Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Rotary Was Spooky Today!

What happens when the Rotary meeting falls on Halloween! Spooky things, even when the Rotary meets at 7:15 AM! Visitors to Merrimack Valley's Rotary this Halloween included a cat, biker babe, Sherlock Holmes, a clown, scream and a sock hopper! And more! At Merrimack Valley Rotary, you never know what breakfast will bring!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Better Business Starts With The Bureau

Janessa Perreault, Public Relations Associate, with the Better Business Bureau, told the members of the Merrrimack Valley Rotary that the Bureau helps both its business members and consumers.

For business the BBB provides accreditation. According to the BBB web site, accreditation is useful because:

  • 7 in 10 consumers say they will be more likely to buy from a company designated as a BBB Accredited Business.

  • Also, As a value-added benefit of your Accreditation (at no additional cost), Accredited businesses are allowed to advertise their BBB Accreditation in broadcast and print advertising, and business documents

For the consumer, the BBB:

  • Provides information about a company before someone do business with it.

  • Helps to resolve a complaint a consumer might have against a firm, including a final step of binding arbitration in most areas.

  • Provides good consumer information.

  • Provides information on charitable organizations.

In addition the Bureau aids by:

  • Fostering ethical advertising and selling practices.

  • Monitoring advertising and selling practices.

  • Alerting consumers to bad business and advertising practices when the business in question will not cooperate with the Bureau to eliminate the abuse.

  • Disseminating consumer information through newspapers, radio, television, and printed literature

  • Providing speakers for schools, civic groups and business organizations.

  • Providing the media with public information materials on consumer subjects.

For more information about the BBB visit their web site at

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Even Rotarians Will Be Scared!

Looking for a scary experience this Halloween season. We recommend the Livington Street Terror in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. The event is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October and also features hayrides, a graveyard and a kids haunted house. You will enjoy the scare and all the money goes to Tewksbury Youth Center. For more information visit the site and get a tour at :

Monday, October 1, 2007


Imagine finding out that you have an item that is worth $30,000 - $50,000. That is what happened at the last Antiques Appraisal Night hosted by the Merrimack Valley Rotary Club. Who knows what treasures will be discovered at the next Antiques Appraisal night to be held on October 17 from 7-9 PM at the Tewksbury Hospital Old Chapel, on East Street in Tewksbury.
The event features Skinner’s appraiser Stuart Whitehurst of the famed Antiques Roadshow and is being held to raise much needed funds for equine therapy programs at T.H.E. FARM in Tewksbury.
T.H.E. FARM is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic equestrian programs for the clients of the Tewksbury Hospital, as well as public riding programs and special events to individuals of all abilities. T.H.E. FARM is dedicated to providing a safe environment where therapeutic and equine education comes first.
“Certainly that valuable item was the extreme of the items that were brought to the last event, said Merrimack Valley Rotary President Ken Masson. “But there were other surprises such as paintings that were found in the trash that turned up worth several hundreds of dollars.”
Residents who have such items stored away in their closet, attics, and basements are urged to purchase a ticket to the show and find out just how much of a treasure they have. Appraisals are $20 and general admission is $10. For more information contact Ken Masson at
978-446-9366 or by writing to