Phyllis Theermann

The Rotary Club of Wellesley will be holding its first Repair Café event on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Wellesley Recreation Center, Room 008.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places that are all about repairing things (together) rather than tossing them out. At the Repair Café event, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make many effective repairs to clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, gadgets, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find volunteers with varying repair skills in all kinds of fields. There are currently over 1,300 Repair Cafés worldwide, with more communities joining regularly – this will be the first such event in Wellesley, and it should be a lot of fun.

Here’s how it works: Registered guest visitors bring their broken items from home. With the help of the volunteer specialists on site, they start analyzing the damage, deciding whether the repair can be done, and then picking up tools to attempt their repairs right there in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process for everyone. If you have nothing to repair, you can just drop by to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while you watch and learn. Or you can even lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get some repair inspiration at the reading table – by leafing through available books on repairs and DIY.

To join in the learning and fun, and to learn much more about the event and how to participate, please register at the following link: Repair Café / Rotary Club of Wellesley. If you have an item
to repair, just register to attend the Café as a guest by filling out the form at the bottom of the page, and please list the item you want to repair in the comments section of the registration form – one item to a guest, please.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact John Adams at or 617-817- 0314.  The more details they know about your repair before the event, the better they can plan to have the necessary parts and tools available for the repair.

If you already have repair skills and want to help others out, please register as a volunteer on the website form; once again, the link is Repair Café / Rotary Club of Wellesley.


Phyllis Theermann

turkey-trotDid you see these?

On the heals of America Recycles Day, the Wellesley Turkey Trot jumped in to do their part for the national campaign that raises awareness about the benefits of recycling and buying products made with recycled materials.

Thanks for reducing, reusing and recycling this holiday weekend.

Whether you ran it or not, you can support the Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation HERE. The organization supports local charities in the areas of cancer, medical research, education and community service. Something we can all support.

Phyllis Theermann

clifford and bottles

Sustainable Wellesley is gathering signatures to get the Updated Bottle Bill

on the ballot! We’re teaming up with the League of Women Voters right

here in Wellesley to gather 1,000 signatures by November 3.


The Updated Bottle Bill will expand the current five-cent bottle deposit

law to include non-carbonated beverages, such as water, sports drinks,

flavored teas, and juices. These products account for about 1.5 billion

plastic bottles per year, most of which wind up littering our streets,

clogging our waterways, and crowding our landfills. Only about 20 percent

of these bottles are recycled—compared to 80 percent of the bottles that

are covered by the deposit bill.


Back in 1983, when the original Bottle Bill was enacted, many of today’s

most common beverages were not on the market—that’s why they are

not covered by the current deposit law. According to a poll by the MassINC

Polling Group, 77 percent of Massachusetts residents support the update.

But bi-partisan proposals have been blocked in the State House for almost

ten years. It’s time to put the Updated Bottle Bill on the ballot so we can

decide this issue for ourselves!

What can you do to make this effort successful?


Help collect signatures! We will be gathering signatures at three locations

in Wellesley: Roche Brothers, the Recycling and Disposal Facility, and the

Wellesley Farmers’ Market (Whole Foods parking lot).


Please take a look at the shift schedule on and sign up:


We have already gathered 204 signatures and we just started! With your

help, we know we can get all the way to 1,000 signatures in the coming

weeks. We are part of a statewide effort to collect the 100,000 signatures

required to get this initiative on the ballot. Please sign up now to help!

For more information, please contact Lise Olney,;