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Adoption is challenging work. We've adopted the Sears Field and started reclaiming it from extensive invasive plants. On Thursday, July 15, Saturday, July 17 (9-1) and Saturday, July 24 (4-6) all are invited to join us to clear more and more, release some energy on the bad plants, and meet some nice people. See more info about the project, parking at the Melone Homestead to reach the field, and sign up to volunteer here. 
Rotarian Rob Mosher (above) arrives at the field with two chainsaws, both of which were put to good use. Below, six of the fourteen Rotarians who worked on Thursday, July 15 made a great big dent in the eastern border of the field.
 
The Conservation Team from the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has been busy at work surveying the adopted field, the Sears Field, off of Crescent Street in Weston. 
We are excited to welcome 4 new members on July 1st, the Rotary New Year! 
 
Jeanne Richardson, Florence Nadagya, Marilyn Hirsch, Tricia Liu were inducted as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on Thursday, July 1.
 
Immediately after inducting them, President Paul announced that all four had volunteered to co-lead the Speakers Series Team along with Susan Howards, another WW Rotarian who joined us in 2021. 
 
June 17, 2021 was the first in-person gathering since the beginning of the pandemic for the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. This event marked the annual award ceremony with which the new President Paul Lualdi received his new – official – presidential gavel!  
 
Special guests included District Governor Diana Nestorova and Joseph De Vito, President and CEO of Village Bank. DG Diana presented the 2020-21 Rotary Club of the Year award
 
WW Rotary also presented two Paul Harris Fellow awards to Jan Luchetti and John Marchiony. Their hard work and dedication to building the club up to what it is today led the Board of Directors to orchestrate the presentation of the highest honor that one can be awarded to a Rotarian to recognize their efforts.
 
Congratulations to all of the award winners. You do amazing work.
 
See the whole article that appeared in the Wayland and Weston Town Criers, published by Wicked Local
The Rotary 7910 District Conference on May 21-22, 2021 proved to be very successful for the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland, winning 10 awards (6 Club and 4 individual) at the 2-day conference:  
 
Club Awards:
  1. Club of the Year 
  2. Net Membership Growth: 1st Place. 100% more net membership growth than any other Rotary Club in the District -- 9 net new members for WW Rotary. Ron Bott said: "And finally, with an outstanding net gain of nine new members, active members from January 1 to May 15. The Weston-Wayland Rotary Club will receive a $1,000 cash award funded service project, organized by its newer members.

  3. District Membership: Gold Award
  4. District Service: Bronze Award
  5. Youth Programs: Silver Award
  6. DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Club Citation
 
Individual Awards:
Avenues of Service AwardJan Luchetti honored for her extraordinary service to the club in the five Avenues of Service — club, vocational, community, international, and youth service.  She has contributed an extraordinarily large quantity of time across all our programming initiatives.
 
Significant Service Award - "The Saplings Project" chaired by Mark Messina This award recognizes Rotary clubs for projects that made an impact and gives district recognition to club activities that address a significant problem or need.
 
Unsung Hero - Rob Mosher for always stepping up to help wherever needed.  Initiated and chaired the Christmas Tree Sale.
 
District Innovators - John Marchiony for expanding the Rotary Business Networking Series into the District 7910 Rotary@Work initiative. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO RCWW!! 
The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland goes big for Earth Day 2021 by restarting the tradition of giving each first grader in Weston and Wayland a tree seedling for Earth Day. This year the club will also distribute seedlings to each second grader in both towns since the program was canceled last year due to school closings. This brought the count of seedlings distributed this year to 800 and almost 1500 since the inception of this project in 2018.
 

 
Mark Messina, Rotary Earth Day Committee Chair said, “We are very fortunate to have such great leadership in our schools. Every principal responded quickly and enthusiastically to our program”. Patty McNeil, Vice President of the Village bank in Wayland and longtime Rotarian was instrumental in securing the funding for this project as part of the Village Bank’s continued community support of Rotary events.

