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Greetings Fellow Worcester Rotarians:

We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
Mr. Ted Coghlin was gracious to host the Worcester Rotary Club meeting and gave attending members a tour of the Worcester Technical High School.
Image Welcome to Worcester Rotary We are one of the oldest clubs in the Rotary International organization, having been established in March, 1912, and have been in continuous operation since that time. The Worcester Rotary was formed just seven years after the first Rotary Club was established in Illinois, and it was assigned charter number 51. Today there are over 32,000 clubs located in 168 countries with over 1.2 million Rotarians. 
Rotary Rocket, August 26th, 2010 Meeting Notes

Today's speaker was Brian Ruttle, a financial planner for the Patriot Group and a happy event led off the meeting as President Chet presented a plaque to Past President John Morello.
Ed Hall reports on the preliminary findings of the Member Survey.  A full meeting will be devoted to the results when all the surveys have been completed.


Beth Proko of Worcester Citizens for Busines spoke



Rotary Rocket, Meeting Notes, 22 June, 2010

Big day at Rotary. New officers for 2010-2011 (our 99th year!) installed by our District Governor (himself recently installed). President Chet Caswell presided. Opening song was offered by Val Callahan; the opening invocation, by Gary MacConnell.

Thank you for your support and generous contribution.
Frank Doherty fined Chris Crowley for his op-ed on helping students find jobs.

Laurie Savoy let the club with a great job singing

Brad Wyatt discussed the Banley Hefler program, and the great experience he had hosting Ken and Sue Garrod.
The Wyatts took the Garrod's to the Boston Science Museum, the Mansions in Newport, and the Museums in Salem. And, Finally to experience some American Football and Chicken wings at Brew City.
Frank and Elaine Doherty also hosted a Bandley Hefler guest and had a wonderful time.  I encourage all members to host sometime in the future.  Great time discussing the culture and economics in England versus America.

Finally, Judge Loconto discussed issues facing the judicial system in Massachusetts

Please do not forget, in lieu of a meeting on Nov 1st, we will be asking members to visit and man the Rotary Booth at the Business Expo.  Please contact Bob Mangan for more details.


Our own Rich Prager spoke about Issues in Psychology that had been suggested to him by the Club.
He began with information about people who commit suicide and homicide. There was a lively
discussion, and he was asked to present additional information at another meeting



As always - the food at The Coral Seafood was terrific - Salmon, Rice, Veggies, and Lentil Soup.

Next week - NO MEETING - as the Worcester Rotary Club asks its members to visit the Rotary Booth at the Business Expo at the DCU center.



The Worcester Rotary Club, under the leadership of membership chair Bob Mangan, exhibited at the Worcester Business Expo.

Bob's Note from the show, and some pictures below.

I want to thank everyone for making the Business Expo a complete success! We were able to build awareness in the business community with our strong presence at the show, we built credibility with this year’s NICView project and we gathered some strong leads for membership.

The expo was a success because of your support, involvement and presence. We contributed to the basket, signed up to attend to booth duty, printed fliers, delivered our message and had fun doing it! I especially want to thank Dan Vinton for making the booth possible and also the board of directors for approving and providing funds for this very important event.

The winner of our basket was Courtney Feeley Karp of Prince Lobel Tye, LLP, a law firm in Boston.

Thank you for all your support!

Bob Mangan

(Also - I heard member Dr. Satya Mitra 'The Tax Guru' gave a terrific presentation as well)






Next meeting is Nov 8th at The Coral Seafood, where the Worcester Rotary Club has bene enjoying fine lunchoen meetings.  Come visit!




Thank you to all the Veterans who served and protected America.  Your sacrifices will never be forgotten.

The Worcester Rotary Club was lucky enough to have member Ed Hall fascinate us with stories about WWII and his missions.

Ed's incredible experience can be downloaded here.  I'd encourage everyone to read about his experience, and the sacrifices and risks that our servicemen faced.


Here are some pictures that accompanied Ed Hall's lecture.


Ed Hall




Thank you Veterans everywhere for protecting our freedoms!



Dan Vinton introduced Eddy Orrizzi of Baseball in Africa.


Frank Doherty introduced Elizabeth Folcarelli of You Inc to discuss the efforts made to help children.


Later that day, at the UMassMemorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Rotary Club President Frank Doherty presented Dr. Alan Picarillo with a check for $6000.00 to purchase videocams for the incubators so parents can watch their baby in real time. Additonal funds will be coming to purchase a total of 45 cameras from clubs in our area. A special thanks to Elaine Doherty for personally donating funds for a camera.




What a great program to help infants and their family.  Look for more NICView update in the future.  Thanks to Assistant Governor Roy Balfour for getting the ball rolling!



A warm Rotary welcome to Franklin and Mingi Bodine from Boylston, MA.

Franklin works at Intel designing computer chips, and Mingi homeschools their daughter.


Due to a wonderful benefit from working at Intel - a sabbatical every seven years, the Bodine family recently traveled to the Middle East.  They returned with many wonderful pictures and experiences that they shared with Rotary International.  Mingi explained how the different religious factions live in peace with commerce in Israel, and Franklin explained the biblical history of Jerusalem, and even the tomb that perhaps was where Jesus arose from the dead. 

What an interesting, and insightful PowerPoint presentation that the Bodine's created.  They shared so many interesting facts, such as sea level being well above the water, and the historical naming of the Red Sea, to the pictures of the Middle East spices, and how everyone gets along peacefully with commerce as a mutual goal.

Don't forget - the annual Christmas Glug Party will be Dec 13th at The Coral Seafood.  Ken Harling sends his regrets, as he'll be having other adult beverages in a secret, undisclosed location near a beach.

Also - Bob Johnson is looking for helpers for the Salvation Army Christmas Meal - Dec 23rd from 4-6PMish.  Please see Bob and sign up. 

Bob is also looking for Salvation Army Bell ringers for Dec 8th, and Dec 15th.   Slots are open from 10-noon, noon-2, and 2-4.  Please sign up, and ring the bell for charity. 

Next week at The Coral Seafood - fine food every week - Please come to a meeting and try some!

  • Mixed Greens Salad
  • Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • Baked Stuffed Haddock with Seafood Stuffing, and Sherry Cream Sauce
  • Stuffed Potato and Fresh Vegetable Medley
  • Chocolate Cake.


Before we recap the Dec 6th Worcester Rotary Club Meeting...

ANNUAL GLUG CHRISTMAS PARTY - Dec 13th 12:15PM - All Rotarians and friends's are invited!

We raised a lot of $ last year for the Club at the Glug party: $1200

Chances on the flowers (tickets) will be $5 for one; $10 for three; $50 for 10.
At the $50 level Paul will also throw in one-doz roses for the purchaser any time
during the next 12 months.
Each member is asked to bring an item which will also be drawn for. Thanks for your help.

At the Dec 6th meeting, Dr. Mark Brenner, a radiologist from St. Vincent Hospital, presented a program describing an expensive hi-tech machine (CyberKnife) that destroys cancer tumors using radiosurgery. Several of his assistants were engaged in a lively conversation with Chris Crowley after the meeting.

Roy Balfour and Bob Mangan spoke of the ongoing fundraising efforts to purchase NICView videocameras for the UMassMemorial NICU, and the "hat was passed" and another $140.00 was raised. 




