Join Us At Our Weekly Luncheon Meetings
Our next Luncheon Meeting is on Thursday, September 4 at 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Coral Seafood, 225 Shrewsbury St. Luncheon fee is $18 per person for members and non-members. Raffle tickets are $2 for one and $7 for four. Free parking and wheelchair-accessible.
John Giangregorio of the Canal District Alliance will be the keynote speaker. He'll talk about the 2014 Blackstone Canalfest. Click here for more information.
Click here for Rich Prager's photos of the Rotary Club of Worcester's August 28 Luncheon Meeting. They feature our keynote speaker, David Ostrowsky, author of 'Game Over or Game On.' Click here for more information.
For more information on our Luncheon Meetings as well as Worcester Rotary in general, contact Steve Jones-D'Agostino, 2014-2015 chair of the Public Relations Committee, at SRDagostino@icloud.com.
About Worcester Rotary
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.
Worcester Rotary Rocket Newsletter (biweekly - except July and August, when monthly)
For more information on Worcester Rotary Rocket Newsletter, contact Steve Jones-D'Agostino at 508-930-8675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worcester Rotary In The News
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, also known as the 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.
2013-104 President Satya Mitra, fresh from his journey to Rotary International's conference in Australia, along with other Worcester Rotary members pose with the Key to the City of Worcester. The award was made by Mayor Joe Petty on June 10 in City Council chambers, during the weekly Council meeting. Mayor Petty honored Worcester Rotary for donating $50,000 to the Elm Park Red-Wooden Footbridge Project. Also shown are members Laurie Savoy (hold the Key to the City), Amy Mosher, Samuel Kariuiki, Royce Anderson (holding a metal rotary gear that Laurie provided for the event) and Steve Jones-D'Agostino. Special thanks to the Worcester police officer who agreed to take the photo! Click here for a video of the award presentation by Mayor Petty.
Worcester Rotary has raised $135,000 - exceeding its 2014 Fundraising Campaign goal by $35,000. Worcester Rotary has also donated $50,000 of the amount raised to help the City of Worcester's Elm Park Red-Wooden Footbridge project, 2014 Wheel to Water & Beyond program and Denholm Building Wall Mural initiative. The rest of the money will be used to support many other local community projects as well as international projects such those in Haiti, India, Kenya and Sierra Leone. Shown, left to right, are 2013-2014 President Satya Mitra, Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, and Worcester Rotary Treasurer Robert Mangan. Click here for more information as well as event photos. Click here for a recent GoLocalWorcester article on our 2014 Fundraiser. Click here for a recent Telegram & Gazette
slideshow on our 2014 Fundraiser.
We hope you enjoy this 5-minute video of Rotarians from across the Bay State, including Worcester, participating in the Stop Hunger Now volunteer effort on May 17 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Boxborough, which took place as part of the 2014 Rotary District 7910 Conference. More than 150 Rotarians met the goal of packaging a total of 30,000 pounds of food for shipment to communities in need. The music is "One Heat" by Bryan G. It's a song to benefit the Stop Hunger Now movement. For more information, visit www.StopHungerNow.org.