Rotary District 7870 Information Center
The Wallingford Rotary Club, on behalf of District Governor Venu Rao, is honored to host the sixty-third annual Rotary District 7870 “Changing of the Gavel” party and dinner on Monday evening, July 1, 2019, commencing at 5:30 p.m at the LRSH.
The cost of the meal and wine punch bowl is $25.00 per person, payable in advance. There are a limited number of vegetarian (eggplant parm) and pescatarian (salmon) options.  Please make payment may be made online or by check made out to Rotary District 7870. Please make your reservation by June 20, to assist with meal preparation plans. If you want to attend, we want to accommodate you. However, seating at our Little Red Schoolhouse is limited – reply early to assure you will not be left out!  
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The Changing of the Gavel party gives all Incoming Presidents a chance to start their Rotary year with Incoming District Governor Nancy Russell, and an opportunity to thank and congratulate Outgoing District Governor Venu Rao for all that he has accomplished for the District over the past year. Visiting the Little Red Schoolhouse for this event is an experience that no incoming Rotary Club President should miss.
Barry Griffith
Wallingford Rotary Club
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August 16, 2019  at Bretwood GC (North Course)  
TIME:  11:30 AM   Friday, August 16, 2018
THE PLACE:  Bretwood Golf Club, North Course
THE TARIFF:  $100.00/ player - $400.00/ Team
(Includes bag lunch, golf, cart, prizes and dinner!)
                       Mulligans $5.00 each (max of two/per person)
                       Putting Contest $5.00  (Winner(s) receives or              
                       split ½ of the Pot !!)
Team may have one non-Rotarian with handicap higher than 10
(“Is it the truth”) and still win the District Trophy
Any money raised, after the expenses, will be donated to Rotary Foundation.
Register online at  (pay with credit card) or send check made out to Rotary District 7870
to District Treasurer Randell Barclay, 9171 Cold River Rd, Shrewsbury, VT 05738
My dear Rotary Friends:
My wife, Gautami, my daughter, Anu, and I just returned a week ago from Rotary International Conference in Hamburg, Germany.  Twenty-three Rotarians from our District 7870 have attended the International Conference.  Some of us were able to connect to pose for a picture at the convention.
Attending Rotary International Conference gives one a global perspective of Rotary’s power to do good in this world.   It is the international reach and networking capability of Rotary Clubs that gave us the confidence and strength needed to take up the fight against Polio about thirty-three years ago, and now we are at the brink of eliminating Polio from the face of the earth.  It shows us that even small clubs with great ideas can harness the Rotary international reach and networking capability to solve very big problems.  Do not forget that, as Rotarians, we are part of an intimate family of 1.2 million member strong. 
We, Rao family, also made a little vacation out of our trip to Hamburg by stopping at Kosta and Kalamar in Sweden, at Berlin in Germany and at the home of one of our 2012-2013 youth exchange student, Freja Gudmundsson, in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The President of Rotary Club of Amager, Copenhagen, Michael Mossefin invited me to their club to give a talk.  I was delighted to meet my classmate and their District Governor Susanne Gram-Hanssen there. I took advantage of this opportunity to present a “Check Dam” global grant project we are working for farmers in India.  By the end of the Rotary meeting, with the help and support of Freja, Rotary Club of Amager made financial commitment to be part of the “Check Dam” global grant project.  I love the connections we make to do good in the world.
As our Rotary year is coming to an end, please permit me to be reflective.  Having visited every one of the 59 clubs and listening about the extra ordinary work the clubs do, I have learned many things, but two of those are important enough that I will share them with you.
  1. The core mission of a Rotary Club:  For a group of volunteers to come together as Rotarians and look around in their community for those needs that are not met,  and to use creative ways to raise funds to meet those unmet needs.  The 59 clubs in our District 7870, from the smallest six-member West Rutland Rotary Club in Vermont to the biggest Nashua Rotary Club with more than hundred members in New Hampshire, and every other club in between, fulfill the core mission superbly. 
  2. The other obligations that Rotary Clubs try to fulfil, such as, supporting Interact and Rotaract Clubs, hosting youth exchange students, and participating in Global Grant Projects (International projects) are generally a natural progression for clubs with critical mass of 30 members or more.  So, my advice for clubs with less than 30 members is to put your emphasis and resources on growing your club rather than worrying about other Rotary Club obligations. 
At the beginning of the year I came to each club with the most important goal for the year: every club to achieve at least one net increase in membership by June 30, 2019.  I am delighted to report that by end of May, twenty-six clubs have more than one net membership increases, and fourteen clubs have maintained their memberships.  That is 40 clubs out of 59, about 68%, have either net increase in their membership or have maintained their memberships resulting, for the first time in many years, our District 7870 ending in net positive change in the membership.  This feat is due in no small measure to the inspirational leadership of our Club Presidents. I salute you.
Under the leadership of PDG Rich Berryman and his team, PDG Dennis McMann, DGN Steve Puderbaugh, DGND John Siemienowicz, we are also in the final stages of starting a new Rotary Club in Hooksett in our District.
As our District leadership organizational responsibilities are coming to an end, I would like to thank you all Assistant District Governors and Club Presidents for your selfless service to keep Rotary a vibrant organization and a force for good in the world. 
Finally, I want to thank everyone of you for your kindness and friendship and for your love to serve humanity.  I wish everyone of you many personally fulfilling Rotary years.
With Warm Regards,
Venu Rao
District Governor (2018-2019)
Rotary District 7870
In 2006, District 7870 initiated a special honor for extraordinary Rotarians in the District called the District Treasure Award.
This award recognizes the District 7870 Rotarian whose service exemplifies every aspect of Rotary, including, but not limited to, Rotary Foundation support, membership recruitment, and club extension, attendance at district assemblies, district conferences, RI conventions, plus active participation in club, community and international humanitarian projects. In summary, the recipient must emulate the level of involvement and dedication to Rotary as the first District Treasure Award winner, PDG Al Kerr who this recognition is modeled after.
This year’s recipient, Charlie Boucher, was nominated by the BOD of the Gilford Rotary Club.
Charlie has been a member of Gilford Rotary Club since 1995 and has worked at club events such as Gilford Old Home Day pancake breakfast, the concession stand at the race track, and Co-Chair of the Christmas Tree Sale.
He worked many hours when Gilford Rotary built a covered bridge in town to enable school children to walk from school across the bridge to the Town Offices so that they did not have to walk on the main road.
Charlie also helped with the building of the Glendale Shelter for Island residents and also worked to help build the retaining wall for the Ray Wixson Memorial Garden, along with other Gilford Rotarians.
Besides having outstanding attendance, he is a Major Donor and a Sustaining Member for the Rotary Foundation.
Charlie has attended several Rotary International Conventions, many District Conferences, District Assemblies, Pre-PETS, and PETS.   For several years the pictures he took of the Club presidents were used in the District Directories. 
Charlie has been the registrar and A/V person for the District Conferences for several years as well as registrar for two years of Zone meetings when Ken Grabeau was a Director of Rotary International .
In addition to all of that, Charlie Boucher does a lot of behind-the-scenes work in his Club and for the District, such as driving his wife, Alley, all around the District when she was District Governor.
   District Governor Venu Rao, Charlie Boucher, RI Representative Robert Hall
A year ago, the Community Health Center of La Jagua, Honduras, reported many cases of diarrhea, with some cases of children diagnosed with hepatitis. The situation in La Jagua was identified as “critical”, in dire need of safe water and sanitation solutions.
Thanks to funding provided by Rotary District 7870 (southern NH & VT) and a group of volunteers from the United States that have become well-known as The Amigos of Honduras, installed a biosand water filter in Escuela Pedro Nufio's classroom and also constructed three latrines, with five taps in the hand-washing station.
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You can now purchase the new NH ROTARY License Plates from the NH DMV.
You will need to purchase a pair of Rotary Wheel License Plate Stickers for application to those DMV License Plates. The price is $19.00 for the two stickers and you must order here (see right-hand column) and either pay by any credit card or by downloading the form and mailing a check as described in the downloadable instructions.
The stickers will be sent to you by first class mail. Please verify your mailing address.
In a major publicity stroke, Rotary in general, and the activities of five New Hampshire "Lake Region" clubs received significant exposure in the area's popular entertainment and event guide, The Laker (photo, above).
The well-researched 1,500-word article mentioned the names and the meeting times and locations of the Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Ossipiee Valley, and Wolfeboro clubs. For each it went on to include short descriptions of the five clubs' projects and service activities.
Drawing from not only from locally-gathered facts, the writer, Barbara Neville Wilson, drew not only from these clubs' and the District's web sites, but also from Rotary International.
Why shouldn't other District 7870 clubs, or groups of clubs, use this model to gain important PR leverage in their own? A medium (like The Laker), a writer (who could be a local reporter or a club member) -- add a little time to pull together facts that would interest a Rotary-unaware community, and bingo! A leap forward in our clubs' connection to their communities!
Club PR chairs, give it a try!
The District 7870 Nominating Committee has selected John Siemienowicz to be elected District Governor for 2021-2022.
Photo:  John with wife Allise de Smet. Both are members of the Milford Rotary Club.

