Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 10, 2013

Chamber of Commerce to honor service clubs

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 annual Community Service Awards Ceremony and Breakfast on Thursday, June 6, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover.

The morning’s program will include recognition of the five service clubs that benefit Andover: The Exchange Club of Lawrence, The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence, Quota International of Andover, The Rotary Club of Andover and The Service Club of Andover.

Guest speaker will be Andover police Chief Brian Pattullo, who is stepping down from his position on July 31 after 15 years of leading the department.

According to event organizers, the five service clubs being recognized "contribute in many important ways to the civic well-being of Andover and the surrounding communities.These service clubs are indeed special organizations that make our community special. They are most deserving of this award”.

For more than 60 years, the Exchange Club of Lawrence has sponsored many programs, including the “Book of Golden Deeds Award" recognizing the good work of members of the community as well as acknowledging the contributions of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians and programs assisting youth and young adults and aiding with child abuse prevention. Its Fight Night, an annual boxing fundraiser, is set for April 12. Led by president Sharon M. Birchall and comprised of about 85 members, the club meets on Tuesdays at noon at China Blossom Restaurant in North Andover.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence, which serves Lawrence, Methuen, Andover and North Andover, is dedicated to activities benefiting children. The club chooses a major organization to support as the recipient of its fundraising for a three-year period. Most recently, Lawrence General Hospital has been the beneficiary of its work. The Kiwanis Club's “Fabulous Feast” fundraiser features restaurants from throughout the Merrimack Valley. Community Service awards are also given to high school students from throughout the area. Led by president Deedee O’Brien and comprised of 55 members, the club meets on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Lanam Club in Andover.

Quota International of Andover supports disadvantaged women and children as well as all those who are deaf or hard of hearing in the Merrimack Valley. Quota is primarily a fundraising group and its 28 members do hands-on work when possible. Its projects include sponsoring a scholarship in deaf studies at Northern Essex Community College, assisting at the ABC (A Better Chance) House in Andover and helping fund YMCA programs for women in domestic abuse programs. In addition to caring for others, president Tish Bachmann is proud that the members, many of whom are good friends, care for each other as well. The club meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Lanam Club.

The Rotary Club of Andover has been involved over the years in such projects and programs as Citizens Who Care, Educator of the Year (one teacher selected annually from the Andover Public Schools), a reading program at West Elementary School, Rotoplast (teams of doctors, nurses and Rotarians helping to fix the cleft palates of children in Central and South America), Andover Youth Services and, recently, developing a water project in Kisii, a village in Kenya. it has also sponsored food and toy drives. The 60-member club led by president Mark Spencer meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club.

Enzo Fossella is the current president of The Service Club of Andover, an organization he helped found when it branched off from the Lawrence Rotary Club in 1993. The club’s focus has always been working with the developmentally disabled and mentoring high school students. In addition, the club has sponsored safe driving programs and has made an ongoing commitment to building Andover’s Youth Center. The Service Club of Andover’s 44 members meet the second Friday of every month at Andover Country Club.

Tickets for the Service Awards Breakfast are $25 and may be obtained by calling the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce offices at 978-686-0900.