Posted by Ron Latham on Dec 11, 2017
Joel Scussel 12/14
Brooks Sherman 12/21
Tom Sherman 12/28
Sally Umlauf 01/04
 
Invocation Duties Ron Latham 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Latham on Dec 11, 2017
Greg Knight 12/14
Don Kuczarski 12/21
Rick LaFleche 12/28
Ron Latham 01/04
Dick Laureyns 01/11
Carol Leibinger-Healey 01/18
Introduction Duties Ron Latham 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
   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!
2017 Student Service Above Self Awards KAM 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Annually, 30,000 people die from water related illnesses – 90% of them are children. Guatemala has the third highest rate of malnutrition in the world.   The women and children have to walk 20 minutes each way to gather freshwater and carry it back to the village between 4-6 times per day.  Having sanitized water in the village saves them these trips. Rick Lawrence, from the Manchester Rotary Club, is the District 7890 Water Project Chairperson. Rick partners with a non-governmental organization called Aldea - formally Behrhorst Partners for Development (BPD) and a local host Rotary Club.  Aldea means Village in Spanish. This NGO is able to converse in the local languages and deal with the local conditions, culture, and politics of the people of Guatemala.  There are four components to the water sanitation projects: water supply, sinks, latrines, and safe stoves. 
Rick and his wife, involved with the project for the past nine years, have raised over $499,000 to complete projects in 16 villages in Guatemala. The 2017 project will be supporting water sanitation in four new villages in Guatemala.  When Rick started this project in 2006, 12 Rotary clubs contributed $24,000 to be able to complete a project in one village.  Last year’s project supported three villages and 32 Rotary clubs contributed over $100,000 to the project. 
 This is the third Global Grant for the Guatemala Water Sanitation Project. So between the club contributions and the district contributions, Rick has raised $43,995; another $33,997 is matched by the foundation for a total of $71,164 going towards this project for four villages in Guatemala.   Local labor and in-kind services are valued at another $54,817. Rotary Clubs also raised $19,000 for safe stoves at the villages.
Water Project Jim Scolforo 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Student Scholarships Awarded Brooks Sherman 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Birthdays:
 
John R. Franchebois - May 12
 
Anniversaries:
 
Joan DiMartino - 12 years - May 13, 2004
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries Brooks Sherman 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
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.
2017 Butler Award presented to Kelly & Jay Marion Adrienne DeBlieux Speed 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Get Your Groove On!! Adrienne DeBlieux Speed 2016-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adrienne DeBlieux Speed on Nov 04, 2016

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.

Service Above Self Honorees Adrienne DeBlieux Speed 2016-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
In the October edition of The Rotarian magazine, the cover story focused on the efforts of vaccinators working to eradicate polio in Pakistan. The effort is undertaken with the support of Rotarians in Pakistan, both men and women, in spite of cultural and logistical headwinds. Some Pakistanis live quasi-nomadic lives, making it difficult to make contact and provide vaccines. Given restrictive gender roles in traditional Pakistani culture, oftentimes it falls on women to be the initial points of contact in their communities, building the trust necessary for families to allow their children to be vaccinated. There is sometimes suspicion of their mission and motivations, and the work can be dangerous. As we seek to create positive change in our community, we recognize and applaud our fellow Rotarians working against very tall odds to create positive change in their own.
Against the Odds 2016-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Last week we were joined by Alma Kruh and Barbara Spiegal, both members of the Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club. They gave a presentation about their time working with the Group Study Exchange Rotary Program doing relief work in earthquake-stricken Nepal in partnership with All Hands Volunteers. In spite of the fact that a year after the earthquake there was still severe infrastructure damage, they were greeted warmly and found both the local people and their fellow volunteers maintained very positive attitudes about the work they were doing. Among the projects that they assisted with, a primary focus was the construction of temporary classrooms so that children could continue their education uninterrupted. They also presented a number of slides and a short video to emphasize the scale of the need, and to give the Club a more vivid picture of their trip. They both said that they had thought about going back, and that anyone who is interested in participating should contact Alma Kruh.
Earthquake Relief 2016-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our fellow Rotarians for finishing third in their division in the Josh Billings Runaground this past Sunday!
Josh Billings Runaground 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
On Thursday Mike Hinkley spoke to us about the 6th annual Walk A Mile event to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center. The event, in which participants are sponsored to walk a mile in high-heels, raises money and awareness in support of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in our county. The event was a success, with many walkers both old and new participating; the fundraising site for the Elizabeth Freeman Center currently indicates that they have surpassed their funding goal. Mike demonstrated his dedication to the cause by attending lunch wearing not just the shoes he would be walking in, but full gladiator attire as well.
Walk A Mile 2016-09-21 04:00:00Z 0