People of Action in Service Above Self

to the Acton-Boxborough Area Since 1962

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SERVICE, FELLOWSHIP, AND FUN!

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The Rotary Club of Action-Boxborough, located in Massachusetts, engages in service above self to make a difference in the lives of people - both locally and worldwide.

We welcome you to join us for our Club Meetings on the first and third Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Boxborough Regency.

We also hold Social Gatherings on the fourth Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., also at the Boxborough Regency.

Check our calendar (shown immediately below) for our upcoming service, fellowship, and fun opportunities.

For more information, contact 2021-2022 President Steve Jones-D'Agostino at abrotaryclub@gmail.com.


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Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


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CLUB NEWS: 2021-2022

We celebrate fellow Club member Diana Nestorava's inspirational Service Above Self leadership as '20-'21 District Governor

Diana Nestorova, immediate past district governor (IPDG) of Rotary District 7910, met with us, her fellow Club members, on January 19, 2022.


We celebrated and talked with her about the key issues she and her 2021-2022 District team addressed during her one-year term of office, which ended last June 30.

To watch IPDG Diana's 47-minute conversation with us, click here. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our meeting with her was held via Zoom


During IPDG Diana's '20-'21 term as district governor, she provided our District with inspirational service-above-self leadership. District 7910 serves more than 50 Rotary clubs throughout central and eastern Massachusetts.


In addition to being IPDG, Diana is presently serving as one of Rotary Zone 32's Innovative Club Advocates. She also is a past president and a present member of our Club.

In addition to being IPDG, Diana is presently serving as one of Rotary Zone 32's Innovative Club Advocates. She also is a past president and a present member of our Club.


You may contact Diana at diana_nestorova@hotmail.com.


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Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


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DG Cliff Rober holds a wide-ranging conversation with us about key Rotary matters

Cliff Rober, 2021-2022 district governor of Rotary District 7910, met with us on January 5, 2022. We had wide-ranging conversation with him about various District and Club matters.


To watch DG Cliff's 47-minute talk with us, click here. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our meeting with him was held via Zoom.


DG Cliff is a past president and a present member of the Rotary Club of Bedford. To watch his inspirational story, click here.

You may contact DG Cliff at cliffcoach@aol.com.

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Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


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We wish you a Happy New Year - and encourage you to join us to End Polio Now!

To watch - HEAR - our "Happy New Year" greeting, and our "End Polio Now" shout-out, click here.


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Rotary International is a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which seeks to End Polio Now. To learn more, click here.


Check out our Club online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Providing holiday comfort, joy, gifts, and carols to residents of Life Care Center of Acton

Several of our present and past Club members provided a lots of holiday comfort, joy, and gifts - plus more-or-less on-key carols - on December 15, 2021 to residents of the Life Care Center of Acton. Special thanks to Past President Marvin Gould, a long-time and deeply involved member of our Club, for organizing this wonderful community-service effort.


For joining Marvin in the gift giving and holiday caroling, big, hearty thanks also go to the following: President Steve Jones-D'Agostino; Immediate Past President Ann Sorvari; Past President Marianne Fleckner; Members Padma Jonnavithula, Karen Rivero, and Carla Stover; and Past Member Carol Toomey, who is presently a member of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley.


Club members purchased and donated gift items such as fleece blankets, stuffed animals, fragrances, socks, and body lotions. As Life Care Center staff members distributed the gifts to the nursing home's residents, Club members sang holiday carols in the hallways outside the residents' rooms.


To view additional photos of this service project by our Club, click here.


To watch an 85-second video of our Club's service project, click here.


Check out our Club online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Thank you for donating socks for our military personnel

We all know there's nothing worse than cold, wet feet. That's true when you're trying to do a job. It's especially true when that job involves defending our nation.


Thank you for helping to fill our plastic bins with your donations of socks for military personnel. The plain crew socks, for men and/or women, came in white and/or gray colors.


Check out our Club online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Keynote speaker: Josh Haines tells scout's truth about Troop 284

Josh Haines, committee chair of Acton's Boys Scouts of America Troop 284, was the keynote speaker during our bi-monthly Club Meeting on December 1, 2021 at the Boxboro Regency.

He provided an overview of his troop, the following: chartering and leadership; troop events and schedule; website; finances; and youth Protection.

