Governor's Message

Three More Club Visits Under Our Belts
By Pat and Skip Doyle

Another week down, and three more club visits under our belts. We are enjoying our visits, enjoying making new Rotary friends and learning about the reality of Rotary in District 7910.  It has been great to have our assistant governors accompany us on our visits and present the '16-'17 theme banners to the club presidents. We are looking forward to this week’s visits.
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Welcome, New Rotarians!

Please join us in welcoming these new members at Rotary clubs in District 7910 (alphabetical order, by last name):
  • Cynthia Atadja, Leominster
  • Marcia Hirshberg, Westwood
  • David Stewart, Leominster

District & Club Rounds

Our Presidents Speak: Gary Hough, Wachusett Area
1. Please tell us what factors helped to you decide to join Rotary:
Community involvement has always been a factor in my life, from Jaycees in Columbus, Ohio a brief stint with the Lions Club in Cleveland, Ohio to youth sports coaching and boards. One Rotarian, Steve Groccia, invited me on numerous occasions and Rotary seemed like a fine organization to continue my community service. I didn't realize what a truly great organization Rotary was until after I joined. READ MORE

DG Visits Last Week

TOP PHOTO: District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle (middle and right) visited Athol-Orange Rotary on August 1. They are shown posing with Club President Dawn Marino (left).


MIDDLE PHOTO: DGs Pat and Skip Doyle (second from right, far right) visited Billerica Rotary last Tuesday, August 2. They are shown posing with club President Christine Morgan (second from left) and Assistant Governor Steve Glines (far left).


BOTTOM PHOTO: DGs Pat and Skip Doyle (far left, far right) visited Waltham Rotary last Wednesday, August 3. They are shown posing with club President Kelly Hill (second from right) and AG Karen Wetmore (second from left).










Pat and Skip Doyle Installed As 2016-2017 District Governors'
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Polio Team Hits The Road
Last week, Carl Good III, who chairs the District Polio Committee, visited the Clinton and Groton-Pepperell and Maynard Rotary clubs to encourage them to contribute to Polio Plus (see Committee Reports, right  column.) For the Donation Form, click here.
TOP PHOTO: Carl Good (right), during his Groton-Pepperell visit.
MIDDLE PHOTO: Carl Good (left), posing with Clinton President Dan Nataro.
BOTTOM PHOTO: Carl Good (left, front, posing with members of Maynard Rotary.

Wachusett Area Presents High School Scholarships
Emma O'Malley from Wachusett Regional High School and will be attending University of New Hampshire this fall. Shown, left to right, are Wachusett Area President Gary Hough, Emma O'Malley, and Wachusett Area Immediate Past President Sandra Mahoney.
John Amaral from West Boylston High School will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute this fall. Shown, left to right, are Gary Hough, John Amaral, and Sandra Mahoney .

Tom O'Rourke of Neponset Valley Receives President's Award
At a recent meeting of Neponset Valley Rotary, Tom O'Rourke (right) was honored by Immediate Past President Jack Hoell (left) with a certificate thanking Tom for his leadership of the club's Membership Committee. New members help keep the club strong and vibrant. To visit and "like" Neponset Valley's Facebook page, click here.

Chuck Buyer Of Needham Rotary Is A Paul Harris +3
To learn more, click here.
Chuck Buyer (left) is shown posing with Assistant Governor Satya Mitra.

Northborough Rotary Donates Crock Pots
To learn more, click here.
Shown, left to right, are Northborough Rotarians Chuck Frankian, Phil Lockwood and District Governor Pat Doyle.

District Leadership Meeting Was  A Huge Success
How HUGE? So HUGE that another is planned for October 17!
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle held their Leadership Meeting on July 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster. This is an annual event for which DGs bring their District leaders and committee chairs together to review the goals for the new Rotary year.
This, year the event was presented in a facilitated format. The results will be consolidated and sent to all attendees so that the District Goals for each committee can be set.
Shown, left to right: Scribe Karen Fusco, District Governor Pat Doyle, and Scribe Christine Pinney.

Jack Hoell Our New District Treasurer
We are proud to announce that Jack Hoell is the new District Treasurer. Jack is the Immediate Past President of Neponset Valley Rotary, and was selected by the District Nominating Committee to serve in this three-year term.
Welcome, Jack! 
To e-mail Jack, click here.

