“The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange program.  It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.”
 
What is the mission of the Rotary Foundation? Julie Parent 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
YES.  According to IRS Publication 526, Rotary International qualifies as a tax deductible charitable organization due to the humanitarian nature of its operations.
 
Make your donation to the Foundation before December 31 2017 for a a tax deduction for 2017.
 
Are donations to the Rotary Foundation tax deductible? Julieann Parent 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
*  The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri made the first contribution to the Rotary
Foundation in 1917--$26.50
 
*  In 1947, the Rotary members contributed 1.3 million dollars in memory of Paul Harris.
 
*  In 1979, the Rotary Foundation began immunization of 6 million children in the Philipines against polio.
 
*  In 1980, Rotary committed to eliminating polio through immunization.
 
*  The Rotary Foundation has spent over $3 billion on programs and projects to support humanitarian efforts and scholarships through its 100 year history.
 
Interesting Facts About the Rotary Foundation: Julie Parent 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Taking Charge with Chocolate Cliff Gerber 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
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
State Rep. Hannah Kane Cliff Gerber 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
For the third year running the Rotary Club will join forces with the Lion's Club in Shrewsbury to provide needed personal care items for clients at Veterans, Inc. Members of both clubs will supply shoppers with lists of needed items when they enter to shop at Price Chopper supermarket and collect the items that are purchased as shoppers leave the store. This is a great way to remember and thank our veterans for their service around the time of Veteran's Day.
 
This year's collection is scheduled for November 4th from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the lobby of Price Chopper. Club members will be needed in a minimum of two member for each of 2 two-hour shifts.
 
Veterans Personal Care Collection Cliff Gerber 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
At the 1917 convention in Atlanta Georgia, outgoing Rotary president, Arch Klumph, proposed setting up an endowment  for the "purpose of doing good in the world."  That proposal and his initial contribution of $26.50 put in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the world.”       
Why was the Rotary Foundation established? Julie Parent 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Owen Russell, the club's newest member Cliff Gerber 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
DG Karin Gaffney"s Annual Visit Cliff Gerber 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
The concept of networking among Rotarians is being revived in District 7910 under the title, Rotary Means Business.
 
The next Rotary Means Business event will be held at Chuck's Steakhouse in Auburn at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27th. You can register for this event (cost is $20) by following this link to the district site: <http://rotary7910.org/event/rotary-means-business-(rmb)---guest-registration/>.
 
Rotary Means Business Cliff Gerber 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Next Senior Dinner - November 2 Cliff Gerber 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
The club is planning to resume a practice of some years ago, of honoring a local business that represents the 4-Way Test in its dealing with its customers and the community. If you have nominations for the "Business of the Year," please submit them to President Kathy McSweeney with an explanation of why you feel that business represents the best ideals of Rotary.
 
Nominations for "Business of the Year" Cliff Gerber 2017-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Our member, Jack Collins, made a contribution to the District 5910 effort to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Jack received a response worth sharing with the club as a reminder that Rotary presents an outstanding opportunity to respond to disaster. The note from District 5910 follows.
 

I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your donation to support disaster relief in the Rotary District 5910 flood damage areas that have drastically changed the lives of hundreds of families. 

Hurricane Harvey has brought untold suffering and destruction to the people of Texas. Devastating winds, torrential rain, and historic floods have impacted the lives of millions along the Gulf Coast area. 

Your donation will be incredibly helpful and will allow us to meet the most urgent needs of the victims including supplies, debris removal, home repair and more. Every gift made does go directly to helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

I will try to send out Email updates as much as possible to keep you aware of the relief efforts.

 

 
Word from Texas on Harvey Cliff Gerber 2017-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Lori Jones represented Shrewsbury Rotary at the Becker College "Involvement Fair." The purpose of her being there was to spread information about the possible formation of a Rotaract Club at Becker under our club's auspices. Lori reports that five students expressed interest in Rotaract.
 
Unfortunately, Ales--who will be the faculty contact for the club--has had his work permit bogged down and so will not be able to teach--and therefore provide Rotaract leadership--until the next semester. Lori will be keeping in touch with the students who have shown interest.
Shrewsbury Rotary at Becker "Involvement Fair" Cliff Gerber 2017-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Each Friday morning, all club members receive an invitation to the following club meeting with the request that they RSVP by return email. This is not a frivolous request. An approximate attendance is needed by the Post Office Pub in order to have the room prepared for sufficient attendees and to know how much meal prep staffing will be required. Attendance estimates are reported to the Pub early each Monday. As the 4-Way Test reminds us, our behaviors should be "fair to all concerned."
 
Thank you for your cooperation! Also note that, if you are not eating lunch, there is a $5.00 charge to cover drinks and other club expenses attendant upon the meeting.
Please Respond to Meeting Invitation Cliff Gerber 2017-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
As a part of the official visit of the District Governor, the club's Board of Directors will meet with DG Karin following the club meeting at the Post Office Pub. All board members should plan to remain for about one half hour following the club meeting on September 18.
Board Meets with DG Cliff Gerber 2017-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor, Karin Gaffney, will be making her "official" visit to the club at its regular meeting on September 18th at 12:15 PM at the Post Office Pub, North Grafton.
 
DG Karin serves District 7910 for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. It is a part of the governor's duties to visit each club in the district to share her/his vision for the program year with the club and for the governor to learn of the plans and goals that each club has for the year.
 
Karin Gaffney joined the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley as a charter member in February 2012 and served as President in its charter year, successfully leading her club to receive numerous RI and District awards, including Best Club.
 
