Governor's Message
We Have Feelings That Are Hard To Express
By Pat and Skip Doyle
It is hard to imagine how we will feel 51 weeks from now. Right now, after we have finished week one, we have feelings that are hard to express.
It has been a week full of Rotary experiences.We can fudge a little and call the installation of the officers of Marlborough Rotary Club last Thursday evening our first event.
What a great evening with friends and supporters of many years. Long-time members, past members, new members, family and friends gathered at Fish Restaurant to hear incoming President Peggy Sheldon share her vision for the year ahead. We have high hopes for Marlborough Rotary in the months to come. READ MORE
Click here to download or print the July 11 issue, in PDF format.
Click here to submit content for the July 18 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):
  • Aaron Aykanina, Marlborough
  • Jack Forman, Westborough
  • David Morticelli, Marlborough
  • Steve Roach, Marlborough
  • Darlene Trainor, Marlborough

Rotarians In Memoriam
Please remember this Rotarian, who recently passed away:
Tom Smalarz, Southbridge
To read his obituary, click here

District & Club Rounds
Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as 2016-2017 District Governors

On June 26, Pat and Skip Doyle were installed as District Governors for the 2016-2017 Rotary year, which began last Friday, July 1Congratulations and best wishes to them from all of us!
To commemorate this special event - an extraordinary one, too, because of Pat and Skip's co-governorship - we share with you a 28-minute video of the June 26th Installation Ceremony at Fitchburg State University. To view the video in MP4 formatclick here.
The Installation took place during the closing ceremonies for the three-day annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event, held this year at Fitchburg State and attended by 188 sophomores. The closing event, including the Installation, was attended by those students and as well as their families and friends. To learn more about RYLAclick here.
Shown are Skip Doyle (left) and Pat Doyle (middle) being installed by Past District Governor Carol Toomey (right).

Northborough Rotary Charters Northborough & Southborough Interact
On June 30, at the Northboro Senior Center, the Rotary Club of Northborough held an induction ceremony to officially charter the Northborough & Southborough Interact Club and welcome Sruthi and her fellow club members to Interact, a service-focused international society. Open to students ages 12 to 18 who want to serve their communities and their world, Interact is a part of Rotary International.
Sruthi, whose dad once started a Rotaract club – Rotary’s society for young adults – said she wasn’t as committed to volunteering when she was a young child. Growing up in Northborough, she didn’t witness dire need. READ MORE
Shown at the podium is co-District Governor Pat Doyle.

Installations Of Our '16-'17 Club Presidents
Ayer (Chartered 1956): Christopher Lilly
Also installed:
Dolores Alberghini as Vice President
Joan Pena as Secretary
Donna Savary as Sgt at Arms
Melissa Fetterhoff as Board of Director
Karen Strickland as Board of Director
John Gervais as Board of Director
For Ayer's newsletter, click here
Shown, left to right: Christopher Lilly, John Gervais, Mike Phelan, Dolores Alberghini, Donna Savary, Patricia Thorpe, and Bryan Sawyer
(Chartered 1955): Chet Lubelczyk
                                        Shown, left to right: Judy Rice, President; Chet Lubelczyk, Vice President; Darby Warburton, Secretary; Beverly Sawyer, Treasurer; and Luanne McLeo
Brookline (Chartered 1938): Elmon Hendrickson
Needham (Chartered 1929): Ted Shaughnessy
Newton (Chartered 1923): Paul Sullivan                                                                                   
For club news release, click here

RYLA Committee Holds Wrap-Up Meeting

It is important to have a wrap-up meeting after a major event and that is just what the RYLA Committee did this past Sunday. The committee met for brunch at the Northborough home of District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle to review the
event and to start preliminary planning for the 2017 RYLA.
While year was the BEST RYLA EVER, next year the committee plans to have the BEST-BEST RYLA EVER. Thank you!
Shown, clockwise from bottom left, are: Morgan McGraw BentlyCorinne Braciska (Littleton); Ethan (Corinne's son & Future RYLAN & Rotarian; Joe Badenhoff (Acton/Boxborough); Cheryl Rosen (Hudson); co-District Governor Skip DoyleKevin Sullivan (Bedford); Karen Fusco (Fitchburg); Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco (Montachusett Area); Ed King (Northborough); co-District Governor Pat DoyleKathi Duprey; RYLA Chair Christine Pinney (Bedford), Kelsey Whittemore and Courtney Salmon.  photo taken Carol Toomey

Westborough Rotary Presents 5K Road Race
(This information was posted on June 25 on the MetroWest Daily News website.)

