Melrose to Host Left-Center-Right Tourney

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

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

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

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

Virtual Winter Rotary Leadership Institute

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

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

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

Arlington Rotary's 3rd Annual Polar Dip

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

Lynn Rotarian, Fire Chief Steve Archer Retires

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

Winchester Supports Mission of Deeds and Housing Authority

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

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

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

Peabody's Taste of North Shore

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

Rotary Peabody Joins Forces for Ellis Square Friends

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

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

District Wide Military Veterans Club

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

John Herth Joins Ipswich-Rowley

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

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

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

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

ClubRunner Essentials Webinar Recording

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

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

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

D7930 Inbound Global Scholars Available as Speakers

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

DEI Discussion Series -- Jan. 18

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

Congratulations Pooja Singla DGND (DG 2025-26)

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

Chelsea Presents Robert C. Wood Memorial Heroes Award 

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

World Peace & Understanding: TutuDesk Campaign

Posted by Alexander Falk on Dec 28, 2022

The annual World Peace & Understanding event on February 8th has been moved to a Zoom webinar and our topic will be the TutuDesk Campaign. As I have already visited 40 out of 44 clubs in our district, the one theme from my DG visit presentation that resonated the most with Rotarians all over the district was the TutuDesk Campaign, so it seems appropriate to focus our World Peace & Understanding event on this topic. We are still working on the final speaker schedule, but we already have commitments from Charlie Milner of the Marblehead Rotary Club as well as PDG Francis Callard from South Africa.

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

World Peace & Understanding: TutuDesk Campaign Alexander Falk 2022-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peabody Gifts NSCAP Elder Bags 

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

Reading's Adopt-a-Family Project

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

Housing Needed for Ukrainian Refugee Family

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

Lynnfield Presents Genealogy Speaker

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

Chelsea Bell Ringing for Salvation Army

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

Music for All at Lynnfield Holiday Luncheon

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

Lynnfield Honors Fall Athletes

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

Lynnfield Turkey Trot a Huge Success

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

Retired 4 Star General Visits Marblehead

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

Arlington Helps with First Lights Ceremony

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

Ipswich-Rowley Remembers Bill Nelson and Paul Tardiff 

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

In-Person RYLA is Back May 12-14

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

Reading Community Garden to Benefit Food Pantry

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

Your Questions Answered at Rotary Learning Center

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

Lynn Hosts 100th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon

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

Winchester Woburn Annual Football Captains' Lunch

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

Gloucester Announces 2023 Calendar Fundraiser

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

Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes Christina Manikas

Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 21, 2022
At its regular meeting on November 17, the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club welcomed our newest member, Christina Manikas.  Christina was inducted by co-President Cushing Titcomb and her Rotary sponsor, Christina Harris.  Rotary just can’t get enough good Christinas.  Christina joins over 70 area professionals and community leaders who are dedicated to sharing ideas and taking action. 
 
Christina lives in Groveland and is employed as a teacher in the Peabody Public Schools, where she improves the lives of young scholars every day.  She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors at Opportunity Works, a North Shore non-profit with a large staff of professionals with a broad range of experience working with people with disabilities. 
 
Christina gives back to her community in many ways.  She also serves on the Board at her church, chairing the Palm Sunday Luncheon.  While living in Biddeford, Maine, she was a member of the Planning Board.  In short, she loves being involved and making a difference. 
 
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and being outside – especially with her beloved dogs. 
 
The Rotary Club is thrilled to welcome Christina; we know that her skills and passions will fit very well with our core missions of service and environmental sustainability.  Together we will achieve more than we can alone. 
Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes Christina Manikas Bob Wicks 2022-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rockport's Calendar Goes to India

Posted by Anne Lewis on Nov 21, 2022
Rockport Rotary's 2022 raffle calendar was a sellout and travelled around the globe, reaching a family in India who loved the beautiful photos of our iconic town.  Our 2023 raffle calendar is now on sale and going fast!  A drawing will be held each week of 2023.  Winners in the first week of July and the first week of December will receive $250; all other winners will receive $50.  Winning tickets will be reentered for future drawings.  We only have a limited supply left for holiday gifts for your family and friends.  Please contact Anne Lewis at car4forever@gmail.com or any Rockport Rotarian to reserve a copy. 
Rockport's Calendar Goes to India Anne Lewis 2022-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Chelsea's Veterans Day Luncheon

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Nov 15, 2022
The Rotary Club of Chelsea celebrated Veterans Day by hosting 15 veterans from the Chelsea Soldiers Home at their November 8, 2022, luncheon meeting.  Guest speaker for the luncheon was Chelsea Rotarian Cheryl Poppe, Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Services. 
Chelsea's Veterans Day Luncheon Douglas Mauch 2022-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Burlington Breakfast Rotary Fundraiser at Flatbread Company December 1

Posted by Frances Fazio on Nov 13, 2022
Let's kick off December with a great night out at Flatbread Company on 213 Burlington Rd, Bedford. A portion of the proceeds from every flatbread pizza sold from 5-9 p.m., both in-house and take-out, will be donated to Burlington Breakfast Rotary. By enjoying a delicious pizza at Flatbread Company, you will be donating to the charitable causes supported by Burlington Breakfast Rotary. Bring your family and friends on December 1. Hope to see you there! 
Burlington Breakfast Rotary Fundraiser at Flatbread Company December 1 Frances Fazio 2022-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

District Managed Grants Phase 2

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Nov 12, 2022
DG Alexander Falk in conjunction with the District Managed Grant (DMG) Foundation Committee have approved the start of Phase 2 of the District Grants submissions with the new deadline being December 31st!
 
While we have received wonderful grant applications in Phase 1 by the original October 31 deadline, these grants have not yet exhausted the available District Designated Funds (DDF) for district grants, and so we are inviting clubs to submit more grant applications between now and the end of the calendar year.
 
We unfortunately had to reject some grant applications from Phase 1, because of incomplete applications where additional data was not provided even after multiple email requests. If your grant was rejected in Phase 1, please feel free to reapply in Phase 2, but please make sure to submit a complete grant application. You have to fill out all the tabs in the grant application - especially the Details, Application, Budget, and Documents tabs! If your application was rejected, then it was likely because you did not fill out all the required information…
 
District Managed Grants Phase 2 Joan Arsenault 2022-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

PolioPLUS Society Charter Members

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 11, 2022
We are pleased to recognize the Charter Members of our new PolioPLUS Society in District 7930, who have committed to donating $100 per year to the PolioPLUS fund of the Rotary Foundation until we have achieved mission success and declared the world to be polio-free. Thank you for your contributions and for your commitment to uphold Rotary's promise to the children of the world!!
 
It is not too late to join the new PolioPLUS Society. Please click here to sign up...
PolioPLUS Society Charter Members Alexander Falk 2022-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Robert C Wood Memorial Heroes Celebration a smashing success

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 11, 2022
We are happy to report that our Robert C Wood Memorial Heroes Celebration this past week was a very successful event for our district and for raising funds for The Rotary Foundation. In addition to honoring community heroes nominated by our Rotary Clubs with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition, we also conducted a PHF Points Balloon sale and a silent auction. The total raised through the balloons and silent auction, which was directly promised to the Foundation, was $4,050. In addition, our current financial projection shows that the event actually produced a net profit - thanks to the many sponsorships we had received this year and thanks to all the advertisers in the program book. As a result, our district will be making a total donation to the Rotary Foundation in the amount of $11,000!!
 
Here's a huge thank you to all the Rotary Clubs who participated and nominated community heroes, to all Rotarians who attended, to the sponsors and advertisers, to everyone who bid on auction items or bought balloons, and especially to the event organizing committee, who had worked on planning this event since July: DG Aide David Deutsch, DRFC PDG Joan Arsenault, IPDG Terry Curran, DGE Lori Karas, DGN Tom Hankard, and District Treasurer Arthur Schwartz. A big thank you also to Liz Cullen for the balloon sales, and to Bob Arsenault for assisting with the balloons as well as organizing the bell and backdrop. Last, but no least, a big thanks to all the Assistant Governors for helping with the running of the event, including setup, check-in, etc.
Robert C Wood Memorial Heroes Celebration a smashing success Alexander Falk 2022-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Giving Tuesday is November 29th

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 11, 2022
We need your help, as a Rotarian, to raise funds and awareness for The Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday, November 29th. This global day of generosity is an opportunity for all Rotary members to make a big impact with a gift of any size to our Annual Fund-SHARE. Last year, we raised more than ever before — over US$1 million! We’re asking you to help us surpass that this year, so that we can do even more good together.

The Foundation will again recognize the top three clubs in fundraising, donor participation, and online giving. Find out which clubs made the list last year and set a giving goal for your club this year. Just make sure that the gifts are made on November 29.

Thank you for your leadership and support. We know that with your help, Giving Tuesday will be a bigger success than ever.
Giving Tuesday is November 29th Alexander Falk 2022-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Club Fills Bags of Hope

Posted by Bill Reilly on Nov 05, 2022
On Thursday November 3rd 2022 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.
 
Members of the Club donated enough items to fill 40 Purple Bags of Hope. And there were enough items left over to fill four large shopping bags, which were given to the woman running the program in Lynn. The Purple Bags are sort of a trademark for the program. One of the Club members was checking out at a local store and she was asked why she was buying 5 each of a multitude of items. When she explained about the Purple bags, the cashier told her that several years ago she received one of the bags and she was most grateful for the items in them. You never know who you might be helping when participating in something like this.
 
Lynn Club Fills Bags of Hope Bill Reilly 2022-11-05 04:00:00Z 0

What is a Paul Harris Society Member?

Posted by Sarah Furie on Nov 04, 2022
The Paul Harris Society recognizes people who commit to contributing US$1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved global grant. The society’s purpose is to honor and thank people for their generous and ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.
 
Paul Harris Society contributions count toward several different kinds of individual recognition, and members receive a chevron-style pin and a certificate. Members are also listed in the Paul Harris Society Report.
 
What is a Paul Harris Society Member? Sarah Furie 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Reading Tackles Football Snack Shack

Posted by Tim Kelley on Nov 03, 2022
How do you spend your Friday nights this fall?  Reading Rotarians are busy running the Snack Shack for Friday night high school football games at Reading Memorial High School.  Since 2015, Reading Rotary has run the Shack, selling burgers, hot dogs, pizza, pretzels, popcorn, candy and hot and cold drinks to the crowd.
 
Reading High's Shack Shack had been operated by the Reading Boosters Club but as their numbers dwindled, the Town of Reading asked Rotary to take on its operation.  The Shack provides opportunities as both a public service and a fundraiser.  Running the Shack Shack at such crowded sporting events also allows Rotary to publicize Rotary’s mission to the Town folk.  Rotary has signage and informational literature displayed at each Snack Shack game.
 
Reading Rotary’s Snack Shack will be open again this Thanksgiving morning for the traditional Reading-Stoneham game.  Pictured here are Co-President John Douglas and Richie Lombardo on the grill at a recent game.
Reading Tackles Football Snack Shack Tim Kelley 2022-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

Interact Cafes this Week:  Lynnfield and Marblehead

Posted by Keith Harris on Oct 28, 2022

InteractCafe rejuv

Only two left.  Interactors, Rotarians and Faculty members around the district are engaging in a series of workshops -  InteractCafes.  There is a saying in business:  Success leaves clues. It means that success isn't accidental, in business, in Rotary, in life.
 
Visit one of the remaining Cafes — let them know how much they matter to us!  All InteractCafes start at 6 and end at 7:30.
  • Lynnfield HS - Nov 2
  • Marblehead - Nov 3
It's no coincidence that the Interact clubs that participated in the Cafes in 2019 remained strong, vibrant and active through the pandemic.  
 
There is another saying. A house that can withstand a hurricane is indistinguishable from one that can't -- until after the hurricane.  Our Interact houses have been through the toughest hurricane they've faced since the program began in 1962! 
 
Interact Cafes this Week: Lynnfield and Marblehead Keith Harris 2022-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

Club2Club Visit About Village2Village Project 

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Oct 26, 2022
What makes Rotary a people's club?  It is by being a link in the extended community of like-minded individuals supporting each club's service projects and activities.  So, when Rotary Club of Rockport’s Nikki Marin and Ann Lewis heard that Marblehead is currently hosting a Youth Exchange Student from Uganda, it linked right to their long-standing involvement in the poverty alleviation program in Uganda.  Marblehead Club members were all ears as Nikki Marin, who sits on the board of Village2Village Project, presented their long-term commitment to uplifting impoverished Ugandans, meeting their needs, and building educated leaders to continue the work for years to come. 
 
Pictured here left to right are Marblehead Rotary Co-President Nancy Gwin, Rockport Rotary's Ann Lewis and Nikki Marin, and David Deutsch, Assistant to District Governor Alexander Falk and Marblehead Rotary member. 
Club2Club Visit About Village2Village Project Rosie Tan Segil 2022-10-26 04:00:00Z 0

Greater Salem Contribution Keeps on Giving

Posted by Ginger DiGrazia on Oct 25, 2022
The Greater Salem NH Rotary was pleased to contribute $14,000 toward the necessary renovation of the Pleasant Street Church kitchen.  This kitchen is where Greater Salem Rotary prepares monthly community meals for those in need.

Pictured here are Mark McGinn, Pastor Ben Daggett-Gonzalez and John Pappalardo.
Greater Salem Contribution Keeps on Giving Ginger DiGrazia 2022-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Fall Faire and Goat Pebble Bingo a Wild Success for Belle Isle

Posted by Vera Carducci on Oct 24, 2022
The Belle Isle Rotary Club had their 3rd Annual Fall Fair and Goat Pebble Bingo event on Saturday Oct 1, 2022.

Belle Isle Rotary members all pitched in and worked hard to make this event fun and successful.  Many families in our area do not drive nor do they have the funds to partake in an event such as the Topsfield Fair.  We were able to offer the children and families in our area of East Boston, Winthrop and Revere a FREE alternative to the expensive Topsfield Fair.  The children had hands on experiences with small animals, crafts and delicious fair foods.  The winner of the Goat Pebble Bingo was a generous neighbor that purchased a few tickets to the Goat Pebble Bingo and she was thrilled to find out she was a winner. 
Fall Faire and Goat Pebble Bingo a Wild Success for Belle Isle Vera Carducci 2022-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Somerville's Food Drive

Posted by Ann Kirby on Oct 24, 2022
The Somervile Rotary Club held its semi-annual Food Drive on Saturday, September 17.  This event collects non-perishable food items, diapers, personal care items, Gift Cards and cash.  Beneficiaries include local food pantries, shelters, a local senior organization and an elementary school.
 
The Somerville Club has had a long-term focus on food insecurity issues in the city.  The cause has expanded to include much needed toiletries for vulnerable populations in shelters and schools.  There is also a big push to secure diapers since they are so difficult for disadvantaged families to secure.
 
Star Market Porter Square has been a great partner in this event.
 
Pictured from left to right are Sylvia Walker, Chair of the event and Ibrahim Hachem, Club member. 
Somerville's Food Drive Ann Kirby 2022-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Boston Rotaract Is Looking for a Home
 

Posted by Sarah Furie on Oct 21, 2022
During the last few years Boston Rotaract has had many different meeting spaces, though usually we have rented an office space or a conference room. We meet on Monday nights, twice a month, pretty regularly, but without having a meeting space to call our own recently, we have had to meet in restaurants/bars, which of course is loud and has no privacy. We are a small, mighty team as of now, since losing a few members during the pandemic due to students graduating and moving out of Boston, or young professionals shifting jobs and states. While we are back up and running, we are looking for a new meeting space. As an organization that mostly does in-person volunteering, and less fundraising, we don't have too much in the budget to spend on a space.
 
If you know of anyone who is available to host us, please let District Rotaract Chair, Sarah Furie at sarah.furie@gmail.com, know so we can talk about an arrangement. 
 
Boston Rotaract Is Looking for a Home  Sarah Furie 2022-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Learn about Pollinator Gardens from OSU

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Oct 21, 2022
Are you interested in Pollinators and Pollinator Gardens?
 
There is an ongoing 5 part webinar series from the Ohio State University that you might be interested.  Whether you are interested in doing a grant for a full scale garden or just looking to bring more butterflies and hummingbirds to your home garden.
 
The series takes place at 10 am on Fridays for the next three weeks.  The first two lectures are available on the website under the “Recordings” tab at go.osu.edu/ph101.  You can still register for these last three live webinars or watch the recordings on your own schedule. Register here for any/all sessions: https://go.osu.edu/registerPH101.  Find readings, links and resources for each session under the Learn With Us tab.
Learn about Pollinator Gardens from OSU Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2022

Posted by Alexander Falk on Oct 21, 2022
World Polio Day is October 24th and we invite you to participate by watching Rotary's World Polio Day 2022 Global Update video on YouTube, by joining the new PolioPLUS Society, and by being active on social media and posting one of the many sample social media messages or images that you can find by clicking the Read More button to raise awarness for Polio Eradication amongst your circle of friends and in your local community, for example:
 
A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together. Join with @Rotary this #WorldPolioDay to @EndPolioNow: endpol.io/wpd
Last, but not least, if you missed our District 7930 PolioPLUS Webinar with Mike McGovern on October 13th, you can now watch a recording on YouTube.
World Polio Day 2022 Alexander Falk 2022-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody Gives DCF Families Halloween Reunion and Costumes 

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Oct 20, 2022
The Rotary Club of Peabody sponsored two Halloween events for families in DCF.  Our INTERACT group coordinated and ran a Halloween Costume Shop for kids who may not have otherwise been able to get costumes.  The event, made possible by donated costumes and these dedicated Rotary teens, was an enormous success.  This was followed by a Halloween Party for DCF families who may not otherwise be able to see their siblings during the year.  This year's event tripled in size with happy reunions, food, costumes and activities generously donated by the community. 
 
Peabody Gives DCF Families Halloween Reunion and Costumes Alysa Hayden 2022-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Reading Rotarians Support Town Workers

Posted by Tim Kelley on Oct 20, 2022
Reading is experiencing trash collection woes, with its trash contractor missing many pick-ups since the beginning of October.  Some residents had missed pick-ups for 2 or 3 weeks.  The Town has had to scramble to try and fix the bad situation.  Town workers have stepped in to collect trash.  They have been working overtime to pick up what has been missed by the contractor.
 
Representing Reading Rotary, Jeanne Borawski and John Douglass delivered refreshments to the DPW in appreciation for all their extra effort and work.  Jeanne was interviewed by WBZ TV.
 
Rotarians offer a helping hand in times messy times.
 
Reading Rotarians Support Town Workers Tim Kelley 2022-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Burlington Breakfast Rotary Raffle

Posted by Fran Fazio on Oct 19, 2022
Burlington Breakfast Rotary is currently holding their Semi-Annual Raffle featuring 12 exciting prizes. First prize is a pair of tickets to the Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins game on January 1, 2023. An equally amazing second prize is a $500 gift certificate to Princess Diamonds.  See photo for 10 additional fantastic prizes. Only 500 tickets will be sold.
 
This raffle will support local charities including Ataxia, Burlington Public Schools Mental Health Awareness, People Helping People and other local non-profits.
 
Please contact Fran Fazio at franpf@verizon.net for tickets. You can mail checks to Burlington Breakfast Rotary, 6 Bruce Street, Burlington, MA 01803.
 
Thank you for your support!
Burlington Breakfast Rotary Raffle Fran Fazio 2022-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

Newburyport Trivia: Oct. 27

Posted by Marion Sparks on Oct 17, 2022
Newburyport Rotary's annual Trivia event is being held Thursday, October 27. Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Game starts at 7 pm.  Elk's Club, 25 Low St., Newburyport.
 
Hosted by Jeopardy winner, Jill Santopietro-Panall.  Food and drink available.  $25 per person; up to 5 people per team.  1 table per team.

Sign up early to reserve your table.  Register at newburyportrotary.org or scan the QR code.

Walk-Ins accepted too! 
Newburyport Trivia: Oct. 27 Marion Sparks 2022-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Swampscott Awards over $25K in Scholarships

Posted by Buck Weaver on Oct 17, 2022
Swampscott Rotary is pleased and proud to announce that it awarded over $25,000 in scholarships in 2022.  These includes four college scholarships for $5000 each and five McCarriston Trade School Scholarships.
 
Swampscott Rotary's college scholarships, awarded to new graduates, have gone to Ana Lambiase (UMass), Neirit Mahabub, Alhassan Bangura (Syracuse) and Ayman Alzaeem (UMass Boston).
 
McCarriston Scholarships have gone to Brian Ferullo, Jeremy Swiniuch, Alen Constantino, Kyle MacGilvray and AJ Luciano. 
 
Pictured here are Doug Dubin, Debra Goldberg and scholarship recipient Ayman Alzaeem.      
Swampscott Awards over $25K in Scholarships Buck Weaver 2022-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Burlington Hosts Comedy Night: Oct. 28

Posted by Todd Bettinson on Oct 14, 2022
Burlington Rotary Club is putting on a Comedy Night October 28th from 7-10 PM at the Woburn Elks.  Some really great comedians are lined up:  Tony V, Lamont Price, Kathe Farris and Scott Oddo.
 
Table of 10 for $450.  Single tix $45.  50/50 Raffle.  Refreshments and cash bar.
 
To benefit BRC's High School Scholarship Program.
 
For table reservations or more info contact Lori Becker.
 
Venmo:  @Burlington-MA-Rotary-Club
 
 
Burlington Hosts Comedy Night: Oct. 28 Todd Bettinson 2022-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Marblehead 5K Promotes Fitness and Charitable Giving. 

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Oct 14, 2022
Marblehead Rotary 5K is Sunday, November 6th, 2022, at 12 Noon.
 
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body!  Marblehead Rotary 5K is raising awareness and support to benefit Marblehead youth's mental health and well-being.  Proceeds will deliver the Daily Mindfulness Program created by Inner Explorer, a series of audio-guided practices used in 7000 schools that is simple and provides measurable results. 
 
The Race begins at the Boston Yacht Club (BYC), One Front Street, Marblehead.  Afterward, runners will go through Old Town and finish back up at the BYC with a hot dog and chowder! 
 
For more details and to sign up, visit us: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Marblehead/MarbleheadRotary5K 
Marblehead 5K Promotes Fitness and Charitable Giving. Rosie Tan Segil 2022-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering Ipswich-Rowley President Raymond Morley

Posted by Bob Wicks on Oct 13, 2022
Ray Morley will be remembered for his service, compassion, and generosity.  As the members of the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club mourn the passing of our beloved sitting President, we do so with the memory of what he represented both in Rotary and to the community.  Generous to a fault, Ray didn’t know how to say no; he freely helped anyone, in any way he could.  He epitomized the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’. 
 
As a former Selectman, service organization leader, local entrepreneur and Chef, Ray was well positioned to help his community.  For many years before becoming our 99th club President in July, he was a reliable and indispensable supporter of club hosted events, preparing most of the food we served and often donating the facilities of his Inn. Following the disastrous Mother’s Day Flood of 2006, the club honored Ray with its ‘Person of the Year’ award to recognize his tireless efforts and extreme generosity in supporting displaced families and heroic relief workers. 
 
Remembering Ipswich-Rowley President Raymond Morley Bob Wicks 2022-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Webinar:  Oct. 13

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Oct 07, 2022
Join us for an interactive evening with PDG Mike McGovern, Chair International PolioPlus Committee at Rotary International & represents Rotary on the Polio Strategy Committee of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).  The Zoom webinar is on October 13 from 7 to 8:15 pm.  Our need to remain committed to eradicating polio in the world could not be more at the forefront due to the recent state of emergency in New York following a reported polio case and the detection of polioviruses in multiple wastewater samples in New York and London.
 
We will hear about the vaccine-derived case in New York, the state of polio in the world, and the latest advances in polio vaccines. The webinar will also focus on how your club can use the district's fundraising platform to raise monies and ideas for fundraising for this most important issue.
 
End Polio Now Webinar: Oct. 13 Joan Kelly Arsenault 2022-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Manchester-Essex 20th Anniversary Dinner

Posted by Jack Costello on Oct 05, 2022
Manchester-Essex Rotary's 20th Anniversary Dinner was a huge success.  Current members had the chance to meet past members and hear the accounts of how the club pulled through time and again raising funds for the local community and projects offshore.  There was quite a bit of comedic content from the speakers including past president Chris Costello, Master of Ceremonies Don MacQuarrie, past presidents Chet and Debbie Marcus, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer and last but certainly not least past president Paul Sullivan who regaled us with what the breakfast meetings and auction were like back in the day.
 
