DISTRICT & CLUB ROUNDS
Rotary Rings the Bell For Salvation Army
Each holiday season, most of our district's Rotary clubs volunteer to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army. The 2016 season was no different as Rotarians and friends braved the cold and snow to Ring the Bell - although some clubs got to ring in the warmth of indoor malls. Many clubs also have Rotarians who are also members of the Salvation Army. Here are two photos we want to share with you. If your club Rang the Bell, please send your photos to Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at email@example.com, and we will include them in future issues. Thank you for your efforts!
Rotary Club of Fitchburg
Left to right: Fitchburg State Representative Stephan Hay and Fitchburg Rotarian Karen Fusco
Rotary Club of Montachusett Area
Left to right: Past President Leslie Storrs, Members Lynn Saaro and Jeanie Storrs, and Rotary friend Keith LaFerriere
District Interact Committee Picks December Video Contest Winner, Presents Check to November Winner
The newly formed Interact Club of Northborough-Southborough has won the District Interact Video Contest for December. The three-minute video focuses on the history behind the formation of the club. The selection, which includes a $250 prize, was made by the District Interact Committee.
Northborough-Southborough Interact is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northborough. To learn more about Northborough Rotary, click here. To learn more about Interact, click here.
Bob Anthony (fourth from right), chair of the District Interact Committee, has presented a $250 check to the Interact Club of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, which won the district’s first Interact Video Contest, for November. The award ceremony took place on December 19 at Bay Path in Charlton. The winning video was inspired by Bay Path High’s participation in the sixth annual Worcester County Coat Drive, conducted by the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. Bay Path Interact is splitting the $250 award, 50-50, with the school’s Video Club, which shot and edited the winning entry.
Left to right: Interactor Matt Pecore; Interact President Veronica Martinez; Interactor Kayleigh Blanchard; Bay Path Teacher Jennifer Reil, Auburn Rotary’s advisor to the Interact Club; Bob Anthony; Interactor Taryn Stevens; Interactor Jamie Butkiewicz, who stars in the video; and Interactor Maura Griffis.
Bay Path Interact is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Auburn and Southbridge. To learn more about Auburn Rotary, click here. To learn more about Southbridge Rotary, click here. To learn more about Interact, click here.
Acton-Boxborough Brings Holiday Spirit to Acton Life Care Center
Auburn Presents Scholarship To Bay Path High Graduate
The Rotary Club of Auburn has presented a $500 scholarship to Zachary Martins, a graduate of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School High in Charlton who attends the University of Northwestern Ohio. The presentation took place during a Scholarship Dinner on December 28 at Chuck's Steak House in Auburn.
Left to right: Auburn Rotarian Jennifer Reil, a Bay Path High teacher, poses with Anthony and Zachary Martins and their mother, Jennifer Martins.
Nashoba Valley To Host Third Annual 'Power of Change' Event
Join the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley as it hosts its third annual Power of Change event and honors Budget Buddies. The event is sponsored by Nancy's Airfield Cafe and Minute Man Air Field.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, although contributions to Budget Buddies will be welcomed. The snow date is January 26.
To learn more about Nashoba Valley Rotary, click here.
Nashoba Valley Tools Up for Bolton Repair Cafe on January 21
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with help from Bolton Local, will hold the next Bolton Repair Café on Saturday, January 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The snow date is January 28. The event will be held in the cafeteria of the Florence Sawyer School, at 100 Mechanic St. in Bolton. The school is located behind the Emerson School, which is on the same driveway/street. Residents of Bolton and surrounding towns are invited to come and find out what a Repair Café is all about.
Left to right: Volunteer Rene Goutte of the Bolton Lions Club and guest Sue Brent.
To learn more about Nashoba Valley Rotary, click here.
Westborough Uses PayPal to Raise Nearly $2,000 for Polio Plus
The Rotary Club of Westborough has used PayPal to great effect in raising almost $2,000 for Polio Plus. Any of our clubs can use this very effective technique. Westborough Rotary set up a PayPal account and asked their friends and contacts to use it to donate $10 each. It was very effective at reaching other Rotarians as well as non-Rotarian friends and colleagues. To find out whether your club's charity is a registered 501(c)3 account with PayPal, click here.
The Westborough club told the following Rotary and Polio Plus story through e-mails to promote their request for donations via PayPal, which your club is welcomed to use:
To research charities that have a registered 501(c)3 account with PayPal, click here.
To learn more about Westborough Rotary, click here.
Sturbridge Visited by District Governor-Nominee, Incoming District Membership Chair
At the December 19 meeting of the Rotary Club of Sturbridge, District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager and Jason Camuti, incoming chair of the District Membership Committee, spoke about new membership initiatives in our district to attract and maintain membership.
