Posted by Amy Morin on Apr 08, 2018

Rotary Club of Stoneham Arts Festival

The deadline for artist participation has passed. Please check back to this site and on our Facebook page to see
images of some of the art that will be displayed at the festival.

For more information, contact Dennis O'Hara (781) 572-8467 or Maureen Canova (781) 454-5561.

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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jan 15, 2018
Freezin’ for a Reason: Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Stoneham
Jump into the Atlantic for Polio Eradication
Rotary District 7930 will hold its 8th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 3rd, at Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. More than 300 people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year including the Rotary Club of Stoneham. Last year, over 250 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $89,000 and welcoming Rotarians, friends, and family members from 45 Rotary Clubs.
Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted. Today there are three countries left where it has not been eradicated- Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. However, due to combined targeted efforts and donations, Nigeria reported no new cases of polio in 2017 and the number of total cases last year fell to just 21 worldwide!
Again, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians raise toward eradication efforts. For as little as $0.60, a donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support your local Rotarians as they brave the icy waters off Gloucester to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The Rotary Club of Stoneham has set a goal at $3,400, to aid in the district’s goal of raising $125,000. The district is utilizing an electronic fundraising process. Supporters are encouraged to make a pledge by logging on to our fundraising site at and make a pledge to help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease.

For more information on how the Rotary Club of Stoneham serves the local and global community, visit or contact President Dennis O’Hara at or 781-572-8467.
Participating Plungers
David Gardner, District Governor 2017-2018, Past President 2012-13
Craig Celli, Immediate Past President
Taysel Concepcion
Emily Cunningham
Lily Francavilla
Maggie Mcallister
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara
Each May, the Rotary Club of Stoneham visits Stoneham High School to review the applications of graduating seniors hoping to earn a scholarship that will help fund their continuing education.  We read about the students’ families, about their volunteer efforts, about their hopes and dreams for achieving their goals.  And each year, we pick two students to receive $2500 Rotary scholarships – and while that will certainly not cover their tuition, it will help buy the books, computers and lab supplies they need to complete their studies for the first year of college.
Our members work throughout the year to raise the funds necessary to provide those scholarships.  This year, we are hosting our 3rd Annual Swing for Scholarships, and we hope that you’ll want to be part of a really fun event that benefits our community’s young people.
Join the Stoneham Rotary Club on Saturday, September 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for Swing for Scholarships 2016, an adult mini-golf social generously hosted by Hago Harrington’s.  Foursomes or individuals will join us for an evening of fun, cocktails, food and mini-golf.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jun 04, 2017

Meet Your Stoneham Rotary Club!

Introductory Social

What would you think about an organization that provides scholarships to Stoneham high school seniors, polio vaccinations to children in third-world countries, the beautiful and well-used Gazebo on the Town Common, and assistance to local organizations that help senior citizens, veterans, children, and needy families? Do you want to know more?

The Stoneham Rotary Club invites you to a social at Montvale Plaza on Tuesday, June 20 from 6:00-8:00PM. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar while speaking with members of the Stoneham Rotary in an informal setting. Find out how you can become involved in Rotary's many charitable endeavors, and how Rotary can help your cause!

There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required. Please click here to sign up. We hope that you can join us on June 20!

For more information, contact Dennis O'Hara,, or Adam Rodgers,

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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Mar 13, 2017

No Club Meeting This Week

Due to the predicted snowstorm for Tuesday, we have cancelled our weekly meeting.
See you next week at Rotary!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Calling All Art Lovers!

Stoneham's First Art Festival

The Stoneham Rotary Club is hosting Stoneham's first ever Arts Festival!
Professional and amateur artists have submitted works for the Rotary Club of Stoneham/MELD, Inc.
First Arts Festival, open to the public on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00AM-3:00PM.

The festival will be held at The First Congregational Church, 1 Church Street in Stoneham, across from Town Hall and the Common. 

For more information, contact Steve Rotondi (781) 438-4794 or Maureen Canova (781) 454-5561

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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jan 17, 2017

Support The 2017 Polar Plunge

It's time to get serious about the Polar Plunge! We need to pledge our support now to Craig's and Dave's plunges.
Dave Gardner and Craig Celli have signed up to represent our club in the plunge. Click here to pledge your support for Dave’s plunge. Click here for the link to support Craig’s plunge. And, you can sign up for the plunge yourself! Click here to visit Mobile Cause and click Become a Fundraiser.
When: February 4, 2017  11:00 AM
Where: Cape Ann Motor Inn, Gloucester
This is our chance to help the children of the world by helping to fund polio eradication efforts. In 1988 there were 350,000 new cases of Polio worldwide. Through October 2016 there have only been 27 new cases. The goal of Rotary and its partners is to completely eradicate the polio virus. Without the complete eradication the virus could infect 100,000 within 10 years.
The members of the 47 clubs in our District have come together over the last several years for our annual Polar Plunge event at Long Beach. These members and supporters have made a significant statement of caring for the children of the world.
Thank you for supporting this year’s Polar Plunge!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Nov 14, 2016

Addiction Crisis Addressed at Recent Meeting

The Rotary Club thanks Pierce Aliberti for his presentation to our club on November 8. Pierce shared his powerful and inspirational story of addiction, recovery, and hope. Since achieving sobriety, Pierce has dedicated his life to helping others overcome their addictions, including plans to open a sober safe house for those seeking recovery.
Addressing the addiction crisis in our community is one of the most important focus areas of our club. Members in attendance at the meeting heard a personal account of this young man's struggle, and came away with a new appreciation of the work that we do to assist the Stoneham Substance Abuse Coalition and other organizations fighting the opioid crisis.
Personal Addiction Story Dennis O'Hara 2016-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Oct 25, 2016

Service Project Addressing Hunger A Success!

In place of our weekly meeting, our club participated in the Multi-Club Food Packaging event at the Wakefield Sheraton on October 25. Rotarians from nine District 7930 clubs packaged more than 16,000 meals that were distributed to local food pantries, elder services and veterans services, including the Bread of Life in Malden. Our Club donated the meals after their coordinator addressed us at a recent meeting. Craig delivered the meals to the Bread of Life after the packaging event. It was a wonderful day of fellowship and service for our district. Hopefully we will have many more opportunities to serve as we and our fellow clubs address our district's Hunger and Homelessness Initiative.
Thank you for serving humanity as a member of Rotary.
Food Packaging Service Project Dennis O'Hara 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Sep 25, 2016

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
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
Individual Golfers
Bruce Doyle
Steve Rotondi
Cash Donors
Joe Gresci
In-Kind and Raffle Donors
Fusion Taste
Honey Dew
Local 438
Helaine Marie
Emerald Salon
Java Grind
Kushala Sip
99 Restaurant
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!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on May 10, 2016

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.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Apr 15, 2016

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.
Support Interact and Project Bread Dennis O'Hara 2016-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Apr 12, 2016

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.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Apr 12, 2016

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 for information.
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Posted on Apr 11, 2016

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!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Mar 21, 2016

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 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 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!
Interact Club Update Dennis O'Hara 2016-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2016

Network with your Fellow Rotarians

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.
District 7930’s Rotary Means Business Fellowship is run by Dave Gardner. Join them tonight at McLane Middleton Law Center, 300 Trade Center Suite 7000 in Woburn from 6:00-8:00PM. Before and after an interesting guest speaker, there will be ample time to network with other Rotarians so bring your business cards! Click here for more information and to sign up.
The speaker’s topic is:
Wow! Your Way to Profit!
As a topic of compelling interest for today’s highly competitive business environment, this presentation addresses how to Wow! Clients and employees for life because they are too expensive to keep replacing.  You will learn the staying power of creating multiple extraordinary experiences for your Clients which create “Super Glued” relationships that generate long-term growth and profitability.  We will discuss the key elements of “super glued” relationships.
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Posted on Mar 08, 2016

Discuss Club Projects at Weekly Meeting

Our Tuesday, March 15 meeting will be a club assembly of sorts, with President Amy Palmerino leading a discussion of projects that next year's District Grant application can be based on. Come prepared with your ideas. Lunch will be served at 12:15, followed by 50/50 raffle, happy dollars, project updates and the discussion.
Don't forget to sign up for the district bowling night on March 20. Follow the link below to sign up.
See you at Rotary!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jan 12, 2016

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!
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Rotary Resolutions Dennis O'Hara 2016-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Dec 01, 2015

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!
Rotary Means Business Event Dennis O'Hara 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Nov 09, 2015

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
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Oct 23, 2015

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
Poster Day at the Middle School Dennis O'Hara 2015-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Poster Night for Drug Awareness Dennis O'Hara 2015-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Oct 01, 2015

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:
Hago Harrington's Fundraiser Dennis O'Hara 2015-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2015
Club Secretary Maureen Canova is proud to announce that her daughter, Monica, has been awarded a Rhode Island Changemaker Fellowship by the Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Founders League. The fellowships are awarded to promising young social entrepreneurs who meet regularly to share information on entrepreneurial activities happening on their college campuses.
Monica plans to operate a socially conscious business upon her graduation. She is studying business management at Roger Williams University.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Aug 25, 2015
I received the following message from the coordinator of a local group that teaches English to adults.
My name is Erin Kreischer and I am contacting you on behalf of English At Large. EAL is a local nonprofit that offers free English instruction to adult English language learners through a volunteer network. We are currently looking for new volunteers and wanted to reach out to the Stoneham Rotary to inform you of our upcoming Volunteer Open House. At this event, we will talk about our available volunteer positions, provide networking opportunities with our current volunteers and present information about our upcoming trainings. For more information, please visit If you would like more information about our upcoming events or our volunteering opportunities, please call me at 781-395-2374 or email me at Thank you for your time, Erin
English At Large Volunteers Sought Dennis O'Hara 2015-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2015

Red Sox and Rotaplast - A Winning Combination!

