Get Behind the Wheel

Rotary Day of Service, May 20th from 10am to 2pm - The Rotary Club of Middleboro will be helping the Town of Middleborough prepare for their event to honor our Hometown Heroes by hanging banners downtown.

If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact our Area District Governor, J.Kevin 'Quack' Quackenbush to RSVP.

Get Behind the Wheel Cherie Kostant 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Save the Date - Community Yard Sale

Rotary Club of Middleboro Community Yard Sale, 10am to 2pm Sunday, May 21 on the Middleboro Town Hall lawn.  All 10 x 10 spaces will be available for $20.  The event will be held rain or shine, so anyone buying a space will need to remember to bring your own table and a tent with weights/stakes.  Please contact Sascha Mules-O'Roak for more information or to reserve a space, and check back here for updates!!
Save the Date - Community Yard Sale Sascha Mules-O'Roak 2023-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

New Book Box at Pratt Farm

To continue our Book Box project, we coordinated with Middleboro Conservation Commission agent Trisha Cassady and enlisted the help of Middleboro High School Innovation Coordinator Tony Chiuppi and several of his students to build and install a box at Pratt Farm.
Left to right:  Rotary Club member Willy Duphily, Rotary Club member Cherie Kostant, student Anthony Cataloni, student Dean Teceno, student Dylan Weigel, Rotary Club member J. Kevin
New Book Box at Pratt Farm Cherie Kostant 2023-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Online Auction - THANK YOU!!

THANK YOU for helping make the Rotary Club of Middleboro’s 34th Annual Auction a big success!!
Thank you to our auction sponsorsWPLM Easy 99.1 FM, North Easton Savings Bank, Murphy Adjusters, Rockland Trust, and Peter J. Regas DMD – for helping us support the Middleboro and surrounding communities and enabling us to continue to engage in local projects as well as support other local non-profit agencies and Rotary International’s worldwide programs.
THANK YOU to all of the donors and bidders, without you this auction would not have been possible.
And CONGRATULATIONS to all the winning bidders!  If you haven’t already, you can log into your account on the auction website and pay for your items before arranging to collect them.  Winners can collect your items by contacting our Auction Chair, Robert Saquet, at Egger’s Furniture – the phone number is (508) 947-0680 and they are located at 177 Center Street in downtown Middleboro.
Any questions can be emailed to us at
Online Auction - THANK YOU!! Cherie Kostant 2023-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

School on Wheels

In support of School on Wheels [SoWMA] each year we run a backpack and school supplies drive. We’ve been able to provide them with large quantities of donated new stuffed backpacks for their Backpack program. In 2020-2021 we collaborated with Plymouth Rotary and a grant from Walmart in Plymouth to fund a $2800 shopping event for SoWMA for additional backpacks full of school supplies.
School on Wheels Cherie Kostant 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Book Boxes

We have undertaken the Little Book Box project. Our goal is to ‘plant’ Book Boxes around our community for use by both children & adults. These are ‘Take a Book – Keep a Book’ locations.
So far we have installed them at the Old Colony YMCA in Middleboro, the North Congregational Church, LifeHouse Church, Pierce Playground & Field of Dreams. We have another ready to be planted at Pratt Farm, and are working with the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Middleboro for another. As of late 2021 we collaborated with MHS who has, with 5th grade assistance, completed four additional Book Boxes for future planting!
Book Boxes Cherie Kostant 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rays Tutoring Program

In 2013 the Middleboro Rotary club partnered with Middleboro Public Schools to create an innovative tutoring program called Rotary Rays which serves students in grades 4 and 5 at both the Mary K Goode and Henry B Burkland Elementary Schools.  Participating students and their parents enter into a contract where the students agree to attend all sessions and work at home an additional hour per week with their parents, and the parents agree to make sure their child attends the sessions and does the homework.  Over the years students who have participated in the program have made dramatic gains in their performance on MCAS.
Rotary Rays Tutoring Program Cherie Kostant 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Response to the 1918 Flu Pandemic

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.

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Rotary at the Start of the United Nations

Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


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History of Women in Rotary

Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 “My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world,” said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01. 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
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First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia

In early 1919, Rotarian Roger Pinneo of Seattle, Washington, USA, traveled to the Philippines to try to organize a Rotary club in Manila. Leon J. Lambert, a Manila business leader helped Pinneo establish the club. Several months later, on 1 June 1919, the Rotary Club of Manila was chartered and became the first Rotary club in Asia.

The club would be the only one in the country for more than 12 years. Eventually, Manila club members organized Rotary clubs in the Philippine cities of Cebu (1932) and Iloilo (1933). Iloilo club members then started a club in Bacolod (1937), and Rotary continued to expand across the country.

First Club in Philippines Opens Door to Rotary in Asia 2023-01-17 05:00:00Z 0