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.

2016 District Conference: Plymouth Rocks!
by District 7910 Conference Committee
May 20, 21 and 22
Hotel 1620 At Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth
Click here to Register Now!
Click here to download the 11-page, 'everything you need to know' District Conference Booklet, which contains:
  • Schedule
  • Pricing
  • Hospitality 'Sweets' Request Form
  • Cruise Registration Form
  • Golf Registration Form
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Facebook 'Like' Contest
Click here to watch the three-minute promo video, produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simon

RYLA: Student online registration opens March 15
Student online registration for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards will open this Tuesday, March 15. 
Click here, for online registration.

Club Visits
Invite District Governor Jim Fusco to your club's 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
Monday, March 14-Monday, March 29
Thursday, March 17
6:30-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster
Saturday, March 19
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
York County Community College, Wells, ME
Wednesday, March 22 
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location to be determined

Saturday, March 26
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Amica Mutual Insurance, Lincoln, RI
Tuesday, March 29 
7:00-8:00 p.m.

RI Spotlight
Register for the Jubilee of Rotarians
Don’t miss a rare opportunity to celebrate Rotary with Pope Francis during the Jubilee of Rotarians on April 30 in Rome. This special Jubilee event, called on by Francis, is a commitment to serve with joy and in peace across the world. The registration deadline is March 15. Learn more about the Jubilee, click here.

Attend A Presidential Conference 
Find innovative ways to improve your community by attending the final of five presidential conferences in 2016, hosted by Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran (shown) and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith. Each will highlight one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus:
Conferences will be led by local Rotary districts and are open to both members and non-members. They will feature engaging speakers, informative general sessions, and hands-on workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow leaders and take away new ideas and strategies to put into action.

Zone 32 Foundation Webinar Now Available
On February 2, Rotary Zone 32, of which District 7910 is a part, held a webinar titled “Best Practices to Improve Foundation Giving." If you missed that webinar, click here to watch video of it, and click here to download the PowerPoint presentation for it.
To read Zone 24 & 32's February 2016 Beyond Borders newsletter, click here.
RI Membership Resource Guide: Winter 2016
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.
Rotary Global Rewards helps you share Rotary by:
  • Doing more good work: Involve more members in Rotary projects with savings on truck rentals, airfare, and hotels.
  • Building Rotary friendships: Forge richer friendships with fellow members with your dining and entertainment offers.
  • Sharing our story with someone new: Tell people about Rotary’s work when you use discounts at coffee shops and restaurants.
Our rewards program is even more special now because members are invited to build it. This fall, Rotarians can add their company’s special offers to our growing portfolio of Rotary Global Rewards.
Where will Rotary Global Rewards take you? Sign in to My Rotary, go to the Member Center, and learn more. If you don’t have an account, create one now at www.rotary.org/myrotary.
The good you do comes back to you! 

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.
Governor's Message
A busy week capped off with NEPETS
By Jim Fusco
There was a lot for me to do as I prepared to leave for the Northeast Presidents Elect Training Seminar, held last Thursday through Saturday in Framingham.  We held a Youth Service Committee to commence planning for our second Interact/Rotaract Training Seminar, which will be held on September 17 at a place to be determined. Last Tuesday, I went to Fitchburg Rotary and had the honor of inducting Worker’s Credit Union as that club’s first Corporate Member. Read more
Click here to download or print this newsletter, in PDF format.
Click here for past issues.
Download or print the meeting minutes for 2016 District Conference Committee
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Welcome, New Members
Please welcome the newest Rotarians in our district (alphabetical order by last name):

Rotarians In Memoriam
Bart BratkoWellesley
Bart was an active member of Wellesley Rotary, joining in 1957. He was club president in 1962-1963 and the club’s third Paul Harris Fellow in 1978.

District & Club Rounds
NEPETS Album: Photo highlights of 2016 Northeast Presidents Elect Training Seminar
Click here to view and download JPEG-format photos of the 2016 Northeast Presidents Elect Training Seminar, which took place on March 10, 11 and 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham.
The photos were taken by District Archivist Cheryl Rosen and District Webmaster Steve Jones-D'Agostino.
Note: Make sure to hit the "i" icon in the upper-right corner each photo page, which will reveal information about that photo.
Shown, left to right: Co-Governors-Elect Skip and Pat Doyle; Rotary International President Rick King, who was the keynote speaker during NEPETS' March 10 dinner; Karen Fusco of the Fitchburg Rotary club, and District Governor Jim Fusco. They posed together following that dinner.

