Brenda Gould, Ex. Dir. of Habitat for Humanity, Greater Lowell, overviewed the work of this local non-profit that serves 15 towns in North Middlesex County, recently helping 166 families through grass roots efforts to build affordable, energy efficient homes. Habitat families get a hand up, not a hand out, participating in the construction of the homes they will own. The Rotary Club of Concord looks forward to volunteering at the "build" when Habitat for Humanity renovates a house in Concord in the Spring of 2020. Shown here, Brenda introduces a student whose  life in a Habitat home gave her to access to a quality education. 
Habitat for Humanity's Brenda Gould Speaks 2019-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Gino Frattalone shared his experience raising dollars for The Society of St. Vincent De Paul's food distribution center in Arizona by selling a video of him dancing with stunning partners and singing in his own mellow Italian voice. Gino will visit 5 Rotary Clubs today, as he regularly visits many clubs many times. A member of the Littleton Club, Gino is an honorary member of three other clubs. Unfortunately we did not have a computer available for him to show his video but Chris Alphen found his performance on You Tube, and passed around his phone for all to see. Bravo Gino. Here is Gino with Pres. Jean Goldsberry and Florence Goulet. 
Halloween at Rotary june 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord celebrated World Polio Day Oct. 24 at Verrill Farm where we basked in the sunlit room while we ate sandwiches and watched the new polio video premiered by Rotary International on this day. Monies saved by our "bring your own lunch" event will be donated for polio eradication. We learned that Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We agreed to remain committed to the end. 
Rotary Concord Club of Concord's Polio Event  2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Andy Davis, Executive Director of Worcester Regional Airport  (ORH) convinced us that flying out of Worcester is often more convenient and less expensive than Logan. Currently at ORH Jet Blue, American Airlines, and Delta offer flights to New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Many other destinations may be reached through connecting flights. Owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority, Worcester Regional Airport's amenities include a $15.7 million passenger terminal and over $12 million worth of airside improvements such as lighting systems, navigational aids and a new control tower. Andy was with American Airlines for 25 years, joining them fresh out of college into an entry level position and working his way up the through the ranks. With his extensive background, he shared a broad range of information about the airline industry in our area and elsewhere.
We Take Flight from ORH 2019-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
In lieu of our regular meeting, we will be holding an evening event for former and prospective members.
Please come and bring a friend who is interested in Rotary...
a past member or someone who might like to become a member.
We will gather in the Heritage Room at the Colonial Inn at 5:30 p.m. for appetizers, cider and a cash bar.
Take advantage of this  chance to catch up and to let our friends know what Rotary has been up to.
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On Oct. 3 Concord Rotarians listened with rapt attention as Julie Andolina told of her experience with the Oley Foundation. Now a young adult, Julie is serving as an intern at Oley. She told her life's story showing photos of herself as a newborn needing immediate life-saving surgery and as she progressed through life and multiple surgeries, always depending on intravenous feeding to provide the nutrition she needed. Julie is now completely cured, and credits Oley with providing amazing support to her and her family.  Founded in 1983 by Lynn Howard, MD and her patient, Clarence "Oley" Oldenburg, the Oley Foundation is a national, non-profit organization that enriches the lives of those living with home intravenous nutrition and tube feeding through education, advocacy, and networking.  Here is Julie with her "Uncle Dave" Robertson. 
Julie Andolina Tells Her Story 2019-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
 At Rotary's Sept.26 meeting  Jody Marchand. founder of the Live for Liv Foundation, shared her chilling story of domestic violence and urged members to spread the word about its prevalence and dangers.  Jody lost her 17-year-old daughter, Olivia, to a horrific act of domestic violence. Jody herself was also a victim of the incident having survived being shot twice. The Live for Liv Foundation conducts the annual Ride for Liv/Run for Liv event. The proceeds from the annual events are donated to organizations that help support domestic violence victims and recently included Domestic Violence Services Network and a shelter in Lowell. Jody will tell her story to any interested group.
Jody Marchand's Story 2019-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
On Sept. 18 Mark Foley, Executive Director of JHAMTSE International, presented an inspiring message about the children served by this compassionate organization. Headquarted in Acton MA, JHAMTSE supports the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community in the foothills of the Himalayas in the district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Mark shared interesting facts about the geography and social composition of the community. His photos and video clips made it clear that the love and structure offered the children living there reap lasting results. For an in-depth look at how life there changed a child's life, see the Emmy winning documentary "Tashi and The Monk".
Photo:  Mark, pointing out a detail on the screen to his right.
School in Himalayan Foothills 2019-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
On Wed., Sept 11, 2019  the Rotary Club of Concord and the Colonial Inn held a reception at which the Al Filipov award for Courage and Service was awarded to Lieutenant William Nelson of the Concord Fire Department and Police Officer Gerald Mearn of the Concord Police Department. Concordian Al Filipov was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, the first hijacked plane to crash into the World Trade Center. Keynote speaker was Al’s son, David Filipov, who was a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Chiefs Joseph O’Connor and Tom Judge assisted in the presentations. A donation to Minuteman Arc will be made in Lieutenant Nelson’s name and a donation to Home Base Veteran and Family Care will be made in Officer Nelson’s name. 
Al Filipov Awards to First Responders 2019-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians, volunteers from the Walden Street School, and former Concord Rotarian Carolyn Goff served mounds of spaghetti and meaty bolognese inspired sauce, green salad and site-made coleslaw, oven warmed buns, copious butter to spread, on fresh picked Verrill corn on the cob, followed by a delightful presentation of lemon and brownie ‘cups ‘. There were some leftovers wrapped and sent to a nearby shelter. With a few detours and the donations of corn by Verrill and cabbage by Gaining Ground, the meal turned out to be one of the best ever!  See photos in front page album. 
Corn and More at Bristol Lodge 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Dist. Gov. Pam Anastasi presented us with some very achievable challenges when she presented her goals for clubs in the District at the Rotary Club of Concord's  Aug. 29 meeting. She invited our participation in an enticing number of activities, citing Polio Plus as one of her favorite Rotary endeavors. Recognizing our club as a very active organization, undertaking 52 events in one year, she did cite some areas where we should be putting extra effort, among them membership recruitment and retention and the use of social media as an avenue for public image enhancement. Also in attendance was our new Assistant AG, Mary Garcia of the RC of Nashoba Valley. Photo: Pam brought us this year's banner.
Dist. Governor Pam Anastasi Visits 2019-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
"Don't Retire- Volunteer"  Sage advice from Aug. 22 speaker, Past President Ann Trudeau. After retiring early, Ann did not waste a second getting involved in important projects, among them 2Volunteer at Concord Carlisle High School. 2Volunteer is an organization that facilitates the the connection between the volunteer needs of our communities and the students' interests. Among other things, 2Volunteer helps students track their volunteer hours to assist them in obtaining the 40 hours required for graduation. (Many students far exceed  this minimum.) Ann helped organize Concord's Interact Club at CCHS. Currently the bulk of Ann's time and energy is consumed by her dedication to The Sharing Foundation, where she has served for over nine years and is the current president.  The Sharing Foundation was started by local pediatrician Nancy Hendrie, and has grown in its outreach to orphaned and disadvantaged children in Cambodia to include an orphanage, schools, health programs, a farm, and village improvement projects. Rotarians may sponsor Sharing Foundation students, and are encouraged to host speakers from the Sharing Foundation to spread the word about the great work of this organization. 
Don't Retire -- Volunteer! June Grace 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Jai-Anah Bennet, 2019 winner of the Richard Hale Scholarship and Jillian Cupp, winner of a Rotary Scholarship, attended the Club meeting August 22.  Jai-Anah thanked the Club for the scholarship, noting that she will be attending the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Sciences where she plans to study sonography. Jai-Anah volunteers extensively in her community and is especially interested in helping others find healing after losing loved ones to violence. She introduced her mother, who accompanied her to the meeting.  Jillian Cupp also thanked the club for its support. She was leaving for the University of Maryland immediately following the meeting. She plans to major in pre-business. Jillian has volunteered for many Concord non-profits and has worked at the Toy Shop and Pure Barre in Concord. Both girls have received Rotary awards in the past.
Scholarship Winners Visit Club June Grace 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
A little rain did not deter the grilling geniuses of the Rotary Club of Concord from cooking up some delectable burgers and hot dogs. Fresh fresh fresh corn from Verrill Farm along with potato salad, coleslaw, tomatoes, lettuce and watermelon made up an authentic summer meal for 100+ guests at Concord's COA Aug. 21. John Dow made a guest appearance, commanding the grill along with Rich, Leigh Ann, Henry and more. Even with the great turnout of Rotarians and wives/husbands, there was plenty of work to go around. The reward for good work is more work, so we will be back next year!  Photo: a line up of mostly yellow shirted Rotary volunteers. See photo album on this page. serving hungry seniors
BBQ for COA June Grace 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Hilary Taylor graciously hosted Rotary Club of Concord's Annual Summer Outing Aug. 8.  With beautiful weather, a gorgeous setting, outstanding cooks, lobsters, corn on the cob, chicken and steak on the grill, appetizers, salads, and many desserts, everyone had more than enough to eat. Conversations ranged from joking to serious catching up with old friends. Thanks to all who made this evening such a success. Here is what three satisfied gourmets looked like toward the end of the evening.
A Splendid Evening 2019-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
On Aug. 1 Becca Pizzi, the first woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge, awed us with her athletic endurance, inspiring commitment to a goal and entertaining speaking ability. Pizzi finished 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days in 2016, then did it again in 2018!  A Belmont native, Pizzi started running at age 5 and dedicated many hours of her life to ultimately achieve this world record. She also managed to draw a record crowd of attendees at the Rotary meeting! See her story on You Tube and Wikipedia. You will be impressed!.  She quotes Tom Brady when asked how she kept going, "I did not come this far to come this far."  Becca posed for photos and signed autographs. Here she is with Sheila Watts: 
Becca Pizzi Wows Us June Grace 2019-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
On July 25 Bridged Bieber of Household Goods in Acton spoke at our luncheon meeting. We were quickly captivated by her enthusiasm for the work done by this incredible non-profit. Each year, Household Goods furnishes over 2,500 homes with 60,000 pieces of furniture and smaller household items. Many of the people who need Household Goods are recently homeless, veterans, survivors of domestic violence, low income, immigrants, victims of disaster, or are coping with illness or disability. They are referred to Household Goods by one of hundreds of social services agencies in Massachusetts. Bridget recounted stories about families who had received help from Household Goods and about amazing volunteers who enthusiastically carry out its mission. Here is Bridged, fielding questions from inquisitive Rotarians.
Learning about "Household Goods" June Grace 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
July 8 turned out to be a brilliant day, with sunshine and kids and Rotarians all having fun. Everyone went home with a trophy and some even earned a ribbon. Here is John Lombard ready to congratulate the participants with some gold!
Field Day at Boys and Girls Club June Grace 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
The Staff at Open Table in Maynard prepared lunch for the Rotary Club of Concord on July 10.  The tour of the facility boosted our appreciation of the broad outreach this important non-profit maintains. Executive Director Jeanine Calebria explained that Open Table offers weekly community meals in Concord and Maynard and fresh market food pantry shopping by appointment in Maynard. They provide a welcoming community of support and assistance to families and individuals, including many seniors and children, to those living in central Middlesex county. They thanked us for our recent gift of $10,000 raised through our recent Pops concert and applauded the work of the CCHS Interact Club that has made the place beautiful with plantings and held fundraisers to benefit the program. Here is Concord Rotary's President praising the work of Open Table as our members look on.
Lunch at Open Table 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
June 24 turned out to be the most beautiful, most enjoyable day for Rotary's 31st Annual Thomas R. Huckins Golf Tournament at the Concord Country Club. Everyone pitched in to guarantee top flight support for the Scholarship Fund. Twelve post 9-11 vets from the Salute Military Golf Association of Boston energized the field of players with their enthusiasm and good humor. Many thanks to our sponsors, donors, players, and volunteers for helping to make the event a success. As they say, "We couldn't have done it without you." See more photos in the album on our web page.
Golfing in the Sun June Grace 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
With the pelting rain welcoming us to the dry tent at Verrill Farm, members of the Rotary Club of Concord celebrated the installation of the officers for 2019-2020 and recognized Rotarians who had given extraordinary service during the year. Departing President Henry Dane was honored with a gavel mounted on a handsome plaque and numerous rounds of applause. The newly-minted "Rising Star Award" went to Greg Costigan. Noel Choquette received the "Rotarian of the Year" award, while Chris Alphen received the "Richard L. Hale Service Award." The "Service Above Self" Award went to Peter Mahler. New officers include Jean Goldsberry, President; Dave Robertson, Pres. Elect; Karl Kussin, Secretary; Peter Mahler, Treasurer; Doug Detweiler, Executive Secretary. Incoming President Jean Goldsberry previewed the new year. With delicious appetizers, "farm to table" entrees and the famous Verrill Farm rhubarb-strawberry pie for dessert, everyone left full of energy and enthusiasm. See the album on the web page for a peek at the festivities.
Installation of Officers June 20 June Grace 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
On June 10 President Henry Dane attended the presentation of Rotary Awards to students at Peabody Middle School and June Grace attended the presentation of awards at Sanborn Middle School. Our hearty congratulations to these outstanding 8th graders. Their names and associated awards are listed below under "Read More."  June posed with the Sanborn winners:
Rotary Awards Middle School Academic Achievers June Grace 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians cooled jazz lovers with beer, wine, water and soft drinks at their booth at the June 8,  2019 Middlesex Jazz Festival. Lots of fun and plenty of work - but that's Rotary for you! The weather was fantastic and so were the bands. Great turnout. Thanks everyone who chipped in.  Note the banner in the background!
Rotary Refreshes at Middlesex Jazz Fest June Grace 2019-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
Jean Goldsberry and Doug and Ingrid Detweiler will have some tales to tell when they return from the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Here they are with other Rotarians from District 7910.
Greetings from the Rotary Convention June Grace 2019-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
SIGN UP YOUR FOURSOME NOW - Earlybird Special Ends SATURDAY( $1,100.0 0, $1,000.00 ) REGISTER A FOURSOME BY JUNE 1 AND SAVE! 
After Saturday, June 1, a foursome is $1,100.  Register at and click on Golf in banner at top.
The shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. preceded by registration and lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Cocktails and dinner are at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf at one of New England’s premier courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments. Mulligans will be available for purchase. Silent and live auctions will add to the fun. There will also be a drawing for top-quality golf gear. Compete for a prize for the longest drive and closest to the pin (for men and women). And of course, take home a big prize for your hole-in-one!
GOLF TOURNAMENT EARLY BIRD SPECIAL June Grace 2019-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
There are jazz festivals and then there is THE MIDDLESEX JAZZ FESTIVAL Saturday June 8thfrom 1:00 to 6:30 (rain date Sunday June 9th) in Concord Center in the parking lot behind the Middlesex Bank (58 Main Street). There will be at least seven performing groups, food and arts vendors, fun for the kids, and for the thirsty crowd, the Rotary Club of Concord Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks Tent. 
This free outdoor jazz festival is open to the public. Led by the Concord Recreation Center, will feature a mix of 20-piece Big Bands, Latin Jazz, Jump Blues, and Smaller Ensembles. Got a favorite? Here’s the lineup: 
           1:00     Concord Middle School Jazz Ensemble
​           1:15     John Piazza Jr. and the South Shore Jazz Collective
​           2:05     Acton-Boxborough High School Jazz Ensemble
​           2:20     Joe Magnarelli Trio with Akiko Tsuruga
​           3:10     Doug Olsen’s Latin Bash!
​           4:00     The Love Dogs
​           ​4:50     Compaq Big Band with Guest Artist World-Renowned Jazz Trumpet Virtuoso Wayne Bergero
Come prepared to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and food. The town will provide several large tents to shade areas surrounding stages where the musicians perform. Bring a lawn chair. Rotarians and Lions will pour your drinks!
For more information visit  Click "read more" for Rotary photos from 2018.
Rotary at Middlesex Jazz Festival June Grace 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians happily celebrated Florence Goulet's return after three month's absence and the visit of Jacky Foster, President of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, who spoke about her club's Global Rotary Foundation grant to provide materials and supplies for maternity services in a hospital and clinic in Ghana. Here are Florence and Jacky. 
Welcome! June Grace 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
After two afternoons of assembly and decorating, the cars were ready to race. So were the kids...all 90 of them. Sharon Spaulding, Dave Roberts and a talented crew of Rotarians from Concord and Lexington along with Maynard police and fire personnel ran the derby for an afternoon of excitement. The official electronic track signaled the winners of each six-car race while cars on the "just for fun" non-electronic track crashed into each other and ran helper-skelter down the incline. The kids went home loaded down with the car they made, a certificate, and a blue ribbon. Some were awarded recognition for the most colorfu car, most original decor, etc. category. The popcorn and decorations made the whole event super-authentic. Great job everyone!
Pinewood Derby at Boys and Girls Club May 16 June Grace 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Coming up in a few short days...RC of Concord's  31stAnnual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Concord Country Club. The tournament benefits the Rotary Club’s Scholarship Fund. Come at 11:00 a.m. to register and enjoy lunch. At the 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, head out to play 18 holes on this premier course. Then wrap up your day with cocktails, dinner and prizes. Don’t play golf? Sponsor a wounded post 911 veteran to play instead. $275 per player. Click on Golf in menu above for more information.  Photo: Tournament Chair Karl Kussin surveys the troops before the shotgun fires. 
GOLF TOURNAMENT COMING UP SOON! June Grace 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord presented Open Table with $10,000 in recognition of its thirtieth anniversary, thanks to the many people who supported Rotary’s April 12 Pops Concert to benefit Open Table.
Photo: Holding the check, Jeanine Calabria, Executive Director, Open Table and Henry Dane, President, Rotary Club of Concord.  Front row far left, Jill Block, Open Table: far right, Leigh Ann Crimmings, Rotary. Back row left, Julie Neubuer, Open Table, Noel Choquette, Rotary; Patty Chambers and Mary Siegel, Open Table.
Another Big Check! June Grace 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
On April 23 Rotarian Peter Mahler read the names of  84 Concord Carlisle High School students who received Class Act Awards from the Rotary Club of Concord at the High School's Awards Ceremony.  The students were nominated by faculty for outstanding citizenship and participation in a broad variety of extra-curricular pursuits ranging from sports to media reporting to service activities. Each Rotary awardee received a certificate and a Rotary water bottle to recognize their achievement. Here's Peter at the podium!
RC of Concord 2019 Class Act Awards June Grace 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
True to tradition the Lexington and Concord Clubs held a combined meeting April 18  in honor of Patriot's Day. This year Concord hosted with an absorbing line up of speakers and fines! Linda Dixon and Lorain Marquis from the Lexington Celebrations Committee and Robert Norton from the Concord Celebrations Committee overviewed their roles in organizing their town's event. Rebecca Lynch of the Boys and Girls Club, along with Sharon Spaulding and Deve Robertson presented a plaque of appreciation to Lexington Rotarian Don Martini. And our ever-cheerful server James won the door prize, a three cornered hat!
Combined Concord-Lexington Meeting 2019-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
The rain stopped just in time for the combined Rotary/Lions Club group to march at Concord's traditional Patriot's Day Parade April 15, 2019. We marched past the combined Rotary/Lions Club Pancake breakfast where we were cheered on by the cooks and servers. Leigh Ann Crimmings drove the Mustang convertible and the US Navy Drum and Bugle Corp stepped out behind us to keep up the pace. 
Patriot's Day Parade June Grace 2019-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord and P.E.O. Chapter AO (Harvard MA) invite you to attend Kenyan Martina Amoth’s presentation of the Kenya Water Project, the installation of wells and latrines for Kenyan villages and schools. The event will take place April 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Ransome Room at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street in Concord. Refreshments will be served.
The results of this project reflect President Henry’s emphasis on partnering with other organizations to reach lasting results. The Rotary Club of Concord partnered with the Rotary Club of Parklands in Nairobi, Kenya to build wells and latrines under a $35,000 grant from The Rotary Foundation. Detweilers identified the need for the project through their association with Kenyan Martina Armoth, who had undertaken a similar project through PEO, a philanthropic organization that supports the advancement of women. Now Martina will come to Concord to share the results of the project. You will be inspired by the improvement in people’s lives and impressed by the persistence of those who made the wells and latrines a reality. 
Photo: Rotarians from Concord and Parklands, Kenya celebrate the Water Project at the Rotary convention.
Spend Sunday Afternoon in Kenya June Grace 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Minuteman Bike Share received a big boost from Rotary when Rotary designated the program as recipient of its Pops concert's proceeds in 2018. Now, in 2019, the bike rental program is off to a great start. Here is RC of Concord President Henry Dane giving the big check to Concord Recreation Director Rotarian Ryan Kane at the official Ribbon Cutting April 12, 2019.  
Rotary Pops 2018 for Bike Share June Grace 2019-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
What a super night--Rotary's 44th Spring Pops with the Concord Band on April 12.  Great crowd, great music, great silent auction, great live auction, great refreshments and bar, great program book, great work by so many Concord Rotarians. We are proud to support Open Table's 30th anniversary and the Band's 60th anniversary though this event! 
The Pops really popped! June Grace 2019-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians prepared the scene for the Pancake Breakfast Monday, April 15 from 7 - 11 a.m. at Monument Hall.
This joint venture with Rotary and the Lions Club features expert chefs, so dig in!  $7. 
PATRIOTIC PANCAKES APRIL 15! 2019-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
In a few days the Rotary Club of Concord will celebrate its 44th Spring Pops, this year to benefit Open Table. In addition to a super musical program, we have a stimulating list of “silent auction” items and a dynamic live auction opportunities including Red Sox tickets, golf at Nashawtuc Country Club, a gourmet dinner for you and your guests at your home by Chef David and a 10 day stay in Scotland. Here is a short visit to the cottage in Scotland:
Auction items at Pops Fri. April 12 June Grace 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians were delighted to welcome new member Beth Winn of Deaconess Abundant Life on March 21, 2019. Here is Beth with Sharon Spaulding (r) and President Henry Dane during the induction.
Welcome Beth! June Grace 2019-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
We were surprised when a breathless Louisa May Alcott came bustling into Rotary's meeting March 21after having some trouble with the wheels on her carriage. She told us about her book and how it was based on her life, with some fictional additions to make it flow better. She also said she served as a nurse during the war although she would have preferred being a soldier. She remembered taking care of Henry Dane when he was hurt in combat, but he at first didn’t remember.
After Louisa left, Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House, showed up and told us about the filming of the newest Little Women in Concord and Harvard. A replica of Orchard House was built on Lowell Road since the actual historic home would be compromised by all the activity of a film crew, lights, etc. The movie, starring Meryl Streep, will be released December 25th. It was suggested that a local screening be held to raise money for the House.
Louisa May Alcott Came to Lunch! June Grace 2019-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
 The afternoon of Mar. 12 found Rotarians and Rotary volunteers preparing supper for guests at the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen. Here are Leigh Ann Crimmings and Nick Krol stirring ground beef for Henry Dane's (now) famous pasta bake.
A Busy Tuesday Part 2 2019-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
The morning of Mar. 12 found Rotarians, Faculty, Community Chest and other volunteers gathered in the cafeteria of CCHS to challenge senior students to spend wisely from their assigned salaries. The "Reality Fair" brought a dose of reality about financial management for these soon-to-graduate young people. Here are John Lombard spinning the Wheel of Fortune" and Buck Grace offering advice about wise utility purchases.
A Busy Tuesday 2019-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary's "Pops for Open Table" on Friday April 12 will feature The Concord Band, now in its 60th season, in a festive evening featuring jazz vocalists Amanda Carr and American Idol finalist John Stevens. Come early to meet your friends for a drink and a chance to bid on the silent auction items before the 8 p.m. downbeat. Proceeds will go to support Open Table, now celebrating its 30th year of serving our community. (
POPS COMING UP SOON! 2019-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians followed the lead of Sharon Spaulding and friends to put on a full day of stimulating activities for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley Feb. 22 during their school vacation.  Among the favorite activities were a bouncy house, hopscotch, golf, ring toss, word on the back, hot potato game. mazes and drawing, trivia, and cookie decorating. All indoors!  The kids went home happy and the Rotarians went home tired! Lots of pep and energy from a great group of kids. Thanks to the Boys and Girls Club staff and all the Rotarians who helped.  Photo: A cookie good enough to eat!
Rotarians enjoy kids at Boys & Girl's Club 2019-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians had fun hosting an indoor carnival at Minuteman Arc Mar. 2. There was basketball, 2 fishing ponds, football and baseball pitching, a light up table game and more. Dave Robertson, seen here, was an expert painting coach and Dick Hale kept the popcorn popping.  
Carnival at Minuteman Arc 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Jeanine Calabra, Executive Director of Open Table, gave an inspirational talk about the current and past mission of this community service organization whose mission is to provide healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity. Now celebrating its 30th year, Open Table is truly open, and welcomes everyone and anyone from a large area covering 25 zip codes. With 500 volunteers and a new location in Maynard, the organization depends on donations of time, food and monetary contributions to assist the growing number of those who need not only food, but companionship. Our club's Evening at Pops on April 12 will benefit Open Table so be sure to support it by placing an ad in the program book and by attending the concert. Bring guests! Click on Pops on the menu bar above.
Open Table 2019-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rich visits Roma Mexico City Club Rotaría.  2019-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Concord Chief of Police Joseph F. O’Connor as featured speaker at its January 24 luncheon meeting at the Colonial Inn.  Chief O’Connor presented a comprehensive review of Concord’s community policing covering the wide array of services available to meet Concord’s needs. He answered questions concerning pedestrian safety, speed limits, domestic violence, youth, firearms, opioids, and more. There is no doubt that Concord has an outstanding Police Department ready to assist its residents with skill and compassion. Photo: RC of Concord Pres. Henry Dane with Chief O'Connor, Rotarians Doug Detweiler (L) and Rosario Rizzo with O'Connor
Chief O'Connor Speaks at Lunch Meeting 2019-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Concord, their families and volunteers from the Walden School cooked a yummy meal of Italian sausage, roasted vegetables (thanks Steve Verrill) with cookies for dessert.  Sue Kirk is not afraid of hot ovens!. Guests in the chow line enjoyed every scrap of food...well, truth be told, the cooks also sampled some of the food (just to be sure it was as good as advertised).
BRISTOL LODGE JAN. 8 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Steve Verrill and Sanford Wong on being awarded Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their outstanding service to Rotary and beyond. Here they are with President Henry Dane who did the honors at the Rotary Club of Concord's Holiday banquet. 
PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and guests gathered at Newbury Court Dec. 20 for a festive reception and dinner highlighted by our usual outstanding rendition of 12 Days of Christmas led by Sarah Robertson and friends. We were honored to present Paul Harris Fellowships to Steve Verrill and Sanford Wong. 
HOLIDAY PARTY 2018-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
At Bowladrome in Acton on the Saturday after Thanksgiving a great time was had by all....our Minuteman Arc friends, Rotarians, and guest volunteers including Sarah Robertson and Kevin McConnell!  Here's our organizer, Sharon Spaulding, cheering the bowlers. Let's keep up this traditional post-holiday event!
BOWLING WITH MINUTEMAN ARC 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
When an old farmhouse comes down, Rotarians find a way to repurpose the wood. Thanks to Dave Robertson, Jon Archer, Steve Verrill and the Maynard firemen, wood is now stored for a future building project, outdoor planters at the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley. Watch for a call to action to build and plant next Spring.  Photo: Dave and Jon finished the job after everyone had left on Saturday, Dec. 1. 
FOR THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB...  2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from the Concord and Bedford Clubs entertained the senior football players and cheerleaders from CCHS and Bedford High Schools at our annual Thanksgiving lunch. Coaches, alumni, school principals, police and fire personnel and other dignitaries attended to cheer on the friendly Thanksgiving day competition between the schools. Here are the players and cheerleaders from Concord Carlisle.
The Rotary Club of Concord was named "2018 Community Partner" by the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley at their recent annual meeting. Here are (from left) Dave Robertson, Sharon Spaulding, President Henry Dane, and Theresa Espinola, Rotary leaders who planned many events for the kids who attend the Boys and Girls Club After School Program. The award Sharon is holding reads "In recognition of your incredible support to the Club for the past 3 years."
CLUB RECEIVES AWARD 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians were happy to learn more about two new members at the Nov. 29 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord. Here are Greg Costigan and Richard Warren at the podium.
MEET OUR NEW MEMBERS! 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Sleep in Heavenly Peace - Click to Begin 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
On Nov. 12 Concord and Lexington Rotarians sponsored a lunch for Vets and their guests at the Bedford VA Hospital in honor of Veteran/s Day and their service to our country. Shown here: the delicious cake and scenes from the lunch after the memorial service. Thank you Vets and thank you Rotary. A beautiful tradition for all of us.
Serving Lunch to Veterans 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Julia Rayberg, co-founder and CEO of Worthy Village in Guatemala, presented an inspiring overview of the work this non-profit organization does to alleviate poverty in a country where 59% of the people live on a daily income of $3.20. Established in 2014, the organization is already addressing issues such as providing safe drinking water and heat, healthcare, education and local artisan projects. Rotary's Early Act Club at Carlisle Middle School raised funds to support Worthy Village and presented Rayberg with a check at the Rotary meeting Nov. 8. Shown in this photo, from the left, are Concord Rotarian Sharon Spaulding, Carlisle Middle School Teacher and Early Act sponsor Liz Gray and Julia Rayberg.
Worthy Village in Guatemala Meeting Topic 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
A jovial crowd of 1100 attended Rotary's Oktoberfest Sept. 29. Perfect weather! Great beer samples. Lots of kids for the activities. Lively bands and lively dancers. Yummy food from food trucks and Verrills. Great selection of auction items. Vendors of all sorts, from jewelry to caramels. Thanks to all who volunteered and thanks to all who came to have fun and support our new local chapter of Sleep In Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds bunk beds for kids who have no beds of their own.
Photo: Helen and Dave Halloran helped the kids choose and paint pumpkins.
THAT WAS FUN! 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Learn all the details about Oktoberfest by clicking on Oktoberfest on the banner above. You may buy tickets there as well! Check out this video.
OKTOBERFEST IS COMING! SEPT 29! 2018-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord honored Concord's First Responders on the 17th anniversary of 9/11 at a brunch and ceremony at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord. Chief Tom Judge of the Concord Fire Dept. presented Firefighter/EMT Lindsay McGloughlin with an Al Filipov Award For Courage and Service in recognition of her outstanding work and bravery. Lt. Joseph Monahan presented Sergeant Paul Flynn of the Concord Police Department’s Patrol Division with an Al Filipov Award For Courage and Service for his 30+ years of service to Concord as he prepares to retire. David Filipov, Al Filipov’s son, spoke of his father's life of service. Al Filipov was a beloved Concord Rotarian who died in the tragedy of 9/11.
Concord's First Responders Honored on 9-11 2018-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
For many years the Rotary Club of Concord has supported The Sharing Foundation, a non-profit organization started by former Rotarian Pediatrician Dr. Nancy Hendrie. The Sharing Foundation's mission is to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Rotarian Ann Trudeau is board president. She has invited Rotarians to attend the Foundation'ss 20th Anniversary Celebration Sept 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Register at and search for "Changing the World." 
An Invitation! 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
The Club hosted our new District Governor Steven Sager at its Aug. 23 meeting. Sager reviewed District 7910's goals and special events for the 2018-2019 year, with a special emphasis on membership growth and retention. Here are Concord Rotarian Past District Governor Doug Detweiler, RC of Concord 2018-2019 President Henry Dane and District Governor Steven Sager ready to embark on a busy year ahead.
Rotary Leaders June Grace 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
In the past few weeks the Club has welcomed new members Greg Costigan, Daniel Nyongo, Richard Warren, Brian Burke and Edit Joachimpillai. We look forward to having these friends help us serve our community. Here are Greg, Daniel and Edith at their installation.
Welcome New Members June Grace 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary hosted a Field Day for the kids at the Boys and Girl's Club Aug. 27. Here is Rotarian Daniel Nyongo with the flag starting the sack race.
Field Day at Boys and Girl's Club 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Hilary Taylor's beautiful lawn (and pool) proved the perfect setting for our casual summer outing. Rain cleared, yummy appetizers and drinks set the stage for the lobsters,  potato salad and corn, then desserts desserts desserts. The full moon lit our way home. Thank you everyone for this evening of friendship. Here are Steve, Frank, Joan, and Peter ready to attack the lobsters!
The Rotary Club of Concord awarded scholarships to 12 CCHS students entering their junior year to RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a weekend at Fitchburg State College aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women. Among the 190 RYLANS attending were our own CCHS students Madeline Mueller, Emily Harrington, Edward Feather, Lucas Wilbur, Ethan Goresitz, Lila Hempel-Edgers, Abigail Mueller, Gretchen Carr, Olivia Mueller, Colleen Boyle, Carson Detweiler, and Elise Dohoney. Here is Carson Detweiler (standing, third from left) with his team, posing with a bridge they had to build from newspaper and tape, strong enough to hold a gallon of paint and high enough for the can to pass underneath. They had to accomplish this without talking and within a limited time period. Talk about team work!
OUR RYLA STUDENTS 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
On June 14 at the Concord Rod and Gun Club, Henry Dane was installed as the 87th president of the Rotary Club of Concord. Other officers installed included President-elect Jean Goldsberry, Secretary David Robertson, and Co-treasurer Peter Mahler. Leigh Ann Crimmings is the Immediate Past President.  The Installation was an informal evening, with a video of the past years' activities edited by Steve Kirk and the presentation of special awards. Here we are, all lined up to wish Henry a successful year. This is Henry's second term as president, having served in 2001-2002 as well. 
HENRY DANE, PRESIDENT 2018-19 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Photo: from left, Hannah Bruno, Trustee of the Scholarship Fund of Concord & Carlisle; Rotarian Karl Kussin, Golf Tournament Chair; Alex Hamel, winner of Rotary Scholarship; Rotarian Boris Nikitin, Treasurer of Endowment; and Leigh Ann Crimmings, Rotary Club of Concord President, 2017-18.
In June the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment, presented a check for $20,000 to the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle to support students with financial assistance in pursuing their education.  Each year Concord Rotarians host a golf tournament to raise monies for scholarships, administered by the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle. Thanks to the generous support of players and donors, including platinum sponsors Emerson Hospital, Barrett/Southey’s International Realty (the Maurer/Widell Team) and Deaconess Abundant Life Services, three high school graduating seniors and three in-college students received Rotary Scholarships. 
Alex Hamel received the Interact Scholarship, representing the Interact (Rotary) Club at CCHS. . Alex will be attending the University of Maryland (College Park) to pursue a pre-med career. A National Honors Society member at CCHS, he was a co-captain of the football team and the baseball team. He was a member of the Interact Club and the Hiking Club, and was a teaching assistant to a chemistry teacher during senior year. 

