BREAKING GOOD NEWS: Multi district conference fast approaching, new rli chair, new interact club

By Pat and Skip Doyle
Our phones ping and the message is “Breaking News.” We turn on the TV and we hear “Breaking News.” This morning, our message starts with “Breaking Good News” - and we hope that gets your attention.
First, some Rotary Leadership Institute news. Past District Governor Doug Detweiler is stepping down as chair of the District RLI Committee, a position he has held for the past three years. Doug has always been a staunch advocate for the program and we thank him for his contribution of time and talent. We are happy to announce that Dave Kaiser (shown, right) of the Rotary Club of Westborough will be stepping in to the position for the rest of this year and next year. You will be hearing from Dave in next week’s newsletter.
Now, some Interact news. One new club received its charter last Wednesday. The Rotary Club of Montachusett Area is the sponsor for the Interact Club of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School (see photo, left).  We also heard from Rotary International that the Interact Club of Brookline High School could re-open its charter. Finally, Interactors from all over the District 7910 are getting excited about the Youth Conference to be held as part of the Multi District Conference - Quadcon, for short - this April in  Providence. Check Quadcon web page for updates.  
One more piece of good news. We received this Facebook post from a former host parent of the Eastern States Student Exchange:
"On an August day in 2012, AJ and I had coffee with Skip and Pat and they asked us if we would host a young girl from Brazil, who by the way had never seen snow, for just a few months. Well as you all know, she stayed with us a year and she and her family became our family. Now, I have just finished making her bed, as tomorrow she will come for a visit. It will be short but we are all so excited to have her 'home' with us again. I cannot thank the Rotary club enough for asking us to be a host family. The friendships that experience bought to us all are a blessing."
Want to bring some sunshine into your life?  Get involved in one of our District 7910 youth programs. Guaranteed, it will be fun.
Seeking three trustees
We are now seeking two Rotarians to become trustees of the District Board of Trustees plus one Rotarian to become a trustee of the District Special Fund Board. The need for two trustees for the Board of Trustees is due to an unforeseen circumstance.
Those who applied before are eligible to apply again. For more information, contact us at  and 
Six important things to know:
1. The weekly submission deadline for the Newsletter will remain the same: Friday. As usual, text content must be submitted in Word format, and image content, in either JPEG or PDF format. Continue to submit your content to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at
2. Resolutions: The District Resolutions Committee met on January 10 and addressed three changes to the DistrictResolution that will be proposed and voted on at the annual District Business Meeting, to be held during the Multi-District Conference in Providence, on Saturday morning, April 29. For more information on the District Resolutions, contact Resolutions Chair Doug Detweiller (shown, right) at
3. District Nominations: The District Nominating Committee is seeking qualified applicants to serve as DistrictTrustee for 2017 to 2019 and District Charitable Fund Trustee for 2017 to 2020. Clubs and club leadership are asked and encouraged to actively recruit and promote service in Rotary through their members' service as district leaders. The deadline for submitting applications was this February 18. All completed applications should be either e-mailed to Nominating Committee Chair Michael Ellis (shown,right) at, or mailed to him at: Michael Ellis, District 7910 Nominating Committee, 88 Coburn Ave., Gardner, MA  01440Postmarked mail after February 18 will not be accepted. To download the Trustee Nomination Form, click here. To download the Nomination Form Supplement, click here.
4. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: The RYLA Club Pack has been updated and posted on When you download it, you will notice changes from last year. Please read the material carefully and direct your questions to Christine Pinney, chair of the RYLA Committee,who may be reached at The RYLA season has begun and the RYLA Committee is working to make RYLA 2017 the "best RYLA ever."
5. Club Planning Worksheet: To download the Club Planning Worksheet, click here.This worksheet is made available to clubs so they can gauge their progress in achieving the goals they set last July.  This month is a good time to review the worksheet and see how far you have come and how much farther you need to go as a club. You may surprise yourselves and realize that you are well on the way to earning district recognition. We recommend the club president appoint the president-elect to be the "champion" of the Worksheet, and to use it as a guide for the club, and to report monthly to the club's membership and board on the club's progress.
6. As your district governors, we have resolved to:
  • Revisit as many clubs as possible in the next few months.
  • Help our clubs achieve the goals they set in July
  • Do all we can to build membership in the district
  • Plan a grand event to celebrate our Million Dollar Foundation Journey
  • "Move the ball forward," in harmony, with District Governor-ElectKarin Gaffney, District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager and District Governor-Nominee-Designate Pamela Anastasi
  • Celebrate all of this at our Multi-District Conference this April in in Providence
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle (shown, right) may be reached at and, respectively.
Click here to submit content for the Tuesday, February 28 issue. 
The submission deadline for this issue is Friday, February 24.