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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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Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts...
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...
Bryn Styles elected new Rotary Foundation trustee
The RI Board of Directors elected Bryn Styles to serve the remaining term of Rotary Foundation Trustee Monty Audenart, who passed away on 21 January. Styles, a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia in Ontario, Canada, will serve through 30 June 2017. His previous Rotary International positions include director, Council on Legislation representative, RI president's representative, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator. Audenart joined Rotary in 1987 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer East in Alberta, Canada. Before taking on the trustee role, Audenart served Rotary as...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet three times a month at a wine bar after work, share a social outing once a month, 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...
Enhance your leadership skills in the Rotary Learning Center
Professional development is right at your fingertips with the Rotary Learning Center, which offers members a range of interactive courses on navigating Rotary's online tools and developing leadership skills to prepare for new Rotary roles. Anyone with a My Rotary account can take a free course in the Learning Center. Among the many courses available are How to Run a Webinar, How to Propose Legislation, Rotary Club Central Resources, and role-specific selections. Get started by finding the Learning Center under the LEARNING & REFERENCE tab on Rotary.org. If you are already registered on...
 

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PROMOTE RYLA TO STUDENTS IN YOUR TOWN HIGH SCHOOLS

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

 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ALL

Today we celebrate the love we have, not only for our spouse or partner, but for our family, friends and even for all mankind. So, as we prepare for yet another snow storm, please remember to watch out and pray for those we love and serve, locally and around the world. Whether it be the children of the world that we are trying to save from Polio, or for anyone who we try to assist with a district or global grant, we work as a Rotary family to ease the burdens of the world through love, peace and fellowship.
 
Know that Doing Good in the World is a noble task and that we make a difference every day. But today and tomorrow, as mother nature drops another foot or more, help out those who need your assistance, whether shoveling or picking up some groceries at the store. Express your love in everything you do and share Rotary.
 

 
 

WORLD PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING DINNER

District 7930 had its annual World Peace and Understanding dinner on February 11, 2015 at the Sheraton Colonial Hotel in Wakefield.  With more than 200 people in attendance, it was quite the event!
 

International Youth Represent Their Countries

The evening started with a Parade of Flags presented by 6 of our Youth Exchange students. They come from France, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Hungary and Zanzibar. Each of the students gave a little information about themselves in their native language and then were good enough to translate what they had said.

 

 

Local Youth Sing and Sign into Our Hearts

Students from the Marblehead Community Charter Public School performed a song,
"Truly Brave", in sign language. What a wonderful skill to have!

 

 

 

 

 

 

An International Dinner and an Inspiring Keynote

The meal was certainly not your usual "Rotary Chicken". A dish representing each of the Youth Exchange's native country was served. We dined on beer glazed brats and saurkraut from Germany; black bean soup from Brazil;  frikadeller (meatballs) from Denmark; chicken paprikash with egg  noodles from Hungary and sweet potatoes futari (a very tasty sauce) from Zanzibar, and of course some wonderful french pastries for dessert!

The speaker for the night was Dr. Chi Huang. He gave a very thought provoking talk about his work with the street children of La  Paz, Bolivia. It was amazing to hear of the conditions that the children have to endure.  His work is truly awe inspiring!

In reading the "welcome" from the event committee, they hoped that people would leave the evening "with a gift that we hope will help to nourish your understanding of peace as it continues to deepen". In my opinion, that was more than accomplished. A special thanks goes out to Keith and Christina Harris and Sr. Leonore Coan for putting together a wonderful and memorable event.
 
To learn more about Kaya International Children visit their website or click on Read More.
 
Diane Simonsen
Hamilton-Wenham Rotary Club
 
 
 

ROTARY CLUB OF BURLINGTON ANNUAL FIGHT NIGHT

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 www.burlingtonrotary.org 
 
 
 

DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

 

 

REGISTER NOW FOR ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI)

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
 
 
 

PLUNGE RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 7TH

Donations reached the $77,500 as of this morning and the 2015 Polar Plunge has been rescheduled for March 7th. With all the snow and frigid temperatures, it seemed prudent to focus on the health and safety of all involved. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to continue to raise money for Polio and enhance our ability to reach the $125,000 goal before the big day. Use the weather conditions in your pleas for pledges and donations as it is likely to make your commitment to the 2015 Polar Plunge much more incredible.
 
Below you will find links to all of the participating teams involved with the plunge. Click on any of the links and you will be immediately whisked away to the Fundraise website where you can choose the plunger or plungers who you would like to donate to this year.
 
 
Click on Club Link Below and Find Your Plunger!
 
