Social media is the number one way to attract outside donations. Check out these tips to increase your campaign's visibility on social media.
  1. Utilize Giving Tuesday (December 1st). Learn more tips specific for  #givingtuesday here!
  2. Change your profile pic to a photo from your previous plunge or if you're a first-time participant, try taking a "this close" photo.
  3. Thank donors for their gifts by tagging them.
  4. Take a photo of you holding your personal text to donate picture. (Amy's text or bear text photo)
  5. Tell people about why you are supporting the cause in no more than 2 sentences.
Want more strategies on how to maximize your reach through other media platforms? Check out this sample campaign!

Rotarians are generous in giving their time, talent and treasure. It's key that we continue to give to our Rotary Foundation's programs, including the Annual Fund. So again, this year, we're committed to the Other People's Money, or OPM, Strategy. Instead of reaching into your own pocket, the Plunge Committee is  asking you to ask a friend, neighbor, family or co-worker to sponsor your plunge or virtual plunge. This strategy has been proven to increase awareness of polio eradication and increase fundraising!
Want proof? The number one club for the past 2 years has hit the $20k mark in polio fundraising. How much of that was OPM? Last year it was 75% of their total donations!

For more information on how to process donations and more download the Plunge Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions document.

Last year was my first time fundraising and plunging with Rotary! When a Rotarian friend asked us to join her for the plunge, my husband (he was the guy dressed like Buddy the Elf) and I both quickly said yes. We have two daughters and we're grateful that they are both healthy! Not every parent is lucky to have access to healthcare and to preventative life-saving vaccines. We made sure we brought our daughters with us to the plunge because we wanted them to learn about community and coming together for a purpose. Yes, the water was cold. But looking back on it now, all I can remember is the laughter and excitement as the MC told the crowd how many vaccines we had raised!
Thanks to Rotary for making my family feel welcome and we can't wait to see you this January on the beach again!

On January 23, 2016 our district will make history again with our 6th Annual Polar Plunge off of Long Beach in Gloucester. Our goals are simple:
  1. 100% of clubs participate in fundraising or plunging
  2. Raise $125k and earn $250k of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matched funds
We need your help. Please register today. You can register here or text "joinplunge" to 51555. Be sure to click "join a team" and register under your club's team!

Want to participate but not ready to take the plunge? Simply register and become a "virtual plunger" by fundraising for your club! Want more info on the plunge? Visit our official Polar Plunge web page.

2015 has been history-making year in Rotary's efforts to #endpolio. In July, we marked one year since the last case of wild poliovirus was found in Nigeria. According to, this achievement could signal that the world will soon see a polio-free Africa, a major milestone in global public health! In fact, Africa hasn’t seen a new case since August 11, 2014. When Nigeria and the entire African region go three years without a case of polio, World Health Organization will certify them as polio-free! But the good news didn't stop in July. Only 2 months ago, we made polio history with the eradication of the Type 2 strain, and Rotarians in District 7930 can count themselves as part of this achievement. In the past three years alone, members of this district raised a historic $291,960 to this global initiative, and we're not done! This monumental success has happened through a lot of effort and education. I hope you find this special polio edition of the e-newsletter informative and inspiring. Please consider registering today and meet me for the biggest beach party of the winter!

Can you believe we are already closing in on December? Where does the time go? Perhaps it is that we are very busy making a difference in the lives of so many people?  Or is it that we are creating opportunities to improve our communities?
On October 29, President Ray Bastarache welcomed us to the Lynn Rotary Club. Not only did we have a great lunch, but we were impressed by the club’s commitment to membership growth and retention! If you have a chance to speak to Ray, please ask him how they have gained more than a dozen members since July! We had the pleasure of meeting some of the new members of the Lynn Satellite Club and hearing the positive impact the club is doing for the great city of Lynn.
Rotary does a great job with community projects both locally and internationally. Clubs also share this important relationship with their schools, whether elementary, middle or high school. Reading Rotary and President Bob Hayes’s dedication to their community and service to schools is outstanding! I was impressed when hearing Bob and the club discuss all of the upcoming projects they are committed to doing.
Time is running out to guarantee your participation in the first Rotary Means Business meeting on November 30th. If you want to meet dozens of Rotarians and friends in an event which promises great business connections and interesting content, then register as soon as possible. The minimal cost of $10 per person may be one of the best bargains of the year. In addition to building relationships with business people in the greater Boston area, you will receive expert advice on elevator speeches from Andy Winig, once a District 7930 Rotarian, now a Needham Rotarian. His company, ImprovAndy specializes in coaching business executives in the art of networking. You can research more about Andy and his company by visiting his website here.
We will be meeting on November 30th from 6-8 pm at the McLane Middleton conference center located at 300 TradeCenter Ste 7000. 
If you would like to attend with or without a guest, please register here. Hope to see you there!

