May 1, 2023 • Issue 5.1
Big News & Good News
District Assembly - May 6 - Register Today!

Join us on Saturday, May 6 at Assabet Valley Tech in Marlborough for our District Learning Assembly.

Enhance you Rotary knowledge, meet fellow Rotarians and refine your Club leadership skills. All Rotarians are welcome. Tuition is just $20, and our curriculum will cover a variety of topics relevant to all Rotary members. Our program begins with continental breakfast at 8:00am, and will conclude by noon. Separately, a new member welcome and grant qualification seminar will follow our learning sessions.

See the evolving agenda of learning sessions

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Rotary Day of Service - May 20
On Saturday, May 20, 2023, 12,000 Rotarians from 450 clubs across five states will be doing a wide variety  of  local  service projects in their communities.
We are just weeks away from our Rotary Day of Service on May 20th, 2023! We have received projects for 32 of our 49 clubs and we would love to see the rest doing a project as large or small as you could handle on May 20th.  To submit a project, please complete this simple Google form. We have created project tiles for those that submitted early and are continually adding more for the projects submitted after the deadline. See this Google Drive folder to use the project tile graphics. 
Click "Read more..." for info on the Rotary Day of Service Website, your club's Banners, the digital marketing Toolkit, and other resources for your Club.  
Southborough Speaker: "BPA to PFAS: How Environmental Chemicals Harm Health; What To Do About It" - May 3
Dr. Laura N. Vandenberg has agreed to give a talk on May 3, 7:00 pm at the Southborough Library, 25 Main St, Southborough, MA 01772. The title of her talk is: Knowing what is around us and taking care of our environment are critical elements to a healthy future! Come learn more about what environmental chemicals may be harming our health and what can we do about it. Learn from Dr. Laura Vandenberg what we can do to better protect ourselves, our environment, and our future! 
Westford Junk in the Trunk and More Event May 6
The Westford Rotary “The Junk in the Trunk” is Sat May 6, 2023 at Abbot Elementary School 25 Depot Dt. Westford MA. All items are free!
The Wish Project Truck will be there to pick up donated items including summer clothes from birth to adults and list of needed items on our information flyer.
Westford Rotary will be adding veggie and flower seeds to the plant table.
No Shredding in May, but will have Shredding Truck at Summer and Fall event - watch for details in late June.
Ukraine in Our Heart Task Force - May 7
Join us on Sunday, May 7 at 10:00am for an online meeting with Rotarians in the United States who have been supporting the people of Ukraine throughout the humanitarian crisis provoked by Russian aggression and war. Learn about the most significant projects, fundraising practices, and actual needs of communities in Ukraine. 
Please register using this link.
The goal is to establish a Rotary USA-Ukraine Task Force, modeled on the very successful efforts of groups in Rotary Districts located in Great Britain, Ireland and other countries in Central Europe who have been working to support Ukrainian Rotary District 2232. 
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).
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.
Screening of Bending the Arc, tribute to Partners In Health's Dr. Paul Farmer - Wed, May 24
Please join the Rotary Club of Northborough for a screening of Bending the Arc, a groundbreaking documentary that tells the story of Partners In Health and the work of extraordinary doctors and activists, including the late Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl.

Their work, forty years ago, to save lives in a rural Haitian Village grew into a battle for the right to health for all. You may have heard of Partners In Health through their US Covid response and their fight against Ebola in West Africa.
Concord Music Fest- May 27th
A fun family day of music for a great cause! Join the Rotary Club of Concord on May 27th at the Rideout Field in West Concord from 1-7 PM. Live music featuring The Bruce Marshall Group will entertain all ages.

Proceeds will benefit Concord Children's Center. Bring a picnic and your friends or family to kick off the unofficial start of summer!
See our sponsorship information. For tickets or information, contact co-chairs Hilary Taylor or Rebecca Lynch
Charles River Rotary Scoopapalooza Ice Cream Festival - June 24
Please join Charles River Rotary Club as we celebrate our 10th Scoopapalooza year and the start of Summer with an all you can eat ice cream festival on Natick Common Saturday June 24th from 11:30 AM to 3PM. Rain Date is June 25th. We expect to draw over 2,000 people to the event for frozen treats, community connecting, music and activities for the whole family. The event will raise significant funds for Charles River Rotary’s local philanthropic efforts, including a St.Patrick’s Day Dance for teens and young adults with special needs, literacy programs, scholarships for seniors at Keefe Regional Technical School, RYLA, Natick Food Pantry, local veterans and many local nonprofits. Tickets are $7.
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.
Newton Pickleball Meetup Supported Second Step
On April 8th, about 30 folks of all ages and athletic ability got together for a few hours of fun Pickleball at the Boys and Girls Club in Newton, where three courts were set up in the gym.  Organized by Newton President-Elect Liz Tavares, with the help of Rotarian, and Executive Director of the Newton Boys & Girls Club, Dave Sellers, the players donated $25 to the Newton Rotary Foundation and got to participate either as a beginner, or an intermediate+ player.  
Caption: Beginners were eager to learn pickleball. 
Success! Mini Golf Tournament for End Polio Now
On April 20, the Rotary Club of Marlborough was proud to host its inaugural miniature golf tournament, which raised approximately $1,000 for End Polio Now. Fellow Rotarians and their family and friends were invited to have friendly competition, eat pizza and ice cream, and win prizes!
The mini golf tournament was hosted at Trombetta’s Farm, located in Marlborough. President Mark Vital brought this idea to Rotarian Julie Thibodeau, and she chose to use this opportunity as a way to support End Polio Now. “Through RLI, I learned one of Rotary International’s first projects was the eradication of Polio, “Julie said. “So, what better way to bring fellowship with other Rotary Clubs than raising funds for End Polio Now?” Even though polio cases have reduced by 99.9%, it is still crucial polio vaccination remains a priority.

The Rotary Club of Marlborough would love to continue hosting this event annually. Please contact Julie Thibodeau for additional information.
Photo Caption: Julie (yellow) with the winning team, Hole-in-Oners Camila, Sebastian, and Dean
Upcoming District Events
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
May 05, 2023
District Learning Assembly & Post PETS
Assabet Valley Technical School
May 06, 2023
Grant Certification Training
Assabet Valley Technical High School
May 06, 2023
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Rotary 7910 New Member Welcome
Assabet Valley Technical High School
May 06, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Ukraine in Our Hearts Task Force
May 07, 2023
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
District Council Meeting
May 08, 2023
Business Networking - Quick Connect Networking
The Atrium
May 08, 2023
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
District Public Image Team Meeting
May 11, 2023
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Rotary Climate Action Now Premier
Westborough High School
May 13, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
District Foundation Committee Meeting
May 16, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
RYLA Planning Meeting for RYLA Chairs & RYLA fans
May 18, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
May 19, 2023
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Rotary 7910 District Resources

Membership Minute:

In the land of Rotary Membership there are three events scheduled: 
Membership Roundtable May 6: Saturday, May 6th  at the District Learning Assembly, a membership roundtable will be presented during one of the sessions. Three clubs who have seen success will briefly discuss what they have done during the past year to attract and retain new members to their club.
New Member Lunch & Learn May 6: For folks relatively new to Rotary there will also be a Lunch-n-Learn immediately following the District Learning Assembly.  This session is for folks who are still relatively new to Rotary and would like to meet other new Rotarians and learn more about the district and helpful websites to gain information.
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 firework display.  Come gather with fellow Rotarians and enjoy a wonderful night at Fitton Field at Holy Cross.  Pricing and more information to follow.

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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).  


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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