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Rotary seeking nominations of leading sophomores

For the fifth year, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland’s Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award program will recognize leading sophomores who invest themselves in “service above self, focusing on leadership and community service.” 

Any student can be nominated by a member of the community through this very simple nomination form by October 1, 2021 and January 15, 2022. 

Since launching the Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in 2017, the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has recognized 44 sophomores and has sponsored 10 each year to attend the RYLA Conference in June. 

Selected students will be recognized at virtual and in-person events.

Rotarian Patricia MacNeil, vice president of the Village Bank in Wayland, says that “the students who are nominated and selected for the Rising Youth Leadership Award embody each word in the name. They're sophomores — 15 and 16 year olds — who are committed to contributing and leading, and are aspiring to be great citizens of their communities.

"These are young people to watch, and to follow! They are improving our communities now and for the future." 

Read the whole article on Wicked Local, but first, nominate a sophomore today! 

Rotarians come out in full force at Weston 9/11 Remembrance

We gathered on the Weston Town Green Saturday, September 11 at 8:30 AM. After a brief ceremony and instructions from Town staff, the bell sounded at First Parish Church to signify the first moment of the attacks and thus the moment that we began placing the flags.  Approximately 3,000 flags were placed, signifying one flag for each life lost that day. Many residents gathered to pay tribute especially on this 20th anniversary of the tragic event.  Weston and Wayland Rotarians (we even found a Waltham Rotarian) came out in full force to help place the flags and remember.  Thank you!
 
 
Back Row: Joy Viola, Richard DeVito, Sr., Mark Messina, John Marchiony, Tim Gavin, Richard DeVito, Jr., Blake Munson, Doug Leard. 
Middle Row: Ciaran Gavin, Brenda DeVito, Eileen DeVito, Thomas Wintle, Bruce Lee, Elizabeth Messina, and Florence Nagadya. 
Front Row: Mairead Gavin, Abigail Gavin, Timmy Gavin, and Marilyn Hirsch
Also present by not pictured: Jan Luchetti; Annette, Robert and Jonathan Blackburn; Paul Lualdi, and I am sure there are more that I am missing (I apologize)
Adoption is challenging work. We've adopted the Sears Field and started reclaiming it from extensive invasive plants. On Saturday, August 28th (10-12) all are invited to join us to clear more and more, release some energy on the bad plants, and meet some nice people. See more info about the project, parking at the Melone Homestead to reach the field, and sign up to volunteer here. 
Rotarian Rob Mosher (above) arrives at the field with two chainsaws, both of which were put to good use. Below, six of the fourteen Rotarians who worked on Thursday, July 15 made a great big dent in the eastern border of the field.
 
The Conservation Team from the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland has been busy at work surveying the adopted field, the Sears Field, off of Crescent Street in Weston. 
We are excited to welcome 4 new members on July 1st, the Rotary New Year! 
 
Jeanne Richardson, Florence Nadagya, Marilyn Hirsch, Tricia Liu were inducted as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on Thursday, July 1.
 
Immediately after inducting them, President Paul announced that all four had volunteered to co-lead the Speakers Series Team along with Susan Howards, another WW Rotarian who joined us in 2021. 
 
June 17, 2021 was the first in-person gathering since the beginning of the pandemic for the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland. This event marked the annual award ceremony with which the new President Paul Lualdi received his new – official – presidential gavel!  
 
Special guests included District Governor Diana Nestorova and Joseph De Vito, President and CEO of Village Bank. DG Diana presented the 2020-21 Rotary Club of the Year award
 
WW Rotary also presented two Paul Harris Fellow awards to Jan Luchetti and John Marchiony. Their hard work and dedication to building the club up to what it is today led the Board of Directors to orchestrate the presentation of the highest honor that one can be awarded to a Rotarian to recognize their efforts.
 
Congratulations to all of the award winners. You do amazing work.
 
See the whole article that appeared in the Wayland and Weston Town Criers, published by Wicked Local
The Rotary 7910 District Conference on May 21-22, 2021 proved to be very successful for the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland, winning 10 awards (6 Club and 4 individual) at the 2-day conference:  
 
Club Awards:
  1. Club of the Year 
  2. Net Membership Growth: 1st Place. 100% more net membership growth than any other Rotary Club in the District -- 9 net new members for WW Rotary. Ron Bott said: "And finally, with an outstanding net gain of nine new members, active members from January 1 to May 15. The Weston-Wayland Rotary Club will receive a $1,000 cash award funded service project, organized by its newer members.

  3. District Membership: Gold Award
  4. District Service: Bronze Award
  5. Youth Programs: Silver Award
  6. DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Club Citation
 
Individual Awards:
Avenues of Service AwardJan Luchetti honored for her extraordinary service to the club in the five Avenues of Service — club, vocational, community, international, and youth service.  She has contributed an extraordinarily large quantity of time across all our programming initiatives.
 
Significant Service Award - "The Saplings Project" chaired by Mark Messina This award recognizes Rotary clubs for projects that made an impact and gives district recognition to club activities that address a significant problem or need.
 
Unsung Hero - Rob Mosher for always stepping up to help wherever needed.  Initiated and chaired the Christmas Tree Sale.
 
District Innovators - John Marchiony for expanding the Rotary Business Networking Series into the District 7910 Rotary@Work initiative. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO RCWW!! 
The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland goes big for Earth Day 2021 by restarting the tradition of giving each first grader in Weston and Wayland a tree seedling for Earth Day. This year the club will also distribute seedlings to each second grader in both towns since the program was canceled last year due to school closings. This brought the count of seedlings distributed this year to 800 and almost 1500 since the inception of this project in 2018.
 

 
Mark Messina, Rotary Earth Day Committee Chair said, “We are very fortunate to have such great leadership in our schools. Every principal responded quickly and enthusiastically to our program”. Patty McNeil, Vice President of the Village bank in Wayland and longtime Rotarian was instrumental in securing the funding for this project as part of the Village Bank’s continued community support of Rotary events.

Janika LeMaitre and Betsy Millane  joined the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland on Thursday, March 18. 

“My father,” explained LeMaitre, “was the president of a Rotary Club near Perth, so I was attuned to the Rotary mission of service when I moved to Weston. As soon as I reached out, I felt warmly welcomed by the Rotary members, and we’ve already had some great laughs. I clearly see ways I can contribute to our communities, both locally and more broadly.” 

Betsy Millane is a Needham resident and a realtor in Wellesley whose instincts for client service were sharpened at an early age by her father, a real estate professional who instilled in Betsy the importance of owning every facet of the transaction for her clients. Millane met Weston-Wayland Rotarians through the Business Networking Series, but she joined because of the Club’s commitment to service.

Click "read more" below or see the article that appeared in the Town Crier newspaper and on WickedLocal.com.

On Thursday, February 11th, we celebrated eight high-impact sophomores we selected to receive our Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award: Madison Jenkins, Johnny Andreasen, Caroline Curley, Ella Kim, Nicholas Cross, Theo Luu, Natalie Rassiger, and Maya Lee. 

The Weston Media Center collaborated with us to produce and capture a dynamic celebration that you can see on the Weston Media Center's video on demand platform. See the show. 

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