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Pittsfield Promise
Caitlin Pemble spoke to the club on the mission of Pittsfield Promise to assure the education and reading abilities of children zero to five years of age in Pittsfield. 
Pittsfield Promise makes the city a charter member in a national movement of local leaders, nonprofits and foundations focusing intently on third-grade reading proficiency. Education experts recognize that third grade marks the point where children shift from learning to read and begin reading to learn. Students who haven't mastered reading by the end of third grade are more likely to get stuck in a cycle of academic failure, to drop out of school, and to struggle throughout their lives.
The city-wide Pittsfield Promise has set a goal to have at least 90% of Pittsfield third graders reading at grade level by 2020. Ty Allen Jackson then told the club that to meet this goal, it first needed to create its plan and then develop strategies. Through this – it was named an All America City Award from the Campaign for Grade Level Reading in July 2012 for its ambitious plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
Auction Date
The Auction date has been set so mark your calenders now January 28, 2017
Wine Pairing
Joan DiMartino thanked all the Rotarians who attended and Mazzeo's for another fantastic evening benefiting our Foundation.  Unfortunately attendance was low so she is planning a "Cash Calendar" for August.   Keep this in mind if you have gift certificates to donate.
Dictrict Conference Plans
From DG Kyong Wilson we learn that the District Conference is planned for April 29 to May 1st at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, MA.  This year's theme is Hawaii 7890. The conference opens on Friday evening at 6 pm with a cocktail hour followed by a delicious Luau dinner. On Saturday the general session at will begin at 9:00 am with registration and breakfast starting at 7:30 am, followed by exciting breakouts.  Youth exchange students and the South African VTT teams will also  be presenting. Click the following link to register for this event.
Don't be Left Out of Paul Harris Dinner
Jeff Whitehouse reported last week that projected attendance at the Paul Harris Dinner on May 7 (at Cranwell) is up to 90. If you have not yet responded, what are you waiting for?  If you have commited to underwriting the event, please get yor check to Jeff Hassett. 
Introduction Duties
05/12 Matt Scarafoni
05/19 Jim Scolforo
05/26 Joel Scussel
06/02 Brooks Sherman
06/09 Tom Sherman
06/16 Christine Singer
If you will not be at the meeting, please notify Joel Scussel ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Invocation Duties
05/12 Jeff Hassett
05/19 Shaun Heimann
05/26 Mike Hinkley
06/02 John Hudnall
06/09 Chris Jacoby
06/16 Randy Johnson
Please remember to use a non-denominational prayer - be respectful of others' beliefs. If you will not be at the meeting, please notify Joel Scussel ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Birthdays and Anniversaries

This week we celebrate the birthdays of Jim Scolforo (5/11) and John Franchebois (5/12); and the Club anniversaries of Greg Knight (14 years a/o 5/9/02) and Joan DiMartino (12 years a/o 5/13/04).