By Bob Wood
Published in the 8/17 District E-Newsletter, Republished with permission

Join Most Distinguished Past District Governor Donna-Lee Young Rubin, Executive Director of Rotaplast International, District Governor Dave Manzi and his son Christian, District Governor-elect Sheryl Meehan and John, District Governor-nominee Dave Gardner and his wife Joni, and sixty-four other folks from around the District at the District Red Sox Game for Rotaplast on August 20 at 5:00 pm. The evening starts with "all you can eat" pizza at Uno’s in Kenmore Square. You will receive the tickets you reserved at Uno’s. Uno’s has generously agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of the evening to Rotaplast, so the more folks attend will mean the larger the donation!
We will move from Uno’s to Fenway Park and all sit together in the right field grandstand. One group has reserved an entire row! We have a full block of 150 seats, so there is still room to bring your kids, grandkids, club members or friends to attend a wonderful opportunity for comradery and to cheer on the Red Sox in their time of need. The total cost of the evening is $50, all inclusive. It’s a deal and a steal.
Take the T or find a parking spot somewhere in the area, but join us at Uno’s at 5 pm! Click here to register!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Aug 03, 2015

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.”
Stoneham Rotarian to Serve as District Governor Dennis O'Hara 2015-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jul 28, 2015

Swing for Scholarships 2015

The Stoneham Rotary Club and our Hole-in-One Title Sponsor StonehamBank are pleased to announce Swing for Scholarships, a mini-golf fundraiser at Stoneham's own Hago Harrington's. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 6:00-10:00PM. This adult event will feature a mini-golf game, food, beer and wine, a hole-in-one contest, a DJ from Spinner Music, a 50/50 raffle, and lots of fun for everyone. Click here for information.
The event will provide funds for our scholarship program for two Stoneham High School students. It promises to be a fun and exciting evening!
There are several ways to participate in the event:
Purchase a Foursome – Teams are made up of four individuals. The price for a foursome is $200. You will be able to purchase a foursome at the entrance of Hago Harrington's.
Individual Golfers – For those who would like to participate but do not have a foursome, individual golfers can sign up for $75. You can pay at the door.
Come to the Party – For those who would like to attend but not participate in the mini-golf, the cost is $40 at the door.
Please click here for more information.
Mini-Golf Fundraiser at Hago Harrington's Dennis O'Hara 2015-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

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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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jul 19, 2015

Stoneham Rotary is Taking Our Families Out to the Ballgame!

The annual Stoneham Rotary Family Day at the Spinners will be on Sunday, August 30. First pitch is at 5:05PM as the Lowell Spinners host the Hudson Valley Renegades. 
The deadline to reserve tickets has passed, but if you did not reserve in time but still would like to go, you can email Amy and discuss options with her.
Last year, we had a great time watching the game and sharing fellowship with our members and their families. Click here to see the photos from last year's Spinners day.
Please join your fellow Rotary members and their families for a great day at the ballpark!
Family Day at the Spinners Dennis O'Hara 2015-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jul 07, 2015

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.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jun 10, 2015

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.
Stoneham Star 2015 Dennis O'Hara 2015-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the 7th Annual Stoneham Star! Below are the sponsorship levels and benefits:
Movie Star Sponsor ($1,000)
The Stoneham Star Movie Star Sponsorship includes:
  • Full page ad in the event program
  • Lobby signage during performance
  • Logo/link on Stoneham Rotary website and Facebook
  • Recognition on Stoneham TV cablecast bulletin board
  • 12 tickets to Stoneham Star
  • Photo opportunity for one representative on stage at the conclusion of the show during the awards presentation
  • Invitation to meet the performers following the show
Celebrity Sponsor ($500)
The Stoneham Star Celebrity Sponsorship includes:
  • Half page ad in the event program
  • Lobby signage during performance
  • Logo/link on Stoneham Rotary website and Facebook
  • Recognition on Stoneham TV cablecast bulletin board
  • 8 tickets to Stoneham Star
  • Invitation to meet the performers following the show
Supporting Role Sponsor ($250)
The Stoneham Star Supporting Role Sponsorship includes:
  • Quarter page ad in the event program
  • Logo/link on Stoneham Rotary website and Facebook
  • Recognition on Stoneham TV bulletin board
  • 4 tickets to Stoneham Star
Cameo Sponsor ($100)
The Stoneham Star Cameo Sponsorship includes:
  • Eighth page ad in the event program
  • Logo on Stoneham Rotary website and Facebook
  • 2 tickets to Stoneham Star
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on May 26, 2015

Update on Upcoming Events and Fundraisers

The fundraiser at Hago Harrington's Miniature Golf is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 in the evening. The event committee is working with Hago's owner Lynn Strazzere to plan a first-class event. Event Chair and incoming PE Craig Celli hopes that each Rotarian can pledge to raise funds for this event, by organizing a team, sponsoring a hole, and promoting the event to your family and friends. Email Craig if you are interested in helping organize the fundraiser at
The District 7930 Installation Dinner will be held on Monday, June 29 at Danversport Yacht Club. Click here to visit the District site where there is information about the dinner.
Upcoming Events Dennis O'Hara 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on May 03, 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and fellow Stoneham Rotarian Richard "Dick" Mansur. Dick was welcomed into our Club in September of 2013 and was active in most of our projects and activities since then, serving this year as Sergeant-At-Arms until his sudden illness forced him to step down. Dick's quick wit, warm smile, and engaging stories will be missed by us all; and his passing leaves a hole in our organization that can never be filled.
We extend our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to his wife and fellow Stoneham Rotarian Su, his son Clark, and to his extended family and friends.
Richard R. Mansur, 1941-2015 Dennis O'Hara 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Apr 27, 2015

Board Meeting at 12:15PM at Stoneham TV

Attention board members and committee chairs: Although there is no regular meeting this week, there will be a board meeting on April 28 at 12:15 at Stoneham TV, 53 Central Street. Lunch will be served. It is very important that all current board members, committee chairs, and 2015-16 board members attend the meeting. Please let Amy know if you will be attending the meeting for food planning purposes. Email
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Mar 28, 2015

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!
Trivial Matters Dennis O'Hara 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Gardner

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.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Mar 02, 2015

Trivia Time

The Stoneham Business and Community Educational Foundation's Annual Trivia Bee will take place on Friday, March 27th at 7:00PM at Robin Hood School. We will sponsor a team again this year and have spots available for 4-6 Rotarians. Our team last year had a great time! Please contact President Amy Palmerino if you would like to be on our team this year. It's a few hours of fun benefiting a great community organization!
SBCEF Trivia Bee on March 27 Dennis O'Hara 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Gardner


One of the multi-year dreams of the Rotary Club of Stoneham has been to start an Interact Club at Stoneham High School. That goal is now one step further to being realized after our information session at Stoneham High School on Thursday, January 8. President Amy Palmerino began the presentation, framing the evening and providing a history of Rotary, Interact and what Service Above Self means to those committed to our mission. Dave Gardner, Youth Services Chair, then spoke about the path that has been traveled to get to the information session and what he envisions in a successful club. There were over 20 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors who were there to find opportunities to provide community service and learn about the opportunities that Rotary's Youth Programs can provide.
Keith Harris, an Ipswich Rotarian, shared his experiences about his summer event, "Pedaling for a Purpose". The students listened intently as Keith told a few stories of his many incredible interactions with people he met along the way. He wove how his life-long dream into one which raised $42,000 for the Rotary Foundation and the many ways in which the Foundation funds both local and international projects.
We were very excited to have Tyler from North Reading Interact and three surprise visitors from Reading Interact, Hannah, Caitlin and Alex. Each shared their stories about either Interact or RYLA. Ranging from building leadership skills to the impact that providing community service had on them, it was clear that they not only loved the program, but provided compelling reasons for Stoneham to start a club. There were also three recent Stoneham students who attended RYLA last year, Saige, Sandra and Gabrielle who are excited that an Interact Club is now within reach. Another past RYLArian, Thomas, who has also served as a senior staffer and more recently, as a facilitator was there for support as well.
A survey will be sent to all Stoneham students in attendance to determine the best date and time in the next 2 or 3 weeks to determine if there is sufficient interest in starting a club, determine what projects the students would like to rally around, selecting an advisor and to begin the actual process of chartering the club. From the buzz in the room it appears that a dream has come true.
A special thank you to Stoneham High Principal, Mrs. Donna Cargill, Stoneham Rotarians Dennis O'Hara, Bruce Doyle, Su Mansur, Dick Mansur and our AG Peter Majane.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jan 04, 2015

The Rotary Club of Stoneham is Freezin' For A Reason

The Rotary Club of Stoneham is jumping into the Atlantic Ocean for Polio Eradication on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:15am as part of Rotary District 7930’s 5th annual Polar Plunge at Long Beach in Gloucester. This event has been postponed from January 31, February 7, and March 7. To plunge or watch the plungers, arrive by 10:30 for coffee and fellowship in advance of the 11:15am plunge at the Cape Ann Motor Inn, 33 Rockport Road in Gloucester.

The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. More than 300 people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year including the Rotary Club of Stoneham.  Last year, over 250 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $100,000.
So far, our Club has two plungers registered: Amy Palmerino and Dave Gardner. Click here to visit the Stoneham team page and make your donation on behalf of Amy or Dave. Dave has set a goal of $5,000 and Amy a goal of $1,000 towards the District's goal of $125,000. Or, sign up to plunge yourself!

Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More than $1.2 billion has been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted. Today there are three countries left where it has not been eradicated-- Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar raised by Rotarians toward eradication efforts (up to $35 million/year until 2018). Your donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life.

For more information on how the Rotary Club of Stoneham serves the local and global communities, visit To learn more about the global effort to eradicate polio, visit​
2015 Polar Plunge Dennis O'Hara 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 01, 2015

January Meeting Locations

Happy New Year! It is January, and that means that the Rotary Club of Stoneham takes our meetings on the road. Here is our location schedule for January.

Tues., Jan. 13, 12:15 pm, Stoneham Bank, 80 Montvale Ave.
Tues., Jan. 20, 12:15 pm, Stoneham TV, 53 Central St.
Tues., Jan. 27, 12:15 pm, Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham, 15 Dale Ct.

We will discuss February meeting locations in case Bear Hill is not available.​
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Dec 01, 2014

Holiday Dinner, Celebration, Toy Donation, and Gift Swap on December 16

Our annual holiday dinner is always a nice evening of food, fun, fellowship and goodwill for our Club. Please join us on Tuesday, December 16. Cost is $40 for members and $65 for guests. Click here to reserve your tickets for the celebration. The evening includes Montvale's gourmet buffet dinner, delicious desserts, cash bar, toy donations for the Stoneham Fire Department's Toys for Local Children program, and our fun Gift Swap. To participate in the Gift Swap, bring a gift of $20 in value the night of the dinner. And everyone, please bring a new, unwrapped gift appropriate for children 16 and younger to donate for the holiday.​
Holiday Dinner and Celebration at Montvale Plaza Dennis O'Hara 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Century 21 Celli Invites Stoneham Rotary to Christmas Party 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Nov 17, 2014

Club Meeting and Raffle Update at Noon at Bear Hill

Our weekly lunch meeting will be held at Noon at Bear Hill Golf Club.
After lunch and fellowship, we will have project updates and discuss upcoming meetings and projects. Next week is our annual football luncheon with the Reading Rotary and the Stoneham and Reading High School athletic administrators, football and cheerleading coaches, and football and cheerleading captains. You must RSVP for the football luncheon so that we can give an accurate count to Bear Hill. If you will not be attending today's meeting, please email Amy at before Noon if you will be attending next week's luncheon.
Please bring all of your sold raffle tickets to today's meeting. The drawing takes place this Saturday, November 22 live on Stoneham TV during the annual on-air auction. Stoneham cable subscribers can view the drawing on Channel 9 on Comcast, Channel 3 on RCN and Channel 34 on Verizon. Also, the auction will be streamed live on your computer, tablet, phone or set-top box at
See you at Noon at Bear Hill!
Club Meeting at Noon at Bear Hill Dennis O'Hara 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Nov 03, 2014

District 7930 Military Tribute for Veterans' Day​

Are you a veteran or current service member in the U.S. military, or do you know a Rotarian who is? If so, the public relations committee of Rotary District 7930 would like to recognize your service in honor of Veterans' Day. We are looking for those Rotarians among the 48 clubs who have served or continue to serve in the United States Military.  We have created a photo album on the District Facebook Page containing photos of Rotarians who are also veterans or service members as a way of recognizing their contributions in service to our country.  Please submit a photo, with the name, branch of service, rank, deployment (including locations and dates) and other recognition you would like to list, to Dennis O’Hara, Stoneham Rotary PR chair, at by this Friday, November 7. Current photos will be posted, but we would also like to post photos of you when in uniform.

