Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Springfield, MA


Friday, August 29, 2014
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Editor:   Sujing Yang
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Future Speakers
Sep 5 2014
President of Springfield College
"Getting to know the College and the Community"
Sep 12 2014
TBA- The Big E
"The Big E!"
Sep 19 2014
Gary Fentin
"Eye Miracles at the Boston Foundation of Sigh"
Sep 26 2014
TBA -Gardening the Community
"Gardening the Community"


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Springfield Rotary Harvest 8k on 10/18/2014 in Forest Park, Springfield, MA
by Toner, John

Please join us for the Springfield Rotary Harvest 8k on October 18th, 2014 in Forest Park, Springfield, MA.    You can run as an individual or form a four person relay team to cover the 8k distance.  Our relay is open to all ages so please don’t hesitate bring the whole gang.  

Please visit to sign up. 

For questions contact Jack Toner at”, or call  413-374-0819


Reasons To Celebrate!
by Yang, Sujing

The Rotary Club of Springfield had good reasons for celebrating at their June 27th meeting.They honored 11 new members inducted into their club during the 2013-2014 Rotary year and also inducted their new president, Rick A. Lee and board of directors for the 2014-2015 Rotary year. 
Mike Barnett, Rotary District Governor honored them with a citation for bringing 11 new Rotarians into their club. Jay L. Leib, President of The Rotary Club of Springfield during this time was extremely happy to accept the commendation from the District Governor. According to Leib, “all members of The Rotary Club of Springfield have worked diligently to make sure that our Club is not only interesting but a fun place to belong. This past year our club provided 13 Service Fund Grants to various non- profit organizations in Springfield.  We are proud of our 11 new members and are prepared to continue providing grants within the Springfield Community. “  The new Rotarians who joined this year are: Michelle M. Booth, Robert (Bert) Carter, Lamont Clemons, Rev. Derrick Fetz, Gale C. Gates, G. Dene Kimbell, Karen R. Motyka, Justin D. Roberts, Laurie A. Rosner, Audrey J. Szychulski and Michael P.Walsh. The club also celebrated the induction of their new President, Rick A. Lee and Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 Rotary year. 

One of Lee’s goals for his tenure as President of the Rotary Club of Springfield is to tap the potential of the club’s growing membership, especially the 11 new members who joined the club over the last year.  He is placing new emphasis on the club’s annual Service Fund special event, “The Rotary Harvest 8k Run and Relay” to be held in Forest Park on October 18, 2014

Lee is Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of The American Red Cross. He will retire from that post this summer, after 30 years of service.   He resides in Holyoke with his wife Norma their Beagle, Scout.

New Rotary members photo L-R Gale C. Gates; Laurie A. Rosner; Michelle M. Booth; Justin D. Roberts, Robert (Bert) Carter; Lamont Clemons, Rev. Derrick Fetz; G. Dene Kimbell. Not present in photo Karen R. Motyka; Audrey J. Szychulski and Michael P.Walsh. 
2014-2015 Rotary Club of Springfield Board of Directors Photo L-R Jay L. Leib, Past President; Rick A. Lee, President; Jennifer E. Schimmel, 1st Vice President; Marie Angelides, 2nd Vice President; Michelle M. Booth, Secretary; G. Dene Kimball, Assistant Secretary;Bernie A. Spirito, Assistant Treasurer; Gale C. Gates, Treasurer; John V. Toner, Director; Laurie A. Rosner, Director; Robert (Bert) Carter, Sargent at Arms; Robert (Bob) Dambrov, Director. Not present were Jeremy Casey, Director and Service Fund Co-Chairs Dr. MaryAnne Herron and Sue A. Lavoie 
Springfiled Rotary Club donated $2100 to St. Michael's Academy
by Lavoie, Susan

Rotary Club donated $2,000 to RCB of Springfield, A Corp. Sole for St. Michael’s Academy to be used to purchase Technology for the Classroom.

