As part of our ongoing Literacy Initiative, Brookfields Rotary delivered reference books to third grade students throughout our area. During December, Rotarians visited the elementary schools at Wire Village Elementary in Spencer; the Elementary schools in Brookfield, East Brookfield, North Brookfield, and West Brookfield; and Warren Community Elementary.
During our visits, we take a few minutes to explore the fun facts contained in the dictionaries and thesauruses and to answer student questions about Rotary. It is great fun for Rotarians to have an opportunity of interacting with these young scholars; their questions and comments are so smart, and so full of excitement.
Although computers have become the principal learning tools in classrooms, books are still an important part of the learning experience. This is why the teachers tell us every year how grateful they are for these donations, and why the students are happy to have books of their own.
In addition to delivering text books, at some schools we also placed readers, games, and craft books in the “Jingle Boxes”. The schools set up these donation boxes to help families in need and to make Christmas a bit brighter for their boys and girls.
As part of our Community Outreach Initiative, Brookfields Rotary collected and donated warm coats to the North Brookfield Senior Center in December. During these cold winter months, the Center is collecting new and gently used coats for the “Coat Closet” project of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Southbridge. The Center will continue to accept donations through February.
Seen in the photo with a few of the coats are North Brookfield Senior Center Director Diane Nichols and Brookfields Rotary President-Elect Lynn Duffy-O’Shea
Each Year at this time, Brookfields Rotary assists Food Pantries in one or more of our communities. This year, we donated $250 to the Food Pantry in North Brookfield. Seen here accepting the check on behalf of the First Congregational church is Rotarian and North Brookfield resident Chet Lubelczyk. Vice President Lynn Duffy-O'Shea presents the gift.
Our second donation this year was presented on December 11 to the Sharing Cupboard in West Brookfield, which is located in the First Congregational Church. Accepting a $250 check on behalf of the church is Pastor Stacey Kullgren. Lynn Duffy-O'Shea presented the donation from Rotary.
Rotarian Mark joined the North Brookfield School District this year as their District Activities Director. Mark transferred to our club from Fitchburg East, where he was a Past President and a Paul Harris Fellow. We are delighted to welcome Mark and his wife Theresa to our Brookfields Rotary family.
Once again this year, Brookfields Rotarians were on hand to help warm up festive celebrants attending the Warren Christmas Tree Lighting. Community Services Director Mike Dupsha, and VP Lynn Duffy-O'Shea braved the cold and snowy weather to serve chop suey.
Brookfields Rotary was honored last week with a visit from our sponsored 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) participant, Ainsley Maus, and her father Gary from Brookfield. Ainsley is an Honor Student at Tantasqua Regional High School. RYLA is an intensive leadership experience for High School Sophomores, organized by Rotary clubs and Districts, where students develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
Now a Junior at Tantasqua, Ainsley described how her experience at RYLA has improved her communication and problem-solving abilities. Together with her team, they also learned new leadership strategies that will be useful at school, in her community, and throughout her life. She found the experience so rewarding that she hopes to return as a facilitator at the District sponsored session in 2020.
Ainsley first learned about RYLA from her sister who participated in the program four years ago. In turn, she now is recommending the program to current Sophomores at her school.
Seen in the photo are club RYLA Chair Linda Lloyd, Gary Maus, Ainsley Maus, and club Secretary Joy Rehfeld who presided over the meeting.
Andy Davis, Director of Operations at Worcester Regional Airport, delivered an entertaining and informative talk to us last week. Since being purchased by Massport 10 years ago, the airport has benefited from major infrastructure investments that include a state of the art instrument landing system. As a result, the major airlines are responding. American, Delta and Jet Blue now serve the area, conveniently flying local passengers to major hubs in New York JFK, Detroit, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
Operational growth at Boston's Logan Airport approached 50% during this same period. With that reality and the anticipated rapid expansion of Worcester and the surrounding area, Massport expects the airport will continue to keep pace with growing demand in Central Massachusetts. Another advantage for Worcester is parking, with daily and weekly rates only a fraction of what they are at Logan.
Brookfields Rotary was on hand early Friday evening, October 18, with water and snacks for the participants of the second annual North Brookfield Elementary School fun run. This was a wonderful family event that also featured presentations on anti-bulling and kindness from Rotarian and Director of Student Services Mark Minnucci, town leaders, and Rosemary Ford, founder of the 365Z Foundation.
The Rotary Club provided water and snacks were donated by our non-profit partner, Angels Answer, Inc.
From left, State Representative Donnie Berthiaume. Rotarians Bob Wicks, Mark Minnucci, Linda Lloyd, Lynn Duffy-O'Shea, Dana Lloyd, and Senior Center Director Diane Nichols.
The event was coordinated and hosted by Director of Student Services Mark Minnucci and Diane Nichols. Also speaking during the session on anti-bullying was 365Z Foundation founder Rosemary Ford. Her organization provides resources to Worcester area schools and communities to help them foster acts of kindness.
Rotarians worked hard once again to prepare a delicious meal for our senior citizen neighbors and friends.
Rotary served seniors at the West Brookfield Senior Center
photos by Lynn Duffy-O'Shea
On September 26, our club was honored to host our District Governor Pamela Anastasi. Pam discussed her goals for the year. These include urging clubs to take advantage of our new membership opportunities, encouraging clubs to be active in their communities, and emphasizing the importance of public relations in spreading the word about the important work of Rotary. For too long, Rotary has been the best kept secret in town, so it is vital that our friends and neighbors understand how our service projects and social outreach programs improve lives and our make our communities a bit better.
