International Assistance to Fight COVID-19

Posted on Jun 07, 2020
The following was taken from our faceboook page.

On the way 🚚 20 Individual Protection Teams that will receive the Rotary Club San Andrés Tuxtla Eyipantla that will deliver to Bernardo Peña Civil Hospital, with the donation of financial resources from the Rotary Club of Framingham.

We appreciate the trust for the logistics of collecting medical inputs to be able to supply health workers in the city of San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz who fights directly against Covid-19.

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Pizza for our Healthcare Heroes

Posted by Richard Manelis on May 12, 2020
Yesterday evening boxes of pizza's were delivered by several of our Club members to the MetroWest Hospital in Framingham and the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick as a Thank You to our Healthcare Heroes.  60 went to MetroWest and 40 to Leonard Morse.  All pizza's arrived whole, no slices missing.  Good Job!
A big Thank You goes to Jack Abby's where Eric & Sam Hendler (owners) personally came in to help make the pizzas on Monday when Jack Abby’s is closed.  
Pizza for our Healthcare Heroes Richard Manelis 2020-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

$25,000 Donated to Food Pantries

Posted by Bob Schecter on Apr 27, 2020
The Rotary Club of Framingham—which includes members from Ashland, Hopkinton, Holliston and Framingham—has donated $500 each to five pantries that are providing food to families in need during the virus pandemic. The recipients are Project Just Because (Hopkinton), St. Bridget’s Food Pantry (Framingham), Holliston Food Pantry (Holliston), the Ashland Emergency Fund (Ashland), and The Brazilian-American Center—BRACE— (Framingham)
$25,000 Donated to Food Pantries Bob Schecter 2020-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
$13,000 Granted to Non-profits Bob Schecter 2020-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Framingham Rotary Meeting via Zoom

Posted by Richard Manelis on Apr 06, 2020
25 Club members met via video conferencing today.  The physical distancing did not hamper the fellowship nor the welcoming of a new member.
Framingham Rotary Meeting via Zoom Richard Manelis 2020-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

New Member at Framingham Rotary

Posted by Richard Manelis on Apr 06, 2020
Patti McCarthy, Senior Advancement Manager at The Learning Center for the Deaf, joined the Framingham Rotary Club today.  Due to COVID-19 distancing requirements Patti was accepted into the Club via Zoom and a hardy welcome by the 25 attending but distancing members.  Welcome aboard Patti!
New Member at Framingham Rotary Richard Manelis 2020-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Climate Change

Posted by Richard Manelis on Mar 09, 2020
David Simons of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)  spoke on climate change and the harm being done to the world through the heating of land and the ocean raising ocean levels and diving farming further north from where it is now.  The heating is caused by the greenhouse gas (CO2 and others) emissions which thickens the "blanket" around the earth keeping the earth from cooling.  A bill has been introduced in US Congress that will add the cost of the pollution to the cost of the polluting product to better represent the total cost of creating the product.  Payments are then passed back to the public thereby creating an incentive to lower the pollution. British Colombia started this fee and rebate system in 2008 resulting in a 16% drop in greenhouse pollution.  More information at www.masscleanenergyfuture.org 
Climate Change Richard Manelis 2020-03-09 04:00:00Z 0

Hopkinton Repair Cafe

Posted by Richard Manelis on Mar 02, 2020
Jim Bright spoke about the Repair Café to be held in Hopkinton on Saturday, May 30th 9-noon.  People bring home items for repair: electrical, sharpening, sewing, furniture…generally a 75% success rate.  Our Club sponsors the event
Hopkinton Repair Cafe Richard Manelis 2020-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Serving at Pearl St. Cafe 

Posted by Lindsey Morris on Feb 27, 2020
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Framingham Rotary Club serving dinner at Pearl St Cafe - United Way 
Our club serves dinner the fourth Thursday of every month.  Come join us.
Rotary Serving at Pearl St. Cafe Lindsey Morris 2020-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Garden in the Woods

