Posted by Diana Nestorova and Marianne Fleckner on Apr 22, 2021
Congratulations to the one and only Bud Flannery (top, right), who was the founder of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough nearly 60 years ago, in 1962. On AprIl 21, his fellow club members (bottom) honored Bud with Rotary International'Service above Self Award - RI's highest award - for his many years of service to both Rotary and his community.
District Governor Diana Nestorova (top, left), a past president and present member of the Acton-Boxborough club, presented the award (left) to Bud. She then gave a wonderful tribute to this Rotary legend:
"To 'Mister Rotarian,' as we fondly call Bud. With great respect, big admiration and sheer gratitude to Bud for all he has done for his Rotary club, the Rotarians, his district, his community, for Rotary - here and abroad. To the man, to the myth, to the legend: Bud Flannery. You will leave a legacy of love and passion for Service above Self.'" 
To watch a 19-minute video of Bud's award-presentation ceremony, either click here or on the image at right.
To watch a 2016 video of Bud addressing an Acton-Boxborough club meeting, click here. He talked about the joys and challenges of growing up and shared wonderful stories. And, regaled the members present with stories from his childhood and at work in his family's construction business in Concord and Acton. He kept us spellbound for a good half-hour.
For more information, contact District Governor Diana Nestorova, an Acton-Boxborough Rotarian, at, and Marianne Fleckner, president of the Acton-Boxborough club, at