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.

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!
T’was a Month Before Christmas 2020
T’was a month before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.

The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.

They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.

Contagious and deadly,
This virus spread fast,
Like a wildfire that starts
When fueled by gas.

Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their verve.

From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.

When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.

Now it’s November
and cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.

Frontline workers,
Doctors and nurses,
Try to save people,
From riding in hearses.

This virus is awful,
This COVID-19.
There isn’t a cure.
There is no vaccine.

It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.

And just ‘round the corner -
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
When no one will see it,
No-one but me.

But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!

So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.

 Christmas ain’t cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope.
Thank you to Sue M for sharing!
Rotary Club of Springfield Grant Recognition

Girls Inc. Of The Valley Receives Grant From Rotary Club Of Springfield


HOLYOKE — Girls Inc. of the Valley received a $2,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Springfield to support Girls Inc. of the Valley’s “Bridge the Digital Divide” project. This donation will help girls and their families overcome social and economic stressors during this pandemic.

In the midst of the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for positive, girl-focused, youth-development programming is stronger than ever. Girls who were already dealing with adverse childhood experiences like poverty and racism need additional support during these challenging times, and this donation from the Rotary Club of Springfield will allow both organizations to help serve the community.

Many of the girls have been asking if Girls Inc.’s Eureka! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education program will happen during the summer of 2021. To ensure the safety of their participants, staff, and volunteers, Girls Inc. will provide Eureka! University, a virtual version of the program, this summer.

Girls Inc. of the Valley aims to inspire all girls to see themselves as leaders with the skills and capabilities to improve and influence their local communities, and its leaders are concerned that COVID-19 will widen the existing digital divide between those with ready access to computers and the internet and those without these resources. Currently, five Springfield Eureka! participants do not have the technology to access virtual programming. Girls Inc. of the Valley’s “Bridge the Digital Divide” project will provide each girl with a Chromebook and wi-fi capability to ensure her ability to participate in Eureka! University this summer, and continue Eureka! programming during the school year.

“We are so grateful to the Springfield Rotary Club for this grant to fund our ‘Bridging the Digital Divide’ project,” said Suzanne Parker, executive director of Girls Inc. of the Valley. “It is critical for girls to have the technology they need to succeed in order to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. This generous grant will provide access to technology that is crucial for girls in the Valley.”


District 7980 Update

A message from Marc Glass, District Governor 20/21

I am happy to announce that Christine Burns will be your District Governor for the years 23/24. I and the rest of the team are looking forward to working with her. 


Dates to Remember:

March 11,12,13,18,19,20: NEPETS for incoming and Presidents that are staying for another year. All are required to attend as well as the AGs.

(Details will follow.)


Support Rotary Foundation

Three ways to support our Rotary Foundation
Every November, we celebrate The Rotary Foundation. Your support and generous gifts to the Foundation make it possible for us to be people of action and engage in life-changing projects worldwide. Here are three ways you can help maximize the effectiveness of our year-end giving campaigns and increase the amount of good we can do:
  1. Encourage your members to make a gift to the Foundation on Giving Tuesday, which is 1 December. Share our video message
  2. Give the gift of Rotary this holiday season. Share our digital flyer with members and potential donors.
  3. Learn more about our new peer-to-peer fundraising tool, Raise for Rotary, where you can create fundraising pages that are easy to share with family and friends through social media and email.
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Club Information
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
Until further notice, our club meets online using Zoom. Our meeting ID and Password are viewable to Rotarians within our Rotary District. For other access, please contact President John Perez:
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