March 2023 • Issue 3.1
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A message from District Governor Dr Victor

As we enter the third phase of our Rotary Year, let’s keep our momentum going forward and finish on a high note. Here are a few new things on which I wanted to alert you.
Polar Plunge: My Polar Plunge will be taking place this Saturday, March 4 at 10 AM at the East Boston Yacht Club joining Belle Isle and Parkway Rotary Clubs.  I challenged our district to raise $5,000 for Polio Plus and will now be taking the plunge!  Doors open at 10 AM, plunge will take place at 11 AM.  There will be food (potluck), drinks, mimosa bar (cash bar), music, raffles, and prizes.  The East Boston Yacht Club is located at 1 Rice Street, East Boston, MA.  RSVP to Joe Steffano at JES5678918@AOL.COM, 617-909-5382.  See for more information.  
Rotary Farm/Food Bank: District 7910 has been approached with a unique opportunity to establish a Rotary Food Bank in which volunteers will grow food on a tract of farm land in Westford and deliver this produce to food banks around our greater region. We are seeking Rotarians to serve on a committee to assess the feasibility of and how we might organize such a District project.  Please an email indicating willingness to serve on this important committee to 
Pickleball Fellowship: Rotarians Chuck Moran and Paul Gauvin are interested in forming a Pickleball fellowship. Its purpose is to get Rotarians and their families to enjoy time together on (and off) the court.  We intend to host friendly matches, teach and coach the fine points of pickle ball and just have fun. People (non-Rotarians included) interested should email Chuck or Paul.
Big News & Good News
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 - April 1
Join us on April 1 for our District Assembly at Assabet Valley Technical High School in Marlboro. We'll return to an in person event this year to provide training for Club leaders. Designed for Club officers, committee chairs, and any members who wish to learn more about how our Clubs function, the District Assembly provides an opportunity to connect, share and expand your Rotary knowledge. 
Three District Conference~April 22nd

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Rotary Districts 7890, 7910, and 7930 will come together at the Burlington Marriott for a 3 District Conference with Keynote Speaker Evan Burrell.  Suggestions:  1. Watch the short promotional video below.  2. Register before the March 1st early-bird deadline. 3. Click "Read More."  

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. 
Rotary Youth Exchange: In-person exchanges are back!
Rotary District 7910's Rotary Youth Exchange Team, chaired by Milford Rotarian Jane Schroeder, has been busy letting Rotarian know that in-person exchanges are back after COVID temporarily halted them.  
Caption: Jeanne Reimonn hosted a December Holiday Brunch for students and their parents interested in Rotary Youth Exchange programs.  ESSEX Team members as well as several District and Club leaders joined in the festivities too.  Owen and Felipe are in the center of the front row.
Climate Cafe: How to Talk About Climate Change
Talking about climate change with others can be challenging, including starting the conversation and responding to other people’s beliefs and feelings about the climate. In this session, we will explore ways to personally connect with others to create a safe space for climate conversations, including ways to talk about our own feelings related to the climate (e.g., anxiety, grief) and listening to people with doubtful or dismissive beliefs.
Taste of Wellesley 2023: Fight Food Insecurity
After a three-year pause due to COVID, the Rotary Club of Wellesley is proud to bring back its ""Taste of Wellesley"" annual fundraiser to support our community.  

The event will again feature a wide variety of signature dishes from Wellesley restaurants, cafes, caterers, local breweries and wineries, along with live music and auction items that are locally sourced. We will be hosting the event for 300 guests at The Gardens at Elm Bank on Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 6:30 until 9 pm. 
The event will provide a wonderful evening of food, beverages, live entertainment and opportunities to gather in community.
Westford Rotary Donates Seeds 
Spring is on it’s Way. Visit the JV Fletcher Library Seed Catalog and check out all the veggie and flower seeds donated by the Westford Rotary Club as part of their “Garden Planting and Grow Your Own Food” Project.  All seeds are FREE. People can check  often, seeds are  replenished as needed at the Library. Start your seeds NOW... Grow your own food and flowers. 

The Westford Rotary Club receives the seeds from the Walmart -Hudson NH Donation program. Rotary donates the seeds to youth groups, schools, Westford Cameron Senior Center, Girl and Boy Scouts, Westford Community Gardens, JV Fletcher Library Seed Program, tables at Town events, and more programs. Westford Rotary received over 1000+ packets in 2022 seeds and will receive 2023 seeds in May to distribute.  

Watch for more stories on the Westford Rotary Club and Walmart donation Partnership program to get needed items to different non profit groups and others.  "
Lowell Rotary does Winterfest
Ryan Burke, the marshmallow man, and the Rotary crew.Lowell Rotary once again participated in the annual Lowell Winterfest. The Club operates a marshmallow toasting booth (with optional s'mores) to raise money for scholarships. This year the Winterfest was 17-18 February. The Winterfest is sponsored by the City of Lowell and includes music, food, a market and other activities. In addition to raising money, the Winterfest booth is an opportunity to raise Rotary's image in the community and to provide an opportunity for members to work together to benefit the community.
Right: Ryan Burke, the marshmallow man, and the Rotary crew.
Wachusett Area Rotary Delivers Love
"The Love Story," as told by Jessica Favreau: "Before COVID, we had a breakfast for the senior citizens in our community held at the Manor. We did this around Christmas time and had upwards to 500 seniors from our community.

"Due to Covid, we had to pivot because we didn’t want to put our most vulnerable population at risk. We decided to do like a meal on wheels type thing. We partner with the senior centers from Holden, Sterling and West Boylston. They compile a list of seniors who would like to receive a meal.
"The manor prepares the lasagna, salad, rolls and butter. Our high school kids put together chocolate bags and elementary students make valentines.  The seniors come to the respected senior center drive up and pick up their meals. Inclusive of warming instructions."
Top Left: Herman Eknanian and Wachusett Area Rotary President-Elect Jess Favreau organize grab-and-go bags. Photo by Marisol Dittami - Wachusett Area Rotary President
Ukrainian Family Needs Help Setting up Household
The Ukrainian family Joyce Graff has been hosting has found an apartment in Lexington and is in need of some furniture and house goods. Please feel free to share this list with family and friends. We are hoping we can set them up in style after all their difficult adventures.
Rotary Spotlight: Roy Balfour, Shrewsbury
Roy Balfour is a cheerful giver. He doesn’t say no. He gives time, money, support, encouragement, you name it, he says yes, and he learned the power of generosity and community –– are you ready? –– at Woodstock.

The three-day 1969 music festival in upstate N.Y., which was attended by 500,000 people, he says, “was a dramatic moment for me. Pivotal. It was the defining event of my life.
Upcoming District Events
RYLA #'s and $'s Are Due
Mar 01, 2023
Pre-Pets Training #2
Mar 01, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
District Public Image Team Meeting
Mar 02, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
Mar 03, 2023
NEPETS Committee Meeting
Mar 04, 2023
RYLA GF Training #2
Mar 05, 2023
12:00 PM – 5:30 PM
RYLA Planning Meeting for RYLA Chairs & RYLA fans
Mar 07, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
NEPETS @ Newton Marriott
Mar 10, 2023 – Mar 11, 2023
District AG & PE Meeting @ NEPETS
Mar 11, 2023
Business Networking - IN-PERSON Networking
Mar 13, 2023
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
District Public Image Team Meeting
Mar 16, 2023
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Office Hours with DG Victor Tom
Mar 17, 2023
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