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District 7890




August 2017

Message from the Governor


Dave Mangs  2017-18

THE POWER OF ONE:

If Not Me Then Who? If Not Now Then When?


As I travel around the Rotary World, and visit our Rotary Clubs, I have had to conclude that A Rotarian is a very special individual, and when Rotarians combine to form a Club they magnify their power to “Make a Difference” in their community and in the “Global Village.” A Rotarian is pulled by vison and passion and finds in Rotary a fellowship of men and women who encourage and support that journey to a better world. In our precious fellowship, Rotarians also grow as human beings with leadership skills, confidence, optimism, perseverance, and humility. Whether in our youth programs or as adult Rotarians, we have discovered that maturity happens when one realizes it is time to “pay back.” It is in service to others that we find true happiness and meaning in our lives. Yes, as givers we receive more than those we serve. Rotarians give of themselves and strive to make everybody feel like a somebody. As Mark Twain said: “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”


Optimism is a hallmark of Rotarians because we believe we can change the world for the better and we do. Pessimists are filled with doubt, they are constantly looking for reasons why dreams and goals cannot be realized, and they will never find new horizons or undiscovered lands of opportunity. In Rotary, we know that creativity is intelligence having fun as we work with the people and tools at-hand, and as we create partnerships, knowing that missing pieces of the puzzle will be found as we continue on our Journey.


I am reminded of the outer edge of the Rotary Wheel with its peaks and valleys. The peaks are when we achieve success with a new member, a new youth club, a service project completed, or a successful fundraiser or social event. The valleys are the loss of a Rotarian, an incomplete service project, a long time and successful Rotary club that “ages out” and goes out of existence for a lack of new members.


The Rotary wheel keeps turning in spite of the obstacles, the doubters, our mistakes or shortcomings. Our success does not come because we are “occasionally” engaged as Rotarians. It comes from our perseverance and our consistent actions on behalf of the people and the causes to which we are passionately committed.  It is not that Rotarians never fail, what distinguishes us is our ability to keep rising after every time we fall, to be true to our values when we are being tested, and to demonstrate our integrity by having the courage to do what is right in spite of the challenges.


Each Rotarian and each Rotary Club has the “Power of One.” We must ask ourselves every day: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?  


– Dave A. Mangs, PhD

DG District 7890



 End Game For Polio

The Deadline to Purchase Tickets is Monday, August 21st

 

District 7890 End Polio Now Night at the New Britain Bees!

Picnic and Game Start: 6:35 PM

Saturday, August 26, 2017

 

Don't forget to bring your club banners.  We will have a Rotary table in front of the stadium to pick up tickets on the night of the game.

You will have the option to purchase a reserved game ticket and a picnic ticket for $22 or just a game ticket for $12.  The $22 ticket is an all you can eat meal and by far the best value.   

 

 Elaine Pavasaris, Chairperson

End Polio Now Night at the New Britain Bees

Email: elaine@homesweethomect.com



Polio Eradication—The End Game


Rotarians around the world started this Rotary Year with the most exciting news ever from the Atlanta International Rotary Convention. A pledge of $1.2 billion from world leaders towards the goal of seeing an end to polio by 2019 resonated not only within the walls of the convention hall but also created waves of raving comments from the news media around the world. Pledges included Rotary’s $150 million and a $450 million matching grant towards Rotary’s pledge from Bill Gates. This will go a long way towards the ‘End Game’ budget of $1.5 billion between now and 2019. To add to the wonderful news, the UK Government has just committed 100 million British Pounds ($125 million) more to polio eradication efforts.


In July, for the first time, at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, world leaders acknowledged the importance of polio eradication not only as a major health issue but also as an economic issue for developing countries. They have made commitments to support the eradication program until its end.


Wild Polio Virus Type1 based cases remain at 8 as of August 2 this year; 5 from Afghanistan and 3 from Pakistan. Intensive efforts by Pakistan continue to show that polio is containable by the end of this year. By the end of May, Pakistan immunized over 38 million children within a one year period. They were able to reach 92% coverage against a 95% goal. Intensive efforts are continuing to reach the 95% goal.


A coordinated effort by Pakistan and Afghanistan under the National Emergency Action Plan to reach the highly mobile border population in both countries is underway.


Circulating Vaccine Derived Type 2 polio cases took a turn for the worse so far this year with the appearance of 27 cases in Syria and 4 cases in Democratic Republic of the Congo, previously polio free countries. Though all types of polio cases are critical, circulating vaccine derived polio cases are a little easier to contain compared to the wild polio virus cases. Emergency efforts based on the Rapid Response Action Plan are under way in both these countries. Syria poses the biggest challenge to reach the affected areas due to the ongoing conflict.


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative members continue to be confident about the End Game goal of 2019. As Rotarians, we need to continue our generous support for polio eradication until we reach our goal of a Polio Free world. Remember, Rotary’s commitment is $50 million a year for the next 3 years matched by the Gates Foundation on a 2:1 basis.


—Prasad Menon, Dist. Polio Plus Chair











 Build Your Rotary Legacy:

Help Our Centennial Tree Become More Green

We have gone from this a year ago to this.


Rotary’s tomorrow depends on what we do today.  

Become a part of District 7890’s 100-for-the 100th initiative.