State Senator Bruce Tarr, former State Representative Brad Hill and club members Dot Sieradski, Michael Grey and Marcia Hubbard all received Paul Harris Awards.  Bruce and Brad gave heartfelt speeches about what the club has done for the community over their 20 years of involvement - even before the club took over the Red White and Blue Breakfast they were serving when it was hosted by the Lions!  
 
Special thanks to Jennifer Doane, Don MacQuarrie, Christopher Shea, David Ray, Joanne Donnelly, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer, Judy Laspesa, Deborah Marcus and Stacey Scott who put the event together.  This was the best event ever to witness the community effort that has drawn together the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club for 20 years, bravo to all! 
 
Pictured above from left to right are Michael Grey, Dot Sieradski, Club President Jack Costello, Marcia Hubbard, State Representative Bradford Hill and State Senator Bruce Tarr 
Manchester-Essex 20th Anniversary Dinner Jack Costello 2022-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Cornhole Fundraiser

Posted by William Reilly on Oct 04, 2022
The Rotary Club of Lynn held a Cornhole Tournament fundraiser Sunday, October 2nd at the Old Tyme Family Cuisine.  The purpose of the event was to raise money for college scholarships for Lynn seniors.  There were 21 two-person teams in the tournament which included Lynn Rotarians, Acting Superintendent of Lynn Public Schools Debra Ruggiero, and Lynn Fire Chief Stephen Archer.

In addition to scholarships, Lynn Rotary is the longtime sponsor of the annual Special Games.  Rotarians also distribute dictionaries annually to all LPS third graders.  Its signature initiative is the Eighth Grade Recognition Program held in January, March and May.  In addition to those, the Club hosts the annual pre-Thanksgiving football luncheon for Lynn High School captains, coaches and others associated with the football program.
Lynn Cornhole Fundraiser William Reilly 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Newly Announced D7930 Membership Citation

Posted by Peter Majane on Sep 30, 2022
The District 7930 Membership Committee is pleased to announce its new Membership Committee Citation! 
 
Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact Club can now earn a District 7930 Membership Committee Citation for achieving goals that actively work toward enabling your club to grow its membership.
 
To achieve the Citation:
 
1. Review the list of 25 possible action steps that are based on best-practices:
 
 
2. Select at least 13 of these steps and achieve those goals
 
3. Report your achievement to the District Governor using this convenient online form:
 
 
In return, your Club will receive a written Membership Committee Citation certificate signed by the District Governor and the new District Membership Committee Citation Pin for all your club members (see image on the left).
 
If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at membership@district7930.org.
Newly Announced D7930 Membership Citation Peter Majane 2022-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Nominations for DG 2025-26 Deadline Oct. 15

Posted by Alexander Falk on Sep 30, 2022
This important individual leads and supports the clubs in D7930 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, they 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.
 
 
Deadline to submit nominations: October 15, 2022.
 
Nominations for DG 2025-26 Deadline Oct. 15 Alexander Falk 2022-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

RLI Feb-Mar 2023

Posted by Linda Doliber on Sep 23, 2022
By now, you will have either keyed in or hand-marked your calendar with February 28 and March 2, Virtual Rotary Leadership Institute evening sessions!
 
Parts 1, 2, 3 and Graduate must be taken in order. Registration, $25 for members; $15 for Rotaractors.
 
DISCUSSION TOPICS…..
 
Part 1: Character of Leadership; Purpose of Rotary, Understanding Rotary’s Organizational Structure and Core Values; Ethics and Vocational Service; Basic Goals and Programs of the Rotary Foundation; Engaging Members; Creating Service Projects
 
RLI Feb-Mar 2023 Linda Doliber 2022-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Belle Isle 3rd Annual Goat Pebble Bingo Oct. 1

Posted by Vera Carducci
The Belle Isle Rotary is gearing up to bring all the greatness of a Fall Faire including baby goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits, face painting, cider donuts and games/prizes to the children of East Boston, Revere and Winthrop. This is our third year of our Club members working together to bring this event to our area and we cap off this fun day with an exciting game of chance called Goat Pebble Bingo! $20 ticket can win you $1000 if the goat leaves pebbles on your square! 
 
Belle Isle Rotary Fall Fair & Goat Pebble Bingo
Sat., Oct. 1 at 10AM (rain date Oct. 8)
Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron St., East Boston
 
There will be lots of food, prizes and fun for all ages!  Small animal petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin decorating!
 
How to play:  Pay $20 and buy a numbered ticket. On Friday Sept 30, 2022, the ticket numbers will be randomly assigned to a land parcel/square. The first land parcel that our visiting goat opts to drop some pebbles in WINS!
 
Winners need not be present to win.

Ticket sales and questions contact:
Joe Steffano jes5678918@aol.com                
Tom Hankard thankard@yahoo.com 
Vera Carducci jesves3@aol.com                     
Mike Triant mtriant99@yahoo.com
                                                                                                                      
Belle Isle 3rd Annual Goat Pebble Bingo Oct. 1 Vera Carducci 2022-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

Calling All Artists

Posted by Karen Fine Saltiel on Sep 20, 2022
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. 
 
All levels of artists are welcome! They are paired with local businesses and individuals who are sponsors. Kids and families are all encouraged to participate. Most of all it is about having fun! The top three artists are awarded prizes along with the “people’s choice” award.
 
Proceeds fund the Cambridge Rotary Club's annual college scholarships, local literacy and education programs, programs for the homeless and refugees, and many other Rotary Club of Cambridge’s service projects.
 
 
 
Calling All Artists Karen Fine Saltiel 2022-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

Robert C Wood Memorial Heroes Celebration 2022

Posted by Alexander Falk on Sep 17, 2022

Last Chance to register is Monday, Nov 7!

Thursday, November 10th will be our annual Rotary Foundation event, but this year we are renaming it the “ROBERT C. WOOD MEMORIAL HEROES CELEBRATION” in honor and memory of our friend, the late Past District Governor Bob Wood (2018-19). This event will be starting at 5:30 PM at the Danversport and we hope that many of you will be attending. The evening will include a social hour, silent auction, dinner, and Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) presentations.
 
Online registration is still open this weekend and Monday, November 7 - please click here to purchase your tickets! This page also includes all the details about the dinner menu for the event as well as the program outline.
 
Program book ads are no longer available, as the deadline for those has already passed - sorry!
Robert C Wood Memorial Heroes Celebration 2022 Alexander Falk 2022-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

Save the Date: Oct. 13 PolioPLUS Webinar

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Sep 16, 2022
Join our zoom webinar on October 13 from 7 to 8:15 to disucss PolioPLUS. Learn how to use the district's fundraising platform, hear ideas for fundraisers, hear about the PolioPLUS Society, the recent detection of vaccine-derived poliovirus in NY, the new vaccine & more!

The time for urgent action is now. Hope to see you at our webinar on October 13.
 
 
Yours in Rotary, The District Rotary Foundation Committee
Save the Date: Oct. 13 PolioPLUS Webinar Joan Arsenault 2022-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Women in Rotary Spotlight:  Kelsea Lawler

Posted by Sarah Furie on Sep 16, 2022
"The women of Rotary that have inspired me are compassionate, powerful do-gooders. While I can't name them all, I can talk about the very first. I met Patricia Doyle when I was 15 as an attendee of RYLA. It was a truly transformative experience with Pat at the core of the program. I was so inspired that I attended the conference as a facilitator the next two years and again as a volunteer every year since then. But Pat is so much more than RYLA. Over the past two decades, she has taught me what it means to be a leader, both in and out of Rotary. As a teacher herself, I was inspired to take up the profession with her as my role model and mentor. When she became the District Governor alongside her husband, Skip, I took note of her studious diplomacy mostly due to her ability to remember everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, she has ever met. And not only remember them, but care for them."
 
Kelsea Lawler, Parkway Rotary Club President
 
Why are you happy that there is more female leadership in Rotary International? Email us your quote and photo at rotary7930publicimage@gmail.com.
Women in Rotary Spotlight: Kelsea Lawler Sarah Furie 2022-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

TBM Fall Foliage Classic Road Race

Posted by Bernie Creeden on Sep 15, 2022
After a two-year COVID pandemic absence, the TBM Fall Foliage Classic returns for its 41st Running on Sunday, October 16th at 11:00 AM. The races start at Proctor School in Topsfield and follow a most picturesque route through the countryside of Topsfield and Boxford to the finish line at Topsfield Town Hall.  Register for the 5-mile, 5 k or fun run or 3-mile walk. Long sleeve heavy-weight shirts will be presented to the first 200 registrants. Individuals and Teams of all ages are welcome to participate. This year's event will support the Food Pantries in Topsfield, Boxford and Middleton. 
 
Register online or day of event.  For questions about race or t-shirt sponsorship opportunities, email Sara at sarateak@yahoo.com.
TBM Fall Foliage Classic Road Race Bernie Creeden 2022-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

Cambridge Welcomes Global Scholar

Posted by Karen Fine Saltiel on Sep 14, 2022
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Welcomes Global Scholar Sara Fattori.  Cambridge Rotary Club is hosting Sara Fattori from Bologna, Italy.  Sara will be studying for her Master’s Degree in International Relations at Tufts' prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 
Cambridge Welcomes Global Scholar Karen Fine Saltiel 2022-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Greater Salem Commemoration of 9-11

Posted by Ginger DiGrazia on Sep 14, 2022
The Greater Salem NH Rotary's Annual Commemoration of 9/11 was held at the Salem NH Fire Station.  The tribute this year was a reflection of 9/11 and supporting families to realize peace-of-mind.  Our speaker was John Beland who shared stories on the development and rewarding experiences of the 9/11 Lakes Region NH Respite Program.  The Respite Program is a safe haven for families of individuals connected to the 9/11 catastrophe to mend in a serene environment.
Greater Salem Commemoration of 9-11 Ginger DiGrazia 2022-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Swampscott's Annual Cookout for Residents with Disabilities

Posted by Buck Weaver on Sep 12, 2022
On August 27 the Swampscott Rotary Club sponsored and held our 37th annual picnic for North Shore residents with disabilities behind Swampscott High School.  Our picnic is coordinated with Bridgewell and the North Shore ARC.
 
We had a beautiful day, mostly sunny and not too hot.  Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and cake was served and over 80 guests attended.  During the day we were all entertained by music from our long-time volunteer DJ, David Legere.  
 
The day was enjoyed by all.  It has been our privilege and pleasure to hold this great event for many years!
 
Many Rotarians, family members, and Swampscott High School students also help setup, cook and serve and interact with our guests.
 
We continue to be proud to uphold our Rotary motto of " Service above Self."
 
Pictured here from left to right are exchange student Sebastian Sanchez, Bryan Cousin, Vicktor and Philipp Zeissig, Joe Caponigro, Fran Peralta, Doug Dubin, Debra Goldberg, Scholarship winner Ayman Alzaeem & Peter, Buck Weaver.
Swampscott's Annual Cookout for Residents with Disabilities Buck Weaver 2022-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Learn How to Submit Disaster Response Grant

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Sep 09, 2022
Join Zone 32 Foundation Team learn best practices how to create and submit your lifesaving Disaster Response Grant.  Presentations by RI Grant Managers, experienced grant writers & expert panel of Rotarians.  Wednesday Sept 14 at 10:00 am EST.
 
Learn How to Submit Disaster Response Grant Joan Kelly Arsenault 2022-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley's Global Grant Approved by RI

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Sep 08, 2022
Save the Ipswich River & Watershed: The Lifeblood of Our Communities Global Grant has been approved by RI. It couldn't have come at a better time. The Ipswich River is rated one of the top 10 endangered rivers in the US. Currently the river is facing its worst drought ever. “To be blunt, the river is dead,” said Wayne Castonguay, executive director at the Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA). As of Aug. 30, the river plummeted through all previous drought records when it reached zero flow. Last week, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a mere trickle at 0.07 cubic feet per second. “Basically at zero,” Castonguay said.
 
 
Ipswich-Rowley's Global Grant Approved by RI Joan Kelly Arsenault 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Environmental/Public Image Mini Grant

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Sep 08, 2022
Is your club interested in participating in the Fall Mini Grants that have just opened?  The new Environmental Committee suggests you plan now to participate in the “No Mow May” initiative this spring.
 
We are working on a template for lawn signs.  You customize it with your Club name and they are ready to print.  We also have flyers that explain “No Mow May” for you to print and disperse and a template to pledge to support “No Mow May”.
 
For further information and templates contact Environment Committee Chair Terry Curran at TerryCurran7930@gmail.com.
Environmental/Public Image Mini Grant Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam PDG 2014-15 Peter Simonsen

Posted by Alexander Falk on Sep 08, 2022
Peter E. Simonsen, 72, passed away September 5th at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a lengthy battle with kidney disease. Born in Malden, he was the son of the late Aage A. Simonsen and Edna A. (Dauphinee) Simonsen. He was the beloved husband of Diane Humphries Simonsen for 49 years.

Peter attended Saugus High School and was a graduate of Northeastern University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Insurance. Peter held senior financial positions for over 45 years mainly as Chief Financial Officer at Cape Ann Bank and Trust, Beverly National Bank and ending his career at SeniorCare Inc. in Gloucester.

Peter joined Rotary in 1991 as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Hamilton Wenham. He was president of the club in 1996-1997. Over the years he held many positions in Rotary District culminating with serving as District Governor in 2014-2015.

In Memoriam PDG 2014-15 Peter Simonsen Alexander Falk 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Women in Rotary Spotlight:  Pooja Singla

Posted by Sarah Furie on Sep 08, 2022
As the Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones is already proving, 'Skies are the limit' once the glass ceiling has been broken.  She is already setting the bar high and motivating all of us to think out of the box with her theme 'Imagine Rotary!' 
 
Pooja Singla, one of the Assistant Governors for District 7930 this year, said she cannot imagine herself in Rotary without two specific women.
 
"When I was promoted to be the president elect with the support of my club's members, I was really nervous if I would be able to fulfill those responsibilities that I was committing to. No one could hear my voice across the table. I was so shy of speaking.  Then I met Joan Arsenault, in March 2019.  She was going to be the DG when I was starting as President. 
 
Women in Rotary Spotlight: Pooja Singla Sarah Furie 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

A Rare Find

Posted by Ginger DiGrazia on Sep 08, 2022
Greater Salem NH Rotary members helped with the cleanup and beatification of the ADA accessible pathways at Sunset Hill Educational Institute (SHEI) and the Wheelchair Health in Motion (WHIM) Bradford, NH.  SHEI has over 2,000 feet of hard packed gravel pathways with ADA bathroom accommodations.  SHEI is a safe space in a private setting for individuals of all walks of life and disabilities to gather and embrace the peaceful countryside and spectacular vistas.
 
To learn more about this rare find check out www.sheinh.org.
A Rare Find Ginger DiGrazia 2022-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Rotary 2023 Photo Requests

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Sep 06, 2022
Deadline extended to Monday, September 19, 2022

A 12-month Gloucester photo raffle calendar will be sold through the Gloucester Rotary that includes a raffle ticket. A winning number will be chosen each week in 2023. All profits from the calendar sales will go to the Gloucester Rotary’s efforts to raise money to support the many community and international activities in which the group is involved.

More information: https://gloucesterrotary.org/
Gloucester Rotary 2023 Photo Requests Tracy Arabian 2022-09-06 04:00:00Z 0

Duplicate books from the DG library

Posted by Alexander Falk on Sep 05, 2022
In my monthly District Governor email a few days ago I had invited Rotary Clubs to do a project during Basic Education and Literacy Month (September) and perhaps build a "Little Library" in their community:
 
"September is Basic Education and Literacy Month. If your club has not done a District Managed Grant this year you might consider this area of focus. Build a “Little Library” with your Interact Club or your local scout troop and stock it with books. Do a project with your local library or school library, even set up a reading club or afterschool program. Consider purchasing books in languages other than English to donate. Many libraries only have a limited supply."
 
I want to follow up on this invitation with an offer. In recent months, Nora and I have gone through our library and removed a whole series of duplicate books that had accumulated over the years. We'd be happy to donate these books to any Rotary Club who actually wants to build such a "Little Library". It's about 250 books, mostly English and German, about evenly split 50:50.
 
Duplicate books from the DG library Alexander Falk 2022-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

RI Announces Presidential Citation Recipients

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Sep 05, 2022
Past Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has announced those clubs who have fulfilled the requirements to be awarded the Presidential Citation for the Rotary year 2021-2022. 
Congratulations go to the following clubs in District 7930:
 
Burlington
Cambridge
Lawrence
Lynn
Lynnfield
Newburyport
Parkway
Reading
Wakefield
 
Clubs will have received an email with this certificate. Any club that wants their certificate presented to last year's President, should contact IPDG Terry Curran at TerryCurran7930@gmail.com.
RI Announces Presidential Citation Recipients Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Women in Rotary Spotlight:  Sheila Clarke

Posted by Sarah Furie on Sep 02, 2022
Q: How are you impacted by seeing a woman Rotary International President?
 
A: I am incredibly pleased that Jennifer Jones is appointed as our first woman Rotary International President. I believe that you cannot be what you cannot see, and this is an especially key step in Rotary demonstrating their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am motivated to carry out her mission to create peace and unity, despite our differences, as I lead the impact of the Rotary Club in my community.
 
-Sheila Clarke, Reading Rotary Club President, 2022-2023.
 
Why are you happy that there is more female leadership in Rotary International?  Email us your quote and photo at rotary7930publicimage@gmail.com.
Women in Rotary Spotlight: Sheila Clarke Sarah Furie 2022-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Fall 2022 Mini-Grants are now open for applications

Posted by Alexander Falk on Sep 01, 2022
Today, September 1st, we will start accepting applications for Mini-Grants and I want to invite all Rotary clubs to do a project in one or more of the areas of the EnvironmentMembershipPublic Image, or Diversity/Equity/Inclusion. Projects that touch multiple  areas are encouraged!
 
The grant is a reimbursement grant with a $200 maximum to each club and only one grant per club. Grants are available on a first come, first served basis until the $3,000 district budget for mini-grants is exhausted.
 
Fall 2022 Mini-Grants are now open for applications Alexander Falk 2022-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Honey harvest from the DG beehives

Posted by Alexander Falk on Aug 31, 2022
If you want to know why our District Governor cares about pollinator habitat restoration, the answer is very simple: over the last 50 years we have already lost 45% of pollinators worldwide! That is a staggering number!
 
We all need to come together to help with pollinator habitat restoration, and our DG not only turned his backyard into a pollinator habitat and Monarch butterfly waystation, but he became a beekeeper himself and created an apiary with two beehives in his yard. The location on the Atlantic coast is not ideal, but the two hives are somewhat shielded behind the house and have been thriving this season.
 
Today, August 31st, was the first day we harvested honey from the hives. We took only 4 frames - because we want the bees to have enough honey to survive the brutal New England winters - and extracted honey from them, yielding about 17 jars of honey.
 
Shown in this picture is a jar of honey harvested today, with the pollinator habitat in the background.
Honey harvest from the DG beehives Alexander Falk 2022-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract club cultures - How similar and how different?

Posted by Alexander Falk on Aug 29, 2022
Rotaract and the Inter-Country Committee Austria-Germany-USA are inviting you to a Zoom discussion meeting with the title:
 

Rotaract club cultures - How similar and how different?

Picturing the practices of RAC Purdue University (USA) and RAC Hannover (Germany).
 
Wednesday, August 31st, at 1:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 PM Central European Time
 
 
The Zoom link will be sent to all registrants at noon on August 31st. 
Rotaract club cultures - How similar and how different? Alexander Falk 2022-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Welcome Picnic 2022

Posted by Alexander Falk on Aug 28, 2022
Rotary District Youth Exchange Chair Robert Ford welcomed our four inbound Youth Exchange students for the 2022-23 high school year at our annual Welcome Picnic at Camp Rotary on Sunday, August 28th, where Rotary Youth Exchange program leaders, host families, and students got together to welcome the students to our district and to conduct an initial training session.
 
District Governor Alexander Falk delivered remarks on the importance of the Rotary Youth Exchange program for Peacebuilding in the World and presented all students with Rotary 2022-23 theme backpacks, as well as baseball caps and Rotary 4-way test coins - encouraging them to use the coins as conversation starters when other people ask them about Rotary. 
 
Our four inbound students this year are (left to right in the photo):
  • Sebas from Colombia hosted by the Swampscott Rotary Club
  • Rasmus from Finland hosted by the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club
  • Talia from Uganda hosted by the Marblehead Rotary Club
  • Ada from Switzerland hosted by the North Andover Rotary Club
We are grateful to those four Rotary Clubs for hosting our students and to all volunteers and host families in the Rotary Youth Exchange program in our district!
 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Welcome Picnic 2022 Alexander Falk 2022-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

RLI 2023 - Save the Dates

Posted by Linda Doliber on Aug 27, 2022

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) 2023 Dates Announced

Happiness reigns in most homes whenever a Save the Date announces a happy upcoming occasion. So, to all District 7930 current members and future leaders: Be happy and.....
 
SAVE THE DATES
February 28 and March 2, 2023
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Special Two-Evening Virtual Session
 
Watch upcoming eBulletins and District Newsletters as well as the district website for more information as we get closer to those dates!

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Rotary plus interact and share excitement and ideas with Rotarians, both from our district and outside 7930.
RLI 2023 - Save the Dates Linda Doliber 2022-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Donates School Supplies to Salvation Army

Posted by William Reilly on Aug 26, 2022
On August 25, 2022, Lynn Rotarians met at the Old Tyme Restaurant to gather together school supplies for donation to the Salvation Army.  The Rotarians organized supplies by category to make it easier for Salvation Army Captains Kevin and Helen Johnson to put in backpacks for children.

At the end of the evening there were at least 15 heavily laden bags of school supplies, primarily for elementary age students.  The supplies will be provided to the students at a Salvation Army distribution later in August.  The Salvation Army is accepting donations at its headquarters at 1 Franklin St., Lynn Monday thru Friday.
Lynn Donates School Supplies to Salvation Army William Reilly 2022-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

Last Call for Reading Fall Street Faire

Posted by Jeanne Borawski on Aug 26, 2022
Reading Rotary is proud to present the 14th Annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday September 11.  It’s back and better than ever!  Drawing thousands every year to downtown Reading, it’s one of the most beloved Reading traditions.
 
This year’s Fall Street Faire will include:
 
 A 9/11 remembrance prior to the Faire
 Live entertainment on three stages
 More than 150 local businesses, clubs, and non-profits
 Antique car show
 3rd Annual Cornhole Classic Tournament
 Dedicated children’s area with games and activities
 Amusement zone with inflatables
 Delicious food choices
 Beer garden and tailgate area to watch the Patriots play on a big screen
 
If you want to be a part of it, now is the time.  Sign up now before it's too late!
 
Sponsorship opportunities still available. Support this beloved community event. The Reading Fall Street Faire is offering corporate sponsorships at various contribution levels. See fallstreetfaire.com for details.
 
Last Call for Reading Fall Street Faire Jeanne Borawski 2022-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

Women in Rotary Spotlight:  Lori Karas

Posted by Sarah Furie on Aug 23, 2022
When asked about female mentorship, Lori Karas, District Governor Elect of District 7930, said: 
 
"There are two women in Rotary who stand out. Joan Arsenault and I met at NEPETs when I was preparing to become President of Boston #7 in March 2017. I was still a relatively new Rotarian – just about 1.5 years. Through our discussion she then asked, 'do you know who your AG will be?' I didn’t. She immediately said, 'I will be your AG and help you take what you’ve learned at NEPETs and help you navigate Rotary.' 
 
"One month later at the District Assembly, Joan introduced me to PDG Ingrid Brown. As the three of us spoke, Ingrid was incredibly encouraging, supportive, and felt I had what it took to make a difference.
 
"Now in order to lift up other women," Lori says she "makes introductions and opens doors and windows."
 
