February 2021

Making a Difference in Our Community & the World


Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Borgatti Bar
193 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States of America
We are unable to meet at Borgatti Bar due to Covid regulations. But we are holding regular Zoom meetings on Monday's during the pandemic. Times alternate between noon and 5:30 pm. Contact Judy for information judyshrewsburyrotary@gmail.com
Important Upcoming Events
Contact Judy Merriman for information about joining a virtual meeting during the pandemic. judyshrewsburyrotary@gmail.com
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 judyshrewsburyrotary@gmail.com for more information. 
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President Elect
Co-President 2022-2023 (VP)
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Public Image Chair
Board Member
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Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Literacy Chair
Bulletin Chair
Website Administrator
Youth Exchange Chair
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
Club Stories

Like everything else, holiday gift giving will be different this year. Shopping during a pandemic isn't the joyful experience it once was and demand for online ordering will make on time deliveries less reliable.

The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury has a solution to your shopping challenges! Our online auction is filled with one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list! We have done all the thinking and shopping for you! Browse and bid on our selection of gift baskets while staying safe and cozy at home. Get something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list while supporting an organization with a mission of doing good work in Shrewsbury.

Funds from this online auction will allow our club to continue to make financial donations to St. Anne's Human Services and Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, and to award scholarships to three high school seniors at the end of the academic year.



The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury is proud to announce that Athena Wu and Thomas Morgera have each been awarded $1000 scholarships to help them in their future college careers. The motto of Rotary International is “Service Above Self” and service is the most important criteria in our scholarship selection process. Athena and Thomas demonstrated outstanding service to others during their high school careers at Shrewsbury High School.  Both of these outstanding students exemplify the highest ideals of Rotary. We congratulate them on their accomplishments and upon receiving this award.
The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury awards scholarships each spring to graduating seniors who either live or attend high school in Shrewsbury.  
Club members once again volunteered to support the Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services annual toy drive. The drive ran from November 29th-December 13th with a shopping day for families on December 16th.  The collection boxes were wrapped by club members and placed at locations around town.  Volunteers also helped to set up the toys for families to shop on December 16th,
On December 7th, our club participated in the 1st Annual Shrewsbury Yuletide Market and Light the Common, selling hot mulled wine and note cards featuring scenes from around Shrewsbury.  The mulled wine was a big hit (we sold out!) as it was a beautiful, but very cold, evening!  The funds raised from the sale of note cards and mulled wine will be used to support our many local community projects. 
The Yuletide Market and Light the Common were a big success and we look forward to participating again in 2020!
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!
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.  

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 avellap@comcast.net or +1-781-354-7235.  Information about the RFE program can be found at https://rotary7910.org/page/friendship-exchange-home-page.
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. 

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 judyshrewsburyrotary@gmail.com.