Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater

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Guest Speaker, Christopher McGee, Director of Library Services, East Bridgwater Public Library

Posted by Sean Riley on May 29, 2019 at 10:25 AM

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater welcomed guest speaker, Christopher McGee, Director of Library Services at the East Bridgewater Public Library.

Director McGee told us that his journey from Kingston Springs, a suburb of Nashville, to Director of Library Services seems an unlikely one. As a child reading, aside from school books, wasn’t something his family did. The small, one-room town library, staffed by a volunteer librarian with donated books, was too far from his home to visit regularly. But one day he found himself down town with some time to spare and he went into the library and had what he described as a “Reader’s Advisory Interview” with the librarian. This experience opened a whole new world to him and changed his outlook about reading and books.

After high school he enrolled in Community College part time. And, wanting to be where people “knew stuff,” he worked at the library as an entry-level clerk/book labeler. Eventually he earned his BA and got a job in the University Library. But he still had his eyes set on being a Professor of English Literature. He continued his education, going to North Eastern University and then UC, Davis for his PhD in English Literature. Then he earned his Master’s in Library Science at San Jose State University.

Dale Julius and Director, Christopher McGee

As a child he remembered how much he loved the public library. He always thought that university libraries were about “work” and public libraries were about what people wanted to read. During a Circulation position in Maryland, his advisor pushed him into an administration job explaining that he could have a bigger impact by directing the library and making sure it was doing what needed to be done to be a resource for the community. Thus his love of public libraries was born.

He explained how the library has evolved as the needs of the community evolved. Books will always be a large part of the library’s offerings. But they offer so much more. Beyond DVD’s, music CDs, and digital offerings, they have yard games, and a karaoke machine. They have museum passes to loan out as well as a telescope! They also provide a place for people to work and connect to the internet. They have meeting rooms you can use, computers, printers as well as free WiFi. They’re also a great resource if you’re looking to learn more about East Bridgewater’s History. All these things are available with just a free library card. So, anyone who claims that in the age of the internet, libraries are obsolete, obviously doesn’t know how much libraries have evolved and grown.

Director McGee put is so well when he said, “The library isn’t what they “have”…but it is the people who work there and the people who use the library every day. The library changes and grows depending on what the people need. It is a space for the people and the community. For a full list of their services, hours, and more, visit their web site:

We want to thank Director McGee for taking the time out of his schedule to meet with us and for helping to remind us what a gem our public library is.

If you have a story or want to visit one of our meetings, please feel free to fill out the “contact us” form on our Home page or write us at [email protected]

Guest Speaker, Eric Lott, Archaeologist

Posted by Sean Riley on May 17, 2019 at 3:05 PM

Last night at our regularly scheduled Kiwanis meeting, Eric Lott was our guest speaker. Eric is an archaeologist with PAL, Public Archaeology Laboratory, in Pawtucket Rhode Island. PAL is a leading New England cultural Management (CRM) firm and they offer services in the fields of archaeology and historic architectural survey, cemetery investigations, expert testimony, etc.

Dale Julius and Eric Lott

Eric is from Plymouth but has lived in East Bridgewater since moving here in 2014 with his wife Lexie Waugh.

Eric finds East Bridgewater especially interesting from an Archaeologist’s standpoint because of its rich history. Native American sites have been identified that go back 9000 years. And then there are the Colonial sites, many of which are accessible today. Eric explained that during King Philips (1675-1678) 11 houses were burned here in Bridgewater (sections of which are now East Bridgewater). Each of those sites are significant because of their role during such a turbulent time in our colonial history.

We got a lesson in Carbon Dating, a way of determining the age or an artifact. And discussed the fishing weir that still exists in the Satucket river.

It was fascinating listening to him and the how often there is a need for his services, identifying both cultural and historic sites before they could potentially be lost to development.

Thank you, Eric for visiting with us and giving us a sense of what an modern archaeologist does.

If you have a story or want to visit one of our meetings, please feel free to fill out the “contact us” form on our Home page or write us at [email protected]

Guest Speaker, Robert Peterson, East Bridgewater Constable and Local Business Owner

Posted by Sean Riley on May 10, 2019 at 11:15 AM

Last night at our regularly scheduled meeting, we had the pleasure of welcoming Robert Peterson as our Guest speaker. Not only has Robert recently been re-elected as an East Bridgewater Constable, he is a local business owner a few times over.

