Governor’s Message 
More Installations for the Class of '16-'17
By Jim Fusco
Just imagine that on July 1 Rotary will have 35,247 new club presidents, 539 new district governors and one new Rotary International president. What a unique idea for an organization to change leadership every year - and it works!
Our district will be installing 51 new presidents and one pair of new district governors. I will be turning over the District Gavel to Pat and Skip Doyle on July 1 - and  I wish them the best!
Last week, the installation of club presidents got off to a early start and I was able to attend two installations: Acton-Boxborough and WestboroughJoe Badenhoff of Acton-Boxborough is shown, at right, being installed by Past District Governor Carol Toomey of Nashoba Valley and Geoff Kerr of Acton-Boxborough.                          
And, Gerry Gross of Westborough is shown, at left, being installed by District Governor Nominee Designate Steve Sager of Westborough as I look on.
Another highlight was at my own club as I installed two new members at Montachusett Area: Michael Gale and Mickey Guzman. Shown, left to right, are: club President Leslie Storrs; me; Mickey Guzman and sponsor Jay Mayo; and Michael Gale and sponsor Ellen Gale. READ MORE
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Welcome, New Rotarians!
Please join us in welcoming these new members of Rotary clubs in District 7910 (alphabetical order, by last name):

District & Club Rounds
Important Things To Do So ’16-’17 District Directory Is Complete And Accurate
Check your Member Profile on Club Runner 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
  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
  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.”
Place an ad in the District Directory so we can do business with our fellow Rotarians.
How to do it:
  1. Fill in the Yellow Pages Order Form
  2. Assure that you enter “Classification Requested” (only one classification per ad)
  3. For Business-Card-Size Ads, include you business card
  4. For Half-Page or Full-Page Ads, include your business card and your ad copy
  5. Mail the order form along with your check, business card and ad copy (No. 4, only) per instructions on the Yellow Pages Order Form
Note: To place more than one ad, enclose a separate order form for each one.
(Shown are sample ads.)

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
Tuesday, August 16: District 7910 Golf League - Framingham Country Club, Framingham
Click here for event flyer, in  PDF 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

Acton-Boxborough Holds Educational Forum On 'Teen Addiction Crisis'
Acton-Boxborough Rotary started a new initiative this year, holding educational forums on pressing topics for our community. On May 25, the club held its first educational forum. The topic was Teen Addiction Crisis.
The forum was developed out of the understanding that a growing opioid, marijuana and alcohol crisis is affecting the youth in our community more than ever before. The club offered this educational forum to provide a better knowledge and with hope of helping those young people who suffer from addiction and their loved ones. The forum was held and recorded in the Acton TV studio with the help of one of the club’s members, Marc Duci, and his colleagues.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Kevin P. Hill, MD, MHS, who is assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Substance Abuse Consultation Service in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital.
The panelists were: Detective Keith Campbell of the Acton Police Department’s Youth Services; Alia Toran-Burrell, jail-diversion coordinator and clinician at Eliot Mental Health; and Martha Frost, an Assabet Valley Regional High School social worker and the substance-abuse counselor in the school’s Counseling Department.
To view Acton TV video of the forum, click here
To view YouTube video of the forum, click here

