Rotary District 7930 eBulletin
December 27, 2021

Beverly Bell Ringers Remember Jack Good
Beverly's beloved Rotarian Jack Good passed away last year.  The project of bell ringing for the Salvation Army was his baby.  The tradition carries on and we know that Jack is with us.  Rotarians were stationed at two Stop ’n Shops and a Walgreen’s in Beverly.  There were shifts throughout the day, organized by Alan Temkin, who has assumed Jack’s job for this project.  Some Rotarians wore costumes and were chatting with all the customers going in and out of these businesses.  Needless to say, we are a merry group! The question now remains: which location collected the most money......?  Time will tell.  Thanks to all of our Beverly Rotarians who were part of this project!!!!  Happy Holidays! 
Manchester-Essex Donates to Local Food Composting
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is donating $6,000 to Black Earth Compost, a local food composting facility. 
One of the major existential crises we face today is climate change. Whether this is a manmade issue or a global cyclical issue, greenhouse gas emissions are a substantial contributing factor to the warming of the planet. Scientists today are realizing that the predictions of this global warming trend have a much shorter timeline than originally thought and unless we figure out how to produce fewer greenhouse gasses and recapture them resulting in lowering their concentration in our atmosphere there will be catastrophic results to our climate, food and water availability and sea level changes. In response to these issues, the Manchester-Essex Rotary club has submitted a grant to support the Black Earth Composting project. 
One of the ways we can contribute to the solutions of this complex issue is composting. Compost reverses global warming through deep carbon storage and reinvigorates our ability to grow food.  A major challenge being in Massachusetts, a vast amount of food we eat comes from outside New England. So, we are net importers of nutrients.  It is not cost effective to ship compost out of the area.  Compost is a nice carbon sink, it stores carbon long term in the soil, and it pulls CO2 out of the air, so it has a net negative impact on the emissions.  It’s just the simplest thing people can do right now to have an impact on solving this problem.
Ipswich Interact Jingle Bell Walk is a Hit
Despite the gray weather, everyone had a festive time on Saturday as the Ipswich community celebrated the annual arrival of Santa Claus. The Jolly Elf arrived at town wharf at 11 am and was escorted by children of all ages, and by the host Ipswich High School Interact elves, along Water Street to Santa’s Village at Town Hall.

At Town Hall, Santa held court to meet the children, who also enjoyed seasonal games provided by Santa’s Elves. Christmas Trees were auctioned off, and the Marines collected 6 boxes for ‘Toys for Tots”.  Downstairs at Town Hall, additional elves from the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club were on hand to prepare and serve food.  Even the Grinch had two green thumbs up for this fun event.

The ‘Jingle Bell Walk’ is an annual gift to the town from Ipswich High School Interact, a school-based club of community service minded young leaders that is supported by the Rotary Club and Ipswich High School. The event also benefits from strong community support and the generous sponsorship of many local businesses. 
Christmas Adopt-a-Family in Reading
Each year Reading Rotary partners with the community for the Adopt-a-Family project for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Christmas distribution day was December 22.  Rotary works with the local organization ReadingCares and the Town to coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meal and gifts at Christmas.  Donors drop off in the first shift, then recipient families pick up their food and gifts during a later shift. 
This year there were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Reading Rotary’s efforts were coordinated by new Rotarian Adam Sandberg.
This is a truly inspirational and humbling event to see the community come together to help others.  The generosity of the donors is overwhelming as evidenced by the many smiling faces as well as some tears of thanks.  Reading Rotary is proud of and grateful for our partners ReadingCares and the Town of Reading in this community giving event.  A huge thank you to all the donor families and groups. Their generosity makes this all possible!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
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