District News & Events
The Ry-Llama Says! March 1st is the deadline to submit payments!
Reminder: payments are due March 1st!  At this point, clubs should be interviewing and selecting sophomores for RYLA. Please refer to both the club action plan and the support materials pages of the RYLA website for helpful resources and upcoming deadlines.
Important Info: 
  • Student registrations and parent authorizations are due April 15th!
  • RYLA: June 21, 22, 23,
  • 2024 RYLA cost: $325 per student
  • Questions? 7910ryla@gmail.com
"Brainstorm" World Premiere Preview • Bipolar Documentary • March 20
Rotary continues our efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues in our communities. To that end, our members are invited to attend the world premiere preview of Brainstorm, a new PBS documentary based on the book BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum written by Sara Schley. 
BrainStorm the Film is an unprecedented initiative that combines inspiring stories of people with lived experience of bipolar, cutting-edge science, and breakthrough treatments in one coherent narrative. It tells a story of hope, substance, and beauty. The screening takes place on March 20 at 7:00pm at the Hummingbird Bookstore, 55 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill. There will also be a simultaneous virtual session. Please register here for the in-person event as seating is limited at Hummingbird Books. Sara will sign and give away copies of her book to the first 20 people who register. If you're unable to attend in person, register here for a simultaneous Zoom livestream. 
District Awards Programs (Plural!)
At the District Conference, a wonderful variety of awards will be presented to District 7910 Rotary Clubs in multiple categories, plus the Rotarian of the Year award and other individual awards. 
Details on evaluation criteria and how to enter into the 1) Annual Club Awards, 2) Public Image Awards and 3) Environmental Awards will be presented to Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Secretaries, Public Image Chairs, and Environmental Program Chairs before March 15th. 
Please support your Club presidents and their efforts to document your Club's success in the 2023-2024 Rotary year. 
Four District Conference • May 3 - 5
Join us for a Weekend of Fun, Fellowship and Service as We Celebrate our Clubs, Members and Accomplishment
Our 4 District Conference begins Friday, May 3 at the Wellsworth Hotel (formerly Southbridge Inn & Conference Center). We'll have fellowship, fun and service at an event designed for Rotary members and our families. Inspiring speakers, field trips to local attractions and even an evening of music and dancing will make this conference an event you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars!
Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications Now Open!
Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers. Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,700 fellows who now work in over 140 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments; NGOs; education and research institutions; peacekeeping and law enforcement agencies; and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank. Rotary offers both Masters degree and professional development certificate programs. 
The 2025-26 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is available online through 15 May 2024. If you know a potential candidate, use our referral form so they can receive more information. A Peace Fellow candidate does not need to ride in our District. If you know of someone who really went to make a difference through a commitment to Peace, please let them know about this amazing opportunity. For more information, and a full program description, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
Like, Follow & Share our New District Facebook Page
We have had to start a new District 7910 Facebook Page.  Our original Page is currently out of commission. We ask all Rotarians and friends to Like and Follow our new page, and please invite your FB friends to do the same.  Our original page had hundreds of followers.  Our new page has just 35 right now. We're asking for your help.  We all need to take a part in increasing the impact and reach of Rotary's Public Image. Please help by liking and sharing our page - https://www.facebook.com/District7910Rotary
We still do not know why Meta took our page down.  This has been happening throughout the Rotary world.  We caution all of you to be careful what you post on your club Facebook Pages.
D7910's "Rotary Climate Action Now" is live!
D7910's Environmental Action Group is happy to announce the release of an environmental project designed for clubs and communities – and you don’t have to get your hands dirty!

The Rotary Climate Action Now (RCAN) project is an educational program designed by Rotarians and community members to help clubs and members understand the urgency of the climate crisis, inspire them to take action, and then (most importantly!) provide resources to help you take that action.
Advertise your business, Honor your leaders (NE PETS)
Rotary AdThis year NE PETS is offering an opportunity for Rotarians to feature their businesses with business card size images. These ads will reach all 500+ attendees from Rhode Island and Connecticut to Maine and southern Quebec.

Clubs and individuals are also invited to Honor their incoming President or other leaders with a 100-character message.

Either ad can be submitted here. Thank you for helping to support this important learning experience for all our leaders for 2024-2025!
How Do Global Grants Make Sustainable Change in the World?
One remarkable aspect of The Rotary Foundation is that opportunities for significant projects exist wherever there’s a need — in large countries and small ones, in metropolitan areas and rural ones. 

Global grant projects are built on international partnerships, and those collaborations can take many forms. A district in Canada may be the international sponsor, with a U.S. district as the host sponsor. A club in France could sponsor a global grant project in Germany. The need, not the location, determines the project.

The Ry-Llama Says! Its time to begin selecting your students!
Reminder that Payments are due March 1st!

Congratulations on making it through the first 3 steps of the club action plan. Now it is time to begin selecting the students you want to send. Refer to steps 5, 6 and 7 of the club action plans for instructions on how to select your students. 

April 15th is the deadline for submitting student names, so please take steps to ensure the selection process is completed in time (do not leave this to the last minute). 

