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 11-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
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 18-Monday, May 9
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
A how-to membership leads video

Click here for a new video that helps district and club leaders make the most of the recently enhanced Membership Leads resource. It shows how to track a prospective member from the initial membership-leads submission all the way to connection with a local club. It also outlines the role of club and district leaders in the redesigned process, highlighting how their participation will help strengthen membership, and features the new Rotary resources available to support them. Join the conversation in the Membership Best Practices discussion group to tell us how you’re using the new Membership Leads resource to grow and diversify membership.

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
Register Now! Click here
Governor’s Message: Yet another increase in membership
By Jim Fusco
I am thrilled because this week we once again had an increase in membership. We now stand at 1,502 members or four more than when my year began. Keep up the great work in bringing in new members. If we continue to do great things in our communities and get these stories published in the local media, then we will continue this upward trend. I am sure that with everyone’s continued hard work we will end this Rotary year with an overall increase in membership. Remember that all you need to do is identify a person whom you believe would make a great Rotarian and ASK them. 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
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Welcome, New Members
Please welcome the newest Rotarians in our district (alphabetical order by last name):

Rotarians In Memoriam
Please remember these Rotarians who recently passed away (alphabetical order by last name):
Frederick Brasco, Waltham Rotary
Henry "Hank" Cretella, Waltham Rotary

District & Club Rounds
Brookline Rotary Once Again “Routes” For Boston Marathon
Today, Marathon Monday, Brookline Rotary will again be outside the Brookline Marriott Hotel on Beacon Street. Club members will be canvassing for Special Olympics and selling hot dogs, hamburgers, Greek salad from Vanessa’s Kitchen and beverages for other local charities. 
Look for the volunteers wearing the yellow Special Olympics hats/jackets and, hopefully, give to support these other special athletes. Stop by the concession stand outside the Marriott at the intersection of Webster Street and Beacon and re-fuel between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as you cheer the runners. Know that your patronage supports local organizations such as Brookline Food Pantry, Senior Center van, Brookline Teen Awards, After Prom Party, and many more.

Acton-Boxborough Rotary Holds Reality Fair, Presents Food Pantry Donation 
Acton-Boxbough Rotary produced another successful Reality Fair on April 8 at Acton Boxborough Regional High School. The club had 170 students participating from the junior and senior classes (shown, right). 
For the past four years, the club has been sponsoring this financial-management event to give the students a better understanding of the financial responsibilities they will face in the real world. And yes, the reality "hit" them again this year.  Big thanks to all club members who participated, Rotarians from other clubs, representatives from the community businesses and to the event's many sponsors. Special recognition goes to six of the club's newest members, inducted just last week, who got their feet wet by helping at the fair. The club received high praise from the school administration and extremely positive feedback from the students.  
Meanwhile, Acton-Boxborough Rotary and Littleton Rotary hosted a masquerade ball last November 7 to benefit local food pantries Loaves and Fishes in Devens and the Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry in Boxborough. It was a fabulous evening of food, fun and entertainment and a roaring financial success. The clubs raised $14,000, which will be split between the two food pantries. On March 29, the Acton-Boxborough club presented the Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry with a check for $7,000.
Marlborough Rotary's Marilyn Perry Is City Of Marlborough Humanitarian Of Year
The City of Marlborough elects a new Mayor every two years. After the mayor takes office, they hold a Charity Ball in his or her honor with the main purpose of raising funds for the Mayor’s Charitable Fund. The naming of the Humanitarian of the Year, chosen by the mayor from nominations from the public, is the culmination of the event. The 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award goes to Marilyn Perry (shown, middle), a past president of Marlborough Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Marilyn is a retired social-services professional and political activist. Her professional career has included human-resources specialist at Digital Equipment Corp., three terms as a city councilor-at-large, founder and executive director of Marlborough Emergency Services Foundation, executive director of the Massachusetts General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and co-chair of the City’s 100th Anniversary celebration in 1990. Most recently, she became chair of the Board of Marlborough Community Development Corp. 
Upon accepting the award, Marilyn told the 300 people in attendance that she had been secretary to Mayor Kusson Haddad during his first term. Mayor Haddad had told her that he was sad to see so many children who had fallen through the cracks in the social-service network, out in the snow without boots. He knew that he could not spend city funds so he charged Marilyn with finding a way to help. She researched and wrote it up as a resolution, which passed the City Council, and the Mayor’s Charitable Fund was born. Therefore, it made her doubly delighted to be recognized at this event.
In addition, Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito presented Marilyn with a citation from the Governor Charlie Baker. And, several Rotarians in attendance gave her their love and good wishes, including Bonnie Doolin (shown, left), Emily Greenwood, Pete Marshall, Peggie Thorsen (shown, right), Dominic and Joe Valarioti, George Whapham, and Honorary Rotarian Mary Wenzel.

