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.
 
2020-2021 Theme: Rotary Opens Opportunities
Nashoba Valley
We are meeting virtually through Zoom
on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays
of each month from 7:30 - 8:30 AM.
When we can meet in person again:
Emma's Cafe
Stow Shopping Center
117 Great Road (Route 117)
Stow, MA 01775 
Check our Calendar for Social and Service Events!
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley purchased potted mums and decorated them for delivery as part of a Thanksgiving 2020 dinner for senior citizens in Bolton, MA. The Bolton Council on Aging was very appreciative, as many of these seniors are house-bound and alone. The flowers are not only a lovely gesture, but they send a message that we thought of the recipients, who often feel forgotten.
 
 
 
To honor Stow-area veterans, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley provided about 40 veterans and guests with a pre-packaged lunch and the opportunity to meet with town and state officials on Veterans Day, November 11. Lunch included a sandwich, chips, salads, beverage, dessert, and more, and more than 30 volunteers provided the lunches to participants who remained in their cars.
 
 
Local dignitaries, including State Representative Kate Hogan, Selectmen Ellen Sturgis, Megan Birch-McMichael, Jim Salvie, and  Chair Tom Ryan, Fire Chief Landry, and Acting Police Chief Sallese, joined Rotarians, members of the Nashoba Regional High School Interact club, and community volunteers, to greet and thank the veterans. The lunch served as an alternative to the traditional Veterans Day breakfast.
 
This Veterans Day appreciation lunch was 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.
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley have been delivering masks to local organizations, including public safety offices and nursing homes, and as far as Kenya as part of the Rotary Million Mask Challenge Tour. Several thousand masks have been delivered with plans to deliver thousands more. More masks shipped in October, and we expect more to arrive in early 2021. If you or your organization needs masks, please contact info@nashobarotary.org.
 
To date, we have delivered masks to:
  • Guidewire in Springfield, MA (4000)
  • Consortium in Holyoke, MA (2000)
  • Cultivate Counseling in Bolton, MA (200)
  • Our Father's House in Fitchburg, MA (400)
  • Athol Orange Rotary Club (2000)
  • Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (50)        
  • Sullivan Optometry, Hudson, MA (50)
  • Dr. Padma Jonnavithula, North Acton Dental in Acton, MA (75)
  • Seth Barron, Barron Chiropractic in Acton, MA (50)
  • Belknap House Homeless Shelter (200)
  • Habitat for Humanity NCM (100)
  • Comfort Zone Home Care (150)
  • Bolton Community Fund member for refugee camp (700)
  • OpenTable in Maynard, MA (1000)
  • Leaving The Streets Ministry in Haverhill, MA (1000)
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.
 
About 100 students in Stow and Lancaster, MA are starting the school year off fully equipped with a backpack, lunchbox, and supplies. Working with Warm Hearts of Stow and the Lancaster Recreation Committee, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley ordered and delivered the needed school items to the partner organizations, who assembled the backpacks with their supplies with limited handling. The completed backpacks were safely distributed to students and their families, working with the local elementary and middle schools. Laura Friend, Principal of Luther Burbank Middle School, shared her delight with the project, "This is just wonderful news. We are so grateful!!!"
 
The backpack project was co-funded through a Rotary district grant from District 7910. District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our community and communities abroad. 
 
 
To reach out to those who are more confined at this time, members of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley have been sending cards and letters to the residents of the River Terrace Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Lancaster, MA since June. Every week, members send hand-written messages, sharing their own pandemic activities, musings and stories, and notes of inspiration to the more than 65 residents who have been confined during the pandemic. Many of the messages include jokes, riddles, puzzles, and activities to help entertain the residents. The envelopes are sterilized before being given to the residents. In a note from the Diane Sevigney-Staples, Life Enrichment Director, "Thank you all so much for the letters and cards you have been sending to our residents and patients. It is much appreciated and thoughtful." The club intends to continue until the pandemic ends or the center no longer needs the community outreach.
 
Although we are all in a challenging time right now, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is still pursuing opportunities for community service. Send your requests to info@nashobarotary.org, and we’ll add them to our list of opportunities and resources, which you can find in the Download Files section in the right column. We’ll also review your request at our regular board meetings and share them with our club members.
 
In the meantime, we wish everyone a safe and healthy staycation!
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley has been collaborating with the Lancaster, MA Council on Aging to provide devices and instructions on how to use video apps to communicate with loved ones during this challenging time. For more information, contact Alix at aturner@lancasterma.net.
 
Zoom | Columbia University Information Technology 
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley recently supported the efforts of FOCUS Dream Center in providing food relief to needy families. 
 
Founder and President Pastor Samuel Kariuki thanked the club, "I am so grateful and appreciate your support. I am happy to let you know Focus Dream Center has been working hard especially at the Covid-19 season to support and feed the vulnerable communities. We have been feeding more than 500 families week.. Your donation has arrived on time when its needed most. My prayers is for God to bless you abundantly."
 
FOCUS Dream Center is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization based in Worcester MA, with an aim to support sustainable community programs that targets the vulnerable members of our community. These programs provide educational, nutritional, and medical programs for orphans in Kenya as well as providing for water and sanitation for the community at large. For more information, visit focusdreamcenter.org.
 
 
HOME - Focus Dream Center
Due to current health and safety guidelines, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is holding virtual meetings until we can meet in person again.
 
Additionally, we are investigating service opportunities to benefit our local communities. If you need would like to join us for a meeting using Zoom or have a service project or need, contact info@nashobarotary.org.
Calendar
November 2020
S M T W T F S
01
02
03
04
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
01
02
03
04
05
Rotary News
The Rotarian Conversation: Marc Freedman

The Rotarian Conversation:Marc FreedmanThis longevity expert has found that both younger and older people thrive when they work together with a common purpose — something

Supporting the environment becomes a new area of focus

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board of Directors have added a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

Philippine club mobilizes transportation for frontline coronavirus health workers

COVID-19 forces lockdown on public transportation in Manila. Members bring vans, accommodations for hospital and lab workers.

Better together

A need to connect with different age groups is woven into our genes.

3D printers to the rescue

Rotary members join 3D print enthusiasts to make personal protective equipment in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WhoFish events
Holiday Bird Seed Wreaths
   
Club Executives
President
President 2021-2022 (PE)
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Executive Secretary
Treasurer
Sgt at Arms
Foundation Chair
Public Relations Chair
Polio Challenge Chair
Speaker Chair
Website Chair
RYLA Chair
Scholarship Chair
International Projects Co-Chair
International Projects Co-Chair
International Projects Co-Chair
Director
Director
Service Projects
 
 

Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.