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Ian Riseley is selected as 2017-18 Rotary president
Ian H.S. Riseley, of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2017-18. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge him. Riseley says that meaningful partnerships with corporations and other organizations are crucial to Rotary’s future. “We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” says Riseley. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio eradication program to maximize our public...
A dozen ways to make a difference
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it's time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. Make the most of your membership. Here's how. Learn more about Rotary Global Rewards, a new member benefit program that offers discounts on products and services – travel, hotels, car rentals, dining, and entertainment. Visit the Member Center. Identify a need in your community and work with your club to design a hands-on project that addresses it. Learn how to apply for a grant to implement a project. Know a young...
New delegation tool launches
As part of several recent updates to My Rotary, we've launched Delegation, a new tool that will help you carry out your responsibilities more efficiently. If you have a club, district, or regional role, you can now delegate your role-based access in with fellow Rotary members so that you can share tasks and responsibilities to better serve your club. See an example of the Delegation landing page. Go to My Rotary to learn how it works. If you have questions, contact us at
Join a Twitter chat on membership with General Secretary John Hewko
Kick off Membership and New Club Development Month by participating in a Twitter chat with Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko on 5 August at 10:30 Chicago time (UTC-5). Get tips and resources for gaining members and becoming more involved in your club. Share your own ideas and expertise on how Rotary members can encourage their friends to join. Use #RotaryChat to participate and follow @Rotary and @JohnHewko. 
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...

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All of us know that the Red Sox aren’t doing the best this year. Our home town team’s sub-par record does not mean we can’t have fun at Fenway Park!
Rotary at the Red Sox for Rotaplast is on for August 20th. Our evening will start at 5pm with an all-we-can-eat buffet at Uno’s Bar and Grill right in the heart of Kenmore Square. Once we are done eating, we will make the short walk to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox take on Kansas City. Kansas City is at the top of the AL Central and is on pace to be in the World Series!
Work in Boston? Bring some clients or friends with you and treat them to dinner and a game! Tickets are $50 which includes the meal and Red Sox Ticket. Tickets are still available and all proceeds are going towards our District Rotapalast Trip to Cebu, Philippines to heal children who suffer every day with cleft palates.
Do some good and have fun while doing it! Register here!



One month into the new Rotary year and I am pleased to report how exciting and energized our fellow Rotarians are!  Everywhere we travel, we are fortunate to see the wonderful things our clubs do in support of our organization.

On Wednesday, July 22, we enjoyed a beautiful summer morning at Manchester-Essex Rotary. When you think of a picturesque New England bay with rustic buildings and boats floating motionless on the water in summer’s early morning light – well, I suggest you do a make-up at Manchester-Essex Rotary! President Bridget Murray made us feel welcome and we enjoyed a delicious breakfast that included Eggs Benedict and fresh fruit.  We could have spent hours sharing ideas during our exciting engaging Q & A session with these fine Rotarians!

The following day, we kept the ocean theme going and met at a very familiar location to us in District 7930 (Danversport Yacht Club) and attendED the Beverly Rotary Club meeting. I thought that I would make a fool of myself (ok, many of you reading this just said to yourselves, “He always makes a fool of himself!") by laughing the entire time! “Happy dollars and fines” are something NOT to be missed each week at Beverly Rotary. President Sarah MacBurnie and her club certainly know the importance of fun and fellowship in Rotary! An added treat was to hear Cecelia Buffenoir, former Group Study Exchange student from France. She was wonderful and made me proud to know we, as Rotarians, assist in the development of our youth not just in America, but all-around the world! To top off that meeting, we presented Heidi Ushakoff, wife of Beverly Rotarian Alex Ushakoff, with a Paul Harris Fellow. A long-time supporter of Rotary, Heidi exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation. Congrats once again Heidi!

