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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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Kelly Marion put together this wonderful press release for our 40th Annual Kagan Award recipients:
 
Rotary Club of Pittsfield Announces Kagan Award Recipients
Pittsfield – Mr. Jeffrey Hassett, President of the Rotary Club of Pittsfield, has announced that Sheri L. Quinn and Anthony C. Mazzeo are the 40th recipients of the prestigious Dr. David B. Kagan Award. This award was established in 1977, in memory of Dr. David B. Kagan, a long-time Pittsfield Rotarian and community citizen. The award has been given annually to one female and one male from Central Berkshire each year, who have made significant contributions to their community through volunteer activities.  Their activities have created lasting change in the lives of individuals and families in the community. These activities that have made this community a better place to live, work and raise a family.  The nominees are not necessarily high-profile individuals, but persons who have provided service above self to others. The recipients represent the highest standards of the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is the basis of the award.
 
Sheri Quinn, was born and raised here in Berkshire County where her family ties and responsibilities kept her close to home. She is a CPA and a partner in the firm of Fenton Quinn, PC. in Pittsfield.  She started as an intern at the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1994 having obtained degrees in accounting from Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  At the same time, she became a partner in the CPA firm, she began as a board member at the Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center.  She served as Treasurer most of those years and remains very active on the Board to this day.  She also serves on the Board of the Coolidge Hill Foundation making grants to organizations in our community who serve primarily children and the disabled.  She serves on the Board of Feronia Forward Ftd whose mission is to provide a year-round venue for children to learn, with a sense of wonder and adventure, the importance of sustainable forestry. In addition to these three Boards, she also serves as one of two representatives from the Kids Place Board on the Hillcrest Foundation Board, ensuring the Kids Place a voice at the table for ongoing communication and support.  Sheri and her husband of 24 years, Matt, reside in New Ashford, they have two grown daughters and a new grandson.
 
Anthony “Tony” Mazzeo was born and raised here in Pittsfield.  He manages his time between the very successful family owned businesses of Mazzeo's Ristorante, Catering & Home Made Pasta and Mazcot's Sports Bar And Grill. He is an active member of UNICO of Pittsfield, a 25-year-old Italian heritage organization that provides assistance to the those in need and grants educational scholarships to local high school seniors and continuing education students.  The Berkshire County Jimmy Fund also benefits from his volunteer efforts where they raise funds to support cancer research and clinical trials at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is on the Board of Berkshire County ARC and the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, where he also serves on the golf committee.  In addition, he sponsors both a little league team and a softball team for the youth of our community. He certainly has his hands more than full but he still finds time for community outreach. In the addition to the above, he generously donates or volunteers for a myriad of organizations too many to mention on a yearly basis.  Mr. Mazzeo was also instrumental in the launching of the Rotary Club of Pittsfield Foundation Wine Pairing Fundraiser which started four years ago and has helped to raise funds for capital improvement projects here in Pittsfield for non-profits in need of renovations. Tony resides here in Pittsfield with his wife of 20 years, Melissa, and their two daughters.
 
The recipients are chosen the Kagan Award Committee Co-Chairs, Edward Forfa and Kelly Marion. A $200 stipend to the charity of the recipient's choice and a plaque are awarded. For more information on the Rotary Club of Pittsfield, feel free to visit their website at http://www.pittsfieldrotary.org
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 sponsorship form can be found here: Golf Tournament Sponsorship
 
 
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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