Governors' Message 
Two words in our vocabulary can never be overused - Thank you
By Pat and Skip Doyle
Traveling last month to Seoul, South Korea for the Rotary International Convention and stopping on the way home in Kuai I Mahalo, Hawaii introduced us to cultures that say "thank you" all the time in words and gestures. In Seoul, a little bow means "thank you" and we heard "kamsa hamnida" ("thank you") or just a faint "hamnida" and a bow all the time. In Kuai I Mahalo, "thank you" is always spoken in a warm, welcoming way. "Mahalo" can make your day.
With that explanation, we want to say a warm "thank you" with a deep bow to all the Rotarian RYLA volunteers in District 7910 who helped make this year's RYLA the best ever - one that will be hard to beat. A special "mahalo" goes to our RYLA Committee, made up of Rotarians and non-Rotarians. Not only did they have to plan for 210 RYLANs, but also one 150 Rotarians.
Rotary International President John Germ has charged us to change the world for the better, through "Rotary Serving Humanity," one step at a time. Last weekend, Rotarians of District 7910 took many steps toward our goal by changing the lives of 210 young people who attended RYLA and touching the lives of the 800 people who attended the RYLA closing ceremony.
Thank You, Kamsa Hamnida, Mahalo!
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at and, respectively. 
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Welcome, New Rotarians!
Please join us in welcoming these new members at Rotary clubs in District 7910 (alphabetical order, by last name):
  • David Correia, Merrimack Valley
  • Gavin Livingstone, Hudson
  • Kerstin Meyers, Uxbridge
  • Leanne Velky, Milford

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).

AG Meeting: Steve Levitsky honored
District 7910 held its final Assistant Governors meeting of the 2015-2016 Rotary year last Wednesday. In accordance with the Rotary International Manual of Procedures, Rotarians are allowed to serve only three consecutive years. In accordance with that rule, three AGs finished their terms on June 30. They are Steve Levitsky (Concord), Chet Lubelczyk (Brookfields) and Karin Gaffney (Nashoba Valley). Then-District Governor Jim Fusco thanked them for their service.
Then-District Governor Jim Fusco (right) is shown posing with then-Assistant Governor Steve Levitsky on June 29.

Rotary Floats
Fitchburg East Rotary Float in the Civic Day Parade in Fitchburg
Shown, left to right:  Rotarians Bobby Campbell and Mary Ciuffetti, and Interactors James Descoteau, Tai Lee, Zachary Hyvaranin and Augustine Sanches.
On the other side of the truck, not seen: Rotarian Peter Perry and Interactors Jillian Woolens and Carlos Figueroa.
Needham Rotary
Shown, left to right, are: Bill Paulson, Ken Davis and President Ted Shaunessy.

Westborough Presents 14th Annual Spring Festival 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.
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)
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.” So when I casually committed to a visit to Haiti with a friend I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. A list of preventative immunizations sent me scrambling before leaving Natick, where I live, and having flown down to the country for four days and returned I’m still somewhat puzzled as to why I went. Yet my intentions were transparent enough, or so I thought: With my friend David Rhee, a fellow Rotarian from Natick, I ventured into another world, touching down in Port-au-Prince in order to visit an orphanage for which David serves as treasurer.
Disclosure: Back in the day I spent a decade teaching in some of Boston’s poorest neighborhoods and advocating for school reform. Prior to that, as a writer I covered riots and revolutions and met my share of crooks and charlatans. Cover that territory for a while and you take a skeptical view of anything that smacks of guilt or patronization.
What I encountered at the Hope for the Children of Haiti orphanage in Port Au Prince was none of that. So you can put aside any cynical notions you might have about charitable work in Lesser Developed Countries, at least in this case. All preconceptions regarding disengaged, arms-length American benevolence aside, it was a place where children whose lives had been utterly devastated by natural disaster, poverty, disease and plain hard luck had found a safe haven, love, nurturing and personal success.
The orphanage, I discovered, had gathered two cohorts of kids of roughly a hundred each. The first, assembled over two decades ago, is now living independently or in small groups and has graduated from college (in a land where almost no one goes to college) or trade school. The second, the one I encountered in the halls and classrooms of the orphanage, was assembled about five years ago and ranges in age from four or five into their late teens. In parallel, Hope for the Children runs a 300-seat school that serves local students (state schools are largely in disarray, I was told) almost all with scholarships. “Thriving” is a good way to describe most of the kids I encountered during my brief stay.
Last year I met Lee Stone, David’s colleague and executive director of Hope for the Children, which runs the orphanage and school in the Bolosse district of Port Au Prince. It is a desperately poor neighborhood in a country that by consensus is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Casual conversation when Lee spoke before my Rotary club at David’s invitation led to my vague promise to lend a hand which then morphed into something more – a visit!

