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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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Miles to end polio: $6 million crosses the finish line for polio eradication
Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and six RI staff members bicycled 104 miles in Tucson Arizona, USA, on Saturday, for the Miles to End Polio event, raising more than $6 million for polio eradication. The money raised by Rotary will receive a two-to-one match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the team from Evanston, 100 Rotary member riders took part in the ride. The fundraising ride is part of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike event in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The race attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, making it one of the top cycling events in the U.S. The...
Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the strength of partnerships
To strengthen their 69-year-old partnership, leaders from Rotary and the United Nations met this month in New York City for Rotary Day at the United Nations. The two organizations began working together with the aim of maintaining peace after World War II. Today, the relationship has evolved to include humanitarian work in areas like gender equality, child and maternal health, and disease treatment and prevention. While the UN's Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, its leaders are preparing for an even more ambitious humanitarian agenda of eradicating extreme poverty by...
A major breakthrough against polio
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus. The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012. "We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC. Rotary has played an important role in bringing type 3 polio close to extinction. PolioPlus grants have provided key...
Rotary’s World Polio Day live-streamed event is a huge success
More than 23,000 viewers in 24 countries tuned in to Rotary's World Polio Day event, streamed live on 24 October. Health officials including James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave an update on the polio eradication campaign and praised Rotary's achievements to date. Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion to polio eradication since 1979. For World Polio Day, Rotary released $44.7 million in grants to fight the disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to the update, the event included entertainment by...
Malala Yousafzai wins the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head for speaking out against the Taliban in support of girls' education, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. Yousafzai, whose father is a Rotarian, shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a native of India who has worked to combat the exploitation of children for financial gain, according to an announcement in October from the Norwegian Nobel Committee. In announcing the award, the committee praised Yousafzai for demonstrating that "children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations." It noted...

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The Polar Plunge Committee has been hard at work to make the 2015 Plunge the best ever! We hope to not only increase the number of participants, but also to raise over $125,000 to help eradicate Polio. With the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and their 2 to 1 match, we can provide over 625,000 vaccinations. All in a day's work. We are just shy of 3 months till the plunge!
First of all, we would like to find a club champion who will create some buzz around this event and the impact that we can have as Rotarians. One of our goals this year is to have 100% of the clubs have at least one plunger and provide a $100 sponsorship for the event. Obviously, we welcome and encourage as many to plunge as possible and to have them actively raise money, especially from their friends and family, so that we can be part of history in eradicating Polio from the earth! If we succeed in getting all clubs to commit to $100 sponsorship, we can guarantee that all money raised will go to Polio Plus.
Please plunge, donate to a plunger or be your club's champion at this week's meeting, and ask your board to sponsor the 2015 Polar Plunge. With your help we can make this a spectacular event!
Registration is open and a district wide email will be going out in the next few days to every Rotarian encouraging them to participate in some way this year, but we wanted to inform you in advance.
Registration is open at Please register and begin your fundraising efforts as soon as possible.
For more information or to access all of the support materials to help you be as effective as possible, please visit the 2015 Polar Plunge Page.


The Marblehead Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Benjamin Day and Michele Martin into its organization.   The two members were inducted into the club on Thursday, October 30th at its weekly meeting held at the Boston Yacht Club. Rotarian and Sargent-at-Arms Tom McNulty and Marblehead Rotary Club President, Tanya DeGenova presided over the induction ceremony with District Governor, Peter E. Simonsen adding supportive and encouraging remarks.
Benjamin Day is the Executive Director of the Marblehead Counseling Center. Mr. Day comes to the Counseling Center after seven years of mental health leadership in various centers and public schools in Boston and New York City. Most recently he ran The McMurray Clinic in midtown Manhattan that provided services to clients from all five boroughs of the city and surrounding counties of New York and New Jersey.
Michele Martin is an eleven year resident of Marblehead.  She currently works for New York Life Insurance. She enjoys working with pre-retirees helping them create a financial roadmap for their retirement years.  Business owners appreciate Michele’s ability to assist in risk management and retirement solutions.
Photo Legend:
#1 (from left to right) New Inductees, Benjamin Day and Michele Martin, Rotary District 7930 Governor, Peter E. Simonsen, Rotary Club President Tania DeGenova, Rotarian and Sargent-at-Arms Tom McNulty.


