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The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland is also collecting gifts for families at St. Mary's Place Shelter in Waltham. Please bring a new unwrapped gift for a child clearly labeled for St. Mary's Place. Gift bags and tissue paper for delivering the gifts are greatly appreciated. You can see what gifts kids and their moms are wishing for on the Mary's Place page of our website.  

In recognition of World Polio Day 2019, Rotary Clubs around the world worked today to raise money to fund immunizations in the hope of eradicating the last strain of polio in the last two countries in the world where there still are active cases of polio. 

On October 23, the Wayland High School Press reported that

"the Rotary Interact club will hold a polio fundraiser during lunches on Thursday, Oct. 24. Students will be able to donate money, and club members will paint their pinky fingernails purple in return. Recipients of polio vaccines across the world engage in the pinky-painting to demonstrate their successful vaccination and protection against polio."

Locally, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland coordinated with other local clubs at a "Raise a Pint for Polio" at the Springdale Barrel Room at Jack's Abby in Framingham. For each pint of Good 'n You lager purchased from October 23-28, Jack's Abby will donate $1 to the Rotary End Polio Now campaign to end polio, and those contribution will be matched 2-for-1 by the Gates Foundation. 

 

The 2019 WestonCarShow.com was a tremendous success. 

Click on the picture to visit the gallery of photographs taken by Bob Dwyer of Linwood Street Photography
 

Visit WestonCarShow.com to see more. 

You can take part any way you like:

If you are bringing a car, see the http://www.westoncarshow.com/registration/ showing where to arrive. 

"New year of Weston-Wayland Rotary honoring student leaders"

Published September 12, 2019 in the Town Crier and at Wayland.WickedLocal.com and Weston.WickedLocal.com
 

Since launching the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in 2017, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has recognized 30 sophomores and sponsored 20 to attend the two-and-a-half day transformational RYLA Conference, which convenes each year in June.

Nominations for this year can be submitted online at WestonWaylandRotary.org by Oct. 1, Nov. 1 and Feb. 1.

During the 2019-20 academic year, sophomores who live or study in Wayland or Weston will be recognized at three celebration dinners at the Weston Golf Club.

“Today, we are excited to announce the third year of the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award,” said John Marchiony, RYLA chair of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. “The program enables our Rotary Club to support, inspire and recognize sophomores in our year-long effort focusing on leadership and community service in keeping with the Rotary motto of ‘Service above self.’”

Selected students will be recognized at the Rotary celebration dinners and by GateHouse Media through the Town Crier newspapers and WickedLocal.com websites. Michael Wyner, editor of The Weston Town Crier and The Wayland Town Crier, said, “I agreed instantly that our organization wanted to be a partner in recognizing sophomores who step forward to contribute as leaders because they strengthen our communities now and for the future. These are students to watch, and to follow.”

From The Town Crier, September 4, 2019

Weston-Wayland Rotary Club raises awareness of opioid crisis.

The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland mailed over 11,000 large yellow cards to all the households in Weston and Wayland. The cards are the idea of Richard DeVito Jr., president of the Rotary Club and owner of Weston Medical Publishing, which hosts an international annual conference on opioids each year in Boston.

DeVito has been at the forefront of seeing the problems of the opioid crisis for many years.

The dual message of the big yellow cards is safety awareness regarding the opioid crisis that is affecting communities worldwide, and the Rotary Club’s 25th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show on Sept. 21 in Weston’s town center.

“We saw a chance to get two important messages to the community with one mailing and we took it,” DeVito said.

The Opioid Awareness card, mailed to every household in Weston and Wayland, is made possible in large part from the support of sponsors of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. Sponsorships are critical to the club’s ability to fund service activities in the community, such as the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award program, monthly dinner service to the homeless at Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham, distribution of saplings to every first-grader in Weston and Wayland for Earth Day, fishing derbies in Weston and Wayland, and the Weston Interact Club’s 5K Fun Run, which would not be possible without sponsor support.

Read the rest of the article on WickedLocal.com. 

