Bedford Rotary Grows Its Ranks!

The Rotary Club of Bedford proudly announces its welcome of two new members to its ranks. 

In the June 4th ceremonies during the club’s year-end transitional gathering at the home of Co-President Al Roscoe and his wife and Rotarian Diane Ryan, Bedford residents Lita Verrier and Pamela Brown Esq. were inducted into membership.

Alongside Al Roscoe, Co-President Ralph Hammond officiated the inductions. They were joined by Rotarian Paula Gilarde, Lita’s club sponsor. 


Bedford Rotary Grows Its Ranks! 2024-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Transitioning to a new Rotary year!

The Rotary Year for Rotary International and Clubs worldwide is July 1st to June 30th. Thus, the Rotary Club of Bedford is rapidly approaching the end of its 2023-24 year and looking forward to 2024-25.

The annual transitional gathering of members on Tuesday evening not only inducted two new members but also celebrated the successes of the past year and recognized the changing member makeup of club boards.

Under the Co-President leadership of Al Roscoe and Ralph Hammond, Bedford Rotary prospered as a strong, cohesive club throughout the past year, as Al leadership matured under Ralph’s mentoring. Ordinarily, they would pass the gavel to new officers for next year. Instead, we are fortunate that they agreed to carry on and continue guiding the club for a second year.

Transitioning to a new Rotary year! 2024-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

A beautiful day for 2024 Bike Safety Day!

At Bedford’s Bike Safety Day on Saturday, dozens of young cyclists received free, carefully fitted, brand-new bike helmets. They then field-tested them by negotiating a Bedford Police-designed bike skills and safety mini slalom course. It all happened in just a couple of hours at the Mudge Way parking lot across from the Police Station.

Carrying on the Rotary Club of Bedford’s 40-year legacy of participation in promoting bike helmet safety for the young people of Bedford, Rotarian Arzu LeBlanc took the lead and collaboratively coordinated this year’s Bike Safety Day participation by Bedford Police Department Sergeant Robert Abajian and Officer Justin Brooks, Bedford Recreation Department Assistant Director Nikki Taylor, Jane Kiegel, her colleague at The Residence at Bedford, along with Rotary Club of Bedford Co-Presidents Al Roscoe and Ralph Hammond, and Rotary volunteers Judi Babcock, Paula Gilarde, Lita Verrier and Marc Hamilton.
A beautiful day for 2024 Bike Safety Day! 2024-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Day of Service Success!

Despite the rain, we held a successful Rotary Day of Service on Saturday (May 18th) at our native pollinator preservation garden in Page Field. The hardy group that came out helped weed (and there were lots!) and mulch the area. 
We were not sure if everything survived the winter but a number of plants did and seem to be thriving. Keep an eye on the garden to see what else will pop up! The good news is that we will have a planting day in the fall to expand the garden. We'll also need help with weeding during the summer so stay tuned for those days. 
Shout out to club members Judi, Pam, Marc, Ralph, Katie, Debi and Paula for all their work and a big thank you to our new friends Jane and Al, Renee and Freddie whose help was invaluable!
Day of Service Success! 2024-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Signup to volunteer at RYLA

Come Join us in Service!

        4 weeks to RYLA
        2 weeks to RYLA volunteer & session leader training - June 3- zoom

Check out this 4 minute RYLA video:
Encourage a friend to sign up too.
Now is the time to sign up for a slot that works for you!
Signup to volunteer at RYLA Christine Pinney 2024-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

2024 Public Image Awards 

The Rotary Club of Bedford was recognized for their marketing excellence, winning the Gold Award in the Exemplary Public Image Presence category in the 2024 District 7910 Public Image Awards program. 
"The Rotary District 7910 Public Image Awards program," according to District Governor Elliott Rittenberg, "was a great way for us to learn great ways to promote all the good work of our Rotary Clubs and their members. The Rotary Club of Bedford earned this award, and now our other Clubs will have a chance to learn from them." 
2024 Public Image Awards 2024-05-04 04:00:00Z 0


MEALS packaged, boxed, and destined to provide real Hope for the Hungry throughout dozens of local cities and towns. 

That’s the result of the months of Bedford and Concord Rotary Clubs’ Hope for the Hungry project planning. It all culminated on the morning of Saturday, April 27th, when 160 volunteers gathered at the Bedford campus of Middlesex Community College and put together more than 6,700 six-meal packages in only two hours. To put that in a bit more context, that’s almost 60 packages or almost 340 meals per minute.


40,320 Marc Hamilton 2024-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Updates from the Interact Club at Bedford TV

This past month the Interact Club of Bedford TV elected its first set of officers:  

Charter President is 8th grader Taevy Malone: 210 hours of Community Service
Charter Vice President is 7th grader Noah Gilbertson: 936 hours of Community Service
Charter Secretary is 7th grader Audrey Carlton: 810 hours of Community Service
Charter Assistant Secretary is 5th grader Sidnie Ryoo: 12 hours of Community Service
Charter Treasurer is 7th grader Akshat Bhatia: 39 hours of Community Service
Charter Assistant Treasurer is 5th grader Lindsey Park: 270 hours of Community Service
Updates from the Interact Club at Bedford TV 2024-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Get ready for the Rotary Day of Service, May 18th!

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, more than 800 Rotary clubs and 30,000 Rotarians across 10 states and 7 countries, will volunteer in their communities for an unprecedented Rotary Day of Service, collecting clothes for homeless, refurbishing parks, and, much, much more. The Rotary Club of Bedford will be participating by holding a garden work day at the Native Pollination Preservation garden at Page Field. 
Help us weed and plant and mulch the garden beds. Learn the value of the plants chosen for this garden to help our native butterflies and bees. Come for as long as you’re available. Wear a hat, gloves sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring water to drink and any hand garden tools you can. Be prepared to have fun!
The Rotary Day of Service isn’t just for Rotarians. The projects welcome anyone who wants to “Get Behind the Wheel” and give back to their own communities. Those interested can simply visit:
Get ready for the Rotary Day of Service, May 18th! 2024-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Throwing Back - 11 Years Ago, the First Meal Packaging Event

It all started 11 years ago, back on April 25th 2013, Global Pay It Forward Day. The Rotary Club of Bedford’s first  “Pay It Forward Day”, a day for random acts of kindness, culminated with a meal packaging event in partnership with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency founded in 1998. 14,904 meals bound for schools and orphanages in Haiti and Zambia were packaged in just two hours by a diverse army of volunteers in the gymnasium of the John Glenn Middle School. The club spent months working with our local school department to get all grades involved with the program and ended with over 200 signed up to help!
Throwing Back - 11 Years Ago, the First Meal Packaging Event 2024-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Hope for the Hungry - Creating Hope in the World

The end of this 2023-2024 Rotary Year is approaching. The year’s Presidential theme, CREATE HOPE in the WORLD, set by Rotary International President Gordon R. McInally will soon be celebrated by Rotarians SHARING HOPE WITH THE WORLD at the 2024 RotaryInternational Convention.

“We must refocus our efforts to build peace across the globe,” he said. “And we must help each other find peace within – and share that ethic of care to the people we serve.”

It’s a message that has driven this year’s Rotary goal of bringing hope to those affected by mental health challenges.

Hope for the Hungry - Creating Hope in the World Marc Hamilton 2024-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Bedford TV Rotary Interact Club  Wednesday 4/10 Election of Officers 1:45 PM Old Town Hall.  

The Bedford TV Interact Club being formed by our student directors, Swetha Kaundinya and Sachi Regmi will be holding elections at the next Wednesday meeting.  Nomination of the  President, Secretary, and Treasurer will take place and a voting will be held.

The officers must be age 12 or older.  Assistant presidents, secretary, and treasurer may be any age.  All members grade 3 through 8 are encouraged to consider a leadership position and encourage a fellow member to make an appropriate nomination.  Elections will take place by secret ballot.  

Bedford TV Rotary Interact Club  Wednesday 4/10 Election of Officers 1:45 PM Old Town Hall.    Ralph Hammond 2024-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Why being a member of Rotary is an educational opportunity.

