December 1, 2023 • Issue 12.1
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Club Invitations & Success Stories • Calendar • Resources for Clubs & Rotarians
District News & Events
Rotary Responds - Support the Maui Fires Relief Fund
A relief fund for victims of the devastating wildfires in Maui has been established through the Rotary District 5000 Foundation as we come together to recover and rebuild. Please consider donating to this special fund and sharing the opportunity with others to help.
From Hawai'i Rotary District Governor Mark Merriam, August 9, 2023:
Today has been a tragic day for our Rotarians, families and friends on the Island of Maui. The fires across the island have changed lives forever. Truly devastating. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted.
Rotary President Elect Stephanie Urchick keynotes Aug. 26 Climate Webinar
Concerned about the climate or other environmental issues?
You and your club can easily be part of the solution by becoming more climate-friendly and sustainable. How? Come hear Rotary International President-Elect Stephanie Urchick, Synergy Rotary Fellowship Alliance, and ESRAG leaders share ways you can succeed.
On Saturday 26 August at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT join:
  • Stephanie Urchick, Rotary International President-Elect
  • Dr. Yasar Atacik, ESRAG Chair
  • Dr. Pat Armstrong, ESRAG immediate past Chair
  • Urs Herzog, Rotary Synergy Friendship Alliance Chair
  • Michael Koch, ESRAG Europe and Founder of Become Sustainable
  • Dr. Meenakshi Venkataraman, ESRAG Projects Director
Can’t make the meeting time? Register anyway, so you will be sent the recording. Share it with your club!
This event is sponsored by Synergy Rotary Friendship Alliance and ESRAG, the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group.
Mental Health Action Group Kickoff Meeting • September 12 @ 6:30pm
Join us on Zoom Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm for the kickoff meeting of the District 7910 chapter of the Rotary Action Group for Mental Health Initiatives.
Registration is required for this meeting. Please click here to sign up

At this meeting, we’ll discuss the chapter formation, structure, and overall mission.
Learning: ClubRunner for Club Executives
Have you met ClubRunner?  There are convenient features in ClubRunner for all club members and executives.  We have prepared some brief (15 minute) videos to introduce you to the essential features that you will need for your position in the club.
Check out the Learning Page where you will find all the ClubRunner videos, plus the Meet the Presidents series -- meet presidents who have revitalized a 100-year-old club; set goals and met them; won Best Club three years running; founded an e-Club; had great success with Interact; and explored opportunities to engage with Mental Health. Your club could be the next great success!
What are the benefits of having an Interact Club? 
It appears that a few of the clubs in the District have lost their Interact Club during the pandemic. This is a troubling trend that we hope to stop and reverse directions with over the next school year.

What is Interact? Interact is Rotary Club for students between the ages of 12 and 18 (middle and high school age). They can be school or community based. Interact Clubs must be sponsored by a District club and must complete at a minimum two projects per year. Believe it or not there are 14,911 Clubs in over 145 countries with over 342,900 young people involved.
Photo shows Marlborough's Rotary and Interact Clubs clearing trails in their city.
Learning: Meet the Presidents and Learn
This year's Learning Agenda begins with a series of interviews with recent club Presidents who have successfully led their clubs forward. In each interview we focus on the "secret sauce" brought to the club by this leader, and provide hints for making the club more exciting and successful over time.
Mark Your Calendar - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is Coming Jan 27, 2024
Mark your calendars. The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has been scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 7:30 am - 3:00 p.m..
We will be meeting at the Assabet Valley Regional High School in Marlborough. All four levels of RLI will be offered. Registration should open in September. Please check out the link for more details about the curriculum:

Save these Dates ~ Mark Your Calendar

World Polio Day
Tue, Oct 24, 2023
Voices for Peace @ Symphony Hall. Sat, Nov 4, 2023
District Holiday Party,
Tue, Dec 12, 2023
Rotary Leadership Institute Jan 27, 2024
NE President-Elect Training Seminar (NE PETS), Thu Mar 7 - Sat Mar 9 2024
Guatemala Mangrove Project March 16 – 23, 2024
District Conference
May 3-5, 2024
DG Installation
Wed, June 26, 2024
Clubs: Invitations & Success Stories
Golf at Beautiful Blissful Meadows AND Support Blackstone Valley Scholarships! Sept. 13
There are lots of golf tournaments floating around right now, but THIS is the one you really want to participate in!  Blissful Meadows is a beautiful and challenging 18 hole championship golf course located in Uxbridge. You've probably never played it. This is your big chance!

To sign up to golf OR become a sponsor please CLICK HERE.
30th Annual Wachusett Area Rotary Club Golf Tournament - Sept 18
Great opportunity to promote your business!

The Wachusett Area Rotary Club will be holding our signature event and main fundraiser, our annual Golf Tournament, on Monday, September 18th at Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg. This year we are commemorating our 30th anniversary of running this event to raise funds for our projects, grants and scholarships. Please consider supporting us through purchasing one of our sponsorship packages.

