Rotary Club of
Fall River
Greater Fall River Community Food Pantry 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Fall River will be helping at the Insane Inflatable on Saturday July 22nd and we need your help!  We need 20 volunteers from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fulfill our commitment.  Volunteers will be assisting with:



Registration: Checking runners in with an IPad, answering their questions and providing race materials.

Merchandise: Organizing and selling race merchandise to runners, using an IPad.
Bag Check: Checking, retrieving and safe guarding runner’s personal items while they are participating in the event.

Start Line: Assisting the Event Director in maintaining an orderly process of sending off runners in various wave times.

Finish Line: Providing runners encouragement as they finish the race and distributing waters, snacks, tee shirts, and medals.
Water Stop: Being out on the course providing runners with water.
Course Obstacles: Monitoring runners as they are completing the course obstacles; ensuring their safety and providing them encouragement.


Volunteers that assist us on Saturday from 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. will receive a volunteering tee shirt, water and snacks.  The Rotary Club will receive a $50 donation that we will use to support the eradication of Polio.

Volunteers need to be at least 10 years old.  If they are under 16 they need to be volunteering with a parent.  If they are 16 or 17, a parent needs to sign the online consent form, but the parent does not need to be present to volunteer.  Those 18 and older just need to sign the online consent form.

How to Sign Up as a Volunteer:

  • You must sign up using the Providence Volunteer Local page: HERE
  • Use the password Rotary and choose our shift: Rotary Club of Fall Rivers MA
  • Fill out the form with your contact information and sign the consent form

For our club to receive credit, volunteers must sign up under our correct shift. It is imperative that everyone utilizes our online signup tool, as it is the best way for us to communicate with volunteers.  We must have at least 10 volunteers signed up by June 24th

How else can you help?

  • Share the registration code ROTARY. Runners will receive $5 off, and our club will get $5 back per order

You do not need to be a member of Rotary to help us raise funds for this worthy cause.  So come out and enjoy the fun with us!  If you have any questions, please contact Trish Robertson at tilliewaters @ gmail.com (do not include spaces if emailing.)

Volunteering for the Insane Inflatable 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Pictured are students from the BCC STEM club that designed a 6-week hands-on Green Technology Educational program and taught it to youth at Greater Fall River Re-Creation.  These college students did an incredible job of developing the whole curriculum and engaging the young students in learning each week.  They combined hands on projects and power point presentations to teach about the impact of going green. 
 
It is great to see the enthusiasm of these young people.  How lucky we are as a club to have the opportunity to support this great partnership!
Go Green Class! 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Toronto 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Zelma Braga who has been named a Distinguished Alumni by the BMC Durfee Alumni Association and will be honored at the Friday, May 26th Annual Meeting.  There will be many Rotarians there to help cheer Zelma on and you are welcomed to join as well.  Reach out to Roger Cabral if you have not already, there is no cost for this event.
 
Reverend Lawrence gave us a sneak peak at the this year's Chamber of Commerce John Brayton Award winners, and they include our own Connie and Rick Vaillancourt!  Joan Medeiros submitted the nomination based on their work with the Happy Feet program and volunteering at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care.  They will be honored at White's on Thursday evening, June 22nd.  More details to come.   
 
Additionally, the club as a whole has been recognized by the District with a Public Image Award for the use of both traditional and social media; the Vibrant Club Award for significant achievement in all five avenues of services and our support of the Morelea Hospital, Mexico; and District Governor's Presidential Award of Excellence for meeting more than two-thirds of the DG goals for the year.  Congratulations to all for the hard work that goes into achieving these awards!
 
Members in the Spotlight 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Who are the most interesting people you know?  Have you thought about if they would be a good speaker for our club?  We are in need of speakers for May 11th, 18th, and 25th. We would like one of those dates to be classification talks from 2 members.  Are you a newer member and haven't ever done a classification talk, or a long time member that has seen a world of changes since your last talk?  Please let Nancy Vanasse or Trish Robertson know if you are interested.  We do have a great list of speakers for June, but July and after is wide open as well.   
 
Speakers 2017-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
 
  Our friend Tom McGarr will be turning 90 and we need you to help celebrate!

At our regular club meeting on February 23 we will celebrate Tom's 90th birthday.  He has been a Rotarian for 37 years.  His attendance at club meetings is awesome, he serves on the Scholarship Committee and is the "Social Director" of the dining room at our annual Pancake Breakfast.  Tom is s staple of our club and someone I look forward to seeing each week. 

I hope that you will make a special effort to join us on February 23rd.  We will have some special guests to help us toast and roast Tom and birthday cake for all.  If you know that you will be out of town, consider writing a birthday card, or pulling out the copy of that old picture of the two of you from years ago.  All cards can be given to me prior to his birthday if you want them presented as part of this celebration.  Many thanks to Agatha who I asked to take this project on.  I look forward to seeing you there!  Trish


 
Shhh, it's a surprise! 2017-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Help us keep the Affair to Remember organized and on track! 
 