The Burlington Rotary Club participates annually in a Thanksgiving meal food distribution to over 150 needy Burlington families. The program is held at the Burlington UCC Church and combines services by the Burlington Food Pantry, UCC Church staff and Burlington Rotary Club members and families. The 15 pound frozen turkeys for this year's program were provided by the Boston Food Bank where club members picked them up, stored them in a freezer courtesy of Shaws market, and then brought them to the church for this Sunday event.
The young man in the second photo is the grandson of a club member. He pitched right in along with the rest of the crew throughout the afternoon and quickly learned the meaning of the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".

The event lasted from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on November 22nd. The women Rotarian members walked with the food recipients helping them pick out and bag the many different Thanksgiving dinner foods available. The Rotarian men performed their usual "bag boy" duties, helping meal food recipients carry their turkeys and bags of food to their cars.

Save the Date: December 1
December 1, 2015 is this year's GIVING TUESDAY! According to, "We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give."
This year, we'll be providing Rotary Clubs with a toolkit on how to maximize #GivingTuesday to increase your Polar Plunge donations. Stay tuned an in the meantime, be ready to, "Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity!"
Not registered for the Polar Plunge yet? Register here or text "joinplunge" to 51555 today!

Congratulations to our very own Past District Governor John Hall who heads up the SalemFive Commercial Banking division! He was honored by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Inc. with the Distinguished Leader Award!
John was District Governor of District 7930 for 2012-13 and the Rotary theme for that year was Engage Rotary - Change Lives. He has had a lifetime of doing just that.
Congratulations John!

The Rotary Club of Wakefield recently welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Bob Driscoll of the Air National Guard at its lunch meeting. The 30-year military veteran leads the local area's emergency response which includes the medical unit of MEMA Region 1. His team is included among a larger unit charged with responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events. Each year, his almost 50-member team serves at the Boston Marathon with roving response experts in an area that covers Hopkington to Brookline. His team can also be activated for natural events such as responding to roof collapses in a snow storm and serve as search and evacuation specialists. Although stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, his $1.2 million in equipment is securely stored at Camp Curtis Guild in Reading in order to, "be able to quickly respond to an event in the Greater Boston area in six hours or less."
Driscoll also serves as a firefighter in Melrose as well as serving as Chair of the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board. He noted, "The need to support veterans is constant and growing." He thanked the club for supporting local veteran initiatives in Wakefield noting, "The Rotary Club's 'service above self' motto closely matches the core values of the Air Force including integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do."

Our Rotary Clubs are jumping at the chance to plunge with in our biggest winter beach party ever! This year is sure to be the biggest yet! Register your plungers and virtual plungers early by following these easy steps:
  1. Register here or text the word “joinplunge” to 51555 to register on your mobile device and click on the link you receive back. Note: do not put a space in "joinplunge."
  2. Click on “Become a Fundraiser.”
  3. Compete ALL fields and click on “Become a Fundraiser.”
  4. Click on “Join a Team” and select your Rotary team from the drop down menu. Non-Rotarians may select any team. There is a team for Rotaract.
  5. Click on “I Am Done.”
  6. 6. You will get an email and text confirmation (if you gave a mobile number). Follow the link to complete your registration and set your password.
  7. Upload your picture, set your goal, and customized message to supporters. Click “Save.”
  8. Click “Share” to view your unique text-to-donate word and social media options!
Direct all questions to or visit the Polar Plunge Page!

Do you want to meet other Rotarians from around the district in a brand new fellowship - Rotary Means Business (RMB)?
Well the kickoff event is scheduled for Monday, November 30th at 6:00 pm. It will be held at 300 Trade Center, Suite 700 in Woburn within the Conference Center at McLane Middleton. 
We will limit the number of guests to 80 so please register early. Although this group will most likely be made up primarily of Rotarians, we hope that those who attend will consider inviting other business people of similar ethics. It is our basic mission to help each other grow our businesses with the potential to introduce others to Rotary and the additional benefits of community service and fellowship, thereby positively affecting membership in our clubs.
On November 10th, the Gloucester Rotary Club under the direction of President Carole Lynn Sharoff hosted an evening meeting in honor of the Rotary Club Members who are Veterans.  The celebration was held jointly with the annual Past President’s Dinner where as many as 35 past presidents may attend to share fellowship and offer advice and counsel to club President.  The evening featured a speech by Gloucester Veteran’s Agent Adam Curcuru and a presentation from local photographer Jason Grow who spoke of the exhibit he is showcasing at Gloucester’s City Hall.  The exhibit includes photos of more than 60 Veterans from the communities that comprise Cape Ann, namely Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester. The photographs shown via a slide presentation included Army Air Corp Sgt Robert McKechnie father of Gloucester past President David McKechnie and Mike Linquata a recipient of four bronze medals, and two purple hearts.
Members of the Gloucester Rotary Club brought in items which were delivered to the Veteran’s Office in Gloucester to be part of the holiday care packages sent to men and women in the armed services from Cape Ann and deployed around the world.

