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July 11th Speaker

About the Speaker:
Ranger Scott Gausen grew up in the mountains of Northern California and Southern Oregon. During and after college he worked for nine summers as a firefighter with the US Forest Service. After graduation, Scott decided that it was time for a change and went back to school to earn a master’s degree in education from Southern Oregon University. He taught business and economics for two years at Ashland High School where he worked closely with the local Ashland Rotary. Scott missed knowing what the weather was like outside of his classroom and decided that the National Park Service was a good combination of education and the outdoors. He worked for two seasons as a park ranger at Oregon Caves National Monument before finding a seasonal position at Springfield Armory NHS in 2016. Scott packed his car and told his mom that his stuff would only be in her garage for six months. While he was there, a permanent position opened up and he was able to parley his experience and education into a permanent position as the Education Specialist at Springfield Armory National Historic Site. Several years later he purchased a house and, after several forceful hints, rented a U-Haul and moved his worldly possessions to the East Coast. He hasn’t looked back since. 
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July 2024 Calendar Samalid Hogan 2024-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

Visiting New Zealand Rotarian Welcomed

Dan Hurley, l, of the Auckland, New Zealand Downtown Rotary Club receives a Springfield Club banner from President-Elect Oscar Mena DeLeon, r, at our June 13th meeting.
Visiting New Zealand Rotarian Welcomed Rick Lee 2024-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day of Service - May 18, 2024

Rotary Day of Service May 18, 2024
Ahsas Malik and Bernie Spirito sell tickets at World's Largest Pancake Breakfast
Karen Blanchard and Ellen Freyman serve dinner at Friends of Homeless
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June Calendar Samalid Hogan 2024-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Club Meeting Samalid Hogan 2024-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Paul Sears, 86

Springfield Rotarian Paul Sears, 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday March 5th in the arms of his loving wife of over 60 years. Born on January 13, 1938 in Springfield, MA to Patrick James and Mary (Murphy) Sears, he was the youngest of five children.
He grew up in the Forest Park section of town, went to Holy Name Grammar School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1955 and Providence College in 1959. He also received a Master's degree from Yale University.
Paul married Josephine Ryan in August 1963. They began their married life volunteering in the missions in the mountains of New Mexico with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. They remained there for two years before moving back home to Springfield with their first child.
He became the first manager of the Micah Corporation, a non-profit that encouraged home ownership before he founded Sears Real Estate in 1971 and ran the business for many years with his partners, Joe Albano and Ellie Dashevsky. Fifty-three years later, three sons, a daughter, and a son-in-law continue his legacy.
Paul served on the Springfield City Council from 1968 through 1976; he was President of the Council for three years. He held various leadership positions in the Rotary Club, the Forest Park Civic Association, Concerned Citizens of Springfield, the Everett Barney Trust, the Rental Housing Association of Greater Springfield, and the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley. He was a William Pynchon Award winner in October 2017.
He was a lifelong parishioner of Holy Name parish and an active member of the Cursillo Movement of Western Mass. He also was involved in Pro-Life causes and helped found the local chapter of Birthright, a group that aimed to help unwed mothers. He devoted many hours to help raise funds for St. Michael's Academy.
Paul leaves his beloved wife, Josephine, as well as their six children: Josephine Rodriguez (Dan), of Springfield; Patrick Sears (Carolyn), of Springfield; Paul Sears (Kristin), of Carlsbad, CA; Kevin Sears (Molly), of Springfield; Brian Sears (Tanya), of Springfield; and Katie Tivnan (Peter), of Springfield.

