Rotary Club of Fall River
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Fall River

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
White's of Westport
66 State Road
Westport, MA  02790
United States
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William Penn said it best - “I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”


Fall River Rotarians recently held their annual backpack and school supply drive and donated 120 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to the local community in need. These backpacks were filled with a variety of school supplies including everything from notebooks to colored pencils and everything in between that children would need for school. These 120 backpacks were disbursed among 3 local non-profit organizations: Family Service Association, Child and Family Services, and United Neighbors of Fall River. Donations were collected at BayCoast Bank locations and the Rotary Club of Fall River donated nearly $800 to purchase the backpacks and remaining supplies needed.

At their weekly meeting on August 4th
, Rotarians formed an assembly line, filling the backpacks with the supplies. Trish Robertson, this year’s President, stated that she was “so impressed with the generosity of the community and the Rotarians. Whenever we ask for help to assist the greater Fall River community, whether through donations or volunteering, we always receive a generous response.” Wendy Garf-Lipp, Executive Director of United Neighbors of Fall River, went on to say that because of these donations, children living in vulnerable situations will proudly show off their new backpacks and school supplies their first day of school. Members of the Fall River Rotary Club are proud to be able to work with these great community organizations to both fill the backpacks and get them distributed to those children that need them the most.




The Rotary Club of Fall River and the Fall River Rotary Club Charitable Foundation Trust recently installed their 2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors. According to newly elected President Trish Robertson, Rotary International has adopted “Rotary Serving Humanity” as this year’s theme. Major areas of focus include promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local communities. The Fall River Rotary Club supports these efforts internationally and locally.

In the Greater Fall River community, the Rotary Club supports the work of several non-profit organizations and schools through small grants and volunteering. The Club runs a number of programs each year including providing backpacks and school supplies to low income children, hosting a “First Impressions” event to help Bristol Community College students and others entering the work force with interview and resume writing tips and providing business appropriate attire. The Club has also donated over two hundred pairs of sneakers and socks to children in need through its “Happy Feet” program. The Club also awards twelve scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors. Funds are raised primarily through the annual Pancake Breakfast held in the Fall and the “Affair to Remember” held in the Spring.

In addition to President Trish Robertson, the Club inducted the following: President Elect, Jennifer Preston; Vice President, Kimberly Smith; Secretary, Jennifer Vincent; Treasurer, Lisa Raiche; Sergeant-at-Arms, Karen Augeri-Benson; Co-Historians, Paula Raposa and Harvey Trieff. The Fall River Rotary Club Charitable Foundation Trust named the following officers: President, Jim Collins; Vice President, Roger Cabral; Secretary, Paula Raposa and Treasurer, Charlene Jarest.

The Rotary Club of Fall River has been an integral part of the community since 1920. There are over 85 members who meet Thursday's at White’s of Westport at noon. Anyone interested in learning more is invited to attend a meeting and visit


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Aug 25, 2016
State Representative, Carol Fiola
Update on legislative matters
Sep 01, 2016
David S. Weed, Psy.D, Exec Dir, Partners for a Hea
Ending the Obesity and Diabetes Crisis
Sep 08, 2016
Josh Smith
My Brother's Keeper
Sep 15, 2016
Stephanie Perry, RN, CARN at St. Anne's Hospital
De-stigmatization of addiction and changing the culture of caring for patients with addiction
Sep 22, 2016
Stu Nunnery
Rebuilding a Life in Music with Hearing Loss
Sep 29, 2016
Roger Cabral, Lisa Raiche, Carmen Aguilar
Visit to sister club in Miraglia, Mexico
Oct 06, 2016
Tushar Kumar, MD
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Oct 13, 2016
Julia Rayberg, Worthy Village
Building Pathways Out of Poverty in Guatemala: Stories of Empowerment.
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