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The Rotary Club of Action-Boxborough, located in Central and Metrowest Massachusetts, USA, is a service organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people - both locally and globally.

To "hear" our greeting, at left, click "here."

We focus on four basic human needs in our local community: food sufficiency; home safety; seniors service; and youth service.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, those needs have never been greater. To watch Rotary's 30-second video, Growing Local Economies, either click here or on the image above.

We welcome you to join us! We hold 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. at the Boxborough Regency. Check our calendar, below, for updates.

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


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2021-2022 CLUB NEWS

Club Members, 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; 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 this Rotary year's sergeant at arms, Maureen Masciola, for their wonderful help in assisting Joan Labrosse to plan and conduct our 2021 Senior Citizens Lunch.


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Our '21 Golf Tournament Nets $5,700 for Rotary 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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OTHER CLUB NEWS

Remembrance: Bob Erickson, Long-Time Leader of Our Club, District

Robert "Bob Erickson, a longtime member of our club - as well as long-time leader of both our club and our district - passed away at the age 93 on June 23 in Windham, NH. He exemplified the Rotary motto: Service Above Self. He lived every day by Rotary's Four-Way Test, and was a Paul Harris Fellow.


Formerly of Arlington and Acton, Bob was the husband of the late Joyce Erickson. They are survived by their children: Peter Erickson and wife Jeanne Erickson, of Acton, MA; David Erickson and wife Jill Erickson, of Hudson, NH; Elaine Erickson, of Sandown, NH; and Steven Erickson and wife Lauren Erickson, of Hudson, NH. Bob is also survived by nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.


Born in Boston and raised in Arlington, Bob was the only child of John and Ellen Erickson, graduated in 1946 from Arlington High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving at the end of World War Two as a mine planter and until his honorable discharge, in 1949. A Boston University graduate, he was a self-employed CPA, moving from Arlington to Acton in 1955, where he was in business for 56 years before retiring.


Bob joined our club in 1963 - one year after it was chartered - and had perfect attendance for 50 years. He participated at all levels of the club, including secretary, treasurer and vice president as well as president for the 1971-1972 Rotary year.


Bob took on the leadership and duties as district governor of Rotary District 7910, which serves Central Massachusetts and Metrowest, for the 1979-1980 Rotary year. He was also a delegate to Rotary International's Council on Legislation durng Rotary rear 1986-1989.


In the late 1960s to early 1970s, Bob was the statistician for Boston radio station WBZ 1030's broadcasts of Boston Bruins home games. He also had a great love of his lighthouses collection, reading, big-band sound, birds, and crossword puzzles.


Visiting hours were held on Monday, June 28 at Acton Funeral Home. A funeral service will take be held on Tuesday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, located at 470 Massachusetts Ave. in Acton. Graveside services with military honors will immediately follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, located on Central Street in West Acton.


Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, PO Box 142, Lunenburg, MA 01462.


To plant trees in memory of Bob, visit Legacy.com's Sympathy Store by clicking here.


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Our Club Co-Sponsored Food Packaging Event to Benefit Rise Against Hunger

A Food Packaging event to benefit Rise Against Hunger took place on May 15 at Littleton High School.

The organizers set a goal to package at least 20,000 meals in two hours. The group actually packaged 23,500 meals over several hours, due to generous fundraising and lots of overtime work from volunteers.

The main sponsors were the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, Nashoba High School's Interact Club, and Littleton High School's Humanitarian Club.

In addition to our Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, this event was co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hudson, the Rotary Club of Littleton, and Workers Credit Union.

To view event photos, click here.

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District '20-'21 Unsung Hero: Anne Hentz, Acton-Boxborough

Anne Hentz, a relatively new member of our club, is a person who does far more than might be expected. She doesn’t care who gets the credit and - finds a way to get the job done.

Anne sought out and joined the our club in February 2020, attracted by Rotary’s philosophy as expressed in Rotary's Four-Way Test. She didn’t know a lot about how Rotary works, but she was also ready to learn - and ready to work.

Although Anne was very new to the Acton-Boxborough club and - because of COVID-19 pandemic - hadn’t even met all of her fellow club members in person, she agreed to chair her club's first-ever online auction. And, while she was just learning about her club, she agreed to present the idea of an online fundraiser at one of the first monthly Open Doors with DG Diana online sessions, hosted by District Governor Diana Nestorova.

Once planning for the virtual silent auction, Bid for Brighter Futures, was underway, all of the committee members worked hard at the various aspects that the project demanded. When push came to shove, though, it was Anne who, behind the scenes, saw to it that all of the tasks got done. When time grew short, she saw to it that the final-day Gala Presentation's multi-part video, produced by Acton TV, was a clear motivation for people to donate to the auction, to support the Acton Food Pantry and the Domestic Violence Services Network.


To read more, 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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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 Boy Scouts 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.


To read more, click here.


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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.

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


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ROTARY 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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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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