Rotarian Paul Sears, 86 Rick Lee 2024-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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Make Rotary Part of Your Business Plan









Business/Corporate Membership Application Form: https://form.jotform.com/233455931563157



Contact Marie Angelides 413-265-5448 for more information

Make Rotary Part of Your Business Plan  Rick Lee 2023-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

Passing of Michael Cooley

Michael Cooley
Dear Rotary Family,It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear fellow Rotarian and friend, Michael Cooley. Michael left us on November 14th at Baystate Medical Center, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, dedication, and a profound commitment to Rotary ideals.e image to change it.Michael became a cherished member of our Rotary family on July 17, 2015, with Bob Dambrov as his sponsor. From the moment he joined, Michael embodied the true spirit of Rotary, always eager to lend a helping hand and contribute to our community through his unwavering dedication to service.In remembrance of Michael, the Cooley family is hosting services at the Mount Sinai Temple, located at 1100 Dickinson St in Springfield, this Friday at 11:00. Following the burial, a luncheon will be held at the Temple to celebrate Michael's life and the impact he had on us all.As Rotarians, we find solace and strength in coming together during moments of loss. If you plan to attend the memorial service, we kindly ask you to join us in sitting together to honor Michael's memory. President Marie will be in the vestibule at 10:55 and would be grateful if you could wear your Rotary pins as a symbol of our shared commitment.Let us gather not only to mourn the loss of a remarkable Rotarian but also to celebrate the life of a man whose legacy will continue to inspire us. Michael's memory will live on through the positive impact he made on the world around him.
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Service Above Self Luncheon December 14th  2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Springfield Rotary Grant applications are now being accepted. The grants are for capital projects or capital equipment for Greater Springfield charities. We are looking for projects that support our causes:            

  • Ending Polio 
  • Promoting Peace
  • Fighting Disease
  • Providing Clean Water
  • Supporting Education     
  • Saving Mothers and Children   
  • Disaster Response
  • Growing Local Communities     
  • Protecting the Environment

This year we have a special focus on Mental Health. Please apply, we would love to hear about your organizations. Grants will be between $1000 and $3000.

Deadline: September 30 at 5:00

2023 ROTARY GRANTS  Marie Angelides 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Incoming Club Leadership



President: Marie Angelides
President Elect: Oscar Mena De Leon
Past President: Samalid Hogan
2nd Vice President: Michael Kelley
Treasurer: Carla Alves
Assistant Treasurer: Bernie Spirito
Secretary: Karen Blanchard
Assistant Secretary: Rick Lee
Director: Jack Toner
Sergeant-at-Arms: Michael Cooley
Assistant District Governor: Maurice Powe
Committee Chairs:

Service Committee Chair: Ahsas Malik
Rotary Foundation Chair: Carla Alves
Membership Committee Chair: Samalid Hogan
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Club Meeting

The Next Springfield Rotary Club Meeting is the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on

THURSDAY, July 13, 2023

Purchase your tickets online

Time & Location: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Club Meeting Samalid Hogan 2023-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Proceeds from Service Above Self Luncheon


John Doleva and Frank Colaccino visited our Rotary Club meeting on April 14th to present the Club
with a $7,500 check with the proceeds from the 2022 Service Above Self Luncheon in December.
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Club Meetings in March

Mark your Calendar!

RSVP for our meetings at: https://springfieldmarotary.org/events/calendar

All meetings are scheduled from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

March 10th


The Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant

Springfield, MA

March 17th

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Guest Speaker: Mike Dobbs, The Reminder

Irish House Restaurant, located at the Irish Cultural Center

West Springfield, MA

March 24th


The Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant

Springfield, MA

March 31st

Guest Speaker: Jason Tsitso, One Way Brewing

The Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant

Springfield, MA

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April Calendar Raffle


Proceeds from the Raffle will help us fund the 2023 Community Grants to local non-profits.


