Nashoba Valley’s Annual ‘Power Of Change’ To Honor Lowell’s Acre Family Child Care On January 26
By Karin Gaffney
On Tuesday, January 26, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley will host its second annual Power of Change event and will honor Acre Family Childcare in Lowell. The presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lowell Community Health Center, which is located at 161 Jackson St. (6th floor) in Lowell. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, although contributions to Acre Family Child Care will be welcome. The snow date is January 28.
The Nashoba Valley club is honoring Acre Family Childcare for its impact in the Lowell community and for its commitment to empowering women. The presentation will include remarks from the founder, Anita Moeller, who is now director of Preschool Expansion Grant at for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Acre Family Childcare’s mission is to help women build licensed, home-based family child-care businesses while providing community-based child care to the families of Lowell. Since 1988, the organization has provided childcare to more than 1,800 children and trained more than 200 providers.
We want to honor their selfless efforts to develop solutions to the challenges facing women and are hopeful that attendees will leave inspired and motivated to support and build on the success of our honorees’ efforts
A coffee and dessert reception will follow the program.
To register, either click here or call 978-627-4135.
Karin Gaffney, a past president of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newton Rotary To Collect Toiletries For Food Pantries
In response to a need by Newton’s food-pantry programs, the Rotary Club of Newton is initiating a citywide campaign to collect toiletry items for distribution to families in need residing in the Newton community. How fitting that the kickoff for this undertaking will take place at the 48th Annual Newton Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 18. This year’s event will be hosted by Our Lady’s Parish, located at 573 Washington St. in Newton, with primary sponsors being the Mayor’s Office, the Interfaith Clergy Association and the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic, & Religious Harmony.
Among the items being sought are soaps, tooth paste, tooth brushes, personal deodorants, shaving equipment, toilet tissue, body powders and moisturizing creams. Items should be brought to the MLK Celebration, where boxes will be located for the drop-offs at the entry. Join us as a vital part of the Newton family as we respond to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question – What are we doing for others?”
Shown, left to right, gathering toiletry items for Newton’s Food Pantry distribution are Newton Rotarians Marc Epstein, Bill Lowery, Maureen Gannan, Andy Willinger, Susan Peghiny, Marie Presti and Rae Mintz.
Nashoba Valley To Hold Bolton Repair Café On January 23
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with help from Bolton Local, will hold the next Bolton Repair Café on Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at a new location, the cafeteria at the Florence Sawyer School, which is at 100 Mechanic St. in Bolton. The school is located behind the Emerson School, which is on the same driveway/street.
Bring your items that need repair, and knowledgeable volunteers will try to fix them for free. The volunteers can work on items such as mendable clothing, lamps, small appliances, computers and other electronics, bikes, toys, and jewelry. They can also sharpen knives, scissors, and garden tools. You only pay for needed parts. If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time.
Brookfields Club Presents ‘A Murder Mystery’ Dinner On February 6
The Rotary Club of the Brookfields will present “A Murder Mystery” Dinner on Saturday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Spencer Country Inn in Spencer. The “Murder Mystery” will be performed by the Barre Theatre Group. The cost of $35 per person and includes a buffet dinner. Proceeds will benefit the club’s Scholarship and Literacy Fund.
Newton Rotary Inducts Cindy Laughrea
The Rotary Club of Newton has inducted Cindy Laughrea, the community-engagement coordinator for The Second Step, a domestic-violence agency in Newton. The Newton club did a service project for The Second Step, raking and cleaning up the large yard of one of their properties. Cindy was there with the participating Newton Rotarians, who told her about Rotary and its mission. She joined within a month.
Shown, left to right, are: Newton President Indira Desai; Cindy Laughrea; and Newton Membership Chair Susan Peghiny.
Merrimack Valley Rotary Inducts Dr. Florence Bejian Bahtiarian
Dr. Florence Bejian Bahtiarian, OD, (shown, center) has been inducted into the Rotary Club of Merrimack Valley. She is posing with club President Ken Berard (right) and club Sergeant at Arms Al Jean (left).
Littleton Rotary inducts Gino Frattalone, Hears State Of The District From Governor
The Rotary Club of Littleton has inducted Gino Frattalone (shown, center), who transferred from the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough. Gino, who joined Rotary in 1994, is posing with District Governor Jim Fusco (left) and Littleton President Lehel Reeves (right) during a recent club meeting during which Jim presented Gino with an award for "Most District 7910 Club Meetings Atteneded."
During that same meeting, Governor Jim spoke about the "State of the District."