June 20: Ukrainian Concert to fund Humanitarian Projects

The Rotary E-Club of Ukraine cordially invites you to a local concert of the band Kommuna Lux from Odesa, Ukraine. Kommuna Lux is currently touring the USA with a special purpose: to raise funds for financing humanitarian projects in Ukraine.  The concert will take place Thursday, June 20, at Sonia's, 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA, beginning at 8 pm.  Tickets are on sale here.
June 20: Ukrainian Concert to fund Humanitarian Projects 2024-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

Support Mental Health and Win a Stunning Original Work of Art

This is an incredible opportunity to win an extraordinary work of art while supporting neurodiversity, mental health awareness, and the Rotary Foundation!
 
Not only will you be entering to win a stunning piece, but if you or someone in your club wins, it can serve as a fantastic fundraiser.
 
The table itself has a value of $60,000, making it an incredible asset for any fundraising event. Plus, the second prize is valued at more than $6,000 USD, and the third prize is worth more than $1,500 USD.
 
 
Support Mental Health and Win a Stunning Original Work of Art 2024-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Million Solar Panel Challenge is ON! 2024-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA Closing Ceremony June 23, 2024

Will you be at the RYLA closing ceremony? Will your club be represented at FSU on Sunday afternoon June 23? Look at all the fun you will miss and just imagine all the contacts you will miss if you are not at the Auditorium.
 
 
RYLA Closing Ceremony June 23, 2024 2024-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Framinghham Rotary and High School Launches "Shark Tank " like Adaptive Innovation Challenge

The Rotary Club of Framingham in partnership with award-winning and global innovator Rotarian, Dr. Sushil Bhatia, is pleased to present the 2024 Innovation Challenge: Adaptive Device Competition.

Inspired by the American business reality television series, Shark Tank, the Innovation Challenge has partnered with the Framingham High School (FHS) Engineering by Design Program and invites students to design an innovative product or service that directly helps others in need in the City of Framingham.

The presentations were given on June 6, 2024
Framinghham Rotary and High School Launches "Shark Tank " like Adaptive Innovation Challenge 2024-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Owen Moon Completes his Academic Year in Taiwan!

June has been busy for Owen Moon, a District 7910 Youth Exchange Student sponsored by the Weston-Wayland Rotary Club. On June 2nd he arrived home after spending the 2023-24 academic year living and attending school in Taiwan. On June 7th he graduated from Weston High School. It all started when Owen, now 18, did a short term summer exchange to Spain in 2022. That exchange led to a desire to see Asia -- an area of the world he's been fascinated with since childhood. Now he speaks Mandarin, has a slew of international friends, and a greater awareness of cultures outside of the United States.
 
Photo: Owen Moon, Kathleen Baker, and Hsinchu Peace Rotary Club President, Hsieh "Seven" Cheng-Wen at a Rotary meeting. April 2024.
 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Owen Moon Completes his Academic Year in Taiwan! 2024-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Join the Framingham Club at the Worcester Red Sox on July 14th 2024-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Needham Carnival Coming July 18-21 2024-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Mark your Calendar! Simply Irresistible Series Scheduled for July 8th 2024-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
June 3, 7:30 - How to Rock the Boat without Sinking the Ship: Guiding your club through change. 2024-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
How to Level Up Your Club's Public Image Efforts 2024-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation - District 7910 Status Report  2024-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

How to Level-Up Your Club's Public Image Efforts 2

The Rotary Club of Bedford earned the Gold Award for Exemplary Public Image Presence this year. In their entry, they started with goals: 
 
"The goals for our club's public image efforts is to
1. Increase awareness of the club activities and initiatives within Bedford and neighboring communities.
2. Enhance the club's reputation as a leading service organization dedicated to community welfare.
3. Recruit new members and volunteers to expand the club's impact and reach.
4. Foster partnerships with local businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations.
These goals have been our focus for a number of years.
How to Level-Up Your Club's Public Image Efforts 2 2024-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Year & Best Club Announced at District Conference 2024-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

We ARE doing environmental projects (in Westford)!

Good Golly! We Are doing environmental projects!
 
Kudos to Sue Peghiny. She opened our eyes to the definition of environmental efforts in the clubs. We had not considered submitting information from our club (Westford) about our environmental activities. Thank you Sue for reviewing club reports, newsletters and social media to identify those of us who did not identify our own efforts. Now we see that indeed we are working to improve the future of our planet. Our small efforts to a safer world:
We ARE doing environmental projects (in Westford)! Mary Foerster 2024-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

Hope For The Hungry - A Rotary Success!

“WE DID IT!” declared Debi Malone, team leader of Hope for the Hungry, the Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Concord’s 2024 joint meal-packing sponsorship.

Aimed to address food insecurity, aligned with this year’s Rotary International “Create Hope in the World” theme, and partnered with the New England arm of Meals of Hope, six months of planning and preparation culminated on the last Saturday in April when more than 150 volunteers packed 40,320 meals destined for local distribution in dozens of surrounding communities.

Hope For The Hungry - A Rotary Success! Marc Hamilton 2024-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
News: Your Club has an App 2024-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser Launch for Mental Health, Neurodiversity Awareness as well as Rotary Foundation!

Bespoke bronze tableWin a bespoke bronze table created in bronze by artist Mark Stoddart.
 
The Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy is delighted to participate in this fundraising campaign. The artwork, valued at £40,000, (around $50,000 USD) has been created by world known artist Mark Stoddart, who is a member of The Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy. This cause is very close to our hearts, and we are proud to support it.
 
By purchasing a ticket, you not only stand a chance to win the artwork but also contribute to a noble causes. Remember, with every ticket sold, we all win!
 
To purchase tickets please visit: https://zurl.co/Hsj3
 
Fundraiser Launch for Mental Health, Neurodiversity Awareness as well as Rotary Foundation! 2024-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Concord's Second Annual MusicFest on May 25 from 1:00-7:00 at Rideout Park in Concord

Join the Rotary Club of Concord as we launch MusicFest, featuring local musicians of all ages including headlining The Bruce Marshall Group. The all-day event is free and, along with live music, features vendors, food trucks, children's games, and a raffle. Proceeds from the day will be presented to the Domestic Violence Services Network, a local nonprofit that provides programs and services to victims of domestic violence. 
 
 
Rotary Club of Concord's Second Annual MusicFest on May 25 from 1:00-7:00 at Rideout Park in Concord Rebecca Lynch 2024-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

This Saturday: Weston-Wayland Children's Business Fair

Kid's Business FairThe Weston-Wayland Children’s Business Fair inspires children to discover their inner entrepreneurs. The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America, this one-day market gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses.

The opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business!

Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.

We will host approximately 50 booths at the 4th annual event on Saturday, May 18, 2024, between 11 am - 3 pm.
This Saturday: Weston-Wayland Children's Business Fair Aaron Roy 2024-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Volunteer for Weston-Wayland 4th Annual Children's Business Fair - May 18

 
Volunteer for the 4th Annual Weston-Wayland Children's Business Fair

The Children's Business Fair is back! It will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Weston Town Green during the Celebrate Weston! event. 
 
Rotarians VOLUNTEER HERE to help with set-up, during the Fair and clean-up.
 
Children showcase their very own businesses at our one-day market, which is part of the largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America. Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. 
 
We all believe entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.
Volunteer for Weston-Wayland 4th Annual Children's Business Fair - May 18 2024-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Weston-Wayland Rotary Gives 3,000th Seedling to First Graders

At the start of his term, Ian Riseley, Rotary International President declared 2018 The Year of the Tree and challenged the 1.2 million worldwide membership of Rotary to plant a tree for each club member on Earth Day. The Weston-Wayland Rotary Club embraced this challenge and expanded the program to include distributing Green Giant Arbor Vitae to first graders in Weston.

 

 

 

Weston-Wayland Rotary Gives 3,000th Seedling to First Graders 2024-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Tantasqua InterAct Club Charter Celebration May 14, 2024 2024-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

The Ry-Llama is Seeking Volunteers!

Can you Believe it’s already 2 months till RYLA? With RYLA fast approaching we are seeking volunteers to help make this event possible. We are looking to fill some key roles including session leaders, overnight monitors, first aiders, reality fair presenters, and more. If you are interested in volunteering at RYLA this year, please complete the sign-up form here.
 
RYLA Dates: June 21, 22, 23
Have Questions? 7910ryla@gmail.com
The Ry-Llama is Seeking Volunteers! 2024-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

World Immunization Week: 3 Rotarians Share Their Volunteering for End Polio Now

World Immunization Week is April 24-30th.  Rotary International has spent over 40 years making sure children receive life-saving polio vaccines, beginning with our first immunization campaign in the Philippines in 1979.  Three Members of Brookline Rotary ~ all Past Presidents & Paul Harris Fellows -- share their thoughts & experiences volunteering for END POLIO NOW.
 
Image: Sharon Herman, Rotary Club of Brookline.
 
World Immunization Week: 3 Rotarians Share Their Volunteering for End Polio Now Shawna V Carboni 2024-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Taste of Wellesley 2024 - May 22

The Rotary Club of Wellesley's "Taste of Wellesley" annual fundraiser to support our community is at The Wellesley Country Club on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 6:30 until 9 pm. We will host 300 guests at the event and tickets are selling fast. Get yours soon and avoid the last minute rush. If you have already purchased your tickets, THANK YOU! Tickets are on sale at $100.00 each here: https://taste-of-wellesley.square.site/ or through our website: https://wellesleyrotary.org.
Taste of Wellesley 2024 - May 22 John Adams 2024-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

Westborough Rotary’s Repair Café Success!

Westborough, MA – Bicycles. Clocks. Rice cookers. Lamps. Necklaces. Knives. What do all these sundry items have in common? They were all fixed at the Repair Café on Saturday, April 13 at the Westborough Public Library. For over twenty years, the Repair Cafe, sponsored by the library and the Westborough Rotary Club, has offered this free and popular event to the community.
 
Photo: Knife sharpening and small repairs
Westborough Rotary’s Repair Café Success! Reina Rago 2024-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Climate Cafe May 1st: Rotary Million Solar Panel Challenge Susan Peghiny 2024-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

Summer Kick-Off Carnival  - June 20

June 20, 2024 the Rotary Club of Littleton would like to invite you to our first annual Summer Kick-Off Carnival. The Carnival will take place at 550 King Street in Littleton MA (the IBM property, use the Great Road entrance). The dates and times as follows:
  • Thursday June 20 6p – 10p
  • Friday June 21 6p – 11p
  • Saturday June 22 1p – 11p
  • Sunday June 23 1p – 9p
Summer Kick-Off Carnival - June 20 Denise Moniz 2024-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

The Ry-Llama says: Congratulations!

Congratulations for completing all the steps to get your students registered for RYLA. All the important steps for registration are completed, but there are still some things you can do before RYLA commences in late June.
Consider sending out a press release to highlight the work your club has done. Consider inviting your students to a Rotary Meeting, Service Opportunity, Interact, or Fundraiser so they can learn about Rotary and the projects that are important to your club.
The Ry-Llama says: Congratulations! 2024-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Earth Day Cleanup in Southborough, MA - Saturday April 27th

Upcoming Saturday April 27th - the 32nd Annual Earth Day Cleanup in Southborough. Anyone can volunteer to participate. No sign up required. Volunteers to gather 8-8:30 am at the Southborough Department of Public Works (DPW) Transfer station, just of Rt. 85 to get trash bags and adopt a part of town to clean and head out. Coffee and treats will be served at 8:30 AM. This year volunteers can receive a free safety vest on first come first serve basis - adult and kid sizes available. Volunteers should remember to bring work gloves and wear sturdy footwear. Sign up via Facebook
Earth Day Cleanup in Southborough, MA - Saturday April 27th Kaprielian 2024-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Who are your Club Executives?

Who will lead your club in the coming year? In addition to the President-elect every club needs to have its roster of executives planned at this point, hopefully ready to attend the District Conference May 3-4 to learn what is needed in their new role.
Who are your Club Executives? Joyce Graff 2024-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Newton Rotary Foundation Marathon Runner I-Ping Li Raises $12,000 for Scholarships

...and fundraising continues!
 
I-Ping Li is raising funds for students who care about community, and for whom a scholarship can make a meaningful impact. "I love that the Newton Rotary Foundation reaches out to parts of the community that need a boost." This scholarship program has supported future engineers, chefs, teachers and many other bright, talented college bound and skilled trade students.
Newton Rotary Foundation Marathon Runner I-Ping Li Raises $12,000 for Scholarships Andy Willinger 2024-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Success Story In KYIV, UKRAINE!

2 Generators Installed In Prosthetic Clinic! 
 
Around mid -February, the Multinational Rotary Club of Kyiv (KMRC) successfully installed two 12 KW Generators at the Kyiv State-Owned Experimental Prosthetic-Orthopedic Enterprise (KSOEPOE).
 
The Generators were purchased with funds from a Rotary Club of Needham Division 7910 District Grant along with additional funds from Needham members and one non-Rotarian.
 
Success Story In KYIV, UKRAINE! Tom Daly 2024-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day of Service (May 18) Project Submissions

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, more than 800 Rotary clubs and 30,000 Rotarians across 10 states and 7 countries, will volunteer in their communities for an unprecedented Rotary Day of Service, collecting clothes for homeless, refurbishing parks, and, much, much more.
 
We need YOU to submit your club project to be added to the Day of Service website. The earlier your project is submitted, the longer it will be promoted on the website to get volunteers! Please fill out this simple form with all necessary information for submission. 
Rotary Day of Service (May 18) Project Submissions Johnny Ahern 2024-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

"Life Party" for Chris Spear June 1

As noted in the 4/1 newsletter, Chris Spear passed away unexpectedly in late February.  His family invites all to attend a "life party" for him, a celebration of life to be held at Stow Acres Country Club on June 1 from 4-8 PM. Please RSVP by May 17 at chrisspearparty@gmail.com with your name and number of guests. Feel free to post remembrances and pictures at chrisspearparty@gmail.com as well. Carnival beads are welcome and encouraged.  
"Life Party" for Chris Spear June 1 2024-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Simply Irresistible: Keys to building a thriving club. Mark Vital 2024-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

How can we see the club's Foundation giving?

The best information on your club's Foundation giving can be found in the Club Recognition Summary on rotary.org.  Club officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Foundation Chair) should all have the necessary privileges to see this report.
 
How can we see the club's Foundation giving? Joyce Graff 2024-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Charles River Rotary Host St Patrick's Skyline Dance for Adults with Special Needs 2024-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Mini-Grants Available for Reduce, Reuse, and Repair Projects! 2024-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Four District Conference • May 3 - 5 Elliott Rittenberg 2024-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Environmental Awards!

2023/2024 Environmental AwardsNew this year! Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards to recognize club and individual efforts to support the environment, fight climate change, reduce plastics use, or other initiatives that will help us leave a cleaner, more healthy and livable world for our kids and grandchildren.
 
For more information about the Environmental Awards click HERE. The application is available by clicking HERE, and the deadline for submission is April 13, 2023. 
 
The goal of these awards is to encourage clubs and members to undertake environmental initiatives and projects.
 
 
Environmental Awards! Susan Peghiny 2024-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Club Public Image Awards

"Increase awareness" is an annual Rotary goal. Successful public image initiatives raise awareness and stimulate membership interest. 
 
The 2024 District 7910 Public Image Awards will celebrate excellence and spotlight effective, high-impact initiatives in four categories: 
  1. Outstanding Public Relations Work, Promotional Efforts & Materials
  2. Outstanding Web Presence
  3. Outstanding Social Media Presence
  4. Exemplary Public Image Presence
The Rotary 7910 Public Image Awards Entry Form is available to you now. You can start (and complete) your entry and edit it until the entry deadline on April 13. 
    Club Public Image Awards Rotary 7910 2024-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
    District Awards Programs (Plural!) Elliott Rittenberg 2024-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Westford Rotary Club Busy in April &May with Community Service 

    The Westford Rotary Club members and volunteers will be very busy during April and May with Community Service projects. 
     
    The Westford Rotary Club will have a table at the Westford Health &Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 6 from 10 am - 2 pm at Stony Brook School. Westford Rotary Club will have free veggie, herb, and flower seeds available at the table for individuals and families to plant.  They will have information available on the other 2 events below too.
    Westford Rotary Club Busy in April &May with Community Service 2024-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
    WHAT ARE THE BEST FINANCIAL PRACTICES FOR GRANT FUNDS?   2024-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
    RYLA RIGHT NOW - Student Registrations are due April 15 Christine Pinney 2024-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Climate Cafe: Million Solar Panel Challenge on April 30th at 6:30pm.

    Join us on April 30th to learn about this new and exciting ESRAG-sponsored project: the Million Solar Panel Challenge.
     
    Elizabeth Henke, of the ESRAG Renewable Energy Task Force, will tell us all about the Challenge, how it works, and how you and your club can participate. Click HERE to register!
    Climate Cafe: Million Solar Panel Challenge on April 30th at 6:30pm. 2024-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

    It's Not Too Late to apply for Rotary Youth Exchange 2024-2025!

    Do you know a teenager who is 15 to18.5 years old and who is looking for the adventure of a lifetime? The Rotary Youth Exchange program is still accepting applications for both the Short Term and Long Term exchange programs. But do HURRY! Time is running out...Short Term (summer month) applications are due by June 1, 2024, and Long Term (school year 2024-25) are due by May 1, 2024!
    It's Not Too Late to apply for Rotary Youth Exchange 2024-2025! 2024-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Second Annual Rotary Club of Concord MusicFest to be Held on May 25

    The Rotary Club of Concord will host the second annual MusicFest at Rideout Park in Concord, MA on May 25 from 1:00-7:00pm. The event features local musicians: Concord Carlisle High School, the Joy of Music School, Rockabye Beats, Ya Mon Mr. Hot Pepper, and headline entertainer The Bruce Marshall Group.

    The event is free to the public and will also offer food trucks, arts and nonprofit vendors, and lots of fun.

    All proceeds will benefit the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN). DVSN is based in Concord and serves adjacent towns in nearby communities.
    Second Annual Rotary Club of Concord MusicFest to be Held on May 25 2024-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Hope for the Hungry - April 27

    The Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Concord have teamed up to pack meals for the hungry and food insecure right here in MA. Many don't realize that fully 33% of adults in MA were food insecure in 2022, and that number jumps to 62% when looking at adults in the Latin community.  Food pantries are still seeing unprecedented demand due to COVID, the end of COVID-era benefits, and then high inflation. No one should have to choose between paying for rent, medications or food. Come join the FUN on April 27 at 10am at Middlesex Community College (Bedford Campus). Click here for details & registration.
    Hope for the Hungry - April 27 Victor T. Tom 2024-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Passing of Chris Spear

    The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley was devastated to learn that Chris Spear passed away unexpectedly in late February. Chris was a founding member of our club and involved in everything we did until he and his wife Laura moved to Providence in early 2022. After they moved they got involved in Rotary in Providence, but Chris (and Laura) were still very supportive of RNV and stayed involved behind the scenes. 
    Passing of Chris Spear 2024-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Celebration of Life for Ray Pfau

    As reported in the 12/1/23 7910 District Newsletter, Ray Pfau passed away in late November 2023. Please join family and friends to celebrate the life if this amazing man on Saturday April 20, 2024, Davis Hall at First Parish Church, 673 Main St Bolton MA, 2-5pm
    Celebration of Life for Ray Pfau 2024-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
    District Learning Assembly - Saturday, April 20 2024-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

    The RY-Llama says I can't wait to meet all the students!

    Are you surrounded by a plethora of potential RYLA students?

    Have Sophomores in your area applied to your Rotary club? Are enthusiastic young people getting ready to talk about their experiences and their passions during interviews?

    Now is the time for you to begin interviewing and selecting your students!

    Student Online Registration is open now and DUE APRIL 15.
    The RY-Llama says I can't wait to meet all the students! 2024-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Umbrellas Needed for People with Disabilities In Kenya 2024-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Boy Scout Troop 157 Pasta Dinner April 5 in Weston

    Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland is the chartered organization for Boy Scout Troop 157. The troop is having their annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction, on Friday, April 5th from 6-8:30 pm at the community center.
     
    Rotarians who would like to help cook at the event should contact Rich DeVito. Rotarians who can support the event by donating a silent auction item of between $50 or greater should contact Renae Shaday at renae.shadday@gmail.com. ALL Rotarians are strongly encouraged to attend this fun event and support scouting in Weston.
    Boy Scout Troop 157 Pasta Dinner April 5 in Weston 2024-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

    Warming Hearts and Houses

    Lowell Rotary is fine tuning their approach to giving by selecting causes that are beneficial to specific needs. We were "Heart Beat" sponsors for the Heart Ball 2024 event to benefit children suffering from cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart). We also contributed to the SPC Matthew Pollini Memorial Fund, which is a non-profit dedicated to helping Veterans in need to heat their homes. Both contributions were gratefully acknowledged and put to good use.
     
