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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"!

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.

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

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:


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 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.


November 11, 2014 will be a busy day for Concord Rotarians. Sunrise Satellite Meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn, serving lunch to veterans at the VA Hospital in Bedford at 11 a.m. and preparing and serving supper for the homeless at Bristol Lodge's community supper from 2 - 5 p.m. Click on the specific event on the left hand column to get details for these events. Seen here: These Rotarians served lunch on Nov. 11, 2013. 

Satya Mitra of the Rotary Club of Worcester sounded an inspirational call to arms when he addressed the Rotary Club of Concord at its Thursday luncheon meeting Oct. 30. As Past President of his club, he added 82 new members and earned the position of Membership Chair for District 7910. His challenge: that each member of each club in the district bring in at least one new member. Why? to double Rotary's ability to extend help to the millions around the world in need. No excuses! Clubs in the District are taking the challenge and so are we. Here, Mitra kids Dave Robertson about lining up some prospects while Ruth Armknecht enjoys the moment.


The Rotary Club of Concord donated a white fir to replace the dying Colorado Blue Spruce that for many years served as the town's famous Christmas Tree, lit during the holidays to add cheer to the winter nights. Here is the new tree atop a truck from Fairview Farm. The planting took place on the flagpole island in Monument Square on Tuesday October 7. Watch for more information and photos. A formal dedication is being planned. Image


  Haunted? You decide after you hear Arthur Martin, Colonial Inn's ghost expert, recount the many incidents surrounding the famous ROOM 24 at the Colonial Inn. Come to the Sunrise meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 a.m. to start your day with your pulse racing, and not just from drinking too much coffee! Be informed this Halloween. Know where the real ghosts are. Bring a gullible friend. This meeting has a four crypt rating. And its open to the public.

The Rotary Club of Concord will meet at Newbury Court Oct. 23 at 12:15 p.m.  (BYOL) Bring Your Own Lunch. It is our traditional participation in the Rotary Million Dollar Meal, a collective effort to raise money to stamp out polio. World Polio Day is Oct. 24 so the money the Club would ordinarily pay for lunches will be sent to support polio immunization programs. Steve Verrill of Verrill Farm fame is our keynote speaker, educating us about sustainable agriculture. Verrill farmland is in the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program. This promises to be a great meeting. The public is invited. 

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