Group Study Exchange Visit

The Group Study Exchange Team from Venice, Italy and the surrounding towns arrived in Sturbridge for a brief visit.  They enjoyed visiting Old Sturbridge Village in the afternoon.  In the evening, several members from the Southbridge Rotary and Brookfield Rotary joined us to hear the Team discuss their country and the vocations they are pursuing.  District and Club Banners were exchanged and all those present had time to mingle and meet the team.  After vocational visits and discussions the following morning, Club members met with the Team for a farewell luncheon before the Team headed off to the District Conference in Marlborough.

Team members included Giuliano Bordigato who is a business consultant and a member of his Rotaract Club.  He is also a member of the ‘End Polio Now’ commission for his District.  Caterina Boschetti is a marketing and communications specialist in the automotive field.  She is president of her Rotaract Club.  Philipp Breitenberg is an Agri-entrepreneur focusing on organic farming of kiwi fruit and developing markets for the product.  Katia Carron is working in a day care center for very young children and is continuing the pursuit of her specialized studies.  The Team members are led by Elisabetta Fabbri who is an accomplished and well-respected architect in Italy.  In 2009, she was appointed by the Italian Prime Minister as Government Commissioner for the construction of the New Opera House in Florence and for the restoration of the Uffizi Museum.

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Open House Meeting

What a great evening we had at our Open House.  Twenty-one guests joined us for fellowship, a wonderful Publick House meal, and then listened to the Rotary presentation.  It feels good to meet new people and to share with them all the great things we have done through Rotary.  Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self” and based upon the comments we heard from our guests, Sturbridge Rotary follows through on that motto!  We are looking forward to welcoming several new members who want to join our Club.

Dinner Dance for Charity

Sturbridge Rotary is hosting a Dinner Dance on Friday, June 5 at the Cohasse Country Club in Southbridge from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  Proceeds from the Dinner Dance will benefit the St. John Paul II Food Pantry located in Southbridge, MA.

Established in 1991, the Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to qualified residents of Southbridge and Sturbridge.  Over 74 tons of food is distributed annually feeding over 325 families per month in these two communities.  While some food is supplied by the Worcester County Food Bank and by generous local grocery stores, the Food Pantry is dependent upon local financial contributions to continue serving those in need.

We invite everyone to join us to demonstrate your commitment of helping to feed hungry people served by the St. John Paul II Food Pantry.  Besides serving a buffet dinner, there will be dancing to the music of Sunshine Entertainment and a great raffle prize.  How long has it been since you’ve danced, had a great meal, socialized, perhaps won a prize, and helped a good cause – all in one evening?  Tickets are $50 per person or purchase a table of 8 for $350 and bring your friends.  To purchase tickets, contact Austin Jenkins at 508-347-6512.  Checks should be made payable to Sturbridge Rotary Club.

Come prepared with your dancing shoes and bring a non-perishable food item with you for the Food Pantry container.

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Make A Wish

Peg Wheble, Regional Director of Make A Wish, MA and RI spoke with us about the work of MAW.  Besides granting wishes to children with terminal illness, MAW also grants wishes to children who have life threatening illness as well. The Wishes are considered part of the treatment as the excitement and joy they bring is a very helpful tool in keeping the attitude of the sick children focused on the positive and giving them something to look forward to during their lengthy and difficult treatments.

The children who qualify are between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years of age and have not had a previous Wish granted by MAW before.  Many different kinds of wishes are granted but more than 50% of wishes are to go to Disney.  The Disney Corporation donates a large number of free passes to all of the 69 MAW offices across the US.  Airlines also donate large numbers of free flights.   Many different kinds of wishes are granted but more than 50% of wishes are to go to Disney.  The Disney Corporation donates a large number of free passes to all of the 69 MAW offices across the US.  Airlines also donate large numbers of free flights.

A very moving presentation and such wonderful work performed by this organization.

Peg Wheble - Make A Wish, Larry 4-27-2015