A RYLA student shared his experience at the June RYLA Conference.



Jim Stogo attended the June RYLA Conference.  First, Jim thanked us for sponsoring him for the RYLA Conference.  He said that he learned a lot during the RYLA Conference.  For example, he learned about respect and how to be a good listener and communicator.  He also learned about himself and made changes to his character.  Jim said that he’s a different person after attending the three day event.  He explained that he is a shy person but after three days at RYLA, he was more confident and outgoing. 

Next week, August 7, we host Wings & Wheels at the Minute Man Air Field.

There is no meeting on August 14.  Instead, attend Wings & Wheels on August 16!



  • Jim Stogo, RYLA student, speaker
  • Chip Allen
  • John Balco
  • Lynn Dishler
  • Ray Pflau


New Member Induction – Corporate Membership for Bolton Local

Laura is the sponsor for Bolton Local.  She has worked with them at the Repair Cafés.  Ray Pflau, Chip Allen, John  Balco, and Lynn Dishler represented Bolton Local.  Richard told them about the benefits of membership.  They recited the 4 way test then Nanci gave each of them a Rotary pin.


Member Award

Nanci received the bronze award for bringing in three new members!


Club Announcements:

Visioning Event:

The visioning event is scheduled for September 25 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Each member has been assigned a buddy to help each other get to the visioning event.

Local projects:

  • Wings & Wheels: Please sign up for the Nashoba nights if you haven’t already (August 7 and August 28) online www.SignUpGenius.com/go4090D45AEA823A57-wings, or contact Laura.  
    • BOSE is raffling off an AV20 aviation headset worth $1049.  We get the proceeds. 
    • See the website for rain cancellations, schedule, etc.: www.WingsandWheelsMA.com.
  • Women in Rotary 25th anniversary bash is postponed to the fall: Contact Nancy for more information.
  • Spirit of Hudson is August 16. Nanci reported that $3,000 of tickets have already been sold! Contact Nanci to help plan, volunteer or find sponsors for this event.
    • We need 42 volunteers to help in specific areas.  Nanci will reach out individually.
    • There will be 2 entrance areas this year and a Rotary table.
    • Additional help is needed for trash pickup, ice, and clean up.  We’ll also need help at tables in high-traffic areas to sell tickets on Thursday nights in mid-July.
    • Also contact Nanci to hang posters or post lawn signs in your yard.
  • Healthcare Fair on October 20 at NRHS!  It will be a Reality Fair with healthcare providers in attendance.  Contact Jim for more info.
  • Medium and small Rotarian at Work T-shirts are now available for $5.  Contact Laura.
  • A new rainwater harvesting district project proposal will be discussed at the next Board Meeting on August 6.  Mary described the work Worcester Polytechnic Institute students are doing in Guatemala to install rain water collection systems to collect rain water that runs off of their roofs.  The water must be boiled to drink but it can be used for other things.  Before the rain water collection systems were installed, women and children had to go down the mountain to get polluted water.  Richard, Chris and Jim attended the meeting at WPI with Mary and they are also enthusiastic about the possibility of applying for a $30,000 global grant from District.  (Worcester already has a global grant and cannot apply for a second global grant in the same year.)

International projects:

  • We Are One project: Dr. Frantz Compere continues work to transform an empty box truck into a dental clinic with two dental chairs.  The start of operations for the Mobile Dental Clinic is set for this fall!  For more information, read the July 2014 issue of Mary’s “We Are One Newsletter” that will be available on our website soon.  The final report for this project is due in December.


Rotary announcements:

  • East Fitchburg Rotary Club is having a 25th anniversary of Women in Rotary event on August 24 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Contact Mary for more information.


Non-Rotary/public announcements:

  • Bolton Fair is this weekend!


Happy/Sad Fines:

  • Jim was ecstatic about hearing Richard speak Spanish at a meeting about the Mobile Dental Clinic
  • Laura was happy with both kids out of the house.  Chris and Laura went to Denmark. The Pan Mass Challenge is this weekend!  Laura is happy that she does not have to run the Rotary meeting.  In the mail she received our Presidential Award with Distinction.
  • Chris was happy that he and Laura are going to Alaska in a week.  Chris is riding in the Pan Mass Challenge this weekend.  He has raised over $200,000 in his 26 years riding in this event.
  • Ray was happy to be joining Rotary and partnering in events.
  • John was happy and grateful.
  • Nanci is happy Richard is our new president.  She is also happy to talk about visioning. 
  • Kelly was happy that she saw her brother
  • Barbara was happy that physical therapy was helping her back.
  • Bob was happy that the Bolton Fair is coming up next Friday through Sunday.  Bob’s job is to get electricity for everything.

Richard was happy that both of his alarms rang after he woke up.  He was happy to be leading the club and all of the things we are doing. Richard was looking forward to the visioning event in September.  Richard was sad about Ron’s father in-law dying.