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SCUTTLEBUTT
February 12
Greeter: Karyn Lang
POLAR PLUNGE RAISES 80K
 
(Photo: Luis Ribas)
 
Behold the intrepid. The not so few, the proud, the fearless who challenged Neptune’s frigid realm raised $80,000 for the fight against polio, last Saturday at Cape Ann, Gloucester. After the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches this amount 2-to-1, the tally will be a very respectable $240,000.
Our own Past President Rob Deiana, went in head first on a day when the Real Feel was in the single digits and the water temperature a cozy 38F. Rob’s wife Dawna, Kelly McAdams, Club President Michael Cognata and his friend Larry Sands, Margaret Greene and her husband George, and Luis Ribas came out to offer support. Seyla Nehan came with her friend Kam Ksy, who also jumped in. She says “he would love to plunge with us every year. He is a very good sport and also donated to our cause on the mobile website for friends and families of Rotary. He also did a Facebook live video giving a shoutout about the event/Polio and he currently has 499 views. He is hlping to create more awareness on the cause. He is a very good person, very much like all of our Rotarians”. A hearty thank you to Rob, Kam, and all who help fight polio. More photos on the RCOMH Facebook page.
 
Seyla Nehan and Kam Kay
(Photo: Courtesy Seyla Nehan)

MAKE A SPLASH AGAINST POLIO
WITH THE BIG TOE PLUNGE
 
We’re not done raising funds for polio eradication. The Big Toe Plunge is only six weeks away. It will be a joint activity with InterAct... except… well… they’ll do the full body plunge. However, intrepid RCOMH membrrrrrs will show’em a toe or two when we dip our big one at Devereux Beach. Let’s think about creative ways and outfits to “plunge” our big toe in the water and help eradicate polio.
* March 23rd
* 10:00am
* Devereux Beach, Marblehead
February Food Pantry Donation:
PB & Jelly
 

AND THE WINNER IS…
 
Dr. Donald Nelson and Dr. Michael Cognata
 
This year’s Massachusetts Association of Orthodontics Frederick Moynihan Award was bestowed upon our Club President Dr. Michael Cognata. The citation, which we had to get from his wife’s office without Mike’s knowledge, rewards “his outstanding contribution and dedication to the education of Massachusetts orthodontists and his stewardship of the highest standards of orthodontic care." Fellow orthodontist Dr. Donald Nelson presented the award at a recent luncheon in Boston. Congratulations Mike!
WHAT’S COOKIN’?
 
M. Scot Knox
(Courtesy Photo, Root)
 
This week’s speaker is Root’s Executive Director, M. Scott Knox. We will tell us about his organization’s workforce training program that uses food preparation and service to teach career and life skills to young men and women.
WILL YOU HELP PROMOTE THE CLUB?
 
How often are you surprised with how little the community knows about what we do? We want to increase community awareness of Rotary and the good service projects our club develops. One of the tools will be different and more frequent posts on social media. But we need your help in letting us tag our contents to your Facebook feed. So, please go ahead and “like” our Facebook page if you have not done so already. More details soon.
CLUB SOCIAL NEXT TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 19th
 
 
This month’s club social is next Tuesday, February 19th at 6:00pm. We will join the fundraiser for the “Marblehead Pickleball Courts” at The Landing, on Front St. See poster or e-mail John McKane.
YES, THE 2019 POPS IS ALMOST HERE
 
Diana Barbour asks Scuttlebutt to announce that “the February 26th Rotary meeting will be partially devoted to discussing the Pops Event for 2019. This is everyone's opportunity to makes suggestions - good or bad - to improve the event.”
“We also have an unusual 'OPPORTUNITY' to be discussed with everyone... Bring your creative juices for this. I would appreciate it if you all try to attend.”
BEVERAGE ONLY DRAWING
 
Starting on April 1st the following club members will begin their “beverage only” option at our weekly meetings:
 
– Judith Black
– Margaret Greene
– Dan Hawthorne
– Ina Hoffman
– Brett Lazar
– Kathleen Murphy
– Seyla Nehan
– Pam Peterson
– Luis Ribas
– Melissa Stacey
DO YOU KNOW WHAT ROTARY IS?
 
Click below for a possible answer (thanks John Williams)
 
 
Sustainable Marblehead and the Epstein Hillel School will host three movies dealing with current environmental challenges and tussles on March 3rd and 10th and on April 7th. All showing days are Sundays, all showings take place at 3:00pm at the school – 6 Community Road, in Marblehead. For more information, check the Sustainable Marblehead movie event page.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
 
 
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. Click here now to register.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE MAY 3rd AND 4th
 
 
Friday
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
 
Saturday
Youth-centric programming/Youth Summit
 
Multi-District Conference
May 3-4, 2019
Doubletree Hotel, Danvers, MA
Register here

Thank you Diane Barbour, Margaret Greene, Seyla Nehan, Michael Cognata and John Williams for contributing to this edition of Scuttlebutt.
 
GREETERS 
 
(If you can’t do it on the specified date, please swap with a reliable Rotarian)
 
Tues., Apr 23 - Don Doliber
 
Tues., Apr 30 - Rosaleen Doherty
 
Tues., May 7 - Joseph Dever
 
Tues., May 14 - Robert Deiana
 
Tues., May 21 - Trista Christensen
 
Tues., May 28 - Lenny Cameron
 
CALENDAR  
Food Pantry for April: Cereal (no Cheerios)
 
Tues., Apr 23 - Club Meeting
 
Sat., Apr 27 - Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar, Wakefield Sheraton, 7:30am – 3:00pm
 
Tues., Apr 30 - Club Meeting
 
Fri-Sat., May 3 and 4 - Multi-District Conference
 
Tues., May 7 - No Club meeting. Meeting moved to May 9
 
Thu., May 9 - Joint Marblehead Clubs Meeting, Masonic Hall, 5:30pm
 
Sat., May 11 - Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, 11:30am to 5:00pm, pick your shift
 
Thu. May 16 - BOD Meeting
 
Sat., May 18 - Windrush Farm Service Day, N. Andover, 11:30am – 2:00pm
Russell Hampton
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