If you know of anyone in our Club or in our District who is a veteran or on active military service, please pass this message on to them or send their information in.
District 7930 Military Tribute for Veterans' Day Dennis O'Hara 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

District Governor Visit at Noon at Bear Hill

Our Club's annual official District Governor's visit will take place at our meeting on Tuesday, October 28 at Noon. BOARD MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE: all board members are asked to arrive at 11:30AM for a meeting with District Governor Peter Simonsen. Peter will then join us for lunch and our meeting. He will address our Club and give updates on happenings in the District as well as talk a bit about our District goals for this Rotary year.

All members are asked to make a special effort to attend this important meeting. Let's have a good showing and support our District Governor!

Club Meeting at Bear Hill at Noon Dennis O'Hara 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

For the fourth year in a row, Century 21 CELLI is a collection partner for Anton’s Cleaners “Coats for Kids” drive. The winter coat drive is celebrating its 20th year and the agency is extremely honored to be part of such a successful community service initiative. Since its inception in 1995, the drive has collected hundreds of thousands of coats with Coats for Kids being New England’s largest running coat drive currently. The goal of the program is to provide a ‘warmer winter’ for those in need by distributing the coats collected, free of charge, to local agencies. After collection, Anton’s cleans all of the coats before handing them out to adults and children alike. This winter coat drive runs from October 13, 2014 to January 10, 2015 giving you plenty of time to go through your closet and look for gently worn coats that you may not be using anymore. Their collection box is inside the front door of Century 21 CELLI at 270 Main Street in Stoneham. So pop in, say hi, and drop off your coats!

Visit Anton’s Coats for Kids for more information on this fantastic philanthropy!

Help Rotarian Craig Celli Support Coats for Kids Dennis O'Hara 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Help Fund Our Scholarships for Stoneham High School Students

We are selling raffle tickets for a $1,000 drawing that will take place on November 22. The raffle will fund our high school scholarship program as well as our other charities. Each Rotarian is asked to help in this effort by selling tickets, purchasing tickets, and/or providing a venue for ticket sales. If you can sell tickets to the public from your place of business, please contact President Amy Palmerino. We will publicize the list of locations for the public to purchase tickets, and also sell tickets on the website. Tickets are $5 apiece of 5 for $20. Click this link to purchase your tickets.

$1,000 Fall Raffle Dennis O'Hara 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Gresci

Help to Build a Playground at the Zoo

We have an exciting opportunity to participate in a large scale community service project with Stone Zoo.

Stone Zoo has been given most of the funding and management expertise to build at large "activity type" playground.  They are in need of volunteers to help build the playground.  We are putting together a Rotary Team to help in this tremendous community service project.

The project is being led and coordinated by KabooM!, an organization that helps communities with the design and build of playgrounds.

On Friday October 31st from 8:00AM until 2:00PM, the volunteers will build the playground at Stone Zoo, under the direction of the KabooM! project leader.

This is a unique community service opportunity to get Rotarians involved in a multi organizational effort, one that will certainly receive a lot of promotion and visibility.

Please join me in this effort to have a Rotary Team to help build the playground in October. You can sign up by clicking here, or sign up at our next meeting. If you have any questions, you may contact my son, Joe Gresci, Director of Guest Services at Stone Zoo.  He can be reached at or 617-828-0754.

Community Service Project with Stone Zoo Joe Gresci 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Lunch, Fellowship and Project Updates

Our weekly meeting takes place at Noon at Bear Hill Golf Club, 2 North Street. Lunch will be followed by updates on our current and ongoing projects including the $1,000 scholarship raffle and the playground construction at Stone Zoo.
See you at Noon at Bear Hill!
Noon Meeting at Bear Hill Dennis O'Hara 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Town Day Report and New Member Induction at Bear Hill

Our Town Day ice cream sundae tent was the place to be on Saturday. Dave Gardner and his crew did a great job with setup, serving, and breakdown. The weather was pleasant and the rain held out until the end. Dave will fill you in on the rest at our Noon meeting at Bear Hill.
Join us in welcoming Christopher Nolty as a new member. Chris is the Market Manager at Salem Five in Stoneham and was sponsored for membership by Carolyn Lassiter. He will be formally inducted as a member of our Club at the meeting.
President Amy Palmerino will give us an update on our fall raffle. To fund our 2015 Stoneham High School scholarships, it is critical that every member participate in promoting the raffle and making it a success. 
There will be no board meeting after today's meeting. The next board meeting is scheduled immediately following our regular meeting on Tuesday, October 7.
Induction, Project Updates at Noon Meeting Dennis O'Hara 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Club Assembly to Continue Visioning Process

We're back at Bear Hill for our 12:15PM meeting. Our annual Club Assembly will take place at this meeting, where we will discuss the areas of focus that came out of our Visioning Session. Come and provide your input into the projects and activities of our Club.
There are still volunteer needs for Town Day setup and breakdown. Please reserve your spot using the form on the website, or let Dave Gardner know.
See you at Bear Hill!
Annual Club Assemblly at Bear Hill Dennis O'Hara 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Aug 25, 2014

sign up to volunteer today

Town Day was established to celebrate and showcase the Town of Stoneham and its business, recreation, artistic, cultural, and nonprofit communities. Our Club has a tradition of providing ice cream sundaes at the event, and we will be doing so again this year along with selling raffle tickets. Setup begins at 8:00AM; the event runs from 11:00AM-4:00PM. Cleanup and breakdown will take an additional hour.
This is an excellent event for our entire Club to come together and make the day a success. Please click here to sign up for your volunteer hours now.
We look forward to a fun Town Day!
Town Day Dennis O'Hara 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Aug 25, 2014
Reminder: there is NO MEETING today, August 26. Our next meeting will be next Tuesday, September 2, at the Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm Street. Have a great week and a Happy Labor Day weekend!
No Meeting Dennis O'Hara 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Family Day at the Spinners Dennis O'Hara 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

We will have our regular Club meeting at Noon at Bear Hill, 2 North Street. We will enjoy lunch and fellowship, get updates on upcoming projects, and talk more about the Club Visioning session next week.
Reminder: there will be no lunch meeting next Tuesday, August 5. Our Club Visioning Seminar will be held at the Stoneham Senior Center from 6:00-9:00PM. It is important to get as many of us there that can attend. This is our chance as a club to share ideas and information on the direction we would like our club to go within the next three years. Email Amy to let her know that you will attend. Dinner will be served.
Club Meeting at Noon at Bear Hill Dennis O'Hara 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Murphy on Jul 28, 2014
Dear Rotarians,

I will be joining with thousands of people nationwide this fall to walk in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

My personal fundraising goal is $1,500.00. I would appreciate any support that you give me for this worthwhile cause.

As many of you know in December of 2012 I lost my brother Roger (who would now be 32 years old) to suicide. Before it affected my family directly I did not know much about the resources and programs out there to help people struggling with thoughts of suicide. My family has set up a Team In Memory of Roger R Coutu Jr and would love you to join us in the walk around Lake Quannapowitt on September 20, 2014.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, advocacy, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 38,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation, click here to visit my fundraising page. If you would rather donate by check please make the check payable to AFSP and mail it in with the offline donation form.

Thank you for considering this request for your support. If you have any questions about the Out of the Darkness Community Walks or AFSP do not hesitate to contact me or visit

Christine Murphy
Out of the Darkness Community Walk Christine Murphy 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maureen Canova

Notes from 7-22-2014 Stoneham Rotary Meeting
Special Celebration – Jack and Trudy Anderson’s 50th Anniversary – balloons, cake, card and gift presented from club with photo taken.  Both were very thankful!!
Happy Dollars - $50 from Jack, $20 from Sue and Dick, $1 from Gordon for walking the town with Bella (niece’s dog) – getting to know the area, $1 from Amy - Nicolas broke his toe but still able to attend baseball camp
Aug 5 meeting at Senior Center – Visioning Session – 6-9pm, - goals:  moving forward as a club – what is our vision long term; all members filled out survey for the district
Raffle – Stop & Shop – Dennis and Amy met with Stop and Shop Manager to discuss possible “Shopping Spree” event in November (before the holidays) – winner would have 1 min 45 sec to shop in store before or after hours.  The store manager is interested but needs to pass it along to Corporate for final decision.  Dennis, Amy and the store Manager are planning to meet again next Tuesday to discuss further.  Winner of raffle will be picked at Stoneham TV’s Annual Auction.  $5/ticket
Service Project – Oral Health – High School and Middle School involvement for September – presentations in Health Classes – will be handing out material and giveaways – looking for speakers
Fundraiser Suggestion by Mark – Valentine’s Dance at the Middle School for Father/daughter, Mother/son
Foundation- Gordon gave info on Pedaling for a Purpose – the past president of the Ipswich Club is pedaling 4400 miles to raise money for a local hospital ($25,000 goal).  Also raises funds for their club
November – Rotary Foundation Month – We will be planning speakers and discussing grant opportunities.
Gordon noted that new cases of Polio have been discovered in Pakistan and Afghanistan – as a result of turmoil in those regions.
Meeting Recap from July 22 Maureen Canova 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maureen Canova

Notes from 7/15/14 Rotary Meeting:

Happy Dollars by many
Thank you to Salem Five – Celebrity Sponsor for Stoneham Star - $500 donation
Visioning Session at Senior Center on August 5 – 6pm – need at least 20 participants – brain storming session
District meeting was cancelled for 7/16/14
Upcoming Service Project – Oral Health – Gerry and Maureen reported that both High School and Middle School on board for the program.
Golf Tournament Postponed
Went over meeting schedule (which was distributed)
Christine announced the Substance Abuse Coalition meeting – 6pm Mondays at Stoneham Bank
Fundraiser – Super Market Sweep – possibly during the holidays - $5 per ticket- more discussion needed
Meeting Recap from July 15 Maureen Canova 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

