Watertown Rotary Club Growing, Adding New Initiatives

Charlie BreitroseWatertown Rotary President Kim Severino pins new member Christian Dallas at a ceremony on March 28. Coming out of the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Watertown struggled with attendance at its weekly lunch meetings and events, but recently, the club’s membership has started growing. On March 28, three new members were inducted as Rotary Club members in a ceremony held at Demos Watertown: Diane DiMascio Cinar of CK Realty Group, Christian Dallas of Dallas Insurance, and Massimo Zeppa of Keller Williams Realty. All three of the new members said that Rotary’s service mission attracted them. “I am so happy to be a Rotary member,” said DiMascio Cinar.

Rotary Club Collects Toys, Installs President & Board at Holiday Mixer

Charlie BreitroseRotary Club President Kim Severino, second from left, is installed along with members of the board: from left, Ray DuPuis, Paul DerBoghosian, Dan D’Amico, John Nealon, and Curtis Whitney. The following information was provided by the Rotary Club of Watertown:

On Nov. 30, The Rotary Club of Watertown hosted its inaugural Community Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive, where unwrapped toys and gift cards were generously donated by event attendees for the Whooley Foundation. The Club also installed its President and board members. Toy Drive

The toy drive was organized in cooperation with Lexus and Toyota of Watertown.

Watertown Rotary Club Invites Public to Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive

The Rotary Club of Watertown is excited to announce that it will be hosting a Community Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive! The event will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites Boston/Watertown on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

In the spirit of Rotary’s mantra “service before self,” the club is pleased to announce that it will be collecting unwrapped toys for the Sonny Whooley Foundation in cooperation Lexus and Toyota of Watertown. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, the proceeds of which will directly support the clubs community service initiatives in the coming year.  

Members of the greater Watertown business, philanthropic, and civic communities are invited to join us for an evening of connection, conversation, and celebration as we kick off the holiday season and raise a toast to our community.  

Attendees should plan to bring an unwrapped toy for the Whooley Foundation, but the event is otherwise free of charge. Complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks, and hors d’oeuvres will we served. 

The Hampton Inn is located at 25 Bond St., Watertown, in Arsenal Yards.

Rotary Club Spreads Valentine’s Greetings to Seniors Through Service Project

Rotary Club of WatertownMembers of the Rotary Club of Watertown, and some guests, wrote Valentine’s Day cards for seniors in town. Dozens of seniors around Watertown received Valentine’s Day cards thanks to the Rotary Club of Watertown. A group of four Rotarians, and two potential new members, gathered at Panera Bread one morning in January to write out cheerful messages for the recipients, said Lilia Weisfeldt, president of Watertown Rotary. “We created 100 personalized cards for local seniors,” Weisfeldt said. The cards were printed by one of the Rotary members, and delivered to the Watertown Senior Center by another member.

Make Valentine’s Day Cards for Seniors, Teachers & Others with the Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Watertown invites the public to join them to make Valentine’s Day cards for local seniors, teachers and other service workers. The card making event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 321 Arsenal St. in Watertown. “We would love to have any interested community members join us (kids and adults welcome) in our card making!”

Watertown Rotary Club Hosting 50/50 Raffle to Raise Money for Senior Cookout, Scholarships & More

The following information was provided by the Rotary Club of Watertown:

This is your chance to win big (right in time for the holidays!) AND help the Rotary Club do good in Watertown! 

Join us for our Holiday Celebration and Raffle Drawing on Tuesday 12/7 from 6pm – 7:30pm at Donohue’s (87 Bigelow Ave., Watertown)! The Rotary Club of Watertown is part of Rotary International, a global network of volunteers who share a passion for enhancing communities and improving lives around the world. The Rotary Club here in Watertown was chartered in 1925 and our members participate in an array of service projects that address community needs at home and abroad. Some of our favorite local service projects & donations include:

– Our annual Senior Citizen Cookout where we treat over 200 Watertown senior citizens to a BBQ lunch and entertainment from local dance studios

– Partnering with Operation American Soldier to pack care packages that are sent to US Soldiers serving around the world

– In 2017, the Rotary Club launched Food for Thought, a program focused on ending childhood hunger and food insecurity in Watertown and allowing kids to come to school with full bellies and the ability to focus on learning. Each week, bags of food are packed and distributed to participating kids so that they will have access to enough food over the weekend.

College Scholarships Available from the Watertown Rotary Club

The following information was provided by the Rotary Club of Watertown:

All residents of Watertown who are high school seniors and applying to college are eligible for Watertown Rotary Scholarships. The amount of each award and the number of scholarships granted are determined on a yearly basis. All eligible residents must submit completed applications, postmarked no later than April 16, 2021, to:

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEEROTARY CLUB OF WATERTOWNc/o Anthony Donato

42 Arden RoadWATERTOWN, MA 02472

The form must be completed in full and accompanied by a transcript and letter of recommendation to be considered a valid application. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. All information supplied on this form will be kept strictly confidential.

Santa Visits Watertown Square for Tree Lighting Celebration

Santa Claus poses for photos during the Watertown Tree Lighting celebration. Dozens of children and their parents stood on a snow covered Watertown Square Delta Friday evening awaiting the delivery of a special package: Santa Claus. Frosty the Snowman entertained the crowd as they awaited Santa’s arrival. Saint Nick arrived in a Watertown Fire Department SUV for the ninth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, which was hosted by the Rotary Club of Watertown and Watertown Savings Bank. Santa Claus steps out of a Watertown Fire Department SUV for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.