Why are you happy that there is more female leadership in Rotary International? Email us your quote and photo at rotary7930publicimage@gmail.com
Women in Rotary Spotlight: Lori Karas Sarah Furie 2022-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Melrose Hosts Left-Right-Center Tourney

Posted by Jim Oosterman on Aug 22, 2022
Melrose Rotary Club will host its first ever Left-Right-Center tournament on Friday September 23rd at Melrose's Memorial Hall (590 Main St., Melrose). If you've never played before, it's the most fun you'll have playing a game that takes under three minutes to learn! There will be cash prizes, raffles, 50/50, side games, a cash bar (beer/wine) and pizza & popcorn! Tickets are $20 per person, and tables of 10 are selling quickly. Bring your friends and family and fill a table for this 21+ event. Tickets at www.melroserotary.org/lrc or contact us at melroserotaryclub@gmail.com.
Melrose Hosts Left-Right-Center Tourney Jim Oosterman 2022-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Innovative Approaches to Grow Membership

Posted by Peter Majane on Aug 18, 2022
On August 17th the Rotary District 7930 Membership Committee held a Webinar ROTARY NOW on Zoom that included the following three segments:
 
Panel Discussion on Membership Growth - features representatives from the top 3 growing clubs in Rotary year 2021-22
 
Create a Welcoming Environment in your Club - DEI considerations to enhance member engagement and belonging
 
Building a Membership Brochure - promoting club membership in your communities with our new online brochure builder
 
If you missed it live, you're in luck.
 
A recording of this webinar is now available on YouTube, and you can access the entire webinar through the following link, or you can click on any of the three segments above and directly jump to that portion of the recording:
https://youtu.be/v-mYKheYxVo
 

To access the new online membership brochure builder, please go to:
https://www.myorderdesk.com/Rotary7930

Innovative Approaches to Grow Membership Peter Majane 2022-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody Offers Sangria at International Festival

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Aug 18, 2022
Rotary Peabody is excited to operate a booth again this year at Peabody's annual International Festival on Sunday, Sept 11th.  We're continuing our successful partnership with the Chamber of Commerce to add a sangria experience to the Beer Garden.  All purchases directly benefit Rotary Peabody's scholarships and other service projects to improve our community.  Stop by our booth to have some refreshing sangria and say hi to fellow Rotarians! 
 
 
Peabody Offers Sangria at International Festival Alysa Hayden 2022-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Helping our Food Pantries

Posted on Aug 17, 2022
Greater Salem NH Rotary
Serving towns of Salem, Pelham, Windham, Atkinson, & Hampstead

Standing outside the supermarket encouraging shoppers to purchase a little extra to contribute to our food drive was rewarding as we filled carriage after carriage. Thanks to our members and all those who contributed to make this food drive a success.

Our Third Annual Cornhole Tournament was a fun night for all who attended. Thanks to our tireless members who organized the tournament, our sponsors, and participants, we were able to raise 10,000 to distribute to food pantries within our five communities.
Helping our Food Pantries Ginger DiGrazia 2022-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Women in Rotary Spotlight: Marnee Walsh

Posted by Sarah Furie on Aug 16, 2022
When asked what she thinks about Rotary finally having a woman as the International President for 2022-23, Marnee Walsh says, "Jennifer Jones has already demonstrated her commitment, as early as the late 1980's, by being actively involved in the numerous Rotary roles and activities she has held on her path to the Presidency. She has already made a significant difference and will continue to do so.
 
"The Rotary International Glass Ceiling has been broken! 
 
"Additionally, her presidential theme 'Imagine Rotary' opens the door for powerful, creative, dedicated, diverse leadership that is so representative of her open-ended commitments. Let's hope this is a start for more females in the Rotary leadership ranks and let us all support President Jones in every way we can."
 
Marnee Walsh is an Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7930, the District Community Services Committee Chair and a member of the Winchester MA Rotary Club. 
 
Why are you happy that there is more female leadership in Rotary International? Email us your quote and photo at rotary7930publicimage@gmail.com
Women in Rotary Spotlight: Marnee Walsh Sarah Furie 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

MIT Grad Student Thanks Melrose and D7930

Posted by Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis on Aug 16, 2022
Luis Lopez de Rivera arrived from Monterrey, Mexico in Melrose in the frigid days of January to stay with hosts Mary Beth & Michael Margolis while he completed a DEDP Master’s program at MIT. The program included many international students with its main focus being to equip high-potential young professionals from all around the world with the right tools to produce rigorous evidence-based policy to fight global poverty and inequality.

Mary Beth is a past President of the Melrose Cub, Past Assistant Governor and District Governor Aide, and member of the Paul Harris Society. But her Rotary passion has been the Rotary Youth Exchange Program the District began almost 15 years ago, helping coordinate and manage the many high school students who have visited District 7930 and those outbounds who left us to travel abroad. Luis was kind enough to stay and mind Oliver the cat while Mary Beth & Michael went to Florida in February. He was introduced to the Melrose Club and found the members to be quite helpful in getting him settled, including acquiring warm clothing. He was able to attend a few District events with the current Global Scholar Fransisco with whom he became close friends and found they share the same home town, Monterrey! Our friendship will continue for many years to come thanks to Rotary!

Now Francisco's sister Regina is looking for a family to host her this coming year at Simmons College where she'll be doing a Masters in Nutrition. Mary Beth and Michael are considering hosting her in the 2nd semester but Regina would love to find a family in the District for her start of school in mid September. She is a frequent volunteer at home in Monterrey and wants to continue her service to others. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to expand your service to Rotary and the world by offering to host Regina. You may contact Mary Beth at margateer@verizon.net or Kelsea Whittemore at kelsea.whittemore@gmail.com for more details.

 
MIT Grad Student Thanks Melrose and D7930 Mary Beth McAteer-Margolis 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Empowered Women in Rotary

Posted by Sarah Furie on Aug 11, 2022
Jennifer Jones has inspired women all over the Rotary world.  How are you impacted by seeing a woman Rotary International President?  Why are you proud there are more females in Rotary leadership?  We would like to highlight the women of Rotary District 7930.  If you'd like to participate, please email us your answer and a photo to rotary7930publicimage@gmail.com for possible inclusion in our social media campaign, website, and e-bulletin. 
Empowered Women in Rotary Sarah Furie 2022-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

RI President-Nominee Announced

Posted by Tom Hankard on Aug 10, 2022
Stephanie A. Urchick, a Rotarian since 1991, representing the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania has been selected as Rotary Internation President-Nominee.

If no other candidates are nominated by 1 October, Stephanie will be elected by acclimation and will serve as RI President for Rotary year 2024-25.

Stephanie has traveled around the world in the name of Rotary to such countries as Vietnam and Dominican Republic. She served as an RI Director as well as RI Foundation Trustee and is a Major Donor and member of the Bequest Society.

Please join me in congratulating Stephanie, as she will be only the second woman in history to lead us as Rotary International President.
RI President-Nominee Announced Tom Hankard 2022-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

A Happy Get Together

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Aug 10, 2022
Recently at the luncheon at the Boston Yacht Club, the team of Marblehead Rotary Service Dog Project and its partner, Chelsea Rotary's Maureen Foley (1st row, third left), welcomed the Bachours family: Gabriel (fourth left), his mother, Angelica (seated second from left), younger brother Simon (third row).  After a hiatus of two years because of the pandemic, the membership finally met the family's service dog rockstar, Kacey, the dependable black Labrador and companion to Gabriel.  Marblehead Rotary and Chelsea Rotary clubs pulled together their resources to fundraise for NEADS on behalf of Gabriel.  The 40-year-old charitable organization, NEADS, offers a wide range of Service Dogs and Assistance Dogs to meet the needs of people with a variety of disabilities or hearing loss.  It was a lively visit tempering the summer heat into an enjoyable occasion! 
A Happy Get Together Rosie Tan Segil 2022-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

Your Foundation Dollars at Work in Ukraine

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Aug 10, 2022
Our district has applied for a 25K Disaster Response Grant to provide shelter for internally displaced peoples in Ukraine.  This grant will provide beds, mattresses, and other items needed to provide housing.  The grant is in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kyiv International.  Your generous support of our Foundation's Annual Fund allows grants like these to help support those in need.  Please continue to give!!! 
Your Foundation Dollars at Work in Ukraine Joan Arsenault 2022-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

Hot Off the Press: District Managed Grants 

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Aug 10, 2022
DG Alexander Falk in conjunction with the DMG District Foundation Subcommittee have approved that more than one grant can be awarded per club: one international grant (up to $10,000 for the grant with $5000 reimbursed) and one local grant (up to $6000 for the grant with $3000 reimbursed).

Grants are approved on a first come first serve basis so get your applications in soon. Deadline to submit grants is October 31, 2022.

Want more information? Contact Joan Arsenault or Martha Holden. We would be happy to help you in this process. 
Hot Off the Press: District Managed Grants Joan Arsenault 2022-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

Beverly's Gazebo Makeover

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Aug 05, 2022
The Beverly Rotary Club presented the City of Beverly and Mayor Cahill with a check for $50,000 to go towards repairing and maintaining the Gazebo on the common.  It was originally built by the Club in 1997.  The Club over two years and two Presidents, Marshall Handly and Diane Howard, raised this money to repair and provide upkeep for this beauty.  It sits in the common across from the Beverly Public Library and right next to Montserrat College of Art.  It is a wonderful structure that the community uses, but it is in need of repair. The fix-up has started and will continue so that the structure is safe for use.  Thanks to the members of our Club and the community who helped to raise this money.  Looking forward to a spruced-up Gazebo soon! 
Beverly's Gazebo Makeover Jackie Rapisardi 2022-08-05 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary in 1921 Webster's Dictionary

Posted by Bob Wicks on Aug 04, 2022
It took only 16 years for Rotary to appear in the dictionary.  On the inside front cover of the 1921 Old Farmer's Almanac was an ad from the G. & C. Merriam Co for their new edition of 'Webster’s New International Dictionary.'  The ad opens by asking ‘have you and yours mastered these new words.’  One of the new words was ‘Rotarian.’ 
Rotary in 1921 Webster's Dictionary Bob Wicks 2022-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam PDG 2008-09 Thomas R. Elliott

Posted by Alexander Falk on Aug 04, 2022
We are saddened to inform you that Past District Governor 2008-09 Thomas R. Elliott, formerly of the Danvers Rotary Club, has passed away this week. There is not going to be any service in the immediate future.
 
The family is going to work with the town of Danvers to have a memorial bench put in at the Pavilion that was the Rotary Club’s Centennial gift to the town. The intention at this time is to have a ceremony when that happens, a celebration of his life and a dedication of the memorial bench.
 
Our condolences go out to Carol Elliott, and their family.
 
Rotarians who want to, can make a donation to the Danvers People to People Food Pantry. This was a cause that Tom and Carol strongly believed in.
 
Donations can be made here:
In Memoriam PDG 2008-09 Thomas R. Elliott Alexander Falk 2022-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Do You Want to Host a Grad Student?

Posted by Terry Curran on Aug 04, 2022
The Parkway Club is looking for an individual or individuals to house a graduate student who will be attending Simmons College in September. The incoming student is our last year's scholar, Fransisco's sister. She has received funding for tuition but not for housing. Please contact us as soon as possible if you can host her for a month, a couple of months, or the full year.
 
Please contact President of the Parkway Club, Kelsea Whittemore at kelsea.whittemore@gmail.com
Do You Want to Host a Grad Student? Terry Curran 2022-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Share Your Club's Stories

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Aug 01, 2022
Has your club recently hosted an event or project or are you planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow District 7930 Rotarians?
 
The weekly eBulletin depends on the content provided by clubs, so please submit your stories and we will publish them on the district website and in the next eBulletin. Stories that showcase your club or event should be submitted via the website portal at this link.
 
The deadline for submitting items for the weekly District 7930 eBulletin is Friday morning in order to be included in the following Monday's edition.  If the eBulletin being prepared is getting to be too long and the story submitted is not time-sensitive, we may choose to delay including it until the following week.
 
For some guidelines on creating stories, please read more!
 
 
Share Your Club's Stories Tracy Arabian 2022-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

In Person Youth Exchange is Back

Posted by Andrew Maddox on Jul 30, 2022
In-person exchanges are back this year! To celebrate, Rotary Youth Exchange has unveiled a new video that showcases the life-changing experiences students, families, and volunteers can have through Rotary Youth Exchange.

You can watch it here.
 
We hope this video inspires you — whether you’re a Rotary member, a volunteer, or part of the next generation of Rotary Youth Exchange students — to create lasting change through peacebuilding exchanges that span the globe.
 
And if Rotary Youth Exchange has made a positive impact on your life, or if you’re excited about participating in the future, please share this video to let others know about this transformative program.
In Person Youth Exchange is Back Andrew Maddox 2022-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Greater Salem NH Awards Scholarships

Posted by Ginger DiGrazia on Jul 26, 2022
Each year we in the Greater Salem NH Rotary notify the high schools in our five communities of Salem, Pelham, Windham, Atkinson, and Hampstead requesting applicants for our Scholarship Awards. 
 
This year we chose eight applicants based on their scholastic achievement and their community service. We had the pleasure of presenting the award in person to six of the students who were available to attend out meeting. 
 
The selected students demonstrated their ability to achieve a high level of accomplishments in studies, leadership, interest and service in their communities, and some extended their compassion to a third world country. 
 
Our best wishes to our future leaders as they enter a new chapter in their life by attending the college of their choice.  Pictured here scholarship recipients Donovan Homsey, Jordan Krahn, Gabrielle Driggers, Mahi Patel, Katrina Souter and Kyleigh Walker
Greater Salem NH Awards Scholarships Ginger DiGrazia 2022-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Corks & Caps Local Chapter Rotary Wine Fellowship Appreciation (RWAF) 

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Jul 20, 2022
Want to have fun sharing wine with fellow Rotarians from D7930 & D7790?  Consider joining the Corks & Caps Local RWAF Chapter Sunday July 31 from 6-7 pm on Zoom.  For this tasting, choose a bottle of Chardonnay & a bottle of Pinot Noir.  Email Joan Kelly Arsenault for the invite. All levels of wine lovers welcome!
 
This month, PDG John Kramb, co-owner of Adams County Winery in PA, will be our guest speaker.  Adams County Winery opened its doors in 1975 in Orrtanna, PA and is currently Pennsylvania’s fifth oldest operating winery.  The Farm Winery sits on 40 beautiful acres of never-ending rolling hills and farmland.  The vineyard is home to five different varieties of grapes, spanning over 12.5 acres. 
 
Corks & Caps Local Chapter Rotary Wine Fellowship Appreciation (RWAF) Joan Kelly Arsenault 2022-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Serves Breakfast at Senior Center

Posted by Joe Ciulla on Jul 20, 2022
The Rotary Club of Woburn had the pleasure of organizing, cooking and serving a breakfast at the Senior Center on School Street in Woburn on Tuesday, July 19th.  We were able to provide over seventy of our well-deserved seniors a delicious breakfast as well as live music from Irish Entertainer Mossie Coughlan.  It was a great morning of fun and fellowship.

The Rotary Club of Woburn is dedicated to serving our local community in any way we can.  If you are interested in being part of an organization that makes a difference and a positive impact on your local and global community, please contact us.  We're always looking for good people that want to do good things!
Woburn Serves Breakfast at Senior Center Joe Ciulla 2022-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

District Announces PolioPLUS Society

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Jul 20, 2022
DG Alexander Falk, DRFC Joan Arsenault and PolioPLUS Chair Ingrid Brown are excited to announce D7930 will be launching the PolioPLUS Society in our district. 
 
Join this new society by pledging to donate a minimum of US$100 each year until the world is certified polio free. Everyone who joins before World Polio Day, which is October 24, 2022, will be considered a charter member of D7930’s Polio Plus Society. 
 
Joining the Society is a 2-step process: 
1st Step, complete the PolioPlus Society Form at this link: D7930 PolioPLUS Society Sign Up Form.
2nd Step, make your donation. You can choose to donate in various ways, either by credit card online, or by check.  If you choose to donate by check, make the check out to “The Rotary Foundation” with “PolioPlus” in the memo section and submit to your club’s Foundation Chair.  If you choose a credit card, go to my.rotary.org, click on donate and choose “Polio Fund.”  (To donate online, make sure you have registered on myrotary.org for a My Rotary account for you and your club to receive proper credit.  Signing up is quick and easy). You can then:
• Make a onetime donation of $100 (or more) with your credit card by clicking on the “One-time donation” button and choosing the appropriate amount from the boxes below.  Remember to donate again next year if you choose this option.
 
District Announces PolioPLUS Society Joan Kelly Arsenault 2022-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Offers Chance to See Sox Up Close

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jul 19, 2022
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 versus the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.  Club President Gene Mullen said, “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. 
 
Ticket chances cost twenty-five dollars and the prize includes two seats at Fenway between the visitor on-deck circle and home plate.  The value of the pair of tickets is about $275.  Last year’s ticket winner, Jonathan Chines said, “I’ve never sat so close to home plate! The seats were amazing, and we had a great time.” 
 
Tickets are on sale during the Movies by the Lake on the Common.  Visit the Rotary table to grab your chance to win.  Tickets are also available at WCAT (24 Hemlock Road) and from any Wakefield Rotarian.  You can also Venmo the club @wakefieldrotaryclub. Indicate “sox raffle” in the memo and provide your contact information.  The winning ticket will be pulled at 8:00pm on Thursday August 4th at the Movies by the Lake event.
 
Picture here is 2021 winner Jonathan Chines and his son at the Sox game.
Wakefield Offers Chance to See Sox Up Close Amy Luckiewicz 2022-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

Successful Lobstah Raffle Scholarship Fundraiser

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Jul 14, 2022
Marblehead Rotary's annual fundraising and summer favorite, Lobstah Raffle, is a blockbuster hit!  Since 2002, Lobstah Raffle has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships and camperships for Marblehead Youth and Children.  For twenty years, and held every Fourth of July weekend, Lobstah Raffle kiosks located all over downtown have been an iconic presence during our Festival of Arts weekend for returning visitors, locals, and community members!  This week, we have drawn four winners of 20-pound live lobsters. This year has been a record year, with over 25K raised!  Sold-out tickets went for $5 for one ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. 
 
Pictured from top left clockwise: Lobstah Raffle chair Marsha Christensen (far left), co-chair Aviv Hod (middle), and volunteer and Rotarian Linda Sullivan. Next are photos of children and furry friends participating in the fun during the festival. 
Successful Lobstah Raffle Scholarship Fundraiser Rosie Tan Segil 2022-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

Stoneham Rotary Begins 2022-23 Membership Year

Posted by Sharon Iovanni on Jul 13, 2022
Rotary Club of Stoneham President David Gardner (Boyd’s Direct) recently announced Rotary International’s theme for the 2022-2023 year – Imagine Rotary. 
 
President Gardner notes that the intent of this powerful messaging is for individuals to consider what impact they could have locally and around the globe if they invest their time, talent, and treasure to find ways to provide meaningful service to others who need help.  For Rotary members, that could involve any of the Five Avenues of Service - Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, or Youth Service, or it could overlap one or more of these areas.  He also noted that the seven dots surrounding the Rotary circle in the middle of the logo signify the Rotary ‘s Seven Areas of Focus – peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention & treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development and supporting the Environment.  These seven areas suggest the areas in which the Five Avenues of Service might find opportunity. 
 
Stoneham Rotary Begins 2022-23 Membership Year Sharon Iovanni 2022-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Jul 12, 2022
Spend a beautiful day in Gloucester! Start with pancakes and then visit the Waterfront Festival and Gloucester's many attractions.
 
The Gloucester Rotary will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, August 20, 2022, 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 Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and is held in Stage Fort Park on Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days.  A special free parking area is available for Pancake Breakfast attendees.  For information on Gloucester attractions, visit www.capeannvacations.com.
 
Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $8 per person, $5 for children six and under, and are available in advance online or from any Gloucester Rotarian. Tickets will also be available on the morning of the breakfast. 
Gloucester Pancake Breakfast Tracy Arabian 2022-07-12 04:00:00Z 0

Manchester-Essex Announces Scholarship Winners

Posted by Jack Costello on Jul 11, 2022
The Scholarship Winners have been announced!  Thank you to Judy Laspesa and the scholarship committee for their efforts in soliciting applications and selecting the winners. Here is the excerpt from our press release:
 
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is pleased to announce the 2022 "Service Above Self" scholarships.  Scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating leadership, integrity, and academic success.  Graduating high school seniors must either attend Manchester-Essex Regional High School or have parent(s) or legal guardian(s) residing in Manchester or Essex, Massachusetts. Students must be enrolling in a certificate or degree-granting program in the fall of 2022.
 
Congratulations to this year's recipients who are both attending Suffolk University in Boston.  Jacob Brown will be studying Business and Law.  Isabella Thurlow will be studying Psychology, Criminal Justice and Law.
 
 
Manchester-Essex Announces Scholarship Winners Jack Costello 2022-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Sends Campers to Camp Rotary

Posted by Douglas Mauch on Jul 08, 2022
The first group of ten Chelsea children preparing to attend a week at Camp Rotary in Boxford MA. The Chelsea Rotary Club annually sends twenty deserving Chelsea children to Camp Rotary. The children are chosen from essays they write as to why they should be selected to attend Camp Rotary. They are sent in groups of ten children each week for the first two weeks of camp. The Chelsea Rotary Club covers all the costs for attending Camp Rotary for the twenty children. Transportation to and from camp is provided by volunteers from the Chelsea Police Department.
Chelsea Sends Campers to Camp Rotary Douglas Mauch 2022-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Belle Isle Academic Awards Dinner

Posted by Vera Carducci on Jul 07, 2022
The Belle Isle Rotary Club had the pleasure of presenting three graduates from Winthrop with Academic Awards as they leave high school and go on pursue higher education.

We were also pleased to continue with the tradition of presenting an Academic Award for the Salesian Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, a student from Lynn, MA that has dedicated herself to work with young children from the East Boston community.

Pictured are two recipients from Winthrop and the Salesian Youth of the Year. 
Belle Isle Academic Awards Dinner Vera Carducci 2022-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Wanted Host Family for Grad Student

Posted by Kelsea Whittemore on Jul 06, 2022
The Parkway Club is looking for an individual or individuals to house a graduate student who will be attending Simmons College in the fall. The incoming student is our last year's scholar, Fransisco's sister. She has received funding for tuition but not for housing. Please contact us as soon as possible if you can host her for a month, a couple of months, or the full year.
 
Please contact President of the Parkway Club, Kelsea Whittemore at kelsea.whittemore@gmail.com.
Wanted Host Family for Grad Student Kelsea Whittemore 2022-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody: 100 Years of Service Above Self

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jul 06, 2022
As the gavel was passed from outgoing President Audrey Gordon to incoming President Rob Lowell, Rotary Peabody commemorated 100 years as a club.  Club members gathered in celebration with Representatives Tom Walsh and Sally Kerans and State Senator Joan Lovely.  A time capsule with the club's history and narratives of moments of our current time was buried for future Rotarians to find. 
 
Many thanks to the time capsule committee members Tom Griffin, Emily Cooper, Martha Holden, Peggy Pedro, Loring Merrow, Stephanie Johnson, Dan Vassallo and Cathy Gravel for their hard work and research. The club is looking forward to another 100 years of Service Above Self! 
Peabody: 100 Years of Service Above Self Alysa Hayden 2022-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes New Members in June

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jul 05, 2022
At its regular meetings in June, Ipswich-Rowley Rotary welcomed two new members, Andrea LaCroix and Susanne Pedersen.
 
Andrea is well known in our area as a realtor with Churchill Properties who serves on the committees of both the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and North Shore Realtors.  She considers herself an environmentalist and hopes to support club initiatives that focus on sustainability.  Andrea donates her time and talent to numerous conservation initiatives, including the Ipswich Waste Reduction Committee and the Open Space Committee, and has organized town-wide cleanups in Ipswich. 
 
Ipswich-Rowley Welcomes New Members in June Bob Wicks 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Manchester-Essex Red, White & Blue Breakfast a Huge Success!

Posted by Jack Costello on Jul 05, 2022
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club held the annual Red White & Blue Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 2nd.  I was a record-breaking success.  We served over 1,200 breakfasts while offering free pony rides and face painting.  The new addition to this year's event was a free water taxi from Manchester town center to the event location at Tuck's Point.  Not only did it alleviate the traffic backup and parking, but it was also fun for our guests.  One person who had lived in Manchester 20 years was overheard to say they had never been out on the harbor before. 
 
