The Rotary Club of
Leominster
 
Chartered 1925
Meeting Minutes 05/20/2019
 
HOUSEKEEPING
  • Charlie called the meeting to order, John S. lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Rennie lead us in the prayer and collected the happy and sad fines. Welcome back John, from sunny Florida!
  • Best happy dollar is awarded to Christine - she will be fulfilling a bucket list item as she rings the closing bell for NASDAQ coming up soon. Very exciting! 
  • Rennie won the raffle, but no Joker was pulled. The deck is getting VERY small!
  • The 2 calendar raffle winners were the Leominster Historical Commission sold by Claire, and Becky Pelletier sold by Christine.
 
MEMBERSHIP UPDATES
  • John S mentioned that for organizations overall, including Rotary, membership numbers are dropping. The video gave us some statistics showing that North America's numbers are down while in the rest of the world the numbers are actually up. 50% of new members leave within the first 2 years.
  • 2 actions that can help with getting new members and keeping existing ones, is to set club goals and update your profiles. Now would be a great time for you to go in and see how your profile looks! 
  • And the most important way to get new members is... invite people and ask them to join!
  • Possible way to get new members - let's consider a Satellite Club, that will meet in in the evenings to give opportunities to interested people who are not in the area at noontime.
 
GENERAL TOPICS
  • Christine is attended the RYLA meeting Wednesday 5/15 in Concord. We previewed the RYLA video, and Christine is asking that people volunteer to work the weekend event coming up on June 28-30. There are opportunities to work a full day, short sessions, or overnight. Students from St Bernard's, Lunenburg, and Leominster High Schools will be there. There will be opportunities to mentor students in leadership, teamwork, and life skills.
  • We will be creating a new official club logo. Charlie will take point in creating the new logo, and Rennie has provided pics of the Johnny Appleseed statue for Charlie to use.
  • The annual Summer Stroll is scheduled for June 8th 3-7 pm and we have several volunteers scheduled to attend the event and represent as a club. 
  • A successful Envirothon was held Friday 5/17 at Sholan Farms. See the club website for pictures.
  • Ruby, Christine, John T (maybe) and Charlie will attend the CLI (Community Leadership Institute) evening event on May 23rd at 5 pm at Oak Hill Country Club. We could use one more attendee.
 
ACTION ITEMS
  • Sign up to volunteer for the RYLA weekend. Anyone can sigh up, including your family members. Go to the RYLA website to see volunteer opportunities.
  • Review Health Check handed out by Charlie at the meeting, and also emailed to the club afterwards.Image result for get involved
PROJECT UPDATES
Current Project - Flower Boxes
  • The flower boxes are ready for planting!
  • Meet at the Rollstone parking lot near Monument Sq on Wednesday 5/22 at 4 pm to help out
  • COMPLETE PROJECT BY MEMORIAL DAY - on target
 
Upcoming Project - Starburst Fair
  • Fair Date June 15, 2019
  • John Tata has been ordering glow sticks and flags - will this continue?
  • Looking for an update at our next meeting
Speakers
May 27, 2019
Memorial Day
Jun 03, 2019 12:00 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute
Jun 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Jun 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Ourglass Life Coaching
Jul 08, 2019
Membership and other projects
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Rotary History Fact

The world’s first service club was founded on 23 February 1905 when lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. These men wanted to rekindle in the turn-of-the-century city the spirit of friendliness they had known in their home towns. Word of the club soon spread and others were invited to join. They named their new club “Rotary” to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members’ various places of business.Originally formed for fellowship, the first Rotary club quickly evolved to use the talents and resources of its members to serve the community. By the end of 1905, the Rotary Club of Chicago had 30 members. Three years later a second club was established in San Francisco, California, USA. The next year three more clubs were established on the west coast of the United States and a fourth in New York City. Within a few years other groups formed service clubs based on the Rotary model.
Speaker - Nicole Chagnon
UMass Cancer Walk and Run
The 21st Annual UMass Cancer Walk & Run will be held Sunday September 22, and they need your help! All of us have been affected by cancer in some way, and the UMass event is an important fundraiser in the battle against this deadly disease. There are many opportunities to help:
  • The Central MA Business Challenge
  • Sponsorships that will be promoted by UMass on social media and via sponsor kits
  • Participate in the walk around Lake Quinsigamond, complete with food trucks
Please consider getting involved in some way! Contact Nicole for more info: 508.856.5552 or nicole.chagnon@umassmed.edu
 
Upcoming Events
Summer Stroll
Jun 08, 2019
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Starburst
Doyle Field
Jun 15, 2019
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Revolution Game Tailgate Event
Foxborough Stadium
Jul 17, 2019
12:00 PM – 8:16 PM
 
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