They will be held this month on three dates in four locations, shown in date order:
Area D: Monday, October  24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brookline VFW, Brookline. To registerclick here
Area B: Monday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Concord Academy, Concord. To registerclick here
Area C: Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chuck's Steak House, Auburn. To register, click here
Area A: Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Manor, West Boylston. To register, click here
To find your club's area in our districtclick here.


Saturday, November 12
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough
To volunteer and donate, click here.


Did You Miss this Message the Past Two Weeks?

Membership Workshops Begin Tonight

District Food Packaging Event in 18 Days

By Pat and Skip Doyle

Important! Important! Important!

You asked! We Listened!

Two District-Wide Events:  Membership Workshops and District Food Packaging 

Membership Workshops
They will be held this month on three dates in four locations, starting tonight:
  • Area D: Tonight, October  24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brookline VFW, Brookline. To registerclick here
  • Area B: Tonight, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Concord Academy, Concord. To registerclick here
  • Area C: Tomorrow nightOctober 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chuck's Steak House, Auburn. To register, click here
  • Area A: Wednesday night, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Manor, West Boylston. To register, click here
To find your club's areaclick here.
Saturday, November 12
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Solomon Pond Mall
To volunteer and donate, click here.
 Always remember, you can call us with questions at 508-393-9031.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at and, 

Click here to submit content for the October 24 issue to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco.


Click here for past issues.


No New Members. Ask! Ask! Ask!
Sign up for one of the District's four Membership Workshops:Coming this month to your area our district! To learn more, click here.
Do You Know Who They Are?
See Next Week's Newsletter for the Answer!

Leadership Meetings with AGs a Huge Success
The first Leadership Meeting, held in July, was so great that another one took place on October 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Marlborough. During the latest meeting, shown above, the assistant governors were present to assist in formulating goals for this 2016-2017 Rotary year.

Bandey Hefler Travelers Are Back Home from England
Shown, are Bandey Hefler travelers at Odiham Castle in England.
To read an article by Victor Tom, co-chair of District 7910's Bandey Hefler Fellowship Exchange, click 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.


In both Excel and PDF formats, we share with you the Club Planning Worksheet for Rotary year 2016-2017, which began on July 1.
Please enter your club information in the indicated cells.



Jennifer Peck, Montachusett Area
Please tell us what factors helped you decide to join Rotary.
I joined Rotary as a requirement of a new job that I took six-and-a-half years ago.


Groton-Pepperell (chartered 1941)
Left to right: President Duncan France, and District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle.
Groton-Pepperell has a wood Rotary wheel that was hand-carved in 1947. Shown, is the plaque on the wheel.
Montachusett Area (chartered 1984)
Left to right: District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle, President Jennifer Peck, and Assistant Governor Karen Fusco.
Shrewsbury (chartered 1957) 
Left to right: District Governor Skip Doyle, President Frank Jelinch, District Governor Pat Doyle, and Assistant Governor Peggie Thorsen.
Westwood (chartered 1960)
Left to right: President Dottie Powers, and District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle.
What a great surprise by the Westwood club: A Rotary cake to celebrate The Rotary Foundation


Nashoba Valley Sponsors Razia's Ray of Hope Benefit This Thursday
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is proud to sponsor the local premiere of What Tomorrow Brings, event to benefit Razia’s Ray of Hope, this Thursday, October 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Warn Hall of the Fenn School, located at 6 Monument St. in Concord.
To learn more and RSVPclick here

Fitchburg Rotary Roasts the Mayor
Fitchburg has a new mayor this year and a Mayoral Roast was in order.
Left to right: Mayor's Administrative Assistant Joan David; Mayor Stephen DiNatale; State Representative Stephan Hay; State Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli; club President Dan Cunningham; Tony Gasbarro, a member of Montachusett Area Rotary; and Emcee Travis Condon of radio station WPKZ.
To watch promotional video, click here.

Acton-Boxborough and Littleton Raise $15,000 for Local Food Pantries
The Rotary Clubs of Acton-Boxborough and Littleton held their Annual Rotary Masquerade Ball on October 22 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough to benefit two local food pantries: Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry; and The Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry.
Left to right: Littleton President Corinne Braciska,  and Acton-Boxborough President Joe Badenhoff.