Leominster Rotary President Named ‘Citizen Of The Year’
Claire Freda’s service to Leominster began more than 40 years ago when she married her best friend, Ron Freda. Ron was seriously wounded in the Vietnam War, and Claire immediately became involved in veterans’ issues and spent many hours making sure people knew that our young men were coming home in less than admirable conditions. She was instrumental in the formation of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 116 and was a leader in getting a monument to honor these veterans in 1990.
Shown, are John “Jack” McLaughlin (left) and Claire Freda (right), the City of Leominster’s 2016 Citizens of the Year. (Photo: David Dore)
Soon after Kelley was born and Freda soon became involved in the Fall Brook PTO, CCD programs, Girl Scouting and many other programs that involved children and education. A few years later, Anthony was born and soon opened up a whole new avenue of sport volunteerism. Freda served on the Leominster Youth Soccer Board of Directors, worked at the 12th Street Little League field and then Babe Ruth.
In the 1980s education began to suffer due to financial difficulties in the city. Freda’s passion for quality education prompted her to run for the Leominster School Committee. Her win more than 30 years ago began her political career. She served on the Samoset School Building Committee and used her real estate background to question the land available as the school footprint was being discussed. As the youth soccer league was growing and had no adequate fields, she worked with the DPW with the support of the mayor and was responsible for the soccer fields at Samoset. As her children continued through the public school system, Freda continued to be involved in Gallagher Junior High and Leominster High School. She served on the Board of Directors for the High School Band Boosters and supported the soccer team, as both children were involved. She also continued to work on veterans’ issues.
In the early 1990s education reform became the law for education and School Committee responsibilities changed. Freda decided that she could be more effective on the Leominster City Council and ran for the Ward 3 seat in 1994 after six years on the School Committee. She was successful in the election and served as the Ward 3 councilor for 16 years and was the first female to serve as president of the council for two consecutive years in 1997 and 1998. READ MORE

Leominster Rotary Helps Middle Schools Make Sweet Music
The Leominster Rotary Club donated $4,000 to the music programs at Samoset and Sky View Middle Schools during the club's weekly luncheon on June 6. "Thank you for helping promote the things our teachers do because we're lucky to have them in our buildings and in our district," Sky View Middle School Principal Tim Blake said to club members.
Shown, left to right, are: Samoset music teacher Bob Landry; Sky View Principal Tim Blake; Sky View music teacher Brenda-Anne LeMay; Leominster Public Schools Community Engagement Director Gina Wironen; and Leominster Rotary President Claire Freda. (Photo: Peter Jasinski, Sentinel and Enterpise)
This is the seventh year the wine-pairing fundraiser for the schools' music programs has been hosted by the club. This year's event consisted of a five-course meal served with wines that best complemented the food.
"It had started out small, as a way to get some funding for the middle-school music programs," club President Claire Freda said. "There had never really been a vehicle to raise funding for them before this."
The $4,000 check was split evenly between Sky View and Samoset.
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.)

Westborough Rotary Seeks to Finalize Bravehearts Game Numbers
Westborough Rotary's social coordinator, Jim Tepper, needs ASAP to finalize numbers for designated Rotary Night at the Worcester Bravehearts game on July 18 at Hanover Insurance Park in Worcester. Please e-mail him at call him 508-523-9033 to confirm your seats and place at the pre-game table - literally.
The total evening cost is only $22 for adults, $15 for kids ages 3 to 12. This includes tickets, parking and a field-side meal of burgers, chicken, chips, ice cream and more! Come support Westborough Rotary’s esteemed new president, Gerry Gross, as he demonstrates his athletic prowess and throws out the first pitch!
For the event flyer, in  PDF format, click here.

Hudson Holds Lucky Duck Race To Support Scholarship Fund

As Hudson celebrates its 150th anniversary, families, runners and lucky ducks flocked June 11 to South Street and nearby downtown locations. There, the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce marked its 30th annual Hudson Community Fest.

During the event, Hudson Rotary held its 26th annual Lucky Duck Race to support its scholarship fund and community projects. About 3,200 numbered rubber ducks were dumped from the Washington Street Bridge into the Assabet River. Ducks floated to the finish line at the Broad Street Bridge. Ticket buyers of the five fastest-moving ducks won cash prizes: Michelle LaPointe, $1,500; Audra Rogers, $1,000; Louis Garcia, $500; Chris Green, $150; and Nick Burton, $50.

A corporate duck competition gives businesses the option to donate and decorate a 15-inch decoy or race it in the river. Decorated winners were: Giggi’s Bridal and Mr. G’s Tuxedos, best dressed; Sullivan Optometry, most unique; Serendipity, most comical; and Mullahy’s, judges choice. Racing winners were: McDonald’s, first; Community Advocate, second; and Ferjulian’s Farm Stand, third. Each winner received a gift card for a local eatery.