Pictured here are guests in their patriotic attire enjoying pancakes at the Red White & Blue on July 2nd in Manchester. 
Manchester-Essex Red, White & Blue Breakfast a Huge Success! Jack Costello 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

District Ushers in New Rotary Year

Posted by Tim Kelley on Jul 01, 2022
On June 30, District 7930 gathered at Danversport Yacht Club to celebrate installation of District Governor Alexander Falk and new Club Presidents for 2022-2023.  Taking the helm at Rotary International is Jennifer Jones, RI's very first female President.  This year's Presidential Theme is Imagine Rotary.
 
We want your photos.  If you took pictures you'd like to share, kindly email them to rotary7930publicimage@gmail.com.
 
Thanks also to immediate Past District Governor Terry Rezendes Curran for her leadership, enthusiasm and inspiration this past year.
 
Congratulations and best wishes to all the new Club leadership.  We're looking forward to a great, new year!
District Ushers in New Rotary Year Tim Kelley 2022-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody's Run Raises $4000 for Ipswich River

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jun 28, 2022
Peabody Rotary's Source-to-Sea Run on June 18th successfully completed by champion marathoner and Peabody Rotarian Dan Vassallo, raised over $4,000 for the Ipswich River Watershed Association (https://www.ipswichriver.org/), $1,000 over our goal! 
 
The run raised awareness about the watershed, a local environment that is essential for clean water and for sustaining the life that gives our ecosystem its richness, which can help combat climate change.  Clean water and environmental protection are two primary tenets of what Rotary stands in service of and we are thrilled to have had such a successful event to support these goals.  For more about what our club does visit: rotarypeabody.org
Peabody's Run Raises $4000 for Ipswich River Alysa Hayden 2022-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody Awards Scholarships

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jun 28, 2022
The Rotary Club of Peabody proudly supports 7 students going on to college next year with our annual scholarships.  This is the culmination of the Club's yearlong fundraising efforts (including the perennially popular Taste of the North Shore) allowing us to award a total of $12,000 to these deserving students who understand what it means to put Service Above Self. 
 
Congratulations to:  Madeleine Scacchi (Sam Berns Scholarship)
 
Service Above Self Scholarship:
Josh Comito
Jacob Palhares
Emma Bloom
Julia Malionek
Jacquelyn Scopa
Ketsia Kabeya
 
Pictured here from left to right: Josh Comito, Emma Bloom, Jacquelyn Scopa, scholarship recipients and our guests at our June 16 morning meeting.  More information about our scholarship efforts can be found at our website: www.rotarypeabody.org
Peabody Awards Scholarships Alysa Hayden 2022-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Lexington Passes the Gavel Again

Posted by Dan Busa on Jun 28, 2022
A lot was happening on Monday, June 27th at the Rotary Club of Lexington's annual Installation Luncheon Meeting.  President Cleve Coats handed the gavel over to incoming President Veronica Caira.  Veronica was also presented with her first Paul Harris Fellow Award. 
 
President Cleve also received his third PHF from Lexington Past President and Treasurer Dan Busa and Concord Past President Sharon Spaulding.  Sharon recommended Cleve to the Lexington Club and Past President Dan was his sponsor.  Also, on his last meeting as president, Cleve together with Membership Chair Domenic Sicari inducted the Club's newest member, Ibn Insan Sauti. 
Lexington Passes the Gavel Again Dan Busa 2022-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

D7930 is ShelterBox Hero

Posted by Alexander Falk on Jun 28, 2022
DG Terry Rezendes Curran and DGE Alexander Falk are proud to announce that our District has been designated HERO recognition for Rotary Year 2021-2022 from ShelterBox USA.  District 7930 will be listed at the end of the Rotary Year your club will be listed on ShelterBox's HERO page. 
 
ShelterBox is a cutting-edge charity that hand-delivers emergency shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict.  Its ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits contain the tools to transform lives and rebuild communities in the aftermath of disasters.
                                                  
ShelterBox has provided aid to over 2.2 million people since 2000.  It could not have been reached them without our help.
 
 
 
D7930 is ShelterBox Hero Alexander Falk 2022-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

District Installation 2022

Posted by Alexander Falk on Jun 27, 2022

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

REGISTRATION IS CLOSING on TUESDAY at 3:00 PM! Registration and online payment are required: please click here for more details and to register members and guests.
 
Please join us as we celebrate the Installation of District Officers & Club Presidents in Rotary District 7930 on June 30th, 2022, at 6:00 PM at the Danversport, 161 Elliott St, Danvers. Since we are a little bit later than usual with the date of our installation, the theme for this year’s event is “It’s Almost the Fourth of July”.
 
Accordingly, we will have a summer cookout style dinner buffet with Danversport's own New England Clam Chowder, Warm Dinner Rolls, Strawberry Salad and Caesar Salad, Quinoa and Vegetable Salad, Watermelon Salad, Grilled Steak Tips, Chipotle BBQ Chicken, Hardwood Smoked Pulled Pork, Herbed Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob, and we will finish the evening with Blueberry Tarts and coffee/tea.
 
Doors will open at 5:30 and we will have cheese platters, vegetable crudites, and a cash bar for fellowship from 6:00 – 6:45 PM. A brief opening ceremony will be held from 6:45 – 7:00 PM followed by dinner starting at 7:00 PM. At 7:45 PM we will begin the installation festivities. The dinner cost per person is $65.
District Installation 2022 Alexander Falk 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

There's Still Time to End Polio Now!

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Jun 26, 2022
The current total donations to the End Polio Now campaign as of June 25th are $66,423.  Congratulations to the following Clubs who will receive the End Polio Now Certificate for donations to Polio over $1,500.  Marblehead $20,991; Gloucester $4,964; Lexington $4,274; Winchester $3,550; Peabody $3,367; Wilmington $3,000; Woburn $2,521; Arlington $2,335; Wakefield $2,250; Reading and North Reading $2,046; Rockport $1965; Parkway $1,706.
 
Donations were also received in the following amounts from clubs around the district. Lynnfield $1,375; Lynn $1,100; Manchester-Essex $1,008; Chelsea $1,000; Somerville $975; Andover $804; Burlington $718; Danvers $625; Amesbury $600; Greater Salem, NH $515; Medford $500; Stoneham $500; Swampscott $500; Newburyport $475; Belle Isle $450; Ipswich-Rowley $428; Beverly $406; Boston #7 and Evening $400; Hamilton-Wenham $398; Salem $275; Cambridge $200; Burlington Breakfast $100; Melrose $100.
 
There is still time to send in those donations from the Polar Plunge or activities you did in your club or with your Interact Club.
There's Still Time to End Polio Now! Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Donates $48K to Local and International Orgs

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Jun 24, 2022
Celebrating its 99th anniversary in 2022, the Gloucester Rotary has provided $32,428 to local projects, donated $10,825 to international causes, and awarded $5,350 in scholarships to local students since July 1, 2021. The Gloucester Rotary is a diverse group of civic-minded business and community leaders joined in a mission to support the community and the world beyond the North Shore. 
 
“The Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’ brings us together to make meaningful investments at home in our community and across the globe,” said Gloucester Rotary President, Tracy Arabian, who credits the generosity of spirit shared by the Rotary’s 56 members for making this possible. “These amazing people donate their time, their money, and their knowledge to make the world a better place. It has been a highlight of my life to have served the Rotary this past year as President.” 

 
Gloucester Donates $48K to Local and International Orgs Tracy Arabian 2022-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Reading Rotary Gears Up for 2022 Fall Street Faire

Posted by Jeanne Borawski on Jun 23, 2022
Although it is just the beginning of summer, Reading Rotary is gearing up to host the 14th annual Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday, September 11.  Members of this committee are hoping to host the biggest, best Fall Street Faire yet.
 
Under the leadership of YMCA Executive Director, Rotarian and Fall Street Faire Chair John Feudo, the fourteen-person committee has already started meeting and planning for Reading's biggest annual event.  According to Feudo, “This would be way too much work for one person to do alone. We have an incredible team. Some of the members are relatively new and bring great energy and enthusiasm. Some of the members have been doing this for years and just know how to get the job done. At the end of the day, we’re all proud to be able pull off an event of this scope for the whole town to enjoy.”
 
Reading Rotary Gears Up for 2022 Fall Street Faire Jeanne Borawski 2022-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield's Father's Day Fishing Derby a Success

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jun 23, 2022
The Wakefield Rotary Club hosted its second Father’s Day Fishing Tournament at Lake Quannapowitt on Sunday, June 19th.  The free event, open to all ages, welcomed about 25 families fishing for various top spots.  Wakefield Rotary Vice-President Gene Mullen explained, “We were thrilled with the turn-out, despite the gloomy weather.”  He added, “It was great to see kids with their extended families.”  In fact, for many families, this event was their first fishing experience and the perfect opportunity to learn safe and responsible fishing techniques before casting their first line.”  Loaner rods were made available thanks to Mass Wildlife and bait was donated by Boats & Motors on North Avenue in Wakefield.
 
Wakefield's Father's Day Fishing Derby a Success Amy Luckiewicz 2022-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rockport's Uganda Project

Posted by Anne Lewis on Jun 16, 2022
The Rockport Rotary Club used a District 7930 Matching Grant to complete Phase One of the construction of the Kateta House of Joy.  It is a kitchen and dining hall on the second campus of the Village2Village Project in a very remote area of northeastern Uganda.  The Village2Village Project is a charitable organization based in Indiana.  It serves children in an area of Uganda where four out of five families live in devastating poverty.  The second campus had only had a latrine and main office.  It had no place for eating, teaching or meeting.  Instead, children had to walk up to 20KM for activities on the main campus.
 
This project will ultimately benefit up to 150 children and their guardians.  But even unfinished, the building has allowed 56 children to have their daily activities in their own local area.  This area of Uganda is food insecure.  Children are used to having only one meal per day, often lacking in nutrition.  Now they will have regular meals and participate in their lessons on the local campus.
 
The Kateta House of Joy is well on the way to becoming a place not only to eat but to learn, sing, dance and grow.
Rockport's Uganda Project Anne Lewis 2022-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Announces Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Jun 13, 2022
The Marblehead Rotary Club congratulates the students who have been awarded its 2022 scholarships in academics, leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities.   These scholarships support one of Marblehead Rotary Club's most important goals: assisting local students in pursuing their studies at higher education institutions.  Yearly, Marblehead Rotary awards four to six students with a one-time scholarship and one with a four-year scholarship.  There are six outstanding awardees:  Sophia Nickolas, Tariq Abdelkahlek, Benjamin Kahn, Alexis Earp, Grace Miller, and Owen Murphy.
 
Marblehead Announces Scholarship Recipients Rosie Tan Segil 2022-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Greater Salem Memorial Day Project

Posted by Maria Bertolone on Jun 13, 2022
Members of the Greater Salem Rotary Club restored by cleaning Veterans' head stones for the fallen Iraq Veterans during Memorial Day Weekend.  
 
This is the second annual clean-up.  We will be returning in November to continue to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 
Greater Salem Memorial Day Project Maria Bertolone 2022-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Stoneham Rotarians Host Interact Students

Posted by Sharon Iovanni on Jun 12, 2022
At its June 7th lunch meeting at Gaetano’s Ristorante, Rotary Club of Stoneham members hosted four students from the Stoneham High School (SHS) Interact Club and their Advisor, SHS teacher Kim O’Connor. 
 
This year, the Stoneham High School Interact Club - which has about 20 students - with their Advisor Kim O’Connor, engaged in several service projects, including gathering and sending clothing to Ukraine, collecting over 200 new children’s books to deliver to children in local hospitals and soliciting and delivering hundreds of packages of Pop Tarts to be distributed to Boston’s homeless population.  The group meets regularly prior to the beginning of their school day.  Rotary Club of Stoneham member Craig Celli has been the club’s liaison to the SHS Interact Club. 
 
Rotary Interact Clubs welcome young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills as they come to understand the importance of Service Above Self, a Rotary motto.  Clubs are encouraged to organize at least two service projects a year, one focused on their school or community and the other promoting international understanding.  Currently there are 14,911 Interact Clubs in 145 countries around the world. 
 
Stoneham Rotarians Host Interact Students Sharon Iovanni 2022-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Is Your Club DEI Certified?

Posted by David Hart on Jun 09, 2022
As our Rotary Year 21-22 ends you still have time to submit your Club’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion citation and score sheet.  
 
Most Clubs have found that when they review the Citation requirements (25 suggested action steps, Club must achieve 13 of the 25 for certification) that the Club has already achieved some of the action steps. 
 
Your Club has until June 30, 2022, to review and submit your DEI Citation score sheet for certification.  Please fill out your scoresheet and email to David Hart DEI Committee Chair and District Governor Terry
 
DEI Citation and Score Sheet documents are available on the District 7930 DEI web page.  Please see this link
 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact David Hart at davidhart4251@gmail.com or at 781-718-7799.
Is Your Club DEI Certified? David Hart 2022-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley Serves Senior Citizens

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jun 09, 2022
In what turned out to be a very busy week for Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians, the club hosted its annual lunch for senior citizens on May 26. This popular annual gathering could not be held the past two years due to the pandemic. 
 
Co-sponsored by the Ipswich Council on Aging, the event featured entertainment and a delicious lunch prepared by Rotarian and Chef Ray Morley.  Also assisting and cheerfully greeting the senior citizens were students from the Ipswich High School Interact Club. 
 
A great time was had by all. We also are grateful to fellow Rotarian, the Rev. Brad Clark, and Ascension Church for making their beautiful hall available. 
 
Pictured here are Interact volunteers.
Ipswich-Rowley Serves Senior Citizens Bob Wicks 2022-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Hosts Student Government Day Luncheon

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Jun 08, 2022
The Rotary Club of Woburn hosted their annual Student Government Day Luncheon last week.   Twenty-six high school students shadowed twenty-six city department heads as part of a civics project for Woburn Memorial High School.  Winners were selected based on their Civic Action Project portfolio.  Woburn Mayor Scott D. Galvin was on hand to speak to the group and congratulate the winning students by awarding each with a commemorative city coin.  Woburn Rotary also awarded the students with a commemorative Rotary coin. 
Woburn Hosts Student Government Day Luncheon Brian Ouellette 2022-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Manchester Red, White and Blue Breakfast July 2

Posted by Jack Costello on Jun 07, 2022
We are excited to announce that the Annual Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast will take place at Tuck's Point on Saturday, July 2nd, 7:30 a.m. to Noon.
 
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, children 8 and under are free.
 
Pony rides, live music, face painting, all right on the beautiful Manchester Harbor at Tuck's Point, Manchester MA.
 
Tickets can be purchased online at www.manchesteressexrotary.org.  Use the Pay/Donate button or go to the event page.
 
We will also be drawing our prize winners for the RWB Raffle, $10,000 in prizes.  For raffle tickets email info@manchesteressexrotary.org 
Annual Manchester Red, White and Blue Breakfast July 2 Jack Costello 2022-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody Rotary Ipswich River Appreciation Run 

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Jun 06, 2022
Peabody Rotary is thrilled to partner with many other District Clubs in support of the Ipswich River Watershed Association (ipswichriver.org).  On June 18th, Peabody Rotarian and marathon-winning runner Dan Vassallo will be running the 30 MILE length of the Ipswich River from "source to sea" to raise money and awareness for the Ipswich River Watershed Association.
 
This is a perfect Rotarian project because it supports the original Rotary tenet of supporting clean water and the newest tenet of sustaining a healthy environment.  Would you or your club like to get involved?  We’d love to have you!
 
You can get more info and donate at bit.ly/IpswichRiverRotary.  We would also love other Rotarian’s to cheer on our marathon-winning runner Dan Vassallo as he runs the 30 miles source to sea to raise awareness for this great cause. 
Peabody Rotary Ipswich River Appreciation Run Alysa Hayden 2022-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Rotary Honors Tony Corrao

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Jun 06, 2022
The Gloucester Rotary has named Tony Corrao as a Paul Harris Fellow, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded Rotary in 1905.  Corrao was selected by a committee of previous recipients of the award and will be honored at a special dinner on Monday, June 27, 2022, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester.  The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. 
 
Corrao, perhaps better known as Uncle Tony, was born and raised in West Gloucester.  He graduated from Gloucester High School with the Class of 1977, and then spent 3½ years in the Army—serving at NASA’s Space Center in Alabama, Homestead, Florida, and Fort Bragg in North Caroline with the 82nd Airborne Division. 
 
Upon his return to Gloucester, Tony founded Precision Roofing Services of New England in 1984.  The company has been an important part of the Cape Ann economy for almost 40 years, providing solid jobs to several generations of laborers.  In 2007, Corrao was the recipient of the Northeast Roofing Contractors’ Association President’s Award. After being nominated by his staff, he was named “Best Boss” of the year by the National Certified Contractor’s Network. 
 
Gloucester Rotary Honors Tony Corrao Tracy Arabian 2022-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Lynnfield's Build A Bed Day of Service

Posted by Ron Block on Jun 02, 2022
The Lynnfield Rotary hosted “Build A Bed” on Saturday, May 21, District 7930’s Day of Service.  We worked with “A Bed For Every Child,” a Lynn based initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless providing beds for needy children in Essex County.
 
Over forty volunteers took part in an event which produced ten beds for the community. 
Bed building teams were provided with lumber, hardware, tools, varnish and detailed instructions to produce the beds.  After 2 hours they proudly displayed the beds that were constructed.  Everyone had a wonderful time and went home knowing that ten children were going to have a bed of their own.
 
We wish to thank all of those who sponsored the building of a bed as well as the “builders” who joined us for this project as well as our fellow Rotarians from Ipswich, Methuen, Somerville and Wakefield for your support of this project.  Special thanks to Lynnfield Fire Chief Glenn Davis for assistance with the use of the Firehouse parking area.
 
A Bed For Every Child receives about 250 requests per month for beds for children.
 
The Lynnfield Rotary Club, established in 1963 has a history of active service in our community and around the world.
Lynnfield's Build A Bed Day of Service Ron Block 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Lexington Awards Scholarships to Seniors

Posted by Dan Busa on May 31, 2022
The Rotary Club of Lexington held its annual scholarship luncheon on May 23rd, at the Minuteman High School in Lexington.  Twelve deserving seniors from Lexington High School, Minuteman High School and Lexington Christian Academy received the annual awards.  We were also joined by senior officers of the Lexington Interact Club in Minuteman High School who were awarded an appreciation plaque for their fundraising efforts for the Polar Plunge.  Interact sent 27 plungers to the event. 
Lexington Awards Scholarships to Seniors Dan Busa 2022-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Andover Honors Citizens who Care

Posted by Al Ruthazer on May 25, 2022
Citizens Who Care is the Rotary Club of Andover's longest running program that honors outstanding community volunteers.  Since 1996 our club has honored 10 people each year who have contributed to the local community through their extraordinary volunteer contributions.  In 2009, the Club added the Educator of the Year and Student of the Year awards to Citizens Who Care.  Those chosen to exemplify what it means to be an "unsung hero."  They come in all ages and professions.
 
This year we saluted members from various organizations and groups for their outstanding work to our community.  Whether it be working with our youth, creating environments for our elders to gather, or influencing the positive growth of Andover, our honorees have all made our world better.
 
Andover Honors Citizens who Care Al Ruthazer 2022-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Lynn Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Ray Bastarache on May 25, 2022
The Rotary Club of Lynn Scholarship Committee recently reviewed some 30 applications from area high schools where Lynn seniors attend before finally coming to consensus on five truly outstanding students.  
 
Lynn English seniors Vatana Chen and Nantenen Kiata along with Abigail Constine from St. Mary’s, Lynn Classical’s Prisila Romero and KIPP Academy’s Stacey Munoz Arreaga emerged as the recipients of Rotary’s Richard Maloney & Robert Hastings Memorial Scholarships.  Pictured here from left to right: Nantenen Kiata, Stacey Munoz Arreaga, Vatana Chen, Prisila Romero and Abigail Constine.
 
“I know I can speak for the committee members when I say how the selection process gets more challenging every year,” admitted Ray Bastarache, a longtime Lynn educator and committee chair.   “Vatana, Nantenen, Abigail, Prisila and Stacey had an average GPA (Grade-point average) of 4.25, with a total of 35 Advance Placement or honors level course over their last three years of high school.  They captained sports teams, led school clubs and organizations, and all five were very involved in community service.  The Lynn community has a lot to be proud of.”
 
Lynn Scholarship Recipients Ray Bastarache 2022-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Flags for Heroes

Posted by Rebecca Harris on May 24, 2022
Flags for Heroes is a fund-raising activity sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington.  People have sponsored a flag in memory 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 them for all the people who have made a difference in their lives.
 
You may sponsor as many heroes as you want, and a flag with the name of each hero will be flown at Park Circle on Park Avenue from May 25th through June 15th.
 
The public dedication will be on June 5, 2022, at 1 pm at the Park Circle Water Tower.   The installation will be dedicated to the teachers and educators that serve the Arlington community.
 
We will follow whatever Covid-19 restrictions that are in effect at that time.
 
The cost of each sponsorship is $40.00.  Click here to purchase today. 
 
Flags for Heroes Rebecca Harris 2022-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Holes for Poles and Flags for Heroes

Posted by John Muldoon and Bob Wicks on May 23, 2022
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary members got a workout on Friday when they hit the South Green in Ipswich to place holders for 200 American flags.
 
The flags, which are on 10-foot poles, will be installed shortly as part of the Flags for Heroes project.  Rotary placed 100 on the green last year but enlarged the Ipswich display this year — and expanded to Rowley, where 100 flags will be placed on the town common.
 
People can sponsor a flag for $50 to honor a personal hero.  “The hero may be a veteran, teacher, medical professional, mentor, or any person you would like to honor for their contribution to your life, the community, or the world,” organizers said.
 
Sponsorships are still available online, or by visiting the Institution for Savings and Bank Gloucester branch offices in Ipswich.
 
Display dates are May 27 to June 18 in Ipswich, and June 18 to July 9 in Rowley.
 
Proceeds from the volunteer-run organization will be used to fund scholarships and service projects in the two towns.
 
Story and photo by Rotarian John Muldoon, Editor/Publisher of The Ipswich Local News. 
Holes for Poles and Flags for Heroes John Muldoon and Bob Wicks 2022-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Supports Art for Equity

Posted by Tracy Arabian on May 23, 2022
The Gloucester Rotary Club is taking steps to expand the diversity, equity and inclusion within our club and our community.  We have partnered with "Art for Equity" to purchase books that promote DEI.  These books will be donated to local and school libraries.  Anyone wishing to support this DEI fundraiser may make a donation at https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/dei
 
Art for Equity is a student run art collaborative, working to creative more equitable educational spaces within the Gloucester Public School district, one book at a time.
 
Gloucester Supports Art for Equity Tracy Arabian 2022-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Sponsors Father's Day Fishing Derby

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on May 23, 2022
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 19th. Wakefield Rotary Vice-President Gene Mullen explained, “The pandemic put a hold on the past two years, but we’re really excited to bring this event back to the community.” 
 
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.
 
The Father’s Day Fishing Derby is part of the Club’s on-going efforts to focus on local support during its 100th Year Anniversary celebration; the club will celebrate its centennial on September 28, 2022. Mullen added, “This year is special to us as we approach our club’s 100th year of service to Wakefield and the global community.  This local event fits right in.” 
 
In addition to the fishing derby, the club will have resources on environmental sustainability, an area of focus for Rotary International.  Wakefield Rotary respects the nature and beauty of our natural resources and we encourage all participants to fish responsibly. Mullen noted, “We strongly support catch and release and ask that all participants use good judgement in deciding if your fish is of competitive size or should be released immediately.”
 
Questions can be directed to the Wakefield Rotary Club at wakefieldrotaryclub@yahoo.com
Wakefield Sponsors Father's Day Fishing Derby Amy Luckiewicz 2022-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Donates Books in Honor of 100th Anniversary

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on May 18, 2022
Wakefield Rotarian Judy Gordon recently visited the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library's Children's Librarian Annie Hochheiser to donate several books related to environmental awareness.  Recently, Rotary has added supporting the environment as an Area of Focus.  The books were donated in honor of the club's 100th Anniversary which is being celebrated all year.

