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You are invited to join 2019-2020 District Governor Pam Anastasi and 2020-2021 District Governor Diana Nestorova for an evening of celebration, and be part of history in the making. Come join us in #District7910's first-ever - and hopefully our last - Online Celebration.

We are moving forward from our experiences with “Rotary Connects the World” into our new year, as we take action to create lasting change by “Rotary Opening Opportunities”. Invite your family to celebrate and support our #Rotarians and leaders of District7910.

The one-hour agenda will consist of presentations by District 7910 leaders, District Governors changeover from '19-'20 to '20-'21, Assistant Governor and Club President recognitions, a few surprises, and lots of FUN!!!

Please, register by clicking: rotary7910.org/event/district-installation/

Registration will close on Wednesday, July. Once the event is closed to registrations, you will receive a link to the meeting.

Yours in #Rotary,

Diana Nestorova

District Governor, 2020-2021

First and foremost, I wanted to say "Thank You" to you and your clubs for all the great work that you do throughout the year.  All of the service projects, donations of time, improving your communities and international projects - many of which were done with funding from The Rotary Foundation. 
 
The fact is, without donations to the Foundation, many projects would not happen. Unfortunately, this year, due to these unprecedented pandemic times, our District's Foundation contributions are way down.
 
Therefore, I am asking that you join me in making a tax deductible, end-of-fiscal year donation to The Rotary Foundation.  
 

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in the May issue of The Rotarian magazine. Since publishing, Interota has been postponed to 2021. To learn more about next year's Interota, click here.

"The ongoing evolution of Rotaract is redefining its place within Rotary. 'It’s a new era,' says one enthusiastic Rotaractor."

At midnight on June 30, hundreds of Rotaractors will ring in the new Rotary year together. They’ll also be celebrating Rotaract’s ongoing evolution, including the expansion of Rotary membership to include Rotaract clubs.

“It’s really exciting,” says Ignacio González, a member of the Rotaract Club of Oriente de Talca in Chile. Until recently, Rotaractors have been considered Rotary program participants. “Now,” says González, who serves on the Elevate Rotaract Task Force, “we are a part of Rotary. It’s a new era for Rotaract."

Roger Frost passed away on June 16 at the age of 96, after a brief period of declining health. A proud and enthusiastic Rotarian, he was a 70-year member of the Rotary Club of Worcester, a Paul Harris Fellow, a past club president, and a past district governor. Countless times his children and grandchildren heard him recite the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.”
 
Roger became the third-generation owner of Frost Stamp Works in Worcester, renaming it Frost Manufacturing Corp. and growing it from a small rubber-stamp shop to a full-service sign and stamp business. After their family was grown, Roger and his wife, Nancy Frost, moved to Holden and traveled the world, visiting more than 25 countries—often while attending business or Rotary conventions. In 1989, they were in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square protests - their hotel, just blocks away from where the massacre took place.
 
 
Come hear interesting speakers such as Rotary International President Mark Maloney, news anchor Mark Wright, and Emmy-winning journalist Alisha Davis.

Attend virtual break-out sessions on topics such as using virtual tools in these times of COVID-19growing your club, and engaging youth.
 
Hear our own District 7910 members, Laura Spear and Carol Toomey, present!
 
Learn about the theme for 2020-2021, Rotary Opens Opportunities, and learn about the Hawaiian mural project to promote world peace.
 
On June 10, Rotary International held a special Zoom meeting for all Rotarians, requesting that everyone consider donating their lunch money to End Polio Now.  It was a livestream event of esteemed polio-eradication leaders, reminding us about the important work that still needs to be done to stop this horrible disease.
 
As you may know, RI has a shortfall of $15 million of our $50-million worldwide goal for to End Polio Now. To maximize our 2-to-1-match from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we need to create an opportunity for every Rotarian to give. Currently, only 9 percent of Rotarians have given to End Polio Now.
 
Our membership in Rotary International presents us with a unique opportunity, in the time of COVID-19, to fully take advantage of our mission to join forces and help solve global issues of health and economic development, along with Rotary's four other Areas of Focus  Among the other service organizations, we as Rotarians are singularly positioned to talk directly with our counterparts in other countries and share experiences and best practices.

With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Brookline has schedule three speakers from three different countries for its Zoom meetings on the first three Thursdays in June, at 12:00 noon. The initial countries are Nepal, India and China. The Brookline club hopes to include, at later dates, England, Italy and Brazil. All these speakers are known to the Brookline club through its work in Rotary. 
 
What do you do with a broken toaster or lamp? Or, a shirt or blouse with a ripped-out seam? Toss it? No way! Get them - and any other household items in need of repair - ready for the first-ever virtual Bolton and Maynard Repair Café, set for this June 20.
 
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with support from Bolton Local and the Repair Cafe Foundation, is hosting this Repair Café via Zoom videoconferencing on Saturday, June 20, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. (ET). Residents of Bolton, Maynard and surrounding towns - as well as people around the world - are invited to join this Zoom session and find out what a Repair Café is all about.
 
(Shown, above, are several of the Bolton and Maynard Repair organizers during a recent Zoom meeting.)
 
Together with District Governor Pam Anastasi, our District's RYLA Committee has canceled the in-person RYLA 2020, scheduled for this June 26-28 at Fitchburg State University. The next in-person RYLA is scheduled for June 25-27, 2021. However, we may hold a fun virtual event this year, organized by RYLA 2020 group and program facilitators.
 
Fitchburg State University has canceled all June 2020 event-space rentals, including the in-person RYLA 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The District's RYLA Committee has been talking about this unfortunate possibility for some time.
 
