Upcoming Events
You may submit event information per the District 7910 Promotional GuidelinesIf your club does not use ClubRunner, please send your event information to Rotary District 7910 Newsletter. And make sure to add  jim.fusco2@gmail.com to your club's distribution list.

2016 District Conference: Plymouth Rocks!
by District 7910 Conference Committee
May 20, 21 and 22
Hotel 1620 At Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth
Click here to Register Now!
Click here to download the 12-page, 'everything you need to know' District Conference Booklet, which contains:
  • Schedule
  • Pricing
  • Hospitality 'Sweets' Request Form
  • Cruise Registration Form
  • Golf Registration Form
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Facebook 'Like' Contest
Click here to watch the three-minute promo video, produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simon

RYLA: Student online registration is now open
Student online registration for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is now open. 
Click here, for online registration.

Club Visits
Invite District Governor Jim Fusco to your club's special events!
If you have any special club events that you would like me to attend or any inductions or presentations that you would like me to make, please let me know.
DG Jim 

District Events
Monday, April 11-Monday, May 9
Monday, April 11 
6:30-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster 

Wednesday, April 13 
6:00-9:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough

Monday, April 18 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Wednesday, April 20
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough

Monday, April 25 
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Tuesday, April 26
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Wednesday, April 27
6:30-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

Saturday, April 30
8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Hilton Garden, Worcester
Wednesday, May 4
Wednesday, May 4 
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

Saturday, May 7
7:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Boston-Peabody, Peabody
Monday, May 9
5:30-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

RI Spotlight
Follow Live Coverage of RI's Council on Legislation


Representatives from Rotary clubs around the world, including District 7910's own Tom Sturiale, will be gathering in Chicago this to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs. The Council on Legislation gives members a role in adapting Rotary to keep it relevant to today’s world. We’ll be providing live updates and vote totals from the Council beginning today. Learn more about the Council.

Bono on Rotary and Polio
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Since the beginning of Rotary's 111th anniversary, on February 23, Rotary members worldwide have been holding events to celebrate three decades of polio-eradication progress. Click here to watch a two-and-a-half-minute video titled "Bono On Rotary and Polio," produced by Steve Kirk of Concord Rotary.
Note: This video is a fine example of wht you can do with RI promotional materials. At District 7910's Social Media Seminar on March 31, Steve Kirk demonstrated how to create a video. For more information, contact him at steve@esicomputing.com.

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.

We'd like to inform you of a recent change to the online tool. Starting today, April 4, any logos or brochures you create using one of our templates will be automatically deleted from your profile 30 days after your last change or edit. Logos and brochures created before April 4 will be deleted on May 2, unless you make a change or edit to the template.

We recommend that once you have finished your customized logo or brochure, you download the document in PDF, PNG, or JPEG format on your own computer.

Reminders of this change will be posted on Brand Center’s template and logo pages.

Zone 32 Foundation Webinar Now Available
On February 2, Rotary Zone 32, of which District 7910 is a part, held a webinar titled “Best Practices to Improve Foundation Giving." If you missed that webinar, click here to watch video of it, and click here to download the PowerPoint presentation for it.
To read Zone 24 & 32's February 2016 Beyond Borders newsletter, click here.

RI Membership Resource Guide: Winter 2016
To download in PDF format, click here

New Tools For Membership Tool Belt
Looking to enhance your club membership experience? Do you want to find opportunities for growth in your club? Club and district leaders now have a set of updated Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools) to help them strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave.
For your convenience, you can download the entire publication, or just the individual assessments that are most relevant to your club.
The individual assessments, which walk users through evaluation and development of an action plan, include:
  1. Representing Your Community’s Professions: A Classification Assessment
  2. Diversifying Your Club: A Member Diversity Assessment
  3. Finding New Club Members: A Prospective Member Exercise
  4. Improving Your Member Retention: A Retention Assessment and Analysis
  5. Enhancing the Club Experience: Member Satisfaction Survey
  6. Understanding Why Members Resign: Exit Survey 
Historical trends show that there’s an increase in membership soon after the new year, so this is the perfect time to consider how you welcome new members into your club. Read how one club is using our New Member Welcome Kits to enhance their welcome and orientation.

