What's Happening at Rotary Club of Concord
 On Saturday  January 28th our Concord Rotary Club joined with the Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Merrimack Valley to help  the  Sleep in Heavenly Peace non-profit organization build beds. We had over 25 people helping in two shifts. 43 headboards for 23 ½ beds were built. These beds are built for children who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor. We first learned of this volunteer opportunity from one of our past Concord Rotarians, Chris Alphen. Chris is the President of the Middlesex County Chapter and he, along with his team, work tirelessly to make sure these beds are provided to any child in need. Rotarians are always happy to get together to support other non-profits that truly make a difference like Sleep in Heavenly Peace. We also have a lot of fun while we are volunteering. Check out our photo album to see me more pictures.
                                                                                                 
We were very happy to welcome Rotarian, John Nanni from Middletown Deleware to our January 5th meeting. John is a polio survivor who joined the Rotary Club of Hamilton in October, 2010 and transferred to the MOT Rotary Club in Middletown, DE in September, 2013. He was appointed to Rotary District 7510's PolioPlus Committee in 2011 and upon his move to DE, he was appointed to the Rotary District 7630 Polio Plus Chair serving all 40 Rotary Clubs in Delaware & Eastern Shore Maryland. John gives Polio/Post-Polio talks to Rotary Clubs throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Rotary International has long been active in the fight to eradicate Polio. You can learn here about the work Rotary does to distribute Polio Vaccines throughout the world. 
 
 
It’s a party! Our Rotary Holiday Party in person again! We gathered at the Colonial Inn, where we enjoyed the beautiful holiday setting. Official business included the awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships to Steve Kirk and Jeanne Amocida. Jeanne A. and Richard Warren received official recognition for their devoted (and delicious) work for Open Table, Our singing skills were, well, fairly OK…thanks for the song sheets, Hilary. Jean Goldsberry introduced a movie quiz…”If a movie were being made about you, what would it be called and what star would play you?” Great ice breaker!  With some very amusing answers. We enthusiastically applauded our long-time waiter James, who gratefully accepted a cash gift from the Club. We took our prizes, candy favors and full hearts as we bid farewell, singing the traditional Auld Lang Syne. (See Holiday Party 2022 Photo Album in right hand column)
Great meeting Dec. 8 held in person at Concord Work Space and via our standby ZOOM.  We honored retiring Concord Police Chief Joseph O’Connor, recognizing him for his service to the community and his devotion as a member of the Rotary Club of Concord. Sharon Spaulding and Karl Kussin presented Joe with a certificate of appreciation and a Rotary banner.  Eric Boguslawski was inducted as our newest member. And speaker Andres Joslin, a 67 year-old tree climber, naturalist, and artist from Carlisle, held us breathless as he recounted his adventures from learning recreational tree climbing to becoming a professional arborist and a go-to rescuer of cats and fledgling owls. A fun-packed Rotary event!
It's a tradition! We meet jointly with Bedford prior to our "Thanksgiving football game." CCHS no longer plays Bedford on Thanksgiving but we love getting together. Bedford Rotarians came to our new meeting place and we had a ball, with lots of laughs, fines, and a special presentation via Zoom from Chris Alphen about Sleep in Heavenly Peace's bed building project. Our clubs have worked together on several important projects including Open Table, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and Habitat for Humanity.  District Governor, Victor Tom from Bedford along with many other area "dignitaries" from Bedford and Concord added to the Rotary energy and we look forward to seeing one another again soon. Group photo of in-person and Zoom attendees by Christine Pinney. 
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President: Ingrid Detweiler
President Elect: Jean Goldsberry
Secretary: Rebecca Lynch
Treasurer: Peter Mahler
Immediate Past President: Karl Kussin