Rotarians Ring the Ipswich Dinner Bell

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 16, 2021
On November 15, the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club served a meal of Shepherd’s Pie at the weekly Ipswich Dinner Bell.  Chef Ray Morley assembly a team of Rotary volunteers for preparation and service, which began at 4 pm in the Masonic Hall with the setting up of tables and chairs.  
Once the tables were in place, Rotarians added tablecloths, cups, creamers, candy, salt and pepper, silverware, napkins, and water pitchers.  When the guests arrived, our crew served pitchers of lemonade and iced tea as well as cups of coffee.  Back in the kitchen, Rotarians also were assisting Chef Ray by unloading food from his vehicle, tossing the salad, and serving delicious food onto plates.  Runners serving as waiters the brought plated meals out to our waiting and hungry guests.  During dinner, Rotarians arranged a brownie and ice cream dessert into bowls.  And when it was all over, more than 70 satisfied and happy people had enjoyed a good meal and friendly conversation with friends and neighbors.  A few guests left with some extra food for another day.  
Following the meal service, a crew swung into cleanup mode, returning the room to its normal setting, while the dish crew was busy washing up.  And, when that was done, our hard working Rotary staff was able to sit down and share a meal and fellowship. 
Chris Davis, our Community Service committee chair, noted that 12 Rotarians were on hand during the event.  In addition to Ray and Chris, the other Rotarians helping out were Kathy Bento, Chris Bevilacqua, Sr Leonore Coan, Kathy Frederick, Diane Herth, Martha Mauser, Nat Pulsifer, Cindy Quinn, Lisa Shanko, and Jim Tedford. 

In the photo above, some of the team members included Diane Herth, Martha Mauser, Kathy Frederick, Lisa Shanko, Kathy Bento, and Sr Leonore Coan.  Our newsletter editor Cindy Quinn provided the photos and most of the content in this article.   
Rotarians Ring the Ipswich Dinner Bell Bob Wicks 2021-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Honors Local Heroes

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 12, 2021
At the first annual ‘Celebrate Our Heroes’ event hosted by Rotary District 7930 on Thursday evening in Danvers, two local heroes nominated by the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club were honored.  
The Ipswich hero for 2021 is Lt. Colonel Meghann Plumlee, a graduate of West Point and the historic first ever female commander of the 101st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts National Guard.  The unit was established in 1636 and is one of the oldest serving regiments in the US Army.  Plumlee’s active duty assignments included deployments to Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.    
Honored from Rowley was Nerissa Wallen, a long-time member and past Chairperson of the Triton School Committee, and an advocate for Rowley based youth programs such as scouting.  A graduate of the Triton school system, Nerissa began serving on the school committee in 2015 and co-founded ‘Support MA Regional Schools’, a grass roots group that advocates on behalf of regional schools at the state level.          
Seen in the photo are District Governor Terry Rezendes Curran, Ipswich-Rowley Rotary President Clint Dalton, Rowley recipient Nerissa Wallen, Ipswich recipient Lt. Colonel Meghann Plumlee, and Past District Governor Joan Arsenault.  The photo was taken by Keith Harris.  
Rotary Honors Local Heroes Bob Wicks 2021-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Create Birthday Kits for Kids

Posted by Diane Herth on Oct 24, 2021
The Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club recently gathered at Agawam Village in Ipswich for a service project to assemble birthday party kits for distribution to families from The Open Door food pantry!  
Every child should have an opportunity to have a birthday party for eight, and now they can. Ipswich-Rowley Rotary provided the items, and assembled the kits for 96 families in need.  Each party kit included 14 items to throw a party - - - everything from cake mix, frosting and candles, to all the party decorations and paper goods. The kits also include a snack box with juice, raisins, pretzels, and party favor bags filled with lots of fun toys to send home with friends.
Do you enjoy helping others?  Rotary is a world-wide service organization looking for service-minded people.  Our local club meets weekly at the Village Pancake House on Thursday morning at 7:15 am (except for the second week of the month, when we meet in Ipswich on Wednesday evening at 6 pm).  
Join us for breakfast and find out what our Rotary Club is all about, and how you can help make our communities a bit better. 
Rotarians Create Birthday Kits for Kids Diane Herth 2021-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Nat Pulsifer Honored

Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 12, 2021

From left to right in the photo are Scott Trenti, CEO of Senior Care, Nat Pulsifer, and Illia Stacy, Executive Director of Ipswich Aware and member of the Senior Care Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors of Senior Care, Inc, a Gloucester based senior citizen services organization, has awarded Nat Pulsifer the 2021 ‘Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award’ for his contributions to the safety and well-being of North Shore citizens, especially in his home town of Ipswich.  
According to Scott Trenti, CEO of Senior Care, Nat was recognized for repeatedly volunteering at ‘the COVID-19 vaccination on-site in Ipswich, greeting the participants in the first two waves of vaccinations.  He knew most of the people coming in, and welcomed everyone with genuine warmth and efficiency’. Scott is seen in the photo presenting the award to Nat following a recent club meeting at the Pancake House in Rowley.
In addition to being a long-time Ipswich-Rowley Rotarian, Nat is well-known as a Trustee of the Coburn Charitable Society, as the river captain of Ipswich Illuminating, and for his active support of numerous environmental and humanitarian non-profit organizations and charitable events.
Trenti informed us that ‘the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award is given yearly to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the welfare of elders in an innovative, creative, or dedicated way, or who is a role model for continuing to live an active, healthy, and purposeful lifestyle’.  Scott Trenti also is a Rotarian, and a member of the Gloucester Rotary Club.  
Others recognized this year by Senior Care were Ipswich Pharmacist Alex Doyle, Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr, the Meals on Wheels team, and numerous volunteer medical transportation drivers.  Along with Nat, these individuals provided heroic and vital services to senior citizens during the pandemic.  In June, Alex Doyle was recognized by the Rotary club as their ‘Person of the Year’.    
Congratulations, and deep appreciation, to our good friend and neighbor Nat Pulsifer!  
Rotarian Nat Pulsifer Honored Bob Wicks 2021-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes New Members

Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 03, 2021
President Clint Dalton inducts our three new members.  From left, President Clint, Lisa Shanko, Olivia Perez-O'Dess, Kathy Frederick, Nat Pulsifer, Heidi VonAsch, and Cushing Titcomb.
At its regular club meeting on Thursday, Ipswich-Rowley Rotary inducted three new members.  These members join over 70 other area professionals who are dedicated to changing lives through community service.
Kathleen Frederick recently retired from her longtime position as a Special Needs Teacher in the Ipswich Public Schools.  During her long tenure, that spanned over 30 years, she worked closely with parents and students and was actively involved in the in the arts and civic activities in town.  As she joins our club, Kathy has expressed a strong interest in our broad range of youth oriented programs.  Kathy’s sponsors and mentors are Keith Harris and Nat Pulsifer.
Olivia Perez-O’Dess serves as Director of Community Relations at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber recently merged with the Ipswich Chamber and supports local businesses and community leaders to promote area economic growth and planning.  As part of her expanded role following the merger, Olivia is a member of the Ipswich Roundtable.  In joining Rotary, Olivia will seek opportunities to further strengthen collaboration between the club and the local Chamber.  Olivia’s sponsor and mentor is Lisa Shanko. 
Heidi VonAsch was promoted to Branch Manager of the Ipswich office of Brookline Bank in July.  She brings 18 years of experience in banking, mostly as Assistant Manager of the bank’s location in Medford Square.  In her new position, Heidi will oversee management of the office and assist customers with their financial needs.  Heidi is excited to be joining the local Rotary club and becoming fully engaged in her new community.  Cushing Titcomb is Heidi’s sponsor and mentor.  
The Rotary club is thrilled to welcome these new members, and we look forward to expanding our services in our towns of Ipswich and Rowley. 
Welcoming our new members: Olivia Perez-O'Dess, Kathy Frederick, and Heidi VonAsch.
Rotary Welcomes New Members Bob Wicks 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Remembers 9/11 in Rowley

Posted by Bob Wicks on Sep 12, 2021
Last Saturday morning, the Rowley Police and Fire departments, local leaders and citizens, and several Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians gathered at the newly refurbished Rowley 911 Memorial to honor the Rowley residents who perished during the terrorist attacks 20 years ago.  Just like that fateful day in 2001, the weather on Saturday morning was beautiful; a perfect day to remember the friends and neighbors who were lost.  In the photo above, Ipswich-Rowley Rotary President Clint Dalton contributes his dedicatory remarks.    
Once again this year, the gorgeous flowers were donated by Country Gardens of Rowley.  The flag flew at half staff on the brand new flag pole erected by the town with financial help from the Rotary Club.
Rotary Remembers 9/11 in Rowley Bob Wicks 2021-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Keith Harris to Ride for ALS - and Lou DeGeorge

Posted by John Muldoon on Sep 05, 2021

This article originally appeared in  

A local businessman is set to hop up on his bicycle and tow his faithful dog around 70 scenic miles west of Boston.

Owner of Harris Graphics in Rowley, Keith Harris and doggie Cheyenne will cycle through Lincoln, Sudbury, Acton and Concord to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. 