Robert Derrick Fetz was inducted into the Rotary Club of Springfield on April 25, 2014, by Rotary Club of Springfield President Jay L. Leib
by Mastroianni, Susan


Fetz is Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Longmeadow, MA since April, 2011. In addition to Rotary, Derrick in involved with the Community Foundation of Western MA and a past member of the Lion’s Club.  He resides in Longmeadow with his wife and daughter.
Our Report Card for 2013-2014
by Lavoie, Susan

The Rotary Club of Springfield, Massachusetts, is proud to report that during this Rotary year, the Club through its Service Committee has awarded grants in excess of $7,000 to local community non-profit groups.  These include:


The Gray House for a new computer - $1500

Pine Point Project for tables - $510

Link of Libraries for its Kindergarten Program - $1,000

The Zoo in Forest Park for their Outreach Program - $1250

Springfield Pre School for books - $1500

Springfield Boys and Girls Club for air conditioning units - $1500

Additional information and guidelines and an application form can be found on this website.


Laurie Rosner was inducted on 3/7/2014
by Mastroianni, Susan


Laurie A. Rosner was inducted into the Rotary Club of Springfield on March 7, 2014, by Rotary Club of Springfield 2nd Vice President Jennifer E. Schimmel and Rotary sponsor Amy Scott.

Rosner is President and founder of A Story Making Company, a marketing, business and leadership firm and teaching center in Enfield, CT. She is also an Adjunct Professor and Executive In Residence in the Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA. Rosner is a private pilot. She and her husband, Gary reside in Enfield, CT.

Springfield Rotarians in the news, 1/19/14- Jane S. Alpert
by Leib, Jay

Jane S. Alpert's The Rays of Hope finds success and support.


Springfield Rotarians in the news, 1/22/14 - Robert W. Carter
by Leib, Jay

Robert W. Carter Taking the Helm for Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Longmeadow, MA


Michelle M. Booth was inducted into the Rotary Club
by Mastroianni, Susan

   Michelle M. Booth was inducted into the Rotary Club of Springfield on
January 17, 2014, by Rotary Club of Springfield President Jay L. Leib and
Rotary sponsors Jim A. Russell and Mike P. Healy.

Booth is Deputy Executive Director of the Springfield Housing Authority and
resides in Brookfield, MA with her husband and son.
Springfield Rotarians in the news, 1/26/14 - David Chase and The Gray House
by Leib, Jay

Congratulations to David Chase for being inducted to The Gray House Board of Directors as noted in The Sunday Republican on January 26, 2014. The Gray House helps their neighbors facing hardships to meet their immediate and transistional needs by providing food, clothing, and educational services. Springfield Rotary has provided funds and clothing to this agency as well as providing then with a $1500 Service Fund Grant this year for the purchase of a new computer

Springfield City Council President, Michael Fenton has appointed 29 residents of the City of Springfield to serve on Ad Hoc Committees to explore ways to improve the city ranging from finding new revenues and attracting young professionals. Congratulations to Jeremy Casey for being appointed to serve on an Ad Hoc Committee representing Young Professionals.



Gale C. Gates was inducted into the Rotary Club of Springfield on December 20, 2013
by Mastroianni, Susan

 Image Gale C. Gates was inducted into the Rotary Club of Springfield on December 20, 2013, by Rotary Club of Springfield President Jay L. Leib and Rotary sponsor Dee Kuerzel.
Gates is a Financial Analyst with the United States Postal Service and resides in Ludlow with her husband and two sons. In her spare time she is an avid golfer, skier and fosters guide dogs for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which raises guide dogs for the legally blind.
Photos from 2013 Rotary Springfield, MA. Holiday Showcase
by Yang, Sujing

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2 New Membership Applications Approved -
by Leib, Jay

The Rotary Club of Springfield has approved the application for membership for

 - Gale Gates, a Financial Analyst for the United States Postal Service

 - Michelle Booth who works at the Springfield Housing Authority and was a member of The Rotary Club of Worcester before relocating to Springfield.  

Welcome Gale and Michelle!

by Leib, Jay

 We are honored again to help feed at The Homeless Shelter on Worthington Street this Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 4:15 PM.


by Leib, Jay

On Friday, December 6th, the Springfield Rotary Club will host its annual Service Above Self Luncheon at the Basketball Hall of Fame on the historic “Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams” at Center Court.

At this annual luncheon, the Springfield Rotary Club presents its Service Above Self Award, honoring a local and
national recipient. This prestigious award is the Rotary Club’s highest honor, recognizing those individuals that put their service to others above personal goals.

