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January, 2018
OMG! This newsletter is very long. But I’m not apologizing. It’s long because we have such a dynamic district with a lot of good things happening. So give it a read. If you can’t finish it in one sitting, save it for a second read. Thank you, to all of you who do so much to “Make a Difference” in our world.
Message from DGE Bill Tennant:
The International Assembly has come to a close in San Diego, where Deb and I completed our training sessions for my year as District Governor. The 2018-2019 Theme, "BE THE INSPIRATION" was announced to the 554 DGE's by RI President Elect Barry Rassin. Deb and I look forward to our upcoming year, hoping to touch many lives and "Be the Inspiration" to all in District 7950. 
In Memoria: 
I am deeply saddened to let you know that Norman Sauté, 91, a 50-year Rotarian, the founder and past president of the Scituate RI Rotary Club, and a member of the Cumberland-Lincoln Rotary Club died on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was married to Rotarian Ann R. Brown Sauté. Norm served on numerous district committees and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He and Ann are remembered for their contribution of 50 Paul Harris Awards to non-Rotarian community leaders. In 2012 he was awarded the Dr. Percy Hodgson Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement for exceptional service to Rotary Organization by Rotary District 7950.
February 10 – Presidents Mid-year/Presidents Elect Pre-PETS See flyer for details. Deadline for registration is February 6th. This meeting will be informational and enjoyable for all Rotarians not just club officers. There will be a special session on Membership. Box lunches will be available only to pre-registered attendees. There will be an area where you can display promotional materials for your club projects, activities, and fundraisers. Registration form is here.
Message from D7950 Membership Chair, Billy Roberts:
Are you striving to build your club’s membership? The February 10th Mid- Year/ Pre Pets Meeting at Whites of Westport will have a special breakout session focused on Membership and Retention. This year, in addition to the Presidents and Presidents elect, each club is asked to send a representative to participate in this membership seminar. Our hope is that together we will explore the experiences you have had to increase the membership in your club.
Let us know if you’d like to share your experience and learning with others during this session. We can be reached to register, for questions, or further information through email, DMCROTARY7950@GMAIL.COM, or by phone, 413-695-1014. Please make every effort to have your club represented in this district conversation. We look forward to greeting you there.
District 7950 & 7890 “ Rotary Rocks Plymouth” Multi-District Conference Registration is now open. Have you seen the first promotional video? Go to, scroll down and look for Mr. & Mrs. Rotary Pilgrims. Register early to guarantee hotel availability. Under “Upcoming Events”, you will find a link to a paper registration form listing registration options and a House of Friendship application. Plymouth Hotel 1620, May 18-20, 2018.
The newly formed Alumni Association of D7950 is under the chairmanship of John Cox, RC of Hyannis. Thank you, John, for taking on this effort, which will hopefully increase membership throughout the district. A Rotary Alumni Association includes all past Interact, Rotaract, GSE, Youth Exchange, Ambassadorial Scholars, Peace Scholars and volunteers. Should you have contacts for any of the above, please send them to John at There will be an Alumni Reunion at the Multi-District Conference. 
District Grants: Are you thinking about applying for a grant during the 2018-2019 Rotary year? Attendance at a Grants Webinars is required yearly to apply for a District Grant. The first of 3 webinars will be on February 13, 6-8PM. . Other webinars will be on March 14, 6-8PM; April 12, 6-8PM. Look for sign in instructions in your email.
Rotary Global Scholarship: The Global Grant Scholarship is available to one individual in District 7950 who is studying in a graduate program in another country and whose field is related to one of the Six Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution/Prevention, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development.
The individual must have been accepted at a graduate program, and must have graduated either from a high school or college that is located in District 7950 or is currently attending a college/university in D7950. The amount of the grant is $30,000 and can last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program.
Deadline for applications is March 1, 2018. Interviews will take place during the month of March 2018. Please direct all inquiries to Barbara Amidon, Rotary Club of Harwich Dennis,, 508-747-5749.
Martha Colamaria and the District Literacy Committee received a warm welcome on their visit to the East Greenwich Club, the first to respond to the District survey. Projects include providing educational supplies to schools and libraries, and collecting and delivering books and magazines to other local organizations.
On their visit to the Mansfield Club they heard about CHAMPS, an after school program. A local Librarian will read to the elementary students and the books, with Rotary stickers, will be given to the 175 students to take home.
The Committee would be pleased to visit your club, and share ideas to promote our Literacy program. Please contact Martha at or Fran at or
Pawtucket Rotary Club Makes Big Move: After 80 years in the same location, the club will move their meetings from St Paul’s Parish House to the Navigant Credit Union office on Broad Street in Central Falls. They meet on Thursdays at noon. The club is hoping to expand their membership and with their upcoming events including a bowling night, casino night and a wine tasting event. Best wishes for continued success in your new meeting location. 
People of Action customizable materials are now available!
Click on the Learn More button in the People of Action block on the Brand Center home page:
Telling our Rotary story helps the world to better understand who we are. The People of Action campaign is designed to help better inform our local communities about Rotary and the work we do for the places we call home. Learn more about the “People of Action Campaign” at the Multi-District Conference in Plymouth. 
The 25th anniversary of International Night will be held on Monday, April 23rd at White's of Westport. We will look back and honor the kids who spent time abroad absorbing a new culture, learning a new language, and growing up as well as those who came to live in our district for a year. If you are still in contact with a student, email us their contact information BEFORE FEBRUARY 15th: Rona Mann, or Ed Skwirz,,
 International Night Co-Chairs. We hope to have as many as possible join in this milestone celebration.
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