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Our meeting this week on Wednesday, May 1st, will be held at 5:30pm at our adopted island across from the Nellie Rose in Middleboro, at the 5-way intersection of Center Street, Everett Street, Station Street and Center Ave. - weather permitting, of course.  So far it looks like the weather should hold out.  Our plan is to tidy up and plant some spring flowers, then head over to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner and camaraderie.  All are welcome!!  No green thumb required....
This week, in lieu of our regular meeting on Wednesday April 3rd, we will be attending a fundraising event for the Lane family of Middleboro.

The Networking Group USA and the Cranberry Country Chamber are hosting a fund-raiser to benefit the family of fire victim Jasmine Lane at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Loon Pond Lodge, 28 Precinct St., Lakeville.
 
Monetary donations of any amount will be accepted. Those donating $1,000 or more will be recognized at the event and on social media.
 
Tickets are $25 at the door. The event features live music, cash bar, food, raffles and a silent auction.
 
All costs are covered, so all proceeds will benefit the family.
 

THANK YOU for helping make the Rotary Club of Middleboro’s 35th Annual Auction a big success!!
 
Thank you to our auction sponsorsWPLM Easy 99.1 FM, Grants Rental, Fat Cousins and Williams Trading Post  – for helping us support the Middleboro and surrounding communities and enabling us to continue to engage in local projects as well as support other local non-profit agencies and Rotary International’s worldwide programs.
 
THANK YOU to all of the donors and bidders, without you this auction would not have been possible.
 
And CONGRATULATIONS to all the winning bidders!  If you haven’t already, you can log into your account on the auction website and pay for your items before arranging to collect them.  Winners can collect your items by contacting our Auction Co-Chair, Robert Saquet, at Egger’s Furniture – the phone number is (508) 947-0680 and they are located at 177 Center Street in downtown Middleboro.
 
Any questions can be emailed to us at middlebororotaryauction@gmail.com.
On January 31st instead of our regular meeting we all gathered at Soule Homestead where they graciously loaned us their kitchen so we could make lasagnas for Lasagna Love.  This is such a wonderful organization - borne out of love and kindness at the height of COVID, it resonates with people so much it has transformed into an international movement of kindness, impacting thousands of volunteers and recipient families each week.  We couldn't be more excited to volunteer with this amazing organization...
On January 10th we had the pleasure of meeting Missy Garlisi as our guest speaker.  Missy Garlisi is the Membership Chair for District 7950.  She is also a successful real estate agent and instructor for Keller Williams. Her late dad was a long time Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.  Missy earned a Paul Harris in 2009 and again in 2022.  She has served on the district membership committee since 2017 and has chaired it since 2020—the Covid year which was a real challenge.
Missy brought us some good points about what motivates people to join Rotary... 
I am privileged to be a member and past president [2020-2021] of the Middleboro Rotary club and honored to be the Assistant District Governor [AG] of our area 4, District 7950.
 
Our heartfelt Thanks to Willy & Mimi Duphily for inviting us to their farm, again this year, to hold our Middleboro Rotary club Induction gathering.
On Thursday, July 20th, the Rotary Club of Middleboro helped to sponsor this year's Family Day held at Conway House in Middleboro.
 
Conway House is a local homeless shelter for women and children offering advocacy, counseling by referral, a community kitchen, some clothing, medical care nearby, a day program and transportation.  They are located at 14 East Grove Street in Middleboro.  This year's Family Day was well attended, and they were able to provide bags of clothes, toys and other items for the children thanks to generous donations form the community.
The Rotary Club of Middleboro is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Middleboro PrideFest!  There will be lots of vendors, raffles, live music, food and a wine/beer garden by the Bartending Service of New England!  This event will be held on Saturday, June 24th from noon to 4:00pm on the Middleboro Town Hall Lawn.  If you are interested in participating as a vendor or if you have any questions, please contact:  middleboropride@gmail.com.
 
 
Our current Club Secretary, Bob Saquet, met David Stalk, President of the Forfar Rotary Club in Scotland.  Notice the official regalia, and Bob was presented with their banner. Two interesting speakers - one spoke about donating loads of food and toiletries for Ukraine and a woman from Australia spoke about her work to bring health and sanitation to remote villages in Nepal.
 
Next week they will hold their “hand-over meeting “ and tonight’s meeting ended with a toast to Rotary International.
 
The Rotary Club of Middleboro would like to congratulate this year's Rotary CEF Scholarship winners!!  We have invited the winners and families to be our dinner guests at an upcoming meeting and they can tell us about their future plans.  They will receive the first of their two payments of $500 each. Five awards will be made this year.
Rotary Club of Middleboro Community Yard Sale, 10am to 2pm Sunday, May 21 on the Middleboro Town Hall lawn.  This was our second Community Yard Sale.  We were grateful to have had nice weather for the event, and are planning another Community Yard Sale later in the year.  This is always a great opportunity to clean out your attic, garage, shed or whatever and make a few extra bucks!  Watch this space for details once we have the next one scheduled.
 
 

Rotary Day of Service, May 20th from 10am to 2pm - The Rotary Club of Middleboro helped the Town of Middleborough prepare for their event to honor our Hometown Heroes by hanging Patriot Banners downtown.

 

To continue our Book Box project, we coordinated with Middleboro Conservation Commission agent Trisha Cassady and enlisted the help of Middleboro High School Innovation Coordinator Tony Chiuppi and several of his students to build and install a box at Pratt Farm.
 
Left to right:  Rotary Club member Willy Duphily, Rotary Club member Cherie Kostant, student Anthony Cataloni, student Dean Teceno, student Dylan Weigel, Rotary Club member J. Kevin
In 2013 the Middleboro Rotary club partnered with Middleboro Public Schools to create an innovative tutoring program called Rotary Rays which serves students in grades 4 and 5 at both the Mary K Goode and Henry B Burkland Elementary Schools.  Participating students and their parents enter into a contract where the students agree to attend all sessions and work at home an additional hour per week with their parents, and the parents agree to make sure their child attends the sessions and does the homework.  Over the years students who have participated in the program have made dramatic gains in their performance on MCAS.
 
We have undertaken the Little Book Box project. Our goal is to ‘plant’ Book Boxes around our community for use by both children & adults. These are ‘Take a Book – Keep a Book’ locations.
 
So far we have installed them at the Old Colony YMCA in Middleboro, the North Congregational Church, LifeHouse Church, Pierce Playground & Field of Dreams. We have another ready to be planted at Pratt Farm, and are working with the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Middleboro for another. As of late 2021 we collaborated with MHS who has, with 5th grade assistance, completed four additional Book Boxes for future planting!
 
 
 
Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.

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