Posted by Richard Manelis on Feb 24, 2020
Debbi Edelstein of Native Plant Trust gave a well-paced, informative presentation on native plants in New England.  Some of the facts presented;
25% of plants worldwide are endangered as are birds and insects which are all interconnected and mutually dependent for existence. Every state in New England is losing forest (1st time in 200 years). 80% of the marshes on Cape Cod are dying. Climate change is creating a movement of plant densities to higher elevations. There are 10 plant species in New England not found elsewhere in the world. The Dwarf Apple plant has now been removed from the endangered list. There are 56 native orchid species in New England.  For more information go to NativePlantTrust.org
Garden in the Woods Richard Manelis 2020-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rise Above

Posted by Richard Manelis on Feb 10, 2020
Sarah Baldiga, co-founder and Executive Director of "Rise Above", talker about her organization providing children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities and experiences.  While the average stay in foster care is 2 years, many spend an entire childhood in that situation.  They often have problems making friends and have mental health issues. 25% will eventually become homeless; 50% will be unemployed; they are seven times more likely to get a drug addiction.  Only 20% of foster care children attend college…contrasted with the national average of 65%.
Rise Above has serviced 5,000 children in its 10 year existence with an increase to 1,000 just in 2019! There are 10,000 children in foster care.
Rise Above Richard Manelis 2020-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Welcomed

Posted by Richard Manelis on Feb 10, 2020
Jim Giammanarino is welcomed into our Club as a new member by Club President Javier Cevallos.  Jim became President of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce last September.
New Member Welcomed Richard Manelis 2020-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

"Slate Casting"

Posted by Richard Manelis on Jan 27, 2020
Stuart introduced his daughter: Julie Knowlton who gave a most interesting presentation.  She is a Syracuse graduate and is involved with theater production and casting….now for 25 years.  She often goes to plays and “scouts”…constantly on the lookout for persons who might fit certain roles.  She founded Slate Casting and has found persons for various roles in commercials…..her “bread & butter”
Massachusetts has favorable tax laws for benefiting companies that do filming here and many commercials are shot here.  She provides extras for movies that are filmed here often fielding odd requests….one time requiring her to visit strip clubs in Rhode Island.  Members are invited to go to: www.slatecasting.com to sign up for being cast!! A major challenge is finding persons to be doubles for celebrities….i.e.  Tom Brady
"Slate Casting" Richard Manelis 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Speaker from Learning Center

Posted by Richard Manelis on Jan 27, 2020
Danielle is the Chief Advancement Officer at The Learning Center which is now a $26M agency! Started in 1970 by Warren Schwab.  They cover pre-kindergarten through age 22 and their services include: providing translators for various events that might have deaf persons in the audience and ASL classes in the evening. 
Speaker from Learning Center Richard Manelis 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Fire Side Dinner

Posted by Phil Reimann on Jan 10, 2020
 
Rotarians and spouses gather at member's home to enjoy fellowship. 
2020 Fire Side Dinner Phil Reimann 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Ugly Sweater Holiday Meeting Bob Schecter 2019-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary RAK at Boy and Girls Club

Posted by Bob Schecter on Dec 21, 2019
 
A few of the MetroWest Boys & Girls Club children among 40 who each received a $50 bill on December 21, a holiday gift through our club’s Random Acts of Kindness Program. The gifts were presented by RAK Committee members.
The RAK Committee: Jim Patterson (Chair), Ken Erdelt, Bob Schecter, and Tom Sturiale. Center: B&G Club volunteer translator Junianny “Juni” Dossantos.
Rotary RAK at Boy and Girls Club Bob Schecter 2019-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Childrens Holiday Party

Posted by Richard Manelis on Dec 16, 2019
This was our annual holiday party with the kids from SMOC.  The kids were all upbeat to start, brought to a higher level with a magic show and on into ecstacy with Santa.  Children and Adults enjoyed the party.
Annual Childrens Holiday Party Richard Manelis 2019-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students

