Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor
Tuesday, Jannary 17, 2023
"Imagine" - Continuing the Conversation
A brainstorming session
There are only 5 months left in Rotary Year 2022-23.
So, this Tuesday, let's revisit the suggestions you all proposed in the January 2022 member survey and for our Imagine-ation Board and then brainstorm any new ideas and prioritize those wishes.
The January 2022 survey and the Installation Breakfast responses are at the end of this newsletter for your review.
We've accomplished a lot so far. Let's see what more we can do in the spirit of "Service Above Self." 

More information about Salem State's Call for Donations -

Spring 2023 Career Closet 

"Career Services is hosting the Career Closet on March 22 and March 23 to help students prepare for the Job and Internship Fair and interview process. The Career Closet will provide students with professional attire at no cost to them...  Learn more about the Career Closet here. Thank you! 

If you have items to donate, please bring those items to our Tuesday breakfast meetings or drop them off at Jessica's house - 217 Humphrey Street in Marblehead - now through March 7th.
Rotary Leadership Institute - Registration Reminder
NOTE: At Thursday's board meeting we'll discuss the possibility of reimbursing all members who participate and complete the Feb 28/ March 3 RLI sessions

When:   Tuesday 2/28 and Thursday 3/2; online via Zoom from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

How:     Register at:

Cost:     $25 for both sessions, not each (Both nights must be attended for credit)

Parts I, II, III and Graduate will be offered.

If you don't already have a log-in for RLI, use the GUEST registration button and type in the Notes section that you are signing up for a particular part other than I.

Again, registration and curriculum can be found at Sessions will be led by experienced facilitators using a non-lecture, question/discussion format.

Questions? Email


Club Board Meeting - This Thursday, January 17, 5:30 p.m. using our club's "recurring meeting" Zoom code

The agenda will include updates on our club's scholarship application criteria and the criteria for the Enhanced Scholarship Fund programs, the possibility of funding all qualifying participants in RLI, review of "Imagine" suggestions from this Tuesday's meeting, and more. If you'd like to add a topic to the agenda, please let Jessica know.


For this Tuesday's "Imagine" discussion...

Here are the results of the January 2022 member survey conducted by Linda Doliber and the results of our "Imagine" suggestions at the June 2022 Installation Breakfast...

Club Member Responses from The January 2022 Member Survey 

Do more: (15) expanded responses

           *Local projects (3)

            *More collaboration with other local organizations (3)

            *More fun activities, not just fellowship (1)

*More lighthearted or culturally connected speakers – Remind members of what     is good and uplifting; doing so might attract new members (1)

*More outdoor town projects once winter is over. ex. Service Day sprucing up Old Burial Hill followed by coffee and doughnuts or a picnic at the Gazebo. (1)

*Focus on only 2 or 3 causes to support/serve. (1)

*Include ElderAct and InterAct. (1)

*Keep shooting for a balance of local and international projects (1)

*Projects that emerge from authentic need, ex. Assemble beds for homeless shelters; international work that originates in country receiving the project. (1)

*When Zooming on general topics, rotate breakout rooms every 10 minutes; can’t be social with 20 others simultaneously.(1)

*Work with new Library Director during renovations to Abbot Public Library. (1)


Do less: (3) expanded responses:

*Less emphasis on giving $ all the time. Can’t afford it. Alternatives to giving $’s, especially if we work full time. (1)

*Less thinking about the past and past practices – Be flexible. (1)

*Fewer workday service projects. Move some to evenings or Sunday p.m. to enable full-time working Rotarians to participate. (1)


Speaker and topic suggestions:

            *Maintain a balance on topics relating to Rotary’s Areas of Focus. (1)

            *A little less emphasis on environmental issues. (2) 

             *“Our speakers committee has done an outstanding job so far.” (1)

*Club Members sharing their work descriptions; music; art; history; museum   going; theater; hobbies; book club; Police Chief King; Rhod Sharp (Up All Night); Chair, Board of Health; Chair, Fair Housing Committee; Diversity; Journalists’ Challenges; the new Commander of the USS Constitution; Bettie Hunt; Director of Plummer House; Manager, Lifebridge Thrift Shop; Katherine Koch, Chamber of Commerce; Supt. of Schools; COVID impact on students and their future; a Zoom panel of Salem, Swampscott, and Lynn Rotary presidents; a rep from the Masonic Lodge and history of building where we meet. .


Fundraiser suggestions:

            *“Buy a Tree” for planting here or in Lynn

*Clothing Resale or Giant “Clean Out Your House and Attic” yard sale in the Spring. Coordinate with ElderAct, Interact and the Chamber.

*Big Toe Plunge for Polio

*Restaurant Cooking Lessons

*Downsized concert at Lee Mansion or King Hooper-Spring; Holiday Pops-Dec.


Responses from The Installation Breakfast - From club members and community guests

• Community Betterment
• To the 4-Way Test, add #5 – Will it be fun?
• Family memberships for our scholarship recipients’ parents.
• An honor given to a local senior.
• Saving cats and dogs left on streets and finding them homes.
• Safe housing for those living in conflict zones or impacted by natural disasters – Shelter Box!
• Continue the wonderful community projects.
• Social events bringing the neighboring clubs together.
• Diversity, Equity and Love.
• Cooking lessons by local chefs as fundraiser.
• The opportunity to bring hearing care to children and adults who would otherwise go without.
• The chance to share in the joy of being of service in our communities and abroad.
• A world where we have stopped the progression of climate change.
A world where guns are used only for hunting animals.
A more just and equitable world, regardless of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.
• Marblehead News (now The Marblehead Current) will have a print ‘edition’ this year.
• A world where everyone respects one another.
• All Marblehead Seniors who want to be part of a village are able.
• Would love to see Rotary line up with the climate crisis organizations to move the dial on the greatest and most devastating issue homo sapiens have created and must address. Specifically, we could launch an anti-plastics campaign that would be hands on and could involve membership and friends at every level.
• A commitment to the young people in our community to keep them safe – We care about you! The recent tragedy with a member of the graduating class really affected our youth – Let’s reach out to them to keep them safe.
• I imagine a world where we stop burning stuff and buying stuff. Instead we create decentralized agrarian communities that create their own renewable energy and rituals for healthy growth into the adult world – no hunger, no homelessness, no hazardous chemicals. An egalitarian earth-based and honoring society where people, not corporations, determine policies and norms.
• No more teenagers die of substance abuse! 



Did we forget to mention anything?
Come to our breakfast meeting this Tuesday
to make sure we know what you need us to know!


Thursday, Jan. 19
5:30 p.m.
on Zoom
Club Board Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Ralph Cohen, PhD
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Club Assembly
Wednesday, Feb. 8
World Peace & Understanding Day
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Margie Flint
Thursday, Feb. 16
Club Board Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Rosaleen Doherty
COVID Healthcare
Small Biz Survival
Labor Shifts in America
Living Wage
Moving Forward
Tuesday, March 21
Marblehead Clean Regatta
Ed Barker
Katie Bloxham
Paul McLaughlin
Rob Howie
Big Toe Plunge
for Polio
Stamp Out Hunger
Postal Food Drive
The Club's
2-Day Yard Sale
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