On Monday, July 27 we enjoyed a great visit at one of the most historic towns in the country – Lexington. As a former Marine and history buff, I visit Lexington a few times each year. It was here in this quaint town the first military engagement of The American Revolution occurred. We all know about “the shot heard round the world”on April 19, 1775. Fast-forward 240 years the Lexington Rotary Club is leading their town with an incredible service-oriented, community-centered Rotary Club! I am very happy to know that President Domenic Sicari and the Lexington Rotary Club have, and will, continue to support our veteran community among the other several dozen additional projects they do each year!

As I write this message, I am looking at something beautiful in my office.  No, it is not a mirror!  It is a special Chelsea Clock that was given to me by a dear friend and mentor, Mayor Tom Menino 6 years ago. Every time I look at it, I am reminded of his service to others and the commitment he had to make lives better for people. This is what the Rotary Club of Chelsea has been doing in their community since 1928! President Mark White is leading a very dynamic and engaged club of Rotarians. I have many friends in Chelsea Rotary and I am pleased to know that they continue to make a difference in the lives of many people! 

On Thursday, July 30, we had a very nice breakfast at the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club!  President Steve Shaw is a natural leader and ran an efficient meeting. What this club does for the community was extremely impressive including their commitments to veteran’s outreach, community involvement with other organizations, and support of the residents of Burlington!  What I also found very interesting was that they make it a point to reach out to members they haven’t seen at recent meetings to check on them to see if they are ok, if they need assistance, etc. This is what family does!

Speaking of family – this is exactly what I felt like I was experiencing at Marblehead Rotary later on that afternoon. Everyone was just so friendly and engaging! You truly get a sense of the love and respect Marblehead Rotarians have for each other. President Zach Newell looks like and sounds like he has been doing this job for years, not 30 days! I was overwhelmed with emotion as I listened to the club speak about their continued support of veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project. They truly respect our brave American heroes! Again, it was a beautiful setting at the yacht club with a gorgeous view. I did not want to leave to go back to the city office! 
I am so fortunate to serve our great District 7930 and Rotary International as District Governor for 2015-2016. Not because I can influence change, because I will eat well, nor because I want this “title”. I am fortunate because I get to meet so many outstanding Rotarians WHO are the reason WE “Do Good in This World”!

Let us remember that it is our time to “Be a Gift to the World”!
My best,



As long time sponsors of the Friends Forever group, the Salem Rotary Club invited the participants to a club meeting for a meet and greet and a buffet lunch at the Hawthorne Hotel. The ten teens consisted of five young people of Arab origin from the Ein Mahel Village in Israel and five Jewish teens from The Arava Israel. The goal of the trip is to promote friendship and peace between the groups of future leaders in a country of ethnic conflict.

The visit was a success and the teens had the opportunity to introduce themselves as well as to share their common goals and hopes for a better future for all the Arabs and Jews of Israel. As perhaps we all know, hate and negative ill will towards an ethic group can often be changed by personal interaction between such groups. This would of course be one of the many good deeds that Rotary fosters in hope of making our world a better place.

The Mission statement of Friends Forever is...
To promote trust, empathy, and friendships among cultures in conflict. We do this by recruiting and selecting highly motivated youth from these areas to participate in a year long program that includes a two week "Life Raft" in select U.S. Host Communities.



Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha was the guest speaker at a recent Danvers Rotary Club meeting and provided the club with an update on Danvers. Dan Doherty (right), Danvers Rotary President, welcomed Steve and presented him with an honorary membership in Danvers Rotary.
Interested in more information about Honorary membership? RI policy provides this basic criteria:
Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and those persons considered friends of Rotary for their permanent support of Rotary’s cause may be elected to honorary membership in more than one club. The term of such membership shall be as determined by the board of the club in which they hold membership.



Rockport Rotary's 19th Annual Lobsterfest will be held on Saturday, August 8, from 3 to 7pm, rain or shine, at the American Legion Hall Bandstand on scenic Back Beach in Rockport, MA. Enjoy a complete meal of hot boiled lobster, corn-on-the-cob, clam chowder, roll and butter, watermelon and a soft drink in this festive and picturesque setting. A cash menu of hot dogs, burgers, chips, beer and wine is also available. Each year close to 700 people enjoy this event, and this year we'll feature live bluegrass by "Stillhouse Down."
For information or tickets pleas call 603-721-1038 or visit our website! Download the pdf flyer here!
The Lobsterfest will be followed by the Town of Rockport's third annual fireworks show, and the town will be illuminated for the occasion. Come for the day and have some fun!



