Wakefield Donates to Interact Care Closet

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Dec 07, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club recently contributed items to the Wakefield Interact’s Care Closet. The Care Closet is accessible to high school students and contains free clothes and other necessary toiletries for students in need. Rotarians donated items to kick start the closet including items for students as well as hangers and containers for storage. Interact Advisor Bridget Hagerty and Interact leaders Ahmen Othman and Riya Patel visited the club this week to pick up the items.
 
The Care Closet is still seeking items including teenage clothes, coats, winter boots, toiletries (deodorant, body spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, soap, feminine products, etc.), laundry detergent, or monetary donations to purchase these items. To make a donation, please contact Wakefield Interact Advisor Bridget Hagerty at the Wakefield High School.
 
The Wakefield Interact Club reports membership increasing this year to about 25-30 students since it combined with the Social Awareness Club. They meet bi-weekly and have projects planned including care bags for homeless and Winter Unity games during the mid-term.
 
Pictured are Interact Advisor Bridget Hagerty, Wakefield Rotary Club President Glen Duffy, Ahmed Othman and Riya Patel. 
Wakefield Donates to Interact Care Closet Amy Luckiewicz 2023-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

Lexington's Sand for Seniors

Posted by Yanira C. Burgos on Dec 06, 2023
Rotary Club of Lexington began their annual Sand for Seniors event. Dropping off ice melt to seniors ahead of the snowy season.
 
Sand 4 Seniors is a volunteer program provided by the Lexington Rotary designed to increase safety during the winter months and help reduce the risk of falls. This program was created for eligible seniors who are either physically or financially unable to acquire their own bucket of an ice melt product.
 
This program is available to Lexington residents 60 or over, live in their own home and are physically or financial unable to get ice melt themselves.
Lexington's Sand for Seniors Yanira C. Burgos 2023-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

Environmental Committee Holiday Tips

Posted by Andrea Lacroix on Dec 06, 2023
Please join us for the next District Wide Environmental Committee meeting on Dec. 27th at 6 pm. Please email Andrea LaCroix for the Zoom link.
 
In the meantime, here are tips for a Plastic Free Holiday Season:
 
1. Choose Plastic-Free Gifts That Prevent Waste.  Looking for the perfect practical gift? Reusable metal, glass, or ceramic water bottles and travel mugs are plastic-free gifts that will also help the recipient to reduce future waste! Other zero-waste gifts include bamboo utensil sets, stainless steel straws, loose tea and tea strainers, beeswax food wrap, Swedish reusable cloths, a stainless-steel tiffin (perfect for bringing lunch or keeping in your car to have handy if you go out to eat to bring leftovers home in), reusable bowl covers, reusable cotton tote bags, stainless steel or ceramic compost bins for your kitchen, and so much more.
 
2. Give a Gift Subscription or Certificate to a Zero-Waste Service.  Purchasing a gift certificate or subscription to one of the many excellent zero-plastic and low or zero-waste products, stores, and services out there can be a great way to bring a family member or friend into the fold. A few to consider include Plaine Products, Blueland, HumanKind, Package-Free Shop, Superzero, and Loop Store but there are more and more out there to choose from and you might enjoy the research. 
 
Environmental Committee Holiday Tips Andrea Lacroix 2023-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

Memorial and Tribute Gifts to The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Dec 05, 2023
You can honor a loved one in a meaningful way with a contribution to The Rotary Foundation that helps sustain our efforts around the world. 
 
The easiest way is to start at rotary.org/donate and select the option to make a donation in honor or in memory of someone. You can contribute to the Annual Fund-SHARE, the World Fund, the Endowment, PolioPlus, the Disaster Response Fund, a specific area of focus or a global grant.
 
As the donor, you’ll receive gift credit and a tax receipt (where applicable). The person you’re honoring or their family can be notified of your gift by email, or you can choose to print a notification and deliver it yourself.
 
Consider making a gift to the Foundation today to honor someone you love. 
 
 
Yours in Rotary,
D7930 Foundation Committee
Memorial and Tribute Gifts to The Rotary Foundation Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Walk the Red Carpet

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Dec 05, 2023
You’ve seen the show on TV.  Did you ever imagine being there?  Well, here’s your chance to be among the stars at the 75th 2024 Primetime Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles, California on January 15th, 2024!  What a great event sponsored by the Beverly Rotary Club to support our students so they can become STARS!! TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD FOR THIS EVENT. They are PRICELESS! You get a souvenir book with all the categories and photos in it. You see your favorites walking down the Red Carpet that YOU just walked down. They even stop to take photos and some with just you! You are there as they show it live on television. This is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime event! This package includes a two-night stay at the Wayfarer Hotel by Hilton, which is minutes from where the Emmys Awards will be held. What an incredible memory you’ll be making!

May I have the envelope please?  And the winner is...YOU!!!!

START BIDDING NOW! Auction ends 6pm December 19, 2023
 
Walk the Red Carpet Jackie Rapisardi 2023-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Medford Malden 134 Year Football Rivalry

Posted by Anne Powers on Dec 05, 2023
The Medford and Malden Rotarians again hosted the seniors of their respective football teams for their annual Thanksgiving Football Rally luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 16th at Pearl Street Station in Malden.  President Paul Solano of Malden and Past President Paul Bardaro of Medford were the emcees.  Also invited were the Senior football players and captain, the Senior cheerleaders and the coaching staff of both schools.  The Superintendent of both Malden and Medford along with the school Principals and other school administrators.
 
Rotarians from both Medford and Malden Clubs were in attendance along with several Medford Alumni players who were invited to join us. 
 
The Massachusetts high school football rivalry between Malden and Medford dates back to 1889, making it the second-oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the country! 
 
A good time was had by all.  Go Mustangs! Go Tornados!
 
P.S. Medford won the game! 
Medford Malden 134 Year Football Rivalry Anne Powers 2023-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation News

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Dec 04, 2023
As the District representative on the Council of Legislation (COL) I wanted to let you know the results of the recent meeting. Twenty six resolutions were transmitted to the Council and 7 resolutions were adopted, all of which were recommendations to the RI Board. TheRI Board will consider these items at its upcoming meetings. The Report of Actions can be viewed here.

Voting results for all 2023 resolutions can be found on My Rotary here

Should you have any questions about the Council on Resolutions or the adopted items, please contact Council Services at council_services@rotary.org.  The deadline for submitting resolutions to the next Council on Resolutions is 30 June 2024.

Yours in Rotary,
PDG Joan Arsenault 
Council on Legislation News Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Austin Prep Interact Serves at Salvation Army

Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 01, 2023
On Wednesday, November 22, the Austin Prep Interact Club served pre-Thanksgiving meals at the Salvation Army Cambridge Corps Community Center.
 
The Interact was accompanied on this service project by Advisor and Reading Rotarian Lisa Simmons.  Lisa serves as Assistant Admissions Director at Austin Prep.  The Austin Prep Interact is sponsored by Reading Rotary.
 
Austin Prep is an independent Augustinian Catholic school in Reading serving boys and girls in grades 6 through 12.
Austin Prep Interact Serves at Salvation Army Tim Kelley 2023-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

The Power of Your Gift to the Rotary Foundation

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault
The impact donors have on The Rotary Foundation is vital. Learn how your contributions can support different Foundation funds and programs.

Complete The Power of Giving course in Rotary’s Learning Center to learn more.

Write to learn@rotary.org with questions.

Looking for a speaker on The Rotary Foundation? Contact Joan Arsenault to arrange.

Yours in Rotary, D7830 Foundation Committee
The Power of Your Gift to the Rotary Foundation Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

How Does the Rotary Foundation Recognize Rotary Clubs

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Nov 29, 2023
Donations to the Foundation are essential to securing and expanding our programs throughout the world. We recognize with gratitude clubs that make extraordinary contributions.

100% Paul Harris Fellow Club: These are clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. The club receives a banner. This is a one-time recognition, but the intent is that the club will maintain its status.
 
100% Foundation Giving Club: This banner is given to clubs that have an average of US$100 in per capita giving and in which every dues-paying member donates at least $25 during the year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, the Endowment, or approved global grants.
 
Every Rotarian, Every Year Club: This banner is awarded to clubs that have a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the year and in which every dues-paying member personally contributes at least $25 to the Annual Fund in that time period.
 
Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving: These banners are presented each year to the three clubs in each district with the highest per capita Annual Fund giving.
 
100% Paul Harris Society Club: This banner is awarded to clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes at least $1,000 during the year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved global grant.
 
100% Rotary’s Promise Club: These are clubs in which every dues-paying member supports the Endowment with an outright gift of $1,000 or more or a commitment of at least that amount in an estate plan. These clubs receive a certificate upon request.

Will you help your club be recognized by the Foundation this year?  Click here to donate to The Rotary Foundation.
 
D7930 Foundation Committee
How Does the Rotary Foundation Recognize Rotary Clubs Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Hosts 101st Annual Football Luncheon

Posted by Bill Reilly on Nov 24, 2023
The 101st annual pre-Thanksgiving Football Luncheon, hosted by Lynn Rotary, was held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the Lynn Knights of Columbus. The luncheon is to get the Captains from the five Lynn High School football teams together for a friendly gathering before the Thanksgiving games. Also included were the Cheerleader Captains and the Band Director. The event Chairperson, Sean Reid, said: “Even though there is this tremendous long-standing rivalry we are still one Lynn.”  This year marks the 109th Thanksgiving game between Classical and English!
Lynn Hosts 101st Annual Football Luncheon Bill Reilly 2023-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

November Foundation News You Can Use

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Nov 20, 2023
1. Giving Tuesday
 
Giving Tuesday, November 28th, is a great time to promote Foundation giving. Support our Foundation on Giving Tuesday, November 28th. Make a gift to the Foundation and share your support on social media. The top clubs in fundraising, participation, and online giving will be featured on My Rotary. Read about last year’s honorees.

2. Other ideas to promote the Foundation

a. Share our impact. Take time during a club meeting to show members how the Foundation transforms gifts into service projects that advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by fighting disease, improving the quality of education, protecting the environment, alleviating poverty, and doing even more. Invite a Foundation scholarship recipient or a community member who was involved in or benefited from a grant project to speak about the Foundation’s impact on their life.
 
November Foundation News You Can Use Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Haven Project Presents to Lynn Rotary

Posted by William Reilly on Nov 20, 2023
Tracey Scherrer Friedman, Executive Director of The Haven Project, along with her colleagues Jamie Ayer and Angelica Perez Baez, presented on November 16 to Lynn Rotary information concerning their nonprofit and what they do to help homeless young people in Lynn.

Tracey explained that The Haven Project was the first organization north of Boston dedicated specifically to providing age-appropriate services to a growing, vulnerable 17 to 24 year old homeless young adult population. Since 2011, they have been implementing their mission through six essential focus areas: basic needs, employment, housing, education, health, and community engagement.
 
Haven Project Presents to Lynn Rotary William Reilly 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

District 7930 receives the 2022-23 District Citation

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 20, 2023
Past RI President Jennifer Jones informed Past District Governor Alexander Falk today that our District 7930 was one of only 53 districts in the world to receive the District Citation for the previous 2022-23 Rotary year.
 
This citation is awarded to districts where at least half of the Rotary Clubs have achieved the Rotary Citation for the prior year.
 
IPDG Alexander Falk is presently scheduling visits to those clubs to present them with their framed Citation certificate at some point in the next 2-3 months and to recognize the great work that those clubs and their presidents have accomplished in the previous Rotary year.
 
Click on Read more... to read the letter from PRIP Jennifer Jones.
District 7930 receives the 2022-23 District Citation Alexander Falk 2023-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

DEI Webinar on Conflict in Israel

Posted by Lori Karas on Nov 18, 2023
Please join us for a special webinar hosted by the DEI Committee - Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 7:30AM
 
Topic:  Everyday life changed on October 7, 2023, in Israel.
 
Join District Governor Bashir Nusair from District 2490 in Israel, Rotarians from Israel and our District Governor Lori Karas.
 
During this meeting you will hear firsthand accounts from Rotarians on life with warning sirens and rockets.  Learn what they are doing to support one another and the community.  We’ll also talk about how we can help, too.  Register here.
DEI Webinar on Conflict in Israel Lori Karas 2023-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Benefits of a Service Membership

Posted by Diana Kiesel
Having enough time is always a challenge so at the Rotary Club of Andover, we wanted to remove that challenge from our membership options.  A weekly meeting/commitment may be a deterrent for some who want to become involved in a service organization so about 7 years ago, our club added a Service Membership in addition to our Regular (aka Traditional) and Corporate/Family Membership options.
 
A Service Member at our club can participate in all activities (volunteer opportunities, committees, club and district events, etc.).  The quarterly dues are $100 and include one breakfast meeting per month. Additional breakfast meetings are encouraged and incur a nominal fee.
 
Benefits of a Service Membership Diana Kiesel 2023-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Rotary 2024 Calendars Now Available

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Nov 17, 2023
The Gloucester Rotary has published a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2024, featuring the photography of several local photographers. In addition to the beautiful photography, each calendar includes a raffle ticket for a $50 weekly raffle drawing throughout the year. The calendars are $25 each and proceeds from sales will be used for the Gloucester Rotary’s many community and international activities.

The calendars are available for purchase at the Weathervane Gift Shop, located at 153 Main Street in Gloucester (phone 978-281-1227), at BankGloucester, located at 160 Main Street in Gloucester (978-283-8200), and from any Gloucester Rotary member. Calendars may also be purchased online at https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/calendar
Gloucester Rotary 2024 Calendars Now Available Tracy Arabian 2023-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Roamers from India

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Nov 15, 2023
The Rotary Club of Chelsea was recently honored to host two Rotary roamers from India. They were Surendra Manjrekar from the Rotary Club of Mumbai Sion and Aniruddha Nakhawa from the Rotary Club of Thane Angels.  Rotary banners were exchanged. 
Rotary Roamers from India Douglas Mauch 2023-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

InteractCafe Held in Andover

Posted by Alan Michel on Nov 14, 2023
On November 8, the Andover Interact Club hosted the District-wide InteractCafe event which included Interactors from Haverhill, Lawrence and North Andover.  At the Cafe, which is a workshop that explores initiatives for interact across the district, Andover interact Club President, Annabel Pierce presented Alan Michel with a check for $500.  They raised the funds from the Chamber of Commerce, while volunteering for Andover Days. The funds will be used to match the Andover Rotary Club grant that we are receiving from the Rotary District to purchase the Buddy Bench.  Chamber member Bob Lavoie presented the check to Interact President Annabel Pierce.  In the photo from left to right are Chamber Member, Bob Lavoie, Interact President Annabel Pierce and interact members Saoirse Daly, Silvia Storch, and Savannah Ross.
 
 
InteractCafe Held in Andover Alan Michel 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Welcomes Katherine Platt

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 14, 2023
We are happy to announce that Katherine Platt has joined Ipswich-Rowley Rotary.

Katie Platt is the new Officer Manager at Campbell-Porter Funeral Home, formerly known as Whittier-Porter. Now in her 10th year with Campbell Funeral Home, she has assumed responsibility for the High Street location formerly owned and operated by Bob and Kim Porter. Katie is thrilled with this opportunity. ‘I am excited to extend my experiences with different situations and dynamics in new ways with the community.’

In the true spirit of Rotary, Katie has discovered how rewarding it can be to help people during difficult times. ‘When you can make someone smile, it warms your heart knowing that you were able to make that difference.’

 
Ipswich Welcomes Katherine Platt Bob Wicks 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley Highway Cleanup

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 14, 2023
Last Saturday morning a group of Rotarians descended on our ‘adopted highway,’ removing unsightly debris from the roadside along Route 133 between County Road and the Essex town line. Over the course of about 2 hours, the team collected 8 large bags of trash, helping to maintain the beauty of this picturesque motorway.

As usual, the litter removal squad was organized by President Elect Tom Murphy. Helping this year, were Rotarians Susanne Pedersen (pictured in the photo), Lee McNelly, Nat Pulsifer, and Doug Shealy. This project is part of our larger commitment to protecting the environment. 
Ipswich-Rowley Highway Cleanup Bob Wicks 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Environmental Committee News

Posted by Andrea Lacroix on Nov 14, 2023
The next meeting of the Environmental Committee is Wednesday, December 27th. Note, no November meeting as it's the day before Thanksgiving. Speaking of Thanksgiving, here are some tips for a sustainable plastic free Thanksgiving:

1. Choose Scratch Over Store-Bought
2. Shop Local
3. Use Sustainable Decor
4. Serve on Reusable Dishes & Dinnerware
5. Provide or Bring Reusable Containers for Leftovers
6. Compost!

The environmental committee is open to everyone who cares about the environment. There are many areas of sustainability, and the committee is open to everyone and every project idea. My passion is plastics. I am a speaker for Beyond Plastics and available to speak at your club. Please reach out to get me on your club's schedule.
Environmental Committee News Andrea Lacroix 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

What is a Paul Harris Fellow?

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Nov 14, 2023
Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to anyone who contributes at least US$1,000 to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved global grant. This recognition, which consists of a certificate and pin, can also be given on behalf of someone else. 
 
More than 1.85 million people have become Paul Harris Fellows since 1957, including notable figures such as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and polio vaccine developer Dr. Jonas Salk.
 
Are you ready to become a Paul Harris Fellow and support The Rotary Foundation at this level?  Read about the History of the PHF Recognition.
 
Yours in Rotary,
D7930 Foundation Committee 
 
Looking for a speaker? Contact Joan Arsenault to arrange for a talk on our member benefit The Rotary Foundation!
What is a Paul Harris Fellow? Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Honors Military Veterans

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Nov 14, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club has an honored tradition of recognizing the service of veterans year-round through various service projects, donations, and partnerships. This year, however, the club members wish to highlight the service of veterans within its ranks; the club is home to four military veterans and a Peace Corps volunteer.

Jay J. Curley served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Infantry, serving in Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star Medal for heroic service. After his military career, his service to others continued at home as an attorney in Wakefield and the Wakefield Rotary Club President from 1987-88. In fact, his dedication to the Wakefield community and beyond is unwavering with 52 years of perfect attendance, more than any other member of the club. He said, “I have always tried to help people from a young age and continue to do so today through Rotary. I did not want to lead a life without giving back. I was a team player in the military and am a team player in Rotary. I like to have a positive approach to helping others.”

 
Wakefield Honors Military Veterans Amy Luckiewicz 2023-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead 5K Run for Body and Mind Health

Marblehead Rotary and the Marblehead community again came together to raise funding for "Inner Explorer," a mindfulness platform designed to support mental health and well-being in schools and centers across Marblehead schools. The annual 5K run attracted 90+ runners on a sunny, mild November morning. Winding through the town's historic alleys and finishing for a relaxed celebration at the Boston Yacht Club over foot-long hot dogs and delicious New England Clam Chowder, it was a smashing gathering of families and friends. Congratulations to Adam Kingsbury of Rose Valley, PA, Ist Male Overall, and Kylynn McKinley of Marblehead Ist Female Overall winners. Cheers to the participants, families, friends, volunteers, sponsors, and contributors, and a big shout-out to our chair, Nancy Gwin, for spearheading this successful event! For a complete list of winners, see https://my.raceresult.com/268500/.
Marblehead 5K Run for Body and Mind Health Rosie Segil 2023-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

John "Jack" Maloney Memorial Billiard Room

We are pleased to announce the recent dedication of the Community Center Billiard Room in remembrance John "Jack" Maloney. Jack made many significant contributions to the community throughout his lifetime and the Rotary Club of Lexington wanted to honor his legacy. Jack was very active in Rotary International, as President of the Lexington Rotary Club 1975-1976, and as District Governor (1980-1981) of district 7930. Jack was also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He belonged to the Lexington Chamber of Commerce. He was a Town Meeting member for many years and was appointed to many committees in Lexington. Jack was the former President and Chairman on the board of Depositors Trust Company in Medford and Lexington. Jack was also the recipient of the Lexington Lion's Club White Tricorne Hat in 2003 for his outstanding contributions to the Town of Lexington. He also served on the Boards of North Cambridge Catholic in North Cambridge as well as Cristo Rey High School. For many years he served on the board of the Josiah Hayden Recreation Center in Lexington, serving as Treasurer for 10 plus years.
John "Jack" Maloney Memorial Billiard Room Yanira Burgos 2023-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

DG Lori Karas Visits Swampscott and Other Happenings

The Swampscott Rotary Club and President Philipp Zeissig welcomed District Governor Lori Karas, AG Martha Mauser, and PDG Alex Falk. It was our honor host them and have Lori update us on district activities and plans and programs.

During our meeting we also recognized a couple of our extra hard working Rotarians:
 
Diane O'Brien is our incoming vice president. She is a tireless worker for the town and Swampscott Rotary. Along with several other volunteer organizations she in which she is active Diane also helped found, and now heads, our local Anchor Food Pantry. She organized and ran our October Danny Cahill/Anchor Food Pantry 5K Race which netted $10,000 for our food pantry and a Dan Cahill scholarship. For all her volunteer efforts we recognized Diane with a Paul Harris Award.

For the past three years Doug Dubin Has been president twice, volunteering for whatever we are doing, and always there to fill in if needed. For his great spirit and efforts we recognized Doug with a Paul Harris Award—his third!

Swampscott Rotary again sponsored the food for our town's Veteran's Day breakfast at the Senior Center with a donation of $350.
DG Lori Karas Visits Swampscott and Other Happenings Buck Weaver 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Wilmington Rotary Annual Auction and Raffle

Wilmington Rotary will host their annual auction and raffle at Knights of Columbus Hall, on November 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM. Doors open 6:00 PM.

LIVE AUCTION, SILENT AUCTION, RAFFLE AND MORE! $10,000 Annual Drawing Live!

Knights of Columbus Hall 12 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA Friday November 17, 2023

For more info, contact any Wilmington Rotary member or Greg Sadowski at 978-657-6167 (office) or 978-808-2681 (cell). gregory.sadowski@edwardjones.com
Wilmington Rotary Annual Auction and Raffle Pooja Singla 2023-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Terry Curran Nominated for District Governor, 2026-2027

Dear Rotarians, 

I’d like to announce District 7930 Nominating Committee’s selection of the 2026-2027 District Governor to be Past District Governor, Terry Curran from the Parkway Club.

Terry joined the Parkway Rotary Club of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain in 2007 and served as President of the Club multiple times from 2011-2013, 2014-2015, and 2016-2018. She proudly served on the Club’s Board of Directors for ten years and also served as Club Membership Chair, Public Image Chair, Webmaster and Foundation Chair a position she still holds.

For District 7930, Terry joined the District Club Visioning Committee at its inception in 2014 and still serves on it. In 2015, she was appointed District Alumni Chair and in 2016 served as an Assistant Governor.  She has served on the District Foundation Polio Committee, Membership and DEI committees.
Terry Curran Nominated for District Governor, 2026-2027 Lori Karas 2023-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Feeling Lonely or Isolated? Have Coffee with a Rotarian!

Ipswich-Rowley Rotary is partnering with the Ipswich Council on Aging to bring conversation and companionship to senior members of our community isolated or lonely in their homes. We will first receive training from both the COA and professionals in this field before meeting our senior companions.
 
If you are interested in creating a similar program in your own community, contact us at https://www.ipswichrowleyrotary.org/
Feeling Lonely or Isolated? Have Coffee with a Rotarian! Ann Witzig 2023-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Melrose Hosts Spooky Game Night

Posted by Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis on Nov 09, 2023
On Saturday Oct 28 the Melrose Rotary Club hosted their third game night fundraiser.  The Spooky Halloween themed event was a replay of our popular LEFT RIGHT CENTER game with winners taking home over $800 in prizes!  Melrose Rotarians and their businesses stepped up to sponsor the prizes.
 
Our generous sponsors included:
Mark Robinson - Robinson Funeral Home; Mark Hutchinson - Brad Hutchinson Real Estate; Rosylene Forgione - Melrose Eastern Bank; John Gately - Gately Funeral Home; and Judy Clark-Sullivan & Clark Attorneys.
 
Raffle prizes and best costume prizes completed the fun evening netting Melrose Rotary $4000, part of which will fund our Happy to Chat Bench and our donation of 125 dental supply toiletry bags to Housing Families, a Malden based 501(c)(3) serving housing insecure families in the Melrose Malden Everett area.
 
Our next round of Left Right Center will be held on April 6, 2024, at the Melrose Knights of Columbus. Mark your calendar now and watch the District newsletter for ticket details!
Melrose Hosts Spooky Game Night Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis 2023-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Hosts Fun Halloween Trivia

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Nov 09, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club brought some in-meeting fun to its Halloween meeting on October 31st. Long-time Rotarians Jay Curley and Amy Luckiewicz hosted a three-part trivia game centered on the holiday. “We love our meetings, but having a theme really brings a change of pace,” Luckiewicz said.

Rotarians and guests in attendance, several in costumes, were divided into 5 teams. The first round cenetred on Halloween trivia. “It included history, geography, and questions that didn’t mean you had to be a Halloween expert,” Luckiewicz added. Round Two was a Halloween, horror and suspense movie picture round. The final round was based on the actors and movie trivia featured in the picture round.


 
Wakefield Hosts Fun Halloween Trivia Amy Luckiewicz 2023-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peabody Receives Citations

Posted by Al Hayden on Nov 06, 2023
The Peabody Club had lots to celebrate last week. They received a citation for 20 years of being Chamber of Commerce members during a Chamber event.  Then Past DG Alexander Falk visited to present the Club with 2 awards:

Achieving at least half of the club goals during the 2022-2023 presidential year; and
Being the #3 earner in the District for Foundation donations.

Peabody Rotary sends out extra thanks to Immediate Past Presidient Rob Lowell for guiding them through such a great year. 
Rotary Peabody Receives Citations Al Hayden 2023-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

What is a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member?

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Nov 06, 2023
A Sustaining Member is someone who contributes US$100 or more each year to the Annual Fund. These contributions count toward several different kinds of individual recognition and club recognition banners.

For about US$10 a month, you can be a Sustaining Member and help provide life-changing opportunities for people on a yearly basis!

Read About the Annual Fund here.
 
Thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation from the D7930 Foundation Committee!

 
What is a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member? Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute Feb 27+29, 2024

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 05, 2023

Mark Your Calendar Now…Register Early…Don’t Miss Out!

New, newer, and “experienced” Rotarians…Become stronger, better-informed leaders in your clubs and communities at  

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

When? 2 virtual sessions: February 27 and February 29 (Yes, 2024 is a leap year!)
 
What time? 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Cost? $25
 
What curriculum levels will be offered? Parts I, II, III, and Graduate (Grad subject: Effective Succession Planning) Note: Parts must be taken in order, and both nights must be completed to receive credit for the Part taken. No partial credit will be issued.
 
Rotary Leadership Institute Feb 27+29, 2024 Alexander Falk 2023-11-05 04:00:00Z 0

Responding to the Tragedy in Maine

Posted by DG Lori Karas on Nov 04, 2023
Just after October 25, 2023 – I reached out to my classmate Tina Champman District Governor of D7790 to inquire what was needed for those in the Lewiston, Auburn, Bowdoin and Winthrop areas, as they lost 18 members of the community.  Due to the lock down and the community taking some time to digest all that occurred I’ve received word.  The Governor of Maine has posted to their website the names of vetted and reputable organizations.  Please visit Healing Together: Supporting Victims and Families of the Tragedy in Lewiston | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills (maine.gov).
 
This incident, the scores of news reports of people being murdered both locally and afar, remind us of the need to focus on mental health and wellness.  Please take care of yourself, family, your fellow Rotarians, neighbors, and community.  If you know someone in need of help - please go to www.masshelpline.com.
 
Responding to the Tragedy in Maine DG Lori Karas 2023-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Wilmington's Annual $10K Drawing

Posted by Pooja Singla on Nov 03, 2023
It's the time of the year again for the most awaited Annual Fundraiser of Wilmington Rotary! 
 
Grand Prize: $10,000. 
Other prizes: $1000, $500 and $250. 
 
A Tax-Deductible Donation in the amount of $100 will enter your name in the Raffle Drawing. (Friends and family can also combine their donations to make up to $100). The Drawing will be in the First Named Person on the raffle ticket.  Only 350 tickets will be sold. 
 
What:  Raffle Drawing of Wilmington Rotary Annual Auction
Where:  Knights of Columbus Hall, 112 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington
When:  Friday, November 17, 2003, 7:00 pm
 
Live Auction! Silent Auction! Raffle and Fun!
 
Please contact Wilmington Rotary Past President Greg Sadowski at 978-657-6167 (office) or 978-808-2681 (cell) or email gregory.sadowski@edwardjones.com for more information. 
Wilmington's Annual $10K Drawing Pooja Singla 2023-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

Upcoming InteractCafe Schedule Change

Posted by Keith Harris on Nov 02, 2023
The District Interact Council is pleased to invite you to join us for one of our exciting InteractCafes this fall. Student run, these great events are designed to support our Interact clubs and educate Rotarians about their critical support role.  Note the location change for the 11/15 Cafe.
 
