And the winner of the Milford Rotary Club's Annual Bushel of Fresh Maine Lobster Raffle is............................
Paul Zonghi of Medway.
The Lobsters were delivered to Paul in Medway early this morning by Rotarian Steve Ellis.
Congratulations Paul and a "Big Thank You' to everyone that bought tickets.
We will be running our 3rd annual Bushel of Lobsters Raffle again next year. Posted by FB editor Tom Sawyer.
Paul Zonghi Wins Lobster Raffle. 2017-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Representative Joe Kennedy III Visits Summer Meals Program 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

During his final meeting of the year as President, Mike Kaplan named Rotarians Al Holman and Jane Schroeder as “Rotarians of the Year”. Kaplan noted that, although it is normal to present one award and in some cases no Rotarian of the Year award at all, he felt that Al and Jane had performed way beyond expectations during his year as President - and in past years as well. He thanked Al for all the help on the composition, production, and distribution of the annual Rotary Tab; for his relentless volunteer support at club projects; for the support the Town Criers give to the Club and for stepping up to serve a third term as President when he assumes the office on July 1, 2019. 
Kaplan thanked Jane for her outstanding service as the Club’s Program chair, her work as the editor of the Club’s Rotary Tab, and the amazing work that she does for Rotary’s Eastern States Student Exchange Program with both outbound and inbound students around the world. Kaplan noted, “ Without her passion, commitment, and follow-through, the Student Exchange Program would not happen”. Kaplan also thanked Jane for always being available to assist with any Club Project.
 Kaplan also noted that “both Rotarians are Multi- Paul Harris Fellows” and thanked them both for helping him throughout his year as President.
President Kaplan Presents Rotarian of the Year Awards 2017-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Big Thank You to all the staff involved in this years Milford Rotary Club's Annual Red Cross Swim Program that ended last Friday at the Fino Field Pool. Based on feedback from some of the parents, we can be very proud of this years team that worked with about 80 swimmers who signed up for the two week session. Popped down last Friday and grabbe a few photos to share. 
The instructor photos does not include all instructors as they rotate schedules. Pictured left to right-back row: Morgan Smith, Alex Autenzio, Pietro Bon Tempo, Ashby Hobart, Ryan Nesta, Hannah Bangert,and Mia Sciba. Front Row: Elena Bon Tempo, and Kaitlyn Russo. Not working at time of the photo: Eli Moore, Gillieson Hobart, Betsy Scrimmgour, Pietro BonTempo, Emilia BonTempo, Piper Terril, Sofia BonTempo and Nick Monica. 
Rotary would like to extend a special thanks to Peter Filosa and Ron Santacroce, without their help, Rotary could not offer the Summer Swim program. 
And a big thanks to the Town of Milford for allowing Rotary to use the Fino Field Pool.
And one last big thank you to all the parents and grandparents who sign up the swimmers.
Rotary Summer Red Cross Program A big Success 2017-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Looks like newly elected Rotary President Steve Chaplin hit the road running by signing a $3000 check representing this year’s Rotary donation to the Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition (MAHC) Summer Meals Program. The ceremonial check was signed on June 27th at Bethany Christian Church (BCC) Downtown on Main Street in Milford when BCC hosted Rotary to celebrate the opening of its doors as a MAHC summer meals service center. 
During the luncheon visit, Rotarians were served the same meal served at all MAHC "summer meal" locations including BCC Downtown, the Milford Youth Center, and Memorial School. 
Rotarians were welcomed to BCC Downtown by Pastor Phil McCutchen who spoke about the congregation’s vision for BCC Downtown and the church’s overall commitment to serving the local communities through its many outreach programs. 
Following lunch, Pastor Phil and his wife Cheri shared a video featuring many of the churches outreach programs. Cheri, who serves as the director of BCC’s non-profit organization Compassion New England, noted that “CNE exists to spread hope & love throughout the community through endeavors such as the Blessing Barns in Milford and Mendon, The Happy Place program (which assists individuals with intellectual disabilities and families with children with special needs) as well as Celebrate Recovery and Food Pantry program. CNE also offers classes for GED Prep Studies and English as a Second Language. Cheri is also a Director of the Bethany Christian Academy located on the church’s Mendon Campus. 
Rotary and MAHC are proud to welcome BCC’s participation in the summer meals program. 
Rotary is especially excited about the $3000 donation to MAHC. The larger than normal donation was made possible through a $1500 Matching Grant from Rotary District 7910’s Rotary Foundation Grant Program. MAHC expects to serve over 8000 meals during its Summer Meals Program this year.
Rotary Donates $3000 to Summer Meals Program 2017-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Milford Rotary Awards $6000 in College Scholarships.
Rotarian and Scholarship Chairman Steve Ellis addressed Rotarians, Scholarship Recipients and their parents at the Club’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon at Restaurant 45 in Medway. Ellis commended recipients for their achievements and thanked their parents for their commitment and investment in their children’s futures. Ellis encourages all recipients to continue their dreams and to let opportunity lead them down whatever road of success and excellence that fulfills their life goals. From Left “ Chairman Steve Ellis, Victoria Beyer of Milford High School who will be attending Clark University, Bailey Vogt of Nipmuc Regional High School who will be attending the University of Rhode Island, Cassidy Rodrigues of Hopedale High School who will be attending the University of Massachusetts and Rotary President Mike Kaplan. Grace Lemire of Blackstone Valley Tech will be attending the University of New Hampshire, but was unable to attend the luncheon. Following the luncheon each recipient was honored with a $1500 Scholarship Award
Rotary Awards Four $1500 scholarships 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary will be doing sign-ups at Fino Field Pool 9-noon this Saturday, July 1  and  next Saturday, July 8th.
If you would like to sign-up by mail, simply download the form located on this page and send it along with your check to:
Milford Rotary Club, PO 142, Milford MA. 01757
 
FORM MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 8th. Looking forward to seeing you at the Fino Field Pool
 
Time to sign up for the Rotary Red Cross Swim Program 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Save the date and enjoy the fun 2017-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2017
On June 24, Plains Park will be the focus of the Milford Rotary Club's first Outdoor Day. Come on out and join the fun of the great outdoors.  You can also sign up for the summer swim program and you can buy a raffle ticket for a bushel of lobsters for only $5 or 3 for $10.. Activities run from 9-3.  Check in at the Rotary tent for more details 
Lot going on at Rotary - Come on out and join the fun. 2017-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
As President, I want to say “Thank you” to all who came out last Saturday night to our 11th Annual Wine and Food Tasting at the Crystal Room. And I want to give a big shout out to our sponsor Tony Khoury, Principal at Gateway Liquors, and his son John Khoury and to the rest of the Gateway team of alcohol vendors who were located throughout the room, happily serving tastings all evening long.  Delicious servings from our food vendors - Hens and Chick Cookie Company, Tee's at Hopedale Country Club, The Big Y, Oliva's Market & Catering, Restaurant 45, Little White Market, The Muffin House, Quisett Hill Farm, and Pandolfi’s Fine Chocolates - helped make the evening complete. And here’s one final shout out and BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated an auction item and to all those who bid on the items! You all added to the success of the evening. We hope you had a great time and THANKS for helping Rotary raise funds for our many community projects. Why not popped on on Milford Rotary FB page and enjoy more photos from our roving photographer plus a few photos that were emailed to us from some of our guests.
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Join us for our 11th Annual Wine & Food Tasting!  Saturday, May 6th - 7pm at The Crystal Room in Milford.

Tickets: $35.00

GET YOUR TICKETS:
1. From your favorite (Milford) Rotarian
2. Online: 2017beerwinefoodtasting.eventbrite.com
3. At the door the night of the event

Gateway Liquors will showcase a wide variety of wines and craft beers for you to taste and purchase! While pouring, the vendors will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding your favorites. You will also have an opportunity to purchase your favorite beverages that night at great discounts.

This event features an exciting silent auction (stay tuned for updates on the items as we get closer to the event), door prizes and raffles throughout the evening....

Proceeds of this event will support Milford Rotary sponsored Youth Scholarships and Programs, such as Leadership Academies, Swim Programs, and Career Days.

Come out, taste some fantastic local food vendors and a large selection of adult beverages while helping support the Milford area youth programs and other charities!


 
Milford Rotary's 11th Annual Wine and Food Tasting Mike DiCicco 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
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The Milford Rotary Club will be hosting its 1st Annual Outdoor Day on Milford's Lakes and Trails.  Celebrate the first weekend of summer vacation outside on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at Milford Pond, Louisa Lake, Milford Bike Path, and Plains Park.  (Rain Date:  Sunday, June 25th) 
 
 
Activities for that day include:
 
 
Free Kayak and Canoeing
 
All Day Fishing Derby
 
Scavenger Hunt
 
Drone Flying Demonstration
 
More activities to come soon.
 
 
 
1st Annual Rotary Club of Milford Outdoor Day Mike DiCicco 2017-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
While members were busy "changing the guard" as the leadership torch was passed from Allan to Kaplan at last weeks annual meeting, Mr. Membership John Peters III paused to welcome Leanne Velky as a new member. Leanne has a family history with Rotary since other family members were Rotarians. Leanne is an event planner and is the owner of LEANNE VELKY EVENTS. Welcome Aboard Leanne. (posted by FB editor Tom Sawyer)
Leanne Velky Joins Rotary 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Photo (l:r) Kendra Currie, Milford High School attending Quinnipiac University Major-Criminal Justice and Accounting; Karin Plante, Nipmuc Regional High School  attending  Worcester Polytechnic Institute Major –Biochemistry;  Maia Banayan, Hopedale High School attending George Mason University Major-Environmental and Sustainability Studies;  Carson Hope, Blackstone Valley Technical High School attending University of Maine/Farmington Major –Early Childhood Special Education. Pictured with the scholarship recipients are Steve Ellis, left and Rotary Club President Allan Villatoro.
Milford Rotary Awards Four $1500 Scholarships 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
And the lucky winner of a bushel of Lobsters from Rotary is:
Paula Cassinelli. Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who bought a ticket.. Enjoy your LOBSTERS. You helped us help others.
Cassinelli Wins Lobster Raffle 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Registration for the Milford Rotary Club’s annual RED CROSS swim  will be held on Saturday June 25 and again on July 2nd from 9-noon at the Fino Field Pool. Classes will be offered at  9:30 AM and 10:30 AM .
 
The fee for the lessons will be $25.00 per child and/or maximum of  $60.00 per family. All students must be registered for Kindergarten, as of September 2016, or older. 
 
Swim classes will begin on Monday July 11thh and run through Friday July 22h , at the Fino Field Pool.  Feel free to pre-register using the form on the right side of this page and stay up to date by following us on FB at Milford Ma Rotary Club.
The swim program is one of longest running programs of the Milford Rotary Club. Since its inception at White’s Beach in Mendon, back in 1953 over 13,004 kids have participated in the program.  SIGN UP NOW _its easy using the form on this page 
 
Rotary Announces Plan Summer Swim Program 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr.
Time to get your TICKET. Rotary's 10th Wine and Food Tasting is Saturday, April 2nd at 7pm at The Crystal Room in Milford. Gateway Liquors is our sponsor again and be offering a wide selection of wines and micro beers.
We also have the following restaurants joining us:
The Alamo-Alicante-Oliva's-Restaurant 45-Pandolfi's Fine Chocolates
-The Cupcake Girl-Hens and Chicks Cookie Company.
Tickets available from any Rotarian. Save the night. Enjoy the warm nights and pop over to our Gala. 
We will also be offering raffle items including a Television and Red Sox tickets. For the right price you MIGHT get to see PRICE PITCH.
Come join the fun. 
Rotary Holds 10th Annual Wine, Craft Beer and Food Tasting Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Following a Board of Directors meeting in mid-September, Rotary members voted to approve the Board’s recommendation to pledge $10,000 to the Milford Regional Medical Center’s Capital Campaign supporting the hospital’s new state-of-the-art Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and Private Patient Rooms for the Community. The contribution will be issued from the Club’s long-term planning capital fund, which is funded by a$100 annual donation from each Rotarian. 
Rotarian and Capital Committee Chairman Paul Tamagni told club members, "We are proud and fortunate to have such an amazing medical campus right here in Milford, and now is the time for Rotary to step up and support this great community project”. The funds were matched by an anonymous donor's one million dollar matching challenge to help the Foundation complete the 25 million dollar campaign. During yesterday's pre-open house, many Rotarian's could be seen touring the beautiful building and as you toured you could see the many plaques posted honoring donations made by Rotarian's and their businesses. I was able to catch the very busy Martin Richman and he took me to The Nourishment Room, funded by Rotary on the same floor as the "beautiful Tranquility Garden". Given Rotary's 2014-2015 focus on helping people with their "Humanitarian Needs" is seems like Rotary's name on Nourishment Room sure matches Rotary's goals. As was stressed yesterday by Frank Saba and all the speakers-this new addition is something special. The public open house is Sunday -there are more details on the hospitals web site but I did grab the notice off the site to remind all about the Sunday afternoon opportunity. (posted by FB editor Tom Sawyer)

Photo: (l:r) Rotarian John Peters III; Martin Richman, Rotarian and Executive Director of the Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation; Rotary Club President Allan Villatoro; and Paul Tamagni, Rotarian/Rotary Capital Committee Chairman.

Milford Rotary Donates $10,000 to Milford Hospital 2015-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
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 During a recent meeting of the Milford Rotary Club, immediate-past present Dennis LaPlante presented Rotarian Tony Gallo with the prestigious “Rotarian Of The Year Award. During his comments, LaPlante noted, “it is with great pleasure that I chose Tony Gallo as Rotarian of the Year during my year as President.  In an organization, which has as its motto “Service Above Self”, Tony exemplifies the true spirit of Rotary.
In addition to serving as Club president in 2011, Tony currently serves as Assistant Treasurer and is on the Club’s Board of Directors. This past year, he has been an active participant on the Salvation Army Kitchen Renovation Project Review Committee and the Committee for the  “Crutches for Africa”  Project.
In addition, he has worked on helping to maintain the grounds at the project Hope Safe House. Gallo also donated storage units and coordinated delivery of donations during the “Crutches for Africa” Project.
His enthusiasm, thoughtful comments and suggestions and charitable spirit have made the Rotary Club of Milford a much better organization by his efforts”.  Gallo has been a member of Rotary since September 2007.
Tony Gallo Named Rotarian Of The Year Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
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On June 26, four high school sophomores arrived at Worcester State University and they didn’t leave until, mid-afternoon on June 28. After a long process that began in February, they had earned the privilege to attend a special Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference as guest of the Milford Rotary Club. The honor to attend was earned by completing an essay style application and surviving a personal interview by Rotarians.
 
They joined at WSU by 200 other sophomores, who were sponsored by the other 51 Rotary Club’s in the Central Mass District. They arrived as strangers and departed with new friends. Here and overseas.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program for community youth leaders. High School sophomore’s chosen by Rotary for their leadership potential are awarded the opportunity to attend an all-expenses-paid day three conference to discuss leadership skills and to enhance those skills through practice. The days are long but the rewards are many.
 
This week, students and their parents joined Rotarians at a luncheon to share their experience and to relate how the conference helped them grow as a person, as a leader and as a friend to others. One thing became very clear during their presentation, they got a lot out of the conference and Rotary can be very proud of the candidates selected.
 
During the conference Cassidy was voted as the RYLAN to “Most Likely Change The World”.
 
 Left to right: Mike Kaplan, Rotarian and RYLA Chairman; Cassidy Rodrigues, Hopedale High School; Grace Lemire, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School; and Emily DuQuette, Milford High School. Sean Kelliher, Nipmuc Regional High School also attended but was unable to attend the meeting.
 
RYLA Students Share Experience Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Jun 29, 2015
It Is Not Too Late To Sign Up For Rotary Swim Lessons
 
Chairman, Mike Kaplan, has announced that if you missed Saturdays sign-up, you can  still sign-up for the two week Rotary Red Cross Swim Program that begins on Monday July 13th  and runs through July 24th .
 
Classes start at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Fees are only $25 per person with a family maximum of $60.
 
Late sign ups can email Mike Kaplan at  mike@kaplanslaw.com for a registration form and more information.
 
Or you can get a registration form and sign-up at the Fino Field Pool Guard House everyday from Noon- 6 pm.  
 
Registration forms can also be printed out from a link on this web site at and taken to the pool - just to save you time.
 
Checks should be made payable to the Milford Rotary Club.
 
Last minute signs up for swim program available NOW Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Jun 02, 2015
With a great deal of praise and admiration, Milford Rotary Scholarship Chairman Steve Ellis welcomed this year’s scholarship winners and their parents to Rotary’s weekly lunch meeting at the Restaurant 45. Ellis noted that the scholarship luncheon is one of his favorite Rotary meetings of the year. Ellis commented, “That while there is an academic component to the award, there is also a strong focus on community involvement and leadership skills, consistent with the Ideals of Rotary”. Ellis noted, “Each year the process gets more competitive and tougher for the Scholarship Committee to reach a consensus”. He also commended the students for “how they conducted themselves during the “challenging and daunting” interview process. 
Following the opening ceremony, a check for $1000 was presented to: Lindsay Bailey, Nipmuc Regional High School, attending Boston College to pursue a degree in nursing; Kara DiGregorio, Milford High School, attending Springfield College pursing a degree in physical therapy and Katelyn Lasser, Blackstone Valley Tech, attending the University of Tampa to pursue a degree in nursing. 
Photo from left: Lindsay Bailey, Kara DiGregorio and Katelyn Lasser. Back Row: Scholarship Chairman Steve Ellis and Club President Dennis LaPlante.
Ellis Introduces Rotary Scholarship Winners Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Classes will be offered at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Swim classes begin on Monday July 13th and run through Friday July 24th, at the Fino Field Pool. 
The cost of the program is $25.00 per child with a maximum cost of $60.00 per family.
Swimmers must be registered for Kindergarten, or a higher grade level, as of Sept. 2015.
 
Check form on right side of this page 
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June 2nd - This will be our Scholarship Luncheon with the recipients and their parents.  Please make every effort to attend.
 
June 9th - Board & Business Meeting
 
June 16th - No meeting
 
June 18th - This will be our Annual Meeting with the Installation of Allan Villatoro and our New Officers.  This meeting will be held at 6:30pm at Alicante.  Spouses/Significant others are welcom.
 
 
May 26, 2015 Mike DiCicco 2015-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Swim Program Registration to be held June 27.Click on Registration form in the next column to the right 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Mar 29, 2015
Thank You: Thanks to your support and the efforts of our 9th annual Wine, Craft Beer and Food Tasting Event team, Rotary can continue to work to make our community a better place to live and work. From left: Committee members Rotarians Michael DiCicco, Jenney Cataldo, Ann Gonyea, Mel McKee, Chairman; John Khoury and his father Tony Khoury (Event sponsor and principal –Gateway Liquors, Bellingham) and employee Jorge Velez.  Rotarian Paul Tamagni was also an active member of the committee but was unavailable at time of the photo.
Rotary Holds 9th Annual Wine, Craft Beer and Food Tasting Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
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The Milford Rotary Club members will be holding a Wine/Craft Beer and Food tasting event on Saturday, March 28th at 7 pm at The Crystal Room in Milford. Attendees will be able to sample fine foods from a number of area restaurants including the Alicante Restaurant & Lounge, The Alamo Restaurant, Oliva’s, Dinner & Company, Restaurant 45 and J & L Catering.

Gateway Liquors of Bellingham will be sponsoring the Wine/Craft Beer event and has organized a wide variety of vendors offering a long list of Wine and Craft Beer samplings that will please everyone’s palette.

The event will include a silent auction.  More info to come on the auction items.

 Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased from any Rotarian or at the door. The specific event offers a great opportunity to mix and mingle with friends at The Crystal Room while helping Rotary help others. 