Dale Julius and Robert Peterson

Robert told us how his story began with a problem. As a stay-at-home dad, his lifestyle became quite sedentary and soon he began to develop some potentially serious health concerns. He decided that he needed to take the situation seriously and began exercising, eventually losing 100lbs. It was during this process he decided he wanted to become a personal trainer and help others. This developed further, and he eventually opened a gym, 1 on 1 Strong ( in Whitman (see address below).

Robert Peterson

At the same time Robert owned and operated a café in Worcester. In getting healthier he became more and more aware of nutrition and wanted to offer healthier options to his customers. This lead to his opening Wicked Smoothie Espresso Bar in Whitman (see address below). Robert works with a fair trade, organic coffee bean supplier, Dean’s Beans in Orange. Ma. He wanted to take out the middle man to ensure that the farmer gets a fair share of the proceeds. AND he is able to offer a superior product, free of chemicals and pesticides, to his customers…a win-win.

It was a pleasure hearing Robert tell us about his journey. He is clearly passionate about what he does.Thanks, Robert!

Dale Julius and Robert Peterson

If you have a story or want to visit one of our meetings, please feel free to fill out the “contact us” form on our Home page or write us at [email protected]

1on1 Strong and Wicked Smoothie Espresso Bar
7 Marble Street B1
Whitman, MA 02382

Member Spotlight - Tom Kerrigan

Posted by Sean Riley on May 3, 2019 at 12:20 AM

Tom was born and raised in East Bridgewater, the fifth of six children born to Donald and Lorraine (LaBelle) Kerrigan. Tom graduated from East Bridgewater High School in 1981 where he met his wife the former Anne Roan. They were married in 1984 and have two children, Patrick and Alexis.

Tom Kerrigan

Tom is a Computer Systems Engineer at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston and has been in Information Technology since 1983.

Tom joined Kiwanis in 2014 and immediately joined the Board of Directors. He served as Secretary in 2015 and the as President in 2017. Tom is a former Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, and served as the former Secretary for East Bridgewater Community Television (now EBCAM) for 15 years. Tom was recently elected as Constable for the town of East Bridgewater.

“As a life-long resident of East Bridgewater. I have a great love for my small home town, and think it is a wonderful place to raise a family.” Tom loves working with Kiwanis and the good that they do by raising money for children and the charitable organizations that need the help we provide.

I try to give back to community that I live in, and being a Kiwanis member is just one the ways we can help”

If interested in attending a meeting please don't hesitate to reach out to us by filling out our Contact Us Form on our Home Page or by emailing us at [email protected]

Lexie Waugh, Senior Program Manager at Jobs For The Future

Posted by Sean Riley on May 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM

On Thursday, April 25, the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater was honored to have Lexie Waugh, Senior Program Manager at Jobs For The Future ( as our Guest Speaker.

Lexie spoke to us about the challenges todays higher education faces in trying to align their education systems with our workforce need. They look at where the two intersect and provide expert consulting to help education institution to shape ideas into action to transform both the workforce and education systems.

Lexie Waugh

Dale Julius and Lexie Waugh

It was such a pleasure to meet her and her discussion was so interesting and informative. Thank you, Lexie for taking the time to share your story with us.

Keep an eye on our calendar for scheduled speakers. Our guests are from a wide range of fields and never fail to inspire us with the work they do.

If interested in attending a meeting please don't hesitate to reach out to us by filling out our Contact Us Form on our Home Page or by emailing us at [email protected]

Member Spotlight - Jo-Ann Meserve Coles

Posted by Sean Riley on May 1, 2019 at 8:40 AM

Jo-Ann was born and raised in East Bridgewater and is a graduate of East Bridgewater High School. Together with her husband, Shawn, they have raised their 4 children here in East Bridgewater. James and Jacob were EBHS graduates in 2008 and Casey and Kenzi both currently attend EBJSHS.

Jo-Ann Meserve Coles

Jo-Ann is a licensed insurance broker and works in the center of East Bridgewater at Edson Insurance Agency. She grew up working in her family business, Meserve Appliances. As a teen, Jo-Ann was a ski instructor at Pat's Peak Ski Area in Henniker NH. She also serves as Treasurer on the EB-CAM (East Bridgewater Community Access Media) Board of Directors.

Jo-Ann is part of a long line of Kiwanians and when Kiwanis International voted to allow women members in 1987, Jo-Ann became the East Bridgewater Kiwanis Club’s first female member. She then went on to become the club’s first female President (Distinguished) in 1993-1994. Having served in every office of the club, Jo-Ann also served at the District Level as Distinguished Lt. Governor, District Treasurer, and was appointed District Secretary for the 1999-2000 Kiwanis year. While active at all club functions, her favorite event is the Pancake Breakfast.

