NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Our Club Co-Sponsors Food Packaging Event to Benefit Rise Against Hunger, this Saturday, May 15

A Food Packaging event to benefit Rise Against Hunger is set for this Saturday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Littleton High School.

The event's main sponsors, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, Nashoba High School's Interact Club, and Littleton High School's Humanitarian Club, have set a goal to package at least 20,000 meals in two hours.

In addition to our club, this event is also co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hudson, the Rotary Club of Littleton, and Workers Credit Union.

To read more on this year's event - and watch a video of 2017's event - click here.

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Our One and Only Bud Flannery is Honored with RI's 'Service above Self' Award

Congratulations to our one and only Bud Flannery (top right), who was the founder of our club nearly 60 years ago, in 1962. On April 21, his fellow club members (second from top) honored Bud with the Rotary International's Service above Self Award (third from top) - RI's highest award - for his many years of service to both Rotary and his community.


District Governor Diana Nestorova (top left) a past president and present member of our club, presented the award to Bud. She then gave a wonderful tribute to this Rotary legend:


"To 'Mister Rotarian,' as we fondly call Bud. With great respect, big admiration and sheer gratitude to Bud for all he has done for his Rotary club, the Rotarians, his district, his community, for Rotary - here and abroad. To the man, to the myth, to the legend: Bud Flannery. You will leave a legacy of love and passion for Service above Self.'"


To watch a 19-minute video of Bud's award-presentation ceremony, click here.

To watch a 2016 video of Bud addressing a club meeting, click here. He talked about the joys and challenges of growing up and shared wonderful stories. And, regaled the members present with stories from his childhood and at work in his family's construction business in Concord and Acton. He kept us spellbound for a good half-hour.

For more information, contact Diana Nestorova at diana_nestorova@hotmail.com, and our club's president Marianne Fleckner, at mfleckner@actonma.gov.

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We thank you for supporting our Bid for Brighter Futures virtual silent auction, which ended on April 30 with a Gala Presentation. All net proceeds - to be announced soon - will benefit these worthy local causes: the Acton Food Pantry and Domestic Violence Services Network.


For many years, these two organizations have for years provided essential help to people in need. This year, they need assistance more than ever.

For nearly four decades, the Acton Food Pantry has provided nutritious food to clients from Acton and Boxborough. This year, it has opened its doors to any needy family and has seen its needs soar.

The Domestic Violence Services Network works with local courts and human-service agencies in 12 communities, to end the cycle of domestic violence by providing support, advocacy, and resources to victims. The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis have added to the need.

Our Key Sponsor was Vibalogics, a privately owned contract development and manufacturing organization, based in Germany with operations in Boxborough. Vibalogics offers process development, manufacturing, testing, and fill-finish services to innovators developing revolutionary virotherapy products.

Our Main Sponsors were, alphabetically:

To view - and visit - all of our proud Sponsors, click here.


To watch our 30-second public service announcement, which aired on Acton TV, click here.


To hear a 15-minute Travis & Sherman Morning Kommute interview, on WPKZ-AM-FM, on our club and this Bid for Brighter Futures fundraiser, click here.


To watch a 15-minute "Acton in Focus" interview on both our Acton-Boxborough club and our Bid for Brighter Futures event, which also aired on Acton TV, click here.

To learn more on this Event, click here.

For more information, contact Acton-Boxborough Rotarian Anne Hentz, who chairs Bid For Brighter Futures, at anne@annehentz.com or 617-834-1615.


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Hot Off the Press: District 7910's May Newsletter

The cover story of the May's District Newsletter is "Go West Rotarians to DisCon," the round-up call to register for this year's virtual District Conference on May 21 and 22 via Zoom.


To read the May newsletter, which includes numerous district and club events and activities, click here.


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Mark Your Calendar: RI's 2021 Virtual Convention, on June 12-16

Mark your calendar for this June 12 through 16, when Rotary International will hold its 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities. Registration is open.


This year’s event will connect you, virtually, with members worldwide. It will open new opportunities to learn and to engage with the Rotary family, near and far. Together, we’ll inspire action, strengthen our commitments, work on our challenges, and celebrate our successes.


To read more on this event - and to register for it click here.


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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.


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CLUB NEWS

Our Club Hears from Lorne Bell of Assabet Co-op Market

On March 3, Lorne Bell, director of outreach and communications for the Assabet Co-Op Market, addressed our weekly club meeting via Zoom.


The Co-op plans to open a locally sourced, community-owned grocery store in the Maynard area.


With more than 1,600 owners on board, the Co-op is searching for a site for the market.


