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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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Rotary Peace Centers shape hundreds of careers in peace and conflict resolution
With bloody conflicts raging in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and parts of Central Africa, the message of nonviolence and reconciliation that nations worldwide will observe on 21 September demands more urgent and collective attention. In 2001 the United Nations designated the September date as an annual International Day of World Peace "to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence" according to a General Assembly resolution. The day's devotion to peace connects closely with what Rotary members have been fostering since The Rotary Foundation's mission to advance world...
Illness leads former Navy code breaker to form world’s first Facebook-based Rotary club
When a life-threatening illness stripped away many of her professional ambitions, Amanda Wirtz, a former U.S. Navy code breaker and professional violinist, turned to humanitarian service and Facebook to give her life new purpose. Wirtz was in her twenties and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer when a sharp pain in her abdomen sent her to the emergency room. Expecting something manageable like appendicitis, she instead found herself facing a rare tumor disorder that required her to undergo 30 surgeries over the next several years. Forced to rethink her life plans, Wirtz began focusing on...
Tips to help your club find and nurture a Youth Exchange host family
With 12 children -- six girls and six boys -- the Labordes hardly needed to add another member to their family. But they did: Over 40 years ago, Julia Mullikin, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the United States, became like another daughter to this large family in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. "She's been a blessing for us," says Maria Victoria Hallal de Laborde who was 18 when Mullikin arrived in 1973. Like many exchange students, Mullikin remains close to her host family. So close that when one of Laborde's sisters was diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease, Mullikin arranged to send the...
Free vegetable gardens sprouting up around France
Imagine a community where the residents are all free to plant, grow, harvest, and eat healthy food whenever they want without having to pay for it. Sound too good to be true? That's exactly what residents of more than 20 cities and towns in France are doing through a project called Potalib. Launched by the Rotaract Club of Versailles, Potalib was inspired by the Incredible Edible project, an international food-sharing movement founded by Nick Green in England. The Rotaract members obtained Green's permission to apply the concept in France, changing the name to "Potalib," a contraction of "...
Anti-vaccine movement may have global repercussions
Supporters of the anti-vaccine movement question the safety, efficacy and necessity of the very medicines that have so greatly reduced our children's risk of catching a host of once-common but potentially very serious infectious diseases, such as mumps, measles and whooping cough. And then there's polio, the disabling, sometimes fatal virus that was every American parent's worst nightmare until effective vaccines were developed in the 1950s — and which still infects children in the developing world. Some who oppose vaccines are well-meaning parents who have come to believe — wrongly in the...

What's Happening

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.




An amazing meeting occurred Friday the 12th  as Amy Palmerino and Paul Gleason visited the Burlington Club as guest speakers. Amy (left in picture) and Paul are respectively Presidents of the Stoneham and Winchester Clubs and were greeted by the Burlington Club President Sarah Boulos (center in picture).

Amy and Paul spoke of exciting developments and events in Stoneham and Winchester and Rotary moments and that they enjoyed their visit to Burlington.

Sarah presented books to Amy and Paul who signed book plates. The Burlington Club donates books to the Burlington Public Schools.  



Multi District RYE Orientation at Camp Rotary

District 7930 Youth Exchange Committee hosted Districts 7910, 7950, 7850 and 7870 for a multi-district Inbound Student Orientation at Camp Rotary.  The 26 Inbound Students represent 17 different countries.  Although it was extremely hot and we had a rockin’ storm Saturday evening, all of the students enjoyed each other and were able to share their concerns, worries and accomplishments since arriving to the US a few short weeks ago.  We look forward to seeing other again during the course of the year.

District 7930 welcomes Inbound Youth Exchange Students for 2014-2015:  (right to left)  Svenja from Germany, Severine from France, Barbara from Hungary, Rayyan from Zanzibar, Pedro from Brazil and Simon from Denmark.
For more information about the Rotary Youth Exchange program, please contact Betsy Manzelli by clicking here!



Comedy returns in grand style to the Wyndham Hotel Andover for the Rotary Club of Andover's Annual Comedy Night on October 17, 2014. Once again comic/MC Dave Rattigan brings a cavalcade of comedians with TV, radio, comedy club and casino credentials. The evening is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Andover.

