Scott Peckins, Executive Director of Camping Services of the West Suburban YMCA, and a former Rotarian, spoke with us about the services offered at the YMCA Camp Frank A. Day. The camp is a coed “overnight” camp for ages 7-16 and is located in East Brookfield offering camp during July and August and a family camp session in September. Even though the YMCA that Scott represents is located in Newton, MA, youth are brought to East Brookfield for a week or more to enjoy camp life. The camp serves youth from the Newton and greater Boston area with some subsidized attendance fees. The West Suburban YMCA is over 52 acres of natural woodlands and lakefront with an extensive beach area and all the amenities of a full service camp for youth.
Sturbridge Rotary will be hosting our Third Annual Dinner Dance for the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry scheduled for Friday, June 3rd. Please put it in your calendar. This fundraiser supports one of our Visioning Initiatives of feeding the hungry in our local area.
We are saddened to receive very upsetting news from our Sister Club in Stourbridge. Past-President Roy Swinbourne passed away on December 27after a long illness. Many of us recall Roy as President when Stourbridge visited with us in Sturbridge in 1993. Further upsetting news is their current President Martyn Hall passed away on December 29th after being ill for a short time. We send our heartfelt sympathy during this doubly sad time and know that we keep both families and the Club members in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul Joseph from Webster MA is a licensed Auctioneer/Certified Appraiser of coins and everything associated with auctions and estate sales – but not real estate. His business is Grey Ghost Auctions/Appraisals. He received his certification after he retired but must earn 30 credits every three years in order to maintain his credentials. He shared with us many tips on purging or downsizing and making money doing it. Paul also writes a column in the Southbridge News, “Treasures in Your Home”. If it’s time to clean out your attic, cellar or garage, give Paul a call.
After three months of selling tickets, we met the lucky winner of the lottery ticket basket. Paula is from Southbridge and purchased her ticket #178 from Henry Skarani. She told us several days after attending our meeting that she won $600 and she was thrilled. Our thanks to everyone who bought a ticket(s). This fundraiser supports the scholarships we give to Tantasqua students and for other local community projects.