Westborough Rotary E-Bulletin

October 23, 2018
Celebrating 50 Years of Service in Westborough and Beyond

Dress for Success Clothing Drive

"It starts with a Suit”

The Rotary Club of Westborough will be hosting an apparel and accessories drive to benefit Dress for Success Worcester (DFS). DFS envisions a world where women do not live in poverty. They strive for a world where all women are financially independent, are treated with dignity and respect and are directly impacting their lives and those of their families. They aspire to a world that fully harnesses the power of women and recognizes their role in economic sustainability.

The drive will take place from October 29 – November 12. Items can be dropped off at the Westborough Public Library and the Boroughs YMCA. If you are interested in making a donation, but you are unable to bring your items to one of these locations please contact the Club’s Service Chair, Shelby Marshall, at, to arrange a time for pick up.
Fall Family Festival Brings Smiles Despite Soggy Start
Despite cold temperatures and a soggy start, Rotarians, vendors, and volunteers turned out in force to staff the Club's first Fall Family Festival. With a "show must go on" resolve, tents were pitched, flags were flown and the pieces came together for what ultimately proved to be a day of fun and smiles for town residents and Rotarians alike. Music filled the air all day long with performances from 2018's New Act of the Year Lyssa Coulter, students from Patrice Peris Voice Studio, and country band Southbound Train, courtesy of the Westborough Recreation Department. The Rotary Grill, along with the Grub Guru food truck and local restaurants Red Heat Tavern and Tavolinos served up hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, pizza and more. The ever-popular beer tent poured Cold Harbor and Octoberfest. Dozens of vendors and organizations showcased their products, services, and programs. Finally, dogs of all shapes and sizes participated in our annual contest, winning prizes for best ears, most disobedient, looked most like an owner, and best wiggly butt, to name just a few.  A hearty thank you to all Rotarians and volunteers who made the day possible, and special thanks to co-chairs Shelby Marshall and Bill Linnane for their tireless effort and dedication. View photos from the Festival courtesy of member Forrest Musselman at this link.
Hands-On Stoves Project In Panajachel, Guatemala
A District 7910 sponsored International Service project in collaboration with D-7910 and Guatemala Rotary Clubs
Date: March 23 -30, 2019
In cooperation with Helps International, Inc., volunteer Rotarians will install stoves in homes where currently an open fire in the center of the house is used for cooking. This practice predisposes the residents to respiratory diseases, burn injuries, and increased use of wood for cooking.  The stove will improve the ventilation, prevent injuries, and will decrease wood consumption by at least 50%. We are seeking volunteer Rotarians from our Club and District 7910 to join the Westborough Rotary Club in this endeavor.
Rangers on Track Check Presentation
After nearly three years of planning & construction, the replacement and upgrade project for the athletic fields at the high school is coming to a close. The full scope of the project included a new track and alternative infill turf for the Mewhiney Field as well as new ADA compliant bleachers, a new press box, sound system, and field lighting for the first time in the school's history.  The project scope and funding also allowed for the restoration of the upper Jimmy Hayes finally bringing that field into proper use for our students and community. With an eye toward the future of Westborough's students, the Club's Board of Directors pledged its support of the project, and on September 24 presented the town and Rangers On Track with its donation. The Club will be recognized for its contribution with the naming rights to the flagpole on the upper Jimmy Hayes Field, as well as a plaque alongside those of the other supporters located in the main area of the complex.
Recent Club Meetings
Our Club meetings this past month have been filled with a number of interesting speakers, guests, and of course, fellowship. At our meeting of September 19, Mike "Cappie" Capozzoli, shown here at right, with stopped in as he neared the end of his walk across the country from California to Fenway Park. Mike is raising money to build homes for abused children and their pets. Visit his website to see his story and learn how he's committed to helping at least some of the millions of children in our country who are abused every year. At that same meeting, we also heard from Paul Hemphill, an author whose mission is to change the way history is taught in our school systems. In his book, "Inspiration for Teens" Paul makes history exciting, drawing on events from the Battle of Gettysburg to illustrate more than 200 life lessons. And finally, for now, at our social event at the Central House on October 3, we met representatives from the Arbor Day Foundation as well as a Rotary Youth Exchange from Brazil who was in the area visiting family. See photographer Ron Goodenow's photos of our Central House gathering in our photo gallery.
Upcoming Meetings
Oct 24, 2018 12:15 PM
Oct 31, 2018 12:15 PM
Nov 07, 2018 5:00 PM
Nov 07, 2018 5:00 PM
Sapporo Restaurant
Nov 14, 2018 12:15 PM
Denholm Building, 484 Main Street, Suite 110, Worcester
Nov 21, 2018 12:15 PM
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Means Business - Westwood
Westwood Public Library
Oct 23, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Service Event - 2018 Roll to the Polls!
Westborough High School
Nov 06, 2018
Rotary Means Business - Acton
Nov 07, 2018
Westborough Rotary Evening Social
Sapporo Korean BBQ & Sushi Restaurant
Nov 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
District Foundation Dinner
Sheraton Framingham
Nov 08, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute
Courtyard By Marriott
Jan 26, 2019
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Roll to the Polls November 6

Our 1st Roll to the Polls service event in 2016 was such a success that we've been asked by the Town to help again! On Tuesday, November 6 enjoy the fresh air while helping our community safely enter and exit the polls at WHS! The polls open at 7 am. We will need 3 shifts of 3- 5 volunteers each. Shift 1 will be from 6:45am - 8:45am; shift 2 will be from 8:45am - 11am; shift 3 will be from 2:00pm - 4:00 pm.

Volunteers will help voters from the parking lot to the polling entrance (thanks to donated golf carts by WCC golf pro Jack Negoshian) and will lend a hand to help voters walk into the building and to the polls downstairs. Wheelchairs will be available to assist voters and volunteers.  Additional instructions will be provided to volunteers as responsibilities may vary slightly by shift. 

You can sign up via this link.  Volunteers are asked to sign up by Monday, October 29th!  This is a fun, easy and visible opportunity for our club and it's service at its most basic level. Hope you can join in the fun!

BORO Project Launches Go Fund Me Page
Also seeking Sugar Shack Retail Store Manager
The BORO (Bridging Over to Right Opportunities) program is thriving in its first year of implementation thanks to the high level of support and attention the program has received from the community, including from our Club.  School Superintendent Amber Bock has informed us that the district is launching phase II of this project with the anticipated opening of the BORO Sugar Shack, candy and gift store learning lab, this Fall.  This initiative further supports the BORO strategic vision to enrich the opportunities for social, vocational, and community integration for our BORO students.
The program is seeking community support through the launch of its BORO Sugar Shack GoFundMe Page.  Additionally, we are seeking an experienced and dynamic retail store manager and would appreciate your support in helping us to circulate the BORO Sugar Shack Retail Manager Job Description.
Club Receives Rotary International Citation

Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness. The 2017 - 2018 Rotary International Citation recognized clubs that completed activities that support these priorities. At the Districts awards ceremony held this July, Past District Governor Karin Gaffney presented the Rotary Citation to Westborough's 2017 - 2018 Club President Shelby Marshall.  Congratulations to Shelby and all Westborough club members for this achievement.

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Wednesdays at 12:15pm at the Chateau; 1st Wednesday each month at 5pm (location varies - check "Upcoming Meetings" on our website)
Chateau Restaurant
95 Turnpike Road
Rt 9 & Rt 30
Westborough, MA  01581
United States
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