Joseph Coen, our evening speaker, is a landscape architect and showed pictures of past projects on which he has worked. He currently owns his own business, JCLA (Joseph Coan Landscape Architecture) in Sturbridge doing mostly residential work and showed pictures of his work. Joe described a possible project for the Club of building a community garden to supply the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry with fresh, healthy, nutritious food. It sounds like an interesting project.
Charles Battersby was welcomed into membership of the Sturbridge Rotary Club. The induction ceremony was led by Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and Past President Bill Lemke. After returning to Sturbridge from a 13-year absence, Battersby is looking forward to getting involved again in the community. The members of Sturbridge Rotary look forward to working with him for the good of the local communities and with its international endeavors.
Club members honored Klaus for having been awarded Rotary’s highest honor, the “Service Above Self Award” from Rotary International. At its first meeting following the District Conference, President-Elect Otto Prohaska presented Klaus with a “Klaus Rocks” rock – a take-off on Plymouth Rock where the Conference was held. The rock was beautifully painted by PE Otto’s wife, Julie. Club members enjoyed a special cake prepared for Klaus in honor of his achievement.
The District Conference held in Plymouth MA this year left those from the Sturbridge Club proud. Rotary International each year awards only 150 “Service Above Self” Awards worldwide and no more than one from each district. Over the years, District 7910 has had five Rotarians achieve this recognition all from different clubs. Never in the Sturbridge Club’s history has anyone received this honor until this year. Klaus Hachfeld was the recipient and couldn’t have been more surprised. To deserve consideration for the award, a Rotarian must have performed continuing humanitarian service in any form. This award is intended to recognize those who volunteer their time and talents through Rotary to actively help others. Fourteen members and guests from the Club attended to see Klaus receive this honor. Five members of Klaus and Glenys’ family arrived as surprise guests for the presentation. The Sturbridge Club is proud to congratulate Klaus for receiving Rotary’s highest honor.
Sturbridge Rotary joined Southbridge Rotary recently to march in the Southbridge 200th Anniversary Parade. Ken Jones carried the Sturbridge Club’s banner and Klaus Hachfeld carried the banner of our Sister Club in Stourbridge England. Honorary Rotarian Glenys Hachfeld and several Southbridge Rotarians distributed American flags to those watching the parade. It was a beautiful day and fun to join our fellow Rotarians in the Southbridge Club to help them celebrate their town’s 200th birthday.
Don’t forget to order your tickets for the Third Annual Dinner Dance at Cohasse Country Club!
The Club honored 14 Past Presidents of Sturbridge Rotary at its recent meeting. In honor of their many accomplishments and challenges, the Club got to see a review through a presentation covering the History of Sturbridge Rotary which broke away from the Southbridge Club in 1972. Reviewing the 43-year history was Honorary Rotarian Pauline White who spent two years researching and writing the history. Documented statistics reinforced the hard work of Club members under the leadership of the various presidents, each with their own leadership style. The presentation and photos from the past were a wonderful way to acknowledge Past Presidents and members for their hard work and brought back many fond memories.
Shown in the photo left to right are:
Dick Vaughan, Bill Lemke, Charles Haddock, Bob George, Klaus Hachfeld, Suzanne Smiley, Bob White, Austin Jenkins (current President), Mudi Awan, Carl Kaliszewski, Dr. Marc Goldstein, Larry Mandell, Henry Skarani, Bob Kingman, Phil Carlson.
A very surprised Lucie Lemke became the newest recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Lucie became an Honorary Rotarian in 2010 for her support of Rotary and has continued to demonstrate the ideals of ‘Service Above Self’. Her husband Bill proudly attaches the Paul Harris pin to her lapel. Lucie joins 61 other Paul Harris Fellows in the Sturbridge Club, some of whom have received the designation more than once. Congratulations Lucie for a well-deserved recognition!
Town of Sturbridge Historian, Bob Briere gave a presentation on the history of Sturbridge, MA specifically the Town Common area, up to Route 20 and West to Fiskdale. Of particular interest was how he showed a “yesterday” photo dating prior to the 1930s and a “today” photo giving us a greater perspective of how the building and area changed, yet in some cases, part of the original structure remained and was modified. One example was the Publick House barn which is now connected by a breezeway to the original Publick House building; the Federated Church; the Snelgrove School which is now the Senior Center; the Fiskdale Fire Station; plus many more examples. He also spoke briefly about the controversy currently taking place with the CVS chain wanting to replace the historical Exhibition Hall on the former Fairgrounds land on Route 20. We hope that Bob will return soon with Part 2 and 3 of the Town of Sturbridge History.
PDG Klaus Hachfeld showed a video about the upcoming District Conference and reviewed the agenda. The venue on May 20-22 will be held at the Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth MA. Besides the interesting programs and events scheduled during the Conference, there’s lots of great things to see and do during the Conference free time. It sounds exciting and many of our Club members are attending. There’s still time to register at www.Rotary7910.org. Hope to see you there!