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imagePlease join us Thursday, August 4th at Community Servings. We have a several volunteer spots left open and would love your help. You can sign up HERE.
 
They wrote to us with urgency: "With the summer months comes sun, swimming, barbecues…. And up to 20% fewer kitchen volunteers at Community Servings.  While help is needed across the board, we are in particular need for more help for the 4-7pm shifts - this shift is crucial to finishing each day’s meal packaging, and preparing for the next day’s meal production.
 
There are 22 spots to fill!
At last week's club meeting we were introduced to the Weston Police Relief Association as Sgt. Dan Costa and Sgt. Tim Bousios described the association and how the Rotary Club could help them.  We had great conversations and ideas about how to help them with their 5k Run fundraiser and how to support each other in the future.  Meeting attendees were overwhelmingly in favor of assisting the Relief Association and the WPD (and WFD) in the future.  Thank you to Tim Gavin for bringing the needs of the WPRA to attention!
 
To begin the new Rotary Year, President Brenda DeVito with Jan Luchetti and the membership committee welcomed two new members:  Warren Green and Brian Kickham at an Induction Ceremony during the July 21st Club Assembly.
 
We are back at Sears Field on Saturday, July 23rd from 9am to 12pm. We will be clearing a path from the side road to where the bee hives will be stationed for easier access to them. Affectionately named, "Lualdi's Path", after former president Paul Lualdi who has taken the lead on bee hive deployment and maintenance. Many hands make light work so please mark your calendars and invite your friends for a fun-filled day out in mother nature.  
On Thursday, June 30th, we wrapped up the 2021-22 "Rotary program year" and unleashed the 22-23 year with the installation of President Brenda Rheingans DeVito, President-Elect Katya Portnaya, and a full slate of officers and Board members.
 
 
We also celebrated another high-impact year under now Past-President Paul Lualdi as the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland retained the "Rotary Club of the Year Award" for District 7910.
Here are highlights of the year....
Local Events & Impact:
• Barbecue Bonanza
• Children's Business Fair
• Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale
• Pooch Parade - renewal of ours and mentorship of two new Pooch Parades in Brookline and Wellesley
• Conservation expansion of our conservation team efforts with the 5-year Pollinator Paradise in the Sears Field and delivery of seedlings to every 1st grader
• Curling!
• Bristol Lodge, continuing a 30+ year tradition
• A Holiday Party with support of Mary’s Place, again
• Winterfest and Celebrate Weston and Earth Day
• The Fishing Derby
• Scholarships worth $15,000 to 5 more graduating seniors
• Membership: continuing membership growth, with 7 new members - Most in the District
Regionally, in the District
• Leadership: 2 Assistant Governors, 1 District Charity Fund Chairs, 1 Ukraine Relief chair, and a whole team that’s leading Rotary@Work
• Community Servings opportunity,
Nationally & Internationally
• a leading role in Ukraine Relief,
• two student exchange participants
…..all supported by generous sponsors…the most generous of whom are The Village Bank and Atlantic Advisory Group.
 
 

 

 

Last Thursday, we had a grand celebration with more than 40 Rotarians, guests, and award winners in attendance. We celebrated our final 2022 RYLA recipient, Katya Marchant; 3 exchange students that we are sponsoring to travel to Spain this summer: Katie GawOwen Moon, and Alex Giodorno; and 7 of the 11 scholarship award winners from Weston & Wayland high schools that received scholarships from the Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland, The Women's Community League, and Weston Boosters. 

 

Thank you to our Scholarship Committee: Rob, Janika, Jan, Edwin, Marilyn, John, Marla, Vera, and Bruce. They organized the applications, reviewed, interviewed, and collaborated with the other Weston organizations to choose the scholarship recipients in Weston. Also, thank you to Cindi Bryant, who represents RCWW for the Wayland Scholarship Committee, for her many years of service.

 
Congratulations to all the recipients!  Sophia Marchant, Lily Swanson, Hailey Chau, Ryan Wims, Maggie Gearan, Natalia Hyman, Gianni Hill, Tye McCatty, Kamea Johnson, Marie Nicole Popov, and Joshua Shuen Zhang.
 
