Welcome to the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley!
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is a diverse, action-oriented, fun-loving club that serves the youth, the seniors, and the needy in our communities, often partnering with others.  While focusing our service in the communities of Bolton, Lancaster, and Stow, Massachusetts, our club acts upon service opportunities wherever there is a need – regionally, nationally, and globally. Join us!
2021-2022 Theme: Serve to Change Lives
2021-2022 Theme logo - Serve to Change Lives - EN
We are meeting both in person and virtually through Zoom on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of each month from 7:30 - 8:30 AM.
Emma's Cafe
Stow Shopping Center
117 Great Road (Route 117)
Stow, MA 01775 
Check our Calendar for Social and Service Events!

During the last two weeks of October, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley will sponsor its annual Purple Pinkie Day in schools across the Nashoba Regional School District.  In support of World Polio Day on October 24, Purple Pinkie Day is part of Rotary International’s “PolioPlus to End Polio Now” campaign. Students are encouraged to donate at least $1 to immunize children worldwide against polio. All donations are matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation, so each $1 donation results in $3 for polio eradication. In addition to donation envelopes being collected at the schools, donations can be mailed to Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, PO Box 322, Stow, MA 01775.

It’s called Purple Pinkie Day, because health workers typically use a purple dye to mark children’s pinkie fingers after the children are vaccinated. This prevents a double dosage. By sponsoring Purple Pinkie Day in the schools, we are hopeful the students learn more about polio and feel good about helping children on the other side of the world.

Launched in 1985, Rotary International’s PolioPlus was the first and largest international private-sector program for a public health initiative. By partnering with the World Health Organization and other government and private groups including the Gates Foundation, Rotary International has reduced polio by 99 percent around the world.

Clear Path for Veterans NE, along with the Rotary clubs of Nashoba Valley and Ayer, Devens, Harvard and Shirley, is hosted its annual Devens Dog and Music Festival in support of the Dogs2Vets program to match service dogs with local veterans. The event will be on October 31 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at 29 Antietam Street in Devends, MA. The program, perfected in Clear Path for Veterans' center in New York state and now available in Massachusetts, involves a veteran in the canine-training process, working together with the trainer to achieve individual goals.
The goal of the 2021 Devens Dog Fest is to raise funds for both the dogs and the training costs associated with the Dogs2Vets program in support of local veterans. Admission is $10 per adult; leashed dogs and veterans are free and welcome.
Festival sponsorships included the opportunity to either sponsor or co-sponsor a service dog. Many thanks go out to current sponsors Tito's hand-made vodka and T-Mobile. More sponsorships are available, including the opportunity to sponsor or co-sponsor a service dog. Contact dbulger@clearpathne.org for additional sponsor information.
  • Vendor spaces available - $50 standard booth, no charge non-profits
  • Admission - $10 per adult (collected at the entrance)
  • Dogs must be on a short leash (no longer than 6'), and all vaccinations must be up to date. 
To learn more, go to https://www.clearpathne.org/event/devens-dog-and-music-festival-devens-ma/.
To honor Stow-area veterans, for the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is providing a pre-packaged lunch and the opportunity to meet with town and state officials on Veterans Day, November 11. Lunch will include a sandwich, chips, salad, beverage, dessert, and more, and volunteers will provide the lunches to participants who will remain in their cars.
Veterans and significant others must RSVP in advance and can pick up their meals between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, 353 Great Road (Route 117) in Stow. Participants must pre-register at 978-627-4135 or info@nashobarotary.org. Please specify your expected time of arrival and a choice of sandwich when registering: Chicken Salad, Turkey Club, Ham and Swiss, or Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil.
This Veterans Day appreciation lunch is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, Friends of the Stow Council on Aging, Worker’s Credit Union, Shaw’s Stow, and Honey Pot Hill Orchards.
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is participating in a plastic recycling program, sponsored by Trex®. When you donate your plastic film to NexTrex®, not only are you helping to keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills, you're also helping Trex to continue making eco-friendly outdoor products.
Collect your plastic bags and film packaging used for food and merchandise in transit.  Although these materials SHOULD NOT be recycled in most curbside carts or single stream programs, our Rotary club is collecting these plastic types for distribution at a local grocery store. If we can collect 500 pounds, we earn a Trex-built bench for use in one of our service communities. All plastic must be clean and dry, and you can learn more here.
If you have plastic you would like to donate, please contact Mary Garcia.
Wanting to do something to help with recent disasters around the world, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley made a donation to a partnering organization, ShelterBox USA. ShelterBox delivers the essential aid people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster. Sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with a temporary refuge until they are able to start rebuilding their homes. ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools needed to start the repair or rebuilding process. The kits and boxes contain the items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children. SheltreBox accepts donations of all sizes at https://www.shelterboxusa.org/.
Razia Jan, founder of Razia's Ray of Hope, joined our September 2 club meeting and provided an update on the schools for girls, which the organization runs in Afghanistan. The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley sponsored a global grant for a midwifery program at the Razia Jan Institute, and members have been concerned about the recent events in Afghanistan and the potential impact on the students. Since its opening in 2017, 40 girls have graduated from the midwifery program.
Razia said that all of the students and staff are safe and the district has not experienced any violence. Younger students (K-6) have already returned to school, and she was looking forward to the older students returning to their classes in the coming weeks. She shared three directives with the club: Never give up, always have hope, and stay positive. 
When asked what our club could do to provide continued support, Razia said that donations to the organization help fund the salaries of 31 teachers, and they are often the main source of income for their extended families. The club also is continuing to sponsor a student. The yearly sponsorship of $420 covers all costs for attending school, including all books, uniform, bus rides, and winter clothes. You can make a donation or sponsor a student at raziasrayofhope.org.
The Rotary Clubs of Nashoba Valley, Littleton, Acton-Boxborough, and Wachusetts Area, along with the Nashoba Regional High School Interact Club, the Maynard High School Interact Club, the Littleton High School Community Service Club, the Littleton High School Interact Club, and Workers Credit Union, sponsored the eighth annual Rise Against Hunger food packaging event on May 15, 2021. The goal was to package 20,000 meals in a couple of hours and for shipment to feed the hungry around the world. The group actually packaged 23,500 meals over several hours due to generous fundraising and a lot of overtime work from volunteers. The meals from that event were shipped in September in a container totaling 285,120 meals from Rise Aagainst Hunger's New York City warehouse.The meals will be received by its in-country partner Convoy of Hope in Haiti for distribution..
The meal packaging event took place at Littleton High School in Littleton, MA, held in the school cafeteria with windows open for maximum ventilation. Below are members of the Nashoba Regional High School Interact Club at work! See more photos at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=NashobaRotary&set=a.3886142144808491.

