News From District 7910
August 27, 2018
Rotary Connects the World!  2019-2020 Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney announced next year's theme to the District Governors Elect at the Rotary International Assembly.  The theme for the 2019-2020 Rotary year is: Rotary Connects the World.
President-elect Mark writes: "I encourage you to share our theme widely with your fellow club members and throughout your districts to help create enthusiasm and excitement for the year ahead.  . . . It is only by working together that we can truly accomplish great things."
You can Download theme graphics here. (must be logged in to
Wachusett Area Rotary Club Honors Sanjay Desphpande
Sanjay Deshpande, our District Rotary Foundation Chair, was honored today by his Wachusett Area Rotary Club with a significant Rotary World Appreciation Honor.  Sanjay is relocating to Orlando later this month.  As much as Sanjay has done for the clubs in our district helping with Foundation grants, scholarships, training, and fundraising, he has done more in his club.  The club also awarded five (5) Paul Harris Fellows at their meeting.  It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful Rotarian who will be very missed by our District.  Safe travels Sanjay!
Membership  Requirements for the 2018-19 Rotary Citation
The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support each of our strategic priorities by completing certain activities. One of the three strategic priorities is to Support And Strengthen Clubs through membership-related activities.
To meet the membership requirements for the 2018-19 Rotary Citation, at least 3 of the following goals must be achieved:
  • Achieve a net gain of 1 member
  • Maintain or improve your club’s retention of current and new members:
    • Improve your club’s retention rate by 1 percentage point or  
    • If your club’s retention rate was 90 percent or more in 2017-18, maintain it
  • Achieve a net gain in female members
  • Have at least 60 percent of club members report their birth dates through My Rotary
January is Rotary's Vocational Service Month
January is Rotary's Vocational Service month.  

Vocational service can mean many things to many people.  In Rotary, Vocational Service means holding ourselves and our businesses to the highest ethical standards.  As the 4 way test instructs us, in all we think, say or do . . .  Maintaining ethical standards is ever so important in today's society where we prefer to repeat inflammatory discourse rather than engage in discussion to understand opposing views and seek compromise.  It is beholden upon us as leaders to set an example for young people and others. 
DG Steve's January Message
Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that half a Rotary year has passed already.  We have accomplished much, and yet there is so much more we need to do. 
While the Rotary year begins on July 1, the calendar year has just begun.  Many of us make resolutions for the New Year.  I hope each of you will include Rotary in your resolutions.  Here are a few suggestions:
Resolve to bring in at least one new member;
Resolve to contribute more to The Rotary Foundation;
Resolve to get involved in one more community service project;
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RLI is January 26, 2019!
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
The Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention (RAG AP) was recognized by Rotary International January 2016. Focus area is disease prevention and treatment. RAG AP  is supporting actions from Rotary clubs and districts in the EU, US and in India. 3 global grants are progressing as well for prevention as for treatment. The Focus of the RAG AP however is on prevention.

Addiction is a very complex problem involving and influencing many families. In every Rotary club we will find one of our friends with an addiction problem or at least addiction problems in his/her family or amongst the friends. We are all in touch with the problem as well in the North and the West, the opiate problem is  an example, as well in East and South. The products can be very different, but it is not only about using products but also about behavior when addicted to the internet games or film series, ....
What will you do about it, what can your club do, how can your district support and stimulate clubs to take action  to implement prevention programs in your local region. RAG AP will help you and will provide you with all information and materials you need to make a well considered step to involve your clubs and districts in the struggle to protect children as early as possible from getting addicted.
If interested please contact or
Where Did The Summer Go?
DG Steve's Update on District Happenings
It is hard to believe the summer is near its end and September is around the corner.  Clubs around the district are busy planning service projects, fundraisers, and social events to engage their members.  The committees and subcommittees of District 7910 are also working hard to help clubs be a success and engage not only their members, but their communities as well.  
Some of the events coming up are:
Foundation Committee Meeting.  This Wednesday, August 29, our District Foundation Chair, Sanjay Deshpande is organizing the quarterly Rotary Foundation meeting.  Learn about the District Grant Allocation; share your grant funded projects, learn about the latest in our efforts to eradicate polio; get and update on our Global Grant Scholars funded by our district endowment, and more.  Invitations went to all club Foundation chairs, but all are welcome to attend. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for Wednesday's meeting.
New Member Welcome.  Membership Chair Ron Bott has been working hard to create a New Member Welcome event on September 5.  The event is designed to engage new members and provide a fun overview of the wide world of Rotary.   Invitations have already gone out to anyone who joined Rotary within the past 2 years, andprospective members who you have told us about. Our neighboring district had great success with this program, and they are helping us to launch the same in our District!
Membership Committee Meeting.  In addition to the new member welcome event, Ron's committee is also putting together the first quarterly meeting of the membership committee for this year on September 12.  Retaining members is a concern for most clubs, as is finding a way to engage in service while balancing the many demands of daily life.  Invitations are extended to all club membership chairs, but all are welcome to attend.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Interact Leaders Kickoff.  Does your club host an Interact Club?  September 15 we are holding a kickoff for interact leaders.  Our teen leaders will meet their peers from around the district, exchange ideas, learn how to lead and have fun.  Our Interact Chair, Bob Anthony, has a fun morning planned.  Please contact Bob for more information.
The British are Coming!  September 25 our Bandey-Heffler Friendship Exchange friends from England arrive! Look for them around the District!
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Newton Rotary's Summer Discovery Reading Program
What do you get when you mix a roomful of book-loving kids, a library, a magician, and a group of Newton Rotarians with ice cream and a great Summer Discovery reading program? A fun filled evening! 
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.
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By Susan Peghiny
Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Newton
Winning the Gold Best Club for 2017-2018 was an incredible experience, and one that didn’t seem possible just a few years ago.  Newton is an old club – we were established in 1926 – and had been know as a “check writing” club.  That was a very good thing for a very long time - the club made a real difference in the lives of many people over the years.  But the world was changing, and Newton Rotary had to evolve…to make ourselves more attractive to members, and to energize the existing membership. That journey happened to lead us to Best Club.
Why bother with awards anyway?  Winning awards has never been important to our club.  But it’s amazing how proud our members are of these achievements.  To have your time and effort recognized and appreciated is a powerful thing.  Our morale is incredible (great for going into a new year), and we’re using these “wins” as a marketing tool to attract new members and supporters.  
So what did we actually do?  Here are what I’d call “the biggies” that were key in moving us forward (along with suggestions on how you might apply them):
World Polio Day Competition – Your Club could win $500 for its WASH Projects!
World Polio Day Competition – Your Club could win $500 for its WASH Projects!
What is World Polio Day?
World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24th. World Polio Day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus vaccine, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Polio is a disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is mainly spread by person-to-person contact. Polio can also be spread by drinking water or other drinks or eating raw or undercooked food that are contaminated with the feces of an infected person.
$$$$$ - THE PRIZES!
$500 US for the best project (i.e. the one with the most impact)
$500 US for the most innovative project
Rotary Service Days 2018-19

