Due to a change in ownership of the Boxborough Holiday Inn, most of our district meetings will be relocated. 
Please verify the meeting locations for all events and committee meetings just prior to the meeting date.

SIGN UP NOW: District 7910 membership workshops


Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Auburn
Thursday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Acton
Tuesday, March 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Wellesley
Thursday, March 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., West Boylston
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Download the Conference Highlights flyer (shown):

To download the Conference Sponsorship Donation form in PDF format, click here
To download the Rotary Waterfire Fundraiser brochure in PDF form


Important District Meetings To Bring To Your Attention

By Pat and Skip Doyle

This past week's meetings reminded us of two things. One, we only have four months left as your district governors. And two, those four months are packed with district events and the meetings needed to plan them.
The meeting we would like to bring to your attention today is the Council Meeting with our past district governors, held last Thursday. Nine PDGs met with us, District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager and District Governor-Nominee-Designate Pam Anastasi. Our past district governors don't get a lot of mention and some might say they don't get a lot of attention, either. Finding an appropriate role in the years following a term as governor can be a challenge.  
PDGs have knowledge, connections, training, experience - and lots of good ideas.  The challenge is translating that passion into action. Or, to quote a Rotary Zone 24/32 publication, having a PDG means having a "proactive, dynamic guide rather than past district governor."
Rotary International spends a great deal of time and money training those of us in the district-governor track. The training we were exposed to at Zone Institutes and the International Assembly was of the highest caliber and we are sure RI expects us to continue to put this training to use for the good of our district, our zone and RI.
The PDGs we met with last Thursday evening represented 27 years of training and action. We thank them for sharing their guidance and wisdom. Many of the readers of this Governor's Message are newer members who have not had the privilege of meeting many of our PDGs. For this reason, we will be adding a column similar to <eet the Presidents, called meet the Past District Governors.  PDG Carol Toomey's interview is below.
Shown, front, left to right, are PDGs Ed Hall, Val Callahan, and Roger Frost
Shown back, left to right, are PDGs Klaus Hachfeld,  Carol Toomey, Carl Kalisczski, Jim Fusco, Ed King and Bob Cassidy
QuadCon Call
Interactors from all over the District 7910 are getting excited about theYouth Conference to be held as part of the Multi District Conference - QuadCon, for short - this April in  Providence. Check Quadcon web page for updates. 
Four important things to know:
1. The weekly submission deadline for the Newsletter is Friday. As usual, text content must be submitted in Word format, and image content, in either JPEG or PDF format. Continue to submit your content to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at
2. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: The RYLA Club Pack has been updated and posted on When you download it, you will notice changes from last year. Please read the material carefully and direct your questions to Christine Pinney, chair of the RYLA Committee,who may be reached at The RYLA season has begun and the RYLA Committee is working to make RYLA 2017 the "best RYLA ever." (See RYLA article, right-hand column.)
3. Club Planning Worksheet: To download the Club Planning Worksheet, click here.This worksheet is made available to clubs so they can gauge their progress in achieving the goals they set last July.  This month is a good time to review the worksheet and see how far you have come and how much farther you need to go as a club. You may surprise yourselves and realize that you are well on the way to earning district recognition. We recommend the club president appoint the president-elect to be the "champion" of the Worksheet, and to use it as a guide for the club, and to report monthly to the club's membership and board on the club's progress.
4. As your district governors, we have resolved to:
  • Revisit as many clubs as possible in the next few months.
  • Help our clubs achieve the goals they set in July
  • Do all we can to build membership in the district
  • Plan a grand event to celebrate our Million Dollar Foundation Journey
  • "Move the ball forward," in harmony, with District Governor-ElectKarin Gaffney, District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager and District Governor-Nominee-Designate Pamela Anastasi
  • Celebrate all of this at our Multi-District Conference this April in in Providence
'GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE' PAGE (in case you want to share a link to this article)
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle (shown, right) may be reached
Click here to submit content for the Tuesday, March 14 issue. 
The submission deadline for this issue is Friday, March 10.
Click here for past issues.


