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District 7890

July 2017

Message from the Governor

Dave Mangs  2017-18


The Rotary theme for  2017-2018 is appropriate for Rotary Clubs and Rotarians on so many levels.  First, the Vision:  Rotary International is the service organization of choice with dynamic, action oriented clubs whose contributions improve lives in communities worldwide.

Second, the Mission:  Rotarians provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Rotary Clubs are uniquely positioned to “Make a Difference” in our communities because we are not-political , not-sectarian, and not affiliated with any particular religion.  In addressing human needs, we are people of action that can bring community leaders and people  together that might not otherwise be communicating with one another. From the beginning, Rotarians have been networkers that can see opportunities that will make our world a better place when people work together.  

We have the privilege and honor of being Rotarians;  however,  we  must also accept the responsibility, duties and obligations that are essential to our being Rotarians. Yes, we must also  remember that “making a difference” is fun, and that  being a Rotarian is an adventure. We must continually renew our commitment to our Rotary values, integrity, and our fellowship. Remember: “ if you are coasting, you are going downhill”.

Rotarians lead by example in their personal, professional, and community lives. Sometimes it is in interpersonal communications where we can “make a difference”. When confronted by “Hate Speech” or “Bullying”, Rotarians stand up for the victims and the truth because we know that indifferent silence will only make matters worse.  

Rotary Clubs are in a unique position to honor those in our communities who have made a positive difference in the lives of others. We can hold up for our citizens the light of example by recognizing those who best reflect a sincere commitment to “Service Above Self”. Whether it is a community service award or a Paul Harris recognition, the publicity helps to fill a void in our public and social media so overcrowded with negative news.

Rotary Clubs and Rotarians have a wonderful opportunity to bring the gift of Rotary to our next generation.  Our youth programs are uniquely positioned to identify and empower our youth to “make a difference” throughout their lives. Every Rotary Club should sponsor an Interact(12-18 years old) and Rotaract Club(18-30 years old). Our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program (RYLA) serving sophomores, has been an excellent source of recruits to our Interact Clubs, and Interactors are attending in greater numbers. Our short and long term  youth  exchange (YEX) program should be expanded-  our youth need exposure to other cultures and countries. Our cost effective YEX program deserves our support.

Finally, please remember “The Power of One”! It is one Rotarian and one Rotary Club with passion and vision that will “Make A Difference”.  

– Dave Mangs DG

 End Game For Polio

We are working on the END GAME for POLIO. HELP US REACH IT.

With every baseball ticket sold, District 7890 will donate $4.00 towards the End Polio Now campaign! With the Gates Foundation 2 to 1 match, that's $12.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


If you have already purchased tickets, you are good to go. If you haven't, use the link below.


District 7890 End Polio Now Night at the

New Britain Bees!

New Britain Stadium


Picnic and Game Start: 6:35 PM

Deadline: August 18, Register on line!


We also have End Polio Now Tee shirts for only $10, that can also be purchased on line. It will be great to march in the parade wearing our Rotary End Polio Now shirts! 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. The deadline for purchasing tickets and tee shirts is August 18.


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.   


A game flyer is below:


Yours in Rotary Service,

Elaine Pavasaris


End Polio Now Night at the New Britain Bees

Email: elaine@homesweethomect.com

Cell: 860.463.9193

Water Sanitation and Major Water Projects

in Guatemala

Twenty-five Rotary Clubs in District 7890 joined together to fund a project that will bring fresh drinking water to two needy communities in Guatemala. One other village will receive funding that will supplement prior donations by providing similar improvements. Including matching funds from The Rotary Foundation a total of $96,857 was raised. Other districts from Rhode Island, Florida, Washington and Montreal, Quebec, Canada plus the Rotary Club of La Antigua, Guatemala participated to help achieve the goal.

These funds will build complete gravity fed water system with gray water filters, vented pit latrines and improved vented stoves for the 90 families who live in the rural communities of Cojulya and Pachaj, Guatemala. The village of Xesajbin will utilize funds to supplement previous donations. These are projects that continue the goal of Rotary International to have every Rotary Club support an international water and sanitation project every year. By pooling resources and obtaining a Global Grant with matching funds from the Rotary Foundation, these Rotarians have been successful in adding size and strength to their chosen projects.

District 7890 Water Committee Chair and Manchester Rotarian Rick Lawrence again spearheaded the drive to raise the necessary funds by making presentations to clubs throughout northern CT, western MA and central RI as well as several clubs in Florida and one in Canada. In March he and his wife traveled to Guatemala to visit the three villages that were funded the previous year.