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley sponsored two participants in this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference, held online during the weekend of June 25, 26, and 27. Our RYLA attendees were Madeline Powers of Bolton and Rebecca Emkin of Stow, shown below. The program offered an action- packed and interactive learning environment, designed to challenge participants to use and improve their leadership skills.  Best of all, there was no charge to students who participated. 

Robert Johnson, local Committee Chairperson, said that participants were selected from students who exhibited leadership potential and were currently in their sophomore year of high school.  The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley contacted high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations, and other sources for nominations and welcomed applications and recommendations from the public.

The conference featured thought-provoking events, including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities. Topics included decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service.

For more information about the RYLA program, contact Robert Johnson at johnson@itesafety.com, 978-875-3143. Visit www.ryla7910.org for the latest information about RYLA.

We still have masks! Members of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley delivered masks to many local organizations over the past year, including public safety offices and nursing homes, and as far as Kenya as part of the Rotary Million Mask Challenge Tour. Despite the "opening up" of life in light of vaccines, many businesses, healthcare facilities, and public institutions still require masks.  If you or your organization needs masks, please contact info@nashobarotary.org.
To date, we have delivered masks to:
  • Guidewire in Springfield (4000)
  • Consortium in Holyoke (2000)
  • Cultivate Counseling in Bolton (200)
  • Our Father's House in Fitchburg (400)
  • Athol Orange Rotary (2000)
  • Boston Medical Center, Boston (100)        
  • Sullivan Optometry, Hudson (50)
  • Dr. Padma Jonnavithula, North Acton Dental (125)
  • Seth Barron, Barron Chiropractic in Acton (70)
  • Belknap House Homeless Shelter (200)
  • Habitat for Humanity NCM (400)
  • Comfort Zone Home Care (150)
  • BCF Member for refugee camp (700)
  • Open Table in Maynard (1000)
  • Bolton COA (100)
  • Maynard Neighborhood Brigade
  • Leaving the Streets Ministry in Haverhill (1000)
  • Stow COA
  • BostonSight (500)
  • Minuteman Arc (500)
  • Worcester Fellowship (400)
  • Integrative Family Medicine (50)
  • Hope for the Children (400)
  • WHEAT (500)
About the Rotary Million Mask Challenge Tour
In the early morning hours of October 1, 2020, a cargo ship carrying 800,000 face masks arrived at the Port of Boston as part of a Million Mask Challenge. Over the course of the next 14 days, those masks were delivered to first responders, healthcare providers, and frontline workers in cities, towns, and villages from Boston to Maine, from Massachusetts to Connecticut. This effort is a story of service and leadership. It’s a story about answering the call, working together, and saving lives. It is the story of Rotary. A tractor-trailer, emblazoned with the Rotary Million Mask Challenge Tour story, will distribute face masks to Rotary clubs throughout New England and nine major city center distribution points in six states for those in need in their communities. To date, over 200,000 masks have been delivered across central Massachusetts by numerous Rotary clubs.
At this year's District Conference, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley received numerous awards for our activities in the 2020-2021 Rotary year:
  • Best Club - Diamond award in recognition for continuous highest performance in the district for the third year in a row
  • Public Image - Gold
  • Service - Gold
  • Youth service - Bronze
  • The Rotary Foundation support - Silver
  • Ray Pfau, Unsung Hero
  • Mary Garcia, Rotary Foundation District Service
  • Jacky Foster, District Service as the District Secretary for Administrative Excellence
  • Rotary International Significant Service Award for our Stuff a Cruiser service project
It was a challenging year with virtual meetings, done-at-home service projects, and a few masked and outdoor community service projects! We appreciate all of the partnerships and support that kept this club running at top gear! 
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October 2021
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    Oct 31, 2021
    11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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