Our information-packed, 332-page Directory for this Rotary year is now available for automatic download, in PDF format. The Directory includes: district and Rotary International general information; district club information; Yellow Pages of Rotarian-run businesses; District Resolutions; and a complete membership directory.
Please note: Member login is required.
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Districts 7890, 7910, 7950 & 7980

April 28, 29 & 30, 2017

Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence

To register now for this "4 Districts, 3 Days, 2 Celebration Dinners, 1 Rotary International President John Germ" event, click here


'16-'17 District Directory Being Delivered to Clubs

By Pat and Skip Doyle

Our assistant district governors are busy during these days before the holidays delivering copies of the District 7910 2016-2017 Directory to club officers (see below). The Directory is full of Rotary information, club officers and meeting times and locations, a complete membership directory, and contact information for Rotary International officers and committee chairs. There are ads for member businesses, pieces of Rotary trivia, and tidbits about the upcoming Quadcon - the Multi-District Conference next April in Providence. We can all thank Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco for putting this comprehensive Directory together and shepherding it through the printing process. It was truly a labor of love. Thank you, Jim! 
Always remember, you can call us with questions at 508-393-9031.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at and, 
Click here to submit content for the December 19 & 26 issue. The submission deadline for this issue is Friday, December 16. There will be no newsletter on Monday, December 26 because of the holiday weekend. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Click here for past issues.

District Alert

It's Winter Accessibility and Safety Time
By Ron Goodenow
According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 32,000 Americans die every year from falls. In 2012 and 2013, 55 percent of all unintentional-injury deaths among adults aged 65 and over were due to falls. Other studies reveal that falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly and that 87 percent of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.
Though there are many reasons for falls, about one-third of those taken by seniors are environment-related, with data suggesting that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. suffer serious injuries due to falling on snow or ice. Almost 20,000 will die each year as the result of these injuries, and approximately 600,000 are hospitalized. Some of these are doubtless Rotarians.


  • Mattie Merchant, Montachusett Area 
Remember to ask ... ask ... ask!



Print copies of our information-packed, 332-page Directory for this Rotary year will soon be delivered to your club.
The Directory includes: district and Rotary International general information; district club information; Yellow Pages of Rotarian-run businesses; District Resolutions; and a complete membership directory.
digital copy is now available for automatic download, in PDF format.
Please note: Member login is required.
Click hereto download


We share with you the results of club-membership growth in our district during Rotary year 2016-2017, which began July 1.
This is a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities.


In both Excel and PDF formats, we share with you the Club Planning Worksheet for Rotary year 2016-2017, which began on July 1.
Please enter your club information in the indicated cells.



Rotary Means Business Holds First Event in Our District
On December 7, our district's new business-networking fellowship, Rotary Means Business, was launched. More than 30 Rotarians and guests met.
Clockwise, starting at top, are: an unidentified guest; Ron Facenda of Newton Rotary; Gerry Gross of Westborough Rotary; Tony Gallo of Milford Rotary; Peggy Thorsen of Marlborough Rotary; Nancy Gilroy of Bedford Rotary; Cheryl Rosen of Hudson Rotary; and District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager of Westborough Rotary. 
Clockwise, starting at top: Carol Toomey of Nashoba Valley Rotary; Larry Perrault, a guest; Ron Fraser of Worcester Rotary; Vinny Tingley of Natick Rotary; Paul Gauvin of Fitchburg Rotary; and Eric Lazzari of Natick Rotary. 

Video of Governor Baker's Address to District Rotarians Now Available
The Rotary Club of Billerica has provided a video of Governor Charlie Baker's address to District 7910 Rotarians on September 27 in Bedford. To watch the two-hour-47-minute video, click here.
The Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Billerica, Lowell, Newton and Shrewsbury sponsored the event, which  was a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities. To view event photos, click here.

Meet Tatsuya Hayase, Our Rotary Scholar
Thank You, Newton Rotary and Indira Desai

Meet Tatsuya Hayase (second from left), a Rotary Scholar from District 2760 (Aichi Prefecture in Japan) who is visiting our district. He is spending the year at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham studying Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution.


