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Speakers Bureau

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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Your District Public Image Committee is proud to announce its first Public Image Mini Grant! The purpose of the grant is to improve the visibility of your club and its public image. This is a matching grant of up to $250 and applications are due by November 1, 2015. Details of the grant and the easy 1-page application are attached. Please direct any questions to Amy at or 781-588-0257.

The District is happy to invest funds into clubs and we hope that your club considers submitting a grant application!
Click here to download the mini grant application.

Is your club planning a great community project this year? Consider applying for matching funds from D7930! So far. the District has approved funding to support projects that address literacy and technology in schools, ADA equipment in a local park, emergency preparedness kits for seniors and small economic development projects. These types of projects provide great benefit to our communities, enhance the visibility of Rotary on a local level and provide the opportunity for clubs to demonstrate Rotary "ideals in action" for the benefit of attracting valuable new club members.

If your club's project falls into at least one of the 6 Areas of Focus, is a new project for your club, will involve broad participation by members, and will be complete by May 15, 2016, you may want to consider this matching grant opportunity.

District DMG Sub-Committee Chair Martha Holden is happy to answer any questions you might have, or guide you through the application process. If your club submitted an application for funding, you may submit a second project for consideration. Please contact Martha at for more information.
To download the grant application, click here!

The Greater Salem Rotary Club has had an exciting summer! This summer marked the first season that the Club formed a team for the Rotary District 7930 softball league. Home games were played at Palmer Field in Salem NH. The team managed to win the championship in their very first season! Congratulations to all who played. In addition, the Club welcomed Adam Cote to the Club. The Greater Salem Rotary Club meets Fridays at 7:30am at the Atkinson Country Club.
Jim D’Amico, Nick Czifrik, Chris Dillon, Adam Cote
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On Saturday, August 29th, the Wilmington Rotary Club hosted a Community Ice Bucket Challenge. As August has been designated National Ice Bucket Challenge Month, the club opened "the Challenge" to all residents. On a beautiful bright sunny Saturday morning almost 200 people came to Rotary Park to donate to ALS ongoing research and douse themselves with buckets of ice cold water. Among the participants were members of a local dance studio, groups honoring Wilmington residents who had ALS, the entire Billerica High School Varsity Soccer team and members of the Wilmington Rotary Club.
Rotarians Jeff Hull, Margaret Cavanaugh and Michael Champoiux at the Ice Bucket Challenge
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This week, Marblehead Rotary Club unveiled its newly planted islands at the corner of Maple Street and Lafayette. The club membership will like to thank Sue Wigglesworth for providing the landscape design and Rob Carr, Superior Landscaping, for all the planting and heavy lifting. Marblehead Rotary is pleased to be able to add more beauty to our community.
Pictured: Susan Wigglesworth—landscape designer, Marblehead Rotary Club president Zach Newell, Rotary Club members, Dr. Suzanne Maher, Gail Novak, Marsha Christiansen, Rob Carr, Superior Landscaping and Rotarian Dr. Corine Barone
Last Thursday at the Marblehead Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon, Andrea Zeren, professor of psychology at Salem State, challenged the membership over the mortal danger facing elephants and rhinos through out the world. Zeren, a member of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER), spoke to us about the risk to human life in the face of an elephant and rhino extinction.

Are you upset at what happened to Cecil the Lion, Zeren asked? African elephants are in mortal danger; 35,000 are killed for their ivory every year. That's one elephant slaughtered every 15 minutes - and there are no signs of the massacre slowing down.
And, Zeren questioned, they die for what so that their ivory tusks can be turned into useless trinkets and decorations? She added, did you know that Boston is the fourth largest ivory market in the US?
Hello All!  We had our first 2015-16 “Rotary Day” on August 20 at Fenway Park. We were able to raise funds for our upcoming Rotaplast mission to Cebu, Philippines!  Prior to the game, we enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet at Uno’s Pizza in Kenmore Square and great fellowship with Rotarians, families, friends, co-workers and potential members! It was a great time.

After Uno’s, we made our way to Fenway and District 7930 was honored on the scoreboard during an on-field salute!

