|Fraffie Welch, Founder of Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor passes on at 79||Posted by Beth Robinson||on Mar 23, 2017||
We have sad news to share with you, our dear friend in Rotary and founder of our club, Fraffie Welch, passed away on March 13, 2017.
“Fraffie was a strong leader and pioneer in the Rotary movement. She was among the first group of women to become members. She cared deeply about our club and was always helpful with her advice about how we should respect its people and traditions. I will miss her strength, good humor and many kindnesses.” – Bill Bartin, President of Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor
|How Can Clubs Benefit from Flexibility?||Posted by David Gardner||on Mar 20, 2017|
|How Will You Support Rotary this Year?||Posted by David Gardner||on Mar 19, 2017||
If you are not sure, register for the 2017 District Assembly! Not only will we be providing training for secretaries, treasurers, and presidents-elect, we have lots more in store for you. With the successful workshop held in January, it has been decided to run another series of workshops a the Assembly in the areas of membership, public image, and communications & technology. If you missed the first one, and you are interested in increasing your club's success, definitely plan time to attend one or all three of these workshops. Each of these three areas are truly the responsibility of every member, and if we join together and create a well-oiled machine, we will be able to accomplish so much. Learn more here!
In addition, there will be a special Non-profit showcase which will bring together a multitude of organizations focused on the homelessness and hunger issues in our backyards. We are encouraging them to identify professional skills that they need assistance and reach out to Rotarians to fill those roles as volunteers. Our members have a broad range of skills that non-profits often cannot afford and our commitment to service may be the perfect answer. The opportunities will provide a deeper purpose and will make a huge difference in how these organizations move forward. If you would be willing to volunteer, please complete this short survey. We will keep your information confidential and will only use it to let you know if there is a match with one of the non-profits. Of course, you can attend the Showcase and introduce yourself.
So, register and come to the Assembly and learn how you can make Rotary better, in your community and around the world.
|Presidents-elects Return from NEPETS Inspired!||Posted by David Gardner||on Mar 18, 2017||
After a weekend of inspiration and collaboration, Presidents-elect from District 7930 and seven other districts around New England, are now prepared to complete the plans for their year of leadership in their clubs. Northeast PETS was totally transformed this year in order to help all incoming presidents to Inspire to Lead, Empower to Achieve. That was our promise to them and we are asking them to pay it forward in their clubs.
Thursday afternoon provided icebreakers with a purpose. Andy Winig challenged everyone to share Rotary with passion that inspires others to become engaged with our mission. Imagine 250+ people pairing off and practicing and beginning to master an effective "Why Rotary" elevator speech. Then it was off to three business networking opportunities with 10 people each: exchanging business cards, sharing their professional story, and developing relationships with other Rotarians. The last session of the afternoon was a presentation by Mitty Chang on How to Reshape Your Digital Story and learn how to engage young professionals. Lots of ideas and excitement were the story of the afternoon.
Ian Riseley, RI President-elect was our keynote speaker for dinner. His charm and sense of humor were clearly visible as he shared his vision of the 2017-18 Rotary theme: Rotary: Making a Difference. It is what we do as Rotarians every day. His unique spin on this is how important it is for Rotary to begin to track volunteer hours and dollars donated in service to the world. Each club has been asked to make sure they document the impact we have in ClubCentral so that RI can aggregate the worldwide numbers and demonstrate how critical Rotary is to those who need us.
|Taste of Metro North Returns to Reading High||Posted by Tim Kelley||on Mar 17, 2017||
The Rotary Clubs of Reading and North Reading will jointly present the Taste of Metro North on March 29, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Reading Memorial High School Fieldhouse. This will be the 6th annual hosting of this popular food tasting event.
To date, 27 of the finest area restaurants will be represented. The restaurants will serve samplings of their menus. Admission is $25 for individuals and $50 for families if purchased online at www.tasteofmetronorth.com. Buy your tickets online and save $5 to $10. 2017 Taste of Metro North is returning to Reading after being hosted successfully in 2016 at North Reading High School. Last year over 400 people attended.
The following restaurants are participating: Bertucci's; Bunratty's Tavern; Caffe Nero; Chocolate Truffle; Christopher's; Coldstone Creamery; Dunkin Donuts; Fuddrucker's; Fusillis; Harrow's; Horseshoe Grill; Joe Fish; Kelly's Roast Beef; Kitty's; Laurie's 9:09; Legal C Bar; Oye's; Piantedosi Bakery; Reading Public Schools; Red Heat Tavern; Residence at Pearl Street; Roxy's Grilled Cheese; Ryer's Store; Sakura Organic; Starbucks; Teresa's Prime; Temazcal; and Wahlburgers. The Premier Sponsor for the event is the Savings Bank.
|Club Presidential Citations 2017||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Mar 17, 2017||
Earning the Presidential Citation is an honor and one that RI President John F. Germ hopes all clubs strive to achieve. The time limit for achieving the citation goals for the 2016-17 Rotary year is approaching rapidly. To earn the citation, please complete all activities and enter your accomplishments in Rotary’s database by 30 June.
How can I see my club's progress?
Any member who has a My Rotary account can view their club's citation dashboard by signing in to My Rotary. Then, under Manage, in Club & District Administration, go to Reports and look under the "Awards" section. If a club member who isn’t an officer wants to record citation progress in Rotary Club Central, you can delegate your level of access (PDF) temporarily to allow them to do that.
Are Club Central Goals different from Presidential Citation Goals?
Some of the goals in the 2016-17 Presidential Citation are tracked in Rotary Club Central. These are clearly marked in the Presidential Citation brochure (PDF). It is your responsibility as a club leader to ensure that you record your club’s achievement of these goals in Rotary Club Central on time.
What about the citation for Rotaract and Interact Clubs?
You can view these reports in the same location. Rotaract club presidents can view their dashboard report and make updates on Rotary.org. In order to be nominated for the Presidential Citation, Interact clubs must also have their achievements reported to RI. In May, sponsor Rotary clubs will receive instructions for reporting Interact clubs that qualify for the Presidential Citation. RI cannot accept nominations by email, mail, or phone.
|Rotary Leadership Institute – Discover your passion in Rotary||Posted by Bob Wicks||on Mar 17, 2017||
Rotary Leadership Institute is a leadership development program of discovery learning, collaboration and the exchange of ideas designed to improve Rotary Clubs and strengthen lives. The program is energized by facilitated learning in the areas of leadership, team building, planning, marketing, communication and organization. It is further enriched through the sharing of experiences and ideas with Rotarians from our District and beyond.
Each session is highly interactive, with a minimum of lecturing, providing lots of opportunity to share and experience ideas. Sessions are led by Rotary leaders who have been trained in facilitation techniques that maximize the discovery learning experience. Most workshops are limited to 10-15 participants who participate in interactive discussion, role playing and problem solving activities.
Course fees are per registrant per day, and cover the cost of breakfast and lunch, meeting space, and learning tools. It is recommended that clubs cover the workshop fee. The District will reimburse clubs for one participant taking a Part I workshop in Peabody.
|District Representative to Rotary International||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Mar 17, 2017||
District 7930 Rotary Clubs are invited to suggest eligible Rotarians for the District Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation (COL). The term begins July 1, 2017. The COL will convene for the purpose of amending the constitutional documents of Rotary International. The selection shall be made by Club Election at the District 7930 Business meeting procedure as per RI By-Laws.
Any club in the district may suggest a candidate for Representative, but if a club suggests a Rotarian who is a member of a different club, the Rotarian's club must agree in writing for the nomination to be accepted. Clubs must provide a brief (one page suggested) resume indicating their candidate’s background and reason he or she should be selected.
To be eligible, the candidate must be a current member of a club in the District and must have served a full term as District Governor as at July 1 , 2017.
|Reading Interact Serves Homeless in Philly||Posted by Tim Kelley||on Mar 14, 2017||
The Reading Memorial High School Interact Club traveled to Philadelphia on the weekend of March 10 to 12 on a field trip chaperoned by Reading Rotary. As part of the trip 14 Interact Members served meals to approximately 200 people at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter. The RMHS Interact planned the trip to include both sightseeing and service. Inspired by the hunger and homelessness initiative in District 7930, Interact Club President Allie Foley said: "We really wanted to find a community service project that helped the homeless." In addition to serving dinner on Saturday evening, the Interact Club made fleece blankets to donate to Sunday Breakfast. Interact Sponsor Reading Rotary Club donated $500 to the Rescue Mission.
In addition to the service, the group toured some historic sites in Philadelphia, saw the Liberty Bell, raced Superintendent and Interact Club Advisor John Doherty up the Museum of Art step a la Rocky Balboa.
Other highlights of the trip were visiting Reading Terminal Market and seeing Philadelphia's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
|District Softball League Looking for Teams and Players||Posted by Bruce Mauch||on Mar 13, 2017||
The Rotary District 7930 Softball League is looking for teams and players to join the league for the 2017 season. The league is an ASA sanctioned slow pitch league. Games are played Monday to Wednesday evenings starting the first week of May. Each team plays one game per week. The regular season ends the middle of July followed by playoff games.
Each team is allowed four non-Rotarians on their team if they can not field a team of Rotarians only. Some teams consist of Rotarians from several Rotary clubs so if your club cannot sponsor a team but you would like to play we will find a team near you that you can join. The league is a great opportunity for Rotarians from different Rotary clubs to get to know each other.
For information about the league please contact league commissioner Bruce Mauch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Is Your Club Sending Students to RYLA?||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Mar 10, 2017||
Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, 2017
Camp Rotary, Boxford, MA
I would like to invite your Rotary Club to participate in the 2017 RYLA program. If you have already participated, you know that this is a fabulous program for high school students to develop leadership skills. If you are not familiar with RYLA, please indulge me and let me tell you about RYLA.
High School students from schools all over our district are invited to a weekend at Camp Rotary in Boxford. We can accept 80 students and the program is almost always a sell-out with a waiting list.
|Peabody Presents Taste of the North Shore||Posted by Audrey Gordon||on Mar 06, 2017||
From the well-established Century House, to the new Berry Tavern, to over 20 other fabulous restaurants, join host Peabody Rotary Club for it popular annual “Taste of the North Shore” on Tuesday, March 21, from 6-9pm at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Danvers – a new, bigger location due to the popularity of the event. With Title Sponsors Fosters Point Financial, GraVoc, Metro Credit Union, MRG Construction, Peabody Wealth Advisors, Salem Five Bank, TD Bank, and hundreds of North Shore residents, you can enjoy the Rotary’s 13th Annual celebration featuring a variety of delectable food, lots of fun, and great entertainment.
Twenty-five of the area’s most popular restaurants will serve their tastiest dishes, from main courses to sides to desserts. In addition, a highlight of the evening will be the drawing of a $10,000 grand prize! Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two admissions to the Taste. Odds are in your favor as only 300 raffle tickets will be sold. The winner does not need to be present. Non-raffle admission is $40 per person.
To purchase tickets and view participating restaurants and sponsors visit www.peabodyrotarytaste.com.
|Presidents-elect Head to 2017 NEPETS this Week!||Posted by David Gardner||on Mar 05, 2017||
This will be an exciting week for all of our incoming Presidents. On Thursday, March 9th, the afternoon program has been designed to provide new ways to approach communicating about Rotary. The first session is about how to introduce others to Rotary in a way that creates excitement about what we do and why. Directly following, there will be a business networking session which will bring us back to the roots of Rotary and provide an opportunity to use the the newly acquired or enhanced elevator speech skills. Finally, in the third session, the presentation will provide ways to use technology to enhance awareness about Rotary locally and around the globe.
Ian Riseley, the 2017-18 RI President, will be delivering a keynote to 450 Rotarians from around New England on Thursday evening! Ian is one of the most engaging speakers and is committed to documenting and increasing the impact that Rotary produces. The 2017-18 theme: Rotary: Making a Difference will be presented and he will share his thoughts on what Rotary can do in the coming year to fulfill the theme.
PETS has been entirely revamped, starting with the PrePETS programs that our Presidents-elect participated in over the past few months. The eight District Governors created a common curriculum which shifted the knowledge and technical aspects of club management to be delivered before PETS, so that we can focus on our theme: Inspire to Lead, Empower to Achieve. All of the programming will be focused on how to use the tools and programs that RI has to build and effectively engage membership, demonstrate how participating in Foundation Grants will increase vibrancy and develop additional leadership skills that will assist in building a stronger Rotary.
Please wish your Presidents-elect well and share in their excitement when they return all fired-up next week. There is much to do and Rotary needs each and every one of us to succeed.
|Gloucester Interact Pizza Taste Off||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Mar 05, 2017||
You are invited to the Gloucester High School Interact Club's 10th annual Pizza Taste-Off on Wednesday, March 29, 5:30-7:30pm at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester, MA. Taste them all for yourself and vote on the best!
Tickets on $10 (children 5 and under $5). Tickets are limited to 300 and will be available at the door.
All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
|Reading Supports Eagle Scout Project||Posted by Tim Kelley||on Mar 05, 2017||
Harrison Fiscus is a Life Scout in Troop 702 in Reading working to complete the Eagle rank. Harrison's Eagle Project was to construct a sixty one foot long boardwalk on a trail in Town Forest. The trail was extremely muddy and a hazard for hikers. Harrison's project added to the network of boardwalks throughout the Town Forest. Harrison had to plan with and get the approval of the Town Forest Committee, the Trails Committee and Conservation in Town. A Boy Scout Eagle Project must help a non-profit or community entity for the improvement of the community. Troop 702 Boy Scouts have completed many Projects in the Town Forest.
Reading Rotary's donation is part of an initiative in Rotary to forge a partnership with Boy and Girl Scouts as there is a natural commonality of purpose in these organizations. Reading Rotary is happy to be able to help Harrison achieve his lifelong goal of obtaining the Eagle Scout Rank. Harrison's Project was completed this past fall.
Photo caption: Rotarian Tim Kelley presents Harrison Fiscus with a donation supporting his Eagle Scout Project. Also pictured is Troop 702 Scoutmaster John Meyers.
|Events Announced for Atlanta Convention||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Feb 23, 2017||
June is only a few months away and registration for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is still open. Curious what to expect at this year's Rotary International Convention? If Bill Gates as a speaker isn't enough, check out some of the great learning and fellowship opportunities offered this year including:
|Happy 112th Birthday Rotary!||Posted by John Germ, RI President||on Feb 23, 2017||
|Take your ClubRunner Website to the Next Level||Posted||on Feb 21, 2017||
Introducing modern websites for the modern organization
|Rockport Annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon for Seniors||Posted by Mary Ciaraldi||on Feb 21, 2017||
The Rotary Club of Rockport hosted its Annual Valentine's Day Luncheon for the Senior Citizens of Rockport on Valentine's Day, February 14, at The Fish Shack Restaurant in Rockport. Approximately 90 seniors attended the event.
A delicious baked haddock dinner and dessert were provided by restaurant owners Karen and Ken Porter, and family. Tuck's Candy Factory at Dock Square provided beautiful chocolate treats for each participant. Gretchen Anderson of the Rockport Garden Club assembled ribboned long-stemmed carnations which were given out to the guests. Valentine's Day cards, created by four of Rockport Elementary School Art Teacher Simon Paddock's classes, were given to each participant. Two Rockport High School instrumentalists, Clara Mazo on the violin, and Jace Mason on the cello, played to an appreciative audience.
|“Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is the element which holds it together.”||Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Feb 21, 2017||
Finding nice persons in this big and complicated world is truly a magical thing. But for me? Finding fellow Rotarians isn't only magical.... It's a Blessing!!!!
This year's district conference is focusing on Service and Fellowship, the foundations of Rotary. Join us Saturday night to give thanks to your Rotarian Friendships at a Party Not to Be Missed!!
We end the District Conference with an all out party at the Hawthorne Inn including the Parade of Presidents, dinner and, Yes, Dancing!!
Our own Bill Beckman, President of the Rotary Club of Beverly, will be performing with his band Horizon & The Horns, an award-winning Boston band that's played all over New England over the last 3 decades. They play music from all genres to keep you and your guests on the dance floor all night long!
Full conference package as well as a-la-carte available. Don't wait!! Save your spot for this magical Service and Fellowship Conference. Register here.
Title Quote from Paul Harris My Road to Rotary
|Lynnfield Impacts 15,000 Young Girls in India||Posted by Victor Saldanha||on Feb 20, 2017||
The Rotary Club of Lynnfield, with support from Rotary International, District 7930, Wachusett area clubs and India clubs, completed a $42,160 Girls School project in rural central India. This Grant provided 480 desks for eight schools, which will provide seating for up to 1,500 girls a year-- 15,000 girls over the expected 10-year life of the desks. In addition to the desks, the project included rain water collection and purification by reverse osmosis filters to provide clean drinking water, and computers, projectors and screens. This impacts several areas of focus for RI-- Education & Literacy and Clean Water & Hygiene.
Based on the success of this project, RI has approved another Grant with a budget of $69,000 to complete another 13 girls schools in rural central India. The Rotary Club of Lynnfield is proud to participate in this venture too.
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|"Every Day Use Your Magic to Be of Service to Others"||Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Feb 17, 2017||
"Magic is about creating a moment of awe and astonishment. And that can be a beautiful thing." -- David Blaine
Join your fellow Rotarians for a fun filled weekend to celebrate DG Sheryl Meehan's and Your Club President's Year!!!!
Don't miss this magical party!!!! Let the fun begin!!!!
Friday, May 19th: Pub Crawl Highlights following the Hannah Glover Cruise--
Make Your Own Magic! Join Us at The District Conference. REGISTER NOW!
Title quote by Marcia Wieder
|Polar Plunge Accounting||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Feb 17, 2017||
With the Polar Plunge a few weeks behind us, we are asking all clubs to wrap up their donations by April 1, 2017.
Please note the following:
|Chelsea Rotary Annual Pot O’ Gold||Posted by Rev. Sandra Whitley||on Feb 17, 2017||
Chelsea Rotary Fundraising Night is coming up soon: Thursday March 2, 2017.
This year’s fundraiser supports two of our projects-- Scholarships and a “Pantry of Necessities” for homeless schoolchildren. We award $7500 in scholarships to five deserving Chelsea students as they enter college and this year we are launching a “Pantry of Necessities” to provide toiletry items to homeless Chelsea schoolchildren.
There are five ways you can help.
1. TAKE A CHANCE “WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO” RAFFLE
Win $1000 in travel on Delta Airlines. There are 2 $500 vouchers for travel anywhere, anytime, any class. The world is waiting!
Runners up can win some great prizes too.
Boston Harbor Cruises Whale Watch - Family 4-Pack
Tickets to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Weekend Overnight Stay at the Brand New Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Raffle Tickets are $50. The drawing will be held at the Pot O' Gold event. You don’t have to be at the event to win.
|Rotary president invites members to Atlanta||Posted by John F. Germ, 2016-17 RI President||on Feb 14, 2017||
I am thrilled to announce that Bill Gates will be speaking this June at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been working together on polio eradication for a long time, and our strong partnership will continue through the final years of the effort.
Bill and his wife, Melinda, in their much-anticipated Annual Letter, released today, offer a glimpse of their appreciation for Rotary and the incredible progress we’ve made toward polio eradication through our joint effort with national governments, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With the most effective resources in place, it’s possible that we have seen, or soon will see, the last case of polio in history. At the convention, Bill will say more about how we can — and will — end polio together.
I hope you will join me and Bill at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 10-14 June. This is one speaker you’re not going to want to miss. Register now.
John F. Germ
2016-17 RI President
|Club Workshop||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Jan 30, 2017||
If you weren't here tonight you missed a great event!
|Reflecting on My Experience with Polio||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Jan 29, 2017||
I remember feeling so horribly hot, sweaty and the pains in my legs were horrendous! I felt so achy all over, my neck felt so stiff! That was the day I started a journey working through my fears and physical problems with the help of so many wonderful people. That day, my father carried me into Children’s Hospital and, after being evaluated; I was taken away from my parents to a ward for children with contagious cases of polio. Until then, I had never seen a child in crutches, paralyzed by the ravages of polio. However, that day I entered their world and was one of them. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, the annual number of polio cases in the United States peaked to approximately 58,000 cases a year. Many, showed no symptoms or minor symptoms and quickly recovered. Some of us weren’t as lucky.
|How Will You Answer the Call for Help?||Posted by Heidi Whear||on Jan 27, 2017||
As Rotarians, we understand what service is about. Service runs through our veins. It motivates us get up in the morning. It feeds our souls. One small gesture for another's well-being brings us joy beyond measure; often more joy than the person on the receiving end. Imagine taking that one more step. Imagine bringing Peace Through Service.
There is an extremely dedicated group of volunteers in Syria who risk their lives daily to pull fellow humans from bombed buildings. They are called the "White Helmets" and in the past 4 years they have rescued 74,000 men, women and children. The White Helmets are a non-governmental Syrian Defense group who have consciously decided not to take political sides. They just want to save the lives of their neighbors.
Join us for the World Peace and Understanding Dinner as we learn more about how they are creating Peace Through Service.
World Peace and Understanding Dinner
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
Four Points By Sheraton, Wakefield, MA
|2017 Rotary International Assembly||Posted by David Gardner||on Jan 21, 2017||
RI President-elect, Ian Riseley shares his thoughts on the theme for the 2017-18 Rotary year.
|2017-2018 Rotary Theme Announced||Posted by David Gardner||on Jan 18, 2017||
Rotary Internatioal President-elect Ian Riseley announced the theme for the 2017-2018 Rotary year - Rotary: Making a Difference. How appropriate, as it is what we do every day.
Key elements to his plan for the year are protecting the environment and doing what we can do to curb climate change.
Ian challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.
|What is RYLA?||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Jan 12, 2017||
Do you know about RYLA-- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards?
Check out this RYLA video from a few years ago (some of the dates and other details are out of date). This year's RYLA will be held on June 2-4, 2017.
If your club hasn't participated in the past, you should consider this amazing program for your high school students!
Have questions? Contact Rotarians Jim Babbin, Andy Maddox, David Gardner, Evan Diamond, Peter Majane, Tracy Arabian, Julie Geary, or Keith Harris-- they'll tell you more than you ever imagined possible.
|Polar Plunge Donations||Posted by Stephen McKenzie||on Jan 11, 2017||
2017 DISTRICT 7930 POLAR PLUNGE
LEVERAGING YOUR MONEYS 2-FOR-1
GIVE YOUR ALL: END POLIO NOW
Did you know that whatever you donate, solicit in pledges, or contribute in sponsorships for this year’s Polar Plunge effort gets matched $2 for each dollar raised for polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its partnership agreement with Rotary International?
Think about it! For every $100 raised by you, $200 is matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a total contribution of $300 to eradicate Polio in the world. This could be the year! Rotary International and its worldwide partners; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; World Health Organization; Center for Disease Control and Prevention; and UNICEF are working together to maximize all resources to eradicate polio everywhere in the world. Please provide your generous support!
|What's the OPM Strategy?||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Jan 09, 2017||
Rotarians are generous in giving their time, talent and treasure. It's key that we continue to give to our Rotary Foundation's programs, including the Annual Fund. So again, this year, we're committed to the Other People's Money, or OPM, Strategy. Instead of reaching into your own pocket, the Plunge Committee is asking you to ask a friend, neighbor, family or co-worker to sponsor your plunge or virtual plunge. This strategy has been proven to increase awareness of polio eradication and increase fundraising!
Want proof? The number one club for the past 2 years has hit the $20k mark in polio fundraising. How much of that was OPM? Last year it was 75% of their total donations!
For more information on how to process donations and more download the Plunge Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions document.
|World Peace and Understanding Dinner||Posted by Heidi Whear||on Jan 08, 2017||
Daily we hear disparaging news from Syria and we wrench our hands feeling so helpless in combating this atrocity. Families are trapped in their homes, then surrounded, tortured and killed by their own government, backed by Russian forces as they bomb residential neighborhoods, hospitals, schools and drinking water aquifers.
On February 8 we are hosting Sam Khatib, a national leader in the Syrian American Council as he shares thoughts on a few life-saving efforts and what we can do to help.
As Rotarians we feel the call. It rattles us when we know we want to help but don't know how. Come. Learn. Act thoughtfully.
|World Peace and Understanding Dinner||Posted by Christina Harris||on Jan 06, 2017||
Syria - Half a world away. Torn apart by civil war. Victimized by international forces beyond their control. Can we do more than watch helplessly from the sidelines? Yes - we can! We are Rotarians. We are driven to make a difference, to work for peace wherever it is absent.
Join us. Become informed. Leave Inspired. This is Rotary Serving Humanity.
World Peace and Understanding Dinner
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
Four Points By Sheraton, Wakefield, MA
|2017 Polar Plunge Registration is Ready!||Posted by Kristin Noon||on Jan 06, 2017||
It's time! Our Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, February 4th in Gloucester. Registration is now available! Please see the instructions page and flyer links for detailed. Please remember that friends, families, and Interactors are welcome to join us! "Virtual plunging" is always an option as well for those who want to support fundraising efforts, but not go into the water. Each dollar will be again matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!
Contact with questions: Kristin Noon at email@example.com.
|FREE Workshops Announced||Posted||on Jan 03, 2017||
We're thrilled to offer three opportunities for furthering your education in the areas of Public Image, Membership and Technology and Communications. These Workshops will be offered completely FREE to all Rotarians.
Here's the schedule:
Monday, January 30th in Woburn. register here
Thursday, February 16th in East Boston register here
Wednesday, April 19th in Danvers (at the District Assembly)
|Chelsea Hosts Annual Veterans Luncheon||Posted by Rev. Sandra Whitley||on Jan 01, 2017||
On Tuesday, November 8th, the Rotary Club of Chelsea hosted veterans from all five branches of the armed services to its Annual Veterans Luncheon “A Salute to Service.” There were over 50 veterans and Rotarians in attendance at the luncheon held in the Terranova Grille at the Wyndham Boston/Chelsea. Each veteran in attendance was invited to introduce themselves, the branch of the military they served in and tell a short story they may have from their time in the service. Each veteran was presented with a token of the club's appreciation for their attendance and their service. After the inspirational remarks from our greetings given by the Chelsea City Manager Thomas Ambrosino and the inspirational remarks by the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services, Francisco Urena, each veteran was presented with a token of the club’s appreciation for their attendance and their service. The event was concluded with the singing of the Armed Forces Medley of Songs from Army, Navy, Marines, Coat Guard, and Air Force by the veterans present. Also among those present were Soldiers Home, Superintendent Cheryl Poppe and Veterans Services Officer, Francisco Toro. The Secretary of Veterans Services shared with the attendees about his story in military and that Massachusetts is leading the nation where in every town and city in the commonwealth there is a Director of Veteran Services there to provide for and care for our over 365,000 veterans in the state.
In addition to the Annual Veterans' Luncheon, the Chelsea Rotary Club hosts veterans in August to a cruise around Boston Harbor and a delicious cookout held in conjunction with the Winter Hill Yacht Club. The Chelsea Rotary Club thanks all veterans for their service to our country and hopes to see more of them at our annual events honoring them in 2017.
|Another Successful Year for Adopt-a-Family and Reading Rotary||Posted by Brian Snell||on Dec 28, 2016||
26 years ago, the Town of Reading created a program called Adopt-a-Family. The program would match Reading people in need with Reading residents or organizations. At Thanksgiving, a holiday meal is provided by the donor family, while at Christmas, the donation consists of a meal and gifts for children under 18 and adult children with disabilities. Ten years ago the club jumped in to help as budget cuts reduced staffing on the project. Soon after, the Rotary Club assumed responsibility with another smaller organization in town called ReadingCares. This year, more than 200 donor families and organizations stepped forward to make this Thanksgiving and Christmas a memorable one for nearly 50 families in Reading. The process is a team effort in getting the word out to the community. Then once the donors and recipients are registered, much of the work can take place online as a result of the clubs interest in streamlining. The fruits of the labor are seen on Distribution Day just prior to the holiday. Donors arrive at the DPW Garage early and drop their donation which is organized by the volunteers and a few hours later the recipient families arrive at the garage to pick up their donation. The entire process is kept anonymous to both the donors and the recipients.
Standing before the donations this past Distribution Day are: Betsy Schneider, ReadingCares, Julie Redard, Linda Ananian, Brian Snell, Reading Rotary President-Elect, John Doherty, Rotary Past President, Kerry Valle, Joanne Redard, Linda Lydecker, Brian Tobin, Joe Ferioli, Brian Crosby, Rotary Past President.Missing from picture: Linda Snell, Gregg Johnson, Rotary Past President, Richard Lombardo, Rotary Past President, John Douglas, Rotary Past President.
|Atlanta Convention Update||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Dec 27, 2016||
The Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is months away, but already the district has reached its goal of 50 registrants! But we're not full! The district is planning several fellowship events including a trip to the Georgia Aquarium and more. Friends and family are always welcome! 19 Clubs have committed to sending a representative. Can we make it 25? If you are interested in registering still, please contact Amy Luckiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll help you register online.
A big thanks to the following clubs who are sending representatives:
|CHELSEA ROTARY CLUB IS MOVING||Posted by Bruce Mauch||on Dec 27, 2016||
Effective January 3, 2017 the Rotary Club of Chelsea will be holding its regular Tuesday luncheon meetings at the Dockside Restaurant, 170 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150.
Meetings will start at 12:15 pm.
Telephone number for the Dockside Restaurant is (617) 466-0031.
|Peabody Rotary to Hold Trivia Night to Benefit Polar Plunge||Posted by Herb Harris||on Dec 23, 2016||
As a fundraiser to benefit the Polar Plunge, Peabody Rotary will hold a Trivia Night Fundraiser on Thursday, January 5th, 2017, at the AOH Hall, 58 Lowell Street in Peabody. The doors will open at 6:00PM and the games will begin at 7:00PM. There will be free hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.
The registration fee is $150 per team of five. If a team is interested in playing, please call Karen Conard at 508-265-0229. Complete your registration form and bring it and your payment to the event. Download printable registration form here.
Peabody Rotary wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and a HEALTHY 2017!
|Wakefield Club Recognizes Perfect Attendance||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Dec 21, 2016||
The Wakefield Rotary Club recently recognized fourteen of its members who have reached perfect attendance during the Rotary year 2015-16. Although the minimum attendance requirements by Rotary International have eased, many of the Wakefield Rotarians take pride in attaining or maintaining perfect attendance. This is achieved by attending regular weekly meetings, by visiting other clubs both locally and world-wide or by attending an e-meeting online. “It really shows the commitment our members have to Rotary and the community,” commented immediate past Club President Bob Kimball, who presented the recognitions. Kimball along with fellow members Joe Buscaino, Jim Fitzgerald, Bruce Donovan, Tom Stapleton, Amy Luckiewicz, Lisa Roderick, Elaine Guaetta, Suzanne Bowering, Judy Gordon, Fred Singer, Jim Tarpey, Frank Fiorentino and Jay Curley have accrued a cumulative number of 229 years in perfect attendance. Curley received special notice for his 45 years straight of perfect attendance.
|Get ready for 2017 Polar Plunge!||Posted by Peter Simonsen||on Dec 19, 2016||
Come join the Party!
This is our chance to help the children of the world by helping to fund polio eradication efforts. In 1988 there were 350,000 new cases of Polio worldwide. Through October 2016 there have only been 27 new cases. The goal of Rotary and its partners is to completely eradicate the polio virus. Without the complete eradication the virus could infect 100,000 within 10 years.
The members of the 47 clubs in our District have come together over the last several years for our annual Polar Plunge event at Long Beach. These members and supporters have made a significant statement of caring for the children of the world.
Links to our fundraising page will shortly be forwarded to the President of your club and on the District 7930 website.
Come support a great fun event!
|Rockport Presents Grace Center with Placesettings||Posted by Mary Ciaraldi||on Dec 19, 2016||
Charitable Gift Will Reduce Cost and Waste for Free Meals for Locals in Crisis.
Today members of the Rockport Rotary Club delivered a truckload of new 100 commercial-quality place settings to the Grace Center. The plates, bowls, mugs, cups, and silverware will be used for the Grace Center’s program of free breakfast and lunch for area residents in need, which currently feeds an average of 70 people a day.
Presenting the gift were Rockport Rotarians Mary Ciaraldi, Publicity Chair and realtor at J. Barrett & Company; Anne Lewis, retired, who heads the group’s grants committee; Rev. Derek van Gulden, pastor of the Rockport Congregational Church; Jack Reed, President of the Rockport Rotary Club; Bob Gillis, EVP of Cape Ann Savings Bank; and Elise Sinagra, Director of Sales, Marketing & Community Integration at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (not pictured).
Accepting the gift were Grace Center Executive Director Rev. Thomas Bentley and co-founder Rev. Anne Deneen. “Since we started in 2011, the Grace Center has relied on expensive paper products, but this commercial-quality bamboo melamine set will dramatically reduce costs and trash,” explained Rev. Bentley. “We are so grateful to the Rockport Rotary and Rotary District 7930 for this generous gift and for making the Grace Center part of their homelessness and hunger initiative.”
“The Rockport Rotary raises money to support local initiatives that are sustainable, and this is something that meets a great need,” explained Anne Lewis, who oversees the groups charitable giving. “The Rockport Rotary raised $2,000 and our district matched our gift.”
|District Conference 2017 Update||Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Dec 16, 2016||
Experience the Magic of Your Presidency and DG Sheryl Meehan's year by attending the District Conference May 19, 20 Salem Mass. The Presidents from Salem, Lynn, Beverly, Danvers, Peabody and Ipswich are spearheading this celebration. Here are some highlights:
The committee is busy finalizing details. Registration will begin in January so be on the look out for further information and cost. Register early!! Expected to be a sell out!!!
If you wish to stay at the Hawthorne Inn I suggest you call soon as only 10 rooms were held and it is also the graduation weekend of Salem State University. Ask for the Rotary District Conference.
Experience the Magic and See You in Salem!!!!
|Reading Rotary Readers Project||Posted by Tim Kelley||on Dec 16, 2016||
In December the Reading Rotary Club visited kindergarten classes to distribute reading books and book bags to every kindergarten student in the Reading Public Schools. Reading Rotary picked this project to advance one of Rotary six areas of focus: basic education and literacy. Reading Rotary looks for projects to help those who are in need, provide support to young people to reach new heights and support organizations who are also doing great work in supporting others.
The Rotary Reader Project was adapted from Mary Kate Kelley’s Girl Scout Gold Award literacy bag project; Mary Kate is a Past President of the Reading Memorial High School Interact Club and one of its Charter Members. This project involved the RMHS Interact as Interact Members helped assemble the bags for distribution. Each drawstring book bag contained two reading books and information about Rotary.
|Thank You to Ipswich & Gloucester Rotary||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Dec 14, 2016||
During each holiday season, SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program gives a small gift to each of our homebound elders who receive daily Meals on Wheels lunches. These gifts are delivered with their meal around the middle of December.
SeniorCare would like to thank the Ipswich Rotary Club and the Gloucester Rotary Club for assisting with the cost of these gifts in each of their communities. Rotary’s generosity is greatly appreciated!
Meals on Wheels is a nationwide program that provides a nutritious meal to homebound elders daily. SeniorCare provides these meals to more than 1,500 seniors throughout the North Shore area. Approximately 100 seniors in Ipswich receive a daily lunch. Many times, the delivery driver is the only contact during the day for these seniors.
SeniorCare Inc. serves nine communities on Boston’s North Shore, serving more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in Beverly, Essex, Ipswich, Gloucester, Hamilton, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham. Established in 1972, SeniorCare’s volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.
|Socks For Veterans||Posted by Jeff Wisnia||on Dec 13, 2016||
Members of the Burlington Rotary's Interact Club gathered to present over 1800 pairs of white athletic socks to US military veterans.
The socks were collected by members of the Burlington High School Interact Club who placed collection boxes around town and Burlington Rotary Club members. Particular thanks go to to Burlington Rotary member Lisa Healey who collected an amazing 1549 pairs of socks through requests to friends, coworkers and acquaintances. Many of the students pictured above are holding pairs of socks to be turned over to veterans.
Three US military veterans attended the meeting. They accepted and took the socks to where they will be given to other veterans who need them.
|Gloucester Interact Annual Children's Party||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Dec 06, 2016||
The Gloucester High School Interact held their annual Holiday Party for the children of Gloucester this past weekend at Pathways for Children. Dozens of families with almost 200 children attended the party, where they made arts & crafts, played games, decorated cookies, listened to holiday story-telling, enjoyed a delicious lunch and met with Santa.
This annual event is planned and executed completely by the Gloucester High School Interact Club members.
|Ipswich Rotary Collects for the Homeless||Posted by Bob Wicks||on Dec 05, 2016||
In November, Ipswich Rotary completed a very successful “Sock Drive for the Homeless”, part of the club’s ongoing Homelessness and Hunger Initiative. Rev. Brian Gearin of Starlight Ministries in Boston joined the club at a breakfast meeting to describe the need and to help the Rotarians understand how good people can suddenly find themselves homeless.
Following the meeting, the club packed Rev. Gearin’s car chock full of socks collected during the drive. Yes, we left a bit of room in the car for Rev. Gearin.
|Building Membership In Your Club||Posted by Bob Gravino||on Dec 05, 2016||
Did you catch this in December’s Rotarian Magazine?