Left to right: Newton Rotarian Chris Chu; Rotary Scholar Tatsuya Hayase, his wife, Marie Hayase, and their son, Yuto Hayase; Host Counselor Indira Desai, immediate past president of Newton Rotary; Newton Rotary President Paul Sullivan and his wife, Monica Sullivan; District Scholarship Chair Tory DeFazio, a Wellesley Rotarian; and Newton Rotarians Tony Bibbo and Tom Keery.

Athol-Orange's Al Bowers Makes Foundation Presentation
The Rotary Club of Athol-Orange held its annual Christmas Party at the home of Member Bill Howland.  Club Foundatioin Chair Al Bowers, immediate past District Charitable Fund chair, attended and made a wonderful presentation on The Rotary Foundation. A surprise Paul Harris recognition was bestowed on club Secretary Carol Courville by Assistant Governor Karen Fusco.
Posing during the Athol-Orange Christmas Party with club Foundation Chair Al Bowers, seated, are, left to right, Assistant Governor Karen Fusco, club Secretary Carol Courville, club Member Ted Ledgard, club President-Elect Tanya Quinn, and club Member Barbara Robichaud.

Bay Path Interactors Perform at Their School's Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast
The Bay Path Educational Foundation, which supports Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, held its annual Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast on December 10 at the school. Members of the Interact Club of Bay Path (shown) participated, playing characters from Disney's 2013 hit movie "Frozen," inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen." The Bay Path club is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Auburn and the Rotary Club of Southbridge.
Shown: Bay Path Interact President Veronica Martinez (middle),Treasurer Kayleigh Blanchard (second from right) and Member Matthew Pecore (second from left) are shown posing with Auburn Rotarian and Bay Path Teacher Jen Reil (far left) and Bay Path Teacher Rick Carrero (far right), both of whom advise the Bay Path club.
Photos: Steve Jones-D'Agostino, Auburn Rotary
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Chelmsford Donates $1,000 to The Wish Project
The Rotary Club of Chelmsford made a $1,000 donation to The Wish Project at a recent meeting. The project's mission is to "help end homelessness by providing otherwise-expensive home and baby items for free so that families moving out of shelters succeed the first time."
Left to right: David Fitzgerald, executive director of The Wish Project, Chelmsford Past President Dawn Ferrari; Chelmsford Treasurer Tony Kalil; and Chelmsford President Paul Cohen.

Fitchburg Throws Holiday Party for Its Past Presidents
Left to right, bottom: David Moquin, Gerry Martel, and Bernie.
Left to right, middle: Karen Fusco, Bill Lakso, and Paul Gauvin.
Left to right, top: Gill, and Linda Largey

Maynard Marches in Christmas Parade
Left to right: Maynard President Matthew Farrow, and Maynard Secretary Ann Heinonen.

Littleton Tree-Lighting Kicks Off Holiday Season
Hundreds of people gathered on December 4 at Littleton Common to kick off the holiday season with the town's tree-lighting ceremony. The event was co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Littleton and the Littleton Electric Light Department.
Photo: Alexander Silva, Wicked Local
To learn more about Littleton Rotary, click here.

Montachusett Area Installs Mattie Merchant as Newest Member
Mattie Merchant (right), director of recreational programs for The Arc of Opportunity in Fitchburg, has been installed as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Montachusett Area. The Arc is a corporate member of the club and Mattie will be the lead member for the Arc. She was installed by Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco (left), who is a past president and present member of the Montachusett Area club. Also shown, is Montachusett Area President Jennifer Peck (middle).

Wachusett Area Rotary, Chamber Hear State Secretary Jay Ash Offer Local Economic Outlook
Jay Ash, secretary of the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, shared his outlook on economic development in Central Massachusetts on December 2 at a breakfast co-hosted in West Boylston co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Wachusett Area and the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce.
Left to right: Secretary Jay Ash, Chamber President Iain McKinlay, State Senator Anne Gobi, State Representative Kim Ferguson, and Rotary President Gary Hough.
To learn more about Wachusett Area Rotary, click here.

