This Week's Speaker

Please join us this Friday, March 5th at 12:30 pm

Speaker: Dr Juan R. Gonzalez, president 

Rotary Club of Bonao, Dominican Republic

(joined by members of his Club)

Using the link below
Meeting ID: 838 5339 1772
By phone: 1-929-205-6099

We hope you can attend!
Virtual Pandemic Raffle
This year, we are holding a Virtual Pandemic raffle to raise funds for our Annual Service Grants.  We would like to collect restaurants’ gift certificates, and bottles of wine and liquor to be raffled during the month of May.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to support your favorite small business restaurants and liquor shop owners both locally, as well as your Rotary Club.  
It would be wonderful if every member could donate both a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor and at least one $25 restaurant gift card.  In addition, sponsorships for our website will be available for sale.  

Raffle tickets will be $10 each.  One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to our local Grants Fund.  Last year’s grant gifts total was $10,000.   Would it be wonderful to not only meet but exceed this amount during a pandemic year, where there are many deserving organizations serving our most needed citizens?   You could make this possible. 
All grants will be awarded on June 11, 2021, during our regular meeting.   I hope you will feel as excited as I am with this Raffle.  I am grateful to our Board of Directors, and especially to Marie Angelides for organizing this fundraiser.  
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Rotary Club of Springfield - Meeting Fridays-12:30 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
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President's Message
John Perez

March 3, 2021
This week, we have invited a sister Rotary Club from the region of El Cibao in the Dominican Republic to share with us their experiences during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The Dominican Republic is one of the most beautiful destinations among all Caribbean countries.  They are visited by millions of international tourists annually, and their economy heavily depends on tourism.  Unfortunately, as a result, they are not yet in complete command of the virus, and the contagion rate keeps climbing.
The President of the Club, Dr. Juan R. Gonzalez, is an attorney, holds a doctorate in law and is the Principal of his law group.   Also, Dr. Gonzalez is a serial entrepreneur, operating and managing several businesses, including a milk-producing farm.
Dr. Gonzalez will share his experiences about being a Rotarian in the Dominican Republic, their service projects, and their challenges.  As an additional treat, some of Dr. Gonzalez's club members will attend our meeting this Friday, March 5, 2021, at 12:30 pm.   I'm looking forward to seeing a good representation from our club to learn together about a sister club.
In service,
John D.
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