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


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.




By Pat and Skip Doyle

Our last two weeks have been jam-packed with events in our district. We officially visited five clubs, participated in a District Leadership Workshop and an Assistant Governors Meeting, interviewed a candidate for Peace Scholar, and attended the Acton-Boxborough club's Masquerade Ball, the Auburn club's Pancake Breakfast, four Membership Workshops in four corners of the district, and a District Trustees Meeting.  

As we write this, today is our first day without an official Rotary event in almost 14 days. Rather than complain, we want you all to know how much we have enjoyed the past 14 days. We took so much away from each event, and we learned so much about our district by participating in the Membership Workshops. Our thanks to all those members and facilitators who took time from their busy lives to discuss ways to increase the membership in our clubs. We only wish more of you had taken advantage of the convenience of these events.
The Masquerade Ball was loads of fun, good food, entertainment, and so many Rotarians having a good time. And, Pancake Breakfasts always bring out the best in our clubs. Hope to see you all at these events next year.
What is our goal for the next 12 days?
Raise as much money as possible to support our district's Stop Hunger Now Food Packaging Event on Saturday November 12 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough. 
We are thankful for the many members - young and old - as well as their families and friends who are volunteering to help us package the meals. But more help means we need more food to package. And that means we need more monetary donations to provide the raw materials. Please visit our Stop Hunger Now website and make a donation and volunteer. To donate and to volunteer, click here.
Always remember, you can call us with questions at 508-393-9031.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at  pwdoyle2@verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net, 

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


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  • Ronald Faccenda, Newton

Last Week's Quiz: Do You Know Who They Are?

Surprise! Our District Governors, Pat and Skip Doyle!



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.



Joe Badenhoff, Acton-Boxborough
Please tell us what factors helped you decide to join Rotary.
To join a service-based organization. I wanted to be involved with an organization that wasn’t just networking. Also, as a former RYLAn, I was exposed to Rotary many years ago, and it felt right to join as a member at that point in my life.


Bedford (charted 1956)
Left to right: District Governor Skip Doyle; President Linda Cargiulolo; and District Governor Pat Doyle.
Neponset Valley Sunrise (chartered 2001)
Shown: President Mike Podolski.


Membership Workshops a Huge Success
Shown: The District Membership Workshop on October 25 at Chuck's Steak House in Auburn, which was attended by members of the Auburn, Brookfields, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Uxbridge, Westborough and Worcester clubs.

Sturbridge, Stoubridge Celebrate Sister Club ‘Rotary Friendship Day’
Since 1988, the presidents of the Rotary Club of Sturbridge and its Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Stourbridge, U.K., have exchanged letters of greetings and goodwill in October via snail-mail.  The chair of the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen also mails a proclamation declaring October 16 as Stourbridge/Sturbridge Rotary Friendship Day and likewise, the mayor of Dudley in the U.K. does the same for the Sturbridge Club.
Shown on top, left to right: Sturbridge President Otto Prohaska and Sturbridge Selectmen Chair Mary Blanchard.
Shown on bottom, left to right: Stourbridge President Rob Franks, Dudley Mayor Mohammed Hanif, and Dudley Mayoress Zabeda Khanam.

This year for the first time, the greetings were exchanged live via Skype. Mary Blanchard, chair of the Sturbridge Selectmen, and Sturbridge Rotary President Otto Prohaska arrived early at the home of Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his wife and fellow Sturbridge Rotarian, Glenys Hachfeld, to deliver their messages during the regular weekly luncheon meeting of the Stourbridge Club. Similar messages from the Stourbridge President Rob Franks and Dudley Mayor Mohammed Hanif were reciprocated.
The meeting concluded with President Franks toasting the health of the Sturbridge members using the tankard that Sturbridge had presented to them 28 years ago. The friendship has remained strong with nine visits alternating between clubs. Note the twinning banner in the background of the U.K. photo.

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

Concord's Oktoberfest a Great Success
The Rotary Club of Concord held Oktoberfest on October 22 at Verrill Farm in Concord to support local and international service projects. More than a dozen local brewers offered tastings of their unique craft beers. Among them were the Battle Road Brewing Company of Maynard and Jack’s Abby of Framingham. Down the Road Beer Company offered traditional German-style brews served at Concord restaurants, including Bondir and 80 Thoreau. The Craft Brewers Guild presented a portfolio of locally crafted beers. From the Boston area, were beers from Castle Island Brewery and from Stowe, Vermont, selections from the Von Trapp Brewing Company. Sample them all!
To watch the four-and-a-half-minute video by Concord President Steve Kirk, click here.

