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The Drive for Scholarships is in full swing. The focus at this time is to complete the soliciting of business sponsorships which is extremely important as this revenue provides the largest portion of the funds raised through the Drive for Scholarships. The businesses have been generous throughout the years and value this opportunity to help support the higher educational opportunities for the youth of our communities.
 
In addition to securing the business sponsorships, letters will go out to individuals in the community asking for donations that will go for scholarship funding. This initiative is called the Circle of Friends which has reached a cross section of our community and also is contributed to by a number of Rotarians.
 
In June we will begin selling restaurant raffle tickets. These are sold by Rotarians, but doing so is voluntary. Many, however, have found that selling them is easy as people love the idea of a chance to win gift certificates to numerous restaurants. The prices will be the same as other years. ($5 for each ticket or 5 for $20)
 
The climax of the Drive for Scholarships is the Golf Tournament, this year being its 36th! The Tournament will be held at the Wyantenuck Country Club on Thursday, July 25th. Registration will begin at 8:00am and the Shot Gun Start is at 9:00am. For more details Ed McCormick can be reached by cell phone (413.446.0882) or by email (egmccormick@gmail.com). Invitations will be sent out and updates will be posted on social media.
 
Please help solicit ads for the new Rotary Book which will replace the program traditionally distributed at the Bike N Fly.  The new booklet will be a comprehensive booklet highlighting all of the work Great Barrington does in our community and internationally.  It will be distributed at all Rotary events including Truck Day, the Bike N Fly and the Drive for Scholarships.  All sponsors of those events receive a $50 credit toward an ad in the booklet.  It is our hope that this new approach will help us consolidate our sponsor solicitations for the year rather than approaching businesses multiple times in one year.  It will also give sponsors more exposure by including them in the booklet that will be distributed throughout the year.  Ad order forms and an ad size sheet may be found on the left-hand side of our website home page under "home page download files" at the following link: https://gb-rotary.org/ Please note, there is a special ad form for event sponsors (which includes their $50 credit) and there is a separate form for those who do not otherwise sponsor an event.  Please contact Alice Naylor with any questions.
 
 
We anticipate a lot of people being out of town for the school break next week.  It would be helpful for Crissey Farm to have a count for the meal for the meeting to be held on April 17.  Crissey Farm has been very accommodating and flexible in not requiring us to give them a set number of attendees in advance for each lunch meeting or to pay for a set minimum so we are trying hard to give them the information they need for this particular meeting.  Please use this Evite you should have received by email to indicate whether or not you plan to attend by Monday, April 15.  The link to the Evite is here: https://www.evite.com/event/02AFKHVNVV6VDQE5AEPJLOAD3RTQHA/rsvp
 
 
This annual award event is coming up in June. Please nominate someone you believe deserves this recognition. Forms for this purpose, along with an explanation of the criteria for the award, will be available at the meetings this week and next.
If you have Bike & Fly lawn signs from last year (or before), please get in touch with Michael Wise. We need to know how many have to be updated, or replaced, for this year’s event. 
This is just a friendly reminder of our two Raffles -
 
1. Spa Day which will be raffled off at Truck Day -  We still need items please - Gift Certificates - Pedicures and Manicures - Facials -
 
Chocolates - Bath Salts - Candles - Please use your imagination -
 
2. Date Night which will be raffled off at Bike N' Fly  - Dinner Gift Certificates - Board Games - Candles - Theatre Tickets (Richard Gave Tri-Plex already)
 
Again, please use your imagination here too.
 
 
Thank you for helping with this !!!
 
Louann
Last week's Rotary meeting (April 3) was the "Kick off" for March food collection, the item of the month being Pasta Sauce. However, attendance was very light, to say the least, so we didn't get much Pasta Sauce.  Please bring your donation to our meeting tomorrow (April 10).  Also if you're not donating food, please donate by check made out to the "People's Pantry" and give your check to me.  Currency is also welcome.  See you tomorrow. 
 
Donations of Pasta Sauce or other non-perishable food are welcome all throughout the month of April.
 
As usual, the need is great.
 
George
 

I hope everyone had a wonderful meeting last week. I am back in the States after a nice and short trip to Germany, and am happy to be back at Rotary on Wednesday!

This Thursday is Breaking Bread and Stephanie will be leading! If you are able to sign up for a part of the evening, please do so. It's always such a fun an meaningful way for us to share our help with our community.

Also, the deadline for the Rotary Advertising book is fast approaching. If you have been able to secure any ads, please send them along as I will be hoping to have a final draft complete for our next board meeting. 

See everyone on Wednesday!

 

 
The Watson Fund will be making and passing out popcorn at the Great Barrington Stroll this Saturday. We are looking for one volunteer to help from 3 -5:00 pm and another one or two from 5 – 6:30pm. We pass out free popcorn and hand out Watson Fund flyers for people to take home. It is a fun way to promote the Fund and Rotary too. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks, Ray Murray (413) 822-3890.
We are seeking volunteers to help out from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Friday, December 7. We need one Rotarian to be on air from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM and 2-3 additional Rotarians from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM to take pledges.  Please contact Susan Smith if you can help.  Her email address is ssmithlaw@barringtonlawoffice.com
 
 
Reminder:  The "Food of the Month" is canned beans.  If you were at last week's meeting and brought in beans or made a donation, I thank you very much.  Otherwise, you have another chance tomorrow. Bring in the beans or give me a check made out to "People's Pantry".  See you then.​
 
