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UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS:
 
RLI - January 26, 2019
 
UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS:
 
Brookfields Murder Mystery Dinner January 26, 2019
 
Nashoba Repair Cafe Bolton - January 29, 2019
 
Fitchburg East Super Bowl Brunch - February 3, 2019
 
Billerica - Win A Cruise - February 13, 2019
 
Gardner TV Auction - February 22-23, 2019
Nashoba Valley-Food Packaging-March 2, 2019
 
Dracut - Dine Around Dracut March 4, 2019
 
Northborough-Pancake Breakfast-March 24, 2019
 
Framingham Golf Tournament July 20,2019
 
FUTURE DISTRICT EVENTS:
 
2019 DISTRICT CONFERENCE MAY 3, 2019
FERNCROFT DOUBLETREE, DANVERS, MA
 
 
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2019 HAMBURG
 
 
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Rotary District 7910
          
Steve Sager
2018-2019 District Governor
 
 
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Rotary's Race Across America ("RAAM") team seeks to raise $1,200,000.00 for polio in the annual 3,000 mile bike race!  Here is what the RAAM team tells us about what they are doing:
 
The Race

We have entered a four-person bicycle team in Race Across America (RAAM)  (www.raceacrossamerica.org) for 2019…our fourth year in a row. Many Rotarians followed us last year and gave to PolioPlus in support of our effort to eradicate Polio. RAAM is one of the 25 most difficult events in the world and about 30 countries are represented in the race.   With 3000 miles distance and over 170,000 feet of climbing (that’s six times Mt. Everest), it is an intense, grueling, and challenging bicycle race.  However, it is not as grueling or as challenging as living with polio. 
 
The Rotary Club of Framingham—serving Holliston, Hopkinton, Ashland, and Framingham—presented its second Random Act of Kindness (RAK) award in December to a little girl suffering from a number of serious physical and developmental problems, including severe breathing difficulty stemming from a mutation of the pigngene. The club’s provision of a portable oxygen concentrator for Bialennys Polanco Mercado, now two years old, will make travel with her mother Yanitsa to doctors and hospitals for treatment much easier than with the very heavy, bulky unit they have been using. The new unit cost $2,595.
 

or the past few years, Rotary International has been promoting Reconnect Week as a time to remind Rotary clubs of the value of reaching out and “reconnecting” with alumni of Rotary programs like Interact, Rotaract, scholarships, Rotary Peace Fellowships, youth exchange and other regional programs. But celebrating alumni and making them feel welcome to your club is something you can and should do year-round. Alumni of Rotary make great leaders and innovators and may possess the skills you need for your next service project.

So in that spirit, we collected five events that impressed us during this year’s Reconnect Week in October to encourage you to think of ways you can reconnect with alumni in the new year.

  1. District 7020 Alumni Association – Video Conference

District Alumni Chair William Inniss of Cayman Islands has made it a tradition with his district’s alumni association to hold an annual video conference for Reconnect Week. Since his district is made of many islands, travel between them is more difficult for in-person meetings, so this is simply the best way to keep up. During the meeting, members of the alumni association discuss their past experiences and decide how best to partner with local Rotary clubs.

  1. Northern Illinois Rotary Alumni Association – Networking Event

Members of the Northern Illinois Rotary Alumni Association, Rotaract Club of Chicago, and Rotarians in the greater Chicago region came together for an evening of networking at One Rotary Center in

Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that half a Rotary year has passed already.  We have accomplished much, and yet there is so much more we need to do. 
While the Rotary year begins on July 1, the calendar year has just begun.  Many of us make resolutions for the New Year.  I hope each of you will include Rotary in your resolutions.  Here are a few suggestions:
 
Resolve to bring in at least one new member;
Resolve to contribute more to The Rotary Foundation;
Resolve to get involved in one more community service project;
January is Rotary's Vocational Service month.  

Vocational service can mean many things to many people.  In Rotary, Vocational Service means holding ourselves and our businesses to the highest ethical standards.  As the 4 way test instructs us, in all we think, say or do . . .  Maintaining ethical standards is ever so important in today's society where we prefer to repeat inflammatory discourse rather than engage in discussion to understand opposing views and seek compromise.  It is beholden upon us as leaders to set an example for young people and others. 
 
The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support each of our strategic priorities by completing certain activities. One of the three strategic priorities is to Support And Strengthen Clubs through membership-related activities.
 
