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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Get Well Wishes to Pam Knisley
At last week’s Club assembly, President Kelly reported that past-president Pam Knisley was back in ICU at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester.  Because Pam is likely to be moved back to an as yet undetermined Berkshire County location soon, any member wishing to send a get well card should use Pam's home address (256 South Street - Apt. 6, Pittsfield).
Rotary Read Thanks
President Kelly announced that Club members visited 24 classrooms as part of the Rotary Reads initiative, delivering 446 picture books to preschoolers in Pittsfield. Thank you to all the volunteer readers who made this happen.
Dr. David B. Kagan Awards Nomination Forms
Each year Rotary Club of Pittsfield recognizes two individuals in the community - a man and a woman - who have made significant contributions to their community through volunteer activities that have created lasting change in the lives of individuals and families in the community, activities that have made our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.  The nominees are not necessarily high profile individuals, but persons who have provided service above self to others.  If you have a person you would like to nominate, contact Kagan Award Committee co-chairs Ed Forfa or Kelly Marion before the May 6 submission deadline.
Golf Tournament Next Week!
The 2016 Rotary Golf Tournament is next week! We're at the Country Club of Pittsfield on Wednesday, May 25, again raising funds for local food pantries. Contact Greg Knight to sign up as a player or sponsor.  If you're not playing, please consider volunteering, if for nothing else, the free beer. Please bring in a raffle prize for the event.  If you can't come up with a raffle prize, please contribute $20. Tournament information is on the Club's Facebook page.  Please "Like" and "Share."
Foundation Cash Calendar
According to Joan DiMartino, the Rotary Club of Pittsfield Foundation will be offering a cash calendar for the month of August at $5 per calendar. The minimum prize will be $25.  The Foundation stands to profit $5,000 if we sell 1,000 calendars.
100th Anniversay Project
Rotary Club of Pittsfield was chartered on March 30, 1920.  Our 100th anniversary is fast approaching, and the Club needs to decide just how we will commemorate this important milestone. The Club has been challenged by incoming president Joan DiMartino to come up with suggestions for a big project - like the Boundless Playground - that will have a significant and lasting impact on the local community.  Start thinking, because if it's really big, it will take a few years to execute.
Weekly Programs
John Reynolds has generously agreed to coordinate speakers for our weekly meetings next year.  Last week he prevailed upon the membership to provide him with suggestions.  If you want quality speakers, you need to provide quality suggestions, including ideas for road trips.
Treasurer's Report
Benevolence Balance a/o 7/1/15                    $20,309.57
Benevolence Income 7/1/15 - 3/30/16            $81,902.97
Benevolence Expenses 7/1/15 - 3/30/16        $50,787.73
Total Benevolence Balance a/o 3/30/16          $51,424.81
Operating Income 7/1/15 - 3/30/16                $33,773.00
Operating Expenses 7/1/15 - 3/30/16            $24,191.36
Operating Balance a/o 3/30/16                      $  9,581.64
Auction proceeds a/o 3/30/16                        $51,239.07
Vocational Technical Training Group Hosts Needed
Gail Molari is still recruiting hosts for the Vocational Technical Training Group coming to Pittsfield from May 1 through May 8.  The group will be comprised of five pre-school teachers from Union Of South Africa. Hosts are responsible for room and board and any incidentals that occur from the visit, excluding personal necessities/items. Contact Gail if you have questions about hosting. 
Introduction Duties
05/19 Jim Scolforo
05/26 Joel Scussel
06/02 Brooks Sherman
06/09 Tom Sherman
06/16 Christine Singer
06/23 Sally Unlauf
If you will not be at the meeting, please notify Joel Scussel ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Invocation Duties
05/19 Shaun Heimann
05/26 Mike Hinkley
06/02 John Hudnall
06/09 Chris Jacoby
06/16 Randy Johnson
06/23 Randy Kinnas
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 Jay Bailly (5/21) and Dave Cianflone (5/21); and the Club anniversary of Phil Massery (15 years a/o 5/17/01).