District Governor Jim visits Sturbridge

District Governor Jim Fusco visited the Club on Monday and shared RI President Rovi’s plan.  Jim is sharing the plan with the 51 clubs in District 7910.  There are four areas we should be focusing on:  Membership, Fundraising, Public Relations, and Awards.  We also need to be mindful of classification, foundation and education.  Weekly Newsletters will be emailed.  Pay close attention to the Newsletter and all its content to educate us in many aspects of Rotary including reports.  Youth is important to the future of Rotary and as such, we will try to re-introduce Earlyact Clubs (for 3rd to 6th graders) and continue expanding Interact and Rotoract.  Download the new Award Form on the District website and keep it handy to recognize high achievers.

District Governor Jim Fusco.

District Governor Jim Fusco.

AG Chet, DG Jim Fusco and President Austin.

AG Chet, DG Jim Fusco and President Austin. 

DG Jim received Publick House items as a gift from President Austin and the Club.

DG Jim received Publick House items as a gift from President Austin and the Club.

Installation – A Brand New Year

It was a garden party installation that started with cocktails and live music.  PDGs Carl and Klaus installed President Austin and then the officers.  Several awards were presented by President Austin including one to a valued 23-year member (Beverly Gray) who is moving away (see the next news blog for details and photos); former member Jane Woodworth for her help with Club activities throughout the years; and to Honorary Member Pauline White for writing the bulletins, marketing efforts, website updates, and numerous other activities.  During the event Austin was also named a Paul Harris Fellow.  Dinner on the patio followed.  The outside event finished just in time before it started to rain, however, the celebration continued inside.  We are looking forward to a great new year!

Start of the Installation Ceremony.

Start of the Installation Ceremony.

PDG Klaus affixing the President's pin to Austin's shirt.

PDG Klaus affixing the President’s pin to Austin’s shirt.

PDG Carl inducting the officers.

PDG Carl inducting the officers.

Past-President Larry presenting a Paul Harris Fellow Award to President Austin.

Past-President Larry presenting a Paul Harris Fellow Award to President Austin.

Pauline White receiving recognition from President Austin.

Pauline White receiving recognition from President Austin.

Tribute to a Great Lady

We honor and give our heartfelt thanks and acknowledgement to a great and giving lady who has done so much for Rotary and been such a caring friend to all of us.  Beverly Gray and her husband, Honorary Member Steve, are moving to their Florida home as full-time residents.  Their move leaves a big hole in Rotary because Bev (and Steve) always did so much for the Club.

  • Member for 23 years (1992)
  • First female President in the Club’s history
  • Board member for many years
  • Supportive of every event undertaken
  • Does a great deal of work behind-the-scenes
  • Planned Theatre Nights
  • Bulletin editor for 8+ years
  • Received District Award for ‘Best Bulletin in the District’
  • Received District ‘Unsung Hero Award’
  • Received District ‘Four Avenues of Service Award’
  • Received the Club’s ‘Lloyd Pote Award’
  • Gathered and typed the Club’s fundraising Cookbook
  • Created the tri-fold Membership Brochure which is still being used
  • Prepared a President’s Book each year since 2005
  • As a Notary, she officiated during a meeting for the marriage of two Rotarians
  • Participated in and chaired the Scholarship Committee for 23 years
  • Attended Class Day at Tantasqua each year to present the Rotary Scholarships
  • Visited our Sister Club in England several times
  • Married to such a supportive and generous husband, Steve (an Honorary member)
  • And for all the things she did that we don’t know about or can’t remember…

We wish you many happy, healthy and productive years of retirement.  We will miss you greatly.

President Austin Jenkins presenting Beverly with an award for her many years of Rotary service.

President Austin Jenkins presenting Beverly with an award for her many years of Rotary service.

Bev and Steve

Bev and Steve