Rotary Club of Westfield, MA
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center
53 Mill St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center
53 Mill St.
Westfield, MA  01085
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Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center
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Westfield, MA  01085
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Rotary Club of Westfield, MA
PO Box 754
Westfield, MA 01086-0754
The Westfield Rotary Club members recently donated over $1,300.00 to the Westfield Food Pantry.  The money was raised through the donations of the club members. A check was presented to Rebecca Hart, Director of the Westfield Food Pantry by Jennifer Gruszka, Past Club President in time for the holiday season.
I want to thank all that helped make the Santa's Pavilion a special place for many young children these past three Saturdays, especially Carl Hartigan who played the role of Santa for each Saturday.
This past Saturday was the most difficult due to the weather, however it did not go wasted as one lovely little girl showed a lot of excitement when she saw Santa did make it through the storm allowing her to make her Christmas request.
Santa even spent some time greeting those that braved to drive through the weather. (Picture to be posted on Rotary Website)
Again....thank you to all that helped.
Santa Claus arrived on Westfield's Park Square on December 3, 2016
You can visit with Santa  on Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm until December 17
The Rotary Club of Westfield is proud to announce it’s 90th Paul Harris Fellow Award was awarded to Donald Clark.
Donald Clark, formerly of Clark Tobacco Farms and long time member of the Westfield Rotary Club was presented a Paul Harris Fellowship Award on November 7, 2016.  The award was presented by President Timothy Flynn.
The award acknowledges "service above self" which that individual has offered to his community, his nation or indeed to the world. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and this award program was created to fund many Rotary Foundation programs. A contribution $1,000 in the recipient’s name to the Rotary Foundation was made in the recipients honor to continue the funding of many Rotary Foundation programs, including the Polio Plus program dedicated to the eradication of polio worldwide.
The Westfield Rotary Club and the Westfield Senior Citizen Center partnered on a project to keep our senior citizens safe.  The Rotary Club installed house numbers on homes to make it easier and quicker for First Responders to locate the residences by placing them in a highly visible area.  This project followed last year's battery replacement for smoke and fire detectors.  Rotarian Jennifer Gruszka places a number on a residence.
Rotary welcomes new member, Justin Glaze. Justin is the Director of Operations at Hampden Village in Westfield.
The Amelia Park Children's Museum received an Outdoor Movie Theater from the Rotary Club of Westfield.
 Children of all ages will be able to enjoy movies al fresco - or inside - once the Amelia Park Children’s Museum starts to utilize the outdoor movie system the Rotary Club of Westfield gave them recently.
The Rotary Club of Westfield has stepped up to help homeless children at the city’s high school by providing them with some of the supplies that most of their classmates take for granted.
For more pictures please visit our Photo Album
The Rotary Club of Westfield wins its 3rd 1st Place in a row Chili Cookoff and adds its 1st win in the Chocolate category.
Chili Champ - Chris Carey                    Chocolate Champ - Rick Teodore
The Westfield Rotary Club was visited by Sgt. Jeffrey Baillargeon, the commander of the Westfield Police Department’s Special Response Team. He attended the club’s regular weekly meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016, and spoke about his team’s mission and their capabilities to meet whatever threats they encounter.

Baillargeon has been an officer with the Westfield Police Department since 1995 when he was released from active duty in the U.S. Army. At the department he has served as a patrol officer, patrol supervisor, firearm instructor, Taser instructor, Field Training Officer Program coordinator, and SRT commander.  He also established a school safety program for the city’s public schools and St. Mary’s parochial schools. In addition, he advises private businesses on how to protect against workplace violence.
The SRT in Westfield is what would be in many cities (and virtually all television shows) would be called a SWAT. The team was first established in 1999 by Baillargeon and Lt. Paul Kousch and operated with 10 officers. The team has evolved and expanded since that time and is currently made up of 12 exceptional officers from all bureaus of the police department.
The SRT’s mission is to provide special services to the department in critical situations. The officers on the team are trained in weapons, tactics and techniques that exceed the capability of other units in the department.  Each officer has received training to respond to situations including barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, search and rescue, high risk warrant service, narcotics raids, vehicle and bus take-downs and active shooter situations with the ultimate goal of bringing any situation they encounter to a peaceful conclusion. Each officer is also trained to render more advanced first aid than rank-and-file officers.
To perform their special services, the members of the team require special equipment. Officers on the team have been assigned both a service handgun and a rifle.  They are equipped with a ballistic helmet and a heavy tactical ballistic vest.  The team also utilizes breaching gear, ballistic shields, video surveillance equipment, and other specialized tools. However, much of the equipment used by the officers is more than 15 years old.
The tactical ballistic vests are long past their 5 year manufacturer-suggested replacement date and fortunately the department has recently purchased new vests, as well new helmets.

