What's Happening at Rotary Club of Concord
Rotary's Jan. 21 speaker, Philip Rosenfield, owner of the famous ice cream dessert cafe in West Concord, Reasons To Be Cheerful, introduced us to the Dewey Rosenfield Foundation, an organization Philip founded in memory of his son Matthew (known as Dewey.) The charitable foundation reflects many of Dewey's qualities and seeks to help children be successful in an academic environment with special emphasis on music and sports. The Foundation supports Scholar Athletes in its goal to assist high school athletes with academic achievement. Also on its list of partners is the Guitar Center Music Foundation (provides instruments to needy students) and the Concord Conservatory of Music. Philip answered questions about Reasons To Be Cheerful. He has opened a second cafe in Hudson and is planning one in Sudbury. Both the Foundation and Reasons To Be Cheerful have websites where you can learn more. 
Dave Tasto, President/Owner of Assisting Hands - Boston Northwest and Eunice Bempong, RN, Clinical Nurse Liaison for Assisting Hands spoke at Rotary's Jan. 14 Zoom meeting. Dave and Eunice quoted recommendations from Dave's book that help assure a safe environment for elders. They suggested ways to make a necessary hospitalization comfortable and how to negotiate a smooth transition back home. Assisting Hands is a private-pay in-home health care agency headquartered in Bedford MA.  It provides personal care and companion services, light housekeeping and cleaning, grocery shopping and errands, and meal preparation. Dave generously offered a copy of his book to each Rotarian, and due to the difficulty distributing it under Covid-19 restrictions, will provide a downloadable pdf copy to Karl Kussin who will email it to Club Members.
At our Jan. 7 meeting, District 7910 Chair for Polio Plus Joyce Graff used her broad experience in patient advocacy to demonstrate the parallels between the current fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic and the work done to eliminate polio from the earth. Although vaccines are now available, many are declining the opportunity to be vaccinated. Over the years Rotarians have overcome resistance to vaccinations by building "communities of trust" through education and example. Now Rotary is bringing its experience and expertise to this new threat. Joyce ended her talk with a video from Rotary International. Additionally, she invited us to view a You Tube presentation of a Covid forum sponsored by her club, the Rotary Club of Brookline, featuring several highly qualified panel members. Here are the links to the videos:
COVID-19: The Real Science -- See it now on YouTube
The party’s over, it sure was a ball
With songs by Carolyn Goff (and all)
A tuneful tribute to Florence Goulet
And one to Chris Alphen too, by the way.
We sang about dreidels and whistled that song
Called “Jingle Bells”. It didn’t take long
To judge Christmas sweaters and then to slip
Richard Warren a Paul Harris Fellowship
We’ll send cards to Emerson’s Housekeeping staff
To thank them on everyone’s grateful behalf
With a few classic carols we wrapped up too soon
And everyone clicked off the Holiday Zoom
On Dec.10 Rotarian Steve Verrill entertained us with tales of his early experiences at the 100-year-old Verrill Farm. He peppered his commentary with lessons learned from many adventures, including a bout with Polio, competing as a youth at 4H fairs, sleeping in unheated rooms and rising super-early, delivering calfs, dealing with bullies at the railroad crossing, and attending Cornell for a degree in farm management. He told tales of dairy farming, then switching to growing produce, expanding their roadside stand to a permanent stand and rebuilding that after a fire in 2008. Thanks to Steve we appreciate the challenges facing farmers today. We are privileged to have Verrill's 200 acre farm here in Concord, where it is under an Agricultural Preservation Restriction to prevent development of the land.
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