Deadline to Submit Your Nomination Form is October 15
Now is the time for Clubs to nominate candidates for the very important positions of District Governor and Trustee. See the nomination details and nomination forms, below. We hope to hear from many Clubs because there are so many potential candidates among our members.


Clinton, nashoba valley, Sturbridge were our destinations last week

By Pat and Skip Doyle

Last week, we visited two seasoned clubs, Clinton and Sturbridge, and the newest club in the district, Nashoba Valley. Those of you whose clubs we have already visited and have heard our talk will appreciate the fact that while each of the three clubs is unique, Nashoba Valley most mirrors Rotary International President John Germ's remark that we have entered into historic times. Again, we thank these clubs for their hospitality and attention to our message.

Nomination Process 101

As a retired Social Studies teacher, Pat is very disturbed with the current lack of knowledge exhibited by voters concerning our election process. She feels this should not be the case for Rotarians in District 7910 when it comes to our process for choosing a District Governor. This has led us to develop a crash course: Nomination Process 101 District 7910.
An invitation is sent by August 15 each year to all clubs in the district to propose qualified candidates for District Governor Nominee, for 2018-2019. The invitation will outline the procedures to follow, the qualifications required and the necessary form to fill out. The deadlinefor receiving these nominations is October 15.
Regarding District Governor for '19-'20, all applicants must have served as a club president and have been in Rotary for a minimum of seven years.
The District Nominating Committee shall schedule and conduct interviews of the candidates proposed by the clubs. The committee may nominate additional candidates it feels would also fulfill the requirements. The committee submits its selection to the governor no later than December 1.
Further guidelines can be found on page 177 of the District Directory or in the District Resolutions.
It is a fundamental principle in Rotary that the best-qualified candidate should be selected for service in Rotary’s elective offices. Therefore, any effort to influence the selection process in either a positive or negative manner by campaigning, canvassing, electioneering or otherwise is prohibited under the Rotary International Bylaws.

District Governor and Trustee Nomination Time

Remember that even though the Nominating Committee can only choose one District Governor each year, all Past Presidents are eligible to be considered. We have met so many qualified Past Presidents as we visited Clubs, and as we say any one of you could be District Governor. Give it a try. The application deadline is this October 15.
More than likely, all of you are just as tired as we are about elections, voting and candidates. But this reminder is for all Rotarians. Now is the time for Clubs to nominate candidates for the very important positions of District Governor and Trustee. Please review the nomination details and nomination forms, below. We hope to hear from many Clubs because there are so many potential candidates among our members.
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, respectively.


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Please join us in welcoming these new Rotarians to clubs in our District (alphabetical by last name):
  • Ryan Donovan, Southborough
  • Alan Herzog, Marlborough


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.

Club Planning Worksheet '16-'17

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.



Otto Prohaska, Sturbridge 
Please tell us what factors helped you decide to join Rotary.
The reason for my being an excited and active Rotarian is that Rotary is a very effective and efficient organization with focus on local services, as well as international ones, our members’ hearts are in the right place, and our goals are exactly where the needs are.


District Interact Teen and Advisor 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 Saturday, September 17 at the Sheraton Hotel in Needham.
READ MORE (including links to Seminar video and photos)

Bandey Hefler Report: Safe Arrival at Heathrow
District 7910 travelers have safely arrived at Heathrow Airport in London for their Bandey Hefler visit.

Sturbridge Participates in Day of Caring
For the seventh year, Sturbridge Rotary has participated in United Way's annual Day of Caring. Nine club members were part of the 130 volunteers working at 14 project sites. This is yet another good example of '"service above Self" as Sturbridge Rotary members volunteer in their community. 
Shown in the photo on the left are Sturbridge President Otto Prohaska (far left), an unidentified Sturbridge Rotarians (second from left), and Sturbridge Rotarians Klaus Hachfeld (second from right) and Glenys Hachfeld (far right).
Shown in the photo below are several more Sturbridge Rotarians who participated in a Day of Caring food drive. 

Westborough Sponsors Down Syndrome Buddy Walk
One of Westborough Rotary's giving requests was to be a sponsor of the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk and Harvest Festival, which was held on Sunday, September 18. A group of Rotarians (shown here) participated in the walk and had a great time supporting a wonderful cause.

District Polio Team Visits Lowell Rotary
Carl Good III, chair of the District Polio Committee, and his polio team continue to visit clubs. Recently, he visited Lowell Rotary to spread the polio message. He learned that Lowell has the largest artist colony in the U.S. and that the Lowell club promised to discuss a polio event at their next board meeting. Thank you, Lowell!
If you would to join the polio team, just let Carl know at carlgood@yahoo.com or 978-273-7880.
Carl Good III (left) posing with Lowell President Maureen Couture.

