A big thank you goes out to all the members who attended our very busy meeting today.  Assistant District Governor, John Sbrogna, brought greetings from the District.  John talked about the changes Rotary International has made in reducing meeting requirements to hopefully better accommodate people's schedules today.  He noted that many clubs are changing their previous meeting schedules. He noted that while millennials want to serve, weekly meetings may not meet their time availability.
Bill Wallace, Director of the Worcester Historical Museum, gave a fascinating and somewhat humorous talk on Worcester's history with an emphasis on Elm Park and its bridges.  Bill had some wonderful slides of Worcester's history and ended his talk with slides of some of the "firsts" that Worcester is known for.
 
 
A thank you goes out to Frank Doherty whose press release about our more recent service fund grants was published in last Sunday's Worcester Telegram.
 
Val Callahan awarded Dr. Don Deprez a Paul Harris Fellow.  Congratulations Don!
 
Gretchen Antonelli announced the Club's Fall fund raiser will be a raffle for a $1,000 basket of lottery tickets.  Tickets were available at the meeting for people to start selling.  Tickets are $10 each.  The club hopes to sell 1,000 tickets.  Gretchen and Tom will be at next week's meeting to distribute tickets again.  If you can't attend a meeting and wish to buy/sell tickets please contact Gretchen (Gretchen@forwardfinancialsrv.com) or Tom at (tom@forwardfinancialsrv.com).  Thank you for your support.
 
Marlborough Rotary Club is looking for Rotarians to help at their Reality Fair on November 1, 7:15-11:30 a.m., Marlborough High School.  If you are interested contact Peggie Thorsen at mathorsen@verizon.net
 
Nashoba Valley Rotary Club is sponsoring a documentary on Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation on October 27th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Fenn School, Ward Hall in Concord.  Tickets ($25) can be purchased at bit.ly/500_Concord_MA
 
Bob Johnson announced that the Salvation Army is looking for Rotary volunteers to ring the bell outside the Brew City Restaurant at the corner of Franklin and Portland Streets at noontime, Monday-Friday, for the three weeks following Thanksgiving.  If you can help, please let Bob Johnson know (508-853-1402)
 
NEXT WEEK:  Peter St. Pierre, St. Pierre Manufacturing, will be our guest speaker.  The Service Projects Committee and the Fund Raising Committee will both meet at 1:30 following our club meeting.