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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Parish of the Epiphany
70 Church St.
Winchester, MA 01890
United States of America
Legacy Members meet Thursdays at 12:15
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George Vrotsos joined Rotary in 1992 and served until July 26, 2020. Although during the last few years George was incapacitated, he
always kept in touch with club members and offered his experience and expertise in club matters, particularly to the Scholarship Committee.
George served many years on that committee and dedicated may hours of his precious time each year to select the best recipients for the
Rotary Scholarships.  For the past few years George was a member Emeritus of the Scholarship Committee and continued to keep abreast of
the committee's work.  He will be sorely missed as a valed member of that committee.
George's classification was Real Estate and while the system has changed George recognized the principles and expectation associated
with the system and held himself to the highest ethical standards of business practices.
George also enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship afforded each year during the annual decorating of the Quill Rotary for the holidays.
The tradition of decorating started in 1983 and after George joined the club in 1992 he would open his office to the "Rotarians At Work "
so they could escape the cold, the snow, the sleet and freeing rain which often plagued the project.  A warm spot with hot chocolate, coffee,
and maybe some donuts was a welcome respite.
He realized the importance of service, locally and internationally; he welcomed the fellowship and friendships the Rotary afforded; George
through his action as a Rotarian helped to develop and spread peace, goodwill and world understanding.
The Object of Rotary has a key phrase contained in its profession; the "ideal of service".  George held that personal view of the importance
of being thoughtful and helpful.  He believed in the underlying principle of unselfish volunteer service.
George lived his life according to the tenets of the Four Way Test, of the things we think, say or do.
1. Is it the TRUTH ?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned ?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all Concerned ?
George in his efforts to make sure that the club functioned successfully involved himself in the avenues of service;
Club Service by his active participation on Committees; Vocational Service by representing and upholding the dignity of one's profession;
Community Service by improving the quality of life for all; and the "Fourth Avenue" International Service by promoting
international goodwill, peace, and understanding.
George was proud of his Greek heritage and a romantic, so I thought it fitting to conclude with this poem by Lord Byron.
"Love and Death"
Lord Byron was also a "romantic" and had a strong affinity and love of Greece its culture and history.
This is a special poem because Lord Byron wrote in the throne of what he believed was his death.  He contracted a grave fever
while sailing to Missolonghi for the Greek War of Independence.


I watched thee when the foe was at our side,

Ready to strike at him—or thee and me,

Were safety hopeless—rather than divide

Aught with one loved save love and liberty.


I watched thee on the breakers, when the rock,

Received our prow, and all was storm and fear,

And bade thee cling to me through every shock;

This arm would be thy bark, or breast thy bier.


I watched thee when the fever glazed thine eyes,

Yielding my couch and stretched me on the ground

When overworn with watching, ne’er to rise

From thence if thou an early grave hadst found.


The earthquake came, and rocked the quivering wall,

And men and nature reeled as if with wine.

Whom did I seek around the tottering hall?

For thee. Whose safety first provide for? Thine.


And when convulsive throes denied my breath

The faintest utterance to my fading thought,

To thee—to thee—e’en in the gasp of death

My spirit turned, oh! oftener than it ought.


Thus much and more; and yet thou lov’st me not,

And never wilt! Love dwells not in our will.

Nor can I blame thee, though it be my lot

To strongly, wrongly, vainly love thee still.

Farewell Dear Friend.

Jack Kean


Congratulations  P E Jeff Wheeler ! ! !
The Rotary Club of Winchester  
32nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
May 18, 2020 - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Thank you for your continued support
Attention : High School Seniors residing in Winchester attending a Public, Private, or Technical High School , Our Scholarship
Application due date has been extended to April 15th, 2020.
Rotary District 7930 (eastern Massachusetts & southern New Hampshire) will hold its 10th Annual Polar Plunge to Eradicate Polio on February 29, 2020 (snow date March 14). We will plunge into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11am.
Winchester Rotary is participating !
Plunge, take the leap on Leap Day, donate or be a cheerleader. Your support will make a difference!
All Polar Plunge donations will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The preferred method is for member to make a donation
The Winchester Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Sherman W. " Whip"  Saltmarsh is the recipient of the second annual Honorable Paul Harris Fellow Award. 
The award is bestowed upon a member of the Winchester community, who is currently not a Rotarian and who meets the high professional and personal standards
set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary.
The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can give to an individual.  In addition to the recipients recognition exemplifying the highest ideals that Rotary
places in " SERVICE ABOVE SELF " ; this award also includes a donation of $ 1000, in the recipient's name to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International which supports Rotary world - wide programs.
The Selection criteria are specifically centered around:
- Involvement with humanitarian service activities, and programs,
- Active participation to help others and
- Demonstrated personal volunteer efforts.
The Award will be presented at the regularly scheduled luncheon on Thursday, December 12th at Hadley Hall, Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church St., Winchester, MA.
Submitted by Rotary Member Jack Kean

