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District Governor: Valerie A. Perry

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Dear Rotarians:
Mark your Calendar!  September 20, 2014 is the Rotary Day of Success for District 7950!  The event will take place at White’s of Westport, with registration and fellowship from 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM, and the program begins at 8:50 AM.
My focus this year as District Governor is training – training for club leaders, district leaders, committee members, and future leaders.  I believe that leaders who are well trained are better prepared to lead their clubs and help them grow. 
The Day of Success will feature Keynote Speaker 2014-2015 RI Director Julia Phelps.  In addition to Julia, speakers will include Dr. Satya Mitra, PP of the Worcester, MA Rotary Club, George Camp, PDG/ Assistant RI Public Image Coordinator, John M. (Mac) Leask, PDG/District Endowment/Major Gifts Coordinator.  Breakout session topics will include Club Runner and My Rotary, membership successes, Public Image and Foundation – something for everyone. 
The cost is $30 and is to be prepaid.  Clubs are encouraged to send Membership Chairs, Foundation Chairs, Public Image Chairs, Current Leaders, Future Leaders, and anyone with interest.  Just click on September 20 on the Website Calendar and you will be taken to the Registration page.
Let’s “Light Up Rotary” together in 2014-2015!
Yours in Rotary,
Valerie A. Perry
District Governor – Best Class 2014-2015

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July 2014

We Are Rotary - Radio Broadcast





“We Are Rotary” is a new weekly radio show that broadcasts live from the AM790 (WPRV) studio in East Providence, Rhode Island each Thursday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  The show features guest Rotarians (local, national and international), call-ins from listeners, and lively conversation about the mission, membership and programs of Rotary International. The show is co-hosted by Rotarians David Clifton, 2007-08 district 7950 governor from the Sharon (Mass.) Rotary Club, and Betty Galligan, 2005-06 past president of the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club. Click below to tune in!






September 2014

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