November's InteractCafes are.
Ipswich HS - Nov. 1
Andover HS - Nov. 8
Wilmington HS - Nov. 15 (note location change)
 
The updated dates and locations are also on the flyer downloadable here.  There is one in each region of the District. While club presidents and Interact coordinators will be invited directly, it is also important that our District leaders have an opportunity to experience the joy of Interact firsthand. It is also a chance to lead by example - to show these young people that we do indeed believe in them and are committed to supporting them in their efforts.
 
 
Upcoming InteractCafe Schedule Change Keith Harris 2023-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peabody Hosting Veterans Walk Nov. 11 

Posted by Herb Harris on Nov 01, 2023
The Rotary Club of Peabody will hold a Walk For Veterans immediately following the Veterans Day ceremonies at City Hall on Saturday, November 11. At the end of the short walk, Rotarians will spend the afternoon cleaning the area around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the monument itself, at Courthouse Plaza. In the spirit of Rotary's motto “Service Above Self,” we are indebted to those who served for us. Rotarians will assist those veterans who are in wheelchairs.

Members of the District 7930 community are encouraged to join Rotary on the walk. We also ask that donations to the Peabody Veterans Department be made at peabodyrotarytaste.com. In the message area, please enter “Veterans Walk.”  Additionally, we ask that our fellow Rotarians spend some time that afternoon (and every day) assisting veterans by doing chores around their homes, running errands or just keeping them company. 
Rotary Peabody Hosting Veterans Walk Nov. 11 Herb Harris 2023-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Proclamation from Gov. Healey

Posted by Rosie Segil on Oct 30, 2023
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! A proclamation from Governor Maura Healey's office announcing the good news: October 24 is World Polio Day! Marblehead Rotary's Linda Sullivan, the chair of our club's End Polio Now campaign, successfully lobbied the governor's office to declare October 24 as World Polio Day - affirming our district's and the state's Rotary clubs' commitment to keep the promise alive in eradicating Polio. The proclamation: 
 
Proclamation from Gov. Healey Rosie Segil 2023-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Rotary Presents PHF Certificates

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Oct 30, 2023
The Rotary Club of Chelsea recently had a special dinner to celebrate the offficers and directors for the 2023-2024 Rotary Year. At the dinner the Rotary Club presented PHF certificates and pins to seven new PHFs. The new PHFs are Joan Cromwell, Stacey Gurska, Amanda Alpert, Gail Mauch, June Vinard, Kathy Webber and Marilyn Garcia. A PHF pin and certificate will be presented to Helen Zucco at a future Rotary meeting as she was not able to attend the dinner. 
Chelsea Rotary Presents PHF Certificates Douglas Mauch 2023-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Beverly North of 40 Turkey Raffle

Posted by Brian Murphy on Oct 27, 2023
The Beverly Rotary Club presents its famous North of Forty Turkey Raffle … and the Gizzard of Oz promo video. You can purchase a ticket for $20 and you might win a 40 lb. turkey!!!
 
The dressed, locally grown 40 pounds plus turkey will be delivered to the winner's home three days before Thanksgiving with an industrial-sized roasting pan, which will be engraved with the winner's name.
 
The drawing will be held on Thursday, November 9. You do not have to be present to win.  You can purchase tickets for $20 each by contacting Brian Murphy at 978-927-8689 or moiph@comcast.net or by paying online at this link. A copy of your ticket stub will be sent to you via email.
 
For a good laugh view our video to promote the raffle by clicking here.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!
Beverly North of 40 Turkey Raffle Brian Murphy 2023-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Parkway Rotary Sponsoring Blood Drive

Posted by Raymond Fitzgerald on Oct 26, 2023
We need your blood! Well actually only a pint of it. As everyone knows their is a blood donation shortage in the Boston area so we are sponsoring a blood drive in conjunction with the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital) on November 28th from 11 AM to 5:30 PM at the Edelweiss Village on 2220 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132. Appointments can be done by logging on to this link.
 
Download flyer here.
Parkway Rotary Sponsoring Blood Drive Raymond Fitzgerald 2023-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

Peace Corps and Rotary:  Partnering for Peace

Posted by Ann Witzig on Oct 25, 2023
If you missed any of the Rotary - Peace Corps week session, their videos are now posted at our PFP YouTube Channel.
 
Here are the topics:
 
1. Peace through Service, Action, and Diversity
2. Partnering for Peace: How to Make Our Connections Work
3. Partnering for Peace: Connecting Rotary clubs in country with Peace Corps Post
4. Successful Examples of Joint Rotary Peace Corps Project
5. Rotary + Peace Corps = Global Force for Peace
 
 
Hope you'll find them inspiring,
Fred Cowan
PFP WEEK Committee Chair 
Peace Corps and Rotary: Partnering for Peace Ann Witzig 2023-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Re-Commits to Fight to End Polio

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Oct 25, 2023
October 24th marked World Polio Day, a day to recognize the 35-year fight to end polio world-wide. This year, the Wakefield Rotary Club re-committed to helping eradicate the disease after raising thousands of dollars over the past ten years by raising awareness and education through a press and social media campaign.

The campaign includes using articles, letters, hashtags and social media clips from EndPolio resources. 
Wakefield Re-Commits to Fight to End Polio Amy Luckiewicz 2023-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Women Meet Up for Business

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Oct 24, 2023
Recently, six Wakefield Rotarians, one Lynnfield Rotarian and a prospective member met up for the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Luncheon at the Quannapowitt Yacht Club. October's guest speakers were three of the Wakefield Police Department's female officers: Officer Kelly Tobyne, Officer Meaghan Roberto, and Officer Micayla Botelho. The women spoke about their different roles in the department and what it is like being a police officer.

Pictured left to right are Suzanne Bowering (Wakefield Rotary), Officer Roberto, Officer Tobyne, Officer Botelho, Janice Casoli (Lynnfield Rotary), Barbara Worley (Wakefield Rotary), Amy Luckiewicz (Wakefield Rotary), Joie Gerrish (Wakefield Rotary), and prospective member Patricia Birchem. Missing from photo was Kathy Boyle (Wakefield Rotary). 
Rotarian Women Meet Up for Business Amy Luckiewicz 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Lexington's Annual Senior BBQs

Posted by Yanira C. Burgos on Oct 24, 2023
Rotary Club members participated in an annual tradition, holding BBQs at the three senior living communities in Lexington. 
Lexington's Annual Senior BBQs Yanira C. Burgos 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Promoting Rotary

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Oct 24, 2023
President Matt Wigton got Club members to stand at Five Corners in the early morning and promote joining the Rotary Club of Rockport! 
Promoting Rotary Ingrid Brown 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Interact Leadership Camp

Posted by Bob Wickes on Oct 24, 2023
Recently, four leaders of Ipswich High School Interact took the reins of our weekly Ipswich-Rowley club meeting. In addition to collecting Happy Bucks, making announcements, and coordinating our weekly celebrations, the officers used PowerPoint to update us on their second annual summer camping retreat at Green Meadow Campground in Glen, NH. The event is designed to energize and organize the leadership team for the coming year. 
 
Dubbed ‘Leadership in the Woods’, the chaperoned event lets 13 Board members step outside their comfort zones to plan and budget meals and gear, organize fun activities, and share event duties. Following a fun filled hike on nearby Black Cat Mountain, a guest speaker from RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) introduced a learning and organizing game that uses a color test to help identify personal leadership styes. The group then separated according to their dominant color: red (fiery) do more, blue (cool) do it right, green (earth) do it fairly, and yellow (sunshine) do it together. Each group picked 5 or 6 goals from the Interact Presidential Citation list. 
 
Ipswich Interact Leadership Camp Bob Wickes 2023-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Stoneham Golf Ball Drop

Posted by David Gardner on Oct 22, 2023
Stoneham Rotary 50/50 Raffle Golf Ball Drop on October 24 at 1 pm
 
Help us help graduating seniors; you could win up to $2,500. Scan either of the QR Codes or visit stonehamrotaryclub.org and click on Order Tickets in the story about the Golf Ball Drop. You will know by next Tuesday whether you are the lucky winner. In any case, an exceptional student will receive a scholarship to help them in their first year of college.
Stoneham Golf Ball Drop David Gardner 2023-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Luncheon

Posted by Rosie Segil on Oct 22, 2023
Shower us purple, aubergine, lavender, mauve, violet! October 24 is World Polio Day, Marblehead Rotary kickstarted their fundraising event last week with inspired purple everything: pinkie stamps, piggy banks, petals, crocuses, boas, and M&Ms!
 
Marblehead Rotary plans to continue fundraising for polio throughout the year with weekly banking coins on our purple piggy bank, selling purple flower of the season, and joining with Marblehead Interact clubs for various projects to fundraise for polio. 
World Polio Day Luncheon Rosie Segil 2023-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Happy Halloween from Rockport Rotary

Posted by Matt Wigton on Oct 20, 2023
Rockport Rotarians dressed for the season at our lunch meeting on October 19. A more motley crew, you will not find. 
Happy Halloween from Rockport Rotary Matt Wigton 2023-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Chelsea

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Oct 19, 2023
The Rotary Club of Chelsea celebrated Hispanic Heritage at a recent meeting. The guest speaker for the meeting was Ramiro Torres known as the “freaking Puerto Rican” on his radio show GetUp Crew on HOT 96.9. Born in Everett, Massachusetts and one of the original young Latino influencers, Ramiro Torres has been the voice of morning radio for millions in Boston for over 20 years. Attending the meeting were several students from Chelsea High School and the newly appointed Chelsea City Manager Fidel Maltez.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Chelsea Douglas Mauch 2023-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

Join Us for World Polio Day, 10/24/2023

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Oct 16, 2023
In his World Polio Day message, Rotary International President R. Gordon R. McInnaly explains why we still need your support for our efforts to eradicate polio.
 
Want to learn exciting news and updates as Rotary seeks to cross the Finish Line to Ending Polio? Stay tuned for our District’s push Get Movin’ to End Polio to be held Monday, January 1, 2024 – Saturday February 3, 2024. Dust off your sneakers, shake the wrinkles out of your work-out outfits, and plan to join us at several fitness organizations – locations to be announced shortly, and let’s get this done!
 
And a reminder (and thank you) to our Polio Plus Society Charter Members – October is your re-up month to continue your pledge, so go online and continue your commitment to the children of the world.
 
We WILL make this happen!
 
Ingrid Brown, D7930 Polio Chair
Join Us for World Polio Day, 10/24/2023 Ingrid Brown 2023-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Newburyport's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Deborah Andrews on Oct 16, 2023
The Newburyport Rotary Club’s 100th Birthday Party was a rip-roaring, rocking good time, with lively conversation and dancing! Consistently rated one of the best show bands in New England, Decades by Dezyne’s uniquely engaging performance thrilled the audience. Many attendees were inspired to put their dancing shoes to good use.
 
Senator Bruce Tarr was introduced by Rotarian Louis Rubenfeld. The Senator offered Co-Presidents Nikki Misenheimer and Kimberly Bohlen, and Immediate Past President, Dan Hartman, an official Senate Resolution commending the good works and social aspects of Newburyport Rotary.
 
Speakers were fabulous and funny! Rotary Foundation Chair Liz Cullen regaled us with the history of Rotary, including some hysterical historical club shenanigans. Past President Claudia Harris introduced Foundation Chair Liz Cullen. Liz and Presidents Nikki and Kim presented Paul Harris Fellow pins to President-elect Lisa Darke and to Jill Moran, Newburyport HS Interact Advisor. Jan Lorrey Flowers’ Rotary blue and gold centerpieces were gorgeous. Of course the Blue Ocean Event Center food and service were amazing, along with the view. It was a fitting way to celebrate Newburyport Rotary’s 100 years!
 
Newburyport's 100th Anniversary Celebration Deborah Andrews 2023-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

InteractCafes Coming to Your Area

Posted by Keith Harris on Oct 15, 2023
The District Interact Council is pleased to invite you to join us for one of our exciting InteractCafes this fall. Student run, these great events are designed to support our Interact clubs and educate Rotarians about their critical support role.
 
There will be 4 events.
Stoneham HS - Oct. 18
Ipswich HS - Nov. 1
Andover HS - Nov. 8
Burlington HS - Nov. 15 (note Burlington date change)
 
The dates and locations are also on the flyer downloadable here.  There is one in each region of the District. While club presidents and Interact coordinators will be invited directly, it is also important that our District leaders have an opportunity to experience the joy of Interact firsthand. It is also a chance to lead by example - to show these young people that we do indeed believe in them and are committed to supporting them in their efforts.
 
InteractCafes Coming to Your Area Keith Harris 2023-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

Public Image Through Social Media

Posted by Tim Kelley on Oct 14, 2023
Promote your Rotary’s Public Image.  A strong and vibrant Public Image is one of 2 proven key tactics for successful and growing clubs -- the other is a large number of service projects.  Effective Public Image helps expand your reach and artfully tell compelling stories that demonstrate Rotarians as people of action.   The Public Image Committee’s role is to help clubs to have a robust media and social media strategy, an up-to-date website and an engaging online presence in their local communities.
 
We suggest all clubs engage on social media to boost your Public Image.  Social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, etc.) provide streamlined opportunity to get your stories out there.  The various platforms can provide a direct way to push your news to the public.  Here are some tips to think about.
 
How can my club boost our Public Image? 
 
Public Image Through Social Media Tim Kelley 2023-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Your District Leadership in the Zone

Posted by Tom Hankard on Oct 14, 2023
Recently at our Zone 28 and 32 Learning-to-Lead Training DGE Tom Hankard and DGN Pooja Singla, along with DG Lori Karas, Foundation Chair/PDG Joan Arsenault and PDG Terry Rezendes Curran engaged with Rotarians from around Canada, the United States, French Guyana, and Bermuda! 

DGN Pooja was enrolled in GNTS, Governor-Nominee Training Seminar and DGE took GETS, Governor-Elect Training Seminar, and graduated from official training.

Other sessions ranged from videotaping club and district events, DEI, membership, and public image There were many plenary speakers including a keynote address discussing being gay and a Rotarian from Rotarian Brian Rusch.
 
Your District Leadership in the Zone Tom Hankard 2023-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Reading's 100th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Tim Kelley on Oct 06, 2023
Reading Rotary has been serving the community of Reading for 100 years.  Rotary will hold a 100th Anniversary Celebration at Meadowbrook Golf Club on November 2 at 6:00.  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at www.readingmarotary.org or at this link by October 26.
 
President Sheila Clarke is delighted to announce that Reading Rotary will make a special Paul Harris Fellow presentation to Reading native General Jack Hammond, US Army Ret., Executive Director of Home Base.  Home Base is a national nonprofit dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class, direct clinical care, wellness, education and research – all at no cost to them – regardless of era of service, discharge status or geographical location.  Home Base organizes the  Run to Home Base – Red Sox Foundation event at Fenway Park.  President Clarke said, “Home Base provides amazing support to Veterans in need.  We are so happy to be able to honor General Hammond at our Gala.  His service and leadership are so inspirational.  You won’t want to miss it.”
 
Reading's 100th Anniversary Celebration Tim Kelley 2023-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

42nd Annual Fall Foliage Classic Road Race 

Posted by Bernie Creeden on Oct 05, 2023
The Rotary Club of TBM’s 42nd Annual Road Race will be held on Sunday, October 15th. The Race starts at 11:00 am . There are certified 5k and 5 mile courses through the beautiful foliage of the quintessential New England Topsfield course. The races begin and end at the Proctor School, 60 Main Street, Topsfield. Registration is open online and in person the day of the race. Proceeds will benefit local food pantries and other TBM projects. 
 
 
42nd Annual Fall Foliage Classic Road Race Bernie Creeden 2023-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

Boo to You, Too!

Posted by Andy Maddox on Oct 05, 2023
Happy Halloween from Rotary Youth Exchange student Lila and her counselor PDG Ingrid Brown! Lila is visiting from France and is off to a great year in Rockport. 
Boo to You, Too! Andy Maddox 2023-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Welcomes New Member Joie Gerrish

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Oct 04, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club is pleased to announce its newest member, Joie Gerrish. Gerrish was recently installed into the club earlier this season by her sponsor, Past President Barbara Worley.

Gerrish said, “I was encouraged to join Rotary by a friend and fellow Rotarian. I volunteered to help at Rotary's Build-a-Bed Project. The positive vibes of this group's energy as they strive and work to support projects like this and many others is the catalyst that helped make my decision to accept their invitation to join them.”

Gerrish has lived in Wakefield her entire life, attending Wakefield Public Schools. She has served as a Wakefield Adult Mentor (WAM) since 2002 as a “Big Sister.” Currently, Gerrish serves as the President of the Wakefield Alliance Against Violence (WAAV) and has been a volunteer since 2008. Wakefield Rotary Club President Glen Duffy commented, “Joie has a proven record of volunteering and commitment to the community. She already has jumped right into projects that impact Wakefield and beyond.” 
 
Pictured here are Past President Bob Kimball, Joie Gerrish, and Past President Barbara Worley.
Wakefield Welcomes New Member Joie Gerrish Amy Luckiewicz 2023-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You from The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Oct 02, 2023
Dear Rotary Foundation supporters and partners:
 
In 2022-23, OUR Rotary Foundation (unaudited numbers*):
 
• Awarded 1,098 global grants totaling US $68,681,428.*
• Provided 473 district block grants totaling US $27,877,138.*
• Dispersed US $14,788,668 in Disaster Response grants.*
• Trained 100 new Rotary Peace Fellows at Centers around the world and announced the formation of a new Peace Center in Turkey.
• Announced the third Program of Scale Grant, United to End Cervical Cancer in Egypt.
• Estimated that the number of people walking due to the polio eradication efforts of Rotary International and its partners reached 20 million.
 
YOUR significant support of OUR Rotary Foundation helped make all this possible. We wish to thank you for your continued generosity and choosing OUR Rotary Foundation as one of your philanthropies of choice! Contact Joan Arsenault to arrange for a talk at your club on The Rotary Foundation.
Thank You from The Rotary Foundation Joan Arsenault 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Wellness in a Box -- Mental Health Toolkit

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Oct 02, 2023
While at the Zone Learning to Lead Conference in Toronto, I met a District Governor from D6380 who told me about a mental health toolkit developed by Rotary Action Group (RAG) on Mental Health Initiatives for school or youth group leaders. This toolkit is a train-the-trainer resource for ages 12 and older plus a framework for referrals and increasing providers. The primary resource is the Boston's Children's Hospital 'Break Free From Depression' (BFFD). 
 
Visits these areas for more information:
 
 
 
 
Wellness in a Box -- Mental Health Toolkit Joan Arsenault 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Stoneham Rotary's Kindergarten Book Project

It is with great pleasure that the Stoneham Rotary Club reports on its extremely successful literacy project for Stoneham Kindergarten students. Through a generous donation from Stoneham Ford, the club purchased three titles focused on the experiences new students have in their first days going to school through Book Oasis, our local bookstore.

Eighty-six books of each title were delivered to three different schools, including South School, Colonial Park School, and the Robin Hood School. Each school received one title, and when the students complete their title, the books will rotate to the next school until all three books have been read.

When the books have been fully circulated, a portion of the three titles will be distributed to each school and to the public library. The books have all had bookplates placed so future students will know that the Rotary Club of Stoneham is an advocate for learning to read and we hope that this project becomes an annual program. Over 100 students will have the opportunity to read each of these selected titles.

The response was amazing as seen in the photographs and we hope it builds their interest in reading and ultimately has a positive impact on their reading enjoyment and ability.

Thanks to Craig Celli for his collaboration with the teachers, getting the books ordered, and distributing them to each of the schools with Club President Rosanna Rodriguez.

Stoneham Rotary's Kindergarten Book Project David Gardner 2023-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Share Your Rotary Stories

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Sep 29, 2023
Has your club recently hosted an event or project or are you planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow District 7930 Rotarians?
 
The weekly eBulletin depends on the content provided by clubs, so please submit your stories and we will publish them on the district website and in the next eBulletin. Stories that showcase your club or event should be submitted via the website portal at this link.
 
The deadline for submitting items for the weekly District 7930 eBulletin is Friday morning in order to be included in the following Monday's edition.  If the eBulletin being prepared is getting to be too long and the story submitted is not time-sensitive, we may choose to delay including it until the following week.
 
For some guidelines on creating stories, please read more!
 
 
Share Your Rotary Stories Tracy Arabian 2023-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Swampscott Rotary's Cahill 5K

Posted by Diane O'Brien on Sep 29, 2023
Lace up your running shoes and join Swampscott Rotary for the Cahill 5K and 1-Mile Walk, a community event aimed at honoring the memory of Danny Cahill.  The event will support two causes dear to his heart: the Danny Cahill Rotary Scholarship and the Anchor Food Pantry.

The race is scheduled for October 22nd, 2023, at the picturesque Linscott Park in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Registration and sign-in will begin at 7:30 AM, with the race officially commencing at 9:00 AM.

Danny Cahill, a lifelong resident of Swampscott, was not only a dedicated member of this community but also someone who embodied the Rotary motto "Service Above Self." He lived his life with a passion for helping others and making a difference in the lives of those around him.
 
Swampscott Rotary's Cahill 5K Diane O'Brien 2023-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail Project 

Posted by Sandford Carlisle on Sep 27, 2023
Creating successful and sustainable eco-tourism and micro enterprise among extremely poor mountain villages. Build on proven initiatives started in eastern and other parts of Nepal over the past 20+ years, harnesses a proven Appreciative Planning and Action (APA) development methodology along Nepal’s 1000 mile Great Himalaya Trail (GHT)—spanning East to West Nepal.
 
This Economic Development International Project, supported by District 7930 and Amesbury Rotary, is being managed by Amesbury Rotarians Malcolm (Mac) Odell, Mark Bean, and Sandy Carlisle, who would love to present this project to your Rotary Club with an awesome PowerPoint presentation. The Great Himalaya Trail Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt NH corporation. To learn more about the project please click on this link.
 
Please contact Mac Odell via email malcom.j.odell@gmail.com, or to talk or text at 603-770-6006 to set up a date that fits your club’s program schedule. 
Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail Project Sandford Carlisle 2023-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Winchester Interact Kickoff

Posted by Kurt Heisler on Sep 26, 2023
The Winchester High School Interact club has started the school year by recruiting over 60 new members. The leadership team has a full year of activities planned. Including the upcoming Interact Cafe and volunteering at the Rotary Club's Rise Against Hunger meal packing on September 28th, where the club and community will pack over 10,000 meals. 
 
Register here for the September 28th meal packing event.
Winchester Interact Kickoff Kurt Heisler 2023-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Hosts Musical Fundraiser

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Sep 26, 2023
Please join us on Saturday, October 21st for this fun night of Irish American music, dinner, raffles and silent auction items. This Fundraiser will help Woburn Rotary fund service projects throughout the year including CSC Food Pantry, Woburn Veterans, Fire Safety House, Smoke/CO Detectors for seniors and more. 
 
For details download flyer here.
Woburn Hosts Musical Fundraiser Brian Ouellette 2023-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

Sun Shines on Lynnfield Golf Tourney

Posted by Jack Moynihan on Sep 26, 2023
The weather was a fitting compliment to 48 enthusiastic registrants who teed it up for the Annual Lynnfield Rotary Golf Tournament at Reedy Meadow Golf Course on Friday September 22. The Golf Committee lead by Committee Chairman, Tom Adamczyk, exceeded all expectations to make this a memorable event.

Although the wind kept safe the Hole in One $5000 prize on the 9th hole, it didn’t prevent the A. A. Dority Team, from taking first place once again with a score of 57.  Congratulations to their team of Phil Crawford, Allen Schweitzer, Paul DeVincenzo, Phil Anderson.

They were followed by 2nd place finisher - Ironside Financial Team with a score of 59. Their team consisted of Steve Riley, Vanessa Riley, Chuck Cotting & Christine Cataldo.   In 3rd place was Lynnfield Psychological Team with a score of 60.  Duffers Tom Adamczyk, Gil Stringer, Mark Braga, & Tony Carangelo rounded out their team.
 
Sun Shines on Lynnfield Golf Tourney Jack Moynihan 2023-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

National Recovery Month

Posted by Becca Harris on Sep 25, 2023
Hello, my name is Becca Harris and I am a proud member of Arlington Rotary, District Registrar, and a member of the recovery community. I am grateful for the support of family, friends, and especially my rotary family. September is National Recovery Month and I think it is very important to raise awareness surrounding mental health, addiction education and recovery. 
 
Did you know?????
• 6.34% of youth and 15.35% of adults in the U.S. reported a substance use disorder in the past year. 
• 11.2% of overdose deaths are aged 15 to -24 years old. 
• The rate of substance use and related overdose deaths have increased exponentially during the pandemic 
 
Ways your club can help!
National Recovery Month Becca Harris 2023-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Partnering with Other Orgs Yields Greater Impact

Posted by Linda Doliber on Sep 25, 2023
The rain gods held off on September 23, enabling members of the Marblehead Harbor Rotary to volunteer with SPUR and Sustainable Marblehead for an area beach and parks cleanup. The Marblehead Harbor contingent was assigned a woodland trail area with adjoining harbor side conservation land; and they collected a variety of items, including the usual empty cigarette boxes, nip bottles, paper and plastic bags, metal pieces and even one sneaker! 
 
We have found that partnering with local service organizations on volunteer projects improves our impact in the community.
 
Pictured left to right are Francie King, Bob Erbetta, Judy Gates, and Marblehead harbor Rotary Co-president Linda Doliber.
Partnering with Other Orgs Yields Greater Impact Linda Doliber 2023-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Environmental Committee Meeting

Posted by Andrea Lacroix on Sep 22, 2023
Join us for our next committee meeting, September 27 at 7pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 6083 1674
Passcode: 100600

We want to hear from you and what projects you are interested in. With so many ways to support the environment, let's discuss the ONE thing most important to you. 
 
For questions, contact Andrea Lacroix.
Environmental Committee Meeting Andrea Lacroix 2023-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

Assistant Governers and Presidents Meeting

Posted by David J Gardner on Sep 18, 2023
On September 12th, the Club Presidents were invited to attend the first-ever combined meeting with the Assistant Governors. DG Lori has made a commitment to keep the Presidents connected throughout the year and her suggestion was to invite them to attend a combined meeting four times a year with the AG's and other district leaders. The goal is to have them share their successes and their struggles with each other and the team that is here to serve them.
 
There was a great exchange of ideas from our 24 Club Presidents and the majority of Assistant Governors who attended the one-hour meeting. Many ideas to support membership, enhance public image, and focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion were shared and it is obvious that our district is in good hands with our Club Presidents.
 
The transcript of the meeting and the presentation were emailed to the entire Presidential class and the district leaders who are ready to provide any assistance the clubs need.
 
Future meeting topics will be assessed via a survey and those ideas or concerns will be the agenda for the next meeting scheduled for December.
 
In the meantime, Create Hope in the World!
Assistant Governers and Presidents Meeting David J Gardner 2023-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Water Conservations:  A Plan for Rotarians

Posted by Ann Witzig on Sep 18, 2023
Rotarians are people of ACTION!

The Problem -- Making sure there is enough clean, plentiful water to support wildlife, homes, and businesses on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Did you know that the Ipswich River provides drinking water for 14 communities and more than 350,000 people?

The Solution -- Water conservation in all of our communities.

Rotarians - Here’s our three-step ACTION PLAN for water conservation plan. Help us by inviting either Ann Witzig (aswitzig@gmail.com) or Joan Arsenault (joan@massteximaging.com) to speak at your next meeting!
Water Conservations: A Plan for Rotarians Ann Witzig 2023-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Rotary Hosting Cornhole Tournament

Posted by William Reilly on Sep 18, 2023
Lynn Rotary will be having the 2nd Annual Cornhole Scholarship Fundraising event on October 1st.

If you can’t attend, donations to the Scholarship fund will be greatly appreciated. Any Lynn resident who is a senior is welcome to apply for a scholarship in the spring of 2024.

We would love to have you attend the event. Hopefully we will have a showdown between the Fire Chief and the Police Chief for all the marbles!

Donations may be sent to: P O Box 8100, Lynn MA, 01904. Checks payable to Lynn Rotary Charitable Corp. However, we would like to have you and your friends at another great event.
 
Lynn Rotary Hosting Cornhole Tournament William Reilly 2023-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Celebrates Susan Hartmere

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Sep 18, 2023
The Rotary Club of Woburn recently celebrated Susan Hartmere's 30 years of Rotary service. Susan joined Rotary in 1992 and became the first woman to be president of the Woburn Club in 1996. She was also president again in 2018. Susan, a Paul Harris Fellow, was presented with a commemorative clock by current president Brian Ouellette with a plaque that reads, "Susan Hartmere: Thank you for 30 years of Rotary Club of Woburn service. You represent a true example of "Service Above Self."
Woburn Celebrates Susan Hartmere Brian Ouellette 2023-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

The Things a District Governor will do to Raise $$ for the Rotary Foundation!

