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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.

 

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!  

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Starting in 2017, Rotary Clubs around the world will track the impact of members and friends through the number of hours contributed to community service initiatives. 
 
Please click here to complete the "Rotary Service Tracker" for your recent generous contributions of your time and talent.