The Sturbridge Times Magazine recently issued their final ‘hard copy’ edition. The Magazine will now be sent electronically. The cover of the final hard copy edition was their very first edition dated July 2007. Featured on the cover was the dedication of the Rotary Centennial Park – 13 years ago! It doesn’t seem possible. Sturbridge Rotary still maintains this Park located at the corner of Rt. 20 and Cedar Street. Flowering trees, flower plants changing with the seasons and benches to sit and relax. Sturbridge Rotary continues to be an integral part of the community where we live, work and play.
The CFC committee held its monthly meeting at the garden last night after the regular work shift. We had lots to discuss on our agenda and did so while maintaining our social distancing.
The highlight of the meeting came when Sturbridge Rotary Past-District Governor Klaus Hachfeld, also a member of the CFC committee, surprised CFC President Joe Coan with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. This recognition is a way of honoring an individual who has gone above and beyond in doing something for the betterment of man and/or the community. In Joe’s case, the recognition was for Joe’s idea and pursuit of creating a community garden to help feed local hungry individuals. The garden is in its third year, donates everything it grows to the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry that distributes it to the local food insecure individuals in our communities. The garden is supported by the community and run totally by volunteers. The Sturbridge Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation in Joe’s name in order to honor him with a Paul Harris Fellow. Join us in congratulating Joe for this prestigious recognition.