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 4-Monday, May 2
Friday, April 8 
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Sunday, April 10 
12:30-5:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
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

RI Spotlight


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
38 of 51 clubs submit Club Planning Worksheets & GREAT Membership News for March
By Jim Fusco
As I come off of a busy week, I want you to know how proud I am of our clubs. I introduced a new procedure at the beginning of my year to help clubs have a great year. It was a tracking tool called the Club Planning Worksheet. There was a deadline to have the sheets submitted by April 1 and I am proud to report that 38 of our 51 clubs have submitted their form in time. Thank you!
In addition, the deadline to have the club goals and accomplishments entered into Club Central in order to qualify for the Presidential Citation was also April 1. The clubs worked hard to qualify for the Presidential Citation and I will be thrilled to announce the Presidential Citation recipients at the District Conference in May.
With that being said, I want to tell you about my busy week last week.
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
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 Chair Laura 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, 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.

Concord Rotary's 41st Rotary Pops Night Set For This Friday, April 8
Find yourself among the guests at Concord Rotary's 41st Rotary Pops night on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at 51 Walden in Concord. Jazz singer Amanda Carr will keep the tempo upbeat, bidders will vie for great Silent Auction items, and everyone will have fun at this important fundraiser.
Tickets are available for $25 per person from Dick Hale, at 508-878-6577. Table seating. Call now!

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.
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 Peghiny at suef0503@gmail.com.

Auburn Rotary Launches Goddard Memorial Park Upgrades, Raises $1,000 For ShelterBox
By Steve Jones-D'Agostino
Auburn Rotary has raised $2,814 in Rotarian donations to help fund upgrades to the Town of Auburn’s Goddard Memorial Park, which is located behind the town fire station at 48 Auburn St. The 72-year-old “service above self” club also raised money in 1969 to help fund the original construction of the park, which contains a pond and a dam. That was the same year the U.S. landed the first men on the moon, using liquid-fuel rocket technology first launched successfully 90 years ago this month in Auburn by Worcester native Robert H. Goddard – an historic aerospace milestone that will mark its centennial anniversary in 2026.
Shown, left to right, are Auburn Rotarians: Jon Manning, Heather Chivalatti, Tom Dufour, President Marcia Davis, Treasurer John Convent and President-Elect Steve Jones-D’Agostino, posing at Goddard Memorial Park.
The initial park-renovation work that is being funded by Auburn Rotary consists of the purchase and installation of six park benches and one American Disability Act-accessible picnic table. The Auburn club is funding 50 percent of that work with its $1,350 of its own money and the other 50 percent with a $1,350 matching grant from District 7910.
In addition, Auburn Rotary is launching a Goddard Memorial Park Sponsorship Drive to raise money for future park enhancements and maintenance. All sponsors will have their names displayed prominently on-site, on Auburn Rotary’s Goddard Park Dedication Stone (shown, right) located at the park’s entrance. Sponsor levels, values and benefits are as follows:
  • Full Bench, $2,200: Name on a plaque on the Goddard Park Dedication Stone; a donor plaque on one park bench; a one-year individual or corporate membership in Auburn Rotary; and name recognition at the Park Benches Dedication Ceremony.
  • Half Bench, $1,000: Name on a plaque on the Goddard Park Dedication Stone; a half-year individual or corporate membership in Auburn Rotary; and name recognition at the Park Benches Dedication Ceremony.
  • Quarter, $500: Name on a plaque on the Goddard Park Dedication Stone; and name recognition at the Park Benches Dedication Ceremony.
In a separate community-service project, Auburn Rotary has received a $1,000 donation from students at Auburn Middle School to purchase a ShelterBox for use in worldwide disaster relief. The students recently completed their goal of raising the money to purchase a ShelterBox unit to assist in worldwide disaster relief. Rotary International is an international partner of the ShelterBox organization, and the Auburn Rotary worked with the Auburn Middle students to achieve their fund-raising goal for the ShelterBox.
Shown, left to right are: Auburn Middle School Principal Joe Gagnon; Auburn Rotarian Heather Chivallatti; AMS Student Council President Eftihia Fotos; National Junior Honor Society President Elyse Whittemore; NJHS Advisors Melissa Dupuis and Sherri Watson; and AMS Student Council Advisor Tammy Bailey.
In 2000, the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England adopted ShelterBox as its millennium project. Little did they know that it would become the largest Rotary club project in the world, with affiliates in countries across the globe. In 2002, ShelterBox's American affiliate was adopted as a project of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, Florida In 2004, ShelterBox USA was officially established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