To watch Josh's 27-minute presentation, click here.

To download the public-version of Josh's presentation, in PDF format, click here.

To learn more about Troop 284, click here.


Check out our Club online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Life Care Center gets early Christmas gift

Christmas table decorations have been donated to the Life Care Center of Acton by our Club. Displaying the basket of donated decorations is Barbara Birt (shown on left), an honorary club member.

In a quiet, wooded setting, Life Care Center of Acton is located about two miles from Emerson Hospital in Concord, 20 miles from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and just minutes from public transit, upscale shopping and dining.

With two on-site physicians and in-house rehabilitation team, LCCA focuses on inpatient rehabilitation and 24-hour skilled nursing care, striving to help each resident and patient obtain as much independence as possible.


Check out our Club online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Teaming up with Honor Society to aid veterans

A modified version of our traditional Veterans Day breakfast, presented by Acton-Boxborough Regional High School's National Honor Society and our club, took place on November 11. Though we were unable to meet in person with local military veterans for the second year in a row, the veterans did receive muffins baked by the NHS students, a coffee card supplied by our club, and messages of support and thanks - all, delivered individually by Honor Society students.

In addition, the NHS students, led by President Ashley Dawn (on left) and Vice President Michael Hu (on right), hosted a Zoom meeting for which veterans were invited to share their experiences of military service and answer students' questions. Our club's immediate past president, Ann Sorvari, is shown posing with Ashley and Michael.


Honor Society advisor Mary Price Maddox praised the NHS students for their determination to honor those veterans in our towns who have served in the military, and thanked our club members for their ongoing collaboration, which has existed since the Veterans Day Breakfast began. "Our hope," she added, "is to return to the full event next year, allowing even more veterans to take part."


Check out our Club online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Volunteering at Center for Hope and Healing bake sale

Big shout-outs to Past President Marianne Fleckner (shown, right), a board member for Lowell-based Center for Hope and Healing, and club member Katerina Bisbas (shown, left), for volunteering at CHH's Family Funday on Sunday, November 7 in Miracle Field at Acton's NARA Park. The Town of Acton, for which Marianne is human-services director, provided its Vax Van.

Family Funday's bake sale raised money for CHH, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community free from sexual violence, and which recently opened a new section for children who have been sexually abused. CHH provides the following: specialized services for sexual-assault survivors who have not historically been served, as well as for their their families; and legal and medical advocacy for refugees and immigrants and LGBTQ survivors. Services offered in English, Khmer. Portuguese, and Spanish.

Check out our Club online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Keynote speaker: Kat Stryker shares 'My Days with Disney'

Kat Stryker has met, talked, and worked with the "real" Mickey Mouse! Kat, who is presently employed by the Town of Acton, was the guest speaker during our bi-monthly Club Meeting on November 15, 2021 at the Boxboro Regency. Kat, formerly a human-resources generalist on talent acquisition for Disneyland Park, in Anaheim, California, talked about "My Days with Disney."


To watch Kat's 18-minute presentation, click here


Check us out online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Keynote speaker: Andrea Becerra, Acton's first-ever sustainability director

Andrea Becerra, sustainability director for the Town of Acton, was the guest speaker during our bi-monthly Club Meeting on October 20, 2021 at the Boxboro Regency. In February 2021, she became the Town's first sustainability director. She comes to Acton from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she worked for more than five years. In her previous role, she concentrated on a variety of issues, from communication strategies to build support for the U.S. Clean Power Plan, to advocating for water-smart policies across the Americas.


To watch Andrea's 21-minute presentation, click here.


To learn more about Acton’s sustainability efforts, click here.


To read Acton's five "Tips to Act on Climate Change, click here.


To download Acton's sustainability flyer (shown on left), in PDF format, click here.


For more information on Acton's sustainability efforts, contact Andrea at abecerra@acton-ma.gov.


Check us out online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Club, family members serve lunch to local senior citizens

A good time, wonderful stuffed-chicken meal, and chocolate-beyond-belief cake were had by all who attended our Club's Annual Senior Citizens Lunch on September 19, 2021, at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center. Around 50 senior citizens from the Acton-Boxborough area were served during one of our club's handful of in-person community-service events since the COVID-19 pandemic spread in January 2020 to the United States.