Rotary Global Rewards: Sign Up Today!
Click here to learn more
Have you tried Rotary Global Rewards — Rotary International’s new member-benefit program that offers discounts on travel, hotels, dining, entertainment and more? Rotary Global Rewards will make your Rotary membership even more rewarding.
Rotary Global Rewards helps you share Rotary by:
  • Doing more good work: Involve more members in Rotary projects with savings on truck rentals, airfare, and hotels.
  • Building Rotary friendships: Forge richer friendships with fellow members with your dining and entertainment offers.
  • Sharing our story with someone new: Tell people about Rotary’s work when you use discounts at coffee shops and restaurants.
Our rewards program is even more special now because members are invited to build it. This fall, Rotarians can add their company’s special offers to our growing portfolio of Rotary Global Rewards.
Where will Rotary Global Rewards take you? Sign in to My Rotary, go to the Member Center, and learn more. If you don’t have an account, create one now at www.rotary.org/myrotary.The good you do comes back to you!
Click here to tell us your Rotary story. How has your life or your community been touched by Rotary? We’d like to hear about your experiences, your accomplishments, and your favorite moments. Add a photo, a video, or just a few sentences to share your Rotary Story.

2016-2017 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.
Governor's Message
Governor's Message: Deep membership slide has stopped
By Jim Fusco
I want to thank our clubs for their membership efforts. One of my goals for my year was to concentrate on membership. I was concerned that we were on a membership slide and were coming off a year where our total membership declined by 77 members to a total of 1,498, which made us the worst-performing district in New England. This decline continued through December, when our membership dropped to 1,470. I was determined to do something about that and, with your hard work, better district communications and the hard work of our District Membership Committee, I am pleased to report that the deep slide has stopped. Read more
Click here to download or print this newsletter, in PDF format.
Click here for past issues.
Download or print the meeting minutes for 2016 District Conference Committee
(Rotary member login is required)

Welcome, New Members
Please welcome the newest Rotarians in our district (alphabetical order by last name):

District & Club Rounds
Leominster Rotary Holds Awards Night
The Rotary Club of Leominster recently held its 22nd Annual Vocational Awards Night with more 200 people joining the Leominster club in celebrating the accomplishments of the 10 employees honored that evening. This has become an award that employees strive for and consider prestigious. They receive a beautiful plaque from the Leominster club and the city's mayor presents a certificate as well.
To view the photo, left, and additional event photos, click here.
The evening began with the Police Department Color Guard presenting the colors and Leominster Treasurer and Immediate Past President Mary Dean singing the National Anthem. After opening remarks by President Claire Freda, a blessing was provided by Father William Champlain of St. Leo Parish and dinner was served. All recipients were introduced by their department heads, speaking to their choice of employee.
Immediately after dinner, the awards ceremony began with the City Hall Employee of the Year and continued with the Firefighter of the Year, the Police Department, the Department of Public Works, the Library, the School Department Grade (Pre-K to Grade 4, Middle School and High School Teachers of the Year) and one employee from each of the two Catholic schools in Leominster.
It was a great opportunity for the Leominster club to speak about its contributions of nearly $1 million over the 91 years it has been in existence. A slide show of all the club's efforts played on two screens at the start of the social hour and continued until the end of the evening.
For anyone interested in viewing the event, visit www.LTV.com and go to "Media On Demand," where you will find "Rotary Award Night."  The Sentinel and Enterprise newspaper also had front-page coverage of the event.

Fitchburg Rotary Honors Paul Harris Recipients
The Rotary Club of Fitchburg recently held its annual Paul Harris Night at the Old Mill Restaurant in Westminster. This event is held each year to recognize Rotarians who have attained their next Paul Harris level of recognition.
The awards were presented by Club Foundation Co-Chairs Mary Whitney and Sharon Bernard and District Foundation Chair Roy Balfour. Following the presentations District Jim Fusco congratulated the Fitchburg Rotary on the unique way they encourage Foundation giving by using Paul Harris Circles.
The concept in this method is either to have 10 Rotarians join a circle and commit to contribute $100 each per year to The Rotary Foundation, or to have five Rotarians agree to join a circle and commit to contribute $200 each per year to TRF. Each year, a name from each circle is drawn and that person earns his or her Paul Harris recognition.
Currently, there are three active Paul Harris Circles:
  • C. William Lakso Paul Harris Circle, and the recipient was Paul Gauvin
  • Nicholas D. Mercadante Paul Harris Circle, and the recipient was Mary Heafy
  • Marcia D. Bellermann Paul Harris Circle, and the recipient was Linda ZC. Largey
In addition to awarding Paul Harris Recognitions to the Circle, the Fitchburg club also bestowed a Paul Harris recognition for Community Service to Joana Dos Santos, executive director, of United Neighbors, Cleghorn Neighbor Center and Youth Center.
Shown,  left to right are: Past President Linda Largey; President Wayne Carney; Past President Paul Gauvin; Community Service Recipient Joana Dos Santos; Past President Mary Heafy; Foundation Chair Mary Whitney; and Past President Sharon Bernard.

