News From District 7910
October 5, 2018
DG Steve's October Message
Polio, Service Projects, Foundation Dinner and Training are the core messages this month.
Polio.  October is World Polio Awareness Month, and October 24 is World Polio Day. Many clubs are planning activities to raise awareness, and raise funds, to help with the global efforts to eradicate Polio from this planet.  Our leadership team has been planning a couple incentives to encourage more activities this month.
I challenge all clubs in the District to donate, collectively, $25,000 to PolioPlus during the month of October.  That is an average of just $500 per club.  If we achieve that goal, I will jump in the Atlantic Ocean in February as part of the Polar Plunge in Gloucester.  
If that was not enough, we will award a pair of tickets to the limited seating World Polio Day event in Philadelphia on
Sign Up Now for Guatemala Stove Project


MARCH 23-30, 2019

Please join Rotarians from Rotary District 7910 with our hands-on District Sponsored Global Grant Project installing stoves in the rural villages around Panajachel, Guatemala.  This International Service project is done in collaboration with several Guatemala Rotary Clubs.

Are you a Rotarian interested in installing stoves in homes where currently an open fire in the center of the house is used for cooking. Cooking on an open fire in an unventilated area increases respiratory diseases and burn injuries, particularly with mothers and children.  It also results in rapid deforestation as open fires are inefficient.  These stoves will improve the ventilation in homes thereby decreasing  the carbon monoxide, it will reduce injuries, and will decrease wood consumption by at least 50%.

November Service Project in  Moca Puerto Rico Planned
As a continuation of our District 7910 Hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Nelson Quinones, Moca Rotary President, Gary Siegel, Liberty, NY Rotary club and Gary Hough, Wachusetts Area Rotary Club, began planning a mission to Puerto Rico in mid November.  If you are interested in participating in this trip, the total cost should be $900 - $1,500 depending on travel and what you spend on the island.
The trip is planned for November 15-19. The mission would include a vaccination clinic for Influenza and typhoid that would benefit 500 people in Moca. Dr. Lemuel Soto will work with Rotary, church and Municipal officials to organize
We are pleased to announce the opportunity to participate in the organization of the new District 7910 Rotary Passport Club.  A passport club is technically a club in Rotary District 7910, but its members attend meetings of other clubs, help in their service projects and fundraisers, and do all the things club based Rotarians do, except on their own schedule.  Passport Clubs are a perfect solution for people who wish to be Rotarians but do not have the flexible schedule to permit attendance at regular meetings.  While the focus of membership recruitment for the club is on new members, the Passport Club is also suitable for Rotarians who would otherwise leave a club due to time commitments.  Read on for more detail about how a passport club works.
Shelter Box Responds to Tsunami

Last Friday, the people of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia looked on in horror as giant waves crashed onto their shores.  First, the island was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Then a tsunami with 10 foot-high waves tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes into rubble.

Families have been left devastated as they struggle with the catastrophic aftermath. Thousands are still searching for lost family members, while also enduring landslides and power outages. It is estimated that more than 1,300 have died and over 50,000 people are homeless. 

ShelterBox already had a Response Team in Lombok, Indonesia following the August 6.9 magnitude earthquake which left 20,000 people homeless. ShelterBox has been in-country for the last month helping families recover from that event.

2017-18 Presidential Citations!
We are excited to announce that the following clubs of Rotary District 7910 attained the 2017-18 Rotary Citation:   Bedford, Billerica, The Brookfields, Clinton, Framingham, Gardner, Littleton, Montachusett Area, Nashoba Valley, Newton, Wellesley, Westborough, Westford and Weston-Wayland.  Congratulations to all Rotarians in those clubs for the effort you placed to make a difference and exceed expectations to achieve this prestigious award!
Each year the Rotary International President challenges the Rotary Clubs to achieve more, and those clubs that do so, are awarded the citation.  The award certificates were sent to the District and we are working to get them to the clubs.  
Attaining the 2018-19 Citation is something that every club can do, and it is now easier than ever to track your progress.  Just enter the goals in Rotary Club Central then enter your results !  Ask your Assistant Governor for help.  Let's Be The Inspiration and have all 50 clubs in our District attain this award!!
For more information, or to download a copy of this year's 2018-19 Presidential Theme and Citation Brochure, follow this LINK
Athol-Orange Inducts Six
The Athol-Orange Rotary Club welcomed six (6) new members to its club on September 24, 2018.  The expansion of the club was a result of the new membership initiatives started by the club!
In the photo L to R: Eric Chouinard (Hometown Realty, sponsor: Sara Courier), Todd Feyrer (Edward Jones Investments, sponsor, Bill Kessler);  Russ Vescovi,( MBA Mortgage, sponsor: Brian Hunton),  Tabitha Fournier, (Athol Savings Bank, sponsor, Deb Vescovi, Melissa Lowell, (Salvation Army, sponsor, Deb Vescovi), Kim Stewart, (Kessler Investments, sponsor, Bill Kessler) and Athol-Orange Rotary's President Mark Wright.
Visioning: Keeping What’s Great and Adding What’s Missing

