Tom Sturiale, one of our long-time and well-known members, a past president of the Rotary Club of Framingham, vice chair of the District Membership Committee, and chair of the District Visioning Committee Tom Sturiale, is in need of a kidney transplant. Before Tom he became ill a few years ago, was in line to become district governor.
We are sharing with you a letter written by his daughter, Lauren Sturiale Dymek. This letter expresses in words far more eloquent than we could ever write what it is we are asking.
"For those of you who may not know, three years ago this March Tom, my dad, fell ill. He had started to have some abdominal pain over the weekend, and by Monday he was in the ER in total renal failure, and had become septic. It's been a long road to recovery, but as anyone who knows Tom will attest to, he is a fighter.
"Tom has lived his life with a fighting spirit and integrity that all who have had the honor of knowing him are inspired by. It's that same fighting spirit that brought him back from the brink of death. Tom battled his way out of a wheelchair, determined to walk his youngest daughter down the aisle, and share a father-daughter dance at her wedding.
"Since falling il,l he has been on dialysis. It has been increasingly difficult, and is taking a toll on his health. Even Tom can't will a broken organ to work again - although if anyone could, I think we can all agree it would be him.
"For this reason, his family is reaching out to those who know and love him for help. We are asking that willing donors click here for information on confidential testing."
Please consider today being tested as a possible donor for Tom!
Pointing in the right direction
Our message this week will also serve, we hope, to point you in the right direction by providing the information you need to make these last three months of the 2016-2017 Rotary year productive for all of us.
- Register now for our Multi-District Conference, on April 29 through 30 in Providence. To register now, see the banner ad at the top of this newsletter.
- Save the date for our Million Dollar Journey Foundation Dinner: Thursday, May 25, Mechanics Hall, Worcester. To learn more, click here.
It’s time to celebrate!
The quote, "Be careful what you wish for," comes to mind - along with the ending, “Because you might get it.” We wished for one million new dollars for The Rotary Foundation in 2016-2017, and we got it thanks to the work of our Major Donor Gift Committee under the extraordinary leadership of Chair Satya Mitra.
Join us at our Million Dollar Journey Dinner gala on Thursday, May 25 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Let's celebrate Rotary doing good in the world.
Thank you, Satya, and all who made this happen!
What is the Multi-District Conference?
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 theemotional-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.