This year’s festival was sponsored by Avidia Bank and the Hudson Rotary with support from more than 20 local businesses.

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  ShelterBox Ambassador Presented $2,000 Donation
On June 9, “First Gentleman 2017-2018,” a.k.a. District 7910 ShelterBox Ambassador Dana Gray, an honorary member ofNashoba Valley Rotary, attended the Interact club meeting at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, New Hampshire. During that meeting, that Interact club presented a check for $2,000 raised through this year’s fundraising activities to support ShelterBox.
The Interact club started just last year and has grown from fewer than 10 members up to 18 members. The club plans to continue fundraising for Shelter Box and hopes to raise enough money for another $1,000 donation later this year!
Thanks to Dana (shown holding the right side of the replica check) for accepting the donation on behalf of ShelterBox USA.

Auburn Rotary Assists Local Oboist, Installs Park Benches 
Auburn Rotary President Marcia Davis (second from right), TreasurerJohn Convent (far left)and President-Elect Steve Jones-D'Agostino (far right) pose with Auburn professional oboist Lydia Consilvio, a graduate student at Yale University. At the June 1 club meeting, they presented a $1,000 donation check to help cover the expenses for her trip later this month to the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.
Meanwhile, six new benches are being installed at Goddard Memorial Park in Auburn. Half of the funding came from Auburn Rotary and the other half, from District 7910. The rocket is a Polaris missile that was installed when the park was first developed in the late '60s, during the Cold War. The park also contains a full-scale replica of the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which pioneering scientist Robert Goddard, a Worcester native and WPI graduate, launched in 1926 at his Aunt Effie's farm (now Pakachoag Golf Course), a short distance away in Auburn. The replica, which was also installed as part of the original park development nearly 50 years ago, is in the process of being refurbished at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, of which the Town of Auburn is a member.
To learn more about Auburn Rotary, click here.
Westborough Rotary Honors Scholarship Recipients, Presents Library Donation
Westborough Rotary had the honor of hosting its scholarship recipients and their families during a club meeting earlier this month. They are a very impressive lot of students. Club members enjoyed hearing about their college plans, and wished them the best of luck and success in the future. 
Shown, are the scholarship recipients: back row, left to right, Rakasa Pattannaik,Brittany Chapin, Will Kelley, Juliet Ross, and Samantha Mack; and front row, left to right, Michala Sockol, Julie Hutchinson andMelissa Sullivan.
Meanwhile, on June 1, Westborough Rotary had the pleasure of celebrating another gift from the club to a close partner in town. Maureen Ambrosino (shown on right in photo at right),director of the town's public library as well as club secretary, accepted a club donation for $700 to support the library. The club encourages Maureen to "'keep up the great work." She is shown posing with club President Jim O'Connor (left) and club member Betsy Moquin(middle).

Framingham Rotary Promotes Concerts On The Green, Duck Pluck And Summer Carnival
On Friday nights starting this June 17, Concerts on the Green, organized by the Framingham Parks & Services Department, will be take place on the green on Edgell Road near Route 9. This year, Framingham Rotary is one of the financial sponsors of the family-friendly concert series, and will have its usual information booth at each concert as well. Concerts are free and open to the public.

MetroFest is a signature event of the Metrowest Visitors Bureau. You won't want to miss this great family-fun day, which takes place this Saturday, June 25. Besides the incredibly popular Framingham Rotary Duck Pluck booth, this year's event also features food trucks, a Classic Car Show, 100 exhibitors, stage entertainment, and a Kids Town play area. Event will be at Bowditch Field at 475 Union Avenue from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
The Summer Carnival sponsored byFramingham Rotary returns in July and will be located at Framingham State University.The funds raised through thisevent will help support the club's service projects in the 2016-2017 Rotary year that begins 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.  

