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Posted by Al Thomas on Oct 02, 2017
       Karin Gaffney, Governor of Rotary District 7910 visited the
Chelmsford Rotary today. She explained the wide variety of district
resources available to all district clubs. She also participated in
the installation of Dominic Breen asa new club member.  Breen is
President of "You It Department, LLC".  He is pictured with club
President, Paul Cohen and Governor Gaffney.
 
District Governor Visits Al Thomas 2017-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Sep 19, 2017
      The Chelmsford Rotary Club hosted the Chelmsford High School
"Students of the Month" for September at their meeting on Monday.
 They are Lindsay Ambrosino, John Mieszczanski, Isabelle Geada,
Lam Tran, Rachel McGinn and Ameya Bhat.
September "Students of the Month" Al Thomas 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Chelmsford Blood Drive 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas
APRIL "STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" ANNOUNCED
 
     Stephen Murray, Principal of Chelmsford High School, and Paul Cohen, President of the Chelmsford
Rotary Club announced the April "Students of the Month" at Monday's Rotary meeting.  They are -
Daniel Dimitrov, Tyler Fleming, Anthony Del Trecco, Suzanne MIsherfi, Kristen Hohenstein and Meg Dugas.
APRIL"STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" ANNOUNCED Al Thomas 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
All ticket proceeds benefit the local charities & the numerous school programs sponsored by  the Chelmsford Rotary Club.  School support includes dictionaries for 3rd graders, RYLA leadership training for CHS sophomores, and for seniors “Students of the Month & Year” recognition and monies for both scholarship funds. Click Here for more info and to buy your ticket.
 
2017 Duck Race 2017-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
CHELMSFORD HIGH/CHELMSFORD ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2017-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Mar 19, 2017
2017 RYLA STUDENTS ARE CHOSEN
 
     Thirty-five Chelmsford High School sophomores were recently interviewed by Chelmsford Rotary Club members
 and eight were chosen to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award conference at Fitchburg State University
 from June 23rd through June 25th. Those students included John Clancy, Benjamin Cote, Smrithi Eswar, Jack Fox.
 Phoebe Kimera, Esha Mukherjee, Aadhya Putter and Abby Segal.  Five students were chosen as alternates and
 will attend if a Chelmsford student cannot attend or if other clubs have openings available.  Those students
 include Krista Cabeca, Catherine Leonard, Ryan Hayes and Clare Rigney.
2017 RYLA Students Are Selected Al Thomas 2017-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Mar 19, 2017
          Eight Chelmsford High School students were selected to attend the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Award conference at Fitchburg State University in
  June and five alternates were also chosen.  John Clancy, Benjamin Cote, Smrithi Eswar, Jack Fox, Phoebe Kimera, Esha Mukherjee, Aadhya Putter and Abby
  Segal were selected from the thirty-five applicants that were interviewed.  Krista Cabeca, Catherine Leonard, Kaitlin Pearson, Ryan Hayes and Clarlle Rigney
  are alternates and will attend if one of the Chelmsford students cannot attend or if there are slots that other clubs are not able to attend.
           The students will face physical, emotional and problem solving challenges over the weekend of June 23rd through June 25th.
STUDENTS SELECTED FOR RYLA Al Thomas 2017-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Feb 28, 2017
      The Chelmsford Rotary club hosted the Chelmsford High School "Students of the Month" for the
month of February at a recent meeting.  The students included Megan Keen, Jillian MacKillop, Ethan Hirsch,
David Ibrahim, Meghan Majeski and Justin Rodriguez.
FEBRUARY "STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" NAMED Al Thomas 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Feb 19, 2017
      The Chelmsford Rotary Club will sponsor 8 sophomores for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference
to be held at Fitchburg State University from June 23rd through June 25th.  Applications are available in the
Main Office at Chelmsford High School.  They must be returned to the office by Friday March 3rd.  For more
information about the program, go to www.ryla7910.org.
RYLA APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE Al Thomas 2017-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Jan 26, 2017
      The Chelmford High School/Chelmsford Rotary Club "Students of the Month" for December 2016 were announced recently.  They include Elizabeth Kearney, Rachael O'Connell,
Manjari Mishra, Jacob Kaminsky and Andrew Thayer. Michael Marchant was absent for the picture.
Copy of DECEMBER "STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" ANNOUNCED Al Thomas 2017-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
JANUARY "STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" ANNOUNCED 2017-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Nov 16, 2016
 Riley Higgins (Emerson), Sophia Haywood (Hawthorne), Sarah Benda (Whittier)
 Jason Shin (Whittier), Eric Miu (Emerson) and David Cote (Hawthorne)
   