The North Reading Club welcomed special guests, Valentine (Val) Callahan the District Governor of D7910, to visit and speak and D7930 District Governor (Peter Simonsen) District Governor Elect (David Manzi), District Governor Nominee (Sheryl Meehan) and Past President of the Wakefield Club (Amy Luckiewicz).
Val spoke of her Rotary moments and how to enhance the Rotary experience. The attendees enjoyed Val's inspirational speech.
Back row L-R: Peter Majane, AG D7930, Peter Simonsen, DG D7930, David Manzi, DGE D7930,
Front row, L_R: Val Callahan, DG D7910, Sheryl Meehan, DGN D7930, Michael Scannell NR Club President




On Tuesday, October 21st, Rotarians gathered at the Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel and Conference Center to attend informative breakouts; Engage New Members: Extraordinary Member Growth and Attracting the Next Generation of Rotarians; enjoy fellowship and listen to a visionary guest speaker.

I thank the breakout facilitators: Past Presidents Vanessa Silveira, Peabody Club; Christa Papavasiliou, Boston Rotaract Club; Don Doliber, Marblehead Harbor Club; Christopher Neville, Wilmington Club and Membership Chair Don Kelley Beverly Club.

Please read comments from the facilitators:
“Judging by the packed room in the Membership and Retention breakout, it is clear that many clubs are still looking for the right formula to increase and retain membership. I hope the presentation gave other clubs encouragement that it CAN be done, but that you have to work at finding a niche or a cause for everyone and that having some enjoyment is critical in the success of the Club”. 
Chris Neville, Past President Rotary Club of Wilmington
“The turnout and participation at the recent District Membership Forum proves that D7930 is ready to take membership to the next level. The amount of interaction and commitment, coupled with passion and fellowship, shows that our District leaders are a force to be reckoned with. I am honored to be part of this exciting development and growth as we move forward”.
Christa Papavasiliou, Past President Boston Rotaract, District Rotaract Representative – 7930
I thank all the facilitators.
Peter A. Majane
District Membership Chair


North Reading EarlyAct - Fostering Change

The North Reading Community EarlyAct Club completed its first service project of the year this week with a focus on local service. The theme kicked off with a conversation among the 3rd and 5th graders about fostering local change. The kids were given a tour of Town Hall and a lesson on how to propose a change in the community. Youth Services Director Amy Luckiewicz explained, “The kids were invited to suggest ways on how to make North Reading better. We sat in the Selectmen’s Room and talked about their ideas like better sidewalks for safety. They were really thoughtful about making sure their ideas benefited the most people.” The lesson was concluded with a visit by School Resource Officer Scott Tilton who spoke to the kids about local service. Two weeks later, the students gathered again to decorate cookies as part of their hands-on project to recognize local service. “The kids planned to hand-decorate cookies and deliver them to the police and fire stations,” commented Parent Advisor Leslie Schultz. “They were so excited to decorate, that they finished decorating three dozen cookies in no time!” Once completed, the children walked escorted to the stations and gave the cookies to the on-duty officers along with thank you cards. “It was great that they were able to see the smiles on the officers’ faces and deliver them in person,” Schultz noted.
Photo: EarlyAct students delivered cookies to North Reading Fire and Police


Volunteer and Donation Opportunity with Cradles to Crayons

Join Downtown Boston Rotary Club in helping Boston kids in need. On October 28, we are making a volunteer visit to Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory Warehouse. We will help out at the site and also bring our own donations. Please bring warm winter clothing, boots, hats and gloves, coats, etc. to donate.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. 
Event Details