Needham Rotary Seeks Help From Four Other Clubs To Fund India Solar Project
Needham Rotary is looking to install a solar array on the roof of a school in India through $1,500 allocated by club, a hoped-for District 7910 Simplified Grant, and $500 each from four other Rotary clubs. The proposed Film Nagar High School solar project is being done in partnership with Jubilee Hills Rotary in Hyderabad, India.
The proposal calls for the following: Delivery - Six to eight weeks from placement of order; Payment - 50 percent is due with the order; 40 percent is due when solar panels arrive; and 10 percent is due when the solar panels are operational; Timing - The system can be installed at any time, even when the school is in session; and Vendor -  A well-known company run by a local Rotarian in India. It's the same company that installed the school's current three-kilowatt system (shown in photo) a year ago
For more information on this solar project, click here.

Bedford Rotary Spearheads Student-Led ‘MIT PSC IDEAS Global Challenge’ Effort
IDEAS LogoThis is fourth year that local Rotary clubs have assisted student-led project teams in the MIT PSC IDEAS Global Challenge contest. TheMIT Priscilla King Gray PSC has the same focus areas as Rotary, which makes for a natural partnership.
Bedford Rotary has spearheaded this effort and has members and spouses volunteering as project reviewers and judges throughout the year. As part of this effort, the club is also forming a world-wide network of Rotary clubs who either have MIT alumni or have members interested in learning more about assisting these innovative, high-payoff, feasible projects in a phase-2 development following a successful phase-1 prototype. In addition to Bedford, noteworthy clubs who are currently part of this network include: Shanghai, China; Beverly Hills, CA; andCooperstown, NY.
Shown posing at MIT in Cambridge, are Victor Tom (left) past president of Bedford Rotary, and AJ Willmer, past president of Beverly Hills Rotary. 
 As a result of tracking successful pilot programs in the IDEAS Grand Challenge Contest, Bedford Rotary has identified the 1Room project as the first project that is very worthy of support from a Rotary Global Grant. 1Room is a project that will develop and rigorously evaluate an affordable model for delivering high-quality secondary education to the world’s poor at scale – initially, in Kenya.
The main idea: 19th century one-room-schoolhouse meets 21st century technology, and education is delivered through personalized learning centers. Bedford Rotary is currently raising funds and applying for matching district grants. So far, the club has financial commitments from Shanghai, Beverly Hills, and Bedford along with a District 7910 district matching. The goal is to reach $70,000 to fund three personalized learning centers in Kenya.
Shown, left, is MIT project team leader Michael Beeler, with Kenyan students.
If you would like to learn more about either joining the Rotary-MIT PSC network or participating in the 1Room Global Gant, please contact Victor Tom

Districts 7910, 7930 Team Up For Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship Wine-Dinner on July 18 in Brookline Village
Rotarians, family and friends - including non-Rotarians - are invited to join District 7910 and 7930's joint Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship Wine-Dinner on Tuesday, July 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at La Morra Bicari Ristorante, located at 48 Boylston St. in Brookline Village. Enjoy a four-course meal with carefully chosen wine pairings. Can you think of a nicer way to enjoy fellowship with Rotarians and friends in Eastern and Central Massachusetts than over wine and dinner? 
The cost is $70 per person for those interested in sampling the wines and $50 per person for those interested in the meal only. Tax and tip are included in these prices. Participation is limited, so don't delay. Register here!
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
Click here for the event flyer, in JPEG format
Click here for sample menu, in PDF format
Click here for the sample menu, in JPEG format

Marlborough Rotary, Three Other Groups Tackle Human-Services Issue
In answer to a pressing problem for many deserving families, the Rotary Club of Marlborough, Marlborough Lions Club, Marlborough Junior Women’s Club, and Marlborough Community Development Corp. (MCDC) have joined forces. Families want to be clean. They want to get or keep a decent job. Teens want the other kids in school to like them. However, they cannot afford shampoo or deodorant – or even soap. Alas, they cannot purchase toiletries or cleaning supplies with Food Stamps.
During June, the four organizations are working together to collect toiletries and cleaning products for families in need of these products that are so much a part of our basic human dignity. When there is a sale on toiletries or cleaning products, the organizations urge their members to buy a few extra.
Marilyn Perry, chair of MCDC and a Marlborough Rotarian, says, “I am delighted that these local organizations are seeking to fulfill this need, and I am equally delighted to see these groups join together to tackle an important problem.”
Members of the public who may wish to help should contact a member of one of these service clubs or bring them to the MCDC office at 40 Mechanic St., Suite 300, Marlborough (the old Post Office Building off Monument Square).
Marlborough Rotary announced this multi-organization project at last weekend's District Conference and asked attendees to donate any of their unused hotel toiletries. That club were gratified to see the number of Rotarians who responded to this appeal.
Click here for the event flyer, in PDF format.
Nashoba Valley, Acton-Boxborough And Maynard Rotary's 'Wings & Wheels' Headed Our Way

