January 2021
Happy New Year!
Let me add to the chorus of those shouting “Good Riddance to 2020!” We are all more than hopeful that 2021 will be a better year for everyone! We look forward to the end of Covid. We hope that those enduring unemployment, hunger, loneliness and other pandemic-related suffering will recover quickly. We hope that we will rise to the need and help as many as possible. We hope that we will be able to meet with each other in-person, soon!
During December, I was extremely heartened by all of the clubs working to alleviate this suffering. I am so very proud of each Rotarian. I am so proud to be a Rotarian, here, in this district.
Many clubs’ community efforts have been highlighted in our “Around the District” page on the district web site, . Check out how Nantasket-Hull mobilizes for its community, Providence brightens Christmas for girls in shelters, Fall River Holiday Bellringing, Hull Rotary Supports Veterans, Middleboro’s Hands-On for Hunger, East Greenwich holds a Citrus Drive, and more.
A very exciting fundraising activity in December was the conversion of the annual Rotary Club of Westerly and Westerly Lions Club cooperative Pasta Dinner into a drive-through event. The community supported this event to a greater extent than they have in the past, raising $4,754.00 for the Johnnycake Center Emergency Fuel Fund. Rotary International is encouraging more of these cooperative service organization projects. If your club is involved in such an effort, we’d love to hear about it.
The Foxboro club has a wonderful fundraiser going on right now that all Rotarians can join. It's a walkathon called 30 MILES IN 30 DAYS to benefit Friends of Thai Daughters, an organization that helps young women at risk of exploitation in Thailand. For more details, click the image at right.
To publicize your club’s service projects -- which shares ideas with other clubs and feels good(!) -- send photos and a short write-up to Art Norwalk, district public Image chair, or myself. We’ll make sure to post it.
Rotarian Tina Walsh will teach an Adaptive Chair Yoga Class which will include breath work, gentle movement and meditation.Her focus is on helping you slow down, which allows a reset of the nervous system, and fosters mind/body/spirit connection. Yoga is very helpful for anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and overall well-being. Tina has been teaching yoga for 20 years in many settings.
The classes are open to all Rotarians at no cost. Dates are Tue., Jan. 12, and Thu., Feb. 11, both at 7 p.m. Email the Foxboro Rotary Club for the Zoom link. 
Rotary, as you know, was founded on the principle of each vocation being an avenue of worthy service – to each other and the wider world. Specifically, to promote:
  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
This is a good month for Rotarians to share a description of their vocation in mini-classification talks. What we all do is of great interest to each other.
We have been given the opportunity to repeat this wonderful district and region-wide community service project.
We are expecting 168,000 high quality surgical masks. We are also expecting an undetermined  number of children’s masks. Both surgical and children’s masks will be divided as equally as possible among the clubs.
Our assistant governor team, as well as members of the continuity team and committee team members are playing a critical role in this community service project, along with all participating clubs. This has been a wonderful opportunity for all our clubs to work on a simultaneous community service project. What a privilege to be able to provide this PPE to our local community organizations. Thank You, All!
District Governor-Elect Billy Roberts has been hard at work with his team, organizing an exciting and worthwhile Pre-PETS experience for the 2021-22 Presidents Team.  Pre-PETS dates are Wed./Thurs, January 20 and 21, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and then again Wed./Thurs, January 27 and 28.  The Zoom link is being sent to 2021-22 Presidents.  
The 2020-21 Presidents Team Mid-Year Meeting will be held on January 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Any Rotarian who is interested may join in the Mid-Year Meeting. The format this year will be a general discussion. Zoom link information will be published soon.
One of the real concerns that we have right now is that our own charitable giving to the Annual Fund and the Polio Plus Fund is down. The events of last year and the pandemic have complicated this picture for us.
Please remember that half of our donations to the Annual Fund return to the district in three years. These are the monies that support our district grants. Our clubs understand how these district grants boost their ability to either take on bigger projects or make existing projects more powerful. We can foresee that in the future, the Grants Committee will be forced to make decisions to less than fully fund worthy grant requests.
If you have not done so, please consider making a donation to the Annual Fund. And, although the Polio Plus fund does not carry the attraction of returning funds to the District, I remind you that we are still in that fight, also. We must not lose our enthusiasm for total eradication of Polio.
Past District Governor, Kris David, has been named by Past Rotary International President John Germ and Rotary International Trustees as End Polio Now Coordinator for Region 39E, of Zone 32. This is reflective of a reorganization of Zone 32, which created this opportunity. This new role will be effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023. Congratulations to Kris! We know that she will do a terrific job!  
With sadness, the Rotary Club of Providence reports the passing of Vince Borrelli, club president 1985/86.
Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm for Rotary! I know it’s been difficult. Zoom is not like in-person meetings. But, I continue to be grateful for it, as it is keeping us vibrant and active. We truly have the very best district!
I am also grateful for the new skills that we have developed, both in running Zoom events and folks learning how to check in to those club meetings and events. We are even running fundraising events virtually! When we are on the other side of this we will still have those skills, which we will use to strengthen our clubs.
It’s all good. Please stay safe and well.
Warmest regards,

