Ipswich-Rowley Centennial Project Groundbreaking

Posted by Bob Wicks on May 19, 2024
On April 25, the Ipswich Housing Authority (IHA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the creation of an outdoor community space centrally located within its property at 95 County Road. The area abuts Bowen Hall which houses The Open Door/Ipswich Food Pantry. The project is partially funded by Ipswich-Rowley Rotary as part of its Centennial anniversary gift to the town. Several years ago, the club also played a major role in restoring Bowen Hall for the food pantry.
 
Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians present for the groundbreaking were President Ann Witzig, Centennial chair Martha Mauser, IHA liaison Chris Doktor, Open Door Director of Operations Jen Perry, and Events chair Lisa Shanko. Open Door CEO, President and Gloucester Rotarian Julia Hazen LaFontaine also is seen in the photo.
 
Ipswich-Rowley Centennial Project Groundbreaking Bob Wicks 2024-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley Supports Youth Campers

Posted by Bob Wicks on May 19, 2024
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary's Scholarships Chair Kathy Frederick presents a check for two Ipswich YMCA youth camp scholarships to Ipswich Y Executive Director and fellow Rotarian Chris Bevilacqua. Looking on are President Ann Witzig and Director Dr. Doug Shealy.

These scholarships will provide for two campers from Ipswich and/or Rowley to attend the Y’s Cedar Mill Camp in Rowley this summer.

The club also held a cleanup project at the camp this past weekend. 
Ipswich-Rowley Supports Youth Campers Bob Wicks 2024-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

View ClubRunner Nova Preview Recording

Posted by Tim Kelley on May 17, 2024
Did you miss the ClubRunner Nova preview?  ClubRunner first announced its new version in February with huge changes underway -- ClubRunner Nova.  ClubRunner staff previewed ClubRunner Nova on a live webinar on May 13.  If you missed it live, the video of the webinar is now available here.  Club are encouraged to have at least one member view the recording to get a view of the new platform and its capabilities.
 
New updates to your ClubRunner subscription will include:
 
Universal log in: You can now log in directly to your club or district website directly from www.clubrunner.com.
 
 
View ClubRunner Nova Preview Recording Tim Kelley 2024-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Installs Buddy Bench at School

Posted by William Reilly on May 15, 2024
When Irene Cowdell first heard about a new Rotary initiative called “Buddy Bench/Happy to Chat Bench,” she exclaimed to her fellow Rotarians, “I know exactly where Lynn Rotary should put a bench like this.” The Buddy Bench initiative is an effort to encourage conversations in the community. It is thought that if a person is sitting alone on a bench, another may also sit and then initiate a conversation. Cowdell, a retired Lynn Public School teacher and administrator, identified the Fallon School on Robinson Street as the perfect place for the special bench. Fallon houses an alternative Pre-K through grade five program that provides a variety of academic and therapeutic supports for its students. The school utilizes a strength-based behavior management system to help reintegrate its students back into regular programs.
 
“Our goal has always been the same,” said Fallon Principal Nancy Takis-Conway. “We strive to create a positive learning collaborative that fosters respect and compassion. I’m so thrilled to have this bench for our students. Many of our children have the perception that they’re not popular; have no friends and simply feel isolated. Our students know what to do now when they see one of their classmates sitting alone on Buddy Bench. They come over and engage in conversation or asked them to join in the game.”
 
Joining Principal Takis-Conway Wednesday were several Fallon teachers, along with Rotarians Steve Upton, President Jean-Marie Minton and Deputy Superintendent Deb Ruggiero.
Lynn Installs Buddy Bench at School William Reilly 2024-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Action Plan

Posted by Tim Kelley on May 15, 2024
Rotary International is focusing on the use of the Rotary Action Plan as a planning tool to help grow Rotary at the club level. RI President Elect Stephanie Urchick is encouraging Districts and Clubs to use the Action Plan resources to bolster the health of Rotary.
 
Rotary's Action Plan.  People of Action know that achieving any vision, big or small, requires a plan.
 
We pioneered a model of service leadership more than a century ago based on person-to-person connections. That model is just as powerful today as ever. Except now, those individual connections span the globe. Today's Rotary doesn't just reach out to act on communities' needs close to home; we transcend borders, generations, languages, cultures, and historic differences to create hope for a better world.
 
When we imagined where Rotary is going in the next 100 years, we developed a plan built on four priorities: increasing our impact, expanding our reach, enhancing participant engagement, and increasing our ability to adapt.
 
Rotary's Action Plan Tim Kelley 2024-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

No Mow May

Posted by Andrea Lacroix on May 15, 2024
I realize we're halfway through the month already, but I want to address No Mow May as it seems like such a good idea. Just one bullet point from many I've been reading says:

In May, there are many other plants in bloom and the flowers in the lawn will not provide any additional food resources for pollinators. Clover and dandelion flower even with a consistently mowed lawn.

If you want to use No Mow May as an excuse not to mow, go ahead, but to attract pollinators to your garden, plant natives. The recommendation from The Monarch Gardner is "Mow Less Summer". Plant native plants and watch the pollinators thrive. 
 
For more information contact Andrea Lacroix with the District Environmental Committee.
No Mow May Andrea Lacroix 2024-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Rotary and Reading Coop Sponsor Special Games

Posted by William Reilly on May 07, 2024
On May 2nd, 2024, the Lynn Rotary and the Reading Cooperative Bank hosted 468 Special Needs students for the 54th annual Special Games. Virtually all the Lynn students in Special Needs classrooms, if they are able, participate in this activity.

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. Prior to the official start, the students passed through a “Lane of Honor” consisting of Rotarians, Reading Cooperative Bank volunteers, Police, dignitaries, School Officials, Firemen and others. Ms. Kerry Ranieri, VP Community Banking & Development Officer, Reading Cooperative Bank started the games with a shout out of “Let the games begin.”  
 
It speaks to the involvement of the leaders of Lynn who attended the Games, including Mayor Jared Nicholson; Deputy School Superintendent, Debra Ruggiero, Fire Chief Dan Sullivan; Police Chief Chris Reddy; State Representative Brendan Crighton; and numerous City Council members and School Committee members.
 
Lynn Rotary and Reading Coop Sponsor Special Games William Reilly 2024-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Lynnfield's Build A Bed Needs Volunteers this Saturday

Posted by Ron Block on May 06, 2024
Lynnfield Rotary is ready to build more beds on Saturday. Join us on May 11, 2024, at 9:00 AM in Market Street, Lynnfield, in the plaza by Starbucks, Panera and Otto Pizza. In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the cafeteria of Lynnfield High School.  Download Build A Bed flyer here.

Lumber, hardware, tools, and expert instruction to construct the bed frames will be provided. People will work in groups of up to four builders. Volunteers are welcome to join us-individuals, families and organizations may participate. Children are invited with adult supervision.

The event is fully booked. All available beds have been claimed, but we need more builders. Thank you to our community for your wonderful support. You are providing beds for 30 children in Massachusetts an undoubtedly changing their lives.

Please share this information with friends, family, and business associates.

If you have any questions, contact Ron Block.
Lynnfield's Build A Bed Needs Volunteers this Saturday Ron Block 2024-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Interact Green Hunt

Posted by Grace Brogan on May 05, 2024
Hello District 7930 community! On Saturday, April 27th from 10-12 the District Interact Council of 7930 held their very first service project; The Green Hunt! The event was a fun and unique competition between neighboring Interact clubs to accomplish the goal of reducing litter within a community. It was held in Stoneham, on a warm sunny day and we were excited to see Stoneham Interact and Rotary along with Lynn Interact, as well as members from the North Reading and Wilmington clubs there! We accomplished our goal of reducing litter with a friendly competition and were excited to see how enthusiastic our fellow Interactors were!

The District Interact Council of 7930 is completely student run, and created the Green Hunt to motivate both Interact and Rotary into engaging with each other through an environmentally friendly competition. It was electric during the competition as each Interact club scrambled to their assigned sites and rushed to clean up litter during the allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes they were given. In the end, Lynn Interact claimed the victory and won a three-hundred-dollar prize. It was a fantastic experience!

 
Interact Green Hunt Grace Brogan 2024-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Help Needed for Rotary Youth Exchange

Posted by Bob Ford on May 03, 2024
Rotary is one of the world’s greatest secrets, and Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is an even bigger secret.  But RYE is one of the best programs in Rotary that serves both the local and international communities.  The U.S. needs to improve and broaden the education that we provide to our children.  RYE allows a high school student to grow and thrive through a challenging international experience.  That experience involves our students going on exchange to a foreign country, and foreign students coming here, for a full academic year.  Exchange students are totally immersed in the culture, language and family life of a teenager in their host country.  Host families play a significant role in the exchange student’s life, while bringing their exchange student’s experience into their homes for their own children to experience and to be encouraged to take on the challenge themselves.   
 
Help Needed for Rotary Youth Exchange Bob Ford 2024-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Donates Smoke/CO Detectors

Posted by Brian Ouellette on May 01, 2024
Last week Rotary Club of Woburn completed a service project by presenting the Woburn Senior Center with a donation for Smoke/CO Detectors for Woburn residents that either don't have them or need replacements. Members of Rotary Club of Woburn join the Woburn Fire Department to help install the detectors. Amy O'Brien from the Woburn Senior Center accepts the check from Rotary Club of Woburn President Brian Ouellette. Thanks to Cummings Foundation for a grant that makes this possible. 
Woburn Donates Smoke/CO Detectors Brian Ouellette 2024-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Host a Global Scholar

Posted by Lori Becker on Apr 29, 2024
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 Ph.D. 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.

In addition, scholars make GREAT speakers for your club! They all have very interesting stories and are inspirational speakers.

If you'd like to host a scholar this year, please contact AG Lori Becker at Lori@cfefitness.com to be placed on our "Yes! I want to host" list.
Host a Global Scholar Lori Becker 2024-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

50/50 Foundation Raffle

Posted by Lori Becker on Apr 29, 2024
Our Rotary Foundation Annual Fund SHARE Fundraiser for District 7930 is underway! Get your tickets today!

• 50% of the money raised will be donated to the Annual Fund SHARE of the Rotary Foundation.

• 50% of the money raised will go to one lucky winner of this 50/50 raffle.

Our Annual Fund SHARE needs your help so that we can provide additional funds for our club projects. Our goal is to raise $40,000 through raffle ticket sales which would mean $20,000 to the Annual Fund SHARE and $20,000 to one very lucky raffle winner.
 
$30 per ticket.  Winner will be chosen on June 1, 2024.  You do not need to be present to win. 
 
50/50 Foundation Raffle Lori Becker 2024-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester to Honor Carole Sharoff

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Apr 29, 2024
Carole Sharoff will be presented with the Gloucester Rotary’s Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award at a special dinner on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester. The Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Gloucester Rotary and recognizes Ms. Sharoff’s many contributions to the community at large as well as to Rotary as a former club board member, secretary, and President.

Carole is the founder and CEO of Atlantic Vacation Homes and AVH Realty, Inc. and was recently awarded the vacation rental industry’s Pioneer Award with the notation that “This entire industry owes her a debt of gratitude for everything she has done.” She served on the Vacation Rental Management Association’s Board as Secretary and on the Executive Committee. She was a Presenter at the Annual Million Dollar Women’s Symposium at Salem State University Enterprise Center. Locally, she serves on the board of Action, Inc., has been a board member of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Discover Gloucester and was copresident of Temple Ahavat Achim when it was destroyed in the tragic fire of December 2007. Under her leadership, a new Temple rose from its ashes at its original site on Middle Street. In all areas of her service, Carole focuses on improving the organization’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion.
 
