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Business Networking for Rotarians and their Guests March 1, 2017

Business Networking for Rotarians and their Guests

Our third event of the year will be held on March 1, 2017 at the Chelmsford Radisson Hotel and Suites from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  
Meet other Rotarians, learn about their businesses, and share your capabilities with them. Our last event in January drew over 50 Rotarians and guests from over a dozen Rotary clubs!  The response to the event was highly enthusiastic. 
WHERE: RADISSON HOTEL AND SUITES, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA
WHEN: March 1, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
COST:   $20.  Rotarians can save $5 (and pay only $15) by preregistering before March 22, 2017.  Act quickly! 
Meeting Format: 
  • Informal networking: 5:30-6:00
  • Structured networking: 6:00-6:45
  • Follow-up and open networking: after 6:45
Light Appetizers and a Cash Bar will be available. 
Registration ends on February 27, 2017. A list of all registrants will be distributed at the event.
Please follow this link to register:
Plan on bringing 40-50 business cards. 
I hope to see you there!
Steven Sager
District Governor Nominee (2018-19)


Posted in Club Service, District 7910 News & Events, Membership, Rotary Fellowship

Northborough couple to continue work with Rotary as district leaders

Northborough couple to continue work with Rotary as district leaders 

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor 

Patricia and Francis Doyle

Northborough – Nearly 20 years ago, Patricia (Pat) Doyle was asked by the Marlborough Rotary Club if she would serve as an advisor for two of the club’s teen programs. Pat, then the social studies coordinator at Marlborough High School (MHS), agreed. She herself was not a Rotarian but her husband Francis (Skip), who owned a photography studio at the time, was a member of the Rotary Club of Northborough. Pat oversaw the two programs, Interact Club and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), until she retired from her MHS position six years later.

But her involvement with Rotary did not end there. She decided to join Skip and become a member of Northborough’s club. Together they became a formidable team, serving as chairs of various subcommittees. Both have been named Paul Harris Fellows (the Rotary’s highest honor) multiple times. Skip has served as the club’s president for three terms and both he and Pat have been district trustees and assistant governors. And recently Pat received another significant honor – she was named as the District 7910 governor for the 2016-2017 term. As such, she will oversee 53 local Central Mass. clubs.

And although it is Pat that has been named as the future district governor, their work will continue, as it always has, as a partnership. “Technically only one of us could be named,” Pat said. “But I told them up front, we are a team.”  Leading up to her term as governor, which will last for one year, the Doyles will be participating in intensive training sessions along with other governor-elects. “We’ll also be networking and learning about what other districts are doing, such as literacy or helping to provide water to places in different parts of the world,” Pat said.“It’s also learning about how you can help other districts,” she added. “One example is when Rotarians helped out Vermont Rotaries after the storms last year.” A grant has already been established for her to use when her official year as governor starts. Some of those monies will be used locally while others will go toward regional, national or international causes.

In Northborough, the local club has had major impact on the community. It recently donated matching grants to help establish a baseball program for kids with disabilities, the Challenger League. Each year, the club holds a pancake breakfast that has raised thousands of dollars for local high school seniors. And, led by the Doyles, the Applefest Street Fair, featuring over 100 local businesses, nonprofits, artisans and crafters, has been one of the signature events in the town’s annual celebration each fall.

The club has also purchased a defibrillator for the Northborough Senior Center, donated to the town’s food pantry and Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund, and hosted picnics for local seniors and meals for residents. Another project the Doyles are particularly proud of is the Rotary’s work to re-establish elm trees in Northborough. Once one of North America’s most dominant trees, many elms fell victim to disease during the first part of the 20th century. In 1993, District 7910 purchased disease-resistant American Elm trees. Four were brought to Northborough where they were nurtured for three years and then donated to the town. “I had them sheltered in the back of my old studio,” Skip said. “Unfortunately one died when we transplanted it but the others are still doing well, except for a bit of ice storm damage a few years ago.”

The Rotary Club of Northborough donated this American Elm tree to the town. (Photos/Bonnie Adams)

 The Rotary Club of Northborough donated this American Elm tree to the town. (Photos/Bonnie Adams) located in front of Town Hall while the other two are located at the intersection of East Main and Main streets. 

The Doyles continue to be actively involved in the Rotary’s Eastern States Student Exchange (ESSEX) and RYLA programs. In the ESSEX program approximately 200 foreign high school students come to the United States for either a year of study or for a summer while nearly that many go abroad. “It’s such a great experience for them,” Pat said. “They begin to see a spark of who they are going to become. They are totally transformed.”

