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.
2016 District Conference: Plymouth Rocks!
by District 7910 Conference Committee
May 20, 21 and 22, 2016
Hotel 1620 At Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth
Click here to Register Now!
Click here to download the District Conference Booklet, which contains the Schedule, Pricing, Frequently Asked Questions, and our Facebook "Like" Contest
Clichere to watch the three-minute promo video, produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simon

Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar
by District 7910 Rotaract Committee
Monday, February 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Framingham State University
Click here to register for this free event, which is open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors
Click here for the two-page event flyer, in PDF format

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.

DG Jim


District Events


Monday,  February 1-Monday, February 29

District Council Meeting

Monday, February 1

6:30-9:00 p.m.

DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

Tuesday, February 2
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Thursday, February 4
6:30-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Framingham State University
Thursday, February 11
6:00-8:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Chairs Prep
Thursday, February 11
7:00-8:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

Tuesday, February 16
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Tuesday, February 16
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
RI Spotlight
Lending A Hand To Peace
By endorsing a Peace Fellow candidate, your club builds goodwill and cultural understanding. To find out how, click here.

2016-2017 Rotary Theme: 'Rotary Serving Humanity'
To download the image in JPEG format, click here.

Zone 32 Rotary Foundation Webinar
By Ron Smith
I want to offer my thanks to all of you who completed the Zone 32 Rotary Foundation webinar topic survey. As a result of your input, we have scheduled the first Zone 32 Rotary Foundation webinar for Tuesday, February 2 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on “Best Practices to Improve Foundation Giving."
Specifically, we will spend 90 minutes learning about how to:
  • Encourage giving to Annual Fund, PolioPlus, and the Endowment Fund
  • Set goals for giving on Rotary Club Central
  • Access and understand information from key Foundation reports in MyRotary
Our Zone 32 Foundation Team will help prepare and lead this webinar, including Sue Klock, Knut Johnsen, Colin Gershon, Mike McCarthy, Rupi Rupwani, Kathy Hiltner, Mac Leask and Carol Toomey. Together, we will speak from our combined 200-plus years of Rotary experience, inviting your suggestions and questions into the presentation. We will also call on Rotary staff members to help explain the resources and support they can provide for both district and club leaders. Please mark your calendars and feel free to contact me if you have any further input or questions.
A detailed Webinar Agenda and a registration notice will be e-mailed to you after January 4, so please stay tuned. And again, thank you very much for your survey responses. Nearly 40 surveys were received and many topics were ranked.  We are also planning three to four more webinars based on your responses in the areas of building strong Rotary Foundation committees and training club chairs, grant management, and Global Grant development and implementation. Please look out for these future offerings.
Ron Smith, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator for Zone 32, may be reached at rsmith.rotary@gmail.com.

Attend a Presidential Conference 

Find innovative ways to improve your community by attending one of five presidential conferences in 2016, hosted by Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran (shown) and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith. Each will highlight one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus:
Conferences will be led by local Rotary districts and are open to both members and non-members. They will feature engaging speakers, informative general sessions, and hands-on workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow leaders and take away new ideas and strategies to put into action.

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
Plans underway for multi-district Young Professionals Summit
By Jim Fusco
One more week is under my belt - and a good week it was. Last week, we had several meetings as we commenced our planning for the Young Professionals Summit, which will be held in late August. We are joining forces with Rotary Districts 7780, 7850, 7870 and 7930 to plan and hold this event. Read more
Click here to view, download and/or print this newsletter, in PDF format.
Click here for past issues
Click here to download and/or print the minutes of the District Conference Committee meeting in October. 
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Rotarians In Memoriam

Welcome, New Rotarians
Please welcome the newest Rotarians in our district (alphabetical order by last name):

District & Club Rounds
Governors-Elect Pat And Skip Doyle Attend RI Training Session
Governors-Elect Skip and Pat Doyle (shown, far left and second from left) recently attended the 
Rotary International Training Session in San Diego. They are shown posing with Rotary International President Elect John Germ (second from right) and his wife and fellow Rotarian, Judy Germ (far right), during the Training Session.

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. Clck 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.