Program ads and payments (Due February 23):  Please see Joan or Charlene 
 
Returning raffle tickets and payments:  Please see Jo Ann or Jen Preston
 
Wine, raffle baskets, and donations:  You can start bringing these in for Jo Ann and Jen to take.
 
If there is a week you bring something and the right person is not at the meeting, please see one of the officers, Trish, Kim, Jen Vincent or Lisa and we will be glad to help you.  Please do not leave items with the front desk workers - they have enough going on!  Thank you for all your efforts.
An Affair to Remember 2017-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Can't make it to Atlanta for the Rotary International Conference?  Well, join us as we celebrate the 2016-2017 Rotary year and welcome Rotary International President John Germ as our Friday night speaker at the Multi District Conference.  Being held just down the road in Providence, this gives you the option to stay in your own bed, or make a weekend of it and book a hotel for the full conference experience.  Registration for the weekend is $275, but just until December 31st and then it will go up to $300.  Find links to registration and hotel reservations at http://rotary7950.com/event/multi-district-conference/. 
 
Multi District Conference 2016-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Jen Vincent brought this back from her recent RLI visit to Pennsylvania.  Enjoy!

The Rotary Prescription
by Jeffry Cadorette, PDG, Rotary Club of Media, PA USA, District 7450
                       
Have you been feeling the urge to serve?
Do you have an increasing urge to give back to your local and or global community?
Do you feel isolated and have an urge to network and be connected to others? Do you have a fellowship deficiency?
Do you get frustrated with the situation in the world when you read the morning paper or watch the evening news?
Talk to your doctor about a once weekly dose of Rotary. Taken weekly…Rotary can reverse your fellowship deficiency. Within weeks of the initial dose it can help you to feel more networked and connected to your community. While it will not help with ALL of your urges……………..it will definitely help with your urge to serve others…(your doctor can suggest additional medications for your OTHER urges.)
Caution! Rotary can only be taken by adults. There are milder forms under the brand names of Rotaract, Interact, Early Act and Youth Exchange that can be taken by younger people often known as the New Generation
Rotary should not be taken by those who are taking Kiwanis, Optimists or Lions but you may want to talk with your physician about switching your prescription to Rotary as it has been shown to be faster acting and better tolerated in clinical studies. Rotary should not be taken while operating machinery or driving a car as it may cause drowsiness……. depending on the speaker.
It is recommended Rotary be taken with meals although those meals can cause, heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcers, gastric ulcers, bleeding ulcers, ulcerative gastritis, pancreatitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, encephalitis,  appendicitis, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, meningitis, tonsillitis, arthritis, neuritis,  heart attack, stroke, blurred vision, blindness, impaired hearing, premature alopecia, halitosis and diabetic neuropathy…….among others.
For optimal affect Rotary must be taken consistently. While weekly dosing is recommended, 2-3 times a month has been shown in clinical trials to be effective. If you leave home without your Rotary, you will find that people in other communities around the globe will typically be happy to share their Rotary with you so that you don’t miss your weekly dose.
From the time it was discovered over 107 years ago until 1988 it was thought that Rotary was unsafe if taken by women. Since that time women have been taking  Rotary in ever increasing numbers and studies have shown that it is very effective now in both men AND women. While no definitive research has been done, anecdotal evidence is that not only is Rotary not unsafe for women….they actually do better on it than men.
Side affects include the tendency to sit in the same seat at the same table every time you take your dose of Rotary. Talk with your physician about ways to overcome this. It may be a sign of deeper issues. Severe cases of this have been known to require aggressive psychiatric treatment.
Do not take Rotary if you feel that more people should be disadvantaged or suffer from hunger, poverty, illiteracy and disease as people taking Rotary tend to want to alleviate these conditions. Tell your physician if you have an aversion to world understanding and peace.
If your urge to serve lasts longer than 4 hours…consult your physician immediately. (This condition is common in past district governors.)
For a free trial of Rotary go to www.rotary.org and find out where it is being dispensed near you. Rotary….helping people for over 107 years with their urge to serve.
Talk to your doctor today.
 
Rotary Prescription 2016-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
 
If you are interested, please let Roger know.  He will help club members get in touch with others in the club that may be interested.  There may also be some interest from Interactors in a trip with Worthy Villages in February, if that fits your schedule better, please speak with Kim.
Safe Passages Trip 2016-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
The annual First Impressions event will be held this Spring.  If you are interested in taking an important roll in this program, please speak with Eileen. 
 
This year, due to the generosity of Bristol County Savings Bank, we will have space to collect and sort clothing.  Please feel free to start bringing in clothes to our future Rotary meetings.  Now is a good time to start with seasonal clothing. You may give the clothes to any member of the Vocational Committee (Eileen; Bob Lunquest; Juliette Almeida; Zelma Braga; Lubelia Raposo; Marta Montleon; Mary Lou Church; Norman Gauthier; Tracy Ibbotson; Renee Dufour)
 
Please bring in clothes you would wear to the office.  For the ladies:  professional attire such as suits, skirts, blouses, jackets, slacks, (no back pockets) shoes and purses.  For the gentlemen:  dress shirts, slacks, chinos or shoes.  Unfortunately, no men’s suits. 
 