If you read the December edition of the Rotarian magazine, you may have found some worthwhile and thought provoking material.
The following snippets from articles show what Rotarians are doing or what others are saying about Rotary. They provide beneficial ideas as we work to grow membership and encourage and foster the ideal of service to others. Doing good in the world because of Rotary Serving Humanity.
|Nominating Committee's Selection for DG for 2019-20||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Nov 29, 2016||
It is my honor to announce the District 7930 Nominating Committee’s selection of the 2019 – 2020 District Governor of District 7930 – Joan Kelly Arsenault of the Ipswich Rotary Club.
Joan Arsenault has worked in the medical arena as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1981 and has been the CEO/Managing Partner of MassTex Imaging, LLC since 2006. Joan is one of 20 Speech Pathologists in New England Board Certified in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders. She sits on the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and is a member of the Speech Pathology Associations in MA, ME, NH and the CT Medical Speech Pathology State Association Group. Joan is an Adjunct Professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions and Northeastern University supervising graduate students as well as guest lecturing. Joan received a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Memphis and Bachelors of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Stockton State College. Joan has continued to conduct research, presentations and written numerous articles on her chosen profession and medical expertise.
Read more about Joan and the bylaws as they pertain to approval or challenge to the nomination as recommended by the District Nominating Committee.
|The Rotary Clubs of Marblehead and Marblehead Harbor Host Friends Forever Teens from Northern Ireland||Posted by Beth Robinson||on Nov 28, 2016||
The Rotary clubs of Marblehead and Marblehead Harbor were delighted to host Friends Forever teens from Northern Ireland for a day of fun and sharing. Started in 1986 by Rotarian, Bob Raiche, Friends Forever (FF) has spanned three decades with one goal: to create trust, empathy and friendships between cultures in conflict - ONE YOUTH AT A TIME. Having its roots in the Northern Ireland Protestant/Catholic conflict, FF has opened the gates to Palestinian/Israeli and Uganda youths as well as expanding the nature of the Irish program to new groups entering the area bringing even more differences. The year long commitment to work together toward a more peaceful world spans far beyond with these teens and their uncanny ability to really change their family and friends and all of the people they meet here in the US. Ironically, coming to the States as the “Life Raft Formula” to show the new groups how people of different religions, origins and backgrounds get along with no problem, now works both ways. The teens meet up with a delegation from MHS Interact students for the day and the conversations are most revealing - on both sides! They spend a very joyful day of discovery!
|Thanksgiving Meal Program||Posted by Jeff Wisnia||on Nov 28, 2016||
Pictured here are Burlington Rotarians and helpers standing in front of boxes of frozen turkeys shortly before the turkeys and all the other foods for a lovely Thanksgiving Day meal were given to families in need of them. This is an ongoing annual activity of the Burlington Food Pantry and takes place at the UCC Church in Burlington. Our club
has been participating in the program for over ten years and this year our activities included transporting the frozen turkeys from the Boston Food Bank and storing them in a freezer courtesy of Shaws Supermarket. The day of the event Rotarians moved the turkeys from Shaws Supermarket to the UCC Church where they stayed to assist families in gathering their turkeys and groceries for Thanksgiving and helping move them to their vehicles.
|Reading Rotary holds 17th Annual Auction||Posted by Tim Kelley||on Nov 28, 2016||
On Friday night, November 18, the Reading Rotary held its annual fundraising Auction. This was the 17th year. The Fall Auction was held this year at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. 200 guests packed the room and bid on silent and live auction items, raffles and lucky "leaves" containing gift cards. The event was Chaired by Tim Kelley, Lori Foley and Christine Kelley. Rotarians John Douglass and Steve Chuha reprised their roles as Auctioneers. John and Steve entertained the crowd as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. From sponsorships, silent and live auction items and raffle items, Reading expects its final net will be over $25,000.00 for Reading Rotary's community commitments.
|Rotaplast Mission Members surprised with a Celebration!||Posted by David Boudreau - Rotaplast Co-Ambassador||on Nov 22, 2016||
Members of the latest mission to Cebu, Philippines were honored by our District at a surprise dinner held November 14 at Stonewood Tavern in Peabody!
The team was just back serving as non-medical volunteers from District 7930, which generously sponsored the mission to Cebu from October 9-22, 2016. This is the 11th time our District has sponsored a lifesaving Rotaplast mission! The non-medical volunteers who assisted in providing 105 children with reconstructive surgery are:
|Salem wins Instagram Contest||Posted by Amy Luckiewic||on Nov 21, 2016||
The Salem Rotary Club was selected as the District Instagram Contest. 13 photos were submitted to be the first District Instagram featured on our page @Rotary7930. Salem will also receive a customized pop-up banner for them to use when out in the town and at events. All photos will be published over the next several weeks. Want to share a photo to our Instagram? Send them with caption to Amy at email@example.com. To view the winning photo, visit our page https://www.instagram.com/rotary7930.
|Do you have a desire to help?||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Nov 21, 2016||
Help is needed at the District Level for the jobs that keep the District running. They are jobs of responsibility, but jobs that need a steady hand and a willing mind. These are the jobs of Assistant District Secretary and Assistant District Treasurer.
The Assistant Secretary reports to the District Secretary and assists in the performance of her/his duties. To quote the District by-laws: “The Assistant Secretary shall perform such duties as requested by the District Governor and in the absence or disability of the Secretary perform the duties of the Secretary and act in his/her stead.”
The duties of the District Secretary are delineated in the by-laws as :
|Why Vision???||Posted by Gary Nangle||on Nov 21, 2016||
A club visioning session provides a vision for the future of the Club, and a written plan that promotes consensus, consistency, and continuity. The statement of goals and initiatives developed during a vision session provides a road map that’s easy for leaders and club members to grasp, and implement. It serves as a foundational piece for any club that wants to grow and become more effective.
Club visioning defines and celebrates the unique culture of each club through a facilitated delivery of exercises. Visioning allows the club members to dream about what their club could become. From this dream comes a new sense of identity and a renewed commitment to make a club better.
|Happy Birthday, Rotary Foundation!||Posted by Liz Cullen||on Nov 20, 2016||
District 7930 knows how to party! One hundred and sixty-five Rotarians from thirty-one clubs gathered last Friday evening at the Danversport Yacht Club to celebrate the 100th birthday of The Rotary Foundation. Balloons, crowns, party hats, horns and birthday cake were the order of the evening. The party was a celebration of all that we, as individual Rotarians and as clubs, do to save and change lives in our communities and in the international community of the world.
Eight clubs, Salem, Woburn, Peabody, Stoneham, Amesbury, Rockport, Arlington and Burlington Breakfast recognized new and multiple Paul Harris Fellows. District Foundation Chair, Liz Cullen, on behalf of The Rotary Foundation, recognized our newest Major Donor, Mark Golub, from the Rotary Club of Malden. The Foundation also recognized Alexander Falk, Rotary Club of Marblehead, and Julia Phelps and Steve Mackenzie, Rotary Club of Amesbury, for achievement of Level II Major Donor status and for their generous bequests to the Endowment Fund.
|Rotary Earns Top Marks from Fundraising Community||Posted by Reprinted from Rotary News||on Nov 16, 2016||
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.
The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”
The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.
Peabody Rotary Celebrates Peabody's 100th Birthday
||Posted by Herb Harris||on Nov 12, 2016||
|How to be Your Best Self||Posted||on Nov 12, 2016||
Does your daily activity restrict your ability to be who you could be? If so, plan on attending the next Rotary Means Business meeting on November 28th. Our presenter, or coach will be Linda Stacy. Linda is a public speaker, a workshop facilitator, and a productivity coach. Linda is inspired to help her audiences and clients achieve their best lives – their Best Selves – by way of energy management and the *brass tacks* of healthy, efficient productivity.
Linda understands that as humans we are complex and to be our best at work, at home, and at play, we must balance commitments, master time, listen to our bodies, respond to the world around us, and remain open to the possibilities!
Whew! Linda calls upon herself (1st and foremost!) and others to approach this abundance with child-like wonder – instead of the burden of overwhelm that often drains our energy.
Living and Working Deliberately to Reach Your Goals – manage your time and your environment to support your best work.
If you want to get a glimpse into how you can achieve the you that you want to be, join us at the McLane Middleton Law Center in Woburn at 6:00 pm for some networking and an introduction to managing your time in a way that will bring about happiness and enhanced performance! Register here!
|Hold a Great Rotary Event||Posted by David Gardner from Rotary Leader||on Nov 11, 2016||
When you hold a fundraiser like a barbecue, rubber duck race, or beer tasting event, in addition to raising money for your project or cause, you make people aware of your club, and you enable potential members to experience the fun and fellowship that Rotary offers.
Rotary Vice President Jennifer Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, in Ontario, Canada, has used her background in advertising and marketing to promote events for her club and Rotary. These have included a Rollin’ With Rotary road trip that made Rotary front-page news in communities from Windsor to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.
“For me it’s all about creating ‘the hook’ — that special magic dust that makes people want to engage in what we’re doing,” says Jones. “One of my favorite tips when organizing an event is to ask a local, national, or international figure to become the event’s honorary chair.
|Arlington's Flags for Heroes Ceremony||Posted by David Gardner||on Nov 08, 2016||
Rows of American flags will by flying in front of Arlington High School from November 1st - 13th, to recognize the deceased and thank the living. For some visitors, it is a place of contemplation. For others, it is a place to run with their children through a sea of red, white and blue. For everyone, it becomes a place of reflection for the people who have been the heroes in our lives.
On Sunday, November 6th, the Arlington Rotary Club held a ceremony honoring Kenneth Simmons and the many people who were acknowledged through the presentation of a flag in their name. Over 120 flags are being flown in honor of members of our Armed Forces, Police and Fire Personnel, First Responders, Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Mentors, and Community Leaders. The display is absolutely magnificent and represents all that is good in the world. If you get a chance to visit the display, you can find it on the front lawn or the Arlington High School until November 13th.
Flags for Heroes is a fund raising activity sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington and will not only demonstrate appreciation for all those who serve our nation and our communities, it provides the funds to further impact Arlington in meaningful ways.
|10 Clubs Participate in Food Packaging Event||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 07, 2016||
10 Rotary Clubs recently participated in a project with End Hunger New England to prepare, pack and fund for 16,000 meals. Members of the Rotary Club joined a team of over 100 Rotarians, friends and family at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield last Tuesday afternoon. The project started at 7:30 am when Rotarians brought the production line and raw materials from curb side on into the ballroom where the event was held. Matthew Martin, the area director for Outreach, Inc., parent company of End Hunger New England, provided a brief overview of their mission and instructions on how to maximize the process.
As part of the Rotary District 7930's Homelessness and Hunger Imitative, the project funded beans, rice and vegetables fortified with vitamins. Project Coordinator and Wakefield Rotarian Mario Portillo explained, "We selected that meal because it was both kosher and gluten-free. We wanted it to be appealing to both children and adults." The delivery process began immediately after the packaging event. Clubs took a portion of the meals and returned to their local communities to donate to those in need. Many thanks to Rotarians from Wakefield, Reading, Lynn, Lynnfield, Belle Isle, Stoneham, Saugus, Hamilton-Wenham, Peabody and Danvers for your hard work! Additional meals were donated to benefit Haiti and will be sent via Outreach, Inc.
|Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial 5K Road Race – a third annual success||Posted by Arthur Schwartz||on Nov 07, 2016||
Last Sunday, under an inky, grey sky and in the presence of the color guard from the U.S.S. Constitution and with bagpipes majestically playing the “Marines Hymn” -- over one hundred runners participated in the the third annual Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial road race. Prior to the race start, Congressman Seth Moulton, a retired U.S. Marine Corp veteran, delivered a moving talk about Don Humphreys and the impact Mr. Humphreys had on our community and on Mr. Moulton’s life.
Runners took a scenic pass through downtown Marblehead and were supported by dozens of Marblehead Rotary Club volunteers. When the race was completed, all the participants were invited to share snacks and stories at the Boston Yacht Club. Overlooking a stunning beautiful, but stark, Marblehead Harbor, the winners were given gift certificates and all the participates were grateful to have helped further an important cause.
All proceeds from this race will support the Marblehead Rotary Club’s scholarship program and will provide a funds to support a son or daughter of a veteran or a student entering a military academy.
|How Well Do You Manage Your Time?||Posted by David Gardner||on Nov 07, 2016||
At first glance, we all seem to manage our time exactly the same. We all get 24 hours a day. It is what we do with it that can impact our lives in meaningful ways. If you are not achieving your personal and professional goals as you had planned, perhaps the process is what is broken, not your desire.
If you would like to begin to delve into how to make the changes to drive more impact, you might want to attend the next meeting of Rotary Means Business. Our featured speaker is Linda Stacy. Linda is a Boston-based Productivity Specialist and author of The Whole Package Professional: The Definitive Guide to Productivity, Success and Fulfillment in Business and Life. She created the LivingBluPrints System based on her experience as busy professional in the management consulting industry, an entrepreneur, and years of research, training, and living her best life.
We have not yet chosen a date for the event because we want to impact as many Rotarians and friends as possible. If you let us know the dates you are available in the doodle poll, http://doodle.com/poll/h2x9kpa5zxnwh7nr, we will be sure to choose the most popular date.
Still not sure, visit Linda's website http://www.livingbluprints.com/ to gather more information!
Keep an eye out for the date in the next few days, and yes, we will send an email reminder to everyone who sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be added to theRotary Means Business contact list, please let me know that as well. Otherwise, it will be listed in next weeks eBulletin.
|Rotary’s 1st Paul Harris Fellow||Posted by Julia Phelps||on Nov 06, 2016||
On Friday night, November 18, 2016 we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation, OUR Rotary Foundation. That evening clubs and individuals will be recognizing new Paul Harris Fellows. Have you ever wondered, who was our first Paul Harris Fellow and when did that recognition take place?
The idea of recognizing a Rotarian who has personally contributed $1,000 or has had a $1,000 contributed in their name occurred in 1957. That year two Rotarians were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. One of those gentlemen was Rufus, also known as “Rough-House,” Chapin, one of Paul Harris’ closest friends. Chapin joined the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905 when the club was just a few months old. He was a banker, who had a great sense of humor. He gave of his time and talents for many years without hesitation. In fact, he served treasurer for 33 years. Some things never change in Rotary! He died in 1947, so his Paul Harris Fellow recognition was given to him posthumously.
On November 18th, you and members of your club will have the opportunity to name Rotarians, friends of Rotary, community members and/or family members as Paul Harris Fellows. They will join the ranks of over 3,300 men and women in District 7930 that have also received this recognition and millions who have received this recognition around the world.
That evening we will also hear from author, David C Forward, who wrote Doing Good in the World. David is currently the Governor of Rotary District 7500 in New Jersey. He’s been a Rotarian since 1978 and wrote A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International, that chronicled our first 100 years as an organization. A very sought after speaker, he will share with us other memorable stories of Rotarians and our Foundation that evening.
Make sure you register today for a fun and informative evening when we celebrate 100 years of our Foundation making the world a better place.
|October Message from Governor Sheryl||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Oct 31, 2016||
I can’t believe that November is here! Where has the time flown? During the last few months, I have focused on club visits and have been amazed by what our members consistently do – day in and day out! Every club, no matter how large or small, has committed to projects benefiting their community and the world at large. I am so proud, yet humbled, by the dedication and commitment our members demonstrate every day to making our world a better place. I am enriched by how warmly I have been welcomed by members in each and every club and am constantly confirmed that every Rotarian is an exceptional human being making a difference in our world.
As all of you know, within Rotary, November is Rotary Foundation Month. Most of you know by now that I am passionate about our Foundation. Supported by generous contributions from our members, our Rotary Foundation transforms funds we contribute into projects that change lives within our communities and around the world. I am so thankful that, due to our Foundation, we are eradicating Polio, preventing disease, providing clean water, promoting and providing education, building peace and supporting local communities. November – is also the month we, in America, celebrate Thanksgiving. This year we have so very much to be thankful for due to OUR FOUNDATION.
|Dictionaries for Third Graders||Posted by Jeff Wisnia||on Oct 21, 2016||
This week The Burlington Rotary Club continued its annual Rick Karwan Memorial Dictionary Program, by giving every third grade student in Burlington's four elementary schools a new dictionary. Shown above are four Burlington Rotary club members at one of the schools and the stacks of dictionaries to be given out, and one of the school teachers preparing the students for a short program delivered by a Rotarian which includes an introduction to words in the dictionary related to the principles of Rotary and its unselfish helping of people in need around the world.
|Winchester hosts 3rd Annual Chili Fest||Posted by Laurie Russell||on Oct 21, 2016||
Bring the family to the 3rd Annual Chili Fest presented by Rotary Club of Winchester on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Winchester Town Hall Auditorium from 4 to 8 PM. Come taste and vote for the best chili as area restaurants and professional chefs compete. Does a member in your Rotary club have a fabulous chili recipe to enter? Cook up a batch for the amateur contest and you could win $500 for the charity of your choice. A panel of celebrity judges will judge the amateur contest.
The event is a family friendly that will include music, food trucks, beer/wine and kids activities. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $5 for individuals, $15 for families and $15 for an alcohol wristband. Winchester Town Hall is located at 71 Mount Vernon Street in Winchester. Parking is conveniently located directly across from Town Hall.
|Gloucester Rotary Club Takes Advantage of District Mini Grant||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Oct 16, 2016||
The Gloucester Rotary Club was proud to partner with the Rotary District 7930 in providing a $500 mini grant ($250 District contribution, $250 Gloucester Rotary Club) to The Open Door Food Pantry, serving Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, and Ipswich, to purchase diapers for families in need.
The Open Door Executive Director Julie LaFontaine explains the importance of this grant.
“Since the completion of our 2,000 square foot warehouse expansion and capacity-building project in January 2016, The Open Door has partnered with local collaborators including North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force, Ipswich Birth to Three, Action Inc., Pathways for Children (our local Head Start provider) and the Integrated Preschool in Gloucester, to set up the only Diaper Bank on the North Shore. Low income families spend between 6-10 percent of their income every month on diapers. 1-in-3 families experience diaper need, and not having enough diapers can impact the health and nutrition outcomes of children and their families.
|#IamRotary||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Oct 16, 2016||
The District Public Image Committee is thrilled to share with you our new Public Image Toolkit developed right here in D7930! Our #IAmRotary campaign is designed to help clubs increase their social media visibility while promoting membership. Tools include:
2) Sample Prompts
3) Prop Photos
You may have already seen our #IAmRotary on our 7930 Facebook page and you'll see more. Now is the time to roll out your own campaign featuring your own members! Club Public Image Chairs will receive electronic toolkits in October and are welcome to start their campaigns anytime. Also, don't forget our Instagram contest to win a custom pop-up banner for your club is still going on! Thanks for your work and all you do to improve your club's Public Image!
|Public Image Mini Grants Awarded||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Oct 16, 2016||
The District 7930 Public Image Committee is happy to announce that 12 clubs were awarded the Autumn, 2016 Public Image Mini Grant. The committee unanimously voted, and was approved by District Governor Sheryl, to expand the budget for this round of applications. Reading, Lawrence, Wakefield, Wilmington, Melrose, Medford, Andover, Cambridge, Downtown Boston, Hamilton-Wenham, Burlington Breakfast and Peabody all were awarded funds. Public Image Chair Amy Luckiewicz explained, "The applications were really varied this year. We funded polo shirts for members, pop-up banners, brochure printing, business cards, promotional products, and all sorts of stuff. It really speaks to the clubs' leaders that they understand the importance of getting Rotary visible at the local level. I know the committee was thrilled at the response and we were so happy to invest some of our budget back into the clubs again this year. We're paying out just over $2,000!"
For more info on Public Image or to schedule a member of the Public Image as a speaker, email Amy at email@example.com.
Polio Updates - World Polio Day and Polar Plunge
|Posted by Stephen McKenzie||on Oct 11, 2016||
World Polio Day - October 24, 2016
To make everyone aware that this disease is just an airplane ride away, Rotary started World Polio Day, held annually in October. Over the years, we have marked this occasion in various ways. Clubs have held fundraisers or held numerous events to bring awareness to the “End Polio Now” efforts. More recently, we created live-streamed events featuring prominent public health experts and journalists, along with some of our celebrity ambassadors. This year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention will partner with Rotary International to host a live-streamed event at its headquarters in Atlanta. Experts will discuss the milestones, promising developments, and remaining challenges in the fight to eradicate polio.
February 4, 2017 - District 7930 Polio Polar Plunge
Come join the District as a plunger, supporter at the event, or gather pledges to raise funds for this ever popular District event to achieve continuing success to raise funds to defeat Polio now. Clubs are encouraged to provide plungers, to start soliciting pledges from non-rotarians in the community, to hold fundraisers for the cause or just do whatever possible to raise awareness for the cause. We can also use help in finding sponsors for the event. It is a fun event with lots of laughs and brave souls plunging into frigid waters.
Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Honors Paul Fellow Receipents
|Posted by Beth Robinson||on Oct 11, 2016||
Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Foundation Dinner celebrated the Centennial of the Rotary International Foundation, the main charitable arm of Rotary International as well as honor people in the community for outstanding service with Paul Harris Fellowship awards.
Pictured l-r = Paul Harris Fellows (from left): Diane Barbour, Lenny Cameron, Dave Rodgers, Bob Erbetta.and Gabrielle Shannon Kenney and Liz Cullen, District Foundation Chair is 3rd from the left. Gabrielle at age 14 is one of the youngest individuals ever given a Paul Harris Fellow award.
Women in Rotary Hosted by Boston Rotaract
|Posted by Mallory McCoy||on Oct 03, 2016||
The Boston Rotaract Club will host the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum this Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. This event will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.
Founded in 1905, Rotary International is a global community of more than 1.2 million like-minded individuals in 35,000 clubs who have a passion for service. However, the Rotary International Constitution required membership to be limited to men until 1989 - two years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that mandated gender equality in Rotary in the United States. Today, there are more than 200,000 women in Rotary, comprising nearly 20 percent of Rotary’s membership.
District Celebrates The Rotary Foundation's 100th Birthday
|Posted by Julia Phelps||on Oct 02, 2016||
What does a birthday party for something 100 years old look like?
How do you celebrate 100 years?
Rotary District 7930 is going to answer those questions and more at the 100th Birthday Party for our Rotary Foundation. The party will be on Friday, November 18, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Danversport Yacht Club, located at 161 Elliott Street in Danvers, MA.
Rotary founder, Paul Harris and Rotary Foundation founder, Arch Klumph, will be there and you and your club members will be able to have your pictures made with each of them. And a birthday party would not be complete without party favors, balloons, dinner, birthday cake and ice cream. Keynote speaker David Forward, author of 100 Years of Doing Good & A Century of Service, will share interesting stories about our Foundation. Club presidents will be able to recognize a new Paul Harris Fellow recipient from their community. New Major Donors, Bequest Society members & Paul Harris Society members will also be introduced.
Don Humphreys 5K - 2016 Online Registration
|Posted by Arthur Schwartz||on Sep 28, 2016||
Join us for a scenic race through downtown Marblehead. The race course begins at the Boston Yacht Club, 1 Front Street, Marblehead overlooking Marblehead Harbor and will take you through old town Marblehead, back through the community, returning to the BYC.
The race is in memory of Don Humphreys. Don was a WWII Marine veteran of Guadalcanal, a dedicated pilot, a loving friend to young and old, and a Marblehead Rotarian who personified the Rotary ideal of “service above self”. He believed in the good work of Rotary and it's commitment to providing scholarships to deserving high school gradutates. By participating in this race, you are strengthening and continuing his legacy!
"Boots & Bling" Masked Ball to fight hunger
|Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Sep 23, 2016||
Ipswich Rotary will host its annual masquerade ball, an evening of western themed fun for a good cause on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Turner Hill Mansion in Ipswich. Proceeds will benefit the club’s Hunger Initiatives in Ipswich and Rowley. Suggested dress is a themed costume or black tie/cocktail attire. Features include live music by “Boston Common”, dinner, dancing, cash bar and silent auction.
Tickets are $75 person, available from any Rotarian, and at Ipswich or Rowley branches of First Ipswich Bank and Institution for Savings. Advance ticket sales only, must be 21 and over. For more Information, call 978-500-2648 or visit www.ipswichrotary.org.
Presidents and First PrePETS Meeting
|Posted by Su Mansur||on Sep 22, 2016||
The first meeting of the current Presidents and Presidents-Elect was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Sheraton, Boston-North. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by District Governor Sheryl Meehan following a meet and greet social hour powered by a game of Bingo. Those attending went about introducing themselves and asking for signatures in specific categories on their Bingo card. Those who completed the card with all squares signed received a scratch card. There were winners!
Governor Sheryl invited Bob Wood, District Governor-nominee, to lead the assembly in the The Pledge of Allegiance which he followed with a moment of silence for all those who have served and the reciting of the Four-Way Test.
After the opening ceremony everyone was invited to partake of the superb buffet dinner that was awaiting them in the anteroom.
Public Image Help Wanted
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Sep 19, 2016||
The District Public Image Committee is seeking to create a list of Rotarians who can help out with the public image development of other clubs. These volunteers will be kept in a database and the Public Image Chair will make referrals. This is for CLUB assistance only, and not personal or business projects.
Specifically, we're looking for Rotarian:
If you'd like to be available to help other clubs, please email your name, preferred phone and email to Amy Luckiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make District Photo History
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Sep 19, 2016||
The District Public Image Committee is thrilled to announce that we're kicking off our District Instagram Page with an interactive contest!
Be the first club featured on our District’s Instagram page @rotary7930! Clubs may submit up to 5 photos with captions to email@example.com. All appropriate photos will be posted to the district account, but only 1 will be selected as our FIRST EVER POST!
Photos should show Rotarians in action, no head shots please! Please make sure you have permission to use images of anyone under 18. Winning image will be selected by the District Public Image Committee and winning club will receive a custom-made pop-up banner to highlight your club’s projects (worth over $250!).Deadline for photo submission is November 1, 2016 by email only.
Click here for a printable flyer to share with your Rotary Club. We're offering a great prize! Any club can enter, any club can win! This is a great way to highlight your club IN ACTION!
First Responders Day, Lynnfield
|Posted by Paula Parziale||on Sep 17, 2016||
Lynnfield Rotary sponsored the very first, First Responders Day on Tuesday evening Sept. 13. The club honored the towns "heros" of police, fire and EMT departments. Led by past president Jason Kimball donations were made to the Police and Fire Depts. Guest speakers were local Selectmen Chris Barrett and Rotarian Dick Dalton.
The citizens of the town and surrounding communities were in attendance to honor our first responders. There were antique fire engines on display. A free BBQ was enjoyed by all catered by a local deli. A fabulous end of summer gathering of friends, neighbors and residents honoring our towns finest!
We are planning on making this an annual event. Many thanks to ALL first responders, the true unsung heros!
Wakefield Club Hears From Legacy Member
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Sep 15, 2016||
Perfect attendance in anything is rare. 45-years of perfect attendance is an achievement. Jay Curley joined the Wakefield Rotary Club in 1971 and it was clear to him, that he wanted to make a commitment. That commitment to service above self has led him to a 45-year record of perfect attendance with the club, an achievement that the club recently recognized by inviting Curley to talk about his experiences in family, career and Rotary.
Born with a passion for athletics, Curley played local hockey and baseball as a child and teen. A gifted athlete, he attended Arizona State on a baseball scholarship where he majored in chemistry, hoping to one day go into the medical field. Attending school during an active draft, Curley joined the Army ROTC in college. He was preparing to live his dream of professional baseball, having been drafted by Baltimore, when he got notification of his military activation. “Life is like a bumper car. You go in one direction, get hit, and go in another direction. That’s what happened to me with my baseball career,” Curley explained.
Join Wakefield Rotary's Taste of Autumn
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Sep 13, 2016||
Join us for an evening of fun with wine and beer tastings along with samplings from local restaurants, raffles and auction. Proceeds to benefit the local charitable projects of the Wakefield Rotary Club.
$30 Tickets available online (with small transaction fee) at www.wakefieldrotaryclub.org or at Holiday Travel (no transaction fee), located at 402 Main Street in Wakefield, MA
World Record Rotary Alum available to Speak in October
|Posted by Mikah Meyer||on Sep 10, 2016||
I'm a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar alum in Boston the last 3 weeks of October as part of my world record road trip to all 413 U.S. National Park Service sites.
Having just visited Rotary HQ in Evanston and written a blog for their website (being published Sep. 16), they encouraged me to reach out to clubs along my path and offer myself as a speaker.
Since I'll be in the greater Boston area so long (there are 14 park units), I wanted to offer my availability to your district's clubs.
More information about my trip can be found in this Washington Post story.
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club annual Golf Tournament
|Posted by Dorothy Sieradzki||on Sep 09, 2016||
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Landing Restaurant in Marblehead, present the Annual Fall Golf Tournament & Dinner on Tuesday Afternoon, October 4 at the Meadows in Peabody. (80 Granite St, Peabody, MA 01960, Phone: (978) 532-9390). The $100 entry fee includes an afternoon of golf, cart, and prime rib dinner to follow at the Marblehead Landing (81 Front Street, on Marblehead Harbor (781) 639-1266). There will be a 50/50 raffle and prizes. Proceeds benefit the M-E Scholarship Fund. Hole sponsorships are available for $50.
Contact David Ray at 978-857-1353 or Chris Shea at 508-843-4979 to register or for more information.
HHI Mini Grant Announced
|Posted by Bob Wood||on Sep 05, 2016||
The District 7930 Homelessness and Hunger Initiative Committee has announced a District-wide Mini Grant for this fall. The grant is intended to provide diapers to our homeless and hungry throughout the District. While there are limited funds available, this will provide a desperately need item to our shelters and pantries at a time of the year when the average citizen is not thinking of helping out.
The way the grant will work is as follows:
Clubs interested in this mini-grant should work on this project now as the Grant opportunity will expire on October 28, 2016. There are 10 grants available at this time so it is first come, first served.
Contact Bob Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
US Senior Open Speaker Available
|Posted by Dave Gardner||on Sep 01, 2016||
Morgan Goldstein, Marketing and & New Media Manager for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club is interested in speaking at clubs in District 7930.
The United States Senior Open is returning to historic Salem Country Club for the first time since the famous 2001 championship. The 2001 event made history for selling out their ticket allotment one year in advance as well as having a star filled field including Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Even though this is the national championship in senior golf, it’s also a large scale community event. Throughout the course of June 26 – July 2, 2017, there will be 120,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers. These thousands of people will be eating at local restaurants, renting cars, shopping, staying at local hotels and more. As a result, there’s over $25 million economic impact to the local economy. There’s lots of ways to become involved with the championship from volunteering to get a behind the scenes view, watching from one of the on course pavilions or public viewing structures and entering clients in Salem Country Club’s historic clubhouse.
If you are interested in having Morgan come to speak at your club, please contact her at 978-818-6006 or via email at email@example.com.
Rotary Softball Championship
|Posted by Bruce Mauch||on Sep 01, 2016||
The Chelsea Rotary softball team and their fans celebrate winning the 2016 District 7930 Rotary Softball League championship. Chelsea defeated the Salem/Marblehead team 17 to 13 in the championship deciding game held at Castle Hill in Salem. Chelsea defeated Danvers, the regular season champions, in the first round of the playoffs two games to none with both games decided by two runs. In the championship series Salem/Marblehead won the first game played at Castle Hill 8 to 7. Chelsea won the second game played at Carter Park in Chelsea 16 to 13. Chelsea than won the third game in the best two of three championship series. The Chelsea team consisted of Rotarians from the Chelsea, Everett and Salem, NH Rotary clubs
Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club
|Posted by Rebecca Davies||on Aug 31, 2016||
The Boston Rotaract Club is proud to host Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. This event will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.
Founded in 1905, Rotary International is a global community of over 1.2 million like-minded individuals who have a passion for service. However, the Rotary International Constitution required membership to be limited to men until 1989, two years following a landmark Supreme Court case which mandated gender equality in Rotary in the United States. Today, there are over 200,000 women in Rotary, comprising nearly 20% of Rotary’s membership.
Women in Rotary will feature Carol Agate, the lawyer who represented female Rotarians in the Supreme Court case. She will be joined by a panel of strong female leaders in Rotary - including Julia Phelps (2014-2016 Rotary International Director), Elise Cadigan (one of six Rotarians on The Rotary Foundation Programs Committee), and Sheryl Meehan (2016-2017 District Governor for D7930).
2016 Membership and Foundation Forum
|Posted by Terri Doerfler||on Aug 30, 2016||
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sheraton Four Point, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA
Opening Plenary 3:45-4:05
Dinner & program 6:30-8:30
Keynote Speaker will be Past Rotary International Director Mike Colasurdo and will be joined by Carolyn Johnson, Assistant Rotary Coordinator, Zone 32.
Your Foundation Dollars: Changing the World
See how cluibs are using grants to do their projects!
RI Policy Changes: Option to grow your club size through new options available.
Learn how clubs are increasing membership!
If you are a President, Foundation Chair, Membership Chair, or want to help your club grow and perform more service, then you should attend the 2016 Membership and Foundation Forum.
Download the Membership and Foundation Flyer here! Print it and share it with your club!
For bios for Michael Colasurdo, Sr. and Carolyn Johnson, please click on Read More.
Medford Hosts Annual Charity Casino Night
|Posted by Anne Powers||on Aug 25, 2016||
The Medford Rotary Club is excited to announce it is hosting its 2nd Annual Charity Casino Night on September 24th @ 7 p.m., Memorial Hall in Melrose.
Tickets are $50 per person and include $500 in chips - Professionals Dealers - real craps tables and roulette wheel - Black Jack - Poker and more!
DJ and dancing - food stations - Cash Bar - Raffle drawings - Door Prize & Winners have their choice of some amazing prizes!
All proceed Benefit Medford Rotary Club Scholarships and Charities.
We expect it to be a sell out again this year, so don't wait to get your tickets. Go online to medfordrotarycasinonight.eventbrite.com or contact Anne Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!
Gloucester Rotary Club Announces Photography Contest
|Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Aug 17, 2016||
The Gloucester Rotary Club will publish a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2017 as a fundraiser. All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s efforts to raise money that supports the many community and international activities in which the club is involved.
In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that show the unique beauty of Cape Ann throughout the year. Gloucester photos are preferred, but images from other Cape Ann towns will be considered. Water—either ocean or tidal river—must be visible somewhere in all entries. Images from each season: winter, spring, summer and fall are encouraged. A selection committee from the Rotary Club will make the choices.
Full contest rules and requirements are available online at www.gloucesterotary.us. All entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. on September 16, 2016.
|Governor Sheryl's Message for August||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Aug 15, 2016||
I can’t believe that we’re in the middle of August already! Where has the time flown? August is Membership and New Club Development month – strengthening and growing Rotary – by engagement and attraction. I hope you will read Rotary International President John Germ’s August message regarding Membership which is can be read here. Today we have so many options for more flexibility in meeting frequency, format and attendance. We no longer expect perfect attendance but ask our members to make a difference in our communities and throughout the world. People come into Rotary for all kinds of reasons, but they stay because it’s fun and it’s satisfying because at the end of the day, we can stand back and be proud of what we have accomplished in in our communities and throughout the world. Please share this great feeling with others! If you do, we’ll grow our membership by leaps and bounds!
|Danvers Farmers Market||Posted by Gary Nangle||on Aug 09, 2016||
Please join Danvers Rotary at our own Danvers Farmer's Market, every Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm. The Market has many vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, beverages, hand-crafts and more. Come support a Rotary fundraiser, while shopping for healthy, fresh and LOCAL products. Check out vendors and entertainment, get alerts and more with our Danvers Farmers Market app available at the app store.
|Party Bags To-Go Project||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Aug 09, 2016||
Ever wonder what food pantry clients do if they have a special celebration coming up?
Help them out by doing this great, low-cost project with your club! It's easily completed during a meeting. Members package “party bags to-go” in assembly line, complete with party supplies. The bags are donated to a food pantry or program of your choice. They are then available for clients to take for special occasions. The District will provide you with party bags to fill, packages of generic candles, packages of generic party horns, and assorted invitations for the pantry to have available. Clubs just supply the following: Cake mix and frosting, table covers, any additional themed decorations, cups or plates, decorative napkins.
To order jump-start your project, contact Amy at email@example.com to order your supplies and schedule your project day at your convenience! We'll also give you a press release template to use to announce your project!
|Public Image Mini Grants Available||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Aug 09, 2016||
We're thrilled to announce that the Autumn, 2016 Public Image Mini Grant is now OPEN for application! This is matching grant of up to $250 each. Please carefully read the details, qualifications and responsibilities of the grant. Got questions? Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Long-Time Member Re-introduces Himself||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Aug 09, 2016||
For more than 35 years, George Livingstone has been making Wakefield Rotarians fill with emotion. Each week, the 92-year-old delivers the club's invocation and you never know what he'll say. Sometimes, it's an original poem, sometimes it's a reflection on world happenings. And sometimes, it's just a really funny joke. "He's one of my favorite parts of our meetings," noted new member Anthony Guardia. "He really kicks off our meetings with something to think about," added Rotarian Judy Gordon.
