Governor's Message - March 14, 2017
NEPETS A Great Success, This Month's Membership Workshops, Next Month's Multi-District Conference
By Pat and Skip Doyle
Congratulations to everyone from District 7910 who participated in NorthEast Presidents Elect Training Seminar last weekend in Framingham. Our immediate past district governor Jim Fusco, as chairman, produced a five-star event. Karin Gaffney, as our district governor-elect and the event's program chair, fulfilled her promise to make this event inspirational.
We will stop there with individual accolades as we could easily overlook someone - there were so many District 7910 Rotarians involved. We had the highest percentage of presidents-elect attending of all eight districts, and we are sure they came away with wonderful plans to make their clubs even better in 2017-2018.
To continue on with our '16-'17 year we have a few reminders. Please sign up for one of our our district's four area Membership Workshops, on March 21 in Auburn, March 23 in Acton, March 28 in Wellesley and March 30 in West Boylston. The schedule of locations and sign-up information are on the Home page of our website and in the Major District & Club Happenings section of this newsletter.
Also, save the date of May 25 for our Foundation Gala. Invitations and sign-up information will be coming soon.
One question we have been asked frequently is, "What is the Saturday, April 29 schedule for the Multi-District Conference in Providence?" We are posting it here, in detail. Our own district's Business Meeting will follow these sessions. Don’t miss these amazing presentations. To sign up today for the Multi-District Conference, to be held April 28 through 30, click here.
To view the Conference video produced by Steve Kirk (see image, left), president of the Rotary Club of Concord, click here.
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Breakout Sessions 1
Living a Rotary Lifestyle – Rene Pothetes
- Getting more from Rotary: Balancing Rotary, your work and your personal life; and, maintaining a healthy Rotary lifestyle: Finding your Rotary passion and tips for being a Rotary spouse or partner.
Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention – Bob Anthony and Nadja Reilly
- This train-the-trainer workshop on the Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention program teaches Interact teens how to co-facilitate locally the emotional-wellness project, teaching youth group audiences how to help either one's elf or a friend through tough times. This program has been implemented by clubs in Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and India.
How to Attract the 30-Somethings to Your Club – Tarah Warner, Zack Whittenberger and Jason Camuti
- This panel discussion will focus of the Three Rs of Rotary Membership by exploring how Rotary club leaders and members can recruit, retain and recognize people.This session will give you specific ideas and techniques that your club can immediately implement to help get more publicity and help you reach all Rotarians - including a younger demographic.
National Immunization Days 101: Up Close and Personal – Past District Governor Sue Klock and Greyson Schwing
- What you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. We will be describing our experiences in two very different areas of the Rotary world: the Indian subcontinent (India and Bangladesh) and west Africa (Nigeria).
10:30-11:15 a.m.: Breakout Sessions 2
Putting Your Best Face Forward: Public image and marketing – Judith Green, Christine Looby, Laura Spear and Betty Galligan
- How can you get beyond the “no one knows Rotary” dilemma? It starts with you and your club, and not just your Public Relations Chair. Every Rotarian is a brand ambassador. Applicable to all Rotarians, learn PR tips and tricks and best practices from our panel of experts who represent our four districts.
Are we serious about youth? - Jason Phillips
- Are we prepared to walk the path that it will take youth into Rotary? Prove it. Hear three youth voices that will describe the authentic Rotary progression and journey. What can we as Rotarians do to properly Inspire, engage, empower and deliver our youth leaders into becoming Rotarian leaders of today. This will be an in-depth focused group discussion with solid action items for districts, clubs and individual Rotarians to act immediately upon.
Understanding Personalities: Gaining Effective Teamwork and Leadership – Bill Domings
- This session is an interactive exercise to identify personality styles and how style influences behavior, teamwork and leadership. Participants plot their personality styles and then compare them with research data. The session will include the discussion of the challenges of matching personalities.
Rotary Relates to Alzheimer's/Dementia: the present and the future – Past District Governors Barry Clayman and David Clifton
- Rotary Community Corps of Adult Day Health Programs: families living with the reality of dementia/Alzheimer's; taking action against dementia/Alzheimer's - the challenge is real; focus on research, a cure, patients, and caregivers.
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.
Four important things to know
1. The weekly submission deadline for the Newsletter is 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 (shown, right) at email@example.com.
2. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: The RYLA Club Pack has been updated and posted on RYLA7910.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The RYLA season has begun and the RYLA Committee is working to make RYLA 2017 the "best RYLA ever." (See RYLA article, right-hand column.)
3. 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.
4. 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