November 13
Greeter: Tim Shotmeyer

Club President Michael Cognata and artist Patti Baker unveil the “Marblehead Mailbox”
Pam Peterson reports that “on Tuesday night, RCOMH hosted a lovely event. Local artist and craftsperson Patti Baker unveiled art work she created for the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s Holiday Pops Concert at a reception in her honor at Abbot Library.
A large group of Rotarians and friends gathered in the library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery for the exhibit, titled “Patti-Baker-Baskets.” The show will be on view through the months of November and December. Baker’s Holiday Pops piece is entitled “Marblehead Mailbox”, and will be raffled off the night of the Pops concert.
Flowers for the event were generously donated by Nancy Mantilla of Flores Mantilla in Marblehead. The reception was organized by RCOMH members Karyn Lang and Pam Peterson. Holiday Pops chair Diane Barbour launched the sale of raffle tickets, and notecards featuring the basket, which will be available at Rotary meetings from now until the concert.
“Marblehead Mailbox” will be on view at the Arnould Gallery at 111 Washington Street, and raffle tickets will be for sale there. Gallery owner Gene Arnould has been a longtime Rotarian and supporter of the Holiday Pops concert.” (Thank you, Beth Robinson and Kathleen Murphy for sending photos.)
Maestro Dirk Hillyer
Soloist Ethan Bremner
Maestro Dirk Hillyer and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra will take the stage at historic Abbot Hall for a wonderful evening of music and song to celebrate the season. Our annual Holiday Pops Concert will take place on Saturday, December 8th. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with a Dessert Reception for all ticket holders. The concert begins promptly at 8:00 p.m.
This year’s concert music program is an inspiration to all to embrace and enjoy the holiday season. The concert is an opportunity for family and friends to gather together, with great music from many cultures, sing-alongs and solo selections performed by tenor Ethan Bremmer. Originally established in 1998 as a holiday ensemble for the city of Peabody, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra has become one of Greater Boston’s most popular orchestras, recognized for its quality and creative programming.
Maestro Dirk Hillyer is a highly recognized figure in the Boston area, as well as nationally. When he isn’t conducting his own orchestra or playing French horn for the Boston Lyric Opera, Hillyer is at Salem State University, where he is a tenured professor of music.
Soloist Ethan Bremner will be featured. Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan Bremner has become one of the city’s most sought-after tenors. He performed several roles, including Manrico, in Windham Orchestra's Production of Il Trovatore.
Floor tickets are $60 each, available through the order form in the Marblehead Reporter, or online: click here for floor seats.
Balcony seats are $35 each, and are available in person at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington Street; and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant Street. They are also available online: click here for balcony seats.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit Marblehead charities, scholarships and philanthropic projects of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor. (Report by Pam Peterson)
November Food Pantry Donation:
Peanut Butter & Jelly

From the RCOMH Board of Directors:
It's time for us to give thought to building our leadership team for the upcoming year. Currently, we have positions open for three officers:
- Vice President
- Vice President Elect
- Treasurer…
… and two Directors.
The election for these positions will take place on December 11, 2018 at the regularly scheduled Tuesday morning meeting.
If you haven't held a board position in our club we ask you to consider doing so. The board is a committed group of volunteers who want to support and influence the club initiatives, and value the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.
If you are interested in taking on such a role, or if you would like to nominate a fellow club member, please get in touch with Mike Cognata no later than tomorrow. You may click here to send him a message or speak with him at the Club meeting.
If you would like to read about the duties associated with each position please refer to the Club’s bylaws disseminated by John Williams in an November 3rd email message.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be postponed until Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 pm at the home of Lee Weed. The reason for the postponement is that Michael Cognata will be out of town this coming Thursday and next Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving Day.
We extend a warm welcome to Molly Williams and Seyla Nhean, who will be inducted as RCOMH members, tomorrow November 13th at our morning meeting. After saying “hello” to Molly and Seyla don’t forget to sign the “hello sheet”… unless you wish to volunteer a few bucks to help out with Lenny’s moonlighting as a fundraiser.
Janet Nittmann
Our guest speaker this week is Janet Nittmann, CEO of Windrush Farm. Located in North Andover, Windrush Farm is a non-profit organization providing therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities and for children and adults with special needs, veterans, youth at risk, survivors of human trafficking and more. Janet has visited with our Club before and hers is always an interesting presentation.

Club president Michael Cognata with honoree Janet Fitch Parker
The Unsung Heroes Awards Dinner was great. Mike Cognata reports that “there were over 275 people attending the awards evening at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield. As you know, our Unsung Hero nominated by our Club was Janet Fitch Parker. 
This was a huge success with numbers significantly more than the District organizers expected. There were 24 clubs represented each with an Unsung Hero. After a wonderful dinner, the Unsung Heroes and their presidents where announced and brought up one by one.  They were each given a Paul Harris Fellow medallion, certificate and pin by District Governor Bob Wood and Foundation Chair Liz Cullen. In addition, there was a silent auction of baskets with local goodies supplied by each club (our Club’s donation yielded approximately $250) which yielded in total over $2700 for the Foundation. This amount is in addition to the $1,000 from each club received by the Foundation for the PHFs. All in all I would say an excellent night for the honorees, clubs, District, and the Foundation.
As I looked around the huge and packed room, I noticed that our RCoMH was perhaps the best represented of all with 12 people from our Club very cozy around one table. We can be exceptionally proud of the turn out and support from our Club at this event!
I would like to personally thank all of those who attended and all of those who contributed in anyway. Most especially, our gratitude to Mike Elkin for the very generous donation of his PHF points.” (Thank you Judy Black, for the photo)
From Jessica Barnett: Enormous thanks to Stop & Shop in Vinnin Square! Following up on the club’s pan procurement last year, when we approached the store's General Manager about arranging for this year’s purchase of 120 aluminum disposable roasting pans, we had barely said Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor…Marblehead Food Pantry…120 aluminum disposable roasting pans, when the General Manager said, “Oh sure! We’ll donate them all.” Wow!
Those pans will meet the Food Pantry’s clients’ holiday needs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. If all goes according to plan, the pans will be delivered to the Pantry’s food storage area in the lower level of The Masonic Building this Tuesday morning.
Plus, when the General Manager heard that the Marblehead Police Department collects leftover Halloween candy to send to the troops overseas, he said that as soon as Stop & Shop Corporate releases the candy to be donated, he will take whatever candy remains to our police department. It may be a few more weeks, but this is his intent.
So, if you venture into the Vinnin Square Stop & Shop this holiday season, please express the club’s great gratitude for their tremendous generosity and kindness. What a splendid way to start the holiday season!
Pam Peterson, Jessica Barnett, Michael Cognata, Kathleen Murphy, Judy Black, John Williams, and Beth Robinson contributed to this edition of Scuttlebutt. Thank you, very much.
(If you can’t do it on the specified date, please swap with a reliable Rotarian)
Tues., Nov 13 - Tim Shotmeyer
Tues., Nov 20 - Vicki Staveacre
Tues., Nov 27 - Jim Rice
Tues., Dec 4 - Luis Ribas
Tues., Dec 11 - Larry Proctor
Tues., Dec. 18 - Bob Picariello
Food Pantry for November: Peanut Butter & Jelly
NOW - Pops tickets on sale
Tues., Nov 13 - Janet Nittmann, Windrush Farm
Sat., Dec 8 - Holiday Pops with The Hillyer Festival Orchestra, 7:00pm
Russell Hampton
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