Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Marge Barker


JUSTON MCKINNEY is coming to our District Conference on May 20th!

With multiple performances on The Tonight Show, his own Comedy Central specials and consistently selling out theaters, he’s at the top of his game.
Juston grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine.  After earning an associates degree from the very prestigious Southern Maine Community College, he was hired as a deputy Sheriff patrolling the same border in which he grew up.  But in 1997 Juston turned in his gun and badge and left the dangerous streets of rural Maine and moved to the quiet community of Queens, New York.  While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, Carolines on broadway and the New York Times called him, “Destined for stardom.” Juston would go on to sign sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions, IFC and Comedy Central. 
He has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central shows including his half hour Comedy Central Presents and his 1-hour special Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros.  He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as the, Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy” Next Generation” Tour, with Bill Engval, which aired on TBS and had his own weekly show on Sirius/XM radio, Live From the Woods with Juston McKinney.
His TV credits include; The King of Queens, the Sidney Lumet drama 100 Centre Street.  His movie credits include The Zoo Keeper and Here Comes the Boom.
Juston also wrote, created and starred in the web series Hosed, about a volunteer fire department in the fictitious town of Effingwoods, NH. It caught the eye of Denis Leary and his production company Apostle. Juston then wrote the pilot and it was sold to IFC.
He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs.
District Training Assembly
Last call!  Don’t miss the District Training Assembly Saturday April 8!
Please come, it’s open to all Rotarians in District 7780.   Bring a Rotary friend!  We have sessions for the club secretary, treasurer, club protection officer, committee heads, board members, fundraisers, service project teams – everyone who wants to know more about Rotary and hear about our plans for the coming year! 
At only $25, it’s affordable and we’ll be very efficient with your time.  There’s fun on the agenda too…we promise!  
The full agenda is at the link.  Breakfast at eight, programs begin at 8:45 and by 12:30 we’ll adjourn.  Many of us will head to Easy Day for an optional (not included in the price) lunch and bowling party!  If you can’t bowl, come for cheer and cheering.  This Assembly is often our largest single gathering of Rotarians in the year, we look forward to seeing all forty of our clubs turn out for fellowship and service.
The District Vision and Planning Committee is hosting the 9th in our series of “Vision to Plan” Workshops on Thursday, April 27th, 2017. We will continue our work to help clubs sharpen their vision and planning processes. Focus will be on club vision/re-vision, and defining SMART goals and actions plans. This training benefits new and experienced club leaders and committee members. If you are interested in attending, read on for more details...
Polio Update
As you know, we keep getting closer to ending polio: 359 cases in 2014, 74 cases in 2015, and 37 cases last year. The good news is that there are only three case so far this year; two in Afghanistan and one in Pakistan. Unfortunately, more cases occur during the warm months, so we will have to wait to see what the summer brings.
Last weekend, I heard Rotary General Secretary John Hewko speak, and the first item on his agenda was ending polio and how is not the time to slacken our efforts. In fact, it is the time to redouble them. The Gates match is still there, two dollars for every dollar donated by a Rotarian. But right now there is a one billion dollar funding gap in terms of what is needed, so please make a donation to Polio Plus and if you have already done so, consider giving again.
It was also announced recently that Bill Gates will be a featured speaker at the Atlanta Rotary Convention in June. If you are sitting on the fence as to whether or not to register, that's another good reason to do so. Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.
Finally, you may remember that the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club sponsored a road race last fall in conjunction with World Polio Day. The results are in and the club raised $600 for End Polio Now. They plan on doing it again next year and hopefully it will be bigger and better. Congratulations to all involved.
Four-Way Test Speech Contest
It sure is if you are a Rotary Club that has a high school in your town!
The first prize of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest has been named in honor of Cynthia Moran-Laux. Cynthia was known for her excellent community service in her town, Bethel, ME. She served as President of the Bethel Rotary Club and partner of District Governor 2005-2006, Robert Laux. Cynthia was a speech pathologist and had a heart for basic education and literacy. She raised funds to construct a library in Vietnam, delivered book supplies to libraries in Cambodia, and participated on two Rotaplast missions; these are just view examples of the many projects Cynthia was involved. More important, Cynthia truly applied the Four-Way Test as a guidance in her professional and personal life decisions.
The following cash prizes will be awarded:
First Place $750
Second Place $500
Third Place $250
Eligibility: Any high school student, grades 9-12, in a town represented by a Rotary Club in District 7780 (public, private, home-schooled, online). Previous District First Place Winner are not eligible. You can find more information at the following link: Four-Way Test Speech Contest Manual
Rotary Grants
The 2017-18 Grants Management Training modules can now be accessed on rotary.org Learning Center.
