Governor's Message
 
 
Your Foundation Committee is Hard at Work
 
By Pat and Skip Doyle
 
Last Wednesday and Thursday, our newly formed, crackerjack Foundation Committee held its first meetings of this, the centennial year of The Rotary Foundation
 
The committee's Grants Subcommittee met last Wednesday and began the review of the District Grants for the 2016‐2017 Rotary year, which began on July 1. Thirty proposals have been received and 23 clubs are qualified to submit online for grants. Nine members of this committee have been trained to help their assigned clubs prepare for on‐line submittal. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sanjay Deshpande,who chairs the Foundation Committee.
 
Last Thursday brought the first meeting of the newly constituted Foundation Committee. This committee has nine subcommittee chairs. At the meeting, these chairs enthusiastically presented their goals for the coming year. We were so impressed by the presentations of their far-reaching goals. Many of the goals will be presented in full as the year unfolds, so keep posted. Many hands will be needed to fulfill our dreams.
 
Just a little peek: We will be celebrating 100 years of The Rotary Foundation in a musical way, raising funds to help Stop Polio Now, advertising for candidates for the $30,000 Morley Scholarship, and searching for 100 Rotary Alumni. Want to help? Contact us with your questions, suggestions, and wonderful ideas.
 
Thank you!
 
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at pwdoyle2@verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net, respectively.
 
Click here to download or print the July 18 issue, in PDF format.
 
 
 
 
Click here to submit content for the July 25 issue.
 
 
 
Click here for past issues.
 
 
 

Welcome, New Rotarians!
 
Please join us in welcoming these new members at Rotary clubs in District 7910 (alphabetical order, by last name):
  • Jack Forman, Westborough  
  • Jen Reil, Auburn
  • Jim Reil, Auburn

District & Club Rounds
 
 
Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as 2016-2017 District Governors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On June 26, Pat and Skip Doyle were installed as District Governors for the 2016-2017 Rotary year, which began last Friday, July 1Congratulations and best wishes to them from all of us!
 
To commemorate this special event - an extraordinary one, too, because of Pat and Skip's co-governorship - we share with you a 28-minute video of the June 26th Installation Ceremony at Fitchburg State University. To view the video in MP4 formatclick here.
 
The Installation took place during the closing ceremonies for the three-day annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event, held this year at Fitchburg State and attended by 188 sophomores. The closing event, including the Installation, was attended by those students and as well as their families and friends. To learn more about RYLAclick here.
 
Shown are Skip Doyle (left) and Pat Doyle (middle) being installed by Past District Governor Carol Toomey (right).
 
 

Auburn: Jen, Jim Reil Inducted As Newest Members
 
Shown, left to right, are: Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco; Jen and Jim Riel, Auburn's two newest members; and Auburn Immediate Past President Marcia Davis. Seated is member Heather Chivalatti.
 
For photos of the entire July 13 event, click here
 
 

Westborough: Jack Forman Inducted As Newest Member
 
Shown, left to right: Sue Abladian; District Governor Nominee Steve SagerJack Forman; and Bill Bloom.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RI Spouse/Partner Of Year Award Presented To Auburn's Les Davis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco (left) presented Les Davis (right), spouse of Auburn Immediate Past President Marcia Davis (middle), with a Rotary International Spouse/Partner Award. This award recognizes service by a non-Rotarian spouse or partner of a Rotarian. Only 150 of these awards are presented each year throughout world. Congratulations to Les!
 
For photos of the entire July 13 event, click here.
 

Installations Of Our '16-'17 Club Presidents (new, with photos)
 
Auburn (Chartered 1944): Steve Jones-D'Agostino
 
Shown, left to right, are: District Governor Pat Doyle; Auburn Sergeant-at-Arms Glenn Gardner; Auburn Treasurer Marcia Davis; Auburn Secretary Heather Chivalatti; Auburn President Steve Jones-D'Agostino; and District Governor Skip Doyle.
 
 
For photos of the entire July 13 event, click here.
 
