A CFC Year in Review

Joe Coan, President (a.k.a. Head Cabbage) of the Community Food Collaborative (CFC) spoke with the Club recently about the first year of the garden. The garden is located near the lower back parking lot behind the Sturbridge Town Hall. Joe gave us a history on the plans, development and progress along the way. Everyone on the board, Joe and many volunteers worked hard on everything that needed to be done this first year. The yield from the garden surpassed our expectations leaving us with a challenge to expand next year in an effort to increase our yield. To date we have delivered over 1,500 pounds of fresh organic vegetables to the St. John Paul II Food Pantry and we still have to deliver the potatoes. We have a long “To Do” list this winter after we put the garden to bed. Our final work night is this Thursday after which we’ll celebrate our success. Joe acknowledged and thanked the board members, our sponsors, donors and all our volunteers who helped us this year. Keep checking our Facebook page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/CFCGardens/. If you’d like to be put on the volunteer list for next year, contact us at CFCGarden357@gmail.com.
Joe (left) is shown with Rotary President Austin Jenkins.

Oct. 29 - Joe Coan, Pres. Austin

Sturbridge Rotary Helps Kids with Diabetes

The Sturbridge Rotary Club awarded $5,000 to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, 30 Ennis Road in North Oxford, MA.  The donation was used to support expenses associated with operating their programs including medical expenses, supplies, food, and so much more.

“We are fortunate to be the recipient of Sturbridge Rotary’s gift,” said Lindsay McCarthy, Associate Director, Director of Grants and Events.  “Rotary understands the impact felt by children with diabetes.”

The mission of The Barton Center is to improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation and support programs which inspire and empower. For over 86 years, The Barton Center has provided a summer-long residential camp program for children with type 1 diabetes at Clara Barton Camp.  The Barton Center significantly expanded its services in 2010 to include a second residential camp, Camp Joslin, in Charlton, MA.  The Barton Center also operates an adventure program, family camp, Vermont Overnight Camp, day camps in NY, CT and MA, and a wide array of year-round educational programs for children, families, and caregivers. All Barton programs promote proper diabetes management and health enhancement strategies in a safe environment.

“We’re happy to help support The Barton Center with funds from our Educational Trust account,” said Rotary Past-President Bob White.  “One of Sturbridge Rotary’s areas of focus is youth which also includes support for managing health issues.  Barton offers so many programs to help children with diabetes that funding toward their efforts was a perfect fit for us.”

Lindsay accepts the check from Bob.

Lindsay accepts the check from Bob.