Northborough – The Rotary Club of Northborough celebrated its 40th year with a dinner at the Royal Plaza in Marlborough. The dinner was attended by past and present Rotarians, including the current District Gov. Tom Polito, Past District Gov. and Northborough Rotarian Ed King, District Gov.-elect Rich Dietz from the Southborough Rotary Club, and Assistant District Govs. Vera Cassinelli and Tom Sturiale.
Town officials included Town Administrator John Coderre, Board of Selectmen Chair Jeff Amberson, and Susan Templeton, who represented state Rep. Harold Naughton's office. Both Coderre and Templeton presented proclamations to the Rotary Club for its 40 years of service to the town of Northborough.
Highlighting the evening was a Paul Harris Fellow award presented to Charles Gobron, a longtime educator and superintendent of schools for Northborough and Southborough. The Rotary Club of Northborough recognized Gobron's many contributions to the community as representative of the Rotary Foundation goals of educational and humanitarian service. A contribution was made to the Rotary Foundation in Gobron's name.
Founded on Nov. 1, 1971, by 23 businessmen, the Rotary Club has continuously served the community of Northborough through its scholarship program, youth leadership weekend, and support for the town's food bank and fuel assistance programs. The club has raised funds for school defibrillators, provided car seats for needy families, and built the Cold Harbor Brook Trail. In addition, the Northborough Rotary Club has joined in support of educational assistance to Haiti, medical assistance to Guyana, and raised funds for the PolioPlus program of Rotary International.
The Northborough Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon, at the Celtic Tavern on Route 9.