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Realizing that we are all busy and that it is a holiday weekend, we are extending the application deadline 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.
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.

The Rotary Leadership Institute offers a leadership development program in three full-day sessions (Parts I, II and III), which are usually taken over the course a several months to a year or so. The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge, and to develop leadership skills. It's also a great networking opportunity!. 

Given that the retention rate of those who graduate from the RLI is more than double that of non-attendees, be sure that your Club encourages as many attendees as possible.  You will not regret it, as the experience is always great and motivating.

Some examples of course sessions include:

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.
District 7910 Rotary clubs were active this year utilizing The Rotary Foundation's funds that came back to our District in the form of District Grants.  During Rotary 2018-'119, 21 District Grants were funded and executed by the clubs, to better our communities.  The service projects broadly fell into four of the Rotary Foundation's six areas of focus. Clubs made an impact in Disease Prevention, Treatment and Health, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development.
 
In addition, we implemented two Global Grants - one was our District Service Project that built  stoves in Guatemala in order to reduce respiratory illness in the community. Ten Rotarians traveled there to work with Rotarians from the host club.  The other Global Grant that was approved this year involved the Rotary Club of Concord's egg-farm project in Haiti.
 
Here are details of the District Grant projects:
During Rotary 2018-2019, the District 7910 Membership Committee introduced several initiatives to help clubs attract and engage membership. These initiatives will continue, and new ones will be introduced in 2019-2020.
 
New Member Orientation Events were held during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, with 60 total attendees. These events introduce newer (two years or less) and prospective members to the various facets of Rotary in a fun and interactive way. Clubs are encouraged to send their newer and prospective members to these events. Feedback indicates that attending these events significantly improves member retention. The next events are scheduled for October 3, 2019, and April 4, 2020 (during the District Assembly).
Rotary club members from Districts 7910 and 7930 joined together last week to cover a week’s worth of meal shifts at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) in Boston in honor of Memorial Day. Ten meals were served by District governors and the following clubs: Billerica, Wellesley, Nashoba Valley, Tewksbury, Newton, Winchester, Brookline, Charles River and Lowell.
 
 
Random Acts of Kindness is quickly helping expand the influence of the Rotary Club of Framingham! Recently, the club engaged in two separate acts to help solve an Iraqi immigrant mother's transportation problem, and to help repair housing for an elderly couple.
 
Needed Home Repairs
 
Framingham’s Jim Goodreau and his wife, Christine Goodreau, were in dire need of a helping hand, and quickly. Jim is recovering from cardiac arrest— Christine gave him CPR until the EMTs arrived—and couldn’t risk the exertion needed to repair the un-lockable front door or the damaged storm door in their Landseer Avenue home. Moreover, the dishwasher wouldn’t work. Unfortunately, the couple couldn’t pay for the needed repairs because Christine had just lost her job.
Recently, 18 members of the Rotary clubs of Bedford, Burlington, Burlington Breakfast, Tyngsboro/Dunstable, and Kobleskill, NY plus the Rotarcat Club of MIT, representing three districts, joined more than 200 volunteers from the local community plus corporations Anika Therapeutics and BAE Systems to package more than 40,000 meals.  Rise Against Hunger will distribute these meals to school meal programs in developing countries. This brought our seven-year total to more than 400,000 meals.   
 

District 7910 is pleased to announce that O'Mara Taylor of Wayland is the recipient of the $35,00 2019 David & Eleanor Morley Endowed Global Grant Scholarship.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Framingham, O'Mara is a graduate of Vassar College. She plans to spend the 2019-2020 academic year in graduate studies at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University. Her Rotary Area of Focus is Maternal & Child Health

Past District Governor Jim Fusco was presented the 2018-2019 Rotarian of the Year Award at the District Conference by District Governor Steve Sager! Everyone knows the tireless effort Jim makes to help the clubs and the district, and this year he went above and beyond the call of duty. 
 
 
Congratulations to Westborough Rotarian Jorge Yarzebski, the 2018-2019 recipient of the Ed Hall Outstanding Foundation Achievement Award! Jorge was recognized at this year's District Conference for the numerous efforts to better the world through The Rotary Foundation. He has been involved with at least seven Global Grants or their predecessor Matching Grants, including being one of the founders of the Global Emergency Medicine Initiative (GEMINI). 

Rotary World Peace Conference 2020 will be held on January 17 and 18, 2020 in Ontario, Canada and California, U.S. Rotary International President Elect Mark Maloney will be opening the conference.

 
Upcoming Club Events
 
Contact Sue Peghiny or Steve Jones-D'Agostino to have your Club Event featured!
 
Southborough's
Annual Pumpkin Stroll
October 13, 2019
To download the event flyer, click here
View two short, silent videos about this event:
 
Weston-Wayland's Pints for Polio at Jack's Abby
October 24, 2019
 
Westborough's 50th Anniversary Gala October 25, 2019
To learn more about this event, click here
 
Nashoba Valley's Fall Bolton Repair Cafe
November 9, 2019
To download the event flyer, click here
 
 
 
 
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!