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UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS:
 
MORLEY SCHOLARSHIP 2019 APPLICATIONS
 
2019 DISTRICT CONFERENCE MAY 3-4, 2019
FERNCROFT DOUBLETREE, DANVERS, MA
CELEBRATE ROTARY
 
 
DISTRICT INTERACT DAY APRIL 7, 2019
 
UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS:
Northborough-Pancake Breakfast-March 24, 2019
 
Brookline Pancake Breakfast March 30, 2019
 
Concord Pop April 12, 2019
 
Southborough Earth Day April 27, 2019
-- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
Worcester Casino Night June 2, 2019
 
Framingham Golf Tournament July 20,2019
 
Milford Lobster Raffle June 26, 2019
 
FUTURE DISTRICT EVENTS:
 
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2019 HAMBURG
 
 
District Welcome

Welcome to the District 7910 Website !

 
District Governor: 
District Governor's 
 
 
Rotary District 7910
           
Steve Sager
2018-2019 District Governor
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
District News
If you'd like to gain powerful insight into making changes in your club join RI for a webinar on Courageous Leadership on Wednesday, March 27th at  3:00pm 
 
Forty percent of club leaders say that “attracting new members” is the biggest challenge their clubs face. But is recruitment the issue? Or is it actually learning how to create healthy clubs that offer a vibrant membership experience, one that is irresistible to both members and visitors? Do we have the courage to ask ourselves the necessary, hard questions in order to move forward?  This webinar will:

• Inspire you and your club to think in new ways about growth
• Understand how transformation can happen
• Take action to implement new approaches to lead your club or district

Using stories of transformation from Rotary and in their professional careers, trainers Louisa Horne and Doug Logan outline one strategy for making necessary changes to the club experience while including members in the process.   

Click HERE to registerAll Rotarians are welcome!
 
Everyone who registers will receive access to the recording and slides. 
Welcome to March!  I am keeping this month’s message short to highlight two all district events that every Rotarian should attend, and the club planning guide.  The two events are the District Training Assembly and the District Conference.  Registration for both is now open so please register quickly.
 
There is much more news that could be highlighted in this month’s edition, and all of those great stories are on our District Website at Rotary7910.org.  I urge everyone to check into the District website on a regular basis to get the most up to date stories of interest to our clubs.  Of course, we are also highlighting our collective experience on social media:  Facebook (click here) and Instagram (click here). Like, follow, and share!!
 
DISTRICT TRAINING ASSEMBLY - SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH,  7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
What better way to welcome new members to the family of Rotary. It’s time again to pull your team together and register for the District Training Assembly. Once a year we take a morning to share ideas, fellowship and hopefully a few laughs. This year we have a fantastic program in place for everyone.
 
The Assembly is a great way to get all of your club members, officers and committee chairs networking, engaged and aware of what’s happening with the clubs in our District. This District Wide training event is for ALL Rotarians.  Whether you are a new member, committee chair, club officer, or veteran Rotarian there is something at the Assembly for you! Learn more about how you can help enhance your club’s membership experience, public image and social media efforts, and implement new ideas for engaging service projects.  Learn about next year’s grants scoring rubric to obtain a District Grant.  Club Secretaries and Treasurers have programs targeted to make their jobs easier. If your club is not yet qualified to apply for foundation grants, a member of your club will be invited to attend the foundation qualification seminar.  Running concurrently with the Assembly is our second New Member Orientation program.  Please send as many of your members as you can to the Assembly, and your new members to the Orientation program.
 
This year the Assembly will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough.  The cost is $20 per person with a maximum of $100 per club for those who preregister.  The new member orientation is $10 per person.   It comes with a fresh continental breakfast, loads of ideas and the highly coveted “time with friends”
 
The event is only a few weeks away, so please register now.
 
Register for the District Assembly <CLICK HERE>
 
Register for the New Member Orientation (in Rotary less than 2 years) <CLICK HERE>
 
 
MULTI-DISTRICT CONFERENCE – FRIDAY MAY 3 – SATURDAY MAY 4, 2019
 
We have a fantastic event being planned for all Rotarians from five (5) Rotary districts.  That is over 280 clubs covering the entirety of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, plus northern Connecticut, Southern Vermont and Southern New Hampshire.  If you have ever been to PETS (the Presidents-elect Training Seminar) you know the energy and excitement that can happen when you get Rotarians from all over New England to train.  Imagine what it will be when we all come together to celebrate!
 
The Conference starts on Friday May 3, 2019 with a Paul Harris Luncheon celebrating the Rotary Foundation.  Many clubs have already indicated plans to cancel their weekly meeting and hold it at the Conference.  Consider asking your club to do the same!  Following lunch, we will have our District’s annual business meeting where delegates from your club should attend.  The evening’s activities start with cocktails and continue to the huge dinner dance gala celebration of everything Rotary.  The Boston Common Band – one of the best entertainment groups for private functions in the area – will be there to entertain and keep us dancing until after midnight!  Of course with this being a District Conference, there is a likelihood that some of you will be up much later . . .
 
Saturday begins with a brunch.  Young Rotarians – Interact, Essex exchange students, and RYLANs – will present to us their morning activities and how our Rotaractors helped mentor them!  If you are still up for more, there are optional activities after brunch and the youth summit, such as the hotel’s indoor waterpark, a Fenway Park tour, Fenway Park batting practice, and a cocktail cruise on Boston Harbor.
 
The conference is conveniently located at the Ferncroft Doubltree Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts. 
 
There is package pricing and la carte options available. <CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE> .
 