First Impressions 2016-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
According to Woody Allen “Showing up is eighty percent of life.”  In the next few week member who have fallen below the 50% percent attendance at Rotary will receive an e-mail from our Secretary Jen Vincent.  We encourage you to recommit yourself to participation in Rotary.  Remember, it is not just the weekly meetings that count for attendance, but participation in committee meetings, service projects, fellowship events, District and International programs, visiting other Rotary Clubs, and even online makeups.  We have so many projects we would like to accomplish and want you to be involved in what makes Fall River the "greatest Rotary Club on the face of the planet" and you can't do that if you are not participating. 
 
There are some members of the club that because of their many years of service and age, have achieved an attendance exempt status.  We hope they can participate as much as possible as well because we value their knowledge and guidance. 
 
Please also keep in mind, that a large part of the dues you pay two times a year is to cover District and Rotary International dues.  Our club is responsible to pay those dues for every member on our roster on June 30th and December 31st.  If you know you will be moving out of the area or leaving our club, please tell us well in advance of those dates, otherwise we will need you to pay dues.
 
Every member can check their own attendance to date when they view their profile in ClubRunner, but if you have questions please reach out to Jen V.  Also, please make sure Jen is aware of any participation outside of weekly meetings so she can log it into the system and give appropriate credit.  Thank you for your continued participation!   
Attendance 2016-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
 
Please consider joining the club for a great evening on November 17th.  We hope to have 1-2 tables in attendance.  Checks for $46.50 will be made payable to Rotary District 7950, but we will register as a group.  Please let Trish know if you are interested. 
 
Rotary Foundation Celebration 2016-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Karen, Harvey, Jen P, Jen V, Lisa L, and John R for volunteering to help on Tuesday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. when we will be taping a 30 to 60 second PSA at the FRCMedia studios on the BCC campus.  If you need directions, let me know.  If you have a Rotary shirt, please plan to wear it.  Getting our message out into the community is very important and this is a great opportunity to do it at no cost to the club. 
 
Our Stars Have Been Chosen! 2016-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to the Greater Fall River Community for making our annual pancake breakfast a huge success!  The money raised will support non profits and human service agencies that work in our community!

27th Annual Pancake Breakfast 2016-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Wednesday, October 19th at 5:00 p.m. will be our next Board meeting at LePage's.  While it is important to have a named Board and follow our bylaws regarding majority votes, every voice in the club is important.  I invited you to come to a Board meeting whether you are a committee chair and have information to report, or a brand new member who would like to get your bearings.  Maybe you're considering being part of the Board next year and would like to get your feet wet, or perhaps you are a past president who still has ideas to share.  If you have an item that you would like to discuss, please email or speak with Trish so it may be placed on the agenda.  I hope to see you there!  (There is also a Charitable Foundation Trust meeting at 4:00 p.m.)  
 
Board Meetings - All Welcomed 2016-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to Stephanie Perry, RN, CARN at St. Anne's Hospital for this week's presentation, De-stigmatization of Addiction and Changing the Culture of Caring for Patients with Addiction.  I think from the number of questions we asked, that it is obvious that this is a topic we could have spent a lot of more time on.  If you are interested in getting assistance for you or someone you know or are interested in being part of the many coalitions in the city that are working to help individuals and effected families, please reach out to Stephanie at 508-674-5600 ext. 2075.

If you are looking to safely dispose of your expired or unused medications.  The Fall River Police Department has a permanent drop box location at 685 Pleasant Street.  Additionally Walgreens at 369 Plymouth Street has recently installed a high security drop box 24/7.  By disposing of your unwanted medications in this way, it will help prevent them from getting into the wrong hands and they will be disposed of in a more environmentally friendly way.
 
Safe Drug Disposal 2016-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Help our club create great meetings that members don’t want to miss.  We need your help to book speakers that inform, educate, energize, inspire, and entertain us.  We want club meeting to help build a sense of team and togetherness, promote membership retention, and create an environment in which members want to bring guests.  Do you have an idea for a guest speaker that can address items that are relevant to Rotarians’ concerns? 

In order to have high quality presentations, make sure to ask speakers that are known to be interesting and good presenters.  Remind speakers that Rotary is a non-political, non-religious organization.  If you have a speaker in mind, please reach out to Nancy at nevanasse@comcast.net.  Nancy will be able to let you know what dates are available and is a great resource to bounce ideas off in case you are not sure about the topic choice.  We have had a great schedule this year thanks to everyone's efforts and Nancy Vanasse's coordination, and we need your help to keep this up for November and beyond. 
 