Janika LeMaitre and Betsy Millane  joined the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on Thursday, March 18. 

“My father,” explained LeMaitre, “was the president of a Rotary Club near Perth, so I was attuned to the Rotary mission of service when I moved to Weston. As soon as I reached out, I felt warmly welcomed by the Rotary members, and we’ve already had some great laughs. I clearly see ways I can contribute to our communities, both locally and more broadly.” 

Betsy Millane is a Needham resident and a realtor in Wellesley whose instincts for client service were sharpened at an early age by her father, a real estate professional who instilled in Betsy the importance of owning every facet of the transaction for her clients. Millane met Weston-Wayland Rotarians through the Business Networking Series, but she joined because of the Club’s commitment to service.

Click "read more" below or see the article that appeared in the Town Crier newspaper and on WickedLocal.com.

On Thursday, February 11th, we celebrated eight high-impact sophomores we selected to receive our Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award: Madison Jenkins, Johnny Andreasen, Caroline Curley, Ella Kim, Nicholas Cross, Theo Luu, Natalie Rassiger, and Maya Lee. 

The Weston Media Center collaborated with us to produce and capture a dynamic celebration that you can see on the Weston Media Center's video on demand platform. See the show. 

"Service Above Self" is the worldwide motto of Rotary. Beginning in 2021, The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland will recognize people of Weston and Wayland who have who contributed to our communities through exemplary service that demonstrates the ideal of "Service above self." 
 
On February 25, 2021, we made the the inaugural presentation of this award where we celebrated outstanding contributors to our communities. Deborah Davenport, Town Clerk for the Town of Weston, was the first recipient. Brenda and Richard DeVito were wonderfully surprised to also receive the award.  See the recording of the award presentationalong with other videos we have captured, on our WW Rotary YouTube Channel
 
You can also read about the award in the Town Crier Newspaper's online edition on WickedLocal.com
 
To nominate a worthy citizen, please see our nomination information one the Service Above Self page. 

Four Join Weston-Wayland Rotary Club 

Susan Howards, Sandra Lundy, Wendy Nollman and Katya Portnaya (left-right below) joined the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on Thursday, February 11. 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Howards, a criminal defense attorney, transferred her membership because of the  energy and innovative initiatives created by the Weston-Wayland Rotary Club.

Sandy Lundy also is an experienced Rotarian and attorney. She is currently Of Counsel for Richardson Law, with a practice focusing on family law and all areas of civil appeals. 

Wendy Nollman is the Executive Director of Traditions of Wayland who met the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland shortly after arriving at Traditions in 2020.  

Katya Portnaya owns Boston Carriage with her husband and is a Master Gardener with a passion for combining service and gardening. 

See the whole article that appeared in the Town Crier newspaper and on WickedLocal.com.

 

On the cusp between 2020 and 2021, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland had a wonderful, warming experience with our first-ever Christmas Tree Sale that served many purposes. We generated support for Mary's House in Waltham, Children's Hospital, and the Coats for Kids coat drive while providing an enjoyable tree shopping experience for fellow citizens and volunteer opportunities for 84 people. All surrounded by beautiful trees, lights, decorations, and a bit of smoke from a fire pit. And there's one more chance to volunteer on Saturday, January 2nd. 

Please join us!

The members of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland are eager for the start of a new year that, we hope, will allow for so much more time with family, friends, and neighbors.
 
There is much to do, and many plans have already been drafted. We hope you will join us in creating something productive and rewarding. We would love your energy, contribution, and help in improving anything we have on the schedule that appeals to you. 
 
Please join us!

Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award

The Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award recognizes sophomores who have demonstated that the Rotary motto of "Service above self" is an important part of their lives. Nominate a sophomore how lives or studies in Wayland today. The first set of awards will be presented February 3, 2020. 