This is one of Rotary's top fundraiser’s every year and thanks to your generous support, Rotary can support community service programs such as the Milford Rotary Club scholarship fund, the summer swim program, Hopedale High School Career Day, The RYLA  youth leadership program, The Milford Youth Center, The Salvation Army and many other adult and youth programs. Globally, Rotary International has been a major force in the near elimination of polio around the world. Rotary meets every Tuesday at Restaurant 45 in Medway.

Milford Rotary to Host 9th Annual Wine/Beer and Food Tasting Event on March 28th. Mike DiCicco 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

Our speaker today was Sarah Baldiga from Upton, MA., who has formed a foundation called Rise Above Foundation to support the needs of area foster children. Tony Chinappi of Milford saw our Tab this past Fall and called Program Chair Jane Shroeder to suggest that Sarah be invited to share her organizations story at a Rotary meeting. Sarah is hoping to spread awareness of her projects.

Following her presentation, the Rotary Club donated the day's fines to The Rise Above Foundation as well as a donation for $100. GREAT organization - well managed and run by volunteers all with big hearts! Follow them on FB at Rise Above Foundation or at www. weriseabove.org

Photo ID: From left Rotarian Ann Gonyea, (who is very interested in foster care), Sarah Baldiga - cofounder We Rise Above, Rotarian Jenny Cataldo from the Holiday Inn Express, who offered support to We Rise Above with an raffle item for their fundraiser and a meeting place for their board meetings.. Pictured with these ladies is Tony Chinappi - a We Rise Above supporter. (photo by Jane Schroeder)

We Rise Above Foundation Founder Sarah Baldiga speaks at Rotary 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Dec 21, 2014
The Milford Rotary Club recently held its annual Rotary International Foundation Luncheon and recognized six new Paul Harris Fellows including the Honorable Judge Francis J. Larkin of Hopedale. Larkin was presented an Honorary Paul Harris Award for his many years of distinguished “Service Above Self” to the community, commonwealth, and nation.  Rotarian/Club Foundation Chairman Thomas Sawyer presented the award.
 
Valentine Callahan, District Governor for Rotary District 7910 presented a Paul Harris Award to Club President Dennis LaPlante in recognition of his support of the Foundation. In turn, President LaPlante presented a Paul Harris Award to his wife Heather.   
 
Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow John Peters III surprised his dad with an honorary Paul Harris Award in recognition of his contributions to the community, care for the elderly and his role model as a parent.
 
Chairman Sawyer and his wife Kathleen also announced that the family had planned to present honorary Paul Harris Awards to their oldest son, Thomas Sawyer Jr, and their youngest son, Todd Sawyer. However, the young men were unable to attend due to inclement weather. The couple’s other son, Tim, received his honorary Paul Harris Award in 2005. Chairman Sawyer’s wife received her Paul Harris Award in 2007.  The Sawyers are the second Club family in which all members have received PH Awards. Rotarian Michael Peterson’s family attained that status in December 2011.
 
 
The event was photograph by Rachel DeWolfe and Andrea Matellian, juniors studying photography as part of the Design And Visual Communications Multimedia Communications Class at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, instructed by Adele Ellis. Class advisor Jim Millette accompanied them.
 
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
Worldwide, more than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows – people who have given $1,000 to the Foundation or have had that amount contributed in their names.
 
Photo Caption. Milford Rotary Awards Six PH Fellowships at December luncheon.
Front Row: John Peters Sr., Honorable Judge Francis J. Larkin, and Heather LaPlante. Back row: Roy Balfour, Foundation Chairman District  7910; Thomas Sawyer Sr, Foundation Chair Milford Rotary Club; Val Callahan, District Governor; Satya Mitra, District Assistant Governor and Dennis LaPlante. Also receiving awards but not present; Thomas Sawyer Jr. and Todd Sawyer. Milford Rotary Club members have donated over $105,000 to the Foundation since the Club was founded in 1937. (Photo credit: Rachel DeWolfe-BVT)
Milford Rotary Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Milford High School Rotary Interact Club Members Unite With Rotary Club Members To Ring Bells. Today was an historic day as members of the Milford High School newly formed Rotary Interact Club came out in the 30 degree cold weather to help Rotarians ring bells at Shaw's and Stop & Shop in Milford. It was truly a blessing to have them working with us. In a nutshell I guess you could say Rotary got younger today thanks to a very dedicated and enthusiastic effort by members of  our Interact Club. Rotarian Steve Chaplin is our Interact Club Advisor and Christian Kelley serves as Club Advisor from MHS. We will identify all bell ringers within the photo descriptions on FB. Interact members attending today's bell ringing event included: Alex Autenzio, Kelsey Gaudette, Haley Avila, Allie Jekanoski, Cassie Jekanoski, Sean Burns, Jenna Smith, Kendura Currie and Club Advisor Christian Kelley. Cameron Soloman, friend of Rotarian Mike Kaplan, joined him on the bells for a shift at Stop & Shop. Rotarians working the bells today included Ralph Mastrioanni, Tom Sawyer, Josh Lioce, Mike Kaplan, Al Holman, Dennis LaPlante  and Tony Gallo. Today's effort was coordinated by Rotarian/Salvation Army Captain David Irwin. A big thanks to all who showed up and to everyone who supported our annual Kettle Day
To see more photo’s pop on Milford Rotary Ma (Fb).
Milford High School Rotary Interact Club Members Unite With Rotary Club Members To Ring Bells. Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Nine members of the Milford Rotary Club volunteered last night at the Milford Trinity Church on Congress Street to help serve dinner. Rotary volunteers including Club President Dennis LaPlante, his wife Heather and their son Gregg, Kathy and Tom Sawyer, Steve Ellis, Al and Marilyn Holman and Stephen Chaplin. The volunteers worked in the kitchen washing dishes, as well as serving the food in the dining area. About 55 meals were served over the three hours. The outreach program was part of the Club's effort to reach out to the hungry. The hot meals were cooked by Churches chef's David and Henry assisted by other church volunteers. Meals are served at the church on the last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each month.
Rotarians Help Serve Community Supper at Trinity Church Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
In spite of the cool temperatures these 5 students posed for a quick photo out by the high school sign before heading off to Blaire House. The group joins 7 others who were also going to Blaire House since they all had some level of interest in the medical field. More than 80 students participated in this years career day program.
From the left -Cameron Hill (class president), Jillian Boiley, Rita Maurais, , Emily Mathieu, and Lucy Murphy .
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Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Nov 18, 2014
Ten weeks old and growing makes this male pup a “Happy Dog” -excited to "say thanks" to the three Hopedale High School Junior Class students who visited him and Dr. Michael Robinson Tuesday morning at the Medway Animal Hospital. 
From left: Michael Foley, Dr. Robinson, Kaitlyn Mulhern holding the pup and Colleen Kincaid
Career Day Students Find Puppy Love in Medway Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Nov 17, 2014
Over 80 students from Hopedale High School’s Junior Class went into the community this morning to visit with businesses related to their current career path. Following the two-hour visit students attended a full dinner at Restaurant 45 in Medway as guest of Rotary. A number of students were chosen at random to speak about their experience. Rotarian Jenny Cataldo served as the event chair, assisted by Rotarians Jane Schroeder and Siobhan Bohnson.
 
The popular event offered for more than 35 years is a united effort of Rotary, the leadership team at the Hopedale High School and the junior class officers.
 
Pictured: Front row from the left: Rotarian Siobhan Bohnson, Guidance Counselor Lauren Chase, Class officers Colleen Kincaid, Nicole Spinelli,  Brenna McDonough and Guidance Counselor Jill St. Martin. Back row from left: Rotarian Jane Schroeder, Guidance Counselor Sharyn Mulvaney, Class President Cameron Hill, Officer Gagnon, Rotary President Dennis LaPlante, Superintendent Dennis Breen, Rotarian/Program Chair Jenney Cataldo and Principal Derek Atherton. 
Annual Career Day Event A Big Success Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Our program presenter for Veteran’s Day was Christina Taddei Rossetti - a well-known area dog trainer and owner of AlphaDogK9 Training. Christina was formerly active in the NEADS organization [Assistance dogs for deaf and disabled veterans] and currently operates BASK [Balance And Service K9 service dogs for veterans], “a non profit service dog foundation that provides and supports specifically trained assistance dogs enhance mobility and independence through canine partnerships”. 

Christina was accompanied by her seven-month-old “Greater Swiss Mountain Dog”. She noted that the Swiss dog was selected for their “sweet temperament and biddable nature” and can weigh as much as 150 pounds at maturity. BASK trains the dogs to assist with mobility challenges, as well as retrieve dropped items and to “stand and brace “ to prevent or assist after a fall. Christina noted, “ for stability purposes the dog should weigh about ½ of its client (owner)”. A typical client might be a person with one or more prosthetic limbs, someone with MS or organic brain disease, or trauma after an accident, etc.

BASK currently has three dogs in training and has helped many returning veterans wounded in recent wars. During her wonderful presentation Christina noted that BASK is looking for puppy raisers and “respite raisers”, people who would take a puppy for a few weekends a month to give the family raising the dog a respite. If you would like to inquire about being part of this great program, email Christina at Christina@bask9.org or check their web site at http://www.bask9.org/
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Dr. Lars Pohlmeier of Germany, Board Chair and Regional Vice President of the European section of the IPPNW, (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) presented a very thought provoking 20 minute slide show highlighting the "Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War" and the health effects of radioactivity (worldwide) this week's meeting. 

The presentation was recorded by Milford TV and will be replayed at a later date. Dr. Lars explained the efforts of “Doctors Against Nuclear War” and the worldwide activities of the IPPNW organization and why this effort is so critical to mankind and why he believes the goal of eliminating nuclear warheads is possible. Following the powerful presentation Dr. Lars held a question and answer session that morphed into very deep probing questions about nuclear weapons throughout the world based on both political posturing and humanitarian concerns. Meetings like this make Rotary what it is. 

Rotarian Al Holman and his wife Marilyn were the program co-chairs. It was clear that Marilyn was very proud of her cousin.

Being very generous with his time, Dr. Lars, in response to a question by Rotarian Steve Ellis, extended his time to respond in depth about Germany's healthcare system and how it compares to our old system and the new ObamaCare plan. 

Wonderful brilliant dedicated caring gentleman volunteering his time worldwide for a cause he believes in while maintaining a full doctors practice in Germany. Great meeting.
Dr. Lars Pohlmeier of Germany Wants Nuclear Weapon Free World War Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Lars Pohlmeier, Board Chair and Regional Vice President of the European section of the IPPNW, (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) will present a 20 minute slide show highlighting the "Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War" and the health effects of radioactivity at the Milford Rotary Club luncheon on October 28th. His presentation will explain the efforts of  “Doctors Against Nuclear War” and the worldwide activities of the IPPNW organization.
 
The meeting will be held at Restaurant 45 on Tuesday, October 28th at 12:10 PM and is open to non-Rotarians for $15 to cover the cost of the meal. Rotarian Al Holman is the program chair for the event.
 
IPPNW works on a broad range of issues to create a more peaceful and secure world freed from the threat of nuclear annihilation.
 
IPPNW works on many projects to promote peace, disarmament, and human rights and has been influential in reframing the international debate about nuclear weapons. Winning over a growing number of countries that have adopted the catastrophic medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons as the central principle for complete nuclear disarmament.
 
 IPPNW is the only international medical organization dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons. Founded by Russian physicians and US in 1980, IPPNW is credited with raising public awareness about the devastating effects of nuclear weapons and with persuading American and Soviet leaders that the Cold War nuclear arms race was jeopardizing the survival of the entire world. IPPNW received the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of this accomplishment.
 
Today IPPNW mobilizes doctors, medical students, and concerned citizens in 62 countries in the service of a broader war prevention mission. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Aiming For Prevention, IPPNW's campaign to reduce the global devastation caused by small arms violence, bring the expertise and compassion of doctors to bear on the whole human tragedy of armed conflict.
 
  In addition to his positions within the IPPNW, Dr. Lars Pohlmeier is an internist in Bremen working in Bremen-Brinkum. Dr. Pohlmeier studied journalism and medicine at the University of Hamburg with additional medical University Education in Paris, St. Petersburg and Boston.  He is a member of the editorial board of Medicine, Conflict and Survival, a journal of the IPPNW.
 
 (Some of the information used in this press release was adopted from the IPPNW web site).
 
To register as a guest to attend this timely presentation, go to www.milfordmarotary.org and click on the luncheon listed under Upcoming Events. Luncheon fee (cash or check) will be collected at the event. Space is limited.
Dr. Lars Pohlmeier of Germany To Discuss Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War at Rotary Luncheon 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Incoming President Dennis LaPlante got pumped up this year when he attended PETS and learned about “Crutches 4 Africa”. The project is the brainchild of Dave Talbot, a Rotarian from Colorado ...and a polio survivor. Talbot believes that mobility is a “human right”. He knew that crutches, canes, folding walkers, and wheelchairs get thrown out every day in America, so he created a way to get all those devices to the victims of disease and injury in Africa through his Crutches 4 Africa Program.
 
This week members of the Milford Rotary Club and the Uxbridge Rotary held a combined luncheon meeting at The Willowbrook Restaurant in Mendon to discuss a plan to work together with the newly formed Milford High School Interact Club to establish collection/drop off locations where people can leave their gently-used equipment.
 
  Rotarian Chuck Moran of the Dracut Rotary, which runs a full-blown Crutches 4 Africa program, was the featured speaker and Founder Talbot of Colorado attended the meeting by Skype. Since the program was started over 58,000 mobility items have been collected and shipped to 11 Countries.
 
Following the informative meeting the two club presidents agreed to work together along with the Milford Rotary Interact Officers to resolve logistics and to set timelines for an effective launch date. 
 
 After the devices have been donated, the Club will store them until a certain quantity has accumulated. Then the devices will be shipped to Africa in huge containers and distributed free to the mobility-impaired. The Crutches 4 Africa organization picks up the shipping costs. It cost about $3 to ship a pair of crutches oversees within fully loaded container.
 
President LaPlante noted, “ It’s an exciting program. We hope to collect as many devices as possible and look forward to working with President Joan Mackinnon of the Uxbridge Club and the President of the Milford Interact Club to make this exciting Rotary Project available on our communities. We know that there are a lot people who would be happy to extend the useful life of a no longer needed mobility device".
 
Photo-left to right: Milford Rotary President Dennis LaPlante, Uxbridge Rotary President Joan Mackinnon, and Chuck Moran, chairman of the Crutches 4 Africa program for the Dracut Rotary Club. 
Milford Rotary & Uxbridge Rotary Plan To Launch "Crutches 4 Africa" Program Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Oct 04, 2014
District Governor Mary Valentine Callahan visited the Milford Rotary Club last week as the featured speaker at the noon luncheon meeting. Callahan spoke about what was going in Rotary District 7910 and Club President Dennis LaPlante updated Val on his plan's for the Milford Club during his 2014-2015 year. Before departing Val presented Dennis with a flag bearing the word's "Light Up Rotary" representing  this year's Rotary International Theme.
District Governor Callahan Visit's Milford Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary got a little Magical Feedback this week when the current District Governor Val Callahan stopped by for her annual visit and surprised Al Holman, our Immediate Past President from July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014, with a Citation (the good kind) recognizing the Club for being a Charter Club of Rotary International for 75 years. That milestone occurred during the first year Al was President. The Magic just keeps on popping up. We thank Val for the surprise presentation.

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Attorney Arlen Johnson was the impromptu guest speaker at this weeks Rotary meeting as a guest of Rotarian Vin Catrambone. Johnson spoke at length about a new venture called "Hit The Trail For Charity". The event is a Walk  which is scheduled for Sunday morning on October 12, 2014 on the Upper Charles River Trail System in Milford MA. The goal is to raise more money for local charities. You can learn more about the event and sign up your team at “Hit the Trail for Charity.org”. Arlen promises "a fun-filled invigorating scenic walk in the woods that will fill your heart with the joy of giving while you are getting." Arlen noted that the "main goal of the walk is to raise awareness for a healthy lifestyle,the needs and missions of local charities and the Metrowest walking trail system". http://hitthetrailforcharity.org/
Attorney Arlen Johnson Pitches "Hit The Trail For Charity" Program 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Another interesting, constructive and informative meeting yesterday as we were joined by multi-guest including Past District Governor James Rassol and his wife Chris (center of the photo), members of the Warwick, RI Rotary Club. Jim and his wife shared -what’s going on at the Club and some general information on Rotary based on his year as District Governor in 1996-1997 for Rotary District 7950 and his activity at the district level over the past 16 years as he and his wife continue their commitment and involvement in Rotary at both the club and district level. 
 
Jim has been a member of Rotary for 37 years and has had perfect attendance for all 37 years. Congratulations Jim and as some of our members may recall one of our now senior active members Lenny DeLoia enjoyed 31 years of consecutive  attendance. Rotarian's such as Jim and Lenny sure raise the bar for the rest of us.  

We were also joined by Michael Psikarakis (far right) owner of Cosmos Automation on Main Street in Milford, which offers Point of Sale Merchandise, Gift Card and Reward Solutions, Credit Card Processing-Equipment, Business Supplies and other business options. Psikarakis was the guest of Rotarian Vin Catrambone. President Dennis LaPlante, far left, welcomed each guest and invited him or her to share his or her stories.
If you would like to be a guest at a Rotary before considering joining our awesome club, simply email our membership chairman John Peters III at iiijp@comcast.net or call John at 508-369-5426 or contact any member of the Milford Rotary Club. We work to help make our communities and the world a better place to live.
Guest from Rhode Island and Milford Share Their Stories Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Sep 06, 2014
Rotary District Governor's Bruce and Helaine Campbell of California presented a very color club flag from their Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Club to our club president Dennis LaPlante during their recent visit to our club.
Campbell's Make Flag Presentation Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Sawyer, Sr. on Sep 06, 2014
Rotarian and this years swim program chairman Michael Kaplan was recently presented with a " Sebastopol Rotary Club swim jacket" by Helaine Campbell, a member of the Sebastopol Rotary Club and a District Governor. Helaine was originally from this area and was a life guard in Milford Rotary Club Swim session in the early 50's when they were held at White's Beach in Mendon. Helaine and her husband were making a return to her "roots" visit. We enjoyed their visit at our weekly noon meeting at Restaurant 45 in Medway
California DG Helaine Campbell presents "swim Jacket" to Kaplan Thomas Sawyer, Sr. 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Recently, Rotary hosted three sophomore students who had been nominated and selected last February through a review and interview process to attend this years RYLA conference at held at Worcester State University in late June. 

Following the luncheon at Restaurant 45, RYLANS shared memories of the three-day conference and spoke about how the conference helped them improve their leadership skills while building friendships and relationships with student leaders from the other 50 clubs throughout District 7910.

 

Rotary RYLA Participants report on Leadership Training for Young People Conference Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
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It is a “tradition” in Rotary that when one President’s term ends, the incoming President presents the Past-President with a gavel mounted on a plaque. It is also a tradition that a President serves one term.  So what do you do when a Rotarian breaks tradition and steps up to serve back-to-back terms as President for only the second time in the Club’s 77- year history?  (The first was Paul Surapine who served in 2001 and 2002).

Unbeknownst to the Club, incoming President Dennis LaPlante had a unique idea.  It seems that Al and Dennis were chatting back in January and the discussion moved to Al’s military service. Al had served on the Navy’s USS Enterprise between 1970-1973 and achieved the grade of FTG2

USS Enterprise Completes Presidential Journey Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Al Holman, Immediate Past President of the Milford Rotary Club recently presented Rotarian Mel McKee with the prestigious Rotarian Of The Year Award recognizing him for “upholding and furthering the principles and ideals of the Rotary way of life”. During his presentations Holman praised McKee for his leadership chairman’s role in the Club’s Annual Wine-Beer & Food Tasting Gala as well as his strong support of other club projects and his overall participation at club meetings. McKee joined Rotary in March of 2005.

