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


Polio's Retreat
As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio. Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard...
Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water. Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in...
Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...

Club Information

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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.


  • Wednesday Sept. 10 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.


  • Meetings are usually held on the first 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




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!

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).

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.


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.


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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