Speakers 2016-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Nominations are being accepted for the position of District Governor 2019-2020:
 
District Governor Nominee (to serve as District Governor in 2019-2020) Qualifications for District Governor Nominee are as follows:
  • Nominee must be a Rotarian in good standing of a club in the district
  • Nominee must be of outstanding personal caliber and must maintain full qualifications of membership
  • The integrity of the Nominee’s classification must be without question
  • Nominee must be a member of a functioning club in good standing that has no outstanding indebtedness to RI or to the district
  • Nominee must have served as a Rotary club president for a full term
  • Nominee must have been a Rotarian for seven (7) years
  • Nominee must demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability, physically and otherwise, to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor
Nominations are also being accepted for several additional district positions. These are:
  • District Budget & Finance Committee Member - (a Past District Governor to serve a two-year term from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2019) A brief profile of the Nominee should be included as part of a letter of endorsement from the Club President
  • District Budget & Finance Committee Member - (a Past Club President to serve a two-year term from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2019. A brief profile of the Nominee should be included as part of a letter of endorsement from the Club President.
  • District Nominating Committee Member - (two Past Assistant Governors or Past Area Representatives to serve two-year terms from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2019. A brief profile of the Nominee should be included as part of a letter of endorsement from the Club President.
All nominations and supporting documents, are due no later than October 14, 2016 to District Governor Russell Bertrand.  Interviews of the candidate for District Governor Nominee will take place beginning at 1:00 PM (specific times to be assigned) on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at White’s of Westport, Westport, MA. All candidates are required to appear before the Nominating Committee of the date. Failure to appear, for any reason, will automatically eliminate the candidate from consideration.

If you are interested in serving at the District level, please see Trish to discuss additional requirement and the nomination process. 
 
Are You Interested in Serving Rotary at a District Level? 2016-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Did you know you can join a group of international Rotarians with similar interests?  Below is a list of all the established Fellowship Groups.  So whether you want to meet Rotarians when you are traveling and get a real sense of the area, or test your chess skills, or learn from other photographers, there is a group to match your interests.  Visit https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-fellowships to link through to each of the group's website to learn more about the group and how to join.  You can also speak with JJ Mattie, as he has belonged to the Skiing Fellowship for a number of years.   
 
4x4 vehicles Doll Lovers Lawyers Scouting
Amateur Radio Draughts (Checkers) Magicians Scuba Diving
Antique Automobiles E-Clubs Magna Graecia Shooting Sports
Authors and Writers Editors and Publishers Marathon Running Singles
Beer Educators Motorcycling Skiing
Bird Watching Environment Music Social Networks
Canoeing Esperanto Old and Rare Books Table Tennis
Caravanning Fishing Past District Governors Tennis
Chess Flying Photographers Total Quality Management
Computer Users Go Police and Law Enforcement Travel and Hosting
Cooking Golf Pre-Columbian Civilizations Wellness and Fitness
Convention Goers Home Exchange Quilters and Fiber Artists Whiskey
Corporate Social Responsibility Honorary Consuls Railroads Wine
Cricket Horseback Riding Recreational Vehicles  
Cruising Internet Rotary Global History  
Curling Italian Culture Rotary Means Business  
Cycling Jazz Rotary on Stamps  
Doctors Latin Culture Rowing  
 
Rotary International Fellowships 2016-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Just one week from Saturday we will assist My Brother's Keeper from their Dartmouth location.  We still have 22 openings for volunteers.  Please let me know ASAP if you are able to come.  This is our chance to work hands-on in our communities helping those in need, do not let this opportunity pass you by.  Family and friends are welcomed as well.  Saturday October 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the address of where to go in Dartmouth will be sent to those that sign up.   
To signup, please use our new online signup feature.  Simply follow this link:  http://portal.clubrunner.ca/4431/Event/my-brother-s-keeper-volunteer-day or find the event on the website on the calendar.  On the left hand side, click the button under online registration.  This will allow you to sign up specifically for the job you would like to do (each position has a maximum number of slots open.)  If you have any trouble, please send Trish an email directly (Trish.Robertson@bristolelder.org.)
 
Your Help is Needed for My Brother's Keeper 2016-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Please find the here the list of committee signups Documents/en-ca/e827f753-3c58-4445-8504-0a39da878085/1.  It can also be accessed when you login to our website and look under "view documents."  Some committees have already set up email distribution lists for their committee which is a great tool.  If you would like to do this and need assistance setting one up, please let me know.  Trish
 
Committee Lists 2016-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you! 2016-08-25 04:00:00Z 0


Rotary Club of fall River Members (from far right) Lorraine Travers, Connie Vaillancourt, and Rick Vaillancourt
meet with members of the WalMart Team to accept a check to support the Happy Feet Program.
 
How can you help support Happy Feet?  Did you recently receive a rewards coupon from Bob's Store or Jockey or some other favorite retail location, but don't really need anything?  Don't let it expire, instead purchase some children's socks to help support our Happy Feet program.  Kids socks (generally sizes 9-3 and 3-9, although there may be some variation) will be collected on an ongoing basis and can be brought to any Thursday meeting.  White crew socks are preferred. 
 