Also - there is a SURVEY from Royce Anderson and George Bernardin -> Please send results to

See you at the Rotary Christmas Party!




Don't forget, the annual Rotary Christmas Party is Thursday, Dec 13th at the Coral Seafood!

Plenty of fun, raffles, and good times.  Please come, and bring friends.  Please call older Rotarians and let them know.

Here are some pictures of past years Christmas Party's.







Thanks to speaker of the day, Jill Dagilis, the executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council.

Thanks to Rich Prager - here are some photo's



No meeting on 12/27, the next meeting is 1/3/13 with a board meeting preceeding at 11AM.

On Dec 23rd, we will help serve Christmas Dinner to the needy at the Salvation Army.


At the Glug party on Dec 13th, the Worcester Rotary Club raised more than $1000 for the Club's service fund. Thanks as always to Paul Shusas and Bengt Hansson.

Please look on the Rotary Web Page for pictures from the Christmas Party, or click on the link below.

Also - the Rotarians that rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Sam's Club raised over $1000.  Funny story during Skip Hall's bell ringing on Saturday, 12/15: His partner, Laurie Savoy, (visiting Rotarian from N.H.) who is also a singer, brought sheet music of Christmas carols and the two of them spent their two hours seranading the shoppers. (Wish we had a picture!).

Instead, I'll toss in a picture of Skip Hall, Bob Johnson, Ken Harling, and Roger Frost ringing the Salvation Army Bells.





Did you make any New Year's Resolution this year?  Either way, PLEASE fill out amd return the Worcester Rotary Club SURVEY from Royce Anderson and George Bernardin -> Please send results to

I'm filling mine out right now!

Also - Pictures from the Dec 20th meeting were added, and there is no meeting this week, Dec 27th.

Jan 3rd, please welcome Robert Murdock from Destination Worcester

Happy New Year!



Worcester Rotary Club President Frank Dhoerty welcomed Robert Murdock (picture below) of Destination Worcester to address the club.


Club members learned about the city's efforts to promote Worcester as a Destination, as well as Mr. Murdock's success in marathons.  (As pointed out by member Chet Caswell)



Membership director Bob Mangan spoke about an upcoming membership meeting, and the success of the NICView project.



Thanks to Frank and Elaine Doherty, Cheryl Marc and her nephew Michael, Tim McGee, and Brad Wyatt for helping to serve 89 people Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army.  It was the largest turnout seen at the Salvation Army in recent years.



Good Morning,
A real treat for Jan. 17-Gordon Lankton, founder of the Icon Museum will give
a tour of his new African Artifacts display at noon.

The speech will be at the African Museum at 12:00 noon, followed by lunch at 1:00 PM at Via Alto 27 restaurant

It is located in the back of Sunrise Boutique 62 High St. Clinton. Lunch will follow at 1pm. There is parking on the street.
Please make lunch reservations with
Elaine Doherty. 978-706-1187. Membership meeting is moved to Frank Doherty's

house after lunch.





Frank Doherty welcomed Shen Yun, who cave a presentation entitled "Appreciating Shen Yun and Traditional Chinese Culture"




Below is a picture of new member Che Anderson, speaking to Laurie Savoy and Bob Mangan.



The speech will be at the African Museum at 12:00 noon, followed by lunch at 1:00 PM at Via Alto 27 restaurant.

I need to know how many members will attend the January 17 meeting in Clinton no later than 4:00 PM on Tuesday the 15th. We need to give the restaurant a count.
Please call me directly at 978-706-1187 or click in this link to send email
The meeting is scheduled for 12 noon and will be held at the African Art Museum
in Clinton at 62 High Street, with a talk by Gordon Langton. Street parking is available.
This event will be followed by lunch at Via Alto 27 restaurant, located at 27 High Street Clinton, MA
Lunch will be ordered individually "off the menu."
Looking forward to hearing from you! Elaine

The Membership meeting has been moved to Jan 24th, also.




Welcome to Rich Prager appreciation week :-)

Sadly, Rich was unable to attend, and we have no pictures from the excellent meeting at the African Art Museum with the founder of Nypro, Inc, Gordon Langdon.

Current President Frank Doherty reports

We had 14 Rotarians plus guest Jean Bishop attending the January 17th meeting in the African Art Museum in Clinton, which Gordon Langton addressed. Gordon is the founder of Nypro Inc., the largest plastic producer in the world. He has retired from an active role in Nypro and now his primary activity is collecting: African Art for this gallery; Russian Icons in his other museum; and a large collection of Buddhas, which as yet doesn't have a museum home. He thinks his African collection exceeds even the holdings of such great museums as the Metropolitan and the MFA. His Russian Icon collection is the most extensive in the world outside of Russia. Following Gordon's talk, 12 of us had lunch at the Via Alto (High Street) in downtown Clinton.

See you back at The Coral Seafood next week.


On Tuesday, February 5th, Ben Ticho (right), a former Worcester Rotarian, presented a check to Dr. Alan Picarillo, head of the Memorial NICU. The check was given by an anonymous donor in honor of Ben to the Worcester Rotary NICView web cam project. The transfer was facilitated by Worcester Rotary treasurer, Dr. Lee Bishop (left).oi

The scheduled speaker cancelled, but we were fortunate to have Richard Hall, Ed's son, tell us about how he and Ed worked on the solar water pumping system that they brought to Haiti 8 or so years ago, and the ongoing importance of those pumps to farming, the local economy, and the Haitian's quality of life.


After the meeting, Bob and Ken were engaged in a lively discussion.


 Royce Anderson and George Bernardin have scheduled a meeting on February 21, at 1:30 [after the club meeting] to discuss possible international service projects. All interested club members are invited to attend.

Also, here are some pictures from the African Museum of Art





Tim Consedine of the Boston office of the US Labor Statistics was welcomed to the club by David Frazier



Please welcome new members Che Anderson and Laurie Savoy!


A Special Treat with Alina Eisenhaur of Sweet Worcester addressing the club next week.  Spouses welcome!



Don made his wife, Lynda, a Paul Harris Fellow.


Ken collected "happy dollars" from many, including Cheryl.


Alina Eisenhauer of Sweet Worcester presented a very interesting program about how she started her business in Worcester. She also brought delicious sweets for dessert.


Lee had an interesting conversation with her after the meeting.


A rose was presented by Elaine to each of the two lovely Valentines brought by their spouses.



Frank Doherty announced a special guest next week.

Worcester's own Lt. Governor, Tim Murray! 

Please come next week, Thursday March 7th, and enjoy the fine food at The Coral Seafood, and meet some Rotarians as we induct 4 new members

President Doherty asked Laurie Savoy to sing, and she let the Rotarians in an excellent rendition of 'The Grand Ole Flag'

Today, Tom Rizzo introduced Dr. David Rosman of the Mass General Imagining, and he discussed the benefits and improvements in 3D imaging.




It was also great to see Bud Lane, and John Murtha at today's meeting. 

Below, Roger Frost and John Murtha reminisce.



See everyone next week!



President Frank Doherty welcomed District Gov Rich Dietz to induct our new members and also a visit from Lt. Gov. Tim Murray.


