Posted by Laura Spear on Oct 15, 2018
October 24 is Rotary’s 5th annual World Polio Day. What are you and club doing to help eradicate polio?

To start, you can livestream Rotary International’s World Polio Day event, which is marking the occasion from the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, starting at 6:30 PM.  The event will highlight the steps being taken to reach Rotary’s goal of polio eradication. We’ll also celebrate 30 years of achievements by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

Closer to home, you can host your own viewing of the event, sponsor your own fundraiser, or participate in the events that neighboring clubs are running.  For example, the Brookline club has sponsored a video running on a screen outside in Coolidge Corner and asked pedestrians for donations. The Nashoba Valley club works with the schools in its regional school district to get donations from the students in exchange for a purple pinkie. To our north, the Gloucester club runs an annual polar plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter, raising thousands of dollars. Other clubs have sponsored races, “mic-athons,” and speaking events.

October 24 is World Polio Day – What are you doing? Laura Spear 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Sager on Oct 02, 2018
Polio, Service Projects, Foundation Dinner and Training are the core messages this month.
Polio.  October is World Polio Awareness Month, and October 24 is World Polio Day. Many clubs are planning activities to raise awareness, and raise funds, to help with the global efforts to eradicate Polio from this planet.  Our leadership team has been planning a couple incentives to encourage more activities this month.
I challenge all clubs in the District to donate, collectively, $25,000 to PolioPlus during the month of October.  That is an average of just $500 per club.  If we achieve that goal, I will jump in the Atlantic Ocean in February as part of the Polar Plunge in Gloucester.  
If that was not enough, we will award a pair of tickets to the limited seating World Polio Day event in Philadelphia on
DG Steve's October Message Steven Sager 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Sager on Sep 27, 2018


MARCH 23-30, 2019

Please join Rotarians from Rotary District 7910 with our hands-on District Sponsored Global Grant Project installing stoves in the rural villages around Panajachel, Guatemala.  This International Service project is done in collaboration with several Guatemala Rotary Clubs.

Are you a Rotarian interested in installing stoves in homes where currently an open fire in the center of the house is used for cooking. Cooking on an open fire in an unventilated area increases respiratory diseases and burn injuries, particularly with mothers and children.  It also results in rapid deforestation as open fires are inefficient.  These stoves will improve the ventilation in homes thereby decreasing  the carbon monoxide, it will reduce injuries, and will decrease wood consumption by at least 50%.

Sign Up Now for Guatemala Stove Project Steven Sager 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffry Cadorette on Sep 05, 2018
Consumers and Consuming Rotary
By Jeffrey Cadorette, RI Director
The answer to the question of how early Rotarians consumed Rotary is pretty easy. It was through our traditional clubs centered around a meal and back then it was typically lunch or dinner. The advent of breakfast clubs was a bold experiment to widen our appeal to those who could not fit into what then was our typical model of delivery, how we were consumed.
My own early exposure to Rotary was through my Dad’s Rotary Club. It was a large lunch club. Consumer patterns were different then. I remember listening to baseball games on the radio with my Dad. Now, while many still attend games or watch on TV, a large segment of sports enthusiasts of all types consume sports via social media, on highlights shows, or streaming over the internet. Back then TV was three major networks and some UHF channels, now it’s hundreds of channels and numerous ways to view offerings from TV’s to computers to handheld devices.
Take a look at retail. Oh my, how times have changed our consumer patterns. Brick and mortar stores will probably always have a place, but look what online buying has done to the way we consume retail products. You can look at almost any area of your life and see, feel, and measure how dramatically the change has been in how you consume information, products, and services.
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Consumers and Consuming Rotary Jeffry Cadorette 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0 #Membership

Highlights from the June and “July” 2018 Rotary International Board of Directors Meetings

The 2017–18 RI Board of directors held its fifth and final meeting on 21 June 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada. The 2018–19 RI Board held its first meeting on 29 June 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada. At these meetings the Board reviewed reports from six committees and recorded 39 decisions.