 

Club Names 4 Co-Presidents in unprecedented move

Pictured: DeVito, Mosher, Messina, and Gaw.  
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For the 2019-2020 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland will be guided by four presidents, each of whom will preside for one quarter of the year. Richard DeVito, Jr. (far left) returns for a third "tour" to open the year, guiding the Club through the end of September, with the 25th Car Show as his primary focus. Rob Mosher, Edwin Gaw, and Mark Messina will preside for subsequent quarters.  John Marchiony is President-elect and Jan Luchetti will provide guidance and support as the immediate Past President. 
 
You can reach the President of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland by email at president@westonwaylandrotary.com

Other Innovative Rotary Initiatives

The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland is actively looking for ways to innovate to expand the reach, impact and engagement with our communities.  That said, the Club also celebrates traditions: the 2019 Antique and Classic Car Show on September 21 is the 25th annual edition. Before that, Rotarians started serving people who are homeless or seeking a cooked meal.

The Club has established an annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner where all organizations that grant scholarships to graduating Weston and Wayland High School seniors are invited to join our annual gathering to meet and celebrate their recipients. 
 
To identify sophomores with a commitment to community service, the Club has morphed the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award program from a tight focus on the annual leadership conference in June to a recognition program that spans the entire sophomore academic year. Since creating the program in 2017, the Club has recognized 26 sophomores for their impressive contributions to their communities. 
 
In 2018, in an effort to meet the call of the Rotary International President to celebrate Earth Day, the Club bought and distributed 200 trees to 1st graders in Wayland and Weston.  In 2019, the Club distributed 450 trees after every single elementary school in both towns asked to participate. 
 
 

“The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland is tremendously impressed with the sophomores who live and study in our two towns,” said Jan Luchetti, club president.

Over the past two years, teachers, administrators and mentors have nominated more than 40 students for the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). According to John Marchiony, RYLA chair, “The contributions these 15- and 16-year-olds have made to our communities are spectacular. They are passionate, articulate champions for causes they care about. They have figured out how to incorporate service into their lives in substantial and fulfilling ways.”

On May 16, the Rotary Club recognized a large, diverse collection of community contributors from Wayland High School, Weston High School, and, for the first time, The Rivers School. Any sophomore who lives or studies in Wayland or Weston can be nominated for the award when the 2019-20 nominations campaign opens in September.

    (Read the article on WickedLocal.com)

 

Weston’s Interact Club holding 5K to benefit shelter

Weston High School’s Interact Club will host its first annual 5K Mother’s Day Weekend Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at Weston High School. This fun, family event will include a 5K Fun Run/Walk starting at the Weston High School track and following the cross country course over and around the high school and middle school campus.

Fun events will include face painting, sack races and games for younger participants. In addition, there will be food available at the concession stand at the high school track.

Robert Mosher, a junior at Weston High School and co-president of the Interact Club, said, “We chose to do a Fun Run/Walk because, after a long winter, we thought that people would want to get out and enjoy the warmer spring weather and get some exercise. I joined the cross country team last fall and had so much fun running, it was a natural choice. I heard about high school cross country runners in Stow creating a Thanksgiving Day fun run and thought we could do something similar.”

Read the whole article on: 

The Weston Town Crier
 
 

Daanish Qureshi and Noah Lee, center left and right holding RYLA Award Citations, were applauded for their service by Susan Paley, Vice President of The Village Bank, Michael Wyner, Editor of the Town Crier, Jan Luchetti & Joseph DeVito, CEO of The Village Bank, and Michael Wyner, Editor of the Weston and Wayland Town Criers, Jan Luchetti, President of the Rotary Club, Anthony Parker, Weston HS Principal, Allyson Mizoguchi, Wayland HS Principal, and Joseph DeVito, President and CEO of The Village Bank.

Weston and Wayland students combine sports and volunteering

Alyssa Azzam of Weston and Jason Haims of Wayland serve their local communities generously with a focus on students and athletics. They received the Rising Youth Leadership Award in February, presented by the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. Both sophomores were also recognized with citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

The Rising Youth Leadership Award recognizes sophomores from Weston and Wayland for community service and leadership that demonstrates the students’ appreciation of the Rotary ideal of “service above self.” 

