Join Our Weekly Luncheon Meeting
Happy Holidays to you and your entire family from all of us at the Rotary Club of Worcester! Our next Luncheon Meeting is on Thursday, January 8 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Coral Seafood, located at 225 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester. Luncheon fee is $18 per person for both members and non-members. Raffle tickets are $2 for one and $7 for four. Free parking and wheelchair-accessible. For more information, contact 2014-'15 Rotary Worcester President David Frazier at DFrazier@WorcesterAdvisors.com.
Click here or on image to view photos, by Worcester Rotarian Rich Prager, of our Annual Glögg Party on December 18 at Coral Seafood. They include our guest performers, the Seven Hills Charter Public School Singers.
Click here to watch a video, by Rich, of the Singers' wonderful performance.
In an all-new The Business Beat, Worcester Rotarian Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Worcester Rotarian Krista Piazza (shown, center), superintendent of Seven Hills Charter Public School and executive director of the Learning Foundation. Joining her are Amy Ebbeson (shown, left), who chairs Seven Hills Charter's Board of Trustees, and David Frazier (shown, right), 2014-'15 president of our club.They talk about changing the course of public education.
The 29-minute episode
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Click here or on image to view photos, by Worcester Rotarian Rich Prager, of our December 11 Luncheon Meeting at Coral Seafood. They include our keynote speaker, Captain Patrick O'Gara, administrator of the Salvation Army's Worcester Adult Rehabilitation Center on Cambridge Street. Click here to view Rich's video of Captain O'Gara's presentation
Captain O'Gara (left) is shown posing with Ken Harling, a past president and a current director of Rotary Worcester, who emceed the Luncheon Meeting.
The Rotary Club of Worcester falls under District 7910 of Rotary International. The 109-year-old RI is a worldwide service organization. Its purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders, to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The 2014-2015 District Governor, Val Callahan, is a longtime member and a past president of Worcester Rotary.
Rotary is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference. Globally, there are more than 34,000 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide. Rotary members are known as Rotarians. Usually, they meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These are social events as well as opportunities to organize work on their service goals.
Rotary's primary motto is service above self. An earlier motto was, "One profits most who serves best.” This year’s Rotary International theme—“Light Up Rotary” —challenges Rotarians to make a difference by renewing their commitment and welcoming those who have an interest in giving back and wish to join Rotary.
Rotary started with the vision of one man: Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, in 1905. It was intended to be a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Worcester Rotary held its first meeting 102 years ago - in March 1912 - and its charter was issued that April. By that August, there were 29 members. In the mid-1990s, Worcester Rotary’s membership stood at more than 225. Between then and the past year or so, membership fell to around 50.
These days, thanks in large part to the inspirational vision and leadership of Satya Mitra, the chapter’s president for 2013-2014, Worcester Rotary’s membership has risen to more than 130.The 2014-2015 president and longtime Worcester Rotary member, David Frazier, has committed to maintaining and increasing the membership during his tenure.
To read and download the Worcester Rotary Constitution, click here.
To read and download the Worcester Rotary Bylaws, click here.
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Rotary Worcester In The News
During the Fall of 2014, the Rotary Club of Worcester's Service Fund Committee, chaired by Past President Frank Doherty (shown, posing with recent keynote speaker Alison Chisolm), awarded $2,000 to First Night Worcester, to support a shortfall in funding for the annual event's 2015 celebration. Rotary Worcester will receive credit for its donation on the First Night Worcester website and visually at venue locations. The Service Fund Committee also awarded: $1,500 to African Community Education, to support the feeding of 65 youths who are refugees from Africa, and who attend Saturday morning classes to help them catch up in their grade levels; $1,500 to Tatnuck Magnet School to help pay for the construction of a prototype rainwater-harvesting system, to irrigate a community garden at the school; and $1,000 to the WPI Rotaract Club, to help pay for its trip in January to Guatemala regarding its clean-water initiative, being done in collaboration with the WPI chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA.
Click here to view photos of District 7910 and Worcester Rotary's Installation Dinner, held on July 10 at Mechanics Hall. Shown, is 2013-2014 President Satya Mitra handing the Rotary gavel to '14-'15 President David Frazier.
Val Callahan, longtime member and past president of Worcester Rotary, is the 2014-2015 Governor of District 7910. She's shown addressing the July 10 Installation Dinner at Mechanics Hall.
For the 2013-2014 year, Worcester Rotary has been named Best Club of the Year in District 7910. We have the prestigious District Bell in our Club for the 2014-2015 year. Along with this great honor, we were also awarded for Community Service, Membership Growth. Shown, left to right, are 2013-2014 President Satya Mitra and Past President Frank Doyle posing with the District 7910 Best Club of the Year Award - aka District Bell.
Worcester Rotarian Carl Gomes has received the District 7910 Unsung Hero Award for 2013-2014 for his successful efforts to secure a $40,000 Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Global Grant for a school project in Haiti.