Newton Rotary Awards Career/Tech Ed Scholarships
Newton Rotary has awarded Career/Tech Ed Scholarships to three Newton High School students. They are: Mikayla Sarchioni-McGlashing, recipient of the Bell & Flag Award; Jaclyn Mehrez, recipient of the William Rockwell Memorial Scholarship; and Henry Groves, recipient of the President's Award.
Shown is club President Indira Desai (far left) posing with (left to right) Mikayla Sarchioni-McGlashing; Jaclyn Mehrez; and Henry Groves.
Shown (left to right) are: Diana Robbins, director of Newton Public Schools Career/Tech Education Department; club member Susan Paley of the Village Bank; and club President Indira Desai.  Diana is retiring this year and Newton Rotary recognized her commitment and dedication to the students of Newton.

Westwood Rotary, WY&FS honor Westwood students
The Rotary Club of Westwood and Westwood Youth & Family Services recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Recognize A Youth Award. Five Westwood High School students were honored on June 7 at a club luncheon for their initiative and commitment to community service. This year’s honorees were Marisa Blum, William Collins, Courtney Cronin, Emily Dukeman and Caroline Fitzgerald.
Blum and Collins attend Westwood High and are in the transition program, which serves young adults with special needs and helps prepare them for life after graduation. Through this program, they began volunteering at the Westwood Food Pantry. They were an important part of the pantry’s initiative to provide essential provisions to the families that were living in the Budget Inn. They were nominated for a RAY Award by Trish Tucke, food-pantry director, who reports the program would not have been a success without the help of these two young adults. Blum and Collins also volunteer at Town Hall, the Recreation Department and the main office of the high school.
Cronin, Dukeman and Fitzgerald, WHS juniors, were honored for their volunteer work at Saint Margaret Mary Parish. The girls spent their short Wednesdays teaching CCD to a group of fourth-graders, as well as assisting at the church’s summer Bible camp for the last five summers. The girls were nominated by Pamela DukemanKarlene Duffy, the religious education director at the church, states that the girls set an example for the younger children at the church.
At the luncheon, the honorees celebrated their accomplishments with their families and those that nominated them. They also received certificates of appreciation from Westwood Youth & Family Services and Westwood Rotary.
Nominations for the award are accepted year-round. For information, visit either or

Shown, left to right: RAY Award recipients Marisa Blum, William Collins, Caroline Fitzgerald, Emily Dukeman and Courtney Cronin with members of Westwood Rotary.

