Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
March, 2017
It’s March 1st as I sit to write and assemble this newsletter. We are seven short weeks away from the Multi District Conference. So much to do! So much information to get out. This month’s newsletter will be totally devoted to informing you, the District7950 membership, about our upcoming Multi District Conference.
The idea of the Multi District Conference was hatched at my first DGN training sessions in Toronto in the fall of 2014. A group of us as excited potential District Governors wanted the RI President at our conference. Why not the President himself?? We were told “Oh No! The RI President does not attend District Conferences” We asked what if we had 800 to 1200 people there? Well then he might attend. So we went with it! We committed to each other as DGNs to hold our District Conferences together with the hopes of attracting the people we promised. Rotary International agreed and RI President John Germ will be in Providence as the Friday evening keynote speaker of our conference.
It’s not every year you will get to see, hear, and talk to a Rotary International president. So we owe it to ourselves as Rotarians to attend and make this Multi District Conference a huge success.
This is also a great opportunity to mingle and have fellowship with Rotarians from just outside of our District. All of Rhode Island, all of Connecticut, and most of Massachusetts will be in attendance.
Please attend, encourage your Rotary friends and membership to do the same. I hope to see you all there. Thank you for your support and encouragement shown to Karen and myself throughout our Rotary year.
Conference Keynote Speakers
Rotary International President John Germ
A Rotary member since 1976, Germ has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, chair of Rotary's $200 Million Challenge, and RI president's aide. He is a recipient of Rotary's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are members of the Arch Klumph Society.
"I envision Rotary boldly and creatively engaging the success of polio eradication, membership and identity issues, strengthening clubs, work with youth – our future lifeblood, and the creation of critical, strategic partnerships," says Germ. "The 2016-17 Rotary year offers a tremendous opportunity for Rotary International a
Germ says no one should ever have to ask, "What is Rotary?"
"We will enhance Rotary's public image by successfully and enthusiastically marketing who we are, what amazing things we are doing, and incredibly, have done locally and globally," says Germ.
With the global economy still unpredictable, Germ says Rotary must make participation affordable and "also be unfailingly diligent in efforts to ensure we spend every dollar effectively and efficiently," he says.
Micheal Angelo Caruso
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches people how to be better speakers. He is a valued communication consultant to companies and organizations all over the world.
Michael has delivered over 2,000 paid presentations and keynote speeches on the subjects of leadership, selling, and Internet marketing.
He has spoken in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and 49 of the 50 states.
Mr. Caruso is founder and President of Edison House, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate, and personal improvement.
Mr. Caruso gives back to the community through his membership in Rotary. He was President of his club in Troy, Michigan, 2012-13 and is currently District Governor for Rotary District 6380 in SE Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
Lauren Templeton
Lauren C. Templeton is the founder and president of Templeton & Phillips Capital Management, LLC; a value investing boutique located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Ms. Templeton received a B.A. in Economics from the University of the South. She is the founder and former president of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association, Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ms. Templeton is also an active member of Rotary International. She serves on the investment committee of Chattanooga Rotary Club 103 and the investment committee of The Rotary Foundation.
Lauren is the great niece of Sir John M. Templeton and a current member of the John M. Templeton Foundation, established in 1987 by the renowned international investor. Lauren began her career working with managed portfolios and investments in 1998.
She lives in Chattanooga, with her husband, Scott Phillips.
Registration Details
First and foremost PLEASE REGISTER! Go to for the link to the Event Brite page.
  • Complete Conference; with VIP Reception on Friday evening; Cost $300 per person
  • Friday District 7890 Paul Harris Luncheon ; Optional $50
  • Friday Dinner with Keynote Speaker Rotary International President John Germ; $100
  • Saturday Dinner only Keynote Lauren Templeton; $100
  • Full Day Saturday; Breakfast with Keynote Michael Angelo Caruso, Dinner with Keynote Lauren Templeton; $144
  • Sunday Breakfast only with Youth Exchange and Group Study Exchange Team from Rotary District 9600, Australia; $45
Accommodations at the Omni Providence use Group Code 042417rotaryclu to receive the discounted rate. You must book your by April 7 for the discounted room rate.
Accommodations at the Hilton Providence are available over the phone. 401- 832-3900. Mention Rotary International to receive the rooms at the negotiated rate.
You must book your by April 7 for the room discount.
Event Program and Sponsorships
There will be a fantastic magazine style program. Ads of various sizes with different opportunities are available. A half Page advertisement will be $250 with a full page for a Rotary Club at $500. Major Sponsorships are available.
Also offered are individual sponsorships with one line message in the program for $25 to $50 for a color ad. Check out the website for more information. Look under, Multi District Conference, attachments.
Please contact Tarah Warner PE of the Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club for more information at or mail the form available on the website to Rotary Conference, LLC C/O Scituate Rotary PO Box 461, North Scituate Rhode Island, 02857. Deadline for ads has been extended to April 1, 2017.
Conference Schedule
Friday, April 28, 2017
  • 3pm; Welcoming and opening session.
  • 3pm to 5pm Live broadcast of “Service Matters” PDG Dave Clifton and Rona Mann.