 
Neponset Valley (Chartered 2001): Michael Podolski
 
Shown at left, left to right: Michael Podolski; District Governors Skip and Pat Doyle; and  Assistant Governor Satya Mitra
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shown at right, left to right: Michael Podolski; club Secretary Leah Thorton; Pat Doyle; club Past President Jack Hoell; and Skip Doyle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Al Bowers Is New Chair Of District Charity Fund
 
The District Charity Fund held a meeting last Thursday, July 14 and one order of business was to select a new chair: Al Bowers of Athol-Orange Rotary. 
 
Congratulations, Al.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Youth Exchange: Ayer Sponsors Student
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sixteen-year-old Julia "Jules" Cashman (shown) is very excited. She's heading to Spain for her senior year in high school, thanks to Ayer Rotary's support. The club is sponsoring Jules as part of the Youth Exchange Program.

The Youth Exchange Program is the opportunity of a lifetime for more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing their own culture, and embracing a new one, students help foster global understanding.
 
 

Framingham: Golden Gates To Be Featured On August 8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Golden Gates will be the feature presentation at Framingham Rotary's regular meeting on August 8 at 12:15 p.m. at Ken's Steakhouse in Framingham.
 

The Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers.


DGE Karin Gaffney Kicks Off Training For Presidents Of Class Of '17-'18
 
District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney said she was going to do things a little differently for her presidents for her 2017-2018 Rotary year. And this, she has done. She held a BBQ at Bob Anthony’s house this past Saturday, July 16 for the Presidents-Elect so they could get to know their classmates. This is just one of several events for the PEs that she will hold leading up to their Pre-Presidents Elect Training Session that will be held next February.
 
Shown, left to right: PE Bob Anthony (Wellesley); PE Susan Peghiny (Newton); PE Stephen Rathmill (Framingham); PE Alicia Yeh (Westwood); PE Mary Garcia (Nashoba Valley); PE Karen Rivero (Acton-Boxborough); and PE Ron Fraser (Worcester). 
 
Also present bu not shown: Assistant Governor John Sbrogna, District Governor-Nominee Steven Sager, President Frank Jelinch (Shrewsbury), and President Steve Kirk (Concord).
 

Northborough Rotary Charters Northborough & Southborough Interact
 
On June 30, at the Northboro Senior Center, the Rotary Club of Northborough held an induction ceremony to officially charter the Northborough & Southborough Interact Club and welcome Sruthi and her fellow club members to Interact, a service-focused international society. Open to students ages 12 to 18 who want to serve their communities and their world, Interact is a part of Rotary International.
 
Sruthi, whose dad once started a Rotaract club – Rotary’s society for young adults – said she wasn’t as committed to volunteering when she was a young child. Growing up in Northborough, she didn’t witness dire need. READ MORE
 
Shown at the podium is co-District Governor Pat Doyle.
 
 

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 laura@spear.net.
 
 
 
 
 
 

On To Atlanta
 
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 (right) 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
 

District Directory Yellow Pages: Thank you to all who placed ads
 
We still need your help to ensure your club's membership information in the Directory Yellow Pages is complete and accurate.
 
We want all of the information in the 2016-2017 District Directory to be up-to-date and as accurate as possible - so we need you to check your Member Profile on ClubRunner to ensure that all information is complete and accurate. (All members have access.)
 
How to do it for Members:
  1. Log into Club Runner at www.rotary7910.org
  2. Go to “Administration”
  3. Go to “For Members”
  4. Click on “Edit My Profile” (Insert of headshot photo is possible)
  5. Assure that all Club Positions are filled in for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. (Presidents-Elect, Secretaries and Executive Secretaries have access.)
How to do it for Executives and Directors:
  1. Log into Club Runner at www.rotary7910.org
  2. Go to “Administration”
  3. Go to “District, Clubs & Membership”
  4. Click on “Edit Executives & Directors”
  5. Click on the “2016-2017” tab
  6. Click “Edit” for each position and use the drop down menu to select the member
Important: Do not change the “Sequence” or “Title” for any position.
 
Note: If your club has a position that does not show, click “Add New Position.”

