Rotary Club of Foxboro

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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

1st and 3rd Thursdays at 11:45 AM-1:00 PM
Olive and Mint
2 Washington St
Foxboro, MA  02035
United States
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  • Lunch (speaker’s) meetings will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 11:45 AM to approximately 1:00 PM. Location is Olive and Mint Restaurant at 2 Washington St in Foxboro. Payment at the door ($15/per person). You can prepay by sending a check made out to the Foxboro Rotary to: Foxboro Rotary, PO Box 321, Foxboro, MA, 02035.
  • Our upcoming speakers include:
February 2nd: Tony McDonnell's Classification
February 16th: Foxboro Town Manager Bill Keegan and International Student Exchange Speakers Steve and Jill Albright
March 2nd: Steve Spiewakowski with Wrentham Probate Court
March 16th: Dr. Wendy Cohen (Karen Benz's guest)
April 6th: Karen Weber, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. and Founder of the Massachusetts Water Forum. 
April 20th: Chief William Baker, Foxboro Police
May 4th: Danny Tilton's classification speech
May 18th: Sister Kay Lawlor speaking about women in a Safe House (Joan Gagnon's guest) from Medical Missions of Mary
June 1st: TBD
          June 15th: TBD
           June 29 (will substitute for the July 6 meeting): New officer installation; induction of new members
           July 20: TBD
Board Meetings
  • Board meetings, when scheduled, are held before the regular meetings at 10:45 AM.

International Committee Meetings

  • Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month at 8:00 AM, both in-person and via conference call. 
Fellowship Committee Meetings
  • The next Fellowship (membership) Meeting will be held TBD at 8:15 AM in Roxanne's office.
Community Committee Meetings
  • The next Community Committee Meeting will be held TBD at Olive and Mint Restaurant, 2 Washington St, Foxboro



7950 District Events can be found at the following link:


To learn more about Rotary International, please check:

Upcoming Events


 Apr 11, 2015

 "The Harvard College Stand-up Comics Society"

April 17th

South Shore Country Club
274 South Street 
Hingham, MA  02043

$45 per person.

Appetizers, Cash bar and Raffles


 Apr 17, 2015
 Apr 17, 2015

The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
Providence Rotary
 Apr 29, 2015
Providence Rotary
 Apr 29, 2015

Join us at the Ninety Nine Restaurant on Pleasant Street in Fall River on Thursday, April 30th.  Bring your friends and come for some after work "Stand Out Starters" or bring your family for dinner.  Just be sure to bring the flyer to make sure that the Rotary Club of Fall River will receive 15% of what you spend.  (Flyer can be found in the download section on the right hand side of the front page.)

Fall River
 Apr 30, 2015
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The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
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The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
- See more at:

