Welcome to District 7890
Christine Burns
District Governor
Rotary Club of Holyoke, MA
Our district of 54 Rotary clubs and 1 Rotaract club serves northern Connecticut and western Massachusetts
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Join our hosts, Rotary International Vice President Valarie Wafer, and Rotary Foundation Trustee, Dean Rohrs, for our Fundraising Gala on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 8:00 pm ET.   Special guests include RI President-Elect Jennifer Jones, Director-Elect Drew Kessler, and our MC for the evening, Past-Director Jeffry Cadorette.
This 90-minute, fast-paced event celebrates the work by every Rotarian in the 43 Districts of Zones 28 & 32 to support and raise funds for The Rotary Foundation.


Tickets to the virtual event are available by clicking the poster at the top or clicking this link to Buy Gala Admission Tickets

Each Gala ticket includes a contribution of $100 USD to The Rotary Foundation, allocated 75% to the Annual Fund and 25% to PolioPlus. Your gift will be a fully credited donation to TRF - and you will receive a charitable tax receipt, and related Paul Harris Fellowship points. Plus, each donation is credited towards your District's Foundation Goals for the 2022/23 Rotary year. 

As you purchase your Gala Admission Tickets, Rotarians have the opportunity to increase their contribution with additional donations. This gives Rotarians, their clubs, and Districts the opportunity to DO MORE GOOD and meet the goals they have all set for Foundation donations this year.

Register by January 23 and win Bob Scott!  The Past Chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, has agreed to be our draw prize - to appear by Zoom as guest speaker for your club or District meeting.  A random draw will be made from all registrations.


Districts and clubs are invited to join us at your own in-person celebrations.  Our President-Elect Jennifer and Director-Elect Drew will lead us on a tour of Zones 28 & 32.  They will drop-in LIVE at selected events as we open the celebration and join your gatherings from Alaska to Bermuda and all points in between.  Events can be house parties, pub gatherings, or ballroom events.  If you are interested in having us visit your venue or event in your District, let us know by emailing Chair Peter Schultz at peter.rotary5060@gmail.com

Note that we need everyone at your event to purchase a ticket to the Celebration Gala - after all, this is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation!

Please register now for the upcoming Pre-PETS and PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) sessions.  Both will be virtual events this year. 
Saturday, February 19th: Pre-PETS: 8:00am - 12:15PM
This will be a virtual training session for incoming Presidents and officers. In this meeting, you will learn about:
- RI and District Structure
- Foundation and District Grants
- Creating and Using a MyRotary Account
- Goal Settings and the Rotary Citation
- Fundraising and Service Projects
- Being Prepared
- Assistant Governors
Additionally, all attendees will be entered into a drawing to win 500 Paul Harris Points!  Four lucky winners will be selected. 
There is a small $10 registration fee.  Zoom information will be sent prior to the meeting. 
Friday, March 4th & Saturday, March 5th: PETS 
This is a virtual program. All incoming Presidents are expected to attend.  Register and learn more here: https://rotarynepets.org/
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has a vision for Rotary. He is asking and encouraging every Rotarian, each of us, to do more in our communities. Shekhar is asking each club to conduct a Rotary Day of Service in their community!
With that said, District Governor Joanne Alfieri District 7890 and Vice Governor Rick Bassett, on behalf of Jeff Krause, District Governor from District 7980 have come up with a plan to make his vision come true!  Our District has chosen April 9, 2022, as our Day of Service. Our vision is that all our clubs participate in a service project on this day infiltrating our towns with the love of Rotary Service.  There will be participation of all Rotary Clubs in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.  We will be contacting state officials and state media to involve them in a Connecticut wide and Western Massachusetts wide Day of Service April 9, 2022. This undertaking will be led by PDG Kate Sims for D-7890 & PDG Jack Solomon for D-7980.
Our Ask:
Choose a project, it can be a new project for that day or an ongoing project that your club has been pursuing or even multiple projects. On April 9th, get all your club members together to work on the project and celebrate their contributions. Invite city/town officials to participate, invite others in town, invite other service clubs to all participate and help with the service. Involve your Interact Club in your service and celebration. Make a part of your service and celebration a media event, so invite the local press. We will provide you with help in organizing your clubs' media event. It will be simple.
  • invite city and town officials
  • invite other service minded people
  • invite other service clubs
  • involve your Interact Club
  • have a media event during the service project
Areas of Focus
Promoting Peace
Fighting Disease
Providing clean water
Saving Mothers and Children
Supporting Education
Protecting the Environment
Food Insecurity
Empowering Women and Girls
Focus where there is a need for help 
What you should do to prepare
1. Reserve April 9th, 2022 on the calendars of your entire club.
2. With your club choose a service project to do on April 9.
3. Choose a leader for the clubs' participation in the Day of Service on April 9.
4. Send your clubs' project and Day of Service leader to Kate Sims at klsims59@gmail.com 
Thank You  Everyone, looking forward to hearing about your plans!  Remember 4/9/2022!!  Let's show our communities what Rotary Service looks like! 
DG Joanne
Amidst a downpour of rain, spirits were high and our Golfers held out hope that a great day of Golf would take place.  But, alas, a decision was made to give each foursome 18 holes with a cart for a date of their choice!  Our committee carried on, as great Rotarians do and made the day a tremendous success.
Golfers enjoyed a boxed lunch and gathered for some camaraderie, while we waited for a possible chance to hit the links!  Rotarians had a chance to reengage with old friends and meet new people from our District, while our golf committee busily prepared the raffle and sold tickets.
Our raffle gift baskets were creative and beautifully done. The baskets provided by our Rotary Clubs, were some of the best yet and everyone was happy to have a chance to win a prize. And of course, as is tradition, we had wonderful books, which are always a treat to win!  The grand prize was a first- class Rotary Firepit!  Easy to disassemble, this firepit had the Mark of Excellence symbol on the side, which I am told, will shine on the ground when the firepit is lit.
It was decided to move the dinner time up so we could get our Golfers in out of the wet weather and home earlier than planned.  As in traditional fashion, for Twin Hills Country Club, the dinner was delicious.  The food was abundant.
We used the proceeds from the event as part of our “Come Bank to Give Back Theme”.  Three Rotary Clubs were awarded $2000 each for a Community Service Project.  Those clubs were East Longmeadow, Suffield and New Milford!!  Congratulations to these lucky winners, we look forward to hearing about your projects!  We hope to make this an annual event and grow profits to honor even more clubs next year.  DGE Randy has already talked with the Golf Course about securing a date without rain for next year!!
We were thankful and honored to have 33 clubs support and take part in this event!  We thank everyone that attended. Most of all I would like to thank Kate Sims, who coordinated this event for our District and the incredible team of people that helped.  Kate, we are forever grateful!  These are not easy events.  Meeting every week, getting our raffle baskets from the club to the golf course, planning out the day, working with the restaurant to coordinate the food, securing tee signs with printing, the registration of the golfers, check in the day of the event and of course selling raffle tickets, takes a lot of work and dedicated Rotarians who set the benchmark for future years. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Thank you to all of you as we Come Back to Give Back and Serve to Change Lives!
District Governor
Gordon McInally
Rotary International President
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