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Rotary Recognizes Sophomores’ Service, Leadership

The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland is excited to announce the fourth year of the ‘Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award.’ The program recognizes sophomores in our year-long effort in keeping with the Rotary motto of “Service above self focusing on leadership and community service.” 

During the 2020-21 academic year, sophomores who live or study in Wayland or Weston will be recognized for their ability to weave “service above self” into their lives. John Marchiony, President of the Rotary Club this year, said “Community service is a core value of Rotary Clubs around the world, and our Club has plans to do more service, more often, with more people.” 

Since launching the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in 2017, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has recognized thirty sophomores and has sponsored ten each year to attend the transformational RYLA Conference which convenes each year in June. Any student can be nominated by a member of the community through a simple online form available at westonwaylandrotary.com.  Nominations for this year can be submitted online at WestonWaylandRotary.org by October 15, November 15, and February 1, 2021.  

Read the entire article in the Town Crier with the headline "Fourth year of honoring sophomores." 

Tim Gavin of Weston is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. According to Richard A. DeVito, Jr, two-time past President, "Tim Gavin has served "so many community organizations in Weston, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, The Weston Scout House Trustees Board, and Weston Soccer. All have been the beneficiaries of his skills and time. Mr. Gavin will uphold the finest traditions of fellowship and community service and spirit that Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland are known for."
 
Tim Gavin and his wife Cara have 8 children. He is a serial entrepreneur in the data analytics field and just finished a period correct restoration of their historic house. 
 
"I'm a native of Norwood, MA," said Tim, "and I have been living in Weston for the past ten years with my wife of 16 years, Cara. Cara grew up in Weston and we found a great opportunity to move to her hometown when an old farmhouse came up for sale that would fit our large, and growing family. We currently have 8 children that are all fairly active in town sports and activities. I have been on the committees for the Cub Scouts (since 2012) and Boy Scouts (since 2015), as well as a member of the Weston Scout House Board of Trustees (since 2018). I have had the joy of coaching (and assistant coaching) several of my children in the local soccer program. We just returned from a year abroad in Barcelona and I was looking to re-engage upon my return. Rotary was a natural fit for my interest in continuing to provide service to our local communities and am very excited to start down this new path with so many great like-minded people." 
 
The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has been growing wonderfully since the start of 2020 and has -- surprisingly -- accelerated since June. Tim Gavin is the fourth new member since June, and the Club anticipates welcoming three more new members before the end of September.  The Rotary Club welcomes all people, ideas and opportunities to serve our communities.  Please join us for anything that captures your attention, and reach out to our current, past, and future Presidents through president@westonwaylandrotary.org for any reason or with any question. 
Background: Polio has been a global pandemic for over 1000 years. The polio vaccine was developed here in the early 1950's and by 1954 it was rolled out to the US. By the early 1960's polio was a thing of the past..yet in most of the lesser developed world, it continued to spread and claim victims. In 1986, Rotary International along with medical support from the World Health Organization embarked on the most ambitious vaccination campaign ever conceived. The goal, to vaccinate some 3 billion people in 108 countries. Some 34 years later and over $860M spent we stand on the edge of a polio free world.  For right now, join us as we celebrate the eradication of the polio virus from the African continent.
 
AFRICAN REGION CERTIFIED WILD POLIO-FREE

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 
Charles HamlinMaureen ByrneAbout Catherine Marcus Bassick - New England Luxury Real Estate ...In anticipation of the new Rotary program year that started on July 1, District Governor Diana Nestorova inducted new members into the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland and installed new officers and directors.
 
The newest members are Catherine Bassick, Maureen Byrne, and Charlie Hamlin. 
 
Officers for the coming year are: 
  • President: John Marchiony
  • Vice President: Paul Lualdi
  • Past President: Mark Messina
  • Secretary: Michael Cave
  • Treasurer: Edwin Gaw
  • Directors: Brenda DeVito, Mailing Gaw, Jan Luchetti, Rob Mosher
To learn more about all of these generous people, click "Read More" below. 

The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland (RCWW) distributed over 800 pounds of watermelons to food pantry clients in Weston, Wayland and Lincoln for the Fourth of July.

The Rotary’s newly formed Food Security Team, along with many volunteers from the community, partnered with the Trinitarian Congressional Church food pantry in Wayland and the St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Food Pantry of Lincoln and Weston.