CLUB VISIONING SURVEY and a special anniversary celebration

At our Noon meeting at Bear Hill, we wish a very Happy 50th Anniversary to our friend and longtime Stoneham Rotarian Jack Anderson and his lovely wife, Trudy. They will honor us by celebrating their golden anniversary lunch with the club. Please join us to congratulate them!
After lunch, we will discuss upcoming fundraisers and service projects and complete a survey in preparation for our club visioning session on August 5.
Club Meeting at Noon at Bear Hill Dennis O'Hara 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maureen Canova on Jul 07, 2014
Happy Dollars
Joe Gresci – Happy to be Alive
Bill Kelly - Happy to be a new Grandfather!
Dave Gardner – Happy for wife’s retirement as of June 30, 2014
Guest – Salem Five’s Chris Nolty – Market Manager
Stoneham Star Winners introduced – Ricky Kiernan – 1st place winner – on second round for American Idol!
Drew Riddell – 3rd place winner – will be singing Nat’l Anthem at Sox game on July 2!
Amy – New Agenda on each table to follow meeting, reminded everyone that there are no speakers scheduled for the summer months.  Gordon was presented with Rotary Pin as new Rotary Foundation Chair – he was not able to attend Installation Dinner due to vacation.
Focused Discussions:
Service Project discussed with committee – Oral Health – with Diane Bonanni and Bruce Doyle planning to provide presentations to teens in the community through the high school and middle school health classes.  Diane and Bruce both looking into promotional material through their business vendors as giveaways to students: focus on smoking, piercing, chew etc.
Principal Cargill was contacted by Gerry DeViller at the high school – they are on board with the program.  Maureen Canova will contact the middle school to see if they are interested in the program as part of next year’s health class curriculum
Fund Raisers – Golf tournament postponed due to low numbers of golfers.  Other ideas proposed – Supermarket sweep proposed by Carolyn Lassiter – 2 minute shopping spree.
Upcoming Meetings - Sunday July 6 at Amy Palmerino’s home – cook out – all members and families invited. No meeting July 8
Sept 2 meeting to be held at Senior Center, inviting the knitters involved in the International Program in South Africa
No raffle winner
Meeting adjourned at 1:15pm.
Meeting Recap from July 1 Maureen Canova 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Jul 07, 2014


The Rotary Club of Stoneham held its annual Induction of Officers Dinner on Tuesday, June 24 at Montvale Plaza. Rotary members and their guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner and fellowship, followed by the induction ceremony.
        2013-14 President Carolyn Lassiter said, “I am proud of the accomplishments our club has made this past year. Our fundraising and community service efforts were recognized with a Presidential Citation presented to us by our District 7930 colleagues. I am excited to remain active in our club and support Amy and the board in all of their efforts for 2014-15.”
        Amy Palmerino, 2014-15 president of Stoneham Rotary, has been a Rotarian for the past 10 years. Amy is also the founding executive director of Stoneham Community Access, Inc. “I am honored to serve as president of Stoneham Rotary for the coming year, and I look forward to working with our District leaders, board members, committee chairs, and members to strengthen our fundraising and community service efforts in the coming year,” she said.
        The board members, committee chairs, and District leadership for the Rotary Club of Stoneham 2014-15 are (L-R in top left photo):
David Gardner, Treasurer
Richard Mansur, Sergeant At Arms
Peter Simonsen, 2014-15 Rotary District 7930 Governor
Peter Majane, 2014-15 Rotary District 7930 Assistant Governor
Dennis O’Hara, Public Relations Chair
Carol Dresser, Club Membership Chair
Amy Palmerino, President
Dr. Mark Jawitz, International Service Chair
Dr. Bruce Doyle, Board Member
Stephen Rotondi, Board Member
Carolyn Lassiter, Immediate Past President
Christine Murphy, Board Member
Maureen Canova, Secretary
Susan Mansur, President-Elect
Gerard DeViller, Vice President
Missing from photo: Gordon Simons, Rotary Foundation Chair
Missing from photo: Craig Celli, Board Member
Induction of Officers Dinner Dennis O'Hara 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Our Movie Star Sponsor, Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry, has been providing the $1,000 grand prize to the Stoneham Star winner since the very fist Stoneham Star. Dr. Joe Pizzarello also served as a judge this year. We thank Dr. Joe and everyone at his practice for their ongoing support of Stoneham Star! Click the logo to the left to find out more about Dr. Pizzarello and his dentistry practice.
MELD Center of Stoneham is a Celebrity Sponsor of Stoneham Star, providing the second and third place monetary prizes. MELD has a long history of supporting the arts and artists in Stoneham, and we thank them for their contribution.
Stoneham Ford joined us this year as a Celebrity Sponsor. General Manager John Melkonian, a Stoneham Rotarian, continues his family's commitment to the local community. Click the logo to learn about the vehicles and services available at Stoneham's Ford dealership.
Stoneham Savings Bank-Salem Five signed on as a Celebrity Sponsor for the 2014 Stoneham Star. We are grateful for their support, and invite you to click their logo to learn all about our local banking institution.
Stoneham Rotarian, Attorney Mark Mulligan became a Supporting Role Sponsor for the 2014 Stoneham Star competition. We thank Mark for his sponsorship and support.
The Stoneham Council on Aging signed on as a Cameo Sponsor for 2014. Thank you to Council Executive Director and Stoneham Rotarian Maureen Canova for the CoA's support of Stoneham Star. Click the link to find out about the programs and services of the Stoneham Senior Center.
We appreciate all of Stoneham Rotarian Dr. Diane Bonanni's support as a Cameo Sponsor of Stoneham Star 2014. Click the link to learn about Dr. Bonanni's practice and how she will help you maintain your oral health.
Stoneham Theatre joined us once again as an in-kind sponsor for providing the venue, staff, and ushers for Stoneham Star. We could not do it without our friends at the Theatre, including Rotarian Kathleen McDonald. To find out about upcoming Stoneham Theatre productions, click their logo to visit their web site.
We thank our friends at The Stoneham Independent for their in-kind support and assistance in marketing the event. The Independent is always willing to help the Stoneham Rotary Club, and we are very grateful. Click the logo on the left to read the latest news in Stoneham.
Boyd's Direct participated once again in the 2014 Stoneham Star by providing all of the printing of marketing pieces, tickets, and the keepsake event program listing all of the participants. We thank our friends at Boyd's Direct and in particular, Stoneham Rotarian David Gardner, for all of their support. Click the link to find out how Boyd's Direct can save you time and money on your next printing project.
We could not present Stoneham Star without the production team from Stoneham TV and in particular, Rotarian and Stoneham TV Executive Director Amy Palmerino. From hosting and recording the auditions to handling all of the audio needs of the show and taping the show for cablecast, the Stoneham TV crew makes Stoneham Star happen! Click their logo to find out how you can get involved with Stoneham's Community Access television studio.
Stoneham Rotary Thanks Our 2014 Stoneham Star Sponsors! 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2014
Rotary Club of Stoneham
Steve Rotondi, Treasurer
Good day Steve,
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Johannesburg East and the members of the Khanyisa Literacy and Numeracy Project, we send our heartfelt thanks for your generous donation of USD$1000.00.
The ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) commenced on 31 May 2014. There was great excitement and enthusiasm and a lot of fun!
We were able to purchase all the stationery, including white boards and a portable steel library (double doors opening on both sides).
Below is a photo of the first intake of learners, holding a book of recipes which they hope to be able to read and use in the near future.
The books were a donation from Sasko Bakeries.
The photos of the babies are from Katia Creche and Rose of Hope Creche and they are looking forward to the beanies and baby blankets which your knitters have offered.
We thank you again for your interest and concern for these very needy communities.
Alastair and Marion Brown Johannesburg East Rotary Club
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Posted on Jun 09, 2014

marc vermouth to speak at stoneham rotary

Stop Hunger Now Program Manager Marc Vermouth will be our speaker at Bear Hill at Noon.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Their Mobile Meal Packaging program is a unique service opportunity that allows volunteers to put their hands on global food aid. Nationally, Stop Hunger Now will package 40 million meals this year, and through partnerships in New England they project to package 1.5 million meals.
Marc Vermouth is originally from Northboro, MA and received his undergraduate degree at Gordon College. He worked at Habitat for Humanity International for four years, sending volunteer teams to domestic and international affiliates before starting his own home renovation business. Marc wanted to get back into work dedicated to enhancing the volunteer experience and joined Stop Hunger Now in the role of Program Manager for the New England region. In this role he facilitates meal packaging events all throughout New England, working alongside companies, faith groups, civic groups, and schools to help end hunger in our lifetime. 
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     It is shaping up to be a busy summer for Rotary! Here is a schedule of events. Please mark your calendars and note the dates that we will be meeting other than Tuesdays at Bear Hill.
     On Tuesday, June 17 we present the 6th Annual Stoneham Star Talent Competition at Stoneham Theatre. Volunteers are needed beginning at 6:00PM. Call Dennis at (781) 572-8467 to let him know that you will be attending, or email
     Tickets for the event are $8 for students and seniors, and $12 for adults. Invite your co-workers, friends, family, and neighbors out for this entertaining evening showcasing the talent of our area. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door the night of the show.
     There will be no lunch meeting on June 17; we'll see everyone at Stoneham Star!​
     On Tuesday, June 24, our Installation Dinner will be held at Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Avenue, at 6:00PM. The buffet dinner is $30 for members and $45 for guests. You can RSVP and pay at or bring a check to the dinner. Either way, you must RSVP in advance so that we can give a count to the caterer. We will not have a lunch meeting on the 24th.
     Come and enjoy a night of fun and fellowship as our 2014-15 officers are installed to their posts.​
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Posted by Dave Gardner

ryla Participants enjoy weekend of fellowship and learning

RYLA 2014 was a huge success. Combining great weather, super excited participants, well-trained seniors, committed Rotarians and program specific staff with an incredibly rich program designed to challenge leadership principles led to a weekend of personal development for 76 sophomores and juniors from schools around the district. Participants are organized by families of 9 or 10, with 1 or 2 senior staff and a Rotarian who acts as an advisor to the seniors and the family as requested. After a few ice-breaking games, the program began with creating a family banner designed to capture the personalities of the family and its members. Then it was time for a unique experience. Setting the tone for the weekend, Act – Lead – Inspire, was a challenge to break a pine board with your hand. During this two hour presentation, the facilitator prepared everyone, youth and adult alike, to understand the physical and mental aspects of accomplishing such a feat! Believe it or not, all 120 people in attendance achieved the goal. The excitement was amazing.