Auburn Holds 'Flips for Scholars' Pancake Breakfast
To learn more and view event photos, click here.
Standing, left to right: President Steve Jones-D'Agostino; Member Tom Dufour; Secretary Heather Chivallatti; Member Jon Manning; District Governor Pat Doyle; Member John Convent; District Governor Skip Doyle; Treasurer and Immediate Past President Marcia Davis, who chairs the  District ESSEX (Eastern States Student Exchange) Committee; and Member Jennifer Reil.

Kneeling, left to right: ESSEX students Greg Reimonn from Hopkinton, Yuka Ichikawa from Japan, and Kaitlyn Denson from Hopkinton.


Franklin Holds Chalkfest for Charity
To view event photos, click here.
Left to right: First-place artist Kerry Wippie; President Elect Scott Martin; Past President and Board Member Fran McKeown; Past President and Vocational Services/RYLA Chair Julie Rougea; Past President Herb Hunter; Past President and Board Member Dan Gentile; President Terry Katsaros; and new Member Carlos Aguilera.

Milford Holds Fall Family Fun Day









Locals gathered on Saturday, October 15 at Milford Town Park for an event designed to raise awareness of and money for Alternatives Unlimited, a charitable organization dedicated to people with physical and emotional disabilities. The fourth annual Fall Family Fun Day was a collaboration of Alternatives Unlimited and the Milford Rotary Club


Shown: Jessica Mayancela, 5, of Milford, look at her freshly painted face in a mirror during Fall Family Fun Day. Photo: Dan Holmes, Wicked Local.

Sturbridge Takes Part in Harvest Festival
During the annual Sturbridge Harvest Festival, held October 15 and 16 on Sturbridge Common and the grounds of the Publick House, Sturbridge Rotarians staffed a table selling chances on winning a basket of $1,000 worth of lottery tickets. The Festival included countless local crafters, artisans, specialty-food vendors and farm fresh harvests. The Publick House's Scarecrow Contest was a perennial favorite. 
Left to right: Member Maurice Poirier, Past President Larry Mandell, Member Scott Peckins, and an unidentified attendee.

Followup: Governor Baker 'Meet & Greet'












Governor Charlie Baker (third from left) poses with members of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance on September 27 in Bedford. He was the featured speaker at an event sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Bedford, Billerica, Lowell, Newton and Shrewsbury.

READ MORE (article by Heidi Heilman of Weston-Wayland Rotary)

Left to right: Carol Read, Needham Public Health Department; Peter Juaire, Marlborough City Council; Charlie BakerHeidi Heilman, Massachusetts Prevention Alliance; Amy Turncliff, A Decision at Every Turn, in Ashland; Cheryl Juaire, Magnolia New Beginnings;John Scheft, Law Enforcement Dimensions; Lynn Frano, Organizing Against Substance Abuse, in Stoughton; Lester Hensley, Westborough Planning Board; Beverly Madden, Substance Prevention & Awareness Network, in Dover-Sherborn; Jody Hensley, Westborough School Committee; Stephanie Patten, Organizing Against Substance Abuse Stoughton; and Karen Walsh, South Hadley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition.

To view these and other photos of this event, taken by Frank Sibley of Acton-Boxborough Rotary and Rich Prager of Worcester Rotary, click here.

To watch a video by Concord Rotarian Steve Kirk, which was played during this event, click here.

Watertown Holds Senior Citizen Cookout
Left to right: Members Dr. Lee and Kitty Mennilli; and Honorary Members Dottie Morgan and Debbie Boyajian.



Southborough Sponsors Four RYLA Participants
Four high school juniors were able to participate in a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference this summer thanks to the Rotary Club of Southborough. The club is thanking a fund donor and reaching out for more businesses to step up.

District Interact Training Seminar A Huge Success
Nearly 50 participants from 14 Rotary communities took part in a District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar, which was held on September 17 at the Sheraton Hotel in Needham.
READ MORE (including links to Seminar videos and photos)

Women in Rotary: A Radio Interview
Boston Rotaract hosted the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum on October 5 at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. Prior to the event, Auburn Rotarian Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviewed Boston Rotaract President Amy Collinsworth (shown, middle), District 7930 Governor Sheryl Meehan(shown, left)  and District  7930 Governor-Elect Dave Gardner(shown, right) for The Business Beatwhich he produces and hosts for Worcester radio station WICN-FM.