NOVEMBER "STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" Al Thomas 2016-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Nov 08, 2016
  The Chelmsford Rotary Club served lunch at McFarlin Manor on Monday November 8, 2016.  They recently served lunch to residents of the Smith Street facility.
McFarlin Lunch Al Thomas 2016-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
October "Students of the Month" Al Thomas 2016-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
   ROTARY COMEDY RETURNS      
      The Chelmsford Rotary Club will once again offer an evening of comedy on Saturday November 5th at the Chelmsford Radisson Hotel and Suites.  However, the show will have a new twist.  At 8 p.m., a standup routine by David DiLorenzo will start the show.  Then, hypnotist Tommy Vee will be featured.  DiLorenzo's routines focus on everyday family life intuitions such as dieting, marriage, visiting Dunkin Donts etc.  He has performed throughout the New England region.
      Tommy Vee has entertained and hypnotized audience members in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.  For years, he successfully entertained graduating Chelmsford high school young men at their senior breakfast.
       As in the past, theme baskets will be raffled.  The hall will open at 7 p.m. for viewing.  Past baskets themes have included golf, breakfast, chocolate, scratch tickets, car wash, wine, books, etc. You do not have to be present to win.  The baskets will be on display at Enterprise Bank and Northern Bank in the weeks prior to the show.
        Tickets are $25 each. They are available from all club members or by contacting Al Thomas at 978-256-8772 or wallenthomas@yahoo.com.  There will be a cash bar and free snacks.  Proceeds from the event will fun club projects such as high school scholarships, meals for senior citizens, support for veterans, Winterfest, The Paul Center etc.
      
    
 
Comedy Night Returns Al Thomas 2016-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
"Students of the Month" 9/16 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Provides Backpacks Al Thomas 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Governors Visit Al Thomas 2016-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Ynits Presents Energy Concerns Al Thomas 2016-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Cohen Installed As President Al Thomas 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
June 2016 "Students of the Month" Al Thomas 2016-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
2016 Duck Race Al Thomas 2016-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Buy Duck Race Tickets! 2016-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
STUDENTS AND ROTARY PACKAGE FOOD Al Thomas 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas

L. Steve Driscoll, Ryan Carey, Emily Andrews, Laura Hohenstein, Tommy Connolly and Manasi Danke (absent).

 
 
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APRIL "STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" Al Thomas 2016-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
      Ed Bell, a representative of "Shelter Box" made a presentation at Monday's Rotary meeting.  Shelter Boc
prrovides disaster relief throughout the world in the form of boxes.  Each box is loaded with a tent, cooking utensils, blankets, etc., depending on the geographical area where they will be sent.  The Chelmsford Rotary
donated over $4,000, which paid for four of these boxes.
Rotary Supports Shelter Box Al Thomas 2016-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Mar 15, 2016
       The Chelmsford High School/Chelmsford Rotary Club "Students of the Month" fpr March spoke at the March 14th meeting of the Rotary Club.  They included Kendra Wynn (Emerson), Katherine Rigney (Hawthorne), Hernisha Radia ( Whittier), Samuel Weitzen (Whittier), Matthew Francisco (Emerson) and
Matthew Clancy (Hawthorne).
MARCH "STUDENTS OF THE MONTH" Al Thomas 2016-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
         
     CHELMSFORD ROTARY NAMES RYLA STUDENTS
 
       The Rotary Club of Chelmsford has announced that it
  has awarded scholarships to this year's Rotary Youth
  Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in June
  at Fitchburg State University.  The those selected from a
  pool of 53 applicants include - Lindsy Ambrosino, Sydney
  Baron, Milani Behera, Manjusha Chava, Kacey Corbett,
  Brendan Corcoran, McKenzie Leahy, Abhinav
  Muraleedaran, Seyla Phan, Manognya Sripathi, Brian
  Tong, and Cassandra West.  Selected as alternates were
  Jimmy Burrill, Owen Busser, Brianna Chan, Gabrielle Cruz,
  Kate McQuaide, and Erin Sousa.
       The chosen students will be among some 180
  Massachusetts high school sophomores from 46 eastern
  Massachusetts Rotary clubs.  The conference will feature
  many thought-provoking events including interactive
  Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and     
  challenging mental and physical activities.  Topics include
  decision-making, critical thinking, communicating                   
  effectively, ethics and public service.
       To be selected, candidates needed to qualify by                      
  showing leadership potential and good citizenship
  characteristics, and showing a strong desire to attend
  and benefit from the conference.  In their individual
  interviews, they needed to stand out from other   
  applicants.
 
Rotary Names RYLA Students Al Thomas 2016-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 22, 2016
    
 
Principal Murray and Dean Galante presented the "Students of the Month'
from Chelmsford High School at the Rotary meeting of February 22nd.
l. Casey MacGillivray (Emerson), Kristina Tran (Whittier), Alex Stever (Whittier),
Derek Adamson (Emerson) Emily Norman (Hawthorne) and Josepth Lefebvre (Hawthrone)
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January 2016 "Students of the Month" Al Thomas 2016-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Chelmsford Rotary Club Comedy Night 2015-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles R. Keen
 
The annual Rotary Christmas concert of the Chelmsford
High School Music Department is featured in Rotary 80.
Additionally recent club activities and the presentation
 of the "Service Above Self" award to Regina Jackson,
the town's Veterans Agent, are highlighted.
 
Watch the Chelmsford Rotary on Chelmsford TV Charles R. Keen 2015-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Principal Caliri, Ryan Fahey, Michael O'keefe, John Jillett, Rachel Bossi,
Catherine Nestor, Michael McKenna, Daniel Green, Kevin Kuang, and Rachel DeChiara.  Absent: Allison Young, Prerana Patil and Jessica Dodge.
Students of the Month for May and June 2015 2015-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Jim Fusco, Governor of District 7910, visited the Chelmsford Rotrary Club on Monday July 27th.  He shared plans for the 2015-2016 year. Afterward he sat in on a meeting of the club's Board of Directors. Dick Anderson, Assistant Governor Coordinator for District 7910 accompanied Governor.
 