 
 
 
​Amesbury 2015 Polar Plunge
Andover 2015 Polar Plunge
Arlington 2015 Polar Plunge
Beverly 2015 Polar Plunge
Boston 2015 Polar Plunge
Boston Evening Downtown 2015 Polar Plunge
Boston Rotaract 2015 Polar Plunge
Burlington 2015 Polar Plunge
Burlington Breakfast 2015 Polar Plunge
Cambridge 2015 Polar Plunge
Chelsea 2015 Polar Plunge
Danvers 2015 Polar Plunge
East Boston-Revere 2015 Polar Plunge
E-Club of New England 2015 Polar Plunge
Everett 2015 Polar Plunge
Gloucester 2015 Polar Plunge
Greater Salem 2015 Polar Plunge
Hamilton-Wenham 2015 Polar Plunge
Haverhill 2015 Polar Plunge
Ipswich 2015 Polar Plunge
Lawrence 2015 Polar Plunge
Lexington 2015 Polar Plunge
Lynn 2015 Polar Plunge
Lynnfield 2015 Polar Plunge
Malden 2015 Polar Plunge
Manchester-Essex 2015 Polar Plunge
Marblehead 2015 Polar Plunge
Marblehead-Harbor 2015 Polar Plunge
Medford 2015 Polar Plunge
Melrose 2015 Polar Plunge
Methuen-Salem 2015 Polar Plunge
Newburyport 2015 Polar Plunge
North Andover 2015 Polar Plunge
North Reading 2015 Polar Plunge
Peabody 2015 Polar Plunge
Reading 2015 Polar Plunge
Rockport 2015 Polar Plunge
Salem 2015 Polar Plunge
Saugus 2015 Polar Plunge
Somerville 2015 Polar Plunge
Stoneham 2015 Polar Plunge
Swampscott 2015 Polar Plunge
Topsfield, Boxford and Middleton 2015 Polar Plunge
Wakefield 2015 Polar Plunge
West Roxbury 2015 Polar Plunge
Wilmington 2015 Polar Plunge
Winchester 2015 Polar Plunge
Winthrop 2015 Polar Plunge
Woburn 2015 Polar Plunge
or if you are not affliated with a club
 
Remember to check the district website and your incoming emails for additional updates. 
 
 

 

WORLD PEACE & UNDERSTANDING DINNER

The World Peace and Understanding Dinner is fast approaching. On February 11, 2015 Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors will unite with friends and family for an evening sure to be inspired by the presentations, including guest appearances from D7930 Youth Exchange students and the 4th grade students from the Marblehead Community Charter Public School.
 
Keynote appearance by Dr. Chi Huang, MD, author of “When Invisible Children Sing.”  Dr. Chi has been working since 1999 with  homeless street children in Bolivia. In  2007, the Reading Rotary Club  partnered with Dr. Chi  in a matching grant project. Many of your Foundation donations became part of that grant. In order to achieve peace and understanding, we must first fight poverty and ignorance. Join us for an inspirational evening. Hear what happens when one man decides it is time to make a difference.
 
Wednesday, February 11 6:00–9:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Colonial Hotel at 1 Audubon Road in Wakefield, MA. Cost is $55 per person.
 
 
 

 

NEW MARKETING MATERIALS ANNOUNCED

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.
 

 
 

2014-15 DISTRICT MANAGED GRANTS AWARDED

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 holden@noble.net. 
 
Please click on read more for the listing!
 
 

BOSTON ROTARY SEEKING SUPER HUMANS!

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 www.bostonrotary.org 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 gq0511@yahoo.com or Lilia Wood at lilia@ballroominboston.com.
 
For complete details of the event, and to stay updated as we release additional details, visit our website, www.bostonrotary.org, find us on Facebook or follow @bostonrotary7 on Twitter for more details.
 
 

 

DGE DAVID MANZI AT INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY

So what is the International Assembly all about? Well, it is a gathering of District Governors-elect from around the world. Our Governor for the 2015-2016 Rotary year, David Manzi, will spend a week in San Diego learning about his upcoming role in great detail while being inspired to lead all of the Rotarians in District 7930. 
 
RI President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran chose "Be a Gift to the World" as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. "Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
 
This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to continue to do good in the world, and maybe even take it up a notch or two. When DGE Dave returns, he will begin to share his vision with his presidents at the third and final Pre-Pets Meeting on February 5th. Then in March, Northeast PETS will occur, where the presidents will receive similar training to GETS but aimed at the information about leading a great Rotary club.
 
David has met incoming governors from around the world as well as Rotary International's President-elect, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, and the rest of the RI leadership. I am sure Dave will have many stories to tell us about this incredible experience. During his official visits to the clubs, Dave will not only update you on RI news but also inspire each of us to "Be a Gift to the World".
 

 
 

2015 SERVICE ABOVE SELF SCHOLARSHIP

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 rotary7930scholarships@yahoo.com or call 781.588.0257.
 
Download the SAS Application and the Press Release!
 

 
 

A CENTURY OF SERVICE, TWO WAYS OF GIVING

Did you know that 48% of every dollar raised for the Annual/Polio Funds at the Rotary Foundation in District 7930 comes back to District 7930 in the form of Grants for local projects? This is probably the most important aspect of Rotary that few Rotarians know about. When you are complaining that “all of the Foundation money raised goes abroad”, that in fact is not true.

