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The Methuen Fire Department is on the front lines delivering care and working to overcome challenges to care delivery. There is an increase in demand and in the cost for crucial medical supplies to keep staff and the wider community safe.

Rotary District 7930 received a $25,000 Disaster Response Grant for Covid-19 from The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Grant for COVID-19 was established to help equip front line clinical staff with critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it possible for teams to have the resources they need, when they need them most. Rotary District 7930 was awarded $25,000.00 with $15,625.00 of the grant monies providing PPE to various care provider facilities and $9375 providing PPE for Police/Fire Departments and First Responders across the North Shore, Greater Boston area, Greater Salem NH area, and the Merrimack Valley. 

We recognize how the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing our lives. As together we navigate the unique realities of the day, we are truly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Methuen Fire Department  via The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Grant for Covid-19.

This grant has specifically helped with the purchase of  880 N95 masks that  serve to equip firefighters  on the visits needing precautions during the pandemic.

It all comes down to being prepared – thank you to Rotary District 7930 for needed resources that allow Methuen Rotary Club  to give the Methuen Fire Department the ability to prepare.


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Methuen Rotary Club is proud to acknowledge the Methuen Teachers and Student of the Year along with 4  scholarships.  Although,  Covid 19 cancelled the Annual Celebration Of Achievement this year, it didn't cancel the great work and dedication of the award recipients.  We are so happy to have been able to award the following students with $1,000.00 Scholarships: Alexander Miller, MHS, Olivia Hebert, MHS, Juliana Licata,CCHS, Andrew Caron-DiPietro, PMA, Victoria Moda, CCHS..  Student of the Year is Chloe Foucault from PMA .  Methuen's Teacher Of the Year is Colleen Muller 2nd grade teacher from the Donald P. Timony Grammer School. Colleen loves the Methuen community and teaching even more.  She is a dedicated and selfless and always goes above and beyond to teach the youth of Methuen.  It seems very fitting that the last Presentation Of Mary Academy's Teacher of the Year is Stephen  Stankus.  He is a social studies teacher that has been teaching for 50 years. What an accomplishment! Stephen is  a true gentleman and  known for his kindness to everyone.  Congratulations to all the winners! 
Want to learn more about getting involved: email us at or visit us at our next meeting. Methuen Rotary meets at 12:15 p.m. on Friday's at Muddy Waters Restaurant & Pub.  
Congratulations to Yvonne Paplaskas, The Rotary Club of Methuen's Service Above Self Award Winner.  This award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution in the Methuen community and who most exemplifies the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self. This individual must have contributed to the betterment of the community by the unselfish giving of his/her talents, time and energy to help improve the quality of life in Methuen. The winner receives a plaque and a donation of $500.00 to an organization of their choosing.  Yvonne chose to donate it to the Methuen Rail Trail Alliance. Pic L to R Julie Brady, Yvonne Paplaskas, Tim Vermette

Methuen Rotary Club  donated over 2500 pounds of non-perishable  food to very worthy non profits during the COVID 19 Pandemic. The Rotary Club  motto is “Service Above Self” and conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize  Rotary worldwide spirit.  Each of the following  three food banks got donations. Neighbors In Need runs 13 food pantries in the Merrimack Valley, 2 of which are in Methuen. They provide healthy food including fresh produce, meat, dairy and other staples to 900 families.  Additionally, they  address diaper needs by running the only open-to-the public Diaper Pantry in Greater Lawrence. Neighbor’s In Need  serves 275 families, including almost 400 children every month by providing diapers, wipes and other infant supplies.  The Methuen YMCA along with the Merrimack Valley YMCA is providing grab and go meals and have opened  a food pantry. Through a partnership with the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, they  purchase food at low cost from Food Bank, supplemented with donations, in order to provide bags of food to children and their families on weekends. Families are invited to choose the food that they prefer from the healthy options that are available.  Methuen Cares Center is collecting non – perishable food, school supplies, paper products  and PPE supplies.   Now open from 10am-6pm Mon-Fri at the Loop (in the prior Avenue location) to centralize the collection of donations from anyone who can donate to help others.  The Methuen Cares Center will also be making calls to residents to check in and see how they  can help. If you need help please call 978-609-1866.  For more information please refer to the websites listed.,


Andover Cares, The Knights of Columbus, and Rotary Club's are partnering to help Fuel The Fight-The Andovers, Inc..

