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Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Mar 12, 2017
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.
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jan 30, 2017
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
Posted by Shiks Dhiyani Pai on Jan 26, 2017
Wonderful experience serving the community people a good meal on a Thursday evening at Pearl Street Cafe. Team Rotary Club of Framingham
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jan 23, 2017
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
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Jan 09, 2017
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.
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Dec 06, 2016
Puppy HARRIS got to meet Santa and check out the mall this past weekend.Socialization, which includes being exposed to novel objects/items, meeting new people, and visiting different locations is a major component of the Service Dog training program by NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. A visit to a local mall provides many opportunities for service pups to experience new sights and sounds.
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Dec 04, 2016
The Framingham High School Show Chorus, under the direction of Dan Moore, visited our Club and provided a medley of holiday music and dance.
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Nov 24, 2016
Last Wednesday the Rotary Club of Framingham joined other community volunteers to help rip apart cooked Turkeys for the Curtis Family Thanksgiving day dinner. The annual event is expected to feed over 2000 people this year on Thanksgiving day.
Our October 31 meeting was at Jack's Abby together with members for the Natick and Charles River Clubs. After the business meeting and full from pizza most members toured the facility.
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Nov 10, 2016
Harris and his weekend raiser visited a local Lowe’s! This visit provided Harris’ weekend raiser with many opportunities to introduce him to novel sights and sounds. There are many different experiences at Lowe’s, and NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans pups are most welcome.
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Nov 04, 2016
The Rotary Club of Framingham held it's 5th annual Pancake Breakfast on November 5, 2016. Proceeds from this event help purchase AC units for elderly living in public housing. Thank you to everyone who came out to our event. Here's a quick look back at the event. https://vimeo.com/190439735
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Oct 09, 2016
Puppy HARRIS is continuing along his Service dog training path with NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. At around the 4 month mark puppies are matched to Prison Pup Partnership programs. Several considerations go into the placement of pups. Each correctional facility has a specific number of slots available for puppies in training so there has to be space. And NEADS trainers try to match each puppy with an inmate handler who has the skills that best fit the temperament of the pup. In mid-September, Harris was placed in the Prison PUP Partnership training program right here in our community at MCI-Framingham. His inmate handler will teach Harris things like how to walk next to a wheelchair, and how to go get a toy and put it back in a person’s hand. This is a fun game for Harris, and will also be the primary way a potential client will exercise him. Exciting to see Harris continuing on his service training path! The training costs for Harris are being funded in part by the Rotary Club of Framingham.
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Sep 28, 2016
Framingham Rotary members with their spouses and friends enjoying a Greek Dinner at Bella Costa
Posted by Phil Reimann on Sep 21, 2016
On Thursday several Framingham Rotarians served dinner at the Pearl Street Cafe in Framingham. Pictured is Andy Karpouzis, Jim Pattterson, Ron Isaacson's neice, Phil Reimann and Ron Isaacson. Rotarian Lindsey Morris is behind the camera. The Rotary Club serves dinner at the Pearl Street Cafe every 4th Thursday of the month. Come join us.
Posted by Phil Reimann on Sep 11, 2016
Last Saturday members of Framingham Rotary assisted the Align Credit Union team with building a play house under the careful eye of Habitat for Humanity. The play house was painted like a fire house and given to a 2 year old boy from a veteran family. Helping with the Align Credit Union team were Rotarians Tom Sturiale, Dick Manelis, Lindsey Morris, Rick Murray, Phil Reimann, Nelson Zide, and Teri Banerjee. And yes, that is a solar panel you see on the roof. It lights up a LED light bulb inside and can charge your cell phone. Great day with a great project.
Posted on Aug 28, 2016
Induction of new member Shiks Dhiyani (center) into the Framingham Rotary Club by District Governors Skip and Pat Doyle, Club President Lindsey Morris and Assistant Governor Steve Sager
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Aug 25, 2016
Our Club is sponsoring a puppy to be trained for someone that is deaf and/or disabled. We named him "Harris" after Paul Harris the founder of Rotary International in Chicago in 1905. Look for future pictures tracking Harris as he progresses in his Service Dog training.
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Aug 07, 2016
Young adult dancers from Russia visited and danced at the recent Rotary Club meeting in Framingham.
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Jul 07, 2016
The Rotary Education Foundation of Framingham (RCEFF) was pleased to award $45,000 in Scholarships in 2016 year. Ten scholarship recipients from local high schools each received a $4500 scholarship. From Joseph P. Keefe Technical School - Erin Dowdy, Valeria Arauz, and Angela Grant. From Hopkinton High School - Sabrina Martin, Jonathan Petani, Juliette Davis. From Holliston High School - Trevor Pennypacker. From Ashland High School - Zachary Schiffman. From Framingham High School - Kate O’Callaghan, Hodan Gudal. The recipients, their parent/guardians and Rotary club members celebrated at a luncheon at Ken's Steakhouse on May 16, 2016.
Thanks to Access Framingham for the story they ran on the Framingham Beat show of the Rotary Education Foundation of Framingham's 2016 annual scholarship awards. To view the story click on
Donations to the fund are always welcome. Checks should be made out to Rotary Club Education Fund of Framingham and mailed to PO Box 2173, Framingham, MA 01701.
Posted by Phil Reimann on Feb 25, 2016
Members Jim Patterson and Erin Connors were recent guests on the Audrey Hall show talking about our Club. Following is the video of their conversation compliments of Audrey Hall and AF-TV (Access Framingham TV). Audrey Hall & Rotary
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...