Posted by Andy Maddox on Sep 16, 2023
On Friday, September 29th at the Zone Learning to Lead training in Toronto, Lori Karas, our District Governor, will Bounce for the Foundation!

This event raises money for the Rotary Foundation and supports the good work we do locally and around the globe. Help Lori raise the $1,000 needed to register and participate. You can donate by clicking here. 

Of course, every donation to the Rotary Foundation is tax deductible and, if you're a Rotarian, will earn you Paul Harris points.
The Things a District Governor will do to Raise $$ for the Rotary Foundation! Andy Maddox 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Wilmington Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Chris Neville on Sep 13, 2023
Thank you to all who participated and or contributed to our successful Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 26 and the subsequent Ice Bucket #2 last week at the High School when the Football Team and both the girls and boys Soccer teams were able to participate. 

Shout-outs also go out to the Boys and Girl's Cross Country and Girl's Field Hockey Teams who joined us on August 26th along with Legacy Dance Studio and many of our local families, the Lydon family, past supporters and local residents.  The participation of the athletic teams really make this a fun and entertaining experience. 
 
Thanks to Mike Burns, for his continued involvement and organization, the High School Interact Club, the High School Custodial staff, our ice humpers, George Hooper, Jim Fennelly and Greg Sadowski, and the Fire Department for their assistance. Special thanks to Tom Pazyra for taping and editing the programs. Two short You Tube videos here should bring a smile to your face.  Video 1Video 2.
 
Wilmington Ice Bucket Challenge Chris Neville 2023-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Artists Needed for Cambridge's Chalk on the Walk

Posted by Karen Saltiel on Sep 12, 2023
Chalk on the Walk is The Rotary Club of Cambridge’s Annual Fundraiser. It is the Harvard Square version of an Italian street painting festival. The event is at Harvard Square's Oktoberfest on October 8th.
 
We are looking for artists to do a chalk street drawing. Participation is FREE. Families, kids individuals or teams can participate. It's about having fun.  All talent levels are enthusiastically welcomed!
 
Download Artist Participation Form here.  Download event flyer here.
Artists Needed for Cambridge's Chalk on the Walk Karen Saltiel 2023-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Winchester Rotary's Annual Golf Tournament Kurt Heisler 2023-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Celebrates 100 Years with Playground Project 

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Sep 12, 2023
The Rotary Club of Gloucester has a long history of supporting and maintaining the playground at Stage Fort Park. In 2005, we celebrated the Rotary International Centennial Anniversary by rebuilding the children's park. In 2023, for our centennial anniversary, we have entered phase 2 of the project--at a cost of $200,000!
 
For more information, visit Gloucester's 100th Anniversary Project page
Gloucester Celebrates 100 Years with Playground Project Tracy Arabian 2023-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

World Mental Health Day Live Webinar

Posted by David Hart on Sep 11, 2023
Join us for a World Mental Health Day Live Webinar hosted by Zones 28 & 32,
October 10, 2023, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Zoom.
 
Panelists include RI President Gordon McInally, Zone 28 & 32 Director Drew Kessler as well as other mental health experts.
 
Discussions & Insights:
State of mental health in US and Canada;
How Rotarians can become engaged in addressing mental health;
Practical strategies for Districts and Clubs to reduce stigma;
Opportunities to raise awareness of mental illness and substance abuse disorder;
The importance of self-care and self-awareness, even as a busy Rotary leader.
 
Register early as space is limited.  Register for the webinar at this link.  Download event flyer here.  Visit our Rotary Zone website here.
World Mental Health Day Live Webinar David Hart 2023-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Explore Rotary in Singapore!

Posted by Tom Hankard on Sep 08, 2023
Experience the beauty of Southeast Asia along with connecting with Rotarians the world over at RI's 2024 International Convention in Singapore!

Promotional "Early Bird" pricing for the convention, which takes place 25-29 May 2024 ends on 15 December 2023!

Visit rotary.org for more information. 
Explore Rotary in Singapore! Tom Hankard 2023-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

DG Inducts 3 Members in Marblehead Harbor

Posted by Linda Doliber on Sep 08, 2023
The Marblehead Harbor Rotary welcomed District Governor Lori Karas to its September 5 meeting for her official visit. In addition to bringing her enthusiasm and passion for “Creating Hope In The World” to the Harbor Rotary, DG Lori honored the club by inducting two new active members, Amy Hart, Vice-President of Lending at Marblehead Bank and Lesley Tracy, Owner of Changing Behaviors Consulting, plus a new service member, Elaine Leahy, President of Sustainable Marblehead.
 
The Marblehead Harbor Rotary meets Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant St., Marblehead.  Visiting and prospective Rotarians are welcomed. See www.rotaryclubofmheadharbor.org 
 
Pictured here are Co-President Linda Doliber, District Governor Lori Karas, Lesley Tracy, Amy Hart and Elaine Leahy.
 
DG Inducts 3 Members in Marblehead Harbor Linda Doliber 2023-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Donation Honors Member’s Mother 

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Sep 05, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club has made a $1,000 contribution to the Wakefield Youth Action Team’s Amigos program. Amigos, due to launch this semester, is a mentoring program between English Language Learners (ELL) at the Galvin Middle School and older students at Wakefield Memorial High School. The program seeks to help facilitate connections between ELL students and the broader Wakefield community through forging connections, field trips, and social events.

$500 was donated from Club funds and an additional $500 was donated by Past President Barbara Worley in honor of her mother.
 
Wakefield Donation Honors Member’s Mother Amy Luckiewicz 2023-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Mental Health Bench Project Now OPEN for Application

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Sep 01, 2023
DG Lori has set aside DDF funds to support a district wide initiate to improve mental health.  This grant opportunity is to purchase "Buddy Bench/Happy to Chat Benches" to help decrease loneliness and supports well-being in children and adults.
 
A buddy bench or friendship bench is a seat in a school playground or area where a child can go when they want someone to talk to.  "Happy to Chat" benches encourage people to start conversations and talk to each other, rather than being isolated and sometimes lonely.
 
DG Lori has set aside $10,000 in matching funds for any club wishing to participate in this district managed grant.  The cost of a bench is $1000.  Just like any district grant, the club would put forth the initial $1000 and once the grant is complete, the club will receive $500 in reimbursement from District Designated Funds or DDF. 
 
There are 20 benches available to district clubs on a first come first serve basis.  Deadline to apply is OCTOBER 1th.  One bench per club will be reimbursed.  You can order either a Happy to Chat Bench or a Buddy Bench.  Happy to Chat Benches are appropriate for libraries or other public places and Buddy Benches are for schools.  If your club wishes to order more than one bench, that is ok, however only one bench will receive $500.00 in reimbursement from the grant and you will be responsible for the shipping costs. 
 
Mental Health Bench Project Now OPEN for Application Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield's One-and-One School Supply Drive

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Aug 29, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club recently completed its One-and-One School Supply Drive to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield and a school in the Dominican Republic.

This summer, the community was asked to donate two school supply items, one to be kept locally and one to be donated internationally. Wakefield Rotary Club Secretary Suzanne Bowering reported that approximately 230 pounds of school supplies were collected in total including over 250 packs of crayons, 36 reams of paper, 288 notebooks, hundreds of pencils and more.

School supplies were then divided up, with half of them packed into two suitcases headed to Caribbean. “We had planned on hand-carrying two suitcases to the Dominican Republic and filling them to the brim. We hit that goal,” Bowering said. Shortly after the pack up, the Boys & Girls Club supplies were delivered by Rotarian Anthony Guardia to the club. Bowering and Rotarian Amy Luckiewicz brought the two suitcases of supplies to the Dominican Republic and handed them off to a local contact. The Dominican school children will return to school in the next week and the items will be delivered to the teachers. 
Wakefield's One-and-One School Supply Drive Amy Luckiewicz 2023-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians, What's Your Water Use?

Posted by Ann Witzig on Aug 29, 2023
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON DO I FILL OUT A SURVEY!
 
Please help us gather this information for our Global Grant – Saving the Ipswich River & Watersheds: The Lifeblood of Our Communities. 
 
WHAT'S YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT?  If 40 gals/person/day, then SUPER!!
 
1. Not SURE? Then use this WATER CALCULATOR 
 
2. Next, either PRINT your answers, or fill out this attached cheat sheet.
 
3. Then, take our WATERUSE Survey here.
 
4. VIEW YOUR DATA here on a DASHBOARD
Rotarians, What's Your Water Use? Ann Witzig 2023-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

District Committee Showcase Webinar

Posted by Pooja Singla on Aug 28, 2023
Rotary only runs on the strength of our volunteers.  Our group of District volunteers always can use new blood with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
 
Please join us for on Sept. 14, at 6:30 pm for a webinar featuring Chairs from our District Committees.  You will learn about the important work each group does and be able to ask questions of the Committee Chairs.  You will have the opportunity to see what they do and whether you may be suited to join one.
 
The following Committees will participate: 
 
DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
Membership
Foundation
Public Image
Environmental
Assistant Governors
 
Also, calling Club Past Presidents to learn more about the role of Assistant Governor. 
 
Register here.  You'll get the Zoom link after you sign up.
 
 
 
 
District Committee Showcase Webinar Pooja Singla 2023-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Lynnfield Hosts DG Lori Karas

Posted by Jack Moynihan on Aug 28, 2023
Co-President of Lynnfield Rotary, Christine Travers welcomed Lori Karas the new Rotary 7930 District Governor to the recent Thursday member luncheon meeting.  After her introduction, Lori outlined her plans for the Rotary 2023-2024 year.   She echoed the theme of RI President Gordon R. McInally, which is Create Hope in the World.  This year Lori’s focus will be on Mental Health and Well Being.  Lori stated: “Lending an ear to friends” can be more than superficial.  One concrete example that she hopes will encourage dialogue is having local Rotary organizations sponsor “Let’s Chat Benches or Buddy Benches” that will be placed in public areas. The aim of the benches is to reduce isolation by fostering safe areas for friendly one on one conversation.  She is asking that local area clubs engage in a partnership to help meet the challenge of Mental Health and Well Being. 
 
She went on to invite member participation in District events that will highlight how Rotary can participate in Mental Health and Well-Being activities.  She ended her remarks by briefly summarizing a calendar of events that will feature Rotary’s continued commitment to ending Polio and Rotary’s ever-present interest in fostering world peace.
 
Lynnfield Hosts DG Lori Karas Jack Moynihan 2023-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

New Marblehead President Don Dowling

Posted on Aug 27, 2023
Meet Don Dowling, the newly installed president of Marblehead Rotary.  A fun-loving, hardworking, no-nonsense father of two, he brings fresh vitality to our club as one of our youngest members, spicing up our meetups and events with his infectious positive energy and winning attitude.  He has led our club to competitive sports events to raise funds for our signature projects.  A natural athlete, he was captain for many years of our yearly Polar Plunge to End Polio campaign.  He was the perennial crew leader in the duck-tape regatta race to benefit the clean water project in Burkina Faso and co-captain for our Marblehead team in the district softball championships.  Described as the point man and the "glue" in handling the complex logistics of our yearly scholarship fundraising project, the Lobstah Raffle, Don could be seen shuffling around town in his big truck, working tirelessly during the Fourth of July celebration.
 
 
New Marblehead President Don Dowling Rosie Segil 2023-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Mental Health District Managed Grant Opportunity

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Aug 25, 2023
RI President Gordon McInally has stated that mental health projects are deeply personal to him and has asked all to prioritize mental health projects in their district this year. Given this directive, DG Lori is launching a "Buddy Bench/Happy to Chat Bench" District wide grant opportunity that will help decrease loneliness and supports well-being in children and adults.

A buddy bench or friendship bench is a seat in a school playground or area where a child can go when they want someone to talk to.  "Happy to Chat" benches encourage people to start conversations and talk to each other, rather than being isolated and sometimes lonely.
 
If your club is interested in this District Managed Grant, email Joan Kelly Arsenault.
Mental Health District Managed Grant Opportunity Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Cornhole Challenge at Reading Fall Street Faire

Posted by Tim Kelley on Aug 24, 2023
All Rotary clubs in District 7930 are challenged to complete in the Cornhole Tournament Reading Fall Street Faire on September 10.  The RFSF is a Reading Rotary event.
 
Grab a friend to enjoy our new beer garden and entertainment during the best event in Reading!  Register here.
 
Bags Fly at 2 PM
$60 Per Team
Cash Prizes Top 2 Teams (but it's really about bragging rights)
Haven Street, Reading.
 
You can also order a custom cornhole board with your company or personal design to use during the event and take home and keep.  Contact Sheila Clarke for details.
 
There are still vendor and sponsor openings available.  Act now.  Click here for more information. 
 
We hope to see many Rotarians at the Faire!
 
 
Cornhole Challenge at Reading Fall Street Faire Tim Kelley 2023-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Table Talking to Save Our Water

Posted by Ann Witzig on Aug 24, 2023
JOIN US AT THE TABLE!

Definition: “Tabling” – District 7930 Rotarians and IRWA advocating for WATER CONSERVATION at our local Garden Centers, Street Fairs, and Town Festivals.

• Sunday, Sept 10: Reading Fall Street Faire (Tabling)
• Sunday, Sept 10: Wolf Hill Garden Center, Ipswich (Tabling)
• Saturday, Sept 16: Boxford Apple Festival (Tabling)
• Sunday, Sept 17: North Reading Town Day (Tabling)
• Sunday, Sept 24: Wolf Hill Garden Center, Ipswich (Tabling)
• Thurs. – Sat., Oct 5-7: Ipswich Illuminations (Tabling)
Hours – flexible, 2-hour shifts.

CONTACT: Ann Witzig (aswitzig@gmail.com) or Joan Arsenault, (joan@massteximaging.com) to volunteer!!  Download flyer here.
Table Talking to Save Our Water Ann Witzig 2023-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Winchester Supports Mission of Deeds

Posted by Kurt Heisler on Aug 21, 2023
The Winchester Rotary is a proud sponsor and volunteer at Mission of Deeds in Reading. One of our members was a founder of the organization which gives beds, furniture, and household items, free of charge, to people in need. They help people throughout Middlesex and Essex Counties.

David McIsaac, Executive Director of Mission of Deeds, recently spoke at our club to share all the good work the organization is providing. The Winchester club volunteers monthly to help clients pick up furniture and yearly donates over 100+ comforters and sheets during the holiday season.

Check out this great video here.
Winchester Supports Mission of Deeds Kurt Heisler 2023-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rockport's Outbound Student Arrives in Brazil

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Aug 21, 2023
Our Rockport Long Term Youth Exchange student, Aili Mattson has finally made it to Brazil. She will be spending the year in Pedeneiras which is in D4510 in the state of Sao Paolo in Brazil! 
 
Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to visit a different country - either for a few weeks in the summer or for an entire year of high school. Participating students live with host families in their target country for about 3-4 weeks in the summer (short-term program) or for about 3 1/2 months during the school year (the long-term program relies on three host families, each hosting the student for a third of the school year) under the sponsorship of a local Rotary Club.
 
For more information about District 7930's RYE Program, click here.
Rockport's Outbound Student Arrives in Brazil Ingrid Brown 2023-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Responds - Support the Maui Fires Relief Fund

Posted by Lori Karas on Aug 20, 2023
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.
As people of action, we can take immediate action. As we come together to recover and rebuild, we need to support each other. We need to Create Hope for Maui.
 
Please consider donating to this special fund: Maui Fires Relief Fund  
 
Rotary Responds - Support the Maui Fires Relief Fund Lori Karas 2023-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Speaker Eric Daniels, Funeral Director and Author 

Posted by William Reilly on Aug 20, 2023
On August 17, 2023, Eric Daniels spoke at a Lynn Rotary meeting about a book he and his daughter Jessica wrote about his longtime friend and mentor, Two Star General Bernard Loeffke (Ret.)  The book, published in 2018, is: Our General Our Friend, Lessons in Leadership, Friendship, and Service from a Master: Major General Bernard Loeffke (ret). In addition to being an author, Eric became a Funeral Director upon leaving the military.

Eric spoke about the General’s military record and how they met.  A 1957 graduate of West Point, he fought in and was wounded during the Vietnam War.  The General later served as the commanding general of U.S. Army South.  The General retired in 1992. During his career he was awarded four Silver Star Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and four Air Medals


 
Lynn Speaker Eric Daniels, Funeral Director and Author William Reilly 2023-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Maui Wildfire Relief

Posted by Alicia Reddin on Aug 18, 2023
August 9, 2023, was a tragic day for our fellow Rotarians, their families and friends on the Island of Maui. The fires across the island have changed lives forever. The Marblehead Harbor Rotary is sending our love and support to all of those impacted by the devastating wildfires.
 
As people of action, we are following suit with many others and taking immediate action. We need to Create Hope for Maui.
 
Through the Rotary District 5000 Foundation, a relief fund has been established. Foundation President Dave Hamil and Treasurer Sharon Amano will handle all donations.
 
A committee will be organized shortly to find the greatest needs for distribution of monies. A single fund will be the most helpful over time to provide the most significant benefits.
 
Please consider donating directly to this special fund, Maui Fire Relief Fund link.
 
From August 23 - September 23 the Marblehead Harbor Rotary will be donating all club "happy dollars" to the Maui Fire Relief Fund and encourages all who can, to also make a contribution, in any amount. 
 
Thank you for creating hope in the World.
 
Linda Doliber & Jessica Barnett
Marblehead Harbor Club Co-Presidents 
Rotary District 7930, Massachusetts, USA 
Maui Wildfire Relief Alicia Reddin 2023-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Medford Presents $12K in Scholarships

Posted by Anne Powers on Aug 15, 2023
Several City dignitaries including Mayor Briana Longo, Fire Chief John Freedman, and Acting Police Chief Covino attended a dinner and presentation by Medford Rotary of scholarship awards to high school seniors from Medford. The students and their parents attending included Alyssa Cassarino, Nailah Chowhury, Brendan Chrowley, Emma Gibbons, Zoe Kalaw and Grace Kallberg. The presenters included Past Presidents, Eric Ghewalla, Tony Giamberadino, and John Hackett, and current President Paul Bardaro. A great evening was had by all.

Mayor Longo urged the students to remember their hometown and to get involved at school to give back in some way. President Paul Bardaro said he would love to welcome the parents to become part of Medford Rotary and for the students to seek our Rotaract Club at their college. Good Luck in your freshman year! 
 
Medford Presents $12K in Scholarships Anne Powers 2023-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Make Rotary's Public Image a Priority

Posted by Tim Kelley on Aug 11, 2023
Help make Rotary's Public Image a priority!  A strong and vibrant Public Image is one of 2 proven key tactics for successful and growing clubs -- the other is a large number of service projects.  They go hand-in-hand.  Promote your service projects before and after the event.  Invite the public to participate.  During the event, use banners and signs to promote you as sponsors, and have club brochures or handouts available for participants and passersby.  Make sure you have a call to action so that they can communicate with you.
 
Always include a Call to Action in all of your promotions:  that is, what do you want people to do?  Send email?  Click on a web link?  Register for an event?  Learn more from an informational email address, your club's website or Facebook page, or a specific club member's contact information? 
 
Make Rotary's Public Image a Priority Tim Kelley 2023-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Announcing District Interact Council

Posted by Grace Brogan, Stoneham Interact Club on Aug 09, 2023
My name is Grace Brogan, I'm from Stoneham Interact Club and was recently given the title of District Interact Governor of 7930. Both Keith Harris and I have worked to create a District Interact Council for 7930.
 
The new District Interact Council of 7930 came together on August 6th for an important meeting in Stoneham. Inspiring ideas and conversations filled with motivation sprung up.  We began planning the Interact Cafes. With each new perspective, idea, and opinion, our spirits rose as we understood the future being set in motion. Governor Lori Karas made an appearance and shared with us her Rotary story. We were honored to hear about her values and goals and hope to continue working with Governor Lori in the future. The District Interact Council discussed its first service project, one of many more to come. Our ambition stems from and is centered around mental health, and everyone contributed in the planning. Our sole purpose is to enable growth within communities and between the people. We strive for a better future, so join hands with us!
Announcing District Interact Council Grace Brogan, Stoneham Interact Club 2023-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

Wildfire Lights Up Lynnfield Concert Finale 

Posted by Jack Moynihan on Aug 07, 2023
On July 26th from 6 -8pm, Wildfire served up a smorgasbord of tunes ranging from ABBA's Dancing Queen to Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA for an enthusiastic crowd on the final night of the Lynnfield Rotary Concert series. The talented vocalists of the group led the way with a wide-ranging repertoire of songs including Simply the Best by Tina Turner, Gloria by Laura Brannigan, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Giver Me Some Lovin’ by Richie Valens, Old Time Rock ‘n Roll by Bob Seger and many more, to the delight of the largest audience of the year.

The weather couldn’t have provided a better backdrop for Lynnfield Rotary's final Concert. The energy was exhilarating as young and old enjoyed the inviting evening atmosphere with family and friends.

Lynnfield High's Interact handled food and beverages and were so busy they asked that the food and beverage tables remain up until after the final song.

 
Wildfire Lights Up Lynnfield Concert Finale Jack Moynihan 2023-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Nominations

Posted by Lori Karas on Aug 06, 2023
Nominations for District Governor for 2026-2027 are being accepted starting August 6, 2023.  Deadline to submit nominations: Saturday, October 14, 2023.
 
This important individual leads and supports the clubs in the district by inspiring and motivating them to Do Good in the World!  All clubs are encouraged to propose suitable candidates who meet the qualifications to serve.  One of these requirements is that at the time of taking office, must have been a past president of a club, completed seven years of membership in one or more clubs, and to have attended governors-elect training seminar and International Assembly.  If you feel that your club has such a leader among your members please consider nominating them to help fulfill Rotary's ongoing missions.
 
The nomination form can be downloaded here.  In addition to the nomination form, please include a Rotary-focused resume of the candidate, as well as the candidate's vision statement of what they would like to accomplish for our district in their year as district governor. Completed nomination forms and the additional documents should be sent to DG Lori Karas at lori.karas@outlook.com.  
 
    District Governor Nominations Lori Karas 2023-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Foundation ABCs

    You are cordially invited to Zone 32's first workshop on Foundation Fundraising moderated by Annual Giving Officer Rebecca Silber and Major Gifts Officer Celeste Herbert. This session is open to District Leaders including AGs, District Foundation Chairs and Committee members, Club Leaders and Club Foundation Chairs or anyone who would like to learn more about the Foundation. 
     
    * Rotary Foundation ABCs: Advance Planning for Long Term Success
    August 8, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM EST
     
    Learn how data-informed goals can enhance your Rotary Foundation plans, to help your club/district achieve success with fundraising and Foundation engagement.  Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.
     
    Rotary Foundation ABCs Eileen Rau, Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator 2023-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynnfield Hosts Superintendent and Scholarship Winners 

    Posted by Jack Moynihan on Aug 05, 2023
    On July 27 Lynnfield Rotary had the honor of welcoming as speakers Kristen Vogel, Lynnfield’s new Superintendent of Schools, as well as Rotary Scholarship winners from last year and the award winners for this year.
     
    Ms. Vogel stressed her commitment to literacy, inclusion and competence for this coming year and throughout her tenure.  She is eager to add her imprint to the excellent school system that she has inherited.  During the Q&A period, she fielded questions about building suitability and adequacy for the future and the safety issues that would protect our children more effectively.
     
    Co- President Christine Travers thanked Ms. Vogel for coming and then introduced the Scholarship winners.  Evan Fair and Laura Lim were the Lynnfield High School scholarship winners for 2022. They returned to receive the balance of their $2000 award. 
     
    Lynnfield Hosts Superintendent and Scholarship Winners Jack Moynihan 2023-08-05 04:00:00Z 0

    Melrose Invites You to Come From Away

    Posted by Stephanie Nelson on Aug 04, 2023
    Join us August 31 at 6 pm for a viewing of Apple TV’s presentation of the hit musical Come From Away with keynote speaker Kevin Tuerff.
     
    Tickets required, available online through EventBrite, suggested donation $10.00 per ticket.
     
    GET TICKETS.  For additional information click here.  Melrose Rotary is a Silver Sponsor of this wonderful community event.
     
    On 9/11, 38 planes, carrying 7,000 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada when US airspace was shut down. Kevin Tuerff was one of those passengers. The kindness and compassion he experienced shaped his life’s purpose from that point forward. We are honored to have Kevin speak at our community viewing of Come From Away.
     
    In 2002, Kevin began an annual tradition to honor the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks, and also pay tribute to the heroes of Newfoundland, Canada, who showed the world their kindness in 2001. To learn more, visit Kevin’s website Pay It Forward 9.11.
    Melrose Invites You to Come From Away Stephanie Nelson 2023-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Gloucester Celebrates 100th Year with Community Concert

    Posted by Tracy Arabian on Jul 31, 2023
    To celebrate its Centennial Anniversary, the Gloucester Rotary will host a free Community Concert with musical guests Captain Jack & The Strangers (The Northshore's Premier Billy Joel Tribute Band) and opener Brandon Blatchford & the Wannabe Teenagerson on Friday, August 11, 2023, 6-10 pm at the Antonio F. Gentile Bandstand in Stage Fort Park.

    The celebration will include food and beverages for purchase from 5 Star Phresh-Phood and Harbor Tap Trailer!

    Mark your calendars!  For more information about the Gloucester Rotary, visit www.gloucesterrotary.org or follow us on Facebook.
    Gloucester Celebrates 100th Year with Community Concert Tracy Arabian 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Filling Bags of Hope in Lynn

    Posted by William Reilly on Jul 31, 2023
    On Thursday July 27, 2023, the Rotary Club of Lynn gathered at the Old Tyme restaurant to fill Bags of Hope with personal care items. The collection of bags is for the Jasmine Grace Outreach program, the items are primarily for women.

    Women who are living on the streets or in programs throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire are given Bags of Hope filled with basic items that we take for granted every day. In collaboration with programs serving women affected by trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness, Bags of Hope is driven by the community. Many different groups of people are donating the items, filling the bags and handing them out! By doing this we let the women know there is a better way, they are treasured people, and that we are here to help.
     
    Filling Bags of Hope in Lynn William Reilly 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Gloucester Comedy Show

    Posted by Tracy Arabian on Jul 31, 2023
     
    Tickets are now available to the annual Gloucester Rotary Comedy Night, featuring Carolyn Plummer, Jim Colliton, Jimmy Cash, and Boston's Dave Rattigan on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at Cruiseport Gloucester (6 Rowe Square, Gloucester). Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

    Don't miss this evening of fun and laughter! Tickets are $30 each and are available from Ruth Pino (ruth@ruthpino.com, 978-764-6710).

    This event always sells out!!  Brought to you by Scamps Comedy and Gloucester Rotary.
    Gloucester Comedy Show Tracy Arabian 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Calling Vendors and Sponsors to Reading Fall Street Faire

    Posted by Tim Kelley on Jul 28, 2023
    Reading Rotary is proud to present the 15th Annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 10.  It’s back and better than ever!  Drawing thousands every year to downtown Reading, it’s one of the most beloved and largest events in the area.  If you want to be a part of it, now is the time.  Sign up now before it's too late!
     
    We have just launched a brand new and improved website for vendor registration and all the details of the event.
     
    Sponsorship opportunities still available including:  Premiere Sponsor; Inflatable Zone; Acoustic Corner; Custom Cornhole Boards; Amusement Park; Family Fun Zone; Beer Garden; Lamp Post Banner; and Street Faire Fan Signage for Business and Residents.  Sponsors should contact Jenniffer Rogers for further information.
     
    This year’s Fall Street Faire will include:
     
    Calling Vendors and Sponsors to Reading Fall Street Faire Tim Kelley 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Save our Waters:  State of Rivers in D7930

    Posted by Ann Witzig on Jul 28, 2023
    Save our Waters: State of the Rivers in District 7930.  Supported by Ipswich-Rowley Rotary’s Global Grant, “Save the Ipswich River & Watersheds: The Lifeblood of Our Communities.”  Join the webinar on August 24 from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm.

    Did you know that our water supplies on the North Shore are at risk due to overuse? Want your garden and your community to be prepared for the next drought? Join Ipswich-Rowley Rotary and the Ipswich River Watershed Association for an interactive webinar on the state of our rivers in northeastern MA and southeastern NH! We’ll discuss the current state of the Ipswich River, which provides water to over 350,000 individuals and businesses on the North Shore. Explore our toolkit for water conservation and advocacy, and learn more about how to get involved in saving our rivers! Members of the public are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend. Be a part of the solution!