Happy Feet 2016-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Words to Live By 2016-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Go to the app store on your phone and type in clubrunner.  Download the free app and be able to find all club members contact information in three clicks!  You will be asked to sign in to your clubrunner log in in order to begin accessing member information.  If you do not have a clubrunner log in talk to your club secretary!
ROTARY CLUB LOCATOR APP
Find Rotary clubs worldwide with our free Rotary Club Locator app. You can search for clubs by keyword, country, state or province, district, and even meeting day. Or simply use the “Near me” feature to find clubs close to your current location.  Note that when you search for nearby clubs, the map won’t display e-clubs. Use a keyword search to find information on e-clubs.
Features:
  • Display a club’s location on a map
  • Search for clubs within 1 to 100 miles of your physical location
  • Add a club to your contact list
  • View club officer information (available only to Rotarians and Rotaractors)
UPDATE CLUB DATA
Make sure people can find your club! If Rotary doesn't have your club's current location, ask a club officer to update it, either by entering the information online or by sending it to data@rotary.org.
DOWNLOAD THE ROTARY CLUB LOCATOR APP
ROTARY EVENTS APP
Get the most out of this year's Rotary convention with the Rotary Events app. Plan your daily schedule, learn about featured speakers and entertainment, download session handouts, and connect with friends. Available in English and Korean, the app also lets you:
  • Navigate the convention venue and House of Friendship using interactive maps
  • Share photos and earn badges with the Click game
  • Rate sessions
  • Send feedback to convention organizers
The Rotary Events app also offers guides for participants of the International Assembly, Rotary's annual training meeting for incoming district governors.
DOWNLOAD THE ROTARY EVENTS APP
ROTARY SUPPORT
Send us your questions and feedback , or call us at +1-866-976-8279.
 
Getting the ClubRunner App 2016-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Jen Vincent has gathered some wonderful resources to help us make the most of our Rotary memberships.  We do many great things in our club, but it is important to understand all the things Rotary International is doing worldwide.  One way to do that is create your own account on the RI website.  Following this link for step by step instructions:  Documents/en-ca/82d0a705-e32c-44ad-b87a-29b35b9defee/1.
 
And for more information about your personal ClubRunner Account and how to edit your information, follow this link:  Documents/en-ca/d2836999-5b1d-4207-80f9-3663228688ec/1
 
Thanks Jen for educating us on how to make the most of our Rotary memberships! 
 
How to Create a My Rotary Account 2016-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Club member must maintain at least a 50 percent attendance rate. Any missed meetings can be made up within 14 days of a regular meeting. The following activities all count as a make-up.

Participation in a committee meeting.
Participation in a community volunteer project.
Participation in a club fundraiser event.
Participation in a fellowship event.
Participation in a weekly meeting of another Rotary Club.
Participation in Rotary District, National or International events.

If traveling, club members are encouraged to visit clubs in the new area to make up a missed meeting. You may check online by using the Club Locator to get meeting and contact information. Always be sure to call or e-mail before you show up for a meeting (you never know, they might have a day off).

What to do when you can't find a meeting:
Rotarians often wonder what to do if there’s not a club where they travel or if an emergency causes them to miss a meeting.
One option is to attend a regular meeting of a local Rotaract clubInteract clubRotary Community Corps or Rotary Fellowship. Attending one of these meetings counts as a make-up. Another option is to participate in an interactive activity on a Rotary e-Club website.  The newest e-Club is right here in our District, the Rotary Club of New England. See more at: http://rotary7950.com/sitepage/make-ups-e-clubs/#sthash.CJhGl5bn.dpuf.

 

How to Make Up a Missed Meeting 2016-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
I just wanted to thank so many Rotarians who made an extra effort to be at this week's meeting with our District Governor Russell Bertrand and his wife Karen. I hope you had a chance to understand a little better the many projects we as a District and an International organization are involved in. We made a great showing and the District Governor was very impressed with our many efforts.
 
And another monster thank you to all those that supported the Million Dollar Meal during our visit to BCC two weeks ago. We raised $429! Along with our efforts of volunteering at two races, we are already one third of the way of reaching our $3,000 goal for Polio Plus. This money will be matched by the Charlton Charitable Foundation making our total donation $6,000, which will then again be matched two times by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, making the final donation $18,000. That's amazing!
 
 
Thank you! 2016-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Fall River is full of generous hearts and we often ask for donations of items and money to support the many needs in our community.  We know that each of us is not capable of giving to every cause, and that most of us are involved with other great organizations as well.  But we keep asking because each of us has different passions and different interests and you never know when we will be helping a cause close to your heart; or perhaps to fill a need that fits in with the mission of your business.
 
Since late July, the ASPCA has been on the ground in Westport, MA, assisting in a massive farm animal cruelty case. All of the animals have been removed from the scene and transported to safety. The majority are currently being sheltered and cared for at a temporary shelter set up and operated by the ASPCA, while a small number have been place with various rescue organizations. The total number of animals rescued has climbed to nearly 1,075, with more than 1,000 animals still in ASPCA care. The species range from farm animals like cows, pigs, sheep and chickens, to more unusual species like pheasant and peacock. There are approximately 45 responders on the scene who continue to provide daily care, medical evaluations and forensic support as the case develops.
 
