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Chicopee

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Hu Ke Lau Restaurant
705 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA  01020
United States
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A great time was had by all at the Changing of the Guard on Monday June 30. Richard and Gina Kos were the perfect hosts allowing us to use their home and providing a delicious array of goodies from appetizers to dessert. Judy Cote stepped down and passed the reins to Tom Foley for the upcoming year. Good luck Tom!Image 

 

 
 

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The Rotary Club of Chicopee presented three $500 scholarships to students from the local high schools. Pictured are the Scholarship Committee Chair John Arthur, Kamil Szmyd of Chicopee Comprehensive High School and Sarah Palmer of Chicopee High School.  An additional scholarship titled the "Bryan J. Chelte Technical Training Scholarship  Award" was awarded by the Chelte family to Piotr Liebersbach, (on right), also of Chicopee Comprehensive High School. Kylee Klinkowski of Chicopee Comprehensive High School also recieved an award but was unable to attend. 

 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Chicopee will present Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to three deserving individuals who have provided extraordinary service to their local communities. The event will be held on Thursday May 8, at the Delaney House in Holyoke, and will honor Teri Szlosek, Maureen Buxton and Frederick Borys.
 

 
 
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