Rotary Club of Foxboro

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Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
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...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
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...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
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 military offensive, 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 get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
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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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

First and third Thursdays, alternativing mornings & lunches
Mornings at Harbor One Bank, Mansfield; Lunch meetings at Tavolino (Gillette Stadium), Foxboro
See schedule for details
Foxboro, MA  02035
United States
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  • Lunch (speaker’s) meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month from 12:00 to approximately 1:00. Locations will vary. Currently, we are using Tavolino at 274 Patriot Place in Foxboro (Gillette Stadium)
    • Lunch meetings require payment at the door ($15/per person). You can prepay by sending a check made out to the Foxboro Rotary to: Foxboro Rotary, PO Box 321, Foxboro, MA, 02035.
  • Morning (business) meetings will be held from 7:45 – 9:00 AM at Harbor One Bank in Mansfield
    • Morning meetings do not include a meal and are free.
2016 Meeting Dates –
  • January 7 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One
  • [January 9 - We Survived the Holidays party at 6:00 at Lew and Rem's house]
  • January 21 – Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC - Steve Mecca from Jamestown will speak about Rotary work in Liberia
  • February 4 - Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One
  • February 18 – Lunch meeting at noon. Probably at a conference room at Schneider Electric; to be confirmed.
  • March 3 – Online meeting at 5:30 PM; call-in information coming soon
  • March 17 - Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC
  • April 7 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank
  • April 21 - NO meeting
  • April 28 - New Member Dinner at Luciano's from 6-8 PM. $30/person.
  • May 5 – Morning meeting canceled. Volunteer to serve lunch at Seniors Center in honor of Mother's Day from 11:30-2:00
  • May 19 - Annual meeting at noon at the FCC
  • June 2 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank in Mansfield
  • June 11 – Founder’s Day
  • June 16 - Lunch meeting at the Foxboro Country Club
  • June 18 – Family Olympic Day
  • July 7 –  Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank
  • July 21 - Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC
  • August 4 – Evening dinner event at Jim's and Joan's house
  • August 18 - Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC
  • September 1 – 7:45 AM business meeting at Harbor One Bank in Mansfield
  • September 15 - Lunch meeting at noon at Tavolino
  • October 6 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank
  • October 20 - Lunch meeting at noon at Tavolino
  • November 3 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank
  • November 17 - Lunch meeting at noon at Tavolino
  • December 1 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank
  • December 15 - Lunch meeting at noon at Tavolino
Board Meetings
  • Board meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 8:00 AM via conference call or as needed.

International Committee Meetings

  • The next meetings will be held on Friday October 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM at Technical Support International, 10 Mechanic Street in Foxboro (basement). Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month at 8:00 AM.
Other Meetings
  • Other community, membership, and other committee meetings are held as needed.





7950 District Events can be found at the following link:


Upcoming Events


 Apr 11, 2015

 "The Harvard College Stand-up Comics Society"

April 17th

South Shore Country Club
274 South Street 
Hingham, MA  02043

$45 per person.

Appetizers, Cash bar and Raffles


 Apr 17, 2015
 Apr 17, 2015

The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
Providence Rotary
 Apr 29, 2015
Providence Rotary
 Apr 29, 2015

Join us at the Ninety Nine Restaurant on Pleasant Street in Fall River on Thursday, April 30th.  Bring your friends and come for some after work "Stand Out Starters" or bring your family for dinner.  Just be sure to bring the flyer to make sure that the Rotary Club of Fall River will receive 15% of what you spend.  (Flyer can be found in the download section on the right hand side of the front page.)

Fall River
 Apr 30, 2015
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The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
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The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
- See more at:

The joint District 7255 (Long Island, NY) and 7950 (Southern New England) will be held at the Marriot Mystic Hotel & Spa in Mystic Connecticut.

