What's Happening at Rotary Club of Concord
 The Rotary Club of Concord in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Bedford is spearheading a donation drive for personal care items for Open Table. Personal care items are not covered by SNAP/food support programs. Donations will help reduce the cost of Open Table purchasing these items for the individuals and families they serve. The following items are being collected: Diaper Sizes:  3, 4, 5, 6, Baby Wipes, Hand Lotion, Dish Soap, Sponges, Toothpaste, Shampoo Items can be dropped off at any of the following LOCATIONS through March:

 Action Unlimited, 100 Domino Dr., W. Concord
 Coldwell Banker, 11 Main Street, Concord
 Concord Teacakes, 59 Commonwealth Ave., W. Concord
 Keller Williams, 200 Baker Ave. Suite 205, Concord
 Middlesex Bank, 64 Main St., Concord
 Enterprise Bank, 340 Great Rd., ACTON
 W. Concord Wine & Spirits, 1216 Main St.
 Spirits of Maynard, 4 Digital Way, Maynard
The Rotary Club of Concord has a long-standing partnership with Open Table which supports food insecure households in 21 communities. Club members help transport locally grown vegetables and grocery items and prepare meals each week for delivery and curbside pick-up. Last year Open Table distributed 817,261 pounds of food. Over 70,000 meals were prepared. Of the 7,046 people served, 30% are children under the age of 18 and 16% are seniors age 65 or older. 
At our club meeting on January 18th we celebrated our club treasurer, Peter Mahler. Peter has been a Rotarian for 24 years, the past ten as a member of the Rotary Club of Concord. He has been an active participant in every aspect of our club, always ready to lend a hand with any project. From Interact, Habitat for Humanity, Minute Man Arc events, Boys and Girls Club field days, and so much more, Peter exemplifies Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."     In recognition of all his hard work, he was presented a Paul Harris award by President Jean Goldsberry and Sharon Spaulding, pictured here with Peter.
Our club is very active in helping to alleviate food insecurity in our district. Every Tuesday Rotarians from our club get together to help Open Table prepare meals, We often have personal care drives as well, since there is always a need for things not covered by SNAP benefits. In addition to helping at Open Table, we cook once a month for Bristol Lodge, a food pantry in Waltham Ma. Open Table is kind enough to let us use their kitchen for this monthly project. 
It's fun when we have extra help from the young volunteers. The Concord Carlisle Interact Club prepared meals for Bristol Lodge on Sunday December 3rd. Rotarian, Richard Warren, led the group as head chef and organizer. It's inspiring  to see students committed to volunteering.
On Sunday, November 12, after several beautiful days surrounded by family, Richard Lowe Hale’s gentle, giving spirit passed on.
Dick Hale was a Rotarian Extraordinaire, with 60 years of perfect attendance with the Rotary of Concord and friend to Rotary Club Lexington and Advisor to Rotary club of Bedford. Dick was a director of the club since 1985 and he oversaw many fundraisers including the POPS concert for many years. He was a major volunteer to many large service projects such as Monument Square, Emerson Hospital helipad, War Memorial, CCHS Skatepark, Thoreau School Riverwalk and USS Concord Bell. For the Emerson Hospital helipad Dick helped the  club raised $180,000 and was on site every day to maintain progress for 2 years. Dick was one of the 5 founders of the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment and he was a natural at
bringing in new members with about 50 new members credited to his perseverance.
Dick was a winner in life and in Rotary- We will remember Dick, he taught us well. We will take it from here but we will never be the same without him.
Dick loved this passage, especially poignant to us now.
“If ever there is a tomorrow when we are not together… there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – AA Milne
In his honor, please give to the Richard Hale Scholarship Fund.

Checks with the memo line indicating the Richard Hale Scholarship Fund can be mailed to:
Concord, Charitable Endowment, Inc.
c/o Rosario Mario F. Rizzo, Esq.
801 Main Street, Suite 2A
Concord, MA 01742-3323
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President: Jean Goldsberry
President Elect: Rebecca Lynch
Secretary: Jeanne Armocida
Treasurer: Peter Mahler
Immediate Past President: Ingrid Detweiler