Rotary Club of Foxboro

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Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
 

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Foxboro

Service Above Self

First and Third Thursdays at 12:00 (NOTE EXCEPTIONS)
Foxboro Country Club
http://www.foxboroughcc.com/aboutus/contacts.aspx
33 Walnut Street
Foxboro, MA  02035
United States
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CLUB MEETINGS:

  • Thursday Nov 6 - Instead of the regular meeting, we will volunteer at the Foxboro Seniors' Center (75 Central St.) from 9:00-11:30 AM, followed by a Board meeting
  • Thursday Nov 20
  • Thursday Dec 4
  • Thursday Dec 18

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:   http://www.foxboroughcc.com/

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.

BOARD MEETINGS

  • Next one is Thursday November 6 after the volunteer event at the Foxboro Seniors' Center (roughly 11:30). Venue TBD. No Board meeting on November 12.
  • Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.

COMMUNITY COMMITTEE MEETING

  • Next meeting is Friday Oct 31 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 (see above for directions) unless otherwise noted.

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS

  • The next meeting is Nov 24 (note: Not on the usual date, which would have been Nov 17) 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 at Technical Support International, 10 Mechanic Street in Foxboro, unless otherwise noted.

 

 


 

 

 

 
 

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

http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50054/Events/Calendar?Year=2014&Month=7

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2014
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.  She is  passionate and engaging. 
 
2015
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
 

 

 

 

 
 
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:
 
 
 

 
 
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.
 

 
 
Mary spoke with Rotary contacts in India about the first phase of school toilets being installed. A drafted proposal was submitted and construction is to start very soon. Pictures will be coming soon with updates. Mary also met with Steven Mecca, of the Jamestown Rotary Club, about his idea for a toilet that requires only a cup of water and is proven highly sustainable. He has deployed his model in Ghana, where he has done most of his work. He is willing to come and speak in more detail on a Friday to our club. This type of toilet could be a good model to introduce to India. He also has a model for micro-financing that could be a different approach to funding these toilets and expanding to more areas. He is willing to help us and partner to get Rotary funds by collaborating with us to reach our goals. More to come when those dates get secured. Mary is in the process of putting together a presentation to bring to clubs and can be made available shortly for your perusal.
 

 
 
It was a beautiful day for a 3-mile walk in Slater Park, Pawtucket RI. We were the leading fundraiser in Rhode Island last year and the second leading the previous year. Lew and Rem joined me 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!
 
 
 
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. Talk to Mary, Joan, and/or Joe about moving these great ideas into action!
 
 

 
 
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!
 

 
 
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.
 
 

 
 
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) (http://www.ramusa.org) 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.

 

 

 
 

Birthdays - Lori (Nov 4); Joan (Nov 10); Russ (Nov 25)

Anniversaries - Bette and David (38 years; Nov 17)

Club Anniversaries - Brian (3 years; Nov 25)

 

 
 

We're hip; we're cool; and we're on Facebook!

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E-clubs as a meeting modality was approved by Rotary International in 2010. The Sharon club has a satellite e-club pilot program. Sharon's club’s site is  www.rotarynewengland.org. Check it out!

 

 
 

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The South Shore Council represents multiple clubs in the region. Their meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM at Peppercornz in Weymouth, MA. All are welcome.

 

 
 

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