By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 7/2015
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.
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!
It all begins this past frosty Saturday after Thanksgiving. As is our tradition for over four decades, the Foxboro Jaycees were up early, shoveling out the storage area for the Nativity Set and holiday lights, loading up the trucks with the (very) heavy plaster figurines, and heading to Foxboro Common to begin our holiday decorating.
by 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.
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.
by Robert GillisPublished 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.
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.
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.
by Robert GillisPublished 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.
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.
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. When kids have been in an accident or fire, or need to be transported by ambulance, emergency personnel want to make the child as comfortable as possible.
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.