December 2018

Making a Difference in Our Community & the World


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Post Office Pub
1 Ray Street
North Grafton, MA  01536
United States of America
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Important Upcoming Events
Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services Holiday Toy Drive - Nov. 14 - Dec. 17.  This year's Freshman Rotary Project is to help organize the annual toy drive for SYFS.  The success of the project depends on all members pitching in to help. There are many ways to participate and show your holiday spirit!  Check your e-mail for the link to sign up. 
Holiday Buffet & Yankee Gift Swap - December 10th.  12:15 pm at the Post Office Pub in Grafton, MA.  Mark your calendars for our annual holiday gathering with the always fun and interesting, Yankee Gift Swap.
No Meeting Notice
There will be no meeting on holidays or when schools are closed due to inclement weather.  Also, we may not meet on a Monday immediately following a club event such as Recycle Day or Community Reading Day.  Please check the Club Calendar or contact Judy Merriman at for more information. 
Club Executives & Directors
President 2019-2020 (PE)
President 2020-2021 (VP)
Past President
Sgt. at Arms
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Public Image Chair
Literacy Chair
Visioning Champion
Bulletin Chair
Website Administrator
Speaker Chair
Youth Chair
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Club Stories
On Monday, December 10th our meeting will be spent celebrating the holiday season with a buffet lunch and Yankee Swap. Swap gifts should not exceed $20 in value.
There will not be a regular lunch meeting on Monday, December 17th as many members are volunteering to set up the annual SYFS Toy Drive as part of the Rotary Freshman Service Project.
            Jan Mark shared information about the Rotary Friendship Exchange, a Rotary activity launched by Rotary International in 1984. Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) offers Rotarians and their spouses or partners to experience other cultures by visiting each other's countries and homes. the program is reciprocal and lasts for a maximum of 12 days. The purpose of the exchange is to stimulate international understanding, create goodwill and peace, as well as link international contacts through person to person contacts across international borders. 
Jan's Rotary Club in District 2390  in Helsingborg, Sweden participated in this program with a club in Chinese District 3461 in Taiwan.  Jan is anxious to establish and exchange with our District and will be speaking to the Worcester Rotary Club as well. 
For the fourth year, the Rotary Club joined forces with the Lion's Club of Shrewsbury to collect needed personal care items for clients at Veterans, Inc.  Shoppers at Price Chopper in Shrewsbury were given lists of needed items as they entered the store.  Members of both clubs collected the items as shoppers left the store. A great community effort to remember and thank our veterans for their service around the time of Veteran's Day!

At the October 1st meeting, President-Elect Stephanie Luz installed Betsy Hudson as the newest member of the Shrewsbury Club.  Welcome Betsy!
The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury participated at the 22nd Annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival on September 29th.  The Town Expo on Saturday is a popular event celebrating business, town, civic, educational, and religious organizations. 
It's always a pleasure to welcome Don Musial, General Manager of Wheelabrator Shrewsbury, to our meetings.  On August 13th, Don spoke about environmental performance and efficiencies at the town landfill. And did you know they have bee hives and make their own honey?
Thank you to Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter for the Community Advocate and Shrewsbury Rotarian, for writing this article highlighting the Shrewbury Club's "From My Heart" writing program for high school students. 
The club installation of new officers was held on Monday, June 18th.  Congratulations to Don Harbert on his Installation as Club President for 2018-19!  A big Thank You and well wishes to outgoing President Kathy McSweeney!  See more photos at photoalbums/new-officer-installation (photo credit: Rotary District 7910). 
Welcome to our newest member, Rob Guinard, Director of Community Relations for Benchmark Senior Living at Shrewsbury Crossings!  Rob was inducted by Shrewsbury Club President, Kathy McSweeney at the May 7th meeting. Congratulations to Rob for joining Rotary to get involved and make a difference. 
Mindy McKenzie (left) is awarded the distinguished Paul Harris Award by Club President Kathy McSweeney for her contributions to the Rotary Club Foundation.
Four new members were installed at the club meeting on April 30, 2018. Welcome to Emily Chiarelli of Benchmark Senior Living, Michael Richard of United Bank, Amber Polisher and Colleen Lanza of Grafton Jobs Corps. 
The Installation of Don Harbert as the club’s 2018-2019 president and the other officers of the club for the coming year is scheduled for June 18th. The installation will be held at the regular club meeting time of 12:15 p.m. and at our regular venue, The Post Office Pub.
The Guest Speaker will be Shrewsbury Town Manager, Kevin Mizikar. Kevin will offer his reflections on his first year as Town Manager and where he sees the club going in the next few years. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Our former member and past president, Jeff Chin, now Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters spoke to the club on February 5, along with his assistant, Colleen Shroth.
Among the things that Jeff shared was that “Bigs”, as he refers to his agency, has two basic programs: 1) Site Based programs that are based in a school, club or company, and 2) Community Based programs that are more flexible and focus on single pairings of Bigs with their “Littles.”
He noted that many of the Littles come from single parent families, headed by a mother (52%) and 18% have incarcerated parents. Positive roll models are crucial. There is a crying need for Bigs with nearly 50 children presently on a waiting list.
SHS Athletic Field Refurbishment - Michelle Biscotti and Kathleen Keohane addressed the club on February 12th to talk about the need for refurbishing the athletic field at Shrewsbury High School. The problem with the current field is that grass does not offer enough playing time in New England. In order for the field to be useable for full seasons, artificial turf is required. Additionally, artificial turn would extend the use of the field beyond football. It would also make it possible to play games in less than ideal weather conditions.
The project to install and renovate the field is $2.1 million. Of that sum, $1.8 million needs to be raised. Currently fundraising is at $1.3 million.
Rotary Leadership Institute - Owen Russell, club Vice-President, recently attended the Rotary Leadership Institute. Like all who have attended the institute before him, Owen gave a glowing report of this experience. He noted that RLI is not mandatory, as PETS is, but is recognized as valuable by Rotary International.
Owen attended the first of the three part program. It began with breakfast on a Saturday and ran until 3:30 p.m. Subjects covered in part one include: insight into leadership qualities, how individual Rotarians fit into the “world of Rotary,” discussion of ethics of Rotary and vocational service, information on the structure of the Foundation, engaging and mentoring members, and creating service projects.

