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.

The conflicts were a half a world away but not far from the minds of Israeli and Palestinian youths from a region near Nazareth who visited Marblehead recently as guests of the town’s three Rotary clubs. The teens are taking part in a 16-day tour of the Northeast as part of the Friends Forever program, which is supported by Rotary International.

They feasted on American cuisine prepared by club members, listened to music performed by two members of the Marblehead High School Interact club, were treated to a surprise visit by Terry’s ice cream truck, and went home with Penny Bears courtesy of the Penny Bear Company. The cookout was hosted by Rotarians Andy and Jessica Barnett, and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, Marblehead Rotary Club and the MHS Interact club.

Founded by a Rotarian, Friends Forever brings young people from areas of conflict to the United States. During their visit the teenagers, who would likely never forge such friendships in their own country, learn to work together and often find they are more alike than different.

For many years the Rotary clubs of Marblehead have hosted Catholic and Protestant youngsters from Northern Ireland. This marked the first visit by Palestinians and Israelis.

Rotary Historian with FF Educator

Harbor Rotarian Deb Wysor chats with Wael Abu Nasi, the Palestinian educator who accompanied the teens to the U.S. along with his Israeli counterpart, Avi Alcheck (not shown).

Friends forever Students
All smiles, Friends Forever students enjoy a moment of unity at the Rotary picnic.

Friends Forever with Penny Bears
“This hug is for you” reads the side of the paper bags carrying Penny Bears for the newly-made friends. Penny Wigglesworth, who donated the bears, is top left.