President's Message
Maurice Powe

This weekend we mourn the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Military. Memorial Day Weekend is more than a three-day weekend, sales, or the beginning of summer. Our fellow Rotarian and friend Dene and his family will welcome home Cpl. Robert C. Agard. After 73 years of being missing in action Cpl. Agard will return home to his family. Dene's experience and tribute to his cousin are a powerful lesson and a reminder to persevere and never give up. 
Watching the news is difficult from Uvalde to Buffalo to Ukraine and with all the many difficulties in between it is easy to be depressed, frustrated, and angry. However, we can not quit, we must push on and continue to serve to change lives and create a better world. As Rotarians, we must imagine a better world and take action to improve our community.    
In Solidarity, 
Maurice Powe


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Memorial Day 2022
Special Featured Story: A Soldier Returns to Home and Family After 73 Years
Please read the story of Captain Robert Charles Agard on our website.
Next Rotary Meeting on June 10th

NOTE: There will not be a Rotary meeting on May 27th in observance of memorial day weekend.

Our Next Rotary Meeting will be on June 10th at 12noon at Nathan Bills Bar & Restaurant
For those of you who cannot join us in person, here is the link to ZOOM:
At this meeting, we will have TWO guest speakers from the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity:
John O'Farrell
Aimee Giroux                            John O'Farrell    
Aimee Giroux, has been with Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity since 2010 when she was hired as the affiliate’s first bookkeeper moving into the position of Director of Operations in 2012, Acting Executive Director in 2018, and her current position as Executive Director in 2020.  She oversees financial management including budgeting and audits, grant writing, reporting and compliance, employee HR. She is certified as a Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #1758123 and oversees the underwriting of GSHFH partner family mortgages and their servicing. She has worked with the Cities of Springfield and Holyoke on various HUD, HOME, NSP, CPA and ARPA-funded projects.
Prior to joining GSHFH, Aimee trained as a chef at New England Culinary Institute, working in many restaurants in MA, VT and ME and was the owner of her own catering company. She enjoys providing GSHFH volunteers with homemade lunch and treats while they are working on our build sites. She was also the co-owner of A & H Transportation from 2001-2010, managing the company’s finances, HR and DOT compliance requirements.
As a mother of four she is a longtime volunteer for her children’s various school activities and has served on boards for many local organizations such as Treasurer for BSA Troop 57 2014-2018, President Belchertown Stingrays Swim Team 2000-2012, Treasurer Western MA Summer Swim League, 2002-2014, President/Treasurer B’Town Twirlers 2017-2022.
John O’Farrell is certainly no stranger to the Pioneer Valley, graduating from Springfield College and starting his non-profit career with the Pioneer Valley Council, BSA in 1993. Over the past 25 years, John has worked for a number of youth and family-serving organizations in various leadership capacities throughout New England and is thrilled to be back here in Springfield.
Currently, John coordinates volunteer sign-up and recruitment efforts to keep their projects moving forward, and builds partnerships with local businesses, helping to secure financial contributions and in-kind donations. In addition, John also oversees fundraising efforts, such as direct mail and holiday appeal campaigns, and also coordinates Habitat’s annual Fall Festival event fundraiser.  
A Time for Response and Community Support
The Rotary Club of Springfield, Massachusetts, will make grants available to Springfield-based non-profit organizations that benefit the Greater Springfield Community.
The 2022-2023 grant cycle will award recipients up to a $2,000 grant.  
Non-profits with a 501c3 status are eligible to apply using the below application.  Organizations may use the grant for any capital improvement project related to one of the causes of Rotary International. Please visit for more information:

The timeline for the grant application is as follows: Monday, August 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Grant applications after August 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. will be disqualified.  
For application questions, you may email Marie  Angelides at
Slate of Officers 2022-2023
Slate of Officers and Directors
President - Samalid Hogan
Vice-President - Marie Angelides
2nd Vice-President - Oscar Mena de Leon
Past President - Maurice Powe
Secretary - Karen Blanchard
Assistant Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer - Oscar Mena de Leon
Assistant Treasurer - Bernard Spirito
Foundation Chair - Jack Toner
  Membership Chair - Sue Mastroianni
Michael Kelly
Paul Lambert


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Club Information
Rotary Club of Springfield - Meeting Fridays-12:00 PM
Springfield Rotary
Service Above Self
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Nathan Bills Bar & Restaurant
110 Island Pond Rd
Springfield, MA 01118
United States of America
We are back to meeting in person for fully vaccinated members and guests. Zoom meeting login info is viewable to Rotarians within our District. For other access, please contact President Maurice Powe at:
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Al Gay
May 5
Bob Dambrov
May 15
Jay Leib
May 26
Rick Lee
Norma Lee
May 23
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Bob Dambrov
May 18, 1978
44 years
Sue Mastroianni
May 26, 2006
16 years