(pictured: Che Anderson, Laurie Savoy, Membership Chair Bob Mangan, District Governor Rich Dietz, and Tom Rizzo)


Lt. Governor Tim Murray discussed Vocational Education in the Commonwealth.



Kevin Finklestein and Jordan from Becker College also spoke about starting a Rotaract Club.


Senator Mike Moore also visited the club.


Great to see so many new faces at Rotary - Here are some other pictures



See everyone next week!






President Frank Doherty sends his best wishes from Arizona, he missed quite a meeting with many new visitors.

Russian Visitors

Today the Worcester Rotary Club had Russian Entreprenurial Women visitors from Royce Anderson and the International Center.  The women introduced themselves well, and explained their types of

Russian Visitors1

Gary McConnell told the club about his excellent experience at the Salvation Army serving dinner to the needy.

Bud Lane collected happy dollars, and made some funny jokes about Soviet Rubles and American Dollars.


Roger Frost won the raffle, and donated the money back to the club.  Thanks Roger!


And Worcester Sharks President Michael Mudd discussed a sports franchise in Worcester


Great meeting, everyone made some new friends.  Was nice to meet Mark McCaffrey of Fast Mailing of Stoughton who visited the club.

See you next week for Clearway Pregnancy




Frank Doherty returned home from his vacation in Arizona to preside over the meeting.

Roger Frost was able to get some Happy Dollars, and it was good to see John Murtha and Bud Lane at the club.

Kelly Wilcox of Clearway Clinic at 258 Shrewsbury Street describes the services that Clearway provides.


Kelly was accompanied by Brenda Nickerson, outreach manager for Clearway Clinic (Pictured below with Duffie Wyatt)



Laurie Savoy has done wonderful work promoting the Worcester Rotary Club at local events, and also Bob Mangan also with his membership coordinator role.  The club is very thankful for their efforts.

Next week - please welcome John Anderson, former Mayor of Worcester




My apologies for the lack of a newsletter last week.  I now know a lot of people read the newsletter, because many folks asked me where it was :-)


April 4th, Frank Doherty welcomed Liz Foss from Seniors helping Seniors.


We also welcome new members Patrick Harvey and Chad Hoover White


Upcoming April 11th, please welcome Denise Minor of the South Worcester Neighborhood Improvement Center


March 28th Meeting

Frank Doherty welcome former Mayor John Anderson


Frank Doherty and Bob Mangan also welcome new member David Moheban



Don Deprez received the Benefactor Award from the Rotary Foundation



Friday Night there was a Public Relations Expo, and Val Callahan sang the National Anthem



Bob Mangan presented the NICView project at the Expo



See everyone on April 11th








First - Prayers this evening for Boston and the injured from the Marathon Bombings.


President Frank Doherty welcomed Ron Charette of the South Worcester Neighborhood Center.

Ron described how generational poverty continues in Worcester, and some of the services, solutions and actions to remedy the problem.


Ronan Tynan graced the club with song to start the meeting (Thanks to Ken Harling and his Blackberry)


Next week, Larry Cultera discussing classic diners



President Frank Doherty presented awards as Bob Mangan earned his first Paul Harris award, and Chuck Hudson and Don Deprez achieved additional Paul Harris fellows.


Valentine Callahan also spoke on behalf of the Rotary Foundation


David Frazier collected Happy Dollars.


Finally, the speaker, Larry Cultera author of 'Classic Diners of Massachusetts', showed slides of diners in Massachusetts and New England, gave some history of each one, and showed what they looked like in the past and at the present time.


Next week, Ken Harling will lead the club as Frank Doherty is on vacation, and the club gets to hear Phil Wettengel, from the United Way



The Worcester Rotary Club was run by Past President Ken Harling, in Frank Doherty's absence.

Ken welcomed Ms. Alex Kartheiser of Abby's House and the club made a donation.


The Club also gave a donation and welcomed Gordon Hargrove of Friendly House


Current Membership Chair Bob Mangan created an auction raffle that was won by Tim McGee


Bud Lane donated $5 to Happy Dollars, and recommended a great read in this month's Rotarian Magazine.


Matt Tucker of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club also visited.


Featured Speaker Phil Wettengel of the United Way discussed their nonprofit's programs



Look forward to learning about the EZ-ID License Plate program next week!



Frank Doherty welcomed Gary Richard (left) and Jay Gardiner (right) from EZ-ID.  Previously, they worked together at the Molly Bish Foundation


Gary P. Richard is the inventor of the EZ-ID License Plate Program. After seeing the news reports on the abductions of two children, he decided to do something about child abduction.  Gary also appeared on Shark Tank for another of his inventions, a plastic can-top.




Major Babbitt of the Salvation Army was given a donation from the club



And Liz Foss from Seniors helping Seniors joined the club.




Frank Doherty introduced the speaker, Tom Sturiale, a former co-worker of Frank's from Corning, and previously President of Jamesbury.  Tom discussed some of his career history, and some leadership principles.



Val Callahan, along with leading our club in song, wanted to let the club know that currently, our club  has $78 per capita donations to The Rotary Foundation under Frank's year as President.  We need $1100 more dollars to make it an average of $100 per capita.  Once we do that, we move to the head of the cue to qualify for more grants for NIC View and other projects.  Right now, District Governor Rich Dietz will match you for up to 200 Rotary Recognition  Points for every dollar you contribute up to $200.  Also, we will use Rotary Recognition Points to give Kate Moody a Paul Harris Fellow to thank her for her service to our club.  Membership Chair Bob Mangan stepped right up and donated $50, and several other club members joined him. 


Please mail your check made out to our Foundation Chair, Val Callahan.  Make the check out to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION.  Mail the check to:
Val Callahan, Foundation Chair
8 Westwood Circle, Worcester, MA 01609



Charles Cullum of Worcester State asked for help with RYLA - please go to for details and signup



Finally, Chris Crowley mentioned that Polar Beverages donated Ginger Beer(makes a great Dark and Stormy), and Pomegranate Sangria Seltzer to the Rotary District event.  Thanks Chris!  Not just for the donation, but because the Pomegranate Sangria flavor is terrific!


New member Liz Foss pulled her own ticket in the raffle - but gave the money back to the club.  Thanks Liz!

Next week - Andrew Davis, the Airport Director will be the main speaker.  The slate of officers for 2013-2014 will also be voted on. 

Click after the link for the slate...



The Worcester Rotary Club was visited by Group Study Exchange from Brazil #4520 as well as Royce Anderson's International Center and his Russian Visitors.

There is NO meeting next week, instead, on Wed morning, May 29th at 7AM, the Club will host a breakfast to show potential new members the benefits of Rotary.

"Service above Self"

Here are some pictures from this week's meeting













New Officers!  New Members!  Educational Juliet Feibel of Arts Worcester presentation!

First - New Officers for the 2013-2014 were approved.  Thanks to Satya Mitra and Frank Doherty for working with all the members of the club to fill the positions.

A special shout out to Dave Frazier who stepped up to serve as the President Elect.  Thanks!


Frank welcomed Joyce Rowell of Rainbow Child Development.




Great presentation about the great work for children that Rainbow provides.

