March 2023 • Issue 3.1
Big News & Good News
Rotary Day of Service - May 20, 2023

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 would like to see all the clubs in District 7910 participate in this Rotary Day of Service - from Brookline to Sturbridge and from the Connecticut border to the New Hampshire border. There's a lot of information and action items, so please click through to read/learn more. 

Clubs in the District are busy putting their plans together for the Rotary Day of Service May 20. The Fitchburg club met recently to discuss their plans to replace an aging sandbox in a public park in their town, and Fitchburg East has decided to join with them - planning, building, and planting. President Alexander Vera gathered an enthusiastic group, including Tracy Gagnon and Johnny Ahern (in the Day of Service tee shirts). Photo credit Danielle Ray/Sentinel & Enterprise

Has your club registered its project? If not, please do so quickly so that we can include you on the regional Day of Service website, opening soon! Click here to submit your project.

Three District Conference~April 22nd
Meet Rotary Change Maker Evan Burrell at our 3-District Conference

April 1 Updated Conference Info:

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Rotary Districts 7890, 7910, and 7930 will come together at the Burlington Marriott for a 3 District Conference. Join us and meet keynote speaker Evan Burrell who's come all the way from Australia to talk to us. An accomplished public speaker, trainer, digital content creator, graphic artist, social media advocate and community volunteer, Evan has become known as a service minded Rotary superhero. See a special message from Evan at

The conference beings at 9:00 AM with registration, coffee, and snacks, followed by the business meeting at 10:00 AM. Our Paul Harris Recognition & Awards Presentation Luncheon will be at noon. Twelve afternoon breakout sessions will be presented in four parallel tracks from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Fellowship, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be at 5:00 PM, followed by a festive dinner with our keynote speaker Evan Burrell.   Registration is now open and we invite you to click here to sign up for the District Conference:  Register today! 

At this year's District Conference, April 22, at Marriott Burlington, we will remember those of our members who passed away since last year's conference. Please submit by April 15 the name of any deceased member of your club we should include, along with their dates, a photo, and a brief memorial note by email to

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 - Save the Date - May 6 - Register Today!

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

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 will follow our 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. 
Concord, Acton-Boxborough Spearhead Open Table Donations Drive
Because personal-care items are not covered by the federal SNAP food-support programs, Maynard-based Open Table must purchase them for the individuals and families they serve in 21 local communities, including Acton, Concord, and Boxborough.

The Rotary Club of Concord, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, is spearheading a donation drive for the following personal-care items for Open Table:
Acton-Boxborough and Concord Rotarians are seeking donations from the general public of the following five sets of personal-care items:
  • Diapers: Sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6. Each month, Open Table needs 260 each of these sizes. The largest box of any brand in those sizes will be great because Open Table needs two (2) boxes of each size per month.
  • Baby Wipes – Standard Size: 24 to 36 packets per month.
  • Laundry Detergent and Dish Soap: 400 units per month.
  • Toothpaste and Shampoo: 400 units per month.
Contact Ingrid Detweiler, president of the Rotary Club of Concord, 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
District Public Image Team Meeting
Mar 30, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Bylaws Committee Meeting
Apr 04, 2023
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
Apr 07, 2023
Business Networking - Quick Connect Networking
Zoom - RSVP required beforehand
Apr 10, 2023
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
District Public Image Team Meeting
Apr 13, 2023
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
View entire list

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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