Membership Workshops

They will be held this month on three dates in four locations, shown in date order:
Area D: Monday, October  24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brookline VFW, Brookline. To registerclick here
Area B: Monday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Concord Academy, Concord. To registerclick here
Area C: Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chuck's Steak House, Auburn. To register, click here
Area A: Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Manor, West Boylston. To register, click here
To find your club's area in our districtclick here.

District Food Packaging

Saturday, November 12
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough
To volunteer and donate, click here.


Membership Workshops Begin in 7 Days

District Food Packaging Event in 25 Days

Zone 24/32 Institute Highlights

By Pat and Skip Doyle

Important! Important! Important!

You asked! We Listened!

Two District-Wide Events:  Membership Workshops and District Food Packaging 

Membership Workshops
They will be held this month on three dates in four locations:
  • Area D: Monday, October  24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Brookline VFW, Brookline. To registerclick here
  • Area B: Monday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Concord Academy, Concord. To registerclick here
  • Area C: Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chuck's Steak House, Auburn. To register, click here
  • Area A: Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Manor, West Boylston. To register, click here
To find your club's areaclick here.
District Food Packaging
Saturday, November 12
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Solomon Pond Mall
To volunteer and donate, click here.
Highlights of Zone 24/32 Institute in Winnipeg, Canada
From September 28 through October 1, we were privileged to attend the Zone 24 and 32 Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Before we give you a report, we feel that many of you may not be aware of what the term "zone" refers to in Rotary.  We were members ourselves for many years before we knew.
The Rotary Manual of Procedure gives an excellent and definitive explanation. Just as the 34,000 Rotary clubs belong to more than 530 districts, the districts belong to 34 zones. These zones have experts assigned to them to help district governors, and other district leaders connect to Rotary resources. One of the ways this takes place is at informational meetings held in zones. These Zone Institutes provide current, incoming and past Rotary International officers with updates on RI's and The Rotary Foundation's policies and programs.
Our four days in Winnipeg were jam-packed with opportunities to learn. The theme was "Rotary Rohrs for Human Rights" in honor of Zone 24/32 Director Dean Rohr. We visited the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and heard Nobel Prize winner Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez speak on the Central American Peace Process. We heard Archbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter speak about the Tutudesk initiative to provide school desks for two million school children. Breakout sessions were held on all six areas of Rotary focus. Forums were held on membership, foundation and future leaders. Our heads were spinning with information.
Our take away from this event: Rotary is alive and well - albeit, getting a little gray around the edges. Many people from across the Northeastern United States and Canada are reaching out to younger generations, asking them to join us in the amazing things we do and their far-reaching results.
One thing we learned: Our district must grow membership. We must do all we can to enroll and engage, as RI President John Germ has said, younger members, recent retirees and working people. Please join us at the membership workshops to be held next week at a location near you.
 Always remember, you can call us with questions at 508-393-9031.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle may be reached at and, 


Click here to submit content for the October 24 issue to Immediate Past District Governor/Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco.


Click here for past issues.


  • Carlos Aguilera, Franklin
  • Rebecca Neale, Bedford
Sign up for one of the District's four Membership Workshops: Coming this month to your area our district! To learn more, click here.
Edwin Cassano, Montachusett Area
Ed Keefe: Southbridge

District Leadership Meeting: Tonight
The first Leadership Meeting, held in July, was so great that there is another one today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Marlborough.
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle held their original Leadership Meeting on July 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster. This is an annual event for which DGs bring their District leaders and committee chairs together to review the goals for the new Rotary year. The event was presented in a facilitated format, and the results were to be consolidated and sent to all attendees so that the District Goals for each committee can be set.


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.


DG Visits Last week

Dracut (Chartered 1969)
Front, left to right: Assistant Governor Kevin Sullivan, Member Lee Ouellette, President Renee Plummer, District Pat Doyle, and Member Sandra Niemazszyk.
Back, left to right: Members Chuck Moran, Al Daigle Sr., Pete Clark, Dot Ambrosini, Farook Taufiq, Frank Anrifonario, Al Daigle Jr. and Jessica Silva, and District Governor Skip Doyle.
Westford (Chartered 1971)
Shown: President Brian Alcorn.


Fitchburg To Roast Mayor DiNatale on October 22
Fitchburg has a new mayor, Steve DiNatale, and to celebrate his first year in office, Fitchburg Rotary will sponsor a Roast the Mayor Night on Saturday, October 22 at the Fitchburg Senior Center.
For more information, contact club President Dan Cunnimham at
To watch a 3-minute promo video, click here.