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as '16-'17 DGs
District 7910's 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards were held on June 24 through 26 at Fitchburg State University, ending with the installation of longtime RYLA supporters Pat and Skip Doyle as District Governors for 2016-2017. The three-day RYLA event was attended by 188 sophomores. To learn more about RYLA, visit
Click on the image, to view a video of the installation of Pat and Skip Doyle as '16-'17 DGs

District Banners Available
Our district banners are available for your to 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

On to Atlanta in 2017
Early-Registration Discount Ends December 15
Planning to attend? Contact District Chair Steve Glines.
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 shared a personal story of his mother’s triumph over polio. 
To read the storyclick here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here


Tuesday, October 25: Hudson - 'Local Ghost Hunting'
To download the event flyer, click here
To learn more about MassConn Paranormal, click here

Saturday, October 29: Sturbridge - 'Antique Appraisal Show'
To download the event flyer, click here

Tuesday, November 1: Marlborough - 'Reality Fair 2016'
Download the Confirmation of Participation form: click here for PDF format; and, click here for Word format

Saturday, November 5: Needham - 'Pancake Breakfast'
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Saturday, November 12: District 7910 'Food Packaging Event,' Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough
To either donate or volunteer, click here
To view the event flyer, click here
To learn more about Stop Hunger Now, click here

Saturday, November 19: Ayer - 'Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding'

Saturday, November 19: Billerica - 'Cribbage Tournament' 
For more information, click here, or contact Brian Goguen at 978-667-4595

Monday, December 5: Sturbridge Rotary - 'Lottery Ticket Raffle'
 To download the 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 GuidelinesIf your club does not use ClubRunner, please send your event information to Rotary District 7910 Newsletter. And make sure to add the e-mail address of Immediate Past Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco,, to your club's distribution list.


OCTOBER 24-November 7, 2016

Monday, October 24
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Brookline VFW, Brookline
Monday, October 24 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Concord Academy, Concord
To find your club's area, click here.
Tuesday, October 25 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Chuck's Steak House, Auburn
Thursday, October 27

To find your club's area, click here.
Wednesday , October 26 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Manor, West Boylston
Thursday, October 27
Tuesday, November 1 
12:15-1:30 p.m.

November 1 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Monday, November 7
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough


World Polio Day Streaming Event: Today
To join in, click here
For more details, click here

Young Leaders in Action

Medical Mission Brings a Healing Touch to Rwanda

Haiti Devastated by Hurricane Matthew
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country on October 4, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless.

Did You Know: November 19 is UN World Toilet Day
The United Nations estimates that 2.4 billion people do not have adequate sanitation, and that 1 billion of these people still defecate in the open.

'Rotary Leader' Newsletter: Highlights
Click on each box to go to that section

Building Peace and Helping Refugees in Nigeria

The Rotary Club of Yola-AUN is located on the campus of the American University of Nigeria, smack-dab in the region where Boko Haram is most active.  



Rotary Clubs Coming to Cuba?
Currently, there are no Rotary clubs in Cuba. Given the increase in Americans and Canadians traveling to Cuba, there has been increased interest in Rotary’s return to Cuba.

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.

Dean Rohrs: '16-'17 RI Director for Zones 24 & 32

New: Her October newsletter is here.

To read her highlights of the latest RI Board of Directors meetingclick here.


Meet Jeff Cadorette: Our New RI Director Starting Last July 1

Sam Owori Selected as '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

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Part of moving Rotary forward means providing you and your clubs with the tools you need to succeed. A project that I’m proud to have launched this year is the upgrade of Rotary Club Central. READ MORE

For information on the April 2017 Rotary International Convention, click here.

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 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 Materials on Sale: Order Now!
To order, click here

New Tools for Membership Tool Belt

Looking to enhance your club membership experience?

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 Membership Resource Guide

To download 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 createcustomized 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.

Rotary Global Rewards: Sign-Up Today!

Click here for more information
Click here to e-mail District Chair Judy Merrimam
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.