Posted by Richard Manelis on Dec 09, 2019
Ben & Madeline Tremblay recounted their recent experiences with the Rotary Student Exchange Program. 
Ben spent his school year with a family in the Southwest part of Colombia, in Calle…..the salsa dancing capital of the world. His experiences included a visit to a coffee plantation with the trip highlighted by the many friends he made, both from Colombia and other exchange students. He took a 1-hour bus ride and witnessed the refugee camps for the hundreds of Venezuelans who have fled their country. He was a part of the Rotary Interact group that brought sandwiches and juice to them on Christmas Eve. He got to see the Amazon Rain Forest; played trumpet with an ensemble and learned salsa music. His dance partner was an exchange student from Belgium.
Madeline spent six weeks in Capetown, South Africa. She got to climb Table Mountain, go on a safari, water surf, visit Robin Island and work (briefly) in an animal shelter where she spent an hour taking a couple of dogs for a walk. She attended an all-girls school; where she wore a uniform and had the opportunity to make many friends with students from other countries.  
Bongoletris Mienzana, from South Africa, is shown receiving a Framingham Rotary Flag from Club President Javier Cevallos. Bongoletri is part of the Rotary Exchange Student Program and will be spending six weeks here in MetroWest.
Exchange Students Richard Manelis 2019-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

AFTV Scott Mercer 

Posted by Richard Manelis on Dec 02, 2019
Scott Mercer Executive Directive of AFTV visited our Club last Monday and spoke on recent events that affect Framingham. 
The Cable Act of 1986 requires the cable companies to provide (or require the providing of) media access for public, education and government.  The rationale is that, the cable companies use the public land for their cables, they have this obligation. 
Five (5%) per cent of our cable bill goes to the funding of local, government and education public access.
The education and access channels are maintained by AFT
The Cable Act requires cities and towns to provide (or require the providing of) media access for public, education and government.  The rationale is that, the cable companies use the public land for their cables, they have this obligation. 
Five (5%) per cent of our cable bill goes to the funding of local access.
The education and access channels are maintained by AFTV while the city operates the government channel.
Scott pointed out that there is always potential legislation that can impact the access and availability of the local operators.  AFTV can be supported through a membership program: $30 for an individual ($15 for seniors); $60 for a family; $100 for a non profit (we are members) and $200 for a business.
For more information:   www.accessfram.tv
 
AFTV Scott Mercer Richard Manelis 2019-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Director of the USO - Phyllis Cohn

Posted by Richard Manelis on Nov 25, 2019
Phyllis Cohn has been the Director of the USO in New England for the past year. Previous to this she held management positions with the Red Cross in Germany and Kuwait; communications positions for various organizations with emphasis on marketing. She holds an undergraduate degree from Rutgers and a Masters in Social Work from the Univ . of Maryland.
The objective of the USO is to maintain a connection between service men and women and their home, family and country; the USO supports approximately 13,000 active service personnel in Massachusetts which extends to 40,000 family members. Each service member is someone’s son, sibling or parent and the USO wants to maintain a connection of family. It is hard to measure its success but it boost morale just being there. Programs involving the service person’s extended family are held regularly.
The USO is NOT supported by the government and receives its support solely from the private quarter. The USO show troupe (like in the Bob Hope days) still exists and travels all over the world. All shows are free, including food.
 
Director of the USO - Phyllis Cohn Richard Manelis 2019-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

State Representative Visit

Posted by Richard Manelis on Nov 18, 2019
Maria Robinson, our State Representative, visited out Club last Monday.  She has extensive experience in Mass Dept. of Energy Resources and other environmental related areas of vocation. She has a degree from MIT in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Energy Law from the University of Tulsa.
Maria noted several areas of activity and concern as they relate to Framingham: Education Reform recognizing current needs and demographics will increase Framingham’s allocation by about $1.4M a year; Researching the problem of colleges closing and leaving students stranded – more financial visibility is required concerning school financing; 1 of 4 nursing homes is on the verge of foreclosure – there is need for resident reimbursement plus better staffing is needed and improved conditions.
State Representative Visit Richard Manelis 2019-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Auction now CLOSED Phil Reimann 2019-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Successful Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Bob Schecter on Nov 04, 2019
Another successful Pancake Breakfast put on by the Framingham Rotary Club at Keefe Teck East Side Cafe last Saturday.  A good croud attended and at times seating was tight.  The hungry customers included the Mayor, Councilors George King and Margaret Shepard, School Superintendent Robert Tremblay and State Representatives Maria Robinson and Jack Lewis. 
A great turn out and a great Rotary Club fund raiser supporting our Scholarship Program giving $3,500 scholarships to 10 high school seniors in early 2020.
Successful Rotary Pancake Breakfast Bob Schecter 2019-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

