It was an emotional evening as we heard stories of need in our local community. Lisa Meunier, a nurse at Burgess Elementary School, tries to help families of Burgess kids who are having difficult times in their lives. Not only does she help with food but also finding housing, furnishings, and supplies. We provided funds to help Lisa with her humanitarian efforts, also donated to the Tri-Community Church Collaborative (TCCC) to provide turkey dinners to the local needy, and donated to the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is currently coordinating Lisa’s efforts and those of the TCCC, as well as helping other local people in need. The need for food continues to escalate each year. One of Sturbridge Rotary’s goals is to help alleviate hunger in our local communities and so far in 2016, Rotary has contributed $4,100 toward this goal.
(L to R) President-Elect Dave Zonia; President Otto Prohaska; Lisa Meunier, Burgess School nurse; Bill Pioppi representing the Food Pantry; Community Service Chair Bob White and Fundraising Chair Peter Zeh.
Kate Blackwell, a massage therapist at New Horizons in Fiskdale, described how a massage regime can help with a wide range of health issues. She works with physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and other specialists, in order for patients to recover from their medical situation through massage therapy.
The annual tradition of hosting the football coaches and captains from Tantasqua and Shepherd Hill took place prior to the Thanksgiving Homecoming Game. Both team coaches spoke about the hard work each team puts into honing their skills and the respect they have for the other team. The winning team will be back at Rotary following Thanksgiving to claim the Rotary Trophy.
Tantasqua coach Joe Beverage (right) with the team captains.
Shepherd Hill coach Matthew Morway (3rd from left) and the team captains.
Ann Murphy, Principal Assessor for the Town of Sturbridge, described the role of the assessor, the different programs and the types of exemptions/abatements the town offers to residents. Numerous questions were answered. Ann has a long history as an assessor with impressive credentials.
President Otto presents Ann with a Club mug.