Alphabetical, by last name
  • Robert Boley, Westford
  • Margaret Grenier, Worcester
  • Jin Huang, Westborough
  • David Park, Newton
  • Claudia Pietrewicz, Milford
  • Chanel Prunier, Worcester
Remember to ask ... ask ... ask!


New Deadline: April 15
Applications Sought for David and Eleanor Morley Endowed Global Grant Scholarship
To learn more about the Morley Scholarship, click here.
To download the application in Word formatclick here.
To download the application in PDF format, click here.
To download the flyer in PDF formatclick here.





We share with you the results of club-membership growth in our district during Rotary year 2016-2017, which began July 1.
This is a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities.

InterviewS with PDGS

Carol Toomey, Nashoba Valley
Past District Governor, 2009-2010


Please tell us what factors helped you decide to join Rotary.
I met PDG Bob Erickson when I moved my Action Unlimited office from Marlboro to Maynard in 1970. My office was next door to his and I used to tease him about how much nicer his office was than mine. I started running ads in my paper for the pancake breakfast that the Acton Rotary had. In the ad, it said all the good things they did with the money. I went to them and asked if I could join. Little did I know that women weren’t allowed.



Auburn Leverages 'Free Media' to Promote Fundraiser
Check out the Rotary Club of Auburn's  1/4-page, four-color ad (page 3; shown, above left) and article (page 29, shown, above right) in the March 3 issue of the weekly Yankee Xpress/Blackstone Valley Xpress as part of a media sponsorship of Auburn Rotary and Friends of Auburn Music Education's upcoming 20176 St. Patrick's Day Music & Wine Fundraiser for Education. The ad and article will run again in the March 17 issue.This is one of many "free media" ways to promote your club's events and activities.
To learn more on Auburn Rotary, click here.

In Support of Polish-Ukrainian Rotary project

By Roy Balfour

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
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.

Nashoba Valley Celebrates 5th Birthday
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley celebrated its 5th birthday on February 23, which happened to be Rotary International’s 112th birthday. The club, which was chartered on February 24, 2012, celebrated with party games, cake, decorations, video highlights from the past five years, and a speaker from Boston Gleaners. Check out the Facebook photo album for more pictures, including a rousing game of Simon Says.
To learn more on Nashoba Valley Rotaryclick here.

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.
To learn more on Westborough Rotary, click here.

D7910 Well-Represented at Zone 24/32 Coordinator Training in Evanston
Among the people shown posing at the entrance to RI headquarters are District 7910 Rotarians who have appeared in our weekly newsletter and/or have spoken at D7910 events.
They are: Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco; Past District Governor Carol Toomey; District PR Chair Laura Spear; Past District Governor Greg RocheCarolyn Johnson, of District 7780; Rotary International Director Dean Rohrs; Incoming RI Director Jeffery Cadorette; and Past RI Director Bryn Styles.

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.
To learn more on Montachusett Area Rotary, click here.

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.
To learn more on ESSEX, click here.

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

Uxbridge Donates $500 to Tri-County Meals On Wheels
On February 7, the Rotary Club of Uxbridge presented a $500 check to Tri County Meals on Wheels.
Left to right: Joan MacKinnon; Bev Clarke, fundraiser; Kristen McCarthy, President Linn Doll-Butler and Mike Rooney.
To learn more on Uxbridge Rotary, click here.

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.
To view the event's photo album, click here.
To learn more on Needham Rotary, click her


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.
To learn more about:

Bedford Gears Up  for April Meal-Packing Event
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
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.
To learn more about Bedford Rotary, click here.

Great Fundraising Tool for All Clubs: Westborough uses PayPal to raise nearly $2,000 for Polio Plus
Tresearch charities that have a registered 501(c)3 account with PayPalclick 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 Foundationclick 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 videoclick here.
The Rotary Clubs of BedfordBillerica, LowellNewton 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 photosclick here.