75% of all (tax deductable) donations for Fuel The Fight made through Andover Cares will support feeding health care workers providing front-line support for citizens in our region. Any remaining donations will support this, or other local causes related to health and wellness in our community, which Andover Cares sponsors.

Our struggling local restaurants need business to help survive through the prolonged stay at home advisory period …. Holy Family Hospital  and Lawrence General Hospital employees working on the front line of the Covid pandemic need food because their cafeteria is closed ... and moreover, the outpouring of
public support in sending meals to the hospital has been a "tremendous" emotional boost to the healthcare workers while they face Covid-19 every day.

FTF campaigns began and grew organically among people eager to help both frontline essential workers and the struggling food service industry. As a result, they seek to reach as many health care workers in their community as possible.
To serve these needs, "Fuel the Fight - The Andovers, Inc." was established by four Andover business women to gather donations that are 100% utilized via this "Go Fund Me" to pay participating local restaurants for meals they deliver to the hospital.

"Our mission is to help the local restaurants struggling to stay in business during this crisis while supporting the health care workers at Lawrence General Hospital." - Kristen Guthrie

Several of our local restaurants have signed up to participate in this program .. and your donation will help keep this initiative going! The heart of FTF’s operation is found in its local community leaders, and volunteers. FTF is committed to nurturing the next generation of public servants, leaders, and philanthropists.

Kindly make a donation to this worthy cause today.

Thank you!  

Fuel The Fight - The Andovers, Inc.
Kristen Guthrie
Carolyn Mcinnis
JoAnn Kalogianis Spaneas
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The Methuen Rotary Club awarded the Methuen YMCA proceeds from the 7th Annual Bocce Tournament that was held in November.  These funds will be used to send Methuen children to Camp Otter this coming summer .  Pic. Ryan McVann Exec. Dir. Methuen YMCA  & Julie Brady , AVP The Savings Bank & Rotary President

The Methuen Rotary Club Celebrated Virginia Salem the Director Of Northern Essex Elder Transport INC. Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc. (NEET) is a non-profit organization providing non-emergency medical transportation for seniors using volunteer drivers. She was presented with A Paul Harris Award which is the highest honor that is given to someone who lives the Rotary Motto     ”Service Above Self”  


Pic : James Savarino, PTR. Retirement Fiduciary Group, Rotarian , Virginia Salem, Director of NEET, Julie Brady , AVP The Savings Bank & Rotary President
 Congratulations to the winners of the 7th Annual Bocce Tournament.  Team Larry Rossi took home the bragging rights. Everyone had fun and Methuen Rotary raised money for the Methuen YMCA to help send Methuen kids to camp this summer. It was a "WIN WIN" for everyone involved.  Thanks so much for all the hard work of our bocce committee, our generous sponsors, and everyone that bought tickets, had a team or donated to the raffle.

Pictured: Fiore Almonte, Larry Rossi, Mickey & Bob Defrancesco  


Please join us for our 7th Annual Charity Bocce Tournament. 
To register, just follow click here 
We are excited to welcome Lars Olson, Vice President, Property & Casualty at USI. Pictured L to R: Jim Stone from District 7930, new member Lars Olson from USI, and Julie Brady from The Savings Bank.