 Apr 23, 2015 – Apr 26, 2015
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Our District Governor, Russell Bertrand, officially inducted several new club members. A warm welcome to all!
Our Interact donated $500 to the clinic as part of their international project this year. Five of our students had worked at the clinic this spring and inspired our Interact students to support the donation. The photo below shows our club's Mary giving the clinic a check from both the Interact students and our club.

We are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between Rotary International and Cure Alzheimer's Fund. The two organizations are working together to co-sponsor research into why women are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men - an underfunded yet vital area of investigation. This work will be carried out by Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital.
We hope this will be the start of many collaborations with organizations working to eradicate diseases such as Alzheimer's on a global scale. We are especially excited about the content of this study, which promises to provide significant insight into Alzheimer's disease and get us closer to effective treatments for both men and women.

Cure Alzheimer's Fund (, a partner with Rotary International, held its annual research symposium in Boston today. The work being conducted by their scientists is impressive, innovative, and likely to make a difference in finding treatments and a cure for this devastating illness.
Attendees included Rotary District celebrities Joe Clancy, Kristine David, and Dave Clifton, all involved in the recently-funded project to investigate why rates of Alzheimer's are higher in women than men.
The Alzheimer's Dementia Rotarian Action Group (or ADRAG) is a collection of Rotarians and Rotaractors dedicated to supporting the family of Rotary and our communities face the challenge of dealing with family members and citizens that are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.


This challenge is very real.  Some are calling it the “silver tsunami”—the wave of men and women living longer than previous generations.  Yet our communities and nations are not ready to face the rising tide of those suffering from these diseases.   Researchers predict that 6.7 million people in America alone will have Alzheimer’s alone.   Today, one in eight older Americans have Alzheimer’s, and the risk of developing the brain disorder doubles every five years after age 65.

The ADRAG was recently awarded a Rotary Foundation Grant, with matching funds from Cure Alzheimer's Fund ( This is a terrific global grant project with Dr. Rudy Tanzi of Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital heading up the research to determine why more women have Alzheimer's than men.

To learn more, visit us at:
Please encourage your fellow Rotarians and clubs to join our efforts! Donations are welcomed at:

The Paul Harris Award is Rotary International's highest honor, given to an individual who demonstrates the key Rotary commitment to service above self. Tom exemplifies this slogan. He tirelessly gives his all to both Rotary and to the community and world through his sweat equity and acts of kindness. We can think of no other person deserving of this honor!

Staffing parking lots for events (mostly football games) at Gillette Stadium is our primary means of fundraising for the multitude of local and international charities we support. Rain, snow, or shine, we are out directing cars and being fed by our nice tailgaters who often share with us.
We may not Got Soccer  - But We Got Parking!

Our one and only reliable Chuckwagon has received a lot of air time this summer, making appearances at Founder's Day and McGinty Day (among others). The Chuckwagon is used to cook food (usually hotdogs and hamburgers) to give away at local Foxboro events. We are glad to be of service to the community in this way! See photos from Founder's Day and Olympic Day at the link on the right.
Our annual summer party (see photo album on the right) was again hosted by Jim and Joan. I was wonderful to gather with old and new friends. Good food...good drink...good time!

Foxboro Rotarians were busy representing the club this summer at one of the Pawsox games!

Rotary District 7950 Water Resource Activities are directed by the Pure Water Initiative Committee (see Committee site), a dedicated group of Rotarians who desire to provide Clean Water and provide hygene and sanitation training to people that do not have access to clean water now. This includes providing education in the  use of the facilities that provide this Clean Water.

Since Rotary year 2002 the Pure Water Initiative Committee (see History site) has dispensed over $100,000.00 for water projects to sites in Honduras, Cambodia, India, Peru and Haiti. Using the Rotary Foundation Matching Grant Programs has increased the "bang for the buck" by adding 50% or $0.50 for every $1.00 designated to an approve project.