District Conference: Things I want you to know
By Jim Fusco
I will run “Things you should know” in every Newsletter until the 2016 District Conference on May 20 through 22 in Plymouth - and I will highlight different items each week. This week, I am presenting “Saturday afternoon free time.”
We have two prepaid options for you to celebrate your free time on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21. Free time will be from 12 noon to 4 pm. Register for only one of these options because they will be occurring at the same time.
  • Harbor Cruise aboard the Pilgrim Belle: click here. Five-minute walk from the hotel. 1-1/12-hour cruise of Plymouth Harbor. You must register and pay for this event in advance because space is limited. Your price includes a box lunch: for Deli Box lunch $30, click here; and for Lobster Roll, $40, click here.
  • Golfing at the Squirrel Run Golf Course: click here. 14 minute drive from the hotel. Tee time is 12 noon. A great opportunity to golf at the beautiful Squirrel Run Golf Course. Price is only $40 person and includes your golf cart. Space is limited so make your reservations early: click here.
Many other things to do
There are also many other things in the Plymouth area you can do. Here are a few suggestions. Registration is not required for these activities:
  • Plymouth Rock: Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor is only 75 feet from the waterfront, and Plymouth Rock is only a short walk away, along the harbor. After seeing the Rock, just stroll along Water Street and enjoy the quaint shops.
  • Plimouth Plantation: 13-minute drive from the hotel. In our House of Friendship, there will be a display by Plimouth Plantation. Stop by the display and pick up your discount tickets. Enjoy Plimouth Plantation on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday, with admission.
  • Walking Tour of Plymouth: Just walk out the front door of the Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor and you will be a short walk from quaint shops, restaurants, ice cream shops, souvenir shops, wineries and more.
  • Stay at Hotel 1620: If you choose not to leave the hotel, there would plenty to do. Wander through the House of Friendship and see all the great displays that your clubs and District 7910 have created. Or, just enjoy a leisurely afternoon at the indoor pool.
Check out our 11-page everything-you-need-to-know Conference Booklet, which contains the Schedule, Prices, Hospitality “Sweets” Application Form, Cruise Registration Form; Golf Registration Form, Frequently Asked Questions, and Facebook “Like” Contest. Click here, to view, download and/or print it.
In just 66 days, our annual District Conference will take place at The Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth.
Registration is now open. To register nowclick here.
To download the District Conference Souvenir Book order form, click here.
To watch the 'Pilgrim Jim' promo video, which was produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, click here.

Acton-Boxborough Rotary Celebrates Rotary’s 111th, Holds Meet and Greet
By Palma Cicchetti
Acton-Boxborough Rotary had a lovely Meet and Greet along with a celebration of Rotary’s 111th anniversary on February 24 at Le Lyonnais in Acton. Big thanks go to Joan and Gerard for opening their beautiful restaurant and providing savory cheeses, crackers, fine wine, soft drinks, coffee and dessert. Thank you for the exquisitely presented food and the jolly-good time!
 It is always a fun event to thank the supporters and friends of Rotary and to meet new people from our community. Everybody had a good time socializing and meeting our guests and our members in a non-formal setting. We had 14 guests and 12 Rotarians. 
Special appreciation to the participating members - Joan, Frank Sibley, Bud, Robin, Palma, Marianne, Lee Anne, Karen, Mark, Bob Chartier, Marvin and Diana - for coming and sharing their Rotary history, and talking about their dedication to Acton-Boxborough Rotary.
I would like to thank our membership chair, Marvin, for structuring and leading the evening. Diana introduced Rotary with its history, its objectives and its values. Our guests were informed what we do as a club, heard our members’ history with Rotary, and the variety of ways to participate. 
After the evening, our guests agreed unanimously on the pleasant time we all had, the captivating explanation of the Rotary history and its 111th anniversary, the Four Way Test, avenues of service of Rotary, and our club’s many different projects and functions. We all made sure to manifest the beauty of Rotary with its boundless opportunities!
Palma Cicchetti, Acton-Boxborough Rotary’s Public Image chair, may be reached at palmacicchetti@comcast.net.

Brookfields Rotary Awards Four $1,000 Scholarships
On February 28, at a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of the Brookfields, four students were presented with $1,000 scholarship-award checks. The students spoke to the club about their future career choices. One was in a nursing program, two were in pre-med (with one of them starting with biomedical engineering), and the fourth was going for pharmacology.
The Brookfields club services seven towns in which there are a total of four high schools. President Lynn Duffy-O'Shea (shown, standing, far right) encouraged the students to seek out and become involved in Rotaract or some other non-profit organization.

Concord Rotary Honors Dick and Joanie Hale
The Rotary Club of Concord recently hosted an Ice Skating Party at the Edge in Bedford – and had a blast! To add to the event, Dick and Joanie Hale were honored for their Rotary service. Dick (shown, right) has more than 50 years of perfect attendance.
A few of their kids and grandkids were there to support them, watch them walk down the red carpet, and shower them with sunflowers! Thank you to District Governor Jim Fusco (shown, center) and Assistant Governor Steve Levitsky (shown, left) for being the masters of ceremony!

