Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: Dave Underhill

The 2018 Rotary Summit at Mount Washington, May 4-6, is coming up fast and District 7780 members are signing up rapidly.  As of late January, over 120 of our members have registered. Rooms are going fast and are being managed with a wait-list, which will clear over the coming few weeks. If you are registered, you’ll be getting email confirmations and making final payments by 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
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.
by Lawrence Furbish, District Polio Plus Chair
I had hoped that there would be great news and I could announce zero polio cases thus far this year, but I found out from our own Mike McGovern, chair of the International Polio Plus Committee, that one case has been discovered in Afghanistan. But take heart, things are improving. 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.) The trend is definitely in the right direction.
Sadly, there was tragic news last week from Pakistan where two polio vaccinators, a mother-daughter team, were shot by assassins on motorcycles. This is the first time in two years that polio eradication workers have been killed. You may remember that several years ago, a number of them were murdered in Pakistan. Pakistan and Afghanistan now coordinate their national immunization days as 200,000 part-time vaccinators in Pakistan and 40,000 in Afghanistan work to give every child under the age of 5 polio drops.
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