    Photo: Rotarian Patricia Witts presents a check to Kate and Scott Middlemiss, Big Heart Foundation chairs.
    Warming Hearts and Houses 2024-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

    District Awards

    You and your Club members work hard all year to meet your goals.  You’ve accomplished a lot - now it’s time to be recognized for your effort and hard work!!!  Here is the 2023 – 2024 Club Awards Worksheet. Complete this form as if today were June 30 and assume that what you have planned for the rest of the year, you will accomplish. Remember, THE FOUR WAY TEST applies here!!!
     
    Note that the worksheet automatically calculates the points you earn for each line item. Simply fill in the yellow cells and the spreadsheet will do the rest.
     
    Questions? Contact our awards committee (PDGs Klaus Hachfeld, Bob Cassidy & Victor Tom) by sending an email to awards@rotary7910.org. We will all see your question and you’ll receive a quick response.
     
    Once completed, submit your form to awards@rotary7910.org. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF YOUR AWARDS FORM IS APRIL 13.
     
    Good Luck!! The District WANTS to recognize your efforts….please take the time to complete and submit the form so we can celebrate your Club’s accomplishments!
    District Awards 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Citation

    Each year, Rotary International publishes criteria for a club to obtain the Rotary Citation.
     
    By now, you should have entered your goals in Rotary Club Central – now you simply need revisit the goal center at https://rcc.rotary.org/#/goals?pth=Cl (My Rotary login required) and document the goals that you’ve achieved.  
     
    There are 26 categories - YOU select goals in 13 of them. If you achieve these goals, you get the Citation….simple as that!!
     
    See the 26 goal categories and instructions here. They also be accessed from Rotary Club Central at https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/office-president/rotary-citation. If you haven’t already set your goals, there’s still time!
    Rotary Citation 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Significant Service Award and the Avenues of Service Award.

    Two awards you may wish to consider as Club President are the Significant Service Award and the Avenues of Service Award.
     
    The Significant Service Award recognizes a Club whose project has addressed a significant need in your community. The Significant Service Award is designed to give districts an opportunity to recognize club projects that address a significant problem or need in the local community.
     
    (Note that International service projects are not eligible for this award). 
     
    As club president, you can nominate your club via this form to be recognized for a significant service project that addressed a need in your community. This is a simple, online application which your can access at https://rotary.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_55CFSyWTWCwhQln
     
    Avenues of Service Award (District recognition)
     
    With an award from their District, clubs can honor a Rotarian or Rotaractor who participates in service activities in one of the five Avenues of Service — club, vocational, community, international, and youth service. Club Presidents nominate members for this award using an online application form you can access at https://rotary.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4V0rQ6ijj6qu9pj.
     
    When you submit a member’s name for this award using the online application, nominations are then sent to the District Governor who will review and decide whether to recognize each nominee for the Avenue of Service Award with a certificate.  This document,  “Awards Examples of Avenues of Service Activities” describes the criteria for this recognition.
    Significant Service Award and the Avenues of Service Award. 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
    Special Forum 4/3: Harnessing Climate Fears into Positive Action -- free & open to the public 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
    Food Packaging Event Saturday Mar 23 @ Nashoba HS, Bolton  Christine Mudgett 2024-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
    Family Movie Matinee (Shrek), Mar 30th, 12:30pm at Maynard Fine Arts Theater Christine Mudgett 2024-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Needs You!

    What is the number one strategic objective for Rotary International, District 7910, and your club? The answer is quite simple, increase membership! Establishing a goal to "increase membership" is very common amongst clubs, however, being successful at it is another story. How do we increase membership at all levels?
    Rotary Needs You! Mark Vital 2024-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
    Save the Date! Weston Kids Fishing Derby Returns April 21st Aaron Roy 2024-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
    Children's Business Fair ~ KidPreneurs: Apply now for May 18 Fair 2024-02-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications Now Open!

    Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully-funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. 
     
    The 2025-26 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is available online through 15 May 2024. If you know a potential candidate, use our referral form so they can receive more information.
    Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications Now Open! 2024-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
    Like, Follow & Share our New District Facebook Page Elliott Rittenberg 2024-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Collecting LEGO Bricks the Month of March

    The Changemakers Rotary of Central Mass will be collecting LEGOS and DUPLOS for local children in need. We will have collection boxes at O'Connor's Restaurant and Bar in Worcester, AllCom Credit Union on Park Avenue in Worcester, and the office of Boy Scouts of America in Rutland.
    Collecting LEGO Bricks the Month of March 2024-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

    How Do Global Grants Make Sustainable Change in the World?

    One remarkable aspect of The Rotary Foundation is that opportunities for significant projects exist wherever there’s a need — in large countries and small ones, in metropolitan areas and rural ones. 

    Global grant projects are built on international partnerships, and those collaborations can take many forms. A district in Canada may be the international sponsor, with a U.S. district as the host sponsor. A club in France could sponsor a global grant project in Germany. The need, not the location, determines the project.

     
    How Do Global Grants Make Sustainable Change in the World? 2024-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Fitchburg East Rotary Club 43rd Annual Superbowl Brunch

    On February 11, 2024, the Fitchburg East Rotary held their 43rd Annual Superbowl Brunch. The event was spectacular with hundreds of people enjoying themselves. The food was fantastic with an ice cream sundae station, “The best ever” someone said. There were approximately 20-22 baskets being raffled off and the crowd was overwhelming keeping the ticket sellers very busy. The silent auction made almost $5,000 which was the highest ever. The community does a great job donating wonderful items for the brunch. This year, the Rotary made over $25,000 in gross revenue. The Superbowl Brunch raises money for high school scholarships and community projects.
    Fitchburg East Rotary Club 43rd Annual Superbowl Brunch 2024-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Westford 1st Annual Cornhole Fun Day March 10, 2024

    Westford Rotary Club's First Annual Cornhole Tournament!
    Check-in at 1pm; Bags fly at 2pm!
    $70 per team to sign up. $500 Cash Prizes for 1st place and $200 consolation prize!
     
    All proceeds from this event support the wide-ranging charitable activities of the Westford Rotary Club. Recent club activities have included support for both local organizations (such as the Department of Children and Families, and the Greater Lowell Food Bank) and global projects (such as providing clean water to remote villages in Ghana). 
     
    Click the image to see it bigger. 
    Rotary Club of Westford 1st Annual Cornhole Fun Day March 10, 2024 2024-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
    The Ry-Llama Says! March 1st is the deadline to submit payments! 2024-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

    D7910's "Rotary Climate Action Now" is live!

    D7910's Environmental Action Group is happy to announce the release of an environmental project designed for clubs and communities – and you don’t have to get your hands dirty!

    The Rotary Climate Action Now (RCAN) project is an educational program designed by Rotarians and community members to help clubs and members understand the urgency of the climate crisis, inspire them to take action, and then (most importantly!) provide resources to help you take that action.
    D7910's "Rotary Climate Action Now" is live! 2024-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Left-Right-Center Tournament March 8, 2024

    Don't miss a fun evening at the Wachusett Area Rotary Club's Left-Right Center Tournament on Friday, March 8, 2024! Win cash prizes while having a blast with your friends. The game is easy to learn and easy to play - no experience necessary. Space is limited - reserve your tickets now! $30 admission includes game play and light hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available. For tickets contact Rotarian Richard Traina 978-549-7700 | Traina@comcast.net Learn more on our website https://wachusettarearotaryclub.org/Stories/left-right-center-tournament-march-8-2024
    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Left-Right-Center Tournament March 8, 2024 2024-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Dancing with the Watertown Stars Returns on April 26th! 

    The Rotary Club of Watertown is delighted to announce the return of our most highly anticipated annual event on April 26th, 2024! Please join us for this fun event! Money raised will help to support our keystone programs such as our High School Senior Scholarship program, Senior Cookout, support of local food pantries, and more. Please refer here: for more information. Hope to see you there!
    Dancing with the Watertown Stars Returns on April 26th! 2024-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    The Ry-Llama Says! Its time to begin selecting your students!

    Reminder that Payments are due March 1st!

    Congratulations on making it through the first 3 steps of the club action plan. Now it is time to begin selecting the students you want to send. Refer to steps 5, 6 and 7 of the club action plans for instructions on how to select your students. 

    April 15th is the deadline for submitting student names, so please take steps to ensure the selection process is completed in time (do not leave this to the last minute). 

    For form and letter templates and all other support documents please use the support materials website

    RYLA Dates: June 21,22,23
    RYLA cost: $325 per student
    Have Questions? 7910ryla@gmail.com
    The Ry-Llama Says! Its time to begin selecting your students! 2024-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
     Join Westford Rotary at the March 10 Cornhole Tournament  Patti Mason 2024-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

    What are District and Global Grants

    The Rotary Foundation has spent more than US$3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects around the world. Rotary members can work with communities through Foundation grants, and two key options are district and global grants.

    District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Your district chooses what activities it will fund with these grants, such as humanitarian projects, scholarships, youth programs, or vocational training teams.

    Global grants fund large, international activities with sustainable and measurable results in Rotary’s areas of focus. These can include humanitarian projects, scholarships for graduate-level study, or vocational training teams.

    To make these grants happen we need your help and donations: DONATE NOW.
     
    What are District and Global Grants Roy A. Balfour 2024-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Left-Right-Center Tournament March 8, 2024

    L-C-RJoin the Wachusett Area Rotary Club on Friday, March 8, 2024 for a fun evening playing Left-Right-Center! The game is easy to learn and easy to play - no experience necessary. Win cash prizes! There will also be a 50/50 raffle for more opportunities to win cash prizes.

    Space is limited - reserve your tickets now!

    $30 admission includes game play and light hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.
     
    For tickets contact Rotarian Richard Traina 978-549-7700 | Traina@comcast.net

     
    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Left-Right-Center Tournament March 8, 2024 2024-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Leadership Institute Feb 27+29, 2024

    Virtual Rotary Leadership is coming...by popular request.

    WHEN: 2 evenings, February 27 + 29, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
     
    WHERE: From the comfort of your own home!
     
    WHO: For any Rotarians who want to learn more about Rotary’s structure, programs, leadership styles, fundraising, and service opportunities. It is not necessary to be on a club leadership track to participate.
     
    COST: $25 for the combined 2 nights. 
     
    NEW FLYER: Download this PDF to print & hand out to club members
     
    Register now at https://rlinea.org/ and then, on the left side, click on More Info under the heading "RLI NEA Seminar - Dist 7930-Wakefield, MA-Virtual; February 27th 2024"
    Rotary Leadership Institute Feb 27+29, 2024 2024-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Climate Action NOW! Susan Peghiny 2024-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Win Dinner On Us, from the Natick Rotary. Enter by Feb 29.
     

     

    Natick Rotary Club’s “Dinner On Us" offers multiple chances to win gift cards to great area restaurants. The Grand Prize is worth $2,000! Enter by midnight on February 29th (Leap Day!). 

    "Dinner On Us" is raising money for Natick Community grants program and for an international non-profit, Humans for Education, that trains women entrepreneurs in Kenya, breaking the cycle of generational poverty. 

    The Grand Prize is ten $200 gift cards to Natick Rotary members' favorite restaurants, a $2,000 value. There's also a $1,000 Second Prize (10 $100 gift cards) and 10 Third Prizes (each a $100 gift card).

    Participating Restaurants include: Smith and Wollensky, Buttercup, The Local, Sweet Basil, Dudley Chateau, Lola's, Dates and Olives, 7 South Bottle + Kitchen and Morse Tavern. 

    Enter here

    Before midnight on Thursday, February 29, 2024. 
     
     
    Win Dinner On Us, from the Natick Rotary. Enter by Feb 29.  Dawn Carberry 2024-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

    Advertise your business, Honor your leaders (NE PETS)

    Rotary AdThis year NE PETS is offering an opportunity for Rotarians to feature their businesses with business card size images. These ads will reach all 500+ attendees from Rhode Island and Connecticut to Maine and southern Quebec.

    Clubs and individuals are also invited to Honor their incoming President or other leaders with a 100-character message.

    Either ad can be submitted here. Thank you for helping to support this important learning experience for all our leaders for 2024-2025!
    Advertise your business, Honor your leaders (NE PETS) Joyce Graff 2024-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

    Environment & Peace - Lessons Learned • Zoom 1/30/24

    REGISTER HERE for this timely and important discussion where we'll examine lessons learned about the connection between environment and peace, two of Rotary's Areas of Focus.
     
    Dr. Michele Devlin of the Army War College is Professor of Environmental Security and an expert on the Arctic. She also serves as Professor of Arctic Health and Human Security with the National Science Foundation's UNI ARCTICenter.
    Environment & Peace - Lessons Learned • Zoom 1/30/24 2024-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Youth Outreach

    ATTN: Club Presidents and YEO's. 
     
    The 7910 District Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is still accepting applications for Short Term summer 2024 international exchanges for youth 15-181/2. This is a club service for a family to family exchange with no impact on club budgets. Students are matched with another student in the country of their choice. Students’ families host each other.
        
    For more information contact Sherrie Whittemore, 7910 RYE Short Term Coordinator at SherrieWhittemor@aol.com, text (508) 494-5978.
    Youth Outreach 2024-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

    2024-2025 Rotary Theme Announced!

    Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick announced that the 2024-25 presidential theme is ""The Magic of Rotary"" and called on members to recognize and amplify the organization’s power to save lives.
     
    "Don’t misunderstand me – we are not going to end polio or bring peace to the world by waving a wand and saying some funny words,” Urchick told incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly on 8 January. “It’s up to you. You create the magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member."
    2024-2025 Rotary Theme Announced! 2024-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
    The Ry-Llama says! RYLA Deadlines are coming up soon! 2024-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
    Toast for the Holidays TWO Amazing Rotary Clubs Meet 2024-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

    The Fix is Free at the Repair Cafe Feb 24

    Repair Cafe flyerPlan ahead for this popular event. Have something that needs fixing? Don't throw it away before you give the Repair Café a chance to extend its life!! Bring it to Scott Hall 24, Vernon Street, Framingham on Feb 24 from 2 to 5. Co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Framingham and Transition Framingham.

    We're looking for additional volunteers who can sharpen knives (or want to learn how!), repair clothing, repair jewelry and fix sewing machines; If you can help, sign up at: tinyurl.com/FramFixVolunteer
    The Fix is Free at the Repair Cafe Feb 24 Dennis Banville 2024-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Braille Book Needed In Villages In Malawi


     

    The poster has a brownish-red background. In the center is a picture of a teacher helping a student read a braille book.  At the bottom is the logo of the Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy In many countries, advancements in technology have led to a decrease in the use of braille books. However, in the villages of Malawi, braille books are still in high demand but not always readily available. To address this need, the Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy is focused on supplying these villages with books for children who aspire to learn. We are looking for books in countries like the United States that are no longer in use, and we will ship them to Malawi. These books will be distributed to the areas that need them the most. Please write to RotaryWDA@gmail.com 
    Thank you.
    Braille Book Needed In Villages In Malawi  Ken Masson 2024-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

    What Are Some Ways to Leave a Legacy of Doing Good?

    You can qualify as a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation by making an outright gift of US$1,000 or more to the Endowment or notifying the Foundation that you’ve included the Endowment as a beneficiary of that amount in your estate plan. 

    Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

    If you make a commitment for a future gift of $10,000 or more to the Foundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society. 
     
    What Are Some Ways to Leave a Legacy of Doing Good? Roy A. Balfour 2024-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Nashoba Valley Rotary: Preserving history of 1st black-owned golf course in USA

    Through a District Grant in the 2023-2024 year, our club will collaborating with the Stow Historical Society to to preserve the historical significance of the former Mapledale Country Club, now Stow Acres Country Club, in Stow MA. Mapledale was owned and operated by Robert H. Hawkins, a black businessman who opened the course in 1926. It was the first black-owned golf course in the USA, at a time when black golfers were not able to play at golf courses due to segregation. 


     
    Nashoba Valley Rotary: Preserving history of 1st black-owned golf course in USA Christine Mudgett 2024-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Help Us Address Mental Health and Addiction Awareness

    Unfortunately, mental illness has impacted our lives, personally or professionally. According to the National Alliance in Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults (1 in 6 youth aged 6 to 17 years old) living in the United States experience mental illness each year. 

    Gordan R McInally, President of Rotary International has encouraged clubs and districts to undertake activities that erase the stigma associated with mental health, which happens to coincide with addiction. He has made it known that he lost his brother Ian in 2014 to suicide from his mental health.
    Help Us Address Mental Health and Addiction Awareness Mark Vital 2024-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Mental Health Checkups Every Friday 

    The Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy is excited to announce a series of mental health discussions with Dr Tristaca McCray, the club's Mental Health Ambassador. The discussions will be posted every Friday on various social media platforms, but the best place to view them is on the club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rotarywda/. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send an email to RotaryWD@gmail.com.
    Subjects will include: 
    • Self-Care 
    • Love Yourself First
    • Letting Go of What No Longer Serves You
    • Healing from Within
    • The Art of Forgiveness
    • Community Outreach and Mental Health
    • Family Time and Mental Wellness
    • Ultimate Self-Care: Reflection and Gratitude
    And More

     
    Mental Health Checkups Every Friday Ken Masson 2024-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Wachusett Area Rotary Club hosts Valentine’s Breakfast for Seniors – Volunteers Needed

    On Saturday, February 10th the Wachusett Area Rotary Club will bring Valentine’s cheer to 425 senior citizens who will attend their annual “Hearts of Rotary” breakfast. Held at The Manor in West Boylston, the club has partnered with senior centers in their service area (Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston) to extend invitations to the event, which requires pre-registration.

    The event runs from 8:00 am until approximately 11:00. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, serving during the event, and for cleanup. Please reach out to Chairperson Richard Traina at Traina@comcast.net to sign up to help.
     
    Wachusett Area Rotary Club hosts Valentine’s Breakfast for Seniors – Volunteers Needed Betty-Jean Lane 2024-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Save the Date: Concord Rotary Club Musicfest is on May 25 at Rideout Park in West Concord

    The Concord Rotary Club will host the second, annual Music Festival at Rideout Park in West Concord on May 25, 2024. The day of music will feature local artists and feature headlining act, The Bruce Marshall Group. The event admission will be free to the public and feature music, vendors, and entertainment that appeals to all ages.

    Proceeds will benefit the Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN), a local nonprofit organization that supports clients in 13 partner communities: Acton, Boxborough, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Maynard, Lexington, Lincoln, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston and Hanscom Air Force Base.

    DVSN collaborates with local police departments, Hanscom AFB Security Forces, Emerson Hospital, Eliot Center, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Concord District Court, and an extensive network of community agencies to provide victims of domestic violence with emotional support, risk assessment, safety planning, guidance, support groups, and connections to appropriate community resources. Since its inception in November 1998 through February 2021, DVSN has held nearly 20,000 sessions with clients from 180 communities throughout New England and beyond.
    Save the Date: Concord Rotary Club Musicfest is on May 25 at Rideout Park in West Concord Rebecca Lynch 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Guatemala Mangrove Grant - Info Meeting January 17

    Our Global Grant application for our mangrove restoration project in Guatemala has been approved by Rotary International. March 16 - 23, we'll travel to restore valuable mangroves to help protect our planet. 
     
    All are invited to work together to protect our planet. Watch this short video about the importance of mangroves in preserving critical ecosystems. Come to an informational meeting on January 17 at 5:30pm at Action Unlimited in Concord (thanks to PDG Carol Toomey).  Please register here to attend the meeting.
    Guatemala Mangrove Grant - Info Meeting January 17 Elliott Rittenberg 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Discover Best Foundation Fundraising Strategies • January 17 @ 7pm on Zoom

    The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. On January 17, join us on Zoom as special guest Eileen Rau, Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator, leads a discussion about strategies to increase giving to our Foundation. Those donations come back to our District, funding grants for our Clubs and making possible the many projects we undertake to help make our world a better place. This interactive discussion will provide ideas to inspire both Rotarians and friends of Rotary to contribute, helping us to increase our impact and expand our reach. Please register here to receive the Zoom link for this important program.
    Discover Best Foundation Fundraising Strategies • January 17 @ 7pm on Zoom Elliott Rittenberg 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Right Now

    The RYLAma wishes everyone in Rotary District 7910 a very Happy New Year.
     
    Bonne AnnéeFrohes neues Jahr • Buon anno! • Feliz Ano Novo! • ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! • Gott Nytt År!

    Now it's time to put these important 2024 RYLA dates on your calendar.
    • Jan 18 or Jan 24 (pick one) RYLA required training - Zoom @ 6 pm
    • Feb 1, 2024 - RYLA Space Reservations are due (new!) Tell us how many students you will sponsor for RYLA 2024: Visit ryla7910.org, and click on the link for Rotary Clubs
    • March 1, 2024 -RYLA payments are due
    Watch the RYLlama in this space for all the news you need to know about RYLA 2024
    RYLA Right Now Patricia Doyle 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Calling all Presidents-Elect!

