Rotary District 7930 eBulletin
January 31, 2022

Building Peace and Understanding in our Communities and Around the World
The Annual World Peace and Understanding Dinner for February 3 has also been cancelled as an in-person event and moved to Zoom.  The evening will start with the Premiere of a documentary, by Sarah Furie of Boston Rotaract, “Talks Black Men have with their Sons.”  This will be followed by a question-and-answer session.  Then there will be presentations about the fruits of our Interact MicroFinance grant through the eyes of the Interactors; building compassion and understanding around the world and within the students themselves.
Registration is open for this event at:  The link to the zoom event will be sent out on the day of the event.  Please join us as we gather some peace and understanding of the world around us. 
Freezin' for a Reason:  Gloucester Rotary Polar Plunge to Eradicate Polio
The Gloucester Rotary will hold its annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11am at the Cape Ann Motor Inn on Long Beach, located at 33 Rockport Road in Gloucester. Anyone wishing to support the #EndPolioNow campaign may make a donation online at Please indicate that your donation should support the “Polio Fund.”
Each of the D7930 clubs are encouraged to attend the Gloucester event or hold their own event—all with the goal of raising $100,000 this year for #EndPolioNow.  Clubs can register their participation by clicking here.
The eradication of Polio has been Rotary International’s signature cause since 1988.  When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted by Polio each year.  Today there are two countries left where Polio has not been eradicated:  Pakistan and Afghanistan.  In 2021, there were only five reported cases of wild Polio virus, down from 140 in 2020.  Rotary International has committed to raising fifty million dollars in 2022, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match each dollar raised with an additional $2 donation--tripling the District’s anticipated $100,000 goal to $300,000!
Updated Polar Plunge Donations List
With a total of $27,091.01 raised towards our $100,000 goal this week's new listing of the top ten clubs in the district for donations are as follows:
1. Marblehead
2.  Rockport
3.  Arlington
4.  Reading
5.  Lynn
6. Chelsea
7.  Parkway
8.  Swampscott
9.  Amesbury
10.  Wakefield
Peabody's Biggest Fundraiser is Back in Person
The Rotary Club of Peabody is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year "Taste of the North Shore" in person again this year!  This popular fundraiser promised an evening of fun, prizes and, of course, delicious food from some of the best restaurants to be found on the North Shore.  All proceeds benefit scholarships for Peabody High School children and our other community projects throughout the year.

Join us at 6 pm at the DoubleTree in Danvers on March 1.  Raffle tickets for our $10,000 grand prize includes 2 admissions to the event and cost $100. Business sponsorships are still available.  For tickets and more information click here.

*Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required. Masks will be required at all times, except for eating.*

We hope to see you there! 
Life lessons – The glass is always half full
Our German friends from our Inter-Country-Committee Austria-Germany-USA, for which our district 7930 is a founding member, have organized a great virtual event with Thomas Neubert, Senior Director Strategic Incubation & Innovation, Intel Corp./Silicon Valley as keynote speaker. Please see the attached invitation PDF for more details, including the Zoom link (requires login).
The Inter-Country-Committee Austria-Germany-USA invites you to an emotional and informative presentation via ZOOM on February 9th, 2022, 12:30 PM EST (06.30 PM CET).
Thomas Neubert has lived in Silicon Valley for 30 years and will deliver an inspiring keynote speech "Life lessons - The glass is always half full", which will be held in English. We look forward to welcoming guests from Germany, the USA and Austria.
District Managed Grant Deadline Coming!
The deadline to submit a District Managed Grant for either local or international projects is January 31, 2022. Your club must be grant qualified to apply for a grant. District Designated Funds (DDF) can provide 50% of funding up to $3000.00 for local grants and $5000.00 for international grants. For example, if your club contributes $6000 for a local project, then DDF match would be $3000.00. DDF monies are available to distribute once grant applications are closed, our spending plan is approved by RI and monies received. Once the district receives the funding and after your project is completed, you will receive the grant distribution. Please note: due to reduced giving to the Annual Fund Share in year 2018-2020, (Annual Fund Share giving provides our grant monies 3 years later), only one grant is able to be approved per club. 
If you need support contact Martha Holden at or Joan Arsenault at
Looking for a Speaker?
This year our district is hosting six Global Scholars who are here to further their studies in their chosen fields: Deborah Kang (Korea) in Public Policy and Urban Planning, Makiko Mitsunami (Japan) in Maternal and Child Health, Paul Schmidt (Germany) in Bioelectronics, Yumeka Kawahara (Japan) in Refugee Integration, Yusuke Yoshikawa (Japan) in Public Health and Francisco Barrera (Mexico) in Epidemiology.
These scholars all have extensive backgrounds in their specialties and would be delighted to share their knowledge and cultures with you. Please reach out and arrange for them to speak to your clubs. You can access links to their biographies and email addresses on our district website (, under Our District/Rotary Foundation/Global Scholars
District Managed Grant Supporting Campers
Belle Isle Rotary Club has submitted a District Managed Grant to support campers from East Boston to Camp Rotary.
For those Clubs without Interact Clubs (or even for Clubs with Interacts), please consider supporting the District Managed Grant from Belle Isle Rotary Club.  It will support 10 students from the Salesian Boys & Girls Club in East Boston to go to Camp Rotary for a week this summer. This experience will make a lasting impact on these children, who otherwise will never experience summer camp.  It will also support Camp Rotary as it enters its 100th year. 
Donations to support this can be sent to Belle Isle Rotary c/o Tom Hankard, 14 Edgehill Road, Winthrop, MA 02152. Please add Camp Rotary to the memo line.
Upcoming Events
DG-Track Meeting & Committee Reports
Jan 31, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Global Grant Scholar Interviews
Feb 01, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
World Peace & Understanding
Feb 03, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Virtual International Assembly
Feb 07, 2022 – Feb 15, 2022
District Membership Committee (DMC) Meeting
Feb 08, 2022 5:00 PM
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