Save The Dates: Rotary Golf Tournaments In Our District
 
Wednesday, July 20: District 7910 Golf League - Nashawtuc Country Club, Concord
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
 
Wednesday, August 3: Brookfields Rotary - 2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament honoring passed Rotarians, Quail Hollow Country Club, Oakham (see story, below)
 
Tuesday, August 16: District 7910 Golf League - Framingham Country Club, Framingham
Click here for event flyer, in  PDF format
 
Monday, August 22: Concord Rotary - 28th Annual Golf Tournament, Concord Country Club, Concord (see story, below)
 
Friday September 16: District 7910 Golf League - Monoosnock Country Club, Leominster
Click here for event flyer, in  PDF format
 
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:
 
Brookfields Rotary 2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
 
The Rotary Club of the Brookfields will host the 2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament honoring its Rotarians who have passed away, on Wednesday, August 3, at Quail Hollow Country Club in Oakham. Shotgun start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $320 per foursome, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, chicken BBQ dinner, raffles and prizes. For more information, contact Judy at 413-436-5358.
 
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 rotaryclubofconcord.org. Make checks payable to "Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment Inc." and mail in care of Maurer, P.O. Box 354, Concord, MA 01742.
 

Westborough Rotary Launches New GEMINI Site
After months of work and collaboration, Westborough Rotary is excited to announce the launch of a new and improved GEMINI website. Take some time to enjoy it here, especially the GEMINI beginnings video on the front page, right column. 
 
GEMINI is the club's Global Emergency Medicine Initiative, a collaborative Rotary International Service Project. The club works with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, District 7910, other Rotary clubs, medical facilities and governments of participating countries to bring training in emergency medicine, expertise and equipment to developing countries worldwide. 
 
Click here, to find out more about this exciting project.
 
(Shown, is the GEMINI program at work in Guyana.)
 
 
 

Framingham Rotary Promotes Concerts On The Green, Summer Carnival
 
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.

Meanwhile, the Summer Carnival sponsored by Framingham Rotary is taking place during July at Framingham State University.The funds raised through this event will help support the club's service projects in the 2016-2017 Rotary year that began on July 1. They will also go to fund the club's grant process, which allows the club to financially support other important service organizations with their missions in the Framingham community. The club gives a special thanks to FSU for this great, highly visible Route 9-facing location.  
 
 
 

Nashoba Valley, Acton-Boxborough And Maynard Rotary's 'Wings & Wheels' Is Here
 

Mark your calendar: Thursday evenings are Cruise-in/Fly-in Nights this summer in Stow.

If it’s summer in Stow, it must be Wings & Wheels season! In cooperation with EAA #196, Friends of Minute Man Air Field, and Nancy’s at the Airfield café, the Rotary Clubs of Nashoba Valley, Acton-Boxborough, and Maynard are holding their fourth annual Wings & Wheels program, a summer-long cruise-in/fly-in event at the Minute Man Air Field (302 Boxboro Rd.) in Stow. The event runs on Thursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., through August 25.
 
Admission is free with donations requested. Proceeds will benefit local and international Rotary service projects, such as local scholarships and high school programs, senior citizen projects, and international health and relief programs.
 
For more information, weather-cancellation information, and “rules of the runway,” visit WingsgsandWheelsMA.com. "Like" the event on Facebook at Facebook.com/WingsandWheelsMA.
Major District & Club Happenings: Summer
 
 
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, July 20, Nashawtuc Country Club, Concord
 
Click here for events flyer, in PDF format
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday July 20, Leominster Rotary - Dirt Dawgs Baseball
 
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 21: Westborough Rotary - 'Rotary Night with the Worcester Bravehearts'
 
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday August 14: Westborough Rotary - 'Triathlon'
 
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
 
Click here for event article, in Word format
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 jim.fusco2@gmail.com.
 
 
 

 
 
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  jim.fusco2@gmail.com to your club's distribution list.
 
Click here, for PDF version of July 18 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

District Events: July 18-August 15
 
 
Leadership Dinner
 
Tuesday, July 19 
 
6:30–9:00 p.m.
 
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

 
Wednesday, July 20 
 
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
 
Nashautuc Country Club, Concord

 
Sunday, July 24 
 
1:00– 4:00 p.m.
 
Home of Jim and Karen Fusco, Fitchburg

 
Thursday, July 28
 
Holiday Inn, Boxborough

 
Friday, July 29
 
7:30–8:45 a.m.

 
Monday, August 1 
 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
 
Monday, August 1
 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
 
Tuesday, August 2
 
8:00-9:15 a.m.

 
Tuesday, August 2
 
12:15-1:30 p.m. 
 
