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Upcoming Events
Paul Harris Dinner
May 07, 2016
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
February Students
We have new students for February please make them feel welcome:

Taconic High School:                    Ranjana Liqutla
Ranjana is in the Science and Engineering Academy at Taconic and has completed six AP courses to date and currently enrolled in four more.  Her academic success is supported by earning the Massachusetts Superintendent’s Award and the Massachusetts State Science Fair Finalist Award.  She participates in the Chemistry Olympiad Club and Berkshire Youth United, and for the past five years has been volunteering for American Red Cross.  Ranjana is planning on attending college, hopefully RPI, and major in biology.
Pittsfield High School:                 Ethan McCandless
Ethan is active in school and has participated in Mock Trials, Best Buddies, Class Council, Latin Club, National Honor Society and Quiz Team.  He has run Track for two years and cross-country for four years, having served as Captain for the past two.  For community involvement, he serves on the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Board.  After high school, Ethan plans to study forestry, biology, or environmental law with the hopes of becoming a national park ranger, urban forester or environmental lawyer.
St. Joe High School:                      Anita Curtin
Anita participates in cross country, soccer, swimming, softball, track and the Spring play.  She is also a school ambassador and helps with fundraising events.  Outside of school, she is active in her church and has been an alter server since 3rd grade.  Over the summer she has been involved with Becket Chimney Corners YMCA as a camper and an assistant counselor.  This past December, she was in Haiti assisting with the Haiti Plunge.  Anita is looking into smaller Catholic colleges, and likes Saint Michael’s, where she plans to pursue a medical or environmental degree
Nepal Update

Suraj and Kamana Shakya visited the club to give an update on recovery updates in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and another 1.7m two weeks later there have been more than 400 aftershocks since. All the damage took about 25 seconds to happen has displaced 2.8 million people. 21 thousand people were injured 9,000 killed of that 1300 were children. There are still many buildings condemned and much of the countries infrastructure is still in need of repair including almost 7000 schools that were destroyed.   
Gift of Rotary Auction

Preliminary results are back from the auction with $11,000 in donations $1000 raised from te games, $4800 from, ads gross profit is around $65,000 Thanks go out to all that helped the night of the auction as well as those who solicited all the great items

Read Across America
Read Across America will be celebrated by the public elementary schools in Pittsfield on Wednesday, March 2. Rotarians read to 3rd graders as a means of strengthening the relationship created when we gave them their dictionaries in December. Readers should select a book that is age (3rd grade) appropriate that will take about 20 minutes to present to the children. If you need help selecting your book, stop in to the Children’s Library at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Schools will be reading according to the following schedule:
  • Allendale School - 9:15 a.m - Randy Kinnas, Ron Latham, Warren Dews
  • Capeless School - 9:00 a.m - Phil Massery
  • Conte Community School - 9:15 a.m - Vin Marinaro, Kelly Marion, Jay Marion
  • Crosby School - 9:30 a.m. - Joel Scussel, Sally Umalof, Dick Laureyns, Ralph Cianflone, Greg Knight
  • Egremont School - 9:00 a.m - Tom Sherman, Brooks Sherman, Chris Jacoby, Bart Raser
  • Morningside  School - 9:00 a.m - Gwen Davis, Gail Molari, John McLaughlin
  • Stearns School - 9:00 a.m. - Jeff Hasset, John Perreault
  • Williams School - 9:30 a.m. - Carol Leibinger-Healy, Matt Scarafoni, Tom Hamel
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.
Paul Harris Dinner Plans
The Paul Harris Dinner will be held on May 7 at Cranwell. In order to put on a high quality event, the Committee is soliciting sponsors at $250 each. To date the following members or businesses have stepped forward to sponsor the Paul Harris Dinner: Robert Harrison Associates, Pierce Machine, Cianflone Law, Scarafoni Financial, Pittsfield Pipers, Oliver Autobody, Carr Hardware, Dery Funeral Homes, CompuWorks, and Crescent Creamery.  If you would like to join the sponsors of this important annual celebration, please contact Jeff Whitehouse.
Introduction Duties
03/24  John O'Brien
03/31  Ed O'Brien
04/07 Ben Parhizgar
04/14 John Perreault
04/21 Robert Proskin
04/28 Bart Raser
If you will not be at the meeting, please notify Joel Scussel ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Invocation Duties
03/24  Joan DiMartino
03/31  Chris Farrell
04/07 Ed Forfa
04/14 Dave Hall
04/21 Donna Halton
04/28 Tom Hamel
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 birthday of Eric Shaffer on March 18th along with Frederick Dery and Ron Latham both on March 25th. We have the Club Anniversary of Jay Marion on March 22nd (21 Years)