​Cohasset Rotary Club

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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Lightkeepers House
15 Lighthouse Lane
Cohasset, MA  02025
United States
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MEETINGS - Meet weekly for dinner & speaker @ at Lightkeepers Cottage 6:30P
RSVP and reserve your spot now:  CohassetRotaryClub@gmail.com

We are excited to meet tonight to discuss with Helen Blowers of Weymouth Rotary, Principal Carolyn Connolly, staff and students to create an Interact Club for the Middle-High School students where they will learn to fund and hold service project, expand their networks, foster international understanding, and deepen relationships with other Interactors whilel they all grow as leaders!
15 Lightkeepers Way, Cohasset. Dinner & Discussions 6:30-8PM

Mark Petrie began his Rotary experience at the Plymouth Sunrise Club with Lisa Braun so it was only fitting, as his Assistant Governor, to have her induct him as the President for 2016-18.  Also in attendance were 10 Petrie family members, Governor Kristine David, and soon-to-be Governor Elect Steve Certa from the Weymouth Club.
Mark's officers include:
Diane Herth, Past President - Secretary
Lorraine Tarpey/ Lisa Hewitt Dick - Co-Treasurers

Judy and Gary Ritts have served the Appalachia community with thousands of students over 28 years.  The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) makes homes dryer, safer and warmer for the residents of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and Kentucky.  Students (and leaders) donate 10 days from their work schedules to drive two days down and two days pack, sleep on gymnasium floors and shower in cold water to serve the poor communities who desperately need our love and building  skills to improve their living situations.  The families are carefully selected to receive new roofs, decks, wheelchair ramps, stairs, floors, plumbing, electrical... whatever they need to be warmer, safer and dryer.  Judy Ritts has taught sixth grade special education for decades in Cohasset and retired last year.  Rev. Gary Ritts will be preaching his last sermon next week after two decades at the Second Congregational Church of Cohasset.  they look forward to leaving in two weeks for their last trip to Appalachia as the head of the project, but fear not - they will continue in some aspect as volunteers with ASP.
Pictured with Judy Ritts are two of the high school students attending the trip this year.

Welcome Anthony Vella from the Rotary Club of Biloela in Australia!  Anthony has a passion for Rotary and the services it's performs and we welcome him from down under while living in the United States with his Cohasset native wife and children.

The Class of 2016 has it ALL and it's only just the beginning. Congratulations to all the Rotarian Scholarship Recipients of 2016 (not all pictured): 
Samantha Campedelli, Joseph Cavanaro, John Donohue, Rebecca Fredey, Nicholas Hall, Micaela Herth, Shea Kearney, Sean Mavilia, Benjamin Moy, Luke O'Brien, Madison O'Neil, Julia Richardson, Emily Rosano, Megan Rosano, Dominic Sestitio, Caitlyn Shaffer, Christian Tabb, Maria Waters

Katy Shamitz founder/director of Chapman Farm School and a 2015-16 Cohasset and District Rotary grant recipient, met last night's speaker Peter Swanson founder of 1 Square Foot at a Time. 
COHASSET Rotary has partially funded the renovation of a greenhouse and gardens at the E. Bridgewater campus of Chapman Farm School to become a science classroom and learn sustainable business practices as they grow and sell vegetables, herbs and create herb soaps.
We are looking forward to seeing what expertise these two retired high school Quincy teachers can share with the middle and high school students at the Chapman Farm School! Retirement seems to be quite an exciting adventure for the Swanson!


Incredibly inspiring speakers at District 7950 Conference.

Humbled and in awe of two of six women honored as recipients of the 2015 Rotary Global Women of Action Award. Razia Jan a native born Afghani who is past President of Duxbury club and Dr Deb Walters from Maine.f the 2015 Rotary Global Women of Action Award. Razia Jan a native born Afghani who is past President of Duxbury club and Dr Deb Walters from Maine.

Dr Den Walters paddled her 18' kayak, which she made(!), 2503 miles from the coast of Maine to Guatemala to bring attention to the 10,000 people, the poorest of the poor, living in the Guatemala City dump. 5000 of the dump residents collect food and scraps to sell, to feed and support their families. During Deb's paddle she spent evenings speaking on behalf of the children, mothers and school started in the dump by Hanley Denning, providing education, nutrition and health. Today that school has a 40% graduation rate whereas the country has a 10% graduation rate. Their graduates make 5x the family income of an average Guatemalan family due to the fabulous education thru Safe Passages. Dr Deb Walters raised $425,000 paddling in addition to awareness of Safe Passages of which she has served as president, and the recipients of the 2015 Rotary Global Women of Action Award.