Al Bowers Is New Chair Of District Charity Fund
The District Charity Fund held a meeting on July 14 and one order of business was to select a new chair: Al Bowersof Athol-Orange Rotary. 
To read the Bylaws of the District Charity Fund, click here
To contact, Al, click here

District Banners Available
Our district banners are available for your to use when you have an upcoming event or fundraiser. 
If you want to reserve one of the banners, please contact PR Chair Laura Spear at

On to Atlanta in 2017
Planning to attend? Contact District Chair Steve Glines.
More than 43,000 attendees left the Rotary International Convention in South Korea inspired to end polio for good, to celebrate The Rotary Foundation's centennial, and to champion changes that will help Rotary appeal to a broader audience.
On the last day, RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran shared a personal story of his mother’s triumph over polio. 
To read the story, click here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here

Save The Dates: Rotary Golf Tournaments In Our District
Tuesday, August 16: District 7910 Golf League - Framingham Country Club, Framingham. Click here for event flyer, in  PDF format

Wednesday, August 17: Acton-Boxborough Rotary - 24th Annual Club Presidents Golf Tournament, Woods of Westminster. To sign up, download flyer, and/or access sponsorship opportunities, click here. READ MORE

Monday, August 22: Concord Rotary - 28th Annual Golf Tournament, Concord Country Club, Concord (see story, below).  For more information, click here
Monday, August 29: Sturbridge Rotary - Golf Tournament, Cohasse Country Club, Southbridge. For more information, click here
Friday September 16: District 7910 Golf League - Monoosnock Country Club, Leominster. Click here for event flyer, in  PDF format.
Friday September 16: Natick Rotary: 22nd Annual Golf Tournament - Juniper Hills. Click here for information.
Monday, September 19: Wachusett Area Rotary - 24th Annual Golf Tournament, Oak Hill Country Club, Fitchburg. Click here for Save The Date flyer, in PDF format Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities flyer, in PDF format.
Tournament Details:
Concord Rotary 28th Annul Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Concord will host the 28th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, August 22 at the Concord Country Club to benefit the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle and Rotary charitable projects.
The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., preceded by registration and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cocktails and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.
To sign up as a sponsor and/or golfer at Make checks payable to "Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment Inc." and mail in care of Maurer, P.O. Box 354, Concord, MA 01742.

Framingham Rotary Promotes Concerts On The Green
On Friday nights this summer, Concerts on the Green, organized by the Framingham Parks & Services Department, are taking place on the green on Edgell Road near Route 9. This year, the Rotary Club of Framingham is one of the financial sponsors of the family-friendly concert series, and has its usual information booth at each concert as well. Concerts are free and open to the public.

'Wings & Wheels' Every Thursday Evening Through August In Stow

If it’s summer in Stow, it must be Wings & Wheels season! In cooperation withEAA #196, Friends of Minute Man Air Field, andNancy’s at the Airfield Café, the Rotary clubs of Acton-Boxborough, Maynard and Nashoba Valley are holding their fourth annual Wings & Wheels program every Thursday evening through August 25.

Major District & Club Happenings: Summer & Fall

Through August 25: Nashoba Valley Rotary - 'Wings & Wheels'
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format

Through September: District 7910 - 'Golf Fellowship'
Next Outing: Wednesday, Tuesday August 16, Framingham CC
Click here for events flyer, in PDF format

Saturday August 13: Hudson & Nashoba Valley - 'Spirit of Hudson'

Click here for event flyer


Saturday, August 13: Southbridge Rotary - 'Southbridge Centennial
To read club newsletter, click here

Sunday August 14: Natick Rotary - 'Softball Fundraiser for Embrace A Family'
Softball Team Design Stock Photography - 57380582
Natick Rotary will be hosting a One-Pitch Tournament to benefit Embrace A Familyon Sunday, August 14. (Rain date is Sunday, August 21.) The double-elimination tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at Lavezzo Field at Memorial School on Route 16 in South Natick.
For information, click here

Sunday August 14: Westborough Rotary - 7th Annual Triathlon
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
Click here for event article, in Word format
Click here for Raffle Ticket Flyer

Monday, September 19: Shrewsbury Rotary - 'Amanda Graves: On being a polio survivor'
Don't miss the presentation. Amanda (shown) is the newest member of the District 79010 Polio Team, chaired by Carl Good III. READ MORE
Press Release <click here>

Sunday, September 18 - Northborough - 'Applefest Street Fair'

Monday, September 19: Wachusett Area Rotary  - '24th Annual Golf Tournament'
Click here for save-the-date flyer, in PDF format
Click here for sponsorship opportunities, in PDF format

Submit Major Club Happenings
Send flyers of your club's major events and activities, in either JPEG or PDF format, to Jim Fusco at

Upcoming Events

You may submit event information per the District 7910 Promotional GuidelinesIf your club does not use ClubRunner, please send your event information to Rotary District 7910 Newsletter. And make sure to add to your club's distribution list.