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A great big thank you to all who helped make last week's Breaking Bread a success.  We served about 43 meals plus sent several home with take-out boxes for family or a second meal.  The night was made possible with the help and good cheer of Mike Zippel, Pamela Pescosolido, Vito Vitrano, Janet Donhoney, Mary Saporitio and her granddaughter Bella, Mary White, Suzanne Arre, Alice Naylor, Richard Stanley, Micheal Wise, Annabel Holmes, Alistair Holmes and Tess Holmes.  Special shoutout to Michael who always stays until the bitter end to help take care of trash and building shut down.
As part of its support of the Watson Fund, our Club has assisted CHP, the screening organization, in enrolling individuals and families to receive the food and clothing certificates provided by the Watson Fund. Over $22,000.00 in assistance will be distributed this year. We had a great response from our members the last time we were asked to assist. All who participated enjoyed it and found the experience very rewarding. It is only a two or three hour commitment. Please contact Ray Murray if you can help.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
Help will be needed at CHP 442 Stockbridge Rd, Gt Barrington for the following shifts:

Friday, November 2nd, 1:00-3:00pm    Indoor with Dorothy Health 1 to 2 people
Tuesday, November 6th, 11:00am - 1:00pm  During the mobile food bank distribution (dress warm, outside) 3 people
Friday, November 9th, 1:00-3:00pm    Indoor with Dorothy Health 1 to 2 people
The Great Barrington Rotary Club Watson Fund Committee will hold a joint meeting with the Watson Fund Board at the Fund’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 1 at 4:00 pm. We will meet at The McCormick law firm’s conference room. All Watson Fund Committee members are urged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Ray Murray.
Please consider signing up to help with Breaking Bread on Thursday, April 25.  
 
April is one of the eight times this year when the Great Barrington Rotary Club has committed to providing the Breaking Bread community dinner for "those in our community who need nourishment and friendship."  Please consider signing up for one of the jobs.  Non-Rotarians are welcome to help also - bring a friend! You may sign up using the following Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48aaa629abf49-breaking19
Stephanie Carlson is in charge this time - if you have any questions please direct them to her at scarlson@greylock.org.  If you would prefer not to use Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a job please email Jessica at executive@camphirock.org and she will add your name to the job of your choice.  Please let her know if you are not comfortable using your email for that sign-up.  If not, you will NOT receive an email reminder from Sign-Up Genius but your job assignment WILL be reflected under your name in the online sign-up. 
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The first Wednesday of October, the third, is on its way.  The item choice is Cereal.  In the grocery store you will find a huge variety of brands, sizes, and prices.  Think about purchases of $10-$15 or more.   Remember also that cash donations (currency or checks) are welcome and very important.  Make your check payable to "People's Pantry" and please give it to me at Wednesday's meeting.
 
We are no longer having weekly food collection drives.  So once you have made your donation, of food or cash, you are done for October!
 
The Pantry must either buy the food it distributes or have it donated. Either way, it is entirely dependant on the local community for support.  The Pantry has no employees so virtually every dollar donated is designated for purchase of food.
 
As for community support, the People's Pantry is a natural activity for Rotary. It fits right in to our program.
 
If you are not able to attend the October 3 meeting, bring your donation of food or cash to the following meeting.  There are five Wednesdays in October.  THE NEED IS GREAT!
 
See you on the third.
This week our speakers will be Zufan Bazzano, Weyessa McAlister, Masho McAlister and Moses Greenspan who will speak about their trip and doing volunteer work at orphanages in Ethiopia which is their homeland.  The ClubRunner bulletin tools would not allow enough characters to display their full names in the speakers list - our apologies!  We're anticipating a wonderful presentation about their trip.
Thanks to those Rotarians who supported the People's Pantry last Wednesday with their donations of peanut butter, checks and currency.  If you were not present or did not donate for some other reason please consider donating on Wednesday, August 22.  The item of the month is peanut butter.  Make checks payable to The People's Pantry and give them to me.  Thanks in advance.
 
George
This May, the Great Barrington Rotary Club awarded a record breaking $60,000 in college scholarships to 58 youth.  All award recipients were graduates of Monument Mountain High School or Mt.Everett High School.  This brings our club's total to $1,000,000 in scholarships awarded over the past thirty-five years.  Thank you to all who work so hard to raise the money to make this possible.  Special thanks to Janet Dohoney and Mark DeCelle who provide leadership to this effort.
 
Canned Vegetables.  If you didn't get the chance to donate canned vegetables last week, you can do it on June 13. Think $10 worth (or more).  Remember we are only asking for donations once a month--not every week. The alternative:   Write a check for $10 or more.  Or donate a $10/$20 bill.  We also accept Berkshares!  If you think $10 is too much, donate something less.  But, please participate.
 
Checks should be made out to "People's Pantry" and given to me.
 
Thanks to those who gave last week: food, cash and checks.  Very helpful!
 
I hope to see you today.
 
George
 
At last week's meeting a request was made that we provide details for those making contributions to People's Pantry in lieu of food contributions.  Please make checks payable to "People's Pantry."  Please hand your checks to George Raymond who will forward them to the People's Pantry.  We are tracking the percentage of Great Barrington Rotarians who participate in our monthly food drive, either by contributing food or making a monetary contribution, so it is helpful if Rotarians funnel their contributions through George or let him know if a contribution has been made directly to the pantry in a given month.
We served a spaghetti/meat sauce dinner to between 40 and 50 folks last night at Breaking Bread!  I want to thank non-Rotarian Denny Whitcomb for assisting with the main meal, and big thanks to Oskar & Mike for the great setup and for providing dessert.  Thanks Pam Pescosolido for assisting in setup as well.  Thanks also to Terry Whitcomb and Anne Hutchinson (along with her sharp knifes) who assisted with salad prep, John Benedict & Michael Wise for dishwashing and cleanup, Bob Norris for bringing the bread, Mary White, Steve Agar, Alice Naylor and Stephanie Carlson for serving and cleanup.  If I’ve forgotten anyone, my apologies.
 
Thanks again!
 
Dave
 
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