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On Memorial Day, May 25, Rotarians from Bedford, Concord and Lexington served ice cream sundaes and cake to veterans at the Bedford VA Hospital. Everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and the chance to thank the veterans for their service. Now in its fourth year, Concord's Sharon Spaulding organized this tri-club effort. Photo: Ruth Armknecht with a WWII veteran injured when a bomb exploded near his ship.
 

 
The Rotary Club of Concord is the proud recipient of the "Best Club Award for District 7910 for 2014-2015", awarded at the District Conference May 16, 2015. The Club also received the "Strategic Partner Award" for its partnership with the Town of Concord in securing a magnificent tree for the town center. The District gave Dick Hale and Steve Levitsky "District Service Awards" for their outstanding work on behalf of Rotary. Congratulations to all club members for their hard work this year. Seen here from left: Past District Governor and Concord's Club Advisor, Ralph Hammond; Club President Sheila Watts, Past Presidents June Grace and Rosario Rizzo and District Governor Valentine Callahan. In the foreground, the bell, passed to the winning club each year. It will be rung with honor!
 

 
Golf is back! The Concord Club's Golf Tournament Committee is hard at work, and so, too, are the staff and volunteers of the PGA Constellation Senior Players. Seen here, Joe Rotellini, Executive Director of the Tournament that will be held June 9-14 at Belmont Country Club. Joe spoke at Concord's luncheon meeting May 6, mapping out the process of planning and executing a major tournament. To volunteer or attend the Belmont Country Club event, visit CSPGolf.com. To volunteer or attend the Rotary Club of Concord's Aug 24th golf tournament to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, download the forms on the left column of this page. 
 

 
 
At the joint meeting of the Concord and Lexington clubs, Concord Rotarian Captain Tom Hudner, Medal of Honor recipient in Korea, presented a Medal of Honor book to two Lexington Rotarians that have been “volunteers extraordinaire” with the events at the Bedford Veterans Hospital on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Seen here, they are Allan Azoff and Charlie Vail. Charlie is a Veteran of Vietnam.
 

 
Blustery weather could not keep over 20 Concord Rotarians and their children from marching in the Patriot's Day Parade in Concord on April 20, 2015.  Thanks to Henry Dane's grandchildren who carried the banner, and Dick Hale, who suppled new hats and the new banner, the Rotary contingent enjoyed encouraging applause from the sidelines. Seen here, Concord Rotarians wait while the canons salute at the North Bridge below.
 

 
Spring finally made an appearance on Saturday April 11, and the Detweilers​, Rick Copland, Sheila Watts and Dick Hale cleared the winter's debris from Cambridge Turnpike in time for Patriot's Day. Special thanks to Alexa Detweiler who found the most exciting trash...a dollar bill!  
 

 
President Sheila Watts explains what is good about credit cards to a potential customer at the Financial Reality Fair held sponsored on April 7 by Rotary, Concord Youth Services and CCHS. High school seniors received a paycheck equal to their monthly salary with taxes and student loans deducted. They visited tables where they purchased housing, utilities, insurance, transportation, clothing, and food. Although they had to make compromises, most students learned that they could survive on their salaries with careful planning.  
 

 
 
David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, spoke at the March 26 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord. After reviewing important aspects of the Museum's collections, community involvement, hands-on learning for students, and more, Wood introduced the upcoming exhibit, "The Art of Baseball." Opening on April 17, this exhibit  includes nearly 50 works of baseball art and artifacts from a private collection as well as Red Sox memorabilia. Doris Kearns Goodwin is Honorary Curator. Watch for more about this exciting project.
 

 
Rick Beers is congratulated by President Sheila Watts while his daughter and grandson cheer him on. Rick reached his thirty year mark as a member of the Rotary Club of Concord on March 28, 1985.
 

 

40th Annual Rotary Pops April 10

Come to Rotary’s 40th Annual Spring Pops with Jazz Vocalist Amanda Carr and the Concord Band on Apr. 10 at “51 Walden”, Concord’s Performing Arts Center.  Reception with Cash Bar and Silent Auction at 7:30 p.m. Downbeat at 8:00 p.m.  Pops seating at tables of four, $25 per person at 508-878-6577. Bring your friends to hear some great tunes and support the Rotary Club of Concord in giving service above self.  Sponsorship forms and posters are available in “Downloads”, below left.  Photo: Don't miss Amanda singing "Anything Goes"!
 

 
At the March 5 meeting of the Club Farmer/Chef/Cooking Teacher Ben Elliot of Saltbox Farm in Concord traced the history of his soon-to-open restaurant, Saltbox Kitchen. Located on Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord, the establishment will feature seasonal cuisine using fresh ingredients from local farms, including Ben's. Ben will offer take-out, promoting healthy food for busy families. Best of luck for great success in your new endeavor, Ben. Sign up for his newsletter at saltboxfarmconcord.com/
 

 
It's becoming a tradition...Rotary hosts an indoor carnival for Minuteman Arc at Arc's Baker Avenue Center, 130 Baker Avenue Extension in Concord. This year there will be new games, new trophies and lots of fun. Volunteer by showing up on Feb. 28 before 1 p.m. to help with set-up. Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and service. This is a premier event on the Rotary Club of Concord's calendar. 
 