 

Each green leaf on our centennial tree represents a new donation or bequest of at least $10,000. The goal of this initiative is to double the number of green leaves on this tree by March 31, 2018. Of course, a gift of cash or securities now helping the foundation to good here in our communities three years from now is very welcome. But the main thrust of this year’s initiative is to increase by 100 the Rotarians and friends of Rotary who choose to include a gift to Rotary’s endowment in their estate plans.


Once you have decided to support the Endowment, you can provide further direction on how available earnings are spent. For example, if you select Endowment-SHARE, our Rotary district can direct a portion of the spending along with a portion going to the World Fund. This functions like a perpetual annual fund gift.


If you have already included Rotary in an estate plan, whether through a will or codicil, or perhaps by making The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International the beneficiary of a retirement plan or insurance policy, please let Rotary know if you have not already done so. Our district’s Endowment/Major Gifts Committee will include these as we add leaves to our tree. Bequest Society Recognition Levels begin at level one, $10,000.  


Contact Sue Klock, suehklock@gmail.com for more information. Find out how you can plan/host a roundtable or fireside chat to share information about this initiative with others in your area. Club Foundation Chairs, work with your program committee and club officers to plan a program to share information about this 100-for-the 100th initiative. Members of the district’s Endowment/Major Gifts Committee and others who are ambassadors for the initiative are available to visit your clubs and to participate in a roundtable with small numbers of Rotarians.


Around The District


East Windsor Citizen of the Year


On June 15, 2017, the Rotary Club of East Windsor honored well known, and well respected, resident Andy Hoffman as its Citizen of the Year. A pioneer in space travel design, Mr. Hoffman served on the original Hamilton team to develop Apollo spacesuit and served on the Apollo 13 Recovery Team. He retired as an executive from Hamilton Sundstrand. Even though he spent a tremendous amount of time dedicated to his profession, he found opportunities to volunteer with civic organizations, as well as town government. Not to mention, he has enjoyed a long lasting marriage with his wife Pat. Proclamations from the State Legislature, as well as the Town of East Windsor, recited his many accomplishments over the years. It was a pleasure and honor for the club to bestow this title upon Mr. Hoffman; he is a great example of service above self.



 Town of Putnam Honors Rotary



The Town of Putnam presented the Putnam Rotary Club an award for all the Rotary Park renovations the club funded, more than $25,000. Renovations included intense tree work, plantings, benches, an irrigation system, new crowd-tough grass, a clock and more. The club's Scott Pempek, right, accepts the award from  Putnam Mayor Tony Falzarano.  Courtesy photo.



District Member News


Happy Anniversary To


44 Years

Avon-Canton

Chartered August 20, 1973


13 Years

Kensington-Berlin

Chartered August 3, 2004


Welcome New Members!

NEW MEMBERS – JULY

Agawam -- Steven Lemanski

Amherst -- James Triplett

Chicopee -- Patrick Gottschlicht, Jason Levine, Jason Reed

Hartford -- Rosemary Feehan-Huff

Kensington-Berlin -- Gayle Gwozdz

Ludlow -- Carmina Fernandes, James Stanczak

Manchester -- Edward Epstein

New Britain-Berlin -- Christina Almani

Northampton -- Greg Dibrindisi

Simsbury-Granby -- Lisa Reinhardt

Southington -- Christopher Conlon

Terryville -- Bill Hawley, Mary Talge

Westfield -- Amybeth Perry

Wethersfield/Rocky Hill -- Josue Irizarry


Reporting Attendance

 

Attention Clubs!!! It is important that you record your attendance. Be sure to update weekly attendance to the District Club Runner. This is a Rotary International requirement!!























 




































































Contact Us / Submissions

 

Did your email address change? Have some news to share?

Your new contact information or newsletter submissions (including graphics, photos or files as attachments) should be sent by the 10th of the month to:


PDG Karen Andrews at karen1710@comcast.net



JULY

%

Agawam

32

72

Amherst

66

44.5

Avon-Canton

68

56.72

Bloomfield

25

*

Bristol, CT

35

64.21

Chicopee

31

*

Dalton

11

*

East Hartford

52

57.94

East Longmeadow

24

70.83

East Windsor

14

76.79

Easthampton

32

*

Enfield

53

35.85

Farmington

40

*

Franklin County

16

*

Glastonbury

76

87

Great Barrington

55

*

Hartford

35

*

Holyoke

71

31.6

Kensington-Berlin

13

60.71

Killingly-Brooklyn

*

*

Litchfield-Morris

21

*

Ludlow

27

*

Manchester

35

59.67

Monson

10

97

New Britain-Berlin

43

*

New Milford

42

*

Newington

24

65.59

North Adams

14

*

Northampton

33

*

Palmer

29

*

Pittsfield

64

*

Plainfield

21

*

Plainville

40

*

Putnam

61

68.27

Rockville Rotary

28

*

Salisbury

39

41.88

Simsbury-Granby

65

*

Somers

30

48

South Windsor

*

*

Southington

46

*

Southwick

24

*

Springfield

55

37.95

Stafford

26

*

Suffield

33

61.39

Terryville

12

85.4

Thomaston

*

*

Torrington-Winsted

*

*

Tri-Town

12

*

Ware

*

*

Washington

12

*

Watertown

40

51

West Hartford

51

*

West Springfield

67

88.38

Westfield - MA

30

71.1

Wethersfield/Rocky Hill

*

*

Wilbraham-Hampden

26

80.76

Williamstown

39

36.26

Willimantic

21

*

Windsor/Windsor Locks

21

56