So in late July, it was to everyone's thrill that George was the featured speaker, re-introducing Rotarians to his personal history and thoughts on serving others. Born in 1924, George skipped the 3rd grade and graduated high school at age 16, at the start of WWII. In 1941-42, making $60 a month, George began his professional training as an apprentice draftsman and volunteered for the Coast Guard, serving his country as a Carpenter's Mate 1st Class. Retiring after a 40-year career as an architect at then age 86, George enjoys his grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A proud Wakefield resident, he takes pride in the fact that he "can still cut my own grass." Reflecting on is time in Rotary, George commented, "Each week I look forward to seeing you all. It's really a joy to serve others through Rotary. It's my joy."
Gloucester Rotary Presents its Annual Comedy Show on September 1
|Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Aug 05, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Gloucester MA will hold its annual Comedy Show Fundraiser on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester, MA. This year’s Comedy Night features comedians Tony V., Steve Calechman, Chris Dimitrakopoulos, and Dave Rattigan. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.
Don't miss this evening of fun and laughter! Tickets are $25 each, and are available from any Gloucester Rotarian or at Carroll K. Steele Insurance, 32 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA. This event always sells out! For more information, contact Ruth Pino (email@example.com).
|Wilmington Rotary's Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Research||Posted by Jonathan Eaton||on Jul 31, 2016||
For the second straight year, the Wilmington Rotary Club is organizing the Ice Bucket Challenge. On Saturday, August 27, club members will be dumping water on their heads, filling buckets for other people to dump water on their heads, and raising money for ALS research.
All of the money raised will be given to the Angel Fund. Last year, the club was able to raise over $5,000.
Come on down to Rotary Park on Adelaide Street in Wilmington on Saturday, August 27, between 10 and 12.
|Andover Rotary's 2016 Andover Cares Music Festival||Posted by Demetrius Spaneas||on Jul 26, 2016||
Join with the Rotary Club of Andover in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis facing our communities. Find out more at rotaryandover.org.
THE ANDOVER CARES FESTIVAL
On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Andover Rotary will host its 2nd annual Andover Cares Music Festival to raise awareness about the impact addiction has on individuals, families, and our communities. The Festival also raises funds to support the Andover Cares Fund, which supports opioid addiction education efforts and services. In 2015, Andover Rotary and Andover Cares raised $60,000. The goal this year is to raise $75,000 to support opiate and addiction education and resources.
The Andover Cares Music Festival will feature live local musical talent, talks and discussion forums, and a resource area with experts in the addiction recovery field. Plus there will be lots of entertainment for the kids and plenty of food and beverages to make the festival a day for the entire family.
|Rockport Rotary Club-Lobsterfest 2016||Posted by Mary Ciaraldi||on Jul 25, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Rockport Presents….LOBSTERFEST 2016!
|Wakefield Invites Clubs to Join in On Hunger Project||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Jul 25, 2016||
This Fall, the Wakefield Rotary Club hopes to team with 5-8 other clubs on a food packaging project. With a date to be decided, the club is inviting any D7930 Club to join them in working with End Hunger New England. Clubs opt in with a $500 pledge and volunteers. Your $500 purchases 2,000 meals to be donated to any food pantry of your choice! Clubs must notify Amy Luckiewicz by August 1st of their intent to join in on this project. Rotarians can opt in or out of a fellowship lunch during the project. Clubs must also identify 1 Champion to coordinate for their club.
This project also helps your club qualify for the Rotary International District Citation! Got questions? Contact Amy at 781-588-0257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|D7930 joins D7910 for a Wine Fellowship Event||Posted by David Gardner||on Jul 25, 2016||
Rotarians from Districts 7910 invited District 7930 Rotarians to join them for an evening at LaMorra Restaurant in Brookline at a wine tasting event. The 32 Rotarians and partners enjoyed wine pairings with the their salads, another with the main entree and finally with dessert. The opportunity to mingle with fellow Rotarians from Eastern and Central Massachusetts and share our thoughts about Rotary and life in general, was wonderful. We were graced with a number of incredible Boston and MIT Rotaract Clubs, and two special guest from the Netherlands and Cyprus. The dialog was mostly about how we as Rotarians need to alter our clubs to welcome the next generation of those who will carry the torch.
|Governor Sheryl's Message for Week Ending July 22nd||Posted by Shery Meehan||on Jul 24, 2016||
Rotary International President John Germ has stated that this year, Rotarians all over the world will be classified as the All Star Team. As District 7930, we are one big team (“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller). As a team, we are making a difference – each and every day. As I conduct my District 7930 Club Visits, I see so many Rotarians within our District making that difference.
This month started with our Installation Dinner which was truly an amazing event celebrating last year’s accomplishments and installation of Club Presidents. During this glorious night, I think everyone in attendance experienced the Magic of Rotary – I know I did! Thank you to Christina Harris and each and every member of her team for an exceptional start for our 2016 – 2017 year.
It’s now July 25th and I wonder where the time has flown! July 7th I conducted my very first club visit with Rockport Rotary. On July 4th, Rockport Rotary conducts the Reading of the Declaration of Independence as an annual event which is so well received within not only the community but also by visitors to their beautiful town!
|Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Jul 23, 2016||
|Share Your Club's Stories||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Jul 23, 2016||
Has your club recently hosted an event or project or are you planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow District 7930 Rotarians?
The weekly eBulletin depends on the content provided by clubs, so please submit your stories and we will publish them on the district website and in the next eBulletin. Stories that showcase your club or event should be submitted via the website portal at this link.
If you want some guidelines on creating stories, please read more!
District 7930's Family Day at Cedardale
|Posted by David Gardner||on Jul 17, 2016||
Enjoy a day of fellowship, food and fun!
On August 27th, as we close out the summer and get ready to go back to school and our fall calendar, plan on joining 100 or more Rotarians, family and friends for a day as we celebrate our Rotary family. Cedardale is located in Groveland and will host a day with so many options to enjoy yourself that there is something for everyone. From toddlers, to teens to adults, there will be the opportunity to meet and make friends with others from around the district. Everyone is invited, and we encourage Interactors, RYLArians, Rotaractors, Rotarian partners, children and grandchildren and any friends who you think would enjoy this great day!
Pricing is $35.00 for adults and young adults over the age of 15 and $20.00 for those 15 and under. The cost will include admission to Cedardale from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm with the use of all facilities including a barbecue lunch of salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, corn on the cob and watermelon. Drinks will be extra.
To download a flyer about the Family Day at Cedardale, click here!
|Rotary Family Day - Are You Interested?||Posted by David Gardner||on Jul 17, 2016||
We are all in the Rotary family. As are our families and we would like to increase the interaction between Rotarians and those who we call family! That includes our spouses and partners, the youth that participate in RYLA, Interact and all of our Rotaractors. Wouldn't it be nice to have an event where we can get to know each other a little better and share our passion for Rotary and the missions each of us serve.
To that end, Sheryl Meehan would like to have a couple of family oriented events throughout the year that serve the many generations we represent. If you have children or grandchildren or friends who would like to attend, please feel free to invite them. After much research, and with trying to maintain a reasonnable price point, we have selected Cedardale in Groveland. We would have one of the two sites to ourselves from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm with activities that would appeal to all age groups. From swimming, to beach volleyball, to corn hole, wiffleball, mini golf and so much more. It could be unstructured or we could create a Rotary Olympics. Your input will drive that conversation. We hope to have a large group of Rylarians and Interactors and I am sure they would love to challenge Rotarians in any one of the activities available.
The only date available at this time is August 27th, so we want to try to find out if there are enough people interested to plan this event for the summer. The pricing would be approximately $29.00 for youth under 12 and $35.00 for everyone over 12. The cost includes admission for the day, and a barbecue including salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, potato chips, corn on the cob and watermelon.
|Ipswich East Rotary, UK Visits Ipswich||Posted by Bob Wicks||on Jul 12, 2016||
Last week Ipswich Rotary and the Ipswich East Rotary Club of Ipswich, UK celebrated a long tradition of biannual exchange visits and friendship. The week long visitation of the Ipswich, UK club to Massachusetts marked the 18th such visit spanning almost 40 years, every two years since 1988.
Among the traditions of Twinning is for the visiting club to make a significant donation to improve lives in the host community. This year, Ipswich East, UK donated a new custom crafted counter with a built-in electronic scale to the Ipswich Open Door food pantry. Active support of the new, expanded food pantry is a major commitment of Ipswich Rotary.
Twinning guests stay with host Rotary families during their visit. Over the years, many lasting friendships have been formed.
|Manchester-Essex Hosts 27th Annual Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast||Posted by Dorothy Sieradzki||on Jul 12, 2016||
The 27th annual Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast marks the start of the July Fourth 3-day-weekend celebration in Manchester-by-the-Sea. This breakfast is a true-blue slice of Americana and draws crowds of all ages, townies and newcomers alike. A hearty breakfast of pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream, scrambled eggs, bacon, and home-fries takes place in one of the most scenic settings on Cape Ann. The Manchester Lions Club started the tradition in 1989 and since 2009 the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club took on the event.
This community event partners the Rotary club with volunteer organizations and vendors throughout Cape Ann: HP Hood provides the dairy products, local restaurant 7 Central provides the kitchen, First Parish Chapel provides the utensils, Crosby's receives the goods. Over 30 citizens, including students, turn out to work. Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep Brad Hill return every year to flip pancakes.
|Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Lynnfield!||Posted||on Jul 10, 2016||
This Global Grant award is one to be proud of – and they are!
Victor Saldanha, PDG, expresses profound gratitude to: President Dick Simmons, the Board of the RC of Lynnfield and club Rotarians for their support and encouragement, specific mention to the Rotary 7930 Leadership team of Dave Manzi, Ingrid Brown and Grant Chair, Anne Lewis for their involvement.
Lynnfield Rotary Club and Global Grant partner with the Rotary Club of Cantonment, India. have recently been notified that they have received a Global Grant of $42,164 to enhance the Education and quality of life of girls in India. With this grant the girls attending 8 schools in the state of Telengana India will soon receive school furniture, e-learning equipment including hardware and software. The remainder of the funds will be used for clean water materials.
|Practical tips to keep new members connected||Posted by Excerpted from Rotary Leader||on Jul 10, 2016||
Sometimes, getting people to join your Rotary club is the easy part. It’s keeping them, long after the glow of the induction ceremony has worn off, that can prove challenging. The Rotary Club of Evanston, Illinois, USA, has used several strategies that help new members feel connected.
“You have to get them involved, give them a responsibility,” says club president Wally Bobkiewicz. “Every new member is asked to join at least one committee.” Bobkiewicz also gives new members a club meeting assignment, such as acting as greeter or sergeant-atarms, and makes certain they sign up for social events and service projects. “And it’s worked,” he says. Since December, the 98-year-old club has increased its membership 10 percent, to 48 members. One of the newcomers is Cindy Beebe, a retired federal agent who now operates her own security business. Within 24 hours of joining, Beebe had signed up for the garden committee. She’d also received the New Member Welcome Kit, along with a club roster and custom club brochure. Beebe says she found the roster, which includes each club member’s name, photo, and business affiliation, the most helpful. “I’m good at faces but not names,” she admits.
|Danvers Rotary - Wiffle Ball Tournament||Posted by Daniel Doherty||on Jul 09, 2016||
What could be better than a warm summer day, a beautiful green field, and the crack of a bat? How about the crack of a plastic bat, mixed with laughter and cheers, with friends and family on the field?
For the third year in a row, Danvers Rotary Club is bringing a Wiffle® ball tournament to Danvers. A miniature form of America’s pastime, Wiffle ball is designed for small spaces, making it far easier to play than baseball. The tournament is professionally run. There is no running of base paths. There are multiple fields. This is a great team building exercise for your business. It’s a perfect summer game for all ages and a great opportunity for your club to enjoy Rotary friendship and fellowship.
|A Rotaractor's Perspective to Rotarians Serving Humanity||Posted by Amy Collinsworth||on Jul 07, 2016||
In his theme speech for the Rotary year, 2015-2016 Rotary International (RI) President K.R. Ravindran challenged all Rotarians to use the year to "bring the work of Rotary forward -- to make its mark on the world." Boston Rotaract truly took this challenge to heart in the last year. With the RI theme, Be a Gift to the World, in mind, we aimed our efforts on serving in three of six RI areas of focus: fighting disease, saving mothers and children, and supporting education. This allowed us to use our members’ unique talents and passions to maximize our club’s impact and ensure that we met the needs of the communities we served.
In a state with over 33,000 nonprofits and many other organizations committed to doing good, our club remains a go-to when someone needs a hand. We have spent the past year getting to know the Boston community better and serving where we were needed most. We served 355 hours with local organizations and also completed our international project in support of school children in Ganvie, Benin, Africa who will soon have a new boat to provide them safe and reliable transportation to and from school.
|District Governor Sheryl Meehan's Message||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Jul 04, 2016||
July is always an exciting time for Rotarians. In Rotary, a new year begins every July 1st and provides an occasion to reflect – to look at the Past, Present and Future. Our lives are filled with significant dates for celebrating – from birthdays to anniversaries, holidays and milestones. And so it is with July 1st – a time for Rotarians to look at our Clubs and District; to celebrate what we have accomplished and what we envision for our future.
What a year it has been! I want to thank PDG Dave Manzi who has capably lead our District over the past year and introduced many District initiatives that we will be continuing throughout 2016 – 2017. I also want to thank all the Assistant Governors, District Officers and Chairs and, most especially our Club Presidents, Officers and Members for a job well done in making a difference in our communities and internationally.
Paul Harris believed serving humanity was the most worthwhile thing a person could do. In honor of this belief, Rotary International President, John Germ, selected “Rotary Serving Humanity” as the Rotary International theme for 2016 – 2017. This theme will be a constant reminder that our commitment is to “to do good in the world”.
|Wakefield Teen Awarded Service Above Self Award||Posted by Peggy Pedro||on Jul 04, 2016||
Rotary District 7930 has named Alexander Golding of Wakefield as the recipient of the 2016 Service Above Self Award, a $10,000. scholarship to help him pursue higher education. Committee Chair Peggy Pedro, explained "Each candidate was very highly qualified and all represented their communities with distinction. Alex's community involvement and commitment to others less fortunate than himself aligned him with the spirit of the scholarship. Alex has been involved in community service activities since his childhood. Alex traces his community involvement back to a day when his parents pushed him in a stroller as a one year old while they volunteered to clean up a bike path. We applaud Alex's family for instilling in him a lifelong commitment to Service Above Self in the communities in which he has lived."
Alex's personal motto is "Tikkun Olam" which means "Repair the World". For the past three years, Alex has volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity work site in Raleigh, North Carolina. Locally, Alex has served as a Teen Leader for three years improving different aspects of local communities. This past year, he worked at a homeless shelter in Lynn beautifying the area around the shelter. Alex has also volunteered at soup kitchens, played games with developmentally disabled adults, painted walls at a number of underprivileged schools, and read to children in an ESL program. All of these activities validate Alex's belief that "repairing the world by starting with the least fortunate around us makes the biggest difference and inspires others to go on and create a better global community for everyone".
|Burlington Food Pantry Renovations||Posted by Ray Graber||on Jun 29, 2016||
On June 25th, members of the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) assisted other volunteers and Burlington Food Pantry staff in moving the contents of the pantry in preparation for a complete overhaul of the space. Food items were re-shelved in the church basement and non-perishable items stored in a pod.
A new linoleum floor will replace the worn carpeting, shelving donated by the BBRC will be erected, and the walls repainted. "We worked hard and had a great time helping these 'unsung heroes' who work behind the scenes helping people in need," Said Steve Shaw, BBRC president. "We will get together on July 1st to put it all back once the renovations have been completed."
|The Marblehead Rotary Club's Annual "Lobsta Raffle" Tickets Available||Posted by Arthur Schwartz||on Jun 27, 2016||
The drawing for the Lobster Raffle will be on July 21rd!
This week, The Marblehead Rotary Club kicked off its 2016 annual "Lobsta Raffle" This year, forty kids are off to summer camp from last year’s raffle's proceeds.
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. (http://www.marbleheadrotary.com). Raffle tickets will be available throughout town over the next few weeks. Ticket sale will end on JULY 18TH. Drawing will be held on July 21 during the weekly Marblehead Rotary Club luncheon at the Boston Yacht Club.
|Gloucester Rotary Summer Social||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Jun 26, 2016||
The Gloucester Rotary Club will host its annual summer social on Thursday, July 28, 2016, with a sunset cruise around Cape Ann aboard Seven Seas Whale Watch's Privateer.
Boarding begins at 6:30pm at the 7 Seas Wharf (63 Rogers Street, Rt. 127, Downtown Gloucester). Cruise departs at 7pm, returns to dock at 10pm.
$25 per person. Snacks, finger sandwiches, cash bar and on-board DJ. All Rotarians and friends are welcome!
For information & reservations, call 978-884-9999 or you can download the flyer here. The boat can handle 150 guests - last minute walk-ons are welcome! (RSVP in advance if possible to help with headcount.)
|Rotary Fellowships: Mixing passion, friendship, and service||Posted by Excerpted from the June 2016 Rotary Service Newsletter||on Jun 26, 2016||
Friendship is one of the top reasons members join and stay in Rotary. To boost these ties, Rotary Fellowships offer members, spouses, and Rotaractors the chance to connect with one another while enjoying their favorite recreational or professional pursuits. Over 60 Rotary Fellowships cover interests from tennis to wine, marathon running to cooking, scuba diving to recreational vehicles, jazz to computers, and more.
Rotary Fellowships arrange regional and international events, contests, and meetings where members bond and build lasting friendships outside their clubs, districts, and even countries. June is Rotary Fellowships Month, so make sure to read our Rotary Service Connections blog to learn how several fellowships combine fun and friendship with service. By connecting Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni with shared interests, the fellowships extend the Rotary experience beyond local communities.
Join or form a Fellowship!
For more information about the upcoming Wine Fellowship Event, please click here!
|Homelessness and Hunger seems to have struck a chord!||Posted by Bob Wood||on Jun 26, 2016||
The Homelessness and Hunger Initiative, started under DG Dave Manzi and continuing on for the next three years has become a popular theme for District 7930 Clubs. President-elects throughout the District have stated in their installation speeches that this will be their focus in the coming year.
The District, under Dave Manzi has accomplished a lot in a few short months. We’ve produced an amazing video, the link to which is in the left column of the District Website. We also packed 30,000 meals at the EndHungerNewEngland food packaging event at the Non-Profit Center in Boston during the District Conference. Simultaneously, food packaging was occurring in Lynn, a joint project with other civic organizations, and in Ipswich, where the Ipswich Interact Club worked with the Ipswich Lions Club to package meals as well. The total meals packaged for either local or international consumption on May 14 was around 60,000 meals.
Image at right is the ad that appeared in the Boston Globe North.
|Gloucester Club Sponsors Concert||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Jun 26, 2016||
The Gloucester Rotary Club is pleased to sponsor the first in this year's Antonio Gentile Bandstand Concert at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA. The Continentals, a Pop-Rock show band, will perform during this free community concert on July 10, 2016, at 7:00 pm (Rain date: July 15). The concert is sponsored by the Gloucester Rotary Club in memory of long-time Rotarian Rudy Macchi.
|Lynn Students Share their RYLA Experience||Posted by Ray Bastarache||on Jun 23, 2016||
“Right up until the night before I was to leave,” admitted Lynn English junior Evelyn DeLeon, “I was asking myself, what did I sign up for? I got a phone call from Jose (Jurado) who said to me, ‘you have to go because you talked me into going’. I figured- what the heck!”
Meaghan, a freshman at English, heard about RYLA from her guidance counselor and while she didn’t have a clue what it was all about, when she heard she might learn some leadership skills, she was all for it. Evelyn, the lone Classical student to attend RYLA thanks to the generous financial support she received from the Ipswich Rotary Club, found herself in a quandary.
|High School Students Teach Lynn Rotarians||Posted by Ray Bastarache||on Jun 22, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Lynn recently hosted a group of 10 Lynn Classical High School student refugees, as well as the students’ teachers, at its evening Satellite Club meeting. The program’s title, Living in Two Worlds Film Festival, came about thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation, examines the challenges, hardships but also the rewards of life as teenagers now living in America and attending public schools. Each of the 10 students shared their stories in a three-minute video narrated by the individual student.
“I think I can speak for all our Rotarians when I say we were in awe as to how brave these students and their families were to make the decision they made to leave their homeland,” remarked President Ray Bastarache. “The horrors they have seen at such young ages…”
|North Reading Named 100% Paul Harris Club||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Jun 22, 2016||
This week District Governor David Manzi presented the North Reading Rotary Club with recognition of being a 100% Paul Harris Club. All 16 members of the club have received the Rotary Foundation recognition. In large thanks to Club Foundation Chair Steve May, the awards were presented at a dinner earlier in June, making North Reading the sole 100% PHF Club in the District.
The club was also honored with the Governor's Citation this year as one of 15 clubs to qualify for the citation.
For more information on how to contribute to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund, please click here!
|District Public Image Campaign Is Producing Results||Posted by David Gardner||on Jun 20, 2016||
Over the past few weeks the District Public Image Committee has been hard at work trying to enhance the Rotary image in our communities. With funding approved by Governor Dave and a well thought out program pioneered by Amy Luckiewicz with an excellent design by Mark Flaherty advertisements were placed in many local newspapers and even in the Boston Globe. Here is a synopsis of the ads and the results that have been recorded so far:
|Marblehead Rotary Club Awards Six Scholarships||Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Jun 20, 2016||
The Marblehead Rotary Club is proud to introduce its six 2016 scholarship recipients:
Justyn N. is heading to George Washington University where she will pursue her passion for political science. During her career at Marblehead High School, Justyn showed an early interest for politics by being both the class president and member of the student government for all of her four years. Overcoming some challenges with dyslexia, she excelled in English and won the Excellence in English award in 2016.
Additional recipients described in Read More!
|Reading Rotary Supports Orlando||Posted by Kathi Spurr, Katherine Felpel and Brian Snell||on Jun 20, 2016||
The devastating events that took place on June 12th at the Orlando Night Club Pulse, have saddened a nation. Technology has brought the reality of the situation to our finger tips. Hearing voices of people that are no longer with us, seeing text to loved ones, hearing gun shots, it’s all beyond words The Reading Rotary wants to help.
We have reached out to the Orlando Rotary and done our own research. Equality Florida Action, Inc. has established a fund on the “GOFUNDME” site to help the victims and their families www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. Reading Rotary and the Orlando Rotary have vetted the authenticity of this fund raising mission. In addition, the "Gofundme" company is donating $100,000 to the fund which essentially erases their normal 5% fee. The Red Cross has suggested that blood donations are needed over the next six weeks as supplies are at critical levels.
The Reading Rotary has donated $1,000 and hopes that other clubs will join us in this worthy cause in some way. What better way to show Rotary is part of the community and “Service above Self.”
|Join the Fun at the 2016-17 District Installation||Posted by Christina Harris||on Jun 20, 2016||
|Public Image Final Push||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Jun 19, 2016||
District Governor Dave Manzi is happy to invest District 7930 funds back into developing club membership! This month you may notice Rotary in the news and social media...a lot! The Public Image and Membership committees joined up to publish two dozen custom color and black and white ads in local and regional newspapers, including a color ad in the Boston Globe North Saturday edition. Ads were custom designed to fit Rotary's Master Branding, and each ad directed readers to investigate their local club though our District website. The ads specified clubs in the newspapers' distribution areas. A color ad was also placed in the Boston Globe North Sunday edition highlighting our Homelessness and Hunger Initiative (HHI).
|Ipswich Rotary Supports New Food Pantry||Posted by Bob Wicks||on Jun 05, 2016||
This weekend, a dozen Ipswich Rotarians pitched in to finish painting the new Open Door Food Pantry in Ipswich. Team leader Dave LeBel and Steve Rogé applied the prime coat on May 18, and a team of Rotarians joined forces to finish the job on June 5. Final trim work will be completed shortly. Participating in this community service project were Rotarians Gerry Beauchamp, Chris Doktor, Bob Gravino, George Gray, Dave LeBel, Julie Nelson, Brian Nelson, Nat Pulsifer, Steve Rogé, Lisa Shanko, Doug Shealy, and Bob Wicks.
With Rotary’s help, the shelves were stocked a few weeks ago and the new food pantry is open for business. The Open Door will serve Ipswich residents on Tuesdays, from 11 am – 5 pm and Thursdays from 11 am – 7 pm.
|Florida in Boston!||Posted by Sr. Leonore Coan||on Jun 05, 2016||
Only at Fenway on July 8, 2016, will you be able to enjoy the pleasure of HOME (Boston) with 279 fellow Rotarians and Family at the Red Sox - Tampa Bay game.
Our Fenway Family for the evening will be international with visitors from across the Pond. The Ipswich Rotary Club is hosting Rotarians and Family from Ipswich England
Take all your field, Fan and selfies from Section 90.
|Do You Know that June is Rotary Fellowship Month?||Posted by excerpted from RI's Club and District Support Newsletter||on Jun 02, 2016||
Rotary Fellowships are independent groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who share a common passion. Members come together around hobbies or interests such as cricket or jazz, or vocations such as writing or medicine.
Some fellowships are social; some do service projects. Join a fellowship or start a new one. See the Rotary Fellowships Handbook for more details or visit the Rotary Fellowships page here!
|13 District Governor Citations Awarded||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Jun 01, 2016||
Rotary District Governor David Manzi is thrilled to announce that 13 clubs qualified for District Governor's Citations. This year's District Governor Citation is presented to a club for completing a minimum of eight out of twelve qualifying activities or projects, including activities such as supporting veterans, taking an active stand to reduce substance use in a community, supporting an international medical mission to benefit children, reducing hunger in their home community, and more. Rotary District Governor David Manzi commended the Rotarians for their effort,
|Looking to attend the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta?||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on May 30, 2016||
The 2017 Rotary International Convention will be held from June 10-14, 2017.
Great rates will be available unitil June 6 and won't be any cheaper!
We hope to have a large delegation this year from Team 7930! Take advantage of an extra-special early registration rate of $265.00 for the 2017 Rotary Convention in honor of The Rotary Foundation visionary Arch Klumph and his birthday of 6 June, as well as the first contribution of $26.50.
At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Rotary president Arch Klumph shared his dream to create a Rotary endowment fund. In 2017, we will celebrate the centennial of The Rotary Foundation and the good works completed by Rotarians over the last 100 years — because one man dared to dream.
Join us in Atlanta! Register and pay today, as this special price is good for only a limited time until June 6 — at riconvention.org.
|Beginning a Second Fifty Years of Service Above Self||Posted by Dan Weir||on May 30, 2016||
Join us on June 21, 7-9 pm as we celebrate our past and our future!
221 Newbury Street
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
The Rotary Club of Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its charter. There will be a cash bar, hors d'oeuveres, a bit of fun with Rotary and tri-town trivia, and some thank yous to neighbors who have helped the club in its work.
|Celebrate with Belle Isle!||Posted by Tom Hankard||on May 25, 2016||
Celebrate the first year of the Belle Isle Rotary Club, a combination of East Boston-Revere and Winthrop with a Winthrop Rotary Club tradition -- the Chinese Auction!
Never been to a Chinese Auction? The concept is simple, a night of food, raffles, auctions, fun, and fellowship! A small entry fee of $15 enters you into a door prize of an iPad Mini and all-you-can-eat Chinese cuisine!
New auction and raffle items are being added daily! Red Sox tickets, bottles of wine, a boat owner's survival kit, a lemon lovers basket, as well as gift cards to numerous North Shore restaurants!
|Peabody Rotary Cleans Farnham Park||Posted by Hereb Harris||on May 24, 2016||
Peabody Rotarians recently gave Farnham Park in Peabody a much needed face-lift as the first phase of a Rotary District Matching Grant. The Rotarians raked, removed and discarded debris, and cleaned the exterior and front entrance to the park, adding new mulch and flowers. Phase Two will include the purchase and installation of an adaptive swing set for children with disabilities. Swings not only provide great memories, but can be absolutely therapeutic for children of all ages and abilities.
This project is the result of a Rotary District Matching Grant written and developed by members of the Peabody Rotary Club.
|Marblehead Rotary Club Welcomes Don Dowling||Posted by Arthur Schwartz||on May 24, 2016||
Dowling was inducted into the club at its luncheon on Thursday, May 19, 2016. He is the owner/manager of Marblehead Collision.
Dowling was born and raised in Saugus, Massachusetts and graduated from Saugus High School in 1998. Directly following high school years, Dowling joined his Dad in the auto body repair business. His father owned a local shop in Saugus and Dowling worked with his dad for nine years until his father retired and the business was ultimately sold. Dowling continued in the auto business and was hired to be an auto appraiser for variety of insurance firms as well as major dealerships.
|District Installation Right Around the Corner||Posted by David Gardner||on May 22, 2016||
As this Rotary year winds down, it is time to prepare for our annual club and district installations and start anew!
On June 30th, the gavel will officially be passed to our incoming Governor, Sheryl Meehan. As Sheryl assumes the leadership of Rotarians in District 7930, she will share her vision of this year's theme: Rotary Serving Humanity. Equally important is the installation of club presidents who will serve their members and their communities. This is a time for members from across the district to witness and celebrate the future of Rotary which will be achieved through the leadership of our new presidents.
As customary, the event will be held at the Danversport Yacht Club, with a reception starting at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the installation. Please show your support of your incoming president and join with other members from your club to witness the kickoff of the 2016-17 Rotary year.
|Rotary Night at Fenway||Posted by David Gardner||on May 22, 2016||
If you like offensive baseball, this may be the year to go to a Red Sox game. The team's batting average is just below .300 and they are tearing up their competition. Even the pitching is beginning to improve. Tied for first in the AL East, now is the time to register to go to the Rotary Night at Fenway on July 8th.
The district has reserved 280 seats in the right field grandstands hopefully to witness a win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Joining us will be 50 plus members of the Ipswich Rotary Club and their twin club from Ipswich, England. That leaves about 230 seats for Rotarians, family and friends. This will be a gorgeous night, not guaranteed, but being their with so many incredible people will certainly be amazing.
Want a view from these seats, click here! Hover over section 90!
|Rotaplast Mission 2016 Team Announced||Posted by Bob Wood||on May 20, 2016||
The Rotaplast team has been selected for the Cebu Mission leaving on October 9 and returning October 23, 2016. From a group of 12 volunteers, 7 were selected for the 7 slots available.
This is a strong team, with two team members returning for their second mission so that the new members will have support and a knowledge base the team last year also had with Lisa Collin, Barbara Hoelfich and Dave Boudreau helping us all along the way.
Those 7 are:
|Learn about SMART Goals and KPI Indicators||Posted by David Gardner||on May 19, 2016||
Want to map out your future success? Then you should register for the next Rotary Means Business Meeting on June 14th. You will learn about SMART Goals and possibly, time permitting, about Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
Planning is always important, but understanding how to set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely is the real key. Without building the culture to follow SMART goals, success with be harder to achieve. The ability to measure that success is important to build momentum and to alter the goal or process to achieve the intended success and that is where KPI comes into play.
Our facilitator for the evening is one of our own Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Andover, Al Ruthazer. He promises to provide a glimpse into the world of successful planning for your business and brings 30 years of experience in business consulting to the table to strengthen your understanding and ability to achieve your goals.
Read more about Al by clicking Read More or download his one sheet summary here!
|North Reading Community EarlyAct Visits Seniors||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on May 19, 2016||
The North Reading Community EarlyAct Club recently completed its final project of the year with a visit to seniors living in the town's public housing. Youth Services Director Amy Luckiewicz noted, “This year, more than ever, the kids seemed really concerned about the quality of life for seniors. We’ve did this project last year, but they quickly voted to continue this year again.” After a planning session, the children began planning their service project in partnership with Maureen Hickey from the Housing Authority. Forty flower pots were hand-painted by the students and brought over to the senior housing. With the help from RYLA alum and graduating NRHS senior volunteer Annie Nitzche, the children carefully planted the flowers and hand-delivered them to every resident of Peabody Court Housing.
|Inter-district Wine Tasting Event||Posted by Dave Gardner||on May 16, 2016||
Rotarians, family and friends have been invited to join District 7910's Wine Fellowship event on Tuesday, July 18 from 5:30-8:30 pm at LaMorra Bicari Ristorante located at 48 Boylston Street in Brookline Village. Enjoy a four-course meal with carefully chosen wine pairings. Can you think of a nicer way to enjoy fellowship with Rotarians and friends in Eastern and Central Massachusetts than over wine and dinner?
The cost will be $70.00 per person for those interested in sampling the wines and $50.00 per person for those interested in the meal only. Tax and tip are included in these prices. Participation is limited so don't delay. Register here!
This event will introduce the possibility of a Wine Tasting Fellowship for District 7930. So, if you are interested, please join us!
|Mystery Dining at the Conference||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on May 15, 2016||
To kick off our Rotary Conference and Assembly weekend, over 50 Rotarians, friends and family signed up for our 2016 Mystery Dining! Not knowing where they were going to eat, what was going to be served, how they were getting there, or even who they were eating with, guests were told to meet on the roof of Fisher College. The evening kicked off with fellowship and a cocktail reception as the group was checked in and assigned to a "team." Slightly later than planned, the teams gathered and were loaded onto an Old Town trolley for their ride to their assigned restaurants. Terry Curran's team arrived at Scampo at the Liberty hotel and were surprised by a visit from celebrity chef Lydia Shire. Their 3-course meal included choices such as mozzarella salad, salmon and tiramisu. Janice Casoli led a team to the waterfront restaurant Chart House. This historical restaurant features John Hancock's original security safe! After a loud sing-a-long to Sweet Caroline, the final team led by Maria Bertolone, traveled to Red Lantern for a family-style Asian cuisine dinner. Everyone's favorite was the ending pu-pu platter desserts including s'more spring rolls, grilled pineapple, rhubarb rangoon and chocolate and sea salt truffles!
Chairs David Manzi and Amy Luckiewicz would like to thank our guests and table hosts Janice Casoli, Terry Curran, and Maria Bertolone as well as Shiela Lally and Fisher College for all of their help. We truly appreciated your support, patience, trust and fun spirit!
|Ray Bourque Visits Our Conference||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on May 15, 2016||
Among the highlights of this past weekend's Conference and Assembly was undoubtedly a visit from Boston Bruin legend, our #77, Ray Bourque. Ray was our featured speaker at Saturday night's dinner, attended by about 80 Rotarians and guests. Ray spent time chatting with Rotarians during the fellowship cocktail reception and took the podium to speak about some of his memories as a Bruin, his family, post-hockey life, and charitable organization, the Celebrities for Charity Foundation. Ray also took questions from guests including one from Brian Murphy of the Beverly Club about his time as an active player. Wakefield Rotarian Alicia Reddin, who has been a Rotarian for about 2 months, stepped up and invited Ray to join Rotary! Ray concluded by acknowledging the efforts of Rotarians to better the lives of people everywhere. After speaking, he spent time signing auction items, chatting with attendees and taking pictures. The entire Conference and Assembly planning team would like to thank Rotarians and their guests for joining us and for making this evening so memorable.
|Conference Auction was a Success||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on May 15, 2016||
An annual tradition at our District Conference is the silent auction to benefit our Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund. This year, the items were available to bid on the entirety of Saturday including the lunch and dinner programs. Items included an original painting, margarita-themed basket, several golf items and dozens of bottles of wine! Without a doubt, the most hotly contested item was a signed banner from Ray Bourque. Won by Annual Giving Chair Bob Gravino, Bourque signed the banner to Bob's grandsons Finn and Liam!
The event netted $4,590 for the Annual Fund SHARE Program! Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities such as vocational training teams. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF. At the end of three years, our district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that our clubs in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund district grants. The remaining DDF may be used for global grants or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or another district.
We would like to thank all of our generous bidders and the following Rotary Club's for their thoughtful donations: Amesbury, Belle Isle, Burlington, Lexington, Lynnfield, Medford, Reading, Saugus, Swampscott, Wakefield and Winchester. Learn more about the Annual Fund!
|How does 22+58+4,800+7,500=30,000?||Posted by David Gardner||on May 14, 2016||
Is this the new math? No, it is when you combine 58 committed humanitarians representing 22 Rotary Clubs, with $7,500 in funding, to package 4,800 pounds for food to serve 30,000 meals on a Saturday morning.
The EndHungerNE Service project started at 7:30 am when Rotarians brought the production line and enough raw materials from curbside on South Street up to the second floor where the event was held. As Rotarians, families and friends arrived by car or the shuttle buses, the excitement began to fill the room. Matthew Martin, the area director for Outreach, Inc., parent company of EndHungerNE, provided a brief overview of their mission and instructions on how to maximize the process, and then the real work began.
The district funded the first 10,000 mac and cheese meals and it was up to those in attendance to package those meals as well as fund the additional meals to hopefully get to our goal of 30,000 meals. So as the meals were being packaged and the results reported, the donations began. Peabody got the action started at $500 and Topsfield/Boxford/Middleton, Wakefield, Winchester and Stoneham followed suit with matching pledges. Another $1,750 was donated personally by individuals packaging the meals. There were several challenge pledges and those were met again and again. In the end, with the final pledge of $250 from the district we fully funded the 30,000 meals. Not bad for a day's work serving others.
