Westborough Rotary E-Bulletin

May 8, 2018

Mt. Washington Summit an Inspirational Success
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).  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.
Spring Festival May 20
Our 2018 Spring Festival is rapidly approaching, and, as in past years, this is an "all hands on deck event. This year's WSF will take place at Bay State Commons, with the exception of the Classic Car Show, which will be held at Arturo's parking lot.  Highlights include:
  • Main Street Vendor Fair
  • Kids Carnival & Roaming Railroad
  • Live Music
  • Dog Show & Spa
  • Cold Harbor Beer Tent
  • Food Trucks
Spring Festival Concert By Southbound Train (sponsored by Westborough Recreation Department)
Experience Southbound Train: — a high energy, vocal-oriented, contemporary seven-piece country band playing the best of country music's past and present.  This band features the versatility and talent of two female lead vocalists/instrumentalists who blend their distinctive voices to create tight vocal harmonies and a dynamic stage presence; two male lead vocalists/instrumentalists, each with a different vocal style; 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies among five vocalists; and instrumentation that includes fiddle, banjo, harmonica, banjolin, and pedal steel guitar, in addition to the usual electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and drums.
Main Street Vendor Fair Participants
Interested in displaying your company's products or services?  Are you an artisan who wishes to show off your crafts?  A vendor table at Spring Festival is the perfect venue.  To sign up, just click here for our registration form.  Tables for Westborough community groups are free, nonprofit organizations are $50, all others are $100.  For more information, email Maureen Ambrosino
Rotary Club of Westborough Membership Social
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.
Upcoming Meetings
May 09, 2018 12:15 PM
May 16, 2018 12:15 PM
May 23, 2018 12:15 PM
BORO Building, East Main Street
May 30, 2018 12:15 PM
Jun 06, 2018 5:00 PM
Location TBA
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Upcoming Events
Framingham Service Saturday
Framingham YMCA
May 12, 2018
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Westborough Civic Club Fishing Challenge
Sandra Pond
May 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Westborough Spring Festival
Bay State Commons
May 20, 2018
Addiction Prevention Seminar
The Price Center
May 29, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
May 30, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
District 7910 & Club Installation of Officers
Doubletree Inn Westborough
Jun 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Fitchburg State University
Jun 22, 2018 – Jun 24, 2018
Rotary International Convention
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
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Volunteers Needed for RYLA
Nearly 200 students will attend RYLA over the weekend of June 22 - 24.  The event, held at Fitchburg State College, is a life-changing experience for high school sophomores and is designed to help develop leadership and interpersonal skills.  This year, Westborough Rotary is sending a contingent of 12 students to RYLA.  Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend in a variety of different roles, and no special skills are needed.  To learn more, visit the RYLA Volunteer Page or contact our Club RYLA Chair, Harold Pinkham. Be part of an experience you'll never forget. 

Rotary Addiction Prevention Seminar

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.


Be The Inspiration
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.”
Join Us for Lunch or Dinner!
Wednesdays at 12:15pm at the Chateau; 1st Wednesday each month at 5pm (location varies)
Chateau Restaurant
95 Turnpike Road
Rt 9 & Rt 30
Westborough, MA  01581
United States
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