    We can't wait to meet you and learn together at this year's Northeast Presidents-Elect Training Seminar. are you registered for PETS? (Hint hint; click the link!) 
     
    Even if you have gone to PETS in the past, this year will be even more exciting!

    Stephanie Urchick, Rotary International President-elect, will be with us, along with other members of Rotary’s global leadership team
    Calling all Presidents-Elect! Joyce Graff 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
    Climate Cafe on January 16th: The Environmental Impact of Private Jets Susan Peghiny 2023-12-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Announcing Environmental Awards for District 7910!
     

     
     
     
    New this year! Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards to recognize club and individual efforts to support the environment, fight climate change, reduce plastics use, or other initiatives that will help us leave a cleaner, more healthy and livable world for our kids and grandchildren.
    Announcing Environmental Awards for District 7910!  Susan Peghiny 2023-12-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians - Beacons of Hope

    As we approach the end of another transformative year, let’s stop to reflect on the incredible impact we are making together. Though there are many challenges that test our resilience, Rotarians remain steadfast in our commitment to "Create Hope in the World."
     
    In the spirit of hope and unity, we recognize that ongoing conflicts in Ukraine, the Middle East and elsewhere profoundly impact individuals and communities. Rotary stands as a beacon of hope, emphasizing the importance of understanding, compassion, and collective action.
     
    Rotarians - Beacons of Hope 2023-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Let's Wake Up Your Rotary Foundation • Join Us January 17

    Our Rotary Foundation is the engine that fuels our ability to create positive change in our communities and across the globe. Donations to our Foundation fund local grants, the eradication of polio, our Rotary Peace Centers, global grants and more. This year, funding from the Foundation enabled more than 20 of our clubs to engage in District and Global grant projects that are helping to Create Hope in the World. Join us on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00pm for an exciting fast paced virtual event to learn about the value of our donations to the Rotary Foundation. We'll discuss strategies to motivate both Rotarians and non-Rotarians to understand why supporting our Foundation is essential to our success as an organization. We'll hear from Eileen Rau, our Zone Regional Foundation Coordinator, as she provides a motivational overview about the power of our Rotary Foundation, and why it's essential that every Rotarian is engaged in its support every year. Please register here to attend this important and informative event.
     
    Let's Wake Up Your Rotary Foundation • Join Us January 17 2023-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Have you registered for RLI yet? (It's Jan 27!)

    The District will be hosting the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) on Saturday, January 27th from 7:30 AM until 3 PM at the Assabet Regional Technical High School on Fitchburg Street in Marlborough. The cost is $85 which covers the breakfast, snack, lunch, and materials. Members should check with their Clubs for assistance in covering the cost of registration.

    Classes are filling up! Register today.  Contact D7910 RLI Chair Mark Vital with questions or if you have issues with registration.
     
    Caption: Happy faces from last year's RLI.
    Have you registered for RLI yet? (It's Jan 27!) 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

    NEPETS 2024 Registration is now OPEN!

    We're thrilled to announce that registration for the 2024 Northeast Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (NEPETS) is officially open, and we can't wait for you to be a part of it! Please register here https://rotarynepets.org/page/2024-registration and there is an early registration incentive. 

    The NEPETS program is a Mandatory Training Assembly for all incoming Club Presidents and Assistant Governors. The event will take place at the Boston Marriott Newton from 1:30PM Thursday, March 7, 2024 through 12pm Saturday March 9, 2024. We ask that you please initiate your registration today!
    NEPETS 2024 Registration is now OPEN! Johnny Ahern 2023-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Southborough Helps With Diaper Drive! Need Donations of Sizes 3,4,5,6 (to Jan 12)

    Santa's sleigh will be filled with toys, but what about diapers? Hm... maybe not! So please donate new diapers, in sizes 3,4,5,6 ONLY to one of the 2 upcoming diaper drives by local organizations that the Rotary Club of Southborough is helping support. 

    The CLUB ELEVATE diaper drive runs December 11th, 2023 to January 12th, 2024, with drop offs at Club Elevate in Framingham, or the Southborough Food Pantry. 

    The Algonquin Regional High School diaper drive, for students, faculty and parents, runs December 11th, 2023 to December 22nd, 2023, with drop off at the High School or the Southborough Food Pantry

    About 36% of Massachusetts families with young children could not afford enough diapers throughout the pandemic, and that need continues to this day. So please contribute to the diaper drives! For more information go to: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/heq.2021.0093

    #Southboroughrotary #ClubElevateDiaperDrive #AlgonquinHSdiaperdrive #SouthboroughRotaryClub #rishabyarala #diapers #size3456 #babies #nappies 
    Rotary Club of Southborough Helps With Diaper Drive! Need Donations of Sizes 3,4,5,6 (to Jan 12) 2023-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Right Now

    Now! Before you do anything else, watch the RYLA 2023 Video(30 sec trailer). 

    RYLA 2024 is June 21, 22, and 23, 2024
    3 days / 2 overnights
    Cost $325 / student

    Now watch this video: RYLA 2023 full video(4 min):

    Put these important due dates on your calendar:
    • Jan 18 or Jan 24 (pick one) RYLA required training - Zoom @ 6 pm
    • Feb 1, 2024 - RYLA space reservations are due (new!) Tell us how many students you will sponsor for RYLA 2024: Visit ryla7910.org, for Rotary Clubs
    • March 1, 2024 -RYLA payments are due
    Watch the RYLlama in this space for all important up coming information.

    Links: www.ryla7910.org
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryla7910
    RYLA Right Now Christine Pinney 2023-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Westborough Rotary Club Holds "Baby Shower" at The Blessing Barn (Dec 6)

    On December 6, members of the Westborough Rotary Club (WRC) held a "Baby Shower" at The Blessing Barn in Mendon, part of Compassion New England, bringing bags of baby gifts for families in need. 

    Compassion New England is a non-profit organization which supports local families and communities with basic necessities. They operate four main programs including: Room in the City, The Blessing Barn, Crisis Care, and The Happy Place, which includes a bookstore. The Blessing Barn is their primary funding source for CNE; they take clothing donations from the community, then sell the items and use all of the revenue to operate the other programs of CNE.

     
    Westborough Rotary Club Holds "Baby Shower" at The Blessing Barn (Dec 6) Reina Rago 2023-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Passing of Leominster Rotarian, Rennie P. Shattuck

    It is with a heavy heart that we share of the passing of Leominster Rotarian and Past President, Rennie P. Shattuck, 83, of Lunenburg. Rennie passed unexpectedly on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at Health Alliance – Leominster Hospital.

    Rennie’s family will receive relatives and friends at calling hours from 4-7 PM Thursday, December 14, 2023 at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Rte. 2A) Ayer. www.andersonfuneral.com.

    Funeral services will be held 1 PM Friday, December 15, 2023 in the funeral home. Interment will follow at North Cemetery, Lunenburg.

     
    Passing of Leominster Rotarian, Rennie P. Shattuck 2023-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Brookline Rotary Gets Another District Grant To Ensure Food Security

    Brookline Rotarians, BU Rotaract Members and BU Occupational Therapy students will cook and serve alongside Brookline Teen Center student participants. 

    This year's project will include providing 1-2 meals/month from December 2023 to June 2024 at the Brookline Teen Center, Mondays at 3 pm. This is an extension of the two BBQ dinners the Club hosted this past summer and fall. 

     
    Brookline Rotary Gets Another District Grant To Ensure Food Security Shawna V Carboni 2023-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Webinar on Conflict in Israel

    Please join us for a special webinar hosted by our neighboring District 7390  - Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 7:30AM - Register Here
     
    Topic:  Everyday life changed on October 7, 2023, in Israel.
     
    Join District Governor Bashir Nusair from District 2490 in Israel, Rotarians from Israel and District 7930 Governor Lori Karas.
     
    During this meeting you will hear firsthand accounts from Rotarians on life with warning sirens and rockets.  Learn what they are doing to support one another and the community.  We’ll also talk about how we can help, too.  Register here.
    Webinar on Conflict in Israel Elliott Rittenberg 2023-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

    Saying Goodbye to Ray Pfau

    We are saddened to share the news that longtime Nashoba Valley member Ray Pfau passed away this week.  Among his many accomplishments, Ray was instrumental in bringing the internationally renowned Repair Cafe program to our District. He was deeply committed to environmental and social justice and always generous with his actions and time.  
    Pictured here, he helped initiate, grant write, fundraise and then physically help build safer drinking water and cooking for a village in Guatemala.  He was instrumental in building the Club's relationship to Razia's Ray of Hope, educating young women in Afghanistan and he was always there to help with every project and initiative locally that his club was a part of, from building barns for Cultivate Care Farm to wrangling dogs at the dog fest to teaching high school kids about career and financial choices at the annual Reality Fair.
    Saying Goodbye to Ray Pfau Elliott Rittenberg 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

    How Does The Rotary Foundation Recognize 
    Rotary Clubs?

    Donations to the Foundation are essential to securing and expanding our programs throughout the world. We recognize with gratitude clubs that make extraordinary contributions.
    • 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club: These are clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. The club receives a banner. This is a one-time recognition, but the intent is that the club will maintain its status.
    Keep going, there's more....
    How Does The Rotary Foundation Recognize Rotary Clubs? Roy A. Balfour 2023-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Lowell Rotary lights up the City of Lights Parade

    The Rotary Club of Lowell did a great job of increasing awareness of Rotary and raising some money Saturday, Nov. 25th at the City of Lights Parade in downtown Lowell. We set up grills and sold marshmallows to be roasted by kids (and big kids) with the proceeds going to fund scholarships for high school seniors and other charitable endeavors. Our attention getter is the marshmallow man, posing for pictures and adding some magic to the day.!

    The club was well represented and we had additional help from Mark O'Flaherty, Worcester club President. We were also fortunate to have Charles Lubowa, President Elect of the Kampala North club of Uganda in attendance. A good time was had by all and we left a lot of happy sticky faces behind.
    Lowell Rotary lights up the City of Lights Parade John Finegan 2023-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Veteran's Day Breakfast co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley

    On Veterans Day (Nov 11, 2023) our club had the honor of co-hosting a breakfast with Town of Stow, to thank Veterans who live or work in Stow. Rousing speeches from Representative Kate Hogan and Senator Jamie Eldridge were capped off by our Keynote Speaker Retired Rear Admiral Edward Cashman. This was a group effort, led by JP Benoit (Stow Fire Chief and Scoutmaster) and the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, and supported by the Town of Stow, the Stow Council on Aging, Stow Veterans' Services, the Scout Troop of Stow and many others. We were all moved to tears when the Stow chapter of the national organization "Quilts of Valor" presented 25 Veterans with handmade quilts to honor their service. It clearly meant so much to each of them and to all of us as well. Breakfast was donated and prepared by The Pleasant Cafe Inc. of Maynard and Ayer and was absolutely delicious!
    Veteran's Day Breakfast co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley Christine Mudgett 2023-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Watertown Rotary and the Watertown Business Coalition will host a Toy Drive & Holiday Mixer on December 4th!

    The 2nd Annual Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Watertown and the Watertown Business Coalition will take place at the Mosesian Center for the Arts!

    When: Monday, December 4 2023 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    Where: Mosesian Center for the Arts
    321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

    RSVP TODAY!!!

    There is a cash bar & light bites will be served thanks to fabulous local restaurants, including BranchLine. Cash bar. Admission is free to anyone bringing a toy to donate. Those coming without a toy are encouraged to bring a $20 minimum donation to the Whooley Foundation.

    This is a joint event put on by both the WBC and the Watertown Rotary – but anyone from our community is welcome to join us for some Holiday Cheer!!! See you there!!!
    Watertown Rotary and the Watertown Business Coalition will host a Toy Drive & Holiday Mixer on December 4th! Kim Severino 2023-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Winter Community Breakfast in Bedford on 12/10

    The Rotary Club of Bedford’s Winter Community Breakfast (formerly known as Breakfast with Santa) is returning on December 10, 2023 from 9 AM to 12 PM at Bedford High School!  Once again this year, we will hold a treasured family tradition, an event that is inclusive of all members of our growing and diverse Bedford community.  
     
    As in years past, there will be a hot pancake breakfast, winter crafts, photos with Santa, and a commemorative coloring book for the children to take home.  Children will enjoy games and activities from several cultural traditions, celebrating the coming of winter together. New this year - tickets can be purchased online at bedford-rotary.square.site
     
    Any individual or business/organization who wants to host an activity table at the event or place an ad in the commemorative coloring book that will be distributed to 300 children can do so through Friday, Dec. 1. Learn more on the sponsor page. Student and adult volunteers are also needed to help run the Winter Community Breakfast. Please sign up via Signupgenius
    Winter Community Breakfast in Bedford on 12/10 2023-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Holiday Craft Fair in Framingham

    Over 110 crafters and artists will be at Keefe Regional Technical High School, 750 Winter St in Framingham, on Saturday, December 9 from 10am to 4pm, offering their handmade items for sale. Items include jewelry, appeal including alpaca, quilts, original art and photographs, bath and body products, wooden bowls, pens and boards, and more.

    Come join us at our Rotary Holiday Craft Fair. Plenty of parking. Easy accessibility.
    Holiday Craft Fair in Framingham Phil Reimann 2023-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

    RLI is Almost Here!

    Our district's RLI will be held at Assabet valley regional Technical High School on Saturday, January 27th from 7:30 am to 3 PM (breakfast and lunch is provided)

    RLI has Three Parts + a Graduate Program (Succession Planning) - A detailed description of the content covered is listed below.
    RLI is Almost Here! Mark Vital 2023-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Polar Plunge to Fight Polio - Dec 17

    Come join us for a dip! The Rotary Club of Marlborough and its Interact Clubs invite you to the Polar Plunge to Fight Polio. The dip is scheduled for Sunday, December 17th at 10 AM at memorial Beach in Marlborough. The entry fee is $20 and you get a vintage long-sleeve tee-shirt and a mug of hot chocolate. Sign up.
    Polar Plunge to Fight Polio - Dec 17 Mark Vital 2023-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

    Not Your First Rodeo? (Rotary Int'l Conference 2024)

    Do you have roots in Canada? Perhaps in Calgary? We are looking for people who would like to help us cultivate a contingent from our district to attend the Rotary International Convention in Calgary, June 21-25, 2025.

    Some of us will go to Singapore in 2024. But the reason the Convention moves around the world is to make it more accessible occasionally to every part of the Rotary world. 2025 will see it in North America for the first time since Houston in 2022.
     
    Not Your First Rodeo? (Rotary Int'l Conference 2024) 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Meet Alexander Ganzi, Rotary New Generations program participant from Austria

    Alexander Ganzi is a graduate student from Klagenfurt, a city in the south of Austria, who is in Worcester until the end of January working on his thesis about circular economy at WPI with Dr. Joseph Sarkis, Professor of Management within the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Business School. He is here through the Rotary New Generations program. 
     
    Meet Alexander Ganzi, Rotary New Generations program participant from Austria Sandy Burgers 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Join our Holiday Party • December 14 at the Boxborough Regency

    Come to the District 7910 Holiday Party! Please join us for fun, fellowship, and food as we celebrate the season at the Boxborough Regency Hotel.
    • December 14 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    • Boxborough Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA
    • Includes complete buffet dinner. 
    • Only $45 per person. 
    • Register here
    Don't wait - space is limited and registration is closing soon!
    Join our Holiday Party • December 14 at the Boxborough Regency Elliott Rittenberg 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Guatemala Mangrove Trip Info Session - December 6

    Looking to get your hands dirty?

    In March of 2024, Rotarians from District 7910 will travel to the Pacific Coast of Guatemala to restore a mangrove forest.  From preventing coastal flooding to filtering water, mangroves help the planet in numerous ways. Because they live where land and sea connect, one of their most important ecosystem functions is to protect the former and serve as a frontline defense for people and property in coastal areas. Mangroves also serve to protect marine habitats from harmful nutrients and runoff that can harm seagrass, coral reefs and fisheries. The roots help filter water coming off from the land, including pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides and agricultural runoff. Learn more about the importance of mangroves and Rotary's commitment to them through this article on Rotary's web site.
    Guatemala Mangrove Trip Info Session - December 6 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Meet Penny Hamel - District Governor 2026 - 2027

    Our Nominating Committee has selected Penny Hamel from the Rotary Club of Westford as our District Governor for the Rotary year 2026 - 2027. Penny has been a Rotarian since 1989, has served as Club President, Assistant Governor, co-chair of Bandy Hefler, District Trustee, Chair of District Friendship exchange, District Secretary and is a Paul Harris Fellow. 
     
    Professionally, Penny works in the financial industry and brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer at U.S. Bank. Penny received her Bachelors of Science degree from Merrimack College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Throughout her career, she has received many accolades and awards including Massachusetts Housing Originator of the Year in 2013 and 2015, and Northeast Realtor Association Business Partner of the Year in 2007, 2015 & 2022.
    Meet Penny Hamel - District Governor 2026 - 2027 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Taking Registrations

    District 7910's next RLI will be on Saturday, January 27th at the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School on Fitchburg Street in Marlborough.

    What is RLI? RLI seeks to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in developing their Rotary participation and to those identified by Rotary Clubs as having a potential in club leadership.

    Registration is now open. Please go to the RLI-North East America event page to register. Learn more about RLI here
    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Taking Registrations Mark Vital 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

    District 7910's Interact Council Forming

    Attention all Interact Chairs! District 7910 is putting together an Interact Council. This student-driven council will establish a mission, objectives, and hopes to present a program at the District's Annual Conference (May 3-5). Please have your club's Interact student-leader contact Raissa Santana (Marlborough Club's AMSA Interact President) at rsantana2024@student.amsacs.org to participate in this exciting opportunity. The deadline for participating in the creation of the Interact Council is November 30th
    District 7910's Interact Council Forming Mark Vital 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

    26th Annual Breakfast for the Bands - Nov 19

    Entering the 28th year of The Breakfast for the Bands Event, this is an incredible community event presented jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Fitchburg and Leominster. Although tied to their historic rivalry, this event is all about supporting the bands and is one of the largest community performances that they give. Roughly 750-1000 people from our two communities turn up to hear both bands play, and we want YOU to be there!

    Fitchburg is hosting the Breakfast on Sunday November 19th from 8-11:30am (don't worry about the flier, they will be playing until 11:30 and you will still be fed!). The bands will be playing a unique set of music on the hour every hour, first combined with Leominster at 8am, then at 9am, 10am, and for those who love a late brunch, finally at 11am. You do not want to miss their gold medal winning band.
     
    26th Annual Breakfast for the Bands - Nov 19 Karen Fusco 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Harvest Dinner and Dance for Seniors

    On October 24th the Rotary Club of Lowell collaborated with the Dracut club to hold our annual event for area seniors. It's a fun afternoon that includes a sumptuous meal, open dancing with a dj and a juried dance competition that even includes trophies! Many thanks to Lee Ouellette (Dracut), Naomi Prendergast (Lowell) and Michael Conway (Lowell) for judging.

    We also have drawings throughout the afternoon with lots of prizes. The biggest prize for us was the smiles of the 172 attendees and an opportunity to work with our neighbor club. We couldn't have put this together without the help of Ann Tinnirella and the rest of the Dracut club. A real testimony to combining strengths in today's challenging world.
    Harvest Dinner and Dance for Seniors John Finegan 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley - Devens DogFest October 2023

    Our little club helped found this amazing event many years ago with Clear Path for Veterans New England, raising money and awareness for service dogs for our American Veterans! It has grown into a dynamic event over time, taking place yearly at Devens Mass (the former site of Fort Devens.) This year we had several dog contests (including the much loved “best tail wagger” category), State Police dog demonstrations, and much much more. We also added trick or treating and costume contests for kids this year.
    https://www.clearpathne.org/cp-devens-dog-festival-2023/

     
    Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley - Devens DogFest October 2023 Christine Mudgett 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Westford Festival of Trees and More + Rotary 7910 Decorating Challenge; Starts Dec 8

    Westford Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Creative Gingerbread/Gnomes and More…..
     
    The Westford Family FunFest* and Westford Rotary Club invites Rotary District 7910 Clubs to a Holiday Decorating Challenge!! 

    Visit the 13th Annual Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Creative Holiday/Cultural & Gingerbread/Gnomes Celebration. Festival held at the Westford Regency Inn - 219 Littleton Rd. Westford from December 8, 2023- January 2, 2024. The Westford Regency Atrium and Lobby and selected other areas will be decorated with trees, wreaths, and creative holiday and gingerbread/gnome creations.
     
    Special Prizes will be given for Rotary Decorations. The entry can be a fundraiser for club if entered in the Silent Auction too. 
     
