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Here is an excerpt from the  Club's latest newsletter.  For a full newsletter, including pictures,  and past editions, click here.


Looking Forward... 

Thursday, November 6

Citizenship Award to Marianne Coceres of Notre Dame High.

Saturday, November 8, the annual cleaning and grooming of the George L. Street Memorial Bridge in honor of our deceased member and WWII hero.  Mike DeLuca is leading the effort.

Wednesday, November 15, Board Meeting at Lawrence General Hospital.

November 24 is the deadline for getting sponsors and advertisers for the Santa Night songbook.

Santa Night, December 12, 2014 Just 45 days away.


 


From Michael D about the Bridge this Saturday

Break out the rakes and brooms, put on your gloves, get ready to sweep up our Bridge!

We start at 9am and will be wrapped up no later than Noon. All are welcome, even if for just for a stop by to support the effort. We would love to get a big group picture at around 10am. So come on out and let's Honor one of our own!

Thank you,

Below is an edited (to make it current) excerpt from an Eagle Tribune Article.

Every year, we organize this event to coincide with Veterans Day. Started in November 2008, this will be our 7th year we gather to clean up the Captain George L. Street Bridge, which carries Greenwood Road over Interstate 495. "What better way to honor veterans than to honor one of our own," said Kiwanis Past President Al DeLuca, who served eight years in the Coast Guard. "To leave the bridge in disrepair is to be disrespectful to him."

"For us, it's a small token of appreciation for someone like Captain George Street, who gave so much to his country and his community," said Kiwanis Past President Dave Wilson of Andover.

Street lived in Andover 30 years, and was the town's most decorated naval officer.

A longtime Kiwanian, Street served in the Navy for 29 years. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, while commanding the submarine USS Tirante during World War II. He received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation recognizing the entire crew of the Tirante.


 

 

Leah Okimoto described an enterprise she has become in honor of her infant son who died about one year ago.

The enterprise is entitled "Aaron'sPresents" She is looking for inspired kids, those who will reach out to help or serve at least one other person or to pursue a passion that is used for the same purpose.

Aaron's presents will give grants of a maximum of $500 in materials and services.

Children must be in eighth grade or below.  Children in groups are also eligible.  Check the website for details.

Please check it also to help by donating.

They are also looking for connections to schools.

The mission statement reads "Inspiring kids to give of themselves for the good of the world."

Leah was the guest of Mary O.


Do not forget to be or find a sponsor for the songbook.  Click here for the sponsor form.


The link to the site is www.shopwithscrip.com


Our mystery personality last week was Ivette Rosario, our highly competent and gracious waitress.

We will have more mystery personalities from among our midst in the future.


President Ed, the enterprising plumber, came up dry when he selected the four of spades in the raffle drawing.

A number in the upper hundreds is what the eventual winner will take home.  Be the he or she who does so.

Come and play and enjoy.  There are no ill effects, only benefits to both the house and the player,  from this game.


 

 

Hannah Walworth, a student at Presentation of Mary Academy, walked away with the Citizenship Award for October.

She noted that she has volunteered her time tutoring at St. Monica's as well as choreographing for the school musical.  Hannah has also spent much time planning events as senior class president.

She believes that friendship and leadership go hand in hand.  Her work includes tutoring to those with disabilities.  Hannah believes that a little well directed effort can "move mountains."

She is captain of the volleyball team and a member of the basketball squad.

Pictured about are Hannah with president Ed and citizenship awards director Camille.


 

Ellen Kallman is Director of Advancement at Melmark New England.

Their aim is to expand life's options "for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Acquired Brain Injury, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Dual Diagnoses and Severe Challenging Behaviors."

It provides residental services for children and adults with intellectural disabilities., with "highest quality programs and services in the least restrictive environment which emphasizes personal worth and achievement." and much more, as explained further on their website.

Melmark was established in 2006 in Andover and has a beautiful facility on River Road where 119 children, aged three to twenty-one reside.  Also serviced there are another 500 who are bused daily.  A highly qualified staff of 275 serves them.

The program there is well developed and delivered with the intention of transitioning children back to schools.

The school districts pay.

Melmark is also looking for vocational counselors.