11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough
To volunteer and donate, click here.


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




By Pat and Skip Doyle

What is our goal for the next 5 days? To raise as much money as possible to support our District Stop Hunger Now Food Packaging Event next Saturday, November 12 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough.

We are thankful for the many members, young and old, as well as their families and friends who are volunteering to help us package the meals. But more help also means we need more food to package. And that means we need more monetary donations to provide the raw materials. Please visit our Stop Hunger Now website and make a donation. To both donate and volunteer, 
We had fun last year! Join the fun this year!
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 14 issue to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco. The submission deadline is November 18.


Click here for past issues.




  • John Bushnel, Gardner

  • Daniel Cetrone, Marlborough

  • Sarah Galvin, Gardner

  • Matt Hollister, Concord

  • Patt Kane, Uxbridge

  • Madeline, Merchant, Montachusett Area

  • Omisore Mobolaji, Natick

  • Molly Mullen, Uxbridge

  • Benjamin Ramsey, Marlborough

  • David Smith, Worcester

  • Rick Stock, Auburn


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.




Linda Cargiulolo of Bedford Rotary










Please tell us what factors helped you decide to join Rotary.

My manager was president of the Rotary Club of Lexington and thought that it would be good experience for me. The projects kept me busy and involved.


Natick (chartered 1927)
Left to right: District Governor Skip Doyle; President Vincent Tingle; Assistant Governor Kevin Fry; and District Governor Pat Doyle.


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
Marlborough to Host Turkey Shoot: Saturday, November 19
The Rotary Club of Marlborough will hold their 34rd Annual Turkey Shoot on Saturday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough. The last prize should be won by 9:00 p.m.

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 & Lomb, Red Paris Optical and ABB/Digital Eye Lab, to 18 patients at their office in Chelmsford.
WATCH 1-MINUTE VIDEO (produced by Concord President Steve Kirk)

Milford Helps Nipmuc Students Get Political
Although most students at Nipmuc Regional High School are not old enough to vote in the upcoming presidential election, they all received hands-on political experience on October 26 during several civics workshops, including a mock town meeting and election, in which the Rotary Club of Milford participated.
Photo: Corin Cook, Milford Daily News.

Needham to Host Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday, November 24
The Rotary Club of Needham Rotary will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, located at 1101 Highland Ave. in Needham.
Shown: Needham Rotarians volunteer to prepare and serve the turkey dinner.

Westborough Partners on Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Thursday, November 24
The Westborough Community Thanksgiving Dinner team, which includes the Rotary Club of Westborough, will hold its 46th annual free community gathering on Thursday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus 85 Hall, located at 17 Willow St. in Westborough. A traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, apple cider, and pumpkin pie and assorted desserts will be served. Reservations are required by calling 508-366-3000. Free transportation may be scheduled, if necessary.
Shown: Guests at the 2013 community gathering enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at the Knights of Columbus Council 85 hall in Westborough.
Photo: Knights of Columbus Council 85.
Westborough Readies for ‘16 Festival of Lights: Sunday, November 27
For the second year in a row, the Westborough Economic Development Committee is partnering with the town’s Recreation Department to host a Holiday Stroll on November 27, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. That evening, the Rotary Club of Westborough will also sponsor its annual Festival of Lights, which has become a favorite for the town’s families and a beloved way to start the holiday season. For many years, the club has, as a service project, provided funding for the lights to be lit up in the trees in the downtown area.
Shown: A float sponsored by Uhlman’s Ice Cream rides by the rotary in downtown Westborough during the 2015 parade.
File photo: Ed Karvoski Jr., Community Advocate

Westborough Partners with Public Library for Repair Cafe
The Rotary Club of Westborough and the Westborough Public Library sponsored their third Repair Café on October 22 at the library. Twenty-five residents brought more than 50 items to be adjusted, sewn sharpened, tuned up and repaired. Although not every item was able to be fixed, everyone was appreciative of the opportunity to have a skilled volunteer determine if their “stuff” could be salvaged, or if it was time for the recycling bin.
Shown: Brian Martel (left) successfully repairs a vacuum-cleaner power cord for Corrine Rosseel (right).
VIEW PHOTOS (photo supplement produced by Westborough club photographer Ron Goodenow)

Westborough Presents Bandey Hefler Flags
Sergeant at Arms Bill Bloom (left), President Gerry Gross (middle) and Immediate Past President Jim O’Connor (right) of the Rotary Club of  Westborough are shown during a recent club meeting presenting the Rotary club flags they received during their Bandey Hefler Fellowship Exchange visit in September to England. Bill is holding the Sussex Vale flag, Gerry is displaying the Southhampton flag, and Jim is showing the Salisbury and Woking flags. “The Bandy Hefler Exchange is truly a rewarding experience, including the hosting in the U.S. and being hosted by Rotarians in Britain,” Jim states. “I recommend the experience to any fellow Rotarian in District 7910.”