District Events

August 8-22

Tonight - Monday, August 8

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough

Tuesday, August 9 

12:15–1:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 10 
7:15–8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 10 
5:30–7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 11 
12:15 –1:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 11 
6:00–7:15 p.m.

Monday, August 15
12:15–1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16
12:30–5:30 p.m.
Framingham Country Club, Framingham

Tuesday, August 16 
Hilton Garden, Marlborough
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Monday, August 22
1:00-8:30 p.m.
Concord Country Club, Concord

Monday, August 29
Holiday Inn Boxborough
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30 
Holiday Inn Boxborough
6:30–8:30 p.m.

View these plus more upcoming District Events, including all Governor's Visit

RI Spotlight

Dean Rohrs: '16-'17 RI Director for Zones 24 & 32

District 7910 is one of 20 Districts in Zone 32 and Dean Rohrs is the RI Director for Zones 24 & 32. We want you to be aware that she publishes a newsletter each month titled "Beyond Borders" To read her latest newsletter, click here

Still Time To Register For Zone Institute

Starting Wednesday, September 28
For information, click here

Meet The '16-'17 RI President: John Germ

John wants us to remind you that August is Membership Month.
For his Membership Message, click here
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee that Germ helped found in 1972.

Young Women In Peru Learn To See A Future In Themselves

In Peru, women suffer higher rates of poverty and unemployment than men. About 50 percent of Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley region, which lies outside Cusco, will suffer severe physical or sexual partner abuse during their lifetimes. In 2012, members of the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations pilot satellite club came up with a plan to address all of those problems by concentrating on empowering local women – specifically in their ability to make and act upon their decisions.  READ MORE

Rotaract Projects Create Sustainable Change On A Global Scale

Nearly 140 Rotaractors and guests from across East Africa teamed up to help survivors of genocide plant and harvest their own kitchen gardens. The healthy fruits and vegetables help the residents maintain a balanced diet and provides them a sustainable, reliable food source. READ MORE

Campaign To End Polio: What you don't know

When was the last time there was polio in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio. Given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on Earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere. READ MORE
Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group: June Newsletter
For the  latest WASRAG Newsletter, click here.

What Millennials Love About Rotary

Millennials, an ethnically diverse, fiercely independent generation of digital natives, are doing more than just snapping selfies—they’re looking for a way to make a difference in their communities. For Rotary, the Millennial era could mean an influx of young, energetic members. READ MORE

Get Ready For Your District Rotary Foundation Seminar

The Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th year of Doing Good in the World. Take the opportunity to strengthen your district and clubs during your district Rotary Foundation seminar by using resources from

Go to the Promotional resources tab to download the following Centennial Promotional Kit materials:

  • Ideas and activities for clubs
  • Doing Good in the World promotional flier
  • Doing Good in the World bookmark
  • Sample press release
  • Centennial letterhead
  • Centennial PowerPoint template
  • History of the Rotary Foundation PowerPoint
  • Centennial postcard

Let others know about these materials they can use to promote the Foundation in their clubs and communities. 

New Tools For Membership Tool Belt

Looking to enhance your club membership experience? Do you want to find opportunities for growth in your club? Club and district leaders now have a set of updated Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools) to help them strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave.
For your convenience, you can download the entire publication, or just the individual assessments that are most relevant to your club.
The individual assessments, which walk users through evaluation and development of an action plan, include: READ MORE

A How-To Membership Leads Video

Click here for a new video that helps district and club leaders make the most of the recently enhanced Membership Leads resource. It shows how to track a prospective member from the initial membership-leads submission all the way to connection with a local club. It also outlines the role of club and district leaders in the redesigned process, highlighting how their participation will help strengthen membership, and features the new Rotary resources available to support them. Join the conversation in the Membership Best Practices discussion group to tell us how you’re using the new Membership Leads resource to grow and diversify membership.

RI Membership Resource Guide

To download in PDF format, click here

RI Makes Changes In 'Brand Center' Online Tool

We hope that you've found Rotary International’s Brand Center a useful tool to create customized logos and brochures - and to tell Rotary's story in a consistent and engaging way.


Rotary Global Rewards: Sign Up Today!

Click here for more information
Click here to e-mail District Chair Judy Merrimam
Have you tried Rotary Global Rewards — Rotary International’s new member-benefit program that offers discounts on travel, hotels, dining, entertainment and more? Rotary Global Rewards will make your Rotary membership even more rewarding.

'16-'17 Rotary Theme: 'Rotary Serving Humanity'

To download the image in JPEG format, click here.

Check Out 'Rotary Voices' Blog

Check out Rotary Voices, the official blog of Rotary International. This blog features stories by and about Rotary members, Rotary program alumni, and the people we partner and work with.