    Visit www.westford.org/funfest for details and the application to be part of the Festival, or email Funfest@westford.org to request the application. Definitely click through to read more!
    Westford Festival of Trees and More + Rotary 7910 Decorating Challenge; Starts Dec 8 Patti Mason 2023-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Learn About the Negative Environmental Impacts of Private Jets

    Join our Climate Cafe on January 16th at 6:30pm and learn about the negative environmental impacts of private jet use, and why allowing expansion of this use at Hanscom Field is bad for the entire region. Our speaker will be Alex Chatfield, a leader of Stop Private Jet Expansion. Please click HERE to register
    Learn About the Negative Environmental Impacts of Private Jets Susan Peghiny 2023-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Reduce Your Food Waste and Help Fight the Climate Crisis!

    Project Drawdown recently released a new analysis ranking the top 20 high-impact climate actions households can take to cut their carbon footprint by up to 25 percent. Do you know what the number one action is? Reducing food waste!

    Every year, a full third of the food produced on this planet is thrown out. That amounts to some 1 billion tons. And when it decays, it generates about 8 percent of the world’s heat-trapping gases. That’s more than double the impact of all the flights in the world. How can YOU reduce your food waste?

     
    Reduce Your Food Waste and Help Fight the Climate Crisis! Susan Peghiny 2023-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Climate Cafe Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30pm!

    Pollinator Research Right Here in Massachusetts! Dr. Robert Gegear, founder of the Gegear Lab at UMass Dartmouth, will be our speaker. He'll tell us about how his lab studies factors influencing the dynamic interplay between pollinators and the flowering plants that they service. Their current research projects address such questions as: What is the functional significance of floral display complexity? Why do foraging preferences vary among pollinator species? What are the causes and consequences of global pollinator decline? How effective are different restoration and conservation strategies for native pollination systems? To address these questions, they use highly integrative experimental approaches that combine concepts and methodologies from fields such as animal behavior, human psychology, molecular biology, community ecology, and computational biology. Don't miss this fascinating talk on important research being done right here in Massachusetts.

    Click HERE to register!
    Climate Cafe Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30pm! Susan Peghiny 2023-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Lower Your Carbon Footprint - Not Your Standards Susan Peghiny 2023-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Updated District Directory Now Available

    The 2023-24 District Directory contains a wealth of information, including contact information for District officers, assistant governors and committee chairs, our calendar for the year ahead, along with information about our Clubs and their officers.
     
    The Directory also includes biographies of Rotary leaders, a list famous Rotarians (are you on it?), a history of our Four Way Test, past award recipients, and much more. Thank you to PDG Jim Fusco for the many hours that went into producing this comprehensive document.
     
    Download the Directory at rotary7910.org or through this link
    Updated District Directory Now Available 2023-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Lewiston - How Can We Help?

    Many of our members have asked how we can help the Lewiston, ME community. I received this message from Rotary District 7790 Governor Tina Chapman:

    "As you know, this has been a very difficult week for those of us in Maine.  On Wednesday evening, October 25th, we lost 18 of our fellow citizens. Several more were injured, a few of whom remain hospitalized. So many people were impacted - the families and victims of this terrible event, as well as the people of Lewiston, Auburn, Winthrop, Bowdoin, and several other towns in Maine that were directly impacted during the frightening hours and days after the shootings.
    Lewiston - How Can We Help? 2023-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Key Roles for Club Success

    Rotary International and especially our Zone in the U.S. have been doing a great deal of research to understand the key success factors for all clubs. They have canvassed thousands of clubs, and those that are flourishing share several key factors.

    1. They have a named Membership Chair who focuses on growing and energizing the club.  (Click "Read more.") 

    2. They have a Succession Plan. (Click "Read more.") 

    Please work with others in your club to make sure you have these two key roles filled and named in ClubRunner no later than December 1.

    Questions? Contact Joyce Graff, dgjoyce2024@rotary7910.org
    Key Roles for Club Success Joyce Graff 2023-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Pints For Polio 2023 - Event & Fun Report

    On Tuesday, October 24th nearly 60 Rotarians and friends from District 7910 showed up at Revolution Hall in Lexington, MA to help eradicate polio. In our small sliver of the world, we did our best to participate in a fun and unique way....by drinking beer!

    It was a beautiful autumn evening in New England with unusually warm weather which was perfect. Craft Food Hall has a gorgeous beer garden that they donated for the cause as well.
     
    Rotarians and friends enjoyed pints of beer from the beer wall which allowed them to pour their own beers. A giant inflatable Rotary Wheel was positioned for all to see. There was a table with information regarding how Rotary has helped end polio around the globe and how you can get involved. 

    SERVPRO had a table giving out free swag and information regarding their services. 
    Pints For Polio 2023 - Event & Fun Report Aaron Roy 2023-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Moment

    WHAT IS ROTARY’S POLIO FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE?

    Rotary is committed to raising US$50 million every year for polio eradication. Through our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every $1 of that is matched 2-to-1.
     
    Rotary Moment Roy A. Balfour 2023-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students Are Here!

    7 District 7910's 2023-24 Rotary Youth Exchange Students are here! Val is from Belgium and is hosted here by the Marlborough Rotary Club. Diego is from Mexico and is hosted by the Weston-Wayland Rotary Club. Our students have settled into their new school routines, are enjoying their host families, and have met exchange students from other regional districts at their Orientation weekend in September and apple-picking at Tougas Farm In October. Diego is playing soccer for WHS while Val is helping MHS expand its Interact Club activities. These wonderful students are willing to talk with any 7910 Club about their home countries and exchange experiences as part of your Club meeting programs.
    Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students Are Here! Jane Schroeder 2023-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Social Media -Wicked Fun!

    Westford Rotary is everywhere on social media. This did happen overnight because a 20-something insisted we had to have it. Our consistent presence on Facebook and Instagram seeks to achieve two goals: awareness of our mission and contributions to the community, AND a way to attract younger members.

    Nicole Hamel is the architect of our social media program. She is a past president (at age 24, now 30) who firmly believes in the bonuses of "being seen". We originally met to create our service calendar but a spirit took over Nicole and suddenly we had a plan for daily postings on FB and IG.
    Social Media -Wicked Fun! Mary Foerster 2023-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
    RC Needham Pancake Breakfast Festival Nov 4 7-11am Bill Paulson 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Is it Time for Your Club to Have a HEALTH CHECK?

    Just as routine doctor’s visits help us identify health risks before they become serious, a club health check can diagnose problem areas and prescribe remedies. By using this health check, you’re taking a step to maintain your club’s health and preserve its value for members and the community.

    Clubs should conduct a "Health Check" every couple of years. If there is a "problem area" identified, the club's board of directors can address the problem before it becomes severe. Clubs can also find help from their assigned assistant governor. In addition, there are many district executives that would welcome the opportunity to assist a club.
    Is it Time for Your Club to Have a HEALTH CHECK? Mark Vital 2023-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Littleton Rotary Collected Personal Care Items

    Reaching out to help those in need in local communities, the Rotary Club of Littleton gathered personal care items to distribute to the clients of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry at Devens. Loaves & Fishes serves residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley. The individuals and families who seek help from the pantry have been especially hard hit by inflation, COVID, and an uncertain economy.

    Our goal was to gather enough items - including shampoo and conditioner, disposable razors, small containers of shaving cream, bars of gentle soap, packets of tissues, deodorants, toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouthwash, bandaids, chapsticks, and wipes - to fill at least 100 bags. We're happy to announce that not only did we fill 100 bags with toiletries, we had lots of items left over and brought them to Loaves & Fishes to hand out to clients at different times.
     
    Littleton Rotary Collected Personal Care Items Judy Grande 2023-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary's Statement on the Conflict in Israel and Gaza

    Recognizing there has been protracted suffering in the long history of conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, Rotary International urges all parties to seek avenues to peace.

    At the same time, we unequivocally condemn the horrific attack by Hamas on Israeli civilians and are appalled at the number of people who have been injured, killed, and kidnapped.

    As the war between Israel and Hamas intensifies, we remain deeply concerned about the potential for further escalation as well as the loss of life and the humanitarian crisis that is occurring in Gaza. We denounce the violence against innocent civilians and support upholding international humanitarian law.

    Peacebuilding is both a cornerstone of Rotary’s mission and one of our areas of focus. At our core, Rotary is a common ground for people to come together – across nationalities and religions, cultures and histories – and connect around their shared belief in a better tomorrow. That connection is what humanizes us in times of conflict and builds a foundation for lasting peace.

    Rotary remains committed to working with our members, partners, and communities to find long-term, sustainable solutions that support peace and development in the region and elsewhere.

    – 13 Oct 2023 (from https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-statement-conflict-israel-and-gaza)

    Rotary's Statement on the Conflict in Israel and Gaza 2023-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

    District Grants Finalized

    Twenty projects have been approved by our District 7910 Grants Subcommittee. A total of $31,237 has been approved for distribution to our Clubs in support of a wide range of humanitarian projects. This year's grants include projects related to food insecurity, suicide prevention, building and delivering bunk beds for children in need, science education, mental health, environmental sustainability and so much more. Our funding from the Rotary Foundation is anticipated to arrive shortly and will be distributed upon receipt.
    District Grants Finalized 2023-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Seeking 2023 - 24 District Nominations 

    We are nearing the end of this year’s nominating cycle for District leadership positions and this is an exciting time for District 7910 (deadline is October 20, 2023). 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.
     
    The link for the general call for nominations is found here, and the link for the applications for DGND, District Trustees and District Foundation Trustee is found here For more information about the responsibilities of any of these positions, please contact the 2023 District Nominating Committee Chair, IPDG Victor Tom  (vtom0@yahoo.com).
    Seeking 2023 - 24 District Nominations 2023-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

    District Interact Council Starts Small

    Interact Clubs are an important branch of the greater Rotary youth programs that invite students between ages 12 and 18 to get important chances to develop leadership skills while also focusing on the Rotary credo of “Service-Above-Self.” In fact, many high schools across the United States and the world have their own chapters of Interact Clubs that allows students enrolled in those schools to work together and be a part of many different community service programs and initiatives with their sponsoring Rotary Club.
    District Interact Council Starts Small 2023-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
    Climate Cafe: 6:30pm November 14; Gegear, Pollinator Research @ UMass Dartmouth Susan Peghiny 2023-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

    NPR Spotlights Climate Solutions!

    Most reporting on climate change emphasizes weather disasters; and while it’s important to understand the risks climate change poses, it’s inspiring and motivating to learn more about solutions that can help pave the way to a better future. 

    In her introduction to this series, NPR’s climate solutions reporter, Julia Simon, said: “I know that things are bad right now. But what if we reframe the conversation? With climate change, it’s not like this is a meteor hurtling toward Earth and there’s nothing we can do about it. Humans are driving global warming. And that means we humans can find solutions to change our trajectory.”

     
    NPR Spotlights Climate Solutions! Susan Peghiny 2023-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Framingham Club President Patti McCarthy pins Paul Harris Fellow pin on husband Dan.

    Dan McCarthy surprised at recent Framingham Club Social by being presented with a Paul Harris Fellow.

    Dan is the husband of our current president, Patti. Ever since she joined the club, she has been an active member and he hasalways been there, behind the scenes, doing the driving, the cooking, the shlepping, etc. always attending club events with her...his involvement on behalf of Rotary has been impressive such that a member of the club anonymously provided the PHF.
    Framingham Club President Patti McCarthy pins Paul Harris Fellow pin on husband Dan. Richard Manelis 2023-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Hudson Rotary Club Supports Local Community

    After hosting 1,200 participants at the annual Hudson BrewFest, Hudson Rotarians are reaching out to support our community. After connecting with our Fire Chief, we supplied his department with light duty, and heavy duty pumps and hoses. "We want to be able to support residents who call for help with flooded basements, and our inventory was low. We're very grateful to the Hudson Rotary Club or reaching out and donating this equipment", said Fire Chief Brian Johannes.  

     
    Hudson Rotary Club Supports Local Community Sidney Browning 2023-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
    World Mental Health Day Webinar • October 10 Elliott Rittenberg 2023-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Pints for Polio - October 24  @ Revolution Hall, Lexington

    What you can do on October 24, 2023: Come to Revolution Hall in Lexington, drink beer & eat heartily to support the Rotary End Polio Now campaign. And bring all your Rotary members, friends, and family. RSVP to attend here. 
     
    Host & Sponsor: Revolution Hall is donating up to $1,000 of gift cards to use to purchase food and beverages. ServPro, as a sponsor, will donate $1 per pint purchased that day. 
     
     
     
    Pints for Polio - October 24 @ Revolution Hall, Lexington 2023-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

    DGN Johnny (got) Bounced for the Foundation

    At Toronto’s Learning to Lead, Rotary Zones 28 and 32 contested a "Zorb faceoff."
     
    On Friday evening in Toronto there was a series of “battles” to see who can stay in the ring while bouncing off each other in Zorbs (an inflatable bubble that you wear).
     
    The intrepid Johnny Ahern represented our District 7910 in this amazing (and amusing) competition. He got bounced, literally and figuratively. See the video.
     
    Our District 7910 pledged $1000 of the $50,000 goal to support the Foundation for this event and has generated $1,010 in contributions. Total contributions are now above $100,000. Thank you!
     
    If you'd like to add to that, please make a donation online this week. 
    DGN Johnny (got) Bounced for the Foundation 2023-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Confused about Rotary's Logo rules?

    Rotary's rules for the use of its logo have changed. If you were an expert in logo use even two years ago, you probably need a refresher! In fact the rules changed in 2013, but many of us are still catching up.

    Every large corporation evolves its logo usage over time to keep its look fresh and modern. It is important that we all adhere to the international brand guidelines to keep the look of our club fresh and consistent with all the other clubs throughout the world.
    Confused about Rotary's Logo rules? Joyce Graff 2023-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

    District 7910 Assists Leominster Recovery

    On Sept. 11th, 2023, Leominster experienced historic and damaging floods when almost 10 inches of rain fell in the city within a few hours. Flash flooding caused massive sinkholes, washed out numerous roads, and left many residents and businesses with several feet of water causing massive damage. The Fix, where the Rotary Club of Leominster meets, was under 7 feet of water! Even with the loss of property, vehicles and more, the city is extremely fortunate that there were no reported major injuries or casualties.
    Photo: Sump pumps and fans provided to OEM on behalf of District 7910
    District 7910 Assists Leominster Recovery Johnny Ahern 2023-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Successful Rotary Night at Fenway

    What a fantastic night was had while Rotarians, friends, and family watched the Boston Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox on Sep. 22nd for Rotary Night at Fenway Park! Over 50 people across three districts joined together and cheered on the Red Sox for their 3-2 victory. Not only were tickets very affordable, but the Boston Red Sox were able to make a $255 donation to our district which we will pass along to The Rotary Foundation as part of our ticket sales. We are looking forward to doing this for years to come and expanding our group each year. Thank you to everyone that attended!
    Photo: Our section of Rotarians at the Red Sox vs. White Sox Game 9/22/23
    Successful Rotary Night at Fenway Johnny Ahern 2023-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
    What does Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Have for Course Content? Mark Vital 2023-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Left Right Center - October 20

    LEFT – RIGHT – CENTER  TOURNAMENT
     
    The most fun you’ll have playing a game that takes under 3 minutes to learn!
    Cash Prizes, Raffles, 50-50, Pizza, Popcorn & Cash Bar !
    When:  Friday October 20, 2023
    Doors open at 6:00 pm & Game starts at 7:00 pm
    Where:  The Elks Lodge, 134 North Main St., Leominster, MA
    Tickets:  $20.00 per person    /    Tables of 10 Available /   Seats are Limited 
     
    FOR TICKETS: Contact: Paul Gauvin  978-855-2145 paul@wsbeauty.com

    21+ Event

    Proceeds to benefit the charitable endeavors of both Rotary clubs

    Left Right Center - October 20 Karen Fusco 2023-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

    The Rotary Foundation Moment

    WHAT ARE ROTARY’S AREAS OF FOCUS? (1 OF 2)

    We concentrate our efforts in order to maximize our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to address these causes, and all humanitarian projects, scholars, and vocational training teams funded by The Rotary Foundation’s global grants work toward specific goals in these areas of focus:

     
     
    The Rotary Foundation Moment Roy A. Balfour 2023-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Brookline Dog Day - October 22

    October 22, 2023, Brookline Rotary will host its third Dog Day from 11:00 - 3:00 at Brookline Avenue Playground at 575 Brookline Avenue. This has been an extremely popular community event for the entire family and a very successful fund raiser for the club. It includes vendors, interactive activities such as a costume parade and doggie yoga, food trucks and dog training demonstrations by the Brookline Canine Patrol, among other events. Attendees and volunteer can sign up by going to the Brookline Rotary club website: or tickets: https://bit.ly/dogday2023 and to volunteer: brooklinerotary.org/event/dog-day-2023 and click volunteer.
    Brookline Dog Day - October 22 Susan Rack 2023-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Hoarding Disorder: Addressing Mental Illness

    In support of Rotary International President Gordan R. McInally’s commitment to mental health, the Westborough Rotary Club has invited accomplished speakers to discuss this critical issue.

    At the club’s September 13 meeting, Lynn Faust, Executive Director of Metro Community Development Corporation, a regional non-profit corporation that promotes self-sufficiency in the MetroWest and greater Boston, specifically addressed
    hoarding disorder.
     
    Hoarding disorder, often called a “Disorder of Control, " is not new. However, as the public is destigmatizing mental illness, hoarding is beginning to come out in the open. Here’s the reality: Five percent of people are hoarders, which means 1 in 5 individuals suffer from this disorder. This disorder not only causes immense anxiety for the hoarder but also for their families.  
    Hoarding Disorder: Addressing Mental Illness Reina Rago 2023-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Acton-Boxborough Rotary Co-Sponsoring NE Walk Against Hate - October 15

    HATE is an anathema to everything Rotary stands for – consequently the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough is one of 25 diverse local community organizations who are co-sponsoring a New England WALK AGAINST HATE on Sunday, October 15, 2023.

    The walk will be an inspiring family-friendly event, bringing together individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. It's not just a walk - it's an event that demonstrates the collective power of Community.

    Please tell your family, friends, and neighbors, and encourage them to participate in this important Community event.

     
    Acton-Boxborough Rotary Co-Sponsoring NE Walk Against Hate - October 15 Dean Roberts 2023-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Northborough Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser - October 7

    Please help the Rotary Club of Northborough grow our work for the community by supporting our big fall fundraiser - happening now! Take a chance on a hole in one during the sky-high Golf Ball Drop. Your golf ball may be the lucky one that reaches the target, and wins a prize of $500!

    Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 4:00 PM
    Juniper Hill Golf Course, Northborough
    You don’t need to attend the drop in order to participate. The winner will be notified.

    Register at the website: https://rotaryclubofnorthborough.org/

    Proceeds to benefit the work of the Rotary Club of Northborough, including local, national, and international projects.
    Rotary Club of Northborough Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser - October 7 Leslie Harrison 2023-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Concord Presents the Al Filipov Awards on 9/11

    Each year on 9/11 The Rotary Club of Concord hosts an appreciation awards ceremony in memory of a beloved Concord Rotarian, Al Filipov, and all those who perished 22 years ago during the attacks at the World Trade Center. "Al Filipov was a humble man, who was all about making people's lives better," stated Sharon Spaulding. "He prioritized service to the community. It is fitting on this day that we honor the first responders in Concord who keep us safe every day."
     
    Photo: Left to right, Sergeant Tia Manchuso of the Concord Police Department, Concord Rotarian Steve Levitsky, Firefighter Samantha McChesney of the Concord Fire Department
    Rotary Club of Concord Presents the Al Filipov Awards on 9/11 Helen Halloran 2023-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Why Should You Attend Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)?

    There are many different reasons why you should join Rotary Leadership Institute. RLI will offer you a positive experience with other Rotarians and the more you learn, the better Rotarian you will become.
    1. You will gain a greater understanding of Rotary. 
    2. You will be in an environment where you can exchange ideas.
    3. You will be engaged with other Rotarians just like you.
    4. you will improve communications.
    5. You will learn how to build teams.
    6. You will gain project leads.
    7. You will be an enhanced member.
    8. You will understand public image.
    9. You will have fun!
    Why Should You Attend Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)? Mark Vital 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

    ESRAG Provides Guidance for Clubs to be Carbon Friendly

    Visit BecomeSustainable.org to learn how YOUR club can become carbon friendly in its meetings, events, and other activities. The site identifies projects that clubs can consider doing, and ideas on how to make what you're already doing more gentle on the environment. The process can also be used for your residence, other organizations you may belong to, businesses and municipalities.

    If you’d like a slideshow to use to present the idea to your club, click HERE to download.
    ESRAG Provides Guidance for Clubs to be Carbon Friendly 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Weston Classic & Antique Car Show on September 23rd!

    Weston-Wayland Rotary Club member and Car Show chairman, Richard DeVito Jr., spoke with Weston Media Center about the upcoming Classic & Antique Car Show on September 23rd.
     