Montachusett Area Rotary Aids Liberian School Project
District Governor Jim Fusco (shown, first row, far left, posing with members of the Rotary Club of Montachusett Area, of which he is a member) recently presented Jon Rossmanof Chelmsford and Doug Larson of Boxborough with Paul Harris Fellow Awards in recognition of assistance given for better understanding and relations among the people of the world.
Rossman is a co-founder of Product Insight Inc., a Boston-area product development firm. He currently owns and operates Details Carpentry. Larson is a senior principal engineer for Geosyntec Consultants in Acton, a firm specializing in environmental engineering, science and technology. Together, they volunteer their time to the development of the Gbarnga Lutheran School project in Liberia.
Rossman has spent several months over the past year in Liberia managing a construction crew to build a K-12 school. Larson has worked after hours with a few volunteers from Geosyntec to design a solar-powered water system providing clean water for the property. He traveled to Liberia to install the system this past April.
The village of Gbarnga is about 120 miles from the capital city of Monrovia in a country the size of Tennessee (see map, right). 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.
Natick Rotary Holds 13th Annual Tour De Natick
(This article by Brian Benson ran on June 16 in the MetroWest Daily News.)
About a week ago,Genevieve Winn was receiving her Natick High School diploma. On Sunday, Winn supported students who have yet to graduate by participating with her father, Steve, in the Tour de Natick bicycle ride. "I’ve had a great time in Natick (Public Schools)," Winn said, adding she was pleased to support education.
Steve Winn said the father-daughter duo celebrated Father's Day by tackling the longer, 25-mile course in perfect weather with "not a cloud in the sky." The Winns were among an estimated 400 to 500 people who took part in the Rotary Club of Natick's 13th annual Tour de Natick. The event, which featured the longer ride at 8 a.m. and a 6-mile kids and families ride at 11 a.m., raises money so Rotarians can award scholarships to students, provide dictionaries to third-grade students and support education in other ways.
"It started as a great charity ride and it’s snowballed from there," said Rotarian Eric Lazzari, who organized the ride. "It’s a fun way to bring the community together." Lazzari estimated the event raised more than $20,000.
Greg Delaney of Abington and Jenn Delaney of Natick participated in the 25-mile ride with their father, Jim, who is from the Albany, New York, area. "We did it because it’s a great way to be together," said Jenn Delaney. "It's good that it (supports) a good cause." 
Finn O'Connor, 8, of Natick, said he enjoys seeing the scenery pass by when he's on his bike and biking with his friends. O'Connor's mom, Wendy McDanolds, said O'Connor has become interested in bicycling while she has taken an interest in triathlons. Participating in the family ride while supporting education makes for a perfect Sunday, she said. "We live here. We want good schools. We want smart kids," McDanolds said. "It makes sense."
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 toBedford High Schoolsophomore and Boy Scout Troop 194member 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 theRotary Club of Bedford, who gave $1,000 to the Council on Aging for the construction of a garden.
In 2016, Jalen raised additional money to purchase boxes to make into raised gardens. The project is part of his work to become an Eagle Scout. The same day that Jalen delivered the gardens, the seniors planted lettuce, chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and basil. Unlike standard gardening, the raised boxes mean the seniors don't have to bend over to work. They can work standing up, and even take the boxes out of the raised gardens and bring them inside to work at a table.
Council on Aging Director Alison Cservenschi said a portion of the vegetables will go to the garden’s volunteers and they hope to donate the rest to the Bedford Community Table and Food Pantry if there is enough to donate. Pantry director Peter Grey said the pantry’s patrons are always excited for local produce, and that the organization annually receives local produce from Gaining Ground Farm in Concord.
Cservenschi believes the charitable nature of the garden makes it more appealing to the seniors. She said that many of the seniors have their own gardens at home, but they help out because “The bigger goal, to be able to help other people, it’s a need that some of them really enjoy.”
Currently seven people regularly work on the garden, but Cservenschi hopes more will join once the garden is successful and donates food to the pantry. One of the gardeners, Emily Pruyn, does not have a garden at home, so she was very excited when Jalen helped bring one to the COA.
"It is just wonderful to watch (the garden) grow," she said.
Shown, is one of the raised gardens at the Bedford Council on Aging features assorted herbs. (Wicked Local Photo: Amelia Johnson)

