Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 2:00 PM
In-Person Meetings Are Temporarily Suspended
Storrowtown Tavern
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
United States of America
Due to COVID-19 our meetings are temporarily being held virtually. Contact President John for more information.

Thank You!!

for making our Holiday Gift Auction a success!

Auction Donors
A Way of Life Massage Therapy | Agawam Girl Scout Troup 11630 | Angela Grout, Agawam Flower Shop | Gail Matches, Ayre Real Estate Co., Inc. 
Chris Thompson, Westfield Starfires  | Fursique Pet Spa & Grooming Salon | Gary Graziano | Granny’s Place | Jennifer Connelly, Junior Achievement
John Weiss | Kate Leary, Coopers | Agawam Girl Scout Troup 11630 | Mark Gervais | Madonna Santos, EyeCare & EyeWear Center, pc
Parrotta’s Auto Sales | Spero Phillips, Phipps Discount Liquors | Shaker Farms Country Club | Sue Dadmun, Fort Hill Brewery | The Ranch Golf Club
Tom Freddette, Floral Concepts by Tom | Tony’s Famous Barber Shop | Auntie Cathie's Kitchen | Great 2b - Polish Pottery | PVTA
Springfield Museums

And Rotarian Donors:
Kathy Ayre, Ayre Real Estate Co., Inc. | Bud Breeding | David Moore, Salvation Army | Donna Bys, Professional Medical Services Inc.
John Barber, CHH Engraving | Linda Vitro | Lynne Merceri, Cosmic Kleening | Mario Tedeschi, Allied Flooring and Paint | Maureen Cayer
Michelle Calvanese, Storrowton Tavern | Nancy & Bill Bobskill | Mary Ann Ludtke, Westfield Bank