On June 28, 2019  at Mi, Mexico Lindo Methuen Rotary installed the Officers for the 2019-2020 Year.  It was a time to  celebrate the many accomplishments that occurred during the past year and to look forward to what the new year will bring. President Julie Brady highlighted the many areas in the Methuen  Community where Rotary made an impact this past year.  A few of the things that Rotary was involved in were Holiday  food delivery and making 150 party bags for for Neighbor's In Need,  Island Clean Up, Methuen Special Olympics, Giving away $5750.00 in scholarships to Methuen Students,  Donating $4000.00 to local non-profit's during it's June Jubilee, supporting Methuen Girls Softball & Methuen MSPCA with the annual bocce tournament,  participating in Methuen Day and giving away  free hotdogs, reading to local students,  and partnering with the Methuen Library on the sponsorship of the Little Free Library Project.  This is not accomplished alone, it takes a team of dedicated people who care about their community and want to make a difference.  A few awards were given that night to very deserving members of the Club,  Connie Doto of Connie Doto Real Estate was presented with the Rotarian of  the Year Award.  Her commitment to Rotary and  her community exemplifies the Rotary Motto: Service Above Self. Frank Brucato of Prevue Inspections was presented with the Service Award for his commitment to the Club and for taking on leadership roles over the last few years.  Julie also had the pleasure of awarding  six (6) Paul Harris Fellows to members of the Methuen Club.   The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to Rotary Foundation. There are over 700,000 Paul Harris Fellows today, and they are regarded as “the backbone of the annual support to the Rotary Foundation, and those donations are the only reason that enables Rotarians to carry on a world-wide program of educational and humanitarian programs. Over all it was an exciting evening and  a great way to kick off the new year.  
Pictured:Connie Doto & Julie Brady
               Frank Brucato & Julie Brady
              Tim Frechette,  Atty. Charlie Perrault,  Connie Doto, Cheryl Parent,  Jim Savarino,(not Pictured) John Breen         
The Methuen Rotary Club celebrated it’s 2nd Annual June Jubilee by giving away money to deserving non –profits in Methuen. Each organization was invited to lunch and to speak about how the donation will help the people that are served in the community.  President Julie Brady had the honor of presenting $1000.00 checks to each of the following organizations.  Commander Curt Williams Accepted on behalf of the Methuen V.F.W. Post 8349.  Larry & Eileen Giordano accepted on behalf of Merrimack Valley Foster Kids, City Councilor Jessica Finocchario and Cole Welch , President, accepted  on behalf  of the  Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project and Julia Pesek , Community Relations Director accepted of behalf of the MSPCA Nevins Farm. 

We are excited to welcome Melissa DeFriesse, Community Development Director at Nevins Family of Services.  Pictured L to R: Jose Cruz, Enterprise Bank, Melissa DeFriesse, and Attorney Jonathan Rossi.
Please join us in welcoming 4 new Rotarians to the Methuen Club.  Julia Pesek, MSPCA @ Nevins Farm, Melissa Coto, Merrimack Valley Physical Therapy, Ryan McVann, Methuen YMCA, and a great BIG Welcome back to Frank & Kim Rondinelli and of course special guest Joe Robichaud from Methuen Chiropractic.  We are excited to have you and look forward to  the new ideas and vision you will bring to the Club.
Rotary Club of Methuen was proud to donate $500.00 on #Givingtuesday to our local food pantry Neighbor's In Need. Members  helped distribute Thanksging meals to the less fortunate.  Neighbors in Need has fed the poor and Hungry of Greater Lawrence for 35 years. We give food to those in need without judgment, respecting the dignity of each individual. All food, formula, diapers, and infant clothing are provided free of charge to those who request them. Neighbors in Need feeds over 850 families each week at our 13 Food Pantries strategically located in the neighborhoods, providing food to most Lawrence residents within walking distance of their homes. They have 2 pantries in Methuen and now, 1 in Andover. Methuen Rotary is proud to partner with them.  To learn more visit
Pictured L to R: Trudy Michaud, Melissa Coto, Connie Doto, Julie Brady, and Tim Frechette
On June 23rd 2017, Methuen Rotary Club welcomed in it's newest President Attorney Jonathan Rossi.  It was a great night with a lot of laughs and much thanks from the Immediate Past President James Khoury.  Congratulations to James who was given the Rotarian Of The Year Award! James had a great year and really went above and beyond during his Presidency.  James also gave out "Thank You" awards to Members Frank Brucato and Anne Whalen that helped support him and also did an outstanding job this year.  You have some big shoes to fill President Rossi...Looking forward to a great year ahead.
from left to right Frank Brucato, James Khoury, Jonathan Rossi, & Anne Whalen



2020's Event was so well received we decided to do it again....

Sponsor and decorate a Holiday tree for a Citywide contest!  Tree photos will be posted on Facebook and voted on by the public.    

       Wreath sponsorships are also available and will decorate downtown Methuen.