    Rich spoke about the long history behind the car show that began with his father, what you can expect for its 26th rendition, and more! Check out the video and we hope to see you there!
     
    https://imd0mxanj2.execute-api.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ssr/watch/64ff496413a0f600084c34e0
    Weston Classic & Antique Car Show on September 23rd! Aaron Roy 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Climate Cafe September 28, 2023 at 6:30pm!

    Join us on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30pm to learn about some fascinating pollinator research being done right here in Massachusetts!
     
    Dr. Robert Gegear founder of the Gegear Lab at UMass Darthmouth and his team are attempting to answer questions such as: What is the significance of floral display complexity? Why does foraging vary among pollinator species? What are the causes and consequences of global pollinator decline? How effective are different restoration and conservation strategies for native pollination systems?
     
    To address these questions, they use highly integrative experimental approaches that combine concepts and methodologies from fields such as animal behavior, human psychology, molecular biology, community ecology, and computational biology.
     
    Click to learn more about the Gegear Lab.
     
    Climate Cafe September 28, 2023 at 6:30pm! Susan Peghiny 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Foundation Moment 

    WHAT IS SHARE?

    The SHARE system is how The Rotary Foundation distributes funds to districts. 

    When you contribute to Annual Fund-SHARE, the first 5% is deducted for operational costs. The remainder of the contribution is divided between the World Fund and District Designated Funds (DDF). The Trustees of the Rotary Foundation allocate money from the World Fund, and your district allocates DDF to the programs that people in your area want to support.


    The name defines what the system does, because contributions are shared throughout the world.

    You can help our district and support meaningful projects by giving to the Annual Fund-SHARE!
    Rotary Foundation Moment 2023-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

    D7910 Morley Scholarship Awarded to Resident of Stow (sponsored by Rotary of Nashoba Valley)

    The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is delighted to announce that the David and Eleanor Morley Endowed Global Grant Scholarship has been awarded to Katherine Painter, a lifelong resident of Stow. RNV sponsored Katherine as a candidate for this scholarship and is thrilled that she was selected! This unique Scholarship was established in 2002 by David and Eleanor Morely, to be granted to a resident of Rotary District 7910 who will be doing graduate-level study outside the US in one of Rotary’s areas of focus. David Morley was a Rotarian, a graduate of Worcester Polytech Institute, and had a long career at General Electric. 
     
    Photo: Katie and RNV members
    D7910 Morley Scholarship Awarded to Resident of Stow (sponsored by Rotary of Nashoba Valley) 2023-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Climate Cafes are Back!

    Join us on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30pm to learn about some fascinating pollinator research being done right here in Massachusetts! Dr. Robert Gegear founder of the Gegear Lab at UMass Darthmouth and his team are attempting to answer questions such as: What is the significance of floral display complexity? Why does foraging vary among pollinator species? What are the causes and consequences of global pollinator decline? How effective are different restoration and conservation strategies for native pollination systems? To address these questions, they use highly integrative experimental approaches that combine concepts and methodologies from fields such as animal behavior, human psychology, molecular biology, community ecology, and computational biology. Click HERE to learn more about the Gegear Lab.

    Click HERE to register!
    Climate Cafes are Back! Susan Peghiny 2023-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

    2023 District Nominations Requested

    It is the beginning of this year’s nominating cycle for District leadership positions and this is an exciting time for District 7910. 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. The link for the general call for nominations is found here, and the link for the applications for DGND and District Trustees is found here.
    2023 District Nominations Requested 2023-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

    Solar Farms Out at Sea Are Clean Energy's Next Breakthrough

    Buffeted by waves as high as 10 meters (32 feet) in China’s Yellow Sea about 30 kilometers off the coast of Shandong province, two circular rafts carrying neat rows of solar panels began generating electricity late last year, a crucial step toward a new breakthrough for clean energy.

    The experiment by State Power Investment Corp., China’s biggest renewable power developer, and Norway-based developer Ocean Sun AS is one of the most high-profile tests yet of offshore solar technology. It’s a potential advance in the sector that would enable locations out at sea to host renewables and help land-constrained regions accelerate a transition away from fossil fuels. Click HERE to read the full Bloomberg.org article.
    Solar Farms Out at Sea Are Clean Energy's Next Breakthrough 2023-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

    Join us September 22 at Fenway Park for Rotary Night!

    Join us for a spectacular evening at Fenway Park for Rotary Night as the Boston Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox on Friday, September 22nd! Rotarians, friends, and family from across multiple districts could join us for only $39 per ticket while supporting our Foundation. $5 of each ticket purchased will come back to us to support The Rotary Foundation! Enjoy a Friday evening game at this gorgeous park and check out the city of Boston while you are here.

    Tickets for the Rotary Night game must be purchased at: https://fevogm.com/event/Rotary in order for us to be grouped together and for the donation to get back to our district. The DEADLINE for ticket purchase is September 18th at 11:59PM so don't wait! We would love you to wear your Rotary gear and we look forward to seeing you at Fenway Park!
    Join us September 22 at Fenway Park for Rotary Night! Johnny Ahern 2023-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

    Mental Health Action Group Inaugural Meeting • September 12 @ 6:30pm

    7910 Action Group Kickoff Meeting 
    Join us on Zoom Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm for the kickoff meeting of the District 7910 chapter of the Rotary Action Group for Mental Health Initiatives. Bob Anthony, Chair of RI's Action Group for Mental Health Initiatives, will be joining us to explain the mission, goals and opportunities for our Clubs to help remove the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses and treatment. 
     
    Registration is required for this meeting. Please click here to sign up.
     
    Download Looking Inward Presentation
    How do we help the Rotarian who sits across the table from us? We invite you to download the presentation "Looking Inwardwhich outlines President Gordon's vision and can be used as a tool to begin the conversation about Mental Health Awareness in your Club. The presentation includes a video with Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola where we see how self-talk either helps us or becomes a barrier to our connection and communication.
     
    Take the Survey
    Looking Inward includes a brief anonymous survey to help assess our members' perception of their own mental health. President Gordon has asked that we survey our membership to provide a snapshot in time. Please complete the survey (takes about a minute) by Saturday, September 9th so we can review the results at our meeting on September 12. Click here to take the survey. 
     
    Questions: Contact District Governor Elliott Rittenberg.
     
    Mental Health Action Group Inaugural Meeting • September 12 @ 6:30pm Elliott Rittenberg 2023-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

    PDG Family at Summer Outing August 2023

    A fun time was had by all during our stay at the Cape Cod home of Victor Tom and Sze-Wen Kuo in Marstons Mills, MA. We ate well and had terrific fellowship. We even conducted District business when we chose PDG Tom Polito to serve 3 years on the Nomination Committee. Present in the photo are IPDG Victor Tom, Ingrid Detweiler, PDG Cliff Rober, PDG Klaus Hochfeld, PDG Diana Nestorova, PDG Bob Cassidy, Glenys Hochfeld, PDG Dick Manelis, Sze-Wen Kuo, PDG Carl Kalzewski, DGE Joyce Graff, PDG Carol Toomey, Joe Toomey, PDG Jim Fusco, Karen Fusco, Reina Rago and DG Elliott Rittenberg.
    PDG Family at Summer Outing August 2023 Victor T. Tom 2023-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

    2022-23 Rotary Citation Awardees

    The Rotary Citation award (formerly the RI Presidential Citation) recognizes the hard work clubs do throughout the year. It is one of the highest honors that Rotary International can bestow upon a club. To achieve the recognition, These Club Presidents (Dawn Kociubes, Teresa McCarthy, Jack Colamaria, Johnny Ahern and Susan Wilkinson) had to choose 13 out of 26 RI stated goals covering, for example, membership, sustainable service projects, giving to the Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in their communities. And then they helped steer their clubs this past year to achieve those goals.

    By working to achieve their goals, they helped engage their members, stay relevant in your communities, and have more fun. And they contributed to the overall health and culture of Rotary for generations to come.

    Current Club Presidents, it is never too late to enter your goals in Club Central and work towards achieving a Rotary Citation for your club.
    2022-23 Rotary Citation Awardees Victor T. Tom 2023-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

    20 Tips for Increasing Club Membership

    1. Create a list of all the great things about your club.
    2. Keep a list of potential members.
    3. Know your club’s strengths.
    4. Make membership growth your club’s top priority.
    5. Look to young Rotarians for fresh perspectives.
    6. Identify occupations lacking in your club.
    7. Appeal to local volunteers.
    8. Connect with their passions.
    9. Talk about Rotary wherever you go.
    10. Make a list of club member’s responsibilities.
    11. Realize there is no finish line.
    12. Emphasize service.
    13. Celebrate when you get a new member.
    14. Get new members engaged right away.
    15. Be persistent.
    16. Be vibrant.
    17. Embrace diversity.
    18. Get them in the door.
    19. There are no Rotary police.
    20. Make it fun.

    If your club has been growing over the last year, what strategies did you engage in to attract new members? Please let the District Membership Committee know by emailing membership@rotary7910,org – We’ll share your success stories in our next newsletter.

    Additional resources may be found at https://www.rotary.org/membership
     
    20 Tips for Increasing Club Membership Mark Vital 2023-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

    What is Interact?

    What is Interact? Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18 (middle and high schools). Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
    What is Interact? Mark Vital 2023-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Golf at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge! It's not too late to register! Sept 13

    Although the name may SOUND like a cemetary or retirement home, Blissful Meadows is actually a beautiful and challenging 18 hole championship course located in Uxbridge. Blissful Meadows was designed by Golf World magazine's 2000 "Architect of the Year", Brian Silva, and the award-winning layout, catering to both high and low handicap golfers, offers varying fade and draw shots to satisfy both left-handed and right-handed golfers.

    All proceeds will benefit the scholarships of the Blackstone Valley Rotary, a small but powerful club serving Uxbridge, Northbridge, Blackstone, Webster, Millville and other former mill towns along the Blackstone and French River valleys.

    Click HERE to get more information or to register!
    Golf at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge! It's not too late to register! Sept 13 Susan Peghiny 2023-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

    NVSR Club Helps The Town Calm Traffic in the School Zone

    Needham Street traffic, in Dedham, often sees cars and trucks speeding past the Riverdale Elementary School at 30 to 45 mph, despite being a signed school zone, and having a raised speed table in place.
     
    Dedham’s Active Transportation Working Group (ATWG) was looking for a low cost, but elegant solution, to this safety hazard. They found it in the Mass Government’s Safe Routes to School program.
     
    The ATWG planned a mural as a low cost, temporary intervention to promote traffic calming in the area and received two grants to implement the project. They also received funding from the Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club for paint for the project.
     
    NVSR Club Helps The Town Calm Traffic in the School Zone Matthew McKee 2023-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

    What is Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)?

    RLI is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.

    Using trained facilitators, RLI seeks to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in enhancing their Rotary knowledge and have an interest in potential club leadership. These educational opportunities teach skills that will benefit the members both in their lives and in their volunteer service.

    District 7910 will have multiple dates available in 2024 for RLI. The first RLI will be on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough. Should you have any questions about RLI please forward them to Mark Vital at marlboroughrotaryleadership@gmail.com
     
    Photo: Our successful 2023 RLI
    What is Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)? Mark Vital 2023-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Visiting Rotarian from Pakistan Summering in Shirley

    The Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens had a special international guest in early August all the way from Pakistan. Rana Saeed Ahmad is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Faisalabad, where he has had perfect attendance for the last 30 years. His club is 70 years old and works on many projects centering around school and literacy. He credits the youthful membership in his club to good speakers, sports and a viable Rotaract program. Saeed spoke to us with interpretive assistance from his son, Jalal Rana, who lives in Shirley and works in Marlborough as a mechanical engineer, manufacturing vaccines. 
     
    Photo: Visiting Rotarian Rana Saeed Ahmad, left side center, with members of the Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens. He is spending the summer in Shirley, visiting his son, Jalal, seated right, front.
    Visiting Rotarian from Pakistan Summering in Shirley 2023-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Watertown Rotary Club’s Traffic Circle Cleanup One of Many Events in the Coming Year

    The island in the middle of the rotary connecting Common and Orchard street is filled with all kinds of greenery for the public to admire. On July 20, the Rotary Club of Watertown spent their day gardening the rotary so the city can add some colorful plants to it in the near future.

    The weeding and cleaning of the island through the City of Watertown’s Adopt-an-Island program is one the many events Watertown’s Rotary Club holds each year.
    Watertown Rotary Club’s Traffic Circle Cleanup One of Many Events in the Coming Year Kim Severino 2023-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
    Mental Health Action Group Kickoff Meeting • September 12 @ 6:30pm Elliott Rittenberg 2023-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary President Elect Stephanie Urchick keynotes Aug. 26 Climate Webinar

    Concerned about the climate or other environmental issues?
     
    You and your club can easily be part of the solution by becoming more climate-friendly and sustainable. How? Come hear Rotary International President-Elect Stephanie Urchick, Synergy Rotary Fellowship Alliance, and ESRAG leaders share ways you can succeed.
     
    On Saturday 26 August at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT join:
     
    • Stephanie Urchick, Rotary International President-Elect
    • Dr. Yasar Atacik, ESRAG Chair
    • Dr. Pat Armstrong, ESRAG immediate past Chair
    • Urs Herzog, Rotary Synergy Friendship Alliance Chair
    • Michael Koch, ESRAG Europe and Founder of Become Sustainable
    • Dr. Meenakshi Venkataraman, ESRAG Projects Director
     
    Can’t make the meeting time? Register anyway, so you will be sent the recording. Share it with your club!
    This event is sponsored by Synergy Rotary Friendship Alliance and ESRAG, the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group.
    Rotary President Elect Stephanie Urchick keynotes Aug. 26 Climate Webinar Elliott Rittenberg 2023-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Responds - Support the Maui Fires Relief Fund

    A relief fund for victims of the devastating wildfires in Maui has been established through the Rotary District 5000 Foundation as we come together to recover and rebuild. Please consider donating to this special fund and sharing the opportunity with others to help.
     
    From Hawai'i Rotary District Governor Mark Merriam, August 9, 2023:
     
    Today has been a tragic day for our Rotarians, families and friends on the Island of Maui. The fires across the island have changed lives forever. Truly devastating. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted.
    Rotary Responds - Support the Maui Fires Relief Fund Elliott Rittenberg 2023-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Weston Antique & Classic Car Show Returns Sept 23rd!

    Join us for the 2023 Weston Antique & Classic Car Show.  The weather is perfect this time of year and we look forward to seeing all our friends return again to support this great event. Arrive early for best location. Thanks for your support!
     
    WOW, CAN YOU BELIEVE OUR THIRD DECADE? OUR 26TH YEAR!

    Join us for the 26th Annual Weston & Wayland Rotary Club Antique & Classic Car Show scheduled for September 23rd, 2023. Rain or shine promises to be another great event for car owners and families alike.
    The 2019 Car Show attracted over 200 cars ranging from Classic Muscle Cars to Micro Messerschmidts and over 2,000 attendees. We are pleased to be bringing this show back to life after covid!
     
    Weston Antique & Classic Car Show Returns Sept 23rd! 2023-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Learning: ClubRunner for Club Executives

    Have you met ClubRunner?  There are convenient features in ClubRunner for all club members and executives.  We have prepared some brief (15 minute) videos to introduce you to the essential features that you will need for your position in the club.
     
    Check out the Learning Page where you will find all the ClubRunner videos, plus the Meet the Presidents series -- meet presidents who have revitalized a 100-year-old club; set goals and met them; won Best Club three years running; founded an e-Club; had great success with Interact; and explored opportunities to engage with Mental Health. Your club could be the next great success!
    Learning: ClubRunner for Club Executives 2023-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Mark Your Calendar - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is Coming Jan 27, 2024 2023-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Habitat Build Day in memory of June Grace

    In memory of June Grace, Rotarians from clubs in Concord and Bedford volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell home being built in Concord.  June once mentioned that a nice way to honor someone who has passed away is to volunteer for something that was important to them and so when she died in May the idea was born. Sharon Spaulding reached out to Suzanne at Habitat for Humanity who loved the idea of honoring a previous volunteer by hosting a Habitat Build Day!   June and her husband, Buck, very much enjoyed volunteering at Habitat. June had volunteered at the Carter Way Bedford Habitat project as well as a house in Concord.  
    Photo: Rotarians from Concord and Bedford Clubs
    Habitat Build Day in memory of June Grace Helen Halloran 2023-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Spirit of Hudson Brewfest - Saturday August 5th 2023

    Our 8th annual spiritofhudson.com will take place within the Avidia Bank parking lot at 30 South Street Hudson, MA 01749.
     
    Over 30 breweries and distilleries will provide free samples from 3PM-6PM. We have four food trucks, a cigar seller with mobile humidor, and live band! Come help support the Rotary Club of Hudson raise money for our shared Rotary goals.
     
    For more information please contact Jeff Tucker 978-857-0619
    Spirit of Hudson Brewfest - Saturday August 5th 2023 2023-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Distinguished Service Award to Ralph Hammond

    At DG Elliott Rittenberg’s installation event, PDG Dr. Victor Tom had the honor of presenting the most prestigious Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to Ralph Hammond, of the Rotary Club of Bedford, who has rendered exceptional service to the Foundation beyond the District level and for an extended period of time. This award is extremely competitive and only 50 Rotarians may receive this award each year, out of 1.4 million Rotarians worldwide.

    Photo: Ralph and Jean Hammond with Award
    Distinguished Service Award to Ralph Hammond Victor T. Tom 2023-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Global Initiatives: Disaster Plan For People With Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy Fellowship

    Interested in working on global projects for people with disabilities?
     
    We have two projects we are working on that might interest you. First, countries have disaster plans, but few give attention to people with disabilities. We are developing such plans with a goal for global distribution. Second, Cerebral Palsy has no global awareness efforts. We are setting up a Rotary Fellowship to do just that. Interested in either project: Contact the Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy by email: Rotarywda@gmail.com.  Visit us on Facebook
     
    Global Initiatives: Disaster Plan For People With Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy Fellowship 2023-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
    D7910 Quarterly Rotary Foundation Update Meeting 2023-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

    30th Annual Wachusett Area Rotary Club Golf Tournament - Sept 18

    Great opportunity to promote your business!

    The Wachusett Area Rotary Club will be holding our signature event and main fundraiser, our annual Golf Tournament, on Monday, September 18th at Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg. This year we are commemorating our 30th anniversary of running this event to raise funds for our projects, grants and scholarships. Please consider supporting us through purchasing one of our sponsorship packages.

    Opportunities range from affordable promotional signs on tees and greens through packages that include playing spots and premier corporate recognition. Or if you’d just like to play golf, that’s an option as well.
     
    30th Annual Wachusett Area Rotary Club Golf Tournament - Sept 18 Betty-Jean Lane 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Learning: Meet the Presidents and Learn

    This year's Learning Agenda begins with a series of interviews with recent club Presidents who have successfully led their clubs forward. In each interview we focus on the "secret sauce" brought to the club by this leader, and provide hints for making the club more exciting and successful over time.
    Learning: Meet the Presidents and Learn Joyce Graff 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Marlborough Club to Host Golf Tournament - Sept 20

    The Rotary Club of Marlborough will be hosting an exciting golf tournament at Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough on September 20th. We are hopeful that other clubs will participate with foursomes and sponsorships as all proceeds will be used for the Rotary Homestead, a homeless shelter for single women in greater Marlborough.
     
    A round of golf is just $140 which includes golf, a cart, and a delicious meal afterwards. We will be also having a raffle and silent auction (donations gladly accepted.

    Come on over to beautiful Juniper for some exercise, fellowship, and fun!
     
    See this 1-page overview for more information. 
    Marlborough Club to Host Golf Tournament - Sept 20 Mark Vital 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    District Governor's August Message

    August is Membership Month on the Rotary International Calendar. In 2022, more than 78,000 Rotarians participated in our All Member Survey and the results are clear – the number one driver of member satisfaction is a member’s experience within their club. Just as taking care of customers is crucial for the success of any business, our survey showed that an inclusive and caring club experience is the primary reason that our members stay in Rotary. Conversely, members leave our clubs when they don’t feel connected, and expectations are unmet.
    District Governor's August Message Elliott Rittenberg 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    The Epic Ride for Rotary & Charities - July 22

    There are many ways Rotarians serve their communities and Rotary.
     
    On Saturday, July 22, three District 7910 Rotarians found a new path to do that: They participated in “The Epic Ride,” a charity fundraiser organized by Warren Green.  This year, John Marchiony and Rob Mosher joined the ride, and Weston-Wayland president Katya Portnaya apparated at the 100-mile mark with water and snacks.
     
    Collectively, the riders are raising money for eight charities, including The Rotary Foundation and the District 7910 Charity Fund. 
     
    Riders Rob, Warren and John at the Train Bridge in Bourne. 

