Posted on Mar 05, 2018
Member Teri Banerjee spoke about the Rotary missions to help Puerto Rico after the hurricane devastation.  Our District, in partnership with Operation Endeavor, has focused on the western PR town of Moca, one of the most affected places on the island.  As with most relief missions we partnered with the local Rotary Club, Club Rotario de Moca  
The missions have had 4 main efforts:
  • Flu and tetanus vaccination
  • Shelter restoration
  • Toys for children
  • Food and clean water (the latter is no longer an issue.
In addition, washing machines, refrigerators and mattresses have been donated to people in need.
Relief Mission to Puerto Rico 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Feb 26, 2018
Robert (Bob) A.  Tremblay (right), Superintendent of the Framingham Schools, spoke about some of the important issues facing the school district today and the programs the schools have in process to address the issues. Sharing a personal story, he emphasized the importance that music had as a positive influence in his early life and even in meeting his wife and now in his family. His message was that the arts are an important pathway for children who may have troubling things going on in their lives that could be channeled into music and other arts.
Framingham Superintentent of Schools Ken Erdelt 2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 25, 2018
Several Framingham Rotary Club members and their spouses gathering for an annual Fireside Dinner at the Wayside Inn.
Fireside Dinner 2018-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt and Shiks Oai on Jan 29, 2018
Rick MacPherson, CEO of the Metrowest YMCA provided an enlightening overview of the broad array of YMCA programs available through the YMCA including children's before and after school programs, camps and adult programs for individuals dealing with illness and healing.  Rick shared the vision for expansion of the Framingham and Hopkinton facilities to better serve the communities including improvements to aquatic and children's programs, child care and offices.
MetroWest YMCA Ken Erdelt and Shiks Oai 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt and Shiks Pai on Jan 29, 2018
Dick Manelis (on right) presented Jim Snyder, Manager of Framingham Parks and Recreation with a check for $17,000 that represented the completion of Phase II of the renovation of Butterworth Park.  Phase I was the playground and Phase III will be a commemorative walkway and jogging path.
Rotary Club gives $17,000 for Butterworth Park Ken Erdelt and Shiks Pai 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt and Shiks Pai on Jan 29, 2018
Two new members, Pedro Brum and Paul Joseph were inducted today.  Pedro is originally from Brazil where his father was a member of Rotary.  Paul has served in various public service roles including his latest position as the President and CEO of the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce.  Welcome!
2 New Members Inducted Ken Erdelt and Shiks Pai 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Liz Kaprielian on Jan 22, 2018
Puppy HARRIS and his client are part of the NEADS Spring 2018 Service Dog Graduation ceremony on Sunday, April 29th, 2-4 pm at Montachusett Regional Vocational High School, 1050 Westminster St, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Framingham Rotary began this service project with the NEADS: World Class Service Dogs organization back in April 2016, sponsoring a puppy to begin service dog training.  Harris received training at MCI Framingham as well as on the NEADS campus and with weekend puppy raisers for socialization experiences. With his soon to be graduation Harris is now a four-footed embodiment of Service Above Self.
Harris to Graduate on April 29 Liz Kaprielian 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt and Shiks Pia on Jan 22, 2018
Three new members were inducted this week.  They include Paul LandersJay Adrian and Ed Sieh.   AG Judy Merriman kicked off the induction with a few welcoming words and then the new membership materials were presented to the inductees by Dick Manelis and Tom Sturiale.
New Members Ken Erdelt and Shiks Pia 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jan 22, 2018
Our guest speaker this week was Herb Chasen, founder of Hoops and Homework - a non-profit organization dedicated to help kids, age 5-14, living in economically challenged areas of Framingham with programs to enrich their academic and physical lives and health. The organization helps get resources needed to improve playgrounds (and yes, Basketball courts) so that they are safe play areas. In some cases the food the Hoops and Homework organization provides may be the only evening meal these children have. The program has grown to include scholarships to help kids attend colleges so they can improve their economic standing and in turn raise the living standard for all. Hoops gets funding from business sponsors and individual donors and as Herb pointed out, new sponsors and donors are always welcome.
Hoops and Homework Ken Erdelt 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jan 10, 2018
Three Rotarians from District 7910 will be participating in a relief mission to Puerto Rico Feb 2-5. Terri Banerjee from the Rotary Club of Framingham, Michael Dexter Smith from the Rotary Club of Weston Wayland (both pictured) and Shikha Dhiyani from the Rotary Club of Framingham.
