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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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How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...

What's Happening Around Our District



So...You've been thinking, I should probably register for District Assembly or District Conference! If you are thinking that, do so today. Registration ends on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm to allow your District Registrar the opportunity to put the actual registration sheets together. So if you are done procrastinating, please click here to register for District Assembly, and here to Register for District Conference. Why don't you do it now while you're thinking about it? It will only take a few minutes to insure a weekend of fun and fellowship!



Can you believe that it is almost May 1st, and I'll bet you haven't registered for either District Assembly or District Conference? Register now for the portion of the program that excites you!
  • If not, why not? It's happening in Danvers on May 1 in the morning (the Assembly) and May 1, 2 & 3 (the Conference).
  • Has your Club decided to hold its weekly meeting at the Joint Luncheon? Have you sent Bob Wood ( the list you would like to register?
For the Assembly, are you a President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, new Rotarian wanting to learn more about what happens in Rotary and the District or a more senior Rotarian that wants to learn more about what happens in Rotary and the District? Please go to to register or click here for the Assembly!
Here is what is being offered:
May 1, 2015
Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast - 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Main Ballroom Foyer
Opening Plenary - 8:35 AM - 8:45 AM - Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance and Review of Program

Breakout Sessions # 1 - 8:50 am - 9:35 am
  • Annual Business Meeting - All PE's, District Governor Tract, PDG's and District Officers
  • Club Central For Secretaries
  • Club Treasurers 101
  • Public Image - Social Media
Breakout Sessions # 2 - 9:40 am - 10:25 am
  • Network and Exchange Ideas - PE's and AG's
  • How To Make An Ask - Hey, ever hear of Rotary? Treat you to lunch?
Breakout Sessions # 3 - 10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • Hunger & Homelessness Initiative (HHI) - Recap of April 1 Event and Where do we go next?
  • Foundation - Did you know YOUR Foundation does.....? and Polio's End Game..
  • Public Image - The New Face of District 7930 and Rotary Days
  • Club Boards and Calendar Planning - This is FUN! Be Prepared, Be Confident and Be Done!
Fellowship - 11:20 am - 12:00 Noon
​Combined Assembly/Conference Luncheon - 12:00 Noon

This year the Conference is offering Breakouts in Danvers on Friday, Dinner in Boston at the Harvard Club on Friday, Youth Programs, Foundation Qualification and Complimentary Water Park Passes on Saturday in Danvers, Dinner on the Beach in Salisbury on Saturday and a Sunday memorial service followed by brunch and Keynote Speaker Julia Phelps, PhD, RID, PDG in Danvers.
For a complete schedule for the conference please click here!
Please go to www.rotary to register or click here 
 for the Conference!



Would you like to become a better leader, learn more about Rotary or exchange ideas with other committed Rotarians from within our the district and other districts in New England, then RLI is for you!
 The Rotary Leadership Institute seeks to have Rotary Clubs, in its member districts, identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations.
For more information visit the RLINEA website ( or click on Read More! To register for the Peabody RLI please click here!
The Peabody session is the last session and the only one locally, of the Spring Semester, so don't forget that your Governor, Peter Simonsen, has agreed to reimburse, during his year, any club, the site cost for one member to attend Part 1 or Part 2.
As of April 28, 2015, there are only 12 days until the event date and only 2
days until the registration deadline of April 29, 2015.
Register, on line, today, before it's too late!
Participants are needed for all Parts. 
Peabody, MA (7930/7910/7950)
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Boston - Peabody
May 9, 2015 - 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM


To raise awareness and critically-needed funds to fight the crippling disease polio, over 200 people plunged into the icy waters off of Gloucester last Saturday as part of the Rotary District 7930’s 5th Annual Polar Plunge. The effort benefitted The Global Polio Eradication Initiative - a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year’s effort raised over $104,000 and will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At just 60 cents per vaccine, the effort will pay for over a half million polio vaccines. 
The Polar Plunge comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus. However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.
Rotary has contributed US$1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced from 350,000 a year to fewer than 700 cases in 2011. The Americas were declared free from polio in 1994, the Western Pacific region in 2000, and Europe in 2002. A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. One Rotarian noted, “This event was completely fitting. This week we celebrate the 60th anniversary Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine. We’re going to fight this crippling disease until the end because Rotary keeps promises.” 