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 onThursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., which started June 2 and ends August 25 (no event on July 7).
Each week features different makes of cars. However, all cars are welcome to cruise to the airfield every week. The event also features a fly-in for airplanes. Fun for the whole family, the public is invited to attend to see the cars and airplanes on display. Leashed pets are allowed. The event also features great food, including wood-fired pizza, burgers, and hot dogs from the award-winning Nancy’s at the Airfield, as well as popcorn, lemonade, and libations. News this year: an online ordering system with a credit-card payment option!
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.
Sponsors include Action Unlimited, Active Communications, Acton Ford, AlphaCars & Ural New England, Avidia Bank, Boston Bijoux, Burke's Dog Care & Walkers, Clinton Offset Printing, Colonial Automotive Group, Colonial Spirits Acton, Cruises Inc., Dentistry by Dr. David, Domino Veterinary Hospital, Enterprise Bank, ET&L, Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, Global Fitness Stow, Holiday Inn Boxborough, Infinite Automotive, Keller Williams Realty, Kotlarz Realty, Maynard Motors, National Aviation Academy, Nikopoulos Insurance, Patterson’s Auto Body, Russell’s Convenience Store, Visiting Angels, and Westford Regency.
For more information, weather-cancellation information, and “rules of the runway,” visit "Like" the event on Facebook at

Nashoba Valley Rotary, Bolton Local's Next Repair Café Set For This Saturday
What do you do with a broken toaster or lamp? Or with a shirt or blouse with a seam that is ripped out? Toss it? No way! Bring them to the Bolton Repair Café. The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with help from BoltonLocal, is hosting the next Bolton Repair Café this Saturday, June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Westborough Public Library, located at 55 West Main St. in Westborough. Residents of Bolton and surrounding towns are invited to come and find out what a Repair Café is all about.
At the Repair Café, sponsored by Nashoba Valley Rotary, everything centers on making repairs. Knowledgeable volunteers will help repair items such as clean, mendable clothing, lamps, small appliances, computers and other electronics, bikes, toys, outdoor power equipment, and jewelry. They can also sharpen knives, scissors, and garden tools. You only pay for needed parts. If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time.
Volunteers at the Repair Café will look at all items brought in and try to repair them. If the volunteers cannot repair something, they will offer suggestions about where you could go for repairs.
Unlike a “fix-it” shop, where people drop off items to be repaired and continue about their day, the Repair Café is meant to get people involved with the repair process and create connections with others in the community. People bringing in items for repair are asked to stay while your items are being fixed. You can just watch, help with the repair, fix the item yourself with help from volunteers, or just have a snack and visit with neighbors.
Promoting repairs will help reduce mountains of waste. According to organizer Ray Pfau, a Nashoba Valley Rotarian, “We throw away lots of things that often have almost nothing wrong with them, things that could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can fix things. Repair Café wants to change all that.” (Shown, right, is Ray Pfau addressing a recent Worcester Rotary meeting. Click here to view additional photos of that event by Worcester Rotarian Rich Prager.)
Repair Café is also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way. Neighbors may discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Pfau added, “If you repair a bike, a CD player, or a pair of trousers with previously unfamiliar neighbors, you look at them in a different light the next time you see them. Jointly making repairs can lead to connections in the community.” Making repairs can also save money and resources.
The Bolton Repair Café is sponsored by Nashoba Valley Rotary with support from Bolton Local and the Repair Café Foundation. The Foundation has been organizing Repair Cafés since 2010 in the Netherlands and has provided support since January 2011 to local groups in and outside the Netherlands wanting to start their own Repair Cafés.
Click here for a recent Boston Globeprofile of the Bolton Repair Cafe.
For more information, contact Ray Pfau at 978-779-5545, or visit