Jasmil Santana plans to attend Salem State College to study nursing and psychology. She was a member of the cheerleading squad and did volunteer work at Rosie's Place, Children First UNICEF, and Teen Buddies. 
Nicholas Gallant plans to study mechanical engineering at Drexel University. He was one of the founders of the Improv Club and had an internship this spring semester at Brown Aviation in Maynard to learn about entrepreneurship.
Nicholas Gallant plans to study mechanical engineering at Drexel University. He was one of the founders of the Improv Club and had an internship this spring semester at Brown Aviation in Maynard to learn about entrepreneurship.  

Nicholas Wilbur, winner of the Huckins Memorial Scholarship, is entering his senior year at Wheaton College, and will spend the entire year studying abroad in Italy where he will be taking classes at the University of Florence. Following graduation he plans to enroll in an American law school.

Katherine Williams, winner of the Hale Scholarship for the second time, will be a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire.  She plans to pursue a career in nursing. Katie volunteers at Buddy Dog Humane Society and will be serving on a 14-day community service trip in Thailand where she will be taking care of elephants at a sanctuary, helping local farmers, and teaching children English.
Abigail Yamartino, winner of the Eaton Memorial Scholarship for the second time, is entering her sophomore year at Loyola University where she is studying to be an elementary school teacher with a focus on less advantaged communities. During her freshman year at Loyola, Abby engaged in various clubs including the Women’s Club Soccer Team. Through her education classes she was able to do volunteer work in the surrounding communities.
The kids loved it and so did we!  Lexington Rotarian Don Martini demonstrated what a drone can do out in the open fields at the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley. More sky-play....,kite flying, balls in the air, and a lot of little girls doing cart-wheels. The Concord Rotarians always have fun when they put on events for these great kids. Who cares about the heat on July 16 when the breeze is blowing and there is Ice Cream from Reasons to Be Cheerful? 
Flying Fun Day at Assabet Valley Boys & Girls Club 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and their guests enjoyed perfect weather for the 30th annual  Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament June 25. 16 wounded post 911 New England Veterans were sponsored guests for this annual scholarship fundraiser. The veterans, referred by the Salute Military Golf Association, played along with the Rotarians in a spirited Bramble format at the heralded Concord Country Club. Thanks to our sponsors, among them platinum sponsors Emerson Hospital, Barrett/Southey’s International Realty (the Maurer/Widell Team) and Deaconess Abundant Life Services, the Rotary Club of Concord will be underwriting scholarships for graduating seniors and continuing college students in the coming academic year.Thanks also to the tee and green sponsors, the donors of the auction items and those who made cash donations to support the scholars. 
Photo: Veterans who played on June 25.
Gorgeous Day for Golf 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Ryan Kane, to the Rotary Club of Concord. Ryan's installation was held May 10, 2018 at Rotary's luncheon at the Colonial Inn. We look forward to having Ryan among our members! Here he is with President Leigh Ann Crimmings.
WELCOME RYAN 2018-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarian Nick Krol (right) met Rotary International President Ian Riseley at the Multi-District Summit in New Hampshire May 5, 2018.  Enthusiasm for Rotary's great mission ran high at the event. 
Ian, Meet Nick! 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Gene and JP Comella of Comella's Restaurant in Concord attended the Rotary meeting April 26 to present a check to the Stella Rosie Foundation, thanks to the efforts of the Concord Carlisle Interact Club who sponsored a fund-raiser through Camilla's this month. Started by Concord Rotarian Florence Goulet, the Stella Rosie Foundation transforms lives of Ugandan youth by helping them obtain an education. 
Comellas supports Stella Rosie Foundation 2018-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
On April 14th, Concord Rotarians Karl Kussin, Chris Alphen, and Leigh Ann Crimmings met along Cambridge Turnpike in Concord to clean up the road.  This long-standing annual service project felt a bit easier this year, as the area didn't look as littered as it has in the past.  Perhaps this was due to the many years we have been participating in this project.  Or maybe there is a shift in society for the better that keeps people from littering as much as they used to.  But still, we filled up 5 large trash bags with debris, keeping all that trash out of the wetlands along the Mill Brook and Crosby Pond!  
This simple service project is something that means so much and makes such a big difference.  And although there were only 3 of us out there today, it is my hope that we will inspire others to do their part as well.  
I would challenge all Rotarians, and all non-Rotarians to participate in cleaning up their environment and doing their part.  Imagine if everyone who walked the beach in the summertime filled a small, plastic shopping bag with litter.  The beach would be pristine, the wildlife safer, and the water less polluted.  Of course, this could also be done while walking in the woods, or even on city streets.  It is the simplest of service projects that takes no planning or organization and can be done with just one person - or any size group of people.  Sending my sincerest thanks to anyone who will join me, wherever you may go!  When we collectively take baby steps, we can move mountains (of trash)!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Leigh Ann Crimmings,
President, Rotary Club of Concord
Pickin' Up.............. 2018-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and their guests enjoyed an evening of music and more at its 43rd Annual Pops night with the Concord Band Friday, April 6.  President Elect Henry Dane kicked off the evening with introductory remarks, sparked by a quick bike ride across center stage by President Leigh Ann Crimmings.  It was a great way to introduce folks to Rotary and its many facets, and to support Concord's upcoming Minuteman Bike Share Program. The bulletin board displayed photos of some of our Club's many activities this past year.
POPS pops for the Bike Share Program 2018-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
At District 7910's "Celebrating Our Rotary Heroes Service Awards", Concord Rotarian Dave Robertson was presented with a Paul Harris +2, along with a dashing t-shirt and a certificate declaring him Concord's Hero. Nominated by President. Leigh Ann, Dave's list of contributions of time and know-how highlighted what a tremendous difference he has made to the Club, especially to our service to youth. He has been our RYLA champion, has sponsored multiple events for the the Boys and Girls Club and Minuteman Arc, and has inspired daughter Sarah to do great things as well, notably for the Stella Rosie Foundation. We salute you Dave, for this well-deserved honor. Photo: Dave with Dist. Foundation Chair Sanjay Deshpande, Concord Rotary President Leigh Ann Crimmings and Dist. Gov. Karin Gaffney. 
Dave Robertson named Rotary Club of Concord's Hero 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Despite 20+ inches of snow coming down hard, Henry Dane, Steve Kirk, Sue Kirk and Steve Kirk made it to Bristol Lodge Tuesday Mar. 13 to cook dinner for a hungry crowd. Now that's Rotary spirit! 
Who's Afraid of Snow? 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
It was hard to tell who had more fun...the kids or the Rotarian kids at heart, when the RC of Concord put on a Winter Festival with Bingo, Dodge Ball and Pinata's at the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley. Over 80 peppy kids enjoyed the Teacake's St. Patrick's inspired cake, took home prizes, and used up a lot of energy (theirs and ours!).  Thanks to Sharon Spaulding and Dave Robertson plus many more volunteers for pulling off this energetic event. Photo: Dave makes it tough to hit that piñata!  The Bingo Team at work.
BINGO! Fun at the Boys and Girls Club 2018-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
CHECK OUT THIS POPS VIDEO 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Click on Link Below for Pops Tickets and Program Ads 2018-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord invites you to its 43nd Annual Pops Night featuring the Concord Band with popular jazz singer/songwriter Amanda Carr on April 6, 2018 at 8 p.m. at The Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street in Concord. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. for you to enjoy refreshments and browse the silent auction. The pops-style table seating offers you a chance to unwind and visit with friends. Tickets at $30 each may be purchased online at or by calling Dick Hale at 978-394-5158.  All seats are reserved. Proceeds benefit Concord’s new Minuteman Bike-Share and other service programs.

