Rotary Club of Westborough - Service Above Self

Rotarians are People of Action

Whether we’re packaging food for the hungry, hosting students from across the globe, donating medical equipment and teaching skills to use it, or supporting education for children we’ll never meet, Rotarians  strive to make a difference both at home in our communities and abroad.

 

Rotary unites more than a million people
Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world

 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to anticipated thunderstorms and in the interest of public safety Spring Festival has been postponed.   All events, including the Classic Car Show and Dog Events are postponed. This decision was made after thoughtful consideration and discussions with key members of the Spring Festival Committee and with respect to providing as timely notice as possible to participating groups/businesses and support teams (e.g. public safety). We will announce a rescheduled date soon!
Over 600 Rotarians from 5 Districts in New England and Canada attended the Mount Washington Summit this past weekend, including Westborough's own Shelby Marshall and Elliott Rittenberg (shown here with District Governor Karin Gaffney), and District Governor Elect Steve Sager.  Against a backdrop of majestic mountain peaks and rainbows, attendees made new connections and participated in breakout sessions with an array of subjects including Vibrant Clubs, Service Projects, the Opioid Crisis, Hunger, Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation. In a session on Leadership, former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and former Governor Jane Swift from Massachusets addressed a standing room only audience in a wide-ranging discussion that touched on ethics, service, youth engagement, and of course, politics.
 
Among the highlights, Rotary International President Ian Riseley addressed the conference on Friday evening, underscoring the need for Rotary to adapt to the changing needs of its members in today's busy society. Later in the conference, Riseley's President's Representative, Past RI Director Karen Wentz, introduced Rotarians to Rotary's updated Vision Statement:  "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe and in our communities."  
 
On Saturday evening, Travis Roy, who was severely injured during the first eleven seconds of his college ice hockey career as a Boston University Terrier, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, inspired Rotarians by sharing how his positive attitude helped him on his journey to a fulfilling and productive life. After spending his entire youth preparing to play college hockey, when he finally made it onto the ice in that first and only game, he told us how, even after he was injured, he said to his father that he had "made it" - he had fulfilled his dream. Travis said that in life, sometimes we choose the challenge, and other times, the challenge chooses us. Travis went on to share that it was the power of positive attitude and the appreciation of simple things that helped him find value and purpose in his new paradigm.
 
Our final speaker on Sunday, Razia Jan, told us of her continuing efforts to educate young women in Afghanistan, and of the opening of the new Razia Jan Institute, the first women’s post-secondary vocational school in rural Afghanistan. Razia moved to the United States in 1970 and opened a small tailoring business in Duxbury. She was the first female member of the Duxbury Rotary Club and soon went on to become Club President.  After decades of war in Afghanistan, Razia was appalled at the treatment of women and the lack of education that she found when she returned home. Razia decided to build a school and shared with us stories of the opposition she faced from the local the local male population, including standing up to tribal leaders who threatened to stone her if she pursued her dream of educating young women. Today, at the Razia Jan Institute, students become certified in health services/midwifery while also learning English and computer literacy. Both the Institue and the Zabuli Education Center, with its K through 12 students, have received support from a number of Rotary Clubs both here and abroad.

Sponsored by Newton Rotary, this is the first of what will be many community-based "Train the Trainer" seminars given across Massachusetts.  Come and learn about how easy and effective the Rotary Addiction Prevention Seminars can be to help your neighbors and friends learn about, identify and act to prevent addiction.  Rotarians are encouraged to bring 1 - 3 friends, peers, colleagues, or community members to the seminar who are not members of your club.  If every Rotarian does that, we'll pack the room with people outside of Rotary who can make a real difference, and could become potential new members. The program takes place on May 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm at The Price Center, 27 Christina Street in Newton.  Email Newton Rotarian Paul Sullivan for more information.

 

Ron Goodenow, Club Photographer, documented fellowship enjoyed by our members during evening meetings in April and May.  At our May 2nd meeting at Red Heat Tavern, there was no ice, no snow…just many Rotarians, guests and potential new Rotarians enjoying a mid-summer evening on the patio of RedHeat, a new restaurant in town. Providing great fellowship and recruitment opportunities, these monthly socials will become a regular feature of club life.
 
To see Ron's complete supplements for our April and May evening meetings, click here.
 
 
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
Earlier this month, Jorge and  Dr. John Broach (Chief of the Division of Disaster Medicine and Director of the Worcester Emergency System (EMS), traveled to Leon, Nicaragua as part of a GEMINI’s needs assessment visit. They met with the board of directors of the Leon Rotary Club. Through a Rotary Global Grant, GEMINI was able to establish an American Heart Association training center for CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in which students and instructors are trained on an ongoing basis. During this trip, Jorge and Dr. Broach met with the dean of the medical school of the Autonomous University of Nicaragua, along with physicians and professors of the medical school to develop a plan to improve their EMS. Pictured at left, Jorge presents a flag received from the Rotary Club of Leon to President Shelby.
 
GEMINI is our club's Global Emergency Medicine Initiative, a collaborative Rotary International service project. We work with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Rotary International District 7910, other Rotary clubs across the globe, medical facilities, and governments of participating countries to bring training in emergency medicine, expertise, and equipment to developing countries worldwide.  To learn more, visit the GEMINI website.
At our Club Assembly on January 24, District Governor Karin Gaffney, shown here at left, presented an award to Kathy Gemma for her efforts in support of The Rotary Foundation.  The award, given at the discretion of the District Governor reads "for outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation and its goal of world understanding and peace." Congratulations Kathy and keep up the great work!
 
 
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Wednesdays at 12:15pm at the Chateau; 1st Wednesday each month at 5pm (location varies)
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95 Turnpike Road
Rt 9 & Rt 30
Westborough, MA  01581
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Special Event: Lunch at the BORO
May 23, 2018 12:15 PM
BORO Building, 15 East Main Street
Westborough High School Scholarships
May 30, 2018 12:15 PM
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Jun 06, 2018 5:00 PM
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District & Club Installation
Jun 20, 2018 6:00 PM
DoubleTree Inn
Lunch Meeting at The Chateau
Jun 27, 2018 12:15 PM
 
 
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