There are 4 or 5 food pantries who have already agreed to accept meals but we are still reaching out to other organizations who are interested in receiving the meals.
But we were not alone, Ipswich Interact and Burlington Rotary were busy at work packaging meals for EndHungerNow. Details of their success in reducing the impact of hunger locally and globally will be reported in other articles that will also highlight Rotarians who assisted in distribution food collected through the USPS food collection drive - Stamp Out Hunger.
|Lynnfield Rotary for Haven from Hunger at MarketStreet||Posted by Paula Parziale||on May 09, 2016||
This Sunday, May 15th beginning at 4 pm, the Lynnfield Rotary Club has again partnered with the restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield for the 2nd Annual Taste of MarketStreet!
For a $10.00 entry fee, enjoy delicious foods and beverages under the tents at the green, "all you can eat"... This event run by Lynnfield Rotary will generate enough funds to feed guests at the Haven from Hunger in Peabody, MA. The Lynnfield Club pays for and serves dinner once a month at the Haven. Come enjoy a delicious evening outdoors while supporting the Haven from Hunger!
Featuring Davio’s | Temazcal | Gaslight | Kings Wahlburgers | sweetgreen | Legal C Bar Fugakyu | Whole Foods + more!
|EndHungerNE Service Project at the District Conference||Posted by David Gardner||on May 08, 2016||
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of those who are food insecure?
As part of Rotary District 7930's Homelessness and Hunger Initiative, Governor Dave has added a food packaging project to be held as part of our 2016 District Conference. You can join 70+ Rotarians and Friends as they package up to 30,000 meals for the area's food pantries which serve the hungry in all of our communities. The event will be held at the Nonprofit Center at 80 South Street in Boston from 9 - 11:30 am on Saturday. There will be up to six production lines creating a bevy of activity which will result in packaging over 2,000 meals per hour per line. The district has pre-funded 10,000 meals and additional donations can be made in cash or credit card at the event or online at the EndHungerNE website before or during the event by clicking on the blue Donate Now button and then scrolling down to to Event #51. Typically, the excitement of reaching 10,000 or more meals drives participants and cheerleaders to make donations which immediately increases the number of meals we can package during the event.
|ClubRunner Introduces a Search Tool||Posted by David Gardner||on May 08, 2016||
Breaking news! This past week ClubRunner added a useful, much delayed tool to both the club and district websites. At the top of the screen by the member login, you will find a magnifying glass. Three are two modes: public and private. If someone is not logged in, you will only be able to search public pages. Once logged in, all pages will be available to search. Just enter any word and watch how fast it finds stories and other items where that keyword is found. Certainly, you can search for stories about your club, or other clubs, in an effort to recall what was previously reported or to begin to research new ideas for service projects, fellowship events or fundraisers. Then once you have accessed the story, you might discover the secrets of how to maximize your success. But it doesn't stop there, let your imagination flow. Let us know if you hit the jackpot!
|Last Call for District Conference Registration||Posted by Bob Wood||on May 08, 2016||
Have you registered for Conference yet? If not, why not? The schedule is set, transportation from Andover/Stoneham and Georgetown/North Shore Mall (see above) on Saturday is set, the menus are set, the speakers are set, are you set? Download the transportation schedule here!
Friday night we will be meeting at the Fisher College rooftop, 118 Beacon Street, for a brief wine and beer hour before heading off to who knows where on a mystery dining tour. We’re going to be split up so we meet new people and find out how truly phenomenal Rotarians and friends truly are. I can’t wait for what truly sounds like an awesome time!
Saturday transportation begins at 7:30 am, dropping you off at the service project by 9:00 am, packing meals provided by End Hunger New England, which will be distributed to four food pantries in our district. The goal is to pack 30,000 meals, so we truly need your help. The event is at the Non-Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston. There will be changing rooms (without showers) provided at the Harvard Club (on the second floor) for those that are participating in the Service Project and going on to lunch. For more information on the service project, or to see a video of a meal packaging event, click here!
The District Conference Continues with the combined Conference/Assembly Luncheon at the Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. The event will be in Harvard Hall and will feature Dan Clark, Dave Manzi, Sheryl Meehan and guest speaker, Josh Kraft. Following this amazing lunch will be the Annual District Business meeting, then the District Assembly with breakouts galore. Learn about Rotary, the District and more at your District Assembly.
Saturday night brings a wonderful banquet with no particular agenda. It will be an evening of enjoyment featuring Dan Clark and his wife Mary, Dave Manzi and Keynote speaker Ray Bourque. The four-course meal including wine will be the celebration everyone should have after this amazing year. It will be a review of everything you all have accomplished in all the various fields of veterans awareness, homelessness and hunger, opioid awareness and advocacy. You are all to be congratulated on jobs well done!
And finally, CALLING ALL VETERANS! Sunday morning will be a memorial service for those Rotarians that have passed since the last District Conference, followed by our Veterans’ Memorial Brunch. The brunch will feature guest speakers from the VA Secretary Franceso Urena, Jen DeLuca, ED of Fisher House, Boston, Andy McCawley, President New England Center and Home for Veterans, and Giselle Sterling, Commissioner, City of Boston Veteran’s Services Department. This is a not to be missed event.
The entire conference is a la carte, so you can pick and choose or sign up for all of the above. Wednesday is our cut-off at 3:00 pm, so do it now!
|Wakefield Rotary's Golf Tournament Supports Local Projects||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on May 08, 2016||
Please join the Wakefield Rotary Club on Wednesday, June 1st for our annual golf tournament at the beautiful Gannon Golf Club in Lynn, MA. Proceeds will benefit the programs to combat substance use and youth development including:
To register or sponsor, visit www.wakefieldrotaryclub.org today!
|Burlington Rotary's 30th Anniversary Golf Tournament||Posted by Jefrey Wisnia||on May 03, 2016||
The Burlington Rotary Club is hosting our 30th Annual Golf Tournament at SkyMeadow in Nashua, NH on June 6th, 2016.
The funds that we raise in this tournament have gone towards several important causes, including:
To enter this year’s golf tournament,please email Andrew Weiner Golf Committee Chairperson or call him at 978-835-8005.
|Space Still Available for RYLA Sophomores and Juniors||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on May 03, 2016||
District 7930's annual RYLA weekend will be held on June 3-5, 2016, at Camp Rotary in Boxford. This is a spectacular weekend, where 80 high school sophomores and juniors from all over the District come together to learn leadership skills. Facilitating the weekend are a hand-picked group of students from last year's RYLA and a team of Rotarians.
District clubs may sponsor up to five students from their community. The cost to sponsor a student is $150. This covers the program, housing and food.
There are still spaces available for this year's RYLA. If your club hasn't submitted applications yet, please consider participating. This is an amazing program.
For information about RYLA, contact Rotarians Jim Babbin, Evan Diamond, Andy Maddox, Peter Majane, Tracy Arabian, Julie Geary, Mike McLaughlin, or Dave Gardner. All have several years of RYLA experience and can answer your questions.
|Have You Registered For the Conference Yet?||Posted by David Gardner||on May 02, 2016||
Time is running out to register for what will prove to be a fun and exciting District Conference. From the Friday evening Mystery Dining to the EndHungerNE service project, the exciting Assembly agenda, Saturday nights dinner celebrating our successes with keynote Ray Bourque and a very special Memorial Service remembering our fellow Rotarians who have passed away this past year, with a special focus on our veterans. There is something for everyone, and since you can choose from the menu for the weekend, you should be able to find something that you can afford and enjoy the company of our fellow Rotarians, our families and our friends.
|Apply for Our Next Rotaplast Mission||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on May 02, 2016||
If you ask anyone who traveled last October to Cebu, Philipines, they're going to share stories. Stories about commitment, affection, care, and compassion. Or perhaps you've already heard one of the team's presentations this year and were inspired to go? Now's your chance to apply! Next year's mission is currently being planned for October 9-23, 2016 back to Cebu!
Rotaplast is now seeking applicants for medical staff and non-medical volunteers. You can find more details at www.rotaplast.org. Jobs include:
Want a first-hand account of what it's like to travel on this important project? Can't go on the trip, but want to support the mission? Email David Boudreau to schedule a speaker, be connected to a past volunteer, or to donate. You won't regret it!
Please note, that you MUST apply through Rotaplast to be considered for this mission.
|Homelessness and Hunger Video Now Available||Posted by Bob Wood||on May 02, 2016||
The Homelessness and Hunger Initiative Committee has been actively presenting our video. Filmed on the premise of educating Rotarians and then their communities, we are making it available to all who want it, spreading the word about what you can do to help. In this arena the video has proven a huge success.
The committee has presented to 14 Clubs throughout the District with 3 more scheduled presentations. It has presented to several non-profits and to a gathering of Foundation donors. The purpose of the presentations is to familiarize Rotarians about homelessness and the statistics of poverty and hunger in their communities. This is followed by the HHI video, seen here in this newsletter, and then there is a call to help, not for dollars, but for dialing and drafting digits, making a call or sending letters to your senators and representatives. If your club has not had this presentation, now is the time to contact Bob Wood to schedule a one and be prepared to see your club moved to action.
HHI lends itself perfectly to applying for District Foundation Grants, so if your club is not qualified, now is the time to do so. The next Qualification Seminar is on May 19th at a location to be decided soon. We are encouraging all Clubs in our District to seek out and partner with a local non-profit in the fields of Homelessness or Hunger to provide a grant for something that an agency might need in the upcoming Rotary year. Interestingly enough, the Clubs presented to only had to go out and ask the question "What can Rotary do to help?" Many have gotten the answer!
And where, you ask, does the District get the money for these grants? Well, every dollar contributed to the Rotary Foundation in any given year by Rotarians is invested for three years. The Foundation lives on the interest of those investments. After the third year, 50% of the monies contributed by any given District returns to that District in the form of Managed Grants (local community grants), Global Grants and District Designated Funds. So as the saying goes, if you don’t give, you probably won’t get. So now is the time to give to the Foundation so you Club can continue to do local District Managed Grants!
The committee will meet again in July to determine the next steps. The committee is to be commended for its insight and foresight in the production of this video.
|Austin Students Tell Reading about Their Trip to Peru||Posted by Tim Kelley||on May 02, 2016||
Students and faculty from Austin Prep spoke to the Reading Rotary on May 2 about their service trip to rural Peru. AP students, Pedro, Kate and Crystal were our Speakers. They were among 18 total students on a trip this February who dedicated their off time to help those in need. They were accompanied by two AP faculty members, including Reading Rotarian Michael McLaughlin, Head of Austin Prep Middle School.
They traveled to the Sacred Valley of the Incas near Cusco and Machu Picchu. They stayed with host families and preformed community service, including painting classrooms in the Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Urubamba. They mixed bricks the traditional way, with their feet, and repaired walls and improved paths leading to the school in the Andes. They also had the chance to visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and learn salsa dancing.
The student speakers were very impressive as they related how these families in this very remote area had so little, including limited access to sanitary facilities and clean water. The Austin students also interacted with homeless children putting together packs of items and food and distributing them. This was a first time Austin conducted this service trip to Peru, but there are hopes to be able to repeat this service project.
Pictured at right are the Austin Prep student in Peru.
|Rotary Day at Fenway with the Red Hot Red Sox||Posted by David Gardner||on May 02, 2016||
After a weekend sweep of the Yankees, the Red Sox look like they are in high gear! The bats are blazing and pitching is starting to improve. Now that we are officially in first place, it is time to introduce our Rotary Day at Fenway.
On July 8th, we have reserved 280 seats in the right field grandstands to hopefully witness a win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Joining us will be 50 plus members of the Ipswich Rotary Club and their twin club from Ipswich, England. That leaves about 230 seats for Rotarians, family and friends. This will be a gorgeous night, not guaranteed, but being their with so many incredible people will certainly be amazing.
Want a view from these seats, click here! Hover over section 90!
|Rotary International Council on Legislation Report||Posted by Ingrid Brown||on Apr 28, 2016||
Ingrid Brown, the elected representative from D7930 recently attended the 2016 Council on Legislation in Chicago. She is proud to report that the 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history!
The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from all the 534 districts around the world gather in Chicago to consider and vote on proposed changes to policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect July 1, 2016.
Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule, allowing clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month, but also allowing flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements.
The Council also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership. The dues increase was based on a five-year financial forecast that predicted that is Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated levels by 2020. As RI Vice-President Greg Podd put it, “We are at a moment in time when we must think beyond the status quo. We must think about our future.”
Also because of this Council’s decisions:
The global aspect of the Council is inspiring, you really have the opportunity to get out of your “district comfort zone thinking”, and broaden your appreciation of the rest of the Rotary world. Ingrid thanks you for the privilege of, once again, representing D7930.
|District 7930's Homelessness and Hunger Video||Posted by Bob Wood||on Apr 27, 2016|
|District is Sponsoring Membership and Public Image Campaigns||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Apr 25, 2016||
District Governor Dave has agreed to invest our remaining Membership and Public Image Budget back into the clubs! Over the next 1-2 months, we will be placing print and electronic ads to join YOUR Rotary club! The ads will be regional and name any club represented in the region, but it will direct readers back to the 7930 website to locate the club nearest them.
You don't have to do anything for this project, BUT it would be appreciated:
You can send this information to email@example.com.
Finally, we are happy to announce that the Membership committee has awarded 6 Mini Grants this year to: Peabody, Danvers, Manchester-Essex, Somerville, Belle Isle, and Swampscott. In addition, the Public Image Committee awarded 10 Mini Grants to: Saugus, Salem, Danvers, Ipswich, Swampscott, Reading, Belle Isle, Methuen, Peabody and Medford. We hope you were able to benefit from the investment! This number represented almost half the committees' budgets and we're thrilled to put it back into the clubs.
Hope to see you at the Assembly/Conference!
Want to advertise your company at the Conference/Assembly? Click here!
|Rotary Leadership Institute - Why You Should Attend||Posted by Jim Babbin||on Apr 25, 2016||
Time is running out to enhance your knowledge and improve your ability to lead your club to greatness. Tomorrow is the last day to register for RLI on Saturday, May 7th which will be held at the Holiday Inn in Peabody.
If your club cares about its future, it will want the best leadership possible. This is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people and to be exposed to new ideas of leadership. The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile.
The district will reimburse the first member from each club who registers for RLI, so don't delay!
|Marblehead's Got Talent Finalists Announce||Posted by Arthur Schwartz||on Apr 23, 2016||
The Marblehead Rotary Club is pleased to announce the finalists for the "Marblehead's Got Talent!" competition. These talented performers will vie to win both prestige and scholarships at this year's benefit finale. The benefit event will be held at the Boston Yacht Club, located at 1 Front Street on Friday, May 6th at 6:30 pm!
The proceeds from this benefit event will be used to fund local scholarships! At the end of the program, the top three winners of Marblehead's Got Talent finale competition will be awarded $1,000, $500 & $250 scholarships respectively for their talented efforts.
The public is invited for the fun and to be judges for the evenings’ performances. Tickets to the benefit are $35.00 ($40.00 at the door) and can be purchased at the Marblehead Bank (Atlantic Avenue branch), Arnolds Gallery, and from individual members of the Marblehead Rotary Club. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres will be served during the evening and are included in the price of admission and a live auction will be held during the cocktail party.
For a list of the finalists, read more!
|Artists Express Themselves with Chalk in Cambridge||Posted by Jill Burrows||on Apr 23, 2016||
Whether you’re an aspiring or accomplished artist—or perhaps someone who appreciates art as a dynamic vehicle for visual expression—you won't want to miss Cambridge Rotary Club's annual Chalk on the Walk event, May 1st. on Church Street, that rivals an Italian street painting festival.
Artist Bridget Foster Reed first learned about Chalk on the Walk eight years ago when she happened to notice an advertisement for the event during an eventful subway ride. “My interest was immediately peaked. I was convinced that it sounded a bit ephemeral, but also lots of fun.” To prove her point, Bridget has participated in the annual Chalk on the Walk event almost every year since then.
“I’m always impressed that Chalk on the Walk uses art to bring people together to support important charitable causes. It also appeals to a wide demographic, bringing together so many different people and art styles in such a creative way. “The Rotary Club members running the event reach out to participating artists with so much warmth. I think of them as embodying the true spirit of volunteering.”
|Build Your Brand Through Rotary||Posted by David Gardner||on Apr 22, 2016||
If you own or manage a business, wouldn't it be nice to grow your business within the Rotary community. Well, now you can through a district based advertising program. If you are looking for purchasing a product or service from a reputable company, wouldn't it make sense to find a Rotarian to do business with? Clearly, the Four Way Test provides the basis for a mutually beneficial relationship between two parties.
The district is introducing a multi-layered program where Rotarians can advertise in the district directory, on the district website and create a presence in an online business directory. You will have the option of advertising in any one or more, although at the pricing offered it just might make sense to participate completely. But, you will be the judge of that.
To help defray the cost of the district directory, we are introducing a yellow page section with multiple options that range from $25 (line listing with phone number) to a $200 full page ad.
Want more dynamic advertising, consider an entry into the NEW online directory, starting at $9.99 per month or $99.99 annually, plus a $49 setup fee to create your business card sized ad. From there you can add more information about your company, both text and graphics as well as special offers. Visitors will be able to connect with you through social media, follow a link to your website, call you or send you an email. If they truly appreciate you and your company, they can make a recommendation. Once set up, you will be able to update your information or special offers at your convenience.
Finally, we will be offering the ability to sponsor the website and eBulletins through advertising. With readership growing, we now feel that it would be advantageous for Rotarians to invest in this option. We are working out the details for this option and will be able to report to you shortly.
|Final Conference Schedule||Posted by Bob Wood and Joan Arsenault||on Apr 21, 2016||
|North Reading EarlyAct Visits Sponsor Club||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Apr 20, 2016||
Six students from the North Reading Community EarlyAct Club visited the North Reading Rotary Club this week. Greeting the Rotarians, the students shook hands and introduced themselves. Rotarian Janice Wood commented, "They did a great job looking us in the eye!" The presentation was a year-in-review of the projects and highlights the students have completed so far including: making and delivering hot chocolate kits to the volunteers at the food pantry, making book marks for the local librarians, stuffing Easter eggs for food pantry clients, and more. The students also noted some guests speaker highlights including local Selectmen, volunteers, and even Lydia the therapy dog. The children also noted that they love getting correspondence in the mail. Rotarian Dave O'Neil also congratulated the students on practicing their public speaking skills and preparation, noting, "This will help you far into the future. Stick with it."
The club is designed for students grades 3-5, representing all schools in North Reading. Based on a Rotary International model, the projects and meetings focus on the values of gratitude, community, leadership, commitment, and inclusion. The club meets twice per month to plan and implement a local or international humanitarian project. North Reading also has an EarlyAct Club for Middle School and a high school Interact Club. The students joined in for a picture with President Eric Evans,
|District 7930 in the May Rotarian||Posted by David Gardner||on Apr 18, 2016||
In the May issue of The Rotarian you will find a couple of references to District 7930. The first occurs in the Upfront calendar page, where the Rotary Club of Cambridge has their "Chalk in the Walk" event is listed. This May 1st event allows artists to create masterpieces on squares sponsored by local businesses and individuals. Donations provide funding for college scholarships and other club projects throughout the year. In one of the feature stories, our own Christa Papavasiliou was interviewed about what millennials love about Rotary. Her call-out quote stated "There's a real beauty to the underlying message of Service Above Self. I know there are going to be people in Rotary who are like-minded and like-hearted." The two other young Rotarians also had something important to hear. Jermaine EE exclaimed "The truth is, Rotary has everything millennials want." Finally, Yvonne Kwan confirmed why Rotarians are engaged in the service we provide in her quote - "Millennials are looking for a place to give back to their community, but they need to feel like they are getting value as well." The question is whether their concept of value returned is the same as our current members. Perhaps they are referring to the good feeling you receive from serving others, but maybe it is more. This important conversation can begin or be expanded by reading this article and discussing it at an upcoming club meeting.
|District Conference Sunday May 15th Events||Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Apr 17, 2016||
District Memorial Service: Honoring Those Who Have Passed
DG Dave Manzi asks that you and family members of any deceased Rotarian join us on Sunday May 15th to honor those Rotarians who have passed away between May 2015 to present. This traditional event will be held Sunday, May 15th at the Harvard Club in Boston from 9:30 am to 10:00 am. The Memorial Service and Brunch are included in the full District Conference Registration, and you must be registered to attend. There is free parking on the street. Immediately following the Memorial Service is our Veterans Memorial Brunch which is included in the district conference fee or can be purchased al-a-carte for $45.00.
Remember to send the name of any Rotarian who departed since May 2015 by emailing Joan Aresenault for inclusion in the service. Please provide your club name and any additional information you wish us to know about this Rotarian. If you or any family members are attending the Memorial Service but are not attending the Conference please let Joan know so we have an accurate count for planning purposes.
District Conference Veterans Memorial Brunch: Honoring Those Who Have Served
Francisco Urena, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Services and Jen DeLuca from Fisher House will be our Guest Speakers at the District Conference Veterans Memorial Brunch.
Francisco Urena Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services will open our Veterans Memorial Brunch on Sunday May 15th at the Harvard Club. Secretary Ureña’s commitment to government service began the day after graduating high school when he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps. In the span of eight years of honorable service, his duties included Diplomatic Security with the Department of State at two American Embassies: American Embassy Damascus, Syria and American Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is a Purple Heart recipient from injuries sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign. In 2008, Ureña was honored with “Veterans’ Services Officer of the Year,” awarded by former Veterans’ Services Secretary, Thomas G. Kelley.
Secretary Ureña is committed to helping veterans live with dignity, honor, and independence; and ensures that the department and its initiatives focus on those goals.
Jen DeLuca from Fisher House will be our guest speaker. There are currently 65 Fisher Houses located around the country and in the United Kingdom. The mission of the Fisher House is to ease the burden of our Veterans and their families during difficult times; to serve those who have served. Fisher House Boston’s mission is to be responsive to the needs of their guests and go above and beyond what the Veterans Administration can provide. They strive to meet the basic comfort needs of their guests, during some of the most difficult times in their guest lives, as well as, enhance the healing and supportive environment of the house. Fisher House Boston was the 46th house to be built and dedicated. Boston is the 15th house to be on a VA Medical Center campus.
|FUNdraiser “A Night at the Races” on Fri, April 29||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Apr 17, 2016||
The Gloucester Rotary Club invites the public to attend their FUNdraising event – “A Night at the Races” on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.
A Night at the Races promises to be a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack. High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers. During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at Carroll K. Steele Insurance Agency, BankGloucester, The Weathervane or by contacting any Gloucester Rotarian.
The Gloucester Rotary Club was established in 1923, and has more than 60 members who are leaders in the community. Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self” is the basis of all their good work. With funds raised through events, the club has been a significant supporter of local community organizations and causes. For more information about the Gloucester Rotary Club and Rotary International, go to www.gloucesterotary.us.
|In Favor of Joint Meetings...||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Apr 14, 2016||
This past week the Lynnfield Rotary Club hosted the Wakefield Rotary Club at their home location at the Sheraton Wakefield. The two clubs were educated about Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer and Reid's Ride, a project supported by the Lynnfield Club for years. The lunch provided a passionate informational session but it also provided more. As Past District Governor David Drislane noted, "We should meet more often with our neighbors." It was a good reminder to both clubs about collaboration and fellowship. With almost 40 in attendance, it was one of the biggest meetings for either club, and will hopefully become a more regular tradition.
Has your club met with another club? It might be a great way to spark a new idea, plan a new event or partner in a district or global grant. The possibilities are endless!
|Ben Collins Turns 96 Years Young - Rotarian for 65 Years||Posted by Excerpted from North Shore Local News||on Apr 13, 2016||
People don’t stick with things very long nowadays. So it’s an unusual accomplishment when someone is a member of the same organization for 65 years.
And what better day to celebrate that than on his birthday!
Ipswich and Rowley Rotary held a party this morning to honor Ben Collins, former owner of Ipswich Ford and former president of the club.
Asked by Nat Pulsifer what birthday it was, Collins joked, “It’s the first one this year.” It’s actually his 96th birthday today as well.
The event saw Collins receive praise and congratulations from Ipswich selectmen, state Rep. Brad Hill, state Sen. Bruce Tarr and other Rotary clubs and officials.
As the certificates were presented, someone joked that he would need a truck to bring the pile home.
Collins thanked the group. Speaking of his years of service with Rotary, he added, “I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
|District 7930 EndHungerNE Service Project on May 14th||Posted by David Gardner||on Apr 12, 2016||
On May 14th, District 7930 is hosting a special service project as part of the 2016 District Conference. With Governor Dave's introduction to the Homelessness and Hunger Initiative, it seemed to be a natural extension to incorporate a food packaging event on Saturday morning from 9:00-11:00 am. Join Rotarians, Interactors, Rotaractors and friends at the Nonprofit Center at 89 South Street in Boston for an amazing experience. EndHungerNE will be leading this project where we will work to End Hunger and Enrich Lives for those less fortunate than ourselves. District 7930 will be providing the initial investment to package 10,000 meals, either mac and cheese or rice and beans, but we need to get volunteers to actually perform the actual packaging. This event will create goodwill, provide meaningful service and possibly even attract new members. But most of all, it will just feel good! All of these meals will be distributed locally within our district so we will be able to have a very local impact on our communities.
Want to see what this operation is actually like and why you want to be part of it? Check out the video.
Although there is no cost to participate, donations can be made to help us package more meals can be made by clicking the donation page - Support District 7930 Conference Service Project. There will be transportation from the Route 95 and Route 93 corridors into Boston and back, or you can go from the service project to the Harvard Club and then back home in the afternoon or after dinner. You can register for the service project, other conference events and transportation once you are on the registration site. Click here to register!
Outreach, Inc. is a nonprofit organization built through social entrepreneurship and the hard work of two Iowans, delivering food, water purification technology, medical care, and education to rural Tanzania. Outreach meals are provided to the hungry both internationally and in the United States.
|You Can Help End Hunger in Massachusetts||Posted by David Gardner||on Apr 12, 2016||
You Can Walk. You Can Run. You Can Help End Hunger in Massachusetts.
On Sunday, May 1st 2016, more than 40,000 people will come together on the Boston Common to make a powerful statement about hunger in Massachusetts. Money raised from the Walk will be used to develop and fund hundreds of critical programs that provide hunger relief to families and individuals across the state.
In addition to the scenic 10-mile Walk course along the Charles River, this year the Walk for Hunger will kick off with a 5k starting on the Boston Common. Whether you jog the 5k, walk one mile, or all 10, please register and donate today and join the tradition.
Heart & Sole Lounge: 6:30am
Check-in & bib pick-up: 6:00am - 7:00am
Check-in & bib pick-up: 8:30am - 10:00am
Rolling start: 8:30am - 11:00am
Consider creating a joining a team. Interact, Rotaract and Rotary Clubs are invited to participate and make a difference!
|Bylaws Will Be Voted On at the District Conference||Posted by David Manzi||on Apr 11, 2016||
In order to continue to accomplish the Object of Rotary and to support, advise and assist District 7930, District 7930 Bylaw's Committee met and proposed the revisions as identified in green.
The proposed bylaw change, upon the approval by 2/3 of the members at the District Conference on May 14, 2016 at the Business Meeting. The new bylaws will take effect on July 1, 2016.
|District Conference/Assembly Update||Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Apr 10, 2016||
We are working on an exciting program for your Assembly. Please join us for this amazing program on May 14th.
|Lynn Rotary is Ending Hunger||Posted by Ray Bastarache||on Apr 10, 2016||
The statistics on world hunger are staggering. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization recently estimated that from 2014-2016, about 795 million people of the 73 billion people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from chronic undernourishment. On Saturday morning, at Lynn's St. Mary’s High School cafeteria, a group of about 70 dedicated volunteers ranging in age from teenagers to a few octogenarians, combined forces to do their part to alleviate hunger in the world.
Stop Hunger Now is a meal-packaging event where volunteers set-up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck for distribution in developing countries.
|Lynn Rotary is Honored by My Brother's Table||Posted by David Gardner||on Apr 06, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Lynn was recognized as the Group of the Year by My Brother's Table at their Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Their service to help feed the hungry in and around Lynn has clearly been visible and has made a difference in the lives of many. Richard Ruth, Ray Bastarache, Harvey Rowe and Sean McCarthy pictured receiving their award. Congratulations on such a great honor.
|Beverly Rotary presents Family Feud to Benefit Local Non-profits||Posted by Brian Murphy||on Apr 05, 2016||
The Beverly Rotary Club is presenting “The Beverly Rotary Family Feud” on Friday, April 15, from 6 pm to 10:30 pm, at Danversport Yacht Club. The evening will feature a silent auction, brief live auction, full course dinner, dessert, live music, and game show competition. Four Beverly-area VIP teams will be competing for special prizes. The teams are The Paul & Kristin Guanci family, The Tom & Mary Grant Family, Montserrat College of Art Team, and Endicott College Team in contest of town-vs-gown.
Proceeds from this fundraising event will support Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly Children’s Learning Center, and other local organizations and charities.
Tickets are $85 each, and can be purchased here. For additional information, please contact Michael Harrington at (978) 232-0003.
|Horsemanship for Heroes||Posted by Dan Weir||on Apr 03, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton has supported the important work being done at Windrush Farm therapeutic riding center, but Rotarian Bob heard about Horsemanship for Heroes, he knew it was something that other Rotary clubs would want to support.
The H4H program at Windrush helps veterans with challenges, including head and spinal cord injuries, amputation, auditory and visual impairments, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Benefits to the veterans include normalized muscle tone, increased range of motion, greater confidence and self-esteem, increased strengthen and better coordination of fine and gross motor skills, improved patience and emotional control, and increased concentration and self-awareness.
In addition to therapeutic riding, there are un-mounted activities and volunteer opportunities working with horses that are also available to veterans.
If you would like to join the TBM club in supporting this important program, please email Dan Weir or call him at 978-766-7473.
|Conference Update: New Rates!||Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Apr 02, 2016||
District Governor Dave Manzi and the District Conference Committee are pleased to announce that the District Conference/Assembly package has been reduced from $350.00 to $235.00. We are also able to offer you a-la-carte options for the conference. Please visit our registration link for more information.
Mystery is in the air!! Hurry and register for the Friday Night Mystery Dinner, an event not to be missed, spots going fast!
Leaving from Fisher College you will be transported to an exquisite four-star restaurant with fellow Rotarians and guests. Register for this fun filled evening, meet new Rotarians, and enjoy a night out on the town.
Legend of hockey Ray Bourque to speak at the District Conference. This dinner event is now available a-la-carte! Ray Bourque and and his Boston Bruins teammate Cleon Daskalakis founded the Celebrities For Charity Foundation which has donated over $20 million to a variety of charities that support causes ranging from medical research and patient care, to education, assisting disadvantaged children, the arts, and the environment.
Saturday service project needs volunteers. Join us on Saturday morning as we package 10,000 meals with End Hunger New England! You don't need to attend the Conference to volunteer at this great event, but you do need to register.
Silent Auction items needed. Our Conference is also a way to increase our funding of the Rotary Foundation, bringing money back to the District for our local and international service projects and grants. Club Presidents, please send in your silent auction items as soon as possible.
Park and Ride: We're happy to offer free shuttle service on Saturday into Boston from points North along Routes 93, 95 and Route 1. You must indicate if you need a ride in your registration. Download the Transportation Schedule here!
More surprise speakers to be announced so follow us carefully on the eBulletin and Facebook. Download the Updated Conference Flyer here!
|Gloucester Rotary Club loses a “Giant” Rudy Macchi||Posted by Josh Arnold edited by David Olson||on Mar 31, 2016||
On Friday, April 1, 2016, the community of Gloucester celebrated the funeral mass of one of its “giant” civic leaders, Rudy Macchi. Rudy, a member of the Gloucester Rotary Club for 40 years, serving as past President, past Assistant Governor, and Paul Harris Fellow, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016.
His contributions as a civic leader were vast as was his kindness and generosity toward others. Gloucester Rotarian and past Executive Director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Mike Costello offered words of remembrance at the funeral Mass celebrated at Holy Family Parish, where Rudy served as a member of the Finance Committee and had accompanied the church’s pastor on a pilgrimage to Italy this past Fall.
Costello remembered Rudy Macchi as a kind man who was known by many as a character and a jokester, yet was also quick to roll up his sleeves and climb into the trenches to get something done. He exhibited the mantle of leadership for many organizations, and was a giant among local leaders.
|Downtown Boston Rotary supports Junior Achievement||Posted by Larry Wenglin||on Mar 28, 2016||
On April 8th Rotarians volunteered as teachers at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston through Junior Achievement. JA volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Boston’s youth by teaching essential life lessons about personal finance, civics and business that aren’t taught in school! If you’re worried that you don’t know how to teach, don’t be! Consider joining us next year and you’ll be paired with a partner and you’ll receive a powerful and easy-to-follow lesson that walks you through every step of the process. Volunteering for this event is a full day commitment, running from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
For more information please call Larry Wenglin at 617-593-7400.
|Salsa Night at the Ryles - Steps for Charity with Boston Rotaract||Posted||on Mar 25, 2016||
Join us on Tuesday, April 12th for our annual Salsa Night fundraiser hosted in support of the Rotaract Club of Boston's international service project that will provide children safe and secure transportation to and from their school in Ganvie, Benin, Africa.
The event starts at 7:30 pm with arrival and check-in, followed by a salsa lesson from 7:45-9:00 pm and then you will get your chance to show your moves on an open dance floor until 9:30 pm. All are invited, whether newcomers to salsa or those seasoned professionals who want to join a great group of people looking to Do Good in the World!
Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased here! Ryles Jazz Club is located at 212 Hampshire Street on the second floor in Cambridge.
|Announcing the District 7930 Softball League||Posted by Bruce Mauch||on Mar 25, 2016||
Rotary District 7930 will have a Rotary softball league again this year. The first games of the season will start the week of May 2nd. The league currently has six teams; Beverly, Chelsea, Danvers, Marblehead/Salem, Salem, NH and Woburn. Teams play ten regular season games, one game per week starting at 6:00 pm. Every team than enters the play-offs for a chance to win the league championship. The league has an annual picnic which will be on Wednesday, July 13th at John George Park in Danvers.
All Rotarians and their family and friends are invited to the picnic. After games team members will usually get together for Rotary fellowship. We welcome other District 7930 Rotary clubs to join our league this year. We also welcome individual Rotarians to join other teams in the league if your club is not able to field a team. Several of the teams in the league have members from several Rotary clubs. The purpose of the league is to provide one more avenue for Rotarian camaraderie and some exercise. The skill and age level of members of the league truly represent the demographics of current Rotary clubs. All games are played in the spirit of Rotary with having a good time top priority.
|Taste of Ipswich 2016 to benefit Ipswich Rotary||Posted by Bob Wicks||on Mar 24, 2016||
Join the fun on April 7, to benefit the Ipswich Family YMCA and Ipswich Rotary. Enjoy good food, wine, music, and fellowship at the 2016 "Taste of Ipswich".
The event is sponsored by Marcorelle's Fine Wines and Liquors. 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Mansion on Turner Hill, Ipswich. If available, tickets at the door will be $65 per person, $120 per couple.
Participating restaurants include:
|The Rotary Club of Andover is Growing!||Posted by Elaine Clements||on Mar 24, 2016||
Since December 2015, seven new community and service-minded individuals have stepped up to join the Rotary Club of Andover. Membership Chair Al Ruthazer attributes the growth to several things, including the fall 2015 Andover Cares movement. He feels that this introduced the potential of Rotary’s service opportunities to many people who want to make a difference in our community. Following the October 2015 Andover Cares Festival, many volunteers wanted to get more involved, but the traditional service club model of required weekly breakfast meetings made it impossible for them to join. Hearing this, Andover Rotary created a new flexible Service Membership, and also added an evening meeting option each month.
“We're a great club,” said Membership Chair Ruthazer, “and the option to attend Rotary meetings at night has made our club accessible to some people who wanted to be a part of the best service club in town, but were unable to attend Friday morning meetings. In addition, members have the option to be Service members. This Service membership option allows people unable to attend a meeting every week to still contribute to all of our service projects with gusto, as full Rotary members.”
|Do You Care About Membership In Your Club?||Posted by Carolyn Johnson||on Mar 23, 2016||
Increasing the number of members in your Rotary Club should be a top priority for your Rotary Club. As we approach the beginning of the 2016 - 2017 Rotary year, every Club should have a Membership Development Plan in place to increase and retain membership. Does your club? If not, please consider attending the webinar
The webinar will include the process of creating a membership development plan and provides strategies and tools you can use to attract and engage new members.
Club Assessment tools will be shared that will enable you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your club related to attracting and retaining members. There will be a review of best practices to be a Vibrant Club which is essential to attracting new members.
The webinar is intended for Club Officers, Club Membership Chairs, Membership Committee members, Assistant Governors and anyone interest in learning how to increase membership in your Club.
|Presidents-elect and Assistant Governors Plan for Success in 2016-17||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Mar 20, 2016||
I personally want to say thank you to our incoming Presidents and Assistant Governors for giving their most precious resource, their time, to participate in last week’s Northeast PETS! I am excited and optimistic that Rotary Year 2016 -2017 will be an electrifying year for our District due to the energy, passion and dedication displayed by our incoming Presidents and Assistant Governors at Northeast President Elect Training on March 10th through March 12th! I know that all who attended acquired knowledge and insights that will enhance not only their Rotary endeavors, but also their personal and professional skills.
