District Interact Teen and Advisor Training!

Saturday, September 17, 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Needham



A Busy Week Topped Off With The RLI Meeting
Nomination Info for District Leadership Posts
By Pat and Skip Doyle

If you take six breakfasts, lunches and dinners, mix in 100 Rotarians, stir up with lively discussions, myriad Rotary events, Spring flings, pooch parades, car shows, Global Grants, crock pots, parade floats, fireworks, and beer fests, sprinkle this with a few new members, some returning members and prospective members, you would come up with the recipe for successful club visits. 
Click here to submit content for the September 5 issue to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco.
Click here for past issues.


Please join us in welcoming this new member of a Rotary club in District 7910:
  • David Doray, Worcester
  • Paul Dumouchel, Needham

Club Membership Growth, ’16-‘17

Once a month, we will share with you the results of Club membership growth in our District during Rotary 2016-2017, which began July 1.

Our Presidents Speak

Kelly Hill, Waltham
Please tell us what factors helped you decide to join Rotary.
I decided to join Rotary for several reasons. The deciding factor for me was that I was witnessing all the good work the Waltham Rotarians were doing.


District Governors' Visits Last Week
Marlborough (Chartered 1922)
Shown, left to right: DG Skip Doyle, Marlborough President Peggy Sheldon, Assistant Governor Kathy Wilfert, and DG Pat Doyle.
Merrimack Valley (Chartered 1986)
Show, left to right: DGs Skip and Pat Doyle, Merrimack Valley President Dan LeBlanc, and Assistant Governor Alan Thomas.
Needham (Chartered 1929)
Shown, left to right: DGs Skip and Pat Doyle, Needham President Ted Shaugnessy, and Assistant Governor Satya Mitra.
Westborough (Chartered 1969)
Shown, left to right: DG Skip Doyle, Assistant Governor Peggie Thorsen,Westborough President Gerry Gross, and DG Pat Doyle.
Weston & Wayland (Chartered 1950)
Shown, left to right: DG Skip Doyle, DG Nominee and Assistant Governor Steve Sager, Weston & Wayland President Chip Bradley, and DG Pat Doyle.

Rotary Leadership Institute of Northeast America Annual Meeting
The Rotary Leadership Institute is a multi-district, grassroots leadership-development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. RLI is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control. For more information, click here.
Past District Governor Ed King of Northborough Rotary presents the Registrar's Report.
PDG Greg Roche of District 7950 (formerly of D7910) addresses the group.
Shown, top row, far left: PDG Greg Roche. Shown, bottom row, sixth from left, PDG Ed King.

Concord Rotary Golf Tournament Benefits Student Scholarships, Other Charitable Projects
The Rotary Club of Concord's 28th Annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Concord Country Club on August 22 to benefit Student Scholarships and other charitable Rotary projects. The shotgun start was at 1:00 p.m., and preceded by registration and lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Cocktails and dinner were at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee of $250 included 18 holes of golf, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments. Mulligans were available for purchase.
There was an on-site silent auction and a drawing for top-quality golf gear. Prizes were awarded for the longest drive and closest to the pin (for men and women). And of course, there was a prize for a hole-in-one!
Due to the success of the golf tournament, Concord Rotary presented scholarships to four graduating high school seniors and four students who are continuing their college education. Thanks to this year's early sponsors, Emerson Hospital, Hammond Residential and Deaconess Abundant Life, Concord Rotary had another successful event.

To watch a two-minute video of the golf tournament by Concord President Steve "Captain" Kirk, click here.

Leominster Rotary Helps Send Message Of Thanks, Support To Leominster Police

August 26 Sentinel & Enterprise article by Peter Jasinski:

Political yard signs have popped up along roads across the country this year, but the newest ones coming to Leominster won't have anything to do with candidates running for office.

The Leominster Rotary Club kicked off a campaign of their own on Thursday to show their support for local police.

With some of the signs, from left, are Rotary members Frank Ardinger, Nikki Paglieroni, John Souza, past President Claire Freda, current President Jennifer Stacy and Bharti Bhakta, with Police Officers Michael Booth, Eric Craig, John Bouchard and Billy Taylor, and Rotary members Mary Dean and Victor Bhakta. Photo/John Love

Marlborough Rotary Partners With Local Groups On Mental-Health Crisis Intervention
The Rotary Club of Marlborough, Employment Options and the MetroWest chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness have partnered to conduct an event on mental-health crisis intervention, Many Hands, Many Partnerships, on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Employment Options, 82 Brigham St.Marlborough. Networking will start at 5:30 p.m., with food and beverages served. The partnering organizations invite all members of the community to attend and join the conversation.

Many Hands, Many Partnerships will be a community dialogue on how we can better work together to help individuals and families in a mental-health crisis get the support they need. 
It takes a community to manage a mental-health crisis. All too often, we rely entirely on the police to manage such a crisis. Although our local police departments play a valuable role in a crisis, emergency first-responders, mental-health clinicians, individuals with lived experience, and family members all play equally valuable roles. 

