Welcome To Our Club!

 

  "Service Above Self"

      We meet Every Monday at 12:15 PM 
      Ken's Steak House
      95 Worcester Road 
      Route 9
      Framingham, MA  01702
      United States
     
      Come join us!
 
 
 
 
Current Stories
Lynn Faust, District 7910 Community Service Chair (and member of the Marlborough club), led a productive workshop with club members at the October 16 meeting aimed to develop community service projects. Each luncheon table was asked to develop and report on a potential project.

Service Dog HARRIS will graduate in Spring 2018!

Great news! Our sponsored service dog Harris has been matched with Connor as a Social Dog! Connor is 16 years old, and enjoys baseball, math and video games. Social Dog Harris will help Connor with Service Dog tasks, which include; picking up dropped articles, retrieving objects off counters, tables or desks, turning light switches on and off, pushing elevator buttons, and open refrigerator and other doors.  We’ve been told Harris is a big boy – one of the largest service dogs they’ve had in the program. So he should be able to keep up with Connor. In roughly 6 months, we’ll get to see Harris and Connor on stage at graduation!

FSU President Javier Cevallos was the luncheon speaker and talked about some new initiatives happening at Framingham State University.  Among those is a new program, called World of Work, aimed at developing the "soft skills" of students, to ensure that upon graduation they are ready to be employed.  He also talked about the Warren Center in Ashland and plans to develop a Hospitality Program over the next few months.  He also commented on the potential merger with the Danforth Museum and the acquisition of the Maynard Building.
Nine hearty souls came to play Putt Putt Monday evening September 11th. The weather was great and the evening was most enjoyable.  There were several holes-in-one and Joe Meeham won the prize for lowest score.  After the play, several went out to the Ashland Brew House for a light supper.  Now that we have experienced players, it's time to branch out and challenge another club!!

RYLA-is a 3 day annual youth conference. RYLA emphasizes the development of leadership skills,citizenship,and community service through group activities focused on listening, communicating, team building, time management and public speaking .

Alex W. spoke about being part of a RYLA Team. He said the cultural walk was a memorable part for him because he learned that a number of his peers were able to openly acknowledge emotional challenges in a safe setting.

Alex W. is flanked by Steve Rathmill - Club President and Sherri Whittemore - Club RYLA Chair.

Rabbi Don Aplansky speaking on Jewish humor at our lunch meting
 
Rotarians manning the booth at Concerts on the Green this summer - spreading the word of "Service Above Self"
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Here’s Harris – the club’s sponsored Service Dog in training -
attending a parade. Hard to believe, but he’s now almost 13 months old! At this age, he’s learned almost everything on the service dog curriculum, and now his skills are being fine-tuned while he matures. NEADS Service Dog training has over 15 Service Dog tasks, and over 30 obedience commands/cues. Harris and his weekend raiser continue to take him on field trips to sit down restaurants, AKC events, and historical parks.
It's Carnival Time
At Framingham State University parking lot off of Rt. 9 
Open Wednesday through Sunday July 19 - 23
Free Parking and Free Admittance
Rides for small and large 
Fun and Food
On Thursday 22 June 2017 the Rotary Club of Framingham held their annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Framingham Country Club
Interact Club Officers and teach adviser Michelle Gallagher of the Fuller Middle School joined in the festivities.
New Club President Stephen Rathmill (center) was installed by District Assistant Governor Steven Sager while past Club President Lindsey Morris looks on.
Beau Wing, Citizen of the Year, accepting his award.
Alicia Blair co-founder of Daniels Table accepting the Organization of the Year award
Rotarians of the Year Mark Rosen and Phil Reimann accepting their award.
New Club President Stephen Rathmill accepting his new position as Club President 2017-2018
Once again Framingham Rotary had the "Duck Pluck" event at the MetroFest last Saturday.  Children of all ages came to Pluck a Duck to receive a" Duck Pluck" sticker and a toy prize.  The Fuller Middle School Interact Club joined in to assist the Rotarians.  Great day for everyone.
Last Saturday 9 members from Framingham Rotary showed up to paint and assemble a large play house for a veteran family.   This was one of the eight play houses built Saturday under the direction of Habitat for Humanity.  Framingham Rotary and Align Credit Union joined forces to get the house painted, assembled and decorated before the young owner arrived  
Yes, that is a solar panel in the roof of the play house to light two LED bulbs.
 
