10 Reasons Why You Should Register Today For Thursday’s Free Social Media Seminar
By Laura Spear
We are only four days away from District 7910’s Social Media Seminar, which takes place this Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster! It’s free - and open to all Rotarians and non-Rotarians.
Here are 10 reasons why you should register today for this free event:
10. Free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. (Cash bar, for those who indulge.)
9. It is open to the public.
8. We have lined up seven fabulous speakers, both Rotarians and non-Rotarians, including social media and marketing consultants from this area.
7. Registrations contribute to your Best Club points.
6. Learn all about creating integrated social media plans.
5. Learn how to create quick and easy videos. The single most important strategy in content marketing today is video.
4. Know the difference between a tweet and a hashtag.
3. Learn how to post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. – and all, at the same time!
2. Learn how to create a Facebook page or, if you have one already, tips and tricks to help market you, your club, and your business.
1. It’s free! (Really, how much is it?) It’s free!
Even better, just send me an e-mail, and I can register you myself. It’s that easy. And, did I mention? It’s free!
Laura Spear, who chairs the District PR Committee, may be reached at email@example.com.
District Membership Webinar Set for April 27
By Satya Mitra
District 7910’s Membership Committee has set a Membership Development Webinar for Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
Increasing the number of members should be a top priority for your Rotary club. As we approach the beginning of the 2016-2017 Rotary year, every club should have a Membership Development Plan in place to increase and retain membership.
The webinar will include the process of creating a Membership Development Plan plus provides strategies and tools you can use to attract and engage new members.
Club-assessment tools will be shared that will enable you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your club related to attracting and retaining members. There will be a review of best practices to be a vibrant club, which is essential to attracting new members.
The webinar is intended for club officers, club Membership chairs, Membership Committee members, assistant governors and anyone interest in learning how to increase membership in your club.
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 you strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave.
RI Presidential Citation: Nomination deadline is March 31
Nashoba Valley Rotary seeks volunteers for, offers experience Financial Reality Fair
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is sponsoring its fourth Financial Reality Fair on Friday, April 15 from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Nashoba Regional High School, located at Green Street and Route 117 in Bolton. Here’s your opportunity to volunteer and experience first-hand what a Reality Fair is all about.
We have the opportunity to provide a valuable life lesson to all 260-plus 10th graders at the high school - yes, you have to pay for electricity - and have fun at the same time! Volunteer materials will be provided in advance.
To sign up, or for more information, contact Nashoba Valley Rotarian Laura Spear at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newton Rotary’s ‘Newton Has Talent’ Accepting Auditions
The Rotary Club of Newton’s “Newton Has Talent” is again accepting auditions for its 2016 competition. More than $1,500 in prize money is available, and anyone who is over 13 and lives, works or goes to school in Newton can compete.
“Newton Has Talent” is a major fundraiser for Newton Rotary. Each year, the club gives out scholarships to graduating seniors and grants to local organizations. The club also recognizes a "Student of the Month" each month, collects food and toiletries for local food pantries, provides camperships for kids who need some help with their summer plans, and does a variety of hands-on service projects that help the Newton community.
For more information, contact Newton Membership Chair Susan Peghiny at email@example.com.
Dedham Rotary visits local nursing home
Each spring, members of the Rotary Club of Dedham visit one of the local nursing homes and distribute to each resident a vase of flowers to brighten their day. This year, Traditions Senior Living was selected.
Shown, are: Irene Polito (left), mother of Past District Governor Tom Polito; and Dedham Rotarian Marie-Louise Kehoe (right).
Franklin Rotary Recognizes 10 Paul Harris Fellows
On March 24, the Rotary Club of Franklin recognized 10 Paul Harris Fellows, including club President Frank Cusanno (shown, middle).
District Governor Jim Fusco (shown, right) helped Foundation Chair Jeff Morrill (shown, left) distribute the awards, and then District Foundation Chair Roy Balfour spoke about the Rotary Foundation and congratulated the Franklin Rotarians for their generous donations of over $180,00 to the Rotary Foundation.
