October 2017
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Making a Difference in Our Community & the World


Service Above Self

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North Grafton, MA  01536
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Club Stories
Again this year, the Shrewsbury Rotary Club will be hosting a Senior Citizens' Dinner in conjunction with the Senior Citizens Preview of the Fall Play at Shrewsbury High School. Rotarians will be needed to host and serve our guests with food prepared by the great cafeteria staff of Shrewsbury High School.
Rotarians should mark their calendars now and prepare to serve; it's a fun time for all. The date is November 2nd with the dinner preceding the 7:00 p.m. performance. More details will follow.
The speaker at the October 2nd meeting of the club was Matt Ward, breakthrough champion. Matt spoke about overcoming an affliction that plagues most of us, procrastination. Matt described procrastination as that state when our passion and our focus are out of sync.
A native of Hershey Pennsylvania, Matt used the example of Milton Hershey who failed with the establishment of three candy companies, but persisted following his passion until his name became synonymous with chocolate. Hershey's two passions were chocolate and children. He and his wife couldn't have their own children, and so he used his fortune to establish a school for underprivileged kids
Matt said that 90% of people allow their inaction to override their passion and so he listed five steps to overcoming that inaction.
1) Know why—Why do you want to take action?
2) Know the negative result of inaction.
3) Face your fears. We need to stare our fears down.
4) Be proactive. The quicker you take action, the more you accomplish.
5) Accept your failures. Failing doesn't make you a failure; not trying again does.
Matt said that writing down what you want to accomplish makes it 42% more likely that you will succeed. In that spirit, he invited club members to write down one thing they want to accomplish by November 1 and add their telephone number and/or email address. He will contact each person on the first of next month to see if they have accomplished what they said they would.
State Representative, Hannah Kane, was the speaker at the September 25th meeting of the Shrewsbury Rotary Club. Hannah is no stranger to our club and it was great to welcome her back to speak with us.
Hannah gave a quick paced update on the 109th biennial session of the Massachusetts State legislature. Among the committees on which Hannah serves is Public Health and the Food Policy Council. She has also been giving substantial attention to mental health and substance abuse issues. She noted that Massachusets is a leader in combatting opioid abuse and noted that this is a major focus of District Attorney, Joe Early's committee on teens and tweens.
Representative Kane has filed 24 bills. Twelve of those are related to the marijuana ballot issue that was promoted by the industry. She favors requiring the industry to answer to five--and not just one--commissioners. She is also concerned about limiting marketing access to youth and favors requiring the industry to illustrate that 85% of its ad audience are over the age of 21.
Another of Hannah's bills has to do with good waste. She believes that we need to make it easier to donate food to programs to feed those who cannot afford food prices. She noted that we dispose of $700 worth of food per person per year which is both a disposal and an economic issue. She favors supervised medical parole for prisoners with terminal illnesses, which is both a humanitarian issue and a matter of the high cost of keeping these individuals incarcerated and cared for.
Other bills she supports propose the requirement of a fiscal note to be attached to any bill affecting municipalities (which she says will not go anywhere), proposing regional school transportation for students from Shrewsbury to Assabet, supporting the Lake Quinsigamond Commission and another extending the definition of affordable housing to mobile homes. 
Among the accomplishments of the legislative year are a pregnancy fairness act, increased survivor benefits for public safety officials' families. 
In addition to all of the above, Hannah is interested in some twenty initiative petitions
Owen Russell was received as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury at the club's meeting on September 18th. That being the date of the District Governor's visit, Owen had the honor of being inducted into the club by DG Karin Gaffney.
Owen is the branch manager of the Shrewsbury Branch of Central One Federal Credit Union. In that position, Owen replaces our member, Joan Day who retired last spring.
Owen has had a history of Rotary in his past. For several years, he was a member of the Rotary Club of Auburn. He has already been involved in several club projects and will be a valuable member of the club. We give a warm welcome to Owen as our newest club member.
District Governor, Karin Gaffney made her "annual official visit" to the Shrewsbury club on September 18th. She was accompanied by our Assistant Governor, Elliott Rittenberg.
DG Karin, who loves tasteful jewelry displayed the "tasteful" Rotary necklace that her husband gave her as a birthday gift (see photo!). Using the necklace as an illustration, she reminded club members that we are all gears on the wheel. When she took a leave from her job last March in order to assume the office of DG, her friends and relatives thought she had "gone over the cliff," but their remarks gave her opportunity to explain what Rotary does. She said that she might describe Rotary in terms of service projects, fellowship and meetings but—at the heart of it all—she said that in Rotary "we change lives."
This year's theme logo declares, "Rotary: Making a Difference" and it pictures people of all shapes in sizes encircled by a circle symbolizing the globe. She opined that we are here in Rotary for a variety of reasons, but at the heart of it all, we are people who have a heart for service and, she said, "Those are the kinds of people I want to be around."
DG Karin also spoke of the contagious Rotary Fever seen in the array of service projects at an International convention. She went on to describe exciting things being done by clubs in our district such as building ramps to homes for handicapped persons, offering job training for prison inmates and providing crock pots and food for low income families. To hear about these kinds of great service projects is to be infected with the fever.
The 3 foci for this year in the district were offered by the Governor. Those are: 1) to increase service projects, 2) to raise awareness of Rotary, and 3) to bring in new members. These three foci reinforce one another; service projects raises visibility/awareness, which brings in members, who—in turn—add to the service projects that can be done. And so the wheel goes on-and-on!
Finally, the DG announced the 5 District Conference that will be held from May4-6 at Mt. Washington.
The Shrewsbury Club ended the year with a commendable response of giving to the Rotary Foundation. This is the 100th anniversary of the Foundation, begun by RI President Arch Klumph with a donation of $26.50.
At the end of the last Rotary Year, 23 club members remained of those who began the year. Of those 23, 16 members (actually 17 of all club members) contributed to the Foundation for a guvubg rate if 69.6%. Our goal was to achieve a $125 per capita gift and we achieved a $144,62 average gift to the Annual Fund and a $172.16 per capita average gift to the Foundation overall. To date, the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury has donated $83,325.15 to the Rotary Foundation to conquer polio, dig wells, train local farming in underfed regions of the world, educate children and so much more. 
Our Goal is to have every Rotarian contribute every year. 
The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury's 2nd Annual Brew & Food Festival was held on June 25th 12-3 pm at the Avidia Bank parking lot.  Thank you to all who helped make our major fundraiser this year a big success! Participating vendors: 2Ovens, Alicia's Homemade, Austin Liquors, Basil N Spice, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chinese Mirch, Hills Home Market, Hooters, Broken Creek Vineyards, Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, Medusa Brewing Company, Mon Hill Brewing Company, MS Walker Fine Wines, Owen O'Leary's, Wormtown Brewery, Wicked Wines, Il Forno, MOOYAH, Shrewsbury Pizzeria, Smith's Cakery, Tavern in the Square, Polar Beverages, and Price Chopper.