District Holiday Party A Great Success
Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld (right) of Sturbridge Rotary and Sergeant Kevin Williams (left) of the Brookfield State Police Barracks pose with some of the many donated Teddy bears.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle hosted the annual District Holiday Party on Sunday, December 4 at the Publick House in Sturbridge. Ninety-five attendees enjoyed the festivities. with entertainment provided by the Tantasqua Regional High School"Choraleers." Attendees brought Teddy bears. which were presented to Sergeant Kevin Williams of the Brookfield State Police Barracks. The grand finale was the "coronation" of Pam Anastasi of the Rotary Club of Billerica as district governor-nominee-designate. She will serve as district governor for Rotary year 2019-2020. Thank you to Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his wife, Glenys Hachfeld, both of whom are members of the Rotary Club of Sturbridge  for planning this event, and to MC Steve Jones-D'Agostino of the Rotary Club of Auburn,  and our ace district photographers, Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco of the Rotary Club of Montachusett Area and Cheryl Rosen of the Rotary Club of Hudson.
Tantasqua Regional High School "Choraleers," led by Derek Ternullo (second from left), performed several holiday-season songs in acapella style during the Holiday Party. They were introduced by Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld (far right) of Sturbridge Rotary

Bay Path High Wins District’s First Interact Video Contest
The newly formed Interact Club at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton has won the District Interact Committee’s first Interact Club Video Contest - and with it, the $250 prize. The winning video, for the November contest, was inspired by Bay Path High’s participation in the sixth annual Worcester County Coat Drive, conducted by the Worcester County Sheriff's Office(see “Auburn Supports Bay Path High’s Participation in Worcester County Coat Drive,” below).
The Interact Committee is also pleased to announce that all Interact clubs are again invited to submit a video for a December competition.
To learn more about Bay Path High, click here. To learn more aboutInteract, click here.
Bay Path’s Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Auburn and Southbridge. To learn more about Auburn Rotaryclick here. Tolearn more about Southbridge Rotary, click here.

Franklin Rotaract Club Installed at Dean College
The new Rotaract Club of Dean College was installed on November 17. Shown, are the 18 of the 19 charter members of the Rotaract club posing with Rotary Club of Franklin President Terry Katsaros(left, behind podium) and District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager(right, behind podium).
Shown, is Frank Cusano (right), immediate past president of Franklin Rotary, accepting the Rotary International citation for membership retention on behalf of his club from District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager (left)
To learn more about Franklin Rotary, click here.

Tewksbury Recognizes High School Seniors
Tewksbury Memorial High School seniors Alexandra Bourassa(left) and Kathleen Garcia (right) were honored by the Rotary Club of Tewksbury at a luncheon on November 17 at the Tewksbury Country Club.
To learn more about Tewksbury Rotaryclick here.
Westborough Funds, Celebrates Festival of Lights
As part of the Rotary Club of Westborough’s ongoing service commitment to the community, the club has provided funding for the Festival of Lights each year during the holidays, decorating the trees located on Main, Milk and South streets in downtown Westborough. The Festival of Lights celebrates the beginning of the holiday season, as residents gather for a holiday parade, to watch as the lights are turned on for the first time, and children young and old meet Santa to request their holiday wishes. This year’s Festival included visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, portrayed by the club’s own Jim Tepper and Maureen Ambrosino, respectively.
Left to right: President Gerry Gross, and Santa.
To learn more about Westborough Rotaryclick here.

Milford Distributes '16 Tab to 13,000 Homes - Record sales, 94 photos, 334 smiling faces
A Great Fundraising Idea for All Clubs!
To read the Milford  RotaryTabclick here.
To learn more about Milford Rotary, click here.

On to Atlanta in 2017: Early-Registration Discount Ends December 15
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 storyclick here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here.

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as '16-'17 DGs
District 7910's 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards were held on June 24 through 26 at Fitchburg State University, ending with the installation of longtime RYLA supporters Pat and Skip Doyle as District Governors for 2016-2017. The three-day RYLA event was attended by 188 sophomores. To learn more about RYLA, visit
To watch a video of the installationclick here.