Westborough Rotary Sponsors ‘Be Like Brit’ Child
The Rotary Club of Westborough has received the name and photo of the child whom the club is sponsoring through the Be Like Brit Foundation. Her name is Darlandyna (shown, left), she is five years old, and she is just adorable. Our sponsorship covers her housing, education, and more.
District 7910 Celebrates Successful Guyana Playground Project
Every year, a group of Rotarians from District 7910 travel to a third-world country to accomplish a "hands-on"project with the resident Rotary club. This February, our district team traveled to Georgetown, Guyana to build a playground for special-needs students at a local school.
Afterward, the Rotary members went to a local orphanage to visit the children and deliver stuffed toys, books and games. The Rotary Club of Georgetown coordinated the visit and participated in the activities. This is another good example of Rotary at work and Rotary international service.
For the trip highlights, click here to view a three-minute video.
Rotary’s Dictionary Project Comes Full Circle in Massachusetts
After learning about The Dictionary Project in the late ‘90s, the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough decided to visit several local elementary schools and hand out personalized dictionaries. Little did they know, one third-grade student from their 1998 project in an Acton-Boxborough school would become a teacher. And, not just any teacher – a third-grade teacher!
Today, Mairin Gulliver teaches at Luther Conant School in Acton. This year, when Rotarians came to her class to hand out the dictionaries, she told them that she received her personal dictionary from the Rotary club when she was in third grade and still has it! She remembers the day when Rotarians came to her class and gave each student their own book. “I remember taking my book home and flipping through the pages to find new information,” Mairin says. Today, she uses the donated dictionaries in her classroom to teach basic dictionary skills through a treasure hunt activity. After the strategy-based lesson, the students get to take their books home to use for their spelling and language-arts practice worksheets.
When asked why paperback dictionaries are important, Mairin explains that having a personal dictionary puts each child on the same playing field. Although resources and learning materials can be monitored in the classroom environment, teachers such as her recognize that not every child has access to a computer – or even books at home. “Like our motto here at Luther Conant School, the whole child is the whole idea, we want our students to have every resource available to be successful,” Mairin says.
To learn more about The Dictionary Project, click here.
Brookline Rotary Signs Up Candidates To Launch Interact Club
By Bob Anthony
During District 7910 training, District Interact Chair Ron Bott suggested community events are an opportunity to sign-up candidates to launch an Interact club. That is exactly what Marina Brodskaya of the Rotary Club of Brookline did on February 28. She helped community leaders, Urban Improv, and Wellesley Interact teens schedule a Teen Wellness Workshop, which identified teens interested in creating an Interact club in Brookline to perform community service focused on mental health and wellness promotion.
Shown right, standing, left to right, are Merle Perkins of Urban Improv andNicole Frontero of Wellesley Interact (Photo: Bob Anthony)
Urban Improv included the audience in skits on problem-solving and coping with life's worries, including awareness of
suicidal ideation in oneself or a friend. Peer leaders showed an excerpt from the documentaryBreak Free From Depression and facilitated small group discussions. After the workshop, age 12-18 participants were invited to sign-up for training as Interact peer leaders. The event was hosted by United Parishwith volunteers from other congregations, health-care providers, Brookline Rotary, Brookline High School, the Teen Center, and Adolescent Wellness.
Shown, above, are Wellesley Interact teens introducing teen leaders from Brookline (Photo: Bob Anthony)
The content used in the event was theBreak Free From Depressiondocumentary and manual from Boston Children’s Hospital. It is included in a kit called “Wellness in a Box” (shown, right), which any Rotary club may order from the Rotary Club of Wellesley. It provides the resources to create an Interact club with a Mental Health & Wellness Promotion project.
Bedford Rotary To Pack Meals For Stop Hunger Now On May 14
The Rotary Club of Bedford will attempt to feed 250,000 children with their fourth annual Meals for Kids food packaging event in partnership with Stop Hunger Now on May 14 at the Bedford campus of Middlesex Community College.
The Rotary Club, composed of just a few dozen business professionals from Bedford and its surrounding communities, began feeding hungry children in 2013. That first year they established their relationship with Stop Hunger Now, they raised enough money and gathered enough volunteer packagers to put together enough packaged meals to feed 15,000 hungry children. Read more
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.