Saturday, May 19, 2007

Red Hats, Purple Outfits And More Were The Highlight Of MVR Meeting

It all started with Sue Ellen Cooper, who founded the Red Hat Society back in 1999 and now there are more than 1.5 million members. One of those members, Debi Farnsworth, who is also a member of the Merrmimack Valley Rotary, told the Club about the Society and her Dracut group, which Debi is the Queen Mother. Debi said that the purpose of the group is to have fun - and "the tacker one dresses, the better." The Dracut group, which Debi founded, has 50 members and is growing. Members can be women of any age but only the ones over 50 get to wear the Red Hat and purple outfits. Those under 50 wear pink and lavender. Debi, welcomes any female Rotarians to join the group. For more information contact

Merrimack Valley Rotarians Conduct Career Day For Lowell Students

Merrimack Valley Rotarians Bob McDonald (shown), Dan LeBlanc (shown) and Ken Masson were among several Rotarians who recently took part in a Career Day that was held at the headquarters for the Lowell Youthbuild program. Other Rotarians who took part were Chelmsford's Deborah Webb and Lowell's Elkin Montoya and David Crespo. Each Rotarian gave the students a 15 minute presentation on their profession. YouthBuild is a national organization that helps students achieve their GEDs, while teaching them a skill in construction by working on Affordable Housing Units.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Skinner Appraiser Stuart Whitehurst will be hosting a live show in Dracut on June 6, from 7- 9 PM. The show, which is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Rotary, will be held in the Grange Hall on Bridge Street in Dracut.
Whitehurst joined Skinner in 1995 with eleven years of experience in the field of fine and decorative arts. He also was instrumental in establishing Skinner as a leading source for all manner of historical documents, including books, manuscripts, letters, and autographs.
Beyond his knowledge of rare books and manuscripts, Stuart is a renowned senior generalist appraiser with extensive knowledge of Latin American Paintings; prints and manuscripts; and English, Continental and Chinese decorative works of art and furniture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.. He is also a leading auctioneer at Skinner and has lectured before numerous audiences, including the Appraisers Association of America.
The price of general admission to the show is $10: all the appraisal spots are sold out. For more information and RSVP, call Ken Masson at (978) 446-9366.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

History Of Skips Was The Subject De Jure!

George Burliss, co-owner of Skips Restaurant in Chelmsford, recently took the Club down memory lane. He told the story of the history of the restaurant. It was originally a diner and changed to a restaurant in 1947. It got its name by the way a young boy was dressed andsomeone told the owner at the time (George's father) that the way the boy was dressed he looked just like a skipper. And the rest is history

The Merrimack Valley Rotary meets there every Wednesday at 7:15 AM.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Breakfast Was Alive With The Sound Of Music

Dan LeBlanc, MVRC member and District AG, treated the Merrimack Valley Rotary to a presentation of his fiddling talents and skills. Dan, who has been playing for years, gave a show that demonstrated the full range of his talents. Being a breakfast club, it was a great way to start the morning. Dan promises that he will be back, and once he is scheduled, we will be sure to let everyone know! Stay tuned

Antiques Appraisal Night Has It All!

Popular musician, Fred Lospennato, of the Strolling Serenades, will be entertaining the attendees at the Merrimack Valley Antiques Appraisal Night. The show will be held on June 6, 2007 from 7-9 PM and at the Grange Hall in Dracut. General Admission tickets are $10 and one appraisal and admission tickets are $20. For more information contact Ken Masson at (978) 446-9366 or by writng

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Friday, May 4, 2007

In case you missed my latest catch here's a 6 lb 10oz rainbow trout. JAD and I really do know what we're talking about when it comes to fishing.