April 2
Greeter: Bob Erbetta
Intrepid Interact members at the Toe Dip
Photo by John Williams
RCOMH and Marblehead Interact jointly raised $680 at the Devereux Beach Big Toe Dip to eradicate polio. This does not include funds raised at the last Club meeting. With the Gates Foundation 2-to-1 match, the total comes to $2,040. Congratulations to all who dipped and thanks to all who contributed.
Club President Michael Cognata with
DECA’s Henry Saban
Photo by Luis Ribas
This week’s Cub Assembly will feature an update on scholarships. John Williams reports that we have received 4 applications for the "College-Bound" scholarships so far. We will also have a member experience sharing moment called “Why I joined Rotary”. The Board would like to use these to develop a pitch and help recruit new members.
Facebook/Social media.Starting April 1stBeth Robinson will no longer be able to manage our social media pages. We thank her for years of good work and fellowship. The club has hired Hannah Sands, a professional social media manager that came strongly recommended by Cub President Mike Cognata. Also, Chris Stevens has been very active posting content from events she attends. Please check our Facebook page, like it, and promote it on your own wall. We count on social media to increase our footprint in the community and help attract new members.
Pops.Will take place at Abbot Hall, on December 14th, as Diane Barbour was promised that all construction will be finished by then. But just in case, she moved the date forward by one week, and has a rain date of February 14th(Valentine’s Pops anyone? J)
Donation management.Club President Michael Cognata will soon form an Allocation Committee to help decide on which organizations will the Club donate to, and how much.
Joint meeting.The Marblehead Rotary Clubs will hold their join meeting on Thursday, May 9th, at the Masonic Hall. Tentative schedule includes a starting time of 5:30pm with a cash bar social followed by the meeting and dinner. More to come.
LOA.Linda Bassett will be on Leave of Absence for three months.
Last week, we welcomed Henry Saban from DECA, an organization that coaches young emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Henry said that “DECA is to business what mock trials are to law”, providing serious real-life skills. He reported that the Marblehead Chapter grew from seven to 35 members over the last year. Some will attend the DECA International Conference in Orlando, FL, this year, at a cost of $700 per person. Those interested in contributing can write a check to the Town of Marblehead and mail it to Marblehead High School, Att: DECA, 2 Humphrey St. Marblehead MA 01945.
April Food Pantry Donation:
Cereal (no Cheerios please)

The third and last movie of a series on current environmental challenges will be shown on Sunday, April 7th. The series is hosted by Sustainable Marblehead and the Epstein Hillel School. The movie will show at 3:00pm, at the school on 6 Community Road, in Marblehead. For more information, check the Sustainable Marblehead movie event page.
It’s about two weeks away… Don’t miss out on the fun and the opportunity to help the hearing impaired while you have a cocktail, or dinner. The more show up at The Landing the merrier as they will “donate 20 percent of all food and drink purchased that evening to the North Shore Hearing Foundation. This event will feature great food, raffle and gift baskets and great company!”.
The North Shore Hearing Foundation provides hearing aids to individuals who do not have the insurance or resources to obtain them. Help us give the gift of hearing to local children and adults by making a reservation for dinner at the Landing. If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation by check or online at
OPEN TO ALL ROTARIANS:  Sessions for ALL Rotarians.  Hear new ideas, learn about the Service Dog Project, listen to our youth speak about the District Youth Programs, be involved in your club's health check, learn about local and global grants and service projects, find out about fundraising tips, rotary tools for success, alternative membership and club's implementation and much more!! 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LaShonda Delivuk, 28 year old Rotarian Club President from Virginia speaking on the Power of 1.2 Million and Membership. 
Calling all Membership, Foundation, Youth Services and Fundraising Committee Chairs and Committee Members to attend as well as the Club's 2019-2020 Board of Directors.  
Required training provided for Presidents-Elect, Treasurers & Secretaries.
Date:  April 10, 2019 (Wednesday)
Place:  Sheraton Four Points, Wakefield MA  
Time:  3:00pm – 9:00pm  
Cost:  $47.50 (includes dinner)
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 refundedupon attendance. Click here now to register.
Does watching a Sox - Yanks game in London sound like a cool idea? Even cooler if it only costs $25? Then try your luck with the Chelsea Rotary Club raffle. Drawing date is May 14th. For more info or purchases, contact Bruce Mauch
The Rotary Leadership Institute is 1) a great place for new Rotarians to learn about the organization; and 2) great help to those who wish to be leaders, with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations.
The short story: Our own Linda Doliber will host a RLI on our area.
Date: Saturday, April 27th
Time: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA
Click here to register.
On Saturday, May 11th, USPS letter carriers will collect food donated by Marblehead residents and will bring it to Masonic Hall, where an army of Rotarians and their friends will sort the donations and check the expiration dates. Linda Doliber says she’ll offer $50 to whoever finds a food item with an expiration date older than 1972, the oldest found so far at Stamp Out Hunger. Service Chair Rosaleen Doherty says this project is “the #1 drive for the Marblehead Food Pantry and we are the main group providing the labor” for that. She’ll soon pass sign-up sheets around.
Service Chair Rosaleen Doherty confirmed a new service project. As you may recall, Windrush Farm CEO Janet Nittmann visited with our club late last Fall, to talk about therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities and for children and adults with special needs. They need some help preparing their facilities for the coming season.
When: May 18th, 2019
Where: Windrush Farm, 479 Lacy St, North Andover, MA 01845
Why: To help prepare the Farm for the warm weather
Time: 11:30AM – 2:00PM
Who: As many volunteers as we can bring. Dress for outdoor work and bring work gloves. Need more info? Click here to contact Rosaleen
Thank you John Williams  and Michael Cognata for your contributions to Scuttlebutt.
(If you can’t do it on the specified date, please swap with a reliable Rotarian)
Tues., July 23 – Heidi Whear
Tues., July 30 – Patricia Sullivan
Tues., Aug 6 – Chris Stevens
Tues., Aug 13 – Vicki Staveacre
Tues., Aug 20 – Tim Shotmeyer
Tues., Aug 27 – Jim Rice
Food Pantry for July: Non-Cheerios cereal
Tues., July 23 – Induction of new member Young Aycock
Tues., July 30 – Club Meeting
Tues., Aug 6 – Club Assembly
Tues., Aug 13 – Club Meeting
Tues., Aug 20 – Club Meeting
Tues., Aug 27 – Club Meeting
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