Major District & Club Happenings: Spring & Summer
Through September: District 7910 - 'Golf Fellowship'
Next Outing: Wednesday, July 20, Nashawtuc Country Club, Concord
Click here for events flyer, in PDF format

Through June 30: Marlborough Rotary - 'Toiletry and Cleaning Products Collection'
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format

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

Saturday, June 18: Brookfields Rotary - 'Music & Raffles Scholarship Fundraiser'
Click here for fundraiser flyer, in PDF format

Sunday, June 26: District 7910 - District Governors Installation & RYLA
Click here, for event flyer, in PDF format


Monday, July 18: Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship - 'Wine-Dinner at La Morra'
Click here to register for this event
Click here to download event flyer, in PDF format
Click here to download sample menu, in PDF format


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

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.
Click here, for PDF version of June 20 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter

RYLA: Volunteers sought for next weekend 
Volunteers are being sought for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Fitchburg State University!
Click here, to volunteer now.

Club Visits
Invite District Governor Jim Fusco to your club's Installation and Special Events!
If you have any special club events that you would like me to attend or any inductions or presentations that you would like me to make, please let me know.
DG Jim 

District Events: June 20-July 18
Friday, June 24-Sunday, June 26
Fitchburg State University
Wednesday, June 29 
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Tuesday, July 12 
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Nashautuc Country Club, Concord

Thursday, July 14 
6:30– 8:30 p.m.
Office of Dick Manelis, Framingham
Monday, July 18, 2016 
5:30-8:30 p.m.
La Morra Bicari Ristorante, Brookline

RI Spotlight
Is Your Club Millennial Friendly?
With only 11 percent of Rotary members under age 40, the future of many clubs may depend on their success in recruiting Millennials. Worldwide, there are about 2 billion Millennials — variously defined, but identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as people born between 1982 and 2000. And, they have a great deal to offer Rotary. Having grown up in a time of rapid change, head-spinning technological advances, and expanding access to the world, Millennials are uniquely equipped to keep pace with global trends and to meet community needs.
They are also generous and willing to volunteer. According to a 2015 Millennial Impact Research Report from Achieve research agency, 84 percent of survey respondents had made a charitable donation the previous year, and 70 percent had spent time volunteering. So how can you make your club more appealing to Millennials? The Millennials we asked cite three factors that are important. READ MORE
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 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

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. 

Is Your Club Ready For July 1?
New club leaders begin their roles this July 1. How prepared is your club? Having a strong succession plan is the key to a smooth transition and can ensure your club builds upon its accomplishments and achieves long term goals. 

The End Of The Rotary Year Is Upon Us - So Quickly!

Here is the Rotary Zone 24/32 Director Julia Phelps' final "Beyond Borders Update." 

  • Learn how Rotarians in District 5370 responded immediately to the Alberta fires - even before the flames were doused.
  • Hear from a Global Grants scholar  and a Rotary Peace Fellow whose disparate work is making a difference in Afghanistan, and learn the differences and similarities of the two programs.
  • Get the latest on the polio vaccine change.
  • Hear about an innovative club that partnered to create a social business that is raising money to return to the community.
  • Read a report from the Literacy and WASH in Schools Conference and gain the perspectives of a recent President's Rep
  • And the debut of a new column that will keep us focused on the Foundation Centennial
  • Updates on the upcoming Zone Institute in Winnipeg and Arch Klumph celebration in Cleveland
  • Good news on the Membership front:  Our membership is "up" for the Rotary year.

