Rotary Club of Foxboro

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Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

First and third Thursdays, alternativing mornings & lunches
See schedule for details
Foxboro, MA  02035
United States
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  • Lunch (speaker’s) meetings will continue to be held at noon at the Foxboro Country Club on the third Thursday of the month
  • There will be a change in the meeting schedule on the first Thursday of the month, with the first two meetings of every quarter held in the morning and the third meeting of every quarter held in the evening
    • Morning (business) meetings will be held from 7:45 – 9:00 AM at Harbor One Bank in Mansfield
    • Evening meetings will be held via web conferencing (Thank you Hesh!) at 5:30.
    • Instructions on how to join the event meeting will be sent prior to the meeting (because, I guess, after the meeting won’t do folks a whole lotta good)
  • Breakfast meetings are free; no meal will be included. Interested parties are invited to go out at the conclusion of the meeting.
  • Lunch meetings require payment at the door ($15/per person in June; check back for costs for future lunches). Alternatively, you can prepay by sending a check made out to the Foxboro Rotary to: Foxboro Rotary, PO Box 321, Foxboro, MA, 02035.
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 – Online meeting at 5:30 PM
  • September 15 - Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC
  • October 6 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank
  • October 20 - Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC
  • November 3 – Morning meeting at 7:45 AM at Harbor One Bank
  • November 17 - Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC
  • December 1 – Online meeting at 5:30 PM
  • December 15 - Lunch meeting at noon at the FCC
Board Meetings
  • Board meetings are commonly held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 8:00 AM via conference call. The next meeting, however, will be held on Thursday July 21 at 11 AM before the regular club meeting at noon.

International Committee Meetings

  • The next meeting will be held on Friday August 19, 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 will be held on an as needed basis.





7950 District Events can be found at the following link:


May 20, 2016 – May 22, 2016



 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- See more at:

Joan had the honor of formally installing our officers for the new year. Tom will again serve as President, Tim as President Elect, Jim as Treasurer, Lori as Assistant Treasurer, and Karen as Secretary.

The Membership Committee organized a fantastic dinner at Luciano's Restaurant in Foxboro to induct new members (see photo below). We also presented information about the club and Rotary more generally to potentially recruit additional new members.

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"

Our club's third annual Family Olympic Day will take place on June 18 2016 at the Ahern School. Tim is chairing the event. Rain date on June 25.
We look forward to another great Olympics! Just in time for the Rio ones in August!

Founders Day was once again a huge success. Rotary club members were hard at work on the Chuckwagon, making free food for the crowd. A fun time was had by all!
The District 7950 RYLA program is a life-changing leadership program for tomorrow's leaders to gain hands-on experience in developing leadership skills with a focus on community service. The conference is open to high school sophomores and juniors with lasting opportunities for RYLA Alumni to step forward and work with Rotarians and other organizations to put their leadership skills into action through coordination of leadership seminars and community projects throughout the year.

District 7950 RYLA 2016 will take place May 20th-22nd, 2016 at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA. For more information about deadlines and forms, please refer to the tabs above for students, parents, and Rotary clubs.
RYLA 2016 is May 20th-22nd, 2016 at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA.
For an application, please download the file on the right of the website.
In addition to assisting with the event, our club made a donation towards the food packaging efforts to help end hunger.

Scholarships are available through the club. The application is available for download on the the right side of the Club's home page ( Applications are due by May 25.


Our Rotary club recently donated money to the newly formed Student Activities Club, which is part of a international organization called DECA .  

DECA is a student organization whose main focus is giving student the skills they need to become successful in a variety of business fields which include Marketing, Business Management, Finance and Hospitality & Tourism, just to name a few.  The main vehicle which students learn the necessary leadership, communication and interpersonal skills is through student competitions.  This past January our students competed for the first time. Foxboro High School had 11 students qualify to continue on to the next round of competitions, which will take place in Boston on March 10-12.  Efforts to raise money so quickly have been challenging, and our donation will go a long way to a worthy cause.



Congratulations to Joe for not only being elected as ADG but also now chair of the District Water Committee!

One of their projects involves working with an organization called in Honduras.  Ann Williams is a former board member, told us about the organization.  A group of Rotarians who had never met from Florida, Vermont and NYC traveled from Tegucigalpa, 6  hours east to the Trojes region (Poorest region in western hemisphere on the Nicaragua border). With 3-4 teams they traveled 2 to 2.5 hours into the mountains daily,  and installed bio-sand filters in over 40 family homes, latrines in 3 village schools and inoculated another village for parasites (happens after they have 60- days of clean water). It’s a very sustainable project still being mainly supported by Rotarians around the world. Their primary focus is Haiti and Honduras.  They’ve reached over 10,000 families and almost 2,000 schools in 176 communities.  They have 3-4 trips per year on which folks can participate, (dates for 2016 are online) and they offer student scholarships. Cape Cod Community College Roteract is looking at this project.



Lew is organizing a trip for roughly 6 students to do service work at a free optical and dental clinic in Chihuahua, Mexico (about 200 miles due west of El Paso). The clinic has been in operation for about 30 years and has active support from the Houston Rotary Club. This will be a very 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.
Students would be invited via a selection process, since, at the last Interact meeting, about 18 Interact members were interested. The trip would be scheduled for late June 2016, with Lew and Lourdes chaperoning. The club will pay for part of the students' costs.
For photos and more information, check out the website:

Our Interact Club organized its first blood drive on Saturday, January 16 from 9a – 2p at the Foxboro Recreation Hall. Despite computer glitches and other unexpected challenges, the drive was a huge success! A big thank you to all participants.


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.

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 and the Rotary Club of Chennai, Port City, have completed the school toilets and the inauguration ceremony has taken place! Take a peek 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 terms of exciting new developments, they are about to begin construction of toilets at a church and a school, which will create visibility in the community. 

Cure Alzheimer's Fund and Alzheimer's Dementia Rotarian Action Group (ADRAG) - Cure Alzheimer's Fund (CAF), the lead organization for the Alzheimer's Dementia Rotarian Action Group (ADRAG), just hired John Slattery, to head development after Mike Curren (speaker at our awareness event) left for other pastures. John is very bright and has a lot of energy. Check out the website:

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:

Member Birthdays:  Joe (May 1), Jake (May 21), Ray (May 22), Dick (June 30), Bette (July 31), Hesh (Aug 3), Bill C. (Aug 22), Lew (Aug 29)
Anniversaries: Mary and Gerard (33 years, May 28), Hesh and Gail (40 years, Aug 8), Lori and Jeff (27 years, Aug 26)
Club Anniversaries: Vivian (18 years, May 1), Jake (8 years, May 29), Ingrid (8 years, May 29), Lew (9 years, Aug 16), Buddy (1 year, Aug 20), Wendy (1 year, Aug 20)


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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