President's Message

Bert Carter

The raffle sales are beginning to come in.  Thank you to those of you who have already sold some or all of your tickets.  Remember, the raffle supports our Service Fund which is used to award grants to local non-profits in support of the great work they do in our community.  Rotary’s motto, “service above self” is about doing good work in the thousands of Rotary communities around the world. Through the grants we award locally, we are participating in the larger mission of Rotary world-wide.  Rotary has done so much to make this world a better place to live, not only through our international initiatives (polio, clean water, peace…) but also through the small works we do locally to improve our own communities and the lives of families who live here.

Keep selling those tickets and be part of the effort to make our world a better place.

In Service, 


Carmine Azzato
I always dreamt of becoming an NFL player till I suffered a career ending ankle injury in High School. Shortly after recovering I began my pro wrestling training with W.W.F. Superstar Johnny Rodz. I had my first Pro Wrestling match a month before my 18th birthday. About 15 years later I suffered from another devastating leg injury that knocked me out of pro wrestling. The reality hit me hard as I began to realize that I could no longer hide behind this character “Blast” that I had created, and that “fame” no longer mattered once my wrestling career was over. My life began to spin out of control to the point that God felt the need to step in and send two men into my life that began to share stories about Jesus with me. I didn’t know how to receive what these men saying to me because of my pride and stubbornness, and more than that, I did not want to appear weak to them. Finally a year later, in November of 2002 I opened my heart to what they were sharing, I chose to give up control and I received Jesus into my life. I gave Jesus permission to love me and to lead me in every decision that I would make from that day forward. Since then, I became an Evangelist and a Pastor as I continue to do Motivational Speaking.


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 I 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.


THANK YOU! Your generosity and participation are greatly appreciated! We have collected enough gifts for the Raffle. It is not time to sell the tickets. Please help us sell out all the tickets for our March Raffle.
Raffle tickets were passed around last Friday at our meeting. If you were absent, please pick them up this Friday and/or contact Bert Carter.
The funds raised allowed us to give away grants to local non-profit organizations.


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!


We are happy to welcome Nathan Skrocki and Keri Davidson-Bravman from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) to the Rotary Club of Springfield! They were inducted on December 6, 2019.
Their inductions were announced in the news on The Republican and BusinessWest! 


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