March 2023 • Issue 3.1
Big News & Good News
Rotary Day of Service - May 20
On Saturday, May 20, 2023, 12,000 Rotarians from 450 clubs across five states will be doing a wide variety  of  local  service projects in their communities.
We are just weeks away from our Rotary Day of Service on May 20th, 2023! We have received projects for 32 of our 49 clubs and we would love to see the rest doing a project as large or small as you could handle on May 20th.  To submit a project, please complete this simple Google form. We have created project tiles for those that submitted early and are continually adding more for the projects submitted after the deadline. See this Google Drive folder to use the project tile graphics. 
Click "Read more..." for info on the Rotary Day of Service Website, your club's Banners, the digital marketing Toolkit, and other resources for your Club.  
Three District Conference - April 22
Meet Rotary Change Maker Evan Burrell at our 3-District Conference
April 11 Updated Conference Info:
Our 3 District Conference is coming up fast on Saturday, April 22nd, at the Burlington Marriott and we are so excited to share this amazing program with you! This is going to be an event that no Rotarian is going to want to miss.
Register here!  Registration deadline is Monday, April 17 (Patriot's Day!)
The full-day conference package includes coffee & snacks, business meeting, award luncheon, afternoon breakout sessions, house of friendship, cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, and dinner with keynote speaker Evan Burrell and is $199 per person.
NEW: Based on recent feedback and many requests received, we are now also offering two HALF-DAY packages!!! 
Lunch-only option w/ half-day conference - $99
Access to the conference for the first half of the day, including coffee & snacks, business meeting, lunch, breakout sessions, house of friendship.
Dinner-only option w/ half-day conference - $109
Access to the conference for the second half of the day, including breakout sessions, house of friendship, cocktail hour, and dinner with keynote speaker Evan Burrell.
We were also able to extend the ad deadline by a few days, so if you would like to be a sponsor or simply put an ad into the program book – you can still do that until Friday, April 14. Here are the details: 
For the program details and more information, please click the Read More link below...
Click "Read More" to learn more of what's planned
Presidents-Elect & AGs: Register for Northeast PETS
Our in-person Northeast PETS is scheduled for March 10-11, 2023 at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, Massachusetts. 
Attendees will hear exciting keynote speakers including incoming Rotary International President Gordon McInally, and to network with nearly 500 Presidents-elect from seven Rotary districts.
Even if you’ve served as President in the past, attendance at PETS will provide strategies to keep your Club and our organization relevant in today’s world. Register for NEPETS today. 
District Assembly - May 6 - Register Today!

Join us on Saturday, May 6 at Assabet Valley Tech in Marlborough for our District Learning Assembly.

Enhance you Rotary knowledge, meet fellow Rotarians and refine your Club leadership skills. All Rotarians are welcome. Tuition is just $20, and our curriculum will cover a variety of topics relevant to all Rotary members. Our program begins with continental breakfast at 8:00am, and will conclude by noon. Separately, a new member welcome and grant qualification seminar will follow our learning sessions.

See the evolving agenda of learning sessions

Register today at

RC of World Disability Advocacy: Reading & Blind Students in Malawi
In Malawi, the blind students in the villages don’t have the opportunity to read books unless someone reads to them.

Because of that, The Rotary Club of World Disability Advocacy, District 7910, has collaborated with the Perkins School for the Blind and The Carol Center for the Blind to send 70 blind books to Malawi.
Once the books make it to Malawi, the Rotary Club of Bwalla-Lilongue and the Parents of Disabled Children Association of Malawi will distribute the book. Distribution costs about $600 because of transportation and lodging needs.

We're calling onRotary Clubs of District 7910 to help raise funds to get the books into the hands of the children.  Contact Club President Kenneth Masson, RC of World Disability Advocacy to get involved. 
Ashley Garcia to run '23 Boston Marathon for Newton Rotary Foundation
Ashley Garcia will run the 127th Boston Marathon on April 17th, representing the Newton Rotary Foundation. She aims to raise $7,500 to fund the academic, technical and RYLA scholarships awarded to Newton High School students each spring. Ashley spoke to the club on February 7th, receiving her race jersey from President Andy Willinger and President-Elect Liz Tavares.
Right: Ashley Garcia with Newton Rotary President Andy Willinger and President-Elect Liz Tavares
Rotary 7910's Ukraine Support
Katya Portnaya, president-elect of the Weston-Wayland Rotary Club, was born in St. Petersburg and emigrated to the U.S. at 11. Her husband is from Ukraine. Last February, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion into Ukraine, the pair stared at the TV in dread. “I realized you can’t just sit around and cry. It’s always better to do something,” Portnaya says.

Soon she and Roy Balfour, Rotary Foundation Chair, got together to brainstorm with four other members of District 7910 leadership, including Past District Governor Diana Nestorova. Immediately, they reached out to Rotary International and applied for a $25,000 Disaster Response Grant.

It was a landmark action as the district became the first in the world to be allowed
Leominster and Fitchburg Clubs raise $15k for HS Bands
Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Leominster and Fitchburg worked with city and school officials, and volunteers to host their annual Breakfast for the Bands (BFB) on November 20th, 2022 at Leominster High School. This event, hosted by both clubs, is in its 26th year of providing support to both band boosters and they have hit a record of $15,000 raised for 2022! Since its debut in 1995, these two clubs have raised and donated over $125,000 to both school music programs thanks to the generosity and support of local businesses and donors. 
Acton's third graders look up new words thanks to local Rotarians
Acton's third-grade students are learning the definitions of new words thanks to local Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough has donated a total of more than 370 personalized dictionaries to the town's six elementary schools.
Shown above, left to right, are Nancy Auger and Gina Lemieux, third-grade teachers at Luther Conant School, posing with two of the donated dictionaries.
Concord Rotary: Sleep in Heavenly Peace Build Day
On Saturday January 28th the Rotary Club of Concord joined with the Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Merrimack Valley to help the Sleep in Heavenly Peace non-profit organization build beds.
We had over 25 people helping in two shifts. 43 headboards for 23 ½ beds were built. These beds are built for children who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor.
Right: Chris Alphen teaching Concord Rotarians how to build the beds. 
Upcoming District Events
RYLA Volunteer Training
Jun 07, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
District Public Image Team Meeting
Jun 08, 2023
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
RYLA GF Training #5
Jun 11, 2023
12:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Business Networking - Quick Connect Networking
Zoom - RSVP required beforehand
Jun 12, 2023
7:45 AM – 8:50 AM
AG Meeting: Live
Boxborough Regency
Jun 13, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
Jun 16, 2023
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Rotary 7910 District Resources

Speaker's Bureau

Looking for a good speaker? On our Speakers Bureau page, you'll find speakers that other Clubs recommend, such as: 

James Kostaras, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston


Ned Morgan, Executive Director, WaterCompass, who speaks on "Self-sustaining water projects in rural Uganda

Most people join Rotary for Fellowship, Networking (Personal/Business) and to have an Impact on our communities & the world through service. District 7910’s “Rotary@Work” initiative integrates business with contributes in all three ways. 
Two key resources for you: 
  • Twice-monthly business networking meetings; 
  • Rotary Wavelength, the community tool where you can find people based on 62 tags, their location, or profession. 
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