McKee Named Rotarian Of The Year Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
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The final hours of Rotary’s ten day swim program will be celebrated on Saturday when participates will be presented with Red Cross Achievement certificates, reflecting each individuals swim level. The program held at the Fino Field Pool was under the chairmanship of Rotarian Mike Kaplan. Peter Filosa and Ron Santacroce oversee the Fino Field Pool and work with Rotary to make the popular program available every summer. Rotary has been offering the program since the mid 50”s.  Senior lifeguards Kaitlyn Kline and Sofia Bon Tempo assisted by a team of lifeguards and instructors managed this year’s program.

Rotary would like to thank everyone who attended the program and everyone who worked to make the program a success as well as the Town of Milford for the opportunity to use the pool. Milford Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12:10 at Restaurant 45 in Medway. Dennis LaPlante is the current president of Rotary. 

Photo -left to right (front row) Kaitlyn Kline, Ali Piergustavo, Alyssa Tocci, Olivia Scott, Sofia BonTempo, Serafina BonTempo, Pauline Auger and Emilia BonTempo. (Back Row ) Nick Antonellis, Alex Hastings, Gary Sampson, Mike Mason and Pietro BonTempo.

Milford Rotary Swim Program Ends On Saturday Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
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In keeping with historical precedents, the Milford Rotary Club underwent a smooth transit this week as President Al Holman turned the reins over to incoming President Dennis LaPlante during an evening dinner meeting at Alicante's in Mendon. The Club’s senior member Russell Dennett, who joined the club in 1976, conducted the installation ceremony. From left: Russ Dennett, Allan Villatoro, president-elect; Ralph Mastroianni, treasurer, Stephen Chaplin, sgt, at arms; Dennis LaPlante, president; Mike Kaplan, secretary and Al Holman, immediate past president. Milford Rotary was founded in 1937 and meets at noon on Tuesday at Restaurant 45 in Medway.

LaPlante Assumes Presidency Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Susan Posterro, Director of Binkeez for Comfort, a nonprofit 501c3 organization located in Grafton, addressed this weeks meeting to explain Binkeez’s mission of providing blankets to children and adults in hospitals and hospice services. It was very clear that this 3rd generation “giver’ was passionate about what Binkeez does to help others. Susan noted that over 2000 blankets have been delivered so far this year to kids in 48 out of 50 states in America. Each blanket provides “unique comfort” and is customized with the recipients name on the blanket. Donors can select from a wide variety of patterns, named after prior recipients. The company employers 20 people and with the effective use of many volunteers, including 10 that sew, Binkeez operates on less than 1% of all donations. The other 99% of donations is used to deliver “Binkeez Love”. Susan shared the fact that research shows that a warm comfortable personal blanket provides a lot of comfort for patients of all ages during their challenging times.

 

Rotarians Get First Hand Look At Binkeez For Comfort Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Milford Rotary Club Scholarship Chairman Steve Ellis introduced this year’s scholarship recipients at the Club’s weekly meeting at Restaurant 45. Ellis gave a brief resume of each recipient’s accomplishments and praised them all for their achievements in academics, arts/music, sports and community involvement.

  Front row from the left: Rachel Hetu, Nipmuc Regional High School; Nora DeBour, Hopedale High School and Lauren Keisling, Milford High School. Back row: Steve Ellis, Milford Rotary Scholarship Chairman and Stephen Poirier, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Rotary Awards Four $1000 Scholarships To Area Students Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
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    Registration for the Milford Rotary Club's annual RED CROSS swim program will be held on Saturday, June 28th, from 9AM to 12 Noon at the Fino Field pool. The fee for the lessons will be $25.00 per child and/or $60.00 per family. All students must be registered for Kindergarten, as of September 2014, or older.  Participants can choose a 9:30 or 10:30 class.  Swim classes will begin on Monday July 7th and run through Friday July 18 th, at the Fino Field Municipal Pool. No weekend classes. Saturday’s may be used as rain dates. Checks should be made out to the Milford Rotary. Please visit the  “upcoming events box” at www.milfordmarotary.org to print out a registration form to save you time at sign-up.

 Mike Kaplan, Program Chairman noted, “that the swim program is one of the most successful programs run and subsidized by the Milford Rotary Club”. He said “more than 12,539  kids have participated in the program since it began over 50 years ago and we hope a lot more take advantage of the low rates for this very important program by signing up on Saturday June 28th ”.   

Rotary Swim Classes Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Excited –pumped and eager to serve best describes this weeks teen speakers, Victoria Beyer (right) and Ashby Hobart, who are freshmen at Milford High School as their shared they plans about going to Guatemala with educator Roger Bourassa, administrator of the Perduco Center in Mansfield, Ma. Perduco is an educational center for self-directed learning, entrepreneurship, and global awareness. In late June they will join with, Liam from Mansfield High School and nine other out of state high school students as they gather in Boston to prepare for, and depart on, an incredible experiential learning adventure in Guatemala.

Their project  “Con Los Ojos Abiertos! 2014”, includes creating a bilingual ABC book for the children of The School of Hope, a project of Education for The Children, in Jocotenango. They hope to publish and distribute at least 100 books to classrooms at The School of Hope, as well as to schools, libraries, and organizations in Massachusetts, including Early Childhood Resource Centers.

Milford High School Students Take Their ABC’s To A Higher Level Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Great meeting last week as Rotarians went on the road to visit the Milford Youth Center. We enjoyed a sandwich lunch with Director Sidney DeJesus and Assistant Director Jennifer Ward and learned a lot about the importance role the Center plays in the daily lives of so many young people. The staff presented an enthusiastic report while sharing their concerns about the need for the community to invest in the building to make it a safe, fun and useful place for years to come.

Following the working lunch, we were given an amazing tour of the huge three-story building that needs some major repairs but in the still being used by hundreds of kid’s everyday. The staff, directors and volunteers are getting a lot out of that precious, historic old building. Seems like every corner is being used for some significant activity. Well worth a visit. You will be amazed at all the options being offered.

 It’s not just a “place to hang out”. It is so much more. It’s a hubbub of productive activity.

Rotary is happy to include this great group in our list to groups to support.

Photo from the left: Attorney Stephen Chaplin, Allan Villatoro, Ralph Mastroianni, Kerry Quinn, Vincent Foley, Ann Gonyea, MYC Director Sidney DeJesus, Assistant Director Jennifer Ward and Al Holman, Milford Rotary Club President. (Photo by Tom Sawyer)

Milford Rotarians Lunch at Milford Youth Center Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Under the invitation of Rotarian and Past President Josh Lioce, the Milford Rotary Club recently hosted Dr. Donald Adams, a Framingham podiatrist who has volunteered his service for 10 days every year for the past seven years as part of the Rotary International Operation Footprint Project in Honduras.

The Club Foot project AKA Operation Footprint has been a long-standing project supported in part by Sunrise Rotary Club (Westlake Village Sunrise) near Los Angeles, California because of the involvement of one of its members, Dr. Michael Zapf, DPM.  

Dr. Adams Discusses Operation Footprint Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
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At this weeks meeting of the Milford Rotary Club, the four most senior members paused to celebrate a combined 141 years of membership. From left: Lenny DeLoia (41 years); Russell Dennett  (38 years); Ralph Mastroianni (31 years) and Thomas Sawyer (28 years). In addition to being active club members all four are Paul Harris Fellow members of the Rotary International Foundation.

Milford Rotary Club Seniors Celebrate 141 Years Of Membership Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Last week, while thoughts of warmer spring weather, spring flowers and school vacations were dancing in everyone’s head, Milford Rotarians, Milford High School Principal Carolyn Banach and Guidance Director Matt Baione were busy discussing plans during a Rotary meeting to form a Rotary Interact Club at the high school next fall. The efforts are underway, because a number of students have expressed an interest in becoming part of the grass roots effort to launch the high school’s first Interact Club. Rotary has a had a long-standing relationship with Milford High School through its annual scholarship program for seniors and the Rotary Youth Leadership Program (RYLA) offered annually to sophomores. An Interact Club would be an extension of Rotary’s partnership with Milford High.

Milford Rotary Plans To Launch Interact Club At Milford High School Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
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The Milford Rotary Club was proud to welcome local Attorney Steven J. Chaplin (center) as a new member during a recent luncheon meeting of the Club at Restaurant 45 in Medway. Chaplin was sponsored as a new member by Rotarian and Attorney Michael Kaplan (left) who currently serves as chairman of the Club’s Swim Program and was a member of the Annual Wine and Food Tasting Gala committee. Chaplin plans to join the “ Wine and Food Tasting Gala” committee to help plan the 2015 event. Chaplin was inducted by New Membership Chairman John Peters III. Chaplin is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2012, cum laude and Berklee College of Music, B.M., 2009, summa cum laude. Chaplin, who resides in Hopedale, maintains an office in Milford
Attorney Chaplin Joins Milford Rotary Club Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Just one of the many great auction items at next Saturday night's Rotary Wine and Food Tasting and auction. Signed Richard Seymour framed jersey. Plus Red Sox tickets - 1 set of four with FREE RESERVED PARKING, plus another set of four and another set of 2- plus many many more items from local businesses as well as a signed Trot Nixon photo and a Trot Nixon autographed ball. Save the date--- 7 PM on April 12th at the Crystal Room on Cedar Street. Tickets available at the door and yes we accept credit cards
Many Great Auction Items at Rotary Wine & Food Tasting Event Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Milford Rotary Club Membership Chairman John Peters III kicked off April by welcoming David Condrey, (right)
Manager of Milford Water Company as the club's newest member. Welcome aboard David. Glad to have you on the team
Condrey Joins Milford Rotary Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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The lunch meeting on Tuesday, March 18th will be at Blackstone Valley Tech.
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Tuesday, March 11th will be our joint meeting with the Lions.  There will not be a lunchtime meeting.  The meeting will be at 6pm at the 45.
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Another Great Day To Be At Rotary. Program chair Jane Schroeder surprised everyone when she announced that the newly formed Milford High School Saxophone Ensemble was going to put on a holiday musical performance for us at Tuesday's meeting. The ensemble was lead by Nadine Pomeroy – director of music for MPS and Jill Langford-Boday – music teacher at MHS. What a great job by these talented students and their directors. Following the musical presentation everyone joined Rotarians for well deserved lunch at Restaurant 45.
Milford High School Saxophone Ensemble Performs at Rotary Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Turkey Carving Lessons. Today Rotarian's got a special treat thanks to the efforts of our program chair, Jane Schroeder. Thanks to her pre-planning, Jeff Caruso, a chef at Restaurant 45, carved a turkey right before our eyes. Caruso shared his career path to becoming a chef at Restaurant 45 and explained to Rotarian’s how to properly prepare, bake and carve the Thanksgiving Day Bird. Jeff used a nice, just out of the oven turkey to illustrate his cooking and carving techniques. He noted that "he enjoys the creative and artistic qualities required to be a chef". Of course after the presentation, Jeff served the delicious perfectly cooked and carved turkey as a side dish to the Rotarians luncheon entrée. Days like this make you want to be a Rotarian.
Turkey Time At Rotary Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Following a long-standing tradition, the Milford Rotary Club celebrated Rotary’s Vocational Service month by hosting members of the Junior Class from Hopedale High School during its annual Career Day event held last Tuesday. More than 70 students spent two hours with local business owners and managers, operating businesses that mirrored the students career considerations. Students were transported to the area businesses by Rotarians in order to spend the morning learning about the highs, the lows, the plusses and minuses of their chosen careers. Rotarians returned students to the school around 11:30 AM where they boarded the school bus and headed to Restaurant 45 in Medway to enjoy a luncheon, compliments of Rotary, with Rotarians, School Administrators and some of the local business leaders who had mentored the students. During the luncheon meeting a number of students were selected at random to share their experiences. Rotarians Jenny Cataldo and Jane Schroeder coordinated this year’s program and were assisted by Hopedale School Guidance Counselor’s Jill St. Martin and Sharyn Mulvaney. 

Milford Rotary Club Host Career Day For Hopedale Juniors Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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 Juniors from Hopedale High School are scattered throughout area communities today as they take the morning to check out their Career Plans. Local business people host the students from 9-11 and return the students to the school around 11:30 AM. Upon their returned they are bussed to Restaurant 45 in Medway where they are joined by Rotarians and some of the local business people to enjoy a luncheon, compliments of the Milford Rotary Club. During the luncheon meeting a number of students are selected at random to share their experiences. Rotarians Jenny Cataldo and Jane Schroeder coordinated this year’s program. Five students are spending the morning with Lauren Culley, Education Coordinator for the Southwick Zoo in Mendon. From the left: Lauren Culley with Hopedale High students Kathryn York, Caroline McDermott, Carly Alden, Emmalee Gates and Cameron Davis. 

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Members of the Milford Rotary Club welcomed Doug Detweiler at this week’s Rotary meeting. Detweiler, who was elected District Governor for Rotary District 7910 in June, shared his vision for the upcoming year. Detweiler stressed that members should remember, “Everything begins and ends at the Club level” and complimented the Club for its outstanding community programs while thanking members for their support for District Programs and the Rotary Foundation. Detweiler discussed the various programs District Clubs are introducing to "Feed The Hungry” and offered positive feedback on the Club's current study to determine the best way to address hunger issues within the Club’s service area. Following the presentation Detweiler presented the club a banner depicting this years theme-Engage Rotary-Change Lives.  From Left: Bryan Rourke, Assistant/Area Governor District 7910, Al Holman, President Milford Rotary Club and Doug Detweiler, District Governor 7910.

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Table Talk: Sue Terrill (left) recently attended a Milford Rotary Club meeting to update members on how the Milford Sunday Community Supper held at the Unitarian Universalist Church has been trying to address the increasing “hunger needs” of the Milford Community.

Terrill, who has been intensely involved in the program for quite some time, shared her first-hand experiences as well as the logistics and economic challenges the Church faces in preparing and serving the Sunday evening supper. Susan shared her deep and emotional passion for working with those attending the Community Suppers as well as what volunteers do to make the supper an evening of “family dining’ and socialization for both the volunteers and diners.

Pictured with Terrill, a member of the First Congregational Church Milford, is Rev. Eric Quinney-Burnard former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Milford who will be leaving the church on November 1st to accept a call to a church in NY State.  Burnard was very instrumental in getting the FCCM involved with the Community Supper on the 4th Sunday of the month and along with other church members helped served attendees. Next to Burnard is Rotarian Jane Schroeder, a FCCM Member also and Program Coordinator for the Milford Rotary Club

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Excited, pumped up and raring to go is the best way to try to describe Liane Blyn, owner of ABT [Athletic Based Training) in Milford and Holliston who was a recent speaker at the Milford Rotary Club.

Blyn is an accomplished DRUG FREE power lifter and strongwoman competitor. She competes on both the National and International level and has represented the United States Powerlifting team in Seven World Championships and one World Games. Earlier this year Blyn was selected as one of the three US Women to represent the United States in the 2013 World Games Powerlifting Competition Cali Columbia in July where she came in 3rd after suffering a back injury that challenged her expectations. Blyn also represented the US in the 2003 ESPN”S Worlds Strongest Women Competition.  Rotarians were awestruck as she shared photos of her bench pressing 391 pounds, deadlifting 495 pounds, flipping huge tires and pulling an F-17 fighter jet from a dead stop.  Great program. LIane’s excitement and energy filled the room. To learn more about Liane and ABT pop on http://www.athleticbasedtraining.com

Pictured with Liane (center) is Rotarian and event chair, Paul Tamagni and his wife Amy.

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The Tab has gone to print. It is time to post a big THANK YOU to everyone who sold or bought an ad, or helped us create and publish our 24th Annual Rotary PR and Fund Raising Tabloid. It was released to the print division at  9:30 AM Wednesday and will be in the newspaper on Oct 11th. Twenty pages of stories- photo's and information sharing the story of -THIS IS ROTARY.
Great job by everyone and as John reported at Tuesday's meeting, sales were up about 10% over last year. John is the official keeper of the sales number.

Rotary Tab Will Be In Newspaper On Oct. 11th Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
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During a recent meeting of the Milford Rotary Club, Dana Chalberg, (right) Club 21 Coordinator and Lorrie Adams, Community Liaison, shared a heart warming and compassionate slide show and presentation about the benefits of Alternatives Club 21 program that was expanded to Milford in the winter of 2012.

The program is designed to develop richer social connections for people with psychiatric disabilities by matching Alternatives’ disabled members with community volunteers with whom they can become friends, have fun, and enjoy activities together. According to the speakers, “the program addresses the social isolation that many Alternatives disabled members face.

The club meets twice a month at different settings and forums for every meeting.

At the meetings, partners do activities together such as having picnics in the park, watching a sporting event or sharing a hobby such as knitting or photography. Lorrie noted that the partnership will be one-on-one for the first few meetings and will later progress to a larger group setting. Club 21 is looking for volunteers to assist with this worthy endeavor. Anyone interesting in being part of this dynamic program should contact Lorrie at lorrie.alternativesnet.org

 

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During a September meeting of the Milford Rotary Club, Dana Chalberg, (right) Club 21 Coordinator and Lorrie Adams (left), Community Liaison, shared a heart warming and compassionate slide show and presentation about the benefits of Alternative's Club 21 program that was expanded to Milford in the winter of 2012.

The Club 21 program is designed to develop richer social connections for people with psychiatric disabilities by matching Alternatives’ disabled members with community volunteers with whom they can become friends, have fun, and enjoy activities together. According to the speakers, “the program addresses the social isolation that many Alternatives disabled members face.
 

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Every once in awhile, Rotarians take their luncheon meeting on the road and slip out of the comfortable environment of Restaurant 45 and support another community member. This week we popped over to the Red Rock Grille and Bar in Upton for a great luncheon and business meeting.

Rotarians Dine In Upton Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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 Milford Tv taped both the for and against speakers who spoke recently at the Club's luncheon meetings and the tape can be seen at the times below or on you tube. It is a 37 minute tape. Nice job by Milford TV. Following is a note from Tv and related information
Hi Tom,
Daniel from Milford TV here. Below are the days/times of the week the & nbsp;
Rotary casino video will be playing on our public channel (channel 8  
comcast, channel 40 verizon). We've also taken the liberty of  
uploading the video to our youtube channel for individuals to see that  
way too. Sunday @ 8pm-Tuesday @ 9:30pm-Friday @ 8pm-Saturday @4pm


Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Daniel Harlow. Production Coordinator
 www.milfordtv.net
Phone: 508-488-6445
Milford TV Post Tape On Rotary's Casino Speakers Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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The Milford Rotary Club yesterday welcomed Thomas "Tony" Sheridan, President and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce as their luncheon speaker. Those of you who reside in Milford saw Tony's comments in the brochure Foxwoods mailed to every residence about the proposed Milford Casino.

Sheridan spoke about all the positive reasons residents should welcome the casino. He explained the many positive impacts the casino has on the host community, as well as surrounding communities, through their belief in giving back and supporting the community through the signed agreement and their corporate philosophy of sharing.
Sheridan Shares Positive Views of Casino’s At Rotary Luncheon. Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Perfect day at Hopedale Country Club today as Rotary kicked off its first youth golf tournament. Great group of kids playing at many different levels with the two top guys going head to head right up until the end. The winning score was an amazing 73 and second place was 75. The 12 year old class leader shot an amazing 41 for 9. There were also awards for closest to the pin on hole #3, longest drive on hole #4 (an amazing 317 yards) and a putting contest. Great to see the golfers enjoying a day with Rotarian's.
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The Milford Rotary Club’s annual swim program ended on a high note last week as 112 children completed the two-week Red Cross program. The swim program is one of the Club’s longest running programs with 12,535 participants having participated in the program since its inception some 70 years ago. The Club works in concert with Peter Filosa to set-up the program at the Fino Field Pool which is managed by Filosa. This year’s program was supervised and managed by Kaitlyn Kline, a member of the class of 2015 at Roger Williams University. Kline was assisted by 13 lifeguards and assistants. From, the left:  Lili Schmalenberger, Alex Autenzio, Olivia Recchia, Nick Antonellis, Allie Piergustavo, Jackson Lynch, Pietro BonTempo, Gretchen Segers, Jacen Antonio, Alyssa Tocci, Sofia BonTempo, Zack Loiselle, Pauline Auger, and Kaitlyn Kline.  

