Upcoming Events
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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
Click here to register for this free event, which is open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors

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, January 4-Monday, January 18


RI Spotlight
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.
 Times of Malta: 'Engaging Young People Truly Change The World'
"Engaging and empowering young people should be a top priority for every civil society organization that seeks to truly bring about change in the world," according to Rotary International president K. R. "Ravi" Ravindran (shown). "We are proactive with youths. We do not look down on them but we try to get them into our circle because, ultimately, we will learn from young people and they will learn from us older members," Mr. Ravindran told the Times of Malta. Read the full article

Governor's Message
What A Great Six Months It Has Been
By Jim Fusco
The first six months of this Rotary year have flown by but what a great six months it has been. I completed my official visits to our 51 Rotary clubs in September. Since then, I have had an opportunity to revisit 21 of the clubs. 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. (Rotary member login required)

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

District & Club Rounds
Register Now! Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar Set For February 8 In Framingham
By Carl Gomes and Steve Jones-D'Agostino
On Monday, February 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the District Rotaract Committee will hold a Rotaract​ Advisor Training Seminar at Framingham State University, in the Commons Room of North Hall, which is located at 16 State St. in Framingham. This event is free and open to all Rotarians and RotaractorsFree parking is available in all campus lots. To reach campus police for parking and event locations, call 508-626-4911.
To register for this free event, click here.
To download the two-page flyer, in PDF format, which contains directions to and a map of the Framingham State campus, click here.
  • Registration and Pizza: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance, District Rotaract Chair Carl Gomes: 6:00-6:05 p.m.
  • Seminar Overview, District Youth Services Chair Carol Toomey: 6:05-6:10 p.m.
  • Panel Discussion: 6:10-7:00 p.m.
  • Breakout Sessions, Facilitated by Worcester Rotarian Robin Currie: 7:00-8:20 p.m.
  • Closing Remarks, Carl Gomes and Robin Currie: 8:20-8:30 p.m.
  • Moderator: Carol Toomey of Nashoba Valley Rotary, chair  of District Youth Services Committee
  • Karen Jacobs of Brookline Rotary, advisor to Boston University Rotaract
  • Victor Tom of Bedford Rotary, advisor to MIT Rotaract
  • Pat Doyle of Northborough Rotary, co-District Governor Elect
  • Rita Newman or Mike Figueroa of WPI Rotaract
Issues (each panelist will speak for 7-10 minutes on his/her issue):
  • Karen Jacobs: How to form a Rotaract club, including the roles and responsibilities of the president, the Rotary advisor and - in the case of campus-based clubs - the faculty advisor
  • Victor Tom: How to run a Rotaract club, including outlining the criteria for the Presidential Citation
  • Pat Doyle: How to sustain a Rotaract club, including membership and financial viability and sustainability
  • Rita Newman or Mike Figueroa: Why I'm a Rotaractor, including what I expect and need from the Rotary and faculty advisors
More Information:
Contact Rotaract Committee Chair Carl Gomes at carlcgomes56@icloud.com or 508-450-3374, or Vice Chair Steve Jones-D’Agostino at srdagostino@icloud.com or 508-930-8675.

Save The Dates! May 20, 21 and 22
In just 136 days - our 2016 District Conference will take place at the Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth.
Registration is now open. To register, click here.
To view the promo video, which was produced by Assistant Governor Richard Simonclick here.
To view and download the event flyer in PDF format, click here.

Nashoba Valley’s Annual ‘Power Of Change’ To Honor Lowell’s Acre Family Child Care On January 26
By Karin Gaffney
On Tuesday, January 26, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley will host its second annual Power of Change event and will honor Acre Family Childcare in Lowell. The presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lowell Community Health Center, which is located at 161 Jackson St. (6th floor) in Lowell. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, although contributions to Acre Family Child Care will be welcome. The snow date is January 28.
The Nashoba Valley club is honoring Acre Family Childcare for its impact in the Lowell community and for its commitment to empowering women. The presentation will include remarks from the founder, Anita Moeller, who is now director of Preschool Expansion Grant at for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Acre Family Childcare’s mission is to help women build licensed, home-based family child-care businesses while providing community-based child care to the families of Lowell. Since 1988, the organization has provided childcare to more than 1,800 children and trained more than 200 providers.
 We want to honor their selfless efforts to develop solutions to the challenges facing women and are hopeful that attendees will leave inspired and motivated to support and build on the success of our honorees’ efforts
A coffee and dessert reception will follow the program.
To register, either click here or call 978-627-4135.
For more information, visit Nashoba Valley’s website or Facebook page.
Karin Gaffney, a past president of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, may be reached at karin.gaffney@rocklandtrust.com.

