Attention Professional and Recreational Photographers 

The Gloucester Rotary will publish a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2025 as a fundraiser.  All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary’s many community and international activities.
 
2025 Calendar Theme: Flowers of Cape Ann.  In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that reflect the natural beauty of Cape Ann throughout the year.  As we will be featuring one photo per month, we need images from each season:  winter, spring, summer and fall.  Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted. (Click the "Read More" link below for full details)

Entry Deadline Tuesday, August 15, 2024, 12:00 PM  

The Gloucester Rotary is a group of civic-minded business and community leaders, whose mission is to support the community and the world beyond the North Shore. Celebrating their 101st anniversary in 2024, the Rotary has awarded $6,000 in scholarships to local students, donated $6,000 to international causes, and provided $67,000 to local projects in the past twelve months. Rotary President Tracy Arabian credits the generosity of spirit of the Rotary’s 55 members. “These amazing people donate their time, their money, and their knowledge to making the world a better place. It has been an extraordinary honor to have served the Rotary the past six months as President.” 
 
Local non-profit organizations that the Gloucester Rotary contributed to between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024, include: 1623 Studios, Action Inc., Addison Gilbert Hospital Cancer Center, American Legion, Art Haven Teen Artist Guild, Backyard Growers, Bandstand Concerts at Stage Fort Park, Cape Ann YMCA, Care Dimensions, CORE Peer Recovery and Resource Center, Day by Day Adult Care, Gloucester Fireworks, First R, , Fishbox Derby, Fishermen's Memorial Service, Fishtown Horribles Parade, Generous Gardeners, Gloucester Adventure Girls on Adventure, Gloucester Education Foundation, Grace Center, Inc., Harborlight Community Partners, HAWC, Gloucester Holiday Parade, Maritime Gloucester, North Shore Health Project, Pathways for Children, Sawyer Free Library Children's Room, Sawyer Free Library Building Fund, SeniorCare Inc., St. Vincent DePaul Society, The Open Door, and Wellspring House Inc.
 
The Gloucester Rotary’s signature project is supporting the Stage Fort Park Playground and Bandstand. Since 2007, the group has gifted several major pieces of playground equipment to the City of Gloucester and has provided assistance with maintenance. In 2023, the Rotary celebrated its 100th anniversary and began raising funds for an expansion at the Playground. This spring, working with the City of Gloucester old equipment was removed and replaced with new. 
Rotary International’s motto of “Service above Self” is the basis of the Gloucester Rotary’s support of and involvement in numerous local causes.  

Photo caption: Rotarian Steve Buckley helps several children cut the ribbon to the Stage Fort Park playground expansion while Gloucester Rotary President Tracy Arabian and Gloucester Rotary Centennial President Mike Sarraf watch.
 
Carole Sharoff will be presented with the Gloucester Rotary’s Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award at a special dinner on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester. The Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Gloucester Rotary and recognizes Ms. Sharoff’s many contributions to the community at large as well as to Rotary as a former club board member, secretary, and President.
 
Carole is the founder and CEO of Atlantic Vacation Homes and AVH Realty, Inc. and was recently awarded the vacation rental industry’s Pioneer Award with the notation that “This entire industry owes her a debt of gratitude for everything she has done.” She served on the Vacation Rental Management Association’s Board as Secretary and on the Executive Committee. She was a Presenter at the Annual Million Dollar Women’s Symposium at Salem State University Enterprise Center.  Locally, she serves on the board of Action, Inc., has been a board member of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Discover Gloucester and was copresident of Temple Ahavat Achim when it was destroyed in the tragic fire of December 2007. Under her leadership, a new Temple rose from its ashes at its original site on Middle Street. In all areas of her service, Carole focuses on improving the organization’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion.
 
Rotary International was founded by Paul Harris in 1905 as a humanitarian organization. In recent years, it has led the initiative to eradicate polio and has helped to provide clean water to poor communities around the world. Locally, Rotary helps fund local charities and built and maintains the children’s playground in Stage Fort Park. 
 
Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $60 per person and may be reserved by contacting event Chair Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051. The dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Carole are encouraged to attend.
 
The Stage Fort Park Playground Improvement Project-- Gloucester Rotary's 100th Anniversary Gift to Our Community-- has moved forward another step!  
 
In March, old equipment was removed and the new playground equipment was installed! More work is to be completed before the project is finalized, but this was a major step. 
 
Important note: The equipment is not yet open for children to use. Please respect the caution tape surrounding the new equipment.
 
Learn more about this project--including how you can support it-- at https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/100.
Thanks to generous donations from the Gloucester and Manchester & Essex Rotary Clubs, a District 7930 Managed Grant, and private non-Rotary donations, a $45,000 generator was purchased for Kivu Hills Medical Center in 2023. The generator finally arrived in February after contending with massive rainstorms, which led to treacherous potholes and mudslides. It was an extreme challenge for the truck carrying this generator. Thankfully, the road will be paved soon.
 
There is currently no medical clinic locally for the 30,000 rural residents of Boneza, and the Kivu Hills Medical Center will also provide services to millions of people in the surrounding regions when it opens its doors later in 2024.
 
In addition, the Gloucester and Rockport Rotary Clubs donated funds—again with support from a District 7930 Managed Grant—to purchase a generator for the Kivu Hills Academy. This generator was officially dedicated to the school in May 2022. The Academy is the first and only high school with three hundred students enrolled annually in Boneza, educating thousands in the greater geographic area with their hands-on curriculum.
 
Power in rural Boneza goes out several times each week. These generators provide consistent power and are critical for the medical center and academy.
 
We look forward to dedicating the newest medical center on our next visit. 
 
The mission of Arise Rwanda is “To positively transform the community of Boneza out of extreme poverty by focusing on education, clean water, healthcare and economic development.”  For more information, please visit Ariserwanda.org.
 

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at 12:00 PM
Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Sq, Lower Floor
Gloucester, MA  01930
United States
 
 
 
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Shawn Henry
Jul 30, 2024
Transit Oriented Development
Charles Nazarian
Aug 06, 2024
Gloucester Meetinghouse
Business Meeting
Aug 13, 2024
Terry Webber
Aug 20, 2024
The Story of Edward Day Cahota
the Cut
Aug 27, 2024
Gloucester's Newest Music Venue
President Sal & Rick
Sep 03, 2024
Business Meeting
Brendon Doyle
Sep 03, 2024
How I became an oyster farmer
Melissa Diamond
Sep 17, 2024
Wellspring and the Freeman Family
Susan Covielo
Sep 24, 2024
North Shore Health Project - NARCAN Demonstration
Ken Reihl
Oct 01, 2024
Cape Ann Community Foundation & Cape Ann Plein Air
President Sal & Rick
Oct 08, 2024
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