Upcoming Events
You may submit event information per the District 7910 Promotional Guidelines. If 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 you club's distribution list.
"Dancing With the Brookline Stars" featured tonight on "Chronicle"
Rotary Club of Brookline raised more than $100,000 at that fundraiser in November, and tonight at 7:00 you can see the event as featured on Channel 5. Click here at that time, to watch the streaming video on your desktop computer or mobile device

2016 District Conference
Clichere now, to watch the three-minute promotional video
Produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simon
Save The Dates!
May 20, 21 and 22, 2016
Hotel 1620 AT PLYMOUTH HARBOR, Plymouth
Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar
by District 7910 Rotaract Committee
Monday, February 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Framingham State University
Additional details coming soon!

Club Visits
 District Governor 

Jim Fusco


If you have any special events you would like me to attend or any inductions or presentations you would like me to make, just let me know.

For complete list of District/Club Events, click here

If your event does not show on that list, let me know.

DG Jim


District Events


Monday, December 14-Monday, January 11

  • To submit content for consideration for the Monday, December 21 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com.
    The submission deadline is Friday, December 18. Text must be in Word format. Images must be in either JPEG or PDF format.

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Governor's Message
Plenty To Do Last Week
By Jim Fusco
I hope everyone is in the Holiday Spirit. I wish you all Happy Holidays. Many clubs are having their Holiday celebrations and I thank all who have invited me to attend. Unfortunately, since I have not figured out yet how to be in two or three (sometimes four) places at the same time, I have needed to give my regrets way too often. Have a great time and enjoy the Fellowship! Read more
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Rotarians In Memoriam
With sadness, we remember these District Rotarians (alphabetical, by last name):

Welcome, New Rotarians
Please welcome the newest Rotarians in our district (alphabetical, by last name)
  • Arthur Segawa, Brookline
  • Marissa ShockBedford

District & Club Rounds
District 7910 Celebrates At Annual Holiday Party
Rotarians throughout District 7910 gathered on December 6 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster for the District's annual Holiday Party. Shown, left to right, are: Supriya and Satya Mitra of the Rotary Club of WorcesterGino Frattalone of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough; and Cheryl Rosen on the Rotary Club of Hudson.
District 7910's 2015 Holiday Party was held on December 6 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster. A tradition of the District Holiday Party is the formal anointing of the newest future district governor (see photo, right). Unfortunately last year, the confirmation from Rotary International of Karin Gaffney (front row, middle) came after the Holiday Party and, due to an oversight, Pat and Skip Doyle (front row, far left and second from left) also did not get anointed. 
This year, we had the honor of formally anointing Pat and Skip as co-district governors for 2016-2017, Karin as DG for ‘17-’18, and Steve Sager (front row, far right) as DG for ‘18-‘19. They are shown posing with District Governor Jim Fusco (rear row, far right) and the following past  district governors (rear row, left to right)Doug Detweiler, '13-'14; Tom Polito, '11-'12; Carol Toomey, '09-'10; Ed King, '03-'04; Ralph Hammond, '01-'02; Bob Cassidy, '97-'98; Roger Frost, '95-'96; Klaus Hachfeld, '08-'09; and Ed Hall (seated), '87-'88.
The photos taken by Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. To view all of his festive photos, click here.

WPI Rotaract Installs New Board
The Rotaract Club of Worcester Polytechnic Institute installed its new Board of Directors on December 6 at WPI. The new board members, who will take office next March 1, are:
  • President: McKenna Dunn, Freshman (Class of 2019) (shown, back row, fourth from left)
  • Vice President: Jasmine Feliciano, Sophomore (Class of 2018) (shown, front row, far left)
  • Treasurer: Andrew Nagal, Freshman (Class of 2019) (shown, back row, fifth from right)
  • Outreach Coordinator: Missy Bernard, Sophomore (Class of 2018) (shown, back row, third from right)
  • Public Relations: Paula Sardi,  Freshman (Class of 2019) (shown, front row, second from right)
  • Secretary: Carrie Pozaic, Freshman (Class of 2019) (shown, front row, far right)
Members of the WPI Rotaract board and other club members are shown posing with their advisors from the Rotary Club of Worcester. Those advisors are Emily Burseh (front row, second from left) and Rod White (back row, far right). Also shown is Bob Mangan (back row, second from right), who is president of the Worcester club. Shown, in the back row, are the following WPI Rotaractors: Kathy Suqui (far left); current Vice President Mike Figueroa (second from leftBen Mart (third from left); Nithin Das (fifth from left); and current President Rita Newman (fourth from right).
The photo was taken by Carl Gomes of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, who was the WPI club's founding advisor until he became chair of the District's Rotaract Committee.