For form and letter templates and all other support documents please use the support materials website

RYLA Dates: June 21,22,23
RYLA cost: $325 per student
Have Questions? 7910ryla@gmail.com

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Clubs: Invitations & Success Stories
Buy-A-Brick to Support Inclusivity!
What can a single brick do? By itself, maybe not much. But many bricks brought together can build something great!
The Rotary Club of Southborough donated $100 to participate in the SmileMass Buy-A-Brick fundraiser.
Over 1.2 million children and adults in Massachusetts have a disability and often have limited options for accessible play & travel. Enter SmileMass, already successfully providing inclusive programs, and now looking to do more!
Neural Tube Defect Awareness Presentation - March 6, 2024, 7-8 pm
Did you know that neural tube defects (NTD's) are among the top 3 most fatal birth defects?
To learn more about prevention and how to support mothers with NTDs, come hear Jasmine Liu Wednesday March 6, 7-8 pm. at the Southborough Library. Jasmine is co-organizer of NeuraHope, an NTDs awareness organization.
Can't make the talk but want to support the cause? Visit the site below to make a donation or buy a NeuraHope hoodie or sweatshirt, available in pink, blue and grey, all sizes. Visit the Neurahope website to see research and treatment information.
The Rotary Club of Southborough is pleased to support this FREE talk, open to the public. Mother & Child health is one of Rotary International's key areas of focus.
Wachusett Area Rotary Club Left-Right-Center Tournament March 8, 2024
Don't miss a fun evening at the Wachusett Area Rotary Club's Left-Right Center Tournament on Friday, March 8, 2024! Win cash prizes while having a blast with your friends. The game is easy to learn and easy to play - no experience necessary. Space is limited - reserve your tickets now! $30 admission includes game play and light hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available. For tickets contact Rotarian Richard Traina 978-549-7700 | Traina@comcast.net Learn more on our website https://wachusettarearotaryclub.org/Stories/left-right-center-tournament-march-8-2024
Rotary Club of Westford 1st Annual Cornhole Fun Day March 10, 2024
Westford Rotary Club's First Annual Cornhole Tournament!
Check-in at 1pm; Bags fly at 2pm!
$70 per team to sign up. $500 Cash Prizes for 1st place and $200 consolation prize!
All proceeds from this event support the wide-ranging charitable activities of the Westford Rotary Club. Recent club activities have included support for both local organizations (such as the Department of Children and Families, and the Greater Lowell Food Bank) and global projects (such as providing clean water to remote villages in Ghana). 
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Collecting Legos the Month of March
The Changemakers Rotary of Central Mass will be collecting LEGOS and DUPLOS for local children in need. We will have collection boxes at O'Connor's Restaurant and Bar in Worcester, AllCom Credit Union on Park Avenue in Worcester, and the office of Boy Scouts of America in Rutland. Please check your basements, closets attics as well as your, neighbors' basements, attics, and closets for those dusty Legos and Duplos. Sandy Burgers will also be collecting them at PETS. So start your spring cleaning and clear out that valuable real estate. We will be collecting the entire month of march. If you have any questions feel free to email Sandy at sandraburgers@outlook.com
Photo: Pickles Would Like Your Attention!! And your Legos!
Harnessing Climate Fears into Positive Action - April 3
On Wednesday evening April 3rd, The Rotary Club of Brookline is sponsoring a Forum on climate change entitled "Harnessing Climate Fears into Positive Action”.   
The Forum is free & open to the public and will be held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Brookline Public Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St, Brookline Village 02445
This event coincides with National Public Health Week and the national focus on Wednesday April 3rd on Climate Change.  It was organized in collaboration with the Brookline Health Department, the Friends of Brookline Public Health, Climate Action Brookline, Elders Climate Action-Mass. Chapter and Brookline Mothers Out Front. 
To reserve a FREE seat, please register by clicking here
Save the Date! Weston Kids Fishing Derby Returns April 21st

The 40th Annual Kids Fishing Derby returns to the Weston High School Pond on Sunday, April 21st.

While the pond is frozen and the fish asleep, soon spring will arrive and so will our 40th annual Weston Fishing Derby!

Please mark your calendars for a day of fun with many families from the area. This is also a great opportunity for local businesses to connect with the community. There are a few highly desirable and sought-after vendor booth opportunities this year. Please reach out to Richard DeVito now to reserve your spot.

Dancing with the Watertown Stars Returns on April 26th! 
The Rotary Club of Watertown is delighted to announce the return of our most highly anticipated annual event on April 26th, 2024! Please join us for this fun event! Money raised will help to support our keystone programs such as our High School Senior Scholarship program, Senior Cookout, support of local food pantries, and more. Please refer here: for more information. Hope to see you there!
Children's Business Fair ~ KidPreneurs: Apply now for May 18 Fair
The Children's Business Fair is back!
On Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 11am to 3pm, 50 "kidpreneurs" will gather to show and sell at the Weston Town Center during the Celebrate Weston! event. The application porta is open. Spots are filling up quickly.
Fitchburg East Rotary Club 43rd Annual Superbowl Brunch
On February 11, 2024, the Fitchburg East Rotary held their 43rd Annual Superbowl Brunch. The event was spectacular with hundreds of people enjoying themselves. The food was fantastic with an ice cream sundae station, “The best ever” someone said. There were approximately 20-22 baskets being raffled off and the crowd was overwhelming keeping the ticket sellers very busy. The silent auction made almost $5,000 which was the highest ever. The community does a great job donating wonderful items for the brunch. This year, the Rotary made over $25,000 in gross revenue. The Superbowl Brunch raises money for high school scholarships and community projects.
Upcoming District Events
By-Laws Committee
Mar. 04, 2024 6:00 p.m.
Newton Marriot
Mar. 07, 2024 – Mar. 09, 2024
Public Image Awards Q&A (Zoom)
Mar. 07, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Rotary Business Networking: In-person in Wayland
Mar. 12, 2024
7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Guatemala Mangrove Restoration Trip
Mar. 16, 2024 – Mar. 23, 2024
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Photo Albums
Friendship Dinner

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