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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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Alumni award winners turn heads with unique accomplishments
Maya Ajmera founded the Global Fund for Children in 1993 to provide seed money to community-based organizations that help at-risk children across the world. Since then, GFC has awarded more than $32 million in grants to over 600 organizations in 80 countries, improving the lives of millions of children – from educating AIDS orphans in Uganda to conducting so-called curbside classrooms for waste pickers in Cambodia. "Education is the key to getting human beings out of poverty," says Ajmera, whose studies at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai were sponsored by the Rotary Club of China Lake in...
Paralympian Dennis Ogbe defying paralysis
Dennis Ogbe grips the discus in his right hand. He swings his arm and twists at the waist as far to the right as he can. With one move he snaps back, letting the saucer fly. Upper-body strength is important for any discus thrower, but for Ogbe, a Paralympian, it’s everything. At age three, Ogbe contracted malaria, and while receiving treatment at a clinic near his home in rural Nigeria, he became infected with the poliovirus. Paralyzed from the waist down, he was sent home in the arms of his mother. He credits his physical rehabilitation to a harsh form of therapy – the taunts of the other...
Moving doctor’s office rescues women from breast cancer
In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. Drs. K. Govindaraj and K.N. Srinivasan knew that much of the death and suffering could be avoided, and both were motivated by their personal experiences with the disease. Govindaraj watched his mother die of breast cancer a decade earlier, and helped found the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation in her memory.  Srinivasan, an oncologist, witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of younger patients coming to...
Writer and war widow Artis Henderson finds peace through Rotary
In the first month of my stay in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Scholar, a friend gave me a piece of helpful advice. “Buy a wedding ring,” she said. I had already learned that as a young American woman in a Muslim country, I attracted a certain kind of attention. But a ring? My friend nodded. “That way everyone will leave you alone.” With my thumb I felt for the empty space on my left ring finger -- a place that, even now, I sometimes touch and worry where my ring has gone. I removed my wedding band on the one-year anniversary of my marriage, eight months after my husband, Miles, was killed in...
Peace fellow Ali Reza Eshraghi on today’s Iran
Iranian-born journalist Ali Reza Eshraghi, 35, is the Iran project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and a teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working as an editor at several Tehran newspapers – all of which were eventually banned or shut down by the government – he became a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and met Pate Thomson and Mary Alice Rathbun, of the Rotary Club of Berkeley. In 2012, he completed his studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary...

What's Happening


This year's District Assemby focused on how the District can help clubs succeed. From the Grant Qualifications Seminar, to the breakout sessions to our keynote speaker, Liz Cullen, everything was tailored to help club leadership succeed in their responsibilities and goals.
Over 150 Rotarians from nearly every club in the district was represented and was treated to a great afternoon and evening of training, fellowship and a great meal. This is a winning combination and the evidence is in! As of last evening, membership is now at 1986, fourteen shy of the attainable level of 2,000, well over the goal of DG John Hall of +48. In fact, we are now plus 71, with 12 or so in the queque.
Liz Cullen, PDG from District 7980 and now a member of District 7930, was our keynote speaker and delivered a meaningful message about clubs being the most important part of the Rotary world. Clubs deliver service while it is the responsibility of the district to support the clubs in their mission. That is what this year's Assembly was all about.

Video Tour of Portland Maine - Site of the 2014 District Conference

"Finally, spring has arrived and starting the District Conference with an old-fashioned lobster clambake sounds like the right way to celebrate our great year. Please reconsider your schedule and please come and enjoy the fun!"
John Hall, District Governor 2013-2014
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Hope to see all of you there to celebrate a great year of Rotary in District 7930. Share your club's success stories with other clubs and help us expand the service we offer to our communities and the world. This year promises something exciting for everyone, and DG John guarantees that you will have fun. We are only three weeks away from the weekend, so if you have not registered, please do so soon.


2014 Rotary District 7930 Annual Conference

Are You and Your Club Registered?
Come to Portland and add to the FUN! Share the FUN you and your Club is having this year!  Tell everyone about your favorite project, your favorite FUNraiser or your favorite part of Rotary. The conference is designed to be about YOU and YOUR CLUB! How much FUN can you have? 
We look forward to seeing all of you in Portland over the weekend of May 2-4, 2014. Don't forget to book your hotel before April 1, as prices will be going up then. 
Support the 2014 District Conference

Register to attend
Donate an auction item
Place an ad in the conference ad book
Donate new books to children in Salem, MA



D7930 Conference Service Project - Collecting Children’s Books 
The Burlington Breakfast and Lunch Rotary Clubs will be collecting new children’s books to be donated to a local Elementary School in the District ​Governor’s home City of Salem, MA.  New Children’s books should be accumulated by individual clubs, then brought to the District Conference at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel Portland on May 2, 2014 for distribution. If you need somebody to pick up books from your club, please contact your Assistant Governor.