 Also, Lee Bishop presented a check to Frank Bednarick, MD, for the Nicview project.  It is the check for $1,750.00 from our Service Fund.  Frank is a neonatologist, also very involved in this project.  He was one of the founders of that department and the longest surviving member of the group. 


Also - a request from Art in the Park

Dear Brad,
I am working with Gloria Hall with recruiting volunteers for Art in the Park.  she had mentioned that the Rotary Club might be interested in volunteering.  Below are the details.
Art in the Park Volunteers needed on the following days and times:
Tuesday, July 23rd, 7am - 11am
Thursday, July 25th, 11am - 2pm
Volunteers will be helping artist with installation of their sculptures in Elm Park.
Saturday, July 27th 2pm - 7pm
Volunteers will be assisting with tent set-up, artist sign in , distributing water to artist, selling buttons and distributing programs at the Opening Reception.
We are looking to recruit about 30 individuals for each installation time slot and about 15 for the Opening Reception.  Please contact me, Dawn Johnson via email at or call at (508)799-7297, which is my work number.
If I could have names and contact info (phone number or email) for those interested I can follow-up with the individuals directly.  If individuals have other groups that they work with that might be interested any/everyone is welcome to help, perhaps a church youth group.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dawn Johnson


Frank Doherty welcomed new member Chad Hoover White.


The High Sheriff of Worcester Country - Lew Evangelidis updated the Worcester Rotary Club on some of the projects his team at the Sheriff's office are working on


  • The face Program, to help deter young adults from substance abuse
  • The farm program to help current inmates learn work skills, gardening, farming, and also how that food helps others in the community
  • The K9 dog that helps detect narcotics and explosives

Look forward to seeing everyone next week, July 27th, to hear about Wine, Beer, and Business from Chris George




Frank Doherty presided over his final meeting as President.  He was caught bribing President Elect David Frazier, as you can see in the picture below.


Additional, incoming President Satya Mitra gave some introductory comments, and invited everyone to bring friends to the induction of the officers with a ceremony on July 25th


Chris George gave a terrific talk about selling companies, and even the measurement of value of a business.  Information and Enjoyable.


No meeting next week - enjoy the 4th of July!



Goodbye Frank - Hello Satya!

Past President Frank Doherty handed the reins of the Worcester Rotary Club to The Tax Guru - Satya Mitra.


The installation ceremony is Thursday, July 25th, and please invite your friends.

Chet Caswell has done a terrific job lining up speakers, and this week's was Jeanette Sewell of MCPHS (Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Science) to discuss the new optometry school.



The club sang happy birthday to member George Bernardin as well as many happy dollars were given in honor of Matt Stepanski's visit to the club.


Next week, Jen Roy, former TV newscaster, and currently, small business owner in public relations will be addressing the club.



Stay Cool!



Rotary Rocket for July 18th - sorry for the delay - was out of town --Brad

Kate Moody was recognized for her many years of dedicated service to our club with a certificate of appreciation and a standing ovation.


Members Chris Crowley, Chuck Houston, and Ed Hall all offer their thanks to Kate for all her hard work.



Frank Doherty and Tim McGee helped with Happy Dollars



President Satya Mitra introduced our speaker, Jen Roy, former local TV news anchor.  She made a dynamic presentation in which she described how she began her new business, "Jen Roy PR."  This is a boutique public relations firm that provides a wide range of services from standard PR to video production.  She described a number of projects her firm has successfully promoted,  one of which played a part in wooing Jet Blue to come to Worcester.  Please check out her website - Publicity with Integrity or follow her on twitter @JenRoyPR



President Satya reminded everyone of Worcester Rotary's upcoming special meeting this Thursday July 25,  which will begin at 11:30.  At this meeting, our new officers will be installed, and the new District Governor, Doug Detweiler, will be our speaker.  Among our special guests will be the Mayor of Worcester, Mr. Joseph Petty, and the Worcester City Manager, Mr. Michael O'Brien.   We have had a tremendous response, and over 130 people have made reservations so far.


Looking forward to seeing everyone on July 25th.

Also - the Board Minutes are below the fold



Over 250 Rotarians and Friends showed up to celebrate the induction of the Worcester Rotary Club 2013-2014 officers!

Worcester notables include Frank 'Force of Nature' Carroll, Mayor Joe Petty and his chief of staff Mike Lanava, WTAG's Jordan Levy, WCRN's Hank Stolz and Gary Rosen, Steve 'Tank' Tankinow of the Worcester Boys and Girls Club, and so many others.


District Governor Doug Detweiller spoke about the benefits of Rotary, some of the upcoming projects, and then proceeded to swear in the new officers.



Let by incoming President Satya Mitra and immediate past president Frank Doherty, the officers swore to put Service above Self.

(Bob Johnson - the Sergeant at Arms)


(Treasurer Bob Mangan of Southbridge Savings Bank)


President Satya Mitra then announced a bold plan and challenge to put Service above Self and restore the Worcester Rotary Club as a fixture in the Worcester community!


Including TEN new members that would join today!



Past President Frank Doherty and his wife Elaine Doherty were thanked by Satya for their service.




(Satya Mitra with the Tim Murray, the President of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce) 


(Flag exchange with a visiting Rotarian)




What a successful start to the 2013-2014 year -  Terrific job by Satya Mitra!




President Satya Mitra addressed the club


Past President Frank Doherty was very HAPPY to collect Happy Dollars from new President Satya Mitra


Past-Past President Bradford Wyatt was given a Past President's pin as well.


Worcester State, Quinsigamond Community College, and Becker received scholarships

Pictured below are Gary MacConnell, Ms. Mary Maloney from Becker College, Ms. Elizabeth Borg Asst V.P. Community Engagement, Quinsigamond College;

Jane Grant of Worc. State Univ. and  Allisa Ormondroyd of Worc. State Univ. a student recipient of our scholarship with her son Logan and Satya Mitra


There was great camaraderie, as well a introduction by some new members



Carl Gomes giving his intro, a new member



Henry Castillo giving his intro, a new member



Below is Jason Payne giving his intro, a new member






Satya spoke of ideas for club projects, and he will talk to the Board next week before formally introducing these ideas to the Club.  He reminded us that we have only 46 weeks left to accomplish our goals.  So far, Satya has brought in 18 new members, and he encouraged each club member to bring in at least one new member.   Five of the new members introduced themselves and spoke briefly today:  Amy Mosher, Raul Socha, John Dowd, Jr., Bill McGovern, and Juan Gomez.  


Amy Mosher, owner of Expressive Capital


Raul Socha of Good Work Insurance


Broadcaster/Author John Dowd


Bill McGovern - Self Employed CPA


and Juan Gomez, President of Centros Las America, Former City Councilor



There were many happy dollar donations.  Rod White was enlisted to collect Happy Dollars because he was the first one to come in wearing shorts.  Raul's guest Mayra Panighel was asked to draw the winning raffle ticket.


Our speaker today was Jeffrey Chin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/Metro West.  He has succeeded former Rotarian Ben Ticho, and Jeffrey is a Rotarian himself.  He described the services his organization provides for "Littles" who can benefit from guidance, friendship, and mentoring; and Ken Harling, a former "Big" told of the personal gratification one receives from providing this kind of help to a youngster.  Jeffery said that 80 to 90% of "Littles"  have shown significant improvement in school and other areas of their lives as a result of a match with a volunteer.  New volunteers are welcome.