Billerica Rotary Presents Check To Locke Monsters Robotics
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Billeria, President Nancy Graham and Laura Stefanescu presented a check to the Locke Monsters Robotics - a robotic club at the Locke Middle School in Billerica. The club won the State Robotics competitions and will be competing in the National Tournament later this month.
Shown, are Locke Middle students Brayden Taylor (left) and Patrick Browne (right) working recently on their team's robot. The Locke Monsters, as they've dubbed themselves, are Kentucky-bound after qualifying for the national tournament. Photo: Ryan McBride, Lowell Sun 

Waltham Rotary Welcomes Two New Members
The Rotary Club of Waltham recently welcomed its two newest members: Taiyo Brinkley (second from left) and Christine Battista Keane (far left). They are shown posing with two unidentified members of the Waltham club.

Framingham Rotary Crafts Fair Set For April 23
The Rotary Club of Framingham's Spring Crafts Fair will run on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Keefe Tech. More than 100 vendors will be present. there will be plenty of parking as well as handicapped accessiblility. 
Admission fees are: Adults, $2; Seniors and Students, $1; and Children ages 12 and under, free. Admission proceeds will be used to support local community services.

Nashoba Valley Rotary seeks volunteers for, offers experience Financial Reality Fair
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is sponsoring its fourth Financial Reality Fair on Friday, April 15 from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Nashoba Regional High School, located at Green Street and Route 117 in Bolton. Here’s your opportunity to volunteer and experience first-hand what a Reality Fair is all about.
We have the opportunity to provide a valuable life lesson to all 260-plus 10th graders at the high school - yes, you have to pay for electricity - and have fun at the same time! Volunteer materials will be provided in advance.
To sign up, or for more information, contact Nashoba Valley Rotarian Laura Spear at laura@spear.net.

District Membership Webinar Set for April 27
By Satya Mitra
District 7910’s Membership Committee has set a Membership Development Webinar for Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. To register, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
Increasing the number of members should be a top priority for your Rotary club. As we approach the beginning of the 2016-2017 Rotary year, every club should have a Membership Development Plan in place to increase and retain membership.
The webinar will include the process of creating a Membership Development Plan plus provides strategies and tools you can use to attract and engage new members.
Club-assessment tools will be shared that will enable you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your club related to attracting and retaining members. There will be a review of best practices to be a vibrant club,which is essential to attracting new members.
The webinar is intended for club officers, club Membership chairs, Membership Committee members, assistant governors and anyone interest in learning how to increase membership in your club.
Satya Mitra, who chairs the District Membership Committee, may be reached at satya@thegurutax.com.
Looking to enhance your club-membership experience? Do you want to find opportunities for growth in your club? Club and district leaders now have a set of updated Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools) to help you strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave.
Bedford Rotary To Pack Meals For Stop Hunger Now On May 14
The Rotary Club of Bedford will attempt to feed 250,000 children with their fourth annual Meals for Kids food packaging event in partnership with Stop Hunger Now on May 14 at the Bedford campus of Middlesex Community College.
The Rotary Club, composed of just a few dozen business professionals from Bedford and its surrounding communities, began feeding hungry children in 2013. That first year they established their relationship with Stop Hunger Now, they raised enough money and gathered enough volunteer packagers to put together enough packaged meals to feed 15,000 hungry children. Read more

Newton Rotary’s ‘Newton Has Talent’ Accepting Auditions
The Rotary Club of Newton’s “Newton Has Talent” is again accepting auditions for its 2016 competition, which takes place on May 21. More than $1,500 in prize money is available,and anyone who is over 13 and lives, works or goes to school in Newton can compete.
“Newton Has Talent” is a major fundraiser for Newton Rotary. Each year, the club gives out scholarships to graduating seniors and grants to local organizations. The club also recognizes a "Student of the Month" each month, collects food and toiletries for local food pantries, provides camperships for kids who need some help with their summer plans, and does a variety of hands-on service projects that help the Newton community. 
For more information, contact Newton Membership Chair Susan Peghinyat suef0503@gmail.com.

