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Welcome to our Club #6533, District #7890!
Holyoke

Serve To Change Lives

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Zoom on Line
Holyoke, MA 01040
United States of America
Rotary meets the 3rd Thursday at 12:15 location TBD monthly. Service opportunities happen throughout the month. For more information contact Tom at HolyokeRotaryClub@gmail.com. Inform Tom to use the Zoom link below.
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Holyoke Rotary Spirit surrounded volunteers on April 9, 2022.  Rotarians, their family members, and volunteers from the Holyoke YMCA got behind the wheel together.  Here are some photos of our Rotary Day of Service event.
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District News
 
Join our hosts, Rotary International Vice President Valarie Wafer, and Rotary Foundation Trustee, Dean Rohrs, for our Fundraising Gala on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 8:00 pm ET.   Special guests include RI President-Elect Jennifer Jones, Director-Elect Drew Kessler, and our MC for the evening, Past-Director Jeffry Cadorette.
 
This 90-minute, fast-paced event celebrates the work by every Rotarian in the 43 Districts of Zones 28 & 32 to support and raise funds for The Rotary Foundation.
 

BUYING TICKETS

Tickets to the virtual event are available by clicking the poster at the top or clicking this link to Buy Gala Admission Tickets

Each Gala ticket includes a contribution of $100 USD to The Rotary Foundation, allocated 75% to the Annual Fund and 25% to PolioPlus. Your gift will be a fully credited donation to TRF - and you will receive a charitable tax receipt, and related Paul Harris Fellowship points. Plus, each donation is credited towards your District's Foundation Goals for the 2022/23 Rotary year. 

As you purchase your Gala Admission Tickets, Rotarians have the opportunity to increase their contribution with additional donations. This gives Rotarians, their clubs, and Districts the opportunity to DO MORE GOOD and meet the goals they have all set for Foundation donations this year.

Register by January 23 and win Bob Scott!  The Past Chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, has agreed to be our draw prize - to appear by Zoom as guest speaker for your club or District meeting.  A random draw will be made from all registrations.

HYBRID CELEBRATION!

Districts and clubs are invited to join us at your own in-person celebrations.  Our President-Elect Jennifer and Director-Elect Drew will lead us on a tour of Zones 28 & 32.  They will drop-in LIVE at selected events as we open the celebration and join your gatherings from Alaska to Bermuda and all points in between.  Events can be house parties, pub gatherings, or ballroom events.  If you are interested in having us visit your venue or event in your District, let us know by emailing Chair Peter Schultz at peter.rotary5060@gmail.com

Note that we need everyone at your event to purchase a ticket to the Celebration Gala - after all, this is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation!

Save the Date for the Holyoke Rotary Clubs annual tasting fundraiser, Eat Drink & Be Holyoke! Held this year at the all new Marcotte Ford on Main Street in Holyoke.

Enjoy samples from our community partners while enjoying live music, a silent auction and 50/50. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and includes entry with unlimited tastings! All event proceeds will benefit the Holyoke Rotary Club projects.

Come sample craft beer, local wine, and food from a variety of well-known restaurants in Western Massachusetts!

Special thanks to our major sponsors, PeoplesBank, D&S Plating Co. Inc., and Marcotte Ford.
David Gadaire, a former Holyoke Rotarian has returned after a 13 years to the Holyoke Rotary Club.  He is featured here with Holyoke Rotary President Helen Arnold on Tuesday, August 13 2019 at our noon-time lunch meeting at the Delaney House.  David has been the Executive Director of Career Point, now called, "MassHire" for almost 20 years.  David attended Allegheny College and graduated with a BA in psychology in 1980.  We welcome him back and know he will bring much to our club.
Our second concert in the 2019 Series will be Union Jack British Invasion Band ! They are a local favorite and will be sure to help you dance the night away.

Union Jack British Invasion Band has appeared annually at the Abbey Road on the River Festivals at Louisville KY and Washington DC since 2009. They have also appeared at Foxwoods Resort Casino annually since 2004. UJ is not an imitation but a Celebration of the British Invasion Groups of the 1960's., The Best of the Beatles, Stones, DC5, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Searchers, Hollies etc.
 
