Becoming a Rotarian
Immediate Past District Governor Terri Kidder is working on a speaker's database which will include individuals willing to speak to Rotary clubs throughout the district on topics ranging from social causes, current events, business and personal development topics and anything else that you, as club members would like to include. If you have a recommendation, please email Terri Kidder.
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Meet Rotary’s new president
This excerpt from the July issue of The Rotarian magazine profiles the 2015-16 RI president. Before he gives a speech, K.R. Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article. Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that...
Apply to serve on an RI committee
If you would you like to contribute to Rotary by serving on a committee, this is your opportunity. The nine committees listed below are searching for qualified candidates for openings in 2016-17. Each of these committee works with Rotary leaders to increase efficiency and promote the goals and priorities of our strategic plan. To be considered for a committee appointment, go to www.tinyurl.com/ri-committee-application for an application form. The application deadline is 20 August. Learn more about the committees and the application process. Get answers to frequently asked questions....
Early cancer detection is saving lives in Sri Lanka
More than 20,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in Sri Lanka, and many of them prove fatal. The Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, set out 10 years ago to save some of those lives by establishing the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Centre. In partnership with the National Cancer Control Programme and the Ministry of Health, the center in Colombo has screened more than 35,000 patients, mostly low-income, and detected more than 7,500 cases of abnormalities that required further investigation. The Rotary Club of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, donated a mammography and ultrasound...
Visit our new Member Center
As a member of Rotary, you’re part of a global network of community volunteers who are making a positive difference. Visit the new Member Center to access the many benefits and resources available to you, including: Rotary Global Rewards, our brand-new member benefits program featuring discounts on travel, hotels, dining, and entertainment Rotary publications and products, licensed vendors, mobile apps, and online tools Awards and donor recognition opportunities Rotary International Convention, our biggest event of the year The Rotarian, the official magazine of Rotary Share the benefits of...
Rotary releases $40.3 million for polio immunization activities
Rotary is releasing $40.3 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds will help build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to eradicate polio. Nigeria hasn’t seen a polio case since 24 July 2014 and the World Health Organization could remove it from the list of polio-endemic countries as soon as September if no cases are reported. Nigeria would have to go another two years without a case to be certified polio-free. But the...
What's Happening Around Our District
Posted by David Gardner
SPECIAL THANKS TO CAROLE ELLIOTT
The final issue of the District Newsletter provided by Carole Elliott was emailed on Thursday, June 25th. Rotarians from around the district have received this monthly tribute to Rotary and everything our clubs and members do to make the world a better place for all. Carole’s efforts, over many years, assembling and editing the newsletter demonstrates true Service Above Self. This can be a tedious process and often takes 10-15 hours to complete. So, the district leadership, past and present, would like to thank Carole for her years of service as the District Newsletter Editor. Your work will continue to live on within the archives on the district website.
Communications, whether email, text, social media or verbal has evolved to be almost immediate and therefore the way in which the district disseminates news and promotion of events must as well. Starting on July 1, the monthly district newsletter will be replaced by weekly eBulletins just like the ones that you have been receiving in the weeks between newsletter publications. This will allow for more immediate delivery of information on a weekly basis.
Posted by Paul Gleason
winchester honors its past presidents
The members of the Winchester Rotary Club honored their Past Presidents last week as 25 of them returned for special recognition and local Pass The Gavel ceremonies organized by President Elect Laurie Russell and Past President Jack Kean.
Seated at the head table in accordance with their year of service (from 1974 to 2014!), the returning Past Presidents enjoyed reminiscing with each other followed by a special lunch. After lunch, President Paul Gleason bestowed four Paul Harris Fellowships and conveyed three special recognition awards to retiring committee chairs.
Posted by Dominic Rebelo
EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION DINNER
On June 18, 2015 The Rotary Club of West Roxbury and Roslindale, celebrated excellence in community service with a gala to highlight the values of Paul Harris and two local patriarchs. Local business leaders and humanitarians Martin Bligh of the Corrib Pub and the Corrib Foundation and Richard Gormley of Gormley Funeral Home were thanked by bestowing a Paul Harris public service acknowledgment. The dinner was held at the Elks Lodge at 1 Morrell Street this past Thursday evening.
Pictured from L-R:
Martin Bligh, Richard Gormley, Madam President Terry Rezendes Curran & District Governor Elect David Manzi.
Posted by David Gardner
IMPORTANT NOTICE - ROSTERS & RI SEMI-ANNUAL INVOICES
Rotary members have been asking for a simpler dues process that will eliminate uncertainty about reporting and outstanding balances. We've heard you and are rolling out improvements in 2015.