District Banners Available
Our district banners are available for your 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


Saturday, March 11: Uxbridge - 'Wine and Chocolate Tasting'
Click here to download event flyer


Send flyers of your club's major events and activities, in eitherJPEG or PDF format, to Immediate Past District 
Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at


You may submit event information per the District 7910 Promotional Guidelines. If your club does not use ClubRunner, please send your event information to Immediate Past Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim And, please make sure to add Jim to your club's distribution list.



DECEMBER 12, 2016-JANUARY 30, 2017

Monday, January 9
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 15 - Friday, January 21
San Diego
Wednesday, January 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 26
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Newton/Waltham area (to be announced)
Monday, January 30



This Holiday Season: Spend Less. Give More. 

Use Rotary Global Rewards this holiday season and throughout the year for discountsand special offers on everything from airline travel to shopping to events. Look for offers that send a percentage of your purchase back to Rotary
  • Airline Discount Center: Discounts on more than 600 airlines and 4 percent back to Rotary 
  • Hotel Discount Center: Discounts at thousands of hotels and 10 percent back to Rotary
  • Amazon: Up to 8 percent back to Rotary
  • Hertz: Discounts on rental cars and 2 percent back to Rotary
Click here for more information
Click here to send an e-mailto Judy Merriman, chair of the District Rotary Global Rewards Committee
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has selected The Rotary Foundation for its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation for 2016, a recognition that honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.

Haiti Devastated by Hurricane Matthew
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country on October 4, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless.

'Rotary Leader' Newsletter: November 2016
Click on each one to go to that article:
Our Foundation: The growing popularity of online giving

Building Peace and Helping Refugees in Nigeria
The Rotary Club of Yola-AUN is located on the campus of the American University of Nigeria, smack-dab in the region where Boko Haram is most active.  

Membership Minute: Impact Begins with You
A positive member experience begins long before someone joins a Rotary club. Start by introducing prospective members to Rotary with the Impact Begins With You brochure.

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

To read Dean's December newsletter, click here.

To read Dean's highlights of the latest RI Board of Directors meetingclick here.

Meet Jeff Cadorette: Our New RI Director

Meet Sam Owori: Our '18-'19 RI President
Sam Owon is a Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala.

A Letter from '16-'17 RI President John Germ and Foundation Chair Kalyan Banerjee

Dear fellow Rotarians,

At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Past President Arch C. Klumph proposed a revolutionary idea: an endowment fund for the purpose of doing good in the world. Since then, The Rotary Foundation has grown tremendously and in many ways, serves as the foundation for Rotary as we know it today.


For information on the April 2017 Rotary International Convention, click here.

Campaign to End Polio: What you don't know

When was the last time there was polio in Europe?

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.

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's 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. 

Membership Materials on Sale: Order Now!
To order, click here

New Tools for Membership Tool Belt

Looking to enhance your club membership experience?

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 the Guide 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. To gain access, you will need to login with your Rotary Membership ID.

'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.


Club Central: Short video on how to post your club goals
This 20-minute webinar recording is designed for club leaders to assist in posting goals on Rotary Club CentralBob Wallace and Ian Lancaster,  facilitators from Rotary Zone 24 East, provide practical start-up information.

Did You Know?: District 7640 has more Interactors than Rotarians






Interact Actions: Interact teens needed to help next June in Atlanta

By Bob Anthony

All Interact teens are invited to help staff the House of Friendship booths next April 29 during the Multi-District Conference in Providence and next June 10 to 14 during Rotary International Conference in Atlanta. We strongly encourage clubs that win a District Interact Video Contest to attend both events, to communicate their achievements!

How to launch an Interact club
In Seminar 2 of the District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar, held on September 17 in Needham, Bob Anthony, chair of the District Interact Committee, discusses “How to launch an Interact club,”including the certification letter, roles and responsibilities of the president, the Rotary advisor and, in the case of school-based clubs, the faculty advisor.

