Dracut Rotary Cooking Up “Dining Around Dracut”

Dracut Rotary Club is busy lining up restaurants and caterers for its latest fundraising event, “Dining Around Dracut.” The Club is reviving the popular annual happening previously hosted by Circle of Friends. “We decided to bring back this very successful fundraiser,” said event chair Lee Ouellette. “There are so many great restaurants in Dracut and surrounding towns, and we felt sure the community would like to sample taste treats from some of the best,” she added.

The Club will be hosting “Dining Around Dracut” on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Lenzi’s on Merrimack Avenue in Dracut. Club members are planning a gala event featuring delicious food and fun for all. “This is the perfect way to kick off the coming spring,” Ouellette said noting that the proceeds will benefit the Club’s many charitable causes.

So far…
Amici’s Cafe
Bahama Breeze
Bittersweet Bake Shoppe
Brickhouse Pizza
Brother’s Pizza
Brown & Budnick’s
Burton’s Grill Nashua
Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant
Cazadore’s Restaurante Mexicano
Chowder Factory
Crown Chicken
Dracut House of Pizza & Seafood
Edible Arrangements
Fire Water Tavern at Wamesit Lanes
Frobie’s Cafe
Grazie at 4 Oaks
Heavenly Donuts
Jon Ryan’s
Lisa’s Family Pizzeria
Owen & Ollies Restaurant & Pub
Pita Restaurant
Sugar Coated Bakery
Sweet Lydia’s
Trader Joe’s
Two Chefs Are Better Than One … will be participating, with more restaurants and caterers signing on daily. Some lucky attendees will also take home great gift certificates and exceptional gift baskets. “This is an evening that we hope will be an enormous hit,” said Ouellette.

   The doors will open sharply at 6:30. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, to donate gift certificates and gift baskets, advertise in the program book, or become a participating restaurant or caterer, contact Lee Ouellette at info@dracutrotaryclub.org

Get your tickets today at: A Tux Formal…Albert Daigle Insurance, Stephen Szczepanik Insurance, Enterprise Bank & Trust – Lakeview Avenue Branch, Hair We Are Salon, Alexander’s Pharmacy, Dracut Hardware and The Fox Cut Salon, or call 978-265-3722.

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DRC’s Gingerbread Competition Rings In Holiday Spirit

   Again this year, Dracut Rotary Club kicked off the holiday season with its annual Gingerbread Competition. The community event drew a large crowd to Harmony Hall. Hundreds of local residents who were on hand to vote for their favorite gingerbread creations. With 30 entries to choose from, it was not easy to make their choices, but 12 contestants were named winners.    The Children’s category 3rd place winner was the Russell family; 2nd place went to Dimitri , Alyson and Kate Asikis. First place was awarded to the Salvo family.

1st Place

Children’s 1st Place

2nd Place

Children’s 2nd Place

3rd Place

Children’s 3rd Place



In the Young Adults category, 3rd place went to Emma Patch; 2nd place was awarded to Madison Keating, Ashleigh Cox, Nikki Anderson, Anya Sing and Allison Martin. The 1st place winners were Elly McKenna and Lauren Masse.

1st Place

Young Adult 1st Place

2nd Place

Young Adult 2nd Place

3rd Place

Young Adult 3rd Place





In the Adult category, the 3rd place winner was Tina Keily; 2nd place went to Chris Poublon and Gabby Davis. Joann Smith was the 1st place winner in the Adult category.

1st Place

Adult 1st Place

Adult 2nd Place

Adult 2nd Place

Adult 3rd Place

Adult 3rd Place







   This year, Club members also tied on their aprons and baked up some worthy creations, strictly for “bragging rights.” This year’s winners were, Chris Mullen in 3rd place, Rachel and Frank Antifonario in 2nd place and LouAnn Jendro took 1st place.

   “Every year we look forward to showcasing the gingerbread creations as part of the town’s holiday celebration,” said chair Sue Neary. The event coincides with the town’s Tree Lighting Ceremony held at the adjacent school complex. Santa is on hand to greet children and check on their wish lists. “This year did not disappoint,” Neary added.


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Ring in the 2015 Holiday Season

These are just some of the fantastic creations that were entered in the 2014 competition.

These are just some of the fantastic creations that were entered in the 2014 competition.

The Holiday Season is just around the corner and you’re invited to kick-off the celebration at Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition at Harmony Hall on Saturday, December 5th from 11 am to 7:30 pm.

There will be gingerbread cookies for children to decorate, refreshments for all, and admission is FREE. Santa will be there from 5 to 7 pm, so bring your cameras. The Rotary Club will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to benefit the Dracut Food Pantry.

