Rotary Club of Foxboro

Club Executives & Directors

Immediate Past President
President Elect
International Committee
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
Community Committee Chair
Scholarship Chair
RYLA Chair
Interact Chair
Finance Chair
Parking Chair
Water Committee Chair


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Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

First and Third Thursdays at 12:00 (NOTE EXCEPTIONS)
Foxboro Country Club
33 Walnut Street
Foxboro, MA  02035
United States
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Meetings are usually held on first and third Thursday of every month at noon at the Foxboro Country Club (33 Walnut St., Foxboro) unless otherwise noted; $15/per person.  For contact and directions to the FCC:

All meetings require payment at the door. Alternatively, you can prepay by sending a check to: The Foxboro Rotary, PO Box 321, Foxboro, MA, 02035.


Next one is Thursday Sept. 25 at 5:15. Venue is likely to be Waxy O'Connor's in Foxboro

Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.


  • Meetings are usually held on the last Friday of each month at noon at the Foxboro Country Club (see above for directions) unless otherwise noted.
  • On Friday, Sept. 26, the meeting will be held at Waxy O'Connors in Foxboro, rather than the Foxboro Country Club.


  • Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month at 8:30 AM at Technical Support International, 10 Mechanic Street in Foxboro, unless otherwise noted.






Valerie Perry (DG) and Jane Desberg (Asst. DG) visited our club on August 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in Foxboro. The Board met for about an hour and a half before the regular meeting to discuss our club's Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs. It was a very productive meeting, with many good ideas shared. They then joined us for lunch at our regular club meeting. Valerie recounted her Rotary journey and where she sees the future of our District. We presented her with a flag at the end of the meeting.
She noted that the highest rating she could assign to a club was 5 stars and that our club should have earned six or more!


Events for various clubs around District 7950 can be found here:


September 11th Rotary Club of Sharon -  Overcoming 9/11:Beyond Belief Film Showing, Sharon High School Auditorium, 7:00pm.  Moderated by Newscaster Ron Sanders.   For more details visit:
September  20th - Day of Success 8:30am-1:00pm at Whites of Westport.  Agenda will include foundation training.  As soon as I have the full agenda, I will make sure you have it.  Trainings like this are great for current and future club leaders.
October 5th - Rotary Club of Mansfield - 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk.  Visit for details and the registration form.
November 7th - Rotary Night at the Providence Bruins.  Support the End Polio Now campaign.
November 13th - Foundation Dinner at Venus De Milo - guest speaker RI Director Anne Matthews.  I have heard Anne speak, she is  passionate and engaging.  Having RI leadership come to the district is special and should not be missed.  Encourage your members to attend.
January 31st - Re-PETS/Winter Meeting at White's of Westport
March 12-14 - PETS in Framingham, MA
April 13th - International Night at Whites of Westport
August 23-26th - District Conference with District 7255 in Mystic, CT




Our club is registered as a team to walk on Sunday September 28 at 8:00 AM in Slater Park, Pawtucket RI. We were the leading fundraiser in Rhode Island last year and the second leading the previous year.
To register, click on the link below and look for the team "Foxboro Rotary." Or let Karen know and she can register you.

This is an exciting time for us in terms of our international work!
Water Committee - Joe updated us on our work to provide filters to the Philippines and grey water project in Mexico.
International Committee - Joan updated us on their many projects. They include: 1) toilets for schools in India, 2) educational efforts for women in Malawi, 3) donation to Mexico for a filtration project, 4) donation to Shelter Box, 5) donations to the Philippines for petty cabs, and 6) Interact students' work with Remote Access Medical (RAM).

Mr. McGinty was killed in one of the towers on 9/11. The family formed the McGinty Foundation, which sponsors this annual event. This year's event will be on Saturday Sept. 13 from 11:30 - 3:30 on the Foxboro Common. We are partnering with the Charter School. The Chuckwagon will make a special appearance. Volunteers are needed for pre-event prep, at the event, and for clean-up. Please get in touch with Lori to find out how you can get involved.

Music Drives Us Foundation and Hero Helpers of America are holding a special event at the Lake Pearl Liciano's in Wrentham MA on Sept. 14 from 12:00 - 6:00. It will feature live entertainment from Boston's best country band, Dalton and the Sheriffs, and other local bands. There will be family fun activities and food provided by local restaurants. See the link to the flyer on the right side of the webpage for more information.

In response to the rising prevalence of Alzheimer's Dementia, even among younger individuals, District 7950, the Rotary Club of Martha's Vineyard, and now our club will be joining forces with a dynamic organization, the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, to address this growing crisis. The Cure Alzheimer's Fund was launched by a group of venture capitalists in Massachusetts who were frustrated by the slow progress of research. They have funded cutting-edge studies in the hope of finding effective treatments and a cure. One-hundred percent of monies raised goes to research, and they have received the highest ratings on charity review websites.
For more information about this exciting initiative, click the link below:

The Foxboro Rotary held its first of what is sure to become a popular annual Family Olympics Day on Saturday August 9. The fun day of free competitions and food was held outdoors at the Ahern Middle School. Over 100 families and volunteers joined in the festivities. A wonderful time was held by all. A big thanks to everyone who helped and an even bigger one for Tom, Tim, and Brian for spearheading the event.
We made it into the Sun Chronicle!

Our club, along with Rotary clubs of Weymouth, Naga, and Tacloban, and  Bicol Bestrade Sales Center Inc. have contributed funds for disaster relief for those affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). We will be purchasing 15 pedicabs. Pedicabs are bicycles fitted with side cars used for public transportation, especially in areas not covered by buses or jeepneys and in remote areas. All pedicabs will be marked with the Rotary and Bicol logos. Pedicab recipients will remit a portion of their revenue to fund new pedicabs for distribution.

Several Interact students went with Lew, Kay, and Lori to rural Appalachia to assist with a Remote Access Medicine (RAM) ( to provide health care to residents living in poverty. The event ran from July 12 – 20, 2014.  RAM is a special free clinic serving the healthcare needs of people in Appalachia, specifically southwest Virginia. We are excited to see our young people so dedicated helping others in this special way.




Our club held its final meeting of the year on June 24 at the Foxboro Country Club. This provided members an opportunity to reflect on all of the incredible work the club has done this year, both locally and internationally.

We said goodbye to Lori as our president and thanked her for the incredible job she has done this past year, as well as our other Board members (Karen, Jim, and Ingrid).

The gavel is now in Mike's very capable hands and we look forward to a fantastic year with his leadership.

Here's to another good year!


Steve Udden was awarded a very well-deserved Paul Harris Award at our annual meeting. For his numerous contributions to the Rotary and to the community in general, we are very grateful. 

Karen Friend was named "Rotarian of the Year." We all thank her for her service and dedication, as well as serving as a role model under challenging personal circumstances.



Birthdays - Kenny (Sept. 7); Vivian (Sept. 17); Bill B. (Oct. 3); Roxanne (Oct. 4); Jim G. (Oct. 27)

Spouse Birthdays - Steve Andberg (Sept. 7); Christin Marks (Oct. 30)

Anniversaries - Jim S. and Christine (15 years, Sept. 19); Bill B. and Mary (26 years, Oct. 16); Lew and Rem (10 years, Oct. 24)

Club Anniversaries - Karen (4 years, Sept. 2); Gail (4 years, Sept. 2); Russ (3 years, Sept. 16); Tim (3 years, Oct. 9)




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