    Please register to receive a zoom link to this webinar:
    https://www.ipswichriver.org/events/save-our-waters-state-of-the-rivers-in-district-7930/
    Save our Waters: State of Rivers in D7930 Ann Witzig 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Newburyport's Beer and Bites

    Posted by Deborah Andrews on Jul 24, 2023
    Beer and Bites returns to the Tannery during the bed race on Thursday, August 3, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30!  Come on down to the Rotary Club of Newburyport’s annual Yankee Homecoming event.  Enjoy new food options from Rosita’s Cocina and Kona Ice. You will also find fan favorite Riverwalk Brewing, including their pizza.  We are featuring a return of the band Unnamed Colors, that is carving a new niche in rock with fiery progressive songwriting, engaging performances, and a powerful sound all their own.  Band members include Sierra Partlan - vocals & piano, Andrew Aghababian – guitar, Jay Partlan – drums and Michael Martel – bass.

    All proceeds from the event are returned to the community through non-profits and college scholarships.  For more information about the Rotary club, please contact Co-President Kimberly Bohlen at kmbohlen123@gmail.com.
    Newburyport's Beer and Bites Deborah Andrews 2023-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Wakefield Offers Chance to See Sox Up Close

    Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jul 24, 2023
    The Wakefield Rotary Club will again be hosting a Red Sox ticket chance at the WCAT Movies by the Lake. Thanks to a generous donation from Wakefield Rotarian Frank Fiorentino and Mahoney, Fiorentino, and Co., PC, raffle participants can win a pair of tickets for the Red Sox take on any remaining 2023 home game opponent. 
     
    Club Treasurer Barbara Worley said, “These tickets are amazing, and this is an easy way to win some great Sox seats and support local causes through Rotary.” The previous raffle drew in over $2,000 which was donated back to the community throughout the year. 
     
    Wakefield Offers Chance to See Sox Up Close Amy Luckiewicz 2023-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Another Garden Center Water Conservation Table 

    Posted by Ann Witzig on Jul 22, 2023
    The Ipswich-Rowley club on Saturday, July 22 had a table at Northern Lights Farm Stand, 243 High St, Ipswich 10 am - 12 pm to advocate and educate on the need for conservation of water in our lawns and gardens.

    This is part of ongoing work funded by the global grant Save the Ipswich River: The Lifeblood of Our Communities to create an advocacy toolkit to save our river. You can access the Rotary Grant Toolkit here.  Stay tuned for the launching of a district wide training on how you can spread the word on water conservation at garden centers near you!
     
    Another Garden Center Water Conservation Table Ann Witzig 2023-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Winchester Rotary Scholarship Winners

    Posted by Kurt Heisler on Jul 19, 2023
    Winchester Rotary awarded seven Winchester High School graduates over $25,000 in scholarships for the upcoming college year. The winning students were Claire Lupien, Dorothy McCarthy, Claire Kutylo, Lucy Patalano, Kaitlyn Donato (all pictured above), Ayesha Ghosh, and Inaam Bhanji (not pictured). Rotarians Kurt Heisler and Brian LaPointe, Co-Presidents (Pictured).

    The Winchester Interact Club welcomed six new officers for the coming school year and thanked the outgoing leaders for their leadership and a successful year. The club was proud to support three students for RYLA this year. 
    Winchester Rotary Scholarship Winners Kurt Heisler 2023-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Wakefield Announces One and One School Supply Drive

    Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jul 18, 2023
    The Wakefield Rotary Club is collecting new school supplies for students in Wakefield and the Dominican Republic. The public is invited to donate two new school supply items. One item will stay local and given to the Wakefield Boys and Girls Club. The second item will be donated to a school/orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

    Wakefield Rotary Club Secretary Suzanne Bowering explained, “We know kids here in Wakefield need school supplies and the Boys and Girls Club is positioned to know which kids need the most. We’re thrilled to partner with them to distribute the supplies locally.” She added, “And as part of Rotary’s mission abroad, we know that kids in the Dominican Republic also need supplies, so we’re asking people to donate to those kids too. This way, one item is kept local, and one item is going abroad.”
     
    Wakefield Announces One and One School Supply Drive Amy Luckiewicz 2023-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Newburyport Rotary Raffles Paddleboard 

    Posted by Marion Spark on Jul 17, 2023
    Win an Inflatable Standup Paddleboard.  The Kit includes: Nixy Newport G4 Paddleboard 10.5 foot; Nixy G4 Carbon Fiber Hybrid Paddle; Nixy G4 Typhoon Hand Pump; Nixy Hybrid Leash; Nixy G4 Backpack; and a Stohlquist Cadence PFD.
     
    Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.  Drawing held on August 7, 2023.  MUST BE ABLE TO PICK UP PRIZE IN NEWBURYPORT.
     
    To purchase tickets, Venmo @NewburyportRotaryClub or use the QR code in the flyer. For questions contact Marion Spark.
     
    Proceeds go towards local charitable organizations and High School Senior scholarships.
     
    Newburyport Rotary would like to thank its fundraiser sponsors, Newburyport Development and White Rose Canoe.
    Newburyport Rotary Raffles Paddleboard Marion Spark 2023-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

    IPDG Alexander Falk Lauded in Local Paper

    Posted by Tim Kelley on Jul 15, 2023
    Immediate Past District Governor Alexander Falk's tenure as DG was the featured subject of an article published on July 12 in the Marblehead Current.  You can find the complete article here.
     
    The article highlights Alexander's accomplishments in the role.  "Falk’s term was marked by strong operations, including thorough training for incoming presidents, secretaries and treasurers, promoting environmental causes, fundraising for the Rotary Foundation and advocating the district’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide."
     
    Thank you, Alexander, for your steady, wise and inspirational leadership!
    IPDG Alexander Falk Lauded in Local Paper Tim Kelley 2023-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Burlington Breakfast Raffle -- Last Call

    Posted by Fran Fazio on Jul 14, 2023
    Burlington Breakfast Rotary is holding its Semi-Annual Raffle.  
     
    Tickets are $10 each or a book of 6 tickets for $50. The drawing will be held at the Woburn Bickford’s on July 27.  BBR members will be setting up a table at the Burlington Shaw’s on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to sell tickets.
     
    To purchase tickets, please email Fran Fazio at franpf@verizon.net or mail a check to 6 Bruce St., Burlington, MA 01803.
     
    Prizes include:  Personal training (value approximately $1500), auto detailing, jewelry, gift cards and scratch tickets.  Proceeds to benefit National Ataxia Foundation, People Helping People, Mental Health Awareness and other non-profits.
    Burlington Breakfast Raffle -- Last Call Fran Fazio 2023-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Thank You, Gene.  Hello, Glen!

    Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jul 11, 2023
    The Wakefield Rotary Club recently installed its new officers and directors during a luncheon event earlier this week at Brightview. In accordance with its by-laws, the service club elects new leadership annually. Club President Glen Duffy was sworn in as President for the 2023-2024 Rotary Year and Wendy Maguire will serve as Vice President/President-Elect. “This club has been so welcoming since I joined a few years ago. I’m thrilled to serve in this position as we begin our one hundred and first year of service.”

    In addition, the club installed its incoming Board of Directors including Margie Daniels, Ed Harding, Michael Sullivan, David Hayden, and Amy Luckiewicz. Suzanne Bowering will serve as Club Secretary, Barbara Worley as Club Treasurer and Frank Fiorentino as Sergeant-at-Arms. The new leadership team took office on July 1, 2023, and serve until June 30, 2024.

    The club also presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Jim Fitzgerald, John Tramontozzi, and Norm Theriault for their support of the Rotary Foundation. 
    Thank You, Gene. Hello, Glen! Amy Luckiewicz 2023-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

    Gloucester's Annual Pancake Breakfast

    Posted by Tracy Arabian on Jul 10, 2023
    The Gloucester Rotary will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Stage Fort Park, located on Hough Avenue in Gloucester, MA. This popular event takes place concurrently with the Gloucester Waterfront Festival, which is sponsored by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and is held in Stage Fort Park on Saturday-Sunday, August 19-20, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. A special free parking area is available for Pancake Breakfast attendees.

    Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $9 per person, $5 for children six and under, and are available in advance online at https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/pancake-tickets, from any Gloucester Rotarian or at the following Gloucester locations:
    Bank Gloucester, 160 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
    Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

    Tickets will also be available on the morning of the breakfast.

    Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will benefit local and international projects of the Gloucester Rotary Club. 
    Gloucester's Annual Pancake Breakfast Tracy Arabian 2023-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

    Stoneham Celebrates 100th Anniversary

    Posted by David Gardner on Jul 07, 2023
    Having forty-seven guests at the 2023 Installation and Awards Dinner for Stoneham Rotary was exciting. It was a great year: back to in-person meetings with speakers, two new members and an incredibly active youth program. Oh, and it was also our club's 100th Anniversary of Service Above Self.

    The club members sponsored three RYLA attendees, sweatshirts for our Interact members, and financial assistance with airfare for Nicole, the Interact President, to travel to Belgium for a short-term exchange.

    Five Paul Harris Awards were presented; three to Rotarians and two to Interactors. Congrats to Janice Houghton (+3) for her superb work as secretary, Craig Celli (+1) for his unfailing effort in membership and planning service projects, and finally, Adam Rodgers (+1) for his exceptional work with RYLA and Interact. The amazing truth is that every one of these Rotarians serves the community in so many other roles.

     
    Stoneham Celebrates 100th Anniversary David Gardner 2023-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

    In Memoriam PDG 2014-15 Val Callahan
     

    Posted by Lori Karas on Jul 06, 2023
     
    Dear Rotarians: 
     
    It’s with a heavy heart I bring to you the passing of Past District Governor, Mary Valentine Callahan - “Val Callahan,” as she was known.  For over 30 years Val had been a Rotarian, beginning in District 7910, where she was Club President, Foundation Chair, GSE leader, Assistant Governor and District Governor 2014-15.  When Val moved to Boston, the Boston #7 club welcomed her.  She became the club’s Foundation Chair.  Val was a Major Donor, Sustainer and Bequest Society Member.  
     
    She will be missed by Rotarians both near and far.  Val leaves behind her husband, Rotarian Mohamed Elhanash, her two grown children and their families.  
     
    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, at 10:00AM on August 26, 2023, at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02111.  
     
    All are welcome to attend.
    In Memoriam PDG 2014-15 Val Callahan  Lori Karas 2023-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Military Veterans Club Newsletter

    Posted by Lori Karas on Jul 06, 2023
    Earlier this year, District 7930 advanced the idea of creating a Club designed to attract veterans and active or retired military looking to serve in their local communities.  There are already a number of great groups that are serving the needs of these individuals, but we thought with Rotary's vast network and commitment to service that there could be a way to be a resource. 
     
    The 1st goal was to identify any current members who are veterans to give us feedback and to learn what clubs are already doing to support their local veterans.  We received responses from about 20 clubs that have 80+ veterans serving in Rotary in our district.  Service projects range from Flag of Heroes celebrations to food service to homeless Veterans. 
     
    If your club did not get a chance to reply to the survey please take a few minutes to complete via this link https://forms.gle/1AnUjnZ7QuGCF4jv6
     
    Military Veterans Club Newsletter Lori Karas 2023-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Attention Photographers!

    Posted on Jul 06, 2023
    The Gloucester Rotary will publish a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2024 as a fundraiser. All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary’s many community and international activities.
     
    In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that reflect the natural beauty of Cape Ann throughout the year. As we will feature one photo per month, we need images from each season: winter, spring, summer and fall. Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted. Full details here.
     
    Entry Deadline Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 12PM. 
    Attention Photographers! Tracy Arabian 2023-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Woburn Supports Local Veterans

    Posted by Brian Ouellette on Jun 30, 2023
    Last week, Rotary Club of Woburn's treasurer Bill Balboni presented Woburn Veterans Agent Bob Davis with $1,000 worth of gift cards for Woburn veterans. The donation was made possible by a grant from Cummings Foundation.
     
    Pictured here is Bill Balboni presenting Market Basket gift cards Bob Davis.
    Woburn Supports Local Veterans Brian Ouellette 2023-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

    District Managed Grant Applications Open July 1

    Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Jun 29, 2023
    District Managed Grant are short-term project, either local or international, that supports one of Rotary’s 7 areas of focus. Funding requests are on a first come first serve basis and open July 1. Grants close October 31, 2023. Your club must be grant qualified to receive grant monies.
     
    Matching grants are available of up to $3000 with a minimum match of $500 for local projects and $5000 for international projects with a minimum match of $2500. Remember that district managed grants are reimbursement grants! The club must first up front the money and complete the project and final report before reimbursement occurs. Reimbursement typically occurs in May/June of the following year as RI must approve all grants. After the grant application process is closed, the district sends a spending plan to RI for approval. Once the spending plan is approved, monies are transferred to the district’s foundation account. 
     
     
    District Managed Grant Applications Open July 1 Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Garden Center Outreach Kickoff

    Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Jun 29, 2023
    On Saturday, June 24th, Town of Ipswich staff and Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians joined Ipwich River Watershed Association (IRWA) at Wolf Hill Garden Center to spread the word about how to conserve water in lawns and gardens. This is part of ongoing work funded by the global grant Save the Ipswich River: The Lifeblood of Our Communities to create an advocacy toolkit to save our river. You can access the toolkit at https://pie-rivers.org/portfolio-item/rotary-grant-funded-toolkit-for-water-conservation-and-advocacy/. Stay tuned for the launching of a district wide training on how you can spread the word on water conservation at garden centers near you!

    Pictured here: Nat Pulsifer and Ginny Stevens (Ipswich-Rowley Rotary) Rachael Belisle-Toler (Ipswich Water Resource Manager), Erin Bonney Casey (IRWA), Analise Casey.
    Garden Center Outreach Kickoff Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynnfield's 60th Anniversary Celebration

    Posted by Christine Rhoades Travers on Jun 29, 2023
    The evening of Jun 19th at Gallina’s at MarketStreet was the site of the Lynnfield Rotary 60th Anniversary celebration reception and Presidential “gavel pass” installation. 
     
    Lynnfield Rotary Members, Interact members (young Rotarians), and guest enjoyed delicious, assorted food choices as President Christine Travers gaveled the celebratory meeting to order. After welcoming comments and a brief outline of the night’s agenda, President Christine introduced the first of the evening’s speakers, Luke Kimball, Lynnfield Rotary Past President and third generation Rotary member who represented a family steeped in Lynnfield Rotary history. 
     
    Lynnfield's 60th Anniversary Celebration Christine Rhoades Travers 2023-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Marblehead Harbor Gets Updates on Ipswich Watershed

    Posted by Linda Doliber on Jun 28, 2023
    Members and guests of the Marblehead Harbor Rotary recently welcomed PDG Joan Arsenault and Erin Bonney Casey for an update about efforts to restore the Ipswich River to its former vibrancy. Joan spoke briefly about the assistance that is being supplied by a significant Rotary grant.  Erin, Planning and Resiliency Program Manager for the Ipswich River Watershed Association, covered the 40+ mile long makeup of the cities and towns that draw water from the Ipswich River, the fact that the river has been identified as one of our country’s most endangered rivers, and the challenges ahead to educate the public on conservation methods that, if implemented, will ensure the river’s healthy future. While Marblehead does not draw its water from the Ipswich, the conservation information imparted by Joan and Erin was invaluable to the members, as that information applies to communities, both adjacent to the Watershed and outside its boundaries.

    Pictured below, l to r: Linda Doliber and Jessica Barnett, Harbor Rotary Co-Presidents; Elaine Leahy, President of Sustainable Marblehead; PDG Joan Arsenault; Erin Bonney Casey, Manager of Planning and Resiliency for the Ipswich River Watershed Assoc.
    Marblehead Harbor Gets Updates on Ipswich Watershed Linda Doliber 2023-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Club Treasurer Training Video

    Posted by Lori Karas on Jun 26, 2023
    Attention all Club Treasurers!  Here is the video of Club Treasurer training from NEPETS.  It features Arthur Schwartz, our District Treasurer from Marblehead Rotary.
     
    If you missed the training or need a refresher, click here to view the video.
    Club Treasurer Training Video Lori Karas 2023-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Marblehead Announces Scholarship Recipients

    Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Jun 26, 2023
    Yearly, the Marblehead Rotary Club awards four to six students a one-time scholarship and one student with a four-year scholarship for excellence in academics, leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities. Congratulations to the six outstanding awardees: Stella Monico, Cait Mullins, Teaghan Kay, Yasen Colon, Clair Davis, and Matthew Schricker. 
     
    (From left to right, front row) Scholarship recipients: Stella Monaco, Matt Schricker, Claire Davis, Cait Mullins, and Yasen Colon. Not in the picture, Teaghan Kay. (Back row) Rotarians Ed Nilsson, Brian Snell, co-presidents Nancy Gwin, and Blair Lord. 
    Marblehead Announces Scholarship Recipients Rosie Tan Segil 2023-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Rockport's Declaration of Independence Reading

    Posted by Andy Maddox on Jun 24, 2023
    Rockport Rotary will celebrate the Fourth of July with our annual reading of the Declaration of Independence. Our role players will be out in full force and in full costume to hear our Town Crier present the newly ratified Declaration, fresh from Congress. Meet us on July 4th at 10AM in Dock Square—right in the heart of downtown Rockport—to cheer on our new nation. 
    Rockport's Declaration of Independence Reading Andy Maddox 2023-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Coming Attractions Video

    Posted by Lori Karas on Jun 24, 2023
    To the 300 people who attended the District Installation on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 – Thank you for joining us!  It was an evening filled with tradition, glitz, glam and fun.  From the beautiful remarks from DG Alexander to the passing of the gavel/ digging stick, to the Presidents receiving a “Paulie” award in honor of their incoming year as Club President.  In keeping with the Red Carpet theme of the evening, there was a PowerPoint of Coming Attractions – which you can access here.  Enjoy, as we look forward to the new Rotary year ahead, beginning on July 1, 2023. 
     
    Coming Attractions Video Lori Karas 2023-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Peabody Supplements Classrooms with Diverse Reads 

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jun 22, 2023
    The Peabody Club took steps towards their DEI goals this year using their District Grant funds to diversify classroom libraries in Peabody's public elementary schools. The Club feels strongly about representation being an important part of a child's education, and offered to supplement classroom libraries in grades 2 and 3. Through a collaborative effort with the teachers and Club members, we presented each classroom with 2 boxes filled with books representing children of all races, backgrounds, religions, abilities, etc. We were thrilled to present these books to each classroom and read selections from the books to the class. The enthusiastic teachers have assured the Club that the books will be well utilized. 
    Peabody Supplements Classrooms with Diverse Reads Alysa Hayden 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

    DG Alexander Receives Coveted Award

    Posted by Linda Doliber on Jun 22, 2023
    District Governor Alexander Falk was honored with the Barry Weed Award for Service on June 13 at the Marblehead Harbor Rotary’s installation breakfast. Given in memory of the late Barry Weed, a charter member of the Harbor Rotary who also served as the District’s assistant treasurer, the award represents the caring, dedicated, community-oriented service for which Barry was known during his tenure as president of Marblehead’s National Grand Bank. With his solid grasp of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and a stellar year leading District 7930’s 40+ Rotaries, Alexander was the Harbor Rotary’s clear choice for the special recognition.
     
    Pictured here is DG Alexander receiving the Barry Weed Award for Service from Jessica Barnett, President of Marblehead Harbor Rotary.
    DG Alexander Receives Coveted Award Linda Doliber 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Exceptional Interact Advisor Needed

    Posted by Anne Powers on Jun 21, 2023
    The following is a letter written by the Medford Interact Club.  They are looking for help finding a new advisor.  Please respond to the email below if interested or think you can help them with their search.
     
    Dear Medford High School Faculty and Staff, 
     
    Originally known as the Ambassadors for Change, Interact Club has been empowering students at MHS for over fifteen years. You might not know what Interact Club is or what it does.  As a more ‘lowkey’ club, you may not have seen Interact in the spotlight at school like other clubs.  However, if you have ever seen a sticky note with an inspirational quote, received a small gift in your mailbox or delivered to you by students, voted on your favorite Halloween costume contest, got your car washed, bought a cup of hot chocolate in support of charity, participated in basketball tournaments, you have seen Interact Club working, and hopefully it had left a positive impact on your day.
     
    Interact is a student-led organization that actively works to promote the belief that everyone at Medford High School deserves to feel recognized, empowered, and involved.  We strive to strengthen the community within MHS by embracing the diversity seen throughout the school.  Interact is a safe space for students to bring each of their special gifts to the table and use them toward bettering the community.  Each month new projects created by the students themselves are initiated based on the premise of Interact’s motto, “Service Above Self.”  Over these past fifteen years, Interact Club has been truly fortunate to have Ms. Amie Saulnier as its club advisor.  As the one who helped Interact to bloom here in Medford so many years ago, she has always encouraged us and we cannot be more grateful for what she has done here at the MHS.  Her unwavering support and trust in Interact’s students has been instrumental to the success of this club and has shaped it into what it is today.  Her selflessness and dedication to us has allowed us to thrive, letting us realize our ideas and considering even the most absurd ones we come up with.  She has created an environment within her classroom of creativity and inclusivity, pushing us to make a difference in our community.  Unfortunately, this year marks Ms. Saulnier’s last year teaching in Medford to work with multilingual learners in the town her own kids go to school in. 
     
    Exceptional Interact Advisor Needed Anne Powers 2023-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Final Message from DG Alexander

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jun 21, 2023
    It's been a true privilege, honor, and great pleasure to be the District Governor 2022-23 for Rotary District 7930 and to serve our 44 Rotary Clubs, 2 Rotaract Clubs, and 1,550 Rotarians in Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

    Wednesday, June 21st, was our District Installation event where our incoming Club Presidents, Assistant Governors, and District Governor as well as other District Officers got installed, and they will all take over in just a few days on July 1st, when we transition from #ImagineRotary to #CreateHopeInTheWorld

    I know our district will be in good hands under future leadership and I am thankful to all current AGs, District Committee Chairs and Members, District Leaders, and Club Presidents for all the amazing things that we've accomplished this year!

    And a big shout-out to RI President Jennifer Jones and Trustee Chair Ian Riseley for this fabulous year, too!
    Final Message from DG Alexander Alexander Falk 2023-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Newburyport Celebrates Youth Accomplishments

    Posted by Deborah Andrews on Jun 20, 2023
    The Rotary Club of Newburyport recently announced its scholarship recipients.
     
    The club provides $9,000 in scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors. A recipient graduating from Newburyport High School and another from Triton Regional High School received the Norman H. Russell Memorial Scholarship.
     
    A Newburyport graduate received the George A. Cashman Community Service Scholarship. The value of each scholarship is $3,000. The scholarships are funded with money raised at Rotary events.
     
    Kellan McDermott of Newburyport High will attend UMass Amherst and study business and computer science. He was co-captain of the undefeated soccer team that won a state championship. McDermott is a member of the student council and involved with Special Olympics.

     
    Newburyport Celebrates Youth Accomplishments Deborah Andrews 2023-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Ipswich Interact Looks Back and Ahead

    Posted by Bob Wicks on Jun 19, 2023
    On Sunday, June 11, Ipswich High School Interact held a special meeting that was attended by their families and some friends from the sponsoring Ipswich-Rowley Rotary club. In addition to celebrating their achievements and installing new leaders, the club created this event to strengthen their connections with parents, school administrators and the Rotary club.  Supported by Rotarians, Interact is driven by the children and enabled by the parents who raise them and shape their values. 
     
    Following dinner, Rotary President Martha Mauser shared a bit about Rotary and our annual Youth Exchange program.  The club then presented a year-in-review slide show, beginning with a leadership camping trip in August and running through each club event.  Interact runs a number of events during the year to raise money for charitable organizations. Their Jingle Bell Walk just completed its 10th year in Ipswich and has become an annual town tradition.  This year, the club also raised money to fund Kiva revolving micro loans to small businesses in developing countries. Many of these loans already have been repaid and reissued as new loans. 
     
    Ipswich Interact Looks Back and Ahead Bob Wicks 2023-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Life on Land

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jun 19, 2023

    Rotary Life on Land Symposium - Connecting the World through Sustainability

    August 31, to September 3, 2023
    Rotary International Zones 28/32

    How does sustainable living benefit humanity?
    Nature has a finite capacity to regenerate itself in the face of pressures on its land, water, and air resources.

    Our speakers will address sustainability and solutions, both in the Arctic as well as from a worldwide perspective.
     
    Speakers include: RI President-Elect Gordon McInally, RI Director Drew Kessler, RI Director-Elect Chris Etienne, Christopher Puttock, and Dr. Michele Devlin.
     
     
    Life on Land Alexander Falk 2023-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Final Push to Earn Citations

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jun 16, 2023
    As our Rotary Year 2022-23 is about to enter into its final month, there is still enough time for your club to achieve one of our two available District Governor's Citation programs:
    As well as the Rotary Citation that your club can get from Rotary International.
     
    All three programs are similar in that they define 25 potential goals or suggested action steps, and to achieve the citation your club must achieve more than half of these, i.e. 13 or more of the respective goals or action steps must be completed. Furthermore, all three programs are based on an online submission process: for the two District Governor's Citation the online form is on our district website and can be found through the links above. And for the Rotary Citation from Rotary International, the goals can be found in the goals section on Rotary Club Central
     
    Most Clubs have found that when they review the Citation requirements that the Club often has already achieved some of the action steps. So it may only take an additional push to complete and document the remaining steps to achieve the goals and earn the Citation! And if your club achieves either one of the two available District Governor's Citation programs, you will receive pins for all your club members to celebrate the achievement!
    Final Push to Earn Citations Alexander Falk 2023-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Winchester's Annual Pancake Breakfast

    Posted by Kurt Heisler on Jun 13, 2023
    The Winchester Rotary celebrated Town Day on June 3rd by hosting our Pancake Breakfast. We served over 350 people with the support of over 35 sponsors. It was a huge success.
     
    See our photo album of the event here.
    Winchester's Annual Pancake Breakfast Kurt Heisler 2023-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Cultural Awareness Webinar Recording Available

    Posted by David Hart on Jun 09, 2023
    The Rotary District 7930 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee hosted a discussion on Cultural Awareness presented by Dr. Shamaila Khan, Ph.D. on May 17th, 2023.
     
    Dr. Khan (she/her) is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine / Boston Medical Center (BU/BMC). She is additionally the Training Director of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, and the Director for the Center for Multicultural Mental Health at BU/BMC. Dr Khan is also the Co-Chair for the DEI Committee at BMC, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council at BUSM, and the Diversity Champion for the Department of Psychiatry at BMC. As such her expertise is in the domain of multiculturalism, diversity, equity, and social justice.
     
    Cultural Awareness Webinar Recording Available David Hart 2023-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

    33rd Annual Red, White & Blue Pancake Breakfast

    Posted by Jack Costello on Jun 06, 2023
    Manchester-Essex Rotary is excited to announce that the Annual Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast will take place at Tuck's Point on Saturday, July 1st, 7:30 a.m. to Noon.
     
    Free Water Taxi from Town Hall and Reed's Park to Tuck's Point 8:30 to 12:30!
    Free face painting and pony rides!
     
    Manchester Summer Stage will be performing selections from "School of Rock"
    State Senator Bruce Tarr and Former State Representative Brad Hill will be on hand flipping pancakes.
     
    Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children ages 4-8 are $5, children three and under free.
     
    Use the "Donate Button" on our website www.manchesteressexrotary.org to purchase with a credit card or purchase at the door, or pay via the event registration in the calendar.
     
    33rd Annual Red, White & Blue Pancake Breakfast Jack Costello 2023-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

    More Impressions of RI Convention

    Posted by Yolanda Li on Jun 06, 2023
    Impressions of the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne from Yoland Li, President of Cambridge Rotary.
     
    It’s my first time attending the Rotary International Convention. I highly recommend Rotarians to join the next year’s convention in Singapore.  I signed up already.
     
    Here are some of the highlights and photos from Melbourne.
     
    1) The House of Friendship provided all the details about Rotary projects and Fellowship details. They even had a Shelter Box.
     
    2) I joined the general sessions every day.  I really enjoyed the End Polio Project update and the partnership with Global Citizen.


     
    More Impressions of RI Convention Yolanda Li 2023-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

    Register Now for District Installation

    Posted by Stephanie Johnson on Jun 05, 2023
    The District Installation will be Wednesday, June 21 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Danversport Yacht Club.  Please come one, come all to welcome in and support your new District and Club leadership.
     
    Registration is online here.  We look forward to seeing all of you there!
     
    The District Installation Program is looking for sponsors and advertisers. Click here to learn more about how you can become a sponsor or place an ad in the program.
     
    Deadline for registering and for sponsorships is June 14, so don't delay.
    Register Now for District Installation Stephanie Johnson 2023-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

    Importance of Our Rotary Brand

    Posted by Tim Kelley on Jun 04, 2023
    Question:  Why should we care about using the "new" Rotary logo?  
     
