Dec 01, 2016
Rotary Nigerian Polio Immunization Project
Dec 08, 2016
Rotary International Foundation
Dec 15, 2016
National Changes in the Boys & Girls Club
Dec 22, 2016
Dec 29, 2016
Jan 05, 2017
Junior Acheivement of Western Mass. School Programs
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Earthquake Relief
Last week we were joined by Alma Kruh and Barbara Spiegal, both members of the Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club. They gave a presentation about their time working with the Group Study Exchange Rotary Program doing relief work in earthquake-stricken Nepal in partnership with All Hands Volunteers. In spite of the fact that a year after the earthquake there was still severe infrastructure damage, they were greeted warmly and found both the local people and their fellow volunteers maintained very positive attitudes about the work they were doing. Among the projects that they assisted with, a primary focus was the construction of temporary classrooms so that children could continue their education uninterrupted. They also presented a number of slides and a short video to emphasize the scale of the need, and to give the Club a more vivid picture of their trip. They both said that they had thought about going back, and that anyone who is interested in participating should contact Alma Kruh.
Against the Odds
In the October edition of The Rotarian magazine, the cover story focused on the efforts of vaccinators working to eradicate polio in Pakistan. The effort is undertaken with the support of Rotarians in Pakistan, both men and women, in spite of cultural and logistical headwinds. Some Pakistanis live quasi-nomadic lives, making it difficult to make contact and provide vaccines. Given restrictive gender roles in traditional Pakistani culture, oftentimes it falls on women to be the initial points of contact in their communities, building the trust necessary for families to allow their children to be vaccinated. There is sometimes suspicion of their mission and motivations, and the work can be dangerous. As we seek to create positive change in our community, we recognize and applaud our fellow Rotarians working against very tall odds to create positive change in their own.
November Venue
For the Month of November we are meeting at the Crowne Plaza
Book House Duties
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 are needed.
11/17 Jay Bailly
12/01 Mark Busch
12/08 David Cianflone
12/15 Ralph Cianflone
12/22 Gwen Davis
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
11/17 Randy Kinnas
12/01 Greg Knight
12/08 Don Kuczarski
12/15 Rich LaFleche
12/22 Ron Latham
If you will not be at the meeting, please notify Joel Scussel ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Invocation Duties
11/17 Bart Raser
12/01 John Reynolds
12/08 Matt Scarafoni
12/15 Jim Scolforo
12/22 Joel Scussel
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
Birthdays: John O'Brien on November 15th and Donna Halton on November 17th
Club Anniversaries: Two one year anniversaries this week! Luke Marion on November 11th and Brooks Sherman on November 12th. Don't ask me how we inducted them one day apart!