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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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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...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...

What's Happening Around Our District



District 7930 is interested in reaching out to all printer and promotional products vendors who are Rotarians. We would like to invite you to consider becoming a preferred and approved vendor for the district. 
You are about to hear about a new Rotary initiative, "Rotary Means Business",  which has been designed to help foster business connections between Rotarians. In the spirit of the program, the district would like to begin by using members throughout the district when purchasing printing services and promotional products. Expect to hear more about this new initiative from DG Peter Simonson and DGE David Manzi as they communicate with their presidents over the next few months.
There will be a full application process available in the next few weeks, but there are several items that will be part of the initial offering. One of them is the District Directory. The specs will be available by the end of the week, but it is essential that you understand that this is a project that requires gathering data, typesetting and design, printing and bindery. The current plan is to have a nominal fee of $100 to be submitted with the application along with several sample pieces of Rotary branded work. One of the critical requirements will be that every printer or promotional product vendor will need to follow the current Rotary Branding Guidelines completely. For the pdf describing these guidelines, please click here!
Once we have received your application, a committee will review your work and will advise if you will be approved. Until then, we will add your name to our internal list of vendors and will forward Requests for Quotes as needs arise. Good luck!



District Assembly this year will be held just prior to the District Conference on May 1, 2015. It will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Danvers, MA, 50 Ferncroft Road.  Registration and Continental Breakfast open at 7:30 AM. Details are below!


FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015
7:30 am - 8:30 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
   Main Ballroom Foyer
8:35 am - 8:45 am - Opening Plenary
Welcome - Dave Manzi
Pledge of Allegiance - Sheryl Meehan
Review of Program - Dave Manzi
8:50 am - 9:35 am - Breakout Sessions # 1
Annual Business Meeting - All PE's, AG's, PDG's, District Secretary, District Treasurer
Club Central for Secretaries - "How to enter data, reporting, new Club invoice"
Club Treasurer 101 - "Where does your money go?"
Public Image - Social Media - "Check-in, #assembly7930, Like"
9:40 am - 10:25 am - Breakout Sessions # 2
Network and "Exchange Ideas" with Coffee and Tea - PE's and AG's
"Hey, ever hear of Rotary"   Treat you to lunch?" - How to Make the Ask!
10:30 am - 11:20 am - Breakout Sessions # 3
HHI - Recap of April 1 Forum and Where do we go next?
Foundation - Did you know YOUR Foundation does.....?? & Polio's End Game
Public Image - The New Face of D7930 and Rotary Days
Club Boards and Calendar Planning - "This is FUN! Be prepared, Be Confident and Be Done!"
11:20 am - 12:00 Noon - Fellowship
12::00 Noon - Assembly and Conference Luncheon
Replace your weekly Club meeting with this luncheon!


May 1 to 3, 2015
Hilton Doubletree, Danvers
Breakout Highlights:

Breakout Session # 1:
  • Growing with Rotary  - District 7930 welcomes the Rotary Alumni Association of New England. The program involves Rotarians, Alumni, Rotaractors and Ambassadorial Scholars. Explore the value of Rotary’s Educational Programs for our young people, to our Clubs. Panel discussion.
  • Friends, Fellowship and Fun - What makes your Club special? Share the activities, traditions and atmosphere that give your club its unique culture. Round table discussion.
Breakout Session # 2:
  • Rotary Means Business – Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them. Discussion session.
  • Rotary Clubs: Doing Good in the World – What is your Club doing in your community and in the community of the World. Speed dating format.
  • Rotary Jeopardy Game – How much do YOU know about Rotary. Plenary format.
Saturday Session 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • An expo of youth and Rotary programs! Highlighting Camp Rotary and a Rotary Club Service project for a new library in Kenya.
  • Outside the ballroom will be a ongoing interactive exhibits including Youth Exchange students presenting traditional dance, weaving and other activities  and RYLA students leading Rotarians through RYLA leadership and bonding activities. We plan to have a couple of InterAct clubs doing interactive service and fundraising projects with the help of Rotarians.  Lunch will follow

Sunday Interfaith & Memorial Service with brunch & keynote address
Read more for evening programs and pricing!


