June 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
The Spring Social and wine tasting will be held on Monday, May 13th 6:00pm - 8:30pm at Broken Creek Vineyard and Winery in Shrewsbury, www.brokencreekvineyard.comThis event will be in lieu of our regular club meeting.  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.
​​​​​The installation ceremony for incoming President Stephanie Luz will be held at the club meeting on June 17th.  All officers and board members for the 2019-20 Rotary year will also be installed the same day. 
The 4th Annual Food & Brew Fest will be on Sunday, June 23th 2019  from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Avidia Bank, 23 Maple Ave, Shrewsbury.  For information (vendors, sponsorship opportunities, and tickets) go to https://shrewsburyfoodandbrew.com/.
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 judyshrewsburyrotary@gmail.com 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
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.
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. https://cultivatefarms.org
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. 
Shrewsbury Rotarians participated in the annual Shrewsbury Town Clean Up Day on April 6th.  Great job cleaning Rotary Park of winter debris and litter so that residents can enjoy peaceful location on Mill Pond.
Shrewsbury Rotarians had a fun morning volunteering at Binkeez for Comfort. Thankful for the opportunity to “share the love” cutting material to be made into holiday stockings for children struggling to survive life-threatening illnesses, acute developmental and mental disorders and severe burns.
At a dinner and ceremony held at Shrewsbury High School, student authors and artists were recognized for their works published in the 2019 “From the Heart” book. Spearheaded by Shrewsbury Club members Stu and Judy Deane, “From the Heart” is a joint project of the Shrewsbury, Worcester, and Auburn Rotary Clubs.
Congratulations to the published authors and artists as well as to all who volunteer their time to create the book and prepare and serve dinner on recognition night. 
In keeping with a long standing club tradition, candidates seeking election to the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen were invited to address the club as to why they are seeking to serve on the Board.  Two of the four candidates attended.  John Lebeaux, who is seeking re-election to the Board, and John Samia, who is running for a first term.  Mr. Lebeaux and Mr. Samia discussed their backgrounds, positions, goals, and answered questions from the audience.  The town election will be held on Tuesday, May 7th.  
Director of Public Facilities for the Town of Shrewsbury, Angela Snell, was our speaker on March 12th. With the recent re-organization at Town Hall, Angela has expanded her role from Parks and Recreation/Cemetery to also oversee Public Buildings. Angela and her staff are responsible for maintaining all 19 town buildings, 19 public parks, the Donahue Rowing Center, 6 athletic fields and the Mountain View Cemetery. Angela spoke about the work she and her staff conduct to maintain public buildings and recreation space as well as planning for the Memorial Day Parade and working with the Girl Scouts to place flags on veteran graves at Mt. View Cemetery.  
Angela also does commendable work with Special Olympics and the programs that are offered throughout the year. The men's basketball team successfully represented the USA in Abu Dhabi earning a silver medal! 
The March 4th meeting has been cancelled due to the weather and snow totals.  We'll look forward to seeing you on March 11th!
At our February 25th meeting, Genealogist and Shrewsbury Club member Moira Miller spoke on the topic of genealogy research.  Moira, who has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, has turned her personal genealogy experience and her passion for history and research into a successful genealogy career helping clients to discover their family history.  Her presentation included advice for conducting and properly sourcing a research project, assembling and analyzing information, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.  Moira emphasized the importance of adhering to the Genealogical Proof Standard and how a professional genealogist can assist in a family research project.  

Members of the Shrewsbury and Worcester Rotary Clubs recently visited Abby’s House. Abby’s House provides homeless, battered, and low-income women and their children with shelter, housing, and support services to help them get back on their feet. The Two clubs jointly donated 20 dressers to Abby’s House. Angela Tivan led the Shrewsbury project to obtain a District Grant. Barbara Guthrie led the Worcester club effort.

Planning has begun for the 4th Annual Food & Brew Fest.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 23th 2019 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Avidia Bank, 23 Maple Ave, Shrewsbury.  Information for vendor participation, sponsorships, and tickets will be available soon!
The club's Freshman Project was to help organize the annual Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services Toy Drive. There were several opportunities for all club members to volunteer to help make the holidays brighter for more than 90 children this year!  (photo credit to Christine Mowry, SYFS).
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!