On Sunday, February 28, the Phoenix Youth Symphony honored our own Sujoy Spencer with the 2021 'Dr Walter Temme Excellence in Music Education Award'. The orchestra schedules a tribute concert annually to show appreciation for their music teachers. During this concert one exceptional teacher is singled out for special recognition from nominations submitted by the students.
In introducing the award, a member of the review board commented that ‘of all the nominations over all the years, this one particularly stood out’. Sujoy was recognized by her students for exceptional teaching skills, kindness, and generosity; for ‘igniting a passion’ for musical education. One student nominator praised Sujoy for allowing students to rent one of her violins if the student could not afford their own, and added, ‘if any student could not afford the payment, no child would be turned away’.
Sujoy grew up in Needham and and now splits her year between Phoenix and Brookfield, where her family has summered for decades. Thanks to virtual technology, she currently serves Brookfields Rotary as our co-President Elect. Over the years, she has shared her exquisite violin skills to entertain at numerous Rotary events. Professionally, Sujoy is a studio teacher specializing in violin, viola, piano, and recorder.
Congratulations President Elect Sujoy on this exceptional recognition from your students and the PYSO. We have seen your talent and know your dedication to learning and community. This honor is well deserved.
Seen in the accompanying photo are Dr. Temme, Sujoy, and some of the student musicians who assembled for this special tribute concert. .
Last week, Rotarians visited the West Brookfield Housing Authority to deliver food and personal care items for the residents living in the authority’s 36 elderly units. In addition to the resident bags, Rotary donated 500 single use face masks, a no-contact thermometer with extra batteries, and 2 face shields to help the Authority staff during the pandemic. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided at a future date.
This delivery marks the first phase in our latest initiative to assist senior citizens living in public housing in the communities we serve. In addition to West Brookfield, we soon will make deliveries to Housing Authorities in North Brookfield and Warren. Funding for this project comes from a matching grant from our Rotary District, Brookfields Rotary, and donations from our generous partners, Angels Answer, Inc., the East Hampton CT Rotary Club, Country Bank, and Hannaford. We are particularly grateful to Linda and Dana Lloyd of Angels Answer Inc. and Ted Rossi of the East Hampton club. We also want to thank the Walmart associates in Sturbridge and Palmer who assisted us in shopping for personal care supplies.
Seen in the photo are West Brookfield Housing Authority Assistant Laurie Sokol receiving the donations from Brookfields Rotarians Lynn Duffy-O’Shea, Terry McCarthy, and Linda Lloyd.