What: Donate clothing for needing kids and help out at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse. Bring warm winter clothing, boots, hats and gloves, coats, etc. to donate. See donation guidelines below.
How: If you want to participate, let Christian Sandberg, Community Service Director of Downtown Boston Rotary Club, know by October 21st by sending an e-mail to or calling 617-459-1177.
When: 10/28/2014 6:15 PM for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Where: 155 North Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
Parking: There is currently construction around the facility so you are encouraged to carpool when possible and park on the streets surrounding the building---parking is available on North Beacon Street and Etna Street.
Donation guidelines:


Amarok Society Speaks at Marblehead

The Marblehead Rotary Club was pleased to host Gem Munro, co-founder of the Amarok Society as a guest speaker at its weekly luncheon, this past Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Gem Munro shared with the Rotarians, the work his organization does in Bangladeshi slums in educating and empowering women to become neighborhood teachers.
In addition to being Co-Executive Director of the Amarok Society, Gem is also a bestselling author and visual artist, who most recently has directed a documentary film, ‘Heart to Head: the story of Amarok Society Women and how they are being trained to teach the World’s Poorest Children”.  Bangladesh is a modern Muslim nation, where literacy is their strongest defense against a growing threat of Muslim extremism.                                                                 
Gem is a powerful speaker on peace building, human rights, education, and international development.  For more information about the “Amarok Society” and its partnership with Rotary International, please visit:
The Marblehead Rotary Club meets weekly on Thursdays for lunch at the Boston Yacht Club, 1 Front Street, Marblehead, MA at 12:15p.m. If you would like to attend a luncheon or join the organization, please visit or contact the club’s secretary, Julie Livingston at:
Photo legend: (from Left to Right)
Gem Munro with Marblehead Rotary Club President, Tanya DeGenova



The Somerville Rotary Club will be holding its annual fund raiser event at the Giggles Comedy Club at 517 Broadway (Route 1) in Saugus on November 6th. Tickets may be purchased through any member of the Somerville Rotary Club. Tickets are $25.00 per person and includes unlimited pizza. Proceeds to benefit local Somerville charities.

  1. Change your banner photo monthly or seasonal to show a variety of members in action,supporting a team, or in season‐themed clothes (think Halloween costumes). This will show that you pay attention to your page and update it regularly… and you’re a fun club.
  2. After posting your new member press release (with photo) on Patch or Wicked Local, use the URL to post to Facebook. This will show the new member that you are recognizing them and it’s big news that they joined your club! You can also scan in a photo from the newspaper clipping of a new member instead of just the photo itself. Posting the clipping shows you made it a big announcement.
  3. Encourage members to “check in” at your club and tag other members with comment such as, “We just heard from and an inspiring speaker, (insert name w/tag), and we are inspired now to……” Checking in is only available if you list your club as a business/organization. If not, you can easily change it but list your address as the location of your meetings vs. your PO box number.
  4. Post quotes from members of all backgrounds once a month with photos about why they joined Rotary and why they STAY in Rotary.
  5. Mention that Rotary is an opportunity to become a humanitarian. Include one example of how your club covers that mission with photo.
  6. Talk about any personal stories from club members regarding their memories of an impactful project or connection with members. Better yet, make it a post on your website then link the URL to your Facebook page. This creates “unique content” for your website and helps grow that following as well.
  7. Use Throwback Thursday as an opportunity to post an old photo and thank the members for their service.
  8. Offer “teasers” such as “Want to know why our club was recognized for…” or post a curious photo from an event or project with the caption, “Come to a meeting and learn how this project impacted an entire community.”
  9. Invite viewers to suggest captions to photos from an event or project and watch the social media engagement jump.
  10. Finally, put out the ASK! Every other week, put out the open invite to visit your club WITH NO COMMITMENT! Be sure to add a club member’s name and contact info with which to RSVP. That person should sit with them at their first meeting. Remember, the best thing you can do is: SHARE WITH A COMMENT!
Additional Tips:
The more people you tag the better
Is your Rotary’s Facebook page listed on your stationary and business cards?
Thank sponsors for events on your page, they are likely to start following you
Some website editors allow you to live stream your Facebook page onto your front page!
Use the “insights” to help guide posts for example, post when your fans are most likely on line. Insights can tell you when that is!