Northeast PETS is a joint effort of eight Rotary International districts and includes the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, southern Maine and southern Quebec. Considered to be one of the very best of its kind in the USA, it is also very unique in that it’s multi-District participation of so many future Presidents and Assistant Governors creates so much energy and enthusiasm.
|Our Rotary Foundation is truly the foundation for Rotary!||Posted by Thomas Hankard||on Mar 20, 2016||
Did you know the first donation to our Foundation was $26.50 in 1917? From those humble beginnings, the Foundation of Rotary International has received contributions totaling over $1 billion to date! On April 2 our District Foundation Team will be presenting a two-part seminar consisting of the yearly Foundation Forum, followed by lunch, and a Grant Qualification Seminar.
The Grant Qualification Seminar is a requirement if your club wants to be qualified for grants in the 2016-2017 Rotary year! Grants are a fantastic avenue for Clubs to have a real impact in the world and the communities they serve!
Global grants truly put the “international” in Rotary International as they lend aid to needy people the world over. District grants benefit your club and your community by having a tangible impact on the quality of life of you and your neighbors! Local district grants also get your club’s name into the community and demonstrate what Rotary – and your club – can do!
|RLI Is Coming To Peabody!||Posted by Jim Babbin||on Mar 20, 2016||
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is coming to Peabody!
RLI is a powerful program to grow member leadership strengths and build member retention.
Attendees come back to their clubs motivated, energized and inspired and share that enthusiasm with other members.
This Spring, District 7930 will host an RLI session:
Satuday, May 7, 2016 from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Holiday Inn Boston-Peabody
1 Newbury Street (Route 1 North)
You accepted the invitation to become a Rotarian for a reason. You stay a Rotarian also for a reason. Spending a day at an RLI session will add many more reasons for you to be a Rotarian. Remember, “Those who serve the best profit the most.”
|What's New About the Conference?||Posted by Joan Arsenault||on Mar 19, 2016||
This year's District Conference and Assembly is coming along with new developments all the time. Friday night's Mystery Dining is half booked, so please don't wait. Register Here! This fellowship event is full of fun and surprises. We're thrilled to announce that our service project or Saturday morning will be packaging at least 10,000 meals for End Hunger New England. These packages will stay right here in our district, benefiting food relief organizations right in our neighborhoods. Dan Clark, the singing trooper will also be performing Saturday. You may have seen Dan perform at Fenway or at a Patriots game. Lastly, hockey legend Ray Bourque is set to be one of our featured speakers Saturday night. A not-to-miss for any sports fan, Ray's message will also speak to the volunteer in all of us. Don't miss out, register now. For the full schedule, click on Read More.
|Rotary Club of Greater Salem, NH celebrates 15 years||Posted by Laura Allain||on Mar 19, 2016||
In honor of the Club’s 15th anniversary, the Rotary Club of Greater Salem, NH is throwing a party! It’s on Friday, April 1st at 6:00 pm at the Brookstone Park, 14 Route 111 in Derry, NH. The price is $50 per person and you have a choice of Baked Haddock or Herb-Roasted Chicken.
There will be comedic entertainment but the highlight of the evening will be the awarding $15,000 in grants (in honor of the 15th year) to local non-profits. The largest award will be to the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church Food Pantry who have just completed a rebuild of their facility. Other awards will be to other non-profits in the field of homelessness and hunger.
Please join us if you can. To register, please email Laura Allain or call her at 603.370.0806
|Marblehead Rotary Club announces the 2016 “Marblehead's Got Talent" competition||Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Mar 17, 2016||
The Marblehead Rotary Club is pleased to announce the kickoff for the 2016 "Marblehead's Got Talent" competition. High School age performers will vie to win both prestige and scholarships at this year's benefit. The final and benefit event will be held on Friday, May 6th at the Boston Yacht Club!
All high-school age students qualified to participate in the event include both those attending Marblehead High School currently AND (this is a change from prior years) Marblehead residents who attend a private high school.
Rotary members on the organizing committee are Ron Amon (Chairman), Geoff Lloyd, Gene Arnould, David Deutsch and Greg Bates. From the Marblehead High Jordan Mitchell is a committee member will also handle entries and registration. Please email Mitchell if you have questions or need additional information.
|The Rockport Rotary Club Annual Wine Tasting!||Posted by Mary Ciaraldi||on Mar 17, 2016||
Rockport Rotary Club 2016 Wine Tasting Event a Success!!!
The Rockport Rotary held their “Annual Wine Tasting Event” on March 4, from 6-8:30. The event was held at the Shalin Liu Reception Hall in Rockport. Approximately 250 guests attended the event and enjoyed an evening of fun. A collection of fine wines was provided by Seabreeze Liquors of Gloucester. Charles E. Kreis from Rockport catered the event with an assortment of delicious cold and hot hors d’oeuvres. Fellow Rotarians dressed in formal attire elegantly served during the evening.
In addition to the wine testing and great food, an assortment of prizes were raffled during the event. Also, beautifully arranged wine baskets with a variety of themes were auctioned at the end of the evening.
|District Foundation Forum & Grants Qualification Seminar||Posted by Ingrid Brown||on Mar 14, 2016||
The Rotary Foundation - Your Partner in Doing Good in the World!
Come hear about the great things the clubs in District 7930 are doing in their communities and around the world. Be inspired or share your ideas with other equally committed Rotarians!
$35.00 for Foundation Forum, lunch, and Qualification Seminar
$20.00 for Foundation forum or Qualification Seminar -does not include lunch
Register Here! The Forum and Qualification Seminar will be held at The Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield on April 2, 2016. Check times for the Forum and the Qualification Semi
|Guyana Mission Building Playgrounds||Posted||on Mar 14, 2016||
Susan Hartmere, Past President and multiple Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Woburn recently travelled to Guyana on a humanitarian mission.
The following is brief account of her trip...
“Our group of 12 spent two weeks constructing a playground adjacent to a school for intellectually challenged children ranging in age from 6 - 20. The playground consisted of a basketball court, swings, seesaws and a jungle gym.
|Lessons from the Front Line of a District Managed Grant||Posted by Heidi Whear and Joan McCormack||on Mar 14, 2016||
In September of 2014, the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor embarked on an exciting grant to install 40 lock boxes on the homes of seniors in the community to provide timely access to homes in the event of an emergency. The project was the brainchild of the newly formed ElderAct Club, a group of senior volunteers under the umbrella of the Rotary Clubs of Marblehead Harbor and Swampscott. The project sailed through the development and planning process with support of the Marblehead Council on Aging and the Marblehead Fire Department.
Unfortunately, after enthusiastic approval from the District, we encountered multiple obstacles to timely completion of this project:
|Last Call for Polio Donations||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Mar 13, 2016||
Did you know this year we had only 9 months between Polar Plunge events?! In that time we set a record breaking average of just over $10k in pledges per MONTH! To date, the Distrct has in $92,458.39 in pledges! Many thanks to our participants, volunteers, committee and donors are surely in order. Please remember to submit your final donations to the Rotary Foundation by March 31st in order to ensure proper accounting. If you have any questions regarding online donations made to you or your club, please contact Amy Luckiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for all of your help and congratulations on an outstanding year in our efforts to #endpolio!
|What's New with the District Conference 2016||Posted by Joan Aresenault and Bob Wood||on Feb 28, 2016||
The Early Bird Registration has been extended until further notice at the District Governor’s request. This is the best price that will be offered for this conference.
Starting with the Conference Mystery Dine Around (a la carte) on Friday night, we’ll be having fun and friendship on the roof of Fisher College, followed by dinner at four star restaurants with folks you may not know but would love to meet! A separate package is available on the registration page to allow you to register for this only, if that is your wish. Transportation will be provided from Fisher College to the restaurants and back. Don’t want to mingle? Don’t go for this one!
On Saturday there will be a service project open to all District Rotarians. While the location is yet to be determined, the event is packing meals for End Hunger New England. We hope to pack 10,000 - 30,000 meals to be distributed here in our District by an organization that truly embodies “Service Above Self”, making every effort to End Hunger Now! The service project is followed by a joint luncheon in Harvard Hall at the Harvard Club uptown. Nestled on Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue, this historic venue will be the site not only for the Conference but also for the District Assembly. Separate District Assembly registration opens on March 1st. It is its own event, so you can register for it alone, or include it in your District Conference Registration.
|2016 RYLA Looking for Clubs to Recruit Participants||Posted by Jim Babbin||on Feb 28, 2016||
Did you miss the RYLA Kickoff for 2016?? Well... you didn't.
We didn't have one because we are trying a new way of doing things. All of the clubs in the district have been divided and assigned to a Rotarian contact person. This person will contact the president of the club and serve as the representative. They will provide information, forms, updates and communications to the club and its RYLA representative from the club. A list of clubs and Rotarian contacts will be available on the district website soon. Check in with your Club President to see if they have been contacted and who is the Rotarian RYLA contact.
RYLA 2016 is scheduled for June 3-5, 2016 at Camp Rotary in Boxford. The event starts on Friday at 3 pm and runs until Sunday at 4 pm. All meals, housing and events are covered by the $150 registration fee. Student applications are available on the district website along with the Rules of Conduct. Each club is allowed to sponsor up to 5 student(and we will cut off registrations after the first 80 completed student applications are received. (80 is the maximum for the facility) Applications are due to your club by April 15 and must be sent, along with the check and a complete application to Tracy Arabian (address on the application). Instructions are on the student application and assistance is available through the Rotarian contact assigned to your club.
RYLA is an excellent program for High School Sophomores and Juniors. Most past RYLArians will tell you that it is a life-changing event that helps them with High School, College and beyond. For further information, email Jim Babbin.
|Time to Register for RLI||Posted by Jim Babbin||on Feb 27, 2016||
Registration for the May 7, 2016 RLI sessions at the Holiday Inn in Peabody is happening now! Sign up for Part I, II, III or Graduate now and reserve your seat!
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a day for Rotarians to learn how to develop leadership skills and to learn about the tools and resources which allow club members to build vibrant clubs. You accepted the invitation to become a Rotarian for a reason. You also continue your journey in Rotary for a reason. Spending a day at an RLI session will add many more reasons for you to be a Rotarian and enhance yourself and your club. Remember, “Those who serve the best profit the most.”
Attendees will learn how to
They will come back to their clubs motivated, energized and inspired and share that enthusiasm with other members.
RLI - Peabody
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Holiday Inn Boston - Peabody
1 Newbury Street
Peabody, MA 01960
For more information visit www.rlinea.com; or email Jim Babbin.
Sign up now! You can register now for Part I, II III and Graduate.
If you have never attended RLI, find out how you could attend for free.
|The Importance of Leap Year||Posted by David Gardner||on Feb 27, 2016||
Governor Dave has often mentioned the importance of an extra day during this Rotary year to accomplish more of what we are called to do. Throughout the year, as we Do Good in the World, we impact our communities, near and far in ways that positively affect others. Having this extra day is a great Gift to the World. Whether you choose to reach out to someone in need, donate to The Rotary Foundation, plan your next service project or take a day off and recharge. Why would that be a positive decision? Perhaps, it will build your energy so you can tackle the next commitment or maybe discover something that needs to be addressed that can only be recognized when you stop and smell the flowers. So, decide for yourself, but make sure that the day is spent in a way that helps you move closer to your goals, personal, business or service to others.
|Global Scholar Named for 2016-17||Posted by David Hart||on Feb 25, 2016||
District 7930 has awarded its 2016-2017 Global Grant Scholarship to Kristin Kelleher of Newburyport, MA. The scholarship is worth $30,000. Ms. Kelleher who is sponsored by the Ipswich Rotary Club will be attending Kings College London beginning in September 2016. Ms. Kelleher currently works as a Legislative Aid for Representative Jay Kaufman.
Ms. Kelleher will enroll in the Master's Program, Environment, Politics, and Globalization. This program fits very nicely with Rotary International’s area of focus; Economic and Community Development. While attending Kings College London, Ms. Kelleher will also design and implement a “Service Project” which will have a positive and sustainable effect on the local community. Ms. Kelleher’s service project will show the correlation between low-income individuals, health, environmental issues and success in obtaining a job that provides a sustainable wage.
This year we had five (including Ms. Kelleher) very strong candidates. All of which, we believe, will affect a positive change in our world. All candidates were required to complete the Global Grant application, provide a resume, provide two letters of reference, college transcripts, admission to a Masters or Doctorate program and a concept for a service project within the RI six areas of focus. Lastly, a candidate needs to have a strong knowledge of Rotary and how Rotary could assist them in their future endeavors.
An interview committee was formed which included the incoming District Governor (2016-2017) Sheryl Meehan, current Foundation Chair Ingrid Brown, current Outgoing Global Grant Scholarship Chair David Hart, District Governor-Nominee David Gardner, and Lexington Rotarian Doug Holmes.
All candidates were interviewed on Saturday, February 20, 2016 and the committee made its decision on the same day. District 7930 and the interview committee was proud of the caliber of candidates this year and wants to offer congratulations to our winner Kristen Kelleher. Ms. Kelleher is and will continue to be a champion of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”.
|Wakefield Donates Veteran Resources||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Feb 23, 2016||
The Wakefield Rotary Club recently donated several resource books to the Wakefield Veteran’s Services as part of a Rotary District Managed Grant focused on mental health and substance use. Additional resource books will be donated to the local library, middle school, high school, and youth substance use prevention coalition.
Photo left to right: Mario Portillo, George Livingstone, Wakefield Veteran’s Service Officer Alicia Reddin, and Joe Buscaino.
|North Reading Community EarlyAct Club and Civic Engagement||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Feb 23, 2016||
The North Reading Community EarlyAct Club recently completed its learning module on civic engagement. The club, for grades 3-5, meets every other Thursday in Town Hall. Each time we start a new year, I take the kids on a tour of Town Hall after hours. Every year, they are fascinated by the Selectmen’s room. We talk a little about what that room is for and how citizens can petition to make community improvements or voice their opinion.
|Would Your Club Benefit from a Visioning Session?||Posted by Gary Nangle||on Feb 23, 2016||
Club Visioning is an opportunity for your club to reach consensus on a focus and a vision for your future. It allows all participants everyone to have their an equal say. It values everyone’s input. It can be is intense – and it is fun! Club Visioning empowers Rotary clubs to determine their own vision and then to work towards it. Clubs taking part in visioning this program have achieved positive outcomes.
If your club wishes to participate – here are the steps:
The District Visioning Team looks forward to helping you define and meet your vision!
|Stars Over Melrose!||Posted by Susan Nadworthy||on Feb 21, 2016||
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Doors open at 6 pm,
Show starts at 7 pm
Memorial Hall | 590 Main Street, Melrose
Tickets: $25 General Admission | $20 Students & Seniors
The Rotary Club of Melrose will brighten the year’s winter’s doldrums by staging a city-wide variety show, Stars over Melrose, featuring the very best local talent right here in Melrose!
The event is sure to provide an evening of great entertainment, excellent food and drink, and amazing surprises from your neighbors in Melrose. In addition, it will provide a chance to learn more about the workings of Rotary, the largest service organization in the world, and to benefit the club in its efforts to help both the local and international communities.
|District Conference 2016||Posted by Joan Arsenault and Bob Wood||on Feb 21, 2016||
Did you know that the District Conference is in Boston this year? Not only in Boston, but an event that does not include any training, only celebration. Starting with the Conference Mystery Dine Around (a la carte) on Friday night, we’ll be having fun and friendship on the roof of Fisher College, followed by dinner at four star restaurants with folks you may not know but would love to meet! Transportation will be provided from Fisher College to the restaurants and back. Don’t want to mingle? Don’t go for this one!
On Saturday there will be a service project open to all District Rotarians. While the location is yet to be determined, the event is packing meals for End Hunger New England. We hope to pack 30,000 meals to be distributed here in our District by an organization that truly embodies “Service Above Self”, making every effort to End Hunger Now! The service project is followed by a joint luncheon in Harvard Hall at the Harvard Club uptown. Nestled on Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue, this historic venue will be the site not only for the Conference but also for the District Assembly.
|Mystery Dining Event in Boston||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Feb 20, 2016||
Whether you are attending the 2016 District Conference or not, consider an evening of fun, great food and fellowship at Friday evening's Mystery Dining!
You won’t know who you’re eating with, where you’re going, nor how you’ll get there, but we promise it’ll be fun!
Friday, May 13, 2016
$75 per person (not included in conference fees)
Includes: round-trip transportation from Fisher College,
3-course dinner at a four-star Boston restaurant,
gratuities and meals taxes.
6:30 pm Meet at Fisher College
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception & District Conference check-in
6:30 pm Depart Fisher College
7:00 pm Enjoy Your 3-Course Mystery Dining Adventure
|Boston Marathon Hero to Speak at Stoneham Rotary||Posted by Dennis O'Hara||on Feb 18, 2016||
On Tuesday, February 23, Sergeant Dic Donohue will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Stoneham's lunch meeting beginning at 12:15PM at Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Ave in Stoneham. If you are interested in attending, send a message to the Stoneham Rotary on the Contact link on this page.
Sergeant Richard “Dic” Donohue is a native of Winchester, Massachusetts. He has worked in law enforcement as a member of the MBTA Transit Police Department since 2010. Donohue is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Prior to a career in law enforcement, Sergeant Donohue worked in the hospitality industry and served as an officer in the United States Navy.
In the early morning of Friday, April 19th, 2013, Donohue, then a patrol officer, responded to back up local law enforcement officers in Watertown, Massachusetts. A gun battle ensued with two suspects who were later identified as the Boston Marathon bombers. A bullet severed Donohue’s femoral artery and he suffered severe blood loss on site. He was given immediate lifesaving care, prolonged CPR, and received multiple blood transfusions.
|The Rotary Cub of Rockport Annual Wine Testing Event!||Posted by Mary Ciaraldi||on Feb 15, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Rockport will be hosting their annual “Wine Testing” event at the Shalin Liu Reception Hall in Rockport on March 4!
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 6-8:30 pm
Shalin Liu Reception Hall
37 Main Street, Rockport
Come join us for this great event, sample some wines, enjoy some great food and have some fun!
|Parkway Rotary Club Challenges You at Their Trivia Night||Posted by Dominic Rebelo||on Feb 15, 2016||
Want to have some fun and help raise some money while pitting your wits against other Rotarians and friends?
Come join us for our Trivia Night on February 25th at JJ Brannelly at 4432 Washington Street in Roslindale. Registration starts at 6:00-6:45 and the trivia begins at 7:00pm. Orgainzie your team up to six players, pay your $60.00 per team registration and be prepared to have some fun and compete for either the first or second place prizes.
Proceeds go to help the West Roxbury/Roslindale Rotary Club
Come out for a great cause to raise money for the local neighborhood. Plenty of free parking and there will be a cash bar!
|Wow! Your Way to Profit! - A Rotary Means Business Event||Posted by David Gardner||on Feb 15, 2016||
Wow! Your Way to Profit!
As a topic of compelling interest for today’s highly competitive business environment, this presentation addresses how to Wow! Clients and employees for life because they are too expensive to keep replacing. You will learn the staying power of creating multiple extraordinary experiences for your Clients which create “Super Glued” relationships that generate long-term growth and profitability. We will discuss the key elements of “super glued” relationships.
|Annual Seniors Valentine's Luncheon in Rockport||Posted by Mary Ciaraldi||on Feb 14, 2016||
Rockport’s Annual Valentine’s Luncheon Sponsored by the Fish Shack and the Rockport Rotary Club!
The Annual Valentine's Luncheon for Rockport’s seniors took space on Friday, February 12 at the Fish Shack at Dock Square in Rockport.
Karen Porter, owner of the Fish Shack opened her restaurant as she does every year, provided all the food for the event and her staff to prepare a delicious lunch. The members of the Rockport Rotary Club helped with setting up, sitting, serving and cleaning after the event. Rotarians welcomed each senior as they walked in to the restaurant by handing out red carnations for the occasion. They also provided transportation to and from the luncheon for those guests that were not able to drive and have no one to drive them.
The guest diners were served fresh baked haddock, mashed potatoes, vegetables, soft drinks, coffee and dessert. Surprise entertainment was also part of the event. The Barbershop Quartet from Beverly provided by the Rotary Club serenaded our seniors making their dining very enjoyable. This was a wonderful event, which allowed seniors (especially those who are house bound) to go out for the afternoon, socialize, enjoy a great lunch and have some fun. This was a great opportunity for the Karen and the Rotary Club to acknowledge the seniors in their community.
|Healthy Kids/Brighter Future Global Grant||Posted by Bob Gravino||on Feb 14, 2016||
The Rotary Club of Ipswich is writing a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to bring medical care and health education to children in Zambia by introducing a new medical delivery model to reach the most vulnerable young people and raise a healthy generation. Ipswich Rotary was a partner in a 2014 Global Grant sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine, that trained classroom teachers to recognize and treat common childhood illnesses. That 2014 Grant was completed in early February 2016, having helped over 11,000 poor children in the Ng’ombe section of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
During the months of November and December, I visited 22 District 7930 and 7 District 7780 Clubs with Lonnie Hackett to talk about the Rotary sponsored Zambian healthcare project called Healthy Kids/Brighter Future (HK/BF) that was made possible by the 2014 Global Grant. Using Zambian schools serving the most vulnerable portion of the population, Lonnie and HK/BF are training teachers and administrators as a new health corps, capable of providing every-day first aid care; offering children basic education in health; providing preventative interventions; and screening children for illnesses and infections that require treatment at government-run free clinics.
As the International Club for a new Global Grant to carry on this work, Ipswich is submitting an application to bring this proven program to an additional 25,000 children in Lusaka.We invite you to join us. Our Global Grant has already received commitments and funds from Rotary clubs in four districts, but we welcome additional support to be successful. Join this important opportunity for global service.
|World Peace and Understanding Dinner Creates Powerful Emotions||Posted||on Feb 14, 2016||
On February 10th, District 7930 hosted the World Peace and Understanding Dinner. This year’s event was quite a departure from previous years. Instead of the traditional sit down meal followed by an inspirational speaker, every attendee was given an identity to assume for the evening. All present participated in a simulation game designed to challenge our perceptions (or misconceptions) of poverty, homelessness, and stereotypes. Every identity existed below the poverty line, and players had to survive for two days, securing a job, shelter and food along the way. No-one was able to stay inside their comfort zone for very long. At the end of the evening, attendees were presented with several volunteer opportunities to serve - all were filled. Additionally, $800 was collected that will be used to purchase socks that will be given to homeless men, women and children next week. Here are the words of several players:
As an interact volunteer and table captain I didn’t know what these Rotarians were going to expect. One woman said she was scared and and didn't know how this event would go. Wishing that I could blurt out the idea I kept the game a secret. One of the first things said at my table was " dinner is at 8:15?!" they were absolutely shocked. Completely baffled at this change of events, the Rotarians waited anxiously. The game was then explained and played, many fully getting into character. When we all joined back together at the table you could see that bonds between families were made. They were no longer confused or anxious but really glad. We discussed how the game went and people had very high remarks. This simulation opened their eyes up to poverty but also developed bonds between everyone, young and not as young. To see the shift in emotions from nervousness to happiness and understanding made me glad I held my tongue!
Malak Ray, Interact student and Table Captain
“I was a 72 year old man who had lost his wife, his home, his job and who could not speak English. I was forced to seek work, food and shelter from people who saw me as an old man who couldn’t even speak English. Over and over I was rejected because of my age and dismissed because no one wanted to deal with my hand gestures in my attempt to communicate and beg for help.
A glimmer of hope came from two compassionate individuals who allowed me to stay with them for the night only to be told the next day there would be no second. Sad and discouraged, I tried to ask, “what did I do wrong”?
I felt Desperation, frustration, loneliness, unclean, zero esteem, not knowing where to turn; abandoned.
Kevin McKelvey – Rotarian, Participant, Veteran
|Rotary Family Night||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Feb 11, 2016||
Join us for a great, affordable night of candlepin bowling on Sunday, March 20th! $10 per person includes two hours of bowling and rental shoes.
We invite all clubs, EarlyAct members, Interact members, Rotaractors, ElderAct members, Assistant Governors, committee chairs and all members to consider making a team of 4 or 5 and join us at Metro Bowl in Peabody!
Friends, family, children and non-Rotarians are very welcome. This evening is not a competition but clubs are welcome to make friendly challenges to one another in the spirit of fellowship!
Contact Amy Luckiewicz at email@example.com with questions or register for Family Fun Day here!
|Friday Night at the Fights||Posted by Jeffry Wisnia||on Feb 11, 2016||
The Burlington Rotary Club has held a major fund raising event called “Friday Night at The Fights” for the past ten years. The event combines a catered dinner with ten three round matches between amateur boxers from the New England area. It is being held this year on April 1st at the Elks Lodge in Billerica.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for a donation price of $80.00 per person by phoning club member Jorge Andrade at 978-720-5161. Meal reservations must be made by March 18th.
Meal reservations must be made by March 18th. There are “standing room” tickets available at a lower price at the door for those who do not want to participate in the catered meal. Hot dogs, popcorn and fruit drinks will be available for purchase by those attendees.
|Foundation Scholar In Action||Posted by David Hart||on Feb 11, 2016||
Dr. Gani Abazi was born in Peje, Kosovo in 1979 and completed his primary and secondary education in his hometown. He enrolled in the Medical School of Prishtina University in 1998, where his studies were interrupted one year later by the war resulting from the rise to power of the Millosheviq Regime, which lead to the dissolution of Yugoslavia. During the war, Gani and his family were refugees in Montenegro and Albania. After Kosovo was liberated by NATO, he went back to his country to continue his medical education in the University of Prishtina, where he graduated as a medical doctor in 2005.
In 2005, he was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship (now Global Grant Scholar) and came to Harvard University to study in the Masters of Public Health Program, concentrating on Health Care Policy and Management. This scholarship was presented by our neighbors in District 7910. He completed his MPH degree on June 2007 and with the help of Rotary International received a research fellowship position in the Department of Neurosurgery of Children’s Hospital Boston where he conducted clinical research.
|Please Turn in Your Final Polio Donations||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Feb 11, 2016||
It's not too late to submit your final offline donations using our Offline Donation Form. In addition, your online donation pages are still active! Why not post a photo of you in the water and as for a final push. With your help, the district will pass the $90,000 mark!
If you've already recorded your offline gift, please submit them to your club's Foundation Chair by April 1st.
Thank you to all of the plungers, the thousand plus donors and all of the cheerleaders that made this annual event such a success!
|Multi-District Young Professional Summit Grant to be Submitted||Posted by David Gardner||on Feb 07, 2016||
Rotary is committed to attracting young professionals to Rotary and more importantly, striving to develop a meaningful relationship with the next generation of Rotarians to continue to Do Good in the World.
District 7930, in partnership with District 7910 (Central Massachusetts), is applying for a $15,000 grant from Rotary International which will fund a Young Professional Summit late this summer. The grant deadline is on Friday, February 12th, and with the help of our Assistant Rotary Zone Coordinator, Carolyn Johnson (PDG District 7780) will be the first step in this exciting program.
If we are awarded the grant, the first step is to hold a focus group and planning meeting in April to design a program that will attract over 200 participants aged 25-40, most of whom may not be currently connected to Rotary. Stay tuned for news and developments.
How can you help? Consider responding to the survey about your college or university here!
|Global Connectoin - New England to England||Posted by Gilda Rodrigues||on Feb 02, 2016||
Every moment in London is an adventure. I am grateful for every step of the way. Ever since I stepped into the grounds of London I could not have been more grateful than I am of the hospitality of the Rotarians from Orpington Crofton Rotary, especially Brenda Parsons and Frances McGarry. They have helped me every step of the way. On my first day in London Brenda and Frances made a new world feel like home. They picked me up from the airport, brought me to my new stay and made sure everything was safe and provided me with all the assistance I needed. My favorite part was when we had a tour of my accommodation and they asked every question they could to make sure it was the right place for me. It was mind blowing to be in a new country and not knowing anyone and to have these two amazing people who I met briefly to take care of me in the way they did.
After being in London for a day, I packed my bags for weekend trip to Stafford for Rotary Link Weekend. I was welcomed to Stafford by an astonishing host family who are also Rotarians. They inform me about the rich history of Strafford and took me on a journey to Stafford Castle and the Museum of the Staffordshire Yeomanry. They were truly amazing. During this weekend I was also able to meet other Rotary scholars from all over the world. It was great to hear their stories and the amazing things that they have done. We Rotary Scholars also took a trip to Warwick Castle, which was beautiful. During this weekend, Rotarians spoke to us and it was uplifting to hear their stories and to hear all the amazing things Rotary is doing all over the world. One of the messages that the Rotarians reminded me and I will always remember is the saying of, “doing good in the world.” Every time I now do something good for the world, I will always think of Rotary!
Being a family of the Rotary has opened so many opportunities and has enabled me to know just remarkable people who are making amazing changes in the world.
|Liz Powers and Artlifting featured on the Today Show||Posted by David Gardner||on Feb 01, 2016||
Every once in a blue moon, a special person creates something out of almost nothing. This is the case with Liz Powers. She endeavors to bring the ultimate dignity to those who have had to deal with homelessness and disabled artists through displaying their art in galleries in one of eight cities throughout the country. By providing the platform for these gifted individuals an opportunity to display and sell their artwork, they are able to begin to rebuild their life in a way that will create hope out of despair.
You can read more about Liz in a story that was posted about her a few months ago. Get to know Liz and it will lift your imagination about what is possible by serving others in the article While There's Life, There's is Hope. To learn more about how Global Grants can fund projects like ArtLifting check out Support Global Grant Alum in Her Quest to Empower Homeless Individuals.
But if you want to be really impressed, watch the video from the Today Show that featured a Sunday with Harry segment on Liz and ArtLifting. Even the hosts got choked up about Liz and her mission. Check out the video here!
|District Conference 2016 Registration Opens||Posted by Tom Hankard||on Jan 31, 2016||
The Early Bird catches the worm – and Early Birds who register for this year’s District Conference in February save $45 and guarantee themselves a spot – and fun! And new this year, your club can pre-purchase a spot at the Conference and name the Rotarian attendee later, guaranteeing savings!
It is hard to believe that the end of our Rotary year is in sight! District Governor David and the committee have a very special Conference planned for everyone this year. As we strive to keep our Conference local and continuing on this year’s theme of “Being a Gift to the World,” we are “Gifting It Forward” at our Conference on May 13, 14, and 15 held at the Harvard Club in Boston. Along with fellowship and mystery dining on Friday evening, we will be performing a group service project in Boston Saturday morning, enjoying lunch, breakouts, dinner and awards, plus our memorial service and brunch on Sunday morning.
The Early Bird rate for all Conference events is $350. Friday Night Mystery Dining is a separate $75 cost (limited to the first 60 registrants).
Details for our Saturday afternoon District Assembly will be coming soon!
|Rockport Rotary Participates in Polar Plunge! “Freezin’ for a Reason”||Posted by Mary Cairaldi||on Jan 31, 2016||
On Saturday, January 23rd, several Rockport Rotarians braved the frigid ocean water and whipping winds to raise money to end Polio worldwide. Bob Gillis, Janelle Favaloro, Katie Favaloro, Andrew Maddox, Gus Campbell, and exchange student Luma Piantino from Brazil were our brave representatives.
Each year, Rotary District 7930 has a Polar Plunge to raise funds for the eradication of Polio. This year was the 6th annual plunge, which took place at 11:15 am with an air temperature of 29 degrees in 6-8 foot waves and winds of about 35 mph. The water temperature was rumored to be 42 degrees.
Over 200 participants plunged into the icy Atlantic to fulfill their “Service Above Self” commitment. The event was held at the Gloucester end of Long Beach. Due to the high winds and waves, plungers were cautioned to go in with a buddy, and no deeper than their knees. Participants came from Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, Wakefield, and Stoneham just to name a few. Senator Bruce Tarr also attended the event and provided the all important count down to the plunge.
|Is Scouting Thriving in Your Community?||Posted by David Gardner||on Jan 30, 2016||
Have you ever been involved with Boy or Girl Scouting? I bet that the odds are 50% that either you, your son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter have been at one time or another, part of the Scouting program. With such a similar code of conduct and mission, it would be no surprise for this to be true. Even at the Mid-Year Presidents Meeting, when the attendees were asked this specific question, about half of the most committed Rotarians raised their hands.
The Scouting and Rotary Initiative has been introduced, and the mission is to enhance the collaboration between our organizations through mutual support of our programs. The first step is to find a Scouting Champion in every club that chooses to participate in this initiative. Could this be you or someone you know? At the recent committee meeting, chaired by John Halsey, it was determined to focus on a few relatively easy ways in which to begin this journey. Here are the four goals for this year:
Why is this important? Scouts would make great Rotarians as they emerge to adulthood, but even more importantly their parents would be ideal members of our clubs today. Their similar commitment to service is what ties us together.
If you are interested in fulfilling the role of your clubs Scouting Champion, please email John Halsey and express your interest. In the near future we will be able to provide a toolkit to make this a very easy yet highly beneficial program that will enhance both Rotary and Scouting.
|Emphasis on Planned Giving||Posted by Bob Wood||on Jan 30, 2016||
Did you know that your IRA can now be rolled over as a charitable gift? The law that allows you to make a tax-free gift from your individual retirement account directly to charity has been reinstated and made permanent! Known as the IRA charitable rollover, this law no longer has an expiration date so you are free to make annual gifts to The Rotary Foundation from your IRA this year and well into the future. The recently reinstated law allows individuals 701/2 and older the ability to transfer up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to a qualified charitable organization without being subject to federal taxes on that distribution.
Are you eligible? You must be 70 1/2 or older at the time of the gift; You may transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA. This law applies only to IRAs; you may transfer outright to one or more qualified charities; and the legislation does no permit transfers to charitable trusts, donor advised funds, charitable gift annuities nor supporting organizations. An IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of your minimum distribution requirement, and is a great way to meet your Paul Harris Society goal through a gift to the annual fund.
For more information go to www.rotary.org/foundation.
|Special Offers Exclusively for Rotarians||Posted by Rotary International||on Jan 30, 2016||
We would like to take this opportunity as the new year starts, to remind you about Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefit program featuring special offers that allow you to do a lot more for a lot less—no matter what you’re doing.
Whether you’re working on your club’s community projects, enjoying a night out with friends or sharing your Rotary story with someone new, you can take advantage of discounts and special offers on airfare, hotels, vehicle rentals, and entertainment.
Would you like to offer discounts from your business to other Rotarians? Help build the program by adding special offers from your own company to the growing portfolio of Rotary Global Rewards. To learn more, visit the Global Rewards site.
Please share this exciting news with your members. You’ll find promotional tools on the Rotary Global Rewards website that will help you introduce your Rotarian friends to the program.
The good you do comes back to you!
|Peabody Rotary Hosts 12th Annual Taste of the North Shore||Posted by Herb Harris||on Jan 30, 2016||
Win $10,000 for your club!
Peabody Rotary will host its 12th Annual Taste of the North Shore on Tuesday, March 22nd at the Danversport Yacht Club. There will be over twenty local restaurants serving a taste of their food, from main courses to sides to desserts.
In addition to the delicious food and great entertainment, the highlight of the evening will be the drawing of a $10,000 grand prize! Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two admissions to the Taste. Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold, so there are high odds of winning the grand prize! The winner of the $10,000 prize does not need to be present to win.
As always, there will be a raffles and auctions with many exciting prizes of all kinds including vacations, art, jewelry, sports memorabilia, gift certificates, and more. Also available will be the ever popular raffle to “stock your cellar” table of wine featuring dozens of bottles and accessories!
This is a great opportunity for your club to have the chance to make $10,000 for its charitable causes. All you have to do is donate $100 for a raffle ticket and you’re on your way! Plus, two of your members have the opportunity to attend. And you can recover some, or all, of your club’s cost by auctioning off the attendance tickets at a meeting. Please e-mail Herb Harris at for raffle ticket purchase information.
|Don't Miss the World Peace and Understanding Dinner||Posted by Keith Harris||on Jan 27, 2016|
|2016-17 Rotary Theme Announced at 2nd Pre-PETS Meeting||Posted by Terri Kidder||on Jan 27, 2016||
The PE's were enthusiastic and excited as their new theme was revealed, "Rotary Serving Humanity".
In the breakout session the Presidents-elect received information about Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS) that will be held in Framingham from March 10-12th. Randy Lindel coached our incoming presidents about how to successfully input their club's goals and Liz Cullen talked briefly about grants and how the money moves in and out of the foundation so that clubs can do all of their amazing projects. Roles of the District Support team including assistant governors and district committees were presented by Joan Arsenault and Christina Harris. Other discussions included Visioning, ClubRunner/websites and Rotoplast. The PE's had a facilitated discussion with much of the content revolving around different club models such as satellite clubs and service members.