Thank you to all who made this years Chili Fest fun and successful !!!!
See you next year !
The Rotary Club of Winchester  
32nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
May 18, 2020

Winchester Country Club
468 Mystic Street
Winchester, MA 01890 
We would like to thank all of our sponsors
for their ongoing support 
The Rotary Club of Winchester is pleased to announce that it has opened the Club’s Major Gifts Program for 2019.  In 2014, the Rotary Club of Winchester established a major gifts program for grants of $10,000 and above. Major gifts provide significant and sustainable benefits for the greater Winchester Community. Past recipients include Winchester Foundation for Education Excellence and the Griffin Museum. Applicants must be charitable organizations possessing a 501(c) 3 designation serving the Winchester community. The Rotary Club of Winchester is open to making up to $30,000 available as a major gift or gifts in 2019. Click here for more Information and Application. All applications must be received no later than April 15, 2019.
The 2019 Scholarship Winners are on their way to College.  Thank you to the Committee Selection !
The Rotary Club of Winchester is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 scholarships are now available. Through the Winchester Rotary Charitable Fund the local Rotary Club will be awarding one or more scholarships this year.

The scholarships are endowed from three separate funds that honor the memory and contributions to Rotary by Charles C. Parkhurst, Harry Chefalo and John Murphy along with his wife Mary. 

This year the Rotary Club will be giving scholarships to selected student(s) which will be awarded on the basis of participation in community service projects that best demonstrate the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. This service can be local, regional and/or international in scope.

To be eligible a student must be a high school senior, a resident of Winchester, and graduating in 2019 from a public, private, parochial or vocational/technical high school. The student must also be accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning or an accredited technical/vocational school training program.

All applications must be Post Marked no later than March 30, 2019.
LEAP INTO THE OCEAN .....10th Annual Polar Plunge to Eradicate Polio on February 29, 2020 ....We will plunge into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Gloucester..TIME TBD
Please donate to a plunger or be a cheerleader. Your support will Make a Difference.

Your donation will be matched 2-1 from the Gates Foundation. Help our Club reach our goal!

Donate today

Winchester Rotary's Unsung Hero John Dunleavy was honored at Thursday's District Unsung Heroes Dinner for his years of dedication and work as Manager of the High School football team, hockey team, and lacrosse team. John received a Paul Harris award and a standing ovation from the crowd. John was very honored to receive the award. Congratulations John! 
The Rotary Club of Winchester is pleased to announce that Principal Grant Smith from the Vinson Owen School is the recipient of the Club's first Honorable Paul Harris Fellow Award. Principal Smith will be honored at a luncheon November 1. The public is invited to the luncheon and can register to attend here

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can give to an individual. In addition to the recipient's recognition exemplifying the highest ideals that Rotary places in “SERVICE ABOVE SELF, “ this award also includes a donation in the recipient’s name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs. 

Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International and Rotarians worldwide strive to earn the honor of a Paul Harris Fellow. 

Please join us in congratulating Principal Smith!
The Interact Club of the Rotary Club of Winchester recently held a successful eye glass drive, donating more than 325 pairs of eye glasses to the Woburn Lions Club for their Sight Program.   The high school students in the Interact Club chose an eye glass drive as their spring community service project.   The students worked with local Winchester businesses and organizations such as the Winchester Library, the Jenks Center, the Fuller Cup, and Winchester Community Music School as drop off locations, in addition to collecting glasses as Winchester High School. 
The Gavel has been passed ..
Congratulations to
Rich Mucci , Past President 2018 - 2019
                 and Incoming
President Linda Doucette 2019 - 2020
On Thursday, June 14, several members attended the District Installation Dinner. Jack Kean and Laurie Russell were both honored by the District. Jack was honored as Winchester Rotarian of the Year and Laurie received a Paul Harris Award for her work in the District as the District Governor's Chief of Staff. Congratulations to both Laurie and Jack on the well deserved honors! Rich Mucci was also installed as the next President of Club. 
We are proud to hear that
has been chosen as
the Winchester
Rotarian of the Year !
Jack, along with other District 7930
Club Members will be honored at the
District Installation at Danversport Yacht Club on June 14th
Thank You to Our Club Sponsor
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
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Interact Advisor
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