Pictured here:  Wakefield Rotarian Judy Gordon delivering titles to Beebe Library's Children's Librarian Annie Hochheiser.  Judy was the club's first female Club President in 1996-97. 
Wakefield Donates Books in Honor of 100th Anniversary Amy Luckiewicz 2022-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Forming a District Environmental Committee

Posted by Alexander Falk on May 17, 2022

Looking for Rotarians interested in the Environment

As you may have heard, Rotary added the Environment as our seventh ahead of focus and our district is now looking into forming a new District Environmental Committee that will look into what environmental projects we can do locally within our own district, and also what other options may exist to participate in or start a new global grant in our seventh area of focus.

Possible local projects we may want to look into include pollinator habitat restoration (bees, monarch butterflies, etc.), beach cleanups, plantings in parks and on traffic islands, river/watershed restoration, etc. We are also going to be joining Operation Pollination and partnering with the National Park Service and National Heritage Areas in our region. 

Our goal is to ideally have the new District Environmental Committee begin forming this spring and then start their work at the beginning of the new 2022-23 Rotary year on July 1st. If you are interested in participating on this committee, please contact DGE Alexander Falk.

Forming a District Environmental Committee Alexander Falk 2022-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Newburyport Fashion Show

Posted by Marion Spark on May 16, 2022
Fashion Show Fundraiser to benefit Newburyport Rotary. 
Wednesday, June 1 from 5-7 pm
Loretta Restaurant, 15 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
 
Buy your tickets now for this fun event.  Tickets $25.  Ticket will include swag bag and table seating.  Raffle tickets $1 each.
 
For information see newburportrotary.org or contact Marion Spark.
 
Newburyport Fashion Show Marion Spark 2022-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Build a Bed with Lynnfield Rotary

Posted by Ron Block on May 15, 2022
The Lynnfield Rotary Club is hosting “Build a Bed” on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Lynnfield Fire Dept., South Station, 600 Salem St., Lynnfield, MA. We are working with “A Bed For Every Child,” a Lynn based group providing beds for needy children in Essex County.
 
At this event, all materials will be provided to teams of four. You will construct a bed with lumber, tools, and hardware (and expert instruction) being provided. It will be a wonderful experience for you and a significant resource for the children.
 
We welcome your financial support and would be pleased to have any or all of you join us for the construction event.  The cost to build a bed is $350.  Register a team of 4 or more to build a bed for $350.  Sponsorships of $350 are also accepted.
 
The Lynnfield Rotary Club, established in 1963 has a long history of active service in our community and around the world.
 
For more information contact Ron Block or see the attached flyer.
Build a Bed with Lynnfield Rotary Ron Block 2022-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Hosts Zoom Meeting with Rwandan Partners

Posted by Tracy Arabian on May 13, 2022
This Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 7:45am, the Gloucester Rotary is hosting members on the Boneza community on a zoom call during our weekly meeting.  Gloucester Rotarian Dave McKechnie -- who introduced us to Boneza and the Kivu Hills Academy -- is visiting Boneza and will be on the zoom call from Rwanda.
 
Since 2017, the Gloucester and Rockport Rotary Clubs have partnered and obtained grants to support the community of Boneza, Rwanda.  This community is roughly the same population as the combined residency of Rockport and Gloucester.  But, unlike those of us fortunate enough to live on Cape Ann, there is little infrastructure support in Boneza. 
 
Gloucester Hosts Zoom Meeting with Rwandan Partners Tracy Arabian 2022-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody Rotary and Chamber Partner for Torigian Golf Classic

Posted by Alysa Hayden on May 13, 2022
Monday June 13.  The Meadow at Peabody. 
7:30 am Registration/Breakfast
8:30 am Shotgun Start
 
Rotary Peabody is proudly partnering again with the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce for our annual Torigian Golf Classic.  Golfers and sponsorships are still available.  Proceeds go back into the community for scholarships for local students. Join us for a morning of golf, food and fun! 
 
Benefits Local Scholarship Programs
Carts included
Breakfast and lunch provided.
Golf ball cannon
Raffles
Swag bags
 
Register at www.peabodychamber.com or call 978-531-0384.
 
Peabody Rotary and Chamber Partner for Torigian Golf Classic Alysa Hayden 2022-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

Medford Citizen of the Year

Posted by Anne Powers on May 10, 2022
The members of Medford Rotary Club wish to congratulate Vin Frattura for being chosen by the Medford Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year!  Vin has been a member of the Medford Rotary Club for 29 years.  He served as Past President and has been on the Board of Directors many times. 
 
Vinny was chosen by the past recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award and truly exemplifies the Rotary Motto of "Service Above Self," which he referenced in his speech upon accepting the Clippership Award.  Vinny is a "doer" and a "giver."  You ask him and he is there with his time and energy.  Our membership gives a resounding thumbs up to the Chamber for nominating and voting Vinny as their "Citizen of the Year." 
 
Pictured here is Chamber President Maury Carroll presenting Medford Citizen of the Year Award to Vinny Fratura.
Medford Citizen of the Year Anne Powers 2022-05-10 04:00:00Z 0

Bevery Strong and Growing

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on May 09, 2022
As of last Thursday, May 5th, Beverly Rotary Club has inducted a total of 15 new members this year into our club.  We feel this is quite a feat!  Our membership is now up to 114 members.  One of the new memberships is a corporate one, bringing our corporate total to five.  Having the ability to have a corporate membership available, has enticed some places to join our club.  We will continue in this vein actively to recruit new members into our vibrant club for the next year!

 
Bevery Strong and Growing Jackie Rapisardi 2022-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Opportunities at NE Home For Vets

Posted by David J. Gardner on May 07, 2022
The New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV) is excited to announce that our Community Volunteer Program is resuming with weekday lunch and dinner meal services.
 
In light of the positive developments of the last two months, the NECHV is looking forward to re-commencing a scaled program of community volunteering here at the Center.  The Veteran residents are eager to open up their home as well. 
 
Thank you for all your past engagement and support, and for your continued interest in volunteering to support Veterans at the NECHV.  It has been a challenging past two years of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our focus here at the Center has been protecting the health and wellbeing of Veterans. 
 
Volunteer Opportunities at NE Home For Vets David J. Gardner 2022-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Online District Grant Management Seminar

Posted by Alexander Falk on May 07, 2022
Now is the time to get your club qualified for participating in district and global grants for the coming 2022-23 Rotary year. For a club to get qualified you have to have at least two members who have taken the district grant management seminar, and the club's current president for 2021-22 as well as the incoming president for 2022-23 both have to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the district and the club. The signing process is fully electronic, and you can click this link to find the e-signing instructions for Presidents.
 
Any club member who has already attended the District Assembly on April 27th has already taken the grant management seminar and is already qualified. Those who have missed the assembly, or if you have additional members in your club who want to be qualified to access the grants module in ClubRunner, the grant management seminar is now available online on the district website. If you follow this link you can watch the seminar in a 20 minute YouTube video and then all you need to do is complete a short online quiz.
Online District Grant Management Seminar Alexander Falk 2022-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Lynnfield Interact Recycles!

Posted by Peg Sallade on May 04, 2022
This spring, the Lynnfield Rotary Interact Club hosted a recycling event for the community.  Data Recycling of New England partnered with Interact students to host an event at Town Hall in which Lynnfield residents could safely recycle their electronics, preserving the environment, and providing parts that can be refurbished for future use.  The club made a portion of the recycling fees collected, raising over $3,000 to support future community service and Interact Club activities.  Kudos to the Lynnfield Rotary Interact!! 
Lynnfield Interact Recycles! Peg Sallade 2022-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Harbor to Hold Huge Yard Sale May 14-15

Posted by Jessica DH Barnett on May 03, 2022
 
 
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor will be holding a two-day yard sale at 217 Humphrey Street in Marblehead on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday, May 15, from Noon to 4 p.m. 
 
In case of rain, the sale will be conducted on the better of the two days.
 
The venue is located on the 441/442 bus line at the Humphrey Street / Ruby Avenue bus stop and there is plenty of on-street parking.
 
Featured items include costume jewelry, small furniture items, artwork, rugs, dishes, holiday décor, clothing, toys, books and more.
 
All proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship program and philanthropic projects.
 
Marblehead Harbor to Hold Huge Yard Sale May 14-15 Jessica DH Barnett 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Building Better Playground for All Marblehead Children

Posted by Rosie Segil on May 03, 2022
Hobbs Playground will soon undergo a makeover.  The new layout and updated equipment will guarantee access to children of all abilities.  Leading the way to these improvements is Laney Dowling (center), Marblehead Family Fund's (MFF) Chair, who presented the playground’s final plans to Marblehead Rotary members.  The MFF’s mission, since it started as a grassroots organization in 1988, has been to improve Marblehead's playgrounds, parks, and open spaces.
 
Marblehead Family Fund’s efforts were strengthened by individuals, families, businesses and civic organizations who managed to collectively raise $300,000, in the midst of lockdowns, to make this new playground a reality.  The Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act Improvement Project Grant contributed $62,000.  Marblehead Rotary capped the goal with a $25,000 sponsorship and also gave contributors an opportunity to benefit from the organization's charitable foundation status, encouraging more generous giving with tax exemption.

 
Building Better Playground for All Marblehead Children Rosie Segil 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

District Conference:  May 6.  Register Now!

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Apr 29, 2022
Come join us and celebrate the emergence of our clubs from the pandemic.  Friday, May 6.  We are going to have a special Paul Harris Luncheon where we recognize all those who have generously donated to the foundation over the past year.
 
 
Our room block is only on hold until April 5, so please make your reservation now at our special rate of $149.
 
We hope to see you there.
District Conference: May 6. Register Now! Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

RI Convention Houston 2022

Posted by Alexander Falk on Apr 29, 2022

Discover New Horizons

The 2022 Rotary International Convention is now just two months away so if you would like to attend, the time to register is now! We are pleased to announce that the Rotary International Board of Directors has confirmed that the 2022 Rotary International Convention will be an in-person event in Houston, TX, June 4th-8th. For more information see also this flyer from Zones 28&32.

Please join DG Terry, DGE Alexander, DGN Lori, and DGND Tom in Houston and register as soon as possible!
 
There will also be a special District 7930 TexMex dinner on Monday, June 6th, at 7:00 PM local time, at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation Street in Houston so please make sure to register for that dinner as well.
RI Convention Houston 2022 Alexander Falk 2022-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Manchester-Essex Hosts KY Derby Auction May 

Posted by Jennifer Doane on Apr 27, 2022
Returning from a two-year hiatus the Manchester-Essex Club is thrilled to host the 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party and Auction on Saturday, May 7 from 5 to 8:30!  This event brings items from all corners from golf outings and beach barbecues to fine clothing and complete wine cellars.  There is a silent auction for smaller items.  The live auction features State Senator Bruce Tarr as auctioneer for the big-ticket items, including an 80-inch smart television!   
 
We will watch the Derby race live.  There will be a non-betting lottery on the outcome, a hat contest for best women's and men's hats for prizes of a bottle of real Kentucky bourbon and a bouquet of roses.  An excellent buffet dinner will be served throughout the evening, cash bar (yes, mint julep).  Best of all we are raising money for local scholarships, food banks and international projects.
 
So, put on your Derby hats and be ready to have a fun time with fun people.  Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $30 or at the door for $35. 
Manchester-Essex Hosts KY Derby Auction May Jennifer Doane 2022-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

May 21 District Wide Day of Service

Posted by Joan Arsenault on Apr 26, 2022
Join Fellow Rotarians on May 21 on the Ipswich River for a Day of Service.  Two Volunteer service opportunities are available:
 
1. 9am to 12pm Spring 2022 Rotary Club Ipswich River Landings Work Day:  approximate teams of 4 people per site.  The goal of this project will be to support our River Warden program by helping to prepare canoe/kayak landings on the Ipswich River for the paddling season via picking up trash, pruning and cutting back vegetation, and checking the condition of kiosks and signage at the following landings:
 
May 21 District Wide Day of Service Joan Arsenault 2022-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

US Open Tix and More for Rotary

Posted by Susan Rack on Apr 23, 2022
Brookline Rotary is sponsoring an on-line auction as a spring fundraiser. Among the items are tickets for the US Open being held in Brookline June 16- 19, 2022. Other items include gift cards for local restaurants, services such as tutoring and legal, and special opportunities like a luxury Mexican vacation. Enjoy yourself while supporting Rotary.
 
US Open Tix and More for Rotary Susan Rack 2022-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Passing of PDG Jack Maloney Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Get Ready for World Immunization Week

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Apr 22, 2022
Join with Rotary to promote the power of vaccines to protect children and save lives
During World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, let’s advocate for polio eradication and the importance of vaccines to the health and well-being of our communities.
 
So far this year $44,853 has been raised within the district to End Polio Now.  That is matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at a 2:1 ratio for $89,706 additional going to Polio Eradication.  This means that this year a total of $134,559 is earmarked to provide 224,265 vaccines so far this year.  Let's keep collecting our pledges to reach our goal of $100,000.

 
Get Ready for World Immunization Week Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Last Chance to Register for District Assembly

Posted by Alexander Falk on Apr 22, 2022

The District Assembly is our next step in the journey of training incoming club leaders for the upcoming Rotary year 2022-23, including the Grant Qualification Seminar, which is open to all club members. This year we will be in-person again and will be meeting at the Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield on Wednesday, April 27. 

For the Grant Qualification Seminar we recommend that each club send at least two members to attend - but there is no limit. If your club grant committee includes multiple members, it would be ideal if they could all attend and get qualified. The District Assembly is open to all Rotarians in our district!

The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with five parallel tracks for: Presidents-Elect, Secretaries, Treasurers, Foundation Chairs, as well as a fireside chat with DG Terry Curran (for all Rotarians who don't fall into any of the previously mentioned four roles).

At 7:00 PM we will be serving a soup & sandwich buffet and continue the evening with a working dinner meeting for all groups together, which includes the District Qualification Seminar and the presentation of the District Budget.

Please click here to learn more and to register for the District Assembly.

Last Chance to Register for District Assembly Alexander Falk 2022-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Focuses on Food Insecurity

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Apr 22, 2022
Inspired by the District's Homelessness and Hunger Initiative years ago, the Wakefield Rotary Club made strong connections with the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.  This year, the Club decided to donate half of the income from the Dine Anywhere in the World Raffle to the organization.  This past week, we were delighted to present the Wakefield Food Pantry a "big" check. Food Pantry board members and volunteers sold 30 of the 200 tickets.  Doreen McGowan, Food Pantry Board President, accepted the check and hopes she can find a big ATM. 
 
Pictured here Wakefield Rotary Club President Bruce Donovan, Food Pantry Board President Doreen McGowan, Club Secretary Suzanne Bowering and Club Treasurer Barbara Worley 
Wakefield Focuses on Food Insecurity Amy Luckiewicz 2022-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Advanced RYLA May 14-15

Posted by Christina Harris on Apr 18, 2022
We are very excited that our first-ever Advanced RYLA will be held at Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, NH on May 14–15. 
 
The purpose of this weekend is to support RYLA alumni who wish to continue their leadership journey and to have them help with the relaunch of RYLA for 2023.  Since we have not held a traditional RYLA since 2019, we are without student leaders, so we are enlisting the alumni to help!
 
We are reaching out to RYLA alumni, going back more than 10 years, through Facebook, texts, calls, emails and Instagram.  If you are in contact with any RYLA alumni, please feel free to share this information with them and encourage them to visit the Facebook page from their RYLA year or they can reach out to Christina at christina@PartnerWithChoice.com or 978.270.6706.
 
Advanced RYLA May 14-15 Christina Harris 2022-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Chelsea Telethon for Ukraine Barbara Martin 2022-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Happy April Fools' from Beverly

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Apr 13, 2022
Our meeting started out as usual, with members trickling in at first to check in.  President-Elect Mike Jones gave me a make-up slip which was signed Mickey Mouse from the Lake Buena Vista club.  I had remembered that he was at Disney World, so I thought it was a cute joke on the part of the Florida club.   Next came in Past-President Marshall Handly, who gave me a make-up slip from Athens, Greece.  He went on and told me all kinds of details of his trip and I was telling him how I wanted to go there so badly.  A few more members came in and then SEVEN other make-up slips were turned in.  It dawned on me that they were all the same style of make-up slip.  When I read one of them closely, my suspicions were validated.  This one was signed by Glinda Witch, from Oz, Kentucky Rotary Club.  Weren't our members from Beverly something else?  I had slips from Key West, Berlin Bunker, and the Bowery, New York. They got me good! 
 
April Fools', Jackie!!! 
Happy April Fools' from Beverly Jackie Rapisardi 2022-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Polar Plunge a Huge Hit

Posted by Tim Kelley
Saturday, April 2, Gloucester Rotary put on a hugely successful Polar Plunge.  Approximately 200 Rotarians from the District's 45 clubs plunged into the water at Long Beach in Gloucester.  In addition to the Plungers were many supporters, on lookers and cheerleaders.  The sun was out, but the water and air temperatures were both approximately a chilly 40 degrees.
 
Gloucester Rotary assembled a command center at the Cape Ann Motor Inn.  Gloucester President Tracy Arabian addressed the crowd right before the 11 am plunging time to emphasize that all donations made will be double matched by the Gates Foundation to End Polio.
 
The District goal is $100,000.00.  As of Plunge time, over $40,000.00 had been raised.  Donations will continue to be collected at this link.  Please designate "Polio Fund."  
Polar Plunge a Huge Hit Tim Kelley 2022-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Rotary Zeroes in on Arbor Day

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Apr 07, 2022
The Wakefield Rotary Club will be honoring the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, recognized annually on the last day of April, with a free raffle to win a tree valued at $300 in support of the Town of Wakefield’s CommuniTREE Program.  Wakefield Rotary and the Beebe library will have an Arbor Day display with the raffle tickets from April 15th to May 1st.  Community members may visit the library during regular hours and register to win.  The drawing for the tree is April 29th at the library.  This year also marks the club’s 100th year of service to Wakefield and the global communities.  Project Chair Gene Mullen noted, “This project falls right in alignment with our club’s 100th anniversary as it fits one of our seven areas of focus.”  In addition to the raffle, the Rotary Club will contribute another $300 to the CommuniTREE Program to sponsor a new tree planting on the Beebe Library grounds. 
 
Wakefield Rotary Zeroes in on Arbor Day Amy Luckiewicz 2022-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Corks & Caps Wine Fellowship

Posted on Apr 07, 2022
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

Corks & Caps Local Chapter of Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship (RWAF) was founded by two Rotary District Governors during the COVID-19 crisis in May 2019: DG Joan Arsenault (D7930) and DG Suzanne Uhl-Melanson (D7790). Joan and Suzanne share a passion for wine, Rotary and the desire to extend this appreciation to fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarians.

Our objective is to learn more about wine, wine and food pairings and any other topics related to the appreciation of wine so that our own appreciation of good wine will be enhanced.

Join us to learn more about wine and have fun at the same time!! Meet fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarian wine lovers across two districts, two countries and three plus states. We have members from MA, ME, NH, CT, LA, VT, Cananda and FL.

We meet the last Sunday of the month from 5-6 pm on zoom. Email Joan at corksncapswine@gmail.com for more information. All Welcome regardless of wine knowledge!!!! 
Corks & Caps Wine Fellowship Joan Arsenault 2022-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

Posted by Linda Doliber on Apr 04, 2022
BE INSPIRED BY ROTARY!  BE PART OF A ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE IN THIS DISTRICT...
 
When:   April 30, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where:  Sheraton Four Points, Wakefield, MA
Who:     Rotarians from our district and surrounding New England districts.  New Rotarians and "Experienced" Rotarians who want to learn more and be re-energized for service
What:    Parts I, II, III: A discussion-based, participant-centered curriculum that focuses on the structure of Rotary, implementation of proven leadership skills and methods, and the spirited interchange of ideas for planning and implementing club growth, membership retention, acquiring leadership skills that work! Graduate course will cover the 7 Areas of Focus; Facilitator Training also offered (must have District Governor recommendation and pre-approval).
Fee:       $95 Rotarians; reduced fee for Rotaractors.  Covers continental breakfast, mid-morning coffee, all curriculum materials, and buffet luncheon.  All at a convenient conference center easily accessible via Route 128. Dist. 7930 registrants for Part I and II will receive a $50 reimbursement from Dist. Gov. Terry upon completion.  Special rate of $139/night if making a weekend of it (good for two days before 4/30 to two days after.  Specify RLI when making the reservation).
 
How:      REGISTER TODAY at www.rlinea.org.  Past Institute attendees have given this course rave reviews! 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Linda Doliber 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Lynnfield Helps Entrepreneur Spread Kindness

Posted by Peg Sallade on Apr 04, 2022
This spring Lynnfield Rotary enjoyed a special presentation on Connor’s Kindness Project (CKP) as part of our Rotary Club lunchtime speaker’s series.  Connor Wright, the innovative founder of CKP, is a 12- year-old from Lynnfield MA who is often balancing his academic life, his passion for playing hockey, and his dedication to his successful business venture.  Connor’s Kindness Project is about making “Kindness Kits” to help improve the lives of local children who are emotionally, physically, or financially in need. 
 
“When Covid-19 hit things changed for all of us” Connor explained.  He decided to launch a non-profit, Connor’s Kindness Project.  He started with delivering Covid Care Packages, bags of thoughtful presents, to hospital workers on the frontlines of the Covid pandemic. From that success came Connor’s Kindness Kits. 
 
Connor has delivered boxes for the Woburn police department, local health care centers and for people near and far (Alabama) helping families with chronically ill children.  Connor’s Kindness Project starting small but now plans to deliver 2000 Kits!
 
To support Connor in his mission Lynnfield Rotary donated $1000.00 to his cause.  
 
Pictured here are Sharon Marrama and Connor Wright, from Connors Kindness Project with Lynnfield Rotary President Jack Moynihan. 
Lynnfield Helps Entrepreneur Spread Kindness Peg Sallade 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Peabody Helps Habitat for Humanity

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Apr 04, 2022
The Rotary Club of Peabody has put in sweat equity for Habitat for Humanity, working two different projects helping get homes ready for families to move in.  These projects are based locally in Peabody and the club is thrilled to give back to their immediate community in such a tangible way. 
 
Pictured here are Peabody Rotarians on their Mar 26 build day.  #RotaryInAction
Peabody Helps Habitat for Humanity Alysa Hayden 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Reading's Rotary Readers

Posted by Tim Kelley on Apr 01, 2022
Reading Rotary just completed its Rotary Readers project. 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 approximately 300 literacy bags will be delivered by Rotarians to the five Reading elementary schools. In addition, Rotarians read to each Kindergarten class as part of Read Across America. It was exciting and fun to be able to read in person this year after doing virtual reading in 2021.

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 Founding Members.
Reading's Rotary Readers Tim Kelley 2022-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Interact Donates to Scholarship Committee

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Apr 01, 2022
After a recent fundraiser, the Interact Club at Woburn Memorial High School donated proceeds to the Woburn Dollars for Scholars program.  Here, Interact Club President Emily Sullivan presents a check to WDFS Committee President Rosemary Donovan. 
Woburn Interact Donates to Scholarship Committee Brian Ouellette 2022-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Downtown Boston Hosts Ukrainian Cultural Center of NE

Posted by Alexandra Leach on Mar 28, 2022
The Downtown Boston Rotary is proud to host the Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England at their next speaker meeting on April 5th.

The UCCN has organized various fundraisers for the people of Ukraine during the current war in their country.  They have also provided information on the many other organizations helping Ukraine during this conflict and directed many in the Boston-area towards appropriate ways to donate funds and supplies to the people of Ukraine.

The DBRC is thrilled to welcome Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England to discuss the war in Ukraine and what we can do to help, and we hope Rotarians from around the district will join us.  The meeting will be taking place downstairs at Elephant & Castle on Tuesday, April 5th, doors open at 6 PM and the meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. 
Downtown Boston Hosts Ukrainian Cultural Center of NE Alexandra Leach 2022-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Polar Plunge for #EndPolioNow this Saturday!

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Mar 28, 2022
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 my.rotary.org/en/donate.  Please be sure to select the “Polio Fund.”  Each of the D7930 clubs are invited to participate and may register their participation by clicking here
 
Very important information for participants:
Polar Plunge for #EndPolioNow this Saturday! Tracy Arabian 2022-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Final Weekly Polar Plunge Update

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Mar 27, 2022
The top ten clubs in giving this week are:
 
1. Marblehead
2. Arlington
3. Wakefield
4. Rockport
5. Reading
6. Gloucester
7. Parkway
8. Lynn
9. Chelsea
10. Lynnfield
 
The Polar Plunge is this coming Saturday in Gloucester.  I look forward to seeing you all at the beach. Once a club has donated a minimum of $1500 it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.  Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top seven clubs above have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  
 
Year to date we have raised $36,734.01 of our $100,000 goal, that’s over one third of the way there.  I have heard from many clubs that they are submitting their donations after the plunge, so I will continue to list the clubs as we head toward our goal.
 