To meet the membership requirements for the 2018-19 Rotary Citation, at least 3 of the following goals must be achieved:
  • Achieve a net gain of 1 member
  • Maintain or improve your club’s retention of current and new members:
    • Improve your club’s retention rate by 1 percentage point or  
    • If your club’s retention rate was 90 percent or more in 2017-18, maintain it
  • Achieve a net gain in female members
  • Have at least 60 percent of club members report their birth dates through My Rotary
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Sanjay Deshpande, our District Rotary Foundation Chair, was honored today by his Wachusett Area Rotary Club with a significant Rotary World Appreciation Honor.  Sanjay is relocating to Orlando later this month.  As much as Sanjay has done for the clubs in our district helping with Foundation grants, scholarships, training, and fundraising, he has done more in his club.  The club also awarded five (5) Paul Harris Fellows at their meeting.  It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful Rotarian who will be very missed by our District.  Safe travels Sanjay!
 

Courtesy of the Community Advocate

The Rotary Club of Westborough recently hosted a clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success. Dress for Success is a nonprofit whose goal is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire and a network of support.

Donated clothing is used to prepare women for job interviews. Volunteers work with clients to choose the perfect outfit as well as prepare and support them for the interview. Women leave with professional attire to carry them through once they secure a position.

Westborough Rotarians partnered with the Westborough Public Library and the Boroughs Family Branch YMCA for this event. Both locations served as drop-off sites for the donated clothing.

It took seven cars and SUVs to transport all of the items to Dress for Success office. According to Beth Butler who oversees operations for their Worcester location, the items collected – which included suits, dresses, shoes, coats, boots, belts and handbags – were valued at $22,500.

Teen leaders have started a district-wide service project! They hope their service project will also be an activity that is selected for the multi-district youth day on May 4.

First teen leaders established a Teen Council and now they hope to connect teens representing every Interact club. Teens can represent their community on the council by connecting and registering for the GroupMe chat through council members Andrew Kung (20kunga@wpsraiders.org) and/or Rohan Prabhu (rohanp03@bu.edu). 

Then founding council members from Baypath, Milford, Nashoba Regional, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston and other communities teleconferenced in November and December. They agreed to launch a district wide service project inviting teens from each club to participate in a series of video clips being exchanged with the teens in Mundagod, India, who are also participating in the Interact Peer Leadership & Depression Prevention project.  The initial video clip examples have been created by teens in Mundagod and Wellesley and the questions they address will evolve in each exchange.

Eventually the exchange will expand with other schools participating in the project, including those in Puerto Rico and Nigeria. The picture below shows students at the newest school, which joined through a global grant among three clubs of District 7910 (Merrimack Valley, Needham, and Wellesley) and the Rotary club of Ibadan Idi Ishin.

 

Finally, in other news, the monthly Interact committee teleconference is on the District Calendar for January 7; all are welcome - just follow this link. In the meantime, please check out the Facebook page @Interact7910, where all Youth Chairs (RYLA, Interact & ESSEX) are now posting events and opportunities. Please add your own pictures, posts and comments!
 

Everyone’s Phone Number at Your Fingertips

Have you done the easy ClubRunner download yet?
 
 
How would you like to have not only your own Rotary Club members contact information but also the entire District at your fingertips? You can and so much more by downloading the new and improved ClubRunner Mobile App. You can also access club and district leadership, stories and events all with just a few clicks. Connecting to them is as easy as clicking on the phone number or email address.You can download it on the AppStore or GooglePlay and be on your way in minutes. Now would also be a good time to make sure that your profile is current, and if you do not have a picture saved, or your birthday listed, considering updating your information now! Reach out and collaborate with other like minded Rotarians from around our district and be the People of Action that your are!
 
 

Click to: Download on iTunes App Store (free) 

Click to: Download on Android App Store (free)

 

SHARE YOUR CLUB'S STORIES
 
Has your club recently hosted a service project that you want to showcase to be the inspiration to other clubs? Are you planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow District 7910 Rotarians?
 
Our District 7910 eBulletin, Website, Facebook and Instagram depend on the content provided by our clubs, so please submit your stories and we will publish them on the district website, in the next eBulletin, and on social media. Stories that showcase your club's service projects should be submitted in plain text along with a photo.  If you are promoting an event, please send the flyer along with a sentence with the details of the event.  Please send your stories to ssager@sagerlegal.com with the words Rotary Story in the subject line.