Due to a change in ownership of the Boxborough Holiday Inn, most of our district meetings will be relocated. 
Please verify the meeting locations for all events and committee meetings just prior to the meeting date.


To download the Conference Highlights flyer (shown, below) in:

To download the Conference Sponsorship Donation form in PDF format, click here
To download the Rotary Waterfire Fundraiser brochure in PDF formatclick here




Our information-packed, 332-page Directory for this Rotary year is now available for automatic download, in PDF format.
The Directory includes: District 7910 and Rotary International general information; a complete District 7910 clubs listing; a complete District 7910 membership listing; District 7910 Resolutions; and Yellow Pages of Rotarian-run businesses:
Please note: Member login is required.
Click hereto download



When Change Is Good, Not So Good, and Productive

By Pat and Skip Doyle

Words for the week: change is good (sometimes). Boy, that is sometimes a phrase difficult to swallow.
Why do we mention it in this week's newsletter? Because, as you may have noticed, this week's newsletter arrived Tuesday at mid-morning rather than Monday at daybreak. We are hoping that this slight  change will up our readership, exposing more of our members to the important information that our newsletter team puts together each week.
Another change that is not so good is the one in ownership of the Holiday Inn in Boxborough. As you can see from the notice in red at the top of both this newsletter and the district website, ownership has changed and District 7910 Rotary events will no longer be held at that location. We guess you could say we have all been spoiled for many years by the wonderful relationship we had with the management of that venerable location. In the time we have been Rotarians, we have attended at least seven District Conferences and two ESSEX conferences there. Our RYLA program was enhanced because we had a central location at no charge for all of our RYLA-facilitator training sessions. The hotel's decision to not honor existing contracts has adversely affected our district and we are very upset with this development. Please be diligent about checking meeting locations - we do not want people going miles out of their way.
On January 10, we witnessed a change that was very productive. Because the Rotary Club of Watertown's meeting location closes for January, they were forced to change locations. They joined the Rotary Club of Needham for a joint meeting on January 10 at 12 noon, and we were able to present both clubs an overview of the 2017 Multi-District Conference - a.k.a. Quadcon. Joint meetings such as this are a great idea. Why not try one for a change
Left to right: District Governor Pat Doyle, Needham President Ted Shaughnessy, Watertown President Lilia Weisfeldt, and District Skip Doyle
Six important things to know:
1. The weekly submission deadline for the Newsletter will remain the same: 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
2. Resolutions: The District Resolutions Committee met on January 10 and addressed three changes to the District Resolution that will be proposed and voted on at the annual District Business Meeting, to be held during the Multi-District Conference in Providence, on Saturday morning, April 29. For more information on the District Resolutions, contact Resolutions Chair Doug Detweiller (shown, right) at
3. District Nominations: The District Nominating Committee is seeking qualified applicants to serve as District Trustee for 2017 to 2019 and District Charitable Fund Trustee for 2017 to 2020. Clubs and club leadership are asked and encouraged to actively recruit and promote service in Rotary through their members' service as district leaders. The deadline for submitting applications is this February 18. All completed applications should be either e-mailed to Nominating Committee Chair Michael Ellis (shown, right) at, or mailed to him at: Michael Ellis, District 7910 Nominating Committee, 88 Coburn Ave., Gardner, MA  01440Postmarked mail after February 18 will not be accepted. To download the Trustee Nomination Form, click here. To download the Nomination Form Supplement, click here.
4. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: The RYLA Club Pack has been updated and posted on 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 reached at The RYLA season has begun and the RYLA Committee is working to make RYLA 2017 the "best RYLA ever." (See RTLA article in right hand column)
5. 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.
6. 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
If you want to share a link to the Governor's Message, click here.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle (shown, right) may be reached at and, respectively.
Click here to submit content for the Tuesday, January 24 issue. The submission deadline for this issue is Friday, January 20.
Click here for past issues.


Alphabetical order, by last name
  • Jay Antonetti, Groton Pepperell
  • Kathi Crowley, Groton Pepperell
  • Oceana Montalvo, Milford

Remember to ask ... ask ... ask!

remembering our ROTARIANS

Alphabetical order, by last name
Walter Bayliss and Dr. George Gianis, Lowell
Walter "Wally" Bayliss (shown, left) passed away on November and George “Doc” Gianis (shown, below) passed away on December 23.  Wally was a Rotarian for more than 40 years and Doc was a member for 56 years.
Both men have left quite a legacy of “service above self” - and they will be missed dearly!
The members or the Rotary Club of Lowell stood honor guard at both funerals and proudly represeDr. George V. Gianisnted Rotary.
John Morse, Westborough
John "Jack" Morse (shown, left) was a past district governor - serving District 7910 during the 1996-1997 Rotary year - and a past president of the Rotary Club of Westborough. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Jack’s family on Sunday, January 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Rd., Sterling. Interment will be private at Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Westborough, P.O. Box 903, Westborough, MA 01581. 
Raymond Reynolds, Wellesley 
Member picture
As the Rotary Club of Wellesley notes in its weekly newsletter, Raymond "Ray" Reynolds" (shown, left) was a loyal Rotarian for 50 years giving of himself at every turn to a Rotary cause. Rotary was always uppermost in his mind and he looked after it like it was part of his family. And it was! ... He was truly 'service above self'."