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The Chelmsford Rotary Club and over 100 student volunteers from Chelmsford High School teamed up after school on Tuesday April 7th to package 11,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now.  That organization was founded in 1998 and has provided 180 million meals in 65 countries.  This year 45 million meals have been provided and $9 million in donated vitamins and medical supplies have been distributed. Students set up the packaging stations, filled packages, sealed them and boxed them for shipment.  Each package contains rice, soy, a vegetable mix and a pack of vitamins and feeds six people.
     
The Rotary Club supports the Chelmsford schools in a variety of ways each year.  They provide 400 dictionaries to third graders.  They donate to both the Chelmsford High School Alumni Association's Scholarship Fund and the Town of Chelmsford Scholarship Fund.  They send sophomore students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) each year and they honor high school "Students of the Month" and "Students of the Year".  Those interested in club membership are invited to attend a meeting.  Meetings are held at the Chelmsford Radisson on Mondays at 12:15 p.m.
 
 
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FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH Principal Caliri, Alyssa Genereux of Emerson House, Fiona Busser of Whittier House, Erin Phillips of Hawthorne House, Owen Jordan of Hawthorne House, and Andrew Majeski of Emerson House.  Cameron Clancy of Whittier House was absent.
 
CHS/Rotary Students Of The Month - February 2015 Al Thomas 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Duck Race 2015 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
CHS/Rotary Students Of The Month - January 2015 Al Thomas 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Chelmsford High School/Chelmsford Rotary Club
"Students of the Month" for December 2014
L. Principal Caliri, Evan Smith, Grace Gerhardt,Aleric Heck, 
       Kristina Gorski, Hannah Riffe, Zachary Davidson R.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Students of the Month - December 2014 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Patrick J. Maloney, a member of the Permanent Building Committee and Chief Michael Curran of the Chelmsford Fire Department were  presented with "Service Above Self" awards at the club's annual  holiday concert.  Both have served the town very well for significant periods of time.  Congratulations.
 
 
 
 
"Service Above Self" awards Decmber 2014 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
The November "Students of the Month" were introduced to the Chelmsford Rotary Club members at their meeting on Monday. They include Ryan Loftus of Hawthorne House, Shannon Nagle of Hawthorne House, Rachel Laider of Emerson House, Nikki Bettinelli of  Whittier House, Erik Lech of Emerson House and Matt Kuda of Whittier House. They are pictured with Principal Charles Caliri.
 
 
 
Students of the Month - November 2014 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Briane Shelat was inducted into membership in the Chelmsford Rotary Club at their meeting on October 6th.  She is the "Corporatae Sales Manager"at the Chelmsford Radisson Hotel and Suites.  L. Leonard Doolan, membership committeeman; Carla Pond, club president, and Brianne Shelat. L
 
New Member Brianne Shelat 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Al Thomas on Sep 22, 2014

Date: Saturday October 18, 2014
Time: Door open at 7:00 p. m. Show begins at 8:00 p. m.
Place: Chelmsford Radisson 10 Independence Drive Chelmsford, Ma.
Three Comedians Featuring Juston McKinney
"Snacks" provided - Cash Bar
A great selection of baskets will be raffled off during the evening!
For tickets ($25), call 978-256-8772 or see club members.

Chelmsford Rotary Club Comedy Night And Basket Raffle Al Thomas 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Aug 24, 2014

Chelmsford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank A. Tiano received the “Service Above Self” award for his various contributions to the club over the past year. The Chelmsford Rotary Club donated over $2,500 worth of backpacks and other school supplies to the Chelmsford Public Schools. Pictured with Dr. Tiano are Len Doolan and Rotary President Carla Pond.

 

 
Chelmsford Superintendent Dr. Frank Tiano received the “Service Above Self” Award Allen Thomas 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jul 27, 2014

Pictures -  Leonard Doolan and Sean Moriarty, Tom Curran (gray suit), George Simonian (bow tie)

Rotary Hears About "Lion's Pride Campaign"

      The members of the Chelmsford Rotary Club welcomed Tom Curran and George Simonian at their meeting on Monday.  Simonian, Executive Director of the Chelmsford High School Alumni Association, introduced Curran who spoke about the Association's new "Lion's Pride Campaign".  Curran explained the unique and important services provided by the Association and why the Association needs to raise money to insure financial stability in the future.
      The association is best known for it's Hall of Fame.  Each year 9 are inducted based on their contributions while in school and in the community after graduation.  It is not an athletic hall of fame.  Scientists, doctors, radio personalities, teacher, business leaders, actors etc. are included.  The Association also has an endowment fund of $1.3 million which supports 105 scholarships.  The Association publishes an outstanding alumni magazine, The Lion's Pride,  three times a year and has an "Authors' Corner" in the high school's "Learning Commons".  There are 101 books in the collection published by 70 authors who graduated from CHS.  Currently, a mentoring program is being developed to help link students and graduates with people who work in career field of interest or a university being considered.
      The CHS Alumni Association hopes to hire a director to carry on the various programs.  The current dues structure is no longer provides adequate financial support for the continued growth of the organization.  The community will be hearing more about the campaign as it gets further underway.