Wednesday, August 3
 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday August 3 
 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
 
Thursday, August 4 
 
7:15-8:30 a.m.
Monday, August 8

6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
VERIFY DAY & TIME
 
Aug 09, 2016

 
Aug 09, 2016 

12:15–1:30 a.m.
Aug 10, 2016 
 
7:15–8:30 a.m.

 
Aug 10, 2016 
 
5:30–6:45 p.m.

 
Aug 11, 2016 
 
12:15 –1:30 p.m.

 
Aug 11, 2016 
 
6:00–7:15 p.m.

 
Aug 15, 2016 
 
12:15–1:30 p.m.

 
Framingham Country Club
 
Aug 16, 2016 
 
12:30–5:24 p.m.

 
Aug 16, 2016 
 
6:30–8:30 p.m.

 
Aug 17, 2016 
 
12:15–1:30 a.m.

 
Aug 17, 2016 
 
7:15–8:30 a.m.

 
Aug 18, 2016 
 
7:15–8:30 a.m.

 
Aug 18, 2016 
 
12:15–1:30 p.m

 


RI Spotlight
 
 
Meet The '16-'17 RI President: John Germ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special needs children will play baseball – all before zipping to the airport for a flight to Chicago and a cab ride to Rotary International World Headquarters, where he takes office as president of RI this month.
 
Why the breakneck pace? “I don’t have hobbies,” he says. “Civic work is my recreation. READ MORE
 
 
 
 
Shown at right are, left to right, District 7910 Governors Skip and Pat Doyle posing with John Germ and his wife, Judy Germ, during the recent 2016 RI Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
 

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
 

Team RAAM Raises $300,000 For Polio Eradication
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Team Rotary RAAMs  Polio are extremely grateful and thanks to everyone for your support of our Race Across America effort.  We were successful in completing 2016 RAAM in seven days, one hour and 16 minutes (169 hours and 16 minutes). 

However, we are most honored that were able to raise $300,000 to fund the eradication of polio. Thank you!
 

What You Don't Know About The Campaign To End Polio
 
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.
 
 

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. The percentage of Rotarians under 40 has remained fairly steady at about 10 percent in recent years, but this could be the generation that bucks the trend. Find out what these young, ambitious professionals love about Rotary and why more and more are discovering that Rotary has everything Millennials want. READ MORE
 

Get Ready For Your District Rotary Foundation Seminar With 'Centennial Promotional Kit' 

 

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 centennial.rotary.org.

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:
  1. Representing Your Community’s Professions: A Classification Assessment
  2. Diversifying Your Club: A Member Diversity Assessment
  3. Finding New Club Members: A Prospective Member Exercise
  4. Improving Your Member Retention: A Retention Assessment and Analysis
  5. Enhancing the Club Experience: Member Satisfaction Survey
  6. Understanding Why Members Resign: Exit Survey 
Historical trends show that there’s an increase in membership soon after the new year, so this is the perfect time to consider how you welcome new members into your club. Read how one club is using our New Member Welcome Kits to enhance their welcome and orientation.

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
 

Rotary.org

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.
 

2016-2017 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: Using and teaching ClubRunner Grants Module
 
By Sanjay Deshpande
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Grants Subcommittee members have learned the ClubRunner Grants Module. They are increasing their proficiency in using it and teaching it to the trained Rotarians from the 31 clubs that submitted District Grant proposals in March and have since qualified for grants participation.
 
District Grant Subcommittee Chair Jorge Yarzebski distributed the workload of entering the grant requests (proposals) into the ClubRunner Grants Module and the subsequent effort of sponsoring club contacts for entering the applications among the subcommittee members. The assignments are as follows: READ MORE
 

Membership Corner: RYLA is a great membership opportunity
 
By Tom Sturiale
 
Our district completed another successful Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event a week ago at Fitchburg State University with 188 high school sophomores attending from more than 40 schools. These enthusiastic, energetic and creative kids attended an incredible series of training and education events over a three-day period. Each year, a group of 25 to 30 of the RYLAns are selected as group leaders to train the next year’s RYLAns. Of those, a select few are chosen to supervise the group leaders the following year. The graduation and awards ceremony was held on Sunday afternoon and more 400 parents and Rotarians were in attendance.
 