The ASPCA is seeking assistance with donations to help the responders while they nurse these animals back to health.  Please consider if you or your company is able to donate any of the following items: water; Gatorade; paper towels; packaged snacks for volunteers; work gloves; sunscreen; bug spray; 20' tarps; horse corral panels; jolly balls (for large animals); pine shavings; and rope cattle halters.  Renee Dufour has offered to drop off smaller items at the designated location.  We will accept donations until August 25th. 
 
Donations and Collections 2016-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelly Baldwin

 
Fall River Rotarians recently held their annual backpack and school supply drive and donated 120 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to the local community in need. These backpacks were filled with a variety of school supplies including everything from notebooks to colored pencils and everything in between that children would need for school. These 120 backpacks were disbursed among 3 local non-profit organizations: Family Service Association, Child and Family Services, and United Neighbors of Fall River. Donations were collected at BayCoast Bank locations and the Rotary Club of Fall River donated nearly $800 to purchase the backpacks and remaining supplies needed.

At their weekly meeting on August 4th
, Rotarians formed an assembly line, filling the backpacks with the supplies. Trish Robertson, this year’s President, stated that she was “so impressed with the generosity of the community and the Rotarians. Whenever we ask for help to assist the greater Fall River community, whether through donations or volunteering, we always receive a generous response.” Wendy Garf-Lipp, Executive Director of United Neighbors of Fall River, went on to say that because of these donations, children living in vulnerable situations will proudly show off their new backpacks and school supplies their first day of school. Members of the Fall River Rotary Club are proud to be able to work with these great community organizations to both fill the backpacks and get them distributed to those children that need them the most.

 

Backpack & School Supply Collection Kelly Baldwin 2016-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Ambrose

The Rotary Club of Fall River and the Fall River Rotary Club Charitable Foundation Trust recently installed their 2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors. According to newly elected President Trish Robertson, Rotary International has adopted “Rotary Serving Humanity” as this year’s theme. Major areas of focus include promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local communities. The Fall River Rotary Club supports these efforts internationally and locally.

In the Greater Fall River community, the Rotary Club supports the work of several non-profit organizations and schools through small grants and volunteering. The Club runs a number of programs each year including providing backpacks and school supplies to low income children, hosting a “First Impressions” event to help Bristol Community College students and others entering the work force with interview and resume writing tips and providing business appropriate attire. The Club has also donated over two hundred pairs of sneakers and socks to children in need through its “Happy Feet” program. The Club also awards twelve scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors. Funds are raised primarily through the annual Pancake Breakfast held in the Fall and the “Affair to Remember” held in the Spring.

In addition to President Trish Robertson, the Club inducted the following: President Elect, Jennifer Preston; Vice President, Kimberly Smith; Secretary, Jennifer Vincent; Treasurer, Lisa Raiche; Sergeant-at-Arms, Karen Augeri-Benson; Co-Historians, Paula Raposa and Harvey Trieff. The Fall River Rotary Club Charitable Foundation Trust named the following officers: President, Jim Collins; Vice President, Roger Cabral; Secretary, Paula Raposa and Treasurer, Charlene Jarest.

The Rotary Club of Fall River has been an integral part of the community since 1920. There are over 85 members who meet Thursday's at White’s of Westport at noon. Anyone interested in learning more is invited to attend a meeting and visit www.frrotary.org.

New Officers and Board Members Installed Alicia Ambrose 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Anyone interested in attending Rotary Night at the Paw Sox on Tuesday, August 23rd, please let Lorraine Travers (ltravers@ltraverscpa.com) know by Tuesday, August 9th.  Tickets are $8-$9 each depending on the final count.    
 
The Paw Sox will be playing Syracuse in a 7:05 p.m. game.  All Rotarians and our guests are invited to assemble at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind first base.  From there we will have a rare opportunity to march out on the field with our Club Banner and watch District Governor Bertrand throw out the first pitch!  This year, we have also committed to making sure some local kids get the chance to experience going to the ball park!  We will purchase 16 tickets and donate them to Saint Vincent's; a friend of Rotary has also donated 1 concession item for each child.  What a great Rotarian Act of Kindness!
   
 
Rotary Night at the Paw Sox August 23rd! 2016-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, August 4th we will be changing the way we handle our back to school backpack project just a little.  Instead of asking volunteers to come early, we will instead meet at our regular time, have lunch and our business meeting, and then ask everyone to stay to help fill the backpacks.  There will be no speaker, but if everyone stays, we should be finished by 1:30.  We need everyone's help to make this work!  Thank you to Lubelia Raposo for coordinating this project this year - she has done a fantastic job!
 