Holyoke Heritage State Park
Holyoke, Massachusetts
 
Thursday August 1 5:30 PM – 8 PM
 
Rick Lawrence, District Chair for Water & Sanitation Projects a Rotarian from the Manchester CT club visited the Holyoke Club presenting us with goals and an annual financial report. Rick is a retired architect that has dedicated the last 12 years to bring clean water and sanitation to the very poor in Guatemala. He has financed his work through Global Rotary International and Rotary District grants as well as individual Rotary club donations. A total of 40 clubs participated this year. Rick and his wife Ellen are truly a gift to our District. Our President Bob McKay and Pure Water Chair Person, Ed McCarron present Rick with Holyoke's annual contribution toward the needed cause.
We're excited to announce that our speaker on Tuesday February 26 will be Jeffrey C. Riley, Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Commissioner will talk about the goals he set after being sworn in last April. One key goal has been so spend his first year listening to stakeholders throughout Massachusetts, and he will share some of what he has heard. He will also speak about Holyoke as a district in receivership.
Please join us for this important meeting. Guests are welcome and encouraged.
The Holyoke Rotary Club meets on Tuesday at 12:15 at the Delaney House Route 5 in Holyoke. The cost of the lunch is $19.00 or dessert and coffee for $9.00.
 
 
Second up on our list is The Midlife Crisis Band ! This is their first time performing at our series! Let's show them what we are made of!

Categorized as a 70's Blues Rock Band, The Midlife Crisis Band was formed in 2009, MLC took influences from the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker, Tom Petty and the Eagles to name a few. "70's Killer Rock!"

Our concerts are ALWAYS FREE and located at Holyoke Heritage State Park . Music goes from 6pm - 8pm. The Rotary Grill sponsored by Sláintewill be serving up burgers, dogs, popcorn, chips, water, soda and more!

Beer Garden will be open from 5:30 - 8pm and is sponsored by Brennan's Place . Don't forget that we have received an exception from the state and you can bring your beer or wine back to your seat on the lawn. Please everyone drink responsibly and keep the park clean of litter!!! NO COOLERS ARE ALLOWED and please remember that NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES ARE PERMITTED IN THE PARK. Only Beer and Wine sold in the Beer Garden are allowed!!

Concerts are for ALL AGES! Grab a lawn chair or blanket, bring the kids and come dance the evening away with the Holyoke Rotary Club, Inc. and The Midlife Crisis Band !

Please don't forget to support our Sponsors! We would not be able to put these concerts on without them!!

PRESENTING SPONSOR: HOLYOKE GAS & ELECTRIC
Major Sponsors: Stop & Shop, PeoplesBank, Cigna, Holyoke Parks & Rec.
Band Sponsors: Ross, Webber & Grinnell Insurance, The O'Connell Companies, The Dowd Agencies
Beer Garden Sponsor - Brennan's Place
Rotary Grill Sponsor - Slainte
 

Hello Friends! Our concert series begins THIS week! Wednesday, July 18th, back by popular demand.... Out of the Blue !! As always music goes 6 - 8pm and The Holyoke Rotary Club, Inc. grill and the Beer & Wine Garden will be open 530 - 8pm. A great time will be had by all. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and rememeber COOLERS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED!

Shout out to our sponsors!!

PRESENTING SPONSOR: HOLYOKE GAS & ELECTRIC
Major Sponsors: Stop & Shop, PeoplesBank, Cigna, Holyoke Parks & Rec.
Band Sponsors: Ross, Webber & Grinnell Insurance, The O'Connell Companies, The Dowd Agencies
Beer Garden Sponsor - Brennan's Place
Rotary Grill Sponsor - Slainte

The Club sponsored the popular Mad Science Show for this year's First Night Jr. at Holyoke Heritage State Park. The show was held at the Holyoke Children's Museum and drew large crowds despite the freezing weather. A fun time was had by all our young people who rang in the New Year in downtown Holyoke.
 
                                                                                                              
The Holyoke Rotary Club offered a helping hand to Santa this year. We donated 103 wrapped toys to our friends at Homework House for the families they serve. Pictured here is Virginia Dillon, Executive Director of Homework House with Rotarian, Maureen Ross O'Connell.