 District Foundation Giving:

A Great Year for Our District

Thank you one and all for your support of The Rotary Foundation. We celebrated the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation by going all out to contribute to the Annual Fund and Polio Plus. Giving to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund was $215,642 or $102.83 per capita.  We met our Annual Fund goal of at least $100 per member. 55 out of 59 clubs contributed to the Fund. Let’s make it 100% this year.

Donations to Polio Plus totaled $50,546.  We reached an average of $24.10 per member slightly below our $26.50 per member goal.  With the Bill and Melinda Gates 2:1 match, our donations will grow to $151,638.  Many thanks go to Polio Pus Chair PDG Prasad Menon for his campaign efforts.

Thirteen District clubs achieved the Centennial Torch Award. The criteria for this award were: $100 per capita giving to the Annual Fund, $26.50 per capita giving to Polio Plus and the participation in one or more of the following: a Global Grant, a District Grant or a local club service project.

Six clubs received the award with distinction- they met the award criteria by March 31st:  East Hartford, East Windsor, Great Barrington, New Britain-Berlin, Putnam and West Hartford.  The Rotary Clubs of Avon- Canton, East Longmeadow, Kensington-Berlin, Simsbury-Granby, Springfield, Watertown and Wethersfield-Rocky Hill were also recipients of the Centennial Award.  Congratulations and many thanks go to these 7890 Rotary Clubs.

Please, continue to support our Rotary Foundation. Each dollar you give will help to change lives locally and internationally.  By Doing Good in the World, we make a difference whether it’s for one person who needs a warm coat for the winter or a village that is lacking clean water. In Rotary, we change the world one person at a time.

Calling ALL 7890 Rotarians:

This year at the Zone Institute in Hartford, CT, we are offering ALL Rotarians the opportunity to join their Zones 24 & 32 Leadership Team and the Hartford Rotary Club for a very special luncheon in the ballroom of the Connecticut Convention Center on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11:30 am.

Guests at this luncheon will have the exciting opportunity to hear an address from RI President Ian Riseley as well as from Sylvia Whitlock, the very first woman President of a Rotary Club in the world. PDG Whitlock was a member of the Duarte, CA Rotary Club when it took the case to allow women in Rotary all the way to the Supreme Court. They will also have the chance to learn from a panel of Senior Rotarians including President Riseley and our Zones 24/32 Director Dean Rohrs.

The luncheon costs only $45/person, with a choice of cod or roasted chicken. Attendees can also stay for the afternoon breakout sessions and the afternoon plenary session featuring RI General Secretary John Hewko for an additional fee of only $10/person. Those wishing to attend must register in advance at http://bit.ly/2017ZoneLunch

Here is the Preliminary Agenda for the afternoon.

12:00 pm  Lunch

1:45 pm Break-out sessions

3:15 pm Plenary session with RI Executive Secretary John Hewko

Around The District

 West Springfield Club Hosts

West Side’s Taste of the Valley


 Hartford Do-Good Fund

The Rotary Club of Hartford President Sandy Duffy and Do-Good Fund Co-Chair and District AG Judith Green (fourth and fifth from left) presented a Do-Good Fund grant award to Hands On Hartford Executive Director, Barbara Shaw (third from left), board, and staff. The Do-Good Fund grant will purchase a refrigerated case for their Community Pantry that will help improve nutrition by  providing free, ready-to-use fresh produce for pantry participants. The grant will also allow Hands On Hartford to buy a printer/copier/scanner for their Community Meals program which will be used to support the needs of the homeless and other low income guests. In addition, the club granted a Do-Good Fund award to the Greater Hartford YMCA to purchase Kiefer Swim and Therapy Platforms for the Downtown Y’s two pools which will enable inner city youth to learn how to swim more safely in the water.

Membership Update


Our condolences and sympathy

To the family and friends of

Gilbert Ahrens


District Member News

Happy Anniversary To

106 Years


Chartered July 14, 1911

102 Years


Chartered July 1, 1915

90 Years


Chartered July 15, 1927

68 Years


Chartered July 1, 1949

43 Years


Chartered July 30, 1974

Welcome New Members!


Bristol -- John Cassidy

Great Barrington -- David Pearlson

Holyoke -- Rose Marie Ansel

New Milford -- Kevin Bielmeier

Simsbury-Granby -- Peter Riggins

Southwick -- Thomas Sadowski

Suffield -- Dale Baker

West Hartford -- Elizabeth Horyn

West Springfield -- Joseph Kane, Stacey Price

Williamstown -- Walter Gibson, Mark Raymond, Chaflene Wisdom-Brown

Willimantic -- Hollis Cotton, Jennifer Holt, Joe Underwood

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


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PDG Karen Andrews at karen1710@comcast.net