“If anyone else is so inclined to join as a rider, the course is gorgeous,” Harris said of the Sept. 19 event.

Taking part on Team DeGeorge, he has set a fundraising goal of $2,500 and people can contribute here. “ALS is a truly horrific disease that takes its toll on those fighting it, and on their families. The money I raise can help alleviate some of the stresses they face, and feed the hope that helps them face tomorrow,” he said.

Keith Harris to Ride for ALS - and Lou DeGeorge John Muldoon 2021-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Celebrates Interact

Posted by Bob Wicks on Aug 02, 2021
Led by President Clint Dalton, the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club celebrated the incoming and outgoing Presidents of the Rotary sponsored Ipswich High School Interact Club during its July 14 meeting at Appleton Farms.  Incoming President Claire O’Flynn was inducted by President Dalton, assisted by club Interact Chair Keith Harris.  
Outgoing President Audrey Berger was honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding leadership during the pandemic year.  This recognition was presented by President Dalton and club Vice President – Rotary Foundation Dr. Doug Shealy.  In addition to being the Interact President, Audrey was the class Salutatorian, an honor given to the second highest ranking senior who opens the graduation ceremony on behalf of the students.  
Despite the exceptional challenges of Covid restrictions, the 2020-21 Interact club persevered in its mission of ‘service above self’ to the Ipswich community.  They completed several projects during the year, including a very successful clothing drive to assist the homeless, a community service fair, an oral history project with the Ipswich Council on Aging, and a reimagined and socially distanced ‘Jingle Bell Walk’ to welcome Santa to town in December.
Every Rotarian and all Ipswich residents can be very proud of the continuing contributions by these dedicated young leaders toward making lives a bit better in our community and beyond. 
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Celebrates Interact Bob Wicks 2021-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Passes the Gavel at Annual Installation

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jul 03, 2021
On June 30, Ipswich-Rowley Rotary held its 98th Installation Dinner.  Clint Dalton, a second generation Rotarian, was installed as Club President for 2021-22 by District Governor Terry Curran.  Terry also installed the club Officers and Directors.
Other highlights included the presentation by co-President Cushing Titcomb of Rotary's 'Person of the Year' to pharmacist Alex Doyle.  Mr. Doyle was recognized for his life saving efforts to secure vaccines and protective equipment for residents and first responders.  Co-President Martha Mauser also inducted new member John Psiakis. 
Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to Alex Doyle, President Clint Dalton, President Elect Ray Morley, and Assistant Governor Jim Stone.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International, and the Paul Harris awards represent the Rotary spirit of exceptional ‘Service Above Self’.  Co-President Lisa Shanko then coordinated a series of club awards that recognized two out-going Directors and several other members for exceptional service. 
This year’s co-Presidents, Martha Mauser, Lisa Shanko, and Cushing Titcomb hosted the event, which featured our tradition of ‘Passing the Gavel’, a line-up of Past Presidents who sequentially passed the gavel along to new President Clint Dalton.  The outgoing Presidential team was honored by President Dalton for their strong leadership during the pandemic year.      
Despite the inclement weather, it was a gala evening at Ray Morley's Ipswich Inn.  For a captioned summary of the evening's highlights, view the annotated slide show by clicking HERE, or find the show in the Photo Albums section located in the left panel of our home page at  Note: To view the longer captions, click on the individual photos.    
Rotary Passes the Gavel at Annual Installation Bob Wicks 2021-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Flags for Heroes Dedicated - runs to July 10

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Jun 26, 2021
On June 14, 2021, the Town of Ipswich dedicated a field of 100 flags to honor heroes.  A stunning display of ten foot poles and flags will grace one of the main gateways of our town, the beautiful and historic South Green, until July 10.  Ipswich-Rowley Rotary developed this field of honor to recognize the heroes in our lives. The field honors anyone who has made a difference in a someone’s life such as first-responders, medical professionals, teachers, essential workers or those who have served in the military.  It is an especially poignant year to start this project to honor heroes given the COVID pandemic.  
We are grateful to our event co-chairs, (Joan Arsenault and Paula Bishop), the event committee (Julie Nelson, Martha Mauer, Laurie Cameron, Dottie Levesque, Jim Tedford, Tony Marino, Ted Garside, and Mary Foote-Hill), our public relations team (John Muldoon, Deb Richards and Bob Wicks), and to all the hard working Rotarians and volunteers who made this possible.  A special thank you to Jim Graffum, Tom Palance, Select Board Member Linda Alexson, and Senator Bruce Tarr for their participation and support, as well as to the residents of Ipswich for making ‘Flags for Heroes’ a huge success.  To view a slide show of the Flag Day dedication, click HERE, or visit our Photo Album section on the home page.   
Please visit the South Green and walk among the flags.  Sponsorships are sold out this year, but an application for next year is available on our website at
Flags for Heroes Dedicated - runs to July 10 Joan Arsenault 2021-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Presents 2021 Scholarships

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jun 16, 2021
The Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club presented scholarships to eleven 2021 High School graduates from Ipswich and Rowley on June 8.  
Graduates received $500 or $1,000.  Since planning began during pandemic restrictions, the traditional presentations at a club meeting were not possible and the club arranged a special outdoor event to ensure safety.  We are grateful to our hard working Scholarship Committee, led by Sr Leonore Coan, and for the great weather.    
Again this year, the event took place in front of Ipswich High School.  Accompanied by their families, the students were recognized with a large sign displaying his or her name in calligraphy print.  On hand to congratulate them were members of the scholarship committee and club leadership.
Rotary Presents 2021 Scholarships Bob Wicks 2021-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rowley 9-11 Memorial Maintenance

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jun 08, 2021
Rowley residents and Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians Bob Snow (kneeling) and Doug Shealy joined club President Martha Mauser to freshen up the 9-11 Memorial Garden in Rowley on Memorial Day.
The memorial remembers several Rowley residents who perished on that fateful day in 2001.  Again this year, the beautiful plantings were donated by Country Gardens in Rowley.  
Rotary and the town are planning a joint 20th anniversary remembrance in September, including a new flag pole.  
Rowley 9-11 Memorial Maintenance Bob Wicks 2021-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Provides Senior Citizen Lunch to over 120 

Posted by Bob Wicks on May 31, 2021
On Thursday May 20, about 21 Rotarians participated in a service project, our much-anticipated annual Senior Luncheon.  This year, in view of the vaccine rollout, it became a hybrid event.  Tri-Chairs Laurie Cameron, Mary Foote-Hill and Dottie Levesque created a well-organized activity that began with a drive-thru distribution of food and goodies.
The event really began the day before, on Wednesday May 19.  Several Rotarians gathered in the kitchen at Ray Morley’s Ipswich Inn to cut and chop vegetables for the beef stew that Chef Ray was preparing for the next day.  On hand ‘sou chefs’ were Laurie Cameron, Sr Leonore Coan, Julie Nelson, and Nat Pulsifer. 
Rotary Provides Senior Citizen Lunch to over 120  Bob Wicks 2021-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Picks Up Trash on Route 133

Posted by Bob Wicks on Apr 30, 2021
Several members of the Ipswich Rotary club recently conducted the club’s twice annual cleanup in the stretch of Route 133 between the intersection of Routes 133/1A and the Ipswich/Essex line.  More than the usual amount of trash had accumulated along the road during the pandemic; and while doing the dirty deed, the team noticed that fireballs appeared to be the nip of choice.  
In this photo are the cleanup team of Doug Shealy, Tom Murphy, Eric Josephson, Cindy Quinn, and Jim Tedford. And, no, they did not pick up this food along the road. Relaxing at Zumi's after the event. 
Seen below right, Doug is loading the bags to be taken away.  Yes, we retrieved our Rotarian from the pile before the truck pulled out.  

   At left, Tom and Eric pose with their 'catch of the day'.  
Rotary Picks Up Trash on Route 133 Bob Wicks 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Sponsor a Flag, Honor a Hero

Posted by Julie Nelson on Apr 30, 2021
Ipswich Rotary is accepting sponsors for a new program called the Flags for Heroes project.  This will be a large display of 3 by 5 foot American flags on 10 foot poles created to honor our local heroes. This hero may be a veteran, teacher, medical professional, mentor, or any person you would like to honor for their contribution to your life or to the community.
If you would like to sponsor a flag during this installation, a flag will be dedicated to your hero with a tag that includes their name and title throughout the display period. There will be a public dedication event on June 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at South Village Green. 
The flags will be displayed from mid-June to early July, and used again in future installations.  Proceeds to benefit Ipswich Rotary Charitable Trust. $50 per sponsorship.  Limited to the first 100 sponsors, first-come first-served.  
Sponsor forms and payment are due May 31, 2021.  Forms are available at the Institution for Savings branches at Depot Square and County Road, and the BankGloucester office on High Street; or download it HERE  For more information, please contact Paula at 978-500-8532. 
Sponsor a Flag, Honor a Hero Julie Nelson 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rings the Dinner Bell

