On Thursday, November 17, Ipswich Rotary completed a very successful “Sock Drive for the Homeless”. Rev. Brian Gearin of Starlight Ministries in Boston joined us at our breakfast meeting to describe the need and to help us understand how good people can suddenly find themselves homeless.
Following the meeting, the club packed Rev. Gearin’s car chock full of socks collected during the drive. Ipswich Rotary thanks all our friends in Ipswich and Rowley who contributed to this drive.
Ipswich Rotarians surround Rev. Gearin as he prepares to return to Boston with his car stuffed with socks. Yes, we left a bit of room in the car for Rev. Gearin.
Rev. Gearin addressed the club about the conditions that lead to homelessness.
Ipswich Rotary thanks our sponsors, auction donors, and attendees for making our masked ball fundraiser a huge success.
In addition to the sponsors listed in the flier below, the following generous companies and individuals contributed to our outstanding silent auction: J Barrett & Co, Ipswich Ale, Pax Massage, Junk Junk Baby, Ipswich Inn, Rowley Family Dental, Ipswich Museum, Coastal Green Grocer, Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, Gordon Florist, Mark Warner Martial Arts, Nat Pulsifer, Ingrid Miles, Born Imagery, and several Rotarians.
Today we had the pleasure of hosting our District Governor. Sheryl shared her passion for Rotary and inspired us for the year ahead.
From left, District Governor Elect David Gardner, President Lisa Shanko, District Governor Sheryl Meehan, and District Governor Nominee Bob Wood.
DG Sheryl inspired us with her heartfelt message and plans for the coming year.
Chris Doktor presents the "Candle of Friendship" from the Hyannis Rotary Club. Chris received the candle during a recent visit as the Rotarian who had traveled the farthest. A Rotarian visiting from Austria had received the candle the week before. Timing is everything. As agreed, this photo will be returned to the Hyannis club as a sign of our appreciation and friendship.
Last week Ipswich Rotary and the Ipswich East Rotary Club of Ipswich, UK celebrated a long tradition of biannual exchange visits and friendship. The week long visitation of the Ipswich, UK club to Massachusetts marked the 18th such visit spanning almost 40 years, every two years since 1988.
Among the traditions of Twinning is for the visiting club to make a significant donation to improve lives in the host community. This year, Ipswich East, UK donated a new custom crafted counter with a built-in electronic scale to the Ipswich Open Door food pantry. Active support of the new, expanded food pantry is a major commitment of Ipswich Rotary.
Twinning guests stay with host Rotary families during their visit. Over the years, many lasting friendships have been formed.
In addition to the Open Door gift ceremony, some of the activities this year included a trip to a Red Sox game, a tour of the State Capitol led by Representative Brad Hill and Senator Bruce Tarr, a tour of Boston on a Duck Boat, a clambake, and a tour of Ipswich. The Sox won a well-played game 5-4 and Ipswich East team leader, Mark Murphy, and our own District Governor, Sheryl Meehan appeared on the Jumbo Tron while being honored on the field. Since it also was Rotary Night at Fenway, a large group of District 7930 Rotarians joined them to cheer on the home team.
This weekend, a dozen Ipswich Rotarians pitched in to finish painting the new Open Door Food Pantry in Ipswich. Team leader Dave LeBel and Steve Rogé applied the prime coat on May 18, and a team of Rotarians joined forces to complete the job on June 4. Final trim work will be completed shortly. Participating in this community service project were Rotarians Gerry Beauchamp, Chris Doktor, Bob Gravino, George Gray, Dave LeBel, Julie Nelson, Brian Nelson, Nat Pulsifer, Steve Rogé, Lisa Shanko, Doug Shealy, and Bob Wicks.
With Rotary’s help, the shelves were stocked a few weeks ago and the new food pantry is open for business. The Open Door will serve Ipswich residents on Tuesdays, from 11 am – 5 pm and Thursday 11 am – 7 pm.
From left: LeBel, kneeling, Gravino, Beauchamp, Shanko, Gray, Wicks, Shealy.
From Left: Doktor, Beauchamp, Wicks, Pulsifer, J. Nelson, B. Nelson, and LeBel.
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As part of the Rotary Satellite Club of Ipswich Old South Cemetery fence restoration project, Rotarian Dave Lebel completed the painstaking task of bringing the archway entrance back to its full glory. The transformation is clearly visible in the attached flier.
Congratulations to Dave and all the volunteers from Ipswich Rotary who spent many hours scraping, sanding and repainting. It was worth the effort to restore this bit of Ipswich history.