Rotary Club of Middleboro Supports Conway House

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.
Rotary Club of Middleboro Supports Conway House Cherie Kostant 2023-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

2023-24 Inductions

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, Dist 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.
2023-24 Inductions J Kevin "Quack" Quackenbush 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

Visit Rotary Club in Forfar Scotland

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.
Visit Rotary Club in Forfar Scotland Robert Saquet 2023-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
School on Wheels 2023 Cherie Kostant 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Rotary CEF Scholarship Winners

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.
Congratulations Rotary CEF Scholarship Winners Cherie Kostant 2023-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Middleboro PrideFest 2023

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:
Middleboro PrideFest 2023 Cherie Kostant 2023-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
New Englanders Helping Our Veterans Cherie Kostant 2023-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
New Book Box at UU Church Cherie Kostant 2023-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Community Yard Sale

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.
Community Yard Sale Sascha Mules-O'Roak 2023-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Get Behind the Wheel

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.


Get Behind the Wheel Cherie Kostant 2023-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Save the Date - Community Yard Sale

Rotary Club of Middleboro Community Yard Sale, 10am to 2pm Sunday, May 21 on the Middleboro Town Hall lawn.  All 10 x 10 spaces will be available for $20.  The event will be held rain or shine, so anyone buying a space will need to remember to bring your own table and a tent with weights/stakes.  Please contact Sascha Mules-O'Roak for more information or to reserve a space, and check back here for updates!!
Save the Date - Community Yard Sale Sascha Mules-O'Roak 2023-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

New Book Box at Pratt Farm

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
New Book Box at Pratt Farm Cherie Kostant 2023-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Online Auction - THANK YOU!!

THANK YOU for helping make the Rotary Club of Middleboro’s 34th Annual Auction a big success!!
Thank you to our auction sponsorsWPLM Easy 99.1 FM, North Easton Savings Bank, Murphy Adjusters, Rockland Trust, and Peter J. Regas DMD – 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 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
Online Auction - THANK YOU!! Cherie Kostant 2023-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

School on Wheels

In support of School on Wheels [SoWMA] each year we run a backpack and school supplies drive. We’ve been able to provide them with large quantities of donated new stuffed backpacks for their Backpack program. In 2020-2021 we collaborated with Plymouth Rotary and a grant from Walmart in Plymouth to fund a $2800 shopping event for SoWMA for additional backpacks full of school supplies.
School on Wheels Cherie Kostant 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Book Boxes

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!
Book Boxes Cherie Kostant 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rays Tutoring Program

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.
Rotary Rays Tutoring Program Cherie Kostant 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic 2023-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


Rotary at the Start of the United Nations 2023-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

History of Women in Rotary

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.
History of Women in Rotary 2023-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia 2023-01-17 05:00:00Z 0