Nashoba Valley Sponsors Razia's Ray Of Hope Event On October 27 - 'Celebrate 500 Tour' Features CNN Hero Razia Jan

Nashoba Valley Rotary is proud to sponsor an exclusive showing of What Tomorrow Brings, a life-changing documentary that tells the intimate story of students and teachers at the Zabuli Education Center. It's a story of hope and empowerment that leaves viewers profoundly inspired. 
This local premiere of the What Tomorrow Brings event to benefit Razia’s Ray of Hope will be on Thursday, October 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Ward Hall of the Fenn School, located at 6 Monument St. in Concord. All proceeds support Razia’s Ray of Hope.
A Q&A session will follow screening. The fee is $25 per personfree to students under age 18.
VIP Reception tickets are available for $250, and include refreshments and a personal conversation with Razia Jan at 5:45 p.m. at the Woods Hill Table.
To purchase tickets, click here.

District Governors' Visits Last Week
Sturbridge (chartered 1972)
Shown, left to right, are Sturbridge President Otto Prohaska and District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle.
Nashoba Valley (chartered 2012)
Shown,left to right, are DGs Skip and Pat Doyle, Nashoba Valley President Chris Spear and his wife, Nashoba Valley Rotarian Laura Spear, who chairs the District PR Committee.

President Elects Start Their Pre-PETS Training
District Governor-Elect Karin Gaffney recently kicked off the training for presidents-elect at Concord Academy. Karin is shown motivating the PEs.

Rotary Alumni: Where Are They Now?
Congratulations to Honore Johnson (shown), a former Youth Exchange student, on being selected to be a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated from Cornell University in May 2016. While at Cornell, she was a member of the Rotaract Club. Honore's studies will be in the area of conflict resolution in Taiwan.

Marlborough Partners With Local Groups On Mental-Health Crisis Intervention
The Rotary Club of Marlborough,Employment Options and the MetroWest chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness have partnered to conduct an event on mental-health crisis intervention, Many Hands, Many Partnerships, this Thursday, September 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Employment Options, located at 82 Brigham St. in Marlborough. Networking will start at 5:30 p.m., with food and beverages served. The partnering organizations invite all members of the community to attend and join the conversation.

Many Hands, Many Partnerships will be a community dialogue on how we can better work together to help individuals and families in a mental-health crisis get the support they need. It takes a community to manage a mental-health crisis. All too often, we rely entirely on the police to manage such a crisis. Although our local police departments play a valuable role in a crisis, emergency first-responders, mental-health clinicians, individuals with lived experience, and family members all play equally valuable roles. 
The event will include a feature presentation and panel discussion. Audience questions and participation will be encouraged. Feature presenter, Chief Craig Davis of the Ashland Police Department, will speak on “Crisis Diversion and Linkages.” The topic of the panel will be “Crisis Intervention to Crisis Management to Family Need and Support to Recovery.” Chief Davis will join Chief Mark Leonard of the Marlborough Police Department and John Deronck of Emergency Services Advocates in the panel discussion.
The Many Hands, Many Partnerships event is part of a community mental-health-awareness campaign to draw attention to the needs of those with mental illness, change negative perceptions, and promote recovery and healthy communities. The partners’ objectives include finding innovative community-based solutions to mental-health needs, with a focus on helping young people, and developing clear steps for communities to address their mental-health needs in a way that complements existing local activities.
For more information on the Many Hands, Many Partnerships event, visit marlboroughrotary.orgemploymentoptions.org, or namimetrowest.org
To register in advance, call 508-251-9595 or email namimetroWest@namimetrowest.org.

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

District Leadership Meeting A Huge Success
How HUGE? So HUGE that another is planned for October 17!
District Governors Pat and Skip Doyle held their 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.
This, year the event was presented in a facilitated format. The results will be consolidated and sent to all attendees so that the District Goals for each committee can be set.

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.

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 story, click here.
To register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, click here


Tuesday, September 27: Bedford, Billerica, Lowell, Newton and Shrewsbury Rotary - 'Governor Baker - Featured Speaker at Rotary'
5:00-9:00 p.m., DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford
To RSVP, click here 
To view a 4-minute video by Concord Rotarian Steve Kirk titled "District 7910 Welcomes Governor Charlie Baker," click here

Thursday, September 29: Marlborough Rotary - 'Many Hands, Many Partnerships'
To download the event flyer, click here.

Saturday October 1: Ayer Rotary - 'Senior BBQ,' Bob Eisengrein Community Center, Devens
To download the flyer, click here.