Gloucester to Honor Carole Sharoff Tracy Arabian 2024-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Two Weeks until Somerville's 100th Event

Posted by David Worzala on Apr 28, 2024
Dear Rotary Friends,

We invite you to join us in celebrating the Somerville Rotary Club is 100 Year Anniversary. The 100 Years of Service celebration is taking place on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at the George Dilboy Post, Davis Square, Somerville. Ticket information can be found here.  

This event will highlight the Somerville Rotary Club’s accomplishments over the years and its plans going forward. The District Governor and Mayor of Somerville will attend. The Club will celebrate several people and organizations that have made an impactful contribution to many families and individuals at risk of food insecurity, homelessness, domestic abuse, and other life challenges in our community. These special people have long partnered with the Somerville Rotary Club and have together worked toward meeting Rotary’s “Service Above Self” goals.

We hope that you will join us and our celebration of service to our community. Rotary is service and service helps make our community.

Sincerely,

Celebration Committee: Gene Brune, Gene Ferraro, John Keegan, Ann Kirby, Gilda Nogueira, David Worzala
Two Weeks until Somerville's 100th Event David Worzala 2024-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Zone Webinar Series Upcoming

Posted by Cindie Kish, Zone Membership Coordinator on Apr 26, 2024
We’re excited to announce a series of webinars starting May 6, 7:30 PM Eastern. Join us each month for dynamic, fast paced sessions full of concrete strategies you can use to grow your clubs!
 
Our May 6 kick off session: Simply Irresistible: Keys to building a thriving club.
Everyone is welcome!  District and Club leaders are encouraged to attend.   Spread the word! 
 
For Zoom link click here.  We’ll have more details to share with you over the next few weeks.
Zone Webinar Series Upcoming Cindie Kish, Zone Membership Coordinator 2024-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

Help Expand our Reach on Social Media

Posted by Tim Kelley on Apr 26, 2024
Help us Expand our Reach on social media.  We had to start a new D7930 Facebook Page.  Our original Page is currently out of commission.  We ask all Rotarians and friends to Like and Follow our new Page.  Please invite your FB friends to like and follow.  Our original Page had over 1000 followers.  Our new page now has just over 160 followers.  We need Rotary members to take part in increasing the impact and reach of Rotary's Public Image.
 
 We ask all Rotarians on Facebook to help Expand Our Reach by inviting your contacts to Like and Follow our new Page.
 
 I also want to note that our District also has a D7930 Facebook Group.  What is the difference between our Page and our Group?
 
Help Expand our Reach on Social Media Tim Kelley 2024-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

Arlington's Flags for Heroes

Posted by Bill Hayner on Apr 23, 2024
Arlington Rotary announces Flags for Heroes 2024.  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 George Reynolds Jr., longtime Arlington resident and Rotary member for 62 years who died this year.
 
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 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.

 
Arlington's Flags for Heroes Bill Hayner 2024-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Burlington Rotary Nubingo FUNdraiser

Posted by Lori Becker on Apr 23, 2024
Grab a ticket, or buy a table and join Rotary Club of Burlington for an awesome FUNdraising event! It's a combo of bingo + DJ + prizes + dancing + raffles.
 
Friday, May 3
Woburn Elks Club
7-11 pm
$50 per person
Click here for tickets.

It would be GREAT to see some friends at this event & help kickstart our fundraising in a big way. This event will really help out the Burlington community and our scholarship fund for high school students. If you can, please come!

Will our Club President, Lori Becker, be hula-hooping? It's HIGHLY likely.
Burlington Rotary Nubingo FUNdraiser Lori Becker 2024-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Centennial Celebration Registration Now Open

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Apr 22, 2024
Please join us for fun night as Rotary Club of Woburn celebrates 100 years of "Service Above Self". There will be a live cover band, catered dinner, raffles, fun and fellowship! 
 
Thursday, June 6, 2024
Cocktail hour 6 pm
Dinner 7:15 pm
Woburn/Stoneham Lodge of Elks #908
295 Washington Street, Woburn
 
Woburn Centennial Celebration Registration Now Open Brian Ouellette 2024-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA Applications Deadline Extended Again

Posted by Christina Harris on Apr 19, 2024
The deadline for RYLA 2024 Applications has been extended to April 30. Why?  Because we want to IMPACT more kids and we cannot do it without your help!  

Please reach out to your schools, your Interact Clubs, your Rotarians, even your neighborhoods. The RYLA experience is not just about leadership. It is a prefect antidote for young people who want desperately to reconnect. It can help them pick up some of the social ground they lost during the COVID experience, and regain desperately needed self-confidence.

We believe there are at least another 20 students on the North Shore ready for RYLA - they just don’t know it yet!  Here is a link to a great teaser video from Allie Foley.
 
RYLA 2024 will be held May 17–19, from Friday at 3 pm to Sunday at 3 pm at Camp Rotary in Boxford. 
 
RYLA Applications Deadline Extended Again Christina Harris 2024-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Reading Completes Rotary Readers Project

Posted by Tim Kelley on Apr 19, 2024
Reading Rotary just completed its Rotary Readers project during the Read Across America month of March. Rotary Readers is an annual literacy project where reading books and a backpack are given to each Reading Public Schools student in kindergarten. This year over 300 literacy bags were delivered by Rotarians to local elementary schools. In addition, Rotarians read to each Kindergarten class as part of Read Across America.
 
This literacy project has been adapted from Rotary’s previous dictionary and thesaurus giveaways. Teachers expressed their preference to have the younger students receive reading books. Basic Education and Literacy is one of Rotary International's Areas of Focus. This particular project was adapted from a Girl Scout Gold Award literacy project by Mary Kate Kelley, who is a Past President of RMHS Interact and one of its Charter Members.
 
Pictured here is Rotarian Margaret O'Sullivan with happy kindergartners.
Reading Completes Rotary Readers Project Tim Kelley 2024-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Somerville 100th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by David Worzala on Apr 19, 2024
Come Celebrate the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Somerville Rotary Club and its contributions to the city over the past century. The event will highlight the Rotary motto Service Above Self.  We will applaud people and organizations that epitomize service to the community. It will also be a fun evening of food, music, and fellowship.
 
May 14 at 6 pm
George Dilboy VFW Post 529
351 Summer St.
Somerville, MA 02144
 
Somerville 100th Anniversary Celebration David Worzala 2024-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Deadline Extended for District Conference

Posted by Lori Karas on Apr 19, 2024
New deadline is April 26.  Make it a family event.  Children 12 and older may attend.
 
District Conference May 4.  Join us at the Boston Museum of Science!   Celebrate a Rotary year of Creating Hope in the World.
 
Start your conference experience at 3:00 pm with Watson Adventures' Scavenger Hunt through the Musuem of Science by working in teams of 6.  You can create your own team of 6 or be joined with others. 
 
At 5:00 pm when the Museum, closes we'll be escorted to a private room for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and awards.  Plus a special presentation - D7930 Creating Hope in the World.  
 
Price is $225 per person - includes parking at the museum garage, admission, scavenger hunt, food and awards.  Cash bar will be available.  Register here.  I look forward to seeing you there!  Don't delay!
Deadline Extended for District Conference Lori Karas 2024-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner Nova Webinars

Posted by Tim Kelley on Apr 17, 2024
Are you ready for a new ClubRunner?
 
ClubRunner first announced its new version in February with huge changes underway -- ClubRunner Nova.  ClubRunner staff will share some exciting updates and showcase ClubRunner Nova with an early preview!  Join the CR Nova preview webinar May 13 at 6pm to get a sneak peek of the new platform and its capabilities.
 
 
In case you missed their announcement webinar where we unveiled our exciting vision for ClubRunner, you can watch the recording and explore the Q&A here
 
Discover the latest additions to your ClubRunner subscription:
Universal log in: You can now log in directly to your club or district website directly from www.clubrunner.com
Cloud events: Elevate your event management with advanced features such as tickets, product sales, optional donations, custom registration forms and more.
Donations: Set up fundraising campaigns connected to their own bank account and invite your community to donate online.
Mobile Message Broadcasts: Send push notifications from the club or district level to members through the mobile app. Great for important reminders and last-minute updates!
 
ClubRunner Nova Webinars Tim Kelley 2024-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Winchester Supports Wonderbooks for Local Schools

Posted by Kurt Heisler on Apr 13, 2024
Winchester Rotary and WFEE (Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence) donated Wonderbooks to Winchester Public Schools's five elementary libraries. A Wonderbook is a book with audio built in, which allows readers to read along while listening to a professional narrator.  This models fluency for all students, including striving readers, language learners and vision impared students.  The libraries are excited that these books will make them more inclusive for all students and will build their love of learning.
 
 
Winchester Supports Wonderbooks for Local Schools Kurt Heisler 2024-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Winchester Golf Tournament May 20

Posted by Kurt Heisler on Apr 13, 2024
Attention, Golfers!  Winchester Rotary looks forward to our 35th annual golf tournament on Monday, May 20, 2024, and expect another great event again this year at the Winchester Country Club. We expect to sell out again this year. Registration is now open!
 
Winchester Golf Tournament May 20 Kurt Heisler 2024-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians from Japan Visit Arlington

Posted by Pooja Singla on Apr 12, 2024
On Wednesday, April 10th, the Arlington Rotary Club hosted visiting Rotarians from Yokohama and Kanagawa Rotary of District 2590 in Japan.  The Japanese Rotarians were here to visit Global Scholars studying in Boston.  Arlington hosted the visiting Rotarians for breakfast. Our District Governor Lori Karas and DG Akira Higuchi of Rotary District 2590 exchanged flags. 
 
Two inbound Global Scholars from Japan already in Boston area - one a neurosurgeon at MGH and another pursuing Music degree -- also joined the meeting.
 
DGN Pooja Singla and AG Lori Becker was also in attendance for the festivities.
 
 
Rotarians from Japan Visit Arlington Pooja Singla 2024-04-12 04:00:00Z 0

Boston Rotaract Skating Event

Posted by Arunima Raya Chhetri on Apr 11, 2024
Boston Rotaract recently sponsored a bonding event.  Rotaractors gathered to ice skate at the Rink at 401 Park.  It was a great success as the club is building up its membership.
 
Rotaract brings together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.
 
To contact Boston Rotaract, check out our Facebook page or email Boston Rotaract President.
Boston Rotaract Skating Event Arunima Raya Chhetri 2024-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield's New "I Have a Story" Series

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Apr 11, 2024
The Wakefield Rotary Club has recently grown to welcome five new women into its ranks. The growth inspired incoming Club President Wendy Maguire to launch a new speaker series with the aim of getting to know our members on a more personal level. “We all know what each other do for work. But I’m really interested in getting to know our members more,” Maguire explained. “What are their interests? Do they have any secret talents? What motivates them?” In an effort to accomplish just that, Maguire launched a new speaker series called “I Have a Story” earlier this week during the club’s regular lunch meeting at Brightview. Members and guests are invited to volunteer to speak on their interests, rather than just their work.
 
