Good deeds going round

If town residents are looking for a group to join that helps not only the community but places around the world, Lynnfield Rotary Club is open to all.

Rotary meets almost every Thursday to put “Service Above Self” and to put to work another club motto — “One profits most who serves best” — by creating a neutral environment allowing the non-political and non-religious group to perform charitable work.

Past president and current Rotary Assistant District Governor Ronald Block joined the Rotary Club when he moved to Lynnfield from out of state.

“I actually did this to meet people, I moved from out of state and didn’t know a soul,” said Block.

He said Rotary works to raise money and put it towards people in need. “We’re a massive foundation that has done charitable work all over the world,” said Block.

The club’s projects include Lynnfield-focused efforts and collaborations with other clubs.

The senior volunteer group established in 2014 is sponsored by Swampscott Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor. The purpose is to serve children, families, seniors, and the U.S. military by giving back and impacting lives.

The project Block was most excited about was the finding of a lockbox project.

Rotary teamed up with the Senior Center, Lynnfield Council on Aging, A Healthy Lynnfield, and the Lynnfield Fire Department to devise the residential Lock Box program, which is aimed at keeping local seniors safe.

The program focuses on home lockboxes, a home-safety survey, File of Life, medication-disposal bags, and medication-storage boxes. Residents can utilize any individual component, or all five.

“You put a box on your house, lock your keys in it, and if you call 911 and they can’t open the door, the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have access to boxes,” said Block.

Dave Drislane, Rotary sergeant-at-arms, said Rotary has seen women join the club with three women serving consecutive terms as district governor.

“At the beginning, it was all men — until 1987,” Drislane said. “It was the best thing to ever happen.”

Drislane is a Rotary history buff. With more than 1.2 million members and more than 35,000 clubs worldwide, Rotary was the inspiration of Paul Harris, who grew up in Vermont.

Harris moved to Des Moines, Iowa where he apprenticed at a local law firm before relocating to Chicago, where Harris put his vision of a congregating place where  professionals of all different backgrounds could gather into practice.