Clubs can register their participation by clicking here. Currently, we have approximately 195 Rotarians, Interactors and friends coming to the beach to plunge.
Final Weekly Polar Plunge Update Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

What Would You Do With $25,000?

Posted by Julia Phelps on Mar 23, 2022
What could you do with $25,000? 
 
Since its founding in 2007, the WASH Rotary Action Group has been dedicated to its Mission: 
 
“To support and ensure sustainable long-lasting safe water, sanitation and hygiene programs to communities in need.”   
 
To further this cause, WASH-RAG’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce a one-time, special grant of $25,000 to encourage Rotary Districts and clubs to become active participants in a WASH project. Better still – that $25,000 will be eligible for a dollar-to-dollar match from DDF and/or cash contributions to the Global Grant. 
 
Eligibility 
All Rotary Districts and Clubs qualified to participate in The Rotary Foundation’s Global Grants Program can apply for the grant. Clubs who have participated previously in a small WASH project, funded by a District Grant are encouraged to apply. 
 
What Would You Do With $25,000? Julia Phelps 2022-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Danvers Spring Raffle in Full Swing

Posted by Barry Kaplan on Mar 21, 2022
Danvers Rotary is excited to announce our 2nd Spring Raffle is off to a great start as we approach the first draw date on April 1.

Every day in April a new winner will be drawn at the Danvers YMCA.

Prizes include gift certificates for restaurants, coffee shops and local services and there are also cash prizes of $750 to be won.  Tickets are on sale now and through the drawing period for just $10 each and remain in the pot until drawn!

Contact any Danvers Rotarian or call the Danvers YMCA (978-774-2055), 34 Pickering Street, Danvers, MA 01923 to enter.  Any questions, please call 978-774-2055 or email DanversRotary@gmail.com.
Danvers Spring Raffle in Full Swing Barry Kaplan 2022-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Marblehead's Got Talent Scholarship Winners

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Mar 21, 2022
Raising money for scholarships is one crucial cornerstone activity for Marblehead Rotary Club.  Last week, with close to 150 spectators, Marblehead’s Got Talent 2022 was a roaring success at its new venue at The Cabot Cinema in Beverly.  Congratulations to the talented winners!
 
Senior Colby Kramer took in $6,000 first place of scholarship winning.  He played Scherzo No. 2 Op. 31 by Frederic Chopin.  As second-place winners, Junior Charlie Smith and Sophomore Mona Gelffgatt won $4,000 with an original song titled “Will Get Past This.”  Freshman Brady Weed came in third place with $3,000 for his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire.”  Junior Griffen Collins and seniors Olivia Gardener, Audrey Jones, and the duo of Nora Bekkai and Kasey Louden took home a scholarship for fourth place with $500 each. 
Marblehead's Got Talent Scholarship Winners Rosie Tan Segil 2022-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Philly Karani Receives Service Above Self Award

Posted by Fran Fazio on Mar 21, 2022
Dr. Philly Karani, brother of Burlington Breakfast Rotary member Zareen Karani Araoz, has received the Rotary International Service Above Self Award for 2021-22, the highest recognition from Rotary International.
 
Dr. Karani dedicated much of his life to serving through Rotary.  He was the District Governor and also served on the RI Rotaract Committee, among others.  He was very loved by the members of the Club he founded in Pune, India.  He did and inspired hundreds of projects there, uplifting the condition of many and transforming lives, leading a long-term project to adopt a village and bring all amenities to it. 
 
He continues his good work in New Zealand, since the past 8-9 years.  He has attended one of our District Inauguration dinners during one of his visits here.  Dr. Karani would welcome meeting and helping any Rotarian from our District visiting New Zealand!  Congratulations Dr. Zarani!  You are a true inspiration! 
Dr. Philly Karani Receives Service Above Self Award Fran Fazio 2022-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Mystic River Clean Up - April 30

Posted by Rebecca Harris on Mar 21, 2022
The Arlington Rotary Club is excited to celebrate Earth Month!  On April 30th Arlington Rotary Club is teaming up with our new Arlington Catholic Interact Club to hold our 1st Mystic River Clean Up. 
 
10-12pm Mystic River Arlington.  Please park on side streets of Webster, Palmer and Beacon. 
 
We are challenging other district clubs along the Mystic River to join us in keep the Mystic River Watershed clean and healthy!  If you are not located on the Mighty Mystic, please consider picking a day in April to clean a watershed area in your community. 
 
For more information please email arlingtonrotary6603@gmail.com.
Mystic River Clean Up - April 30 Rebecca Harris 2022-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

This Week's Polar Plunge Report

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran
The top ten clubs in giving this week are:
 
1. Marblehead
2. Arlington
3. Wakefield
4. Rockport
5. Reading
6. Gloucester
7. Lynn
8. Chelsea
9. Lynnfield
10. Parkway
 
Thank you to the Greater Salem, Woburn and Salem clubs who have started adding their donations through MyRotary.  Donations to this year’s Polar Plunge are being directly made through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair.  Once a club has donated a minimum of $1500 it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.  Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top six clubs above have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  
 
Year to date we have raised $35,559.01 of our $100,000 goal, that’s one third of the way there. There are 15 clubs in the district who have not started making their donations to Polio through MyRotary and I have got questions from many of them and some are planning to attend the plunge in Gloucester and then add their donations in.  We cannot count donations and add your club to the list, if your club doesn’t record them through the RI website.
 
Clubs can register their participation by clicking here. Currently, we have approximately 195 Rotarians, Interactors and friends coming to the beach to plunge.
This Week's Polar Plunge Report Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Woburn Donates Defibrillator to Nexus

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Mar 18, 2022
Last week Woburn Rotary donated a defibrillator to Nexus, Inc.  Nexus provides residential alternatives for developmentally challenged individuals that promote the highest quality of life possible and opportunities for full integration into the mainstream of life in their home. 
 
Executive Director Greg McGowan was on hand to receive the donation and spoke about Nexus currently serving individuals in Woburn and surrounding cities. 
Woburn Donates Defibrillator to Nexus Brian Ouellette 2022-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Winchester Continues to Add Members

Posted by Jeff Wheeler on Mar 16, 2022
Winchester Rotary club has been blessed with a wonderful core group of members who have help me as President over the past two years to maintain and grow our Club.  We are adding four new Service members along with two new Corporate members will be joining us shortly.  Thank you, Kurt Heisler, Co-President Elect.  What a great way to start off 2022! Keep all members moving forward and engaged!
 
Thanks to our great core team.
Jeff Wheeler President of Winchester Rotary Club 
Winchester Continues to Add Members Jeff Wheeler 2022-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones Speech at NEPETS

Posted by Alexander Falk on Mar 16, 2022
Rotary International President-Elect Jennifer Jones recently addressed all our Rotary Club Presidents-Elect at the Northeast PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) in early March. Her powerful speech referenced her presidential theme - Imagine Rotary - and also related a story from her first few days in the RI PE office in Evanston and the power of connections across the Rotary world.
Her message is not only inspiring for Presidents-Elect, but for all Rotarians. You can now watch her speech and the following Q&A here: https://youtu.be/Aur2YZXoRNI
Jennifer Jones Speech at NEPETS Alexander Falk 2022-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

This Week's Polar Plunge News

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Mar 13, 2022
The top ten clubs in giving this week are:
 
1. Marblehead
2. Arlington
3. Wakefield
4. Rockport
5. Gloucester
6. Reading
7. Lynn
8. Chelsea
9. Lynnfield
10. Parkway
 
Donations to this year’s Polar Plunge are being directly made through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair.  Once a club has donated a minimum of $1500 it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.  Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top six clubs above have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  
 
Year to date we have raised $33,225.01 of our $100,000 goal, that’s one third of the way there.  There are 7 clubs in the district who have not started making their donations to Polio through MyRotary.  I have got questions from many of them and some are planning to attend the plunge in Gloucester.  We cannot count donations and add your club to the list, if your club doesn’t record them through the RI website.
 
Clubs can register their participation by clicking here.  Currently, we have approximately 175 Rotarians, Interactors and friends coming to the beach to plunge.
This Week's Polar Plunge News Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Belle Isle Trivia Night

Posted by Vera Carducci on Mar 11, 2022
Belle Isle Rotary Club is set to have our Trivia Nite on Friday April 1, 2022, to be held at the Salesians Boys & Girls Club. We are gearing up to have a night full of fun competition with prizes and of course, bragging rights and awards for the winning team. 
 
Friday, April 1.  Doors open at 5 pm.
Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron Street, East Boston, MA 02128.
 
Complementary make your own nachos bar.  Cash Bar.  Prizes and Raffles.  Donation/ticket price $25 per person
 
For info about the event, tickets or sponsorships please contact Joe Steffano (617) 909-5382, Steve Miliotis (781) 731-3057, Vera Carducci (617) 909-5384 or Mike Triant (617) 913-1531.
 
 
Belle Isle Trivia Night Vera Carducci 2022-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club President of Lviv Speaks to Rotarians 

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Mar 08, 2022
Dear Rotary Friends, The President of the Rotary Club of Lviv, Ukraine spoke to the NYC Rotary Club today and I was invited to join.  Please accept this report on happenings live from the devastation.
-Amy Luckiewicz, Wakefield Rotary Club
 
The Rotary Club of Lviv International
The Lviv RC is made mostly of international business people and they commonly speak English.  Lviv is the largest city in western Ukraine.  Lviv Rotary Club President James Joeriman is American and he was the primary speaker.  He is currently sheltering in Warsaw, Poland with his wife and small children.  He's working through RC networks to raise money for consumable supplies for the military hospitals.  $1.2 million Euros has led to 10 trucks of supplies and they are fully stocked at the moment.  Overflow is managed by Lviv defense forces and distributed by priority need to Lviv and the entire country.  Supplies are sourced from Poland and Germany; he is unaware of any supply shortages.  Lviv Rotary is focused on supplying medical aid, not military equipment. 
 
Lviv Rotary Club (in particular his English-speaking club with international members), are utilizing their international networks to maximize effective response.  To his knowledge, the other Lviv Rotary Clubs, Ukranian speaking clubs, are still operating.
 
 
Rotary Club President of Lviv Speaks to Rotarians Amy Luckiewicz 2022-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Polar Plunge Report

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Mar 06, 2022
The top ten clubs in giving this week are:
 
1. Marblehead
2. Arlington
3. Wakefield
4. Rockport
5. Gloucester
6. Reading
7. Lynn
8. Chelsea
9. Lynnfield
10. Parkway, Swampscott and Amesbury are tied
 
Donations to this year’s Polar Plunge are being directly made through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair.  Once a club has donated a minimum of $1500 it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.  Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top six clubs above have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  
 
Year to date we have raised $33,550.01 of our $100,000 goal.  That’s one third of the way there. There are still 18 clubs in the district who have not started making their donations to Polio through MyRotary.  We cannot count donations and add your club to the list, if your club doesn’t record them through RI.
Weekly Polar Plunge Report Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Multiple Opportunities at Rotary Leadership Institute

Posted by Linda Doliber on Mar 02, 2022
Club officers, “experienced” Rotarians, new and newer members of Rotary...This message is for you!  RLI sessions are offered in both internet and in-person venues this year.  Meet other Rotarians from different districts and enrich your Rotary experience by sharing leadership styles and program ideas.
 
Virtual:
March 12, D7870, Southern NH and VT
March 19, D7430, Southeastern PA
April 19, D7475/7490, West Orange, NJ
 
In-person:
March 26, D7950, Southeastern MA, Cape Cod, RI at Upper Cape Tech, Bourne, register by March 16
 
OUR HOME DISTRICT... April 30, D7930, Sheraton Four Points, Wakefield (all parts plus Graduate and Facilitator Training).  We will be offering Sessions 1, 2, and 3 and also an advanced class and a class for facilitators.  Cost for this day (which includes a continental breakfast and lunch) is $95.  Those D7930 Rotarians taking Session One or Session Two will receive a $50 refund after attending the session from the District.  
 
Want to complete all three parts in one year? Register for both virtual and in-person Parts I, II, and III at www.rlinea.org
 
Leaders know there is always more to learn! 
Multiple Opportunities at Rotary Leadership Institute Linda Doliber 2022-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

TBM St. Pat's Virtual Music BINGO

Posted by Bernie Creeden on Feb 27, 2022
Rotary Club of Topsfield Boxford Middleton invites you to join them for a fun evening of St. Patrick's Day- themed virtual MUSIC B-I-N-G-O for a great cause!
 
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 6:00-7:15 PM. Online from your Computer, Phone, or Tablet. Entry id $25.00 per computer.
 
 
Proceeds will benefit NEADS. NEADS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Princeton, MA that provides highly skilled Service Dogs for people who have a disability. 
TBM St. Pat's Virtual Music BINGO Bernie Creeden 2022-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Polar Plunge Report

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Feb 26, 2022
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.
 
Weekly Polar Plunge Report Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

DE&I Discussion Series

Posted by David Hart on Feb 25, 2022
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
DE&I Discussion Series David Hart 2022-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Northeast PETS March 4th & 5th 2022

Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 25, 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. 
Northeast PETS March 4th & 5th 2022 Alexander Falk 2022-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for Malden Half Marathon

Posted by Paul Solano on Feb 21, 2022
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 psfinserve@aol.com 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! 
Volunteers Needed for Malden Half Marathon Paul Solano 2022-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Gloucester Night at the Races

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Feb 21, 2022
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 https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/night-at-the-races or at the door. 
Gloucester Night at the Races Tracy Arabian 2022-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Gloucester & Rockport Support Boneza, Rwanda

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Feb 21, 2022
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. 
Gloucester & Rockport Support Boneza, Rwanda Tracy Arabian 2022-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

RLI in Back in Person -- April 30

Posted by Linda Doliber on Feb 18, 2022
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 www.rlinea.org.  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 rlinea.org). 
RLI in Back in Person -- April 30 Linda Doliber 2022-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

This Week's Polar Plunge Update

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Feb 18, 2022
Fellow Rotarians…  The first (that I know of) plunging has taken place at St. Camillus parking lot in Arlington, where the Arlington Club members have been plunged into a dunk tank.  Don’t think that the dunk tank had any heated water in it.  No, on the contrary, these brave Rotarians and friends plunged down into the icy water with President Becca losing her glasses on her tumble.  Thankfully one our senior members had their “grabber” handy and was able to fish them out of the tank.  If your club is also doing a separate “Plunge,” let  me know and I’d be happy to join you, if I’m available.  
 
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.
 
Donations to this year’s Polar Plunge are being directly made through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair.  Once a club has donated a minimum of $1,500.00, it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.  Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top five clubs below have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  
 
The list below includes your donations made to PolioPlus from July 1, 2021, as of February 19, 2022.  But this is just a list of the TOP TEN.  Year to date we have raised $29,250.01 of our $100,000 goal.  There are still 20 clubs in the district who have not started making their donations to Polio through MyRotary.  We cannot count donations and add your club to the list, if your club doesn’t record them through RI.
 
1.      Marblehead
2.      Wakefield
3.      Rockport
4.      Arlington
5.      Reading
6.      Lynn
7.      Chelsea
8.      Lynnfield
9.      Parkway, Swampscott and Amesbury are tied
This Week's Polar Plunge Update Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

TexMex District Dinner in Houston

Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 18, 2022

If you are planning to go to the RI Convention in Houston, please join us for an evening of relaxation and fun and some awesome Tex-Mex food at The Original Ninfa's on Navigation!

Monday, June 6th, 2022, at 7:00 PM (local time) we will gather for a family style "Fajita Fiesta” meal at a cost of 35.00 per person plus 8.25% tax and 18% gratuity. So we are collecting a $46 per person as a registration fee, which includes tax, gratuity, and the credit card processing fee. Payment is required at the time of registration, and we can only accept credit card payments (sorry, no checks!).

Drinks will be on individual tabs and will be separate.

Seating is limited, so we can only accommodate 40 people at this event. Please click here to register to reserve your spot! We will be opening the registration to friends in other districts in 1-2 weeks, so please register ASAP before the event fills up...

And if you have not registered for the RI Convention in Houston yet, please use this link to learn more. The special low registration rate of $495 is only available until February 28th!

TexMex District Dinner in Houston Alexander Falk 2022-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead High Interact Builds Toilets in India

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Feb 17, 2022
In February 2020, the Interact Club of Marblehead started a fundraising project to build toilets for individual homes in Mewat in the Nuh district, 2 hours south of New Delhi, India.  Predominantly populated by Meos (indigenous Muslims), Mewat lags on almost every developmental measure, where sanitary facilities such as toilets and clean drinking water are persistently lacking in homes and schools. 
 
As a result, Mewat is a hot spot for international development assistance.  It is also a go-to site for National Immunization Day (NID) in the Delhi region for Rotarians from many parts of the world.  The latrine project addresses the multiple issues endemic to poverty-stricken villages like Mewat, in which women often bear the most.  Girls have suffered from higher dropout rates, poor maternal health, high infant mortality, and violence when they try to relieve themselves in the open without a closed-in structure. 
 
When the lockdown hit in March 2020, activities across non-essential organizations, schools, businesses came to a standstill.  However, as the new virus spread globally, the sponsoring club for the latrine project in India, the Rotary Club of Delhi South Metropolitan, and its lead US partner, Rotary Club of Morgan Hill in California, were committed to seeing this project through.  More than ever, it became urgent to build these toilet stations as these communities were reporting an unprecedented spike of Covid 19 cases.  As a result, the fundraising efforts for this project took on a pressing turn.
 
Marblehead High Interact Builds Toilets in India Rosie Tan Segil 2022-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead's Got Talent 2022

Posted by David Deutsch on Feb 16, 2022
It's 2022, and Marblehead's Got Talent (MGT) is back with $15,000 in performance art scholarships for Marblehead students. 
 
Every year, Marblehead Rotary awards scholarships to qualified students who compete for the top three prizes: $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place.  With an additional four runner-up winners of $500.00 each.  More and more financial scholarships for the performing arts are hard to come by.  But we made it a goal to recognize our talented high schoolers through healthy competition to foster their development in the performing arts and help them pay for college.
 
The stage is set! At the Cabot Theater, Thursday, February 17th, 7 pm. Get your tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01005C41E46E6AAB
 
The evening includes live performances and a silent auction!
 
Marblehead's Got Talent heats up with 9 talented students: Griffen Collins, Olivia Gardner, Audrey Jones, Colby Kramer, Brady Weed, Nora Bekkai & Kasey Louden, Charlie Smith & Mona Gelffgatt.
Marblehead's Got Talent 2022 David Deutsch 2022-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Beverly's Centennial Soiree

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Feb 15, 2022
As our year-long celebration comes to a end, we reminisce on the past and look forward to the future.  We are having our culminating event on the very date that the Beverly Rotary Club was started 101 years prior!

Join us for a fun time of socializing, hors d’oeuvres, dancing to live music and examining our time capsule! The details are on the invitation posted. Click here for the link to purchase tickets.  Maybe you’ll join us?
Beverly's Centennial Soiree Jackie Rapisardi 2022-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Help needed for 12-yr old boy from Ukraine

Posted by Alexander Falk on Feb 15, 2022
A Ukrainian 12-yr old boy with electrical burns over 90% of his body was recently airlifted from Ukraine and brought to Shriners Hospital (Mass General) in Boston. This was done with assistance from Ukraine Rotary Club Kyiv-Sophia and Rotary Clubs in our neighboring District 7910. Dr. Gennadiy Fuzaylov, who is treating the boy advised that his mother Oksana is staying in Mass General Hospital "parent apartment" available to her only while her son is in the hospital for treatment. However sometime in the next 3-weeks Taras will be released and both mother/Oksana & Son/Taras, who do not speak English, will need a place to stay near Massachusetts General Hospital as Taras needs to receive follow up treatments for up to 6 Weeks then needs to return to Ukraine.
Help needed for 12-yr old boy from Ukraine Alexander Falk 2022-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

This Week's Polar Plunge Donations Tally

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Feb 13, 2022
Fellow Rotarians…  I hope that you and your club are planning to join us on April 2nd in Gloucester for the Polar Plunge.  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.
 
Donations to this year’s Polar Plunge are being directly made through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair.  Once a club has donated a minimum of $1500 it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.   Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top four clubs below have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  The list below includes all donations made to PolioPlus from July 1, 2021, as of February 12, 2022.  Year to date we have raised $27,950.01 of our $100,000 goal.  There are 20 clubs in the district who have not started making their donations to Polio through MyRotary.  We cannot count donations if your club doesn’t record them.
 
1.  Marblehead
2.  Rockport
3.  Arlington
4.  Reading
5.  Lynn
6.  Chelsea
7.  Wakefield
8.  Parkway, Swampscott, Amesbury and Gloucester are tied
This Week's Polar Plunge Donations Tally Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Honors 8th Grade Students

Posted by William Reilly on Feb 10, 2022
The Rotary Club of Lynn held its Eighth Grade Recognition Program Thursday, February 10th, at Old Tyme Family Cuisine.  This signature program, a staple on Rotary’s annual calendar, seeks to recognize young middle school students from Lynn who, each in their own way, has overcome an obstacle in their lives to achieve success both inside and out of the classroom.  This is the first recognition since the start of the pandemic.  The Club will have two more before the end of the school year.  The program's longtime sponsor is RiverWorks Credit Union.

Seated from L - R: Daniel Brown, North Shore Christian School; Sindy Carbajal Santos, Thurgood Marshall Middle School; Tyler Desmond, St. Mary’s, Marian Division; and Aysia Olaes, Breed Middle School. Back row, Dick Ruth, Rotarian and Program coordinator; Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, Rotarian and Superintendent of Lynn Public Schools; Peter Kopoulos, Chief Financial Officer for RiverWorks Credit Union, and Dr. John Dolan, Rotarian and Head of School at St. Mary’s High School.  Absent when photo was taken but recognized for her outstanding achievement was Jazlene Ledesma, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, Discovery Program. 
Lynn Honors 8th Grade Students William Reilly 2022-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Water to save the life of children in La Guajira

Posted by Juangui Gallego on Feb 06, 2022

Increasing Access to Clean Drinking Water for the indigenous Wayuu people

The Chelsea Rotary Club is cooperating with the Fonseca Club in La Guajira, Colombia on a new global grant to bring clean drinking water to the villages of the indigenous Wayuu people on the Guajira peninsula. The area where the Wayuu live is a desert climate and there are over 350,000 indigenous people in this northern peninsula in Colombia. Over 5,000 indigenous children have died in the last few years from lack of water and other diseases derived from lack of water.
Our objective is to build 24 wells that will serve around 7,000 indigenous people, including children. Children and their mothers are the ones who are searching for water, on an everyday basis, they have to walk, ride mules for miles in search of water.
For more information, and a photo gallery from a previous water project we did in the same region, please click here to view our project page in the NEPETS House of Friendship.
If you would like to contribute funds to this global grant, please contact Juan Gallego at Juangui054@gmail.com
Water to save the life of children in La Guajira Juangui Gallego 2022-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Polar Plunge Donation Update

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Feb 06, 2022
Donations to this year’s Polar Plunge are being directly made through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair. Once a club has donated a minimum of $1500 it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.  Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top four clubs below have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  The list below includes all donations made to PolioPlus from July 1, 2021 as of February 5, 2022. Year to date we have raised $27,716.01 of our $100,000 goal. There are 21 clubs in the district who have not started making their donations to Polio. Please register with the Gloucester Club to let them know the number of participants.  Clubs can register their participation by clicking here.
 
1. Marblehead
2. Rockport
3. Arlington
4. Reading
5. Lynn
6. Chelsea
7. Wakefield
8. Parkway, Swampscott, and Amesbury are tied
Weekly Polar Plunge Donation Update Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Greater Salem NH Fuel Assistance Program

Posted by Maria Gudinas on Feb 04, 2022
The Greater Salem, NH Rotary Club recently distributed more than $16,000 to area gas and oil companies to support over 60 families in need in its service area with their heating costs.  This is the second year the club has offered this Fuel Assistance Program.  Special thanks to our partners: B & H Oil, McLean Oil, Palmer Gas & Oil, and Murphy & Sons.
 