  • 3pm to 6:30 House of Friendship
    • Rotary Licensed Vendor
    • Club Projects
    • Rotary Foundation Silent Auction
    • First Lady Karen’s Ronald McDonald House Project
  • 4pm Showing of the film “What Tomorrow Brings” the story of Razia Jan’s vision to establish a school for girls in Afghanistan
  • 5:30-6:30 VIP Reception in the Rotunda
  • 5:45-8pm Cocktails, Dinner, Rotary International President Mr. John Germ Keynote
  • Major Rotary International Awards
  • 8:15pm Waterfire in the Basin. A Rotary Public Image Event
  • 9 pm to Midnight, Hospitality Suites open in the Omni Hotel.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • 7:30 to 9am, Breakfast with Michael Angelo Caruso Keynote speaker
  • 9am Rotaract Conference
  • 9am Interact Conference
  • 9-6:30 House of Friendship Open
  • 9:30 to 11:45 Breakouts
    • Living the Rotary Lifestyle
    • Peer Leadership and Coping with Depression
    • How to Attract the 30 Somethings to Your Club
    • NID’S National Immunization Days; Up Close and Personal
    • Putting Your Best Face Forward; Public Image and Marketing
    • Growing your Youth Groups
    • Understanding Personalities; Gaining Effective Teamwork and Leadership
    • Rotary Relates to Alzheimer’s/Dementia, the Present and The Future
  • 11:30 to 12:30 District Business Meetings with District Awards
  • Lunch on your own, Enjoy PROVIDENCE!
  • 4 to 6pm Rotary Means Business; Rotary and Business Networking
  • 4-6pm Hospitality Suites open- Omni Hotel
  • 6-9pm Cocktails Dinner with Keynote Lauren Templeton, Major District Award Presentations
Sunday April 30 2017
All event this morning take place in the Omni Hotel
  • 8am Memorial Service
  • 9am Breakfast
    • Youth Exchange Presentation
    • Group Study Exchange team for Australia
    • Closing remarks
Youth Conference
Taylor Swift said “I’m intimidated by the fear of being average” – and we are too. That is why we are organizing a youth conference that is anything but average.
First – 4 districts encompassing all of Connecticut, Rhode Island and most of Massachusetts will provide networking opportunities and a chance to make new friends.
Second – for Interact – a chance to meet students from other countries and find out what their life is like
Third – for Rotaract – a chance to attend Waterfire, have a great dinner at the Hope Club in Providence, come back for a hospitality suite of your own – all with Rotaractors from across southern New England.
Fourth – a program planned by their peers that will help strengthen their clubs, themselves, and their connection to Rotary.
I am in need of a club to sponsor or co-sponsor a hospitality suite by providing drinks and snacks. Hope you will consider doing so to help make this conference outstanding!!
Thank you, see you at the conference!! Contact me for more information.
Sharon Johnson, Youth Services Chair.
Group Study Exchange Team- GSE
The GSE team from District 9600 was selected with a focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution occupations, to acknowledge the work of The Rotary Foundation in its 100th anniversary year.
By way of a brief introduction, our team consists of :
  • Tracey Wyatt (Rotarian) – a OHS and Risk Management Coordinator for major sporting and event stadiums/facilities
  • Donyque Curtis – a bomb appraisal officer with the Australian Federal Police situated at Brisbane Airport.
  • Roberta Ramoifuila – A Solomon Islander who is involved with counselling for family violence and other crises
  • Emily Seaman – a mentor and policy advisor to Papua New Guinea’s Department of Immigration in relation to resettling refugees and asylum seekers leaving Manus Island detention centre
  • Richard Dening – a mediator and trained lawyer in the Dispute Resolution Branch of the Department of Justice, working on Elder Abuse.
Our main aim whilst in D7950 is to gain a full appreciation of life in your part of the world – exploring vocational opportunities within each of our respective fields, enjoying meeting new friends, seeing the beauty and areas within your district, and building goodwill and friendships across the world, with future potential projects as a possible outcome. The team is really looking forward to our arrival at Easter, and we greatly appreciate all the efforts behind the scenes to make this visit into a reality. Our excitement grows exponentially with each passing week! We look forward to seeing you all very soon.
House of Friendship
The House of Friendship is a common place for Rotarians to gather enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack during the conference. There will be Rotary Licensed vendor, District table displays and club table displays open for your enjoyment.
We have an incredible opportunity to host the Pages for Peace Foundation’s “Peace Book” at our House of Friendship.
 If you or your club would like a table to promote an event or project please contact Gary Osprey at He will get you an application. I have also distributed these applications to the current club presidents. Please take advantage of this free opportunity to promote your club.
Area Gift Baskets Silent Auction
Each AG has been ask to coordinate a Gift Basket from the area they represent. These will be the Items for the Silent Auction during the conference. All proceeds will benefit The Rotary Foundation, so please be generous.
A message from Karen Bertrand
Karen is welcomed by Michael Fantom, CEO of Ronald McDonald
House Providence, and Ronald himself.
I am very passionate about the Ronald McDonald House in Providence and thought District 7950 could collaborate with them. I had first-hand experience with the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Hasbro Children’s Hospital when my granddaughter had surgery when she was ten days old. Our family spent plenty of time there and appreciated the comfortable chairs, computer with internet access, snacks, and fresh coffee.
The house now has bedrooms, each with a private bath, fully stocked kitchen, laundry, courtyard with playground, and day room. Guests are asked to pay $10 per day; however no family will be turned away if they do not have the ability to pay.
The Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit organization that relies on donations and fundraising. They must raise over $1,000,000 each year. McDonald’s related sources contribute 10-15% of this funding.
The fundraising activities I would like District 7950 Rotarians to participate is are:
Donation Box – I will provide a cardboard house for each club where members can deposit cash.
Wish List – A list of items needed at the Ronald McDonald House will be available on the District 7950 website.
Both the donation box and any items from the wish list can be brought to the House of Friendship at the Multi District Conference in April. You may also contact me to arrange for a pick up. I am hoping for a pyramid of houses and a truckload of items from the Wish List.
Any questions on this charity you may contact me at or check out the website at
Thank you for your anticipated support of this project.
Karen M. Bertrand
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