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.

Acton-Boxborough, Littleton Raise $15,000 for Food Pantries
The Rotary Clubs of Acton-Boxborough and Littleton held their Annual Rotary Masquerade Ball on October 22 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough to benefit two local food pantries: Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry; and The Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry.
Left to right: Littleton President Corinne Braciska,  and Acton-Boxborough President Joe Badenhoff.
To learn more and view event photosclick here.
Auburn Greets ESSEX Students At Pancake Breakfast
Left to right: Greg Reimonn, an ESSEX (Eastern States Student Exchange) student from Hopkinton, Worcester Railers Hockey Club mascot Trax; ESSEX student Yuka Ichikawa from Japan, and ESSEX student Kaitlyn Denson from Hopkinton.


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 on top, left to right: Sturbridge President Otto Prohaska and Sturbridge Selectmen Chair Mary Blanchard.
Shown on bottom, left to right: Stourbridge President Rob Franks, Dudley Mayor Mohammed Hanif, and Dudley Mayoress Zabeda Khanam.

This year for the first time, the greetings were exchanged live via Skype. Mary Blanchard, chair of the Sturbridge Selectmen, and Sturbridge Rotary President Otto Prohaska arrived early at the home of Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his wife and fellow Sturbridge Rotarian, Glenys Hachfeld, to deliver their messages during the regular weekly luncheon meeting of the Stourbridge Club. Similar messages from the Stourbridge President Rob Franks and Dudley Mayor Mohammed Hanif were reciprocated.
The meeting concluded with President Franks toasting the health of the Sturbridge members using the tankard that Sturbridge had presented to them 28 years ago. The friendship has remained strong with nine visits alternating between clubs. Note the twinning banner in the background of the U.K. photo.

Wellesley Hears from Polish Senator Anna Maria Anders-Costa
The Rotary Club of Wellesley was glad to recently welcome Wellesley resident Anna Maria Anders-Costa (shown), who was a Wellesley Rotarian from 2009 to 2011. Member-at-Large Vincent Spoto introduced Anna Maria. In a personal and engaging presentation Anna Maria spoke of her background (born of Polish parents in London, traveling the world, and presently an elected Polish senator and a minister in the Republic of Poland).

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 12: District 7910 - 'Food Packaging Event,' Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough
To either donate or volunteer, click here
To view the event flyer, click here
To learn more about Stop Hunger Now, click here

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

Monday, December 5: Sturbridge Rotary - 'Lottery Ticket Raffle'
 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 14-28, 2016

Tonight - Monday, November 7
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough​​​
Thursday, November 10 
7:15-8:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 10 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 
12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.
Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough
Monday, November 14
Monday, November 14 
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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


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: Highlights
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

Dean's  November newsletter is here. <click here>

To read her highlights of the latest RI Board of Directors meetingclick here.


Meet Jeff Cadorette: Our New RI Director

Sam Owori Selected as '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

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Part of moving Rotary forward means providing you and your clubs with the tools you need to succeed. A project that I’m proud to have launched this year is the upgrade of Rotary Club Central. READ MORE

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
Assistant Governor 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.

District-wide Food Packaging Event: November 12 in Marlborough
By Carol Toomey
Hunger. Starvation. Food insecurity. Not having enough to eat. And worrying about where the next meal comes from. All, have long-term impacts on educational achievement, workforce productivity, chronic-disease risk, and mental health.

Rotary Leadership: Next Institute on November 12 in Chicopee

By Doug Detweiler
The Rotary Leadership Institute recommends that candidates should have those qualities that mark them as potential club leaders - not necessarily future presidents. 

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-Rotarians. Light 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: The Rotary 'why' factor

By Tom Sturiale

During the four District Membership Workshops in October, it seemed clear that the question most folks struggle with is, “Why do people want to join Rotary?” Isn’t this the heart of the matter? If we cannot answer this question clearly, succinctly and quickly, we would have a major problem. 


Membership Materials On Sale: Order now!

To order, click here







PR Tips: Identify your club’s experts

By Laura Spear

The term “expert” doesn’t have to mean someone with a Ph.D. or who has recently published a medical paper. Rather, it is who has knowledge, experience, and perspective on a particular issue or subject.





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







The Rotary International dues bills were e-mailed to the 51 clubs in our District on July 22 and the District dues bills were e-mailed to clubs on July 26


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. 


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.


To view past issues of the weekly Rotary District 7910 Newsletterclick here



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