We meet Fridays at 7:30

  The Manor Restaurant/Draught House
  42 W. Boylston St.
  West Boylston, MA 01583-1712
  United States


Club President

Gary Hough

Club Secretary

Sandra Mahoney

Club Treasurer

Richard Shaw

Club Executive Secretary/Director

Joseph Sullivan

Club Foundation Chair

Sanjay Deshpande

Club Membership Chair

Caron Dooley


  Rotary Club, P.O. Box 635
  Holden, MA 01520
  United States

   p 508 835-4722

This Is Rotary

What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

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December 10, 2016

Senior Breakfast

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Rotary International News

Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fightVirtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight10/21/2016 12:30 PM  At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...

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Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better worldRotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world10/18/2016 09:00 AM  From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...

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ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugeesShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees10/17/2016 03:15 PM  Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the U.S.-led Iraqi operation, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better...

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Watch our polio partnership come alive at World Polio DayWatch our polio partnership come alive at World Polio Day10/11/2016 03:15 PM  On 24 October, World Polio Day, Rotary will bring together partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for an update on our fight to end polio. As host and moderator of the event, our organization plays a key role in amplifying one of the most important public health concerns in modern history. When we first took it up as an organizational cause over three decades ago, polio affected 350,000 children every year, mostly in lower-income countries where poor sanitation and limited access to clean water facilitate the spread of the virus. Our collaboration with the World Health...

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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradicationSkydivers raise thousands for polio eradication10/11/2016 08:30 AM  The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...

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Nigeria’s top health official visits Rotary to discuss country’s response to polio outbreakNigeria’s top health official visits Rotary to discuss country’s response to polio outbreak10/07/2016 12:00 PM  Nigeria’s health minister, Isaac Adewole, said on Friday that his government is determined to rid the country of polio again. New cases recently landed Nigeria back on the list of countries where the disease is endemic. Adewole met with Rotary leaders at Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, to discuss Nigeria’s recent efforts to stem the outbreak. All three of the country’s cases were detected in the northern state of Borno, which was under the control of Boko Haram militants until recently. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the virus has been...

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Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in HaitiRotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti10/07/2016 12:00 PM  Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country Tuesday, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm has affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who have been moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...

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Germ declares Owori president-nomineeGerm declares Owori president-nominee10/04/2016 01:45 PM  On 1 October, RI President John F. Germ declared Samuel F. Owori Rotary International's president-nominee. The Nominating Committee for President selected Owori, a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, in August. He will be elected at the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and will become president on 1 July 2018. Read more about Owori

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Nigeria reclassified as polio endemicNigeria reclassified as polio endemic09/29/2016 09:15 AM  Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization's confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the country since July 2014, and while this news is disappointing for all Rotary members, we are confident that Nigeria can defeat polio. Rotary provided $500,000 to assist immediately with the outbreak response, and an emergency response plan has been put...

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Fighting for FlintFighting for Flint09/23/2016 01:45 PM  Saginaw Street, paved with 116-year-old bricks and lined with restaurants, runs through the heart of downtown Flint, Mich. Around the corner you’ll find a farmers market, a row of museums, a craft brewery, and three campuses: the University of Michigan at Flint, Kettering University (formerly known as General Motors Institute), and the highly rated Mott Community College. In many ways, Flint fits right in with other quaint and trendy towns in America. But while parts of the city are experiencing a renaissance, 40 percent of Flint residents live below the poverty line. And although the murder...

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