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District 7890

September 2017

Message from the Governor

Dave Mangs  2017-18



Rotarians everywhere are moved and saddened by the catastrophic events unfolding in Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night August 25, 2017 between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas as a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 MPH. The first Category 4 storm to make landfall in the US since 2004, Harvey dropped record amounts of rain causing massive flooding.

The Rotary Districts in the areas impacted by Harvey have established funds to receive donations as they struggle to recover from the devastating flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Rotary is not attempting to take the place of the Red Cross, FEMA, the National Guard or other disaster relief organizations at the local, state or federal level. As Rotarians, we have a responsibility to bring people and organizations together to better address our community needs. Because our local Rotary Clubs are the “boots on the ground” consisting of community leaders in all walks of life, Rotarians are uniquely positioned to “make a difference” in this crisis, to advocate for their communities, to help set priorities, and to marshal resources (volunteers, workers, material and money) where they are most needed.

Because of the size of the area impacted, (the Houston area is slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts) donations made directly to the Rotary Districts can be distributed to Rotary Clubs and their communities in the most cost effective and timely manner taking advantage of their knowledge of local conditions.  As a volunteer organization, we can also be assured that our donations are not being diverted to fund raising or administrative overhead.

Listed below are the five Rotary Districts that deserve our support. Please note that District 5890, 5910, and 5930 appear to have sustained the most damage, and they also have Federal Tax Ids for their 501C-3 organizations that will receive your tax -deductible donations.  (Please make a note of the Fed. Tax. ID on your check or in your 2017 tax file and share this information with your accountant or tax preparer.) Also make sure that your donation lists your Rotary Club or town, and your Rotary District number.  Please check the District’s website.

Rotary District 5890 (Houston Area)

District 5890 Charities, Inc.  c/o Jackie Barmore    

3525 Preston Ave.   

 Pasadena, Texas   77505   

Tax Id # 76-0569758

District Governor- DG- Bill Palko  william.palko@amegybank.com

Rotary District 5910 (Palestine Area)

Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation c/o Bobbie Applegate

985 1H-10N, Suite 111

Beaumont, Texas 77706

Tax Id # 23-7350450

DG- Rhonda Herrington   rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com

Rotary District 5930 (Rockport Area)

McAllen North Rotary Fund/Rotary District 5930

501 W. Nolana    

McAllen, Texas 78504   

Tax Id# 27-3855943

DG- Betty Ramirez-Lara   bettylarorotary@gmail.com

Rotary District 5840 (San Antonio, Hill Country Area)

District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund) c/o Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer

P.O. Box 13   

Boerne, Texas 78006

(Review the excellent District 5840 Disaster Relief Plan on the District Website)

DG Carol Holmes   holmes.cf688@gmail.com

Rotary District 6200 (Louisiana)

Hurricane Relief – Rotary District 6200

2286 South College Road Ext. Suite C

Lafayette, Louisiana 70508       

or visit www.RotaryDistrict6200.org to donate by credit or debit card.

DG Martha D. Collins Phone: 337-237-0628



Shelter Box began as a Centennial project of a Rotary Club in England. It has sent boxes around the world where there is a need for shelter. Each box includes shelter for 10 people, water purification, sleeping bags, a cooking stove, utensils, solar light, etc. To address the needs created by Hurricane Harvey, they are now also forwarding privacy tents and emergency kits to the victims.

Contributions can be made at their website:  http://www.Shelterbox.org


Disaster Aid USA, Inc. is a 501C-3 organization founded by Rotarians, and it is focused on providing aid worldwide for disaster recovery. Disaster Aid is already busy cleaning up houses, clearing debris, and beginning the rebuilding of communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

For donations or information, please visit the Disaster Aid USA website:  http://www.disasteraidusa.com


A Donor Advised Fund has been created by RI President Elect Barry Rassin and Greg Podd at the Rotary Foundation to collect relief contributions. RI Presidential Aide Don Mebus is working with Barry and Greg and the leaders from the affected District to create a process of disbursing DAF funds to their respective Districts and Foundations. Distributions from a DAF must be made to 501C-3 organizations.