Fitchburg Rotary Inducts Worker’s Credit Union As Corporate Member
The Rotary Club of Fitchburg is proud to announce that Workers Credit Union has joined as a corporate member. The members of the WCU team were inducted by District Governor Jim Fusco (shown, far right) at the club's meeting last Tuesday.
The WCU  team is headed by Jack Doolin (second from right), of human resources. And if the name “Doolin” sounds familiar, you are correct. Jack is the husband of Bonnie Doolin, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Marlborough.
The other members of the WCU team are: Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott (third from right), COO and executive vice president; Darryl Richardson (third from left), assistant vice president and branch manager; and David Thibodeau (second from left), vice president of informational technology.
Also shown is Fitchburg Sergeant at Arms Paul Gauvin (far left), who sponsored the WCU team.

Montachusett Area Rotary uses grant to support literacy
Congratulations to Montachusett Area Rotary for a fine write-up in the Leominster Champion on its matching grant from The Rotary Foundation to push local literacy. Shown are Jennifer Peck (left) and Allison Giangrande (right), members of the Montachusett Area. They are displaying dictionaries given to third-graders in Leominster, Westminster and Ashburnham.
Montachusett Area Rotary recently received a matching grant from District 7910 Rotary Foundation for $1,222 to support local literacy initiatives for students in the Montachusett area. These funds were matched with local club funds to create a $2,500 grant to support a number of local literacy initiatives.

Westford Rotary Hosts Westford Academy’s Peace Love Cupcakes
Peace Love Cupcakes is a non-profit organization by Westford Academy students Olivia Overington (shown, left), Lauren Flynn (shown, middle) and Dorothy Goodwin (shown, right). The non-profit was started when the young ladies were 12 years old. The focus through 2017 is a water project in Africa. They have raised more than $17,000 with different activities and events. They spoke to the club about this project regarding Rotary funding.

Ukraine Rotary Clubs Need Our Help With Recent Polio Outbreaks
Twenty-five years ago, the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury co-sponsored the first Rotary club in Ukraine, which was the Rotary Club of Kiev. Now, a quarter-century later, Ukraine needs our help with recent polio outbreaks in that eastern European nation.
Rotary in Ukraine has now has grown to more 43 clubs. Click here to watch a video posted by our fellow Rotarians in Ukraine regarding the recent outbreak of polio. It demonstrates that with low awareness and low vaccination rates, one plane ride can cause this disease reappear again overnight and anywhere - even in America. Ukraine Rotary clubs are looking for help. The best way is to make a donation of any size. To make a donation, click here.
Every donation gets amplified by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donates $2 for every $1 donated by Rotarians. That causes each donation of $1 to triple to $3. Click here to learn more about that match.

Major District & Club Happenings: Spring 2016
Sunday, March 20: Northborough Rotary - Pancake Breakfast
Click here for breakfast details, in PDF format

Tuesday, March 22: Hudson Rotary - Author Bob J.S. Ross Talk
Click here for talk details, in PDF format

Thursday, March 31: District 7910 - Social Media Seminar
Click here for seminar details, in PDF format

Wednesday, April 6: Tewksbury - Taste of the Town
Click here for taste details, in PDF format

Friday, April 8: District 7910: Ad Deadline for  District Conference Souvenir Book
Click here for the order form, in PDF format

Saturday, April 9: Uxbridge - Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Click here for tasting details, in PDF format

Friday, April 15: District 7910 - Deadline for Facebook Contest
Click here for contest details, in PDF format

Wednesday, April 20: District 7910 - Deadline for District Conference Hospitality 'Sweets'
Click here for request form, in PDF format

Sunday, May 1: Northborough Rotary - 5 & 10K Road/Trail Run
Click here for run flyer, in PDF format

Saturday, June 4: Worcester - Celebrate Community Gala
Click here for event details, 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.

Committee Spotlight
Foundation Notice: Qualification status for 2016-’17 grants
By Sanjay Deshpande
During the 2016-2017 Rotary year, which begins this July 1, one qualifying criterion for participation in District 7910’s District Grants and Global Grants is per-capita contributions to The Rotary Foundation during the 2015-’16 year. These contributions can be made to the Annual Fund - Share, all other Annual Fund designations, and Polio Eradication-approved or Foundation-approved grants. That is, all Global Grants.
As of this March 7, here is the qualification status on the per-capita Foundation Giving criterion: Read more

RYLA Reminder: Online student registration opens March 15

By Christine Pinney

Check out our online student registration for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.






Registration opens this Tuesday, March 15.
Click here, for online registration.

Please inform selected students and alternates that they must:

1. Fill out the online registration
2. Print out the signature page
3. Sign it along with their parents/guardians
4. Deliver the form to their RYLA contact ASAP
Completed paperwork must be sent to our RYLA registrar and postmarked by this May 1.
If you have any questions, visit www.ryla7910.org.

