Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters Founders Nite & Rotarian of the Year

President Akee Parwaz of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters announced recently that the club is hosting its first annual “Founders Nite” on Saturday, April 1st at 6 pm at the Commercial Club of East Bridgewater. In addition to honoring the 23 founders of the club in 1970, the event will recognize the past presidents of the club and others who have made significant contributions to the club’s success. The club, covering Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Weymouth and was chartered by Rotary International on May 27, 1970.
As part of Founders Nite the Rotary club will be naming its 2017 Rotarian of the Year, past club president Bruce Marquis, who is the owner of Salon Esprit in East Bridgewater. Bruce has been a Rotarian since 1974 and a member of the Bridgewaters club since 1998. Previous recipients of the Rotarian of the Year designation are: in 2013 the late Russell E. Ball and the late Robin “Red” Brittain; in 2014 past Rotary district governor Eldon “Terry” Humfryes and Dr. Edward J. Meaney; and in 2015 Beth Roll Smith. Past President Thomas Kazanowski of the Coastal Heritage Bank is Chair of the event and Master of Ceremonies.
The twenty-three "Founders" (Charter Members) of the club with their vocational employment at that time were: Charles E. Adams, Agent - Farm Bureau Insurance Services; 
Graham Arnold, Manager - Bridgewater Equipment Co.;;
Jay Asack, Owner – Jay’s Playland; 
Dana Asworth, Staff Assistant – Foxboro Company; 
John Berry, Superintendent – Brockton Edison Co.; 
Richard Bettencourt, Owner & President – Bettencourt Machine Co.; 
Robin Brittain*, President – Toll Road Equipment, Inc.; 
Freeman I. Davison, Jr., Davison Real Estate; 
V. James DiNardo*, Executive Vice President - Bridgewater State College; 
Harold M. Estabrook, Treasurer – Charleton Insurance Agency; 
Everett L. Estabrook,Cattle Dealer – Windy Ridge Farm; 
Jerome H. Fletcher, Attorney; 
Edmund J. Godin**,President – Pyro Products Inc.; 
Gregory D. Godin, Director – International Pyrotechnics; 
Albert M. Greiner*, Inspector of Wires – City of Brockton; 
Paul S. Lehtola*, Farmer – Worlds End Farm; 
Robert W. Mayhew,Northeast Director – Heifer Project Inc.; 
James E. Rogers, Postmaster; Andrew C. Vavolotis*, Business Owner; Dwight W. Ware,President – Beauty Form Plasters Inc.; 
Basil S. Warren*, Inspector – Farm Bureau; 
Henry F. Werner, Administrative Assistant, Bridgewater State College; 
Howard W. Worsham, Owner – Valet Cleaners       *Served as President - **Served as Initial Presid

Previous presidents of the club include: Edmund Godin, Basil Warren, Albert Greiner, Donn Burgess, Robin Brittain, Stanley Kravitz, Andrew Valvolotis, Robert Capen, Paul Lehtola, Russell Ball, John Rogers, V. James DiNardo, Eldon "Terry" Humfryes, Edward Meaney, Michael Ward, Peter Tsafares, Robert McHale, G. Lawson Clark, Kenneth Bjorklund, John Swistak, Thomas Banks, Thomas McBride, Diane Pacheco, Robert Preston, Thomas Warren, Steven Kelly, Frances Jeffries, Beth Roll Smith, Bruce Marquis, Paul Gendreau, Patricia Lee, Thomas Kazanowski, Kevin Inkley, Kevin Burley, Janet Dye and James Alfieri.
A biographical statement about Rotarian of the Year Bruce Marquis follows:
Bruce Edward Marquis was born to Gladys Leydon Marquis and Robert James Marquis in Boston, Massachusetts in 1944. His siblings include Diane Currier (1940-2014); Tom, living with his wife Shari in Plymouth, MA and Ft. Myers; FL.; and Aline Cullen, living with her husband Frank in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Growing up in Newton, MA, Bruce graduated from Newton High School in 1961. After attending Newton Junior College, he migrated to Denton, Texas, graduating from North Texas State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History. In 1971 Mr. Marquis received his Master of Arts in History from Boston University.

Bruce married Lucy Lombardi Marquis in Brighton, MA in 1967. They have two children: Kim Marie Dangora, who lives in iQuincy, MA with her two children, Zachary and Joshua, and Bruce E. Marquis, Jr.  (“Ted),” who lives in Jamaica Plain, MA. Lucy and Bruce will be celebrating their 50thwedding anniversary this coming August 26th.

