January 15
Greeter: Jim Nye
Tomorrow, you come to The Landing for dinner and someone will get help to go to school, or go back to school. Join us, says Scholarship Committee’s John Williams, and “help us light the way to brighter futures for college bound and upward bound students and achieve “’our mission to grow, manage and administer scholarship funds to meet our communities’ needs.’” Unless you’re in a post-Holiday diet mood, there’s no reason to stay home. During our last meeting it was revealed that an anonymous donor gifted $2,500 to the Scholarship Fund. While we are grateful for the donor’s generosity, we need your continued support and attendance at tonight’s dinner. This event will also double as our January Club Social and the Marblehead Club has been invited to join us.

Check your inbox. Melissa Stacey sent out a new Rotary Survey last week to help us understand what members like, dislike, want, don’t want, would change or keep as is. She reports that as of Saturday afternoon… “we've only heard from about 20 of you. For those of who haven’t taken the 5 minutes to fill it out…your opinions and thoughts matter to us! So please answer those 10 easy questions to give us your club feedback. The survey will close on TUESDAY at 6PM.” You can access the survey by clicking the link:
January Food Pantry Donation:
Canned fruit and Applesauce

Club Dues. Club Treasurer Brett Lazar says invoices for the first quarter of 2019 have gone out. He asks that members check their inboxes, as several did not pay all of last year’s invoices. Please make sure to add the treasurer’s new e-mail address to your contact list:
Attendance. Attendance at the meetings will no longer be taken by the Club Secretary. A sign-in sheet will be available on the table, left hand side as you come into the hall. Please initial next to your name. Greeters, please remind members to sign-in.
Food Pantry donation. A second $2,500 check from an anonymous donor was given to the MHD Food Pantry through our Club. We thank the donor for the generous donation and the trust placed on the RCoMH to carry out the donors wishes.
Melissa Stacey addresses the Club
This week’s speaker is Kathleen Murphy. Her realtor classification talk will be centered on her approach to real estate services. Last week, in her classification talk, Melissa Stacey spoke about how her Marblehead roots lead to her new business venture The site is dedicated to the town, its events and businesses, and Melissa envisions it as “a centralized place” for all things Marblehead: events, business activities, support for new comers as they settle in. If you’d like to receive Melissa’s weekly newsletter click here to e-mail her.