Concord's Oktoberfest to Rock on October 22
The Rotary Club of Concord is hosting its first outdoor fall festival, Oktoberfest, a celebration of autumn in the Bavarian tradition with a Concordian twist. This fundraiser for Concord Rotary’s service projects takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Verrill Farm in Concord. The event will have something for everyone, including five live bands, local food and amazing craft beer.
To learn more, click here.
To watch a two-minute promotional video produced by club President Steve Kirk,click here.
To learn more about Concord Rotary, click here.

Acton-Boxborough and Littleton's Masquerade Ball and Murder Mystery Dinner on October 22
Acton-Boxborough and Littleton Rotary's annual Masquerade Ball and Murder Mystery Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough. The event will benefit two local food banks: Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry; and Loaves and Fishes. 


To learn moreclick here.


Auburn 'Flips For Scholars' Pancake Breakfast on October 23
The Rotary Club of Auburn will fire up the griddles for a worthy cause with its "Flips For Scholars" Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the cafeteria of Auburn High School. Net proceeds will go to scholarships for recent graduates of Auburn High School and Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. Over the course of more than 50 years, Auburn Rotary has raised in excess of $420,000 for scholarships. Tickets, which will be available at the door, cost $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for kids 12 and under. Plenty of free parking will be available.
To learn more and RSVP, click here.
To watch a Pancake Breakfast public service announcement by Marcia Davis and club Secretary Heather Chivallatti, produced by and airing on Auburn Community Televisionclick here.

Nashoba Valley Sponsors Razia's Ray of Hope Benefit on October 27
The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is proud to sponsor the local premiere of What Tomorrow Brings, event to benefit Razia’s Ray of Hope, on Thursday, October 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Warn Hall of the Fenn School, located at 6 Monument St. in Concord.
To learn more and RSVPclick here

Followup: Governor Baker 'Meet & Greet'


Governor Charlie Baker (third from left) poses with members of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance on September 27 in Bedford. He was the featured speaker at an event sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Bedford, Billerica, Lowell,  Newton and Shrewsbury.

Left to right: Carol Read, Needham Public Health Department; Peter Juaire, Marlborough City Council; Charlie Baker; Heidi Heilman, Massachusetts Prevention Alliance; Amy Turncliff, A Decision at Every Turn, in Ashland; Cheryl Juaire, Magnolia New Beginnings; John Scheft, Law Enforcement Dimensions; Lynn Frano, Organizing Against Substance Abuse, in Stoughton; Lester Hensley, Westborough Planning Board; Beverly Madden, Substance Prevention & Awareness Network, in Dover-Sherborn; Jody Hensley, Westborough School Committee; Stephanie Patten, Organizing Against Substance Abuse Stoughton; and Karen Walsh, South Hadley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition.
READ MORE (article by Heidi Heilman, Weston-Wayland Rotary)

To view these and other photos of this event, taken by Frank Sibley of Acton-Boxborough Rotary and Rich Prager of Worcester Rotary, click here.

To watch a video by Concord Rotarian Steve Kirk, which was played during this event, click here.

Athol-Orange Savors Gourmet Dinner
Athol-Orange recently held its annual Gourmet Dinner. This year's theme was Circus-Circus.
Left to right: President Dawn Marino; Assistant Governor Karen Fusco; Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco; and Member Bill Howland.

Montachusett Area Enjoys Comedy Night
Montachusett Area Rotary launched a new Comedy Night fundraiser this past Friday, October 14 There was a great turnout as 120 people enjoyed the comedy of Frank Foley, Josh Ramirez and Dave O'Gara.
Left to right: President Jennifer Peck; Dave O'GaraJosh Ramirez; Immediate Past District Governor Jim Fusco; and Frank Foley.

Southborough Sponsors Four RYLA Participants
Four high school juniors were able to participate in a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference this summer thanks to the Rotary Club of Southborough. The club is thanking a fund donor and reaching out for more businesses to step up.


Lowell Visited by District Polio Team
Carl Good III, chair of the District Polio Committee, and his polio team continue to visit clubs. Recently, he visited Ayer & Westford Rotary Clubs to spread the polio message.
If you would to join the polio team, just let Carl know at or 978-273-7880.
Carl Good III (left) posing with Ayer Chris Lilly.

District Interact Training Seminar A Huge Success
Nearly 50 participants from 14 Rotary communities took part in a District Interact Teen and Advisor Training Seminar, which was held on September 17 at the Sheraton Hotel in Needham.
READ MORE (including links to Seminar videos and photos)

Women in Rotary: A Radio Interview
Boston Rotaract hosted the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum on October 5 at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. Prior to the event, Auburn Rotarian Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviewed Boston Rotaract President Amy Collinsworth (shown, middle), District 7930 Governor Sheryl Meehan (shown, left)  and District  7930 Governor-Elect Dave Gardner (shown, right) for The Business Beat, which he produces and hosts for Worcester radio station WICN-FM.

