Districts 7890, 7910, 7950 & 7980

April 28, 29 & 30, 2017

Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence

To register now for this "4 Districts, 3 Days, 2 Celebration Dinners, 1 Rotary International President John Germ" event, click here


Our District Food packaging event was a solid success

By Pat and Skip Doyle


Last week was certainly an amazing one, full of highs and lows. In this Governor's Message, we wish to accentuate the highs.
The week began with the nomination of Pam Anastasi of the Rotary Club of Billerica as District Governor Nominee Designate - or, in Rotary language, the DGND - for the 2018-2019 Rotary year, which begins July 1, 2018. She is known to many of you as the coordinator of district events during the past two years as an assistant governor, a member of the Board of Trustees and the current assistant governor coordinator. We are pleased to welcome Pam to the District Executive Board.
We officially visited two Rotary clubs: Tewksbury and Tyngsborough-Dunstable. These were numbers 49 and 50 of our visits with just one more left - tomorrow in Uxbridge. All of our visits put together have so far been the highlight of our year as district governor. Our plan now is to begin to revisit all of you at a more leisurely pace. Please invite us to your events and ceremonies as we truly wish to continue to build the bonds of friendship between District 7910 and our 51 Rotary clubs.
Thank You! Thank You!! Thank You!!!
Our District Food Packaging Event on November 12 at the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough was a solid success.
More than 100 volunteers from around the district packaged 20,000 meals, which will be sent to Haiti to help feed the children left homeless by the hurricane. These volunteers were Rotarians and their friends and families, young and old There were Interactors from local clubs, passersby who wanted to help and past and present participants of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. We raised more than $4,000 toward our goal of $5,000 - so we are still actively seeking donations.
Shown, are District Governor Pat Doyle (far right) and Susan Rack (second from right) of Brookline Rotary.
It is hard to pick out a highlight from the event, there were so many. One is perhaps the numbers of people with whom we were able to talk about what Rotary is - the reality of Rotary, not the perception. This event puts us a little further toward our goal of making Rotary more visible and more real in our district. Thank you also to the Solomon Pond Mall for allowing us to utilize their space for this event.
In closing, in place of this week's "Our Presidents Speak" article, please read this article about Al Bowers of the Rotary Club of Athol-Orange, which was published in the November 9 edition of The Boston Globe:

Veteran gave in Vietnam and continues to give today

By Thomas Farragher

As a young boy in tiny Royalston, Alan Bowers learned early the value of hard work.
He lived across the street from the town library and his great-grandfather – a stern and burly man who ran the local general store – led him there one day in the late 1940s.
Shown: Al Bowers, in 1958 (left) and in 2016 (right)
Always remember, you can call us with questions at 508-393-9031.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at pwdoyle2@verizon.net and skipdoyle2@verizon.net, 
Click here to submit content for the November 21 issue. The submission deadline for this issue is November 18.
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Alphabetical order, by last name
  • Lynette Valentine, Fitchburg
  • Anthony Vaver, Westborough


We share with you the results of club-membership growth in our district during Rotary year 2016-2017, which began July 1.
This is a unique opportunity for Rotarians and friends to discuss partnering on humanitarian projects affecting our local communities.


In both Excel and PDF formats, we share with you the Club Planning Worksheet for Rotary year 2016-2017, which began on July 1.
Please enter your club information in the indicated cells.



Tewksbury (chartered 1961)
Tyngsborough-Dunstable (chartered 1974)
Standing, left to right: District Governor Skip Doyle, President Bob Guernsey, District Governor Pat Doyle, and Assistant Governor Kevin Sullivan.
Seated: Members Connie Spickler (left) and Beth Craig (right).


Chelmsford's Comedy Show A Howling Success
The Rotary Club of Chelmsford's Comedy Show on November 5 at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford was both a financial success and a fun-filled evening. Those attending enjoyed snacks and drinks as they viewed a variety of raffle baskets before the show.
Comedian David DiLorenzo opened the show and kept the audience laughing for a half-hour. Then, hypnotist Tommy Vee took over. For about an hour and a half, he hypnotized  20 volunteers and had them keep the audience thoroughly enjoying themselves.
The evening concluded with the basket winners being drawn. The Lowell Five, Enterprise Bank and Village Electric were among sponsors who supported the event.