Razia Jan, recipient of CNN Top 10 Hero, as well as recipient of the 2015 Rotary Global Women of Action Award, founded a school for girls in rural Afghanistan which helps to combat the two major diseases in Afghanistan - Polio and Illiteracy. She teaches her present 559 girls to be a 'full person' responsible for their own life and living. And what do the young high school graduates do upon graduation?Razia has now begun a college as well with nursing and midwifery as majors along with accounting - so they may count their money:)! Girls who were being married off at eleven years old are now holding off until after graduation. "Empowering women is the key to global change" - Razia Jan 


Joe and Marty Dumas visited Cohasset Rotary and spoke about Marty's brain injury and it's affect on the couple and their family.  Their book Relationship Rewired is written in two voices with love, humor and determination.  It is a roadmap of their marriage chronicling their heart breaking and emotional challenges and their love that has kept them partnered with a common goal thru it all.


Dave Clifton, it is amazing all the shoes you have worn in your 40 years as a Rotarian, and all the countries you have been able to walk in during your years of service! Rotarians serve others and expose us to people we never would have been able to meet and learn from in the process. Hundreds and hundreds of people have been blessed as you exemplify living out the Rotarian 4-Way Test.
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concern?
Will it build GOOD WILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concern?

Thank you for visiting Cohasset Rotary Club last night and sharing your words of wisdom as you represent Zone 32.



Meet Cohasset's newest Rotarian Nicole Graebner!

Nicole moved from California to Cohasset with her partner Geoff Roth in October 2015 and has jumped into our community with two feet! What a great way to meet people - by serving others in your new town. If you see Nicole around town, at the Red Lion Inn where she works, or at the Road Race by the Sea registration tables April 3, make sure to say welcome and hello!


President Diane Herth and Secretary Trish Morse inducted Dr. Lisa Lewis tonight.  We welcome long time friend of Cohasset Rotary Club who has been a Road Race-by-the-Sea sponsor and volunteer!  Dr. Lisa Lewis is now a Rotarian.  Dr. 'Lisa' is a local chiropractor who owns Cohasset Family Chiropractic.  Please welcome her on our Facebook page!
Welcome Coral Grande, Director of Elder Affairs in Cohasset!  Coral has been working at developing the Elder Affairs office activities and working with Social Service League in moving to their brand new location at Willcutt Commons, and is now ready to spread her reach within the community.  Please welcome Coral on our Facebook page!
Dave O'Brien, founder/owner of Greenlight in Cohasset, Hingham, Pembroke and Duxbury spoke February 1 on the benefits of a plant based diet and oxygenating your body with wheatgrass.  Cohasset store manager Shawn McCormick spoke on behalf of his store and what they have to offer before introducing the founder.  Also from Greenlight was store employee Sheree McCormick, and wheatgrass grower and plant-based chef Roseangela O'Brien.  There were about 40 people in attendance at the lovely new Willcutt Commons.
January 11th 
Lightkeepers Cottage
All are invited to find out
What the Heck do Rotarians do Anyways... and in Cohasset?
You have seen the wheel on the sign on the side of the road for decades...
Your grandfather was a Rotarian and gathered every single week for fellowship,
but you have NO IDEA what he did...
You are an Eagle Scout who had his project funded by Rotary...
You received a college scholarship from Rotary
Cohasset has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships since our charter in 1941...WHAT!!!
but could it possibly be for you?
Are you a male or female? (Our club is 41% female.)
Are you between 25 and 100 years old?
Do you like helping others OR want to begin helping others?
Did you know our club is part of Rotary International which has eradicated Polio in all but two countries worldwide?
Of the 10,080 hours in a week do you possibly have 90 minutes to focus on others,

Monday, Ross Rosano gave members an overview of the current harbor dredging program

Harbormaster Lorri Gibbons started process to get commitment to dredge in 2006 when she arrived in Cohasset as Harbormaster; previous dredging (entire harbor) had taken place in 1998. The current project has brought crews from throughout country.

Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the project and is covered by Federal grants

We had a great visit by SS Voc Tech Board of Director member Ken Thayer and Superintendent Tom Hickey who began as a teacher there 21 years ago!  The Voc Tech is a fabulous school that combine vocational training and academics in an alternating week curriculum.  
Cohasset Rotary is wanting to begin an Interact Club for middle-high school students and the SS Voc Tech school may be the recipients of our commitment!
October 30th President Diane Herth and husband John, along with Past President Peter Pearce, attended the Red and Black Gala to help raise funds for their grant recipient Chapman Farm School.  What a fun night AND they are $50,000 closer to their $750,000 goal to convert their Llama farm into a 21st century hands-on learning, Middle-High School!
Check out our Photo Album (above) from the Annual Wine Dinner and Auction 
Four Course Dinner with Wine Pairings
benefitted Polio Plus & Scholarships among other Rotary grants
The Chapman Farm School are recipients of our $4000 grant, $1000 of which was a Rotary District Grant. We encourage all Rotary clubs in our district to at least match the District Grant. The Chapman Farm School uses an integrated project-based curriculum to achieve traditional academic success. At CFS they value neurodiversity as part of a dynamic learning community. They promote local stewardship and global environmental awareness... sounds like a great Interact Club for E. Bridgewater! The staff values social understanding as the foundation for comprehensive learning, and they develop independent thinkers who thrive in a collaborative setting.
- See more at: http://cohassetrotary.org/PhotoAlbums/the-fall-chapman-farm-school-tour-2015#sthash.dQIKFpDC.dpuf

Governor Kristine David started her evening early with a Board of Director's meeting overlooking the Cohasset Harbor at 4:30PM.
Cohasset club president, Diane Herth introduced Kristine to the club where we encouraged to think New Generation and open our minds to encourage youth to join in the service of Rotary.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15PM and Governor David made her way back home to RI.
Cohasset officers Left-Right: Past-President Peter Pearce, District Governor Kristine David, President Diane Herth, Secretary Trish Morse
Rotary Club of Cohasset would like to congratulate our new president, Diane Herth. Here she is holding one of the many perks of the new job--the Paul Harris portrait, circa REALLY OLD. Congratulations Diane, we are all looking forward to a great year ahead! And thank you to Peter Pearce for being such a tough act to follow.
"Best meeting ever!" were the emails we received after Veteran Dave Mann spoke to a packed room at the Lightkeepers Cottage.  
Congratulations to our 2015 Scholarship recipient winners!  $17,000 was granted in scholarships to further their education.  We had an enjoyable dinner with students and their families, hearing about their plans after high school.
Samantha Mushin
Christine Guinee
Matthew Froio
Lily McCarthy
Clara Bumgarten
Valerie Farren
Timothy Hayes
Sara Gruber
Jeffrey Powers
Christian Cunnie
Benjamin Buckley
Kayley Pinkus
Shalese Royal-Pasley
Shelby Silvia
Kyle McKnight
Jacob Johnson
Carolyn Kennedy

SUMMER full of Awesome Meetings coming up!  (Remember you can ALWAYS go to our website Cohassetrotary.org for a current listing of our calendar or list of speakers!)
6/29 Business Meeting with Linda Fechter Road Race Financials & Jim Kearney Year-End Foundation figures
7/6 Happy 4th of July long weekend!  NO MEETING
7/13 Installation of Officers with Assistant Governor Lisa Braun
7/16 Pack a picnic (or pizza) and join us at 6PM on Cohasset Commons for Billy & the Goats 50’s/60’s music concert.  Bring a chair and have a fun night out with your fellow Rotarians!  If you don’t have a fold-up chair let Diane know and I have some extras:)
7/20 Kristen Sherman from SS Art Center followed by Board of Director’s meeting
7/27 TBD  (Mark Petrie presiding as Diane’s on vacation!)
8/3 Business Meeting 
8/10 District Governor Kristine David visit
8/17 Ross Lieb Lappen discusses work in the Arctic
8/24 Debbie Shadd from Cohasset Conservation Trust (Mark Petrie to preside as Diane is on another vacation:)
8/31 Cookout for Road Race volunteers
Happy/Sad Bucks:
One of the many happy bucks was the Governor has come out with a report today regarding Opiate addictions, a grave concern on the South Shore as another Cohasset family has lost a son to addiction.  He wants to look at addiction as a public health problem rather than mental health issue.
Boy Scout update from Rob Hillman:
Ken Roth is the charter organization Rotary representative of this Rotary sponsored 103 year Pack.
57 Boy Scouts in Troop.  Largest since Eisenhower was President!
Future Eagle Scout projects - Congratulations guys for using many recycled parts and creating thrifty and green as well as beneficial projects!
  1. Sam Greenup-  9' Xylophone for playground at Community Center Preschool
  2. David Hillman-Boardwalk of marshy pools behind Town Hall in Great Brewster Woods trails
  3. Luke O'Brien-Nautical Themed Fence in front of Harbor Master building
The board voted unanimously to donate to Boy Scout Pack $100 to support the 3 Eagle Scout projects.