Chet Caswell introduced the speaker, and Katerine Fairbanks of Dirty Girl Trash Removal gave an inspirational talk to the Worcester Rotary Club about overcoming her personal and business struggles.



Dr. Satya Mitra explained his vision and tactics to grow the club and serve the community











The August 15th Board meeting was called to order at 11:12 AM by Club President Satya Mitra
Other members present: Bob Mangan, Lee Bishop, Val Callahan, Ed Hall, Mimi Payton, Ron Frazier, Ken Harling, David Frasier, Roger Frost, Royce Anderson, Frank Doherty, Elaine Doherty
1. Official Name of our Club: Ed Hall provided documentation that the official name is "The Worcester Rotary Club".  
2. Treasurer's Report:  Status reports of each account: Service Fund, Education Fund, Operational account,
    Special Matching Fund account will now be presented on a monthly basis.
    Val Callahan mentioned the David and Eleanor Marley Scholarship Fund to Worcester Polytechnic. Our Club takes part
    in the selection of 
    candidates for the scholarships which are awarded by WPI.
3. New Membership proposal and actual process of accepting new members
    a) Sponsor fills out an application
    b) Proposed member meets with the club's representative
    c) Prospective member fills out an application and  the member who is proposing will  turn  both forms to the Club Secretary
    d)   The club secretary will forward it to the Membership Committee chair and the Board  members for approval of  the new members   
    e)  Satya reported that he has 11 new member applications . He presented 11 new members' applications and board approved them. 
     We will commence holding Orientation Programs, to be conducted by 4 or 5 current members
    on a monthly basis beginning in September
4. Happy dollar-Sad dollar, is a change possible?
    A discussion concerning the timing and frequency of "Happy Dollars" resulted in agreement to keep this portion of the meeting as is.
5. The Club's Goal and Model: "Getting Engaged with Projects"
    Satya proposed that the Club undertake 3 local and 2 international projects
    Satya explained his goal of increasing membership. 
    Satya also described his concern that the Club does not get recognition or publicity
    for projects such as NicVu.Other service clubs are mentioned in local newspapers on a frequent basis, but currently we are not mentioned.
    Satya addressed this situation with the Telegram and has gotten agreement that they will mention our achievements when he reports them.
    Our goal is "Service Above Self"  and we should be recognized when achieving this goal.
    Several  possible projects were described and will be discussed with the Club at a future meeting. Satya urged the Club  to have a project of our own such as building a shelter home or any other building for a useful cause by the Worcester Rotary Club and thereby establish a Rotary icon in the Worcester area.
6. New business:
    Ken Harling -noted our Club could be a major sponsor to Art in the Park, by providing liability insurance for the event through RI.
    Dave Frasier suggested  we need to get members involved and capture their attention
    Ken Harling - described the "Glow Ball tournament - Golf after dark:"
            9 holes before dark, pause for dinner,  9 holes after dark. It should be held on the Friday night closest to a full moon.
            Minimum of 30 players, maximum of 40, approximate cost per golfer $100.00, including dinner.
             Agreement was made to proceed with a possible date of Friday, the 18th October.
We will again take part in EXPO. Cost is $500.00  motion was approved
There is a Rotary Leadership Institute will to be held on September 10th in Boxboro, Satya will attend with a new member.
    New members and officers may also attend, as may any club member.
Other miscellaneous: 
Ed Hall noted that grants made from the Service Fund may not to be used for operational expenses.
Ken Harling urged the Club to hold an Assembly on a regular basis, monthly or quarterly.

The meeting was  adjourned at 12:08 PM



Addendum to the Board Meeting minutes of August 15, 2013.
A motion was raised and approved by the Board to change the names for the signers of the Bay State Bank,
Worcester Rotary Club Service Fund and the Education Fund.
Education Fund: Add the names of Gary MacConnell, Robert Mangan, and Satya Mitra.
Remove the name of Lee Bishop
Service Fund:  Add the names of Robert Mangan and Satya Mitra
Remove the name of Lee Bishop
Thank you, Elaine Doherty, Worcester Rotary Club  Secretary


Pre-Labor Day Edition

President Satya Mitra called a club meeting to induct new members and discuss organizational plans for the next 43 weeks of his presidency.



Ed Hall spoke about the whereabouts of many Rotary artifacts.


Seven New Members were inducted

(From Left to Right: Raul Socha, (New Member), Ron Fraser (Chair, Membership Comm), William McGovern (NM), Charlene Mara (NM), Michael Lanava (NM), Juan Gomez (NM), David Frazier (President Elect), Elaine Doherty (Secretary), John Dowd Jr. (NM), Robert Mangan (Treasurer), Emily Buresh (NM), Satya Mitra (President).


(More pictures after the jump)


Worcester Rotary Glowball

Pine Ridge Country Club, North Oxford

Friday, Oct 18th - Save the date

60 Golfers Maximum - Please sign up soon!


One Person $125


Sponsor a Hole [Silver] $300 (Includes 2 golfers, Hole sign, Recognition at Dinner, Goodie gift bag)



Sponsor a Hole [Gold] $500 (Includes 4 golfers, Hole sign, Recognition at Dinner, Goodie gift bag)



Sponsor a Hole [Presenting] $1500 (Includes 4 golfers, Hole sign, Recognition/Signage at Dinner, Goodie gift bag)

 Meal Only $50




This was Richard Prager appreciation week.  (Rich is the club photographer - Thanks to Dr. Lee Bishop for stepping up in Rich's absence).

Club President, Satya Mitra inducted the following new members


From left to right - Aaron Payson, Albert Bisceglia, Mauro DePasquale, Carl Gomes.



Jessica Zequeira  of Central Mass Walk out of the Dark - an organization to help prevent suicides told personal stories about how suicide has affected her life, and the lives of others.


 Finally, Royce Anderson of The International Center introduced Dr. Al-Dalawi  from Iraq, and an interesting discussion on life in America versus Iraq ensued.


Don't forget to save the date for Glowball - Oct 18th!



President Satya Mitra provided over the meeting, and had Roger Frost collect Happy Dollars.


Satya also continued his message of "One member per member", and there are only 41 weeks left!

New members were inducted,  Sanjay Shah and Amy Mosher



New member John Dowd discussed his career, and his book, "Heroes, Mentors, and Friends"



Don't forget - Glowball golf outing on Friday, Oct 18th!

Click HERE for details!





Click HERE for more Poster and Registration Form

Click below the fold for more details or to register and pay online with PayPal


"President Satya made a number of  important announcements:  Worcester Business Expo will be on October 2, and we are encouraged to attend.  There will be no Club meeting on the following day, Oct. 3.  


Our club will be represented at the Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 13, and we will have shirts with the Rotary logo on it.  

Oct 18th - Glowball!

On October 26, we will recognize additional new members.  

Chet Caswell introduced our speaker Mr. Kaska Yawo, who is the Executive Director of the African Education Program in Worcester.  He also is a new member of our club.