The North Andover Interact club will be collecting shoes in any condition at the District Conference on May 2nd as part of their service project for the people of Guatemala. Practical shoes (not high heels) to be used for digging in trash piles; technological trash from countries like ours.

The collection will be part of the Youth and Family program at the conference. Interactive events like Giant Jenga, human knot, photo booth, Tanzanian bracelet instruction and other surprises will be happening along with breakouts on Camp Rotary, A Library project in Kenya, and the Boston Rotaract discussing their new service initiative to help with substance abuse in young people. Be a part of an instructive and fun day!



In an effort to maximize the speed both the submission and posting of stories to the district website,  eBulletin, social media or for use in public image stories, the Technology and Communications Committee is announcing a new web tool. It is available at here or by clicking on the graphic on the left. You will be able to either type into the title and story fields or copy and paste from virtually any other program. Although this will not allow for any special formatting, we will try to emphasize the key points and ensure that we meet Rotary branding guidelines. You can also attach up to 2 photos and captions for those photos. Please crop the photos as you would like them to appear prior to uploading or provide special instructions in the area provided so that we can make the appropriate adjustments for you. 
You can choose the month that you would like your story to appear and where you want your story to be published within the body of the form. Don't forget to provide your name and email so we can contact you with questions and also advise you when the story is published.



The Winchester Rotary Club hosted an amazing meeting on April 2nd with Club Presidents Sarah Boulos from Burlington, Diane Bedard from Burlington Breakfast and Amy Palmerino from Stoneham visiting as guest speakers. Sarah, Diane and Amy spoke of exciting developments and events at their clubs, how they became Rotarians and the joy of fellowship in visiting clubs.

Paul Gleason, as President of the host Winchester Club, welcomed his fellow presidents. He joined Assistant Governor Peter Majane in contributing Happy Dollars to commemorate the fellowship of the meeting and went on to express his personal pleasure at being a part of an effort that contributes so much to the welfare of each of the towns that were represented. It was definitely an event to be repeated!


The North Reading Community EarlyAct Club recently completed another service project to thank local heroes. During a preparation meeting for the theme, the students identified plow crews as local heroes. EarlyAct Advisor Amy Luckiewicz explained, “The meeting was right after our fifth or sixth snow storm. The kids started talking about how hard this winter was and they all agreed that the local DPW and plow crews deserved a thank you for helping them get to school safely.” The students created a list of supplies the crews could use and hand-packed over 20 “care packages” to gift to the workers. The packages included candy, lip balm, tissues, and more. After packaging the gifts, the students left them in the offices of the DPW as a surprise with a note explaining the gifts. “The kids loved the surprise element,” Amy noted. “They knew it wasn’t expected and we had a great talk about going good things randomly in the community.” At the following meeting, the students, in turn, had a surprise for them. The DPW and plow workers had written a note of thanks to the students in return. “When I read the note aloud, every one of the students was smiling. They knew they had done something small to show appreciation.”



Five District 7930 Interact Clubs have qualified for the 2014-15 Presidential Citation for Interact Clubs. This award recognizes active Interact Clubs who demonstrate participation in a combination of the following areas:
  • Partnering with another Rotary club on a project or event
  • Participating in an event that promotes international understanding
  • Introducing members to other Rotary opportunities for young leaders
  • Participating in a fundraiser to support polio eradication
  • Submitting a video for the Interact Video Contest
  • Participating in a project to support one of Rotary's areas of focus
  • Collaborating with a Rotary service partner
  • Participating in a career day or mentoring activity
  • Recommending an outbound Interactor who then joins a Rotaract Club
Congratulations to Gloucester High School Interact, Marblehead High School Interact, Reading Interact, Revere High School Interact and Wakefield Interact for successfully qualifying for this recognition!



