Scuttlebutt 9th, 2021
Vitaliy Bezrodnov, from the Rotary Children’s Fund will be talking with us this Tuesday morning. Thank you to our speakers committee for continuing to bring wonderful folks to present to us.

At our meeting last week, we heard about continuing and maybe expanding our connection with Rotary members in Ghana regarding supporting a maternal and child health project.  Our Foundation committee is exploring options and will report to us later.

I participated in a pre PETS event on Saturday.  Among other topics they encouraged us to have a Public Relations and Public Image committee.  Since July I have been doing our website and FB pages. I know this media needs to be more frequently updated to demonstrate all the good works of our club.  I will be asking for volunteers on Tuesday to help me in this important activity.   

Foundation Committee:
How well do you know your Rotary? Anyone answering the following questions correctly will receive a surprise award (to be announced at the first meeting in February). Email your answers to by January 25:
*In 2019-20, what was the total contribution world-wide to the Annual Fund? (1.) $6,000,000; (2.) $14,250,000; (3.) $123,600,000.  ________
*In 2019-20, how many Global Grants were awarded? (Remember Nepal!) (1.) 176; (2.) 1,359; (3.) 657. ________
*What year was the first donation made to Rotary for "doing good in the world?" and who made the donation? (1.) 1908, Paul Harris; (2.) 1928, President Calvin Coolidge; (3.) 1917, Arch Klumph.  ________
*How much was the original donation and how much was raised for the Foundation "doing good in the world" 1917-2017? (1.) $26.50, $4billion, 1917-2017; (2.) $150.00, $1million, 1917-2017; (3.)$10.00, $500,000 1917-2017.  _______​. 
*How can you double the effect of your Foundation contribution? (1.) Put a $10,000 contribution to the Foundation in your will that Rotary will match; (2.) Contribute toward a club or district Global Grant? (3.) Play the ponies, win twice what you want to contribute. _______ 

Put on your thinking caps and reflect on a motto of the Foundation "doing good in the world".  I would like our January Club Assembly meeting to be about how we can do more of that and how we put "service above self".  How do we in these Covid times live our mottos. Can we each adopt an elder to check in with on a regular basis, can we help children with their homework who are struggling with remote learning, can we provide meals at Lifebridge on a regular basis.  What would help us actualize our reasons for being a Rotarian?   

I have edited a message received from the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee (MDTC) that we might want to consider.
Within days we will celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, with a National Day of Service. The MDTC sees an opportunity for us as a community to come together, not as partisans, but unified as Marbleheaders and Americans. 
The need for food security is particularly significant in Lynn, where many people who have worked in the service industry, such as cleaning buildings, now vacant and restaurants, now empty are unemployed. Hunger is a real issue and it's being addressed by non-profits like Marblehead Food Pantry and My Brother's Table in Lynn, which has gone from an average of 200,000 meals a year to 750,000 in 2020. 
In anticipation of the day of service that has been associated with the Martin Luther King Jr. day and with an acknowledgement of the great need and food insecurity found in our area, a number of organizations are asking for donations to local food distribution centers. As far as our participation we already have given $1,000 to the MHD Food Pantry and thanks to a very generous donation we will be providing $5,000 more.  As far as our support to the Food Pantry that seems sufficient for now.  Judith is looking into the needs at Lifebridge which we will discuss on Tuesday.  What are your wishes about donating to organizations in Lynn or Salem that are now asking for support? 
DETAILS of the MDTC event 
Event: Marblehead Community Food Drive 
Date: Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24
Time: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Location: Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey St. 
Donations in order of priority: 
                 Checks made out to "My Brother's Table"  (In lieu of drop off, checks can be mailed to MDTC, PO Box 232, Marblehead, MA 01945)
                 Gift cards to grocery stores, Costco, Target, or Dollar Stores
                 Specific tangible goods: such as small juice boxes, shelf stable milk boxes, but, during Covid please check the full list of acceptable items on our website  or
***Important Note: Every logistical detail of this event will be approved by the MHD Board of Health and all guidelines strictly adhered to.
Russell Hampton
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