Deb Whitten, Credit and Collections Manager of Palmer Gas & Oil said,  “Families continue to struggle during this pandemic and this donation will help tremendously.  This is the second year that we have received this extraordinary gift from the Rotary Club, and we could not be more thankful.”  Adds John Lilly of the Greater Salem Rotary Club, “This has become one of our major service projects and we are thrilled to work with the Ermer family and Palmer Gas & Oil long with B & H Oil, McLean Oil, and Murphy & Sons.”
 
Pictured here:  John Lilly and Jeanne Geisser of Greater Salem Rotary Club present a check to Deb Whitten of Palmer Gas & Oil.
Greater Salem NH Fuel Assistance Program Maria Gudinas 2022-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Peabody's Biggest Fundraiser is Back in Person

Posted by Alysa Hayden on Feb 02, 2022
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! 
Peabody's Biggest Fundraiser is Back in Person Alysa Hayden 2022-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022 Update

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Feb 02, 2022
While we wish it was safe to hold an in-person RYLA for high school students in 2022, we don’t believe we are there yet!  Because of that, D7930 will hold an Advanced RYLA for a small group of students who have already participated in RYLA. 
 
The purpose of this weekend will be to continue to develop alumni who wish to continue their journey of leadership development and to support the RYLA program going forward.  While RYLA students currently lead families and participate in some of the planning, the event is primarily led by a group of Rotarians.  The longer-term goal is to have the weekend be more alumni/student led.
 
We are hopeful that the weekend will be held at Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, NH, tentatively on Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15.  We are returning to Camp Glen Brook to be good stewards of our resources as we have a deposit there from 2020, when we had to cancel due to the pandemic.
 
RYLA 2022 Update Tracy Arabian 2022-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Gloucester's Night at the Races

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Feb 02, 2022
The Gloucester Rotary Club 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 promises to be 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 https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/night-at-the-races or at the door. 
Gloucester's Night at the Races Tracy Arabian 2022-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Looking for a Speaker?

Posted by Anne Lewis
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 (rotary7930.org), under Our District/Rotary Foundation/Global Scholars
Looking for a Speaker? Anne Lewis 2022-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Updated Polar Plunge Donations List

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Jan 28, 2022
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
 
 
Updated Polar Plunge Donations List Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Life lessons – The glass is always half full

Posted by Alexander Falk on Jan 28, 2022
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.
Life lessons – The glass is always half full Alexander Falk 2022-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Freezin' for a Reason:  Gloucester Rotary Polar Plunge to Eradicate Polio

Posted by Tracy Arabian on Jan 25, 2022
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 www.Rotary.org/donate. 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.
 
 
Freezin' for a Reason: Gloucester Rotary Polar Plunge to Eradicate Polio Tracy Arabian 2022-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Building Peace and Understanding in our Communities and Around the World

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Jan 23, 2022
The Annual World Peace and Understanding Event on February 3 featured two movies this year. The evening started with the Premiere of a documentary, by Sarah Furie, a member of Boston Rotaract, titled “The Talk With My Black Sons.”  This was followed by a lively question-and-answer session with the director. If you missed the event, you can watch the documentary here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JuG2CusHaJo
 
The second movie was a compilation about the fruits of our Interact MicroFinance grant through the eyes of the Interactors and other young adults; building compassion and understanding around the world and within the students themselves. Our district has provided ten Interact Clubs and other youth organizations with $500 in seed funds each to begin doing Microloans on the Kiva platform. Four of the clubs recorded short video segments of the young adults choosing a microloan to support and explaining why they picked that particular project. You can watch the video here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9F7rx4BXyNA
Building Peace and Understanding in our Communities and Around the World Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich-Rowley's Food Drive for Open Door

Posted by Bob Wicks on Jan 23, 2022
The Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club is holding its annual “25 Days of Kindness” food drive this month to help address food insecurity in its communities. Rotary is partnering with The Open Door’s Ipswich community food pantry and local businesses to collect food items for neighbors in need. 
 
“Food needs often increase after the holidays, especially among our fellow citizens whose livelihoods are impacted by the ongoing COVID pandemic,” said a Rotary statement. 
 
Donations will be accepted through February 3 at the Ipswich branches of Brookline Bank, BankGloucester, and the Institution for Savings, as well as at the Ipswich Community YMCA.
 
The most-needed food items include peanut butter, canned meats (tuna, chicken, and turkey), break- fast cereal, hearty soups, canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauce, boxes of macaroni and cheese, rice, noodles, pasta, and pancake mix. 
 
The donated food will be delivered to the Open Door in early February and distributed to clients of the Ipswich food pantry. 
Ipswich-Rowley's Food Drive for Open Door Bob Wicks 2022-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Presidential Theme 2022-23 Announced

Posted by Alexander Falk on Jan 20, 2022

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.

Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, as she urged people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

Jones, who will make history on 1 July by becoming Rotary’s first female president, gave a live online address to precede Rotary’s annual training event for district governors from around the world, the International Assembly. The assembly was rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be held virtually 7-14 February.

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Salem Presents Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

Posted by Marie Cardillo on Jan 19, 2022
The Salem Rotary Club is thrilled to present our first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training at our Rotary meeting on January 25th. Our training will be conducted by Human in Common.  Human in Common is an innovative team of experienced diversity consultants who specialize in providing professional diversity and ethical upstander training for nonprofits, municipalities, businesses and schools.

Members of the Human in Common team who will join us include:

Deborah Cohen, M.Ed. (pronouns: she/her) is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Human In Common. She is the creator of Ethical Upstander training -- a compassionate, experiential model of teaching active bystander intervention skills. For 30 years, Deborah has worked as a social justice educator, integrating community organizing and collaborative arts projects as a vehicle for amplifying diversity, equity & inclusion. 
 
Robert Gordon, B.A. (pronouns: he/him) is a Diversity Specialist at Human in Common. He has a background in organizational planning, education, and multicultural recruitment. His expertise lies in bringing people together across organization levels to develop and strengthen a sense of belonging among people of color within the workplace or community. Robert collaborates with clients to identify and break down systemic barriers, increase cultural humility, and empower people from marginalized backgrounds.
 
Pictured here is presenter Robert Gordon.

 
Salem Presents Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training Marie Cardillo 2022-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Camp Rotary Centennial Gala

Posted by Rich Cowdell on Jan 18, 2022
Camp Rotary is pleased to announce that tickets are now available to our Centennial Gala Celebration! The event will take place on site at our camp in Boxford, in our new dining hall, on the evening of June 11, 2022 from 6 – 11 PM. The committee has planned this event to be a touch of elegance as a formal way of recognizing the achievement of providing 100 summers of camp for generations of children from the North Shore and beyond! The gala is geared towards adults only (21+) with cocktails, dinner and dancing on the agenda. With only 200 tickets available, the event is expected to sell out, so if you are planning on attending, we advise you to purchase your tickets quickly.
 
 
Camp Rotary Centennial Gala Rich Cowdell 2022-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Winchester Finishes 2021 with Song

Posted by Jeff Wheeler on Jan 17, 2022
Winchester Rotary Club combined with our Interact Club to deliver 85 meals to our Local Housing Authority residents.  Then we all gathered for some Christmas Cheer at Sons of Italy for some food and drink and wonderful song from our very talented INTERACT members!
 
Happy New Year and hoping for a very productive 2022!  We kickoff with a big FOOD DRIVE ON 1/22! 
Winchester Finishes 2021 with Song Jeff Wheeler 2022-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rockport Announces Calendar Raffle Winner

Posted by Anne Lewis on Jan 17, 2022
Rockport Rotary President Rob Audano and Rotarian Anne Lewis present a check for $50 to Lynne Anderson, the winner of the raffle drawing on January 6.  Rockport Rotary’s 2022 Calendar features 13 photographs of the Rockport area selected from over 200 submitted to their photo contest.  Every calendar has a raffle ticket that will be entered into a drawing each week of 2022 with winners in the first week of July and the first week of December receiving $250 and all other winners receiving $50.  Winning tickets will be reentered for future drawings.

There are a few more calendars left for purchase by contacting Anne Lewis at car4forever@yahoo.com or 603-721-1038.
Rockport Announces Calendar Raffle Winner Anne Lewis 2022-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Plungers Get Ready for April 2

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Jan 15, 2022
Donations to this year’s Polar Plunge are being directly made through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair.  Once a club has donated a minimum of $1500 it qualifies them to receive the End Polio Now Certificate from Rotary International.   Last year only four clubs in our district reached that benchmark.  I’m pleased to say that the top four clubs below have already surpassed that level.  Let’s try to get our District back to more participation throughout the clubs.  The “Official” Polar Plunge has been scheduled for April 2nd and is being sponsored by the Gloucester Club.  Again we will meet at the beach at the Cape Ann Motor Inn.  More information on whom to contact in the Gloucester Club to apprise them how many people will be joining them, and information on how to make reservations at the Cape Ann Motor Inn will be forthcoming.  The list below includes all donations made to PolioPlus from July 1, 2021, as of January 14, 2022. Year to date we have raised $24,906.01 of our $100,000 goal.
 
1. Marblehead
2. Rockport
3. Reading
4. Arlington
5. Lynn
6. Chelsea
7. Swampscott
8. Amesbury
9. Wakefield
10. Boston #7
 
Plungers Get Ready for April 2 Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Scholarships for Performing Arts

Posted by Rosie Segil on Jan 15, 2022
It's 2022, and Marblehead's Got Talent (MGT) is back with $15,000 in performance art scholarships for Marblehead students. 
 
Every year, Marblehead Rotary awards scholarships to qualified students who compete for the top three prizes: $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place.  With an additional four runner-up winners of $500.00 each.  Marblehead Rotarian David Deutsch explained, "More and more financial scholarships for the performing arts are hard to come by.  But we made it a goal to recognize our talented high schoolers through healthy competition to foster their development in the performing arts and help them pay for college." 
 
How to join?  It is open to all Marblehead High School. Send a video audition to us by midnight on January 24.  The audience will choose semi-finalists on Thursday, February 3, at the Marblehead High School Auditorium, and then capping the event in the grand finale at Cabot Theatre in Beverly on Thursday, the 17th.  For more information and to get an application online, visit: www.marbleheadsgottalent.com.
Marblehead Scholarships for Performing Arts Rosie Segil 2022-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Distributes Dictionaries to 3rd Graders

Posted by William Reilly on Jan 14, 2022
On January 12, 2022, 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, MA has presented over 1,200 dictionaries annually to third-grade students in the Lynn Public Schools.  This year marks the 14th consecutive year of this service project for the club and a distribution of nearly 18,000 dictionaries since its inception! 
 
This year the Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) funded the cost of the dictionaries.  The prior sponsor, the Coastal Heritage Bank branch in Wyoma Square was purchased by RCB in 2021.  Tess Cunha, VP and Branch Administrator for RCB was more than happy to step-up and sponsor the project.  In 2021, due to Covid 19 restrictions, the dictionaries were distributed by the teachers, but this year the Rotarians and employees of RCB were able to personally distribute them. 
 
Lynn Distributes Dictionaries to 3rd Graders William Reilly 2022-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

District Managed Grant Deadline Coming!

Posted by Joan Kelley Arsenault on Jan 10, 2022
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 marthahealeyholden@gmail.com or Joan Arsenault at joan@massteximaging.com.
District Managed Grant Deadline Coming! Joan Kelley Arsenault 2022-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Harbor Serves at Lightbridge

Posted by Linda Doliber on Jan 10, 2022
Seven Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor rang in 2022 by cooking and serving a New Year’s Eve dinner to over sixty clients and staff members at Lifebridge, a shelter in the center of Salem, MA.  The menu included baked glazed ham, sweet potato, roasted vegetables, and rolls...But the best was left for last...brownie sundaes with homemade chocolate sauce.
 
Pictured cooks, l. to r., Don and Linda Doliber, Heidi Whear, Judith Black, Mike Elkin, and new Service Members Greg and Jean Cassanos.  Not pictured but appreciated for their cooking skills and contributions, President Patricia Sullivan and President Elect Jessica Barnett.

 
Marblehead Harbor Serves at Lightbridge Linda Doliber 2022-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Polar Plunge is Coming April 2

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Jan 07, 2022
As you all know the Polar Plunge has been scheduled for April 2nd this year in Gloucester, however you can plunge when and where you choose.  All Rotarians and their sponsors are donating directly to Polio Plus through the donate button in MyRotary or through your club’s Foundation Chair.  This list includes all donations made to PolioPlus from July 1 as of January 7.  Year to date we have raised $24,772 of our $100,000 goal.
 
1. Marblehead
2. Rockport
3. Reading
4. Arlington
5. Lynn
6. Chelsea
7. Swampscott
8. Amesbury
9. Boston #7
10. Lexington (tied)
11. Winchester (tied)
 
Click here for the Polar Plunge Pledge Sheet.   This is the fillable list that Rotarians can use to collect pledges from their friends & family for the Polar Plunge.
Polar Plunge is Coming April 2 Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate our Foundation!

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Jan 07, 2022
Join the Party and Raise Money for the Rotary Foundation!!!  You are invited to the Gala Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation with Fellow Rotarians from Zones 28 & 32.
 
Wednesday, 23 February 2022, 8:00 pm ET.  With District 7930’s Pre-Gala Event 7-7:45 pm ET hosted by DG Terry & DGE Alexander
 
Don’t Miss this Event!!!  

Your ticket gets you into the Zone Event as well as the Pre-Gala Event & Matching Points
Click this link for detailed program information & ticket pricing:  Registration/Tickets for Zone Virtual Foundation Gala.  FYI, you will receive a separate Pre-Gala Event Link close to the event.
 
Celebrate our Foundation! Joan Kelly Arsenault 2022-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Mid-Year Leadership & Pre-PETS

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Jan 07, 2022
Because the Coronavirus and its variants have again become more active, I have moved the next two district events back to Zoom. 
 
First is the Mid-Year Leadership and Pre-PETS meeting scheduled for January 27th.  This is for all Presidents, Presidents-Elect and future Presidents for the following two years.  This meeting is now open for registration at https://rotary7930.org/event/mid-year-leadership-meeting-1/.  The agenda is for a welcoming statement and then to breakout rooms with your respective Governor, DGE, DGN or DGND.  Each room will have their own agenda with the DGE staying in the main room to have his Pre-Pets presentation with the Presidents-elect. 
 
The second half of the Pre-PETS presentation for the Presidents-Elect is scheduled for February 12 from 3:00 to 4:30pm.  Registration is open for this event at https://rotary7930.org/event/pre-pets-part-2/.
Mid-Year Leadership & Pre-PETS Terry Rezendes Curran 2022-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Elects New Officers and Directors

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Jan 02, 2022
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 2022-2023 Board of Directors include Paul Adams, John Dale, Margie Daniels, Wendy Maguire, Jill McWilliam, Bruce Donovan and Amy Luckiewicz.  Suzanne Bowering will serve as Club Secretary, Barbara Worley as Club Treasurer and Frank Fiorentino as Sergeant-at-Arms.  Glen Duffy was elected Vice President/President-Elect and Gene Mullen will serve as President for the 2022-2023 term.  Mullen commented, “I've been so impressed with the meaningful work that our club members have been able to accomplish over the past several years.  I’m thrilled to be elected as President in 2022!” 
 
Wakefield Elects New Officers and Directors Amy Luckiewicz 2022-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Belle Isle Christmas for Teens

Posted by Vera Carducci on Jan 02, 2022
The Belle Isle Rotary typically donates Market Basket gift cards during the Christmas season.  Working collaboratively within our community, this year, we decided instead to give five (5) $100 Target gift cards to the Revere High School guidance department and five (5) $100 Target gift cards to the Revere Seacoast Alternative High School guidance departments to be disbursed based upon the needs of their students/families.
 
The teenage group is often looked over or last thought of when it comes to Christmas generosity by local resources.  We wanted to do something in our little corner of the world for these kids. Our newest member John Kingston of the Revere City Credit Union and Revere's newest school committee member was gracious enough to deliver the gift cards for us! 
Belle Isle Christmas for Teens Vera Carducci 2022-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Arlington Closes 2021 Strong

Posted by Rebecca Harris on Jan 02, 2022
This November and December the Arlington, MA Rotary Club has been busy! The club supported The Salvation Army of Cambridge, Massachusetts by serving Thanksgiving Lunch with students from Arlington Catholic, raising over $400 bell ringing, donating over 100 pairs of socks and creating 20 family game night bags for families in need. 
 
We honored Peter Lundstrom, Lead Teacher of the AHS Alternative Education Program, as a Paul Harris Fellow at Rotary District 7930's Heroes Dinner. 
 
We collected toiletries for a drive set up by one of our members kids through the Martin Richards Foundation. 
 
The club sponsored 10 children and teens engaged with the MA Department of Children and Families through the Wonderfund MA.
 
Arlington Closes 2021 Strong Rebecca Harris 2022-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Adopt-a-Family in Reading

Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 22, 2021
Each year Reading Rotary partners with the community for the Adopt-a-Family project for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Christmas distribution day was December 22.  Rotary works with the local organization ReadingCares and the Town to coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meal and gifts at Christmas.  Donors drop off in the first shift, then recipient families pick up their food and gifts during a later shift. 
 
This year there were approximately 60 families in need and donor families/groups were matched to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to these families anonymously.  Reading Rotary’s efforts were coordinated by new Rotarian Adam Sandberg.
 
This is a truly inspirational and humbling event to see the community come together to help others.  The generosity of the donors is overwhelming as evidenced by the many smiling faces as well as some tears of thanks.  Reading Rotary is proud of and grateful for our partners ReadingCares and the Town of Reading in this community giving event.  A huge thank you to all the donor families and groups. Their generosity makes this all possible!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Christmas Adopt-a-Family in Reading Tim Kelley 2021-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

Ipswich Interact Jingle Bell Walk is a Hit

Posted by Robert Wicks on Dec 21, 2021
Despite the gray weather, everyone had a festive time on Saturday as the Ipswich community celebrated the annual arrival of Santa Claus. The Jolly Elf arrived at town wharf at 11 am and was escorted by children of all ages, and by the host Ipswich High School Interact elves, along Water Street to Santa’s Village at Town Hall.

At Town Hall, Santa held court to meet the children, who also enjoyed seasonal games provided by Santa’s Elves. Christmas Trees were auctioned off, and the Marines collected 6 boxes for ‘Toys for Tots”.  Downstairs at Town Hall, additional elves from the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club were on hand to prepare and serve food.  Even the Grinch had two green thumbs up for this fun event.

The ‘Jingle Bell Walk’ is an annual gift to the town from Ipswich High School Interact, a school-based club of community service minded young leaders that is supported by the Rotary Club and Ipswich High School. The event also benefits from strong community support and the generous sponsorship of many local businesses. 
Ipswich Interact Jingle Bell Walk is a Hit Robert Wicks 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Beverly Bell Ringers Remember Jack Good

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Dec 20, 2021
Beverly's beloved Rotarian Jack Good passed away last year.  The project of bell ringing for the Salvation Army was his baby.  The tradition carries on and we know that Jack is with us.  Rotarians were stationed at two Stop ’n Shops and a Walgreen’s in Beverly.  There were shifts throughout the day, organized by Alan Temkin, who has assumed Jack’s job for this project.  Some Rotarians wore costumes and were chatting with all the customers going in and out of these businesses.  Needless to say, we are a merry group! The question now remains: which location collected the most money......?  Time will tell.  Thanks to all of our Beverly Rotarians who were part of this project!!!!  Happy Holidays! 
Beverly Bell Ringers Remember Jack Good Jackie Rapisardi 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Manchester-Essex Donates to Local Food Composting

Posted by Jack Costello on Dec 20, 2021
Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is donating $6,000 to Black Earth Compost, a local food composting facility. 
 
One of the major existential crises we face today is climate change. Whether this is a manmade issue or a global cyclical issue, greenhouse gas emissions are a substantial contributing factor to the warming of the planet. Scientists today are realizing that the predictions of this global warming trend have a much shorter timeline than originally thought and unless we figure out how to produce fewer greenhouse gasses and recapture them resulting in lowering their concentration in our atmosphere there will be catastrophic results to our climate, food and water availability and sea level changes. In response to these issues, the Manchester-Essex Rotary club has submitted a grant to support the Black Earth Composting project. 
 
One of the ways we can contribute to the solutions of this complex issue is composting. Compost reverses global warming through deep carbon storage and reinvigorates our ability to grow food.  A major challenge being in Massachusetts, a vast amount of food we eat comes from outside New England. So, we are net importers of nutrients.  It is not cost effective to ship compost out of the area.  Compost is a nice carbon sink, it stores carbon long term in the soil, and it pulls CO2 out of the air, so it has a net negative impact on the emissions.  It’s just the simplest thing people can do right now to have an impact on solving this problem.
 
Manchester-Essex Donates to Local Food Composting Jack Costello 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Micro Finance Loans for your Interact Clubs

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Dec 17, 2021
This a great opportunity to engage or re-engage your interact advisors and students.  The project is simple.  I am having one of the clubs put through a District Managed Grant for $6,000, which the District is funding. We are going to use Kiva as a microfinance platform, because we've already had great experience with it both with some Rotarians in our district using it, as well as the Marblehead Interact Club using it successfully for many years. We plan to create separate accounts on Kiva for each Interact Club that wants to participate. The accounts will be set up in the Rotary Club's name but you should provide the Interact Club with the login information and let your Interactors decide which projects to fund.  As the loans are repaid over time the funds go back into your account and are available to be re-loaned.
 
Rotary Clubs need to apply by December 30th to participate in this program. There is an online application here and clubs and interactors should watch the MicroFinance YouTube video on our District Website or by clicking here.
 
Once we know how many Rotary/Interact Clubs will be participating we will divide the grant money equally and set up the accounts.
 
 
Micro Finance Loans for your Interact Clubs Terry Rezendes Curran 2021-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Early Holiday Cheer in Marblehead

Posted by Rosie Tan Segil on Dec 15, 2021
District Governor Terry Curran showered our club with recognition in many areas of contributions to Rotary Foundation 2020-2021. Among them: Marblehead Rotary is one of the handfuls of clubs to achieve the district's top three highest per capita on annual giving and for individual member participation. In addition, the Marblehead Rotary was recognized as one of the top contributors to the district’s campaign for the Rotary Foundation’s “End Polio Now” fund-raising campaign.

Accepting these citations is the past 2020-2021 president, Arthur Schwartz (right), whose leadership steered the club in staying the course during the challenging year of the pandemic, and Blair Lord (left) the 2021-2022 club president. 
Early Holiday Cheer in Marblehead Rosie Tan Segil 2021-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Woburn Interact Supports Veterans

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Dec 10, 2021
After a recent fundraiser, the Woburn Memorial High School Interact Club presented Woburn Veterans Agent Larry Guiseppe with gift cards for Woburn Veterans.
 
From left to right: Guiliana Long, Interact Club VP Cece Allen, Interact Club Advisor Devin McDonough, Woburn Veterans Agent Larry Guiseppe, Interact Club President Emily Sullivan, Maelle Pierre, Macayla Hamilton, Caden Fleming and Dawson LeBlanc. (Missing: Rebecca Michel) 
Woburn Interact Supports Veterans Brian Ouellette 2021-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Harbor Aids Local Senior Citizens

Posted by Linda Doliber on Dec 08, 2021
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor purchased materials for, and is distributing, buckets of sand and pet-friendly ice melt and scoops to local senior citizens. Prevention of falls and serious injuries is a serious issue for the senior population.  The Club partnered with the Marblehead Council on Aging, which is delivering buckets via its bus to those seniors who cannot pick them up at the Community Center.
 
Pictured are two of the several club volunteers, Linda Doliber and Cyndi Kilbarger.  Missing from the photo are volunteers Club President Patricia Sullivan, Judith Black, Donald Doliber and Tim Shotmeyer.
Marblehead Harbor Aids Local Senior Citizens Linda Doliber 2021-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

District Managed Grant Supporting Campers

Posted by Tim Kelley on Dec 05, 2021
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.
District Managed Grant Supporting Campers Tim Kelley 2021-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Lynn Welcomes 7 New Members

Posted by Ray Bastarache on Dec 03, 2021
The Rotary Club of Lynn welcomed seven new members into its ranks at Thursday’s monthly meeting Old Tyme Family Cuisine.
 