Concord Rotarians and friends hosted a Winter Carnival at Minuteman Arc  Feb. 24.  Many guests enjoyed the games…basketball, softball pitch, throw the ring on the duck, pin the tail on the donkey, painting, football, and more!  Dick Hale made the popcorn and Sarah Robertson brought friends to help decorate. Many thanks to Dave Robertson for organizing this popular event.  Photo: Peter Mahler refereed the basketball.
Carnival at Minuteman Arc 2018-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
At Rotary's Feb. 8 meeting President. Leigh Ann Crimmings presented Noel Choquette with a Certificate of Appreciation. Citing Noel's leadership, organizational skills, attention to detail, sales initiatives and never-ending hard work, she noted his role as co-chair of the Pops, and his invaluable help with Oktoberfest, among other projects. Watch out Noel....the reward for good work is more work! Congratulations.
Among the many useful items developed and improved for use in disaster areas is this solar lamp, that turns many colors, sends signals, and provides light and safety for people in areas with no electricity or light.
Katherine Fick Demonstrates Solar Lamp 2018-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
At our Feb.15 Rotary meeting, Katherine Fick, member of the ShelterBox Response Team talked about her role responding to many disasters for ShelterBox. Among these were Dominican Republic (Hurricanes Irma and Maria), Peru (floods and mudslides) and Malawi (rural floods) and Paraguay (urban floods). Her first-hand experiences expanded our appreciation of the very necessary work done by ShelterBox. Katherine thanked the club for the $10,000 donation from the proceeds of Oktoberfest 2017, and presented the Club with a certificate recognizing the Rotary Club of Concord as a ShelterBox hero. The $10,000 will purchase 10 ShelterBoxes or 100 ShelterKits.
ShelterBox Speaker Katherine Fick 2018-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
At the Club meeting Feb. 8, Michelle Vaughn, LICSW, presented an informative talk about the Walden Street School, located in Concord Center. The school is a residential treatment facility for teenaged girls who have experienced trauma by their caregivers or in the community. Michelle explained developmental trauma and overviewed Walden's cutting edge treatment tailored to each girl's needs. Before enrolling at Walden, many of their 32 students had never taken part in extra-curricular activities. Vaughn invited the Rotary Club of Concord to partner with Walden in offering the students opportunities for community service.  In the past, the Rotary Club of Concord has worked with Walden on such projects as farming outdoors at Gaining Ground.
Michelle Vaughn, Director, The Walden Street School 2018-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
In addition to speaking of his experience as a polio survivor, Steve Verrill became a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary luncheon January 11.  Members applauded Steve's generous support of the club's many activities, citing  his hosting of Oktoberfest and donations of fresh vegetables for Bristol Lodge as but a few of his many contributions. Here is Steve receiving his award from President Leigh Ann.
A small but mighty crew of four prepared and served over 70 guests at Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen Jan. 9, 2018.  Here they are, whipping up the potatoes and meatloaf. Bravo!
Reveling members of the Rotary Club of Concord celebrated at our Holiday Party Dec. 14 at Newbury Court. Nothing tops our lusty rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas unless it would be Steve Verrill's Twelve Days of Christmas tie. See it here!
CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY 2017-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord sent 17 guests to the District Holiday Party, a lively cocktail reception held at the Colonial Inn on Sunday Dec. 10.  The Inn looked festive, with the snow reflecting outdoor holiday lights and sparkling centerpieces and linen-covered chairs setting the mood indoors. Rev. John Lombard gave a moving invocation, President Leigh Ann Crimmings welcomed the crowd of over 100 with a brief overview of our club, and Sharon Spaulding brought Wendy Rocco from Operation American Soldier to talk about their mission to send packages to servicemen. The presentation of special awards and introduction of distinguished guests highlighted Rotarians deep commitment to service above self. Congratulations to District Governor Karin Gaffney for sponsoring such an elegant, inspiring evening.
District 7910 Holiday Party 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
On Nov. 16 the Rotary Club of Concord hosted the Rotary Club of Bedford, along with the senior football players and cheerleaders, coaches and administrators from both high schools at our traditional Football lunch.  Guest speaker Bill Barrett, Superior Court Judge and son of Rotarian Jane Barrett, inspired the groups, sharing memories of his days on the Bowl winning CCHS team and offering advice about life after football. The Concord Carlisle team posed for this shot. 
Our Annual Football Banquet with Rotary Club of Bedford 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
A team of  expert chefs from the Rotary Club of Concord prepared and served dinner to hungry guests at Bristol Lodge Community Supper Soup Kitchen November 14.  Here are Dick and Nancy Nelson chopping fresh vegetables donated by Steve Verrill.
Serving a healthy meal at Bristol Lodge 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Rotarian Frank Rigg, who received Paul Harris +4 recognition at Rotary's luncheon meeting Nov. 30.  Thank you Frank for all you do for our club and to support the work of Rotary worldwide.
Frank Rigg awarded Paul Harris +4 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Our first guests line up for a hot chocolate treat at Rotary's Hot Chocolate booth on Dec. 3, 2017. Rotarians greeted many townsfolk as people roamed the streets, waved to Santa on the fire truck, and sang carols while the Rotary-donated tree was lit to herald the season. 
Rotary and Dunkin Donuts at Light-up Night 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Register Now! 2017-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord had a variety of presenters on Nov. 2. We celebrated World Interact Week with several Interact speakers. Here Cynthia Sibold of the Wellsely Club spoke of their "Peer Leadership & Depression Prevention" initiative. (read on to learn more)
Busy Podium at Nov. 2 Meeting 2017-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Hard to know who had more fun...the kids or the Concord Rotarians. On Oct. 5 we hosted a Fall Festival at the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley. Organized by Dave Robertson and Sharon Spaulding, the activities included pumpkin decorating (thanks Steve Verrill for the pumpkins), shuffle board, board games, rope jumping, caramel apples, pie-eating (thanks Steve Verrill for the pies), coloring, and more. These girls were experts at eating without their hands and without getting apples on their noses!
Rotary Hosts Fall Festival for Boys & Girls Club 2017-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
On Sunday, Oct. 15,  the Concord-Carlisle Interact Club, the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School Interact Club, the Carlisle Interact/Early Act Club and Rotarians from Lexington and Concord packed meals through Rise Against Hunger. Held at Minuteman High School, 52 kids and a few adults packed 15,500 meals in two hours! Here are Concord Rotarians Dick Nelson and Sharon Spaulding in their formal meal-packing garb. 
15,500 Meals Packed for Disaster Victims! 2017-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
       A fabulous time was had by all at the Rotary Club of Concord’s second annual Oktoberfest!  Once again, the Rotary Club of Concord organized and hosted an Oktoberfest themed fundraiser at Verrill Farm, and ticket sales were up, the bands were great, and the beer was flowing!  The Mad Bavarian Brass Band started off the day with Oompah Cheer by performing Oktoberfest classics, “Ein Prosit” and “Roll Out the Barrel”.  The Somerville Symphony Orkestar graced us once again with their high-energy horns.  And the crowd was treated to great rock n roll from Eliza and the Organix, and two of the 6 members of the iconic local band of artists, Jaggery!
Oktoberfest Success 2017-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians’ hearts sank as misty cold descended upon Verrill Farm, They rose again as wave after wave of hearty families arrived to celebrate Oktoberfest, warming up with lively music, craft beer, games, and food.  Enthusiasm for the Shelter Box, recipient of the proceeds, ran high. Final numbers are not in yet, but the Rotary Club of Concord is confident that those whose homes have been destroyed by recent hurricanes will benefit greatly from Oktoberfest 2017.
Dreary Weather, Cheery Oktoberfest 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
At the Sept. 21 Rotary meeting,  Rebecca Obounov told us about her organization, CHES (Christian Haitian Entrepreneurial Society) and its latest project in Haiti. In  August, CHES began working with 50 entrepreneurs from a community in Southern Haiti who lost their livelihoods in the aftermath of the Oct. 2016 Hurricane Matthew. This community requested CHES' assistance in launching a poultry farm. CHES has launched the first phase of a three-year engagement with the community involving training, financial assistance, coaching, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation. Rebecca's broad and practical approach has helped many Haitians develop skills that secure an enduring livelihood. Learn more at  Paul D'Oliveira introduced Rebecca.
Raising Chickens, Selling Eggs, A Community Helps Itself 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
 At the Sept. 7 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord Filmmaker Marion Abrams shared a short segment of her documentary "Flood Bound" and reflected on a small town's experience after a disaster. Abrams was living in Pittsfield Vt. when Tropical Storm Irene flooded the town of 500, destroying homes and completely cutting it off from civilization. Pittsfield had no power, no phone service, nothing...for many months. Abrams' film demonstrates what we now find happening again...that "first responders" are the neighbors who show up to help...right away. They know what is needed and how to help. Speaking of how to help, Rotarians found a way to achieve the audio for Abram's documentary when her speakers would not work...they simply moved the podium and mike closer to her computer. Here she is, acknowledging the applause for an inspiring and timely presentation.
"Flood Bound" in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
2016-2017 7910  District Co-Governers Pat and Skip Doyle presented the Rotary Club of Concord with the District's "Promoting Rotary Award" on Aug. 24, 2017.  Thanks to the many club members who throughout the year promoted Rotary through their continuing service to our community, our youth and our world. As our speakers for the day, Pat and Skip presented an overview of the Visioning process. Keep tuned for more about "our vision." Photo: Pat and Skip with Concord Pres. Leigh Ann Crimmings.
Club Receives District "Promoting Rotary Award" 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Light rain didn't stop Concord Rotarians and friends from enjoying the hospitality of Susan Dee and Mark Johnson. With tables lined up in their spotless three-car garage and a few pop-up tents protecting the food, everyone enjoyed the fellowship and feast despite the weather. The feast included lobsters, steak, corn from Verrill Farm, yummy appetizers, salads,desserts, and plenty to drink. Steve Kirk topped off the evening with a special presentation to our honored volunteer, Sarah Robertson. As everyone clapped, the sun came out!  
At Concord's Sizzling Sidewalk Saturday July 22, in front of Middlesex Bank, the Rotary Club of Concord displayed a ShelterBox tent and announced its campaign to raise money to purchase 20 ShelterBoxes at a cost of $1,000 each. ShelterBox is a Rotary partner that provides emergency housing to those displaced by natural disaster or conflict. Here Doug (far right) and Ingrid Detweiler (second from left) pose with some visitors who are learning about ShelterBox for the first time.  Concord Rotarians will be displaying the ShelterBox tent at multiple town events to answer questions about this life-saving initiative and to invite the public to Oktoberfest Sept. 30 at Verrill Farm. Proceeds  from Oktoberfest will go to ShelterBox. See and shelter  
ShelterBox to be Beneficiary of Oktoberfest 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Close to 70 boys and girls ages 7 - 14 participated in the Rotary-sponsored Field Day at the Assabet Valley Boys and Girls Club on July 18. Sharon Spaulding, Dave Robertson and Rick Copland organized a great event. Rick made Rotary-themed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place stands where the winners of each event stood for applause and photos. Here is Steve Levitsky explaining the first race. With sunny skies and enthusiastic Rotarians, the day topped the charts for fun and sportsmanship. The kids gave a rousing thank you that echoed through Maynard! 
The Rotary Club of Concord served burgers and hot dogs with picnic fixins to guests at Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen July 11. Here two famous Rotary cooks, Rick and Pete, show off potato salad they did not make. Rotarians are invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Sept. 20 at the American Legion in Waltham. 
The Fourth of July Picnic in the Park would not be complete without Rotary's "Slush Stand." Slush is red, white or blue shaved ice in a cup, with flavors to match the colors. This year we served from our new tent. We also displayed a Shelter Box to introduce picnic-attendees to this temporary shelter with life saving supplies to help families displaced by disasters. Thanks to everyone who helped and everyone who bought "slush." See you next year.
What is Slush? 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians Doug Detweiler, June Grace and Ruth Armknecht met leaders from the Rotary Club of Parklands Kenya at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta on June 12. The Concord and Parklands Clubs joined forces to build wells and latrines in Kenya under a Rotary Foundation grant. We were thrilled to meet our Rotarian partners face to face, thanks to Ingrid Detweiler, who arranged the meeting. There were 42,000 people at the convention, so finding one another was no small feat!
Concord Rotarians meet Rotarians of Parklands Kenya at RI Convention 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Dick Hale, Doug and Ingrid Detweiler, Frank Chen, Dave Robertson and members of the Concord Integrated Preschool Playground Steering Committee manned a Rotary booth at the First Annual Middlesex Jazz Festival in Concord Center on June 4. Great way to celebrate summer, thanks to the Concord Rec. Department!
All That Jazz 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Linda Maxwell of Premier Properties of New England to membership on June 1.  Henry Dane sponsored Linda, who is shown here proudly displaying a copy of the Four Way Test.  Welcome aboard Linda!
Welcome Linda Maxwell 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Elmer M. Purcell. He was a man tall in stature, principles and compassion, a doctor beloved by his patients as a physician who was more than just a doctor. They knew him as a friend, a counselor and advisor as well. His family remembers his gentle nature, his love of storytelling, his pure delight in, and unwavering devotion to, them. Dr. Elmer M. Purcell, Jr. died peacefully at his home on June 18 at the age of 92. (See more below)
Obituary of Club's Past President Dr. Elmer Purcell 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from Concord and Lexington served lunch to vets and their families at the VA Hospital in Bedford on Memorial Day. Raccatore's Ice Cream donated sundaes...delicious. Why are these Rotarians wearing Concord aprons? Because they don't want to spill hot fudge on their shirts!
Rotary Serves Lunch to Vets on Memorial Day 2017-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, May 27, Rotary and Minuteman Arc went Bowling. Enthusiastic  and sometimes very skilled bowlers kept us all cheering. We had pizza in a party room, and went home smiling. 
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BENEDICT, Rev. Dean E. Age 79 of Concord and Clearwater, FL formerly of Hudson and Batavia, NY passed away on May 29, 2017. Husband of Vivian (Fisher) Fanton-Benedict and the late Jean (Learned) Benedict. Father of Rebecca L. Appel and her husband Charles of Hudson and David C. Benedict and his wife Catherine of Norwell. Stepfather of Wray Fanton and his wife Tara of Pittsburgh, PA and Troy Fanton and his wife Cindy of Acton. Also survived by his grandchildren Brianna and Colleen Benedict, Abigail and Maggie Appel and Lillian Fanton. Burial will follow at Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson. Donations in his memory may be made to the Transportation Fund, Shriners Hospital for Children , 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit:
Dean Benedict's Obituary 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Concord presents a BIG CHECK! 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
The Golf Tournament came off splendidly despite a rather cold and drizzly day. Thanks to everyone who sponsored, played, and volunteered. See (Concord Journal story) 
RAIN CLEARS FOR GOLFERS TO PLAY 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
When the shotgun signals the beginning of the Rotary Club of Concord’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament May 22 at the Concord Country Club, a foursome of post 9/11 disabled war veterans will be among the players.  The veterans were referred by the Salute Military Golf Association, Boston (SMGA Boston), an organization that “empowers wounded veterans, one fairway at a time.”  Jerry Shanahan, a dedicated SMGA volunteer, spoke at a recent Rotary meeting.  He described how SMGA provides rehabilitative golf programs, experiences and family inclusive golf opportunities for post 9/11 wounded vets, including those with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. The program has vastly improved the quality of life for participating veterans. The Rotary Club realized it could help by inviting sponsors to underwrite the $250 fee for a veteran to play in its tournament. If you are interested in sponsoring a veteran to play, please contact Joe Saia, 978-369-3872 or
Posted on Apr 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Concord recently welcomed two new members: Jennifer Silverstone of Carlisle and Timothy Hult of Concord. Each brings an impressive history of service to others that will enhance our club's ability to achieve a high level of community involvement. May you find your experience as a Rotarian enriching and enjoyable, Jennifer and Tim!
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Posted on Apr 09, 2017
The Concord Band with guest soloist vocalist/trumpeter Christine Fawson played to a full house at the Rotary Club of Concord’s 42nd Spring Pops April 7. Thanks to the many volunteers, ad sponsors, auction donors and the partnership with the Concord Integrated Preschool Playground, Rotary will be able to make a substantial contribution to the playground funding. Even Paramount’s filming of “Daddy’s Home 2” across Walden Street during the concert added to the excitement with fake but convincing Christmas scenes lighting the way for our guests. In this photo of Christine Fawson taken by Maia Kennedy you can almost hear her rousing rendition of Night and Day
Its hard to resist the many tempting items up for bid at the Pops for a Playground concert April 7. To name a few: Red Sox tickets, Nashoba Brook bread once a week for six months, Kids Night Out at the Thoreau Club, Tour of the State House with Rep. Cory Atkins, Tour of the JF Kennedy Library, Hand crafted jewelry, Party for 20 at the Gymnastics Academy of Boston in Acton.  And then there is the Live Auction: 10 days at a private cottage in Scotland, and two airfare tickets from jetBlue. Take a look at this video for a glance at the offering.
LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION AT POPS 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Like Jazz? Or the vibes of New Orleans? Maybe even a Bach fugue?  You can hear it all, played by one of the most prestigious community bands in the country. The award-winning Concord Band, with singer/trumpeter Christine Fawson, will present a rocking Spring Pops concert Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8 at Concord’s Center for the Performing Arts, “51 Walden”. The Rotary Club of Concord is sponsoring Friday night’s performance to benefit the Concord Integrated Preschool Playground and Saturday night’s concert will benefit the Band.  Reservations for the pops-style seating may be made for Friday night by calling 978-394-5158.  
POPS WITH EXTRA POP! 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
First Person Account of Opioid Crisis at Our Meeting 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Concord Rotarians act to bring constructive change!  This spring two Rotary events will positively impact our community—on April 7, “Pops for a Playground”, to support the Concord Integrative Preschool Playground, and on May 22, the “Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament” to support need-based scholarships for local students. Learn more. Click on Pops and Golf Tournament in the menu bar above. (On your mobile device,, click on the blue box of three white lines in the upper right corner.) Join in the fun. 
Casey Atkins, Co-chair of the Concord Integrated Preschool Playground, brought fresh understanding of the need for a playground "Where ALL Kids Can Play" to early birds at the Sunrise Satellite Meeting Feb. 7.  She will be presenting details of the initiative at Rotary's lunch meeting Feb. 16. Proceeds from Rotary's April 7 Pops as well as hands-on work by Rotarian volunteers will help make the playground a reality. To learn more visit the Pops page by clicking on Pops in the menu. 
Here is Casey chatting with Rotarian Hilary Taylor at the Sunrise meeting. 
You can get an early start on your golf game by playing in the Rotary Club of Concord's Tournament May 22, 2017 at the Concord Country Club. Check out the Link (no pun intended) to Golf page for everything you need to know...or call Joe Saia, 978-369-3872.
THE GROUNDHOG SAW HIS SHADOW, BUT... 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
On Jan. 31 Steve Glines of the Littleton Club showed an entertaining video of his trip to Seoul Korea including highlights of the Rotary International Convention. He included a preview of the upcoming Rotary International Convention to be held this year in Atlanta from June 10 - 14. Thanks for getting up early to meet with us at our Sunrise Satellite meeting Steve.
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Doug Shattuck, Concord Middle School Teacher, Former Rotarian and winner of the Teacher of the Year award from the MA Technology/Engineering Collaborative spoke to the Sunrise Club Jan. 24. All MA middle schools must offer an engineering curriculum and Doug certainly designed a hands-on experience for students. In collaboration with MIT's Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics and the electron microscope company JEOL, Concord Middle School students studied complex web construction, investigating properties of spider webs for mechanical properties such as strength. The students gave a poster presentation of their findings at a scientific symposium where the audience was unaware that they were Middle School students!  Photo: Douglas Shattuck
Rotarian and Concord Police Chief Joseph O'Connor updated the Club on many facets of the Concord Police Department's activities, including a recent Open House for the public, the current opioid situation and related addiction issues, the approach the Department uses in handling social issues, the fact that the Department now has a part-time social worker and the friendly outreach from police to children, giving citations for good behavior. In the future, O'Connor will tell us about the Concord Police Academy, open to Concord citizens, and recently attended by Doug Detweiler. 
Chief O'Connor Updates Us On Police Dept. 2017-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
Alert: Coming up....dinner at Vincenzo's for Interact Project 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary was privileged to host two speakers this week named John. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, John Connor (shown here with Leigh Ann Crimmings), Mortgage Loan Officer at TD Bank, updated us on the housing industry and answered questions about buying and selling residential property. On Thursday author John Harrison previewed his soon-to-be released novel, "Fighting Back" that deals with the human trafficking occurring in our own back yards. Both meetings proved to be fun AND educational.
More Speakers Named John! 2017-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
John Fosset, founder of Concord Carlisle Community Connections, spoke at the Rotary meeting Dec. 29 about the career-focused mentoring program for high school students at CCHS. Now in its fourth year, the program has forged a connection between high school students and local professionals, with the aim of sharing knowledge and experiences that would enrich the lives of both parties. John's examples of student-mentor relationships included one where Rotarian Peter Mahler has served as a mentor. Peter shared his very positive experience as a program participant. Here is Fosset, emphasizing an important point!
John Fosset talks about Concord Carlisle Community Connections 2016-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Concord and their guests celebrated the season with cocktails and dinner at Newbury Court Dec. 15. Informality prevailed as we chatted, feasted, toasted award-winners and sang on tune! Here are Chris and Erin Sintros (left) and Mike Lacorcia and his wife. Take a look at "Christmas Neckties" under Photo Albums in the right column to see leaders in men's fashions.
What a Great Evening 2016-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
For a joyful start to your Holiday Season come to the Rotary Club of Concord's Party on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Newbury Court. Friends and family are invited. A Rotary meeting with a twist. 
HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 15 AT NEWBURY COURT 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
On Dec. 4 our young Rotary volunteers helped serve hot chocolate at Concord's Holiday Stroll. Over 1,000 servings were handed out, thanks to the generosity of Dunkin' Donuts. Every year the crowds get larger! 
HOT CHOCOLATE ANYONE? 2016-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Elda Kalivioti, Branch Manager of Cambridge Trust, to membership at our Dec. 8 luncheon meeting. Here she is (in the pink jacket) with members of the induction team, from left, Dick Levinson, Phyllis Maurer, Hilary Taylor, Elda, Steve Levitsky, and Dick Hale. 
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Everyone agreed, this was a great way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now an annual tradition, the Rotary Club of Concord treats our friends from Minuteman Arc to some exercise and some pizza. Kevin is a great coach! 
The Rotary Clubs of Concord and Bedford held their annual joint meeting to celebrate the friendly back-yard competition between our high school football teams on Thanksgiving. Here are the Concord Carlisle football team and cheerleader seniors who joined us for lunch at the Bedford Glen Doubletree Hotel on Nov. 22.
USS Concord Bell Dedication Ceremony Video 2016-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
See what happened at the Veterans' Memorial Today 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
The USS Concord Bell arrived right on time at 11 a.m. November 18 and has been installed just in time for its Dedication. You are invited to attend the ceremony Saturday November 19 at 2 p.m. at the Veterans' Memorial on Main Street in Concord Center. An historic community project by the Rotary Club of Concord!
USS Concord Bell Delivered Nov. 18 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord invites the public to the Dedication Ceremony of the USS Concord Bell’s Installation and the rejuvenation of the Veterans’ Memorial in Concord Center at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The project was conceived by the Rotary Club over 15 years ago, revived in 2012, and now, with the generous support of the Town of Concord Community Preservation Fund and help from many experts, donors and volunteers, has finally become a reality.
The USS Concord was an Omaha Class light cruiser serving in the North and South Pacific during World War II. While Concord has the distinction of firing the first shot of the Revolutionary War, the USS Concord has the distinction of firing the last shot of World War II in the Sea of Okhotsk on August 15, 1945.  The casualties of that conflict are memorialized on Concord’s Common.
The USS Concord was launched in 1921. Pleased that the US Navy was naming a vessel “Concord”, a consortium of Concord citizens commissioned sculptor Daniel Chester French to create a reduced-sized version of his statue, “Concord Minuteman of 1775” for the ship. The smaller adaptation is now at the Concord Museum. The Bell itself, presented to the Town of Concord in 1947, first resided at the Concord Free Public Library. It was then moved to the basement of the Town House in 2003 where it remained virtually unseen until the present. 
USS Concord Bell Installation & Dedication 2016 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of folks who celebrated the Rotary Club of Concord’s Oktoberfest at Verrill Farm Oct. 22.  Seen here are a few who ignored New England’s weather for a good time:
Rain Didn't Halt OKTOBERFEST! 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Have fun at Oktoberfest, rain or shine. The “Mad Bavarian Brass Band”, a New England favorite, will circulate among the crowd playing traditional polkas, sing-alongs and happy music of all kinds. “I am Not a Gun’ will open on stage at 11:00 a.m. featuring Larry Keegan on guitar, Josh Dwyer on bass and Jonathan Chiros on drums. “The Angry Tides” will play at noon. This small band out of Billerica features David Blois on bass and lead vocals, Dave Saulnier on lead guitar and Justin Desilva on drums. “Fireking” will take the stage from 1:00 – 2:30. Lead Vocalist and Manager Anthony Kacznski describes the band’s genre as royal rock. Backing Anthony are bass guitarist Drew Morrison and drummer Smitt E. Smitty. Closing from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., the creative “Somerville Symphony Orkestar” plays all-original Eastern European punk at many area festivals, including Boston’s First Night.  Six members, Joel Edinberg, Pete Fanelli, Travis Pullman, Richey Tally, Matt Ellis and Penelope come up with a joyful Klezmer sound. Hear it live. Sample beer. Eat German food. 
OKTOBERFEST SAT. Oct. 22, RAIN OR SHINE 2016-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International District 7910 Governors Pat and Skip Doyle visited the Concord Club to update us on new approaches Rotary International is taking to help clubs vitalize membership. The Doyles also shared their own goals for clubs in the district, and invited everyone to attend the multi-district conference in Providence Rhode Island in April.  Our Assistant Governor and former Concord Rotarian Bob Guernsey (R) is seen here with Pat, Skip and President Steve Kirk.
Julia Rayberg, CEO of Worthy Village, an organization building pathways out of poverty for women and children in Guatemala, recently spoke to Concord Rotarians about a service trip Worthy Village has designed specifically for Rotarians. To date, Julia has spoken to Rotary Clubs in Mansfield, Arlington, Lexington, and will be speaking to clubs in Fall River and Weymouth MA. The trip is from Feb. 4 - 11, 2017 to beautiful Lake Atitlan. See details on the flyer in "Club Information". Shown: Florence Goulet and Julia Rayberg.                                                .
SERVICE TRIP TO GUATEMALA 2016-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Every other month, Concord Rotarians travel to Waltham to prepare a meal for the homeless, sponsored by Bristol Lodge.  On Sept. 13, we prepared our fall menu featuring meatloaf, roasted vegetables, and salad prepared under the supervision of Chef John Dow. The guests consumed every morsel.
ROTARY SERVES THE HUNGRY 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
OKTOBERFEST - Saturday,  October 22 at Verrill Farm 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Aug. 22, the day after Concord's surprise tornado, golfers enjoyed beautiful weather as they took to the links at Rotary's Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament. The event raised money for the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle (CCSF).  Since becoming a community affiliate of CCSF in 2006 Rotary has awarded 96 scholarships totaling $173,606. Proceeds from the 2016 tournament will increase that total. We credit the tournament’s success to support from sponsors, golfers and volunteers. Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors, Emerson Hospital, Hammond Residential Realty and Newbury Court. Tee and green sponsors are listed below at "read more."
GOLF TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Concord sponsored a Soccer Clinic for the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley on 
August 17. Organized by Rotarians Rick Copland and Dave Robertson, the event featured age-appropriate drills, hands-on personal instruction, a cookout, and lots of fun for everyone. 50 area kids attended and they want another clinic! They loved it. So did we.
Photo: Rick Copland and Dave Robertson resting up after the clinic.
Two days after the Golf Tournament, Rotarians grilled burgers and hotdogs and served a cookout for over 100 guests at the Council on Aging at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center. John Dow presided at the grill with the assistance of Chip Bogosian, Marvin Thomas, Suzanne Greenough, Steve Kirk and many others. Lots of fun for Rotarians and the Council on Aging guests alike! Photo: John Dow and Chip Bogosian managed to keep the fire from burning the meat!
The Sunrise Satellite meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord hosted an incredibly dedicated young woman at their Aug. 16 2016 meeting. 14-year-old Kylee McCumber of Leominster told how, at age 10, she provided 10 students who were receiving subsidized meals during the school week with food for the weekends. Now her non-profit organization, Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, feeds over 300 children on a weekly basis. Learn more at We will be holding a food drive for Kylee soon. Photo: Kylee shows off a Kylee Kit at the Rotary meeting.
KYLEE'S KARE KITS FOR KIDZ 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
TOURNAMENT DAY IS HERE! 2016-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Hot weather never stopped our expert cooks...Rick Beers and crew (lobsters, corn, potato salad, veggie salad, rolls and more), John Dow at the grill for the steaks, Jerry Paolilli grilling skewered lamb, Joe Saia setting up the bar, Peter Mahler with Concord Teacakes cupcakes and the many members who brought appetizers and desserts. Thanks to Steve Verrill for the tender corn. A beautiful evening of fellowship. Rotarians know how to have a good time! Let's do this again!
Here comes a fun event. Our Annual Summer Outing. To be held Thursday, July 28 at the home of Rick and Joan Beers’ (The Inn on the Horse Farm). 277 Old Sudbury Road in Sudbury. Cocktails and social hour start at 5 p.m.  Lobsters and steak served at 6 p.m.  In addition corn from Verrill Farm and potato salad will be supplied.  Bring an appetizer or dessert to add to the menu if you like. This is a beautiful location with lots of room for the kids to roam, horses to pet, golf cart rides, and a chance to “have fun” as we promised we would in our very own Club Vision! PLEASE LET DICK HALE KNOW ASAP THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING. See directions at "read more" below.
DON'T JUST SAVE THE DATE! REGISTER NOW! The Rotary Club of Concord's 28th Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Concord Country Club on Monday, August 22 to benefit Student Scholarships and other charitable Rotary projects. The shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. preceded by registration and lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Cocktails and dinner are at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee of $250 includes 18 holes of golf, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments. Mulligans will be available for purchase. There will be an on-site silent auction and a drawing for top-quality golf gear. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive and closest to the pin (for men and women). And of course, a prize for a hole-in-one! Due to the success of the 2015 golf tournament, Rotary presented scholarships to four graduating high school seniors and four students who are continuing their college education. Thanks to this year's early sponsors, Emerson Hospital, Hammond Residential and Deaconess Abundant Life, we are on track for another successful event. Please click on brochure in "Downloads" to learn of sponsorship opportunities, tee & green sponsorship form to sponsor and player registration for a registration form. Thanks!
OUR 28th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AUGUST 22 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord earned "Club of the Year, Gold", awarded at the Rotary District 7910 Annual District Conference May 22, 2016. The Club also received a Polio Plus Award for its success in raising funds to stamp out polio, a Community Service Award, a Club Service Award, and an International Service Award. During the year, many Rotarians contributed their time and talent, giving "Service Above Self" to achieve this recognition. Shown here, President Sharon Spaulding receiving the traveling "big bell", already engraved with the Club's name for the second year in a row. More photos on our Facebook page.
"BEST CLUB AWARD, GOLD, 2015-2016, DIST. 7910 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Join the Early Act students at Carlisle Middle School Thursday evening, May 19 for a stimulating round table featuring guests from Rotarian Razia Jan's Ray of Hope discussing education for girls in Afghanistan. The Early Act Club has raised substantial funds to underwrite tuition for several girls and wants to do more. Let's help them. 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at Carlisle Middle School. 
High school students can help out their parents by attending the FINANCIAL REALITY FORUM May 24, 2016 from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Fowler Branch of the Concord Public Library, 1322 Main Street in West Concord. Sponsored jointly by the Rotary Club of Concord and the Concord Free Public Library, this hour-long event will alert teens to some important details about managing their finances. Rotarian Boris Nikitin will host the session. Free to all teens. No registration required. Refreshments, door prizes and a lot of useful information! 
Concord Carlisle student Rose Piz (center) raised money for "Stop Hunger Now" thanks to her experience with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). At the April 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord, Piz presented a check to Danielle McGrary of "Stop Hunger Now" and Bedford Rotarian Robert Cassidy that will be used for the benefit of the Rotary Club of Bedford's Food Packaging event scheduled for May 14, 2016 at Middlesex Community College. Want to volunteer? Sign up at
What a great day for a parade. Pleasantly sunny. The Rotary Club of Concord added even more sunshine as they waved to friends lining the parade route. Here we are, ready to take off at 9 a.m. April 18, 2016. Check out more photos on our Facebook page.
PATRIOTS DAY PARADE 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Are you ready for the downbeat? Rotary Pops, April 8, downbeat at 8 p.m., doors at 51 Walden open at 7:00 p.m. for refreshments, silent auction, fun with friends. Tickets $25 from Dick Hale, 508-878-6577. Table seating. Call now!
COUNTDOWN TO THE DOWNBEAT 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Pops Night is April 8! Make sure you have a seat at this exhilarating event. See order form in downloads on the left, or call Dick Hale, 508-878-6577. Place an ad in the keepsake program book (deadline March 31). Support Rotary. Its easy and its important! Click HERE for video on Pops 2016 !
GET YOUR POPS TICKETS NOW! 2016-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord invites you to its 41th Annual Pops Night featuring renowned jazz vocalist Amanda Carr and the Concord Band on April 8, 2016 at 8 p.m. at The Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. for guests to enjoy refreshments, browse the silent auction and find their seats. The pops-style concert with table seating offers you a chance to unwind, visit with friends, and support Rotary’s many charitable projects. Tickets are $25 a person and may be purchased by calling Dick Hale at 508-878-6577.  All seats are reserved so do call before coming.
41st POPS NIGHT APRIL 8! 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord made Concord Museum Curator David Wood a Paul Harris Fellow at its Feb. 25 meeting. Past President Henry Dane highlighted many of Wood's lasting contributions in preserving Concord's history and thanked him for his assistance on Rotary projects, notably the current project to display the ship's bell of the USS Concord. Past President Dick Hale presented the certificate and pin as Rotarians and guests from the Lion's Club applauded. Photo: Henry Dane (left) and David Wood
Concord Museum Curator David Wood -- Paul Harris Fellow 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Frank Rigg on The Presidential Libraries 2016-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
SKI-A-THON A SUCCESS 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
The First Annual Ski-a-Thon brought hearty skiers and enthusiastic fans to DCR Great Brook Farm on Feb 13 for a cross-country race to benefit education for girls in the Ivory Coast.  Thanks to our sponsors, Emerson Hospital, Norel Fire Safety, Hammond Realty, and Spaulding Management LLC, and our many contributors, we were able to surpass our goal of $3,000.  Here are some winners, proudly displaying their trophies.
SKI-A-THON A SUCCESS 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Sat. 2/13: If you don't mind the cold weather, come out to enjoy the skiing! Conditions are very good although snow has been drifting into the tracks on the field trails. The woods trails will be better protected and have good snow cover.
Today's hours are 9-5. Please call us with your questions: 978 369-7486.
With snow on the ground and plenty of cold air, the Ski-a-Thon is on for Sat. Feb. 13.  Join us to benefit your own health and the livelihood of girls in the Ivory Coast. Details on the downloads to the left of this page. Register at 9:00 a.m.  Race starts at 10 a.m. Lots of awards and goodie bags. See you at the barn!
TIME TO SKI, SAT., FEB. 13, DCR GREAT BROOK FARM 2016-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Kirk
This is short and to the point! Come ski with us!
A VIDEO FOR YOU! Steve Kirk 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary members donated winter coats, hats, boots and more to Cradles to Crayons at their meetings Jan. 26 & 28. Olivia Davis Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator gave Rotarians an inspiring synopsis of the Cradles to Crayons operation. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Here is Olivia with Rotarians Peter Mahler and Joe O'Connor, ready to load up some of the items collected for the kids.
Rotary Donates to Cradles to Crayons 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0