Kaska presented a moving program in which he described his experiences as a refugee in Africa.  He came to the United States at the age of 20 after escaping from tribal warfare in his home country of Liberia.  Many of his relatives were killed, and he struggled for survival, moving from one African country to another.  As a result of his experiences, he committed himself to helping children from Africa obtain an education here.  There will be a fundraiser for his organization on October 24 at the UMass Medical School."



Satya Mitra announced that next week, our normal meeting is cancelled, and asks members to come to the Business Expo at the DCU center on Wed for lunch instead.

This week - the server for our weekly meetings, Laura Bettis? won the gambling portion of the meeting!

Laura does a terrific job each week!


Bradford Wyatt introduced his friend, and dental missionary Marshall Horowitz.


Marshall gave a wonderful presentation on his trips to Mongolia to volunteer and help pull teeth.

Between the pictures of the outhouse, the dental chair, and the lines for service, I'm glad I was born in America.


At conclusion, Incoming President David Frasier presented Marshall with a Rotary pen.



Attention Rotarians - PLEASE sign up for Glowball - Oct 18th!  We need folks to register either online, or directly to Bob Mangan (508) 764-0057

See you at the Business Expo on Wed, Oct 2nd where the Worcester Rotary Club will have a booth, or at the meeting on Oct 10th, with the head of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, Tim Murray.






Folks, Worcester Rotary Club President Satya Mitra was on WCCA Cable TV.

If you missed the TV show, you can click on the link below.

Please watch - great show!




Worcester Rotary President Satya Mitra introduced former Lt. Governor and President of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, Tim Murray to address the club.


There was a large number of Rotarians and guests that attended to hear Tim Murray speak about business environment in Worcester



President Satya Mitra also ordered T-Shirts and Golf Shirts for the club, and the upcoming Columbus Day parade



Finally - there is NO Meeting this Thursday, Oct 17th.  Instead, please consider attending our glowball event on Friday Evening.

Here are a couple pics from the Worcester Business Expo too.



Minutes from the Sept 19th Board Meeting are in the content section.


Some pictures from the Columbus Day Parade











Thanks to Bob Mangan and Ken Harling for coordinating another successful Glowball evening.



Please click HERE or on the picture above - for many photo's from the event.


Ms. Angela Bovill from Luteran Social Services is our speaker this week, and then a real 'Treat' on Halloween - City Manager Michael O'Brien





On Oct 22nd, the Worcester Rotary Club had a fabulous and a real good feel experience serving about 300 hungry kids at Kid's Cafe a project run by now a Fellow Rotarian Mr. Steve Tankanow (AKA Tank). 


Our enthusiastic club members cooked food from scratch and served the kids at Boys & Girls Club. We contributed for all expenses and felt real good participating in such a noble project. We had quite a few dedicated members who came to participate and help. A real exhibition of the mission "Service above Self".  

Thanks to Amy Mosher and Chad Hoover were designated leaders of this project and they both exhibited a terrific leadership role!

Please click HERE or on the picture above for more pictures from Kids Café.


Thursday's meeting was very lively, and included Satya's report of the large number of events that Worcester Rotarians participated in this month.  We now have a total of 35 new member applications.
There were many Happy Dollars collected by Lisa Piehler, and several members, including new member Amy Mosher, were given the famous "Pat on the Back" for good work.  Royce Anderson displayed a Rotary exchange pennant that he received while spending a month in our sister city Pushkin, Russia.
Val awarded Satya a pin for his multiple Paul Harris contributions.  

Dave Frazier presented a check from our club to new member Kaska Yawo, Executive Director of the African Community for Education, and his associate Andrea Posa.
Seven new members were inducted into the club:  (l. to r.) Dave Frazier, James Umphrey, Krista Piazza, Brian Scales, Tony Economou, Jeffrey Chin, Steve Tankanow, Angela Bovill, with Val Callahan and Satya Mitra.


Our speaker was new member Angela Bovill, CEO of Lutheran Social Services.  She came from the private sector to work at LSS in 2008, and found that most of their programs were government funded, and were focused on the short-term safety and stability of their clients.  She felt it was important to enhance the longer-term connection of their clients to the community, and she dedicated herself to accomplishing this goal, in part, by applying the principles of "compassion, integrity, and courage."  LSS has 70 programs across New England.




President Satya Mitra welcomed everyone to the meeting today, larger than normal, not just because of the day's speaker, City Manager Mike O'Brien, but because of Satya's efforts to grow the club.


Satya welcome six new members


and Membership Chair, Ron Fraser, pinned these new members



President Satya Mitra introduced City Manager Mike O'Brien to update the Rotarians on city of Worcester issues.


Including how Rotary got involved and is part of helping replace the Elm park bridge.

Member Ken Harling has a video of the bridge being remove - click below to view it.

 Click HERE to see a video of the bridge being removed

Happy Halloween!



Tim McGee provided us with his good sense of humor as he stood in for Satya today, and Frank did a good job collecting Happy Dollars.    



Lisa Piehler introduced her guest Diane Giampa.



Rich Prager introduced the speaker Gary Hough, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans.  NEADS is located in Princeton, and has provided trained Assistance Dogs to individuals in Massachusetts and surrounding states. These Assistance Dogs help people with various kinds of disabilities, including deafness, loss of a limb or loss of mobility, and PTSD.  Some of the recipients have been disabled combat veterans, as well as a recent victim of the Boston Marathon Bombing.  Gary invited us to visit the NEADS campus to really appreciate  the nature of the training and the outstanding work that these dogs are able to do.


President Elect Dave Frasier presided over the meeting in Dr. Satya Mitra's absence.


After a terrific rendition of Song, by Ron White, Amy Mosher, and Ken Harling, two new members were pinned


Dave Peterson and Kevin Matigan of Worcester Baseball Futures presented


Should be a fun time at Fitton Field this summer!





President elect Dave Frasier ran another efficient Worcester Rotary Club meeting on Nov 21st.



First - Congratulations are in order for Rotarian Raul Socha - who just became a US Citizen!


Great to see Raul's energy and zest for serving others.  Not just a terrific addition to the Worcester Rotary Club, but to America.


Club Treasurer Bob Mangan announced he is leading the Finance Committee for the Elm Park Bridge Project - please contact Bob if you are interested in helping



Bengt Hansson explained how to make 'Glug', and let everyone know to bring friends to the Annual Worcester Rotary Christmas Party on Dec 12th.



Joe Cox, the Executive Director of the Ecotarium described many of the current projects and initiatives at the Ecotarium.


Rotarian Bob Johnson recalled the Haunted House fundraiser at the Ecotarium from 25 years ago.  (I also recall watching my father, Peter Wyatt, scaring the paying visitors that evening as a robot monster).


Obviously, no meeting on Thanksgiving, BUT, several Rotarians and their wives volunteered to serve meals to the hungry at the Salvation Army.


Please click HERE for a collection of Photos.


Finally, long time Rotarian and Bob Johnson is organizing volunteers to help ring the bell for the Salvation Army on December 7th, and 14th.  Please contact Bob directly if you can help - His home phone number is 508-835-3492.  It's a lot of fun, and only 2 hours shifts - the time flies by with jokes from Ken Harling, or singing with Laurie Savoy.



Look forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Party.  Great chance to win some flowers donated by Paul Shustas too!


