December, 2020
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
How timely and appropriate! We are fighting a worldwide pandemic and we know that the tools at hand are voluntarily wearing face masks, hand washing and social distancing.
We are on the cusp of a vaccine and better treatment options are evolving. So, we know that better days are coming and that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train! We have many reasons to be grateful and optimistic!
Nominating Recommendations to the Membership
I am delighted to share several important District announcements with you! The Nominating Committee held its annual meeting several weeks ago and made recommendations for the following positions:
For the Nominating Committee, itself, we recommend two individuals who will be past Assistant Governors at the time of their service.
  • Shameem Awan, whose home club is Cumberland/Lincoln, currently serving Area 9.
  • Brad Boyd, whose home club is Harwich/Dennis, currently serving Area 1.
Their terms of service will run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.
For the position of Budget and Finance Committee member, serving during the same time period, the committee recommends Past District Governor Greg Roche of the Bourne/Sandwich Club. Greg’s prior experience includes serving as district treasurer and district governor for a neighboring district.
And, for District Governor 2023-24, the Committee puts forth Angela Ponte, past president of her home club of Quincy, Ma. In addition to extensive club experience, Angela has also served as District Secretary and Assistant Governor, Area 3, as well as on the District Membership Committee, and the District Club Visioning Team. Angela has also served as a Discussion Leader at NorthEast PETS for six years. She is currently the Group Secretary for the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Rotary Action Group. She is a Rotary Leadership Institute Graduate for Part 1 & Part 2. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
Per Rotary International guidelines, clubs have been notified that they have a two-week window to challenge this nomination. Should there be no challenge, the nomination will stand as of December 21, 2020 and will be voted on at the District Business Meeting in the spring.
I want to congratulate all of these fine District 7950 Rotarians, as I know that, if approved, they will all do an outstanding job for us!
Rotary Diversity, Equity 
and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force
As a global organization, Rotary is committed to creating an environment that sets the standard for valuing and living the principals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). After adopting the DEI statement in January 2019, the board has taken active steps to create a concrete plan to ensure DEI is ingrained into our actions as an organization.
As part of this commitment, we have tapped into the expertise of Rotary participants from around the world to create a DEI Taskforce, charged with shaping a comprehensive action plan with achievable, measurable, and meaningful outcomes for Rotary. Valarie Wafer, Rotary International Director, heads up this task force. Meet the members of the DEI task force
Our District takes this initiative very seriously. Our own DEI Committee, as well as our Membership Committee, is hard at work. We recognize that not only is this the right thing to do, it is critical to our long-term viability. Simply put, we need to be more welcoming to all in order to thrive and grow. A diverse Rotary club is more attractive to younger people as well. We ask that we all work to make Rotary a more inclusive experience for all.
It's not too early to begin thinking about the 2021 Multi-District Conference! The event is planned for April 30-May 2, 2021. The committee is aiming to make a decision on whether this event will be held in person, virtually or through a hybrid version of in-person and virtual. If you are planning on attending, please let us know your opinion on the desired format for the conference by taking a short survey here. The deadline to take this survey is December 22, 2020. We appreciate your feedback and guidance! 
Million Mask Update
Delivery of the second shipment of masks has been delayed. We now expect a shipment of masks in mid-January. This shipment should include adult surgical quality masks, some N-95 masks, and children’s masks. We did expect face masks in mid-December and are disappointed that we have to wait. However, we are grateful for this wonderful gift. The need for this personal protective equipment will be just as great in January, as now. We’ll keep everyone posted. And, thank you for having your distribution plans prepared.
“Raise for Rotary”
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By Steve Albright
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  • Inspire your community: Share your fundraiser with friends, colleagues, neighbors and family. Don’t be shy! Turn your network into Foundation supporters. Collect donations, and update everyone on your progress.
For more information visit:
Year End Giving: Why and How
As we approach year end, I would like to share two special messages.
The Speaker’s Bureau
An important way to stay relevant and attractive to current and potential members is to provide a varied and interesting speaking program. It is important for Rotarians to feel that the time spent at a Rotary meeting is time well spent.
The Speaker’s Bureau is up on the web site - here
The only way for the Speaker’s Bureau to be helpful to the clubs is to feed it good information. Please post your good speakers’ information so that other clubs may contact that person. You will also be helping the speaker by providing positive exposure to him or her. It’s there. Please utilize it. Thanks!
Interesting and Successful Fundraiser!
The Rotary Club of Lincoln/Cumberland hosted a ‘Virtual Pet Walk’ and raised $6,000.00!! The very concept sounds fun!! And, the fundraiser/walk was enjoyed by all. If you are interested in the details of how to run a ‘virtual’ pet walk, contact co-Presidents Joanne McManus, at 401-727-1658, or Shameem Awan, at 678-908-1635.
Join Hull Rotary for Dec. 19 Rolling Parade
The Rotary Club of Hull will be conducting a “Holiday Rolling Parade for the VETS” at the Brockton VA Medical Center, 940 Belmont Street (Rte 123), Brockton. There will be a decorated vehicle parade, honking of horns, and gift bag distribution to show the Veterans support. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. with staging in lots 3 & 4, on the right after the entrance. For more information and to participate, please contact Craig Wolfe (better known as “Wolfie”), Parade Organizer, at or 781-771-6416.
Around the District
Rotarians, Rotaractors and interactors from East Greenwich collaborated in raising over $4,000 in the club's annual citrus drive. Their story, photos and more are featured at our website page called Around the District.
If you'd like to share a fundraiser, service project or fellowship event with all the Rotarians in D7950, send photos and a short story to me or Art Norwalk
In Closing
This past month has flown by! Our clubs have been busy with their regular plan of work, as well as special attention given to food banks, food drives, diaper and clothing drives. We are Ringing the Bell and participating in community holiday giving. Our clubs are engaged, that’s for sure! We miss each other, however. We are social creatures. Given all of that, I ask that you all be especially careful.
Happy Holidays – please stay safe and well.
DG Charlene

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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