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Rotarian Ann Lee Hussey, a polio survivor whose life mission is to eradicate polio, inspired the annual District 7910 Foundation Dinner. The event was held on November 14 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center in Framingham.
 
To view and download the event photos, click here. Make sure to click on the final image. It's a three-second video with an inspiring shout-out by: District Governor Pam Anastasi; members of the District Foundation Committee, chaired by Steve Sager; and, event keynote speaker Ann Lee Hussey.
 
During this event, Rotary clubs in our District also shared the inspiration behind their current Global and District Grants projects. And, several clubs were presented District awards. They are: 
District 7910 will join District 7930 on February 29, 2020 for D7930's 10th Annual Polar Plunge to Eradicate Polio. (Snow date: March 14.) To download the event flyer, in PDF format, click here.
 
At 11:00 a.m., District 7910 Governor Pam Anastasi  will take the plunge into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Long Beach in Gloucester. Her goal is to raise at least $5,000. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will then match it 2 to 1, so our $5,000 will become at least $15,000
Realizing that we are all busy and that it is a holiday weekend, we are extending the application deadline (originally, October 14) to November 25 for District Leadership Positions.
 
The future of our clubs depends on qualified candidates serving in leadership roles throughout the District. In order for our clubs to grow and have more impact addressing local and international needs, there must be Rotarians who will fill leadership roles and provide vision and management skills in support of the business aspects of running our District.
If you or others have attended Rotary Leadership (and Learning) Institute, you would know the impact of this training program. RLI graduates often say that going through the program is what helped connect the dots for them - and made them feel like a Rotarian.  In my mind, RLI is the best Rotary training around!
 
Please remind your club that the next RLI in our area will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Marriott Courtyard Marlborough. and registration is now open at www.rlinea.org. All the details on RLI as well as how to register are on the Home page of that website. This year's tuition is $110, which includes breakfast, lunch and the course materials.
 
To download my RLI presentation, in PDF format, click here. This is what I deliver to clubs when I visit, to speak about RLI.

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter, Community Advocate

On a recent Saturday morning, nearly two dozen young members of the Northborough Rotary’s Interact Club gathered at the Northborough Police Headquarters to pack lunches that were to be delivered to a Worcester shelter later that day.

Interact clubs are youth-based Rotary International sponsored organizations affiliated with local Rotary clubs that bring together young people ages 12-18, who are committed to service above self while having fun and learning valuable leadership skills.

It is with sincere sadness and disbelief that I notify you of the passing of Doug Detweiler, on Tuesday, November 12.  He was a member of the Rotary Club of Concord for 46 years, and served as District Governor from 2013 to 2014.
 
Doug  was a very dedicated and passionate Rotarian, and he truly lived his life by the motto of “service above self.”  In addition to all his work in Rotary, he served on various non-profit boards, and volunteered at the Concord Free Public Library.
 
Doug was an avid learner. As such, he loved to read, and was a strong supporter of the Rotary Leadership Institute, which he fondly referred to as the Rotary “Learning” Institute. 
Barry Friedman passed away on Tuesday, October 29.  He was  a member of the Rotary Club of Westwood, 
 
Barry had decades of service with Rotary International, was the co-founder and president of the Gift of Life New England, which has provided dozens of children with life-saving heart surgeries. His dedication and perseverance for this program saved countless lives. 
I am saddened that Neill Osgood passed away on Sunday, November 10. He was a dedicated member of Rotary Club of Charles River for more than 35 years, and served as the club's treasurer. He was very active in the club, and was a Paul Harris Fellow four times.
 
Neill was an Army veteran, and served during the Korean Conflict.  He was known for his vibrant personality and his constant availability to family, church and community. He was also involved with many charities. 
 
Neill had just turned 91 on November 6 - although he didn’t look his age. His friendliness and passion for service will be missed by all.  He was a dedicated Rotarian, and exemplified “service above self.”
 
 
It is with a heavy heart that I notify you of the passing of Ed Hall. He was a District Governor from 1987 to 1988 for District 7910, and he passed away on Thursday, November 7.
 
Ed was a member of the Rotary Club of Worcester for more than 50 years. In May 2017, he had the first-ever District award named after him: The Edward C. Hall Foundation Achievement Award.
 