The highlight (for me) was not that the Sox won 4-1 against the AL leading, Kansas City Royals, but after each home inning, all of us held up beautiful signs promoting Rotary District 7930 on one side and our Cebu Rotaplast mission on the other!  I would like to thank Dave Gardner for donating the signs. I would also like to thank:Tom Hankard, Amy Luckiewicz, Donna-Lee Rubin, Paul Solano, Bob Wood and many others, who made this a special night for Rotary District 7930!
For a summary of Dave's visits to the great clubs in the district, read more!
The Membership Forum is an opportunity to learn tools for identifying new members and retaining members in our clubs. It provides a forum for networking with members from other clubs and sharing ideas. The emphasis is on creating ways to build membership and help members be engaged Rotarians.

To be effective, a Rotary club needs members. Your club’s ability to serve the community, support The Rotary Foundation, and develop leaders capable of serving Rotary beyond the club level is directly related to the size and strength of its membership base. Developing your club’s membership requires identifying and attracting potential members as well as retaining current members. New members bring fresh ideas and new energy to a club. Current members are crucial to continuing your club’s good works.

Attending the October 1st Membership Forum will provide the resources, new ideas and an opportunity to recharge your member recruitment and retention batteries!

Please register ASAP and tell all other active members of this fantastic fellowship event. 


Attention Professional and Recreational Photographers

The Rotary Club of Gloucester is holding a Photo Contest for its Annual Calendar. All profits from this calendar sales go to support the Club’s many community and international projects and activities. Winners will have their photos featured in the 2016 Calendar and will receive a $50 cash prize and photo credit in the calendar.

Photos that show the beauty of Cape Ann in all four seasons, Gloucester photos preferred, images from other Cape Ann towns considered. We are looking for very high quality fall, winter, spring and summer images. A selection committee from the Gloucester Rotary Club will make the choices.
In an effort to streamline the number of communications that members receive via email, the Communications and Technology Committee and the Public Image Committee have developed a new communications policy that will set standards on how all district-wide messages will be delivered. This includes stories on the website, eBulletins, press releases, social media posts and emails.
This policy does not affect internal club communications to its members nor club-to-club communications, although the branding guideline portion is still highly recommended in all printed or digital communications. In addition, district committees are free to communicate to their committees but not with the general membership without prior approval from the District Governor or chairs of the Communications and Technology Committee or Public Image.
If there is content, including photos, event notices, invitations, etc.,  that should be forwarded to the entire membership, it should be submitted to the story submission link. This process will allow you to determine where and when you want the story published. The choices are: district website, eBulletin, social media or all. The story will be posted within 24 hours. A story that has been requested to be included in an eBulletin will be published in the next edition normally scheduled for Mondays. It may be delayed if there is already too much content if timing is not critical.
Click here to download the complete District Communications Policy.

Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Polar Plunge!
Due in large part to generous donations from 18 of our District Rotary Clubs (and some private gifts), the District's Rotaplast mission to Cebu, Philippines just passed the halfway mark on it's way to raising $50k. The team departs in early October and hopes to collect more money from friends, family and Rotary clubs.
Need or want a new 2016 Honda or CA$H??
The Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club is raffling your choice of a 2016 Honda Accord Sport or up to $20,000 in cash! To raise money for our various charities, sponsorships, and general helping-hands, the club is selling ONLY 300 tickets at $100.00 apiece. You can buy the ticket yourself or chip in with friends and split the winnings accordingly. Please see all the details on our website.  Credit card, cash, or check are accepted.
The drawing shall take place at Bickford’s Grille in Burlington, on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at approximately 8:00 am. The winner need not be present at the drawing to win.

Did you know that 500,00 young adults get involved with ‪#‎Rotary‬ in any given year? Watch the video and learn how Rotary builds tomorrow's leaders.

Rotary District 7930 is now on Twitter! Give us a shout out using @rotary7930 and help us trend using #rotary7930!