Another highlight is the Culture Walk. This is not easy to describe, but essentially the leader announces a group, male, female, athletes, from abusive families, and calls them to walk to the front of the dining hall. Then they are asked 3 questions: 1.) describe your group, 2.) Tell us something that you do not want anyone to say about you and 3.) What can those left in the audience do to support your group. This produces the expected distaste of stereotypical descriptions, but allows for open dialogue about how best to interface with those in these groups. This is extremely powerful, especially when you visually see how so many people fit into groups that are associated with physical or mental abuse, drug abuse, dysfunctional families and so many other situations that are often not caused by anyone directly, just sometimes the luck of the draw. Personally, I find this particular program very moving because these young people have been through so much in their life yet still are so committed to making other people’s lives better in every way imaginable.

Other elements covered public speaking, discussions around bullying, team projects, communications, skits and of course low and high ropes courses. Program ran from Friday at 4pm right through Sunday at 4pm with lights out at 10pm, although the energy often keeps people sharing their experiences, both before RYLA and obviously what happened during the day. These families actually become families and create friendships that may last a long time even though they are from totally different backgrounds. The RYLA experience shows that we are all more alike than different and that taking the time to understand each other pays huge dividends when a consensus is built that satisfies all involved. Lessons are learned by the staff and the adults, often taught or demonstrated by the students.

Without doubt, this is one of the best weekends of my year. It fills me with hope for the future and I encourage everyone to find some way to participate in the future.​
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy - A Success! Dave Gardner 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Stoneham Star 2014 Official Rules 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Stoneham funded Veteran's Walking Stick Program introduced by the Stoneham Memorial Day Parade Committee this year. When the club was presented with the idea, Joe Gresci immediately offered half of the $700.00 cost for the sticks and the club responded quickly with the balance. These decorated sticks were adorned with an American flag with the text "Stoneham Thanks Our Veterans", a flag of their branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard) and a label indicating the inaguraul year. There will be additional year bands added based on future participation. If you look closely at the photos, you will see a Rotary International label and a thank you card attached to the walking stick. The Grand Marshal will receive a special label highlighting his role in the parade.
Pictured at left is 2014 Grand Marshal, Arthur Lyon, a US Navy veteran.
Over 40 walking sticks were given out this year to veterans from every branch of service and they were a hit.

A special thanks to Maureen Buckley, Kevin Cantwell and James Devlin for all their hard work putting together another great Memorial Day parade and for developing the Veteran's Walking Stick Program.​

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Posted by Dennis O'Hara


Our regular Tuesday meeting will be held at Noon at Stoneham TV, 53 Central Street. Parking is available in the rear. We will return to Bear Hill next week.
We welcome Erin Harrington from SEEM Collaborative who will give a brief presentation. Come enjoy a delicious lunch, fellowship, and learning about this wonderful program for students in our community.
Since 1968, SEEM has served the students, parents, educators, and specialists in their member districts by:
  • Providing quality-driven, affordable educational programs and services to school-aged students whose needs are so unique that local special education teams have determined their needs cannot be met by local school districts;
  • Helping each student achieve his or her personal, vocational, and/or educational goals;
  • Assisting students and families through their transitions from school to life;
  • Educating practitioners and parents through training programs and professional development activities that are at the forefront of research-based best practices;
  • Providing on-site consultations, demonstrating best practices, and remaining available to ensure transfer of knowledge to the local instructional team;
  • Working toward a future in which all students are seen as equally valuable, where all students can learn, and where all students benefit when they are educated together.
Lunch Meeting May 27 NOTE Location Change Dennis O'Hara 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on May 12, 2014

Social Media Classes Prove Beneficial for Seniors

Su Mansur, service chair, provided the club with an update on this year's service project, funded by a District grant. 
"Accessing Social Media Computer Classes for the older adult population presented by knowledgeable, committed instructors at the Senior Center of Stoneham proved a popular community project."
The report goes on to say that classes of six to eight seniors were presented the classes in different sessions in the winter and early spring, and that 100% of the students providing feedback reported that the classes enabled them to gain access to social media sites and use them effectively. The seniors included comments such as "great class & very informative," "excellent and patient instructors-thank you," and "very well-run classes."
Our three-member service committee spearheaded the project, and many of our members visited the classes to offer support to the seniors. Thank you to all who participated.
Service  projects that make a true difference in our community is what being a Rotarian is all about! We look forward to many more successful service projects in the future. This project only happened because one of your fellow members recognized a need in our community and figured out how to fill it. Bring your ideas to the membership, and we will help to make an impact on the lives of our neighbors.
District Grant Project Update Dennis O'Hara 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on May 12, 2014

See You at Noon at Bear Hill

Our weekly meeting will be held at Noon at Bear Hill Golf Club. Join us for lunch and conversation with your fellow Rotarians.
We'll have updates on current projects, such as Stoneahm Star, scholarships and the District grant workshop that was held this past Saturday.
May 13 Meeting Dennis O'Hara 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Club Public Relations, Project Updates at Noon at Bear Hill

Club PR chairman Dennis O'Hara will address the club at our Noon meeting at Bear Hill. We will discuss ways to promote club activities and successes. Bring your ideas!
We'll also get updates on club projects including Stoneham Star, RYLA, and others. See you there!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Check Presentation and Update on Stoneham Youth Football & Cheer

The Stoneham Rotary recently held a Comedy Night fundraiser at Giggles Comedy Club to benefit our charities and in particular, Stoneham Youth Football & Cheer. Ray Langill, SYFC board member, will attend our meeting to formally accept the donation and will update us on the organization's activities including an upcoming fundraiser in May.
Join us at Noon on April 22 at Bear Hill Golf Club.
April 22 Meeting Dennis O'Hara 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Annual Senior Center Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Our meeting on Tuesday, April 15 at Noon at Bear Hill is our annual Stoneham Senior Center Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. We always get a great attendance for this luncheon, and the volunteers enjoy fellowship with the Rotarians and each other as we celebrate service to our community. Please do your best to join us.
April 15 Meeting Dennis O'Hara 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

April 8 Meeting at Bear Hill

Our regular meeting will be held at Noon at Bear Hill Golf Club. The monthly board of directors meeting will be held after the regular lunch meeting. All board members and committee chairs are asked to stay for the board meeting; all members are welcome to stay.
Please let Carolyn or Amy know if you plan to attend the District Assembly on April 16.
April 8 Meeting Dennis O'Hara 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Stoneham Rotary Enters Team in the Sixth Annual Trivia Bee

Joni Gardner, Steve Rotondi, Carolyn Lassiter, Bruce Doyle and Dave Gardner represented the Rotary Club of Stoneham at the Stoneham Business and Community Educational Foundation's 6th Annual Trivia Bee at Robin Hood School on Friday, March 28. The foundation was formed “to develop a partnership among Stoneham's citizens, educational community, and business sector. Its goal is to promote the personal and educational growth of the town's youth,” according to the organization’s web site, The Stoneham Rotary is proud to support their efforts.
Unfortunately, the team fell a bit short of winning the championship this year. They tied for 10th place out of 26 teams (not bad for a first effort), and we expect great things from them next year!
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Mar 30, 2014

Rotary Club of Stoneham wants you to be the 6th Stoneham Star!

Dust off your guitar, shine your shoes, and get ready to sing your favorite tune because the Rotary Club of Stoneham is hosting the sixth annual talent competition “Stoneham Star” and invites you to showcase your special act!  Singers, dancers, jugglers, musicians, and anyone with an interesting talent are invited to audition to become the 2014 Stoneham Star.  The act voted “Stoneham Star” by our judges will receive a $1,000 prize, donated by Pizzarello & Silvestro Family Dentistry. Second prize will be $300 and third prize is $200, each donated by MELD Center.
Auditions will take place on Thursday, May 29 from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM and Saturday, May 31 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at Stoneham TV, 53 Central Street, Stoneham, Massachusetts.  Auditions are $10.00 per act. Proceeds from the competition will benefit Stoneham TV and the charitable efforts of the Rotary Club of Stoneham.
The finalists will perform on the main stage of the Stoneham Theatre on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 PM in front of local judges and a live audience.  Tickets for the performance will be $8.00 for children/students/seniors and $12.00 for adults.
To schedule your audition, click the links on the left side of the Stoneham Rotary home page.  If you have questions please contact Amy at (781) 438-8340 or email
If you are not ready to showcase your talent, please consider participating by being a Program Sponsor and your company will be featured in the show’s playbill.  For information on sponsorship please call Dennis at (781) 572-8467.
6th Annual Stoneham Star Dennis O'Hara 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2014

See you at 12:15 at Bear Hill

Our regular meeting will be held at Bear Hill. After lunch and fellowship, we will get updates on a few Club projects.
We welcome our two new members, Peter Argiros and Gordon Simons. Here are some shots from last week's meeting and Peter's induction.
Membership Chair Joe Gresci, transferring member Gordon Simons, President Carolyn Lassiter, and District Assistant Governor Peter Majane.

Sponsor Dennis O'Hara, Inductee Peter Argiros, President Carolyn Lassiter, and District Assistant Governor Peter Majane.
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Mar 16, 2014

Welcome New Members and Peter Majane Visit

Peter MajaneAt our Noon meeting on Tuesday, March 18 at Bear Hill, we welcome Gordon Simons to our Club. He has transferred from the Sharon Rotary Club after relocating to Stoneham with his wife, Shellie. And we will be inducting our new member, Peter Argiros, into Rotary. Peter, a personal trainer and the general manager of Fitness Together in Melrose, came to us as a speaker in November and liked our Club so much he decided to stay! We are extremely happy to have Peter and Gordon as members of the Stoneham Rotary Club.
District 7930 Assistant Governor Peter Majane will join us for the induction and to update us on what is happening at the District level that will have an impact on our Club.
New Member Induction, Assistant Governor Visit Dennis O'Hara 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Lahey Hospital Update and Community Priorities

Gerald MacKillop and Michelle Snyder of the community relations department of Lahey Hospital, visited us at Bear Hill on March 11 to go over the results of their 2013 Community Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan. Detailed results can be found on their website,
After the presentation, members asked questions and provided feedback on the issues raised as a result of the assessment. Health issues are facing our community that the Stoneham Rotary either already is addressing or can address, and the membership agreed to assist Lahey in whatever ways we can to improve public health.
March 11 Meeting Dennis O'Hara 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara on Mar 09, 2014

Food Pantry Drive and Lahey Hospital Community Outreach

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center recently completed their 2013 Community Needs Assessment & Community Health Improvement Plan for the communities surrounding the hospital, including Stoneham. At our Tuesday, March 11 Noon meeting at Bear Hill, Lahey’s Director of Community Relations Gerald MacKillop, and Community Relations Coordinator Michelle Snyder, will discuss their findings and present Lahey’s priorities within the community for the next few years based off of that assessment.
Service Committee Chair Carol Dresser reminds us that as part of our functions for this year we agreed to do a collection for the Stoneham Food Pantry on a regular basis.

