Celebrating our 96th Anniversary - 1922-2018
Serving the Communities of Framingham, Ashland, Holkinton, and Holliston
www.FraminghamRotary.org
 
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
The Framingham Rotary Club of held its Annual Pancake Breakfast on November 3—it was the seventh in the series— at Keefe Tech High School’s East Room, which is the showpiece and training center of the school’s culinary and hospitality department. Over 300 guests, individuals and families from the City and adjacent towns enjoyed pancakes with genuine maple syrup, hash browns, sausages, juice, coffee, tea, and milk. All of the proceeds will support scholarships to selected high school seniors in Framingham, Ashland, Holliston and Hopkinton. www.framinghamrotary.org.
Framingham Rotarians, at the Stop & Shop on Old Connecticut Path collecting Dollars on Wednesday, October 24, to help Rotary International eradicate Polio worldwide. Members of the Fuller Middle School Rotary ‘Interact Club’ helped; they often join the adults on charitable projects within our community.
Rotarians in sister clubs all over the world raise money on “Purple Pinkie Day,” so named because children who line up at clinics for the anti-Polio vaccine must dip their little finger in a violet solution to prove they’re now protected against the crippling disease—and also to avoid a second dose!  Polio still exist in three countries.  We are very close to eradicating it but we cannot and will not stop until it is gone from every country on earth.
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Sue and Les Bryan, members of the century-old Derby Rotary Club in England visited our club.
 Victor Tom, an MIT Professor, discussed at our meeting today how he and  his colleagues developed the system that measures whether a baseball pitch is a ball or strike by using cameras and software determining the exact location of the ball during its flight to home plate.  
This photo is of the Outbound Rotary Exchange students taken on 7/25/ 18 for their last outbound orientation. Ben Tremblay, on the far right, is the student our club is sending to Colombia, South America, on 8/11/2018 for the next school year.
The Framingham Rotary Club, continuing its annual effort to help keep very low income seniors in public housing cool and healthy during hot weather, last week delivered thirty-seven 6000 BTU air conditioners for installation at units managed by the Framingham Housing Authority (FHA). The project, a collaboration among the Rotary club, the FHA, and the Callahan Center (the Framingham Council on Aging Senior Center), has now delivered 212 units over the past six years.
Shown in the picture are Rotarians and a representative of the Housing Authority (third from left) along with the recipient of one of the air conditioners (fourth from left), who is a veteran
Sharon Lisnow, Co-Founder of The Respite Center spoke at our Monday meeting.  The Respite Center's mission is to provide a place where people with medical and developmental issues, or adults whose family needs help with day care, can come to allow families some space for the other things in their lives. The Respite Center provides adult day care, child day care as well as weekend and overnight care. The Respite Center gives families a break from the rigor of dealing with special requirements and allows parents time to focus on other children, each other or other members of the family. Sharon noted that the Respite Center welcomes volunteers who can help with projects for which the center doesn't receive assistance - from maintenance of the facilities to gardening and other projects to improve the living environment. Visit their website at www.HopkintonRespite.com.
The Summer Carnival is open at the FSU parking lot on Rt 9.  This full size carnival that draws many attendees from around the area requires two ticket booths manned by our Club members.  Special "thanks" to Tom Sturiale for heading up this great fundraiser.
Six sophomores selected from our areas high schools were sent to RYLA  for the weekend to experience "Service Above Self'" and gain leadership skills.
Club member Ken Erdelt presented a very interesting presentation on how to communicate to others that may have a different communicate style.
The Installation Dinner to formally install the new co-presidents and officers of
the  Club  was held on June 21st at the Framingham Country Club.  Dick Manelis and Tom Sturiale were installed as Co-Presidents. 
 
In addition several other awards were given out:
Eight members received Paul Harris awards in addition to the two honorary Paul Harris awards.
 
 
 
 
 
Rick McPherson accepted the Organization of the Year award on behalf of the Framingham YMCA. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bob Schecter received the Framingham Rotary's Rotarian of the Year award
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edgar Kalinda was named the Citizen of the Year in honor of his Service Above Self acts in the community including the most self-less act of all - volunteering to donate one of his kidneys to help his mentor, and our club co-president, Tom, with a much needed organ transplant. 
 
Once again our Club is "manning" a table at the Friday night Concerts on the Green to promote our Club.
Once again the Duck Pluck was a hit for the younger ones - netting a duck and receiving a gift. The Pluck was supported by 8 Interact high school kids who did most of the work with visitors to the pavilion.
At the recent MetroFest 10 Club members supported Operation Playhouse, a Habitat for Humanity program that provides playhouses to selected Veterans with young children. Our family's little girl, Georgia, was thrilled by her Minnie Mouse-themed playhouse. It was a beautiful house and was featured in the Metrowest Daily News. 
Our Rotary Club enjoyed a bit of fellowship with a picnic at Simpson Park on the Sudbury River.  Box lunches, conversation and games ruled the lunch hour in place of our normal lunch time meeting.  Sun filled day with great camaraderie.
 
Natalia Steffen from Special Olympics of Massachusetts attended the meeting today as a guest of Ron Isaacson and gave a short address to the Club to express appreciation for the $1000 donation to Special Olympics the Club collected during Marathon Day. She noted that this year was especially challenging due to the bad weather on Marathon Day. There are 12,500 Special Olympic athletes in MA. All the contributions go to help the athletes that range from 2 years to 98 years of age.
 
 
 
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