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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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Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water. Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in...
Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...
Rotary supports WHO director-general’s public health emergency for polio
In May, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of polio a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and issued a set of recommendations to all polio-impacted countries. On 31 July, the situation was reassessed and the Director-General has declared polio remains a public health emergency. Several factors played into this decision, including: Both Pakistan and Equatorial Guinea have exported the virus internationally since May. Polio thrives in areas compromised by conflict. The unfortunate reality is that there are...

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Adopt Some Ducks and Win Some Bucks

On September 6th , the Rotary Club of Haverhill will once again hold their annual fundraising event known as the Rubber Duck Regatta. 10,000 rubber ducks will plunge into the Merrimack River off the Comeau Bridge and spectators will cheer as the ducks race down the river towards the finish line. The proceeds that come from adoption of the rubber ducks will be donated to over 40 Merrimack Valley charities including the Haverhill Boys and Girls Club, Council on Aging, the Haverhill Historical Society, Haverhill Public Library, the Salvation Army, the YMCA, and others.

The person adopting  the duck that reaches the finish line first will win $10,000 donated by Rockingham Toyota Honda of Salem, NH. The second place winners will win a weekend getaway in the White Mountains. Those wishing to donate and earn a chance to win the grand prize should log on to


Support Global Grant Alum in Quest to Empower the Homeless

Liz Powers was the first Rotary Global Grant Scholar in Rotary District 7930. Liz is a social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work. As a Global Grant Scholar from 2011-2012 she founded an art show for homeless artists and earned a MSc from the University of Edinburgh. 

Liz's Global Grant Scholarship was revolutionary for her growth as a social entrepreneur. After 8 years of working with homeless individuals, she is continuing on her path to empower individuals who could use a helping hand. 

In December of 2013, Liz and her brother Spencer Powers founded ArtLifting, an art gallery that features the work of homeless and disabled artists. The artists receive the majority of the profit of each sale. This young company achieved early success. Liz and the ArtLifting team were selected as residents in the Harvard Innovation Lab. After competing against 1700 teams, ArtLifting was selected as one of the 128 finalists for MassChallenge, the largest startup accelerator in the world.

Donate to help Liz empower more homeless and disabled artists. 

For more information, contact:

Liz PowersCo-founder
ArtLifting |

Beverly Rotary Comedy Night to Benefit Veterans

Jimmy Tingle will be performing at the Manninen Center for Arts at Endicott College on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Regular ticket price is $25.00 per person. You can be assured that this performance will end with enough time to get home to watch the 8:30 pm Patriots game. There are also a limited number of reserved seats and an opportunity to "Mingle with Tingle" following the performance for $45.00. If you are interested in meeting Jimmy, please make sure that you order your tickets early and they are only available from the The Rotary Club of Beverly.
You can reseerve you tickets as follows:
Mail: The Rotary Club of Beverly, PO Box 201, Beverly, MA  01915 (Please write "Tingle" on the check)
For more information, please contact Lee Yaffa at 978-828-9100
This is a fundraiser for local veterans support group(s) hosted by the Rotary Club of Beverly.


Former District 7930 Rotarian CharteRs New Club

Sydelle Pittas has moved from New England and is now a full-time, year-round resident of Longboat Key, Florida (Sarasota County). In the short time there, she has founded the Rotary Club of Longboat Key.  Now at 26 members, they expect their Charter in the fall of 2014 from District 6960.  Sydelle is a past president of the Rotary Club of Winchester, MA and the winner of the Governor's Cup in 2003.  She and club members are pictured in the photo  painting a room their club adopted, as part of the  for restoration for the new home of Selah Freedom, where former sex trafficking victims will reside for rest and rehabilitation.

It is amazing, our past members are helping to grow Rotary beyond our district.



Keith Harris is Welcomed Home by His Rotary Family

He stepped into the ocean, the cold seawater lapping around his feet. “It feels good, actually!” he said, as his wife, Christina, and their cheering friends and family surrounded him.

Harris, 50, had biked across the country once before, going east to west at age 25. But this trip was something special.

The journey is the culmination of half a decade of preparation and half a year of training. Six years ago, Harris became seriously ill and nearly died. He suffered three strokes and required heart surgery before he was finally discharged from the hospital. But he still had a bucket list, and that meant crossing America once again at age 50.

“I wasn’t sure if this body could ever complete the trip,” Harris said, “but I kind of wanted to see if I could.”

Working hard at their Choice Graphics printing shop in Rowley, the Harrises saved for years for the equipment, purchasing bike parts one by one and finding special bags that attach beside the wheel, said Christina Harris.

In January, Keith Harris began training with Latitudes Sports Club’s Pam Houck. It was both a physical and nutritional regimen: Harris lost over 30 pounds and dropped his cholesterol below 110 as winter turned to spring.

“I was riding in 40- to 45-degree temperatures,” he said. “I wanted the training to be harder than the ride ... I figured, ‘If my body can’t do it now, I’ll never be able to do it. Let’s go for it.’”

But even with the stamina to cross the continental states, he would need a place to stay every night. That’s where Rotary International stepped in. Harris is a longtime member of the humanitarian organization, and his contacts there proved invaluable.

Want to read Keith's amazing posts during his journey, visit his Pedaling for a Purpose Facebook page here! 

Prepare for some inspirational stories from a once in a lifetime experience!