Our next Collection for the Stoneham Food Pantry will be at our March 11 meeting.
Please remember to bring any non-perishable item such as FOOD, paper products, soap, toothpaste etc.
Update on Lahey Hospital and Food Pantry Drive Dennis O'Hara 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Dinner Wednesday at Montvale Plaza

The World Peace and Understanding Dinner will take place Wednesday, February 12 at Montvale Plaza. If you signed up for the dinner, please let Carolyn know whether you will or will not be able to attend.
World Peace and Understanding Dinner Dennis O'Hara 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara

We're Back to Bear Hill

Our Tuesday, February 11 meeting at 12:15 will be held at Bear Hill Golf Club, 2 North Street in Stoneham.
Come for lunch and fellowship, stay for important updates about our service projects and fundraisers.
See You At Bear Hill Dennis O'Hara 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

SPOKE Award, Comedy Night Fundraiser, Polar Plunge, District Grant Update and more discussed at Stoneham TV on January 21

Rotary Club of Stoneham
Meeting Minutes
Stoneham TV Studios
Meeting was called to order at 12:15pm
Guests: Peter Majane, Peter Argiros (Fitness Together-Melrose)
Carolyn reminded everyone of the World Peace Dinner at Montvale Plaza is being held on February 5th at the Montvale Plaza
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Posted by Dennis O'Hara

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Rotary District 7930 RYLA Co-Chairs Jim Babbin and Evan Diamond distributed literature and gave a presentation on this year's program.  One of the more significant changes is that this year, sophomores can be chosen for the Award as well as juniors.  This change was made in response to concerns about school activities that are preventing many juniors from participating.
RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. The program demonstrates Rotary’s respect and concern for youth by providing an effective training experience for potential leaders, encouraging leadership of youth by youth, and publicly recognizing young people who serve their communities.
Rotarians Attend RYLA Kickoff Dennis O'Hara 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2014
The Rotary Club of Stoneham is taking its show on the road in January.  We will not be meeting at Bear Hill until February.  Following is a schedule of our meeting locations for January.

Tuesday, January 28, 12:15PM

Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham, 15 Dale Court
The Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham exists to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, hope and opportunity.
Our speaker is Dr. George Michael of the Boston Red Sox.  There will be a short board meeting at the conclusion of the membership meeting to review a new member proposal form.  Board members are asked to stay for the short meeting; all members are welcome to stay.
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Holiday Sing-Along/Stoneham Rotary Club 12-17-2013 Meeting

The Stoneham Middle School Chorale entertains the Rotary Club of Stoneham with some holiday favorites.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside!"

Carolyn Lassiter, Stoneham Rotary Club President, presents the Stoneham Middle School Chorale with a donation check to support the group.

President Carolyn Lassiter thanked the staff of Bear Hill Golf Club for their help and kindness throughout the year, and presented them with a token of our appreciation.

December 17, 2013
Meeting location: Bear Hill Country Club
President: Carolyn Lassiter
Secretary: Susan Kreamer
Sergeant At Arms:  Bruce Doyle
President Carolyn Lassiter called the meeting to order at 12:15pm.
All present were entertained by the Stoneham High School Chorale Group.  We presented the group with a $500 donation to help offset their travel and educational expenses.

Carolyn presented Michelle and Alice with our annual gift and our thanks for another year of service to our Rotary club.
Minutes from the Holiday Sing-Along Meeting December 17 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0



Click here to make your pledge today! 

It is not too late to pledge your support! On February 1, 2014, along with over 200 other Rotarians and friends, Dave Gardner plunged into the cold Atlantic Ocean in Gloucester, MA. Our District goal is to raise $100,000 for Rotary International's effort to eradicate Polio from the world. Whatever we raise will be matched 2 to 1 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. So if we reach our goal, we will effectively fund over 500,000 individual immunizations (US $.60 each) for children in the final three countries struggling to eliminate this horrible disease.

We were Freezin for a Reason, and hope that you can consider a donation of $10, $25 or $50 or more to help us realize our goal and to protect young children around the world, especially in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. With your help, Polio can be eliminated in the next 2-3 years and children will be able to grow up without the devastating effects of this virus.

Clicking the link below will take you to a secure donation page that will allow you to donate, write a personalized message or to join my team and help me raise money by sending out appeals and sharing.

If you cannot make a contribution, it would be very appreciated if you could still go to the page and share it on Facebook and Twitter.
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Holiday Sing-Along

Don't miss our final lunch meeting of the year with the Stoneham Chorale as they perform a concert of holiday favorites, and feel free to join in on your favorite carols!
Tuesday, December 18, Noon-1:15PM at Bear Hill Golf Club
In the spirit of the season, please bring non-perishable food items for the Stoneham Food Pantry.  Thank you.
See you there!
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Join us for a great night of cocktails and appetizers and to meet potential Rotary members.

Tuesday, November 12
Bear Hill Golf Club, 2 North Street, Stoneham
Note: There will be no Noon meeting on this date.
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Several Members Attend the RI President-Elect Dinner with Gary Huang

Rotary International President-Elect Gary Huang and his wife, Corinna Yao, met with members of the Stoneham Rotary Club and the Manchester Rotary Club at the District's Welcome Dinner on November 4 at Cafe Escadrille in Burlington. Stoneham Rotary members Amy Palmerino, Gerry McCarthy, Kathleen McDonald, Steve Rotundi, Dick and Su Mansur, Dave Gardner, Carolyn Lassiter and Dennis O'Hara attended the dinner and were inspired by Huang's entertaining talk. According to Dave Gardner, "President-elect Gary Huang delivered a very poignant speech about 'This Is Our Rotary.' He asserts that each of us needs to accept the challenge and responsibility of making Rotary bigger and better. Will you accept the challenge?"
District 7930 Governor John Hall, noting that baseball is the most popular sport in Rotary International President-Elect Gary Huang's home country of Taiwan, presents Huang and his wife, Corinna Yao, with memorabilia from the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox.
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Club Gets Update on Greenway, Holiday Celebration, Membership Recruitment and More


October 29, 2013

Meeting location: Bear Hill Country Club
President: Carolyn Lassiter
Secretary: Susan Kreamer
Sergeant At Arms:  Bruce Doyle
President Carolyn Lassiter called the meeting to order at 12:18pm.  Attendance report can be viewed on the Admin section of
After lunch, Sergeant At Arms Bruce Doyle started our meeting off with Red Sox Trivia for the second week in a row in recognition of their World Series appearance.
Several members mentioned being pleased with The NewsWheel format.  PR Chair Dennis O’Hara said that his goal is to have a weekly Wheel sent prior to each week’s meeting.
A discussion ensued regarding the plans for November 12, the date of our evening membership recruitment event.  There was confusion regarding whether the evening event would replace the lunch event, or if the Club would host both a lunch meeting and evening event that day.  On motion by Amy Palmerino, seconded by Dick Mansur, the membership voted to only host the evening membership recruitment event on November 12.
Dave Gardner mentioned that the District newsletter has been emailed to all members.  Members are encouraged to peruse the newsletter to find out what other Clubs in our District are up to.
Carolyn Lassiter spoke briefly about a request that our Club received from the Rotary Rose Bowl Parade float committee.  The committee needs cash donations for this year’s float.  Carolyn mentioned that our Club has not sent a donation in the past.  On motion by Joe Gresci, seconded by Dick Mansur, the membership voted to send $60 to the Rotary Rose Bowl Parade float committee.
Joe Gresci encouraged members to submit names and address of prospective members to him. The Club will mail invitations to attend the membership event on Tuesday November 12, at 6:30PM at Bear Hill. If you have not yet done so, please email Joe with the information.  Joe mentioned that he has arranged for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Members who would like to assist Joe in membership development should visit the District website,, which has resources to assist.
Joe then reminded us about the upcoming opportunity to assist Helping Our Troops with assembling holiday packages for troops in Afghanistan. This is to take place on Tuesday November 19th from 3:00-6:00PM at Town Hall. 
Amy Palmerino spoke briefly about Stoneham TV’s upcoming second annual on-air auction taking place on Saturday, November 23, 2:00-10:00PM on the organization’s public access channels, 3 on RCN, 9 on Comcast and 34 on Verizon.  All members are encouraged to donate items, gift certificates or unique experiences to be auctioned live on the air.  Visit and click on “2013 On-Air Auction” to fill out the donation form.
Su Mansur updated the members on plans for the Holiday Party/Anniversary Celebration.  The date is December 16 at Montvale Plaza.  Dinner will be buffet style.  Highlights will include DJ Bob Shaheen, a yankee swap, toy donations, and a memorabilia table celebrating our Club’s 90th anniversary.  Details and a sign up form will be posted on the web site.  Cost will be $55 per person.
Carolyn introduced our guest speaker, Anthony Wilson, chair of the Tri-Community Greenway,  Wilson updated the Club on the progress of the project to date and answered members’ questions.  He explained that the project is fully funded and moving forward with plans for a bikeway with wide trails for multiple uses.  Future fundraising will allow for construction of picnic areas and exercise stations.
Gambling – No Winners
The meeting adjourned at 1:25PM.
The next scheduled meeting will be held at Bear Hill Golf Course on Tuesday, November 5 at 12:15pm.  There will be no guest speaker; the monthly board meeting will be held immediately following the membership meeting.  All board members and committee chairs are asked to stay for the board meeting; however, all members are welcome to stay.
Coming Events
Nov 12th – Membership Drive Event – Bear Hill Country Club 6:30 pm
Nov 19th – “Helping Our Troops” package preparation, Stoneham Town Hall 3-6 pm
Nov 25th – Annual Football luncheon with Reading Rotary
Dec 10th – Christmas Party at Montvale Plaza
Attendance: Do you know all the ways to get credit for your weekly attendance? 
  1. Attend our weekly meeting
  2. If you can’t make ours, attend another town’s
  3. Attend a committee meeting, training, or sponsored event
  4. Online meetings, click here to pick a meeting
October 29 Meeting Minutes 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
October 22, 2013
Prepared by: Sue Kreamer, Secretary
Meeting location: Bear Hill Country Club
President: Carolyn Lassiter
Secretary: Susan Kreamer
Sergeant At Arms:  Bruce Doyle
President Carolyn Lassiter called the meeting to order at 12:30pm
Bruce Doyle started our meeting off with Red Sox Trivia.
Joe Gresci spoke about our efforts to engage new members.  He was passing around a sheet looking for names and address of prospective members. He will be mailing invitations to attend our membership event that is planned for Tuesday November 12, 2013.  The event is scheduled for 6:30 pm at Bear Hill Country Club.  If you weren’t able to add to his list today, please email him with the information.  Joe also gave our guest invitation cards and invited all members to take some and use them as a tool to attract visitors.
Joe also spoke about an opportunity to give “Helping Our Troops” assistance with packing holidays packages for the troops in Afghanistan. This is to take place on Tuesday November 19th from 3-6 pm at Town Hall.  Please consider coming down and helping out, all are welcome.
Dave Gardner spoke about the District initiative to attract members.  The district is compiling a list of at home business and producing a postcard mailer with the specifics of each club’s event.  Stoneham has 347 prospects.  A vote was taken and approved to spend $83.28 to participate in this endeavor.
Carolyn introduced our guest speaker Dawn Bronson from Edward Jones.  Dawn’s handouts and presentation concerned “The Entrepreneurial Equation”
Gambling – No Winners
The next scheduled meeting will be held at Bear Hill Golf Course on Tuesday October 29th at 12:15pm.
Coming Events
Nov. 4th – Rotary International President Elect Dinner at Café Escadrille
Nov 12th – Membership Drive Event – Bear Hill Country Club 6:30 pm
Nov 19th – “Helping Our Troops” package preparation, Stoneham Town Hall 3-6 pm
Dec 10th – Christmas Party at Montvale Plaza
Attendance: Do you know all the ways to get credit for your weekly attendance? 
  1. Attend our weekly meeting
  2. If you can’t make ours, attend another town’s
  3. Attend a committee meeting, training, or sponsored event
  4. Online meetings, click here to pick a meeting
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District Governor John Hall Visits the Stoneham Rotary Club 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2013
The Rotary Club of Stoneham recently inducted four new members:
Mike Hill, sponsored by Gerry McCarthy
John Melkonian, sponsored by Charlie Houghton
Dick Mansur, sponsored by Jack Anderson
Kathleen McDonald, sponsored by David Gardner
Pictured are (seated): Hill, Melkonian, Mansur and McDonald; (standing) Rotary District 7930 Governor-Elect Peter Simonsen, Rotary District 7930 Governor John Hall, McCarthy, Rotary Club of Stoneham President Carolyn Lassiter, Houghton, Anderson, Gardner, Rotary District 7930 Assistant Governor Peter Majane, and Rotary Club of Stoneham Membership Chairman Joe Gresci.
Stoneham Rotary Club Welcomes New Members 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
27th Annual Rotary Club of Stoneham Golf Tournament David Gardner 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Dresser on May 09, 2013