Left-right: Sturbridge President Otto Prohaska, Steve Sager and Jason Camuti.
Westborough Inducts Gary Gregory As Newest Member
Left to right: District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager; newly inducted Member Gary Gregory, Immediate Past President Jim O'Connor, President Gerry Gross, and Membership Chair Sue Abladian.
Westborough Showcases Holiday Party
Thanks to Jim Tepper, chair of the Holiday Party Committee for the Rotary Club of Westborough, and his crew, a big room full of Rotarians and friends had a wonderful time. They enjoyed a fine venue, great food, happy fellowship and a huge collection of toys for the Holiday Store at the Westborough Public Library.
To learn more about Westborough Rotary, click here.
District Highlights Fundraising Goals in Video
We are all well aware that The Rotary Foundationis celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017.Steve Kirk, president of the Rotary Club of Concord, has produced a five-minute video that outlines our own district’s fundraising goals for the current Rotary year, which ends next June 30.
To learn more about The Rotary Foundation, click here.
Auburn Picks Heather Chivallatti as President-Elect, Installs Rick Stock as Member
Heather Chivallatti (left), president-elect and secretary of the Rotary Club of Auburn, and newly installed Auburn Rotarian Rick Stock (middle) pose with Assistant Governor Cliff Gerber (right) on December 7 at Chuck's Steak House in Auburn. The club voted unanimously to choose Heather as president-elect for the Rotary year that begins next July 1. Cliff installed Rick, who was sponsored by Heather.
Auburn Helps Auburn Middle School, Bay Path High Raise $632 in Purple Pinkie Campaign
The Rotary Club of Auburn has helped students at Auburn Middle School and Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School to raise $632 for the 2016 Purple Pinkie campaign, promoted by Rotary International’s global drive to End Polio Now. Because the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches 2-to-1 every dollar raised to eradicate polio, $1,896 will directly go to the worldwide vaccination effort. The two schools held their fundraisers on October 24, World Polio Day, with club President-Elect and Secretary Heather Chivallatti coordinating the Auburn Middle School push and club Interact Chair Jennifer Reil, a Bay Path teacher, and Rick Carrero, also a Bay Path teacher, overseeing that school’s effort. “Auburn Rotary is proud to have played a small but important part in the global movement to wipe out polio,” states club President Steve Jones-D’Agostino, “We are grateful to Auburn Middle and Bay Pay High for their generous support of this noble cause.”
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Auburn, click here.
Fitchburg Holds Breakfast With Santa
The Rotary Club of Fitchburgparticipated recently inBreakfast with Santa at Hollis Farm in Fitchburg. This was third straight year that Fitchburg has sponsored Santa Claus and provided photo services.
Left to right: Fitchburg Members Paul Gauvin andKaren Fusco, Fitchburg Immediate Past President Wayne Carney, andSanta Claus. Can you guess who is playing Santa?
Tewksbury Rotary, Lions Teaming Up for Sock Hop
The Rotary Club of Tewksbury and the Tewksbury Lions Club are teaming up for an all-new event, complete with live entertainment, dancing and raffle prizes. The event, called Sock Hop, will be held on Friday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Tewksbury Country Club.Reminisce, a New England-based vocal group will perform songs of the 1950s and '60s.
To learn more about Tewksbury Rotary, click here.
Worcester Awards $10,000 To Be Like Brit Foundation
On December 15, theRotary Club of Worcestercelebrated its annualHoliday Glogg Party.During the event the club presented a check for $10,000 to Cherylann Gengeland the Be Like Brit Foundation to be used to provide water to an orphanage the Gengels built in Haiti. Left to right: Worcester PresidentBarbara Guthrie; Cherylann Gengel of the Be Like Brit Foundation; Patty Eppinger; and Worcester Member Mark Fuller.
Worcester Donates $41,000 for Opioid Education, Addiction Prevention
On November 29, the Rotary Club of Worcester presented a check for$41,000 to the City of Worcester. The city will use the donation for opioid education and addiction prevention. Left to right: Worcester Members Richard Prager and Mauro DePasquale; Worcester Past President Satya Mitra,;Worcester Members Chris Gates and Amy Mosher Berry; Worcester Immediate Past President Bob Mangan; Worcester President Barbara Guthrie; and Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty.
Worcester Receives Humanitarian Award from WCCA-TV
On November 17, the Rotary Club of Worcester received the Father Michael Bafaro Humanitarian Award from WCCA-TV, the cable community-access channel for Worcester. The award celebrated Worcester Rotary's humanitarian contributions to Worcester. Left to right: Worcester Member and WCCA-TV General Manager Mauro DePasquale; Worcester PresidentBarbara Guthrie; and Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty.