Ipswich Rotary is supporting the Ipswich YMCA expansion with a donation of $25,000. The Ipswich Family Y serves residents of Ipswich and Rowley, towns also served by Ipswich Rotary, plus Essex, Hamilton and Wenham.

The Ipswich Rotary Club has a long history of partnership with the local YMCA. In addition to supporting the initial construction, the club built adjacent Rotary Park in 2004-05 as part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. The park, which includes a baseball field, gazebo and open space, has become an important feature of the Y complex, especially during summer camp months. In recent years Rotarians have enhanced the park with new millstone signage and a bench dedicated to the memory of one of the park’s founders, Rotarian Bud Conley. In 2013, the Rotary sponsored Ipswich High School Interact club placed one of five international Peace Poles at the park entrance as part of their annual community service outreach.

In the photo, Gerry Beauchamp, Ipswich YMCA Executive Director and an Ipswich Rotary Director, is presented with a check from the club. Representing Ipswich Rotary are President Bob Gravino, Immediate Past President Rev. Brad Clark during whose term the grant was initiated, President Elect Lisa Shanko, and Vice President Cushing Titcomb.

The District Public Image Committee wishes to congratulate the following clubs on their successful applications for the Public Image Mini-Grants:
  • Belle Isle
  • Medford
  • Methuen
  • Peabody
The grant was offered as a 1:1 match with club funds up to $250 to improve the public image of the Rotary Clubs of District 7930. As defined by Rotary International, public image can include advertising, apparel, brochures, business cards, signage, social media, promotional materials and more! The four recipients will be using their grants to fund items including name tags, banners, hats, brochure printing, and more. All designs had to meet the new Master Branding guidelines. For more information on Master Branding or how your club can update its look, contact us at or visit Brand Center on My Rotary. You will have to log in to access the Brand Center.

Last Sunday, under a beautiful blue autumn sky and in the presence of the color guard from the U.S.S. Constitution - over one hundred runners participated in the the second annual Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial road race. Runners took a scenic pass through downtown Marblehead and were supported by dozens of volunteers as well as the staff from YMCA who transported and operated all the specialized electronic equipment needed to start/stop and time all the runners.

When the race was completed, all the participants were invited to share snacks and stories at the Boston Yacht Club. Overlooking a stunning beautiful Marblehead Harbor, the winners were given certificates and all the participates were grateful to have helped furtrher an important cause.

All proceeds from this race will support the Marblehead Rotary Club’s scholarship program and will provide a funds to support a son or daughter of a veteran or a student entering a military academy.

The Burlington Pride Special Olympics softball team has been sponsored and coached by members of the Burlington Rotary Club for many years. Our club organized and held an awards banquet at the Burlington Recreation Department on November 10th with most of the players attending.
Each player received a trophy from our club which they are proudly holding in this photo. This was the initial awarding of team trophies by the club.

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Please join me in thanking those who embody true "service above self". To our honored veterans, your sacrifice is appreciated beyond the 24-hours of November 11th. You have earned our unwavering gratitude and respect. I encourage you to invite veterans within your club to share their stories and be inspired by their examples of courage, service, and commitment.

Thanking and thinking of all of our veterans near and far,

David Manzi
District Governor, Rotary District 7930

Reading Rotary Fall Auction will be held on Nov. 20 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading. This is the 16th Annual and is Reading Rotary's largest fundraiser each year. The fun filled event will feature Live and Silent Auctions, Lucky Gifts and other prizes. For information or tickets visit: or contact Tim Kelley (781) 942-9838.

On Saturday, December 12, the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor will present its annual Holiday Pops concert in the festive atmosphere of historic Abbot Hall. Tickets to the club's largest fundraiser go on sale November 12, and tickets sell out quickly, so reserve your table or balcony seat soon. Maestro Dirk Hillyer and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra will once again present beloved Christmas and Chanukkah songs—along with a special surprise theme this year. See you at the concert!

On October 29 the Rockport Rotary Club donated two MakerBot 3-D printers, purchased with a District 7930 local matching grant, to the Rockport Middle/High Schools. The Rockport school system matched the gift with two additional printers for a total of four. The students printed a sign to identify the newly designated “Rockport Rotary 3-D Printer Lab”.

Rockport Rotary President Maryanne Bland presented the gift to the school. The gift was envisioned as an important learning tool to prepare students for future careers in technology fields. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in engineering design, 3-D modeling of both mechanical and architectural designs and technical drawing/CAD under the guidance of David Young, technology and engineering teacher.

