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At a recent virtual ceremony, Dan Walbourne was installed as Rotary Club of Woburn President for 2020 - 2021. Dan is currently a branch manager at Reading Cooperative Bank. Part of the inaugural festivities was a "car parade" past Danny's house with some 15 cars, mostly Rotary members, to help celebrate and commemorate the event.


District Foundation Chair Liz Cullen
LONGTIME ROTARIAN LIZ CULLEN has come to know many in Woburn Rotary and is the District Foundation Chair from 2016-2019 and spoke to us on a wide variety programs that impact the Rotary Foundation has had on the world - especially eradicating polio. 
Her commitment, dedication and expertise is a true asset to our District. In District 7780, Liz was Past District Governor in 2007 – 2008 and also served as District 7780 Foundation Chair. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Newburyport since 1997 and has served as secretary, treasurer, president, their Interact liaison and Foundation chair. In 1993, she received the Newburyport Rotary Club’s President’s Citation for Service Above Self. She has served District 7780 as an Assistant Governor, chaired the District Membership Committee and was a member of District 7780 Conference and Program Chair. In February 2004, she was a member of an NID Team to India. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor. She is one active Rotarian, or is it four or five in one!  
She covered some 10 topics where Rotary International has had a major impact, including making India polio-free, along with other countries, while neighboring countries have very few cases. 
She covered a wide variety of topics “To Do Good in the World”  and reviewed some efforts by clubs like the Salem Road and Peabody Rotary Club. 
Programs like having Columbians wash their hands properly, scholarships for students, education for schools in Kenya and Guatemala City and others had her attention and ours, too.
Woburn Rotary Club Members enjoying 2016 holiday party.The 2016 Woburn Rotary Holiday Party and Raffle was a great success!
For the second year, a holiday raffle was the highlight of the club's holiday party. Club members raised over $3,000 to support our charitable work by selling $50 raffle tickets that gave people a chance to win a package of local restaurant gift certificates or the grand prize of $1,000 cash. Congrats to our own Richard Archambault for being the lucky winner of that big prize!
In addition to drawing the raffle prize winners, we also enjoyed a Yankee Swap. We set a $10 limit on gifts, to concentrate resources on the raffle, and encouraged creativity. The membership certainly came through on that front! Thanks to member Susan Hartmere for initiating and leading the Yankee Swap activity.
The Holiday Party was held at the Woburn Elks Lodge, which has just recently been chosen as our club's new regular meeting venue.
Jay Ash, Secretary for Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, joined our Club on October 4 to discuss the Baker Administration's economic development initiatives. He provided an upbeat assessment of the state's economic prospects and shed some insight into the workings of the Baker Administration. Secretary Ash noted that there is a strong team environment amongst the Cabinet members, and he fit right in despite his affiliation with the Democratic Party.
A number of guests, including Mayor Scott Galvin and City Council President Richard Haggerty, joined club members to hear Secretary Ash speak. Mayor Galvin thanked the Secretary for the very constructive working relationship Woburn has enjoyed with him and his colleagues in the Baker Administration.
Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. He previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Secretary Ash’s leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. Secretary Ash has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts. He previously served as co-founder and vice-chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, as past president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as a board member of the public policy think tank MassINC, the staff director to the Massachusetts House Majority Leader, and as an elected trustee of his alma mater, Clark University.

