The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor was chartered in 1996 and meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 AM for breakfast at the Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant Street, Marblehead.
Membership of Rotary provides an opportunity to work with fellow business professionals and community leaders on a variety of fund raising and service projects at a local, national and international level.
Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives.
Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.
Young Harbor Hero Speaks to Rotarians
“I like to help by making little kids happy” That was the theme of 10-yeatr-old Josh Comito in a talk to the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor. He was honored by the club as the first Harbor Hero of 2015. The club will cite three Harbor Heroes this year for community service. Youngsters in grades 4 to 12 who live or go to school in Marblehead are qualified. He is a 5th grader at the Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead.
Comito told the Harbor Rotarians that he was familiar with their service work because he is a regular camper at Camp Rotary in Boxford. “I am familiar with your motto, service above self,” he said. Comito founded a nonprofit called JMJK Enterprises to raise money for cancer research. He has served as a big buddy at the JCC preschool, donated blankets and sheets to the local animal shelter and dropped off coloring books and crayons at the pediatric ward of Salem Children’s Hospital. He said the name of his firm is taken from the first initials of his friends and himself.
Josh and his friends have been busy selling handmade pink ribbon lollypops for breast cancer awareness at his grandmother’s store Infinity Boutique in Swampscott. “We’ve all had friends and family who have had cancer, and it makes me feel good to help,” he said. “Plus it was really fun to do with my friends. He passed out lollypops to the Rotarians in his audience.
The kid-run JMJK Enterprise is already working on its fundraising for 2015. They have come up with a “guess jar” of Hershey kisses, and are asking supporters to make a small donation to guess how many chocolates are in the jar. Josh has even come up with the tagline “Kiss Away Cancer.”
The Harbor Hero award was presented by Margo Steiner, president of the Rotary breakfast club. “Josh Comito genuinely places more focus on others than on himself,” she said. “He is a truly kind-hearted, sweet, community minded and compassionate young man – and he is only 10 years old.”