Scuttlebutt February 14th, 2021
Happy Valentine’s Day.  May we share love, happiness, and kindness to each other and to all.  And we as a club will be sharing with the world.  The Valentine’s card initiative raised over $700 for our polio donation.  Thank you Kathleen for organizing this wonderful project.
The Interact members also have been collecting for the polio campaign raising about $1,500 in polio plunge donations. Seventeen students will be plunging on February 28 around 10 or 11 at Phillips beach Swampscott. We all are welcome to join.
This week the Honorable Steve Limon will be joining a combined meeting between the Marblehead club and our Marblehead Harbor club. The meeting on Tuesday will be at 6pm.  You will be receiving an invitation maybe from Arthur and also from me.  I will open the meeting about 10 minutes early so we can chat before the members from the other club enter. There will be no morning meeting this week.  Please invite friends to this meeting.
Our service project helping with food insecurity is continuing and will be for some time.  SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY FOOD PANTRY DONATIONSMany thanks to those members who have already contributed over $400 and material via the SSU Amazon wish list!  With the Spring Break campus shutdown coming up soon, however, there will still be a significant number of students staying on campus. These students rely on campus housing with no other options for accommodations. Since campus food services also shut down during the break, the SSU Food Pantry will be needed more than ever. If you would like to locally purchase items that appear on the SSU Amazon wish list site, please feel free to drop off the items at Don and Linda Dolibers' home, 7 Westminster Rd.   (off Tedesco Street). An email to Linda ( or a phone call to 781-631-6938 to let them know of the drop-off plans would be appreciated.  
Food donations are needed for the Lynn and Revere locations. Please buy an extra grocery bag filled with groceries: cereal, black beans, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes; personal hygiene items, diaper, formula, wipes for mothers with babies, pots, pans, plates, for families getting settled, books, toys, puzzles, etc.  I will let you know the central collection location rather than the 2 locations I gave before.  We have volunteers to do the transportation.
The Interact students have collected used winter wear. Boxes are now at the Old North meeting room (thanks to Bob E) and will be picked up by Yamila for the Lynn location.  If you want to donate used winter wear this week please contact Tricia and I will ensure it gets added to the donation boxes.
As Karyn mentioned last week our colleague Mike Mentuck recently died.  Cindi has shared her thoughts.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Captain Mike Mentuck. For fourteen years he has been the anchor of our Friends Forever program, giving generously of his time and boat, the Elizabeth M, to our teens from Ireland and Marblehead.
He, literally, made Marblehead famous in Ireland.  Every year the new groups coming over ask to come here because they had heard of the day that was like no other. 
When the Friends Forever were notified of his passing, both in NH and Ireland, they were totally devastated. He was a very benevolent and loved Captain and will be missed terribly.
Russell Hampton
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