John Erb from Maynard Area Auto Club and from Maynard Rotary Club talked to us about what it’s like to be a “car guy” in preparation for our show of classic cars and planes that begins next week in collaboration with the Rotary clubs of Acton/Boxborough and Maynard.  John shared tidbits of etiquette for attending a “cruise night” as well as his experience collecting classic cars.

John has always enjoyed old cars and is currently a Model A and Model T owner.  When he was a kid, he would make his parents stop at auto museums so he could look at the cars.  He bought his first Model T when he was 16 with a group of friends.  They enjoyed restoring the car together.  Years later, John bought the Model T from his friends and still owns it today.  He is a member of the Maynard Area Auto Club which is 25 years old.  The MAAC started meeting in a garage and 40 people came to the first meeting.  The MAAC moved their meetings to the Knights of the Columbus and their 40 cup coffee pot was replaced by a 50 cup pot then a 75 cup pot as membership grew.  Now the MAAC meets at the Gun and Rod Club and approximately 100 people attend the meetings. 

          Cruise nights are great places for antique car owners to take their cars.  The Registry of Motor Vehicles defines an antique car as “any motor vehicle over twenty-five years old maintained for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, and other functions of public interest.”  Antique cars are not primarily used for transportation.  Perhaps the biggest “don’t” for people to remember when attending a cruise night is, “Don’t touch the cars!”  John explained that some antique car owners enjoy staying with their cars talking about them during cruise nights while other owners leave their cars unattended so they can see the other cars at the event.  A question came up about classic cars.  John told us that they are a subgroup of antique cars.  Classic means that something custom was done to the car.

Speaker on June 6 at the Houghton Building at 7:15 a.m.:  Beth Marshall, owner of Financially Authentic, will talk about developing a strong personal financial foundation.


Guest: John Erb, speaker


Induction of New Member: Ashley Phelps is our newest member.  Allison Giagrande is her sponsor.  Ashley is the new manager at Family Federal Savings Bank in Stow, replacing Allison.  Ashley has already done a considerable amount of community service and is looking forward to doing more community service with Rotary.


Club Announcements:

  • Natasha and RichardS told us that their experiences hosting the GSE visitors over the District Conference weekend went well.
  • Club Awards at District 7910 Conference:  We wore paper crowns while Karin listed all of the awards our club won at District 7910 Conference!

o    District Community Service Award (Richard Simon for We are One project)

o    Presidential Citation Award

o    District Membership Growth Award

o    District International Service Award

o    District Youth Service Award

o    District Peace Award

o    Zone Peace Through Service Award

o    Zone New Generations Award

o    Zone 2013 Community Service Award

o    Zone 2013 Public Image Award

o    Unsung Hero Award (Dana Gray)


  • Karin told us that the Rotary Club of Watertown is selling “Rotary Strong” t-shirts to raise money for the One Fund.
  • Karin announced that a new club photo will be taken at the June 13 Wings & Wheels event.  People will wear the blue volunteer t-shirts for this photo.
  • Laura told us about the district grant she applying for to raise $1,500 for Domestic Violence Services Network’s (DVSN) Lawyer for a Day program.
  • RichardS reported that a team of four dental students and Dr. Jacob Paul from Tufts will visit the Dominican Republic and run an outreach dental program.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Foundation Minute: Carol explained that our club receives grants because our average donation to Rotary Foundation is over $100.  Clubs donating on average $100 per member, go to the head of the queue for Rotary grants.

Happy/Sad Fines: 

Happy Fines

  • Barbara was happy that her Dad is recovering well from a broken leg.
  • Allison was happy that her sister got married two weeks ago.  Although she is sad to be leaving our club, she is happy that she will be joining a new Rotary club.
  • Ashley was happy to be joining Rotary.
  • Matt was happy that his daughter will be graduating from high school over the weekend.  He was also happy that he was going to the Boston Strong concert.
  • Nanci was looking forward to the first Wings & Wheels Cruise Night on June 6.
  • Carol was happy!
  • Catherine was happy that her Mom had successful hip replacement surgery.
  • Chris was happy about the great visit by his son.
  • John was happy that his youngest child bought his first condo.
  • RichG was happy about the trip he and Mary took to Portland, OR for his niece’s wedding.
  • RichardS was happy about his daughter’s trip to Israel.  He was also happy about Karin’s great year as President of our club.
  • Jim was happy that he had a chance to hear RichardS’s presentation about our We Are One project at the Newton Rotary Club’s meeting.  His 93 year old Dad is a member of the Newton Rotary Club.
  • Laura was glad to have both of her kids at home again for a while. She was also happy about the great coverage about Wings & Wheels in the Stow Independent newspaper this week.
  • Bob was happy that people accommodated his tardiness this morning (which has never happened before).
  • Dana was happy that he and Karin put in a garden last weekend.
  • Ron was happy he got to the meeting.  (He got us coffee and donuts this morning!)

Sad Fines

  • Barbara was sad that her Dad fell and broke his leg over the Memorial Day weekend.
  • Catherine was sad that one of her friends had died.
  • Jim was sad that he missed last week’s meeting.

Non Club Announcements:

  • Chris announced that the Stow Boy Scouts are having their shredding event on June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hale Middle School.  People can bring a banker’s box full of paper shredded from $5.
  • Bob said that the Nashaway Philharmonic will give a concert on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Parish, 673 Main Street, Bolton.
  • Marion Stoddard will give a presentation and a free screening of the film, “Marion Stoddard: the work of 1000” about cleaning up the Nashua River on June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster.
  • A Shredding Party to benefit the Friends of Bolton Seniors will take place on June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 25 Forbush Mill Road in Bolton.  
  • Natascha announced that the Lancaster Friends of the Nashua River is holding its Third Annual Lancaster Nashua River Festival on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free!
  • A jazz concert to benefit UBECI (United to Benefit Ecuadorian Children International) will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Acton Congregational Church.  Buy tickets online or call (978) 897-2518.

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 Airfield 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