Rotary helps protect senior citizen lives Lynn Boscher 2018-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
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.

Westfield Rotary Club Helps Fund Community Center in Nicaragua Rick Teodore 2018-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Global Grants Lynn Boscher 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Social is engaging Lynn Boscher 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Captain John Velis speaks about North Korea Lynn Boscher 2017-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
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2017 Food Fest Car Show 2017-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Jennifer Gruszka

Car show at Food Fest

Automobile aficionados will be able to feast their eyes - as well as their taste buds - at the third annual Rotary Food Fest which will be staged on the weekend of Aug. 25-26 in downtown Westfield.

For the first time, the Food Fest will include a car show which will bring as many as 50 vintage and customized cars to Elm Street which will be closed to vehicular traffic from School Street to Franklin Street for the event. Visitors to the Food Fest will be able to get an up-close and personal looks at stunning examples of the cars of yesterday and today as the owners of the cars show off their treasures and compete for prizes.

The car show is a new addition to the Food Fest (now in it’s third year) sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westfield. The free two day event will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. and close for the night at 10 p.m. The street festival will resume on Saturday at noon and will will feature food and drink from local restaurants and food trucks as well as entertainment from local musicians.

Rotarian Jennifer Gruszka, a co-chair of this year’s  festival, said the goal of the event is “to showcase local businesses as well as the downtown area.” The Westfield Rotarians will be selling beer and wine to adults at the festival which will enjoy live coverage from local FM radio station WSKB.
Gruszka said that proceeds from the event will be returned to the community by the club in the form of grants for service projects which promote Rotary’s areas of focus.

As space to display cars is limited on Elm Street only the first 50 registrants will be able to participate in the car show. The site will open to participants at 11 a.m. and all cars must be in place when the Food Fest resumes at noon. The car show will continue until 3 p.m. although the Food Fest will not end until 10 p.m.
Car owners who wish to participate or learn more about the car show are encouraged to send an email to The advance registration fee for the car show will be $10 while registration on the day of the event (as space is available) will be $15.

For sponsorship opportunities or to become a vendor at the Food Fest, please contact Gruszka at or visit the club’s website,

Car Show at Food Fest Jennifer Gruszka 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Westfield presents 3rd annual Food Fest
Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, 2017
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Rotary donates to the Westfield Food Pantry Lynn Boscher 2016-12-23 05:00:00Z 0
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.
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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
Santa arrives on the Green 2016 Lynn Boscher 2016-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
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.
House Numbers for Senior Citizens Lynn Boscher 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Food Fest 2016 Lynn Boscher 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Food Fest Traffic Notice 2016-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Food vendors: Westfield Rotary Club, Bistro Bus, Pasquale’s, Buster’s, Silver Platter Mobile Catering, Ed & Angie’s Food Truck, Sun Kim Bop, Moe’s Donuts, Angelo’s Fried Dough, Ed’s French Fries, Boy Scout Troop 109, JND Amusements, Moolicious, Ebenezer’s, Janik’s Pierogies, The Pahk
Please click to see full schedule.
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Welcome new member, Justin Glaze 2016-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Amelia Park Childrens Museum gets an Outdoor Movie Theater 2016-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Westfield Rotary donates backpacks for homeless high school students 2016-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Boscher on Mar 13, 2016
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
2016 Chili, Chowder and Chocolate Cookoff Lynn Boscher 2016-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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.
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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. 
Visit from Keith Harris Jennifer Gruszka 2016-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
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
50 Years of Membership Lynn Boscher 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
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.
1st Rotary Stewardship Awards Lynn Boscher 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
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 Welcomes John Slattery Lynn Boscher 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Speaker Susan Canning Lynn Boscher 2015-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student returns after 27 years Lynn Boscher 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rene Laviolette
Any organization that wants to use the Rotary gateway signs, must complete an application.  The applications are available in the left column of the home page under Downloads.  If you have any questions regarding the use of these signs, please contact Dawn Thomas.
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