What's Happening at Rotary Club of Concord
Coming up...Rotary Club of Concord's 34th Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, Monday, Aug.29 at the Concord Country Club. Raise money for scholarships...sponsor a green, sponsor a veteran to play, put together a foursome, volunteer to help. Click on GOLF in the banner above for details.
Jennifer Johnson, Executive Director of Gaining Ground, spoke at our hybrid weekly meeting May 19. Gaining Ground, a nonprofit organic farm on Virginia Road in Concord, grows organic vegetables and fruit with the help of several thousand community volunteers. (Rotarians have worked in the fields and held meetings onsite there.) Gaining Ground donates all of the fresh food to area meal programs and food pantries including Open Table in Maynard.  (Visit Gaining Ground’s website to see the long list of places where they send produce.) Their agricultural methods, including no-til farming and covered fields, support sustainability. Gaining Ground began in 1994 and over the years has increased its yield from 2500 pounds of produce at the start to 127,000 pounds in 2020. It is an important community resource for many food-insecure families and an inspiring model of a farming/hunger relief model.
The Rotary Foundation, a charitable not-for-profit organization, is leading an international effort to provide emergency medical supplies and goods in Ukraine. Over $14 million in donations from around the globe have been made to the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. Rotary Districts are now able to apply for a $25,000 or more Disaster Relief Grant. No match is required from clubs or districts.
 
The Rotary Club of Concord is a member of District-7910. Working directly with Rotary clubs in Ukraine, the District-7910 leadership applied for and was awarded a $25,000 grant to purchase medical supplies which have been shipped to Rotarians in Ukraine for distribution. District-7910 is applying to the Rotary Foundation for another $25,000 Medical Aid grant. Some of the medical equipment needed:
External Fixators: External stabilizing frame forbroken bones. (Metal pins or screws are placed, through small incisions in the skin and muscle, into the bone. The pins or screws are attached to a stabilizing frame to hold the broken bones in proper position.)  $2,400 per Sterile Field Kit 
Tactical Medical Backpack: Comprehensive medic kit, including backpack $1,500 contents and Backpack
 
Donations may be made to the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment, a 501C3 tax exempt organization. Click on DONATE in the top banner.
  • Carlisle is rebuilding a playground, The Castle Playground to be exact. It will be a multi-generational, fully accessible area. The money has been raised and the community is ready to do some hands-on construction. That is where the Rotary Club of Concord comes in. There will be build days September 8-11 and 20-25.  With our experience at Habitat for Humanity Concord Rotarians are ready to help.  Stay tuned.  https://www.castleplaygroundproject.com
  • Dinny McIntyre outlined plans for a new weekly print and online newspaper for Concord MA. Well on its way to becoming a reality, the publication will be delivered free of charge to every Concord MA household. Titled The Concord Bridge, it will be ready for mail distribution this fall, and online sooner than that. Watch for it!

 
 
 Rotarian Steve Kirk is a backyard beekeeper currently keeping three hives. However, one of his longtime friends is a commercial beekeeper with 40,000 hive, which depending on the time of year could be anywhere from Maine to California (which is where a lot of them are now, pollenating almond orchards).
 
Pretty much everyone knows that bees are important for pollenating plants but most know very little about the intricacies of successful beekeeping. Also, there is a high degree of awareness of the existence of “colony collapse disorder”, but the route causes are still somewhat debatable. During a recent Rotary meeting Steve provided some personal insights into both topics.
 
By the way. If you think beekeeping is easy, just ask anyone who’s tried it.  
 
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