Montachusett Area Rotary Donates To Kaylee's Kare Kits For Kids
The Rotaract Club of Montachusett Area has donated $250 and 1,000 meals of macaroni and cheese to Kaylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, which is run by Kylee McCumber (shown, center) of Leominster. When Kylee, was 11 years old and attending Southeast Middle School, she realized that many of her fellow students were hungry at home. So she decided to do something about it. She started by preparing 12 backpacks for hungry kids, and she now packs Kare Kits for more than 350 school kids.
The donated meals were among the 48,264 meals that were packaged by District 7910 Rotarians on November 14 at Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough to benefit End Hunger NE. Both the cash and meal donations will make a difference.
Shown posing with Kylee are District Governor Jim Fusco (left), a member and past president of the Montachusett Area club, and Montachusett Area President Leslie Storrs (right).

Nashoba Valley Rotary Brings Purple Pinkie Day To Stow School
Catherine Hammill and Chris Spear (shown, right) of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley visited Hale Middle School in Stow on October 22 to raise awareness for ending polio. The sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders already knew about polio and prevention from their teachers, who have made it part of their fall curriculum.
The students gave $1 each to vaccinate children around the world, and in return Chris and Catherine painted their pinkies with markers and nail polish. A big thanks goes out to the Nashoba Regional School District - especially the principals, teachers, and health staff who helped with project.
Wellesley And Needham Rotarians Hold Annual Football Banquet
By Richard Forte
A full house of Wellesley and Needham Rotarians plus football folks from the respective towns filled Henderson Hall in Wellesley for the annual Football Banquet, which was hosted this year by the Wellesley club. The football trophy was on display down front and the event was well covered by Wellesley Media and Fox Channel 25, which was doing a documentary on the oldest schoolboy rivalry in the country.
Wellesley President John Adams introduced guest speaker Mike Dowling of Channel 5 sports fame.  A Wellesley resident, Dowling said he expected that “something will happen that will be memorable.” He brought up two players from each team. Each player was asked, “What is the best part of playing for your team?” The responses were impressive: high ideals, mutual respect, family, a great experience, etc.
Then, Dowling conducted a quiz to see which team was up on the game’s rich history:
  • When did the rivalry start? (1882)
  • Which team has the most wins? (Wellesley, 68)
  • How many ties have there been? (9)
  • When was there a scoreless tie? (1887, when the Needham fans went out on the field to tackle a Wellesley player)
  • Why in 1896 was there a one-hour delay in the game? (No football was returned to the field after kickoff!)
  • What is the name of the Wellesley club’s president? (John Adams)
  • When was a previous John Adams president of the U.S.? (1797 to 1801)
  • When was his son president of the U.S.? (John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829)
  • Who was president of the U.S. in 1882? (Chester Arthur)
  • What number game is this? (128)
  • Who won the game when the current players were in eighth grade? (Needham)
Dowling also auctioned off two passes for the turkey game for $110. A great time was had by all! 
Richard Forte of the Rotary Club of Wellesley may be reached at rforte@wraadvisors.com.

Newton Rotary Gives Thanks Through Community Service
By Tony Bibbo
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, a group of Newton Rotarians gathered to express their gratitude for all that we as citizens of this wonderful community, enjoy each day. They put together a work day to assist one of Newton’s vital human-service programs. With rakes, brooms, shovels and other tools used to clean outdoor property, they arrived at a property occupied by The Second Step program and together raked, bagged, and swept the yard free of leaves and other debris,
Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence. Their residential and community-based programs build on the strengths, needs, and values of the individuals and families we serve. In partnership with survivors and in collaboration with the community, they lay a foundation for a future free from abuse and full of possibility.
In the spirit of “service above self” – a strong value shared by Rotarians throughout the world Newton’s ambassador’s of goodwill stepped forward in a meaningful way to say thank you. This was indeed a demonstration of the true meaning of this special holiday. One can truly give thanks in celebrating by giving.
As one participant in the work group stated, “How fortunate we have been to start this joyous holiday with this effort. We did good, we feel great, and how proud to be a Newton Rotarian, which provided me the opportunity to celebrate with an exhilaration of self esteem.”
Shown, right to left, are Newton Rotarians Susan Peghi, Arti Mahon, Marie Presti, Joseph Nkurunziza, Cindy Laughrea, Ron Faccenda, Chris Chu, Andy Willinger and Paul Romano.
Tony Bibbo of the Rotary Club of Newton may be reached at ajbibbo@aol.com.
Dedham Rotarians Team Up With Santa
The Rotary Club of Dedham held its Annual Sunday with Santa on December 6 at the Endicott Estate. Each year, the Dedham club hosts a celebration for all children by providing lunch, cookie decorating, games, crafts,
sleigh rides and, of course, a visit from Santa.
Shown, left to right, are Dedham Rotarians Tony Freitas, Valarie Lovely, Barbara Gula, Sandy Nelson, Carole Barletta, Jeannine Lathum, Harley Chien and Yovanny Arias.