Posted by Bob Wicks on Apr 12, 2021
Rotary President Martha Mauser and Rotarian Diane Herth prepare vegetables at the Ipswich Inn for the April 5 Dinner Bell, hosted by Rotary.  The meal was created by Rotarian Ray Morley, chef/owner of the Inn, and several Rotarians joined in the effort.
Prior to the pandemic, weekly Dinner Bell meals were held at the Masonic Lodge.  In the interest of public safety during the on-going health crisis, meals are prepared by the host organization and delivered by them to those in need.  
The photo is courtesy of Rotarian John Muldoon, editor and publisher of TheLocalNews.  
Rotary Rings the Dinner Bell Bob Wicks 2021-04-12 04:00:00Z 0

Interact Completes Homeless Clothing Drive

Posted by John Muldoon on Apr 08, 2021
IPSWICH — After just one week of collecting goods, a group of high school students has sent it off to a charity that supports the homeless.
The students asked residents for clothes they no longer wanted or to donate toiletries.
Last Saturday, the group assembled on Congress Street in Ipswich to load the donated goods into cars and bring them to Lowell.
“Basically, we got everything we needed in a really large quantity”, said Interact President Audrey Berger.  “No one expected this much stuff.  We’re really glad Ipswich got together and helped us.”  
Dana Falardeau loads a car.
Students in the Interact Club set about helping Living Waters, a group that supports the chronically homeless in Lowell.  Its website says it provides meals, mobile charging, mail pick-up, laundry, rest rooms, referrals, hygiene, haircuts, clothes, workshops, and case management.
The students set up four collection points, at Town Hall, Zumi’s, Ipswich High School, and the Ipswich YMCA.  Berger said some people made their own care packages with toiletries and other goods they bought.

From left: Louisa Roesler, Audrey Berger, Dana Falardeau (in front), Sam Orroth and Steven Yon, with some of the donations they received.
Interact Completes Homeless Clothing Drive John Muldoon 2021-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Interact Collecting Clothing for the Homeless

Posted by John Muldoon on Mar 18, 2021
Now’s the time to start spring-clean your closets and get rid of your dated wardrobe — a group of high school students is launching a clothing drive to help the homeless. 

Starting Sunday, boxes will pop up in four locations to collect toiletries and clothing. The week-long drive (from March 22 to 29) is being organized by the Rotary sponsored Interact Club in Ipswich High School.  Seen in the photo are club officers Audrey Berger, President; Louisa Roesler, Vide President; Rowan Galanis, Secretary; and Sam Orroth, Treasurer.  
The drive will support Living Waters Center of Hope in Lowell, which helps the chronically homeless in Lowell, club president Audrey Berger said. Its website says it provides meals, mobile charging, mail pick-up, laundry, rest rooms, referrals, hygiene, haircuts, clothes, workshops, and case management.  For more information about Living Waters, click here.
Interact Collecting Clothing for the Homeless John Muldoon 2021-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

President's Welcome

It is an honor to once again be president of the Ipswich/Rowley Rotary Club, and I am pleased to have shared this year with Lisa and Cushing. 
This year of Covid has provided both stresses and opportunities.  I am so proud of this club that we have continued to meet weekly via Zoom, and that so many of our members have signed in and continue to make this such a strong club. We continue to be involved in our communities and provide Service Above Self.  
It is my hope that before I pass the baton to President Elect Clint Dalton at the end of June we will be able to return to face to face meetings, in at least a limited capacity. 
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Rotary Assists The Open Door Food Pantry

Posted by John Muldoon on Mar 03, 2021
For the fourth year running, the Rotary Club of Ipswich and Rowley has held a post-holiday food drive.
Last week, Ipswich Rotarians dropped off non-perishable goods, including food, games, puzzles and books, at the Open Door in Ipswich.  In previous years, Rotary held a “reverse Advent” drive, in which people would put one item per day into a bag in the run up to Christmas.  The pandemic changed plans this year, so the club modified the event and called it “Make Kindness Contagious,” said organizer Elaine Richter.  
These donations were made possible by generous contributions from Rotarians and our neighbors in the community. 
In the photo, from left, are Susan Otis and Glen Prescott of the Open Door; and Rotarians Martha Mauser, Elaine Richter, Cindy Quinn, and Julie Nelson.
Rotary Assists The Open Door Food Pantry John Muldoon 2021-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Jingle Bell Drive Postponed to Sunday Bob Wicks 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays from Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Bob Wicks 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Doyle Drug Store Donate PPE

Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 09, 2020
The Rotary Club of Ipswich-Rowley recently teamed up with Conley’s Drug in Ipswich to provide the Ipswich Police Department with additional personal protective equipment.  To fund the project, Rotary secured a District Grant, and Conley’s owner Alex Doyle generously agreed to sell at cost.
“Alex gave us a discount so we got more than what we would have,” said Rotary co-president Martha Mauser.  Doyle said the supplies consisted of hand sanitizer, gloves and masks.
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary always is grateful to our generous community partners.  
Seen in the photo are Rotary co-President Lisa Shanko, Conley's owner Alex Doyle, police Chief Paul Nikas, and Rotary co-President Martha Mauser.  Photo courtesy of  
Rotary and Doyle Drug Store Donate PPE Bob Wicks 2020-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Assists Disabled Veteran

Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 07, 2020
On November 7, 2019, disabled Marine veteran Micaila Britto was granted guardianship of a Grant Dane service Dog from the ‘Service Dog Project’ in Ipswich.  This gift was made possible by a $20,000 District Grant put together by the Ipswich Rotary Club.  Since then, her dog Rabbit has become her best friend and an indispensable part of her life.
Micaila visited the Ipswich Rotary virtual meeting last Thursday to bring us up to date on her first year with Rabbit, named for her litter and the iconic ‘Winnie the Pooh’ character.  Ms. Rabbit, as she calls her, stands 31 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.  
This all came about due to a traumatic, life changing injury that Micaila suffered while on active duty with the US Marine helicopter launch and recovery unit.  The chronically painful effects of her injury include balance and mobility issues.  Fortunately for Micaila, the Service Dog Project gives preference to veterans and first responders.  When Ipswich Rotarians learned of her plight, they acted quickly.
Rotary Assists Disabled Veteran Bob Wicks 2020-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

Jingle Bell Drive-In is December 12

Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 03, 2020
For the safety of everyone during the pandemic, the Ipswich High School Interact Club will host a 'Jingle Bell Drive-In' this year.  The event will be an adapted version of their annual 'Jingle Bell Walk', and will take place next Saturday afternoon, December 12, at Ipswich High School.  The fun begins at 3 pm.
Festively dressed and masked interact members will guide cars from High Street along the parking lot, exiting through School Street.  Santa will be on hand, but due to Covid restrictions he requests that photos be taken only from a distance.  He still has a busy night coming up in a few weeks, and he needs to remain healthy.  Kids are encouraged to bring their letters to give to Santa.  
During the event, the club will hold a raffle for prizes (gift cards and Christmas trees).  In addition, they will accept donations for the ‘Toys for Tots’ charity.  So, please bring toys to donate; these donations are needed this year more than ever.  Hot chocolate kits and chocolate chip cookies will be available for purchase, and the proceeds will go to ‘Toys for Tots’, along with proceeds from the raffle
Jingle Bell Drive-In is December 12 Bob Wicks 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Give IpswichRowley-Opoly – a Great Holiday Gift

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 22, 2020
The 'IpswichRowley-Opoly' games are in stores now, just in time for Christmas.  Your whole family can enjoy the local themed fun while supporting our communities through Rotary.  The game sells for $30 and you can pick up yours at any of the following convenient locations: 
Jettie’s Bagels, 5 Depot Square, Ipswich
Windhill Realty, 16 Market Street, Ipswich
Corliss Brothers, 31 Essex Road, Ipswich
Henry Bear’s Park, 3 Market Street, Ipswich
Northern Lights Farm Stand, 243 High Street, Ipswich
Haircrafters, 15 Market Street, Ipswich
BankGloucester, 143 High Street, Ipswich
Rowley Family Dental Center, 434 Haverhill Street, Rowley
Act fast, supplies are limited! 
Ipswich Rotary serves the communities of Ipswich and Rowley.  We are grateful to the many sponsors who made this unique fundraiser possible.    
Give IpswichRowley-Opoly – a Great Holiday Gift Bob Wicks 2020-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich High School Interact Seeks Community Help on Service Projects

Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 07, 2020
Ipswich High School Interact is a Rotary sponsored service club sanctioned by the Ipswich Public Schools and advised by Ipswich Rotary.  Last week, the club leaders presented their plans for two new service projects at the weekly meeting of the Rotary club, currently held on Zoom.     
As he has for many years, Rotarian Keith Harris serves as their Rotary Advisor.  Faculty member Michelle Barclay begins her third year as the Faculty Advisor.  The officers for 2020-21 are President Audrey Berger, Vice President Louisa Roesler, Treasurer Sam Orroth, and Secretary Rowan Galanis.  Board member Angelina Rix also was on hand for the virtual presentation.  Harris commented on the solidarity of the club, which despite Covid-19 restrictions had 35 members at their first Zoom meeting.  He also commended the club and its leaders for their commitment and teamwork.
To kick off the year, the Interact club has initiated two projects: the “Interact Community Service Fair”, and an “Oral History” project with the Ipswich Council on Aging.  
The ‘Service Fair” project will reach out to local businesses, non-profits, and town government seeking volunteer opportunities and possible internships for students.  The goal is to help Ipswich students fulfill the requirement of 30 hours of community service by the end of their junior year or beginning of the senior year.  Students will be encouraged to “advocate for themselves” and to “enhance their communication skills and build their character”. 
This project is a continuation of one initiated last year under the leadership of then President Kayla Laddin, but interrupted by the pandemic outbreak. 
Students will join the event through a series of Zoom fairs.  Representatives from participating businesses and organizations will be invited to the appropriate fair.  Interested business partners will be sent a brief Google Form survey in which they can describe their opportunities.  Students also will receive a Google Form to assess their interest and allocate them to the appropriate fair.  The target date to hold the fairs is October 21.  
Interested business and non-profit leaders are urged to contact President Audrey at ASAP.     
In the “Oral History” project, students are conducting a series of video interviews with senior citizens.  When completed, the club will share the videos with appropriate community outlets, such as ICAM, and on the Ipswich Rotary website.
Seen in the front of the High School are the 2020-21 Interact officers: President Audrey Berger, Vice President Louisa Roesler, Secretary Rowan Galanis, and Treasurer Sam Orroth
Ipswich High School Interact Seeks Community Help on Service Projects Bob Wicks 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Remembers 9/11

Posted by Bob Wicks on Sep 10, 2020
This week, Rotarians performed annual maintenance to the 9-11 Memorial in Rowley.  The memorial remembers several Rowley residents who perished on that fateful day in 2001.  Again this year, the beautiful plantings were donated by Country Gardens in Rowley.  

Seen in the photos are Ipswich Rotary Past President, and member of the Rowley Select Board, Bob Snow and his wife Jami.  Due to the extremely dry weather this year, it was decided to conduct the maintenance later than usual.  
Rotarians and neighbors will stop at the site tomorrow at 8:44 am for a few moments of reflection and remembrance. 
Rotary Remembers 9/11 Bob Wicks 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

The Fascinating Story of Rotarian Don Whiston

Posted by Bob Wicks on Sep 10, 2020

We are reposting this 2015 memory of our long time friend and fellow Rotarian Don Whiston who sadly left us on July 11 at age 93.   His friend and Rotarian, Nat Puslifer, said recently that he will be remembered as an honorable and wise man.  

Speaking to the club in 2015, Don regaled us with anecdotes from his then new book “Winning Silver” which recounts his years as a hockey pioneer at Brown University and a silver medal winning goaltender for the US team at the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympics.  At Brown, Don was the 1951 NCAA tournament MVP and a First Team All American.  He later served as head hockey coach at Brown.  

That day, Rotarians had a rare opportunity to hold a real Silver Medal.  He also was the first college goaltender to wear a mask, proving there are no dummies at Brown; Don still had all his teeth.

He served with the Coast Guard in the Pacific theater during the final year of World War II, was a former President of the First National Bank of Ipswich, and was known for his philanthropy, including serving on the Board of the Coburn Charitable Society in Ipswich.

The Fascinating Story of Rotarian Don Whiston Bob Wicks 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Presents 2020 Scholarships

Posted by Bob Wicks on Sep 09, 2020
This summer, The Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club presented scholarships to 12 recent High School graduates from Ipswich and Rowley.  This year, graduates received $500 or $1,000.  Since the traditional presentations at a club meeting were not possible during the pandemic, the club arranged a special one-on-one event to ensure safety.  We are grateful to our Scholarship Committee, led by Sr Leonore Coan, for putting this wonderful plan together.    
Dubbing it the “Auto Award”, the club scheduled a drive-by outside Ipswich High School.  Each young scholar was assigned an arrival time and was required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  As the student arrived, a large sign displayed his or her name in calligraphy print.  They were dropped off for a few minutes to accept their award and exchange a few pleasantries.  Rotarians and family members who were on hand cheered in appreciation for their achievements.  Some students were accompanied by a parent or their entire family.    
Rotary Presents 2020 Scholarships Bob Wicks 2020-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Greetings Members and Visitors,
I am extremely privileged to be able to serve the club as President again for the first four months of our 2020 – 2021 Rotary year!  I thoroughly enjoyed serving as your President in 2016-2017 and I am looking forward to the next four months.
Our Rotary club is extremely special – we are truly a Rotary family!  We all work hard to do our best to hold true to our Rotary Mission of providing service to others, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace.  But what makes our club truly amazing is the respect and admiration we have for each other …. we are a family.
My goal during my four months as President is to get every member engaged in the club by serving on a committee, volunteering for projects, or attracting new members.  When I first joined the Ipswich/ Rowley Rotary Club in 2010, I received a call from the Rotarian I admire the most and the one who has been my mentor over the years, Bob Wicks.  Bob called me because I was a new member of the club and he talked to me for a while.  He wanted to know what my interests were and what committee I thought I would enjoy serving on.  Since that day, I have been on the Membership Committee, Chaired the Fundraising Committee, served on the Board many times, served as Vice President, President Elect, President, Past President and now President.  Bob knew what he was talking about when he said, “You have to get all members engaged and not only engaged in club activities, but engaged in things they enjoy.”   So this is my mission over the next few months!!!
President's Message 2020-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Celebrates 2020-21 Leadership Team

Posted by Bob Wicks on Sep 01, 2020
In an historic first for our 97 year old club, three recent Presidents will share presidential duties and responsibilities this year.  From left to right, Lisa ShankoMartha Mauser, and Cushing Titcomb have agreed to combine their experience and passion for Rotary during a year of unique challenges.  Each will lead our club for four months.  
Our year began on July 1 with Lisa at the helm until the end of October.  On November 1, Cushing will step into the chair for the next four months, through February 28.  On March 1, Martha will carry the leadership baton for the bell lap until the end of the Rotary year on June 30.  During this time, President Elect Clint Dalton, a second-generation Rotarian, will prepare to take the reins next July 1 for 2021-22.  
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Celebrates 2020-21 Leadership Team  Bob Wicks 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Ipswich Rotary Salutes our own District Governor Raymond Katzen 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Youth Exchange Student Introduced

Posted by Bob Wicks on Aug 27, 2017
Last week, Ipswich Rotary welcomed our new hosted Rotary Youth Exchange student, Viliam, from Germany.  Viliam will spend one year in Ipswich with host families and will study at Ipswich High School.  During his introduction, Viliam presented an exchange flag from the Annaberg Rotary Club, his sponsoring club in Germany.  A local Ipswich student, Sara, is sponsored by Ipswich Rotary and already has begun her exchange year in Japan. 
From left, President Elect and Ipswich RYE Chair, Martha Mauser, Viliam, and President Cushing Titcomb.
New Rotary Youth Exchange Student Introduced Bob Wicks 2017-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Cushing Titcomb Becomes Ipswich Rotary's 96th President

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jul 02, 2017

Cushing Titcomb, center rear, is sworn in as the 96th President of the Ipswich Rotary Club.  His one year term began on July 1.    

Other Ipswich Rotarians sworn in at the District Installation were District Governor Nominee Joan Arsenault and Assistant Governor Bob Wicks. 

Ipswich Rotarian Sumner Richter was recognized by District Governor Dave Gardner for his outstanding contributions to the District’s Syrian refugee relief initiative.

And, Ipswich Rotarian Christina Harris wrapped up her year as District Governor Sheryl Meehan's Aide de Camp. Well done Christina!

Scenes are from the 2017 District Installation in Danvers which appear on the District 7930 Facebook Page.

Bob Wicks, far right, is among the Presidents and AG's sworn in for 2016-17.  This will be Bob's 6th year as an Assistant Governor.  In this photo, Cushing is directly under the letter "T".    

Joan Arsenault, second from the right, becomes the District Governor Nominee, DG in 2019-20.  
Ipswich Rotarian Sumner Richter is seen here with his fiancé, Briney.  Sumner's mother Elaine also is an Ipswich Rotarian, making Sumner a second generation Rotarian.  
Christina Harris was recognized for her extraordinary year of service supporting District Governor Sheryl Meehan.  
Additional pictures can be seen on our Facebook Page. 
Cushing Titcomb Becomes Ipswich Rotary's 96th President Bob Wicks 2017-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Interact Officers Inducted

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jun 24, 2017

Earlier this month, the Ipswich High School Interact club inducted its Board of Directors for 2017-2018.  During the ceremony, the outgoing Board also was honored by the club and several members of the Ipswich Rotary Club. 

Ipswich Interact is a Rotary sponsored service club at the High School.  The club raises money for community service projects and international humanitarian gifts.  Members of the club receive credit towards the High School’s service requirements. 

Ipswich Rotary President Lisa Shanko inducts the incoming 2017-18 Board of Directors: Grace Quinn, President; Meghan O’Connor, Vice President; Caroline White, Treasurer; Ava Warren, Co-Secretary; and Mackenzie Greenleaf, Co-Secretary.

The 2016-17 Interact Board are joined by Ipswich Rotary Club Interact Co-Chair Carrie Curley, President Lisa Shanko, and Ipswich and District Youth Officer Keith Harris.  To the left of Keith, the outgoing Board members are: Jesse Cullen-Popp, Director; Reed Dolan, Treasurer; Andrew Freemont-Smith, President; Grace Quinn, Secretary; Ellis Roesler, Director.

