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Greetings from District Governor Dr. Victor Tom

I am honored to be your District Governor for 2022-23. It has always been a dream of mine to become a 3rd generation Rotarian. The District Installation event was a rousing success, with close to 100 Rotarians and family enjoying a wonderful evening of fellowship in The Barn at Gibbet Hill. The energy in the room was electric and was a fitting launch of our Rotary year.  

Let me tell you about issues that we are addressing in our district. When I say we, we have a great DG chain, with DGE Elliott Wittenberg and DGN Joyce Graff following me.  We’re in constant communication addressing district issues on a weekly basis. We’re putting together a 3-year strategic plan with the help of Joyce Fukami. But I also want to remind you that we are not dictating to the clubs what to do, but we view the District as providing help to the clubs, making available tools, templates, information, and opportunities that clubs can use to help them fulfill their goals. We are having monthly Zoom meetings on specific topics and I have open office hours (two Fridays a month) where you can just drop in and tell us your ideas, problems or whatever is on your mind. We are listening.

My objectives for my Rotary year follow Jennifer Jones’ theme Imagine and action plan.  She would like us to imagine how to:  1) increase our impact through service projects and Rotary storytelling2) expand our reach by partnering up with organizations and other clubs; 3) enhance member engagement through better engagement of all of our members leaving no one behind; and 4) increase our ability to adapt to new opportunities and new member ideas. Over the course of the year, we’ll work with the clubs to find ways we can help our clubs make progress in one or more of these areas.

I know that the pandemic has curtailed many in-person events that we loved to attend in pre-pandemic times. We long for the fellowship and interactions that Zoom cannot fully replicate. So check our district calendar for these events, such as New Member social, Foundation dinner, Holiday Party, District Conference and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  And speaking of the Foundation, I am laying down a challenge to District 7910 to raise $5,000 for Polio Plus, and if we meet that challenge I will do the Polar Plunge in the icy cold Atlantic Ocean.

Thus far, I have visited about 12 clubs. By the end of August, I will have visited half of the clubs (25) in our District. I’m pleased to report that our clubs have exhibited passion and have plans for an exciting year. In future newsletters, I will add additional detail and news from the District so that all Rotarians can see what our District is accomplishing.

Ukraine in Our Hearts • August 23 & 24

On behalf of all Rotarians in Ukraine, we welcome you to the virtual celebration of Ukraine's double National Holiday - Day of the National Flag of Ukraine (23rd August) and the Independence Day of Ukraine (24th August). For more information and free registration for this important event, please click here.

"From the beginning of the Russian wide-scale military aggression and intervention in Ukraine, Rotarians worldwide became strong supporters of humanitarian service to the Ukrainian people. For these six months, we haven’t felt alone. We highly appreciate the Rotary's world's endless help and immense support. That’s why we want to use two evenings on the 23rd and 24th of August as an opportunity to celebrate our national holidays in the Rotary family, express our gratitude for the support and build new Rotary connections and partnerships for the new future of our country."

Participation in this event will help Rotarians and others understand how we can help those in need in Ukraine. You'll hear from Rotary International's leadership, including current RI President Jennifer Jones, President-elect Gordon McInally, RI President Nominee Stephanie Urchick, and John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International.  Additionally, we'll hear from District 7910's Foundation ChairRoy Balfour, who was instrumental in bringing Rotary to Ukraine more than thirty years ago, as well as Past District Governor Diana Nestorova who has been leading an effort to help Rotary Districts secure disaster grant funding for Ukraine relief. We know each participant will find something interesting in the plenary sessions on the Main Stage, during breakout sections in the Session Zone, at the projects booths in the Expo Zone, or during personal communication one-to-one in the People Area. 

Don't miss this important event - register here today!

DEI Summit Scheduled for October 15
This past March, District 7910's Social Equity Task Force sponsored our first Diversity Equity & Inclusion Summit. Over 100 attendees participated in a program that featured breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics. At our next summit, a virtual event scheduled for Saturday, October 15, we'll continue the discussion with Rotarians and DEI professionals. Please save the date on your calendar. If you're passionate about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and want to help, please send an email to Bill Paulson, chair of District 7910's Social Equity Task Force - we'd welcome your participation.

Upcoming District Events
Club Enrollment Deadline for May 20 Day of Service
Jan 31, 2023
District Trustee Meeting
Jan 31, 2023
Assistant Governor (AG) Meeting
Feb 01, 2023
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
Feb 03, 2023
NEPETS Committee Meeting
Feb 04, 2023
RYLA GF Training #1
Feb 05, 2023
12:00 PM – 5:30 PM
District Council Meeting
Feb 06, 2023
RYLA Planning Meeting for RYLA Chairs & RYLA fans
Feb 08, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Membership: Imaging Expanding Your Reach
Feb 09, 2023
Club Enrollment Deadline for May 20 Day of Service
Feb 10, 2023
Business Networking - Quick Connect Networking
Zoom - RSVP required beforehand
Feb 13, 2023
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Day of Service (May 20) Kickoff Meeting
Feb 13, 2023
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Pre-PETS Training #1
Feb 16, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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