President's Message

Bert Carter

Thank you to everyone who got their raffle tickets in before the first drawing.  We will be drawing 7 more prizes this coming Friday. We are working on totals and I should be able to report these to you later this week.  We have two prizes to award within the club. The high salesperson will receive a gift certificate from Cal’s. We will also draw a name from the bin for a second gift certificate.  Hopefully you put your name in the sold by line on the tickets you sold.  These will be awarded at the March 27 meeting.

We had a good turnout for the meeting this past Friday.  It’s great to see so many of you for fellowship. I hope this is a trend and we can count on more regular attendance.  We have had some excellent speakers lately (thanks John) and of course the excitement of the raffle. I will be out of town this Friday, Sue will be chairing the meeting for me (thanks Sue).  Come on down and see the raffle drawing, listen to an interesting presentation, have a good lunch and enjoy some fellowship with a great group of folks.

In Service and Fellowship,




...And guess who the first winner was?  Mike Kelley of course!!
Thank you to all our members who helped make this fundraiser a success!

The first week’s prize winners are:

Mike Kelley  $100 Frigo’s gift card

Ed Sunter $50 Amazon gift card

A. Angelides (Marie Angelides) $25 La Fiorentina

Abbie Urkin (Mike Kelley 4 tickets to the Springfield Museums

Frank Colaccino (Paul Lambert) American Sign Language class

Ellen Angelides (Marie Angelides) $50 Delaney House

Lindsey Giguere (Seller TBA) 4 tickets Springfield Thunderbirds

This Friday we pick Winners 8 through 14. You won’t want to miss it! 
L-R President Bert Carter, Robin Vidito, Annual Giving Manager; Don Senecal, Chief Financial Officer and Rotarian Paul Lambert of the Basketball Hall of Fame 
We had an exciting meeting this past Friday. Our speakers Don Senecal and Robin Vidito gave us an interesting talk about the new 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin. It was a long process (5 years!) as they had to get every member of Congress to sign on to the bill and then have President Trump sign it. Coins will be available the beginning of April and come in Gold, Silver and clad. We also learned that it’s not easy to say the word NUMISMATIST!!!
Suzanne Parker, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Valley will be our speaker this Friday, March 13th. Girls, Inc of the Valley inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. They were founded in 1981 and provide school-age, youth development and mentoring programs that give girls the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential. 
In January, Girls Inc., the leading nonprofit that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, released Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead, a report of studied insights into what is needed to ensure girls are prepared to succeed in leadership roles in business, politics, and their communities. Stronger, Smarter, Bolder: Girls Take the Lead present both a wide-ranging analysis of the latest research on the primary factors shaping girls’ lives today, and recommendations for the most crucial supports communities should focus on for girls. Suzanne will provide highlights from the report as well as an overview of where and how they are serving girls in the greater Springfield area.
Suzanne Parker is a native of western Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western New England University School of Law where she served as a note editor for the Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. Currently Ms. Parker serves locally on the Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees and nationally on the Girls Inc. Board of Directors. She is married and has a 14 year old daughter. Girls Inc. of the Valley, founded in 1981, provides school-age, youth development and mentoring programs that give girls the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential. Recently Suzanne was recently recognized as one of Business West’s 2019 Women of Impact.


Next Friday (MARCH 20th), The Rotary Club of Springfield hits the road!
Our March 20th meeting will be held at the Irish Cultural Center located at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. 
We will be having a Club Assembly in addition to picking our next 7 raffle winners. Bring your appetites!
You will be able to order off the delicious menu and a cash bar will be available.  
Don't forget to wear your green! Sláinte! 


March 13th @ 7PM
Tickets cost $20 and $5 will be donated to our Rotary Club. 

Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

The Gray House 29th Annual Spaghetti Supper

Sue Mastroianni would like to let our club know that The Gray House is having their 29th Annual Spaghetti Supper on Thur March 26th, from 5-7PM at the Greek Cultural Center in Springfield. This years’s raffles include a 4 some to The Ranch Golf Club. 100% of proceeds go toward supporting our neighbors in need through food, adult education and youth programming! This year, The Gray House will be honoring Rosalie Walsh, the late Judge William T. Walsh (2019) and the entire Walsh Family at this year’s event.
They are a family that truly embodies the values of The Gray House and has dedicated so much of their time, talent and treasure to helping them fulfill their mission.  Can’t attend? See Sue for Ticket and raffle information. 


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.


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!


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Jack Toner
March 7
Ed Sunter
March 17
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James Lewis
March 7
Jo Sears
March 18
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Mike Healy
March 6, 2009
11 years
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March 7, 2014
6 years
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March 15, 1991
29 years
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