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ROTARY CLUB-PITTSFIELD, MA.

Pittsfield

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel
or Mazzeo's (see Calendar)
Pittsfield, MA  01201
United States
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   President, Jeff Hassett and Service Above Self Award Chair, Joan DiMartino presented seven local students with "Service Above Self" awards.  This award exemplifies student volunteer efforts and their selfless contributions to the service of others.  The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise which we both encourage and foster.
   Joan DiMartino and Committee member, Rob Proskin, had the privilege of reviewing a number of outstanding nominations for students this year and selected the seven awardees for their service above and beyond in their community.  Ms. DiMartino noted, “It certainly was not an easy task but it was truly heartwarming to see that more of our students are out in our community volunteering both their time and talents.”
   Representatives from Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School presented each of the awardees to the Club at a luncheon, held on November 16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield.  Also in attendance to recognize the student achievements were Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Office of the Mayor City of Pittsfield, Mr. John Vosburgh, Principal of Taconic High School, Susan Pivero and Sarah Maddelena from Taconic High School Guidance, along with Susan Haughey, Health Tech Teacher.  Pittsfield High School was represented by Amy Higgins and Janice Barry, from the Guidance Department, along with Todd Eddy, Culinary Teacher. Again this year Rotary made a $100 donation in the award winners name to a charity of their choice.
   This year’s awardees who are all Seniors at their respective schools are Anthony Arace, Cooper Baity, Keiahna Cargill and Daniel Zielinski from Taconic High School, along with Gabrielle DiMassimo, Danielle LeBlanc, and Marilyn Maison, from Pittsfield High School.
   The presentation ended with Ms. DiMartino congratulating the award winners and thanking their parents for their involvement in supporting their students volunteerism.  She added that our wish is that these students will continue down the path of service to others as they prepare for graduation and the many challenges and successes ahead!
We are scheduled to go to Wandering Star Brewery at 5pm next Thursday (August 31st) instead of our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting.  Jeff needs a head count by today if you want in on some tasty craft beers, and probably some halfway decent company as well.  Wandering Star is located at 11 Gifford St. in Pittsfield.
On Saturday night Pittsfield Rotary came out to honor this year's Paul Harris Fellowship recipient, Jay Marion. The Paul Harris Fellowship is imparted on Rotarians who exhibit dedication and exemplary service to the Club. Congratulations to Jay on being named the newest Paul Harris Fellow!
On Thursday, May 18 Rotary scholarships were presented to this year's recipients. The students were joined by mentors from their respective schools, as well as family and friends who came out to support them. The following students were awarded scholarships for 2017:

 
Allison Kahn - Berkshire Community College
Stephanie Vargas - St. Joseph's High School
Cassie Winn - Taconic High School
Jade Tanguay - Berkshire Community College
Lauren Daury - Pittsfield High School
Emily Reardon - Pittsfield High School
Gianna Paris - Taconic High School (Not Pictured)
 
Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients!
Join us for our 13th Annual Golf Tournament
May 24, 2017 at the Country Club of Pittsfield
Hit the Links to Help Feed the Hungry Here in Pittsfield
 
“One of the best tournament of the year!”
 
In addition to 18 holes of golf, each player receives lunch, dinner, door prizes and the opportunity to buy raffle tickets and win some very valuable prizes.
12:00 Lunch 1:00 Shotgun Start
 
Golfer entry form can be found here: Golfer's Entry Form  
 
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The Donald Butler Award is presented each year to a Rotarian who the president feels has exemplified the Rotarian motto of Service Above Self.  President Joan presented this year's award to Kelly & Jay Marion. Joan gave a heartfelt presentation and explained that the guidance and support given by both of these individuals made it impossible for her to choose only one.  Congratulations to these two dedicated recipients.
Using funds raised from the Annual Rotary Club of Pittsfield Golf Tournament, last week the The Rotary Club of Pittsfield presented the following ten organizations a donation of $1,000.00 a piece to support their food pantries:
The Salvation Army, St. Mark's Food Pantry, 1st Methodist Church, The Christian Center, St. Stephen's Table, Christian Assembly Church, 1st Baptist Church, St. Agnes Food Pantry, Reigning Love Church and South Congregational Church. 
Save the Date for our 2017 Rotary Auction!!  It's sure to be a Groovy Time!! Saturday January 28.  The donation form is available below.

Congratulations to our Service Above Self Award Honorees:

From St. Joseph's: Olivia Bolluck, Connor Thurston, Theresa Kirsimagi and Samantha Saddick
From Taconic: Amber Myers, Jill Scussel and Kailey Bell
From Pittsfield High: Erin Murphy, Jackson Rich and Zachary Senecal

Because they have all shown such willingness to give back to their community, along with the honor and award, the Pittsfield Rotary Club will make a donation to a charity of each student’s choice.

Last week, after background information about Gene Case was delivered by Marshall Raser, Matt Scarafoni presented Gene Case Awards (scholarships) to Anita Curtain (SJCCHS) and Kaitlyn Barcus (PHS).
 
Last week was our annual Student Scholarship Awards, hosted by Tom Sherman, who presented awards to the following students:
Berkshire Community College
  • Tori Wadsworth
  • Melanie Breault
Pittsfield High School
  • Justin Roy
  • Dylan Northrup
Taconic High School
  • Rosemary Harrison
  • Hannah Cornwell
St. Joseph Central Catholic High School
  • Leanne Hamilton
The Donald Butler Award is presented each year to a Rotarian who the president feels has exemplified the Rotarian motto of Service Above Self.  Jeff Whitehouse gave a moving remembrance of his uncle Don for whom the award is named and we were graced with the presence of Don's wife Doreen. President Kelly presented this year's award to Jay Bailly. Kelly noted Jay's quiet but steadfast dedication as he has served two terms on the Club's Board of Directors and also on the Foundation Board.  Jay is co-chair of the Annual Food Drive and for the past 8 years has been essential in our efforts to alleviate hunger in our county. Jay also has 10 years of perfect attendance. This year, Rotary International's theme, is "be a gift to the world" and Jay Bailly, our 2015-2016 Donald G. Butler Award recipient has been a gift to our Club.
Jay Bailly and Doreen Butler
Jay Bailly and Doreen Butler (95 years young)
The Rotary Club of Pittsfield presented Jay Sachetti, ServiceNet's Vice President of Sheltering, Housing, Addiction, and Vocational Services, with $7,000 raised at the club's annual auction on January 30th to support the Barton's Crossing shelter.

Pictured left to right: Gail Molari, auction co-chair; Joan DiMartino, auction co-chair and incoming president; Jay Sachetti; and Kelly Marion, Rotary Club president.
 
 
 
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