New officers were installed recently by the Sturbridge Rotary Club for the Rotary year 2021 to 2022. The Rotary year starts July 1 and ends June 30th. Past District Governor Carl Kaliszewski installed the Club’s three presidents who will each lead four months of the year. Installed as Presidents are Dr. David Zonia, Austin Jenkins and PDG Klaus Hachfeld. Other officers include Linda Zonia as Secretary, Lorraine Herbert as Treasurer.
Assistant Governor Bob Wicks also installed new member to the Club, Jeff Bridges. Jeff serves as the Sturbridge Town Administrator. Rotary member Linda Zonia was also formally installed at this time.
Entering its 50th year, Sturbridge Rotary has a long history of local, national and international involvement. Several of Rotary’s outreach efforts throughout the past year include $6,000 in scholarships awarded to local students, 5,000 PPE masks donated to Sturbridge Senior Citizens, Sturbridge First Responders, and local schools. Also donated 88 gallons of hand sanitizer to our schools. Food, funds, and crockpots were donated to 38 needy families at Burgess Elementary School. The head gardener and the garden creator of the Community Food Collaborative, the local all-volunteer led community garden, were each presented with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow recognition. The Club also made 25 shields for protection of Burgess Elementary School students for when they need to be in close consultation with teachers and staff at the school. Meeting via Zoom during the past year kept the Club members engaged but working on projects of close proximity was challenging. However, by following proper distancing guidelines and wearing masks, the tasks were accomplished.
On the international front, Sturbridge Rotary led by PDG Klaus Hachfeld, completed an extensive two-year Global Grant project working with the Prishtina-Dardania Rotary Club in Kosovo. This $42,000 project included raising funds for and securing the purchase, shipment and delivery with setup of a DXA dual X-ray whole body Scanner for the University Clinical Center, the top teaching hospital in Kosovo in Prishtina. The scanner is used to map bone density variations in patients suffering from a variety of bone-related problems.