Welcome to Rotary District 7780 in Northern New England

District Governor: Marty Helman

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We are a diverse group of 1900 Rotarians in 40 clubs located in southern Maine, coastal New Hampshire, plus one community in Massachusetts.  We come together to assist our local communities as well as the larger world community. We know that the key to service is fellowship and fun as well as commitment, and we are always looking for others who share our goals and wish to join us.  Check out these pages to learn more about what we do and see if Rotary is right for you.
Posted by Martha Helman

The District Conference is the place to be May 17-18! In addition to a stellar lineup of speakers, clubs will be sharing best practices of local and international projects, and the good times and fellowship will be what this District does best.  A full agenda and registration options are available on the District website -- just go to www.rotary7780.org and click on the magician's hat (Conference logo).  But don't wait! Full registration closes April 17 -- that's just around the corner. Click here for a preview: http://vimeo.com/rotary7780/discon2013
Posted by Penny Jett

District 7780, our local clubs and members together are making significant impact all around the world. Check out some of the matching grant activity that our resources, expertise and passion are committed to making a difference in this Rotary year.

China Water Project, India Water Project, Guatemala Literacy Project, Crutches 4 Africa and JADA water project in Nigeria, hearing aids, hands and water filters for the Dominican Republic, vocational school equipment, container and shipping to Haiti, and a separate grant for a generator, pump, water storage tank and solar panels for a village and vocational school also in Haiti.

Posted by Penny Jett

Rotary is fortunate to have many long-time members – members for whom Rotary meetings and activities are a way of life.  Rotary also has many members who knew Rotary from childhood – because their fathers were Rotarians before them.

Now, all Long-Hauler Rotarians (defined as those who have been Rotarians for 20 years or longer – meaning they joined our ranks on or before 1992, when Mort Schmidt was our District Governor and Cliff Dochterman was Rotary International President) and multi-generational Rotarians are invited to a special luncheon hosted by the Portland Club.  It will take place at a “regular” Portland meeting, Friday, May 10, at 12:15 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland.

Posted by Martha Helman

Our Group Study Exchange of professionals who work with special needs children and youth is working to prepare for their trip to Nigeria in April.  While in-country, they will work in schools and other facilities and support a Matching Grant to bring clean water to a school for special-needs kids in the northern part of the country.

The team is under the leadership of Sheila Rollins, our District Governor Nominee Designate who is currently finishing up her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling.

Posted by Jared Avery

"I return to RYLA each year because it allows me to pass what I have learned through the program onto other people. Each year I get to watch these leaders grow and develop, and it allows me to learn something new through every individual. I can not imagine my life without RYLA." -Katie Wallis

"RYLA represents an opportunity for complete immersion in a beautiful outdoors environment and in the leadership activities that we take part in. It gives both group members and group leaders a chance for extremely meaningful self-reflection and interaction with others, providing them with feedback on their leadership styles that they can bring with them to their life outside of RYLA. But more than anything, RYLA is one week out of the year when I can be sure that my thoughts are completely clear and when I can focus on improving myself as a person." -Max Rawson


Posted by Mary Rennie

The District is planning another 4 Way Speech & Essay Contest (separate from the District Conference this year) which will be very exciting for all attendees. The purpose of the District Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster ethics in everyday life, as well as in business.The contest is designed to introduce high school students to the Rotary principles of ethics and service and to involve local Rotary Clubs with the youth of their communities. It is also aimed at encouraging young people to learn to express themselves well in public.The District Contest will be held on Monday night, April 8, 2013 from 5:30-9 PM (pizza from 5:30-6 PM) at the Falmouth High School, Falmouth, Maine.
Posted by Carolyn Johnson

This year, Rotarians from all over the world will meet in Lisbon, Portugal from June 23-26 for fellowship, a better understanding of the international scope of Rotary, and a lot of fun.  If you’ve been to a conference, you know the energy and the passion of the people you meet - all good Rotarians wanting to make the world a better place.  You remember the inspiring speakers:  notables such as Bill Gates, Queen Noor, and Muhammed Yunas.  And you remember “ordinary” Rotarians passionately relating their experiences with Rotary - how the Rotary community came together after Hurricane Katrina, how Rotarians are changing lives in Africa by providing clean water, and how Rotarians are working to give young gang members in South America an alternative path to life. 

Posted by Penny Jett

In an environment of increasing competition and eroding trust, nonprofits not operating their organization efficiently and transparently are feeling the heat, now more than ever, thanks to the numerous organizations rating charities. People should and do expect that when they donate, their contributions will be put to good use. Thanks to the numerous resources available online, evaluating a charity is now easier than it once was. Many services rate charities; prominent among them are the Wise Giving Alliance, the nonprofit arm of the Better Business Bureau; Charity Navigator, a North Jersey-based nonprofit that rates 5,500 of the best known U.S. charities and compiles easy-to-browse “top 10” lists in various categories;

District 7780 is comprised of 40 Rotary Clubs in Northern New England
Mark Your Calendar
District Service Tour to Guatemala Apr 13, 2013 - Apr 21, 2013
Final Deadline - Conference registration Apr 15, 2013
Rotary Generations & Long-Haulers - rescheduled May 10, 2013 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Newburyport Club's 90th Anniversary! May 11, 2013
Grants Management Seminar Spruce Point Inn
May 17, 2013 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
District Conference Spruce Point Inn
May 17, 2013 09:00 AM - May 18, 2013 10:30 PM
Visioning Facilitators Workshop May 30, 2013 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
New Members Cookout Jun 07, 2013 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
RYLA Conference Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 26, 2013
2013 International Convention Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 26, 2013
2013 Zone 24-32 meeting Sep 19, 2013 - Sep 21, 2013
District Service Project Sep 28, 2013
Northeast Link - Networking - Training - Resource Holiday Inn, Boxborough, MA
Sep 28, 2013 08:30 AM - 09:30 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute Oct 19, 2013
Zone New Generation Assembly Dec 14, 2013
Mid Year Leadership Dinner 2014 Jan 27, 2014
World Understanding and Peace Dinner Feb 22, 2014
Northeast PETS training Mar 06, 2014 - Mar 08, 2014
District Assembly 2014 Apr 12, 2014 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
2014 District Conference May 16, 2014 - May 17, 2014
2014 International Convention - Sydney Jun 01, 2014 - Jun 04, 2014
World Understanding and Peace Dinner 2015 Feb 21, 2015 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
RI International Convention in Sao Paulo Jun 05, 2015 - Jun 08, 2015
RI International Convention in Seoul May 29, 2016 - Jun 01, 2016
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