Club Assembly led by President, Laura Spear



Laura led a discussion about service projects that the club could work on this year.  A variety of ideas were suggested.  Some suggestions were for local projects while others were for international projects.  Laura explained the process of bringing project proposals and their budgets to monthly board meetings for approval. 


Next meeting on October 24 at Westford Regency (219 Littleton Road, Westford) Benefit Dinner (cost $25) for Domestic Violence Services Network at 5:30 p.m. for registration and cocktails, 6:30 p.m. dinner and keynote speaker, Marty Foley, co-author of A Murder in Wellesley: The Inside Story of an Ivy-League Doctor’s Double Life, His Slain Wife, and the Trial that Gripped the Nation.


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

  • FOUNDATION FORUM was held on October 15 and 65 people were in attendance.  RichardS spoke at the event and said it was an inspiring event.  At the forum he learned more about how Foundation works and funds projects.  RichardS also received the Paul Harris Award at the event!
  • Five club members will attend a Providence Bruins game for End Polio Now on October 18!
  • On October 19 Marlborough’s Rotaract Club is hosting the charity basketball tournament “Ballin’ for Breast Cancer.”  Proceeds go to PINK Revolution, a local breast cancer awareness charity located in UMASS Memorial Hospital in Worcester.  This is the FIRST BIG EVENT that they planned on their own!
  • ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE at the Boxborough Holiday Inn will be held on October 26 from 7:30-3:30 p.m.  Laura announced that the club will pay half the cost for members attending this event for the first time.  There are three levels of classes that must be taken in order.
  • The Littleton and Acton-Boxborough Rotary clubs are having a Masquerade Ball on October 26 at the Holiday Inn Boxborough to benefit ShelterBox.  For more information and tickets go to
  • Tickets for the November 2 U.N. event are sold out!
  • November 12 is the Acton-Boxborough Club’s fundraiser to support Rotary’s million meals program.  Cocktails and meal packing begin at 5:30 p.m.  An Italian buffet dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.  Award-winning author, Hank Phillipi Ryan speaks at dinner and has a book signing.  Tickets are $25
  • Our club banners have arrived!  They cost $12 to make and each club member who wants to give the banner to another club is asked to pay $5 for the banner.
  • Dues are due!  Contact Jim for more information.
  • Laura has posted the Best Club award criteria and the updated 2013-2014 Calendar of Activities on our website
  • Rotary International’s new website requires a new user account.  Go to to register for a new user account.
  • We Are One Project:

o    RichardS reported that he met with Ralph Hammond (Grants Chair of District 7910) and gave him the $18,000 of checks collected for our We Are One project.  These checks will be sent to the Rotary Foundation.  In return, Rotary Foundation will send us a grant for $50,000 and we can begin making purchases for the project!

  • Upcoming local projects:

o    October 24 – Dictionary Project – Distribute dictionaries to third graders in Lancaster.  Barbara ordered the dictionaries. Natascha, Rich, and Mary Ann will make a presentation and distribute the dictionaries to third graders at the Mary Rowlandson Elementary School.

o    October 24 – Purple Pinkie Day – Students get their pinkies dyed purple which shows that they support the End Polio Now campaign.  Natascha, Rich, Mary Ann, and Chris are working on this project.  Workers’ Credit Union is doubling their contribution to PPD with a $500 donation!  Laura had her photo taken with Donna, WCU Branch Manager, and an oversized check!  Chris has successfully contacted the two Stow schools about participating in PPD.  Mary Ann told us that the principal at Bolton’s middle school is taking the lead on Purple Pinkie Day and is not requesting much assistance from us.

o    October 24 – Fundraiser for DVSN’s Lawyer for a Day program at the Westford Regency – With just two weeks before this event, we need to make a push to get people to attend this event!  To register for this event send email to  The cost is $25 and is to be paid at the event.

  • Local Donations:

o    Laura read a nice thank you note from Acton Medical Associates for the money we donated to pay for an epi pen for a needy patient.


Happy and sad fines:

  • Laura: sad about Kelly’s brother breaking a foot when he fell off of a roof.
  • Catherine: sad about her brother having had a bad headache for several days but glad he got tested and is OK.
  • Jim: sad about his mother in-law passing away.
  • RichG: happy that his brother is OK after being in the hospital.  Also happy because he has a car again.
  • Nanci: happy about her upcoming trip to the Freedom Trail in Boston.
  • Mary Ann: happy to be celebrating her mother’s 98th birthday!
  • RichardS: happy that his visit with his older daughter was good.
  • Bob: happy that Ashley has a new last name (because she got married last weekend).
  • Barbara: happy that the federal government shutdown has ended.



  • Rich – October 12
  • Chris – October 30


Nonclub/public announcements:

  • October 19: Bolton is having a “community build” for a playground behind the Florence Sawyer School.
  • October 19: Friends of Nashua River are having a guided kayak tour in Harvard.  The cost is $25.
  • October 19: First Parish of Sudbury Annual Harvest Craft Fair.
  • October 20: The Healing Garden is having its fall home and garden tour.
  • October 23: Taste of Wachusett at the Holiday Inn Boxboro from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance with proceeds to benefit the Perkins School in Lancaster. Buy tickets online at
  • First Parish Church of Stow and Acton is collecting care kit contents for RIA House, an organization that helps women who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. Items needed: bubble bath, body lotion, mascara. Contact Laura before November 7.