Dr. Michael Cognata was inducted into the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor at a recent breakfast meeting. He and his wife, Dr. Corine Barone, who belongs to the Marblehead Rotary Club, have been Marblehead residents for more than 30 years. Together they maintain a practice of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at Oliver’s Pond on Humphrey St. He has been a member of Glovers Marblehead Regiment for 25 years. From left are club president Connie Paullis, Dr. Cognata, membership chair Karyn Lang, and Secretary Lee Weed.
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor meets every Tuesday at 7:15 am at the Masonic Hall. 

On a perfect summer afternoon and on the vast green summer lawn running down towards the ocean edge, the Salem Club sponsored a successful event at the Plummers Home for boys. The event was for the children involved with the DCF. the Dept of children & families. The children in attendance are kids in foster homes. The foster boys and girls as well as the host families and any additional extended family members were invited. We had nearly 100 people attend the event.

The club's goal was to provide a fun and enjoyable experience for the kids and Rotary did just that. We had two air inflated recreational items, a bouncy house and an air slide. The club rented two ponies and offered rides to all!

Of course we also offered the standard barbeque items including hot dogs and hamburgers and chips and cookies, cotton candy as well as ice cream donated by Treadwell's ice cream.
At a recent Club meeting, Megan Donovan and Yaroslava Cassell were honored by the Rotary Club of Andover as their newest Paul Harris Fellows. Club President Don Gottfried presented them with their special pins, and framed proclamations. 
Megan, the Club's Immediate Past President, is a native of Eagle, Idaho, and currently resides in Lowell, MA with her husband Duffy Donovan. Currently, she is Director of Business and Finance for the Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, located in Lincoln, MA.
Yaroslava is co-Chair of Andover Rotary's Community Service Committee. A native of Russia, she emigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and considers West Springfield, MA as her "hometown." She currently lives in Salem, NH with her husband, Navy Lt. James Cassell. Yaroslava earned her BS in Chemical Engineering and a M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from RPI in Rochester, NY. She is a Process Integration Engineer for Raytheon at their Andover facility. Among her hobbies, she and her husband are competitive ballroom dancers, and she plans to run the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Shown here, holding their Paul Harris proclamations, are the Rotary Club of Andover's newest Paul Harris Fellows Megan Donovan (l.) and Yaroslava Cassell (r.)

Have you recently hosted an event or project or are planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow Rotarians from around District 7930? The new weekly eBulletin will depend on the content provided by clubs so please be sure to submit your stories and we will publish them on the district website and in the next eBulletin. Please submit the text for the article and the graphics that you would like to use as separate files and send to 

If you are a webmaster, a story editor, a public relations chair or any other committee chair you should consider submitting stories that showcase your club or event and possibly interest Rotarians from around the district to get involved. You can submit stories via the new portal here!

If you want some guidelines on creating stories, please read more!

August is designated “Ice Bucket Challenge Month” until a cure for A.L.S. is found. Last year’s enormous success was terrific, but further monies are needed for continuing the research into curing this hideous disease. Towards that end, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be holding a Community wide Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 am. The Challenge will be held, rain or shine, at Rotary Park and everyone is welcome to come and join with Rotarians with this Challenge.
Join AG Peter Majane and the District 7930 Membership Committee at the 2015 Rotary District 7930 Membership Forum. The Forum will be held At the Hilton Boston North/Woburn at 2 Forbes Road in Woburn on October 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

Registration begins at 4:00 pm, the opening plenary will be at 4:30 pm with a presentation from DG David Manzi and others with a focus on member recruitment and member retention. The plenary will be followed by two breakout sessions.

Breakout session # 1 will be entitled “Young Professionals: how to attract, engage and retain.” Breakout session # 2 will be entitled “Membership Initiatives”. The breakout sessions will be followed by a cocktail reception and dinner in the Garden Atrium of the hotel.

This event is for all Rotarians, but particularly for Presidents, Presidents-elect and membership chairs. Remember, membership is ALL of our responsibility!
Click here to register! The cost is $48.50 per person.

It's not too late to donate to the District's Rotaplast mission in October! A special thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Rockport, Beverly, Salem, Winchester, Peabody, Cambridge, Arlington, Burlington, Medford, Ipswich, North Reading, Amesbury, Andover, Marblehead, and Gloucester for their generous gifts! Additional thanks to personal donors as well as Michelle Ault and the Stone Ridge Properties Fdoundation. The team has received total pledges of $22,905!

