Governor's Message
Our first month as District Governors
By Pat and Skip Doyle

This is the first newsletter of August. That means our first month as District Governors is over. Time does fly when you are busy.
We added 12 new members to the District in July. While that looks like something to get excited about, we also lost 13 members for a net loss of one.
Click here to submit content for the August 8 issue.
Click here for past issues.

Welcome, New Rotarians!
Please join us in welcoming these new members at Rotary clubs in District 7910 (alphabetical order, by last name):
  • Ellen O'Brien, Newton

District & Club Rounds
DGs Begin Club Visits

District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle (middle and right) visited Wachusett Area Rotary on Friday, July 29. They are shown posing with club President Gary Hough (left)

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as 2016-2017 District Governors'
Click here to view video

Concord: $24,000 in Scholarships Awarded
The success of the 2015 Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament enabled Concord Rotary to award scholarships to four graduating Concord Carlisle High School students and four college students, to continue their education. Shown, are two of the students: Benjamin Friedman,left; and Briana Cohen, right.  Read More
This year's tournament will be held on August 22 Click here, to learn more.         

Milford: $4,000 in Scholarships Awarded
Milford Rotary has been awarding scholarships since the mid 1950s.
Shown, front row, left to right: Kendra Currie, Milford High School attending Quinnipiac University; Karin Plante, Nipmuc Regional High School,  attending  Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Maia Banayan, Hopedale High School, attending George Mason University
Shown, back row, left to right: Scholarship Chair Steve Ellis, club President Allan Villatoro; and Carson Hope, Blackstone Valley Technical High School, attending University of Maine/Farmington.

Youth Exchange: Ayer Sponsors Student
Sixteen-year-old Julia "Jules" Cashman (shown) is very excited. She's heading to Spain for her senior year in high school, thanks to Ayer Rotary's support. The club is sponsoring Jules as part of the Youth Exchange Program.

The Youth Exchange Program is the opportunity of a lifetime for more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing their own culture, and embracing a new one, students help foster global understanding.

Brun Mazie: ESSEX student from Acton-Boxborough

District Leadership Meeting A Huge Success
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle held their Leadership Meeting on July 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster. This is an annual event for which DGs bring their District leaders and committee chairs together to review the goals for the new Rotary year.
This, year the event was presented in a facilitated format. The results will be consolidated and sent to all attendees so that the District Goals for each committee can be set.
Shown, left to right: Scribe Karen Fusco, District Governor Pat Doyle, and Scribe Christine Pinney.
Shown, left to right: Bob Cassidy and Ed King

Fitchburg, Montachusett Area Rotary Present Donation To Arc Of Opportunity
In April the Rotary Clubs of Fitchburg and Montachusett Area sponsored the 5th annual "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." This event is a baseball-themed fund-raiser, with proceeds going to the Arc of Opportunity in Fitchburg. Although no baseball game, was held attendees enjoyed hot dogs and popcorn

Jim Fusco Presented District Governor's Chair
It is a tradition in District 7910 that the outgoing District Governor is presented with a Rotary Rocking Chair (shown, left) as thanks for his or her service.  This tradition held true at the District Leadership Meeting on July 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster.
The current district-governor string of District Governors Skip and Pat Doyle (standing, far left and second from left), District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney (standing, second from right) and District Governor-Nominee Steve Sager (standing, far right) presented Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco (seated) with his chair
Jim said he will "use it wisely!"

Jack Hoell Our New District Treasurer
We are proud to announce that Jack Hoell is the new District Treasurer. Jack is the Immediate Past President of Neponset Valley Rotary, and was selected by the District Nominating Committee to serve in this three-year term.
Welcome, Jack! 
To e-mail Jack, click here

Al Bowers Is New Chair Of District Charity Fund
The District Charity Fund held a meeting on July 14 and one order of business was to select a new chair: Al Bowers of Athol-Orange Rotary. 
Congratulations, Al!
To read the Bylaws of the District Charity Fund, click here
To contact, Al, click here

Rotarians Love Baseball: Westborough, Leominster, Fitchburg & Montachusett Area Attend Games
The Worcester Brave Hearts and the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs are members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. On July 19,the Brave Hearts hosted the Dirt Dawgs and Westborough Rotary President Gerry Gross (shown, immediately below) threw out the first pitch. The next day, the Dirt Dawgs hosted the Bravehearts and Fitchburg Rotary President Dan Cunningham threw out the first pitch. Also during July 20 game, Leominster Rotarian Victor Bhakta lead the crowd by singing the National Anthem.

