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WELCOME TO THE DUXBURY ROTARY CLUB
Our club was founded in 1950 and has been an important part of the Duxbury community ever since, providing opportunities to serve others and raising money for important causes.
 
Duxbury Rotary was a key supporter of Club President Razia Jan when she founded her school for girls in Afghanistan, and we continue to support Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation.
 
Every year we run events like the Duck Race to raise funds for Duxbury High School scholarships and for our Good Neighbor Fund, which helps those in the community in need.
 
In 2020 the Club partnered with Duxbury Interfaith Council to launch Duxbury for All, an initiative that aims to address issues of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the town, to help make it a more welcoming community for all.  Read DfA's latest newsletter here. Our Club subscribes to Rotary International’s commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. View a summary of our recent DEI initiatives here (pdf).
 
In 2021 Duxbury for All launched the Duxbury Afghan Resettlement Initiative (DARI) that raises funds and provides facilities to host an Afghan refugee family in town.
 
If these are efforts that interest you, please consider joining!  We meet twice a month to plan events, and we have regular social meetings with spouses and partners.  Please contact our Membership Chair, Elika Dadsetan-Foley at the link below.  
 
WE ARE A PROUD MEMBER OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, that has more than 1.2 million members around the globe, and has been the leader in eradicating polio, with support from the Gates Foundation.
Duxbury Rotary Club partnering with Chandler School Helping Hands Committee
Club member Eimear Gorman is developing a new youth program, that will be launched in Chandler Elementary School on June 21. 
The second grade students will pack socks and other items donated by families, the Rotary Club and local companies.  The bundles will include a picture/letter written by the student to brighten up the recipient's day.  These kindness bundles will be distributed to the homeless in Boston by Duxbury resident William Selvitelle
Support for Ukraine
Duxbury Rotary Club is raising funds to help Ukrainian refugees.  We are working with the Rotary Club in Zamosc, a town in Poland near the Ukraine border, which is directly involved in helping some of the thousands of refugees who are crossing from Ukraine. 
 
 
To make a donation by check, please make it out to Duxbury Rotary Club, show “Ukraine” in the memo section and either drop it off at the Eastern Bank Branch on Depot Street, for credit to Duxbury Rotary Directors’ Account (preferred), or mail it to Duxbury Rotary Club, P O Box 272, Duxbury, MA 02331.  Many thanks for your support!
Duxbury residents Igor and Svitlana Odnovorov and their family, who are helping us coordinate
refugee relief for Ukraine (Photo credit Karen Wong)
Black Tie Bingo
 

Black Tie Bingo

Over 400 people in Duxbury received assistance from the Interfaith Council last winter.  Many Duxbury families will be cold this upcoming winter without your help! The COA Board along with help from the Friends of the COA, Senior Center staff and volunteers join forces to help our neighbors in need.  To this end, we are hosting the: 
10th Annual BLACK TIE BINGO
Saturday June 18th -- 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Duxbury Senior Center
Oysters appetizers, and desserts
Beer and wine available for purchase
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
 
There are many opportunities available to sponsor this worthwhile event.  To learn more about sponsorship, call the Duxbury Senior Center at 781-934-5774. 
 
 
Team Trivia Night
 
“Team Trivia Night”
Saturday, April 23rd 
 
The event was a huge success, raising more than $6,000 to help Ukraine refugees in Poland.  Thanks to everyone who attended and supported this event!
 
 
  All proceeds to support Ukraine refugee relief.
The Good Neighbor Fund
Trouble paying your bills during this difficult time?     
 
If you live or work in Duxbury,
 
contact Duxbury Rotary Club for financial assistance.
 
ALL APPLICATIONS TO OUR GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND ARE CONFIDENTIAL.
 
Use the Contact Us button above.
Duxbury Festival of Lights
 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021 AT 3 PM

Duxbury Town Green (Washington St and Harden Hill Rd)
 

2021 continued to be an incredibly difficult year for all of us. As a country, we are continuously reminded just how important connections with our loved ones are.

Shining a light becomes a symbol of remembering those we have lost, those who may still be suffering, as well as those we may still be supporting. It reminds us that it’s often the little things – the meaningful moments, the shared laughter, the time spent with each other that makes the connection so powerful. 

We hope to celebrate the lives of those so dear to you, and also honor their memory by having you purchase a candle in their name/honor. We will then provide you cards to mail to the individual's families, if you so choose. 

 

We will light the candles on November 28th on the Duxbury Town Green, at the Festival of Lights. If you have ordered candles, you will receive your cards for mailing at the event as well.

All proceeds will go to Duxbury Rotary Club to support charitable causes throughout the town.