  1. Gerry Fitzgerald - $50 Wine & Snacks Gift Basket from Randall's Farm
  2. Joel Skelton - $50 Gift Certificate to La Fiorentina
  3. Darcy Quatacker - Bombay Sapphire Bottle ($60 value)
  4. Katilynn Steketee - 2023 Family Plus Membership to the Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center ($100 value)
  5. Kelly Loveling - $50 Gift Certificate to Frigo’s Foods
  6. Rose Eldridge - $25 Gift Certificate to Plan B Burger
  7. Jane Sears - Homedics Bubble Bliss Deluxe Foot Spa ($30 value)
  8. Rick and Norma Lee - $25 Gift Certificate to the Student Prince & Fort Restaurant
  9. Ben Quick - Ciroc Pomegranite Limited Edition ($30)
  10. Kelly Loveling - TWO Tickets to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra – May Show ($60)
  11. Jane Sears - Gift Certificate to the Student Prince & Fort Restaurant ($25)
  12. Bridget Robare - Jameson Irish Whiskey ($45)
  13. Diane Bennet and Stefan Mock - VISA Gift Card ($50)
  14. Tony Cignoli - AMAZON Gift Card ($25)
  15. Robert Encarnacion - Gift Certificate to Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill ($25)
  16. Valerie Dulude - Bottle of Wine –  Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)
  17. Jane Sears - Gift Certificate to  Max’s Restaurants ($50)
  18. John Gardner - Sign Language Class at Willie Ross  School for the  Deaf ($150)
  19. Karen Long - Gift Certificate to  Center Square Grill ($25)
  20. Ben Quick - Gift Certificate to  Frigo’s Foods ($50)
  21. John Sullivan - Bushmill Single Malt  Irish Whiskey ($45)
  22. Kelley Larkin - Gift card to Frankie’s Pizza ($60)
  23. Donna Szaban - Amazon Gift Card  ($25)
  24. Sheila Lon Nicoll - Gift card to Flowers Flowers ($50)
  25. Joel Skelton - Bottle of Old Vine  Zinfandel ($50)
  26. Courtney Robbins - Gift card to Posto  by the Federal ($60)
  27. Andrew Spirito - Gift Card to Red  Rose Restaurant ($25)
  28. Valerie Dulude - Gift Certificate to  Max’s Tavern ($25)
  29. Tony Cignoli - Set of 5 Bottles of  Wine - Assorted ($60)
  30. Bill Hadden - Gift card to Vanished Brewing  Valley ($25)
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Rotary Night at the Springfield Thunderbirds!


This is a FUN and Family-friendly event. THIS IS DURING SCHOOL VACATION WEEK.

It is an excellent activity for families looking for something fun to do with kids, grandkids, etc.

$5 for every Ticket sold through this link, will be donated to the Springfield Rotary Service Fund, which supports community grants to local non-profits and other community projects. 

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 6:30pm
Where: MassMutual Center - Main Street, Springfield MA
$5 of every Ticket will be donated to the Springfield Rotary Service Fund.
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Paul Harris Dinner 2022

Thank you to all Rotarians for your continued dedication and support of our Club and your generosity. This year's Paul Harris Dinner was a great success.

Congratulations to all the Paul Harris Award Winners and the five non-profit organizations that received grants. 

Click here to view photo gallery

Paul Harris Dinner 2022 Samalid Hogan 2022-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Why join Rotary

Why Join Rotary?


We would love to have you visit our club and learn more about Rotary and what we do in our community and around the world. Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.

Nos encantaría que visitaras nuestro club y obtuvieras más información sobre Rotary y lo que hacemos en nuestra comunidad y en todo el mundo. Rotary es el lugar donde vecinos, amigos y solucionadores de problemas comparten ideas, se unen a líderes y toman medidas para crear un cambio duradero.
Please note that you must attend at least 2 club meetings before applying to become a member and a current member must be your sponsor.
Here is the link to the Individual Application Form: https://form.jotform.com/233455664706159
Here is a link to the Business/Corporate Application Form: https://form.jotform.com/233455931563157
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Deepest Sympathy 

Ed Sunter's brother, David Sunter, passed away in August. Here is a link to the obituary. 

