What's Happening at Rotary Club of Concord
Rotarian Mario Matos held us in awe as he recounted his journey to become the founder and president of  “A Hand Up Group Inc.”  Starting as a participant in Global mission trips, his dedication to helping others grew to a point where he himself now organizes groups to build and repair housing, principally in the Dominican Republic. Mario described the plight of Haitian refugees working the Dominican’s sugar fields as akin to slavery. A expert tradesman, Mario teaches skills that will free them to work in industry. The Group also addresses food insecurity so prevalent in the area. A Hand Up Group will accept corded power tools and cash donations to support its work. Mario will be leading a trip in the foreseeable future and invited interested volunteers to get in touch with him. 
Jeanne Armocida received an enthusiastic welcome as she joined the Rotary Club of Concord on June 3, 2021. We are excited to tap into Jeanne's  rich experience in marketing, sales and communications for prestigious non-profit organizations including years in Kenya with USAID and Ireland with EuroCom.  She is a long-time foster parent, having hosted over 60 children. Jeanne is now a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker. And a proud Rotarian.
Our speaker on May 27 was Kim Trainor, Director of Development at Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity. Trainor updated us on the progress at the Habitat house being built on Main Street in West Concord. With Habitat's mission in mind, two families have been chosen to purchase the Concord house. The house is reconfigured to be a two-family dwelling. As Trainor pointed out, Habitat provides a hand up, not a hand out. Families who purchase Habitat homes qualify for a mortgage at 30% of homeowners income, and partner with Habitat by providing up to 450 hours of sweat equity, a down payment of $1,000 and participation in financial training. Community volunteers' work on the construction has already begun. Out Club, along with the RC of Bedford  will undertake two build sessions. Stay tuned for more details.
Photo: Rotarians at a build in Bedford, Oct. 2009
Two members of the CCHS Interact Club joined the regular meeting of the RC of Concord on May 13. Sofia Raffel is President of the Club and Avani Rebb is Vice President. During the year Interact has been busy despite Covid-19 restrictions, undertaking such projects as "Move with Worthy Village, Crosby's food drive for Lazarus House and a Gift basket/Sticker Sale for Operation Gratitude. Attendance at Zoom meetings numbers around 16, with 45 members active for projects. An Interact student will receive a Rotary Class Act award this year, as explained by Ann Trudeau. Both Interacters thanked the Rotary Club of Concord for its support. They emphasized the many benefits they have gained through membership in Interact, especially noting the international aspects of the organization.
On May 6 the Rotary Club of Concord inducted two new members, Amanda Alphen and Karen Silva. They are now fully active members of Rotary International as well as Concord. Chris Alphen sponsored them as Corporate Members of Dolphin Insulation Inc. Both have actively worked on many Rotary projects and we are pleased to have them as members of the club. Amanda is Chris's daughter so now we have a father-daughter team on board. It will be a special day when we can meet them in person.Photo: Here they are cooking with Rotary at Open Table.
 
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