Ray Pfau spoke about Bolton Local’s upcoming Repair Café.


Ray is a member of Bolton Local, a grassroots group of people from Bolton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to build a strong, self-reliant community culture made up of people committed to living sustainably on the planet, in a way that inspires, builds friendships, and offers a hopeful vision for the future. (http://www.boltonlocal.org/)  On September 28 Bolton Local will run a Repair Café from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Houghton Building, 697 Main Street in Bolton. Residents of Bolton and surrounding towns are welcome!

At the Repair Café, knowledgeable volunteers will be available to help make all possible repairs on things like small appliances, computers, lamps, bikes and clothing – free of charge.  (The owner of the item may be required to pay for parts needed to repair the item.)  Instead of dropping off the broken item and picking it up after it has been repaired, the owners of the broken items are asked to stay while their items are being fixed.  They can either help with the repair, watch, fix the item themselves with help from volunteers, or just have a snack and visit with neighbors.

The Repair Café is a way to encourage people to fix broken items instead of throwing them away.  It is also an opportunity for people to connect with their neighbors and community.

Next meeting on September 12 at Nancy’s Airfield Café at 5:45 p.m., District Governor Doug Detweiler makes a visit to our club!


  • Ray Pfau, speaker

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

  • Tickets to U.N. Day, which takes place on November 2, are now available.  Sign up at http://riunday.org.
  • DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP FORUM takes place on September 10 at the Holiday Inn Boxborough from 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Sign up at www.rotary7910.org.  Nanci and Lisa are participating on the panel.  Karin is coordinating the panel.
  • Billerica Rotary Club 5K road race: 9/15 – for Merrimac Valley Food Bank https://millenniumreg.com/billerica-rotary-club-5k-road-race
  • 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 event at Nanci’s house on October 1.  Contact Nanci for more information.
  • 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.
  • Attend a Providence Bruins game for End Polio Now on October 18.  Contact Laura 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Laura gave us an update about our fundraising projects.  We reached our fundraising goal for our We Are One project (which also brought us to our goal of Every Rotarian Every Year donating to Rotary International). Thanks to RichardS for his work on this project!  Spirit of Hudson event raised $9,000 for our club.  Thanks to Nanci for her work on this project!  Tonight is the final night of Wings & Wheels.  We expect to raise approximately $4,000 for our club from these events.  Special thanks to Dana for tireless work on this project!
  • Laura passed out our revised budget for 2013-2014. We expect to have $14,000 of income and $10,300 of expenses.
  • At the September 3 board meeting, the following announcements were made.  Beginning September 19, the location for Thursday morning meetings is Colonial Candies.  Our new club brochure and expense policy are posted on the club website.
  • Laura announced that volunteers are needed for the Dictionary project and the DVSN event that takes place on October 24.  Contact Laura for more information.

Happy and sad fines:

  • Karin was happy that her office was moved from Burlington to Hudson.  She was also happy that they found a new home for her and Dana’s second dog, Lady.
  • Mary Ann was sad that the summer is over.
  • Nanci was happy about the success of the Spirit of Hudson event.  She is also happy about the upcoming Membership Forum.
  • Dana was happy that tonight will be the last Wings & Wheels for the year where he moved 5 gallon buckets of concrete around.
  • Carol was happy about the success of Wings & Wheels.
  • Bob was sad that he will miss next week’s meeting.  He was hapy that he will be on vacation next week!
  • Kelly was glad that her son made the JV team.  She was also happy that the start of school went well.
  • Laura was happy but I couldn’t write what she said fast enough.  Sorry!
  • Ron was happy that school has started in Concord.
  • Barbara was happy about her Mom’s recent 90th birthday and party.


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

Nonclub/public announcements:

  • DVSN’s Hope in Motion bike ride to benefit DVSN is September 7.  For more information, go to www.dvsn.org.
  • West Acton Village hosts its second annual Arts and Music Festival on September 8.
  • Bolton is having a talk about domestic violence on September 21 at the Public Safety Building.
  • The Bolton Fair is having a blues event on September 21.
  • The Communities for Restorative Justice is having new volunteer training on October 4 and 5.  To learn more contact C4RJ.
  • 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.