May 15, 2023 • Issue 5.2

What's in this newsletter? 

Based on great feedback, this newsletter now has distinct sections: 1) District News & Events; 2) Club News - What's Coming Up & Success Stories; 3) Upcoming events (from the District calendar); 4) Resources for Clubs & Rotarians. 

District News & Events
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:

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 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 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  

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.
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).....
RYLA Volunteers - Come Join The FUN!
RYLA Volunteers Come Join the FUN!

Online Sign Up is Now Open
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!  
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 is June 7, 6 pm. 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 here!
Sign up to volunteer at RYLA
District Governor Installation - 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 wealth of 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.
<RSVP here to attend Installation Celebration.Early bird registration ($45) aavailable through June 9. 
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. 
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.
Club News - What's Coming Up
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).
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 @
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. 
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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.
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
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 for tickets. 
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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.
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.
Upcoming District Events
District Foundation Committee Meeting
May 16, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
RYLA Core and Committee Meeting
May 18, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Get Behind The Wheel • Rotary Day of Service
May 20, 2023
Blackstone Valley Food Packaging Event
Rockdale Youth Center
May 20, 2023
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
RYLA GF Training #4
May 21, 2023
12:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Rotary@Work: Turn Networking into Sales
May 22, 2023
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
District Public Image Team Meeting
May 25, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
RI Convention in Melbourne Australia (5 Days)
May 27, 2023 – May 31, 2023
View entire list

Rotary 7910 District Resources

Membership Corner

Save the Date: Friday, July 21st  Rotary Night at Worcester Bravehearts
Our district is planning a night at the Worcester Bravehearts Game on Friday, July 21st.  We will be  enjoying some great food and fellowship under the tent prior to the game.  This event is family and friend friendly (as well as accessible for persons with limited mobility).  There will be a pre-game meal and post-game fireworks display.  Come gather with fellow Rotarians and enjoy a wonderful night at Fitton Field at Holy Cross.  Pricing and more information to follow.

ClubRunner Training - Something for everyone

In April, ClubRunner conducted the Changeover Training Series 2023 which had something for almost everyone who uses ClubRunner in any way. 
There are 17 sessions covering Membership, Grants, Club Administration, Donations, Dues & Billing, Attendance, Events, Volunteer management,  Website (3 sessions!), Email, and Bulletins.  

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Fellowships & Rotary Action Groups -- the other corner

Cycling: If you are a cyclist and might be interested in Rotary rides, please visit the Rotary 7910 Cycling Group page to join the email group (which you can leave at any time, of course).  


Pickleball: If you play pickleball, or want to, and might be interested in Rotary pickleball games, events or tournaments, please visit the Rotary 7910 Pickleball Group page to join the email group (which you can leave at any time, of course).  

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