Chelmsford Serves 54 Lunches to Seniors
The Rotary Club Chelmsford has provided for and served lunches to senior citizens at two Chelmsford Housing Authority sites during the past three weeks. On October 24, they fed more than 30 seniors at Chelmsford Arms and on November 7, they fed another 24 at McFarlin Manor. Chelmsford Rotary plans to continue this program after the holidays. 

Chelmsford Serves Coffee and Donuts at Veterans Park
The Rotary Club of Chelmsford served coffee and donuts on November 7 during the Veterans Day ceremonies at Veterans Park in Chelmsford. The club has provided this service for a number of years and those in attendance particularly appreciate the hot coffee on what is often a cool and windy day.  The local Dunkin' Donuts donated coffee and donuts as it has done for a number of years.

Fitchburg Inducts Lynette Valentine
Left to right: Members Paul Gauvin and Lynette Valentine and President Dan Cunningham

Framingham's Pancake Breakfast A Huge Success
The Rotary Club of Framingham held its fifth annual Pancake Breakfast on November 5 at Joseph P. Keefe Regional Technical School in Framingham. Proceeds from this event will help to purchase air-conditioning units for elderly people living in public housing in Framingham.

Wellesley Sixth-Graders Students Learn of Rotary Four-Way Test, Interact Global Grant Project
About 80 students from the Wellesley Middle School used a lesson plan developed by English teacher Claire Lee (standing, right) to exercise the iconic Rotary tool for decision-making. The Grade 6 students were invited to list good and bad decisions they remembered and weigh them using the Rotary Four-Way Test. They were also invited to participate in a writing contest expanding on the same topic. John Adams (seated, left), Cynthia Sibold and Bob Anthony represented the Rotary Club of Wellesley in offering the writers judged to be the top three prizes valued at $400.
To view the Rotary Four-Way Test Worksheetclick here.
To read the history of the Four-Way Testclick here.

Framingham Helps Students with Real-life Finances
From student-loan debt to the soaring cost of housing, students got a glimpse of what their financial futures might hold during a Reality Check event on October 28 at Keefe Regional Technical School in Framingham. Reality Check is being started by the Rotary Club of Framingham with the assistance of the Keefe Tech chapter of Business Professionals of America and the MetroWest Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Left to right: Raissa Reis and Bianca Rodriquez learn about credit from Framingham Rotarians during Keefe Technical High School’s “2016 Reality Check” for seniors.
Photo: Alan Jung, MetroWest Daily News and Wicked Local.

Marlborough Reality Fair Opens Eyes and Doors
Marlborough High School seniors asked volunteers many career-related questions as they visited the various businesses and organizations at the annual Reality Fair held on November 1 at the high school. In its 12th year, the Reality Fair was brought to the high school by Peggy Thorsen, who established the fair during her first year as the president of the Rotary Club of Marlborough.
Photo: Marlborough Public Schools
Merrimack Valley Holds Eye Clinic in Chelmsford
Drs. Florence Bejian and John Duggan of Valley Eye Associates with the help of fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Merrimack Valley, recently provided eye testing and complimentary glasses, care of the generous sponsors Bausch & LombRed Paris Opticaland ABB/Digital Eye Lab, to 18 patients at their office in Chelmsford.
WATCH 1-MINUTE VIDEO (produced by Concord President Steve Kirk
District Membership Workshops a Huge Success
District 7910 conducted a total of four regional Membership Workshops on October 24, 25 and 26. The workshops were a response to many requests for meeting locations nearer club bases and more interactive discussions rather than a forum-speech format. The workshops were well-attended and the discussions were wide-ranging and very interesting. The comments are being summarized and will be distributed to all participants.
Shown: The Membership Workshop on October 25 at Chuck's Steak House in Auburn, which was attended by members of the Auburn, Brookfields, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Uxbridge, Westborough and Worcester clubs.

Franklin Chalks One Up for Charity
To view event photosclick here.
Left to right: First-place artist Kerry Wippie; President Elect Scott Martin; Past President and Board Member Fran McKeown; Past President and Vocational Services/RYLA Chair Julie Rougea; Past President Herb Hunter; Past President and Board Member Dan Gentile; President Terry Katsaros; and new Member Carlos Aguilera.