District 7930's Presidents-elect
|Mid-Year Presidents Meeting||Posted by David Manzi||on Jan 26, 2016||
Thank you from District Governor David Manzi
I would like to thank everyone for attending a fantastic Mid-Year Presidents meeting last Wednesday! It was great to look back on the previous 6 months and celebrate the amazing work we have accomplished thus far! We heard about great Membership and Public Image initiatives, an update on our district conference, our HHI imitative as well as an informative panel discussion ranging on topics - the benefits of club mergers, satellite and service clubs, and how we could make a long lasting legacy in our communities.
This is our year, our time and our opportunity to create positive influence in our communities! We are halfway through this year, but our work will continue to produce change!
Let us continue to Be a Gift to the World"!
See you at our World Peace and Understanding Dinner on February 10! Register here!
|RYLA 2016 is well under way!||Posted by Jim Babbin||on Jan 25, 2016||
RYLA 2016 will take place at Camp Rotary, Boxford, MA on Friday June 3 through Sunday June 5, 2016. Eighty RYLArians will make up eight families and experience everything from ropes courses to group challenges. Ask any graduating RYLArian, it is a life changing weekend!
Again this year, both High School Juniors and Sophomores are invited as the program migrates from a Junior program to a Sophomore/Junior program. Each Rotary Club in our district is allowed to send up to 5 students at $150 each. Student applications for RYLA 2016 are available on the here or from your club president. The applications are being accepted for the 80 spaces and RYLA will be accepting places for alternates. Acceptance is on a first received - first accepted basis. No places will be held. Applications and payment must both be received to hold a position. Applications and payments should to be sent to Tracy Arabian of the Rotary Club of Gloucester:
33 Maplewood Avenue, Unit 206
Gloucester, MA 01930
See your club RYLA representative for more information or contact Jim Babbin, Youth Services Chair or email Jim.
|2016-2017 Global Grant Scholarships||Posted by David Hart||on Jan 25, 2016||
Yes, it is that time of the year again. District 7930 is accepting applications for Outgoing Global Grant Scholars for Rotary year 2016-2017. Over the last five years, since Rotary International revamped the Foundation rules, District 7930 has awarded several Global Grant Scholarships totaling over $100,000.00 with a RI match of over $100,000.00.
As of November 1, 2015 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 February 10, 2016. Interview of the applicants will begin March of 2016. Scholarship winners will be notified no later than the end of March 2016.
Requirements to apply can be downloaded here. For those clubs that have sponsored a scholar some of the requirements have been changed. The applicant must fill out the Global Grant Scholarship Application, provide two letter of recommendation, unofficial transcripts a headshot picture of themselves and a current resume. You can also download the Press Release for Global Grant Scholars and try to attract those interested in learning more or applying for the available scholarship(s).
Please remember that Rotary Clubs sponsoring a Scholarship Candidate must be an approved club by District 7930.
District 7930 is looking for a few Scholarship Committee members. If you are interested please contact David Hart at the information below.
If you have any questions please email David Hart or call him at 781-718-7799. For more information, please visit the Global Grants page.
Good luck to all applicants.
|2016 Polar Plunge - Freezin' for a Reason||Posted||on Jan 25, 2016||
A big shout out to the hundreds of amazing people who participated in the Polar Plunge on Saturday. Whether you plunged, donated or cheered us on, thank you! Just shy of $71,500 with a $10,000 surge over the weekend! Let's keep asking for pledges and get to $100,000 or more!
Thoughts from a Plunger
Well the Polar Plunge happened yesterday. It was surreal, really. Its one thing to go in the water - but the 25° temp and the 40 mph winds had whipped up the surf, which just happened to be at an astronomically high level. Even if any of us had still thought we could stay in for very long, the riptides put an end to that.
Still - load and loads of fun. I don't know if it was the weather or if the wind really saps the body heat that much more, but this is my 5th plunge, and I don't remember any of the others being so brutally cold as we got out of the water and headed back to change. Even the sand was more ice than sand.
Christina and I joined the Interactors at Village Pancake House to warm up. Best Hot Chocolate I've ever had!
If you would like to share a story about why you plunge, please submit it via the Rotary Story Submission Page.
Don't forget to tell your story about participating in the plunge. Download the Post Plunge Press Release Template here!
|Rotary Means Business...and much more!||Posted by Tom Hankard||on Jan 24, 2016||
The second Rotary Means Business (RMB) gathering, held at McLane Middleton at the 128 Trade Center in Woburn, was quite the success! Rotarians and non-Rotarians from all across our district took part in an engaging session that focused on what it takes to be a good mentor. The previous RMB meeting centered on another vital business proficiency – crafting a good elevator sales pitch.
Among many takeaways from the session, I learned that to be a good mentor, the mentor needs to teach ethical behavior to her or his mentee. Alan Wheelock from Jones River Consulting presented the basics of implementing a mentoring program. While RMB is a Rotary fellowship, Rotary was not the main topic of conversation at the meeting. However, what I have learned by being a Rotarian made it much easier for me to grasp the mentor-mentee relationship!
As we all know, the second Object of Rotary is to have morality in our business daily practices. When I look back on my career, I recently realized that all of my great mentors were Rotarians! One of the driving forces for me to become a Rotarian was to be an ethical businessperson and I learned that from those Rotarian mentors.
In addition to personal development, RMB gives all participants an opportunity to engage Rotarians in a business-centered conversation. Some clubs are stricter with talking about business at meetings than others, but at RMB the focus is business and who better to do business with, but another Rotarian?
|Amesbury Rotary Cornhole Tournament||Posted by Todd Schell||on Jan 24, 2016||
The 3rd Annual Cornhole Bonanza is coming to Amesbury during the last weekend of January! This year's event comes with a twist, as it is an indoor tournament during the middle of winter. With no football on the schedule the last weekend of January, there's no better place to be than tossing a few bags, and trying to take down over $800 in prize money. Come on down to Seacoast United's Indoor Soccer venue to enjoy an evening of Cornhole, food, drink, and music.
There will be dozens of 2-person teams competing in group play format - guaranteeing each team at least 3 games - with the top teams advancing to a single elimination playoff. Registration begins at 4pm with a shotgun start at 5pm.
Teams consist of 2 players, and prize money will be awarded to the top three teams; 1st Place - $500, 2nd Place - $150, 3rd Place - $60. There will even be a consolation round for those not advancing to the playoffs which will be awarding another $100, and side games offering the possibility to reel in more cash.
Join Amesbury Rotarians, family and friends this great opportunity for fun and fellowship!
|Marblehead Rotary Club Welcomes Mitch Wondolowski||Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Jan 14, 2016||
The Marblehead Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Mitch Wondolowski into membership.
Wondolowski was inducted into the club at its weekly Thursday luncheon meeting held at the Boston Yacht Club. Rotarian and Sargent-at-Arms Tom McNulty, and Marblehead Rotary Club President, Zach Newell presided over the induction ceremony.Wondolowski and his wife, Laura Herhold, have been active in the Marblehead/ Swampscott communities since 1986; raising their two children, Sophie and Nicholas. In the winter you will find Wondolowski at the YMCA playing squash or, during the low tides, clamming on Devereaux Beach. In the summer months you will find him on the water pulling lobster pots and fishing.
Currently, Wondolowski is a real estate agent at William Raveis in Marblehead. Prior to his real estate involvement, Wondolowski specialized in marketing new technologies in the telecommunications and utility sectors. He has been involved in three start up companies and after twenty-five years Wondolowski is proud to have developed a penchant for listening to clients needs, goals, and objectives; as well as a sensibility for market analysis.
Over the years, Wondolowski and his wife purchased, revitalized, and resold four homes. His hands-on experience with architects, contractors, zoning boards, historical commissions, and building departments is invaluable when considering properties in need of restoration. He is pleased to bring all these real estate skills to his new role at Raveis.
Wondolowski loves Marblehead and its rich natural environment. Since 2004, he has been an active volunteer with the Juvenile Lobster Monitoring Program, which is a program designed and managed by Maine-based, The Lobster Conservancy. His research, conducted at Gerry Island, allows him to provide data about lobster health and populations and to provide education and insight to local schools and including the Veteran’s Middle School, the Marblehead Community Charter Public School, and at the local Farmer’s Market
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Marblehead Rotary Club President Zach Newell, new inductee Mitch Wondolowski, Rotarian and Sargent-at-Arms Tom McNulty.
|Polar Plunge Seeking Plungers and Donors||Posted by David Gardner||on Jan 12, 2016||
We need your participation! We are over $30,000 against our goal of $125,000. We do know that the last week or two ramp up and that money will continue to flow in even after the plunge, but we need plungers, virtual plungers and donors to achieve this ambitious goal. Don't forget that every dollar that is raised for the plunge gets tripled with the 2 to 1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That translates to 50 immunizations for every $10 donated. It is amazing to think that if we reach our goal, 625,000 children will be immunized with the polio vaccine and have a chance to have a polio-free life.
If you are brave enough to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on January 23rd, come join us in the water! If this is a little too extreme for you, be a virtual plunger. In either case, try to raise money from family, friends, relatives and co-workers while advocating for a polio-free world. Your participation and the donors who support you will be part of history when the world has eradicated polio with Rotary at the forefront of this incredible project.
Click here to register to be a plunger or virtual plunger or get more information about the plunge here!
Make a donation to a plunger or to a team! Click on View Supporters and locate the individual or team you would like to donate.
|Rotary Leadership Institute in Peabody on May 7, 2016||Posted by Jim Babbin||on Jan 11, 2016||
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions throughout the world. It was recommended by the R.I. Board of Directors and strongly endorsed by the Council on Legislation at three of their triennial meetings. RLI conducts a series of quality leadership development courses for potential club officers and other club members, including those who have recently joined a Rotary Club. The courses emphasize both leadership skills and knowledge of Rotary around the world. All course sessions are completely interactive. The 81 RLI Regional Divisions believe that leadership education has a positive impact on membership retention by creating enthusiasm and furthering engagement for Rotary.
District 7930 will be hosting RLI in Peabody, MA at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Boston in Peabody on May 07, 2016 from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. All members in Districts 7910/7930/7950 are welcome to attend.
For more information click on Read More or register for RLI in Peabody here!
|Mid-Year Presidents and 2nd Pre-PETS Meeting||Posted by Bob Wood||on Jan 11, 2016||
Mid-Year Presidents Meeting in conjunction with 2nd Pre-PETS for PE’s - January 20. 2016 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Presidents and Presidents-elect are cordially invited to the Mid-Year Presidents Meeting and the Second Pre-PETS meeting. There will be a joint program over dinner, then the two groups will break apart for discussions with District Governor Dave Manzi for the Presidents and District Governor-elect Sheryl Meehan's District Trainer, Terri Doerfler. This is a meeting where the PE's get to hob-nob with Presidents other than their own, AG's, and District volunteers. If the President or President-elect cannot attend, please consider sending your Vice President or another of your clubs Future Leaders.
This an information packed meeting that is important for all 47 of our District clubs. The fee is $50 per person, which includes the facility and dinner, there will be a brief fellowship opportunity with a cash bar.
Please register today. This is an event not to be missed!
Woburn Crowne Plaza Hotel
15 Middlesex Canal Park
Woburn, MA 01801
|Whole Food Market's Supports Haven from Hunger||Posted||on Jan 11, 2016||
|2016 Service Above Self Scholarship||Posted||on Jan 10, 2016||
The 2016 Service Above Self Scholarship Application is now available for Rotary District 7930 clubs. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior from our district. This competitive award is funded by our Annual Giving donations to The Rotary Foundation.
The purpose of the Service Above Self scholarship from Rotary D7930 is as follows:
Clubs are encouraged to copy and share the application and to utilize the additional press release template. Each club is empowered to decide how to select their ONE single applicant for district consideration. The SAS Committee will interview candidates in June and one winner will be announced.
Please read carefully the instructions on the application and direct any questions to Peggy Pedro, SAS Chair at via email or call 603-505-2133.
Download the SAS Application here!
|Marblehead Rotary Club Welcomes Linda Power||Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Jan 10, 2016||
The Marblehead Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Linda Power into its ranks. Powers was inducted into the club on Thursday, January 7,2016. Linda is a native of Swampscott, where she grew up in a large family with 9 siblings. She lives in Marblehead with her two children, Nolan, who is 8 and Clara, 12.
She’s an active member at Star of the Sea Church, where she enjoys teaching religious education. She’s also a member of The Marblehead League of Women Voters. For 24 years, Linda has been a Realtor. She works for ReMax Advantage/Marblehead and prior to here current employer, started her career at Carlson Real Estate in Marblehead. She has been successful assisting her clients with their real estate needs and guiding them smoothly through the process.
The Rotary Club of Marblehead meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Boston Yacht Club. For more information about the club or membership, e-mail the club’s secretary Julie Livingston or visit marbleheadrotary.com.
Photo Legend: (from left to right) Marblehead Rotary Club Member and Membership Chair, Dr. Corine Barone, inductee, Linda Power, Former Rotary Club District Governor, Peter Simonsen, Marblehead Rotary Club President Elect, Ron Amon
|Developing a Media Relationship||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Jan 07, 2016||
Having a strong connection to your local community media is critical in having a strong Public Image campaign. Although many clubs do a great job in getting press releases or events covered in the news, some clubs shy away from engaging their local media. Here are just a few ways to strengthen your media relationships and get more attention:
Remember that media reps love it when you make it as easy as possible for them, so be sure to check all of your submissions to make sure they're fully inclusive. For help with writing a specific press release contact Amy Luckiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Wakefield Rotary Offers FREE Mental Health Class||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Jan 05, 2016||
The Wakefield Rotary Club is thrilled to offer a second Mental Health First Aid Certification class. Thanks to a Rotary District 7930 Managed Grant, the initiative already provided one sold-out course this winter. The second course is open to any adult free of charge and is instructed by certified trainers. The first course was held for two evenings, November 30th and December 2nd at the Beebe Library and is aimed at those who work with youth. The second course, on March 23, 2016, is aimed at those who work in the human services field. Those who work with or live with veterans are especially encouraged. The grant also funds attendee’s lunch at the trainings and take-home manuals. In addition, 19 resource books and texts on mental health and addiction disorders will be donated to the Beebe Library, Wakefield Veteran’s Department and the WAKE UP Coalition. Wakefield Rotary President Bob Kimball noted, “We want to highlight the correlation between mental health issues and substance use. The courses and resource books will be easily accessible to the community and we encourage the community to register for the courses early.” Rotary member Mario Portillo continued, “This is a great investment for the club because these issues affect so many people. In all, Rotary is investing over $3k towards this project.”
The club would like to thank Rotary District 7930 for matching their funds and acknowledges the partnerships necessary for the success of the initiative. “We are so lucky to work with Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition, Wakefield Police, and Alicia Reddin from the Wakefield Veteran’s Department,” noted Rotary Grant Chair Amy Luckiewicz. “When we asked if they’d partner with us to make the initiative happen, the support and teamwork came quickly from each of them and it helped us be able to move forward in offering these resources quickly.” Veteran agents, residents and professionals from all District club communities are welcome to attend! For more information on registering for the courses, please email the Rotary club at email@example.com or visit www.wakefieldrotaryclub.org to register online for the March 23rd class. Professional development certificates are available upon request.
Those living with or working with veterans are especially encouraged! Download the Flyer here!
|2016 District Conference Save the Date||Posted||on Jan 05, 2016||
|A Message from the District Polio Plus Chair - Steve McKenzie||Posted by Steve McKenzie||on Jan 03, 2016||
As District 7930's Polio Plus Chair, I'm writing to encourage all Rotarians in the District to make a sincere effort to help the district make this year's Polar Plunge on January 23rd an even bigger success than it was last year! I'm not asking for a donation, although this avenue is always welcome, but I'm asking you to support the Plunge effort in any way you can such as:
My favorite part of the Polar Plunge is that it brings the District together at a fun event to raise a substantial amount of funds for Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide! Did you know that most funds raised come from non-Rotarians? This happens because we share our story of leading this effort with our strong partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who are again offering a 2:1 match. Try reminding people that they're not just giving to polio eradication, they're strengthening our global response systems to communicable diseases like Ebola!
Rotary International has been battling polio since 1985 and we're so close to reaching complete eradication of polio this year (with certification of total eradication by 2018). It will take all our diligent efforts to achieve this accomplishment. A successful Polar Plunge effort will go a long way to keeping Rotary's promise to the children of the world. There is much information about the polio efforts on EndPolioNow's website and the District 7930's Polar Plunge website. But time is running out! Please consider your club's plan to #endpolionow this week and we'll see you on the beach!
District 7930 Polio Plus Chair
|Introducing Bob Wood - District Governor 2018-19||Posted by David Manzi||on Jan 03, 2016||
It is my pleasure and honor to present the Nominating Committee’s selection of the 2018-2019 District Governor of District 7930 – Robert C. Wood of the Rotary Club of Peabody .
District 7930 bylaws state “Any club may make further nominations at the District Conference provided it has informed the District Governor in writing not later than February 1st of its intention to do so”. The District Conference will be held May 13-16 at The Harvard Club of Boston. I will publicize any such intention of nomination in the first March E-bulletin.
Robert C. Wood, CCM, has been in the hospitality industry for over 40 years and in the club management field for over 30 years. He has been manager of Officers’ Clubs in the Navy, worked in various management positions with Holiday Inn, managed food service operations in student dining and The Faculty Club at Harvard University, and as General Manager of the Chilton Club, Boston, until his retirement in December of 2012.
|Rotary Resolutions for 2016||Posted by David Gardner||on Jan 03, 2016||
Now that the New Year is upon us, many of us are either making resolutions in our personal or professional lives to help ensure that 2016 is a positive step. Whether it be weight loss, spending more time with family, focusing more on business opportunities, or any other item that you choose, they may or may not actually develop as intended.
But one thing is certain, as Rotarians, you will continue to Do Good in the World. Look at the image in this article and consider committing to one or more of the items listed, or come up with your own. Either way, any progress we make in spreading the word and reach of Rotary will make a difference in the lives of those around us, essentially guaranteeing a great year for ourselves as well.
One of the most important of these is to engage our friends, family and business colleagues in Rotary. The most exciting opportunity right now is to get involved with the Polar Plunge on January 23rd. How can you do this? You could:
In any case, your effort will help in the fight to eradicate polio. For more information, please visit the Polar Plunge page.
Image courtesy of Rotary Down Under
|The Power of Words to Hurt or Heal||Posted by Anne Ford||on Dec 28, 2015||
Michael Scannell, a small-business consultant and past president of the Rotary Club of North Reading, Mass., is a lifelong wheelchair user, and he’s tired of hearing well-meaning people describe someone with a disability as “crippled,” “deformed,” or worse. A proud supporter of Rotary’s fight to end polio, Scannell, who has cerebral palsy, works to raise awareness around language that hurts instead of heals. Recently, Michael was interviewed and is featured in the latest edition of The Rotarian Magazine. Here is the interview for your convenience.
THE ROTARIAN: What was it like growing up using a wheelchair in the ’60s and ’70s?
MICHAEL SCANNELL: The word “cripple” came into my world as a derogatory slur very early. Kids can be so unfair. But they don’t pick up language out of the air. They had to have heard someone else describe me that way, probably their parents: “Oh, it’s that crippled kid from down the street.” Back then, if you saw someone in a wheelchair you were automatically supposed to pity them. Wheelchair equaled nursing home equaled dead.
Instead, my parents had exactly the same expectations for me that they had for my siblings. If you see a curb cut or an elevator in a school, it’s because of my parents and people like them. For example, I was not allowed to go to first grade because the school was not accessible, and there was no law yet that said it had to be. Instead, every day, a local teacher drove to my house and taught me. By second grade, my parents convinced the school that I belonged with the other kids.
My high school was not accessible in any way, either. A teacher had to carry me up two flights of stairs every day. So my father sued the school, and it had to make thousands of dollars’ worth of changes. By the time the renovations were made, I was a sophomore in college, so it wasn’t for me; it was for the next person coming down the line.
|Need Help with ClubRunner?||Posted by David Gardner||on Dec 28, 2015||
What role do you play in the leadership of your club? Whether you are a president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, committee chair or someone interested in promoting the ideals of Rotary in your club, your community or around the world, you can accomplish more with using ClubRunner. With the new themes and layouts introduced in the past few months, you can create a much more compelling website that will attract interest in your club and might actually begin to draw people into becoming members. The technology, when combined with powerful content can help boost your club's image. Being able to add links, photos, banners, carousels, videos and more will tell a more compelling story and enhance engagement. Add to that the ability to send targetted eBulletins to club members, your community stakeholders, prospective members and even volunteers who support your projects and events will provide be sure to increase the impact your club can make locally and around the world.
One of the biggest benefits of ClubRunner is the ability to allow delegation of creating and posting content. Committee chairs who are most passionate about the functions that they are performing can access the story editor and share what is happening and why it matters with those who need, or should know. The ability to create custom pages that provide more specific information about a service project, event or committee provides the ability to maintain a constant page that can be used throughout the year, in fact, year after year, with updates as required. Photos can really tell the story, think a picture is worth a thousand words. Any story or page can link to another page, event with or without registration, an email to the contact person or to content elsewhere on the web. The new Event and Volunteer Management module is very powerful, you should check it out if you are ever responsible to recruit and inform volunteers for any project or event. The Photo Album function allows you to insert photos into any number of pages that provide a glimpse into the life of your club and if those are really action oriented can provide excitement within your community.
Members can and should try to keep their personal content updated in Edit My Profile. Making sure that your address and contact information is current helps the club and district leadership manage communications much more effectively. Adding your and your partner's birthday and anniversary and verifying the dates you joined Rotary or joined your club, provide the data necessary to maintain years of service reports. You can also add Member Designations such as Past President, Paul Harris Award information and other positions or awards you have received.
There is so much more available in the ClubRunner platform, and if you want to begin to investigate you can either visit the Help Desk page to poke around all of the support materials available or if you find something you really want to delve into, check out the ClubRunner Webinars page and sign up for a webinar. You can also view a past webinar if you just can't wait!
Don't worry, you really can't break anything so talk to your president and ask if there is some role you can play in telling the Rotary story!
|Requesting Bids on Printing the 2016 Conference Program||Posted by Bob Wood||on Dec 27, 2015||
District 7930 is requesting bids for the 2016 Rotary District 7930 Conference Ad Book. If you would be interested in submitting a quote please do so on the downloadable spreadsheet prior to February 25, 2016.
As we are in the planning stages, we cannot provide an exact specification, so we are requesting pricing on a variety of page counts and configurations. Please remember that the final content for the ad book may not be available until 3-5 days prior to the event and that delivery would be required by May 12th.
|2015 Achievements in Polio: Why We Plunge||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Dec 27, 2015||
According to the Rotarian Magazine, 2015 was a key year for the polio eradication movement. Check out some key achievements!
It's not too late to join the polio eradication efforts. Click to register for the 2016 Polar Plunge today or learn more on our District Polar Plunge page! And THANK YOU to the 32 Rotary Clubs who have committed to participate this year: Arlington, Belle Isle, Boston, Burlington Breakfast, Burlington, Danvers, Gloucester, Hamilton-Wenham, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lexington, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Marblehead Harbor, Medford, Melrose, Newburyport, North Reading, Parkway, Peabody, Reading, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Topsfield-Boxford-Middleton, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.
|Happy New Year to our Entire Rotary Family||Posted||on Dec 27, 2015||
|The Essence of Being a Rotarian||Posted by David Gardner||on Dec 23, 2015||
Many of you have probably seen this story on Facebook and were touched by the story. If you have not yet experienced this heart-warming story, please click Read More for the full text.
Every day, Rotarians make a difference in their communities and around the world through acts of kindness, contributions to many charities and especially to a commitment to The Rotary Foundation. Of these, our Foundation is capable of multiplying our efforts through exceptional investments which allow 50% of a district's contributions to be returned in three years to fund district grants. These grants are matched equally by clubs who apply for any one of a myriad of possible service projects. Each of these positively impact individuals, sometimes for a day and other times for their lifetime. Now that Rotary is so focused on sustainable projects, the good that we do lives on for years into the future.
If that were not enough, Global Grants can affect people around the world and even in our own backyards. As we develop the Homelessness and Hunger Initiative (HHI), among others, we introduce the possibility of District 7930 being able to attract not only matching funds from Rotary International, but from other clubs and districts around the world. Our hope is to complete the video that is intended to clearly display the true face of homelessness and hunger in our own backyards. Then we will begin the educational phase of this project. Stay tuned for more information about this initiative.
There are hundreds of Global Grants in progress at any one point in time. For more information visit ideas.rotary.org and search for projects that align with your passion. Choose to get involved as a volunteer, contributor, providing materials or being a partner. Or, just use the site for inspiration.
Rotary provides so many possibilities to Do Good in the World and to support your personal missions in making a difference to the causes you are passionate about.
The leadership in District 7930 would like to thank you and the members of your club for all you have done for others during 2015. We hope that we can all support more projects in 2016 and beyond.
|Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club Collects and Donates Winter Coats||Posted by Margo W. R. Steiner||on Dec 20, 2015||
At the conclusion of its second annual warm winter coat drive for the homeless and those in need, the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor reported the donation of a record number of coats by generous members of the Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem communities.
Coat drive chair Margo Steiner reports that, “Close to 350 coats were donated at designated drop-off locations, including Atlantic Care Audiology in Swampscott, The Enterprise Center in Salem, and Edward Jones, Coldwell Banker and the National Grand Bank in Marblehead, and to them we wish to offer our thanks.
“We also want to extend our thanks to Timberland for donating 20 brand-new winter parkas, to the Salem State University Bookstore for a large donation of warm, pink insulated jackets certain to delight young girls and to all who searched their closets in an effort to warm those in need this winter,” she said.
Pictured at left: Marjorie St. Paul, executive director of the Lynn Shelter Association, sits delighted among some of the warm winter coats donated to the association by the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor.
According to Steiner and Rosaleen Doherty, the club’s service committee chair, “The quality of this year’s coats were beyond anything we expected, with fully a third being brand new and with tags still attached.” The communities’ largesse was distributed two weeks before Christmas to the Salvation Army in Lynn, Citizens for Adequate Housing in Peabody for families in transition at Inn Between, the Lynn Shelter Association, and LifeBridge in Salem.
Marjorie St. Paul, executive director of the Lynn Shelter Association, likely summed it up best. “Yippee! Yahoo! Oh, wow!,” she exclaimed as staff members helped her empty what looked like a clown car filled to overflowing with bags and bags of men’s, women’s and children’s coats. “You have absolutely no idea what this means—and what it will do!”
|Tales of a Non-Plunger||Posted by Bob Wood||on Dec 20, 2015||
It was decided many moons ago that the Polio Challenge would be met with, hopefully, “Other People’s Money (OPM). I always thought that was an unusual request, but have since discovered this is the best, easiest way to pile up the donations while keeping your own checkbook at a reasonable level.
This year in particular it is very easy as you can work with your account either on your smart phone or on your desk top. Once you set up your account, all you have to do is create your fundraising email/posting, then cut and paste it to whatever media you choose to use. I use Facebook and Twitter, and have cut and pasted the message into group emails to folks I’m hoping will be major contributors.
So, while being at the event to me is essential because of the camaraderie and joy of watching others plunging into the Atlantic Ocean in January (just kidding), you don’t have to go in. You can become a VIRTUAL PLUNGER, help raise money to Eradicate Polio from the Earth and have every dollar contributed matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Just follow the instructions elsewhere in this e-bulletin and you’ll be good to go!
|Entering Offline Donations for the Polar Plunge||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Dec 20, 2015||
MobileCause offers the easiest donation option with a credit card. However, you or your club may take in a cash or check donation. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you count your offline donations.
Do not hold onto checks. Please process once the Offline Donation Form has been completed. Always keep copies of donation checks!
|Want to Make a Year End Donation to the Rotary Foundation?||Posted by Ingrid Brown||on Dec 19, 2015||
During this season of giving and with the end of the year fast approaching, perhaps you are in the position to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation. There are so many opportunities to create impact including the Annual Fund and Polio Plus, and many ways to do so. Consider making a recurring gift of any amount through Rotary Direct and spread your contributions throughout the year. If you have extra 1,000 or more recognition points available, think about naming someone a Paul Harris Fellow as a thank you or as a holiday gift.
|Innovative Ways to Connect with Young Professionals||Posted by Rotary's Young Professionals Campaign Team||on Dec 15, 2015||
You know how important young professionals are to the future of Rotary. As Rotaractors and Rotarians, they are already leading your clubs and taking action in your communities. But you know there’s even more that your district can do. And we want to give you up to $15,000 to make it happen!
Rotary’s Young Professionals Campaign is excited to announce two grant funding opportunities to bridge the generation gap and engage young professionals in new ways:
To maximize impact, you can apply as a:
In early January, more information will be provided to help clubs and their members, as well as the district, locate and engage young professionals in a more direct Rotary experience.
|Rotary Means Business 2nd Meeting on January 19th||Posted by David Gardner||on Dec 13, 2015||
The response to the first Rotary Means Business meeting on November 30th has indicated a strong interest in continuing the development of this new fellowship. The skill builder presented by Andy Winig on Effective Networking Tips and Elevator Speeches was extremely well received. The survey results indicated a strong desire to build a program around mentoring.
The next meeting will be on January 19th at the McLane Middleton Conference Center at 300 TradeCenter in Woburn. We will start again at 6:00 pm with a short social with the presentation beginning at 6:15 pm. The opportunity to network will occur between 7 and 7:30 pm.
Our presenter will be Alan Wheelock of Jones River Consulting. For more information, please click on the link to read more.
|Plunge Teams are the #1 Way to Increase Donations!||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Dec 13, 2015||
Our 2016 Polar Plunge is right around the corner and as it's our 6th annual event, we've learned some lessons! For example, did you know the best way to increase donations is to grow your team? Here are the top 3 ways to make your team the largest yet!
Whomever your plungers are, make sure they register here and be counted!
|Social Media Support for Clubs Available||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Dec 13, 2015||
We all know that social media can be a powerful tool for recruiting members, announcing projects, recognizeing achievements and even fundraising. The Public Image Committee is here to help your club develop a strong social media presence! We can help you with:
Contact Amy Luckiewicz at 781.588.0257 or by email to schedule a coaching session with your club, board, committee, or public image chair soon!
|2016 World Peace and Understanding Event||Posted by Keith Harris||on Dec 13, 2015||
|Global Scholar Akihiko Ito Visits Rockport Rotary||Posted by Ingrid Brown||on Dec 06, 2015||
One of our Global Scholars, here for 2 years studying at Harvard Business School is Akihiko Ito. The Rotary Club of Tokyo - Josai in District 2750 is his host.
He will be studying at Harvard Business School for 2 years, in connection with the medical field. He has been married for one year to his wife, Mina, and she will be joining him for his second year in Cambridge.
Akihiko hopes to learn how to create a service that provides medical information summaries to the general public in Asian countries that will lead to the alleviation of symptoms through improvements in lifestyle and treatment via over-the-counter medicines for those people who cannot rely on doctors. For many parts of society in Asian developing countries who have inadequate medical care, disease prevention and treatment methods can be provided via the internet through locally relevant medical information.
On December 3, he visited the Rockport Rotary Club for our evening meeting. Akihiko is available to speak to all the clubs in our district and you can contact Akihiko via email by clicking here!
|Liz Cullen Selected as 2016-2019 Foundation Chair||Posted by Sheryl Meehan||on Dec 06, 2015||
I am very pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Liz) Cullen has accepted the position of District 7930 Foundation Chair 2016 – 2019.
Her commitment, dedication and expertise will be a true asset to our District. In District 7780, Liz was Past District Governor in 2007 – 2008 and also served as District 7780 Foundation Chair. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Newburyport since 1997 and has served as secretary, treasurer, president, their Interact liaison and foundation chair. In 1993, she received the Newburyport Rotary Club’s President’s Citation for Service Above Self. She has served District 7780 as an Assistant Governor, chaired the District Membership Committee and was a member of District 7780 Conference and Program Chair. In February 2004, she was a member of an NID Team to India. She is a multiple PHF and Benefactor.
Within District 7930, Liz has proven that she is a true team player and will always go above and beyond. Liz has served as Fundraising Chair within the Foundation Committee plus a member of PDG John Hall and PDG Peter Simenon’s Conference Committees while continuing to support Newburyport Rotary Club. Liz was the Chair of 2015 Rotary Zone 24 & 32 Institute, “Getting Fired Up For Rotary” held in Providence, Rhode Island which was a tremendous success. She will bring her commitment, dedication and knowledge of Rotary, Rotary International and entrepreneurial spirit to her role as Foundation Chair. At our original interview, she came prepared with many ideas to move the Foundation Committee forward such as holding Foundation Roadshows as informative question and answer meetings in different area locations within our District plus many more ideas which were impressive to say the least. As a previous entrepreneur myself, I appreciate her understanding that we must serve our members as “customers” who deserve the best we can offer at all times. Her commitment to “help and make the Foundation process easier for our members” is in line with the District Governors Tract to be a support for our clubs in making a difference in our communities, our country and internationally. Please welcome Liz as District 7930’s Foundation Chair starting July 1st, 2016!
District Governor 2016 - 2017
|Burlington Interact Gathers Donated Socks for Veterans||Posted by Jeffry Wisnia||on Dec 04, 2015||
The Burlington High School Interact Rotarians, sponsored by the Burlington Rotary Club, has become the largest club in the High School. They hold a "Sock Drive" each year for veterans at the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital. Interact Club President Caroline Covino (2nd from left) and three members of her club came to Burlington Rotary's December 4th meeting and are shown holding some of the white athletic socks contributed by Burlington Rotarians at that meeting. Last year the Interact Club's Sock Drive collected over 500 pairs of socks for our veterans and they hope for even more this year.
|Marblehead Rotary Club honors Jack Attridge and Jim Nye with Paul Harris Fellows Awards||Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Dec 04, 2015||
Last Thursday at Marblehead Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon held at the Boston Yacht Club, Jack Attridge (Marblehead Rotary Club) and Jim Nye (Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor) were honored with Paul Harris Fellows awards for their leadership and work with the Marblehead Interact Club.
Also on-hand to participate and witness the awards ceremony were Craig VanRemoorel, President of the Marblehead Interact Club and Joan Stomatuk, a former educator at Marblehead High School and long-time advisor to the group. The Marblehead Interact Club was founded by (past) Marblehead Rotary Club President Nancy Gwin.
The Interact Club offers Marblehead High School students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through community-based service projects. The club gives students the chance to make a real difference in their community while having fun. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.
The Marblehead Rotary Club engages in numerous ways with Marblehead's youth including its scholarship and campership programs, the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Interact Club for high school students, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, The Rubber Duck Regatta, and Marblehead's Got Talent!
Pictured: Marblehead Rotary Club President Zach Newell, President of the Marblehead Interact Club, Craig VanRemoorel, Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow award recipient, Jack Attridge, Interact Club Advisor, Joan Stomatuk, Paul Harris Fellow award recipient, Jim Nye, Interact Club founder and former Marblehead Rotary Club President, Nancy Gwin.
|6th Annual Polar Plunge Needs You!||Posted by Bob Wood||on Dec 03, 2015||
2015 Polar Plunge Sponsorship Sign
Would you like to be or do you know someone that would like to be sponsor for the Polar Plunge on January 23rd? This is an awesome opportunity for exposure not only to the Plungers and their guests on Good Harbor Beach at Cape Ann Motor Inn, but also to approximately 2,000 Rotarians around the District as, for the proper sponsorship level, each sponsor will be on the District Website, in all Polar Plunge publications and at every District event.
Giving levels and recompenses are:
Life Saver - $1,000 and above
Table at event, banner hung at the event, advertising allowed at the event, positioning on the T-shirt on a par with equivalent sponsors, advertising on all subsequent District 7930 events and mention on the District website, www.rotary7930.0rg.
Freezin’ For a Reason - $250 - $500
Mention at the event and advertising at all subsequent District 7930 events and mention on the District website, www.rotary7930.org. $500 - $1,000 will get mention on the T-Shirt below the $1000 sponsors.
Polio Champion - $250
Advertising at all subsequent District 7930 events.
Gift of Life - $100
A sincere thank you from the children you are helping to save.
Sponsors in kind - $500 or more
Mention at the event and advertising on all subsequent District 7930 events
The Polar Plunge Committee hopes you will consider sponsoring the event, or find someone else who might be interested. Sponsorship dollars go toward the actual expenses of the event, which last year exceeded $10,000. Expenses include, but are not limited to tent rental, port-a-pottie rental, refreshment costs, and computer and merchant card fees. It all adds up, but it is the single most successful District event. Download the sponsorship form here!
|District 7930 Hosts Kickoff of Rotary Means Business||Posted by Dennis O'Hara||on Nov 30, 2015||
Stoneham Rotarian and District Governor Nominee Dave Gardner introduced the "Route 93/128 Rotary Means Business" chapter for District 7930. The kickoff event was held on November 30 at McLane Middleton's conference center in Woburn. More than forty Rotarians attended the inaugural event and made professional contacts. After cocktails and appetizers, Dave explained the program to the attendees and then introduced Rotarian Andy Winig, who gave a presentation on maximizing results with an elevator speech. After the interactive presentation, the group had another chance to network and practice their elevator speeches before heading home for the night.
"What an amazing night," said Dave. "Forty business people gathered for the first Rotary Means Business meeting at the McLane Middleton Conference Center. There was time to network before and after an engaging presentation on elevator speeches that inspire dialog. Combining skill development and networking with wonderful people is a recipe for success. Thank you all who helped make it successful."
