Current Membership: 59 members
Hello Everyone,
Last Week:  We  heard from Jan Johnson of the Mill River Farm, and welcomed the Boy Scouts from Troop 23.  In addition to growing organic vegetables, herbs and fruit, the Farm has organic pastured eggs and meat.  The Farm is also home to Berkshire Wildflower Honey which produces honey, beeswax candles and moisturizers.   Jan shared this fact with the club:  “If every household in Massachusetts spent $20 more on local food per month (and $20 less on non-local food), $234,768,540 more local income would be generated per year and 3,876 local jobs would be created in the State.”  Community support for local organic food and small farms is needed.  Mill River Farm is located at 282 Brewer Hill Road, New Marlborough.  You can find more information at  Their products can be purchased at the Farm and the Great Barrington Farmer’s Market.  They have delicious eggs – those Rotarians in attendance received a four-pack to take home!   
Breaking Bread:  Ok - I am now officially putting the push on for our Breaking Bread dinner on March 10th.  There are still several openings for helpers on the Sign Up Genius.  Specifically, we are looking for the following:
Set up - 4 needed from 3:00-5:00
Pick up Bread - 1 needed (Berkshire Mountain) by 3:00
Salad Prep - 1 needed 4:00-5:00
Servers - 2 needed 4:30-6:00
Dish Washers - 3 needed 5:00-6:30
Clean Up Crew - 3 needed 6:00-7:00
Please click on this link: to sign up and help out.  If you would rather not to use the Sign Up Genius, please email Oskar to let him know what slot you can fill.  Thank You!
Rotary After Hours:  A very informal gathering of Rotarians will be held on Wednesday, March 16th at 5:30pm at Castle Street Café.  We hope you can join us for a drink and a few laughs.
Citizen of the Year:  Mary Ann Norris will be calling the Citizen of the Year committee together, and circulating the paperwork for nominations.  Please consider whom you might nominate as a worthy candidate for this honor.
Weekly Raffle:  As mentioned previously, our pot for winnings will now be $500.00, but please do not let this dissuade you from continuing your donations to the People’s Pantry.
People’s Pantry:  Pasta
From the Foundation:  
Distinguished Rotary Foundation Alumni:  Some of the world’s most distinguished leaders are alumni of Rotary’s programs (current and past), including:  Ambassador Otto Borch of Denmark, the late Carlos Alberto da Monta Pinto, Prime Minister of Portugal; Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Bill Moyers, prominent television journalist and former deputy director of the U.S. Peace Corps; Paul Volcker, professor, economist and former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank; Sir William Dean, last governor of the Commonwealth of Australia; Philip Lader, former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain; and renowned pianist Van Cliburn, winner of the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.