Applications Sought for David and Eleanor Morley Endowed Global Grant Scholarship

To learn more about the Morley Scholarship, click here.

To download the Morley Scholarship flyer in PDF formatclick here.




We share with you the results of club-membership growth in our district during Rotary year 2016-2017, which began July 1.
This is a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities.


Joint Club Meetings: DGs Pat and Skip Doyle Revisit Needham and Watertown
Because the Rotary Club of Watertown's meeting location closes for January, they were forced to change locations. They joined the Rotary Club of Needham for a joint meeting on January 10 and 12 noon, and we were able to present both clubs an overview of the 2017 Multi-District Conference - a.k.a. Quadcon. Joint meetings such as this are a great idea. Why not try one for a change
Left to right: District Governor Pat Doyle, Needham President Ted Shaughnessy, Watertown President Lilia Weisfeldt, and District Skip Doyle

Auburn Teams Up with FAME for Music & Wine Event to Benefit Education on March 17
Join the Rotary Club of Auburn and Friends of Auburn Music Education for theor 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Music & Wine Event.  The festive celebration will take place on Friday, March 17 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St. in Auburn.
The event will feature professional oboist Lydia Consilvio of Auburn, and a faculty recital by the Auburn Public Schools' Fine Arts Department.  
Click here, to purchase tickets via PayPal for $35 per person for the main Music & Wine Event from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - which includes hors d'oeuvres and wine.
To learn more about Auburn Rotary, click here.

Chelmsford Honors Six High School Students of  Month
Chelmsford High School has selected six House Students of the Month for December. All Students of the Month are honored at a luncheon by the Rotary Club of Chelmsford recognized at Activities Night.
Left to right: Riley Higgins, of Emerson House; Sophia Haywood, of Hawthorne House; Sarah Benda and Jason Shin, of Whittier House; Eric Miu, of Emerson House; and David Cote, of Hawthorne House
To learn more about Chelmsford Rotary, click here.

Dedham Publishes Cookbook: Get your copy now
Hot off the press is the first Rotary Club of Dedham Cookbook!  It features 420 recipes from Rotarians and their families across the U.S. and some from far away as Russia.  Special dishes featured come from the kitchens of all Americans - great ethnic foods, desserts and beverages.

The Cookbook cover features a full-page color photo of the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, where the club meets on Thursdays. This fundraising Cookbook is available for $25, plus shipping. You may purchase it at, or by contacting Past President Sandra Nelson at Happy New Year - and bon appetit!
Maynard Presented RI Membership Retention Award
Left to right: District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle, posing with President Matt Farrow

Southborough Looks for Talent
The Rotary Club of Southborough is looking for talented performers from fifth grade to adults to participate in the 17th Annual Talent Show, to be held Friday, March 10Auditions will take place Monday,January 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Trottier Middle School, located 49 Parkerville Rd. in Southborugh.
For more information or to schedule an audition, contact eitherRachel Bartolomei at or Jessica Dimitrov
To learn more about Southborough Rotaryclick here.
Uxbridge Present Student Scholarships
At the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge on January 3, members, parents and students gathered as scholarships were presented to seven high school students.
Left to right: Zachary Ells and Michael Tourony, of Douglas High School; Angela Eppelet, of Whitinsville Christian School; Uxbridge Rotary President Linn Doll ButlerKeryn Moriarty, of Uxbridge High School; and Samantha Tackett-Marvill and Jillian Shenian, of Northbridge High School. Not shown: Taylor Walsh, of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School. 
To learn more about Uxbridge Rotary, click here.
Westborough Inducts Neil Bock as Newest Member
Left to right: President Gerry Gross, Member Peter Gardner, Neil Bock, and District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager
To learn more about Westborough Rotary, click here.

Wellesley Video Promotes Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention
Six members of the Interact Club of Wellesley are shown posing recently with Ramnath Subba Siddi (second from left) and Wellesley Rotarian Bob Anthony (fourth from left), chair of the District Interact Committee. Ramnath, from Yellapur, India, was visiting the U.S. Bob founded a non-profit called Adolescent Wellness Inc. that helped with some related projects for Ramnath.
To learn more about Wellesley Rotary, click here.
To learn more about Interact, click here.