    Answer: Some brands are recognized around the world just by their logos.  When people see the logo, they instantly know what it means and what to expect. That visual recognition comes from years of using a logo widely and consistently.
     
    Rotary also benefits from having a strong, recognizable brand that is legally protected.  District and clubs are allowed to use the Rotary logo when you add your own identifier with no additional imagery.  Additionally, when people see our logos in print, online, or on social media, they should immediately recognize them both as representing Rotary and as symbols of an organization that takes action to make the world better.
     
    You can strengthen Rotary not just in your community but all over the world by using our logos correctly and consistently.  This reinforces to the public who we are and what we do.
     
    Furthermore, based on a membership study that ran across Zones 28 and 32, clubs with a membership growth culture have a strong public image and are well known in their communities. Having a consistent brand helps contribute to membership growth.
     
    Importance of Our Rotary Brand Tim Kelley 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Impressions of the RI Convention

    Posted by Demetri Sampas on Jun 03, 2023
    Here are my first quick impressions of the 2023 RI Convention in Melbourne:
     
    1) Seeing the House of Friendship in its full form. So many inspiring projects I am now excited about.
     
    2) Connecting with current club presidents, who have been incredibly helpful in advising me for my year. I now feel much more prepared to lead Boston 7. Also, being able to connect with our sister club, Rotary Club of Melbourne - we have already started brainstorming for a project together!
     
    3) Incredibly fun fellowship-building events that have helped me connect with Rotarians from all over the world, who share many of my interests. There have been several "cheeks hurt from smiling" moments!
     
    Impressions of the RI Convention Demetri Sampas 2023-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

    Highlights from the 2023 RI Convention in Melbourne

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jun 03, 2023
    The 2023 RI Convention has come to a close last week and Nora and I are traveling back to District 7930 this weekend. We will be landing at Boston Logan Airport at 2:15 PM on Monday, June 5th.
     
    You can now watch some of the highlights of the RI Convention from the convenience of your own home or office. These are the opening and general session speeches delivered by our Rotary senior leaders:
    And if any of these clips inspire you to want to attend the 2024 RI Convention in Singapore... you can already sign up for that now!
    Highlights from the 2023 RI Convention in Melbourne Alexander Falk 2023-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Rotary Has a Busy Month of May 2023

    Posted on May 27, 2023
    During May 2023 the Lynn Rotary truly lived up to the motto of SERVICE ABOVE SELF. Please see the following examples.
     
    1. On May 3rd, the Lynn Rotary sponsored the Lynn Special Games for the 53rd year. This year the Reading Cooperative Bank was a cosponsor. Over 500 t-shirts were purchased for the students, their teachers, para-professionals, and high school student volunteers. Medallions were also provided. Over 20 Rotarians joined the program and cheered the students on as they entered Manning Bowl for the Games.
       
    2. On the weekend of May 13/14 two Classical High Interact students were sponsored by Lynn Rotary so they could attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) at Camp Rotary in Boxford, MA. Ray Bastarache said, “I’ve been a Rotarian for a number of years, and these are the first two students that I remember which the Club supported.”
       
    3. On Monday, May 22, the scholarship committee awarded six scholarships to high school seniors who are Lynn residents. A very good crowd of Rotarians were there to congratulate the winners. The committee had over 30 applications they had to review and come to a consensus on the 6. It was a time consuming and difficult process as there were plenty of deserving candidates.
    Lynn Rotary Has a Busy Month of May 2023 Bill Reilly 2023-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Cambridge Rotary's District Grant Supports Science Club for Girl
     

    Posted by Karen Saltiel on May 27, 2023
    In honor of Rotary’s Year of the Girl, the Rotary Club of Cambridge partnered with local nonprofit Science Club for Girls. The organization’s mission fits squarely with Rotary’s areas of focus: “At Science Club for Girls, we believe in long-term investment in a girl's STEM education. We know this is the only way to address the systemic, root causes of the lack of diversity in STEM and move the needle towards a more equitable, diverse, and innovative STEM ecosystem. The trajectories of our alumni show the impact of this investment, and we all, as a society, reap the benefits.” In addition to volunteering with Science for Club for Girls to assist with their inventory review for next school year, with monies from our District Grant, our Club purchased much needed desks, computer stand and other supplies for their new office space. 
    Cambridge Rotary's District Grant Supports Science Club for Girl  Karen Saltiel 2023-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

    DG Alexander Remarks at AKS Ceremony

    Posted by Alexander Falk on May 27, 2023
    At the Arch Klumph Society Preconvention Ceremony on May 27, District Governor Alexander Falk delivered the following remarks in Melbourne, Australia, while on stage with Rotary International President Jennifer Jones, CEO and General Secretary John Hewko, and Trustee Chair Ian Riseley (an avid Red Sox fan):
    "Nora and I are privileged that we were able to increase our contributions to The Rotary Foundation during my year as District Governor for Rotary District 7930, which includes Boston, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Our district also includes Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, of which some on this stage are rumored to be fans.
    It is always wonderful to see how the funds we provide as donors are amplified by the amazing work that Rotarians do around the world to implement these projects, from clean water and sanitation to literacy and from child and maternal health to community economic development.
    Something that RI President Nominee Stephanie Urchick said in her address at the Dinner with the RI Presidents really resonated with me: 'We always say that Rotary is not a political organization, but shouldn’t we really say that we are not a partisan organization?'
    Because Peace and Healthcare and Women’s Rights and the Environment are inherently political topics - and we do have an agenda in all these areas expressed so succinctly through our seven areas of focus.
    So here is a provocative question: what are we going to do about child and maternal health in the United States in the coming years? This is something we as Rotarians have to figure out if we want to stay true to our beliefs in basic human rights."
    CEO John Hewko subsequently referenced these remarks in his statement and called it a necessary question, not a provocative one.
    DG Alexander Remarks at AKS Ceremony Alexander Falk 2023-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Town Allocates $25K to Reading's Street Faire Expenses 

    Posted by Tim Kelley on May 26, 2023
    Reading Rotary is deeply appreciative to the Town of Reading for its appropriation of $25,000 in ARPA funds toward expenses of the Reading Fall Street Faire.  Reading Rotary runs the annual event, having taken on its management seven years ago.  The 15th annual RFSF will be held on Sunday, September 10 from noon to 5 pm in Reading’s downtown area.
     
    The Reading Fall Street Faire is the largest annual event in Reading and draws vendors, community organizations, food sellers and fair goers from all around the region.  Reading Rotary expects up to 15,000 people to attend.   
     
    According to Reading Rotary President Sheila Clarke:  “The Fall Street Faire offers so much excitement and fun for the community.  This year we will be unveiling some changes to keep things fresh.”  The RFSF will continue many great traditions including community organizations and vendors for food, goods, services; live performers on three stages; children's area with games; large area with amusements; NFL tailgate; and Corn Hole Tournament.
     
    Vendor booth registrations have opened at this link. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jenniffer Rogers .  
     
    Pictured here is the Reading Rotary Board accepting the ARPA funds from Town officials. From left to right are Phil Stewart, Tim Kelley Sheila Clarke, Town Manager Fidel Maltez, Select Board Member Chris Haley and daughters, Select Board Member Mark Dockser, Kathy Kinney and Lisa Gibbs.
    Town Allocates $25K to Reading's Street Faire Expenses Tim Kelley 2023-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Peabody Cleanup and Interact Planting

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on May 18, 2023
    Rotary Peabody coordinated a City-wide cleanup day on Saturday, May 6th. Rotarians put on gloves and hauled bags while they cleaned up parks, sidewalks and more. The Bishop Fenwick Interact division, mulched and planted flowers for their campus.  Both projects were part of the Club's continuing commitment to keeping its City clean and welcoming. 
    Rotary Peabody Cleanup and Interact Planting Alysa Hayden 2023-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Wakefield's Father's Day Fishing Derby

    Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on May 16, 2023
    The Wakefield Rotary Club will be again sponsoring the Father’s Day Fishing Tournament at Lake Quannapowitt. The fun-filled morning is free and open to all ages on Sunday, June 18th. Wakefield Rotary President Gene Mullen explained, “We had such a fun time the past few years with this event. We hope it grows even bigger this year.” 
     
    Registration will be held on Veteran’s Field on North Avenue from 8:30am-10:00am. Registration is required to compete, and bait will be provided while supplies last. The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game will also provide a limited amount loaner fishing rods upon request. The derby competition will be open from 8:30am-11:00am. Trophies will be provided for largest fish by category at the 11am ceremony.
     
    Wakefield's Father's Day Fishing Derby Amy Luckiewicz 2023-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Blood Drive May 25

    Posted by William Reilly on May 15, 2023
    Lynn Rotary and Lynn Vocational Tech are co-sponsors of a blood drive, Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 8:30 am to 3 pm. The drive will be organized by Boston Children's Hospital at the Lynn Tech Campus, 80 Neptune Blvd. in Lynn.

    If you are in the area, drop by and give a drop, or a few to fill a bag! 
     
    Lynn Blood Drive May 25 William Reilly 2023-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    New Video Library

    Posted by Alexander Falk on May 15, 2023

    We now have a new video library on our district website that contains a collection of all recent webinar and event recordings as well as training content from the most recent couple of years. Please feel free to refer to this library often and utilize the content during your club meetings or for training new members.

    There are also links from the various district committee pages on this website to the respective section of the video library that is relevant to those committees. We will be expanding the library as more video recordings are being made available going forward.

    The following directory can be used to directly access a particular section in the video library:

    New Video Library Alexander Falk 2023-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Marblehead 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club

    Posted by Alexander Falk on May 15, 2023
    Congratulations to the Marblehead Rotary Club for achieving 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club status on the occasion of their 100th Anniversary!
     
    This recognition is presented by the Rotary Foundation to a club in which all members are Paul Harris Fellows. This is a one-time recognition, and thus the banner shows the Rotary year of achievement.
     
    For more information on the available donor recognition options for both individuals and clubs, please see the Donor Recognition page on the RI website.
    Marblehead 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Alexander Falk 2023-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Rotary and Reading Coop Sponsor Special Games

    Posted by William Reilly on May 15, 2023
    On May 9, 2023, Lynn Rotary again co-sponsored, with the Reading Cooperative Bank, the Special Games for special education students of Lynn Public schools.  Many Rotarians and dignitaries attended the games; they all greeted the Lynn Police who ran from the police station (about 1.5 miles) to Manning Bowl.  After everyone sang the National Anthem, the police followed a color guard and led the students around the oval ¼ mile track before the official start of the games.  The students passed through a “Lane of Honor” consisting of Rotarians, Reading Cooperative Bank volunteers, Police, dignitaries, School Officials, Firemen and others.  The students, many of whom carried the banner of their school, marched in procession prior to the start of the games, smiling and welcoming the applause for them.  Ms. Julie Thurlow, President and CEO of Reading Cooperative Bank gave the official start to the games with a “Let the Games Begin” shout-out!
     
    Lynn Rotary and Reading Coop Sponsor Special Games William Reilly 2023-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    100th Anniversary Video

    Posted by Alexander Falk on May 15, 2023

    At the 100th Anniversary Party of seven clubs in our district a video was displayed during the cocktail reception and dinner, featuring photos, videos, and projects from each of the seven clubs - Danvers, Gloucester, Ipswich-Rowley, Marblehead, Newburyport, Reading, and Stoneham.

    This video is now available for you to watch on YouTube.

    100th Anniversary Video Alexander Falk 2023-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

    A Gift, a Clock, 100 Years of Community Service

    Posted by Rosie Segil on May 14, 2023
    Isn't it a beauty?  Marblehead Rotary donated a 10 and a half foot, two-faced clock, in classic black and gold trimmed art regency style, to commemorate our 100th Anniversary.   The unveiling was attended by Town Selectmen, civic leaders, Rotarians, and locals.  The dedication was held precisely on the 100th-anniversary date of May 11. We are grateful to have received incredible feedback and goodwill from Marbleheaders!  Here's to another 100 years of service.

    Posing before the clock are from left to right:  Police Chief Denis King; Thatcher Kezer, Marblehead Town Administrator; Jack Attridge, Town Moderator; Moses Grader, Selectmen; Nancy Gwin, Rotary President; Alexander Falk, District Governor and Marblehead Rotarian; Pooja Singla, District Governor Nominee Elect, and Jim Nye, President & CEO of National Grand Bank, Marblehead. 
    A Gift, a Clock, 100 Years of Community Service Rosie Segil 2023-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

    District Installation:  Save the Date June 21

    Posted by Lori Karas on May 13, 2023
    Mark your calendars.  The District Installation will be Wednesday, June 21 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Danversport Yacht Club.  Please come one, come all to welcome in and support your new District and Club leadership.
     
    Online registration information coming soon!
    District Installation: Save the Date June 21 Lori Karas 2023-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Watch the Recording: Proper Use of Rotary Logos

    Posted by Andy Maddox on May 12, 2023
    On Wednesday, May 10, 2023 the Public Image and Technology committee presented a webinar on the Proper Use of Rotary Logos.
     
    Correct branding is important to every global brand. Rotary is no different and like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nike, and UNICEF, we must protect our name and intellectual property. It is how we can grow our organization, increase our impact, and maintain our reputation as an organization that can be trusted. Learn how to use our logos and other brand assets properly in this one-hour webinar.
     
    Watch the Recording: Proper Use of Rotary Logos Andy Maddox 2023-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Gloucester to Honor Tracy Arabian

    Posted by Steve Kaity on May 09, 2023
    The Gloucester Rotary has named Tracy Arabian as a Paul Harris Fellow, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded Rotary in 1905. Tracy was selected by a committee of previous recipients of the award and will be honored at a special dinner on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. 
     
    Tracy Arabian was born and raised in the southwest U.S. The daughter of a career Marine, Tracy grew up in southern California, Hawaii, and Arizona—graduating from high school in Phoenix, Arizona. She then joined the U.S. Army, where she was trained as a Russian linguist. Her seven years in the service saw her stationed in Missouri, California, Texas, Washington DC, Kansas, and Berlin, Germany. 
     
    Tracy married a fellow soldier she met in Berlin and moved to Gloucester, where she was welcomed warmly into the large Gloucester Doucette/Jenkins/Klopotoski/Arabian family. Tracy fell in love with the Cape Ann area quickly. In 1997, she accepted a position at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and learned firsthand the importance of community service. She met business leaders who commit to the betterment of their community through their service as little league coaches, scout leaders, Chamber volunteers, members of local service organizations, and more. Tracy now works at SeniorCare, a non-profit human services agency that serves nine communities on the North Shore. 
     
    Gloucester to Honor Tracy Arabian Steve Kaity 2023-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes New Members

    Posted by Bob Wicks on May 09, 2023
    Ipswich-Rowley Rotary is happy to announce that Doug Brendel and Stephen Crane have joined the Rotary family. Doug and Stephen bring with them long track records of community engagement and service.
     
    Doug Brendel is well known in Ipswich and the North Shore. He truly is a renaissance man – novelist, essayist, actor, speaker and humanitarian. His amusing and highly readable “The Outsidah” column about life in a small New England town is a popular weekly feature in the Ipswich Local News. He is an accomplished actor with numerous theater credits to his name. A former clergyman, Doug and his wife Kristina created a non-profit called NewThing.net in 2002 to provide health and support services in Belarus. They also actively support the Trustees of Reservations. 
     
    Stephen Crane came to Ipswich in September when he was hired as our new Town Manager. He brings with him 22 years of municipal job experience, including 14 as a municipal manager. His portfolio includes having served for six years as Town Manager in Longmeadow where he succeeded Robin Crosbie, herself a former Ipswich Town Manager and Rotarian. Stephen tells us that, as a town executive, he really enjoys community involvement and is helped by his sense of humor. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, reading, and the arts. 
     
    Ipswich-Rowley Rotary is thrilled to welcome Doug and Stephen to the Rotary family. We know that their energy, skills, creativity, and compassion and will fit very well with our core missions of service and environmental sustainability. 
     
    Pictured from left: President Martha Mauser, Stephen Crane, sponsor Nat Pulsifer, Martha and Doug Brendel. Doug was sponsored by Joan Arsenault.
    Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes New Members Bob Wicks 2023-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Arlington's Flags for Heroes

    Posted by Paul Buckley on May 09, 2023
    Community members have the opportunity to sponsor a flag in memory or honor of the men and women who are serving or have served as members of the Military, Police Officers, Firefighters, First Responders, Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Mentors, Community Leaders, and fly for all the people who have made a difference in their lives. Arlington Rotary has dedicated this year's installation in memory of Maria Krepelka, longtime town employee and Rotary volunteer who died last October. 
     
    Flags for Heroes is a way to honor people who are your heroes. They may be men and women who are serving or have served as a members of the military, first responders, parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, community leaders, or other heroes. You may sponsor as many heroes as you want, and a flag with the name of your heroes will be flown at Park Circle Water Tower on Park Ave in Arlington.
     
    Your donation of $40 will go directly to Rotary Club of Arlington's scholarship program.
     
    Arlington's Flags for Heroes Paul Buckley 2023-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Medford Rotary Comedy FUN Raiser

    Posted by Anne Powers on May 08, 2023
    Rotary Club of Medford, MA is hosting a Comedy Night FUN raiser for the benefit of our Medford Rotary charity endeavors.

    Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - Doors open at 6 PM.
    Prince Pizzeria
    Giggles Comedy Club
    517 Broadway, Saugus, MA
    Tickets are $40 per person, $35 per person for groups of eight or
    more... includes pizza dinner and comedians!!!

    Contact Justin Lasko for tickets 781.905.1537
    A scratch ticket raffle and raffle/auction of various prizes will also be held.

    Hope to see you there! 
    Medford Rotary Comedy FUN Raiser Anne Powers 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

    50 Years of Service in Methuen

    Posted by Julie Brady on May 08, 2023
    We honored James Maloney for his 50 years of service to the Methuen Rotary Club and presented him with his 2nd Paul Harris which is the highest honor a Rotarian can receive.  In January we held a brunch in his honor and many local city leaders attended to celebrate James.  He was the City Clerk in Methuen for many years, served as Methuen Board of Trade President, and was involved in many different service areas within the Merrimack Valley. He also served as President of Methuen Rotary Club which is where his heart truly remained. 
     
    To quote his wife Louise Rotary was always a very important part of his life and has given him some wonderful memories.  I remember when he was still active in the Club I could never schedule anything on a Friday from 12 to 2pm.  He still likes to talk about all the good times the Club provided, and the good the Club does for various organizations.
    It was our honor to celebrate him and thank him for his years of service.  James truly exemplified the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self” 
    50 Years of Service in Methuen Julie Brady 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Host a 2023-24 Global Scholar

    Posted by Lori Becker on May 04, 2023
    Host an Inbound Global Scholar? What does that mean?

    Being a host means looking out for the scholar as they plan to come to the U.S. and while they are here. Scholars live on, or off, campus at the University that they are studying with. Scholars are graduate students coming here to further their studies to gain a Master’s or PhD here in the U.S. Some even come to the U.S. with their families!

    As a host, you can help them navigate the area, connect with groups in the area and figure out how to do things while they are here like taking the bus to NY or visiting the Cape and New England. Being away from home can be tough and having a host family here for you can make a big difference.

    If you'd like to host a scholar this year, please contact Anne Lewis at car4forever@gmail.com or Lori Becker at Lori@cfefitness.com to be placed on our "Yes! I want to host" list.

    Note: Our current scholars are being hosted by Cambridge, Ipswich, Danvers and Somerville and we'd love to place this year's group in even more clubs!
    Host a 2023-24 Global Scholar Lori Becker 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Author Christina Brown Speaks at Burlington Rotary

    Posted by Lori Becker on May 04, 2023
    Christina Brown, LMHC, joined the Burlington Rotary Club as guest speaker last week. She came to talk about her book Therapy and Other Drugs. The group talked about the stories in her book, the publishing process and mental health. The conversation was flowing, and it was nice to be able to hear from a professional about how to help people that are struggling.

    About the Author: Christina Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, specializing in working with adults diagnosed with substance use disorders. During her time as a therapist, she has treated hundreds of patients. Christina’s extensive professional and personal experiences have shaped her debut as an author with: Therapy and Other Drugs. She is also recently married to Club President Todd Bettinson.

    If you'd like to reach Christina about speaking at your club, please contact her at cmbrownwhs@gmail.com.
    Author Christina Brown Speaks at Burlington Rotary Lori Becker 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
    Lexington's Annual Comedy & Concert Night Dan Busa 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Trivia Night in Wilmington

    Posted by Pooja Singla on May 04, 2023
    Wilmington Rotary is holding a Fun Filled, Fundraiser Event:
    ROTARY TRIVIA NIGHT!
    Where: WILMINGTON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
    112 Middlesex Avenue, WILMINGTON, MA 01887
    When: Friday, June 9, 2023
    Doors Open: 6:00 PM

    The event is capped at only 50 teams of 4 at the low price of $100/Team.
    The fun night of fellowship, friendship, networking includes but not limited to
    A Comedian who will be the Trivia Master on that night.
    Wilmington Interact Club's 6-7 members helping direct the guests to their respective tables
    50/50 Raffle

    All (100%) proceeds will go towards the Rotary Scholarship Program sponsored by the Wilmington Rotary Club.

    Please Contact for tickets:
    Greg Sadowski: 978-657-6167; John Doherty: 339-927-7099
    Jack Cushing: 978-604-2443; Chris Neville: 978-479-1500

    Download the flyer here for more information! Hope to see you at the Trivia Night!

     
    Rotary Trivia Night in Wilmington Pooja Singla 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Ipswich-Rowley Plants Trees on Earth Day

    Posted by Bob Wicks on May 04, 2023
    In honor of Earth Day this past weekend, Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians planted 15 trees at two Ipswich Housing Authority properties, on County Road and at Caroline Avenue. This effort began last year, when Rotarians noted the lack of natural shade while installing air conditioners. Rotary then contacted Corliss Brothers Nursery who generously donated the trees planted this year. We also are grateful to the Ipswich Department of Public Works, who transported and installed the trees. On Saturday, and again Monday, Rotarians returned to add water bags, known as gaiters, and mulch, and to water the trees. 
     
    The donated trees are native species and part of our Centennial giving project, recognizing the club’s 100 years of service to the community. Additional trees were donated by the Ipswich Shade Tree and Beautification Committee. 
     
    The planting is part of a major renovation of the Southern Heights area by the Housing Authority that will enhance the appearance of their grounds and improve the quality of life for residents living there. Going forward, the Housing Authority intends to encourage resident volunteers to water and help care for the trees. This project truly is a collaborative effort.
     
    Chris Davis, Chair of Rotary’s Community Service Committee, coordinated the project for Rotary. The other Rotarians who volunteered were Sr Leonore Coan, John and Diane Herth, Cindy Quinn, and Jim Tedford. 
    Ipswich-Rowley Plants Trees on Earth Day Bob Wicks 2023-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Don't Delay, Support No Mow May

    Posted by Tom Hankard on Apr 29, 2023
    Even if you don't have a lawn, you can help District 7930 and our Environmental Committee spread the word about No Mow May!

    Download and post this graphic to your social media pages and let everyone you know you support pollination along with Rotary's newest Area of Focus, The Environment!

    The link shown on the graphic brings readers to our District 7930 webpage dedicated to our NMM lawn sign project along with information on what exactly is NMM and why pollinators are so important to our ecosystem.

    Mowing a lawn in May? How passé. Share the graphic today! 
    Don't Delay, Support No Mow May Tom Hankard 2023-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Wear Your Fanciest Hat to Reading's Kentucky Derby Party

    Posted by Tim Kelley
    Reading Rotary will host a fun filled Kentucky Derby event to benefit Pep's Peddlers and Pan Mass Challenge.  So, corral all of your friends, put on your best Derby attire, and trot on down to the Wakefield Elks.  Pep’s Peddlers is a local bicycle team that fundraises for multiple sclerosis.  Riders in the Pan Mass Challenge raise funds for Dana Farber.
     
    The afternoon event on Saturday, May 6th will include DJ, streamed races, derby themed games, best hat/attire prizes, raffles & more.  Doors open at 3:30. Races begin at 4:00.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar.  Register online here.
     
    Wear Your Fanciest Hat to Reading's Kentucky Derby Party Tim Kelley 2023-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA is Almost Here

    Posted by Christina Harris on Apr 28, 2023
    Please continue to help us with our last push for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).
     
    Please donate.  We have 4 students without sponsoring clubs.  If you can fund one or more of these students, please contact Christina Harris.  We still need additional funding for the RYLA weekend.  We are asking Clubs or individual Rotarians to donate to make up our shortfall.  The cost of one student is $350.  If Clubs that are not sending any students were to make a donation of $350, we will cover the costs of this vitally important event. Donations of any size will be greatly appreciated.  Donate via Square here
     
    This year’s RYLA Conference will be held from May 12-14 at the Camp Rotary in Boxford, MA.  The Annual RYLA Conference offers participants an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of cooperation and growth.  The entire cost of the program, aside from a $25 application fee provided by applicants, will be covered by the Rotary Club in your area.
     
    RYLA is Almost Here Christina Harris 2023-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Rotary and Police Distribute Groceries

    Posted by William Reilly on Apr 27, 2023
    This past Friday, April 21, 2023, the Lynn Police and Rotarians distributed over 250 Brown Bags filled with groceries primarily to those experiencing food insecurities. However, anyone can receive them. The bags include both shelf-stable and fresh items. There are no age or income requirements for the program and there is no application process. Just sign up over the phone or in person when you come to the event. To learn more or to sign up, please call 781-599-0110 and ask for the Nutrition Department. 
     
    On the third Friday of each month from 9 to 11 A.M., residents of Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott can pick up a bag of free groceries as part of Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag/Mobile Markets Program. 
     
    Lynn Rotary and Police Distribute Groceries William Reilly 2023-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Alum Spotlight:  Alyssa Louise

    Posted by Christina Harris on Apr 23, 2023
    “As a RYLA Alumni from 2019, I can say with high confidence that it has been one of, if not the most rewarding leadership experiences I have done. Helping others is something that I have strong passion for. RYLA not only provided that for me, but it gave me many other opportunities. I am so glad I attended RYLA, and I look forward to helping others have the same experience I had.” - Alyssa Louise

    #reconnectingwithryla 
     
    For all you need to know about RYLA, see our linktree found at: https://linktr.ee/ryla7930.
     
    Thanks to all who visited the RYLA booth at the District Conference House of Friendship.  Congrats to basket winner, 7890's DGE Christine Burns.  We raised some of the funds, but we are still short of fully funding this important youth program.  We ask you to consider donating to close the gap.  Donate via Square here.  For more info, contact Christina Harris.
    RYLA Alum Spotlight: Alyssa Louise Christina Harris 2023-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

    District Conference 2023 was "Wicked Pissah"

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Apr 23, 2023
    Our keynote speaker, Evan Burrell, learned a lot of new words during his stay in New England, including the proper words to describe our 2023 District Conference: it was "wicked pissah!" 
     
    If you weren't there this weekend, you really missed a lot:
     
    Pickleball, Wine Fellowship, Tutudesks, Microfinance, Rotaract, RYLA, Interact, Polio Eradication, ESRAG, Climate Action, Human Trafficking, Video Storytelling, Rotaplast, No Mow May, a new Rotary Club for Military Veterans, Juggling District Governors, wild (and unconfirmed) stories about a Tesla stuck in a snow drift, and much more...
    District Conference 2023 was "Wicked Pissah" Alexander Falk 2023-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Speaker Opportunity: Advocacy for Water Conservation

    Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Apr 20, 2023
    Speaker Opportunity: Advocacy Toolkit for Water Conservation.  Funded by RI Global Grant Saving the Ipswich River & Watersheds: The Lifeblood of Our Communities. 
     
    The Ipswich River is one of the most Endangered Rivers in America, threatened by over-use of its limited flow. The Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA) and the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club are partnering on work funded by a Rotary International grant to reduce water use in communities across the North Shore. This grant funds the development of an advocacy toolkit and a new initiative to engage community members to spread the word about water conservation around the North Shore.

    IRWA Planning and Resiliency Program Manager, Erin Bonney Casey, would love to speak with your club on the advocacy toolkit and provide a brief training for Rotarians interested in tabling at local garden centers and community events to educate the public about the water challenges facing us and the individual actions you can take to conserve water.

    Contact Joan at joan@massteximaging.com to set up this incredible presentation/opportunity for your club.
    Speaker Opportunity: Advocacy for Water Conservation Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Chelsea Rotary Derby Fundraiser

    Posted by Douglas Mauch on Apr 19, 2023
    The Rotary Club of Chelsea is holding a Chelsea Rotary Derby to raise funds to support their local scholarship program and send twenty Chelsea youth to Camp Rotary for a week.
     