Nashoba Valley, Bolton Local To Hold Bolton Repair Café On January 23
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with help from Bolton Local, will hold the next Bolton Repair Café on Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at a new location, the cafeteria at the Florence Sawyer School, which is at 100 Mechanic St. in Bolton. The school is located behind the Emerson School, which is on the same driveway/street.
Bring your items that need repair, and knowledgeable volunteers will try to fix them for free. The volunteers can work on items such as mendable clothing, lamps, small appliances, computers and other electronics, bikes, toys, and jewelry. They can also sharpen knives, scissors, and garden tools. You only pay for needed parts. If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time. 
For more information, contact Ray Pfau of Bolton Local at 978-779-5545 or ray.pfau@oracle.com, or visit www.nashobarotary.org or www.boltonlocal.org/initiatives/repair-cafe.

Newton Inducts Former Rotarian/Son Of Rotarian
On December 2, the Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to induct Kyle Farrell (shown, second from left) as an honorary corporate member. He is a former Rotarian and the son of a Rotarian. He is also the e-commerce manager at The Village Bank in Newton.  
Shown posing with Kyle are, left to right: club President Indira Desai; club Treasurer Jeff Tucker, who is Kyle's sponsor; and club Membership Chair Susan Peghiny.

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 7910 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. This February, the group will travel 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. Contributions are still being accepted.
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 District & Club Happenings: January & February
Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship: Wine-Dinner- January 19, Heritage of Sherborn
Click here for event flyer
Click here for video of inaugural Wine-Dinner
Click here for photos of inaugural Wine-Dinner

Nashoba Valley: Power of Change - January 26, Lowell Community Health Center

Needham: Rotary Music Awards - January 30, Needham Town Hall

District 7910: Rotaract Advisor Training Seminar - February 8, Framingham State University

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
State Of The District: Alive And Well (part 2 of 2)
By Jim Fusco
I am proud to report that Rotary District 7910 is alive and well. At my installation as district governor on June 16, I presented my goals for Rotary Year 2015-2016 and told you that I had a lot of running around to do - and this, I have done. Now that we are at the halfway point of our year, I would like to report on how we are doing. Because there is so much to report, I have broken my report into two segments. This is part two. Read more
Membership Updates: Two Important Items
By Jim Fusco
You are halfway through your year. Congratulations on your progress! There are two important items that I want to address: Rotary International dues; and the club-planning worksheet. Read more

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

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

Nominating Calls: Deadline For Applicants Is This February 1
By Carol Toomey
As you know, District 7910's Nominating Committee met in November and selected the District Governor Nominee-Designate (Steve Sager), two Trustees of the District Funds (David Frazier and Paul Gauvin) and the 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 four positions: Treasurer; Sergeant at Arms; and two Trustees of the District Charitable Foundation. Read more

Foundation Notes: Great Projects Build Great Rotarians And Strong Clubs
By Ralph Hammond
In this Season of Giving, Rotarians in District 7910 share willingly their personal skills and talents by introducing meaningful projects both locally and globally. Our community-service projects continue to be an appreciated positive impact, making life better for others while strengthening our individual clubs. Read more

Membership Corner: Rotary Is Hope!
By Tom Sturiale
As we ring out the old year and ring in the new, we can hope for a more peaceful world and a more prosperous and successful Rotary year. We have now concluded the holiday season, when most of us have enjoyed the company of friends and family, when many of our hopes and dreams were satisfied, and as we look forward with optimism toward the future. Read more

New Generations: Focus On Rotaract
By Ron Goodenow and Carl Gomes
District 7910 has made a commitment to empower its existing Rotaract clubs and to grow new ones. Why is this commitment being made? The future growth of Rotary is dependent upon attracting and maintaining new and younger members. In North America, this is an acute issue - membership is declining. There are many factors that are causing this situation. Read more

District Positions: Trustees Of The District Funds
By Jim Fusco
The Trustees of the District Funds is the board that oversees the finances of the District. The Board of Trustees meets four times per year. Read more

PR Tips: Know Your Target Audience
By Laura Spear
You may have great information that you want the world to know about, but the reality is that many people won’t care. Think about which newspapers will be likely to print or post your article or write a story, or which Facebook "friends" will likely "like" or "share" a posting. Put yourself in your editor’s and readers’ shoes and appeal to why they should care.
Laura Spear, chair of District 7910's Public Image Committee, may be reached at laura@spear.net.
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