District 7910 Clubs Recognized For Foundation Giving
By Jim Fusco
Support of The Rotary Foundation is critical so that we can continue to do great things – both locally and internationally. Here are the awards that have been bestowed by the Foundation upon 11 clubs in District 7910. During the past 30 days, I personally delivered the banners and certificates for recognition to those clubs.
Top Per-Capita Giving: This category recognizes the three clubs that achieved the highest per-capita giving:
  • Wachusett  Area: $406.41 per member
  • Montachusett  Area: $402.71 per member - shown, top, left, are: District Governor Jim Fusco (left); and Immediate Past President John Sbrogna (right)
  • Fitchburg: $321.09 per member - shown, second from top, left, are: Immediate Past President Mary Heafy (left); club Foundation Chair Mary 
  • Whitney (center); and Jim Fusco (right)
Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) - Only 3,112 clubs in the world have achieved this recognition: The EREY recognition is for the clubs that have achieved a per-capita giving of at least $100 per member and every active member has made a personal contribution to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund-SHARE. Ten clubs have earned that distinction for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year: Charles River, Groton-Pepperell, Leominster, Littleton, Montachusett Area, Natick, Neponset Valley, Northborough, Wachusett Area and Worcester. 
Shown, below, are:
Left side, top: District Governor Jim Fusco (far left); Charles River President Jon Fetherston (second from left); and Charles River Rotarians Hank Szretter (second from left), George Johnston (second from right), Neil Osgood (far right)
Right side, top: Groton-Pepperell members Duncan France (far left) and Derek TenBroeck 
(second from left); Jim Fusco (third from left); Groton-Pepperell members Rolllie Nutter 
(third from right) and Jacquelyn Phelps (second from right); and Groton-Pepperell President 
Kyle Swaim (far right)
Left side, second down: Leominster Foundation Chair Victor Bhakta (left); Leominster Immediate Past President Mary Dean (center); and Jim Fusco (right)
Right side, second down: Littleton Immediate Past President Mina Femino (left)Jim Fusco 
(center); and Littleton Foundation Chair Carl Bryant (right)
Left side, third down: Jim Fusco (left); and Montachusett Area Immediate Past President John Sbrogna (right)
Right side, third down: Natick Foundation  Chair Mark Blumenthal (left) and Jim Fusco (right)
Left side, fourth down: Jim Fusco (far left); Neponset  Valley Foundation Chair Tom Polito (second from left)Northborough President Pat Doyle (second from right); and  Worcester Immediate Past President David Frazier (far right)
Right side, fourth down: Wachusett Area Foundation Chair Sanjay Deshpande (left); Wachusett Area Immediate Past President Matt Smith (center); and Jim Fusco (right)
100-Percent Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club - Only 1,428 clubs in the world have achieved this recognition: The 100-Percent recognition is for the clubs that have achieved a per-capita giving of at least $100 per member and every active member has made a personal contribution of at least $100 to TRF Annual Fund-SHARE. Three clubs have earned that distinction:
  • Groton-Pepperell​
  • Littleton
  • Natick
District Governor Jim Fusco may be reached at jim.fusco1@verizon.net.

The Rotary Foundation One Of Top 5 Charities In World
By Roy Balfour
The Rotary Foundation has been ranked one of the Top 5 Charities Changing the World in 2015, according to CNBC, with a Worldwide Charity Score of 96.31 out of 100. “This not-for-profit organization works to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary's 35,187 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities,” CNBC reports. To read CNBC's "The Top 10 Charities Changing the World," click here.
“One of its biggest initiatives aims at eradicating polio through its PolioPlus program, launched in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners, including the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have immunized more than 2.5 billion children, reducing the incidence of polio by 99 percent and eradicating it from all but three countries,” CBNC continues.
To learn more about the basics of The Rotary Foundation, click here. Consider sharing this information with fellow Rotarians, your friends and your community. 
Last year in Central Massachusetts, District 7910 clubs’ $210,000 in donations provided a $1-million impact for projects undertaken by our fellow clubs in the district. That is a great financial return on donation investment into helping humanity.
Roy Balfour, chair of District 7910’s Foundation Committee, may be reached at romart@aol.com.