Moriarty Welcomed as Rotary Member

     Sean Moriarity was inducted into the membership of the Chelmford Rotary Club at it's most recent meeting.  An employee of Enterprise Bank, Moriarty is a 2002 graduate of Chelmsford High School and was honored as a "Student of the Month" by the club during his senior year.
He received a Rotary information packet and membership certificate from Leonard Doolan and a membership pin from President Carla Pond.
   

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Rotary Hears About "Lion's Pride Campaign" Allen Thomas 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jul 14, 2014

District #7910 Governor Valentine Callahan and Assistant District Governor Pam Anastasi visited the Chelmsford Rotary Club on Monday.  Callahan stressed the important role that Rotary plays in the world as the largest service organization in the world.  She explained that Rotary's goal of eradicating polio continues and the hope is to rid the world of polio by 2018.  Rotary also is working to promote peace, provide access to clean water and sanitation, enhance maternal and child health, improve basic education and literacy, and help communities develop.  Picture -  Assistant Gov. Pam Anastasi, Chelmsford Pres. Carla Pond, and Gov. Valentine Callahan.

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Governor Valentine Callahan and Assistant District Governor Pam Anastasi visited the Chelmsford Rotary Club Allen Thomas 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jul 07, 2014

      Dr. Mark Maybury was the guest speaker at the Chelmsford Rotary Club on Monday July 7th.  Dr. Maybury is the chief technology officer of The MITRE Corporation.  He is also a member of the Defense Science Board and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.  From 2010 to 2013, he served as the chief scientist for the Air Force. It is also worthy of note, that earlier in his career, he was a Rotary Scholar at Cambridge University in England.  Dr. Maybury spoke about personal experiences and the scientific developments that are and will be shaping our world.

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Picture - George Simonian, Carla Pond, and Dr. Mark Maybury Allen Thomas 2014-07-07 19:55:06Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jun 10, 2014

At our meeting last Monday, we heard from the May and June "Students of the Month" from Chelmsford High School.  They were a very impressive group!

Students of the Month for May - Principal Charles Caliri, Alexander Early (Whittier), Abigail Desrosiers (Emerson), Mrudaula Gadgil (Whittier), Charlotte Cole (Hawthorne), and Omkar Bhat (Hawthorne).  Absent - Mark Keller (Emerson)
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Students of the Month For June - Principal Charles Caliri, Katherine Howard (Whittier), Lucas Muratore (Whittier), Marylou Ryder (Hawthorne), Ethan Russell-Benoit (Emerson) and Stephen Kender (Hawthorne).  Absent - Daniellel McGinty.

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Students of the Month - May And June 2014 Allen Thomas 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Chelmsford Rotary announces May 10 Duck Race fundraiser Charles R. Keen 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Apr 04, 2014

We had three good speakers at our meeting on 3/31, Kris Ansin , the Executive Director of the Mali Health Organizing Project, returned to be presented a check from the club to support the project.  Kris spends two months in Mali each year and spends the rest of the year in the U.S.A raising funds and  taking care of the business side of the project.  Each year, some 2,000 children from the slums are provided health care twice a year in an attempt to decrease the high infancy mortality rate.       The second presentation featured Paula Bye, Executive Director of the Paul Center and a club member, and Brian Reidy, a member of the Board of Directors at the Paul Center.  The 16 acre facility provides educational, social and recreational services throughout the year, though their summer program is best known.  Some forty-five area communities are served by this local organization.  What could we do to help??             

Pictures -  Brian Reidy with President Laurie Lahey  (larger man)  and Kris Ansin with President Laurie Lahey   

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Three Good Speakers At Our Meeting On 3/31/14 Allen Thomas 2014-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Students of the Month - January 2014 Allen Thomas 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Feb 02, 2014

The Chelmsford Rotary Club's Newest Member -   Paula Bye, Executive Director of the Paul Center.

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Paula Bye - Newest Member Allen Thomas 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jan 12, 2014

Allison Young, Jennifer Sohn, Jesse Foley, Dimitrov and Tatiana Suero spoke, at the most recent Rotary meeting, about their experiences at the June 2013 RYLA conference.  They did an exceptional job!

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2013 RYLA conference Allen Thomas 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Dec 22, 2013

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Charles Keen recently presented Matt Scott with a "Service Above Self" award for his years of service to the town's cable tv service.

Matt Scott Gets Service Above Self Award Allen Thomas 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Dec 10, 2013

The Rotary Club of Chelmsford provided financial support to Budget Buddies, represented by Anita Saville and Kathy Brough, at their meeting last Monday.  Budget Buddies is a non-profit organization that is focused on "improving the financial literacy of low income women in the Greater Lowell area." 

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Financial Support For Budget Buddies - 12/10/13 Allen Thomas 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Students of the Month - November 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Dec 08, 2013

 Scott Durkee, former manager of the Chelmford Radisson Hotel and Suites, was presented  a "Service Above Self" Award at the Rotary of Chelmford Club holiday party last weekend.  Durkee has been a valuable asset to the club which meets at the Radisson and holds most events there.  He has now moved on to become manager of the Radisson Hotel in Nashua.

