Honorary Rotarian Mitzi Kingman was presented a Paul Harris Fellowship by PDG Klaus Hachfeld in recognition of her many years of service to Sturbridge Rotary. Mitzi has hosted receptions at their home, pool parties, hosted GSE Teams, visited our Sister Club in England several times, and all the behind-the-scenes work that she does to help the Club achieve its goals. A well deserved recognition for Mitzi!
Mitzi and PDG Klaus
Bob & Mitzi Kingman and PDG Klaus Hachfeld
Bob & Mitzi
Always a fun evening is hosting the six scholarship winners and their parents. President Larry opened the meeting and welcomed everyone, then excused himself to attend a conflicting meeting at which time Beverly presided. Mudi gave a very appropriate prayer for the future of our guests. Unfortunately, only three of the students could attend as the other three were away attending their college orientations. Those not attending were: Andrew Tichy (Bowdoin College), Samuel Allen (University of Vermont) and Tanner Perry (University of New England). Those attending were: Alexander Farland (Bridgewater State), Caroline Conceison (Marymount Manhattan College) and Bailey Waterman (WPI). All of the graduates were outstanding from an outstanding class. Each graduate attending gave us their background and the course of study they will be pursuing at their college and their hopes for the future. Bill closed the meeting with a toast to our Sister Club in Stourbridge, England and to Rotary International.
L to R: Alexander Farland, Caroline Conceison, Bailey Waterman
Sturbridge Rotary recently hosted its second annual fundraising dinner dance at Cohasse Country Club. The proceeds of the event benefit the St. John Paul II Food Pantry of Southbridge which services families in Southbridge and Sturbridge. Father Peter Joyce was most appreciative of Rotary’s donation and reviewed the impact the donation will have on families served, the number of which continues to increase each year. Father Peter is shown accepting the $3,000 check from President-Elect Austin Jenkins, chairman of the event, and President Larry Mandell (on the right).
Father Peter sent a written thank you to us. (see below)
Rotary subsequently received a thank you letter from State Representative Todd M. Smola for Rotary’s work in the community. (see below)
Another fun event was held recently when several Rotarians visited the Holland Elementary School and gave each third grade student a new dictionary from the Sturbridge Rotarians. Other Rotarians visited the Brimfield and Wales schools and the Burgess Elementary School in Sturbridge. The kids are so excited and say the funniest things as we talk with them about their new dictionary. We always wait with anticipation for the unique thank you notes the kids send to us for giving them their own dictionary where they can write their name in the front cover.
Rotarian Beverly Gray attended Class Day at Tantasqua Regional High School recently where she presented six scholarships to seniors pursuing a college degree. It’s a long process reviewing and evaluating the 60 applications that were received. The Scholarship Committee, after much deliberation, chose the six recipients. Rotary has given over $186,000 in scholarships since 1973. For the past 20+ years, $6,000 has been designated each year for scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 each. This year each received $1,000. In presenting the scholarship, Bev relates the fun and factual information about each recipient. It’s a feeling of great pride in knowing we have helped a student strive for a higher education. The young people of today will be our leaders in years to come.