November 15, 2023 • Issue 11.2
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District News & Events
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.
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.
Celebrate the Holidays • 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
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
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 to participate in this exciting opportunity. The deadline for participating in the creation of the Interact Council is November 30th
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
Lower Your Carbon Footprint - Not Your Standards
Looking to buy something new, but want to lower your carbon footprint? Click HERE for some great ideas!
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?


Save these Dates ~ Mark Your Calendar

Rotary Leadership Institute Jan 27, 2024
NE President-Elect Training Seminar (NE PETS), Thu Mar 7 - Sat Mar 9 2024
Guatemala Mangrove Project March 16 – 23, 2024
Voices for Peace @ Symphony Hall.
Sat, April 6, 2024
District Conference
May 3-5, 2024
DG Installation
Wed, June 13, 2024
Clubs: Invitations & Success Stories
Rotary Club of Natick - Embrace A Family Event on November 16th
Come do some early holiday shopping or find a special outfit for yourself at Zia Clothing Outlet, Belmont’s award winning discount designer boutique in support of Embrace A Family. A portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to Embrace A Family.
Embrace a family, a program of the Natick Rotary Club, is dedicated to helping Natick families struggling with the financial and emotional hardships of a cancer diagnosis. 100% of all donations go to helping cancer patients in our community.
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.
Weston-Wayland Christmas Tree Sale - Starts Friday, Nov 24
Start your holiday with the perfect tree!  Purchase your Christmas tree and wreath in Weston this year to support scholarships, food security projects, and other charitable initiatives of the Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland.

Select from 300+ premium trees ranging in size from 3-feet to 10-feet along with 14", 16" and 20" decorated and undecorated wreaths. Most of the trees are 6-feet tall or taller.
Please visit our website ( come visit us at Land's Sake Farm, our sale location, at 90 Wellesley Street, Weston.
Hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am-3pm. Sale starts on Black Friday and ends when we sell out.
Front door delivery is available within six miles of Land's Sake.  Click the image for a video tour from 2022. 
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 for details and the application to be part of the Festival, or email to request the application. Definitely click through to read more!
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.

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.
Upcoming District Events
Open Doors
Nov 27, 2023
AG Meeting
Nov 28, 2023
Business Networking - Quick Connect Networking
Zoom - RSVP required beforehand
Nov 28, 2023
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
View entire list

Rotary & District 7910 Resources

Useful links:

Rotary 7910 Learning Page

  • Learn from interviews with successful recent Club Presidents. 

Rotary Learning Center - Something for everyone

Learn about Rotary club and district roles, as well as their impact on your community. Find resources and tools that support members in these roles.

Fellowships & Rotary Action Groups -- another corner

Rotary Action Groups: Visit this page to see complete information on the 25 dRotary Action Groups. 


Mental Health Initiatives (Rotary Action Group; RAGMHI): The Goals of RAGHMI are: Breaking Stigma; Raising Awareness; Increasing Capacity. 

Rotary Fellowships The Rotary Fellowships program is a structured program of Rotary International that comprises more than 75 independent fellowships. Join the growing number of Rotarians who are sharing their favorite activities and professional interests through organized recreational, vocational, and health/medical-related groups within Rotary. Visit the RI Fellowships page

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