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Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. In the photo above, our Club President poses with Student Government Day participants, one of the many community events we sponsor. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back. Giving back doesn't have to be hard...for instance, our annual golf tournament is our biggest fundraiser for local charities! Join us for a Tuesday lunch meeting to learn more! 
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Rotary Club of Woburn, an organization that promotes programs that enhance the quality of life for residents in the Woburn Community.  The Rotary Club of Woburn is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program.  This
Woburn –based organization was chosen from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process.
Representing Rotary Club of Woburn, President William Sullivan and Treasurer Dan Walbourne joined 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector.  With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $220 million to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.
The Rotary Club of Woburn is grateful to receive generous funds from Cummings Foundation. With this substantial grant our club will be able to:
  • Furnish a defibrillator to a worthy organization each year,
  • Install CO Monitors in elderly homeowners’ residences,
  • Supply local Veterans with new undergarments and socks,
  • Donate Birthday Party Bags filled with items to celebrate a child’s special day,
  • Host a luncheon for Woburn Memorial High School Seniors to celebrate their participation in Student Government Day,
  • Utilize the Fire Safety House at all city wide events and all elementary schools in Woburn.  This will teach the children how to react to smoke and fire in a safe way.
The “100K for 100” program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties.  Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties.  Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
“We are indebted to the nonprofit organizations like The Rotary Club of Woburn that have a meaningful positive impact on the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,: said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director.  “We are delighted to invest in their important programs and services.”
The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at
The Rotary Club of Woburn, established in 1924, is part of the organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world.   The Mission of the Rotary Club of Woburn is to encourage Service as a way to address the needs of the global and local community.
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn.  Bill Cummings released his self written memoir, “Starting Small and Making it Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist,” in March 2018.  Additional information is available at and
THE ROTARY CLUB OF WOBURN’S new club President Susan Hartmere was installed into office last in the last week of June along with over three dozen of her counterparts from across the Rotary district. Hosted at the Danversport Yacht Club, it was the kick-off celebration of the 2018-19 Rotary year.
Out-going District Governor David Gardner commented, “We wanted our club level leaders to make sure they felt supported all around and understand that we’re all in this together, like a team. We encouraged all Rotarians to focus on a project they are passionate about, do that project well, and know that humanity will be better for it.”
The celebration was attended by over 325 people, all there to recognize their local-level leaders, district advisors, and volunteers.
Woburn Rotarian Jim Major was also installed as a Rotary International Assistant Governor for Rotary District 7930. Rotary District 7930 encompasses 47 Rotary Clubs in the Merrimack Valley, North Shore, Cape Ann and Greater Boston areas. A Rotary Assistant Governor is selected by the acting District Governor based on recommendations, achievements, knowledge and experience in Rotary. The primary role of an Assistant Governor is to help the local level club become more effective in areas such as service, membership, public image, and club administration. A Rotary Assistant Governor may also help a Rotary Club connect to another local area project, international service opportunity or provide guidance on accessing the programs available through the Rotary Foundation. During this Rotary Year, Major was assigned to work with the Rotary Clubs of Lexington, Melrose, Reading, and Wilmington and is one of eighteen Assistant Governors selected to serve this year.
The new leadership term officially began on July 1, 2018 and Susan will serve until June 30, 2019.
Registration is now open for the 24th Annual R. Wade Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. This year the tournament will be held on Monday, July 9th. 2018. We have a morning tee time once again at the popular and convenient Andover Country Club.
The easiest way to register is to visit our tournament webpage. While there, you can also check out sponsorship opportunities, which start at just $150 to sponsor a hole. 
He was still smiling and chipper and eager to get on with his life. Sgt. Dic Donohue, a Winchester native and former North Woburn resident and MBTA Transit Police officer, came to speak to our Rotary Club on March 8. Sgt. Donahue reflected on the Boston Marathon shootings where he was nearly killed in a wild exchange of gunfire in the morning of April 19, 2013, with two brothers, whose case has received widespread publicity.
Sgt. Donohue lived in North Woburn at the time of the shooting so the case brought a lot of media coverage to the city. “I’m stronger than ever before as I see there is more silver lining to remember, along with all the other good stuff,” he reflects. The outpouring of affection, assistance and encouragement from people has been tremendous, he says, noting everyone wants to do something to make life a whole lot better these days. “I can think of Woburn and all the people who came forth from the mayor to the chief of police and all those people who brought items like groceries to my house.”
Sgt. Donahue relived his post-Marathon experience when a bullet severed a femoral artery causing severe blood loss on-site in Watertown. He was given immediate lifesaving care, prolonged CPR, and received multiple blood transfusions. Today, he is walking normally … almost. To the casual observer, he is upright and has pep in his step but he will confide with others about his badly-damaged lower left leg and ankle. “It really hurts some days,” he will admit. However, learning to live life all over again has been his goal since the shooting, which required two months in the hospital for rehabilitation. “I am stronger than ever before,” he said in his talk to the club.
“There is more to a new silver lining than the pain,” he recounts, determined to get over the April 19 experience. “I just keep remembering all the good stuff.” Donohue, a graduate of Winchester High in 1998, came to live in Woburn in 2011 and over a year ago moved to a larger house in Reading. He lived off Elm Street Street on Sunnyside Road, a site where a bevy of activity took place back in April 2013 and for several months later. “I was really part of the town,” he says, citing all the pluses in the school system and the compassion of Woburn townspeople. “In all, I had an incredible group of people around me from the likes of the Winchester police, the doctors, the nurses. They all gave me some great inner strength.”
He shared with the audience his own goals in life. As a youngster and later, he said he had to “learn to be adaptable” and he re-learned this principle again after the shooting. He said he learned a lot just watching the doctors, nurses, EMTs and others do their job and more. ..and going over and above on everything. He says he has applied the principles now to his everyday life and his endurance has picked up “and I am adaptable.” April 2013 The Boston Marathon, he said, was like it always was: even his boarding a bus form Hopkinton into Boston. “I can remember my partner raising the question: Do we need our bullet proof vests today?” “Things were so normal,” he confessed. Then, he remembered, one bomb going off, then another. There were fatalities and many injured, he remembered. And, all the confusion. In turn, the next day came around fast and was a continuation of the disastrous day near the Boston Public Library. “I believe it was shortly before 1 a.m. and we had assembled some 100 officers,” he recounted. “There was more gunfire and the next thing I knew (other officers) were pulling me to safety.”
Then came the ambulance ride and 6-8 hours of surgery. Boston, he said, is fortunate to have such high level treatment for people with gunshots wounds because they are highly-trained in treating patients. “I was basically in a coma for a couple of days,” he added, not remembering anything. “Then, I looked around, and saw all the people who had saved my life." His mind, he said, reflected on many things, including being in the police academy where such training is covered, so they quickly put their guns in the holster “and got out the aid kits to save my life.” People came bedside like his wife Kimberly Marie, his brother and a college friend, as he weathered in a lot of pain those first few days and months. At one point, he was given about a two percent chance to live. He described how he managed to pull through as a result of great care and support, and his personal resiliency.
He had worked in law enforcement as a member of the MBTA Transit Police Department since 2010 and just retired a month ago. He missed 23 months of work and thereafter was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. For his actions in Watertown, he received the state’s highest law enforcement award, the George L. Hanna Medal of Honor and the department’s highest award, the MBTA Transit Police Medal of Honor. He’s also been recognized by over 20 law enforcement and civic organizations. Donohue is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds Master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Prior to a career in law enforcement, Sgt. Donohue worked in the hospitality industry and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. In recent days, he also works as a spokesman and board member of the American Red Cross, an organization he credits for his survival. He lives in Reading with his wife Kimberly Marie, and son.
Adapted from a story that first appeared the The Hide.

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