Our annual goal to support the Foundation of Rotary International needs to be met by the end of June. The best, simplest and most direct way to do that is to go online and make your contribution at <my>. You may also contribute by giving a check to our club secretary, Cliff Gerber. If you give by check, make certain that the check is made payable to “The Rotary Foundation.”
The Shrewsbury club’s goal for this year is to average a $125 gift per member. We regularly exceed our goal and we are counting on all of our members to help us maintain our excellent record.
Donations to the Foundation support projects at home through District Grants and Global Grants, fight cancer, provide healthcare in places of need, provide clean water among a variety of other charitable causes. Most prominent of all is Rotary’s effective crusade to eradicate polio.
The Rotary Foundation is highly rated by Charity Watch and was cited by CNN as the most effective global charity.
Darlene Trainor of the District 7910 Service Committee spoke to the club about planning hands-on service projects. The resultant discussion produced a healthy list of potential new projects for the club, most of them of significant value to the community and yet easily accomplished.
A Survey Monkey poll is being created in order to help the club sort through the list of potential projects and select the ones that will be pursued at this time. Members will receive the poll in 2 parts (the list of potentials is too long for a single Survey Monkey poll!). When you receive the invitations to take part in the poll, you are asked to respond to them as quickly as possible.
There will be no Lunch Meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018 as many of our members will be attending the District 7920 "Service Hero" dinner on Monday Evening.  Congratulations to long time Shrewsbury Rotarian Art Dobson who will be honored as a Rotary Service Hero at this District Event!
On January 8th, the club was please to welcome new members. Pictured here from left to right are Lynn Lynch, Christine Mowry, Missy Hollenback and Club President, Kathy McSweeney. Christine is the new Executive Director of Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, and Lyn is the Business Manager of SYFS. Together, they replace the memberships vacated in the Corporate Membership of SYFS. Missy is a well-known community activist and has been the guiding light behind the successful Shrewsbury Farmer's Market, along with a variety of other community projects.
We are excited to have Lynn, Christine and Missy among our members!

The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury will be awarding two or more $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are planning to attend college in the fall of 2018. These scholarships are paid directly to the student recipient upon their successful matriculation to college and may be used for any educational expense that the recipient chooses (examples: tuition, room and board, books, travel to and from school). 

The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury will also be awarding two or more $500 to $1000 scholarships to high school seniors who will be pursuing a certificate program in their career or trade or immediately entering their career or trade following high school graduation.  Awards can be used toward a certificate program or to purchase tools for one’s chosen trade and are paid directly to the recipient to reimburse the purchase of tools or cost of certificate program.

Any high school senior who lives in Shrewsbury or attends high school in Shrewsbury is eligible to receive a Rotary Club of Shrewsbury scholarship. Applicants should be aware that the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury is an affiliated club of Rotary International, a world-wide service organization. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” an applicant’s record of involvement in service organizations and projects is given very high consideration in the awarding of the scholarships. Academic achievement and need are also considered.

Applicants will be expected to complete an application, provide one letter of recommendation, provide a transcript from your school’s guidance office as well as provide personal contact information.  All applications must be received by March 23, 2018.  To obtain a scholarship application, please contact Donald Harbert by emailing Applications are also available from the guidance offices at Shrewsbury High School and at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.

The speaker at the December 4th club meeting was Marilyn Taylor, Life and Wellness Coach. Marilyn became involved in life and wellness coaching through her other profession, that of massage therapist. Marilyn became involved in deep conversations with her clients that led her in a new direction.
Marilyn asked the club members how they measure success, careers, wealth...? "What if we measured success by what makes us happy? she asked. She noted that a 2009 study on income and satisfaction shows that an income of $75,000 was a plateau beyond which there is no change in the perception of happiness. Today, she believes that might equate with about a $90,000 income.
"What you fell is your messenger of where you are in life—what your level of satisfaction is. In terms of reported happiness, about 50% is from genetic makeup, 10% is from financial well-being and 40% is derived from intentional activity on a person's part. Areas of that intentional activity have to do with: 1) having and nurturing 1 or 2 positive relationship, 2) acts of kindness and compassion, 3) exercise, 4) being in the flow of life [examples - golf, music), 5) spiritual engagement and meaning, 6) using your strengths, and 7) having a positive mindset.