June 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

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Posted by Susan Peghiny on Aug 22, 2018
By Susan Peghiny
Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Newton
Winning the Gold Best Club for 2017-2018 was an incredible experience, and one that didn’t seem possible just a few years ago.  Newton is an old club – we were established in 1926 – and had been know as a “check writing” club.  That was a very good thing for a very long time - the club made a real difference in the lives of many people over the years.  But the world was changing, and Newton Rotary had to evolve…to make ourselves more attractive to members, and to energize the existing membership. That journey happened to lead us to Best Club.
Why bother with awards anyway?  Winning awards has never been important to our club.  But it’s amazing how proud our members are of these achievements.  To have your time and effort recognized and appreciated is a powerful thing.  Our morale is incredible (great for going into a new year), and we’re using these “wins” as a marketing tool to attract new members and supporters.  
So what did we actually do?  Here are what I’d call “the biggies” that were key in moving us forward (along with suggestions on how you might apply them):
HOW WE GOT TO BEST CLUB Susan Peghiny 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2018
World Polio Day Competition – Your Club could win $500 for its WASH Projects!
What is World Polio Day?
World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24th. World Polio Day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus vaccine, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Polio is a disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is mainly spread by person-to-person contact. Polio can also be spread by drinking water or other drinks or eating raw or undercooked food that are contaminated with the feces of an infected person.
$$$$$ - THE PRIZES!
$500 US for the best project (i.e. the one with the most impact)
$500 US for the most innovative project
World Polio Day Competition – Your Club could win $500 for its WASH Projects! 2018-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by michael walstrom on Aug 09, 2018


By Michael Walstrom, president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, Florida  

Rotary, like any business, has customers. For us, those customers are our members and we must provide value to assure satisfied customers. The key to attracting and retaining young professional “customers” is presenting a Value Proposition that is attractive.

From the Young Professional (YP) Membership Development project, a 10 question survey designed by District 6930, we learned that young professionals are looking for networking and mentorship, but have concerns about time, money, and family commitments. Fortunately, Rotary has considerable value to offer in all of those areas.

    #Membership #Mentorship #Networking #Rotary7910 #YoungProfessionals
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    WHAT VALUE DOES YOUR CLUB HAVE FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? michael walstrom 2018-08-09 04:00:00Z 0 #Membership,#Mentorship,#Networking,#Rotary7910,#YoungProfessionals
    Posted by Bob Anthony on Aug 08, 2018
    Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at a global level, over 300 million people are estimated to suffer from depression, equivalent to 4.4% of the world’s population.  Depression is ranked by WHO as the single largest contributor to global disability1.  Given the severity of these statistics, creating innovative ways to address the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health and wellness is of critical importance.  Following its pioneering spirit and mission of global change, Rotary has boldly stepped up to this challenge in two important ways: 
    (1) introducing prevention as a broader and important component of health to include
          mental health, not just physical health
    (2) funding projects that reach children and adolescents - and the adults who care for them -
          to specifically address depression education
    #depressionprevention #rotarywellesley #teendepression
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    Peer Leadership and Depression Prevention Bob Anthony 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0 #depressionprevention,#rotarywellesley,#teendepression
    Posted by Jane Schroeder on Aug 02, 2018
    District 7910 Outbound Exchange Students Prepare to Depart!
    On Wednesday July 25 five young people attended the final outbound orientation in preparation for their year-long study abroad sponsored by Rotary's Student Exchange program, the Eastern States Student Exchange ("ESSEX"). All of the students are excited about their year abroad.  Kira and her twin Noah are sponsored by the Bedford Club. Kira will be travelling to Bolivia, while Noah will be living in Belgium. Kelsey, sponsored by the Acton-Boxborough Club, is headed to France. Lauren, sponsored by the Needham Club, is excited to be going to Switzerland. Ben, sponsored by Framingham Club, will be studying in Columbia. 
    District 7910 Outbound Exchange Students Prepare to Depart! Jane Schroeder 2018-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
    Franklin Classic Car Show - September 16
    Nashoba Valley Repair Cafe - September 29
    Repair Cafe in Sudbury - October 20, 2018
    Join Us! 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Bob Anthony on Jul 31, 2018
    Does your Interact club have a representative on the district teen council?
    If not, please get a teen nominated before the September 15 kick-off event; provide the name and contact details by email to or by calling 781-727-8617.
    These teen leaders will:
    • lead the activities that day
    • prioritize projects during the year
    • define the co-host role for the May 4 multi-district event
    We hope every Interact teen will register to attend the kick-off event:
    Interact Leader Training Day 9/15 Bob Anthony 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jul 31, 2018
    The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

    Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation? Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

    How does The Rotary Foundation use donations? Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

    What impact can one donation have? It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

    What are the areas of the Foundation’s focus? Promoting Peace, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, Growing Local Economies, and Fighting Disease.  Even the United States has problems in all six areas of focus, the reason for Global Grants, assistance going in all directions to help promote a better world.
    Our Rotary Foundation Steven Sager 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Robert (Bob) Schecter on Jul 31, 2018
    The Framingham Rotary Club, continuing its annual effort to help keep very low income seniors in public housing cool and healthy during hot weather, last week delivered thirty-seven 6000 BTU air conditioners for installation at units managed by the Framingham Housing Authority (FHA). The project, a collaboration among the Rotary club, the FHA, and the Callahan Center (the Framingham Council on Aging Senior Center), has now delivered 212 units over the past six years.
    Framingham's Elderly are Cool! Robert (Bob) Schecter 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

    In Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner

    courtesy of the Rotarian Magazine, August 2018

    By Geoffrey Johnson Illustrations by   Rocco Baviera

    When it comes to finding new members for his Minnesota Rotary club, Tom Gump doesn’t just walk the walk, he trots the trot: the turkey trot. Gump is a former president of the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside, which makes boosting membership a priority. In fact, that’s the fourth item on a list of 10 tips to attract and retain members which has been prepared – and practiced – by the club. It’s tip No. 10 that finds Gump clad in a turkey suit. More on that shortly.

    The tips work: During Gump’s 2016-17 stint as club president, Edina/Morningside added 31 members. Eleven of them were women; 10 were under 40 years old. With 94 members, the club “went from being classified as a medium-size club to being one of District 5950’s large clubs,” says Gump, who will be the 2020-21 district governor. “There were 13 clubs larger than our club in our district, and now there are only four.” The tips have proven so effective that Gump has taken the Edina/Morningside show on the road, using a PowerPoint presentation to coach other clubs on specific ways they can expand their membership. “I have been called a good salesman,” says Gump (who, for the record, is a real estate lawyer and a developer). “But to me, recruiting new Rotary members is not really selling. It’s matching up potential members with what he or she wants in a club.” So if you’re looking to add members to your club, consider taking a page from the Edina/Morningside playbook. Read on for the club’s 10 tips, as well as five suggestions for increasing membership from other Rotarians and Rotary clubs.
    Winning New Members - 15 Surefire Tips 2018-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Pre-Conference September 18-20, 2018  |   Conference September 20-22, 2018
    Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal

    The 2018 Montreal Zone Conference is a unique event, and we want to invite you to be a part of it.  Whether you’re an incoming District Governor, District leader, Past District Governor, or a Rotarian with an interest in becoming more engaged in Rotary….the Montreal Conference is for you!  The theme “People Coming Together” fits our goal of providing you with an extraordinary and unforgettable event.  This is why we're inviting everyone to be a part of the excitement!
    Formerly known as the Zone Institute, this gathering was originally designed to motivate, inspire, and educate past, current and incoming district governors. That hasn't changed. Historically, however, attendance at a Zone Institute was restricted to those in the District Governor line. This year we've decided to open the conference to all Rotarians to facilitate engagement between our Governors (and their knowledge, leadership skills, and commitment) and club and district Rotarians. Visit the Montreal 2018 web page to learn more about this exciting conference and register today!
    2018 Montreal Zone Conference - All Rotarians Invited! 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Liz Kaprelian on Jul 25, 2018
    RC of Southborough at Strawberry Festival 2.0