 
What a great day! Boy, did we luck out with beautiful weather and the community showing up with their four-legged friends!
We had such great entertainment, including K9 Kevin with the Newton and Cambridge Police, Karen O'Reilly our own Animal Control Officer with the Weston Police, followed by some fantastic contests, a meet and greet with Instagram influencers @lifeasarchie & @reinasadventures, and finishing with a parade for all pups around the Weston Town Green led by Patty McNeil with The Village Bank. Congratulations to all of the winners!
 
We had terrific exhibitors showcasing their products and services, which all need a special mention: Fred Levy art - Photography, Smokie's Cuts, Weston Emergency Reserve Corps : WERC, DogWatch Hidden Fences and Training Products, Knaw-ty Dog Treats, ADAvet, Pet Wants Newton, Thunder's Wonders, Joy Viola's Book Signing, and Camp Unleashed.
Our silent auction attracted a lot of attention; many dog treats–and some premium items–were generously donated including a luxury dog bed and cooling blanket from KMT Pet Care, to help our charity causes: Joy Viola organized.
Rob Mosher did an outstanding job taking charge of our food and beverage station along with the help of our newest Rotarian, James Brasco.
Jan Luchetti, Brenda Rheingans DeVito, and Edwin Gaw deserve a shout-out for creating a seamless and welcoming check-in process.
Nods to John Marchiony, co-founder of the Pooch Parade concept back in 2015, and Wing-Dog to the Chair for his support and volunteer corralling: he was there with us in spirit.
Many thanks to our sponsors, starting with BIG DOG sponsor The Dog Retreat & Spa, SLED DOG sponsor Weston Veterinary Clinic, and PUPPY DOG sponsors Write Coach and Dr. Dental.
 
Celebrate Weston on May 21, 2022! Join your friends and family to commemorate the completion of the Town Center improvements, including the Art & Innovation Center and the Josiah Smith Tavern. View the official event program and details about parking: https://www.westonma.gov/1756/Celebrate-Weston.  Here's a direct link to the program
 
Find the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland at the Josiah Smith Tavern (parking lot) as part of the Marketplace of town organizations. 
 
 
The first seedlings were delivered to the Woodland School in Weston on Tuesday, May 3rd (85).
 
On May 5th, the rest were delivered to Country School (80), Claypit Hill (100), Loker (80) Happy Hollow (80), and Gifford School in Weston (30).  
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland participated this past Saturday for Earth Day at Land’s Sake.  It was a perfect weather day and we had two tables explaining our Sears Field Conservation Project while giving away Sunflower Seeds to support Ukraine and entertaining the kids with a game of corn hole.
Elizabeth Messina’s activity for the kids taught them how to germinate and plant their sunflowers. 
 
Katya Portnaya donated the corn hole game to the delight of the crowd.  Jeanne Richardson’s friend Cheryl is getting to be a “regular” volunteer and we are so pleased that she has joined us on several occasions! 
 
And making what I think to be his first Rotary appearance, Joy’s beautiful Golden Retriever Apollo was there as our mascot. A big thank you to everyone for your support!
The Weston-Wayland Rotary Club is proud to induct a new member, James Brasco! James is following in the footsteps of his parents Mike & Kate Brasco who were also Rotarians. James was proposed by current member, Robert Blackburn. We look forward to helping James uphold a family tradition of helping others.
 
James grew up in Weston and recently returned to town where he now lives with his wife Alexandra and their 2-year-old Doodle: Archie. James and Alex got married in 2019 and met on Nantucket. James has worked for the past 10 years in his family-owned and-run real estate company with offices in Boston and Weston. James has been a top-selling agent with his firm and ranks among the top 3% of Century 21 agents worldwide. James and Alex are avid travelers and enjoy time with friends and family.
 
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Victor Tom, District Governor District 7910
Sep 08, 2022
Rotary District 7910
Rotary District 7910
DG Victor is a past president and a member of the Rotary Club of Bedford.
 

Victor joined the Bedford Club in 2006, becoming a third-generation Rotarian following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He served as his Club's president in 2009 and again in 2014 (for four months). He has served numerous roles in District 7910.

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