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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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Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...
Photo Essay: Rotary’s 2014 Women of Action
This year's Women of Action honorees were selected by Rotary senior leaders and endorsed by the White House. All members of clubs in the U.S., the women were recognized for their humanitarian service projects, which affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Watch the women of action event held at the White HouseRead more about the women and why they were honoredRead more about the event at the White HouseRead RI Director Julia Phelps' take on the honored women
Partners build community center and health clinic in impoverished Mexico neighborhood
Four years ago, Rotary member Moonyeen King decided to take action to help residents of the impoverished neighborhood of Tepehua, located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, who faced daily struggles with crime, malnutrition, and limited access to health care. King, together with Susan Netherton and Gin Pelzl, fellow members of the Rotary Club of Ajijic, turned an abandoned building into the Tepehua Community Center. For its first year, the center provided a soup kitchen every Friday to feed over 200 women and children. That enabled King and her fellow Rotary members to gain the trust of the...
 

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JOIN ROTARIANS FROM SOMERVILLE FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS

The Somerville Rotary Club will be holding its annual fund raiser event at the Giggles Comedy Club at 517 Broadway (Route 1) in Saugus on November 6th. Tickets may be purchased through any member of the Somerville Rotary Club. Tickets are $25.00 per person and includes unlimited pizza. Proceeds to benefit local Somerville charities.
 

 
 
AMY'S 10 TIPS ON USING FACEBOOK TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN MEMBERS
  1. Change your banner photo monthly or seasonal to show a variety of members in action,supporting a team, or in season‐themed clothes (think Halloween costumes). This will show that you pay attention to your page and update it regularly… and you’re a fun club.
  2. After posting your new member press release (with photo) on Patch or Wicked Local, use the URL to post to Facebook. This will show the new member that you are recognizing them and it’s big news that they joined your club! You can also scan in a photo from the newspaper clipping of a new member instead of just the photo itself. Posting the clipping shows you made it a big announcement.
  3. Encourage members to “check in” at your club and tag other members with comment such as, “We just heard from and an inspiring speaker, (insert name w/tag), and we are inspired now to……” Checking in is only available if you list your club as a business/organization. If not, you can easily change it but list your address as the location of your meetings vs. your PO box number.
  4. Post quotes from members of all backgrounds once a month with photos about why they joined Rotary and why they STAY in Rotary.
  5. Mention that Rotary is an opportunity to become a humanitarian. Include one example of how your club covers that mission with photo.
  6. Talk about any personal stories from club members regarding their memories of an impactful project or connection with members. Better yet, make it a post on your website then link the URL to your Facebook page. This creates “unique content” for your website and helps grow that following as well.
  7. Use Throwback Thursday as an opportunity to post an old photo and thank the members for their service.
  8. Offer “teasers” such as “Want to know why our club was recognized for…” or post a curious photo from an event or project with the caption, “Come to a meeting and learn how this project impacted an entire community.”
  9. Invite viewers to suggest captions to photos from an event or project and watch the social media engagement jump.
  10. Finally, put out the ASK! Every other week, put out the open invite to visit your club WITH NO COMMITMENT! Be sure to add a club member’s name and contact info with which to RSVP. That person should sit with them at their first meeting. Remember, the best thing you can do is: SHARE WITH A COMMENT!
Additional Tips:
The more people you tag the better
Is your Rotary’s Facebook page listed on your stationary and business cards?
Thank sponsors for events on your page, they are likely to start following you
Some website editors allow you to live stream your Facebook page onto your front page!
Use the “insights” to help guide posts for example, post when your fans are most likely on line. Insights can tell you when that is!

Questions? Contact Amy Luckiewicz at 781.588.0257 or amy_lynn37@yahoo.com
Click here to download the pdf document.
 

 
 

TALKING ABOUT MARRIAGE ON THE 1ST DATE ...

That’s what stuck with me from the article I read on membership in the October 2013, Rotarian magazine – we talk about marriage, i.e. joining Rotary, on the first date, instead of getting to know the person we’ve invited to join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In fact, for the next few weeks I found myself talking to Rotarians everywhere I traveled about the ideas shared in that article. Little did I know that three months later I would meet the self-proclaimed Membership Nerd, Kristi Govertsen, who was featured in that article.
 
We met briefly in the gift shop of the hotel where Pacific Northwest PETS was being held.  She had just come in from a run and was soaking wet (it was raining outside) and I had just bought a tube of superglue.  Don’t ask me what was said, I can’t remember, but in a matter of minutes we were joking and laughing.  I quickly realized that she was indeed an explosion of energy as stated in the article.  I wondered however, what on Earth Kristi would have to say at lunch to all of the presidents-elect about membership that would be so motivating.  I didn’t have to wait long to see everyone in the room nervously laughing when she described membership conversations that weren’t successful …because we had all had those conversations; to see a room full of Rotarians making a personal commitment to invite a guest to Rotary; and to see a room of future leaders rethinking their plans to grow their clubs.
 
Now I tell you about this encounter, because I’m very excited that Kristi has agreed to be one of our plenary speakers at the 2014 Zone Institute.  Our colleagues out west have had the pleasure to hear her speak and I thought it was time to let Kristi “Reflect on Rotary Membership” and “Light Up” our Institute.  I want to encourage all of you to find that October 2013 issue of The Rotarian and read the article about Kristi and membership entitled, Be Nice. Smile. Don’t Make Fun of Your Spouse and check out this story on My Rotary at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/membership-her-message.
 
This article originally from the Zone 24/32 newsletter.
 