GLI: An Incredible Rotary Leadership Opportunity
Global Leadership InitiativeGlobal Leadership Institute is an intense leadership opportunity to be held this July 26 to 31 at the luxurious Dolce Convention Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is for global change-makers between the ages of 19 and 35. 

During that week, participants will be personally and professionally pushed to become the leaders they have the potential to be. In the past, our professional tract has brought in speakers from TedX, Coca-Cola, IBM, Linkedin, the U.S. military, the U.S. Congress and many more. Our personal tract focuses on personal-building skills such as communication, relationship building, networking, public speaking, confidence, personality training, and business etiquette. 

GLI will be accepting only 54 participants. This is one of the greatest benefits of the program. GLI has absorbed the Rotary model of "service above self" and the participant are given one-on-one help and guidance to learn what it means to be a global change-maker and great future or current Rotarian. 

GLI is partnered with the United Nations. During that week, participants will be in the UN building for various activities.
For more information, click here.

RI Council on Legislation 'Report Of Action' Now Available
By Sarah Christensen
With the conclusion of the 2016 Council on Legislation, I am pleased to provide you with theReport of Action.  In this report, you will find:
  • A letter from General Secretary Hewko
  • Legislation that was adopted at the Council, including amended legislation
  • Vote tallies for the adopted items
  • An Opposition to Legislation Report Form
Clubs may use the opposition form to voice their disagreement to an adopted enactment or resolution. Completed forms must reach Council Services by 15 August 2016. More information about this form can be found in General Secretary Hewko’s letter.
In addition to the Report of Action, I would like to give you an update on the Manual of Procedure (MOP). The 2016 MOP will consist of Rotary’s governance documents, which were included as the yellow pages in previous versions. Since the MOP is published once every three years, the reference information found in the former white pages quickly became out of date and inconsistent with the Rotary Code of Policies, thus it has been decided to no longer include it.
In order to help transition to a shorter MOP, Rotary will provide a list of resources and will also translate the Rotary Code of Policies into key languages, which will allow Rotarians to reference the current policies. The Rotary Code can be found on Additional information on the new MOP will be sent to club presidents and district governors in the next few months.
If you have any questions about the report or the Council on Legislation or the 2016 MOP, please let us know.
Sarah Christensen is supervisor of Council Services for Rotary International.

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 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.

We'd like to inform you of a recent change to the online tool. Starting today, April 4, any logos or brochures you create using one of our templates will be automatically deleted from your profile 30 days after your last change or edit. Logos and brochures created before April 4 will be deleted on May 2, unless you make a change or edit to the template.

We recommend that once you have finished your customized logo or brochure, you download the document in PDF, PNG, or JPEG format on your own computer.

Reminders of this change will be posted on Brand Center’s template and logo pages.

RI Membership Resource Guide
To download in PDF format, click here

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.

Rotary Global Rewards: Sign Up Today!
Click here to learn more
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.
Click here to tell us your Rotary story. How has your life or your community been touched by Rotary? We’d like to hear about your experiences, your accomplishments, and your favorite moments. Add a photo, a video, or just a few sentences to share your Rotary Story.

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 Spotlight
DGE Report: Join us next Sunday for our installation as ’16-’17 district governors
There are only five days until our installation next Sunday, June 26 as District 7910's governors for the 2016-2017 Rotary year, which begins this July 1. Every member in the district is invited to be a part of this great celebration.
Join us at 3:00 in the afternoon at Fitchburg State University and experience the excitement of 200 RYLAns as they end their three-day adventure.Then, the adults can walk over to the Holmes Dining Commons (shown, left) for a reception.
If you have yet to reply to this invitation, please e-mail your acceptance to We must let the caterer know by today how many to expect. The cost is $25 per person.
Here are the directions to Fitchburg State from within Massachusetts
  • Take Interstate 91, 190 or 495 to Route 2 to the Route 12 North exit (31B).
  • Travel north on Route 12 for 2.8 miles, then turn right immediately after Enterprise Car Rental.
  • Turn right again, on Main Street, after crossing the bridge.
  • Take the second left onto North Street (at the Dunkin' Donuts).
  • The university is located three blocks up. Green and white Fitchburg State signs are positioned on posts and poles, about 10 feet off the ground.
You can direct questions to us at 508-393-9031.
See you next Sunday at 3:00 p.m.!
District Governors-Elect Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at and, respectively. 

