I didn't realize I was already way past my halfway mark of my Rotary exchange until just recently. It's completely crazy to think that seven months ago I was working in a grocery store, living with my parents and my brothers, and having never been away from home for more than two weeks at a time. As I left for my exchange, I had no idea what to expect, and no idea how I was going to make it all work.
Cassidy is an Eastern States Exchange Student sponsored by the Rotary Club of Uxbridge. To visit their website, click here. To learn more on ESSEX, click here.
DISTRICT & CLUB ROUNDS
Auburn Rotary and FAME's Education Fundraiser Nets about $2,000 for Music-Education Scholarships, Other Charitable Endeavors
The Rotary Club of Auburn thanks everyone who attended and/or volunteered for the March 17 Auburn Rotary and Friends of Auburn Music Education's 2017 St. Patrick's Day Music & Wine Fundraiser for Education at Auburn's Pakachoag Church. The festive event raised about $2,000 for music-education scholarships and other charitable endeavors
Several District 7910 officials attended the event. They were:
Public Relations Chair Laura Spear; Immediate Past Assistant Governor Dick Andersen, and his wife, Lynn Andersen; Immediate Past Governor Jim Fusco and his wife, Karen Fusco, a member of the Rotary Club of Fitchburg; District Governor Pat Doyle; and Assistant Governor Satya Mitra. Also attending, were: Nashoba Valley Rotary President Chris Spear, Laura's husband; Co-District Governor Skip Doyle, Pat's husband; and Nashoba Valley Member Carl Gomes.
And, below, left to right: Assistant Governor Cliff Gerber, who advises the Auburn club, posing with organist Mark Mummert, cantor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, and pianist Virginia Bailey, a teacher in Auburn Public Schools' Fine Arts Department.
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Needham Looks for the Sky
Uxbridge Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser A Huge Success
RI PE Ian Riseley Attends, Addresses Northeast PETS in Framingham
Shown at the 2017 Northeast Presidents Elect Seminar last Thursday in Framingham, are the eight governors-elect in the Northeast posing with Rotary International President-Elect Ian Riseley (second from right). Among the DGEs is our own Karin Gaffney (third from right).
To view event photos by District 7910 Photographer Cheryl Rosen, a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson, click here.
Spontaneous donations at NEPETS totaled $5,500 for a Right to Read literacy project run by Shirley-Pat Chamberlain (shown, left) of the Rotary Club of Williams Lake, British Columbia. All eight districts decided to match the contribution, bringing the total up to$11,000. That is enough to fund half the$22,000 cost to get the library up and running.
Auburn Rotary, Horses and Heroes Foundation Saddle Up for Tarentino Strong
The Rotary Club of Auburn and the charitable, non-profit Horses and Heroes Foundation just got a nice write-up in Worcester Magazine for their collaborative effort to dedicate a police-patrol horse, Tarentino Strong, in honor of Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarantino Jr. (shown, left) who was shot and killed in the line of duty last year during a routine traffic stop. The Dedication Ceremony will be held in late April in Auburn. The horse is being purchased by the Revere-based Horses and Heroes Foundation, led by Skyllar Mullvaney, a member of the Rotary Club of Malden. The Foundation has bought and donated more than a dozen police-patrol horses in recent years in honor of police officers who were "involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty."
To learn more the Ronald Tarentino Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, click here.
Auburn Leverages 'Free Media' to Promote Education Fundraiser
Check out the Rotary Club of Auburn and Friends of Auburn Music Education's 1/4-page, four-color ad (page 3; shown, far left) in the March 3 issue of the weekly Yankee Xpress/Blackstone Valley Xpress as part of a media sponsorship of their 2017 St. Patrick's Day Music & Wine Fundraiser for Education, held on March 17. The ad ran again in the March 17 issue, which was delivered on March 16.Three other event-promotion venues: the banner ad on the Auburn Mass Daily website (second from left); the one-minute public-service announcement on Auburn Cable Access (second from right); and the electronic sign outside the Auburn Fire and Rescue Department (far right). These among the many "free media" ways to promote your own club's events and activities.
To download this event's Program Book in PDF format, click here
To learn more on Auburn Rotary, click here.
Chelmsford Honors Student of the Month
Framingham, Wachusett Area Partner for NEADS
The Rotary Clubs of Framingham and Wachusett Area have a combined District Grant project to support NEADS –National Education for Assistance Dog Services. As part of the various activities around that grant, Wachusett Area held a club meeting on March 3 at the NEADS campus in Princeton, arranging a tour of the various buildings as part of the visit.
Uxbridge Inducts Lori Cruz as Newest Member
Secretary Jane Mitchell (left) is shown inducting Lori Cruz (right) as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge.
In Support of Polish-Ukrainian Rotary Project
By Roy Balfour
The Polish-Ukrainian Rotary project deals with rehabilitation in Poland of a group of 25 Ukrainian children who are 10 to 12 years old, plus three accompanying adults. The children belong to families who lost their parents in the war unleashed in the East of Ukraine. This project has been successfully going on for the last three Rotary years successfully, and its main financial burden was carried by Polish Rotary clubs.