  • Over 4300 hundred families have received slow flow bio-sand filters in Honduras to date.
  • Two small, 4WD pickups were provided to better facilitate the delivery of these filters.
  • Money for two very important pieces water testing equipment, for the water testing laboratory, was provided to the Cambodian effort, currently managed by the District's Middletown Rotary Club.                       
  • Money has been provided to a Rotary District in India for a village level water filter project.  See pictures.
  • Money has been combined with Rotary Foundation money to install 500 filters in the outskirts of Lima, Peru.
- See more at:
In addition to serving as ADG, Joe is spearheading our club's involvement in this important effort.
Rotary District 7950 Water Resource Activities are directed by the Pure Water Initiative Committee, a dedicated group of Rotarians who desire to provide clean water and sanitation training to people that do not have access. Since 2002, we have dispensed over $100,000.00 for water projects to sites in Honduras, Cambodia, India, Peru and Haiti. Using the Rotary Foundation Matching Grant Programs has increased the "bang for the buck" by adding 50% or $0.50 for every $1.00 designated to an approved project.
To learn more about the many projects in which this group is involved, please visit





Joe is spearheading our work in Disaster Aid USA. DA USA is a Rotarian Operated Project that provides shelter, clean water systems, tools, mosquito nets and other items to survivors of disasters.  DA USA also partners with others to provide water filtration projects wherever needed.  They are partnered with Disaster Aid Australia, and Disaster Aid UK and Ireland. Some of their numerous deployments include assisting with the earthquake in Ecuador, cyclone in Fiji, and flooding in Louisiana, West Virginia and Texas.

To find out more about their great work and becoming a volunteer, please visit  And contact Joe if you are interested in training to become part of a Disaster Aid Response Team.

The Rotary Club of Foxboro recently donated $4,500.00 to the Rotary Club of Jamestown and Stephen Mecca to help fund toilet makers and sanitation in Liberia. Recent Providence College graduate and former student of Stephen Mecca, Jermoh Kamara, was on the ground promoting the micro flush toilet and recruiting toilet makers to build units.
To learn more, look at our Facebook page at Loos4Love and see what we have been doing. Don't forget to "like" us! New photos on the project have been posted.

In the past month, scientists at Mass General, funded by the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, have discovered how to replicate the Alzheimer's mechanism in a petri dish. This represents a huge breakthrough in the field, as it will greatly increase the pace at which new medications can be tried. As reported in the New York Times:

Our club's work with local youth appeared in a recent issue of the Foxboro Reporter!
"The Foxboro Rotary group has been working with local youth for years by providing opportunities for young people to participate in the community, become more effective leaders and help those less fortunate.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program. The club typically pays for several students each year to attend a weekend long workshop which includes presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including: leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management and community and global citizenship.

Foxboro also has a local Interact club which is for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. The Foxboro Interact club does several local service projects each year, like projects for seniors, fundraising for those less fortunate both locally and for those in other parts of the world.

The club also sponsored a trip last year and will be doing it again this year for a week-long trip to an area to provide assistance at free health clinic in an underprivileged area. This year the clinic will be held in June in Mexico. This will be a valuable experience, in terms of exposure to a new culture and to give the students the opportunity to deliver direct services to the population of indigenous people in the area.
Lew Gordon and Jim Goyea, two local Rotarians, are currently scouting out the project this week in Mexico.

Financially, the club has provided scholarships each year to a handful of seniors going on to college, local credit fairs that educate youth about financial responsibility and in past years have also supported the senior night ensuring that our local youth are safe that evening.

If you know of youths who would be interested in learning more, please contact Lew Gordon via the website"

Member Birthdays: Kenny Gay (Sept 7); Vivian Nelson (Sept. 17); Bill Buckley (Oct 3); Roxanne Richard (Oct 4); Jim Goyea (Oct 27)
Club Anniversaries: Karen Friend (Sept 2, 6 years); Gail Smiley (Sept 2, 6 years); Tim Kennealy (Oct 9, 5 years)


The South Shore Council represents multiple clubs in the region. Their meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM at Peppercornz in Weymouth, MA. All are welcome.



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