RYLA recognizes 11th-grade students who have shown past and present leadership and service activities.

Internationally Rotary continues its work to eradicate polio. “We are so close but there are still pockets in the world, like parts of Pakistan or Afghanistan where it is still present,” Pat said. “It’s exciting to be part of ending something.”

Now a member of the Northborough club for 43 years, Skip also hopes to encourage others to join Rotary as well. “There are people from a wide variety of occupations,” he said. “It’s a great way to network but just as importantly, it’s a way for people who desire to make a change in the world.”

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Posted in Club Service, Community News & Events, Community Service, International Service, Youth Service

Dismas House

Phone: 5newdismaslogo2108-799-9389

The mission of Dismas is to reconcile former prisoners to society, and society to former prisoners, through the development of a supportive community. 

By Jen Burt (farm steward) as the farm steward at the Dismas Family Farm for three years, I have seen the healing power of farm work. For the residents of Dismas, they each have the chance to contribute to the farm in their own way. Each resident is responsible for a barn chore; collecting and preparing eggs for sale, caring for our pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, llama, and dog. Caring for another living creature is restorative for many. And the residents here take pride in producing goods to be sold at the farmers’ market, craft fairs, and through our CSA program. There is deep value in doing work that has a tangible outcome and maintains the land and home where you live. In addition, being connected to nature is new for many of our ISMAS House

By the Numbers
# Dismas House, the Dismas Family Farm and the Father John Brooks House are home each day to 30 homeless and former prisoners trying to rebuild their lives.
# Over 300 volunteers, comprising 50 different families and church and student groups, prepare and share dinner at Dismas programs each year.
# Dismas Family Farm residents grow over 20,000 pounds of fresh vegetables each year.
# The Dismas Family Farm raises 30 free-range turkeys each year at Thanksgiving.
# The farm has 1 llama, named Nina.

Posted in Community Service, Speaker / Program

Community Meal Trinity Church Wed. Oct. (date not finalize yet) 6:00 PM

 Our Rotary Club is serving the Community Meal on
Wednesday  October (Date not set yet) At the Trinity church 6:00 PM.
The menu is our usual fall meal, roast pork, potatoes , vegetables, salad, apple sauce and rolls. and dessert

Posted in Community News & Events, Community Service

Blood drive Trinity Church Oct 2017 date not Finalized yet

blooddrivedscn1106sm  Red Cross Blood Drive

(October date not finalized yet) Coordinated by The Rotary Club of Northborough

Posted in Club Service, Community News & Events, Community Service

Rotary Club cooks up project to help its neighbors

Rotary Club cooks up project to help its neighbors
By Christine Galeone Contributing Writer Northborough –

In February 2016, the Northborough Food Pantry provided 362 bags of groceries to families and individuals in the community – 73 percent more than what it distributed during the same month in 2007.
Although many aren’t aware of it, the need for food assistance has been growing.
The Northborough Rotary Club is aware of that need and it’s been doing what it can to help its neighbors. In May, it donated 70 crockpots and meat vouchers to people served at the food pantry.

Helped by a matching Rotary Foundation grant and a discount from Bed, Bath and Beyond, the club’s project originated after a brainstorming session the members had at the food pantry. Patricia Doyle, the outgoing club president and newly elected Rotary District 7910 co-governor (along with her husband, Skip), recalled that when she asked what the club could do to help, a donation of meat vouchers was suggested. But she knew they could do more. When thinking about how the recipients could cook the meat, she remembered thinking “Why not a crockpot?” Since those appliances would allow busy families to cook healthy, hearty meals, the food pantry embraced the idea.

“It was a very good working relationship we had with the food pantry,” Doyle said.

After deciding to buy new crockpots and meat vouchers for 70 food pantry clients who could benefit from them, the club expanded the project. They wanted to be sure the recipients had healthy, easy recipes with ingredients they could get at the food pantry. With that in mind, the club began creating a cookbook of slow-cooker recipes. While the cookbook will be finalized and given out in coming months, a couple of the recipes were passed out with the crockpots.

Not only has the project inspired another local Rotary Club to consider a similar project, it has given people a chance to make a sustainable difference in their lives. For that the food pantry leaders are grateful

 “The donation of the crockpots by the Rotary has been fantastic for the families we serve at the pantry,” said Co-director Ann Taggart. “It allows them… to create a nutritious meal. Crockpots make cooking easy and delicious and help to stretch your dollars. Our patrons were thrilled to receive them

” And the Rotary Club, which fought hunger last year by participating in an End Hunger New England nutritious meal packaging event, is also thrilled to have helped its neighbors again this year.