From L to R: Dr. John Dolan, Head of School at St. Mary’s High School; Claire Price, Department Head at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute; Dianna Chakoutis, Ward Five counselor and manager of Old Tyme; Stephen Archer, Lynn Fire Chief; Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, Superintendent of Lynn Public Schools. Administering the oath of office was Rotary President Ray Bastarache. LVTI vice-principal Kerry Hayward, and Asst. secretary for Housing & Urban Development, Danielle Bastarache, were unable to attend due to prior commitments.

Lynn Welcomes 7 New Members Ray Bastarache 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Lynnfield's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

Posted by Peg Sallade on Dec 02, 2021
On November 18, the Lynnfield Rotary Club hosted its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Salem Country Club. Unique to this event is the celebration of the athletic rivalry between the North Reading and Lynnfield High School football teams prior to the annual Thanksgiving Day Game.  Captains of both teams, as well as Captains of the Cheer Teams and the North Reading Band joined the festivities.  A letter about sportsmanship written by our Rotary Unsung Hero, Linda Naccara, from the Lynnfield Council on Aging, was read to the group of aspiring young leaders. Coaches from each team spoke about the outstanding camaraderie and growth of student athletes throughout their varsity careers. 
 
In addition, special to this occasion, the Lynnfield Rotary Club gave a check of $5,000 to the Rotary Foundation to support international service projects across the globe.  District Governor Terry Rezendes Curran accepted the donation and spoke about the wonderful work of the Rotary Foundation.  The young adults at the luncheon got to hear how "Service Above Self" is put into action through Rotary. 
Lynnfield's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon Peg Sallade 2021-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Mini-Grants for Interact:  Deadline Extended to Jan. 30

Posted by Alexander Falk on Dec 01, 2021
The District Governor would like to support the revitalization of our Interact Clubs this fall. To that end we have put together a $100 mini grant for clubs to use to assist their Interact Club in doing a service project.  Applications are now available online and close on January 30th.  Start talking to your Interact club now and plan a service project with them.  This can also include a service project to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24.  We are asking all Interact Clubs to plan a project to celebrate our progress towards Polio Eradication.
Mini-Grants for Interact: Deadline Extended to Jan. 30 Alexander Falk 2021-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Sports Raffle

Posted by Douglas B. Mauch on Nov 29, 2021
The Rotary Club of Chelsea is holding a Sports Raffle to benefit its Charitable Foundation. Proceeds from the raffle will support the amazing work the Rotary Club does in Chelsea and the surrounding communities including sponsoring Chelsea students at a week of overnight camp each summer, scholarships to graduating high school seniors, support of the Jordan Boys and Girls Club, HarborCov, ALS Walk and so much more. There are 9 amazing prizes with the Grand Prize being a trip for 2 to Patriots vs Dolphins on Jan 6-10, 2022. Thanks to our President Dan Pranka for organizing such amazing prizes. Tickets are $50 each. Drawing will be held December 14th. Do not need to be present to win.  For tickets please contact Bruce Mauch Secretary Rotary Club of Chelsea at dgmauch@comcast.net or 857 544-9041.
 
Thanks for the support!
 
Chelsea Sports Raffle Douglas B. Mauch 2021-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

Jingle Bell Walk -- Ipswich Interact

Posted by Claire O'Flynn on Nov 29, 2021
Ipswich, MA – “Jingle Bell Walk” Saturday, December 18 2021, 11:00 am to 2 pm 
 
Join us for a day of holiday festivities and cheer! Greet Santa as he arrives at the Ipswich Town Wharf. Sing carols with Buddy the Elf as we await Santa’s arrival! Jingle bells will be available for purchase. Jingle your bells and follow our honored guest and Buddy the Elf on a festive “Jingle Bell Walk” to the Ipswich Town Hall at 45 Green Street. Keep a sharp eye out for the “Grinch”!
 
Once Santa arrives at Town Hall, he will receive children, 11 and under to take photos with. Parents are urged to bring a camera! Each child will receive a gift bag from Santa as well. Following their visit with Santa, the children can have their faces painted, play festive games, and create holiday crafts. The Rotary Club will serve pizza, hot cocoa, cookies and more in the cafeteria.
 
Tickets will be available for purchase in order to enjoy delicious food, face painting, and crafts. There will be free games to play as well as raffles for Christmas trees and other great items!
 
Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts fit for a child to support the Marines in their organization, Toys for Tots! For more information go to www.ipswichrotary.org. Proceeds from the Jingle Bell Walk will be donated to local business and we are working towards funding an international project! 
Jingle Bell Walk -- Ipswich Interact Claire O'Flynn 2021-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

SHARE this #GivingTuesday

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Nov 27, 2021
As we close out Foundation Month, I wanted to remind you that #GivingTuesday is this Tuesday, November 30. This global day of giving is an opportunity for all Rotary members to make a big impact with a gift of any size to our Annual Fund-SHARE. Last year, we raised more than US$800,000 — and we’re asking you to help us raise even more this year! Watch and share our Giving Tuesday video from the Rotary Foundation.
 
The Foundation will again recognize the top three clubs in fundraising, donor participation, and online giving. See last year’s top performers and set a goal to be on this year’s list.
 
SHARE this #GivingTuesday Terry Rezendes Curran 2021-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

New 70+ Initiative for our Rotary Foundation

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 26, 2021
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed and educated on ways to support The Rotary Foundation, we are pleased to share information on a new initiative that is launching in Rotary District 7930. The 70+ initiative is a district-wide effort to encourage Rotarians to consider the benefits and opportunities of a charitable gift via their IRA.
 
Starting at age 70 1/2, the IRS allows individuals to make a tax-free distribution or qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from their IRA directly to a charity of their choice. And in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution (RMD), which is required annually when you reach this age.
 
New 70+ Initiative for our Rotary Foundation Alexander Falk 2021-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Nov 25, 2021
Wishing you all the joys of the Holiday Season.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!!
 
Terry Curran, District Governor
 
Alexander Falk, District Governor Elect
 
Lori Karas, District Governor Nominee
 
Tom Hankard, District Governor Nominee Designee
Happy Thanksgiving Terry Rezendes Curran 2021-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

Reading's Adopt-a-Family Program

Posted by Tim Kelley
Each year Reading Rotary partners with the community for the Adopt-a-Family project for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Rotary works with the local organization ReadingCares and the Town to coordinate this long-standing community giving program.  Receiving families are matched anonymously with donor families and/or groups to provide meals for Thanksgiving and meals and gifts at Christmas.  Donors drop off at the DPW garage in the first shift, then recipient families pick up during a later shift. 

Reading Rotary thanks one of our newest members, Adam Sandberg, for coordinating our work with Adopt-a-Family.  Along with Reading Cares and the Town of Reading, our goal is to make sure every family in town has a happy Thanksgiving.  Pictured here are Rotarians and other volunteers at the Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family on November 22.
 
Reading's Adopt-a-Family Program Tim Kelley 2021-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Welcomes 8 New Members in 8 Months

Posted by Rosie Segil on Nov 23, 2021
A millennial, two young professionals, two retirees, and three returnees to Marblehead Rotary with a combined 115 years of Rotary experience are among Marblehead Rotary’s new additions. These new members share one common thread: the Rotary brand made a strong impression on them as a touchpoint to make a difference. In addition, they have an enduring connection to the town of Marblehead. “We'll continue to adopt innovative ideas to make our members even more engaged and hope to attract more new talents,” says Blair Lord (top right), our club president. Meet the new team…
 
(First Row, from Left to Right) 
Wilson Lautner grew up in Marblehead through sophomore, moved out to Sonoma Country in California, where he finished high school. Recently, he moved back to Marblehead to begin a career in residential real estate. His mission is to build partnerships with non-profit organizations to bring new opportunities to elevate and extend fine arts' reach to Marblehead.
 
Marblehead Welcomes 8 New Members in 8 Months Rosie Segil 2021-11-23 05:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Welcomes Newest Member

Posted by Bruce Mauch on Nov 19, 2021
The Rotary Club of Chelsea recently installed Dr. Aaron Jennings as its newest member. Aaron is the Equity, Diversity and Excellence Officer for the Chelsea Public Schools. Pictured with Aaron is Dr. Almudena Abeyta, Superintendent of the Chelsea Public Schools and Aaron’s sponsor, Allan I. Alpert, the Installing Officer and Richard Gopen, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Chelsea. 
Chelsea Welcomes Newest Member Bruce Mauch 2021-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

Microfinance - Empowering People Across the Globe

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 18, 2021

On November 18th our Rotary District 7930 held a webinar to look into Microfinance and how we can easily come together to help to empower people around the globe to lift them out of poverty by providing them with small loans to support them in buying chickens, buying a sewing machine, fabrics, seeds, and many other things that enable them to be more productive members of their societies.

As an example we looked, in particular, at the non-profit organization Kiva that provides a platform to connect borrowers around the globe - via field partners in their home countries - with lenders in the US and Europe who come together to support those loans via crowd-funding.

Microfinance is an important topic for Rotary's area of focus concerning "Growing Local Economies" and, in particular, is a large focus for the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development.

Microfinance is also a great tool for Interact Clubs: the club can raise some money and then decide which loans to give out and follow those borrowers and their progress. The Marblehead Interact Club has been doing this for many years. This would also be a great opportunity for Rotary Clubs to apply for a Mini-Grant for their Interact Club. Mini-Grants for Interact are still open until December 15...

If you missed the webinar, the recording is now available on YouTube for your convenience.

Microfinance - Empowering People Across the Globe Alexander Falk 2021-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Gloucester 2022 Calendar Fundraiser

Posted by Tracy Arabian (she, her) on Nov 16, 2021
The Gloucester Rotary has produced a beautiful 2022 calendar, featuring scenic photography from local artists. In addition to the calendar, each purchase enters the buyer into a weekly raffle. $50 prizes will be drawn each week with two bonus prizes-- a $250 prize in June and a $500 prize in December. Calendars are $25 each, and proceeds from the sale of calendars will be used to support the many projects of the Gloucester Rotary.
The calendars are available for purchase online (link: https://gloucesterrotary.org/) or in person at the Weathervane Gift Shop, located at 153 Main Street in downtown Gloucester (phone 978-281-1227), at BankGloucester, located at 160 Main Street in downtown Gloucester (978-283-8200), and from any Gloucester Rotary member.
Gloucester 2022 Calendar Fundraiser Tracy Arabian (she, her) 2021-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

Celebration of our Heroes 2021 Photos

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Nov 15, 2021
 
On Thursday, November 11th the district held our annual Rotary Foundation event “A Celebration of Our Heroes” starting at 5:30 PM at the Danversport. The evening included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, and Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) presentations from 25 Rotary Clubs honoring 43 community heroes for their work during the pandemic.
Celebration of our Heroes 2021 Photos Terry Rezendes Curran 2021-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Beverly Celebrates 100 Years

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Nov 12, 2021
This video is a compilation of just a few of the things we have done in our 100 years. Our Rotarians are featured in the video, with some beautiful birthday wishes from our sister clubs.

Thank you to them for being a part of our celebration!
 
 
 
 
 
Beverly Celebrates 100 Years Jackie Rapisardi 2021-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

North Reading's Town Clean Up Party Dec. 4 & 5

Posted by Peter Majane on Nov 12, 2021
The North Reading Rotary Club is proud to announce a new project with a mission of making this an annual or semi-annual event.  Volunteers of all ages are invited to come together for a common purpose of taking responsibility for our town in order to help create a clean, green, litter-free place to live, work and play!  While North Reading is a beautiful town, when you start looking for litter, you will see it everywhere – in neighborhoods, parking lots, sidewalks, buried in the woods and along the Ipswich River. From soda bottles to pizza boxes, beer cans and alcohol containers, amazon boxes and bubble wrap, plastic bags and old masks, there is an abundance of trash in our natural habitat.
 
North Reading's Town Clean Up Party Dec. 4 & 5 Peter Majane 2021-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Beverly Rotary Celebrates 100 Years

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Nov 10, 2021
This video is a compilation of just a few of the things we have done in our 100 years. Our Rotarians are featured in the video, with some beautiful birthday wishes from our sister clubs.

Thank you to them for being a part of our celebration!
 
Enjoy the video - it was made with love! 
 
https://fb.watch/9bIe0TCqyY/
 
Beverly Rotary Celebrates 100 Years Jackie Rapisardi 2021-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Woburn Honors Harry Cohen's 50 Years in Rotary

Posted by Brian Ouellette on Nov 10, 2021
This week, Woburn Rotary celebrated Harris "Harry" Cohen who has been a Rotarian for 50 years!  Harry joined Rotary Club of Woburn in 1971 and is a Paul Harris Fellow +3.  He also served on the Board of Directors for a number of years and has volunteered many hours of service to Woburn, included organizing the annual pancake breakfast.  Harry continues to be an active member of Rotary Club of Woburn and comes to almost every weekly lunch meeting.  Harry was presented with a proclamation from State Representative Richard Haggerty and a proclamation from Woburn Mayor Scott D. Galvin. 
 
Picture here is Past President Susan Hartmere present presenting Harry with a commemorative clock to celebrates his 50th anniversary as a Woburn Rotarian. 
 
Congratulations!
Woburn Honors Harry Cohen's 50 Years in Rotary Brian Ouellette 2021-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Hosts Purple Pinkey Event

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Nov 09, 2021
The Wakefield Rotary Club hosted it’s Purple Pinkey event at the Fall In Love With Wakefield event last month. Club Secretary Suzanne Bowering explained, “Our Purple Pinkey event is designed to raise awareness of Rotary’s efforts world-wide to eradicate polio.” She continued, “In countries that experience technology challenges and in some rural areas, children have their pinkey fingers dyed purple to indicate they received a polio vaccine on their immunization day.” Rotary has been a global leader in the eradication of polio worldwide since 1985. Today, 99.9% of the world is polio-free. To learn more, visit endpolio.org
Wakefield Hosts Purple Pinkey Event Amy Luckiewicz 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Celebration of Our Heroes

Posted by Alexander Falk on Nov 08, 2021
Thursday, November 11 will be our annual Rotary Foundation event “A Celebration of Our Heroes” starting at 5:30 PM at the Danversport. The evening will include a social hour, silent auction, dinner, and Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) presentations.

Registration closes Monday, November 8, at 5PM!

Registration is required for this in-person event. There will be no walk-ins permitted!
 
We will be adhering to all current Covid-19 regulations to make sure this is a safe event for all Rotarians. Any person not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask, and you may choose to wear a mask even if you are vaccinated, if you are concerned about gatherings in indoor spaces. As you know, the Danversport facility has a very large ballroom, so we are confident that we can have people spaced out sufficiently to ensure a safe dining experience.
 
 
Your club still has the opportunity to donate an item for our Silent  Auction.  Contact Lori Karas to submit items.
Celebration of Our Heroes Alexander Falk 2021-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Newburyport Trivia Challenge

Posted by Deborah Andrews on Nov 08, 2021
Newburyport: Come topple the smartest trivia team in the area!  The Rotary Club of Newburyport invites you to test the trivia waters, as Newburyport resident and business owner Jill Santopietro Panall hosts and shares her Jeopardy!® expertise with those brave enough to play a local version of the popular quiz show.  The games will be held on Thursday, November 18, at the Elks Club on Low Street in Newburyport.  Doors open at 6:30 and at 7:00 let the games begin!  Jill and her team have prepared questions that will span many categories, so everyone has an opportunity to showcase his or her unique knowledge.
 
Proceeds will support college scholarships for local students. According to Newburyport Rotary Club President Dan Hartman, “The club contributes up to $9,000 per year in scholarships to local graduating seniors. We are proud of our students and happy to help them. Your continued support is so important!”
 
Our generous major sponsor again this year is the Institution for Savings. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available, including multiple round sponsorships at $100 each. 

 
Newburyport Trivia Challenge Deborah Andrews 2021-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Marblehead Harbor Holiday Online Auction Linda Doliber 2021-11-07 04:00:00Z 0

Tom Hankard Named DG for '24-'25

Posted by Terry Rezendes Curran on Nov 05, 2021
It gives me great pleasure to announce the results of the Nominating Committee, who met on November 4th. 2021.  After interviewing candidates. the decision was made to nominate Thomas Hankard , past president of The Belle Isle Rotary Club of East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, as the District Governor for Rotary Year 2024-2025.
 
According to the By-Laws of District 7930, if there are no dissensions by December 31, 2021, Tom will be considered elected by acclimation.
Tom Hankard Named DG for '24-'25 Terry Rezendes Curran 2021-11-05 04:00:00Z 0

North of 40 Turkey Raffle is Back

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Nov 02, 2021
Gobble… Gobble… Gobble…A 40 pound turkey??!!

The Beverly Rotary Club is once again having its Turkey Raffle. 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.

With proceeds from the North of 40 Turkey Raffle, we are partnering with Rotary Clubs around the world to END POLIO NOW.

And, we are also working with local Rotary Clubs to protect the Ipswich River and adjacent watersheds -- the lifeblood of our North Shore communities.

The drawing will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021. You do not have to be present to win.  You can purchase tickets for $20 each by clicking this link. A copy of your ticket stub will be sent to you via email.
 
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!
 
North of 40 Turkey Raffle is Back Jackie Rapisardi 2021-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

Boston Rotaract Fundraise for Families

Posted by Sarah Furie on Nov 01, 2021
Do you have dinner plans for Tuesday, November 9th? No? Great! Grab a flatbread and enjoy some bowling from 4-10 p.m. at American Flatbread in Somerville.
 
Boston Rotaract will be holding a fundraiser there. $4 of every large flatbread and $2 of every small flatbread sold that night goes to supporting Afghan Immigrants and Refugees coming to Boston via partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Spread the word!
 
Boston Rotaract Fundraise for Families Sarah Furie 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Marblehead Serves at Windrush Farm

Posted by Linda Doliber on Nov 01, 2021
Service during COVID is alive and well! Greeted by CEO Janet Nittmann of Windrush Farm, North Andover, members and friends of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor were joined by Marblehead High School Interactors in spending a day of fellowship and service spreading cushioning mulch on bridle trails, performing light carpentry work, and cleaning out and hosing down the barn.
 
Windrush, which depends on volunteers to perform many upkeep duties, offers therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with disabilities and also offers services to veterans dealing with the effects of PTSD. An added plus at the end of the day for the Rotarians and Interactors? They were invited to meet and greet Windrush's handsome horses in their paddocks. 
Marblehead Serves at Windrush Farm Linda Doliber 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Wakefield Donates Dictionaries

Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Oct 28, 2021
The Wakefield Rotary Club recently completed its annual donation of dictionaries to every third grader in Wakefield. 253 copies were hand-delivered to all Wakefield public schools as well as Odyssey and St. Joseph’s School.

The club would like to thank the following Rotarians for their diligence in delivering the books: Suzanne Bowering, Jim Fitzgerald, Jill McWilliam, John Tramontozzi, Tom Stapleton, Barbara Worley and Catherine Dhingra.
Wakefield Donates Dictionaries Amy Luckiewicz 2021-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

District Grant Deadline Extended to Jan. 1

Posted by Martha Holden on Oct 27, 2021
Is your club planning a great community project this year? Consider applying for matching funds from D7930!  In the current funding round, the District has approved funding for six projects to support projects that address literacy and education both locally and internationally, and support local food pantries.  These projects provide great benefit to our communities, enhance the visibility of Rotary on a local level and provide the opportunity for clubs to demonstrate Rotary "ideals in action" for the benefit of attracting valuable new club members.
 
Projects are required to fall into at least one of the 7 Areas of Focus, must be a new project for your club, involve broad participation by members, and will be complete by May 15, 2022.  If you are considering a project that meets these criteria, you may want to consider this matching grant opportunity. The application can be found here.   
 
For project eligibility guidelines, click here.
 
District Grant Deadline Extended to Jan. 1 Martha Holden 2021-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Pumpkin Painting in the Park

Posted by Jackie Rapisardi on Oct 25, 2021
Beautiful, crisp, sunny weather was the setting for the PUMPKIN PAINTING IN THE PARK in Beverly Common.  The event was hosted by the Beverly Rotary Club in partnership with Beverly Main Streets.  100 children registered to paint their pumpkins at the Gazebo.  All of the pumpkins were donated thanks to the State Sheriff’s Department, Smolak Farms and Dr, Bill Beckman.  Tables were set up with paint and decorations.  After the children finished painting, their pumpkins were photographed for a montage of pumpkins. 
 
Beverly Rotary continues to celebrate its Centennial Celebration with special events happening each month! Happy Birthday all year to the Beverly Rotary Club and its 112 members, serving the community! 
Pumpkin Painting in the Park Jackie Rapisardi 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Keeping Water Clean Day

Posted by Ann Witzig on Oct 25, 2021
Rotarians from Ipswich, Rowley and Wakefield, together with 12 high school students from St. Johns Prep, Danvers, joined Rachel Schneider, Ipswich River Watershed Association, Sat. Oct 23, for an outstanding hands-on training for Keeping Water Clean Day, a Greenscapes program.

Our inter-generational volunteer teams learned about the intricacies of the water cycle through a terrarium-like model, explored the cleaning of drinking water in a wastewater treatment plant, followed the polluting of water within our communities using a model of the local landscapes, and defined our watersheds within the different towns. We are ready to train more volunteers, and put our skills to action in our communities.  Contact Ann Witzig, aswitzig@gmail.com.
Keeping Water Clean Day Ann Witzig 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

D7930 & D7790 Corks & Caps Wine Fellowship

Posted by Joan Kelly Arsenault on Oct 25, 2021
Learn more about wine and have fun at the same time!!  Meet fellow Rotarians and wine lovers across two districts, two countries and three plus states.  Monthly tastings are themed and many feature special guests and presenters.  We meet every last Sunday of the month from 5-6 pm on zoom for a tasting of two wines -- typically one white and one red varietal.  Rotary Fellowships are open to fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarians.  There is currently no cost to join our local chapter but we encourage you to join the Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship (RWAF).  Next meeting October 31.  For more information contact Joan at corksncapswine@gmail.com
D7930 & D7790 Corks & Caps Wine Fellowship Joan Kelly Arsenault 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Methuen's 4th Annual June Jubilee

Posted by Julie Brady on Oct 25, 2021
Methuen Rotary Club held its 4th Annual June Jubilee. We choose non-profits that we feel their values align with the mission of Rotary and give away $1,000.00 per week every Friday in June.
 
This year one of the organizations we chose was On The Move INC. The mission of OTM is First, to promote literacy for children in need, so that they achieve 3rd grade reading proficiency by the end of third grade while simultaneously sparking their interest in reading as one step to becoming life-long learners. Second, to encourage a healthy lifestyle, for these same children, by providing them with bikes to stimulate their bodies as well as their minds. For more info visit www.otminc.org.
 
Pictured here:  Rotarians James Savarino & Erica Hadley & William Haddad BOD from OTM INC.
Methuen's 4th Annual June Jubilee Julie Brady 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Superintendent Tutwiler Joins Lynn Rotary

Posted by William Reilly on Oct 25, 2021
Dr. Patrick Tutwiler is starting his fourth year as the Superintendent of the Lynn Public School District.  Lynn is one of the five largest school districts in Massachusetts with over 2200 teachers and staff, 25 buildings to maintain and nearly 17,000 students to educate.  To say he has a lot on his plate would be a massive understatement.  However, when he was recently asked by three Lynn Rotarians and former LPS educators, Steve Upton, Dick Ruth and Ray Bastarache, to consider a Rotary Corporate Membership for his school district, he responded with a smile, “Absolutely! Why wouldn’t we team up with Rotary?”
 
Tutwiler has seen firsthand the many benefits this partnership between Lynn Rotary and the school district has delivered to Lynn students.  These include:  multiple college scholarships to high school seniors; eighth graders, who have overcome challenges, are recognized three times a year with a special lunch, a citation, a certificate of deposit at a local credit union, and a gift card to Barnes & Noble.  In the 18 Lynn elementary schools, over 1300 dictionaries are distributed annually to all third graders through Rotary International’s Dictionary Project, as well as the Club’s 50-year sponsorship of the “Special Games” for the many Lynn elementary students who are challenged by physical or learning disabilities. 
 
Superintendent Tutwiler Joins Lynn Rotary William Reilly 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0