Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill

The winner of this year's 4-Way Test Speech Contest is Oscar Hennin, pictured above speaking to Rotarians attending the District Training Assembly on Saturday. He is a freshman at Morse High School in Bath, and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bath. Oscar said his prize money of $750 goes towards his driver license and a summer course at Southern Maine Community College. Congratulations, Oscar!
All District 7780 Rotarians, greetings.
Documents and information about votes that will take place at the District Training Assembly April 7, and at the 2018 Rotary Mount Washington Summit (District annual business meeting, May 5) may be found at this link:  

The District Training Assembly registration and 2018 Summit Registration are now open, and you can find registration links on this home page.  All district 7780 Rotarians are invited to attend these meetings.

Dave Underhill, District Governor (2017-2018)

The District Strategic Plan Draft, prepared after extensive consultation with clubs and members over the past year, is ready for your review.  The leadership team plans to roll out this plan along with specific action steps at the April 7th District Training Assembly.  Please review the draft, and email your feedback to committee chair, Aileen Dugan (aileen@aileendugan.com).  
The 2018 Rotary Summit at Mount Washington, May 4-6, is coming up fast and District 7780 members are signing up rapidly.  As of early March, over 130 of our members have registered. Final room payments were due March 1.   Over five hundred Rotarians are expected to attend this amazing conference, which features Rotary International President Ian Riseley and inspirational speaker Travis Roy among our many keynoters, workshops and events.  We’ll have a service project to package meals for Rise Against Hunger, along with a youth service program, family events and much more. Click on the link below for an overview and to connect to the Summit registration page and program information. http://rotary7780.org/Stories/2018-rotary-mount-washington-summit
I wish the news was better, but since last month, 2 new cases of the wild polio virus have been discovered in Afghanistan bringing the total to 3. Nevertheless, things are improving. No cases have yet to be reported in Pakistan. You may remember in 2017, we ended the year with 22 cases of wild polio virus in two countries (14 in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan). In 2016, we had 35 cases in three countries (12 in Afghanistan, 19 in Pakistan, and 4 in Nigeria.) Pakistan has been making great strides in our struggle to eradicate polio.
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
International Service Committee Update
The International Service Committee is excited to announce the representatives of District 7780 for 2018’s Cultural Exchange to Kakamega, Kenya!
Steve Wight - Bethel Rotary Club (Team Leader)
Carol Madsen - Bridgton Lake Region Rotary Club
Joan Correll - Hampton Rotary Club
Tom Wilbur - Freeport Rotary Club
Catherine Wilbur - Freeport Rotary Club
Claudia Frost - Brunswick Rotary Club
Back row left to right:  Carol Madsen, Tom Wilbur, Claudia Frost & Joan Correll
Front Row left to right:  Steve Wight & Sukie Rice (not pictured: Catherine Wilbur)
The team will be traveling to Kakamega from March 28 through April 10, 2018. The purpose of this trip is to learn more about the work being done at the Kakamega Orphan Care Center and to explore the needs of the KOCC in terms of sustainability. The team will be living at the orphanage and will collaborate with local Rotary Clubs regarding additional support through Rotary.
Events & Registration
District Calendar
View the full District Calendar for committee meetings, club events and much more.
Future Events
(District Conference)
May 4-6, 2018
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on polio eradication