​Cohasset Rotary Club

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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
Lightkeepers House
15 Lighthouse Lane
Cohasset, MA  02025
United States
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MEETINGS - Meet weekly for dinner & speaker @ at Lightkeepers Cottage 6:30P
Professor Padraig O’Malley, U Mass Boston is a renown international peacemaker who will be screening his lastest film Peacemaker showing his work and holding a question and answer after the film at the Scituate High School Oct. 7, 7PM.  (See poster below.) Padraig was instrumental in ending the Irish Protestant/Catholic battles, and continues in Kosovo, Nigeria and Iraq… all based on his personal recovery from addiction model.  This is a film of addiction, recovery and creating something larger than you can ever imagine in the process, for students and adults.
The presentation is FREE to all students.  $10 for adults.  https://thepeacemaker.eventbrite.com
Each Monday night the Rotary Club of Cohasset has a speaker.  Speakers may educate, entertain or present a mission that they wish to have funding for.  Tonight's speaker was comedian Eric Golub who entertains for a living then gives back by donating his time across the country by performing for non-profits like Rotary Clubs.  Thank you Eric for your entertainment traveling from the West Coast to Boston.
Our newest member of the Cohasset Rotary Club is Dr. John McCathy a chiropractor in Cohasset.  Pictured is President Ed Fox and Sponsor Peter Pearce with Dr. John McCarthy.
Every year the presiding District Governor (DG) visits every one of the 72 clubs in the district each year.  Our District covers the South Shore, Cape and Islands and Rhode Island, and our DG is Bill Tenant from the Braintree Club.  Tonight was our visit from the DG where our President Ed Fox present his club's plan to the Governor and the Cohasset Club hear from the Governor where Rotary would like us to focus, and be the inspiration in 2018-19.
President inducts and welcomes to our two newest members John Herth and Patrick Buchanan along with their sponsor Diane Herth.  John Herth is an architect as Sr. Director of Global Design and Construction Services at Dunkin Brands and Patrick Buchanan is a Stock Analyst at Fidelity in Boston.  We look forward to them being the inspiration through Rotary!
The 4H Club came talong with their chickens and goats to explain animal husbandry to all the Rotarians.  The Evergreen Club is based out of Scituate and reaches Cohasset, Scituate, Hanover and Norwell children.  We were SO impressed with their animal handling and knowledge and obvious love of their farm animals!  PLEASE visit
Ed Fox was installed as President July 9th for his July 2018-June 2017 term.  His President Elect is Nicole Roth, Treasurer Lisa Hewitt Dick and Secretary Mal McCunney.  Ed is no stranger to Rotary, in fact he has been a member of Cohasset Rotary Club for 33 years!  This is his second presidency having been president in the 90's.  The club is thrilled to have a year under his leadership.
The Cohasset Rotary Club bid farewell to Rotarian Tom and wife Kathie Gruber this evening, as they move to Georgia this week.  Tom has been a devoted Rotarian since June 21, 1982, who when not in Cohasset attends a Florida club for near perfect attendance year after year.   
Nothing keeps our runners (or volunteers) from smiling, not rain, snow, sleet or wind.  The Cohasset Road Race-by-the-Sea Fun 5 mile run is over with over 800 runners who came out to support Cohasset Rotary.  Thank you hardy souls!!!
We could not have the road race without our 200+ volunteer ‘veterans' and ‘newbies', and half of them were our amazing high school students and younger Scouts - our community is SO giving!  We lost count of how many appeared on race day asking "How can I help?".  AMAZING!   We are SO appreciative of each and everyone of you who worked and came with a smile and positive attitude - irregardless of the threatening and too frequent March precipitation (not to mention that fluffy ’S’ word) and the blowing winds. 
Cohasset Rotary Club as well as Rotary International believes that education is the key to success and serving others.  Each year the Cohasset Rotary Club selects recipients from the applicants for our scholarships.  This year the scholarships totaled $17,000.  We are pleased each year to host for dinner all the recipients and their parents so that the club may meet these young college students.  Congratualations and best wishes on your freshman year!