District Social Media Seminar Was Great!
We featured Keynote Speaker Mary Curtis, owner of One Less Hat Consulting, on creating a social media strategy, followed by "beginner" and “experienced” tracks for users of all levels. We learned the basics of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, getting Facebook tips and tricks, advice on posting to multiple social media platforms at the same time, and creating quick and easy videos to highlight your club. Mix-and-match sessions were held to meet attendees knowledge and skill level.
Thank you to all the presenters: Nancy Dube (Dube Consulting); Doreen Nicastro (Nicastro Consulting); Liz Kaprielian (Framingham Rotary); Cheryl Rosen (Hudson Rotary), Steve Jones-D'Agostino(Auburn Rotary); and Steve Kirk (Concord Rotary). Thank you to PR ChairLaura Spear (Nashoba Valley Rotary) for coordinating this great event, and to Chris Spear (Nashoba Valley) for being our A/V man.
Click here to view and download the seminar photos, in JPEG format
Click here to view and download the seminar flyer, in PDF format.
Questions? Contact Laura Spear, District 7910's Public Image chair, atlaura@spear.net.

Westborough Rotary Sponsors ‘Be Like Brit’ Child
The Rotary Club of Westborough has received the name and photo of the child whom the club is sponsoring through the Be Like Brit Foundation. Her name is Darlandyna (shown, left), she is five years old, and she is just adorable. Our sponsorship covers her housing, education, and more.

District 7910 Celebrates Successful Guyana Playground Project

Every year, a group of Rotarians from District 7910 travel to a third-world country to accomplish a "hands-on"project with the resident Rotary club. This February, our district team traveled to Georgetown, Guyana to build a playground for special-needs students at a local school.
Afterward, the Rotary members went to a local orphanage to visit the children and deliver stuffed toys, books and games. The Rotary Club of Georgetown coordinated the visit and participated in the activities. This is another good example of Rotary at work and Rotary international service.
For the trip highlights, click here to view a three-minute video.

Rotary’s Dictionary Project Comes Full Circle in Massachusetts
After learning about The Dictionary Project in the late ‘90s, the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough decided to visit several local elementary schools and hand out personalized dictionaries. Little did they know, one third-grade student from their 1998 project in an Acton-Boxborough school would become a teacher. And, not just any teacher – a third-grade teacher!

Today, Mairin Gulliver teaches at Luther Conant School in Acton. This year, when Rotarians came to her class to hand out the dictionaries, she told them that she received her personal dictionary from the Rotary club when she was in third grade and still has it! She remembers the day when Rotarians came to her class and gave each student their own book. “I remember taking my book home and flipping through the pages to find new information,” Mairin says. Today, she uses the donated dictionaries in her classroom to teach basic dictionary skills through a treasure hunt activity. After the strategy-based lesson, the students get to take their books home to use for their spelling and language-arts practice worksheets.

When asked why paperback dictionaries are important, Mairin explains that having a personal dictionary puts each child on the same playing field. Although resources and learning materials can be monitored in the classroom environment, teachers such as her recognize that not every child has access to a computer – or even books at home. “Like our motto here at Luther Conant School, the whole child is the whole idea, we want our students to have every resource available to be successful,” Mairin says.
To learn more about The Dictionary Project, click here.
District Conference: Things I want you to know
By Jim Fusco
We have two prepaid options for you to celebrate your free time on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21. Free time will be from 12 noon to 4 pm. Register for only one of these options because they will be occurring at the same time.
  • Harbor Cruise aboard the Pilgrim Belleclick here. Five-minute walk from the hotel. 1-1/12-hour cruise of Plymouth Harbor. You must register and pay for this event in advance because space is limited. Your price includes a box lunch: for Deli Box lunch $30, click here; and for Lobster Roll, $40, click here.
  • Golfing at the Squirrel Run Golf Courseclick here. 14 minute drive from the hotel. Tee time is 12 noon. A great opportunity to golf at the beautiful Squirrel Run Golf Course. Price is only $40 person and includes your golf cart. Space is limited so make your reservations early: click here.
Many other things to do
There are also many other things in the Plymouth area you can do. Here are a few suggestions. Registration is not required for these activities:

Ukraine Rotary Clubs Need Our Help With Recent Polio Outbreaks
Twenty-five years ago, the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury co-sponsored the first Rotary club in Ukraine, which was the Rotary Club of Kiev. Now, a quarter-century later, Ukraine needs our help with recent polio outbreaks in that eastern European nation.
Rotary in Ukraine has now has grown to more 43 clubs. Click here to watch a video posted by our fellow Rotarians in Ukraine regarding the recent outbreak of polio. It demonstrates that with low awareness and low vaccination rates, one plane ride can cause this disease reappear again overnight and anywhere - even in America. Ukraine Rotary clubs are looking for help. The best way is to make a donation of any size. To make a donation, click here.
Every donation gets amplified by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donates $2 for every $1 donated by Rotarians. That causes each donation of $1 to triple to $3. Click here to learn more about that match.

Major District & Club Happenings: Spring & Summer 2016
Extended One Week - Friday, April 15: District 7910: Ad Deadline for  District Conference 'Souvenir Book'
Cl'ick here for the order form, in PDF format

Friday, April 15: District 7910 - Deadline for 'Facebook "Like" Contest'
Click here for contest details, in PDF format

Wednesday, April 20: District 7910 - Deadline for District Conference 'Hospitality "Sweets"'
Click here for request form, in PDF format

Sunday, April 24: Shrewsbury - Earth Day Recycle Event 
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format

Thursday, April 28: Acton-Boxborough Rotary - 'Best of Times Wine, Beer, Food and Dessert Tasting'
Click here for tasting flyer, in PDF format

Friday, April 29: Montachusett Area - 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'
Click here for ballgame flyer, in PDF format

Sunday, May 1: Northborough Rotary - '5 & 10K Road/Trail Run'
Click here for run flyer, in PDF format

Friday, April 29: Wachusett Area - 'Roaring '20s Dinner Dance'
Click here for dinner-dance flyer, in PDF format

Thursday, May 5: District 7910 - Sign-Up Deadline for District Conference 'House of Friendship'
Click here for friendship flyer, in PDF format

Thursday, May 5: District 7910 - Sign-Up Deadline for District Conference 'Golf Outing'
Click here for golf flyer, in PDF format

Saturday, May 21 or First 90 People to Sign Up: District 7910 - Sign-Up Deadline for District Conference 'Harbor Cruise'
Click here for cruise flyer, in PDF format

Saturday, June 4: Worcester - 'Celebrate Community Gala'
Click here for event details, in PDF format
Click here for sponsorship opportunities, in PDF format

May-September: District 7910 - 'Golf Fellowship'
Click here for golf flyer, in PDF format

Submit Major Club Happenings
Send flyers of your club's major events and activities, in either JPEG or PDF format, to Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com.

Committee Spotlight
DGE Report: Post-PETS a success
By Pat and Skip Doyle
We continue to say "thank you" to our district governor, presidents-elect, assistant governors, secretaries, treasurers, new members , facilitators and everyone else who attended last Friday's Post PETS event in Boxborough (shown, right). Feedback from those who attended has been positive and we are so grateful for all who gave their time and talent to its success. To view this and additional event photos, taken by Cheryl Rosen of Hudson Rotary, click here.
Training is on-going and none of us should ever feel as if we have learned all there is to know about our positions in the Rotary world. We should all make it our goal to read weekly the District Newsletter and add a visit to the Rotary International website at least as often.
We along with District Governor Jim Fusco, District Governor Nominee Karin Gaffney and District Governor Nominee Designate Steve Sager are working together to bring the most-up-to-date information to all of you to make our clubs and our district as strong as they can possible be. Please do your part and keep in touch.
Don't forget June 26: the closing of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards); and the District Installation.
For more information, contact us at pwdoyle2@ verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net. 