The first to volunteer was Wakefield Rotarian Paul Adams. Adams joined Rotary in 2017 and is a past Wakefield Rotary Board member. “I’ve been playing the banjo for about 15 years. I’ve never mentioned that at Rotary,” he said. Fitting the bill for Maguire’s speaker series, Adams stepped up to the microphone this past Tuesday to speak about the banjo, its roots in Africa and the Caribbean, share some of his favorite bands, and even perform himself. “I really enjoyed sharing that part of me,” he said. “It’s something that I’ve always been interested in and I was glad to share it with the club.”
 
Wakefield's New "I Have a Story" Series Amy Luckiewicz 2024-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester's 100th Anniversary Project Moves Forward

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Apr 09, 2024
The Stage Fort Park Playground Improvement Project-- Gloucester Rotary's 100th Anniversary Gift to Our Community-- has moved forward another step!

In March, old equipment was removed and the new playground equipment was installed! More work is to be completed before the project is finalized, but this was a major step.

Important note: The equipment is not yet open for children to use. Please respect the caution tape surrounding the new equipment.

Learn more about this project--including how you can support it-- by clicking here
Gloucester's 100th Anniversary Project Moves Forward Tracy Arabian 2024-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Earth Month with Environmental Committee

Posted by Andrea Lacroix on Apr 09, 2024
The Environmental Committee wants you! Please join us on April 24th at 6pm to share what your club is doing, especially as we celebrate Earth Month.

Don't forget to book me to speak to your club about Plastics. The talks I've done so far have been received very well and has sparked numerous discussions about all aspects of plastics. Plus I have free giveaways when you invite me in.

Please email Andrea Lacroix for the zoom link for the April 24th meeting.
Earth Month with Environmental Committee Andrea Lacroix 2024-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

International Potluck for Polio

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Apr 08, 2024
The Rockport Rotary Club hosted an International Potluck for Polio and we encouraged people to come in the costume of the country they were representing. The variety of foods and drinks that the Rotarians prepared was awesome, some did come dressed, and we raised over $800 for the children of the world! 
International Potluck for Polio Ingrid Brown 2024-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

District Conference at Museum of Science

Posted by Lori Karas on Apr 05, 2024
District Conference May 4.  Join us at the Boston Museum of Science!   Celebrate a Rotary year of Creating Hope in the World.
 
Start your conference experience at 3:00 pm with Watson Adventures' Scavenger Hunt through the Musuem of Science by working in teams of 6.  You can create your own team of 6 or be joined with others. 
 
At 5:00 pm when the Museum, closes we'll be escorted to a private room for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and awards.  Plus a special presentation - D7930 Creating Hope in the World.  
 
Price is $225 per person - includes parking at the museum garage, admission, scavenger hunt, food and awards.  Cash bar will be available.  Register here.  I look forward to seeing you there!  Deadline to register is April 18 so don't delay!
District Conference at Museum of Science Lori Karas 2024-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Needed for Boston Veteran Center April 25 Raymond Fitzgerald 2024-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Derby Fundraiser

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Apr 04, 2024
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 Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Anthony’s in Malden. Tickets for a chance to be a horse owner are $100. Four tickets will be drawn to represent each of the four horses in the 1st race, twelve tickets will be drawn to represent each of the six horses in the 2nd and 3rd races. The race will be 10 “furlongs” in length. 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. 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.  You can also Venmo the funds to Douglas-Mauch, scan the QR CODE on the flyer or click here
Chelsea Derby Fundraiser Douglas Mauch 2024-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Committee is looking for volunteers

Posted by Alexander Falk on Apr 03, 2024
Our District 7930 Rotary Foundation Committee is looking for additional new volunteers for the coming Rotary year 2024-25. If you are passionate about doing good in the world through the many projects supported by our Rotary Foundation, please consider joining this important district committee. We have several different working groups on the committee, focused on areas such as global grants, district grants, polio eradication, annual fund, Paul Harris Society, global scholarships, endowment, and major donors. If you are potentially interested in joining the committee and would like to learn more, please reach out to incoming District Rotary Foundation Chair 2024-27 Alexander Falk via email at al+7930@falk.us - thank you!
Rotary Foundation Committee is looking for volunteers Alexander Falk 2024-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA Applications Deadline Extended

Posted by Christina Harris on Apr 02, 2024
The deadline for RYLA 2024 Applications has been extended to April 12. Please encourage any prospective students to get their applications submitted.
 
RYLA 2024 will be held May 17–19, from Friday at 3 pm to Sunday at 3 pm at Camp Rotary in Boxford. 
 
Applications for RYLA can be found on this year’s Linktree page.  See the fabulous RYLA 2023 Video here.  This year, we are excited for the first time to join forces with District 7950 and their students and are welcoming up to five students from every town, until spots fill up.  So be sure to have students apply soon!
 
If you have any questions, please email me, Christina Harris, or call me at 978.270.6706.  Thank you again for your support of the RYLA program!
RYLA Applications Deadline Extended Christina Harris 2024-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

Share Your Rotary Stories

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Apr 02, 2024
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.  Your club's successes and events can give inspiration to other Rotarians.
 
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 2024-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester & Manchester-Essex Partner with Arise Rwanda
 

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Apr 01, 2024
Thanks to generous donations from the Gloucester and Manchester & Essex Rotary Clubs, a District 7930 Managed Grant, and private non-Rotary donations, a $45,000 generator was purchased for Kivu Hills Medical Center in 2023. The generator finally arrived in February after contending with massive rainstorms, which led to treacherous potholes and mudslides. It was an extreme challenge for the truck carrying this generator. Thankfully, the road will be paved soon.
 
There is currently no medical clinic locally for the 30,000 rural residents of Boneza, and the Kivu Hills Medical Center will also provide services to millions of people in the surrounding regions when it opens its doors later in 2024.
 
Gloucester & Manchester-Essex Partner with Arise Rwanda  Tracy Arabian 2024-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Flags for Heroes Fundraiser

Posted by Julia Phelps on Apr 01, 2024
Is there a hero in your life, past or present? Why not honor them by sponsoring a flag in their name at this wonderful community event? The honoree could be a veteran, an active-duty service member, a first responder, police, firefighter, EMT, teacher, coach, an essential worker, a family member, humanitarian, or best friend. Your hero's name will be personalized on a medallion, which will be attached to a full-size American flag and will be given to you as a remembrance when the display is taken down.

Flags will be proudly displayed at the Amesbury Servicemen's Memorial Honor Roll on Main Street (across the street from Amesbury Middle School). Flags will be on display starting Memorial Day, May 27th through Flag Day, June 14th. You can recognize your hero by sponsoring a flag for $75.

Sponsorships are available for business and community groups. Each sponsor will receive the number of flags list below, in addition to special recognition on Amesbury Rotary's website and all publications. Sponsorships rates and benefits are as follows:
 
Flags for Heroes Fundraiser Julia Phelps 2024-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Strut Your Stuff with Beverly Rotary

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Mar 28, 2024
Come to an evening of song, dance and fun!!! The event is on April 12th at Danversport Waterfront, 6:00 pm-10:30 pm. Proceeds will benefit the charitable causes of Beverly Rotary Club Foundation, including local scholarships. When you come to a Beverly Rotary event, it's always lively. We have music by the famous "Spike the Punch" band. It's casual dress because we want you to let your hair down to dance, eat, drink and have fun!

Tickets are $85 which includes admission, food (appetizers, food station, dessert and coffee/tea), silent auction, live auction, 50/50 raffle, tower of gifts game, putting contest and beer/wine raffle. There's also a Dance Contest for the most memorable dance!
For info how to purchase tickets, sponsor or preview auction items, click here.  Download event flyer here.

COME JOIN US!!!
Strut Your Stuff with Beverly Rotary Jackie Rapisardi 2024-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

April 9 District Learning Assembly Updates

Posted by Tom Hankard on Mar 28, 2024
Calling all Presidents-Elect, Club Treasurers, Club Secretaries, Public Image, Membership, and Foundation Chairs -- and all Rotarians!

Our 2024 District Learning Assembly takes place Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Four Points Sheraton, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield!

Important learning sessions start at 5 pm, followed by fellowship, our District Managed Grant Qualification, and a special presentation regarding Rotary's new Action Plan.

This is an important and worthwhile session for all Rotarians. Register today. A buffet dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available during fellowship and dinner.  Click here to register.  Registration deadline: April 4 at 9:00 am.
 
April 9 District Learning Assembly Updates Tom Hankard 2024-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Centennial Celebration

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Mar 25, 2024
SAVE THE DATE! Rotary Club of Woburn will be celebrating 100 years of service to the community on the evening of June 6th, 2024. The celebration will feature a live cover band, raffles, a catered buffet meal, cash bar, dancing and special announcements. Registration will be opening soon. Come celebrate with us! It will be a fun night! 
Woburn Centennial Celebration Brian Ouellette 2024-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaplast Needs Volunteers

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Mar 22, 2024
Rotaplast is back up and operating and our District is exploring sponsoring a mission in the Rotary Year 2024-2025 with District Governor Tom Hankard.  They have already done a mission to Columbia, with Chelsea Rotarian Juan Gallego as the mission leader.  The Cebu Mission, which we had sponsored for many years, has been moved to March so we are investigating other missions.  Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary medical teams to provide free reconstructive surgery, ancillary treatment, and training for the comprehensive care of children with cleft palates/lips and other deformities.
 
In the meantime, there is an opportunity for Non-Medical Personnel to volunteer for an upcoming mission to Vietnam.  Rotaplast is looking for non-medical volunteers to join a surgical trip from June 30 - July 12, 2024.

 
Rotaplast Needs Volunteers Terry Rezendes Curran 2024-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Donates Birthday Party Kits to Food Pantry

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Mar 21, 2024
Twice a year for the past eight years Rotary Club of Woburn has provided Birthday Party Bag Kits to the local food pantry at the Council of Social Concern.  Last week about 30 kits were assembled with $20 worth of goodies each.  The bags contain cake mix, icing, candles, party plates, napkins and flatware for struggling local families. 
Woburn Donates Birthday Party Kits to Food Pantry Brian Ouellette 2024-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley's Food Pantry Drive

Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 19, 2024
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary successfully completed its annual food drive to benefit The Open Door’s Ipswich Food Pantry and is pleased to announce that 1230 pounds of food was collected in February at seven locations in Ipswich and Rowley. The Open Door staff said they appreciated both the quantity and the quality of the food donated.

Since Valentine’s Day falls in February, the theme for this year’s drive was “Share the Love” for our neighbors in need. Rotary is grateful for the support of our participating drop off locations and to our friends and neighbors who donated food this year. Donations were collected at the Ipswich offices of The Institution for Savings, BankGloucester, Brookline Bank, the Ipswich YMCA, the Ipswich Public Library and North Shore 24 Fitness in Rowley.

 
Ipswich-Rowley's Food Pantry Drive Bob Wicks 2024-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

NEPETS Calls Leaders to Action

Posted by Tim Kelley on Mar 18, 2024
Hundreds of Rotary leaders assembled in at the Marriott in Newton March 7 through 9 to take part in President Elect Training Seminar or PETS.  Our District joined with six other Rotary Districts for Northeast PETS (NEPETS).   These Districts cover Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of Maine and Quebec.
 
PETS is training for Presidents and Assistant Governors (AG) who will begin their roles on July 1. 
 