Within the past three years, [South County Physical Therapy Inc.] has donated more than 200 bottles of water to support Rotary Race participants in their pursuit of the finish line at Westborough High School, 90 W. Main St.
“Hydration is always key to a runner’s performance — before, during and after a big race. At SCPT, we encourage all runners, from novices to veterans, to monitor their water intake. Maintaining proper hydration can prevent cramps, regulate body temperature, and lubricate your joints to help prevent overuse injuries,” said SCPT Executive Director Eric Cardin. “It is our pleasure to support the Rotary Club of Westborough and all who participated in the Road Race.”
This year, SCPT’s offerings weren’t the only things that were wet, as rain clouds lingered during the annual Westborough Spring Festival weekend. Ongoing precipitation made the hilly course throughout Westborough even more challenging for runners. In addition to the 5K Road Race, the Westborough Spring Festival featured live music, local eats and events, including a new Food Truck Festival.
SCPT offers six convenient locations throughout Central Massachusetts and is recognized for providing the highest quality of personalized and rehabilitative orthopedic and sports physical therapy care for 30 years.

Natick: 'Finding hope in Haiti,' by Peter Golden
This article appeared in the June 26 MetroWest Daily News.
Not to make too much of it, but as a Rotarian I cook community suppers and work for a variety of causes, from food pantries to scholarship fundraisers and a whole bunch of other good things like polio eradication and disaster relief. For me, it’s no big deal; it’s what Rotarians do as part of our pledge to honor “Service Above Self.” READ MORE
Shown, are three of the older students at the Hope for the Children of Haiti orphanage wait for classes. Three of the older students at the Hope for the Children of Haiti orphanage wait for classes. (Photo: Peter Golden)

Montachusett Area Rotary Grant in LiberiaAids Liberian School Project Doug Larson, resident of Boxborough, 
The Rotary Club of Montachusett Area has been working on a Global Grant over the past three years to provide clean water to an off-grid water-supply system for a school in rural Liberia, Africa. Doug Larson a resident of Boxborough, along with his co-workers at Geosyntec Consultants' New England branch in Acton volunteered after-hours to design the system.
This April, Larson (shown on right in photo) traveled to Liberia to install the system.
The village of Gbarnga is about 120 miles from the capital city of Monrovia in a country the size of Tennessee. This country was devastated by civil war and then more recently by a costly outbreak of the Ebola virus. It’s a place where clean water is just 20 feet below the surface but unreachable for most and education is a luxury. Through a Rotary grant of $80,000, the people in this village will have access to clean water, health, education and economic development — beginning with a school and clean water.

Bedford COA Members Work On Bedford Rotary-Funded Raised Gardens
(This Wicked Local Bedford article by Amelia Johnson was posted on June 23.)
The lettuce crop is on its way, and more vegetables will be arriving in the Bedford Council on Aging garden that was two years in the making. Thanks to Bedford High School sophomore and Boy Scout Troop 194 member Jalan Pedonesi, 16, the seniors' wish was granted earlier this spring.
Bedford COA volunteers recently planted seeds in raised boxes and whiskey barrels in the new garden behind the senior center on Mudge Way. The group had been waiting a long time to plant, as the project germinated two years ago with a donation from the members of the Rotary Club of Bedford, who gave $1,000 to the Council on Aging for the construction of a garden. READ MORE
Shown, is one of the raised gardens at the Bedford Council on Aging features assorted herbs. (Photo: Amelia Johnson)

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
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 (right) 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