Ipswich Interact Officers Inducted Bob Wicks 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Andover Rotary Donates to Healthy Kids/Brighter Future

Posted by Bob Wicks on May 07, 2017
Ipswich Rotary thanks Andover Rotarians for their generous donation of $500 towards the ongoing support of the Healthy Kids/Brighter Future project in Zambia.  This money will be used to augment a Global Grant sponsored by Ipswich Rotary and many clubs in District 7930 to improve the health and learning of at risk children in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Lusaka, Zambia.  In addition, the Andover club will be donating 500 books to HK/BF.  
Seen in the photo are Andover Rotary Foundation Chair Jim Greeley and Ipswich Rotary President Lisa Shanko at our meeting last week in Ipswich. 
For more information about HK/BF, click on  HK/BF also is on Facebook.  
Andover Rotary Donates to Healthy Kids/Brighter Future Bob Wicks 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Supports Better Health in Zambia

Posted by Bob Wicks on Apr 30, 2017

Happy, healthy children in Lusaka, April 2017.   

Healthy Kids/Brighter Future (HK/BF) is a mission based initiative founded by an amazing young leader, Lonnie Hackett. The goal of this Maine native and 2014 Bowdoin graduate is to improve the health and learning of at risk children in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Lusaka, Zambia. The program trains a teacher health corps and makes local schools a point of access to primary healthcare and health information.

In 2015, Ipswich Rotary began partnering with the Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine to raise funds to support this important health and peace initiative. Under the leadership of Past President Bob Gravino, several clubs from our Rotary District joined Brunswick and Ipswich to raise over $37,000 in 2016 though a Global Matching Grant from Rotary International.

Ipswich Rotary Supports Better Health in Zambia  Bob Wicks 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Inducts Three New Members

Posted by Bob Wicks on Apr 20, 2017
At its monthly evening meeting, Ipswich Rotary inducted new members Sheryl Henderson, Ipswich Manager at TD Bank; John Muldoon, publisher of; and Cathy Sutherby, owner of The Village Pancake House in Rowley.  Sheryl, John and Cathy join a dedicated team of over 60 caring professionals who are committed to making a difference through service in Ipswich, Rowley and the world.  Also announced at the meeting was a schedule of community service projects planned for Ipswich and Rowley in the coming months.
From left to right in the photo are Nat Pulsifer, John Muldoon, Cathy Sutherby, Deb Mahoney, Sheryl Henderson, and club President Lisa Shanko. 
Ipswich Rotary Inducts Three New Members  Bob Wicks 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Kristin Kelleher Presents Friendship Banner

Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 31, 2017

Kristin Kelleher, our 2016-17 Rotary Global Scholar, presents an Ipswich Rotary exchange banner to Jagmohan Singh Bhakar, President of the Rotary Club of Tower Hamlets in London, UK. Exchange banners signifyy friendship and international cooperation between Rotary clubs worldwide.

Kristin is enrolled in the Masters’s program for Environment, Politics and Globalization at Kings College in London, England. While attending Kings College London, Ms. Kelleher also is designing and implementing a service project that will have a positive and sustainable effect on the local community. Her service project demonstrates the correlation between low-income individuals, health, environmental issues and success in obtaining a job that provides a sustainable wage.

Kristin Kelleher Presents Friendship Banner Bob Wicks 2017-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

President Shanko Delivers Meals to Elders

Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 24, 2017
This morning, Ipswich Rotary President Lisa Shanko took time out of her busy work schedule to join Gloucester Rotarian Tracy Arabian and former Ipswich Rotarian Rev. Glenn Prescott to deliver “Meals on Wheels” to Ipswich residents.  
Meals on Wheels is provided locally by SeniorCare Inc. of Gloucester.   This program is constantly in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon time meals to homebound seniors throughout the North Shore area.  Anyone interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week will be greatly appreciated. Meals on Wheels drivers pick up fully prepared and packaged hot meals on the morning of each delivery.
SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door for frail and homebound elders.  Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer.  In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day. SeniorCare currently delivers Meals on Wheels to more than 550 elders each day.  Annually, this means 136,216 home-delivered meals and 39,250 meals served at dining sites in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham.
For information, or to volunteer, contact SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 1-866-927-1050 or 978 281-1750, Monday – Friday, 9 am. to 4 pm.
President Shanko Delivers Meals to Elders Bob Wicks 2017-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Joan Arsenault Named District Governor for 2019-20

Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 04, 2016
Rotary District 7930 Governor Sheryl Meehan has announced that Ipswich Rotarian Joan Kelly Arsenault has been selected by the Nominating Committee to be District Governor in 2019-20.  Joan previously served as Ipswich Rotary President in 2010-11 and has been an Assistant Governor since 2013.  Joan will be the second Ipswich Rotarian to serve as District Governor, the first being Irving Lippoldt in 1965-66.      
Joan has worked in the medical arena as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1981 and has been the CEO/Managing Partner of MassTex Imaging, LLC since 2006.  Joan is one of 20 Speech Pathologists in New England Board Certified in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders.  She sits on the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and is a member of the Speech Pathology Associations in MA, ME, NH and the CT Medical Speech Pathology State Association Group.  Joan is an Adjunct Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions and Northeastern University supervising graduate students as well as guest lecturing.  Joan received a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Memphis and Bachelors of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Stockton State College.  Joan has continued to conduct research, presentations and written numerous articles on her chosen profession and medical expertise.
Joan Arsenault Named District Governor for 2019-20 Bob Wicks 2016-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Interact Will Host Santa's Arrival in Ipswich

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 25, 2016
On Saturday, December 10, greet Santa at 10 am as he arrives at the Ipswich Town Wharf.  Sing carols with Buddy the Elf as we await Santa’s arrival! Jingle bells will be available for purchase.  Jingle your bells and follow our honored guest and Buddy the Elf on a festive “Jingle Bell Walk” to the Ipswich Town Hall at 45 Green Street.  Keep a sharp eye out for the “Grinch”! 
Once Santa arrives at Town Hall, he will receive children 11 and under while holiday carolers entertain.  Parents are urged to bring a camera!  Each child will receive a gift bag from Santa as well.  Following their visit with Santa, the children can have their faces painted, play festive games, and create holiday crafts.  The Rotary Club will serve hot dogs, hot cocoa and more in the COA cafeteria. 
Tickets will be available for purchase in order to enjoy delicious food, face painting, and crafts.  There will be free games to play as well as raffles for Christmas trees and an iPad Mini valued at $400!
In the event of rain or heavy snow, we will meet at Town Hall. Parking is available at Town Hall and in the Ascension Memorial Church lot.  Unfortunately, no pets are allowed in Town Hall.  Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts fit for a child to support the Marines in their organization, Toys for Tots!
Proceeds from the Jingle Bell Walk will be donated to Ipswich Caring.  This organization provides holiday meals and toys for local Ipswich families.
Ipswich Interact Will Host Santa's Arrival in Ipswich Bob Wicks 2016-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

Socks Donated to the Homeless

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 17, 2016

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.

Socks Donated to the Homeless Bob Wicks 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Masked Ball Fundraiser a Success

Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 31, 2016

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.

Masked Ball Fundraiser a Success Bob Wicks 2016-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

We Welcome New Member Jim Stone

Posted by Bob Wicks on Aug 29, 2016
The club is delighted to welcome new member Jim and his wife Rose to the Ipswich Rotary family.  Prior to moving to Ipswich, Jim was a member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club where he was President last year.  Jim is a second generation Rotarian, his father was a member of the Newton Rotary Club for 30 years.   He recently retired from a very successful career as a software development manager.  Jim was officially welcomed by District Governor Sheryl Meehan and President Lisa Shanko.        
Jim Celebrates as he is warmly welcomed by the members and District Governor Sheryl.
We Welcome New Member Jim Stone Bob Wicks 2016-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Welcomes our District Governor

Posted by Bob Wicks on Aug 25, 2016

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.

Ipswich Rotary Welcomes our District Governor Bob Wicks 2016-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

2016 Scholarships Presented in Ipswich and Rowley

Posted by Bob Wicks on Aug 11, 2016
Ipswich Rotary recently honored eight local students from Ipswich and Rowley.  Four students each from Ipswich High School and Triton Regional High School received scholarship checks at recent club meetings.  The Ipswich High School recipients are Meg Cullen, Jaymie Shea, Alice Hurst-MacDonald, and Jonah Fouser.  The recipients from Triton Regional High School are Jessica Greaney, Andrew Siemasko, Christine Ciccone, and Morgan Snow.
Rotary congratulates all of these deserving young scholars, and we wish them the best success in college and beyond.
On August 11, Andrew Siemasko, third from left, Jessica Greaney, next to Andrew, and Meg Cullen, fourth from the right, celebrate with their families and Rotarians.  Rotary Scholarship committee members pictured are Peter Pinciaro, on the left, with Martha Mauser and Sr. Leonore Coan, on the right.
On August 4, Christine Ciccone, center with badge, and Morgan Snow, third from the right, received their scholarships.  Also seen sharing this moment are their parents.  The Rotary presenters included President Lisa Shanko (left), Scholarship chair Christina Harris, Martha Mauser (wearing the scarf) and, on the far right, Sr. Leonore Coan. 
On June 30, Jaymie Shea and Alice Hurst MacDonald received their scholarships.  The young scholars are pictured here with their parents. 
On July 28, Jonah Fouser received his scholarship from committee chair Christina.
2016 Scholarships Presented in Ipswich and Rowley Bob Wicks 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich There Visits Ipswich Here

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jul 15, 2016

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.

