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Freshman Rotary Service Project is Underway
The Freshman members of the Rotary Club are partnering with Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) to manage the annual holiday toy drive that provides holiday toys for children and teens served by SYFS and the Department of Children and Families. The drive kicked off in early November and culminates with a shopping day for families in December. Freshman Rotarian and Executive Director of SYFS, Christine Mowry, along with SYFS Business Manager and Freshman Rotarian Lynn Lynch, brought the idea to the group in September. Enthusiasm for the project was immediately evident, with members pitching in to wrap giant collection boxes and pick up donated items on a weekly basis throughout the drive. A goal of the project is to encourage all Rotarians to get involved. A Sign Up Genius was created to organize the volunteer needs and can be viewed through this link:
On December 17th from 9am until noon Rotary members will gather at Trinty Church to set up the shopping experience for the families served by the toy drive. Parents and caregivers will then be able to "shop" for just the perfect gifts right down to stocking stuffers, gift wrap, tape, bows and gift tags. Any left over gifts and supplies will be picked up by the Department of Children and Families and distributed to other needy families. There will be no regular Rotary meeting on December 17th. 
Winter Doldrums Gathering
Barbara Heisler has graciously offered to open her home for a club gathering sometime in January. This "Winter Doldrums" party will allow us to enjoy each other's company once the rush of the holiday season has passed. A date will be shared soon!
Personal Care Collection for Veterans
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!

Rotary Friendship Exchange
            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. 
Meeting Mondays at 12:15 PM at the Post Office Pub, 1 Ray St., No. Grafton