Great Fundraising Idea for All Clubs: Milford distributes '16 Tab to 13,000 homes with record sales, 94 photos, 334 smiling faces
To read the Milford  RotaryTabclick here.
To learn more about Milford Rotary, click here.

On to Atlanta in 2017: Register now!
For more information on the RI Convention, click here
Planning to attend? Contact District RI Convention Chair Steve Glines.
To learn moreclick here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here.

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as '16-'17 DGs
To watch a video of the installationclick here.

District Banners Available
Our district banners are available for your use when you have an upcoming event or fundraiser. 
If you want to reserve one of the banners, please contact PR Chair Laura Spear at


Friday, March 10:  Hudson - 'LOL Comedy Night'
For more information, click here

Saturday, March 11: Uxbridge - 'Wine and Chocolate Tasting'
To visit and "like" our Facebook page, click here 
To download event flyer, click here 

Saturday, April 15: District 7910 - 'Extended Deadline for Morley Scholarship Applications'
To learn more, click here
To download revised flyer in PDF format, click here

Friday, March 17: Auburn - 'St. Patrick's Day Music & Wine Fundraiser'
To learn more, and to purchase tickets, click here
To download event flyer in PDF format, click here
To watch one-minute TV PSA, click here

Friday, March 17: Billerica - 'Finnegan's Wake Hilarious'
To download flyer in PDF format, click here

Tuesday, March 21; Thursday, March 23; Tuesday, March 28; or Thursday, Match 30: - District 7910 - 'Membership Workshops'
To register for March 21 in Auburn, click here
To register for March 23 in Acton: click here
To register for March 28 in Wellesley, click here
To register for March 30 in West Boylston, click here
To download flyer in PDF format, click here

Friday, April 7: Concord - 'Pops for a Playground'
To download event flyer, click here


Send flyers of your club's major events and activities, in either JPEG or PDF format, to Immediate Past District 
Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at


You may submit event information per the District 7910 Promotional Guidelines. If your club does not use ClubRunner, please send your event information to Immediate Past Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim And, please make sure to add Jim to your club's distribution list.






FOR: MARCH 7-april 7

Tuesday, March 7 
6:30-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster
Thursday, March 9-Saturday, March 11
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham
Sunday, March 12

1:00-5:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster
Thursday, March 16
6:00– 7:30 p.m.
Courtyard Hotel, Littleton
Tuesday, March 21 
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Realtors Association of Central Mass.
Wednesday, March 22 
6:30– 8:30 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster
Thursday, March 23 
6:30–8:30 p.m.
One Acton Place
Tuesday, March 28
Wellesley Community Center
Thursday, March 30
The Manor/Draught House Bar & Grill

District Training Assembly
Monday, April 3 
5:45- 8:00 p.m.
Location to be announced


'17-'19 UNESCO-IHE Scholarship Applications Available
By Abby McNear

Rotary Peace Centers: 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship applications now available 
Rotary Releases $35 Million to Combat Polio
Rotary International

RI Website Has Been Updated

Club & District Report from RI
By Katlin Bautz

In the New Year: Spend Less. Give More. 
To learn more about Rotary Global Rewardclick here
To download the Rotary Global Reward flyer,click here
Contact Judy Merriman, chair of the District Rotary Global Rewards Committeeat

The Rotary Foundation Named 'World’s Outstanding Foundation'

'Rotary Leader' Newsletter: January 2017

Meet Ian Riseley: '17-'18 RI President


'Beyond Borders:'  2017

By Dean Rohrs, RI Vice President and RI Director for Zones 24 & 32

To read the March 2017 issue of Beyond Borders, click here.

In the March issue:

  • Director-Nominee Jeff Cadorette (see below) discusses his "journey"  toward directorship - and promises to take us along with him on a great ride.
  • Rezoning the Rotary Globe by Mike McGovern
  • Zone Coordinator Training in Evanston
  • Membership Matters by Quentin Wodon
  • How Dies a Club Attract New Members?
  • Million Dollar Dinner Reaps Big Rewards
  • Polar Plunge in District 7930 Raises over $250,000

To read Dean's highlights of the January RI Board of Directors meetingclick here.