It is always an inspirational time for Rotarians to meet at the annual President Elect Training Seminar (PETS). This year president-elects, and assistant governors from eight Districts from all six New England States and parts of Canada embarked to Framingham, MA for three days of training, inspiration and fellowship. We were fortunate to hear from Rotary International President-Elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran on his 2015-16 Theme "Be a Gift to the World", RI Trustee Mike McGovern and District 7930's own RI Director, Julia Phelps! Each gave powerful speeches that motivated and inspired all of us. Our PE's also heard from many other great speakers and had top-notch training sessions. Many of which were facilitated by D7930 Rotarians. Our Leaders were chosen to help facilitate and train over 500 Rotarians!

I was incredibly proud to hear back from many PE's and AG's about their experience and wanted to share with you what my friend, PE Mike Burns from The Wilmington Rotary Club had to say about his experiences:
"Just a quick note regarding this weekend's PETS conference.  I found it to be an  extremely positive educational experience.  The information which I received during both the organized meetings and involvement with other incoming presidents from other states provided me with a lot of new ideas for the upcoming year...given me a much better understanding as to many aspects of Rotary International which I didn't know. Overall I found it to be a terrific and valuable session to which I will strongly recommend to others in the future."


The Rotary Club of Stoneham is pleased to announce that the charter has been sent to Rotary International establishing an Interact Club at Stoneham High School. There are 34 charter members and the club has already met three times, elected their leadership team, two additional board members and five committee chairs. At the most recent meeting they discussed their thoughts about their first service project that they hope to plan and complete before the end of this school year. In line with DGE David Manzi's new Homelessness and Hunger Initiative, they are considering collecting food or organizing an End Hunger New England program. Either way, they are very excited to deliver service locally and begin to plan their inaugural celebration.
This has been a multi-year effort led by the club and it just goes to show that perseverance does pay off and often multiplies.



District 7930 is looking for Rotarians who want to help the district leadership continue to provide support to the clubs we serve. Whether you have specific skills in one of the areas, or a passion to learn new skill sets, we need you to build the best team we can and help Rotary Do Good in the World!
We have openings for many great teams and committees!  If you have interest in learning more, please let contact DGE David Manzi by March 27, 2015.
Youth Services Committee - Jim Babbin, Chair
  •  Interact coordinators.  We are looking for three Rotarians who are interested in advising the 30+ high-energy, enthusiastic and self governed Interacts Clubs in D7930. A list of the Interact Clubs will be provided.   
  • Rotaract Coordinator.  Oversee the Rotaract Clubs in D7930.  Again, a list of Rotaract Clubs will be provided.  Coordinator will work with District Alumni Chair and District Rotaract Representative.
Public Image Committee - Amy Luckiewicz, Chair
  • Public & Media Relations
  • Social Media
  • Events
  • Training & Facilitating
Communications & Technology Committee, David Gardner, Chair
  • ClubRunner Technical Support for Clubs
  • ClubCentral Technical Support for Clubs
  • Content Creators
  • Story Editors for District Website
  • Graphic Designers
  • Trainers and Facilitators for District Training
There are also  Membership, Foundation and  District Alumni committees that maybe of interest to you or someone you know? Email David Manzi.



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!



The Marblehead Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Charles Milner into its group. Milner was inducted into the club on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at its weekly meeting held at the it winter hide-away, The Landing Restaurant. Rotarian and Sargent-at-Arms Tom McNulty and Marblehead Rotary Club President Tanya DeGenova presided over the induction ceremony.
Charles Milner was raised on Long Island, New York. He graduated from the University of Virginia and earned an MBA at Cornell University. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served one year in Vietnam as a company commander. His professional career was entirely at various units of Citigroup, including Citibank and Travelers. He retired from Citigroup in 2005 as senior vice president and head of the real estate investment group. He currently is a director of a private real estate investment trust.
Photo Legend from left to right: Tom McNulty, Charles Milner and Tanya DeGenova.


Rotary District’s Fifth Annual Polar Plunge to eradicate Polio has been postponed again this time until April 11th and it will still be at Long Beach. The District Polar Plunge Committee noted, “ This winter has truly tested all of us. We are hopeful that the logistical challenges of the past will clear up by April 11th and we will plunge in Gloucester." The plunge will occur at Long Beach in Gloucester as originally planned and the district is approaching the $90k mark! Please continue to pledge and enter offline donations. Please visit the website, watch out for emails, or monitor Polar Plunge Facebook event to keep abreast of all details plunge related.  For a quick list of the clubs that you can donate to click here and choose from the listing of clubs participating.


RYLA 2015 is well under way!!

​RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) will take place at Camp Rotary, Boxford, MA on Friday May 29 through Sunday May 31, 2015.  Eighty RYLA students will make up eight families and experience everything from ropes courses to group challenges. Ask any graduating RYLArian, it is a life-changing weekend!
This year, both High School Juniors and Sophomores are invited.  Each Rotary Club in our district is allowed to send up to 5 students at $150 each. Applications (now downloadable from this site) and payments made out to “Rotary District 7930” should to be sent to Tracy Arabian, 33 Maplewood Ave #206, Gloucester, MA 01930.  Check out the RYLA video (from this website) to see RYLA in action!
See your club’s RYLA representative for more information or contact Jim Babbin, Youth Services Chair at



The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) video is now availabe for promoting this incredible youth development program.



The Gloucester Rotary Club invites the public to attend their FUNdraising event – “A Night at the Races” on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.

A Night at the Races promises to be a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack. High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers. During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles. At various points during the evening, betters will be able to use their winnings to bid on merchandise and services that have been donated for the event. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at Carroll K. Steele Insurance Agency, BankGloucester, The Weathervane or by contacting any Gloucester Rotarian.

The Gloucester Rotary Club was established in 1923, and has more than 60 members who are leaders in the community. Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self” is the basis of all their good work. With funds raised through events, the club has been a significant supporter of local community organizations and causes.
If you would like a copy of the flyer, please click here!






The Rotary Club of Burlington is once again turning to old friends and supporters, as well as to new friends, to help us raise money to support some great charitable events that the Club sponsors all year round.
You can purchase individual tickets or tables of ten for our annual Fight Night. The event will take place on Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Billerica Lodge of Elks. Doors open at 6:00 pm.
  • Ten three round amateur boxing matches
  • Five course dinner served family style
  • Door Prizes and Polo Shirt!
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • All this for only $80.00 per person
For tickets or information call: 978-270-5161 or check our web site 


RLI 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!
Upcoming Programs
Wells, ME (7780)
York Community College
February 28, 2015 - 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Lincoln, RI (790/7930/7910)
Amica Mutual Insurance Company
March 21, 2015 - 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Lebanon, NH (7850)
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
April 11, 2015 -7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Peabody, MA (7930/7910/7950)
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Boston - Peabody
May 9, 2015 - 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM


In an effort to assist clubs in recruiting new members, the membership initiative postcard project will be offered once again this year. The scope of businesses has been expanded to include not only the home based businesses from last year, but also traditional bricks and mortar business and even online businesses. If you have other names that you would like to add to your campaign, you will be able to furnish that list as well. Consider including past speakers, community members who might not normally be included in the lists reference above. Remember the goal is to find service minded individuals who would be great partners in our mission to do good in the world. This year the program will provide several options to include a standard design, or for a small additional fee, a custom design that best represents your club and how you want to message your invitation to the recipient. The district will once again subsidize a portion of the cost for participating clubs. Keep an eye out for more details.
Pictured at right is the newest membership flyer that the district has created to assist clubs with providing content for potential members. This will be available as a pdf for you to use, in a printed version as is or customized to your club's specifications. The standard flyer focuses on the external theme: "Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action". This tagline should be used on all externally facing media, including your website, signs and banners and in promotional material focused on the public. The QR code that is included will bring the prospective member to the district club listing page where they can click on any club link to go to their website or retrieve contact information. By expanding the possible clubs that someone can join, we can attract a Rotarian and add to our ranks. If you would prefer to have the QR code and any other content be more specific to your club, you can either modify the files that are available or we can do that for you. Keep an eye out for details about this program.



This past year, District 7930 awarded 14 district managed grants to 14 clubs totaling $35,054. Two of these grants were international and the remaining were all local grants. The ability for clubs to receive grants for projects that they create and implement is a clear demonstration of how the donations that are made to The Rotary Foundation provide funding for service projects three years later.
It is essential that all projects meet one of the Six Areas of Focus:
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
Congratulations to the clubs who applied and received grants and good luck in successfully completing your projects. For clubs who have not applied for a grant recently, consider the following list for ideas or contact Martha Holden at 
Please click on read more for the listing!


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!