Rotary Swim Program Ends On High Note Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Alexia Sousa, age 6 of Milford, was enjoying her pretty pink scooter yesterday under the trees at the Fino Field Pool after she had attended the 9:30 AM Rotary Sponsored Red Cross Swim Class. Rotary is running 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM classes through July 19th.  Fino Pool is open for public swimming noon to 6 pm seven days a week and it is always cooler enjoying family time under the numerous trees scattered about Fino Pool Park.

 

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Connecticut novelist, Robert H. Steele visited the Milford Rotary Club this week and shared his view about casinos as told in his book-The Curse, Big time gambling’s seduction of a small New England town.

Steele represented southeastern Connecticut in Congress prior to the arrival of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, and lived next to the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Ledyard, Connecticut from 1978–98, providing him a front row seat for one of the most remarkable continuing stories in the state’s history which lead to his writing of The Curse. Steele noted that his proximity to the events and his years served in elected position and a local businessman, gave him the unique advantage of seeing the issues, the process and the outcome from multi viewpoints.

 During his presentation, Steele shared his front row view of how two Connecticut Indian tribes, in the 1990’s, built the world’s two biggest gambling casinos in the southeastern corner of the state, resulting in what has been termed a “gambling Chernobyl.

The two Connecticut casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, were part of a first wave of national casino construction that has brought the total number of U.S. casinos to nearly 1,000, including some 460 Indian casinos in 28 states. 

 

 

Rotarians Hear One View of Casinos Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
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The Milford Rotary had a happy and sad occasion in late June when Exchange Student Jenny Trapp dined with Club members to share her experiences over the past school year and to express her thanks to the Club for being her sponsor so she could spend her sophomore year as an exchange student at Milford High School. Jenny will be returning to her home country of Germany in early July. Jenny also expressed her thanks to her host families who also attended the dinner as guest of Rotary. From left: Gary McMichael and Vicki Nelsen, Jenny’s host family for the second semester and Jenny Trapp.  Amy Croteau, next to Jenny and her husband Jeff were a host family for Jenny’s first semester (Jeff was out of town and unable to attend the dinner). Jane Schroeder (far right) is a Milford Rotarian, former past president and Essex Exchange Student Coordinator for the Milford Rotary Club.

Jenny Trapp Says Good-by To Milford Rotary Club Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
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At the annual re-organization meeting held in mid-June, the Milford Rotary Club's current president, Al Holman (back row, far left), was re-elected for a second term and will lead the club through June of 2014.  Holman was recognized for his outstanding leadership over the past year and for the introduction of several new programs including a Youth Golf Tournament that will take place on August 11 at the Hopedale Country Club. The new youth golf tournament is chaired by  David Irwin of the Milford Salvation Army. From left front row: Mike Kaplan, Sgt. at Arms and Allan Villatoro, secretary. Back row: Al Holman, president; Dennis LaPlante, president-elect and Ralph Mastroianni, treasurer. Rotary meets at noon on Tuesday.

 

Holman RE-Elected Milford Rotary Club President. Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Jenny Trapp, (Left) Milford Rotary Club’s Essex Exchange Student from Germany, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award at the Club’s Annual Re-organization meeting held last week at Restaurant 45 in Medway. The Honorary award was presented to Trapp in recognition of her outstanding representation of Rotary as well as her academic, social and athletic achievements while attending Milford High as a sophomore this year. Trapp achieved honor roll status, played on the MHS girls’ field hockey and tennis doubles teams, and played the flute in the MHS Concert Band. The Award was presented by Rotarian and Club Exchange Student Coordinator Jane Schroeder. Trapp will be joining other ESSEX students on a trip to the West Coast  before heading home to Germany later in the summer.

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Milford Rotary Club Scholarship Chairman Steve Ellis, right, introduced this years scholarship recipients at the Club’s weekly meeting at Restaurant 45. Ellis gave a brief resume of each recipients accomplishments and praised them all for their academic achievements and community involvement. From the left: Madison Spillers, Hopedale High School; William Kelly, Nipmuc Regional High School; Sarah Keith, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School; Bryan Rourke, Assistant Area District Governor for Rotary District 7910; Diana Gonzalez, Milford High School and Ellis. Spillers will be attending Westfield State, Kelly will be attending Bryant University, Keith will be attending Worcester State and Gonzalez will be attending UMass Amherst.  Recipients and their families enjoyed a luncheon with Rotarians and were given a brief history about Rotary International by Milford Rotary President Al Holman before receiving their $1000 scholarship.

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The Milford Rotary Swim program enjoyed a successful sign up on June 29th.

However, in order to make the classes available to as many individuals as possible, swimmers can still sign up on July 8th at Fino Field Pool Building between 9 AM and 9:30 and start learning to swim on the same day. Some time slots may be filled-but still plenty of openings.

Same fees as last year- $25 per swimmer and $60 per family MAX. The two week program starts July 8 and ends July 19th. Saturday July 20th is not a scheduled day but could be used as rain date. Registration form is available under downloads on the lower right hand side of this page. Come learn to swim. It could save your life. Tell a friend - pass the word to others.  Enjoy the water while building your confidence. Red Cross certified classes for most levels. Choice of 9:30 or 10:30 class. Be aware -9:30 class generally fills up quickly. 

If you need more information or have a specific question please send an email to Tom Sawyer at  tsawyer@chattysdream.com.


Rotary Swim -Last Minute Sign Up July 8th Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Continuing its tradition of unity, the Milford Rotary Club hosted a combined meeting this week of the Milford Rotary, the Uxbridge Rotary Club and the Franklin Rotary Club . Milford Rotarian David Irwin was the program chair and introduced our Guest Speaker Chris Farrand, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Boston Office of the Salvation Army.  Chris gave us a riveting and empassioned presentation of the Salvation Army's efforts during the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon and response by the various volunteers who donated their time and efforts.  Citing their motto of "Meeting people at their greatest point of need", Chris explained how The Salvation Army, in conjunction with other organizations aided and assisted the first repsponders by providing services such as food, grief counseling, emotional and spiritual care to affected families and children.  Actual numbers from April 15 thru 24 included the following:  18,924 meals provided, 550 runners who received their belongings and a meal at an improvised finish line, emotional and spiritual care offered to survivors, families and first responders, 501 hours of service provided by volunteers, staff and officers.  Choking back tears during a point in his presentation, Chris made a very deep connection to the audience. Anyone wishing to learn about volunteer opportunities, programs and services can can contact the Salvation Army at www.SalvationArmyMA.org


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Last weeks guest speaker was Maddy Hennessey M. ED. Adminsistrator of the Worcester Catholic Charities.  Maddy is the project director for teaching US citizenship classes. Her organization is one of only a handful of groups who have received a grant from Homeland Security.  The grant is being used to expand geographically Maddy's organization.  As a result, Milford has been targeted as a viable area to expand their services.  Maddy explained the citizenship application and process. 

Maddy's organization is offering free classes in English, US History and Government, citizenship interview preparation and immigration counseling and application assistance.  The classes are free but there is a $30 materials cost which includes textbook, CD and other study materials. For further information please contact Maddy at 508-860-2261. (www.ccworc.org). If you would like more details or know someone who might like to pursue citizenship, you can email Maddy at mhennessy@ccworc.org  (Text by Dennis LaPlante) 

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Hail -Hail ­The Gang is all here. Recently, Jeanne Reimonn, our great Rotary supporter and past host family leader,spearheaded a trip to Boston for three Rotary ESSEX exchange students including our own exchange student Jenny, who is attending Milford High School. From left:  Ben from Chili, Jenny from Germany, Jeanne from Hopkinton and Mai from Taiwan. Ben is the Rotary exchange student from Chili who is Jeanne's son's host brother. Ben is spending his year in Pennsylvania and came to Massachusetts for a visit with the Reimonn family and to join the other exchange students in an exciting trip to Boston. Thanks, Jeanne, for all your dedication and hard work.

 

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Laura Ingemi, School to Career Coordinator at Hopedale High School was pumped up and ready to share all the details about Hopedale's Internship Program when she visited Rotary this week as a guest of Rotarian Josh Lioce. You can get all the exciting details and see how you can get involved by visiting http://www.hopedale.k12.ma.us/page/1791. Pictured with Laura is another one of our pumped up and always smiling Rotarians, Courtney Derderian.  

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Twas a busy meeting this week as the special event committee went over all details to make sure all hands were on deck and ready to excel at our grand fundraiser and social event this Saturday night at 7 pm at the Portuguese Club in Milford- see you there- more details on our FB page



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 Membership chairman John Peters III (right) was all smiles this week as he introduced Jenney Cataldo as a new member at the club’s weekly meeting. Cataldo, the Director of Sales at the Holiday Inn Express in Milford, was sponsored by Rotarian Barry Feingold.
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Great photo and cutline in the recent Milford Town Crier featuring the Ellis Family receiving the Butch Moore "You Touched My Life Award" from WMRC radio. Left-right" Dick Ferucci, WMRC; Rotarian, Club Past President and Paul Harris Fellow, Steve Ellis and his lovely wife Lynne; Steve's mother Janet and his dad Peter; Tom McAuliffe, WMRC. (Marilyn Holman photo)

"You Touched My Life Award" Presented to Ellis Family Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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Mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy a great night with family and friends at the upcoming wine, food and Craft Beer tasting event being held by the Milford Rotary Club on Saturday, April 6th, 7 pm at the Milford Portuguese Club. Enjoy the fine food tasting's provided by some of the area's great restaurants including 3 and Skye, Prezo's, The Alamo, Wanakora, Ray & Dick's Bakery, Oliva's, J & L Catering, Green Mountain Chocolate and more.

Gateway Liquors of Bellingham will be hosting this years Wine and Craft Beer tasting. A new feature this year will be an auction with a lot of great items including hotel stays, Red Sox Tickets, Celtics tickets, Adirondack Chairs, Gift Certificates, Edible Arrangements and much more.

Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased from any Rotarian or at the door. This is one of Rotary's top fundraiser’s every year and thanks to your generous support Rotary can support community service programs such as the Milford Rotary Club scholarship fund, the summer swim program and many other adult and youth programs. Globally, Rotary International has been a major force in the near elimination of polio around the world.

Milford Rotary to Host 7th Annual Wine, Craft Beer and Food Tasting Event Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Milford announced today that it has awarded scholarships to five area high school sophomores who have been selected by the high school educators and the Milford Rotary Club to attend this years Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference being held at Worcester State University in June.

Awards were given to Roma Gujarathi ,Nipmuc Regional High School; Ella Dehestani, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational; Alexa DaFonte and Madeleine Mulroney, Hopedale High School and Kara DiGregono, Milford High School.

 Michael Peterson, Rotarian and RYLA Committee Chairperson, said that the chosen students will be among the more than 100 area high school sophomores who will attend this years RYLA Conference.  Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service.

To be chosen, the candidates needed to qualify by showing leadership potential and good citizenship characteristics, and showing a strong desire to attend and benefit from the conference.  Additionally, in their individual interviews, they needed to stand out from the other applicants.

 Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit http://www.ryla7910.org/ or contact the Milford Rotary RYLA Chair or, any other member of the Milford Rotary Club.

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 Milford’s own NFL expert Sean Glennon who is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association and has written for the Boston Globe and the Hartford Courant was the keynote speaker at Tuesday's combined meeting of the Milford Rotary Club and the Milford Lions Club. 

 Glennon, the author of a book called “Tom Brady vs. the NFL” shared his many perspectives with everyone present.

 Milford Rotary was the host club for the meeting held at Restaurant 45 in Medway.  Rotarian Steve Ellis chaired the annual event which is always a fun filled evening for both clubs. Milford Rotarian and Club Treasurer Ralph Mastrioanni and guest speaker Sean Glennon are pictured with Glennon's book: TOM BRADY VS THE NFL.

NFL Expert Glennon Is Keynote Speaker at Rotary/Lions Meeting Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Milford’s own NFL expert Sean Glennon Twitter: @SeanGlennon who is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association and has written for the Boston Globe and the Hartford Courant will be the keynote speaker at the combined meeting of the Milford Rotary Club and the Milford Lions Club on Tuesday March 12. Glennon is also the author of a book called Tom Brady vs.the NFL.  Milford Rotary is the host club and Rotarian Steve Ellis will chair the evening event.

NFL Expert Glennon to Speak at Rotary/Lions Meeting Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
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All year long members of the Greenleaf Garden Club work to make Milford a "prettier place" with seasonal flower arrangements set up in pots throughout the town. The Milford Rotary recently made a donation to help the Garden Club with this on-going effort.
This years Garden Club officers and directors are , from left: Hazel Schroder, Nancy Wojick, Trish Hoey, Karen O'Brien, Sue Ellen Szymanski, Kathleen Trafton and Guru S. K. Khalsa-Bob


 
Rotary Supports Milford Garden Club Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Our exchange Jenny is keeping herself busy as she recently took to the slopes in Gunstock, NH. From the left Tim Doyle, Eric Nunez, Jeanne Reimonn, Thomas Reimonn, David Frongillo, Andrew Frongillo, John Niro, Jenny at Gunstock, NH.

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Just got this great incredible email from Marie DiCampo, my trustworthy and tireless assistant and friend for many years at the Milford Daily News- Think she knew it would make my day.

' Just wanted to mention, in case you didn't see it....Bill Gates was on the Today Show this morning, talking about his favorite causes, and when asked "if a regular guy had $10 to contribute to charity, where would you suggest investing it"....he named 3 places, one of which was the Rotary International Polio Fund". This has been a 25 year campaign spearheaded by Rotary. I knew Mr. Gates and his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given much to this cause but I never knew he considered the Polio Plus campaign for a polio free world as one of his top three choices. Should make all Rotarians and others who have given to this worthy cause feel proud and committed to moving the 99% results to our goal of a 100% polio free world. Thanks Marie for sharing this information.
Bill Gates Says-Invest in Rotary's Polio Plus Campaign Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Guest Speakers today were Dennis Rice and Lori Adams from Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. Alternatives (http://www.alternativesnet.org/) is a non-profit human service provider for people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Their motto is "community Life for People with Disabilities" and their mission is simply stated as Skill + Supports = Success. Dennis explained Altenatives resources in the Milford Area and included a presentation on their main facility and office at the Whitin Mill Complex in Whitinsville, MA. Opportunities for collaboration include:
Make referrals to Adult Family Care.
Enjoy cultural activities at the Whitin Mill complex.
Consider Joining CLub 21.
Help find 4 jobs for people they serve this year.
Volunteer at the Milford Regional Advisory Council.
Participate in the Valley Friendship Tour.

As a special "Thanks" to Dennis and Lori for their presentation, a book was donated to the Milford Public Library in Alternatives name. Learn more about this great organization by visiting their web site at www.alternativesnet.org

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Rob O'Keefe Executive Director of the new MilfordTV and Community Media Center visited Rotary just before their grand opening and extended an invitation to everyone for the Grand Opening and Open House of MilfordTV on Saturday January 19th from 2-7pm. The event included Free food and drink, live music (Claflin Hill Symphony's "String Trio", and Jerry Seeco's Jazz Quartet will be performing) and an art exhibit by Blackstone Valley Art Association with framed photography for sale will be some of the highlights of the event.  MilfordTV is a 501(c)3 non profit organization which will supply public education and government access coverage to the greater Milford area.  For a $15 yearly membership fee, MilfordTV will also train Milford residents in the use of their state of the art equipment.  This will be  a great educational resource for Milford residents in addition to aiding in the dissemination of information and allow residents to "get their voice out there and be heard".  (PS Update- the event was well attended and was very successful) (photo credit-MDN)
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Please join us Saturday – April 6, 2013 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm for an evening of sampling great wines, craft beer and fantastic food. The event will again be held at the Portuguese Club in Milford! Tickets: $35.00 in advance or at the doorGateway Liquors will be hosting this year and will showcase a wide variety of wines and craft beers for you to taste and purchase!  While pouring, the vendors will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding your favorite. You will also have an opportunity to purchase your favorite wine that night offering great discounts.

This year we will be offering many exciting auction items! Below are just some of the fantastic restaurants and caterers have been invited to bring their wonderful food to experience…Alicante  ~  Wanokura   ~   Oliva’s ~ 3 Restaurant   ~   Restaurant 45   ~   Prezo’s   ~   SKYE ~  Ray & Dick’s Bakery ~   J&L Catering~    Green Mountain Chocolate ~ The Alamo

 

The Milford Rotary is hosting its 7th AnnualWine, Craft Beer and Food Tasting! Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Today we learned about the passing of our good friend and follow Rotarian "Jim" Kellett II. I thought it might be nice to pop back in our achieves and share some of things Jim accomplished during his active years in Rotary. 

 Jim joined the Milford Rotary Club in January 1987 only a few months after I (Tom Sawyer) had joined) Jim was immediate and amazing asset for the club as he dove into a variety of club activities including the annual swim program.  During his time with Rotary, Jim served also as a community service leader, including heading up the clubs annual Red Cross drive held at the Congregational Church in Milford that often processed as many as 100 pints of bloods. Kellett received the club's President Award for community service in 1992 and was on the club's board of directors until 1993. He also served as the club's membership chairman for a number of years. Kellett was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in May of 1992 and continued to support the Foundations efforts for many years. Jim was a true Rotarian in heart and action and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Jim. He never lacked enthusiasm. 

  Circa May 1992:  In May of 1992 the Milford Rotary Club inducted nine members into Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellowship Foundation. Most donated funds to support Rotary's effort to eradicate Polio throughout the world. Front Row From Left: Russell Dennett, Benny Ferigno, William Ellery and James Kellett II. Back Row From Left: Mark Wyspianski, who was the club's foundation chair; Norman Noorjanian, Dennis Sullivan and Abram Rosenfeld. Also receiving awards but absent when the photo was taken were David Ablondi and Shelley D. Vincent III. Funds raised by the Foundation are used to address humanitarian problems throughout the world.


James E. Kellett -Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2013-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sawyer, Sr., Thomas on Dec 31, 2012
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For many years the Milford Rotary Club had a tradition of opening meetings with a patriotic song. The tradition returned at the recent Annual Foundation Luncheon as three former Rotary-Anns were in attendance and were convinced to lead the club in songs. Before women were allowed into Rotary, women served the community and the club in a group know as Rotary-Anns. From left: Shirley Dennett, Florence DeLoia ( past president of Rotary-Anns) and Kathleen Sawyer. Great to see them all back at Rotary and singing their hearts out.
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Hopedale High School sophomore, Tyler DeLoia was awarded a Paul Harris Award in recognition of his grandfather Lenny DeLoia's support of the Rotary Foundation. His grandfather Lenny joined Rotary on May 1st, 1970 and is the club's most senior member. DeLoia, a past president, has been a very active member and earned his initial Paul Harris Fellow Award in April of 1986 when he stepped up to help kick off Rotary's world-wide program to eradicate POLIO. The late Bob hope served as Rotary's national PolioPlus program during its initial fund raising thrust. Today, the world is 99% polio free. Twenty-six years later- funds donated to the Foundation in Tyler's name by his grandparents Florence and Lenny will be used towards the final push. Tyler is the youngest individual to become a Paul Harris Foundation Fellow in the 75-year history of the Milford Rotary Club. Tyler is also the 75th individual to become a PH Fellow in the Milford Rotary Club. From the left: Tyler’s Dad Tony DeLoia, Lenny DeLoia, Tyler DeLoia, Florence DeLoia and Club Foundation Chairman Tom Sawyer. Back Row: Doug Detweiler-District Governor-Elect for Rotary District 7910.

