Posted by Steven Sager on May 07, 2019
What a weekend; what a conference! Those who attended had a fantastic time mingling not only with clubs in our District, but with Rotarians from clubs in all of the Rotary districts that surround District 7910!!!
We started off with the Paul Harris Luncheon (with about 200 Rotarians) and heard presentations of the significant Rotary Foundation funded projects in each of the Districts.  District 7910 highlighted the Guatemala Stove Project, and we also heard about a vocational training team trip to Cape Town, South Africa, and the Safe Passage project in Guatemala.  Jorge Yarzebski from the Westborough Club was presented with the Ed Hall Rotary Foundation Award.  Click here for more information on Jorge's award!
The annual meeting of the clubs followed the luncheon.  Reports of the Membership, Foundation, Youth, Assessment, and Nomination Committees were presented, as were the Secretary's and Treasurer's reports.  New resolutions were adopted, and the meeting concluded in time for Rotarians to partake in some refreshments before dinner.
The evening's highlight was the Gala dinner with over 225 of our fellow Rotarians followed by dancing and entertainment by the Boston Common Band.  Photo booths and laser light shows entertained all, including the Rotaractors, Interactors and Exchange Students from all of the Districts.  The energy and excitement kept everyone going very late!  PDG Jim Fusco of the Montachusett Area Club was presented with the Rotarian of the Year Award.  Click here for more information on PDG Jim's award.
Saturday's morning program was an interactive discovery of homelessness with the Game of Throneless.  Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and Exchange Students were randomly assigned identities of homeless persons, and some were given instructions to enhance the experience of others.  It was truly eye opening to push the edges of our comfort zone to understand the plight of those living on the street and in shelters.  The discussions that followed during the "soup kitchen style" lunch was lively and engaging.  I think all of us came away from the experience with a desire to do more to help alleviate the problem.
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