Ayer Rotary Club


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Ducky Wucky Race & Festival Set for May 7
The date for the famous Ducky Wucky River Race is set for May 7 and one lucky duck will win the grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world.  Tickets are now available from Ayer Rotary Club members and participating ticket sellers.
Rotarians pick up the rubber duckies after the race is finished.  
The race will kick off at 4:30 p.m. - rain or shine - with up to 5,000 rubber ducks racing down the Nashua River in Harvard.  The bib number on the winning duck will determine which ticket holder wins the grand prize.  Past prize winners have traveled to Venice, Paris, Tokyo, Cape Town, Sydney, and Jakarta.
Tickets will also be available on race day at the annual Apple Blossom Festival on Harvard Common.  The festival is a popular family attraction featuring live music, shopping, food,children’s games and fire truck rides.  The festival is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ducky Wucky Race & Festival Set for May 7 Melissa Fetterhoff 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z
Ayer Rotary Makes Family Holiday Possible
This is the time of year when most families plan holiday gatherings. But for some area residents, attending a holiday dinner with family simply isn’t possible because they physically can’t leave their homes.  On November 14 and 15, the Ayer, Harvard, Shirley, Devens Rotary Club changed that situation for one Shirley couple. The Club built a wheelchair ramp for two elderly residents who had been virtually housebound for several years.
“This is wonderful,” the ramp recipient, a 92 year old man, said, “I can’t thank you people enough. Now we can go to our daughter’s for Thanksgiving. It will be the first time in years that we’re able to go.” The man’s wife has severe rheumatoid arthritis and was not able to go up and down the three stairs to her front door. In order to leave her home, she had to be physically carried out by two people.
Ayer Rotary Makes Family Holiday Possible Melissa Fetterhoff 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z
Ducky Wucky River Race - May 10, 2014

ImageAnnual Ducky Wucky River Race

May 10, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Grand Prize: Dinner for Two ... Anywhere in the World!!!

Includes: Airfare for two, two nights hotel & dinner for two

Tickets start at $5 for one duck

Details at http://www.duckywucky.org



Ducky Wucky River Race - May 10, 2014 Melissa Fetterhoff 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z
Ayer Rotary Club to Host Senior Citizen BBQ

The Ayer Rotary Club will host its annual Senior Citizen Chicken BBQ Dinner at noon, Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Devens Community Center, 100 Sherman Avenue, Devens.

The dinner is free and open to the senior citizens in Ayer, Shirley, Harvard and Devens. Along with a chicken dinner, seniors will be treated to a concert by the Nashoba Valley Concert Band. No RSVP is required.

Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. Rotarians are business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Ayer Rotary Club meets every Thursday at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirely at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.AyerRotary.com.






Ayer Rotary Club to Host Senior Citizen BBQ Melissa Fetterhoff 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z
Club Donates $1,300 to Harvard Ambulance Service for Two-Way Radios


 Ayer Rotary Club President Melissa Fetterhoff, Dr. Steve Beckman of the Harvard Ambulance Service, and Ayer Rotarian Bill Spacciapoli
The Ayer Rotary Club presented a $1,300 check to the Harvard Ambulance Service for the purchase of four two-way radios for use by EMTs responding to emergencies.  President Melissa presented the donation to Dr. Steve Beckman, director of the Ambulance Service at last week's meeting.

Dr. Beckman was the evening's speaker and told about the efforts of the ambulance service to have round-the-clock staffing and to reduce response times to emergencies.  He particularly stressed the uniqueness of having Bromfield High School students as trained EMTS who are able to leave school and respond to daytime calls.  The busiest period of the day is between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., when they have 43 percent of their calls.

Beckman said they are using a strategy of sending a responding EMT directly to the scene of the call, while another retrieves the ambulance.  This allows the on-scene EMT to assess the situation and begin treatment.  However, he said a lack of two-way radios was impeding the service's efforts to effectively communicate.  

The Harvard Ambulance Service is funded entirely from insurance billing and donations, and it receives no taxpayer support from the town.  However, Beckman said the service's revenues just keep up with expenses, leaving little extra for equipment purchases.

Club Donates $1,300 to Harvard Ambulance Service for Two-Way Radios Melissa Fetterhoff
Apple Blossom Festival - May 10, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Harvard Common
Apple Blossom Festival - May 10, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Harvard Common Jason Kauppi
Comedy Night

Join us for a Night of Comedy!

Saturday November 3, 2012
Bull Run Restaurant
Cocktails (cash bar) at 7:30pm
Show at 8:30pm

The tickets prices are $20 each

To purchase tickets call:
Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce




Comedy Night Melissa Fetterhoff
Chip Guercio Sworn In As Club President
Chip Guercio assumed the presidency of the Ayer Rotary Club for the 2012-13 year at a ceremony June 21, 2012 at The Bull Run Restaurant, owned by the Guercio family and the weekly meeting place for the club.  Joining Chip in the club leadership will be Linda Guinard, Vice President; John Gervais, Treasurer; Earl Hasz, Secretary; Bryan Sawyer, Sergeant at Arms; Jimmy Pinard, Director; Karen Strickland-Sampson, Director; and Melissa Fetterhoff, Immediate Past President.

