What's Happening at Rotary Club of Concord
The Rotary Club of Concord was chartered April 1, 1931. How fortunate that our weekly meeting fell on April 1, 2021. We celebrated with a great kick off!  (On Zoom, a medium not available in 1931). Distinguished visitors included District Governor Diana Nestorova who presented a recognition award and Ralph Hammond, our Club Advisor, who related some tidbits from the past.  We enjoyed a review of our history, an overview of our many grants and projects, and a quiz by President-Elect Karl Kussin. With the lessening of the pandemic, we plan special events for the year as we live up to our slogan, Celebrating 90 Years of Service.
Rotarians with our Minuteman friends held a Virtual Carnival February 27. We joined from many sites including seven Minuteman Arc homes.  A good deal of planning, purchasing and delivering paid off as everyone enjoyed Pin the Tale on the Donkey, Get the Ball in a Square, or How Many Cans Can you Knock Over? We sang, danced, jangled our bracelets and necklaces, showed off our prizes, and topped it all off with pizza and brownies. We're ready for the next party! Photo: A Distinguished Host, Karl Kussin, as seen on Zoom.
 
On March 25, 2021, Concord Town Manager Stephen Crane gave Rotarians an up-to-date view of areas of interest in the town. These included the FY21 Budget performance and the FY22 Budget preparation, the economic vitality efforts being taken, the town's COVID response, and the status of plans for the new Middle School. There were questions of course, but none that he couldn't answer!
 
At our March 18 meeting, Toastmasters from the area spoke about how the Toastmasters Clubs had helped them improve their communication and leadership skills. They pointed out that Rotary and Toastmasters now have a formal relationship that benefits both. There are several Toastmasters organizations in our area and Rotarians were encouraged to give them a try.
 
On Mar. 11 in celebration of International Women's Day, a Zoom panel of Concord Rotarians recounted early events in the Club's admission of women. Following Sharon Spaulding's introduction, the revealing and entertaining stories began with Joanie Hale's tales of her 1988 experience as the first woman in the Club. Jane Barrett and Grace McWalter also joined that year. Andy Zall followed with her story of joining in 1990.  Phyllis Maurer, the second female president, followed, with Jame Barrett, President 2002 and Ann Trudeau, President.2010, offering insights into their journey as the first mother-daughter presidents. Karl Kussin recounted the climate in the Club during the early years of female membership. Carol Toomey, 3rd female Dist. Governor, spoke about the many roles she has played in RI and Camilla Vogt concluded the panel commenting on how Rotary has advanced her career through a Global Scholarship sponsored by the Concord Club. All in all, a wonderful preamble to our upcoming 90th year as a club.
 
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