Every Rotary year there are new Club Presidents, District leaders and leadership in Rotary International.  Our new leaders came to learn about and discuss Rotary's Action Plan, new emphases and projects that your Club will be part of in the coming year.  The President’s curriculum included sections on Vision and Action Plan, DEI, Membership, The Rotary Foundation and Public Image.  There was also great opportunity to network with other Club Presidents to gain connections and inspiration from the countless service opportunities in the Rotary world.
 
NEPETS Calls Leaders to Action Tim Kelley 2024-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Tomorrow's the Day for Taste of North Shore

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Mar 18, 2024
Tomorrow (March 19) is the day! Rotarians, their friends and families are all invited to the area's culinary spotlight: Peabody's Taste of the North Shore. The event will begin at Danversport at 6 pm. Join us for a celebration worthy of our 20th anniversary! We have a record number of restaurants (30!), a growing list of sponsors, and fantastic activities (grab bags, raffles, silent auctions) throughout the night working together to make this best Taste yet.

Don't have your ticket yet? Go to peabodyrotarytaste.com. Admissions will be sold at the door, but if we sell out of raffle tickets (we did last year), you won't be able to purchase them upon arrival. Don't miss out on your your chance to win $10,000. Purchase one of only 300 raffle tickets sold for the grand prize, today!

We hope you'll join us tomorrow night for food, fun and fellowship as we raise money for scholarships supporting the next generation of Peabody leaders. 
Tomorrow's the Day for Taste of North Shore Alysa Hayden 2024-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Alexander Falk Named District Foundation Chair

Posted by Tom Hankard on Mar 17, 2024
With pride and excitement, on behalf of myself DGE Tom Hankard, along with DGN Pooja Singla and DGND Terry Rezendes Curran, Immediate Past District Governor Alexander Falk has been appointed District 7930 Rotary Foundation Chair starting 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2027.

The mission of The Foundation of Rotary International is “to help Rotary members advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.” Alexander Falk has shown he epitomizes our Foundation mission in word and deed. The incoming District Governor track look forward to and will depend on his leadership.
 
Alexander Falk Named District Foundation Chair Tom Hankard 2024-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA Alumni Spotlights

Posted by Christina Harris on Mar 15, 2024
Applications for RYLA (May 17-19) can be found on our Linktree page.  This year, we are excited to join forces with District 7950 and their students for the first time. Be sure to have students apply soon, as spots will fill up.
 
There's no better way to learn more about RYLA than by hearing from those who have experienced it! Below you'll find RYLA Alumni share their valuable lessons and what they have gained from attending our weekend. 
 
"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
 
"In just three days, I developed my leadership skills all while making meaningful connections with the members of my RYLA family. There is simply no other experience like it!" -Maddie Cass
 
RYLA Alumni Spotlights Christina Harris 2024-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Somerville Gets Update on Plastics

Posted by Ann Kirby on Mar 14, 2024
On March 12 the Somerville Club welcomed Eileen Ryan, Founder of Beyond Plastics Greater Boston. Eileen gave an excellent and animated presentation on current and future environmental issues with plastics. She updated the Club on proposed bills in the Massachusetts Legislature and provided materials for members to become active in the process. The Club looks forward to following up with Eileen and Andrea Lacroix, the District Environmental Chair. 
 
Pictured here left to right are Sylvia Walker, Co-President; Gene Ferraro, incoming Co-President; Eileen Ryan, Beyond Plastics Greater Boston and Gilda Nogueira, Somerville Member, 
Somerville Gets Update on Plastics Ann Kirby 2024-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Able to Host Interactor for a Week?

Posted by Sarah Furie on Mar 13, 2024
Through a Rotary connection, I have heard that an Interactor from Brazil, District 4540, is honored to be taking a course at Harvard mid-April and is unable to afford housing. She and her Rotary network are asking if anyone is generous enough to host her for one week: April 17-22.
 
Please reach out to Daniel Rondi through email at danielrondi@adv.oabsp.org.br for more information
Able to Host Interactor for a Week? Sarah Furie 2024-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Student Guest Speakers Visit Chelsea

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Mar 13, 2024
The Rotary Club of Chelsea recently had as their guest speakers the project managers from the Northeast Metro Tech DECA Chapter.  DECA is a non-profit student-run organization that prepares high school students in business, marketing, finance and hospitality.  The student members participate in various business events and competitions to advance their knowledge and leadership skills. 
 
In thispicture are Michelle Broome, Chapter Advisor, Lilliana Mendez, Project Manager, Julianna Arevalo, student, Almi Abeyta, Chelsea Public Schools Superintendent, Iliana Reyes, Project Manager and Jennifer Hassell, Executive Director Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. 
Student Guest Speakers Visit Chelsea Douglas Mauch 2024-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rockport's International Potluck for Polio

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Mar 13, 2024
The Rockport Rotary Club is hosting an International Potluck For Polio on Thursday, April 4th, starting at 5:30.  Entrance cost is $25 per person and it will all go to Polio!  If you would like to join us please contact Ingrid Brown and let her know if you’ll be bringing an app, salad, main meal, dessert, or beverage to share, what country you are representing, and we are encouraging costumes.

For World Polio Day last year more than $836,000 was raised online. Let’s add to what D7930 can add to our donations by June 2024! 
Rockport's International Potluck for Polio Ingrid Brown 2024-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Tickets Still Available: Salem's Night at the Speakeasy

Posted by Adria Duijvesteijn on Mar 11, 2024
Salem Rotary presents A Night at the Speakeasy Annual Auction, March 20, 6 pm at Historic Hawthorne Hotel. Please save the date and get your tickets today!

Your $125 ticket includes creative food stations, a silent auction and raffles as well as a fabulous, good time!

We hope to see you at the Speakeasy! Creative attire suggested but not required!

For tickets or more information, visit: https://salemrotary.com/event/a-night-at-the-speakeasy/. We look forward to seeing you there! 
Tickets Still Available: Salem's Night at the Speakeasy Adria Duijvesteijn 2024-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes Town Historian

Posted by Bob Wicks on Mar 11, 2024
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary recently inducted Gordon Harris as a new member.  Gordon is a semi-retired carpenter and, since 2014, the official Ipswich Town Historian. This is a significant responsibility since the Ipswich Town Seal commemorates the town’s unique distinction as the ‘Birthplace of American Independence,’ stemming from the resistance in 1687 of town leaders and citizens to burdensome taxes imposed by the British Crown. In his capacity as our official historian, Gordon is a prolific researcher and author of new and interesting articles about the town’s colorful past. As a carpenter and historian, he also assists homeowners in researching their historic homes. 
 
Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes Town Historian Bob Wicks 2024-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

Another Fun and Fab Left-Right-Center Night

Posted by Stephanie Nelson on Mar 11, 2024
Join Melrose Rotary for another round of LRC!  April 5, 7-11 pm. Now at a new location - the Knights of Columbus Hall at 23 W. Foster St. in Melrose.
 
Cash Prizes, 50/50, Raffles, Pizza, Popcorn, Cash Bar.
 
Doors open at 7:00 PM - Games start when your table is full.
$20 per person - Tables of 10 available - Seating is limited! 
 
Tickets may NOT be available at the door. 
 
This is a 21+ Event.  Click here for tickets.
 
Another Fun and Fab Left-Right-Center Night Stephanie Nelson 2024-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peabody Honors Veterans

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Mar 10, 2024
The Rotary Club of Peabody recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Peabody Veterans Services Department. The club held a "Walk For Veterans and a Day of Service" on Veterans Day 2023 to recognize veterans and raise funds for Peabody's Veterans Services Department. That department helps veterans with disability claims, making appointments, rides to those appointments, financial assistance, education and other veterans' benefits, as well as the bi-annual Veterans Day breakfast. The day of service was led by Peabody Rotary Service Coordinator Stephanie Johnson, as the club cleaned up the area around the Soldiers and Sailors monument in Peabody Square. We also encouraged Peabody residents to do service for veterans, yardwork, errands, rides, etc.
 
Pictured at the presentation are Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, Peabody Rotary President Cathy Gravel, Peabody Veterans Agent Steve Patten and Peabody Rotarian and veteran Herb Harris. 
Rotary Peabody Honors Veterans Alysa Hayden 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Somerville's 100th Anniversary Save the Date

Posted by Ann Kirby on Mar 10, 2024
Somerville Rotary announces its 100th Anniversary Celebration.  Save the date, May 14, 2024, 6 pm.
 
George Dilboy VFW Post 529
351 Summer Street
Somerville, MA 02144.
 
Formal invitation to follow.  For information contact Ann Kirby.
Somerville's 100th Anniversary Save the Date Ann Kirby 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Just One Week until Peabody's Taste of North Shore

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Mar 10, 2024
The 20th anniversary of Rotary Peabody's Taste of the North Shore is almost here! We invite all Rotarians and their friends and families to enjoy a record-breaking 30 restaurants serving food, desserts and beverages. Join us at Danversport on March 19th at 6 pm for an evening of food, spirits and fellowship.

There are still a few tickets for our $10,000 grand prize raffle still available. Raffle tickets sold out last year; don't miss out on your opportunity to win! Go to peabodyrotarytaste.com to purchase your ticket. More admission options are available on the site.

In addition to food and beverages, there will be a limited amount of grab bags, silent auctions and our very popular wine, beer and bourbon raffles. 
Just One Week until Peabody's Taste of North Shore Alysa Hayden 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Andover's Citizens Who Care Gala 

Posted by Diana Kiesel on Mar 10, 2024
Citizens Who Care & Educator of the Year (CWC-EOY) is the Rotary Club of Andover's longest running program that honors outstanding community volunteers. Since 1996, we have honored people each year who have contributed to the local community through their extraordinary volunteer contributions. Those chosen exemplify what it means to be an "unsung hero." 
 
2024 Citizens Who Care honorees include: 
Peggie Ritzer & Kristen Walsh
Martha Tubinis
Steve Cooper
Andover TV (Wess Murphy, Sean Murphy & Sara Antonakos)
Kate Margolese
Denise Wynn
Jennifer Srivastava
Major Wanjun Gao
Brendan Hamm
Ann Knowles
Sheila Graham. 
 
Andover's Citizens Who Care Gala Diana Kiesel 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Meat Raffle Fundraiser by Medford Rotary

Posted by Anne Powers on Mar 04, 2024
Medford Rotarians are sponsoring our First MEAT Raffle!
$20 per ticket.
1st prize $500 worth of meat from Dom's Sausage
2nd prize $250 worth of meat from Dom's Sausage
3rd prize $100 Gift Card to Pearl Street Station Restaurant

Proceeds Benefit Medford Rotary Charities & Scholarship Fund.  Drawing May 16, 2024.

For tickets contact Anne Powers or our website www.medfordrotaryclub.org.

 
Meat Raffle Fundraiser by Medford Rotary Anne Powers 2024-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Medford Rotary Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Posted by Anne Powers on Mar 04, 2024
The Medford Rotary Club gathered at the Medford Public Library to celebrate our 100th anniversary.  Many memories, photos and laughs were shared with long-time members 50 years+ and former members.  A great time was had by all!  We are honored to be in service to the Medford community and we will continue to cultivate, collaborate and support the needs of others in the spirit of Rotary's motto - Service Above Self. 
Medford Rotary Celebrates 100th Anniversary Anne Powers 2024-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Interact Clubs Visit Reading

Posted by Tim Kelley on Mar 01, 2024
At a recent lunch meeting Reading Rotary hosted members from their affiliated Interact Clubs.  Reading sponsors one Interact at Reading Memorial High School, another at Austin Preparatory School in Reading and also one at North Reading High School.  All three clubs sent students to RYLA last year and are working on building up their membership post pandemic.
 