On the international front, Pam talked about the District’s clean water project in Guatemala, which continues an initiative begun last year when our members built much needed stoves in that region. She also plans to participate in the annual Polar Plunge to End Polio early next year in Gloucester. She is asking each club in the District to support her with a donation of $100 or more. Personal donations also are welcome.
This year’s District Conference will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA. Lots of exciting weekend activities are planned. The Hawthorne is a lovely boutique hotel in the center of bustling and historic Salem. Volunteers are invited to assist on the planning committee.
Prior to our regular meeting, Pam spoke briefly with our Board of Directors. She was pleased to learn more about our various service projects and community outreach. She urged us to continue our growth trajectory and to take steps now to line up our leadership team for next year.
District Governor Pam Anastasi, President Luanne McLeod, and President Elect Lynn Duffy-O'Shea
Rotary thanks all our Oktoberfest donors. We also appreciate the support of our generous hosts at Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield, without whom this event would not be possible..
As always, we are grateful to our friends and neighbors who attended the event and support our club, and to Klaus and Glenys from Sturbridge Rotary who added to the festivities by wearing their best lederhosen and dirndl.
photo by Lynn Duffy-O'Shea
On Saturday morning, a couple of Brookfields Rotarians travelled to Monson to assist the Rotary Club there during their day-long Jimmy Fund fundraiser.
Our local Rotarians had a great time greeting visitors to the Food Truck Festival hosted by our fiends in Monson Rotary and helping them promote enthusiasm and solicit donations for a great cause.
photo by Lynn Duffy-O'Shea
On September 12, Brookfields Rotarians served a delicious spaghetti dinner with all the timings to nearly 50 senior citizens at the North Brookfield Senior Center.
On September 19, Brookfields Rotary welcomed our newest member, Teresa McCarthy of West Brookfield. Seen in the photo are President Elect Lynn Duffy-OShea who administered the induction, Teresa, and her sponsor – club President Luanne McLeod.
Congratulations Teresa, and welcome to the Rotary International family and to Brookfields Rotary which serves our six communities in the Quaboag Valley.
Get Involved and Take Action. Join Terry in helping our friends and neighbors in need. To learn how, stop in as our guest to any regular Thursday evening meeting at 6 pm in Ye Olde Tavern, West Brookfield. You can find our meeting schedule and information about club activities on this site, and you also can follow us on Facebook.
Skye Lloyd and Sujoy Spencer-Thorlakson entertain the seniors in North Brookfield.
Lynn Duffy-O'Shea inducts Terry as her Sponsor Luanne looks on.
About 60 senior citizens gathered at the community house in Howe Village in August to enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner prepared and served by members of the Rotary Club of the Brookfields. This annual event is one of many service projects that the club carries out in the Brookfields, Spencer and Warren.
In August, Rotarians from Sturbridge, The Brookfields, and Southbridge gathered on the shore of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster for some picturesque fun and socializing. After a narrated trip around Webster Lake on the restored steamboat “Indian Princess”, the party continued with dinner at Samuel Slater’s Restaurant near the dock. Following a brief squall to clear the air just before boarding, Mother Nature smiled on the happy group for the rest of the afternoon
Brookfields Rotary celebrated the induction of its 2019-20 Board of Directors on June 30 at the summer home of one of our members on bucolic Quaboag Pond in Brookfield. The club was honored to have two Past District Governors on hand, Klaus Hatchfeld from the Sturbridge club and T. Tall from the Middlebury, Vermont club. Klaus, ably assisted by T. Tall, inducted President Luanne McLeod and her Board.
Also recognized was longtime Rotarian Darby Warburton.. Assistant Governor Lynn Duffy-OShea presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) for his 42 years of Rotary service. The club thanks member Sujoy and her husband Richard for their hospitality, and extends best wishes to Luanne and her team as our club continues improving lives in the Quaboag Valley region.
On May 9, the Rotary Club of the Brookfields officially inducted Norma Beaudry during the club's meeting at First Church in North Brookfield. The ceremony was conducted by Past President Beverly Sawyer. Joining the assembled members in welcoming Norma were President Luanne McLeod and Assistant Governor and Immediate Past President Lynn Duffy-OShea.
The club congratulates Norma and welcomes her to the Rotary family.
In honor of Valentines Day in February, Brookfields Rotary presented a case of sanitary wipes to each of the Elementary schools in our service area. These donations are part of our club’s ongoing commitment to improved health and welfare in our communities.
Above, Treasurer Lynn Duffy-OShea presents the seasonal gift to staff members at Brookfield Elementary School on February 8.
Brookfields Rotary recently presented a scholarship to Laurel Weissman of West Brookfield. Laurel is attending Westfield State University. On hand for the presentation was her mother Christine. Brookfields Rotary scholarships to deserving local scholars are presented to recipients upon successful completion of their first college semester.
From left in the photo are Christine Weisman, Laurel, President Luanne McLeod, and Executive Secretary Lynn Duffy-OShea.
As part of the Brookfields Rotary Literacy Project, the club distributes dictionaries or thesauruses to the five local Elementary schools in our area. These helpful and much appreciated reference books are provided to the Third Grade in each school. Thisi year, a staff member in North Brookfield told us that her son is now in college and still uses the book he received in many years ago.
Seen here in November are Community Projects Director Mike Dupsha and Treasurer Lynn Duffy-OShea preparing to distribute books at West Brookfield Elementary school.
Seen here, several members of the club were on hand to lend support to this year's Warren Duck Race earlier this summer.