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Miles to end polio: $6 million crosses the finish line for polio eradication
Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and six RI staff members bicycled 104 miles in Tucson Arizona, USA, on Saturday, for the Miles to End Polio event, raising more than $6 million for polio eradication. The money raised by Rotary will receive a two-to-one match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the team from Evanston, 100 Rotary member riders took part in the ride. The fundraising ride is part of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike event in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The race attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, making it one of the top cycling events in the U.S. The...
Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the strength of partnerships
To strengthen their 69-year-old partnership, leaders from Rotary and the United Nations met this month in New York City for Rotary Day at the United Nations. The two organizations began working together with the aim of maintaining peace after World War II. Today, the relationship has evolved to include humanitarian work in areas like gender equality, child and maternal health, and disease treatment and prevention. While the UN's Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, its leaders are preparing for an even more ambitious humanitarian agenda of eradicating extreme poverty by...
A major breakthrough against polio
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus. The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012. "We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC. Rotary has played an important role in bringing type 3 polio close to extinction. PolioPlus grants have provided key...

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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Hu Ke Lau Restaurant
705 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA  01020
United States
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The Chicopee Rotary Club donated $500 to a Veterans Appreciation Dinner to be prepared by the Chicopee Elks. The dinner will honor area veterans and will be held at the Chicopee Elks Lodge located at 431 Granby Road, on Wednesday evening November 5. Event Chairman Jim Cartwright, and the Lodge's Exalted Ruler Gerald Cove were on hand to speak about the event.

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. 

Stas Radosz of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning displays a check from the Rotary Club of Chicopee. The donation was made by the club in memory of Walter Wrzesien, a former member, and long-time benefactor of both the Rotary Club and Polish Center. Walter was a many time honored World War II veteran who passed away in February 2014 at the age of 93. He is missed by us all, and will be remembered fondly as a generous old-world gentleman who sincerely believed there was only one way to live: that is to say, honorably.

The Rotary year 2014 was another success for the Rotary Club of Chicopee. In addition to the Helping Hands Program which took place on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the club donated the following last year: $5,000 to the Chicopee Senior Center to complete our promised $15,000 commitment; $3,500 to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund; $2,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee for a literacy program; $2,000 to Porchlight Home Care for new nurses bags with the Rotary logo on them; $1,000 to Lorraines Soup Kitchen; $1,000 to the PolioPlus Program to help with the eradication of Polio worldwide; $750 to a Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Elks Club in Chicopee, and $500 to the future interns program in the Chicopee Public School system. Total donations for the year were $15,750.     

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