Since their inception, Rotary International (1905) and the Boy Scouts of America (1910) have been partners in serving young people. The principles and goals of both organizations are closely allied. Character-building; service to country, to others, and to self; teaching leadership skills; and becoming aware of the world around us - these are all incorporated into the programs and activities of each organization.

The values expressed in Rotary International’s Motto and the Four Way Test greatly parallel those articulated in the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan. Rotarians have long served as role models, demonstrating leadership, character, and the value of selfless service to the community. Rotary clubs in the United States charter nearly 1,400 Scouting units (Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews) serving more than 50,000 youth members.
District 7930 is looking to expand our relationship with Scouting: the youth, the leadership and the families involved with Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing. We believe that the connection within our district is strong as can be evidenced by the support Rotarians like yourself provide in one or more ways throughout the year. Whether you were a Scout as a youth, have a child or grandchild enrolled in a program currently, serve as an adult leader or support their service projects in your community, Rotary is there, often behind the scenes. If you are one of these individuals and would like to be part of a new initiative to further develop options for shared mission and service, please send an email to Dave Gardner by clicking here!
For more information, please continue reading the story!


Peabody Rotary recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to local High School graduates. The following awards were made: Peter Kilcommons, who graduated from St. John’s Prep and will be attending Georgetown University, received the $2,000 Sam Berns Scholarship. Receiving $1,000 scholarships were Peabody Veterans Memorial High School graduates Sarah Godschall, who will attend Villanova University, Lauren Sliva, who will attend UMass Lowell, Eleni Petromelis, who will attend St. Anselm’s College, Samantha Kinnaly, Mia Lomasney and Devon Forsythe; Bishop Fenwick High School graduate Jessica Fama, who will attend Worcester State University; and Essex Agricultural High School graduate Beth Arnold, who will attend the Paul Smith’s College. Also recognized was Peabody Rotary Club’s nominee for the District Service Above Self Scholarship, Peabody Veterans Memorial High School graduate Brittany York, who will attend Salem State University.

The scholarships were awarded based on a combination of academic accomplishments as well as on community service, as Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self. Proceeds from the Taste of The North Shore, the Torgian golf Tournament and other events funded these scholarships, as well as the other giving the Peabody Rotary Club does in the community.

Pictured in the back row are Peabody Rotarians Maria Ferri, President Brian McHugh, Scholarship Committee Chair Cathy Gravel, and Beth Arnold.



The conflicts were a half a world away but not far from the minds of Israeli and Palestinian youths from a region near Nazareth who visited Marblehead recently as guests of the town’s three Rotary clubs. The teens are taking part in a 16-day tour of the Northeast as part of the Friends Forever program, which is supported by Rotary International. 

They feasted on American cuisine prepared by club members, listened to music performed by two members of the Marblehead High School Interact club, were treated to a surprise visit by Terry’s ice cream truck, and went home with Penny Bears courtesy of the Penny Bear Company. The cookout was hosted by Rotarians Andy and Jessica Barnett, and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, Marblehead Rotary Club and the MHS Interact club.

Founded by a Rotarian, Friends Forever brings young people from areas of conflict to the United States. During their visit the teenagers, who would likely never forge such friendships in their own country, learn to work together and often find they are more alike than different.

For many years the Rotary clubs of Marblehead have hosted Catholic and Protestant youngsters from Northern Ireland. This marked the first visit by Palestinians and Israelis. 
“This hug is for you”is printed on the side of the paper bags carrying Penny Bears for our newly-made friends. Penny
Wigglesworth donated the bears. 



Watch the video released on July 23, 2015 with RI President Ravi announcing another milestone for the eradication of Polio in the world. If Nigeria has no Polio cases reported for two more years it will officially be Polio free. The work of Rotarians around the world are accomplishing something so special and meaningful to our generation and for generations to come. Click on photo, video or text at bottom of story to view President Ravi's special message.

