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


Intense summer program gives Israeli and Palestinian teens new perspectives
Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace. Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds." The students were participating in a program run by...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
Alumni recognized for expanding mental health services and supporting Rotary’s work
Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work expanding access to mental health services is much needed. Depression affects at least 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. "In India, there is no mental...

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Service Above Self

First and Third Fridays at 12:00 (NOTE EXCEPTIONS)
Foxboro Country Club
33 Walnut Street
Foxboro, MA  02035
United States
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  • Friday February 6 - At the Mansfield Holiday Inn (31 Hampshire St., Mansfield, MA). Our speaker will demonstrate environmentally-friendly toilets that we might use for our Loos for Love India toilets project
  • Friday February 20 - Back at the Foxboro Country Club. Meet the candidates for the upcoming Board elections on March 20
  • Friday March 6 - Regular club meeting at the FCC
  • Friday March 20 - Board election at the FCC
  • Thursday evening April 2 - Save the Date! We are holding a special evening event, with a speaker discussing Alzheimer's Dementia. This is timely, given the release and Golden Globe winner "Still Alice," a movie about a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's.

Meetings are usually held on first and third Friday 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.


  • The next Board meeting will be on Wednesday January 28 at 5:15 at the ReMax office in Foxboro (30 Mechanic St., Foxboro, MA)
  • Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.


  • The next meeting will be on Friday January 30 at noon at the Foxboro Country Club.
  • Meetings are usually held on the last Friday of each month at noon at the Foxboro Country Club unless otherwise noted.


  • The next meeting will be held on Monday January 26 at 8:30 AM at Technical Support International, 10 Mechanic Street in Foxboro.
  • Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month at 8:30 AM unless otherwise noted.





Save the date! On April 2, our club will host a special evening speaker's meeting in honor of our 45th anniversary. It will take place at 6:00 PM at the Foxboro Country Club.
The presentation will focus on Alzheimer's Dementia and the Rotary Action Group. Speakers will include Dr. Peter Synder, a professor in Neurology at Brown University and vice president of research at Lifespan ( and Mike Curren from Cure Alzheimer's Fund (
We want to have a big turnout, so save the date and invite your family members and friends!


Events for various clubs around District 7950 can be found on the District Calendar:

  • January 31, 2015 - Pre-PETS/Winter Meeting at White's of Westport
  • March 12-14, 2015 - PETS in Framingham, MA
  • April 13, 2015 - International Night at Whites of Westport
  • August 23-26, 2015 - District Conference with District 7255 in Mystic, CT




On a cold and snowy evening in early January 2015, Lew and Rem hosted what turned out to be a very fun and lively gathering. Particularly entertaining was the Yankee Swap. Who knew this generally mild-mannered nice group of individuals could suddenly become so cutthroat?
A grand time was had by all; thanks to our wonderful hosts!

Mary has been presenting the project at various clubs around the District to generate additional support to build toilets for schools in India.
At the February 6 club meeting, Steven Mecca, of the Jamestown Rotary Club will present information about a toilet that requires only a cup of water and is proven highly sustainable. He has already deployed his model in Ghana, where he has done most of his work. This toilet could be a good model to introduce to India.

Lots of International Committee activity! Among the many projects 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). We are also working with the District's Water Committee filters to the Philippines and grey water project in Mexico.

In response to the rising prevalence of Alzheimer's Dementia, Rotary International 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.
Check out the Alzheimer's/Dementia Rotarian Action Group on Facebook:

Like the club has done in previous years, we will be helping our seniors celebrate Veteran's Day. Volunteers are needed to help serve breakfast at the Serniors' Center on Thursday, November 6, from 9 - 11 AM. Contact Tom for more information.

In the past month, scientists at Mass General, funded by the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, have discovered how to replicate the Alzheimer's mechanism in a petri dish. This represents a huge breakthrough in the field, as it will greatly increase the pace at which new medications can be tried. As reported in the New York Times:

Congratulations to the Foxboro Rotary 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's, which raised more money than all other teams for the Pawtucket Rhode Island walk Another congratulations to Karen and Jake for being among the biggest individual fundraisers. Well done!
It was a beautiful day for the 3-mile walk in Slater Park, Pawtucket RI. Lew and Rem joined Karen and Jake, as well as Jake's brother John and sister-in-law Robin, as walkers and more club members and the club itself as donors. And of course, the leader of the pack was Zizou.
Thank you to all involved!
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!
Plans are already underway to figure out what we can do to make next year's event even better!

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!

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.

Birthdays: Mary Graham-Louise (Dec 17); Ingrid (Jan. 27); Paul S. (Mar 3)

Spouse Birthdays: John W. (Jan. 1)

Anniversaries: Dick and Patricia (54 years, Jan. 15); Joe and Lourdes (2 years, Jan 2); Kay and Steve (36 years, Feb 17)

Club Anniversaries: Kenny (44 years, Jan. 1); Steve (2 year, Jan. 1); Paul (4 years, Jan. 3); Bill B. (20 years, Jan. 10); Ray (31 years, Jan. 10); Bill C. (8 years, Jan. 12); Lori (8 years, Jan. 12); Dick (39 years, Feb 2); Mary (1 year, Mar 10); Tom (4 years, Mar 10); Joe (5 years, Mar 25)



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