Foundation Note: Broader access to grant applications on ClubRunner now enabled
By Sanjay Deshpande
Twenty-two fully qualified clubs have been cleared to proceed to the application step for their District Grant Projects in 2016-2017. Applications are to be completed online using the ClubRunner Grants module. Eight members of the District Grants Subcommittee will guide one to three clubs each in the use of the Grants Module. Applications completed in June will be reviewed in July.
Initially, access to the Grants Module was limited to those members of the fully qualified clubs that received the required Grant Management Training as well as their presidents.  When President-Elect Steve Kirk of Concord Rotary tried to log in, he was not able to, even though he was the one trained member from his club. The ClubRunner support team was asked to help out and Steve’s access was enabled. However, Steve requested that other designated members of the Concord club be granted access to work on the application. That was not possible as the Grants Module was presently configured, but Steve was also insistent and persistent. READ MORE

Membership Corner: The object of Rotary's third goal
By Tom Sturiale
The third goal of the Object of Rotary is stated as, “The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life.” This is the basis of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” Quite a high standard!  While that is difficult to live up to, when you add up the good works of Rotary in our clubs, district and around the world, we are doing a darned good job.
The ideal of service is the essence of Rotary and we are surrounded by opportunities to apply the ideal of service in our communities and internationally. How do we identify these opportunities in our personal, business and community lives? They may not be readily apparent to us as we go about our daily lives but there are many devoted folks in our local communities and in international organizations who dedicate their lives to helping people. Consider the many organizations devoted to helping the poor, the homeless, the indigent, the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the injured veterans and many other needy people. Have we reached out to them to offer support – either financial or hands-on? Do we invite them to speak to our members about community problems and issues? Have we tied our fundraising efforts to specific community needs? READ MORE

PR Tips: Avoid overly wordy press releases
By Laura Spear
The average metropolitan newspaper story is between 500 and 600 words. Smaller, weekly newspapers typically limit articles to even fewer words. The easier you make it for them to tell your story, the easier it will be for them to report on it. Start with the most important information first, and place the nice-to-have content at the end.
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
By Victor Tom
The Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchangechairpersons 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.
This week, once the chairs have a confirmed current number of hosts, they will send e-mails to all of the travelers and to those still on a waiting list. There will be a mandatory organizational meeting this summer in Bedford, hosted by Patsy Lloyd to go over travel details, hand out badges, etc.
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
Victor Tom, co-chair of District 7910's Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange, may be reached

RYLA Reminder: Volunteers sought for next weekend

By Christine Pinney

Volunteers are being sought for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, which will be held next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Fitchburg State UniversityClick here, to volunteer now. Add your name to your sessions and favorite slots.
If you have any questions, visit
Christine Pinney, vice chair of District 7910's RYLA Committee, may be reached at

Mark Your Interact and Rotaract Calendars!
District 7910 will hold a joint Interact and Rotaract Training Seminar on Tuesday, September 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at place to be determined. This event is a follow-up to the separate Interact and Rotaract Training Seminars that were held last fall and this winter, respectively.
Read more about the Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar held on February 29 at Framingham State University, including video and slide presentations.
Polio Plus Report: District contributions status; New RI funding; New vaccine type

Status of District 7910 club contributions
By Carl Good III
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.
Carl Good, chair of District 7910's Polio Plus Committee, may be reached at
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 poliovirus 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.

Bandey-Hefler Reflections: Farewell photos and promo video 
imageClick here to view photo highlights of the 2015 Rotary Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange between District 7910 and Districts 1110 and 1145 in England.
imageClick here to view the promotional video for 2015-2016 Bandey-Hefler program in District 7910

Submit Content
To submit content for consideration for the Monday, June 27 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to District Governor Jim Fusco at
The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, June 24. 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.

Past Issues
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