Single Ticket: $50
Half Table (4): $200

For additional information on tickets, advertising, or sponsorship packages, please contact…
Jason Fiddler - Director of Sales, Basketball Hall of Fame
(413)231-5540 or

Jack Toner and Bill Miller on Mass Appeal to promote 5K
by Yang, Sujing

See the video from YOUTUBE

Robert (Bert) Carter was inducted into the Rotary Club of Springfield on 11/15/2013
by Mastroianni, Susan

Carter is President and CEO of The Willie Ross School for the deaf and resides in Leeds with his wife Kelley and two sons.
Welcome new member Karen R. Motyka
by Mastroianni, Susan


Karen R. Motyka was inducted into The Rotary Club of Springfield at their Club Social at the Colony Club in Springfield on October 24, 2013, by Jay L. Lieb, President of The Rotary Club of Springfield. She was joined by Charles R. Walczak, MBA, FACHE, Administrator - Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Erie, PA and Springfield, MA

Motyka is Development Officer for Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Springfield and resides in South Hadley with her husband, Ronald. 
Fri., 12/13/2013 - Speaker -Steven & Sharon Mundah President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley
by Russell, James

Steven & Sharon Mundah will speak at Rotary Springfield on Friday, 12/13/2013.

2013 Goods & Services AUCTION-Support Scouting in Western Mass.
by Leap, Jeremy

Support Scouting in Western Mass. by supporting the Auction!

Log Cabin, 5:30 pm , Thurssday, November 21, 2013

*An exciting evening of fun, fellowship, good food, and a great time, supporting an organization that has been helping kids for 100+ years!

*Host your staff, customers, & associates.  Bring your spouse & friends!

   Get the detail by clicking the document under the DOWNLOAD  tab on  this  home page.
Springfield Rotary Awards $1,250 to Forest Park’s “Zoo On The Go” Program
by Mastroianni, Susan

 Image Photo L.-R. Sue A. Lavoie, Co-Chairperson of the Service Fund; Christian Gainer, Chairman of the Zoo board; Teralyn LaChance, Educational Director of the Zoo; Jay L. Lieb, President of the Rotary Club of Springfield and Jim Russell, Service Fund Committee member. 

The Springfield Rotary Club’s Service Fund awarded $1,250 to Teralyn LaChance, Educational Director of the Zoo Program and Christian Gainer, Chairman of the Zoo board at their Nov. 1st meeting. The funds will be used to support their “Zoo On The Go” program.
The Zoo On the Go Program is an educational outreach program that brings live animals, artifacts, and other educational materials to schools, day care centers, hospitals, retirement centers, camps, and other locations. This innovative program features a variety of animal ambassadors and artifacts.

Zoo On The Go presentations are designed to provide information about the animals, their special adaptations, habitats, behavior, diets, and status in the wild. Sessions provide an opportunity for students to touch and observe the animals, as well as ask individual questions. Special topics can also be arranged to correspond with classroom projects.

The grant will go towards the purchase of a new projector, screen and laptop to enhance their presentations.
The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center is a non-profit organization governed by the Forest Park Zoological Society. Situated in Forest Park, a 735 acre woodland park in Springfield, the Zoo features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America.
The Rotary club’s Service Fund provides grants for educational and charitable projects throughout the community.

2013 Service Above Self Nominees
by Healy, Michael

For 2013 the Springfield Rotary is pleased to present this years Service Above Self Award winners,Local Honoree, Paul & Diane Doherty and National Honoree, Vinny Del Negro. The nominating committee couldn't be happier and more pleased with this years choice and the honorees acceptance of our 4th annual award. A lunch honoring our award winners will be held on December 6, 2013 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield at noon. Please find attached to this email sponsoring and ticket information for our annual event.

 Paul Doherty, partner at Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury, & Murphy, P.C., is known throughout the region for his tre-mendous effort on numerous boards and also his generos-ity through a multitude of charitable organizations. Along with being a trustee of the UMass Amherst Foundation, he is a member of the Baystate Health Foundation’s Profes-sional Advisors Committee, serves on the boards of the Western Mass Area Development Corporation, Roca, and Business Leaders for Education. He also founded Downey Side adoption agency in Springfield. He has been past chair of United Way, Springfield Boys and Girls Club and Step Up Springfield,

Diane Doherty is one of three founders of The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts and volunteers with the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. Her new project is called Digital Divide Data that trains disadvan-taged youth in Cambodia and Laos to provide information technology services.