Just think about this for a moment. The implications are enormous. Our Rotary district has provided leadership training for almost 4,000 high school students during the past 20 years. We have invested almost $500,000 in this effort. The RYLA training program has evolved into a highly sophisticated training and educational program. We have impacted more than 40 schools and communities, myriad teachers and administrators, 8,000 parents and, most importantly, 4,000 students! For all those Rotarians who have not participated in the RYLA program, I strongly suggest you avail yourself of the opportunity. It is simply an exciting and exhilarating experience. And for those Rotarians who have spent countless hours planning and executing the RYLA program, congratulations on a job well done!
 
What are the implications for membership in Rotary? READ MORE

PR Tips: Make your press releases newsworthy
 
By Laura Spear
                     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Network for Good: “For a nonprofit announcement to be considered newsworthy, it must have a broad, general interest to the target audience and a strong news angle (e.g. material information, new development, drama, human interest, local angle, consequence, etc.). In addition, your release needs to be written in a journalistic, rather than marketing style. It should be objectively written as though a reporter were writing the story for you. Most importantly, your release needs to “inform” people, not just sell them something.”
 
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 laura@spear.net.

Bandey-Hefler Prepares For Trip To England
 
By Victor Tom
 
We are making progress as our travelers anxiously await their two-week trip to England that begins on September 19. We have always been challenged to get enough hosts and this is the same for the UK. As of today, they only have enough hosts to welcome 14 visitors. The selected travelers have been notified and there will be a Travelers Meeting tonight at the home of Patsy Lloyd (Bedford).
 
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. Geoff Philpot and Hugh Barnard, in England, are making presentations and recruiting hosts. Patsy Lloyd and I, in Central Mass., are making the travelers list and getting information on flights to Heathrow in London.
 
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
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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 vtom0@yahoo.com.
 

Polio Plus: Are You a Polio Survivor? Have You Been on a NID? Carl Wants to Know.
 
By Carl Good III
 
Rotary works not only to eradicate polio but also to aid those who have suffered from this disease.  The virus is never eliminated.   As one ages the symptoms can increase .  "The Rotarian Action Group for Polio Survivors and Associates is the living legacy of the Rotary Polio-Plus polio eradication program through humanitarian assistance to polio survivors of the world."  http://rotarypoliosurvivors.org/about-psa/ .  Many thousands of Rotarians are polio survivors.  Lets not forget them.  The Chairperson of the PSA and a polio survivor is PDG Ann Lee Hussey of Maine who has been on numerous international National Immunization Days and has advocated for Rotary programs around the world. 
Photo on right: Ann Lee Husey of District 7780 RC Casco Bay Sunrise doing drops on NID
 
As part of the District 7910's Polio Plus team's work we would like to identify polio survivors in out district and invite them to join our TEAM and/or join the PSA.  If you are a polio survivor and would like to aid our efforts please contact me.
 
We also want to identify those in District 7910 who have gone on a Rotary NID to recognize their contribution. It would be great if club
presidents would put out the word and help us identify these Rotarians who at their own expense have immunized children in developing countries. Also, if you have been on an NID, please contact me as follows:
 
Carl M. Good III, Ph.D.
560 Longley Rd.
Groton, MA 01450
Rotary District 7910 Polio Chair
 
Thanks very much for your help.
 
Status of District 7910 club contributions
 
To review and download the District 7910 polio-contributions report compiled by Rotary International, click here. To read the May 2016 edition of End Polio Now Newsletter, click here.
 
Boston Globe highlights Rotary role in polio fight
 
Click here to read a recent front-page article in The Boston Globe about the change in polio vaccines, which mentions the role of Rotary in the fight to end polio.
 
RI provides $35 million in new funding
 
Rotary International has released $35 million in new grants to support the global effort to eradicate polio. The funds will build on last year’s historic achievement of stopping transmission of the wild polio virus in Nigeria and all of Africa. Just two countries reported wild polio cases in 2015, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary’s funds will go toward efforts to end the disease in those countries and seven others. Read more
 
 
 
New type of polio vaccine
 
A new type of polio vaccine has been produced that can provide a better injectable to people in Third World countries.Click here to watch a recent Australian TV news report on the Vaxxas Nanopatch.
 
 
 

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