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. 
Registration Open for Annual Golf Tournament Brian Ouellette 2018-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Susan Hartmere Installed as President at District Event - June 2018 Brian Ouellette 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
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
Woburn Rotary Awarded Cummings Foundation Grant Mary Laing 2018-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Haggerty
Student Government speaker…
Jay Ash advises student to 
stay the course, be strong
TWO WEEKS AGO, The Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash urged Woburn students at our Student Government Day dinner to be  resolute, hard working, to stay the course with their government efforts and to be ready to meet the long-range challenges of life and the business world.
“It’s great to see all of you students so involved in government and some of you may end up in public service,” he remarked at the start.
The luncheon was sponsored by our Woburn Rotary Club at the Elks Hall in East Woburn.
“The fact you took some time to do what did is important,” he said at the outset.
He traced his own experience as a student in government as well as working as the city manager of Chelsea from 2000-2014 as one example. He cited the seemingly small things like working for Democrat Congressman (now Senator) Edward Markey, who also served Woburn over those year and cited the fact as a student (and a Democrat) he came to work and learn from the Congressman’s efforts. “The event are not only interesting at the time but also preparing you for future tasks in life.”
And, at several junctures, he exclaimed: “You never know who is watching you!”
He cited this fact in both public or private life whether the person goes into the public sector or the business sector. “You never know who is watching you,” he re-iterated at several junctures.
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. 
Since joining the Baker-Polito Administration, Secretary Ash has prioritised efforts to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic development priorities, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across Massachusetts.
Under Secretary Ash’s leadership, the Commonwealth has substantially increased its commitment to public infrastructure that unlocks economic development, to the revitalization of Brown fields, to workforce training equipment, and to the development and commercialisation of emerging technologies. 
He has led efforts to increase affordable housing production, to redevelop and modernize public housing communities, and to substantially reduce the number of homeless families sheltered in motel rooms. 
Secretary Ash has played a leadership role in the recruitment and expansion of major employers, including Amazon, General Electric, IBM Watson Health, Kronos, and Siemens.
Woburn Student Government Day James Haggerty 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Successful Holiday Party and Raffle 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Secretary Jay Ash Reports on State Economic Development Initiatives 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Woburn Rotary Club welcomes our 2016/17 Junior Rotarians. Back to school for the Woburn Rotary Club means we get to welcome a new group of Junior Rotarians! We always look forward to meeting the wonderful students who are selected from the Interact Club for this role. This year's Junior Rotarians are Matt Burke, Matt Power and Divesh Patel (missing from photo). The two Matts were welcomed by the Club at a recent meeting along with their advisor, Devin McDonough. 
Welcome to our Junior Rotarians 2016-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
The R.Wade Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament held on July 18, 2016, was a great success! We had strong participation from club members, friends and colleagues. The 22nd annual tournament was held for the first time in the morning, which enabled us to enjoy our golf outing at Andover Country Club before the searing temperatures became unbearable. This was also the first time that we used the "Best Ball" format, which helped to keep play moving along nicely.
At a recent meeting, Golf Committee Chair Danny Walbourne reported that the event generated gross revenue of $25,133 and a net profit of $13,608. The revenue included $10,480 from sponsors, including many regular supporters along with some new ones. The live auction brought in $1,400 and the on course fundraisers contributed $1,703 to the totals.
President Janna Mazza and the Golf Committee would like to extend thanks to all of the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who made the event a success. Special thanks to the Johnson family for their continued support. See you next year!
Golf Tournament a Great Success! 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Janna Mazza was installed as our new Woburn Rotary Club President last week at the District 7930 Installation Dinner. She was joined by a table full of Woburn Rotarians at the Danversport Yacht Club who came to support her at the annual ceremony.
President Janna follows Dan Lannan, who served the club ably during the 2015/2016 Rotary year. Janna officially assumed the club president role as of July 1, 2016.
Janna Mazza Installed as New Club President 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
UMass President Marty Meehan speaks at Woburn Student Government Day Luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club.Our Rotary Club recently continued its tradition of hosting the annual Student Government Day Luncheon. UMass President Marty Meehan was on hand to serve as our keynote speaker. He offered students encouraging words about his own success, a result of setting goals, hard work and getting a good education. President Meehan was certainly a perfect speaker for Student Government Day, providing insight from his time serving in Congress.
Mayor Scott Galvin joined with Meehan, along with student mayor Carlos Luiz Freitas, to provide greetings at the noontime dinner event by the Woburn Rotary Club at the Crowne Plaza’s main ballroom. The full ballroom was also greeted by Rotary Club president  Daniel Lannan. On the first day, the students met their counterparts in the rotunda of City Hall and were then given an overview of the 2-day program, including a mock City Council meeting.  On the second day, students joined with their counterparts in city government and went through the daily routines and job functions of each department from the police and fire chief to the city engineer and others.
UMass President Meehan Speaks at Student Government Day 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Officer Wounded by Marathon Bombers Speaks 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0