President's Message

Bert Carter

As the state begins the slow process to reopen, Rotary continues to look for ways to address the needs of the Pandemic.  Our club will be doing so through our annual grants.  This year our grants will be focused on needs created or worsened by COVID-19.  This year we have $10,000 to award.  We will be accepting applications for $1,000 to $2,000 grants from local organizations serving our communities in Greater Springfield.  Look for more information coming soon.

We will have no meeting this Friday due to the Memorial Day holiday. I hope you all have some time with family and stay safe and well.

In Fellowship and Service,


Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Al Gay
May 5
Dee Rodgers-Tonge
May 12
Bob Dambrov
May 15
Jay Leib
May 26
Spouse Birthdays
Robert Hogan
May 20
Harley Dulude
May 22
Rick Lee
Norma Lee
May 23
Dee Rodgers-Tonge
Don Tonge
May 25
Join Date
Bob Dambrov
May 18, 1978
42 years
Sue Mastroianni
May 26, 2006
14 years


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words but to live by them."
~ John F. Kennedy
Friendly Reminder! No Rotary meeting on Friday, May 22nd
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!


We will be having next week's social on Wednesday, 5/27, at 5:30 PM due to the Memorial Weekend Holiday.   
The topic/question for our virtual social will be: Name one historical figure you would like to meet and what one question you would ask them!

Paul Harris Annual Event and Recognition

While the actual banquet and celebration may be postponed to the Fall, we will still be awarding grants to local non-profits this summer. The review committee will soon be accepting applications and reviewing them over the months of May-June. 

Brief Background

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a contribution of US $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, whether by an individual or on behalf of an individual. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding.   While it is an honor to receive a Paul Harris Fellow, it's not about the recognition; it's about what we can do in the World as Rotarians and as members of the Community.


Reopening Massachusetts: Info for Businesses

Governor Baker announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins.The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.

  • Phase 1 will be “Start:” limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions
  • Phase 2 will be “Cautious:” additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits
  • Phase 3 will be “Vigilant:” additional industries resume operations with guidance
  • Phase 4 will be the “New Normal:” development of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal

CLICK HERE for more information about the four-phased reopening approach.

CLICK HERE for today’s presentation from the Reopening Advisory Board.

Grab & Go Lunch Program for Seniors Beginning

In partnership with Greater Springfield Senior Services, The Gray House will be offering prepared lunches for senior citizens age 60 and over. The curbside, no contact distribution for these meals will be every Tuesday and Friday from 12pm-1pm. This program requires you to make a reservation in advance.

If you would like to make a reservation to pick up on a Tuesday, please call or complete this form no later than 8:30am on the Monday before.

If you would like to make a reservation to pick up on a Friday, please call or complete this form no later than 8:30am on the Wednesday before.

Reservations can be made by calling 413-517-6137 and leaving a voicemail with your first and last name, phone number and date you would like to pick up your meal. You can also make your reservation by completing this form:

After making your reservation by phone or online, you will receive a confirmation call from The Gray House to confirm your reservation and provide you with instructions on how and when to pick up your meal.


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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