November, 2017
November has been another productive month for District 7950. Our Foundation Dinner was a success with 300 in attendance – minus one carful from the Cape who had to turn back due to intense traffic. We missed you – thanks for trying!
Razia Jan gave a wonderful update on her Girls School in Afghanistan. She never ceases to be an inspiration. So proud that she is one of us! 
That evening included the announcement of our new District Governor 2020-21, Charlene Jarest. Charlene is twice Past President of the Fall River Club and is presently an Assistant Governor. I think you’ll be delighted with the Nominating Committee’s choice. We are so lucky to have a District with such quality leadership talent.
Congratulations to you all for enabling our District to donate $30,000 of District Designated Funds to this year’s Polio Plus Challenge. As you know, that amount turns into $105,000 after a 50% match from the Rotary World Fund and the double match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 
Our Multi-District Conference Committee is hard at work. The Conference is May 18-20 at the 1620 Hotel in Plymouth Harbor. The Hotel is newly renovated and vastly improved from what you may remember. The Committee has an aggressive and fun marketing campaign coming your way. Stay tuned! 
Message from DGE Bill Tennant:
It is hard to believe I am almost halfway through my year as District Governor Elect!! Like so many Rotary positions, preparing for this job is as much work as the position itself (I hope !!)
Besides organizing training and information sessions for the incoming leaders of District 7950 I have been able to attend meetings of clubs that I have not been to in years and some for the first time! Each club has their own personality and I am always impressed with the energy and ingenuity clubs have. In this day and age, we must think “outside of the box” and I see examples of this at every meeting.
I am proud to have so many past and present leaders of the district involved with every aspect of the training. We all want each club to flourish and grow along with the amazing events and programs unique to each club.
Rotary is one of the few service organizations that has not lost large numbers of members. I firmly believe membership retention is as, if not more important than recruitment! We must constantly ask our members to express their concerns and desires and make adjustments to keep Rotary RELEVANT to them.
I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and I look forward to working for you in the coming years. 
  • As of Tuesday, November 14th at 12:30, The Rotary Club of Newport has moved their meetings to the Atlantic Resort.
  • Save the Date – February 10, 2018 – D7950 Pre-PETS training at Whites of Westport for Presidents-Elect, Presidents and all Rotarians. Agenda to be announced soon.
It’s not too late to buy tickets to a fun Rotary Night at the Providence Bruins. Call David DeNitto at 401-680-4706 through Dec. 1st
Are you thinking about attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, June 23-27? Register by 15 December to save and take advantage of the early-registration discount.   

You don’t have to wait until March 31 to attend the Rotary Leadership Institute in Lincoln, RI. .A course is being offered in Boxborough, MA on Jan 20th. RI Register at under Upcoming Events. 
Upcoming Events
January 5      DG Continuity Meeting
January 14    International Assembly
February 1    Deadline for reporting officers to RI
February 10  Mid-Year Pre-PETS
February 13  Grants Training Webinar
                     (1-2 members must attend for your club to qualify for a District Grant)
Wishing you, and your families the most Happy, Joyful, Peaceful and Blessed Holidays.
Your District Governor
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