News From District 7910
August 17, 2018
Is Addiction Threatening Your Community?

If so, perhaps you would be interested in learning more about the pilot Global Grant that  District 7910 will be submitting focused on Addiction Prevention Education. This is a multi-district program which includes Districts 7910, 7930, 7780, 7850, 7870, 7890, 7950 and 7980, covering most of New England.

There is no doubt that your community is already doing something in this area, and we are so grateful for those efforts. We believe that Rotary excels in three areas: Education, Advocacy and Collaboration. Through a strategic initiative with the Rotarian Action Group for Addiction Prevention, we have created a unified program that can be easily replicated by Rotary Clubs, ensuring a real chance of Making a Difference!

District 7910 Outbound Exchange Students Prepare to Depart!
District 7910 Outbound Exchange Students Prepare to Depart!
On Wednesday July 25 five young people attended the final outbound orientation in preparation for their year-long study abroad sponsored by Rotary's Student Exchange program, the Eastern States Student Exchange ("ESSEX"). All of the students are excited about their year abroad.  Kira and her twin Noah are sponsored by the Bedford Club. Kira will be travelling to Bolivia, while Noah will be living in Belgium. Kelsey, sponsored by the Acton-Boxborough Club, is headed to France. Lauren, sponsored by the Needham Club, is excited to be going to Switzerland. Ben, sponsored by Framingham Club, will be studying in Columbia. 
Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention


Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at a global level, over 300 million people are estimated to suffer from depression, equivalent to 4.4% of the world’s population.  Depression is ranked by WHO as the single largest contributor to global disability1.  Given the severity of these statistics, creating innovative ways to address the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health and wellness is of critical importance.  Following its pioneering spirit and mission of global change, Rotary has boldly stepped up to this challenge in two important ways: 
(1) introducing prevention as a broader and important component of health to include
      mental health, not just physical health
(2) funding projects that reach children and adolescents - and the adults who care for them -
      to specifically address depression education


By Michael Walstrom, president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, Florida  

Rotary, like any business, has customers. For us, those customers are our members and we must provide value to assure satisfied customers. The key to attracting and retaining young professional “customers” is presenting a Value Proposition that is attractive.

From the Young Professional (YP) Membership Development project, a 10 question survey designed by District 6930, we learned that young professionals are looking for networking and mentorship, but have concerns about time, money, and family commitments. Fortunately, Rotary has considerable value to offer in all of those areas.

    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
    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.
    Join Rotary District 7910 on August 24th at the Lowell Spinners for our “End Polio Now” Campaign Purchase Box Seats using promo code ROTARY at
    The Lowell Spinners, short-season single A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, look forward to having Rotary District 7910 for a night at the ballpark to help raise awareness and funds for their “End Polio Now” campaign.
    Tickets are just $12 and proceeds raised by the Rotary will be donated to “End Polio Now” to help eradicate polio and immunize over 2.5 Billion Children in 122 countries. Don’t forget to wear purple on August 24th to help raise awareness as well!
    Rotarians are asked to purchase tickets between Box sections 107 and 110 to be seated as a group! The night includes various Spinnertainment such as game show theme night and a helicopter cash drop following the game.
    Don't delay - get your tickets now and bring the whole family, your neighbors, co workers! Everybody loves baseball!
    Join Us!
    (by invitation)
    Sturbridge Golf Classic - August 20
    Lowell Spinners End Polio - August 24
    Franklin Classic Car Show - September 16
    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!
    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.

    Events Around the District
    DG Visit Athol Orange
    Aug 20, 2018
    Steering Committee (District)
    Framingham Sheraton
    Aug 20, 2018
    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    District Board of Directors
    Framingham Sheraton
    Aug 20, 2018
    6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    DG Visit Natick
    Aug 21, 2018
    Area #4 Team Meeting
    Chuck's Steak House
    Aug 21, 2018
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    DG Visit Concord
    Aug 23, 2018
    DG Visit Nashoba Valley
    Aug 23, 2018
    DG Visit Tyngsboro-Dunstable
    Aug 23, 2018
    Rotary Night at Lowell Spinners
    Aug 24, 2018
    5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    AG Meeting: Live
    Aug 27, 2018
    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Area #1 Team Meeting
    Home of Jim & Karen Fusco
    Aug 29, 2018
    6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Foundation Committee Meeting, Q1
    Natick Hampton Inn
    Aug 29, 2018
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Russell Hampton
    National Awards Services Inc.
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