AGAWAM ROTARY CLUB 5,000 Medical Face Masks Received

On September 29th , a cargo ship arrived in Boston with 800,000 masks on board to be distributed to communities across New England. The mask cargo was part of a project launched by Rotary District 7980 which includes southern Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. With an additional 200,000 mask donation from East Hampton, CT Rotarian Ted Rossi and the Rossi Family Foundation the project was named the “Rotary Million Mask Challenge Tour.”
Shown above, Agawam Mayor and Club Member Bill Sapelli, DG Marc Glass and President John Barber joined the Rotary Million Mask Challenge* Tour that will reach all six New England states between October 5th and 7th.
Rotary Club distributions included Agawam 5,000; Amherst 1,000 ; Chicopee 1,000; East Longmeadow, 3,000; Enfield, CT ,1,000; Franklin County, 2,500; Great Barrington, 1,000; Holyoke, 1,000; Ludlow, 1,000; Somers, CT 3,000; Southwick, 1,000; Springfield, 20,000; Suffield, CT, 500; West Springfield, 5,000; and Wilbraham-Hampden, 2,500.
A 26' truck filled with 800,000 masks will make stops in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before reaching Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island. There are two stops in our district to accommodate the COVID-19 travel restrictions. 
An additional 200,000 masks were distributed across Connecticut in the spring, making the total one million. All were donated by Ted Rossi, an East Hampton, CT, philanthropist and Rotarian, and the Rossi Family Foundation. Non-profit and government agencies that will receive masks from Rotary clubs in the district include fire and rescue, nursing homes and other health care services, food pantries, social services and schools.
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One of the singular pleasures of the Agawam Rotary Club is the opportunity to provide scholarships to deserving graduates.
The Ray and Reita McCarroll scholarship is named for Ray McCarroll, one of the charter members of the Agawam Rotary Club and his wife Reita.  They were West Springfield residents and Ray was the manager of the Food Mart grocery store in Agawam.  Reita passed away in 2009 and a generous donation was made by her family after her passing in memory of the McCarrolls. 
The scholarship is presented to students who exemplify Rotary’s principal motto, “Service Above Self”, show leadership abilities and a desire to make a contribution in their home, school, community and country.
In recognition of the McCarrolls’ commitment to both communities, the Agawam Rotary Club awards two, $2,000 scholarships; one scholarship each to a student from West Springfield and a student from Agawam.
This year’s West Springfield recipient was Lauren Bolduc.  Her school activities included student government, Key Club, 3 sport (soccer, basketball, and track) athlete, and was the President of the History Club.  Her community involvement included Student Ambassador at Baystate Hospital, Teen Board member for the Ronald McDonald House, and active in Unify Against Bullying.  She will be pursuing a nursing degree at UMass Amherst.
The Agawam recipient was Mason Wesley.  Mason’s school activities included Science Club, student government and Chief of the AHS Chiefs (School Culture Improvement).  A track athlete, he gave back to the community as a music therapist (pianist) at Baystate Medical and as a volunteer for the summer youth track and field program.  He will be attending either Villanova or George Washington University.
This year, additional COVID-19 funding was made possible by the generous donations of Michael Bertera of Bertera Auto Group of West Springfield, MA ;  Don Cusson of Cusson Automotive of South Windsor, CT; and William and Nancy Bobskill of the Agawam Rotary Club.  They all believe strongly that it is vital to support young leaders in their goals of an education to make a better tomorrow for others.  The Agawam Rotary Club awarded $2,000 to both Sophie Coyne and Charlotte Kazalski, both of whom exemplify Rotary’s principal motto, “Service Above Self,” show leadership abilities, and a desire to make a contribution to their home, school, community and country.  Sophie Coyne is attending Mount Holyoke College for Political Science and Environmental Science and Charlotte Kazalski is attending Ithaca College of music education and aspires to be a middle school band director. 
The Agawam Rotary Club congratulates these outstanding young people.
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Upcoming Speakers
Mark Rivard
Jan 27, 2021 2:00 PM
Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Bill Tobin
Feb 03, 2021 2:00 PM
Past Speakers
Rick Lawrence
Jan 13, 2021 2:00 PM
Update on the Guatemala Water, Sanitation & Hygiene projects
Gina Kos
Jan 06, 2021 2:00 PM
Sunshine Village
Jay Pagluica, JP’s Lighting & Sound
Dec 23, 2020 2:00 PM
Drive-in Concert
David Moore
Dec 16, 2020 2:00 PM
Classification Talk
CDC Updates-COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccinations
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Guiding Principles of Rotary

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the following:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

This test, which guides all Rotarians and Rotary activities, has been translated into more than 100 languages and asks the following four questions:

Of the things we think, say, or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. See the RI Strategic Plan.

Avenues of Service

Based on the Objects of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:

  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
  • New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.

Diversity and Rotary

Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community’s diversity with regard to professional and business classifications, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key ingredients to its successful future.

Club Officers and Directors
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
RYLA Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Lynne Merceri
    January 3
Join Date:
  • Bella Hastie
    January 1, 2007
    14 years
  • Bud Breeding
    January 1, 2003
    18 years
  • Dave DeLancey
    January 1, 1975
    46 years
  • Dave Ladizki
    January 1, 2008
    13 years
  • George Bitzas
    January 1, 2009
    12 years
  • John Barber
    January 1, 1999
    22 years
  • Judith Pothul
    January 1, 1998
    23 years
  • Kathryn Ayre
    January 1, 1988
    33 years
  • Robert Campbell
    January 1, 1987
    34 years
  • Robert Magovern
    January 1, 2000
    21 years
  • Rosemary Sandlin
    January 1, 1988
    33 years
  • Nancy Bobskill
    January 31, 2019
    2 years
  • William Bobskill
    January 31, 2019
    2 years
Service Above Self - 6 Areas of Focus
Rotary International has raised over $3 Billion to help those need worldwide.  The global foundation also works with local clubs to support and fund projects right here in Massachusetts.  Join us to learn more!
Polio Eradication
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