To contribute by check:

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF

Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608

Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

To contribute by credit or debit card go to:


Thank You for your support of our fellow Rotarians and their communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

– Dave A. Mangs, PhD

DG District 7890

Rotary Leadership Institute is Coming to 7890

The mission of The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is to provide an educational opportunity for Rotarians identified as potential leaders by their club presidents. Each club president is asked annually to nominate club members as potential club leaders in the years ahead.  Rotary needs a constant influx of leaders, since they change every year.  It is difficult at the club level to learn enough about the exciting world of Rotary. Leadership skills in volunteer organizations are often different from business leadership skills.

At the Institute, members learn more about the what, where and why of Rotary,  how to select service projects, how to work with volunteers and what it takes to lead a club. If your club members care about its future, they will want the best leaders possible. RLI is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people and to be exposed to new ideas of leadership.  The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses extremely worthwhile.


The Institute offers a leadership course in three full day parts. (Parts I, II and III). Those completing each part are eligible for the next part. The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for volunteer organizations. Some examples of course sessions include, Insights into Leadership, Engaging Members, Our Foundation and Service Projects. For those who have completed Parts I, II and III, a Graduate session will be offered.


Faculty members are carefully selected by the Institute for their teaching abilities. They are drawn from all over the Northeast Rotary region and beyond. Each new faculty member must attend an initial all day training program and periodic reorientation programs The results of course evaluations help us to improve course content and facilitation. To learn more about the program and review the course materials, go to www.rlinea.org.


The District 7890 RLI session is Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, 1 Bright Meadow Blvd, Enfield, CT  06082 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Parts I, II, and III and a Graduate Session will be offered. Those brand new to RLI sign up for Part I; those who have completed Part I are eligible for Part II and so on. The cost is $80 and includes a light breakfast and a buffet lunch. Check to see if your club will cover the cost for you.

To register, go to www.rlinea.org, scroll down and then click on Chicopee, MA (7890) in the left column.

 The Importance of

The Rotary Foundation


During the fall of each year, the District Rotary Foundation Committee begins to solicit our district clubs for donations to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation, Inc. (TRF). TRF transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.


During the past 100 years, The Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

When we, as Rotarians, look to the good works that Rotary does in the world, we must remember that those accomplishments are a result of donations to TRF. It is important that clubs, and individual members consider making donations to this cause. Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our Six Areas of Focus. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies. One donation can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

Last year, the Putnam Rotary club began a campaign to increase the amount of giving TRF by individual members.  Each member was given a TRF donation form. A program was dedicated to explaining “Every Rotarian Every Year” EREY, as well as contributing through Rotary Direct. Every Putnam Rotarian who donated to The Foundation in 2016-2017 was given a sticker for their badge. Total contributions from our membership doubled in that one year and the program will continue in the new Rotary year.

Please consider encouraging your club members to become more involved in giving to The Rotary Foundation. They can then be proud to be part of the good works that Rotary does in the world!

 “End Polio Now Night” with New Britain Bees


District 7890 hit one out of the park to End Polio Now at the New Britain Bees on Saturday August 26th. We had a great crowd of 130 Rotarians, friends and family from our district at the game. Many thanks go to Elaine Pavasaris from the Kensington-Berlin Club who did an excellent job coordinating the event this year. The night was capped off by the most magnificent up close and personal fireworks we have seen in a long time.

The numbers are not in as yet, but all net proceeds from the game and sale of End Polio Now shirts will go to the Polio Plus campaign which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We are this close….


 Young Professionals Forum



 Youth News


Let’s Take Pride In Youth Service

I must first compliment District Governor Mangs for his deep commitment to Rotary District 7890 Youth Programs. Governor Mangs has for many years coordinated the annual District Interact conference and has been a vocal supporter for the establishment of new Rotaract and Interact Clubs throughout the District. He truly recognizes that a commitment to youth is a commitment to the future of Rotary and the world.

Did you know that each year our District Rotary Clubs send over 100 sophomore students to our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program and ten Junior students from that program receive a full sponsorhip to attend the World Affairs seminar in Wisconsin. Did you know that we have a very active exchange program that brings youth and their families in touch with the far reaches of the Rotary world? Did you know that Rotaract and Interact clubs are found throughout our district and their impact adds great value to what is being done by our parent clubs.