Video of Governor Baker's Address to District Rotarians Now Available
The Rotary Club of Billerica has provided a video of Governor Charlie Baker's address to District 7910 Rotarians on September 27 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bedford. To watch the two-hour-47-minute video, click here.
The Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Billerica, Lowell, Newton and Shrewsbury sponsored the event, which was a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities. To viewevent photos, click here.
Meet Tatsuya Hayase, Our Rotary Scholar
To Have Tatsuya Speak to Your Club, Contact Indira Desai
Meet Tatsuya Hayase(second from left), a Rotary Scholar from District 2760 (Aichi Prefecture in Japan) who is visiting our district. He is spending the year at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham studying Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution.
Left to right: Newton Rotarian Chris Chu; Rotary Scholar Tatsuya Hayase, his wife, Marie Hayase, and their son, Yuto Hayase; Host Counselor Indira Desai, immediate past president of Newton Rotary; Newton Rotary President Paul Sullivan and his wife, Monica Sullivan; District Scholarship Chair Tory DeFazio, a Wellesley Rotarian; and Newton Rotarians Tony Bibbo and Tom Keery.
Athol-Orange's Al Bowers Makes Foundation Presentation
The Rotary Club of Athol-Orange held its annual Christmas Party at the home of Member Bill Howland. Club Foundatioin Chair Al Bowers, immediate past District Charitable Fund chair, attended and made a wonderful presentation on The Rotary Foundation. A surprise Paul Harris recognition was bestowed on club Secretary Carol Courville by Assistant Governor Karen Fusco.
Posing during the Athol-Orange Christmas Party with club Foundation Chair Al Bowers, seated, are, left to right, Assistant Governor Karen Fusco, club Secretary Carol Courville, club Member Ted Ledgard, club President-Elect Tanya Quinn, and club Member Barbara Robichaud.
Chelmsford Donates $1,000 to The Wish Project
The Rotary Club of Chelmsford made a $1,000 donation to The Wish Project at a recent meeting. The project's mission is to "help end homelessness by providing otherwise-expensive home and baby items for free so that families moving out of shelters succeed the first time."
Left to right: David Fitzgerald, executive director of The Wish Project, Chelmsford Past President Dawn Ferrari; Chelmsford Treasurer Tony Kalil; and Chelmsford President Paul Cohen.
Wachusett Area Rotary, Chamber Hear State Secretary Jay Ash Offer Local Economic Outlook
Jay Ash, secretary of the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, shared his outlook on economic development in Central Massachusetts on December 2 at a breakfast co-hosted in West Boylston co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Wachusett Area and the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce.
Left to right: Secretary Jay Ash, Chamber President Iain McKinlay, State Senator Anne Gobi, State Representative Kim Ferguson, and Rotary President Gary Hough.
To learn more about Wachusett Area Rotary, click here.
District Holiday Party A Great Success
Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld (right) of Sturbridge Rotary and Sergeant Kevin Williams (left) of the Brookfield State Police Barracks pose with some of the many donated Teddy bears.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle hosted the annual District Holiday Party on Sunday, December 4 at the Publick House in Sturbridge. Ninety-five attendees enjoyed the festivities. with entertainment provided by the Tantasqua Regional High School" Choraleers." Attendees brought Teddy bears. which were presented to Sergeant Kevin Williams of the Brookfield State Police Barracks. The grand finale was the "coronation" of Pam Anastasi of the Rotary Club of Billerica as district governor-nominee-designate. She will serve as district governor for Rotary year 2019-2020. Thank you to Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his wife, Glenys Hachfeld, both of whom are members of the Rotary Club of Sturbridge for planning this event, and to MC Steve Jones-D'Agostino of the Rotary Club of Auburn, and our ace district photographers, Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco of the Rotary Club of Montachusett Area and Cheryl Rosen of the Rotary Club of Hudson.
Tantasqua Regional High School "Choraleers," led by Derek Ternullo (second from left), performed several holiday-season songs in acapella style during the Holiday Party. They were introduced by Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld (far right) of Sturbridge Rotary.
Franklin Rotaract Club Installed at Dean College
The new Rotaract Club of Dean College was installed on November 17. Shown, are the 18 of the 19 charter members of the Rotaract club posing with Rotary Club of Franklin President Terry Katsaros(left, behind podium) and District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager
(right, behind podium).
A Great Fundraising Idea for All Clubs
Milford Distributes '16 Tab to 13,000 Homes - Record sales, 94 photos, 334 smiling faces