Ipswich There Visits Ipswich Here Bob Wicks 2016-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donates Defibrillators

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jun 24, 2016
Ipswich Rotary recently presented defibrillators to the Crane Estate and Appleton Farms.  On hand for the presentation were Rotary President Bob Gravino, Appleton Farms General Manager Chris Ward, project Rotarians Ben Collins and Rev. Skip Pimentel, and Crane Estate General Manager Peter Pinciaro.
Rotary Donates Defibrillators Bob Wicks 2016-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Paints New Food Pantry

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jun 05, 2016

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.  


Ipswich Rotary Paints New Food Pantry Bob Wicks 2016-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Thanks Our 2016 Half Marathon Sponsors Bob Wicks 2016-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Persons of the Year for 2016 Announced

Posted by Bob Wicks on May 06, 2016
Ipswich Rotary has selected the Clark family as our 2016 Persons of the Year.    
David, Cheryl, and Jared Clark survived their own family battle with opioid addiction and now devote a large part of their lives to helping families and individuals cope with this growing health crisis.  The trauma and heartache nearly tore the family apart.  But they never gave up.  After their son recovered, the family began leading the way to better understanding and treatment.
The Clark family fought hard to bring Narcon, a life-saving opiate reversal agent drug, to the police department.  They have appeared in countless public information forums with law enforcement and health officials.  One of these led to a Rotary District Grant for a second DARE officer at the Middle School.  Drawing from his own experience and credibility, Jared devotes much of his spare time to effectively counselling drug users.  David and Cheryl started and lead an Ipswich Chapter of “Learn to Cope”, a “non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates and other drugs”. 
As well as any family in Ipswich, the Clarks understand that this health tragedy can strike anywhere and that the consequences are heartbreaking and sometimes fatal.  Responding to the call, this dedicated and compassionate family is saving Ipswich lives and families every day.
We cannot think of anyone in our service area that better represents the Rotary principle of “Service Above Self”. 
Ipswich Rotarians are dedicated to improving lives and community in Ipswich and Rowley.  The Clarks will be formally honored and thanked at a club sponsored event in June.      
Persons of the Year for 2016 Announced Bob Wicks 2016-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Ben Collins Celebrates 65 Years as a Rotarian

Posted by Bob Wicks on Apr 18, 2016
A pictorial report of this event can be seen in our Photo Albums section on this page.
Ben Collins celebrated his 65th Rotary anniversary on April 14.  It also was his 96th birthday.  He is still going strong at 96 and regularly attends our weekly meetings.
On hand for this day of celebration were District Governor David Manzi, District Governor Nominee Dave Gardner, and Assistant Governor Mark Golub.  They presented certificates from the District marking the occasion.  Governor Manzi also delivered a framed citation from Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran.  Rotary Director Julia Phelps, who had arranged for the President’s certificate but was travelling and unable to attend, sent her congratulations.
Club President Bob Gravino, assisted by DGN Gardner and AG Golub, presented Ben with a Paul Harris Plus-4 pin and medallion from the Club recognizing his 65 years of service.  Long-time friend and Rotarian, Jim Tedford presented a club flag signed by the members.  The Ipswich Club also marked his birthday with a beautiful and delicious cake and a rousing chorus led by other April birthday celebrants.     
Gloucester Rotarian Barry Pett, aide to Senator Bruce Tarr who was ill, filled in for his boss and presented recognitions from the Governor and from the state Senate.  Rep Brad Hill offered congratulations from the House of Representatives.  Rotarian and Town Manager Robin Crosbie spoke on behalf of herself and the Ipswich Selectmen.
The day was made even more special by the participation of members of Ben's family and several of his oldest and dearest friends.
It was a great day for Ben and a great day for Rotary.  Congratulations Ben for 65 years of Rotary service, and for a lifetime of humanity.
Ben Collins Celebrates 65 Years as a Rotarian Bob Wicks 2016-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

Jen Perry Welcomed as Ipswich Rotary's newest member

Posted by Bob Wicks on Apr 09, 2016
On April 7, the club welcomed Jennifer Perry as our newest member.  Jen is the site manager of the new Open Door Food Pantry in Ipswich which will be launched later this Spring.
From left, Membership Chair Lee McNelly, Jen Perry, sponsor Bill Nelson, and President Bob Gravino.  
Jen Perry Welcomed as Ipswich Rotary's newest member Bob Wicks 2016-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary to Sponsor 2016-17 District Global Scholar

Posted on Feb 26, 2016
Posted by David Hart 
on Feb 26, 2016 (reprinted from the District 7930 Website)
District 7930 has awarded its 2016-2017 Global Grant Scholarship to Kristin Kelleher of Newburyport, MA. The scholarship is worth $30,000. Ms. Kelleher who is sponsored by the Ipswich Rotary Club will be attending Kings College London beginning in September 2016. Ms. Kelleher currently works as a Legislative Aid for Representative Jay Kaufman.
Ms. Kelleher will enroll in the Master's Program, Environment, Politics, and Globalization. This program fits very nicely with Rotary International’s area of focus; Economic and Community Development. While attending Kings College London, Ms. Kelleher will also design and implement a “Service Project” which will have a positive and sustainable effect on the local community. Ms. Kelleher’s service project will show the correlation between low-income individuals, health, environmental issues and success in obtaining a job that provides a sustainable wage.
This year we had five (including Ms. Kelleher) very strong candidates. All of which, we believe, will affect a positive change in our world. All candidates were required to complete the Global Grant application, provide a resume, provide two letters of reference, college transcripts, admission to a Masters or Doctorate program and a concept for a service project within the RI six areas of focus. Lastly, a candidate needs to have a strong knowledge of Rotary and how Rotary could assist them in their future endeavors.
An interview committee was formed which included the incoming District Governor (2016-2017) Sheryl Meehan, current Foundation Chair Ingrid Brown, current Outgoing Global Grant Scholarship Chair David Hart, District Governor-Nominee David Gardner, and Lexington Rotarian Doug Holmes.
All candidates were interviewed on Saturday March 20, 2016 and the committee made its decision on the same day. District 7930 and the interview committee was proud of the caliber of candidates this year and wants to offer congratulations to our winner Kristen Kelleher. Ms. Kelleher is and will continue to be a champion of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”.
Ipswich Rotary to Sponsor 2016-17 District Global Scholar 2016-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Winthrop School Teacher Honored by Rotary

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jan 12, 2016
At their meeting on January 7, the Ipswich Rotary Club recognized Winthrop School educator and social worker Deborah Trevarrow with their highest honor, a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Deb was recognized for her many years as faculty advisor to the Rotary sponsored youth service club, Winthrop EarlyAct, and for her exceptional contributions to youth in our community.  Youth development is a major goal of Rotary International.  Ipswich Rotary partners with the Ipswich Public Schools to sponsor youth service clubs at the High School and at both elementary schools.  Each year, the club also sponsors a year-long international Rotary Youth Exchange which benefits the community as well as the students. 
The EarlyAct club is open to students in Grades 4 and 5.  The club follows a format similar to Rotary, meeting to identify, discuss, and select projects and to foster a spirit of “Service Above Self”.  Their community and international projects help the students learn, appreciate and value service that improves lives.
Winthrop School Teacher Honored by Rotary Bob Wicks 2016-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Interact Jingle Bell Walk Huge Success

Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 16, 2015
On Saturday, December 12, Ipswich High School Interact led youth of all ages on a festive Jingle Bell Walk to welcome Santa to Ipswich.  "Buddy the Elf" and Ipswich youth of all ages greeted Santa at Town Wharf and led the jolly elf and his friends on a joyful walk along the river to Town Hall.  Along the way, the Grinch was spotted and retained by the Ipswich police.  Inspired by the large assemblage of cheerful celebrants, the heart of the Grinch grew three times that day. 
Ipswich Interact is s High School club dedicated to community service.  Proceeds from this event and other club activities are used to help people in our local and global communities.  The money raised from the Jingle Bell Walk will be donated to Ipswich Caring to provide holiday meals and toys to local families.
Ipswich Interact Jingle Bell Walk Huge Success Bob Wicks 2015-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Interact Thanks JBW Sponsors and Supporters

Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 16, 2015
Ipswich Interact thanks it's sponsors and supporters for their help in making the 2015 Jingle Bell Walk a huge success. 
Ipswich Interact is s Rotary sponsored High School club dedicated to community service. Proceeds from club fundraising events are used to help people in our local and global communities. The money raised from the Jingle Bell Walk is being donated to Ipswich Caring to help provide holiday meals and toys to local families.
Interact Thanks JBW Sponsors and Supporters Bob Wicks 2015-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Dave Edwards Joins Ipswich Rotary

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 29, 2015

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.