Better yet, get baking! Dracut Rotary is seeking gingerbread creations … houses, winter scenes… any holiday theme. Your entry must be entirely edible and will become the property of the Rotary Club. There is no fee to enter. For more information, contact event chair, Susan Neary at Dracut_Rotary_Gingerbread_House@comcast.net or call her at (603)401-3538 for assistance. You can also download an application here.

So put Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread Competition on your calendar…Saturday, December 5th at Harmony Hall, Lakeview Avenue in Dracut (next to the school complex). Make it part of your holiday tradition.

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Time To Get Ready For 2014 Gingerbread Competition

gingerbread houseIt’s time to register for Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread Contest. This year’s holiday kickoff will be held at Harmony Hall on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. As in past years, admission is free and donations will be accepted for the Dracut Food Pantry. Santa will arrive at the Richardson School Complex (just outside) for the Festival of Lights tree lighting ceremony around 6:00 pm, then he’ll stop at the Gingerbread Contest to see all his little friends before heading back to the North Pole. Make sure you have your cameras ready!

The competition is open to four groups; Professionals (bakers, chefs…), Amateurs, Young Adults (13 to 19 years), and Children up to 12 years (including classrooms). Visitors will cast their votes for which gingerbread creations should win top prizes. Awards will be given to the top three vote-getters in each category…1st place $75.00, 2nd place  $50.00 and 3rd place $25.00. The houses will then be raffled off to lucky visitors of the day’s event.

“This is a real community celebration,” said Neary. She is especially interested in getting the word out to youth and school groups, as well as the many adults who enter annually, that it is time to register.  Entry forms are ready, according to Neary. To find out more, check out this year’s entry form and guidelines.


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DRC Packs Meals at MCC

Farook Taufiq and LouAnn Jendro join dozens of volunteers at the Bedford Rotary Club's meal packing event.

Farook Taufiq and LouAnn Jendro join dozens of volunteers at the Bedford Rotary Club’s Pay it Forward meal packing event at Middlesex Community College.

Bedford – Dracut Rotarians joined forces with area clubs in helping the Bedford Rotary Club pack 120,000 meals for Haiti as part of Bedford’s Pay It Forward project to end hunger.  Middlesex Community College hosted the event at their Bedford campus on Saturday, April 26th. DRC donated $1,000 toward this Stop Hunger Now event. Helping out in Bedford was Chuck Moran, Farook Taufiq and LouAnn Jendro, along with DRC friends and family Beth Jendro Noel [Asst. Marketing Director at MCC] and Kendra Jendro.

The Stop Hunger Now initiative is one that DRC member Chuck Moran is passionate about. Chuck brought the Bedford event to DRC’s attention. In fact, DRC has participated in four such events in recent months. The Club intends to host an event of its own in the near future.

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Legion To Host Blood Drive

blood_drive_hereThe Dracut American Legion will host a Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 2 to 7 pm, 574 Broadway Road in Dracut.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767, or visit redcrossblood.org.

Every 2 seconds, someone needs blood. Every donation you give helps the Red Cross do more of what they do. Plan to make a difference. Call and make any appointment today.


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RYLA Students Share Experiences With Club


Students share their RYLA experiences with the Club. From l to r: Kyle Dumont, Jordan Gauthier, Valerie Nguon, Jessica McHugh, Alex Rose, HeatherDemers and Mohamed Hamze.

The 2013 RYLA students were the guests of the Club today. They came full of enthusiasm for the leadership program, and thanks to Club members for the opportunity to participate in RYLA.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program is an annual leadership event for high school sophomores. A yearly participant in the program, Dracut Rotary sent 6 students to RYLA last June. Held at Worcester State University, the weekend-long training program provides sophomores, selected by the Club earlier in the year, with an opportunity to develop their potential for leadership as they explore their strengths and abilities to solve problems and work with others.

The students spoke about the highlights of the event, sharing their most memorable experiences with the Club. They all agreed that RYLA was a life changing opportunity for them. For these students, RYLA taught them that they can do anything if they believe in themselves.

One student, Jessica McHugh, was not able to attend RYLA. Her soccer team was involved in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions, competing for the state title. As captain of the team, Jessica made the decision to notify the Club that she was not going to be able to attend RYLA, freeing her space for the alternate to attend. Showing true leadership, Jessica displayed the principles of Rotary to the highest degree.

The Club was truly impressed with the students’ presentations. The true value of RYLA was clearly displayed and members are looking forward to meeting a new group of RYLA students in 2014.

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