There is also a special on hotel rooms for this conference. To take advantage of the special pricing, <CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS>
 
 
CLUB PLANNING GUIDE AND RECOGNITION
 
In addition to training and celebrating, there is one more item as we hit the home stretch of the Rotary Year.  That one item is our Club Planning Guide.  This guide was passed out to the Club Presidents at PETS last year to help them plan your club’s year.  It has been posted on the website and your assistant governors have been telling your club about it.  Now that your club’s next leaders have been trained at PETS, it is important that you enlist them to help accomplish your club’s goals and finish the year strong, so your club can start even stronger come July 1. 
 
The Club Planning Guide is also used to provide needed recognition to our clubs for all the hard work your Rotarians put in this year.  Recognitions are important, especially in volunteer organizations.  Please work with your President, President-Elect and club leaders to complete this year’s guide.  <CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CLUB PLANNING WORKSHEET>
 
I am off to Guatemala with Rotarians from around the District to help reduce respiratory illness in the rural areas around Panajachel by installing fuel efficient and vented stoves.  Follow us on social media for the latest updates on the project.  Remember, please send in your stories.  Please send flyers for your events. Please remember to invite our Rotaractors to help on your service projects!  Have a great month!
 
DG Steve

The answer to the question of how early Rotarians consumed Rotary is pretty easy. It was through our traditional clubs centered around a meal and back then it was typically lunch or dinner. The advent of breakfast clubs was a bold experiment to widen our appeal to those who could not fit into what then was our typical model of delivery, how we were consumed. 

My own early exposure to Rotary was through my Dad’s Rotary Club. It was a large lunch club. Consum-er patterns were different then. I remember listening to baseball games on the radio with my Dad. Now, while many still attend games or watch on TV, a large segment of sports enthusiasts of all types consume sports via social media, on highlights shows, or streaming over the internet. Back then TV was three major networks and some UHF channels, now it’s hundreds of channels and numerous ways to view offerings from TV’s to computers to handheld devices.

 

 
Before Valentine’s Day, The Rotary Club of Westwood conducted its second drive this year for Circle of Hope, a shelter center in Needham. In their first one, at Christmas time, velvet lined boxes were filled with jewelry and cosmetic items.
 
During this drive, chaired by Lori Favreau, members filled several vans with clothing and comforters that will be distributed within 48 hours to disaster victims throughout the greater Boston area. Fifty bags were filled with cosmetics and toiletries donated from various sources to be delivered to the shelter. Working together, Westwood Rotarians also discovered that past president Bob Folsom curls a mean ribbon!
 
 
Rotary Club of Westwood pack Valentine Bags for On the Rise shelter in Cambridge
 
by Helena Drolette
For the second year, Rotary District 7910 is preparing to provide meal service for a week to veterans at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) located near Government Center in Boston.
 
The Week of Rotary covers 10 meal service shifts spread out between Monday May 27th and May 31st in honor of Memorial Day.  Fifteen Rotary clubs participated in this program last year and found great meaning and inspiration in this service opportunity. By proudly partnering with NECHV, clubs are helping to ensure that veterans of every era have the resources they need to live with dignity and independence.
Imagine having your newborn placed in a neo-natal intensive care unit. You and your family are traveling, or maybe you live nearby but can’t spend every waking hour in the hospital. How can you watch your baby’s progress and growth? If your child is in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of the University of Massachusetts Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester you are in luck — thanks to Rotarians throughout District 7910.
 
When Shrewsbury Rotarian Roy Balfour helped to coordinate the neonatal intensive care unit web cam project (NICView) at UMass Memorial back in 2014, he didn't know that one day he would become one of the benficiaries of this multi-club project. Since it's inception, NICView has allowed families from across the state, country, and even around
Do you know anyone who might be a candidate for our D7910 Morley Scholarship?  Rotary District 7910 is pleased to announce that Global Grant applications are now being accepted for the David & Eleanor Morley Endowed Global Grant Scholarship, now open from February 1st through March 31, 2019. This $35,000 one year scholarship is open to any resident of the 117 cities and towns represented by District 7910 who is planning on graduate study abroad.
 
TO DOWNLOAD THE MORLEY APPLICATION  <CLICK HERE>
 
Unique to D7910, the Morley Scholarship was established by a generous WPI graduate and Rotarian.  It is managed by The Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund in cooperation with the D7910 Rotary Foundation Committee (Scholarship).  The window of application of two months will be followed by an interview, and the announcement of one qualified candidate.  Read more for the qualifications and application information.  

In 2011, Kiran Singh Sirah turned 35 — “halfway through our life’s journey,” he says, citing Dante’s Divine Comedy. The UK native had been living in Edinburgh and Glasgow for a decade, working on a variety of cultural endeavors. “I felt I had done everything I needed to do and learn in Scotland. It was time to take my experiences and move them to the next level.” 

That’s when Sirah heard about the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Since the program began in 2002, more than 1,200 peace fellows have received fully funded scholarships to study at one of six peace centers at universities around the world. With help from Rotarians in Scotland, Sirah eventually landed one of those scholarships and headed to North Carolina, where he earned a master’s degree in folklore studies and a graduate certificate in international peace and conflict resolution. 

Rotary Connects the World!  2019-2020 Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney announced next year's theme to the District Governors Elect at the Rotary International Assembly.  The theme for the 2019-2020 Rotary year is: Rotary Connects the World.
 
President-elect Mark writes: "I encourage you to share our theme widely with your fellow club members and throughout your districts to help create enthusiasm and excitement for the year ahead.  . . . It is only by working together that we can truly accomplish great things."
 
You can Download theme graphics here. (must be logged in to MyRotary.org)