February 1, 2024 • Issue 25
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District News  • Dates to Save •
Club Invitations & Success Stories • Calendar • Resources for Clubs & Rotarians
District News & Events
RYLA Reservation Deadline is TOMORROW, February 1st
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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"
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!
Register Now! • 4 District Conference • May 3 - 5
Join Rotarians from four Districts in three states on May 3 - 5 at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center as we come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our clubs and members.
We'll have fellowship, fun and service at an event designed for Rotary members and our families. Inspiring speakers, field trips to local attractions and even an evening of music and dancing will make this conference an event you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars!
Early bird registration is open - Register Now before prices increase on February 15!   
New! Environmental Awards for District 7910!
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. If you still have questions feel free to contact Sue Peghiny at suef0503@gmail.com

The goal of these awards is to encourage clubs and members to undertake environmental initiatives and projects.
New: 2024 Club Public Image Awards
Annually, one of the most frequently cited goals among Rotary Club Presidents is "increase awareness of the significant contributions our Club makes to our communities, and the impact of our efforts." Rotarians do the work and rarely share the impact with focus and intensity. Successful public image initiatives share those stories, raise awareness, stimulate interest, and generate membership interest. 
The 2024 District 7910 Public Image Awards will celebrate excellence, spotlight effective, high-impact initiatives featuring websites, social media, promotional materials, and overall "presence." 
Rotary Climate Action NOW!
If your club would like to hear about the high-quality and exciting RCAN environmental project opportunity, please contact Sue Peghiny at suef0503@gmail.com or RotaryClimateToolkit@Rotary7910.org!

Save these Dates ~ Mark Your Calendar

  • Wed, Feb 15, 2024: Pre-PETS #1. 6:30-8 pm
  • Wed, Feb 21, 2024: Pre-PETS #2. 6:30-8 pm
  • Thu Mar 7 - Sat Mar 9, 2024: NE Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (NE PETS)
  • March 16 – 23, 2024: Guatemala Mangrove Project
  • May 3-5, 2024: District Conference 
  • Wed, June 19, 2024: DG Installation 
Clubs: Invitations & Success Stories
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.
Rotary Friendship Dinner-Feb 12 in Needham
Come together with Rotarians from around District 7910 for an excellent dinner at a beloved restaurant in Needham, Sweet Basil. 
Up to 50 good people -- Rotarians, their family and friends -- can enjoy a fabulous dinner with a fixed price and the opportunity to BYOB.
Dinner will be served "family style," which means you don't have to decide and you can try each of three starters and three main course dishes.  To see the menu, and more info, click "read more" below. 
To reserve your space(s), please RSVP here.
Win Dinner On Us, from the Natick Rotary 
Dinner on Us!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!

The "Dinner On Us" sweepstakes will raise money for their 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. 

"Rotary Community Corps" Featured in Rotary Magazine
Yes, all Rotary Members in the USA (and beyond) get their monthly hard-copy ROTARY Magazine mailed to them at home.  But do we read it?  Ummm, well I have to confess, it depends!  HOWEVER, take a look at the current issue; it’s inspirational:
Now Go to PAGE 21!  What do you see?

Oh, it’s a promotion, encouraging members to donate to the Rotary Foundation which, as Club Foundation Chair I totally endorse, BUT LOOK AGAIN AT THE PICTURE.  What do you see?  
Does the Rotary Community Corps of Sturbridge & Southbridge have a familiar ring about it?  How about its “Community Food Collaborative” project, the one that annually provides 3,000 pounds of cleaned produce to the St. John Paul II Food Pantry in Southbridge!  ………..  Hallelujah, you got it now, right!
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.
The Fix is Free at the Repair Cafe
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
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.
Upcoming District Events
Overview of Rotary Grants and District Grants
Jan. 31, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Assistant Governor Quarterly Forum In the Zone
Jan. 31, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
District Council
Feb. 05, 2024 6:00 p.m.
Rotary Global Grants and Areas of Focus
Feb. 05, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
District AG meeting via Zoom
Feb. 07, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Open Doors
Feb. 09, 2024
Friendship Dinner in Needham
Sweet Basil
Feb. 12, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
By-Laws Committee
Feb. 13, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pre-PETS Meeting #1
Feb. 15, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Rotary & District 7910 Resources

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