“The news recently has been so full of stories about people struggling to feed their families that we started calling around to see what the local pantries needed,” said Mark Messina, co-chair of the Food Security Team. ”‘Something special for the Fourth of July,’ was the answer SVdP Pantry Chair Karen Boyce came up with, hoping to bring some joy and fun to clients who have had an especially difficult spring.”

Join members of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on Wednesday, June 24th and 25th, in a special service opportunity with the Weston/Lincoln Food Pantry, provisioned by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Rotarians and friends will donate and distribute a healthy fresh food item, which is rarely possible to provide in a food pantry, along with a "treat" for kids. 

We seek volunteers to fill all the available slots from 8am-5pm on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25th. 

We hope you can take part for two hours or more if possible, and one hour if that is all your schedule allows. 

Signup by clicking on the big blue buttons to the left. 

These are different and difficult times and the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland is rising to meet the new normal needs of our community.

The club meets virtually on Thursdays at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join us for fellowship, information about timely issues through the guest speaker program, and to learn about community service opportunities. Visit WestonWaylandRotary.org for more information.

On May 2, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland, friends of Rotary and local businesses came together to share a message of friendship and hope with seniors living in six assisted living facilities in our community.

Our Goal: 

  • To send letters, poems, pictures with a note, letter or story to seniors living in six local assisted living residences/nursing homes who are not able to receive visitors due to COVID-19. 

First Letter Drop - May 1

Second Letter Drop – June 1

​​​​​​Our Plan: 

  • To collect these letters, poems, etc. written by Rotarians, community members, and students in our local schools and send them by e-mail to each of the facilities Activity Directors at

    • Traditions of Wayland, Carriage House at Lee's Farm Wayland, Sunrise of Wayland, Sunrise of Weston, Maplewood at Weston, Wingate at Weston

Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Dermatology at Brown Physicians, will speak about overall health, care and wellness during COVID – 19.

Dr. Qureshi has received numerous awards, several mentorship awards, and the Outstanding Service Award and Diversity Award from the American Academy of Dermatology, and is a member of numerous professional organizations.

Dr. Qureshi’s multidisciplinary clinic is dedicated to the care of adults and pediatric patients with combined skin and rheumatologic disorders.

The Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland meets Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to join us through Zoom. To attend, please register and we will provide access information. 

Or, for more information or assistance, please email us through president@westonwaylandrotary.org

Please be safe and remain healthy!  

On Thursday, March 12Dr. Cody Meissner, who specializes in pediatric infectious disease at Tufts University School of Medicine and also works with the National Institutes of Health and Boston Children’s Hospital, was scheduled as our guest speaker.  We'd planned for Dr. Meissner to speak about polio, which he has studied closely, but the urgent topic of our time carried the day. 
 
The Weston Media Center, after a quick contact with Alanna Muldoon, was able to have Brian Gordon join us to capture the talk and then do some quick post-production work. Today, the Weston Media Center shared the link to the 30--minute video, which include Q&A. You can see it on the Weston Media Center site. Please share it as broadly as you like. 
 
We met Dr. Meissner in December while ringing the bells for the Salvation Army and invited him to come speak about polio, about which he is (also) expert. We look forward to that talk on Polio in October, pending confirmation of Dr. Meissner's availability. 
 
If you would like to join a growing corps of people who willing to consider provide support to our communities (of an as-yet unspecified nature), please reply to this email and we'll know you are interested. 
 
Thank you. 
 
Rob Mosher, Mark Messina, Edwin Gaw, Richard DeVito Jr. - Co-Presidents
Jan Luchetti, Past President 2018-1019
John Marchiony, President-Elect 2020-21

RYLA Video: 3-minute Summary of Award Program that Recognizes Sophomores

      
Click on the video thumbnail to see the video. 
 
 

 

Ten extraordinary sophomores from Wayland and Weston were recognized on Nov. 21 for their contributions of service in their communities by the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. Each of the students received the Rotary’s Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA).

Wayland High School’s Emily Chafe and Lucas Tang, along with Weston High’s Maya Shamari and Sarah Lappi, go above and beyond, displaying a passion for helping others. They were nominated by students, friends, teachers, advisors, community members and mentors.

 

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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