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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 AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Statement by Rotary International on the deadly school attack in Pakistan
Rotary International condemns the horrific attack that killed more than 130 schoolchildren and wounded over 100 of their classmates in Peshawar, Pakistan. We believe that children everywhere have the basic right to receive an education in an environment unthreatened by violence or fear. Rotary extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the families in Pakistan, including those of seven Rotary members, who have lost children as a result of this unfathomable tragedy. We stand with them in mourning their loss. Gary C.K. Huang, PresidentRotary International
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
Rotary staff members bond over Miles to End Polio bike ride
For six staff members from Rotary headquarters in Evanston, the fight to eradicate polio has become personal. Together, they biked the physically grueling 104-mile (167-kilometer) Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA, collectively raising more than $20,000 for polio eradication while putting their bodies and minds through a feat of endurance. For the tightknit group, the experience was about more than just raising money and crossing the finish line. It was about learning about each other and what Rotary members are doing to rid the world of this crippling disease. They advocated together, trained...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
 

What's Happening

YOUTH AND THE PLUNGE

Our Polar Plunge is about 8 weeks away and we've seen a great increase in youth who are going to be "freezin' for a reason"! Thus far the Interact Clubs of Hamilton-Wenham and Wakefield have signed up with several others pledging to plunge or serve as virtual plungers! The Gloucester Interact will also be represented as they are volunteering to serve hot beverages and snacks at the event on January 31st. We are still encouraging Interact, Youth Exchange, Rotoract and alumni to register at rotary.fundraise.com along with Rotarians, friends and family! Finally, youth under 18 will require a YOUTH WAIVER (attached)
 
Ramping Up the Fun
This year we are expecting a great vibe with the increase in youth participants. We are encouraging everyone to take a peek at some contests we have going on including fun costume contests! We'll also be encouraging all clubs to bring your banner to hang at the back of the Cape Ann Motor Inn as well as use our sponsored photo booth!
 
Notes to Consider
  • It's not too late to register at rotary.fundraise.com! 
  • The district is inching its way along with just over $13k in in donations to polio.
  • The Cape Ann Motor Inn is SOLD OUT of rooms. We encourage room sharing among clubs. 
  • There is no parking at the beach. Free shuttles are available from our free satellite parking lot.
  • Please plan to arrive by 10:30a, plunge time is 11:15a sharp.
  • Direct all questions to polarplunge7930@gmail.com.
  • Join our official Facebook event page HERE!
If you need the Youth Release Form or the Youth Contests Information please click on the links below:
Youth Release Form
Contest Form​
 

 

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.
 
 

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
 

 

MARBLEHEAD HARBOR's  "WHY ROTARY" VIDEO!

Check out this incredible video from the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor. Listen to Rotarians and those they impact share their thoughts about Rotary in a an extremely eloquent fashion with a professionally produced video. Congratulations to everyone involved with this production and to the entire Marblehead Harbor Club.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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