Register Now for 13th Annual Gingerbread Competition

It’s time again to register for DRC’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition to be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019. This is the 13th year for the event, held on the first Saturday of December by Dracut Rotary Club. 

“This is our holiday gift to the town,” said club president Frank Antifonario. “It’s held on the same day as the tree lighting ceremony at the school complex on Lakeview Avenue,” added Frank. “It’s a special day for us and we are accepting registrations now,” he added. 

As always, proceeds will benefit the Dracut Food Pantry, according to Tami Dristilaris, this year’s event chair. The concept was initially Tami’s idea more than a decade ago and it has been a popular annual event ever since. 

The competition will be held at Dracut’s Gagnon (Harmony) Hall, on Lakeview Avenue, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There is no charge for admission. Guests are only asked to bring donations for Dracut’s Food Pantry. There will be cookie decorating for children all day, holiday music will be featured, refreshments will be available, and Santa will stop by from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  

You don’t have to be a commercial baker to enter, and prizes will be awarded in four categories; professionals (bakers, chefs…),  amateurs, young adults (13 to 19 years), and children up to 12 years (including classrooms). Guests will be asked to vote on their favorite gingerbread creations in each category. Their votes will determine the winners and cash prizes will be awarded. 

Don’t delay. Register today. This is your chance to show off your creativity. Download your registration form and get out your cookbooks. What better way is there to kickoff the holiday season in Dracut? See you on December 7th.

1st place 2018 Young Adult category

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Club to Host Railway Show at Old Home Day

Dracut Rotary is pleased to announce that the Club will be hosting the New Hampshire Garden Railway Society at this year’s Dracut Old Home Day, September 7, 2019. The NHGRS is a group of dedicated garden railroad enthusiasts from across New England with a shared interest in promoting the growth of large-scale trains and garden railroading. They participate in shows, displaying their club-owned layouts, to support events for groups such as  Rotaty, Lions Clubs and Schriners. They are renowned for their top quality layouts, featuring exceptional detail.  

“This Is something you’re not going to want to miss,” said Dracut Rotary Club President, Frank Antifonario. Frank first saw their display almost a year ago and was blown away by the trains, model buildings and landscaping. He began planning for the NHGRS’s participation in this year’s Old Home Day earlier this year. “The Club is really excited about being able to bring the Garden Railway Society to this year’s event,” added Frank.

Dracut Old Home Day opens at 9:00 am, Saturday, September 7th at the Daoulas School Complex on Lakeview Avenue. The Garden Railway display will be open for all to see from 9:00 am until the event closes at 5:00 pm. This exciting display will be set up inside Gagnon Harmony Hall and outside under a tent adjacent to the Hall. While there is no charge to view the railroads, donations will be accepted. 

To learn more about the New Hampshire Garden Railway Society, visit them at http://www.nhgrs.com/

 

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Club Welcomes District Governor Pam Anastasi

Club President Frank Antifonario, DG Pam Anastasi and AG Victor Tom

District Governor Pam Anantasi and Assistant Governor Victor Tom joined the Club at Lenzi’s on Tuesday, August 27th, for lunch and fellowship. DG Pam met with members, prior to the meal, for a review of our accomplishments during the past year and our plans for the 2019-2020 club season. She outlined some suggestions for garnering new members, and engaging existing members who have been unable to attend meetings regularly. 

Following the lunch, Pam spoke to us about the goals of Rotary International President, Mark Maloney. His theme for this year is Rotary Connects the World.  He has called on clubs to grow Rotary by working to increase membership, create alternative meeting experiences and offer service opportunities that engage members. 

Pam outlined some of her initiatives that she hopes will foster some of RI President Mark’s goals and encouraged the Club to take part in upcoming District Grants. She also challenged the Club to support her in her effort to join in the Polar Plunge in January 2020, by helping her to raise funds to support the event, which would bring the work of Rotary District 7910 to the attention of the public. 

Pam congratulated the Club on its past successes and plans for this fall, and presented Club President, Frank Antifonario, with this year’s theme banner, Rotary Connects the World.

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President Frank and Board Announce Plans for New Club Year

President Frank Antifonario and the Board of Directors announced plans for the coming year at last week’s meeting. The Club has a busy agenda over the next several months and Dining Around Dracut will again be the main event for spring 2020, according to Frank. 

On Saturday, September 7th, DRC will host the New Hampshire Garden Railway Society at this year’s Dracut Old Home Day.  This is the start for the fall/winter season. Our One 2 Another campaign will be collecting items for Catie’s Closet for students in need as they head back to school.

On October 8th, the Club will hold its first of 2 evening meetings in the month. This year’s RYLA attendees have been invited to share their RYLA experiences with us and their parents or guardians. This is a chance for us to promote our upcoming year as well. On October 29th, DRC will hold an evening meeting focused on the new cannabis laws, regulations and industry development as it relates to Dracut. Business leaders will be invited to join us for this presentation. We will also be using this event to promote Rotary. Our One 2 Another drive will be collecting blankets in October as well for Dracut’s annual blanket drive for the needy. 