The event will include a feature presentation and panel discussion. Audience questions and participation will be encouraged. Feature presenter, Chief Craig Davis of the Ashland Police Department, will speak on “Crisis Diversion and Linkages.” The topic of the panel will be “Crisis Intervention to Crisis Management to Family Need and Support to Recovery.” Chief Davis will join Chief Mark Leonard of the Marlborough Police Department and John Deronck of Emergency Services Advocates in the panel discussion.  
The Many Hands, Many Partnerships event is part of a community mental-health-awareness campaign to draw attention to the needs of those with mental illness, change negative perceptions, and promote recovery and healthy communities. The partners’ objectives include finding innovative community-based solutions to mental-health needs, with a focus on helping young people, and developing clear steps for communities to address their mental-health needs in a way that complements existing local activities.
For more information on the Many Hands, Many Partnerships event, visit marlboroughrotary.orgemploymentoptions.org, or namimetrowest.org
To register in advance, call 508-251-9595 or email namimetroWest@namimetrowest.org.
Westborough Rotary Heralds Successful Triathlon
The Rotary Club of Westborough has produced a Special Rotary Club of 2016 Westborough Sprint Triathlon Supplement. Produced by Club member Ron Goodenow, the supplement heralds the Club's very successful triathlon, including the day before the event, when Club members, Boy Scouts, Sun Multi Sport Events staff, and friends turning out to prepare the roads, trails, fields and beach for competition.

Westborough Rotary Couple Builds Bridge Together
You never know what can happen when you bring a new member into Rotary.  Two members of the Rotary Club of Westborough, Jessica Thomas and Dave Kaiser, got married this month. They met through the Westborough club.These two give new meaning to the Rotary’s goal of “building bridges."

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed As 2016-2017 District Governors
District 7910's 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards were held on June 24 through 26 at Fitchburg State University, ending with the installation of longtime RYLA supporters Pat and Skip Doyle as district governors for 2016-2017. The three-day RYLA event was attended by 188 sophomores. To learn more about RYLA, visit http://www.ryla7910.org.
Click on the image, to view a video of the installation of Pat and Skip Doyle as '16-'17 DGs

Hudson And Nashoba Valley's Food And Brewfest Gets Excellent Coverage
Kudos to the Hudson and Nashoba Valley Rotary clubs for excellent coverage by the MetroWest Daily News of their 2016 Spirit of Hudson Food and Brewfest on August 13 in Hudson.
To read the MDN article, click here.
To view the 50-second MDN video, click here.
To view event photos by Hudson Rotarian Cheryl Rosen, click here.

Shrewsbury Rotary Is Welcomed By Kiev Rotarians
While visiting grandchildren in Europe, Shrewsbury Rotarian Roy Balfour (shown, left, posing with a member of Kiev Rotary) made a stop in Ukraine, where he shared his Club's banners with four Kiev Clubs. Many Shrewsbury Rotarians may recall that in 1990-1991 then-Shrewsbury President Roy Balfour and then-Club Officer Art Dobson spearheaded a Global Grant project to co-sponsor the first Kiev, Ukraine Rotary Club along with five other clubs (Vancouver, Edinburgh, Linwood, Toronto, and Clarkson). Today, the Kiev Club efforts have inspired the creation of more than 50 clubs throughout 

Ukraine Rotarians have made significant community and global impact. An example of that is that one of the founding members of the Kiev Club, John Hewko, encouraged by his father, Lou Hewko, from the Clarkson, Michigan Rotary Club, went on to become Rotary International
general secretary.

Despite political complexities in Ukraine, Rotarians continue to work hard on amazing community projects and against the return of polio. Only 30 percent of the children of Ukraine have been inoculated, so Shrewsbury's personal and Happy Dollar contributions to Polio Plus have a personal connection to our fellow Ukrainian Rotarians’ efforts.

Westborough Inspired By Razia's Ray Of Hope
Westborough Rotarians recently had a very inspiring presentation by Razia Jan and Patty Quigley from Razia’s Ray of Hope. Several of the Westborough members stood up after and said it was one of the most inspiring speakers they had ever heard in Rotary.
Razia talked about the new college for young girls that they have built just outside Kabul, Afghanistan. Clubs in our District, led by Nashoba Valley, are working toward a possible Global Grant to provide equipment for a midwifery program at the college.
Razia has received the following Rotary International awards in the last 12 months:
  • Service Above Self Award, 2016
  • Global Woman of Action Award, 2015
Razia Jan (middle) and Patty Quigley (left) are shown posing with District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney (right).

District Leadership Meeting Was  A Huge Success
How HUGE? So HUGE that another is planned for October 17!
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.

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 laura@spear.net.

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

Save The Dates: Rotary Golf Tournaments In Our District
Today - 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.

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.