Beligum Guest at Meeting

Posted by Richard Manelis on Jul 15, 2019
Our guest today included Serge Goussaert from Belgium….a small town outside of Burge.  He presented our club with a banner from his club.
Beligum Guest at Meeting Richard Manelis 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student going home to Denmark

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jul 08, 2019
Kristen, our exchange student from Denmark, returns home
this week and stopped in to thank the club and say good-bye.
We joked with Kristen that her jacket wouldn't get through security at the airport with all the metal Rotary pins and buttons on it. 
 
It was a bittersweet part of the meeting. Kristen has been part of our club's support and family for nearly a year and while she was anxious to get back home to family and friends, we will miss her and she will miss all the friends she has found here during her stay here. 
Exchange Student going home to Denmark Ken Erdelt 2019-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker: City's Citizen Participation Officer 

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jul 08, 2019
Alaa Abusulah, Citizen Participation Officer for the city of Framingham spoke of the purpose of her function – to be a visible link to the city government for community engagement to be able to resolve issues. Part of the role is to bridge the concerns of citizens and build trust with city officials in preparing for the 2020 Census. Luara Medrano spoke of the importance of getting an accurate census since public funding is tied to the census data yet estimates are that 30% of the people for some segments of the city will not respond. And these are not just immigrants but some people who just do not want to provide info. The Framingham Census office has developed a multi-step program to notify and follow up with residents to respond to the Census. 
Speaker: City's Citizen Participation Officer  Ken Erdelt 2019-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

2019 RYLA Students Visit Our Club

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jul 01, 2019
Sherrie Whittemore introduced four of the Club’s eight 2019 RYLANs who were in attendance at the meeting today: Ashley Wojcik, (Hopkinton); Alexa Hughes, (Framingham); Jessica Franks,(Hopkinton); and Fariha Fardin, (Hopkinton). The students shared their perspective from the RYLA experience. All were very positive about the event and used words like “life changing” and “best experience” and “love” to describe what and how they felt.
 
They discussed their intent to continue to support Rotary and Community Service activities and spoke of creating Interact clubs in their school. In fact they shared their ideas for community service projects they would like to pursue including: sending letters of encouragement to people in rehab; assembling school “survival packs” that would include supplies of health and hygiene products for high school students; creating dog and cat toys for animals in shelters; and Operation Baby Blanket – to refurbish donated blankets – and provide them to mothers and babies in need.
2019 RYLA Students Visit Our Club Ken Erdelt 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Club Picnic Instead of Meeting

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 24, 2019
The June 24th meeting was held at Simpson Park - Attendees enjoyed the park setting and a picnic box lunch. The Park sits on the Sudbury River and offers a shady area to relax and enjoy the river and the fellowship of friends.
Club Picnic Instead of Meeting Ken Erdelt 2019-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Visit

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 17, 2019
Rotarian Florence Nagadya, from a Rotary club in Kenya, visited us today.
Rotary Club Visit Ken Erdelt 2019-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary at MetroFest

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 15, 2019
June 15th was MetroFest and the Rotary members supported two activities – the Duck Pluck and the Playhouse build for a veteran’s children. 
The photos show the crew building the playhouse that included members of ERA Realty, Rotarians and family members. The Veteran and his family were thrilled with the playhouse and the kids could hardly wait to jump in and start playing in it. 
Rotary at MetroFest Ken Erdelt 2019-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Installation and Awards Dinner

