District News
Governor Frank Wargo cordially invites and your family to our District Foundation Dinner!
The Wethersfield/Rocky Hill Rotary Club is pleased to announce the formation of a new Interact Club at Rocky Hill High School, under the guidance of History teacher Jeff Mertens.
Rotarian Keith Harris of the Ipswich, MA Club visited the Westfield, MA Rotary Club on Monday, February 1, 2016. Keith discussed his cross-country bicycle ride, completed in 2014, during which he raised over $42,000 for The Rotary Foundation. 
On January 4, 2016, members of the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club presented their second check at Hartford's CCMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 
On November 24th, the West Hartford Rotary club presented a check for $3086 to the West Hartford "Town that Cares" at Town Hall.  The money was raised in conjunction with Liberty Bank.

In the picture:  Cindy Lang, immediate past president; Kyle Egress, president; Bob Kor, president-elect; Suzanne Oslander, Town that Cares, Eileen Rau, past district governor, Fernando Vidal, Rotarian and Chair of the Liberty Bank/ Rotary Food Drive.


The Rotary Club of Westfield welcomes their newest member, John Slattery, Executive Chef of Papp's Bar and Grill.  Welcoming John is President Jennifer Gruszka and Tim Flynn, President Elect.

In a small village in rural Afghanistan, girls who are graduating from high school have nowhere to go for college. We can change that. We can build a school today where these girls can go to become nurses, teachers and engineers. The Zabuli Technical College will make history as the first girls’ college in rural Afghanistan.
The many good works that our clubs are carrying out globally and right here at home continually remind us of the meaning behind our motto: “Service Above Self.”  One case-in-point is the Danielson Rotary Club’s AMBER Alert project.
 As members of the Bloomfield and Terryville Rotary Clubs can tell you, reading truly is FUNdamental.  Their members are among the many Rotarians across the country who take a leadership position on child literacy.
Been out and about our District lately?  Then read on and see how East Hartford Rotarians are making a difference, outside, right now.
In partnership with other Rotary clubs, the South Windsor Rotary is working to bring new life to an El Salvadorian school.  

It happened again.  The Great Barrington Rotary has hosted its 21st annual ski weekend.  Unless, that is, we're counting the club’s first, unofficial outing!

A great way for Rotarians to make an immediate impact is to partner with local government to identify and address a pressing need.  Last fall, the Rotary Club of Newington (CT) did just that.  Result: about a hundred area kids whose families have a tough time meeting school expenses got a helping hand.
In five slum neighborhoods of the mid-sized southwestern Indian city of Shimoga, dark streets after sundown leave women afraid to go outside for fear of being assaulted and brutalized.  The West Springfield Rotary aims to change that.
The Rotary Peace Centers has announced that the application for the 2016 Rotary Peace Fellowship is now online.

In recent months, six Connecticut Rotary Clubs have worked together to raise thousands of dollars for the Angel Eye Webcam Project at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Hartford and Farmington.

The Easthampton and Northampton Rotary Clubs threw their annual Christmas Bash for needy kids at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton on Monday evening, and Santa was a big hit at always.
More than 400 people filled Center Court at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield last week to honor three recipients of Rotary’s “Service Above Self” Award.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) took place on Saturday, November 8, at the MassMutual Conference and Training Center in Chicopee.  This year’s program was a great success, with participation over doubled from last year!
Among the many committed Rotarians in our District, few exemplify the essence of our organization like 91-year old Past District Governor Neal W. Cox of the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club.  PDG Neil has been working to promote world peace and understanding for almost five decades.  We interviewed him last week.
Amelia Charles of Deerfield, Massachusetts is in Bradford, England this week beginning a fully-funded master's degree program in global peace studies and conflict resolution.  Her story begins with a flash of insight, but the latest chapter wouldn’t have been written without Rotarians from our District.
The West Hartford Rotary Club has been informed that its application to The Rotary Foundation for a Global Grant to provide a visual media studio for the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford, has been approved.
Rotary’s polio eradication efforts to eradicate received extensive media coverage this summer, thanks to RI outreach efforts, leadership of the National PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) chairs and engagement of Rotary’s polio ambassadors.
Rotary is about Polio eradication, right?  Right.  But you probably also know that the latest outbreak of the fatal Ebola virus, this time with a West African epicenter, is threatening to totally overwhelm struggling public healthcare systems in countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Have you wondered what Rotary is doing to address to this international health crisis?
Recently, Emily Peer-Groves, a senior at Simsbury (CT) High School, had the chance to live in Bree, a Flemish town in Belgium, for almost a month through Rotary’s Short Term Youth Exchange program.  Emily wrote to tell us about what she describes it as one of her life’s formative experiences...
As the owner and manager of the historic Hotel Northampton, Mansour Ghalibaf is one of Massachusetts’ most respected hoteliers and restaurateurs.  He’s also a member of the Northampton Rotary Club – which holds its Monday luncheons in the hotel.
Ghalibaf is the 2014 recipient of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Faces of Diversity Award.  The award honors individuals in the restaurant industry who have realized the American Dream through hard work, determination  and enterprise.
“If you look up … ‘American Dream’ in the dictionary, I’m sure you’ll find a picture of Mansour Ghalibaf,”  said Peter Christie, former President and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.
Read Ghalibaf’s amazing story here.

Our Area 4 Assistant Governor, George David Condon, IV was recently honored at a banquet to salute Business West's "40 Under Forty Class of 2014."  He was chosen by a panel of judges to receive the award and was profiled in a recent edition of Business West.
The Rotary Foundation has approved a $30,000 global matching grant application submitted by our District on behalf of Rebecca Stein-Lobovits, of Northampton, Mass.  The funds will defray her expenses as she pursues a graduate degree in public health in Paris.  Stein-Lobovits shares Rotary International’s goal of improved healthcare in the developing world.
On June 19th, it was a wrap, with the Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club hosting an end-of-the-year picnic for our District’s Youth Exchange (YEX) students, their host families and other Rotarians at the Litchfield Country Club.
This year, we hosted students from Brazil, Spain, Ecuador, France, and Venezuela.  The students got an insider’s look at our country, learned English and made new life-long friends.  They also participated in a wide range of activities, like performing at Carnegie Hall, vacationing in Hawaii and participating in high school sports that aren’t available in their home countries.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently presented a check for $3,500 to the Rotary Club of Springfield.  The contribution was from the proceeds of the Holiday Showcase/Service Above Self luncheon held at the Hall of Fame in December 2013. The money will be used for the Springfield Rotary's Service Fund Grants, awarded to deserving Springfield-based non-profit organizations for capital items. Left to right in the photo are Basketball Hall of Fame Trustee Frank Colaccino, Springfield Rotary Club Preseident Jay Lieb, and Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva.

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