The RMHS, AP and NRHS Interacts each have members participating in the District Interact Council.  It was great to have so much young energy present.
Interact Clubs Visit Reading Tim Kelley 2024-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Woburn Interact's Successful Fundraiser

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Feb 27, 2024
The Woburn Memorial High School Interact Club recently held their annual fundraiser: "The Dating Game."  The fundraiser was a success and the funds raised will help support the Council of Social Concern's food pantry and Woburn Dollars for Scholars.  Over $1,000 was raised.  Adrian Caruso, Emily Kline, Caden Fleming and Dawson LeBlanc of the Interact Club attended a recent Rotary Club of Woburn lunch meeting to talk about the fundraiser. 
Woburn Interact's Successful Fundraiser Brian Ouellette 2024-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Burlington Rotary's Charcuterie Class Fundraiser

Posted by Lori Becker on Feb 25, 2024
Have you ever wanted to try making your own charcuterie board? Bring a friend and learn how to create a beautiful and delicious appetizer display. Our talented chef Cara, of Cara's Creative Charcuterie, will walk your through step-by-step and you will build your charcuterie on a custom board that you get to keep.

Join the Rotary Club of Burlington for our fundraiser on Saturday, March 30 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Grand View Farm, 55 Center Street Burlington, MA. Space is limited. Register here.  

Registration Fee: $60
Register By: Saturday, March 23 
Burlington Rotary's Charcuterie Class Fundraiser Lori Becker 2024-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Burlington Breakfast Delivers Buddy Bench

Posted by Fran Fazio on Feb 23, 2024
On February 15, President Darshana Thakkar and Assistant District Governor/District Governor-Elect Pooja Singla of Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) were interviewed by Burlington Cable Access Television regarding the installation of a Buddy Bench at Fox Hill Elementary School. This project is a successful collaboration between District 7930 and the BBRC team.

The Buddy Bench is available for this year’s 500 students to experience a safe space for talking, making new friends, celebrating achievements, discovering, and connecting with each other.

Check out the full interview on BCAT website.  View story on YouTube.

 
Burlington Breakfast Delivers Buddy Bench Fran Fazio 2024-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Reading Welcomes New Members

Posted by Tim Kelley on Feb 23, 2024
At a recent lunch meeting, Reading Rotary welcomed two new members, Margaret O'Sullivan and Tom Seyffret.  President Sheila Clarke did the honors of installing them.  Margaret is a realtor with William Raveis in Reading Square.  Tom is a manager with North Shore Bank's Reading location also in Reading Square.  Both Margaret and Tom have long time ties to the Reading community.

Welcome, Rotarians Margaret and Tom!
Reading Welcomes New Members Tim Kelley 2024-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Salem Night at Speakeasy Auction

Posted by Jen Close on Feb 19, 2024
Salem Rotary presents A Night at the Speakeasy Annual Auction, March 20, 6 pm at Historic Hawthorne Hotel.  Please save the date and get your tickets today!

Your $125 ticket includes creative food stations, a silent auction and raffles as well as a fabulous, good time!

We hope to see you at the Speakeasy! Creative attire suggested but not required!

Tickets can be reserved here!  For sponsorship opportunities click here.  Please reach out with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Yours in Rotary Service,

Jen Close
Salem Rotary Club President 2023-2024 
Salem Night at Speakeasy Auction Jen Close 2024-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Winchester Pints for Polio Event

Posted by Kurt Heisler on Feb 17, 2024
The Winchester Rotary is raising funds to end polio with a "Pints for Polio" event at Lord Hobo, 5 Draper Street in Woburn, MA, on March 21st, 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
 
Tickets ($25 per person) can be purchased here.
Winchester Pints for Polio Event Kurt Heisler 2024-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

Like and Follow D7930's New FB Page

Posted by Tim Kelley on Feb 16, 2024
We have had to start a new D7930 Facebook Page.  Our original Page is currently out of commission.  We ask all Rotarians and friends to Like and Follow our new Page.  Please invite your FB friends to like and follow.  Our original Page has over 1,200 followers.  Our new page has just over 100 now.  We ask for your help.  We all need to take a part in increasing the impact and reach of Rotary's Public Image.
 
We ask all Rotarians on Facebook to help Expand Our Reach by inviting your contacts to Like and Follow our new Page.
 
 
 
Like and Follow D7930's New FB Page Tim Kelley 2024-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Environmental Committee News from Sarasota

Posted by Andrea Lacroix on Feb 16, 2024
I am back from Sarasota where I attended the very first ESRAG Projects Fair. It stands for Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group.  I met a handful of very interesting Rotarians doing GREAT things for the environment. You can't leave a Rotary conference without doing a service project.  This picture is at a Micro Forest where we helped right trees that were leaning after a large storm and cleared paths. It was fun until I was attacked by red ants! Thankfully we were wrapping up as that happened and I caught the ants climbing up my leg before any damage was done.

Here is the list of projects presented:
Susquehanna Watershed Project
Cape Cod Watershed Institute
Coastal Ecology Sustainability
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre
Lunch out of Landfills
Ottawa Youth Rotary Forest
Ipswich Watershed Grant
Rotary Environmental Innovators Fund (REIF)
Every Club Climate Friendly
Environmental Committee News from Sarasota Andrea Lacroix 2024-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Peabody's Taste of North Shore is the Biggest Ever

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Feb 15, 2024
Time is running out to get your tickets to the 20th anniversary of Rotary Peabody's Taste of the North Shore! Our tickets sold out last year; don't miss your chance at the $10,000 grand prize! Tickets are $100 each and include 1 admission and an entry into our grand prize raffle - a maximum of 300 tickets sold. Join us on March 19th, 6PM at Danversport.

We also have a celebration worthy of our 20th anniversary with a record number of participating restaurants. Sample dishes from 30 area restaurants ranging from pasta, charcuterie, short ribs, mac and cheese bar, truffle mashed potatoes, spinach pie, pastries, beer, spirits and so much more! For details go to: peabodyrotarytaste.com for up-to-the-minute details.

We will also have our popular grab bags ($20 each, minimum $25 value), beer, wine and spirits raffles and additional raffles with exciting prizes. Don't miss out on the fun, food and fellowship with your fellow Rotarians. Go to peabodyrotarytaste.com for more info. We hope you'll join us at Danversport on March 19th. 
 
To see participating restaurants and sponsors, download Menu here.
Peabody's Taste of North Shore is the Biggest Ever Alysa Hayden 2024-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rockport Serves Valentine's Luncheon to Seniors

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Feb 14, 2024
Rockport Rotary Club hosted its annual Valentine’s Luncheon for the seniors in town at the Fish Shack. They received a haddock dinner, chocolates, red carnations, a Valentine made by the elementary school kids, and were entertained by the High School Chorus. Such a fun and appreciated time! 
Rockport Serves Valentine's Luncheon to Seniors Ingrid Brown 2024-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Lexington Music Madness

Posted by Dan Busa on Feb 12, 2024
Battle of the LHS Acapella Groups, 
Friday, March 1st, Cary Hall, Lexington, MA

The audience helps pick the winner!  Over $2000 in cash prizes!!

Doors open at 7PM, Performance from 8PM-10PM - Cash Bar for Cocktails & Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres - Tickets: $50 for Adults; $25 for Students under 18; under 12 FREE.  (Proceeds to fund Rotary Club of Lexington’s High School Scholarship program)

Apply for tickets here, (let us know how many adults and how many students) we will send you a bill. Or you can pay via Venmo: @Daniel-Busa
Lexington Music Madness Dan Busa 2024-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2024 Updates

Posted by Christina Harris on Feb 10, 2024
Planning and training for RYLA 2024 (May 17-19) is well underway. We had two Family Leader Training sessions at our new location at the Stoneham Teen Center. We did lots of team building activities as well as a deeper discussion of our RYLA weekend! We are excited to have such a great group!
 
Family leaders for RYLA are what makes our weekend so special. Some of the answers of this year’s Family Leaders were just so meaningful that I thought I would share them with you so you could see the impact you are having by sponsoring students for RYLA.  These kids are AMAZING!
 
Applications for RYLA 24 will be live early to mid-February, so stayed tuned! In the meantime, we are ready to start visiting clubs to share the new video! Please email me, Christina Harris, or call me at 978.270.6706.  Download the attached flyer here.  Thank you for your support of the RYLA program!
RYLA 2024 Updates Christina Harris 2024-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Amesbury 5K Royal Raffle

Posted by Sandy Carlisle on Feb 08, 2024
Friends of Rotary Club of Amesbury, Massachusetts, we're kicking off our biggest fundraiser in a number of years. One lucky winner will win $5,000.00. We're only selling 100 tickets so your chances are good.  Raffle ticket only is $100.  Admission to event only is $25 per person.  Drawing event is March 11 at Ristorante Molise in Amesbury.

You can buy your chance for the big prize or by clicking on this link or order and pay by check in the amount of $100.00 for each raffle ticket you are ordering, plus $25.00 per person for the number of people who will be attending Raffle night in person; made out to Amesbury Rotary, with Raffle Royale written in the memo line, and include your contact information, and the number of raffle tickets and raffle night admission tickets being ordered.  Then mail to Amesbury Rotary, PO Box 554, Amesbury, MA 01913, or drop it off at Stoneridge Properties, 20 Market Street, Amesbury.  

The evening of the drawing we are also going to have grab bags and a drop bucket for those who attend in person (only $25). Get your tickets today and enjoy a fun evening with good friends, and good food.  Any way you look at it, you're a winner. 
 
For more information visit Amesbury Rotary website.
Amesbury 5K Royal Raffle Sandy Carlisle 2024-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Woburn Rotary Donates Defibrillator to Library

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Feb 08, 2024
This week, Woburn Rotary's annual defibrillator donation was presented to the Woburn Public Library. Library Director and Honorary Rotary member Hermayne Gordon was there to accept the donation.

Also, Rotary Club of Woburn President Brian Ouellette presented a short film he filmed and directed about the library titled "The Renovation & Expansion of the Woburn Public Library". The film documents the construction of the library addition from 2016 - 2019 using drone footage and rare construction footage of inside the library. The film was co-directed by Susan Thifault and written and narrated by former library director Andrea Bunker. Special thanks to former long-time library director Kathy O'Doherty and President of Library Trustees Richard Mahoney for their input on the film. 
Woburn Rotary Donates Defibrillator to Library Brian Ouellette 2024-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Miss Mass & Suicide Prevention

Posted by Sophie Saquet on Feb 08, 2024
I am Sophie Saquet, a current senior at North Reading High School, and 2024 Miss North Reading. I am a finalist competing for the Miss Massachusetts USA title this March and I wanted to invite you to take part in this journey! Outside of my passion for pageants, I am member of the North Reading Interact Club, as well as serve as Vice Governor for the District 7930 Interact Council. I love to support the community I represent and to bring to life great opportunities for growth. For this reason, I established a GoFundMe that will not only support the finances required for me to compete in Miss Massachusetts, but half of the amount donated will go directly to suicide prevention. I hope you consider donating to this fund, as this cause is very important to me. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.  Download a flyer with details here.