Dave Edwards Joins Ipswich Rotary Bob Wicks 2015-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotarian Helps Change Lives in the Philippines

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 24, 2015
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. 
Ipswich Rotarian Helps Change Lives in the Philippines Bob Wicks 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Donating $25,000 to YMCA Expansion

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 17, 2015
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.
Ipswich Rotary Donating $25,000 to YMCA Expansion Bob Wicks 2015-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Cushing Titcomb Elected Vice President

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 12, 2015
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.    
Cushing Titcomb Elected Vice President Bob Wicks 2015-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary is now on Twitter!

Posted by Carrie Curley on Oct 20, 2015
The Ipswich Rotary Club is now on Twitter! Follow us!
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Ipswich Rotary Inducts New Member - Bob Arsenault

Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 06, 2015
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 Inducts New Member - Bob Arsenault Bob Wicks 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Awards Scholarships

Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 05, 2015
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. 
Ipswich Rotary Awards Scholarships Bob Wicks 2015-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Featured in "Ipswich Neighbors"

Posted by Bob Wicks on Sep 09, 2015
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".
Ipswich Rotary Featured in "Ipswich Neighbors" Bob Wicks 2015-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

This Week's Meeting: Picnic in the Park

Posted by Bob Wicks on Aug 11, 2015

Picnic in the Park – celebration and remembrance, an annual Ipswich Rotary tradition

This week, in lieu of our regular breakfast meeting, we will gather at noon in Rotary Park, adjacent to the Ipswich Family Y. The park opened in 2006 and the club has returned each summer to enjoy and rededicate this beautiful space. The park also is the site of one of the five Peace Poles placed by the Ipswich High School Interact Club in 2014.

Construction on the park began in 2003 as the club’s “Centennial Project” to mark Rotary International’s 100 year anniversary in 2005. The project was guided by Co-Chairs Ed Bryant and Larry McNeil and a committee consisting of Gerry Beauchamp, Bud Conley, George Lewis, Bill Nelson, Joe Parks, and Don Whiston. A bench honoring the memory of Bud Conley is located near the park entrance.

The picnic will begin at noon in the park. Parking is available in the adjacent YMCA parking lot.

This Week's Meeting: Picnic in the Park Bob Wicks 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Inducts Elaine Richter

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jul 12, 2015
Elaine Richter was inducted as the newest member of the Ipswich Rotary Club.  Elaine was inducted by President Bob Gravino at the club’s monthly meeting in Rowley on July 9.  Ingrid Miles, Vice President - Rotary Foundation, sponsored Elaine and will serve as her mentor.  In the photo are Ingrid Miles, Elaine Richter, and Bob Gravino. 
To learn more about Ipswich Rotary, contact any member or visit a meeting.  The full schedule for Ipswich Rotary and the Rotary Satellite Club of Ipswich can be found here.
Ipswich Rotary Inducts Elaine Richter Bob Wicks 2015-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

Bob Gravino Inducted as President of Ipswich Rotary

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jul 01, 2015
On Monday Night, June 29, Bob Gravino was officially inducted as the 94th President of the Ipswich Rotary Club.  On hand to help him celebrate were Joan and Bob Arsenault, Lisa Shanko, Bob Wicks, First Lady Kathy Gravino, and Christina Harris.  Congratulations President Bob, we look forward to your inspiration and leadership as we continue our service to Ipswich and Rowley.  
Bob Gravino Inducted as President of Ipswich Rotary Bob Wicks 2015-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Trail Run for Youth Scholars.

Posted by Bob Wicks on May 26, 2015

The Ipswich Rotary 5K/10K road race and trail ramble raises scholarship money for worthy Ipswich and Triton students.

The annual run and walk through beautiful Appleton Farms will be held on June 13 this year. Fun and food for all ages. Information is available in the attached flier.  For directions and registration, log onto the Ramble website at  Sponsored by the Institution for Savings and the Ipswich Family YMCA.

Ipswich Rotary - Humanity in Motion, serving Ipswich and Rowley.

Rotary Trail Run for Youth Scholars. Bob Wicks 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary raises over $6,100 to End Polio Now.

Posted by Bob Wicks on Apr 23, 2015

On April 11th, members of the Ipswich Rotary Club and Ipswich High School Interact gathered on Long Beach in Gloucester for the much postponed "Rotary District 7930 Polar Plunge" to End Polio. Overall, to date, the Rotary District has raised over $105,000. And, despite the numerous weather delays, the water in Gloucester was still very cold, in the upper 30's. Brrrr.

The money raised by Ipswich alone will enable Rotary and World Health Organization volunteers to vaccinate over 10,000 children. Thanks to Rotary, WHO, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which provides matching funds, Polio continues to exist in just 2 countries. However, until this terrible disease is eradicated, the risk of it reemerging remains possible everywhere.

Ipswich Rotary and Interact thank all of our generous donors. Your pledges really will make a difference.

Ipswich Rotary raises over $6,100 to End Polio Now. Bob Wicks 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary Inducts New Member

Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 29, 2015

Peter Pinciaro, General Manager of the Crane Estate, recently was inducted by club President, The Rev. Brad Clark, Rector of Ascension Church. Peter is a long time executive at the Trustees of Reservations and friend of Ipswich Rotary. Peter’s sponsor and Rotary mentor is Gerry Beauchamp, Executive Director of the Ipswich YMCA. Peter joins over 65 other Rotarians who are dedicated to improving lives in Ipswich and Rowley.

To find out more about Rotary and how you too can make a difference in our two service communities and around the world, join us at one of our regular meetings on Thursday mornings. Meetings begin at 7:15 am at Ithaki in Ipswich, or the Village Pancake House in Rowley. We meet at the Pancake House on the 1st Thursday of each month, and at Ithaki the rest of the month.  Rotary is an organization of 1.2 million men and women who serve humanity around the world.

Our next international event will be the District 9730 Polar Plunge to end polio now. Members of Ipswich Rotary and Ipswich High School Interact will join plungers from the District’s 48 clubs to plunge into the still frigid Atlantic at Gloucester on April 11. This event was postponed several times due this winter’s extraordinary weather. For more information and to pledge your support, visit…/Ipswich-2015-polar-plunge

Ipswich Rotary Inducts New Member Bob Wicks 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0

2015-16 Board of Directors Elected

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jan 05, 2015
At the club’s Annual Meeting in December, the Ipswich Rotary Club elected its Officers and Directors for 2015-16.  Beginning on July 1, the leadership team will be:
Lisa Shanko, President
Bob Gravino, President Elect
George Gray, Vice President
Ingrid Miles, Vice President – Rotary Foundation 
Ted Garside, Treasurer 
Ray Katzen, Secretary 
Directors will be:  Gerry Beauchamp, Laurie Cameron, Sr. Leonore Coan, Russ Cole, Mary Foote-Hill (also Assistant Secretary), Deb Mahoney, and The Rev. Brad Clark, Immediate Past President.
The Ipswich Rotary Club is blessed in having substantial depth in leadership.  We offer our thanks and best wishes to these newly elected members and to all the candidates who have committed themselves to making a
difference in our club and to the services we provide in Ipswich and Rowley.
From left:  Deb Mahoney, Rev. Brad Clark, Ted Garside, Sr. Leonore Coan, Lisa Shanko, Bob Gravino, George Gray, Ingrid Miles, Mary Foote-Hill, Laurie Cameron, Gerry Beauchamp.  Unavailable for the photo were Russ Cole and Ray Katzen.  
2015-16 Board of Directors Elected Bob Wicks 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Veterans Day

A message from President Brad Clark: Rotarians of Ipswich may duly honor our military veterans by lending our presence at

The Annual Ipswich Veterans Day Parade
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • Gather at the War Memorial at 10:15 AM on the Memorial Green (near Hall-Haskell Visitors Center)
  • Flag Raising Ceremony and Speakers at 10:30 AM
  • Parade from War Memorial to the V.F.W. at 11:00 AM
  • Flag Raising Ceremony at V.F.W. with U.S. Rep Brad Hill &
  • New Veteran's Agent for Town of Ipswich, Ryan Lennon
  • At the end of the parade at the VFW, enjoy Hot Dogs and Bake Bean Luncheon Free to ALL
  • FYI,  All Veterans invited to Complimentary Luncheon at The Hart House at 1:30 PM.
Veterans Day Gail Doktor 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rev. Robert Hagopian: 2014 Person of the Year in Rowley