Rotarian Don Deprez picks out some fine flowers from last year.

See you on Dec 12th





Satya was given a warm welcome on his return from India.  He brought a flag from the Rotary Club of Calcutta, and he will tell us in more detail about his visit. 
Here is a picture if Satya with students at Piyali Learning Center, at a remote village, called Piyali about an hour drive from Calcutta. The school is being built by the Rotary club. Free education is provided at the school to poor girls in this remote village. It is an amazing story!
AG Joe Sullivan from the Wachusett Club informed us of the new Rotary World Peace Scholarship.  If you know someone who is not connected to Rotary, and is a master's degree candidate and is interested in a two year university program in world peace, contact Joe or Rich Prager for additional details about how that person can apply for the scholarship.
Krista Piazza did Happy Dollars, and again there was much mirth and merryment.
Korey Lee from the Seven Hills Charter Public School announced that there will be a "take a student to work" day in February, and asked if any Rotarians would like to participate.
The speaker today was Opal Stone from the Worcester Institute for Supportive Reentry.  She described their program which attempts to decrease recidivism by helping former prison inmates reintegrate into society.  They are funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, and they work with other organizations, including Sheriff Evangelidis' office, and Brandeis University.  She reported that preliminary results have been positive.
Next meeting is the Special Holiday Glogg Celebration.  Bengt will bring his secret libation (don't inhale the aroma too quickly), and all are asked to bring a little something that can be used for the raffle. Ken virtually said that the bravest Worcester Rotarians (men and women) will be wearing a blue blazer and khaki shorts.
Some pics from Rotarians Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army on Dec 7th
Bill McGovern and Mary Knittle (Left) and Satya and Bill (Right)

Final Meeting of the Worcester Rotary Club in 2013 - What a year.
President Satya Mitra introduced the speaker, Kyle Brennerk of Worcester Vocational Technical School.
The Worcester Rotary Club meets at The Coral Seafood - and Laura and the waitstaff does a terrific job.  The club gave her a Christmas Bonus
Thanks to George Vcyiatzis for joing Rotary - here Membership Chair Ron Frasier pins the new member
William Savage is also presented as a new member.
Note - No meeting on Dec 26th, but there will be a Club Meeting on January 2nd to discuss club business.
Brad Wyatt will give a 5 minute tutorial on how to use Clubrunner as well.
Here are a couple additional pictures from the Christmas Party for your enjoyment.  See if you can find out what these two pictures have in common.

Thanks to Paul Shustas for another terrific donation of flowers to help fundraiser for the Worcester Rotary Club.

First meeting of Worcester Rotary Club in 2014!
Terrific presentation by Nicole Berry (the donor on the left) and Carlie Wilson (the sister of the kidney recipient on the right).
What an inspiring story of friendship and sacrifice!
The Club also inducted several new members into the club.
From Left to Right (President Satya Mitra, James Gillis, Steven Jones-D'Agostino, David Russell, and Ron Frasier)
Also - Longtime Rotarian Roger Frost celebrated his 90th Birthday on Saturday - here a picture from his Birthday Party
(From Left to right, President Satya Mitra, Future District Governor Val Callahan, Former District Gov's Roger Frost and Ed Hall)

President Satya Mitra welcomed new members to Worcester Rotary Club
(Ron Frasier, Bill Fay, Kate Toomey, Jim Welu, Patrick Crawley, Satya Mitra)
Technology Chair Brad Wyatt asked members to email him at for usernames and passwords to log in and take advantage of the Rotary Website.
The website has MANY cool new features, from emailing other members, to photo albums, to historical club documents.  Please contact him to login and take advantage of these features.
(And - the technology is NOT over Lee's Bishop's head)
Dr. Mitra also commended those members that have recruited at least one member.
(Ron Frasier, Lisa Piehler, Brad Wyatt, Carl Gomes, Amy Mosher, Raul Socha, Satya Mitra, George Bernardin, Charlene Mara, Robert Mangan, and Gary MacConnell)
And, President Satya Mitra also thanksed his executive committee for the year, for a job well done!
(Satya Mitra, Dave Frasier, Bob johnson, Bob Mangan, and Elaine Doherty)
Finally Barry Walsh from The Bridge of Central Massachusetts joined the club today to discuss his research in psychological and phsyical pain self infliction.
Next week is Korey Lee from The Seven Hills Charter School.
PS The Club is at 98 members, and Satya promised to buy lunch for everyone when we get to 100 members - make sure to come for that meeting:-)

President Satya Mitra announced that the club finally hit 100+ members - and lunch is on the Dr. Mitra next week!
Roy Balfour announced that the NicView project was completed.  Starting with a Camera from Elaine Doherty, and ending with a camera from Dr. Satya Mitra, over 17,000 unique logins used the cameras!
You can click HERE to learn more about NicView.  Make sure to click on the details page too!
Joyce Kessler of the Worcester Incubator - the Art of Science Learning spoke about the Ecotarium 2.6MM grant.
Member Ken Harling was not in shorts at the meeting, perhaps because he didn't want to embarass his daughter LeeAnn.
Congrats to President Dr. Satya Mitra for pushing the club over 100 members.  Come and make sure you give him a Pat on the Back next week!

President Satya Mitra welcomed some new members to the club (Paul Wescott and Justin Forkuo)
Please check the Club Photos Link for pictures from today's meeting.
Elaine Doherty was thanked for her fine work as Secretary for the club
Korey Lee from Seven Hills Charter School talked about the great work and results at Seven Hill Charter School

Congrats to President Satya Mitra for reaching 100 Members.  A huge smile as Satya cross the century mark!
And - Thanks to Satya for treating everyone to lunch
Satya mentioned that Robert Kraft is unable to join the Worcester Rotary Club for a benefit, but Plan B is in the works - May 2nd is the day - Please circle on your calendars!
Jonathan Vo collected many happy dollars, and several Rotarians paid it forward and donated to Happy Dollars. (Including Satya's better half :-)
Liz Foley - the Executive Director of the Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps joined the club today, and offered opportunities to volunteer in a disaster.
Liz Foley
Worcester Regional MRC
Clarance Plant pointed out that Satya  would be receiving the Community Service Award from the Independant Order of Odd Fellows on Saturday, March 29th!
And - Here are a couple more pictures from our Worcester Rotary Club, Century meeting!

Today's meeting was a Club Assembly, and was attended by many new members, and by our District Governor Doug Detweiler, and DG John Hall from District 7930.  John presented a check from his district to our club for $1000.00 in recognition of our club's growth and fundraising efforts.
Ron Fraser inducted two new members into the club.  Welcome.  We now have 64 new members.
Satya spoke to the club about our future events and projects and the importance of our fundraising efforts.  He encouraged us to make the effort to raise $100,000 or more.  He stressed that each member should make some contribution, no matter how large or small, based on each individual's financial circumstances.  


