January 29
Greeter: Rob Deiana (for Kelly McAdams)
Rob Deiana at the 2018 Polar Plunge
The Polar Plunge is now less than two weeks away. Our cold weather hero Rob Deiana is ready to dive, wade, and swim at Gloucester’s Long Beach on February 9th, but I’m sure he would like some company. But if you don’t want to jump in maybe you’ll join his cheering section. In a message to the Club Rob says, “I have always had a soft spot for the ocean even in February. Please support my plunge as Rotary continues its push to stomp out Polio. We are almost there and every dollar helps!” You heard the man, so click here to sign up to plunge, donate, or be a cheerleader. Or, better even, give donations directly to Club Treasurer Brett Lazar, so they can be bundled and counted as a RCOMH donation. See Brett at the meeting or e-mail him at
A date change has been announced for the Big Toe Plunge. It’s now scheduled for March 23rd @10:00am and it’s a joint activity with InterAct... except… well… they’ll do the full body plunge. But we need our membrrrrrs to join in and dip their big toe at Devereux Beach. Start thinking about creative ways and outfits to “plunge” your big toe in the water and help eradicate polio.
On February 5th the Club will hold its annual lottery for those members who wish to be “coffee only”, and forgo full breakfast. The new “coffee only” cycle begins on April 1st. If you wish to enter the lottery please speak with or e-mail John Williams.
Sick Bay. Cyndi Kilbarger’s adventure on thin ice was just a tad too extreme and she “took a terrible spill”. We wish her a speedy recovery. Joan McCormack is feeling better and looks forward to re-joining the Club soon.
LOA. Kelly McAdams and Heidi Whear requested, and the Board approved, leave of absence. Please come back soon.
Survey. Melissa Stacey finished tabulating the results of the member survey. Michael Cognata will review and share those at the next Club Assembly. Our thanks to Melissa.
Attendance Reminder. Attendance at the meetings will no longer be taken by the Club Secretary. An attendance sheet will be available on the table, left hand side as you come into the hall. Please initial next to your name.

February Food Pantry Donation:
PB & Jelly

Zhenique Israelian with Martin Trice and Suzanne Johnson of Healing Winds, and Club Preident Michael Cognata
Tomorrow’s speaker at the club meeting is Chef Brendan Cronin, head of the Hospitality major at Endicott College. He will speak to us about the new dining season at La Chanterelle, the beautiful restaurant where his students practice their future trade.
Last week, Healing Winds’ Suzanne Johnson, spoke about the free sailing adventures offered to cancer patients and survivors and their family and friends. Suzanne was accompanied by Martin Trice and Francie King, from the Salem Chapter of Healing Winds, who need not just donations but volunteers. To learn more and help, visit the Healing Winds website.
Dave Deutsch and Arthur Schwartz with Club Pre
Last week, we also welcomed fellow Rotarians Dave Deutsch and Arthur Schwartz, from the Marblehead Rotary Club, who asked for our support for their Marblehead's Got Talent Performing Arts Scholarship. How can we help? By purchasing tickets for the MGT Grand Finale, with eight wonderful acts, to be held next Wednesday, Febryary 6th @6:00pm, at the Boston Yacht Club. Tickets prices: $50 online or $55 at the door.
Lynnfield Club President Ron Block with Linda Doliber
Linda Doliber spoke at the weekly meeting of the Lynnfield Rotary Club, about the April 27th Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar to be held at the Four Points Sheraton (Wakefield, MA). Linda is the site chair, and made a compelling presentation about the benefits of this interactive, fun way to develop your leadership skills and greatly increase your knowledge of all things Rotary. The District Governor and our Club Board will help members pay for seminar fees, in some cases with a full refund. Pre-register at or e-mail Linda Doliber for more information.
Friends Forever International (FFI) is hosting a lunch this week and invited our club to join in, share a meal, and talk about our Rotary and FFI experiences.
* Wednesday, January 30th
* 12:00-1:00pm
* Friends Forever International
   One Morgan Way
   Durham, NH 03824
* Please RSVP ASAP by calling or texting Cyndi Kilbarger at 781-718-3643
Student waiters at La Chanterelle
(Photo: Endicott College)
Linda Bassett still has five available reservations for dinner at La Chanterelle at Endicott College on March 28, and April 11. We have 8 reservations each day, and so far, 11 club members have registered. Linda will let us know when tickets are issued and their price (wine not included). 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
The next District New Member Orientation event will be held on Thursday, April 11th at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield. We wish to expose new members (those that joined within the past 2 years) to the big family of Rotary. The cost is just $10 and the member will get it REFUNDED once they attend. Registration is open now at
11:30 AM Registration
12:30 PM Paul Harris Luncheon
2.00 PM Annual Business Meeting
6:00 PM Celebrate Rotary Cocktails
7:15 PM Celebrate Rotary Dinner
Youth-centric programming/Youth Summit
Multi-District Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Doubletree Hotel, Danvers, MA
Register here
$150 early bird pricing through Feb 2, 2019
Thank you Cyndi Kilbarger, Michael Cognata and John Williams for contributing to this edition of Scuttlebutt.
(If you can’t do it on the specified date, please swap with a reliable Rotarian)
Tues., May 21 – Robert Deiana
Tues., May 28 – Trista Christensen
Tues., Jun 4 – Lenny Cameron
Tues., Jun 11 – Judith Black
Tues., Jun 18 – No Club Meeting (please note changes in greeter’s rotation)
Tues., Jun 25 – Bill Bartin
Food Pantry for May: Your help at Stamp Out Hunger (May 11th)
Tues., May 21 – Pei Pei Wishnow
Tues., May 28 – Club Meeting
Mon., Jun 3 – MHS Scholarship Awards Night @6:30pm, MHS Field House
Tues., Jun 4 – Club Meeting
Tues., Jun 11 – Club Meeting
Tues., Jun 18 – No Club Meeting (please note changes in greeter’s rotation)
Thu., Jun 20 – Installation and Paul Harris Dinner @5:30pm
Sat., Jun 22 – Duct Tape Regatta
Tues., Jun 25 – Club Meeting
Tues., July 2 – New Board term starts
Thu., July 4 – Happy 4th of July
Russell Hampton
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