Westborough Thanked By Big Brothers Big Sisters
Harold Pinkham (shown, middle), a member of the Rotary Club of Westborough who works at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass./Metrowest, recently thanked the club for its support of the BBBS’ Winter Celebration event, which took place in December at Westborough High School. The club gave $500 to BBBS in support of this longstanding event that brings “Bigs” and “Littles” together for a day of fun, learning, gifting and celebration. Westborough Rotarians Dave Kaiser and Steve Sager, who is also district governor-elect, were acknowledged for their participation in the event.
Left to right: Westborough President Jerry Gross and Giving Chair Betsy Moquin present Harold Pinkham with the club’s donation.
To learn more about Westborough Rotary, click here.

District Interact Committee Seeks Entries for January Interact Video Contest
Deadline is January 31
Northborough-Southborough Interact is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northborough. To learn more about Northborough Rotaryclick here.  To learn more about Interact, click here.
Bay Path Interact is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Auburn and Southbridge. To learn more about Auburn Rotaryclick here.  To learn more about Southbridge Rotary, click here. To learn more about Interact, click here.

Westborough Uses PayPal to Raise Nearly $2,000 for Polio Plus
To research charities that have a registered 501(c)3 account with PayPalclick here.
To learn more about Westborough Rotary, click here.

Nashoba Valley To Host Third Annual 'Power of Change' Event on January 23












To learn more about Nashoba Valley Rotary, click here.

Nashoba Valley Tools Up for Bolton Repair Cafe on January 21
To learn more about Nashoba Valley Rotaryclick here.

Tewksbury Rotary, Lions Teaming Up for Sock Hop on January 20
To learn more about Tewksbury Rotaryclick here.

District Highlights Fundraising Goals in Video
We are all well aware that The Rotary Foundationis celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017.Steve Kirk, president of the Rotary Club of Concord, has produced a five-minute video that outlines our own district’s fundraising goals for the current Rotary year, which ends next June 30.
To learn more about The Rotary Foundationclick here.
Video of Governor Baker's Address to District Rotarians Now Available
The Rotary Club of Billerica has provided a video of Governor Charlie Baker's address to District 7910 Rotarians on September 27 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bedford. To watch the two-hour-47-minute videoclick here.
The Rotary Clubs of BedfordBillerica, LowellNewton and Shrewsbury sponsored the event, which  was a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities. To view event photosclick here.

Meet Tatsuya Hayase, Our Rotary Scholar
To Have Tatsuya Speak to Your Club, Contact Indira Desai













Left to right: Newton Rotarian Chris Chu; Rotary Scholar Tatsuya Hayase, his wife, Marie Hayase, and their son, Yuto Hayase; Host Counselor Indira Desai, immediate past president of Newton Rotary; Newton Rotary President Paul Sullivan and his wife, Monica Sullivan; District Scholarship Chair Tory DeFazio, a Wellesley Rotarian; and Newton Rotarians Tony Bibbo and Tom Keery.

A Great Fundraising Idea for All Clubs
Milford Distributes '16 Tab to 13,000 Homes - Record sales, 94 photos, 334 smiling faces
To read the Milford  RotaryTabclick here.
To learn more about Milford Rotary, click here.

On to Atlanta in 2017: Register now!
Planning to attend? Contact District Chair Steve Glines.
To learn moreclick here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here.

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as '16-'17 DGs
To watch a video of the installationclick here.

District Banners Available
Our district banners are available for your use when you have an upcoming event or fundraiser. 
If you want to reserve one of the banners, please contact PR Chair Laura Spear at


Friday, January 20: - Tewksbury - 'Sock Hop'
To learn more, click here

Monday, January 23: Nashoba Valley - 'Third Annual Power of Change Event'
To learn more, and to register for this free event, click here
To download flyer in PDF format, click here

Saturday, January 28: Brookfields - 'Murder Mystery Dinner'
For more information, contact Lynn Duffey-O'Shea at 413-262-8783 or President Chet Lubelczyk at 508-867-3203.
Click here to download event flyer

Saturday, March 11: Uxbridge - 'Wine and Chocolate Tasting'
See our Facebook Page <click here>
Click here to download event flyer

Wednesday, March 15: District 7910 - 'Deadline for Morley Scholarship Applications'
To learn more, click here
To download flyer in PDF format, click here

Friday, March 17: Auburn - '2017 St. Patrick's Day Music & Wine Event to Benefit Education'
To learn more, and to buy tickets for the Main Event, click here
To download event flyer in PDF format, click here


Send flyers of your club's major events and activities, in eitherJPEG or PDF format, to Immediate Past District 
Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at


You may submit event information per the District 7910 Promotional Guidelines. If your club does not use ClubRunner, please send your event information to Immediate Past Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim And, please make sure to add Jim to your club's distribution list.