Tewksbury Rotary Conducts 'Taste of the Town,' Gets Set For '5K Run And Fun Walk'
Tewksbury Rotary presented "Taste of the Town" on April 6.The annual event is the primary fundraiser for the club. This year has been the most successful one yet. Tewksbury Rotary raised more than $18,000 for high school student scholarships, town projects, and international projects the club hopes to support. “Our club worked very hard and the success of the event is due to the people of Tewksbury supporting the Rotary club and its programs,” says club President Erin Knyff. Event participants voted for various categories in which the 13 restaurants participated. The categories are Best Overall, best Dessert, Best Soup, Best Presentation, Best Entrée, and Best Appetizer. 
Shown in this photo from the Town Crier are, front row, left to right, Eric Murray, Dan Wright and Attorney Ellen Wright, and back row, left to right, Jason and Omilyn Stanichuck, Carol Hamley and Rick Stanichuck. They are shown wining and dining at the event. (Photo: Bruce Hilliard)
Meanwhile, on Monday, May 30, Tewksbury Rotary will conduct the 2016 Memorial Day 5K Run and Fun Walk beginning at 8:00 a.m. Please come and support the run and our scholarship fund. To register for the run, click here.

Westborough Rotary Funds Playground, Hears Travel Tales
Westborough Rotary has presented a $500 grant to the Westborough Playground Committee. Shown, left to right, are Club President James O’Connor and Rotarian Betsy Moquin, and Playground Committee Chair Erica Dube with her daughter, Arianna Dube.
Westborough Rotary is pleased to welcome Sandy Kearney of Hopedale and Alan Bo Daley of Auburn as new members. Sandy, who was sponsored by Gerry Gross, is director of sales at GROWTHco, a business coaching and advisory group. Bo, who was sponsored by Dave Kaiser, is the new branch manager at Central One Credit Union in Westborough.
Nobody yawned at a recent Westborough Rotary meeting, as long-time club Rotarian Bill Bloom (shown, right) spun his tale of travels with his wife, Karen Bloom, to Hawaii, and then Hong Kong.  With the help of potential Rotarian and tech expert Jack Foreman, Bill showed beautiful photos the first few of which captured a few days on Maui in Hawaii. We learned a lot about Hong Kong, the main focus of the talk. A dynamo of a city of almost eight million people that is politically independent of China, it is blessed with fabulous transportation, wonderful food, and great scenery, which Bill and Karen enjoyed -  though it rained the entire time they were there. Bill also described their boat ride to Macau, a former Portuguese territory that is now part of China. A highlight of the trip was a visit to the Happy Valley Rotary Club, the city’s English-speaking club. There are a total of 60 Rotary clubs in Hong Kong. Bill exchanged flags with President Platteen Tsang, shown posing with Karen and Bill, their son, Barry Bloom, and his wife, Alyssa Bloom.

Old Sturbridge Village Chief Addresses Worcester Rotary
Jim Donahue (shown, right), CEO of Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge recently addressed Worcester Rotary. He spoke about the history, current offerings, and challenges facing OSV.