Vinny Del Negro, born in Springfield Massachusetts, is a twelve year NBA veteran who, following his playing career, went on to coach the Chicago Bulls and, most recently, the Los Angeles Clippers. He is currently working for Turner Sports and NBATV as an analyst. Del Negro’s most noted charitable contributions come in the form of over twenty-five years of continued loyal support to Brightside for Families and Children. Brightside’s mission is to be a healing and transforming presence in the lives of youths and families and Vinny and his family have played a vital role in the programs ongoing success. 

Special thanks goes to fellow Rotarian Paul Lambert of the Basketaball Hall of Fame, for his role in coordinating this event each and every year with our club. Thank you Paul. 


Springfield Rotary Awards $1,000 to Link To Libraries
by Mastroianni, Susan

The Springfield Rotary Club’s Service Fund awarded $1,000 to Susan Jaye-Kaplan, Co-founder of Link to Libraries at their October 11th meeting. The funds will beused towards their “Welcome to Kindergarten” program.
Link to Libraries with the help of numerous partners: public schools, non-profit organizations, individuals, civic and community leaders, and local businesses, is empowering children and their families to create a culture of literacy; helping the students to learn to read at age 5 so they are reading proficiently by the end of their grade.  Children who receive the Welcome to Kindergarten Springfield Literacy Kits are living below the poverty line and do not often have access to reading materials.
Jaye-Kaplan is the Founder of Go FIT, Inc., and co-founder of Link to Libraries, Inc., an organization whose mission is to collect and distribute books to public elementary schools and non-profit organizations in western MA and CT.  She is also the Co-Founder of Women’s Leadership Network and Founder of Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club of Western MA, as well as an advisory board member and fundraiser for Square One, Springfield, MA.
Presenting the check is Sue Lavoie, Co-Chairperson of the Service Fund and Rick A. Lee Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Springfield. The Rotary club’s Service Fund provides grants for educational and charitable projects throughout the community.
Architect Stephen J. Jablonski will speak to the Springfield Rotary Club Oct 11th
by Mastroianni, Susan

Stephen J.Jablonski, Springfield Rotarian and a partner in Jablonski DeVriese Architects in Springfield will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Friday, October 11th. Jablonski will discuss and have pictures from his recent trip along “The Camino de Santiago” from Pamplona to Finisterre, Spain.” 


COAT FOR MEN CAMPAIGN -Now till 11/1/2013
by Scott, Amy

Service Above Self Lunchelon
by Leap, Jeremy

Detail coming soon!

The Springfield Rotary’s Holiday Showcase 5K Dec 7, 2013, 9AM
by Toner, John

The Springfield Rotary’s Holiday Showcase 5K Dec 7, 2013, 9AM


 “No one dreams of a shelter bed, they dream of having a

permanent place to lay their head.”


·          5K run will begin in front of Uno’s/ Hilton Garden at Riverfront at 9 am

·         Registration opens at 7:30 am

·         Parking in La Fitness/ Mama Iguana’s side

·         5K course with professional chip timing

·         Copy the link below, open an internet explore, and paste the link to Register for the Race online:


Entry fees           $25 & Tshirt with Advanced Entry through Dec 6,  $30 Day of race

Prizes                    Fastest Overall Male/Female : $100, Fastest Rotarian Male/Female: $50

Door prizes for best costume, funniest costumer, youngest/oldest runner. and random   drawings from assigned race number.

You can help!     Participate: Run or walk. Bring a friend. Spread the word.

Volunteer:  Help set up, cheerlead, register runners, distribute water, food, and much more.

Sponsor:  We are soliciting contributions from businesses, corporations, civic organizations and individuals. We also welcome your interest in Friends of the Homeless.