 

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Scott Durkee - Service Above Self Award Allen Thomas 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Nov 25, 2013

Donald Main, Director of Advancement, at D'youville Life and Wellness Community, spoke to the club on Monday, November 25th.  The focus of his talk was on the Affordable Assisted Living that will be built between the spring of 2014 and the spring of 2015.  This facility will expand the services now offered.  Those include Adult Daycare, Bruyere Gardans, The Center for Advanced Therepy, Hospice Care and Senior Care. All programs emphasize QUALITY, COMPASSIONATE CARE.  Donald has expressed interest in club membership  and we hope that he chooses to join us.         

Gwendolyn Paquette, an Account Executive with Scholastic, was welcomed into membership by Leonard Dolan and Carla Pond, who proposed her as a candidate.  Welcome!!!!

 

Club News 11/26/13 Allen Thomas 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Students of the Month - October 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Oct 29, 2013

     The comedy night last Friday night drew a large, enthusiastic audience and produced a profit of several thousand dollars.  The 
exact figures will not be known until the money from ticket sales is all turned in.  Members are asked to turn in money from ticket sales as soon as possible.


 

COMEDY NIGHT - 10/25/13 Allen Thomas 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Oct 29, 2013

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We had two different and interesting speakers at the meeting this past Monday.  Matt Ward of inConcert Web Solutions spoke about "Making Your Website Effective", the title of his most recent book.  In a high energy presentation he talked about how to use your website, blogging, emails and social media to build your business or organization.  The other speaker was Kris Ansin, the Executive Director of the Mali Health Organizing Project.  Mali, an African nation with historically poor health conditions, the project made 17,000 home visits last year and maintained a mortality rate below 1%.  The Bedford club is conducting fundraising program to support the work being done by this organization. 

TWO SPEAKERS ON MONDAY -10/29/13 Allen Thomas 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Chelmsford Rotary Club - Comedy Night - 9/25/2013 Allen Thomas 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Aug 12, 2013

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Chelmsford was well represented at RYLA -2013 held recently at the University of Massachusetts at Worcester.  The Rotary Club of Chelmsford funded the leadership experience for six members of the Class of 2014 at Chelmsford High School.  Tanya Dimitrov, Jesse Foley, Jennifer Sohn, Tatiana Suero, Arun Venugopal and Allison Young participated in a variety of workshops that should prove helpful in public speaking, conflict resolution, developing confidence, dealing with diversity etc.  Some 165 students from throughout eastern and central Massachusetts attended the event. Three members of the Class of 2014 returned this year to serve as group leaders.  Kate Burgess, Hayley Lafrenier and Matthew O'Keefe took part in a series of workshops leading up to the conference in order to successfully assist the seven members of their groups at the conference.  Four Rotary Club members attended the conference to provide supervision and to assist with several of the activities.  They were Leonard Doolan, Charles Keen , Carla Pond and Allen Thomas.  This is one of several projects through which the Rotary serves the youth of Chelmsford. 

CHS STUDENTS AT RYLA Allen Thomas 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Club Installation Allen Thomas 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jun 09, 2013

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The May and June "Students of the Month" were the speakers at the meeting last Monday.  The May students included Abigail Hickey and Gregory Gardner from Emerson House, Katherine Vooys and Kevin Falco from Hawthorne House and Shannon Kelly and Anthony Marino from Whittier House. Abigail was focused on art at CHS but became a lawyer on the Mock Trial Team and found in to be a valuable experience.  She will attend Boston University in the fall.  Greg was a major contributor to the golf team and did extensive volunteer work at Emerson Hospital.  He will attend St. Lawrence University.  Katherine was active in Student Council and will major in pediatric nursing at UMass-Lowell.  Kevin Falco became an expert in karate and enjoyed teaching it to youngsters.  He will major in engineering at UMass-Lowell.  Shannon ran track and competed successfully as a member of the DECA club.  She will attend Hofstra University.  Anthony was a captain of the football team and will attend Quinnipiac University.  The summary of their activities is abbreviated here.  Hopefully you have been able to be present on the first Monday of the month to hear the achievements of these students and the enthusiasm they have for their high school experiences.  The June students will be presented soon.       

May "Students of the Month" 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jun 09, 2013

ImageEmily Majeski was a student in Emerson House.  She played varsity soccer and became active in theater.  She will major in nursing at UMass-Lowell.  Brendan Duffy was as student in Whittier House.  He ran cross country and spring track and enjoyed being on the science team.  An Eagle Scout, he will major in engineering at Cornell University.  Breanna Hadley played varsity soccer and will attend Fitchburg State University.  Zachary Whitney competed in "Mr. CHS" and played goalie on the varsity lacrosse team.  He will prepare to be a fireman at Lakes Region Community College.  Other June "Students of the Month" who are not pictured were Eric VanGelder of Emerson House, and Amanda Becotte of Whittier House,


June "Students of the Month" 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on May 10, 2013

Thanks to everyone who worked on and/or supported the Chelmsford Rotary Club duck race fundraiser. Pictured is Dennis Duck, some of the almost 2,000 ducks and David Pearson, President of the CHS Interact Club. Dennis Duck was the star of the video that was made of the event and David helped to move the ducks and to select winners. 

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Duck Race - 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on May 05, 2013

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Chelmsford Rotary Club's "Students of the Month" for April
L. Jake Kelley, Tim Cassels, Derek Dodge, Rachel Couto, Anna Swenson and Madeline Monahan  R.

Students of the Month - April 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Apr 07, 2013

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Principal Caliri, Bryce Wynn, Kristen LaHaise, Craig Wallace, Kendra Baltier, Allidon Turner, Matthew Curtis R.

