Visitors Are ALWAYS Welcome!
We are currently meeting online eachTuesday at noon. 
Click HERE to get the Zoom link.
Check the calendar on the left for meeting specifics!
Online Auction To Support Rotary Scholarships!

Although The Boston Marathon has been cancelled, our dedicated runner (and now Rotarian) Jack Prior's goal of fully funding this year's Newton Rotary scholarships is on schedule!

To help push over the finish line, he has launched an online auction of over $2500 of goods &services donated by area businesses and individuals. Once the scholarships are funded, the goal is to support the Rotary's community efforts against Covid-19.

Click HERE to bid NOW!

The auction is scheduled to go until Tuesday, June 9th at 1pm. Please jump on and bid early and bid often!

PS: Have something you'd like to donate for the auction? Email us at!

Newton Rotary Partners with Feed the Fight Boston

The Rotary Club of Newton is proud to be partnering with Feed the fight Boston and ezCater to get delicious meals from local restaurants delivered to health care workers in area hospitals on the front line of the Covid-19 effort.  Click below to join the effort!

What's Happening at Newton Rotary!
Today, the BAA and the City of Boston canceled the 2020 Boston marathon.    

This was the right call, as the virus will likely still be present in hot spots around the world in September. The marathon would draw runners and spectators from everywhere for a long weekend very conducive to super-spreading, and this would be happening just as we are hopefully getting the kids back to school. 

Although they canceled the marathon, our goal of raising funds to support the Newton Rotary Scholarships remains on track.  This week we are launching our online auction at to put us over the finish line. It features over $2500 in goods and services donated by generous local businesses and individuals, including food and drinkhealth & wellness, and home improvement services.

If you are a whiskey drinker, the Old Elk Gift Pack is for you. There is a collection of antique postcards, and several rare books, including the History of the Emblem of the Codfish. Have a stack of old National Geographics in your attic? Get 125 years on DVD ROM. Have a precious antique clock that needs some TLC, get it some love at the Clock and Watch Shop.   

Our friends at Marathon Sports have generously donated two $120 gift cards. Get a new pair of shoes for your 2021 marathon preparations or just to get out for more walking. Use them to cross-train with a 3-month family membership at the West Suburban YMCA once it reopens. After all that exercise, treat yourself to some good food at The Local or Dunn Gaherin's. Get back outdoors with some photography coaching (remotely or socially distanced) or a lineup of a  full semi-professional photo shoot at the event of your choice.   

Funds raised beyond the scholarship target will support Newton Rotary's Covid-19 efforts and get the Rotary off to a good start for next year's scholarships.  

The online auction is simple — browse for the items you like and bid in $5 increments. The bids made are just like comments on a blog. You can bid using as many fun fake names you want, but you must privately include your email address on the form so we can contact you if you win. The auction is scheduled to close promptly at 1:00:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9th. 

If you are the winning bidder, you will just donate on the fundraising page for the amount of your bid, and we will arrange to get you your prize. Send questions to  If you have an item to add, there is still time — drop me a note, and we'll get it posted.

 The auction is an excellent opportunity to pick up some cool stuff while supporting the Rotary. Whether you win or not, every $5 bid immediately increases the funds raised on the live tracker.   We've already reached $550 in the 1st few days of the auction. 

Together we've already raised $5434 toward the $6000 needed for the six scholarships now being awarded to high school seniors. Along the way these funds also allowed Rotary to provide immediate Covid-19 relief while donations for that effort were coming in.  

Thank you for your support!