Please contact Mike Healy at (860) 796-1435 / or

Jack Toner at (413)374-0819/

by Yang, Sujing

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The Basketball Hall of Fame Makes Contribution to the Rotary Club of Springfield
by Mastroianni, Susan


On July 12, 2013 Frank Colaccino, a Trustee of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Board Of Directors and Committee Chair for the 2012 Holiday Showcase/Service Above Self Luncheon Committee, presented a check for $3,500 to the Rotary Club of Springfield.
The 2012 Holiday Showcase featured UMASS and Elon University at the Mass Mutual Center on Dec. 15, 2012 .The contribution was from the proceeds of the Holiday Showcase/Service Above Self luncheon held at the Hall of Fame last December. The 2012 Service Above Self Award Winners were The D’Amour Family and Coach Jim Calhoun. The contribution will be used for the Rotary clubs Service Fund grants which are awarded to Springfield based tax-exempt, non-profit organizations for capital items.
Red Sox/ Yankees game at Fenway, September 14, 2013
by Leib, Jay

MaryAnne Heron has obtained information on a Springfield Rotary trip to Fenway Park In Boston onSeptember 14, 2013. The deal is as follows:  Peter Pan roundtrip bus ride to Fenway, a 1:00pm game with the Red Sox hosting the Yankees. The seats are on the 3rd base side in the grandstand below the overhang (great spot if it is sunny and or raining). The total cost is as follows:  
         $134.95 on a bus with other people or $149.95 on our own bus if we get 24 people or more.

FYI, this trip is open to Springfield Rotarians, their relatives and families. Please let MaryAnne know of your intentions, her email address is and please copy me at

Sports Writer Amanda Bruno, will speak to the Springfield Rotary July 26th
by Grosnick, Allen

Amanda Bruno, Sports Writer for The Republican newspaper will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Friday, July 26th.  Her topic will be Inside the Bruins locker room during the 2013 Stanley Cup run.”

Bruno has covered the Boston Bruins for The Republican for the last three seasons. In her first year on the beat, Bruno witnessed the magical 2011 Stanley Cup run, which ended a 39-year championship drought. According to Bruno “the locker room can be a pretty hectic place during the regular season, but come playoff time, it hits a whole new level of craziness”. Bruno will talk about the everyday grind endured during the playoffs and atmosphere of what goes on behind the scenes before and after games.
Bruno, who was born in Springfield and raised in Agawam, is a 2004 graduate of Agawam High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism at Curry College in Milton, Mass. where she served as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Currier Times. She also interned at The Boston Globe covering high school sports her junior and senior year.
Bruno began her writing career at The Agawam Advertiser News in 2003 as a sports correspondent. She covered an array of local sports as a freelance writer for The Republican before being hired part-time in November of 2009.

Michelle Morash, Director of Development and Marketing Springfield Public Forum
by Mastroianni, Susan

Morash will discuss the Forum’s 2013 lineup of speakers and it’s 78 year history.


The Forum is a 78 year old organization whose mission is to host educational and enriching presentations from talented experts in current affairs, journalism, science, politics, arts and culture, and more.  Core to their mission is their commitment to preserving these events as free and open to the public.

In 2013, the Forum will host 5 compelling speakers: 

  • September 19, Michael Moss: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. In his powerful new book, Pulitzer Prize–winning The New York Times reporter Michael Moss examines the boardroom strategies of America’s most recognizable food brands.
  • October 2, Spencer Wells: The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey.  As National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Director of The Genographic Project, Dr. Wells’ DNA research is yielding tantalizing clues about our early journey across the planet, revealing the incredible tapestry of human diversity.
  • October 22, Isabel Wilkerson: The Warmth of Other Suns. This bestseller brings to life the Great Migration of an entire people from the American South to the North and West that forever changed the cultural and political landscape of America.
  • November 6, Senator Olympia Snowe: The Crusade for Bipartisanship. Recently retired Republican Senator from Maine and Author of Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.
  • November 21, Sherry Turkle: Alone Together and the Flight From Conversation. As a psychologist and professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, Turkle describes the changing relationships between friends, couples, parents, and children, as well as new instabilities in how we understand privacy, community, intimacy and solitude due to technology.


1st Planning meeting for Annual Rotary 5K Race on Friday, 7/26/13
by Toner, John

Darby O’Brien, Advertising Executive and Anti-Bulling Advocate will speak to the Springfield Rotary June 7th
by Yang, Sujing

Club Social at Colony Club on Thursday, 5/30/2013, 5:30pm
by Yang, Sujing

Our club social was recheduled for next Thurday, May 30th at 5:30 PM,  the Colony Club in Springfield. Validated parking at the Marriot Dwtn garage. Elevator access to Colony Club from garage.

 Questions contact Jeremy Casey at 413-530-8506 or

NO FRIDAY MEETING on 5/31/2013