Committee Reports

Foundation Note: '15-'16 District contributions to Rotary Foundation
By Sanjay Deshpande
Our 51 Rotary clubs were quite generous in their contributions to The Rotary Foundation funds during Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco’s 2015-2016 term, having contributed a total of $293,705. That averages $196 per member for the 1,498 members in the district at the start of the last Rotary year, on July 1, 2015. Compared to the prior year, total contributions were up 7 percent and per capita contribution was up 12.5 percent. READ MORE

Treasurer's Report: Message about your dues
by Jack Hoell
The Rotary International dues bills were e-mailed to the 51 clubs in our District on July 22 and the District dues bills were e-mailed to clubs on July 26. Both the RI dues invoices and the District dues invoices were based on the membership numbers that you had on file with RI as of this July 1. Remember that these bills are due on receipt and the amounts may not be adjusted.
Many clubs have asked for a breakdown of the dues. For 2016-2017 Rotary year, the per-member dues amount is $126.08 and the projected per-member dues amount for '17-'18 is estimated at $130.58. For a detailed breakdown, click here
District Treasurer Jack Hoell may be reached at

Membership Corner: Where will we find new members?
By Tom Sturiale

Your club has finally decided to address the membership gap between where you are and where you want to be. There is a consensus of the members to bring in and integrate a number of folks over the next three years, to double the club size. Everyone agrees this is a serious objective and well needed to spread the workload, increase the resources available to do more good in the community, develop future leadership, bring in new ideas and technology, create more fellowship and networking opportunities, develop more exciting agendas, and enhance and protect the long-term viability of Rotary and your club.  READ MORE

PolioPlus Update: District Polio Committee
By Carl Good III
I want to let you know that the District Polio Committee been very active. Our committee now includes Chris Spear, Pam Anastasi, Phil Sandler and Amanda Graves.
Last week, I visited the Clinton, Groton-Pepperell and Maynard Rotary clubs, encouraging them to contribute to Polio Plus. At Clinton and Groton-Pepperell, I distributed the Donation page (click here) on The Rotary Foundation's website to make easier donations from individuals. The correct boxes to check for a Polio Plus donation were highlighted in yellow. Two members from Clinton responded immediately with donations.  
It would be great if all clubs presidents would visit the Donation page and share its link with their members.  It makes the donation process much easier.  Remember the three-to-one bonus: Paul Harris credit; and club credit. Of course, this can be done online.

Communications Link: Seeking club photo, video albums
By Steve Jones-D'Agostino
Does your District committee or Club have Rotary-related photo and/or video albums that you'd like to share with other Rotarians? If so, post the album's link on the District's Facebook page. We'd then review your album for posting on either the District's Google Photos page or the District's YouTubepage, with links on the District's Homepage. READ MORE

PR Tips: More about your pictures ...
By Laura Spear
Make sure your photos reflect connections and community and are not staged. From the Rotary Voice and
Visual Identity Guidelines, “When choosing or shooting new photography, aim for the following:
  • Editorial or reportage style (fly-on-the-wall)
  • Candid poses or natural portraits
  • Real, natural, sincere, endearing expressions
  • Demonstrations of active leadership and impact
  • Special moments of camaraderie, friendship, warmth, and celebration
  • Movement and momentum
  • Rich, full color, or black-and-white
  • Short depth-of-field with selective focus (people shot through crowds)
  • Wide angles
  • Natural backgrounds and real context (not solid portraiture backdrops or studio photography)”
Learn more in the Rotary Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines at
To learn more about PR for your club, click on the "Public Relations" section of the navigation bar of District 7910 website.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at

Bandey-Hefler Prepares For Trip To England: The Plane Leaves in Just 42 Days!
By Victor Tom
Our travelers are anxiously awaiting their two-week trip to England that begins on September 19. Recently, a Travelers Meeting was held at the home of Bedford Rotarian Patsy Lloyd.
The Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange chairpersons on both sides of the Atlantic are hard at work planning the District 7910 group’s return trip to England on September 19. Geoff Philpot and Hugh Barnard, in England, are making presentations and have recruited enough hosts to care for our group for 2 weeks.
The travel dates for the trip to England are:
  • Monday, September 19: Flight to Heathrow in London
  • Tuesday, October 4: Flight back to Logan in Boston
Click here to view photo highlights of the 2015 Rotary Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange between District 7910 and Districts 1110 and 1145 in England.
Victor Tom, co-chair of District 7910's Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange, may be reached at

Submit Content

To submit content for consideration for the Monday, August 15 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Immediate Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at
The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, August 12. All text must be in Word format. All images must be in either JPEG or PDF format. Please identify the people, left to right, who are shown in your photos, including their first and last name as well as their club or other title.

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