District 7890
 
District 7890
 

DG Mike

Meet District Governor Michael J. Roy
Mike, an attorney, is Vice President, Compliance and CRA Officer at Easthampton Savings Bank.  He also serves on various compliance and real-estate related boards in Massachusetts.
 
 
 
 
 

District News

 
As Rotarians, we give selflessly – with our dollars and our time and energy – to better our world through Rotary programs such as Group Study Exchange, Youth Exchange, the Peace Scholar program and other Rotary Foundation-funded initiatives.  We often invest directly in the lives of others, trusting that our actions will ultimately have an even larger positive effect, locally and globally.
 
Next week we’ll have an opportunity to hear first-hand from four international visitors whose lives have been touched by our efforts.  Four humanitarians and businesspeople – we call them our Partners in Rotary – will speak at a free event in Northampton about how The Rotary Foundation impacted their lives and work and how they, in turn, paid it forward and changed the lives of others.
 
The talk will be next Monday, October 27, at the Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton.  All Rotarians and their guests are invited.  The event will begin with a cash bar and networking from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., with the main program immediately following from 6:30 to 7:15.  Cheese and crackers will be served; appetizers and dinner can be ordered from the menu.  For more information about this event, contact Jeff Smith, president of the Northampton Rotary Club, at (413) 505-9926.
 
 
 
Among the many committed Rotarians in our District, few exemplify the essence of our organization like 91-year old Past District Governor Neal W. Cox of the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club.  PDG Neil has been working to promote world peace and understanding for almost five decades.  We interviewed him last week.
 
 
 
True leadership.  Especially in volunteer organizations like ours, it often makes all the difference.  But how are Rotary leaders made?  One way is the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), which comes to our District on November 8.  This excellent program shows Rotarians how to take help take charge of our organization’s future.  It may be just what you or someone else in your Club needs.
 
 
 
Amelia Charles of Deerfield, Massachusetts is in Bradford, England this week beginning a fully-funded master's degree program in global peace studies and conflict resolution.  Her story begins with a flash of insight, but the latest chapter wouldn’t have been written without Rotarians from our District.
 
 
 
The West Hartford Rotary Club has been informed that its application to The Rotary Foundation for a Global Grant to provide a visual media studio for the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford, has been approved.
 
 
 
Rotary’s polio eradication efforts to eradicate received extensive media coverage this summer, thanks to RI outreach efforts, leadership of the National PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) chairs and engagement of Rotary’s polio ambassadors.
 
 
 
Rotary is about Polio eradication, right?  Right.  But you probably also know that the latest outbreak of the fatal Ebola virus, this time with a West African epicenter, is threatening to totally overwhelm struggling public healthcare systems in countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Have you wondered what Rotary is doing to address to this international health crisis?
 
 
 
Recently, Emily Peer-Groves, a senior at Simsbury (CT) High School, had the chance to live in Bree, a Flemish town in Belgium, for almost a month through Rotary’s Short Term Youth Exchange program.  Emily wrote to tell us about what she describes it as one of her life’s formative experiences...
 
 
 
The annual District 7890 Foundation Dinner will be held on November 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.), at the Windsor (CT) Marriott Hotel, and promises to be a very special evening.  We are looking forward to presentations from Ipswich Rotarian Keith Harris, who recently crossed the United States by bicycle to raise money and awareness of The Rotary Foundation, and our Partners in Rotary Service, four exemplary alumni of Foundation programs whose lives have been changed by their Rotary experiences.
 
Governor Mike invites you to join your fellow Rotarians from throughout our District for an evening of fellowship and inspiration.  The full invitation and a link to register on line can be found at  Foundation Dinner 2014
 

 
 
The Gladys B. Dunn and Robert E. Dunn Endowed Global Grant Scholarship for 2015 is now open for enrollment. For the informational flyer, eligibility requirements and application, go here:  Dunn Scholarship
 

 
 
As the owner and manager of the historic Hotel Northampton, Mansour Ghalibaf is one of Massachusetts’ most respected hoteliers and restaurateurs.  He’s also a member of the Northampton Rotary Club – which holds its Monday luncheons in the hotel.
 
Ghalibaf is the 2014 recipient of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Faces of Diversity Award.  The award honors individuals in the restaurant industry who have realized the American Dream through hard work, determination  and enterprise.
 
“If you look up … ‘American Dream’ in the dictionary, I’m sure you’ll find a picture of Mansour Ghalibaf,”  said Peter Christie, former President and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.
 
Read Ghalibaf’s amazing story here.
 

 
 
Our Area 4 Assistant Governor, George David Condon, IV was recently honored at a banquet to salute Business West's "40 Under Forty Class of 2014."  He was chosen by a panel of judges to receive the award and was profiled in a recent edition of Business West.
 
 
 
The Rotary Foundation has approved a $30,000 global matching grant application submitted by our District on behalf of Rebecca Stein-Lobovits, of Northampton, Mass.  The funds will defray her expenses as she pursues a graduate degree in public health in Paris.  Stein-Lobovits shares Rotary International’s goal of improved healthcare in the developing world.
 
 
 
On June 19th, it was a wrap, with the Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club hosting an end-of-the-year picnic for our District’s Youth Exchange (YEX) students, their host families and other Rotarians at the Litchfield Country Club.
 
This year, we hosted students from Brazil, Spain, Ecuador, France, and Venezuela.  The students got an insider’s look at our country, learned English and made new life-long friends.  They also participated in a wide range of activities, like performing at Carnegie Hall, vacationing in Hawaii and participating in high school sports that aren’t available in their home countries.
 
 
 
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently presented a check for $3,500 to the Rotary Club of Springfield.  The contribution was from the proceeds of the Holiday Showcase/Service Above Self luncheon held at the Hall of Fame in December 2013. The money will be used for the Springfield Rotary's Service Fund Grants, awarded to deserving Springfield-based non-profit organizations for capital items. Left to right in the photo are Basketball Hall of Fame Trustee Frank Colaccino, Springfield Rotary Club Preseident Jay Lieb, and Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva.
 

 
 
Barbara Baran, member and Past President of the Holyoke Rotary Club, was recently named 2014 “Business Person of the Year” by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.  Baran is Business Development Officer at the Holyoke Credit Union.
 
 
 
Riding his bike across the United States to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation, Keith Harris has inspired generosity with every push of the pedal. Read the story below for information on Ketih's visits to our District from Aug. 11 to Aug.13.
 
 
 
By a recent decision of the RI Board, expatriates on the Chinese mainland will now have the green light to launch new Rotary clubs.
 
 
 
 
 

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