To view all of the excellent shots taken by our photographer, Jessica Stover, click here.


Special thanks to the following club members, including the spouses and children of several of them, for their wonderful volunteering, to organize and stage this joyous celebration, including serving the guests. They are: Joan Labrosse, event coordinator, and her husband, Gerard Labrosse; Immediate President Ann Sorvari, and her husband and club member, Johan Sorvari; Past President Marianne Fleckner; Acting Sergeant at Arms Maureen Masciola; Carla Stover, and her daughter as well as this event's photographer, Jessica Stover; Claude Miguel; Gino Frattalone, an Honorary club member of our club as well as an Active member of the Rotary Club of Littleton, and his wife, Pam Frattalone; and Steve Jones-D'Agostino, our Club's 2021-2021 president, and this event's emcee.


Special thanks also go to the following: Acton Council on Aging; Boxborough Council on Aging; Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center; and Gary Morin, our event's amazingly accomplished accordionist. His performances included the Beatles' "Michelle" and "Take Me Out to the Ballpark," the latter in which the audience was led - more or less on-key - by Steve Jones-D'Agostino and Marianne Fleckner.


We also gave a big round of thankful applause to our longest-serving club member, Bud Flannery, who helped found our club in 1962, and has provided remarkable service above self ever since. For Rotary year 2020-2021, which ended this past June 30, Rotary International presented Bud with the prestigious Service Above Self Award, which refers to the official motto of Rotary International and its 34,000 clubs worldwide, comprised of 1.2 million members.


In closing, the flower arrangement on each table was awarded to the person at that table whose birthday is closest to February 23. That was that date in 1905 when Paul Harris and several other Chicago businessmen started Rotary International.


Flower arrangements were also presented to both Immediate Past President Ann Sorvari and Acting Sergeant at Arms, Maureen Masciola for their wonderful help in assisting Joan Labrosse, to plan and conduct this year's Senior Citizens Lunch.


Check us out online!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Our Golf Tournament nets $5,700 for service projects

Our 29th Annual Presidents Golf Tournament, held on August 18 at Acton's Quail Ridge Country Club, raised a net of $5,700. Our club will use the net amount for Rotary service projects - both locally and abroad.


The weather was ideal, and everyone had a great time! If you didn’t get to come out and play this year, we hope you would do so in August 2022.


To view additional event photos, click here.


Special thanks to the following Club members - alphabetically, by last name - for their service-above-self volunteer efforts:


Club Golf Committee:

  • Marc Duci

  • Marvin Gould

  • Marianne Fleckner

  • Maureen Masciola

  • Ann Sorvari


Other Club Volunteers:

  • Barbara Birt

  • Marc Duci

  • Gino Frattallone

  • Anne Hentz

  • Steve Jones-D'Agostino

  • Joan Labrosse

  • Claude Miguel

  • Frank Widmayer


Special thanks as well to our Top Sponsors:

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Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


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OUR SERVICE WORLDWIDE

Our life-saving partnership with Rotary Club of Pune, India

Every year, there are newborn babies in Pune, India who need complex heart surgeries to save their lives. Unfortunately, many of the families of these children in cannot afford those procedures.

This is where Rotary comes in. Through a Global Grant approved in 2019 by The Rotary Foundation, our club has partnered with our sister club in India, the Rotary Club of Pune. Together, we are funding more than $56,000 to lead 50+ lifesaving pediatric-cardiac surgeries in Pune.

This first surgery, which was done on September 24, 2020, was a highly complex angioplasty procedure - and was very successful.

To learn more - and view more photos - click here.


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Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL


Rotary Foundation gets 13th straight Charity Navigator 'Highest Rating'

For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 1 percent of the organizations that Charity Navigator evaluates have received 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

To read more, click here.


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Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.

Take Virtual Tour of RI's World Headquarters - Then and Now

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotary International has been unable to offer in-person tours of its World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.


Now, there's an online way to tour RI's HQs - then and now.


To read more - and watch the five-minute virtual tour - click here.


Check us out!


Learn more about Rotary District 7910, which covers more than 50 clubs in central and eastern Massachusetts with a total of more than 1,200 members.


Learn more about Rotary International, which serves more than 46,000 clubs worldwide with a total of more than 1.4 million members.