Sophie Saquet
sophiesaquet1@gmail.com
Miss Mass & Suicide Prevention Sophie Saquet 2024-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Harbor Spreads Valentine's Cheer

Posted by Linda Dolibar on Feb 06, 2024
At their weekly breakfast meeting, Marblehead Harbor Rotary members assembled Valentine’s Day cheer packs for 47 clients of a local rehabilitation and skilled nursing home.  The tiny arrangements contained faux rosebuds and were designed to give lasting happiness in smaller spaces like a bed table or bureau top. A card of good wishes accompanied each bud vase.
Marblehead Harbor Spreads Valentine's Cheer Linda Dolibar 2024-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Classical Interact Activities

Posted by William Reilly on Feb 06, 2024
Lynn Rotary recently received an update on all the activities of the Lynn Classical Interact Club.  Lynn Classical Interact Club Faculty Advisor and English teacher Lauren Jenkins reported as follows:
 
The Interact Club has been doing a fantastic job of keeping up with community happenings.
 
Our students ran a Turkey Box fundraiser, and we received 18 paper boxes that we filled with everything but the turkey. Students at Lynn Classical, who were identified by our family liaison, were able to take these boxes home to their families. We also received almost $600 in donations, so we were also able to give families gift cards to Market Basket. It was a huge success.
 
Lynn Classical Interact Activities William Reilly 2024-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Methuen Bocce Tournament

Posted by Lori Karas on Feb 05, 2024
Roll on over to Methuen Rotary's 9th Annual Bocce Tournament.  Saturday, March 2, 2024.
3:30 Check in
4:15 Dinner
5:00 Tournament
Methuen Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA
$200 Teams of 4
$50 per player
$25 per spectator
Meal included
 
Methuen Bocce Tournament Lori Karas 2024-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Go, Rotary Girls!

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Jan 29, 2024
Past District Governor Ingrid Brown celebrated Rockport’s inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student Lila Michaux’s sixteenth birthday.  Also attending was one of District 7930's newest outbound students, Mari Penaloza, who will be going to Italy for the 2024-2025 school year.
Such a great program
 
Picture here are Mari, PDG Ingrid Brown and Lila.
Go, Rotary Girls! Ingrid Brown 2024-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

End Polio: an Update with Mike McGovern

Posted by Lori Karas on Jan 29, 2024
As we cap off our Get Movin' to End Polio fundraising - let's join together to learn the latest information from Rotary International Polio Society Chair, Mike McGovern on where we really are with Ending Polio!  February 7, 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Zoom.  
 
Mike McGovern is Past District Governor of District 7780 and a member of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  He currently serves as chair of the International PolioPlus Committee.
 
To attend this meeting - please register here
End Polio: an Update with Mike McGovern Lori Karas 2024-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Winchester Volunteers at Boston Food Bank

Posted by Kurt Heisler on Jan 27, 2024
The Winchester Rotary volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank on Saturday, January 27th, and helped package 20,000 meals for our neighbors in Massachusetts. 
 
The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country.  GBFB works to increase food distribution to provide three meals a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities.
 
For more information or to get involved with GBFB, click here.
 
 
Winchester Volunteers at Boston Food Bank Kurt Heisler 2024-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Lynnfield's Build A Bed 2024

Posted by Ron Block on Jan 26, 2024
Save the Date – Lynnfield Rotary’s Build A Bed - May 11, 2024, 9:00 am, Market Street
 
Build A Bed is returning to Market Street in Lynnfield on Saturday, May 11, 2024.  In 2022 Lynnfield Rotary hosted its first Build A Bed project producing ten beds for children in Massachusetts. Last year ninety-one volunteers built twenty-two beds, exceeding our goal. We are optimistic for 2024 to be our best year.
 
Lumber, hardware, tools, and expert instruction to construct the bed frames will be provided. People will work in groups of up to four builders.
 
The beds cost $350 each. Upon completion, a mattress will be added, and the finished product will be delivered to the child’s home.
 
Individuals, families, and organizations can participate as follows:
One or more beds can be purchased for $350 each. This allows your team to attend the event and build the frames. If you prefer, your donation will allow a bed to be constructed by our volunteers in your name.
 
Lynnfield's Build A Bed 2024 Ron Block 2024-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

DEI Discussion Series:  Handi Capability

Posted by Pooja Singla on Jan 26, 2024
DEI DISCUSSION SERIES #4, February 21, 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
An Inspirational Presentation by Rotarian James Norris, Founder/Owner/Executive director of Handi Capable Fitness helping Handi Capable community and training Handi Capable athletes.  James will share his life's experience!
 
Handi Capable Fitness is dedicated to encouraging people to get out, be active, and be proud of the life they live. On this journey, bodies become stronger and able to push harder. A Handi Capable athlete is someone who sees beyond their challenges and has the courage to be active. It’s not about whether you win the race. Being a Handi Capable athlete is about getting out and taking action, no matter what.
 
James is also an author of many books such as Feeling Left Out: The First in a Series Children's Books and Feeling Accepted: Coast to Coast: The second in the series.
 
Register here for DEI Series: Handi Capability.
DEI Discussion Series: Handi Capability Pooja Singla 2024-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute Feb 27+29, 2024

Posted by Alexander Falk on Jan 26, 2024

IT’S COMING! … DON’T MISS OUT!

WHAT: VIRTUAL ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
WHEN: 2 evenings, February 27 + 29, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: From the comfort of your own home!
WHO: For any Rotarians who want to learn more about Rotary’s structure, programs, leadership styles, fundraising, and service opportunities. It is not necessary to be on a club leadership track to participate.
COST: $25 for the combined 2 nights
NEW FLYER: Download this PDF to print & hand out to club members
 
REGISTER NOW AT: https://rlinea.org/ and then on the left side click on More Info under the heading "RLI NEA Seminar - Dist 7930-Wakefield, MA-Virtual; February 27th 2024"
 
Rotary Leadership Institute Feb 27+29, 2024 Alexander Falk 2024-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Salem Frozen Flamingo Frolic Location Change

Posted by Carolyn Shapiro on Jan 26, 2024
Greetings everyone!  Salem Rotarians will participate in the upcoming "Frozen Flamingo Frolic" - an icy plunge into our cold Salem ocean waters! One of Rotary's primary initiatives is a commitment to ending Polio in the world.  Our local Frolic is Salem Rotary's contribution to this effort with Plunge proceeds going to this important worldwide initiative.  Note that Salem Harbor Master has advised us to change the original location due to the tide.
 
When:       Saturday, January 27 at 10 AM*
NEW LOCATION: Winter Island Boat Ramp
*Frozen Flamingo swimmers please arrive by 9:45*
Contact:    Carolyn Shapiro
 
Come by to cheer our plungers on, plunge yourself or simply donate to the cause. To donate online, click here on the donate button on our website and select “Polar Plunge.” Direct donation link here.
 
Frolic-er guidance from the Harbor Master:
  • Wear water shoes of some kind to protect your feet from rocks, debris, etc.
  • The area has been icy, so take your time getting down the ramp.
  • No jumping off the dock or surrounding area; You must enter from the boat ramp.
  • Be advised that health issues from plunging can occur well after you get out of the water as your blood tries to warm your extremities.  If you feel off 15 – 20 minutes after you get out of the water, get checked out to make sure nothing serious is occurring.
Salem Frozen Flamingo Frolic Location Change Carolyn Shapiro 2024-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Inducts Newest Member

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Jan 25, 2024
The Rotary Club of Chelsea welcomed its newest member, Allison Gamble. Allison works for North Suffolk Community Services in Advancement and Grants. She was sworn in by Past President Allan I. Alpert and welcomed by President Almi Abeyta. 
Chelsea Inducts Newest Member Douglas Mauch 2024-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Winchester Supports Mission of Deeds

Posted by Kurt Heisler on Jan 25, 2024
The Winchester Rotary capped off a year of support for Mission of Deed in December with a winter coat drive contributing over 75 coats and our annual linen and bedspread donation of over $2000. The club volunteers monthly to assist new clients as they receive new beds, furniture, linens, and kitchen supplies for clients on the north shore. 
 
Winchester Rotary has a long history of supporting the Mission of Deeds, going back to its founding by a Winchester Rotarian. The Mission of Deeds has served over 16,500 clients through local donations and grants since its founding. Consider donating your used furniture to them or joining one of their upcoming fundraising events. www.missionofdeeds.org
Winchester Supports Mission of Deeds Kurt Heisler 2024-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Magical Trip to La La Land

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Jan 25, 2024
In our latest fundraiser, the Beverly Rotary Club conducted an online auction, raffling off only one item: a trip to LA to see the Emmy Awards at the Peacock Theatre, with a 2-night hotel stay.  The winner at two minutes before the closing time was Jen Lapan.  She bid on it for her daughter and roommate, who are studying in the theatre department in college. The two girls took off on their adventure and stayed in the hotel right near the Peacock Theatre.  Reports from mom to us are that they had a blast. They hobnobbed with the stars on the Red Carpet. They did some sightseeing and visited Hollywood emmy museums. The city life at night was great too. Our club obtained the tickets from a member's son who works in Los Angeles. Thanks to him, we were thrilled to bring happiness to these young ladies, and simultaneously we raised money toward our projects this year. You can tell from the photo below that it was a trip to remember!  And the winner is.......everyone!!! 
Magical Trip to La La Land Jackie Rapisardi 2024-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Be Bold, Get Cold Plunge, East Boston, Feb. 24

Posted by Vera Carducci on Jan 24, 2024
The Belle Isle Rotary and Parkway Rotary Clubs are very excited to be gearing up for our 2nd Annual Be Bold-Get Cold Plunge to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024. The doors will open at 9am and the plunge will take place at 11am (which is high tide and there is a ramp we walk down and plunge from!)

Like last year, which was a rousing and fun success bringing together many Rotary Clubs in District 7930, the event will be held at the East Boston Yacht Club, 1 Rice Street, East Boston, MA 02128. There is plenty of parking and of course there will be plenty of refreshments and fun for all. Hope to see you there! 
 
Come to plunge or just to cheer.  Lots of food (potluck) and fun.  Drinks/mimosas (cash bar).  Grill to be fired up.  Raffles and prizes.
 
To download flyer, click here.
 
Be Bold, Get Cold Plunge, East Boston, Feb. 24 Vera Carducci 2024-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Gives Second Chances

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jan 23, 2024
They say, "One person's trash, is another's treasure." Recently, the Wakefield Rotary Club put that idiom to the test during the club's Second Chances Auction. The internal fundraiser invited members to bring gently used or unwanted items in for donation. Other members can then bid on them, generally starting with a bid of just five dollars. 
 
Rotarian Wendy Maguire explained, "We've all gotten something for our birthday or holiday that just isn't quite what you'd want or use. That's the stuff we wanted for the auction!" The meeting began with a reflection by Past Rotary President Jim Fitzgerald who reminded the club that Rotary is all about giving second chances...to people, to projects, and to ideas. He ended his reflection with a clip from the song "Second Chances" by Gregory Alan Isakov. 
 
 
Wakefield Gives Second Chances Amy Luckiewicz 2024-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

2024-25 Rotary Theme Announced

Posted by Tom Hankard on Jan 23, 2024
The main event at the recent Rotary International's International Assembly attended by District Governor-Elect Tom Hankard in Orlando, Florida, is the unveiling of Rotary's annual theme.

