NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

We encourage you to bid early - and often - to benefit two worthy local causes: the Acton Food Pantry and Domestic Violence Services Network. Join us this Saturday, April 17 through Friday, April 30 for our virtual silent auction, Bid for Brighter Futures.


The online fundraiser will start this Saturday, April 17 and end with a Gala Presentation on Friday, April 30. All net proceeds will benefit these two organizations, which 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 is 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 are, alphabetically:

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


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

To watch a 25-minute "Acton in Focus" interview on both our Acton-Boxborough club and our Bid for Brighter Futures event, also airing 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 April Newsletter

The cover story of District 7910's April Newsletter is on Open Doors with DG Diana: Growth, to be held on Wednesday, April 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.


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You are invited on April 10 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate Rotary International's 75-year history of international service with the United Nations.


These four Rotary districts - Geneva, Nairobi-Addis Ababa, New York City, and Rome - are hosting the UN.


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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.


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(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.


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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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