Westborough Rotary E-Bulletin

June 26, 2019
Celebrating 50 Years of Service in Westborough and Beyond

2019 - 2020 Club Vision
When I first joined Rotary ten years ago, I had no idea what Rotary was all about.  I didn’t know if Rotarians wore funny hats, practiced mysterious rituals or had secret handshakes.  I didn’t understand the mission of Rotary, its basic principles or the breadth and scope of the organization.  But what I discovered when I went to that first meeting was a group of men and women who genuinely wanted to do good in this world, and somehow, make a difference.
Rotarians are servant-leaders. There are many reasons why someone first joins a Rotary Club, but invariably, those members who stay, who make Rotary part of their life fabric, are here to serve. And we do so by empowering others – our members, our partners, and those whom we help. 
Call for Auction Items
Our “Night at the Casino” celebration of 50 years of service event being held on Friday, October 25th at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough. This community event will feature a 007 themed casino, auction, fun, food and a celebration of Nelson Ball for his role in launching the Rotary Club of Westborough 50 years ago.
 A big part of the financial success of the event will center around the auction items that we have to offer.  There will be a silent auction for most items and a live auction for higher value items. The goal is to have 20-30 auction items. Here is what we are looking for from our members, if possible, to contribute to the auction.
  • Tickets to sporting events such as Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Revolution and others.
  • Tickets to entertainment and theatre productions in Boston and Worcester (Hanover Theatre, Tanglewood, Wang Theatre, etc.).
  • Autographed memorabilia.
  • High ticket items like a summer or winter ski weekend or week at the Cape, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
  • Any other specialty item or service that we haven’t thought of that you think may be of value and interest to attendees.
While we will be out approaching restaurants, specialty stores, etc. for auction items, contributions from members of items listed above would go a long way toward the success of the event. It’s not just what you might personally be able to contribute, but, if you can provide any names and contacts of people or organizations you know that typically provide contributions to auctions that would be appreciated as well.
Regardless of whether you have something to contribute a reply back would be helpful for our tracking purposes. I hope to hear from you ASAP as the event will be hear before you know it. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Neil Bock
Auction Committee
The Rotary Club of Westborough
Installation - 2019/2020
On June 19, the rain held off and the installation of the 2019-2020 leadership team came off without a hitch.  Thanks to Bill and Bev Linnane for opening their beautiful home, and everyone who participated by bringing a dish to share. A peaceful transition of power took place, and the new team is ready to take the reins for the coming year.
The positions are:
PresidentElliott Rittenberg
President-ElectGary Kelley
Immediate Past PresidentBetsy Moquin
Vice PresidentKathy Wilfert
Recording/Board SecretaryMarie Kirby
Sargent-at-ArmsDave Kaiser
TreasurerPaul Reilly
Director (2 years)Sandy Kearney
Director (3 years)Jason Camuti
Thanks to outgoing President Betsy Moquin, 2018-2019.  We thank Betsy for her steady hand, inspiration and for her leadership, especially with the Little Library project.  Little Libraries will be popping up in Westborough at the Westborough Inn, Westborough Library, and Central One.
Nelson Ball - Our Club's Founding Father Interviewed
As we celebrate the club's 50th anniversary, one member of our club has a unique perspective.....Nelson Ball. Paul McGrath spent some time with Nelson Ball in the Westborough TV studios reflecting on 50 years of Service.  Watch Paul's interview with Nelson, which includes Nelson's reminiscences of our first 50 presidents.  Thanks to Westborough TV who produced and owns the copyright for the video. Click here to watch the video in its entirety or view it on our Club's web site.
Nelson Honored For 50 Years of Service
At our final meeting of the year, Nelson Ball was presented with a handmade walnut pickleball paddle engraved with his name and recognizing his contribution as the founding member of the Rotary Club of Westborough. Here Nelson is pictured with incoming and outgoing Club Presidents Elliott Rittenberg and Betsy Moquin. Our thanks to Nelson for all he had done for our Club, and for the community. 
A Practical Case for Zero Emissions Energy & Transportation

Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 am at the Burroughs Family Branch YMCA 

Rotarian Sharad Mehta, an active member of the Rotary Club of Westborough's Environmental Committee, presents A Practical Case for Zero Emissions Energy & Transportation.  Sharad's presentation will be beneficial to anyone who is alarmed by climate change, the rise in sea levels and CO2 emissions and is interested in learning more about positive stepsindividuals and families can take.  

Sharad will cover - 

- Is it feasible to transition from conventional non-renewable to sustainable, carbon free energy and transportation?

- How to approach a move to Solar Power System + Electric Vehicles

Upcoming Meetings
Jun 26, 2019 12:15 PM
Gerry Gross Educates Us on Bees!
Jul 03, 2019
Jul 10, 2019 12:15 PM
Worcester Regional Airport Director
Jul 17, 2019 12:15 PM
Westborough Conservation Officer
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Upcoming Events
Westborough July 4 Block Party
Jun 28, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Zero Emissions Energy/Transportation Presentation
Boroughs Family Branch YMCA
Jun 29, 2019
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Evening Meeting - At Release!
Release Well-Being Center
Sep 04, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Member Spotlight - Peter Gardner
Peter joined the Rotary in 1986 and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Westborough.  He served as president of the Westborough Club for the 2010-2011 term and was also previously a member of the Rotary Club of Auburn. Peter is a Paul Harris Fellow
Peter is the president of Curry Printing with plants in both Westborough and Worcester. Curry Printing is not only one of the area's leading sources for printed communications, but the company is also a responsible environmental advocate.  They have a well-considered Environmental Vision and Management Policy that includes the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset the energy used in their operations.
In addition to Rotary, Peter is active in the community and is a board member of the Corridor 9 Chamber of Commerce and Printing Industries of New England.  
Peter lives in Westborough with his wife Kelly and has four children.
Cultivate Care Farms Service Project
On May 11th, Westborough Rotarians joined with other Rotarians & friends from District 7910 to help build housing for pigs and chickens at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton, MA.  We also rebuilt a fire pit, and, several lucky Rotarians had the pleasure of "mucking out" a barn. Cultivate Care Farms'  mission is to operate, maintain, and expand Care Farming for humans and animals to heal and grow therapeutically through mental health, wellness, and community outreach programming. See to learn more about their program.
Join Us for Lunch or Dinner!
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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