“We saw the smiles on the faces of the people who we gave them to,” said Doyle, who shared that seeing their joy and gratitude was what made her smile. Beaming with enthusiasm for the food pantry, its “warm, welcoming atmosphere” and its “amazing” volunteers, she added that it’s gratifying “that we can treat everyone the way we want to be treated.

” To learn more about the Northborough Rotary Club, visit www.northboroughrotary. org. To learn more about the Northborough Food Pantry, visit Food donations can be left outside the nonprofit’s entrance at 37 Pierce St. 

Posted in Club Announcements, Community News & Events, Community Service, Vocational Service

Applefest Street Fair

Applefest Street Fair and parade to be held Sunday, Sept. 18


The Rotary Club of Northborough will host the popular Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 18. Photo/submitted

Northborough – Plans are now being finalized for the town-wide 2016 Applefest Celebration which will be held Thursday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept 18.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the Applefest Street Fair, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 18 on Blake Street in the downtown area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Residents and other attendees should note that the Street Fair, as well as the parade, will both be held on Sunday of this weekend as opposed to the traditional Saturday.

The popular Street Fair will once again be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northborough.

The Street Fair has grown each year, both in vendor size and in attendance, with nearly 5,000 residents and visitors from local towns coming to enjoy the day.

Vendors and crafters will feature a wide assortment of items including children’s ware, holiday items, home decor, jewelry, and much more. Local businesses and merchants will be present, greeting the public and offering fun giveaway items.  Local nonprofit groups such as the Rotary, Scouts, Friends of Northboro Senior Center Inc. and Northborough Food Pantry will also be present. Several religious organizations and school groups will be represented as well.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day, including a disc jockey spinning popular tunes and demonstrations from local groups.

Fair-goers will not be hungry or thirsty as there will be plenty of options including the Rotary pizza booth.

The parade will begin at Lincoln Street and continue down Main Street (Route 20) to the downtown area ending at the Northborough Historical Building on School Street.

Other events on Sunday, Sept. 18 include the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast, Fire Department  Open House, Classic Car Show; Trinity Church Craft Fair, Old Tyme Luncheon and Taste of Northborough.

For more information on all of the Applefest events, visit

Posted in Community News & Events, Community Service, Fundraisers




Buildings lie in ruins Wednesday, after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake leveled towns in central Italy. The quake killed at least 241 and left thousands homeless.
Photo Credit: Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 240 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake’s epicenter.

International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area’s needs.

Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia, the affiliate organization in Genoa, will accompany the response team. Della Volta is working with the Rotary Club of Rieti in District 2080, the club closest to the earthquake-affected sites, and will meet with officials of the Italian Civil Protection Department, fire department, and Red Cross to coordinate efforts.

If families and individuals made homeless by the disaster need emergency shelter, ShelterBox will send tents and other equipment from its locations in Italy and other sites across Europe. Della Volta says the most urgent need is for tents and relief supplies for the hospital of Rieti, where most of the patients from the destroyed hospital in Amatrice were taken.

“I am truly heartbroken over what has happened,” says Della Volta, charter president of the Rotary E-Club of 2042 Italia. “As Rotarians, we are always available to help people in need.”

Follow ShelterBox on Twitter for the latest updates.

Learn how you can help at ShelterBox.

Rotary Districts 2080 and 2090 in Italy have created a joint fundraising campaign to help communities damaged by the quake. Visit their Facebook pages for more information:

By Maureen Vaught
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Interact Club of Northbourgh and Southbourgh




Northboro, Southboro students partner with Rotary to give service to world 

By Christine Galeone

Posted Jul. 7, 2016 at 6:05 AM
Updated Jul 7, 2016 at 4:24 PM 


NORTHBORO – Providing things like food, clean water, shelter, education and medicine to people in need isn’t easy. Logistics, funding and awareness are just a few of the hurdles volunteers face. But a group of local students may have the answer.

“If you do something you love, you won’t feel the hardships of it,” said Sruthi Tanikella, a student at Algonquin Regional High School.

The teen just founded the Interact Club of Northboro-Southboro. On June 30, at the Northboro Senior Center, the Northboro Rotary Club held an induction ceremony to officially welcome Sruthi and her fellow club members to Interact, a service-focused international society. Open to students aged 12-18 who want to serve their communities and their world, it’s part of Rotary International – a service organization for adults.

