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2016 District Conference
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Produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simon
Save The Dates!
May 20, 21 and 22, 2016
Hotel 1620 AT PLYMOUTH HARBOR, Plymouth
Club Visits


 District Governor 

Jim Fusco


If you have any special events you would like me to attend or any inductions or presentations you would like me to make, just let me know.

For complete list of District/Club Events, click here

If your event does not show on that list, let me know.

DG Jim


District Events


Monday, December 7-Tuesday, January 5

  • To submit content for consideration for the Monday, December 14 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com.
    The submission deadline is Friday, December 11. Text must be in Word format. Images must be in either JPEG or PDF format.

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Governor's Message
Last Week Was Packed With Activities
By Jim Fusco
The holiday season is here. Many clubs are having their holiday celebrations and I thank all who have invited me to attend. Unfortunately, since I have not figured out yet how to be in two or three (sometimes four) places at the same time, I have needed to give my regrets way too often. Have a great time and enjoy the fellowship! Read more
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Welcome, New Rotarians!
Please welcome the newest Rotarians in our district (alphabetical, by last name):

District & Club Rounds
District 7910 Clubs Recognized For Foundation Giving
By Jim Fusco
Support of The Rotary Foundation is critical so that we can continue to do great things – both locally and internationally. Here are the awards that have been bestowed by the Foundation upon 11 clubs in District 7910. During the past 30 days, I personally delivered the banners and certificates for recognition to those clubs.
Top Per-Capita Giving: This category recognizes the three clubs that achieved the highest per-capita giving.
  • Wachusett  Area: $406.41 per member
  • Montachusett  Area: $402.71 per member - shown, left, are: District Governor Jim Fusco (left); and Immediate Past President John Sbrogna (right)
  • Fitchburg: $321.09 per member - shown, right, are: Immediate Past President Mary Heafy (left); club Foundation Chair Mary Whitney (center); and Jim Fusco (right)
Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) - Only 3,112 clubs in the world have achieved this recognition: The EREY recognition is for the clubs that have achieved a per-capita giving of at least $100 per member and every active member has made a personal contribution to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund-SHARE. Ten clubs have earned that distinction for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year: Charles River, Groton-Pepperell, Leominster, Littleton, Montachusett Area, Natick, Neponset Valley, Northborough, Wachusett Area and Worcester. 
Shown, below, are:
Left side, top: District Governor Jim Fusco (far left); Charles River President Jon Fetherston (second from left); and Charles River Rotarians Hank Szretter (second from left), George Johnston (second from right), Neil Osgood (far right)
Right side, top: Groton-Pepperell members Duncan France (far left) and Derek TenBroeck 
(second from left); Jim Fusco (third from left); Groton-Pepperell members Rolllie Nutter 
(third from right) and Jacquelyn Phelps (second from right); and Groton-Pepperell President 
Kyle Swaim (far right)
Left side, second down: Leominster Foundation Chair Victor Bhakta (left); Leominster Immediate Past President Mary Dean (center); and Jim Fusco (right)
Right side, second down: Littleton Immediate Past President Mina Femino (left)Jim Fusco 
(center); and Littleton Foundation Chair Carl Bryant (right)
Left side, third down: Jim Fusco (left); and Montachusett Area Immediate Past President John Sbrogna (right)
Right side, third down: Natick Foundation  Chair Mark Blumenthal (left) and Jim Fusco (right)
Left side, fourth down: Jim Fusco (far left); Neponset  Valley Foundation Chair Tom Polito (second from left)Northborough President Pat Doyle (second from right); and  Worcester Immediate Past President David Frazier (far right)
Right side, fourth down: Wachusett Area Foundation Chair Sanjay Deshpande (left); Wachusett Area Immediate Past President Matt Smith (center); and Jim Fusco (right)
100-Percent Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club - Only 1,428 clubs in the world have achieved this recognition: The 100-Percent recognition is for the clubs that have achieved a per-capita giving of at least $100 per member and every active member has made a personal contribution of at least $100 to TRF Annual Fund-SHARE. Three clubs have earned that distinction:
  • Groton-Pepperell​
  • Littleton
  • Natick
District Governor Jim Fusco may be reached at jim.fusco1@verizon.net.

Waltham Celebrates 90 Years!
By Dan Messina
The Rotary Club of Waltham celebrated its 90th Year of Service on December 4. Our club welcomed several past members and their spouses and sold purple ribbons at the event to raise funds to fight Polio. Also present at the event were: Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy; Waltham State Representative Thomas Stanley; Waltham City Councilor George Darcy; District 7910 Jim Fuscoand Ralph Hammond, chair of D7910's Foundation Grant Coordinator Team. Our club also awarded a Paul Harris Fellow to its Global Grant receipient from Tibet, Nangchukja ("NJ"), who will be graduating in May from Brandeis University.
Shown in the photos are:
  • Top, left: Waltham Rotarian Roz Rubin (left) and Nangchukja (right)
  • Top, right: Poster of current Waltham membership and when each member joined our club
  • Bottom, left: Waltham President Dan Messina (far left), Roz Rubin (second from left), Nangchukja (center); Jim Fusco (second from left); and Ralph Hammond (far right).
  • Bottom, right: Jim Fusco (left) and Dan Messina (right)
Dan Messina, president of the Rotary Club of Waltham, may be reached at dmessina@hc-re.com.

