Sturbridge Rotary has done it every year since 2008. We give dictionaries to local third grade students. Ten Rotarians visited the schools in Sturbridge, Brimfield, Wales and Holland where each student was given a dictionary. The students were very excited and immediately wrote their name in their ‘very own dictionary to keep’. It’s so much fun telling them about Rotary, what we do and answering their questions. Since 2008, we have given 2,712 dictionaries to local third graders. We thought you’d enjoy reading some of the many thank you notes we received. Rotarians Beverly Gray and Jane Woodworth helped distribute the dictionaries.
Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his wife, Honorary Rotarian Glenys returned Monday afternoon from Australia where they attended the Rotary International Convention. That evening Klaus presented President Larry with a Rotary banner he received from the convention held in Sydney. Klaus will give a brief report on the convention at a future meeting.
David Ostrowsky attended a recent meeting to talk about his first book published by Mill City Publishing. David’s book, “Game Over or Game On?” tells how pro athletes leave sports and enjoy the game of life. Many athletes in their 30’s find themselves with incomplete or little education but with a need to do something and not just retire from life. The stigma of pro athletes struggling financially and emotionally that we read about is not always applicable. The book focuses on the stories of athletes who have leveraged their resources, money, fame, and time for having a positive influence in their respective endeavors. David has worked for the MetroWest Daily News, the Jewish Advocate, and Patriots Gameday Magazine. A graduate of Brandeis University, David and his wife, Lauren, live in Natick, MA.
Sturbridge Rotary hosted eight Tantasqua students and many of their parents at a recent meeting. On Class Day the students were presented scholarships from Rotarians Beverly Gray and Jane Woodworth who serve on the Scholarship Committee. Subsequently, the students are always invited to meet all the Sturbridge Rotarians at one of their meetings. The scholarship recipients and the colleges they plan to attend include: Karl Finelli – Northeastern University, Liang Noinala – Framingham State, Emily Zollo – Fitchburg State University, Elliot Davis – Boston University, Brandon Rothweiler – Stevens Institute of Technology, Mikaela Lachapelle – St. Anselm, and Liam Sequin – Springfield College. Absent was Cameron Simoneau who was attending his college orientation.
Hosting the enthusiastic scholarship recipients is always a special evening for Rotary. The students participate in the meeting by introducing themselves and discussing their choice of college, the path of study chosen and their hope for a bright future.
Since its inception in 1972, the Sturbridge Rotary Club has given scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Cumulatively, the amount of scholarships given is over $180,000. During the last 20 years, the Club has given $6,000 each year for scholarships.
Shown left to right: Mikaela Lachapelle, Brandon Rothweiler, Liang Noinala, Elliot Davis, Emily Zollo, Karl Finelli, Liam Seguin.
Sturbridge Rotary recently hosted a fundraising dinner dance at Cohasse Country Club. If you weren’t there, you missed a great time! Lots of food, a raffle, and dancing made for a full evening of positive energy and downright FUN. The proceeds of the event were presented to Father Peter Joyce from the St. John Paul II Food Pantry of Southbridge. The Pantry services families in Southbridge and Sturbridge. Father Peter thanked Sturbridge Rotary and reviewed the impact the donation will have on the families served. Father Peter is shown accepting the $3,000 check from President Larry and President-Elect Austin, chairman of the event.
Doreen McCrory and Darci from Qivana Products gave a presentation on the Qivana line of products. Qivana is an all natural wellness company. The founder of McKesson Pharmaceutical and then Nature’s Way came out of retirement to start the Qivana Product line. Qivana is a synergistic Health System that has a refreshingly simple approach with three products – Qore, Prime, Metaboliq. Qore is the Nutritional Foundation for optimal-aging. Prime is the most efficient and effective way to restore Nitric Oxide and improve blood flow and combat aging. Metaboliq is the world’s only system engineered to transform the body by correcting metabolism and redefining weight loss. For more information on this product line, visit their website at www.qivanaproducts.com.
It was a very difficult decision based upon all the well-qualified candidates applying for a scholarship awarded by Sturbridge Rotary. The Club’s Scholarship Committee spent many hours reviewing and discussing the applications in an effort to determine the best of the submissions. Finally all committee members reached a decision and eight Tantasqua students were chosen. Club members are looking forward to meeting the eight recipients at a barbecue being held soon at the Publick House hosted by Rotary. The evening is always a real hit with the membership as we get to meet and chat with the students. The list of colleges they have chosen to attend is always impressive and these bright students give each of us renewed enthusiasm about the future of our country. Check back again in a couple weeks for photos of the scholarship recipients at the BBQ.
Sturbridge Rotary recently inducted two new members into the Club. Leslie Sullivan is the Business Development Manager and Adriana Sanchez is the Director of International Operations, both from the Gates Institute. Gates Institute provides academic tourism and works with local colleges. Adriana (L) and Leslie (R) are pictured with their sponsor, Rotarian Otto Prohaska. We are very pleased to welcome these two professional women into the Sturbridge Rotary Club.
Bill Reid, Director of Outreach Programs and Chief Ranger at The Last Green Valley (TLGV) spoke recently at a Rotary meeting. The Last Green Valley is two things – it’s the 35-town National Heritage Corridor in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, and it’s also a member-supported, non-profit stewardship organization working locally to celebrate our heritage, conserve our natural resources, and respect our working lands. A recent initiative to spread the word about the Last Green Valley is training volunteers to serve as TLGV Rangers. Bill trains and supervises the Rangers who present information and conduct outreach programs articulating the mission, discussing the varied work of the organization, the programs offered and recruiting new members to TLGV. To find out more about TLGV and all the wonderful programs it offers, visit www.tlgv.org.
At a recent Club meeting, the guest speaker was Representative Anne Gobi, Democrat of Spencer. She is one of three candidates running for the office of State Senator that was vacated by Senator Stephen Brewer. Rep. Gobi is the third and last candidate for State Senator to speak to Rotary. The District for this position covers 28 towns. As a state representative, Gobi currently represents 11 of the 28 towns in the Senate district and, prior to redistricting, represented an additional four communities in the district. She has served in the position since 2001, when she won the seat during a special election. Gobi currently serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. She shared her priorities with us and a demonstrated ability to work for and with her constituents. While Rotary does not endorse any candidate running for office, we do want to be informed about the background, experience, and platform of each candidate running for a particular office.