Brattleboro Rotary Club, Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club, along with Rotary District 7870, donated $1000 to Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development’s Early Learning Express. The ELE brings a mobile lending library and literacy enrichment activities to rural and/or low-income areas. The money will be used to buy books, supplies, and fuel. A Rotary wheel is displayed on the back of the bus.

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PHOTO (l-r): Winston Prouty Center of Child and Family Development executive director Chloe Learey, Brattleboro Rotary Club president Bill Vermouth, Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club president Marcy Caulkins, and Sueño LeBlond, Winston Prouty Outreach Specialist.

The Rotary Foundation 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. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation? 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.
How does The Rotary Foundation use donations? Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. 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.
What impact can one donation have? It 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.
What are the areas of the Foundation’s focus? Promoting Peace, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, Growing Local Economies, and Fighting Disease.  Even the United States has problems in all six areas of focus, the reason for Global Grants, assistance going in all directions to help promote a better world.
Has your club recently hosted an event or project or are you planning something in the near future that you would like to share with your fellow District 7870 Rotarians?
District 7870 depends on the content provided by clubs to publish them on the District Website, District Facebook and District Monthly News Letter, s appropriate.  Stories that showcase your club or event should be submitted via
Write up the story in a common text editor such as Microsoft Word and make sure you answer the following questions:
Who - Who attended, who helped, who is invited
What - What is the event, is it a service project, fund raising project or fellowship event
When - What was the date or when will the event occur, include starting and ending time as appropriate
Where - Where was or is the event, provide a map if possible or at least a very specific address so a link can be created to a map complete with directions
How - How do you register, include a digital form in word or pdf or an online registration option
Why - Most importantly, why was or is the event being held, this is why someone would want to participate, be as engaging as possible
Send photos from the actual event if it has occurred or from a prior year complete with captions describing who is in the photo and the story behind the picture, when appropriate. Including a picture makes your story MUCH more interesting.
When writing a story, make the first paragraph as engaging as possible and that will be used on the home page, and the reader will have to click the “Read more” link to get the rest of the story. This will allow for more stories to be displayed on the home page and still allow you to tell your whole story.
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Rotary License Plates
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Purchase a Brick or Paver
Purchase a Little Red Schoolhouse brick or paver.  For instructions and to purchase, click here