Westborough Rotary E-Bulletin

February 6, 2018

eBridge Montessori School

Westborough Rotarian Jin Huang opened the eBridge Montessori School in 2005.  At our meeting on January 31, Jin told us about the principles of a Montessori education, based on teaching methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori more than 100 years ago. With a child-centered philosophy, a Montessori education focusses on practical, sensorial, language and math skills. The program uses specially designed objects and materials to provide concrete examples of real-world concepts. There are now more than 4,000 Montessori schools in the United States, and nearly 7,000 worldwide, with programs available for pre-school through high school and beyond.  eBridge Montessori in Westborough offers education for children from 15 months to 6 years of age. To learn more about a Montessori education, see Jon's entire presentation on our Facebook page or visit the school's website.
Kathy Gemma Receives District Award
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!
Rotarians In The News
Here's a roundup of Westborough Rotarians featured in local news stories this week.  The Community Advocate published an article entitled What does it mean to educate the ‘Whole Child’? by Reina Rago, Communications Coordinator for Marlborough Public Schools.  The article looks at the challenges of educating a diverse student population with a wide range of needs, concluding that schools must go beyond basic fundamentals to ensure student success.  Also in the Advocate, Gary Kelley and his real estate partner Sue Gordon were featured in an article entitled Making The Right Move which discussed the importance of presale preparation when selling your property.  Finally, this week, Right at Home, owned by Shelby Marshall and her business partner Gail Hanson made news when Right at Home of Eastern Worcester County was honored among top home care agencies in the nation when it was named "Caring Star of 2018" for Senior Care Service Excellence Congratulations to the entire team at Right At Home!
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Happy Birthday Chris Bakutis!
Rotarians, friends and family watched as the Worcester Railers skated to a 5-2 win over the visiting Quad City Mallards at the DCU Center Friday, January 26. This annual event also has become a celebration of WRC member Chris Bakutis' birthday.  Also that weekend, Chris and her team from Mugford's Flowers demonstrated their extraordinary talents with flower arrangements at the Worcester Art Museum's annual Flora in Winter weekend.
Care Packages for Troops
The Westborough Veterans Advisory Board (WVAB) is sponsoring a community drive to provide care packages to a battalion of infantry troops primarily from Massachusetts that are stationed in the Middle East.  The battalion consists of 189 males and 3 females.
The WVAB has established locations where residents of Westborough who wish to sponsor a care package may come and pick up boxes.  Each box will have instructions as to the items requested by this infantry battalion.  Residents should use the “shopping list” as a guide. When the boxes are filled they should be returned to a location listed below no later than February 23, 2018.
The locations for pick-up and drop-off are:
  • Westborough Veterans Advisory Board, Town Hall Lower Level
  • The First United Methodist Church, 120 West Main Street
  • Westborough Public Library
  • Westborough TV Station, West Main Street
  • Senior Citizens Center, 4 Rodgers Road
The First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Westborough is assisting the Veterans Advisory Board with the logistics. Donations to offset the cost of postage to deliver the packages to our troops can be made with the check payable to Westborough FUMC, 120 West Main Street, Westborough, MA 01581.  Please make a note referencing the VAB Care Packages.
For further information, contact:
John Gallinagh, member
Westborough Veterans Advisory Board

Upcoming Meetings
Feb 07, 2018 12:15 PM
Westborough's Green Technology Advisory Group (GTAG)
Feb 14, 2018 12:15 PM
Membership Update
Feb 21, 2018 6:15 PM
The Need to Establish Hospice and Palliative Care in Uganda
Feb 28, 2018 12:15 PM
School projects update, 2019 budget,Town Meeting articles. WPL - library renovation / Town meeting
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Means Business
The Fay Club
Feb 08, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Armstrong School Family Fun Day
Mar 24, 2018
10:45 AM – 3:00 PM
2018 Rotary Mount Washington Summit
Mount Washington Hotel
May 04, 2018 – May 06, 2018
Westborough Spring Festival
May 20, 2018
Fitchburg State University
Jun 22, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018
Rotary International Convention
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
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Westborough Rotary Sponsors ESSEX Exchange Student

The Rotary Club of Westborough is excited to announce its participation in the ESSEX Short-Term Exchange Program. The club will sponsor Daniel Proudman from Hopkinton, MA. Daniel will travel overseas this summer for about three weeks. He will stay with a student and family and he will be welcomed by the local Rotary club. His actual destination is not yet known. His first choice is Taiwan where he plans to immerse himself in the culture and where he can practice his Mandarin. Daniel and his family will reciprocate and host the student for three weeks.  During this time the RCW will welcome the student and host a lunch/dinner in the student’s honor. Every year, about 8,000 young people from around the world participate in Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. To learn more visit

RYLA Application Deadline Fast Approaching

Applications for RYLA are due on February 16.  RYLA is Rotary's leadership training for high school sophomores.  Students gather from June 22 - 24 for a 3-day conference that includes presentations, activities, and workshops. Topics include Leadership Fundamentals, Ethics, Communication Skills,  Problem Solving,  Conflict Management, and Community & Global Citizenship. For more information, visit  You may also download the conference flyer, student application and guidelines from our website.  Questions?  Contact Rotarian Harold Pinkham, this year's Westborough Rotary RYLA chairperson.
Mark Your Calendars!
Armstrong Family Fun Day - March 24
On Saturday, March 24th we'll lend a hand at Armstrong Elementary School's Family Fun Day. This is the school's biggest fundraiser. Funds from this event bring enrichment programs to the schools among other things. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up, but there's still room for more. If you can give 2-3 hours of your time between 10:45 am and 3:00 pm please contact Shelby.  
Spring Festival - Sunday, May 20th 
This year's Spring Festival will take place at Bay State Commons.  The town has approved our use of the venue on Sunday, May 20, along with our application for a one day license to serve beer.  As you know, this is an "all hands on deck" event, so please save the date.  More details to follow soon.
Join Us for Lunch or Dinner!
Wednesdays at 12:15pm, 3rd Wednesday at 6:15pm
Chateau Restaurant
95 Turnpike Road
Rt 9 & Rt 30
Westborough, MA  01581
United States
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