Nov 25, 2019 12:15 PM
Club Meeting
Dec 02, 2019 12:15 PM
Days for Girls
Dec 09, 2019 12:15 PM
Club's Annual Holiday Buffet
Dec 16, 2019 9:00 AM
Service Project
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 30, 2019
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So Many Service Projects!
We have been so busy with service projects this fall and will continue to be volunteering throughout the community over the coming weeks!
SYFS Annual Holiday Toy Drive
After the success of last year's freshman service project our club will continue to support the Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services annual toy drive. The drive runs from November 29th-December 13th with a shopping day for families on December 16th.  The collection boxes were wrapped by Art, Julie, Beth and Roya from Avidia Bank and are at the various collection sites. This year, volunteers are able to pick up the donations at their convenience on Fridays and drop them off at SYFS rather than bringing them to Trinity Church. This change should make it easier for more of our members to participate. Please note that the shopping day is the same day as the food distribution at St. Anne's. 
To volunteer for the SYFS toy drive please use this link:
St. Anne's Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Despite the cold and rainy weather, club members were on hand to help with the Thanksgiving food distribution at St. Anne's. A funeral and mercy meal meant the food pantry volunteers had to set up in the back corner of the parking lot, rather than inside the Father Smith Center. Anyone who has helped before can appreciate what an undertaking it is to move upwards of 80 bags of nonperishable food items from the basement of the church and across the parking lot, but that is exactly what had to be done in order to make sure the food pantry clients had their needs met this month. 
According to food pantry coordinator Melinda Nies, 110 clients were served on Monday, a significant increase from other months, due to the the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition to the usual nonperishable food items, frozen meats, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy, clients were provided with a Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings including fresh carrots, potatoes, onions and apple cider. 
The next distribution is on Monday, December 16th and will include food for a Christmas meal. We currently have 6 volunteers for that day and every hand will be needed! Anyone that can stay longer than 10:30 or is able to arrive at 10:30 and stay until noon, please plan to do so. Plan for the possibility of being outside because all of the food will need to be moved from the basement of the church to the Father Smith Center (across the parking lot) to be distributed. 
To sign up for other months please use this link:
Yultide Market
Rotarian Moira Miller presented to us about the upcoming Yultide Market hosted by the newly formed Shrewsbury Town Center Association (STCA). The mission of the STCA is to improve, enhance and foster economic and cultural development in the Town Center district of Shrewsbury, MA. Stephanie Luz and Melanie Petrucci are also members of this dynamic group working to revitalize Shrewsbury's Town Center. 

Inspired by popular European holiday markets, the Yuletide Market will offer for sale holiday treats, sweets, gifts, crafts and festivities plus the first lighting of the town common. The event takes place on Saturday, December 7th from 4-8PM in the parking lot of Chiampa Funeral Home. For more information visit this website:

Our club will be selling notecards and serving mulled wine at the Yultide Market as a fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to set up the pop up tents and decorate them with holiday lights starting at 3PM and to sell notecards and mulled wine during the market. Because the event is outdoors, we are looking for 5 volunteers for each 2 hours shift to allow for people to take breaks as needed to warm up. Volunteers for selling mulled wine need to be TIPS certified. 

Please use this link to volunteer for the Yultide Market:

Literacy Day 
One of our club's favorite service projects is Community Reading Day, where we start our day sharing stories with second grade students in the Shrewsbury Public Schools. The Rotary Club donates three picture books to each second grade class so the students are able to enjoy the books for the rest of the school year and classroom libraries continue to grow. Many thanks to club member Owen Russel for coordinating this effort again this year!
Meeting Mondays at 12:15 PM at the Post Office Pub, 1 Ray St., No. Grafton