Club President Sharon Spaulding and District Governor Jim Fusco presenting an award to past President Bob Mc Walter for 50 years of membership and 40 years of perfect attendance. Bob's brother Jack is also in the photo along with Dick Hale and Steve Levitsky. All three Mc Walter brothers were, or are, active members of The Rotary Club of Concord with a total accumulative service of 100+ years.


Bob McWalter, 50 Years a Rotarian! 2016-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
It’s not just another walk for a cause! It’s a SKI-A-THON (for a cause!)  Gather some peppy friends, snap on your cross-country skis, and compete for a trophy in the Rotary Club of Concord’s race to support education for girls in the Ivory Coast. DCR Great Brook Farm State Part, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. See the flyer for details. Download flyer, registration form and driving directions from "Downloads" to your left on this page!
SAVE THE DATE - FEB. 13! 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Check out the presentation prepared by Steve Kirk. Click on "Come Join Us" in the banner at the top of this page.
COME JOIN US 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Concord welcomed three new members at Rotary's Holiday Party Dec. 17, 2015. Here they are, standing for a round of enthusiastic applause with members of the induction team. From the left, long-time Concord Rotarian and Past President Dick Hale; Past President Ann Trudeau; Inductee Alan Bogosian of Alan Bogosian Electric Inc.; Inductee Mark Cotreau, Fire Chief of the Town of Concord; Inductee Joseph O'Connor, Police Chief of the Town of Concord; Past President June Grace; Past President and Past District 7910 Governor Doug Detweiler and current President Sharon Spaulding.
WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS 2015-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord and the Concord Free Public Library hosted a Holiday Book and Cookie Exchange Dec. 15 at the Fowler Library. Guests traded delectable cookies and intriguing volumes while enjoying seasonal music by harpist Rebecca Swett. All agreed it was a welcome respite from the holiday rush. Photo: Rotarians Erin Duggan, Kerry Cronin, and Susan Dee take a close look at Swett's harp.
Holiday Offering for the Community 2015-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Dec. 6 was a warm night, but as it grew dark, long lines formed for the delicious hot chocolate served by the Rotary Club and provided by Dunkin Donuts. Santa came by on a fire truck. Lots of kids, dogs, and Thomas the train, too. Then the beautiful tree, donated last year by the Rotary Club of Concord, sparkled with lights as the crowds sang. Here are Doug's grandchildren and their friend who kept things moving along. Future Rotarians!
HOT CHOCOLATE ANYONE? 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord and the Concord Free Public Library invite the public to a festive Holiday Book and Cookie Exchange on Dec. 15, 2015 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the Library’s Fowler Branch, 1322 Main Street in West Concord.  Enjoy music by harpist Rebecca Swett. Bring a dozen cookies of any variety from homemade chocolate chip to Girl Scout Thin Mints and a favorite book to exchange for someone else’s favorite. Enjoy light refreshments. Unwind with friends. Everyone is welcome and that includes men and boys!
HOLIDAY COOKIE AND BOOK SWAP DEC. 15 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Coming Up...OPERATION AMERICAN SOLDIER 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs of Concord and Lexington and Interactors Pack Meals 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary - Stop Hunger Now PSA1
Rotary - Stop Hunger Now PSA1

