Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
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Our club was well represented helping the Fairview Knights of Columbus prepare their annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
On Sunday November 13, 2016, the Rotary Club of Chicopee presented a donation of $1,500 to the St. Stanislaus Basilica Sandwich Ministry. The program was begun in 2010 by Deacon Joe Peters and Dick Johnston as a way to help the less fortunate people that live in the Chicopee Center area. The ministry serves 80 lunches every week and also organizes and distributes good used clothing including coats and new socks. Donations to help in this very important mission are always welcome and greatly appreciated. Please Contact Joe Peters at <firstname.lastname@example.org> to donate or help in any way.
The Chicopee Rotary Club donated $1,000 to a Veterans Appreciation Dinner prepared by the Chicopee Elks. The dinner was held on Wednesday November 9, at the Chicopee Elks Lodge on Granby Road in Chicopee.
On Monday November 7, our club donated $2,500 to the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club to help sustain their Music Program. The grant will be used to provide continued exposure and lessons on drum, guitar, keyboard and vocals. The program was launched last year when the club made an initial donation of $5,000.
The Rotary Club of Chicopee presented Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions to three deserving individuals who have provided extraordinary service to their communities. The event was held on Thursday October 13, at the Munich Haus in Chicopee, and honored Jill Bigos, Brian Corridan and Mayor Richard Kos. Thanks to Kathi Donahue and her committee for all their hard work. (see photo album)
Chicopee Rotary recently presented $1,000 to Link to Libraries to help support their mission in local schools!