Please make sure to let Ed know we care and have him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

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Prayers and Thoughts

Please join us in sending thoughts and prayers to Mike Tarby and his family.
Mike's mother, Frances V. Tarby passed away on August 15th. Here is a link to the obituary
Please join us in sending thoughts and prayers to Ellen Freyman and her family.
Ellen's mother, Ruth (Asroff) Weiss passed away. Here is a link to the obituary
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Habitat for Humanity Service Project 8-27


Join us on August 27th for a Service Project in collaboration with the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity

Rotarians, please bring your working gloves and dirty boots :o)! We will be rolling up our sleeves and helping to build a home for a family in Holyoke, Massachusetts. 
*** NO CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE REQUIRED *** Just a willingness to learn and help. 
Must be 18 and older to participate. Please bring a lunch with you and wear appropriate clothing. No open-toe shoes please (leave the sandals for the beach 🏝 ).
Meet us at 117 Jackson Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts. Volunteer check-in starts at 8:30am. Stay for the entire day until 2:30pm or just for a couple of hours.
Habitat for Humanity Service Project 8-27 Samalid Hogan 2022-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Dinner Samalid Hogan 2022-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Strategic Plan is in Progress

Thank you to all the Rotarians who participated in our first Strategic Planning Session on Friday, July 24, 2022.

This was just the first of several sessions we will have to complete our 3-year Strategic Plan.

The next session will be Friday, August 19th, during our Club meeting. Please be sure to mark your calendar. 

Strategic Plan is in Progress Samalid Hogan 2022-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting

Our Next Club Meeting is on November 18, 2022

In person is better but you can join us on Zoom

Time & Location: 12:00pm- 1pm at The Student Prince & the Fort located at 8 Fort St, Springfield, MA*

*Validated Parking is available at 23 Hampden Street, Springfield, MA.

Sarah Tsitso was born and raised in western Massachusetts, living in Ludlow, Palmer and Springfield before making her home in Longmeadow. She attended Simmons University in Boston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She received her master’s degree from Bay Path University, where she studied nonprofit management. She is currently enrolled in Bay Path’s MFA program, pursuing a second master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing.

During the course of her nonprofit career, Sarah has worked in leadership roles for a number of local nonprofits, including Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, the East of the River 5 Town Chamber of Commerce, two Springfield-based Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. She also spent eight years as editor of several weekly newspapers for Turley Publications.
She has spent the past five years serving as executive director of The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center.
Sarah was named to BusinessWest’s inaugural Forty Under 40 Class in 2007, and was part of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield’s Board of Directors when it was named a “Difference Maker” by that publication.
She won two awards from the New England Press Association for excellence in journalism, attended the Springfield Leadership Institute and received the YPS Excellence in Leadership Award. In 2015, she was selected as Woman of the Year by the Springfield Women’s Commission.
Currently, Sarah lives in Longmeadow with her husband, Jason, their three-year-old Boston Terrier, Tessie, and a very rambunctious one-and-a-half –year old Black Lab named Benny. Their daughter, Vivian, is a first-year student at Emmanuel College in Boston, where she majors in criminology and pre-law.
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2022 Annual Changing of the Guard Samalid Hogan 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Service Projects 2022

April 9th Service Project with the Greater Springfield Habitat For Humanity

June 25th Service Project with the Greater Springfield Habitat For Humanity

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2022 Installation Dinner

District 7890 Installation 2022

Congrats to all incoming Rotary Club Leaders!

Special recognition to Samalid Hogan, incoming Rotary President, and Maurice Powe, incoming Assistant Governor.

Enjoy photos from the event below.

Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2022
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Torrington Country Club, Goshen CT
2022 Installation Dinner Samalid Hogan 2022-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

June 2022 Service Project

June 25, 2022 Service Project with the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, June 25th, the Springfield Rotary Club Members will volunteer to help complete another home for a local family in Holyoke. This service project is made possible thanks to the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity. The home address is 117 Jackson Street in Holyoke, MA. Parking will be available on Chestnut Street and the entrance to the site is off of a side street, so you will have to walk around the gated site. 
Also, please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, a non-refrigerable lunch, and snacks to get you through the day. Dress appropriately for a working site: closed-toe shoes are required (no sandals, crocs, or flip flops).
It is also highly recommended to bring a baseball cap and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements as we will be working outside.  CLICK HERE to download and print a Volunteer Agreement & Release form. 
June 2022 Service Project Samalid Hogan 2022-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

A Time for Response and Community Support: GRANTS FOR NON-PROFITS

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: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes

DEADLINE EXTENDED: TUESDAY,  AUGUST 30th, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
Grant applications after August 30, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. will be disqualified.  
For application questions, you may email Marie  Angelides at marie.angelides@gmail.com.
A Time for Response and Community Support: GRANTS FOR NON-PROFITS Samalid Hogan 2022-05-24 04:00:00Z 0


Join us in congratulating Keri Davidson and her family on the birth of Cole!