International President-Elect Stephanie A. Urchick announced "The Magic of Rotary" is our theme for next year.

Stephanie recalled how on a service trip, to the Dominican Republic a boy who saw clean water coming out of a new water filter called out to Stephanie for her to show him that "magic" again.  Watch a short video of the announcement

The Magic of Rotary will also be the final annual theme as Rotary International transitions to multi-year themes for both internal and external use. 
2024-25 Rotary Theme Announced Tom Hankard 2024-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Andover Providing Warmth from Ground Up

Posted by Diana Kiesel on Jan 22, 2024
In a 2019 article "Socks Are A Critical Component of Our Health" by Harold Cox, the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, most homeless people face foot care problems because they often lack resources to buy well-fitting, adequate footwear. Many homeless people have a condition called polyneuropathy, in which they lose nerve function and cannot feel irritations of the feet. The thickened skin can then break down to an ulcer and become infected, causing sepsis or even deep bone infections. Lack of access to quality health care can exacerbate these problems. All of this can be mitigated with proper foot care, including access to clean socks.
 
Andover Providing Warmth from Ground Up Diana Kiesel 2024-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

In Loving Memory:  Al Fay

Posted by Lori Becker on Jan 19, 2024
It is with a heavy heart, that we are reach out to share the news that Al Fay, our friend and longtime member of Burlington Rotary, has passed away. 
 
Al was a model Rotarian and, more importantly than that, he was the best example of a good citizen, neighbor, friend, family man, and, simply put, person. He is a true role model of what a community leader should be.  Al Fay joined Rotary 12/3/2010 and was a member until his passing.  He leaves behind an amazing legacy. 
 
Every conversation with Al was interesting and full of countless stories about his time as Fire Chief, Selectman, early resident of Burlington and more clubs and activities that we can note here.
 
Please keep Al, his wife Joyce, and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Al was truly an amazing person. Burlington will not be the same without him. Our club will miss him terribly.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Al’s name may be made to the to the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation c/o Brian Curtin 35 Center Street, Burlington, MA 01803 
In Loving Memory: Al Fay Lori Becker 2024-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Get Movin' to End Polio Continues

Posted by Ingrid Brown, District Polio Chair on Jan 19, 2024
Here's your a reminder to get your donations and get fit for 2024! It’s up to you to make the difference for the children of the world, so let’s do this together! 
 
Time to get moving, put on those new exercise outfits and sneakers, and let’s all make some healthy New Year’s resolutions, and raise some serious funds for the eradication of polio! You can choose your own dates, so no excuse about scheduling!
 
How do you move: (@$25-$50 per hour?)
Clean your house; food shop; yoga or exercise class; ride a bike; ski (if you can find snow); Polar Plunge alone or with a group; join in one of the district events; use your imagination – anything goes!
 
How do you raise donations: 
Ask family members; ask club members; ask co-workers; support yourself
Either set up a Raise For Rotary page or collect $$/checks and have your club send to Rotary End Polio.
 
District Events so far:
Get Movin' to End Polio Continues Ingrid Brown, District Polio Chair 2024-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Save the Date for RYLA 2024

Posted by Christina Harris on Jan 17, 2024
It’s that time of year again! We are excited to share RYLA 2024 will be taking place May 17th-19th at Camp Rotary in Boxford, MA. We are ready for this year’s group of students to experience a full weekend of learning, discovering, and connecting with each other. With how busy the end of year can be, make sure to save the date for RYLA 2024 before your schedule fills up!

For more information or any questions, please reach out to RYLA Lead Christina Harris or view the RYLA page on our website.
Save the Date for RYLA 2024 Christina Harris 2024-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop

Posted by Ron Block on Jan 17, 2024
Lynnfield Rotary in collaboration with a local community partnership, A Healthy Lynnfield, is offering an 8 hour certificate training in Mental Health First Aid. This is a practical skills based course to teach the public how to respond appropriately to someone that exhibits signs of mental illness or substance use. There are only a few seats left. Rotarians are welcome to register for this nationally renowned program. The deadline is Friday 1/19. Participants are required to attend both sessions. 
 
Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop Ron Block 2024-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Offers Opportunity to Dine Anywhere in the World

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jan 16, 2024
Where would you go if you could dine anywhere in the world with no limits on how far you travel?
 
The Wakefield Rotary Club is hosting its fifth chance that offers the winner a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Dine Anywhere in the World Contest offers one lucky winner and a guest the opportunity to win a trip to any destination in the world of their choosing! The winner will receive round-trip airfare for two, an overnight in a 4-star or better hotel and a gift certificate for dinner to the restaurant of their choosing! 
 
Wakefield Offers Opportunity to Dine Anywhere in the World Amy Luckiewicz 2024-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Distributes Dictionaries for 15th Year

Posted by William Reilly on Jan 16, 2024
On January 10, 2024, the Rotary Club of Lynn continued with its tradition of distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders in the 18 public elementary schools in Lynn. Since 2008, the Rotary Club of Lynn has presented over 1,200 dictionaries annually to third-grade students in the Lynn Public Schools. This year marks the 15th consecutive year of this service project for the club and a distribution of over 19,000 dictionaries since its inception! 
 
The Reading Cooperative Bank continued with its financial support of this project by funding the purchase of the dictionaries. Additionally, the bank supported the project by providing the assistance of at least 11 staff members to aid in the distribution.
 
In addition to the bank assisting the Lynn School District had 15 volunteers to assist in the distribution. The Superintendent, Evonne Alvares, the Deputy Superintendent Debra Ruggiero were among the staff members who contributed their time.
 
Pictured here with Lynn 3rd graders are Rotarian Ray Bastarache, Lynn School District, Tina Hooufnagiel, and Reading Cooperative Bank's Tess Cunha and Maria Santa.
Lynn Distributes Dictionaries for 15th Year William Reilly 2024-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

A Thank You for Swampscott's Baskets

Posted by Buck Weaver on Jan 16, 2024
The Swampscott Rotary Club has been delivering Holiday Fruit baskets for over 40 years. These go to Swampscott and Nahant Senior Centers, Town Departments, senior citizens, widows and widowers and others who may be ill or need extra support.
 
Over the last several years we average about 80 baskets delivered each year.
 
Every year we receive numerous thank you notes and cards, but none more interesting (or impressive) as the attached thank you from Nahant resident, Calantha Sears, age 102! 
 
 
A Thank You for Swampscott's Baskets Buck Weaver 2024-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Frigid Fiver 5K in Newburyport

Posted by Deborah Andrews on Jan 16, 2024
The Frigid Fiver 5K is back! Sunday, February 4, 2024 11am at RiverWalk Brewing Co. Come join the Rotary Club of Newburyport and Joppa Flats Running Club to stretch those muscles and have some time with friends! Race proceeds go back into our communities.

Register at this link.  The cost is $25 for pre-registration and $30 on the day of race. The first 200 registered participants will receive a long-sleeved shirt, in addition to prizes for the winners, and of course, good food and beer at RiverWalk!

The Rotary Club of Newburyport supports our community through popular events and fundraising. It is because of your support that our Rotary Club has accomplish so much! We hope people know that when one supports the Rotary Club of Newburyport, they are in turn supporting a myriad of other community-oriented initiatives.
Frigid Fiver 5K in Newburyport Deborah Andrews 2024-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Yoga with Peabody:  Get Movin' to End Polio

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jan 12, 2024
The Rotary Club of Peabody is inviting everyone to get moving to end Polio with yoga! On January 25, 2024 @ 6PM, we will proudly join Rotary International and Rotary District 7930 in their efforts to “Get Moving” eradicate polio. Rotary Peabody’s goal is to raise more than $500 There will be two ways to support the Rotary Peabody: get moving at our yoga class or sponsor a Rotary Peabody team member who will be participating in the class.
 
Want to get moving with yoga? Complete this form to sign up. Then, start your fundraiser through raise.rotary.org/Lori-Karas/challenge290 and recruit sponsors. Yoga participants can choose from 2 levels depending upon their ability and preference: 
 
Yoga with Peabody: Get Movin' to End Polio Alysa Hayden 2024-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Interact Helps Ipswich Caring

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jan 10, 2024
Ipswich High School Interact leaders of the 2023 Jingle Bell Walk met with Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians last week to announce the revenue from their event, Jingle Bell Walk, nearly doubled from the previous year. They were on hand to present Ipswich Caring with a check for $1,500. Additional proceeds will fund their micro loan projects with Kiva.
 
For more than 40 years, non-profit Ipswich Caring has assisted Ipswich families in need. With the help of over 200 volunteers, "Ipswich Caring provides financial and in-kind support to youth, adults and families through a variety of programs and services." Like Rotary, this group is dedicated to Service Above Self.
 
Ipswich Interact Helps Ipswich Caring Bob Wicks 2024-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

P is for Polio Fundraiser in Ipswich

Posted by Martha Mauser on Jan 09, 2024
Join in on the P is for POLIO FUN-raiser to help eradicate Polio worldwide, January 28th 5:30-8 pm.  Sign up with your family, sign up with your friends.  Click the link and pick an activity or two. Pool space is available for plunging with families as well.  $25/person suggested minimum donation to join in the fun. 
 
Yes!  Polio still exists, which can severely disable children and is not curable.  Vaccinations prevent Polio.  Rotary has significantly contributed to eradicating Polio in 99.9% of the world.  Unless we eradicate polio, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 new cases could occur around the world each year. In the past few years, only two countries have reported cases of polio caused by the wild virus, but no child anywhere is safe until we’ve vaccinated every child.
 
Click and sign up to reserve your activities and times at the Ipswich YMCA.   Thank you to the Ipswich YMCA for donating the space for this important fundraiser. If you are not a member, please bring your entrance fee payable to Ipswich Rotary Trust or in cash.
 
Questions?  Contact Martha Mauser mmauser@mauserlaw.com or click this link to register.
 
P is for Polio Fundraiser in Ipswich Martha Mauser 2024-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Welcomes New Member Patricia Birchem

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jan 03, 2024
The Wakefield Rotary Club is pleased to announce its newest member, Patricia Birchem. Birchem was recently installed into the club earlier this season by Wakefield Rotary Past President, Lisa Roderick and her sponsor, Past President Amy Luckiewicz. 
 
Birchem is most interested in developing economic and community development projects along with scholarships and youth programs through her membership in Rotary. She explained her interest in joining the club, “I was drawn to the guiding principles of truth, fairness, goodwill, friendship and giving back to those in need.” She added, “I’m looking forward to making lasting change in the world and our local community by taking action through service.” 
 
Birchem is a realtor with Leading Edge Real Estate. She grew up in Medford and now resides in Wakefield with her husband Mark. The couple has two children, Isabella and Caleb.
 
Pictured here is Patricia Birchem at her Installation with Lisa Roderick.
Wakefield Welcomes New Member Patricia Birchem Amy Luckiewicz 2024-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Exciting Updates from Environmental Comm

Posted by Andrea LaCroix on Jan 01, 2024
The District Environmental Committee is up and running and wants your suggestions! If your club has an environmental committee, let's talk and discuss what you are doing and how we can work together to take your projects further.
 
Water plastics and pollinators... these are the issues the Ipswich-Rowley Club are working on.  The Ipswich-Rowley Club has a Global Grant focused on Water Conservation. We have partnered with the Ipswich River Watershed and are seeing positive results. I will be attending the ESRAG Projects Fair at the end of January to showcase this grant.
 