To pay your current dues or update your membership information, go to the Club Administration page, sign-in, and scroll down the page to the Club Invoice section.
More about membership dues or login to ClubRunner, either club or district, and edit your roster. If you need some guidance, please visit the knowledge base area in ClubRunner.
NEW PROCESS EASIER FOR CLUBS
Beginning 1 January 2015, clubs will receive a one-page invoice that clearly states the amount owed for subscription fees (only those collected by Rotary), membership dues, and outstanding balances. Club officers will no longer need to recalculate bills, make adjustments, or fill out the eight-part semiannual report (SAR).
Posted by Regina Andler
GREAT NEWS FROM GREATER SALEM
The Greater Salem Rotary Club had a big month!
On June 12th we inducted Mary Hoag-Wilkes as our 38th club member. Mary is a retired teacher who recently moved back to the Salem area.
Ed David, Mary Hoag-Wilkes and new member, Debbie Kruzel pictured at right.
On June 18th we held our annual installation dinner to welcome in our new President and Board of Directors including:
Posted by David Manzi
Ok, that along with Obrigado (thank you) and Batata Frita (French fries) this is my extent of my Portuguese that I picked up in Sao Paulo!
It was an incredible experience to attend and participate at our 2015 Rotary International Convention June 6-9. It was great to see thousands of Rotarians from all over the world come celebrate this past year. There were outstanding plenary sessions including remarks from Gov. Geraldo Alckmin and Fernando Haddad, Mayor of Sao Paulo to RI President Gary Huang and President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran. Even Dr. Oscar Arias, Former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Laureate.
An overwhelming display of projects displayed at the House of Friendship! As many of you know, I do not dance. I have no rhythm at all, but the music, atmosphere and excitement of Carnival was rocking! The glamor and energy of the Samba parade was very high!
Posted by Chris Offer
ALPHABET SOUP OF ROTARY - ROTARY ACRONYMS
Like many organizations Rotary uses acronyms. Rotary is not unique in using acronyms. It is common in all organizations, big and small. A sports report on the news would take twice as long without the use of acronyms.
There is a time and place for everything and using acronyms is no exception. The whole point of using these abbreviation in your Rotary presentations and writing is to clearly communicate. However, if you misuse or abuse acronyms, you’ll accomplish just the opposite, turning your communications into a baffling cocktail of gobbledygook.
Can you understand these two sentences?
The RRFC suggested the DG ask the DRFC to promote PHFS and EREY to increase DDF to fund a VTT.
The RPIC and RC talked to PEs at PETS about benefits of RLI to understand TRF.
Here is an updated list of Rotary acronyms. GSE and DSG have been retired and we introduced VTT, RPIC and EMGA.
For a copy of a cheat sheet on Rotary acronyms click here!
*Reposted from an article by Chris Offer on Zone 24/32's webiste greatideastoshare.com.
Posted by Amy Luckiewicz
ANDOVER TEEN AWARDED SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD
The Rotary District 7930 has named Shannon Manuel of Andover as the recipient of the 2015 Service Above Self Award, a $10k scholarship to help her pursue higher education. Committee Chair Amy Luckiewicz explained, “We had 17 applicants for this award this year. As President of Andover High School’s Interact Club, Shannon led her classmates in a variety of service projects this year. Her application was compelling but her spirit of volunteerism was tangible when we met her. We congratulate Shannon’s family for instilling such a spirit of giving at a young age.”
Manuel credits her well-rounded interests as contributing to her ability to lead. She served as Andover High’s Track and Field Captain and competed in pole vaulting. An avid musician, she was selected to play in the Massachusetts All State Band at Symphony Hall in Boston. She has also served as a basketball and soccer referee, taught swim lessons, and worked at sporting events for the Town of Andover for the past four years. Her future plans include participating in the Wild Dog Triathlon in Bristol, Rhode Island in August.
Posted by Ingrid Brown
MINI REUNION WITH THE GSE TEAM
While I was at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I extended my visit and traveled north to Bel Horizonte, Minas Gerais, to have a reunion with our 2008-2009 GSE Team. Three of them are still in touch, but Rita unfortunately couldn't get time off to come the extra 200k+ down to meet us. Marcello's car broke down the morning of our meeting, but I talked with him by phone, and he is planning a trip to see us in July 2016, bringing along his "hot wife" Ana Paula, and his 4 year old son, Pedro. I was able to meet with Roberto Mendonca, and we exchanged lots of hugs and stories. He has so many good memories of their visit, and asked to be remembered to all who know him!
