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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
Paul Souza from Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing talked to the group about their new business started in July 2014 in the old KB toys building in Lee. Paul is rejoining the team at BSM with whom he served as CFO at Hyaluron for six years. He has been providing financial and buisness advisory services to emerging and mid market firms. He has an MBA from Babson College MS Accounting from Bentley College and BBA Marketing from UMass Amherst. Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing responds to the challenging needs of its clients for sterile drug manufacturing services and to supply products to support clinical trials to commercialization. BSM's goal is to address the risks that are associated with drugs manufactured by small sterile drug manufacturing companies that lack adequate modern facilities and rigorous quality systems.The company plans to alleviate these concerns by using state-of-the art manufacturing equipment, isolators, flexible sterile filling equipment, and modern clean-room and terminal steam sterilization capabilities.
Bartons Crossing
The auction within the auction proceeds were donated to  Jay Sachetti, ServiceNet's Vice President of Sheltering, Housing, Addiction, and Vocational Services, with $7,000 raised at the club's annual auction on January 30th to support the Barton's Crossing shelter.
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
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 Committee have reported that this year's celebration will be held on May 7 at Cranwell.  Your membership dues have already targeted $55 per member for the event.  Even with a guest charge of $55 per person, the Committee realized there was insufficient funds to put on a quality event, so this year they are trying something new.  The Committee is soliciting sponsors at $250 each. To date the following members or businesses have stepped forward to sponsor the Paul Harris Dinner: 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
02/18  Vin Marinaro
02/25  Jay Marion
03/03  Phil Massery
03/10  Mark McKenna
03/17  Gail Molari
03/24  John O'Brien
If you will not be at the meeting, please notify Joel Scussel ( who your replacement will be in advance.
Invocation Duties
‚Äč02/18  Ralph Cianflone
02/25  Gwen Davis
03/03  Adrienne DeBlieux-Speed
03/10  Fred Dery
03/17  Warren Dews
03/24  Joan DiMartino
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 there are no birthdays or anniversaries to celebrate