District Governor Peter Simonsen is congratulating the following clubs for net membership gains this Rotary year as of March 30, 2015: Marblehead (10); Greater Salem (6); Wilmington (6); Peabody (4) and Wakefield (4.) Other clubs with net membership gains are: Beverly; East Boston-Revere; Gloucester;  Hamilton-Wenham, Saugus, Topsfield-Boxford-Middleton, West Roxbury, Andover, Burlington Breakfast, Haverhill, Ipswich, Marblehead Harbor, Reading, Salem, and Winchester. Congratulations to all the members who ASKED, INVITED, INDUCTED and ENGAGED friends, co-workers and associates in their communities.
Please continue to spread the Rotary message throughout your communities.



Saturday is designed to be an event for the entire family. Starting at 10 am and running until lunch at noon, two events will occur simultaneously.
In one section of the ballroom, breakout sessions will include the presentation of a service project, where Rotarians have purchased library books for the new library at Ebussamba Primary School in Kenya, and a presentation by Camp Rotary in Boxford, illustrating the great things they do and explaining how your Rotary Club can help.


At the same time, an interactive youth expo will take place, showcasing the young people of District 7930. RYLA leaders will have three separate stations where they will teach leadership through activities designed for all ages. Youth exchange inbound students will be doing interactive activities where Rotarians and their families can experience 
the student's home cultures. Interact clubs will be asking attendees to be a part of their service projects by donating their expertise, time and efforts to help the cause. Rotaract students are planning a special activity that will involve attending Rotarians and their families in one of their projects.

You will be able to see what we do for young people throughout the world, help our young people with the good work they do here and abroad, learn about other cultures, become a better leader, meet and interact with our vibrant, talented young people; all the while having a GREAT time! Register now  and come prepared to work and play.  Register the whole family!!



District Governor Peter Simonsen has asked clubs to consider rescheduling their weekly meeting for the week of April 27th - May 1st and attend the combined lunch for the District Assembly and Conference on Friday, May 1st. The good news is that we have confirmation that the Rotary Club of Beverly has done exactly that. They anticipate that 55-65 of their 102 members will attend the luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton in Danvers at noon on Friday, May 1st. Can you imagine the excitement if other clubs follow suit and we have 300-400 committed Rotarians enjoying great food and fellowship as we kick off our weekend of celebration of the 2014-2015 Rotary year. This location is only 25-30 minutes away from most of our members, much less for some, and we would love to have you attend the luncheon or the entire weekend! Register here!



Alzheimer’s affects more than five million people in the United States. Now there is new hope to stop this withering disease.

Sunbeams through the bars of a crib. Rolling cookie dough with Grandmother. A flash of lightning, the smell of ozone. Waves lapping the shore. That library smell. Snow blowing sideways. Glasses of wine, peals of laughter. Onions caramelizing. Baseball games with Dad. Airplane wing over clouds. “I now pronounce you …” Ornaments on the tree. Hospital corridor. Planting flowers.

Who are you? How do you define yourself? Is it the places you’ve been, the things you’ve accomplished, the way you look? Is it your relationships, your creativity, your faith? And what if it were all taken away?

“Your sense of self requires memory,” says Rudolph E. Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the 2012 book Super Brain, with Deepak Chopra. “And when you have Alzheimer’s disease, you lose your sense of self.”

We’re Ready to Play Golf, Are You?

The Rotary Club of Winchester is pleased to announce its 27th annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015. The tournament will again be held at the Winchester Country Club, a Donald Ross designed, prestigious, private course. The tournament benefits the Winchester Rotary Charitable Foundation, Inc. a registered 501(c)(3) organization which supports numerous local charitable organizations as well as the national and international works of Rotary International.