    The event will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Anthony’s in Malden. Tickets for a chance to be a horse owner are $100. Six tickets will be drawn to represent each of the six horses in the race. The race will be 10 “furlongs” in length. The payouts will be; Win; $2,500, Place: $1,500; Show: $1,000. Betting on individual horses will be conducted. There will also be numerous door prizes. Dinner tickets are $60 and are separate from the $100 race tickets. Corporate sponsorships are available for $1,000 and include four race tickets, four dinner tickets and a banner at the finish line.
     
    For race or dinner tickets please contact Bruce Mauch at (857) 544-9041. Checks should be made out to Rotary Club of Chelsea Charitable Foundation, or you can Venmo the funds to Douglas-Mauch. 
    Chelsea Rotary Derby Fundraiser Douglas Mauch 2023-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Connor's Kindness Project in Burlington

    Posted by Lori Becker on Apr 19, 2023
    The Burlington Lunch club turned their lunch meeting into an "all hands on deck" service project & lunch last week. It was the first service project that they've done in a while and the club's support was awesome! Members helped make kit boxes, fill and label them. The goal was far exceeded and the final donation was for 60 kits!

    Connor's Kindness Project is an organization started by then 12 year old Connor to provide Kindness Kits to kids.  A Kindness Kit is a box of carefully thought out items selected by Connor himself. The kits are delivered to children in hospitals and shelters and are meant to be entertaining, comforting and fun for children in challenging situations.  

    Prior to this lunch, Connor and his partner Sharon Marrama (also his grandmother) spoke to the club about his idea and what their plans are for the upcoming year. If you'd like to put together a speaking event and/or service project, please contact Assistant Governor, Lori Becker of the Burlington club for more information.
    Connor's Kindness Project in Burlington Lori Becker 2023-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

    LAST CHANCE To Register For District Conference

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Apr 17, 2023
    Our 3 District Conference is coming up in five days already, next Saturday, April 22nd, at the Burlington Marriott and we are so excited to share this amazing program with you! This event is open to all Rotary Club members and guests and it is going to be an inspiring and educational event that no Rotarian is going to want to miss. Please see below (or click Read More) to read about our awesome program, which includes TutuDesks, Human Trafficking, Climate Action, MicroFinance, Rotaract, RYLA, Operation Pollination, Global Grants, Video Storytelling Skills, our keynote speaker Evan Burrell from Australia, and so much more!
     
    Monday, April 17th is Patriots’ Day and this is the LAST day to register for the conference:
     
     
    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.
     
    LAST CHANCE To Register For District Conference Alexander Falk 2023-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

    5 Fun Facts about DG Alexander Falk

    Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Apr 16, 2023
    As Alexander Falk's District Governorship draws to a close in a few months, he recently looped back to his home club, Marblehead, to reacquaint himself with long-time and new club members by diving deep into his professional and personal life in the form of a “re-classification talk”.  Of course, we know this all-star leader as an avid skier, a fervid Red Sox fan, and a die-hard Rotarian, but here are five interesting random fun facts about him:

    Fact 1:  His childhood idol was Star Trek's Mr. Spock. So next time you see him, test his Vulcan salute.

    Fact 2:  He knows how to juggle and ride a unicycle. Next time you see him, throw him some plates to see how well he does with those.

    Fact 3:  He has already seen two total solar eclipses (and traveled to a perfect location to see them) and is currently planning the family trip for the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse.

    Fact 4:  In a Red Sox uniform, he once played a baseball game in Fenway Park. That explains the accompanying picture.

    Fact 5:  He and his wife, Nora, got married in a shopping mall in Vienna! Why? You have to ask him this one yourself. 
    5 Fun Facts about DG Alexander Falk Rosie Tan Segil 2023-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Reading's Global Grant Project in Jordan

    Posted by Nadia Haddad on Apr 14, 2023
    Dear Fellow District 7930 Rotaries,
     
    Reading Rotary has exciting news.  We are joining forces with the Rotary Amman Citadel in Jordan in an International Project to combat the increasing problem of obesity in Amman.
     
    Two decades ago the obesity rate in Jordan was 27%. Currently, the obesity rate in Jordan is at 35.5% and growing.  This represents the largest increase in obesity rate of any country in the world. It has also led to a 15.4% rate of diabetes and other health issues that their country is unequipped to handle.  Combined with very little emphasis on physical activity and a lack of sporting facilities, the issue is real and trending in the wrong direction.
     
    The Rotary Club of Amman has designed a project that addresses the growing problem and will have a sustainable effect on their youth.  This project starts with a healthy living awareness campaign which includes social media, posters, flyers, workshops and lectures. It also includes the organization of local sports and activities. The final step is to construct a public, open-air sports facility or playground complex for local children to play outdoors.
     
    Reading's Global Grant Project in Jordan Nadia Haddad 2023-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Reading Hosts Kentucky Derby Event May 6

    Posted by Sheila Clarke on Apr 14, 2023
    Reading Rotary is hosting this fun-filled event on behalf of Pep's Peddlers and Pan Mass Challenge. So, corral all of your friends, put on your best Derby attire, and trot on down to the Wakefield Elks.  Pep's Peddlers' cause is multiple sclerosis.  The Pan Mass Challenge raising funds for cancer.
     
    Saturday, May 6th at the Wakefield Elks Club, 63 Baystate Rd., Wakefield, MA 01867. Doors open at 3:30. Races begin at 4:00. Appetizers and Cash Bar.

    Afternoon to include DJ, streamed races, derby themed games, best hat/attire prizes, raffles & more!

    Download event flyer here.  Register for the event here.  Questions and the like, contact Sheila Clarke or Rosemary Murphy.
    Reading Hosts Kentucky Derby Event May 6 Sheila Clarke 2023-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Club Experience Matters the Most

    Posted by Peter Majane on Apr 14, 2023
    Recent Rotary research confirms that the single most important factor in membership satisfaction is the club experience.

    Using our Membership Assessment Tools guide, which includes the Member Satisfaction Survey, can help you craft an experience that reflects your members' interests and needs.

    You can download the Membership Assessment Tools guide here.  And the Membership Satisfaction Survey here.
     
    More information and best practices regarding Membership can be found at our District Membership Committee page.

     
    Club Experience Matters the Most Peter Majane 2023-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Alum Spotlight:  Michael Woo

    Posted by Andrew Maddox on Apr 11, 2023
    “I loved RYLA so much that I am still involved with the program in another Rotary District! RYLA allowed me to meet so many new people and cultivate new leadership skills. I was able to overcome my greatest fears and grow from it in a safe and supportive environment.” - Michael Woo
     
    #ReconnectingWithRYLA 
     
    RYLA applications are now live and are available at bit.ly/2020RYLA as well as on our RYLA linktree found at: https://linktr.ee/ryla7930.
    RYLA Alum Spotlight: Michael Woo Andrew Maddox 2023-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Hosts Essex DA Tucker

    Posted by William Reilly on Apr 10, 2023
    Paul Tucker, Essex County District Attorney, was the guest speaker at the Lynn Rotary Club on April 6, 2023.  He shared with the Club his path in becoming the District Attorney.  He started in law enforcement as a campus police officer at Salem State University.  He soon joined the Salem Police department as a patrol officer.  He came up through the ranks as detective; chief of detectives; and finally chief of police in 2009.  Along the way he earned a master’s degree in criminal justice as well as a law degree and passing the bar on his first attempt.  In 2014 he left the chief’s position and was elected State Representative, which was followed in 2022 by his election to Essex County District Attorney. 
     
    He also shared with the Club some anecdotes from his career with the Salem Force; among them was in 1998 when he was involved in a shoot-out and a hostage situation, stemming from a bank robbery.  Thankfully that situation ended with a release of the young children held hostage and only the robber being injured with a gunshot to the leg.
     
    Lynn Hosts Essex DA Tucker William Reilly 2023-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Alumn Spotlight:  Alissa Smith

    Posted by Andrew Maddox on Apr 06, 2023
    "It’s been almost 10 years since I first attended RYLA, and I can say with confidence that it has been an integral stepping stone in my journey thus far. I have always loved volunteering, caring for others, and generally being helpful to those around me. RYLA not only provided me a sense of community among like-minded peers but encouraged me to pursue a career that allowed me to continue participating in those same passions." - Alissa Smith 
     
    #ReconnectingWithRYLA 
     
    RYLA applications are now live and are available at bit.ly/2020RYLA as well as on our RYLA linktree found at: https://linktr.ee/ryla7930.
    RYLA Alumn Spotlight: Alissa Smith Andrew Maddox 2023-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Alum Spotlight:  Maddie Cass

    Posted by Andrew Maddox on Apr 06, 2023
    "Six years later and I still think about the memories I made at my very first RYLA as a junior in high school. In just three days, I developed my leadership skills all while making meaningful connections with the members of my RYLA family. The weekend’s activities included the Culture Walk, which still stands as one of the most impactful experiences I have truly ever been a part of. RYLA is an opportunity to not only meet people and craft lifelong friendships, but also to learn more about communities and cultures beyond your own. There is simply no other experience like it!" -Maddie Cass

    #ReconnectingWithRYLA 
     
    RYLA applications are now live and are available at bit.ly/2020RYLA as well as on our RYLA linktree found at: https://linktr.ee/ryla7930.
    RYLA Alum Spotlight: Maddie Cass Andrew Maddox 2023-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

    What’s New in the Learning Center?

    Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Apr 05, 2023
    Soon after Governor Alexander took office, he challenged the Assistant Governors to take some courses in the Learning Center. Some of us took on the challenge, and this is the result!

    Since I had just finished my term as District Governor, but still had paperwork to do, I started with Governor Basics. I found lots of useful information and clarity to the reasons we do things certain ways. From there, I went onto Governor  Intermediate and then Advanced courses where I found answers to some of my last questions on my paperwork.

    As I now rejoined the Assistant Governor group and this tool was not available when last I was an AG, I decided to start there with AG basics and follow through with the Intermediate and Advanced courses. Again, I found a plethora of information! These are great courses for anyone who thinks they want to be an Assistant Governor before they actually jump into the role.
     
    What’s New in the Learning Center? Terry Rezendes Curran 2023-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

    A Bed for Every Child Service Project

    Posted by Peg Sallade
    On Saturday May 13, Lynnfield Rotary will host a community service event to build beds for children in need. Rotary clubs and community organizations across the District are welcome to join us. A Team of 4 people and a contribution of $350 is all it takes to register. All the tools and materials are provided. The event is outside at Lynnfield Market Street, 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday May 13. Indiviuals can join an existing team for $50. For more information or to register a team, contact Christine Travers or Ron Block. See www.lynnfieldrotary.com for more information.
    A Bed for Every Child Service Project Peg Sallade 2023-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA Needs Your Help

    Posted by Christina Harris on Mar 31, 2023
    Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) needs your Club’s help! 
     
    We need more students.  So far, we are only 1/3 full, so please continue to spread the word.  Reach out to prospective high school candidates.
     
    We need donations.  We need additional funding for the RYLA weekend.  We are asking Clubs or individual Rotarians to donate to make up our shortfall.  If your Club is not sponsoring a RYLA student, please consider making a donation.  The cost of one student is $350.  If Clubs that are not sending any students were to make a donation of $350, we will cover the costs of this vitally important event. 
     
    Donations of any size will be greatly appreciated.  Donate via Square here
     
    Tips to find more candidates.  Connect with Interact Clubs or other service organizations at the High School; National Honor Society; Trade schools in your communities; home school organizations; Scouts.  We need your help to bring in more students as we reboot RYLA post pandemic.
     
    RYLA Needs Your Help Christina Harris 2023-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Help Us Fill Symphony Hall for Rotary's New Peace Center

    Posted by Lori Karas on Mar 31, 2023
    Districts 7930, 7910 and 7780 - Let’s join together with friends, family and community members for peace and make an impact!
     
    Volunteers are needed to plan an exciting event that will celebrate Rotary’s new Peace Center, scheduled to open in 2024 in Istanbul, Turkey.  Peace Centers are located at universities across the world – there are seven now and Istanbul will be the eighth. Rotary Peace Centers offer specially designed curricula to train individuals devoted to peacebuilding and conflict resolution.  To date, more than 1,500 people have been trained and serve in governments and NGO’s throughout the world.
     
    This project, spearheaded by District 7930’s District Governor Elect Lori Karas, was inspired by a group in Israel who produces musical events. They create a three-part harmony by bringing people together in a large space and dividing them into various parts to sing. See https://youtu.be/XqvKDCP5-xE  as example of the program we are planning.
     
    There are three parts to the program:
     
     
    Help Us Fill Symphony Hall for Rotary's New Peace Center Lori Karas 2023-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Brand Center Webinar

    Posted by Andy Maddox on Mar 31, 2023

    On Wednesday, March 29th the Public Image Committee hosted an informative webinar on the use of the Rotary Brand Center. The Brand Center is available to all Rotary Clubs and all Rotarians and is your source for graphic materials that comply with the Rotary brand guidelines.

    A brand is more than just a logo, but a logo is a big part of our visual identity. When the public sees it throughout their community, they begin to think of Rotary members as people of action. Using the same visual elements unites Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact and allows us, as a diverse global organization, to tell our story with one voice.

    We concluded the webinar with a Q&A session, where people could ask the Public Image committee anything! And we did indeed get questions about Zoom backgrounds, etc. wink

    We covered the following points in this webinar:

    • 01:50 How to access the Rotary Brand Center
    • 05:42 How to create customized Rotary Club logos for your club
    • 15:55 How to create customized People of Action graphics for your club
    • 32:15 How to access the image library at the Brand Center and what you can expect to find there

    You can now watch the recording on YouTube by clicking here... or you can click on the timecodes above to jump directly to a particular segment of our webinar recording.

    Rotary Brand Center Webinar Andy Maddox 2023-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Recognizes Outstanding 8th Graders

    Posted by William Reilly on Mar 31, 2023
    On March 30, 2023, the Rotary Club of Lynn continued with its tradition of recognizing 8th grade students from Lynn Middle Schools. These are students who have struggled with some adversity during the school year or have shown empathy toward others in an outstanding way. 
     
    The students are nominated by their teacher or guidance counselor, someone who knows the student very well. The students are invited to a luncheon meeting of the members and are individually presented with a gift certificate to a local bookstore, a Certificate of Achievement, and a $25 gift certificate to open an account at the River Works Credit Union, the program sponsor.  During the individual presentations a narrative is read by the Club President or his designee enumerating the various situations the students struggled with and how they were overcome.  During the program Dr, Raymond Bastarache, former past Club President and former Deputy Superintendent of Schools, spoke on the importance of this program. He said: “one can tell how valued this program is to the City of Lynn by the people in attendance.”  He then went on the introduce the Chief of Police, Chris Reddy, the newly appointed Fire Chief, Dan Sullivan, and the current Superintendent of Schools, Debra Ruggiero. 
     
    Lynn Recognizes Outstanding 8th Graders William Reilly 2023-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Wilmington's Polar Plunge Success

    Posted by Pooja Singla on Mar 27, 2023
    Congratulations, Wilmington Rotary Club on such a Successful Polar Plunge Event on Saturday, March 25, 2023!
     
    Thank you to all of our Wilmington Rotary Members, our Rotary Interact Members, and their families, friends and neighbors who came out in such great numbers for Saturday's Polar Plunge at Silver Lake to benefit District 7930's Polio Plus Fundraiser. 
     
    Seventeen Interact Members and two Adults, including President Greg and a friend whom he challenged, participated in the plunge which has so far raised $1,750 on our Go Fund Me page, and our Rotary Club will be making an additional donation of $475.00, pushing us to at least $2,225.00! We don't have a tally as yet on any Venmo or Mail-in payments but we will keep the GoFundMe link up for a few more days. It would be great if we can push that total over $2,500! 
     
    Wilmington's Polar Plunge Success Pooja Singla 2023-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Interact Helping People at Home and around the World 

    Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 26, 2023
    Several leaders of the Ipswich High School Interact Club were on hand last Thursday morning, at the regular meeting of the sponsoring Ipswich-Rowley Rotary club, to update the Rotarians on their 2022-23 projects. During the meeting, Interact presented a check to 'The Open Door' food pantry, which serves the Cape Ann region from their locations in Gloucester and Ipswich. 
     
    The club also informed us of their progress in providing micro-loans to small business operators in developing countries in Africa and South America. We learned that the micro loan project is administered through Kiva, a non-profit organization that “allows people to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs and students in 80 countries. Kiva’s mission is to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.” These loans are slowly paid back over time, enabling the club to help more people. 
     
     
    Interact Helping People at Home and around the World Bob Wicks 2023-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Beverly Presents Donations to Police and Fire

    Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Mar 25, 2023
    On Thursday, March 23, the Beverly Rotary Club presented a $2,500 grant each to the Beverly Police Department and the Beverly Fire Department for a total of $5,000.
     
    On hand to receive the checks were Lt. Brad Saunders and Firefighter Scott Perkins of the Fire Department and Chief John LeLacheur of the Beverly Police Department. Also attending the ceremony was Mayor Mike Cahill and City Council President Julie Flowers.
     
    Presenting the check on behalf of the Rotary Club was President Mike Jones.
     
    Beverly Presents Donations to Police and Fire Jackie Rapisardi 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    BBR Supports Mental Health Awareness

    Posted by Fran Fazio on Mar 25, 2023
    On Thursday, March 23, Burlington Breakfast Rotary was pleased to donate 20 copies each of three books on mental health awareness to Christine Conceison, District Director of Mental Health for the Burlington School System and the Burlington Public Library. These three books, What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan, The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris, and My Living Will, A Father’s Story of Loss & Hope by John Trautwein, will be the subject of discussion at a book club being held at the Burlington Public Library in April, May and June. Our club is honored to be a part of addressing this important issue. 
    BBR Supports Mental Health Awareness Fran Fazio 2023-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Theme Pins 2007-08 until 2021-22
     

    Posted by Linda Doliber on Mar 23, 2023
    Over 24 years of being a Rotarian, I have been given (sometimes in multiples) Rotary theme pins from 2007-08 through 2021-22 with only a couple of years missing. I just kept adding them to a long ribbon as each year passed and another theme was introduced. 
     
    Now I’m 73 and trying to simplify my life a bit by happily letting go of things I don’t use, no longer want, and don’t want to pass along to our kids...
     
    If anyone would like this collection of Rotary theme pins, please contact Linda Doliber at ldoliber@hotmail.com.  A donation to the Rotary Foundation would be appreciated as a thank you. 
    Rotary Theme Pins 2007-08 until 2021-22  Linda Doliber 2023-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Spread the Word about RYLA

    Posted by Christina Harris on Mar 23, 2023
    Rotary District 7930 is actively searching for qualified high school sophomore, junior and senior candidates to attend this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference, which will be held from May 12-14 at the Camp Rotary in Boxford, MA.  The Annual RYLA Conference offers participants an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of cooperation and growth.  The program is designed to challenge participants to utilize and improve their skills and accept the responsibilities of leadership.  The entire cost of the program, aside from a $25 application fee provided by applicants, will be covered by the Rotary Club in your area.
     
    Participants will be selected who have exhibited leadership abilities and who are currently in their sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. RYLA is now contacting high school Interact clubs, Rotary clubs, guidance counselors, youth organizations and other sources for nominations of conference participants.
     
    Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where students develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.
     
    Here’s what students experience at RYLA… 
    • Explore and practice new concepts of leadership and citizenship
    • Discover creative approaches for resolving family, social and professional conflicts
    • Experience the joy and the value of learning teamwork to get an advantage for the future
    • Challenge participants to exhibit “Service Above Self” in their communities and lives
     
    Applications are now live and are available at bit.ly/2020RYLA as well as on our RYLA linktree found at: https://linktr.ee/ryla7930.
     
    For additional questions or resources, contact RYLA Chair Christina Harris at Christina@PartnerWithChoice.com
    Spread the Word about RYLA Christina Harris 2023-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Meet Evan Burrell

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Mar 22, 2023

    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 who's come all the way from Australia to talk to us. 

    The conference begins 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 keynote speaker Evan Burrell.

    Registration is now open and we invite you to click here to sign up for the District Conference.

    We are also looking for sponsors and program book ads for the district conference – please click this link if you want to advertise your business and support the conference at the same time.

    Meet Evan Burrell Alexander Falk 2023-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

    World Water Day

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Mar 22, 2023

    Water is something we all need, and it’s essential for people to survive. But about 770 million people around the globe don’t have access to safe, clean water. That’s 1 person in every 10. Today, on World Water Day, we want to raise awareness about that and raise funds for projects to change it.

    You can help The Rotary Foundation support member-led projects and activities that give people access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education and promote healthy societies.


    What impact can your gift have? Donors like you have supported these sustainable, life-changing projects around the world:
    • Improving access to safely managed water in the Navajo Nation
    • Installing and expanding access to water and sanitation in Tanzania
    • Distributing clay water filters to communities in Brazil
    • Supplying clean water to 3,000 people in Papua New Guine
    • Installing water filtration systems for schools in Lebanon
    Your gift will help people gain access to clean water and better sanitation facilities in communities that need them. You can also enroll in Rotary Direct to support our Foundation’s work throughout the year. You can choose how much and how often you want to give, and you can manage your gifts online through Donor Self-Service on My Rotary. It’s a simple and secure way to make a big impact.

    Together, we can make sure communities around the world have the clean water they need.
    World Water Day Alexander Falk 2023-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Cambridge Hosts International Women's Day Event

    Posted by Natascha Finnerty on Mar 21, 2023
    Invite your family and friends to our International Women's Day event on Saturday March 25th (see flyer) to spread the word about Rotary International's commitment to girls' empowerment. Rotary sponsors countess initiatives to support the education and well-being of women and girls. This is the "year of the girl." 
     
    Cambridge Rotary has invited two special groups to showcase their work. The event will highlight the theme – Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality. Lean about the STEM programs offered to low-income girls at the Science Club for Girls in Cambridge and computer training offered to children rescued from illegal labor at Distressed Children and Infants in Dhaka Bangladesh to ensure a promising future. 
     
    We are also excited to hear from Sarah MacDonald, Director of Life Science Cares, a community service organization for people working in the biotech field. Their group supports the community, including a paid internship program for students from diverse backgrounds through Project Onramp. We will award a woman making a difference in technology. 
     
    Be inspired, have fun and meet new people who care about making a better future for half the sky. 
     
    This event is free, please register at Eventbrite link below. We welcome any donation which will go to our Ed Fund supporting Science Club for Girls and DCI. https://Cambridgerotarywomensday2023.eventbrite.com 
    Cambridge Hosts International Women's Day Event Natascha Finnerty 2023-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

    Marblehead Interact 22-23 Recap

    Posted by Jack Attridge on Mar 20, 2023
    As Senior Project approaches and the Marblehead High School Interact Club readies their election to bring in new leadership for the coming year, we are very proud to reflect on our accomplishments and share them with you.
     
    Our club, connecting our local Rotary International Clubs to the high school level, known as Interact, has been active for about 20 years. We work annually to bring a sense of global and local needs to light and do our best to learn about and assist in any way that we can.
     
    This year, we have given almost $1,000 to Kiva Loans. Kiva is a micro loan application that we have been using for close to 10 years and we give small loans to the collaborative efforts to fund the needs of small communities around the world. We have also donated 2 Shelter Boxes, which are just as they sound, a large box which is deployed to disaster areas, with enough supplies to shelter and supply a family for an indefinite amount of time. To date, Shelter Box has helped over 37,000 people just in the Ukraine War alone.
     
    Marblehead Interact 22-23 Recap Jack Attridge 2023-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

    No Mow May

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Mar 15, 2023

    The goal of No Mow May is to allow grass to grow un-mown for the month of May, allowing wild flowers to come through and creating habitat and forage for early season pollinators. This is particularly important in urban areas where floral resources are often limited.

    This spring, we are inviting all Rotary Clubs to participate in our No Mow May campaign by producing and distributing lawn signs that contain the Rotary logo, the name of your Rotary Club, and the friendly and playful call-to-action Let's Pollinate! Our District 7930 Environmental and Public Image Committees have cooperated on this effort and have created two templates that you can easily customize for your own Rotary Club.
     
    Similar to what we did for the new Membership Brochure, Public Image Committee Chair Andrew Maddox has created an online design tool that allows you to easily customize this lawn sign for your Rotary Club.
     
    No Mow May Alexander Falk 2023-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Peabody's Taste of North Shore Rescheduled to March 21

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Mar 14, 2023
    Rotary Peabody’s Taste of the North Shore at Danversport is rescheduled to March 21 from 6-8 pm.  Our “menu” of restaurants and sponsors is growing.  If you see anything you like, we encourage you to buy a ticket!  A $100 raffle ticket for the $10,000 grand prize includes 2 admissions to enjoy all the spectacular food and drinks during the evening.  If you’re a Club looking for ways to support another Club, consider purchasing a ticket (or more!) for the event for your members to make our event more accessible to even more people.  We look forward to seeing you there! 
     
     
    Peabody's Taste of North Shore Rescheduled to March 21 Alysa Hayden 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

    ClubRunner Changeover Training

    Posted by Lori Karas on Mar 14, 2023
    To help better prepare incoming Club and District Officers for the new Rotary year, ClubRunner is holding a series of free webinars from April 14-23 to help you brush up on your ClubRunner skills and knowledge. Hosted by expert Product Specialists from the ClubRunner team, they will be presenting webinars based on roles, club or district versions, and in-depth module deep dives. There will be live Q&A available during and after the webinar!
     
    ClubRunner Changeover Training Lori Karas 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

    International Women's Day Celebrations

    Posted by Sarah Furie on Mar 08, 2023
    On International Women's Day this Wednesday, we featured three dedicated Rotarian women in our district on our social media platforms. 
     
    Becca Harris, a Past President and future Co-President elect of Arlington, MA Rotary Club. She says, "the best way I know how to uplift women is to make sure that the conversation and action of equality for every person on earth no matter gender, race, sexual orientation, and ability are on the forefront of my communities and friends." Through Rotary's service, education and action in the community, she believes Rotary is working towards achieving equity. 
     
    When asked how she is celebrating women this month she said, "I am celebrating by sharing stories of women, especially women of BIPOC communities. I am also making sure I thank my mentors and other strong women in my life." 
     
     
    International Women's Day Celebrations Sarah Furie 2023-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Arlington Catholic Interact Build-a-Bed Project

    Posted by Paul F. Buckley on Mar 08, 2023
    Arlington Rotary was proud to present our Interact Club with $700 to help complete their funding to gift beds to children in need. Interact raised the rest of the $1750 needed to build 5 beds. Rotarian Bill Hayney and President Paul Buckley delivered the check.

    We also discussed RYLA with the Club and we will now be sponsoring a few participants! 
    Arlington Catholic Interact Build-a-Bed Project Paul F. Buckley 2023-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Cambridge Joins Center for Astrophysics Book Drive 

    Posted by Natascha Finnerty on Mar 07, 2023
    Cambridge Rotary turned 100 years this May and has an ambitious goal of a service project every month this year. January seemed like a good time to clear out the bookshelves. Our club sponsored its 5th joint book donation drive with the Center for Astrophysics Wolbach Library in Cambridge to support children exiting the foster system and other challenged youth (MTwyouth.org) to run a bookstore and earn funds for college and counseling.

    150 books were collected and more were promised on the day of the book pickup. Cambridge Rotary thanks librarian Daina Bouquin for her readiness to help and promote the book drive through emails and support. "With the support of local partners, Cambridge Rotary can expand its outreach and awareness of its community service efforts," explains Natascha Finnerty, member and organizer of the drive. 
    Cambridge Joins Center for Astrophysics Book Drive Natascha Finnerty 2023-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Malden Rotarian James Norris:  Author and Inspiration

    Posted by David Hart on Mar 07, 2023
    James Norris is the Founder and President of Handi Capable Fitness and author of “Feeling Left Out”. "Feeling Left Out" is the first in a series of four (4) Children's Books. In his own forthright style, Author James Norris provides us with the message that it is our hope that we continue to convey and inspire the messages that everyone deserves to live a life they are proud of; No challenge can stop you from doing the amazing things you want to; Physical activity strengthens both the mind and body; and Encouraging others to get out and be active is part of improving your own life.
     
    See the video here of James ringing the Finish Bell at the Boston Bruins Foundation BFit Challenge at the TD Boston Garden in early February. 
     
    James Norris is the Founder and President of Handi Capable Fitness, Inc. (HCF). HCF is a 501(c)(3) Organization headquartered in Malden, Massachusetts. Its Website Address is www.handicapablefitness.com. Mr. Norris is a nationally known Handi Capable Athlete and Motivational Speaker who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy just before his second birthday. James has a very strong Social Media presence across many Platforms and is a popular sought-after National Speaker. Mr. Norris is currently in his later thirties. HCF supports the health and wellness of all adaptive athletes nationwide, encouraging them to step out of their box, and face adversity with strength, courage, and resilience. Through scholarship funding, HCF is able to provide much needed funding for fitness memberships, athletic equipment, and travel for its adaptive athletic community.
     
