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!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is sponsoring a collection drive for Esperanza – Hope for the Children, a 501c3 non profit that provides medical treatment and supplies for the children and their families of Flores, Honduras. 
Donations requested for Esperanza-Hope for the Children include:
  • Adult, children, and baby clothing in all sizes and for all seasons
  • Any size shoes: toddler-adult (shoes, sneakers, croc type, flip flops), new or gently used
  • Any size toothpaste: dentists donate expired, which is fine
  • Any size soap, hand sanitizer, shampoo, band aids, anti-bacterial ointment
  • Soccer balls, preferably deflated
  • Books in Spanish
  • Vitamins
  • Large size suitcases, carry-ons, and duffel bags
  • School supplies: pens, pencils, eraser, sharpeners, scissors, colored pencils, crayons
Members can bring items to the November 18 Rotary meeting. Donations can also be made by contacting Emily Collins at: 978-808-8967, emily@esperanzahftc.com. Monetary donations are accepted at esperanzahftc.com.
To honor Stow-area veterans, for the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley provided a pre-packaged lunch and the opportunity to meet with town and state officials on Veterans Day, November 11. Lunch included a sandwich, chips, salad, beverage, dessert, and more, and volunteers provided the lunches to participants who will remain in their cars.
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.

During the last two weeks of October, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley sponsored 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 were encouraged to donate at least $1 to immunize children worldwide against polio. Workers Credit Union also made a generous donation of $1000, courtesy of Donna McCullen, WCU Assistant Vice-President in Lancaster, MA.All donations are matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation, so each $1 donation results in $3 for polio eradication. Donations can still 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 elsewhere around 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.

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.
Clear Path for Veterans NE, along with the Rotary clubs of Nashoba Valley and Ayer, Devens, Harvard and Shirley, hosted its annual Devens Dog and Music Festival in support of the Dogs2Vets program to match service dogs with local veterans. The event was on October 31 in Devens, 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 2021 Devens Dog Fest raised funds for both the dogs and the training costs associated with the Dogs2Vets program in support of local veterans. The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley sponsored the Best of the Fest contests, including largest dog, smallest dog, best kisser, and best costume. The club also ran the Skyhoundz World Canine Disc competition. Congratulations to all winners and participants, and many thanks to sponsors Tito's hand-made vodka and T-Mobile. 
To see more photos from the event, visit our Facebook album.
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.

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