Scuttlebutt August 1, 2021
This week we again are having a treat!   First, we meet in person, YEA!!! AND we will have a zoom component for members who would prefer to join that way.  Louise and I have organized it so the tables are far apart. If you feel more comfortable, please wear a mask.  Remember to bring your own refreshments: coffee, tea, bagel, pastry whatever you would like to eat.  Olympian Maureen McKinnon will be our speaker.  She won gold in the Paralympics in Beijing.  I would like for her to share with us both the thrill and the stress of competing.
This Tuesday I will be asking all members to sign up for our club’s committees. Many of you have responded, some have not.  We need everyone to enjoy the many activities of our club.

Next week we will host our District Governor Terry Rezendes Curran.  We will conduct any business before she speaks, she will be introduced by a colleague who accompanies her.  Please stand as she walks toward the podium.   This will be a full breakfast meeting.  We would like all to attend as many as possible in person.
Our meetings August 17, 24, and 31 will be coffee, tea, and pastry provided by Louise.

Our September 14th Membership Meeting is taking shape.  Soon I will share a proposed schedule which will involve many members briefly describing their involvement mostly via our committee structure. Every member is encouraged to bring at least one person who they believe might enjoy the spirit and fellowship of Rotary.  By September 9th please send to me the names of the folks you are inviting so we have a number to give to Louise and make name tags. This will be a full breakfast meeting.
This Tuesday the refrigerator will be delivered to the Lynn Neighborhood Network.  Many many thanks to Linda D and her committee for all the work they did on completing a successful District grant. 

If you have been collecting can tabs throughout the pandemic year, please bring them to the meeting Tuesday. Let's fill the bucket again! The dollars that the Masons receive from the sale of the tabs continue to fund children's flights to Shriners' hospitals for care that's not available in their home countries. Small effort for big result.
From the District: the District would like to support the revitalization of our Interact Clubs. To that end we have put together a $100 mini grant for clubs to use to assist their Interact Club in doing a service project.  Applications will be available on September 1 and close on December 15.  Start talking to your Interact club now and plan a service project with them.  This can also include a service project to celebrate World Polio Day on October 23.  We are asking all Interact Clubs to plan a project to celebrate Polio Eradication.
August 21st is the first fun event of the year.  The rescheduled District Conference Boat Cruise from 2019-2020 will take place leaving from Gloucester Harbor.  All are welcome although we are limited to 200, so please dom't wait to sign up. Ticket price has been reduced to $70 with a subsidy from the District and includes a Lobster Dinner.  See the latest article in the District Newsletter and register through the District Calendar.
On August 19 we have a Membership Forum on Zoom scheduled and registration is open on the District Website.  Just go on the calendar and click on the event to register.
Russell Hampton
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