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.
In case you missed it, here is the link to a great story on the front page of the Quaboag Current about the success of the Community Food Collaborative Garden.
The latest batch of vegetables harvested over the weekend. Much more continues growing. We also need to harvest butternut squash and potatoes when they’re ready.
Crops harvested Sept. 15 and 17.
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.
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.
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.