 
Come join us to celebrate the winter holidays on Sunday, November 28th at 3:00 pm on the Town Green!
We will have our amazing high school youth choir, cookies, hot cocoa, and more...
Santa will also be there to light the tree and menorah, and take photos with you!!
 
Don't miss this event to kick off our Duxbury holiday season, with the first night of Hanukkah! 
 
Our Sincere "Thanks"
 
 
 
Thank you for helping to make our annual Duck Race a great success.
 
We hope you were able to join us and experienced the joy in the eyes of the children who attended.
 
Through your generosity, we will be able to continue our efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.
 
This past year, we
  • provided scholarships to three DHS Seniors. (Did you know we select them based on their own demonstration of the Rotary motto "Service Above Self"?)
  • provided over $20K to local families who were in economic difficulty. (That's our Good Neighbor Fund at work.)
  • started "Duxbury for All" in conjunction with the Interfaith Council. (That's part of our effort to make Duxbury a more welcoming place for all people.)
That heart that you see in the picture above forms naturally when the ducks drop into the Bluefish River and the current makes it impact on all those individual ducks.
 
The same thing happens in all of us when we work together. That's why we are in Rotary.
 
Maybe you should think about finding out more about us. We'd love to chat.
 
Just click on the "Contact Us" button at the top of the page and drop us a note.
 
 
MegaDuck Sponsors
 
Here are some returning veterans looking to swim to the finish line of our MegaDucks Race on August 28, 2021
 
 
MLK PRAYER SERVICE
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Service
Monday, JAN 18 2021@ 9AM via ZOOM
 
Co-hosted by the Duxbury Interfaith Council & Prejudice Free Duxbury.
 
Service will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by breakout sessions to discuss how we can further Dr. King's dream in the year to come.
Meeting ID: 863 1905 0821
Can We Talk?
We believe that to end the divisiveness in our country, we need to understand and respect each other.  
Listening to what we have to say about important issues facing us in our capital and in every community, is the first step.
 
Please join in a town-wide Zoom meeting to discuss the events in Washington last week, and the future of our country and community.
Hosted by Prejudice Free Duxbury, this Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7pm.
 
(NOTE: This event occurred in 2021 and "Prejudice Free Duxbury" is now known as "DuxburyforAll". )
 
 
 
It's Showtime with Santa!!!

 

DUXBURY VIRTUAL TREE LIGHTING

HOLIDAY SPECIAL PROGRAM

PACTV, DECEMBER 6, 2020 AT 5:00 PM

The Duxbury Rotary Holiday Special will be available on Community Television (Comcast 13 and Verizon 43) and on the PAC-TV Facebook page, at 5 pm on December 6th. To make the event a celebration that everyone can embrace, the Duxbury Rotary Holiday Special will include symbols from different faiths, including both a Christmas tree and a Menorah, and seasonal music from around the world. 

This year’s event will be dedicated to all the essential workers who’ve been serving the community throughout the pandemic. The event will end with a surprise thank you for them, so make sure you tune in!

 

Prejudice Has No Place in Duxbury

We need your help. Please join us in making lasting change.

Prejudice Free Duxbury ( a collaboration between Duxbury Rotary and Duxbury No Place for Hate sent a letter to the editor of The Duxbury Clipper last week but it hasn't been published.  Here is the letter for your review. Please be sure to visit the Prejudice Free Duxbury website and tell us which task force you want to join.  The time to act is now.

"Dear Duxbury Clipper:

We’re writing to express our concern about the extremely negative posts we’re seeing on social media by supporters of candidates for local and national contests. The degree of prejudice expressed against religious and gender groups is shocking in this day and age, and a clear sign that we’re not as open and welcoming a town as we purport to be.
Since founding Prejudice Free Duxbury this spring, we’re often asked if racial, ethnic, religious and gender bias are still issues here. These social posts are proof positive that not just bias, but full-blown bigotry is still alive in Duxbury and neighboring communities.
If your readers are as appalled by the level of vitriol in these posts as we are, and would like to do something about it, we invite them to join us in our campaign to make Duxbury a truly safe and welcoming community for all. We have three task forces that have begun work on the issue—educating the public, engaging local organizations, identifying systemic issues and solutions—and need volunteers to help on each of them. To learn more about our work and sign up to help, please visit our website https://www.PrejudiceFreeDuxbury.org  .
 
(2021 NOTE:  The name "Prejudice Free Duxbury" has been changed to "Duxbury for All" you can find the new website here. )

Sincerely,
Catherine Cullen
Tara Downes
Fred L’Ecuyer
Brenda Hamadeh
Rev. Philomena Hare
Maarten Hemsley
Christian Koomey
Karl Kunz
Laura Neprud
Julius Prince
Joe Soares
Bruce Rutter
Anne Ward
Karen Wong "