We are now holding weekly virtual Club meetings at noon on Tuesdays
Please join us!  Please click HERE to email Sue Peghiny and she will send you the Zoom link.
The regular monthly Post 440 Food Pantry is scheduled for this Friday, 3/20. Instead of the usual format, 20 volunteers will get together and prepackage the food for recipients. Volunteers will not come into contact with the general public; smart hygiene, good sense, and social distancing will be the rules of the morning. Volunteers will be asked to meet at the Post at 7:00 am; it'll likely take 2 hours.
Keeping in mind that the most vulnerable amongst us truly need assistance today!
If you can help, let Susan Paley know ASAP by clicking HERE! Not sure how many more volunteers can be accommodated / are needed but 20 is the max.
Thank you so very much. Stay healthy and socially distant.
What's one of the best kept secrets of Rotary? We have a LOT of fun. Last night's Holiday Party was no exception. Great food and drink, interesting conversation and a cut-throat Yankee Swap (evidently Marie Presti can 'feel' the energy of the gifts, lol). A BIG thank you to Dick & Lee Hardaway for hosting, Cindy Holle Laughrea for organizing and Jack Prior for the great photos. And to EVERYONE for bringing an amazing selection of food and swap gifts.
The Rotary Clubs, Football leaders, Cheer leaders and City & Town leaders from Newton and Brookline came together today for another fun Thanksgiving Football Luncheon!  This was our 35th year of celebrating a football rivalry as well as young leaders, community pride and holiday spirit.
Good luck Coach Coppola & Principal Dr. Turner and Newton North High School Football Team & Cheer Team on Thursday for the big game! Great seeing everyone at the 35th Annual Newton & Brookline - Rotary Thanksgiving Football Luncheon today. Thank you, Mayor Fuller and Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Fleishman for attending! Thank you Ron Faccenda for the warm welcome today! Thanks again to Jack Prior for his motivational talk.
The Bo Winniker Duo provided delightful music throughout the luncheon.  
Of course, thank you to all our wonderful Partner Sponsors!  We were proud to show the banner as everyone entered and waited in line for lunch!
Thanks to DG Pam for visiting our club this week.  It was especially nice to have her there to award our District 7910 Gold Membership Award and Silver Public Image Award for last year to Past President Susan Paley!  AND she was there when we unveiled our brand new Rotary Partnership Pop-Up Banner!  Thank you to ALL our partners for your generous support!
DG Pam addressing the club
Presenting the awards to PP Susan Paley (Ron approves)
DG Pam Anastasi, Immediate Past President Susan Paley & President Ron Faccenda
We are delighted to welcome Michael Woo as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Newton!
Michael was the president of the Amesbury Interact Club for 3 years, and is currently a freshman at Lasell University.  He worked closely with the Amesbury Rotary Club to build a stronger connection between Rotary and youth in Amesbury through service, attended RYLA as a RYLA-lan and as a Senior Facilitator, and helped plan last year's District Conference with the Ipswich Club.  He was on the North American Team of Initiative Interchange, which is a coalition of Interact Clubs globally that support universal education for those in need through fundraisers and awareness projects.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.  The current president of the Amesbury Club gave an extremely enthusiastic reference for Michael as a member of our club – she had nothing but wonderful things to say about his commitment to Rotary and his character.
He reached out to our club in June to see how he could contribute to our community and our club.  Because of his youth and student status, the Board of Directors decided to welcome Michael into our club as an Honorary Member so that he could enjoy the benefits of being a Rotarian, and yet still have the opportunity and space to be a young man starting his college career.
Welcome Michael!
Join us on September 17th at noon at the Braeburn Country Club as we induct Judy Bakabulini and Michael Woo into our club!  
We'll also hear from Julie Leven, Founder and Artistic Director, Shelter Music Boston.  Julie founded Shelter Music Boston in 2010 to create a social service organization able to provide an immediate positive impact with classical music performances in environments of great need.  Julie was named a Boston Neighborhood Fellow in April 2014, 2013 Social Innovation Forum Classical Music Innovator and is a 2012 graduate of the BU School of Management Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She is a member of the Handel + Haydn Society Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.  When not playing concerts or dreaming up new projects for SMB, she is passionate about organic farming and an avid Argentine tango dancer.
We'll also talk about producing a Dog Festival in the spring as a community event and fundraiser.  So bring your ideas and enthusiasm for this fun event!   Woof, woof!
Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Newton joined with friends from The Village Bank to scoop Cabots ice cream for the kids who took part in the City’s Summer Reading Program this year. A fun magic show followed the treats, and each child took home a free book, courtesy of the Club and the bank!
