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The Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland will once again be selling Christmas trees, fostering a holiday tradition that originated in Riga, Latvia, in 1510, when the first decorated Christmas tree was recorded. In 1531, Protestant Reformer Martin Luther placed the first candles on a "Tannenbaum," a "fir tree."
           
Sales will begin at 10 am on Friday, November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving, and run until Christmas Eve. Hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 6 pm plus Thursday and Friday evenings from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Come see us at the First Baptist Church of Weston, 657 Boston Post Road. NEWS FLASH: The trees arrived and they are larger than expected: Most are 6'-8' and there are some 10', 12', and one 14' tree. 
 
"Most people buy their trees the first week of December," says Robert Mosher, chair of the Christmas tree committee. "This year, I encourage people not to wait until the last minute as we are likely to sell out of trees." He also advised that those who want 10-12 ft. trees should shop early as the tallest trees go first.  Five species of trees are the most commonly used, Balsam, Douglas, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, and Blue Spruce. Still, the Balsam Fir is the most fragrant and, for that reason, the most popular. The Rotary Club will offer 300+ Balsam trees ranging from 3 ft to 10 ft in height, along with 14, 16, & 20" Balsam wreaths.
 
The Rotary club will use proceeds from the tree sales to benefit several charities: Middlesex Human Services, including Bristol Lodge, local food pantries, need-based college scholarships in Weston and Wayland, and other Rotary Club community service projects.  
 
Special Caroling Event: Please join us at the Christmas Tree Sale on Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 pm when the St. Peter’s Acapella Choir Quartet will be joining us to sing holiday carols…. The more the merrier!
 
Contact: Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland: www.westonwaylandrotary.com or by email to president@westonwaylandrotary.org

PictureMichael A. Manzo 

Chairman & Director of Acquisitions of Manzo Freedman Development

“Greater Boston Commercial Real Estate After COVID-19” 


The Rotary Real Estate Roundtable is a 3-part series of conversations and discussions among thought leaders in real estate, both commercial and residential. The series is organized by the Rotary@Work leadership team of District 7910 in collaboration with Atlantic Advisory Group, the presenting sponsor.

Featured Guest: Michael A. Manzo, Chairman & Director of Acquisitions of Manzo Freedman Development, will launch the series as our featured guest and speak on “Greater Boston Commercial Real Estate After COVID-19."

Mike was a Partner, Senior Vice President and member of the Senior Executive Team at The Beal Companies, the Boston-based real estate investment company. He directed the firm’s investment and development activities, focusing on commercial, industrial, life science, healthcare, multi-family real estate development and investment opportunities. Mike also is a former President of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and a Director and past Secretary of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (New England Chapter).

Note: seating is very limited, so please request an invitation through this simple form

Rotary seeking nominations of leading sophomores

For the fifth year, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland’s Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award program will recognize leading sophomores who invest themselves in “service above self, focusing on leadership and community service.” 

Any student can be nominated by a member of the community through this very simple nomination form by October 1, 2021 and January 15, 2022. 

Since launching the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in 2017, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has recognized 44 sophomores and has sponsored 10 each year to attend the RYLA Conference in June. 

Selected students will be recognized at virtual and in-person events.

Rotarian Patricia MacNeil, vice president of the Village Bank in Wayland, says that “the students who are nominated and selected for the Rising Youth Leadership Award embody each word in the name. They're sophomores — 15 and 16 year olds — who are committed to contributing and leading, and are aspiring to be great citizens of their communities.

"These are young people to watch, and to follow! They are improving our communities now and for the future." 

Read the whole article on Wicked Local, but first, nominate a sophomore today! 

Rotarians come out in full force at Weston 9/11 Remembrance

We gathered on the Weston Town Green Saturday, September 11 at 8:30 AM. After a brief ceremony and instructions from Town staff, the bell sounded at First Parish Church to signify the first moment of the attacks and thus the moment that we began placing the flags.  Approximately 3,000 flags were placed, signifying one flag for each life lost that day. Many residents gathered to pay tribute especially on this 20th anniversary of the tragic event.  Weston and Wayland Rotarians (we even found a Waltham Rotarian) came out in full force to help place the flags and remember.  Thank you!
 
