Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Oct 19, 2017
At the October 4 Rotary meeting, longtime club member John Doherty was honored by being named to the Paul Harris Society +8.  Bob Gravino of the Ipswich Rotary Club was on hand to honor John for his many years of generous service to the Wilmington Rotary Club, the District, and Rotary International.
 
The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants.
 
The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.
 
Rotary districts often honor new members of the Paul Harris Society by presenting them with a certificate and chevron at a district or club event.
 
John has been a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club since 1984, a two-time past president (1995 and 2005), and longtime treasurer.  He has also served various positions at the district level since 1995, and he and his fiance' Teri LaBella have run the annual auction and trivia night for years.
 
Congratulations John!
District Honors John Doherty for Contributions to Rotary Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Aug 10, 2017
The Wilmington Rotary Club is excited to present Family Movie Night this coming Wednesday, August 16.  The event will be at Swain Green, next to the Wilmington Town Common.  
 
The night will feature animated "shorts" from a major animation production company, perfect for families with small children.  The first "short" will start playing at 8.  We will also be offering lemonade and popcorn.
 
Bring the whole family!
Wilmington Rotary Presents Family Movie Night on the Common Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmigton Rotary Club on Jul 17, 2017
For the third straight year, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be hosting an Ice Bucket Challenge at Rotary Park, with all proceeds going to the Angel Fund.  The last two years, the Club has raised over $10,000 total to donate to the Angel Fund to support research the cure ALS, 
 
We are hoping to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s and would love your help to bring people together and to raise funds for research to find a cure for the terrible disease of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  It will be taking place on Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Rotary Park.
 
Please:
  • Send a donation of any amount to Wilmington Rotary Club at P.O. Box 503, Wilmington, MA 01887.
  • Contact people you know -- your child’s coaches, teachers, tutors, etc.
  • Spread the word; the bigger the crowd the larger the impact.
Athletic Director TIm Alberts has committed many of the high school fall teams to attending and participating.  Come meet some of the local athletes!
 
We are also soliciting corporate donations. All businesses sponsoring $200 will have a sign that they provide prominently displayed during the ice bucket challenge event.
 
All of the Donations will go to the Angel Fund for A.L.S. research. 
 
Please call Mike Burns (508 574-7897) or email (mburns4447@aol.com) with any questions, thoughts, suggestions!!
Wilmington Rotary's Third Annual Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Research Wilmigton Rotary Club 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jun 27, 2017
On Thursday, June 29, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be kicking off the annual Fun on the Fourth festivities by serving dinner on the Town Common.  Firing up the grill next to the Fourth of July building and serving under a tent on the common, 
 
For the unbeatable price of $8, you can have your pick of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, lemonade, water, and a dessert.  All of this right next to the carnival, with plenty of space available to get comfortable as the Wilmington High School Alumni Band performs from 7 to 9.
 
We hope to see you there.  Tickets are available from now through June 28 at the Fourth of July Building between 10 and 2, and betwen 10 and 9 on June 29.  For more information, please go to http://funonthefourth.com/
Wilmington Rotary to Serve Dinner to Kick Off the Fun on the Fourth Festivities Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jun 24, 2017
The dynasty continues.  Facing an 8 point deficit to the Sons of Italy Team 1 going into the third and final round, the Men in Blue posted an impressive 190 points to take home their fourth consecutive Wilmington Rotary Club Trivia Night Championship.  
 
It turned into a battle for second place, as the teams which finished from second through eighth place were all within four correct questions of each other.
 
The proceeds from the night went to fund the Rotary scholarships.  To date, the Wilmington Rotary Club has awarded over $650,000 in scholarships to graduating Wilmington seniors, and the trivia night is a big part of our fundraising efforts.
Men in Blue Take Home Another Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night Champioship Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jun 12, 2017
The Wilmington Rotary Club is excited to announce the winners of their annual scholarships.  Below are the recipients of the Rotary Scholarships, as well as the Brisbois Scholarship, the Cushing Scholarship, the Peterson Scholarships, and the Weiner Scholarship:
 

Russell Abbott – Holy Cross (Cushing Scholarship)

Samantha Colombo – Salem State University

Justin Ekstrom – UMass Amherst

Kaitlynn Fuller – Mass College of Pharmacy

Shannon Horgan – UMass Lowell

Rachel Hunt – Alvin Ailey Professional Division (Brisbois Scholarship)

Madison Knibbs – Quinnipiac University

Thomas Lawrenson – Westfield State University (Peterson Scholarship)

Steven Lobao – Northeastern University

Julianna Mastrorilli – Penn State University

Brendan McInrney – Bryant University

David Peterson – College of Charleston (Peterson Scholarship)

Juliana Rosa – Worcester State University (Weiner Scholarship)

Jillian Troy - University of Wyoming

Christina Wright – Holy Cross

Wilmington Rotary Club Awards Annual Scholarships Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on May 09, 2017
 
On Friday, June 23rd the Wilmington Rotary will be hosting the 8th Annual Trivia Competition in the Fez Room at the Shriners Auditorium.   The doors will open at 6:00 and the first question will be asked at 7:00 pm.  Teams of four will compete.  The cost per team is $100. Corporate sponsorship is also available.
 
