Monday, August 16, 2021

FANN Meeting preparation for the August 23, 2021 session

 In advance of our next meeting, you can:

1 - Review the Mission, Vision and Core Values in prep for review and discussion

2 - Respond to the survey questions on your organization’s grant needs so we can help to coordinate the best response for the group.

  • Survey on grants:

3 - Friendly reminder:  sign up to introduce your group/org  

4 - The meeting has been created in Facebook to enable sharing:

5 - Check out the updated listing of nonprofits

Use the form to make updates, changes, or additions

FANN Meeting preparation for the August 23, 2021 session
FANN Meeting preparation for the August 23, 2021 session

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Dogfest & Music Festival - August 22

Via Diane Padula, Franklin Rotary

"Good Afternoon, I hope you and your members are all well.  I hope you can join us.

I am sending you this information regarding an exciting event that you might want to join as a Rotary Club Vendor; also that you can send this along to your  members who may want to join us on August 22nd for an exciting day.

Clear Path for Veterans New England, Rotary Club of Ayer, Shirley, Harvard & Devens, and Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley have teamed together to support the Clear Path for Veterans New England Dogs2Vets Program which supports the placement of well-trained service dogs with veterans in need.

For more information about Clear Path and its programs visit:

I am attaching the Dogfest Festival Flyer so you can learn more about this Festival.  If you or someone you know would like to be a Vendor please use this link.  There is no charge for non-profits and a $50 fee for others.

Thank you, we appreciate it. We hope you might join us.
Dolores Alberghini

President - Rotary Club of Ayer, Shirley, Harvard & Devens 

Dogfest & Music Festival - August 22
Dogfest & Music Festival - August 22

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

FANN Steering Committee has provided two updates for review and action

Dear FANN Members,
The FANN Steering Committee has been working diligently since our formation and we have completed two tasks in draft form and need your input.

Action 1 - Please review (in prep for discussion at Aug 23 meeting)

Below is a draft of the FANN Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Core Values.  These are very important to set the future for the organization as well as lay out how we expect to conduct ourselves going forward.

Mission Statement:  
Creating a forum to align Franklin area nonprofit organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration and to share information, resources and expertise.  

Vision Statement:  
Franklin will be a community where nonprofit organizations work together for the greater good of its residents. 
Core Values: 
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Conducting ourselves with integrity and authenticity
  • Respect for each other and the community whom we serve
  • Focusing on the dignity and well-being of Franklin residents
  • Compassionately listening to residents' needs.
  • Problem identification and resolution
  • Being nice to each other

Action 2 - Please respond to survey

The second item is a Google survey seeking information about your needs related to securing grants for your organizations.  This will give the steering committee more guidance on the content for a potential grant working group and to set appropriate goals and boundaries for the working group efforts.

Survey on grants:

FANN Steering Committee has two updates for review and action
FANN Steering Committee has two updates for review and action

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Now Announcing: The Gathering Makeover Series!

Now Announcing: The Gathering Makeover Series!

You're invited to
The Gathering Makeover

I'm thrilled to announce The Gathering Makeover, a free four-part video series to re-imagine how we spend our collective time as we ease back into our communities.

After 16 months of doing things very differently, many of us are now wondering how to bring people together and show up to gatherings again. 

As schools re-open, administrations are asking: Who do we bring back first? How do we take care of our teachers? What's the purpose of a school?

As offices debate bringing staff back in person, they're asking: What is the core of our work? Who needs to be part of what? What and who benefits from in-person connection? How do we hybrid gather well?

As we get invited to parties and picnics and potlucks again, we get to ask ourselves: Who are my people? How open am I to the new? How do I want to spend my time? 

We're living through an extraordinary moment and have the rare opportunity to actually pause and makeover how we come together and spend our time. 

So, how do we make the most of this moment? Let's navigate this together.

The Gathering Makeover will give you the permission, inspiration, and tools to rethink one crucial gathering that matters to you and your people as we re-emerge—
from parties to classrooms to boardrooms. You'll start to explore what you'd like to be doing rather than what you've always done.

Starting July 28 at 3pm EST, I'll host a live workshop every Wednesday at the same time four weeks in a row. Joined by a special guest, I'll address some of the new gathering pressures we're navigating and creative ways to think about them. Each workshop is part conversation, part coaching, and part Q&A.

Learn More and Reserve Your Spot
RSVP by clicking the button above so we know to expect you! You'll receive a personal log-in to access the livestreams and their recordings. We'll also share additional resources, announcements, and reminders related to The Gathering Makeover.

Hope to see you there, 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Priya Parker: "The way we gather has been changed forever"

Returning from a weekend away, I caught up to listen to a two-part podcast series with Brene Brown and Priya Parker. It is well worth listening to for anyone conducting meetings or working in a community (formal or informal, work related or otherwise).

Priya Parker writes:
"The way we gather has been changed forever. How will we come together moving forward?  
This past year, we've had to figure out how to teach and wed and learn and work and graduate and worship and organize and celebrate and mourn without being physically together.

At long last, gathering is coming back. This re-emergence is the ultimate gathering makeover. And we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experiment, re-imagine, and dream up how we want to gather now. 

Let’s gather again as we never have before. Join me in this exploration this summer. "  Visit
Priya talks with Brene Brown in a two-part series, here is the link to Part 1

and the link to the Meeting Makeover talked about in Part 2