    You can support James and HCF by purchasing his book, Feeling Left Out, on Amazon or Author House.
    Malden Rotarian James Norris: Author and Inspiration David Hart 2023-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Chase Delano Joins Ipswich-Rowley

    Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 06, 2023
    Ipswich-Rowley Rotary is happy to announce that Chase Delano has joined the Rotary family.
     
    A recent addition to the local scene, Chase already is making a significant impact on Ipswich and the wider community. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development, and currently serves as Executive Director of the Ipswich Partnership to which she brings broad experience in marketing, strategic partnerships, community building, and organizational development. 
     
    Chase is very engaged in the community as a member of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Essex County Beekeepers Association, the Ipswich Garden Club, and MAC Tennis (USTA league). She also volunteers at the Three Sisters Garden Project. 
     
    Chase Delano Joins Ipswich-Rowley Bob Wicks 2023-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Danvers Rotary Calendar Fundraiser

    Posted by Becky Kilborn on Mar 05, 2023
    Danvers Rotary announces a fundraiser for April 2023. The calendar offers a prize or prizes for each day of the month in April. Purchase a calendar for $10 and you have 30 chances to win. The more tickets you purchase the more chances to win some great prizes. Each date offers cash or gift cards.

    Calendars are available at Danvers YMCA, 34 Pickering Street, Danvers 978-774-2055. Or contact Becky Kilborn at bjkilborn@gmail.com or 508-641-7865. A drawing will be held each day and the winner will be notified.  Got to www.danversrotary.org for more information.  Click here to view calendar and prizes.
     
    We are grateful for your help.
    Danvers Rotary Calendar Fundraiser Becky Kilborn 2023-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Follow Us to the Moon

    Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Mar 03, 2023
    The Beverly Rotary Club is having its Spring Fundraiser, "Follow Us to the Moon!" on Friday, April 28th from 6:00 to 10:30 pm at Danversport Waterfront.  This event is featuring HOWL 2GO, dueling pianos.  This is an evening of song, dance and fun. Specific details are on the flyer.  Proceeds will benefit the Charitable causes of the Beverly Rotary Foundation.  This includes scholarships to high school seniors.  The tickets are $70 each which includes admission, heavy hors oeuvres, dessert and coffee.  There will be silent and brief live auctions, cash bar, raffles, a putting contest, and other special attractions. 
     
    For tickets, go to https://bit.ly/RotaryMoon. For more info, you can contact Jackie Rapisardi at rappy57@me.com.   Download the flyer here.
    Follow Us to the Moon Jackie Rapisardi 2023-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Meet the Next RI President

    Posted by Lori Karas on Feb 28, 2023
    Join us at the Boston Marriott, Newton, MA on Friday, March 10, 2023!  Hear first-hand from Rotary International President Elect, R. Gordon McInally. 
     
    NEPETS presents:
    Dinner with Rotary International President Elect, R. Gordon McInally and his partner, Heather.
    Friday, March 10, 2023
    Cocktails at 5:00PM.  Dinner at 6:00PM.
    Boston Marriott, Newton, MA
    https://nepets.ticketspice.com/ne-rotary-pets-2023-friday-dinner

    Everyone who is interested in attending who is not already registered for NEPETS or anyone who is inviting a guest/partner/spouse to join them Friday night MUST register and pay online by 1PM on Friday March 10 -- no exceptions.  
    Meet the Next RI President Lori Karas 2023-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Ipswich River Watershed Legislative Breakfast

    Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Feb 28, 2023
    Join Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians and other supporters of our Ipswich River watershed in a Legislative Breakfast, Tuesday, March 14, 8:30 a.m., at the Fernwood Country Club, Middleton, MA. Past Trustee Julia Phelps will be speaking on behalf of TRF.

    Our new Global Grant, Saving the Ipswich River and Watersheds is sponsoring this unique event. Join us to discuss water and climate resiliency issues facing our watershed and communities. State legislators from around the watershed will share their ideas about how to protect our rivers. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of their legislators about these important topics.

    The cost for breakfast is $25. Link to register:
    https://www.ipswichriver.org/events/legislative-breakfast-2023/
    Ipswich River Watershed Legislative Breakfast Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Peabody Celebrates Black History Month

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Feb 23, 2023
    Rotary Peabody ended its month-long celebration of Black History month with speaker Nicole McClain, founder and President of the North Shore Juneteenth Association, Inc.  Her organization's mission is to spread awareness about the Juneteenth holiday, sharing positive images of Black American culture with the community and joining the fight to dismantle racism using events and programming as a tool for change.  Her informative, revelatory talk renewed the Club's dedication to its DEI efforts, including plans to celebrate Black Americans and other BIPOC and marginalized groups throughout the year. 
     
    We encourage all Clubs to celebrate Juneteenth in their cities/towns.  You can get more information on the North Shore Juneteenth Association here.  
    Peabody Celebrates Black History Month Alysa Hayden 2023-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Chelsea Celebrates Member's 50th Year in Rotary

    Posted by Douglas Mauch on Feb 21, 2023
    The Rotary Club of Chelsea held a special evening meeting to celebrate Past President Allan I. Alpert’s 50 years as a Chelsea Rotarian.  Joining Rotary in January 1973, Allan was the youngest member to join Rotary, three months short of his 24th birthday.  After serving as Sergeant-at-Arms and Vice President, he was elected Club President, serving for the 1977–1978 Rotary year as the youngest President in the Club’s or District’s history.  Coincidently, during Allan’s tenure as president, Chelsea Rotary celebrated its 50th anniversary at the former Caruso’s Diplomat in Saugus with over four hundred guests attending.

    Allan, a three-time Paul Harris Fellow, was joined at the meeting by his wife Laraine, a Paul Harris Award recipient, son, daughter and two grandchildren, while two other sons and families joined us on Zoom.

    Pictured here are President Rick Gopen and celebration chair, PP Juan Gallego, presenting Allan with a citation from the City of Chelsea celebrating his 50 years as a Chelsea Rotarian and his service to the community.  The Club also presented Allan with a plaque and gavel commemorating his fifty years as a Rotarian.
    Chelsea Celebrates Member's 50th Year in Rotary Douglas Mauch 2023-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Marblehead Harbor Welcomes New Members

    Posted by Linda Doliber on Feb 21, 2023
    The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor has inducted two new members, Julie Hahnke and Francie King.  Julie is CEO of Cecropia Strong, a non-profit that assists people with physical disabilities to lead full lives.  Francie is a published author and editor who has recently joined the leadership team of The Marblehead Current, Marblehead’s non-profit weekly newspaper.  Both Julie and Francie transitioned from the club’s Service Membership to Active.
     
    Pictured here are left to right:  Don Doliber, Club Secretary; Julie Hahnke; President Jessica Barnett and Julie’s sponsor; Francie King; and Bob Erbetta, Francie’s husband and sponsor.
    Marblehead Harbor Welcomes New Members Linda Doliber 2023-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Be Bold-Get Cold Plunge, East Boston, Mar. 4

    Posted by Vera Carducci on Feb 20, 2023
    The Belle Isle Rotary Club and the Parkway Club are hosting a polar plunge Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the East Boston Yacht Club, 1 Rice Street, East Boston, MA 02128.  Doors open 10am, plunge at 11am and good times, hot food, cash bar, raffles and prizes in a cozy yacht club on the water with a beautiful Boston skyline view to follow!  The grill will be fired up and the music will be playing.  Plenty of parking.

    Don't want to plunge?  Don't worry; come by anyway and join in on the fun.  We'd be thrilled to have you join us. 
     
    Questions/RSVP to Joe Steffano 617-909-5382 or jes5678918@aol.com, Tom Hankard 781-454-7688 or tomhankard@yahoo.com, Vera Carducci 978-880-0390 or jes5678918@aol.com, Terry Rezendes Curran terrycurran7930@gmail.com.
     
    Be Bold-Get Cold Plunge, East Boston, Mar. 4 Vera Carducci 2023-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Salem Builds Beds for Children in Need

    Posted by Jennifer Close on Feb 17, 2023
    On Saturday, February 11 the Salem Rotary Club along with the EarlyAct Club from the Phoenix School built 10 twin beds for children in need of their own bed. The Salem Club was able to increase to 10 beds using District Grant funds.
     
    At A Bed for Every Child, they believe sleep is just as essential as food, water, shelter, and clothing – and that all children deserve space to dream. If interested in learning more, check out abedforeverychild.org.
    Salem Builds Beds for Children in Need Jennifer Close 2023-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

    Arlington Polar Dip Video Coverage

    Posted by Tim Kelley on Feb 16, 2023
    On Saturday, January 28th members of the Arlington Rotary Club held its 3rd Annual Polar Dip at St. Camilla's Church lot.  With no centralized Polar Plunge hosted by the District, Clubs are encouraged to create their own event to raise funds for polio eradication. 
     
    Four brave dippers plunged into the icy dunk tank.  The club raised more than $2000, which will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help provide every child with the polio vaccine, and bring us closer to a polio-free world.  
     
    The event was covered by local cable ACMI.  The video is available here and is a must see.
    Arlington Polar Dip Video Coverage Tim Kelley 2023-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

    Rockport's Valentine's Senior Lunch Returns

    Posted by Matt Wigton on Feb 15, 2023
    Rockport Rotarians and senior citizens were ecstatic to enjoy the annual Valentine’s Luncheon for seniors once again!  The event, in partnership with Rockport’s Fish Shack restaurant, had taken a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.  This year included a delightful performance from Rockport High School’s Madrigals, handmade cards from Rockport Elementary School students and chocolates from Tuck’s Candy.  The lunch is presented as a gift of love and community service from Rockport Rotary to the town’s seniors.  According to club Co-President Janelle Favaloro, “the event was a great success and fun was had by all involved.” 
    Rockport's Valentine's Senior Lunch Returns Matt Wigton 2023-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

    Peabody's Taste of North Shore Returns March 14!

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Feb 14, 2023
    Rotary Peabody's biggest fundraiser is just weeks away! We've booked more than 20 vendors so far for our Taste of the North Shore. Your raffle ticket includes 2 admissions, allowing you and a guest to enjoy an expansive array of food, beer and spirits - the best the North Shore has to offer! We sell no more than 300 raffle tickets to keep the odds in your favor. For information on the participating restaurants, our generous sponsors and how to purchase tickets, please click here.  You can download the flyer here.
     
    Join us at Danversport on Tuesday, March 14th @ 6PM to enjoy an evening in great company and even greater flavors! 
    Peabody's Taste of North Shore Returns March 14! Alysa Hayden 2023-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Announcing a new DG District Grant match for TutuDesks

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 13, 2023
    In the wake of our recent successful World Peace & Understanding Event, we are excited to announce a new DG District Grant to fund at least one, but possibly even two full production runs of 1,000 TutuDesks each. In the district grant spending plan that we just submitted to The Rotary Foundation, we've allocated a total amount of $10,000 for matching club donations to the TutuDesk Campaign.
     
    All the funds already collected via the webinar registration as well as via the separate online donation link will be counted as club contributions and will be matched 1:1 with DDF (District Designated Funds).
     
    In addition, we are asking Rotary Clubs that have already collected monies for TutuDesks to inform DG Alexander Falk and DRFC Joan Arsenault about the amounts you have raised, and to send those funds via check to District Treasurer Arthur Schwartz. For those clubs that have not yet decided to make a contribution: you can still get onboard and participate. Please make sure you inform us about the funds raised and send your contribution check no later than March 15th.
     
    We are very excited to hear from you and hope that by using this DDF match we can make a huge positive impact on the lives of many children in sub-Saharan Africa!
    Announcing a new DG District Grant match for TutuDesks Alexander Falk 2023-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

    DEI Webinar Recording on Implicit Bias

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 11, 2023
    The Rotary District 7930 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee hosted a webinar on Unconscious Bias aka Implicit Bias on January 18, 2023, with Topic Expert Lt. Glen Mills of the Burlington Police Department.
    The presentation was about Unconscious Bias, also known as Implicit Bias. Implicit Bias is a bias or prejudice that is present but not consciously held or recognized. All people have biases and some of these subconscious biases can go against what we consciously believe in. These implicit biases can influence our decision making and can lead to assumptions that are inaccurate or unfair, or to make decisions that are wrong. The presentation included an explanation of what implicit bias is, what research on the topic suggests, identifying one's own biases, and strategies to avoid bias-based decision making.
    DEI Webinar Recording on Implicit Bias Alexander Falk 2023-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

    2023 RYLA Registration is Open

    Posted by Allie Foley on Feb 10, 2023
    RYLA 2023—May 12–14!  Applications Are Now Open!
     
    Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary International’s leadership training program for young people.  Rotary District 7930 has a long-running annual program for high school students.
     
    High school, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to attend a weekend-long event, where they learn life and leadership skills including goal setting, cultural understanding, problem solving, communication, public speaking, networking, community building, team building and more!

    The cost for RYLA this year is $325 per student (typically paid by sponsoring Rotary Clubs), plus a $25 application fee (paid for by students).
     
    Prospective students can apply by clicking here.
     
    2023 RYLA Registration is Open Allie Foley 2023-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Help Wanted - District Treasurer & Registrar

    Posted by Lori Karas on Feb 10, 2023
    HELP WANTED – 
    District 7930 Assistant Treasurer
    Do you have a passion for numbers?  Do you have experience in cash handling, collections, accounting, and financial and tax reporting? 
    Then you may be a great candidate to learn and assist our current District Treasurer, Arthur Schwartz!  Here is the full job description and how to apply to this role.
    HELP WANTED – 
    District 7930 Registrar 2023-2024
    Are you a wiz with ClubRunner? Are you excited by putting together the registration and marketing for events within your club?  Do you like to attend and welcome those who attend the event?
    Then you may be just the person we’re looking for to be the Registrar for the 2023-2024 Rotary year. Please reach out to Lori Karas, DGE at lori.karas@outlook.com.
     
    Help Wanted - District Treasurer & Registrar Lori Karas 2023-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Saving the Ipswich River & Watersheds Legislative Breakfast 

    Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Feb 10, 2023
    Join Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians and other supporters of our Ipswich River watershed in a Legislative Breakfast, Tuesday, March 14, 8:30 a.m., at the Fernwood Country Club, Middleton, MA. 
     
    Our new Global Grant, Saving the Ipswich River and Watersheds is sponsoring this unique event.  The cost for breakfast is $25.  Here is a link to register.
     
    Saving the Ipswich River & Watersheds Legislative Breakfast Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

    World Peace & Understanding Webinar Recording: TutuDesk Campaign

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 09, 2023
    February is World Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. Our annual World Peace & Understanding event on February 8th has featured the TutuDesk Campaign. As I have visited all the clubs in our district, the one theme from my DG visit presentation that resonated the most with Rotarians all over the district was the TutuDesk Campaign, so it seemed appropriate to focus our World Peace & Understanding event on this topic.
     
    The speaker lineup included Charlie Milner of the Marblehead Rotary Club, DG Randell Barclay of Rotary District 7870 (Southern VT & NH), as well as PDG Francis Callard from South Africa.
     
    And we had a surprise visit from Rotary International President Jennifer Jones joining us for this amazing evening! What a treat!
     
    If you missed the webinar and would like to donate one (or more) TutuDesks to a child in sub-Saharan Africa, please click on this link here: https://checkout.square.site/merchant/ML5AXY2NVTDD3/checkout/CPHSHG53CJ54LLZMJQDPKDSV
     
    After you've made your donation, please watch the webinar recording here on YouTube:
    World Peace & Understanding Webinar Recording: TutuDesk Campaign Alexander Falk 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Martini and Manhattan Dunk for Polio

    Posted by Ingrid Brown on Feb 09, 2023
    The Rockport Rotary Club really thought outside the box and had a Martini and Manhattan Dunk for Polio.  It was well attended by the Club and a few District dignitaries.
     
    We raised $1019 to help towards fulfillment of our promise to the children of the world that they will never get this horrible disease! 
    Martini and Manhattan Dunk for Polio Ingrid Brown 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 09, 2023
    We have all been devastated by the images emerging from Turkey and Syria in the wake of these earthquakes that have, by the latest count, killed more than 21,000 people. This is one of the most important humanitarian crises of this new year 2023!
     
    And Rotarians are asking: what can we do?
     
    At his point in time, we have two ways for you to directly contribute - please pick whichever one make most sense to you:
     
    1. You can give directly to our Rotary partner ShelterBox, who is mounting a massive emergency shelter response program in the area: https://shelterbox.org/turkey-earthquake/
     
    2. You can give to the Rotary International Disaster Response Fund, which will soon be targeting Turkey and Syria as designated areas for help: https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund
     
    No matter which way you decide to give, your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help the people in those affected areas. Thank you for opening your heart to helping the people affected by those earthquakes!
    Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria Alexander Falk 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Looking for Ways to Raise Funds for Polio?

    Posted by Terry Curran on Feb 09, 2023
    Is your club looking for a way to raise funds for Polio?  Look no further.  Join the Belle Isle and Parkway Rotary Clubs at the East Boston Yacht Club on March 4 at 11:00 am to go down the ramp into the Boston Harbor "Bay of Pigs."

    I don't know how the yacht club got this name, perhaps it's the Cuba Libres and Pina Coladas they serve.  We'll be serving hot coffee and cocoa after the dunk.  We'll also be having a potluck so we can socialize with the other Rotarians and Interactors.
     
    Download flyer here.  RSVP to Tom Hankard of Belle Isle or Terry Curran of Parkway.  Please let them know if you are bringing Interactors.

    So Join Us!!! 
    Looking for Ways to Raise Funds for Polio? Terry Curran 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Burlington Breakfast Donation to People Helping People

    Posted by Fran Fazio on Feb 06, 2023
    Burlington Breakfast Rotary made a donation of much needed toiletries to People Helping People on Monday, Feb. 6.  Many boxes of shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, body wash, toothpaste, toilet tissue, tissues and baby wipes were brought to their new facility on Murray Ave., Burlington. 
     
    People Helping People is a nonprofit organization that oversees the Burlington Community Food Pantry, the Burlington Covenant for Basic Needs and the Holiday Program.  Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club supports this worthy cause throughout the year.  What a wonderful service People Helping People gives to those in need in our community!  
    Burlington Breakfast Donation to People Helping People Fran Fazio 2023-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

    No Mow May

    Posted by William Reilly on Feb 06, 2023
    On February 2, 2023, Alex Pedro, owner of Plants by Pedro, spoke at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Lynn. He spoke about the various pollinators in our environment and the need to “help” them survive. He said: “We are all familiar with the common bee, yet there are numerous other pollinators. Basically, any insect that flies can be considered one.”  If an insect is attracted to a flowering plant, then it is considered to be a pollinator. 
     
    One way we can help them survive is to allow our lawns to grow without cutting it or treating the lawn with harsh chemicals. By not cutting or treating the lawn, we allow it to grow longer and let flowering weeds grow, or wildflowers. This allows the pollinators to help the flowers grow which can help the vegetable, and fruit plants to grow to maturity. Without the pollinators in the environment, we would not have as many fruits and vegetables. We have all heard of the need for apple orchard owners to rent beehives to help with the pollination. The need to rent the hives is because of a bee shortage. 
     
    During his talk he stressed that people should live by the motto of: No Mow May! If we all did that it would help the environment! Why No Mow May? Because when you mow the lawns of your homes in May (in northern climates), it removes habitat and nutrients for bees and other pollinators that are emerging from underground winter homes. He left us with this closing message: “Keep in mind that there are four simple ways to protect pollinators: Grow pollinator friendly flowers; Provide nest sites; Avoid pesticides; and Spread the word”.
     
    No Mow May William Reilly 2023-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Boston Rotaract Rebuild

    Posted by Sarah Furie on Feb 03, 2023
    We're happy to share our wonderful turnout for the first meeting of the new year. As we are a group of young adults, aged 18 and up, we attract passionate undergrad students to our club. At our meeting we had students from multiple schools in the Boston area and some who are studying abroad right now. Most have volunteered with Rotary in some way before (Interact, Rotaract, or a Student Exchange program). Since we're always looking to build membership, we would appreciate you spreading the word about our club. Please share about the club with your neighbors, friends, and colleagues. 
     
    Our next meeting is set for Tuesday, February 7th at 7 p.m. at the Star Market next to the TD Garden on Causeway Street, Boston. If you're interested in more information, please email bostonrotaract.membership@gmail.com
    Boston Rotaract Rebuild Sarah Furie 2023-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Peabody's Taste of North Shore Returns March 14

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Feb 02, 2023
    There are only a few more days to sponsor Rotary Peabody's biggest fundraiser: Taste of the North Shore. We have several levels of sponsors still available. Each sponsor appears on our Taste website (https://peabodyrotarytaste.com/), social media and gets mentioned during the event. It is a great opportunity for exposure for your company or organization. Deadline for sponsorship is February 8.

    Want to support us but aren't able to sponsor? Buy your $100 raffle ticket at https://peabodyrotarytaste.com/ . Your ticket includes 2 admissions where you and a guest can sample amazing flavors from more than 20 vendors of food and spirits, plus your chance to win $10,000.

    Join us on Tuesday, March 14th, 6PM at Danversport for food, drinks and fun! 
    Peabody's Taste of North Shore Returns March 14 Alysa Hayden 2023-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Somerville Sponsored Global Grant Scholar Shares Research

    Posted by David Worzala on Feb 01, 2023
    The Somerville Club hosted Rotary Global Grant Scholar Yumeka Kawahara at its meeting in January. Her talk was titled “How Refugees in the US learn about American Racism.” It was very informative and sparked a great conversation among members of the club. 
     
    Consistent with the Rotary focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Ms. Kawahara’s presentation reminded us that many refugees to this country have little knowledge of US diversity, racial and ethnic relations, or racism prior to arrival. Once here, schools, social media, and workplace experiences were the primary places that people learned about diversity. While the study identified shortcomings in how we educate newcomers about American society, nearly all of the participants in the study viewed the United States as the “land of opportunity.”
     
    As a Rotary Global Grant Scholar, Ms. Kawahara was sponsored by the Sapporo East Rotary Club of Japan and hosted by the Somerville Rotary Club. She will graduate from the Fletcher School of International Relations in May and undertook the study as part of her graduate degree. 
     
    The purpose of the Rotary Global Grant Scholar program is to further international understanding and peaceful relations among people of different international backgrounds. The Somerville Club is proud to have coordinated with the Sapporo club, and other clubs worldwide, to sponsor many students over the years.
     
    Pictured here are Global Grant Scholar Yumeka Kawahara and Somerville Rotary President David Worzala.
    Somerville Sponsored Global Grant Scholar Shares Research David Worzala 2023-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

    Manchester-Essex Receives Membership Committee Citation

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 01, 2023
    District Governor Alexander Falk visited the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club today, February 1st, and presented President Jack Costello and Membership Chair (and President-Elect) Tim Collins with the District Membership Committee Citation Certificate for completing the new Membership Citation program
     
    In addition all club members received the new Membership Committee Citation pin! 
     
    Manchester-Essex is the first Rotary Club in our District 7930 to be recognized this way. If you want to learn more about the membership citation program, and how you can implement this in your club, please read this article.
    Manchester-Essex Receives Membership Committee Citation Alexander Falk 2023-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Presents Recognition Certificates to 8th Graders

    Posted by William Reilly on Jan 31, 2023
    On January 26, 2023, the Rotary Club of Lynn continued with its tradition of recognizing 8th grade students from Lynn Schools. These are students who have struggled with some adversity during the school year or have shown empathy toward others in an outstanding way.
     
    The students are nominated by their teacher or guidance counselor, someone who knows the student very well. The students are invited to a luncheon meeting of the members and are individually presented with a gift certificate to a local bookstore, a Certificate of Achievement, and a $25 gift certificate to open an account at the River Works Credit Union, the program sponsor.  During the individual presentations a narrative is read enumerating the various situations the students struggled with and how they were overcome.
     
    Lynn Presents Recognition Certificates to 8th Graders William Reilly 2023-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Stoneham's Valentine's Card Project

    Posted by David Gardner on Jan 31, 2023
    Rotary Club of Stoneham’s members and their guests met at Stoneham Community Television studios for their bi-weekly luncheon meeting.

    Attendees wrote messages on hundreds of Valentine's Day cards graciously donated by Boyd’s Direct to be delivered to clients at Bear Hill Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Life Care Center of Stoneham, Arnold House, Fuller House, Stoneham Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, Hope for Boston’s Homeless and the Bridge Recovery Center, along with several other agencies. “Our combined efforts will put a smile on the faces of each of the recipients who may not receive another message like the ones we wrote,” said President David Gardner (Boyd’s Direct). “Everyone’s time and compassion will have a positive impact on those who are often forgotten.” 

    President Gardner thanked Membership Chair Craig Celli (Century 21 Celli) for planning this event and for his efforts to grow the Club’s membership and to introduce Rotary to more community members. He also thanked Executive Director Amy Palmerino and Stoneham TV for hosting the meeting.

    Our guests included Dave’s wife Joni, Senior Center Director Kristen Spence, Boys and Girls Club Substance Use Prevention Program Director Elizabeth Valett, and Frank and Lois Gould from Hope for Boston’s Homeless. It was so great to have them join us in this community project.

     
    Stoneham's Valentine's Card Project David Gardner 2023-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Ipswich-Rowley Food Drive Exceeds Expectations

    Posted by Bob Wicks on Jan 31, 2023
    During its annual January Food Drive, Ipswich-Rowley Rotary collected 1,368 pounds of much needed food items for The Open Door's Ipswich Community Food Pantry. This total is 300 pounds, or about 30%, above what the club collected in 2022.

    Pressure on food pantries increased significantly during the pandemic, and that demand was accelerated even further by above average food price inflation during the past year. "We are happy to partner with The Open Door to help our neighbors in need," said Chris Davis, Service Projects chair for Ipswich-Rowley Rotary.

    The Rotary Club is grateful to our members, and to everyone, who donated so generously. We also thank our community partner organizations for providing drop off locations which are so vital to the collection process. This year’s collection partners were The Institution for Savings, Bank Gloucester, Brookline Bank, MAC Fitness, and the Ipswich Family YMCA. 
    Ipswich-Rowley Food Drive Exceeds Expectations Bob Wicks 2023-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Is your Club DEI Certified?

    Posted by David Hart on Jan 31, 2023
    As our Rotary Year 22-23 hit the mid-point you still have time to submit your Club’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion citation and score sheet. 
     
    Most Clubs have found that when they review the Citation requirements (25 suggested action steps, Club must achieve 13 of the 25 for certification) that the Club has already achieved some of the action steps.
     
    Your Club has until June 30, 2023, to review and submit your DEI Citation score sheet for certification. Please fill out your scoresheet and email to David Hart DEI Committee Chair and District Governor Alex.
     
    DEI Citation and Score Sheet documents are available on the District 7930 DEI web page.
    Please click on this link:  https://rotary7930.org/sitepage/dei.
     
    If you would like someone from the DEI Committee to come and speak to your Club, please contact David Hart, DEI Committee Chair at davidhart4251@gmail.com to arrange a date and time.
     
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Hart at davidhart4251@gmail.com or at 781-718-7799.
     
    Is your Club DEI Certified? David Hart 2023-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Arlington Gifts Drone to Police Department

    Posted by Tim Kelley
    Arlington Rotary recently purchased a drone for the Arlington Police Department.  The donation was funded in part with a grant from Rotary District 7930.   
     
    The DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Series drone will be used by officers for emergency calls for service such as water or ice rescues and to search for missing persons.  Arlington Chief of Police Julie Flaherty said: “We are grateful to President Buckley and the District 7930 Arlington MA Rotary Club for this donation to the department and to the town.  Drones are a valuable asset to a police department for many purposes, and we will put the equipment to good use. The Arlington Police Department has had many valuable experiences with the Rotary Club, and their support of their community is inspiring and appreciated.”
     
    Arlington Rotary President Paul Buckley stated: “Arlington Rotary is proud to be donating a Mavik 3 Thermal drone to the Arlington Police Department to assist them in keeping our town safe.  The drone will allow them to monitor and search areas in a more efficient and safer manner. We were able to do this as part of a Rotary District Grant. With past search issues on land and in water, it will be good to know our police have modern tools to assist them.”
     
    Arlington Gifts Drone to Police Department Tim Kelley 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

    Melrose to Host Left-Center-Right Tourney

    Posted by James Oosterman on Jan 23, 2023
    The Melrose Rotary Club is hosting another Left-Right-Center Tournament on Saturday evening, March 11th at Melrose's Memorial Hall Building, 590 Main St., Melrose. If you've played the game with friends or family, you know how much fun it can be! If you've never played before, it takes under 3 minutes to learn, and no skill is required - just a willingness to have lots of fun and hope for a good roll of the dice!