 
Back Row: Joy Viola, Richard DeVito, Sr., Mark Messina, John Marchiony, Tim Gavin, Richard DeVito, Jr., Blake Munson, Doug Leard. 
Middle Row: Ciaran Gavin, Brenda DeVito, Eileen DeVito, Thomas Wintle, Bruce Lee, Elizabeth Messina, and Florence Nagadya. 
Front Row: Mairead Gavin, Abigail Gavin, Timmy Gavin, and Marilyn Hirsch
Also present by not pictured: Jan Luchetti; Annette, Robert and Jonathan Blackburn; Paul Lualdi, and I am sure there are more that I am missing (I apologize)
Adoption is challenging work. We've adopted the Sears Field and started reclaiming it from extensive invasive plants. On Saturday, August 28th (10-12) all are invited to join us to clear more and more, release some energy on the bad plants, and meet some nice people. See more info about the project, parking at the Melone Homestead to reach the field, and sign up to volunteer here. 
Rotarian Rob Mosher (above) arrives at the field with two chainsaws, both of which were put to good use. Below, six of the fourteen Rotarians who worked on Thursday, July 15 made a great big dent in the eastern border of the field.
 
The Conservation Team from the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has been busy at work surveying the adopted field, the Sears Field, off of Crescent Street in Weston. 
We are excited to welcome 4 new members on July 1st, the Rotary New Year! 
 
Jeanne Richardson, Florence Nadagya, Marilyn Hirsch, Tricia Liu were inducted as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on Thursday, July 1.
 
Immediately after inducting them, President Paul announced that all four had volunteered to co-lead the Speakers Series Team along with Susan Howards, another WW Rotarian who joined us in 2021. 
 
June 17, 2021 was the first in-person gathering since the beginning of the pandemic for the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. This event marked the annual award ceremony with which the new President Paul Lualdi received his new – official – presidential gavel!  
 
Special guests included District Governor Diana Nestorova and Joseph De Vito, President and CEO of Village Bank. DG Diana presented the 2020-21 Rotary Club of the Year award
 
WW Rotary also presented two Paul Harris Fellow awards to Jan Luchetti and John Marchiony. Their hard work and dedication to building the club up to what it is today led the Board of Directors to orchestrate the presentation of the highest honor that one can be awarded to a Rotarian to recognize their efforts.
 
Congratulations to all of the award winners. You do amazing work.
 
See the whole article that appeared in the Wayland and Weston Town Criers, published by Wicked Local
The Rotary 7910 District Conference on May 21-22, 2021 proved to be very successful for the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland, winning 10 awards (6 Club and 4 individual) at the 2-day conference:  
 
Club Awards:
  1. Club of the Year 
  2. Net Membership Growth: 1st Place. 100% more net membership growth than any other Rotary Club in the District -- 9 net new members for WW Rotary. Ron Bott said: "And finally, with an outstanding net gain of nine new members, active members from January 1 to May 15. The Weston-Wayland Rotary Club will receive a $1,000 cash award funded service project, organized by its newer members.

  3. District Membership: Gold Award
  4. District Service: Bronze Award
  5. Youth Programs: Silver Award
  6. DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Club Citation
 
Individual Awards:
Avenues of Service AwardJan Luchetti honored for her extraordinary service to the club in the five Avenues of Service — club, vocational, community, international, and youth service.  She has contributed an extraordinarily large quantity of time across all our programming initiatives.
 
Significant Service Award - "The Saplings Project" chaired by Mark Messina This award recognizes Rotary clubs for projects that made an impact and gives district recognition to club activities that address a significant problem or need.
 
Unsung Hero - Rob Mosher for always stepping up to help wherever needed.  Initiated and chaired the Christmas Tree Sale.
 
District Innovators - John Marchiony for expanding the Rotary Business Networking Series into the District 7910 Rotary@Work initiative. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO RCWW!! 
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