Summer is over and clubs across the district are working to finalize and implement their goals. This is a great time to consider a Visioning Workshop.

A Visioning Workshop can help ensure that your club’s goals are reflective of the values of your members and that the goals have strong buy-in from the people in your club who will be carrying out these goals. If you are finding that your club’s goals are generating only a lukewarm response or that members aren’t stepping up to implement them, a Visioning Workshop could help get your club moving forward.

Senior luncheon at Acton-Boxborough
On Sunday September 16, the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough welcomed more than 70 seniors from both towns to its annual Senior Luncheon at the Boxborough Regency Hotel. Guests enjoyed a served meal of grilled chicken, rolls, potato salad, coleslaw, and cranberry sauce, with a traditional dessert of cookies and Hoodsies, reflecting the origin of the event many years ago as an outdoor picnic.
Rotarian Joan Labrosse arranged transportation from both towns, designed and created table decorations, arranged for musical entertainment by accordionist Gary Morin, and organized club members, volunteers, and Interact students into efficient teams of servers and waiters. Interact students Mila Rushkin and Natalie Dawn from Acton-Boxborough High School served our seniors and had a good time talking to them. After lunch, guests were invited to sing along with the music, consisting of favorite oldies from the 40's 50's, and 60's.  
Everybody had a great time and we are looking forward to the Senior luncheon next year!
Sturbridge Rotarians Care

Sturbridge Rotarians Care

Last Friday, a group of Sturbridge Rotarians teamed up with school and community volunteers on projects that improved our communities and fostered community engagement and cooperation.  Sponsored by the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton as a “Day of Caring”, teams of Rotarians and volunteers spanned out across the region to work on a diverse group of projects.

Looking For An Opportunity To Dive Deeper into Rotary?
We need your help! It is the time for 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.
Events Around the District
NEPETS Committee Meeting
Oct 06, 2018
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Bandey Hefler Farewell Dinner
Oct 07, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bandey Hefler Guests Depart
Oct 08, 2018
Area #3 Team Meeting
Panera Bread
Oct 09, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Trustee (District) Meeting
Framingham Sheraton
Oct 09, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Visit Groton Pepperell
Oct 11, 2018
Nominating Committee Teleconference
Oct 11, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG Visit Newton
Oct 16, 2018
AG Meeting: Live
Double Tree Hotel
Oct 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Presidents-Elect Orientation
Sheraton Framingham
Oct 23, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Means Business Event - Westwood
Westwood Public Library
Oct 23, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Steering Committee (District)
Nov 01, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
District Board of Directors
Nov 01, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
NEPETS Committee Meeting
Framingham Sheraton
Nov 03, 2018
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Interact Committee Meeting
Office of Sharon Spaulding
Nov 05, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rotary Means Business (RMB) Acton
Nov 07, 2018
District Foundation Dinner
Nov 08, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
District Council Meeting
Nov 13, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Nominating Committee Canidate Interviews
Nov 14, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
AG Meeting: Telephone
Nov 28, 2018
6:50 PM – 8:50 PM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
GUATEMALA 3/23-30/2018 
Comedy Night with Montachusett Area Rotary Club
October 5, 2018
Southborough Pumpkin Stroll - October 9
Westborough Fall Festival - October 13, 2018
Taste of Dedham - October 18
Billerica Family Feud - October 19
Repair Cafe in Sudbury - October 20, 2018
Purple Pinky Day Dance Party with the Rotary Clubs of Newton and Watertown
October 26, 2018
Comedy Night in Chelmsford - October 29
Framingham Golf Tournament July 20,2019
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