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Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club
Engage Rotary, Change Lives

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
MIT Endicott House
80 Haven Street
Dedham, MA  02026
United States
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Our annual fundraiser,  Duck Race on the Charles, turns 16 on the 16th - of June! Save the date for our Riverdale Park Festival and Duck Race: Saturday, June 16th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm! The event takes place rain or shine! We'll be sparking up the barbecue and will have plenty of activities for the kids prior to the Duck Race. More info to follow!
 
We are grateful to have the sponsorship of many local businesses. If you would like to sponsor, please download our 2018 Corporate Sponsor Package and get in touch!
 
Interested in displaying your business offerings at our Duck Race? Check out our Vendor Package for vendor opportunities.
 
Looking to "adopt" a duck - or five! - for the race? We hope to have our online order via PayPal set up soon. But in the meantime, you can download our 2018 Duck Race Adoption Paper and mail in a check. We'll assign a number for all your ducks, and we will have it available on race day! 
Today, Susan Oppici spoke about the Comfort Zone Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that empowers children experiencing grief to fully realize their capacity to heal, grow and lead more fulfilling lives. 
It is an amazing organization that can help change the lives of the children and families who attend. 
For more information about the organization, where it takes place, and how to volunteer, check out their web site http://www.comfortzonecamp.org. 
CZC is also the designated recipient of our district grant this year.
Stay tuned for upcoming talks at our Wednesday morning meetings. Guest are always welcome!
 
 
 

Join us this Wednesday(12/20) at 7:30 am at the MIT Endicott House for a talk with Sue Oppici from Comfort Zone Massachusetts

Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Their programs are free of charge and include confidence building activities and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone's programs are offered to children ages 5-25, and their families for the family programs.

We have great things planned for the holidays. At our Annual Holiday Party, our members and guests will be bringing in items to donate to German Centre in West Roxbury. For greater impact, we are partnering with Blue Hills Regional High School to provide even more support! Stay tuned for more info. Check out The German Home in West Roxbury website to see the care they provide for the elderly.
 
Rob Ferrini from McGownPRO, speaking about cyber security at our morning Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club. Lots of great info about protecting your passwords and avoiding phishing schemes!

This morning, Kim Bassett, President of Norwood Hospital (Norwood Hospital) stopped by to share with us the goals and economic impact of having a major hospital in our neighborhood. Did you know that Norwood Hospital is responsible for over 1700 local jobs, without even including all of the local businesses that benefit from their presence?

Interested in learning more about the local area? Want to meet and work with like-minded individuals who give back to our community? Come and check out one of our breakfast meetings, Wednesdays at 7:30am at the MIT Endicott House.

Shelter Box, a partner of Rotary is assessing shelter need following Hurricane Harvey. A ShelterBox Response Team is on the ground in Texas to assess the need for emergency shelter in Houston and other impacted areas. The organization is positioning tents, school kits, blankets, groundsheets and solar lights near the hurricane-devastated region as it communicates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state agencies to determine urgent shelter and aid needs.
 
Sunday, our club held its annual Installation Ceremony to swear in this year's officers at the home of club president Michael Podolski. Assistant District Gov Jim Brown was on hand. Mike gave out Paul Harris Fellowships to Elias Akiki and Loyd Gainsburo. President's Awards were given to Tom O'Rourke, John Bethony and John Gorham. Catering was provided by Blue Ribbon BBQ and a good time was had by all!
 
Yesterday, District Governor Karin Gaffney visted us at Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and gave a great talk about her plans for our district this year. It is going to be a great year!
 
Come on by the MIT Endicott House Wednesday mornings 7:30 am for our breakfast meetings and get involved!
 
Rotary working the Dedham Recycling Day, this morning. We're here till noon, so come on down!
 
In place of our morning meeting yesterday, we met in the evening at Victory Grille in Dedham. We were happy to pass on a $1,000 check to the Norwood Ecumenical Food Pantry. Thanks to Arbella Insurance for their contribution. We also heard from the folks at Baby Basics. They provide diapers to underserved working families. For more info, visit http://www.Babybasicsinc.org
Dedham Highschool senior Grey Gettleman spoke to the Club about his Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, which takes place on May 8th. If you are interested in participating in this great effort, be sure to check out the link!. More information at http://dhsnhsgolf.weebly.com or dhsnhsgolf@gmail.com
This morning, we hosted a breakfast for our veterans for the purposes of helping to introduce those looking for new careers to potential employers. We had a lot of action, with resumes shared and introductions made! We thank you for your service!
 
 
 
 

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” 

Anne Frank

 
 
 
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