District Directory Yellow Pages: Deadline to submit ads is this Friday, July 15
Do business Rotarian-to-Rotarian: Send us your ads now. For a copy of the Order Formclick here.
How to do it:
  1. Fill in the Yellow Pages Order Form (the form was mailed to you on Thurs 6/30/16). For Order Form <click here>
  2. Assure that you enter “Classification Requested” (only one classification per ad)
  3. For Business-Card-Size Ads, include you business card
  4. For Half-Page or Full-Page Ads, include your business card and your ad copy
  5. Mail the order form along with your check, business card and ad copy (No. 4, only) per instructions on the Yellow Pages Order Form
Note: To place more than one ad, enclose a separate order form for each one.
(Shown are sample ads.)
Member Information for the District Diretcory
We want all the information in the District Directory to be up-to-date and as accurate as possible so we need you to check your Member Profile on Club Runner to ensure that all information is complete and accurate. (All members have access.)
How to do it for Members:
  1. Log into Club Runner at
  2. Go to “Administration”
  3. Go to “For Members”
  4. Click on “Edit My Profile” (Insert of headshot photo is possible)
  5. 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, July 20: District 7910 Golf League - Nashawtuc Country Club, Concord
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
Wednesday, August 3: Brookfields Rotary - 2nd annual memorial golf tournament honoring our passed Rotarians, Quail Hollow Country Club, Oakham, MA (see story below)
Tuesday, August 16: District 7910 Golf League - Framingham Country Club, Framingham
Click here for event flyer, in  PDF format
Monday, August 22: Concord Rotary - 28th Annual Golf Tournament, Concord Country Club, Concord (see story, below)
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 Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of the Brookfields will host the 2nd Annual 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. The entry fee of $250 includes 18 holes of golf at one of New England’s premier courses, use of the putting green, golf cart, lunch, clubhouse reception and dinner, tournament gifts and refreshments. Mulligans will be available for purchase. Silent and live auctions will add to the fun. There will also be a drawing for top-quality golf gear. Compete for a prize for the longest drive and closest to the pin for men and women.
Thanks to the support of last year’s sponsors and golfers, the Rotary Club was able to underwrite $24,000 in scholarships. The Rotary Club is one of the largest donors to the Scholarship Fund, and the golf tournament is the club’s largest fundraiser to benefit scholarships.
Platinum sponsors Emerson Hospital, Hammond Residential Realty and Newbury Court have stepped forward to support the tournament, and encourage others to join them in helping worthy students obtain a college education. Sponsorships by corporations, local businesses and individuals boost the proceeds, with benefits to both donors and students. Major underwriters in a number of categories receive recognition in promotional materials. For $2,500, Platinum Sponsors have their logo on all printed materials; are entitled to preferred placement for one tee sign; and receive full registration for four golfers and 20 raffle tickets. For $1,500, Friend Sponsors have a business listing on all printed materials; are entitled to preferred placement for one tee sign; and receive full registration for four golfers and 10 raffle tickets. Tee and Green Sponsorships are $250 and entitle the donor to have a sign bearing their message on a tee or green.
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.

Westborough Rotary Seeks to Finalize Bravehearts Game Numbers
Westborough Rotary's social coordinator, Jim Tepper, needs ASAP to finalize numbers for designated Rotary Night at the Worcester Bravehearts game on July 18 at Hanover Insurance Park in Worcester. Please e-mail him at call him 508-523-9033 to confirm your seats and place at the pre-game table - literally.
The total evening cost is only $22 for adults, $15 for kids ages 3 to 12. This includes tickets, parking and a field-side meal of burgers, chicken, chips, ice cream and more! Come support Westborough Rotary’s esteemed new president, Gerry Gross, as he demonstrates his athletic prowess and throws out the first pitch!
For the event flyer, in  PDF format, click here.

