Matt Tucker told us about life insurance and other kinds of insurance.

Matt is a member of our Rotary club and has spent most of his career working in the insurance field.  He currently works for New York Life Insurance Company and specializes in life insurance.  Matt emphasized that each insurance plan he develops is different because everyone has a different situation.  People are in different places in their lives and have their own goals.  Matt helps people think through the insurance options.  For example, Matt told us that there is a 60% chance that we will have a disabling injury before we retire.  This is a good reason to have disability insurance.  It’s also a fact that everyone will die so we should think about how we would like our assets distributed at that time.  For example, as Rotarians we might want to make the Rotary Foundation a beneficiary. 


Next meeting on April 24 at Boxborough Holiday Inn, 5:45 p.m., Club Assembly followed by a Wine Tasting with the Acton Boxborough Rotary Club.


Membership question for April 24: What are the 6 Rotary International Areas of Focus?  Hint: go to



  • Kathy Cataldo


Club Announcements:

  • Post event reports:

o    The Concord Pops concert was very good.  Our club had two tables.  There were many raffle prizes and Laura won a pot made by a member of Concord’s Rotaract Club!

o    Breakfast with the Easter Bunny (Stow Lions Club) was on April 13.  There was a good turn out for breakfast and a visit from the Easter bunny!  Bob won a raffle prize, a coupon from a hardware store.


  • Local projects:

o    Wine tasting fundraiser with the Acton-Boxborough Club is set for April 24 at the Holiday Inn Boxborough.  Contact Natascha for tickets.  Head over to the wine tasting right after our Rotary meeting which will also be at the Boxborough Holiday Inn! 

o    Stow Springfest is scheduled for May 17 rain or shine. This event is good for recruitment and service.  More volunteers are needed.

o    Wings & Wheels kicks off on the first Thursday in June!

o    RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Conference: The Board approved funding RYLA Conference attendance in June for two students.  We received three applications from high school sophomores.  Volunteers are needed to help at the RYLA Conference.  Contact Bob to volunteer!

o    Women in Rotary 25th anniversary bash planning (summer event): contact Natascha for more information.  Save April 26 for a planning meeting.

o    Spirit of Hudson: Nanci reported that $5,000 has already been raised!  There will be two beer tents this year instead of one.  Advertising on Facebook has already begun.  Contact Nanci to help plan or volunteer at the event. 

o    Health Fair this fall!  Contact Jim for more info.

  • International projects:

o    The Westchester, PA Rotary Club gave $3,000 in addition to the $3,500 they already donated toward the mobile dental unit.  Their new donation will go towards purchasing a sensor.

  • Foundation Minute: RichardS told us that we raised $500 in the two basket fundraisings at club meetings.  This put us over the $125 average donation by each club member.  Now our club is qualified to apply for district and international grants.  However, 30% of us have not given to Rotary’s Annual Fund.  Next year we can do better!  RichardS also reported that the finances for Rotary’s Annual Fund have improved which will improve Charity Navigator’s ratings.

  • Membership Corner: This week’s question was, “Who is the president of Rotary International and where does he live?  The answer is Ron Burton who lives in Norman, OK.

  • Membership Minute: Chief Bill Bosworth told us that through his job as police chief of Stow, he got to know Karin when she was president of Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN).  He was a guest speaker at Slater’s and was impressed by the group, our enthusiasm, and what we do.  He decided to join Rotary because he likes to help people.  Bill has been in the police for 30 years and has been chief for the past three years.  He told us an interesting story about how he and his wife planned a family vacation to Florida eight months in advance.  As things turned out his son, a pitcher for Daniel Webster College, was pitching in Florida during Bill’s vacation.  He enjoyed watching Derek play college baseball!

  • Member Announcement: Next year Laura will be the District Public Image Chair!

  • New Member Installation: Kathy Cataldo was sponsored by Nanci Bishop to join our club.  Kathy is currently a licensed financial advisor.  She has two sons, Ricky (27 years old) and Jeffrey (19 years old).  Kathy had been a member of the Hudson Rotary Club with Nanci.  She is already on Nanci’s Membership Committee!