Wednesday, January 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham
Monday, January 30
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough

District Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 31 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 2
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, February 6
Wednesday, February 8
12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.
The Allen House, Newton

Saturday, February 11
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham
Monday, February 13
6:30-8:30 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

Monday, February 13
7:00-8:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster
Wednesday, February 15
Time and place to be determined


RI Website Has Been Updated

Club & District Report from RI
By Katlin Bautz

In the New Year: Spend Less. Give More. 
To learn moreabout Rotary Global Rewardclick here
To download the Rotary Global Reward flyer,click here
Contact Judy Merriman, chair of the District Rotary Global Rewards Committeeat

TRF Named World’s Outstanding Foundation

'Rotary Leader' Newsletter: January 2017

Meet Ian Riseley: '17-'18 RI President

'Beyond Borders:' December 2016

By Dean Rohrs, RI Director for Zones 24 & 32

To read the December 2016 issue of Beyond Borders, click here.

In the December issue:

  • Dean describes how the age-old Christmas story and the message of Rotary offer hope for the new year. 
  • Director-Nominee Jeff Cadorette (see below) discusses his "journey"  toward directorship - and promises to take us along with him on a great ride.
  • We learn how the Toronto Sunrise club meets new immigrants in town - and supports them as they develop a brand-new club that better suits their needs.
  • We follow along as Rotarians experience a National Immunization Day to Nigeria.
  • We learn how millions of dollars ​ have been raised​ for The Rotary Foundation - and how we can ​ contribute.
  • We hear a​n example of how "talking Rotary" turns into a service project ​all its own.​

To read Dean's highlights of the latest RI Board of Directors meetingclick here.

Meet Jeff Cadorette: Our New RI Director

Meet Sam Owori: Our '18-'19 RI President
Sam Owon is a Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala.

A Letter from '16-'17 RI President John Germ


To download the World Polio Day toolkitclick here
For information on the April 2017 Rotary International Convention, click here.
To read profile of John Germclick here

Campaign to End Polio: What you don't know

When was the last time there was polio in Europe?

What Millennials Love about Rotary
Millennials, an ethnically diverse, fiercely independent generation of digital natives, are doing more than just snapping selfies—they’re looking for a way to make a difference in their communities.

Get Ready for Your District Rotary Foundation Seminar

The Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th year of Doing Good in the World. Take the opportunity to strengthen your district and clubs during your district's Rotary Foundation Seminar by using resources from

Go to the Promotional resources tab to download the following Centennial Promotional Kit materials:

  • Ideas and activities for clubs
  • Doing Good in the World promotional flier
  • Doing Good in the World bookmark
  • Sample press release
  • Centennial letterhead
  • Centennial PowerPoint template
  • History of the Rotary Foundation PowerPoint
  • Centennial postcard

Let others know about these materials they can use to promote the Foundation in their clubs and communities. 

Membership Minute: Impact Begins with You
A positive member experience begins long before someone joins a Rotary club. Start by introducing prospective members to Rotary with the Impact Begins With You brochure.

New Tools for Membership Tool Belt

Looking to enhance your club-membership experience?

A How-To Membership-Leads Video


RI Membership Resource Guide

To download the Guide in PDF format, click here

RI Makes Changes in 'Brand Center' Online Tool

We hope that you've found Rotary International’s Brand Center a useful tool to create customized logos and brochures - and to tell Rotary's story in a consistent and engaging way. To gain access, you will need to login with your Rotary Membership ID.

'16-'17 Rotary Theme: 'Rotary Serving Humanity'

To download the image in JPEG format, click here.

Check Out 'Rotary Voices' Blog
Check out Rotary Voices, the official blog of Rotary International. This blog features stories by and about Rotary members, Rotary program alumni, and the people we partner and work with.


RI President=Elect Ian Riseley Announces 2017-2018 Theme


And HERE it is:

Theme logo 2017-18 EN


Governor-Elect Report: Register now for NEPETS, March 9-11, Framingham
RI President-Elect Ian Riseley to be Keynote Speaker


Nominations Call: Seeking qualified applicants
By Mike Ellis
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Rotary Means Business: Next meeting on January 25 in Waltham
By Ron Bott
ESSEX Examples: Discover a great youth program

What Is The Mission of Rotary Leadership Institute?
By Doug Detweiler
FAQs about RLI: Click here

What are the courses? Click here

More Than 100 Breakout Sessions
There will be more than 100 breakout sessions at the RI Convention in Atlanta. Help us plan the sessions by taking a survey: TAKE SURVEY

A Healthy Rotarian Is A More Effective Rotarian - Make a great New Year's resolution

By Ron Goodenow

By Steve Jones-D'Agostino