Is your club looking for a speaker? Please contact me, Andrea LaCroix.  I have been making the rounds at many Rotary clubs delivering a very informative talk on plastics.  I am available to speak at your club, will have giveaways to distribute and am very excited to come give in-person presentation soon!
 
May seems like it's far away, but we will begin promoting No Mow May in March.
 
Due to a scheduling conflict, the next District Environmental meeting will be January 24th at 6pm. Please email me for a zoom link.
 
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!
Exciting Updates from Environmental Comm Andrea LaCroix 2024-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Terry Curran Selected for District Governor, 2026-2027

In November, the nomination committee selected Terry Curran, from the Parkway 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 Terry has been elected to be the DGND for District 7930 and will serve as our District Governor 2026-27!
 
Congratulations Terry!

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.
 
Terry Curran Selected for District Governor, 2026-2027 Lori Karas 2024-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year!

Posted by Tim Kelley on Jan 01, 2024
Happy New Year! Cheers to a new year and new opportunities for Service Above Self.
 
Wishing all Rotarians, partners, friends and neighbors happy and healthy New Year!
 
Thank you to all who for your story submissions for the eBulletin and website.  It is so inspiring to see the work and fun from throughout our District.  The link for submitting stories can always be found on our website or find it directly at this link.
 
May the new year bring you joy, peace, and happiness.
Happy New Year! Tim Kelley 2024-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Get Movin' to End Polio:  Jan. 1 to Feb 3

Posted by Ingrid Brown, District Polio Chair on Dec 29, 2023
Are YOU ready?? Time to get off your duff, put on those new exercise outfits and sneakers, and let’s all make some healthy New Year’s resolutions, AND raise some serious funds for the eradication of polio! You can choose your own date(s) so no excuse about scheduling!
 
How do you move: (@$25-$50 per hour?)
Clean your house; food shop; yoga or exercise class; ride a bike; ski (if you can find snow); Polar Plunge alone or with a group; join in one of the district events; use your imagination – anything goes!
 
How do you raise donations: 
Ask family members; ask club members; ask co-workers; support yourself
Either set up a Raise For Rotary page or collect $$/checks and have your club send to Rotary End Polio.
 
District Events so far:
Get Movin' to End Polio: Jan. 1 to Feb 3 Ingrid Brown, District Polio Chair 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Peabody's 20th Anniversary Taste of North Shore

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Dec 29, 2023
March 19th, 2024 will be the 20th anniversary of Rotary Peabody's popular and biggest fundraiser of the year. We're inviting all Rotarians to join us to enjoy the best flavors the North Shore has to offer. Our $10,000 raffle (only 300 tickets sold), wine and beer raffle, $20 grab bags (value of $25 or more) will once again be a part of this event. This event supports deserving high school students with scholarships, helps feed food insecure families and funds the service projects we perform year-round to make our community stronger. For more information go to www.peabodyrotarytaste.com to purchase tickets and get more information about sponsorship opportunities. We hope you'll join us! 
Peabody's 20th Anniversary Taste of North Shore Alysa Hayden 2023-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Public Image Health Check

Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 28, 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 Health Check Tim Kelley 2023-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA is Coming May 17-19

Posted by Allie Foley on Dec 28, 2023
Save the Date!  RYLA is coming May 17-19, Camp Rotary in Boxford.
 
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!
 
For more information check our RYLA page or contact RYLA District Chair Christina Harris.
RYLA is Coming May 17-19 Allie Foley 2023-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Lunch with Global Scholar

Posted by Ingrid Brown on Dec 27, 2023
Ingrid Brown from Rockport Rotary celebrated an International Holiday Lunch at a Turkish restaurant with her former Global Scholar, Makiko Ueda, from Japan and current French Youth Exchange student, Lila Michaux.

Maki’s parents just arrived from Japan to celebrate Christmas with the whole family. 
Holiday Lunch with Global Scholar Ingrid Brown 2023-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

Salem Celebrates Holidays with Foster Children

Posted by Adria Duijvesteijn on Dec 27, 2023
The Salem Rotary Club recently hosted its annual Department of Children and Families Holiday party. This event supports children throughout the North Shore region and allows foster children the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their foster families and often their siblings who are not able to be housed in the same foster home. Hosted at the beautiful Kernwood Country Club in Salem, this fun afternoon provided fun activities, a magician, stories with Elsa and Anna, good food, gifts, and a visit from Santa Claus himself. 
 
"The Salem Rotary Club is proud to support DCF at this annual event,” said Club President Jen Close. “This event is something we look forward to every year, and Rotarians have just as much fun bringing joy to families in our community as the children who attend."
 
Salem Celebrates Holidays with Foster Children Adria Duijvesteijn 2023-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Greetings from Rotary 7930

Posted by Lori Karas on Dec 22, 2023
Wishing all Rotarians, community partners and friends the happiest Season's Greetings and Happy New Year.  Thank you for all you do for your Rotary club and community.  We appreciate all you do!
 
We hope you all are able to take time to spend time with family and friends during this time.
 
Best Wishes to All and continue to Create Hope in the World!

 
Holiday Greetings from Rotary 7930 Lori Karas 2023-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Elects New Officer & Directors

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Dec 20, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club recently announced the election of its new officers and directors at its Annual Meeting. The club elects new leadership each year in accordance with its by-laws. The 2024-2025 Board of Directors include Margie Daniels, Joie Gerrish, Mike Sullivan, Jill McWilliam, Steve Skory, Glen Duffy (Immediate Past President) and Amy Luckiewicz (Past Presidents’ Representative). Suzanne Bowering will serve as Club Secretary, Barbara Worley as Club Treasurer and Frank Fiorentino as Sergeant-at-Arms. Kathy Boyle was elected Vice President/President-Elect and Wendy Maguire will serve as President for the 2024-2025 term. 
 
Wakefield Elects New Officer & Directors Amy Luckiewicz 2023-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Bell Ringing for Salvation Army

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Dec 20, 2023
Members of the Chelsea Rotary Club helped the Chelsea Salvation Army raise funds for the holiday season by ringing the kettle bells at the Chelsea Market Basket. The Rotarians rang the bells at both entrances from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Rotary Club has been supporting the Salvation Army by ringing the kettle bells for over 20 years. 
Chelsea Bell Ringing for Salvation Army Douglas Mauch 2023-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

2024 Citizens Who Care Nominations Open

Posted by Diana Kiesel on Dec 19, 2023
It's that time of the year again where the Rotary Club of Andover is reaching out to our friends and community for nominations to recognize those unsung heroes among us for the title 2024 Citizens Who Care.  To be recognized are Citizens Who Care, Educator of the Year and Student of the Year.
 
Nominations are being accepted through January 15, 2024 and information can be found on the club's website.  
 
Links to nomination forms can be found below:
 
2024 Citizens Who Care Nominations Open Diana Kiesel 2023-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Video:  Thank You for Foundation Donations

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Dec 18, 2023
Thank you for the time, energy, and financial support you give to Rotary’s mission. Consider showing this great video at your next club meeting:
 
The Rotary Foundation plans for the future, not just for today, and helps members put ideas into action. In the words of Arch Klumph: 
 
“Rotary has assumed a great obligation to the world … . Its opportunities are limitless, but its income today and of tomorrow will never permit it to do the many things which it could and should do. Let me remind you of these three facts: (1) money alone does little good, (2) individual service is helpless without money, (3) the two together can be a godsend to civilization.”
 
Thank you for the time, energy, and financial support you give to Rotary’s mission. 
 
Yours in Rotary,
D7930 Foundation Committee
Video: Thank You for Foundation Donations Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Woburn Serves Breakfast to Seniors

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Dec 18, 2023
Many members of the Rotary Club of Woburn recently participated in an event to cook and serve breakfast at the Senior Center on School St. in Woburn. The senior guests were served scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage patties and strawberries along with orange juice and coffee that was donated by a local Dunkin' franchise. The senior guests were also entertained by a local Irish American entertainer, Mossie Coughlan. Mossie had the guests singing classics such as "Oh Danny Boy" and even got some of them up to dance. 
 
Pictured here is Jim Major preparing pancake mix. 
Woburn Serves Breakfast to Seniors Brian Ouellette 2023-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Greater Salem Bell Ringers

Posted by Maria Bertolone on Dec 14, 2023
Members of the Greater Salem, NH Club participated in our annual Salvation Army bell ringing.  
 
For over two decades we have been collecting donations for those in need, the Club matching every dollar we collect.
 
We continue to engage in the community findings ways to help others and make a positive difference, as we stand by our Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”
Greater Salem Bell Ringers Maria Bertolone 2023-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

Watch the Recording of Webinar with Israeli District

Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 13, 2023
View the recording of the special webinar hosted by our DEI Committee on December 6.  Our DG Lori Karas joined with Israel's D2490 DG Bashir Nusair from District 2490 on how everyday life has changed in Israel since October 7, 2023.
 
Hear the firsthand accounts from Rotarians on life with warning sirens and rockets.  Learn what they are doing to support one another and the community.  
 

 
Watch the Recording of Webinar with Israeli District Tim Kelley 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Moment of the Week:  What is Rotary Direct?

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Dec 13, 2023
WHAT IS ROTARY DIRECT? 
 
You can support The Rotary Foundation all year by making a recurring gift with Rotary Direct.  Choose how much and how often to give, using this simple and secure tool to make a big impact. 
 
Online credit card contributions can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually, with a US$10 minimum per transaction.  You can enroll in Rotary Direct online, use the Rotary Direct enrollment form or The Rotary Foundation Contribution Form, or call the Support Center at +1-866-9ROTARY. 
 
You can change or cancel your recurring gift at any time through My Rotary.  Rotary Direct is safe, secure, and easy.  Sign up today!
 
Happy Holiday,
D7930 Foundation Committee
Rotary Moment of the Week: What is Rotary Direct? Joan Kelly Arsenault 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Donates 314 Dictionaries

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Dec 13, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club completed its annual Autumn donation of dictionaries to every third grader in Wakefield. 314 copies were hand-delivered to all Wakefield public schools as well as Odyssey and St. Joseph’s School. Diligent Rotarians Suzanne Bowering, Barbara Worley, Tom Stapleton, Joie Gerrish, Paul Adams, Wendy Maguire, Lisa Roderick, and Jill McWilliam visited each school and walked students through some of the resource’s highlights including how to look up the word “volunteer,” the American Sign Language alphabet, and historical information all included in the book.

The project has been going on decades. And although it may seem dated, there is evidence that hard copy dictionaries still have meaning. In a recent article, “Hold Onto Your Paperback Dictionaries, Don’t Throw Them Away,” Third Grade Teacher Heather Stamps highlighted several reasons for their relevance including exposure to new vocabulary and organization. She added, "Paperback dictionaries provide elementary school students with repeated exposure to the alphabetization method of information organization at a fixed cost." Fueled by this article, the feedback from Wakefield teachers and students’ smiles, the Wakefield Rotary Club looks forward to continuing this project for years to come. 
Wakefield Donates 314 Dictionaries Amy Luckiewicz 2023-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

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.
 
Wakefield Donates to Interact Care Closet Amy Luckiewicz 2023-12-07 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.
 
Environmental Committee Holiday Tips Andrea Lacroix 2023-12-06 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Octob