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SCUTTLEBUTT
February 19
Greeter: Cindy Kilbarger

POLAR PLUNGE UPDATE
 
Rob Deiana at the Plunge
(Photo by Luis Ribas)
 
Contributions from Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s members and their friends to the Polar Plunge totaled $900. After the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches this amount 2-to-1, the total will rise to $2,700 for the ongoing polio eradication campaign. That’s a very good payout for Rob Deiana’s plunge onto the cold Atlantic Ocean’s waters. We are grateful to Rob and to all who donated.

MAKE A SPLASH AGAINST POLIO
WITH THE BIG TOE PLUNGE
 
Devereux Beach last Sunday
(Photo by Luis Ribas)
 
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
 

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.
APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
ARE NOW OPEN
 
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Enhanced Scholarship Trust is now accepting applications for the 2nd Chance Scholarship. This Scholarship is for those whose education will benefit their employment opportunities. It can be used for certificate courses and programs, but may not be a part of a degree program.
Do you know someone who might be interested and would benefit from this scholarship? Successful recipients will have up to $2500 paid directly to the educational institution on their behalf.
 
Due to Michael Cognata’s upcoming trip, the Board of Directors moved its meeting to tomorrow, February 19th at 5:30pm. It will be held at the Sotheby’s office, 300 Salem Street, Swampscott (Vinnin Square).

CLUB SOCIAL THIS TUESDAY
 
 
This month’s club social is this Tuesday, February 19th at 6:00pm. We will join the fundraiser for the “Marblehead Pickleball Courts” at The Landing, on Front St. See poster above or e-mail John McKane for more details.
VISIT TO THE PEABODY CLUB
 
Linda Doliber will be the guest speaker this week at the Rotary Club of Peabody, Thursday at 7:30am. She invites anyone who wishes to come along to do so, and those who do will be awarded a make up. They meet at Red’s Kitchen and Tavern, located at 131 Newbury St (Route 1), Peabody MA 01960. Linda, who is available to answer your questions by e-mail, or at the club meeting, will speak about RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute), and the Rotary seminar she will host in April (see below).

NEPAL DONATIONS
 
Patricia Sullivan reading to children in Nepal
(Courtesy Photo)
 
Tricia Sullivan, and a physical therapy and Rotarian team, are going to Nepal in April to initiate the training part of the Rotary grant and to set up the Interact service project for the June trip. As in prior trips Tricia will be bringing donations of clothes, jackets, boots, sneakers, flip flops, children's books, portable solar panels etc. Age for clothing ranges from 6 month through adult. Gently used donations are welcome. Please bring your donations to Club meetings up until March 19th.  Five bags need to be filled.  If anyone has connections with L.L.Bean, REI, The North Face please check to see if they would consider donations of irregular items, especially L.L.Bean boots. (Thank you Tricia Sullivan for this report)

HAVE WATER QUESTIONS?
 
Scott Knox with Club President Michael Cognata
(Photo by Beth Robinson)
 
Marblehead Water & Sewer’s Amy McHugh will speak to the Club this week. So, if you have questions, concerns and/or compliments concerning this Department, this is your chance.
Last week, Scott Knox spoke about Salem based Roots, Inc. and what it does to help young women and men, ages 16 to 24, with difficult life contexts and challenges find a way into the labor market. Roots runs 12-week, 200-hour, culinary and workforce employment skills programs. The participants also benefit from financial literacy training, internships at local restaurants, and plenty of practice at Root Caffé, a catering service, and HarborPoint at Root - an event space (which is open to the public during lunch) .
Also, please note that Diane Barbour’s 2019 Holiday Pops talk was rescheduled to March 5th.

WORLD PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING DINNER
 
Chief Justice Timothy Sullivan
(Courtesy Photo)
 
Please join us for an incredible evening with Chief Justice Timothy Sullivan of the Massachusetts Housing Court, guest speaker at the World Peace and Understanding Dinner. He will be focusing on the great challenge we face with housing and homelessness in Massachusetts.
Date: February 28
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA
Price: $45 per person
GREEN MOVIES
 
 
Sustainable Marblehead and the Epstein Hillel School will host two more movies dealing with current environmental challenges and tussles on March 10th and April 7th. Showing are on Sundays, and 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 upon attendance. Click here now to register.

LEADING TO A BETTER WORLD
 
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute is 1) a great place for new Rotarians to learn about the organization; and 2) to help provide 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.
Thank you Diane Barbour, Patricia Sullivan, Zhenique Israelian, and Beth Robinson 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., Mar 26 - Margaret Greene
 
Tues., Apr 2 - Bob Erbetta
 
Tues., Apr 9 - Allan Dowds
 
Tues., Apr 16 - Linda Doliber
 
Tues., Apr 23 - Don Doliber
 
Tues., Apr 30 - Rosaleen Doherty
 
CALENDAR  
Food Pantry for March: Pasta and Pasta Sauce
 
Tues., Mar 26 - Marissa Samuels, DECA Chapter of Marblehead
 
Thu., Mar 28 - Dinner at La Chanterelle (for 8 pre-registered members)
 
Tues., Apr 2 - Club Assembly
 
Thu., Apr 11 - Dinner at La Chanterelle (for 8 pre-registered members)
 
Thu., Apr 11 - New member orientation (Sheraton, Wakefield)
 
Thu., Apr 18 - Board Meeting
 
Sat., Apr 27 - Rotary Leadership Institute Seminar (Wakefield, MA)
 
Fri-Sat., May 3/4 - Multi-District Conference
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