Originally trained to be a secondary school social studies teacher, his career took a turn when he was employed as a program director at the Greater Boston YMCA in 1970 while a graduate student at B.U. Bruce later had other management and executive positions with the Massachusetts Easter Seal Society; New England Spinal Cord Injury Foundation; Boston Center for Independent Living; National Spinal Cord Injury Foundation; National Easter Seal Society; Massachusetts Head Injury Association; Boston Living Center; Northern Lights Alternatives New England; Cornerstone in Lynn, MA; and the Information Center for Persons with Disabilities. He also served on the faculty of Northeastern University’s University College from 1978-1998, teaching courses in health care delivery to evening students.

During his time working on behalf of persons with spinal cord injuries Bruce served with Bob Hall as co-founders of the National Wheelchair Marathon, run in conjunction with the Boston Marathon since its inception in 1977, and he managed the creation of 7 Independent Living Programs serving individuals with severe physical disabilities in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Independence Associates, an offshoot of the Foundation’s Southeastern Massachusetts Independent Living Program, now operates in East Bridgewater.
In the business world Mr. Marquis worked as General Manager of Sani-Tech, a division of Sid-Mar Enterprises in Holbrook, MA, from 1981 until he opened his first business – Results Service Co. in Norwell, MA in 1984. Then in 1988 he bought a beauty salon and over the years since has operated 11 different salons leading to just one operation today – Salon Esprit in East Bridgewater, which opened in 1990. He was one of four founders of the East Bridgewater Business Association in 1993 and Bruce served as its President from 2010-2011 and as its Treasurer for many years.

Bruce Marquis was first a Rotarian in 1974 as a member of the Boston club, the “Hub;”
then later a member of the Rockland-Hanson Club; and since 1998, the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, serving as its President in the 2003-2004 Rotary year. As a member of the club he led the creation of its Citizen of the Year program and the club’s Endowment Fund. On the Rotary district level Bruce, has served as Vice Chair of the Visioning initiative from its beginnings; Vice Chair of the Membership Committee; as a facilitator at Presidents Elect Training Seminars; as an Assistant Governor; and for the past three years as District Treasurer.

During his several diverse careers Bruce Marquis, has found the time to be an active volunteer in many non-profit and human service organizations, including the Governor’s appointed chairperson of the Statewide Advisory Council to the Office for Children (1976-1978); President of the Massachusetts Health Council (1982-1984); Chair of the Board of Governors of the East Bridgewater Family YMCA (2001-2004); and Chair of the Board of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County (2004-2006). Also, he coached his son and daughter in youth sports in Newton, (baseball, basketball, soccer and softball) and he has coached his grandsons in Quincy youth sports (baseball, basketball and football), the highlight being his Squantum Storm winning the Quincy Youth Football League title in 2014, his last of 5 years as the team’s Franchise Holder.

As a young adult Mr. played semi-professional baseball and football in the Boston Park League. Then at age 68 he joined an Over-55 baseball league in Boston, playing for 3 seasons until a detached retina in his left eye made hitting futile and fielding dangerous.
Some of the awards and special recognitions Bruce has received are: YMCA Senior Director – 1972; Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of the Boston Jaycees – 1979; Emerging Entrepreneur from the Small Business Administration - 1986; Carolyn Darack Award from the Massachusetts Health Council – 1993; Paul Harris Fellow – 2003; Suzanne Deslongchamps Award for Service by the United Way of Greater Plymouth County – 2004; Community Hero Award from the American Red Cross – 2005; and Excellence in Volunteer Service Award from the Community Services of Greater Brockton – 2006. Bruce Edward Marquis was raised as a Master Mason in 1994 at the Wampatuck Lodge in Hanson, MA.

Bruce says he "feels honored" to join the outstanding group of past Rotarians of the Year from his club: the late Russell Ball and Red Brittain; Terry Humfryes; Ed Meaney and Beth Roll Smith.

Founders Nite will include a cocktail reception at 6 pm, buffet Italian dinner, raffles, and auctions, as well as special recognition for the club founders, past presidents, the Rotarian of the Year and others.
For tickets to the event and/or advertising and sponsorship opportunities contact Tom Kazanowski, event chair and Master of Ceremonies at   
phone:  781.837.0209   email:

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