This team of 3 from District 7910 along with the Rotarians from the Liberty NY Rotary Club, Operation Endeavor and Wings of Michael will be traveling to Moca, Puerto Rico for a Hurricane Relief Mission and participate in relief effort activities coordinated by the Moca Rotary Club and other partners on the ground.  Activities will include aiding in food and clean water distribution, emergency shelter construction, flu and tetanus vaccination clinic and toy distribution to children who sustained total losses during the hurricane. 
Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Ken Erdelt 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt and Shiks Dhiyani on Dec 18, 2017
46 children from the greater Framingham chapter of SMOC joined in the holiday festivities at the Rotary Club meeting.
Everyone was treated to a scrumptious lunch and then were mesmerized by the prestidigitation of JoJo the Magician. 
The Magic Show was followed by the much anticipated visit from our very own Santa Claus 
Annual Children's Holiday Party Ken Erdelt and Shiks Dhiyani 2017-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Nov 27, 2017
Rifles to Rods founders Dmitri Karpouzis, Ryan Puzzo and Gerard McAllister spoke to the Club about their efforts to create a program that helps veterans with their transition back to civilian life. Through their own experience, they realized that fishing reduced the stresses of the transition. They formed Rifles to Rods as a 501(C)(3) Charitable organization about 1 year ago and began to expand the fishing program to help other veterans. In their first year they sponsored 10 high quality trips serving 50 veterans from Western MA to Cape Cod. They plan to expand the program to help more veterans with the help of business sponsors and other donors.
Rifles to Rods Ken Erdelt 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phil Reimann on Nov 22, 2017
The day before Thanksgiving eleven Rotarians gathered at the Eagles Club to help the Curtis Family prepare for their community Thanksgiving Dinner.  Over 1,600 dinners are served to the Thanksgiving attendees and another 500 dinners taken to those that could not make it in.  
Turkey Pull for Thanksgiving Dinner Phil Reimann 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
2017 Rotary Auction Now Open Phil Reimann 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt
Angela Martano, Community Programs Coordinator for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central MA, provided an overview of the BBBSCM organization and challenges. 
The mission of BBBS is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported 1:1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. 
Speaker: Big Brothers and Big Sisters Ken Erdelt 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Nov 06, 2017
Uliana Mikhailik from Russia was a guest of Tim Sullivan and Ardis Manelis was Dick Manelis' guest. Tim shared that 22 years ago, he visited Russia as a representative of the Rotary with a goal to find help for children who were struggling to obtain medical care for special cases where care was unavailable in their home country. He was connected to Uliana who was able to travel to the US. She came to the US and underwent extensive surgeries and post-surgery care before returning to Russia. Uliana credits the Rotary, Tim and the Manelis' with turning her life around and giving her a chance to live a life she would not have been able to have. Pictured here from left to right: Ardis, Uliana, Tim and Dick
Uliana Mikhailik from Russia Ken Erdelt 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Nov 06, 2017
The Framingham Rotary hosted its 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Keefe Technical High School on Saturday, November 4, 2017. We had a great turnout of both volunteers as well as guests. In all about 30 Rotary members and family members turned out to help staff the event and over 150 guests (including children) came by for a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausages and home fries. Everyone loved the real maple syrup and the sausages and home fries were delicious. (As an aside, we all had to set aside our briefing for one day on healthy nutrition that we co-hosted with the MetroWest Medical Center on the prior Thursday).
2017 Pancake Breakfast Ken Erdelt 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Erdelt on Oct 30, 2017
Guest speaker: Irene Porro, PhD, Director Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science and Learning, Framingham State University was our guest speaker and gave a wonderful talk on the work her department has underway at FSU. Following on Christa McAuliffe's legacy "I touch the future, I teach", the Center hosts many programs to encourage students - K-16 - to come together to learn about teamwork and problem solving using a Command Module simulation.
Christa McAuliffe Center at FSU Ken Erdelt 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Reality Check at Keefe Tech Liz Kaprielian 2017-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert (Bob) Schecter on Oct 16, 2017
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.
Developing Community Service Projects Robert (Bob) Schecter 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Current Project: Phil Reimann 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0