Whether you're a part-time student, a stay-at-home parent, or someone aiming to enhance their education, career, entrepreneurial pursuits, or community involvement, Rotary offers unparalleled training and learning avenues. Within Rotary, you'll find abundant opportunities to hone leadership and motivational skills. These opportunities manifest through a variety of local, national, and international projects dedicated to serving communities meaningfully. Engaging with Rotary also means collaborating with esteemed professionals and world leaders across diverse fields, further enriching your growth journey.
Why being a member of Rotary is an educational opportunity. Ralph Hammond 2024-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

The MCC Story

On April 27th, after a five-year absence, the Rotary Club of Bedford will reunite with Middlesex Community College for the club’s 9th annual meal-packing effort to feed hungry people around the world. The college last partnered with the club and hosted the meal-packing at its Bedford campus in 2019. This year, the story of the Food Pantry program at Middlesex Community College brings a new dimension to the partnership.

The CBS Evening News (2/19/24) reported that a decade ago, there were just 80 college food pantries, and today, there are upwards of 800 on campuses across the nation. Without them, it was said, the struggle with the costs of basic needs affects students’ academic performance and mental health. - MCC operates a Food Pantry on both its Lowell and Bedford campuses.

It has also been reported that nearly 4 million U.S. college students are raising children while getting a degree and that more than a third of those students attend community colleges. - Middlesex Community College is one such college.

The MCC Story Marc Hamilton 2024-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

What Are You Waiting For?

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!… To give hope to the many people in our own communities whose lives are an ongoing struggle to cope with food insecurity. It could be an older person who lives down the street or a married couple with children. You probably won’t know because they often hide the fact that rent, heat, electricity, or medical costs leave them wondering how they’ll get food.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE... To DONATE! to Hope for the Hungry, the April 27th meal-packing event organized by the Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Concord. The money you donate makes this effort possible. Our project partner, Meals of Hope, provides the ingredients for the meals we’ll pack. A $50 donation provides meals for more than 150 people. But any denomination will help too!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE… To VOLUNTEER! In Rotary we say, “Feel Good by Doing Good” and you can Do Good by participating in the meal packing. In just a couple of hours, on Saturday morning, April 27th, at Middlesex Community College we aim to pack 50,000 meals. We want volunteers who want to “do good” while having fun as packing team members or being part of our packing supply crew. We guarantee you’ll Feel Good afterward.

To donate and volunteer, please click here 

What Are You Waiting For? Marc Hamilton 2024-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Collecting NOW: Items for the MCC Food Pantry

CollectionWe are collecting personal care items for the Food Pantries on the Bedford and Lowell Campuses of Middlesex Community College. Students and staff that are in need of deodorant, body and face wash, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream and razors, toothpaste and brushes, mouthwash, dental floss, hair brushes, q-tips, cotton balls, tissues, feminine hygiene products, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, diapers and wipes, and toilet paper. Click this Link and share information with friends.
Collecting NOW: Items for the MCC Food Pantry 2024-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Nathanial Kirkegaard Brown, 1932-2024

By Bob Cassidy

For sure Nathanial (Nat) K. Brown was a different man to many people. He started off as a son to John Fremont Brown and Louise Kirkegaard Brown. Husband to the late Judith Rae (Behringer) Brown, father to Pamela J. Brown and her long-time partner Monther Mardini, Nathaniel K. Brown, Jr. and fiancé Jayne Schmitz, and Kenneth E. Brown and wife Shannon, all of Bedford. He was also a significant other to the newest (and also one of the oldest) loves of his life Joan (Joanie) Birmingham a lady from Bedford he first dated when he was a teenager. Nat was also a grandfather to Amanda Brown, Alyssa Brown, Nathaniel Brown III, Mia Brown, Soren Brown, Jimmy McGinn and Kyle McGinn.

Nathanial Kirkegaard Brown, 1932-2024 Bob Cassidy 2024-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

Hope for the Hungry: Save the Dates!… Spread the Word!

Mark your calendars.

Tuesday, April 2nd - Ken’s N.Y. Deli & Pizzeria will be generously hosting a fundraiser to support Bedford Rotary’s Hope for the Hungry meal packaging effort aimed at addressing food insecurity locally. Ken’s, located at 72 The Great Road in Bedford, is donating 10% of all proceeds from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m., eat-in and take-out, to this year’s packaging project.

Plan that evening’s dinner at Ken’s. Bring the family and friends. Order take-out. You’ll be supporting Rotary, helping the hungry and food insecure who struggle to feed themselves and their families, and you’ll be supporting a worthy local business.

Saturday, April 27th – at its Bedford campus from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00, Middlesex Community College hosts the Hope for the Hungry meal packaging event. And, with the event just two months away, Bedford Rotary’s event team is ramping up the necessary planning and preparations. Read on to learn how you can get involved by donating or volunteering. 

Hope for the Hungry: Save the Dates!… Spread the Word! 2024-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Bedford Rotary Foundation Update

We are about 2/3 through our fiscal year and we have distributed about 2/3 of our annual giving budget!  If you know of a community organization who is fundraising or in need of support, please encourage them to fill out an application for a grant through our foundation.  The application is attached to this email and can also be downloaded from the side menu on our website  Grant recipients so far this year include:
  • Bedford TV
  • Eagle Scout Project- Alex Mattson
  • Child Welfare and Development Project in Sierra Leone
  • Annual contribution to First Church
  • Project Clubfoot
  • Meals of Hope Meal Packaging
  • Mental Health District Grant
  • Pints for Polio
  • Friendly Water for the World Global Grant
  • Moving Health Global Grant
  • DVSN
  • BHS Addams Family Musical
  • DECA Club at BHS
Bedford Rotary Foundation Update Dawn Kociubes 2024-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

SHOW the LOVE: Donate Personal Care Items to Open Table Food Pantry in Maynard

The Rotary Club of Concord in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Bedford is spearheading a donation drive for personal care items for Open Table. Personal care items are not covered by SNAP/food support programs. Donations will help reduce the cost of Open Table purchasing these items for the individuals and families they serve. The following items are being collected:

Diaper Sizes:  3, 4, 5, 6, Baby Wipes, Hand Lotion, Dish Soap, Sponges, Toothpaste, Shampoo

Items can be dropped off at any of the following LOCATIONS through March:
  • Action Unlimited, 100 Domino Dr., W. Concord
  • Coldwell Banker, 11 Main Street, Concord
  • Concord Teacakes, 59 Commonwealth Ave., W. Concord
  • Keller Williams, 200 Baker Ave. Suite 205, Concord 
  • Middlesex Bank, 64 Main St., Concord 
  • Enterprise Bank, 340 Great Rd., ACTON
SHOW the LOVE: Donate Personal Care Items to Open Table Food Pantry in Maynard 2024-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Arzu LeBlanc

Arzu Was inducted by Sponsor Christine Pinney and Co-President Ralph Hammond at our weekly meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.
Arzu is the Executive Director of The Residence at Bedford, the new senior living community located on South Road in Bedford, scheduled to open this summer. In Arzu's decade of experience in the senior living industry before landing in Bedford, she has been an award-winning Executive leader in Lexington, Chelmsford, and Acton. Born and raised in Turkey, Arzu moved to the United States about 22 years ago.
Arzu is already well-known to many club members for her visits to weekly club meetings and sponsorship support of the Winter Community Breakfast.
Please join me in welcoming her to the Club and becoming a Rotarian.
Welcome Arzu LeBlanc 2024-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Revolution at "Rev Hall"

Revolution HallTaco Tuesday, 1/30/24.  There were no militia, revolutionary or otherwise, gathered at nearby Lexington’s Revolution Hall on Tuesday evening.  Rather, a mildly boisterous band of Bedford Rotarians gathered there for the revolutionary first-ever evening weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Bedford.

The about-face from the traditional midday meeting, initiated by member Paula Gilarde, was an experiment to see if an atypical evening option would bring together many club members who can’t get to the regular meeting in person or virtually because of work, family, or other reasons.