 
​Shaka Hislop will be guest speaker at the Feb. 26 luncheon meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the Colonial Inn. Hislop is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former professional soccer player who played for both England and his native Trinidad & Tobago World Cup squad in 2006. He was the first member of the team's World Cup Squad to be inducted into his country's Sporting Hall of Fame. Shaka appears as a pundit on ESPN FC, ESPN's daily global football news program. See more at: http://www.rotaryclubofconcord.org/Event/e60972b2-c78f-4371-a396-423cd9eed4ad#sthash.0yJ5aSET.dpuf
 

 

At our Feb. 19 meeting Rotarian and Sharing Foundation Board President Ann Trudeau will report on her most recent trip to the Sharing Foundation in Cambodia.

 

 
Members of two of Concord’s most active service organizations, the Rotary Club of Concord and the Concord Lion’s Club, will join for an informal mixer on February 17 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Middlesex Savings Bank, 64 Main Street, Concord Center. If you are a Rotarian or a Lion, or an alumnus or friend of these groups, please join us. 
 
 
At the Power of Change forum, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Concord and Nashoba Valley, Rotarians and their guests lined up to sponsor students at Razia Jan's school, the Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan and to become ambassadors for Craig Norberg-Bohm's White Ribbon Campaign in March. Eleven Rotary Clubs agreed to work together on a $35,000 global grant for the Zabuli Education Center. It was an inspiring way to celebrate 25 years of Women in Rotary.  In the photo below: Event Planners Nancy McPherson, Sheila Watts, June Grace, Karin Gaffney and Mary Garcia relax at the reception following the forum.
 

 
 
On Jan. 22 the Rotary Clubs of Concord and Nashoba Valley are sponsoring a forum in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the admission of women into Rotary International. The event will feature community leaders who have brought about important cultural shifts including Rotarian Razia Jan, founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, (a school for girls in Afghanistan), Craig Norberg-Bohm of Jane Doe, Inc., Coordinator of the MA White Ribbon Day (a campaign to end violence against women and children and promote healthy relationships) and 2014-Governor Valentine Callahan of Rotary International District 7910. Thanks to our sponsors, Middlesex Savings Bank, Acorn Deck House Company, Kolarz Realty Group and Nancy's Airfield Cafe, the event is free. Held at Fenn School Auditorium, doors open at 6:30 p.m., program from 7 until 8 p.m. Let us know you are coming at www.rotary7910.org. Photo: Razia Ray 
 

 
Happy New Year to all from the Rotary Club of Concord. We celebrate a year of service including the Hot Chocolate Stand, the new town Christmas Tree, meals at Bristol Lodge, Minuteman Arc events, wells and latrines in Kenya, scholarships, class act awards, food and clothing drives, fishing outings for veterans, gifts for inmates' kids, and much more. Thank you all for your hard work and for supporting the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment and The Rotary Foundation. Get ready for an exciting year ahead, beginning with our "Power of Change" forum Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Fenn School.
 

 
Warmed by the fellowship and possibly a few drinks before dinner, Rotarians conversed, sang, clapped, congratulated and went home bearing a festive poinsettia after the annual Holiday Banquet at Newbury Court. Highlights of the evening included induction of Stuart Weeks and Sally Faccenda as new members, recognition of the committee that helped the Club get the new Christmas Tree for the town, among them Dick Hale and Henry Dane, and the awarding of Paul Harris Fellows to Ingrid Detweiler, Kevin McConnell, Roger Fritz, and June Grace.  Photo: Stuart and Sally
 

 
Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 marked the dedication of the new Christmas Tree donated to the town by the Rotary Club of Concord. It was a cold and windy night, but our members spoke eloquently at the occasion despite annoying mike feedback. The tree looked spectacular. Thanks to all who staffed the Hot Chocolate stand, including the future Rotarian grandchildren of Doug Detweiler and Roger Fritz. And thanks to Dunkin Donuts for donating the hot chocolate. The tree in this picture is not the new town tree! It was too dark to get a good photo.   
 

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Bedford hosted a great football luncheon Nov. 27 at the joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Concord. Both the Bedford and CCHS football teams were present, along with their coaches, principals, town police chiefs, and other dignitaries. Even after consuming a delicious turkey dinner, everyone stayed wide awake to hear an inspiring message from cancer-survivor Jeff Boylan (seen here). Representing the Rotary Foundation, Ralph Hammond held the monies for the traditional bet between club presidents Sheila Watts and Kevin Sullivan (Bedford).
 

 
 
Tom Doe, founder of Municipal Market Advisors, an independent research firm based in Concord. reported on his study of the financial impact of legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado at the Nov. 20 Rotary Club of Concord meeting. Andy Mahoney (left) introduced Tom,  seen here with President Sheila Watts. 
 

 
 

Rotarians in attendance at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Club were treated to a talk by Concord Carlisle student and Interact Club member Julia Nelson. Interact is a very active club with many impressive service projects. Many thanks to Rotarian Sharon Spaulding for her continuing efforts to support Interact...a behind the scenes task that she quietly accomplishes with great success.

 
 

 
 
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