To: Members of the Worcester Rotary Club


The nominating committee (Frank Doherty, Brad Wyatt, Ken Harling, Satya Mitre and Dave Frazier) has proposed a slate of officers and directors for 2014-15, to serve the Club for one year effective 1 July, 2014. The slate will be presented for your consideration at Thursday‘s meeting of the Club (6 March, 2014). At that time you will have an opportunity to nominate additional candidates should you wish to do so. A vote will be taken at the meeting. The nominees are:


President: Dave Frazier

President-elect Bob Mangan

Vice President: Ron Fraser

Treasurer: Patrick Harvey

Ass’t Treasurer: Lee Bishop

Secretary: Krista Piazza

Sgt.@Arms: Bob Johnson

Directors: Chris Crowley, Don Deprez, Elaine Doherty and Ken Harling


Respectfully submitted.


Frank Doherty, Chair


Satya inspired the club members and asked for 100% participation in our May 2nd funraiser.
Ken Harling collected Happy Dollars
The Club welcome Robyn Ernst and her assistant Amanda of Community Health Link.
Please check out the website, and look at the Facebook link and other club documents.

President Satya Mitra welcome the Consul General of Canada, Patrick Binns.
President Satya Mitra also reiterated the May 2nd fundraiser
Several New Member were inducted
From left to right (Ron Fraser, Tim Murray, Barbara Guthrie, ??. Donna Colorio, Mike Barth, and Satya Mitra)

President Satya Mitra welcome the Consul General of Canada, Patrick Binns.
President Satya Mitra also reiterated the May 2nd fundraiser
Several New Member were inducted
From left to right (Ron Fraser, Tim Murray, Barbara Guthrie, ??. Donna Colorio, Mike Barth, and Satya Mitra)

Some pictures from the Rotary NICU appreciation dinner.
A special thanks to Roy Balfour, Past President Frank and Elaine Doherty that started the ball rolling, and current President Dr. Satya Mitra who finished the project off!

President Satya, Bob Mangan, Barbara Guthrie, and Carl Gomes spoke about the fundraising event and the importance of everyone contributing--selling tickets, getting items for the auction, or making a direct contribution.  Carl donated a 2 week vacation at his condo in Mexico to the Rotarian who contributes the most (excluding himself and Satya).  
A new member, Howard Potash, an attorney in Worcester, was inducted into the Club.  Welcome.
The speaker was Marc Vermouth from Stop Hunger Now.  He described how his organization uses volunteers to package meals which are then provided to schools and NGO's in developing countries.  Christa Piazza raised her hand to ask a question, but instead found herself packaging a meal with Marc.
Pictured below are Rotarian Amy Mosher, as well as longtime Rotarian, and leader of the Haiti clean water project, Ed Hall.
Thanks to Rich Prager for the excellent pictures!

President Satya reported that we now have 67 new members.
He thanked Cheryl Marc for her work in publishing the high quality Worcester Rotary Club Newsletter.
John Dowd collected Happy Dollars, and he will be the emcee for our fundraiser.
Our speaker was Michael Prager, a former journalist for the Boston Globe, who delivered a moving presentation, in which he described his difficult journey from being an overweight youngster to becoming a person who humbly recognized the importance of support from others in overcoming addictions.  His personal story and his perspectives on life are presented in his book "Fat Boy Thin Man."

Also this weeks speaker will be Pete Brock. Pete is a former New England Patriot and current president or the New England Patriots Alumni Club (NEPAC). 

His organization will be helping us with our fundraiser by having Patriots Alumni at our fundraising dinner.


Please click HERE to look at pictures from the NICU appreciation dinner.
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President Satya Mitra welcomed another ring of the bell.  How many rings are left??
Barbara Guthrie has been diligently working on the Auction for the May 2nd event.  If you can help - please contact Barbara
Great picture!  Thanks to Rich Prager - the club photographer.  (Pictured below with Patriots Alumni Pete Brock)
Great talk from Pete Brock about playing in the NFL, and the life after pro football.
(In the picture below - please not the 'open hands' - he's been trained so as not to draw a flag for holding)
Thanks to Amy Mosher for her work with Kids Cafe
This week's speakers are visitors from the Ukraine.  Should be very interesting!

President Satya Mitra welcomed a delegation from the Ukraine.
The Club was given some awards - specifically, Rich Prager - our terrific club photographer!
Unfortunately, our projector bulb burnt out, and we were unable to see their full presentation. 
Here are some pictures.
A message from Val,
April 17th, 2014 Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlboro
Dinner is free for 5 incoming officers and club will pay $20 for each additional member who goes.
Satya is the keynote speaker.
Registration and cash bar 5:30 to 6:30pm
Dinner & Keynote speech from Satya
Followed by breakout sessions on The Rotary Foundation, Membership, Public Image, Being a Treasurer and Being a Secretary
Have everyone register through Jim Fusco.  They have to register so we get a head count for food at the hotel.


President Satya Mitra introduced CEO of Seven Hills Global Ourreach Dr. David Jordan.
Unfortunately, I missed the meeting, so I lack commentary - but here are some pictures

We're going to start this story off with a plug for our May 2nd fundraiser!
President Satya Mitra (left) and incoming District 7910 Val Callahan (right) welcomed new member Carly Arko (center) - and thanked her for reducing the average club-member age.
Ed Hall also gave Val Callahan a pin to celebrate her recent 'Large Donor' status.
Thanks to Ed and Val for being the only two members (so far) to join the Large Donor Club.
All the Worcester Rotarians were buzzing around after the talk by Mark Fuller of the George and Sybil Fuller Foundation.
In truly one of the best talks in a long time, Mark discussed the history of Worcester, Wyman-Gordon, and the Fuller, Fletcher and Stoddard families.
Don't forget to buy tickets for the May 2nd Worcester Rotarian Fundraiser and Auction and event!
Wait - More breaking Worcester Rotary News ...
Steve Jones-D'Agostino snagged a video from the Kids Cafe volunteer event on Thursday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. 
Please click here to visit the video of the children thanking Kids Cafe organizer Steve 'Tank' Tankanow and the Worcester Rotarians who volunteered.
Great photos by our Ace Photographer, Rich Prager, from yesterday's Luncheon Meeting, which featured keynote speaker Deepa "Old Crazy Indian Woman" Willingham, a longtime good friend of Club President Satya Mitra. (We'll have to come up with a cool nickname for Satya!) Deepa, past governor of Rotary District 5240, talked about "Education As The Way Out Of Poverty." To learn more about Worcester Rotary, visit
From Stop Hunger Now in Boxboro with Rotarians
Carl Gomes with an unsung hero award
Dr. Satya Mitra with a Worcester Community Action Council Award

"Tim McGee did a great job standing in for Satya (although he did not sign up any new members). Satya was invited to the RI Convention in Australia to receive an award for his outstanding job as President of our Club.

Bob Mangan presented a $3500.00 check from the Worcester Rotary Service Fund to Pete Brock, a former Patriot football player, who was representing the New England Patriots Alumni Club.  The money will be used to cosponsor the "Football for You" Program, a youth football clinic which will be held on May 31 at Foley Stadium.
Worcester Rotarian Ken Harling at the clinic below

Roger Frost and two of his colleagues from Briarwood presented a video that they made, which showed in detail how to digitize photos, slides, and newspaper clippings. This information can be preserved in the computer, and on CD's which can be given to our families as part of a family history. The program was called "Saving Our Families," and Roger gave out DVD's of the video to anyone who wanted it. Great job Roger!
Jonathan Vo showed a compact digital scanner that can be conveniently transported to wherever it is needed."