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 13, 2019
The annual Rotary Club Installation and Awards Dinner was held at the Framingham Country Club.
 Javier Cevallos was sworn in as the Club President for 2019-2020 by District Governor Steve Sager.
 The award for Organization of the Year was given to Medical Reserve Corps Region 4A
Jim and Cherly Stockless received the Citizens of the Year Award. They provided a home away from home for our foreign exchange student from Denmark, Kristine, for the entire 2018-2019 school year. 
).  The Rotarian of the Year award was given to Ken Erdelt (Cog Editor)
 A special award was given to Rotarian Tim Sullivan for his generous donations to the Framingham Rotary Education Foundation and the Random Acts of Kindness program
We also introduced O'Mara Taylo.r who was awarded a grant from Rotary International for graduate studies at Oxford University in England. 
2019 Installation and Awards Dinner Ken Erdelt 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Club Visits Framingham History Center

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 10, 2019
The June 10th meeting was held at the Old Academy Museum of the Framingham History Center where members heard the details of the city's history and key milestones.
Club Visits Framingham History Center Ken Erdelt 2019-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

New Member

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 03, 2019
 
New Member:
Vance Williams is the newest member of the Framingham Rotary Club. Vance has been a consistent visitor and guest at the last several meetings and has participated in a number of Rotary events leading up to his induction. Congratulations, Vance!
New Member Ken Erdelt 2019-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

New Club Members

Posted on May 27, 2019
Robyn Settoin, Roz Rubin and Veronika Mitchell welcomed as new members of the Rotary Club of Framingham.
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Reality Fair at Ashland High School

Posted by Ken Erdelt on May 24, 2019
On May 24thAshland High School, conducted it’s first ever Financial Literacy Fair (RealityFair) at the Ashland High School gymnasium. Ten volunteers from the Framingham Rotary Club joined about 40 other volunteers from the Ashland community to help staff the booths for the Fair. Approximately 180 students were scheduled to attend the Fair which gave students a “taste of reality” in trying to live within a budget and having to consider alternatives to make things balance out. Of course, the Wheel of Misfortune always throws a few curves into the process. The feedback from the attendees, the volunteers and the parents in the community has been universally positive.
Reality Fair at Ashland High School Ken Erdelt 2019-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Scholarship Awards

Posted by Ken Erdelt on May 20, 2019
Annual Scholarship Event: on May 20th, ten outstanding high school students each received a $3000 scholarship from the Rotary Club Education Fund of Framingham to help pay for studies at various colleges in the region. The awards—presented by the President of the Rotary Education Fund, Framingham State University President Javier Cevallos—who is also a Framingham Rotarian—took place in the student-staffed East Room Restaurant of Keefe Technical High School. The total value of the annual scholarships given by the club since the program’s inception is now over $1 million.
Representatives of the students’ home Districts read citations from the State House of Representatives and presented them to each winner. The legislators present included Jack Patrick Lewis, Maria Robinson, and Carmine Gentile. Rep. Carolyn Dykema, who was not present, signed the citations, while Susan Nicholl, District Representative of Sen. Karen Spilka, presented separate citations to the students on behalf of Senate President Spilka.
Annual Scholarship Awards Ken Erdelt 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

installing 100 stoves in homes residents in Guatemala

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Apr 22, 2019
Dick Manelis gave a quick update on the District project to install 100 stoves in homes residents in a village in Guatemala. Many homes lacked cooking stoves and the members of the households were breathing in harmful fumes due to lack of adequate ventilation. Rotary has taken on the stove project to help alleviate the risks.
installing 100 stoves in homes residents in Guatemala Ken Erdelt 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Queen Tech Initiative in Ghana

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Apr 22, 2019
Claire Kincaid spoke to the Club about her experiences with a project known as the Queen Tech Initiative in Ghana. Claire explained that the initiative was begun several years ago to improve and commercialize the production of a staple food crop that is essential to the people’s diets in both South America and Africa. The crop (a large tuber) requires a long, manual process to harvest and process into an edible food. The tuber contains a high degree of cyanide that dissipates in the production process to make it safe. Although the Initiative has made strides in its goal to improve and commercialize production, it has not achieved the level needed so work continues.
Queen Tech Initiative in Ghana Ken Erdelt 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Diabetes

