Rotary Club of Ipswich
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Our Next Meeting:  December 3 at the Village Pancake House
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  • First Thursday:  Village Pancake House, 26 Main Street, Rowley
  • Second through Fifth Thursday:  Ithaki, 25 Hammatt Street, Ipswich

Dave is an Ipswich resident and President and CEO of the Essex County Community Foundation. The Foundation serves 34 communities in Essex County through needs based charitable grants and assistance to area non-profits. Their goal is to get people to “give where they live”. Last year, their grant making totaled over $4 million.

Dave’s passion and experience will be a strong addition to the club’s community projects and services outreach in Ipswich and Rowley, where our humanity in motion and direct financial aid improve lives.

Ipswich Rotary welcomes Dave to the Rotary family of service minded leaders.

Seen in the photo are Dave's sponsor Lee McNelly, Dave Edwards, and President Bob Gravino.


Rotarian Bob Arsenault recently returned from a Rotaplast mission in the Philippines. 
The Amesbury Rotary Club sponsored a medical mission to the Philippines through Rotaplast International, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco.  One hundred and twenty two surgical procedures were performed on patients in Cebu City to repair cleft lips, cleft palates, and dental work for patients ranging in age from three months to thirty five years.  All medical treatment was free of charge to patients, many of whom travelled up to six hours to the hospital.  Medical Director Evelyn Abad explained, "Often children and adults with these deformities are shunned by their community.  We give them a second chance to smile."
The medical team consisted of eight non-medical volunteers from Rotary Clubs in the Greater Boston area as well as a team of surgeons, anaesthesiologist, nurses and Rotarians from California, Washington, Hawaii, and South Dakota.  Among the non-medical volunteers was Bob Arsenault of Ipswich Rotary.  Donating time, talent, and a bit of money for airfare, Arsenault served as the Quartermaster for the two-week trip.  
As Quartermaster, Bob handled the logistics of all supplies to and from the site.  He joined this mission to give back to those less fortunate, but still was surprised to see how little some of the locals had.  He was inspired by the unwavering love the parents showed for their children with birth defects.  Having experienced first-hand this powerful resource for change, Bob is committed to focusing on Rotary’s global mission of providing sustainable health care to children and families.
Ipswich Rotary President Bob Gravino congratulated Bob and the other members of the club whose financial contributions helped make this mission possible.  The Rotaplast medical mission to the Philippines was an opportunity for Ipswich Rotarians to help children have a normal life, free from the societal and life altering problems associated with facial deformities.”
To learn more about Rotaplast, and to see photos and videos of the medical mission, visit and click on "2015 Rotaplast Mission" under the Club Information section.

Ipswich Rotary is supporting the Ipswich YMCA expansion with a donation of $25,000.  The Ipswich Family Y serves residents of Ipswich and Rowley, towns also served by Ipswich Rotary, plus Essex, Hamilton and Wenham. 
The Ipswich Rotary Club has a long history of partnership with the local YMCA.  In addition to supporting the initial construction, the club built adjacent Rotary Park in 2004-05 as part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rotary International.  The park, which includes a baseball field, gazebo and open space, has become an important feature of the Y complex, especially during summer camp months.  In recent years Rotarians have enhanced the park with new millstone signage and a bench dedicated to the memory of one of the park’s founders, Rotarian Bud Conley.  In 2013, the Rotary sponsored Ipswich High School Interact club placed one of five international Peace Poles at the park entrance as part of their annual community service outreach.
In the photo, Gerry Beauchamp, Ipswich YMCA Executive Director and an Ipswich Rotary Director, is presented with a check from the club.  From left to right are President Elect Lisa Shanko, Immediate Past President Rev. Brad Clark during whose term the grant was initiated, Gerry Beauchamp, Vice President Cushing Titcomb, and President Bob Gravino.

The Ipswich Rotary Club has unanimously elected Cushing Titcomb as Vice President.  Titcomb will become President Elect on July 1, 2016, and will be club President in 2017-18.
In his capacity as Vice President, Cushing will oversee the club’s community service initiatives in both Ipswich and Rowley.  He will head a planning team that works with both towns to identify service projects to make these towns a bit better.  The planning committee also is responsible for ensuring that implementation teams are assigned to each project.  As President Elect the following year, he will assume responsibility for general oversight and coordination of the club’s fundraising initiatives.
A long time Ipswich resident, Cushing is a well-known local business and community leader.  He joined Ipswich Investment Management in 2004 and became owner/partner in January, 2007.  His extensive career began at State Street Bank in 1974.  In addition to Rotary, Cushing currently serves as Treasurer of both the Ipswich Museum and the Ipswich Community Access Media Committee.  An avid bike rider, he has participated in the “Ride to Defeat ALS” and in the “Pan Mass Challenge” two day event for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Cushing also actively supports the Mass Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Ipswich Rotary welcomes Cushing to our strong leadership team. 
Seen in the photo are President Bob Gravino, President Elect Lisa Shanko, and Vice President Cushing Titcomb.    

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At our regular breakfast meeting at the Village Pancake House last week, Ipswich Rotary inducted new member Bob Arsenault.  Bob, who is married to fellow Ipswich Rotarian Joan Arsenault, was nominated by Rotarian Bob Wood and sworn in by President Bob Gravino.  Joan unfortunately was unable to attend.  Welcome Bob A. to the Ipswich Rotary family!

