Rotary Club of Concord
January 19, 2017
President: Steve Kirk
Song: God Bless America led by Hillary Taylor
Pledge of Allegiance: Noel Choquette
Prayer: Peter Mahler
Sergeant at Arms: Dave Robertson
Bulletin Writer: Jean Goldsberry
Visiting Rotarians & Guests:
Rick Beers brought a guest, Nick, who will be joining his company at Colonial Motors.
Doug Detweiler brought his grandson, Carson, who is an Interact member.
Ron Bott of the Nashoba club joined us.
Question of the Week:
Steve Kirk asked about an article in the new Rotarian magazine. On page 13 there was an idea to help clubs increase membership. What is the best way to increase membership, especially among Millennials
Guess – Use social media.
Answer – Loosen the rules.
Happy or Sad Fines:
Leigh Ann is happy to have bought a car from our guest, Nick.
Andrea got two gift cards in the mail for winning the drawings. She is also happy that her son got accepted to Marist College.
Steve is happy that he is leaving at 6:30 am tomorrow for Florida.
Jean is thankful for the wonderful New Year Fiesta that Sharon provided for Minute Man Arc.
January is a great month for birthdays. Frank went to Taj for breakfast on his birthday then over the weekend went to Woods Hill Table and Bondir. Helen’s family gave her a surprise birthday party, and her daughter from California made the trip here for the party.
Pops and golf committees met this week so those projects are off and running.
The Interact fundraiser is set for January 24th at Vincenzio’s. 10% of the bill will go to them to purchase teddy bears.
Dick Levinson received a Paul Harris +3. Congratulations Dick!!!
Helen Halloran received an honorary Master’s Degree in Social Media and Marketing for her work on the social media of our club.
Ron Bott talked about the “Rotary Means Business” networking coming up on January 25th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waltham.
Steve asked members to join NE PETS on March 9th for a session on social marketing to increase business and Rotary membership
Leigh Ann announced that Christine from the Waltham club invited us to join them at their meeting on February 8th at noon at the Chateau in Waltham.
Noel announced the first Pops meeting was last night. Next meeting is Wednesday 1/25 at 5:30 at Colonial Inn. Pops will be Friday June 2.
Joe O’Connor gave an update on the Concord Police Department. Social media has become very important to the Department, and he asks everyone to like them on Facebook. This can help counteract some of the negative medial that’s been circulating throughout the country in the last year or so. CPD just completed the first Police Academy. It was well attended, and the students felt they really gained a lot of knowledge and understanding. (Just ask Doug Detweiler, who took this course.) The Department had an open house, and a lot of families attended this. Concord has some serious issues to deal with, such as opioid addiction. There have been increased calls to EMS and the Fire Department. EMS First Responders can now treat overdoses more effectively. The CPD has a part time social worker whose purpose is to work on jail diversion. She can work with a family around social issues and help avoid people being arrested. Police officers are walking more in the business neighborhoods, and this is a good way to connect with the community. Joe is working on being able to provide officers with 40 hours of crisis training. Officers are empowered to give “Good Behavior Citations” to children who are caught doing something good or helpful. They get a gift certificate to Reasons to Be Cheerful. The idea is to have a first interaction with a police officer be a positive one that the person will remember.
James won a $20 gift card to businesses in Concord.
Next Week’s Meeting:
January 24 & 26, 2017 – Regular Breakfast and Luncheon Meetings