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Apr 08, 2019
Dr Koualmanda, of Beth Israel Deaconis Medical Center provided an excellent overview of her work on Diabetes, as well as the history and evolution the treatment for the disease. There are many types of diabetes including Type 1, Type 2, Gestational and others but the most destructive is Type 1. The incidence of diabetes has grown dramatically since the mid-1990's to about 27 million cases or about 10% of the US population and there are approximately 79 million additional people considered as pre-diabetic - it has reached epidemic proportions. Most of the root causes point to diet and a lack of exercise with other factors such as age, ethnicity and family history contributing to the overall rise in cases. Dr. Koulamanda recommended we try moderate exercise 3-4 times per week and adopt more of the Mediterranean diet - (more seafood, less meat), avoid sugary soft drinks and drink water and red wine
Diabetes Ken Erdelt 2019-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

The African Exchange Program

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Apr 01, 2019
The African Exchange program that has been underway for about 15 years to help with school, water and public improvements in a village in Tanzania. Rob Schadt, who is the Chairman of the project noted it was started as mission for a Lutheran Church in Framingham started for education programs and quickly expanded to work on water wells (now up to 43 wells) that are able to provide fresh safe water. He attributes the reduction in infant mortality rates (down to 0%) to the work on wells and health care in the village. In addition, they were able to build and staff kindergarten and other schools.  Spora then spoke about the secondary school program to teach both English and Swahili for 12-18 year-olds in both Private and Public schools. The Private school and boarding are funded by the Lutheran Church but both have challenges with large class sizes, shortage of books and of certain topics like science. Wingred spoke about the challenge with the sciences - namely that there is really no effective way to learn science with the current shortages. He spoke about the approach to sciences noting that the government is trying to help with funding expansion of facilities. 
  
The African Exchange Program Ken Erdelt 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker on Repair Cafe Project

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Mar 18, 2019
Ray Pfau, member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary, was our guest speaker and gave us an interesting presentation on the Repair Cafe - a service that helps guests repair various household items and return them to service-ability. Guests pay for parts that might be needed and participate with volunteers to help with the repairs. And the neat part is that not only does this concept save money by making products last longer, it keeps repairable items from being tossed into the landfills. 
Speaker on Repair Cafe Project Ken Erdelt 2019-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker: Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Feb 25, 2019
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Paul Joseph, President of the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce, was our guest speaker today. Paul explained how he became involved with the Chamber about 3 1/2 years ago - his goal intaking on the President role was to grow the market for businesses in this area and make the "Power of Connections", the tag line for the Chamber, a meaningful Mission. He recognized the opportunity to close the gap between worker availability and growth demands for resources. the Chamber has been active in programs to help align the workforce with the needs of companies in innovative ways. 
Speaker: Chamber of Commerce Ken Erdelt 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Receives District Award

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Dec 17, 2018
 
Susan Peghiny, District Assistant Governor,  presented the Rotary Presidential Citation to the Framingham Rotary in recognition of the Club's good work last year across the served communities of Framingham, Ashland, Hollison, and Hopkinton.  Accepting on behalf of the Club was Dick Manelis, Club Co-President. 
Rotary Club Receives District Award Ken Erdelt 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

India - Polio Plus

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Dec 17, 2018
Joyce Graff, Brookline Rotarian, gave an account of her trip to India this year as part of the Polio Plus initiative. She recapped the Rotary's involvement with the program to eradicate polio which started in 1985 in the Philippines.  Rotary was later joined by the World Health Organization in 1988.  There has been great progress since then to reduce the number of active cases from a high of 1000 new cases/day in  1988 to just 37 total cases worldwide in 2018.  But Joyce emphasized that the fight is not over.  While India has been polio-free since 2016 - many infectious diseases, including polio, are only a train- or plane-ride away.  India is bordered by Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh where active cases remain.  The flight to eradicate Polio continues.
India - Polio Plus Ken Erdelt 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Children's Holiday Party

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Dec 10, 2018
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Once again this year, the Rotary Club hosted about 50 children from the Framingham schools for a Children's Holiday Party. The children were treated to a chicken finger and tater tots lunch with Rotary members and each child received a gift bag with treats assembled by the Fuller Interact Club a couple of weeks ago. The children were so very grateful and gave the Rotary a hand-made card to express their appreciation. As the children were being entertained by a magician, news reached them that a special guest had arrived. Santa had made arrangements to make a special trip down from the North Pole to visit with the children and hand out the presents. The kids were ecstatic to see Santa. What a great event!! 
Children's Holiday Party Ken Erdelt 2018-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Random Act of Kindness

