What's Happening at Rotary Club of Concord
On Oct. 7 Simon Cataldo, Founder and Adrian Heneveld, Executive Director of Harlem Lacrosse–Boston told us about this highly effective program, launched in 2016. Harlem Lacrosse is a “school-based non-profit organization that changes the life trajectories of youth through daily wrap-around academic support, mentoring, leadership training, college readiness career exploration, admissions counseling and lacrosse instruction.” The program offers more than lacrosse, although the love of lacrosse engages students who would otherwise drop school. Students, both boys and girls, come from Mattapan, Dorchester, East Boston, and Chelsea. Cataldo grew up in Concord where he attended public school. Thanks to his involvement, Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse is an important Harlem partner, sharing tournaments and clinics at CCHS and in Boston. Concord Rotarians found Simon and Adrian’s talk and slide show inspiring.
On September 30 we learned what “CRCE” stands for. Steve Levitsky and Elda Kalivioti presented an overview of the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment, the 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization founded by the Rotary Club of Concord in 1989, which can accept tax-deductible donations. The Endowment annually distributes a percentage of the average value of its previous three year’s ending investment value to foster, promote and achieve local, national and international charitable and educational programs.  The distribution is directed by the members of the Rotary Club of Concord through its Board of Directors. Thanks to Steve and Elda the presentation generated greater understanding and lively discussion. Photo: President Karl volunteering at a CRCE project: Habitat for Humanity in Concord.
We were honored to host District 7910 Governor Cliff Rober at our September 23 meeting. At the tent at Verrill Farm we enjoyed seeing one another in person and hearing Cliff’s talk about what’s ahead for Rotary this year. Cliff, a member of the Rotary Club of Bedford, presented President Karl with a Rotary backpack bearing this year’s motto: Strive to Change Lives.”  Everyone present received a pin engraved with the year’s logo. Sharon Spaulding and Andrea Zall were presented with Paul Harris awards. President Karl tried valiantly to keep the flag from blowing away. A momentous meeting. As they say, “It was one for the books.”
 
Sarah Robertson alerted us to a teacher's dilemma....lack of supplies for students in a third grade classroom. Sarah was a student teacher in the classroom at STEM Academy in Lowell. Rotarians rallied to donate the needed items displayed here. Best of luck Sarah, as you study at UMass Lowell to become a teacher. You are entering a noble profession.
 
At Concord’s AG Day September 11, the Rotary Club of Concord spread the word about its role in installing the water fountain and, in partnership with the Garden Club of Concord, new landscaping at the Veteran’s Memorial and the USS Concord Bell Park. The installation marks the completion of Rotary projects at this site including the installation of the USS Concord Bell, a memorial to Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Thomas J. Hudner and upgrades to the area. At the booth, Rotary displayed many of its local and international projects. 
 
Following the Rotary Club's 9.11 20th anniversary presentation of the Al Filipov Award to Concord's Fire and Police Departments, Rotarians headed to town to set up the tent and booth by The USS Concord Bell Park on Main Street in Concord Center. 
 
With the Rotary-funded water fountain behind, and surrounded by the lovely flowers and landscaping the Concord Garden Club had installed, Rotarians spoke with many members of the community looking to learn more about Rotary. 
 
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