Sruthi, whose dad once started a Rotaract club – Rotary’s society for young adults – said she wasn’t as committed to volunteering when she was a young child. Growing up in Northboro, she didn’t witness dire need.

That changed when she was 12 years old. When her dad had to relocate the family to India because of his work, she became aware of extreme poverty.

Even though she’s also interested in video editing and performing a classical Indian form of dance and music called Bharatanatyam, the experience kindled in her a strong desire to help people by volunteering.

“You see the rich and the poor living together,” recalled Sruthi of her time spent in India. She added “They’re going to need me someday, so I should start now.”

Starting an Interact club with like-minded students gives her and the other club members the opportunity to make a difference together. One area in which Sruthi hopes the club can serve others is through disaster relief. She said she was recently inspired by a Northboro Rotary Club project, in which a ShelterBox – a custom-filled family-sized disaster relief tent – was purchased for disaster victims. Sruthi said she hopes their Interact club can complete similar hands-on projects by “making sure the money gets where it needs to.”

The other students in the club are also looking forward to projects that will help the community. One of those students, Andrew Federici, was one of the teens who attended the induction ceremony. Andrew said “What I am excited for the Interact club is to have the opportunity to help the community and the world in so many different ways and at the same time be able to hone my own skills in leadership and service.”

Two other club members who attended the ceremony are Kevin Schwalm and his younger brother, Brian. “We hope through the club we can show students how service can be exciting and fun, as well as help the community,” said Kevin. “If we can show people the benefits of service, the community will be a better place. We really hope the Interact club will take off and get the community involved in serving and raising awareness for important causes – both locally and globally.”

With such enthusiasm from Sruthi, who will be the club’s president, and the other club members, the club’s first year should be a productive one. Looking ahead, Sruthi said the members are considering holding a world diversity fair to bring the community together to learn about different cultures.

Patricia Doyle, the outgoing president of the Northboro Rotary Club and incoming co-governor (along with her husband, Skip) of the Central Massachusetts Rotary district, summed up the club’s induction by saying “With amazing kids like this, there’s hope. There really is.”

For Northboro/Southboro students aged 12-18 who are interested in learning more about the club, or for anyone who wants general information or may be interested in forming a club, e-mail



Posted in Interact Club, Youth Service


The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.

Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.

The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.

The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.

Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.

The $4 per year dues increase was based on a five-year financial forecast that predicted that if Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated levels by 2020. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20. The next council will establish the rate after that.

“We are at a moment in time when we must think beyond the status quo,” said RI Vice President Greg E. Podd. “We must think about our future.”

Podd said the dues increase will allow RI to improve My Rotary, develop resources so clubs can offer a better membership experience, simplify club and district reporting, improve website access for Rotaractors, and update systems to keep Rotary in compliance with changing global regulations.

Also because of this Council’s decisions:

  • A Council on Resolutions will meet annually online to consider resolutions — recommendations to the RI Board. Council members will be selected for three-year terms. They’ll participate in the Council on Resolution for three years and the Council on Legislation in their final year only. The Council on Resolutions will free the Council on Legislation to concentrate on enactments — changes to Rotary’s governing documents. Proponents predict that the Council on Legislation can then be shortened by a day, saving $300,000.
  • Rotaractors will be allowed to become members of Rotary clubs while they are still in Rotaract. Proponents argued that too few Rotaractors (around 5 percent) join Rotary. Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to leave their Rotaract clubs before they have to, upon reaching age 30. It’s hoped that giving them more options will boost the numbers of qualified young leaders in Rotary.
  • The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated. The council recognized that clubs have been meeting in a number of ways, and given this flexibility, the distinction was no longer meaningful. Clubs that have “e-club” in their names can keep it, however.
  • The reference to admission fees will be removed from the bylaws. Proponents argued that the mention of admission fees does not advance a modern image of Rotary.
  • A standing committee on membership was established, in recognition that membership is a top priority of the organization, and polio eradication was also reaffirmed to be a goal of the highest order.

Learn more about the Council on Legislation

See vote totals

By Arnold Grahl

Rotary News


Posted in Avenues of Service, Club Service, General Topics, Membership, Rotary, Rotary International News

Northborough 5K – 10K Road Trail Run May 1st 2016

Northborough 5K  1oK  Road Trail Run May 1st  2016 (more)

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