Twenty Rotarians and guests have already responded to the post event survey. The results indicate that most everyone was either very satisfied of extremely satisfied with the event. The guest speaker, Andy Winig was very well received and received a lot of positive comments about his presentation. Ninety-three percent would being someone to a similar event. The quality of the refreshments did not receive a high ranking but that didn't seem to impact the overall experience. The preference for future meetings were Tuesdays first and Mondays second, and six o'clock was by far the preferred starting time. Of all of the possible ideas for future programs, the topics of presentation skills, mentorship, both utilizing a mentor and being a mentor were the top choices. Following closely were collaboration skills, self-assessment, time management and setting goals. In fact, all of the topics showed considerable interest. Now we have to find solid presenters for each of these topics. If you, or someone you know is qualified, please forward me their information.
For more information on the Rotary Means Business program, and to be kept up-to-date on future events, email Dave Gardner by clicking here.
|Best Practices for Getting the Word Out on Social Media||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 27, 2015||
Social media is the number one way to attract outside donations. Check out these tips to increase your campaign's visibility on social media.
Want more strategies on how to maximize your reach through other media platforms? Check out this sample campaign!
|What's it like to plunge?||Posted by Kristen Flaherty||on Nov 27, 2015||
Last year was my first time fundraising and plunging with Rotary! When a Rotarian friend asked us to join her for the plunge, my husband (he was the guy dressed like Buddy the Elf) and I both quickly said yes. We have two daughters and we're grateful that they are both healthy! Not every parent is lucky to have access to healthcare and to preventative life-saving vaccines. We made sure we brought our daughters with us to the plunge because we wanted them to learn about community and coming together for a purpose. Yes, the water was cold. But looking back on it now, all I can remember is the laughter and excitement as the MC told the crowd how many vaccines we had raised!
Thanks to Rotary for making my family feel welcome and we can't wait to see you this January on the beach again!
|Let's Plunge!||Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Nov 27, 2015||
On January 23, 2016 our district will make history again with our 6th Annual Polar Plunge off of Long Beach in Gloucester. Our goals are simple:
We need your help. Please register today. You can register here or text "joinplunge" to 51555. Be sure to click "join a team" and register under your club's team!
Want to participate but not ready to take the plunge? Simply register and become a "virtual plunger" by fundraising for your club! Want more info on the plunge? Visit our official Polar Plunge web page.
|District 7930 Rotarians are Making History||Posted by David Manzi||on Nov 27, 2015||
2015 has been history-making year in Rotary's efforts to #endpolio. In July, we marked one year since the last case of wild poliovirus was found in Nigeria. According to endpolio.org, this achievement could signal that the world will soon see a polio-free Africa, a major milestone in global public health! In fact, Africa hasn’t seen a new case since August 11, 2014. When Nigeria and the entire African region go three years without a case of polio, World Health Organization will certify them as polio-free! But the good news didn't stop in July. Only 2 months ago, we made polio history with the eradication of the Type 2 strain, and Rotarians in District 7930 can count themselves as part of this achievement. In the past three years alone, members of this district raised a historic $291,960 to this global initiative, and we're not done! This monumental success has happened through a lot of effort and education. I hope you find this special polio edition of the e-newsletter informative and inspiring. Please consider registering today and meet me for the biggest beach party of the winter!
|Burlington's Thanksgiving Meal Food Program||Posted by Jeffrey Wisnia||on Nov 23, 2015||
The Burlington Rotary Club participates annually in a Thanksgiving meal food distribution to over 150 needy Burlington families. The program is held at the Burlington UCC Church and combines services by the Burlington Food Pantry, UCC Church staff and Burlington Rotary Club members and families. The 15 pound frozen turkeys for this year's program were provided by the Boston Food Bank where club members picked them up, stored them in a freezer courtesy of Shaws market, and then brought them to the church for this Sunday event.
The young man in the second photo is the grandson of a club member. He pitched right in along with the rest of the crew throughout the afternoon and quickly learned the meaning of the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".
The event lasted from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on November 22nd. The women Rotarian members walked with the food recipients helping them pick out and bag the many different Thanksgiving dinner foods available. The Rotarian men performed their usual "bag boy" duties, helping meal food recipients carry their turkeys and bags of food to their cars.
|John Hall Honored by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce||Posted by David Gardner||on Nov 22, 2015||
Congratulations to our very own Past District Governor John Hall who heads up the SalemFive Commercial Banking division! He was honored by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Inc. with the Distinguished Leader Award!
John was District Governor of District 7930 for 2012-13 and the Rotary theme for that year was Engage Rotary - Change Lives. He has had a lifetime of doing just that.
|Have You Registered for the 1st Rotary Means Business Meeting?||Posted by David Gardner||on Nov 21, 2015||
Time is running out to guarantee your participation in the first Rotary Means Business meeting on November 30th. If you want to meet dozens of Rotarians and friends in an event which promises great business connections and interesting content, then register as soon as possible. The minimal cost of $10 per person may be one of the best bargains of the year. In addition to building relationships with business people in the greater Boston area, you will receive expert advice on elevator speeches from Andy Winig, once a District 7930 Rotarian, now a Needham Rotarian. His company, ImprovAndy specializes in coaching business executives in the art of networking. You can research more about Andy and his company by visiting his website here.
We will be meeting on November 30th from 6-8 pm at the McLane Middleton conference center located at 300 TradeCenter Ste 7000.
If you would like to attend with or without a guest, please register here. Hope to see you there!
|Governor Dave's Message for November 2015||Posted by David Manzi||on Nov 19, 2015||
Can you believe we are already closing in on December? Where does the time go? Perhaps it is that we are very busy making a difference in the lives of so many people? Or is it that we are creating opportunities to improve our communities?
On October 29, President Ray Bastarache welcomed us to the Lynn Rotary Club. Not only did we have a great lunch, but we were impressed by the club’s commitment to membership growth and retention! If you have a chance to speak to Ray, please ask him how they have gained more than a dozen members since July! We had the pleasure of meeting some of the new members of the Lynn Satellite Club and hearing the positive impact the club is doing for the great city of Lynn.
Rotary does a great job with community projects both locally and internationally. Clubs also share this important relationship with their schools, whether elementary, middle or high school. Reading Rotary and President Bob Hayes’s dedication to their community and service to schools is outstanding! I was impressed when hearing Bob and the club discuss all of the upcoming projects they are committed to doing.
|Wakefield Rotary Welcomes Local Hero||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 17, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Wakefield recently welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Bob Driscoll of the Air National Guard at its lunch meeting. The 30-year military veteran leads the local area's emergency response which includes the medical unit of MEMA Region 1. His team is included among a larger unit charged with responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events. Each year, his almost 50-member team serves at the Boston Marathon with roving response experts in an area that covers Hopkington to Brookline. His team can also be activated for natural events such as responding to roof collapses in a snow storm and serve as search and evacuation specialists. Although stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, his $1.2 million in equipment is securely stored at Camp Curtis Guild in Reading in order to, "be able to quickly respond to an event in the Greater Boston area in six hours or less."
Driscoll also serves as a firefighter in Melrose as well as serving as Chair of the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board. He noted, "The need to support veterans is constant and growing." He thanked the club for supporting local veteran initiatives in Wakefield noting, "The Rotary Club's 'service above self' motto closely matches the core values of the Air Force including integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do."
|Giving Tuesday - December 1st||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 17, 2015||
Save the Date: December 1
December 1, 2015 is this year's GIVING TUESDAY! According to givingtuesday.org, "We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give."
This year, we'll be providing Rotary Clubs with a toolkit on how to maximize #GivingTuesday to increase your Polar Plunge donations. Stay tuned an in the meantime, be ready to, "Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity!"
Not registered for the Polar Plunge yet? Register here or text "joinplunge" to 51555 today!
|First Official Rotary Means Business Networking Event||Posted by David Gardner||on Nov 15, 2015||
Do you want to meet other Rotarians from around the district in a brand new fellowship - Rotary Means Business (RMB)?
Well the kickoff event is scheduled for Monday, November 30th at 6:00 pm. It will be held at 300 Trade Center, Suite 700 in Woburn within the Conference Center at McLane Middleton.
We will limit the number of guests to 80 so please register early. Although this group will most likely be made up primarily of Rotarians, we hope that those who attend will consider inviting other business people of similar ethics. It is our basic mission to help each other grow our businesses with the potential to introduce others to Rotary and the additional benefits of community service and fellowship, thereby positively affecting membership in our clubs.
|Gloucester Holds Combined Veteran’s Evening with Past President’s Dinner||Posted by Josh Arnold||on Nov 15, 2015||
On November 10th, the Gloucester Rotary Club under the direction of President Carole Lynn Sharoff hosted an evening meeting in honor of the Rotary Club Members who are Veterans. The celebration was held jointly with the annual Past President’s Dinner where as many as 35 past presidents may attend to share fellowship and offer advice and counsel to club President. The evening featured a speech by Gloucester Veteran’s Agent Adam Curcuru and a presentation from local photographer Jason Grow who spoke of the exhibit he is showcasing at Gloucester’s City Hall. The exhibit includes photos of more than 60 Veterans from the communities that comprise Cape Ann, namely Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester. The photographs shown via a slide presentation included Army Air Corp Sgt Robert McKechnie father of Gloucester past President David McKechnie and Mike Linquata a recipient of four bronze medals, and two purple hearts.
Members of the Gloucester Rotary Club brought in items which were delivered to the Veteran’s Office in Gloucester to be part of the holiday care packages sent to men and women in the armed services from Cape Ann and deployed around the world.
|Ipswich Rotary Donating $25,000 to YMCA Expansion||Posted by Bob Wicks||on Nov 15, 2015||
Ipswich Rotary is supporting the Ipswich YMCA expansion with a donation of $25,000. The Ipswich Family Y serves residents of Ipswich and Rowley, towns also served by Ipswich Rotary, plus Essex, Hamilton and Wenham.
The Ipswich Rotary Club has a long history of partnership with the local YMCA. In addition to supporting the initial construction, the club built adjacent Rotary Park in 2004-05 as part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. The park, which includes a baseball field, gazebo and open space, has become an important feature of the Y complex, especially during summer camp months. In recent years Rotarians have enhanced the park with new millstone signage and a bench dedicated to the memory of one of the park’s founders, Rotarian Bud Conley. In 2013, the Rotary sponsored Ipswich High School Interact club placed one of five international Peace Poles at the park entrance as part of their annual community service outreach.
In the photo, Gerry Beauchamp, Ipswich YMCA Executive Director and an Ipswich Rotary Director, is presented with a check from the club. Representing Ipswich Rotary are President Bob Gravino, Immediate Past President Rev. Brad Clark during whose term the grant was initiated, President Elect Lisa Shanko, and Vice President Cushing Titcomb.
|Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial 5K Road Race - a Big Success.||Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Nov 12, 2015||
Last Sunday, under a beautiful blue autumn sky and in the presence of the color guard from the U.S.S. Constitution - over one hundred runners participated in the the second annual Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial road race. Runners took a scenic pass through downtown Marblehead and were supported by dozens of volunteers as well as the staff from YMCA who transported and operated all the specialized electronic equipment needed to start/stop and time all the runners.
When the race was completed, all the participants were invited to share snacks and stories at the Boston Yacht Club. Overlooking a stunning beautiful Marblehead Harbor, the winners were given certificates and all the participates were grateful to have helped furtrher an important cause.
All proceeds from this race will support the Marblehead Rotary Club’s scholarship program and will provide a funds to support a son or daughter of a veteran or a student entering a military academy.
|Public Image Mini Grants Awarded||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 12, 2015||
The District Public Image Committee wishes to congratulate the following clubs on their successful applications for the Public Image Mini-Grants:
The grant was offered as a 1:1 match with club funds up to $250 to improve the public image of the Rotary Clubs of District 7930. As defined by Rotary International, public image can include advertising, apparel, brochures, business cards, signage, social media, promotional materials and more! The four recipients will be using their grants to fund items including name tags, banners, hats, brochure printing, and more. All designs had to meet the new Master Branding guidelines. For more information on Master Branding or how your club can update its look, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Brand Center on My Rotary. You will have to log in to access the Brand Center.
|Special Olympics Awards||Posted by Jeffry Wisnia||on Nov 11, 2015||
The Burlington Pride Special Olympics softball team has been sponsored and coached by members of the Burlington Rotary Club for many years. Our club organized and held an awards banquet at the Burlington Recreation Department on November 10th with most of the players attending.
Each player received a trophy from our club which they are proudly holding in this photo. This was the initial awarding of team trophies by the club.
|Announcing Reading Rotary's Fall Auction on November 20th||Posted by Tim Kelley||on Nov 11, 2015||
Reading Rotary Fall Auction will be held on Nov. 20 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading. This is the 16th Annual and is Reading Rotary's largest fundraiser each year. The fun filled event will feature Live and Silent Auctions, Lucky Gifts and other prizes. For information or tickets visit: www.readingmarotary.org or contact Tim Kelley (781) 942-9838.
|Honoring Those Who Serve||Posted by David Manzi||on Nov 10, 2015||
Dear Rotarians and Friends,
Please join me in thanking those who embody true "service above self". To our honored veterans, your sacrifice is appreciated beyond the 24-hours of November 11th. You have earned our unwavering gratitude and respect. I encourage you to invite veterans within your club to share their stories and be inspired by their examples of courage, service, and commitment.
Thanking and thinking of all of our veterans near and far,
District Governor, Rotary District 7930
|Teams are registering early for the Polar Plunge!||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 09, 2015||
Our Rotary Clubs are jumping at the chance to plunge with in our biggest winter beach party ever! This year is sure to be the biggest yet! Register your plungers and virtual plungers early by following these easy steps:
Direct all questions to email@example.com. or visit the Polar Plunge Page!
|Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Extends Holiday Pops Invitation||Posted by Margo W. R. Steiner||on Nov 08, 2015||
On Saturday, December 12, the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor will present its annual Holiday Pops concert in the festive atmosphere of historic Abbot Hall. Tickets to the club's largest fundraiser go on sale November 12, and tickets sell out quickly, so reserve your table or balcony seat soon. Maestro Dirk Hillyer and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra will once again present beloved Christmas and Chanukkah songs—along with a special surprise theme this year. See you at the concert!
|The Rockport Rotary Club Donates 3-D Printers to Rockport Junior High School||Posted by Mary Ciaraldi||on Nov 05, 2015||
On October 29 the Rockport Rotary Club donated two MakerBot 3-D printers, purchased with a District 7930 local matching grant, to the Rockport Middle/High Schools. The Rockport school system matched the gift with two additional printers for a total of four. The students printed a sign to identify the newly designated “Rockport Rotary 3-D Printer Lab”.
Rockport Rotary President Maryanne Bland presented the gift to the school. The gift was envisioned as an important learning tool to prepare students for future careers in technology fields. Students will be encouraged to develop skills in engineering design, 3-D modeling of both mechanical and architectural designs and technical drawing/CAD under the guidance of David Young, technology and engineering teacher.
|Rotaplast Mission Returns with Success||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 03, 2015||
The District 7930 Rotaplast team recently returned from their sponsored Rotaplast medical mission to the Philippines. Club financial support allowed for 122 surgical procedures to be performed on patients in Cebu City, on a south central island in the Philippines. Medical treatments focused on surgically repairing cleft lips, cleft palates and dental work for patients aging three months to 35 years. Medical Director Evelyn Abad explained, "Often children and adults with these deformities are shunned by their community. We give them a second chance to smile."
The medical team consisted of eight non-medical volunteers including David Boudreau and Lisa Collin from the Amesbury Rotary Club, Alan Michel from the Andover Rotary Club, Bob Arsenault from the Ipswich Rotary Club, Bob Wood from the Peabody Rotary Club and Amy Luckiewicz from the Wakefield Rotary Club. Former Rotarian Barbara Hofelich and Amy's mother Susan Luckiewicz also joined the team. They were joined by a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and Rotarians from California, Washington, Hawaii, and South Dakota.
With three operating tables in use, the team was able to complete 122 surgical procedures and over 300 dental procedures. All medical treatment was free of charge to patients and many traveled up to six hours to visit the hospital in the central part of Cebu City. The team was supported locally by Filipino volunteers from the Rotary Club of Cebu City Port Center. The team was also on hand to help the local Rotary Club celebrate it's 1,000th patient over 13 missions.
Clubs who gifted a financial contribution are encouraged to utilize their press release templates sent earlier last week.
For photos and videos of the medical mission, click here.
|Special Thank You from David Drislane||Posted by David Drislane||on Nov 03, 2015||
To the Rotarians and Clubs of District 7930 and beyond,
On behalf of myself and my family may I take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation to the Rotarians and Clubs of District 7930 and beyond for your overwhelming support on the occasion of the death of my beloved wife Carol. Carol was a very special lady who helped so many people through the Church and several other organizations, to which she devoted many hours each week without any thought of recognition. In the receiving line at the wake there were several women who told me that she had saved their life. Still, none of these activities ever interfered with her being a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother; she was the center of our loving family. The outpouring of love and support by so many of you during our time of great sadness, with your visits, letters and cards, flowers, spiritual bouquets, and so on will never be forgotten. Each of you hold a special place in my heart. I consider Rotary and each one of you to be part of my extended family and my affiliation with Rotary, for over half a century, has enriched my life more than any other organization with the exception of The Church. Once more, thank you and God bless you all.
|World Polio Update||Posted by Steve McKenzie||on Nov 01, 2015||
This year has already marked a significant milestone in making polio history. After this year's outstanding announcement of no new cases of the wild polio virus in Nigeria, we are down to two endemic countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. If Nigeria can go 2 more years without a new case, we will have a polio-free Africa!
|Stoneham Rotary Hosts Successful Poster Day for Drug Awareness||Posted by Dennis O'Hara||on Nov 01, 2015||
The artistic juices were flowing at the Stoneham Middle School on Wednesday, October 21 for the Rotary Club of Stoneham’s first Poster Day for Drug Awareness. Over 60 students, mainly from the middle school but also some younger and older drop-ins, attended and created posters using art supplies provided by the Rotary Club. The posters represented the students’ expression of the theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Week for drug awareness, “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free!” After their posters were made, the starving artists were treated to pizza by the Rotary Club. The event was supported by a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation.
Red Ribbon Week is an annual event for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Started by the National Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest public awareness drug prevention program in the nation.
|Helping the Troops and Supporting our Veterans||Posted by Josh Arnold||on Nov 01, 2015||
As Veteran’s Day approaches Rotary Clubs across District 7930 may be seeking ways to show their support for those brave men and women who have served our country in the past as well as those who serve in the Armed Forces today. The Gloucester Rotary Club is taking the opportunity to recognize the men and women of the Armed Services past and present at their special evening meeting on Tuesday November 10, 2015 at Cruiesport the weekly meeting place.
The evening event is a celebration combining the annual “Past President’s Dinner” and a tribute to Veterans. The Past President’s Dinner draws as many as 35 past club presidents to an evening dinner to offer support and advice to club President Carole Lynn Sharoff. The Veterans portion of the evening will feature guest speaker and local photographer Jason Grow who has compiled a series of photographs of local veterans of Cape Ann which will be on display in Gloucester’s City Hall beginning on November 7th.
|Humanitarian/Educational Global Grant in Zambia||Posted by Bob Gravino||on Nov 01, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Ipswich is writing a Global Grant (GG) application for a follow-on GG to one submitted by District 7780 (coastal Maine and New Hampshire) in 2014, which Ipswich contributed $1,000 to as a sponsoring club. The initial grant funded the training of two teachers from each of 50 low-income community schools to recognize common illnesses for treatment and to administer vitamins, de-worming pills, and material and information regarding clean drinking water.
The training was conducted in the N'gombe District in the city of Lusaka, the poorest slum in Zambia. It is home to 50 community schools where 45% of the children suffer from treatable diseases. Working alongside a non-profit organization called Healthy Kids/Brighter Future (HK/BF) founded by 2014 Bowdoin College graduate Lonnie Hackett, the GG has benefited over 10,000 of Zambia's most vulnerable children using school-based health screenings, vaccinations, and treatment for common diseases as well as education to improve sanitation and hygiene and referrals to the N'gombe Medical Clinic.
Lonnie will be spending a third year in Zambia to expand the project into another community in the N'gombe District using the experience of this healthcare model to create an improved system, especially in the area of sustainability. The Zambian government has also granted approval to include additional schools into the effected population, with the intent of government adoption of this healthcare model in their education system.
|Public Image: Talking About the Foundation||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Nov 01, 2015||
Many clubs get inquiries about the Rotary Foundation and the role it plays when supporting a club. When your club members use their elevator speeches to talk about the club, do they include mention of the Foundation? Here are just a few tips to help your members talk about the good work the Foundation supports:
Public Image Challenge
|Burlington Busy with Service and Fellowship||Posted by Jeffry Wisnia||on Oct 26, 2015||
Dictionaries for 3rd Grade Students
Each year the Burlington Rotary Club gives every third grade student in the Burlington Public School system a Webster's dictionary.
On October 23rd, the first of Burlington's four grammar schools received their dictionaries. Shown here is club member Lisa Healey asking students in a school to find words she requests in their new dictionaries and respond with definitions.
The Burlington Rotary Club held its second annual Halloween costume party the evening of October 23rd. It was well attended by club members and their families and friends. At the party's conclusion prizes were given for the best individual, couples and group costumes and the winners of this year's fund raising $10K raffle were drawn.
|Salem Club Welcomes New Member||Posted by Mike McLaughlin||on Oct 23, 2015||
The Rotary Club of Salem Massachusetts enjoyed the opportunity to learn the personal background of new member Patrick Cornelissen during his certification speech at our recent meeting. Our new high profile member is the new General Manager of the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. Patrick is a native of Belgium. His discussion complete with a power point slide display revealed his early life in Belgium as well as time spent living across Europe before arriving in the USA.
Patrick's life in Massachusetts began at Endicott College in Beverly. First as a student and then with a position with the college for nearly twelve years. Patrick, with an interest in automobiles and antique models is the person responsible for the Concours d'Elegance at Misselwood at Endicott College. This event was held at the end of July. I had the first time opportunity to attend this event and was very impressed by the collection of high end automobiles and the impressive Atlantic Ocean views. I believe this event has become a top fundraiser for the college.
Patrick also holds the title of Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Belgium in New England. A recent title just awarded to a man of accomplishment and hard work. The Salem Club is honored to accept Patrick Cornelissen as our new member and one that has already contributed to the club and has had a positive impact.
|Learn How to Make the Foundation Work for You!||Posted by Ingrid Brown||on Oct 22, 2015||
|Don't Miss the World Polio Day Livestream||Posted by David Gardner||on Oct 22, 2015||
Join Rotary and UNICEF for a Livestream event at 6:30 EDT, October 23.
How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?
Join us on 23 October for our third annual World Polio Day event. We’ll be streaming live from New York City, so tune in at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time to watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation.
Time magazine Senior Editor Jeffrey Kluger is our moderator, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is a keynote speaker. The webcast features appearances by Emmy Award-winner Archie Panjabi, Grammy Award-winner Angelique Kidjo, actress Kristen Bell, WWE Superstar John Cena, The Doctors co-host Dr. Jennifer Berman, CDC Polio Eradication Branch Chief John Vertefeuille, and other special guests.
If you can’t join us live, you can still be a part of this moment in history. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.
Visit the World Polio Day webpage for the link to the livestream and for other World Polio Day information!
|Don't Miss the Winchester Chili Fest 2015||Posted by Laurie Russell||on Oct 21, 2015||
Bring the family to the 2nd Annual Winchester Chili Fest presented by Rotary Club of Winchester on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Winchester Town Hall Auditorium from 4 pm to 8 pm. Come taste and vote for the best chili in Winchester as area restaurants and professional chefs compete. A panel of celebrity judges, including our own District Governor Dave Manzi, will judge the amateur contest. Does a member in your Rotary club have fabulous chili recipe to enter? Enter the amateur contest and you could win $500 for the charity of your choice.
The event is a family friendly event that will include music, food trucks, beer/wine and kids games. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $5 for individuals, $15 for families and $15 for an alcohol wristband. Winchester Town Hall is located at 71 Mount Vernon Street in Winchester. Parking is conveniently located directly across from Town Hall. For more information go to www.winchesterrotary.org.
|Wilmington Rotary Club Annual Auction||Posted by John Doherty||on Oct 20, 2015||
The Wilmington Rotary Club's Annual Auction and Raffle will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 at the K of C Hall behind St Thomas's Church on Middlesex Avenue Wilmington, MA 01887.
There is a $10,000 Raffle with only 350 tickets sold. Tickets are $100 each and can list up to 10 names.
The prizes are Grand Prize $10,000, two Second Prizes of $1,000 each, two Third Prizes of $500 each and four Fourth Prizes of $250 each.
There is a free buffet and cash bar available.
For further information, lease contact John Doherty @978 658 3805.
See you there!
|Malden's 6th Service Above Self Dinner & Awards Ceremony||Posted by David Hart||on Oct 17, 2015||
Come and see how the Malden Rotary Club honors its Public Service Professionals. Malden Rotary will be hosting is 6th Annual Service Above Self Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Anthon’s of Malden. Program begins at 5:30pm.
For the past five years Malden Rotary has been honoring it public service professionals for their Service Above Self. Malden Rotary honors a Police Officer, Fireman, Emergency Management Services Team Member, an Officer from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and an EMT from Cataldo Ambulance. Malden Rotary has also presented Paul Harris Fellowships to members of the Malden Community for their service.
This year for the first time Malden Rotary will be including a Service Above Self Award to a Hallmark Health employee and to the Educator of the Year from the Malden School System. A Paul Harris Fellowship will also be presented to a well-known public figure in Malden but we cannot release their name prior to the Ceremony.
For more information on the event or to purchase tickets please go to www.maldenrotary.org or the Malden Rotary Facebook page. You can also call David Hart at 781-718-7799.
Hope to see you there!!!
|Belle Isle is Busy!||Posted by Tom Hankard||on Oct 15, 2015||
The recently integrated club of Belle Isle, which resulted from a merger in July of the Rotary Clubs of East Boston-Revere and Winthrop has wasted no time to integrate their past traditions into the new club!
For nearly ten years, the Rotary Club of East Boston-Revere venture onto the high seas once a month in lieu of our weekly lunch meeting during the summer months for food, fun, and fellowship. In early October, the Club had one last trip of the season and they we were joined by Governor David Manzi for a beautiful evening! The monthly boat trips started as a way to establish camaraderie between the Rotary Clubs of East Boston and Revere when they merged in 2006.
Another tradition is marching in the Revere Columbus Day parade! We picked up where we left off along with our community service vehicle and marched in the Revere Columbus Day Parade -- as for one day we were all Italian!
|Governor Dave's Recent Thoughts||Posted by David Manzi||on Oct 12, 2015||
We have had a great time visiting clubs! To meet new Rotarians, new friends and to hear about all of the exciting things clubs have planned for events is really special.
We are winding down our “official visits” but for me – I am looking forward to attending more meetings throughout our great district.
I know how hard our Assistant Governors and Committee Chairs are working to make this year a success and I thank each and every Rotarian for their commitment, support and dedication for Rotary!
On September 22, President Deborah Andrews and the Newburyport Rotary Club welcomed us to a fantastic meeting. I would recommend that everyone should visit this beautiful town and enjoy lunch or dinner at Andiamo restaurant where Newburyport Rotary meets. The food is absolutely incredible! However, when you visit Newburyport, you will witness the impact of this club throughout the town. Newburyport Rotary IS Community service!
That was a short week for us to visit clubs. The Zone Institute, which was led by RI Director Julia Phelps and Newburyport Rotary’s own and PDG Liz Cullen was a great event. I am sure you read all about it in last week’s e-Bulletin.
|2016 Polar Plunge Signup Page||Posted by David Gardner||on Oct 11, 2015||
Do you want to be part of the team that helps us exceed our 2016 Polar Plunge goal of $125,000?
If you want to help either as a plunger or as a fundraiser to support our ultimate goal of eradicating polio from the world, please click the link below. With the 2-1 matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation we could triple our goal and provide a total of 625,000 immunizations to children in endemic countries. Yes, that's right, over a half million children could be spared the misery of this horrible disease, and you could be part of history.
This years plunge will be on Saturday, January 23rd with a make-up date of Saturday, February 13th. You will have the pleasure of plunging with over 200 Rotarians and friends who will brave the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean for a few minutes to change the lives of those still threatened by polio.
|Burlington Rotary Club Halloween Party||Posted by Cheryl Stanton||on Oct 08, 2015||
The Burlington Rotary Club is hosting an Adult Halloween & Costume Party on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 7pm – 11pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Wheeler Road in Burlington. There will be a DJ, appetizers, cash bar and prizes for Best Costumes. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting Lisa Healey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual $10k fundraiser raffle drawing will take place at the event.
The Rotary Club of Burlington is also selling tickets for their annual 10K fundraiser through the next two weeks. This year the tickets are only $25 each and can be purchased from any members of the Rotary Club of Burlington. They can also be purchased at Burlington Florist, 55 Winn Street in Burlington or Northern Bank and Trust 13 Center Street in Burlington or from The Rotary Club of Burlington President Cheryl via email at Stanton17@comcast.net.
|Rotaplast Update||Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Oct 07, 2015||
Our District Rotaplast team has been busy getting ready to change the lives of children and adults in Cebu City in the Philippines.
"Clinic day is to screen patients for eligibility of surgeries. Today we screened 176 patients in over 10 hours including dental screenings, vitals, and one on one's with the surgeons and anesthesiologists. The eldest was 52, the youngest we saw was 3 months old.
The patients are selected based on their specific medical problem and health. If they are sick they cannot receive surgery.
We expect to complete 150 surgeries on this mission."
The Rotaplast Team
Although the Rotaplast mission has effectively reached their monetary goal, donations are still being accepted. In addition, keep the team in your thoughts and your prayers as they accomplish incredible results during their mission.
|Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial 5k||Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Oct 07, 2015||
Become a part of the second Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial 5K , Sunday November 8th at noon.
Become a part of the first Don Humphreys Veterans Memorial 5K hosted by the Marblehead Rotary Club. Join the Marblehead Rotary Club for a scenic race through downtown Marblehead at noon. Sunday, November 8th.
The race-course will begin at the Boston Yacht Club overlooking Marblehead Harbor and will take runners through Marblehead’s historic downtown, back through the community, returning to the BYC. After the race is over, runners and their supporters are invited to join the Marblehead Rotary Club at the BYC for a complimentary beer or wine (for runners) and snacks. A full cash bar will also be available.
Rotoplast Team Arrives in Cebu
|Posted by David Gardner||on Oct 05, 2015||
A wonderful group of Rotarians and friends have embarked on a journey that will not only change the lives of many children in the Philippines but will impact each of them in ways that one can only imagine. After more than 29 hours of travel with 3 layovers already under their belt, the team made up of Lisa Collin, David Boudreau, Amy Luckiewicz, Sue Luckiewicz, Bob Wood, Alan Michel, Bob Arsenault and Barbara Meehan Hofelichhas arrived in Cebu City.
Conspicuous by their common Rotoplast t shirts, many have noticed and asked them about their journey. Upon sharing their stories with fellow travelers, they were inspired by the warm greetings and well wishes from all.
D7930 to Launch 1st Rotary Means Business Chapter
|Posted by David Gardner||on Oct 04, 2015||
What is Rotary Means Business?
Rotary Means Business is a Fellowship of Rotary International focused on supporting businesses based on the ethical standards present in Rotary.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.
Within a few weeks, Rotary District 7930 will launch the first Rotary Means Business Chapter within the district which will be centered near the intersections of Routes 93 and 128. Based upon interest from Rotary members in the Burlington, Burlington Breakfast, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn clubs, or anyone else interested in participating throughout the district, we will determine the best day, time and location of the meetings.
|This is a Test||Posted||on Oct 04, 2015||
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Zone Institute - Get Fired Up for Rotary
|Posted by David Gardner||on Oct 03, 2015||
During the week of September 21-28, Rotarians from around Zones 24 and 32 convened for a great week of training and inspirational stories about Rotary Doing Good in the World. Julia Phelps, RI Director and Past District Governor from District 7930, along with her team led by Liz Cullen, created a program that was nothing short of fabulous. The Zone theme was Get Fired Up for Rotary! The sessions and the dialog stirred the spirits of everyone and the Water Fire sculpture was the culmination of the week along the rivers that flow through Providence.
Over 400 leaders from the Northeast United States, Bermuda, Canada and Russia shared fun and fellowship wrapped around incredible keynote speakers, training for District Governors, District Governor-elects, District Governor-nominees, District Trainers, Membership Chairs, Foundation Chairs, Public Image Chairs and let's not forget Future Leaders.All of the sessions pushed the limits of how we perceive Rotary and how our organization will continue to evolve in the future.
Position specific training was more a facilitation of those who have stepped up to serve as key district leaders over the next few years. The Governor-elects' arrived on Monday to begin Governor-elects training (GETS) and our own Sheryl Meehan spent 2+ days diving into how to successfully lead our fellow Rotarians and help them continue to make a difference locally and around the world. On Tuesday, David Gardner arrived to begin a day and a half of dialog about how to transition from nominee to elect and how to plan to build a team to ensure a successful year. David Manzi's sessions started on Wednesday and his time was focused on completing his year as our District Governor with a bang!
On Friday, we were delighted to welcome our Future Leaders, Bob Wood, Joan Arsenault and Andy Maddox. They were treated to conversations about the broader Rotary world and were able to share what Rotary is for their counterparts from our combined zones.
Friday evening, there were special dinners for each year of governors at restaurants throughout Providence. What a great way to get to build the concept of a class of governors. Fun, fellowship and great food are clearly effective on building teams committed to serving others.
The central theme this year seemed to be innovation! Thinking outside the box when it comes to creating vibrant clubs, developing significant service projects and ways to engage outside partners to create more impact each and every day.
Read what the attendees had to say...
Salem's Phoenix School EarlyAct Leaders Installed
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Oct 02, 2015||
Earlier this month, Salem President Mark Leavitt, Past District Governor John Hall, District Governor David Manzi and Assistant Governor Amy Luckiewicz were all welcomed to the Phoenix School for it's EarlyAct installation of officers. The guests were educated about the club's long history of service and learned that the Phoenix School EarlyAct is the oldest EarlyAct in the district. President Mark was invited to announce the elected officers and each student was asked to give a consolation speech. District Governor Dave noted, "It was awesome to hear those speeches. The kids were so supportive of one another and it was obvious that their teachers are preparing them to be leaders." Also on hand was EarlyAct Club Adviser and Salem Rotarian Betsye Sargent, Leslie Levesque and Barbara McFall. Immediately following the installation, the club held its first meeting with every student in the school in attendance.
District representatives with the new Phoenix School EarlyAct officers.
North Reading Shows Off District Managed Grant Project
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Oct 02, 2015||
North Reading Rotary officially dedicated the new community patio at the Peabody Court senior housing last Thursday. North Reading Rotary President Eric Evans and Past President Michael Scannell were on hand to welcome over 25 people to the dedication including Rotary District representatives, North Reading Rotarians, Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto, representatives from the Housing Authority and many residents of Peabody Court. Funded by a District Managed Grant, the project came to the attention of North Reading Rotary a year ago when the club sought to produce a project that could be enjoyed by the local seniors. Additional materials and labor were donated by the North Reading DPW, Bill Cotter Masonry, Reading Lumber, and the local Stop & Shopdonated a grill and patio furniture. The new patio provides residents with a place to meet and gather when family and friends visit. Previously, residents had to host gatherings in their small living units. The dedication event included a cookout for attendees and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
North Reading Rotarian Chuck Corucci manned the grill for attendees.
North Reading Rotarians at the dedication event
Membership Forum Showcases New Ideas for Building Vibrant Clubs
|Posted by David Manzi||on Oct 02, 2015||
This past Thursday evening, we had a very engaging and productive membership forum. Rotarians came together from 37 out of the 47 clubs in district 7930!
Our presenters were fabulous. Chris Baker, president of Downtown Boston, Christa Papavasiliou, district Rotaract chair from the E-Club of New England and Joe Fiorello, vice president of Belle Isle Rotary led a great discussion on: Young Professionals: how to attract, engage and retain young professionals into Rotary. Past presidents Anne Lewis of Rockport and Brad Clark of Ipswich along with district membership committee member, Lisa Healey from Burlington and district executive secretary, John Ferguson from Boston 7 discussed exciting initiatives to offer clubs looking to expand membership and opportunities for those in their community that are seeking ways to serve. Satellite and Service clubs provide that opportunity! Also, what was discussed was ways to get corporate businesses to join Rotary to strengthen their ideals and service to that of Rotary. Non- profit memberships for our community partners to be part of a symbiotic relationship, all in the name of service to our communities.
Boston Rotaract to host 2015 Autumn Gala in support of ArtLifting
|Posted by Mallory McCoy||on Sep 30, 2015||
Boston Rotaract will host its 2015 Autumn Gala in support of ArtLifting, a social enterprise that dedicates itself to the empowerment of homeless and disabled individuals through the sale of their artwork. They act as a bridge, connecting artists with millions of potential customers and providing the opportunity to earn an income in this way.
