March, 2020
March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month: Clean water, sanitation and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. It is said that over 663 million people around the world do not have access to clean water and sanitation. Over 10,000 people die every day due to the lack of clean water and basic sanitation.
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
Through water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
Below are ways that Rotary Clubs around the world are helping to combat these serious issues.
  • All 24 of Lebanon’s Rotary Clubs came together – overcoming religious, cultural, and political divisions – to form partnerships with the government, World Vision, UNICEF, and the Red Cross. Together the group developed a program that delivers clean water to every public school in the country.
  • In the Philippines, Rotary Clubs and partners built 222 toilets, six rainwater collectors, seven communal handwashing stations and twenty bio-sand filters. The project provided more than 1,000 people with access to proper toilet facilities and almost 600 people with a regular supply of clean water.
  • A dozen Rotary Clubs collaborated with local partners to establish a water supply and delivery system for 1,500 people in the village of Kigogo, Tanzania. They also taught the community how to maintain the systems and provided hygiene education.
  • Rotary Clubs in Guatemala improved conditions for as many as 1,793 children in 10 schools in the town of Escuintla by providing toilets, washing stations, water tanks and training.
  • Rotary Clubs partnered with local organizations to install a rainwater harvesting and distribution center for 4,000 people in Madan, India. They also delivered training programs for women in the community and students in 35 schools.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects like these are happening in communities all around the world and are being carried out by Rotarians like you and me. We take water for granted because we are so used to being able to go to the faucet and turn it on and have clean, clear drinking water. We are so fortunate, but there are so many less fortunate in the world. Is it time for you and your club to make a difference in the lives of those so less fortunate? Consider joining with another Rotary Club to make that difference in somebody else’s life through a WASH project.
FOUNDATION GIVING: The only way that we as a district can support the requests we receive for District and Global Grants is by the donations that you and I and our clubs make to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation, no way else.
One half of the money we donate to the Annual Fund comes back to our district three years after it is donated. This means that the money we donate this year comes back to us in the Rotary years 2022/2023.
The other half of the money we donate stays with The Rotary Foundation and goes to support our Global Grants and other projects that the foundation focuses on, like clean water and sanitation.
There are many ways to donate. Your donation can be a once a year contribution, you can do monthly donations and have it taken out of your checking account or a reccurring charge to your debit or credit card.
My goal this year as your District Governor was for each member to donate $2 per week to the foundation. $100 for the year. If you haven’t done so yet, please consider doing so within the next couple of months. Our Rotary year ends June 30 and all donations must be received by the Rotary Foundation by that date to count for this year.
To donate: go to:, click on The Rotary Foundation, click on GIVE
DISTRICT CONFERENCE: Just a few updates for our District Conference scheduled for May 1 – 3 at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, MA.
As of this week Rotary District 7890 has joined forces with us. What does this mean? More Rotarians sharing ideas, friendship, fellowship and having a great time together.
We have: 
  • FIVE General Sessions,
  • FIFTEEN Breakout Sessions,
  • Combined the District Assembly with the Conference,
  • District Business Sessions,
  • THREE Service Projects
    BloodMobile – (Save your blood for May 1 & 2);
    Yarmouth Food Pantry Food Drive (Bring some food items to the conference to help feed the needy);
    The Baby Center (Bring some baby items like diapers and baby wipes)
Our Rotary International President’s Representative is Sam Movva from Vjayawada, India, who will add an International flair to our conference.
In addition, Saturday night will be a 1920’s theme night to add a little fun to the evening. Check your attic or back closet for something great to wear.
It’s a weekend that you don’t want to miss as we “Connect on the Cape”.
Registration is open and you can register by going to the District 7950 website. Early bird registration has been extended until March 31st so take advantage of this. There is also an ala-carte menu for those of you that can’t make the whole conference.
Rooms are $125 plus taxes per night. Make your reservation directly with the resort by calling 855-861-4370 and mentioning Rotary District 7950.
District Officer InstallationMark your calendar for June 26 for the District Officers Installation as we help install incoming Governor Charlene Jarest and her slate of officers for the Rotary year 2020-2021. More information to follow.
District Awards- Award nomination paperwork has been emailed o all club presidents. The deadline for submission for all awards is April 15th.
Please make sure that these are submitted on time so we can recognize clubs and individual Rotarians for their significant achievements and milestones.
District Calendar 2019-20
March, 2020 - Water and Sanitation Month
             March 28 - RLI Rotary Leadership Institute
                          Amica Insurance, Lincoln, RI
April, 2020 Maternal and Child Health Month
May, 2020 - Youth Services Month
        May 1-3 District Conference -
                      Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis MA
June, 2020 - Rotary Fellowship Month
          June 26 District Officers Installation
                       White's of Westport, MA
July 2020 
        Beginning of a New Rotary Year
        with DG Charlene Jarest
District Governor
Stephen Albright
District Governor Elect
Charlene Jarest
District Governor Nominee
Billy Roberts
Immediate Past District Governor
William Tennant, IPDG
DG’s Administrator
Jill Albright
District Secretary
Harvey Trieff
District Treasurer
Roger Cabral
Assistant Treasurer
Juan Barrera
District Trainer
Russell Bertrand, PDG
District Foundation Chair
Kristine Musco David, PDG
District Grant Steward
Stephen Certa, PDG
District Grants Chair
Jean Sullivan
District Membership Chair
Billy Roberts
District Public Image Chair
Art Norwalk
District International Services Committee
Paulette Boudrot
District Budget & Finance Chair
William Tennant, IPDG
District Nominating Chair
Stephen Albright, DG
Council on Legislation Chair
Policies & Guidelines Chair
Joseph Clancy, PDG
Technology and Website Chair
Chuck Sauer, AG
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 - Walter White –
Quincy, Braintree, Holbrook, Milton, Randolph/Avon/Canton, Weymouth
Area 4 – Joel Kopke – Plymouth Sunrise, Duxbury, Middleboro, Plymouth Noon, Tri-Town
Area 5 - Steve Savrann –
Sharon, Attleboro, Foxboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norwood
Area 6 - Akee Parwaz –
The Bridgewaters, Abington, Brockton, Rockland/Hanson, Stoughton
Area 7 – Paula Raposa –
Taunton, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, New Bedford
Area 8 – Lori DiPersio – 
Bristol, East Providence/Seekonk, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Warren/Barrington
Area 9 – Shameem Awan – Cunberland/Lincoln, Metro Providence, North Providence, Scituate RI, Smithfield, Woonsocket
Area 10 – Ed McDonough – Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, Pawtuxet Valley, Providence
Area 11 Chuck Sauer –
East Greenwich, Chariho, Jamestown, North Kinston, Wakefield, Westerly
Area 12 Diane
Cohasset, Hingham, Nantasket/Hull, Scituate MA
Russell Hampton
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