STOP HUNGER NOW 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday, Nov. 10 help cook and serve a delicious meal for homeless and shelter residents in the Waltham area. Come at 3 p.m. to the Immanuel United Methodist Church, 545 Moody St., Waltham (Corner of Moody & Cherry St. - Enter from Cherry St. to the basement).  The "Thanksgiving"  menu includes turkey and all the fixins. You will enjoy this unique opportunity to put service above self.
Bristol Lodge Community Supper November 10 2015-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Clubs of Concord and Lexington are holding a meal-packaging event where we will assemble over 10,000 meals in two hours! In doing so, we will be part of a world-wide effort spearheaded by STOP HUNGER NOW. Come to the Lexington Prep School, 265 Lowell St. in Lexington from 10 am until noon Nov. 14 to help. Children over four years of age are welcome. To sign up click on STOP HUNGER NOW REGISTRATION at the top of this page. Visit for more information. See flyer below. Download the flyer (left hand column) to forward to friends. It's fun, easy, and important.
Rotary Club of Concord Sponsors Exciting Film Preview for Razia Jan 2015-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Here's something you won't want to miss! 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Concord is sponsoring a food drive for Open Table at our meetings on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22. See the flyer in Downloads for details. We are working with the Rotary Club of Lexington to hold a "Stop Hunger Now" food packaging event on November 14. See details in flyer in "Downloads" and register by clicking on link in the menu banner above. And at Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen on November 10 we will treat our guests to a turkey dinner.  Information under Events. Many opportunities to feed the hungry.
YOU CAN HELP TO STOP HUNGER NOW! 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
On Oct. 2 Krish Dhanam delivered a spell-binding account of what it means to work for and enjoy the American dream from the perspective of an immigrant. He spoke at the Rotary Club of Concord's first Annual Speaker Event at the Concord Carlisle Regional High School. Before taking center stage, this internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker chatted with guests in the lobby. 
The Rotary Club of Concord announces its first annual speaker event featuring internationally acclaimed social commentator Krish Dhanam at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School at 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 2015. Dhanam has delivered his message of hope, humor and balance in over 50 countries and throughout the USA. Dhanam’s advice will stir you to the foundation of your belief in this great land. Tickets are $50, $25 for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. Order online by clicking on the button in the banner at the top of this page. For cash ticket purchases call John Dow, 617-803-6688. Tickets may also be purchased at the Concord Flower Shop at 135 Commonwealth Ave. in West Concord; Frameables at 111 Thoreau Street across from the depot in Concord; and McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency on Main Street in Concord Center.
ROTARY CLUB OF CONCORD, in partnership with Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for School program, is collecting anything a child needs for a new year of school. You can make a difference in the lives of Massachusetts children by bringing donations to: 
New and like-new children’s items including: 
Clothing, Shoes, Coats, new socks and underwear
New school supplies including::Child-safe scissors, Pencil boxes, Pencil Sharpeners, Erasers, Pocket folders, Spiral notebooks (wide-ruled), 24-pack of crayons, Washable markers, Colored pencils, Glue sticks, Calculators, Rulers 
Contacts: Helen Halloran (978-369-2404) or Sharon Spaulding (978-371-0800)
Many thanks to all who made the golf tournament a success, including the weatherman. No rain. No beating sun. No hole in one. Just a lot of fun for a great cause. Details to follow. We are all a bit tired today but relieved to know there will be scholarships next year.
GOLF TOURNAMENT SUCCESS 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to all who made the golf tournament a success, including the weatherman. No rain. No beating sun. No hole in one. Just a lot of fun for a great cause. Details to follow. We are all a bit tired today but relieved to know there will be scholarships next year.
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Concord Rotarians served guests at the Council on Aging's Sumer Barbecue Aug. 19. Presiding at the grill, flipping burgers and hot dogs, John Dow had it all under control despite the heat. Inside the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, in air conditioned comfort, the rest of the Rotarians served salads and desserts to close to 100 guests. Here is President Sharon Spaulding offering salad with a smile!
Rotarians Serve Summer Barbecue at Council on Aging 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Here are a few Concord Rotarians who recently played at the new Fellowship Golf League of District 7910. Next round is Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the Framingham Country Club. (See Steve Levitsky for details). Not to be confused with the Aug 24 ROTARY CLUB OF CONCORD'S ANNUAL THOMAS R. HUCKINS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT at the Concord Country Club to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.  Both are fun! Dust off those clubs and come on out for a great cause. Find downloadable information to the left or click to register at the Bidding for Good sites listed in the banner at the top of this page.
Fun, Fellowship, Golf! 2015-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Early bird Rotarians enjoyed hearing DG Jim Fusco's inspiring report at the breakfast meeting August 11. We really appreciate the devotion to Rotary of our past and present District Governors when we hear about their extensive training and demanding schedules. Jim's enthusiastic goals for the District got everyone on board for a great Rotary year ahead. Check the District website and read Jim's newsletters to keep abreast of what is coming. As you can see from his photo, he showed a great sense of theater as he announced the District Conference, to be held in Plymouth in May.  
District 7910 Governor Jim Fusco Visited the Sunrise Satellite 2015-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 Rotary's online auction to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF) begins, so click to care for all those deserving students who need our help. Go to, or merely click on the area in the heading above, "ONLINE AUCTION FOR SCHOLARSHIPS".  in 2015 Rotary Club of Concord gave $20,000 for scholarships. Lets beat that record to remain a #1 donor to CCSF. Bid Early. Bid Often. Help outstanding students like scholarship winner Lexi Goulet (pictured) obtain the education they deserve. 
Rick and Joan Beers once again hosted an evening of fellowship and great food for the Rotary Club of Concord's Summer Outing at their Inn on the Horse Farm in Sudbury. Gerry Paolilli grilled fantastic lamb kabobs, John Dow and Rick Beers did not disappoint as super chefs. There were appetizers galore, cookies by Sharon Spaulding, cupcakes by Peter Mahler (maybe with a little help from Concord Teacakes bakers?) and much more. Rick's grandson offered tours of the farm via golf cart. Many thanks to all who helped and those who attended. Let's do it again next year!
SUMMER OUTING, ALWAYS FUN! 2015-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
You are invited to the Rotary Club of Concord Summer Outing 
Thursday, July 30, 5:30 p.m.  Rain or Shine. Its our “Meeting of the Week”, hosted by Rick and Joan Beers at their “Inn on the Horse Farm” in Sudbury, 
277 Old Sudbury Road (Route 27) 978-443-7400. SEE THE FLYER AT "DOWNLOADS" to your left. It has GPS directions.
You will enjoy fellowship with your club members and guests at this beautiful family-friendly location so dress informally. Bring an appetizer. Bring a friend. Bring your kids. Just come! If you have not signed up, let Dick Hale know you are coming at:
Directions: (The Inn is not visible from the road, so look for the horse statues on the stone wall on either side of the driveway.) Go to Route 27 in Sudbury.  From Sudbury Center, at the traffic light where Rt. 27 intersects Concord Road (landmarks are a church, town buildings, a little park and the Hosmer House) go east on 27 and prepare to almost immediately turn right. Look for a large granite post with “277” engraved on it and two large horses standing on top of the stone wall on each side of the driveway. Turn in and drive down the lane. (If you come to the Methodist Church you’ve gone too far.)
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Kara McArdle brightened the July 9 Rotary meeting with an animated report on her experience at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend two weeks ago. The Club sponsored 12 Concord Carlisle students who will be juniors in September to attend this leadership development program. Kara described some of the activities she found most "life changing" including breaking a board with her bare hand and sharing her story in front of a group of 60 other students.
KARA McARDLE REPORTS ON RYLA 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the winners of the Rotary Concord Middle School Awards. Nine scholars at Peabody and ten at Sanborn were chosen by their teachers to receive certificate, clocks and a round of applause for their excellent achievments.. Here is Math Rotary Award winner from Peabody, Jennifer Li. The Rotary Club of Concord is proud to have been part of Concord Middle School's 8th Grade Celebration for 2015 and wish each student an enjoyable and enlightening high school career.
ROTARY MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Members and guests of the Rotary Club of Concord celebrated the wrap-up of President Sheila Watt's Best Club Award-winning year and welcomed incoming President Sharon Spaulding at a BBQ at the Concord Rod & Gun Club June 23. District 7910 Governor for 2015-2016 Jim Fusco installed Concord Rotarian Steve Levitsky as Assistant Governor. Many standing ovations for honored Rotarians kept folks on their feet until the evening wrapped up with a collection of gift cards for Compass for Kids and everyone left under the glow of a gorgeous sunset over the lake.  
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Another jam-packed week for the Rotary Club of Concord. Great speakers...Mark Howell, Chief Information Officer for Concord spoke at the Sunrise meeting June 16 and Sarah Rosenkrantz and Sam Greenberg of Y2Y (Youth to Youth) spoke at the Luncheon meeting June 18. Rick Copland, Judy Carlough, Sheila Watts and Steve Levitsky comprised the first place team in District 7910's new golf fellowship outing at Butter Brook Golf Course on June 17. The week wraps up with the installation of District 7910's new governor Jim Fusco on June 19. 
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On Memorial Day, May 25, Rotarians from Bedford, Concord and Lexington served ice cream sundaes and cake to veterans at the Bedford VA Hospital. Everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and the chance to thank the veterans for their service. Now in its fourth year, Concord's Sharon Spaulding organized this tri-club effort. Photo: Ruth Armknecht with a WWII veteran injured when a bomb exploded near his ship.
The Rotary Club of Concord is the proud recipient of the "Best Club Award for District 7910 for 2014-2015", awarded at the District Conference May 16, 2015. The Club also received the "Strategic Partner Award" for its partnership with the Town of Concord in securing a magnificent tree for the town center. The District gave Dick Hale and Steve Levitsky "District Service Awards" for their outstanding work on behalf of Rotary. Congratulations to all club members for their hard work this year. Seen here from left: Past District Governor and Concord's Club Advisor, Ralph Hammond; Club President Sheila Watts, Past Presidents June Grace and Rosario Rizzo and District Governor Valentine Callahan. In the foreground, the bell, passed to the winning club each year. It will be rung with honor!
BEST CLUB OF THE YEAR - 2014-2015 2015-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Golf is back! The Concord Club's Golf Tournament Committee is hard at work, and so, too, are the staff and volunteers of the PGA Constellation Senior Players. Seen here, Joe Rotellini, Executive Director of the Tournament that will be held June 9-14 at Belmont Country Club. Joe spoke at Concord's luncheon meeting May 6, mapping out the process of planning and executing a major tournament. To volunteer or attend the Belmont Country Club event, visit To volunteer or attend the Rotary Club of Concord's Aug 24th golf tournament to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, download the forms on the left column of this page. 
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At the joint meeting of the Concord and Lexington clubs, Concord Rotarian Captain Tom Hudner, Medal of Honor recipient in Korea, presented a Medal of Honor book to two Lexington Rotarians that have been “volunteers extraordinaire” with the events at the Bedford Veterans Hospital on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Seen here, they are Allan Azoff and Charlie Vail. Charlie is a Veteran of Vietnam.
Rotary Clubs of Concord and Lexington met Jointly April 16 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Blustery weather could not keep over 20 Concord Rotarians and their children from marching in the Patriot's Day Parade in Concord on April 20, 2015.  Thanks to Henry Dane's grandchildren who carried the banner, and Dick Hale, who suppled new hats and the new banner, the Rotary contingent enjoyed encouraging applause from the sidelines. Seen here, Concord Rotarians wait while the canons salute at the North Bridge below.
ROTARY AT PATRIOT'S DAY PARADE 2015 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Spring finally made an appearance on Saturday April 11, and the Detweilers​, Rick Copland, Sheila Watts and Dick Hale cleared the winter's debris from Cambridge Turnpike in time for Patriot's Day. Special thanks to Alexa Detweiler who found the most exciting trash...a dollar bill!  
ROTARY'S MIGHTY CLEANUP CREW 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
President Sheila Watts explains what is good about credit cards to a potential customer at the Financial Reality Fair held sponsored on April 7 by Rotary, Concord Youth Services and CCHS. High school seniors received a paycheck equal to their monthly salary with taxes and student loans deducted. They visited tables where they purchased housing, utilities, insurance, transportation, clothing, and food. Although they had to make compromises, most students learned that they could survive on their salaries with careful planning.  
Posted on Mar 26, 2015
David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, spoke at the March 26 meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord. After reviewing important aspects of the Museum's collections, community involvement, hands-on learning for students, and more, Wood introduced the upcoming exhibit, "The Art of Baseball." Opening on April 17, this exhibit  includes nearly 50 works of baseball art and artifacts from a private collection as well as Red Sox memorabilia. Doris Kearns Goodwin is Honorary Curator. Watch for more about this exciting project.

40th Annual Rotary Pops April 10

Come to Rotary’s 40th Annual Spring Pops with Jazz Vocalist Amanda Carr and the Concord Band on Apr. 10 at “51 Walden”, Concord’s Performing Arts Center.  Reception with Cash Bar and Silent Auction at 7:30 p.m. Downbeat at 8:00 p.m.  Pops seating at tables of four, $25 per person at 508-878-6577. Bring your friends to hear some great tunes and support the Rotary Club of Concord in giving service above self.  Sponsorship forms and posters are available in “Downloads”, below left.  Photo: Don't miss Amanda singing "Anything Goes"!
Rotary Spring Pops April 10 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
At the March 5 meeting of the Club Farmer/Chef/Cooking Teacher Ben Elliot of Saltbox Farm in Concord traced the history of his soon-to-open restaurant, Saltbox Kitchen. Located on Commonwealth Avenue in West Concord, the establishment will feature seasonal cuisine using fresh ingredients from local farms, including Ben's. Ben will offer take-out, promoting healthy food for busy families. Best of luck for great success in your new endeavor, Ben. Sign up for his newsletter at
Posted by Dick Levinson
Rotary Club of Concord
Bulletin of March 5, 2015
President-elect Sharon Spaulding presided.
Song: God Bless America, let by Suzanne Greenough
Pledge-led by Marvin Thomas
Invocation-by Rev. Dr. John Lombard
Sergeant at arms- Dave Robertson
Bulletin writer- Dick Levinson
VR & Guests
Peter Golden, Natick Club
Betsy Spaulding, Mother and guest of Sharon
Jean Wilson, guest of Steve Levitsky, and applying for the group study exchange to Italy.
The "Out of This World" category from Rev. John stumped the table:
What evidence seen by astronauts suggested the 7/69 moon landing was a hoax?  Answer": A Coke can kicked in from the side.
H&S Fines
Cato was happy to welcome guest speaker Ben Elliot.
Andy M. was happy to have survived being run over by a fellow hockey player, and proud to celebrate a good, injury-free season.
June G. paid for a mistake in her e-mail.
Steve Levitsky paid for all stock indexes hitting all-time highs.
Peter M. for surviving a visit from five kids.
Rick B. for a trip to Key West.
Helen reminded us to note the Open Table collection at our 3/19 meeting.
Noel noted Pops is on track.
Leigh Ann advertised the second Reality Fair at CCHS April 7.
Dave R. thanked all those who worked at the Minuteman ARC festival.
Doug D.'s Foundation minute noted that the Polio Plus networks can be mobilized for other health emergencies, and have been for such events as the South Asia tsunami and Pakistani floods..  All examples of your EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year $100) at work.
Cato reminded us next Tuesday is Bristol Lodge lunch 3:00-5:00. Send a   contribution to our Rotary Endowment to help pay for the food.
Peter Golden described the Bandey-Heffler exchange with an English district.  If you host a visiting English couple this fall for four days and three nights, you will be eligible for the return visit in 2017--2 weeks in England and all you pay are airfare and your incidentals.  Great way to make new friends and have a wonderful trip.  Ask anyone who's gone (Dick L. has).  If interested, contact Peter at  Dates this fall are 9/29--10/12.
Guest Speaker
  Sharon introduced Ben Elliot, a farmer-chef.  Ben has an extensive career in being a chef at such places as Locke-Ober, No. 9 Park, Hi-Rise Bakery and Formaggio Kitchen.  He described the rigors and joys of being a chef, and how   he left the field to spend more time with his children.  He now runs the family farm in Concord and will be opening the Saltbox Farm Restaurant in West Concord, in the former Concord Outfitters spot.  They will feature prepared foods to go, and  have 15 seats for casual dine-in.  The emphasis will be on Catering, Classes and local, seasonable food.  Sign up for their newsletter at
Door Prize
  Was won by Dave R. 
Ben Elliot - Saltbox Farm Restaurant Dick Levinson 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karl Kussin
Rotary Club of Concord
February 26, 2015

President:                              Sheila Watts

Song:                                      Suzanne Greenough led us in God Bless America
Pledge of Allegiance            Ralph Hammond, Past District Governor
Prayer                                                Rev. Dr. John Lombard
Sergeant at Arms                 David Robertson
Bulletin Writer                     Karl Kussin
Visiting Rotarians & Guests:
Ralph Hammond, Past District Governor and Club Advisor, was our one VR.  Guests included Curtis Blomberg (Therese Oliver), Dryden Chen (Frank Chen), Rob Fallon (Chris Sintros) and David Alkin (Larry Richards). 
Question of the Week: 
Ken Marriner asked “What is the name of the Chinese New Year?”  The table answered correctly that is the year of the Sheep.  No fines were paid.
Happy or Sad Fines:
Roger Fritz paid a fine because his son is traveling to Germany.  Peter Mahler paid a fine for the successful event held at the new Concord Teacakes commissary.  Karl Kussin paid fines for a trip to Mexico and his son being promoted and moving to Seattle.  Andy Mahoney paid a fine for some excellent skiing at Sunapee during the school vacation week.  Frank Chen paid a fine for the Chinese New Year and the company of his guest.  Hilary Taylor paid a fine for a great night at Concord Teacakes put on by Peter MahlerHelen Halloran paid a fine for a little more snow, because we need it.  Ralph Hammond paid a fine because he’s happy about Concord’s new members.  Steve Levitsky paid a fine for the record high stock market.  Rick Copeland paid two fines for a couple great football (soccer) matches in Europe and his recent trip to the UK.  Therese Oliver paid a fine for the real estate market heating up and the quick sale of her listing.  Sheila Watts paid a fine for having her picture in the paper.
Dave Robertson reminded people about the MMAHS Olympics on Saturday at the facility on Baker Ave.  Volunteers needed for set-up and the event.  Helen Halloran introduced a food drive for Open Table that will begin soon.  Look for more details in upcoming meetings about items needed and locations for drop off.  The CCHS Reality Fair is April 7.  More details can be obtained from Leigh Ann Crimmings.  The Annual Rotary Pops Fundraiser is April 10.  Solicit ads for the program book and attend.
Special Ceremonies:
Past President Steve Levitsky led the induction ceremony for two new Concord Rotarians.  Erin Duggan, an attorney with Erin C. Duggan Law who lives in Concord, and Diana Shulman of Cambridge Savings Bank who lives in Wayland.  Please make sure to welcome Erin and Diana when you have the opportunity.
Sharon Spaulding led a ceremony to recognize three Concord Rotarians for their tenure in the club.  Therese Oliver for ten years, John Lombard for 20 years, and Rick Beers (who’s on vacation) for 30 years.  Each received a framed certificate of service.
Rick Copeland introduced Shaka Hislop, a Concord resident who is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former professional soccer player who played for several English professional teams and his native Trinidad & Tobago World Cup squad in 2006. He was the first member of the team's World Cup Squad to be inducted into his country's Sporting Hall of Fame.  Shaka had some good stories of his time growing up in the UK and Trinidad, at Howard University, and as a professional soccer player. Shaka appears as a pundit on ESPN FC, ESPN's daily global football news program.
Door Prize:
Shaka drew the ticket and Noel Choquette won.
Shaka Hislop - ESPN Soccer Karl Kussin 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
It's becoming a tradition...Rotary hosts an indoor carnival for Minuteman Arc at Arc's Baker Avenue Center, 130 Baker Avenue Extension in Concord. This year there will be new games, new trophies and lots of fun. Volunteer by showing up on Feb. 28 before 1 p.m. to help with set-up. Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and service. This is a premier event on the Rotary Club of Concord's calendar. 
​Shaka Hislop will be guest speaker at the Feb. 26 luncheon meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the Colonial Inn. Hislop is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former professional soccer player who played for both England and his native Trinidad & Tobago World Cup squad in 2006. He was the first member of the team's World Cup Squad to be inducted into his country's Sporting Hall of Fame. Shaka appears as a pundit on ESPN FC, ESPN's daily global football news program. See more at:
ESPN SOCCER PUNDIT SPEAKS ON THURS. FEB. 26 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leigh Ann Crimmings
Rotary Club of Concord
February 19, 2015