     
    The Epic Ride for Rotary & Charities - July 22 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    2 Global Initiatives: Disaster Plan For People With Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy Fellowship

    Interested in working on global projects for people with disabilities? We have two projects we are working on that might interest you. First, countries have disaster plans, but few give attention to people with disabilities. We are developing such plans with a goal for global distribution. Second, Cerebral Palsy has no global awareness efforts. We are setting up a Rotary Fellowship to do just that. Interested in either project: Contact: Rotarywda@gmail.com
     
    2 Global Initiatives: Disaster Plan For People With Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy Fellowship 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    2 Spirit of Hudson Brewfest - Saturday August 5th 2023

    Our 8th annual Spirit of Hudson Brewfest will take place within the Avidia Bank parking lot at 30 South Street Hudson, MA 01749. Over 30 breweries and distilleries will provide free samples from 3PM-6PM. We have four food trucks, a cigar seller with mobile humidor, and live band! Come help support the Rotary Club of Hudson raise money for our shared Rotary goals. For more information please contact Jeff Tucker 978-857-0619
     
    spiritofhudson.com/
    2 Spirit of Hudson Brewfest - Saturday August 5th 2023 Jeffrey Tucker 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    What are the benefits of having an Interact Club? 

    It appears that a few of the clubs in the District have lost their Interact Club during the pandemic. This is a troubling trend that we hope to stop and reverse directions with over the next school year.

    What is Interact? Interact is Rotary Club for students between the ages of 12 and 18 (middle and high school age). They can be school or community based. Interact Clubs must be sponsored by a District club and must complete at a minimum two projects per year. Believe it or not there are 14,911 Clubs in over 145 countries with over 342,900 young people involved.
     
    Photo shows Marlborough's Rotary and Interact Clubs clearing trails in their city.
    What are the benefits of having an Interact Club? Mark Vital 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
    Auction: Bid by Aug 2 for Aug 10 Patriots Tickets on the 50 yard line 2023-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

    District Mental Health Action Group: Get Involved – Sign Up to Serve

    RI president Gordon McInally has prioritized mental health and well-being as a signature focus for the year ahead and beyond. He’s challenged Rotarians to lead the way in eliminating the stigma around and to raise awareness about the importance of mental and emotional health.  As I’ve visited our Clubs and raised this subject over the last few weeks, it’s clear that many of our members feel passionately about this topic. 
     
    The mission of the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives is to create and support opportunities for all to improve their mental health and wellness for healthy, happy and productive lives. 
    District Mental Health Action Group: Get Involved – Sign Up to Serve 2023-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians’ Epic Ride for Rotary - July 22 

    Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation and the District 7910 Charity Fund. 

    On July 22nd, three Rotarians will embark on the “Epic Ride” from Babson in Wellesley to Provincetown – 160 miles in one day. Most people who cover this distance do so in two days, but not the Epic Riders.
     
    They’re riding for Rotary, hoping that their crazy commitment might inspire you to support Rotary even more than you already do with a contribution of any size. Donations can be made to The Rotary Foundation or the District 7910 Charity Fund to support charitable projects locally or globally.
     
    Please click here for information and donations, or email a note of encouragement to John Marchiony (Assistant Governor, Rotarian since 2015), Rob Mosher (Weston-Wayland Rotary since 2003), and Warren Green (Weston-Wayland Rotary since 2022 and the instigator).
    Rotarians’ Epic Ride for Rotary - July 22 2023-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Help Wanted: Rotary Club Of World Disability Advocacy Seeks Treasurer

    The Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy is in need of someone to be Treasurer of the Club.
     
    The Treasurer would oversee all the financial transactions of the club pertaining to the club's banking account and complete appropriate filings when needed. It is a volunteer position and is an essential part of the Club's mission to improve the human rights of people with disabilities globally. Since the Treasurer position will be an officer in the club, the individual would need to be a member of the club. For more information, please write to President Ken Masson at Rotarywda@gmail.com
     
    https://www.facebook.com/Rotarywda/
    Help Wanted: Rotary Club Of World Disability Advocacy Seeks Treasurer 2023-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Hosted June 3 Event: Focus on Fun!

    On June 3, about 80 people gathered at Lilac Hedge Farm in Rutland for the Wachusett Area Rotary Club’s Annual Spring Fling. Put on hold for several years due to Covid, the event was historically a themed dinner dance and fundraiser. This year, the club decided to do something different.
     
    Photo credit: Danielle Ray, The Landmark Rotarians, left-right- Savvas Fotiadis,
    Richard Traina, Tony Fotiadis, Helena Donlevy, Marisol Dittami, Rick Mansfield,
    Desiree Leader, Roberta Duke, Kim Cary, Matt Smith. 
     
     
    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Hosted June 3 Event: Focus on Fun! 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Saying Goodbye to PDG Val Callahan

    It is with a heavy heart that we bring to you news of the passing of Past District Governor, Mary Valentine Callahan - “Val Callahan,” as she was known. For over 30 years Val had been a Rotarian, beginning in District 7910, where she was Club President, Foundation Chair, GSE leader, Assistant Governor and District Governor 2014-15. When Val moved to Boston, the Boston #7 club welcomed her. She became the club’s Foundation Chair. Val was a Major Donor, Sustainer and Bequest Society Member.
     
    She will be missed by Rotarians both near and far. Val leaves behind her husband, Rotarian Mohamed Elhanash, her two grown children and their families.

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, at 10:00AM on August 26, 2023 at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02111. 

    All are welcome to attend.
    Saying Goodbye to PDG Val Callahan Elliott Rittenberg 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
    The Yale Climate Connection released their “Climate Change in the American Mind: Beliefs & Attitudes” Susan Peghiny 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
    Do you have questions about solar or electric cars? Come ask them at these free online events! Susan Peghiny 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Want to help stop climate change without leaving your house?

    A team of Rotarians and community members are working on a “project-in-a-box” for clubs worldwide to host viewing events and discussions about the amazing Climate Feedback Loop films. Google Drive and good organizational skills experience preferable, zoom experience required. Also interested in people with website and creative talents. Please contact Sue Peghiny at suef0503@gmail.com for more details.
    Want to help stop climate change without leaving your house? Susan Peghiny 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

    July 22 is Climate Emergency Day

    The NY Society for Ethical Culture has created this day to pay attention to climate. It is connected to the climate clock and the time that we have before we exceed 1.5C. To learn more, click HERE.
    July 22 is Climate Emergency Day Susan Peghiny 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Help Wanted: Rotary Club Of World Disability Advocacy Seeks Treasurer

    The Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy is in need of someone to be Treasurer of the Club.
     
    The Treasurer would oversee all the financial transactions of the club pertaining to the club's banking account and complete appropriate filings when needed. It is a volunteer position and is an essential part of the Club's mission to improve the human rights of people with disabilities globally. Since the Treasurer position will be an officer in the club, the individual would need to be a member of the club. For more information, please write to President Ken Masson at Rotarywda@gmail.com
     
    https://www.facebook.com/Rotarywda/
    Help Wanted: Rotary Club Of World Disability Advocacy Seeks Treasurer 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Runners & Walkers Support Westborough Rotary Club Scholarships (June 17)

    Dreary weather and the threat of rain on Saturday, June 17, did not dissuade 130 runners and walkers from participating in the Westborough Rotary Club’s 5K Dads and Grads Race.
    This was the club’s 19th race, with only one year missed due to COVID.
     
    Image: Proud race participants from left to right: Sharon Foster, Highland City Striders Running Club member, Steve Sager, Past District Governor, Jorge Yarzebski, Westborough Rotary member
    Runners & Walkers Support Westborough Rotary Club Scholarships (June 17) Reina Rago 2023-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
    2023 Needham Carnival July 20-23 2023-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

    Final Official Message from DG Dr. Victor Tom

    Fellow District 7910 Rotarians, as we end the 2022-2023 Rotary year, I would like to express my gratitude to all of the Club officers, District officers and committees, the DG chain, my advisor Jim Fusco and finally Sze-Wen, our District Secretary who did much more to keep me on track. It takes a village, no one person can take on so much responsibility and that is true at the club as well as at the district level.
     
    It was a sincere honor to serve as your District Governor and I am leaving the District in the capable hands of Elliott, Joyce and Johnny. I am not disappearing from District duties, but will step aside and focus on the various initiatives that I helped start this year.
    Photo: DG Dr Victor and Sze-Wen at Rotary International Convention in Melbourne
    Final Official Message from DG Dr. Victor Tom Victor T. Tom 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    May 27th Outdoor Music Festival 
    Money Raised Helps Homeless Families
     

    Proceeds of the Rotary Club of Concord's first outdoor Music Festival at Rideout Park in W. Concord will benefit the Concord Children’s Center tuition assistance program and Rotary service projects. The program headliner was the Bruce Marshall Band. They were joined on stage by locally acclaimed folk musician Terry Kitchen, Shon Gordon of kids’ musical group Rockabye Beats, The Joy of Music student chamber music ensemble, and guitarist Seth Connolly. 
    May 27th Outdoor Music Festival Money Raised Helps Homeless Families  Ingrid Detweiler 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    District Governor's Vision Statement for 2023-24

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday weekend. I am both honored and excited to begin my term District Governor. We are very fortunate to have a strong leadership team in place, and we look forward to working with you to Create Hope in the World.
     
    First, congratulations and thank you to outgoing District Governor Dr. Victor Tom. It’s been a both a privilege and a pleasure to work alongside you this past year, and our District is most definitely in a better place because of your leadership.

    I love Rotary, and I love what we do.
    District Governor's Vision Statement for 2023-24 Elliott Rittenberg 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Newton Rotary Celebrated its Centennial at Installation Night on June 27th

    A great time was had by all Tuesday night, the 27th, at the Scandinavian Living Center, where Rotarians, their families, friends, and former community Paul Harris winners gathered for a sumptuous pot luck supper. We celebrated our 100th Anniversary, gave out this year's Paul Harris awards, and installed our President for 2023-24, Liz Tavares and the Board of Directors. 
    Newton Rotary Celebrated its Centennial at Installation Night on June 27th Andy Willinger 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Stuff-A-Cruiser: Nashoba Valley Police Departments duke it out to fight food Insecurity. 

    The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley's continued its collaboration with local police departments at the stuff-a-cruiser event; Stow Police Department, Bolton Police Department and Lancaster Massachusetts Police Department duked it out! Who will stuffed the most cruisers? Please read on. Ultimately the WINNER was WHEAT Community Connections. Food Insecurity in our communities is alive and well, we can make a difference.
    Stuff-A-Cruiser: Nashoba Valley Police Departments duke it out to fight food Insecurity. Susan Wilkinson 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian Volunteers Made RYLA Possible from June 23rd-25th

    District 7910 hosted the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend leadership conference at Fitchburg State June 23-25.
     
    In the words of PDG Victor Tom, "RYLA is where leaders emerge." This facilitation would not have been possible without our illustrious Rotarian volunteers, RYLA core committee members and RYLA Chair Christine Pinney. Thank you for making this wonderful leadership conference possible! 
    Rotarian Volunteers Made RYLA Possible from June 23rd-25th 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Surprise Visitor from Overseas

    The Lowell Rotary was pleasantly surprised on 27 June with a visit from Njau Chege, the president of the Rotary Club of Mombasa, Nyali in Kenya. Njau was in town visiting relatives after attending commencement at WPI. He presented us with a banner and we had a wonderful and informative conversation about Rotary in Kenya and around the world.
    Surprise Visitor from Overseas Jim Pope 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Elliott Rittenberg's Bio (DG 2023-23)

    Elliott Rittenberg has been a Rotarian since 2009 when he joined the Rotary Club of Sharon in District7950. There he served as club treasurer, president in 2013 – 2014, and then as treasurer of the club’s charitable foundation.
     
    After moving to Westborough in 2015, Elliott transferred to the Westborough Rotary Club and became active on several committees, served as assistant treasurer, and then as club president in 2019 – 2020.
     
    Elliott’s service to the Club was recognized when he received the Club’s Rotarian of the Year award in 2022. Elliott has served as an Assistant Governor, is a Paul Harris Fellow, and a graduate of the RotaryLeadership Institute. He also serves as co-chair of the District’s recently formed EnvironmentalCommittee, and is an active member of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group. 
     
     
    Elliott Rittenberg's Bio (DG 2023-23) 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Oct 1: Walk to End Alzheimers

    Save the Date: October 1 

    We encourage you to join other Rotary Clubs throughout Worcester County by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's - Worcester County taking place on Sunday, October 1 at 100 North Parkway, Worcester in the Hanover Insurance office park.
    Oct 1: Walk to End Alzheimers Denise Parent 2023-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Westford Rotary Receives $10,000 Award 

    Westford Rotary was awarded $10,000 by the 100 Women Who Care of Greater Westford. The award will support the club’s program plans and activities for 2023-2024 year. 100 Women recognizes four organizations per year, and provides remaining funds to the runners up.
     
    The two other applying organizations – Nashoba Neighbors (a senior “village” in the Berlin, Bolton and Lancaster area) and PACH Outreach (food distribution program in Pepperell and Dunstable) - will share the monies collected in excess of the $10,000 and will be eligible for another opportunity to be considered at a future meeting.  
    Westford Rotary Receives $10,000 Award Patti Mason 2023-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

    District Grants: Funds for your projects - June 30 deadline

    Do you want $ funding for your club's 2023-24 project?

    If you would like a District Grant, we need to know about it BEFORE JUNE 30 deadline.  In order for our District to get District Designated Funds funds we need to provide RI by July 1st a list of how those funds are to be used.
     
    To get started with a District Grant, contact Bob Worth (rjworth@gmail.com), then visit Rotary7910.org and check these District Grant links (login required): 
     
    District Grants: Funds for your projects - June 30 deadline Roy A. Balfour 2023-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
    Environmental Action Group Update: July 2023 2023-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Environmental Action Group Update 2023-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Newton Rotary Awarded Bibbo Scholarships ~ May 24th

    The Rotary Club of Newton awarded scholarships to 3 amazing Newton High School seniors at the annual Newton Mayor's Breakfast on May 24th. The scholarships are named after Anthony J. Bibbo, a founder and long-time Director of the Harmony Foundation, as well as a much-beloved Newton Rotarian from 1970 until his death in 2018. Club President Andy Willinger introduced the awards, and also announced the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club, which was greeted by enthusiastic applause. Interim Superintendent Kathy Smith introduced each winner, and the Mayor, Ruthann Fuller, added her congratulations. Newton Rotary also awards annual scholarships to 3 deserving students from Newton North's Career and Technical Education Program. These awards were announced on May 29th, and will be presented at a Rotary luncheon on June 6th.
    Newton Rotary Awarded Bibbo Scholarships ~ May 24th Andy Willinger 2023-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Littleton Rotary's Day of Service 2023

     

    On May 20th, The Littleton Rotary Club celebrated Rotary International’s “Day of Service” by helping children in its area in need of one of life’s essentials: a bed.  President-elect Chris Alphen hosted the Littleton Rotary Club, members of the Littleton High School’s Honor Society, and Littleton citizen-volunteers at his Dolphin Insulation headquarters at a Build-a-Bed event in which piles of wood were miraculously made into beds destined for children in need.  

    To get the job done smoothly, Chris assigned a specific task to each person from cutting to sanding, assembling, staining, branding and packaging.  Everyone built up an appetite and by noon all enjoyed a delicious lunch donated by The Littleton Sub Shop and Tavern on the Square. By the end of the event, twenty-three beds had been built, branded with the Rotary International logo and prepared for delivery to children throughout the area.
     
    Littleton Rotary's Day of Service 2023  2023-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Awards Scholarships

    At our June 2nd meeting, the Wachusett Area Rotary Club awarded $2,000 scholarships to three students living in our service area. The scholarships were awarded to students who demonstrated a commitment to community service, as well as academic achievement and financial need.
     
    Pictured here are the 2023 scholarship recipients, Amaya Santimore, Joseph Collard, and Ella Bradshaw along with the Scholarship Committee Jessica Favreau, Betty-Jean Lane (Project Chair), Marisol Dittami and Matt Smith.
    Wachusett Area Rotary Club Awards Scholarships Betty-Jean Lane 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

    “Rotary Climate Action Now” Needs Your Brainpower!

    The D7910 “Rotary Climate Action Now” project is moving into its final stages and could use some more brainpower. Going forward we will be finalizing the toolkit and then sharing the project opportunity throughout Rotary.  If you’d like to hear more about this impactful project, please contact Sue Peghiny at suef0503@gmail.com.
    “Rotary Climate Action Now” Needs Your Brainpower! Susan Peghiny 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

     The D7910 Climate Cafés need your help! 

    These events have been a very popular way to meet the experts and share all kinds of environmental and climate information. They are moving to a quarterly format, but Sue needs someone to help pull them together.  It’s an easy and fulfilling lift.  Please contact Sue Peghiny at if you’re interested. 
    The D7910 Climate Cafés need your help! Susan Peghiny 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Do you have an EV, Solar Panels, Heat Pumps, or other energy-saving devices?

    The Climate Café is looking to create a panel of experienced users to share their experiences and views on their devices at one of our quarterly cafes. What do you like about your device(s)?  What don’t you like? What do you wish you had done differently?  Please email Sue Peghiny at suef0503@gmail.com if you’re willing to be a panelist.  Once we have 3-4 people we’ll figure out a mutually agreeable date and time.  Thanks!
    Do you have an EV, Solar Panels, Heat Pumps, or other energy-saving devices? Susan Peghiny 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Spirit of Hudson Brewfest is back! August 5

    After 3 years in hibernation the famous Spirit of Hudson Brewfest will return Saturday August 5th 2PM-6PM for an 8th year. All beer enthusiasts will enjoy a fantastic time at our tasting party and supporting Rotary on a summer afternoon. We will have food trucks or after the event you could take a walk along the "Best Main Street in America" to have dinner. We expect about 1,000 attendees.
    Spirit of Hudson Brewfest is back! August 5 Jeffrey Tucker 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Colorado Farm Links Community Agriculture & Community Solar

    Agrivoltaics, the synergistic use of solar energy production and agriculture on the same land, is fast becoming an important innovation to help boost renewable energy production and help farmers navigate a changing climate.  Farmers are embracing the opportunity to diversify their farms and ranches by using solar arrays to reduce water usage or provide shade for grazing animals, all while producing energy to run their farms and sell to their communities. Jacks Solar Garden in Colorado is the largest active agrivoltaic research site in the U.S. and produces 1.2 MW of power, which is distributed to local homes and businesses.  The land beneath and beside the solar panels is used by Sprout City Farms to grow crops, pollinator plants, and to keep bees.  They have also created the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center to help educate future leaders in the agrivoltaic industry.  To learn more about Agrivoltaics, click HERE.
    Colorado Farm Links Community Agriculture & Community Solar Susan Peghiny 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Want to use less plastic?

    Eliminating plastic from modern life is virtually impossible (believe me, I’ve tried), but below are some websites that offer great products to help you significantly reduce your plastic use.  Have questions on how to get started?  Email Sue Peghiny at suef0503@gmail.com.
    • Responsible Products.com for all kinds of compostable “plastic” products.
    • Trybluewater.com for cleaning products that don’t come in plastic (I use their laundry detergent).
    • ThredUp.com for extremely high-quality used clothing for men, women, and children.
    • ChagrinValleySoap.com for shampoo and other personal care items that don’t come in plastic.
    • WhoGivesACrap.com for recycled paper products that don’t come in plastic (great name, right?)
       
    Want to use less plastic? Susan Peghiny 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Groton-Pepperell Rotary: An Evening of Bird Photography and Field Notes with Ken Janes ~ Monday, June 19

    Ken Janes, long-time Groton resident, retired surgeon and avid birder, shares a selection of his amazing bird photographs and stories of birding at this special presentation. Ken’s images have most recently appeared in his books, Life List: Field Notes of a Maine Birdwatcher and Life List: A Maine Birdwatcher in Florida. Ken is also the author and photographer of Florida Birds: A Birdwatcher Discovers the Sunshine State coming this November. 
     
    Please join us for this special presentation to support the Nashua River Watershed Association on Monday, June 19 at 7 PM in the Lawrence Academy Media Conference Center, Groton.
    Groton-Pepperell Rotary: An Evening of Bird Photography and Field Notes with Ken Janes ~ Monday, June 19 Steve Janes 2023-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Swing into Summer on June 16th - Athol

    The Athol Orange Area Rotary Club (6551) invites Rotarians to head over to Swing into Summer! on Friday, June 16th from 6 to 10 PM.
     
    Join us for an evening of baseball and golf themed fun in collaboration with Ellinwood Country Club. The event will feature live music and magic, beer tasting, a corn hole competition, and silent and live auctions of great items, including sports memorabilia. Cash bar and a full menu available from the Ellinwood and a complimentary sundae bar by AO Rotary. Tickets are available from any AO Rotarian and at the Ellinwood located at 1928 Pleasant Street in Athol MA. Visit atholorangerotary.org for more information.
    Swing into Summer on June 16th - Athol 2023-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Enjoy local Beer & Wine with Wachusett Area Rotary! - June 3

    The Wachusett Area Rotary Club is hosting a Beer and Wine Tasting event on June 3rd at Lilac Hedge Farm in Rutland MA. Tickets are $40 and include beer and wine tasting, a fabulous barbecue, entertainment and activities! All are invited to join us - please email WARotaryClub@gmail.com for tickets. 
     