    Southborough Rotary club members helped support the Southborough Library by volunteering at the Strawberry Festival organized & held by the Library at the end of June. In the 80’s, the Strawberry Festival was a popular town event, so the Library was keen to try and restart it – Festival 2.0! Club members helped serve strawberry shortcake & strawberries to the public. And since literacy is one of Rotary's key areas of focus, the club also decided to donate 2 raffle baskets of children’s books for the event. The children’s books were all on topics along Rotary ideals like: helping others, 1 person making a difference in the world, tolerance, resolution conflict, people working together for positive change. The Strawberry Festival also featured Coco's Tropical Ice, petting goats & veggie stamping for kids, as well as the big book sale inside the library. Over 200 people enjoyed the event and many said they hoped it would be held again next year. The club also produced the fun look back video which was given to the Library and Southborough Access Media after the event.
    Southborough Rotary Helps Strawberry Festival 2.0 Liz Kaprelian 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
    Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest - August 11 Elliott Rittenberg 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Pauline White on Jul 18, 2018
    The Rotary Community Corps of Sturbridge and Southbridge is tending to 21 raised beds in the Community Food Collaborative garden!  Volunteers of all ages are working in the garden, including two families and a girl scout troop.  One team weeds the beds, and another team that takes turns watering the garden on a regular basis - especially during the extreme heat.  The Rotary Community Corps is also cleaning up the areas leading up to the garden, weed whacked the brush, and spread mulch to make it look better. 
    Southbridge and Sturbridge Community Garden Pauline White 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ron Bott on Jul 18, 2018
    Rotary Membership Videos!
    Follow this link: to a monthly series of animated membership-related videos being produced for clubs in Zone 32 by Lawrence Furbish, Assistant Rotary Coordinator, Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club, Maine in District 7780.  All of the videos in the series will be very short (2-3 minutes) so that your Club should be able to view them and discuss how to implement the content during regular club meetings.
    Rotary Membership Videos! Ron Bott 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Pauline White on Jul 17, 2018
    On Monday, August 20, the Cohasse Country Club in Southbridge will again host the Rotary Club of Sturbridge for its ninth Charity Golf Classic.  Chair of the event, Dave Zonia, reports that the field of 64 golfers is filling up quickly so it’s best to make your reservations now to be included.  The day begins with a tee time at 10:30 AM, a BBQ luncheon on the course and a full prime rib dinner prepared by the club’s Executive Chef.  We’ll have auctions and the awarding of prizes following dinner.  Cost for this prestigious event is $600 for a foursome and $150 for an individual signup, upon which you will be assigned to a group.
    Sturbridge Rotary's Charity Golf Classic Pauline White 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Pauline White on Jul 11, 2018

    Sturbridge Rotary Builds New Playground at the YMCA

     The Sturbridge Rotary Club recently helped build a new outdoor playground at the Tri-Community YMCA Child Development Center, 115 Marcy Street in Southbridge.  The new outdoor playground, built with the help of the Sturbridge Rotary Club, will be enjoyed by more than 150 kids a day.

    “This playground will help the Y provide safe and healthy spaces for our children to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-esteem," Glenn Juchno, Executive Director of the Tri-Community YMCA. “We are fortunate to have great partners like the Sturbridge Rotary Club who understand the impact of youth development in our community.”

    Sturbridge Rotary Builds New Playground Pauline White 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 1
    Posted on Jul 10, 2018

    A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of it


    Toronto, the Capital of Nice, opened its arms this week to welcome 25,188 Rotarians from around the world, who came to Rotary’s annual convention looking for inspiration — and finding it.

    Whether it was by seeing old friends in the hallways, making new connections in the House of Friendship, or listening to eloquent speakers at general sessions, attendees found plenty at the 109th Rotary International Convention to remind them of the fellowship that binds them and the diversity that Rotary embodies. Nearly 90 Rotarians from clubs in District 7910 participated in the festivities!


    Toronto Convention Wrap Up 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jul 10, 2018
    Has your club recently hosted a service project that you want to showcase to be the inspiration to other clubs? Are you planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow District 7910 Rotarians?
    Our District 7910 eBulletin, Website, Facebook and Instagram depend on the content provided by our clubs, so please submit your stories and we will publish them on the district website, in the next eBulletin, and on social media. Stories that showcase your club's service projects should be submitted in plain text along with a photo.  If you are promoting an event, please send the flyer along with a sentence with the details of the event.  Please send your stories to with the words Rotary Story in the subject line.
    Share Your Club's Stories Steven Sager 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lilia Weisfeldt

    Why and how to host a Rotary Service Day

    In an effort to increase membership and highlight Rotary’s inspiring work, RI President Barry Rassin is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.  District 7910 Clubs hosted 3 very successful Rotary Service Days last year and we are encouraging clubs to consider hosting them this year.