A collaborative project  of

Rotary Club of Stoneham
Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham
Hallmark Health System



This program is sponsored by a Rotary District Grant to support the advancement of the Boys and Girls Club Triple Play Program. The goal of the Triple Play program is to “improve the overall health of Club members ages 7-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping then develop healthy relationships.”

The grant will support the banquet and a purchase of a new stove and hood for the club kitchen. The banquet will provide a meal of good nutritional choices that are appealing to children, easy to prepare, and low cost.  The nutritionist will also provide an educational session on healthy food choices.



The first component was to partner with Hallmark Health's North Suburban WIC Program and two excellent nutritionists, Jasmine Benger and Ashley Dunham, MS, RD to develop a banquet for families and demonstrate how minor modifications in ingredients used in preparing a meal can have a major impact on both calories and fat intake. The meal that was prepared consisted of tacos and salad. By substituting turkey for beef for the meat, low fat cheese instead of regular and greek yogurt for sour cream, the calories were reduced by ___ and the fat by ____. There was also red peppers, green peppers, black beans and salsa. Believe it or not , they were fantastic! 

It was hard to tell the difference in the meat or the cheese, and I think that the yogurt added even more flavor. The desert was another substitute, chilled yogurt instead of ice cream, with a large assortment of toppings, including raspberries, blueberries, granola, and of course chocolate chips,among a few others mix-ins.

Jasmine and Ashley delivered an educational segment which provided an overview of ideas to consider when preparing meals.



There were over forty guests from 4 or 5 families that came to the banquet. It was evident that everyone enjoyed the food, the fellowship and the program. Here is what one family had to say about the event:

Thank you! The family had a great time and appreciated the opportunity to enjoy a good meal out. They don’t get out often with the family.







Program Volunteers

Rotary Club
Gerry DeViller, Co-Chair
Carol Dresser, Co-Chair
Dave Gardner
Carolyn Lassiter
Tracey Arsena
Randy Perillo

Hallmark Health System
Jasmine Benger, B.S. Food and Nutrition
WIC Nutritionist, North Suburban WIC Program 

Ashley Dunham, MS, RD
Nutritionist for the North Suburban WIC Program

Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham
Tom Bilodeau
Donna DiVirgillio

For more information about this program or these organizations, visit or

See details for the grant request by clicking on more!


Boys and Girls Club "Triple Play" Program Carol Dresser 2013-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on May 01, 2013

The five Stoneham High School juniors have been selected to participate in the RYLA program for 2013. Rotary Youth Leadership Award is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. in District 7930, RYLA participants are juniors in high school that have either demonstrated leadership or have been identified as future leaders by their peers, their teachers or others within the community.


RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth and aims to:


  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Rocognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities


This year's participants have been sponsored by StonehamBank, the Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham, Barile Family Funeral Homes, Stoneham Animal Hospital and Boyds Direct. Thank you to these members and their companies for stepping up to support the youth who will be participating.

It is with great pleasure that the committee of Gerry Deviller, Sharon Iovanni and Dave Gardner present the following students as this year's recipients:

  • Molly O'Brien
  • Jared Cohen
  • Greg Hopp
  • Jared Penney
  • Brenlee Shipps

In addition, we have two very deserving alternates that will step in if any of the five finalists are unable to attend. They are:

  • Stephanie Bramante
  • Allesandra Molinaro

Finally, we are truly fortunate to have three of last year's RYLA participants serve on staff this year. In keeping with one of the aims of the program, Leadership of Youth by Youth, the program is run by the seniors who have taken the challenge to return and share their experiences with the juniors while having the ability to participate in the program for a second time with a different perspective. Thomas Dalton, Rob Clemente and Maria Staffieri will be serving this year. These young adults are all amazing and they are our future.

otary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

otary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

otary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

otary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
2013 RYLA Participants Selected David Gardner 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Mar 29, 2013

The Rotary Club of Stoneham

presents the

Spring Comedy Night

Giggles Comedy Club at Prince Pizza

517 Broadway, Route 1 South, Saugus, MA

on April 30th, 2013

Doors Open at 6:30pm • Show Starts at 8:00pm

Tickets: $25 per person or 5 for $100.00

Unlimited Pizza & a 75-Minute Comedy Show!

There will be no club meeting on Tuesday, April 30th. Attending the Comedy Night will count towards your attendance!

Spring 2013 Comedy Night at Prince Pizza David Gardner 2013-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Feb 22, 2013

The 3rd annual, Polar Plunge for Polio Plus planning was postponed due to the weather on February 9th but was reschduled for February 23, 2013 at the Cape Ann Motor Inn in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

This year, David Gardner, the president of the Rotary Club of Stoneham plunged into the ice cold waters of Cape Ann to help raise money to help Rotary International meet it's largest goal to date. In fact, with the support of fellow Rotarians and Dave's friends, he raised $1,296.00 personally and the District raised over $62,000.00. That was almost twice the amount raised last year. Many thanks to all of you.

After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. Your pledge will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children  everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

Cape Ann Motor Inn on Long Beach
33 Rockport Road, Gloucester
Saturday, February 12th
Plunge Time: 11:30am

Visit David Gardner's Polar Plunge Fundraising Page to make a pledge for Dave even though the event has already taken place. Donations will be accepted for a little longer.

2013 Polar Plunge David Gardner 2013-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
2013 Pizza Bowl Champion David Gardner 2013-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jan 03, 2013

District 7930 is looking for a volunteer to be a team leader for a group of science teachers to travel to the Philipines and assist professional educators in developing a science program that helps them improve their delivery of the program using new techniques.

Please download the VTT Interview Announcement under the download section on the bottom right of this page for details and contact information.

Philipine Vocational Training Team Needs Volunteers David Gardner 2013-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Aug 09, 2012
Bruce Doyle reported that we have about 11 foursomes and really need to add 1-2 more. Auction items have been coming in and he thanked all Rotarians who have contributed in some way, whether it be golfing, auction items, sponsorships or assisting with managing the event. He also asked those who have not yet responded to try to do so by the end of the week. There are many opportunities available and they are as follows:

Lunch Sponsor - $500
Dinner Sponsor - $1,000
( Can be shared by 2 members or sponsors)
Tee Sponsor - $100
Cart Sponsor - $50
Auction Donation
Baskets, Sports Tickets & Memorabilia, Gift Certificates, Cash among other items
Dinner - $40

Please support this event as it is our biggest fundraiser of the year and makes it possible for us to provide two $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors who exemplify Rotary's ideals.

The Lowell Spinners game on Thursday, August 9th was a great success. There were more than 20 there for the game including Rotarians and their families. The Spinners beat the Brooklyn Cyclones 3-1 thanks to two sixth inning home runs.  Amy's son Nicholas and Bob Lusardi's grandchildren all enjoyed running the bases after the game. The fireworks put an exclamation point on a great evening.

There was no speaker as the regular monthly board meeting took place immediately following the meeting.
August 7th Meeting David Gardner 2012-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Aug 09, 2012
Our Assistant Governor, Peter Majane attended the first half of the board meeting to provide perspective on our club goals and the Presidential Citation for the 2012-2013 year along with discussion about membership.

The Club's annual goals were submitted prior to the District Installation and were fairly typical of years past. The club committed to continue to work on administrative details, increase member participation in events and service projects and increase net membership by two. Dave committed to "Every Rotarian Every Year" and to meet the 100% sustaining member. As you know, we have decided to bill every member for the $100 Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member in quarterly increments of $25. That was to distribute the commitment and encourage 100% participation without the difference in total pledges being made up by the club. If this is successful, we will have that money available for charitable opportunities.

The Presidential Citation requirements were distributed to the board members and committee chairs that were present and Dave asked if they could review to determine which specific goals are almost automatic and which ones relate to the current priorities of the club. If we can map out the plan now, we should have no problem achieving the award for this year.

Peter is the District Membership Chair and was very interested in our recruitment plan. Dave reported that membership was up last year and that we have 2 potential Rotarians currently. Two evening socials are planned for August 28th and September 25th and we are encouraging members to invite potential Rotarians as well as community members who would be good allies in our events and service projects. We hope to have another VIP Reception in October this year as well to really ramp up membership.

Peter spoke about how the New Generations Program will help to increase membership in the coming years by providing our younger members a really exciting opportunity to serve youth in Stoneham. This year, our club awarded four youth with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in May and they are all interested in starting an Interact Club at Stoneham High School this year. We will hear more from them on August 14th at our meeting.

August 7th Board Meeting David Gardner 2012-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Aug 05, 2012
Enjoy a Night at Stoneham Theatre with Rotarians from around District 7930. Lumberjacks in Love will be an exceptionally funny show that is sure to leave your belly aching. Tickets range from $44 to $48 and you can register to attend either the pre-show reception and meet Terri Kidder, our District Governor for the 2012-2013 year and a host of other district volunteers as well as members from clubs in the Greater Boston area, or the post-show reception which will provide the opportunity to meet and talk to the cast and crew of the show. Each reception is only $25 and will provide wine and cheese befrore the show and coffee and pastries after the show.

