Stress management tips were shared.


Instead of listening to a speaker tell us about stress management, we shared ways we relieve stress.  Below are some of the tips:

  • Drive along less busy roads singing along to Serious Sinatra on XM radio
  • Be grateful for what you have
  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Enjoy the fellowship of Rotary
  • Get support from your significant other
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Enjoy your pets
  • Fishing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Gardening
  • Bee keeping
  • Flying
  • Listening to music
  • Plan ahead so you are not late
  • Reading
  • Chunking – break big projects into smaller chunks
  • Take a nap
  • Enjoying a backyard pool
  • Don’t watch TV
  • Consider whether the cause of stress will matter ten years from now or if you will even remember it
  • It’s OK to walk away
  • If you can control your work environment, let go of employees who do not fit


Next meeting on October 3 at Colonial Candies at 7:15 a.m., Tyrus Lemerande will discuss his experience serving in the Navy in Afghanistan as well as his acting career.



  • Kevin Frye, President of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough


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

  • September 21 was Concord Club’s Gloucester Harbor Cruise – Natascha, Chris, Laura all went on the cruise.
  • September 28 is Bolton Local’s Repair Café that we are supporting from 9-1 p.m. at the Houghton Building in Bolton.
  • This Saturday, September 28: Northeast Link. Carol is attending and will report back. 
  • Zone Institute was last week, and Carol attended. It’s like PETS for district governors.
  • The Wayland/Weston Rotary Club is hosting the Weston Antique and Classic Car Show from 8–4 p.m. at Town House Road on September 28.
  • Women in Rotary membership recruitment event at Nanci’s house on October 1.  Contact Nanci for more information.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a guest.
  • 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.
  • FOUNDATION FORUM will be held on October 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  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.
  • Attend a Providence Bruins game for End Polio Now on October 18.  Contact Laura by September 27 for more information.
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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.
  • Upcoming local projects:
    • September 28, Repair Café – Distribute flyers and sign up!
    • 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, and Chris are working on this project.
    • October 24 – Fundraiser for DVSN’s Lawyer for a Day program – Planning meeting next week with Laura, Karin, Kelli and Barbara.

Happy and sad fines:

  • Jim: the Red Sox have the best record
  • Barbara: we’re having a string of beautiful days
  • Bob: happy to get ready for fix up day
  • Kevin: sad that he has to bring back the Wings & Wheels stuff
  • Natascha: her daughter is coming home
  • Nanci: happy about the upcoming Women in Rotary event
  • Cyndi: sad that her new car was side swiped by a trash truck.  Cyndi’s OK!
  • Laura: happy about her new job with HP.  She also paid a happy fine because Natascha went to Fitchburg East’s club meeting.
  • Karin: sad that our speaker did not get to our meeting



  • Dan – September 16
  • Natascha – September 21
  • Barbara – September 30


Nonclub/public announcements:

  • Bolton had a talk about domestic violence on September 21 at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building.  Laura represented our club at this event.
  • Volunteers Needed for The Ride to Defeat ALS (Longfellow Club in Wayland), a one-day, fully-supported cycling event on Sunday, September 29, 2013 to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease. Contact  
  • September 29: Chelmsford Garrison House in Chelmsford is having an old-time colonial craft fair from 2-5. Dana will be participating.
  • The Communities for Restorative Justice is having new volunteer training on October 4 and 5.  To learn more contact C4RJ.
  • October 5: Stow Lions Club Flea Market on Route 117 and Hudson Road; opens at 7 AM.
  • October 7-12: Stow Food Pantry annual food drive. If you live in Stow, leave a donation in your mailbox that week.
  • The Brain Injury Association of Mass. Is having its 30th anniversary celebration in Boston on October 9.  For tickets go to
  • October 9: DVSN vigil at 7:15 p.m. at the Holy Family Church in Concord Center