Tyrus Lemerande discussed his experience serving in the Navy in Afghanistan as well as his acting career.


Ty went into the Navy after graduating from high school.  After a couple of years of military service, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy.  Due to sports injuries, he was not able to join combat forces when he graduated.  Instead, he went into the public affairs department of the Navy.  Recently he was recalled to active duty and served for seven months at International Security and Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.  While there he had the opportunity to perform one man shows, “Hamlet” and “Shakespeare on Demand.”  Ty is now a Commander in the Navy Reserves and serves in the Office of Community Outreach.  He speaks to community groups about how the Navy is a publicly funded service organization that works for us.  Although the military is getting smaller, Navy personnel are on the job all of the time and make a difference.  They are ready to answer the call when things go wrong.  They are first responders in times of disasters.  They monitor international waters to enforce free trade laws and stop drug trafficking.

Ty is also the Artistic Director of the traveling Shakespeare company, Knighthorse Theatre Company www.knighthorse.org.


Next meeting on October 10 at Nancy’s Air Field Café at 5:45 p.m., Nalini Goyal will share her story of creating the Gifts of Hope Unlimited boutique for DVSN.



  • Ginny Layton-Leal
  • Tyrus Lemerande, speaker


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

  • September 28 was Bolton Local’s Repair Café that we supported.  About 40 people came to this event with 60 broken items.  Bob and Dana made repairs and Laura managed logistics at the event.  Rotary got good exposure at this event.
  • Carol attended Rotary’s Northeast Link on September 28.  Her report described the event as follows:
    • Ambassador scholars, Rotaractors from Boston and Marlboro, and Rotarians met and discussed:
      • the future of the training event
      • the fact that during the transition to future vision, many districts had not funded the scholarship program
      • the differences between Vocational Training Team and Group Study Exchange
      • Past Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healy spoke to the group on her experiences as an ambassadorial scholar
      • Vice Trustee chair Mike McGovern talked to the group on the importance of the group
      • Awards were given out
      • Dinner for many senior leaders and the new alumnae group for the Northeast. The Northeast alumnae group got their charter and a few new members attended the dinner.
  • The Women in Rotary membership recruitment event was on October 1 at Nanci’s house.  Approximately 25 women attended this event and a few of the women plan to join our club in the near future!
  • October 7 is the next Board meeting of our club at the Houghton Building in Bolton.
  • On October 8 Laura and a few other members of our club will go to Nashoba Regional High School to talk to students about forming an Interact club.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA SEMINAR at Holiday Inn Boxborough on October 9 from 6–9 p.m.  There are three levels offered for learning about social media: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
  • On October 12 the Maynard Rotary Club is having Oktoberfest from 3–8 p.m.  The rain date is October 13.
  • October 15 is Global Handwashing Day which is an effort of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group-WASRAG, a third party nonprofit organization that is working to improve water in third world countries.
  • FOUNDATION FORUM will be held on October 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  RichardS is speaking at this event!  The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.  The 4-star rating, the highest that Charity Navigator awards, recognizes sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator evaluates thousands of nonprofits each year, and only one of four earns 4 stars.  This year’s top distinction marks the Foundation’s sixth straight, placing it in the top 3 percent of U.S.-based charities.
  • Five club members will attend a Providence Bruins game for End Polio Now on October 18!
  • 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 to attend this event.  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 http://www.actonboxboroughrotary.org/2013/07/15/masquerade-ball-2/
  • Sometime in October there will be a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Westford.  More information about this event will be provided later.
  • UN tickets are still available = November 2: http://riunday.org/ Bob will drive day trippers!
  • 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 http://www.actonboxboroughrotary.org/purchase-tickets-for-the-million-meals-fundraiser-with-hank-phillippi-ryan/
  • Laura has posted the Best Club award criteria and the updated 2013-2014 Calendar of Activities on our website www.nashobarotary.org.
  • Rotary International’s new website requires a new user account.  Go to http://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/home to register for a new user account.
  • Upcoming local projects:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • October 24 – Fundraiser for DVSN’s Lawyer for a Day program – Volunteers are needed to help at the registration table.

Happy and sad fines:

  • Barbara: sad that she missed the Women in Rotary event at Nanci’s house
  • Lisa: sad that her daughter needs her tonsils taken out
  • RichardS: happy that his younger daughter got a job and happy to see notices from out club while he was on a trip to Europe
  • Jim: happy his younger daughter is expecting a baby
  • Mary Ann: happy that she went to Nanci’s party
  • Kelli: sad that she missed Nanci’s party
  • Bob: glad to be getting things done
  • Dana: sad that his chainsaw broke and glad that the wish he made on a shooting star this morning came true
  • Chris: happy he is teaching a six year old how to ride a bike
  • Karin: happy that Ashley is getting married and that another friend is pregnant
  • Ashley: happy that her wedding weekend begins tonight with a pedicure
  • Nanci: happy that the party went well and new people will join our club
  • Laura: happy about the fantastic Repair Café , happy that 100 copies of our brochure are being handed out by the Bolton Welcome Wagon, happy that Bob and Dana were quoted in the Worcester Telegram about the Repair Café, happy that Nanci’s party was good and fun, happy that the 83 year old man from Nepal who was missing last Monday was found that night at around 10 p.m., happy that she is going to Chicago for the weekend to spend time with her family, happy that it’s a beautiful weather week!



  • Rich – October 12
  • Chris – October 30


Nonclub/public announcements:

  • October 5: Maynard Fest in downtown Maynard from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • October 5: Stow Lions Club Flea Market on Route 117 and Hudson Road; opens at 7 AM.
  • October 5: West Acton Village Octoberfest from 10-3.
  • October 7-12: Stow Food Pantry annual food drive. If you live in Stow, leave a donation of canned food items or toiletries in your mailbox each day that week.
  • The Brain Injury Association of Mass. Is having its 30th anniversary celebration in Boston on October 9.  For tickets go to http://www.biama.org/30thcelebration.html.
  • October 9: DVSN vigil at 7:15 p.m. at the Holy Family Church in Concord Center
  • 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 tasteofwachusett.com.