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Transition Party
Don't forget about the Annual Rotary Transition Party  Thursday, June 30th from 5pm to 9pm, 99 Valentine Rd., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Join us as we celebrate the end of Kelly's Rotary year and the start of a new one with Joan DiMartino as our President.
Water Project
Annually, 30,000 people die from water related illnesses – 90% of them are children. Guatemala has the third highest rate of malnutrition in the world.   The women and children have to walk 20 minutes each way to gather freshwater and carry it back to the village between 4-6 times per day.  Having sanitized water in the village saves them these trips. Rick Lawrence, from the Manchester Rotary Club, is the District 7890 Water Project Chairperson. Rick partners with a non-governmental organization called Aldea - formally Behrhorst Partners for Development (BPD) and a local host Rotary Club.  Aldea means Village in Spanish. This NGO is able to converse in the local languages and deal with the local conditions, culture, and politics of the people of Guatemala.  There are four components to the water sanitation projects: water supply, sinks, latrines, and safe stoves. 
Rick and his wife, involved with the project for the past eight years, have raised over $410,000 to complete projects in 12 villages in Guatemala. The 2016 project will be supporting water sanitation in four new villages in Guatemala.  When Rick started this project in 2006, 12 Rotary clubs contributed $24,000 to be able to complete a project in one village.  Last year’s project supported two villages and 32 Rotary clubs contributed over $100,000 to the project. 
 This is the third Global Grant for the Guatemala Water Sanitation Project.The Pittsfield Rotary Club has donated $3000  The Rotary District in Aruba pledged $10,000 and the Rotary District in Guatemala pledged $1,000; both are matched 100% dollar-for-dollar from the Rotary foundation as well.  So between the club contributions and the district contributions, Rick has raised $47,995; another $33,997 is matched by the foundation for a total of $81,992 going towards this project for four villages in Guatemala.   Local labor and in-kind services are valued at another $67,109. Rotary Clubs also raised $39,000 for safe stoves at the villages.
Book House Duties
The following schedule of Club members has been created to rotate caretaking responsibilities among the membership. The date listed is the Thursday of the week assigned.  We ask that sometime during the week assigned, from the prior Sunday to the following Saturday, that the assigned Rotarian visit the Rotary book house (at the Boundless Playground), to clean out any trash, neaten the inventory, and determine whether additional books need to be acquired. 
07/21  John McLaughlin
07/28  Gail Molari   
08/04  John O'Brien
08/11 Ben Parhizgar
08/18 John Perreault
08/25 Rob Proskin
If you will be unable to fulfill this commitment, please notify Book House overseer Dave Hall ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Introduction Duties
07/21 Jay Bailly
07/28  Mark Busch
08/04  David Cianflone
08/11  Ralph Cianflone
08/18 Gwen Davis
08/25 Adrienne DeBlieux Speed
If you will not be at the meeting, please notify Joel Scussel ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Invocation Duties
07/21 Rich LaFleche
07/28  Ron Latham
08/04  Dick Laureyns
08/11  Carol Leibinger-Healey
08/18 Vin Marinaro
08/25 Jay Marion
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

No birthdays this week.

This weeks club anniversaries: Jayson Tanzman 16 years on July 20th