Jessica Barnett says “it is a delight to report that Lee Weed is an inspiration. She is doing very well at Rosewood, 22 Johnson Street in Peabody, where Connie Paullis is now the director. Lee is even working on a beautiful blue knitting project. She has no interest in lazing in bed and is up and sitting in a chair looking fabulous. Importantly, Lee is ready to welcome visitors. Timing may be a little tricky due to Physical Therapy sessions so you may want to call first, text or email before visiting.”
Don Doliber says “I am slowly coming back, and want to thank club members for their thoughts and prayers, and cards, and for the food that they dropped off at the house. Nice to have a good gamily like that.”
Don also hared that Ed Bell is “awaiting tests”, in ordee to have a full report on his lastest health concerns.
Margaret Greene e-mailed to say: “I am still recovering but doing well. I hope t get back to Rotary in a few weeks.”
Joan McCormack has had surgery last week. We have not received an update, but hope all is well, and wish her and all our Rotarian friends a speedy recovery.
Linda Doliber reports that she has “two confirmed club visits to promote Rotary Leadership so far this winter”:
* Thursday, January 24th @12 noon, Lynnfield Club lunch meeting, at the Sheraton Four Points, Rt. 128
* Thursday, February 21st @7:00am, at the Peabody Club, for their breakfast meeting.
Bob Erbetta and Seyla Nhean will be accompanying Linda. If anyone else is interesting in visiting these two clubs, please see Linda or email her at She is still waiting on schedule confirmations for several other clubs and will submit them to Scuttlebutt as the dates are firmed up.
Patricia Sullivan reports that she and “David Deutsch from the Marblehead Club met with three Interact leaders to discuss the possible Nepal service and trek trip. We reviewed a three-page handout in which Tricia provided context and logistics of the trip. On Friday Tricia, Jim Nye, and Jack Attridge also met with the full Interact club. There was great interest from the students. David indicated he would help with fundraising efforts. There are many service projects that can be worked on both by the kids and adults who accompany them.”
Per Jim Nye, “Marblehead High School has midterm exams January 22-25. We need volunteers to spread cream cheese on bagels.  The shifts are 7AM-8:30AM and 10:15-11AM on Tuesday 1/22, Wednesday 1/23, Thursday 1/24 and Friday 1/25.” If anyone is interested, they can e-mail Jim with their desired time.
Photo: Gloucester Daily Times
Who will take the plunge into the ice cold waters of the Atlantic to raise money to eradicate polio? Our own cold weather hero Ron Deiana may do it again this year, but I’m sure he would like company. If you don’t want to jump in the water maybe you’ll join his cheering section.
So, please come to Gloucester’s Long Beach on February 9th, and help the District raise an additional $300,000 to reach our $1 million goal (yes, we have raised $700,000). When we reach the goal the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match it 2 to 1 with an additional $2 MILLION. Click here to sign up to plunge, donate to a plunger, or be a cheerleader.
It’s on!! RCOMH “Big Toe Plunge” is scheduled for February 16th 2019. Those who don’t want to, or can’t, plunge in the Atlantic in Gloucester can dip their big toe at cozier and closer Devereux Beach. More details will be forthcoming, but start thinking about creative ways to “plunge” your big toe in the water and help eradicate polio.
Student waiters at La Chanterelle
(Photo: Endicott College)
Linda Bassett was able to get early reservations for our club for dinner at La Chanterelle at Endicott College on March 28 and April 11. We have 16 advance tickets and will soon tell you how to get one. The Board decided that if more than 16 people register for this dinner, a draw will be held. Linda reports the price per person has not been determined yet, but please note that whatever the price, wines are extra. The evening is presented by the Endicott College hospitality majors under the leadership of Chef Brendan Cronin (with two of Linda’s former students assisting him!) If you have any questions, please click here to e-mail Linda.
Attending Rotary Leadershio Institute (RLI) Seminars was never this easy. There are many dates available (see below) and the Board will help some members pay for seminar fees. RLI seminars  develop your leadership skills and greatly increase your knowledge of all things Rotary.
IN TWO WEEKS: 1/26/19 Marlborough, MA (Courtyard by Marriott)
3/16/19 Concord, NH (NHTI - Concord Community College)
3/30/19 Lincoln, RI (Amica Mutual Insurance)
4/20/19 Wells, ME (York County Community College)
4/27/19 Wakefield, MA (Four Points Sheraton) Hosted by Linda Doliber
Pre-register at:

Thank you Linda Bassett, Linda Doliber, Jessica Barnett, Patricia Sullivan, Melissa Stacey, Michael Cognata, Don Doliber, John Williams, and Jim Nye for contributing to this edition of Scuttlebutt.
(If you can’t do it on the specified date, please swap with a reliable Rotarian)
Tues., Jan 15 - Jim Nye
Tues., Jan 22 - Kathleen Murphy
Tues., Jan 29 - Joan McCormack
Tues., Feb 5 - Kelly McAdams
Tues., Feb 12 - Steven Lipsky
Tues., Feb 29 - Karyn Lang
Food Pantry for January: Canned Fruit and Applesauce
Tues., Jan 15 - Kathleen Murphy, Classification Talk (Real Estate Services)
Tues., Jan 22 - Suzzane Johnson,. Healing Winds
Thu., Jan 24 - RLI visit to Lynnfield Club @12noon (Speaker: Linda Doliber)
Thu., Jan 24 - Board Meeting @5:30pm
Sat., Feb 9 - Polar Plunge, Long Beach, Gloucester (11:00am)
Sat., Feb 16 - Big Toe Plunge, Devereux Beach, Marblehead
Thu., Feb 21 - RLI visit to Peabody Club @7:00am (Speaker: Linda Doliber)
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