Opportunities range from affordable promotional signs on tees and greens through packages that include playing spots and premier corporate recognition. Or if you’d just like to play golf, that’s an option as well.
Marlborough Club to Host Golf Tournament - Sept 20
The Rotary Club of Marlborough will be hosting an exciting golf tournament at Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough on September 20th. We are hopeful that other clubs will participate with foursomes and sponsorships as all proceeds will be used for the Rotary Homestead, a homeless shelter for single women in greater Marlborough.
A round of golf is just $140 which includes golf, a cart, and a delicious meal afterwards. We will be also having a raffle and silent auction (donations gladly accepted.

Come on over to beautiful Juniper for some exercise, fellowship, and fun!
See this 1-page overview for more information. 
Weston Antique & Classic Car Show Returns Sept 23rd!
Join us for the 2023 Weston Antique & Classic Car Show.  The weather is perfect this time of year and we look forward to seeing all our friends return again to support this great event. Arrive early for best location. Thanks for your support!

Join us for the 26th Annual Weston & Wayland Rotary Club Antique & Classic Car Show scheduled for September 23rd, 2023. Rain or shine promises to be another great event for car owners and families alike.
The 2019 Car Show attracted over 200 cars ranging from Classic Muscle Cars to Micro Messerschmidts and over 2,000 attendees. We are pleased to be bringing this show back to life after covid!
Making the World a Beautiful Place, One Bench at a Time
When the Wachusett Area Rotary Club decided to bring awareness to the issue of single use plastic bags, they didn't realize it would be an ongoing project. Spearheaded by Rotarian Richard Traina and the club's  Membership Committee, the group decided to do something about the single use plastic bags that are littering the roadsides and oceans throughout our country and beyond. Collecting the bags was not only a great way to tie into Rotary's seventh area of service, but also a way to beautify the world and to make a difference in the local community.
Habitat Build Day in memory of June Grace
In memory of June Grace, Rotarians from clubs in Concord and Bedford volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell home being built in Concord.  June once mentioned that a nice way to honor someone who has passed away is to volunteer for something that was important to them and so when she died in May the idea was born. Sharon Spaulding reached out to Suzanne at Habitat for Humanity who loved the idea of honoring a previous volunteer by hosting a Habitat Build Day!  June and her husband, Buck, very much enjoyed volunteering at Habitat. June had volunteered at the Carter Way Bedford Habitat project as well as a house in Concord.  
Global Initiatives: Disaster Plan For People With Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy Fellowship
Interested in working on global projects for people with disabilities?
We have two projects we are working on that might interest you. First, countries have disaster plans, but few give attention to people with disabilities. We are developing such plans with a goal for global distribution. Second, Cerebral Palsy has no global awareness efforts. We are setting up a Rotary Fellowship to do just that. Interested in either project: Contact the Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy by email:  Visit us on Facebook
Upcoming District Events
By-Laws Committee
Dec 04, 2023 6:00 PM
Guatemala Mangrove Trip Info Session
Dec 06, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Open Doors
Dec 08, 2023
RYLA planning meeting
Dec 11, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
District Holiday Party 2023
Dec 14, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
View entire list

Rotary & District 7910 Resources

Useful links:

Public Image Primer: 3 Rotary Logos Do's and Don'ts

1. DO use your custom Club logo all the time. DG Elliott's Westborough Club's logo is perfect. If you're not using a logo that looks similar, you can find your Club logo in this folder. If you're club is using the "old" wheel/gear/cog that has yellow and blue, you gotta change it. 
2. DON'T use the Rotary "Mark of Excellence" for your Club's program, event, or anything. Use your Club's custom logo for everything. 
3. DON'T use the Presidential "Create Hope in the World" theme logo for anything that will go to folks who are not Rotary members. That's why the banner at the top of this newsletter no longer has the logo below.

To conform to Rotary's brand guidelines, you'll have the easiest time if you never use that logo at all, beautiful as it may be.

Rotary Learning Center - Something for everyone

Learn about Rotary club and district roles, as well as their impact on your community. Find resources and tools that support members in these roles.

Fellowships & Rotary Action Groups -- another corner

Rotary Action Groups: Visit this page to see complete information on the 25 dRotary Action Groups. 

Mental Health Initiatives (Rotary Action Group; RAGMHI): The Goals of RAGHMI are: Breaking Stigma; Raising Awareness; Increasing Capacity. 

Rotary Fellowships The Rotary Fellowships program is a structured program of Rotary International that comprises more than 75 independent fellowships. Join the growing number of Rotarians who are sharing their favorite activities and professional interests through organized recreational, vocational, and health/medical-related groups within Rotary. Visit the RI Fellowships page

Cycling: If you are a cyclist and might be interested in Rotary rides, please visit the Rotary 7910 Cycling Group page to join the email group (which you can leave at any time, of course).  


Pickleball: If you play pickleball, or want to, and might be interested in Rotary pickleball games, events or tournaments, please visit the Rotary 7910 Pickleball Group page to join the email group (which you can leave at any time, of course).  

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