Ed held numerous club and district positions, was a Major Donor, and received the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award and the Service Above Self award. He also participated in many international foundation projects.
 
Of special note, is the work Ed did in Haiti.  Through the use of advanced-engineering know-how and a touch of Yankee ingenuity, hard work and a Rotary Foundation grant of $475,000 matched by $25,000 of District funds, more than 30 solar-powered water systems were installed in many locations on the island nation.
Certainly, you know about IKEA furniture and you’ve undoubtedly seen and tasted Swedish meatballs, but what do you really know about Sweden?  The Rotary Friendship Exchange with Rotary District 2390, Southern Sweden, provides you an exceptional opportunity to learn much, much more about Sweden - and Swedes, in general.
 
Rotary’s Friendship Exchange is an international-exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not. In 2020, our district will participate with Sweden in an RFE.
 
If you haven't heard the good news, check out this article. We're getting closer.
 

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are celebrating a major milestone this World Polio Day: confirmation that a second type of the wild poliovirus has been eradicated, which is a significant step toward the ultimate goal of a polio-free world.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the historic feat in a video address during Rotary’s Global Online Update on October 24. He said an independent commission of health experts certified the global eradication of the type-3 strain, which hasn't been detected anywhere in the world since Nigeria identified a case of polio that it caused in November 2012. The type-2 strain was certified as eradicated in 2015.

“That leaves just wild poliovirus type-1,” said Tedros (shown, in Nigeria). He also commended Rotary’s long fight against polio. “Everything you [Rotary] have done has brought us to the brink of a polio-free world.”

Check out the first promotional video for the 2020 Rotary International Convention, to be held next June 6 through 10 in Honolulu, HI. Click here to watch this one-minute video.
 
The City of Honolulu and Host Organization Committee welcome you with aloha to enjoy the sun, sand and fun of their island paradise.
Our District's Public Image Resource Team is here to help! We are a group of Rotarians who have lots of experience in social media, working with Clubrunner as users and webmasters, and Rotary.org and website development/content.  Our goal is to help you understand the tools that are available so you can make your club’s outreach more effective.
 
Here’s what we can help you with and/or coach you on:
Summer is almost over and clubs across the district are working to finalize and implement their goals. This is a great time to consider a Visioning Workshop.
 
A Visioning Workshop can help ensure that your club’s goals are reflective of the values of your members, and that the goals have strong buy-in from the people in your club who will be carrying out these goals.  If you are finding that your club’s goals are generating only a lukewarm response or that members aren’t stepping up to implement them, a Visioning Workshop could help get your club moving forward.
Members of District 7910 had a great time at the Lowell Spinners game on Friday, August 9!  Even though the team lost, it was a gorgeous night - and everyone enjoyed themselves. And the best part?  We raised money to eradicate polio!
 
Shown are: Past District Governor Karin Gaffney (left), District Governor Pam Anastasia (center) and District Public Image Chair Sue Peghiny (right).
Hello everyone - and Happy Summer!
 
I am excited and honored to have the privilege of working with all of you over the next year! My two primary areas of focus are Membership and Public Image.
 
We do a great job attracting people to be Rotarians, but we need to make sure that we keep then active and engaged. Also, I believe that Rotary is still somewhat unknown in many communities; people have heard of it but they don't know who we are or what we do. I would like us to do a better job of letting people know what we do - and using social media to get the word out. I think that if every club sat down and made a list of all the projects that they supported in their local communities, people would be surprised and amazed at all we've done. Every club is active and engaged in their community; we just need to do a better job telling our story.
 
Upcoming Club Events
 
Contact Sue Peghiny or Steve Jones-D'Agostino to have your Club Event featured!
 
Concord-Carlisle & Minuteman High School Interacts' and Lexington & Concord Rotarys' Meal Packaging Event
 
November 17, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Volunteers needed! RSVP to 
Sharon Spaulding at
978-580-4270.
 
 
Nashoba Valley's 1st Annual Cabin Fever Winter Festival
 
February 1, 2010
 
 
To visit the event websiteclick here
 
To download the event flyer, 
 
 
 
What would it take to change the world?
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming District Events
 
Contact Sue Peghiny or Steve Jones-D'Agostino to have your District Event featured!