May, 2017
Rotarians, Thank you so much for such a wonderful Multi District Conference. It was just fantastic! This Conference could not have happened without the support of you, the District 7950 Rotarian membership. Thank you again!
Rotary International President John Germ, our Friday evening keynote speaker, talked about small opportunities that Rotarians have taken and made into large opportunities. Anything from a small project that starts with one Rotarian’s vision can turn into the End Polio Campaign or clean water for an entire village. As quoted by this year’s RI President John Germ “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Membership opportunities were the same. Look at all the like-minded individuals you know as an opportunity for membership in our organization. Simple, right! Only 9 letters. ASK ASK ASK! We all, including myself, do not ask enough. 
One piece of good news is that our district is up 5 members as of May 1st. Congratulations!
Our House of Friendship was fantastic, an area full with 50 tables, couches and chairs. Rotarians were mingling and spending time together both Friday and Saturday. Our silent auction raised over $5000 for the Rotary Foundation.
Many thanks go to PDG Mr. William Vangel for a fine job as the Quad Con General Chair! Just a super juggling performance. Lots of balls in the air. Bill, Thank you again!
Four Governors - While I was an Assistant Governor it was a pleasure to serve under three great Rotary District Governors, PDG Charle Murphy, PDG Bill Vangel, and PDG Joe Clancy. I am proud to stand with them for this photo.
QuadCon Youth Conference 2017
From learning which fork to use in a formal place setting, to how to run a successful international project, Interact and Rotaract students came away from their own QuadCon Youth Conference with new ideas, new contacts, and a better understanding of Rotary in the world.
The conference started Friday night with dinner at Providence’s Hope Club, where our host and fellow Rotarian Betty Galligan led us through exercises in business networking, formal dining, introducing yourself in a business situation, and a host of other tips. After the dinner, we walked down to Waterfire, and then back to the hotel for our own hospitality suite.
Saturday was a full day of program for both Interact and Rotaract - each had their own session. We had speakers Michael Angelo Caruso who spent some time with Interactors, and Rob Thomas who gave Rotaractors a new understanding of networking. We had the Cape Cod Community College Rotaract club students talk about networking, using social media, and successful projects, and we learned of a new project called RAN that is trying to connect all Rotaract clubs on the East Coast.
We have already started planning for next year’s conference, and agree that this multi-district conference for our youth is a great format to follow. A big thank you to everyone who spent many hours on conference calls planning, you all went above and beyond to make our QuadCon Youth Conference a huge success!! --Sharon Johnson, New Generations Chair
Over one hundred clubs and individuals were recognized with awards for outstanding Rotary achievements over the past year. Thank you for your hard work. The two most prestigious were:
Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award awarded to PDG Dave Clifton from the Rotary Club of Sharon.
The Dr. Percy Hodgson Memorial award, the highest District 7950 award achievable, went to Past Area Representative Mr. Herb Mansfield of the Wakefield Rotary Club.
Both of these awards are highly competitive and very much deserved by both recipients. Congratulations to you both.
Presidential Citation
We still have over six weeks to go to finish up the Presidential Citation. Please review the Presidential Citation dashboard on the website, Manage Drop Menu, Club and District Administration, Reports. It should be right there!
Good luck on the Presidential Citation. This Citation is from the Rotary International President to your Rotary Club in recognition of the achievement of a strong vibrant Rotary Club, firing on all 8 cylinders!
Million Dollar Meal
The Rotary Club of Warwick wrapped up its 100th Rotary Foundation Anniversary observance, community project and a fundraiser into one meeting Thursday May 4th at the Norwood branch of the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs. The occasion was what is known as a “Million Dollar Meal,” where members pay the regular luncheon meal price but are served sandwiches with the cost difference going to The Rotary Foundation. Since 1957 the foundation has focused on the worldwide eradication of polio. Thursday’s million-dollar meal went a step further than sandwiches with a cake celebrating the work of the foundation followed by a service project where members brandished rakes to clean up a Boys and Girls Club's parking lot.
Club Brochure Template Available!
The new club brochure template has been updated and is now live in the Brand Center. In the new template, club members can:
 - Upload their own photos or select from the image options provided. - Edit the text to include information relevant to their club, such as their club’s key projects. - List dates of their club’s annual events. - Share testimonials from their members.
The Brand Center is located on under the “New and Media” tab
Rotary Club Central Updates
Coming in July, the new Rotary Club Central will provide clubs and districts with a better user experience where pages load faster, navigation is more intuitive, and inputting goals is easier than before. A new, modern interface will give Rotary Club Central a fresh look and feel. The new tool will present past and current goals in one place through easy-to-read charts and graphs.
Clubs and districts can use Rotary Club Central to set goals, measure impact, view trends, track progress, complete the Rotary Citation, and plan for the future. Rotary Club Central provides clubs and districts with a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically through tracking membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving.
Australian GSE Team
I hope by now you have all had an opportunity to meet and greet the Australian GSE team. I met them at the airport at midnight to welcome them to our District 7950 four weeks ago. They spent a week each in the South Shore area, Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and finished up on Cape Cod. Many thanks to GSE Team Coordinator Caryn Smith, the four area coordinators, and of course the host families. Thank you again. It was a learning and enriching experience for them as well as us here in District 7950.
Four Countries were represented by the GSE team from District 9600. The south east corner of the state of Queensland, the Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Nauru. A truly international Rotary District.
Please look into getting your final Rotary Club and individual Rotary Foundation donations into Rotary International before June 30 In order to be counted for this 2016-2017 Rotary year. Our foundation is a top ten rated charity around the world. It’s hard to find a charity that uses your money for programs better than ours! Rotary International recommends a $100 donation the Rotary foundation along with $26.50 to the End Polio Now campaign.
All clubs that achieve a per member contribution of $26.50 to Polio Plus will be recognized this year at the Paul Harris Foundation Dinner in November. I know you will all work hard to achieve this.
Please be as generous as you can be.
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