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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.

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.
Rotary International
In a time of social upheaval, where should America go?

Chicago Rotarian Xavier Ramey says the key to creating an equitable society is understanding where we’ve been.

Help on wheels

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Rotarians pledge to restore the monarch butterfly’s disappearing habitat

Seventy-five percent of the world’s plant species are dependent on pollinators, such as the monarch, to survive

History: A Home for Headquarters

The idea that Rotary should own its headquarters dates back at least to the 1920 convention, when RI President Albert Adams said that he hoped to someday see the headquarters in a beautiful building of Rotary’s own.

Hunger hits home: The pandemic reminds us that food insecurity isn’t just ‘over there’

Hunger and malnutrition unleashed by COVID-19 could carry the impact of the pandemic far into the future.

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.
Overcast and 45 F at Westfield, Barnes Municipal Airport, MA
Winds are South at 10.4 MPH (9 KT). The pressure is 1017.8 mb and the humidity is 49%. The wind chill is 40. Last Updated on Dec 4 2020, 8:53 am EST.
Upcoming Speakers
Rick Lawrence
Dec 09, 2020 2:00 PM
Update on the Guatemala Water, Sanitation & Hygiene projects
David Moore
Dec 16, 2020 2:00 PM
Classification Talk
Maureen Cayer
Dec 16, 2020 2:00 PM
Classification Talk
Gina Kos
Jan 06, 2021 2:00 PM
Sunshine Village
Past Speakers
Marc Glass
Dec 02, 2020 2:00 PM
District Governor's Visit
Prasad Menon
Nov 18, 2020 2:00 PM
Status of PolioPlus
CDC Updates-COVID-19
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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
The virtual Holiday Used Toy Exchange - Shopping is now Closed.
Free general public shopping was open from Wednesday, November 4, 2020 through Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Participants are now entered into a lottery after selecting their favorite toys virtually.  Toys will be distributed by appointment only on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Agawam Public Library parking lot located at 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA 01001. Participants will remain in their cars for this drive-thru event.  The event is rain or shine!
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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
A key RI directive is to eradicate polio. But we are not alone.  RI is proud to be one of the 6 partners of GPEI.  Learn more here.
Town News
2020 Livable Community Survey
The Town of Agawam's Age and Dementia Friendly Working Group, along with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, is gathering information from older adults and caretakers for older adults to participate in the 2020 Livable Community Survey.