Scores of District 7910 Rotarians took part on January 11 in Open Doors With DG Diana: Vocational Service. The session, shown in this 86-minute video, was led by District Governor Diana Nestorova.
Here are the eight presenters:
1. Ron Bott, chair of the district's Membership Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, presented awards to the top three clubs with a net gain of membership since July 1, 2020. They are the Rotary clubs of: No. 1, Southborough, with a net gain of four members; and, No. 2 (tied), Newton, and Weston-Wayland, each with a net gain of two members. Each of the three clubs will receive a $500 cash award, to apply to service projects for newer members.
2. Elliott Rittenberg, district governor-nominee-designate and a member of the Rotary Club of Westborough, addressed implementing innovative club models called "cause-based" clubs, for which our district now has an Environmental Committee. This committee - which will work on Rotary’s new area of focus of supporting the environment - will kick-off on February 23 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
3. DG Diana, a member of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, spoke on Rotary fellowships. They allow Rotarians with common interests such as golf or wine to socialize in fun ways. And, they include our district's newly formed Veterans Fellowship, to serve military veterans with the hope of pursuing peace through open dialogue.
4. Roy Balfour, chair of the district's Fellowship Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury, introduced the district's new monthly Economic Forum Brainstorming Sessions on jobs, business growth, and mentoring, and which flows from the district's two-year-old Rotary Means Business Fellowship. The first Brainstorming Session was held on January 5 via Zoom. The next one is set for February 2 at 7:00 p.m. also via Zoom, and is open to both Rotarians and non-Rotarians.
5. Carolyn Read, president of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, shared how she uses her professional skills and expertise as head of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to serve her local communities.
6. John Nealon, a member of the Rotary Club of Watertown and an entrepreneur who started his own business about two years ago, related how he practices his profession with integrity and by inspiring others to behave ethically through their words and action.
7. Christine Pelletier, president of the Rotary Club of Leominster and a financial advisor for Edwards Jones, discussed how she guides and encourages others in their professional development, in her workplace, and their volunteer development, in her Rotary club, by building trusting relationships.
8. Andrew Holmes, a new member of the Rotary Club of Newton and a financial advisor for a small financial-planning firm in Newton, on having a lasting impact on people's lives both at work and in Rotary.
The presenters and the other attendees (many of whom are shown, below) devoted the remainder of the session in open discussions on a wide variety of Rotary-related subjects. To watch the entire 86-minutee session, click here.
To download the minutes of January's "Open Doors," in PDF format, click here.
The next monthly Open Doors With DG Diana is set for Friday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. February is Rotary Month on Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution. DG Diana has secured one of the best presenters in Rotary on conflict resolution, from Ottawa, Canada. He's Nabil Oudeh, past district governor and Rotary International training facilitator, who will present for 20 to 25 minutes. Then, we will go in breakout rooms, to continue in small groups as Nabil will jump from room to room, to help us with the discussion.
Check out  past Open Doors With DG Diana for Rotary year 2020-2021.
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