 Rotarians & Village Bank Volunteers working together
On Tuesday we were delighted to induct our first new members of this Rotary Year - Matt Ntege and Julliet Nassuuna! They are both from Uganda originally, engaged to be married, and work in the health care field. Welcome!
Newton Rotary President Susan Paley was recognized as an "Unsung Heronine" during a wonderful celebration by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women in the Massachusetts State House honoring 131 women from all across the Commonwealth for the difference each and everyone of them make every day in their own communities.
On Tuesday, June 18th we were delighted to award three scholarships to students who excelled in the tech programs. This year's recipients were Kamilla Salazar, Benjamin Gobler and Jonathan Rosenstrach.
Jonathan Rosenstrach was unable to attend, so his mother accepted the scholarship in his absence.  Show with Dave Sellers, Andrea Shurtleff (drafting teacher) and Newton Rotary President Ron Faccenda.
Benjamin Gobler with Dave Sellers, Tom Donellan and Ron Faccenda
Kamilla  Salazar shown with Dave Sellers, Lisa McKinney, Alexis Lugbauer, Lisa Marzilli (Culinary teachers) and Ron Faccenda.
On Thursday, June 27th the club awarded a Community Paul Harris Award to Lt. Bruce Apotheker, a Paul Harris x2 to Rotarian Andy Willinger, and a special EndPolioNow recognition to Rotarian Dick Hardaway.  And THEN we celebrated our president and board from last year, and welcomed our new president and 2019-2020 Board.
The Celebrate the International Part of Rotary Pot Luck Dinner was delicious too!  Thanks to everyone to participated and attended - it was a lovely, warm, and inspiring evening.
Club President Susan Paley awards Lt. Bruce Apotheker with a Community Paul Harris Award.
Lt. Bruce Apotheker receives his Community Paul Harris pin from 
Assistant Governor and Newton Past President Susan Peghiny.
Dick Hardaway receives a special recognition for his support of 
Andy Willinger receives his Paul Harris x2 from PE Ron Faccenda
Ron Faccenda is installed at the 2019-2020 Club President by AG and wife
Sue Peghiny.
Immediate Past President Susan Paley "Crowns" new Club
President Ron Faccenda
As our Rotary year is drawing to a close, it is always our privilege to distribute Community Grants to those local nonprofits that, with their good works, strengthen and enrich our local community. We were thrilled to honor our grant recipients last week. 
Congratulations to the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club, The Second Step, The Price Center, The Boston Minstrels, Newton At Home, Family Access, Springwell and last but not least our friends at the West Suburban YMCA!
John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club
The Second Step
The Boston Minstrel 
Newton At Home
Family Access
West Suburban YMCA
As part of Rotary District 7910's "Memorial Day Week of Service to Veterans", members of the Rotary Club of Newton served dinner at the New England Center for Veterans in Boston.  It was a fun and extremely rewarding experience, and the club is hoping to help out at the center again very soon!
Participants: Dave Park, Liz Tavares, Rae Mintz, Susan Paley, Jodi Goodman, Tania Blanco and Devender Guhania.  Missing: Photographer Marty Paley.
      Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 12 PM – 6 PM
      Venues all over Auburndale, Lower Falls, and Waban
      Hosted by Newton PorchFest
      Hear free, outdoor music all OVER the place.  For bands, locations and times, CLICK HERE!
      Newton Rotary's own PE Ron Faccenda and "Big Chief" (pictured above) will be performing
      at 3:30pm at 2202 Commonwealth Ave.  Come on over!
We’re thrilled to once again be sponsoring the Newton Free Library Summer Reading program, along with our friends at The Village Bank!
Librarian Deena Zuckerman was on hand to greet Andy Willinger and Susan Paley, as we dropped off our donation in the Children’s Room.
Join us on June 18th from 5:30-7:00 at Newton City Hall’s War Memorial as we kick off the Summer Reading program with entertainment, crafts, snacks, and more!! We love encouraging young readers, so do join in the fun with us!
Presented by the Rotary Drug Addiction Task Force
Plan to participate in the first in a series of important and timely seminars planned to fight opioid abuse in our community. Become a part of our comprehensive approach to educating, advocating and provide information about access to services. Help us create opportunities for continued involvement as a unified voice to prevent opioid addiction in our community.
WHEN:   May 22, 2019 - 5:45pm – 9:00 pm
We’re doing “The District Conference” a little differently this year.  Eat, Meet & Party is all about celebrating our club & individual accomplishments, recognizing some folks who have gone above and beyond the call for our district, and meeting & enjoying the company of Rotarians across our district (and some from a few other districts too, if you’re so inclined). 
Every single member in the district is welcome and encouraged to attend! Have you registered yet? 
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Rotary Club of Newton
P.O. Box 600057
Newtonville, MA  02460
Jack is halfway to his fundraising goal and halfway to Boston! Help him get past Hearbreak Hill (and the cheering Rotarians).  Click HERE to donate!
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