    Rotary Service Days 2018-19 Lilia Weisfeldt 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ron Bott on Jul 06, 2018
    The District 7910 Membership Committee will meet on a quarterly basis (September 12, 2018; January 17, 2019; April 8, 2019) to discuss with Club Membership Chairs the best practices and success stories both outside and within the District and then how to share this information at the club level with the help of Area Membership Coordinators (AMCs). AMCs will coordinate with Assistant Governors and meet with Club Membership Chairs and Presidents on an individual or group basis to offer support in implementing membership attraction and engagement strategies in the clubs.
    Membership Committee Outlines Plans for Year Ron Bott 2018-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
    What a fun and festive night!
    We celebrated the 2018-19 Rotary Club Presidents, Steve installed Betsy Moquin as President of the Rotary Club of Westborough, and Steve was installed as the 2018-19 District Governor.
    Steve's daughters, mother and brother came and celebrated along with 125 Rotarians from across the District!
    Steve Sager Is Installed as the 81st Governor of District 7910 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Karin Gaffney
    Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! You guys rock!!!!  31 of our clubs applied for District Grants for the 2018-19 Rotary Year with total participation of 36 clubs.  The total budget for these 31 applications is greater than $170,000.
    Now, the seven club Foundation Chairs who are on the Grants Review Panel need to do the hard work of helping the grant writers refine the applications and then allocate our limited resources.  The total requests for grants is more than double what we have available for District Grants.  We will make sure that the Grants Review Panel allocates the funds in an equitable and transparent manner with “best use of funds” being the guiding principle.  You may not get all you requested, but we will help you execute your project with Rotary Foundation funds!
    The grants that were proposed are varied and interesting.  Here is a short review by Rotary Area of Focus.
    Disease prevention and Treatment
    Among the grants proposed under this area of focus four clubs wrote grants to address the opioid crisis, others proposed care kits for emergency room visitors in need, first aid course, emergency location devices for individuals with cognitive dysfunction, emotional support dogs, clothing for the needy.
    Basic Education and Literacy
    Clubs wrote grants for solar panels for electricity in a school in India, sending children to camp in summer, scholarships, dictionary programs, little libraries, summer reading programs.
    Economic and Community Development
    Clubs wrote grants to improve a gazebo, community gardens, a wheelchair swing, cupola repair, ramps for wheelchairs, benches, improve a walking trail, planting saplings.
    Maternal and Child Health
    Feeding the hungry is a prominent need identified by our clubs.  Entered were food packaging events, back packs for the weekends, community suppers, community gardens to support food pantries, and beds for children.
    As you can see we are touching many people in many ways.  It makes us all proud to be a Rotarian. And we will continue DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD and BE AN INSPIRATION..
    2018-2019 GRANT YEAR OFF TO A GREAT START Karin Gaffney 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Karin Gaffney
    Wow Wow Wow! 2018-2019 Presidents ROCK! 31 clubs have applied for District Grants for the 2018-19 Rotary Year with total participation of 36 clubs.  Deadline for application was June 1 and the response was tremendous!
    The grants that have been proposed are varied and interesting.  Here is a short review.
    Disease prevention and Treatment
    Among the grants proposed in this area of focus four clubs wrote grants to address the opioid crisis, others proposed care kits for emergency room visitors in need, first aid course, emergency location devices for individuals with cognitive dysfunction, emotional support dogs, clothing for the needy.
    Basic Education and Literacy
    Clubs wrote grants for solar panels for electricity in a school in India, sending children to camp in summer, scholarships, dictionary programs, little libraries, summer reading programs.
    Economic and Community Development
    Clubs wrote grants to improve a gazebo, community gardens, a wheelchair swing, cupola repair, ramps for wheelchairs, benches, improve a walking trail, planting saplings.
    Maternal Child Health
    Feeding the hungry is a prominent need identified by our clubs.  Entered were food packaging events, back packs for the weekends, community suppers, community gardens to support food pantries, and beds for children.
    As you can see we are touching many people in many ways.  It makes you proud to be a Rotarian. Be the INSPIRATION!
    2018-2019 Grant Year off to a STRONG and INSPIRING START! Karin Gaffney 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
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