Tyler DeLoia Presented Paul Harris Award By His Grandparents Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Foundation Chairman Tom Sawyer (center) presented Shirley Dennett with a Paul Harris award in recognition of her husband's continued support of the Rotary Foundation. Shirley's husband, Russ joined Rotary on November 10, 1976 and has served the club in many capacities, including serving as the club's song leader for many years. Russ earned his initial Paul Harris Award in August 1992. For many years Shirley was a member of the "Rotary Ann's ", assisting the club in many ways long before women were members of Rotary. Shirley is the 74th individual to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow in the Milford Rotary Club

Shirley Dennett Receives Paul Harris Award From Her Husband Russ Dennett Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary President Al Holman was multi tasking on December 18 when he presented Rotarian and past president Tony Gallo with his Paul Harris Award in recognition of his support of the Foundation and its many programs. Gallo is the 73rd person in the 75 year history of the Milford Club to attain Paul Harris recognition.
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Rotary President Al Holman was all smiles on December 18 when he presented Rotarian Mel McKee with his Paul Harris Award in recognition of his support of the Rotary Foundations efforts to make the world a better and more peaceful place.

Mel McKee Receives Paul Harris Foundation Award Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Some photos are too good to pass up. While we were enjoying the spirit flowing at the Price Chopper kettle this beautiful and pumped up young lady came by and there was no way to pass up this photo. Her name was Sadie LeLacheur Carter, age 5. Sadie was escorted by her grandfather Bob. Thanks to both of you for letting us share this moment. Merry Christmas.
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Rotarian Josh Lioce, left, rings the bells at Kmart with Rotarian Abe Rosenfeld and his son William. Why the wreath- well we just thought we would borrow it from the Kmart display to add a little color.

Tis The Season For Bell Ringing Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
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 Just as we got ready to close up shop at Price Choppers little Roddy Finn stopped  by with a cool "customer in training cart". No wonder Rotarians love to ring the bells.
Night Shopper in Hopkinton Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
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 Not really, our roving photographer Tom Sawyer, showed up at Price Choppers for his 3-5 shift and President Holman said he was having such a great time that he wanted to hang in there for a double shift. Thanks Al-it made for a real fun shift
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President Al Holman, left,  turns on the Christmas charm as he rings the bell at the new Price Choppers in Hopkinton as Rotarian and Salvation Envoy David Irwin stops by to share in the cheer .

Al Holman Rings It Up In Hopkinton Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
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 Side Bar Ringer: Attorney/Rotarian Michael Kaplan shows up -dressed for ringing the bell in ALASKA- but in the spirit of Rotary we let him ring the bell for two hours at Kmart. Thanks Mike.

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Changing shifts - our roving photographer caught Josh as he was handing off ringing duties to Jane Schroeder for her 11-1 shift. Rotary also had  a team of bell ringers at the new Price Chopper in Hopkinton- our thanks to all those bell ringers as well.

Changing Shifts Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Jenny Trapp enjoys Milford parade Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
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 Todays’ speaker, Marilyn Belmonte, executive director of Healthy Outcomes spoke to us about a topic that many of us have personal and extensive knowledge about-teenage drinking.  Although it brought back a lot of memories for some Rotarians in the room, this is a very serious issue, as substance abuse in general is being better understood. The biggest takeaway is that from the age of about 13 to 22 the brain is actually going through a great development period and alcohol and drugs are the last thing you should explore during that period. Marilyn also mentioned that lectures do not work, but rather short, repetitive statements are best.  Keep repeating the same thing in 30-second segments several times per week and it will sink in. Marilyn stressed that just because the problem doesn’t show up in high school grades, which is primarily short-term learning, it could show up in college, which is more long-term learning. For more information on this very important topic please check out Healthy Outcomes web site at www.gethealthyoutcomes.org. (Text by Rotarian Tony Gallo).

Marilyn Belmonte from Healthy Outcomes Shows a Lot of Passion Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian and Milford Salvation Army envoy, David Irwin, reported today that the Corp is distributing 225 turkey and grocery basket's between yesterday and today. Great job by that organization. Irwin expressed a thanks to all the volunteers that showed up to help and for individuals and businesses who donated food and money for the Thanksgiving Campaign. Unfortunately, donations were a little slow coming in and they had to buy 51 turkeys to meet the need which puts them a little behind for Christmas turkey baskets.

Salvation Army Prepares 225 Thanksgiving Baskets Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Bell Ringing time is upon us. Milford Rotary  will be ringing bells on Saturday December 15 and December 22 this year. Please help us raise all we can... Let's load up the kettles. Checks should be payable to the Salvation Army. The Lions will also be ringing. Our name is on the Trophy- Let's win it and drive up the combined total of Lions and Rotary so the Kids and needy can win.

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Career day was a tremendous success, as it always is. How about those lucky students who went with Rotarian Attorney Mike Kaplan to the Uxbridge Courthouse.  After watching some court room proceedings the Honorable Judge Losapio cleared the court room and spent 30 minutes with the talented lawyer wanna b's.  You just can't get that type of exposure to a career you are interested in anywhere else.

Hopedale Students at Uxbridge District Court with Judge Losapio Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Jenny Trapp, Rotary’s Exchange Student from Germany, was on hand to get a first hand look at Career Day. Jenny, a Milford High School sophomore, presented our club president Al Holman with a Rotary Banner from her home club in Germany.

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Front row, left to right: Connor Maloney, student speaker; Josh Lioce, Rotarian and Career Day Chairman; Jill St. Martin, Guidance Counselor; Sarah Merchant, student speaker; Leah Wilson, class officer and Sharyn Mulvaney, guidance counselor. Back Row: left to right- Hopedale Police Officer John Gagnon (School Safety Officer), Nicholas Bertonazzi, student speaker; Matt Pool, class officer; Derek Atherton, principal and Al Holman, president Milford Rotary Club.

In the fall the Milford Rotary Club celebrates Vocational Services Month by inviting members of the Hopedale High School Junior Class to participate in its Career Day program. In response to that outreach program, juniors from Hopedale High School spent a morning on November 6th with local businesses to observe and learn about their career interests. This year's program was organized and chaired by Rotarian and past president Josh Lioce.

 

Hopedale High School Juniors Chase Dreams Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Students, Cassandra Trant, (left) and Nora DeBoer (right) visit with Rose Marie Gruttadauria, Intake Specialist at Milford-Franklin Counseling Services on Fortune BLVD, during the recent Career Day Event sponsored by the Milford Rotary Club.

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Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin visited Rotary recently and update the club on "Crime, ICE, Drug Trafficking,  the changing drug scene, immigration, and new programs and procedures the Police Department uses to meet the needs of a changing community. 
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This week’s program was presented by one of our member’s -Dave Irwin of the Milford Salvation Army. Dave started his presentation with a brief biography of himself which included his attending Heldelberg College to pursue a career in music (voice). Dave sang professionally for 3 years with the Cleveland Opera prior to his calling as a minister with t
he Salvation Army. Dave sang several inspirational songs as part of his presentation and demonstrated not only his gift for singing but also his sincerity and commitment to his beliefs. Dave described the Salvation Army as a "traditional church with a social service side". Both Dave and his wife Jessie are ordained ministers with the Army and have four children. After presenting a number of slides showing his family members and the various activities he and his wife have been engaged in as Envoys for the Salvation Army, he suggested several ways Rotarians or other members of the community can help during the upcoming holiday season. 
• Volunteering to pack food supplies for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Saturday morning November 15 (usually a 1 hour commitment)
Salvation Envoy David Irwin-Shares His Story Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
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THE TAB is out and Rotary would like to thank our advertisers for their support which helps Rotary in two ways. First, your support helps us  fund our many community projects. Second, your support helps us publish the Tab so we can share Rotary's story and publish a lot of photos of Rotary's activities. Milford Rotary is celebrating its 75 birthday and this is our 23rd consecutive year of publishing the TAB.  "THANK YOU" For believing in Rotary and what we do.
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Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon at Restuarant 45 in Medway. Generally the meeting includes club members and any guest plus the speakers. This week Rotarian and past ADG Vera Cassinelli surprised members by bringing her grand daughter and her great grandson. What a great surprise. On the left is Vera's grand daughter Michelle Gaffney with Vera on the right and her great grandson Logan in the front.
No Generation Gap At Milford Rotary Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Guests From Across The Pond. This weeks guest speakers were Meg and Ian Ryves from the Southampton, UK Rotary Club. Meg and Ian spent the past several weeks as visitors to our country as part of Rotary's Bandey Hefler exchange program. Rotarian Jane Schroeder has served as their host for the past several days taking the couple to a number of locations and events in our area.
Bandley Hefler Exchange Guests Visit Milford Rotary Club Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Attorney Mike Kaplan (right) brought his friend and colleague Attorney Barry Queen to this weeks meeting to enjoy a little Rotary Fellowship. Thanks for coming Barry and come back soon.
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Richard Dietz (left) District Governor for Rotary District 7910, presented Milford Rotary Club President Al Holman (center) with this years Rotary International Theme Banner as ADG Brian O'Rourke looks on. The theme “PEACE THROUGH SERVICE” will remain Rotary’s theme for the foreseeable future.
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  Richard Dietz (right), Rotary's governor for District 7910, visited the Milford Rotary Club in late September as part of his annual tour of all 51 clubs in his District. Dietz presented Milford Rotarian Mike Peterson with two Multi-Paul Harris pins, including a PH 3 pin with 3 sapphire stones in recognition of his continued support of the Rotary International Foundation. Congratulations Mike.
Rotary District Governor Dietz Presents PH Awards To Peterson Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Vera Cassinelli,(left) who was confirmed as Ryann's Counsellor in 2009 by RI  in order to prepare her to serve as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, was happy to see her again at last months club meeting

Ryann and Vera Share A Moment Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Words are just words and ideas are just ideas until someone turns them into reality and the wheels began to turn fast when Olga Zabolotina, RN and ADG Vera Cassi
nelli presented a great opportunity to the Milford Rotary Club last August. Cassinelli asked Milford to take the lead to work with Boston doctors and Shriner's to establish a burn clinic in Western Ukraine using matching grants from the Rotary Foundation. Cassinelli noted that the Lviv-Ratusha Rotary club in the Western Ukraine was willing to put up the first $1000 and coordinate the project. Milford Rotary quickly agreed to join the effort and the dream was alive
Working Together Rotarians Raise Over $36,000 For Western Ukraine Burn Center Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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In 2009 the Milford Rotary Club was honored to have the opportunity to sponsor Ryann Bresnahan for the District 7910 Ambassadorial Scholarship to study disaster management in Newcastle, England. Ryann attended a Rotary luncheon in September was presented with an honorary Paul Harris Award for her Rotary Ambassadorial accomplishments. Ryann is currently overseeing public health disaster planning for 32 municipalities in the Greater Boston area. 
Ambassadorial Scholar Ryann Bresnahan Receives Honorary Award Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Jenny and her Milford Girl Scout troop. Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Jenny Trapp with her host family Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Jenny Trapp is this year's Rotary ESSEX Exchange Student. Jenny comes to Milford from Wesel, Germany, a town of 60,000 people, which is in the northwest part of Germany along the Rhine River and about 30 kilometers from Holland.  Jenny has three brothers - one older and two younger - and is looking forward to having sisters here during her stay with families in Milford. Among Jenny's school studies in Germany are four languages - Latin, French, Dutch, and English - as well as her native German. She enjoys sports of all kinds and has been playing girls' field hockey - a new Sport for her- at Milford High this fall.  She also enjoys music and loves to sing as well as play the flute and piano. She participates in a scouting group affiliated with her church in Germany and has enjoyed meeting with Girl Scouts in Milford. She has come to the US to improve her English and to understand how we live. Milford Rotary is happy to welcome Jenny to the US and to Milford.


Exchange Student Jenny Trapp Settles In Quickly Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary wishes to THANK all the advertisers who purchased ad space in our 2012 Rotary Tab to be published on October 12. The 20 page TAB will be packed with photos and stories about Rotary in action.  Profits from the TAB will be used to support our many community projects, scholarships and events.
Thank You For Helping Rotary Celebrate 75 Years of Community Service Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Milford Rotary Essex Exchange Student Patrick Reimonn arrives in Chile and has lunch with host family.
Check out Patrick's full report under club links on the upper right of this page
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The long anticipated arrival of Jenny Trapp, our Rotary Essex Exchange Student from Germany, resulted in a great exchange of cultural information at her first meeting with the Milford Rotary Club. Jenny will be attending Milford High as a sophomore. Jenny discussed her home village in northern Germany and her various extracurricular activities including equestrian "vaulting". Jenny has also traveled to England where she participated in an intensive program for learning English. Jenny is staying with the Croteau family in Milford during the upcoming school year. From left: Rotarian and Exchange Student Coordinator Jane Schroeder, Jenny Trapp and her host mother Amy Croteau.

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 James Miller is a young man from Milford who has been on the cutting edge of the new field of internet journalism and has become quite successful.  He works for the company EA WorldView and has partnered with a professor from the University of Birmingham in the UK and posts articles on the geopolitics of the Middle East. He was recently commissioned to write articles for the Columbia U. Journalism Review and his team’s research has been cited in many major print media.  His expertise is in Middle East politics specifically Lybia, Syria, Egypt and Israel.  His unique contacts in various countries has allowed for the flow of information long after more traditional journalism has been eliminated or ceased to exist.  A rather spirited question and answer period followed his presentation. (Text by Dennis LaPlante)
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Rotary Welcomes Vin Catrambone As New Member Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians left the friendly confines of Restaurant 45 to enjoy a summer outing at the Surf and Turf in Mendon. Following the normal Rotary business all enjoyed the delicious summer servings. More photos on FB
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Patrick Raimonn and his mother Jean joined us for lunch and brought us up to date with his forthcoming trip to Chile. Patrick is being sponsored by Milford Rotary as an exchange student and will be spending his upcoming Junior year in High School in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo: Peggy, our club counselor for our inbound exchange student from German, Patrick and president Al Holman).

He will leaving this Friday and travelling approx. 22 hours to his final destination.  He will be met along his various stops by Rotary teams to help him with his travels. Patrick has taken 4 years of Spanish at school along with several private lessons.  His host family does not speak English.  Along with attending the local public school, Patrick is looking forward to snowboarding and skiing the Andes.  Patrick will be blogging his experiences while in Chile.

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At the annual awards and officer installation meeting in late June the Rotary Club awarded Luis Saa, the club's exchange student from Chile, with a Paul Harris Award in recognition of his achievements throughout the year while representing Rotary and attending classes at Milford High School. From left: Club Foundation Chair Thomas Sawyer, Luis and 2012  Club President Tony Gallo.
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Ready to make waves-a group of swimmers for the 10:30 session pause for a group photo under the huge shade trees at Fino Field Pool. Classes run through July 21st.
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Long distance swimmer. From Alaska to Milford. Kamaria Baham, age 7 1/2 pauses with Guard Josh before they hit the water. Kamaria hails from Eielson AFB in Alaska and is spending some time with her grand parents in Upton this summer along with her cousin from Guam. Glad her grandparents let her share some time perfecting her swimming skills.
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The 2012 Rotary swim guards, trainers and managers take a quick break for the "2012 Team Photo" before they start the 10:30 lessons on a warm sunny day at Fino Field Pool in Milford.
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Patrick Reimonn from Hopkinton High School and Catherine Adcock, Nipmuc Regional High School recently attended a Rotary luncheon to share their experiences about what they learned, enjoyed and will take away from the three day Rotary Ryla leadership conference. From the left: Patrick, Catherine and Rotary Rlya Chairman Mike Peterson. The club sponsored a total of five area high school sophomores to Ryla which was held at Worcester State College from June 22 to 24.
Ryla Students Share Experience Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
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 Jane Schroeder was named "Rotarian Of The Year “during the clubs annual meeting held at 45 Restaurant in Medway. President Tony Gallo praised Schroeder for her outstanding work as program chair, her work on the annual Tab publication and her incredible efforts on behalf of the Student Exchange Program. Schroeder joined Rotary in 1999 and served as Club President in 2006.
Schroeder Named "Rotarian Of The Year" Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Incoming president Al Holman presents Tony Gallo with the traditional Past Presidents Plaque. One has to wonder- will Al still be smiling from ear to ear a year from now. Good luck Al and thanks Tony for a job well done. Time now to work on your annual president’s message for the 2012 Rotary tab that will be published on October 12th.

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Luis Saa was on hand to enjoy the festivities with fellow Rotarians as the new leaders assume responsibilities for the 2012-2013 Rotary year. Luis played some of his favorites songs on the eight string guitar that he purchased while he was here. Luis (left) is pictured with past president Paul Tamagni. Paul and his family have been hosting Luis since early January.

Luis Saa Serenades Rotarians Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Senior Rotarian Leonard Deloia was on hand at the annual officers meeting in June to swear in this years slate of officers. From left: Leonard Deloia, Al Holman, incoming President; Allan Villatoro, Sargent-at-arms; Tony Gallo, Immediate Past President; Dennis Laplante, Secretary and Ralph Mastrioanni, Treasurer.

Deloia swears in 2012-2013 Dream Team. Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Scholarship chairman Steve Ellis was beaming with pride this week as he addressed the club, the scholarship winners and their guest. Steve spoke about the outstanding quality of this years applicants, praising their academic achievements and community involvement while congratulating the winners. Steve  stressed how difficult it is to choose a winner and praised the winners for their outstanding achievements and for pursing the award. Following Steve's remarks each scholar spoke about their college plans and each was awarded a $1000 scholarship check.
From the left Jessica Gorman, Blackstone Valley Tech, Tony Gallo, Club President;  Francesca Panorese, Hopedale High School; Brittany Hill, Milford High School; Steve Ellis, Scholarship Chairman and Lauren Garufi, Nipmuc Regional High School.
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Jonathon Gale Addressed Rotary and Lions Club Members  last night to share his story about life as a non-sighted person. Jonathon gave an amazing accounting of his life and what you can achieve with a positive attitude and a desire to succeed.  It was an amazing story, loaded with great stories about how  much voice-over has helped the non-sighted.
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Rotarians were excited last night about attending the Joint Meeting hosted by the Milford Lions Club and were proud to have Exchange Student Luis Saa in attendance to mingle with Lions Club Members and to learn more about the Lions Club and their efforts especially in the area of eye research.
Luis Attends Joint Meeting of Milford Lions and Milford Rotary Club Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Envoy David Irwin was in attendance at the Joint Meeting of the Milford Rotary Club and the Milford Lions Club last night and presented the Rotary Club with the Bell Award for 2011. He praised both clubs for extraordinary efforts during the holiday campaign. He noted that two clubs raised a total of $9051 and were a critical part of the bell campaign. The Bell will remain at the Corp and will be updated with the winners not yet posted for 2009 and 2010. Rumor has it that when the numbers are validated the Lions Club name may be added.
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Luis Saa was the guest program this week and entertained members with a number of songs played on his new 12 string guitar. Luis got rave reviews with "Judge Kaplan" shouting out -cut a cd now and I'm buying it. Great job Luis. Luis is very active in numerous music venues at Milford High School. Luis is being hosted by Past President and current Rotarian Paul Tamagni and announced that his visa has been extended until late July. He expressed an interest in seeing Fenway Park as part of his cultural experience and in no time, a fellow Rotarian ponied up tickets so Luis could go with some friends and check that off his "to do" bucket list. His next adventure will be the MHS Prom. At the end of the meeting Rotarians thanked Luis for being such an outstanding ambassador for Rotary, for his country and his family.
Rotary's Chilean Idol Performs For His Fan Club Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Easter weekend was a little out of the ordinary at the Peterson home this year when Milford Rotary Foundation chairman Thomas Sawyer (not pictured) showed up to present each of the Peterson’s daughters with an Honorary Paul Harris Award, funded by their parents Michael and Carolyn, in recognition of what they have achieved in their lives. Both Michael and his wife Carolyn have been Paul Harris Fellows  for some time and the family is the first Milford Rotary Club Family to achieve Paul Harris Fellowship status. Proceeds from Paul Harris awards are used by Rotary International to fund projects worldwide such as the eradication of Polio.  From left: Beverly E. Krans, Michael Peterson, Dawn M. Peterson, Carolyn Peterson, and Tenley Peterson Munns. (Photo by Thomas Sawyer).