    Click on the graphic to enlarge it.
    Enjoy local Beer & Wine with Wachusett Area Rotary! - June 3 2023-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
    Fitchburg 2023 Annual Rotary Awards Dinner - May 24 2023-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Night at Worcester Bravehearts - July 21

     

    Enjoy an evening of Rotary friendship, fellowship, fun and baseball! 

    Come out and see the Worcester Bravehearts as they take on the Vermont Lake Monsters. Game time is 6:30pm but arrive at 5:30 for the pre-game buffet and social hour.
     
    Calling all baseball fans! On Friday, July 21st Rotarians and their families are invited to a Rotary Night at the Worcester Bravehearts at Fitton Field at Holy Cross. Not only will this be an excellent night of fellowship for Rotarians and their friends and families, we will also be treated to a postgame fireworks show. This event is a district wide membership event.  
     
    Buy tickets at WORCESTERBRAVEHEARTSGROUPS.COM and use the password: ROTARY (password is case sensitive).
     
    Rotary Night at Worcester Bravehearts - July 21 2023-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
    We are amazing. You are amazing. Rotary Day of Service! 2023-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Westford Rotary Collecting for Westford Food Pantry Summer Needs Program. Check your Pantry too!!!!

    The Westford Rotary Club is collecting Food for the Westford Food Pantry for the Month of June.  

    The Westford Rotary Club does this each June...... summer months are usually low in collections and with children home and no school lunch programs...... the needs are more.  

    Listed below are some of the many items the Westford Pantry needs, especially snacks, breakfast/lunch items and drinks for kids 

    ITEMS: 
    SNACK BAGS, JUICE BOXES AND CHILD-FRIENDLY ITEMS.
     
    The following items are in need too 
    CANNED ITEMS: CHICKEN BREAST, 
    TOMATO SAUCE, SPAM, STEW, CHEF BOYARDEE, BAKED BEANS, POTATOES and HASHJELLY and PEANUT BUTTER
    Westford Rotary Collecting for Westford Food Pantry Summer Needs Program. Check your Pantry too!!!! 2023-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Interesting Climate Tidbits from the D7910 Environmental Action Committee!

    Insects are a Climate-Friendly Option for Animal Feed
    Using insects for food has been discussed as a potential climate change solution for numerous reasons. Notably, raising insects requires minimal land, they can be fed on food waste, and their entire bodies are edible. But while consuming insects may be a nonstarter for some people, it appears to be less eyebrow-raising to use insects as animal feed for livestock and for pets. According to a recent report by CBS News, insects are being explored as a high-protein, low-carbon alternative to conventional feedstocks. The use of insects in animal feed has gained attention as a means to address sustainability concerns. It has been estimated that around 1.2 trillion edible insects are raised on farms annually, providing ranchers with an opportunity to reduce their reliance on carbon-intensive crops such as soybeans
    Interesting Climate Tidbits from the D7910 Environmental Action Committee! Susan Peghiny 2023-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Facing Mental Health Issues Head On, Presentation  June 6

    The Rotary Club of Bedford and the Bedford Youth and Family Services invite you to a presentation by Rotary International representative Bob Anthony on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM in the Reed Room in Bedford Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA. Bob is a recognized leader in the field of Mental Health who will present on Rotary’s 2023 mission of Facing Mental Health Issues Head-On by breaking stigma, raising awareness, and increasing access to prevention and earlier treatment.
    Facing Mental Health Issues Head On, Presentation June 6 Ralph Hammond 2023-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

    D-7910 Night at Worcester Bravehearts

    Calling all baseball fans on Friday, July 21st Rotarians and their families are invited to a Rotary Night at the Worcester Bravehearts at Fitton Field at Holy Cross. Not only will this be an excellent night of fellowship for Rotarians and their friends and families, we will also be treated to a postgame firework show.
     
    Come out and see the Worcester Bravehearts as they take on the Vermont Lake Monsters.  Gametime is 6:30pm but arrive at 5:30 for the pre-game buffet and social hour.
    D-7910 Night at Worcester Bravehearts 2023-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary@Work: Turn Networking into Sales - May 22

    Turn Networking Conversations into Sales Appointments, with Andy Winig (Rotarian aka "The Elevator Pitch Coach"). Monday, May 22 @ 8am.

    Come Join us Virtually!  RSVP through Zoom (required)

    You’ve given your Elevator Pitch and had a nice conversation. Now what?
     
    How do you transition from polite small talk to productive conversations that bring more clients to your business?
     
    In this interactive workshop you’ll learn the key networking skills that turn strangers and acquaintances into clients and referral partners.
     
    We’ll cover:
    • When to follow up (and when NOT to).....
    Rotary@Work: Turn Networking into Sales - May 22 2023-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians & Clubs Recognized with Awards at 3 District Conference

    Rotarians gathered for fellowship, learning and fun at our 3-District Conference on April 22 at the Burlington Marriott. Business meetings, breakout sessions and an engaging keynote presentation from Rotary’s public image changemaker Evan Burrell entertained and educated members throughout the day. Among the day’s highlights were the many awards presented by Governor Victor Tom to our members and clubs, including Rotary’s most prestigious, the Service Above Self Award presented to Concord’s June Grace (pictured here) for her dedication, passion and leadership. And once again, the Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland took home the bell as Best Club. Click on “read more” below to see photos of the award recipients.
    Rotarians & Clubs Recognized with Awards at 3 District Conference 2023-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Volunteers - Come Join The FUN!

    Would you like to support District 7910 RYLA and the 170 participating sophomores this year?  
     
    Volunteer opportunities are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 23-25!  Online Sign-Up is Now Open
     
    You must be pre-registered and fill out a CORI to volunteer. Prospective Rotarians and non-Rotarians, are welcome to help as well! 

    Volunteer training was held previously. Be prepared - please watch the 60 minute Volunteer Training recording. New members and volunteers from your club/area can set up carpools and have a blast helping out together! Learn more about opportunities and sign up to volunteer at RYLA!
    RYLA Volunteers - Come Join The FUN! Christine Pinney 2023-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Media blitz to Make the Most of our Day of Service

    With the Rotary Day of Service coming up fast,  it's time to contact the press and make sure that your project receives the recognition it deserves!
     
    See our District 7910 Rotary Day of Service page for resources: http://rotary7910.org/page/day-of-service

    Rotary Day of Service Promotional Assets

    Click on the graphic to reach a Google Drive full of customizable assets: 

     
    We have assembled lots of great information and materials to help you do this.
    1. Please review your listing on http://rotarydayofservice.org and make sure it is complete and correct. The billboards and TV and radio coverage of this event throughout the Northeast will be directing people to this website. Please ask all volunteers -- even in your own club -- to register through this website so that we have a good count of all participants.
    2. Promotional Materials: On our website at http://rotary7910.org/page/day-of-service you will find links to:
      1. a poster crafted just for you, both in jpg format for social media and in pdf format for print.
      2. Customized Logos specific to your club and project
      3. Model press releases
      4. Model photo releases. Be sure to get permission to use photos of children. Adults can give you verbal permission, but children cannot. Collect signed releases to use photos of children.
    There is a video prepared by Joyce Graff and Taylor Quaranta to help you with getting press coverage and with optimizing social media. Watch the video. 
     
    If you have any other questions, please contact us at dayofservice@rotary7910.org.  

    Thank you for all you do every day for your club, your community, and the world. We are looking forward to a wonderfully successful Day of Service.
    Media blitz to Make the Most of our Day of Service Joyce Graff 2023-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Success Story: Westford Rotary Club “Junk in the Trunk and More “ Big Success Sat, May 6,2023 

    It was a busy morning at the Westford RotaryJunk in the Trunk & More Free event at the Abbot Elementary School Parking lot in Westford on Saturday May 6, 2023!

    The Wish Project had a truck to take furniture, kitchen items, Baby items and clothes, and more. 
    The New England Textile Recycling had a truck to take the items including Textiles and stained/torn clothes, that were not taken by the public and the Wish Project. They get the items they collect to correct organizations. 
     
    Image: Westford Rotary members at Rotary Seed and Plant table . Rotary info cards were available too. Penny Hamel, Patti Mason, Megan Doehing and Jessica Arsensult.
    Success Story: Westford Rotary Club “Junk in the Trunk and More “ Big Success Sat, May 6,2023 Patti Mason 2023-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Johnny Ahern: District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND)

    Johnny Ahern has been selected as District 7910's District Governor Nominee Designate (2025-2026). He is a native of Lowell, MA and completed two combat tours (Kuwait and Iraq) in the United States Army during his ten years of active-duty service. After completing his military service, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies Specialization from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world’s only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students. 
    Johnny Ahern: District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) Johnny Ahern 2023-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    21st Rotary Duck Race on the Charles- June 17

    Calling all Rotarians and their families and friends for our 21st Annual Duck Race on the Charles River. June 17th from 1-3pm, the Neponset Valley Sunrise Club will be holding their 21st consecutive* Duck Race, with free food and drinks, DJ dance party, games and more. Check out our website for location, duck adoptions and sponsorship opportunities. www.nvsrotaryevents.org.
    21st Rotary Duck Race on the Charles- June 17 Matthew McKee 2023-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Film Nagar School Expansion Project

    In memory of Raghav Rao, Rotarian from the Jubilee Hills club in Hyderabad India, there is a project underway to expand the local Film Nagar government school. Raghav has a daughter in Needham. In 2016, the Needham club, working with Raghav and with help from other 7910 clubs, paid to put a solar array on the school.  
     
    Image: Film Nagar School students
    Film Nagar School Expansion Project Bill Paulson 2023-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    May 20th is ROTARY’S DAY OF SERVICE & BROOKLINE’S SPRING FEST
     

    WHAT A COINCIDENCE! SO LET’S CELEBRATE TOGETHER! in Brookline at Olmsted Park at the Allerton Overlook near Leverett Pond from 11am-3pm

    There will be environmental education activities, yard games, crafting stations, a scavenger hunt, food and music for all! 

    And some scheduled activities: at 11:30 a Tree ID Walk, at 12 pm Nature Trivia Game, and at 1pm Spring Planting for those who want to 'get their hands in the earth!” (to plant flowers, sign up @ https://brooklinerotary.org/event/brookline-parks-and-rec-spring-fair/)
    May 20th is ROTARY’S DAY OF SERVICE & BROOKLINE’S SPRING FEST  Shawna V. Carboni 2023-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Southborough: Planting Pollinator Preservation Meadow - May 20

    Native pollinator plant gardens are key to sustaining natural environments around us. Our CTA: join us at 9:30am at the Beals' Preserve in Southborough to prepare a Pollination Preservation Meadow to help plant for future pollination plants. 
     
    Photo from https://solf.org/beals-preserve-blog/
    Southborough: Planting Pollinator Preservation Meadow - May 20 Maryann Beauvais 2023-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Southborough Food Trucks Festival Starts May 24

    The Rotary Club of Southborough Food Truck Festival is back and bigger than ever! Join us for each Wednesday starting on May 24 through June 14 (Happy Flag Day!) from 3:30 to 7pm ET for an evening filled with food, fun, and friends! All proceeds collected at this event will help support our programs such as Earth Day, Pumpkin Stroll, Heritage Day, sponsoring RYLA students, Foldscopes, and most importantly, our Scholarship Awards.
    Southborough Food Trucks Festival Starts May 24 Maryann Beauvais 2023-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Installation - District Governor &  Presidents - Wednesday, June 28

    "The world needs Rotary more than ever before," states Elliott Rittenberg, the District Governor Elect for District 7910 and member of the Westborough Rotary Club.

    Rittenberg, a Rotarian for almost 15 years, is excited and honored to take on his new role as District Governor for the 2023-2024 year. His experience as former past president of the Sharon and Westborough clubs, co-chair of the District Environmental Action Group, former board member of Westborough Connects, and founding member of Square One, a community coalition focused on mental health and well-being, has prepared him well to lead the district.

    Installation of District Governor and all Club Presidents in attendance. 

    The installation of Rittenberg as District Governor and Sandy Kearney as President of the Westborough Club, as well as all other Presidents-Elect from 7910 in attendance, will be WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 at the Framingham Country Club from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
     
    <RSVP here to attend Installation Celebration.$55 regular Rotarian registration cost through June 15th at midnight. $65 last-minute registration fee from June 16th - June 22nd at midnight.​
    Installation - District Governor &  Presidents - Wednesday, June 28 2023-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Success! Mini Golf Tournament for End Polio Now

    On April 20, the Rotary Club of Marlborough was proud to host its inaugural miniature golf tournament, which raised approximately $1,000 for End Polio Now. Fellow Rotarians and their family and friends were invited to have friendly competition, eat pizza and ice cream, and win prizes!
     
    The mini golf tournament was hosted at Trombetta’s Farm, located in Marlborough. President Mark Vital brought this idea to Rotarian Julie Thibodeau, and she chose to use this opportunity as a way to support End Polio Now. “Through RLI, I learned one of Rotary International’s first projects was the eradication of Polio, “Julie said. “So, what better way to bring fellowship with other Rotary Clubs than raising funds for End Polio Now?” Even though polio cases have reduced by 99.9%, it is still crucial polio vaccination remains a priority.

    The Rotary Club of Marlborough would love to continue hosting this event annually. Please contact Julie Thibodeau for additional information.
     
    Photo Caption: Julie (yellow) with the winning team, Hole-in-Oners Camila, Sebastian, and Dean
    Success! Mini Golf Tournament for End Polio Now 2023-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    What’s Next? A Better Way to Deliver Cancer Treatment - May 16

    What’s Next? A Better Way to Deliver Critical Treatments for Cancer, etc., directly into our human-body cells. 

    Sturbridge Rotary Club Past-President & CEO of TransCytos, Otto Prohaska Ph.D., and Advisor-Human Therapy Applications, Theresa O’Keefe, Ph.D., will present during the Sturbridge club’s meeting on Tuesday, May 16th at the Publick House historic inn at Sturbridge Common. This presentation also available live via Zoom. Please contact club president Klaus Hachfeld to attend. (, cell: 774-922-2030).
     
    TransCytos is a medical device company that has invented Slipstream™, a technology that DOES NOT use viruses to deliver critical medicines to the DNA in patients’ cells. Safe, fast and affordable cell and gene therapies for the cure of cancer, autoimmune, infectious and rare diseases will be developed and delivered to the patients in collaboration with pharma partners. Slipstream™ will make therapies possible at the patients’ bedsides in local hospitals so that these cures can be performed worldwide using the patients’ own cells, WITHOUT the need for chemo, radiation, or viruses.
    What’s Next? A Better Way to Deliver Cancer Treatment - May 16 2023-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Success! Mini Golf Tournament for End Polio Now 2

    On April 20, the Rotary Club of Marlborough was proud to host its first inaugural miniature golf tournament, which raised approximately $1,000 for End Polio Now. Fellow Rotarians and their family and friends were invited to have friendly competition, eat pizza and ice cream, and win prizes!

    The mini golf tournament was hosted at Trombetta’s Farm, located in Marlborough. President Mark Vital brought this idea to Rotarian Julie Thibodeau, and she chose to use this opportunity as a way to support End Polio Now. “Through RLI, I learned one of Rotary International’s first projects was the eradication of Polio, “Julie said. “So, what better way to bring fellowship with other Rotary Clubs than raising funds for End Polio Now?” Even though polio cases have reduced by 99.9%, it is still crucial polio vaccination remains a priority.

    The Rotary Club of Marlborough would love to continue hosting this event annually. Please contact Julie Thibodeau for additional information.
     
    Photo Caption: Julie (yellow) with the winning team, Hole-in-Oners Camila, Sebastian, and Dean
    Success! Mini Golf Tournament for End Polio Now 2 2023-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Westford Junk in the Trunk and More Event May 6

    The Westford Rotary “The Junk in the Trunk” is Sat May 6, 2023 at Abbot Elementary School 25 Depot Dt. Westford MA. All items are free!
     
    The Wish Project Truck will be there to pick up donated items including summer clothes from birth to adults and list of needed items on our information flyer.
     
    Westford Rotary will be adding veggie and flower seeds to the plant table.
     
    No Shredding in May, but will have Shredding Truck at Summer and Fall event - watch for details in late June.
     
    Westford Junk in the Trunk and More Event May 6 2023-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Concord Music Fest- May 27th

    A fun family day of music for a great cause! Join the Rotary Club of Concord on May 27th at the Rideout Field in West Concord from 1-7 PM. Live music featuring The Bruce Marshall Group will entertain all ages.

    Proceeds will benefit Concord Children's Center. Bring a picnic and your friends or family to kick off the unofficial start of summer!
     
    See our sponsorship information. For tickets or information, contact co-chairs Hilary Taylor 336merlin@gmail.com or Rebecca Lynch peachymama59@gmail.com.
    Concord Music Fest- May 27th 2023-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Weston (Kids) Fishing Derby - Sun, April 23

    Calling local children who fish, or want to learn!
     
    The Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland invites you to our annual Fishing Derby—a 40+ year tradition. Sunday, April 23rd 9 am-Noon at the Weston High School Pond. Bring your own gear, bait (no lures, please), and bucket. Fishing starts at 9 am sharp! Prizes are in four age categories up to age 14.
     
    This is a FREE event. Please register online to attend. Rain or shine (the fish like to eat in all weather)!  

    Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Volunteers (signup here) are welcome. Fishing is great family fun!
    Weston (Kids) Fishing Derby - Sun, April 23 Brenda DeVito 2023-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Support Newton's Marathon Runner; Raising funds for women's shelters and scholarships (Apr 17)

    Ashley Garcia will run the 127th Boston Marathon on April 17th, representing the Newton Rotary Foundation. She aims to raise $7,500 to fund the vocational and RYLA scholarships awarded to Newton High School students each spring. Ashley spoke to the club on February 7th, receiving her race jersey from President Andy Willinger and President-Elect Liz Tavares.

    This will be Ashley’s 9th Boston Marathon, with her first coming ten years ago in 2013. A mother of 3, Ashley is a critical care nurse in the intensive care unit at Beth Israel in Boston, working on the front lines up to 60 hours a week throughout the Covid crisis.
    Support Newton's Marathon Runner; Raising funds for women's shelters and scholarships (Apr 17) Gayemarie Brown 2023-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

    Marlborough Rotary Brings Back Golf Tournament - May 3

    Golf is back! The Rotary Club of Marlborough is starting up its annual Golf Classic after almost a decade. The Marlborough Rotary Club Classic will be held at Juniper Hills Golf Club in Northborough on May 3rd starting at 9 AM. The cost of playing in this scramble is $140 per golfer. Golfers will receive a cart, a round of golf, and a wonderful meal. Raffles will also be included, along with other fun activities. Patrons can also enjoy the meal for $35 per person. All proceeds benefit the "Rotary Homestead" - a temporary residence for homeless women. For additional information and to sign up, please go to www.marlboroughrotary.org
    Marlborough Rotary Brings Back Golf Tournament - May 3 Sebastian Cordoba 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Screening of Bending the Arc, tribute to Partners In Health's Dr. Paul Farmer - Wed, May 24

    Please join the Rotary Club of Northborough for a screening of Bending the Arc, a groundbreaking documentary that tells the story of Partners In Health and the work of extraordinary doctors and activists, including the late Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl.

    Their work, forty years ago, to save lives in a rural Haitian Village grew into a battle for the right to health for all. You may have heard of Partners In Health through their US Covid response and their fight against Ebola in West Africa.
    Screening of Bending the Arc, tribute to Partners In Health's Dr. Paul Farmer - Wed, May 24 Leslie Harrison 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Climate Action NOW Project Premiere (12pm, Sat, May 13)

    The Rotary Climate Action Now Project (RCAN) will premiere May 13th at noon at the Westborough Environmental Action Fair! This is a D7910 Environmental Action Group effort to provide a "project in a box" for clubs to show the incredible Climate Feedback Loop films, lead a meaningful discussion afterwards, and inspire people to prioritize effective group climate action. We are the keynote of the event, which is being held at the Westborough High School and the producer of the films, Melanie Wallace, will kick off the event.  Come learn how YOUR club could take a significant step toward fighting the climate crisis.
    Rotary Climate Action NOW Project Premiere (12pm, Sat, May 13) Susan Peghiny 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    No Mow May! (May 1-31)

    What is No Mow May? The goal of No Mow May is to allow grass to  grow un-mown through the month of May, allowing wild flowers to come through and create habitat and forage  for early season pollinators. This is particularly important in urban areas where  floral resources are often limited, suburban areas where heavy landscaping is common, and everywhere in Massachusetts this year because of the early spring.