President:                              Sheila Watts

Song:                                      Suzanne Greenough
Pledge of Allegiance            Sally Faccenda
Prayer                                                Reverend Dr. John Lombard
Sergeant at Arms                 Dave Robertson
Bulletin Writer                     Leigh Ann Crimmings        
Visiting Rotarians & Guests:
Robert Fallon of Newbury Court, guest of Chris Santos
Question of the Week: 
Hillary Taylor asked "What is the market price of silver today?" 
Ann Trudeau got the correct answer of $17 (but then admitted that she overheard Hillary say it and paid a double fine)!  The question was asked of all tables today as it was a light crowd due to all of the snow.
Happy or Sad Fines:
Sheila Watts – Paid a happy fine for a successful Rotary / Lions mixer.
Andrea Zall – Paid a happy to be back fine because this was her first meeting since November.
Sharon Spaulding – Paid a happy fine for the New York / New Jersey Department of Transportation's assistance in Massachusetts with snow removal.
On February 28, we will be hosting the Minuteman Arc Special Olympics at 130 Baker Ave.
Immediate Past District Governor, Doug Detweiler shared a Rotary Moment:
            "Rotarians from 40 clubs in Belgium collaborated with clubs in West Africa to bring clean water to 20,000 residents in Niger.  With a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant, they drilled wells and built toilets for seven schools and three health clinics.  That's your $100 at work.  Every Rotarian Every Year."
Our featured speakers this week consisted of our own John Dow who spoke about the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen, and Anne Trudeau who spoke about The Sharing Foundation. 
John Dow has been supporting the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter where 70 to 110 people are served by Rotarians every other month.  The Bristol Lodge is run by the Middlesex Human Services Center through contributions of monetary donations.  John was introduced to Bristol Lodge by Cato prior to him becoming a Rotarian which lead to Dick Hale chasing John down with a Rotary application – and the rest is history!
John brought up the poor condition of the stove top at the Bristol Lodge kitchen which got others thinking about how we could further help by raising money to replace the stovetop.  A cookbook sale consisting of recipes that have been prepared for Bristol Lodge made from Henry Dane and John's culinary collections was suggested.  John also wanted to specifically thank June Grace for always asking for food donations and always running to the store for last minute items!
Ann Trudeau spoke about The Sharing Foundation of which she is currently president. 
The mission of the Sharing Foundation is to meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia.  Cambodia is a country riddled in poverty.  The annihilation of millions of people by the Khmer Rouge regime left the country with a population with little to no education. 
The Rotary Club of Concord is funding a Music Program through the proceeds of the upcoming Pops concert this spring.  Children in Cambodia will be provided with traditional percussion instruments such as the Roeat Ek and the Kohg Thom and string instruments such as the Skor Samphor. 
In addition to the current Music Program, the Sharing Foundation has brought immunizations to Cambodia, recently including the HPV immunization for Cambodian girls.  The foundation has also sponsored farm projects, sewing projects and the building of a school that is educating 500 kids.  The Sharing Foundation sends $300,000 per year to Cambodia to support the housing, feeding and education needs of 72 children living in an orphanage.
Ann shared a story of a 6 year old girl who loves to dance and leads the dancing group in the orphanage.  This girl was rescued from her crazy mother who was feeding her maggots and living in the dumpster as an infant.  She spoke of the political difficulties of removing children from dangerous situations.  Once the children are under the care of the orphanage, they have the chance to develop skills that will improve their lives. 
Reverend John Lombard also shared his experience in Cambodia working with The Sharing Foundation.  He was there teaching critical thinking at the University.  From there he taught at an English teaching program where the kids were not allowed to speak their native tongue of Khmer and instead had to speak English. 
Ann and John L. were both introduced to The Sharing Foundation by Dr. Nancy Hendrie
Ann Trudeau and John Dow Leigh Ann Crimmings 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Ann Trudeau Updates Rotary on Sharing Foundation 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
At the Power of Change forum, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Concord and Nashoba Valley, Rotarians and their guests lined up to sponsor students at Razia Jan's school, the Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan and to become ambassadors for Craig Norberg-Bohm's White Ribbon Campaign in March. Eleven Rotary Clubs agreed to work together on a $35,000 global grant for the Zabuli Education Center. It was an inspiring way to celebrate 25 years of Women in Rotary.  In the photo below: Event Planners Nancy McPherson, Sheila Watts, June Grace, Karin Gaffney and Mary Garcia relax at the reception following the forum.
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Posted by Andy Mahoney
Rotary Club of Concord
January 8, 2015
President:          Sheila Watts
Song:                   “God Bless America” led by Suzanne Greenough
Pledge:               led by Kevin Sullivan, President of the Bedford club
Prayer:               led by Dean Benedict
Sergeant-At-Arms:         Dave Robertson
Bulletin Writer:               Andy Mahoney
Visiting Rotarians & Guests:       Kevin Sullivan from the Bedford club was a VR and he was joined by Ingrid Detweiler (guest of Doug) and Glenn Hall (guest of Glenn Burlamachi)
Question of the Week:
Kevin Sullivan stood in for Ken Marriner, who hurt himself slipping on ice.  “When did the Japanese bomb the continental United States?”  Dick Hale answered correctly with “1945” when the Japanese put bombs in balloons and dropped them over Washington State.
Endowment Moment:
Rotarians from 36 clubs in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe have 86 different projects going on to provide wells, water storage and toilets for schools and health clinics.  Your contributions as part of Every Rotarian, Every Year have helped to make it all happen.
Announcements:            (contact John Dow to coordinate coat & hat drives)
1/12:     Rotary Club of Concord Board meeting, 4:00pm at Middlesex Savings Bank (all are welcome)
1/13:     Bristol Lodge:  3-5pm serving Henry’s meatloaf w/bacon, carrots, mashed & salad (deliver coats)
1/14:     District Social Media Forum, 6:30-8:30pm at Doubletree Hotel in Leominster
1/17:     Cradles to CrayonsWinter coat & hat drive Tuesday (Sunrise) & Thursday (lunch) --- sizes 6-12
1/22:     Rotary Forum --- The Power of Change:  Improving the Lives of Women, 7-8pm at Fenn School
2/05:     Regular luncheon meeting will be held at the prison farm at N.E. Correctional Center
New Member Bio:
Jean Goldsberry, the new Executive Director at MinuteMan ARC, was born in Iowa, did her undergraduate and graduate (Masters in Community Health) work at Ohio State and then took advantage of a Bush (3M family) Foundation scholarship to earn her MBA at Yale’s School of Management.  She moved to Boston after graduation and has worked in the disability area since 1987.  She praised the Early Invention program for newborns to age 3 and cited the statistic that 52% of those who are in the program don’t need further services afterwards.  She also listed the programs for adults including the 9 group homes (5 in Concord), 18 independent apartments, supportive housing (5), adult foster care (36), day rehabilitation (47) and their recreation program.  They are moving to Forest Ridge Road soon.  Jean lives in Concord with her spouse and 3 dogs.  Her daughter, a potter, and son-in-law live in Wisconsin.  Her son, a musician, and daughter-in-law live in San Diego.
Program:            Sharon Spaulding introduced Leslie Perrin Wilson, Concord’s town archivist and the curator of Special Collections at the Concord Free Library.  She earned her B.A. at Wellesley College and her M.A. at Simmons College and has been selected for many awards including those from the Thoreau Society and the Emerson Society.  She spoke on the relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and the citizens of Concord, namely John Shepard Keyes.  The library is hosting an exhibition entitled “This Man Grew According to the Need” – a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson about Abraham Lincoln.  Leslie stated that the residents of Concord were ambivalent about Lincoln until the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862, two years into Lincoln’s first term.  Although Abe never visited Concord, the town was representative of the North’s view, had a strong anti-slavery stance and (Sam Hoar) was instrumental in establishing the Republican Party in Massachusetts.  
              Leslie conveyed Concord’s view of President Lincoln through the eyes of John Shepard Keyes, a Harvard-educated Republican who was a keen observer and was highly political.  Mr. Keyes wanted to keep Kansas and Nebraska as “free states” and was the lawyer representing Frank Sanborn, one of the Secret Six who were members of the Massachusetts Kansas Committee.  That group supported John Brown’s idea of an armed slave uprising and helped plan and support his raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia.  In 1860, Keyes was a delegate to the Chicago convention and voted for William Seward.  Lincoln won on the 3rd ballot, but Keyes never waivered.  He was appointed U.S. Marshal for Massachusetts after having first served as Lincoln’s bodyguard at his first inauguration.  As marshal, his duties included handling cases of prize ships, Southern spies, contraband goods from embargo runners, and the custody of certain kinds of prisoners.  Please note that the exhibition will be coming down at the end of February and, in the meantime, there will be various lectures given as well, including one by Concord’s own Richard Frieze. 
Door Prize: 
Kerry Cronin won the cash door prize.   
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Happy New Year to all from the Rotary Club of Concord. We celebrate a year of service including the Hot Chocolate Stand, the new town Christmas Tree, meals at Bristol Lodge, Minuteman Arc events, wells and latrines in Kenya, scholarships, class act awards, food and clothing drives, fishing outings for veterans, gifts for inmates' kids, and much more. Thank you all for your hard work and for supporting the Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment and The Rotary Foundation. Get ready for an exciting year ahead, beginning with our "Power of Change" forum Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Fenn School.
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Warmed by the fellowship and possibly a few drinks before dinner, Rotarians conversed, sang, clapped, congratulated and went home bearing a festive poinsettia after the annual Holiday Banquet at Newbury Court. Highlights of the evening included induction of Stuart Weeks and Sally Faccenda as new members, recognition of the committee that helped the Club get the new Christmas Tree for the town, among them Dick Hale and Henry Dane, and the awarding of Paul Harris Fellows to Ingrid Detweiler, Kevin McConnell, Roger Fritz, and June Grace.  Photo: Stuart and Sally
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Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 marked the dedication of the new Christmas Tree donated to the town by the Rotary Club of Concord. It was a cold and windy night, but our members spoke eloquently at the occasion despite annoying mike feedback. The tree looked spectacular. Thanks to all who staffed the Hot Chocolate stand, including the future Rotarian grandchildren of Doug Detweiler and Roger Fritz. And thanks to Dunkin Donuts for donating the hot chocolate. The tree in this picture is not the new town tree! It was too dark to get a good photo.   
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Posted by June Grace on Nov 08, 2014
November 11, 2014 will be a busy day for Concord Rotarians. Sunrise Satellite Meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn, serving lunch to veterans at the VA Hospital in Bedford at 11 a.m. and preparing and serving supper for the homeless at Bristol Lodge's community supper from 2 - 5 p.m. Click on the specific event on the left hand column to get details for these events. Seen here: These Rotarians served lunch on Nov. 11, 2013. 
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Posted by June Grace on Nov 08, 2014
 Are you an early bird? Can’t do lunch? The Rotary Club of Concord has added a second meeting to their weekly schedule.  Rotarians and their guests may now attend a breakfast meeting from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. at the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square in Concord. Featuring a hearty breakfast and an informal format, the meeting fits the bill for those who want to be part of Rotary’s many activities, but cannot make a luncheon meeting. Full attendance credit will be given to Concord Rotarians and Rotarians visiting from other clubs.  Please drop in and experience an inspiring start to your day. Learn about upcoming Rotary projects and discuss timely topics.
Keynote Speaker at the Rotary Club of Concord’s Luncheon Meeting
October 30, 2014
12:00 p.m. – Colonial Inn, Concord, MA
Mitra is Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Worcester. Under his dynamic leadership the Worcester Club added 82 members in 2013-2014. After speaking at Rotary International’s Convention in Australia, he was the keynote speaker at Denmark's Rotary Convention, and addressed Russian clubs in St. Petersburg.
Now he will be appearing in Concord. Come hear this enthusiastic booster of will be amazed at the breadth of Rotary’s reach. If you know Rotarians from other clubs, alert them to this opportunity to be inspired to "Grow and add more helping hands." Visitors are welcome.
  Haunted? You decide after you hear Arthur Martin, Colonial Inn's ghost expert, recount the many incidents surrounding the famous ROOM 24 at the Colonial Inn. Come to the Sunrise meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 a.m. to start your day with your pulse racing, and not just from drinking too much coffee! Be informed this Halloween. Know where the real ghosts are. Bring a gullible friend. This meeting has a four crypt rating. And its open to the public.
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The Rotary Club of Concord will meet at Newbury Court Oct. 23 at 12:15 p.m.  (BYOL) Bring Your Own Lunch. It is our traditional participation in the Rotary Million Dollar Meal, a collective effort to raise money to stamp out polio. World Polio Day is Oct. 24 so the money the Club would ordinarily pay for lunches will be sent to support polio immunization programs. Steve Verrill of Verrill Farm fame is our keynote speaker, educating us about sustainable agriculture. Verrill farmland is in the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program. This promises to be a great meeting. The public is invited. 
Posted by June Grace on Feb 13, 2013

Past President Sean McCarthy unwraps the mystery of the Four-Way Test as he presents a plaque to new inductee to the Rotary Club of Concord, Lynn Ashe of AnnieMac Home Mortgage. Noel Choquette (left) proposed Lynn, and Immediate Past President Steve LevitskyImage presented her with her pin and name badge. Welcome Lynn. 

Posted by June Grace on Jan 08, 2013

The A-Team of Concord Rotarian Chefs prepared a hearty meal of pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted winter squash, and salad for 70Imageat Bristol Lodge's soup kitchen at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Waltham on January 8. Here Rick Copland and Art Taylor work quickly to get the warm roast to the table. 

Posted by June Grace on Dec 24, 2012

The Rotary Club of Concord will not meet Dec. 27. It's been a busy month with the Festival of Wreaths on Dec. 2; Hot Chocolate Stand on Dec. 2; Annual Meeting on Dec. 13; Holiday party with gifts to the children at the Northeast Correctional Center on Dec. 15 and our own Holiday Dinner on Dec. 20. We will hit the ground running on January 3, with the induction of new members and plans for serving a delicious meal to the homeless in Waltham on January 8. Stay tuned.

Photo: Our treasured treasurer Kevin McConnell received a gift from Santa (aka Steve Kirk) at the Holiday Party.Image

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Posted by June Grace on Aug 20, 2012

Enthusiastic golfers teed off under sunny skies and comfortable temperatures on Aug 20 2012 at the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, Rotary Club of Concord’s 24th annual golf event. No Hurricane Irene this year!  Image

Many Rotary and community volunteers worked to assure the success of the tournament, chief among them tournament chairs Rick Beers, Sandra Cassella, Phyllis Maurer and Joe Saia. Scholarships will be funded for students entering college in September 2013, thanks to the major sponsors, Hammond Residential Real Estate and Middlesex Savings Bank, along with Tee and Green Sponsors.  Generous donations to the silent auction, and generous bidders who supported the auction, provided an added benefit.

First place winners Andy Mahoney with his teammates B. Kelly, Dave Swan and W. Muggie came in at 139 (one under par) narrowly edging out the second place foursome of Ed Fitzgerald, Frank Vumbaca, T. White and R. Saha whose score was 140.  But all agreed it wasn’t just the challenge of the game that made for a great day, it was the camaraderie and the chance to support an important cause, the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund. 

Photo: The winners!

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At the August 9, 2012 Rotary Club meeting, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Scholarship winner Caroline Hall recounted highlights of her RYLA experience as she thanked the Concord Rotarians for the opportunity to attend the RYLA weekend this past June. Caroline said she gained leadership skills and confidence as she took place in such activities as breaking a board and speaking in public. If Caroline's poise is any indication, she is already an outstanding leader. 

Pictured: RYLA Scholar Caroline Hall (left) with Rotarian Sharon Spaulding
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Posted by June Grace on Apr 01, 2012
Concord Rotarians Naeem Rathore and Ken Marriner were part of a Rotary International project to support literacy in Guatemala. They recently presented the flag they received from the Rotary Club they partnered with in Guatamala to their home club in Concord.


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Posted by Kevin McConnell on Oct 31, 2011
Join your fellow Rotarians in hosting an afternoon of bowling with our guests from Minuteman ARC at the Bowlardrome on Rte. 27 in Acton on Saturday, November 5 from 1 - 3 p.m.  This is always an enjoyable event, much appreciated by everyone in attendance.  Come hear those pins hit the floor as you help the Rotary Club of Concord with this always-popular community service event.  
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Rotary Club of Concord’s Purple Pinkie Day helps take on $200 million challenge from the Gates Foundation

On Saturday October 22, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Rotary Club of Concord will hold its third annual “Purple Pinkie Day” in Concord Center to help “End Polio Now.”  Rotarians worldwide join on World Polio Day to rid the world of this crippling disease. In Concord, as elsewhere, they will greet the public and invite them to join in the fight by making a contribution of any amount.  Contributions will earn the donor a “purple pinkie” and the Rotarian will apply purple color to his or her finger as is done to children throughout the world signifying that they have received their polio vaccine. The purple pinkie will serve as a personal reminder of helping one child become free from polio forever.ENDPOLIONOW_4p

Rotary clubs here and around the world are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve a world free of the crippling disease polio. A key component of that effort is fundraising. Rotary members are working to raise $200 million in response to a challenge grant of $355 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

That may seem a daunting task, but Rotary’s track record shows it can be done with perseverance and hard work. Since launching its landmark PolioPlus Program in 1985, the volunteer service organization already has contributed more than $900 million to the cause, not to mention countless volunteer hours logged by Rotary members.

Although the polio epidemic may be a distant memory to many-- cases have been slashed by 99 percent worldwide -- it still threatens children in parts of Africa and South Asia.  

Steve Levitsky, President of the Rotary Club of Concord, urges everyone in Concord to help close that final gap and eliminate polio from the earth once and for all.  Together let’s get ‘er done.”

Indeed, for as little as 60 cents worth of oral polio vaccine, a child can be protected for life. However, a major funding gap now faces the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of which Rotary is a spearheading partner (along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF). More than twenty years of steady progress is at stake, and polio -- now on the ropes -- stands to stage a dangerous comeback unless the funding gap is bridged.

In response to the funding crisis, Rotary eagerly accepted a US$355 million challenge grant from the Gates Foundation, which Rotary will match with an additional US$200 million over three years, raising a much needed US$555 million, all of it dedicated to polio eradication.

Rotary’s worldwide membership of 1.2 million men and women -- representing about 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries -- immediately embraced the effort by digging deeper into their own pockets, planning special fundraisers and rallying community support. Rotary invites everyone who wants to learn more about this historic opportunity to end polio to visit

The Rotary Club of meets weekly at the Colonial Inn in Concord at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays.  For more information visit



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Posted by June Grace on Apr 14, 2011
 Rotary District 7910 held an event in March to celebrate the public relations efforts of Rotarians throughout the district of 54 clubs, because the District leadership firmly believes in the necessity of publicizing the good Rotarians do in order to perpetuate both membership and fundraising abilities.

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 The Rotary Club of Concord invites the public to its 36th Annual Pops Night featuring renowned jazz vocalist Amanda Carr and the Concord Band on April 8, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. for guests to enjoy refreshments and browse a selection of unique silent auction items. The pops-style concert with table seating offers the audience a chance to unwind, visit with friends, and support Rotary’s many charitable projects, including aid to survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Tickets are $25 a person and may be purchased from members of the Rotary Club of Concord, or by calling Dick Hale at 978-369-1500. All seats are reserved.
Posted by June Grace on Mar 06, 2011
The Rotary Club of Concord and the First Religious Society of Carlisle invite the public to hear three distinguished speakers present Haiti Speaker Forum – One Year After The Earthquake on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Union Hall of the First Religious Society of Carlisle. MA. Ray Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America; David Campbell, Executive Director of All Hands Volunteers; and Paul D’Oliveira, Chair of the Haiti Relief and Recovery Committee of the Rotary Club of Concord, will discuss what’s been accomplished in the year since the earthquake struck, what is now needed and how you or your group may get involved. The session is free, and questions will be entertained. 
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Posted by June Grace on Jan 25, 2011
The Rotary Club of Concord asks the community to join with them in the fight to eradicate polio from our world on "Purple Pinkie Day". On Saturday, October 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Rotarians will be in Concord Center collecting funds to help in their efforts to inoculate the children of the remaining four countries in the world with polio infections, so that this dreaded disease will never spread again. For any donation, the Rotarian volunteers will mark the pinkie finger of the donor with a purple marker to signify how the children have their pinkie fingers dyed purple when they receive the polio vaccine.
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Posted by June Grace on Jan 24, 2011
The Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament will be held August 30 beginning with registration at 11:00 a.m., lunch and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Located at the Concord Country Club in Concord the event benefits the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.
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Posted by June Grace on Dec 18, 2010
 The Rotary Club of Concord invites interested guests to  attend their breakfast meetings on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 at  the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square in Concord. This informal breakfast  meeting fits the bill for those who want to be part of Rotary’s many  activities, but cannot make a luncheon meeting. Full attendance credit is given  to Concord Rotarians and Rotarians visiting from other clubs.

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On May 23, 2012 at Concord Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) the Rotary Club of Concord honored 47 students who demonstrated community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility in their various clubs, sports and organizations. The students and their parents enjoyed a cookout prepared by the Rotarians, then heard Jesse Moran (CCHS Class of 2000) tell about his experience at Two Degrees Food, a company that manufactures and distributes food to malnourished children in impoverished areas of the world. Winners of the Class Act Awards received Rotary Clocks and certificates to commemorate the achievement. Photo: These Rotarians are ready to greet the students.Image
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Posted by Doug Detweiler

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today's challenges -- including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns -- while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

As the world's largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International helps more than 1,000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors. Rotary also partners with serve prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master's degree in peace and conflict resolution.

PolioPlus is Rotary's flagship program. By the time polio is eradicated, Rotary club members will have contributed US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world's first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe. Today, club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture, and creed.

Yours in Rotary

Doug Detweiler

President 2009-2010


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The Rotary Club of Concord donated a white fir to replace the dying Colorado Blue Spruce that for many years served as the town's famous Christmas Tree, lit during the holidays to add cheer to the winter nights. Here is the new tree atop a truck from Fairview Farm. The planting took place on the flagpole island in Monument Square on Tuesday October 7. Watch for more information and photos. A formal dedication is being planned. Image

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On September 11,  2014-2015 District 7910 Governor Val Callahan delivered an inspiring message about plans for this Rotary year, pointing out that the Rotary Club of Concord has an important role to play in reaching its own and the district goals. Thank you Val, for your leadership. May you have a great Rotary year. Here are 7910 Assistant Gov.,Concord Rotarian Dean Benedict, Rotary Club of Concord President Sheila Watts, Gov. Val Callahan and Assistant Gov. Pam Anastasi.Image

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Rob Mitchell, Director of the Concord Festival of Authors, the preeminent annual literary event the Boston area, will be the Sunrise Satellite speaker Tuesday Sept. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn.  Mitchell founded the event in 1993. The Festival consists of two weeks of talks, readings and discussions celebrating the written and spoken word. Plan now to come to breakfast and hear about the exciting authors and forums that will be featured at this year's festival. Feel free to bring a friend. Image

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Speaker for the September 18 Rotary Club of Concord luncheon meeting, Museum Director Neil Gordon, will overview the programs of The Discovery Museums where kids do more than look at exhibits...they interact. If you have kids, grandkids or an inquiring mind, you will enjoy this presentation. Please note the venue change. The Sept. 18 luncheonImage will be held at Chang An's Restaurant on Sudbury Road in Concord at 12:15 p.m.

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ImageImmediate past president of the Rotary Club of East Cooper Breakfast (near Charleston, SC) and twice named Rotarian of the Year by her district, Andra Watkins has recently walked 444 miles on the Natchez Trace to celebrate the release of her novel and deepen her appreciation of Lewis' situation. Few people know that Lewis died of two gunshot wounds on Oct. 11, 1809. Few people know that the Natchez Trace is an ancient trail between Natchez MS and Nashville TN. But Watkins has revived interest through her "genre-bending" novel, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriweather Lews." Come to breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 9,7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn to meet this enthusiastic Rotarian and business woman. 

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“Let your kids be bored” advised Concord author Gregory Maguire (see story below), as he spoke to the Rotary Club of Concord at the Sept. 4 luncheon meeting, illustrating his point that boredom encourages creativity and imagination with photos from his own childhood – stories, sketches, story boards, and more.  Maguire’s captivating presentation made us look forward to reading his next novel, “Egg and Spoon”.  We wish him all the best.Image

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Gregory Maguire, the bestselling author of 30 novels,Image including Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, will speak at the luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord on Thursday, September 4 at 12 noon at the Colonial Inn in Concord. You may have seen "Wicked," the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on Maguire's beloved story. Maguire's newest novel, Egg and Spoon, is due to be released September 9. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Maguire. 