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Rotary Club of Wellesley to cancel its annual “Taste of Wellesley” event, club members decided to raise money for local restaurants so they could provide meals to health-care workers. The club's service-above-self effort has received excellent Boston TV coverage.
 
Fourteen Massachusetts restaurants are banding together to help raise money to make meals for those on the frontline of the this pandemic. In Wellesely, they are Alta Strada, Cafe Mangal, Captain Marden's Seafoods, Comella's Restaurants, CrepeBerry, Fiorella's Cucina, Juniper Smith, Takara Wellesley, Whim Chocolate and Wollensky.
 
A member of the Rotary Club of Northborough was inspired by a personal conversation with Dr. Paul Farmer (shown below), co-founder of Partners in Health. Her enthusiasm, shared with club members, led us to work on a presentation about Partners In Health and its response to COVID-19.
 
Please take the time to view the presentation, from our latest club Zoom meeting, and consider joining us in our campaign to support the efforts of Partners In Health. To watch the 21-minute presentation, click here.
 
Please consider giving generously to Partners In Health - especially, during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. To donate now, click here.
 
 
Dr. Carl Good III, PhD, a member of the Rotary Club of Merrimack Valley, has a background as a molecular geneticist in clinical test development. He has developed a number of diagnostic tests, including some of the early tests for HIV.
 
Dr. Good has produced a video presentation titled The Importance of Testing COVID-19, which he has presented during Zoom meetings of his club and the Rotary Club of Groton-Pepperell. This version is his presentation to the Merrimack Valley club.
 
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our District Training Assembly took place on the Zoom online platform.
 
The District Assembly was training for the Rotary year 2020-2021 for all Rotarians who want to learn new ideas and best practices - especially, incoming Club leaders who are looking to strengthen their skill set. 
 
Various sessions were available to cover relevant topics that will impact both you and your club. All training sessions were two hours, and started at 7:00 pm.
 
The seven sessions were as follows:
 
COVID-19 has definitely brought the word perspective to the forefront for us all. Across Rotary's global network of Clubs and its members, COVID-19 has placed us all in unprecedented territory. Far from life as normal, far from business as normal. Members and leaders at all levels of our organization are faced with decisions they never believed they would encounter, and they are asking for guidance on how to deal with this global pandemic relative to Rotary.
 
We are all being asked to be socially responsible. That shouldn't be a heavy lift for us. We have been socially responsible as an organization for more than 115 years.
 
Let's spend some time thinking of the opportunities, not just the challenges. Can these canceled events, fundraisers and meetings become future service projects when the time is right? How can technology (Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, and other platforms) help us to stay connected during this time, and how can that knowledge help us to grow Rotary going forward? How can we find ways to support the most vulnerable populations affected by this pandemic?
 
Here are some suggestions on how to keep your club members connected - and to be Rotary active:
Updated April 28, 2020
 
The District leadership continues to monitor the evolving circumstances regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID 19).  Our primary concern is the health and well-being of all Rotarians, their families and the community. Concerns about the coronavirus continue to prevail, and there is no immediate solution.
 
Therefore, effective immediately, all in-person District meetings will be cancelled through May 18, which is when Governor Charlie Baker has extended a stay-at-home advisory and a non-essential-business closure. Meetings are still able to occur via Zoom, teleconferencing, etc.
 
As far as Club meetings, I strongly suggest that clubs cancel in-person meetings for the next few weeks. However, I will leave the final decision up to each Club and its Board of Directors.
 
Best Practices that everyone should focus on doing:
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.
 
Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,
 

Let me get right to the unfortunate news — the Rotary International Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. We are all part of the Rotary family, and your safety remains our highest priority. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend this year’s convention, I am very disappointed. However, this is the right and necessary decision to protect the health and safety of convention attendees, as well as those who call Honolulu home.

At this point, we are unsure that Rotary could adequately protect convention-goers from the risk of COVID-19 infection en route to, during, and after the convention. We are also unsure if restrictions on travel to the United States will be lifted by June. We have heard from a number of you who voiced concerns about gathering at the convention this year. I also heard from many who were hopeful that we could continue with the convention as planned. The Board was very diligent and considered all the facts before taking this decision.

At this time, we kindly ask that you do not contact RI Registration to inquire about your registration, ticket or housing cancellations as we work diligently to inform all attendees. Here is an overview of our plans for handling refunds and travel logistics.
 

NOTE: Due to the novel-coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak, the Guatemala WASH Mission has been postponed indefinitely.
 
When people in developing nations gain access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), many good things start to happen. Waterborne diseases decrease. Children stay healthier and attend school more regularly. And, parents spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
 
With this hopeful vision in mind, 21 Rotarians and non-Rotarians from District 7910 will soon be heading to the Lake Atitlán, Panajachel area of Guatemala. On March 21, they will journey to the Central American nation for a seven-day WASH mission. 
 
Shown, on the left, posing with a resident of the Lake Atitlán area during last year’s mission, is Steve Sager, of the Rotary Club of Westborough, a past district governor and current chair of the Foundation Committee for District 7910.
 
Updated on April 3, 2020
 
In response to the pandemic of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley has suspended face-to-face gatherings through at least this May 4, which is when Governor Charlie Baker has extended a stay-at-home advisory and a non-essential-business closure.
The Board will re-evaluate the situation then, and on an ongoing basis.
 
In the meantime, the charitable, non-profit service club, which covers Bolton, Lancaster and Stow, will virtually conduct board and club meetings through phone- and video-conferencing. Because Rotary's principal motto is service above self, the Nashoba Valley club is exploring virtual and limited-physical services to offer to its three communities.
 
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Drawing: July 11, 2020
 
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