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
Click on the image, to view a video of the installation of Pat and Skip Doyle as '16-'17 DGs

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 in 2017
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


Saturday, October 22: Fitchburg Rotary - 'Roast The Mayor Night'

For more information, contact club President Dan Cunnimham at

To watch a 3-minute promo video, click here.

Saturday, October 22: Acton-Boxborough and Littleton - 'Masquerade Ball and Murder Mystery Dinner'
To learn more, click here.
To download the event flyer, click here.









Saturday, October 22: Concord - 'Octoberfest'

For more Information, click here.

To watch the two-minute promotional video, click here.

Sunday, October 23: Auburn - 'Flips for Scholars Pancake Breakfast'
To download the event flyer, click here
To watch the event TV spot, click here

For more information and to RSVP, click here

Sunday, October 23: Westborough - 'Trivia Bee'
Westborough Rotary has accepted an invitation from the Westborough Education Foundation to sponsor a team for this Trivia Bee, will provide three Rotarians and an alternate, and hopes to bring back a trophy this year!
For more information, contact club President Gerry Gross
Rotary Club of Westborough Official Site

Saturday, October 29: Sturbridge - 'Antique Appraisal Show'
To download the event flyer, click here

Tuesday, November 1: Marlborough - 'Reality Fair 2016'
Download the Confirmation of Participation form: click here for PDF format; and, click here for Word format

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

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


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,, to your club's distribution list.


OCTOBER 17-31, 2016

Monday, October 17

Monday, October 17
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough
Monday, October 17
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19 
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 20 
7:15-8:30 a.m
Thursday, October 20 
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 20
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough
Saturday, October 22
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Westborough Public Library
Sunday, October 23
Monday, October 24
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Brookline VFW, Brookline
Monday, October 24 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Concord Academy, Concord
To find your club's area, click here.
Tuesday, October 25 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Chuck's Steak House, Auburn
Thursday, October 27

To find your club's area, click here.
Wednesday , October 26 
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Manor, West Boylston


World Polio Day Streaming Event: October 24
To join in, click here
For details, 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.

From WASRAG: Water And Sanitation Rotary Action Group
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.

Highlights of 'Rotary Leader' Newsletter
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.  


Rotary Clubs Coming to Cuba?
Currently, there are no Rotary clubs in Cuba. Given the increase in Americans and Canadians traveling to Cuba, there has been increased interest in Rotary’s return to Cuba.

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. When someone wants to get involved with Rotary, they can express interest directly to the club or they can visit

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

New: Her October newsletter is here

To read her highlights of the RI Board of Directors meeting, click here.


Meet Jeff Cadorette: Our New RI Director Starting Last July 1

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? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio. Given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on Earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere. 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. READ MORE

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

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? 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: READ MORE

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 create customized 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.


PolioPlus Update: Important live-streaming event on October 24
By Carl Good III

October is an important month for both The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus.
See the article in the left column of this newsletter. For more information on this important month, click here.

Membership Corner: Membership workshops start in 7 days

By Tom Sturiale

Instead of a District Membership Forum this year, we are featuring Membership Workshops in our district's four areas.


Membership Materials On Sale: Order now!

To order, click here









Rotary Means Business to Hold First Organizational Meeting on October 20

By Ron Bott
Interested in business networking? Can you help us organize events?
Rotary Leadership Institute on November 12 in Chicopee
By Doug Detweiler
RLI recommends that candidates should have those qualities that mark them as potential club leaders - not necessarily future presidents. 

District Governor-Elect Report: Why should I go to the Rotary International Convention?
For more information on the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here

By  Karin Gaffney








I am providing testimonials from our Rotarians who have attended a Rotary International Convention. Here's a testimonial from Assistant Governor Satya Mitra, past president of Worcester Rotary:


Next week, I'll have a testimonial from Carol Toomey of Nashoba Valley Rotary.

Foundation Note: Club qualification status for Foundation grants - Update

By Sanjay Deshpande








District 7910 adopted three qualification criteria that its clubs must satisfy in Rotary Year 2016-2017for being eligible for participation in Foundation grants, which include District Grants (DG) and Global Grants (GG).


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


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.

PR Tips: More about pictures

By Laura Spear


Make sure your photos reflect connections and community and are not staged.



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?


Bandey Hefler: We're back from England

By Victor Tom









Our District 7910 Bandey-Hefler Fellowship Exchange received rave reviews from all travelers and hosts.


Next week, I will have a detailed article on our two-week trip to England!


To submit content for consideration for the Monday, October 24 issue of Rotary District 7910 Newsletter, please e-mail it to Immediate Past District Governor and Newsletter Editor Jim Fusco at

The submission deadline for that issue is Friday, October 21. 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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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
After you register, be sure to make reservations at the hotel of your choice