Posted by Steven T Sager on Mar 17, 2019
Welcome to March!  I am keeping this month’s message short to highlight two all district events that every Rotarian should attend, and the club planning guide.  The two events are the District Training Assembly and the District Conference.  Registration for both is now open so please register quickly.
There is much more news that could be highlighted in this month’s edition, and all of those great stories are on our District Website at  I urge everyone to check into the District website on a regular basis to get the most up to date stories of interest to our clubs.  Of course, we are also highlighting our collective experience on social media:  Facebook (click here) and Instagram (click here). Like, follow, and share!!
What better way to welcome new members to the family of Rotary. It’s time again to pull your team together and register for the District Training Assembly. Once a year we take a morning to share ideas, fellowship and hopefully a few laughs. This year we have a fantastic program in place for everyone.
The Assembly is a great way to get all of your club members, officers and committee chairs networking, engaged and aware of what’s happening with the clubs in our District. This District Wide training event is for ALL Rotarians.  Whether you are a new member, committee chair, club officer, or veteran Rotarian there is something at the Assembly for you! Learn more about how you can help enhance your club’s membership experience, public image and social media efforts, and implement new ideas for engaging service projects.  Learn about next year’s grants scoring rubric to obtain a District Grant.  Club Secretaries and Treasurers have programs targeted to make their jobs easier. If your club is not yet qualified to apply for foundation grants, a member of your club will be invited to attend the foundation qualification seminar.  Running concurrently with the Assembly is our second New Member Orientation program.  Please send as many of your members as you can to the Assembly, and your new members to the Orientation program.
This year the Assembly will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough.  The cost is $20 per person with a maximum of $100 per club for those who preregister.  The new member orientation is $10 per person.   It comes with a fresh continental breakfast, loads of ideas and the highly coveted “time with friends”
The event is only a few weeks away, so please register now.
Register for the District Assembly <CLICK HERE>
Register for the New Member Orientation (in Rotary less than 2 years) <CLICK HERE>
We have a fantastic event being planned for all Rotarians from five (5) Rotary districts.  That is over 280 clubs covering the entirety of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, plus northern Connecticut, Southern Vermont and Southern New Hampshire.  If you have ever been to PETS (the Presidents-elect Training Seminar) you know the energy and excitement that can happen when you get Rotarians from all over New England to train.  Imagine what it will be when we all come together to celebrate!
The Conference starts on Friday May 3, 2019 with a Paul Harris Luncheon celebrating the Rotary Foundation.  Many clubs have already indicated plans to cancel their weekly meeting and hold it at the Conference.  Consider asking your club to do the same!  Following lunch, we will have our District’s annual business meeting where delegates from your club should attend.  The evening’s activities start with cocktails and continue to the huge dinner dance gala celebration of everything Rotary.  The Boston Common Band – one of the best entertainment groups for private functions in the area – will be there to entertain and keep us dancing until after midnight!  Of course with this being a District Conference, there is a likelihood that some of you will be up much later . . .
Saturday begins with a brunch.  Young Rotarians – Interact, Essex exchange students, and RYLANs – will present to us their morning activities and how our Rotaractors helped mentor them!  If you are still up for more, there are optional activities after brunch and the youth summit, such as the hotel’s indoor waterpark, a Fenway Park tour, Fenway Park batting practice, and a cocktail cruise on Boston Harbor.
The conference is conveniently located at the Ferncroft Doubltree Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts. 
There is package pricing and la carte options available. <CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE> .
There is also a special on hotel rooms for this conference. To take advantage of the special pricing, <CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS>
In addition to training and celebrating, there is one more item as we hit the home stretch of the Rotary Year.  That one item is our Club Planning Guide.  This guide was passed out to the Club Presidents at PETS last year to help them plan your club’s year.  It has been posted on the website and your assistant governors have been telling your club about it.  Now that your club’s next leaders have been trained at PETS, it is important that you enlist them to help accomplish your club’s goals and finish the year strong, so your club can start even stronger come July 1. 
The Club Planning Guide is also used to provide needed recognition to our clubs for all the hard work your Rotarians put in this year.  Recognitions are important, especially in volunteer organizations.  Please work with your President, President-Elect and club leaders to complete this year’s guide.  <CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CLUB PLANNING WORKSHEET>
I am off to Guatemala with Rotarians from around the District to help reduce respiratory illness in the rural areas around Panajachel by installing fuel efficient and vented stoves.  Follow us on social media for the latest updates on the project.  Remember, please send in your stories.  Please send flyers for your events. Please remember to invite our Rotaractors to help on your service projects!  Have a great month!
DG Steve