Wellesley Hears from Polish Senator Anna Maria Anders-Costa
The Rotary Club of Wellesley was glad to recently welcome Wellesley resident Anna Maria Anders-Costa (shown), who was a Wellesley Rotarian from 2009 to 2011. Member-at-Large Vincent Spoto introduced Anna Maria. In a personal and engaging presentation Anna Maria spoke of her background (born of Polish parents in London, traveling the world, and presently an elected Polish senator and a minister in the Republic of Poland).
Tewksbury Rotary, High School Honor Two Students
The Tewksbury High School two students, Amy Glover (shown, left) and Colleen MacNeil (shown, right), were nominated for the Rotary Club of Tewksbury's October 2016 Hats Off Award Luncheon. The Hat's Off Award, a joint initiative of Tewksbury Rotary and Tewksbury High, recognizes those students who have distinguished themselves academically
ESSEX Students Attend Auburn Pancake Breakfast
Left to right: Greg Reimonn, an ESSEX (Eastern States Student Exchange) student from Hopkinton, Worcester Railers Hockey Club mascot Trax; ESSEX student Yuka Ichikawa from Japan, and ESSEX student Kaitlyn Denson from Hopkinton.

Fitchburg Does Purple Pinky Day at Halloween Parade
Sitting at table, left to right: President Dan Cunningham; and Member Karen Fusco, who is also an assistant governor.

Acton-Boxborough and Littleton Raise $15,000 for 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 photosclick 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.

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.

Franklin Chalks One Up for Charity
To view event photosclick 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 Celebrates 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 Rotary Club of Milford.

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.


Watertown Hosts Senior Citizen Cookout

Left to right: Members Dr. Lee and Kitty Mennilli; and Honorary Members Dottie Morgan and Debbie Boyajian.



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.

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 ryla7910.org.
To watch a video of the installation, click here.

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 laura@spear.net.


Tuesday, November 1: Marlborough - 'Reality Fair 2016'

Download the Confirmation of Participation form: click here for PDF format; and, click here for Word format

Friday, November 4: Watertown - '10K Raffle'
To e-mail club President Jesse Wallace, click here
To download the event flyer, click here

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 jim.fusco2@gmail.com.


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,  jim.fusco2@gmail.com, to your club's distribution list.



Tuesday, November 1 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)( Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 2 
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Monday, November 7
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough
Thursday, November 10 
7:15-8:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 10 
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 12 
12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.
Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough
Monday, November 14
Monday, November 14 
6:00-7:00 p.m.


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 centennial.rotary.org.

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-wide Food Packaging Event: November 12 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: Tracking World Polio Day events
Watch an update on our progress toward creating a polio-free world
By Carl Good III

Top global health experts and Rotary's polio ambassadors gathered at the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for World Polio Day on October 24 in Atlanta, to hail progress made by Rotary and its partners.

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 Assistant Governor Karen Fusco of Fitchburg Rotary:

My husband, Jim Fusco, and I have been to five Rotary International Conventions and each year it gets better and better. 


Next week, I'll have a testimonial from Linda Cargiulolo of Bedford Rotary.

Membership Corner: Membership Workshops Recap

By Tom Sturiale

District 7910 conducted four regional Membership Workshops last week.


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 Committeerequires 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: Now that We're Back from Our Two-Week Fellowship Trip, What's Next?

By Victor Tom

Time flies and in September 2018 we will once again be hosting 20 Rotarian couples from southern England. This will be the 14th time that District 7910 has hosted Bandey Hefler visitors since 1977! Between now and then, we will be preparing for their visit. Keep an eye on this column for Bandey Hefler information.



PR Tips: When a press release isn’t the answer!

By Laura Spear

Sometimes, the traditional press release isn’t always the answer and not always appropriate.


Rotary Leadership: Next Institute on November 12 in Chicopee

By Doug Detweiler
The Rotary Leadership Institute 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, November 7 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Immediate Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com

The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, November 4. 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.


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