We have built boundless playgrounds, given out countless dictionaries, and provided hundreds of thousand dollars in scholarships to students, who will make a positive impact in so many areas in the future. We have supported our local food pantries to feed hungry children in our communities and internationally we provide clean water and food to children all over the world. The impact we have had with Polio eradication has been monumental. All of these things are part of our service to youth.

At the beginning of 2017 I was asked to be the Youth Services Chair for our District and I found myself asking how I could possibly make an impact in this position. I realized that District 7890 has a multitude of individuals that understand the importance of youth programs and are aware of the great work their clubs are doing. I wanted to let the world know about this great work. I wanted to inspire others to join our efforts and I wanted to create pride in every Rotarian for the good things we do.

I just didn’t know how to get this done and then I realized that our technology could help realize the goal that I would like to achieve. Each year when our RYLA candidates are nominated for the World Affairs Seminar, I ask them to text me their contact information and from there I am connected to them for the next twelve months. We communicate regularly in preparation for their trip. The funny thing is that before long they establish a social network and by June they are friends with peers that they never really knew before. This process has improved from the days of snail mail before the turn of the century, when all correspondence was slow and cumbersome.

Lieutenant Governor Marcel Schmidt and I have been at the airport every year for the last twenty to see our World Affairs candidates off to Wisconsin and each year they arrive with their parents, they introduce themselves to each other, they get the speech about being watchful on their journey, they say their goodbyes and they our off on their World Affairs adventure. This year was very different, when Marcel and I showed up, there were no parents and no introductions were needed, bags were checked and a group of amazing high school Juniors were ready to depart. They had not physically met each other for the entire year, but they knew each other through their technology. They were friends and because of that, they became responsible for their fellow travelers and returned the following week safe and sound and ready to make a difference in their communities and the world. It was Rotary sponsorships that made this happen and because of our generosity these students have forged potential lifelong friendships and have been exposed to a leadership experience that will shape their lives for many years.

I would like to pose this question to every Rotarian in District 7890. Are you inspired by the work you do for youth? If the answer is yes, then please consider sending me a text or an email, with what your club is doing in service to young people. Just tell me the name of your club, provide me with your contact information and quantify the impact you are making in your club. Tell me if you are affiliated with an Earlyact, Interact or Rotaract Club. Do you send students to RYLA or sponsor students for youth exchange? Do you provide scholarships, dictionaries, backpacks, or back to school supplies. Have you built a playground or supported some other initiative that affects youth and their families. What does your club do internationally for young people?

The plan is to compile all the data received throughout the year and provide an impact statement at the end of our current Rotary year. Send me your club impact statement include the value of your efforts and the number of youth affected by your benevolence. Send me your feel good stories and ideas, which we can publish on our district website or I will forward them to you through our distribution list. I want to be inspired and I would like all District 7890 Rotarians to be proud of the enormous impact we have in our communities and the world.

Please forward your information and any questions about Rotary youth programs to me at mendos@nycap.rr.com or text me at 413-822-1647. I will respond to your questions and include your data in our final report. Thank you for all you have done and will do for our youth. Together we can tell the world that we are Rotarians and we make a difference. Vin Marinaro, Youth Services Chair, District 7890.

District 7890 Sends Out Five Students on Foreign Exchange

How would you like to spend a year abroad and have free housing, free school tuition, and free meals and receive a monthly stipend from Rotary? That’s exactly what’s in store for students going to France, Italy, Colombia, and Ecuador. Evan Saito, Avery Daniell, and Talia Godfrey are being sponsored by the Northampton Rotary Club while Kiara Monahan is being sponsored by the Putnam Club.

High school students from 15 to 18.5 years old can apply to study in one of about thirty-five countries for a year-long exchange. They live with local families who are background checked and will become fluent in their country’s language by around Christmas. Many travel throughout their foreign countries and regions and have fabulous experiences. Interested kids and their families can research their options on - exchangestudent.org and apply by November 15, 2017. If you miss the deadline, just contact Rich Friedman at richefriedman@yahoo.com for further instructions.

The Great Barrington, Putnam, Northampton, and Berlin/Kensington/New Britain clubs are all hosting girls this year from Brazil, Japan, Germany, and Chile. They have all been busy working with their local schools and arranging host families for the kids.

