The Natick Rotary Club is an organization made up of business and professional leaders in the community, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and help build goodwill.
We meet every Tuesday at 12:15 PM at the Dolphin Restaurant in downtown Natick. Meetings traditionally include a luncheon, reports on service projects, fund-raising and fellowship, singing, and a stimulating program featuring a speaker or presentation. The meeting adjourns promptly at 1:30 PM.
How do we work?
Natick Rotary Club’s mission is to encourage the ideals of service which focus on addressing real community concerns to ensure that the projects that are undertaken have relevance to the community. We will continue to support the programs of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs
Our club is made up of a diverse group of members who are interested in providing service to the town of Natick. This service comes in the form of raising funds to support our community partners and in providing hands on support wherever we can be of service in town.
Our service projects include:
Major Fund Raisers:
Tour De Natick- Annual family bike ride on Father’s Day
Natick Rotary Club Golf Tournament – held annually in September
- $10,000 in College scholarships to Natick High School graduating Seniors
- Make Difference Grant program providing funds for middle school students to keep them connected to school and their peers
- Grants to 15 different non-profit organizations in the Natick area who provide a variety of services to the residents of Natick
- Support the international organization Angles of Hope which provides medical services for the people of Uganda
- Open Door – Provide and serve meals to underserved Natick residents monthly
- Natick Service Counsel Food Pantry – Staff monthly
- Senior community service project – Provide and distribute helpful items to senior citizens
- Deliver Thanksgiving meal baskets for the underserved
- Provide personnel for the Natick Service Counsel holiday gift drive
On December 14, 1926, a group of businessmen gathered together at the home of J. Alden Wentworth, 14 West Central Street, Natick. The organization proceedings began with the help of Edward H. Howard, Special Representative of Rotary International and a member of the Framingham Rotary Club.
The first organizational meeting was held on December 28, 1926 at the Old Natick Inn, South Natick, with Ed Howard presiding. The presentation of the Charter was made a few months later on February 28, 1927 by District Governor William David at Concert Hall, Clark’s Block on Main Street.
The program began with the invocation delivered by Reverend Ted Lathrop of Framingham. Dignitaries present were Governor Billy Davis and Past District Governor Bob Hill. The evening’s entertainers were Whiting’s “Early Birds” Quarter, Big Brother Bob Emergy, Enos Held, Russell P. Wentworth and the Framingham Rotary Club Boys’ Band. The sumptuous meal consisted of a fine selection of twenty-two delights including twelve desserts.