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Thanks to every Rotarian, Sponsor, Golfer, Silent Auction Donator, Concord Country Club Staff, Dinner Guests, Media Outlets, Scholarship Winners and especially our Co-Chairs, Phyllis Maurer, Joe Saia and Rick Beers, Imagefor making the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament a success. It was a beautiful day. Here is a glimpse of our own Sharon Spaulding volunteering at the Registration guest, handing a "golfer's bag" to the "Best Dressed" golfer, Concord Rotarian Henry Dane. 

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Dolly Sullivan, President of the Massachusetts Chapter of Gold Star Mothers, will address the club on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 12:15 at the Colonial Inn. Gold Star mothers are citizens of the US or its Territories whose sons and daughters served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces of the US or its Allies. Dolly lost her son in Iraq. This is our opportunity to support someone who is engaged in a very meaningful effort,


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Satya Mitra, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Worcester will speak at the Rotary Club Imageof Concord's Sunrise Satellite Meeting Aug. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn. Under Mitra's dynamic leadership the Worcester Club added 82 members in 2013-2014. After speaking to our club, he will be be keynote speaker in Denmark's Rotary Convention, then on to St. Petersburg to address Russian clubs. Catch him before he leaves Massachusetts. Please bring a friend who would be a good candidate for Rotary membership. If you know Rotarians from other clubs, alert them to this opportunity to be inspired to "Grow and add more helping hands." We welcome visitors.

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What a beautiful evening at a beautiful place. Rotarians and guests enjoyed food and fellowship at the Inn on the Horse Farm in SudburyImage hosted by Rick and Joan Beers. The lobsters made a big hit, but so did Rick's grandson, who drove guests around to see the horses, the pond, and all the rest. Here is Rotarian Ken Marriner, ready to start his tour. Thanks everyone, especially Rick and Joan!

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Come, meet Concord's new Chief of Police Joseph O'Connor at the Sunrise Satellite meeting July 15 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn. Drawing on his experience as superintendent of the MBTA Transit Police Department during the Marathon Bombing, O'Connor will talk about "Community Policing in an Age of Terrorism." Let's welcome our new chief with a room full of friendly Rotarians and guests. We will meet in the Thoreau Room. Hope to see you there. Photo: Town Manager Chris Whelan, Chief O'Connor and Rotarian Kerry Cronin at a previous Sunrise Satellite Meeting.Image

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ImageThe Rotary Club of Concord will hold its 26th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Concord Country Club to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF).

The shotgun start is scheduled for 1;00 p.m. preceded by registration and lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Cocktails and dinner are at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee of $250 includes 18 holes of golf at one of New England’s premier courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments. Mulligans will be available for purchase. There will be a silent auction and a drawing for top-quality golf gear. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive and closest to the pin (for men and women). And a prize for a hole-in-one! Read on for registration information. Download forms from "DOWNLOADS" on the left hand column of this page.

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Unfortunately due to the threatening weather complete with Hurricane Arthur the Slush Stand is canceled. But it is still the Fourth of July! Hear the Concord Band play at nearby Emerson Umbrella at 3:15 p.m. Plenty of parking and no charge. Stay dry and celebrate our nation's independence.Image

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David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, spoke at the Sunrise Satellite meeting on June 24. "April 19, 1775" came alive as Wood linked history with objects collected for the exhibit, "A Shot Heard Round the World...Image", currently showing at the Museum. Photo: David Wood shows President Rosario Rizzo items on view through September 21, 2014. 

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David Wood, Curator of the Concord Museum, will be the speaker at the Sunrise Satellite meeting June 24, Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn. Wood will tell us about "The Shot Heard Round the World," an interesting collection of items from various locations that inform the story of April 19, 1775 currently on display at the Museum. If you have visitors coming this summer, you will want to take them to see this exhibit, and this is your opportunity to learn about it first hand. Among the items, this drum.Image.


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Sheila Watts was installed as the 2014-2015 President of the Rotary Club of Concord at a celebration at the Nashawtuc Country Club on June 19, 2014.  President Rosario Rizzo reviewed the the club's busy 2013-2014 year of international and local projects before passing along the gavel to Sheila. Sheila's remarks included thanks to her family, friends and fellow Rotarians for their support and a preview of the year to come as we embrace change along with tradition. Best of luck to Sheila and the Rotary Club of Concord as we "Light Up Rotary" in the year to come.Image

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You've seen her picture in the Concord Journal (many times!) Why? Because she is going places. And she will take us along at the Sunrise Satellite meeting June 17, Tuesday morning at 7:30 at the Colonial Inn. Come hear our own Ruth Armknecht explain the why and where of global travel. Hurry before she takes off on another trip! ImageRuth (left) with Kevin McConnell and Sheila Watts served lunch at the VA Hospital on Memorial Day. One of Ruth's brief stops in Massachusetts!

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Concord’s Sunrise Satellite continues to bring you “get up and get your day going” speakers on Tuesday mornings, and Tuesday, June 10, will be no exception. WCVB Chanel 5 Field Producer Clint Conley will fill us in on his 24 years’ experience at Chronicle. In recent episodes Conley has featured Hilary Taylor’s Merlin’s Silver Star silver-smithing studio, the Concord Library’s seed loaning program and last Thursday’s Rotary speaker Dr. Cantu’s work on concussion prevention. Google Conley and you will learn that he is a co-founder of Mission of Burma, one of the more influential rock bands in US.  He plays bass guitar and is a vocalist and composer for the band. There is an interesting history here, and it will be tough to fit it all in. Be at the Colonial Inn at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday June 10 to enjoy this unique talk. Attention Lynn Ashe: Mission of Burma will be in Sled Island, Calgary from June 18 – June 22!  

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You’ve seen him on TV.  You’ve read his comments in the news. Now hear him in person at the Rotary Club of Concord’s June 5th 12:00 noon luncheon meeting at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Dr. Robert Cantu will address the challenge of protecting our young people from the effects of head injuries.  Cantu recently released his 30th book  “Concussions and Our Kids”, the first prescriptive book to address the issue of head trauma in children’s sports.  You are sure to come away informed and concerned.  Don’t miss this opportunity.Image

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ImageThe Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Concord and Lexington joined forces to help host a picnic lunch for patients and their families at the VA Hospital in Bedford following a Memorial Day Service held there on May 26, 2014.  This is the third year the three clubs have participated in this meaningful event, thanks to the organizing efforts of Concord Rotarian Sharon Spaulding.  Some of those present are shown here:

From left: Rosario Rizzo, President, Rotary Club of Concord and Retired US Air Force Lt. Colonel; Tracey Claudio, Gold Star Spouse, Disabled US Navy Veteran and Patient Advocate at Bedford VA Hospital; Sheila Watts, President Elect, Rotary Club of Concord; Christine Croteau, Acting Hospital Director, Bedford VA Hospital; Michael Carey, US Air Force Reserves, Veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm, VA Quality Manager; Mary Ann Petrillo, Acting Director of Patient and Nursing Services, Bedford VA Hospital; Ruth Armknecht and June Grace, Concord Rotarians

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On May 21, 2014 the Rotary Club of Concord presented Class Act Awards to over 70 Concord Carlisle students representing a broad range of clubs, sports and community service organizations at the school. Club advisors and coaches nominated the students based on Rotary values of community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility. Each student received a Rotary clock. Seen here, Concord Rotarian Arnold Roth who helped prepare the awards for the ceremony.Image

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Michael Goodwin, founder of an unique interdisciplinary experience now offered at Concord Carlisle High School, introduced Rotarians and their guests to the program at the Rotary Club of Concord’s Sunrise meeting on May 13. An English teacher at CCHS, Goodwin has been named one of 50 remarkable teachers in a new book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom” by Katrina Fried. Goodwin was accompanied by team member Art Teacher Tracie Dunn. After hearing Goodwin and Dunn, Rotarians understood why “Rivers and Revolutions” is quickly gaining in popularity among students, parents, and educators alike. Here are Goodwin and Dunn, happy to answer any questions before hurrying off to meet their students.Image

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Concord Rotarians inducted two new members on May 1...Hilary Taylor, owner Imageof Merlin's Silver Star in Concord and Theresa Espinola of the Acton Branch of Enterprise Bank.  Here is Hilary with her Dad, Art, her sponsor and a Concord Rotarian. Hilary is a fourth generation Rotarian. 

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Many thanks to Abe Dane (L), Concord Rotarian Henry Dane (center) and Jan Faust Dane for representing the Rotary Club of Concord in the Iron Chef competition for Open Table's 25th anniversary. Three cheers for "The Rotary Chefs Three" who took third place in the competition. Is three our lucky number?

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The Sunrise Satellite meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord will host author and editor Jeffrey Cramer at the breakfast meeting April 29 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colonial Inn in Concord.  Jeff is the Curator of Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. He has appeared on various radio and television programs, including "On Point with Tom Ashbrook," WUMB-Boston's Commonwealth Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge," and C-SPAN's Book-TV. His essays and other writings have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Literary Review, and The Christian Science Monitor, among others. Among his recently published books are Essays by Henry D. Thoreau: A Fully Annotated Edition, Yale University Press, 2013, The Portable Thoreau, Penguin, 2012, The Quotable Thoreau, Princeton University Press, 2011, and The Maine Woods: A Fully Annotated Edition by Henry D. Thoreau, Yale University Press, 2009. Image

 Jim Flemming, of Wisconsin Public Radio, recently said, "Jeffrey Cramer lives and breathes Thoreau.  He may know more about the bard at Walden Pond than anyone else alive."  Invite your friends to come and have breakfast with Cramer on April 29. Then go for a stroll at Walden Pond.  


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ImageLet's show up in force to honor the outstanding work of our own Doug Detweiler, District Governor for 2013-2014. The Paul Harris Dinner on Friday night will be our club's meeting of the week. See details of the weekend and register at 

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On April 21, 2014 the Rotary Club of Concord's kids wearing Rotary hats paraded the Rotary banner and earned cheers from the crowds as they marched with their Rotarian parents and grandparents in Concord's ImagePatriot's Day Parade. Thanks to all who marched and all who waved! It was a perfectly beautiful day.

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On April 8, close to 300 Concord Carlisle High students filed into the lower gym to be met by 45 community volunteers, all anxious to help the students hone their financial expertise by trying to balance their living expenses within a randomly assigned salary.  Organized by Concord Rotarian Ana Pantazi, High School English Teacher Dana Graham who serves as Coordinator of the Advisory Program and Concord's Youth Services Coordinator Jennifer Clarke, the event required a lot of planning and the use of many volunteers. Among the volunteers were Rotarians, bankers, financial planners, realtors, parents, members of the Community Chest, town officials, Business Network members, and friends. The Rotary Club of Concord thanks everyone for their enthusiastic participation in this important educational event.

Photo: Who better than Concord Rotarian Rev. Dr. John Lombard to introduce students to the "Wheel of Fortune" (or misfortune)Image

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If its Town Cleanup, Spring is about to spring! Thanks to Leigh Ann Crimmings, Michael Woodman, Art Taylor, Doug and Ingrid Detweiler, Dick Hale and Buck and June Grace, Cambridge Turnpike looks a lot neater. Picking up roadside litter is an annual event for the Rotary Club of Concord, along with many other groups in town. Now let the flowers bloom! Image

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The Rotary Club of Lexington honored Concord Rotarian Dick Hale with a Paul Harris Fellowship at the joint meeting of the Lexington and Concord Clubs held March 31, 2014 at Waxy O'Connors in Lexington. The award recognized Hale's fifty years of perfect attendance and his fifty years of service to Rotary. This was the third year the two clubs have held a joint meeting in celebration of Patriot's Day and the bond between the clubs that are geographically close but represent different Rotary Districts.Image

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Concord Rotarian Judy Carlough was a speed-speaker at the Rotary International District 7910 Project EXPO where she demonstrated in six short minutes, six times, how-to and why-to create Public Service Announcements for television featuring a Rotary club's own message as an introduction to professional Rotary International videos. Here she is resting before the next group of "students" arrive.Image

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The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed newest member, Ari Beyranevand of Alpine Property Management on March 13, 2014. Thanks Jerry Paolilli, for proposing Ari. We look forward to sharing many Rotary experiences with Ari. Ari already knows the 4-Way test.Image

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The Rotary Club of Concord celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 11 by serving a traditional corned beef dinner to our friends at Bristol Lodge. 90 guests were served by 14 Rotarians including family members. Second year in a row. Now it's a tradition. Thanks to our chefs Cato Anderson and John Dow. Photo: Art Taylor and Judy Carlough preside over the cabbage prep.Image

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Members of the Rotary Club of Concord enjoyed hosting the Third Annual Olympics and Carnival for our friends at Minuteman Arc on Saturday, March 1. The events included spin art, darts, bowling, golf, Krazy Kans, football challenge, baseball strike zone, and more. The smell of freshly made popcorn drew everyone to the refreshment line, and the clown got folks out of their seats to play percussion instruments in a parade and participate in some magic tricks. Everyone walked the red carpet to receive a trophy and a medal. We all had a great time!Image 

Photo: Rotarian Ana Pantazi pins a star reward to her friend's name tag.

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The Rotary Club of Concord is proud to announce that it has been awarded a global grant to provide clean water and  sanitation in rural villages of Kenya. We are partnering with the Karura-Nairobi Rotary Club for this life-giving project.  We are happy to report that we have raised $10,000 toward the entire cost of the $35,000 endeavor, with the remainder of the funds being provided by Rotary International District 7910 ($10,000) and The Rotary Foundation ($15,000). Thank you everyone for your support!Image




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Dan Vermouth of Stop Hunger Now, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord at the Colonial Inn on Thursday March 27 at 12:15 p.m.. Come hear how Stop Hunger Now is having an enormous impact on world hunger through the mobilization of community volunteers in the simple act of packaging non-perishable nutritious meals. Image

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Thanks to the efforts of Concord Rotarian Paul D'Oliveira and the support of the Rotary Club of Concord, Rotary International District 7910, The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of New Carlisle, Ohio and the Rotary Club of Jacmel, Haiti, the children of the St. Joseph's Family's schools in Haiti received a much-needed gift on Christmas Eve: a 15-passenger 2013 Toyota Hi-Ace van. This vehicle will save thousands of dollars in transportation costs and thousands of hours on the roads as it transports the special-needs children of the ImageWings of Hope Home in Fermathe and the students of Trinity House in Jacmel to medical appointments and other events. Pictured with the van: children who will soon ride in comfort and safety, thanks to Rotarians who care. See photo album for more. 

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Bert Lesneski and Steve Levitsky caught the holiday spirit at the Rotary Club of Concord's Holiday Reception and Dinner Dec. 12 at Newbury Court in Concord. Special thanks to Dick Hale for his ever-helpful energy in arranging an enjoyable evening of fellowship and to Andrea Rizzo for stepping up to the Steinway to add some sparkle to our singing. Image

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At Rotary's Dec. 5 meeting, Lauren Ready, Director of Talent Management Initiatives and Marketing at the International Consortium for Executive Development Research in Lexington, presented results of her research on exceptional women leaders. Based on interviews of 60 women executives at 20 different companies in 19 countries, Ready outlined three areas of focus for successful career development: 1. Explore, 2. Own, 3. Repay. See her full report, "Taking Charge" and related video at Photo: Rotarian Rev. Herb Taylor with Lauren Ready.Image

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Leslie Perrin Wilson, Curator of Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, spoke at the Sunrise Satellite meeting of the Rotary Club of Concord on Dec. 3. Leslie's recounting of the history of the Munroes of Lexington and Concord provided glimpses of life in our area from 1651 on, with some special notes about 1776. She pointed out that we have William Munroe to thank for establishing the Library, surmounting many obstacles to obtain the site, erect the building, formulate the administrative structure, and more. All are encouraged to view the collaborative exhibit by the Library and the Lexington Historical Society, currently showing in the art space at the Concord Library.Imagei Photo: Leslie Wilson signs a copy of her Guidebook to Concord for Rotarian Ann Trudeau.


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Rotarians and their families hosted the annual Hot Chocolate stand at Concord's Tree Lighting Dec. 1.  Freezing drizzle encouraged lots of friends to drop by for a hot drink, compliments of Dunkin Donuts. Here are our first customers…happy to greet the Holiday season.Image

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Rotarians from Concord, Bedford and Lexington honored veterans and their families at the VA Hospital in Bedford with a lunch following the Veteran's Day Memorial Service. Pictured here are Rotarians and staff who enjoyed time with the veterans, and joined the nation in thanking them for their service. 

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On Nov. 3rd 14 Rotarians and 7 volunteers braved snow flurries and biting wind to follow Greg Symko's challenging tour through historic Concord. Drivers and their co-pilots followed written directions to historic sites where they picked up souvenirs or answered questions before heading back to the starting point to complete their runs. Everyone enjoyed the practice event and the information gained will be used to plan a full-blown rally in the spring. Road-worthy vehicles ranged from collectibles to ordinary, motorcycle to truck. Here are two of more to view the cyclists.Image

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"Hale Hale, the Gang's All Here!" echoed through the hall at the Concord Rod and Gun Club on Oct. 25 as we sang to welcome our very surprised hero, Dick Hale, at a celebration of his 50 years of perfect attendance and unparalleled dedication to the principles of Rotary. Rotarians and guests, family and friends heard stories of completed projects, persuasive outreach and historic significance from those who had worked side by side with Dick over the years. The biggest surprise was the announcement of the new Richard L. Hale Scholarship to be given to a graduating Concord Carlisle Senior who exemplifies the standards of Rotary International and Richard L. Hale's leadership. Congratulations Dick. Keep up the good work!


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At their October 10 meeting members of the Rotary Club of Concord honored Dick Hale, aka Mr. Rotary, for serving the club, District 7910 and Rotary International for 50 years. Dick has not only obtained perfect attendance, he has demonstrated service above self in hundreds of ways, from community service projects like the revitalization of Monument Square and the Veteran's Memorial in Concord to advising area clubs to chairing many years of Pops concerts and much more. Congratulations Dick and many thanks!Image

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At its October 3, 2013 meeting, the members of the Rotary Club of Concord honored the late Christopher M. Curtis II (Chris) for his community service by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow. In a ceremony attended by Chris’s family, Rotarians learned of the many qualities that made Chris a “Rotarian in spirit.”  In testimonials by Chris’s stepfather Maynard Forbes and sister Hilary Curtis-Osmer, the details of Chris’s life revealed a man whose influence reached far beyond his dedicated work as manager of the West Concord 5 & 10.

Chris died in Texas on May 21, 2013 at age 49 while on a storm-chasing expedition. He left behind a legacy of friendship and commitment to all things West Concord including its Family Festival and Discover West Concord Day.  In addition, Chris introduced a wide audience from Cub Scouts to Senior Citizens to the science of tornadoes and all weather-related events through personal appearances, internet blogs and guest columns in Boston-area publications. 


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The public is invited to sail with a group from the Rotary Club of Concord on a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the beautiful 65-foot schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester Harbor. An evening to benefit the Rotary Club of Concord’s humanitarian outreach, the event offers guests a taste of what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester’s coastline. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres, sip wine, laugh, and celebrate the fellowship of new friends and old. Saturday, Sept 21, 5 until 7 p.m. Come early to board at the Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant,  63 rear Rogers Street (Route 127) Gloucester. Tickets are $100 per person and thanks to our generous sponsor, every penny will go toward Rotary’s programs. Tickets are available from Roger Fritz,, or from your Rotarian friends. For more information about the schooner, visit Image

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It was a beautiful day to play golf, or just to be at the Concord Country Club during the 25th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament August 19. There is no doubt that the students who are awarded Rotary Scholarships are the number one winners.  First place winners with a score of 61 were Cato Anderson, Charlie Blair, Jamie Bruneau and Bob Carr. Andy Mahoney, Mike Phillips, Paul Davis and Dave Swan came in second with a 63. Cato Anderson won the Men's Long Drive and Sheila Watts won the Women's. Watts also won closest to the pin for the women, and Rick Cleary won closest to the pin for the men. Thanks to all the players, sponsors and volunteers who made the day possible.Image

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Thanks to the enthusiasm of Rotarians and their friends who supported Rotary's Annual Golf Tournament, Madeline Mahoney has just received her second Rotary Scholarship. A junior at New York University (NYU), Madeline is an admissions ambassador for NYU and volunteers at an enrichment program for children with disabilities. She spent this summer as a paid intern doing series development at MTV. She will complete a fall semester in Paris before returning to New York City for NYU’s spring semester. A past recipient of Rotary’s Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Scholarship, Madeline was president of the Rotary Interact Club while at Concord Carlisle High School. Congratulations Madeline.



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The Rotary Club of Concord congratulates our newest Paul Harris Fellows, Joan and Rick Beers, who received their awards at their "Inn on the Horse Farm" in Sudbury, while they were hosting the club's summer outing. This is the second Paul Harris award for Rick, who was surprised by the honor bestowed on him by the club members. Rick himself arranged for Joan to receive her first Paul Harris Award. The ceremony topped off an evening of fellowship and feasting on a hot but perfectly comfortable July night. Image

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The Rotary Club of Concord announced winners of Rotary Scholarships as it prepares to launch its 25th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament Aug. 19, 2013 to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.