Sturbridge, Stoubridge Celebrate Sister Club ‘Rotary Friendship Day’
Since 1988, the presidents of the Rotary Club of Sturbridge and its Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Stourbridge, U.K., have exchanged letters of greetings and goodwill in October via snail-mail.  The chair of the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen also mails a proclamation declaring October 16 as Stourbridge/Sturbridge Rotary Friendship Day and likewise, the mayor of Dudley in the U.K. does the same for the Sturbridge Club.
Shown, left to right: Stourbridge President Rob Franks, Dudley Mayor Mohammed Hanif, and Dudley Mayoress Zabeda Khanam.

On to Atlanta in 2017: Early-Registration Discount Ends December 15
Planning to attend? Contact District Chair Steve Glines.
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 shared a personal story of his mother’s triumph over polio. 
To read the storyclick here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here.

Pat and Skip Doyle Installed as '16-'17 DGs
District 7910's 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards were held on June 24 through 26 at Fitchburg State University, ending with the installation of longtime RYLA supporters Pat and Skip Doyle as District Governors for 2016-2017. The three-day RYLA event was attended by 188 sophomores. To learn more about RYLA, visit ryla7910.org.
To watch a video of the installationclick here.

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 laura@spear.net.


Saturday, November 19: Ayer - 'Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding'

Saturday, November 19: Billerica - 'Cribbage Tournament' 
For more information, click here, or contact Brian Goguen at 978-667-4595

Saturday, November 19: Marlborough - 'Turkey Shoot'
To learn more, click here.

Thursday, November 24: Needham - 'Thanksgiving Dinner'
To learn more, click here.

Thursday, November 24: Westborough - 'Thanksgiving Dinner'
To learn more, click here.

Sunday, November 27 - Westborough - 'Festival of Lights'
To learn more, click here.

Monday, December 5: Sturbridge Rotary - 'Lottery Ticket Raffle'
 To download the event flyer, click here.

Wednesday, December 7: Rotary Means Business - 'Networking Fellowship for Rotarians and Friends'
To download the event flyer, click here.



Send flyers of your club's major events and activities, in either JPEG or PDF format, to Immediate Past District 
Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com.


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 the e-mail address of Immediate Past Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco,  jim.fusco2@gmail.com, to your club's distribution list.


NOVEMBER 14-December 5, 2016

Monday, November 14

Wednesday, November 16
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Thursday, November 17
5:30 p.m.
Worcester Club, Worcester
Monday, November 21 
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough

Tuesday, November 22 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
Monday, November 28 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 4
2:00-5:30 p.m.
Publick House, Sturbridge


Young Leaders in Action
To submit a video for the Interact Video Awards, click here

Medical Mission Brings a Healing Touch to Rwanda

Haiti Devastated by Hurricane Matthew
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country on October 4, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless.

Did You Know: November 19 is UN World Toilet Day
The United Nations estimates that 2.4 billion people do not have adequate sanitation, and that 1 billion of these people still defecate in the open.

'Rotary Leader' Newsletter: November 2016
Click on each box to go to that section

Building Peace and Helping Refugees in Nigeria

The Rotary Club of Yola-AUN is located on the campus of the American University of Nigeria, smack-dab in the region where Boko Haram is most active.  



Membership Minute: Impact Begins with You
A positive member experience begins long before someone joins a Rotary club. Start by introducing prospective members to Rotary with the Impact Begins With You brochure.

Dean Rohrs: '16-'17 RI Director for Zones 24 & 32

To read Dean's November newsletter, click here.

To read Dean's highlights of the latest RI Board of Directors meetingclick here.


Meet Jeff Cadorette: Our New RI Director

Meet Sam Owori: Our '18-'19 RI President
Sam Owon is a Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala.

A Letter from '16-'17 RI President John Germ and Foundation Chair Kalyan Banerjee







Dear fellow Rotarians,

At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Past President Arch C. Klumph proposed a revolutionary idea: an endowment fund for the purpose of doing good in the world. Since then, The Rotary Foundation has grown tremendously and in many ways, serves as the foundation for Rotary as we know it today.


For information on the April 2017 Rotary International Convention, click here.

Campaign to End Polio: What you don't know

When was the last time there was polio in Europe?

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.

Get Ready for Your District Rotary Foundation Seminar






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 centennial.rotary.org.

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. 

Membership Materials on Sale: Order Now!
To order, click here

New Tools for Membership Tool Belt

Looking to enhance your club membership experience?

