President's Message

Bert Carter

The raffle sales are beginning to come in.  Thank you to those of you who have already sold some or all of your tickets.  Remember, the raffle supports our Service Fund which is used to award grants to local non-profits in support of the great work they do in our community.  Rotary’s motto, “service above self” is about doing good work in the thousands of Rotary communities around the world. Through the grants we award locally, we are participating in the larger mission of Rotary world-wide.  Rotary has done so much to make this world a better place to live, not only through our international initiatives (polio, clean water, peace…) but also through the small works we do locally to improve our own communities and the lives of families who live here.

Keep selling those tickets and be part of the effort to make our world a better place.

In Service, 


Paul Aquila 
Paul Aquila, Registered Principal with Raymond James Financial Services and Founder of Longview Investments, LLC, a diversified financial services offering wealth management in CT and MA will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Friday, February 28, 2020. Paul will discuss Donor Advised Funds (DAF’s) - what they are, how to use them and how they can help clients integrate their values into their investments. 

According to Aquila, “By having meaningful conversations about what is important to each individual, I can assist clients in achieving their financial goals through awareness, knowledge, planning and action.” 

Prior to establishing Longview Investments, Paul has been a Financial Advisor exclusively with Raymond James since 1999. He began his career in banking at Webster Bank before joining Raymond James. He has over 20 years as a licensed professional in the financial services industry concentrating on wealth management and capital allocation. 

Paul is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing. Paul is a licensed professional holding a Series7, 24, 63, and 65. 

Securities offered through Raymond James Financial services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services are offered through Raymond James Financial services Advisors, Inc, Longview Investments, LLC is not a registered broker dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. For more information contact PH 413-584-9988 12 Washington Ave North Haven, CT 06473 

Donors are urged to consult their attorneys, accountants or tax advisors with respect to questions relating to the deductibility of various types of contributions to a Donor Advised Fund for Federal and State tax purposes. 



Please bring all your sold raffle tickets tomorrow FRIDAY!
The funds raised allowed us to give away grants to local non-profit organizations.


On March 20th we will have a very casual and Irish themed meeting at the Irish Cultural Center located at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. 
We’ll order off the menu and the bar will be open so come and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit later! 
Wear a little bit of green and get in the spirit of the holiday! 


We are excited to share that Chalk It Up 2020 registration is now open.   The cost is $5 per participant.  Each participant is given chalk, a designated square of sidewalk and a t-shirt.   As we solicit sponsorships, Steve and Jack would like to be able to share with potential sponsors that we have children already signed up to participate several months prior to the event. Please share the link below with your families and friends and encourage them to participate.   Thank you to Rick Lee who set up the online registration.


Community Bank Springfield branch manager Gilbert Nieves and commercial banking team leader Keith Nesbitt, left, present a $2,500 contribution to the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s western regional office to regional director Samalid Hogan, client services coordinator and office manager Lynn Shedd and senior business adviser Anita Eliason.
Samalid Hogan also wrote an article recently for The Outlook 2020, an annual publication by The Republican:
In this photo from 2018, Samalid Hogan, left, western regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, visits Simply Grace in downtown Springfield to celebrate a Small Business Administration award. Wendell G. Davis, center, regional administrator for the SBA chats with Hogan and Maureen Sullivan.


Please bring any sold raffle tickets to the meetings and give them to Bert. 
Club assembly is scheduled for March 20, 2020.
Mark your Calendar for the First Thursday's of the Month!
If you can help out, please email Mike Rzepka at or by text at 413-531-4104. Thank you!


We are happy to welcome Nathan Skrocki and Keri Davidson-Bravman from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) to the Rotary Club of Springfield! They were inducted on December 6, 2019.
Their inductions were announced in the news on The Republican and BusinessWest! 


Do you have some news or information that might be of interest to fellow Rotarians?*
If so, please email Samalid Hogan at by Monday of each week for inclusion in Friday's bulletin.
Our weekly Bulletin goes out to more than 70 local leaders every week and is a wonderful way to spread your message. *All submissions are subject to approval. 


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38 years
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February 7, 1969
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February 7, 1997
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February 29, 2008
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