Service Above Self Award

New in 2021, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland is launching the Service Above Self Award that will recognize people of Weston and Wayland who demonstrate their commitment and generosity to service and their communities. The award is presented ad hoc after a nomination is received by the President, Vice President, or Past President by email to president@westonwaylandrotary.org, who will then present the nomination to the Board for consideration.

Flamingo Flock Fun and Fundraiser

Later in 2021 -- probably in March and April -- we are planning the Flamingo Flock Fun and Fundraiser to benefit scholarships for college-bound graduating seniors in Weston and Wayland, as well as Rotary charitable and programmatic initiatives. We seek collaborators, crew members and folks who might like to consider themselves "co-conspirators" with Rotary. Pretty safe "conspiracy..." 

Virtual Antique and Classic Car Show

And then we have big ideas about our first-ever Virtual Antique and Classic Car Show that will continue the 25-year tradition of celebrating Antique and Classic Cars. All enthusiasts are welcome and encouraged to help us plan and figure this out before entering their comely cars in custom categories and compelling contests. 

Conservation Community Service

Community Service really should be higher on the page because it's core to the mission of Rotary Clubs here and around the world. In 2021, we have two areas of focus in addition to scholarships.  Our Conservation Team, led by Charlie Hamlin, is focused on hands-on service that preserve and extend habitats for natural pollinators. We're planning now and will announce service opportunities in the late winter and early spring.

Food Security Community Service 

Food Security Community Service will stay in the forefront of our thinking well into 2021. While we supported St. Vincent de Paul, A Place To Turn, and Mary's House in 2020, this is a need that is likely to remain for far too long. We're exploring a district-wide food "assembly" initiative that has been incredibly efficient in the past and could be revived with a bit of creativity. 

Entrepreneurship and Business Community Service

Entrepreneurship and Business Community Service is a new phrase for use, but it's relevant. WW Rotary President John Marchiony was tapped by the Rotary District 7910 District Governor to help design and execute a brainstorming session he nicknamed "Rotary @ Work" which will identify opportunities in three professional areas: Careers, Business Growth, and Mentorship for, by and among Rotarians. Sign up to attend the District 7910 event on January 5 from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom. 
 
In between all those special activities and service, we meet regularly to plan, socialize, laugh and hear from interesting people in our Speaker Series, in which John Sallay spoke about Beekeeping, La Toya Rivers broadened our understanding of the Weston Metco Director, Lisa Vernegaard shared the Sudbury Valley Trustees' perspective, Town Manager Leon Gaumond reconnected with Rotary, author Andra Watkins spun a masterful story, and Pam Fox compared and contrasted the Town Green then and soon. Joe Berman, Chair of the Weston Conservation Commission kicks off the 2021 Series on January 21. All are welcome to join us anytime and every time we have something happening that interests you. 
 
All of this is wrapped into a warm community of generous people who value service to their communities very highly, including our two newest members, Robert Blackburn and Tim Gavin. 
 
Join us! Reach out to any member of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland to learn a little bit more, try something out, ask questions, or join us for anything that you're curious to try. 

We sold out of trees on December 16.

Please purchase your Christmas trees in Weston this year to support scholarships, food security projects and other charitable initiatives of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland.

What: Select from 300 premium trees ranging in size from 3-feet to 8-feet along with 12" and 14" wreaths. Most of the trees will be 6-footers. 

When: Starting on Friday, November 27 at 10 a.m., Rotarians, friends, family and volunteers will help you every step of the way. You can come pick out your tree on Thursday and Friday evenings, and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Where: At the First Baptist Church of Weston, where Christmas trees have been sold for 35 years. Right across the street from the Golden Ball Tavern at 657 Boston Post Road, Weston. 

Helping: Three ways you can help by sharing this invitation and information with your friends, family, organizations and members and/or by joining us as a volunteer. Sign up HERE to volunteer or send an email to president@westonwaylandrotary.org to get started or get info. 

Click here for even more thorough and helpful information.

 
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