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Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: John LoBosco

           
                                             
 
 
 
Stories

Rotary International and Rotary District 7780 take pride in our financial transparency and accountability to all Clubs and Rotarians.  For this reason, we publish our annual financial statements to the full membership. Club Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Treasurers and board members in particular are encouraged to review the statements for the Rotary Year 2017-2018 (the year that ended June 30, 2018).  You will need your ClubRunner log-in and password to view the statements at this link:

https://rotary7780.org/sitepage/finance-committee

This notice informs you that a vote to ratify the District 7780 Financial Statements including the supplemental statement, as posted above, will be taken at the District Training Assembly April 6, 2019, at York County Community College in Wells ME.  All Clubs and Rotarians are invited to the assembly.

From Sheila Rollins, District 7780 Rotaract Chair 2016-2019, Rotary District Governor 2015-16
 
On behalf of the University of New Hampshire and St. Joseph’s College Rotaract Clubs, thank you, District 7780 for making the Rotaract trip to Puerto Rico possible.  I’m happy to report that we made our goal of $10,000.00.  I would like to acknowledge the 20 Rotary Clubs and one Interact Club that have made a donation including Dover, Kittery, Kittery After Hours, Portsmouth Interact, Portsmouth, Kennebunk Portside, Rochester, Exeter, Bethel, Bridgton, South Portland Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook Gorham, Brunswick, York, Portland Sunrise, Ogunquit, Hampton, Durham, Oxford Hills, and Fryeburg. I would also like to thank the 26 individuals that made personal donation through the “gofundme” site. If your club is interested in hearing about the Puerto Rico trip on our return, we would be thrilled to share the experience. There will be two trips March 10-17th and May 12-18th.  

Hello fellow District 7780 Rotarians, introducing my newest Rotary role as your District Global Grants Coordinator.

There are two key challenges to this job: getting the right information, and understanding how to make the system navigable and friendly for your Club.  Please bear with me as we learn together. As a starting point, we’ve posted an index of our district’s global grants, distilled into a two-page summary.  We’ve posted this on the district website at this link, which you can find on the homepage under “Downloads”:

https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050088/en-ca/files/homepage/2018-2019-global-grants-summary/Global-Grants-2-1-2019.xlsx.pdf

You may find this index easier to understand than the Rotary.org grant page which, while extremely accurate, doesn’t separate grants we administer in District 7780 from those hosted by other clubs around the world.  This summary will also allow you to see which clubs have participated in every current grant, and see who is the key person for the grant so you can get in touch with them. Please give me feedback on this summary.  If you find it useful, we will update it  monthly going forward.  Of course, let me know if you see anything that’s not accurate.

Please email or ring me anytime you want to discuss a global grant opportunity.  If you’re drafting a grant, step one is to let me know about it and to get started entering it in the Rotary.org grants center.  Your draft will immediately be assigned a grant number, and we can help you to reserve the funds (if available) in our district’s global grant budget. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming grants trainings and the District Training Assembly on April 6.  Thank you!

Dave Underhill 

Dave.underhill.nh@gmail.com (603-706-3143)

NOMINATING COMMITTEE SELECTS DICK HALL TO LEAD THE DISTRICT IN 2021-22
 
Our Nominating Committee has selected Dick Hall of the Rotary Club of Portland to lead District 7780 in 2021-22.  Dick will work closely over the coming years with Governor John LoBosco and incoming governors Andy Glazier (2019-20) and Peggy Belanger (2020-21).
Dick has become very familiar with many of our clubs through our Visioning program.  He has served as a Visioning facilitator since the inception of the program in 2010, including leading the committee.  Dick advocated for our district to also develop a vision and helped draft the district's strategic plan.  Dick has served as our district's webmaster and as an Assistant Governor.  He currently chairs our Youth Exchange Committee, while also serving as his club's Foundation chair.  Dick's involvement with Rotary began at a young age - his father is a past district governor in Massachusetts.  Dick has been a Rotarian since 1984 and has also been a member of the Lewiston/Auburn club.  He served as president of the Portland Rotary Club in 2006-2007.  Dick has been named a Paul Harris fellow many times and he is a member of The Rotary Foundation's Bequest Society.
 
Dick holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.  He has extensive experience as a project manager with SGC Engineering, where he focuses on alternative energy and power projects. In other areas of activity, Dick has served as Boy Scout Commissioner, coached Little League and girls' high school hockey, served on the environmental subcommittee of the Maine State Chamber, and been active with the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club and the Centerboard Yacht Club.
 
On behalf of the district, our governor wishes to thank the entire Nominating Committee for its service, including especially Carolyn Johnson, who chaired the committee.  While we do not expect challenges to Dick's nomination, DG John has announced, in accordance with our bylaws, that any challenge must be filed with him on or before December 14.  The challenge must be submitted by club resolution naming the challenging candidate.
 
Bob Smith to join Finance Committee in 2019-20
 
The Nominating Committee has selected Bob Smith of The Rotary Club of Portsmouth to join the Finance Committee for a three year term beginning July 1, 2019.  Bob will serve as the representative from Division A (New Hampshire clubs).  He will fill the seat currently occupied by Mike Asselin, whose term is expiring. Bob has worked in the financial services industry for the past 35 years, and is currently a financial advisor with Edward Jones.  He holds a BS from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Bob assures us he "has an eye for detail" and is known for accuracy "to the penny."  We look forward to having Bob join the committee in July, though we will truly miss Mike and thank him for his service.
Everyone’s Phone Number at Your Fingertips
Have you done the easy ClubRunner download yet?
 
How would you like to have not only your own Rotary Club members contact information but also the entire District at your fingertips? You can and so much more by downloading the new and improved ClubRunner Mobile App. You can also access club and district leadership, stories and events all with just a few clicks. Connecting to them is as easy as clicking on the phone number or email address.You can download it on the AppStore or GooglePlay and be on your way in minutes. Now would also be a good time to make sure that your profile is current, and if you do not have a picture saved, or your birthday listed, considering updating your information now! Reach out and collaborate with other like minded Rotarians from around our district and be the People of Action that your are!
 
 

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District Calendar
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Future Events
Mid-Year Dinner
Monday evening, January 28, 2019
 
PETS Training
Thursday, March 7 - Saturday, March 9, 2019
 
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