SERVICE, FELLOWSHIP, AND FUN!
Members of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, located in Massachusetts, are People in Action volunteering for Service above Self. We seek to make a difference in the lives of people in need - both locally and worldwide.
We welcome you to join us for our Club Meetings on the first and third Wednesdays at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center. Socializing is from 12:00 noon to 12:15 p.m. and the Meeting runs from 12:15 to 1:30. A lunch menu is available.
We also hold Social Gatherings on the fourth Wednesday from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m., also at the Boxboro Regency.
Check our calendar (shown immediately below) for our upcoming service, fellowship, and fun opportunities.
For more information, contact 2023-2024 President Dean Roberts at email@example.com.
CLUB MEETINGS, EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
CLUB NEWS: 2023-2024
Co-Sponsoring ADL's Walk Against Hate
31st Annual Bud Flannery Memorial Golf Tournament Raises $6,148
Right: The late Bud Flannery, a founder and a past president of our club posed with Past President Marianne Fleckner during a Golf Tournament held a few years ago.
To learn about the man, the myth, the legend, click here
CLUB NEWS: 2022-2023
Acton Food Pantry benefits from our Club's 'Rotary Days of Service'
This May 1 through 20, People of Action members of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough rolled up our Service Above Self’ sleeves for a donation drive to benefit the Acton Food Pantry. This project was part of an unprecedented multi-state, multi-nation, multi-day charitable effort called Rotary Day of Service.
(Shown in first photo: Food Pantry Executive Director Lisa Gordon, left; and Club Incoming President Dean Roberts, right, who organized our Club's effort.)
No Fooling, Much Bidding set for ABRHS Interactors' Community Auction Night
Open Table Benefits from Our and Concord Clubs' Grant Funding, Donation Drive
We Serve Lunch to Boxborough Senior Citizens
Our Club sponsored and several of our members served the monthly Boxborough Council on Aging Senior Luncheon on March 8. Club Sergeant-at-arms and COA Board member Maureen Masciola planned and coordinated the event, which was held at the Boxborough Community Center.
Our members provide Service Above Self to America's military Veterans
Several members of our Club dished the food during the annual Veterans Day Breakfast on November 11 at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Members of the school's National Honor Society, which hosted this tribute to our nation's military Veterans, served the meals.
Keynote Speaker: Maria Palacio, Director, Acton Memorial Library
Maria Palacio has made great inroads in outreach and programs and services for new Americans and those without a traditional library background. Maria, who recently became the new director of Acton Memorial Library, was the inspirational keynote speaker during our Club Meeting on August 17.
Maria came to Acton from Chelmsford, where she had worked as assistant director of outreach services at Chelmsford Public Library. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Montclair State University in New Jersey and her Master of Information Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Maria has worked in library services for more than 20 years, in positions of increasing responsibility. While in Florida, she served as branch manager of a 40,000-square-foot-library, then became district manager overseeing the operations of six branches in a system of 13 libraries in southwest Florida. In 2014, she was honored in Gulf Shore Business magazine’s "40 Under 40" issue. She also represented the United States at a multi-city library conference in Spain sponsored by the United States Embassy in Madrid.
Keynote Speakers: Erica Johnson and Richard Shipp, Cooperative Elder Services
CLUB NEWS: 2021-2022
Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Read, executive director, Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary International has made peace the cornerstone of our worldwide mission. In fitting response, our Club has donated $500 to the The Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund, to support disaster-response grants for Rotary districts affected by the crisis in Ukraine
Taking Acton's economic development up the next step
Julie Pierce Onos, the Town of Acton’s new position as Economic Development Director in the Town Manager’s Office, addressed our Club Meeting on April 6.
The Town of Acton is business-friendly and its economic-development initiatives are designed to create and stimulate an environment in which businesses succeed. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Yale University, where she was a Mellon Research Fellow. She continued her studies with an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in Organizational Finance.
Julie’s career started in Connecticut, where she worked on a research study analyzing the social and economic impacts of addiction on individuals, families, and communities. She then moved to Massachusetts and began working for the Social Security Administration, where she held a variety of roles including assisting the public with their retirement and disability claims, building public-private partnerships, creating and deploying training and auditing local field offices.
After many years with SSA, Julie moved on to Middlesex Community College, where she founded their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) internship program. This work involved recruiting and supporting employers, interviewing matching students with employers, and creating the foundational policies and procedures to sustain the program for year to come.
Ending hunger by community empowerment, life nourishment, and emergency response
Hunger doesn’t have to exist — let’s end it together. Rise Against Hunger is growing a worldwide movement to end hunger through community empowerment, life nourishment, and emergency response.
Isabel Garcia (shown on left), Rise Against Hunger's community engagement manager for New England, was the keynote speaker for our Club Meeting on March 16. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the meeting was held via Zoom. To watch her compelling 25-minute presentation, click here.
To help Rise Against Hunger fulfill its mission, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is holding a food-packaging event on Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Nashoba Regional High School. Our Club is one of the supporters of this worthy Service Above Self cause, to which we have donated $250.
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.
Life Care Center gets early Christmas gift
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.
Teaming up with Honor Society to aid veterans
Our Golf Tournament nets $5,700 for service projects
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.