There will be a special recognition for the club which donates the most new children’s books. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jim Babbin at jimb13@verizon or your Assistant Governor.


Can the District reach 2,000 Rotarians by June 30th?

District Governor John Hall and Peter Majane would like to thank the Club Presidents, Membership Chairs and all members in the District for attracting and inducting new Rotarians. This is a winning combination and the evidence is in! Membership is 1,984, well over the goal +48 during this Rotary year. In fact, we are now plus 71, with many scheduled to induct prior to June 30, 2014.
Let’s continue the great membership growth and surpass 2,000 before June 30th.


ElderAct Initiative

District 7930 has approved the establishment of the new ElderAct Club, a service Club for senior citizens, run by senior citizens and sponsored by a local Rotary Club. ElderActors are committed, willing and capable of making major contributions to improve the quality of life through effective leadership, by addressing specific physical and social needs and promoting goodwill, understanding and peace in their communities and the world.
Please consider sponsoring an ElderAct Club. Information is available at the District 7930 ElderAct page by clicking here!


A Night at the Races!

The Gloucester Rotary Club will host “A Night at the Races” on Friday, May 16, at 6:30 pm at Cruiseport Gloucester at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester. The evening will feature videotaped horse races, raffles, a cash bar, food and lots of fun!
Admission is $20 per person. Tickets are available at BankGloucester, Rockport National Bank, and from Gloucester Rotarians. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund repairs to the Antonio Gentile Bandstand at Stage Fort Park.

North Reading Community EarlyAct Thinks About Military Overseas
The North Reading Community EarlyAct Club is happy to announce the completion its first project earlier this month. “Being our first project, we wanted the kids to participate in something tangible,” explained Youth Services Director Amy Luckiewicz. “Everyone on the team quickly decided we should do something for active duty military overseas.” The group of 15 students, grades 3-5 met and hand-made over 25 thank you cards for troops. Kids were encouraged to include messages of hope, thanks, and what life is like here in North Reading. 

Mediterranean Night at Ithaki, April 29, featuring the spectacular Melina

On April 29, the Ipswich Rotary Club will present the 4th annual Mediterranean Night at Ithaki.  The proceeds from this event will benefit Rotary’s community projects and youth programs in Ipswich and Rowley.
This year’s featured performer will be Melina of “Daughters of Rhea”, a second-generation belly dance artist who grew up dancing professionally in Greece with her mother Rhea and her sister Piper.  Melina is a world-class entertainer who has appeared at prestigious venues all over the world.  The Four Season Hotel described Melina's dancing as "elegant and entertaining.  Outrageously so.”  Her stunning performance will include her world-famous, one of a kind, sword-on-dagger balancing act.  This truly is an evening you do not want to miss. 

Danvers Rotary Announces their Annual Kentucky Derby Day

Danvers Rotary is holding a Kentucky Derby Day party and fundraiser on the day of the annual horse race. It will be held at the former offices of the United States Olympic level training grounds in Hamilton MA. on Saturday May 3, from 4-8 pm.
Henry's dining will cater and there will be games, a ladies hat contest, raffles and live viewing of the Derby race. A free welcome Mint Julep is included with every ticket. The beautiful equestrian estate setting will be the perfect backdrop for a grand afternoon of tradition and elegance. Tickets in advance are $50 and are available online at


Announcing RYLA for 2014

RYLA 2014 will take place at Camp Rotary, Boxford, MA on Friday May 30 through Sunday June 1, 2014.  Eighty RYLAians 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 as the program migrates from a Junior program to a Sophomore program. Each Rotary Club in our district is allowed to send up to 5 students at $150 each. Applications are due to your club RYLA representative very soon then send the selections and payments to:

Tracy Arabian
Rotary Club of Gloucester
109 Main Street
Rockport MA  01966.

Participants are accepted based on date received, and once 80 applications are received, all remaining applications will be placed on the wait list. Don't let your youth miss out! Submit the applications as soon as possible. Eighty RYLAians will make up eight families and experience everything from ropes courses to group challenges. Ask any graduating RYLArian, it is a life changing weekend!​

See your club RYLA representative for more information or contact Jim Babbin, Youth Services Chair at or or visit the RYLA page for applications and additional details.

For more information on Advanced RYLA, click on read more!

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