Rotary Club of Westborough - Service Above Self

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You Can Still Make a Donation to Westborough Behavioral  Healthcare Hospital  in Honor of Chief Gordon
Donations will benefit patient activities and help provide basic needs (e.g. clothing, transportation, etc.)

Mail checks payable to The Rotary Club of Westborough, P.O. Box 903, Westborough, MA 01581 or click "Donate" button below:

This event is organized by the community and is being paid for by individual ticket sales.

Save The Date - May 20 for Westborough Rotary's Annual Spring Festival at Baystate Commons.  Join us this year for Sunday Funday!  Events include:
  • 5K road race 
  • Vendor fair
  • Food
  • Music
  • Kids carnival
  • Roaming railroad
  • Dog show and spa
  • and much more!
Watch this space for more details. Want to get involved? Click here to send us an email.
Join us at the Civic Kitchen & Drink from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on April 3rd for appetizers.  If you're a current Club member, please bring a friend, neighbor or business associate.  If you're a member of the Westborough community, please stop by to learn about the Rotary Club, and how we work to make a difference both locally and globally.  Share food, fellowship, Rotary stories and learn about our commitment to Service Above Self. Westborough School Superintendent Amber Bock will make a brief presentation.  Click here to register to attend.
Members may recall that last year the Club awarded Westborough senior John O'Connell a scholarship which John chose to defer for a year as a pursued several adventures.  Since we last met John, he has completed an internship at Duke University, journeyed to Vietnam and Cambodia with his mother and grandparents, and has enrolled at the University of San Diego where he'll begin classes this fall.  Today (March 6) John and his friend are beginning their Appalachian Trail hike which he expects to finish in July. We look forward to welcoming John back to our Club during August when he'll relate the story of his adventures and the Club will formally present him with his scholarship.  In the interim, you can check on the progress of John's hike by visiting his Facebook page.
Our last two meetings were packed with speakers and guests.  At our February 21st meeting, Dr. Harvey Kowaloff, MD told us about the need for palliative care in Africa.  It's estimated that by the year 2020, one million people will die from cancer alone in Africa, resulting in an acute need for palliative hospice care  You can see his presentation on our Facebook page.  John Gallinagh from Westborough's Veterans Advisory Board joined us and let us know that the Care Packages for Troops initiative has been extended due to a change in troop rotation. See Shelby's email of 2/28 for more specifics, and a list of the requested items which include personal care products, snacks & powdered drinks, and clothing items. A box can be assembled for $25 - $50 and will go along way to boosting the morale of our service men and women.  
At our meeting of February 28, Pete Dunbeck, Chair of the Westborough Green Technology Advisory Group told us about his group's efforts to help the town become more energy efficient, reduce costs, and lower our carbon footprint.  His presentation on the Green Technology initiative is available from this link.  Retired Police Chief Al Gordon, who has been a part of the town’s police force since 1974 and was named chief in 2002, joined us to say a few words and gave a big thank you to our club for our support over the years. The new Westborough Police Chief,  Jeff Lourie, also joined us and introduced himself to our members. Chief Lourie, 51, a Shrewsbury native, has been the chief of police in Uxbridge since 2013. Prior to that, he was detective bureau commander for the Auburn Police Department, and he began his career with the Shrewsbury Police Department as a patrolman in 1998.  Jeff talked about his excitement to be in the position and is looking forward to partnering with our club and the community on a number of issues.
Dave Kaiser was raised in Connecticut and is the youngest of five children. At thirteen, he held his first job picking tobacco and then moved on to work at Frank's supermarket. In high school, he became a pole vaulter with a top height of 11'9".  Dave graduated Bryant College with a degree in management, after which he worked for General Motors. He went on to receive his MBA from Babson College and subsequently entered the financial services sector, working first at Fleet/Bank of America, and later at Central One Credit Union where he currently serves as AVP of Branch Services. Dave joined Westborough Rotary in 2009 after meeting Sue Abladian. Dave has served in a number of roles since then, including Club President in 2013-2014, and currently as District Chair for the Rotary Leadership Insititute.  Dave found true love in Rotary when he met Jessica Thomas, also a member of our Club.  Dave and Jessica married in 2016, and their family includes three grown children and two cats.

Longtime Westborough Rotary member Bob Tufts passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018, at the UMass/Memorial Healthcare-University Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of Anne (Nelpi) Tufts. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 17, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Cemetery.  We offer our condolences to his family, along with our thoughts and prayers.
Earlier this month, Jorge and  Dr. John Broach (Chief of the Division of Disaster Medicine and Director of the Worcester Emergency System (EMS), traveled to Leon, Nicaragua as part of a GEMINI’s needs assessment visit. They met with the board of directors of the Leon Rotary Club. Through a Rotary Global Grant, GEMINI was able to establish an American Heart Association training center for CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in which students and instructors are trained on an ongoing basis. During this trip, Jorge and Dr. Broach met with the dean of the medical school of the Autonomous University of Nicaragua, along with physicians and professors of the medical school to develop a plan to improve their EMS. Pictured at left, Jorge presents a flag received from the Rotary Club of Leon to President Shelby.
GEMINI is our club's Global Emergency Medicine Initiative, a collaborative Rotary International service project. We work with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Rotary International District 7910, other Rotary clubs across the globe, medical facilities, and governments of participating countries to bring training in emergency medicine, expertise, and equipment to developing countries worldwide.  To learn more, visit the GEMINI website.
At our Club Assembly on January 24, District Governor Karin Gaffney, shown here at left, presented an award to Kathy Gemma for her efforts in support of The Rotary Foundation.  The award, given at the discretion of the District Governor reads "for outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation and its goal of world understanding and peace." Congratulations Kathy and keep up the great work!
The Rotary Club of Westborough is excited to announce its participation in the ESSEX Short-Term Exchange Program. The club will sponsor Daniel Proudman from Hopkinton, MA. Daniel will travel overseas this summer for about three weeks. He will stay with a student and family and he will be welcomed by the local Rotary club. His actual destination is not yet known. His first choice is Taiwan where he plans to immerse himself in the culture and where he can practice his Mandarin. Daniel and his family will reciprocate and host the student for three weeks.  During this time the RCW will welcome the student and host a lunch/dinner in the student’s honor. Every year, about 8,000 young people from around the world participate in Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. To learn more visit
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Wednesdays at 12:15pm, 3rd Wednesday at 6:15pm
Chateau Restaurant
95 Turnpike Road
Rt 9 & Rt 30
Westborough, MA  01581
United States
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