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Volunteers needed for the Watson Fund Radiothon being held as part of the Smitty Pignatelli radio show on WSBS, Monday December 9 from 7:00 to 10:00 am. Two different shifts answering the phones or delivering pledges. 7-8:30 am and 8:30-10:00 am. Our own Julie Hannum, Bobbie Hallig and Ed McCormick will be on air. It is busy and fun! Please let Ray Murray know ASAP if you can help. rmurray@raymurray.com , (413) 822-3890
 
 
I will have restaurant raffle tickets with me tomorrow and appreciate any selling that you are able to do. I will also have an envelope for money to be turned in and one for the stubs. As a reminder, Cheryl and I will be selling the tickets at the Farmer's Market this Saturday so stop by if you would like. Thanks for your help!
 
 
We need a lot of help to make our annual Bike N Fly event a success.  The Bike N Fly is a critical event that brings in important funds we use to support local organizations and to provide scholarships to local students.  It is our hope that every Rotarian will come together to help with this event. 
 
You should have received a link to the Sign-Up Genius by email.  It is also posted here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d48aaa629abf49-bike1 .  Please consider signing up for both a volunteer shift (or more than one!) and to bring food supplies that will be needed for the bikers.  If you have questions about the volunteer shifts, please contact Steve Bannon at scbannon@gmail.com or 413-446-6957.
Truck Day is fast approaching! It is next Sunday, May 19th from 10-3 at Butternut. Please sign up on the Volunteer list and please, please sell those Duck Race raffle tickets! More tickets are available from Alice Naylor. Remember, every Volunteer gets a cool Truck Day T-shirt!

Truck Day Sign-Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a48a5a82ea0fc1-truck3
 
 
The Drive for Scholarships continues to receive business sponsorships for the Golf Tournament which takes place on July 25. To date we have $20,050 in hand with additional pledges awaiting payment. The business sponsorship component forms the base of the money we raise.

A second component of the Drive for Scholarships is the restaurant raffle. Tickets will be available at Rotary on June 26th and the cost is $5 per ticket and 20 for a book of 5. There will be 24+ restaurants included for the two drawings which will take place at the Golf Tournament. A list of the participating restaurants will be available at the Rotary meeting as well. Selling restaurant raffle tickets is not required, but it is hoped that you will want to sell some. 😊 Cheryl and I will be at the Great Barrington Farmer’s Market on July 13th selling tickets and we will also have Rotary materials at the table.

A third component of the Drive for Scholarships is the Circle of Friends through which we send out letters to individuals asking for donations to Rotary’s Student Assistance Fund. This will begin early July and this year we will be writing notes on the requests with the hopes of receiving a larger number of donations.

The Golf Tournament at the Wyantenuck Country Club is the climax of the Drive for Scholarships which attracts a full number of teams. The golf fees, on course games and raffles pay for the Tournament. The money for scholarships is primarily earned through the three other components of the Drive for Scholarships. 

Thank you for all the support you give to raising funds for much needed scholarships!

Barbara
 
 
 
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 remaining raffle basket -
 
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
 
Wednesday, December 4 is the People's Pantry collection date for the month of December.
 
Shampoo!  Shampoo is consistent with the toothpaste we brought in last month.  Hopefully, each donor will bring in multiple bottles.
 
Checks and currency are very welcome as well.
 
See you on Wednesday.  Please support the People's Pantry!
 
George
 

Hello all,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  One of the things I am thankful for is our club, and the friendships I have made with Rotarians and their families.

The bulletin is full of important news and reminders today.  Please take a look.

Remember: lotto tickets are due at this week's meeting. Please bring them to the meeting, on time, or bring them to Mary at Barnbook before the meeting.

See you tomorrow!

Jess

 

 

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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Another successful Breaking Bread hosting by Great Barrington Rotary Club occurred Thursday, September 12th!  We served just over 50 people this time around.  Thanks to Oskar and Mike for setting up, my friend Denny Whitcomb for assisting with the main course, Julie Hannum, Mary White, Alice Naylor and Sabrina Ruggerio for serving, and Barbara Manring for the delicious desserts!  Thanks also to Michael Wise for dishwashing and along with Sabrina helped with cleanup.  Thanks again!  Dave
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 saving the date to help with Breaking Bread on Thursday, December 19.  
 
December 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."  This may be a tough night for which to recruit volunteers as it is so any help will be greatly appreciated.  What a wonderful way to serve our community during the holiday season.  Non-Rotarians are welcome to help also - bring a friend!  A SignUp Genius will be circulated shortly.
 
Vito Vitrano is in charge this time - if you have any questions please direct them to him.  
 
 
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.
 
 
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Great Barrington

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Crissey Farm
424 Stockbridge Road (Route 7)
Great Barrington, MA  01230
United States
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Hoops on the Hudson

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Speakers
Ananda Timpane
Dec 11, 2019
Railroad Street Youth Project
No meeting
Dec 18, 2019
Holiday party at Cafe Adam in evening
No meeting
Dec 25, 2019
Christmas Day
No meeting
Jan 01, 2020
New Year's Day
Dr. Susan Birns
Jan 29, 2020
No Visible Bruises Community Wide Book-Read Discussion