Wednesday, October 5: Boston Rotaract - 'Women in Rotary'
To buy tickets, click here.
To hear a 29-minute radio interview by Auburn Rotarian Steve Jones-D'Agostino with Boston Rotaract President Amy Collinsworth, District 7930 Governor Sheryl Meehan and D7930 Governor-Elect David Gardner, which aired this Sunday, September 25 on 90.5 WICN, click here.

Friday, October 14: Montachusett Area Rotary - 'Comedy Night,' Knights of Columbus, Leominster
For tickets and information, contact Club President Jennifer Peck at montachusettarearotary@gmail.com.

Saturday October 15: Franklin Rotary in conjunction with Simon Properties - 'Chalkfest,' Wrentham Outlets, Wrentham
Board, Font, Positive, Confirmation

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

Monday, December 5: Sturbridge - '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 


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.


SEPTEMBER 26-October 18

Monday, September 26-Friday, September 30
Winnipeg, Canada

Participating Clubs: Bedford, Billerica, Lowell, Newton and Shrewsbury
Tuesday, September 27
5:00-9:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford
Tuesday, October 4

Tuesday, October 4
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5
5:30–6:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 6

Thursday, October 6 
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 6
7:00-9:00 p.m.
North High School, Newton
Tuesday, October 11 
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13 
12:15–1:30 p.m.


Thursday, October 13
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15
Saturday, October 15

Monday, October 17
Monday, October 17
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Marlborough
Tuesday, October 18 
12:15-1:30 p.m.



Highlights of 'Rotary Leader' Newsletter
Click on each box to go to that section

Earthquake in Italy
We want to share a letter from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko:
Dear Senior Leaders,     
Rotary members worldwide stand together with the people of Italy, showing an outpouring of support.
For a related ShelterBox article, click here.

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

New: Her September newsletter is here

District 7910 is one of 20 Districts in Zone 32 and Dean Rohrs is the RI Director for Zones 24 & 32. We want you to be aware that she publishes a newsletter each month titled "Beyond Borders" To read her September newsletter, click here

Sam Owori Selected As 2018-2019 Rotary International President
Sam Owon is a Ugandan businessman and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala.

Still Time To Register For Zone Institute

Starting Wednesday, September 28
For information, click here

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 next April's 2017 Rotary International Convention, click here.

Young Women In Peru Learn To See A Future In Themselves

In Peru, women suffer higher rates of poverty and unemployment than men. About 50 percent of Peruvian women in the Sacred Valley region, which lies outside Cusco, will suffer severe physical or sexual partner abuse during their lifetimes. In 2012, members of the Rotary Club of Boulder’s New Generations pilot satellite club came up with a plan to address all of those problems by concentrating on empowering local women – specifically in their ability to make and act upon their decisions.  READ MORE
Rotaract Projects Create Sustainable Change On A Global Scale

Nearly 140 Rotaractors and guests from across East Africa teamed up to help survivors of genocide plant and harvest their own kitchen gardens. The healthy fruits and vegetables help the residents maintain a balanced diet and provides them a sustainable, reliable food source. READ MORE

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
Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group: June Newsletter
For the  latest WASRAGNewsletter, click here.

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 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? 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.

Rotary Global Rewards: Sign Up Today!

Click here for more information
Click here to e-mail District ChairJudy 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.


Why Should I Go to the Rotary International Convention?

By  Karin Gaffney








Here is why you should attend -  in the words of your fellow District 7910 Rotarian Steve Glines (shown right), an assistant governor from Littleton Rotary, who attended his first RI Convention this past May in Seoul, Korea:

"Imagine a District Conference on steroids," Steve states. "Instead of a single club proudly displaying a poster setup of their contributions to ShelterBox, ShelterBox is there with a booth occupying several hundred square feet (or meters, if you prefer)."


Rotary Leadership Institute in Just 19 Days in Boxborough!
By Doug Detweiler
The Rotary Leadership Institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion and participation as possible. 

PolioPlus Update: October An Important Month For Foundation, PolioPlus
By Carl Good III

October is an important month for both The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus.

Membership Corner: Rotary Club Objectives

By Tom Sturiale








How do Rotary clubs find their way in this confusing and multi-faceted world? 


Membership Materials on Sale: Order Now!

To order, click here


Foundation Note: Club Qualification Status for Foundation Grants

By Sanjay Deshpande








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


PR Tips: Make Your Press Releases Newsworthy!

By Laura Spear







From Network for Good: “For a non-profit announcement to be considered newsworthy it must have a broad, general interest to the target audience.


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. 


Speakers Bureau: Do You Need A Speaker For Your Club?
By Steve Levitsky
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

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: Having a great time in England!

By Victor Tom









We landed safely on the morning of September 20.


To submit content for consideration for the Monday, October 3 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, September 30. 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