The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
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Our members Jim and Joan were active at the last free eye clinic in Guerrero Mexico.  This is the clinic to which we donated money to purchase a new surgical microscope to use in treating patients from the Tarahamaro Indian and Mennonite communities around Guerro. 
Here is our microscope in action!
Here are some statistics on what happened over the 4 days of the clinic.
Stats from this and earlier clinics show that approximately ¼ of all patients are blind from cataracts in both eyes.  Working with local churches that provide housing and food to overnight patients, this last clinic performed 1056  eye exams, dispensed 648 pairs of glasses, and performed 202 cataract surgeries – all in one week!
To see more from the clinic, go to:
No one can be unaware of the challenges faced by refugees from the conflict in Syria. Politics aside, many of these refugees escape with nothing left but what they can carry.  Recently, one of our members, Jiri Love, facilitated a collection and donation effort which carried basic clothing and personal supplies to NuDay Syria - an organization in Nashua, N.H. that assembles, packages, and ships these goods to refugee camps around the Middle East that receive and care for these refugees.
To learn more about this effort, go to:
Chief Baker was the speaker at our April 20th meeting. He's had a fascinating career and shared his enthusiasm for the work. Topics included discussing opioid crisis, preparing for the possibility (though unlikely) of terrorist threat at Gillette, dealing with domestic violence, and love of his family. We all came away with a greater appreciation of the work of our police force.
There is no one who is too old, or too young, to join our amazing club!
We were very pleased that some very deserving spouses of Rotarian members were recognized for their volunteer efforts in the community and beyond. These individual truly model Rotary's "Service Above Self."
Foxboro Rotary had our town manager Bill Keegan as a speaker at one of our lunch meetings at Tavalino at Patriot Place. Seen in this photo is one of the newest members of Rotary, Juri Love, and her baby Jayla. Bill spoke of many of the projects the town is currently working on. The Rotary meets twice a month at lunch time. If you would like more information on Rotary and their good works please visit the website
The Foxboro Rotary Club recently had guest speakers Steve and Jill Albright of Rhode Island, who did a presentation on Long-Term Youth Exchange. The Foxboro Rotary has participated in the past in this program and is considering starting it again in the near future. This program usually lasts for one year, during which time the student attends school and lives with families in a host country. To gain a greater understanding of the culture, he or she will live with at least two, preferable three, host families during their stay. To ensure the students' safety, the host Rotary club conscientiously screens and selects all host families. In turn, our local club reciprocates by hosting a student here for a year. For further information please visit or contact  our Foxboro Rotary at
Our club provided a donation to help establish a new classroom in Honduras. They reported that the students were grateful to start class in their brand new classroom. This program arranges for small  class sizes because this is an integrated tutoring program for children who have been identified by their teachers as having learning needs, behavioral issues, or are simply struggling to keep up with the class. With this program, we are able to provide the individual attention these students need. Each month we have all the students together at once for a workshop. We also hold monthly workshops for the parents so that we can support them in supporting their children´s education. See photos below.
Our District Governor, Russell Bertrand, officially inducted several new club members. A warm welcome to all!
Our annual "We Survived the Holidays" party was held at Lew and Rem's on January 8. It was supposed to be held on January 7 but something about snow and closed roads seemed to deter some enthusiasm. But the party a day later met all expectations! Particularly the Yankee Swap, which was as vicious and brutal as usual, maybe even moreso. The Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" holds most of the time - but NOT on Yankee Swap night!
We are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between Rotary International and Cure Alzheimer's Fund. The two organizations are working together to co-sponsor research into why women are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men - an underfunded yet vital area of investigation. This work will be carried out by Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital.
We hope this will be the start of many collaborations with organizations working to eradicate diseases such as Alzheimer's on a global scale. We are especially excited about the content of this study, which promises to provide significant insight into Alzheimer's disease and get us closer to effective treatments for both men and women.
Cure Alzheimer's Fund (, a partner with Rotary International, held its annual research symposium in Boston today. The work being conducted by their scientists is impressive, innovative, and likely to make a difference in finding treatments and a cure for this devastating illness.
Attendees included Rotary District celebrities Joe Clancy, Kristine David, and Dave Clifton, all involved in the recently-funded project to investigate why rates of Alzheimer's are higher in women than men.
The Alzheimer's Dementia Rotarian Action Group (or ADRAG) is a collection of Rotarians and Rotaractors dedicated to supporting the family of Rotary and our communities face the challenge of dealing with family members and citizens that are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.


This challenge is very real.  Some are calling it the “silver tsunami”—the wave of men and women living longer than previous generations.  Yet our communities and nations are not ready to face the rising tide of those suffering from these diseases.   Researchers predict that 6.7 million people in America alone will have Alzheimer’s alone.   Today, one in eight older Americans have Alzheimer’s, and the risk of developing the brain disorder doubles every five years after age 65.

The ADRAG was recently awarded a Rotary Foundation Grant, with matching funds from Cure Alzheimer's Fund ( This is a terrific global grant project with Dr. Rudy Tanzi of Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital heading up the research to determine why more women have Alzheimer's than men.

To learn more, visit us at:
Please encourage your fellow Rotarians and clubs to join our efforts! Donations are welcomed at:
Staffing parking lots for events (mostly football games) at Gillette Stadium is our primary means of fundraising for the multitude of local and international charities we support. Rain, snow, or shine, we are out directing cars and being fed by our nice tailgaters who often share with us.
We may not Got Soccer  - But We Got Parking!
Rotary District 7950 Water Resource Activities are directed by the Pure Water Initiative Committee (see Committee site), a dedicated group of Rotarians who desire to provide Clean Water and provide hygene and sanitation training to people that do not have access to clean water now. This includes providing education in the  use of the facilities that provide this Clean Water.

Since Rotary year 2002 the Pure Water Initiative Committee (see History site) has dispensed over $100,000.00 for water projects to sites in Honduras, Cambodia, India, Peru and Haiti. Using the Rotary Foundation Matching Grant Programs has increased the "bang for the buck" by adding 50% or $0.50 for every $1.00 designated to an approve project.

