Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
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January 1.....$150.....Karen Murphy
January 2.....$25.....Sue Feyre
January 3.....$100.....Mark Beaulieu
January 4.....$100.....Paul Soja
January 5.....$25.....Kathleen Doherty
January 6.....$25.....Kenny Ely
January 7.....$25.....Margaret Moriarty
January 8.....$25.....Adella Strycharz
January 9.....$25.....Hubie Gottschlicht
January 10.....$100.....Linda Januszkiewicz
January 11.....$100.....Bob Garczynski
January 12.....$25.....Karen Rattell
January 13.....$25.....Dottie Benoit
January 14.....$25.....Ryan Robinson
January 15.....$25.....Joyce Arthur
January 16.....$25.....Carolyn Ouellette
January 17.....$100.....Lucille Kolish
January 18.....$100.....Jennifer Bartosz
January 19.....$150.....William Muldoon
January 20.....$25.....Kristin Burk
January 21.....$25.....Jerry Yuen
January 22.....$25.....Francis Labreck
January 24.....$100.....James Joyce
January 25.....$100.....Patricia Holmes
The Rotary Club of Chicopee with help from the Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation presented a Christmas Dinner at Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry on December 25, at 11:30 AM. Our thanks to Hubie Gottschlicht and the Munich Haus who prepared the meal!
Thanks to Gina and Richard for opening their home to us for our evening of fellowship. Once again our hosts provided us with excellent goodies from appetizers to dessert. Don Roy and Joseph Topor Jr. led us in song and a good time was had by all.
Chicopee Rotarians will gather and wrap gifts for the residents of Birch Manor Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center on Tuesday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Rotarians have generously donated wrapping paper and bows for the occasion. Rotary (w)rappers Sandi Averill, Maureen Buxton, Lucille Kolish and Kate Parker handled the event.
Welcome the season this Saturday December 6 from 10 AM to 11 AM with hot chocolate and breakfast treats. We'll be reading holiday stories to the families who use the Chicopee Public Library. Rotarian Gina Golash-Kos organized the event, and fellow Rotarians Fred Borys, Marc Dugre, Tom Guertin, Gene Kirejczyk and wife Cindy, Lucille Kolish and John Michon attended. A special thanks to Mayor Richard Kos who read for us, and Cindy Kirejczyk for preparing the homemade treats, (see event photos above).
Chicopee Rotarians helped Santa provide gifts to 16 Kid's Club participants at the Gray House. The academic year end party was held at the Gray House's Sheldon Street location on Thursday December 4. Refreshments were served and a good time was had by the children, their parents, Kid's Club volunteers and administrators, (see photos above).
The Rotary Club of Chicopee was glad to welcome Ronald Belair from the Knights of Columbus to our meeting. The club presented Ron with a check for $1,000 toward the Knights annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteers begin food preparation on Monday of Thanksgiving week, providing meals to the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club dinner that evening. By Thanksgiving day the Knights are ready for their feast, which includes meals delivered to the elderly and disabled, along with a sit down meal for people in need or alone. Rotarians John Arthur, Gina Golash, John Michon and Chris Rivers with his team from Phillips Insurance helped with the food preparation.