Chelmsford High School's "Students of the Month" for March were recognized and spoke at last Monday's meeting.  The diverse group included a mock trial participant,the captain of the girls indoor track team, the senior class treasurer, a student dedicated to dance, a future architect and the president of the marching band. 

Students of the Month - March 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Mar 06, 2013

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February Students of the Month Hannah Marden, Nicole Wetherell, Alyssa Soucy, Jeff Breton, Siyuan Ma and Tom Hoang 

Students of the Month Feb 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Feb 04, 2013
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The February 3rd Rotary Club meeting featured the January "Students of the Month". Rob Geada explained how belonging to the marching band gave him confidence and created a family atmosphere to help him be successful in school. He was Drum Major this year and hopes he created the the same welcoming atmosphere for new band members this year. Nikki Santanakrishna has been captain of the diving, gymnastics and tennis teams. Participating is sports helped her learn time management and academic work in math and science helped her develop problems solving ability. She hopes to become a sports doctor. Nick Arena hopes to become a civil engineer. He was greatly influenced by his grandfather who enjoyed making furniture and by Mr. Greenfield, his Industrial Technology and Design teacher. He has learned that patience is important to success. Jennie Pisarik has been a three season runner. She credits coaches Jack Lang and Brian Crane for helping her to become well-rounded. She feels that she has learned how to be disciplined and to motivate others. She wants to major in Physical Therapy. Joseph Chen wants to be a computer science major in college. He learned that being in the orchestra helped him to learn collaboration in a diverse society and that it is important for everyone to make a contribution to the society, as a whole. Erin Lucey explained how she has greatly influenced by her father. He has been a very strong person despite his body being weakened by disease. He has stressed that she should follow her passion, as he did earlier in his life when he created a Chinese major at the University of Massachusetts and that allowed him to go to China to teach English. Erin has also learned a lot from her experiences in Model UN competition under the leadership of Mr. Greene.
Students of the Month January 2013 Allen Thomas 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jan 28, 2013
 The club meeting on Monday was interesting.  David Lantagne of Heritage Construction was welcomed as a new member by President Patrick Kimera and membership chairman Leonard Doolan.  Selectwoman Pat Wojtas spoke to the members about the Chelmsford Military Covenant.  She thanked the club for the support given in the past and expressed hope for continued support in the future.  Leonard Doolan thanked people who supported the blood mobile last Thursday that resulted in the harvesting of over 100 pints.  President Kimera reminded board members of the meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
     There were two featured speakers.  Scott Graves, a member of the board of directors of "Every Person Has a
Story" (EPHAS), introduced G. Ryan Ansin to explain the program.  The organization was organized in 2010 and has developed a model that has been built and tested at some 32 sites in 12 countries. He focused on the recent work being done in Juba, the capital city of Southern Sudan.  The idea is to teach photography and skills in journalism using local people to run the curriculum.  The goal is to show the city and its people in a balanced way, focusing on daily life.
By doing so, the rest of the world can see the good that is taking place as well as the problems.  For the local population, the program can create employment opportunities.  Often, the images that are sent throughout the world are negative and not totally representative.
     The second speaker was Todd.  He spoke about happiness and the need to love yourself.  He explained that we are often driven by the need to achieve and sell out happiness for success.  People need to feel special and loved.  Instead, they are often mean to themselves and become addicted to their work.  It is, he said, hard to break that cycle.  What often works is to explain that, if one does not change, their children will be like them - unhappy.

RYLA News

     Application packets were made available in the Main Office of Chelmsford HIgh School for sophomores starting on Monday January 28th and will be due back in the Main Office on Friday February 8th.  Interviews will be scheduled for applicants on Wednesday February 13th and, if necessary, Friday February 15th.  IF YOU KNOW A HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE, ENCOURAGE THEM TO APPLY!!

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ROTARY MEETING OF 1/28/13 Allen Thomas 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jan 13, 2013

ImageThe featured speaker at today's Rotary meeting was James. S. Sanzi, Esq., Senior Philanthropic Advisor for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Several members felt that he was one of the best speakers that we have ever had.  He explained how Danny Thomas and a group of wealthy Lebanese businessmen started the hospital for those with pediatric cancer in Memphis, Tennessee.  Because of generous support from the American people, there are not costs for patients.  They don't pay for treatment and will be flown to the hospital, if necessary.  Most patients are out-patients because they do better in their own environment with support from friends and relatives.  Patients are usually referred by their own oncologist.  Because the hospital benefits from support from all parts of the world, they share their data and the products of their research as a way to "give back".  The hospital deals with some 7,500 patients a year and since it opened in 1962, the survival rate for patients increased from 20% to 80%.

Other Announcements: January 14, 2013

 Members were invited to help interview sophomore candidates for the 2013 District 7910 RYLA program or to serve as volunteers at all or part of the program which will run from June 28th - June 30th.  Members were also reminded of the March 22nd district public relations dinner and were asked to  suggest local candidates for public relations recognition.

