Since 1988, the presidents of the Rotary Club of Sturbridge and its Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Stourbridge, U.K., have exchanged letters of greetings and goodwill in October via snail-mail. The chair of the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen also mails a proclamation declaring October 16 as Stourbridge/Sturbridge Rotary Friendship Day and likewise, the mayor of Dudley in the U.K. does the same for the Sturbridge Club.
This year for the first time, the greetings were exchanged live via Skype. Mary Blanchard, chair of the Sturbridge Selectmen, and Sturbridge Rotary President Otto Prohaska arrived early at the home of Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his wife and fellow Sturbridge Rotarian, Glenys Hachfeld, to deliver their messages during the regular weekly luncheon meeting of the Stourbridge Club. Similar messages from the Stourbridge President Rob Franks and Dudley Mayor Mohammed Hanifwere reciprocated.
The meeting concluded with President Franks toasting the health of the Sturbridge members using the tankard that Sturbridge had presented to them 28 years ago. The friendship has remained strong with nine visits alternating between clubs. Note the twinning banner in the background of the U.K. photo.
President Otto and Mary Blanchard, Chair of the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen.
Stourbridge President Rob Franks (with Tankard) and the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley.
It was so interesting to see the valuables that people brought to the Rotary Antique Appraisal Show. It’s also impressive to listen to the appraisers talk about all the different items and hear the extensive knowledge they have about every piece they appraised.
We saw all types of items from coins to paper goods to furniture, crank phonograph, old clocks, paintings, old wooden tools. It was a fascinating four hours…and great snacks and coffee were for sale for the patrons waiting their turn for appraisals.
Twenty-one Rotarians and spouses attended a fellowship event that started at the Art Center in Southbridge where we saw a special exhibit commemorating the 200-year history of the town of Southbridge. Joining us for the evening was Ron Trembley, president of the Southbridge Rotary Club, as we enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and libations. The curator of the exhibit, Steve Brady, highlighted an 1855 town map, a quilt, rug, paintings, old photos and records, and a time capsule which will be buried next spring in Dresser Park across the street from the Art Center.
Following dessert, we walked to the Gateway Theatre where we saw the very funny play, “Breaking Legs”. It was an educational and fun evening with good friends.
Learning the history of Southbridge, the town to the south of Sturbridge.
The Bicentennial Quilt and items going into the Time Capsule (the metal box in front of the table).
It was a beautiful weekend at the Sturbridge Harvest Festival. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and bought tickets.
We are in full swing with selling 1,000 chances to win a basket of $1,000 worth of lottery tickets. Make sure you get yours now!
October has arrived and so did several Rotarians to do the fall cleanup of Rotary Park. In only two hours, eight Rotarians finished the project with energy to spare.
Glenys, Peter, Klaus, Bob, President Otto.
Peter Zeh was presented the Rotarian of the Year Award for his outstanding work for the Club. Besides coordinating several fundraisers each year, Peter also coordinates the purchase and distribution of over 250 Dictionaries to third graders in four local towns. Congratulations Peter on a well deserved award!
Peter (L) holding his award. PP Austin on right.
Kevin Filchak, the new Economic Development / Tourism Coordinator for the Town of Sturbridge outlined his responsibilities and what the town is working on – all of which sounds very exciting. His presentation generated a great deal of discussion between the Club members and Kevin.
President Otto (L) presents a Sturbridge Rotary mug to Kevin.
We welcomed a visit from Rotarian Martin Anscombe and his guest Helen Glibbery from Norfolk, United Kingdom. Martin reviewed his career in the military as a pilot of the Vulcan B MK2 bomber. He concluded his presentation on his 32 years in Rotary of which he was President of his club twice.
Exchanging Club Banners. Martin (L), Otto (R).
The following evening, several Rotarians gathered for a social evening with Martin and Helen.
Congratulations to the Officers and Directors for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year. Shown left to right in the front row are: Ken Jones, Secretary; David Zonia, President-elect; Austin Jenkins, Immediate Past President; Lorraine Herbert, Treasurer.
Left to right back row are: Bob White, Director at Large (Membership Chair); Klaus Hachfeld, Executive Secretary; Otto Prohaska, President; Charles Battersby, Sergeant at Arms; and Peter Zeh, Director at Large (Fundraising Chair).