If the video does not display properly, click here to watch the video!




This fun filled event starts at Pizzeria Uno in Kenmore Square at 4:00 pm with an all you can eat pizza buffet and a cash bar. We will stroll as a group from there to our seating block in Fenway Park. There are 150 tickets available, with free tickets available to those Presidents that have entered all of their goals into Club Runner.
This event is to meet potential new members, meet family and to be with friends. It is open for anyone to register and you can register and purchase as many tickets as you wish. Some of us are bringing spouses, some of us are bringing children. Come one, come all for a great time, and support the District 7930 Rotaplast Mission at the same time! You can T-it or drive it, but you won't need a car once you are in town.
Click here to register online!






I cannot believe it is already the middle of July! Why can’t January, February or March go by this quickly? It has been a GREAT start of this Rotary year! We started our “Official Visits” right out of the gate and visited my home club Boston #7. It was nice to start our visits with them. We had a great time at our new meeting location at Fisher College in the Back Bay. President Shiela Lally is leading our club with some aggressive changes that will surely pay dividends within our community!

On July 2, we traveled up to Rockport and met with President Maryanne Bland and her team. It was Rockport's Service Club monthly meeting and this model is very interesting! In attendance that evening were several potential members! What a great concept to attract new members into our organization!
We know summer is a slow time. After all, don’t we deserve a laid-back and relaxed environment after this past winter? Well, someone should tell this to the Wakefield Club!  It is no surprise this club continues to support Rotary and promote the Objective of Rotary! Recently, the Wakefield PD lost their police dog Leo, a tremendous loss to Wakefield. The club is determined and focused to raise money to purchase and train a new police dog to support the K9 unit.
Our new District Governor Nominee Dave Gardner’s home club of Stoneham is such an inspiration for our youth program.  President Amy Palmerino, now in her second consecutive term as President, is once again committed to showcase youth development in Stoneham! Recently, the club formed a new Interact Club and this community will see, in the very near future, what strength it is has in the young leaders!
President Chris Baker is one amazing young leader himself. Chris led an inspirational and motivated round table this past Tuesday evening at the Downtown Boston Evening Club. In a beautiful area of Boston, in the shadow of the Golden Dome of the State House, the Downtown Boston Rotary Club has created a model to attract the younger population of their community and to put service at the forefront of Boston.
I also want to thank President Mike Burns for asking me to introduce two members of the great Wilmington Rotary this past Wednesday. I quickly agreed, figuring it would be two NEW members and say a few words. Well, I was extremely honored to introduce two not-so-new members that are celebrating 63 and 64 years of perfect attendance! Congrats to Ray Fitch and Fred Cain for their commitment to service in Wilmington Rotary! Such an inspiration!
I remember as a kid, driving out to Prince Pizza on Rte 1 in Saugus many times. I also remember telling my grandmother we were going to the “Leaning Tower of Pizza”! Great memories. They all came back this past Thursday as President Casey Lyons welcomed us to this really fun and engaged club! There is something special about friends sitting around eating really good food and discussing the needs of their community. Saugus Rotary will surely continue on improving their community needs and look into some larger district-funded grants.
  Casey pictured above with Governor Dave Manzi
Not only did we have great club visits, we also attended a few District meetings.  I am so excited to be part of a wonderful team. We all should!  The Homelessness & Hunger initiative steering committee met recently at the great facility, The Greater Boston Food Bank, to focus on what we can do as Rotarians to improve our communities. Stay tuned for more updates. The District Membership Committee met this past week and they have great plans to increase our membership. We are focused on some new directives including retention, recruiting and collaboration to strengthen membership in D7930. This is very exciting! Lastly, the newly formed Suffolk County Rotary Task Force met in Roslindale this week to begin our aggressive campaign to focus Rotary awareness, collaboration, and public image in Suffolk County. Many great ideas came out of this initial meeting and we are ready to begin, “telling our Rotary story” in Suffolk County!
It is an incredible honor for me to stand alongside each of you as we continue to serve Rotary and to continue to make a difference in our communities. Let us remember that it is our time to “Be a Gift to the World”!