  • Over 4300 hundred families have received slow flow bio-sand filters in Honduras to date.
  • Two small, 4WD pickups were provided to better facilitate the delivery of these filters.
  • Money for two very important pieces water testing equipment, for the water testing laboratory, was provided to the Cambodian effort, currently managed by the District's Middletown Rotary Club.                       
  • Money has been provided to a Rotary District in India for a village level water filter project.  See pictures.
  • Money has been combined with Rotary Foundation money to install 500 filters in the outskirts of Lima, Peru.
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In addition to serving as ADG, Joe is spearheading our club's involvement in this important effort.
Rotary District 7950 Water Resource Activities are directed by the Pure Water Initiative Committee, a dedicated group of Rotarians who desire to provide clean water and sanitation training to people that do not have access. Since 2002, we have dispensed over $100,000.00 for water projects to sites in Honduras, Cambodia, India, Peru and Haiti. Using the Rotary Foundation Matching Grant Programs has increased the "bang for the buck" by adding 50% or $0.50 for every $1.00 designated to an approved project.
To learn more about the many projects in which this group is involved, please visit



Joe is spearheading our work in Disaster Aid USA. DA USA is a Rotarian Operated Project that provides shelter, clean water systems, tools, mosquito nets and other items to survivors of disasters.  DA USA also partners with others to provide water filtration projects wherever needed.  They are partnered with Disaster Aid Australia, and Disaster Aid UK and Ireland. Some of their numerous deployments include assisting with the earthquake in Ecuador, cyclone in Fiji, and flooding in Louisiana, West Virginia and Texas.

To find out more about their great work and becoming a volunteer, please visit  And contact Joe if you are interested in training to become part of a Disaster Aid Response Team.
The Rotary Club of Foxboro recently donated $4,500.00 to the Rotary Club of Jamestown and Stephen Mecca to help fund toilet makers and sanitation in Liberia. Recent Providence College graduate and former student of Stephen Mecca, Jermoh Kamara, was on the ground promoting the micro flush toilet and recruiting toilet makers to build units.
To learn more, look at our Facebook page at Loos4Love and see what we have been doing. Don't forget to "like" us! New photos on the project have been posted.
In the past month, scientists at Mass General, funded by the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, have discovered how to replicate the Alzheimer's mechanism in a petri dish. This represents a huge breakthrough in the field, as it will greatly increase the pace at which new medications can be tried. As reported in the New York Times:
Our club's work with local youth appeared in a recent issue of the Foxboro Reporter!
"The Foxboro Rotary group has been working with local youth for years by providing opportunities for young people to participate in the community, become more effective leaders and help those less fortunate.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program. The club typically pays for several students each year to attend a weekend long workshop which includes presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including: leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management and community and global citizenship.

Foxboro also has a local Interact club which is for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. The Foxboro Interact club does several local service projects each year, like projects for seniors, fundraising for those less fortunate both locally and for those in other parts of the world.

The club also sponsored a trip last year and will be doing it again this year for a week-long trip to an area to provide assistance at free health clinic in an underprivileged area. This year the clinic will be held in June in Mexico. This will be a valuable experience, in terms of exposure to a new culture and to give the students the opportunity to deliver direct services to the population of indigenous people in the area.
Lew Gordon and Jim Goyea, two local Rotarians, are currently scouting out the project this week in Mexico.

Financially, the club has provided scholarships each year to a handful of seniors going on to college, local credit fairs that educate youth about financial responsibility and in past years have also supported the senior night ensuring that our local youth are safe that evening.

If you know of youths who would be interested in learning more, please contact Lew Gordon via the website"
Club Anniversaries:
  • Kenny Gay (47 years, Jan 1)
  • Steve Udden (5 years, Jan 1)
  • Bill Buckley (23 years, Jan 10)
  • Ray Davies (34 years, Jan 10)
  • Bill Casbarra (11 years, Jan 12)
  • Lori Rudd (11 years, Jan 12)
  • Dick Heydecker (41 years, Feb 2)
  • Mary Graham-Louise (3 years, March 10)
  • Tom Marks (6 years, March 13)
  • Ally Fisher (2 years, March 22)
  • Joe Fillion (7 years, March 25)

The South Shore Council represents multiple clubs in the region. Their meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM at Peppercornz in Weymouth, MA. All are welcome.

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