Welcome to Rotary District 7780

District Governor: John LoBosco

Our Nominating Committee has selected Dick Hall of the Rotary Club of Portland to lead District 7780 in 2021-22.  Dick will work closely over the coming years with Governor John LoBosco and incoming governors Andy Glazier (2019-20) and Peggy Belanger (2020-21).
Dick has become very familiar with many of our clubs through our Visioning program.  He has served as a Visioning facilitator since the inception of the program in 2010, including leading the committee.  Dick advocated for our district to also develop a vision and helped draft the district's strategic plan.  Dick has served as our district's webmaster and as an Assistant Governor.  He currently chairs our Youth Exchange Committee, while also serving as his club's Foundation chair.  Dick's involvement with Rotary began at a young age - his father is a past district governor in Massachusetts.  Dick has been a Rotarian since 1984 and has also been a member of the Lewiston/Auburn club.  He served as president of the Portland Rotary Club in 2006-2007.  Dick has been named a Paul Harris fellow many times and he is a member of The Rotary Foundation's Bequest Society.
Dick holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.  He has extensive experience as a project manager with SGC Engineering, where he focuses on alternative energy and power projects. In other areas of activity, Dick has served as Boy Scout Commissioner, coached Little League and girls' high school hockey, served on the environmental subcommittee of the Maine State Chamber, and been active with the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club and the Centerboard Yacht Club.
On behalf of the district, our governor wishes to thank the entire Nominating Committee for its service, including especially Carolyn Johnson, who chaired the committee.  While we do not expect challenges to Dick's nomination, DG John has announced, in accordance with our bylaws, that any challenge must be filed with him on or before December 14.  The challenge must be submitted by club resolution naming the challenging candidate.
Bob Smith to join Finance Committee in 2019-20
The Nominating Committee has selected Bob Smith of The Rotary Club of Portsmouth to join the Finance Committee for a three year term beginning July 1, 2019.  Bob will serve as the representative from Division A (New Hampshire clubs).  He will fill the seat currently occupied by Mike Asselin, whose term is expiring. Bob has worked in the financial services industry for the past 35 years, and is currently a financial advisor with Edward Jones.  He holds a BS from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Bob assures us he "has an eye for detail" and is known for accuracy "to the penny."  We look forward to having Bob join the committee in July, though we will truly miss Mike and thank him for his service.
Claudia Frost, President of The Rotary Club of Brunswick, Maine, has learned from her son, Jon Eberly, how we can help.  Jon is the President of The Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise, California.  Jon reports:  
"It was a really devastating disaster and the worst fire in CA history. The beautiful little town of Paradise (about the size of Brunswick) was wiped off the map. The air here in San Francisco was the worst in the world (“code Purple”) all last week, which is considered hazardous to breathe  – equivalent to smoking a half-pack of cigarettes a day. Thankfully, the rain has come and the fire is contained. However, over 50,000 people are displaced, and tragically, almost 500 are still missing. PDG Pam Grey and Brian live in Paradise. Brian is the current President of the Paradise Rotary Club. http://www.paradiserotary.org/  
They will be accepting donations to be used to assist folks in the short and long term via the “The Paradise Rotary Foundation”.  Since they are pretty sure that the Paradise Post Office is gone, they have asked that they be mailed c/o Scheer Memorial Chapel, 2410 Foothill Blvd, Oroville, Ca 95966.  There is also a GoFundMe set up by Paradise Rotary at https://www.gofundme.com/paradisestrong-fire-relief for online donations."
District 7780 has 2 Rotaract clubs, University of New Hampshire (UNH), and Saint Joseph’s College.  Bowdoin College has started to form a club but they are in the very early stages of development.
Here is a list of some of the activities our Rotaract Clubs are involved in.
Emily McPherson and Krista Mastrogiacomo, co-Presidents of the UNH Rotaract Club shared that their club is involved in…
Relay for Life, beach cleanup, Quackfest with Durham club, and our trick or treat for canned goods. Our biggest event coming up is our trick or treat for canned goods event where we collect canned goods from the surrounding towns to donate to “End 68 Hours of Hunger”.  This is an organization that provides food to children who do not have access to food over the weekends. We have been able to collect over a thousand goods for this event. Another big event we are involved in is helping the Exeter Rotary Club with their holiday auction. We are helping to find donors for the auction and we will help to run the auction.
Austin Bear, President of the Saint Joseph’s College Rotaract Club, writes that his club is involved in…
Halloween celebration at an assisted living home for adults with disabilities on October 28th,  Helping a Rotary club with their 35th anniversary and spaghetti dinner on November 3rd, Thanksgiving food drive for local food pantry (November)
Meeting with representatives from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),  to discuss “awareness events” we can bring to campus, November 29.
Christmas for a family drive to provide a disadvantaged family with Christmas gifts (December)
Polar dip for Maine Children’s Cancer Program.
What’s next for Rotaract?
Rotaractors are excited about a future humanitarian project in Puerto Rico, January 2019. 

Do Not Miss this Exciting Opportunity for Your Family to be involved in Rotary Youth Exchange! The Application Deadline for Short Term Youth Exchange next summer is January 15, 2019.

This is a great opportunity for your family to send your high school student to France, Italy or another foreign country and host the foreign student from that country for 3-4 weeks here in New England. This is also a great opportunity for your club to get involved in exchange on a short-term basis with little expense. Short Term Youth Exchange involves two high school students, one from the U.S. and one from another country, and their families pair up. The U.S. student travels to and is hosted by the foreign family for 3-4 weeks. Then the two students travel together to the U.S. where the foreign student is hosted for 3-4 weeks before returning home. For more information, click on the Youth Exchange page link - https://rotary7780.org/SitePage/youth-exchange
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District Calendar
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Future Events
Mid-Year Dinner
Monday evening, January 28, 2019
PETS Training
Thursday, March 7 - Saturday, March 9, 2019
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