Celebrate Community - Saturday, March 14th 5PM - 11PM
Urban Kitchen & Bar
225 Shrewsbury St, Worcester
Our next Luncheon Meeting is on Thursday, January 29nd from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Coral Seafood, located at 225 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester. The speaker will be Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
The 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 read a January 4th Sunday Telegram item on Rotary Worcester's recent donations to three local and one international community-building initiatives.
Click here or on image to listen to a 29-minute episode of 'The Business Beat' in which Worcester Rotarian Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Rotary Worcester Secretary Krista Piazza (shown, center), who is 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) Rotary Worcester's 2014-'15 president. They talk about changing the course of public education. The interview aired on December 21 on 90.5 WICN. (Photo/Steve Jones-D'Agostino)
Worcester Rotarians Ken Harling (shown, left) and Jonathan Vo (shown, right) ring bells on December 20, outside Sam's Club, located off Route 146 in Worcester, to raise money for the Salvation Army. (Photo/Ron Fraser)
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.
Rotary Rocket (monthly, as of August 2014)
Previous issues (PDF format):
For more information on Rotary Rocket Newsletter, contact Steve Jones-D'Agostino at 508-930-8675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.