Questions? Contact Amy Luckiewicz at 781.588.0257 or
Click here to download the pdf document.



Yes, it is that time of the year again.  District 7930 is accepting applications for Outgoing Global Grant Scholars for Rotary year 2015-2016.  As you know, since Rotary International changed the Foundation rules and District 7930 was one of one hundred Pilot Districts around the world, District 7930 has awarded five Global Grant Scholarships totaling $75,000.00 with a RI match of $75,000.00.
We would also like to announce that all information a club or applicant may need is located on the new Global Grant webpage on the District 7930 website.
As of now clubs in District 7930 can begin presenting Outgoing Global Grant Scholarship applicants to the Outgoing Global Grant Scholarship Chair, David Hart from the Malden Club. The application deadline is December 31, 2014.  Interview of the applicants will begin in the end of January to the  middle part of February.
Rotary District 7930’s first Global Grant Scholar, Liz Powers (pictured at right), received $30,000 in a global grant to study and execute a detailed service project in Ireland.
For more information, click read more! 


Your Foundation at work
The Rotary Foundation makes it possible for Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by supporting projects that improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty.
The Annuall Fund is the primary source of funding for Foundation activities. Your contributions help Rotarians carry out a broad range of local and international projects
Every Rotraian is encouraged to participate in a a Foundation project and contribute to the Annual fund every year.

Presented by Winchester Rotary 

Saturday November 1, 2014
4:00 PM to 8 PM
Winchester Town Hall Auditorium
Winchester Massachusetts
Tickets: $5 Individuals, $15 Families, $15 Alcohol

Taste and vote for the best chili in Winchester as area restaurants and amateurs compete for best chili. The event is a family friendly event that will include music, food trucks, beer/wine and kids games. Sponsorship and entry opportunities are still available.

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​On Tuesday, October 21, Rotarians will gather at the Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel and Conference Center at 1 Audubon Road in Wakefield, MA for exciting programs and new information about the Rotary Foundation and Membership.

Registration begins at 3:15 pm in the Conference Center lobby on the lower level. There will be a plenary in the main Ballroom at 4:00 pm followed by breakout sessions from 4:35 to 6:15 pm.
Ingrid Brown, PDG, Foundation Chair and her committee, and Peter Majane, Membership Chair and his committee will provide training and information on the following topics:
First Session
Freezin’ for a Reason – How to engage your club in the international polio campaign
District, Global Grants and Inbound Scholars – Ideas for projects and how to be a host Club
Club Runner and access to Rotary International for Foundation Chairs – How to access Club reports
Engage New Members: Extraordinary member growth
Second Session
The Rotary Foundation: What’s New and What Does It Mean To You?
Annual Giving Reports – How to Use Them Effectively In Your Club
Membership – Attracting the Next Generation of Rotarians”-Panel Discussion
Fellowship and Dinner with keynote speaker will follow the sessions at approximately 6:15 pm.
Presidents, President-Elects, Foundation and Membership Chairs should not miss this fun and informative forum. This is your chance to get and give ideas to and from other Clubs around the District.
The Sheraton Colonial is right off Rte. 95/128 in Wakefield, approximately 2 miles from the Route 93-Route 95/128 intersection.



Recently, almost 30 volunteers from District 7930 received training in a very successful program, Club Visioning.
The Visioning process is designed to help Rotary Clubs create their own vision and to discover the steps necessary to achieve that shared vision. The result is unique to each Club because this is not a vision decided by District 7930 or by Rotary International. The result is a vision designed and endorsed by the Club’s own members.
This new initiative will be formally introduced during a session at the District Assembly which a few members of your Club's leadership team should attend!
If you want to learn more, continue reading the article or go to the Vision Facilitation Page that provides much more information.
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