"We welcomed another boy- Cole Norman on Easter morning (April 17th).
He was 6 weeks early and spent a little time in [the hospital] but is healthy and home with us now.
Below is a picture of Charlie with his new best friend." ~ Keri
CONGRATULATIONS Samalid Hogan 2022-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

March 18th Meeting

Our next meeting on March 18th will be hosted by Willie Ross School for the Deaf and our guest speaker will be Bert Carter, President & CEO of Willie Ross School for the Deaf and former Rotary Club of Springfield past president. Please use THIS LINK to RSVP or email smhogan413@gmail.com.

The cost is $15 and includes a buffet lunch.

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Survey Results

The Results Are In!

Thank you to all who participated in our recent surveys!
The new location for our Rotary meetings will Nathan Bills Bar & Restaurant  located at 110 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA.
We will officially announce the date of the first meeting at this new location soon.
All members will have the option of ordering lunch from the menu at their cost.
There is ample free parking in front of the restaurant.
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Rotary Club January Meetings

Our next meeting will be Friday, January 7th at 12:00pm. 
The guest speaker will be Ira Helfand.
Ira Helfand, MD is a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon, ICAN, the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and   Immediate Past President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the founding partner of ICAN and itself the  recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate.
He represented ICAN at the Oslo and Nayarit Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear War, and in September of 2015 he addressed a special session of the United Nations General Assembly.  In May of 2016 he chaired the session on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war at the United Nations Open Ended Working Group meeting in Geneva that led to the successful negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in the summer of 2017, and on September 20 of 2017 he represented IPPNW at the signing ceremony for the Treaty.
He has published studies on the medical consequences of nuclear war in the world’s leading medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, the Lancet and the World Medical Journal, and has lectured widely in the United States, and in India, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, and throughout Europe on the health effects of nuclear weapons.   He represented PSR and IPPNW at the Nobel ceremonies in Oslo in December 2009, honoring President Obama, and presented their report, Nuclear Famine: One Billion People at Risk, at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Chicago in April of 2012. A second edition was released in December of 2013.
Dr. Helfand was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of MedicineHe is a former chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and  practiced as an internist and urgent care physician at Family Care Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts until his retirement this past February.
He is the recipient of the 1997-1998 Will L. Judy Award, the 2003 O’Dwyer Award, the 2003 John Phillips Award, the 2016  Verdoorn Prize, the 2017 Distinguished  Peace Leadership Award, and the 2017 Edward Barsky Award of the American Public Health Association.
He lives with his wife, Deborah Smith, a medical oncologist, in Leeds, Massachusetts.
Rotary Club January Meetings Keri Davidson-Bravman 2022-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member


A Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member is an individual who personally contributes $100 or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund. These contributions also count toward Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, EREY, Major Donor, and club recognition.

Use the Club Foundation Banner Report to see your club’s Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members. 
This report also shows TRF Giving, Every Rotarian Every Year, Paul Harris Society Eligible and Rotary Direct members.
For $10 a month, you too can be a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member and help provide life-changing opportunities for those in need on a yearly basis!
We’re Rotary There’s No Limit To What We Can Do https://vimeo.com/175857712
Thank you all for your continued support of The Rotary Foundation!
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Keri Davidson-Bravman 2022-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Toy Delivery

Below is a photo from the Rotary toy drop off to The Gray House, Inc, Springfield.
Holiday Toy Delivery Keri Davidson-Bravman 2021-12-22 05:00:00Z 0


How to stay safe during the Holiday Season!
Holiday Tips from the CDC

Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

Holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health. Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.