Westborough Rotary Launches New GEMINI Site
After months of work and collaboration, Westborough Rotary is excited to announce the launch of a new and improved GEMINI website. Take some time to enjoy it here, especially the GEMINI beginnings video on the front page, right column. 
GEMINI is the club's Global Emergency Medicine Initiative, a collaborative Rotary International Service Project. The club works with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, District 7910, other Rotary clubs, medical facilities and governments of participating countries to bring training in emergency medicine, expertise and equipment to developing countries worldwide. 
Click here, to find out more about this exciting project.
(Shown, is the GEMINI program at work in Guyana.)

Framingham Rotary Promotes Concerts On The Green, Summer Carnival
On Friday nights this summer, Concerts on the Green, organized by the Framingham Parks & Services Department, will be take 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 will have its usual information booth at each concert as well. Concerts are free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, the Summer Carnival sponsored by Framingham Rotary returns in July and will be located at Framingham State University.The funds raised through thisevent will help support the club's service projects in the 2016-2017 Rotary year that begins on July 1. They will also go to fund the club's grant process, which allows the club to financially support other important service organizations with their missions in the Framingham community. The club gives a special thanks to FSU for this great, highly visible Route 9-facing location.  

Districts 7910, 7930 Team Up For Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship Wine-Dinner on July 18 in Brookline Village
Rotarians, family and friends - including non-Rotarians - are invited to join District 7910 and 7930's joint Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship Wine-Dinner on Tuesday, July 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at La Morra Bicari Ristorante, located at 48 Boylston St. in Brookline Village. Enjoy a four-course meal with carefully chosen wine pairings. Can you think of a nicer way to enjoy fellowship with Rotarians and friends in Eastern and Central Massachusetts than over wine and dinner? 
The cost is $70 per person for those interested in sampling the wines and $50 per person for those interested in the meal only. Tax and tip are included in these prices. Participation is limited, so don't delay. Register here!
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format
Click here for the event flyer, in JPEG format
Click here for sample menu, in PDF format
Click here for the sample menu, in JPEG format

Nashoba Valley, Acton-Boxborough And Maynard Rotary's 'Wings & Wheels' Is Here

Mark your calendar: Thursday evenings are Cruise-in/Fly-in Nights this summer 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 Nashoba Valley, Acton-Boxborough, and Maynard are holding their fourth annual Wings & Wheels program, a summer-long cruise-in/fly-in event at the Minute Man Air Field (302 Boxboro Rd.) in Stow. The event runs onThursday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., which started June 2 and ends August 25 (no event on July 7).
Admission is free with donations requested. Proceeds will benefit local and international Rotary service projects, such as local scholarships and high school programs, senior citizen projects, and international health and relief programs.
For more information, weather-cancellation information, and “rules of the runway,” visit "Like" the event on Facebook at

Major District & Club Happenings: Summer
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, July 20, Nashawtuc Country Club, Concord
Click here for events flyer, in PDF format

Monday, July 18: Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship - 'Wine-Dinner at La Morra'
Click here to register for this event
Click here to download event flyer, in PDF format
Click here to download sample menu, in PDF format

Thursday, July 21: Westborough Rotary - 'Rotary Night with the Worcester Bravehearts'
Click here for event flyer, in PDF format

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.
Click here, for PDF version of July 11 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter

Click here for just some of the many-more-to-come photos! Plus, a video of our 2016-2017 District Governors' Installation Ceremony, held during RYLA closing ceremonies!

District Events: July 11-August 8
Thursday, July 14 
6:30– 8:30 p.m.
Office of Dick Manelis, Framingham
Monday, July 18
5:30-8:30 p.m.
La Morra Bicari Ristorante, Brookline
Leadership Dinner
Tuesday, July 19 
6:30–10:35 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster

Wednesday, July 20 
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Nashautuc Country Club, Concord

Sunday, July 24 
1:00– 4:00 p.m.
Home of Jim and Karen Fusco, Fitchburg

Thursday, July 28
Holiday Inn, Boxborough

Friday, July 29
7:30–8:45 a.m.

Monday, August 1 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Monday, August 1
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
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.