    Our event last September was a huge success, and members from other clubs also came to see what it was all about! Tables for this next tournament started selling as soon as we announced the date! The entry fee is only $20, so bring a full table of 10 and have a great night out with your friends or come and make new friends! In addition to cash prizes, a cash bar & food are available, and we'll have some super raffle baskets, too. See the attached flyer for information.  Use the link or the QR Code on the flyer to get your tickets.  Or click here for tickets.
    Melrose to Host Left-Center-Right Tourney James Oosterman 2023-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

    TutuDesks: Creating a Seat at the Table of Education in Africa

    Posted by Rosie Segil on Jan 22, 2023
    Marblehead Rotary's Charlie Milner recognizes that education is the pathway to economic mobility and a proven tool for solving global poverty. This outlook has been the focus of the Lillydale Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization; he and his wife, Toby, have invested 24 years of community service in furthering education in South Africa's rural communities. 
     
    So, imagine Charlie's excitement when he came across a TutuDesk! The learning environment influences the quality of education a child receives. And a healthy learning environment means adequate school supplies, sufficient learning materials, such as books, pencils, and writing pads, and a roof where education can happen. But what does a desk have to do with delivering effective education? 95 million children in sub-Saharan Africa need a working desk at school. Unfortunately, most of these schools have little to nothing. If children had desks to use while studying, it would be much easier to pay attention to the content, do their homework, and more. Charlie explained, "the lack of basic resources like desks holds learners back from achieving even a basic education." 
     
    TutuDesks: Creating a Seat at the Table of Education in Africa Rosie Segil 2023-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

    Virtual Winter Rotary Leadership Institute

    Posted by Linda Doliber on Jan 16, 2023
    Registration is now open for the Virtual Winter Rotary Leadership Institute two-night session February 28 and March 2, 6-9 p.m. 
     
    Do you want to enhance your Rotary experience and learn how expand your service to be a more effective member? Parts I, II, III and Graduate will be offered (and must be taken in order). Sessions are open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors...whether or not they are currently serving as club officers or on the club leadership track. 
     
    Led by a select group of trained facilitators, sessions are focused on the interplay of participant comments and not offered via a lecture format.  RLI is also open to Rotarians from outside our District. Register early in anticipation of an energetic, exciting exchange of ideas and information from a wide group of new, as well as “experienced,” Rotarians.
     
    RLI’s dynamic curriculum and the registration page can be found on the RLI website, rlinea.org. Cost for the two-part session is $25.
     
    To register, please go to rlinea.org and look at the list of Upcoming Classes on the left side, then click on "More Info" under the RLI NEA Seminar - Dist 7930-Wakefield, MA-Virtual (2 evenings) event.
     
    Virtual Winter Rotary Leadership Institute Linda Doliber 2023-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

    Looking for sponsors and program book ads for our 3 District Conference

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jan 15, 2023
    We are looking for local businesses in our district to sponsor the upcoming 3 District Conference on April 22 at the Burlington Marriott. This is a great opportunity to get your name not just in front of Rotarians in our own district, but spread your reach into Rotary District 7910 (Central Massachusetts) and Rotary District 7890 (Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut). 
    Looking for sponsors and program book ads for our 3 District Conference Alexander Falk 2023-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

    Arlington Rotary's 3rd Annual Polar Dip

    Posted by Paul Buckley on Jan 13, 2023
    On Saturday, January 28th members of Arlington Rotary will be hosting its 3rd Annual Polar Dip. Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be tripled, getting us even closer to a polio-free world. 
     
    If you or your club are interested in joining the dip please reach out to Paul Buckley at arlingtonrotary6603@gmail.com
     
    Arlington Rotary's 3rd Annual Polar Dip Paul Buckley 2023-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Rotarian, Fire Chief Steve Archer Retires

    Posted by William Reilly on Jan 11, 2023
    After almost 29 years serving the city of Lynn in the Fire Department, Chief Steve Archer has decided to retire. He was sworn in as Chief in February 2018, and gave the city 5 years as Chief. During that time, he started a Youth Fire Academy to introduce to the young people of Lynn to the possibility of becoming a Fire Fighter.
     
    He is turning over to his replacement, Chief Daniel Sullivan, a very solid fire department. As an aside, his brother Graham is Fire Chief in Swampscott. It was the only situation in Massachusetts where brothers in adjoining communities held the position of Fire Chief simultaneously.
     
    Chief Stephen Archer will continue as a Rotarian with the Lynn Club, he wants to continue to serve the community. He has committed to be the Chair of the Dictionary Project for the Club. The past Chair, James Harris, has retired and moved to New Hampshire. Stephen and his wife Susan have been regular volunteers with the Club since becoming a Rotarian a few years ago. 
    Lynn Rotarian, Fire Chief Steve Archer Retires William Reilly 2023-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
    Winchester Interact Belts and Bags Drive Kurt Heisler 2023-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Winchester Supports Mission of Deeds and Housing Authority

    Posted by Kurt Heisler on Jan 11, 2023
    The Winchester Rotary Club designated Mission of Deeds in Reading as their holiday charity. We held a virtual coat drive that delivered over 100+ coats, and our blanket drive purchased 22 blankets, 53 comforters, and 59 sets of sheets.

    Mission of Deeds gives beds, furniture, and household items, free of charge, to people in need. They help people throughout Middlesex and Essex Counties, Massachusetts as well as in the Suffolk County communities of Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

    In addition, this holiday season Members and Interactors delivered holiday dinners to the Winchester Housing Authority.
    Winchester Supports Mission of Deeds and Housing Authority Kurt Heisler 2023-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Peabody's Taste of North Shore

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jan 11, 2023
    Peabody Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year returns at Danversport on Tuesday, March 14th. We invite everyone to enjoy some of the best food and drinks the North Shore has to offer while helping us support our community and its students. Tickets are $100 and include 2 admissions to the event and one entry to our limited raffle for a grand prize of $10,000. 
     
     
    Funds raised will provide scholarships to deserving students and community improvement projects (see www.rotarypeabody.org for more info). Join us knowing you can do good while having a great time! 
    Peabody's Taste of North Shore Alysa Hayden 2023-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Peabody Joins Forces for Ellis Square Friends

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jan 11, 2023
    The Peabody Rotary Club partnered with North Shore Women in Business to donate to the Ellis Square Friends in Beverly. NSWiB matched all contributing donations, which, when combined with Peabody's donation and other raised funds, gave $1,084 to the Ellis Square Friends. This money will feed 200 people who are in need of food during the winter months.

    Ellis Square Friends is based in Beverly and works to provide food and supplies to those experiencing homelessness or great need in the area of Ellis Square. 
    Rotary Peabody Joins Forces for Ellis Square Friends Alysa Hayden 2023-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

    District Wide Military Veterans Club

    Posted by Peter Majane on Jan 10, 2023
    Our Rotary District 7930 Membership Committee is contemplating the potential creation of a District Wide Military Veterans Club, and we are trying to gauge the level of interest in this project amongst the Rotarians in our district. This club would serve Military Veterans and Non-Veterans who want to both assist veterans and participate in humanitarian projects.
     
    A potential mission statement for this club could read: "Serving past & present members of the armed forces and their families by identifying their unmet needs and participating in other humanitarian projects locally, regionally and internationally and to advance goodwill and peace around the world."
     
    If you are interested in this idea or would like to be part of a committee that further explores this idea, or would like to join such a club, or have friends or family members whom you think might want to join such a club, please contact District Membership Committee Co-Chair Peter Majane.
     
    For an example of how an existing Rotary Veterans Club in Minnesota works, please click this link to view/download their brochure.
     
     
    District Wide Military Veterans Club Peter Majane 2023-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

    John Herth Joins Ipswich-Rowley

    Posted by Bob Wicks on Jan 09, 2023
    Ipswich-Rowley Rotary is happy to announce that John Herth of Rowley has joined our club, joining his wife Diane who sits on our Board of Directors. Before moving to Rowley in 2020, John was a member of the Cohasset Rotary Club. 
     
    While a member of the Cohasset club, John’s primary focus was in heading up the course setup and breakdown for the ‘Cohasset Road Race by the Sea’, an annual fundraising event that attracted over 1000 runners. In Ipswich, he regularly delivers free meals to struggling families as part of our club’s quarterly ‘Ipswich Dinner Bell’ service.
     
    John has been and continues to be an active church leader. For several years while in Cohasset, he cooked meals monthly for a church project that prepares and freezes food for distribution to those in need on the South Shore. He also has served as a Trustee for his condo associations in both Cohasset and Rowley. 
     
    John Herth Joins Ipswich-Rowley Bob Wicks 2023-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Theme for 2023-24 announced: Create Hope in the World

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jan 09, 2023
    Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally called for members to capture the world's attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations.
     
    McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland, revealed the 2023-24 presidential theme, Create Hope in the World, during the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, FL on January 9th. He urged members to promote peace in troubled nations, help those affected by conflict, and maintain the momentum of initiatives begun by past leaders.

    "The goal is to restore hope — to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and, in turn, to help us achieve lasting change for ourselves," McInally said at Rotary's annual training event for incoming district governors.
     
    Click here to read further details on the MyRotary website and also watch a video of his keynote address announcing the new theme.
    Rotary Theme for 2023-24 announced: Create Hope in the World Alexander Falk 2023-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

    ClubRunner Essentials Webinar Recording

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jan 06, 2023
    On January 6th, the District 7930’s Public Image and Technology Committee hosted a webinar on ClubRunner Essentials open to all clubs in our District (whether you currently use ClubRunner or not).

    A representative from ClubRunner shared tips on how to save time on administrative duties, increase communication and engagement, and build a stronger membership culture, all within the ClubRunner platform.

    The webinar was recorded and is now available to all interested participants, but we especially encourage Club leadership, secretaries, and webmasters to watch
     
    ClubRunner Essentials Webinar Recording Alexander Falk 2023-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

    D7930 Inbound Global Scholars Available as Speakers

    Posted by Lori Becker on Jan 06, 2023
    Are you looking for an interesting speaker?  Reach out to one of 7930’s Inbound Global Scholars today! 
     
    Did you know that we have five Inbound Global Scholars in our District?
    We do! They are ready to come to your club to talk about their experiences and lives at home and abroad! Our scholars are here on Global Grant Scholarships which are funded by The Rotary Foundation. 
     
    Which colleges are the scholars attending?
    Our current group is enrolled in graduate programs at Harvard Law School, Tufts University, Fletcher School at Tufts and Harvard Medical School. 
     
    What are they studying? 
    Their areas of expertise are really interesting and include International Relations, European Law, Refugee Integration and Global Governance and The Impact of Environmental Factors on Women’s and Men’s Health.
    D7930 Inbound Global Scholars Available as Speakers Lori Becker 2023-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

    DEI Discussion Series -- Jan. 18

    Posted by David Hart on Jan 04, 2023
    The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee is hosting a discussion on Unconscious Bias A/K/A Implicit Bias.
     
    Wednesday January 18, 2023
    7:00PM – 8:30PM
    On Zoom
     
    Topic Expert: Lt. Glen Mills, Burlington Police Department
     
    The presentation will be about Unconscious Bias, also known as Implicit Bias. Implicit Bias is a bias or prejudice that is present but not consciously held or recognized. All people have biases and some of these subconscious biases can go against what we consciously believe in. These implicit biases can influence our decision making and can lead to assumptions that are inaccurate or unfair, or to make decisions that are wrong. This presentation will include an explanation of what implicit bias is, what research on the topic suggests, identifying one's own biases and strategies to avoid bias-based decision making.
     
    DEI Discussion Series -- Jan. 18 David Hart 2023-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations Pooja Singla DGND (DG 2025-26)

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Jan 01, 2023
    In November, the nomination committee selected Pooja Singla, from the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club as the District Governor Nominee Designee (DGND). An eBulletin went out to the entire District in November indicating her selection and asking for any challenges. No challenges were submitted by any club in our District by the December 31st deadline.
     
    Therefore, we are excited to announce that Pooja Singla has been elected to be the DGND for District 7930 and will serve as our District Governor 2025-26!
     
    We are excited to have you join the team!!  Congratulations Pooja!
     
    BIO:
     
    Pooja Singla is a Management Consultant since 2017 helping Non-Profit organizations in Metro Boston area. She has several years of working experience in multidisciplinary domains of non-profit environment, banking, healthcare, higher education institute and government offices, in the areas of administration, management, marketing, Information technology, and research and development (R&D). Pooja has a track record of developing successful programs and maintaining strong relationships with internal/external clients. She has also been recognized for her team work. She is the Chairperson of her organization’s Technology Committee and is a member of the Marketing Committee as well. She trains the consultants onboarding for their technology needs.
     
     
    Congratulations Pooja Singla DGND (DG 2025-26) Alexander Falk 2023-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

    World Peace & Understanding: TutuDesk Campaign

    Posted by Alexander Falk on Dec 31, 2022

    February is World Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. The annual World Peace & Understanding event on February 8th has been moved to a Zoom webinar and our topic will be the TutuDesk Campaign. As I have visited all the clubs in our district, the one theme from my DG visit presentation that resonated the most with Rotarians all over the district was the TutuDesk Campaign, so it seems appropriate to focus our World Peace & Understanding event on this topic. The speaker lineup includes Charlie Milner of the Marblehead Rotary Club, DG Randell Barclay of Rotary District 7870 (Southern VT & NH), as well as PDG Francis Callard from South Africa.

    Registration is open for this event - please click here to register - and even though the event is online, there is a $20 registration fee, which coincidentally is the price of one TutuDesk. Simply put, by attending the event you are providing one TutuDesk to a child in sub-Saharan Africa.

    World Peace & Understanding: TutuDesk Campaign Alexander Falk 2022-12-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Chelsea Presents Robert C. Wood Memorial Heroes Award 

    Posted by Douglas Mauch on Dec 29, 2022
    The Rotary Club of Chelsea presented the Robert C. Wood Memorial Heroes Award to Shelagh Mahoney and Joe McNamee of Eastern Minerals Inc.  Rotary District 7930 Governor Alexander Falk recognized Shelagh and Joe for being “Heroes Among Us” and presented them with a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) recognition certification and pin.  Assisting Alexander with the presentation was Chelsea Rotary Club Past President Joe Vinard and current President Rick Gopen. 
    Chelsea Presents Robert C. Wood Memorial Heroes Award Douglas Mauch 2022-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Peabody Gifts NSCAP Elder Bags 

    Posted by Alysa Hayden on Dec 27, 2022
    Rotary Peabody's growing annual tradition of putting together gift bags for NSCAP (North Shore Community Action Programs) continued this year as they spent one of their regular December meetings stuffing gift bags filled with warm-weather essentials and more. For the past 6 years the Club has been donating items, filling bags and giving them to NSCAP to their program participants. As the need grows, so has the Club's efforts. Starting at about 25 bags, the Club stuffed and donated nearly 50 bags to help senior citizens get through the winter this year. 
    Rotary Peabody Gifts NSCAP Elder Bags Alysa Hayden 2022-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

    Reading's Adopt-a-Family Project

    Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 21, 2022
    Each year Reading Rotary partners with ReadingCares and the Town of Reading to run the Adopt-a-Family project at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Christmas distribution day was December 21.  These community partners coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meal and gifts at Christmas and meals at Thanksgiving.  Donors drop off in the first shift, then recipient families pick up their food and gifts during a later shift.
     
    This year there were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Reading Rotary’s efforts were coordinated by Rotarian Sasha DiPietro.  Special thanks to Betsy Schneider of ReadingCares and Kerry Valle of Reading’s Elder and Human Services Department for their work in organizing this program.
     
    This is a truly inspirational and humbling event to see the community come together to help others.  The generosity of the donors is overwhelming as evidenced by the many smiling faces as well as some tears of thanks.  Reading Rotary is proud of and grateful for its partners ReadingCares and the Town of Reading in this community giving event.  A huge thank you to all the donor families and groups. Their generosity makes this all possible.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
     
    Pictured here are volunteers from ReadingCares, Reading Rotary, the Town of Reading at the December Adopt-a-Family pick up at the DPW garage.
    Reading's Adopt-a-Family Project Tim Kelley 2022-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Housing Needed for Ukrainian Refugee Family

    Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 21, 2022
    Housing is sought for a Ukrainian refugee family.  They are currently staying temporarily with a Brookline Rotarian and seek permanent housing.
     
    This is a young couple who have been sheltering in Austria for the last year.  They have a 3-year-old daughter with special needs.  They are looking for a house or apartment on the first floor (or in an elevator building), preferably with few or no stairs to get into the building, because the special orthopedic stroller for their daughter is very heavy.
     
    They also have a small, well-behaved dog, under 30 pounds.  And they do have a car.
     
    They will be going to Children's Hospital and possibly also Spaulding Rehab for medical services and physical therapy for their daughter.
     
    Their budget is $3000 per month.
     
    Please contact Joyce Graff for more information or with any leads.
    Housing Needed for Ukrainian Refugee Family Tim Kelley 2022-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Lynnfield Presents Genealogy Speaker

    Posted by Christine Travers on Dec 16, 2022
    Lynnfield Rotary invites you to a program on genealogy on Jan. 26 at 6 pm at Sheraton Four Points.  Features is nationally known professional genealogical researcher Michael Brophy. Dinner will be served at $35 per person.  Click here to register to attend.  Email info@lynnfieldrotary.com for more information.
     
    Michael Brophy MBA is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.  He was the first Treasurer of the New England of Association of Professional Genealogists. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
     
    Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers. In 2010, Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program "Who Do You Think You Are?" on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
     
    Mike has lectured on a wide variety of genealogy subjects worldwide and specializes in New England and Irish genealogy subjects. His genealogy education includes seven certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.
    Lynnfield Presents Genealogy Speaker Christine Travers 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

    Chelsea Bell Ringing for Salvation Army

    Posted by Douglas Mauch on Dec 16, 2022
    Members of the Chelsea Rotary Club supported the local Salvation Army by ringing the bell at the Salvation Army Kettle located at the local Market Basket. 
     
    The Salvation Army relies on money raised in the Kettles to service more than 25 million people in need per year.
    Chelsea Bell Ringing for Salvation Army Douglas Mauch 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

    Music for All at Lynnfield Holiday Luncheon

    Posted by Peg Sallade on Dec 14, 2022
    On Thursday, December 8, Lynnfield Rotary hosted its annual Holiday Luncheon at the Colonial Sheraton. Guests and new members were treated to a performance by the Lynnfield High School choral group under the direction of Douglas Hodgkins. The crowed enjoyed a medley of holiday music well sung by these talented students! Rotary used the special occasion to invite guests and new members to the club and to discuss service projects for the spring.
     
    Happy Holidays to all! 
    Music for All at Lynnfield Holiday Luncheon Peg Sallade 2022-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Lynnfield Honors Fall Athletes

    Posted by Peg Sallade on Dec 14, 2022
    Lynnfield Rotary hosted its annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner at the Salem Country Club for the rival football teams of Lynnfield and North Reading. Shown here are the football captains, cheer captains, band and Rotary Interact Club members from both schools. The dinner recognizes the time-honored, good-natured rivalry between the two schools. Sportsmanship, camaraderie and service is the model of the day. Both teams were sent off to the field with good wishes for all, and the cheer squad and band members set the spirit for the day! Congratulations to both teams for a game well played. 
    Lynnfield Honors Fall Athletes Peg Sallade 2022-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Lynnfield Turkey Trot a Huge Success

    Posted by Peg Sallade on Dec 14, 2022
    The Lynnfield Rotary Club had a successful 5k Turkey Trot fundraiser on November 20, 2023. In fact, this year we partnered with the Lynnfield Moms Group (LMG) to honor the memory of their friend Julie Routhier, who passed away in September after a brief battle with a very aggressive cancer. She left behind a husband and three young children. Their hope was to raise funds to help other such families in the community that face the devastating loss of a loved one so suddenly. Over 300 community members turned out to run/walk and a good time was had by all. Our President, Christine Travers, even wore a Turkey Costume in honor of the race's namesake. Lynnfield Rotary would like to thank all the volunteers and families that came out to support our efforts as well as our sponsors and donors. 
    Lynnfield Turkey Trot a Huge Success Peg Sallade 2022-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Retired 4 Star General Visits Marblehead

    Posted by Rosie Segil on Dec 13, 2022
    At a recent luncheon, Marblehead Rotary members were honored to be in the presence of several veterans who served respectively in Vietnam, the Gulf, and Afghanistan. This band of brothers came out to support our speaker, David D. McKiernan, retired United States Army four-star general who served in Afghanistan as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). 
     
    McKiernan briefly outlined the challenges of our military but also highlighted his connections with the town of Marblehead and Rotary. Did you know his uncle was the late Marblehead artist Thomas D. McKiernan? Although Tom held a long career in Foreign Service, he was an oil and watercolorist, active in Marblehead as a member of the art guild who painted our local architecture and harbors. Through this association, David had fond memories of his visit to our town, which he, and his wife, Carmen, now calls home! In addition, he acknowledged the good work of Rotarians—her daughter was a recipient of a Rotary scholarship to St. Andrew's University in Scotland. For years, academic and performing arts scholarships have been Marblehead Rotary's primary giving to our community and students. It was a delightful afternoon. We wish our veterans the best in their retirement to civilian lives and thank them for their years of service. 
     
     
    Retired 4 Star General Visits Marblehead Rosie Segil 2022-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Arlington Helps with First Lights Ceremony

    Posted by Dan Ellard on Dec 12, 2022
    The Arlington Rotary helped the Arlington Chamber of Commerce distribute cookies, hot chocolate, and glow sticks to hundreds of attendees at Arlington's First Light celebration on the evening of Thursday December 1st.  In addition, Arlington gathering donations of mittens, gloves, socks, and other articles of warm clothing to be donated to local charities. 
     
    Pictured here are Rotarians and Chamber members gathering donations at the event.
    Arlington Helps with First Lights Ceremony Dan Ellard 2022-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Ipswich-Rowley Remembers Bill Nelson and Paul Tardiff 

    Posted by Bob Wicks on Dec 12, 2022
    Ipswich-Rowley Rotary mourns the loss of two friends and long-time Rotarians who departed us in 2022, Bill Nelson and Paul Tardiff.
     
    Paul Tardiff joined Rotary in 1979 and served as club President in 1982-83. Paul was very active during his Rotary years, attending our meetings and events regularly, serving on committees, and contributing generously to the Rotary Foundation, where he was a Major Donor. Friends remember how he always brightened the room with his infectious smile and good humor, and that he was a leader in the club during the 1980’s and 90’s when he served regularly on the club’s Board of Directors. Paul was a multiple Paul Harris Award recipient, which recognizes his service and generosity to the Foundation. 
     
    Paul was an avid car collector and restorer, winning many awards as a member of the North Shore Corvette Club. Following graduation from Bishop Fenwick High School, he was inducted into their athletic hall of fame. Paul served in the Naval Reserve and was an avid skier. His beloved wife Beverly, to whom he was married for 54 years, was a frequent participant at club events. 
    Ipswich-Rowley Remembers Bill Nelson and Paul Tardiff Bob Wicks 2022-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

    In-Person RYLA is Back May 12-14

    Posted by Christina Harris on Dec 09, 2022
    District 7930 is excited to announce that RYLA is back, live and in person, on May 12-14 at Camp Rotary in Boxford.  COVID forced cancelation of the traditional RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) since 2020.  RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where young people can develop leadership skills while having fun and making connections.
     
    The RYLA leadership team including RYLA Alumni have been meeting and planning the re-launch of RYLA as the traditional weekend retreat.  In addition, RYLA will be returning to Camp Rotary after its renovation (which had required temporary relocation to New Hampshire.)
     
    Club Presidents and Club RYLA Chairs please note you will be receiving more detailed information soon.  The RYLA flyer can be downloaded here.
     
    Please spread the word to all RYLA Alumni you can.  RYLA Alumni are sought to give their input.  A flyer for RYLA Alumni can be downloaded here.  This flyer has a QR code for a survey.  The direct link to the survey is here. 
     
    For more information see the RYLA page or contact RYLA Chair Christina Harris.
    In-Person RYLA is Back May 12-14 Christina Harris 2022-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Reading Community Garden to Benefit Food Pantry

    Posted by Jeanne Borawski
    At their meeting on December 5, Reading Rotary was delighted to hear a presentation from Reading Community Garden steering committee member Cathy Zeek and Reading Food Pantry Board Member Simone Payment.  The women shared plans for a planned expansion of the Community Garden on public land at the Mattera Cabin site on north Main Street next spring.  Rotary is donating $6,000 to the creation of the Food Pantry's Community Garden plot.  District 7930 will also support this project as one of its approved District Grants.
     
    The presentation focused on the creation of a large garden that will produce vegetables dedicated to clients of the Reading Food Pantry.  This garden plot will be tended by local volunteers and all produce will be given away to residents struggling with food insecurity.
     
    Reading Rotary Co-President Sheila Clarke says, “This is such an exciting project for Rotary to be part of.  We are thrilled to have a meaningful impact on improving access to healthy, fresh food for all residents.”  Co-President John Douglass agrees: “The Rotary Club not only plans to support this project financially to buy supplies and materials, but our members will also be out there this spring getting our hands dirty actually building the garden.”
     
    Pictured here are Reading Rotary Co-Presidents Sheila Clarke and John Douglass, Cathy Zeek from Reading Community Garden Steering Committee and Symone Payment, Reading Food Pantry Board.
     
    Reading Community Garden to Benefit Food Pantry Jeanne Borawski 2022-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Your Questions Answered at Rotary Learning Center

    Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 02, 2022
    Have you ever asked yourself where you can find out answers to many questions about all things Rotary?
     
    Well, you are in luck.  Rotary International has a Learning Center which offers many online courses/modules with information about all aspects of Rotary.
     
    All these courses are E-Learning.  They consist of videos that you can review from the convenience of your computer.  Catalog areas include:  About Rotary; Club Leadership; District Leadership; General Membership; Professional Development; Public Image; Service; Rotary Foundation; Trainer.
     
    The Learning Center can be found here.  You will need to login with your My Rotary login.  If you do not already have one, you can follow the prompts to register.  
    Your Questions Answered at Rotary Learning Center Tim Kelley 2022-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Lynn Hosts 100th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon

    Posted by William Reilly on Nov 28, 2022
    The 100th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Football Luncheon, hosted by the Lynn Rotary Club, was held on Tuesday November 22, 2022, at the Lynn Knights of Columbus.  The luncheon brings together Captains from the five Lynn High School football teams for a friendly gathering before the Thanksgiving games.  Also included were the Cheerleader Captains and the Band Director.  The event Chairperson Sean Reid said: “Even though there is this tremendous long-standing rivalry we are still one Lynn.”  This year marks the 108th Thanksgiving game between Classical and English!   In 2021 Classical won the game on the last play of double overtime with a field goal!
     
    This luncheon was started in 1920 when only Classical and English High Schools existed, now there are five High Schools: Classical, English, Technical Vocational, St. Mary’s and KIPP Academy.  It is thought that some of the boys at the first luncheon had fathers who did not survive World War I, and it was a way for Rotary to remember them.  There would have been 100 continuous luncheons in 2020 if it were not for COVID. 
     
    Lynn Hosts 100th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon William Reilly 2022-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Winchester Woburn Annual Football Captains' Lunch

    Posted by Kurt Heisler on Nov 28, 2022
    Over 70 people joined the Winchester and Woburn Rotary Clubs' annual Football Captains' Lunch to celebrate the high school football game on Thanksgiving.  Mark Ockerbloom from Channel 25 Fox was a great guest speaker.  This 121st edition of the "Rivalry" was great to celebrate with Woburn winning this year! 
    Winchester Woburn Annual Football Captains' Lunch Kurt Heisler 2022-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Gloucester Announces 2023 Calendar Fundraiser

    Posted by Tracy Arabian on Nov 28, 2022
    The Gloucester Rotary has published a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2023, featuring the photography of several local photographers.  In addition to the beautiful photography, each calendar includes a raffle ticket for a $50 weekly raffle drawing throughout the year.  The calendars are $25 each and proceeds from sales will be used for the Gloucester Rotary’s many community and international activities. 
     
    The calendars are available for purchase at the Weathervane Gift Shop, located at 153 Main Street in downtown Gloucester (phone 978-281-1227), at BankGloucester, located at 160 Main Street in downtown Gloucester (978-283-8200), and from any Gloucester Rotary member.  Calendars may also be purchased online at www.gloucesterrotary.org.  
     
    More information about the Gloucester Rotary is available online at www.gloucesterrotary.org and www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.  
     
    The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. 
    Gloucester Announces 2023 Calendar Fundraiser Tracy Arabian 2022-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes Christina Manikas

    Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 21, 2022
    At its regular meeting on November 17, the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club welcomed our newest member, Christina Manikas.  Christina was inducted by co-President Cushing Titcomb and her Rotary sponsor, Christina Harris.  Rotary just can’t get enough good Christinas.  Christina joins over 70 area professionals and community leaders who are dedicated to sharing ideas and taking action. 
     
    Christina lives in Groveland and is employed as a