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 Membership Resource Guide

To download in PDF format, click here

RI Makes Changes in 'Brand Center' Online Tool




We hope that you've found Rotary International’s Brand Center a useful tool to createcustomized logos and brochures - and to tell Rotary's story in a consistent and engaging way. To gain access, you will need to login with your Rotary Membership ID.

Rotary Global Rewards: Sign-Up Today!

Click here for more information
Click here to e-mail District Chair Judy Merrimam
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.

'16-'17 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.


Foundation Note: District Drive to Add $1 Million to TRF Endowment Fund in ‘16-‘17
By Sanjay Deshpande and Satya Mitra
Satya Mitra(shown, bottom), chair of the District Endowments and Major Gifts Subcommittee, with the encouragement of District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle and the full support of the District Foundation Committee, has launched the drive to add $1 million to The Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund in this Rotary year, which ends next June 30.With the launch of this drive, Satya has been appointed the chair of the District Million Dollar Journey and Celebration, and is pleased to share his first monthly report on this historic and ambitious campaign.

Rotary Means Business: First meeting on December 7
By Ron Bott
The first Rotary Means Business event in District 7910 will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham. The cost is $15 for Rotarians and $20 for non-RotariansLight appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Polio Plus Update: Our clubs have been busy - Auburn raised $700, Groton-Pepperell pledged $500
By Carl Good III

Two of our clubs have been active for Polio Plus: the Rotary Club of Auburn and the Rotary Club of Groton-Pepperell.

Membership Corner: Rotary clubs honor veterans

By Tom Sturiale

Each year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we celebrate and honor all the veterans - those alive and those who sacrificed their lives - throughout our history. November 11 was once honored as Armistice Day, the day on which World War One, the “war to end all wars,” ended in the surrender of Germany to the allies in 1918 in a small railroad car in Compeigne, France. Twenty-two years later, a vengeful Germany forced a humiliated France to surrender after only six weeks of war in the very same railroad car – so began World War Two, and so much for the “war to end all wars.” 


To learn about the October 2016 Membership Workshops, click here.




Membership Materials On Sale: Order now!

To order, click here







PR Tips: Package your experts

By Laura Spear

A great way to let a reporter know about your experts is to send them an “Interview Q&A."
Click here, to read last week's article, "Identify your club's experts."




Click here for an excellent example of a club-event promotional video by Concord President Steve Kirk.

RAAGNE Newsletter: Update on visioning process
By Klaus Hachfeld
Hello, members and friends of the Rotary Alumni Association of Greater New  England! Here is to the latest edition of the RAAGNE newsletter! Over the past year, we went through a visioning process to work out the future direction of RAAGNE.

Speaker's Bureau: Looking for good speaker for your club?
By Steve Levitsky
It's not always easy to come up with ideas week after week. We have many suggestions for you. Here are just a few:
  • Rwandan genocide: Carine Boggis
  • Elevator-pitch tips: Andy Winig
  • Positive-results hypnosis: Bob Martel
  • Differentiation and game-changing simplicity: Stephen Melanson

Interact Actions: How to launch an Interact club

By Bob Anthony

In Seminar 2 of the District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar, held on September 17 in Needham, Bob Anthony, chair of the District Interact Committee, discusses “How to launch an Interact club,” including the certification letter, roles and responsibilities of the president, the Rotary advisor and, in the case of school-based clubs, the faculty advisor.

Treasurer's Report: Message about your dues

By Jack Hoell







Rotary International dues bills will be invoiced in January based on membership numbers that are shown on your membership roster as of this December 31, so ensure that your membership numbers are accurate and up-to-date. District dues will be based on the same membership numbers that are used by Rotary International The RI and District dues bills will be sent to club presidents and secretaries in mid January. 


District Charity Fund: How does DCF operate?


By Al Bowers







The District Charity Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit that can be used by the Rotary clubs in District 7910. 


Click here to read the article "Veteran gave in Vietnam and continues to give today," which is about Al Bowers of the Rotary Club of Athol-Orange and was published in the November 9 edition of The Boston Globe.

Communications Link: Seeking club photo, video albums

By Steve Jones-D'Agostino








Does your District committee or Club have Rotary-related photo and/or video albums that you'd like to share with other Rotarians?





To submit content for consideration for the Monday, November 14 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Immediate Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at jim.fusco2@gmail.com

The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, November 11. 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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