The Rotary Foundation One Of Top 5 Charities In World
By Roy Balfour
The Rotary Foundation has been ranked one of the Top 5 Charities Changing the World in 2015, according to CNBC, with a Worldwide Charity Score of 96.31 out of 100. “This not-for-profit organization works to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary's 35,187 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities,” CNBC reports. To read CNBC's "The Top 10 Charities Changing the World," click here.
“One of its biggest initiatives aims at eradicating polio through its PolioPlus program, launched in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners, including the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have immunized more than 2.5 billion children, reducing the incidence of polio by 99 percent and eradicating it from all but three countries,” CBNC continues.
To learn more about the basics of The Rotary Foundation, click here. Consider sharing this information with fellow Rotarians, your friends and your community. 
Last year in Central Massachusetts, District 7910 clubs’ $210,000 in donations provided a $1-million impact for projects undertaken by our fellow clubs in the district. That is a great financial return on donation investment into helping humanity.
Roy Balfour, chair of District 7910’s Foundation Committee, may be reached at romart@aol.com.

District Seeks Funds For Guyana Playground Project
Does your club have an international project? Would you like one?
Each year, a group of Rotarians on behalf of District 7910 travels to a third-world country to do a hands-on project wth local Rotarians there. Next February, the group is traveling to Guyana to help construct a playground at a school for special-needs students.
Your club can either make a contribution toward the project or sponsor (first come, first served) a particular playground item. If your requested item has already been sponsored, your contribution would be applied to another item.
Club checks, payable to "District 7910 - Guayana Project," should be sent to: Past District Governor Dick Manelis, 929 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701. Payments need to be received prior to December 31.
For any contribution of $500 or more, Dick will visit your club and do a presentation about the project. For more information, contact Dick at manelis711@yahoo.com.

Major Club Happenings: December
Bedford: Breakfast With Santa - December 13, Bedford High School

Fitchburg: Breakfast With Santa - December 13, Hollis Hills Farms

Chelmsford: Holiday Concert - December 21, Radisson Hotel

Submit Major Club Happenings
Send flyers of your club's major events, in either JPEG or PDF format, to Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com.
Committee Spotlight
Membership Corner: Does Rotary Fellowship Matter?
By Tom Sturiale
A couple of weeks ago, my wife asked me why our club never had a holiday party and I did not have a good answer. So we organized one, which our club enjoyed last Thursday evening. Almost 40 members and their spouses attended and it was a good time had by all.  Maybe next year, we will plan a little further ahead and we may have more members attend. Read more

District Positions: Nominating Committee
By Jim Fusco
I believe that it is very important that our members understand the functions and responsibilities of our District 7910 positions and committees. To do so, I will be covering one committee or position each week. This week, I will look at the Nominating Committee. Read more

Foundation Notes: Magnifying The Possibilities Of  Making A Difference
By Ralph Hammond
Thank you for your continued Foundation support - both programmatically by getting project titles on the list for the $44,000 available in District Governor-Elect Pat and Skip Doyle’s 2016-2017 leadership year, and financially by seriously considering tax advantage contributions prior to this December 31. Read more

PR Tips: Make Your 'News' Fresh
By Laura Spear
 Local newspapers get tired of printing an article about the same event year after year. If you have a traditional project or fundraiser, look for an interesting angle. Submit an unusual picture. Try to find something different or new to emphasize to increase your chance of coverage.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at laura@spear.net.

Club Planning: Worksheet reminder
By Jim Fusco​
Have you yet reviewed your club's progress with your Board of Director and your membership? Read more

RI Spotlight
Zones 24 & 32 Monthly Newsletter
Rotarians don't need the Season of Giving to Be a Gift to the World - it's something we do every day. Even so, December is a great month to think about the power of The Rotary Foundation to give ... and the power of our gifts to keep on giving.  So remember The Rotary Foundation in your year-end giving.

Also in this Zone update:
  • Take a moment to learn about the Presidential Conferences that are about to commence around the globe on topics integral to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Learn about Intra-Country Committees - Rotary's first structured program dedicated to peace.
  • Find out about about speakers who will captivate at the Rotary Convention this spring in Seoul.
  • Hear how one governor turned her passion into action with the help of a Rotary Action Group.
  • Hear how clubs across our geographic area celebrated World Polio Day - and how one governor's commitment to polio eradication has been rewarded by his vocational peers.
  • Be proud of what you and your club has accomplished - join us in "framing it up" on Facebook.
  • Learn about Rotary UN Day and how two of our own were celebrated at that event.
  • And as always, check out the latest membership numbers across our two zones.
Do you know a Rotarian who has moved or who would l like to receive this Monthly Update?  Please send e-address updates to Hans Granholm at hgrdane@telusplanet.net.

Know a great Rotary event that is happening in our two Zones? Please contact editor Marty Helman with article ideas at martyrotary@gmail.com. And have a blessed, blessed holiday season.
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