Through September: District 7910 - 'Golf Fellowship'
FINAL OUTING: Friday September 16: District 7910 Golf League - Monoosnock Country Club, Leominster
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format

Saturday, September 17: District 7910 - 'Interact Teen and Advisor Training,' Needham
 Click here for event flyer, in PDF format

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

Monday, September 19: Wachusett Area Rotary  - '24th Annual Golf Tournament,' Fitchburg
Click here for save-the-date flyer, in PDF format
Click here for sponsorship opportunities, in PDF format

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
To read the press release, click here

Tuesday, September 27: Bedford, Billerica and Shrewsbury Rotary - 'Governor Baker - Featured Speaker at Rotary'
5:00-9:00 p.m., DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford
Click here to RSVP

Thursday, September 29: Marlborough Rotary - 'Many Hands, Many Partnerships'
Click here to download event flyer, in  PDF format

Friday, October 14: Montachusett Area Rotary - 'Comedy Night,' Knights of Columbus, Leominster
For tickets and information, contact Club President Jennifer Peck at montachusettarearotary@gmail.com

Submit Major Club Happenings

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

Earthquake in Italy

We want to share a letter from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko:

Dear Senior Leaders,

Rotary members worldwide stand together with the people of Italy, showing an outpouring of support.
For a related ShelterBox article, click here.

Submit 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 the e-mail address of Immediate Past Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco,  jim.fusco2@gmail.com, to your club's distribution list.

District Events 

August 29 - September 27

Today - Monday, August  29
Tuesday, August 30
Tuesday, August 30
Tuesday, August 30 
Holiday Inn Boxborough
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 31
Wednesday,  August 31
Thursday, September 1

Thursday, September 1

Monday, September 12
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Saturday, September 17
8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sheraton Needham Hotel, Needham

Monday, September 19

Monday, September 19
5:15–8:00 p.m.
Ransome Room (Math & Arts Center) of Concord Academy, Concord
Wednesday, September 21
6:30-9:00 p.m.

Monday, September 26-Friday, September 30
Winnipeg, Canada

Participating Clubs: Bedford,  Billerica, and Shrewsbury
Tuesday, September 27
5:00-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford

View these plus more upcoming District Events - including all governor's visits

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
Sam Owori Selected As 2018-2019 Rotary International President
Sam Owon is a Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala.

Still Time To Register For Zone Institute

Starting Wednesday, September 28
For information, click here



Meet The '16-'17 RI President: John Germ

John wants us to remind you that August is Membership Month.
For his Membership Messageclick here
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 Women In Peru Learn To See A Future In Themselves

In Peru, women suffer higher rates of poverty and unemployment than men. About 50 percent of Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley region, which lies outside Cusco, will suffer severe physical or sexual partner abuse during their lifetimes. In 2012, members of the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations pilot satellite club came up with a plan to address all of those problems by concentrating on empowering local women – specifically in their ability to make and act upon their decisions.  READ MORE

Rotaract Projects Create Sustainable Change On A 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
Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group: June Newsletter
For the  latest WASRAG Newsletter, click here.

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

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 centennial.rotary.org.

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

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

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

Membership Materials on Sale: Order Now!
To order, 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: 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.

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

To download the image in JPEG format, click here.

Check Out 'Rotary Voices' Blog

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


RI Conference Testimonial: Share Your Experience With Us

By Karin Gaffney
I'm looking for Rotary International Conference testimonials by members of Rotary clubs in our District to publish in this newsletter.
Membership Corner: Unique Approach to Publicize Rotary by Northborough
By Tom Sturiale
The Rotary Club of Northborough came up with a unique approach to publicize Rotary to the public.

Membership Materials on Sale: Order Now!
To order, click here



Foundation Note: Where do you want your Foundation contributions to go?

By Sanjay Deshpande
The District’s leadership and its Foundation Committee thank you all for your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation in 2016-2017, helping it carry out its mission of “doing good in the world.”
PR Tips: Get visual
By Laura Spear
Visual content engages the public and media outlets.

Treasurer's Report: Message about your dues
by Jack Hoell
The Rotary International dues bills were e-mailed to the 51 clubs in our District on July 22 and the District dues bills were e-mailed to clubs on July 26. 

District Charity Fund: How Does DCF Operate?
By Al Bowers
The District Charity Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit that can be used by the Rotary clubs in District 7910. 

PolioPlus Update: District Polio Committee
By Carl Good III
I want to let you know that the District Polio Committee been very active. Our committee now includes Chris Spear, Pam Anastasi, Phil Sandler and Amanda Graves.
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?

Bandey-Hefler Prepares For Trip To England: The Plane Leaves in Just 21 Days!
By Victor Tom
Our travelers are anxiously awaiting their two-week trip to England that begins on September 19.


To submit content for consideration for the Monday, September 5 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Immediate Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com
Please note: Because of the Labor Day Weekend, the submission deadline for that issue is Wednesday, August 31. 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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