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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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Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980. Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state. The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S....
President Burton reflects on his call to ‘Engage Rotary, Change Lives’
Ron Burton has made the world his office. Over the past year, the Rotary International president has traveled more than half-a-million miles across 50 countries, to inspire and motivate Rotary's 1.2 million members. Although many encouraged him to use cheaper, virtual alternatives, he believes it takes face-to-face engagement. "I was the first president to have a Google Hangout and have done Facebook chats," Burton says, reflecting on his term, which ends at midnight 30 June. "But I asked Rotarians this year to Engage Rotary, Change Lives, so I needed to live that as well, by sitting at...
 

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PEDALING FOR A PURPOSE - OLYMPIC PENINSULA TO PLUM ISLAND

On June 15th District 7930 and Ipswich Rotarian Keith Harris dipped the rear wheel of his bicycle into the Pacific Ocean to begin an epic solo ride from the Pacific to the Atlantic, a distance of over 4,400 miles. Keith began his journey on the Olympic Peninsula, near Seattle, Washington, and will end at the beach on Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts on or about August 9th. As he nears the halfway point of his journey, he already has crossed the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Idaho, and the Rocky Mountains in Montana and Wyoming. After recently crossing the Badlands of South Dakota, he entered Iowa on July 20th.
 
Along the way, Keith has posted a public journal on his Facebook page. From his journal, we can feel the life changing effects this trip is having on Keith. The stories run the full gamut, from dramatic to heart-warming.  For example, the story of his ride down the 10,900 foot high Beartooth Highway in Montana is a white knuckle thriller. After rising 3,000 feet from Yellowstone Park, the beautiful but treacherous road descends a heart pounding 4,500 feet in the next 30 miles. Even more impressive are the many stories of unexpected kindness and generosity from a host of strangers Keith has met along the way. Some of these people, especially the Native Americans, have little to give but freely share what they have.  At its core, this is what this trip is about, improving lives any way we can.
 
To read more of Keith’s online journal, and to follow his progress during the second half, go to www.pedalingforapurose.com or log on to Keith’s Facebook page, “Pedaling for a Purpose”.  It’s an amazing saga, and it may change your life. If you take the time to read several entries, you may get hooked and read for more than an hour or so. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the ride! You can help make Keith’s ride even more meaningful by donating to The Rotary Foundation. To do so, just click the link to his website. If you are a Rotarian, please be sure you note that so that your contribution will receive credit in your personal account.
 
 

 

BOSTON ROTARACT EXTRAVAGANZA
We have a lot to be Thankful For!

Come celebrate an amazing year and decade of our club. Tickets are on sale online at here, or RSVP to Christa at president@bostonrotaract.org.  Looking forward to seeing you Friday, August 1st!
Dinner – Open Bar – Keynote Speaker
Fisher College - Alumni Hall
116 Beacon Street in Boston, MA 02116
Friday, August 1st at 6:30 pm

 
 

2014-15 DISTRICT DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE

The 2014-15 District Directories have been printed and distributed to the Assistant Governors who will in turn provide each club 10 copies.
 
There are some new features in the directory which you might find interesting and useful:
  • The book has been converted to a perfect-bound book which allows is to lay flat when closed and is now a cream color to differentiate from prior years. In addition, the text Rotary International District 7930 Directory is printed on the spine.
  • On the inside front cover there is a fold out leaf with QR Codes for each of the major website pages for the district. If you do not have a QR Reader on your phone or tablet, you can add one by visiting your online store and download any one of several free readers. By scanning the specific QR Code, you will be brought directly to the website page where you can access the information contained on the page. You might want to check out the NEW Speaker Database for suggestions for future meeting presentations or the District Facebook page to see what is happening real time around the district,
  • When you fold out the cover, you will find the district map along with a listing by day of when the clubs meet and their web address. Optionally you can scan that QR Code to be brought to the complete club directory which will provide live links to each clubs website, an email link to the current president and the ability to link to a map of their meeting location.
  • In addition to the full calendar on pages 20 and 21, you will find a condensed calendar on the leaf on inside back cover.
  • When you fold out the back cover, you will find the 2014-15 District Leadership Team complete with phone and email addresses.
Both the front sleeve and the back sleeve can actually be used as bookmarks to provide quick referencing of pages you use most.
 
If you happen to find any errors, omissions or updates that you would like to report, please send them directly to David Gardner at djg@boydsdirect.com at your earliest convenience. It is also important for you to update your personal or club records in ClubRunner as soon as possible. That way, when members search for information on ClubRunner it will be current as well.
 
The most recent, updated version of the directory will be available online, but only if you log in as we are striving to protect the information that is contained in the book from anyone not a member of a club in our district. If you need help signing in, please click here for a video to help in retrieving you login information.
 
Hope you enjoy your Rotary year and continue to make a difference in your commuity and around the world!
 

 

Gloucester Rotary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast

 
 
 

 

Howard Frisch Honored by Gloucester Rotary

The Gloucester Rotary celebrated its 92nd birthday at a special meeting held at the YMCA’s Camp Spindrift on June 17. As part of the celebration, the club honored long time member Howard Frisch for his commitment to Rotary and the community of Gloucester.  Specifically, Howard chaired the club’s annual Pancake Breakfast for 25 years, along with co-Chair Charlie Foster. The club presented Howard with a Paul Harris award as a special thank you for his many years of “Service Above Self.”
 
For more information about the Gloucester Club’s activities, please visit our new website at www.gloucesterrotary.us
 

 

Gloucester Rotary’s Annual Comedy Show

Tickets are now available to the annual Gloucester Rotary Comedy Night, featuring Jim Lauletta, Stephen Bjork, Abhishek Shah, and Boston’s Dave Rattigan on Thursday, August 28, at Cruiseport Gloucester. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. This event always sells out!!
 
Don’t miss this evening of fun and laughter! Tickets are $25 each, and are available from any Gloucester Rotarian or at Carroll K. Steele Insurance, 32 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA.For more information, contact Ruth Pino (ruth@ruthpino.com).
 
For more information about the Gloucester Club’s activities, please visit our new website at www.gloucesterrotary.us
 

 
How to get your stories published in district communications
 
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.
 
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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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