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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
Homelessness
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!
 
Joanne
District Governor
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs HARTFORD YARD GOATS
Dunkin' Donuts Park, Hartford, CT

Advance Registration only. Ticket deadline is July 17, 2021

When you register, be sure to enter the number of tickets you'd like to buy for each category. When done, click "Continue to Payment Selection", where you'll be able to enter your credit card information (all tickets must be paid by credit card). Tickets will be available at the Rotary table on the day of the game. Parking is an additional fee day of the game.

Children under 3 are free if sitting on parent’s lap.  Please note any handicapped tickets needed.

Game Starts  6:05pm

FIREWORKS SHOW AT THE END OF THE GAME!

Ticket Price: $16 

$5 of every ticket sold will go toward the
“End Polio Now Campaign”

 
It's less than a week to the start of the virtual 2021 Multi-District Conference but you can still register and plan to take part in a gathering with Rotarians from parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island. 
 
Pull up a comfortable chair in front of the computer on Thursday and Friday evenings, April 29 and 30, and Saturday morning, May 1 for a great selection of events that will enhance your Rotary experience:
  • Inspiration to build diversity, equity and inclusion in your club, and more
  • Information to help recruit and retain new members, and more
  • Fellowship (yes, it can be done online -- join in Thursday evening to see how!)
  • Fun including a trivia contest Friday evening, and Saturday's premiere showing of bloopers from the videos featuring Mermaid Charlene and Neptune Marc
 
Hey all you seafaring Rotarians in 7950 and landlubbers in 7890 --
 
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It's Tina Tuna here, the fish with legs bringing you the latest update on your Multi-District Conference with legs.
 
Now you're probably thinking: what the [bleep] does it mean for a district conference to have legs?
 
I'm so glad you asked.
 
It means the benefits will stay with you long after the few hours you spend at the virtual event April 29 - May 1. Benefits like:
  • Inspiration to build diversity, equity and inclusion in your club, and more
  • Information to help recruit and retain new members, and more
  • Fellowship (yes, it can be done online -- join in Thursday evening to see how!)
  • Fun including a trivia contest Friday evening, and Saturday's premiere showing of bloopers from the videos featuring Mermaid Charlene and Neptune Marc
Speaking of the lovely mermaid and Neptune, you can catch their latest video report here. (I've got a big part in it, too!)
 
When you turn off your computer at the end of the conference, you'll have a big leg up on the latest tools for building Rotary in your community.
 
But first you need to register. Click here to check out the schedule and meet the speakers. Or click here to go straight to the online registration form.
 
I promise you'll be hooked.
 
Best --
 
Tina
Our District Conference is coming up quickly, and we invite all to join! Please see below for some exciting highlights:
 
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It's been over 30 years since Rotary undertook the massive challenge of eradicating polio worldwide, and just in the past year Africa has been declared free of wild polio.
 
So how close are we to the goal line and what will it take to get us across it?
 
That's what we'll learn from Rotary International PolioPlus chair Mike McGovern in the opening keynote address of our virtual Multi-District Conference, Thursday evening, April 29.
 
 
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How did peace strategies learned in Thailand improve law enforcement in Philadelphia? And what does that mean for us as Rotarians in New England?
 
Join Inspector D. F. Pace for this provocative presentation on Saturday morning, May 1 -- the concluding day of our virtual Multi-District Conference.
This year's multi-District Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, April 29, Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1.  Registration is now open! Please view the extensive registration brochure under 'Download Files', or click here.
 
The conference will be entirely virtual, and will be held:
 
Thursday, April 29, 2021: 6:15 - 8:45pm
Friday, April 30, 2021: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday, May 1, 2021: 8:45 - 11:30am
 
 
 
 
 
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