How to Protect Yourself

Important Ways to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Here are safer ways to celebrate the holidays:


    • Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated.
    • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings and you are not fully vaccinated.
      • Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission.
      • Outdoors is safer than indoors.
      • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
      • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
      • Testing can give you information about your risk of spreading COVID-19.
      • Consider using a self-test before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household.
      • A positive self-test result means that you have an infection and should avoid indoor gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading disease to someone else.
      • A negative self-test result means that you may not have an infection. Repeating the test with at least 24 hours between tests will increase the confidence that you are not infected.
      • Ask your healthcare provider if you need help interpreting your test results.

If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit CDC’s Travel page to help you decide what is best for you and your family. CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Special considerations:

  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and have received an additional dose. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
  • If you are gathering with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, you could consider additional precautions (e.g., avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travel, taking a test) in advance of gathering to further reduce risk.
  • Do NOT put a mask on children younger than 2 years old.

By working together, we can enjoy safer holidays, travel, and protect our own health as well as the health of our family and friends.

COVID-19 & THE HOLIDAYS Keri Davidson-Bravman 2021-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
2021 Service Above Self Luncheon 2021-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
HOLIDAY PARTY Samalid Hogan 2021-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
In Person and Virtual Meeting Keri Davidson-Bravman 2021-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Thanksgiving 2021 Fundraisers


Thank you to all Rotarians, family members, and friends who donated food and money for this year's Thanksgiving fundraisers for the Gray House and Christina's House in Springfield. Thanks to your generosity, over $350 were donated to the Gray House in addition to food donations, and $900 were donated to the families at Christina's House in Springfield. Each family will receive a $45 Visa Gift card to purchase Thanksgiving dinner!
In the photo below, Maurice Powe, Rotary President, is personally delivering one of the checks and food items to the Gray House. 
In the photo below, Maurice Powe, Rotary President, and Samalid Hogan, Rotary VP, personally deliver the gift cards to Christina's House.
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Giving this Thanksgiving

GIVING this Thanksgiving!

YOU can HELP families, women, and children at Christina's House and the Gray House

Any donation will help! A $50 donation for example, will help purchase a full Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 4 at Christina's House. You can make your donation online via PayPal OR bring a check to our next Rotary meeting. Our VP, Samalid Hogan, has volunteer to purchase Stop & Shop Grocery Gift cards and personally deliver them to Christina's House.
About Christina's House: Many women and their children in the Springfield area go without housing on a daily basis. They have no place to call home and no place to feel safe. The lives of these mothers and their little ones are forever changed by their circumstances; their nutrition suffers putting them at risk for health concerns and their psychological health is often damaged. The voices of these families called out to us for help.
We are also doing a FOOD DRIVE for the Gray House and collecting Thanksgiving food items such as: Frozen turkeys, Gravy, Cranberry sauce, Stuffing or rice, Pink, red, or black beans, Cake mix & frosting, Pie crust & pie filling, and Grocery gift cards. Our Rotary President, Maurice Powe, has volunteered to bring your donations to the Gray House after the Rotary meetings. 
About the Gray House: The Gray House helps its neighbors meet their immediate needs and addresses the root causes of poverty by operating a food assistance program, adult education programs and after school and summer youth programming. Over 7,000 unique individuals are helped by these programs each year.
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Upcoming Meetings Keri Davidson-Bravman 2021-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
October 2021 Meetings Keri Davidson-Bravman 2021-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Club Meetings in July and August Keri Davidson-Bravman 2021-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donates More Masks to Frontline Workers

