Dining Around Dracut April 25, 2022

DINING AROUND DRACUT IS BACK!

Get your tickets! The Dracut Rotary Club is hosting Dining around Dracut on Monday evening April 25th, 2022!! The event will be held at Lenzi’s from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Over 20 popular area restaurants will be showing off their specialties and you’re invited to spend the evening sampling great treats. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door with proceeds going to fund charities supported by the Rotary Club of Dracut.

Online Ticket Sales: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dining-around-dracut-tickets-289795796027

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dracut Rotary Club Donates To Earthquake Victims

Vice President Jessica Silva and Member Katie Manahan

Dracut Rotary Club donated $1,000 to ShelterBox for relief for victims of earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. With the support of Rotary International, ShelterBoxUSA has been providing emergency shelter tools to areas impacted by natural or political devastation for two decades worldwide. ShelterBox is Rotary’s disaster relief charity partner. It is an on-scene relief effort that provides emergency shelter kits to displaced families after disasters, to begin to recover and bring hope. The program is one that Dracut Rotary Club supports wholeheartedly.

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2023 Dining Around Dracut Is Here 

You’re invited to a night of food and fun on March 20th at Lenzi’s on Merrimack Avenue in Dracut, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It’s Dining Around Dracut, Dracut Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser and it’s all for a good cause. With more than two dozen restaurants and caterers participating, and chances to win some great prizes, it’s an evening you won’t want to miss. This event raises the funds that the club can then donate to it’s many causes like Dracut Food Pantry, Dracut Scholarship Foundation, Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, Catie’s Closet, End Hunger Now, Shelter Box, and Dracut International’s Polio Plus program, to name a few. 

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and can be purchased at Alexander’s Pharmacy, Dracut Hardware, Daigle Insurance, Szczepanik Insurance, Lupine Designs and Lenzi’s. You can also get your ticket online at Envitebrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dining-around-dracut-tickets-546461800957

Don’t hesitate, get your tickets today and join in on the fun. Help us help those in need in our town, our country and our world.

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Another Successful Gingerbread House Competition

Dracut Rotary Club kicked off the town’s holiday season on December 3rd with the Annual Gingerbread House Competition. Area residents, young and old, were on hand at Gagnon Harmony Hall to view the dozens of sugary creations and vote for their favorites. Visitors were treated to holiday music, cookies, hot cocoa and coffee. Children got to decorate gingerbread cookies. Of course, the highlight of the event was the arrival of Santa. It was a day filled with holiday fun.

The club has been holding the event for the past 15 years to celebrate the holiday season and the town’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The club collects donated food for the Dracut Food Pantry. Visitors take chances to win one of the donated creations to take home. Admission to the Gingerbread Competition is free. Money raised by the sale of raffle tickets and cash donations is awarded to the food pantry. 

There were four categories in the competition; Professional, Adult, Young Adult (ages 13 to 19 years) and Children (through age 12 ). All winners of the four categories are chosen by the event visitors. Winners are announced at the close of the event. The following creations were this year’s winners: 

Professional – Sugar Coated Bakery
Amateur – John Cole, 1st; Christine Cole, 2nd; Dracut Senior Center; 3rd
Young Adults – Skylar Bergeron, 1st; Annamae Kelley, 2nd; Kelsey & Alyssa Bergeron, 3rd
Youth:  Adeline, Gwendolyne & Loralye Bergeron, 1st; Timothy Pagg, 2nd;  Violet Kennedy, 3rd.

Thank you to all who donated gingerbread creation, all volunteers, and all the visitors at the 2022 competition.

 

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Annual Gingerbread Event set for Saturday, December 3rd.

Come One, Come All! To Harmony Hall, Lakeview Avenue, Dracut.

You can come and enjoy the handiwork of your neighbors

or make a Gingerbread House and maybe win a prize!

Gingerbread Cookies for kids to decorate (FREE, Of Course!)

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Entry Form

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Farook Taufiq Installed as Club President for 2022-23

The Club installed Farook Taufiq as president for the 2022-23 year on July19th during the Tuesday meeting at Lenzi’s. Diane Clark, who successfully served as president for two years as the club navigated through Covid, presented Farook the Club charter and gavel as he assumed the presidency to lead the Club forward in the coming year.

Farook is not new to the position however. He held the office of president for Dracut Rotary in 1980-81. “I am retired from business and had some time to think about what I wanted to do with my time,” said Farook. “I thought it is time I gave back for all the pleasures I enjoyed being a member of the Dracut Rotary Club. The only problem was that I hybernate in winter. Generally, I visit my daughter in Los Angeles and spend the winters there” he added. “I cannot be a “full time” president for the entire year.  After discussing my dilemma with Chuck, I decided to partner with Jessica Silva, who volunteered to fill in when I am not in Massachusetts.”