Rotarians, Rotaractors Attend Multi-District Wine Fellowship Event
District 7910 and 7930’Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship sponsored a Wine-Dinner on Monday, July 18 at La Morra Bicari Ristorante in Brookline Village. Thirty Rotarians and Rotaractors enjoy a delicious four-course meal with a total of four wine pairings(Rotaractors under the legal drinking age were not served wine.) 

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

On to Atlanta in 2017
Planning to attend? Contact District Chair Steve Glines.
More than 43,000 attendees left the Rotary International Convention in South Korea inspired to end polio for good, to celebrate The Rotary Foundation's centennial, and to champion changes that will help Rotary appeal to a broader audience.
On the last day, RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran (shared a personal story of his mother’s triumph over polio. 
To read the story, click here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here

'16-'17 District Directory: Update your information - Here's how to do it
We want all of the information in the 2016-2017 District Directory to be up-to-date and as accurate as possible - so we need you to check your Member Profile on ClubRunner to ensure that all information is complete and accurate. (All members have access.)
We still need your help to ensure your club's membership information in the Directory Yellow Pages is complete and accurate.
How to do it for Members:
Log into Club Runner at
  1. Go to “Administration”
  2. Go to “For Members”
  3. Click on “Edit My Profile” (Insert of headshot photo is possible)
  4. Assure that all Club Positions are filled in for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. (Presidents-Elect, Secretaries and Executive Secretaries have access.)
How to do it for Executives and Directors:
  1. Log into Club Runner at
  2. Go to “Administration”
  3. Go to “District, Clubs & Membership”
  4. Click on “Edit Executives & Directors”
  5. Click on the “2016-2017” tab
  6. Click “Edit” for each position and use the drop down menu to select the member
Important: Do not change the “Sequence” or “Title” for any position.
Note: If your club has a position that does not show, click “Add New Position.”

Save The Dates: Rotary Golf Tournaments In Our District
Wednesday, August 3: Brookfields Rotary - 2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament honoring passed Rotarians, Quail Hollow Country Club, Oakham (see story, below)
Wednesday, August 3: Gardner Rotary - Robert Langlois Memorial Golf Tournament, Gardner Municipal Golf Course, Gardner
Tuesday, August 16: District 7910 Golf League - Framingham Country Club, Framingham. Click here for event flyer, in  PDF format

Wednesday, August 17: Acton-Boxborough Rotary - 24th Annual Club Presidents Golf Tournament, Woods of Westminster. To sign up, download flyer, and/or access sponsorship opportunities, click here. READ MORE

Monday, August 22: Concord Rotary - 28th Annual Golf Tournament, Concord Country Club, Concord (see story, below).  For more information, click here
Monday, August 29: Sturbridge Rotary - Golf Tournament, Cohasse Country Club, Southbridge. For more information, click here
Friday September 16: District 7910 Golf League - Monoosnock Country Club, Leominster. Click here for event flyer, in  PDF format.
Friday September 16: Natick Rotary: 22nd Annual Golf Tournament - Juniper Hills. Click here for information.
Monday, September 19: Wachusett Area Rotary - 24th Annual Golf Tournament, Oak Hill Country Club, Fitchburg. Click here for Save The Date flyer, in PDF format Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities flyer, in PDF format.
Tournament Details:
Brookfields Rotary 2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of the Brookfields will host the 2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament honoring its Rotarians who have passed away, on Wednesday, August 3, at Quail Hollow Country Club in Oakham. Shotgun start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $320 per foursome, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, chicken BBQ dinner, raffles and prizes. For more information, contact Judy at 413-436-5358.
Concord Rotary 28th Annul Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Concord will host the 28th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, August 22 at the Concord Country Club to benefit the Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle and Rotary charitable projects.
The shotgun start is at 1 p.m., preceded by registration and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cocktails and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.
To sign up as a sponsor and/or golfer at Make checks payable to "Concord Rotary Charitable Endowment Inc." and mail in care of Maurer, P.O. Box 354, Concord, MA 01742.