“We love bringing this event to the community,” said Rotary Club president Megan Donovan. “We have worked with Dave Rattigan for several years now and each show gets better and better.

Money raised from the event are used in the good works Rotary does locally, nationally and internationally.

“Rotary is helps support local charities like Lazarus House and the needs of our schools. But we also are helping to eradicate Polio and provide clean drinking water at an international level,” said Donovan.

The annual October event brings seasoned Boston area comics to the Wyndham Hotel. In addition to Rattigan, the evening features three comedians.


Deadline Extended for District Grant Submission

Will your club implement a new humanitarian project either locally or internationally this Rotary year? If so, please take note that the deadline for submitting a District 7930 Grant application has been extended from August 31, to September 26, 2014. As always first come/first served for qualified applicants who submit applications for projects that meet all guidelines. Please review guidelines below to determine whether your club has a project that is eligible for District funding support.

Is my club eligible?

Rotary clubs from District 7930 who have successfully filed their signed Memorandum of

Understanding (MOU) with the District Foundation Chairman may apply. The clubs must be in

good standing with Rotary International.

How do I link to the DMG application?

Please click on 2014 DMG Application and all applications must be submitted electronically, preferably via the Fillable PDF form.



Planning has begun on the 2015 Polar Plunge

The 2015 Polar Plunge Committee met on Wednesday, September 10th to begin planning and has some exciting new ideas for this years event. Watch the first video in a series planned for the next 5 months to get you involved and committed to the best Plunge ever. More details to come soon!




Marblehead High senior shares Prague Experience

On Thursday, Sept. 4, Rachel, a Marblehead High School senior who spent last year as an outbound Rotary International Eastern States Student Exchange Program student in Prague, shared her experience abroad and how it changed her life. She said that she immediately embraced Prague but never forgot where she came from.

This year, her family is now hosting Pedro, an inbound Rotary Exchange Student from Brazil.

Rotary International's Eastern States Student Exchange Program, ESSEX for short, organizes all Rotary high school student youth exchanges for 31 Rotary International districts, which span 16 states in the eastern United States, Bermuda and some parts of eastern Canada. Exchange students study in a foreign school, experience a foreign culture, live with one or more host families, learn a new language and enjoy the opportunity to travel.

For the past several years, the Marblehead Rotary Club, under the leadership of its high school students youth exchange officer Alexander Falk, has enjoyed a vibrant Youth Exchange Program in both short-term and one-year-long student exchanges, both inbound and outbound.

For additional information regarding opportunities to send your teen abroad through one of the Rotary Student Youth Exchange programs or if you would like to host a foreign student in Marblehead, contact Falk at

The Marblehead Rotary Club meets on Thursday’s at 12:15p.m. for lunch at the Boston Yacht Club, 1 Front St., Marblehead. For more information about the club or to join, contact the club’s secretary, Julie Livingston, at




RI President Gary C.K. Huang is urging all Rotary members to Light Up Rotary by organizing a Rotary Day in 2014-15. The concept is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community to introduce the public to your club and Rotary. You’ll not only improve Rotary’s image in your community, you’ll also boost interest in joining your club.


Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event -- even entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day. Here are some ideas for your Rotary Day:

  • An outdoor picnic or barbecue
  • A sporting event or concert
  • An event associated with a public parade or festival
  • An event at a museum, art gallery, or cultural center
  • A reception or buffet dinner

Find more tips for planning a Rotary Day visit Rotary Days!



The Wakefield, Saugus and Reading Clubs to Support Friends Forever

The Rotary Clubs of Wakefield, Saugus, and Reading teamed up again this year to sponsor a team of teens from Israel and Palestine through the Friends Forever, USA organization. Started by a Danvers Rotarian Robert Raiche, Friends Forever seeks to build long-lasting peace in war-torn countries by providing young people with personal experiences in peace. Based on the life-raft model, 5 Muslim teens and 5 Jewish teens visit the US and complete a service-based program. Their goal: to get to know each other, their differences and common interests, with the aim of gaining a life-long connection. When the teens return home, they will be challenged to keep their lessons learned here, alive in their home communities.

Photo: Saugus President Doug Currier and Wakefield President Bob Mailhoit pose with Israeli teens from Friends Forever


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 |

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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