The new officers were installed tonight by Past-President Peter Pearce.  Diane Herth resumed as president from two years ago, Ed Fox is President Elect, Lisa Hewitt is treasurer for a third year, and Mal McCunney our newest Rotarian stepped up as Secretary.  Thank you Mark Petrie for your service this past year (7/2016-6/2017) as president.  Hopefully as Past-President you can get in a little more tennis!
We are excited to meet tonight to discuss with Helen Blowers of Weymouth Rotary, Principal Carolyn Connolly, staff and students to create an Interact Club for the Middle-High School students where they will learn to fund and hold service project, expand their networks, foster international understanding, and deepen relationships with other Interactors whilel they all grow as leaders!
15 Lightkeepers Way, Cohasset. Dinner & Discussions 6:30-8PM
Mark Petrie began his Rotary experience at the Plymouth Sunrise Club with Lisa Braun so it was only fitting, as his Assistant Governor, to have her induct him as the President for 2016-18.  Also in attendance were 10 Petrie family members, Governor Kristine David, and soon-to-be Governor Elect Steve Certa from the Weymouth Club.
Mark's officers include:
Diane Herth, Past President - Secretary
Lorraine Tarpey/ Lisa Hewitt Dick - Co-Treasurers
Judy and Gary Ritts have served the Appalachia community with thousands of students over 28 years.  The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) makes homes dryer, safer and warmer for the residents of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and Kentucky.  Students (and leaders) donate 10 days from their work schedules to drive two days down and two days pack, sleep on gymnasium floors and shower in cold water to serve the poor communities who desperately need our love and building  skills to improve their living situations.  The families are carefully selected to receive new roofs, decks, wheelchair ramps, stairs, floors, plumbing, electrical... whatever they need to be warmer, safer and dryer.  Judy Ritts has taught sixth grade special education for decades in Cohasset and retired last year.  Rev. Gary Ritts will be preaching his last sermon next week after two decades at the Second Congregational Church of Cohasset.  they look forward to leaving in two weeks for their last trip to Appalachia as the head of the project, but fear not - they will continue in some aspect as volunteers with ASP.
Pictured with Judy Ritts are two of the high school students attending the trip this year.
Welcome Anthony Vella from the Rotary Club of Biloela in Australia!  Anthony has a passion for Rotary and the services it's performs and we welcome him from down under while living in the United States with his Cohasset native wife and children.
The Class of 2016 has it ALL and it's only just the beginning. Congratulations to all the Rotarian Scholarship Recipients of 2016 (not all pictured): 
Samantha Campedelli, Joseph Cavanaro, John Donohue, Rebecca Fredey, Nicholas Hall, Micaela Herth, Shea Kearney, Sean Mavilia, Benjamin Moy, Luke O'Brien, Madison O'Neil, Julia Richardson, Emily Rosano, Megan Rosano, Dominic Sestitio, Caitlyn Shaffer, Christian Tabb, Maria Waters
Katy Shamitz founder/director of Chapman Farm School and a 2015-16 Cohasset and District Rotary grant recipient, met last night's speaker Peter Swanson founder of 1 Square Foot at a Time. 
COHASSET Rotary has partially funded the renovation of a greenhouse and gardens at the E. Bridgewater campus of Chapman Farm School to become a science classroom and learn sustainable business practices as they grow and sell vegetables, herbs and create herb soaps.
We are looking forward to seeing what expertise these two retired high school Quincy teachers can share with the middle and high school students at the Chapman Farm School! Retirement seems to be quite an exciting adventure for the Swanson!

Incredibly inspiring speakers at District 7950 Conference.

Humbled and in awe of two of six women honored as recipients of the 2015 Rotary Global Women of Action Award. Razia Jan a native born Afghani who is past President of Duxbury club and Dr Deb Walters from Maine.f the 2015 Rotary Global Women of Action Award. Razia Jan a native born Afghani who is past President of Duxbury club and Dr Deb Walters from Maine.