To read more - and watch the 23-minute video of Lorne's presentation - click here.


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Greek Native, Acton Resident Exemplifies Community Service

On January 13, Katrina Bisbas, a native of Greece and an Acton resident, addressed the our Zoom club meeting today. She has lived in Acton for 15 years, has a career as an accountant and bookkeeper, and has been involved with service groups.


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Acton-Boxborough Masks Up To Support Mt. Calvary's Community Supper

On January 6, the Mt. Calvary Community Supper was hosted by the Naidoo family with the support of our club.


Club member Humsha Naidoo invited friends, family, and fellow club members Mike Gowing Marc Duci, Claude Miquel, Ann Sorvari, and Johan Sorvari to help cook, package, and distribute nearly 200 meals. We were all honored to be able to participate in this service together.


Back row, left to right: Rotarians Ann and Johan Sorvari; Sumana and Sajit Bhat; Rotarian Humsha Naidoo; Davendra Naidoo; and Satish Bhat.

Front row, left to right: Rotarians Marc Duci and Mike Gowing.


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Acton Boy Scouts Troops' Holiday-Tree-Removal Fundraiser

Over the years, Acton BoyScouts of America Troop 284 has picked up holiday trees as a fundraiser to support local troop activities. This year, Troop 284 is joining forces with Troop 1, also from Acton, to expand the fundraiser to better support scouting in Acton and our community. This event allows the scouts to give back to the community by helping families with holiday-tree removal.


To read more of this Wicked Local Beacon story, click here.


(Shown, left to right, in this Troop 284 photo are Acton Boy Scouts Griffin Bobiak, Will Haines, Jason Fitzgerald and Michael Guditz participating in Troop 284's January 2020 holiday-tree fundraiser.)


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We Collect Food for the Acton Food Pantry

The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough has collected 361 pounds of food for the Acton Food Pantry. Contributors shown are, left to right: Claude Miquel, Ann Sorvari, Diana Nestorova, Maureen Masciola, Johan Sorvari, and Padma Jonnavithula.

Contributors not shown are, alphabetically by last name: Kate Bergquist, Marianne Fleckner, Mike Gowing, Anne Hentz, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, Joan Labrosse, Karen Rivero, and Frank Widmayer.

The Acton Food Pantry has served clients from Acton, Boxborough, and surrounding towns for 25 years. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, food insecurity in Eastern Massachusetts is expected to rise to 59 percent, and the Food Pantry has opened its doors to anyone in need. Your support will help the organization distribute weekly groceries to families throughout the region, including meats, produce, staples, and even diapers.

To learn about the Acton-Boxborough club's upcoming Bid For Brighter Futures virtual silent auction - including sponsorship opportunities - to benefit the Acton Food Pantry and the Domestic Violence Services Network, click here.

For more information, contact Ann Sorvari, president of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, at ann@sorvari.net.


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Gifts of Hope Helps Individuals, Families Struggling to Meet Most-Basic Needs

Gifts Of Hope Unlimited, a Metrowest/Boston-based organization, collaborates with town social workers, Voices Against Violence, and other domestic-violence shelters who identify families struggling to meet their most basic needs.


As a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Gifts of Hope provides financial assistance, home resources, and community-focused initiatives as a step towards a safe and empowered future.


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Our Life-Saving Partnership with the 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.

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DISTRICT NEWS


On March 3, the monthly Open Doors with DG Diana explored the great opportunities open for Rotarians who work with and mentor our youth leaders.


During the session, hosted by District Governor Diana Nestorova, the attendees also listened to some of the current participants in our district's youth-related opportunities.


To read more - and watch the 90-minute video of this session- click here.


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Because February is Rotary Month on Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, the focus of District Governor Diana Nestorova's monthly Open Doors session was Resilience in Our Time: Thriving versus Surviving.

On February 10, We heard from Nabil Oudeh, one of the best presenters in Rotary on conflict resolution.

He's from Ottawa, Canada, and is a past district governor of District 7040 as well as a Rotary International training facilitator.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS



Rotary Foundation Nets 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.

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SERVICE ABOVE SELF





Thinking about joining a Service Above Self club?

Think about the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough!

We are a service organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people locally and globally. During the 2020-2021 Rotary year, we are focusing on two basic human needs in our local community: food sufficiency; and, safety at home. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need has never been greater.

Watch this video, to find out more about us. And, come join us.

We meet via Zoom most Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Check our calendar, below, for updates.

For more information, contact President Ann Sorvari at ann@sorvari.net.

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