Posted on Sep 28, 2014
Each year, the Ipswich Rotary Club names a “Person of the Year” in each of the two towns which it serves, Ipswich and Rowley.  This year’s recipient in Rowley is Rev. Bob Hagopian, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Rowley. 
Rotary recognizes outstanding local citizens who are not Rotarians for their “Service Above Self” outside their normal paid positions.  Rev. Hagopian certainly represents the best of selfless service, frequently reaching out in the community beyond his parish to provide supportive spiritual or psychological care.  For example, Rev. Bob has a deep and passionate commitment to 9/11, which he calls this generation’s Pearl Harbor.  Each September 11th, Rev. Bob holds a candlelight ceremony at the church to recognize the deep link between the Town of Rowley and the 9/11 tragedy.  Three of Rowley’s townspeople were among the passengers who died on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to hit Tower One.  Rev. Bob understands the mental and spiritual damage done that terrible day, not only to the families but also to the community.  Whether it is in times of joy, hope, sorrow or tragedy “The Reverend” has been there for all, usually behind the scenes offering his special gifts of faith, hope, and love, qualities that have endeared him to the entire town. 
In addition to being a tireless community servant, Bob is a great avoider of the limelight.  As such, it was not easy for Rotary to corner this unpretentious hero.  Rev. Hagopian had declined to be honored at our “Installation and Awards Dinner” last Spring, and again at a recent club meeting at the “Village Pancake House” in Rowley.  So, to officially thank and recognize their humble honoree, the Rotary Club of Ipswich came to him, lying in wait at his church on September 4 until he returned from an early morning pastoral call.  Reluctant to receive the award, Rev.  Hagopian was more interested in singing the praises of the many people in his life, including his wife Anne, who he feels deserved such recognition more than him.  This is Robert Hagopian, self-effacing servant of the people, always putting others first, and Ipswich Rotary’s Person of the Year in Rowley. 
Rotarians on hand, from left: John Morris, President Brad Clark, Bob Gravino (rear), and Ray Katzen.  Front and center are: Anne Hagopian, behind the plaque, and honoree Rev. Bob Hagopian.  Taking the picture is Rotarian and Rowley Selectman, Bob Snow.
Rev. Robert Hagopian: 2014 Person of the Year in Rowley Bob Wicks 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

New County Road Bus Shelter Dedicated

Posted on Sep 11, 2014
On Monday, September 8, The Rev Brad Clark dedicated a new bus shelter on County Road in front of the Southern Heights neighborhood.  The shelter replaces a 40 year old structure that had protected school children for four decades as they awaited their buses.  Several of the children who will use the new shelter were on hand to cut the ribbon.        
In his dedication remarks, Rev. Clark, Rector of Ascension Church and current President of the Ipswich Rotary Club, commented that “It was exactly 40 years ago that the first Southern Heights Bus Stop Shelter was built for kids as a protected place to gather for the bus.  Food, shelter and clothing are the three basic essentials we need to make our way in this life.  I would add community.  Without community we have no one to lean on in times of need, no one with whom to share the happiest moments of our lives, and no one to help us realize our dreams.
This is a small achievement in the grand scheme of things, but a great example of what can be done when people and organizations work together to make our common life better.  Living in community, being there for one another, brings out our best.  Good things happen when we reach out, when we make an effort to shelter one another.”
Rev. Brad concluded his remarks by acknowledging the organizations and businesses whose efforts and generosity made the new shelter possible:  the Ipswich Rotary Club, the Ipswich Family YMCA, the Youth Group of Ascension Memorial Church with special thanks to Bill Skelton, Cape Ann Sign, the Ipswich Housing Authority, D.L. Clark, Inc., Tedford’s True Value Hardware, and the Conservation Commission of the Town of Ipswich.
On hand, in addition to several Ipswich Rotarians, was former Ipswich resident Shawn Murphy who traveled down from his home in Exeter, NH.  He shared memories and vintage newspaper clippings marking the occasion of a similar dedication exactly 40 years earlier.  Shawn and his classmates were the first school children to use the previous shelter in 1974.
New County Road Bus Shelter Dedicated Bob Wicks 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

Agawam Village Bus Stop Shelter to be Dedicated

Posted on Sep 05, 2014
The newly installed bus stop shelter at Agawam Village on County Road (Route 1A) will be formally dedicated on Monday, September 8. The ceremony will begin at 8 am, and the community is invited to participate.

This project was made possible thanks to the Rotary Club of Ipswich; The Ipswich Family YMCA; Agawam Village Housing Authority; The Youth Group of Ascension Memorial Church; D.L. Clark, Inc.; Tedford’s True Value Hardware; Cape Ann Sign; the Conservation Committee of the Town of Ipswich; and special thanks to Bill Skelton.

In the photos: the new shelter is guided into place by Rotarian Dave Clark and a team of volunteers on Friday, August 29, 2014. The old County Road shelter showed years of wear and tear.

Agawam Village Bus Stop Shelter to be Dedicated Bob Wicks 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Keith Harris Homecoming Completes Epic Cross Country Ride

Posted on Aug 17, 2014
On Saturday, Keith completed his epic 4400 mile cross country bike ride for The Rotary Foundation at Plum Island.  Dozens of well wishers and supporters were on hand at the beach and at a Welcome Home party hosted by the Newburyport Brewing Company.  Among those attending to congratulate Keith were RI Trustee Mike McGovern, RI Director Julia Phelps, District Governor Peter Simonsen, and Past District Governors Ingrid Brown, David Drislane, Terri Kidder, and Victor Saldahna.  
Keith's ride has so far raised over $37,000 for The Rotary Foundation.   For more information on the ride and the incredible people he met along the way, visit his Facebook Page at "Pedaling for a Purpose".  More photos also are available on the Ipswich Rotary Facebook Page.
An article about Keith and his homecoming also appears today in the Eagle Tribune.  To view the article, click on this link:
Keith Harris Homecoming Completes Epic Cross Country Ride Bob Wicks 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Rotary "Lights Up" the Rowley Common Bandstand

Posted on Jun 27, 2014
On Sunday, July 22, 6 stalwart Ipswich Rotarians descended on the Rowley Common.  In just 5 short hours, this small band of magicians converted the 25 year old bandstand from a gray lady to a gleaming white princess.  Led by Captain Doug Shealy, Rotarians Gerry Beauchamp, John Morris, Bill Nelson, Jim Tedford, and Bob Wicks patched, scraped, sanded, primed, and painted so that the citizens of Rowley will be able to celebrate their town’s 375th anniversary with pride.  Concerts will be offered from the refurbished bandstand on the Common every two weeks throughout the summer. 
All materials for this project were generously donated by Tedford’s.  Phase Two, which includes a baseball backstop on the other side of the Common and a second finish coat on the bandstand ceiling, will be scheduled soon.
The following are photos of the bandstand before, during, and after the project.
Ipswich Rotary "Lights Up" the Rowley Common Bandstand Bob Wicks 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Hope Wigglesworth & Bob Hagopian: 2014 Ipswich Rotary Persons of the Year

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

At Ipswich Rotary Club's Installation and Awards Dinner last evening, Hope Wigglesworth was named our "Ipswich Person of the Year". Hope was recognized for her decades of volunteer service to Ipswich and to area hospitals where she serves as a patient ambassador. Of her devotion to community service, she said simply "You don't volunteer unless you care."

Rowley resident Rev. Robert Hagopian was recognized as this year's "Rowley Person of the Year" for his many years of volunteer work that has improved lives in Rowley. Bob was unable to attend last evening, and will be honored at an upcoming club meeting.

Join us in thanking Hope and Bob for their tireless "service above self"

Seen here with Hope, are President Elect The Rev. Brad Clark and President Gail Doktor.

Hope Wigglesworth & Bob Hagopian: 2014 Ipswich Rotary Persons of the Year Bob Wicks 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

“Pedaling for a Purpose” Visits Ipswich Schools

This week, Keith visited the Winthrop and Doyon schools to receive a donation to “Pedaling for a Purpose”.  The children of the “Extended Daycare Program” (EDP) raised $612 at their recent “Talent Show” benefit.  This summer Keith will be riding from coast to coast to raise money for The Rotary Foundation and Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.  The check was presented at the fabulous new Winthrop School playground, the entrance of which is marked by one of the Interact Peace Poles. 
The EDP program, led by Wilma Gooby, provides pre and post school daycare for children of working parents.  Parents drop off their children, grades K-5, at 7 am and pick them up at 6 pm on school days.  This valuable program for Doyon and Winthrop parents and pupils is funded by tuition rather than by the town.  Gooby is assisted by teachers and teachers’ aids such as Sarah Cummings and Cassandra Taraska who also were on hand for the presentation at Winthrop.  At Doyon School, Keith was hosted by Principal Sheila Conley and EarlyAct Faculty Advisor Elyssa Brand. 
At both locations, Keith presented information about his ride, the work of The Rotary Foundation, and bike safety.  Keith talked about the rules every biker should follow: wearing a helmet, riding single file in groups, and using clear hand signals.  As an example of the Foundation’s lifesaving humanitarian work, he compared living as a child in poverty stricken Sudan to their own lives in Ipswich.  The money that was raised by EDP will be used to provide eight families with water filters in an area that desperately needs clean water.  He wrapped up his remarks by taking the children on an interactive tour across the country that followed the route of his upcoming ride.
The children came away knowing much more about the thrills and challenges of long distance biking.  They learned the importance of preparation and self-sufficiency, about the good people he expects to meet while on the road, and of the techniques and traditions associated with long-distance bicycle travel.  Keith closed his presentations by noting that, due to their generosity, each of them would be traveling with him every mile along the way.  
Keith pedaling the Kancamagus Highway on May 24, in preparation for his cross country ride to improve lives.         
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