A Rotary Revolution at "Rev Hall" Marc Hamilton 2024-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Hope for the Hungry - Food Insecurity

Hope for the Hungry

Food InsecurityIt’s more than someone feeling hungry. It’s the struggle that up to one-third of Massachusetts residents face when they don’t know how they’ll get their next meal or how they’ll feed their family. It’s a struggle between choosing food or paying the costs of housing, utilities, medical care, transportation, or other necessities.

The Bedford and Concord Rotary Clubs and Meals of Hope want to make that choice easier. With the financial support of sponsors and individuals and the physical support of volunteer packagers, the thousands of packaged meals that will be put together on Saturday, April 27th, will be given, free, to local food banks and food pantries in our area.


Hope for the Hungry - Food Insecurity Marc Hamilton 2024-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Recruiting Bedford Sophomores for RYLA!

RYLAAs many of you know, each year, our Club sponsors up to 10 high potential student leaders to participate in a transformational 3-day leadership workshop called RYLA -  the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
Please share this information and encourage talented sophomores you know to apply and attend.
This year's RYLA will again be in person at Fitchburg State June 21-23. 
The 2024 RYLA  Application is now live at this link. The application deadline is February 18th. Please contact Dr. Diane Ryan with any questions.
Recruiting Bedford Sophomores for RYLA! 2024-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

We received a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council!

BCCWe are delighted to announce that the Bedford Cultural Council approved funding for Plant Labels for the Rotary Native Pollination Preservation Garden! The goals of the garden are to increase native pollinator habitat, and to educate the public about the importance of native pollination systems. Labeling the plants in a clear, legible, water-proof way will help people learn what plants are being used in the garden. Plants will be labeled with their common name and their latin names. Hopefully this will encourage more people to grow their own native plants. There will be another update in the spring when the ground thaws enough to put the markers in the ground! 
We received a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council! 2024-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Coming in April –“HOPE FOR THE HUNGRY”

The Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Concord have their sights set on Saturday, April 27th. That’s this year’s date for the clubs’ next meal packaging effort aimed at addressing food insecurity locally and beyond.

This year, we’re partnered with Meals of Hope, a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) that is committed to bringing people together to fight the hunger epidemic. Originating in Southwest Florida, and now with its New England base in Chelmsford, Meals of Hope has packed more than 80 million meals that have been donated to communities across the country and in countries worldwide.

Also, this year, we’re grateful to Middlesex Community College for welcoming us back to their campus, where many of our pre-pandemic meal packaging events were held. In their Campus Center cafeteria, packaging teams of more than 100 volunteer packagers will devote two hours on Saturday, April 27th, to preparing up to 50,000 meals.

Planning is underway, and there will be more to tell, so keep an eye on this website.

Coming in April –“HOPE FOR THE HUNGRY” Marc Hamilton 2024-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

Sushi Social Results in Donation!

Way back in September, while the Brits were visiting District 7910 with the Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange, the club hosted a sushi social at the club. It was a fun evening, enjoyed by a great number of Rotarians, family and friends! 
In lieu of a room rental charge, the First Church requested that we make a donation to the Migrant families. Our intrepid social organizer, Christine Pinney reported that she made a donation of $240 to the Town of Bedford/Health Department earmarked for the migrant families housed at the Plaza Hotel.
Thanks to everyone who attended, and contributed. And a very special thank you to the organizers of the social, especially the fearless leader, Christine Pinney! 
Sushi Social Results in Donation! 2024-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

First Meeting of the Interact Club of Bedford TV

The Bedford Club’s very first meeting of the Interact Club of Bedford TV took place this past December 20th.
Now in grade 11 and a recent graduate of Christine Pinney’s RYLA program, Swetha Kaundinya, inspired to become a leader, set to work with the goal to establish an interact club in Bedford for middle school students. By integrating a junior Interact club concept, Bedford TV became the ideal setting for such an organization to prevail.
Under the leadership of Swetha, assisted by her assistant director Sachi Regmi, both of them BHS Interact Club members, that meeting of ten students: two in grade 8, four in grade 7, two in 5 and two in grade 4 went amazingly well. Lots of creative ideas suggested. The first goal for Swetha was to find 5 students who would be interested in starting an Interact club. With promotional information and sharing with students at Bedford TV, starting off with 10 students became an important first step.
First Meeting of the Interact Club of Bedford TV Ralph Hammond 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Winter Community Breakfast Thanks!

We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Winter Community Breakfast on Deeember 10th, 2023. An extra special thanks to our sponsors: The Debbie Spencer Group, our platinum sponsor who sponsored a winter-themed photo booth, and Middlesex Savings Bank  (gold level) who sponsored the ever-adorable photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Not to forget our Silver sponsors who all had activity tables at the event: Bedford Family Lawyer, Chestnut Dental, Mimi & Diane of Barrett Sothbys and the Residence at Bedford. 
Of course we can't forget our community partners and volunteers who were crucial to the success of the event - shout out to BFC, BEST, Parents Diversity Council, POMS, the Rotary Club of Concord and the many, many volunteers, Interactors and otherwise. 
Finally, a special thank you to our community who attended the event - we hope you all had an amazing time! Read more about the event in The Bedford Citizen
Winter Community Breakfast Thanks! 2023-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

Safety Light Giveaway

We started this tradition during the pandemic and it's proven to one of our most popular events - who doesn't need a light at night time? MassBike provided lights to give to cyclists and the Bedford Rotary Foundation funded even more lights that we gave away to cyclists, pedestrians and even a few dogs! We set up a little before 4:30pm in preparation for the tree lighting at 5pm and the lights were all gone by 4:45! We gave away about 200 lights!
Safety Light Giveaway 2023-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Student Writing & The Rotary Club of Bedford

8th grade Bedford TV Interact Club member Taevy Malone wrote her first article for the Bedford Citizen just prior to her entering grade 5. This was the beginning of Covid and to assist her with the writing Molly Gilarde entering grade 12 offered to mentor Taevy. That article was on the project clearing Fawn Lake that was taking place at that time. This was the first focus on student writing development to take place. Taevy’s article was formally published. Since then Taevy has written two more news items of which one other has been published. Molly also wrote an article for the Bedford Citizen on the Bedford High JROTC Program. When emerging writers are mentored by older students powerful writing skills quickly begin to develop.
Student Writing & The Rotary Club of Bedford Ralph Hammond 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

NEW! Interact Club of Bedford TV

2023 RYLA graduate Swetha Kaundinya now in grade 11, member of the BHS Interact Club also a mentor at Bedford TV motivated by RYLA indicated she would like to start an Interact Club in the Middle School. So as to include more students, we went with Bedford TV a community based Interact Club. That will automatically make both Lane and Middle School student eligible to be officially members of that club.
NEW! Interact Club of Bedford TV 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Buy your tickets for the Winter Community Breakfast! Dawn Kociubes 2023-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Bedford Chamber of Commerce Trunk or Treat was DEFINITELY A Treat! 2023-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

And then we planted!

Finally, the fruits of our winter sow made it into the ground. We first spent some time weeding the area we had prepared last fall. Then, on 9/30, we set up a grid using wood, inspired by a trip to the Chelmsford Pollination Preservation Garden. Each plant species was planted in a 3'x3' square, although we expanded the area for some plants so we could have even more - those plants were in 3'x6' rectangles. 
We used a flag system to mark where each plant was to go, each plant species was identified by a different number, so when the plants grow in the spring, we will know whether it's a weed or the plant we want!
And then we planted! 2023-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Work on the Native Pollinator Garden

Join us as we work on our Native Pollination Preservation Garden! There will be two work days in September. The first one will be weeding around the area, and preparing to plant. It will be on Friday, September 17th at 1pm. This was rescheduled due to an impending storm! Sign up to help out here
The second one is will be held on Saturday, September 30th, where we will be planting what we grew in our Winter Sow project! Sign up for that here.
Work on the Native Pollinator Garden 2023-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
2023-24 Installation Dinner Dawn Kociubes 2023-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Facing Mental Health Issues Head On - June 6 2023-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Learning about the Talbot Mills Dam