There will also be the opportunity to dine at one of three or four Stoneham restaurants prior to the show, all within walking distance.

The entire evening is designed for fun and fellowship but it will also provide a fund raising component. Each portion of the evening will provide pro-rated revenue for the participating clubs and the district.

Visit and click on "Rotary Night at the Stoneham Theatre" under Club Events for additional details, to download a flyer or to register for the event.

Bring a friend, your spouse, a co-worker or another Rotarian and have a great time.
Rotary Night at Stoneham Theatre David Gardner 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Aug 05, 2012
If you are a new Rotarian and have never received a Rotary golf shirt or a Rotary hat, or your shirt or hat has seen better days, please email David Gardner at The hats are one size fits all but you will need to supply your preferred shirt size. We are trying to get the same design as we have had in the past, but we may need to choose a new design but will keep the overall color scheme. Check the website for images of both items. Please respond by August 15th.
Do you need a Rotary golf shirt or a Rotary hat? David Gardner 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jul 31, 2012
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. 

What would it take to change the world? David Gardner 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jul 31, 2012
The mission of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. Since its creation in 1917, The Rotary Foundation has grown into a global force for good, thanks to the generosity of Rotarians and friends of Rotary who share our vision for a better world. Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary's main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

There are very few people in this country that have not been impacted by the work of Rotary. Look around and you will see the meeting signs, the parks sponsored by Rotary and community events. Each community does something different, but if you look..everywhere you go..there we are. We are business & community leaders who choose to give back to our communities to make them a better place to live. 

Rotary is in the top two charities in the world when it comes to the percentage of income that is used directly in service to communities around the world.

Why Rotary? David Gardner 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Recruiting New Members - How to attract new members David Gardner 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jul 31, 2012
Watch a powerful video that clearly demonstrates how Rotary impacts our world through its efforts to eradicate Polio.

Polio Plus - This Close David Gardner 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jul 19, 2012
At our meeting on July 17th, Dave had requested that all members visit the website and login and update their personal profile. If you have any problems doing so, please call Dave at 781-438-4003 or email him at After lunch, Amy took photos of all members in attendance for the profiles and those have already been added. If you would prefer to use another photo you can update your photo when editing your profile. Thank you Amy!

Joe provided an update on our golf tournament on August 13th. So far we have 8 foursomes but we need to get another 6-8 to fill out the roster. Please remember that you can play as a single and you can invite friends, family, business associates or anyone who is a friend of the Stoneham community. Remind them that the proceeds benefit the Stoneham High School Rotary Scholarships and other local groups.

We now have 21 guests registered for the Lowell Spinners and only have 9 tickets left. Please go online and register if you are interested in a great evening.

Please reserve the date of September 27th for the District Fellowship event at Stoneham Theatre. Lumberjacks in Love should be extremely entertaining and with all of the opportunities to meet and greet Rotarians from around the district you can be sure that it will be a night to remember. Click on the Night at the Theatre link under events for more details.

July 17, 2012 Meeting David Gardner 2012-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jul 19, 2012
Kathy provide a summary of the mission of her organization which is focused on providing resources targeted at families, caregivers and educators serving Melrose, Stoneham and Wakefield.

Services that they provide are:
  • Education Workshops
  • Support and Discussion Groups
  • Drop-In Play Room
  • Play and Learn Groups
  • Free Fun Family Events
  • Referrals to Local Resources
  • Parent Resource Library
  • Lending Library for Children
  • Monthly "Let's Talk Literacy" handouts
They have added 361 new families to their program in the last 6 months bringing their mailing list to 1,137 families. They serve a good mix of children under 3 years of age as well as those between 4 and 6 years of age. They have had substantial involvement with dads and grandparents as well as mothers.

If you would like to learn more please call Kathy at 781-662-2722 or email her at You can also visit them on the web at www.hallmarkhealth.ord and their information is under Clinical Programs.
Guest Speaker - Kathy Harlow of the North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network David Gardner 2012-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jul 10, 2012

On Tuesday, July 10th, Tom Stirling of Stirling Technologies spoke about Social Media and Search Engine Optimization. His basic recommendation was to focus on organic methods to improve your online presence and increase the possibility of getting higher rankings on searches.  

Read the complete article in The Wheel!

If you would like to contact Tom, please call him at 781.369.5154 or visit his website at  

Meeting Notes

Our website has been converted to ClubRunner and Dave provided a brief description of the layout including the Club Event, Speaker, Story and Officer Sections. Everything that is in blue ink is a hyperlink which will bring you to another page with additional detail. All items that are date based will automatically roll on and off the website. The bulletin will now be created based on the content in the website although items can be included in one and not the other. At the bottom of the email will be your commitments to Rotary in the coming weeks. As the site develops, you will see more items listed.

The current web address is and will soon be converted to

Please take the time to visit the site, look around and login per the instructions in last weeks email. If you need login information, please call Dave at 617-504-3695 or send him an email to you logon, you can go to MyClubRunner and update your profile. Please check all your personal information and update any errors or omissions. You will also be able to see your attendance information for the first half of this year.

A special thanks to Christine Murphy for her year of service as Treasurer, as well as Steve Rotondi for taking on this important role for the upcoming year.

Joe Gresci reported that we need to push to get golfers committed for the tournament that is only 4 weeks away. Bruce and Galina are hard at work recruiting golfers and auction items. If anyone can help in this effort please help them out. There are opportunities for every club member to play, sponsor a hole or a cart, or step up and be a lunch or dinner sponsor. The auction is one of the biggest cash contributors to the outing, so please donate an item or cash to buy an item or part of a basket.There are three foursomes committed so far, but we need at least 14-16 total. If you would like to attend the dinner and not play golf, you can purchase a ticket for $40 and join in the evening festivities.

The Lowell Spinners game is scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2012. So far, 16 tickets have been spoken for but we have 14 left. If you are interested please click on that link and register.

The previously mentioned Evening Cocktail Receptions will occur on the third Tuesday for the months of August and September. In addition, based on feedback we will try to have a cookout on the second Tuesday for those months as well to shake things up a little while we have such great weather.

Keep an eye out for information about the creation of the monthly service teams. Hopefully we will begin incorporating these into the meeting in July or August.

July 10, 2012 Meeting David Gardner 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
26th Annual Rotary Club of Stoneham Golf Tournament 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Gardner on Jul 06, 2012
A night at the ballpark for under $20.00 per person. Be a guest of the Rotary Club of Stoneham and you can get a hot dog, fries, a drink and an ice cream for about $20.00.


If you are interested in going to this fun night, click on the Lowell Spinners text under Club Events and then on "Register Members" or contact Carol Dresser at 781-820-0513 or email at

See you there!
A Great Night at a Lowell Spinners Baseball Game - August 9, 2012 David Gardner 2012-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Palmerino on Jun 18, 2012

Photo - from left to right - Steve Rotondi - Treasurer, Galina Gutkin - Secretary, David Gardner - President, Terri Kidder - District Governor 2012-2013, Carolyn Lassiter - President Elect, Amy Palmerino - Vice President, Carol Dresser - Immediate Past President, Tracey Arsena - Board Member, Bruce Doyle - Board Member. Missing from the photo was Craig Celli - Board Member and Bill Kelly - Board Member.

Rotary Club of Stoneham installs 2012-2013 Officers and Board Members

On June 12, 2012 Terri Kidder the incoming District Governor for Rotary District 7930 installed David Gardner as president for 2012-2013. Immediately following the entire leadership team of the club was installed. It was a very successful event with many Rotarians, family and friends attending a beautiful night at Bear Hill Golf Club.
2012 Annual Dinner & Installation Amy Palmerino 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Palmerino on Jun 11, 2012

STONEHAM – (June 13, 2012) The Rotary Club of Stoneham raised over $3,800 from their Fourth Annual Stoneham Star Talent Show on Tuesday, June 12 at the Stoneham Theatre.  The Club chose The Stoneham Theatre Young Company as the beneficiary of this year’s ticket sales and they were please to donate over $1,225 of the event’s profits to such a great educational organization.  This year’s auditions were very competitive with the final fifteen including vocalists, a tambourine band, a hip hop dance act, and a magician performing on the Stoneham Theatre stage in front of family, friends, neighbors, and the Stoneham community. 

4th Annual Stoneham Star - A Great Success Amy Palmerino 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis O'Hara


Destination Unknown Crowned 2013 Stoneham Star as

Rotary Club of Stoneham’s fifth annual event raised over $3000

The Rotary Club of Stoneham raised over $3,000 from the Fifth Annual Stoneham Star Talent Show on Tuesday, June 11 at the Stoneham Theatre.  
Stoneham Star 2013 - A Success! Dennis O'Hara 0
Posted by David Gardner


Announcing the

5th Annual Stoneham Star

June 11, 2013 at Stoneham Theatre


STONEHAM – (May 5, 2013) The Rotary Club of Stoneham is pleased to announce the 5th Stoneham Star to be held at Stoneham Theatre on June 11th, 2013. Auditions will take place at Stoneham TV, 53 Central Street in Stoneham. Performers can schedule their audition either on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00am to 5:00pm or on Thursday, May 23rd from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.  Visit and select your preferred date to audition under Club Events to register! The finalists will be selected  from these auditions and will appear live on the Stoneham Theatre stage on June 11th with an opportunity to win $1,000 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place as determined by a panel of three judges. There is also a Fan Favorite winner who is determined by audience votes. Last year's grand prize went to Riley Moriarty, second place was CJ DiOrio and third place was Devin McCall. Katie Roeder was the Fan Favorite. 
5th Annual Stoneham Star David Gardner 0
Posted by David Gardner

On June 18th, the Rotary Club of Stoneham will install it's new president, officers and board members for the 2013-2014 Rotary year. Dinner will be held at Cafe Escadrille at 26 Cambridge Street in Burlington. The cocktail reception will start at 6:00pm with dinner being served at 7:00pm. Please reserve your seats early.

2013-2014 Rotary Club of Stoneham Installation Dinner David Gardner 0
Posted by David Gardner

As you know by now, two explosions rocked the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon yesterday at approximately 2:50 pm. This tragedy has hit our small community. Six of the injured were from Stoneham, many of them are still in critical condition. In the wake of such a tragedy, StonehamBank has set up a fund to help the families pay for skyrocketing medical expenses. Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting one of StonehamBank's two locations at either 80 Montvale Avenue in Stoneham or 493 Boston Road in Billerica or mail donations to: 


Stoneham Marathon Victims Fund
c/o StonehamBank
80 Montvale Ave
Stoneham, MA 02180


The Rotary Club of Stoneham has already committed $1,000 and welcome any additional contributions. Donations can be made at the bank or through the club. We will forward

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