Foxboro Jaycees Concerts On The Common Offers Something for Everyone!

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 7/2015

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Before I begin, I want to be very clear – this is MY opinion and I am not speaking for the Foxboro Jaycees organization. I AM speaking as Bob (who also happens to be a very proud member of the group). But since this is a VERY Jaycee specific column I did check with our chapter president and told her what I wanted to write and she said go for it.

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A little Christmas miracle as the Foxboro Jaycees decorate Foxboro Common

Let there be light -- Jaycee David Fisler, left reacts as the power is restored to the common at the exact moment Paul Lanza places the angel on the Foxboro Common bandstand.  Photo by Robert Gillis
Let there be light — Jaycee David Fisler, left reacts as the power is restored to the common at the exact moment Paul Lanza places the angel on the Foxboro Common bandstand. Photo by Robert Gillis

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 12/2014

This story begins with a very nice affirmation. Christmas miracles – they still happen.

And it should be noted before I go further I swear this is true; and there are witness and photographs!

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Foxboro Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt 2014

The Easter Bunny greets the crowd under a spectacular blue sky and the warmest Saturday in recent memory.
Saturday, April 12, 2014: The Easter Bunny greets the crowd under a spectacular blue sky and the warmest Saturday in recent memory.

by Robert Gillis
(News Story)
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 4/2014

Despite a very busy schedule of coloring eggs and making Easter baskets, the Easter Bunny made time to visit the children of Foxboro this past Saturday.

The Foxboro Jaycees once again brought the bunny to Foxboro Common in their annual spring Easter Egg Hunt, which included a meet and greet with the bunny.

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Remembering Tom Sawran, Foxboro Jaycee and so much more

2002-haunted-house-116by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 10/2013

Tom Sawran passed away last week, and if you’ve lived in Foxboro for any length of time you probably knew him. He was a paradox to be sure, but I liked Tom, and I respected him, and as a Jaycee mentor he taught me a lot.

While other tributes for Tom will likely come in from those who knew him best — his children, his family, his very closest confidants, I thought I would talk about the man from a Jaycee and Foxboro family perspective, and why his passing is a loss for us all in the chapter and the community at large.

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Foxboro Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt 2010

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 4/2010

Despite a very busy schedule of coloring eggs and making Easter baskets, the Easter Bunny made time to visit the children of Foxboro this past Saturday.

The Foxboro Jaycees once again brought the bunny to Foxboro Common in their annual spring event. Under rather cool temperatures but a gorgeous blue sky, the children collected candy-filled multi-colored eggs and then had their free picture taken with their furry friend.

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Foxboro Jaycees 2009 Christmas Activities

by Robert Gillis Published in the Foxboro Reporter 12/2009

As a very proud member of the Foxboro Jaycees since 1993, I have seen first hand the fantastic work this group does for Foxboro — Community development, donations, scholarships, and creating better leaders are just some of the things we do every day.

Without question, December is the Jaycees’ busiest Community Development month of the year. For example, you may not know that the Christmas and Holiday decorations around Foxboro Common are put up and taken down by the Jaycees each year, and we have placed the Nativity set on the common for the last fifty years, on the bandstand the Jaycees built.

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Foxboro Jaycees Santa on the Common

Santa and Mrs. Claus, Great friends to the Foxboro Jaycees
Santa and Mrs. Claus, Great friends to the Foxboro Jaycees

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter December 2006

Despite his extremely busy schedule this time of year, Santa Claus made time to visit Foxboro last Saturday, with help from the Foxboro Jaycees. Explaining to the crowd that his reindeer are still resting up for the big sleigh ride on the 24th, Santa arrived by way of the Foxboro Fire Department, who first shuttled him to the Jaycee Children’s party, and then with much fanfare to the common.

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Foxboro Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt

Foxboro Jaycees and the Easter Bunny
Foxboro Jaycees and the Easter Bunny

By Robert Gillis

Published in the Foxboro Reporter 4/2006

Despite a very busy schedule of coloring eggs and making Easter baskets, the Easter Bunny made time to visit the children of Foxboro this past Sunday, after a rain delay Saturday forced the event’s postponement.

The Foxboro Jaycees once again brought the bunny to Foxboro Common in their annual spring event. Under a gorgeous blue sky that thankfully kept temperatures comfortable, the children collected candy-filled multi-colored eggs and then had their picture taken with their furry friend.

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Foxboro Jaycees

jaycee-sign-600-vert_0by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 4/2004

I have been a Jaycee for 12 years, on the board for five, and its webmaster forever, and I have an inside perspective about the Foxboro Jaycees that I would like to share.

The Jaycees remain incredibly active. Just two weeks ago, we had our Easter Egg Hunt on the Common. The week before, the Blue Wave was out in force to help with the Doolittle Auction.

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The Foxboro Jaycees are very active — and would love to meet you!

jaycee-street-signs-00by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 4/2004

I have been a Jaycee for 12 years, on the board for five, and its webmaster forever, and I have an inside perspective about the Foxboro Jaycees that I would like to share.

The Jaycees remain incredibly active. Just two weeks ago, we had our Easter Egg Hunt on the Common. The week before, the Blue Wave was out in force to help with the Doolittle Auction.

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Foxboro Jaycees Pancake Breakfast 2003

Good eats here!  Robert Gillis photos
Good eats here! Robert Gillis photo

by Robert Gillis Published in The Foxboro Reporter April 2003

In response to the literally thousands of cards and letters I’ve received, I thought it would appropriate to have a brief Q&A about the upcoming Foxboro Jaycees Pancake breakfast to benefit Foxboro Youth Basketball.

Q: Bob, you called them “pancakes?” What exactly is a pancake?
A: A pancake is a flat cake made of thin batter and cooked (as on a griddle) on both sides.

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Jaycees and Other Volunteers in Foxboro

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter July 2000

Recently, the Foxboro Human Services organization was merged with the Council on Aging (COA). The move so angered Human Services that five members resigned. From published reports it at least appears that the Human Services volunteers themselves had little to say about the merger, and the decision (or vote) was taken out of their hands. It would seem that many people affected by this merger were the last to know it was happening.

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What was the Foxboro Jaycees Teddy Bear Transfer?

“Green Bear” is one of the mascots in my office; no idea where he came from but we’re grateful for him taking time to pose for this image.
“Green Bear” is one of the mascots in my office; no idea where he came from but we’re grateful for him taking time to pose for this image.

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter Early 1999

There’s a terrific program going on here in town that you might not know about here—it’s called the Teddy Train.
The concept is brilliant: Arm Foxboro Police and Fire personnel with stuffed bears and dolls, so when they go out on calls they can give them to children who experience a traumatic event.

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Foxboro Jaycees pancake breakfast 1999

This image appeared on most of our Pancake Breakfast advertising for many years!
This image appeared on most of our Pancake Breakfast advertising for many years!

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter March 1999

Last year’s Foxboro Jaycee pancake breakfast brought some personal reflection. It seemed that my 1998 Reporter article persuading all to come attend this wonderful annual event had painted the Jaycees as maybe just a little TOO happy and a little TOO organized.

“Perfect synchronicity,” was the I term used, I believe.

Sure, the group has seemingly endless energy and does great things for Foxboro, but my description of the perfect, joyful harmony and absolutely clockwork motions of all involved got me a lot a ribbing.

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