Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 10, 2013

Chamber of Commerce to honor service clubs


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.

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