Utilizing social media is a proven strategy to increase awareness of polio and your fundraising efforts. Did you know it's easy to share your personal plunge page on your Facebook or Twitter? Simply open up your personal page, copy the web address below and substitute your name.
Then post it as a STATUS or TWEET! If you're not plunging but would like to support your club's representative, simply follow the same instructions but for your favorite plunger! Either way, it's always a good idea to share or post WITH COMMENTS and a call to action like, "Please consider our Polar Plunge for Polio when making your year-end contributions."
Another fun way to promote your page is with pictures. Use pictures from past plunges, polar bear photos, or pose some new ones and keep it interesting. Included in the photo should be a link to your personal page. Photos drive comments and sharability! Click here to see all the graphics available.
The best thing you can do, however, is post it to Facebook, then SHARE to an individual with a comment asking for a donation. This method of sharing WITH COMMENT is what drives a post to go viral and show up closer to the top of a page. Check out the LINK for more suggestions on how to maximize Facebook to increase awareness and donations. Want more ideas, click on 10 Tips for Facebook and start your campaign now!
If you have more questions on how to use Facebook for promoting your page, email the team at!



Please Join a 7930 Global Grant Effort to Provide Safe Drinking Water in Northern Ghana.
Imagine that you just woke up and are dying for a cup of coffee. Or imagine that your 4 yr. old with diarrhea wants a drink of water. If you lived in Northern Ghana, you don’t have any running water so you may have to walk 2 mi. to the closest dugout for water. (A dugout is not a pond or a lake. It is a depression where ground water collects when it rains.) The dugout is shared with everyone in your village and all the animals. Now you have water, but it is not safe to drink.  You have no other option.

The Cambridge Rotary Club and the Tamale Rotary Club in Tamale, Ghana want to give 2750 households in Northern Ghana the option of drinking safe water. These two Rotary Clubs are applying for a Global Grant that will provide 1250 household water filters, dig wells in 3 villages and sponsor a safe water safe program in the target village schools. Pure Home Water, an NGO in Tamale, Ghana founded by an internationally known water expert at MIT will manufacture, distribute and monitor the water filters. This Global Grant will build on Global Grant 25252 that provided 1430 ceramic water filters in Northern Ghana with the help of the Malden RC, the Cambridge RC, the Melrose RC, the Everett RC, the N. Reading RC, the Dunwoody GA RC and the Sunyani Central RC in Ghana.

The preliminary budget for the grant is $78,250 with a projected start date of March 1, 2015. The Cambridge Rotary Club has to raise $42,875 to achieve the project goals. So far, they have raised $16,300. They would like this Global Grant to be a multi-club effort as in the past. Every Rotary Club that supports the grant will receive Paul Harris recognition for their donation. If your club would like more information on this project, please contact Joanne Cohn at or David Gibbs at   



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



December is Family Month for Rotary International.  Our family is made up of the people in our lives who have a common background and to whom we feel connected in some way.  December is a time when we look at the people in our lives, appreciate the love that we have, and often express that love in the act of giving. It’s a time when we can acknowledge how far reaching our family really is.

When I think of families, I also think of cycles of life and the roots of a tree that spread out and connect us.  Considering our Rotary family in this way, there is no limit to how far our family can reach. The expression “think globally, act locally” can take on a richer meaning, allowing our local acts to have a global impact.  The reach of Rotary’s family and its ties to different generations became even more apparent to the Rotary Club of Medford this year.  We had the experience of witnessing the growth of our family and the strengthening of our global connections.

Some of the seeds of this growth were planted several years ago. In the late 1990s, Judy Lonergan, a member of the Everett Rotary and Medford’s Thursday Fortnightly club heard about a man from Canada working in Medford. His family came to visit him for Christmas; and there was a fire in which one of his family members died. Wanting to do something to help this family and others, Lonergan proposed creating a charitable fund to benefit people in the community. “I saw the tree festival in Methuen and thought, ‘We can do that with house tours,’” said Lonergan. That thought sparked the creation of Medford’s Jingle Bell Festival, which first took place in 1999. As a result, the Jingle Bell Festival has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars benefiting Community Family’s Buddy Coholan Memory Loss Center as well as other charities in the Medford community.
Pictured at left:
Jingle Bell Committee member (and wife of Medford Rotarian Pat Theberge) Elaine Roccia Theberge, Medford Rotarian Jen Sanders and Jingle Bell Chair & Everett Rotarian Judy
Lonergan at the 2014 Jingle Bell Walk/Run.


Write up the story in a common text editor such as Microsoft Word and make sure you answer the following questions:
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