Originally published in The Town Crier and on WickedLocal.com

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The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland invites you to get involved and experience the satisfaction of living a few more moments in "Service above self," the worldwide Rotary motto. 

Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award Dinner, February 28, 2019 and March 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm at the Weston Golf Club. 

Come meet two more exceptional sophomores from Weston and Wayland as they are recognized for their community service contributions and leadership capacity and potential. You can RSVP online anytime until Tuesday, February 26 and/or March 19.  


Rotary Business Networking Breakfast Meeting

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019. 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m at Mel's Commonwealth Cafe, 310 Commonwealth Road (Rt. 30) Wayland, MA. 

    Future meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 

    Agenda:

    7:15: Arrive, unstructured networking, reconnect. 
    7:25: Seating, order breakfast (self-pay, separate checks) 
    7:30: Welcome, introductions, and announcements followed by brief business introductions ("commercial," "elevator pitch" or personal statement).
    8:00: Discussion, wrap-up. 
     

     


    Rotary Meetings

    • February 21: Dinner Meeting. 6pm at the Weston Golf Club featuring a few informal Rotary traditions, a nice meal, a little discussion of upcoming activities, and planning for the events and activities that accelerate with the arrival of Spring. 
    • March 7: Club Assembly, Speaker & Dinner. 6pm at the Weston Golf Club featuring the monthly Club Assembly with reports, requests and promises from each of the Rotary Club Committee Chairs, as well as planning for March, April and May events.  
    • March 14: Dinner Meeting. 6pm at the Weston Golf Club.
    • March 21: RYLA Dinner Celebration. 6pm at the Weston Golf Club. 
    • March 28: Dinner Meeting. 6pm at the Weston Golf Club.
     

    Volunteer Opportunities & Special Events

    While you're here, there are a few volunteer opportunities and special events you can join.  

    Every month, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland serves dinner at Bristol Lodge in Waltham.  If you are interested in helping with shopping, preparation or serving dinner with our merry band of Rotarians and friends, please contact Rob Mosher for information and instructions. 

    Please join Troop 157 for their Annual Pasta DInner and Fundraiser at the Weston Community Center on March 22 from 6-8pm. . Tickets $10 each, $30 for a family. www.troop157.org


    Weston and Wayland students connect with communities

    The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland presented the Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) on Jan. 24 to Julia Kofman of Weston and Abigail Gavron, who lives in Framingham and studies in Wayland because her parents work in the school system. Both students also received citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives and their representatives, Alice Peisch and Maria Robinson.

    Robinson represents Framingham and was inaugurated on Jan. 2, 2019. Amazingly, Rep. Robinson’s attendance coincided with one of the winner’s commitment to working for her on issues they both prioritize.

     

    The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland invites you to get involved and experience the satisfaction of living a few more moments in "Service above self," the worldwide Rotary motto. 

    Rotary Events

    • Rotary Dinner Meeting with Guest Speaker January 10, 2019 at the Weston Library @ 6pm.  

      Aidan Chen, a Junior at Weston High School will be presenting his initiative, "Books for the Babies," an initiative that supports the March of Dimes' mission to improve the health of premature babies and advocates for their future literacy. 

    During the first year, "Books for the Babies" donated hundreds of board books to the families caring for their premature babies in the NICU at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Studies show that despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the United States is experiencing an increase in the number of preterm births... and we still don't know why.  In addition, preterm infants who are not exposed to language while in the neo-natal intensive care unit, sometimes for many weeks, have lower language performance at age two. 

    Please RSVP to event chair Mark Messina by noon on Tuesday, January 8 so we can order enough dinner for all attendees. Dinner Cost: $20 or less.

    • Rotary Dinner Meeting & Club Assembly, January 17, 2019 at the Josiah Smith Tavern at 6pm

    The monthly "Club Assembly" is the working meeting for the month where the Club discusses, plans and celebrates the upcoming activities for the month, quarter and year. It provides the most thorough overview of what Rotary Clubs support and do. Committee Chairs provide concise updates while seeking guidance and approvals. Jokes and banter fly. 
     