To encourage greater participation in the Summer Exchange Program, DG Mangs is requesting each club set aside $300 for a scholarship for a student from their local community to participate. This summer program is a family to family exchange that allows kids to select their favorite country from a list of about 25 and spend up to one month abroad. They live with a foreign sibling and then their new best friend returns to the United States for an equal amount of time. This is a cultural exchange so that the expectation is that the students will do whatever teenagers do during the summer – swim, shop, listen to music, or chill. Alex Ewing of Northampton is just returning from Germany where he learned a little German, traveled, and made a new lifelong friend of Luca – his exchange partner.

Lots of clubs advertise these programs through articles in local newspapers, school functions, word of mouth, and inviting friends of Rotary to apply. Since Rotary is a non profit organization, both exchange programs are a fraction of the cost of any like programs.

Give kids in your community an unforgettable experience next year – PARTICIPATE!

For more info – call Rich Friedman at 612 202 1995 or richefriedman@yahoo.com

Kiara Monahan sponsored by the Putnam Club being greeted by Italian Host Dad and sister in Alassio, Italy with the Meditteranean Sea in the background.

Foreign Students Arrive for District 7890 Orientation

On August 26th, our district welcomed four exchange students from Japan(Putnam Rotary), Chile(Berlin/New Britain/Kensington), Germany(Northampton), and Brazil(Great Barrington). Our students were delighted that the orientation was held on a private island owned by Jack Solomon a D7980 Rotarian on a lake in East Hampton, CT. There was a total of ten inbound students from 7890 as well as Rotary Districts 7980 and 7910.

The students not only learned the ropes of Rotary and the Youth Exchange program but got to participate in all the summer lake activities like kayaking, standup paddle boarding, swimming, and the secrets of making perfect S’mores. On Sunday, we were joined by host families, Rotary friends, and District officials for a delightful picnic hosted by the East Hampton Rotary Club.

The program is off to a great start and a special thanks goes out to our host clubs for giving our kids a loving home and glorious opportunities. If you want to learn more about the Rotary Exchange program please contact Rich Friedman at richefriedman@yahoo.com.

Around The District

Enfield Scholarship

The Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation awarded $12,750 to 12 students from Enfield who will be entering their junior, senior or post graduate years of college this fall. The scholarships were presented at a luncheon meeting of the Enfield Rotary Club on August 16th.

This year’s scholarship recipients include (seated l-r) Amanda Balesano, senior at Sacred Heart University - Chemistry; Kevin Broems, post graduate at UCONN - Physician Assistant; Lauren Attenello, senior at Goodwin College - Human Service; Jason Menaker, senior at Westfield State University - Criminal Justice; and Evan Leslie, junior at Elms College - Nursing.

Also, (standing l-r) Jie Zou, senior at Asnuntuck Community College - Nursing; Jacob Mikullitz, senior at UCONN - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Rachel Kaliff, post graduate at Springfield College - Athletic Training; and Kelly Ledoux, junior at University of Hartford - Psychology. They are joined by Scholarship Foundation President Lindsey Weber and Secretary Kevin Mayo.

Missing from photo: Anthony Deni, junior at Coastal Carolina Univeristy - Finance; Megan Phillips, junior at Westfield State University - Nursing; and Shannon Connery, junior at University of New Haven - Criminal Justice.

The Enfield Rotary Club has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to students from Enfield since 1956. The club will be observing its 90th Anniversary in May 2018. For more information, please visit the club’s website at www.enfieldctrotary.org.


Recently the Putnam Rotary Club donated $415 each to three local organizations. Photo Left: Susan Desrosiers, executive director of Arc Quinebaug Valley and Marc Archambault, Putnam Rotary Club past president. Photo Right: Marc Archambault; Sarah Wolfburg, executive director of NOW; Anne Miller, representing TEEG; and current Rotary Club President Rick Place. The donations are from surplus funds from Archambault's year. Courtesy photos.

District Member News


Our condolences and sympathy

To the family and friends of

Jeannette (Jay) Stewart

East Hartford

Robert Dunn

West Hartford

Thomas Rogers


Happy Anniversary To

90 Years


Chartered September 29, 1927

Welcome New Members!


Agawam -- Steven Lemanski


East Hartford -- Laura Floyd

East Longmeadow -- Ryan Quimby

Plainville -- Carolyn Windesheim

Simsbury-Granby -- Bud Beach

Somers -- Brian Czapla, Rick Ritacco

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!!


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