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24 Winter St.
Newburyport, MA  01950
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District  Governor, Dave Gardner, made a joint visit to Newburyport and Amesbury Rotary Clubs on Thursday, September 28. Dave's lovely wife, Joan, accompanied him.
We were also privileged to have Bob Wood, District Governor Elect, and Joan Arsenault, District Governor Nominee, attend. Shown in the picture are Joan Arsenault, Dianne Webster (Amesbury President), Marion Spark, Dave Gardner and Bob Wood (left to right).
Lunch was held at Vasa Restaurant, Bridge Road, Salisbury.
Dave showed slide shows of each club's activities and fundraisers which were fun to watch. Many members had Happy Dollars and they were given to Dave to donate to the Rotary Foundation. He also addressed Rotary's challenge of retaining and gaining members. He challenged each of us to invite three people to a meeting within the next quarter.
Please save the date for Chefs Dinner, May 2, 2017 at Nicholson Hall.
Do you remember last winter? How could we forget it? We were buried in snow time after time after time. And did we still receive our mail on a regular basis? You bet we did! In order to thank Newburyport postal workers for their dedication and work ethic, The Rotary Club of Newburyport provided breakfast for more than 40 letter carriers and post office workers at the Post Office Annex in the industrial park. Port City Sandwich catered the event with a fabulous hot breakfast. Paul Bolas, USPS Postmaster of the Newburyport Post Office, reported that his crew were excited for the breakfast and grateful to be appreciated for their work. Serving the breakfast were club President Deborah Andrews and club members Ann Ormond, Cindy Johnson, Louis Rubenfeld, Geri Dorr, Peter Doyle, Tom Howard, and Nikki Misenheimer. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Motto: Doing Good in the World. For more information about the Rotary Club of Newburyport, please call Deborah Andrews at 978-270-2623. 
On July 28th we were visited by Jen LaCroix, chair for Yankee Homecoming 2015, Mayor Holaday and members of the Coast Guard!
Last Tuesday, we welcomed Chris Gagnon from the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center! Rotary Club of Newburyport's President, Deborah Andrews presents the inductee with his Rotary member pin.
He joins other new members Stephen Royer (Avita); Peter Doyle (Edward Jones); Kymberly Codair (Atria); Deborah Yameen (TD Bank); and Lyndi Lanphear (3 Cherry Street).

Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Newburyport's meeting on August 12, 2014.


Date:            6-24-2014                                                      Attendance:  38

Lunch Choices:  Baked Stuffed Haddock with Balsamic Greens; Pan Roasted Vegetable Pasta Primavera with Roasted Red Pepper Cream    


Invocation: Jeff delivered a heartfelt invocation thankful for Cindy’s leadership over the past year and Rotary’s ability to continue to serve the community ever better.

Guests:  Norm Jutras

Student Guests:      Casey Ross, Scholarship recipient from Triton H.S. and her mom, Caryn

Guest Speaker:      Cindy, our out-going President will make some summary remarks.

President and Meeting:

HAPPY DOLLARS:  Max expressing his satisfaction that Andiamo let him have a second plate for lunch for the first time!  Grace for her para-legal having a beautiful baby girl and for Cindy’s capable leadership over the past, most wonderful, year.  Ann for acknowledging what a lovely man David Murison was and how he will be missed.  Chris said he had 20 Happy Dollars for a successful baseball season, the naming of the auditorium at the Bresnahan School and for the outstanding leadership that Cindy provided over the past year!  Vicky praised Cindy’s leadership and in her inimitable style lauded her asserting, ‘it’s all about the jokes!’  Deb for praising Cindy for the excellent leadership that she provided during a year that seemed to go by so fast and for working with Vicky during the year.  Walt for raising $650.00 in his fundraiser.  Jeff for Cindy and the leadership she provided over the past year; for Nick and the leadership he will provide during the upcoming year and for Rotary winning the trophy again for Ringing the Bell!  Rotary garnered $8,400.00 to lead all of the other service organizations in the city and has won three of the four sides on the trophy! 

BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES:  Nick Chapman 6-11; Walt for his Anniversary on the 21st.  Tom Howard and Norm Jutras have birthdays upcoming.


  • Cindy indicated that Russ and Sheila were absent because Sheila’s sister had just passed away.  No other information was available. 
  • Cindy presented Casey Ross with her Norman H. Russel Scholarship for academic excellence.

          Cindy spoke about her past year as President of Rotary.  She began, “Crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  But Rotary does that and succeeds!”

She reiterated her goals for the past year which were met and in most instances exceeded her expectations.  Her goals were to:

  • Engage as many people as possible in club activities
  • Increase Membership
  • Meet Foundation giving goals, increase giving to Rotary International and become a first class giving club.
  • Infuse new energy into Rotary
  • Find a new restaurant
  • Tell a joke every week

She related that all of these goals were accomplished.  There were four new Paul Harris Fellows in addition to many former Paul Harris Fellows who achieved the goal once again.  The average amount per member for giving to RI had increased distinguishing Newburyport Rotary and she was proud of that accomplishment. Membership had increased more than any other club in the district.  Andiamo has become the new luncheon home for Rotary and has provided the membership with the most delicious meals.  The enthusiasm and energy of the club is palpable.

Cindy thanked all the members of the Board and the people who worked with her to make the year such a success.  She ended her comments with one last joke!

A duck walks into a bar, jumps up on the stool and says to the bartender

“Got any grapes?”

Bartender says, “NO,” and tells the duck to get out.

Next day the duck returns, jumps up on the stool and asks the bartender

if he has any grapes.

Bartender says NO and tells the duck to GET OUT!

But the duck keeps coming in.

Finally, the Bartender tells the duck that if he asks that question one more time

He’s going to nail his beak to the bar!

Next day the duck walks in.  Hops up and says, “you got any nails?”

Bartender says, “No.

Duck says, “Got any grapes?”  


Deb also told a joke in honor of Cindy’s last day.

Seems that Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson went camping together.

Sherlock wakes him up in the middle of the night and asks him to look out

and tell him what he sees.

Watson says, “I see millions and millions of stars.”

“And what does that mean?” Sherlock asks.

Watson says it means that there must be other worlds like Earth out there

and the possibility that life exists in other parts of the universe….

Sherlock cuts him off.  “No you idiot.  Someone’s stolen our tent!”

Nick Chapman, the President elect, came to the podium.  He banged the gavel on the bell and put the transition into effect. 

Thank you Cindy for a fulfilling year.  And thank you Nick for assuming leadership for the coming year

Raffle:    Louis indicated that the raffle amount was $305.00 with 50 cards left in the pack.  Cindy pulled the winning ticket, #209989 held by none other than, Bob Keiver!  He pulled the 9 of Spades, however, so the amount will continue to build.