Interested in getting involved in a District or Global Grant?  As in previous years, club qualification requires two members of your club to successfully take all three modules this spring before you can participate in Foundation grant-making.  (Why not use this as a learning opportunity and ask members who have not previously taken the course to get involved?) Each of the modules is about 20 minutes in length and the deadline for completing all three is April 30.
The good news:  Your club members can access the modules anywhere 24/7 and at absolutely no cost. This shouldn't be difficult! Unlike previous years, the modules will ONLY be available online.  No time commitment required for a "terra" seminar this year!
The even better news:  The first person in your club to successfully complete the modules will receive (via snail-mail) the newly updated 2017-18 Grants Folder with all pertinent information for applying for a District or Global Grant. 
To access the modules:  Go to www.rotary.org, and log into "my rotary," then scroll down to the Learning Center, click on "Rotary Grants," and then on "District 7780 Annual Grants Training."  You will note that there are three modules, and three short quizzes.  You can take them all at once, or spread them out over separate trainings.
Either way, the point is to learn more about the expectations and possibilities of Rotary Foundation grants before you apply.  And if your club decides to go out for a District Foundation grant -- and I hope you do -- deadline to apply will be June 1.
Giving in the 21st Century
Giving to The Rotary Foundation is always great, but giving electronically is even better.  Through Rotary Direct, you can determine the frequency and the amount of a gift given monthly, quarterly or annually.  (Find out how on rotary.org.) Alternatively, hitting the “donate” button on either rotary.org or 7780rotary.org is easy on you, and less expensive for the folks at Headquarters to manage.  Of course, checks are always appreciated, but managing funds transfers by paper checks is so … 20th century. Giving online is faster, less work for the Club Treasurer and the data can always be followed on-line. 
So give anyway you are most comfortable, but remember that your dollars go furthest when you give online!
Foundation Grant Training, Now Online!
The 2017 Grants Management training is now completely online.  The modules – three modules that are each about 20 minutes long—will soon be up and active on rotary.org’s Learning Center.  Take then when you like, as you like, where you like! But take them.  One of the requirements for club involvement in Rotary Foundation Grant activity in 2017-18 is for two members of your club to take the updated course.
Please Enter Our District Conference Reverse Raffle in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation!
We have had a silent auction or raffle for years at our District Conference.  This year, District Governor Marge has suggested a reverse raffle instead. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, you will have one ticket entered into the raffle for each $100 you donate to either The Annual Fund or to PolioPlus when signing up for the District Conference. The conference registration form enables you to make contributions to The Annual Fund and PolioPlus at the time you register. You will receive full Foundation credit for the money you donate to The Annual Fund or PolioPlus in connection with the raffle.
As you do not need to be present at the conference to win, contact raffle co-chair George Rice, gwrice@myfairpoint.net, if you wish to make donations and be entered into the raffle, but will not be able to attend the conference.
In a reverse raffle, the first tickets drawn will not win anything, then, depending on the number of prizes we have, the remaining tickets will win prizes.  These drawings will take place several times during the District Conference, each time with the earlier tickets drawn not winning anything and the subsequent tickets winning prizes.  Our clubs donate most of the prizes.  Some of our sponsors and past, present and future governors will be donating prizes too.  (The number of winners will be determined by the number of prizes donated!)
While we hope you will attend the conference, our Assistant Governors will ensure that any prize you win is delivered to you if you are not present during the drawing.
Thank you for your support in honor of the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation!  Come join the fun at the Conference!
George Rice and John LoBosco, Raffle Co-Chairs

Led by York Rotarians and six additional D7780 Clubs, involvement with the Rotary Uganda Cancer Center continues.  Last summer, a team of eight medical professionals from this area participated in a Vocational Training Team to provide training for staff at St. Francis Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.  Another component of the grant involved shipping two containers of medical equipment to enable the cancer center to open for patients.  That equipment (estimated value of nearly $500,000) was secured through Partners for World Health, a Portland agency who collects gently used equipment and new medical supplies for health facilities in developing countries.

RYLA is one of the greatest movements in District 7780
RYLA is a movement within Rotary District 7780 that goes beyond the confines of a four-day experience.  There is a bond to service connected by increased confidence that propels the individuals that are associated with RYLA into current moments of creating positive change.  RYLA is a year long and even a lifetime endeavor.  2017 represents the 27th group of campers that will participate.
Every June camp ends with campers leaving with their parents & guardians with hope and optimism of what their lives can accomplish.  New skills of listening, team building, public speaking, bring confidence levels up.  Friendships forged in the process of extending comfort zones and reflecting in a way that allows for deeper understanding of various paradigms.   Letters are sent in from both parents and students saying that the experience has been eye-opening and transformational.
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