On May 16th we were joined by Alison Field-Juma who spoke about the Concord River and the Talbot Mills Dam. Alison Field-Juma is the Executive Director of OARS, a non-profit located in Concord founded in 1986. OARS works to restore and protect the health of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers for all people and wildlife using science-based advocacy, education and recreation. OARS increases awareness of the value of these three rivers, grows public engagement in their stewardship, and works to build long-term sustainable use of water resources through science-based advocacy. OARS is the Project Manager for the dam removal project.
Learning about the Talbot Mills Dam 2023-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

A Meals for Kids Thanks from our president

Thank you to everyone that volunteered at our Meals for Kids meal packaging event on Saturday!  Over 120 members of our community worked together to package 20,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger!  We were lucky to have members of the Lexington Rotary Club, Concord Rotary Club, Bedford Interact Club, Lexington Interact Club, Concord/Carlisle Interact Club, Carlisle Interact Club, and District 7910 serve as wonderful ambassadors, exemplifying what it means to be a Rotarian.  This event would not have been possible without the partnership offered by Sharon Spaulding (Concord Club) and Spencer Betts and Allan Azoff (Lexington Club).  Thank you to the Knights of Columbus in Lexington for an awesome venue!  Photos to come!
A Meals for Kids Thanks from our president Dawn Kociubes 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event Dawn Kociubes 2023-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

A Winter Sow

On February 25th, 16 of us gathered in Bob Cassidy's garage fr a winter sow for our Pollinator Garden. Great! So what is a winter sow anyway? Here is what Webster has to say about it. Winter sowing is an outdoor method of starting seeds and it requires plastic containers like milk or juice cartons), soil, seeds and Mother Nature. By growing your own plants from seeds, you can several hundreds of dollars each each year. 
A Winter Sow Bob Cassidy 2023-03-04 05:00:00Z 0 Pollinators

A garden for at-risk pollinators

We were delighted to co-host a pollinator conversation on Tuesday, January 24th. The event was designed to educate the public on Dr. Gegear's and the Native Pollinator Task Force's work (and the work here in Bedford by our club) in hopes to inspire more interest, leading to more pollinator preservation gardens. Sam Cobin, the Conservation Coordinator with Sudbury Valley Trustees, and a member of the Native Pollinator Task Force presented an introduction to Dr Gegear's work followed by a presentation by Paula Gilarde on the Rotary Club of Bedford's plans for a local pollinator garden. 
A garden for at-risk pollinators 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0 Pollinators
RYLA Applications Due Feb 15 Diane Ryan 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

A little bit about our scholarships

Long-time club member, Bob Cassidy got in touch with former club member Larry Carlton when we had some historical questions about the scholarships our club awards. He said "I joined the Club in 1975.  There was some history of giving scholarships when I joined, but it was haphazard and there was no consistency.  At that time scholarships were given by the Club with differing amounts and numbers given from year to year.
Around 1980 or so we put together a small committee of Peter Corea, me and one other (I don't remember who).  We decided to make the scholarship more valuable by making it a four year award provided the student remained in school and remained in good standing.  At that time we had the president and four deans from Middlesex CC as members of the Club and decided to make an annual award to a Bedford student attending MCC.  After discussion with the MCC members it was decided a $500 "Book Award" would be appropriate.  At that time I wrote up the criteria for the scholarships that was accepted by the Club's Board.  To the best of my knowledge they are still in use.
A little bit about our scholarships 2023-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Winter Community Breakfast 2022

Our 34th annual holiday breakfast fundraiser was a SUCCESS!  The Rotary Club of Bedford's Winter Community Breakfast brought together over 300 community members- families, students, volunteers, local business owners, and even Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Here is our article  about the event in the Bedford Citizen!
The Winter Community Breakfast was supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.  Thank you, BCC!
Thanks to Victor for the video:
Winter Community Breakfast 2022 Dawn Kociubes 2022-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

Lighting up Bedford!

Last Saturday, the Rotary Club of Bedford distributed safety lights at the town tree lighting. This was done in partnership with MassBike. They provided around 60 bike lights to give to cyclists. Their mission is give out sets of bike lights to keep the riders safer and legal while biking at night. The Club supplemented that project with 210 lights of our own targeting not only cyclists but pedestrians (and dogs!). The health and safety of children is one of the Rotary's areas of focus. School-age children walking or biking to or from school during the early morning or evening hours may cause students to travel in reduced lighting, increasing the risk of being stuck by a vehicle. These lights could help prevent such issues. The giveaway was very popular and we distributed of ALL of our lights!
Lighting up Bedford! Paula Gilarde 2022-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

Interact Fundraiser at Verrill Farm

The Concord Carlisle High Interact Club is hosting a small fundraiser this Saturday, November 5, from 11-1, at Verrill Farm in Concord (11 Wheeler Road) to raise money for their contribution to the Bedford Rise Against Hunger event they are participating in this spring!
Interact Fundraiser at Verrill Farm Dawn Kociubes 2022-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

Trunk or Treat

The Bedford Chamber of Commerce sponsored their annual Trunk of Treat event in the Whole Foods parking lot last Friday. We had plenty of wrapped candy for the sweet tooth’s in the crowd. The kids were all decked out in a variety of costumes and eagerly scooped up on the sweet offerings. We also had a pair of “full sized Bees” from our club in the mix. We handed out 400 Milk Weed seed packages which, if planted and nurtured, will produce some beautiful flowers for the real Bees next summer. The kids were delighted to get them and left with some grand ideas of how to go about turning their seeds into plants and enough sugar to drive their parents nuts.
Trunk or Treat Bob Cassidy 2022-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Pollination Garden: preparing the garden bed

Our first order of business was to prepare the garden bed. The DPW mowed the area close to the ground and provided wood chips for our use.  We had planned on starting work on Saturday, but the remnants of Hurricane Ian pushed our work into Monday afternoon. We smothered the entire area with cardboard and covered the cardboard with woodchips. This is a way of killing weeds without using chemicals. The cardboard will remain on the ground until next fall (or towards the end of the summer) in order to effectively kill weeds. 
Pollination Garden: preparing the garden bed Paula Gilarde 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0 Pollinators

Why native pollinators?

Native pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that most animals rely on for food and shelter — including humans. What happens (or doesn’t happen) at the pollination scale has repercussions all the way up the food chain. Over 80% of the flowering plants on Earth depend upon insect-mediated pollination; bees alone pollinate 45% of the food crops grown in Massachusetts, and one-third of them food grown in the United States.
Why native pollinators? 2022-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Doing good in the community!

On July 20, 2022, the Bedford Health Department received over 300 COVID-19 rapid antigen home test kits donated by Christine Pinney, Bedford Rotarian, and District Chair for RYLA 7910.  The tests were leftover from the in-person June RYLA 2022.

Danielle Williams and Julie Genova from the Bedford Health Department accepted the donation from Christine Pinney, from the Rotary Club of Bedford. This donation will assist the Town of Bedford in continuing to provide free COVID-19 test kits to Bedford Residents.

Doing good in the community! 2022-07-27 04:00:00Z 0

2021-2022 Year in Review

Now that the Rotary year 2021-2022 has ended, I wanted to highlight some of our accomplishments this year.  At the start of the year (in July) we hoped to be coming out of the pandemic, but the arrival of the Delta variant and then Omicron forced us to pivot yet again. We are people of action though, and we found our way to keep going! 
2021-2022 Year in Review Paula Gilarde 2022-07-21 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome 2022-23 Rotary Club of Bedford Officers!

Imagine Rotary Logo
At our July 19, 2022 we will welcome
District Governor Victor Tom,
and celebrate the installation of
our 2022-23 Club Officers!


Special Meeting Time:  12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch will be provided.



2022-23 Board of Directors

Dawn Kociubes, President

Paula Gilarde, Past President

Ralph Hammond and Al Roscoe,

Co-Presidents Elect

Joel Berenson, Treasurer

Marc Hamilton, Secretary

Bob Cassidy and Linda Cargiuolo, 

Second Year Trustees

Debi Malone and Christine McLellan, 

First Year Trustees


2022-23 Board of Trustees

Paula Gilarde, Past President

Dawn Kociubes, Current President

Joel Berenson, Treasurer

John Castricum and Tracy Claudio, 

Second Year At-Large Members

Diana Jarvis and Thomas Pinney, 

First Year At-Large Members

Welcome 2022-23 Rotary Club of Bedford Officers! Dawn Kociubes 2022-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

What is the Rotary Foundation All About, and What Does it Mean to Me?