Westborough Donates to Good Shepard Lutheran Church for Food-Packing Event
Lett to right: Pastor Jeff Goodrich; Club Giving Chair Betsy Moquin; and President Gerry Gross
Montachusett Area Hears from AG Kevin Fry on Hero's Cup Hockey, April 21-23
Assistant Governor Kevin Fry is shown addressing the membership at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Montachusett Area at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster. He spoke about Hero's Cup Hockey on April 21 to 23.
The weekend-long event designed to bring firefighters, police officers, EMS, and military members together in a fun weekend to raise money and awareness for multiple charities. Each team will be playing for the charity of their choice, with a cash prize going to the winning teams charity of each division.
Westborough Welcomes Exchange Student
Left to right: Marcia Davis, chair of District 7910's Eastern States Student Exchange Committee; Exchange Student YukaIchihawa; Jeanne Reimonn; and President Gerry Gross.
Montachusett Area Sponsors New Interact Club
Members of the Rotary Club of Montachuset Area gathered together on February 15 to celebrate Charter Night for the new Interact Club at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School. Present at this celebration were many members of Montachusett Area Rotary.
District Interact Chair Bob Anthony, a Wellesley Rotarian, addressed the group as well as Monty Tech Principal Thomas Browne and Monty Tech Superintendent Dr. Sheila Harrity.
The Interact club, which has 20 members, was born because Co-Presidents Kayla Gerry (shown, left) and Casey Szlosek (shown, right) learned about Interact during RYLA 2016 and wanted to form a club.
Our Co-DGs Reunite with ESSEX Student
Co-District Governors Pat Doyle (seated, right) and Skip Doyle(seated, left) pose with, left to right, Alex Incorvia (daughter of the host mom), Host Mom Stacy Incorvia, and former ESSEX StudentMarilia Lomani.
Dean College Rotaract Organizes, Holds Blood Drive
During a recent blood drive by the Interact Club of Dean College, more than 40 people pre-registered to donate.
Left to right, sitting: Dean College Rotaractors Dean Bennettand Elizabeth Donahue
Left to right ,standing: Dean College Rotaract President Nua Toy-Giles and Franklin Rotary President Terry Katsaros
Needham, National Honor Society Join Forces for Food Packaging
The Rotary Club of Needham recently joined forces with 80 students from Needham High School's National Honor Society. They teamed up with Stop Hunger Now.
Multi-Club Power Play: Needham Teams Up with Framingham, Newton, Waltham and Watertown on India Solar-Power Project
The Rotary Clubs of Needham, Framingham, Newton, Waltham and Watertown have partnered to fund a $6,000 solar-power project (shown, left) for Film Nagar High School in Hyerabad, India. The host club there is the Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills, in District 3150.
Needham paid $3,000 of the $6,000 - $1,500 of which should come back as District Grant match. Watertown, Waltham, Newton and Framingham paid $500 each.
Bedford Gears Up for April Meal-Packing Event, April 8
Members of the Rotary Club of Bedford were recently invited to speak with Rod Brooks, president and CEO, and the Marc Vermouth, New England program manager of Stop Hunger Now. Held at the Red Heat Tavern in Bedford, the meeting was in recognition of Bedford Rotary’s enduring (annually since 2013) and successful meal-packing programs (more than one-quarter-million total meals packaged to date) in the Bedford area assisted by other Rotary clubs and industry partners. Rod Brooks congratulated and thanked Bedford Rotarians for their efforts, and revealed expanded directions for Stop Hunger Now, including water, agriculture and educational programs to combat worldwide hunger. In the next few weeks, Stop Hunger Now will announce a new global branding and logo to reflect this focus.
For 2017, Bedford Rotary has secured the morning of Saturday, April 8 at Middlesex Community College (Bedford Campus) for this year’s exciting meal-packing event. The club plans to have again multiple Rotary club and industry partners, including BAE Systems as the major corporate sponsor. If you are interested in joining this year’s event, please contact this year’s chair, Past District Governor Bob Cassidy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shown right: During Bedford Rotary's 2016 meal-packing event, volunteers from Rotary, industry and nearby communities had fun fighting world hunger, with assembly lines running from raw rice, in the foreground, to packaged boxes, in the background.
Great Fundraising Tool for All Clubs: Westborough uses PayPal to raise nearly $2,000 for Polio Plus
To research charities that have a registered 501(c)3 account with PayPal, click here.
To learn more about Westborough Rotary, click here.
District Highlights Fundraising Goals in Video
We are all well aware that The Rotary Foundationis celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017.Steve Kirk, president of the Rotary Club of Concord, has produced a five-minute video that outlines our own district’s fundraising goals for the current Rotary year, which ends next June 30.
To learn more about The Rotary Foundation, click here.
Video Now Available: Governor Baker addresses district Rotarians
The Rotary Club of Billerica has provided a video of Governor Charlie Baker's address to District 7910 Rotarians on September 27 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bedford. To watch the two-hour-47-minute video, click here.
The Rotary Clubs of Bedford, Billerica, Lowell, Newton and Shrewsbury sponsored the event, which was a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities. To view event photos, click here.
Great Fundraising Idea for All Clubs: Milford distributes '16 Tab to 13,000 homes with record sales, 94 photos, 334 smiling faces