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Dec 03, 2018
The Rotary Club of Framingham presented its second Random Act of Kindness (RAK) award in early December to a little girl suffering from a number of serious physical and developmental problems, including severe breathing difficulty stemming from a mutation of the pign gene. The club’s provision of a portable oxygen concentrator for the two year old, will make travel with her mother to doctors and hospitals for treatment much easier than with the very heavy, bulky unit they have been using. 
Rotary Random Act of Kindness Ken Erdelt 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

Several members from the Rotary Club of Framingham help out the Curtis Family Thanksgiving Dinner by cutting up turkeys the evening before.  
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Rotary Random Act of Kindness

Posted by Robert (Bob) Schecter on Nov 19, 2018
The Framingham Rotary Club in late November celebrated the reconstruction of the dangerously crumbling front steps of the 1945 home of an elderly Ashland couple. The club’s Mark Rosen Random Acts of Kindness Award (RAK) financed the reconstruction. Rosen was a long-time member of the club; a fellow Rotarian funds the award program.  The steps were clearly unsafe and had to be rebuilt to reduce the risk of falls and injury to the 94-year-old wife—who receives meals-on-wheels—and her disabled son. Both are in and out of the house daily to visit her husband, also 94 and a resident of a nursing home.  Photos show the steps before and after the construction.
Rotary Random Act of Kindness Robert (Bob) Schecter 2018-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Robert (Bob) Schecter on Nov 03, 2018
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.
Rotary Pancake Breakfast Robert (Bob) Schecter 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

Purple Pinky Day to  Eradicate Polio

Posted by Robert (Bob) Schecter on Oct 29, 2018
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.
Purple Pinky Day to Eradicate Polio Robert (Bob) Schecter 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

UK Rotarians Visit
 

Posted on Aug 06, 2018
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Sue and Les Bryan, members of the century-old Derby Rotary Club in England visited our club.
UK Rotarians Visit  Ken Erdelt 2018-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rockets and Baseball

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jul 30, 2018
 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.  
Rockets and Baseball Ken Erdelt 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange Students

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jul 30, 2018
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.
Rotary Exchange Students Ken Erdelt 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Air Conditioners for Seniors

Posted by Robert (Bob) Schecter on Jul 30, 2018
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
Air Conditioners for Seniors Robert (Bob) Schecter 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Respite Center

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jul 23, 2018
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.
Respite Center Ken Erdelt 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

Summer Carnival is Open

Posted by Phil Reimann on Jul 11, 2018
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.
Summer Carnival is Open Phil Reimann 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

6 Sophomores go to RYLA

Posted by Phil Reimann on Jun 25, 2018
Six sophomores selected from our areas high schools were sent to RYLA  for the weekend to experience "Service Above Self'" and gain leadership skills.
6 Sophomores go to RYLA Phil Reimann 2018-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Communication Styles

Posted by Phil Reimann on Jun 25, 2018
Club member Ken Erdelt presented a very interesting presentation on how to communicate to others that may have a different communicate style.
Communication Styles Phil Reimann 2018-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Concerts on the Green

Posted by Phil Reimann on Jun 22, 2018
Once again our Club is "manning" a table at the Friday night Concerts on the Green to promote our Club.
Rotary at Concerts on the Green Phil Reimann 2018-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 21, 2018
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. 
 
Installation Dinner Ken Erdelt 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

MetroFest Duck Pluck

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 16, 2018
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.
MetroFest Duck Pluck Ken Erdelt 2018-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

MetroFest Playhouse Build

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 16, 2018
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. 
MetroFest Playhouse Build Ken Erdelt 2018-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Club Picnic at Simpson Park 

Posted by Ken Erdelt
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.
 
Club Picnic at Simpson Park Ken Erdelt 2018-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Special Olympics Thanks

Posted by Ken Erdelt on Jun 04, 2018
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.
 
Special Olympics Thanks Ken Erdelt 2018-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
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