Please visit Camp Rotary on Saturday, August 1st  from 1-4 pm and see the camp all set up. Tours will begin at 1:00 pm and continue till 2:00 pm. Barbecue will start at 2:00 pm for all Rotary members attending from the District 7930.
Swim, Boat or Canoe on Stiles Pond. See what all the fuss is about camp and why kids love it!!

Our boards priority is to foster closer relationships with Rotary Clubs in the district and introduce them to how the Spirit of Rotary has impacted more than 100,000 youth since 1921...... Come and see the magic of Camp Rotary!
Camp Rotary hosts our district's annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) youth development weekend every year. Hosting RYLA at this beautiful camp allows us to help keep the costs as low as possible which makes this incredible program available to more students who otherwise would not be able to attend.
Please rsvp to by July 22, so we can plan for our cookout and tours. A lifeguard will be available for your swimming and small craft pleasures!!!!!
Camp Rotary is located at 372 Ipswich Road in Boxford, Massachuestts. The camp's phone number is 978-352-9952.
David Gladstone


On Tuesday, July 7th, the Homelessness and Hunger Steering Committee held its first meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to determine the committee’s ideas on the focus of the District 7930 Homelessness and Hunger Initiative.

The District Governor track, District Governor Dave Manzi, District Governor-Elect Sheryl Meehan and District Governor Nominee Dave Gardner have made a minimum of a three year commitment to the initiative. Having this commitment from the three of them allows the committee to actually accomplish something meaningful, sustaining, and impactful and something that could be an example to Rotary Districts throughout the United States, and perhaps the world.

After an amazing tour of the Greater Boston Food Bank, led by Kendra Bird, RD, LDN, Director of Distribution, Services and Nutrition and her staff, the committee joined together to develop a consensus of what it is that Rotary can do to assist in the alleviation of homelessness and hunger in District 7930. The Committee consists of the Governor track, Committee Chair Bob Wood, Joan Arsenault from Ipswich, Malden’s Dave Hart, Sr. Leonore Coan of Ipswich, Corey Jackson and Alyse Barbash from Peabody, Julie LaFontaine from Gloucester, Andy Maddox of Rockport, Greater Boston Food Bank Representative Kendra Bird, and Daniel Weir from Topsfield, Boxford and Middleton. “Why them?” you ask. Because the majority of the participants are either experts in the fields, or have experienced either homelessness or hunger at some stage of their lives. Also on the committee, but not present are Elizabeth Keely from Boston # 7 and Sue Gabriel of Beverly.

It was determined at the April 1st Homelessness and Hunger Initiative Summit, as well as at this meeting, that, at first, the focus of the Initiative should be the education of the Rotarians in our District. Out of the discussion of this came the following mission statement:


Join fellow Rotarians and bring your friends, family or potential members to a fun-filled night at Fenway Park! $50 includes pre-game food at Uno's Bar and Grill in Kenmore Square and a ticket to watch our Sox battle the Royals! A portion of the sales that evening will benefit our upcoming District Rotaplast trip to the Phillippines in October! Use this event as your club's Summer fellowship event, recruiting for new members or just as a fun family night. To purchase tickets, click here!



A special thank you to all the clubs and our District Governor David Manzi for supporting our district's 10th Rotaplast Mission to Cebu City, Philippines from October 4th to the 18th.

Our current mission is in memory of Dr. Vince Rubin, a gifted surgeon, Rotarian past president, member of the North Andover and Chelsea Rotary Clubs, Paul Harris Fellow. Vince was a humanitarian and went on 9 Rotaplast Missions.

​Rotaplast International is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1992 which provides free reconstructive surgeries and treatments to underprivileged children with cleft lip and palate deformities and, in some locations, burn treatments and other birth defects that can be corrected with plastic surgery.

A Rotaplast team consists of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians as well as nonmedical volunteers. All medical equipment supplies are shipped with the team,  along with a handmade quilt for each patient.