     
    No Mow May! (May 1-31) Susan Peghiny 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Groton-Pepperell Rotary supports local causes with fundraising

    Over the last few months, the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club spread the love to local non-profits and causes that they are passionate about. Donations were made to two local food pantries, Loaves & Fishes, PACH and Stone Soup Kitchen. They also donated to the Town of Pepperell K9 Unit and Groton Fire Department Gift Fund.
     
    Photo: Stone Soup Kitchen
     
     
    Groton-Pepperell Rotary supports local causes with fundraising Tricia Tompkins 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Wachusett Area Rotary Germinates Seeds for Pollinator Garden (May 20)

    Members of the Wachusett Area Rotary Club got together to start the process of germinating seeds in preparation for their Rotary Day of Service event. The seedlings will be used to create a pollinator garden which will be built on May 20. The effort is in support of native pollinator species that are threatened and at risk in Northeastern Massachusetts.
     
    Photo: Members of Wachusett Area Rotary Club Germinate Seeds for Pollinator Garden.
    Wachusett Area Rotary Germinates Seeds for Pollinator Garden (May 20) Betty-Jean Lane 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary International Highest Award to Concord Rotary's June R. Grace

    June R. Grace, a member of the Rotary Club of Concord, has been awarded the Rotary International Service Above Self Award by the RI Board of Directors. June is one of 101 Rotarians from around the world receiving the award this year. The Service Above Self Award is considered the highest honor that RI can bestow on a member. Nominees must have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level. Emphasis is placed on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
     
    Photo: Former D-7910 Service Above Self Award recipients with June Grace: All are PDGs: Carol Toomey, Richard Manelis, Klaus Hachfeld.
    Rotary International Highest Award to Concord Rotary's June R. Grace Ingrid Detweiler 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Lowell Rotary Club Park Cleanup (May 20)

    As part of the 20 May Service Day, the Lowell Rotary will join forces with the community to clean up and refurbish the City owned Rotary Club Park. The Park has suffered neglect for several years, so we will spend two days, 8 April and 20 May bringing it back up to something in which we all can take pride.
    Lowell Rotary Club Park Cleanup (May 20) Jim Pope 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    District Assembly - May 6 - Register Today!

    Join us on Saturday, May 6 at Assabet Valley Tech in Marlborough for our District Learning Assembly.

    Enhance you Rotary knowledge, meet fellow Rotarians and refine your Club leadership skills. All Rotarians are welcome. Tuition is just $20, and our curriculum will cover a variety of topics relevant to all Rotary members. Our program begins with continental breakfast at 8:00am, and will conclude by noon. Separately, a new member welcome and grant qualification seminar will follow our learning sessions.

    See the evolving agenda of learning sessions

    Register today at https://rotary7910.org/event/district-assembly-2

    District Assembly - May 6 - Register Today! Elliott Rittenberg 2023-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Southborough Speaker: "BPA to PFAS: How Environmental Chemicals Harm Health; What To Do About It" - May 3

    Posted by Acacia Warren on Mar 28, 2023
    Dr. Laura N. Vandenberg has agreed to give a talk on May 3, 7:00 pm at the Southborough Library, 25 Main St, Southborough, MA 01772. The title of her talk is: Knowing what is around us and taking care of our environment are critical elements to a healthy future! Come learn more about what environmental chemicals may be harming our health and what can we do about it. Learn from Dr. Laura Vandenberg what we can do to better protect ourselves, our environment, and our future! 
    Southborough Speaker: "BPA to PFAS: How Environmental Chemicals Harm Health; What To Do About It" - May 3 Acacia Warren 2023-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Newton Pickleball Meetup Supported Second Step

    Posted by Liz Tavares
    On April 8th, about 30 folks of all ages and athletic ability got together for a few hours of fun Pickleball at the Boys and Girls Club in Newton, where three courts were set up in the gym.  Organized by Newton President-Elect Liz Tavares, with the help of Rotarian, and Executive Director of the Newton Boys & Girls Club, Dave Sellers, the players donated $25 to the Newton Rotary Foundation and got to participate either as a beginner, or an intermediate+ player.  
     
    Caption: Beginners were eager to learn pickleball. 
    Newton Pickleball Meetup Supported Second Step Liz Tavares 2023-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

    2nd Annual Westford Rotary Club Golf Ball Drop May 14, 2023 2:00 pm

    Posted by Mary Foerster on Mar 28, 2023
    Something new at the Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Festival this year. On Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 2:00 pm will be the 2nd Annual Westford Rotary Club Golf Ball Drop by Helicopter. Get your Golf Balls now….. see details on this flyer.  

    If your Rotary Club would like to sell golf balls as a fundraiser for your Rotary Club, please contact Mary Foerster at mary@maryff.com for details, selling forms and percentage earned on each group of balls.  

    All funds earned by Westford Rotary Club is used for Rotary projects and more. 
     
    2nd Annual Westford Rotary Club Golf Ball Drop May 14, 2023 2:00 pm Mary Foerster 2023-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Southborough and the Diaper Queen

    Posted by Maryann Beauvais on Mar 27, 2023
    Rotary Club of Southborough's Lina Zolock spearheaded an effort to collect diapers sizes 4-6 as diapers are expensive. The club and clients from her business (Expressions Hair Studio in Reading, MA) collected 15 diaper boxes. That's over 1,000 diapers!
     
    Lina and her business partner, Terry, met with Paula Borges-Stalker to transfer the diapers. The diapers will go to families at Finex House, Emmaus House, and Everett Grace Food Pantry as well as other organizations in the local communities that need them.
     
    Our next project to help families in need is our Rotary Club of Southborough Handbag Drive - we are collecting gently used handbags, purses, and pocketbooks to add small personal items to unsheltered or homeless mothers for Mothers' Day 2023. All mothers deserve something special! 

    The club is actively collecting until April 30 and then we will gather to add items such as small lotions, hand sanitizers, tissues, and more to the handbags. For more information or how to get involved, please email us at rotarysouthborough@gmail.com.
    Southborough and the Diaper Queen Maryann Beauvais 2023-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Charles River Rotary Scoopapalooza Ice Cream Festival - June 24

    Posted by Hank Szretter on Mar 25, 2023
    Please join Charles River Rotary Club as we celebrate our 10th Scoopapalooza year and the start of Summer with an all you can eat ice cream festival on Natick Common Saturday June 24th from 11:30 AM to 3PM. Rain Date is June 25th. We expect to draw over 2,000 people to the event for frozen treats, community connecting, music and activities for the whole family. The event will raise significant funds for Charles River Rotary’s local philanthropic efforts, including a St.Patrick’s Day Dance for teens and young adults with special needs, literacy programs, scholarships for seniors at Keefe Regional Technical School, RYLA, Natick Food Pantry, local veterans and many local nonprofits. Tickets are $7.
    Charles River Rotary Scoopapalooza Ice Cream Festival - June 24 Hank Szretter 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA student registration deadline is coming up fast!

    Posted by Christine Pinney on Mar 25, 2023
    The RYLA student registration deadline is in 10 days. Now is the time for you to:

    1. Make your student selections
    Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2023 
           Note: you must submit names before students register

    Questions? Ask your RYLA support person/committee coach.

    ​​​​​Because of all you, this will be the BEST RYLA EVER!
     
    Christine Pinney
    RYLA Chair
     
    RYLA student registration deadline is coming up fast! Christine Pinney 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Westford Rotary Club and FIRST Robotics Team 4905 Partner Together with Ukraine Rotary & German Rotary on Water Project.

    Posted by Patti Mason on Mar 25, 2023
    one of the Aquaboxes with Potsdam German Rotary member The Westford Rotary Club partnered with FIRST Robotics Team 4905 (Ayer Shirley Regional School District) to raise funds supplying emergency assistance to citizens of Ukraine in need of clean water. Photo: one of the Aquaboxes with Potsdam German Rotary member

    As we know, Russian forces have targeted public utilities in the Ukraine with the intent of making the residents uncomfortable. With public water supplies damaged, there is an urgent need in many communities for clean water. Rotary Clubs in the Ukraine are working with the Rotary Club of Potsdam Germany to coordinate the purchase and supply of Aquabox water filtration systems.
    Westford Rotary Club and FIRST Robotics Team 4905 Partner Together with Ukraine Rotary &amp; German Rotary on Water Project. Patti Mason 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Fill Boston's Symphony Hall to Support Rotary’s New Peace Center

    Posted by Elliott Rittenberg on Mar 25, 2023
    Let’s join together for peace and make an impact! Volunteers are needed to plan an exciting event that will celebrate Rotary’s new Peace Center, scheduled to open in 2024 in Istanbul. Peace Centers are located at universities across the world – there are seven now and Istanbul will be the eighth. Rotary Peace Centers offer specially deigned curricula to train individuals devoted to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. To date, more than 1,500 people have been trained and serve in governments and NGO’s throughout the world.
     
    This project, spearheaded by District 7930’s District Governor Elect Lori Karas, was inspired by a group in Israel who produces musical events. They create a three-part harmony by bringing people together in a large space and dividing them into various parts to sing. See https://youtu.be/XqvKDCP5-xE as an example of the program we are planning. 

    There are three parts to the program:
    Fill Boston's Symphony Hall to Support Rotary’s New Peace Center Elliott Rittenberg 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Left Right Center - April 21

    Posted by Karen Fusco on Mar 25, 2023
    The Rotary Clubs of Fitchburg & Montachusett Area present: Left-Right-Center Tournament 

    The most fun you’ll have playing a game, that takes under 3 minutes to learn! 

    Cash Prizes, Raffles, 50/50, Pizza, Popcorn & Cash Bar! 

    When: Friday April 21, 2023 

    Where: Elks Lodge, 134 North Main Street, Leominster, MA 01453 

    Tickets: $20 per person| Tables of 10 Available | Seats are limited 

    For Tickets contact:  
    Paul Gauvin (Fitchburg Club)  
    Phone: 978-855-2145  
    Email: paul@wsbeauty.com
    Left Right Center - April 21 Karen Fusco 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Film Nagar Schools Classroom Expansion

    In 2018, Needham Rotary Club partnered with Raghav Rao of Hyderabad, India and his Rotary Club (RC Jubilee Hills) to add solar panels to schools there to help provide power and light. Sadly, he recently passed away. One of his daughters lives in Needham, and the family reached out to us to propose a classroom expansion project in his honor. Currently, the elementary and high schools in Film Nagar (suburban Hyderabad) are serving a population well in excess of capacity such that students are taught for only about half of the required hours of instruction. The plan is to meet this instructional need by adding eleven classrooms and eight toilets at a total cost of $150,000. 
     
    Needham Rotary Club has committed $5000, and we would like to try to raise the incremental $7000 of funds together with like-minded clubs in our District sufficient to cover the cost of one classroom, about $12,000.
    Film Nagar Schools Classroom Expansion Don DeVeuve 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Spotlight: Sandra Burgers, Shrewsbury

    Posted by Marilyn Hirsch on Mar 25, 2023
    For Sandy Burgers, “the ability to connect” is one of the things she appreciates most about Rotary. And it shows.

    Last Fall, Sandy was part of the Rotary team who brought fifteen-year-old Emily Stukalo from Kyiv to Massachusetts, where she is now a sophomore at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. 

    Connections were at the heart of it all: Sandy’s connection to Steve Albright of the Rotary Club of Yarmouth/inbound chairman of Rotary Youth Exchange District (RYE) 7950; Steve and Sandy’s connections to Kyiv Rotary; and Emily’s family connections to that same Kyiv Rotary club. 

    As Sandy aptly put it, “this is a great example of how Rotary works—connections!”

    Hard to believe given all she’s contributed, but Sandy was kind of a “reluctant Rotarian” at first.
    Rotary Spotlight: Sandra Burgers, Shrewsbury Marilyn Hirsch 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Day of Service - May 20

    Posted by Joyce Graff on Mar 15, 2023
    On Saturday, May 20, 2023, 12,000 Rotarians from 450 clubs across five states will be doing a wide variety  of  local  service projects in their communities.
     
    We are just weeks away from our Rotary Day of Service on May 20th, 2023! We have received projects for 32 of our 49 clubs and we would love to see the rest doing a project as large or small as you could handle on May 20th.  To submit a project, please complete this simple Google form. We have created project tiles for those that submitted early and are continually adding more for the projects submitted after the deadline. See this Google Drive folder to use the project tile graphics. 
     
    Click "Read more..." for info on the Rotary Day of Service Website, your club's Banners, the digital marketing Toolkit, and other resources for your Club.  
    Rotary Day of Service - May 20 Joyce Graff 2023-03-15 04:00:00Z 0 Community Projects,Rotary Day of Service

    No Fooling, Much Bidding Set for ABRHS Interactors' Community Auction Night April 1

    Posted by Steve Jones-D'Agostino on Mar 14, 2023

    Please join us on Saturday, April 1 as Acton-Boxborough Regional High School's Interact Club holds its Community Auction Night. This Service Above Self fundraiser by these Interactors, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria, with snacks provided.

     

      No Fooling, Much Bidding Set for ABRHS Interactors' Community Auction Night April 1 Steve Jones-D'Agostino 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0 Acton-Boxborough Club,Acton-Boxborough Regional High School,Fundraiser,Interact

      Climate Cafe March 23: How To Talk About Climate Change (and not alienate people)

       
      If you were unable to attend our March 23th conversation on "How to Talk About Climate Change", the recording and presenter slides are now available! Please click HERE to access them.
       
      Our next Climate Cafe is Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm. Our topic is How to Talk About Climate Change. This can be challenging, including starting the conversation and responding to other people’s beliefs and feelings about the climate. In this session, we will explore ways to personally connect with others to create a safe space for climate conversations, including listening to people with doubtful or dismissive beliefs. 

      Our guest will be Dr. Matthew Ballew, Ph.D., Research Specialist at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Click HERE to get more information or to register.
      Climate Cafe March 23: How To Talk About Climate Change (and not alienate people) Susan Peghiny 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

      Shrewsbury Club Emergency Preparedness Kits Service Project on March 27

      Are you ready for an emergency where you need to leave your home in a hurry or shelter in place? For most of us the answer is no. Rotarians in Shrewsbury will be creating 100 emergency preparedness kits as part of a service project to benefit local veterans, senior citizens and families served by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services and St. Anne's Human Services. 
      Shrewsbury Club Emergency Preparedness Kits Service Project on March 27 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

      Nourishing Newton Program

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      Nourishing Newton -- The Third Year

      For the past two years, The Charles River Regional Chamber has received funds and distributed state funds to pay for meals made by local restaurants and coordinated for delivery to local food pantries by the Rotary Club of Newton. Alie Mahar, Director of Community Development, Scandinavian Living Center and Keilly Cutler, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley, both members of the Newton Rotary Club, have spearheaded this initiative with the Chamber and the local restaurants.  
       
      Nourishing Newton Program Liz Tavares 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

      Westford Rotary Donates Cultural, Diversity & Inclusion Books to WPS Students and the Community

      The Westford Rotary Club in connection with author Shirley Holdman (member of the Billerica Rotary Club) and the Billerica Adventure Series has introduced the children’s book, “This is My Community,” which talks about Racial Diversity and Inclusion. It was first introduced at the Westford Remembers “International Block Party” in the Fall of 2022 and followed this Winter 2023 by donating the books for the 1st-2nd grades classrooms at Miller, Nabnasset, Abbot Elementary Schools and the Roudenbush Community Center Afterschool Program. 

      In Westford and Billerica public schools, they are using the book as a classroom reading activity and discussion book. The book is written for K-2 grades.  

      The Club has displayed and donated, “This is My Community” book to the Westford Community and students as part of the ongoing Westford Rotary Cultural/Diversity/Education Projects. 
      Westford Rotary Donates Cultural, Diversity &amp; Inclusion Books to WPS Students and the Community Patti Mason 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

      Southborough Rotarians Raising Money for Turkey-Syria Disaster Relief to March 31

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      Over 47,000 people have died due to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Rescue missions continue. The Rotary Foundation Trustees decided that all donations marked Disaster Relief made from now until 31 March 2023, will go to the Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund and will be used to aid earthquake relief projects. In addition, the Trustees made available more than $125,000 to Rotary districts affected by the earthquake through Disaster Response Grants.
      Southborough Rotarians Raising Money for Turkey-Syria Disaster Relief to March 31 Joyce Fukami 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

      Weston (Kid) Fishing Derby on April 23rd

      Calling all kid anglers (children who fish)! The Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland invites you to our annual Fishing Derby—a 40+ year tradition. Sunday, April 23 rd 9am-Noon at the Weston High School Pond. Bring your own gear, bait (no lures, please), and bucket. Fishing starts at 9 am sharp! Prizes are in four age categories up to age 14. FREE event, register online to attend. Rain or shine (the fish like to eat in all weather)!  

      Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Volunteers are welcome to help measure fish. Fishing is great family fun!

      CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
      Weston (Kid) Fishing Derby on April 23rd 2023-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

      Acton-Boxborough Serves Lunch to Boxborough Senior Citizens

      Posted by Steve Jones-D'Agostino on Mar 08, 2023
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      The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough sponsored and served the monthly Boxborough Council on Aging Senior Luncheon on March 8. Club Sergeant-at-arms and COA Board member Maureen Masciola planned and coordinated the event, which was held at the Boxborough Community Center.
       
      Stock photo, above/Creative Commons
        Acton-Boxborough Serves Lunch to Boxborough Senior Citizens Steve Jones-D'Agostino 2023-03-08 05:00:00Z 0 Acton-Boxborough,Boxborough Community Center,Boxborough Council on Aging,Senior Citizens

        Why Not Collaborate?

        A couple of years ago when Shelby Marshall, member of the Westborough Rotary Club (WRC) and former President, was first approached about serving as the Club’s representative for the Boy Scouts she hesitated. In fact, she shook her head with a silent “no.” However, Dave Kaiser, then President of WRC, assured her that this role was a “light lift.”
         
        So, what changed Marshall’s mind? Inspiration. Pure and simple.
        Why Not Collaborate? Reina Rago 2023-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
        Open Table Benefits from Two Clubs' Grant Funding, Donation Drive Steve Jones-D'Agostino 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0 Open Table,Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough,Rotary Club of Concord

        Rotary Youth Exchange: In-person exchanges are back!

        Rotary District 7910's Rotary Youth Exchange Team, chaired by Milford Rotarian Jane Schroeder, has been busy letting Rotarian know that in-person exchanges are back after COVID temporarily halted them.  
        Caption: Jeanne Reimonn hosted a December Holiday Brunch for students and their parents interested in Rotary Youth Exchange programs.  ESSEX Team members as well as several District and Club leaders joined in the festivities too.  Owen and Felipe are in the center of the front row.
        Rotary Youth Exchange: In-person exchanges are back! Jane Schroeder 2023-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

        Westford Rotary Donates Seeds 

        Spring is on it’s Way. Visit the JV Fletcher Library Seed Catalog and check out all the veggie and flower seeds donated by the Westford Rotary Club as part of their “Garden Planting and Grow Your Own Food” Project.  All seeds are FREE. People can check  often, seeds are  replenished as needed at the Library. Start your seeds NOW... Grow your own food and flowers. 

        The Westford Rotary Club receives the seeds from the Walmart -Hudson NH Donation program. Rotary donates the seeds to youth groups, schools, Westford Cameron Senior Center, Girl and Boy Scouts, Westford Community Gardens, JV Fletcher Library Seed Program, tables at Town events, and more programs. Westford Rotary received over 1000+ packets in 2022 seeds and will receive 2023 seeds in May to distribute.  

        Watch for more stories on the Westford Rotary Club and Walmart donation Partnership program to get needed items to different non profit groups and others.  "
        Westford Rotary Donates Seeds Patti Mason 2023-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

        Rotary Spotlight: Roy Balfour, Shrewsbury

        Roy Balfour is a cheerful giver. He doesn’t say no. He gives time, money, support, encouragement, you name it, he says yes, and he learned the power of generosity and community –– are you ready? –– at Woodstock.

        The three-day 1969 music festival in upstate N.Y., which was attended by 500,000 people, he says, “was a dramatic moment for me. Pivotal. It was the defining event of my life.
        Rotary Spotlight: Roy Balfour, Shrewsbury Elizabeth Karagianis 2023-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

        Ukrainian Family Needs Help Setting up Household

        The Ukrainian family Joyce Graff has been hosting has found an apartment in Lexington and is in need of some furniture and house goods. Please feel free to share this list with family and friends. We are hoping we can set them up in style after all their difficult adventures.
        Ukrainian Family Needs Help Setting up Household Susan Rack 2023-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

        Taste of Wellesley 2023: Fight Food Insecurity

        After a three-year pause due to COVID, the Rotary Club of Wellesley is proud to bring back its ""Taste of Wellesley"" annual fundraiser to support our community.  

        The event will again feature a wide variety of signature dishes from Wellesley restaurants, cafes, caterers, local breweries and wineries, along with live music and auct