 

 

     
James. S. Sanzi - Featured Speaker For 1/14/2013 Allen Thomas 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jan 06, 2013
ImageThe next COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE will be at St. Mary's Church on Thursday January 24th from 1:30-7:30 p.m.  Please plan to donate or to encourage others to do so.
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE - 1/24/2013 Allen Thomas 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Jan 06, 2013

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      The December "Students of the Month" were honored at the January 7th meeting of the Chelmsford Rotary Club.  The Emerson House students were Zach Lattimore and Mary Kosewski.  Lattimore read an college application essay that he wrote.  He stressed that life is precious and therefore it is important to be compassionate in dealing with loved ones, friends and others.  Kosewski shared how she decided to focus on three CHS activities: secretary for the class of 2013, mock trial and tennis.  She found mock trial to be especially challenging and rewarding and noted that the team earned "Elite 8" ranking last year.  Bridget Doherty and Jeremy O'Donnell represented Hawthorne House.  Bridget told of her involvement in chorus and how taking voice lessons helped her to qualify for the treble choir and how singing helped her confidence to grow.  Jeremy talked about the apparent contradiction of being on the football team and in theater productions.  He started with minimal roles in theatrical productions and developed so he earned major roles.  In football, he felt he did not do the off-season work that he should have and thus did not get a lot of playing time.  He believes  that the two experiences were equally valuable.  Victoria Moore and Zach Straeffer represented Whittier House.  Moore explained how she was not a varsity track runner, but made major individual improvements in the sport.  She credited support from her teammates and her coaches.  Straeffer became deeply involved in set and lighting design at C.H.S. and also became an important part of the television crew that broadcast football and Lowell Spinners baseball games.  He credited these activities with helping his leadership skills to grow.

December 2012 - Students Of The Month Allen Thomas 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Dec 10, 2012
The Rotary Club of Chelmsford hosted Rotarians from Westord and Billerica and invited guest for their annual holiday concert at their last meeting. Each year, the musical groups from Chelmsford High School play for this event and "Service Above Self" awards are made. This year, the club chose to recognize Brian Reidy and Paul Cohen. Reidy has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Paul Center since 2009. He helped to replace a cabin at the Center which was sponsored by the Rotary. He has served the Chelmsford Business Association as Director, Vice-President and President and was recipient of their "Member of the Year" award. He is Co-Chair of the Chelmford Parade Committee and has served on the committee since 2007. He currently serves on the Chelmsford Board of Appeals. He has raised funds by participating in the New England Parkinson Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis bike rides. He has also published a book, "The Stone Mason's Dreams", a story about life in New England. Paul Cohen became Town Manager in 2006 and has been a successful leader who "sees the big picture". He recognizes the varied interests in town and sees what needs to be done. He has foresight and "plans for the future while meeting current needs and being respectful of the past." During a very difficult economic period, he has provided leadership as the town has added open space, reformed the municipal health insurance, renovated the center and north town halls, restored its bond rating, started to move the Department of Public Works to a new location, moved to up utilities underground in the center, approved a new center fire station etc. He is a fine example of "Service Above Self." Music for the occasion was provided by the vocal jazz ensemble and the treble choir, under the direction of Mr. Carl Rondin; part of the orchestra, directed by Ms. Kate Comeau; and part of the band, directed by Mr. Matthew Sexauer.Image
COHEN AND REIDY HONORED Allen Thomas 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Nov 26, 2012
  The five Chelmsford High School students who attended RYLA last June spoke at the meeting on Monday November 26th.  Each explained one of the activities that they found valuable and how the event impacted their lives. All five are now active in the Interact Club at CHS led by Rotarians Michael Leary and Joe Ready.

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 Matt O'Keefe, Amanda Auriemma, Kate Burgess, Hayley LaFreniere, Todd Dowrey 

RYLA Attendees Speak Allen Thomas 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Nov 18, 2012
  ImageAt the November 19th meeting of the club, there were two speakers: Dennis Mullen and John Jaw.  Dennis, a past president of the Chelmsford Rotary, spoke about the importance of his private school education in teaching him lessons that have proven to be important throughout his adult life. John, President of the Falun Dafa Association of New England, spoke about the Shen Yun Performing Arts.  Through classical Chinese dance, music and landscape art, audiences experience the Chinese cultural inheritance.  It was interesting to learn that there are 55 different ethnic groups that contribute to this complex culture.  The experience will be available at the Boston Opera House in Boston from February 9-10 and the Hanover Theatre in Worcester and February 6th and 7th.

      Club members were reminded of several upcoming events.
1. CHS students who attended RYLA last June with speak at
    the meeting on November 26th.
2. The club holiday party will be at the home of Bob Waskiewicz
    on Saturday December 8th.
3. The club will have its annual holiday concert on Monday 
    December 10th at the Radisson.  Please arrive early, around 
    11:45 a.m. to allow time for all the CHS groups to perform.
4. The club will conduct its annual bell ringing for the 
    Salvation Army on Saturday December 15th.

THE CLUB CLEARED OVER $4,000 FROM THE COMEDY NIGHT!  IF YOU HAVE NOT TURNED IN YOUR TICKET MONEY,
PLEASE DO SO RIGHT AWAY.

11/19/12 Meeting! Allen Thomas 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles R. Keen on Nov 17, 2012

  Rotary and Interact Clubs were again honored to serve coffee and donuts at the town’s November 11 Veterans Day observance. We want to thank Dunkin’ Donuts and the Thomas Aide family for their kind donation.