Saugus & Wakefield Clubs Friends Forever Fundraiser

On August 14th, the Saugus, Reading and Wakefield Rotary Clubs will be holding a joint meeting for a presentation by Friends Forever. Saugus, Reading and Wakefield sponsored the Friends Forever Program this summer, with a teen team from Israel.

The cost of the event is $15, and will be held at Prince Pizza on Route 1 in Saugus at 12:00 noon. If you are interested in attending, please contact me by e-mail ( by next Monday, and I will pass the number of reservations on to the Saugus Club for meal preparation purposes.

Friends Forever Mission Statement

Friends Forever is a 501c3 non profit organization with a mission to promote trust, empathy, and friendships among cultures in conflict. WE do this by recruiting and selecting highly motivated youth from these areas to participate in a year long program that begins with a two week "Life Raft" in select US Host Communities.​ Visit their website to learn more!


1st Vision Facilitation at the Rotary Club of Stoneham

On August 5 2014, the District 7930 Visioning Training Team held the first Club Visioning session with The Rotary Club of Stoneham with 14 great Rotarians, including President Amy Palmerino. I was very excited and motivated to see the Stoneham Rotarians engage, discuss and articulate where the Club is, where it wants to go and how they need to achieve maximum success.

The training team did an outstanding job in creating an environment that supported the Club members to really identify and target goals and to assist them in what will work best for the The Rotary Club of Stoneham!

Without a doubt, the Stoneham Rotarians will continue to make a difference in their community.

I would strongly suggest that every Club in our District take advantage of yet another resource in which our District has to offer to our Clubs – Club Visioning! If you are interested, please contact Peter Majane at

David Manzi, DGE



Looking for Speakers for Upcoming Meetings

Having a dynamic and inspiring speaker at your club's meeting can be a powerful way to retain and attract members. The task of finding quality speakers can be daunting! District 7930 has created a speaker bureau database to help clubs share and find speakers who have presented for clubs and been  well received. Please check it out by going to the District website and clicking on "Speaker Database" on the left side of the home page.  We have a list of specific names as well as a list of Rotary programs available to your club. This list is growing so be sure to check back in often!  Right now there are enough suggested programs to fill in most of the Rotary year! Click here to view the Speaker Database.

If your club has had a great speaker please send in their name and contact information to PDG Terri Kidder at  



North Andover Interact Medical Equipment Project

The North Andover Rotary Club sponsors their Interact students working at International Medical Equipment Collaborative in North Andover on each first Saturday of the month from 10am - 1pm.  They load pallets of re-purposed medical supplies and equipment for shipment to countries in need of medical suites as identified by various non-governmental organizations around the world.  

Every pallet is said to touch 2,000 lives. This is a service day where concrete proof trumps tragedy. Any and all Rotarians or Interact students are welcome to join. Contact President Chris Carroll at 978 729 4821.

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District Governor Peter Simonsen's Message for July 2014

Welcome to our new Rotary Year 2014 – 2015 our theme for this year is “Light up Rotary".  I would first like to look back and thank PDG John Hall, his leadership team and his first class Presidents for a great year. There was strong growth in membership and record breaking fundraising for the Polar Plunge. Throughout the district there is new energy and momentum in building stronger clubs. There is a strong base of dedicated Rotarians ready to help support and strengthen the clubs of our District 7930. The challenge for our District Leadership and “Best Class Presidents” is to maintain the positive momentum, and continue to build membership growth and the Rotary International Foundation support.

Rotary International President Gary CK Huang has selected “Light up Rotary” for our theme this year.  He has asked each of our clubs to highlight their activities in their communities. Please forward to your Assistant Governors activities we can highlight at the District level and International level. One activity we are exploring is having a Rotary Day at a Revolution soccer match in Foxboro. This would be centered as a family event and include two or three district from the area.

RI President Gary is committed to build membership in Rotary worldwide to 1,300,000.  Rotary International has had a three year plan 2012 – 2015 to build membership to that level.  The membership of Rotary at the beginning of the 2013-2014 year was approximately 1,215,000.  Last year District 7930 had net growth of 68 members, which was the best membership growth in over a decade. Over one half of our clubs had net growth. Three Rotary clubs in our District led the growth: Beverly 19, Lynnfield 9, Marblehead Harbor 9. This year we will continue to focus on membership retention and growth. The Board of Directors of Rotary International has authorized a “New Member Sponsor Recognition Program" where sponsors of new members will be recognized with colored disks to be worn with their Rotary Pin. Rotary is an organization that attracts like minded people who truly want to make a positive difference in their community and the world. We need to work towards making sure that every new and existing member of every club has an opportunity to make a difference. As we look for new members, I ask that you first consider diversity. We need to seek more diverse members and I believe we should have an overarching goal of having membership evenly split between women and men.

We will continue to focus our training to make the administration of our clubs easier. Last year we focused on how to use Club Runner and Club Central. The club reporting and administration to Rotary International has become more sophisticated.  We have taken on the job of better communication and breaking down the barriers to operate our clubs.

Our first District event is Monday October 21, 2014 Membership and Foundation Forum that will be held at the Sheraton in Lynnfield. Please keep check our web site for details and I ask that you register early.

Thank you for your support of Rotary International and I look forward to meeting each of you in the year ahead.

All the best to the best!

Peter E. Simonsen

District Governor


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What is Club Visioning?

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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