The GFWC Taunton Raynham Juniors Membership Club
The Soup and Pie Fundraiser was held on Saturday December 10th at Winthrop Baptist Church, Taunton, from noon until 2p and it was a huge success! Three members pooled their talents together and the result was an afternoon of good food, festive surroundings and fun had by all. Participants in attendance were rewarded by our membership's talents of homemade soups, sandwiches and pies. They were enthusiastically consumed by the over 50 people in attendance. People also enjoyed testing their luck by buying raffle tickets for our popular raffle baskets and gift cards to nearby restaurants. A special raffle of a festive tree donated by "Designs by Sheila" was also raffled off.
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Historical Tidbit:

Raynham Giants

"The Raynham Giants Junior Football Team was established in the fall of 1970 to teach 9-13 year-old boys the basic fundamentals of football. The league consists of six teams from the greater Taunton area. Between August and November, the Giants play each other team in the league twice. Games are played on Donald Bryer Field, a regulation 100-yard field in eight-minute quarters with modified NCAA rules. Football players, cheerleaders, and Pep Squads practice several times a week in preparation for Sunday afternoon games. Financial support comes from donations, dances, and other activities.
In its short history, the "Big Red" has won two league championships and twice been runner up. The cheerleaders have won three consecutive league cheerleading titles. From 45-50 boys and girls participate in the program annually. The program is open to all children who are 10 to 13 years old. Football players must weigh between 75 and 120 pounds. All must be Raynham residents. The team was founded by Don Bryer, President is Cliff Bettencourt, Secretary-Treasure is Jack Roche and Head Coach is Mike Fitzsimmons. His assistants are Dave Yelle, Neil Joseph, Bill Tripp, and Ted Hutchins. Sharon Joseph, Pap Taft, and Joan Sypher coach the cheerleaders and pep squad."
From RAYNHAM '76, by Raynham Bicentennial Committee & Raynham Historic Commission (July 4th,1976).

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Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility: 
Sparky & Sammy
Sparky & Sammy came into the shelter because their owner passed away. We would like to keep them together and adopt them into the same home. Sparky is a Cairn Terrier approx 7 yrs old, and Sammy is a Yorkie mix approx 8 yrs old. They are fine with cats, house broken, enjoy car rides, taking walks and being in the play yard. We are not sure about other dogs and recommend no young children.

Friends of the Library Collect Donations for Vintage Vibes
Donations accepted for Friends of the Library winter fundraiser. 
The Friends of the Library will be accepting jewelry, scarves, gently used handbags and accessories for their winter fundraiser, Vintage Vibes. Broken or mismatched jewelry will be welcomed for crafts and crafters.
Tues, Jan 31 - 10a - 5p Donations accepted
Wed, Feb 1 - 10a - 5p Donations accepted
Thurs, Feb. 2 - 10a - 3p Donations accepted / 3 - 5 FRIENDS MEMBER PREVIEW SALE
Fri, Feb 3 - 10a - 5p SALE
Sat, Feb 4 - 10a - 3p SALE
For more info: Friends of the Library
Close to $200 was raised at the 7th grade dance thru raffle tickets. It was decided from the beginning (by students suggestion!) that all money raised would be donated to charity. 
With the help of Mrs. Charette, the 7th graders were polled on which charity the proceeds should go towards. 3 students came forward with suggestions for charities. Each student spoke about their charity for a few minutes to explain what it was about and why they should choose it!! 
The students voted and it was neck and neck between the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, but Special Olympics of Massachusetts ended up winning!!!
The RMSPO will be sending along a $200 check on behalf of the 7th grade students at Raynham Middle School.
This was totally their idea to be so thoughtful and giving! 
WAY TO GO 7th graders!!! Very proud of you
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Save your floors from the ravages of winter! 
Durable black 4 ft x 6 ft x 3/4-inch rubber mat. Grooved underside, slight honeycomb pattern on top. Good for covering any concrete floor. We use this rubber mat to cover concrete floors in several areas and even in one heavy traffic office area. Popular as a rubber mat to put under gym machines.
Climate Can-Do:
The Importance of Left-Overs

Leftovers Re-thought are Pre- Prepared Meals! 
Managing food waste helps your wallet and positively impacts the environment. In the US, upwards of 40% of leftovers and kitchen scraps are tossed out. Time to re- think our food!  Here are a few tips you can utilize to take control:
1)  Plan out meals. Meal preparation for your week is a great way of portioning out food servings you will eat without any excess waste. There are plenty of resources out there such as Yummly or Tough Cookies meal prep.
2) Compost, Compost, Compost
3) Ensure your food is properly stored. Make sure your fridge is arranged in a way that allows you to notice and eat what food is expiring soon. Throwing out expired food that was never eaten makes up a hefty chunk of a household’s overall food-waste. Proper storage, with enough care, will extend the life-span of your food!
4) And finally, this last tip is beneficial to both you and your community at large. Support and spread awareness of groups and charities that rescue food waste from restaurants, stores, and other businesses and gives it to those in need. A great local resource for this type of program is Rescuing Leftover Cuisine / Massachusetts Getting our community involved and asking these businesses about their food waste management can truly make an impact! Too much restaurant left-overs are thrown out. We can do our best to make sure it reaches hungry mouths.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Sean Fitzgerald from Lasell University. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the impact. We can do.
Board of Selectmen 01/31/23
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School Committee 01/25/23
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American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship

The AAUW Taunton Branch is offering a $1000 Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship for college students. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Southeastern Massachusetts who will be entering the sophomore, junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2023 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants must show a commitment to advancing the AAUW mission: General Equity and Economic Security. Priority issues include removing bias from education, fighting for fair pay and economic equity, and advancing women in leadership.

For an application, download at or contact
Louise Freeman at The deadline to apply is April 15, 2023.
Raynham Public Library 
Reading Challenge
Time to find a book for week 3 of our Winter Reading Challenge. Next week's Challenge: "Feel Good Fiction." Read a happy book and get entered into our third week's raffle!
If you're starting now, you can still read the prior week's challenges to catch up and get your bookmark punched by March 3 for the final raffle prize!

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December's Word: Self Esteem
Each month LaLiberte focuses on a word that encourages positive behavior and citizenship. Students participate in lessons, discussions, stories, and more related to that month’s word. December's word was SELF-ESTEEM. Students have been exploring what it means to have and to show self-esteem. Students from each grade were acknowledged and received a certificate for their excellent work. Congratulations to the December Word of the Month students!
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Historical Tidbit Question:
Who founded the Raynham Giants?

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 On February 8, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Maeve Stowe & Greg Venezia.
Choosing Engagement
I am a HUGE Brene Brown fan.
Here are some goodies about engagement... from Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.”

"Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.”

“People are opting out of vital conversations about diversity and inclusivity because they fear looking wrong, saying something wrong, or being wrong. Choosing our own comfort over hard conversations is the epitome of privilege, and it corrodes trust and moves us away from meaningful and lasting change.”

“If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.”
Here is a link to her Ted Talk on Vulnerability. It takes courage to be out there with our whole authentic selves, but that's how the most effective communication happens.
Have a great week. ~ Jacquie
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