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Rotary Club of Westfield, MA
PO Box 754
Westfield, MA 01086-0754
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A grant from the Lynn Boscher COVID Relief Fund of the Rotary Club of Westfield has helped the St. Vincent de Paul Society continue it’s mission to help the hungry and financially challenged residents of the city.

The non-denominational society operating from St. Mary’s Church offers monthly donations of food, as well as financial support, to those in need and was the recipient of one of several $1,000 grants provided recently by the fund created in memory of former Rotarian Lynn Boscher by his widow, Mary Boscher.

Lynn Boscher, who died in 2019, had been a prominent resident of the city, serving on the City Council, the Westfield Chamber of Commerce and supporting (among other organizations) the Boys and Girls Club, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and the St. Mary’s PTO.
His widow established the fund in his memory with a $5,000 donation to the Rotary Club of Westfield, asking that the money be used to help persons affected by the COVID pandemic. The Rotary club more than tripled the assets of the fund and, to date, has made grants to several city organizations including the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Kate Taibbi, president of the the Westfield chapter of the society, explained that the funds bolstered the society’s effort to help struggling city families. She said that the society provides food bundles to about 50 local recipients each month who have registered for assistance by calling the society at 413-568-5619.

The bulk of the food support are staples provided largely by the Western Massachusetts Food Bank, churches such as St. Mary’s, Holy Trinity and St. Peter’s and St. Casimir’s, as well as generous support from both the Big Y and Stop and Shop supermarkets.
Niamh Matthews, a volunteer helper from the Key Club at St. Mary’s High School, pointed out the the bundles often also include “fun items” such as popular breakfast cereals, cookies, snacks and chocolates provided by individual parishioners.

 
Taibbi said that cash donations, such as the grant from the Rotary club’s Boscher Fund, allow the society to help struggling families pay for their rent, utilities and other basic necessities.

“It takes a village”, she said, saying that she is grateful for all the help the society gets from the community.

 

The Rotary Club of Westfield is continuing its program of honoring high school students who have exhibited excellence as a student and as an individual and is now accepting scholarship applications. 
 
The selected will receive a $1,000.00 check towards their future college/continuing education expenses and a Rotary Certificate of Achievement.
 
The following criteria will be used in determining the selection.
 
•          Students must be in their senior year of high school.
•          The student must maintain a good attendance record.
•          The student will have demonstrated community involvement.
•          The student should possess strong leadership qualities.
•          The student should be showing academic effort in all studies.
•          The student should exhibit a positive attitude towards themselves, their peers, teachers, and life.
•          The student shall exhibit the Rotary character traits of being truthful, being fair to all concerned, and building good will and better friendships with others.
 
The recipients will be invited to a Rotary meeting (every Monday at noon at Genesis Spiritual Center, tentative due to COVID) to be recognized for their achievements and to be presented their awards. The student recipients will have their lunch paid for by Rotary. The student may be accompanied by parents and those additional guests are asked to pay for their own lunches ($12.00).
 
Please respond back by August 1, 2020 with your application and curriculum vitae.
 
The Rotary Club will plan on making the presentations by the end of August.
 
Please click here to access the application or view under website Download Files.
 
Please submit application to westfieldrotary7890@gmail.com  or 
 
Please mail your selection to:
Rotary Club of Westfield
PO Box 754
Westfield, MA 01086
 
Westfield Rotary Club Helps Fund Community Center in Nicaragua
 
 
 

Twenty-three students and two faculty members from Westfield State University travelled to Granada, Nicaragua at the beginning of January as a service learning course.

Within two weeks, they worked alongside local builders to help construct a community center for the residents in a village outside of Granada.

In addition to building, the members immersed themselves into the culture and community they were working in, through various activities such as exploring local markets and planning lessons to teach children in the area.

On the last day, the builders, children, families and the Westfield State group got together to celebrate the new community center.

The Rotary Club of Westfield supported this project with a building materials grant to the Institute for Central American Studies in the amount of $1,500.00 which we presented on December 4, 2017.

 
The members of the Rotary Club of Westfield were visited at their regular Monday meeting by members of the West Springfield Rotary Club, Bob MacDonald and Dan Marini (President), who thanked the Westfield Rotarians for their support of project to help schoolchildren in India.
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Board Meeting
Aug 04, 2021 5:30 PM
Elks Lodge
Zoom Meeting
Aug 09, 2021 12:00 PM
District Governor Joanne Alfieri
Aug 16, 2021 12:00 PM
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Aug 23, 2021 5:00 PM
Bob G's House in Otis
In-Person Meeting
Aug 30, 2021 12:00 PM
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Board Meeting
Sep 01, 2021 5:30 PM
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Sep 06, 2021
Labor Day
Zoom Meeting
Sep 13, 2021 12:00 PM
In-Person Meeting
Sep 20, 2021 12:00 PM
Bubble Mug Cafe
Social
Sep 27, 2021 5:00 PM
TBD
In-Person Meeting
Oct 04, 2021 12:00 PM
Bubble Mug Cafe
Board Meeting
Oct 06, 2021 5:30 PM
Elks Lodge
Zoom Meeting
Oct 11, 2021 12:00 PM
In-Person Meeting
Oct 18, 2021 12:00 PM
Bubble Mug Cafe
Social
Oct 25, 2021 5:00 PM
TBD
In-Person Meeting
Nov 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Bubble Mug Cafe
Board Meeting
Nov 03, 2021 5:30 PM
Elks Lodge
Zoom Meeting
Nov 08, 2021 12:00 PM
In-Person Meeting
Nov 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Bubble Mug Cafe
No meeting
Nov 22, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving
In-Person Meeting
Nov 29, 2021 12:00 PM
Bubble Mug Cafe
Board Meeting
Dec 01, 2021 5:30 PM
Elks Lodge
In-Person Meeting
Dec 06, 2021 12:00 PM
Bubble Mug Cafe
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Dec 13, 2021 12:00 PM
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Dec 20, 2021
No meeting
Dec 27, 2021
No meeting
Jan 03, 2022
Board Meeting
Jan 05, 2022 5:30 PM
Elks Lodge
Board Meeting
Feb 02, 2022 6:00 PM
Elks Lodge
 

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