We will start November with a gala event celebrating the Club’s 50th Anniversary. A dinner dance on Saturday, Nov. 2, will begin a Golden Year for the Club, with past members, family and friends invited to look back on 50 years of “fellowship and service above self.” Nov. 12th will mark our 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. We will be thanking those who provide services for our veterans and their families. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we will again be inviting the seniors from the DHS football team and their coaches to our noon meeting to wish them well as they take to the field on Thanksgiving. This is a tradition that began decades ago and provides a festive kick-off for a month of holiday happenings. We will be delivering our Thanksgiving Dinners to area churches on that day as well. Also a long standing tradition with the club, members each donate a complete holiday dinner for those in our community in need. 

Out Annual Gingerbread Competition will be held on Saturday, December 7th at Harmony Hall. In conjunction with the town’s Tree Lighting, it is our holiday gift to the community. It’s also a fundraiser for the Dracut Food Pantry. Our Club’s Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 13th, at the home of president Frank and wife Rachel. In December we will be collecting toys for needy children for the Dracut Firefighters’ toy drive as well.

As usual, it’s a busy season for the Club. The new year will kick-off with the start of RYLA 2020, and we will be working, full steam, on all the details for our next Dining Around Dracut. 

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Installation of Officers for 2019-2020

Past President Chuck Moran hands gavel to Incoming President Frank Antifonario

The installation of officers for the coming Rotary year was held on June 18th, Frank Antifonario is our incoming president. A longtime member, Frank is a past president and a very active member. President-elect Diane Clark, is a former member of the Westford club. A banker in Dracut, Diane is married to member and past president Pete Clark.

President-Elect is Diane Clark.

Outgoing president Chuck Moran is assuming the position of secretary, recently held by Sue Neary. Chuck held the position of secretary in the past and is an active member of the club and District 7910.

Treasurer for the new year is Lee Ouellette. Lee is also a past president and has served as Sergeant at Arms and a member of the board. She is also active with the district.

Al Daigle administers the oath to Treasurer Lee Ouellette .district.

Past president Renee Plummer will serve as Sergeant at Arms for the coming year.The members of the board are past presidents Kate Dame, Al Daigle Jr. and LouAnn Jendro. New to the board is Victoria Hogan. Victoria has been in the club for several years and is our social media specialist.

Board MembersLouAnn Jendro, Kate Dame and Al Daigle, Jr.

Charter club member, Al Daigle Sr., officiated, administering the oath of office to the incoming president, officers, and board members. Al Sr. has been a member of Dracut Rotary for half a century, and has received an award for perfect attendance for more than 45 years.

The new officers and board members are looking forward to a busy year, marking the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Dracut.

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Dining Around Dracut a Huge Success

Guests crowd Lenzi’s for Dining Around Dracut

Best Appetizer – Burton’s

Best Presentation – Dracut House of Pizza

The Club’s 3rd Annual Dining Around Dracut was a huge success. Despite a March snow storm, more than 500 diners showed up to enjoy the offerings of 31 local restaurants, caterers and bakers. They came to sample the taste treats and take chances on dozens of raffle baskets. One lucky winner even left with the door prize, a television. “Even with the storm, the hall was packed with happy people,” said event chair Frank Antifonario. 

New this year was “Music by Laite Event Management” to entertain the crowd. Dacey Zounas from the Lowell Sun’s Z-List was also on hand to try the yummy offerings and chat with guests. She was impressed with the event and vowed to put the first Monday in March, 2020 on her event calendar.

As in past years, patrons got a chance to pick their favorites in four categories. Earning the right to boast about their selection were Burton’s of Nashua for Best Appetizer, Brown and Budnick Meats for Best Entree, Laura’s Sweet Treats for Best Dessert, and Dracut House of Pizza for Best Presentation.

The restaurants, caterers and bakers said they are definitely planning for next year’s event and the patrons said they are sure to be back in March, 2020.  Plan to be there, March 2, 2020.

Best Entree – Brown and Budnick

Best Dessert – Laura’s Sweet Treats

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DHS Chorus Brings Holiday Favorites For Lunch

DHS Chorus at DRC Meeting

In keeping with a long standing tradition, the Dracut High School Chorus came to lunch on December 18th and brought with them holiday favorites to delight members and guests. Following the meal and regular club meeting, the Chorus regaled those at the gathering with a short program featuring several holiday and winter numbers that they will be performing at the Holiday Concert at DHS later in the week. Then director Ethan Lobenstine turned the program over to a “Sing Along” with Rotarians joining in. Again this holiday season, Club members left the meeting with true holiday spirit thanks to these excellent young performers. Thank you Dracut High Chorus!

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