Peter Zaksheski, a lifelong Chelsea resident
and a prominent and personable community leader for decades, was installed as
the president of the Rotary Club of Chelsea at the Installation of Officers
Dinner June 25 at Spinelli’s, Lynnfield.
Zaksheski, director of the Frank A. Welch and Sons Funeral Home, became the service organization’s 92nd president, taking the oath of office from past Rotary president Allan I. Alpert, the program’s master of ceremonies.
“It is with the greatest enthusiasm and
profound humility that I stand before you now for the first time as the 92nd
president of Chelsea Rotary Club,” said Zaksheski. “I am reminded of the many
great leaders who have presided over this club and I can only hope that I will
carry out the purpose as effectively as the 91 men and women who have come
Zaksheski pledged that he will work
diligently representing the club in a professional manner, invite and respect
new perspectives, strive to uphold all of the club’s principles, and “most
importantly move our shared and common mission over the next year.”
In his remarks, Zaksheski commended the
efforts of his predecessor, outgoing president Maureen Foley.
“I want to applaud and acknowledge all the
hard work and determination on the part of our outgoing president, Maureen,”
said Zaksheski. “Thank you for all that you’ve done this past year.”
He expressed his gratitude to his wife,
“I am delighted that my wife, Donna is here
tonight,” he said. “She is truly my best friend and greatest supporter.”
He paid tribute to his parents, the late
Chester and Charlotte Zaksheski.
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“Charlotte and Chester, I know that you are
looking down tonight with a sense of pride,” said Peter.
“I was born in Chelsea. I still make Chelsea
my home. And I am a third-generation business owner. I’ve seen first-hand the
wonderful and special things that Rotary has done for our community and how the
people of Chelsea have come together through adversity.
“It is my hope and belief that our club will
continue to be a positive impact in our community,” said Zaksheski. “I view
myself as a temporary occupant of the presidency, and to that end, my goal is
to provide a strong stewardship, and my primary goal is to leave the club just
a little better off than I find it tonight.”
Zaksheski said the club will continue its
noble deeds such as sending local youths to Camp Rotary, providing scholarships
to Chelsea students, helping Chelsea families who suffer devastating fires in
their homes, and participating in other charitable endeavors.
The new president said he hopes to attract
new members to the Rotary Club.
“Let us continue to invite other business
leaders to our club and further demonstrate to them all of the programs and
services we implement each and every year,” said Zaksheski. “I believe that
they will want to become part of something good and positive in this age of
“Thank you all
for the opportunity to be your president and I thank you all for the work that
you do and continue to do on behalf of the Chelsea Rotary Club,” he concluded.
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