In the photo, Bob is seen with the Bob's mentioned above, with a couple of additional Rotary Bob's thrown in for extra measure.  From left are Bob Gravino, Bob Wood, Bob Arsenault, Bob Wicks, and Bob Snow.

Ipswich Rotary is once again happy to award scholarships to deserving Ipswich and Rowley graduates of Ipswich High School and Triton Regional High School.  This year’s recipients are Maggie Brown, Jolene Buczala, Kiersten Flodman, Hannah Klapprodt, David Osgood, Joanna Perry, Maddie Schmuch, and Ryan White. 
Congratulations to each of these young scholars, and our very best wishes at your universities and beyond.  The students are pictured with their families, President Bob Gravino, Scholarship Committee Chair Martha Mauser, and in the first photo, District Governor David Manzi. 


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.


The Ipswich Rotary Story is featured in the September edition of "Ipswich Neighbors" magazine, which was delivered to Ipswich homes at the beginning of the month.  The full story also appears on this site in the drop down menu "About".  Select the tab "About Our Club".


Our speaker at the breakfast club last week was long time Ipswich resident and Rotarian Don Whiston who regaled us with anecdotes from his new book “Winning Silver”.

Don was an All American hockey pioneer at Brown University and a silver medal winning goaltender for the US team at the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympics. Rotarians had the rare opportunity to hold a real Silver Medal. While in college, he was the first goaltender to wear a mask. Clearly, there are no dummies at Brown; Don still has all his teeth.

He served with the Coast Guard in the Pacific theater during the final year of World War II, is a former President of the First National Bank of Ipswich, and is well known for his philanthropic service. His book “Winning Silver, A Memoir” is an engaging tale of a life well-lived, and is published by “The Beauty of Books”.


Seen in this American gothic image of the project team are, from left, Heidi Paek, Dave LeBel, Becky Gayton, Julie Nelson, Bob Nelson, and Jay Buccafusca from the satellite evening club; along with Bob Gravino and Bob Wicks from the breakfast club. Chris Gregory, President of the satellite club had to leave before the picture was taken. Kathy Gravino took the photo.
With shovels, rakes, spade, 3-prong fork, long handled pruners and some water, a group of Rotarians gathered at the 9/11 Memorial in Rowley  to plant some flowers and do some landscaping. “We will be planting fall flowers as well as tulips in preparation for spring. The memorial is at the intersection of Cross and Pleasant Streets,” Becky Gayton had mentioned. The Memorial is dedicated to the three Rowley residents lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. According to Pres. Bob Gravino, “The Club intends to return to the site in the spring with a more detailed plan for long-term plantings and maintenance.” Dave LeBel says, “Country Gardens has also worked up a planting plan.” Bill and Lisa Freitag of Country Gardens, Central Street, Rowley, donated the plantings and mulch; Dave LeBel and the Gravinos provided the planting soil.
This activity followed a meeting by Bob Gravino and other club leaders with Rowley Board of Selectmen on August 10th, Rotary has begun one of several projects proposed to and accepted by the Rowley Board. On hand with President Bob on August 10th were VP George Gray, Rowley businessman and Youth Chair Keith Harris, Secretary Ray Katzen, and Dave LeBel from the Satellite Club.

On June 6, Ipswich Rotary officially inaugurated the first Rotary Satellite Club in our area, and one of the first in Rotary International worldwide.  Members of the new satellite club are members of Ipswich Rotary who will meet separately as an evening club that will focus primarily on community service.
Following a short fellowship brunch, Ipswich Rotary President Rev. Brad Clark opened the proceedings by describing how the satellite club was envisioned.  Ipswich Rotary was looking to engage great people who want to serve their communities but cannot meet weekly in the traditional way.  The satellite club offers a more flexible and customized approach that should appeal to today’s busy professional and community leaders. 
Brad then introduced District Governor Peter Simonsen.  Peter emphasized the historic importance of the event.  He said that this landmark initiative will make Rotary more accessible and effective, and that it was symbolic for the change to begin in Ipswich with its tradition of service and innovation, both locally and internationally.  He added that Ipswich Rotary is a like a family, a club that knows how to have fun while doing good things in the world. 
District Membership Chair, Peter Majane, added his congratulations to Ipswich Rotary for this milestone and pace setting initiative.  He welcomed the new Rotarians to the world-wide Rotary family and recognized the exceptional success of the Ipswich club.  He specifically cited Interact, a Rotary sponsored youth leadership club at Ipswich High School, as an example of local Rotarians mentoring future leaders on the value of humanitarian and community service.  
Following the remarks, District Governor Simonsen inducted nine of the eleven charter members into Rotary.  Two members could not be present and will be inducted later this month.  The new club will be known officially as the “Rotary Satellite Club of Ipswich After-Hours”.  Members of the parent club presented the new Rotarians with their membership pins.  Joint teams from both clubs then marked the occasion by dispersing to five locations in Ipswich and Rowley to spend the rest of the morning sprucing up several public venues and, as Peter Simonsen had said, making these two towns a bit better. 
The Ipswich projects included repainting the wrought iron fence at Southside Cemetery, spreading mulch in the Riverwalk planters, cleaning the playground equipment at Father Ryc’s Playground on Kimball Street, and repainting the sign and spreading mulch in the small park at the foot of Spring Street.  In Rowley, a team raked, trimmed hedges, planted flowers, and spread mulch at the September 11 Memorial at Pleasant and Cross Streets.
June 6, 2015 was a day of history and service for Ipswich Rotary.