Our new Speakers Bureau is up and running. But we need to populate its listings.
If your Club has a speaker to recommend, click here.
Just five nominations from each Club equals 300+ choices for interesting Club Meetings.
Posted by Sheryl OConnor on Jul 01, 2014
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Please Welcome Our New District Governor Michael J. Roy
Michael is a member of the Rotary Club of Northampton, MA. In addition to various leadership roles within the club including president and chair of the International Committee, he led the district Group Study Exchange to Japan in 2010. He will be our District Governor in 2014/2015. Michael is an attorney and is Vice President, Compliance and CRA Officer at Easthampton Savings Bank. He serves on various compliance and real estate related boards and committees in Massachusetts.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Michael lived in Florida and London before returning to the Northeast. An avid skier, Michael has been an outdoor emergency medicine volunteer with the Okemo Ski Patrol for several years. In addition to Rotary, he has volunteered with other charities and service groups including the United Way and the March of Dimes.
Michael and his wife, Mary Pat, a medical doctor in private practice, enjoy a shared hobby of travel and most recently, scuba diving.
Michael is a member of the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.
Posted by Don Chandler on Jul 03, 2014
Posted by Don Chandler on Jan 31, 2014
You can view the June 2014 District Bulletin here:
Posted by Sheryl OConnor on Jun 06, 2014
District 7890 Clubs Join Together to Complete Ninth and Tenth Water Projects
Twenty-nine Rotary Clubs in northern CT and Western MA (Rotary District 7890) have joined together to fund a project that will bring fresh drinking water to two needy communities in Guatemala. Clubs from Avon-Canton, Bloomfield, Broad Brook, Danielson, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Kensington-Berlin, Manchester, Newington, New Britain-Berlin, Plainfield, Rockville, Salisbury, Southington, Torrington, Watertown, Wethersfield/Rocky Hill, Willimantic and Windsor/Windsor Locks, CT along with Massachusetts’ clubs in Holyoke, Ludlow, Palmer, Southwick, Tri-Town, West Springfield and Wilbraham/Hampden have raised at total of $100,610. These funds will build a complete gravity fed water system with gray water filters, vented pit latrines and improved vented stoves for the 240 families (1,200 people) that live in the rural communities of Chuacacay and El Llano, Guatemala. These are the ninth and tenth funded projects continuing the goal of Rotary International to have every Rotary Club support an international water and sanitation project every year. By working together, pooling their resources and obtaining a Global Grant with matching funds from The Rotary Foundation, the Rotarians have been successful in adding size and strength to their chosen projects. Two Rotary clubs from neighboring Massachusetts/Rhode Island District 7950, East Greenwich and Wakefield, RI, and the Ft. Lauderdale, FL North Beach club from District 6990 also contributed funds to achieve the fund raising goal.
At a recent meeting of the Manchester Rotary Club representatives from clubs contributing to the Chuacacay and El Llano, Guatemala water projects are as follows (L-R):
Front Row behind check: District Governor Michael Barnett; Maria Bogdanski – Kensington-Berlin; Zoe Kopp – BPD Past Vice President; Lisa-Barall Matt – Avon-Canton; seated Bobbi Mazurek – Broad Brook.
Back Row: District Grants Chair Don Chandler; Tom Accomando – Holyoke, MA; Kate Sims – Manchester; Olivia Martino – Berlin H. S. Interact Club; Danielle Varley - Berlin H. S. Interact Club; Derek Meade – Enfield; Bob Newbold – Newington; Eric Fahnoe – Bloomfield; Lynn Dobrowsky – Windsor-Windsor Locks; Mike Gorzoch – New Britain-Berlin; Thora Cowperthwaite – Rockville; Manchester Rotarian & Project Chair Rick Lawrence.
Posted by Don Chandler on Jan 31, 2014
There is a document available that helps Club Officers use Rotary Club Central. It has step by step instructions for setting up goals and retrieving reports. Click below to open the Guide.
Rotary Club Central Guide
Posted by Eileen Rau on Dec 22, 2013
In November, the Rotary Foundation notified our District that Amelia Charles from Deerfield, MA was chosen as our District’s first ever Rotary Peace Fellow. It was very appropriate that the application and interview process for Amelia took place during a year when the Rotary theme was Peace Though Service.
The Rotary Peace Fellowships program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe, one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus. Each year up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real world needs. We have peace centers located around the globe.
In September, Amelia will be leaving for West Yorkshire, England to begin a 15 month Masters Degree Program at Bradford University. On her application she wrote, “In this master's degree, I want to develop my analytical understanding of peace and conflict and my technical and theoretical skills in a range of issues related to development. With a specific focus on the Middle East and Africa, I also aim to understand the interlinking contemporary and historical challenges facing sustainable peace in these regions.”
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado concentrating in peace and religious studies, participated in numerous peace programs and was awarded several certificates in peacemaking. Currently she is working for the Al Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development in Kampala, Uganda and Khartoum, Sudan. The Al Khatim Adlan Center (KACE) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization established in 2007 in Khartoum, Sudan and registered in Uganda in 2010. Through human and cultural development projects, KACE implements a varied program that works to establish the conditions for long-term peace and stability in Sudan. The KACE vision is to see a democratic and multicultural Sudan, where all people are equal in dignity, rights, and opportunities.
When asked why she applied for the Rotary Peace Fellowship, Amelia wrote, “As a result of both personal and professional experiences during my time in Sudan, I feel strongly committed to working in development in the Middle East and Africa, areas of ongoing political and religious tension. Graduation from a Rotary Peace Center university will support this career goal in a number of ways, especially through connecting with the dynamic network of Rotarians.” Amelia was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Holyoke with the help of AG Christine Burns. Many thanks go to PDG Jeff Tager who guided the application and interview process to such a successful outcome. Amelia will be back in the United States this summer before she begins her studies in England. Please, join me in congratulating Amelia on her appointment as our District’s first ever Rotary Peace fellow. – Eileen Rau PDG
Posted by Don Chandler
In a joint project, Rotary Clubs of Avon-Canton, Farmington, Simsbury-Granby and West Hartford donated $2,700 to Interval House in Hartford, to replace their broken cook-tops. A check presentation was made on Dec. 5 by Simsbury-Granby Rotarian Prasad Menon to the the Executive Director, Cecile Enrico.
Posted by Don Chandler
PDG Prasad received the following letter and photos of our recent Matching Grant project in India:
Dear PDG Prasad,
Greeting from India.The 800 school benches project in which you were a partner has been successfully implemented.The Grant was also reported on to TRF and file closed. But,what will never be a closed chapter is the joy of the school children and the gratitude of local Rotary clubs to you and D 7890 that made the project possible. I am attaching a few pictures that tell the story. I know you will enjoy looking at these photographs..
I do hope you will be at Sydney for the convention. Let us plan to meet up for a cold beer Down Under.
Posted by Don Chandler
The District Directory (pdf file) is now available here: District Directory You will need to login with your Club Runner Login Name and Password.
Posted by Sue Klock
The Rotary Foundation tells us clubs that set a goal have a per capita of just over $100 – approximately 110% higher than clubs that do not set a goal and roughly 33% of clubs that do not set goals end up being non-contributing clubs.
If Rotarians in your club want to learn more about how to enter its goals into Rotary Club Central, there is a webinar available which may be most convenient for them. Link to Webinar