Rotary Means Business: Holds first event in our district
By Ron Bott
On December 7, our district’s business-networking fellowship, Rotary Means Business, was launched.  More than 30 Rotarians and guests attended.
READ MORE (including event photos)

'17 RI Convention in Atlanta: Discount ends December 15
Beyond Borders Dinner on June 11: To register now, click here.
Here's a letter from Steve Glines, chair of the District International Convention Promotion Committee.
To register and find hotel options, click here
For more information on the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here

Million Dollar Dinner: RI Past President Kalyan Banerjee to be keynote speaker
By Satya Mitra
I am pleased to inform you that Kalyan Banerjee, a past Rotary International president and chair and trustee of The Rotary Foundation, has confirmed his attendance next May 25 for our district’s Million Dollar Dinner. He needs to attend another event in Zurich, Switzerland on May 27 May, so he will leave early on May 26.
The venue, Mechanics Hall in Worcester, has been reserved for this gala event. Let’s do a grand celebration of the centennial year of The Rotary Foundation.

Polio Plus Update: Portion of Papa’s Boots Proceeds to Benefit Polio Plus
By Carl Good III

Last Friday, Amanda Graves gave a moving presentation to the Rotary Club of Wachusett Area on her children's book Papa's Boots. The short, beautifully illustrated book chronicles a grandfather explaining his childhood polio to his grandson. Amanda is an excellent speaker and provides a portion of the proceeds to Polio Plus. For more information, contact Amanda at To buy the book at, click here.

Foundation Note: Foundation-Giving Scorecard for ‘16-‘17

By Sanjay Deshpande

The Rotary Foundation is supported by contributions from Rotarians all around the world. Our district has set a goal of $325,000 in total Foundation giving in Rotary year 2016-2017, which ends next June 30. That’s about 10 percent above the $293,705 contributed during ’15-‘16. The ’16-’17 per-capita average goal is about $225.
Membership Corner: Corporate memberships in Rotary

By Tom Sturiale

In our renewed zeal to broaden our membership, we are approaching large corporations and businesses to join our organization. In days past, corporations used to encourage their employees to join charitable and community organizations but times have changed and it is more difficult to continue those practices. In the past few years, we have been evolving a methodology to encourage businesses to join our effort. 
To learn how the Rotary Club of  Melbourne in Victoria, Australia does corporate membership, click here

To learn about District 7910 Membership Workshops in October, click here.

Membership Materials On Sale: Order now!

To order, click here







PR Tips: Pictures - Show something awesome!

By Laura Spear

Don’t use a cookie-cutter picture of people shaking hands, standing in a
row, or presenting a large check.

Click here for an excellent example of a club-event promotional video by Concord President Steve Kirk.

RAAGNE Newsletter: Update on visioning process
By Klaus Hachfeld
Hello, members and friends of the Rotary Alumni Association of Greater New  England! Here is to the latest edition of the RAAGNE newsletter! Over the past year, we went through a visioning process to work out the future direction of RAAGNE.

Speaker's Bureau: Looking for good speaker for your club?
By Steve Levitsky
It's not always easy to come up with ideas week after week. We have many suggestions for you. Here are just a few:
  • Rwandan genocide: Carine Boggis
  • Elevator-pitch tips: Andy Winig
  • Positive-results hypnosis: Bob Martel
  • Differentiation and game-changing simplicity: Stephen Melanson

Treasurer's Report: Message about your dues


By Jack Hoell

Rotary International dues bills will be invoiced in January based on membership numbers that are shown on your membership roster as of this December 31, so ensure that your membership numbers are accurate and up-to-date. District dues will be based on the same membership numbers that are used by Rotary International The RI and District dues bills will be sent to club presidents and secretaries in mid January. 


District Charity Fund: How does DCF operate?

By Karin Gaffney

The District Charity Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit that can be used by the Rotary clubs in District 7910. 


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?




To submit content for consideration for the Monday, December 19 & 26 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, December 16. 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.

There will be no newsletter on Monday, December 26 because of the holiday weekend. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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