 

WORLD POLIO DAY

I'd like to ask you a personal favor.  As I'm sure you're aware, Friday 24 October is World Polio Day.  As chair of the District's Polio Plus initiative it is my goal, and certainly the goal of both Rotary International and District 7930, to keep the world wide eradication of polio at the forefront of our clubs' agendas.  Your outstanding support at our annual Polar Plunge event is great appreciated and we hope to break every record that was set last year again this year.  What better way to begin the drive to set new heights in our 2015 Plunge than dedicate your upcoming meeting the week of 20-24 October to World Polio Day?  We're not asking for big donations, save those for the Plunge.  Instead, talk up the drive to end this terrible disease, pass the End Polio Now cup, and begin the process early in ramping up enthusiasm for the Big Event in Gloucester in January!  We'd like to ask that the Clubs just send in one check for this one time effort and not individuals....leave those recognitions for the Plunge. 
 
You are also invited to the Viewing Party to be held at Webster First Federal Credit Union located at 509 Main Street in Saugus on October 29th at 6:30 pm. The Polar Plunge Committee will be hosting the event which will show the recording of the October 24th live streaming of the event. If you cannot make it to the viewing party, catch it live on October 24th at endpolio.org or set up a viewing party for your club. Please RSVP to polarplunge7930@gmail.com.
 
Thank you all very much in advance!
Fred deNapoli
Polio Plus Chair, District 7930
 

 
 

GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Yes, it is that time of the year again.  District 7930 is accepting applications for Outgoing Global Grant Scholars for Rotary year 2015-2016.  As you know, since Rotary International changed the Foundation rules and District 7930 was one of one hundred Pilot Districts around the world, District 7930 has awarded five Global Grant Scholarships totaling $75,000.00 with a RI match of $75,000.00.
 
We would also like to announce that all information a club or applicant may need is located on the new Global Grant webpage on the District 7930 website.
 
As of now clubs in District 7930 can begin presenting Outgoing Global Grant Scholarship applicants to the Outgoing Global Grant Scholarship Chair, David Hart from the Malden Club. The application deadline is December 31, 2014.  Interview of the applicants will begin in the end of January to the  middle part of February.
 
Rotary District 7930’s first Global Grant Scholar, Liz Powers (pictured at right), received $30,000 in a global grant to study and execute a detailed service project in Ireland.
 
For more information, click read more! 
 
 

EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR

Your Foundation at work
The Rotary Foundation makes it possible for Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by supporting projects that improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty.
 
The Annuall Fund is the primary source of funding for Foundation activities. Your contributions help Rotarians carry out a broad range of local and international projects
Every Rotraian is encouraged to participate in a a Foundation project and contribute to the Annual fund every year.
 
 

STONE ZOO PLAYGROUND

The Stone Zoo needs you!  We are building a new playground at the zoo in Stoneham and we need volunteers to help.  Volunteers will be helping with participant registration, general playground construction, and other day of event tasks like food service and youth activities.  There will be food, music, and over 200 wonderful community members having fun building a state-of-the-art playground.
 
 
Don’t miss out!  Here are the details:
 
Volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on October 29th and 30th
 
Volunteers are needed from 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on October 31st  (This is the actual build day!)
 
All volunteers must be 16+.  Anyone under age 16 can hang out in our Youth Activities area for the day with our Zoo Educators. All youth must be age 4+ and potty trained!  When signing up to volunteer, please notify the Zoo if you will be bringing anyone under age 16. 
 
Volunteers must sign a release form beforehand and cannot wear clothing with visible logos.
 
November 8th we will have a grand playground opening with signage thanking all of our wonderful volunteers and community partners.
 
If you have interest in participating please contact Megan McCallister, Stone Zoo Outreach Manager, at mmccallister@zoonewengland.com or 781-438-9503.  Also, please share this opportunity with anyone else who might have interest in volunteering!
 

 

WINCHESTER CHILI FEST 2014
Presented by Winchester Rotary 

Saturday November 1, 2014
4:00 PM to 8 PM
Winchester Town Hall Auditorium
Winchester Massachusetts
Tickets: $5 Individuals, $15 Families, $15 Alcohol


Taste and vote for the best chili in Winchester as area restaurants and amateurs compete for best chili. The event is a family friendly event that will include music, food trucks, beer/wine and kids games. Sponsorship and entry opportunities are still available.

For more information go to www.winchesterrotary.org or www.facebook.com/winchestermachilifest 

 

 

DISTRICT FOUNDATION & MEMBERSHIP FORUM​​​

​On Tuesday, October 21, Rotarians will gather at the Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel and Conference Center at 1 Audubon Road in Wakefield, MA for exciting programs and new information about the Rotary Foundation and Membership.

Registration begins at 3:15 pm in the Conference Center lobby on the lower level. There will be a plenary in the main Ballroom at 4:00 pm followed by breakout sessions from 4:35 to 6:15 pm.
 
Ingrid Brown, PDG, Foundation Chair and her committee, and Peter Majane, Membership Chair and his committee will provide training and information on the following topics:
 
First Session
Freezin’ for a Reason – How to engage your club in the international polio campaign
District, Global Grants and Inbound Scholars – Ideas for projects and how to be a host Club
Club Runner and access to Rotary International for Foundation Chairs – How to access Club reports
Engage New Members: Extraordinary member growth
 
Second Session
The Rotary Foundation: What’s New and What Does It Mean To You?
Annual Giving Reports – How to Use Them Effectively In Your Club
Membership – Attracting the Next Generation of Rotarians”-Panel Discussion
 
Fellowship and Dinner with keynote speaker will follow the sessions at approximately 6:15 pm.
 
Presidents, President-Elects, Foundation and Membership Chairs should not miss this fun and informative forum. This is your chance to get and give ideas to and from other Clubs around the District.
 
The Sheraton Colonial is right off Rte. 95/128 in Wakefield, approximately 2 miles from the Route 93-Route 95/128 intersection.
 

 

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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