Our goal is to perform 150 surgical procedures bringing the total surgeries sponsored by District 7930 to 1000. We have made a real difference in the lives of so many children by restoring their dignity, the ability to breathe, swallow, eat, speak normally and smile usually for the first time in their lives. This will allow them to be educated and be part of their communities without being shunned.


This summer, the Chelsea Rotary Club is sponsoring 20 lucky Chelsea students between ages 7 and 15 to an all expense paid week of overnight camp at Camp Rotary in Boxford, MA. Since 1998, the Chelsea Rotary Club has sponsored over 250 children at the overnight camp with the help of many generous community partners. The camp, run by the Lynn Rotary Club, provides all types of positive recreational and other activities for children from different communities. Chelsea children are selected through an essay contest open to all Chelsea children between the ages of 7 and 15.  
A committee of Chelsea Rotary Club members reviews all letters and makes the selection of campers. Pictured with Camp Rotary Executive Director Dr. Richard Cowdell and Chelsea Rotary Club Camp Rotary Committee Chairperson Sue Gallant are some of this year’s lucky campers including Younes Maizut, Manny Andrade, Dimpal Biswa, Luis Rivera, Katherine Acevedo, Katherine Palacios, Paola Gonzalez, Alexander Gutierrez, Henry Martinez, Jullian and Tatiana Hernandez, Misael Goday-Nunex, Rigoberto Murillo, Heidy Jimenez Prado, Emily Espina Miranda and Yelena Hernandez Bonilla. The Chelsea Rotary Club congratulates all the winners of this year’s camp essay contest!



The Marblehead Rotary Club's Annual "Lobsta Raffle" ticket sale is underway!

Providing funds for scholarships and for camperships is one of the most visible and important community projects for The Marblehead Rotary Club. This week, The Marblehead Rotary Club kicked off its 2015 annual "Lobsta Raffle" This year, forty kids are off to summer camp from last year’s raffle's proceeds along with joint financial support from another local chartable group, Making Ends Meet.
Tickets cost is $3.00 each or three tickets for $5.00 or fifteen tickets for $20.00. Each ticket buys you a chance to win four prizes: each consisting of 20 lbs of fresh lobster from the Marblehead Lobster Company. The four winning tickets will be drawn at the Marblehead Rotary Club luncheon on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Raffle tickets can be purchased on line at the Marblehead Rotary Club website.

For more information about the "Lobsta Raffle", please contact the "Lobsta Raffle" Chairman, Gail Novak by email. 


Come join us on Saturday, September 19, 2015. beginning at 6:30pm at Melrose Memorial Hall. Tickets are $45 PP. Each ticket includes $500.00 in gambling chips that can be used at any of the professional gaming tables, run by professional dealers. Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, all the usual venues. We promise you there will be all kinds of food, drinks, dancing, music, a top notch DJ spinning all the hits, raffle prizes, talented models selling chip re-buy's, and spectacular prizes for the winners with the most chips at the end of the night.

You may contact any Medford Rotarian for tickets or you can purchase online HERE!

Hope to see you there!!



