Rotary Club of Westborough - Service Above Self

Rotarians are People of Action

Whether we’re packaging food for the hungry, hosting students from across the globe, donating medical equipment and teaching skills to use it, or supporting education for children we’ll never meet, Rotarians  strive to make a difference both at home in our communities and abroad.

 

Rotary unites more than a million people
Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world

 
 
Main Street Vendor Fair Participants
Interested in displaying your company's products or services?  Are you an artisan who wishes to show off your crafts?  A vendor table at Spring Festival is the perfect venue.  To sign up, just click here for our registration form.  Tables for Westborough community groups are free, nonprofit organizations are $50, all others are $100.  For more information, email ambrosino@westboroughrotary.org
 
 
Watch this space for more information about Spring Festival, including a complete listing of events and schedule.
 
 
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.
Town Manager Jim Malloy joined us on May 4th to update our members on the "State of the Town"  in Westborough.  Mr. Malloy touched on many issues that affect town residents, including taxes, energy usage, town finance, and various projects and improvements. You can view his entire presentation on our Facebook page.  Caitlin O’Brien, our new Economic Development Coordinator spoke about her dual roles of acting as a liaison between businesses and town departments and reaching out to big and small businesses to find out how she can help.  Her focus currently is to create a more business-friendly town.  Specifically, her goal is to have more to do in the center of town so that it can become a destination, not just a throughway. Additionally, she seeks to open up the lines of communication between small businesses to enhance the collaborative environment.  Her door is always open and her office is located in the Town Hall Selectmen’s office. Caitlin's comments are also available to view on our Facebook page.
 
 
 
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 http://www.exchangestudent.org.
 
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95 Turnpike Road
Rt 9 & Rt 30
Westborough, MA  01581
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