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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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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...
Water project unites Lebanon clubs across all divides
A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions. In 2011, Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant. The idea caught on and a few other clubs followed suit. Two years later, District 2452 Governor Jamil Mouawad and other district leaders saw the potential of creating one giant water project that could reach every school and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs. They...

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2014 District Assembly Review

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 confernce 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 the Hurricane Sandy area


Bid on an Atlantis Bahamas Timeshare to Benefit the Rotary Foundation

The District has been given a gift to auction off for the benefit of the Rotary Foundation. The gift is a deeded time-share for a week of your choosing between June through September at the incredible resort ATLANTIS, on Paradise Island, Bahamas. The donor, who shall remain anonymous, would like to ensure that all proceeds got to OUR Foundation.

The time-share will be auctioned off now, with the final bidding occurring at the dinner at District Conference.

Sealed bids will be accepted by your District Treasurer, Bob Wood at 11 Rainbow Ridge Way, Georgetown, MA 01833 from April 1 until April 30th. No sealed bids will be accepted after April 30thBidding will start at $5,000. The highest sealed bid will be the starting bid at dinner at District Conference.  Governor John will be the auctioneer. 


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. 

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.

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!


How Can Rotarians Help Recruit and Retain Engaged Members?

First of all, begin to ask yourself not only why you joined Rotary, but why you have continued to remain active. Perhaps it was fellowship, community service, networking or some other reason. If any of these items attracted you, then they will probably create interest in Rotary from others as well.

Check out this video to help inspire you!

Read the rest of the story for more ideas!


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.


District Governor's Message for March 2014

Congratulations to our wonderful team of Club Presidents! After many years of steady decline in district membership, the district has grown by 59 members vs. a goal of 48. This is concrete evidence that our district has positive energy and is engaging Rotarians. But, we still have 3 ½ months left in our Rotary year and I know that many clubs are just starting to pursue home-based business owners in their area. Let’s all finish strong and position our clubs and the district for even greater growth in the year ahead.

Speaking of next year, our Presidents-elect and Assistant Governors have now completed the Northeast President-elect Training Seminar (PETS). And after being with the new leadership team for 3 days, I am truly confident that they are well-trained and excited to assume their leadership roles on July 1st. DGE Peter Simonsen clearly has a great team and the district will be in good hands.


Do You Want to Learn to Post Stories and Create eBulletins?

Have you recently hosted an event or project or are planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow Rotarians from around District 7930? The new weekly eBulletin will depend on the content provided by clubs so please be sure to submit your stories and we will publish them on the district website and in the next eBulletin. Please submit the text for the article and the graphics that you would like to use as separate files and send to 

If you are a webmaster, a story editor, a public relations chari or any other committee chair you should register for the District Assembly and attend the breakout - ClubRunner for Webmasters, Story Editors and Committee Chairs to learn how to post stories to your club's ClubRunner website and create a Club eBulletin. Once you have learned how to do this, consider submitting it the District Website and the District Weekly eBulletin. Visit the District Assembly page here!

If you want some guidelines on creating stories, please read more!


Exciting News! Find Out What Clubs Are Doing for Special Events

Looking for something to do with fellow Rotarians. Click on this link and check out what is going on in terms of special club events in District 7930. Join in the fellowship, fun and be part of helping your fellow Rotarians raise money to support their community and to change the world! Click here!

Does Your Club Have a Service Project You Would Like to Promote?

District 7930 has introduced a new site page to do just that. Whether you are looking to recruit volunteers or financial contributions from Rotarians, there will now be a place on the district website to have your project details represented. It will be organized by project and the article can contain both text and a graphic along with contact information.

Remember to provide the who, what, when, why, where and how in your article.

Please send your information to David Gardner at and provide the text in a word document and the image(s) either as jpg or png files.

Visit the Rotary Club Projects page!


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