Milford Rotary’s First Family Of Paul Harris Fellows: Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
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 Michael Peterson, RYLA Committee Chairperson for the Milford Rotary Club, announced that the Club has awarded five scholarships to this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in late June.  The deserving  scholarship winners are:  Brittney Hall, BVTech; Robert Cote, Milford High School; Catherine Adcock, Mendon Nipmuc Regional High School; Megan Stewardson and Noa Banayan, Hopedale High School.    
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It is always a happy day when club membership chairman John Peters III (left) welcomes a new member to the club as was the case last week when Peters welcomed Attorney Mike Kaplan (center) as the newest member of the Milford  Rotary Club. Kaplan was sponsored by Rotarian Allan Villatoro (right). Welcome aboard Mike, we can use the extra hands at the upcoming 6th annual wine/beer/food tasting gala on March 24th at the Milford Portuguese Club. 
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 Mike "Mookie" Wilson, creator of "Mookie's Miracle" and miracle survivor of a
horrific car accident in 2009 returned to the Milford Rotary Club this week to talk about the
power of a positive mindset and how his positive attitude got him through a near life ending
experience.  Mike Wilson (right), pictured with long time friend and
Rotarian Joshua Lioce. (photo Al Holman)
see the live story of his life at  

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 Magee Lambert (left) – Luis’ current host mother and her son Tucker (right) who is a student at Milford High School, attended this weeks program. His host dad, Brad Gustavesen was unable to join them. Luis  attended this weeks meeting so they could  hear Michael Wilson’s talk as Luis is interested in becoming a doctor and was interested in Mookie’s Medical  Miracle.

 Luis  will be staying with the Gustavesens until late March or early April when he  will go to his 3rd host family.  The Gustavesens have an older son, who is  in college, and a younger daughter in middle school. Luis is having a  delightful time with his new and very active family.   

   

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 Milford Rotary Club member and former president Joshua Lioce said Wilson is scheduled to speak for Rotary members in January. The Rotary job will be his first formal speaking engagement but he has spoken at a Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy conference, offering a “patient's perspective.’’

“I just feel like it would be a very good story for many people to hear,” Lioce said. “He was in rough shape. I just got a lot of motivation from that no matter what happens you can still go out there an be a good person.”

Photo credit- Daily News

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x28914680/A-survival-story-worth-sharing#ixzz1iJ94sfti

 

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 Rotarian and New Member Chairman John Peters III, (left) welcomed David Irwin of the Milford Salvation Army as the newest member of the Milford Rotary Club. Irwin was sponsored by long-time Rotarian and past president Thomas Sawyer. 
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Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Night Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
The Bells are covered at Kmart Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
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 Last Saturday, the Milford Rotary Club rang bells for the Salvation Army from 9-5 at the Milford Stop & Shop. Our roving photographer popped by and captured this group ringing in the season. From left: Michael DiCicco,  Steve Ellis, Abe Rosenfeld and Josh Lioce. Leading the charge in the front is Rotary’s youngest ringer, Abe’s son William. This week Rotarians will be at Ringing Bells from 9-5  at Kmart.

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 That was the key message by this weeks guest speaker Phil Cicio, LifeSuccess and Business Consultant Coach and Seminar Producer. Awesome high powered presentation stuffed with a lot of key thoughts about being positive, staying positive  and motivated while motivating and having a positive impact on those around us. He reminded us that our mind can only have one thought- positive or negative and it's up to us to choose those thoughts. Great presenter and Phil believe's what he presents. You can see more at www.PhilCicio.com

 

What you think is what will happen! Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians celebrated Veterans week on Tuesday enjoying a very informative and lively presentation by Cmdr. Lara Anderson from the United State Coast Guard.  Lara, a proud  Milfordian, is currently stationed at the Boston CG base and has served previously in FloridaCaliforniaRhode IslandConnecticut, and Washington DC.  Lara explained what the USCG does in the Boston area and elsewhere and why she choose a career in the Coast Guard. We sure know more about the CG now then we did before Lara arrived. From the left: Rotary Assistant District Governor Bryan Rourke, CMDR Anderson and Event Chair Rotarian Jane Schroeder.

 

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 Luis Saa was the guest speaker today at Rotary and serve up an excellent (and very colorful) powerpoint program presentation of the history and life in Chile.  We learned a lot about the wide range of weather due to the length of Chile, the politics, the culture and his family. Luis also reported that he has joined the Jazz band at Milford High School. Patrick Reimonn, who Rotary will be sponsoring as an outbound student next year was also in attendance and spoke about his 2012 Exchange Students Goals and Ambitions. Back row left to right; Jeanne Reimonn (Saa's host parent)  Patrick Reimonn [outgoing exchange next year] and Barry Feingold  [Club Counselor for Luis]. Front row left to right:  Patricia Doyle [District 1079 ESSEX Coordinator], Luis Saa and Rotarian Jane Schroeder  [Club Youth Exchange officer]. 

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 Following their Career Day adventures students are bussed by the school to Restaurant 45 in Medway. The class and school officials enjoy a nice lunch while a number of students report on what happen during their career day business visit and how that experience impacts their future thinking. Rotarian Josh Lioce is chairman of the Career Day program for the Juniors at Hopedale High School. From left back row : Career Day Coordinator Joshua Lioce, HHS Principal Derek Atherton, Guidance Counselor Kevin McGowan,   Rotary Pesident Tony Gallo and Guidance Counselor Jill St. Martin. Front Row: Class Officers - Kiara Lum, Kelsi McDougle, Kara Bresciani and Lauren Kapatoes


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   As part of Career Day program, Hopedale High School Juniors visit businesses throughout the area to test drive their career choice.  We caught up with three students who were spending their morning at the MRMC Rehab Center on RT140 in Milford. Front Row from left: Michelle Cormier, Occupational Therapy; Sandy Colonna, Physical Therapy Assistant and Victoria Moran, Physical Therapy, Doctor of Student Simmons.

Hopedale Career Day Students Visit MRMC Sports Rehabilation Center Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
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These happy Juniors were excited about the opportunity to scoot off to the  Milford District Court to spend the morning with Amy Pighetti. From left: Richard Beroos, Christopher Hodgens, Samuel Hockenbury Kiara Lum.
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 Front Row: Chaperone Elena Ramos and Milford's exchange student Luis Saa from Chile. Back Row: Spanish Chaperone Jorge Garcia, Milford President Tony Gallo, Milford School Superintendent Bob Tremblay, Milford Rotarian and event chair Jane Schroeder, Fran Olano – Spanish teacher and Foreign Language Department Team Leader at Milford High School and exchange coordinator.
 
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From the left, Jorge Garcia from Spain, Milford Rotary President Tony Gallo and  Milford's, Exchange student Luis Saa from Chile 
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 Following the great luncheon, Rotary leaders, Luis Saa and school group leaders gathered with 20 students from Spain and their leaders for one final "Thanksgiving Day" photo. We also gave them copies of this years Rotary Tab to take back to the Rotary Club in Spain.
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 Luis had one thought as he walked up to the Stadium- This is nice- very nice- this is a nice Saturday night. Luis also got photographed on the big TRON -got a high five from the team mascot and ended up with front row seats on the 20 yard line.  We also enjoyed a nice  Chinese Buffett at the Imperial Buffett in Milford before the game. So yes- it was a nice night and I would encourage others to spend a night with Luis. He is a lot of fun - smart-focussed and loves to share stories about his Homeland. More photos on facebook
Exchange Student Luis Visits Gillette Stadium To See Revolution Soccer Game Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Luis is the first Exchange Student ever hosted by the Milford Rotary Club Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
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 Excited and Vibrant Luis Arrives From Chile

Our Rotary Exchange Student, Luis, from Chile, arrived at Logan Airport on Sunday afternoon. Barry and his family, Maureen the woman who will be driving Luis to school every day, Pat and Skip Doyle, our District Exchange coordinators, and Jane met at the Reimonn's on Labor Day evening for an all-American BBQ dinner to welcome Luis to his new home as he begins to settle in with our gracious host, the Reimonn's and begins his year at Milford High School. It was great to see Luis at the meeting on Tuesday. What a great job Jane has done overseeing our Essex Exchange program. DG Polito presented Luis with his own Rotary Theme Flag.

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 Last Tuesday the new Salvation Army Officer, Dave visited Rotary & spoke about his vision for the corp. Today's Sunday News has a full story and photos of the family-Jessie and David Irwin, with their children, from left, Abby, Nate, Kate and Tyler. You can read the full  story on our FB page. While at the club Dave thanked Rotarians for all their past support and noted that he plans to join as soon as he gets settled in.  
New Salvation Army Leader, Rotarian & PH Fellow Visits Rotary Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
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 Olga Zabolotina, RN, ADG Vera Cassinelli and PDG Klaus Hachfeld presented a great opportunity for the Milford Club to take the lead to work with Boston Doctors and Shriner's to establish a burn clinic in the Ukraine using matching grants. Exciting program and wonderful opportunity to consider. The Rotary club in the Ukraine has already put up the first $1000.
District 7910 Could Save Lives in the Ukraine Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Essex Exchange Student Thomas Reimonn Returns to Share His Experience Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Julia Returns From France and is pumped up-Next up Scotland? Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
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 Over 100 swimmers will participate in this years Rotary swim program under the watchful eye of  Peter Filosa  and his program leaders Dana Auger, right, and Valorie Vieira
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We were Rotary Swimmers in the 70"s Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Valorie, far left and Dana, far right, gather the Instructors for a team photo just before the 9:30 class begins
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My thanks to Mike Peterson, Henry Papuga, Steve Ellis, Vera Cassinelli, Al Holman and Mr and Mrs Peters. for helping this  AM. We signed up about 83 and hopefully late signers will get us to 100. Casey pool also has a free program running next week up to level three. Kids swim MONDAY-Saturday week one and Monday-Thursday week 2. Classes start at 9:30 and 10:30. We have some very good leaders again this year under the direction of Peter Filosa.

 

 

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 Rotarian Steve Ellis gave an eloquent and thoughtful speech today as he presented  a brief overview of the selection process and the quality of the applicants  based on the wide variety of their outstanding achievements.  Steve also thanked the parents for their support in helping the students achieve their goals. Following the program each student was presented with a $1000 check. From left: Zachary Tarolli, Milford High School;  Gianna Balasco, Hopedale High School and Felicia Richard, Nipmuc Regional High School. Back row: Kurt Stefancyk, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School;  Rotarian and Scholarship Chairman Steve Ellis and Rotary President Tony Gallo.

Ellis Presents Rotary Scholarships Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
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 Distinguished Rotarian Russ Dennett, second from left, was on hand to install the 2011-2012 Rotary officers. From Left; Paul Tamagni, immediate past president; Dennett, Sargent-at-arms, Dennis LaPlante, Secretary, Al Holman; Treasurer, Ralph Mastrioanni, and in-coming president Tony Gallo. We are off and running for 2012. Absent-President elect 2012-Robert Bonnell.

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 Rotary took another leap forward today when new member chairman John Peters III (right)  welcomed Allan Villatoro of UniBank (center) as our newest member. Great to have you on board Allan. Allan was sponsored by Rotarian Barry Feingold. Thanks Barry
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Following a great presentation by Patricia Doyle (right) about RYLA and ESSEX, Patricia met with our own Jane Schroeder to work out THE DETAILS in the Essex Program. Patricia is very active in our District and among other responsibilities, coordinates all the ESSEX student exchanges. We, as a Club, agreed to host Luis, a young man from Chile, as our guest exchange student. Luis will attend  Milford High School in September. Rotary needs  3 – 4 host families who will provide housing for this Luis during his stay. After Patricia's inspiring presentation, we had a couple Rotarians STEP-UP- we are on our way.
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The United Way of Tri-County has named the Milford Youth Center the 2011 Community Partner of the Year.

Jim Sanchioni, director of The Milford Youth Center, was recently presented the award for continually taking a proactive approach to strengthening their relationship with the United Way.



Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1291971641/Milford-Youth-Center-wins-United-Way-award#ixzz1Mc84Jlje
 
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 Mike DiCicco- generated a few new Foundation Reports for me today and I was able to glean a few updates worth sharing

Our Annual Fund Goal this year was $2800. Including the dollars that I sent in for a couple of members last week, we have given $4300. A whopping 153% of goal for APF.

We also gave Polio Plus $700 and of course these funds went to help secure the Bill Gates Foundation Matching Funds Challenge. The Club also sent in $1000 for a matching grant. Overall we gave $6000. Awesome. Thanks everyone and congratulations to all. If anyone wants to add to their account just drop me a line. Non- Rotarians are also welcome to make a donation in any amount to the Rotary Foundation
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(May 4) -- Assumption College men's lacrosse head coach Mel McKee ) was named Coach of the Year in the Northeast-10 Conference. McKee earns Coach of the Year honors for the first time after guiding the Greyhounds to a 9-7 record and setting the program's single-season record for victories. Assumption started the season at 5-0 and advanced to the Northeast-10 Tournament for the first time in the program's history. Pictured with Mel is his freshman defensive midfielder Andrew Moran (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North who was  named to the league's All-Rookie Team. 

 All awards were voted on by the league coaches. Congratulations Mel on  a great season

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Scott Scales, Vice President and Trust Department Manager for Investment and Trust Group, a division of the Milford National Bank & Trust Company was today’s guest speaker. Scott spoke about the need for everyone to have an estate plan, no matter how basic or elaborate. Scott reviewed the five basis components of an Estate Plan which are”  a Will (everybody must have this if you want ANY say in what happens when you depart from this world), a Trust and it’s four options (living, testamentary, revocable, and irrevocable), a Durable Power of Attorney, a Health Care Proxy and a Declaration of Homestead. Scott reviewed the importance each component plays in the overall plan, including the importance of a simple action like the declaration of homestead.  Guess we all can take care of that today with a simple on line search at the registry of deeds and a $35 check.

Scott is a former Attleboro Rotary Club member, President of the Attleboro Rotary Charities Foundation, and a Paul Harris Fellow, so he fit right in with today’s spirited discussion about Rotary Scholarships. Thanks Scott-great presentation

Scales Weighs In On Importance of an Estate Plan Sawyer, Sr., Thomas 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
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 Membership Chairman John Peters III (right) was all aglow today as he inducted Tony Chiarelli (center) as a member of the Milford Rotary club. Tony was sponsored by club president Paul Tamagni (left). Tony is president of  Landmark Associates, a General Construction firm created to help people navigate the road to rebuilding. Services Include:

Total Disaster Recovery Services, General Contracting & Commercial Tenant Fit-outs and Design. Hobbies: Golf, music. Favorite Novel: Lord of the Rings. Welcome Aboard-remember next weeks meeting will be at Panera Bread

 
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Jenny and her friends pause for a close-up photo opt as they enjoy the day's festivities