To make the day a little more fun, and to keep in the back to school theme, we will also have picture day!  Karen Augeri Benson has agreed to take everyone's headshots and then we will use these to upload to www.frrotary.org and update everyone's profile with their picture.  Don't worry, if you have already taken the time to upload a great photo, we won't touch it, but many do not have a photo at all!
 
And just for laughs, we are asking everyone to bring in a school photo to share.  We can see how many of us can recognize our fellow Rotarians in their younger years!  So go dig out that photo in the closest and come ready to do a little service work and have some fun on August 4th!
 
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Below are the remarks I gave at the Installation Dinner on June 27th.  For those of you that were not able to attend, I hope it will help you get a sense of how excited I am for this year and some of the things I would like our club to work toward. 
 
Good evening Fall River Rotarians and welcome to our extended Rotary family.  Thank you for the honor of allowing me to stand before you as President of this great club.  It is only proper that I begin by acknowledging the many Presidents that have held this position before me, many of whom are in this room tonight.  I would especially like to thank Lorraine Travers for serving this club as President over the last year.  I am only beginning to understand the number of hours you put in each week to make sure we had the chance to participate in a wide variety of projects and to meet our club, district and Rotary International goals. 
 
Not only is it an honor to have been elected as President, but the team of officers that I get to work with is outstanding.  To have Jen Preston, Kim Smith, Jen Vincent, and Lisa Raiche leading this year with me is remarkable.  We have already been meeting not only to plan out the year, but to plan for a smooth transition from year to year.  
 
Rotary International President John Germ has set this coming year’s theme as “Rotary Serving Humanity.”  He says “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity.” 
 
So the question is how do we take that theme and make it relevant here in our club?  How will we serve humanity over the next year?  I plan for us to take a three pronged approach and hope you will embrace this as well.  First, we will serve humanity on a global scale, after all the I in R. I. stands for International.  We will do this by continuing our efforts to raise money and fulfill our matching grant with the Charlton Foundation to support Polio Plus and the eradication of Polio.  We are this close, and we cannot let up on our efforts now.  We will support the Rotary International Foundation which celebrates
its 100th anniversary this year.  I also hope for us to get involved in either Safe Passages in Guatemala or Razia’s Ray of Hope in Afghanistan; programs that support education in these countries and are strongly supported by other clubs in our District.  
 
Second, we will serve humanity locally.  As a club of almost 90 members, with two strong Interact groups to work with, and four more clubs in our area, we have the potential to be a mighty force.  By sharing our many talents and skills, we can make a difference through volunteering.  I plan to work with all the committees to make sure we have monthly opportunities to serve the community not just with our money, but with our hands and our hearts.  To start with, we are collecting personal care items tonight for those living in transitional housings and shelters.  For July we will assist with a WIC Field Day; in August we will stuff backpacks for low-income children as they head back to school, and in early October we will assist my Brother’s Keeper with their work to provide furniture and household items to those in need.  There will be something for everyone and if you have an idea, please share it. 
 
And last but not least, I hope that we will all make an effort to serve humanity in our personal lives; that we be consciously more attentive to our family, friends, and co-workers; that we treat each other with just a little more mercy.  That we practice Random Acts of Kindness, or perhaps Rotarian Acts of Kindness.  You can decide for yourselves what this means, for me I am going to try to express my gratitude more often, to acknowledge the gifts and talents in others.  I am going to try to be more helpful without being asked. 
 
So once again, thank you for trusting in me.  I expect the very best from each of you, and together we will have one incredible Rotarian year. 
 
Trish Robertson
President, Rotary Club of Fall River
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Starting Saturday May 28th thru June 6th, a special discount for early registration for next year's Rotary International convention-June10 thru June 14th, 2017 in Atlanta, GA, USA.

 

For one week only the cost will be only $265/per person for Rotarians and guests. After that, it jumps up to $340/per person until December 15th, and then it increases to $415/per person!

 

So take advantage of this opportunity to attend a Rotary International convention in the United States!

 

Register at the link below:

 

http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta

 

Rotary International Convention 2017 On Sale Now 2016-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2016

The Rotary Club of Fall River has announced applications are available for 2017 scholarship awards.  Scholarships will be awarded to twelve (12) deserving high school seniors in the amount of $1,000 each.  Juliette Almeida, co-chair of the scholarship committee stated “applicants for this scholarship should be committed to the mission of the Rotary Club, Service Above Self, by being active participants in school and community service activities."  Students who reside in Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Tiverton and Freetown qualify to apply.

Scholarship applications are available at all area High School Guidance offices or by accessing the application in the download section (right side) of the this website.

Applications should be returned to:
Rotary Club of Fall River
Scholarship Committee
P. O. Box 1802
Fall River, MA  02722

The deadline for all applications is April 1, 2017.

 

2017 Scholarship Applications Available for High School Seniors Juliette Almeida 2016-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
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An Affair to Remember  
 
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  
 This was our best Affair to Remember yet!  We love the new location at Bristol Community College, there was plenty of food from Scottie's Pub, and of course great entertainment from Kevin Green!  The prizes were bigger and better than ever and we raised more money to support the community.  Thank you all for your generosity in purchasing program book ads, raffle tickets, and all donations.  You are an incredible community!
 
