District 7890
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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.

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Welcome to the 2014-2015 District Conference!
The many good works that our clubs are carrying out globally and right here at home continually remind us of the meaning behind our motto: “Service Above Self.”  One case-in-point is the Danielson Rotary Club’s AMBER Alert project.
 As members of the Bloomfield and Terryville Rotary Clubs can tell you, reading truly is FUNdamental.  Their members are among the many Rotarians across the country who take a leadership position on child literacy.
Who doesn’t like a ballgame?  On May 29, your club can help end Polio while giving a fun night out to children and young people who might not otherwise have that opportunity.
Been out and about our District lately?  Then read on and see how East Hartford Rotarians are making a difference, outside, right now.
In partnership with other Rotary clubs, the South Windsor Rotary is working to bring new life to an El Salvadorian school.  

It happened again.  The Great Barrington Rotary has hosted its 21st annual ski weekend.  Unless, that is, we're counting the club’s first, unofficial outing!

A great way for Rotarians to make an immediate impact is to partner with local government to identify and address a pressing need.  Last fall, the Rotary Club of Newington (CT) did just that.  Result: about a hundred area kids whose families have a tough time meeting school expenses got a helping hand.
In five slum neighborhoods of the mid-sized southwestern Indian city of Shimoga, dark streets after sundown leave women afraid to go outside for fear of being assaulted and brutalized.  The West Springfield Rotary aims to change that.
The Rotary Peace Centers has announced that the application for the 2016 Rotary Peace Fellowship is now online.

In recent months, six Connecticut Rotary Clubs have worked together to raise thousands of dollars for the Angel Eye Webcam Project at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Hartford and Farmington.

The Easthampton and Northampton Rotary Clubs threw their annual Christmas Bash for needy kids at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton on Monday evening, and Santa was a big hit at always.
More than 400 people filled Center Court at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield last week to honor three recipients of Rotary’s “Service Above Self” Award.
Coming soon …Black Friday… Cyber Monday. Then there’s #GivingTuesday. What better way to give thanks, as well as celebrate the holiday season, than to give to The Rotary Foundation?
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) took place on Saturday, November 8, at the MassMutual Conference and Training Center in Chicopee.  This year’s program was a great success, with participation over doubled from last year!
Over the last several weeks, Rotarians throughout our District had the opportunity to hear first-hand from four international visitors whose lives have been touched by our organization.  Our Partners in Rotary – Katia Dantas (Brazil); Vanessa Harper (Venezuela); “Mr. C” (Thailand); and David Shakya (Nepal) spoke to events in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut about how The Rotary Foundation impacted their lives and work, and how they “paid it forward” and changed the lives of others.  The Partners wrapped up their visit with an inspiring presentation at our annual Foundation Dinner in Windsor.
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


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