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President's Message
John Perez

I feel inspired by the labor that other clubs are doing around the world. For example, the Central Cayman Islands club is doing a great job by encouraging their youth with music programs, science fairs, reading and literacy programs, and free libraries. They are fixing trails and up keeping bus shelters. Fellow Rotarians around the world are the spark that ignites their communities into action.  

 

I am excited and encouraged by the response and enthusiasm I had received from our members as we prepare our service projects for the year 2020-2021. There are many areas of interest, including our areas of focus. For example, we could support our local schools by providing materials and food for the students to take home, dictionaries, books, and coats for kids. We could assist parents, with technology issues, to learn basic new skills to support their children with the school’s work.

 

We could encourage and engage high school students in choosing and applying for grants in careers that are in high demand, such as computer coding. For example, we could partner with Google, which recently announced giving 100,000 scholarships for online certificates in data analytics, project management, and UX. 

Google said that they would consider anyone who finishes these courses as equivalent to having a bachelor’s degree, and a candidate for hiring immediately to work remotely.

 

 We could provide assistance and relief for first responders working daily at combating the current COVID-19 pandemic. We could support the mission of local organizations as the Gray House by donating groceries and funds to assist them in feeding their clients.

 

We are people of action, and I know that this year, although a particularly challenging one, we will impact our community.

VIRTUAL ROTARY MEETINGS

Please, join us this Friday, August 14th at 12:30 pm in our weekly virtual meeting.
This week we have state Senator James Welch as our speaker.
Senator Welch is very active supporting the business community as well as a champion on behalf of Western Mass at Beacon Hill.   
We hope you can make this week's meeting.  
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
 
Meeting ID: 483 994 1111
Passcode: ServAbvSlf
 
By phone:
1-929-205-6099
 
Zoom link was sent in this week's Newsletter
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MESSAGE FROM ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL UPDATE FROM MARC GLASS:
Jennifer Jones was nominated to be President of Rotary International for the year 22/23.
This could be a historic moment in Rotary as she, if elected would be the first women President.
 
Thank You!
Because of your commitment to the Rotary Foundation, our district is one of the top 3 districts for total Rotary Foundation giving in Rotary Zone 32. Our district reached a total of $515,814.
 This figure includes donations to: the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, the Endowment, the Disaster Response Fund and Global Grants.  
What other districts are in our zone?  Our zone is comprised of districts in Southern Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Bermuda. Plus a few clubs in Quebec are thrown in to make us a cross border zone.
 
Polio Update
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) abruptly halted all mass vaccination campaigns in March, worried they could inadvertently spread the novel coronavirus.
The move further imperiled the troubled 3-decade drive to wipe out polio.
 
But now, armed with new data and perspective, GPEI and the countries it supports are resuming vaccination campaigns. Burkina Faso was first out of the gate in early July; Pakistan last week. Polio cases are surging in many countries, and models paint a “pretty bleak picture” if campaigns don’t restart soon, says Michel Zaffran, who heads the effort at the World Health Organization (WHO). For now, countries will only be responding to outbreaks; preventive campaigns remain on hold.
 
Vaccinators get temperature checks before getting to work in Karachi, Pakistan, on July 20th.
 
We Did It! 
Our District and the Amherst Rotary Club recently applied for a Disaster Response Grant. The grant was recently approved by the Rotary Foundation to purchase a  Zoll ZVent MRI Compatible Portable Ventilator for Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton. The ventilator features a full range of ventilation options, making this portable ventilator not only easy to use but also MRI-conditional, providing patients with high-quality ventilation all the way to the MRI suite. Many thanks go to DRFC Prasad Menon and Amherst Rotarian Georgia Moore for their hard work in getting this grant approved.  
 
Rotary disaster response grants support relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by natural disasters within the past six months. Qualified districts in affected areas may apply for grants of up to $25,000, based on the availability of funds. Grant funds can be used to provide basic items such as water, food, medicine, and clothing.

WEEKLY REFLECTION

WHERE TO EAT IN THE PIONEER VALLEY
Are you looking for dinner without the hassle of cooking and cleaning dishes?
 
Check out the link below to see what local restaurants in your area have on the menu for take out and who is open for indoor/ outdoor dining.
 
 
Please remember to be safe and follow CDC guidelines.
 
 
CHANGING OF THE GUARD

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW

2020-2021 BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

 
 
 
 

WANT TO REACH ROTARIANS? 

 
Do you have some news or information that might be of interest to fellow Rotarians?*
 
If so, please email Samalid Hogan at smhogan413@gmail.com by TUESDAY 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. 

ROTARY MAGAZINE

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Did you know you can easily reach the Rotarian Magazine, Rotary International, the District website and our own club website right from this bulletin?
Well, you can! Just check out the links under "ROTARY ONLINE" on your left.
 
 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Gillian Amaral
August 28
 
Anniversaries
Alisa Garanzha
August 5
 
Paul Sears
Jo Sears
August 13
 
Marie Angelides
Tass Angelides
August 21
 
Join Date
Edward Clark
August 1, 1973
47 years
 
Valerie Dulude
August 2, 2001
19 years
 
Dee Rodgers-Tonge
August 5, 2016
4 years
 
Samalid Hogan
August 5, 2016
4 years
 
Alisa Garanzha
August 12, 2016
4 years
 
Jack Toner
August 26, 2011
9 years
 
Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
Immediate Past President
 
Membership
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
The Rotary Foundation
 
Service Projects
 
Public Relations
 
Second Vice-President
 
Assistant Treasurer
 
Director
 
Director
 
Club Information
Rotary Club of Springfield - Meeting Fridays-12:15 PM
Springfield Rotary
Service Above Self
Fridays at 12:30 PM
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
1150 West Columbus Ave.,
MassMutual Room
Springfield, MA 01105
United States of America
Until further notice, our club meets online using Zoom. Our meeting ID and Password are viewable to Rotarians within our Rotary District. For other access, please contact President John Perez: john.perez@consiliumopis.com
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