There are two needs in the Foundation and two ways of giving. The first supports the needs of today, the Annual Programs Fund. This form of giving seeks unrestricted gifts to support the Rotary Foundation’s humanitarian, educational and cultural programs each year. Giving $1 per year makes you one of Every Rotarian Every Year. Giving $100 per year makes you a Foundation Sustaining Member. Giving $1,000 per year, or $2.73 per day/$19.11 per week, makes you a member of the Paul Harris Society. This Fund has been in existence since 1957.

The second is the Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is Rotary’s response to the growing numbers of worthy projects in the United States and around the World. The Endowment Fund is invested permanently to build long term stability for the Foundation’s future. This Fund can supplement the Annual Programs Fund in the years necessary, such as in 2002-03 when the Fund provided over $6 million for program support.

The Endowment Fund includes the Benefactors and Bequest Societies. Gifts to the Endowment Fund are typically made from capital assets and bequests to create a legacy. The Fund has been in existence since 1982 and is the key to the Foundation’s security and the Foundation’s role in the future. If you, like me, are a member of the Paul Harris Society and wish to address larger giving, or have any interest in the Endowment Fund and the opportunities to ensure the Foundation’s future, please contact either Liz Cullen, Foundation Fundraising Chair, Rotary Club of Newburyport at lizgcullen@yahoo.com or Bob Wood, Foundation Permanent Fund Chari at bobcwood@verizon.net.
 
 

 
 

DISTRICT MANAGED GRANT IN ACTION IN STONEHAM

The Rotary Club of Stoneham was excited to present the first in a series of oral health programs to Stoneham High School students on Tuesday, January 20.

Speaking to four of Mr. Pat Healey’s sophomore health classes, Rotarian Dr. Diane Bonanni stressed to the students the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health. Using videos and images on a PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Bonanni educated the students on the parts of the mouth, how to maintain a healthy mouth, and how to identify, prevent, and treat threats to mouth well-being.

“Dr. Bonanni has developed an informative, revealing, and age-appropriate presentation on proper dental care that engaged the students and got them thinking about how their mouth, teeth, tongue, gums, and oral cavity play a significant role in their overall health,” said Dennis O’Hara, Stoneham Rotary spokesman. “Students were surprised to learn that the mouth is the most bacteria ridden part of the body, and how important it is to constantly focus on oral hygiene and disease prevention.”
 
 
 
 
 

RYLA IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

Which new member of your club would benefit from experiency a "Rotary Moment" through a dynamic and exciting district program? Which long-standting member would be re-energized by helping guide a dynamic and exciting program in your community?
 
Imagine the great boost it will be your club and your community when the experience of a RYLA Weekend is experienced by anyone participating.
 
What is RYLA? The Rotary Youth Leadership Award is an opportunity for your club to nominate and send one or more high school sophmores or juniors to a weekend filled with fun and fellowship, problem solving opportunities, time to reflect on how to enhance relationships with others all leading to building the leaders of tomorrow.
 
If you would be interested in being involved, ask your club president if you could be one of two representatives to attend the RYLA kickoff on Saturday, Janurary 21, 2015, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. We will serve a complimentary lunch at the Wenham Museum at 132 Main Street in Wenham. Come and find out what your club has been missing!
 
If your club already supports RYLA, thank you. Please come and share the best practices, program changes and exciting new volunteer opportunities.
 
Please ask your president to forward your interest via email to ryla7930@yahoo.com and supply your contact information.
 
For more information about RYLA please visit the RYLA page here!
 
 
 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA AND FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES

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.
 
https://rotary.fundraise.com/amys-2015-polar-plunge-page
 
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 polarplunge7930@gmail.com!
 

 
 

D7930'S SAFE WATER PROJECT IN NORTHERN GHANA

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 joanne.cohn@comcast.net or David Gibbs at dgibbs@cambridgerotary.org.   
 

 
 

LOOKING FOR SPEAKERS?

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 terrikidder@yahoo.com
 

 
 

PLANTING THE SEEDS TO GROW ROTARY'S FAMILY

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.
 
 
 

GET YOUR STORIES PUBLISHED BY THE DISTRICT

Write up the story in a common text editor such as Microsoft Word and make sure you answer the following questions:
  • Who - Who attended, who helped, who is invited
  • What - What is the event, is it a service project, fund raising project or fellowship event
  • When - What was the date or when will the event occur, include starting and ending time as appropriate
  • Where - Where was or is the event, provide a map if possible or at least a very specific address so a link can be created to a map complete with directions
  • How - How do you register, include a digital form in word or pdf or an online registration option
  • Why - Most importantly, why was or is the event being held, this is why someone would want to participate, be as engaging as possible
Send photos or images as separate files from the actual event if it has occurred, or from a prior year, complete with captions describing who is in the photo (optional) and the story behind the picture.
 
Are you interested in more details? Click on "Read more . . 
 
 
 
 
 
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