A Great Multi-District Conference

By Pat and Skip Doyle

Our hearts are full  as we recover from our eventful  Multi-District Conference this past weekend in Providence. It was all that we had hoped for - with the one exception  that many of you were not there to share the moments with us.
Two-and-a-half years ago, governors from four New England districts got together and shared a vision of what a multi-district conference would look like. The criteria were:
  • Rotary International president as keynote speaker.  The result: He came.
  • Well-known speakers. The result: Michael Angelo Caruso and Lauren Templeton.
  • High-level entertainment. The result: WaterFire.
  • Engaging breakout sessions. The result: Alzheimers to Youth.
  • Busy House of Friendship. The result: NEADS dogs, and a Peace Book.
  • Good food. The result: Best-ever, at a District Conference.
  • World-class venue. The result: Providence Civic Center/Omni Hotel.
We fulfilled those criteria - and, as a bonus, we added both an Interact Conference and a Rotaract Conference.
Thank you to all in District 7910 who helped make our Multi-District Conference a success.
Here are two more highlights:


Satya Mitra of Worcester Rotary was named District 7910 Rotarian of Year

Shown: Rotary International President John Germ (far right) presents the ROY Award to Satya Mitra (second from left), as District Governors Pat Doyle (second from right) and Skip Doyle (far left) look on.

District 7910 Business Meeting Well-Attended
A resolution was unanimously approved, allowing immediate past presidents of Rotary clubs to serve on the District Nominating Committee. To read the new procedure, click here.
Shown, left to right: District Parliamentarian Steve Sager and District Secretary Michelle Gasbarro look on as District Governors Skip and Pat Doyle explain the new nominating procedure, which takes effect this July 1.
Coming Soon: Million Dollar Journey Dinner
To register now for this wonderful celebration on May 25 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, click here.
The quote, "Be careful what you wish for," comes to mind - along with the ending, “Because you might get it.”  We wished for one million new dollars in donations or pledges for The Rotary Foundation in 2016-2017, and we got it - and more - thanks to the work of our Major Donor Gift Committee under the extraordinary leadership of Chair Satya Mitra. So far, we've raised more than $1.1 million in donations and pledges. Our goal is to reach the $1.5-million mark by this May 25 - and the $2-million mlestone by June 30, 2018.
Thank you, Satya, and all who made this happen!
Four important things to know:
1. The weekly submission deadline for the Newsletter is Friday. As usual, text content must be submitted in Word format, and image content, in either JPEG or PDF format. Continue to submit your content to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com.
2. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: The RYLA Club Pack has been updated and posted on RYLA7910.org. When you download it, you will notice changes from last year. Please read the material carefully and direct your questions to Christine Pinney, chair of the RYLA Committee,who may be reachedat christine@christinepinney.com. The RYLA season has begun and the RYLA Committee is working to make RYLA 2017 the "best RYLA ever." (See RYLA Right Now article, front page, right-hand column.)
3. Club Planning Worksheet: To download the Club Planning Worksheet, click here.This worksheet is made available to clubs so they can gauge their progress in achieving the goals they set last July.  This month is a good time to review the worksheet and see how far you have come and how much farther you need to go as a club. You may surprise yourselves and realize that you are well on the way to earning district recognition. We recommend the club president appoint the president-elect to be the "champion" of the Worksheet, and to use it as a guide for the club, and to report monthly to the club's membership and board on the club's progress.
4. As your district governors, we have resolved to:
  • Revisit as many clubs as possible in the next few months.
  • Help our clubs achieve the goals they set in July
  • Do all we can to build membership in the district
  • Plan a grand event to celebrate our Million Dollar Foundation Journey
  • "Move the ball forward," in harmony, with District Governor-ElectKarin Gaffney, District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager and District Governor-Nominee-Designate Pamela Anastasi
  • Celebrate all of this at our Multi-District Conference this April in in Providence
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle (shown, right) may be reached at pwdoyle2@verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net, respectively.
Click here to submit content for the Tuesday, May 9  issue. The submission deadline for this issue is Friday, May 5.