President's Message

Bert Carter

We will soon be requesting applications for our annual grants program.  The board will be meeting this week to firm up the particulars, but we will be focusing on needs that have arisen around the pandemic.  If you know of an organization that has needs related to the pandemic, encourage them to apply.  Typically we give out grants of $1,000 to $2,000.  Usually we ask that the money be used to purchase goods or services to enhance the services that the organization offers to segments of our communities.  In order to address the urgent needs in the community, we will be a little more flexible this year.  Look for the grant announcement soon.

Those of you who were able to join the meeting last Friday are now aware that I am going to begin treatment for prostate cancer soon.  I may not be available for some meetings and other duties as president of the club.  John Perez will be filling in as needed with the assist of the rest of the board.  The cancer was caught early and I am confident that the treatment will be successful.  Thank you to those who have expressed support.  Support from my Rotary family will help see me through.

In Fellowship and Service,




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.



We are planning to have a Virtual Rotary meeting tomorrow using
The video chat will be at THIS FRIDAY at 12:30PM
COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK ON YOU BROWSER to join the meeting! --> Please Join Zoom Meeting

NOTE: The Password was emailed to all the members and friends of Springfield Rotary Club via email from John Perez earlier this week.

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.


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April 15, 1988
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April 19, 1991
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