Winchester Rotary members expect another sold out event again this year. Since this popular tournament tends to sell out quickly, anyone interested in playing in the tournament is encouraged to register early and to tell their friends, family, business and professional associates, neighbors, partners and others who want to participate in this exciting event. In addition to greens fees & cart, your registration fee includes a BBQ luncheon, gourmet dinner buffet, golfer gift bags, and a silent auction with terrific items for golfers and non-golfers. Please visit the Club’s event website for additional information here!

The Winchester Rotary Charity Golf Tournament Committee would like to thank all of the past supporters in making this signature event a success, year after year. The club is very pleased to have tremendous corporate support in the form of sponsorships. Additional corporate sponsorship is always welcome, the highlight is the Eagle and Birdie level sponsorships, which include golf foursomes. Download the Golf Poster and/or the Flyer/Registration form.



Do you want to enhance your club experience? Then consider applying for a District Managed Grant or Global Grant. Planning and completing a service project always seems to unite a club and provide a deep level of purpose for your members.
Now is the time for your club to get qualified to apply for grants! In order to receive grants the club president for 2015-2016 and one other member are required to attend either session. If you want to send additional members to really build knowledge of the Rotary Foundation, consider sending more than the required two members.
During this 3 hour seminar, those attending will learn about updates in the application process and the steps necessary to submit and hopefully be awarded a grant from District 7930.
The first seminar will be held at Salem Five Bank located at 210 Essex Street in Salem, MA on April 25, 2015. The second opportunity will be during our District Conference on May 2, 2015 at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore at 50 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923.
Register Online by clicking on the date that you want to register. April 25th or May 2nd
You can also download and return the Grants Qualification Application prior to April 15, 2015 to DRFC Ingrid Brown at 11 Granite Street in Rockport, MA  01966, email to  or by fax to 978-546-9058.  Space is limited on both sessions, so please register early.
For a list of grants awarded in the 2013-2014 calendar year, please read the article here!



Rotary Club of Boston announces first Humanitarian of the Year AwardOn Saturday, May 9th, 2015, Rotary Club of Boston #7 invites Greater Boston to join them at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston for an evening of food, music and fun as we celebrate and award the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year. This event is expected to be a key fundraiser for Boston #7, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will be awarded to the charity with which the Humanitarian of the Year award winner is affiliated.
And who will be the lucky winner? That’s up to you. If you are – or know of – someone who is an amazing activist or a tireless crusader for a local charity, send in a nomination today. Nominees from all charitable organizations with ties to the Greater Boston area will be considered and forms are available on the website at on the Rotary Boston Facebook page. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2015.
We are also looking for corporate and other sponsors who would like to participate in making this event a successful and memorable one. There are six levels of sponsorship available. To determine the right fit for your organization, contact Glenn Quirion at or Lilia Wood at
For complete details of the event, and to stay updated as we release additional details, visit our website,, find us on Facebook or follow @bostonrotary7 on Twitter for more details.



The 2015 Service Above Self Scholarship Application is now available for Rotary District 7930 clubs. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior from our district. This competitive award is funded by our Annual Giving donations to The Rotary Foundation.
The purpose of the Service Above Self scholarship from Rotary D7930 is as follows:
  • Recognize an outstanding high school senior who has demonstrated his/hercommitment to Service Above Self in their community, a town or city within Rotary District 7930, and financially assist the recipient with his/her future studies with this $10,000 award.
  • Instill, in the recipient, the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active involvement in a variety of Rotary activities and projects.
  • Encourage the recipient to dedicate his/her personal and professional life to improving the quality of life of people in their local community and beyond.
  • Develop leadership skills of the recipient in order to address humanitarian needs in his/her community and the world.
  • Foster a lifelong association between Rotary International and the recipient.
Clubs are encouraged to copy and share the application and to utilize the additional press release template. Each club is empowered to decide how to select their ONE single applicant for district consideration. The SAS Committee will interview candidates in June and one winner will be announced.
Please read carefully the instructions on the application and direct any questions to Amy Luckiewicz, SAS Chair at or call 781.588.0257.
Download the SAS Application and the Press Release!

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