Meet Jeff Cadorette: Our New RI Director

Meet Sam Owori: Our '18-'19 RI President
Sam Owon is a Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala.

A Letter from '16-'17 RI President John Germ


To download the World Polio Day toolkitclick here
For information on the April 2017 Rotary International Convention, click here.
To read profile of John Germclick here

2017 Rotary Zone 24 & 32 Institute

Campaign to End Polio: What you don't know


When was the last time there was polio in Europe?

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.

Get Ready for Your District Rotary Foundation Seminar

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's 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. 

Membership Minute: Impact Begins with You
A positive member experience begins long before someone joins a Rotary club. Start by introducing prospective members to Rotary with the Impact Begins With You brochure.

New Tools for Membership Tool Belt

Looking to enhance your club-membership experience?

A How-To Membership-Leads Video


RI Membership Resource Guide

To download the Guide in PDF format, click here

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. To gain access, you will need to login with your Rotary Membership ID.

'16-'17 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.


RI President Ian Riseley Announces '17-'18 Rotary Theme ...

... And Here It Is 

Theme logo 2017-18 EN

Governor-Elect Report: NEPETS, March 9-11, Framingham
RI President-Elect Ian Riseley to be Keynote Speaker

Rotary International President-Elect Ian Riseley and his wife, Juliet Riseley - shown (middle and right) recently posing at the International Assembly in San Diego with District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney (left).
Get a  chance to meet Ian and Juliet Riseley when they attend the 2017 Northeast Presidents-Elect Training Seminar, where Ian will be the keynote speaker on the evening of Thursday, March 9.  
To watch the promotional video for Ian Riseley's talkclick here.
To learn more about Ian Riseley, click here.

Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Rotary Leadership Institute
By David Kaiser
Join Us at the RLI Breakfast at April's RI Convention in Atlanta

Foundation-Giving Scorecard as of March 3








Blogs From Honduras: Our first work day
By Dick Manelis

Million Dollar Dinner: $850,000 raised so far

Membership Corner: Mark your calendar for March Membership Workshops

RYLA Right Now: Register right now

By Christine Pinney
To download the RYLA information flyer, click here.

Polio Plus Update: Polio survivors in the U.S. are still with us

Rotary Has a Polio-Prevention Victory - But Huge Post-Polio Challenges Lie Ahead
By Ron Goodenow

Nominations Call: Needed - Qualified trustee applicants
By Mike Ellis
Member picture
ESSEX Examples: Who's behind making us best

RLI Leads: Upcoming events in our region
By David Kaiser
  • March 18, Wells, Maine
  • March 25, Lincoln , Rhode Island
FAQs about RLI: Click here

What are the courses? Click here

For the complete RLI Northeast America schedule, click here.

By Steve Glines
For more information on the RI Convention, click here.
Bill Gates to be keynote speaker
More than 100 breakout sessions
There will be more than 100 breakout sessions at the RI Convention in Atlanta. Help us plan the sessions by taking a survey: TAKE SURVEY
Our Interact family is growing
The Interact Club of Montachusett Vocational Technical High School  was chartered by the Rotary Club of Montachusett Area on February 15.


Treasurer's Report: All Clubs have been sent their District and RI invoices
By Jack Hoell
If it has not been received, contact Jack Hoell ASAP!
District and RI dues are billed in July and in January.








Speaker's Bureau: Looking for good speaker for your club?

By Steve Jones-D'Agostino













Our information-packed, 332-page Directory for this Rotary year is now available for automatic download, in PDF format.
The Directory includes: District 7910 and Rotary International general information; a complete District 7910 clubs listing; a complete District 7910 membership listing; District 7910 Resolutions; and Yellow Pages of Rotarian-run businesses:
Please note: Member login is required.
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