Richard Simon’s Ethics in Business video



Richard’s Ethics in Business video is separated into clips from movies and TV that depict ethical situations in business.  Some of the clips were serious.  We saw a scene from the “Invictus” movie showing Mandela’s high ethical standards.  We also saw silly scenes from the TV comedy, “The Office,” and the film, “Liar, Liar,” with examples of bad ethics.  A clip of a CNN story about ethics in business was very informative.  Richard showed this video and led discussions about business ethics at this year’s District Conference.


Next meeting on June 5, 7:15 a.m. at Colonial Candies, Lotte Diomede from SmileMass


Membership question for June 5: What is the mission of the Rotary Foundation?

Hint: go to


Club Announcements:

  • Local projects:
    • Nashoba After Prom: We received at thank you card from Nashoba After the Prom for our donation to this event.
    • Wings & Wheels: Please sign up for the Nashoba nights (June 19, July 17, August 7, and August 28) using the online form emailed to us or contact Laura.
    • RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Conference: Volunteers are needed to help at the RYLA Conference over the June 27-29 weekend at Worcester State.  Contact Bob to volunteer!
    • Women in Rotary 25th anniversary bash: Contact Natascha for more information.
    • Spirit of Hudson is August 16. Nanci reported that $7,500 has already been raised! Contact Nanci to help plan, volunteer or find sponsors for this event.
    • Healthcare Fair on October 20 at NRHS!  It will be a Reality Fair with healthcare providers in attendance.  Contact Jim for more info.
  • International projects:
    • We Are One project: See page 14 of the June 2014 issue of the Rotarian for a description of our dental project in the Dominican Republic with the Rotary Club of Santo Domingo Innovador! 
  • Foundation Minute: Richard reported that the repairs to the truck for the mobile dental clinic in the Dominical Republic are completed.  Now buying medical equipment is underway.
  • Membership Minute: Richard Simon joined Rotary in 2010 after his wife died from cancer.  She was always giving back and she encouraged Richard to do some good in the world.  When he was invited to join the Rotary Club of Sudbury, he saw it as a good opportunity to fulfill his wife’s request.  Richard stays in Rotary because he wants his life to have meaning.  His life is good and he wants to give back.  The interesting thing we learned about Richard is that he wanted to be an astronaut when he was growing up.  He followed the space launches avidly and started a rocket club in Rye, NY with his friends.  With permission from the town, they launched rockets at the town dump that they had built themselves.  Richard showed us a nozzle he had built for a rocket with 2,000 pounds of thrust!  Richard also told us about the 1994 ceremony at Cape Canaveral he attended where he ate lunch with astronaut, Jim Lovell!
  • Member Announcement: Next year Laura will be the District Public Image Chair!
  • Dues news: To cover RI and district dues, we’ll be increasing dues to $150/year ($75 semi-annually) starting July 1, 2014.


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

  • May 16-18: DISTRICT CONFERENCE – Awards won by our club!
    • Rotary International Recognition of Membership Development Initiatives: Retaining existing members
    • Zone 24-32 Vibrant Club Award – This Award recognizes those clubs in Zones 24-32 that have demonstrated that they have followed and implemented at least 7 of the Best Practices like those suggested in the Rotary be a “Vibrant Club” Leadership Plan and can also document 3 individual unique events/programs/projects that they believe keeps their club vibrant.  Our 3 events, programs, and projects: Reality Fair, Wings & Wheels, Spirit of Hudson
    • District 7910 Youth Service Award
    • District 7910 International Service Award
    • District 7910 Vocational Service Award
    • District 7910 Community Service Award
    • District 7910 Unsung Hero Award: Bob Johnson.  Through Bob’s support, our club has been able to accomplish much this past year.  He truly exemplifies Service Above Self, and we are honored to have him as a member of our club.
    • Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation: Rich Garcia.  Recognizing that the strength of the Rotary ideal is founded on the service carried out be club members worldwide, this citation program provides a means for Rotary clubs to personally recognize a member of the club for outstanding efforts in the five Avenues of Service.  The citation commends the service carried out by an individual Rotarian in the club, thereby reinforcing the importance which Rotary places on personal involvement of each club member in Rotary service activities.
    • Rotary International Presidential Citation with Distinction
    • District 7910 Rotarian of the Year: Karin Gaffney
    • Rotary International Service Above Self Award: Carol Toomey.  Rotary’s highest honor recognizes up to 150 Rotarians each year (this year only 125 winners out of 1.2 million members) who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.  The nominee must have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.  Service rendered by the nominee through Rotary must have been on a continuing basis.  The award will not be given solely in recognition of one’s performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment.  Personal financial contributions to The Rotary Foundation or individual project are not relevant considerations for this award.


Non-Rotary/public announcements:

  • Bolton Repair Café: May 31 from 9-1 in Davis Hall at First Parish Church of Bolton.  Contact Ray Pfau if interested in helping.
  • Gigantic yard sale: May 31 from 9-3, 94 Golden Run Road in Bolton.  Proceeds to pay for 4 scholarships for orphaned boys in Tonga so they can attend high school.  Or, make a contribution at  This event is sponsored by Liz Edwards, one of the Bolton 5K group!
  • Stow Blood Drive: June 7 from 8-1 at Church of Saint Isadore.
  • Bolton 5K Road Race is June 14: Anyone interested in sponsoring, donating items to raffle, or participating go to  Proceeds will go to the RFK Center in Lancaster.  You can Like the Facebook page: Bolton 5K Rally.
  • Bolton Conservation Trust dinner and auction: June 22, 5-9 p.m.  For more information contact



  • Nancy McPherson: May 19
  • Bill Bosworth: May 23
  • Carol Toomey: May 25


Happy/Sad Fines:

  • Mary Ann: Happy for the meeting with the RFK Children’s Action Corp yesterday and for going to Chicago
  • Nanci: Happy that the membership application for Hobbyland is almost completed and that the new bank manager at Family Federal is potentially interested in becoming a member
  • Rich: happy that his sister-in-law is doing better
  • Bob: happy for the upcoming Repair Café
  • Richard: happy for the Repair Café and for Mary Ann’s setting up the visit with the RFK Children’s Action Corp but sad that his oldest daughter had her car towed and her wide-screen TV displays “kiss-of-death” messages
  • Jim: neither happy nor sad but impatient for his daughter to have her baby (but not as impatient as she is!)
  • Chris: happy and sad that his son is home from college
  • Ron: happy that his son made the varsity baseball team and for a surprise party for his brother and sister-in-law, where he will see a lot of family members
  • Barbara: happy to be here
  • Laura: sad that Deb Kotlarz has a slow recovery from her foot/leg injuries, happy for the Red Sox game last night with the Acton-Boxborough Rotary Club that started with a a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 2004 World Series team, happy and relieved that her son is home safe from Isla Vista but sad for the people affected by the tragedy, and sad because she couldn’t remember the rest of her happy and sad fines!