Well-known Comedian Steve Bjork will ask three series of 25 questions on topics of general trivia, sports, entertainment, people, music and Wilmington. At the end of the evening, the team with the highest number of correct answers will be crowned the 2017 Trivia Champion. The Champions will win the ownership for one year of the priceless engraved trophy and, of course, bragging rights throughout the town.
 
While you might think of yourself as genius at Trivia Pursuit, this year we will have all of our previous winning teams competing.  Come and see if you are able to better our past winners, the Knights of Columbus, Mandates, Burns Bunch and the Men in Blue.  Incidentally, this year, the Men in Blue are competing for an unprecedented 4th consecutive Championship.
 
So on June 23rd, leave your smart phones in the car, but bring your smartest teammates, munchies and snacks.  A cash bar and complimentary popcorn will be available.
 
All proceeds from this fun and challenging evening will go towards scholarships for 2017 Wilmington Graduates.
 
To obtain tickets:
9th Annual Trivia Night on June 23 Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Apr 11, 2017
The Wilmington Rotary Club, working with the Wilmington Memorial Library, is thrilled to announce that it is working to help bring the Mass. Memories Road Show to Wilmington on September 30, 2017.  
 
The Mass. Memories Road Show is an event where individuals who live or work in Wilmington can bring up to three pictures from in and around town to be digitized and archived for historical purposes.  Pictures do not need to be of any particularly significant historical event.  People today find interest in looking at pictures from generations past doing ordinary things, and the same will be said generations from now.  Whether the picture is of a parade, a wedding, a backyard barbecue, a Little League game, or a family pet, individuals will be able to tell their story through their images.
 
The Road Show will be at the High School cafeteria.  For more information on the Mass. Memories Road Show, click here.  More information on the event will be published as it is finalized in the coming months.
Wilmington Rotary Partners Up with Mass. Memories Road Show Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jan 22, 2017
Rotary District 7930 will hold its 6th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 4th, at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:15am. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. More than 300 people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year including the Rotary Club of Wilmington. Last year, over 250 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $98,000 and welcoming Rotarians, friends, and family members from over 45 Rotary Clubs.
 
 
Since 1985, Polio has become the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted. Today there are three countries left where it has not been eradicated- Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
 
This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians raise toward eradication efforts (up to $35 million/year until 2018). For as little as $0.60, a donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support your local Rotarians as they brave the icy waters off Gloucester to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The Wilmington Club will have club Assistant District Governor Jim Major, President Jonathan Eaton, and several Interact students making the plunge to aid in the district’s goal of raising $125,000. The district is utilizing an electronic fundraising process. Supporters are encouraged to log on and make a pledge to help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease.

For more information on how the Rotary Club of Wilmington serves the local and global community, visit the club's website or contact the club at (phone or email).
Freezin' for a Reason: Polar Plunge to Eradicate Polio Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jan 16, 2017
The Wilmington Rotary will be renting lanes and having a social event this Saturday, January 21, at the Wakefield Bowladrome, 92 Water Street, starting at 6:00.
 
Members are encouraged to bring guests.  The cost is $15.00 per person.  Please let Chris Neville know ahead of time if you are planning on attending.
Night at the Wakefield Bowladrome Set for January 21 Wilmington Rotary Club 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club
Each year, the Christmas Project in Wilmington provides clothing to children in town in need.  With many families in need, we need your help.
 
You can adopt a child, and get the age, size, and preferences of a child and you can buy the clothes that you would like to donate yourself, or you can donate money to the Wilmington Rotary Club so that our volunteers can pick out the clothes.
 
Please contact Donna Wayman at 978 399-4657 or casalot@msn.com by December 15 for more information.
Still Time to Adopt a Family for the Christmas Project Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Nov 29, 2016
The Wilmington Rotary's Fred Cain welcomes WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville to the Club.  
 
Shaun, a Wilmington native and graduate of WHS and Syracuse University, has been hard at work improving WCTV's programming and outreach.  Shaun's father, Chris, is a longtime Rotarian and past president.
Wilmington Rotary Welcomes Shaun Neville to the Club Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Oct 23, 2016
The Wilmington Rotary Club is excited about our upcoming annual auction on Friday, November 18, 2016, at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 112 Middlesex Avenue.  Local businesses are donating items to be auctioned off, and there is a free buffet and cash bar available.  This is our big fundraiser, and proceeds go towards scholarships for graduating Wilmington seniors.
 
At the conclusion of the night, we will draw the winning raffle tickets, for the following prizes:
  • Grand Prize - $10,000
  • Two Second Place Prizes - $1,000
  • Two Third Place Prizes - $500
  • Four Fourth Place Prizes - $250
Only 350 tickets are being sold, for $100 each.  For tickets or more information, please contact John Doherty at 978 658-3805.
 
Doors open at 6.  The first item goes to auction at 7.
Rotary Auction Set for Friday, November 18 Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
On August 27, the Wilmington Rotary hosted a community Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for the Angel Fund to cure ALS.  Club member Steve Bjork' daughter Cheyenne, on her own, decided that she wanted to contribute.  On Saturday, September 10, she opened up a lemonade stand, and donated the $356.15 she raised to the club to pass along to the Angel Fund.
 