 
 
 
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Patricia A. Haddad, member of Massachusetts House of Representatives, will be a guest speaker at the Fall River Rotary Club meeting at White’s of Westport at 12:15 pm on Thursday, January 28, 2016.
 
Representative Haddad will be speaking about the resolution regarding women on corporate boards and other initiatives. The non-binding resolution (S 1007), co-sponsored in the House by Speaker Pro Tempore Haddad, asks public and private companies whose boards have nine or more members to have at least three female directors by Dec. 31, 2018. Companies with fewer than nine board seats should have at least two female directors, the resolution states. The Massachusetts House unanimously approved the resolution in October of 2015, encouraging Bay State corporations to put more women on boards and in positions of leadership, making a statement in support of gender diversity that lawmakers said makes sense both ethically and economically.
 
Patricia A. Haddad is Speaker Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the people of Dighton, Somerset, Swansea and Taunton. A member of the House since 2000, she has served on a variety of committees including Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Health Care, Medicaid, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Rules, Ethics and Ways and Means. Haddad served two terms as Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Education and prior to her recent appointment as Speaker Pro Tempore, was Assistant Majority Whip.
 
The public is invited to attend the meeting.  Cost to attend is $13, which includes lunch. If you are interested, please contact Paula Raposa at 508-676-6847 for reservations.
Club Invites Public to Hear Rep. Patricia Haddad Speak Sue Remy 2015-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
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Join the Rotary Club of Fall River as we assist the Saint Anne’s Neighborhood Association, Inc. with Spring 2015 Cleanup on June 6th.  This event is being held in conjunction with the City of Fall River, Mass in Motion and Fall River Park Advocates. Many volunteers are needed to tackle this large task. 
 
Here are some details regarding the cleanup:
• Begins at 9 a.m.  Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.
• Meeting point is at the Pavilion at Kennedy Park.  Use the entrance on Broadway to access the parking lot. 
• The Neighborhood Association will assign teams to tackle the upper park (Section of the park closer to St. Anne's Church) and the lower park (where the playground and pool are located).  The overlook (section near Mt. Hope Bay) will not be part of the cleanup.
• The Neighborhood Association will provide water, snacks, gloves, bags, rakes, shovels, and lunch.  We also encourage volunteers to bring their personal rakes, shovels, etc since there will be a limited supply.
• Dress in your Rotary t-shirt if you have one and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty in!
• Children will need a parent permission form which is available to the right in the download section (of the homepage.)  This form can also be used for children needing community service hours.
 
About Kennedy Park
Kennedy Park (originally known as South Park) is a 57-acre historic park located in Fall River, Massachusetts. It is bounded by South Main Street, Bradford Avenue, Middle, and Bay Streets in the southern part of the city. The area of the city where the park is located was until 1862, part of Rhode Island. The park was originally the farm of John Durfee.
 
Built in 1868, designed by famed 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park was originally known as "South Park". It was updated in 1904 by the Olmsted Brothers. The park was renamed in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The park provides a vast area of open space in the middle of a particularly dense portion of the city, surrounded by many triple-decker working-class tenement houses and the Catholic St. Anne's Church.
 
The park was added to the National Historic Register in 1983. It was restored in 2001.
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Posted on Nov 02, 2014
The Rotary Club of Fall River, in conjunction with Interact Club at B.M.C. Durfee High School had the biggest showing in years at the annual Halloween party at Saint Vincent's in Fall River.  Over 35 children dressed in their finest superhero, princess, and scary costumes were treated to pizza, cookie decorating (and eating!) craft sticker fun, candy treat bags, and a wonderful presentation from Animal Instincts.  Members of the Rotary and Interact clubs served and assisted the children throughout the day. 
  
A very special thank you to Seth Hockert-Lotz of Domino's Pizza for his pizza donation and to Bob Schenck from Animal Instincts in Fall River for his presentation of exotic animals, including a 7 foot python, a glass lizard, and a scorpion!
Halloween Fun! Trish Robertson 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0


What a great turnout for the Rotary Club of Fall River Backpack Project.  We meet our goal of DOUBLING the number of backpack we distributed this year to 200!  Many thanks to our generous donors in Rotary, Altrusa, Jay Kay, Target and BayCoast Bank Customers. 

 

Back to School Backpack Challenge Trish Robertson 2014-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Ann Bentley on Jan 07, 2014

Join the Rotary Club of Fall River on Thursday, February 6, 2014 for
An Affair to Remember Community Gathering and Chinese Auction
at the Eagle Restaurant on 35 North Main Street, Fall River
from 5 to 8 p.m.

This free event will offer a cash bar and light appetizers
and will feature 40 themed gift baskets for raffle. 

You can feel great about your donation as all proceeds benefit local charities!

 

An Affair to Remember Jo Ann Bentley 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0