RI Spotlight
Thank you from K. R. Ravindran
My Dear Friends,
On every July 1, a page turns in Rotary. One Rotary year ends, and another begins. We do not lay down our pen but only lift it from the page, as we write the final lines of one chapter and consider the first lines of the next.
The story of the 2015-'16 Rotary year has now been written and my friends, you have written it well. We end our year with a net gain of more than 30,000 members, and global membership approaching all-time highs. Our convention was the second-largest in Rotary history, with extremely positive reviews. Rotary Global Rewards, launched only one year ago, now contains more than 1,350 offers and is approaching 100,000 site visits. And, we are closer than ever to our goal of eradicating polio, with only 17 cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus to date in 2016.
These are achievements that all of us can be proud of. But we all know that the true story of Rotary this year was written, not in Evanston by its officers, but in every one of Rotary’s clubs and districts, by each of you, and by the Rotarians you have led, motivated, and inspired. The story of this Rotary year is the work of your minds, your hands, and your hearts; the story of health, of education, and of hope that you have brought to countless people, in every corner of the Rotary world.
In the final days of this year, I found my mind returning to the words I spoke on the final day of our International Assembly: “Every story has an end. But in life, every end is a new beginning.” The story of our year together, in Rotary office, has now been written. Again, a fresh page awaits us, empty, waiting to be filled. The pen hovers above it. What will it write?
That, my friends, is up to every one of us. The opportunities of our offices may be over, but those of Rotary remain: opportunities to serve, to change lives, to be part of our business of miracles, and to Be A Gift to the World.
I thank you for your service, for your trust, and for your confidence in me, and I wish you all the best in many years of Rotary service ahead. You are, and you will remain, a gift to me, as you are A Gift to the World.
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-'16

Is Your Club Millennial Friendly?
With only 11 percent of Rotary members under age 40, the future of many clubs may depend on their success in recruiting Millennials. Worldwide, there are about 2 billion Millennials — variously defined, but identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as people born between 1982 and 2000. And, they have a great deal to offer Rotary. Having grown up in a time of rapid change, head-spinning technological advances, and expanding access to the world, Millennials are uniquely equipped to keep pace with global trends and to meet community needs.
They are also generous and willing to volunteer. According to a 2015 Millennial Impact Research Report from Achieve research agency, 84 percent of survey respondents had made a charitable donation the previous year, and 70 percent had spent time volunteering. So how can you make your club more appealing to Millennials? The Millennials we asked cite three factors that are important. 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. The percentage of Rotarians under 40 has remained fairly steady at about 10 percent in recent years, but this could be the generation that bucks the trend. Find out what these young, ambitious professionals love about Rotary and why more and more are discovering that Rotary has everything Millennials want. 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. 

GLI: An Incredible Rotary Leadership Opportunity
Global Leadership InitiativeGlobal Leadership Institute is an intense leadership opportunity to be held this July 26 to 31 at the luxurious Dolce Convention Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is for global change-makers between the ages of 19 and 35. 

During that week, participants will be personally and professionally pushed to become the leaders they have the potential to be. In the past, our professional tract has brought in speakers from TedX, Coca-Cola, IBM, Linkedin, the U.S. military, the U.S. Congress and many more. Our personal tract focuses on personal-building skills such as communication, relationship building, networking, public speaking, confidence, personality training, and business etiquette. 

GLI will be accepting only 54 participants. This is one of the greatest benefits of the program. GLI has absorbed the Rotary model of "service above self" and the participant are given one-on-one help and guidance to learn what it means to be a global change-maker and great future or current Rotarian. 

GLI is partnered with the United Nations. During that week, participants will be in the UN building for various activities.
For more information, click here.

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 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.

RI Membership Resource Guide

To download in PDF format, 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:
  1. Representing Your Community’s Professions: A Classification Assessment
  2. Diversifying Your Club: A Member Diversity Assessment
  3. Finding New Club Members: A Prospective Member Exercise
  4. Improving Your Member Retention: A Retention Assessment and Analysis
  5. Enhancing the Club Experience: Member Satisfaction Survey
  6. Understanding Why Members Resign: Exit Survey 
Historical trends show that there’s an increase in membership soon after the new year, so this is the perfect time to consider how you welcome new members into your club. Read how one club is using our New Member Welcome Kits to enhance their welcome and orientation.