  • Activities galore!

o    Wings & Wheels planning is underway.  Contact Laura if you want to help.

o    Springfest: May 17 – Contact Chris if you want to help.

o    Women in Rotary 25th anniversary bash planning (summer event): contact Natascha for more information.  Save April 26 for a planning meeting.

o    RYLA support: June 27-29.  Bob also needs help interviewing students during the day.  Contact Bob for more information.

o    Spirit of Hudson: August 16.  Contact Nanci for more information.

o    Health Fair this fall!  Contact Jim for more information.

  • Dues news:

o    To cover RI and district dues, we’ll be increasing dues to $150/year ($75 semi-annually) starting July 1, 2014.

  • Laura has posted the Best Club award criteria and the updated 2013-2014 Calendar of Activities on our website


Other Club and General Rotary Announcements (Capitalized events earn points for our club!)

  • Rotary is getting a lot of international media coverage for the polio-free certification of WHO’s South-East region!

  • April 17: DISTRICT TRAINING ASSEMBLY for next year’s club officers from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Royal Plaza in Marlborough.

  • April 29, May 28, May 30: Red Sox Rotary Night – contact Lindsay Dean or Jim McFarlin if you are interested in going.

  • May 16-18: DISTRICT CONFERENCE (Holiday Inn Boxborough)

o    Register online and get more info here:

o    Includes a Stop Hunger Now event on Saturday morning (same time as Springfest)

o    Pay only for food: Paul Harris dinner on Friday, awards dinner on Saturday

o    Bring canned foods, donations for local food pantries

o    Rotary Expo featuring the 5 avenues of service on Saturday afternoon

o    Hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday nights (dessert and beverages)


Non-Rotary/public announcements:

  • The Stow Boy Scouts’ electronic recycling event is on April 26 at Bose Corp., 688 Great Road, Stow from 9-2 p.m.

  • Communities for Restorative Justice is sponsoring a movie, “Finding Courage,” on April 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Go to to register.

  • Trinity Church Congregational Yard Sale (Wattaquadock Hill Road in Bolton) on May 17 from 9 to 3 p.m.

  • Bolton 5K Road Race planned for June 14: Last year was an inaugural race to benefit the White family, victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Plans are underway for the second race.  Anyone interested in helping to plan, sponsor, volunteer, or participate should contact Mary Ann and Deb Kotlarz.  Jacky told us that they are applying for a Community Chest grant to support this event.  Proceeds will go to the RFK Center in Lancaster.



  • April 24: Jim Stone


Happy/Sad Fines:

  • Barbara enjoyed The Concord Band’s Pops night for Rotary.
  • Ron was happy that his daughter was fantastic as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical.  He was also happy that the marketing event he organized and hosted was very successful.
  • Bob was happy that the RYLA students are selected.
  • Jim was happy that he made vacation plans.  He was sad that he will not be able to go to RichardS’s installation.
  • Matt was happy that he umpired his first softball game yesterday.  He was sad that it snowed this week.
  • Nanci was happy that she was having 60 people at her house for Easter.
  • RichardS was happy that Ron’s marketing event worked out.  He was also happy to be going to his grandson Jacob’s birthday party.  Jacob will be four years old!
  • Chris was sad that he went to a plumbing store before this morning’s meeting but could not find the part he needed.
  • Bill was happy that it is spring!
  • Mary Ann was happy that she had a good vacation.  She was also happy that the talks given by the Bolton 5K race group are going well.
  • Lisa was happy that her son turned 16 and got his driver’s permit and his first job.
  • Laura was happy about the Concord Pops concert.  There was a good turn out and she had a good dinner with members of our club before the concert.  She was also happy that she and Bob went to the Easter breakfast sponsored by the Stow Lions Club.  She was also glad to be going to Ohio for Easter.
  • RichG was sad for his sister in-law.  He was happy that the RYLA students are selected.