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Chelmsford's Veterans Day Observance 2012 Charles R. Keen 2012-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Nov 05, 2012

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Charles Caliri, Principal of Chelmsford High School, was welcomed into membership of the Chelmsford Rotary Club at their meeting on Monday.  He was proposed by Superintendent of Schools Frank Tianao.

Welcoming Charles Caliri To The Chelmsford Rotary Allen Thomas 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Nov 05, 2012

ImageThe Chelmsford High School "Students of the Month" for October attended Monday's meeting of the Chelmsford Rotary Club and, after being introduced by Principal Caliri, made brief presentations.  Daniel Erdosy of Hawthorne House explained how his Hungarian heritage has greatly influenced his life.  Kaleigh Hoffmann, also of Hawthorne House, discussed how she has been influenced by her field hockey coach, Maura Devaney.  Ann Linn of Emerson House talked about how her love of music and the study of the violin has influenced her growth as a young woman.  Dan Nolan explained how Dr. Gilchrest said that he had the "heart of a runner" when he was a a baby and how that turned out to be true as he became an All-Conference runner and team captain.  Dan Pires of Whittier House explained how CHS helped him to become confident and how that helped him become a state diving champion and president of his class.  Kristen Young of Whittier House talked about trying a variety of sports and not finding success until she tried running.  She has become captain of the cross country team.  All six students stressed how a sense of family, outstanding teachers, and a variety of opportunities at CHS have benefitted them.

October Student Of The Month Allen Thomas 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Oct 31, 2012
 A multi-district Rotary Public Relations campaign is in full swing. Rotary ads are running on radio stations WBUR, WPRO and radio 790; on buses in Boston, Providence and North Worcester County, on billboards in Boston and Providence; and on Comcast Cable TV. Watch and listen for these ads!
Multi-district Rotary Public Relations Campaign Allen Thomas 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Chelmsford Rotary Club Comedy Night Was Both A Social And A Financial Success Allen Thomas 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Chelmsford Rotarians Distribute Dictionaries To South Row Students Allen Thomas 2012-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Oct 19, 2012

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 Chelmsford Rotary Club's "Students of the Month" for September : L. Jacob Glovin,

Alexander Vahid, Graham Lustiber, Amanda Chang, Alexa Lambros and Emily Roller  R

 
 
 

Students of the Month Sept 2012 Allen Thomas 2012-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Thomas on Oct 14, 2012
ImageLaurae Richards of "Servants For Haiti" made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Chemsford at their most recent meeting.  After visiting Haiti in 2000 and seeing the extreme poverty there, the organization was founded in 2005.  Today, the organization is committed to the long term recovery of the island through three programs.  First, they provide the people with instruction in starting a business and funding.  Initially, they can receive a loan ranging from $250 to $1,000.  If they pay it back in a timely fashion, they can receive a larger loan.  Through their second program, they provide tuition assistance to young people so that they go to college, trade school or medical school.  Finally, they provide hope for the future by helping the people to rebuild.  People can help "Servants For Haiti" by donating money, going on a work team, or holding or attending a fundraiser.  For additional information use www.servantsforhaiti.org or into@servantsforhaiti.org.       The Rotary would also like to see a member or call 978-256-8772 for tickets ($25 each) for their Comedy Night on Friday October 26th at the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks. 
ROTARY HEARS ABOUT HAITI Allen Thomas 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
CHS Interact Club Charles R. Keen 2012-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles R. Keen on Sep 28, 2012

 ImageChelmsford Rotary sponsors two programs on Chelmsford Telemedia – “Chelmsford Rotary in Action” and “Lions Pride”. "Chelmsford Rotary in Action" highlights recent and upcoming club activities and features excerpts from club meeting speakers.   The program regularly airs on Verizon channel 38 and Comcast channel 8 on Monday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.   Lions Pride features interviews with Chelmsford High School Students of the Month selected by CHS faculty.   "Lions Pride" regularly airs on Verizon channel 36 and Comcast channel 22 at 7 p.m Monday - Friday.  Regular schedules may be preempted.  For current schedule details go to the Chelmsford Telemedia website home page at www.chelmsfordtv.org and for the current "Chelmsford Rotary in Action" schedule go to the bottom of the page and, in the boxed area entitled "Original Programming" and select the red button entitled "Program Guide".   For the "Lions Pride" schedule on the bottom of the Chelmsford Telemedia home page go to the boxed area entitled "Educational Programming"  and selected the red button entitled "Program Guide". 

Chelmsford Rotary in Action and the Lions Pride Charles R. Keen 2012-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles R. Keen on Sep 28, 2012
ImageOur next community Red Cross blood drive on Thursday October 25, 2011 at the Senior Center located at 75 Groton Road in North Chelmsford. Drive hours are from 1:30 - 7:30 pm.
Community Blood Drive Charles R. Keen 2012-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles R. Keen on Sep 28, 2012
ImageJoin us on Friday October 26 for an evening of laughter at our Comedy Night. The event will feature 3 family friendly comedians, door prizes, a gift basked raffle, hors d’ouvers, and a cash bar. Elks Club doors at 300 Littleton Road open at 7 pm; the program starts at 8 pm. Twenty five dollar tickets can be purchased from a local Rotarian or at the door. All funds raised support Club charitable activities.
Comedy Night Charles R. Keen 2012-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Lions Pride from the Chelmsford Rotary Charles R. Keen 0