Colleen McCauley, a stand-up comedian, was our presenter.

With a lot of humor, Colleen spoke about how she became a stand-up comedian, a job that she shares along with serving as head waitress at Nancy’s Air Field Café. She got the part of “Cathy” during an open casting call for Good Will Hunting. She moved out to the MetroWest area with her son and daughter and tried to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up. She took a 4-week course on stand-up comedy and had to perform a routine for her family and friends as part of her graduation. She has been doing stand-up comedy for about 2 ½ years now, She has done benefits and fundraisers and writes her own material. She has performed at Foxwoods, Comedy Connection in Rhode Island, and Giggles in Saugus…. and now Nancy’s Air Field Café in Stow!

Speaker on April 4 at Nancy’s Airfield Café at 6 p.m.:
A special presentation featuring Dr. Frantz Compere, the director of the Clinica SODHAIDESA, an NGO in the Dominican Republic.  Dr. Compere will oversee the project in the Dominican Republic and he will speak about how the mobile dental clinic will serve his local community.  Joining Dr. Compere will be Dr. David Paul of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Paul is experienced in bringing free dental health care to children in Central America and is assisting with this project by providing visiting dentists from the U.S.


Guests:  Dan Bush (Westford Club), Denise Fernald, Gino Frattalone (Acton-Boxborough), Geoffrey Green, Jim McFarlin (Acton-Boxborough Club), and Chris Tchorzniki.

Club Announcements:
  • Laura explained the awards the club won at the Project Expo and PR Awards dinner. The club won the Best Use of the ELEVATE Toolkit award and the Make Your Mark club award. Congratulations to everyone in the club!
  • Karin said we would apply for other awards, and one thing that would help us is if everyone in the club would donate something to the Rotary Foundation. You can do this online. In comparison to other clubs in the district, we are in 4th place (out of 54) in terms of new members and only one of 3 clubs that did a peace event (required for the Presidential Citation award).
  • Dr. Compere will present at our April 4 meeting. This is a special “free” event – please invite friends and colleagues. Dr. Compere will administer our We Are One mobile dental clinic down in the Dominican Republic.
  • Everyone is invited to a potluck with Dr. Compere and his wife at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 6, at Natascha’s home: 1292 on Route 117 in Lancaster.  The house is set back from the street.
  • The Acton-Boxborough wine-tasting fundraiser is April 25. See Carol for tickets – this is one way of funding out club’s share of the We Are One project, as we will get 50% of the tickets we sell.
  • Cruise Nights – Laura is the chair of the planning committee for this event.
  • 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

  • Nanci paid happy fines for having two guests attend: Denise and Geoff.
  • Laura paid a happy fine for the past Friday’s Project EXPO and PR Awards dinner.
  • Denise paid a happy fine for being at the meeting, her first-ever Rotary meeting.
  • Jim M. paid a happy fine for being above the grass.
  • Jim S. paid a happy fine for almost being an assistant officer.
  • Natascha paid a happy fine for the Reality Fair held at Nashoba Regional High School.
  • Carol paid a happy fine for the PR awards the club won.
  • Cyndi paid a happy fine for seeing the PR awards on Facebook and having dinner with her husband, who had just returned from traveling that evening.
  • Gino paid a happy fine for attending his second Rotary meeting that day.
  • Karin paid a happy fine for the We Are One presentation at the Westford Club’s meeting that day.

Sad Fines
  • None! 

Non Club Announcements:

  • Laura reminded everyone about Stow Clean up day on Saturday, April 6. She and Barbara are meeting at 9 AM that morning to clean up their bit of “Adopt a highway” on route 62. Please contact Laura ( if you would like to join them.
  • Carol announced that Lynn Faust from the Rotary Club of Marlborough Lynn Faust, has been selected as one of only 10-12 U.S. Rotarian ‘Champions of Change’ for her humanitarian work in her community. Lynn will be among this elite group of Rotarians being honored at Rotary Day at the White House on April 5th
  • Concord Rotary Club fundraiser – Rotary Pops, will take place on April 12 at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center located at 51 Walden Street in Concord.  The Concert Band and soloist Amanda Carr will perform.  Tickets are $25 per person or $100 for a table.  Call (508) 878-6577 for more information.
  • 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

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:

Nancy’s Airfield Café

302 Boxboro Road

Stow, MA 01775

5:45 PM to 7:00 PM


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