Concord Rotary Celebrates Successful Pops Concert Fundraiser

Kevin McConnell (left), Chris Sintros (middle) and Leigh Ann Crimmings (right) of Concord Rotary are shown celebrating a successful Pops concert fundraiser. The proceeds of the silent auction will go to fitness equipment for the local police and fire departments. Kevin was also awarded a Paul Harris plus-six at the event

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 accessibility. 
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.

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 on May 14 For Stop Hunger Now

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 Accepting Auditions for May 21 'Newton Has Talent'
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 Peghiny at 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.
Coming soon: seminar videos.
Click here to view and download the seminar flyer, in PDF format.
Questions? Contact Laura Spear, District 7910's Public Image chair, at laura@spear.net.

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

Extended Deadline - Friday, April 22: District 7910: Ad Deadline for  District Conference 'Souvenir Book'
Click here for the order form, in PDF format

Saturday, April 23: Chelmsford Rotary - 'Fishing Flea Market & More'
Click here for market flyer, 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

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

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

Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8: Westborough Rotary - 'Spring Festival'
Click here for festival flyer, in PDF format

Thursday, May 12: Newton Rotary - 'Craft Beer Festival'
Click here for festival 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, May 21: Newton Rotary - 'Newton Has Talent'
Click here for talent 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: SMART visioning
By Pat and Skip Doyle
Last Friday evening, we were guests of Rotary District 7780 in Southern Maine, at a Visioning Workshop. Members from 17 clubs gathered to discuss membership development and retention using tools learned in their prior visioning workshops.
The emphasis was on analyzing goals that had been arrived at during their Visioning sessions – in particular, using the SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timed) tool. 
These workshops are held semi-annually and are very productive. We are convinced of the value of the Visioning process for all the clubs in District 7910. Consider it for your club and, if you have already been a part of the Visioning process, stay tuned for an announcement of a workshop to be held soon.
District Governors-Elect Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at pwdoyle2@ verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net, respectively. 

Foundation Update: Register now for required Grant Manger Training Seminar
By Sanjay Deshpande
All Rotary clubs must have at least one member, preferably two, trained at two Foundation Grants Qualification Seminars to be held. 
The purpose of the Grant Manger Training Seminar has four aspects:
  1. Qualify clubs to receive grant funds
  2. Help clubs to understand an implement the Memorandum of Understanding
  3. Understand how to manage a Rotary grant
  4. Learn stewardship expectations
The seminar will help you understand the decision-making power delegated by The Rotary Foundation to districts and by our district to the clubs. Read more

Membership Corner: How to propose a new member for Rotary
By Tom Sturiale

Why do people join organizations – any organization? People have altruistic as well as personal reasons for joining organizations. Of course, there are those who are primarily interested in the idea of service to others, volunteerism, charity, and all the wonderful things we do in Rotary. But most folks join organizations because they want to build relationships, they want to experience a positive experience and they are interested in solving problems.They may either have personal and business networking objectives or be retired and interested in helping others. In any case, we need to be selective in whom we ask to join and to be reasonably certain of a person’s fit in rotary before we ask them to join. Read more

PR Tips: Pictures are worth a thousand words
By Laura Spear
Include photos of your events and activities on your website and Facebook page. Submit them to your local newspaper for publishing. Make sure they are not “canned” or “staged.” Show Rotarians in action, not shaking hands or holding large checks. Per the Rotary branding guidelines, “our photography focuses on connection and community” and should represent either fly-on-the-wall and candid poses or natural portraits.
We're in the home stretch for the year!
Mark your calendar for our final quarterly district PR meeting of this Rotary year:
This Evening
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, visit www.ryla7910.org.
To sign up as a RYLA volunteer, click here. Add your name to your sessions and favorite slots.

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

2015-2016 District Directory
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2015-2016 District Governor Jim Fusco
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