For District 7910, Karin served for three years as an Assistant Governor and as a Trustee. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and an RLI graduate. In 2014, she was honored as Rotarian of the Year. She has chaired numerous District events, including the 2016 District Conference.
 
DG's Visit - Sept. 18th Cliff Gerber 2017-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
There will be no meeting of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury on Monday, September 4, Labor Day. The next regular meeting of the club will be on Monday, September 11.
 
 
No Club Meeting this Monday Cliff Gerber 2017-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
The calendar committee has met and is fully engaged with the 2018 Fundraising Calendar.  They are looking for a few pieces of information from our Rotary Members:
1) Are we committed to our Recycle Day on April 29th, 2018?
2) Are we committed to the Shrewsbury Food and Brew Festival on June 24th, 2018?
 
The committee is looking to put additional information in the calendar to promote Shrewsbury Rotary, so kindly send Mindy additional information if appropriate. (We will not be putting regular meetings, but it will be noted with our contact information.)
 
If you have any great color photos of Shrewsbury that you would like to submit for consideration as a monthly photo, kindly send me your ideas!  300 DPI resolution minimum, JPG or PDF preferred. (Send photos to craigmbarry@gmail.com)
 
Lastly,the committee is looking to have our "Rotarian" dogs for the month of August!  Yes, it's "Dog Daze" for August and we thought it would be perfect to have a collage of our pups!  Please submit a "face shot" or "mutt shot" of your dog by Labor Day to craigmbarry@gmail.com!
 
Questions or concerns, please get in touch with Mindy McKenzie-Hebert
 
Calendar Committee is seeking help Mindy & Cliff 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Jackie Wolf and Diana Stein of the League of Women Voters in Massachusetts, spoke to the club on August 14 on the subject of Single Payer Healthcare. The league—which is non-partisan—does back legislation in Massachusetts that is titled "Medicare for All in Massachusetts" (S619 and H2987).
 
Acknowledging that the bill does not actually relate to the national Medicare, they explained the Leagues reason for supporting the bill. They noted that the Leagues study shows that the U.S. has the lowest life expectancy of the nations in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, has the worst record of infant mortality among OECD nations and ranks 34th on the list of healthiest countries. At the same time, U.S. Citizens pay the most for healthcare per capita with costs exceeding the rate of inflation. In Massachusetts, households spend an average of 17% of their income on healthcare related costs. These rates effect state and municipal budgets and, therefore, affect everyone in the state.
 
The women noted the waste and inefficiency of health insurance companies, citing that 30% of the insurers income goes to administration, not to healthcare. Doctors—because of the intricacies of the system—spend 20% of their costs on billing.
 
The proposed act suggests funding for the plan with employers paying 7.5% of employees' wages and employees paying 2.5% after the first $30,000 of income. Self-employed individuals would pay 10% on income over $30,000 and 10% would be levied on unearned income over $30,000. There would be no tax on SSI, Social Security and Pension incomes. The plan would have no co-pays or deductibles.
 
As can be easily imagined, the presentation generated spirited discussion on all sides of the issue.
Single-Payer Health Insurance Cliff Gerber 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
The next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Shrewsbury club will be held following the regular club meeting on August 14. The meeting will be held at the Post Office Pub.
 
For the benefit of those who are fairly new to the club, the Board of Directors actually does the business of the club. The officers of the club and four at-large members serve as the board. However, any member of the club may attend a board meeting and raise issues that they feel need to come before the club. The members of the board actually have the vote on all business.
 
At a regular club meeting—usually on the week following the meeting of the board—the issues that have come before the board, and other items of concern and interest to the members, are reported at a Club Assembly.
 
 
Club Board Meets on Aug. 14 2017-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
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. 
 
2016-17 Foundation Support 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Perfect attendance is a goal for every Rotarian. Attendance at--and participation in--any Rotary event is a valid makeup for missed club meetings. Report any makeups you wish to bank by either giving the information to Art Dobson when you check into a meeting or email Cliff Gerber at <cliffgerber@icloud.com>.
About Makeups 2017-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
The speaker at the July 17th meeting was Len Sandler who spoke about his recent book, Because of You, We Live! which is the "untold story of George and Simone Stalnaker. Len is a former adjunct professor at BU's School of Management and holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. He is the author of several other books.
 
The story of the Stalnaker's is both fascinating and inspirational, a story of courage and heroism growing out of World War II. Simone was born into a privileged life on the French Riviera. At 19 she became a spy for the British and took to the streets with a rifle in hand as a part of the French Resistance and was finally imprisoned and faced a death sentence from which she was spared. George was born to a Depression era family in Iowa and graduated from West Point. He was a pilot in the Army Air corps and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He flew a mission that destroyed the last remaining reinforcement bridge for the Germans at Normandy. His B-26 was hit and he bailed out into Gestapo headquarters.
 
George and Simone met in Parish, lived in Levittown, New York and raised a family. These two seemingly conventional people were heroes to whom we all owe a great debt of gratitude.
Len Sandler - Author 2017-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Last year's wine tasting social at Shrewsbury's own vineyard, Broken Creek Vineyard (614 South Street, Shrewsbury) was enjoyed by all club members who attended. This year we will return to Broken Creek for a social on August 28, 2017.
 
The gathering will replace the regular lunch meeting on that date. It is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM at the vineyard. Consider bringing guests; this would be a great opportunity to introduce someone new to Rotary! And, by all means, bring your spouse or partner.
 
Broken Creek Social - Aug. 28 2017-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0