Framingham Rotary Promotes Concerts On The Green
On Friday nights this summer, Concerts on the Green, organized by the Framingham Parks & Services Department, are taking place on the green on Edgell Road near Route 9. This year, the Rotary Club of Framingham is one of the financial sponsors of the family-friendly concert series, and has its usual information booth at each concert as well. Concerts are free and open to the public.

'Wings & Wheels' Every Thursday Evening Through August In Stow

If it’s summer in Stow, it must be Wings & Wheels season! In cooperation with EAA #196, Friends of Minute Man Air Field, and Nancy’s at the Airfield Café, the Rotary clubs of Acton-Boxborough, Maynard and Nashoba Valley are holding their fourth annual Wings & Wheels program every Thursday evening through August 25.

Major District & Club Happenings: Summer & Fall
Through August 25: Nashoba Valley Rotary - 'Wings & Wheels'
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format

Through September: District 7910 - 'Golf Fellowship'
Next Outing: Wednesday, August 3, Quail Hollow Country Club, Oakham 
Click here for events flyer, in PDF format

Monday August 8: Framingham Rotary - 'The Golden Gates'
The Golden Gates will be the feature presentation at Framingham Rotary's regular meeting on August 8 at 12:15 p.m. at Ken's Steakhouse in Framingham.

The Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers.

Saturday August 13: Hudson & Nashoba Valley - 'Spirit of Hudson'

Click here for event flyer


Saturday, August 13: Southbridge Rotary - 'Southbridge Centennial
To read club newsletter, click here

Sunday August 14: Natick Rotary - 'Softball Fundraiser for Embrace A Family'
Softball Team Design Stock Photography - 57380582
Natick Rotary will be hosting a One-Pitch Tournament to benefit Embrace A Family on Sunday, August 14. (Rain date is Sunday, August 21.The double-elimination tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at Lavezzo Field at Memorial School on Route 16 in South Natick.
For information, click here

Sunday August 14: Westborough Rotary - 7th Annual Triathlon
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
Click here for event article, in Word format
Click here for Raffle Ticket Flyer

Monday, September 19: Shrewsbury Rotary - 'Amanda Graves: On being a polio survivor'
Don't miss the presentation. Amanda (shown) is the newest member of the District 79010 Polio Team, chaired by Carl Good III. READ MORE

Sunday, September 18 - Northborough - 'Applefest Street Fair'

Monday, September 19: Wachusett Area Rotary  - '24th Annual Golf Tournament'
Click here for save-the-date flyer, in PDF format
Click here for sponsorship opportunities, 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
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 to your club's distribution list.

District Events: August 1-18
Today: Monday, August 1 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2
8:00-9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, August 2
12:15-1:30 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 3
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday August 3 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Thursday, August 4 
7:15-8:30 a.m.
Monday, August 8

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough

Tuesday, August 9 

12:15–1:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 10 
7:15–8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 10 
5:30–7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 11 
12:15 –1:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 11 
6:00–7:15 p.m.

Monday, August 15
12:15–1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16
12:30–5:30 p.m.
Framingham Country Club, Framingham

Tuesday, August 16 
Hilton Garden, Marlborough
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 17 
7:15–8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 17 
12:15–1:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 18 
7:15–8:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 18 
12:15–1:30 p.m

RI Spotlight
Dean Rohrs: '16-'17 RI Director for Zones 24 & 32
District 7910 is one of 20 Districts in Zone 32 and Dean Rohrs is the RI Director for Zones 24 & 32. We want you to be aware that she publishes a newsletter each month titled "Beyond Borders" To read her latest newsletter, click here

Meet The '16-'17 RI President: John Germ
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee that Germ helped found in 1972.

