The Marblehead Rotary Club is pleased to announce this year's Lobsta Raffle winners: Aileen Ryder, Jack Hackett, Don Humphreys and Ken Bane all of Marblehead.

The Marblehead Rotary Club held the Lobsta Raffle Drawing at its weekly luncheon July 19, 2012 with the help of members of the Bell Elementary School "Weird Science Team".  This year's winners are: Aileen Ryder, Jack Hackett, Don Humphreys and Ken Bane all of Marblehead. Each winner will receive 20 lbs of fresh lobster donated by Marblehead Lobster Company.

The Lobsta Raffle is the club's primary fundraiser for Marblehead Rotary Club's campership program.  Through this program, the club is sending 26 children from Marblehead off to camp this summer.  In most cases these kids would not go to camp without the campership program and the Lobsta Raffle.  The $12,000 raised in this year's raffle comes from the combined efforts of Marblehead Rotary Club members, along with students in the Interact Club at Marblehead High School, and Patti Churchill and Cynthia Davis at Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Information Booth. Marblehead Rotary Club is especially grateful to Mike Kiernan of the Marblehead Lobster Company, who every year donates 80 lbs of fresh lobster to help Rotary send kids to camp.

Robin Bert, the coach of the "Weird Science Team", was thrilled to have her team assist  the Marblehead Rotary Club with the drawing, inasmuch as the Rotary club was one of its team sponsors last May, when the first and second graders were raising funds for their trip to Iowa to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship competition.

The Rotary Club of Marblehead engages in numerous ways with Marblehead's youth including its scholarship and campership programs, the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Interact Club for high school students, Rotaract Club for college students, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, The Rubber Duck Regatta, and as seen most recently, Marblehead's Got Talent!  In addition, the Club is launching this year Heads Up MHD !  to build collaborative efforts to support the Marblehead Housing Authority's "Helping Hands Program" and "Intergenerational Activities Program", MarbleheadCARES "Alcohol Poisoning Awareness Campaign", the Marblehead Council on Aging, "Community Garden" and the YMCA "High School Summer Opportunity Fair". 

(From left): Members of the Bell School "Weird Science Team": Allen Ehrhardt, Schuyler Schmitt, Sean Kenney, Logan Perkins with Club President Chuck Bachner and Bella McNally, Ashleigh Maude with Vice Chairman of the Lobsta Raffle Committee Bill Coolidge.

Respectfully submitted by:

Tanya  S. DeGenova
Chairman of the PR Committee