Come join us on Saturday 17  June at Dowditch Field.  Net a duck and pluck a toy prize.  Fun for kids of all ages.  No charge - compliments of the Rotary Club of Framingham.
The Rotary Education Foundation of Framingham (REFF) was pleased to award a total of $45,000 in Scholarships this year. Congratulations to the 10 scholarship recipients from local high schools who each received a $4500 scholarship.  4 students from Keefe Technical High School, 5 students for Hopkinton High and 1 student from Framingham High received the scholarships.
Rotary club members solicited donations for Special Olympics in April on Marathon Monday. This month the club presented final amt of $3182 to Special Olympics Massachusetts. Special thanks to the club members who walked donation cans thru Marathon crowds back in April.
On Marathon Day, several Rotary Club members were out soliciting donations to support Special Olympics Massachusetts. They moved thru race watchers and also manned some local parking lots with with donation cans in hand. They collected $3100 ($850 MORE than last year!) to be given to the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. 
Our Spring Craft Fair was a success with over 100 crafters and over 700 attendees at Keefe Tech High School.  Thank you to our crafters and the attendees that took advantage of the cloudy Spring day to acquire unique gifts and crafts.  See you next year on the same weekend and at the same location.  Enjoy the video.
 
Another Service Dog graduation NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans campus is coming up! It is beyond inspiring to see the incredible positive impact these dogs bring to people. During upcoming April graduation day, the Wachusett area Rotary Club plans to present a combined donation from their club and the Rotary Club of Framingham in support of the Service Dog program. This is part of a combined Rotary Grant effort to further support NEADS. The Rotary Club of Framingham is already a sponsor for service dog HARRIS, who is now 9 months old and in training. Definitely looking forward to his graduation day down the road.
David Podell, Ph.D., President of Mass Bay Community College, provided a fascinating update of the mission and initiatives underway at the College. He discussed the population served and some of the challenges faced by the College. His theme was upbeat and positive as he presented the programs the College has underway for students seeking their Associate degree and those who use the College as a stepping stone to a 4-year degree
Wonderful experience serving the community people a good meal on a Thursday evening at Pearl Street Cafe.  Team Rotary Club of Framingham
Scherrie Keating, of Diabetes Kare Consulting, presented a compelling perspective of diabetes care and pre-diabeties prevention including the key elements of risk for diabetes. She urged everyone to pay attention to weight, lifestyle and other physiological indications that can cause diabetes. Of particular note, listen carefully to results of blood tests and warning language that doctors use like – having slightly elevated levels of blood sugar. That is a critical warning flag that someone has pre-diabetes and should take measures to reduce risk
Service Dog in Training HARRIS got a chance to experience the first big snow of 2017 along with the rest of us in New England.
 
 
Our Current Projects
 
 
Club Leaders
Co-President 2018-2019 (PE)
Co-President 2018-2019 (PE)
President 2019-2020 (VP)
Foundation Chair
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
Director
Director
Director
Director
Director
Membership Chair
Youth Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
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Education Foundation Chair
Sgt. At Arms
Webmaster
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International Co-Chair
International Chair
Speaker Chair
Speaker Co-Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Club Trainer
Photographer
Club Assistant Governor
Bulletin Chair
Bulletin Co-Chair
Pancake Breakfast
RYLA Chair
Rotaract - FHS
Interact - Fuller
Interact Chair - FHS
Vocational Services
 
 
Club Sponsors
 
 
 
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