What a productive morning working in the Community Food Collaborative garden! The garden is a project of the Rotary Community Corps of Sturbridge and Southbridge. We finished putting wood chips on all the aisles in only one hour, did a little weeding, put numbers on each planting bed, and did some weed whacking near the path and front of the garden. We also cleaned up some of the old mess and even made a trip to the landfill. The produce is looking great and really growing. We’re bringing more lettuce to the St. JP II Food Pantry next week. Thanks to our great volunteers who helped this morning!!
It was a perfect weather day for the outdoor Installation of the Officers and Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. The music, food, participants, friends and relaxed casual mood helped to start the new officers off with vigor to accomplish their goals for the year. See the explanations on each of the photos shown.
President Austin Jenkins
Officers 2018-2019 and Board of Directors
President: Austin Jenkins,
President-Elect & Immediate Past President: Dave Zonia
Secretary: Kelli Robbins
Treasurer: Lorraine Herbert
Executive Secretary: Klaus Hachfeld
BOD Member: Charles Battersby
BOD Member: Bill Lemke
BOD Member: Scott Peckins (missing)
First Lady: Kim Jenkins
Installation Official: PDG & PP Carl Kaliszewski
Fran receiving his PHF pin.
Carl (L) presented Fran with a Paul Harris Fellow designation.
Dave accepting his President’s Book and talking about his year in office.
Pauline presenting Dave with the President’s Book for his year.
Must have a cake to mark the occasion.
Dinner was great but so were these desserts.
Attorney Robert “Rob” Caprera spoke with us about Estate Planning. Rob has an impressive legal education and an equally impressive career with the Caprera & Caprera Law Firm. Rob focused primarily on Estate Planning while speaking with us. We learned that estate related tasks can be difficult if the required documents are not prepared or easily available. Granted, most people don’t like to face such tasks but not doing so can put your family as risk. There are no excuses for us who attended the meeting because Rob distributed a list of 27 items that we should gather and complete in order to make the implementation of our Estate Plan easier, get done faster, and be more cost effective.
Every week or so something is blooming in Rotary Park. The majestic alliums are currently greeting the passers-by. The ornamental grass and the hostas are hoping for attention too! Stop by to see what may be next to blossom.
The Fifth Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser to benefit the St. John Paul II Food Pantry was held recently by the Sturbridge Rotary Club. Rev. Kenneth Cardinale accepted a check for $3,000 with his gratitude. “The Food Pantry serves an average of 400 families every month and this check will certainly help in the challenge to feed these families in need,” said Rev. Cardinale. “We are fortunate to have individuals, young people, companies and organizations such as Sturbridge Rotary that hold fundraisers for this growing need we face,” stressed the Reverend.
This year a new initiative was launched with the Community Food Collaborative (CFC). The CFC is a community garden in Sturbridge that is growing fresh, organic vegetables, all of which will be donated to the Food Pantry. The CFC is overseen by the Rotary Corps of Sturbridge and Southbridge.
“We are committed to the Food Pantry and the great work that it does. Hunger is a real issue today and we want to do our part to help alleviate it,” noted Past-President Austin Jenkins, who with his wife Kim, organizes the Dinner Dance fundraiser each year. To date, the Sturbridge Rotary Club has raised $15,000 from the Dinner Dances for this worthy cause.
President Dave Zonia, Rev. Cardinale, PP Austin Jenkins.