Foundation Notice: District Grant proposals and qualification status
By Sanjay Deshpande
District Governors-Elect Pat and Skip Doyle received 28 District Grant proposals at PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) on March 11.  A review of these proposals revealed that two clubs, Needham and Shrewsbury are planning international projects in India and Haiti, respectively.  District 7910 leaves the decision on project location to the clubs in the 2016-‘17 Rotary year that begins this July 1, provided the clubs comply with the requirements for international District Grants. The two clubs should look up these requirements in “Foundation Grants in 2016-17 and Beyond.” Read more
Foundation Q&A: Global Grant Partnerships
Question: Can several Rotary clubs in the U.S. can partner together with one or more Rotary clubs in another country in order to apply for one Global Grant for the U.S. clubs to share equally for use in this country? The club (or partnership of clubs) in the other country would then apply for another Global Grant for use there, to use either solely or in equal sharing with the other clubs in that country. Read more

Membership Corner: Acton-Boxborough – An example of an excellent membership effort!
By Tom Sturiale
Diana Nestorova, the dynamic leader of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, shares the story of her club’s successful membership efforts during the past year.  It is clear that a clearly thought-out, one-step-at-a-time approach will yield excellent results. Here in Diana’s own words is her story:
“Over the course of my Rotary year as a president, we identified the classifications that we needed in order to make our Acton-Boxborough Rotary family a complete entity: a teacher, a medical practitioner, an engineer, and local broadcast company. We accomplished it all on March 30, when we inducted four new members and one corporate member (with two associate members). How it all started: Read more

PR Tips: Promote your digital-marketing tools
By Laura Spear
Make sure you include your club website, Facebook page, Twitter handle, and other digital media in your promotional materials. Add them to your club brochure. Include them on your Rotary business cards. Make sure they are on your prospective-member materials and in your press releases.
We're in the home stretch for the year!
Mark your calendar for our final quarterly district PR meeting of this Rotary year:
Monday, April 18
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn
242 Adams Place
You can register here.
We'll discuss the Social Media Seminar held on March 31, review the rest of the 2015-'16 Rotary year, and discuss plans for 2016-'17 year that starts on July 1.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at laura@spear.net.

RYLA Reminder: Online student registration is now open

By Christine Pinney

Check out our online student registration for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.






Registration is open!
Click here, for online registration.

Please inform selected students and alternates that they must:

1. Fill out the online registration
2. Print out the signature page
3. Sign it along with their parents/guardians
4. Deliver the form to their RYLA contact ASAP
Completed paperwork must be sent to our RYLA registrar and postmarked by this May 1.
If you have any questions, visitwww.ryla7910.org.

Christine Pinney, vice chair of District 79810's RYLA Committee, may be reached at christine@christinepinney.com

Mark Your Interact and Rotaract Calendars!
District 7910 will hold a joint Interact and Rotaract Training Seminar on Tuesday, September 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at place to be determined. This event is a follow-up to the separate Interact and Rotaract Training Seminars that were held last fall and this winter, respectively.
Read more about the Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar held on February 29 at Framingham State University, including video and slide presentations.
Polio Plus Report: District contributions status; New RI funding; New vaccine type

Status of District 7910 club contributions
By Carl Good III
To review and download the District 7910 polio-contributions report compiled by Rotary International,click here. Only four clubs have contributed more than $500 each, and only four have exceed our district's goal of $1,500 per club. The good news: Our district is 58 percent ahead of this time last year.
Carl Good, chair of District 7910's Polio Plus Committee, may be reached at carlgood@yahoo.com.
RI provides $35 million in new funding
Rotary International has released $35 million in new grants to support the global effort to eradicate polio. The funds will build on last year’s historic achievement of stopping transmission of the wild poliovirus in Nigeria and all of Africa. Just two countries reported wild polio cases in 2015, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary’s funds will go toward efforts to end the disease in those countries and seven others. Read more
New type of polio vaccine
A new type of polio vaccine has been produced that can provide a better injectable to people in Third World countries.Click here to watch a recent Australian TV news report on the Vaxxas Nanopatch.

Bandey-Hefler Reflections: Farewell photos and promo video 
imageClick here to view photo highlights of the 2015 Rotary Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange between District 7910 and Districts 1110 and 1145 in England.
imageClick here to view the promotional video for 2015-2016 Bandey-Hefler program in District 7910

Peace Fellowships: Application Deadline Is May 31
By Terry Parker
Each year, Rotary International selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of RI’s Peace Centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Read more

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Rotary District 7910, Central Massachusetts, USA
2015-2016 District Governor Jim Fusco
Rotary District 7910 Newsletter Editor Steve Jones-D'Agostino