Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill

Big thanks to the many clubs already engaged in raising funds to help folks in the path of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  It is a marathon, not a sprint, and the big picture of the impact is still being assessed.
As we await more information, I am updating your guidance about the two Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Funds already in place for hurricane relief.  One specifically focused on Hurricane Harvey and the other on the damage from Hurricane Irma, through the Caribbean and into the United States.   Here's how any Rotarian or club can make a donation.  Updated September 12, 2017.  

Two Rotary Foundation donor advised funds have been set up to accept donations for disaster relief and recovery in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:
Hurricane Harvey
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608
Hurricane Irma
Account name: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund
Account number: 296
You can contribute by check or wire transfer or online with a credit card. You'll need to provide the DAF account name and number listed above. If you would like a credit card receipt, please check the address box to share your address with Rotary.  Learn how you can contribute.
Our Governor-Elect, John LoBosco, has announced the appointment of Lawrence Furbish of the Rotary Club of Sanford-Springvale as chair of our District Rotary Foundation Committee for 2018-2021. John made the appointment in consultation with Governor-Nominee Andy Glazier, who whole-heartedly agreed.
In making the appointment John said, “We are thrilled to appoint Lawrence as chair of this important committee that does so much good throughout our district and the world.  We want to thank Marty Helman for her outstanding leadership over her three-year term and for the transition plan she has developed.  Marty and Lawrence already have begun working together to ensure a smooth transition.”
“The District Foundation Committee has had a busy three years,” Marty said. “The clubs are increasing their involvement in Global and District grants, and that has led to increased giving as well.  It’s a win-win: With increased giving, we’ve been able to double the amount of District DDF available to support our club’s Global Grants.  We’ve also instituted some operational improvements that are serving us well. We became the first District in the Rotary world to put our Grants Seminar on rotary.org’s Learning Center.  All-in-all, it’s been a great run, and I am delighted that Lawrence will be turning his considerable talents to leading this vital committee.”
Lawrence served as District Governor in 2014-2015 and is completing a three- year term as chair of our district’s finance committee.  In 2015-16, Lawrence was the overall chair of NEPETS.
District 7780 Recovery Initiative (our newest committee) was formed this year to assist clubs throughout the district in efforts to combat the substance use disorder and opioid epidemic that challenges all of our communities. The committee has just released information about a training session (Recognizing and Responding to an Opiate/Heroin Overdose) for members of the Kennebunk Rotary Club that will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the West Kennebunk Fire Department, 80 Thompson Road, West Kennebunk. Rotarians will be trained in how to recognize the signs of an overdose, how to perform first-aid, to include chest compression only CPR, as well as how to administer naloxone (the drug which reverses the affects of opioids). The committee would like to offer this training to all Rotary clubs in District 7780. If your club is interested in scheduling a training session or needs more information, please contact Kennebunk Police Chief and committee chair, Bob MacKenzie, rmackenzie@kennebunkmaine.us

Win a trip to World Polio Day in Seattle!

Give to PolioPlus between July 1st and September 30 and you’ll be entered into a drawing – you could be Sleepless in Seattle to commemorate World Polio Day!

Perhaps you watched Rotary’s World Polio Day Live Streaming Event on your computer during the last couple of years. It has been a terrific way to learn more about the status of our signature campaign to End Polio Now. Two years ago, it originated from New York City and last year from the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. This year, World Polio Day will be held in Seattle in recognition of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

A generous District 7780 Rotarian has donated airfare and a hotel room for one of us to travel to Seattle for World Polio Day on October 24. This is a chance to be in the audience and see “up close and personal” what major players in this field have to say. We don’t promise that you will be able to meet Bill Gates, but just maybe!

All you have to do to enter:

Are YOU Interested in a Leadership Position in our Rotary District?

Leadership in our District is an honor and a privilege. It’s a chance-of-a-lifetime for a volunteer to provide schooling and clean water to our less fortunate neighbors, to engage with our youth and senior citizens, and to generally make a difference by changing lives.  

The District Nominating Committee will meet this fall to select an outstanding Rotarian to be our District Governor in 2020-21 and also to select a Finance Committee member for a three-year position beginning next July 2018.  Might the right candidate be you?  

Check out what it takes to be considered for one of these positions by reading the Nominating Packet material on the left side of the home page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, contact Marty Helman, 2017-18 Nominating Committee Chair, martyrotary@gmail.com

Events & Registration
District Calendar
View the full District Calendar for committee meetings, club events and much more.
Future Events
Rotary Zones 24 & 32
Pre-Institute (training)
October 16-18, 2017
Rotary Zones 24 & 32 Institute
October 19-21, 2017
Hartford, CT
(District Conference)
May 4-6, 2018
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