Installations Of Our '16-'17 Club Presidents
Dedham (Chartered 1923)Harley Chen
Harley Chen (second from left) is shown posing with Assistant Governor Satya Mitra (far left), District Governor Elect Karin Gaffney (second from right) and '15-'16 Dedham President Sandy Nelson (far right).
Hudson (Chartered 1923): Robin Frank
'17-'18 President Pamela Cooper (far left), Assistant Governor Satya Mitra (second from left), '15-'16 President Greg Parker (second from right) and '16-'17 President Robin Frank (far right)
Leominster (Chartered 1925): Jen Stacy
Co-District Governor Skip Doyle, President Jen Stacy, Co-DG Pat Doyle
Marlborough (Chartered 1922): Peggy Sheldon (shown)
Nashoba Valley (Chartered 2012): Chris Spear
Chris Spear (left) and '15'16 Governor Jim Fusco (right)
Shrewsbury (Chartered 1957): Frank Jelinch
Frank Jelinch (left), Co-DG Pat Doyle (middle), Co-DG Skip Doyle (right)
Southbridge (Chartered 1927): Ron Trembley
'15-'16 President Jay Brenner (left) and '16-'17 President Ron Tremblay (right)
Westborough (Chartered 1969): Gerry Gross (shown)

Needham Rotary Banners Its 'Service Above Self'
Greg Cronin, sergeant at arms for the Rotary Club of Needham, poses with the club's new banner.

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 
Do business Rotarian to Rotarian: Send in your ads now. For a copy of the Order Form, click 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
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, in PDF format
Concord Rotary 28th Annul Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Concord will host the 28th annual Thomas R. Huckins Memorial Golf Tournament on August 22 at the Concord Country Club, 246 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, 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

Thursday, July 7-Sunday, July 10: Framingham Rotary - 'Carnival'
Click here to download event 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 4 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 4-August 1
Thursday, July 7 
6:00– 8:00 p.m.
Office of Steve Sager, Marlborough

Thursday, July 14 
6:30– 8:30 p.m.
Office of Dick Manelis, Framingham
Monday, July 18, 2016 
5:30-8:30 p.m.
La Morra Bicari Ristorante, Brookline
Leadership Dinner
DoubleTree Hotel, Leominster
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 
6:30–10:35 p.m.

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, 2016
7:30–8:45 a.m.

Monday, August 1 
12:15-1:30 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 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 will be meeting on July 6 to review and act on the applications 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: RYLA is a great membership opportunity
By Tom Sturiale
Our district completed another successful Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event a week ago at Fitchburg State University with 188 high school sophomores attending from more than 40 schools. These enthusiastic, energetic and creative kids attended an incredible series of training and education events over a three-day period. Each year, a group of 25 to 30 of the RYLAns are selected as group leaders to train the next year’s RYLAns. Of those, a select few are chosen to supervise the group leaders the following year. The graduation and awards ceremony was held on Sunday afternoon and more 400 parents and Rotarians were in attendance.
Just think about this for a moment. The implications are enormous. Our Rotary district has provided leadership training for almost 4,000 high school students during the past 20 years. We have invested almost $500,000 in this effort. The RYLA training program has evolved into a highly sophisticated training and educational program. We have impacted more than 40 schools and communities, myriad teachers and administrators, 8,000 parents and, most importantly, 4,000 students! For all those Rotarians who have not participated in the RYLA program, I strongly suggest you avail yourself of the opportunity. It is simply an exciting and exhilarating experience. And for those Rotarians who have spent countless hours planning and executing the RYLA program, congratulations on a job well done!
What are the implications for membership in Rotary? READ MORE

PR Tips: Get multiple club members involved in social media
By Laura Spear
Having multiple members “co-tweet” about your club or post on their personal Facebook pages increases your club’s audience diversity and outreach. Each member can highlight different aspects of your activities or reinforce an event to a broader audience. For example, one member may tweet facts about an upcoming project while another may tweet about its significance or meaning.
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
The Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchangechairpersons 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. There will be a mandatory organizational meeting this summer in Bedford, hosted by Patsy Lloyd to go over travel details, hand out badges, etc.
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: Have you ever 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.

Submit Content
To submit content for consideration for the Monday, July 11 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at
The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, July 8. 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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