District Governor
Charlene J. Jarest

District Governor Elect
Billy Roberts

District Governor Nominee
David P. Sampson

Immediate Past District Governor
Steve Albright, IPDG

D.G.’s Administrators
Roger A. Cabral, PAG
Harvey Trieff, PP

District Secretary
Harvey Trieff, PP

District Treasurer
Roger A. Cabral, PAG

Assistant Treasurer
Juan Barrera, PP

District Trainer
Steve Albright, IPDG
District Foundation Chair
Kris Musco David, PDG

District Grant Steward
Stephen Certa, PDG

District Grants Chair
Jean Sullivan, PAG

District Membership &
New Club Formation Chair

Missy Garlisi, PP

District Public Image Chair
Art Norwalk, PP

District Budget & Finance Chair
Steve Albright, IPDG

District Nominating Chair
Charlene Jarest, DG

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Billy Roberts, Chair

Council on Legislation Chair
Policies & Guidelines Chair
Russell Bertrand, PDG

Technology & Website Chair
Chuck Sauer, AG

Virtual Meeting Gurus
Justimiano Alves

Patrick Wendell

Michael White

AG Coordinator

Lori DiPersio

Area 1 – Brad Boyd
Harwich/Dennis, Chatham,
Nantucket, Nauset, Yarmouth

Area 2 – Robert Mascali
Falmouth, Barnstable Sunrise,
Bourne Sandwich, Hyannis, Martha’s
Vineyard, Osterville

Area 3 – Joanne Tully
Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree,
Holbrook, Randolph/Avon, Milton

Area 4 – Joel Kopke
Plymouth Sunrise, Plymouth, Duxbury,
Middleboro, Tri-Town

Area 5 – Steve Savrann
North Attleborough, Attleboro, Sharon,
Foxboro, Mansfield, Norwood

Area 6 – Mark Ferreira
Bridgewaters, Brockton, Abington,
Canton, Rockland Hanson, Stoughton

Area 7 – Paula Raposa
Fall River New Bedford, Dartmouth,
Fairhaven, Taunton

Area 8 – Lori DiPersio
East Providence, Middletown,
Newport, Bristol, Portsmouth,
Warren Barrington

Area 9 – Shameem Awan
Metro Providence, Scituate RI,
Cumberland/Lincoln, North
Providence, Smithfield, Woonsocket

Area 10 – Sharon Johnson
Providence, Cranston, Pawtuxet Valley, Warwick, Pawtucket

Area 11 – Chuck Sauer
Wakefield, Chariho, Westerly,
North Kingstown, Jamestown,
East Greenwich

Area 12 – Sue Heller
Cohasset, Scituate MA, Hingham,
Russell Hampton
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