    Please RSVP to President Jan Luchetti by noon on Tuesday, January 15 so we can order enough dinner for all attendees. Dinner Cost: $20 or less.
    • Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award Dinner, January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm at the Weston Golf Club

    Come meet two more exceptional sophomores from Weston and Wayland as they are recognized for their community service contributions and leadership capacity and potential. You can RSVP online anytime.  Contact RYLA Chair John Marchiony for information or to nominate a deserving sophomore. You can also learn more and submit an nomination online.

    • Rotary Dinner Meeting, January 31, 2019 at the Weston Golf Club at 6pm

    Please RSVP to President Jan Luchetti by noon on Monday, January 28. Cost: $30. 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Here are a few volunteer opportunities you can join: 

     
    UPDATE: We're excited to announce that the Weston-Wayland Rotary Holiday "Share" Party has been moved to the Weston Golf Club, and the price is being lowered to $50. 
     

    Holiday Party Details: 

    • Rotary Holiday Party at the Weston Golf Club at 6:00 p.m., December 6:   Join our community holiday party with friends old and new. All are welcome at this "Share" party.  Everything's been planned...all you need to do is RSVP, show up, and enjoy the party.  
       
      6:00 pm  Appetizers, music, and cash bar with live musical performance. 
      7:00 pm Dinner - choice of beef, chicken, and vegetarian option
      8:00 pm Yankee swap, dessert and coffee. To participate in the highly entertaining Yankee swap, bring a wrapped gift worth up to $25. 
       
      Cost: $50.00/person, payable anytime here online through our secure payments page or by check or credit card at the event. (We'd be very grateful for pre-event payment, please.) 
       
    • Mary’s House Holiday Gifts: For years, Rotary members have provided gifts for families sheltering at Mary's House. To provide a specific gift for a mother or child, sign up for Mary's House - Holiday Gift Giving About Mary's House: For over 30 years, Mary’s House has offered a safe, stable shelter environment, paired with intensive case management and rehousing services, for eight homeless families. 
    If you have questions, please contact your favorite Rotary Club member, President Jan Luchetti, or Holiday Party Co-Chair Eilzabeth Messina. 
     
    We hope to see you Thursday. 

    Weston and Wayland sophomores earn Rotary award

     
    Caption: From left, Gary Vitti, vice president of The Village Bank, joined Wayland High School Principal Allyson Mizoguchi to congratulate Emily Rubin of Wayland and Shraddha Lulla of Weston, along with Kenneth Brennan, chairman of the board of The Village Bank, and Weston High School Principal Anthony Parker on Nov. 15 at the Weston Golf Club. 
     

    Emily Rubin of Wayland and Shraddha Lulla of Weston serve their communities generously. They received the November 2018 Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), presented by the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland, on Nov. 15. Both sophomores were also recognized with citations from Reps. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley, Carmine Gentile, D-Sudbury, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

    Kenneth Brennan, chairman of the board of The Village Bank, attended with Gary Vitti, vice president, to applaud the students’ service, saying, “It is encouraging to know that so many of today’s youth are committed to service for others. Emily Rubin and Shraddha Lulla are perfect examples of young people who are devoting their energy, time and talent to helping wherever help is needed. They are our neighbors and, chances are, the future leaders of our communities.”

    Emily Rubin was nominated by Julia Cleary and Rohini Ramesh, Wayland High School students who, as previous award winners, recognized Rubin’s contributions. Cleary identified Rubin’s passion for cooking, as she regularly participates in Community Cooks with her temple to cook a meal for a women’s homeless shelter. She, along with her parents, then deliver the meals with a handmade menu. Rubin also volunteers weekly with a group of teens who visit a home for mentally disabled adults to entertain and keep them company.

    See the story on WickedLocal.com. 

    October 24 is World Polio Day. 

     
    Please join the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland in contributing to vaccination programs that will end polio worldwide.  Currently, polio only afflicts people in three countries.  Your contribution of any size will fund more vaccinations to end polio now.
     
