Doug Fread
Our next door neighbour invited me to a Rotary meeting, the Rotarians welcomed me and after a couple of meetings what Rotary was about was what intrigued my interest.
Community service was my first and foremost interest, I served as chair for a number of years. Also the exchange student program was a staple in our community, we hosted two students.
Fundraising is a major part of Rotary, implementing different idea efforts  through Rotary was of great interest. These ideas became part of the Rotary Club of Acton which never would have seen the light of day if it wasn't for the backing and reputation of Rotary in the community.
Seeing the maturation of exchange students over the course of a year from being unsure to confidence in speaking and the influence of the year on their lives is a delight.
Rotary has been an influence in my children's lives as they have been involved in some Rotary projects in a small way, this has carried over into their volunteering and interest in the world through the exchange students that they have met.