Why and how to host a Rotary Service Day

In an effort to increase membership and highlight Rotary’s inspiring work, RI President Barry Rassin is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.  District 7910 Clubs hosted 3 very successful Rotary Service Days last year and we are encouraging clubs to consider hosting them this year.

Winning New Members - 15 Surefire Tips

In Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner

courtesy of the Rotarian Magazine, August 2018

By Geoffrey Johnson Illustrations by   Rocco Baviera

When it comes to finding new members for his Minnesota Rotary club, Tom Gump doesn’t just walk the walk, he trots the trot: the turkey trot. Gump is a former president of the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside, which makes boosting membership a priority. In fact, that’s the fourth item on a list of 10 tips to attract and retain members which has been prepared – and practiced – by the club. It’s tip No. 10 that finds Gump clad in a turkey suit. More on that shortly.

The tips work: During Gump’s 2016-17 stint as club president, Edina/Morningside added 31 members. Eleven of them were women; 10 were under 40 years old. With 94 members, the club “went from being classified as a medium-size club to being one of District 5950’s large clubs,” says Gump, who will be the 2020-21 district governor. “There were 13 clubs larger than our club in our district, and now there are only four.” The tips have proven so effective that Gump has taken the Edina/Morningside show on the road, using a PowerPoint presentation to coach other clubs on specific ways they can expand their membership. “I have been called a good salesman,” says Gump (who, for the record, is a real estate lawyer and a developer). “But to me, recruiting new Rotary members is not really selling. It’s matching up potential members with what he or she wants in a club.” So if you’re looking to add members to your club, consider taking a page from the Edina/Morningside playbook. Read on for the club’s 10 tips, as well as five suggestions for increasing membership from other Rotarians and Rotary clubs.
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Framingham Rotary's Pancake Breakfast - November 3
Needham Rotary's Pancake Breakfast - November 3
Marlborough Recycle Day November 10
Weston Pints for Polio November 11 Jack's Abbey
Northborough Human Trafficking Luncheon December 1, 2018
Framingham Golf Tournament July 20,2019
2018 Montreal Zone Conference - All Rotarians Invited!

Pre-Conference September 18-20, 2018  |   Conference September 20-22, 2018
Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal

The 2018 Montreal Zone Conference is a unique event, and we want to invite you to be a part of it.  Whether you’re an incoming District Governor, District leader, Past District Governor, or a Rotarian with an interest in becoming more engaged in Rotary….the Montreal Conference is for you!  The theme “People Coming Together” fits our goal of providing you with an extraordinary and unforgettable event.  This is why we're inviting everyone to be a part of the excitement!
Formerly known as the Zone Institute, this gathering was originally designed to motivate, inspire, and educate past, current and incoming district governors. That hasn't changed. Historically, however, attendance at a Zone Institute was restricted to those in the District Governor line. This year we've decided to open the conference to all Rotarians to facilitate engagement between our Governors (and their knowledge, leadership skills, and commitment) and club and district Rotarians. Visit the Montreal 2018 web page to learn more about this exciting conference and register today!
Events Around the District
Fitchburg State University
Jun 28, 2019 – Jun 30, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
Interact Committee monthly Teleconference
Jul 01, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
District Trustee Meeting
Jul 23, 2019
District Charity Fund Trustee Meeting
Jul 30, 2019
District Awards and New Year Kickoff Celebration
Sheraton Framingham
Jul 31, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District Council Meeting
Aug 05, 2019
Interact Committee monthly teleconference
Aug 12, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
District Steering Committee Meeting
Aug 19, 2019
Foundation Quarterly Meeting
Aug 28, 2019
Area #1 Team Meeting
Home of Karen & Jim Fusco
Aug 28, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
RYLA Budget Committee Meeting
Sep 04, 2019
NEPETS Committee Meeting
Sep 07, 2019
Interact Committee Meeting
Sep 09, 2019
Interact Committee monthly teleconference
Sep 09, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Membership Committee Quarterly Meeting
Sep 11, 2019
Zone Conference in Niagara Falls
Sep 16, 2019 – Sep 21, 2019
Bandey Hefler Travellers in England
Sep 18, 2019 – Oct 01, 2019
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