'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.


District Food Packaging Event: Saturday, November 12 at Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough
By Carol Toomey
Hunger. Starvation. Food insecurity. Not having enough to eat. And worrying about where the next meal comes from. All, have long-term impacts on educational achievement, workforce productivity, chronic-disease risk, and mental health.

RAAGNE Newsletter: Update on visioning process
By Klaus Hachfeld
Hello, members and friends of the Rotary Alumni Association of Greater New  England! Here is to the latest edition of the RAAGNE newsletter! Over the past year, we went through a visioning process to work out the future direction of RAAGNE.

PolioPlus Update: Celebrate World Polio Day today with important live-streaming event
By Carl Good III

Please read this message and pass it on to your club's Polio Committee chair. If you are having an event for World Polio Day (or Week), please send me a brief description. We are keeping track of the events. 
Thank you for all you do to erase this terrible disease from the face of the Earth.
October is an important month for both The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus.
See the article in the left column of this newsletter. 
For more information on this important month, click here.

District Governor-Elect Report: Why Should I Go to the Rotary International Convention?
For more information on the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here

By  Karin Gaffney








I am providing testimonials from our Rotarians who have attended a Rotary International Convention. 

Here's a testimonial from Past District Governor Carol Toomey of Nashoba Valley Rotary.


Next week, I'll have a testimonial from Karen Fusco of Fitchburg Rotary.

Membership Corner: Membership workshops start today

By Tom Sturiale

Instead of a District Membership Forum this year, we are featuring Membership Workshops in our district's four areas.


Membership Materials On Sale: Order now!

To order, click here









Foundation Note: Available District Designated Funds for Global Grants


By Sanjay Deshpande








The District 7910 Foundation Advisory Board of the District Foundation Committee requires that there should be full transparency in the administration of foundation grants, which include District and Global Grants. Accordingly, this quarterly report of available District Designated Funds (DDF) for Global Grants is being published.



Bandey Hefler: Our district's travelers are back

By Victor Tom









On Sunday night, October 2, we gathered one last time as a group to say goodbye to our hosts and newfound Bandey Hefler family.



PR Tips: Rotary Blue is not just any blue

By Laura Spear




Rotarians are smart, compassionate, persevering, and inspiring, and Rotary International has chosen a set of colors to express those attributes.


Rotary Leadership: Next Institute on November 12 in Chicopee

By Doug Detweiler
RLI recommends that candidates should have those qualities that mark them as potential club leaders - not necessarily future presidents. 


Speaker's Bureau: Looking for good speaker for your club?
By Steve Levitsky
It's not always easy to come up with ideas week after week. We have many suggestions for you. Here are just a few:
  • Rwandan genocide: Carine Boggis
  • Elevator-pitch tips: Andy Winig
  • Positive-results hypnosis: Bob Martel
  • Differentiation and game-changing simplicity: Stephen Melanson

Interact Actions: How to launch an Interact club

By Bob Anthony

In Seminar 2 of the District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar, held on September 17 in Needham, Bob Anthony, chair of the District Interact Committee, discusses “How to launch an Interact club,” including the certification letter, roles and responsibilities of the president, the Rotary advisor and, in the case of school-based clubs, the faculty advisor.

Treasurer's Report: Message about your dues

By Jack Hoell







The Rotary International dues bills were e-mailed to the 51 clubs in our District on July 22 and the District dues bills were e-mailed to clubs on July 26


District Charity Fund: How does DCF operate?


By Al Bowers







The District Charity Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit that can be used by the Rotary clubs in District 7910. 


Communications Link: Seeking club photo, video albums

By Steve Jones-D'Agostino








Does your District committee or Club have Rotary-related photo and/or video albums that you'd like to share with other Rotarians?




To submit content for consideration for the Monday, October 31 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Immediate Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at

The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, October 28. 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.


To view past issues of the weekly Rotary District 7910 Newsletterclick here




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Districts 7890, 7910, 7950 & 7980

April 28, 29 & 30, 2017

Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence

To register now for this "4 Districts, 3 Days, 2 Celebration Dinners, 1 Rotary International President John Germ" event, click here
After you register, be sure to make reservations at the hotel of your choice.