December 2019

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
November 18 is Rotary Reading Day! 
There will be no regular meeting on Monday, November 18th as members will be reading to second graders at the Shrewsbury Public Schools. 
No Meeting Policy
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. 
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Club Stories
There will be no regular meeting on Monday, November 18th as members will be reading to second graders at the Shrewsbury Public Schools.  Sponsored by Shrewsbury Rotary, books are purchased for each classroom and Rotarians and community leaders read a book to each classroom on this day.  
There will be no meeting on Monday, September 16th.  Club members will be volunteering to help at St. Anne's Food Pantry in Shrewsbury.  The next regular meeting will be on Monday, September 23rd.
Shrewsbury Rotarians partnered with St. Anne's Human Services this morning to help stuff backpacks for students with back-to-school supplies.  Backpacks were purchased using proceeds from the 4th Annual Rotary Brew and Food Fest which was held in June.  
Fellow Shrewsbury Rotarian and Korean War Veteran, Art Dobson, shared stories from his trip of a lifetime visiting South Korea. His visit was part of a special trip organized by the Republic of Korea through a program called Revisit Korea.  Art was impressed with the activities and level of hospitality organized by his hosts and he described the event as "a once in a lifetime experience."
Since 1975, Revisit Korea has generously subsidized travel costs for tens of thousands of Korean War Veterans and their families.  In sincere appreciation for all veterans who fought and sacrificed in securing freedom and democracy for the Republic of Korea, veterans and their families are provided with free hotel accommodations, bus tours of Seoul, Inchon and the DMZ, and all meals while in Korea.

On August 5th, Oji Anderson shared her experiences at the RYLA three day youth conference held at Fitchburg State University this past June. Oji is a rising Junior at Shrewsbury High. Her favorite workshops at RYLA taught her how to be a better leader and public speaker and how to better resolve conflicts.  Oji's mother also shared her thoughts about how positive the RYLA experience was for Oji.  

Mark your calendars for the Multi-Club Social!   There will be no regular meeting on July 29th. 
Monday, July 29th, 6pm
Civic Kitchen at Westborough Country Club
121 W. Main St
Westborough, MA
$20 per person includes appetizers.
Cash bar and music on the patio. Rain or shine.
RSVP by Wednesday, July 24
The club welcomed Paul Avella as our speaker on July 8th.  Paul, Chair of the District Rotary Fellowship Exchange (RFE), presented on the RFE program and shared information about programs starting up in our District.  Two exchange opportunities are in the planning stages for District 7910 for Fall 2020 - one to Helsingborg, Sweden and the other to Benalla, Victoria, Australia.  Interested in travelling to one of these locations or in hosting Rotarian's from these locations? Contact Paul at or +1-781-354-7235.  Information about the RFE program can be found at
It was a "brewtiful" day for the the 4th Annual Brew & Food Fest on Sunday, June 23rd at the Avidia Bank parking lot.  Guests enjoyed sampling beer, cider, wine, and food from participating vendors. Proceeds will help the club partner with St. Anne's Human Services to provide backpacks and back-to-school supplies to Shrewsbury students in need.  A big Thanks to all vendors who participated and to all who bought tickets and came out to support Rotary and the Shrewsbury community.  See more photos on the Photo Album page. 
The annual Installation of Officers was held at a special club meeting in June.  Stephanie Luz, AVP Business Banking Officer at Avidia Bank in Shrewsbury, was installed as President.  Executive Officers and Directors were also installed and several recognition awards were presented to club members.  Congratulations and a big Thank You to outgoing President Don Harbert for his leadership.  See more photos on the Photo Album page. 
Shrewsbury Club members participated in the 3rd Annual New England Eid Charity Dinner and Multicultural Festival on June 9th in Marlborough.  Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan for Muslims, a time of celebration with family and philanthropic activities.  Shrewsbury Club member Rashid Shaikh invited club members to participate and the Club was honored to receive the Humanity Bridge Foundation Award for outstanding humanitarian efforts and community service.  More photos on Club Photos page. 

Club members and guests enjoyed a fun evening of fellowship, food, and wine at Broken Creek Vineyard and Winery in Shrewsbury.  View more photos on the Club Photos page. 
There will be no regular meeting of the club on Monday, May 13th.  Instead we will gather for the Spring Social at Broken Creek Vineyard and Winery, 614 South Street, Shrewsbury, 6-8:30 pm. The cost is $10 per person and attendees are asked to bring an hors d’ouvres or finger food dessert. For questions, contact Judy Merriman at
On May 11th, Shrewsbury Rotarians joined with other Rotarians from the District to help build animal housing at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton, MA.  Cultivate Care Farms'  mission is to operate, maintain, and expand Care Farming for humans and animals to heal and grow therapeutically through mental health, wellness, and community outreach programming.
At our May 6th meeting, the club welcomed new member Sandy Burger along with Dr. Brian Maher and Dr. Lauren Hamm who is rejoining after a hiatus.   Sandy recently moved to Shrewsbury from Kansas where she was a Rotarian and spearheaded a youth exchange program.  Lauren and Brian own and operate Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic. 
Club members welcomed Melissa Stein and Kim Flaherty from Open Circle Acupuncture & Healing as guest speakers at the April 29th meeting.  Open Circle, located in Northborough, offers a set of Natural Health Services including acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  Melissa and Kim spoke about how acupuncture and herbal medicine are used to help relieve pain and promote overall health and well-being. 
Another successful Shrewsbury Rotary Recycle Day is in the books! Our club raised funds for local community programs and residents were glad to have a place to recycle electronics and other items!  A special thank you to our event sponsor Wheelabrator.  Go to the Club Photos tab for more Recycle Day photos. 
Our Earth Day Recycle Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 29th, 12pm - 3 pm at the Shrewsbury Town Hall, 100 Maple Avenue.  Proceeds benefit service projects of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury.  Thank You to Wheelabrator for their generous sponsorship of this annual event.  
The club welcomed Dr. Brian Maher and Dr. Lauren Hamm from Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic as guest speakers on April 8th.  Dr. Brian and Dr. Lauren spoke about the benefits of chiropractic and how a chiropractic lifestyle can contribute to improved quality of life and well being.