President's Message
Samalid Hogan

My Fellow Rotarians, 

My sincere thanks to all who participated in our first strategic plan meeting to shape our Club for the next three years. I look forward to our second planning meeting on August 19th, and I sincerely hope more Rotarians will attend in person or virtually. 

On Friday, August 5th, we will have Patricia Bernard from the Martin Luther King Community Center. The MLK Community Center in Springfield offers information and referral, multicultural services, and advocacy for children and youth with disabilities. Runs inclusive after-school program for youth ages 6-22 that are eligible through the Department of Developmental Services. They provide various services, including childcare,  housing, and family support, education scholarships, and Tours of historically Black colleges and universities. Join us on August 5th to learn more about this excellent community resource. 

Also, on August 27th, the Rotary Club of Springfield is once again volunteering with the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity to assist in building two new homes on Jackson Street in Holyoke, MA. Volunteers arrive early at 8:30 am and are greeted by the friendly staff of Habitat. No prior construction experience is necessary, just the desire to participate and help. 

Lastly, if I were to have only ONE WISH COME TRUE THIS YEAR, I would wish to SEE MORE ROTARIANS PARTICIPATE in our meeting and/or our events. Very few attended the Changing of the Guard. Very few attended my first meeting as President. Very few attended our first Strategic Planning Club meeting -- virtually or in person. I don't take it personally, but I worry about the future of our Rotary Club; and we need your participation, and quite frankly, we miss your friendship. 

If you can't make it to the Club meetings all the time, can you at least make it once a month? Can you volunteer to participate in a special event or committee? Could you send us an email and let us know if you are still interested in helping out? That would be my ONE WISH this year in respect to ROTARY. For those of you we have not seen in a while, I hope you can help make my wish come true. 

Samalid Hogan, President 2022-2023

Upcoming Speakers
9/14 Katrina Spicer-Lindquist – Manager at H&R Block. Never too early to talk about tax prep savings, W-4 planning for new employees and more
9/21 Navy Week in Spfld! LT John Stevens and Capt. Gaucher of the US Navy will join us as well as members from the Agawam and W. Springfield Rotary clubs
9/28 Ronn Johnson-Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services (recent Rotary grant recipient) 
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Dene Kimball could use a little help with displaying our Rotary flags at meetings (as Richard Fulkerson is doing in the attached photo). Dene is planning some extended vacation time soon and would like a few Rotarians to volunteer and put up the flags while he’s away (or give him a break now and then). The flags are stored at Max’s and only take a few minutes to put up or take down. Please talk to Dene about helping out. And thank you for your participation in helping to display our flags!
We have had a great start to our 2018 Foundation Drive!  Thank you to Al Gay, Mike Cooley, Steve Jablonski, Sue Mastroianni, Seth Tenenbaum, Dene Kimball and Peter Pappas for their gifts.  The Rotary Foundation recently released their Annual Report.  Currently, 92% of the funds received are used to make a difference in the lives of others.  We were reminded by the passing of President George HW Bush, the importance of our global citizenship, not just our American citizenship.  As we put on the Rotary Foundations oars, we embodying this value.

The March Calendar Raffle Winners! 

Prize winners 1-7 (Week 1)
Mike Rzepka (sold by Mike R) 4 tickets to Springfield Museums
Nina Sotini (Maurice Powe) $100 Max’s Tavern
Rosemary Sandlin (Jack Toner) $25 Hot Table
John Perdrizet (Rick Lee) Case of White Lion beer
Jackie Guzie (Laurie Rosner) Fred Astaire dance lessons
Sagrano Caceves (Maurice Powe) $25 Nadim’s Downtown
Steven Holstrom (Sue M) $50 Cash – Steve has kindly donated his winnings back to our club! Thanks Steve!

Prize winners 8-14 (Week 2)
Bob Agnoli (sold by Bob A) WMAS Gift Basket
Fatima Mohamed (Maurice Powe) Samsung Blue-Ray Dic/DVD player
Allen Grosnick (Allen G) 2 bottles of wine
Angela Clement (Bob Russell) $25 Panera Bread gift card
Nina Sotini (Maurice Powe) $50 Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou
Marie Angelides (Marie A) Fred Astaire Dance lessons
Gerry FitzGerald (Sue M) $50 Delaney House Gift card

Prize winners 15-21 (Week 3)
Richard Fulkerson (sold by Richard) Spencer Brewery Beer
Julie Rolfe (Valerie Dulude) DeLonghi Coffee maker
Judy Falcetti (Rick Lee) $50 ICC certificate
Harley Dulude (Valerie Dulude) $25 Hot Table
Doug Feed (Peter Pappas) WRSD Sign Language Class
Mark Brown (Peter Pappas) Sony Blue-Ray Disc/DVD Player
Chris Vyce (Emma/WMAS FM) $25 Yankee Candle card + Candle

Prize winners 22 -28 (Week 4)
Giselle Vizcarrondo (sold by Giselle) 4 Tickets to the Big E
Valerie Dulude (sold by Valerie) $100 Max’s Tavern gift card
Christine Burns (sold by Valerie Dulude) $25 Naismith’s Pub & Pretzel certificate
John Carty (sold by Peter Pappas) Homedics Massage Pillow ($65 value)
Rich Tkacz (sold by Jack Toner) $50 Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou certificate
Paul Sears (sold by Paul) $50 Red Rose gift card
J. Sierra (sold by Alicia Garcia) $65 Skin Catering Salon certificate
This week we pick the final 3 winners 29 through 31. You won’t want to miss it!
Dee Rogers-Tonge Honored

Congratulations to our own Dee Rodgers-Tonge, chair of the Undergraduate Accounting department and assistant professor of Accounting at Bay Path University, who has been selected to receive an African American Female Professor Award (AAFPA). This award was presented to Dee at the AAFPA Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Griswold Theater at American International College in Springfield. To read the full article:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle. We raised over $5,000 for our Service Fund and couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help and support. A big “thank you” to PIP Printing for the wonderful (and quick) job they did. Thank you again!

The next Rotary Leadership Institute will take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM, at the York County Community College, Wells, ME. You accepted the invitation to become a Rotarian for a reason. You stay a Rotarian also for a reason. An RLI session will add many more reasons for you to be a Rotarian. Registration $80 -  Parts I, II, III  and a Graduate Session. A light breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. For more information and to register, visit


We love to celebrate our fellow Rotarians!
JULY 2020

Mike Healy, July 06; Rick Lee,  July 16;  Rosemary Woods, July 17; Sue Mastroianni, July 23;
Lucie Lewis, July 28 
Sue Mastroianni, Chris Mastroianni, July 8th, 31 years!
Maurice Powe, Terry Powe, July 19, 23 years!
Valerie Dulude, Harley Dulude, July 28, 36 years!


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