Karin updated us about service projects, fundraisers, and led us though two leadership activities that will take place during the RYLA weekend in June.



Guests: Dan Hnatio


Club Announcements:

  • No meeting on May 16.  Instead, attend District Conference!
  • Wine Tasting Event in Acton raised $650 for our We Are One Project to donate a mobile dental clinic to the Dominican Republic.  Our club sold $1,300 of tickets, which is $500 more than we sold last year!
  • District 7910 Conference will take place over the May 17-19 weekend with 54 clubs participating and will be held at the Holiday Inn Boxborough.  The conference is free with the exception of the meals.  Our club wins points for members attending the conference so please attend!  Our club is participating in three ways:

o    Hospitality Suite: Rotarians make the rounds Friday and Saturday nights (after the meal and evening program have concluded) and visit with Rotarians from other clubs.  On Friday evening we will take our conference passports and get them stamped at each hospitality suite we visit.  These stamped passports are used to calculate points toward the best club award!  This year there is a detective theme.  We are co-hosting a suite with East Fitchburg and have chosen Charlie Chan as our detective.  We are supplying the Chinese American food (mainly deserts) to go with this theme in our hospitality suite.  Please help by bringing food to the suite on Saturday when we are the hosts of the hospitality suite.  Contact Karin to help with the food.

o    House of Friendship: Clubs will have displays of some of their events.  Our displays will be about our We are One project and Wings & Wheels events.

o    Silent Auction: RichardS has donated a pair of 18K gold earrings to be auctioned off on Saturday night.

o    Club Awards:  Our one year old club applied for 9 out of the 12 possible awards and we will be receiving at least 4 awards next weekend!  We are in contention for the best club award.  Every other club in our district has been in existence for at least 10 years!

o    New Member Reception Saturday at 5:30 p.m.: We’re a new club so let’s all attend this reception!

o    Hosts for GSE members from Brazil: Five young gentlemen from Brazil who are participating in a Group Study Exchange, are attending District Conference.  Natascha and RichardS will serve as hosts over the weekend.

  • Stow’s Springfest will be on Saturday May 18 at the Stow Community Park which is located off of Old Bolton Road.  Dana, Rich, Barbara, and Bob will staff a Rotary table and volunteer at the event.  We will advertise about our upcoming Wings & Wheels events.  Attendees will get a sneak preview because two antique cars will be at the event!
  • We Are One project – RichardS is going to 3 to 4 meetings each week to tell clubs about our We Are One project.  The day after these meetings, Karin follows up with the club and asks for a donation so support We Are One.  So far approximately $10,000 has been pledged and approximately $4,000 has been collected.
  • Wings & Wheels – Laura is the chair of the planning committee for this event.  The first Cruise-In/Fly-In will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will continue every Thursday (except for July 4) through August 29. We are hosting the following dates: June 13, July 11, August 1, and August 22.  Our club will receive 1/3 of all proceeds from these events.  For each night we are hosting, we need 10 volunteers to help from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Contact ChrisS for more information!
  • 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 encouraged us to donate to The Rotary Foundation now so there will be money three years from now for future Rotary projects.  By donating $1,000 over time, Rotarians can become Paul Harris Fellows.  A club award we can strive for is Every Rotarian Every Year.  Most of our club members have donated so this goal is in reach!  Contact Carol for more information about donating by check or on Rotary International’s website. 

Happy/Sad Fines: 

Happy Fines

  • Barbara was happy to be at the meeting.
  • Bob told us that our meeting was the first happy thing that had happened for him today.
  • RichG told us that he and Mary went to Fitchburg East Rotary Club’s meeting and met some very nice people.
  • Don was happy that his kidney stones have been “recycled” after their two week visit.
  • ChrisS told us that Laura instructed to say that he is happy that she is away for the weekend attending her sister’s graduation from an MBA program.
  • Jim was happy that he attended Bolton’s town wide yard sale last weekend.
  • Chuck told us that the day started out badly but it is ended happily.
  • Dana told us that work is going well and that he is very busy.Carol was happy that nobody was hurt in the car accident she was in lasat week.  She was also happy about the newspaper conference she attended last week.  Plus, she is happy that our club will be receiving awards at District Conference next weekend.

Sad Fines

  • ChrisS was sad that Laura’s flight was delayed at Logan Airport.


Non Club Announcements

  • Marianne from Reflections is coming to one of our meetings as a guest speaker and will tell us about road race for the White family who were terribly injured at the Boston Marathon. Her daughter has been spearheading this effort.  See our website for more information.
  • The Rotary Club of Providence is hosting its 2nd Annual Providence Rotary Jazz Fest with the headliner, Steve Tyrell, a Grammy Award winner and Billboard Top Ten singer.  This event will take place at the Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts in Cranston on Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the Rotary Club of Providence’s website.
  • The Rotary Club of Needham is having a fundraiser over the June 6-9 weekend to support the Gift of Life New England.  They need volunteers to help with this event.  RichardS has already volunteered. Contact RichardS for more information about volunteering at this event!

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 www.nashobarotary.org or contact Club President, Karin Gaffney, at 978-387-5369 or karin.m.gaffney@rbscitizens.com.