MEETING INFORMATION
Visitors Are ALWAYS Welcome!
ALL MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY VIRTUAL
The 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the Month  
Click HERE to get the Zoom link.
Check the calendar on the left for meeting specifics!
What's Happening at Newton Rotary!

We've started our monthly clothing/textile drives again, and THIS year we're adding housewares to help support Newton's own Welcome Home Pantry! 

We'll be at the Scandinavian Living Center this year from 9:00am - noon

The Scandi Center is located at 206 Waltham Street in West Newton.

HELPSY is the largest clothing/textile collection recycling company on the East Coast. In 2021, they helped to divert over 30 million tons of waste. Helpsy accepts almost ANY type of textile product regardless of condition: clothes (even single socks and ratty undies, as long as they're clean), small rugs, coats, shoes, handbags, stuffed animals, and more.  Please click "Read More"  for a list of acceptable items.

Welcome Home is a Newton non-profit that strives to provide families experiencing hardship with basic household items they need to live with dignity. They collect and redistribute like-new household items to dozens of people in need each month with no fees, no forms, and no requirements. Any items they cannot use are repurposed or recycled, thus benefiting the enivronment. Please click "Read More"  for information on what items we're collecting this month!

If you'd like to volunteer, please email us at RotaryNewtonMA@gmail.com! There are two shifts: 9am - 11am and 10am - noon so you can help AND get done what you need to get done. Help out at one, some, or all - whatever works for you!

Collection Dates: May 21 - June 25 - July 30 - August 27 - September 17. 

All drives will be held at the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Newton Street in West Newton.

This is also a fundraising opportunity for the Newton Rotary Foundation! HELPSY pays Rotary for each pound of clothing collected. 

Please tell your friends and family and bring us your stuff!

   
 
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.
 
Clubs in Ukraine and in surrounding countries are working with each other, ShelterBox, the United Nations and others to provide as much assistance as possible.
 
Your help is needed. Please click HERE to donate to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund.  
 
If you'd like to learn more about how Rotary is helping the people of Ukraine, please click HERE.

Rotary District 7910 is pleased to announce its first DEI Summit. 

Join us on March 26, from 9:00-11:00am to network and share ideas with other DEI stakeholders. This is a virual event.

Learn about available resources, actions you can take, and programs you can plan to change lives in your community.

Attendance is free, but space is limited. Register now to secure your seat at this important event.

Click HERE for more details, to see the agenda, or to register.  All are welcome!

Donating A Pot with a Lid to Welcome Home Pantry does more than just give somoeone a cooking implement.  A woman with a pot that has a lid will feed her children, spouse, parents, and community because the food that comes from it feeds everyone around her.
 
This project is being done in memory of Linda Plaut, Newton's longtime Director of Cultural Affairs (and friend of Rotary). Linda was an incredibly open person, and welcomed those from far away into her home for many years. And there was always something yummy simmering in her pot.  Her daughter and director of Welcome Home, Julie Plaut Mahoney, is keeping her mother's memory and generosity alive by collecting 400 Pots with a Lid by February 17, 2022.
 
Here's how to donate a Pot with a Lid:
  1. Leave a pot with a lid on the steps at the end of the driveway at 33 Irving Street, Newton Center, MA 02459.
  2. Send a pot with a lid to 33 Irving Street, Newton Center, MA 02459.
  3. Have a pot with a lid sent directly from the Welcome Home Target registry - Target Registry.
Hint: If you are members of BJ’s, they had a great sale on Le Creuset- type pots… cast iron, coated, their own brand.  They had 3 quart and 5 quart on sale for $20 and $25
 
 
Food Drive January 10-17Rotary Newton will be organizing a food pantry drive in conjunction with our City's Martin Luther King, Jr Day celebration. There will be collection boxes located at all Village Bank locations, the Scandinavian Living Center and at Newton City Hall. Volunteers needed to: 
  • Collect the donated food from all Village Bank locations and from Scandinavian Living Center and bring to the War Memorial at City Hall at 11:30 on Tuesday, January 18. 
  • Help sort through the donations and divide / pack between the three pantries.
  • Deliver to Arabic Baptist Church on Tuesday.
  • Deliver to Newton Food Pantry (in City Hall) on Tuesday.
  • Deliver to Centre Street Food Pantry on Wednesday at 10:00 am (will need to keep the donated food in your car overnight).
  • Please click HERE to email Susan Paley if you'd like to help out!
MLK Virtual Celebration Monday, January 17th at 9:30am: Be sure to join in this wonderful event.  It is always beautiful and moving. Program theme is inspired by MLK Jr's. final work "Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos".  Click HERE to register (required).
Thank you to all the kind and generous individuals, groups, and organizations that contributed to this year's Holiday Gift Drive!  
 
So many people came together to donate, collect, organize, and distribute more toys and gifts than ever.  
 
Thank you again and Happy New Year from Newton Rotary!
Thank you to everyone who donated clothes and textiles during our drives this year! 
Over the 6 collections we held YOU kept over a 28,039 pounds of textiles out of the waste stream and helped raise $2800 for Newton Rotary Foundation's Scholarships. So thank you!
 
We'll probably start up the collections again in the spring, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page, on Instagram, in the press, and of course here!
 
   
Have clothes that don't fit?  Too ratty to wear? Just not "you" anymore? 
Don't throw them away - recycle them!

Textiles like comforters, blankets, sheets, towels, are also welcome. Even old shoes, handbags, and stuffed toys. You'll keep them out of the waste stream AND help raise money for the Rotary Club of Newton's Scholarships!
 
All clothing and textiles in any condition are welcome, but please be sure they're clean.
Click "Read More" below to see a location map, the list of accepted items, AND to find out what happens to your items after you donate them.
 
Saturday, November 6th
8:00am - Noon
The Shops at Chestnut Hill
(formerly the Chestnut Hill Mall)
Back Parking Lot - Enter by the Hammond Pond Entrance - Look for the signs
Rain or shine!
 
Questions? Email RotaryNewtonMa@gmail.com.
 
  
 
What an ASTOUNDING night our club had last night at our Paul Harris Celebration and Installation! So much happened that there will be a couple of posts. Thank you to DG Diana Nestorova and PDG Karin Gaffney for making it a very special night, and to@Jack Prior and others for taking so many wonderful fun photos.
 
DG Diana (in her last act as District Governor!) presented our Club with SEVEN Rotary District 7910District 7910 and Rotary International:
 
• Gold Public Image Award
• Silver Community Service Award
• Bronze Best Club Award
• Bronze Membership Award
• Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Citation
• Rotary International Citation
• Rotary Significant Service Award, Nourishing Newton
Additionally, member and brand new President Susan Faccenda Peghiny received a District 7910 Innovators Award and District Service Award. AND brand new BOD member Michael Woo was recognized for his service to the District 7910 RYLA program!
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P.O. Box 600057
Newtonville, MA  02460
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