Farook was born in Bombay, India. After completing study at St. Xavier’s College in India, he furthered his studies in London, England. In 1966, Farook began his post graduate study in chemical engineering. In 1966 he joined Prince Macaroni in Lowell. In 1978 he was invited to join Dracut Rotary Club.

During his first board meeting, President Farook outlined some of the projects he would like to move forward on during the coming year. As the Club recovers from Covid, he is hoping to make the needs of our community his first priority.

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Katie Manahan Inducted as Newest Member to Club

President Diane Clark inducted Katie Manahan as Dracut Rotary’s newest member.

Dracut Rotary’s newest member, Katie Manahan, was inducted into the Club at the June 19th meeting. Katie is a Funeral Director and a member of the staff at McKenna-Ouelette D’Amato Funeral Home in Lowell. A former teacher, she received her Mortuary Sciences degree from Mount Ida College. Growing up in a family that emphasized service above self, Rotary was a perfect fit for her desire to serve others. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Katie to Dracut Rotary Club.

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Gingerbread Competition Kicks Off Dracut Holiday Season

It was all smiles as Dracut kicked off the holiday season with Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread Competition on Saturday, December 4th. Harmony Hall was again decked out with festive lights, holiday decorations and dozens of gingerbread creations. The gingerbread houses were all donated by area residents.

Visitors got to choose their favorites and take a chance on winning one, with all proceeds from the event donated to the Dracut Food Pantry. At 6:00 pm the festivities moved outside for the annual town tree lighting ceremony. Then the votes were counted and the winners of the competition were announced. 

Club members were happy to be able to hold the competition after last year’s was canceled due to the pandemic, and the community was thrilled to see the event return.Santa was too. He was on hand to greet visitors and thank the Club for their efforts.

There were four categories of entries, with winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. All winners are chosen by visitors to the event. 

Children’s Category:  1st place- Gail, Dimitri, Alyson and Kate Asiki;
2nd place-Violet Kenney; 3rd place – Kelsey and Adeline Bergeron

Young Adult’s Category:  1st place- Skylar and Allysa Bergeron;
2nd place- Girl Scout Troop 62704 and their leader Grace Moran;
3rd place- London, Grace and Corban Webster and Becca Adams

Adult Category:  1st place- John Cole; 2nd place- Christine Cole;3rd place- LeeAnn Holmes

Professional Category:  1st place- Colette Turgeon; 2nd place- Sugar Coated Bakery

Rotary Club Category:  1st place- LouAnn and Jim Jendro; 2nd Place- Kathy Boyd

1st Place in the Children’s Category

Children’s 2nd Place

Children’s 3rd Place winner

 

1st Place in Young Adult category

Young Adult 2nd Place

3rd Place Young Adult

 

1st Place in Adult Category

Adult Category 2nd Place

3rd Place Adult Category

 

 

 

1st Place Professional

Professional Category 2nd Place

 

1st Place Rotary Entry

2nd Place Rotary Entry

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Dracut Rotary Joins Scout Crew 308 in Support of “End 68 Hours od Hunger”

Pictured (L-R) are: Donna Canales, Shannon Soucy, Emelou Soucy (in carriage), Rotarian Pete Clark, Crew President Jayden Canales, Aiden Soucy, Rotary President Diane Clark, Pete Mancuso, and Chris Mancuso.

Scout Crew 308 recently took on a project to collect food and raise awareness for the “End 68 Hours of Hunger” program in Dracut and Dracut Rotary Club lent its aid to the cause. The club presented a check, in support of their drive, to members of Scout Crew 308.

“End 68 Hours of Hunger” is a public non-profit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive in school Friday and the free breakfast they receive in school the following Monday. This program puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend. Each bag of food costs $10 each week and provides two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners for a child, with some left over to share. 

“End 68 Hours of Hunger” has been a longtime cause of Dracut Rotary Club, and they salute Scout Crew 308 on the success of their recent drive, according to Club president, Diane Clark. She noted that the Club was happy to lend its support .

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Club Remembers Past President Paul Gaudette

It was with great sadness that the Dracut Rotary Club learned of the passing of member and past president Paul Gaudette on December 15. 2020. “Paul was someone we could count on when we needed to get something done,” said club secretary Chuck Moran. Paul has been residing most recently, with his wife Chris, at their retirement home in Mashpee.

Paul was the former Dracut Building Inspector and Assistant Lowell Building Commissioner, but began his career in the printing industry. As a Rotarian, he was an example of “service above self,” encouraging club members to reach out to those in need here and abroad. It was Paul who first brought the idea of each member donating an entire Thanksgiving dinner, “soup to pumpkin pie,” to those in need in our community, a tradition that has become a staple of our club’s annual giving for more than 20 years. 

Committed to the club’s Crutches 4 Africa effort, Paul could be found loading donated mobility devices into shipping containers headed for those in need across the world. “When we needed help, I’d call Paul,” said the club’s C4A chairman Chuck Moran.

Our thoughts go out to Paul’s wife Chris, and his family. He was an example to us all.

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