The new vests, however, are without ballistic plates. The normal vest worn by officers daily only protects from handgun munitions but ballistic plates protect officers from ‘special threat munitions’ such as rifle rounds.
Many shootings are done with rifles which the off-the-shelf vest does not protect against. Due to the mission of the SRT and the dangerous situations it routinely faces, the ballistic plates are essential to the safety and survival of the SRT officers.
The Westfield Rotary Club has an interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the community and is pleased to have an excellent relationship with the city’s police so the members are pleased to be able to assist the SRT. Due to the support the club received from community members and sponsors when it hosted a Food Fest in August 2015, the Rotary Club of Westfield members are honored be able to purchase 26 ballistic plates for the Special Response Team. President Jennifer Gruszka presented a check in the amount of $3,614 to Baillargeon for this purchase.
Rotarian Keith Harris of the Ipswich, MA Club visited the Westfield, MA Rotary Club on Monday, February 1, 2016. Keith discussed his cross-country bicycle ride, completed in 2014, during which he raised over $42,000 for The Rotary Foundation. More information about his journey can be obtained by visiting his website

Keith surprised Westfield's President Jennifer Gruszka with a Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition in appreciation for her facilitation efforts during his journey and for the continued friendship between the two clubs. 
The Rotary Club of Westfield honored Dr. Gary Gover for 50 Years of active membership at it recent Stewardship Awards Dinner
President Jennifer Gruszka, Past Presidents Dr. Gary Gover and Robert Goyette, Priscilla Gover, Susan Collins
The Rotary Club of Westfield honored two local companies for their commitment to the Westfield community with the first Rotary Stewardship Awards.  The honorees are Westfield Bank and the Westfield Gas and Electric.
Rotary and other civic organizations would not be able to have the success they have had without their support and commitment.  The Rotary Club of Westfield thanks you both for all you have done for our club and the Westfield community.
The Rotary Club of Westfield welcomes their newest member, John Slattery, Executive Chef of Papps Bar and Grill.  Welcoming John is Jennifer Gruszka President and Tim Flynn, President Elect.
Rotary President, Jennifer Gruszka presents a symbolic whip to Susan Canning after her recent presentation on KEVS Foundation.  KEVS Foundation facilitates FREE youth heart screenings, helps to provide program resources for public access defibrillator programs and teaches the importance of early bystander CPR/AED education and awareness in our communities.
Sofie Goetke returns after 27 years to visit the Rotary Club of Westfield.
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Westfield Rotary's 2015 "Food Fest" was a great success.  Pictures are now posted in our Photo Album.
The Rotary Club of Westfield is hosting the Food Fest event on Saturday, August 29 from noon to 8:00pm, and Sunday, August 30 from noon to 6:00pm.  The event will take place on Elm Street.
Click on the link above to learn more.
The Westfield Rotary Club held it's installation dinner on June 29, 2015, welcoming our newest President, Jennifer Gruszka
Due to the anticipated inclement weather for this weekend, the Fireworks for Freedom event, scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Stanley Park, has been postponed.  The event has been rescheduled for a date later in the summer. More details will be announced shortly.
We appreciate your understanding.
Westfield Rotarians supported Noble VNA's Annual Wine Tasting on May 15, 2015. President Elect Jennifer Gruszka, Past President Mark Boardman, Holly Lewis
Joseph Langone
Feb 27, 2017
Westfield Technical Academy
Todd Crevier
Mar 06, 2017
New England Adventures
YMCA Cookoff
Mar 11, 2017
Help the Defending Champions From 11AM until 3PM
Board Meeting at 5:30PM
Mar 13, 2017
Tim Flynn's Office
Heather White
Mar 13, 2017
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Fellowship Get-Together @ 5PM at Papps Bar & Grill
Mar 16, 2017
Irish Whiskey Tasting & Green Beer
Ronald Bryant
Mar 20, 2017
Baystate Noble Hospital
Karen Leigh
Mar 27, 2017
Westfield Conservation Commission
Board Meeting at 5:30PM
Apr 10, 2017
Tim Flynn's Office
Linda Swartz
Apr 10, 2017
No Meeting
Apr 17, 2017
Patriot's Day
Board Meeting at 5:30PM
May 08, 2017
Tim Flynn's Office
No Meeting
May 29, 2017
Memorial Day
Board Meeting at 5:30PM
Jun 12, 2017
Tim Flynn's Office
Installation Meeting @ 5:30PM
Jun 26, 2017
Place TBD