Over 350 Rotarians, friends and family packed the Danversport Yacht Club on June 29th for the Installation Celebration. Right from the beginning, the evening had a great buzz with lots of fellowship and activity. Attendees were encouraged to stop by the Veteran's Support table and help write over 100 thank you notes to active duty military. Rotaplast Chairs Lisa Collin and David Boudreau also hosted an active presentation on the mission to the Philippines scheduled for this October. Clubs members were invited to become a "gift" and take a photo inside a life-sized Rotary themed gift box. Each club was presented a copy of the classic Make Way for Ducklings, a gift from the district for clubs to "gift forward" to a local child care, library, shelter, or early learning center. Roaming storytellers, led by Rotarian Bruce Whear entertained the crowd while attendees chatted about service projects.
Among the biggest surprises was a stirring rendition of our National Anthem performed by Bruins legend Rene Rancourt. District Governor Dave commented, "We wanted him to be a surprise. It was tough to not let that one slip early!" After his performance, Rancourt posed for photos with the incoming Presidents and allowed guests to wear his $16k Stanley Cup Championship ring.
In preparation for the evening, from the start, District Governor Dave Manzi emphasized that the focus was on the incoming Presidents. In fact, over 40 Club Presidents were in attendance to administer the Oath of Office to the District Governor. DG Dave noted, "I was very overwhelmed by the support of our presidents!  For them to be the ones to administer the oath of office was extremely emotional for me!" In addition to Dave's installation, the crowd was gifted by words of wisdom from Past District Governor John Hall on the history of the Four Way Test. District Governor Peter Simonsen's recapped some highlights and gave thanks for his 2014-15 year. Dave Manzi also took a moment to thank Peter for being, "a great mentor but even greater friend," and presented him and Dianne Simonsen with gifts from the district.
After a New England buffet dinner, District Governor David greeted the audience with some insights on his plans for committees this year including the Homelessness and Hunger Initiative, support for veterans, Rotary Foundation, member retention, public image and more. He also thanked his friends and family for their support of his involvement in Rotary and reminded us that the, "need for service in our communities is constant." DG Dave followed his presentation by welcoming the new District leaders including District Governor-nominee David Gardner and over a dozen Assistant Governors. Unfortunately, DGE Sheryl Meehan was unable to be there as she was under the weather. We know that she will be at 100% soon and will officially installed at an upcoming Cabinet meeting!
Clearly the highlight of the event was the installation of Club Presidents. "It was a joy for me to administer the oath to the incoming club leaders. They're the foundation of Rotary and their leadership is critical this year," noted DG Dave. With each President's name, the crowd erupted in applause, shouts of support and a virtual paparazzi of photographs. One President noted, "The support was tangible. I haven't been to a District Installation quite like this!"
As one of the highest attended District events in the past several years, the Installation Celebration committee wishes to thank and congratulate the following volunteers for their support, work, and effort: Joan Arsenault, David Boudreau, Lisa Collin, John Ferguson, Tom Hankard, Christina Harris, Amy Luckiewicz, Ed Luckiewicz, Susan Luckiewicz, Adria Duijvesteijn, Olle Duijvesteijn, Jen Sanders, Dennis Sweeney, Bob Wood, and Susan Wood.
The next District event will be on Thursday, August 20th with the Red Sox for Rotaplast event. More information is available HERE!



Will you accept the challenge?
Some of these resolutions are more difficult than others but none of them are impossible to achieve. As so many Rotarians are involved with other community organizations, we have the opportunity to engage with others, demonstrate Service Above Self and increase awareness about Rotary and the good things we do every day, locally and internationally.
Invite some of your friends, co-workers, family members, relatives, and others you share the desire to Do Good in the World to a meeting, a social event, a service project and demonstrate Rotary in action.
Happy New Year and Be a Gift to the World!
from Rotary Down Under



Please join us!!

The Gloucester Rotary Club will host its annual summer social on Tuesday, July 28, with a sunset cruise around Cape Ann aboard the Privateer. All Rotarians and friends are welcome!

Snacks, finger sandwiches, cash bar and on-board DJ.
$25 per person.

Boarding begins at 6:30 pm at the 7 Seas Wharf
63 Rogers Street, Rt. 127, Downtown Gloucester
Cruise departs at 7 pm, returns to dock at 10 pm

For information & reservations, call 978-884-9999. The boat can handle 150 guests-- last minute walk-ons are welcome! RSVP in advance if possible to help with headcount.



The Rotary Club of Gloucester MA will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Stage Fort Park, located on Hough Avenue in Gloucester, MA. This popular event takes place concurrently with the Gloucester Waterfront Festival, which is sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and is held in Stage Fort Park on Saturday-Sunday, August 15-16, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days.

Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $7 per person and are now available from any Gloucester Rotarian, Bank Gloucester, Cape Ann Savings Bank and at Institution for Savings; Gloucester branch locations only. Tickets will also be available on the morning of the breakfast.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will benefit the Rose Baker Senior Center, Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders and North Shore Health Project. More information about this event and the Rotary Club of Gloucester is available online at