John Dowd Jr., author of Heroes, Mentors and Friends: Learning From Our Spiritual Guides, was our speaker.


John first gave us some background information.  He is a 25 year radio broadcaster with experience as both a DJ and program director.   His on air name is JayBeau Jones and he is currently the host of SiriusXM’s ‘70s on 7 show that airs on Sundays through Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. on channel 7.  Three years ago he was fired from a job.  He told us that he could either decide to get another program director job or he could finish the book he started.  His inside voice, he called it the voice of our higher power, told him to take some time to finish the book.  John went to Sedona, AZ and finished his book, Heroes, Mentors and Friends.

          John spoke about our horizontal lives in which we are thinking in terms of us, them, anger, regret, and winning.  Our vertical lives, he explained, are achieved when we are thinking about love, forgiveness, patience, and gratitude.  One way to move from the horizontal to the vertical is to pivot to a positive thought of gratitude.  It takes practice but in time focusing on our vertical lives can make our lives happier and healthier.  John finished his talk with some miracle stories that had very happy endings.


Speaker on April 18 at the Houghton Building at 7:15 a.m.: A representative from Servants for Haiti will speak to us about their exciting work.

Guests:  John Dowd Jr. (speaker), Dan Hnatio, Suzanne LaForge.


New Members Installation: Nancy and Don McPherson owners of Nancy’s Air Field Café and Minute Man Air Field respectively, were welcomed as official members with great enthusiasm.  They have been hosting our evening meetings for about a year!

Photo: Nancy McPherson, Executive Secretary Ron Bott, Don McPherson, and President Karin Gaffney

Club Announcements:

  • RichardS told us that Dr. Compere was happy about his visits with our club members and is looking forward to continue working with us on the We Are One mobile dental clinic project.
  • The Acton-Boxborough wine-tasting fundraiser is April 25. See Carol for tickets – this is one way of funding our club’s share of the We Are One project, as we will get 50% of the tickets we sell.
  • Wings & Wheels – Laura is the chair of the planning committee for this event.  The first Cruise-In/Fly-In will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will continue every Thursday (except for July 4) through August 29. Our club will receive 1/3 of all proceeds from these events.
  • Nanci is working on a fundraising event with the Rotary Club of Hudson called, “Hudson Block Party and Brew Fest.”  The event will take place on August 17 from 3 to 7PM.  Retail stores will be open and food and beer will be sold by local restaurants.  Volunteers on the day of the event are needed.  Contact Nanci to sign up!
  • Stow’s Kid Fest/Spring Fest – Bill and Barbara will work on this event.
  • Women in Rotary event – 2014 marks the 25th year that women have been eligible to join Rotary Clubs.  Karin is a member of the District 7910 committee working on this event.  Contact Karin for more information.

Happy/Sad Fines: 

Happy Fines

  • Karin reported that the seniors were very pleased with the hot dogs Ron cooked for them at the Red Sox Opening Day event at the Stow COA on April 8.
  • Karin announced that April 24 is Jim’s birthday.
  • Mary was happy that April school vacation week begins on Monday, April 15.
  • Ron was happy that he is vacationing in Florida during the school vacation week.  He was also happy that his daughter had some solos in a school play.  His son made the JV baseball team!
  • ChrisT told us the G-Rated portion of the April Fools’ joke he played on his wife, Cyndi.
  • Dana was happy that he is getting a new dog this weekend.
  • Jim was happy about the great report he received from his cardiologist.
  • ChrisS was happy that he got dirty with Barbara and his wife, Laura, last Saturday during the annual Stow “Clean Up” day.
  • Laura was happy about the great party last Saturday night for Dr. Compere.
  • John Dowd Jr. was happy about his new Sirius radio show.
  • Suzanne was happy that she recently won a few weight lifting competitions.
  • Bob reported that the RYLA applications for the June leadership conference are complete and were mailed to the RYLA conference organizers.
  • Cyndi was happy that she is going to the Rotary Club of Concord’s Pops concert on Friday.
  • Carol was also happy that she is going to the Pops concert.
  • Barbara was happy about the amount of trash she, Laura and Chris picked up last Saturday.  Laura and Chris added that we filled 10 big plastic trash bags, found 6 tires and one metal car bumper! 

Sad Fines

  • Karin also told us that there were problems with Comcast at the beginning of the game so people left the Red Sox Opening Day event at the Stow COA on Aprill 8.  Soon after most of the people left, Comcast service resumed!
  • RichG was back from visiting his sick brother.
  • Carol was sad that she missed the opportunity to meet Dr. Compere last week. 

 Non Club Announcements:

  • Friends of Troop 1 Stow – Electronics Recycling on April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at the Bose Corporation, 688 Great Road.  Contact Troop 1 of Stow for more information (978) 212-9175.
  • Billerica Rotary Club fundraiser – Joey’s Voices Dinner Show, April 27 at the Billerica Elk’s Lodge.  For more information go to
  • Don announced that there will be a TFR on May 2 at 7 p.m. in the hanger at the Minute Man Air Field.  The FAA’s definition of TFR is Temporary Flight Restriction but on May 2 TFR will stand for a Temporary Fun and Relaxation party!  Steve will speak about the Real World Design Challenge for high school students.
  • Cyndi told us that the Rotary Club of Providence is hosting its 2nd Annual Providence Rotary Jazz Fest with the headliner, Steve Tyrell, a Grammy Award winner and Billboard Top Ten singer.  This event will take place at the Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts in Cranston on Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the Rotary Club of Providence’s website.

Future Meetings

First, third, and fifth Thursdays:

7:15 AM to 8:30 AM

Houghton Building (across from the school)

697 Main Street, Bolton, MA 01740

(Route 117 West from I495, Exit 27) 

Second and fourth Thursdays:

5:45 PM to 7:00 PM

Nancy’s Air Field Café

302 Boxboro Road

Stow, MA 01775



About Rotary:
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley serves the communities of Bolton, Lancaster, and Stow, Massachusetts. Our members are business, community, and professional leaders who meet weekly to plan local and international service projects; host interesting speakers on local, national, and international issues; and enjoy fellowship. The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley was chartered by Rotary International on February 24, 2012, the first new Rotary club chartered in District 7910 in over a decade!

For more club information, go to or contact Club President, Karin Gaffney, at 978-387-5369 or