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, The Rotary Club of Springfield distributed 6,000 disposable personal protective masks to the City of Springfield. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and John D. Perez, President of The Rotary Club of Springfield at the front steps of City Hall for the PPE distribution. Rotarians Paul Lambert, Maurice Powe and Stephen Jablonski also represented our Club at the presentation.
In total, 20,000 masks were donated to organizations serving Springfield’s residents, including The Gray House, Shriner’s Hospital, Open Pantry Community Services, MLK Community Center, The New North Citizens Council, Square One, and the Gandara Mental Services of Springfield.
John D. Perez, President, The Rotary Club of Springfield MA said  “I am proud that our club has the ability to distribute 20,000 disposable masks among our City's Municipal institutions and non-profit organizations assisting our residents.  We are proud to serve our residents by procuring and providing these masks to the City of Springfield as well as hospitals, animal shelters, food pantries, homeless shelters, and many others with these donations. This is the second donation of 20,000 disposable masks we procured and provided to our City's municipal government and non-profit organizations. 
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The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self" and reflects our desire to contribute and work together through the challenging times that we are living through today.”
The Springfield Rotary Club is currently meeting virtually biweekly on Fridays from 1230-130 p.m. and is a proud member of Rotary International. Anyone who is interested in attending a virtual meeting or would like more information on the Rotary Club of Springfield, please contact John D. Perez, President at rotaryclubofspringfield@outlook.com or visit their Web site at  http://www.springfieldmarotary.org 
Rotary Donates More Masks to Frontline Workers Sue Mastroianni 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

In Memorium

Jearl Kelley, 69, father of our Club Member Michael Kelley, passed away at Baystate Medical Center on January 15, 2021. He was a lifelong resident of Springfield and employed for 43 years as a truck driver, 30 of them as a long-distance driver.
Michael tells us his Dad died of complications of COVID-19 and that his death was very sudden. He had been ill a few days, was admitted to the hospital, and died shortly thereafter. Mr. Kelley was a lung cancer survivor.
He leaves his children, Annette Kelley of West Springfield, MA, and Michael J. Kelley and his wife Candida of Ludlow, MA; his brother William Kelley of Springfield and his grandchildren Michael B. Kelley and Alexander J. Kelley; and his ex-wife Jannette Kelley of Springfield.
Condolences may be sent to Michael and his wife Candida, and sons Michael Jr and Alexander at their home at 58 Duke St, Ludlow, MA 01056.
In Memorium 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Slate of Officers 2021-2022

Slate of Officers and Directors
President - Maurice Powe
Vice-President - Samalid Hogan
Past President - John Perez
Secretary - Vacant
Assistant Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer - Vacant 
Assistant Treasurer - Bernard Spirito
Foundation Chair - Jack Toner
              Membership Chair - Sue Mastroianni
Michael Kelly
Paul Lambert
Slate of Officers 2021-2022 Keri Davidson-Bravman 2021-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
LAST WEEK'S SPEAKER Samalid Hogan 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0


On behalf of District Governor Mark Brady:
Dear 7890 Rotarians,

As your District Governor, and in consideration of all the antivirus measures being taken, it is my duty to inform you that all gatherings large or small are now deemed risky business. Mark Maloney has said so in an email and “given us all permission to suspend in person Rotary meetings and events.”
I hereby am giving you permission to do this in 7890.

Let’s keep up what we can by electronic methods so things don’t get out of hand in our projects and future planning. Be sure to notify your scheduled speakers, venues, vendors, etc. I’m sure all will not only understand but support you in erring on the side of safety.

Let’s do this for 30 days, and reevaluate then. This thing may balloon, stay steady, or just die down by then. We’ll never know if all these measures helped the cause of safety, but we can and need to be able to say “we did the best we could.”

Many of our number are over 60, some magic line, and will not it seems tolerate this well.

People quarantined can get food, etc. dropped at their doors by Peapod, and the same with casseroles etc by members. Presidents, form calling trees to find out every member's or prospective member's status. This will be your main job to help watch over your Rotary Family in the time of need.

This can be turned into a positive this way. Nothing is ever all bad, if your eyes and heart are open.

In Rotary Service,

Thank you,

DG Mark


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If you can help out, please email Mike Rzepka at mrzepka@dowd.com or by text at 413-531-4104. Thank you!
FRIEND OF THE HOMELESS John Perez 2019-11-17 05:00:00Z 0


Allen Grosnick's photo and update was recently published in The Republican on October 13th. Allen recently went on a ski trip to Chile. He has been cancer free for seven years. 
Way to go Allen!! 
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PHOTOS FROM LAST WEEK'S MEETING 2019-10-04 04:00:00Z 0