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
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
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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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
2018 Auction Now Live 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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