District Seeks Funds For Guyana Playground Project
Does your club have an international project? Would you like one?
Each year, a group of Rotarians on behalf of District 7910 travels to a third-world country to do a hands-on project wth local Rotarians there. Next February, the group is traveling to Guyana to help construct a playground at a school for special-needs students.
Your club can either make a contribution toward the project or sponsor (first come, first served) a particular playground item. If your requested item has already been sponsored, your contribution would be applied to another item.
Club checks, payable to "District 7910 - Guayana Project," should be sent to: Past District Governor Dick Manelis, 929 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701. Payments need to be received prior to December 31.
For any contribution of $500 or more, Dick will visit your club and do a presentation about the project. For more information, contact Dick at manelis711@yahoo.com.

Major Club Happenings: December
Concord: Cookie & Book Swap - December 15, Fowler Branch Library

Worcester: Glogg Party - December 17, Tatnuck Country Club

Chelmsford: Holiday Concert - December 21, Radisson Hotel

Submit Major Club Happenings
Send flyers of your club's major events, in either JPEG or PDF format, to Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com.
Committee Spotlight
Membership Corner: Does Your Club Have A Prospective-Member Protocol?
By Tom Sturiale
What process does your club utilize to introduce prospective members and new members into the club? It should be done in a formal and consistent manner of which all members are aware. We should strive to conduct some level of information for Rotary International as well as the specific club and district goals and objectives. Read more

Nominating Calls: Deadline For Applicants Is February 1
By Carol Toomey
As you know, District 7910's Nominating Committee met in November and selected the a District Governor Nominee-Designate (Steve Sager), two Trustees of the District Funds (David Frazier and Paul Gauvin) and a District Archivist (Cheryl Rosen). We still have some positions to fill and are seeking qualified applicants to serve in these district positions starting next July 1. You must be available for an interview in person next March 2 and have served as president of a Rotary Club to qualify for the following positions: Read more

District Positions: District Treasurer
By Jim Fusco
The District Treasurer is elected for a term of three years by the District Nominating Committee is automatically a Trustee of the District Funds and, in accordance, with the District Resolutions shall not serve consecutive terms. Lee Ouellette of the Rotary Club of Dracut is the current Treasurer and her term will expire next June 30. The Nominating Committee is now seeking a Treasurer for the 2016-2019 Rotary Year. If you are interested or know someone who would make a good District Treasurer, please let me know. Read more

Foundation Notes: Grant Items To Check And Consider
By Ralph Hammond
More than $89,004 in District and Global grants will become available for your club projects. The new grant cycle so as to plan for Incoming District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle's 2016-2017 Rotary year is about to begin. Read more

Corporate Membership: Commonly Asked Questions
By Satya Mitra
During our visits to many clubs in our District, many Membership Committee members have discovered that there is a great interest in finding out about the opportunity of Corporate Membership. Hence, here are details of Corporate Membership, answering some of the commonly asked questions about this concept. Read more

PR Tips: Reinforce The Key Rotary Messaging In All Of Your PR Efforts
By Laura Spear
The key Rotary messaging is, "Join leaders, exchange ideas, take action." According to PR News, “No matter how noble the mission, if an organization is not telling its story consistently and strategically, find more about the messaging on Rotary International's Brand Center website, which you may access with your Rotary membership login, and in District 7910's Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at laura@spear.net.

Club Planning: Worksheet Reminder
By Jim Fusco
Have you yet reviewed your club's progress with your Board of Director and your membership? Read more

RI Spotlight
Polio Returns To Ukraine
Polio has returned to war-torn Ukraine. (To learn more, click here.) This is a sad turn of affairs and underscores that there is still much work to be done. It’s important that we all strive to maintain our annual contribution to the Annual Fund-SHARE of The Rotary Foundation. However, additional contribution to PolioPlus would be in order for those who find themselves able to do so.

Rotaract And Interact Committee Meets In Evanston
Rotary International's Rotaract and Interact Committee for 2015-2016 met on December 3 and 4 at RI Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. The agenda of the meeting was to look into existing policies and recommend changes that can improve the Rotaract and Interact movements across the globe. During the meeting, various strategies and policy changes were discussed that would be further passed on to RI's Board of Directors.
The meeting was presided by Florian Wackermann of Germany and Yen Shen-Hsieh of Taiwan with the help of the RI staff. Other committee members who were present in the meeting were Veronica Suarez of Argentina, Evan Burrell of Australia, Oliver Alvarez of the Philipines, Tommie Buscemi of the United States, Safina Rahman of Bangladesh, Henry Long of the United States, Rahel Getachew of Ethopia, and Sahil Bhateja of India.
If you have any suggestions or feedback for RI's Rotaract and Interact Committee, please send it to ricommittee@rotaract.de.

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