Rotary Club of Chicopee



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Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...

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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 Rotary Club of Chicopee is always interested in meeting people who might desire to become new members. For further information, please contact the Club President or Membership Chair.


Home Page Stories

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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