Acton-Boxborough, Clinton, Hudson, Littleton and Nashoba Valley To Sponsor Meal-Packaging Event On February 6
The Rotary Clubs of Acton-Boxborough, Clinton, Hudson, Littleton and Nashoba Valley are sponsoring a meal-packaging event to benefit Stop Hunger Now on Saturday February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton. The goal is to package 12,000 meals in a couple of hours. Interested participants can register with Richard Simon of the Nashoba Valley club at rlsimon@comcast.net. Walk-in volunteers are also welcome.
The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix, including 21 essential vitamins and minerals, into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school-feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.
“Stop Hunger Now is a great way to provide healthy, cost-effective meals,” says Richard Simon, a past president of the Nashoba Valley club.“The Rotary clubs are funding the cost per meal. Now, we need help from anyone and everyone to reach our packaging goal and help us combat hunger here in the United States and around the world. This is our third year in efforts feed the hungry and we now have packed nearly 35,000 meals. Last year, our meals went to the starving children and families in Malawi, Africa."
Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to crisis-burdened areas around the world. For more information, visit www.stophungernow.org.
Concord Inducts Sean Smith
The Rotary Club of Concord has inducted Sean Smith (shown, fourth from left), general manager of Concord's Colonial Inn, as a new member. He is shown posing with these Concord Rotarians, left to right: Dick Hale, Scholarship Chair June Grace, President Sharon Spaulding, Executive Secretary Doug Detweiler and Polio Challenge Chair Steve Levitsky.

Register Now For This Free 'New Generations' Event!
District 7910's First-Ever Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar
Monday, February 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Framingham State University 
Youth are the future of Rotary. If you lead a veteran Rotary club, what are the diversity, energy and youth metrics for your club? Rotary is at a crossroads in terms of membership – particularly, in North America. Many clubs have stagnant, minimal or decreasing membership. Rotary International along with District Governor Jim Fusco and our district’s leadership of New Generations programs are addressing this issue. One of the solutions is to attract and engage younger members – those under 40 - and to develop strong and vibrant youth programs, in particular, Interact and Rotaract. Read more

Register Now! May 20, 21 and 22
In just 115 days - our 2016 District Conference will take place at the Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth.


Governor's Package: All Meals, Friday Night Hotel and Saturdaym Night Hotel, $399 single & $499 double
Paul Harris Package: Friday Dinner, Friday Night Hotel and Saturday Breakfast, $199 single & $269 double
Mayflower Package: Saturday Dinner, Saturday Night Hotel and Sunday Breakfast, $199 single & $269 double 
Pilgrim Package: All Meals only, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $119 single & $238 double
Registration is now open. To register, click here.
To watch the promo video, which was produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valleyclick here.
To download the schedule and contents, in PDF format, click here.
To get answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

Brookfields Club Presents ‘A Murder Mystery’ Dinner On February 6
The Rotary Club of the Brookfields will present “A Murder Mystery” Dinner on Saturday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Spencer Country Inn in Spencer. The “Murder Mystery” will be performed by the Barre Theatre Group. The cost of $35 per person and includes a buffet dinner. Proceeds will benefit the club’s Scholarship and Literacy Fund.
To make reservations, contact club member Chet Lubelczyk at 508-867-3203 or csl208@yahoo.com, or club member Luanne McLeod at 413-436-8394 or luluz0124@aol.com.

Major District & Club Happenings: February
Saturday, February 6: Acton-Boxborough, Clinton, Hudson Littleton & Nashoba Valley's 'Meal-Packaging Event'

Sunday, February 7: Fitchburg East's 'Super Bowl Brunch'

​Monday, February 8: District 7910's 'Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar'

Thursday, February 11: Concord's'Trek-On For Rotary'
Click here for promo flyer
Click here for registration form & information sheet

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
District Positions: Steering Committee
By Jim Fusco
The Steering Committee consists of the sitting district governor, district governor elect, district governor
nominee and, when selected, district governor designate. They meet monthly in an executive session. Read more

Membership Corner: How do you describe Rotary?
By Tom Sturiale
You are approached by an interested person who asks, “What is Rotary?” How do you respond? We all have a few direct responses depending on our knowledge of Rotary. But do we also have an effective response? Are we able to capture the essence of Rotary in just a few minutes, to interest the person enough so they will inquire further? I will present a few thoughts as well as challenge our district’s membership to present their own ideas and suggestions on the “What is Rotary?” question. Read more

PR Tips: Be newsworthy
By Laura Spear
To be considered newsworthy, your news article or release must be of broad or general interest to your target audience and have a strong news angle, such as something that benefits or affects your community, has drama, or has a human-interest slant. Your release needs to be written in a journalistic style - written objectively as though a reporter wrote the story for you. Most importantly, your release needs to “inform” people and let them know why they should care - and not just push information out that you think should get coverage.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at laura@spear.net.

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

PETS Alert: Training,Training, Training
By Pat and Skip Doyle

We and all of you have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. We have attended the Rotary International Training Session in San Diego, so we are ready to help all of you become well-prepared club presidents in 2016-2017. Read more

2015-2016 District Directory
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To submit content for consideration for the Monday, February 1 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to District Governor Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com. The submission deadline is Friday, January 29. All text must be in Word format. All images must be in either JPEG or PDF format.​​

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Rotary District 7910, Central Massachusetts, USA
2015-2016 District Governor Jim Fusco
Rotary District 7910 Newsletter Editor Steve Jones-D'Agostino