Last week we had some extra special guests. Our club had 5 Past, Current or Future District Governors attend our meeting! 
First we welcomed Milan W Jackson, PDG,  (and former member of the Bedford Club).  Milan spoke to us about the Rotary Foundation.  Following his presentation, Bob Cassidy made two Paul Harris presentations - one to his son and another to his neighbors.
What is the Rotary Foundation All About, and What Does it Mean to Me? 2022-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Bedford Public Health Nurse, Julie Genova!

Julie Genova is Bedford’s new Public Health Nurse. She grew up in Waltham, has a degree in nursing from Boston College and over the years she has learned more and more about public health. Over the years Julie has worked in various nursing rehabilitation centers, at Beth Israel Hospital, the Concord Public School system, and most recently at the Fenn School in Concord for over 10 years as their Administrator of Health Services. She started at her position in Bedford in February 2022 and is looking forward to getting to know the Bedford community.
Bedford Public Health Nurse, Julie Genova! Bob Cassidy 2022-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

Return of Meal Packaging! 

Saturday was an important day for our club. We had our first meal packaging event in three years. Close to 50 volunteers and 16 Rotarians from out club were on hand for the 10: 00 AM starting time and by 11:45 AM better than 10,000 meals were packaged and boxed for a as yet unknown destination. They will be held in a local warehouse until we have enough meals to fill a cargo container at which time they will be shipped off to an orphanage somewhere in the world where it is needed.
Return of Meal Packaging! Bob Cassidy 2022-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Scenes from our Clothing Drive

Last Saturday, despite the crazy weather, the club held a collection to support both the Bedford Rotary Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of New England. It was wonderful to see so many people willing to contribute and help the causes! 
Scenes from our Clothing Drive Victor T. Tom 2022-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Ukrainian Relief Support
Ukrainian Relief Support:

The more we think about it, the more we are amazed at the caring and generosity of some people in and organizations associated with our club.  We had that experience again last week.  We have been asking people to donate to The Rotary Foundation for credit to its Disaster Response Fund by the end of April, knowing that every such dollar will be spent in direct support of providing humanitarian relief for the people of Ukraine. 
Ukrainian Relief SupportUkrainian Relief Support: Bob Cassidy 2022-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Help Ukraine! 

Roy Balfour joined us from the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury to speak about the founding of the very first Rotary Club in Ukraine.  District 7910 supported the formation of this Club and 30 years later is working to respond to the current crisis. He urged us to donate to the Rotary International Disaster Relief fund before April 30. 
Donate for Ukraine with confidence as:
  • Rotary is not a religious nor political organization. Rather it is 1.2 million caring professionals in 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 220 countries.
  • Rotary donations are not impacted by admin fees, every $ goes toward the effort.
  • Rotary has a global reputation for good stewardship of donations and prioritizing emergency needs.
  • Rotary donations are USA tax deductible.
  • Rotary is the only NGO with a seat at the UN.
Help Ukraine! 2022-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive Fundraiser!

On Saturday, April 9th, the Rotary Club of Bedford is partnering for a fundraiser-clothing drive with the Epilepsy Foundation of New England. The club-hosted clothing drive at the Brown & Brown parking lot, 110 Great Rd, supports programs and services that benefit people with epilepsy.  And for every pound of clothing collected Bedford Rotary gets paid, funds that help support Rotary programs in the community and globally. Plus, we’ll be decluttering closets, keeping clothing out of landfills, and giving items new life! Just bring your clean, gently used items in a trash bag to the Brown & Brown parking lot between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, April 9th. Giving back to the community doesn't have to be hard!
Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive Fundraiser! 2022-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Emily Young - Moving Health
Moving Health

This week's speaker was Emily Young who founded Moving Health, right after graduating from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Emily spoke to us about her organization that provides medical transportation for women in rural Ghana. Immediately some of our members realized that they were familiar with Emily - Victor, Sze-Wen and Ralph were at MIT IDEAS exposition and awards day back in 2017 when Emily's OKOA team won the IDEAS award! Here's Ralph sitting in an early prototype of an ambulance: 
Emily Young - Moving HealthMoving Health 2022-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

An update from Friendly Water for the World

We were able to raise $4,675 for Friendly Water, including a district match, funds from our club’s foundation and individual contributions. This was enough to build 3 water catchment basins. We chose to build them all at the Namanja Primary School. This was a priority because half of the students and staff at the school, which serves 950 students, were spending half of their school days going to fetch water. This was necessary as the bore holes, from which they obtain water, run dry. Soon they will be able to spend all day learning.
Friendly Water for the World small non-profit with 7 board members and 5 staff, based in Olympia, Washington. It was founded in 2010.  Leaders from Friendly water start work in an area  with a community assessment, including all key members of a community who decide what their greatest needs are. It then trains and equips the community in sustainable technologies to safeguard, conserve and expand essential resources. The community assessment was done in Nov. 2020 in Matsakha, Kenya. The need for clean water was a priority, and the following technologies were identified to address their needs:

  1. Soap-making
  2. BioSand Water Filters
  3. Rainwater catchment tanks
  4. Interlocking soil stabilized bricks
  5. Rocket stove
  6. Permaculture
  7. Microflush toilet
An update from Friendly Water for the World Judi Babcock 2022-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Winter Sow - a Hands-On Project 2022-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Update from Friendly Water for the World

The Rotary Club of Bedford's district grant project in Matsakha, Kenya is underway. Our club, together with a match from our District 7910, raised enough money to fund the building of 3 rain water catchment basins which will provide clean water for the Namanja Primary School.
Update from Friendly Water for the World Judi Babcock 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

MLK Community Service Project - Jan 15-23

As part of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, Bedford Embraces Diversity, the Parents Diversity Council and the Rotary Club of Bedford will be holding a donation drive to support the Bedford Food Bank, which provides for about 120 households a week and is always in need of items that aren’t available through Greater Boston Food Bank or other donors.
MLK Community Service Project - Jan 15-23 Paula Gilarde 2022-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Bedford POPS (Permanent Outdoor Performing Space)

Plans for a potential outdoor performance center for Bedford are in their infancy. Barbara Purchia, Chair of the Bedford Cultural Council, joined our virtual meeting to give us the details, and to talk about how the club can fit into the planning. 

Bedford POPS (Permanent Outdoor Performing Space) 2022-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

Major Devon Messecar - Space Force
Space Force

We started off the new year with a bang when Major Devon Messecar of Space Force joined us as our speaker! Devon was an active member of the Rotary Club of Bedford when she was stationed in Massachusetts as well as the President of the Seoul Young Leaders Club, an offshoot of the Rotary Club of Seoul Korea.  Devon spoke to us about her latest role in the US Military- a member of Space Force!
Major Devon Messecar - Space ForceSpace Force 2022-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
John Hope - Come Fly with Me Sze-Wen Kuo 2021-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

Lighting Up Bedford (2021)

We had a terrific time at the Town of Bedford tree lighting, providing safety lights to children, adults and even pets! About 250 people (and some pets!) picked up the lights we gave away. Some of them were contributed by MassBike. Check out the video on website to learn more.
Lighting Up Bedford (2021) 2021-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

Lighting Up Bedford

We had a terrific time at the Town of Bedford tree lighting, providing safety lights to children, adults and even pets! Stay safe Bedford!
Lighting Up Bedford 2021-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

Consider the Bedford Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday 

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes. 

Are you in? 

Give to the Bedford Rotary Foundation to help support the good work that the club does locally and internationally. You can donate here:
Consider the Bedford Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday Paula Gilarde 2021-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

We salute our veterans!

In honor of Veterans Day, Tracy Claudio spoke to us about her role as Senior Vice Commander at the Billerica Chapter 47 of the Disabled American Veterans orgnization.
We salute our veterans! Tracy Claudio 2021-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Trunk or Treat! 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Spooky Stories!