Rotary Global Rewards: Sign Up Today!
Click here to learn more
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.
Click here to tell us your Rotary story. How has your life or your community been touched by Rotary? We’d like to hear about your experiences, your accomplishments, and your favorite moments. Add a photo, a video, or just a few sentences to share your Rotary Story.

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 likely to be approved by July 15
By Sanjay Deshpande
The first set of 2016-17 District Grants will likely be approved by July 15!!! The Grants Subcommittee met on July 6 to review and act on the applications that were completed online by June 30.
The Grants Subcommittee members have learned the ClubRunner Grants Module and are increasing their proficiency in using it AND teaching it to the trained Rotarians from the 31 clubs that submitted District Grant proposals in March and have since qualified for Grants participation.
District Grant Subcommittee Chair Jorge Yarzebski distributed the workload of entering the grant requests (proposals) into the ClubRunner Grants Module and the subsequent effort of sponsoring club contacts for entering the applications among the subcommittee members. The assignments are as follows: READ MORE

Membership Corner: Rotary - It's a New Year
By Tom Sturiale
We begin a year of renewal with new presidents and officers in District 7910 and throughout the Rotary world. Revitalization, new energy, new ideas and a zeal to improve our clubs surges through Rotary. Now we need to transmit those ideas and intentions into action.
This is a real, exciting challenge for the new presidents. One of the difficult challenges is the renewal of clubs through the addition of new members. While the basics of membership are well known to most Rotarians, there remains considerable inertia with many clubs in implementing an effective effort.
Rotary International leadership has proudly described an increase in total membership of 30,000 during this past year. However, we remain stagnant at the 360,000 level in the USA - a significant drop in the past 20 years. 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.
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

Bandey-Hefler Prepares For Trip To England
By Victor Tom
We are making progress as our travelers anxiously await their two-week trip to England that begins on September 19. We have always been challenged to get enough hosts and this is the same for the UK. As of today, they only have enough hosts to welcome 14 visitors. The selected travelers have been notified and there will be a Travelers Meeting tonight at the home of Patsy Lloyd (Bedford).
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. Geoff Philpot and Hugh Barnard, in England, are making presentations and recruiting hosts. Patsy Lloyd and I, in Central Mass., are making the travelers list and getting information on flights to Heathrow in London.
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
imageClick 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

Polio Plus: We are Still Looking for Rotarians Who Have Participated in a Rotary NID?
By Carl Good III
If so, who are you? As many of you know, Rotarians from around the world participate in Polio National Immunization Days. These mass immunizations have been a major factor in our success against polio. There is no database of those who have participated.
We want to identify those in District 7910 who have gone on a Rotary NID to recognize their contribution. It would be great if club
presidents would put out the word and help us identify these Rotarians who at their own expense have immunized children in developing countries. Also, if you have been on an NID, please contact me as follows:
Carl M. Good III, Ph.D.
Rotary District 7910 Polio Chair
560 Longley Rd., Groton, MA 01450
560 Longley Rd.
Groton, MA 01450
Thanks very much for your help.
Status of District 7910 club contributions
To review and download the District 7910 polio-contributions report compiled by Rotary International, click here. To read the May 2016 edition of End Polio Now Newsletter, click here.
Boston Globe highlights Rotary role in polio fight
Click here to read a recent front-page article in The Boston Globe about the change in polio vaccines, which mentions the role of Rotary in the fight to end polio.
RI provides $35 million in new funding
Rotary International has released $35 million in new grants to support the global effort to eradicate polio. The funds will build on last year’s historic achievement of stopping transmission of the wild polio virus in Nigeria and all of Africa. Just two countries reported wild polio cases in 2015, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary’s funds will go toward efforts to end the disease in those countries and seven others. Read more
New type of polio vaccine
A new type of polio vaccine has been produced that can provide a better injectable to people in Third World countries.Click here to watch a recent Australian TV news report on the Vaxxas Nanopatch.

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