Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill

Registration is now open for the 2018 Rotary Mount Washington Summit!
Fellow Rotarians, we look forward to being with you at this exciting and historic event!  Join over 500 Rotarians from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Quebec and Vermont, at the beautiful Mount Washington Resort on May 4-6, 2018.  Registration is now OPEN.  Here’s what you need to know:
And the winners are…the children of our world, and the campaign to End Polio Now!
As you remember, we have been holding a district-wide contest to promote the PolioPlus campaign, leading up to October 24 and World Polio Day.
I’m proud to report on behalf of our Foundation Committee that this effort has been successful in many ways. 
From July 1 to the end of September, 170 gifts to PolioPlus were received from 147 Rotarians (some Rotarians gave more than once).  The total of District 7780 gifts to PolioPlus in the first quarter of this Rotary year reached $17,394.  With the generous 2:1 matching fund of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this adds $52,182 to the fight against polio.   Wow!  To put that in perspective, in the same period last year our District had raised $6,602 toward polio eradication. 
The names of all 2017-18 PolioPlus donors were put in a hat (well, it was a basket but it looked quite like a hat to me).   The winning ticket and a first runner-up were drawn at Sanford-Springvale’s weekly meeting yesterday, October 5. 
The first name drawn was that of David Longo, Rotarian from the Hampton Club.  David was surprised and pleased, but he was unable to clear his calendar of work and family obligations, and so turned down the opportunity.  We thank him for his donation and his dedication to Rotary.  The first runner up, Roland Gagne of the Biddeford-Saco Club and Paula Gagne will therefore be heading to Seattle and the World Polio Day festivities, to represent our district as the events are telecast live round the world from the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 24.
Travel arrangements have been donated by a generous (anonymous) Rotarian, and we are all grateful for that contribution.
Sorry to relate that we had a new case of Polio appear in Pakistan and we are now up to 11 cases total this year: 6 in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. The bright side is that we are still down from last year when we had 25 cases in September 2016 and a total of 37 for the year. We are definitely making progress but the numbers remind us that we have to keep up our efforts. Polio will never be eradicated without the work and financial support of each and every one of us.
Donations are rolling in this year - thanks very much to all of you. So far in Rotary year 2017-18 clubs and individual Rotarians have donated $13,491. And we know that many clubs and individuals make their donations toward the end of the Rotary year. Speaking of donations, the drawing for the trip to Seattle for World Polio Day later this month will be held on October 5 and the winner will be promptly notified. I write this before the end of September so the final figures are not yet in but next month I hope to have a report on how many Rotarians contributed at least $25 to Polio Plus and thus were eligible for the drawing.
Finally, several people have asked about whether it makes a difference where they make their polio donation on the Foundation website. Donors have a choice in making their donation:
The PolioPlus Fund, or The Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio
It makes no difference. Donations to either go to fight polio and the donor receives credit toward a Paul Harris Fellowship.
(Includes new information as of September 30, 2017.)
Here is a summary of the three Rotary Foundation Donor-Advised Funds that will provide Hurricane relief from the recent storms.  
Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria), a new fund has been set up:
Account name: Puerto Rico Recovery Fund 
Account #614.
Hurricane Irma: (Impact on Caribbean and Florida): Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund 
Account #296.
Hurricane Harvey: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund (Texas/Alabama region)
Account #608
Here’s how to donate to any of these three funds, which will be distributed under the direction of the Rotary districts involved in each region, 
You can contribute by check or wire transfer or online with a credit card at the following link. 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.
In addition, our district clubs are working on new communication channels to funnel more specific support to clubs in Southwest Florida and Puerto Rico.  We will be sharing more information on these specific efforts in the coming weeks.   Thank you for caring, and for making a difference in lives of neighbors who have been badly disrupted by these three hurricanes.
Dave Underhill, District 7780 Governor
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

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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