Christine Pinney, vice chair of District 79810's RYLA Committee, may be reached at christine@christinepinney.com

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. Only four clubs have contributed more than $500 each, and only four have exceed our district's goal of $1,500 per club. The good news: Our district is 58 percent ahead of this time last year.
Carl Good, chair of District 7910's Polio Plus Committee, may be reached at carlgood@yahoo.com.
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.

Rotaract Roundup: District 7910 Holds First-Ever Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar
By Carl Gomes
On February 29, the first-ever District Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar was held at Framingham State University. This was part of a long-term strategy and commitment that District Governor Jim Fusco is developing with his New Generations team to empower and grow all youth programs in District 7910. This effort began several months ago, when Jim challenged Ron Bott, District Interact chair, and me as District Rotaract chair to recommend to him what could be and needed to be done to strengthen and grow both Interact and Rotaract in our district. Read more, including video and slide presentations.

Membership Corner: What is a membership chair to do?

By Tom Sturiale
By definition, job No. 1 is to attract new members into Rotary. But really is that all? And, by the way, how? It may be that the job is much more important and it can be argued that it is the most important job in the Rotary club. If we think the only task before the membership chair is to bring in new members, we may continue to observe the same results of the past. That is, new members enter the club, sit around for a few months, attend fewer meetings, do not get involved, fail to be embraced by all the members, do not attend any district events, and finally leave Rotary, totally disillusioned. Check your club records. How many new members have been inducted into your Rotary club during the past 10 years and how many of them are still in Rotary?
A more broadened description of the membership chair’s job may include some of the following four ideas: Read more

PR Tips: Rotary International has videos that you can use
By Laura Spear
Click on the Rotary video library to find videos about Rotary International that your club can use at your events, on your website or social media platforms, or on local cable TV. Once you're in that library, click on the “Who Are We” tab for videos that tell the story of Rotary. The “Our Causes” tab includes videos on Rotary projects from around the world. The “Our Young Leaders” tab features videos about youth programs and activities, such as Interact and Rotaract. And, the “Our Events” tab features videos on Rotary-sponsored events such as World Polio Day and the international convention. Download and share them today!
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at laura@spear.net.
Register TODAY: District 7910 Social Media Seminar
To Register Now, click here
Are you ready to get social? Mark your calendars for March 31! It's time for our District 7910 Social Media Seminar. The content for this seminar resulted from our third-quarter District PR Meeting and is designed for new and not-so-new users of social media. Attendees can mix and match - attend a Facebook Tips and Tricks session, a LinkedIn 101 session, and a Videos session, for example. To get the most out of the event, have several members of your club attend. The best part ... it's free

District Positions: Treasurer
By Jim Fusco
The district treasure is elected for a term of three years by the District Nominating Committee and is automatically a trustee of the district, according to Article IV of District Resolutions. Lee Ouellette of the Rotary Club of Dracut is the current treasurer and her term will expire this June 30. The Nominating Committee has selected Jack Hoell of the Neponset Valley club to replace for the Rotary year that begins this July 1. Read more

Post-PETS Reminder: Training, training, training
By Pat and Skip Doyle
Post-Presidents Elect Training Seminar (a.k.a. District Assembly, and open to all Rotary club officers) is an annual opportunity to inspire and prepare club leaders before they take office.
When and Where:
  • Friday, April 8, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Inn, Boxborough


The purpose of this seminar is to:
  • Prepare incoming club leaders for their year in office and build their leadership teams
  • Give the district governor-elect and incoming assistant governors and district committees the opportunity to motivate club leadership teams and develop their working relationships
All those who accept key club leadership roles are encouraged to attend Post-PETS.
Participants should include:
  • Presidents-elect (who are required to attend both the PETS and the Post-PETS seminars)
  • Incoming club secretaries
  • Incoming club treasurers
  • Incoming club committee chairs (especially, chairs of the administration, membership, public relations, and service projects committees)
Pat and Skip Doyle, co-district governors-elect, may be reached at pwdoyle2@ verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net, respectively. 

Foundation Grants: 2016-2017 and Beyond
By Sanjay Deshpande
During the Foundation Transition meeting on February 22, I, as incoming District Foundation chair, made a presentation titled "Foundation Grants in 2016-2017 and Beyond." To view and download the presentation, in PDF format, click here.
Sanjay Deshpande may be reached at sanjdesh51@aol.com.

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

Peace Fellowships: Application Deadline Is May 31
By Terry Parker
Each year, Rotary International selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of RI’s Peace Centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Read more

2015-2016 District Directory
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Submit Content
To submit content for consideration for the Monday, March 21 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to District Governor Jim 
Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com
The submission deadline is Friday, March 18. All text must be in Word format. All images must be in either JPEG or PDF format.​​

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