The Autumn Gala is a semi-formal event, co-sponsored by Impact Hub Boston and featured as an event concurrent with Boston's City Awake Festival. It will take place on November 6th, from 7:00-11:00 pm. The event features an art display courtesy of ArtLifting, live musical performances, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a bar serving beer and wine. Remarks will be delivered by representatives of Art Lifting.
This event is a fantastic opportunity to engage with local entrepreneurs, supporters of the arts, and members of the local community. Tickets are available for $55 each, and donations are welcome for those who are unable to attend. The members of Boston Rotaract look forward to sharing a memorable evening with fellow Rotarians and others in support of the mission to empower and uplift individuals worldwide.
For more information, please visit the EventBrite page here!
|Posted by Steve McKenzie||on Sep 29, 2015||
Here’s where we are. We are down to two endemic countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan). We have gone Polio free in Nigeria. WE ARE CLOSING IN! Up to date information is attached.
DREAMING THE DREAM
All efforts by all the Partners in this fight are surging forward to eliminate all cases of Polio by the next Rotary Convention. It will require a huge effort and much more funding. It will require the ongoing efforts of all the partners and significant funding outlays to beat out the last cases and to make sure that polio cases do not reoccur in those countries that have been and will be certified polio free. If this happens it will take until 2018 for the world to be certified POLIO FREE.
WE NEED TO STAY DILIGENT
Please continue your fund raising efforts by going out into your communities and telling the story and asking their support. Work at getting as many pledges as you can and do all you can to help the District raise even more money this year for our POLAR PLUNGE effort. The more successful we are at this event, the less effort we need to ask Rotarians for funds that they can then give to the Rotary Foundation for doing even more good in the world.
WORLD POLIO DAY - OCTOBER 24, 2015
Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have declared October 24 World Polio Day. We ask all clubs in the District to please consider doing something that day or to honor that day in their local communities. It can be a fundraising activity or just a fun activity to raise awareness of Rotary’s commitment to eradicating Polio in the word. Rotary International is planning a live streaming event on October 23 and has some additional tools to use for planning. Information on these is available on the District website. The District will be using this day to kick off sign- ups for pledges for the Polar Plunge.
Rotary Networking Meets Service
|Posted by David Manzi||on Sep 28, 2015||
October is “Vocational Service Month” in Rotary. I would like to bring to your attention the second “Object of Rotary”:
“High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations;
and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society”
We, Rotarians are leaders in our communities, in society and in business. We are able to “encourage and foster” ethical standards in business, we use our leadership skills to serve, we hold integrity to be a valued intrinsic fabric of our way of life.
I would encourage all Rotarians to share your vocation in your clubs. Learn from your friends vocations. Mentor a young Rotarian in his or her business. And support professional development for yourself and others.
At this week’s Zone Institute, we learned a great deal from the “Rotary Means Business” breakout session. It was extremely encouraging to hear what other clubs and districts are doing to promote real business networking opportunities amongst their members. It gives another value to membership into Rotary. Who better than Rotarians to trust and conduct business with? By providing a structured environment in which Rotarians can learn and network with other Rotarians and even better, potential members!
Yes, we are the oldest and largest service organizations. That is what we do. We also must remember Paul Harris formed Rotary “where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships”.
Let us promote your club’s vocational service project on Rotary Showcase. Tell your story! Visit www.rotary.org/showcase.
Read about DG Dave's recent official visits.
Masquerade Ball in Ipswich - "Feeling Groovy"
|Posted by Bob Wicks||on Sep 24, 2015||
Return to the 1960’s for an evening of period fun for a good cause. All proceeds from this celebration will benefit the community services of Ipswich Rotary and the Rotary Satellite Club of Ipswich. Our clubs serve Ipswich and Rowley.
Suggested dress is 1960’s costumes or black tie/cocktail attire. The event includes live music by “Boston Common”, dinner, dancing, cash bar and silent auction.
7:30 pm to Midnight
Turner Hill Mansion
3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich
Cost: $65 per person, advance sales only
Three Marblehead Harbor Rotarians provide earthquake assistance in Nepal
|Posted by Margo Steiner||on Sep 24, 2015||
On September 4, Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor Rotarians Heidi Whear, Joan McCormack and Margo W. R. Steiner flew to Kathmandu, Nepal, to assist in earthquake recovery work under the auspices of Habitat for Humanity International. Rotarian Steiner, a longtime Habitat team leader, led a group of 14 from across the United States to the 400-person village of Pipaltar, where 89 of the village's 95 homes were destroyed and the rest needed to be torn down. Over the course of six days, the Rotarians and their teammates passed 400,000 pounds of rocks and boulders up a steep hill, where they were put in wire mesh gabions (also made by the team) to create a road that will let heavier equipment in to the village.
Joining the village women in passing boulders up a hill in Pipaltar
During their time in Nepal, the three attended meetings of the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel and the Rotary Club of Dillibazar in Kathmandu, where they learned of the many service projects being undertaken by their Rotarian counterparts and exchanged club flags.
From left, Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor members Heidi Whear, Joan McCormack
and Margo Steiner attend a meeting of the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel in Nepal.
Red Sox Event Success!
|Posted||on Sep 14, 2015||
District Governor David commented, "I would like to thank the committee for arranging a great event! Our beloved Red Sox beat the AL leading KC Royals 4-1. A pre-game all-you-can-eat buffet at Uno's in Kenmore Square was enjoyed by many. The District was recognized by the Red Sox in a pre-game, on-field celebration! I would also like to thank those who purchased tickets to benefit our upcoming Rotaplast Mission to Cebu, Philippines and to the many Rotarians, friends, family and potential members who attend!"
Stoneham Hosts Swing for Scholarships
|Posted by Dennis O'Hara||on Sep 12, 2015||
The Stoneham Rotary Club and our Hole-in-One Title Sponsor StonehamBank are pleased to announce Swing for Scholarships, a mini-golf fundraiser at Stoneham's own Hago Harrington's. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th from 6:00-10:00pm. This adult event will feature a mini-golf game, food, beer and wine, a hole-in-one contest, DJ Buono from Spinner Music, a 50/50 raffle, and lots of fun for everyone. Click here to register your team or sponsor the event.
We invite Rotarians from all clubs in the area to participate in this event, which will provide funds for our scholarship program for two Stoneham High School students. But, it's easy to participate in this fundraiser, because it promises to be a fun and exciting evening!
DG Dave's Thoughts from Recent Club Visits
|Posted by David Manzi||on Sep 12, 2015||
Fall is upon us. Football is back, beautiful warm days and cool nights, foliage season as well as my favorite fall pastime- apple picking with my kids! This year, I look forward to bringing Gemma, my 8-month old granddaughter.
Our club visits are going great! We learn so much from our members and clubs. It is an honor for me that you allow me to visit and make me feel so welcome. Thank you!
International guests visit Marblehead Rotary Club
|Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Sep 12, 2015||
Last Thursday Alex Falk, Rotary Club Youth Exchange Officer, introduced incoming youth exchange student Wienona Setiawan to the Marblehead Rotary Club’s membership during its weekly Thursday luncheon. Setiawan will be a student at Marblehead High School for the 2015-1016 academic year. Setiawan thanked the membership for sponsoring her visit and exchanged Rotary Club flags from her home Rotary Club in Bandung, Indonesia to Zach Newell, Marblehead Rotary Club President.
Later in the luncheon Professor Pedro Mir, Rotarian and Faculty in the Department of Economics Universidad de Navarra, Spain and visiting professor at Boston College in marketing and communication, delivered a talk about using marketing techniques to enhancing the effectiveness of various Rotary Club programs. At the conclusion of Mir’s remarks, he delivered a Rotary Club flag from his home base club in Menorca, Spain to Zach Newell, Marblehead Rotary Club President.
Rotary District 7930 Membership Forum
|Posted by Peter Majane||on Sep 09, 2015||
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
The President’s asked and DG Dave responded. We’re bringing back the District Membership Forum as an event. This will allow Presidents, President-elects, membership chairs and others to focus on membership alone, with no distractions.
The event will feature two break-out sessions. Session # 1 is entitled “Young Professionals: How to attract, engage and retain them.” The panelists will be Christa Papavasiliou, Past President Boston Rotaract, Chris Baker, current President of the Evening Boston Downtown Club, and Joe Fiorello, Vice President of the Belle Isle Rotary Club. This panel is not only speaking on the subject, THEY LIVE IT!
Session # 2 is entitled “Membership Initiatives” , focusing on how to increase membership. Corporate Initiatives will be discussed by Lisa Healy of the Burlington Club, Satellite Club Initiatives will be discussed by Immediate Past President Brad Clark of the Ipswich Club, Service Club Initiatives will be discussed by Immediate Past President Anne Lewis of the Rockport Club, and Non-Profit Initiatives will be discussed by District Executive Secretary John Ferguson. These are the folks that not only took it upon themselves to work on these initiatives but have accomplished them in their own Clubs. Some might call them the experts!
District Governor and Foundation Chair Nominations Open
|Posted by David Manzi||on Sep 09, 2015||
Nominations are being requested for three very important positions for District 7930 and we need club support to find the best candidates to lead our District. Please consider nominating an individual from your club for one of these positions. Please contact David Manzi via email by clicking here!
To read more about these positions and their roles and responsibilities, please visit the District Position Description page.
Letter from Kaitlyn Weingartner
|Posted by Kaitlyn Winegardner||on Sep 09, 2015||
I hope this email finds you well! I wanted to write to let you know that I am settled in Barcelona and that all is well here. It was a bit of a rough start to find an apartment and settle visa issues but at last all seems to be going smoothly!
I have attached a few pictures from my involvement with Rotary and Rotaract in Barcelona over the past two months. My host club is fantastic. I have become close to my two host advisors, Beatriz and Eileen, as well as the current president, Marc Molinero. I have also become involved with Rotaract and I am working on building one of the less developed clubs.
The first picture is of my host club, Rotary Barcelona Condal. This was their summer picnic at Beatriz's home in the countryside. I was joined with two fellow Rotaract members. The second picture was taken downtown, outside of a convent. Our group prepared dinner for a few hundred homeless people. This particular Rotaract Club works with other organizations in the area and volunteers making dinner twice per month. It was a huge success and a great experience. The last photo is from a Rotary meetings. I am between Beatriz and Marc.
That is all for now. I will write you in the next few weeks and share more. Please pass this along to the others. Have a great weekend.
Yours in Rotary,
Peabody Honors some special Rotarians
|Posted by Herb Harris||on Sep 08, 2015||
Vanessa Silveira was honored at the dinner as Rotarian of the Year. Mel Babner was honored with a Light Up Rotary Plaque for all of his efforts on behalf of Rotary.
The following Paul Harris Fellowship awards were made: Bob Wood, PHF+10 and Member of the Paul Harris Society; Gary Epstein, Peggy Pedro and Brian McHugh, all PHF+5; Herb Harris, PHF+3; Martha Holden and Vanessa Silveira, PHF +2; Dan Vassallo and Kathryn Coggeshall, initial PHF.
Honored for their perfect attendance were Mel Babner, 46 years; Herb Harris, 16 years; Peggy Pedro, 13 years; Loring Merrow, 10 years; Cathy Gravel, 10 years; Bob Wood, 6 years; Martha Holden, 5 years; Brian McHugh, 2 years; Alyse Barbash, 1 year.
What are Rotary Fellowships?
|Posted by David Gardner||on Sep 08, 2015||
Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotary members who
How do Rotary Fellowships Operate?
What are the Benefits of Rotary Fellowships?
Interested in a particular subject? Visit the group's website or email them to learn more here!
Even Small Gifts Make a Difference
|Posted by Rick Sweeney||on Sep 06, 2015||
Hamilton-Wenham Rotary continued its support of the town's Council on Aging with a contribution this summer allowing the Council to purchase a new treadmill for their facility. Hamilton Council on Aging chair Mimi Fanning accepted a small token of Rotary generosity from Hamilton-Wenham President Rick Sweeney, for the purchase of their new treadmill.
District Grant Deadline Extended TO September 15th
|Posted by Martha Holden||on Sep 02, 2015||
Is your club planning a great community project this year? Consider applying for matching funds from D7930! So far. the District has approved funding to support projects that address literacy and technology in schools, ADA equipment in a local park, emergency preparedness kits for seniors and small economic development projects. These types of projects provide great benefit to our communities, enhance the visibility of Rotary on a local level and provide the opportunity for clubs to demonstrate Rotary "ideals in action" for the benefit of attracting valuable new club members.
Club Public Image MINI Grant Now Available
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Sep 02, 2015||
Your District Public Image Committee is proud to announce its first Public Image Mini Grant! The purpose of the grant is to improve the visibility of your club and its public image. This is a matching grant of up to $250 and applications are due by November 1, 2015. Details of the grant and the easy 1-page application are attached. Please direct any questions to Amy at email@example.com or 781-588-0257.
The District is happy to invest funds into clubs and we hope that your club considers submitting a grant application!
Click here to download the mini grant application.
Greater Salem NH Moving and Shaking
|Posted by Jim D'Amico||on Sep 01, 2015||
The Greater Salem Rotary Club has had an exciting summer! This summer marked the first season that the Club formed a team for the Rotary District 7930 softball league. Home games were played at Palmer Field in Salem NH. The team managed to win the championship in their very first season! Congratulations to all who played. In addition, the Club welcomed Adam Cote to the Club. The Greater Salem Rotary Club meets Fridays at 7:30am at the Atkinson Country Club.
Jim D’Amico, Nick Czifrik, Chris Dillon, Adam Cote
Wanna golf with Greater Salem Rotarians and friends? Read more. . .
Wilmington Ice Bucket Challenge a Huge Success
|Posted by Mike Burns||on Sep 01, 2015||
On Saturday, August 29th, the Wilmington Rotary Club hosted a Community Ice Bucket Challenge. As August has been designated National Ice Bucket Challenge Month, the club opened "the Challenge" to all residents. On a beautiful bright sunny Saturday morning almost 200 people came to Rotary Park to donate to ALS ongoing research and douse themselves with buckets of ice cold water. Among the participants were members of a local dance studio, groups honoring Wilmington residents who had ALS, the entire Billerica High School Varsity Soccer team and members of the Wilmington Rotary Club.
Rotarians Jeff Hull, Margaret Cavanaugh and Michael Champoiux at the Ice Bucket Challenge
September 2015 ClubRunner Webinars
|Posted by David Gardner||on Aug 30, 2015||
If you are looking for the inside tips and tricks to make ClubRunner the powerful tool it can be, consider joining their team on an upcoming webinar that will help you be a pro! Click on the link for more information or for the entire upcoming schedule.
From learning how to use the copy already on your website in an eBulletin to using widgets, targeted email communications, create content that links stories to event management, adding speakers and photos to entice readers to learn more about your club and Rotary in general, you have all the tools you need to get the job done!
Do not forget about the online help, videos, knowledgebase and the ability to Submit a Ticket and ask for personal help. If you need information right away, call them at 877-469-2582 option 2 and talk to one of their competent technical staff members.
Marblehead Rotary Unveils Newly Planted Islands
|Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Aug 29, 2015||
This week, Marblehead Rotary Club unveiled its newly planted islands at the corner of Maple Street and Lafayette. The club membership will like to thank Sue Wigglesworth for providing the landscape design and Rob Carr, Superior Landscaping, for all the planting and heavy lifting. Marblehead Rotary is pleased to be able to add more beauty to our community.
Pictured: Susan Wigglesworth—landscape designer, Marblehead Rotary Club president Zach Newell, Rotary Club members, Dr. Suzanne Maher, Gail Novak, Marsha Christiansen, Rob Carr, Superior Landscaping and Rotarian Dr. Corine Barone
Going, Going, Gone: The Elephant Poaching Crisis
|Posted by Arthur B. Schwartz||on Aug 29, 2015||
Last Thursday at the Marblehead Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon, Andrea Zeren, professor of psychology at Salem State, challenged the membership over the mortal danger facing elephants and rhinos through out the world. Zeren, a member of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER), spoke to us about the risk to human life in the face of an elephant and rhino extinction.
Are you upset at what happened to Cecil the Lion, Zeren asked? African elephants are in mortal danger; 35,000 are killed for their ivory every year. That's one elephant slaughtered every 15 minutes - and there are no signs of the massacre slowing down.
And, Zeren questioned, they die for what so that their ivory tusks can be turned into useless trinkets and decorations? She added, did you know that Boston is the fourth largest ivory market in the US?
Governor Dave's Update
|Posted by David Manzi||on Aug 27, 2015||
Hello All! We had our first 2015-16 “Rotary Day” on August 20 at Fenway Park. We were able to raise funds for our upcoming Rotaplast mission to Cebu, Philippines! Prior to the game, we enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet at Uno’s Pizza in Kenmore Square and great fellowship with Rotarians, families, friends, co-workers and potential members! It was a great time.
After Uno’s, we made our way to Fenway and District 7930 was honored on the scoreboard during an on-field salute!
The highlight (for me) was not that the Sox won 4-1 against the AL leading, Kansas City Royals, but after each home inning, all of us held up beautiful signs promoting Rotary District 7930 on one side and our Cebu Rotaplast mission on the other! I would like to thank Dave Gardner for donating the signs. I would also like to thank:Tom Hankard, Amy Luckiewicz, Donna-Lee Rubin, Paul Solano, Bob Wood and many others, who made this a special night for Rotary District 7930!
For a summary of Dave's visits to the great clubs in the district, read more!
Are You Committed to Increasing Membership?
|Posted by Peter Majane||on Aug 27, 2015||
The Membership Forum is an opportunity to learn tools for identifying new members and retaining members in our clubs. It provides a forum for networking with members from other clubs and sharing ideas. The emphasis is on creating ways to build membership and help members be engaged Rotarians.
To be effective, a Rotary club needs members. Your club’s ability to serve the community, support The Rotary Foundation, and develop leaders capable of serving Rotary beyond the club level is directly related to the size and strength of its membership base. Developing your club’s membership requires identifying and attracting potential members as well as retaining current members. New members bring fresh ideas and new energy to a club. Current members are crucial to continuing your club’s good works.
Attending the October 1st Membership Forum will provide the resources, new ideas and an opportunity to recharge your member recruitment and retention batteries!
Please register ASAP and tell all other active members of this fantastic fellowship event.
Gloucester is Holding a Photo Contest
|Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Aug 27, 2015||
Attention Professional and Recreational Photographers
The Rotary Club of Gloucester is holding a Photo Contest for its Annual Calendar. All profits from this calendar sales go to support the Club’s many community and international projects and activities. Winners will have their photos featured in the 2016 Calendar and will receive a $50 cash prize and photo credit in the calendar.
Photos that show the beauty of Cape Ann in all four seasons, Gloucester photos preferred, images from other Cape Ann towns considered. We are looking for very high quality fall, winter, spring and summer images. A selection committee from the Gloucester Rotary Club will make the choices.
Announcing New District Communications Policy
|Posted by David Gardner and Amy Luckiewicz||on Aug 24, 2015||
In an effort to streamline the number of communications that members receive via email, the Communications and Technology Committee and the Public Image Committee have developed a new communications policy that will set standards on how all district-wide messages will be delivered. This includes stories on the website, eBulletins, press releases, social media posts and emails.
This policy does not affect internal club communications to its members nor club-to-club communications, although the branding guideline portion is still highly recommended in all printed or digital communications. In addition, district committees are free to communicate to their committees but not with the general membership without prior approval from the District Governor or chairs of the Communications and Technology Committee or Public Image.
If there is content, including photos, event notices, invitations, etc., that should be forwarded to the entire membership, it should be submitted to the story submission link. This process will allow you to determine where and when you want the story published. The choices are: district website, eBulletin, social media or all. The story will be posted within 24 hours. A story that has been requested to be included in an eBulletin will be published in the next edition normally scheduled for Mondays. It may be delayed if there is already too much content if timing is not critical.
Click here to download the complete District Communications Policy.
2016 Polar Plunge Dates
|Posted by Tracy Arabian||on Aug 23, 2015||
Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Polar Plunge!
Rotaplast hits halfway point at $25,000
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Aug 23, 2015||
Due in large part to generous donations from 18 of our District Rotary Clubs (and some private gifts), the District's Rotaplast mission to Cebu, Philippines just passed the halfway mark on it's way to raising $50k. The team departs in early October and hopes to collect more money from friends, family and Rotary clubs.
Want to Learn More about Rotary's Youth Programs
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Aug 22, 2015|
Burlington Breakfast Car Raffle
|Posted by Ray Graber||on Aug 20, 2015||
Need or want a new 2016 Honda or CA$H??
The Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club is raffling your choice of a 2016 Honda Accord Sport or up to $20,000 in cash! To raise money for our various charities, sponsorships, and general helping-hands, the club is selling ONLY 300 tickets at $100.00 apiece. You can buy the ticket yourself or chip in with friends and split the winnings accordingly. Please see all the details on our website. Credit card, cash, or check are accepted.
The drawing shall take place at Bickford’s Grille in Burlington, on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at approximately 8:00 am. The winner need not be present at the drawing to win.
District 7930 is now on Twitter
|Posted by Amy Luckiewicz||on Aug 19, 2015||
Rotary District 7930 is now on Twitter! Give us a shout out using @rotary7930 and help us trend using #rotary7930!
Salem hosts picnic for foster children
|Posted by Mike McLaughlin||on Aug 18, 2015||
On a perfect summer afternoon and on the vast green summer lawn running down towards the ocean edge, the Salem Club sponsored a successful event at the Plummers Home for boys. The event was for the children involved with the DCF. the Dept of children & families. The children in attendance are kids in foster homes. The foster boys and girls as well as the host families and any additional extended family members were invited. We had nearly 100 people attend the event.
The club's goal was to provide a fun and enjoyable experience for the kids and Rotary did just that. We had two air inflated recreational items, a bouncy house and an air slide. The club rented two ponies and offered rides to all!
Of course we also offered the standard barbeque items including hot dogs and hamburgers and chips and cookies, cotton candy as well as ice cream donated by Treadwell's ice cream.
New Marblehead Harbor Rotarian
|Posted by Margo W. R. Steiner||on Aug 18, 2015||
Dr. Michael Cognata was inducted into the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor at a recent breakfast meeting. He and his wife, Dr. Corine Barone, who belongs to the Marblehead Rotary Club, have been Marblehead residents for more than 30 years. Together they maintain a practice of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at Oliver’s Pond on Humphrey St. He has been a member of Glovers Marblehead Regiment for 25 years. From left are club president Connie Paullis, Dr. Cognata, membership chair Karyn Lang, and Secretary Lee Weed.
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor meets every Tuesday at 7:15 am at the Masonic Hall.
Wilmington Hosts Community Ice Bucket Challenge
|Posted by Michael Burns||on Aug 17, 2015||
August is designated “Ice Bucket Challenge Month” until a cure for A.L.S. is found. Last year’s enormous success was terrific, but further monies are needed for continuing the research into curing this hideous disease. Towards that end, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be holding a Community wide Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 am. The Challenge will be held, rain or shine, at Rotary Park and everyone is welcome to come and join with Rotarians with this Challenge.
Andover Rotary Names 2 New Paul Harris Fellows
|Posted by Katharine Barr||on Aug 17, 2015||
At a recent Club meeting, Megan Donovan and Yaroslava Cassell were honored by the Rotary Club of Andover as their newest Paul Harris Fellows. Club President Don Gottfried presented them with their special pins, and framed proclamations.
Megan, the Club's Immediate Past President, is a native of Eagle, Idaho, and currently resides in Lowell, MA with her husband Duffy Donovan. Currently, she is Director of Business and Finance for the Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, located in Lincoln, MA.
Yaroslava is co-Chair of Andover Rotary's Community Service Committee. A native of Russia, she emigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and considers West Springfield, MA as her "hometown." She currently lives in Salem, NH with her husband, Navy Lt. James Cassell. Yaroslava earned her BS in Chemical Engineering and a M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from RPI in Rochester, NY. She is a Process Integration Engineer for Raytheon at their Andover facility. Among her hobbies, she and her husband are competitive ballroom dancers, and she plans to run the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Shown here, holding their Paul Harris proclamations, are the Rotary Club of Andover's newest Paul Harris Fellows Megan Donovan (l.) and Yaroslava Cassell (r.)
Looking for New Members or How to Retain Them
|Posted by Bob Wood||on Aug 16, 2015||
Join AG Peter Majane and the District 7930 Membership Committee at the 2015 Rotary District 7930 Membership Forum. The Forum will be held At the Hilton Boston North/Woburn at 2 Forbes Road in Woburn on October 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
Registration begins at 4:00 pm, the opening plenary will be at 4:30 pm with a presentation from DG David Manzi and others with a focus on member recruitment and member retention. The plenary will be followed by two breakout sessions.
Breakout session # 1 will be entitled “Young Professionals: how to attract, engage and retain.” Breakout session # 2 will be entitled “Membership Initiatives”. The breakout sessions will be followed by a cocktail reception and dinner in the Garden Atrium of the hotel.
This event is for all Rotarians, but particularly for Presidents, Presidents-elect and membership chairs. Remember, membership is ALL of our responsibility!
Click here to register! The cost is $48.50 per person.
Rotaplast Donors Are a Gift!
|Posted by David Boudreau||on Aug 16, 2015||
It's not too late to donate to the District's Rotaplast mission in October! A special thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Rockport, Beverly, Salem, Winchester, Peabody, Cambridge, Arlington, Burlington, Medford, Ipswich, North Reading, Amesbury, Andover, Marblehead, and Gloucester for their generous gifts! Additional thanks to personal donors as well as Michelle Ault and the Stone Ridge Properties Fdoundation. The team has received total pledges of $22,905!
To make a donation, please contact David Boudreau via email here. Checks can be made out to Rotaplast International, a 501(c)(3) organization and mailed to:
11 Rainbow Ridge Way
Georgetown, MA 01833
Also, it's not too late to attend the Red Sox game on Thursday, August 20th to benefit Rotaplast. Register here!
Nominations Open for District 7930
|Posted by David Manzi||on Aug 13, 2015||
Nominations are being requested for three very important positions for District 7930 and we need club support to find the best candidates to lead our District. Please consider nominating an individual from your club for one of these positions. Please contact David Manzi via email by clicking here!
District Governor for 2018-2019 (DGND)
The first will be for the District Governor for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. This important individual leads and supports the clubs in the District by inspiring and motivating them to "Do Good in the World!" All clubs are encouraged to propose suitable candidates who meet the qualifications to serve. One of these requirements is that at the time of taking office, must have been a past president of a club, completed seven years of membership in one or more clubs, and will attend the Governors-elect training seminar and International Assembly after they have been selected to serve. If you feel that your club has such a leader among your members, please consider nominating them to help fulfill Rotary's ongoing missions. Nominations are due by October 15, 2015.
District Rotary Foundation Chair for 2016-2019
The Rotary District Foundation Chair (RDFC) provides leadership and continuity to the District Rotary Foundation Committee for a three-year term, working with the Governor track to ensure enduring performance for the committee. Under the Governor’s leadership, the chair will work with the committee to plan, coordinate, and evaluate Foundation activities and serving from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. The District will be accepting nominations to serve the three year term up to September 30, 2015.
District Assistant Secretary for 2015-2017
The District Assistant Secretary shall be an active and responsible Rotarian in District 7930 who has access to the tools for taking and distributing minutes of District meetings when the District Secretary is absent, to district and committee members. Also, work with District Secretary and District Governor to provide sessions for Club Secretaries at District events. Act as recording secretary for the AG meetings, and appropriate meetings requested by the District Secretary and District Governor. Attend district events, when able to, District Cabinet meetings (twice a year), District Council (twice a year) and District Assembly/Conference. Take, prepare and distribute to District leadership minutes of District events if District Secretary is absent.
|930 Official Visits and more||Posted by David Manzi||on Aug 13, 2015||
D7930 OFFICIAL VISITS AND MORE
In less than a week, we will be holding our first 2015-16 "Rotary Day" by cheering on the Red Sox as they take on the KC Royals! If you haven’t purchased your ticket, you still have time! Please let me know.
On August 3rd, we met up at Danversport Yacht Club for a great meeting with President Dan Doherty and the home Club of DGE Sheryl Meehan the great Danvers Rotary Club! President Dan is excited to lead his Club this year and continuing the great work that Danvers Rotary does for the community! Fun and Fellowship is strong in Danvers and their commitment to public service to the community exemplifies “Service Above Self”!
August 6, Medford Rotary welcomed us to a fantastic meeting led by President Anne Powers! There was a lot of discussion on their upcoming "Casino Night", Medford Rotary’s main annual fundraiser. I am looking forward to going and hope you will join me? Discussion also included the importance of providing community support and revisiting ideas and methods used so successfully in the past and how they may be valuable again for Medford and to promote the Object of Rotary!
The following morning (bright and early!) we visited Greater Salem, NH Rotary Club at the beautiful Atkinson Country Club! President Chris Dillon, a great young leader, led a great meeting with a full house! I am looking forward to attending their September 11 annual memorial! I am proud to say that District 7930 encompasses Southern New Hampshire and we need to showcase this more! Stay tuned for future events up this way and I know that you will get a very warm welcome as we did!
After a great breakfast, we had lunch with the Methuen Rotary Club. Plus the best baklava I have ever eaten! Great discussion led by President Frank Brucato and positive interaction between the members. Methuen Rotary has tremendous plans for the city! Personally, I am excited as my Olivia lives in Methuen (couldn’t see her this day as she was at camp) and she and her classmates and friends will experience the benefits of having a strong and active Rotary in their city!
On August 11, rain was pouring today! However, that did not stop the great Gloucester Rotary Club from shining on! President Carole Sharoff, a good friend and fantastic leader led a great meeting. I am always grateful for what this Club does for its community! A Club that is very strong and active and it shows in their city. It was Gloucester Rotary who started the Polar Plunge in our district. And they continue to help with logistics and fundraising and we couldn’t do it without them! Each year it grows and raises a ton of money to help in the eradication of Polio. #endpolio
The following day, I felt like I was in my home Club! We visited the newly formed Belle Isle Rotary Club! Hard work and determination, by so many people from East Boston/Revere and Winthrop collaborated to form Belle Isle! President Stephen Miliotis is a natural leader. I enjoyed sitting together family style enjoying one of the best meals in Rotary and had a chance to speak to the members and discuss making positive impact in their three communities. This collaboration will be the “Beacon” in Suffolk County!
As Rotarians we give up a lot of personal time to provide service to others. Often times, this takes away from us spending time with family and friends. However, I was lucky enough to meet at the Haverhill Rotary Club on the 13th. I had a chance to visit with my Taylor and her baby, my beautiful granddaughter, Gemma as they live less than a mile from the Haverhill Country Club. President Michel Van Ravestyn led that meeting with news about their biggest fundraiser - Rubber Duck Regatta! It's a signature annual fundraiser that enables the Rotary Club of Haverhill to help over 40 organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Council on Aging, the Haverhill Historical Society, Public Library, the Salvation Army and the YMCA. If you want to participate, please visit Haverhillrotary.org. This Club is the second oldest Rotary Club in our district!
That was the last two weeks. This doesn’t include the many Club board meetings, district meetings and events these past two weeks! Not just for me, but for all Rotarians. It is that commitment that I speak about that we have stepped up to help make a difference in our communities for the nameless and faceless people’s lives we will touch along the way. We do it because we care.
I want to thank each of you for your personal sacrifice and your willingness to make the difference and to “Be a Gift to the World”!
|Winchester Kicks Off Rotary Year with Two Service projects||Posted by Laurie Russell||on Aug 11, 2015||
WINCHESTER KICKS OFF YEAR WITH 2 SERVICE PROJECTS
Members from the Winchester Rotary Club have enjoyed participating in two different service initiatives this month to focus on the goal of helping youth in need. Partnering with the Winchester Got Lunch (WGL) program, Rotary members helped transport cases of food supplied by Whole Foods Markets to WGL's storage pantry. More members helped unload, restock the pantry, and prepare the items to be organized into distribution bags for delivery to local families. The mission of Winchester Got Lunch is to provide healthy lunches during the summer to Winchester students who rely on subsidized lunches during the school year. Winchester Got Lunch is a collaborative effort of Winchester faith-based organizations, schools, civic organizations, and businesses. Thanks to Winchester Rotarians Caren Connelly, Brian LaPointe, Laurie Russell, Tom Sevigny, and Steve Mix for helping to make this project successful. Another team of Rotarians will be helping WGL later in the month as well.
Pictured at right: Winchester Rotary Members working with Winchester Got Lunch
Winchester Rotarians also reached out to help Youth Villages stuff backpacks filled with back to school supplies. Youth Villages Massachusetts headquarters is based in Woburn and has various residential treatment programs that serve boys and girls with serious to severe emotional and behavioral problems combined with other needs. One of their residential facilities is the Germaine Lawrence School in Arlington. Winchester Rotary has had an affiliation with Germaine Lawrence for many years, thanks to the efforts of Past President Sydelle Pittas who established the connection during her presidential year. Rotarian Caren Connelly chairs Winchester's service efforts with Germaine Lawrence and helped organized club members Donna Denio, Paul Gleason, Mary Lou Hardy, Judy Katz, Laurie Russell, and Marnee Walsh to help with this service project. The club also provided Rotary imprinted "Service Above Self" pencils to include with the back to school supplies in every pack. Winchester Rotary will be participating in a variety of different service projects throughout the Rotary year to help support Germaine Lawrence through the Youth Villages organization.
Pictured at left: Backpacks ready to distribute to Youth Villages students thanks to the Winchester Rotary Club
Communications Help Wanted
|Posted by David Gardner||on Aug 10, 2015||
District 7930 is looking for Rotarians who want to help the District Communications and Membership Committee continue to provide support to the clubs we serve. Whether you have specific skills in one of the areas, or a passion to learn new skill sets, we need you to build the best team we can and help Rotary Do Good in the World!
We have openings for many great teams and committees! If you have interest in learning more, please let contact DGN David Gardner by August 31, 2015.
Communications & Technology Committee, David Gardner, Chair
Please consider joining the Communications and Technology Committee in our effort to increase awareness of club activities and service while also providing increased awareness of resources available from District 7930 and Rotary International. Please email Dave Gardner by clicking here!
|Red Sox and Rotaplast – a winning combination!||Posted by Bob Wood||on Aug 09, 2015||
RED SOX AND ROTOPLAST - A WINNING COMBINATION!
Join Most Distinguished Past District Governor Donna-Lee Young Rubin, Executive Director of Rotaplast International, District Governor Dave Manzi and his son Christian, District Governor-elect Sheryl Meehan and John, District Governor-nominee Dave Gardner and his wife Joni, and sixty-four other folks from around the District at the District Red Sox Game for Rotaplast on August 20 at 5:00 pm. The evening starts with "all you can eat" pizza at Uno’s in Kenmore Square. You will receive the tickets you reserved at Uno’s. Uno’s has generously agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds of the evening to Rotaplast, so the more folks attend will mean the larger the donation!
We will move from Uno’s to Fenway Park and all sit together in the right field grandstand. One group has reserved an entire row! We have a full block of 150 seats, so there is still room to bring your kids, grandkids, club members or friends to attend a wonderful opportunity for comradery and to cheer on the Red Sox in their time of need. The total cost of the evening is $50, all inclusive. It’s a deal and a steal.
Take the T or find a parking spot somewhere in the area, but join us at Uno’s at 5 pm! Click here to register!
|Wilmington Rotary's Ice Bucket Challenge||Posted by Mike Burns||on Aug 08, 2015||
WILMINGTON ROTARY HOSTS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
August is designated “Ice Bucket Challenge Month” until a cure for A.L.S. is found. Last year’s enormous success was terrific, but further monies are needed for continuing the research into curing this hideous disease. Towards that end, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be holding a Community wide Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 AM. The Challenge will be held, rain or shine, at Rotary Park and everyone is welcome to come and join with Rotarians with this Challenge.
Perhaps you did the Challenge last year or perhaps this would be your first time. Please plan on joining us either as a participant, or spectator. People of all ages will be able to join in the fun. We will have plenty of buckets, ice and water. If you have a favorite bucket, please bring it. As this is a fund raising event for A.L.S. research, we ask that you bring a donation of any amount with you on August 29th.
The Wilmington Rotary Club is hereby challenging all other Rotary Clubs to either join us on August 29th or organize your own community challenge! Click here to download the flyer.
|Red Sox Update||Posted by Tom Hankard||on Aug 02, 2015||
RED SOX UPDATE
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!
|Israeli teen group visit Salem MA club||Posted by Mike McLaughlin||on Jul 30, 2015||
ISAELI TEEN GROUP VISITS ROTARY CLUB OF SALEM, MA
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.
|Governor Dave's Thoughts for July 2015||Posted by David Manzi||on Jul 30, 2015||
GOVERNOR DAVE'S THOUGHTS FOR JULY 2015
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”!
|Danvers honors Steve Bartha||Posted by Becky Kilborn||on Jul 29, 2015||
DANVERS HONORS STEVE BARTHA AS HONORARY MEMBER
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's 2015 Lobsterfest||Posted by Mary Ciraldi||on Jul 29, 2015||
ROTARY CLUB OF ROCKORT PRESENTS LOBSTERFEST 2015!
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!
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