February, 2021
How are we doing? We’re doing great, actually. Because of all of you. We did not sit around wringing our hands. We rolled up our sleeves, looked around and asked “What is the greatest need, at this time?”
The answer, “Food Insecurity.” Because of Covid, families who have always been able to meet their own needs, and even help others, found themselves in need. Club support of food pantries and food banks dramatically increased. It became a major focus for us. The $25k disaster grant, secured last spring, boosted our ability to help. That, in concert with our regular community activities and access to free personal protection equipment, in the form of surgical grade face masks for distribution, multiplied our effectiveness.
So, Thank You!! Let’s keep on Doing Our Thing!
February is the month in which we traditionally celebrate love. For some it is Romantic Love that they celebrate. Others celebrate parent/child love, love of friends, love of the animal kingdom/pets, brotherly/sisterly love, love of humanity. Most of us celebrate all the different aspects of love.
February is also Black History Month – a month dedicated to unearthing – and celebrating - the Black experience and the myriad ways that black men and women have contributed to the growth of the United States, to the benefit of everyone. A celebration of the dignity and strength of the human spirit.
In our Rotary World, February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. There is certainly no shortage of conflict in this world. Rotary International, in concert with the United Nations, has been working on furthering peace for the past 70 years. R.I. has six Peace centers at different prestigious universities throughout the world.
Our District is proud that our own Fran Jeffries, of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, is a Peace Fellows graduate of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, (2016). Fran’s particular knowledge is in the area of nuclear proliferation. She has now turned her attention to the health effects of nuclear weapons on maternal and child health.
As I say, there is certainly no shortage of conflict in the world. Right now, here at home, we are experiencing a great political divide. We may be looking at each other, but we are not really seeing each other. That won’t change until we recognize that a difference of opinion is just that – a difference of opinion.
So, I think it's important that we apply the tenets of the first paragraph to the other four. Let’s all work for peace. After all, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution is the first of the (current) six areas of focus.
  • District Foundation Grant Qualification Webinar  
    2/18/21. 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Remember, your club must be certified in order to participate in the District Grant Program. Refresh your knowledge and renew your certification at this training. ID: 842 0815 3109  Passcode: 843672

  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Special Program.
    2/25/21. 7:00-8:00 p.m.

    Spend an evening with us as we explore Peace & Conflict Resolution opportunities! Our program guides will be members of a club who have adopted Peace and Conflict Resolution as a focal point. We will learn of Rotary International resources available and tips for successful projects. There will be much more. It promises to be a very interesting program.
    Meeting ID: 884 5126 0607
    Passcode: 484664
District Conference Update --  Save the Dates!
  • Thursday, April 29, evening
  • Friday, April 30, evening (with a fun surprise!)
  • Saturday, May 1, morning
This year, we are virtually virtual! Our Combined District Conference Committee is hard at work, converting a fabulous in-person conference to an equally fabulous Virtual Conference! More details to follow!

See stories and photos of holiday service projects by clubs all around the district, commendation for the Middleboro Rotary Club as ‘Volunteers of the Year’ by the Soule Homestead Education Center, the Bridgewaters highly successful Polar Plunge and more! It’s all here! Remember, all that is needed for your club to join these illustrious Rotarians is a short article about your accomplishment – with photos!
  • Work continues on the District’s pursuit of 501(c)(3) status. This designation can benefit all of the clubs in our district and I am delighted that we are pursuing it.
  • Additionally, work also continues on development of a thorough Crisis Management Plan. We are still in early days, but plan to have it completed by July 1.
  • Other Good News – it looks like we may be able to procure more surgical quality face masks. We’ll communicate with club presidents about that soon.
That pretty much brings us up to date, everyone. Keep on working toward peace!! And stay well. 
Kindest 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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