Rotary District 7930 eBulletin
February 28, 2022

DE&I Discussion Series
District 7930 District Equity & Inclusion Committee Discussion Series
Join Us for a discussion on Privilege & Belonging.
Guest Speaker: Ricky Meinke
Associate Director of Student Involvement at Berklee College of Music, Ricky is an educator, Community organizer and advocate for change. Ricky’s experience working in cultural and student centers across Higher Education has shaped his goals of creating inclusive environments and breaking down barriers that disrupt communities.  Ricky does this by addressing inequity in various ways through critical research, building active collaborations across communities, and targeting toxic elements that lead to disparaging dynamics for community members. 
When: March 2, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom
Zoom link will be sent out the day of the discussion
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.

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

We hope to see you there! 
Weekly Polar Plunge Report
The top ten clubs in giving this week are:
1. Marblehead
2. Arlington
3. Wakefield
4. Rockport
5. Reading
6. Lynn
7. Chelsea
8. Lynnfield
9. Parkway, Swampscott and Amesbury are tied.
As in year’s past it would be wonderful if you would bring your club banners to hang over the railings on the back of the motor inn.  We have revised the registration sheet so that you can add all who are coming to cheer you on.  So, if you are the only member of your club plunging, but you are bringing 5 members/friends/family with you, please go back into the following link and re-register your club.  Clubs can register their participation by clicking here. Currently, we have approximately 100 Rotarians, Interactors and friends coming to the beach.
Northeast PETS March 4th & 5th 2022
We promise to inspire Presidents-Elect to lead their clubs and to empower them to achieve success as we Imagine Rotary!
This year’s keynote speakers include RI President-Elect Jennifer Jones, Evan Burrell, Dr. Tunji Funsho, and Carolyn Jones. They will aim to inform and reinforce our program and our conversations, inviting us all to consider concepts like “thinking out of the box”; becoming a change agent; leading your club to be more project-oriented; collaboration and flexibility. You will leave this PETS program feeling “fired up” and eager to begin the amazing year ahead as your club’s President!

The Northeast Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (NEPETS) is Rotary’s training program for club Presidents-elect and Assistant Governors throughout New England and parts of Canada. The goal of NEPETS is to prepare Presidents-elect and Assistant Governors for their upcoming roles through provocative plenary speakers and discussions with peers from various districts during breakout sessions.  NEPETS is a collaborative effort of seven Rotary districts and includes the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, southern Maine, and southern Quebec.
Even if you are not a President-Elect or Assistant Governor, we invite you visit the NEPETS Virtual House of Friendship to learn more about Rotary Fellowships, Action Groups, and the amazing projects being conducted in our seven districts. 
Volunteers Needed for Malden Half Marathon
Over 950 Runners have already registered for the Malden Half Marathon + 5 Mile Race being held on Sunday, March 13.  The Half Marathon begins at 8:00 am and the 5 Mile Race kicks off at 9:30 am. 
The Malden Rotary Club is respectfully asking for volunteers to assist with some Race Day activities that will begin at 7:00 am.  Volunteers will receive a shirt, libation, and meal at the Post Race Party circa 11:00 am, right in the heart of Malden's vibrant Downtown Dining and Gaming District. 
Please contact Malden President Paul Solano at or 617-240-4130 by Friday, March 11 to provide the name or names of your volunteers. 
We will be most happy to sign off on any Community Service hours! Thank you! 
Gloucester Night at the Races
The Gloucester Rotary invites the public to attend their FUNdraising event – “A Night at the Races” on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.
A Night at the Races is a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack.  High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers.  During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles.  At various points during the evening, betters will be able to use their winnings to bid on merchandise and services that have been donated for the event. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. 
Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance online at or at the door. 
RLI in Back in Person -- April 30
We’re back!  In-person Rotary Leadership Institute, Saturday, April 30, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Four Points, Wakefield, MA.  Located just off Route 128 and near the shops of Lynnfield’s MarketStreet,  The Four Points is one of the premier conference centers north of Boston and offers ample parking, comfortable meeting rooms, and hotel-wide Wi-Fi for break periods.  Parts I, II, III, Graduate and Facilitator training will be offered.  The registration fee for the day is $95 which will cover a continental breakfast, all curriculum materials, a mid-morning coffee break, and buffet luncheon.  Participants do not have to be club officers – All Rotarians are leaders in their communities and businesses!  All leaders know that learning never stops!  Rotarians participating in Session 1 or Session 2 will receive a $50 reimbursement after attending from the District.
Mark your calendars and register today at  Guided by experienced facilitators, the day will be full of Rotary fellowship and stimulating, challenging discussions about Rotary’s organization, resources for Rotarians about membership, strategic planning, club communication, fundraising, and a host of other subjects.  (Curriculum content is available at 
Gloucester & Rockport Support Boneza, Rwanda
Gloucester and Rockport Rotaries partnered together, along with funding from a District Managed Grant and several additional individuals and organizations, to purchase and install a standby power generator for Kivu Hills Academy in Boneza, Rwanda.  Boneza is a community similar in size to the combined population of Gloucester and Rockport and has limited infrastructure.  In the past several years, Gloucester and Rockport have worked with the Arise Rwanda organization to support the installation of a kitchen at Kivu Hills Academy and a well for the citizens of Bugarura District.   The well project was also supported with a District Managed Grant. 
Arise Rwanda is a multi-dimensional education, community building, and infrastructure improvement organization.  They facilitate project selection and completion based on community members' expressed needs and the community's own priority setting.  Education has been a leading and pressing need in the region.  As a result the Kivu Hills Academy, an accredited Technical and Vocational Secondary School, was founded in 2016 and now serves a student body of 273 high school students.  (Kivu Hills Academy is the only high school in the region.)  Kivu Hills Academy offers academic programs in Masonry, Computer Systems Technology and Networking, and Tourism.
Consistent electric power is required to maintain the productivity of the academic environment, power the pumps bringing water to the school, provide safety and lighting, and prevent power surges that can destroy expensive computer equipment.  The generator installed this winter will meet this need of a stable electrical supply.
Thank you to Gloucester Rotarian David McKechnie for bringing this opportunity to our attention.  Thank you also to the District Grants Team for your support with these important projects. 
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.
Upcoming Events
DG-Track Meeting & Committee Reports
Feb 28, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
DEI Discussion Series 3
Mar 02, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Northeast PETS
Mar 04, 2022 12:00 PM –
Mar 05, 2022 2:30 PM
District Membership Committee (DMC) Meeting
Mar 08, 2022 5:00 PM
Assistant Governor Meeting
Mar 14, 2022 6:00 PM
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