Young Leaders in Action: Rotaract projects create sustainable change on global scale

Nearly 140 Rotaractors and guests from across East Africa teamed up to help survivors of genocide plant and harvest their own kitchen gardens. The healthy fruits and vegetables help the residents maintain a balanced diet and provides them a sustainable, reliable food source. READ MORE

Campaign To End Polio: What you don't know
When was the last time there was polio in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio. Given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on Earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere. READ MORE

What Millennials Love About Rotary
Millennials, an ethnically diverse, fiercely independent generation of digital natives, are doing more than just snapping selfies—they’re looking for a way to make a difference in their communities. For Rotary, the Millennial era could mean an influx of young, energetic members. READ MORE

Get Ready For Your District Rotary Foundation Seminar With 'Centennial Promotional Kit'

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

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

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

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

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 READ MORE

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.

RI Membership Resource Guide

To download in PDF format, click here

RI Makes Changes in 'Brand Center' Online Tool

We hope that you've found Rotary International’s Brand Center a useful tool to create customized logos and brochures - and to tell Rotary's story in a consistent and engaging way.


Rotary Global Rewards: Sign Up Today!
Click here for more information
Click here to e-mail District Chair Judy Merrimam
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.

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.
Committee Reports
Foundation Note: First set of '16-17 District Grants approved, second review cycle in August
By Sanjay Deshpande
The first three District Grants approved for 2016-2017 will utilize $4,500 in district grants to deliver $11,900 in community benefits, including
  • Cooking lessons, crockpots , and cookbooks, which will benefit an estimated 200 people in year one and 1,000 people over the next five years through the efforts of Marlborough Rotary under District Grant 1701. READ MORE

Communications Link: Seeking club photo, video albums
By Steve Jones-D'Agostino
Does your District committee or Club have Rotary-related photo and/or video albums that you'd like to share with other Rotarians? If so, post the album's link on the District's Facebook page. We'd then review your album for posting on either the District's Google Photos page or the District's YouTube page, with links on the District's Home page. READ MORE

PR Tips: With your pictures, show something awesome!
By Laura Spear
Don’t use a cookie-cutter picture of people shaking hands, standing in a row, or presenting a large check. That is so old-school. If you want to attract the attention of sponsors, donors, attendees, and potential younger members, show your club in action. Per Rotary International, “Whenever possible, try to use shots depicting multiple Rotarians of diverse ethnicities and age ranges. Refrain from focusing on an individual, unless he or she is profiled or featured in a story. ... When beneficiaries are depicted, they should appear actively engaged with Rotarians. …” Learn more in the Rotary Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines at
To learn more about PR for your club, click on the "Public Relations" section of the navigation bar of District 7910 website.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at

PolioPlus Update: Are you a polio survivor? Have you been on an NID?
By Carl Good III
I want to let you know that the District Polio Committee has been growing and we have now added Phil Sandler of Brookline Rotary and Author Amanda Graves (shown, below) as members. It is our intention to visit & educate all clubs on Polio as we are approaching the goal line. READ MORE

Membership Corner: What would Paul Harris do?
By Tom Sturiale

Imagine Paul Harris in his Chicago office in the year 2016. He is reviewing the status of the Rotary organization he created 111 years ago. The organization has grown into a worldwide giant of 1.2 million members in 200 countries made up of 34,000 clubs. Of this, he is justifiably proud - but he has concerns about its future viability. READ MORE

Bandey-Hefler Prepares For Trip To England: The Plane Leaves in Just 52 Days!
By Victor Tom
Our travelers are anxiously awaiting their two-week trip to England that begins on September 19. Recently, a Travelers Meeting was held at the home of Bedford Rotarian Patsy Lloyd.
The Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange chairpersons on both sides of the Atlantic are hard at work planning the District 7910 group’s return trip to England on September 19. Geoff Philpot and Hugh Barnard, in England, are making presentations and have recruited enough hosts to care for our group for 2 weeks.
The travel dates for the trip to England are:
  • Monday, September 19: Flight to Heathrow in London
  • Tuesday, October 4: Flight back to Logan in Boston
Click here to view photo highlights of the 2015 Rotary Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange between District 7910 and Districts 1110 and 1145 in England.
Victor Tom, co-chair of District 7910's Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange, may be reached at

Submit Content
To submit content for consideration for the Monday, August 8 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at
The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, August 5. All text must be in Word format. All images must be in either JPEG or PDF format. Please identify the people, left to right, who are shown in your photos, including their first and last name as well as their club or other title.

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