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The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with support from Bolton Local and the Repair Cafe Foundation, hosted a Bolton Repair Cafe on Saturday, January 11 at the Florence Sawyer School in Bolton. We had 74 residents of Bolton and surrounding towns come and find out what a Repair Café is all about, and 32 volunteers to serve them. A bell, which gets run when an item is fixed, was rung many times. Click here to view event photos
On December 11, the Rotary Club of District 7910 Passport (Provisional) officially launched by electing officers and approving  a draft of Club Bylaws. The initial set of officers is: Karin Gaffney (second from left), president and interim membership chair; Ron Bott (center), interim secretary and interim treasurer; Tatjana Kobb (on screen), foundation chair; and, Tamar Russell Brown (second from right), public-image co-chair, and Steve Jones-D'Agostino (holding screen), interim public-image co-chair. (The position of president-elect has yet to be filled.) Also shown is club member Sam Squailia (far right).
The next meeting of the Passport Club will be on December 30 at 6:00 p.m. (ET) via Skype. Tatjana Kobb, who is organizing the Skype call, may be reached at t.kobb@northeastern.edu.
Please join me in congratulating Cliff Rober (shown, left) as the 2021-2022 District Governor and Victor Tom (shown, below) as the 2022-2023 District Governor for Rotary District 7910. Cliff is a past president of the Rotary Club of Bedford, and is currently serving as the District Sergeant at Arms. Victor is also a past president of the Rotary Club of Bedford, and is currently serving as chair of the District Rotary Foundation Grants Subcommittee and an assistant governor. 
Both were selected on December 9, 2019 by the District Nominating Committee. Once confirmed, they will assume the role of District Governor Nominee (DGN) and District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND), respectively.
Please join me in congratulating Jacky Foster (shown, left) of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and Ed Tarquinio of the Rotary Club of Fitchburg East for being selected as Trustees of the District Funds.  Jacky is an immediate past president of her club, and serves as an assistant governor. Ed is a past president of his club, and is a retired CPA.  They are both looking to get more involved with the District, and we are excited to have them as Trustees. 
Additionally, I am pleased to announce that Carol Toomey (shown, below) of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley will be our Delegate to the Rotary International Council on Legislation.  Carol, a longtime Rotarian and a past district governor, had previously served in this capacity. 
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
If you or others have attended Rotary (Learning!) Leadership Institute, you 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!
The next RLI in our region will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Courtyard Marriott Marlborough in Marlborough. Registration is now openClick here to get more information, and to register. All the details on RLI as well as how to register are at that link. This year's tuition is $110, which includes breakfast, lunch and the course materials.
On October 19, five days before World Polio Day, the Interact Club of Acton-Boxborough High School in Acton held a wildly successful Charity Ball to support Polio. The $3,000 raised at the ball, along with the multiplying factors of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, means that $9,000 will be donated to fight the last occurrences of polio in the world.
The Charity Ball started with a small group of Interact students, rejuvenated in the last year by their new officers. They are determined to make a difference by making their fellow students aware of what a dreaded, deadly disease polio once was, and telling them the inspiring story of Rotary’s journey toward eradicating polio forever. Add a vibrant Rotary advisor, who challenged the students, asking “Now that you know about polio, what do you want to do to help?” Stir in the fact that teenagers love dances but few high schools are willing to hold them. And, voila! The Charity Ball was born.
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: 

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.”

Upcoming Club Events
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The Broofields'
Murder Mystery Dinner
January 25, 2020
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District 7910 Passport Club’s
Open House
January 29, 2020
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Nashoba Valley's First Annual Cabin Fever Winter Festival
February 1, 2020
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Upcoming District Events
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