While Chip typically performs the installation of new officers, the club advisor, Peter Burk, ably and poignantly performed the duties of swearing in all the new officers.  In a speech to the club, Chip urged the members to continue their hard work toward raising money for charitable causes and pursuing service projects both locally and internationally.

Chip Guercio Sworn In As Club President Jason Kauppi


Harvard Resident Wins Rotary’s Ducky Wucky River Race

Grand Prize Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World 

            The Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens is pleased to announce the winner of the 22nd Annual Ducky Wucky River Race held on Saturday, May 12, was Sue Holmes of Harvard.  Holmes won the grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world after her adopted rubbery ducky named Dozer crossed the finish line first.

            The rubber duck adopted by Holmes competed against nearly 4,000 ducks in this year's race on the Nashua River in Harvard. In addition to the grand prize, 43 other entrants won prizes which are listed below and at www.AyerRotary.com.

            Proceeds from this and other Rotary Club fundraisers benefit many charitable causes, including local food pantries, high school scholarships, youth sports programs and international relief efforts.

            "Thank you to Sue Holmes, to everyone who entered this year's Ducky Wucky Race and to our terrific race sponsors who all supported this great community event that helps the Rotary Club provide assistance to those in need both here at home and across the globe," said Melissa Fetterhoff, the club's president for 2011-2012. 

            This year's race sponsors were Ayer Moving and Storage, the Bull Run Restaurant, Closets by Design, Gervais Ford, the Green Turtle Bed and Breakfast, IC Federal Credit Union, Roux Travel, Nashoba Valley Medical Center, and North Middlesex Savings Bank. 

            Holmes purchased the ticket from the Harvard Schools Trust, which for many years has been a ticket-selling partner with the Ayer Rotary Club.  The club splits a portion of the ticket sales with its ticket-selling partners that also include Loaves and Fishes, Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club and the Merrimack Valley Rotary Club.

Prior to the race, the Rotary Club held the 60th Annual Apple Blossom Festival on Harvard Common featuring more than 50 craft vendors as well as rides on an antique fire engine and live music.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!
The Ayer Rotary Club asks you to support the corporate sponsors who help us raise money for charity with the May 12th Apple Blossom Festival and Ducky Wucky River Race.


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Thank You to Our Sponsors! Melissa Fetterhoff
Ayer Rotary Club partners to host Comedy Night




Please join the Ayer and Groton-Pepperell Rotary Clubs for a Night of Comedy on Friday, November 11, 2011 at the Bull Run Restaurant

Cocktails/Cash Bar @ 730pm, Show at 830pm

Tickets $20 each

Tickets Available for Purchase by Calling:

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce (978-772-6976)

Pinards Florist (978-772-3883)

Gervais Ford (978-772-6600) 

 Special thanks to the Event Sponsors:

     Senate Construction Corp
     Catalano Companies
     NorthStar Construction Services
     North Middlesex Savings Bank



Ayer Rotary Club partners to host Comedy Night Melissa Fetterhoff
West Groton Foursome Wins Rotary Golf Tournament


Photo (L to R):  Ed Manzi (Fidelity Bank) and Bill Marshall (North Middlesex Savings Bank)



A powerhouse foursome from West Groton handily rolled into first place at the Rotary Golf Tournament at Red Tail Golf Course on September 15th.  The tournament raised funds for charities supported by the Rotary clubs of Ayer Harvard, Shirley and Devens, as well as Groton and Pepperell.


The winning foursome included West Groton’s Jane Barrett, Fran Dillon, Toni Marhefka, and James Creasia and finished six under par in the best-ball tournament, ahead of the other 55 groups of golfers.  The winners won gift certificates to the pro shop at Red Tail.


“This year’s tournament was a huge success for both clubs because of the generous support of our golfers and our corporate sponsors, those local companies who give so much to help us help our communities,” said Melissa Fetterhoff, President of the Ayer Rotary Club, which serves Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens.


Corporate sponsors for this year’s tournament included top sponsors Alexander Wealth Advisors LLC, The Bull Run Restaurant, North Middlesex Savings Bank, Gervais Ford, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Ten Broeck Insurance Group.  The supporting sponsors included Ayer Oil Co., Conway Chevrolet, Cynthia S. Thomas, CPA, Donelan’s Supermarket, Evans on the Common, Groton Market, Groton Wellness Center, Kauppi Communications Inc., L.F. Robbins Insurance Agency, Melissa M. Tzanoudakis, LLP, Niklaus Painting and Construction, Nikopolous Insurance, Pinard’s Florist and Landscaping Inc., Pepperell Family Pharmacy, Noyes Insurance, Senate Construction Corp., Transition Liquidation Services, Valley Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Wilson Brothers HVAC, Workers Credit Union, golfbagplace.com, Riphaven Inc. and Our Lady of Grace.


Examples of charities that benefit from Rotary donations include Loaves and Fishes, Habitat for Humanity, high school scholarships, senior citizen meals, school book bag project, and Rotary Youth Leadership Alliance grants.  Internationally, the Ayer and Groton clubs contribute to a Honduran medical clinic; PolioPlus, Rotary International's campaign to eradicate polio; clean water projects in Africa and Asia; and various other charities.


The Ayer Rotary Club, serving Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens, meets every Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, in Shirley, and invites area professionals who are interested in learning more about Rotary.


West Groton Foursome Wins Rotary Golf Tournament Melissa Fetterhoff