We really did not have a “guest” speaker today. Instead we were treated to some spooky stories told by our own Linda Cargiuolo and Ralph Hammond. All absolutely true with no embellishment, of course!

Spooky Stories! 2021-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Helping Bedford's Pollinators -- Birgit deWeerd 2021-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Bedford Apple Picking Fellowship Event 2021 Victor T. Tom 2021-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
The Zanmi Beni “A place to call home” Bob Cassidy 2021-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Delivery

Last year the club participated in a District Grant for Sleep in Heavenly peace and we ended up building 22 beds for needy families. Recently Sze-Wen and Victor delivered three of those beds to a family who recently moved here from Nigeria. It was good to see the beds being put to good use!
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Delivery Sze-Wen Kuo 2021-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Bicycle Helmet Safety Day!

We hosted another very successful bicycle helmet giveaway on Sunday, October 3rd. We gave about 80 helmets to  parents and kids - the most ever since we started this event! Big thanks to all the Rotarians who helped and especially to Victor, Sze-Wen and Ralph for spearheading the event! 
Bicycle Helmet Safety Day! Victor T. Tom 2021-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

DG Cliff Comes to Visit

DG Cliff was the guest of honor at this week's Meeting - along with some surprises from Billerica club member John Peterson presenting MULTIPLE awards to a very deserving Ralph Hammond
DG Cliff Comes to Visit 2021-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Operation Pollination

Christopher Stein joined us to tell us a little about Operation Pollination. Chris has been with the National Park Service for over 40 years. He started with the National Parks Service right here at Minuteman National Historical Park. He then transferred to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in Tennessee in the mid 1990’s where he joined Rotary. From there he was off to Yosemite National Park where he became president of the Yosemite Valley Rotary Club in 2005. Chris now lives in Northeast Iowa, is still a Rotarian in District 5970, is a member of that district’s “Path’s & Pollinator’s Committee,” and is a member of RI’s Environmentally Sustainable Rotary Action Committee (ESRAG). Chris gave his talk via zoom from Minnesota.

Operation Pollination Bob Cassidy 2021-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

The Bedford Rotary Foundation

Funding for Rotary projects comes from The Rotary Foundation in a variety of ways. Are you aware funding for many of our clubs local projects comes from The Rotary Foundation of Bedford? The two are very different. From time to time we’ll present information regarding both in an attempt to keep you up to date. I hope.

Sze-Wen Kuo This year’s chair of the Rotary Foundation of Bedford was our guest speaker this week. What she said in just a few minutes spoke volumes of what we are all about.  We owe a great deal to Sze-Wen and her husband Victor Tom. Month after month, year after year, this amazing couple are giving of their talents (which are many), their time, and their financial resources to make our Rotary club and all its projects successful.

The Bedford Rotary Foundation Bob Cassidy 2021-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

End of Summer Family Picnic

2 0 Rotarians and assorted spouses, children, grandchildren, and pets descended on the portion of Nat’s property known as “The Knoll” on Saturday morning (August 28, 2021) for a few hours of fellowship, good food, games, and a lot of catching up.  Like most of our gatherings used to be, it can easily be summed up by saying “just some old friends getting together to pass some time together.” Nat was his usual gracious host supplying and cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and soft drinks. Debi was there making sure everything was in order, she and Marc shared photography duties (I’m the one that caught Marc taking pictures of everyone else (gotcha)! There was also several plates of Watermelon and brownies. Someone brought a box full of thickly iced cupcakes which were also a big hit. (I tried to sterl them but got caught!).I’m sure we solved all of the world’s problems in 2021 but nobody would own up to it. Nat also brought along a few four-wheelers for all of us to drive around and explore. The event was supposed to be over at 2:00 PM but as we usually do, at 2:45 PM folks were still sitting around and talking. Nat, you had a wonderful idea and between you and Debi, you pulled it off. Thank you, thank you, thank you from all of us.

Check out the photo album for photos from the event (photo credits Christine Pinney). 

End of Summer Family Picnic Bob Cassidy 2021-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Clifford Rober, District Governor 2021-2022

Born in 1958. He is a graduate of Belmont HS. Then it was off to Virginia Tech where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.
Cliff loves working outdoors which turned his professional pursuits to the field of surveying. Cliff received his first Professional Surveyors Stamp in 1987 and is now registered in three states.
In 1998, Cliff started, and has been running and growing Rober Survey ever since.
While playing volleyball he met his wife Lisa. He still remembers asking her to see the movie “Tootsie,” she said yes, and in 1987 she said yes again when he asked her to marry him. The couple has a son Kyle born in 1988, a daughter Samantha born in 1990 and the couple has been raising their niece Ashleigh.
When Cliff was laid off from Beals & Thomas, Lisa volunteered him to help coach Kyle’s soccer team; almost instantly he was hooked on soccer.In 1998 he took the state soccer referee’s course and he has been refereeing soccer games ever since.
Clifford Rober, District Governor 2021-2022  Bob Cassidy 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Flatbread Pizza Gathering

There was no regular meeting today which is why there is no Happy dollars or speaker’s synopsis. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun! We have gotten together during this pandemic several times, but mostly for service projects (such as Bike Helmet day, Memorial Park cleanup, Building beds for kids, etc.) But not for just having a meal together, talking about nothing in particular, just a group of old friends who haven’t had much chance to renew friendships and share stories like old friends do. There were 27 of us at Flatbreads Tuesday evening, a combination of Rotarians (19 of those, plus an assortment of wives, husbands, and one daughter). President Paula had the good sense to move the event indoors (concerned about mosquitoes) and it’s a good thing she did because not only were there mosquitoes, but there were also thunderstorms too! Good thinking Paula.  

Flatbread Pizza Gathering  Bob Cassidy 2021-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

A Sweaty Day of Service

July 15th 
Neither heat nor humidity nor dirt and dust nor painful blisters kept Bedford Rotarians from engaging in volunteer service at Habitat for Humanity’s latest house renovation project in Concord.
Throughout a very hot and muggy day, a cadre of 10 Bedford Rotary members joined with Concord Rotarians to help renovate and convert an older, ranch-style house into separate, individual homes for two qualified families selected to participate in the Habitat for Humanity program.

A Sweaty Day of Service Marc Hamilton 2021-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Project Amigo

 Rotary, it is a changing. Our guest speaker this week was Tom Brown. Tom is a Rotarian, a member of the Scotts Valley, California Rotary Club. Talking to us about Project Amigo, a multi-Rotary Club project (over 600 Rotary Clubs) in Colimas, Mexico, and he spoke to us from his home in  Virginia. And that my friends is Rotary in the 21st. Century!

Project Amigo Bob Cassidy 2021-07-27 04:00:00Z 0

 A year in the life of a Rotary Club

2020-2021 Rotary year was, for sure, like no other. An organism smaller than the head of a needle had flipped our world upside down. We were no longer meeting in person and were all getting used to something called “Zoom.” As Rotarians were asking the questions you would expect Rotarians to ask; How can we help? Little did we know, at that time, how much we could help:
 A year in the life of a Rotary Club Bob Cassidy 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations 2021 Scholarship Recipients!

