Sturbridge Rotary Honors Dorothy Wright

Sturbridge Rotary recently honored Rotarian and Sturbridge resident Dorothy Wright with a second Paul Harris Society recognition for her service to the community and support of the Rotary Foundation.

A former educator, Dorothy takes a special interest in fostering learning. She delivers dictionaries to grade school students and provides reading materials to veterans and and senior centers. Dorothy served on the Board of Directors of the Joshua Hyde Public Library in Sturbridge for several years. Dorothy also created an annual scholarship for a graduating Tantasqua scholar in the name of her late husband Wendell.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is Rotary International’s highest recognition. It is given to Rotarians and community volunteers for sustained and exceptional service that improves our communities and the world, and for significant financial support of the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is funded solely by contributions from members and friends of Rotary and consistently is rated in the top 10 by Charity Navigator.

Seen in the photo are Sturbridge Rotarians Dorothy Wright, Past District Governor Carl Kaliszewski, and Treasurer Lorraine Herbert.

Sept. 17, 2018 - PHF for Dorothy Wright

Rotary Helps at Day of Caring

Last Friday, a group of Sturbridge Rotarians teamed up with school and community volunteers on projects that improved our communities and fostered community engagement and cooperation. Sponsored by the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton as a “Day of Caring”, teams of Rotarians and volunteers spanned out across the region to work on a diverse group of projects.

Rotarians planted trees. Sponsored by the Middle School, the “Tantasqua American Chestnut Research Orchard” is part of a nationwide effort to restore Chestnut trees in this country. Most of our native trees were destroyed by blight years ago, and now several variations of blight resistant hybrid trees have been planted and will be monitored in the orchard. Soon, we once again will be roasting chestnuts over open fires.

An even larger group of Rotary volunteers delivered refreshments to the various work teams throughout the day. This group may have had one of the most challenging and appreciated jobs of all; they helped keep the other volunteers going.

Rotary team of 'Runners'.

Rotary team of ‘Runners’.

Sept. 14, 2018 - DOC Chestnut Trees

Bill, Glenys, Klaus.

Sept. 14, 2018 - DOC Chestnut Trees mulch

Hard at work.


Community Food Collaborative Press Event

This morning we were excited to host a Press Event at the CFC garden to brag about how much the garden has produced so far this year, AND it’s still growing. Reporters from Stonebridge Press, The Citizen Chronicle and the Quaboag Current joined us. Fortunately we had put up a pop-up tent because it started to rain lightly when they arrived. However, the rain did not dampen our spirits. Joe, the Head Cabbage, told them everything we have done this year, our great volunteers, and all our sponsors and donors, and what our plans are for next year.

Bill Pioppi gave background info on the St. John Paul II Food Pantry and the Pantry’s director, Roberta Watson, gave her perspective of our project and how all the fresh organic veggies have created quite a stir of gratitude with the recipients. Roberta also reported that we have donated over 1,000 pounds of veggies so far and there is still more growing!!! We should all feel very proud about what we have done to bring this success story to life.

Sept. 10, 2018 - Com., FoodTruck - Press Event

Sept. 10, 2018 - Roberta, Joe, Bill, Reporter

Sept. 10, 2018 - Sarah, Kevin Filchak, Roberta, Austin

Sept. 10, 2018 - Press Event touring garden


Food for the Hungry

The Community Food Collaborative continues to harvest lots of organic vegetables to be given to the St. John Paul II Food Pantry.  We deliver every day the Pantry is open.  This is what was delivered the week of August 26.

This watermelon is "hanging out" outside the fence.

This watermelon is “hanging out” outside the fence.

Aug. 27, 2018 harvest

Aug. 19, 2018 crops2

Aug. 19, 2018 crops1

Rotary Helps Fund New Air Conditioner for Senior Center

A check for $5,000 was recently presented by the Sturbridge Rotary Club to the Sturbridge Council on Aging.  Accepting the check is Heather Weston, Director of the Senior Center, to which it’s most commonly referred.  Included in the photo is one of the many exercise classes held on the second floor of the Center.  “We are very grateful for the generous support of Sturbridge Rotary” indicated Heather.  “The funds have been used toward the purchase of a badly needed air conditioner for the second floor.  The new air conditioner has been wonderful for those attending meetings or movies and, as you can see in the photo, for those in the exercise classes.”

“Helping our local community is one of the projects we enjoy doing.  This project, using funds from our Educational Trust account, satisfies a need for the Senior Center that we are happy to fulfill” stated Sturbridge Rotary Club Past-President Bob White.

Bob White is shown with Jen (Exercise with Jen) on left and Heather on the right.

Bob White is shown with Jen (Exercise with Jen) on left and Heather on the right.