Posted on Oct 15, 2020
 
On October 5th, the Rotary's Million Mask Challenge Tour made a stop in Western Massachusetts. On hand were members of the Rotary Club of West Springfield along with Mayor Will Reichelt, Fire Chief Bill Flaherty, and Police Chief Paul Connor to receive 5,000 masks for use in the West Springfield community.
 
In the early morning hours of September 29, 2020, a cargo ship carrying 800,000 face masks arrived at the Port of Boston. Over the next two weeks, those masks were delivered to first responders, healthcare providers, and frontline workers across New England.  The story of this effort is one of service and leadership. It’s a story about answering the call, working together, and saving lives. It is the story, in short, of Rotary.
 
This is the culmination of a project launched by Rotary District 7980, the Rossi Family Foundation, and Rotarian Ted Rossi.  During the first three months of the pandemic, under the leadership of District Governor Dr. Jack Solomon, District 7980 raised $500,000 to support those affected.  The Rossi Family Foundation and Mr. Rossi, an East Hampton Rotarian, donated 200,000 masks to that cause- PPE that was distributed to clubs across Connecticut.  With the additional 800,000 masks, District 7980 expanded the program into Rotary's "Million Mask Challenge Tour.”