As Auburn MA Daily reported on March 30, "According to AMS Principal Joe Gagnon, students made cash donations after seeing a presentation on the program. Later, the Student Council and National Junior Honor Society held a school dance to raise the remainder of the $1,000 to sponsor a Box [shown, right]. Elizabeth McCarthy served as the faculty liaison and event organizer for the middle school. Since this was an internal fund-raiser, no solicitations were made to the public. There is also an added bonus for the students. Each Box [shown, right] is outfitted with a GPS locator, so they will know where their box is helping around the world. Excellent work AMS!"
Steve Jones-D'Agostino, Auburn Rotary's PR Chair, may be reached at srdagostino@icloud.com.
Auburn Rotary meets Wednesday evenings at Chuck's Steakhouse, located at 10 Prospect St. (right off Route 20) in Auburn. Socializing is at 5:30 p.m. Meeting is at 6:00 p.m. Please note: There will be no meeting on Wednesday, April 13.

Acton-Boxborough Rotary welcomes new members
District Governor Jim Fusco (third from right) and Acton-Boxborough President Diana Nestorova (far right) recently welcomed new members of Acton-Boxborough Rotary. 
They are individual members Johan and Ann Sorvari, Dr. Padma Jonnavithula and Claude Miquel. They are also two corporate members from Acton TV, Mike Gowing and Humsha Naidoo.
Mark Duci, who will be inducted another day, was unable to attend.
In photo left-right:John Sorvari, Ann Sorvari, Mike Gowing, Dr. Pdma Jonnavithula, Humshavathanie, DG Jim, Claude Miquel, Pres Diana Nestorova

Milford Rotary Hosts Watershed Moment
Elisabeth Cianciola (center), aquatic scientist for the Charles River Water Association was the guest speaker last week for Milford Rotary. She gave a very detailed review of how the river is monitored and discussed key issues such as how they are working to deal with invasive weeds such as water chestnuts as well as phosphorus levels. She stressed that the goal of the CRWA is to “protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed through science, advocacy and the law.” She noted that “initiatives over the last four decades have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management”.
Cianciola also discussed the fish-restocking program and the desire to make the river more enjoyable for all. She encouraged everyone along the river to get involved either through hand-pulling weed projects or direct donations to help support mechanical weed-harvesting opportunities. Well prepared professional presentation followed by an informative Q & A session.
Milford Rotary was also excited to have District Governor Jim Fusco (right) in attendance along with his guest, businesswoman Leanne Velky of Hopedale. Govenor Jim is shown posing with Milford Rotary President Alan Villatoro (left) and Elisabeth Cianciola (center).

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.
Brookline Rotary Signs Up Candidates To Launch Interact Club
By Bob Anthony
During District 7910 training, District Interact Chair Ron Bott suggested community events are an opportunity to sign-up candidates to launch an Interact club.  That is exactly what Marina Brodskaya of the Rotary Club of Brookline did on February 28. She helped community leaders, Urban Improv, and Wellesley Interact teens schedule a Teen Wellness Workshop, which identified teens interested in creating an Interact club in Brookline to perform community service focused on mental health and wellness promotion. 
Shown right, standing, left to right, are Merle Perkins of Urban Improv andNicole Frontero of Wellesley Interact (Photo: Bob Anthony)
Urban Improv included the audience in skits on problem-solving and coping with life's worries, including awareness of
suicidal ideation in oneself or a friend. Peer leaders showed an excerpt from the documentaryBreak Free From Depression and facilitated small group discussions.  After the workshop, age 12-18 participants were invited to sign-up for training as Interact peer leaders. The event was hosted by United Parishwith volunteers from other congregations, health-care providers, Brookline Rotary, Brookline High School, the Teen Center, and Adolescent Wellness.
Shown, above, are Wellesley Interact teens introducing teen leaders from Brookline (Photo: Bob Anthony)
The content used in the event was theBreak Free From Depressiondocumentary and manual from Boston Children’s Hospital. It is included in a kit called “Wellness in a Box” (shown, right), which any Rotary club may order from the Rotary Club of Wellesley. It provides the resources to create an Interact club with a Mental Health & Wellness Promotion project.
Bob Anthony, Brookline Rotary’s Interact chair, may be reached at bobanthony@adolescent-wellness.org.