The Rotary Club of Bedford is thrilled to announce the Bedford High School Class of 2021 Scholarship Recipients!
Maya Driscoll
The Rayford Williams Scholarship is a four-year scholarship awarded through the Rotary Club of Bedford. The 2021 award winner is Maya Driscoll, who will be attending Purdue University in the fall as a Freshman.
The Rotary Club of Bedford also sponsors the Philip McGovern Scholarship which is a one year scholarship for a student attending Middlesex Community College. This year's recipient is Joshua Barck.  
At the June 13th meeting of the Rotary Club of Bedford, we will be celebrating Maya and Josh as well as recent scholarship recipients:  
  • ​Jake O'Neal, Class of 2020, past recipient of the Philip McGovern 1Year Scholarship, attending Middlesex Community College
  • Pallavi Goel, Class of 2017, past recipient of the Rayford Williams 4 Year Scholarship, graduate of Brandeis University
  • Current Recipients of the Rayford Williams 4 Year Scholarship
    • Jackson Collins- 2018, rising Senior at Clemson University
    • Nathaniel Kang- 2019, rising Junior at Brown University
    • Nicole Hebert- 2020, rising Sophomore at Northwestern University
Congratulations 2021 Scholarship Recipients! Dawn Kociubes 2021-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

Club Recognition

As you have already read, were a busy bunch last year and apparently somebody was watching because when our district handed out the “end of the year” awards, Bedford was recognized in a number of categories:

  • Gold award for work with the Rotary Foundation
  • Tied for the Gold Award for Public Image
  • Presidential Citation
  • Received a citation for Diversity, Equity, and inclusion
  • Special Rotary International recognition in the categories of “avenues of service to:
    • Ralph Hammond PDG for Community Service
    • Christine Pinney for Youth Service 

The actual certificates will be awarded to the club by PDG Diana Nestorova once we start meeting in person again.

Club Recognition Bob Cassidy 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
2020-2021 in Review Sze-Wen Kuo 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Building Beds for Kids

Posted by Sze-Wen Kuo
What would you do if you found that about 2% or about 70,000 of kids in Massachusetts has no bed to sleep on? Chris Alphen, Rotarian from Concord Massachusetts started a chapter of Sleep In Heavenly Peace in Littleton, Massachusetts and started building and delivering beds in 2018. Learning about the cause, the Rotary Club of Bedford submitted and was awarded a District 7910 grant,  Beds for Kids for 2020-2021, to help build 22 beds (we ended with 20 beds because the price of lumber went up).
Building Beds for Kids Sze-Wen Kuo 2021-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

Spring Spruce Up at the Job Lane House

(4.10.21)   The morning was unusually warm for April when, under a blazing sun, a stalwart band of Bedford Rotarians put Service Above Self as they devoted several hours of time to spring cleanup labor at Bedford's historic Job Lane House.
Spring Spruce Up at the Job Lane House Marc W Hamilton 2021-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

Robert Mead 1924 - 2021

Posted by Bob Cassidy on Apr 05, 2021
The Rotary Club of Bedford suffered a terrible loss this week. The last of our founding members has slipped away from us. He was there in the beginning and all the way through our 65 years of working around Bedford and the world. I would categorize him as a quiet man. To quote a phrase, a quiet man that carried a big stick! In the 40+ years I’ve known Bob I don’t think I ever heard him raise his voice, but he always managed to get things done. He wasn’t the kind of man that would participate in open floor debates. He preferred to work his magic behind the scenes. One of the things he was most proud of in Rotary was his perfect attendance in Rotary. Bob had perfect attendance for over 50 years, and we loved him for it. When he was hospitalized we actually cancelled our regular meeting and held it in his hospital room at Leahy. With tears in his eyes, all he could say was “Thank You!”
Robert Mead 1924 - 2021  Bob Cassidy 2021-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Robert M. Mead 1924 - 2021

Posted by Bob Cassidy
The Rotary Club of Bedford suffered a terrible loss this week. The last of our founding members has slipped away from us. He was there in the beginning and all the way through our 65 years of working around Bedford and the world. I would categorize him as a quiet man. To quote a phrase, a quiet man that carried a big stick! In the 40+ years I’ve known Bob I don’t think I ever heard him raise his voice, but he always managed to get things done. He wasn’t the kind of man that would participate in open floor debates. He preferred to work his magic behind the scenes. One of the things he was most proud of in Rotary was his perfect attendance in Rotary. Bob had perfect attendance for over 50 years, and we loved him for it. When he was hospitalized we actually cancelled our regular meeting and held it in his hospital room at Leahy. With tears in his eyes, all he could say was “Thank You!” Bob was president of the club in 1962 – 1963 and in 1984 he showed up in my office at the DPW and asked to talk to me privately. I’m here Bob, to as you to be our president next year. We’re in a hell-of-a-mess and I think you can straighten it out, and I’ll be there in the background to help you. I said yes, we did straighten it out, and the rest is history. Our club has done a lot of projects in and out of Bedford over the past 65 years. And Bob has been the champion of many of them and participated in all of them. If Bob heard of a problem around town, or if any of our members were having difficulties you could count on a “private” visit from Bob, and he would do his best to solve the problem. If it required the help of the club, he would organize it, if it were a private problem of one of our members he would solve it for them if he could, He did not want nor did he ever asked for anything in return. I knew of some of these instances and lets just say, there were a lot of them over the years.
Robert M. Mead 1924 - 2021 Bob Cassidy 2021-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

St Patrick's Day Flatbread Fundraiser to Support Bedford Rotary Foundation!

 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and support the Bedford Rotary Foundation at the same time! A percentage of all pizzas sold, dine in or take out between 4pm and 9pm on March 17th, will go towards the Foundation. This past year, the Bedford Rotary Foundation has proudly supported many initiatives.  Locally, the Foundation has donated to Bedford Youth and Family Services to purchase gift cards for families in need, gave away bicycle helmets to students, and supported the youth programs RYLA and BRIC2.  Rotarians cleaned up the 9/11 Memorial Park at Springs Brook Park for all visitors to enjoy.  Beyond the borders of Bedford, the Foundation supported Operation Delta Dog, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  In response to COVID-19, Rotarians created face shields, and the Foundation donated face masks to the Town of Bedford, the Bedford Public Schools, and the Domestic Violence Services Network.  Globally, the Foundation nourished lives through Rise Against Hunger.  Thank you for your support of the Bedford Rotary Foundation!
St Patrick's Day Flatbread Fundraiser to Support Bedford Rotary Foundation! Dawn Kociubes 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Community Corps, Community Food Collaborative Sze-Wen Kuo 2021-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Radical Shift Coach  - Feb 23 2021

Jason Gardner, the founder of Radical Shift Coaching, is a highly respected life coach with capabilities for unlocking human potential. With a long history in magic, escapology (think Houdini) and showmanship, he is known for his ability to help people free themselves from the straight. He spoke to the club about a radically shifted mindset and how to achieve our goals!
Radical Shift Coach - Feb 23 2021 Nancy Gilroy 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Friendly Waters for the World

Curt Adino is the head of Friendly Water for the World. He lives in Olympia, Washington. He spoke to the Rotary Club of Bedford about soap making on February 9, 2021.
Friendly Waters for the World Judi Babcock 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Mask sale! 

The club has been running a fundraiser since last August selling hand-made, 100% cotton, fabric face-masks to support the Bedford Rotary Foundation. Thanks to local support we have raised over $1,300! Masks have been sold primarily though a Facebook page:
We got a little carried away with the production of masks and are currently running a promotion to sell the existing stock! Each mask is marked down to $8/mask, two for $15 or three for $20. Check out the currently inventory on the Maskary page.
We have a large selection of medium masks - what most teens/women wear, a number of large, and a smaller selection of children's sizes.  
Mask sale! Paula Gilarde 2021-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Social Equity Task Force

Bill Paulson, member from the Rotary Club of Needham and a member of our District Social Equity Task Force presented the vision of the task force at the Rotary Club of Bedford on December 22, 2020. Bill talked about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for all. He presented what we can do to help and spread the information on DEI. Watch a video recording here: 
Social Equity Task Force Sze-Wen Kuo 2020-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

What Happened to Breakfast with Santa?