Roberto with "Mom" Ingrid pictured at right.
Posted by Amy Luckiewicz
DISTRICT INSTALLATION NEXT MONDAY!
There are already 220 Rotarians and friends, and over twenty clubs registered for the District Installation Dinner. With only seven days until the big day for the incoming presidents, their leadership teams and those who will serve the district, now is the time to register. Dave Manzi, the incoming Governor, would love to have every president for the 2015-2016 Rotary year attend and be part of a great evening of fun and fellowship. We as members of our individual clubs have an opportunity to show our support for those who have stepped forward to take on these important roles in providing service to our communities. The committee highly encourages clubs to reserve a table early to insure that your members can sit together.
Posted by Arthur Schwartz
MARBLEHEAD ROTARY AWARDS SIX SCHOLARSHIPS
Depending on available resources, the Marblehead Rotary Club gives out four to five one-year, scholarships and one four-year Barbara and Randy Goodwin Memorial Scholarship each spring. Recipients are selected based on their financial need, academic achievements, demonstrated community service and excellence in sports or the arts.
All recipients are either Marblehead residents or are in the Marblehead school system.
Marblehead Rotary Club President-Elect, Zach Newell, Jacob Sundlie, Benjamin Thorne, Maisie Miller, Kelsey Maguire (Barbara and Randy Goodwin Memorial Scholarship), Rachael Slepian and Scholarship Committee Chair, Gene Arnould . Missing-Robert Hill (Don Humphreys Memorial Rotary Scholarship).
Posted by Diane Bedard
FOUR CLUB PRESIDENTS MEET AND SHARE
The presidents of four (4) Rotary clubs have been on the road to their colleagues’ meetings to share experiences, ideas, events, and general good spirits!
Three local Rotary Club presidents got together at the Burlington Breakfast Club’s Thursday morning meeting on June 11th; from left to right; Diane Bedard, Burlington Breakfast, Cheryl Stanton PE Burlington (lunch), Paul Gleason, Winchester, and Amy Brough Palmerino of Stoneham Club, and their Assistant Governor Peter Majane.
Posted by Mark Bean
NEW LIBRARY FOR EBUAMBA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Imagine going to school with no books! There are no story books in your home. And no school books in your backpack. When you get to school, the books aren’t there either. You have to find a buddy who has a textbook. Then you and two or three of your friends can share the book together.
That was how things used to be at the Ebussamba Primary School in Amesbury’s sister village of Esabalu, Kenya. But now, thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Amesbury and the Rotary Club of Maseno, Kenya, the village school has a reading room/library to provide access to schoolbooks for all 900 students in grades 1 to 8.
Posted by Peter Majane
CLUB VISIONING UPDATE
What is a Club Facilitation?
Why should your club participate?
How do we schedule a Vision Facilitation Session?
Club Visioning is a process designed to help Rotary Clubs create their own unique vision and to outline the steps necessary to achieve that vision. The result is a vision designed and endorsed by the club's own members. District 7930 is committed to providing clubs with trained facilitators to help a club process this vision during a visioning event.
The evening consists of a club discussion about how members want their club to develop over the next three to five years in a fun and informative session in a format designed to draw out each members interests and passions. This straightforward process provides the ability to build consensus in each of the key topics in club operations, including membership, service, youth services, fellowship and foundation support among others.
Some of the dialog includes:
- What the club stands for in the community
- The club's target membership size and demographics in three years
- Identification of the club's attributes, challenges and opportunities
- Top objectives for each avenue of service, and
- Ways to improve the club's leadership development.
Ten district clubs have completed a visioning and the members were excited, engaged and told the visioning team how it will improve their clubs.
If you would like a representative from the Visioning Team to visit your club or Board meeting, please contact Peter Majane at email@example.com or 781.443.5148.
Posted by David Gardner
HOW DO I UPDATE MY PROFILE ON CLUBRUNNER?
When was the last time you updated your profile on Clubrunner? If you never have or if it has been 6 months since you have done so, please consider reviewing and adding more information and your photo!
It is actually quite easy! Login to either your club's ClubRunner page or the district website at www.rotary7930.org. If you have forgotten your password you can click on "New and existing users: retrieve login and/or reset password. Once you are logged in, you can access the instructions by clicking here or you can view the online tutorial "How to Edit Profile, Change Password & Upload Photo".
Please add your home and work address and phone numbers, partner/spouse name, both of your birthdays and your anniversary. The date data is important for creating birthday, anniversary and years of service reports. Adding your photo is easy and will help newer club members and or other district members connect your name and face and help build your relationship.