Jo-Ann currently serves on the club’s Board of Directors and continues to be passionate advocate for the club, recognizing the amazing role it plays in giving back to members of the community through the work we do with children, Veteran’s Affairs, the food banks, etc. If you are interested in the work the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater does and helping make East Bridgewater a better place to live, get in touch with any member for more information by filling out the contact form on our Home Page or writing to us at [email protected]

Member Spotlight - Chuck Horan

Posted by Sean Riley on April 25, 2019 at 9:35 AM

For the past 28 years Chuck has lived in East Bridgewater with his wife Cindy where they raised their two children Rebecca and Tom. Chuck has been active in the community for many years during his involvement with the East Bridgewater Long Range Financial Planning Committee and with youth sports where he coached and served as a board member for the EB Youth Basketball Association.

As his children grew older and after they graduated from East Bridgewater High School, Chuck found that he had available time for things other than his children’s activities.

As a town resident he was aware of the Kiwanis Club and some of their community activities, but he did not fully understand the many ways that the Kiwanis Club was engaged in the community until he was invited to a Kiwanis Club meeting in 2009.

Chuck has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club for the past 10 years. He is a past president of the club and was chairman of the EBKC golf tournament committee and is the active chairman of the Field of Flags committee.

In addition to the Field of Flags and the golf tournament, the Kiwanis Club also coordinates the Christmas tree sales, pancake breakfast, and sponsors the annual Christmas on the Common event. Proceeds from all the club’s fund-raising events are donated to many youth and town organizations that help support our community.

Kiwanis would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in volunteering their time, treasure, or talent to join us as our guest at one of our meetings to better understand how we can collectively support our community. If interested feel free to contact us for more information.

Welcome, New Member Mark Veccione

Posted by Sean Riley on April 23, 2019 at 2:35 PM

The Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater would like to welcome another new member, Mark Vecchione.

Mark Vecchione

Mark Vecchione became a community member of East Bridgewater in 2006 when he purchased a home in town, relocating from Whitman. Mark, father of 2, graduated in 1995 from South Shore Vocational Technical. He then went on to attend Milwaukee School of Engineering for Construction Management. Having spent 21 years as an employee of T&K Asphalt Services, Mark became a partner in the company in 2015.

Mark is an active member in the East Bridgewater scouting community and is currently the Scoutmaster of Scouts BSA Troop 29 for Boys and an Assistant Scoutmaster of newly formed Scouts BSA Troop 29 for Girls. He was recently honored as Sachem District Scoutmaster of the Year for his work with the Troops. Mark is excited to joint the Kiwanis and looking forward to helping the community that has welcomed in this Whitman transplant.

Welcome, New Member Rose-Marie Culp

Posted by Sean Riley on April 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM

We want to roll out the welcome mat for East Bridgewater Kiwanis Club's newest member, Rose-Marie Culp, a life-long resident of East Bridgewater. Graduating EBHS in 1989 and then continuing her education at Bridgewater State College with a bachelors in fine art in 1993. Staying in East Bridgewater she, along with her husband Steve, raised a family while opening a small business in the heart of town.

Rose-Marie Culp

Rose is an active member of the business community. She is the owner of the Happy Frog Copy Center and celebrates her 18th year in business. You may recognize her as a past president of the East Bridgewater Business Association and current Chairman of the EBBA Business Expo and Family Fun Day held under the big white tent on the Town Common. She has also been recognized by the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters in 2016 as being Citizen of the Year for East Bridgewater.

Rose, along with distinguished past-president, Jo-Ann Meserve-Coles pinning Rose with her Kiwanis pin.

She is excited to join Kiwanis and be apart of the community that she loves.

Welcome to the club, Rose. We're so happy you joined.

The Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater Welcomes WBUR Political Reporter, Steve Brown

Posted by Sean Riley on April 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM

This past Thursday, the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgwater weclomed special guest speaker, Steve Brown, WBUR's Political Reporter. Steve treated us to the back stories of a few of his news reports. It was great listening to Steve talk about the veterans he has interview and their experiences and stories.

Thanks so much, Steve. We really appreciate your taking the time out to visit with us.

Steve Brown and Kiwanis President, Dale Julius

(If you're interested in joining Kiwanis, why not write to us ([email protected]) to arrange a time to come join us for a visit during one of our weekly meetings. Put "Interested in Membership" in the subject line)