Writing this today, Monday, December 7th, 2020, as the Coronavirus pandemic rages around us, memories from a happier, more normal time come to mind.
One year ago to the day, it was a Saturday. Rotary club members were in the last minute scramble of preparations for their signature event of the year. The next day, Sunday, Bedford Rotary’s 33rd annual “Breakfast with Santa” would bring families and children to the decoration transformed Santa’s Village inside Bedford High School’s cafeteria.
That was last year.
What Happened to Breakfast with Santa? Marc Hamilton 2020-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

Bedford Rotary Scavenger Hunt

On a warm sunny day in November, nine families exercised their hunting skills and had a blast searching for seventy five items in their community. Thirty one participants, including four furry family members used creativity and strategies to earn points. Six crews set out around Bedford, one on the cape, and one in Hudson. They searched for statues, and rotary signs, they reenacted the famous Beatles Abby Road album cover, and interpreted items in their own way. Russell Swinton said  "This was a wonderful event. Bethany and I had a terrific time!"
Bedford Rotary Scavenger Hunt Christine Pinney 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Bedford Schools During Covid

This week's speaker was Superintendent Phil Conrad, who came into the position in the middle of the pandemic. He spoke to us how the Bedford schools had to adapt during Covid. You can listen to his presentation here: 
Bedford Schools During Covid Nancy Gilroy 2020-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Children in Foster Care

Wanda Nordlie joined us all the way from Arizona. She's a Rotarian, author of the book "Power to Heal My Whole Self" and spoke about Children in Foster Care, a topic with which she has personal experience.  Watch below:
Children in Foster Care Sze-Wen Kuo 2020-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Research for Democracy: The Power of the Youth Vote Nancy Gilroy 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

9/11 Memorial Clean Up

Sunday was a beautiful Fall day and a group of Rotarians and Interactors got to work at the 9/11 Memorial park cleaning up the overgrowth. 
9/11 Memorial Clean Up Paula Gilarde 2020-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Planning our next service project Victor T. Tom 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Scenes from the Bicycle Helmet Giveaway Day Victor T. Tom 2020-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Bicycle Helmet Giveaway!

Bedford Police Department, in conjunction with the Bedford Rotary Club, will host a bicycle helmet safety event. Residents are encouraged to stop by the Bedford Police Department’s parking lot, 2 Mudge Way, on Saturday, September 19th 10 a.m. to noon. Bedford Rotary volunteers will give out free, fitted helmets for child cyclists.
Bicycle Helmet Giveaway! Ralph Hammond 2020-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference  (RYLA) 2020

Students from Bedford High School’s Class of 2022 showed their commitment to active citizenship and desire for leadership development this past spring. Students applied in unprecedented numbers to the annual District 7910 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, a weekend of learning and leadership development for teens run by Rotarian volunteers, originally scheduled for June 26-28 , 2020 at Fitchburg State University. From the more than three dozen highly qualified BHS applicants, only 10 participants and 5 alternates could be selected to attend the annual event.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA) 2020 Diane Ryan 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Kevin Sullivan:  A Tribute

In the words of our PDG Bob Cassidy, this has been a difficult time for our Bedford club, for we have suffered a terrible loss. How do you say goodbye to an old friend who has been a member of Rotary for 35 years?  Past President, GSE Team Leader, Unsung Hero of D7910, and whether it was RYLA, ESSEX, or Gift of Life, if it involved children and students, especially those from other countries, Kevin was whole-heartedly involved. Kevin and his dear wife Ellen, have hosted numerous students and children from all over the world. A small tribute to Kevin by our club can be found on YouTube:
Kevin Sullivan: A Tribute Victor T. Tom 2020-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

Bedford Rotary Year in Review 2019-2020

A message from Marie Tremblay, club President for 2019-2020:
The 2019-2020 Bedford Rotary year was enlightening and challenging as well as a very rewarding year.    
A special thanks to the 2019-2020 Installation Committee for their support and guidance: Sze-Wen Kuo, Christine Pinney, Nancy Gilroy and Diana Jarvis.Thank you to our neighbor club the Rotary Club of Concord for their collaboration and partnership with our annual Football lunch and our traditional football “BET”.  I want to give special thanks to Dick Hale of Club Concord for his continued Board Advisory.
Bedford Rotary Year in Review 2019-2020 Marie Tremblay 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Congrats scholars!

Every year around this time, our weekly meeting is dedicated to our current scholarship recipients. On Tuesday, we met with the current Rayford Williams Scholarship winners over Zoom, and learned about their plans for the upcoming year.
Congrats scholars! Clifford Rober 2020-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 64 years of the Rotary Club of Bedford! Victor T. Tom 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Need a mask? Paula Gilarde 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Meals for Kids Packaging Event Canceled Bob Cassidy 2020-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange News

The Rotary Club of Bedford is currently seeking student exchange host families for the 2019-2020 school year! We need a 3rd family to host our current inbound exchange student. 
Rotary Exchange News Paula Gilarde 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks For The Memories - and More

When the Pelligrino girls attended Breakfast with Santa this year, they were adding to a decade’s worth of memories of what is a family tradition. “Our family has been attending the Rotary Club Breakfast with Santa every year, except one, since we moved to Bedford in 2008, said the girl’s mom, Elena. “My daughters are now 10 and 13 and remind me of this tradition. We love looking at the photos each year, progressing their ages with Santa. To this day, they are sad we missed that one year”, she says.
Thanks For The Memories - and More  2020-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
This One Change Diverted Over 30 Pounds of Trash from the Landfill Rebecca Neale 2019-12-14 05:00:00Z 0


That’s 33-years since the first Breakfast with Santa. If you’re around 40 years old now, maybe you were there as a kid. If you were, do you remember telling Santa what you wanted for Christmas? And do you remember that it was held in the American Legion Hall? 
THREE DECADES + 3… Marc Hamilton 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Santa’s Coming to Bedford... AGAIN!

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A long time ago Rotarians invited Santa to make a special, early visit to Bedford in December. 

In the spirit of the holidays, come have breakfast with us, they said. Meet our town’s children and their parents.

That’s how the Breakfast with Santa tradition began. Maybe some of you were kids then and remember. Maybe in years past you’ve brought your own children to meet Santa. He returns every year.

Santa’s Coming to Bedford... AGAIN! Marc Hamilton 2019-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

COA Summer BBQ - a good time had by all!

Saturday, August 3rd - Bedford Rotarians helped the Bedford Council on Aging put on their Annual Summer BBQ. This is the third year the Rotary Club of Bedford has helped the COA host and present this popular event for COA members and local visitors.
COA Summer BBQ - a good time had by all! Marc Hamilton 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 Presidents message

Thank you for visiting our site.  I have the honor and privilege to serve as this years President. We have achieved success with many service projects, partnerships and collaborations and we have more successes to catch.  This is all made possible by the commitment of talented members of our club.  Our members are the heart and soul of our club. Individually we accomplish many things, but together we can accomplish anything!
Service is the object of Rotary and we do it with the highest ethical standards.  This year it’s time to be creative with ways to expand our service reach.  I am excited for the great things that 2019-2020 are going to bring.  
Yours in Rotary,
2019-2020 Presidents message 2019-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Bike and Helmet Safety Day

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Saturday, June 1st, is the 2019 Bicycle and Helmet Safety Day.  This annual event is hosted by the Bedford Police Department in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Bedford. 
From 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Mudge Way parking lot opposite the Police Department, Bedford Rotary volunteers give out free, custom fitted helmets for child cyclists while BPD officers instruct riders in bike safety.  The free helmets, made possible through sponsorship by the Bedford Rotary Foundation and Bedford Farms, are all U.S. safety certified for Bike CPSC. 
Members of the Bedford Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway will join Rotarians in the helmet fitting, possibly outfitting a youngster who will be riding in this year's PMC Kids Ride.
The Bedford PMC Kids Ride will be pedaling off from the John Glenn Middle School from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 15th.
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7th Annual Bedford Rotary MEALS for KIDS Event

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Help us feed the world’s hungry in partnership with RISE AGAINST HUNGER, 300 of your friends and neighbors, members of 4 Rotary Clubs, and over 100 employees from Anika Therapeutics and BAE Systems on  Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Middlesex Community College in Bedford.
7th Annual Bedford Rotary MEALS for KIDS Event Jacquelin Apsler 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
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Thanksgiving in Bedford 2018

Posted by Bob Cassidy on Nov 25, 2018
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Each year, the Bedford and Concord Rotary Clubs get together for a football luncheon. One year it is held in Bedford, the next year it is held in Concord. The 2018 luncheon was held in Bedford, and featured a one-of-a-kind speaker: Bedford's own Mike Rosenberg, who has attended 35 years of Thanksgiving football games. He offered a window into his sports-writing technique and reminded us all about what high school sports are all about ...
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