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 Probably no couple in the Milford area exemplifies the true virtues of what it means to fulfill Rotary's motto of "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" than Nancy and Bill Gannett of Hopedale (center). It was indeed an honor for the Club's Rotary Foundation Chairman, Tom Sawyer (right) and fellow Rotarian Steve Ellis (left))to appear at their home recently to present both with an award from Rotary in recognition of their years of service to the community, especially as it relates to their outstanding efforts and years of community service to the Milford Whitinsville Regional Medical Center.
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 Nice SPORT to wear that hat supplied by Jane. Wonder if the man from Chile was chilly standing out there in the New England Chilly weather.
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Rotarian -Musician-Teacher- Husband and Dad, Paul Surapine was honored for his many accomplishments with the WMRC Butch Moore award and a Citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives at a recent meeting of the Milford Chamber of Commerce. Pictured with Paul is his wife Susan, along with Dick Ferrucci and Tom McAuliffe from WMRC. Photo courtesy of Town Crier. Congratulations Paul.
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Julia Demers, our Rotary Exchange Student from Milford to Toulouse, France sent along a great and exciting update that Jane read to the club today. Great report- definitely worth reading to see how Rotarians take care of their Exchange Students in every country. Thanks Jane for sharing the update with us today. It turned a rainy day into a sunny day.. Here's the letter: Hi Jane! It has been awhile since I have talked to anyone from Milford Rotary (but
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Record crowd enjoyed this years annual event held at the Portugeuse Club on Saturday night. Meet the vendors, see the stars and the guest in our photo journal "2011 Wine Tasting" on the right side of this home page.
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Michael Peterson announced today that The Milford Rotary Club has awarded scholarships to this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in June, 2011. The lucky scholarship winners are Kelsi McDougle Hopedale High, Robert Holmes, Jr BVTech, Emma Blanchard Nipmuc and Diana Gonzales Milford High. Michael Peterson, local Committee Chairperson, said that the chosen students will be among the more than 100 area high school sophomores who will attend the RYLA Conference. Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service. To be chosen, the candidates needed to qualify by showing leadership potential and good citizenship characteristics, and showing a strong desire to attend and benefit from the conference. Additionally, in their individual interviews, they needed to stand out from the other applicants. Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Milford to this year's scholarship winners and their families!
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Rotarian Steve Ellis was presented with a multi level Paul Harris Foundation Sapphire pin today by chairman Tom Sawet, in support of his level of commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Steve in return honored his wife Lynne with a presentation of her own Paul Harris award as a token of his recognition of all that she has done for him and his family and all they have achieved and enjoyed as a couple. Support for the Rotary Foundation provides the Foundation with funds to help build a better world.
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The 1 pm shift dialed up the Bonnell Family. Rumors are that Zak and his dad spent a lot of time tossing those "bell loops"
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Al Holman (center) was joined on the Bells today with his son Andy (right) to cover the 1-3 shift. Super job guys and a special thanks to Andy for joining with his dad. Tom Sawyer popped in at 3pm to take over the 3-5 shift. PAUL SURAPINE also worked the Bells from 1-3 but was missed at photo shoot. Thanks Paul.
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Rylans Dine With Rotarians From left: Emily Bolduc, BVT; Michael Peterson, Ryla Chairman; Laren Garufi, Nipmuc; Julia Accorsini, Nipmuc and Derik Fisher, Hopedale- Photo by Courtney Dederian. For the first time in many years Mike Peterson
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President Paul reported that Krystal emailed him that we had a great kettle Saturday. Paul was happy and encourage all to reach higher on Saturday at Stop and Shop. It the way we can DO THE MOST GOOD.
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Jane's best buddy, Allie, seems to have everything well under control as he surveys the parking lot for the next giver as Tom Pitts, Jane Schroeder and Al Holman man the kettle. Later,
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It was December 7, 1941. Tom Davey was 9 years old. His family lived on Ford Island. His dad was in the military and in charge of a hanger. It was 7:45 AM in the Hawaiian Islands and all was well. Throughout the Island, planes were parked in clusters, outside the hangers, as this was believed to be the safest way to protect the planes. The harbor was stacked with Navy vessels from the Pacific Fleet including seven major battleships and all were well stocked with fuel and ammunitions for routine Monday activities. All was normal in Hawaii or so Tom and his family thought.
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It was day two of Rotary's 2010 bell ringing effort rolled out Josh Lioce, left to man the right entrance while Henry Papuga (center) and Steve Ellis (missing from photo) to man the
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From the left: Terri Gaffney RN Neuro ICU, UMass Medical, guest speaker and ambassador for BIA-MA, Steve Machnik; and Rotarian/DGR Vera Cassinelli. Vera was our program chair today and introduced Steve Machnik, an ambassador from the Brain Injury Association/Foundation of MA. Steve shared
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John Peters III shows up for his annual slot and is joined by Mike DiCicco, center, and Ralph Mastrioanni. Ralph was featured in the Daily News on Monday in a page one photo/story about Rotary Bell
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AT SUNDAY'S MEMORIAL TREE SERVICE ROTARIANS HONORED Troops from Massachusetts who gave their lives in the Mid East Conflicts: Gunnery Sgt. Elia P. Fontecchino (Milford, Ma), Died August 4, 2004, Lance Cpl. Shayne Cabino (Franklin, Ma) Died October 6, 2010, Maj. Brian M. Mescall (Hopkinton, Ma) Died January 9, 2009, Master Sqt. Robert R. Pirelli (Franklin, Ma) Died June 29, 2008, Staff sqt. Robert R. Pirelli (Franklin, Ma) Died August 15, 2007, Pfc. Scott J. Metcalf (Framingham, Ma)
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As Rotarians gathered around the Memorial Tree at Draper Park on Sunday, they read off a list of 167 names of individuals being honored in addition to the Service Men and Women that were honored at the end of the ceremony. List is alphabetical: Mark Armstrong, Richard Armstrong
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Great program Henry- great tribute to "that day in infamy". Tom Davey lives in Milford and works endlessly to educate all about that horrible day in American history. Tom is very active in many projects related to Pearl Harbor and has revisited the scene with his brother-including the house where he lived and the bomb shelter where the family went for protection.
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It is true- Action Speaks Louder Than Words and no one is a better example of that then Vera is with her consistent support of the Rotary Foundation. At today's celebration luncheon Vera was presented with a PH PIN WITH THREE RUDY STONES by Foundation Chair Tom Sawyer. Congratulations Vera. Photo from left: Club Treasurer, Ralph Mastrioanni who keeps the records of donations and cuts the check so Tom can send the info an the money to the Rotary Foundation, Chairman, Tom Sawyer and Vera Cassinelli.
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Reno DeLuzio, chairman of the Upper Charles Trail Committee visited Rotary today and spoke about the Project-Update as noted on Milford Patch web site. With Phase 2 construction of the Milford Upper Charles Trail on schedule for a September 2011 completion, and the final phase in design, supporters are focusing on how best to maintain the recreational asset while making it widely accessible.
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It was a cold sunny day Sunday as the Rotary Club of Milford held it's third Annual Holiday Memorial Tree ceremony at Draper Park. Each honored name was read aloud by a Milford Rotarian and a dated commemorative gift bulb /ornament was presented for each person honored. A number of those honored were service men who had lost their lives in wars.The annual fund raising event was co-ordinated by Rotarian Donny Libby. Rotarian/Lt. Krystal of the Salvation Army gave the closing prayer. Names of those honored in readings will be added to this posting later this week.
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Continuing in the spirit of today's Foundation Meeting, Rotarian Al Holman was presented with his Paul Harris Award in recognition of his level of financial giving to the Foundation. Chairman Sawyer noted "that only one Milford Rotarian, Rob Bonnell had achieved the award in a shorter period time". Sawyer said -it's an occasion where being number two is a wonderful thing. Sawyer also noted that in addition to his financial support of the Foundation and his personal involvement in local Rotary programs, Al exemplifies the true Rotary spirit with all the support that he gives to the Club through the Town Crier. Congratulations Al and thanks for all you do. Photo from left: Tom Sawyer and Al Holman.
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Photo from left: President Paul Tamagni, Paul Gallagher, International Service Director/GEMINI CO-Founder, Paul Gallagher; GEMINI Clerk/Secretary Sue Abladian and Club Member/ District Governor Representative Vera Cassinelli. GEMINI co-founder and current President, Paul Gallagher and GEMINI Clerk/Secretary Sue Abladian weaved a perfect story today about why it is so important that Rotarians support the efforts of the Rotary Foundation. Paul explained in detail about how GEMINI roots began with a multi vehicle accident in a third world country way back in 1992. Paul presented an excellent video explaining the history and evolution of GEMINI.
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Seventy-four juniors from Hopedale High School spent a morning in late October with local businesses as part of the clubs Annual Career Day event. Following the morning visit with their career host, the students were guest of the Rotary Club at Restaurant 45 in Medway. From left to right: Paul Tamagni, Club President; Jill St. Martin, Guidance Counselor; Josh Lioce, Rotarian and Event Chairman; Amanda Caulkins, Class Vice President; Brittany Allen, Class Treasurer; Peter Berdos, Class President; Jackie Canal, Class Secretary; Hopedale Police Officer John Gagnon ( School Safety Officer) and Paul Daigle, Principal
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It's always a great day when a new member joins the ranks and today was no exception as President Paul- far right-welcome Dennis LaPlante into Rotary (center) as his sponsor Steve Ellis smiles from ear to ear. Rotary is off to a great start in the Rotary 2010-2011 year.
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The rains came down but the Rotarians still showed up and enjoyed a great outing in the tent and some even played golf. Rotarian Steve Ellis organized the outing and Country Club President Eugene Phillips gave a first hand review of the night the fire destroyed the CC and a timeline of events since that date. Phillips reminded everyone that it is important to stay on top of your insurance policy- you never know when you need it. He indicated that one area to review is-business interruption. He noted, "It was great that the CC had BI coverage, but they sure could have use more of it. He also noted that after the "Rotarians ate lunch the tent was coming down" and all trailers that housed the pro shop and the kitchen, etc are being removed.
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Welcome Aboard Tom. Membership chairman John Peters III (left) and President Paul Tamagni (right) were excited when they inducted Thomas Pitts (center) as a new member at this week's Rotary meeting.
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Ryann Bresnahan returned to the Milford Rotary Club this week to give an inspiring and detailed report on her year of studies in Newcastle, England and noted that her year was extended by two months so that she could do a disaster readiness study in Grenada.
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Senior Rotarian Russ Dennett was tapped again this year to administer the "oath of service" to this years officers and to present the club gavel and that noisy bell to President Paul Tamagni. From left: Paul Tamagni, Russ Dennett, Rob Bonnell, secretary and Tony Gallo, president-elect. Back row: Josh Lioce, past president; Ralph Mastroianni, club treasurer and Al Holman, Sergeant-at-arms.
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Matt Clemente and his team handled late sign-ups at the Tuesday 10:30 session and added 6 more swimmers, raising this years total swimmers to 101. Nice job everyone. The more the merrier. Rotary wants everyone to learn to swim.
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Front Row: Catherine BonTempo, Sofia BonTempo, Carina Filosa, Kate Monica. Back Row: Tim Doyle, Jacen Antonio, Joseph Atkinson, Pauline Auger. Missing for the photo is Dana Auger who was busy opening the back gate for all the eager swimmers.
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Parents started showing up before 9 AM this morning at Fino Pool for the last minute sign up. By 9:30, fifteen kids had taken advantage of the late sign up, pushing the numbers up about 10% over last year.
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Before leaving office last night, president Josh presented service awards to a number of Rotarians and capped off the ceremony by announcing that he was bringing back the Rotarian Of The Year award. He indicated that-it was very difficult to pick one person to recognize as Rotarian O The Year since so many do so much for the club. He went on to say that in "the end one Rotarian did stand out" and announced that the Rotarian Of The Year award goes to Rob Bonnell for all that he does for the club and in the overall community. Congratulations Rob on a well deserved award.
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Many members of the Milford Rotary Club attended a meeting last week of a regularly scheduled meeting of the Lions Club at 45 Restaurant. Worcester County Sheriff, Guy Glodis was the guest speaker. Glodis spoke about the important work service clubs do and congratulated both clubs on their achievements. Glodis also gave a very informative and in-depth report on what has been accomplished during his time at the Worcester County Sheriffs Office. From Left: Lions President Joseph Hughart Worcester County Sheriff, Guy Glodis and Rotary President Josh Lioce.
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Milford Rotary Club SCHOLARSHIP CHAIRMAN STEVE ELLIS awarded the clubs $4000 in scholarships at a recent meeting. Ellis stressed that it was a very difficult process and tough to choose from such a wonderful and talented pool of candidates. Following his report to the club, $1000 scholarship awards were given to four high school seniors. From left: Erica Poirier, Blackstone Valley Tech; Steve Ellis, Rotary Scholarship chairman; Elizabeth Fernandes, Milford High School; John Saras, Hopedale High School; Justine Lo, Nipmuc Regional High School and Josh Lioce, Rotary Club President. Poirier will be attending the University of Mass Amherst, Fernandes will be attending the University of Southern California, Saras will be attending the University of Miami and Lo will be attending Boston University.
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Rotarian Martin Richman, left, was the program chair this week and he invited the team from Project HEAL which stands for Health Education and Advocacy for Latinos. The project is based out of St. Mary's of the Assumption Parish in Milford. What an energetic group and what a great job they are doing to address many of the challenges of Milford's diversified immigrant population. From left: Martin, Mario Franco, Program Adm-Finance; Indira Gumbe, MSW-HEAL Program Director and FR. Manual Clavijo M. Div. S.T.L., HEAL Program Coordinator.
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Just click this link http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Milford-MA-Rotary-Club/113361445354881?ref=ts and enjoy over 40 photos of this yearsMilford Rotary 4th annual Wine/Micro Beer and Food Tasting
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Kelly O'Grady was the happy winner of the 50/50 raffle and walked award with a neat $250 cash prize. When we win-YOU win.
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The light rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the kids that showed up to get their free helmet during the recent helmet distribution day at the Milford Youth Center. All 100 helmets were distributed to children in need at the event as well as some overflow to the Family Resource Center and Memorial School. Great job everyone.The helmet safety program is just one of the many ways that Rotary serves the local community. Pictured on the left are Rotarians Paul Tamagni and Vera Cassinelli assisted by members of the Milford Police Department
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Just DO IT-- Let's eradiacate POLIO Now. The board voted to send a special $200 (additional donation) to Rotary's POLIO PLUS Program. The funds will be matched 2-1 by the Bill Gates foundation. This is in addition to the $1200 that club members sent in November. Thanks everyone - the Foundation will take good care of your funds
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Membership Chairman John Peters III (left) was back from his much needed vacation and was quick to welcome Lt. Krystal Boring of the Milford Salvation Army as the club's newest member. Krystal was sponsored by our dedicated Rotarian Jane Schroeder (right). Welcome aboard Krystal, we are blessed to have the Salvation Army in Milford.
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Rotarian Lenny DeLoia was presented with a Paul Harris Foundation Pin at the combined Lions-Rotary meeting in recognition of his support to the Rotary Foundation since the beginning of the POLIO PLUS CAMPAIGN in 1986. DeLoia, who is a past president and celebrating his 40th year in Rotary was recognized as the Clubs most senior member. From Left: Rotarian and ASDG Vera Cassinelli and DeLoia.
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Wonder if Courtney was recruiting new members at the MACC EXPO" or was she trying out for our 'favorite team".
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Donate without taking it out of your pocket-Roy Balfour of the Rotary District 7910 Financial Resource Team was the guest speaker today and gave a very informative talk on how to support the Foundation through an outright gift, or as a Benefactor or as a Bequest Society member. Balfour suggested that Rotarians work with their whole group of advisers to work together to find ways to make these gifts -Free- through the help of a well develop financial plan.Balfour pointed out that only 7% of Rotarians have made a Bequest to the Foundation and suggested that if we want to grow the Foundation and create our own Legacy that number needs to move up. Balfour also thanked the club for being the first club in District 7910 to achieve 100% EREY status.
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You can experience Africa and only drive a few miles to Hopkinton. Lew Flagg was our speaker today.  Lew talked about the World Vision exhibit that will be on display at the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton April 11 - 18. This is called "Step into Africa: The AIDS crisis: Can you survive the journey of a child?"  Tour times can be reserved at:  www.worldvisionexperience.org/metrowest. Excellent program and one can only assume the emotions one will experience at this wonderful, informative and heart tugging exhibit. Great presentation Lew.
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The Red Sox season opens Sunday but the Patriots Stars when shining on Saturday at the MACC Business EXPO
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Excerpt from recent blog. "Once we decided on a topic, it came down to choose an implementation site. Again, it would have to be a location with demonstrative need; we chose Togo, a small, overlooked country of 6 million on the western coast of Africa. In particular, our project would be based in Togoville, an actual city located on Lac Togo, whose population suffers high morbidity and mortality rates from treatable diseases such as typhoid, giardia, Hep A, and schistosomiasis. High rates of infection are a result of drinking, bathing, and cooking from the stagnant, bacteria-filled Lac Togo, their main water source. Read her full report by clicking on her blog on the left under CLUB LINKS.
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Great presentation today from Jon Miguel and Doug Detweiler regarding their trip to the Philippines. Our club helped sponsor Jon as part of a district wide initiative for the Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team 2010. The GSE's purpose is to have non-Rotarians visit foreign countries and live with Rotarians for 30 days. Doug is a member of the Northboro club, and was the Rotary leader on this trip. Team members spent 3 to 4 nights with 10 different families visiting many areas of the Philippines. They noted that "living and interacting with local people" really gives you a feel for the culture and the way people live their everyday lives. This is far different from visiting a country and staying in a hotel on the beach. The members visited area business', attended festivals, shopped and ate where the locals ate. Jon said 'we got the Royal Treatment" by our host. They were incredible. Doug also noted that Rotary is very visible throughout Philippines.(Text by Tony Gallo)
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Yesterday, I asked Mike D if he would email me an updated PH Foundation report as he has file access. Like always, within minutes I had the report and that was just the beginning of the GOOD NEWS. THE MARCH 1, 2010 REPORTS SHOWS: #1. The Milford Rotary Club has donated a total of $80,758 to the Foundation since our club was founded. (nice to fly by that $80k level) over that time 54 Rotarians and 12 non-Rotarians have become ph fellows and 8 have achieved multi ph fellow status. Several more will become multi ph fellows within the next two years. awesome. #2. Goals: The club had a current year goal of $3200 for annual giving and $1000 for restricted giving. (reasonable goals for a great club like ours)
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Jon and Doug brought the huge GSE banner along with two tables of gifts given to them by their host and business owners during their 30 day venture to help understand people and cultures in hopes of building a more peaceful and better world .
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Everyone was smiling when President Josh (left) officially welcomed Marshall Day (center) as a new member of the Milford Rotary Club as membership chairman John Peters III beams with joy.
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As part of Vocational service month, the club traveled to BVT where the students prepared a hearty lunch for everyone. Looks like Rotarian Steve Ellis is leading the way.
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Jordon Freitas from Escalon, California visited the club during his late September visit to Hopedale to enjoy the New England foliage. Jordon is very active in the Rotary Foundation in his home club. Thanks for the nice flag Jordon. Hope you had a safe trip home. Maybe Rotary can help save California.
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Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick- Superintendent/Director was a gracious host and spoke at length and in â€"dept about all the great things going on at BLACKSTONE VALLEY REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL. He spoke about the early days and how it was a place of last choice and how it has now a school of "first choice" for many and he stressed that there is a significant 'application process' and a waiting list. Fitzpatrick noted that " Education is the process of developing an individual's potential and the school's philosophy is to provide the individual with the academic and vocational/technical skills essential to achieve success in a productive career as well as to provide the global community with a highly qualified and prepared workforce. We had great host and it was a great opportunity to visit one of the areas "outstanding facilities". You can learn a whole lot more about this "Crown Jewel" at www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.
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Milford Rotary Host Hopedale High School Junior's- As part of the Club's Vocational Services Program, 90 students spent the morning with various businesses to hone in on the student's current career interest. Following the morning internships, the students joined Rotary for a full luncheon at Restaurant 45 in Medway. From left, front row-Katie Bresciani, class treasurer; Katherine Englund, class president, Alexa DiAntonio, class secretary and Gianna Balasco, class vice-president. Back row, School Resource Officer John Gagnon, Tony Cordani, Dean of Students; Kelley Butler, Dean of Students; Jill St. Martin, Guidance Counselor and Rotary Club President Josh Lioce. The annual event is coordinated by Rotarian Joe Edwards Jr.
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Paul -Rob and John were awarded with another ever present "Bright Award" which seems to be appearing on a more regular basis from the B-agency. Rumor has it, they were the "sharp shooters" at last weeks visit to the Range. To me they look more like Jesse James partners. Either way -sharp looking, sharp-shooters and outstanding Rotarians.
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Susan Edmonds, left, appeared as the guest of Jane today and spoke to the club regarding the Milford Town Library. The club has donated another $750 to continue the books program whereby we give a book in honor of each guest speaker. Susan showed the club what our donations have provided and stressed how much the program helps the library. Sue also spoke at length about how the Library is tuning into the modern day visitor by adapting to the electronic age. Sue stressed the fact there will always be a library as a library is part of what we are and is part of the fabric of a community. Nice presentation Sue, thanks for joining us for an informative lunch.
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MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOSH.. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who was able to attend yesterday. It was a great day and LOTS OF FUN and laughs. It was truly a Rotary Fellowship day, and one that I hope becomes and annual event. Thanks to Jane for coordinating with GOAL!! Thanks to GOAL who did a tremendous job on the event and by far the most professional instructors that I have ever had the pleasure to be instructed by. Thanks to Sgt. Peter Lemon for use of the range. It was very kind of him and the Bellingham Police Department. Thanks to Paul and Steve for coordinating the after hours event. We had a blast and LOTS AND LOTS of laughs. The food was outstanding and the Saki was even better.
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EVERYONE HAD A BLAST AND THEN WE WERE OFF TO "EATS AND FELLOWSHIP." MAYBE WE WILL SING -HOME ON THE RANGE- BEFORE THE MEAL. All photos shot at the range were taking by our esteemed Al Holman, nice to see that Rotary finally has a a quality photographer.
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Is the meeting still going? A special to thanks to Chief O'Loughlin, who once again proved why his annually visit to Rotary is always one of our better meetings of the year. His straight forward, common sense approach to today's toughest issues is always refreshing to hear. He commented on many issues and seems to be able to strike balance between doing the right thing and knowing when to strictly enforce the many, and sometimes burdensome, laws that are on our books today.
