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Greetings from District Governor Billy Roberts
During the COVID lockdown, many District clubs stepped forward to provide financial support to those in need. With the economy in the U.S. continuing to improve, we shouldn't lose sight of those who are out of work, or whose businesses are still suffering. If your club is looking for a new project, October, whose Rotary theme is Economic and Community Development, might be the perfect time to take action locally or partner with a club here or abroad working to provide community economic assistance. To learn more about Rotary is doing to strengthen local economies around the world, click here.
 
Natural disasters have made recovery even harder in fire-ravaged California, flooded Southeastern states or earthquake devestated  Haiti. To learn more about what Rotary clubs are doing in these areas, visit these web pages:
 
Haiti earthquake: Hyannis Club supports shelters for Haiti: https://www.hyannisrotary.org/our-impact/shelters-for-haiti
 
San Pablo, CA Rotary collecting funds for California wildfire victims https://richmondstandard.com/community/2020/09/09/local-wildfire-relief-effort-expands/
 
Rotary District 6200 is collecting money to support Louisiana flood victims https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/rotary-district-collecting-relief-funds-louisiana-flood-victims
 
 
Please join us for these upcoming events 
 
Wednesday evening October 13: Club Leadership forum via Zoom, where you’ll hear inspiring stories from corporate and non-profit leaders, and then join breakout sessions where you'll have a chance to discuss DEI, grants, membership and public image initiatives. 
 
November 2-4 Virtual Zone Summit. To view the summit agenda and register, click here: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50077/sitepage/virtual-zone-summit-2021/welcome
 
November 12 Foundation dinner at Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham. This annual event celebrates The Rotary Foundation and its supporters.  Awards are presented to clubs and individuals whose goals were achieved in the previous Rotary Year.  A special speaker for the program has been secured. Registration will be available beginning in mid October.
 
 
 
 
DEI Challenge
 
To help our District understand and embrace diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), Governor Roberts will present a Citation Award to all District clubs that complete the challenge during his tenure as District Governor for 2021-22.
 
To learn more about how your club can  qualify for the District Governor's DEI Citation, click here.
 
If you want help with your application, reach out to DEI Chairperson Joe Small.
 
Think you might like to serve as District Governor?
 
Applications are still open for the position of District Governor for 2024-25.
If you think you or a Rotary colleague might make a good District Governor, please apply  before October 15th. Applications must include a brief profile of the candidate, a letter of endorsement from a Club President along with the completed application/Governor Nominee Data Form found here. The candidate should also submit a general statement of Rotary participation at the District, Zone and International levels of Rotary International. Where appropriate, this statement should include reference to all Rotary awards/ salutations received by the candidate. All nominations and supporting documents for this role must be postmarked or emailed no later than October 15, 2021 to
 
 
     Dr. William Roberts
     District Governor
     1070 Iyannough Road
     PMB 223
     Hyannis, MA 02601
 
     billyrdg2021@gmail.com
 
Latinx communities in our District
Historic ties between New England whaling and Portuguese seafaring brought many Azoreans to RI and MA. To learn more about Azoreans in America, read In Pursuit of Their Dreams: A History of Azorean Immigration to the United States.
 
After WWII Puerto Ricans established communities throughout New England. In the past 30 years, there’s been significant immigration from Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and other Latin American countries as well. To learn more about the growth and impact of Latinx immigration to New England, read this Google Book: Latinos in New England, edited by Andres Torres.
 
Our Rotary district community boasts representation of these populations as members in a number of clubs and hopes to expand in its ranks others who share the Rotary Vision and goals.
Our Native American heritage
Our District is seated in the ancestral homeland of the Massachusetts, Narragansett and Wampanoag tribes. To learn more about their heritage and the work of the three tribes today, please visit
 
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