In line with DGE David Manzi's new Homelessness and Hunger Initiative, they are considering collecting food or organizing an End Hunger New England program. Either way, they are very excited to deliver service locally and begin to plan their inaugural celebration.
 
This has been a multi-year effort led by the club and it just goes to show that perseverance does pay off and often multiplies.
 

 
 
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.