    You can donate anytime online, or join us Thursday, October 25 at 6pm at the Weston Golf Club, or November 1 from 4-8pm in the Springdale Barrel Room at Jack's Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham for "Raise-A-Pint for Polio Neighbor Night" when $1 from each pint will go to fund polio vaccination programs.  (NOTE: In fact, Jack's Abby will be making a $1 donation from October 31-November 4, so if you can't join us that day, please go on your own.) 
     
      and indicate that you are supporting "Polio Programs." 
    (Clicking the "Donate Now" button will take you to our secured "hosted donation page" where you can make a donation of any amount the pleases you.) 
    Here are more links and information: 
     

    Global Polio Eradication Initiative

    Polio Now Interactive Map

    Weston-Wayland Rotary honors first students of new school year

    Victoria Andreasen of Wayland and Jacey Hinton of Weston received the first Rising Youth Leadership Award of 2018-19, presented by the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland, on Oct. 18. Both sophomores were also recognized with citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

    The Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award recognizes sophomores from Weston and Wayland for community service and leadership that demonstrates the students’ appreciation of the Rotary ideal of “Service above self.” Any student can be nominated online at WestonWaylandRotary.com or by using this simple Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award form.

    Hinton is a Scholastic All-American swimmer who trains in and out of the pool before and after school for 20 hours or more per week. She is passionate about swimming – swimming and water safety are foundational to her commitment to community service as well.

    Read the whole article on WickedLocal.com

    Caption: Jacey Hinton of Weston and Victoria Andreasen of Wayland were celebrated October 18 with the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award at the Weston Golf Club.  Luminaries in attendance included Weston HS Principal Anthony Parker (left); Dr. Midge Connelly, Weston Superintendent, Hinton, Andreasen, Wayland HS Principal Allyson Mizoguchi, and Rotary Club President Jan Luchetti.

    Another great car show in Weston!

    See the complete Photo Gallery from the Weston and Wayland Town Criers, published on WickedLocal.com. 
    Howard Davis of Sharon with his 1975 red desk phone car (legal to drive). It was made in 1983 of aluminum and took one year to build. The license plate is PHONES.
     
     
     
    Adolpho Caso is the owner of this Lincoln Continental Mark V. [WICKED LOCAL PHOTO / BARBARA ELMES]
     
    A 1911 Model T Ford. [WICKED LOCAL PHOTO / BARBARA ELMES]
     
    Peter Alcock is impressed by this 1917 Pierce Arrow. [WICKED LOCAL PHOTO / BARBARA ELMES]

    The delightful annual event featuring Maine lobsters, steak or chicke (TBD) and assorted sides and condiments. 

    Weston-Wayland Rotary Club receives three awards

    The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland received three awards from District 7910 Governor Karin Gaffney at the Rotary District Awards celebration on July 19 in Framingham.

    The club was recognized for supporting and participating in the Puerto Rico Relief Mission, the Week of Service to U.S. Veterans, and the broad, general impact of the club in the community, earning the Rotary International Presidential Citation for Community Service.

    Throughout the year, President Mark Messina advocated for increased engagement and participation in community service activities with an emphasis on school-based projects. His motto throughout his presidency was “Service with purpose.”

     

    Jan Luchetti was installed as the new president of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on June 28, succeeding Mark Messina, whose initiatives injected a new vitality and energy into the Rotary Club’s activities over the past year.Messina, reflecting on the theme for his year of “participating with purpose,” was grateful that so many members engaged enthusiastically with the school communities, elected officials, and friends of Rotary to broaden the impact and awareness of the club’s diverse initiatives.

    Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on their way to deliver a shower of flowers to 260 senior residents in Weston and Wayland. Pictured are Eileen White, current President Mark Messina, Marilynn Gentilotti and Rob Mosher. 
    On Sunday April 29, Rotarians attended the Weston fishing derby and handed out saplings to a hearty crew of young anglers and families who braved the weather for a fun day of fishing at the pond behind the high school.
     
    To see a gallery of photos of cute kids and ambitious anglers, click on the picture. 
     
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