To make a donation, please contact David Boudreau via email here. Checks can be made out to Rotaplast International, a 501(c)(3) organization and mailed to:
Bob Wood
District Treasurer
11 Rainbow Ridge Way
Georgetown, MA  01833
Also, it's not too late to attend the Red Sox game on Thursday, August 20th to benefit Rotaplast. Register here!

Nominations are being requested for three very important positions for District 7930 and we need club support to find the best candidates to lead our District. Please consider nominating an individual from your club for one of these positions. Please contact David Manzi via email by clicking here!


District Governor for 2018-2019 (DGND)

The first will be for the District Governor for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. This important individual leads and supports the clubs in the District by inspiring and motivating them to "Do Good in the World!" All clubs are encouraged to propose suitable candidates who meet the qualifications to serve. One of these requirements is that at the time of taking office, must have been a past president of a club, completed seven years of membership in one or more clubs, and will attend the Governors-elect training seminar and International Assembly after they have been selected to serve. If you feel that your club has such a leader among your members, please consider nominating them to help fulfill Rotary's ongoing missions.

District Rotary Foundation Chair for 2016-2019

The Rotary District Foundation Chair (RDFC) provides leadership and continuity to the District Rotary Foundation Committee for a three-year term, working with the Governor track to ensure enduring performance for the committee. Under the Governor’s leadership, the chair will work with the committee to plan, coordinate, and evaluate Foundation activities and serving from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. The District will be accepting nominations to serve the three year term up to September 30, 2015.

District Assistant Secretary for 2015-2017

The District Assistant Secretary shall be an active and responsible Rotarian in District 7930 who has access to the tools for taking and distributing minutes of District meetings when the District Secretary is absent, to district and committee members.  Also, work with District Secretary and District Governor to provide sessions for Club Secretaries at District events.  Act as recording secretary for the AG meetings, and appropriate meetings requested by the District Secretary and District Governor. Attend district events, when able to, District Cabinet meetings (twice a year), District Council (twice a year) and District Assembly/Conference. Take, prepare and distribute to District leadership minutes of District events if District Secretary is absent.



Members from the Winchester Rotary Club have enjoyed participating in two different service initiatives this month to focus on the goal of helping youth in need. Partnering with the Winchester Got Lunch (WGL) program, Rotary members helped transport cases of food supplied by Whole Foods Markets to WGL's storage pantry. More members helped unload, restock the pantry, and prepare the items to be organized into distribution bags for delivery to local families. The mission of Winchester Got Lunch is to provide healthy lunches during the summer to Winchester students who rely on subsidized lunches during the school year. Winchester Got Lunch is a collaborative effort of Winchester faith-based organizations, schools, civic organizations, and businesses. Thanks to Winchester Rotarians Caren Connelly, Brian LaPointe, Laurie Russell, Tom Sevigny, and Steve Mix for helping to make this project successful. Another team of Rotarians will be helping WGL later in the month as well.
Pictured at right: Winchester Rotary Members working with Winchester Got Lunch

Winchester Rotarians also reached out to help Youth Villages stuff backpacks filled with back to school supplies. Youth Villages Massachusetts headquarters is based in Woburn and has various residential treatment programs that serve boys and girls with serious to severe emotional and behavioral problems combined with other needs. One of their residential facilities is the Germaine Lawrence School in Arlington. Winchester Rotary has had an affiliation with Germaine Lawrence for many years, thanks to the efforts of Past President Sydelle Pittas who established the connection during her presidential year. Rotarian Caren Connelly chairs Winchester's service efforts with Germaine Lawrence and helped organized club members Donna Denio, Paul Gleason, Mary Lou Hardy, Judy Katz, Laurie Russell, and Marnee Walsh to help with this service project. The club also provided Rotary imprinted "Service Above Self" pencils to include with the back to school supplies in every pack. Winchester Rotary will be participating in a variety of different service projects throughout the Rotary year to help support Germaine Lawrence through the Youth Villages organization.
Pictured at left: Backpacks ready to distribute to Youth Villages students thanks to the Winchester Rotary Club


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