March 2023 • Issue 3.1
Big News & Good News
Three District Conference~April 22nd

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Rotary Districts 7890, 7910, and 7930 will come together at the Burlington Marriott for a 3 District Conference with Keynote Speaker Evan Burrell.  Suggestions:  1. Watch the short promotional video below.  2. Register today! 3. Click "Read More" to learn more of what's planned.   

District Assembly - Save the Date - May 6

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 will follow our learning sessions.  Register today at


Rotary Day of Service - May 20, 2023

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 would like to see all the clubs in District 7910 participate in this Rotary Day of Service - from Brookline to Sturbridge and from the Connecticut border to the New Hampshire border. There's a lot of information and action items, so please click through to read/learn more. 

Climate Cafe March 23: How To Talk About Climate Change (and not alienate people)
Our next Climate Cafe is Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm. Our topic is How to Talk About Climate Change. This can be challenging, including starting the conversation and responding to other people’s beliefs and feelings about the climate. In this session, we will explore ways to personally connect with others to create a safe space for climate conversations, including listening to people with doubtful or dismissive beliefs. 

Our guest will be Dr. Matthew Ballew, Ph.D., Research Specialist at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Click HERE to get more information or to register.
Shrewsbury Club Emergency Preparedness Kits Service Project on March 27
Are you ready for an emergency where you need to leave your home in a hurry or shelter in place? For most of us the answer is no. Rotarians in Shrewsbury will be creating 100 emergency preparedness kits as part of a service project to benefit local veterans, senior citizens and families served by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services and St. Anne's Human Services. 
Southborough Rotarians Raising Money for Turkey-Syria Disaster Relief to March 31
Over 47,000 people have died due to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Rescue missions continue. The Rotary Foundation Trustees decided that all donations marked Disaster Relief made from now until 31 March 2023, will go to the Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund and will be used to aid earthquake relief projects. In addition, the Trustees made available more than $125,000 to Rotary districts affected by the earthquake through Disaster Response Grants.
Weston (Kid) Fishing Derby on April 23rd
Calling all kid anglers (children who fish)! The Rotary Club of Weston & Wayland invites you to our annual Fishing Derby—a 40+ year tradition. Sunday, April 23 rd 9am-Noon at the Weston High School Pond. Bring your own gear, bait (no lures, please), and bucket. Fishing starts at 9 am sharp! Prizes are in four age categories up to age 14. FREE event, register online to attend. Rain or shine (the fish like to eat in all weather)!  

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Volunteers are welcome to help measure fish. Fishing is great family fun!

2023 Polar Plunge in Boston Harbor
I am pleased to announce that we far exceeded my District goal of $5,000 for TRF PolioPlus Fund by triple the amount ($15,000) and with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2:1 match,  we raised $45,000 total. So to meet my obligations, I and two other 7910 Rotarians (District Membership Chair Tracy Gagnon (RC Fitchburg) and President Robert Boley (RC Westward) did the Polar Plunge in the snow and frigid waters of Boston Harbor on March 4. Tracy went way beyond the call of duty. We thank the Belle Isle and Parkway Rotary Clubs of District 7930 for hosting this extraordinary event with 10 people plunging and over 75 people enjoying the warmth of the fellowship. Check out the YouTube video chronicling the day at the East Boston Yacht Club.
Westford Rotary Donates Cultural, Diversity & Inclusion Books to WPS Students and the Community
The Westford Rotary Club in connection with author Shirley Holdman (member of the Billerica Rotary Club) and the Billerica Adventure Series has introduced the children’s book, “This is My Community,” which talks about Racial Diversity and Inclusion. It was first introduced at the Westford Remembers “International Block Party” in the Fall of 2022 and followed this Winter 2023 by donating the books for the 1st-2nd grades classrooms at Miller, Nabnasset, Abbot Elementary Schools and the Roudenbush Community Center Afterschool Program. 

In Westford and Billerica public schools, they are using the book as a classroom reading activity and discussion book. The book is written for K-2 grades.  

The Club has displayed and donated, “This is My Community” book to the Westford Community and students as part of the ongoing Westford Rotary Cultural/Diversity/Education Projects. 
Nourishing Newton Program
Nourishing Newton -- The Third Year

For the past two years, The Charles River Regional Chamber has received funds and distributed state funds to pay for meals made by local restaurants and coordinated for delivery to local food pantries by the Rotary Club of Newton. Alie Mahar, Director of Community Development, Scandinavian Living Center and Keilly Cutler, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley, both members of the Newton Rotary Club, have spearheaded this initiative with the Chamber and the local restaurants.  
Upcoming District Events
District Public Image Team Meeting
Mar 15, 2023
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
Mar 17, 2023
Climate Cafe: How To Talk About Climate Change
Mar 23, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
RYLA Committee Mtg
Mar 23, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Business Networking: Deeper Dive
Mar 27, 2023
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
District Public Image Team Meeting
Mar 30, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
View entire list

Rotary 7910 District Resources

Membership Corner

March 13, 2023 from Tracy Gagnon, Chair, Rotary 7910 Membership Committee Chair
Greetings Fellow Rotarians, 
Oh, what fun…it was to be at NE PETS last weekend!!!  Truly and honestly, there is nothing more energizing than being in a room full of people who’s hearts and minds are about service and the power of uniting for good. 

As District 7910 membership chair, I am thinking about trying a few things this year focused on "HUBs" and Youth. 
Speaker's Bureau

Looking for a good speaker? On our Speakers Bureau page, you'll find topics and speakers that other Clubs recommend, such as: 

Jane Schroeder, ESSEX Coordinator. 

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program with Eastern States Student Exchange (ESSEX) encourages young people ages 15-18 years old to live and attend school in another country for one academic year.

Steve Fine, Founder and President, Melanoma Education Foundation

The American Cancer Society has predicted nearly 200,000 new U.S. melanoma cases this year.
Melanoma is usually fatal when detected late but is easily curable without chemo or radiation when found early. 

Visit the Environmental Action Group page for information, resources, and links to: 
  • ESRAG's library of Project Presentations,
  • Eco organizations & experts, 
  • the ESRAG page,
  • the Citizen's Climate Lobby,
  • Climate Cafes recordings, and
  • the Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) Page. 
Vision: Together we seek to address the climate crisis and pollution, and protect the environment for current and future generations as the ultimate expression of Service Above Self. 
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