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Announcing the Rotary Club of Concord's 45th Annual Spring Pops with the Concord Band featuring jazz vocalist Cindy Scott on Friday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. at 51 Walden, The Center for the Performing Arts, in Concord Center.  For this concert Rotary is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell to support their mission to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter and specifically to assist in rehabilitating a house in Concord to provide housing for two families who need a “hands up, not a hand out!” Come early to enjoy refreshments and bid on silent auction items.
 
Reserve now for great seats. $30 per person. Be a sponsor, buy tickets, reserve program ad space, or donate online by clicking here. https://secure.qgiv.com/for/crp/event/811537/ Or call Noel Choquette at 978-878-9308 or Dick Hale at 978-394-5158. To purchase tickets by US Post, make check out to the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment, and mail to Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment, Box 455, Concord MA by March 27.
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At Rotary's Feb. 6 meeting Sharon Carlson and Andrea Hewitt. two Concord women who started the non-profit "Dignity In Asylum" gave a riveting talk about the experiences of asylum seekers and their overwhelming needs. In an effort to help, Dignity in Asylum provides safe transitional housing and community support services to asylum-seekers who are at risk of homelessness, abuse and trafficking. Asylum seekers have no documentation, unlike refugees, who often have documentation and are eligible for public housing, work papers, and other government support. Thankfully Sharon and Andrea have been able to help many women and men survive precarious situations. They have used their past professional and volunteer experience to help very vulnerable people. 
On Jan. 16 Past President Henry Dane presented a check for $4,000 from the Rotary Club of Concord to the Concord Association of Concord Music Parents at a Middle School Concert. The gift represented proceeds from the Rotary Club of Concord's booth at the Middlesex Jazz Festival in June 2019. Shown here  receiving the check is Christopher Noce, Concord Middle School Band and Music Teacher.
Rebecca Neale, a Bedford-based family law attorney, has recognized through her practice both the subtle and overt use of financial abuse that intrudes on the well-being of spouses and dependents. At our Jan. 16  Rotary meeting, Neale emphasized that one of the significant barriers to people being able to safely leave an abusive relationship is their financial concerns. It can be challenging for friends to support someone trapped in an abusive relationship. For someone to talk to, she suggested calling DVSN, Inc. at 888-399-6111. She emphasized that if someone is in danger, one should contact his/her local law enforcement. A reliable source of information about domestic violence, financial abuse, and more, is www.TheHotline.org. Thank you Rebecca! 
 
District Governor, Club President, proponent of the Rotary Leadership Institute, booster of The Rotary Foundation, promoter of Shelter Box, host of Ambassadorial Scholars, builder of wells in Kenya, web page guru, attendee of many Rotary International conventions, enthusiastic participant in club service projects, idea-generator for all things Rotary, “Opa” to beautiful grandchildren, beloved husband of Ingrid, and more. We mourn the loss of our energetic friend and greatly appreciate the designation of the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment as the recipient of gifts in his memory, assuring that Rotary’s charitable work will be carried on in his name. If you would like to make a secure online donation in Doug’s memory, click HERE.  Checks in his memory should be made out to the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment and mailed to 801 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.

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