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The Kagan Award award was established in 1977, in memory of Dr. David B. Kagan, a long-time Pittsfield Rotarian and community citizen. The award is presented annually and beginning in 1978 has been given to one female and one male from the Central Berkshire area to recognize volunteerism "above and beyond" the call of duty. The recipients represent the highest standards of the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is the basis of the award. This years awards went to Joe Torra and Anne Pasko. Joe has spent many years as mentor for business students from PHS and Taconic hiring them as employees so they could see how business runs first hand. He also has been active donating his sound and lighting systems to schools and Downtown Inc. Anne is a successful businesswoman who has donated her time to many different causes to include Lanesboro Elementary school computer lab, Pittsfield Garden tour, Barrington Stage, Artscape, antheneum, and downtown inc. Along with their award each was given a $200 stipend to donate to the charity of their choice.
At our last meeting we presented the annual Gene Case Scholarship. Marshall Raser started off the program by providing a short background about Gene, who was a Rotarian for 45 years, past Club president and District Governor. While Gene had a host of volunteer credits, his favorites were those that involved youth. Tom Hamel then took over and introduced Shae Hassett, the daughter of Rotarian Jeff and Kate Hassett. Shae is third in her class at Taconic High School, and is very busy outside of class with extracurricular activities and community service where she epitomizes Rotary’s “Service Above Self” mantra. Congratulations to the proud parents, and to the committee (Tom Hamel, Kelly Marion, Jay Marion and Joan DiMartino) for the excellent choice.
Because our Club works hard to raise the money to fund our benevolence there's probably little more satisfying that to see our scholarship awards go to deserving students. Last week Tom Sherman organized and presented these annual awards to seven deserving students:
- Christopher Broast (BCC
- Sarah Garson (Registered Nurse Program at BCC)
- Basil Billow (PHS)
- Samantha Clark (PHS)
- David Lewis (SJCCH)
- Viola Sharron (THS)
- Quincy Fernandez (THS)