The Rotary Club does a lot for the community, but we are collectively humbled by Cheyenne's initiative, generosity, and thoughtfulness.  Keep up the great work Cheyenne!
 
Cheyenne Bjork's Lemonade Stand for the Angel Fund Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
For the second straight year, the Wilmington Rotary Club hosted an Ice Bucket Challenge at Rotary Park, with all proceeds going to the Angel Fund.  The community had great weather, and the event was very successful.  In all, over $5,000 was donated to the Angel Fund to support research the cure ALS, which was presented to the Angel Fund.  Thank you to all who donated, and participated.
 
Video of the event, courtesy of WCTV, can be found here.
 
 
Wilmington Rotarians Harry Cunningham (second from left) and Mike Burns (second from right) present the Angel Fund with a check.
Wilmington Rotary's Ice Bucket Challenge Successful Again Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Aug 09, 2016
We are hoping to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s and would love your help to bring people together and to raise funds for research to find a cure for the terrible disease of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  It will be taking place on Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Rotary Park.
 
Please:
  • Send a donation of any amount to Wilmington Rotary Club at P.O. Box 503, Wilmington, MA 01887.
  • Contact people you know -- your child’s coaches, teachers, tutors, etc.
  • Spread the word; the bigger the crowd the larger the impact.
Last year we had a karate studio, a dance studio and 2 soccer teams come to participate in the challenge.  This year we need more!
 
We are also soliciting corporate donations. All businesses sponsoring $200 will have a sign that they provide prominently displayed during the ice bucket challenge event.
 
All of the Donations will go to the Angel Fund for A.L.S. research. 
 
Please call Amy LaMarche (978 658-7270) or email (amy.lamarche@salemfive.com) with any questions, thoughts, suggestions!!
Wilmington Rotary Hosting Ice Bucket Challenge Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Aug 08, 2016
 
On August 2, 2016, the Wilmington Rotary Club participated in the National Night Out, an event to raise awareness for domestic violence and encourage partnerships between first responders and community members.
 
The community was treated to free food, bounce houses, and got to not only see a Blackhawk helicopter, but climb in as well.
 
The Club set up a tent and handed out 300 frisbees to area children.  
Club Gives Away 300 Frisbees at National Night Out Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Aug 03, 2016

 

On August 3, 1954, fresh out of the service, Fred Cain came to his first Wilmington Rotary meeting with his father, who had founded the club. 62 years of perfect attendance later, the club recognized his years of service and generosity to the club by getting him a Rotary jacket noting his years in the club, to replace a jacket that the club got for him years earlier. The club is in a better place because of Fred, as are the people that the club serves.

Congratulations, Fred, and we look forward to replacing that jacket again in a few years.

Fred Cain Celebrates 62 Years of Perfect Attendance in Wilmington Rotary Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Aug 02, 2016

 

On August 3, 2016, the Wilmington Rotary Club was honored to have District Governor Sheryl Meehan and District Governor Elect Dave Gardner visit for a meeting.

Governor Meehan, herself a former member of the Wilmington Club, spoke of Rotary International President John Germ's theme for the 2016-2017 year, "Be a Gift to the World."  She also provided updates on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio worldwide (we are thisclose), the district's Homelessness and Hunger Initiative, and the district's Rotoplast missions to operate on individuals with cleft lip and palate anomalies.

Wilmington Rotary Welcomes District Governor Sheryl Meehan Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jul 19, 2016
 
The Wilmington Rotary Club worked with the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox class A affiliate, to create Wilmington Night at the Spinners.  While the local nine were not able to pull out a win, the Club enjoyed a great night at LeLacheur Park.  The Fourth of July Committee was honored by throwing out the first pitch.
Rotary Works with the Lowell Spinners for "Wilmington Night" Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jul 01, 2016
 
Wilmington welcomed back the annual Fourth of July Carnival to the Town Common, and the Wilmington Rotary Club had a great time serving hamburgers and hot dogs to folks.  Thank you to the Fourth of July Committee and the town for their hard work, and thank you to the Rotary Club members for helping out.
Rotary's Visible Presence at Fun on the Fourth Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wilmington Rotary Club on Jun 10, 2016
On Friday June 10th, The Wilmington Rotary Club hosted another successful Trivia Night to benefit the Wilmington Rotary Scholarship Trust Fund.  Forty six teams competed for the honor of being crowned Wilmington's most Knowledgeable about Unimportant Information! Once again, the Men in Blue took home the trophy for the third consecutive year.  Six thousand dollars was raised for scholarships. 
 
The Rotary Club would like to publicly thank Teri LaBella for her tireless work in compiling and formatting the questions and answers, the Shriner's Auditorium and Ernie Pearlstein for providing their support and venue, and to our generous sponsors, Salem 5 Bank, Northern Bank and Trust, and Reading Cooperative Bank. 
Another Successful Trivia Night for the Men in Blue Wilmington Rotary Club 2016-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
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