Posted by Steven Sager on May 10, 2019
May is here! We have a lot going on in the District.  Clubs are busy with their fundraisers and finishing up their service projects.  Everyone is making the push to finish out this Rotary year strong and train the new leaders to do more than we did this year.  
Rotary's theme for May is Youth Service Month, Rotary's annual celebration of all the ways in which we support young people to fully explore and develop who they are and what they have to offer this world.  Young people are our future and the future of Rotary.  Rotary International President, Barry Rassin Says, "Everywhere I go, I meet people of all ages whose lives have been changed by our youth programs. They tell me how, five or 15 or 25 years ago, Rotary Youth Exchange taught them a new language or introduced them to a new culture. Their eyes light up when they talk about how New Generations Service Exchange helped them advance in their career, or about how membership in Rotaract first ignited their passion for giving back to the community".  It is fitting that this year's Council on Legislation elevated Rotaract clubs to the same level as Rotary Clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs, and is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.  Of course, much more was done during this year's Council on Legislation.  To learn more about what happened, CLICK HERE for more on this year's COL.  
Last week we celebrated Rotary at our District Conference! It was a wonderful weekend shared with Rotarians from five (5) districts representing all of Massachusetts, all of Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire, Southern Vermont, and Northern Connecticut.  We started out last Friday with our celebration of Paul Harris and The Rotary Foundation, followed by our annual business meeting of the clubs, a gala dinner dance, and Saturday's Game of Throneless interactive focus on homelessness.  CLICK HERE for more on the District Conference.
At the conference two of our Rotarians were recognized for their achievements.  Rotarian of the Year went to PDG Jim Fusco!  CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR.  The Ed Hall Outstanding Foundation Achievement Award went to Jorge Yarzebski.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE ED HALL FOUNDATION AWARD.  Congratulations to both Jim and Jorge for their outstanding contributions to Rotary!
In other District news, the District Rotary Foundation Scholarship Subcommittee awarded a $35,000 Morley scholarship to O'Mara Taylor of Wayland for her graduate studies at Oxford University!  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT O'MARA AND THE MORLEY SCHOLARSHIP. Congratulations to O'Mara.
Lastly, there are four reminders for our clubs: 1) Please update your 2019-20 Officers and Directors in ClubRunner.  The District Directory is being prepared and we want your most current information in this Directory.  Please contact your assistant Governor if you are not sure how to update your information; 2) Please start filling out the club planning guide and get it ready to submit on July 1.  Your club members worked hard this year, and it is important to give them the recognition they deserve.  This planning guide serves as the basis for District recognitions.  DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE HERE; 3) Save the Date of June 18, 2019 for District Governor Elect Pam Anastasi's Installation Celebration!l and 4) Save the Date of July 31, 2019 for the District Awards Dinner!
Go Get 'Em!