The District 7930 Rotaplast team recently returned from their sponsored Rotaplast medical mission to the Philippines. Club financial support allowed for 122 surgical procedures to be performed on patients in Cebu City, on a south central island in the Philippines. Medical treatments focused on surgically repairing cleft lips, cleft palates and dental work for patients aging three months to 35 years. Medical Director Evelyn Abad explained, "Often children and adults with these deformities are shunned by their community. We give them a second chance to smile."
The medical team consisted of eight non-medical volunteers including David Boudreau and Lisa Collin from the Amesbury Rotary Club, Alan Michel from the Andover Rotary Club, Bob Arsenault from the Ipswich Rotary Club, Bob Wood from the Peabody Rotary Club and Amy Luckiewicz from the Wakefield Rotary Club. Former Rotarian Barbara Hofelich and Amy's mother Susan Luckiewicz also joined the team. They were joined by a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and Rotarians from California, Washington, Hawaii, and South Dakota.
With three operating tables in use, the team was able to complete 122 surgical procedures and over 300 dental procedures. All medical treatment was free of charge to patients and many traveled up to six hours to visit the hospital in the central part of Cebu City. The team was supported locally by Filipino volunteers from the Rotary Club of Cebu City Port Center. The team was also on hand to help the local Rotary Club celebrate it's 1,000th patient over 13 missions.

Clubs who gifted a financial contribution are encouraged to utilize their press release templates sent earlier last week.
For photos and videos of the medical mission, click here.

To the Rotarians and Clubs of District 7930 and beyond,
On behalf of myself and my family may I take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation to the Rotarians and Clubs of District 7930 and beyond  for your overwhelming support on the occasion of the death of my beloved wife Carol. Carol was a very special lady who helped so many people through the Church and several other organizations, to which she devoted many hours each week without any thought of recognition. In the receiving line at the wake there were several women who told me that she had saved their life. Still, none of these activities ever interfered with her being a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother; she was the center of our loving family. The outpouring of love and support by so many of you during our time of great sadness, with your visits, letters and cards, flowers, spiritual bouquets, and so on will never be forgotten. Each of you hold a special place in my heart. I consider Rotary and each one of you to be part of my extended family and my affiliation with Rotary, for over half a century, has enriched my life more than any other organization with the exception of The Church. Once more, thank you and God bless you all. 

Dave Drislane

The Rotary Club of Ipswich is writing a Global Grant (GG) application for a follow-on GG to one submitted by District 7780 (coastal Maine and New Hampshire) in 2014, which Ipswich contributed $1,000 to as a sponsoring club. The initial grant funded the training of two teachers from each of 50 low-income community schools to recognize common illnesses for treatment and to administer vitamins, de-worming pills, and material and information regarding clean drinking water.

The training was conducted in the N'gombe District in the city of Lusaka, the poorest slum in Zambia. It is home to 50 community schools where 45% of the children suffer from treatable diseases. Working alongside a non-profit organization called Healthy Kids/Brighter Future (HK/BF) founded by 2014 Bowdoin College graduate Lonnie Hackett, the GG has benefited over 10,000 of Zambia's most vulnerable children using school-based health screenings, vaccinations, and treatment for common diseases as well as education to improve sanitation and hygiene and referrals to the N'gombe Medical Clinic.

Lonnie will be spending a third year in Zambia to expand the project into another community in the N'gombe District using the experience of this healthcare model to create an improved system, especially in the area of sustainability. The Zambian government has also granted approval to include additional schools into the effected population, with the intent of government adoption of this healthcare model in their education system.
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Support the Foundation on Giving Tuesday, 1 December
Join the global online movement to celebrate the season with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Giving Tuesday, 1 December, uses the power of social media and the spirit of generosity to promote giving and philanthropy around the world. You can support the cause by going online on 1 December to make a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Then use social media to encourage your friends and family to do the same. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach our supporters and build on the momentum of Rotary Foundation Month. Last year, the Foundation raised more than $100,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, the...
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Give your Rotary flag or banner a new and professional look with our updated materials, available in the Brand Center. With eight options of colors and backgrounds to choose from, you can find the design that will best strengthen your club or district brand. The Brand Center also offers everything you need to create communications with the Rotary look and tone. You can download Rotary’s logo -- or create your own club or district logo. And you’ll find editable templates for brochures, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, fliers, and more. (Sign-in required.)
Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride
The fight to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual Miles to End Polio bike ride that took place 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $2.9 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to nearly $9 million. This is the fourth year in a row that Hewko has biked in the 104-mile (167 km) El Tour de Tucson ride, one of the country’s top cycling events. More than 100 Rotary members from Arizona and around the world hit the...