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

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 6: Tewksbury - 'Taste of the Town'
Click here for taste details, in PDF format

Friday, April 8: District 7910: Ad Deadline for  District Conference 'Souvenir Book'
Cl'ick here for the order form, in PDF format

Friday, April 8: Concord - 'Pops Night'
Click here for pops flyer, in PDF format

Saturday, April 9: Uxbridge - 'Wine and Chocolate Tasting'
Click here for tasting details, 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

Thursday, April 28: Acton-Boxborough Rotary - 'Best of Times Wine, Beer, Food and Dessert Tasting'
Click here for tasting 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
Post-PETS Team Training (formerly District Assembly)
\By Pat and Skip Doyle
For the Agenda, click here
Friday, April 8
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
District Governors-Elect Pat and Skip Doyle invite you to attend Post-PETS Team Training 2016-2017.
Who attends?
  • Presidents-Elect, Presidents-Nominee, and Board Members
  • 2016-2017 Treasurers
  • 2016-2017 Secretaries
  • 2016-2017 Public Image Chairs
  • 2016-2017 Membership Chairs 
  • Members new to Rotary
  • And all other interested Rotarians!
Post-Pets Training registration starts at 3:30. Opening session begins at 4:00 sharp - and ends at 8:00. At 5:00, we break for hors d'oeuvres, and resume with breakout sessions at 6:00.
The cost is $20 per person and may be reimbursed by your club.
Click here to register now, and pay with credit card or check.
For the Agenda, click here
For more information, contact District Governors-Elect Pat and Skip Doyle at pwdoyle2@ verizon.netand skipdoyle2@verizon.net, respectively. 
Foundation Notice: Timeline for 2016-’17 District Grants
By Sanjay Deshpande
The District Foundation Committee has received several requests for a timeline for the 2016-2017 District Grants. The timeline is explained, below. Club qualification has started and must be completed before a club can apply for either a district or a global grant in the ’16-’17 Rotary year. Qualification is completed when all three eligibility criteria are met. 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

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.

Membership Corner: The 'why' of Rotary
By Tom Sturiale
Rotarians represent about 0.1 percent of the total U.S. population - and much less than that of the world population. What is it that attracts us elite folks to this wonderful organization? Is it because we enjoy what we do or how we do it? Or is it because we believe in what we do? More importantly, how might we attract other elite folks to Rotary? 
Our usual approach is to tell prospective members what Rotary stands for and what Rotarians do. Our motto is “service above self” and we aim to improve the lives of others, to foster peace initiatives, to help the poor and needy and to develop our communities. We are an organization of more than one million people throughout the world in 34,000 separate local clubs who meet weekly. We network and we strive for fun, fellowship and friendship. We conduct fundraisers to support our beneficial efforts. 
There are several other descriptive terms we use to talk about what we do in Rotary.  However, it seems we have been unable to attract more than a miniscule percentage of folks to Rotary. Maybe our approach needs to be modified.

PR Tips: Keep your website current
By Laura Spear
Your website should be updated as frequently as possible with the latest information about your club. Not only do updates inform your members and the community, they also let search engines such as Google know that your website is viable and current. Search engines “crawl” through websites to see how frequently they are updated. Websites that don’t change information on a regular basis will be classified (or indexed) as non-significant and out of date - and will not show up well for web searches.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at laura@spear.net.

District Positions: Guidelines for Stewardship Committee
By Jim Fusco
The recipient of a grant or award, the grant's sponsor in application, the project committee, the selection committee, and all others associated with the grant or award are expected to:
  1. Treat Rotary Foundation grant funds as a sacred trust to be constantly safeguarded from loss, misuse, or diversion and to be used only for the stated purpose that shall be strictly interpreted by Rotary Foundation Code of Policies 75, January 2016.
  2. Exercise the highest attention to the prevention of even the appearance that Rotary Foundation funds are being used in an improper manner, whether such appearance may be in the eyes of Rotarians or the general public. Such attention is expected to go beyond that afforded to the use of private or corporate funds.
  3. Assure competent and thorough oversight of the project with clear delineation of responsibility. Read more

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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