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Jen Walsh (right) and Deb Friedman (left) were the program guest today of President Josh and spoke to the club about the Pre-Vocational program in the Milford Public Schools to meet the needs of students whose cognitive abilities range from moderately to severely impaired and require a subsantially separate classroom. There are currently 9 students in the program. Students can remain in the program until the age of 22. Transition to other organizations, such as Alternatives in Whitinsville, begins at age 14 and is reinforced all along the development process. Jen is also involved in the Special Olympics.
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Hi Everyone-I just wanted to take a moment and show all of you the dedication and loyalty that the sign committee shows at all times. Although they never seem to gain momentum, as you can see in the attached picture, they have meetings after the meeting to stay on track and focused to achieve their monumental task!! I say cheers and offer thanks to the sign committee for the behind the scenes and never ending commitment to our great club. It makes me PROUD to be a Milford Rotarian!!!!!Best Regards-Joshua Lioce, President/Chief Cheerleader/ Broker/Owner-Rotary ROCKS- Bet this makes THE TAB..
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It was a great day to be at the pool. Everyone was busy learning and having fun. And I suspect the water might have been a little cool but no one seem to care. Tuesday looks like another great day but the monsoons may return on Wednesday.
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District Governor Toomey was the guest speaker at a late August meeting and gave a great report on everything that is going on at Rotary International and Rotary District 7910. Toomey has a great outlook for her year and set high goals for everyone. Toomey complimented the club on past achievements and encouraged members to keep the tradition going. Toomey presented President Josh with a banner showcasing this year's RI theme of "The Future Is In Your Hands". From the left" Vera Cassinelli, District Governor Rep.; Club President, Josh Lioce; District Governor, Carol Toomey and our Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Ryann Bresnahan.
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Rotarians John Peters and Mike Peterson stopped by before going to work to check in with Ron Santacrocce. Rotarian Sawyer monitored the Monday sessions while enjoying the cool breeze under the swaying maples. Paul Yanovitch also stopped by to handle any last minute sign-ups Swim photos by Huck Finn
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RED CROSS TEAM IS READY TO SERVE-Today at 9:15 or so, kids began to wander in to participate in this years Rotary swim program organized by Rotarian Joe Edwards Jr. The program began under beautiful sunny skies and 70 plus temperatures. Plenty of Red Cross trainees were on hand to offer personal attention to the eager kids of all levels.
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Rotarian Mike Peterson, left, was the program chair and his guest James Wallace, Director of GOAL-gun owners action league- gave an outstanding presentation about a somewhat controversial topic. GUN LAWS. Jim gave an informative and spellbound presentation on a variety of topics on gun laws as they pertain to the good guys and the bad guys and noted that the law tends to treat both the same and that is not a good thing. Jim indicated that in his opinion and based on statistics- Gun Control Is a Failed Social Experiment and the gun control act of 1998 has resulted in a decade of disaster. Under Jim's, first in the nation "MassGunLawReform", GOAL is trying to create legislation that will "enhance individual rights and strengthen our criminal laws". It would be the first law that would recognize the difference between Good Guy or Gals and the Bad Guys. It was a very spirited and passionate presentation that captured the attention of the audience followed by a good question and answer session. Great topic and great luncheon. You can learn a whole lot more at www.goalgoal.org and www.massgunlawreform.com . I think because we spent so much time learning about FINES, much larger and more painful than the typically Rotary fine, President Barry waived the fines for today. Remember next weeks meeting is WEDNESDAY at 6 pm. Rain or SHINE. Photo- Mike Peterson, left, the animated James Wallace on the right.
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Scholars and parents gather around club president Barry Feingold and scholarship chairman Paul Yanovitch to celebrate the club's presentation of four $1000 college scholarships. The talent was deep and we wish all the best the world has to offer and may they make a difference in this ever changing world. Photo by John Peters III
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Ryann Bresnahan of Holliston, (right) our 2009-2010 Ambassadorial Scholar, attended the last nights meeting and gave an updated report on her plan studies. Nice to have you with us Ryann who is pictured with Vera Cassinelli.
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On behalf of the club members, Foundation Chairman, Thomas Sawyer surprised President Barry with a Paul Harris award in recognition of his efforts as president. Sawyer also gave a short presentation about the foundation and thanked members for all their support. Sawyer also announced a special campaign that will take place in November to raise $3000 for the Polio Plus campaign. All monies raised will be matched by the Bill Gates Foundation. Sawyer indicated that he hoped to get a number of participants at the $500 level. Following the meeting, one member pledged $1000 to the Foundation's General Fund for the November drive.
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It is always a proud meeting when we come together to honor our scholarship winners and to present each scholar with a $1000 check. Chairman Paul Yanovitch noted "it gets harder and harder each year to select our winners. In the end, each winner is truly an outstanding and worthy student, well deserving of the honor and we wish them well as each pursues their chosen profession". From the left: Club President Barry Feingold; Kevin W. Keating, Hopedale High School; Margaret C. Barthel, Nipmuc Regional High School; Timothy W. Walsh, Milford High School; and Scholarship Chairman Paul Yanovitch. Scholarhip winner, Joseph E. Baca IV from Blackstone Valley Tech was unable to attend the meeting due to a prior commitment. We all join Paul in congratulating our winners and wish them well. Paul also extended a thank you to all rotarians who helped during the interview and selection process.
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From the left: Immediate Past President, Barry Feingold, Oath Administrator, Rotarian Russ Dennett, Joshua Lioce, president, and Robert Bonnell Sr., sergeant at arms. Back Row: Paul Tamagni, president-elect, and Ralph Mastroianni, treasurer. Secretary Tony Gallo was unable to attend the meeting.
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Apologies for not getting back to you until now. Thanks for sending along the slide (Rotary family pic! at conference)--I was planning on being at the Wine Tasting until I became the lucky recipient of a nasty case of bronchitis and thought it best for others not to confuse it for the swine flu. Good times all around. I hope it was a successful night-- Update, update...I have successfully submitted my housing form for Northumbria University (almost as complicated as the college application itself!), and will be informed of my accomodations by August, so a bit of a wait on that front. I'm also in a holding pattern for the visa; the earliest I can apply is mid-June. In the meantime, I learned about Rotarian Action Groups during the District Conference a couple weeks back, and after a bit of research discovered a Disaster Relief RAA (www.drrag.org ) which I joined a week ago (when in Newcastle I'll be studying for a MSc in Disaster Management, so a good fit). I look forward to participating in the group as it keeps a pulse on numerous emergency operations worldwide, and it is a great networking opportunity. I'll admit work (public health program evaluation) is keeping me busy, but I took the month of August off to help prepare for my year abroad, so I'll be coming to Milford Rotary meetings before I head off to the UK!!
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Some of the parents of our scholarship winners joined us for lunch today. Thanks for coming and thanks for being a guiding light for our winning scholars. From left: Jennifer Walsh, Lisa Baca, Laurie Keating, Carolyn Barthel, Club President Barry Feingold; Scholarship Chairman Paul Yanovitch and Joseph Baca III.
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Rotarian, past president and scholarship chairman, Paul Yanovitch beams with pride as Joseph & Lisa Baca read an outstanding resume about their son Joseph E. Baca IV. Joseph, who wants to be a nuclear physicist, was the club's winning selection from Blackstone Valley Tech.
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Thanks to everyone who joined us last night at the Lions/Rotary meeting - it turned out to be a very nice evening, and the speakers were EXCELLENT! We heard from two polio survivors, one, a gentleman from Nigeria, who is now making wheelchairs for polio victims in his country in order to have some quality in their lives... Our thanks to Vera for getting them down from Maine! Those few of us there all were in agreement - the presentations by the speakers were extremely inspirational - if you wanted to know why RI is so involved with eradicating polio, all you had to do is hear what they have been through - this is what Rotary's international mission is all about, and it made us all there feel REALLY good about what we do in helping wipe out this dreadful disease...(excerpt from Barry's email) From the left, Rotarian and program chair, Vera Cassinelli, Lion President, Rick Bonvino; Rotarian and Poli Survivor Anne Lee Hussey of Berwick, Maine; Rotary President Barry Feingold, and Rotarian and Poli Survivor Ayuba Gufwan, from the Naraguta Rotary Club in Nigeria) Photo by Lion Marc Mann
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Wow!!!! when these three senior members joined us today they represented 92 years of club service and two served as president. M. Russ Dennett, left has been in Rotary for 33 years, Len DeLoia (center) has been in Rotary for 39 years, was club president in 1975 and is the second longest member of the club having joined May 1, 1970. Guess he has an anniversary coming up. Bill Ellery, far right, has been a member for 19 years and was club president in 1995. Good to see the senior team today. Holman photo
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Energy was everywhere and the sound of bells rang loud as the Bonnell family gathered around the kettle. From the left Bobby, Timmy, Rob and his lovely wife Lisa, Zak and Jay. What a great family.
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Courtney Derderian, center, is welcomed as a new by membership chairman John Peters III. Courtney is president of Go Wireless in Milford and was sponsored by Rotarian Donna Libby (left). Welcome Aboard Courtney. Maybe the finemaster will waive all cell phone fines for 30 days.
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John was on duty from 11-1 to keep the bells ringing and the dollars flowing. John was joined by Ralph but our roving photographer had to go before Ralph arrived.
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Rotarians Henry Papuga and Joe Edwards Jr worked the 1-3 PM shift along with Mike Peterson and Al Holman.
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In the true spirit of giving it is important to note that gifts can be received or given anytime. Some time the best gift is "the giving of one's time and talents" to help others. With that thought in mind, the club recently welcomed Milford/ Mendon/Upton Town Crier Publisher Al Holman as a new member. Al brings many talents and perspectives to the club and we are glad that he will be sharing these gifts with his new friends at the Milford Rotary Club. Welcome Aboard Al and Merry Christmas.
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The past week the club members were sadden to hear about the passing of Peter S. Ellis Jr, the brother of Rotarian and Past President Steven Ellis. A member of the club has funded a PH fellow award naming Peter an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow. The award should arrive in January and will be presented to Steve by the donor. Fifty percent of the funds associated with this award have been designated for the Polio Plus Matching Grant by Bill Gates. Because of this generous contribution the club has exceeded its assigned goal for our 2008/2009 POLI PLUS BILL GATES CHALLENGE GRANT.
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Prior to the ceremony some guest and some Rotarians gathered around the brightly lit tree. The white lights were donated by Rotarian and event chairman Donna Libby from the Holiday Inn Express.
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Sunday's Rotary 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament was a huge success & everyone went home a winner- Thanks Paul -Nice Job. Glad you got home in time for the Patriot's "squish the fish" thriller.
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Each Rotarian in attendance read off a list of 20 names of individuals whose names had been submitted to be honored. Following the reading of about 170 names, the name of Peter S. Ellis Jr was read in tribute to his passing on Friday. Peter is the brother of fellow Rotarian Steven Ellis. At the end of the ceremony president Barry gave a brief speech about Rotary followed by Donna Libby offering a tribute to all our veterans and especially those that lost their lives at Pearl Harbor so many years ago. Donna's tribute was followed by a moment of silence. Donna closed the activities by thanking everyone for their support for this new Rotary event and reminded everyone that 50% of the proceeds collected from the schools would be donated to the school and Susan let the kids know that a dated commemorative gift bulb / ornament with today's date will be available back at the schools. Nice job everyone.
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PDG Ed King stands (far right) with today's award winning Paul Harris Fellows. From left, fellow rotarian DG nominee, Vera Cassinelli, past club president and honorary PHF recipient, Michael DiCicco, and our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Robert Brunell Sr.
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Milford Youth Center Director, Art Morin was all pumped up and eager to deliver a stirring pre-tournament PEP talk to these years participants in the 3 on 3 Rotary Tournament.
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Rotarian and event coordinator Paul Tamagni was on duty and ready to announce "let the games begin" at 9 a.m. Sunday morning to kick off the Milford Rotary Club Youth Basketball Tournament at the youth center in lovely downtown Milford. Pictured from the left. Front Row: Paul's sons Zack, and Jake. Back Row: Art Morin, Jr, Youth Center Director; Paul holding the beautiful player trophy provided by Rotary, and Sidney De Jesus, Youth Center Program Coordinator. Vera Cassinelli was also on hand to get things started.
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Rotarian Robert Bonnell Sr, decided to support the Milford Chamber of Commerce's $10,000 raffle by buying a few tickets on that special Barry was promoting. It paid off, with a nice $10,000 prize and Rob used some of the windfall to fully fund his Paul Harris Award. Thanks Rob, for helping the Chamber and helping Rotary to build world peace.
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Foundation Rep and Past District Governor, Edward King was the guest speaker of today's program chair, Tom Sawyer. King praised the club for both its commitment to raising funds for the Foundation, as well as actually participating in many of the programs supported by Foundation Funds. Tom pointed out that since the club was founded we have donated $69,930 dollars to the Foundation. Over the years, 53 club members have become Paul Harris Fellows, some have become multi-Paul Harris Fellows and many more are sustaining Paul Harris Fellows. At the end of the luncheon two members were presented Paul Harris Awards. Past President Michael DiCicco was presented an honorary Paul Harris Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts and accomplishments during his year as president. Unfortunately, Paul Yanovitch was not in attendance to receive his PH Award.
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Hi, We are moving north to Nabari to dedicate three wells today. We are also moving up to the Bolgatanga region to start the wells for the Watertown, NY Rotary Clubs well project. We had our truck stuck in a ditch yesterday. Wow! We met the hospital administrator at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. It looks like everything is going well for them to receive the two medical containers. We listened to a lecture on tuberculosis. We saw a 16 year old girl who is going to die soon from TB. Really tough to see. We inspected more water projects and started planning the next water line to some remote communities around Tamale that need water. Meeting really great people. We are in the right place at the right time. Have a great day! Cheers from West Africa! Walter
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I am not an accurate historian, but I am willing to bet $5 that Rob may very well be the fastest new club member to receive his PH Award. Ed and I may be nearly twice his age but we are excited to know that Rotary will be in good hands with the "next generation". Editors note-observation -over the best few years we have had some wonderful members join the club. Congratulations to all and to our new membership chairman John Peters III. It's good to know Rotary is in good hands.
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When one or more people care-mighty things happen. Because you care -great things are happening in Ghana. Please take a moment and read the full report below. It will give you an uplift as you face the challenges that rise up every day. Maybe that challenge will be lighter today, because you helped someone so far away.
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Well at least the best team enjoying a fine Rotary luncheon today at Restaurant 45 in Medway while discussing important Rotary and Club issues, amongst laughing friends, pranksters and our friendly but aggressive fine master. From Left: Our Distinguished District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his lovely wife Glenys, Assistant District Governor from the Uxbridge Rotary Club, Jane Mitchell; our own Assistant District Governor, Vera Cassineli and Club President Barry Feingold. .
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(Note" the following is an email that was sent to Mike DiCicco") Kenny and I have been very productive since we've gotten here on Monday. Monday: We went to the new Rotary Centre which will be a children center, an ICT center which is basically a technology training center, and a job training & job hunting center. The roof is on the new community center being built by the Tamale Rotary Club. They just need money for doors, windows, and all of the interior furnishings. We met with the Tamale Rotary Club Board for a long lunch meeting. It was very productive. We discussed all of the outstanding water and medical grants. We also talked about future needs for northern Ghana.
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The competition to win a $24,000 Ambassadorial Scholar is tough. But as one local resident, Ryann Bresnahan of Holliston, learned, it can be well worth the effort. After a long and very selective process, Ryann will be heading to Singapore to study Global Public Health issues. Bresnahan plans to earn her Masters of Public Health degree in one year. Upon graduation she would like to pursue work in a relief organization. Bresnahan said "I am most interest in studying disaster management and humanitarian emergencies, working with refugee populations displaced by either war or natural disasters". A noble cause indeed-no wonder the Rotary Foundation selected Bresnahan as a worthy Ambassadorial Scholar from District 7910. During her year as a scholar, Ryann will be sponsored by the Milford Rotary and will interact with the Milford Club. The $24,000 scholarship is funded by the 54 clubs in Rotary District 7910.
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District Governor Klaus wasn't just dreaming today-he was full of energy and enthusiasm when he addressed the Milford Rotary Club during his annual visit. After participating in the club's business meeting, Klaus was the speaker at today's luncheon. He spoke about the good things the club is doing and encouraged the club to keep up the good work. He also spoke in detail about Rotary's push to eradicate all three types of polio and how this "can be and will be accomplished" with the benefit of the $100 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He pointed out that since 1986 Rotary has vaccinated over 2 billon kids- that's 1/3 of the worlds population. Klaus said that kind of an accomplishment speaks well to the "Respect & Trust" that Rotary enjoys throughout the world. He noted that in one day alone, we vaccinated 200 million kids in India. Wow- that's not even a DREAM --it's a fact.- It's truly Rotary making " DREAMS COME TRUE". Klaus said, "sometimes we as Rotarians fail to understand the value of what Rotary does" and "we fail to educate others about Rotary " although, we are attempting to get the word out through an expanded PR program. Klaus said he also feels that we need to focus and emphasize the importance of "Integrity and Ethics" to everyone, but certainly most importantly to the young generation. In keeping with that theme an "integrity-ethics " component will be added to the district's popular RYLA program. Klaus also spoke about the improvements to the districts website and how it will better inform Rotarians about what is going on in the "Rotary World" both at home and abroad. He noted that blogs are being added on a regular basis to encourage our scholars and GSE teams to "stay in touch, so that we can all learn from their experiences. The DREAM MAN WAS ON- CHALLENGING ALL TO 'MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE" as only Rotary can.
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Peter DiCampo returned to the club on August 27, to present an update on his Peace Corps duties in Ghana and the work he is doing to reduce cases of the very painful Guinea worm. In recognition of his outstanding efforts and the importance of this difficult project, past president Mike DiCicco presented Peter with a honorary Paul Harris Fellowship. From left, his proud dad, Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, Al DiCampo; Peter, and Mike DiCicco.
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District Governor Hachfeld was quite complimentary to the club and its members during his visit today. During the board meeting, he indicated that we should qualify for the PCA -if someone fills out the forms in March. Obviously, we should have no problem flipping through the application. We are good at flipping through forms as you can see by President Barry's multi-tasking skills.
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New members are the lifeblood of any organization. In late August membership chairman John Peters II inducted our newest member Robert Bonnell Sr. into the club. Pictured with Bob is his club sponsor, past president Steve Ellis. Bob is Owner & President of WorldBand Communications on Main Street in Milford. You can check out Bob's company at www.worldband.com. Sounds like a great program coming our way, very soon, on Information Technology. (Headsup Bob- this little company promo will cost you a $2 Happy Fine). Welcome to Rotary.
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He came as a guest and ended up as the guest speaker. Why not- he teaches a college class on public speaking, no wonder he aced his presentation today and lit up the room. President Barry invited Martin Richman, the new vice president of philanthropy at the Milford Regional Medical Center, to be his guest today. In a quick twist of events, Barry then asked Martin to switch his planned visit to scope out Rotary to the role of keynote speaker. In true Rotarian tradition, Martin, that new energized smiling foundation leader at the Milford Medical Center, jumped at the opportunity. It would be tough to make a case that this guy is an "introvert". In an article in the Medical Center's September Focus Newsletter introducing Richman, there is a quote where Martin says "With its expanded services and new partnerships, Milford Regional is a force to be reckoned with, and that's the kind of institution I want to be part of-one whose mission is so strong and energies so focused that the case for philanthropic support stands above the rest". One thing is clear- he believes in what he says and hits the floor running and smiling. Martin noted that the theme at the hospital is one of " growth" with a commitment to providing quality health care to the growing population in the 20 towns in Medical Centers service area.
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The Milford Rotary Club is joining 41 other Rotary clubs in six states to bring clean drinking water to remote villages in Africa. Those villages, in Ghana in West Africa, have been plagued with the guinea worm parasite and other health dangers caused by drinking contaminated water. The goal of the Rotary clubs is to eliminate the parasite by 2010 by providing clean water, and the clubs are raising $149,700 to fund a Rotary humanitarian matching grant to accomplish the goal.
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I guess if you plan to do a make up and its not in Uxbridge or Franklin, then the next best choice must be ARUBA. Hope he paid a HAPPY FINE.
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The SECRET IS OUT -Our speaker, Richard Kamper; spoke about how the book- The Secret- changed his life by encouraging him to address life everyday with positive thoughts to create positive energy. He said "you need to focus on what makes you happy" and stressed you "can't be happy and sad at the same time." Kamper said, "it all starts by looking at yourself and doing a self analysis", listing the good and the bad. He noted that negative thoughts block positive energy and positive thoughts are 100 times stronger than negative thoughts. Kamper noted, "If we can change ourselves and create our own positive outlook we can have a positive impact on others. Great upbeat presentation. So - in summary - it has not rained some part of 50% of the past 55 days. It has only been moisture falling to fill up Henry's reserves while watering our lawns free of charge with no extra charges for the free water from above. Don't you feel better? See-Positive thoughts actually work. By the way Kamper's speech was so uplifting that it was suggested, we waive fines for the day and let fine master Peterson- who arrived late- finish his lunch. That motion did not carry, as one Rotarian was more than HAPPY to scoop up Happy or Sad fines from everyone. True to their positive nature, all Rotarians found or were assessed a positive reason to give a buck. Nice program John. Photo from left: Tony Gallo, speaker Kamper, and program chair Peters. PS. Recommendation- Share the SECRET!
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Our guest speaker this week was Tim Goodwin. Invited to speak to Rotary by Mike Peterson, Goodwin used the occasion to talk about his current profession at American Karate and Fitness on Cape Road in Milford and to speak to the club about his experience at RYLA when he was selected as a RYLA candidate when he was a sophomore at Blackstone Valley Tech.
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Mike Peterson had some FINE news this week. He reminded us that our club was sending five area sophomores to Ryla this year and he was aware of two other outstanding candidates that were interviewed but not selected. Two other clubs in the district had paid for a slot but had no candidates and wanted to sponsor our 6th and 7th candidates. So this year we will have 7 Rylans enjoying the RYLA experience. Nice follow through Mike.
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