Thanks to the generous support of the community for last season’s Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament, the Rotary Club of Concord was able to give $19,750 in scholarships to graduating seniors and previous winners who are continuing their college educations. Among the winners are Jack Struck, recipient of the William L. Eaton Memorial Scholarship, who will attend American University and Rose Paleologos, recipient of the Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Scholarship, who will attend Emerson College. Other graduating high school seniors who received scholarships are Casey Mandrioli, attending Bryant College and Stephanie Malis, attending Syracuse University. Receiving Rotary Scholarships for a second time, Kendra Lisenby is a student at New England College, Anthony Perugini continues at the University of Virginia, and Madeline Mahoney at New York University. Willliam Moss, who was awarded a Rotary scholarship for the third time, will return to the University of Richmond. The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund selected these students from among applicants who meet Rotary’s ideals for community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility. Congratulations students!


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Rotary Club of Concord Summer Outing
July 18, 2013   5:30 p.m.  Rain or Shine. Meeting of the Week.
Hosted by Rick and Joan Beers at their Inn on the Horse Farm in Sudbury
277 Old Sudbury Road (Route 27)  978-443-7400

Delicious cook-out. Bring an appetizer or dessert. Bring a friend. Bring your kids. Just come!

You will enjoy fellowship with your club members at this beautiful family-friendly location so dress informallyImage.

Directions: (The Inn is not visible from the road, so look for the horse statues on the stone wall on either side of the driveway.) Go to Route 27 in Sudbury.  From Sudbury Center, at the traffic light where Rt. 27 intersects Concord Road (landmarks are a church, town buildings, a little park and the Hosmer House,) go South on 27 and prepare to almost immediately turn right. Look for a large granite post with “277” engraved on it and two large horses standing on top of the stone wall on each side of the driveway. Turn in and drive down the lane. (If you come to the Methodist Church you’ve gone too far.)

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The Rotary Club of Concord's Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund will be held Monday August 19 at the Concord Country Club. Come at 11 a.m. to register and enjoy lunch and a chance to warm up on the putting green before the 1 p.m. start. Afterward, chat with old and new friends over drinks and dinner. Play in a foursome of your choosing or be assigned to one. Players could win any of a number of prizes, and maybe even have their names engraved on the trophy. Buy Mulligans to improve your score. Make a hole-in-one and win big. Bid on items in the silent auction. Escape work or work a deal on the golf course. For $250 a player, you will get 18 holes of golf at one of New England's premier courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments and most important, help provide scholarships to worthy students who really need your support. Double your support by sponsoring a tee or green for $250. Or go all out and become a major sponsorSEE SIGN-UP FORMS UNDER DOWNLOADS IN THE LEFT HAND COLUMN OF THIS SITE. REGISTER NOW, CONTACT PHYLLIS MAURER AT or 508-254-7900. TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT DETAILS,Image CALL JOE SAIA AT WEST CONCORD LIQUORS, 978-369-3872.

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On June 19, 2013, Concord Middle School 8th graders held their End of the Year Celebration. The Rotary Club of Concord congratulates all the students, who showed generous enthusiasm for the 19 winners of Rotary Academic Excellence Awards as well as for the winners of the Amy Osgood Upstander Award, the Philip A Jones Award, the Nick Ressler Award and the Morton R. Seavey Award. As Applied Tech teacher Douglas Shattuck said in his presentation to Tech winner Gabrielle Wilson, "For more than 100 years, Rotary International has supported educational programs that foster and encourage individual achievement, initiative, independence, and the entrepreneurial spirit." Thank you, Concord Middle School Faculty, for fostering such an outstanding class of students. Photo: Mr. Shattuck congratulates Gabrielle Wilson.



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The Rotary Club of Concord's own Past President Doug Detweiler began his year as the new District Governor on Thursday evening, June 6, when he was installed by The Rotary Foundation Trustee Michael McGovern. Past District Governors, Assistant Governors for 2013-2014, Club Presidents and many other distinguished guests enjoyed an evening of Rotary fellowship at the Nashawtuc Country Club. The Concord Club's incoming President, Rosario Rizzo, was also installed. along with the Club officers for 2013-2014. Stay tuned as we "Engage Rotary to Change Lives."  Photo: 7910 District Governor for 2012-2013 pins Doug as Doug's wife Ingrid enjoys the moment. Image

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The Rotary Club of Concord is proud to host the installation of our own Past President Douglas J. Detweiler as Governor, 2013-2014 of Rotary District 7910 on Thursday evening, June 6 at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. We will also install Rosario Rizzo as Club President for 2013-2014 along with the Board of Directors for the year. Guest of Honor is Michael K. McGovern, Trustee of The Rotary Foundation. Doug is only the second District Governor from the Concord Club, and this will be an historic occasion. Sign up at a Rotary meeting or contact Dick Hale, 508-878-6577 to RSVP. Don't miss it. 

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The Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Concord and Lexington served ice cream sundaes and cake to Veterans, patients at the Bedford VA Hospital on May 27, a beautiful Memorial Day. The event followed a special Memorial Day service held at the chapel. The veterans and their families enjoyed eating out in the sunshine and the Rotarians and Boy Scouts enjoyed thanking the vets for their service in person. This was the second year the Rotarians held this joint service project. Special thanks to Sharon Spaulding and Karla Mansur for coordinating the event and to Rancatore's Ice Cream for bringing the ice cream and fixins. 

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Here is an easy, rewarding way to honor our hospitalized veterans. Join Rotarians from three clubs, Bedford, Concord and Lexington, in serving ice cream sundaes at a picnic on the VA Hospital Grounds following a Memorial Service held in the chapel. The Rotary Club of Concord, under the leadership of Sharon Spaulding, has organized this opportunity. Rancatore's Ice Cream will deliver the supplies and we will deliver the labor and the fellowship. 11:30 a.m.  The weather looks promising. You will be glad you came.

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Rotarian Frank Rigg returned from England and Spain with a story about his life that had us on the edge of our seats. And he promises that there is more to come. Shown here, Frank presented the Rotary Club of Concord with a banner from the Rotary Club of Billericay...the original English town that spawned our neighboring town of Billerica. Stay tuned.Image

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It was a great night...a sell-out. Lots of "Rotary Energy" as The Rotary Club of Concord and the Concord Band joined forces to "Do Good, Feel Great!"  Thanks to everyone who helped...our sponsors, our guests and the many members of the Club who volunteered in a myriad of ways. Shown here: President Elect Rosario Rizzo takes the mike to sing our praises!Image

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Thanks to our Future Rotarians for their spirit and pep in carrying the banner and making the Rotary Club of Concord super-proud at Concord's Patriot's Day Parade. Thanks Gwendolyn and Vera Dane, Gracie Chen, and Alexa and Carson Detweiler. ImageThree Cheers for our New Generation!

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Just in time for the last day of bidding, two tickets to the Red Sox versus Kansas City Royals has been added to our online auction. Grandstand 16 Row 2. Bid before the time runs out. Click here. Image

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David Sears, President of the Rotary Club of Lexington, admires the gavel presented to his club by the Rotary Club of Concord on the occasion of the town of Lexington’s 300th anniversary.  Concord Rotarians Ken Marriner made the engraved gavel and John Frankiewicz made the handsome container.  Nancy Nelson, Superintendent of Minuteman Historical National Park, was the featured speaker at the joint “Patriot’s Day” meeting of the clubs. 


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Rotary Club of Concord's online auction at will close April 10. Bid now to help Rotary's outreach to the Sharing Foundation in Cambodia, and for other service projects abroad and locally. Lots of great items at bargain prices. You won't know if you don't look. Click on "Bidding for Good" on the banner at the top of the page to go to the site. HURRY!Image Catch fish like these!

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Due to the blizzard warning, our Minuteman Arc Olympic event has been rescheduled to March 16. This will be fun for everyone, so plan to attend and lend a hand.Image

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March 3 – 9 was another busy week for Concord Rotarians.  At Tuesday’s Sunrise meeting, Darren Brown spoke about cyber-ransom threats; also Tuesday, Cato Anderson and club-mates cooked up a St. Patrick’s Day dinner for the community supper at Bristol Lodge.. At the Thursday meeting, guest speaker Laura Moore helped us gain “Clutter Clarity.” To top it off, on Saturday Sharon Spaulding and 20+ Rotarians and friends put on our second annual Winter Olympics for Minuteman Arc. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring!

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Doesn't this warm weather make you want to head out to the golf course? You can do that AND help Rotary support its important humanitarian outreach...."Click to Care" at Bidding for Good. Click on the banner above to go right to the exciting site. 


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At their Feb. 28 Imageluncheon meeting, Concord Rotarians had the pleasure of hearing local author Andrew Goldsteintein tell his own story...and that of his novel,The Bookie's Son. Relating how what he learned in the Bronx of the 60s as a bookie's son contributed to his success as entrepreneur of Thoughtforms Corp. Construction, Goldstein transitioned smoothly into a reading of an excerpt from his book. What happens? Only those who read the novel will find out. But everyone learned once again that communication skills are of utmost importance in any field.

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The Rotary Club of Concord will sponsor an on-line auction in early April through “Bidding for Good” to support the work of The Sharing Foundation. We are currently seeking auction items and would encourage anyone wishing to contribute to contact Ann Trudeau at


In 1992, local pediatrician Dr. Nancy W. Hendrie of Concord MA founded The Sharing Foundation (TSF), whose mission is to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia. In the years since its inception, TSF’s outreach has expanded to serve over 1,500 children daily, through numerous ongoing programs. These include the Roteang Orphanage, a Montessori-based preschool, Khmer literacy and English language programs, high school and college student sponsorships, a farming cooperative, a computer school, and a sewing school.

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Need Clutter Clarity about
De-Cluttering and Organizing Your Home, Your Calendar and Your Life?

It’s possible to achieve sustainable relief from your mess, and stay organized, but feeling overwhelmed and frustrated gets in the way, doesn’t it? Laura Moore, M.Ed., life coach and professional organizer, will reveal a fresh perspective on three common misconceptions, and provide tangible strategies to  stay unstuck, and enjoy de-cluttering and organizing. Come with questions, and enter RAFFLE to win the essential resource guide, Paper Clarity: What to Keep, Where and When to Shred. 


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At its Feb. 28 meeting the Rotary Club of Concord inducted six new members. Here they are with their 4-way tests: from left, John Flaherty, Deputy Superintendent, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and Concord Public Schools; Judy Carlough, Residential Realtor, Coldwell Banker; Patrick Woods, Development Officer, Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston; Charles Blair, Residential Real Estate, Keller Williams; Diana Rigby, Superintendent, Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and Concord Public Schools, and Peter Badalament, Principal, Concord-Carlisle High School. Welcome to Rotary!

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The Rotary Club of Concord honored Robert McWalter for his 47 years of perfect attendance at their regular meeting Thursday January 17, 2013. In attendance were (from left) Grace McWalter, one of the first women to join the Rotary Club of Concord (1988), and her husband Rotarian David McWalter, Jack McWalter and the honoree, Rotarian Bob McWalter. Just beginning their Rotary membership were Leigh Ann Crimmings and Ana Pantazi, shown here being inducted by Past President Sean McCarthy with assistance from Sandra Cassella and Ann Trudeau. Congratulations to all! 

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Emmy-winning photographer Allegra Anderson of This Old House Productions recounted her experiences in connecting with survivors of Hurricane Katrina five years after the storm to learn how their lives had changed since they were first featured on This Old House's program. Interesting story, but just as interesting was the trophy awarded for the documentary Allegra and her team produced. Shown here is Allegra (right) with Concord Rotarian Therese Oliver. It takes two to lift that Emmy! Image

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The Rotary Club of Concord welcomed Ryan Azinger of Centinel Financial Group to membership at its January 24, 2013 meeting. Speaker of the day was Concord Rotarian Dan Cook, president of Conservation Solutions Corporation. Dan spoke on water issues and innovative water efficiency opportunities, a timely and important topic for all Rotarians worldwide. 
Photo: New Concord Rotarian Ryan Azinger with Steve Levitsky (left) and Neal Walker (far right). 

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Past President Sean McCarthy (right) conducted a ceremony to welcome Karla Mansur (left) and Tameka Grantham to membership in the Rotary Club of Concord. Here, Henry Dane presents name badges and pins to our newest members. Congratulations Karla and Tameka.Image

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Who are these people and why are they smiling? Why, they are reveling at the Rotary Club of Concord's Holiday Party at Newbury Court. This year it will be held on Thursday Evening, Dec. 20. at 5:30. Bring a guest and greet old friends and new. RSVP to Dick Hale, Image

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Sunday December 2, 2012 brought Concord Rotarians together with many community friends as they hosted two events...the Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths for the benefit of the Domestic Violence Services Network and the Hot Chocolate Stand, where crowds enjoyed cocoa donated by Dunkin Donuts with tiny marshmallows (thanks Heidi!) while they waited for Santa to come by on the fire engine at Concord's Tree Lighting night. Here is Concord Rotarian Herb Taylor serving some eager customers.Image

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On Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. the Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Concord, will be open to the public in the lobby of Middlesex Savings Bank, 64 Main Street, Concord Center. Wreaths creatively decorated by local establishments will be on display for viewing and purchase.  Also for sale, chances on a huge collection of gift certificates decorating a “Gift Tree.” The winner of the raffle takes home all of the certificates, and does not need to be present to win. Admission is free.

Proceeds from this unique event will go to support the Domestic Violence Services Network, (DVSN) a collaboration of Central Middlesex non-profit agencies, clergy, volunteers, and police departments.

Plan now to drop in to see the wreaths, get decorating ideas, and support a worthy cause. Then stop by the Rotary Club of Concord’s Hot Chocolate Booth right outside the Middlesex Savings Bank where you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.  Frosty and Santa will be coming by on the fire engine for the tree-lighting and carol sing on Monument Square. What better time to be in Concord Center? What better time to help those experiencing tough circumstances by supporting the Rotary Club of Concord’s Festival of Wreaths?

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On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 Imagethe Rotary Club of Bedford's mighty team of muscle-men quickly pulled the determined team from the Rotary Club of Concord through the mud at Bedford's Paul Bunyan Field Day. But it was all in good fun, and Bedford served the losers some mighty good steak. Concord's team included men, women, and kids, no match for an all-he-man team from Bedford. Wait til next year!

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ImageKylie Copland and brother Thomas let it be known that Rotary will close the gap in the fight against polio. Here they are in front of Crosby's Marketplace in Concord, at Rotary's Purple Pinkie Day event.

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The Rotary Club of Concord will hold its meeting at the Masonic Hall onMonument Square in Concord Center on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12:15 p.m.  Members will bring a lunch instead of the Colonial Inn's hot meal, and the money saved will be donated to Rotary International’s effort to End Polio Now.  On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Club sponsored its fourth annual Purple Pinkie Day, chatting with the public about ending polio and coloring the pinkie finger of those who donated to the cause with a purple mark, as is done to identify children who have been vaccinated in countries where Immunization Teams go door to door.

Pictured: from left, ImageRotarians Frank Rigg and Frank Chen, with Gracie Chen, greeted customers in front of Crosby’s Market on Purple Pinkie Day Oct. 20, 2012

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On October 4 Irina Tuule brought her Bandy Heffler guests, Rotarian John Rowlinson and his wife from the Rotary Club of Fareham, UK, near Portsmouth, Imageto visit the Rotary Club of Concord. John told us about his Rotary Club and about the history of the area, including a mention of UK's own "Ironsides" now on display at the nearby Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Pictured, John presenting his Rotary Club's banner to the Rotary Club of Concord. 
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Image The Rotary Club of Concord's sunset cruise on the schooner Thomas Lannon out of Gloucester Harbor on September 16, 2012 brought out sailors and landlubbers alike to support the club's international outreach. Smooth sailing, great company, and fantastic weather made it a very special event
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There’s the golf, and then there is the silent auction. On August 20, 2012 at the Concord Country Club, the Rotary Club of Concord will hold its annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund. Golfing on the premier course, with lunch and dinner and prizes, is fun in itself. But the silent auction, also benefitting the Scholarship Fund, offers some unique items, large and small, that will bring pleasure long after the tournament is over.

Among these is a timeshare for a prime week in January at Innseasons Resorts at Pollard Brook in the heart of the spectacular White Mountains of New Hampshire, adjacent to the Loon Mountain Ski area. This prime week, the second week in January from Saturday to Saturday, is the highest level for use in an exchange program for travel (even for a cruise!) or you may simply want to use it to enjoy skiing and other winter sports. The suite sleeps four with one bedroom, fireplace, living area, private viewing deck and fully stocked kitchen.  Onsite amenities at this first class resort include indoor and outdoor pools, playground, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, locker room, sauna, spa/hot tub, fitness center, game room, laundry facilities and complimentary shuttle service to Loon Mountain during ski season. Nearby are great hiking and biking trails, rivers, restaurants, and shopping. Thirty minutes from Lake Winnipesaukee. To learn more see the video at www.innseasonsresorts, Pollard Brook.

The Rotary Club of Concord invites the public to participate in its 24th annual golf event. The shotgun start is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., preceded by registration and lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Cocktails and dinner are at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee of $250 includes 18 holes of golf at one of New England’s finest courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments. Mulligans will be available for purchase. There will be a silent auction and more. Play in a foursome of your choosing or be assigned to a foursome.

In order to give more scholarships, Rotary would like to top last year’s proceeds, as financial aid is especially important during tough economic times. In addition to golfers, Rotary is seeking sponsors and Rotary would be grateful for any gifts of support. Make your check payable to Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment, Inc. and mail to Rotary Club of Concord c/o Maurer, PO Box 354, Concord, MA 01742. To use Visa or MasterCard or for more information about registration or sponsorship contact Phyllis Maurer at, 508-254-7900. Or Joe Saia at West Concord Liquors, 978-369-3872.

Photo: view of Innseasonsresort in the White Mountains


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Join your friends from the Rotary Club of Concord on a two-hour sunset cruise aboard the beautiful 65-foot schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester Harbor. An evening to benefit the Rotary Club of Concord’s international humanitarian outreach, the event offers guests a taste of what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester’s coastline. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres, sip wine, laugh, and celebrate the fellowship of Rotary. Sunday, Sept 16, 5 until 7 p.m. Come early to board at the Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant,  63 rear Rogers Street (Route 127) Gloucester. Tickets are $100 per person and available from Roger Fritz,, or from your Rotarian friends.

As part of a global network of community volunteers, the Rotary Club of Concord focuses on giving back to our community, both here and abroad. Concord’s recent international projects include providing technology tools and know-how to three schools in Haiti, purchasing a bus for special needs students in Haiti, supporting cleft palate surgery in Central and South America through the Global Smile Foundation, providing earthquake response to Japan, supporting a school for hearing impaired in India, giving educational help to girls in Cambodia through the Sharing Foundation, providing support to Gift of Life International for open heart surgery in Central America, participating in a literacy project in the Philippines, and sponsoring events to further polio eradication in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

The Rotary Club of Concord is a great group of over 70 members, men and women. The Club holds two meetings each week…breakfast on Tuesdays from 7:30 until 8:15 AM and lunch on Thursdays from 12:15 until 1:30 PM. Both are held at the Colonial Inn in Concord. You are invited to attend a meeting. With interesting speakers and an energized group every week, you will come away inspired.  Image

And do join us for the Sunset Sail for Rotary’s International Outreach.


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Tory De Fazio of the Rotary Club of Wellesley enlightened Concord Rotarians on Aug. 16, 2012 when he overviewed many of the programs supported through the Rotary Foundation. Of special interest was his explanation of the Ambassadorial Scholars program. The Rotary Club of Concord is currently sponsoring two Ambassadorial Scholars, Dabin Kim from South Korea, and Suschita Shah from England.      Image
Shown here, Tory with Sharon Spaulding, Concord Rotarian who is serving as host for both scholars.
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On May 23 at 6 p.m. in Concord Carlisle Regional High School cafeteria, the Rotary Club of Concord will present the Class Act Awards to students who demonstrate community service, integrity, kindness, leadership and civic responsibility within their clubs, sports and school organizations at CCHS. The Club will treat the students and their families to a cookout and an inspiring speaker, before handing out the awards to the winners. Join in the fun, help decorate, flip burgers, or just enjoy. Co-chairs, John Frankiewicz and Helen Halloran.

ImagePhoto: Grill masters prepare for the hungry Class Actors
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The Rotary Club of Concord Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Concord organized the first Annual Minuteman ARC Winter Olympics Saturday February 11, 2012 at the Doug Flutie Gym on Baker Avenue in Concord.  Guests enjoyed a cakewalk, bowling, basketball shoot, a bean bag throw, and a ring toss on rubber ducks in a pool along with popcorn and drinks.  A juggler entertained and generously taught tricks of his trade. Everyone donned a Rotary-Minuteman tee shirt, and everyone won a first place trophy.  A rewarding outing for all.


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Reserve your table now for the exciting 37th Annual Rotary Spring Pops Night April 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Concord Center for the Performing Arts, 51 Walden Street, Concord. Once again The Concord Band will feature popular jazz vocalist Amanda Carr and a program of light classics, show tunes, jazz and a march or two. Tickets are just $25, or $100 for a table of four. The silent auction will benefit the Rotary's Scholarship Program. Ticket sales will benefit the Rotary Club's community and international projects, including support for residents of Henryville, Indiana, whose homes and high school were recently flattened by a tornado. You will have fun doing good at this event. For reservations: Dick Hale, 508-878-6577. See you there!
Photo: Amanda Carr with the Concord Band at the 2011 Rotary Pops.