District Governor's Message
By: DG Marion Cheney, Dover RC
It’s a District Celebration on the Isles of Shoals.
June 29th, 2024
This year’s celebration will be hosted by the Isles of Shoals Conference Center on Star Island.
The Ferry leaves Portsmouth at 8:50 AM.  Please arrive by 8:15 AM. The one hour narrated trip is just the beginning of a 7-hour adventure. You will arrive on the island at 9:50. Grab a hot beverage and treat and head up to the meeting room.
The welcome, roll call, and business meeting will start promptly at 10.
RI President’s Rep and Zone 28 & 32 International Director, Drew Kessler, will give the keynote followed by Gregg Dowty who will give an update on the Outreach travel to Poland.
Our Foundation Forum participants, Marty Helman, Mike McGovern, Drew Kessler and Facilitator Dave Underhill will be giving updates regarding the Share Forever Challenge.
You will have the opportunity to take 3 minutes to showcase your club’s accomplishments and how your club “Created Hope in the World”.
Participants will have some free time in the afternoon before the changeover to take a tour of the island, swim, kayak, play tennis, corn hole, or chill and enjoy the scenery.
Children are welcome and there are lots of activities to keep them busy, from exploring the island, basketball, arts barn, or the marine center.  There are lots of activities for all ages.
Thomas Laighton will depart the island at 2:50PM.  There will be entertainment, snacks and a cash bar on the return to the mainland.
Cost is $45,00 per person and that includes: round trip transportation to Star Island, Welcome Reception, Lunch Buffet (Dietary options will be available), all activities and tours, speakers, and snacks on the return trip.
$35.00 kids 4-12 and $0 under 4
Registration will open soon.
Lots of overnight options are available in Portsmouth.  I would encourage you to book hotel accommodations soon  Portsmouth is a very popular destination.
May 2024 - Connecting the Dots
By:  Sarah MacGillivray, Secretary, and Public Image Coordinator, District Foundation Committee, RC of Bath Sunrise
Over the past few years, I have enjoyed putting together an article on OUR Rotary Foundation, with the aim of helping to educate Rotarians in our district on just how much OUR donations help to do good work around the world.  I hope folks have learned a little something each month, I know I have!  There has been exciting news to share over the years, but none seems as exciting as the generous donor in our District who helped to spark the ShareForever Million Dollar Challenge.  This month, I am thrilled to share that we are over three-quarters of the way to meeting the million-dollar challenge, and we have every confidence we will be able to celebrate the million-raised mark (two million dollar total!) by the time we get to the district conference on June 29…with YOUR help!
For more about ShareForever, District Grants Update and Financial Management, Programs of Scale, the Cadre of Technical Advisors, and Service Awards, read on:
Brunswick Coastal Rotary Club Sets Capstone in Project to Improve Maternal Health Care for Women in Burundi
By:  Members of the Brunswick Coastal Rotary
With the help of many in District 7780, including Bath Sunrise, Boothbay, Fryeburg Area, Kittery, Rochester, Oxford Hills, Saco Bay and Yarmouth Rotary Clubs, an ambulance was provided to the Village Health Works in Kigutu, Burundi.

Burundi has the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the East African region. Ways to reduce these rates are providing information to expectant mothers and their community, and reliable transportation to a medical facility. Brunswick Coastal Rotary partnered with the Bujumbura Rotary Club and the local clinic Village Health Works (VHW) located in Kigutu, Burundi to mitigate this problem. The late Brunswick Coastal Rotarian Dr. Susan Black, MD had volunteered there. VHW is an established clinic responsive to the community that provides quality, compassionate, and dignified healthcare and education to improve the lives of individuals and contribute to resilient communities.
Poland Outreach Team Report
By:  Greg Dowty, Dover RC
After several months of preparation, reaching out to new friends in Poland, and planning a busy itinerary, six Rotarians from around our district have begun our journey. Our goal is to learn about the many programs our Rotary colleagues have undertaken in Poland to support Ukrainian families and children whose lives have been turned upside down by the war in Ukraine.  They will recommend how we may be able to help moving forward.
We have encountered wonderful hospitality and assistance from not only Rotarians, but also partners from YMCA Europe, who have reached out to provide us rides, connect us to programs serving children, and advise us on the sights we should see and the food we will want to sample.
The team will travel to Warsaw, Krakow, Zakopane, and Lublin. Among the various locations we will visit are The Ukrainian Support and Education Center in Konstantin, the Retreat for Ukrainian Children in Zakopane, The ARK Project near Lublin, The Auschwitz Memorial, and the Paul Harris School of Music for Disabled Children in Lublin. Having been invited, we plan to visit Fryderyk Chopin Rotary Club, Lublin Centrum Club and Krakow Rotaract Club. Common Man for Ukraine will be in Zakopane following their latest trip into Ukraine so we will have an opportunity to meet with them as well.
Rotary leaders make the difference in this world.  The team will visit and share information with Poland District Governor Marek Wcislo, Past District Governor Piotr Jankowski, and Secretary General of YMCA Europe Juan Iglesias among other Rotary and YMCA leaders.
We want to thank our District 7780 leaders who have made this trip possible through District Designated Funds. Our wonderful Foundation committee, our International project leaders Emma Bodwell and Jeremy Gould, and especially our District Governor who had the vision to connect our Rotary District 7780 to Poland Rotary District 2231.
Stay tuned for the report on our trip next month upon our return.
Thank You.
Gregg Dowty, Dover RC; Kim Masucci, Exeter RC; Carol Marcotte, Saco Bay Sunset RC; NellAnn Hiatt, Seacoast Portsmouth RC; Matt Cartmell, Freeport RC; and Niki Curtis, Portland RC
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and itinerary
Club News
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River Valley
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South Portland-Cape Elizabeth
If we missed your club, 
please know that your work is appreciated. Please send your stories next month to:
In Memorium - Portsmouth Rotarians
We mourned the passing of two prominent Portsmouth, NH Rotarians—Marie Brownell and Joan Rice.
Both Marie and Joan were Paul Harris Award recipients.
The Portsmouth Club devoted an entire program to celebrate Marie’s steadfast Rotary work including donating more than $20,000 dollars. She went way beyond the call of duty for Christmas Tree sales and chaired the club’s annual Golf Tournament.
Joan, a former member, was a popular connecting force in the community and a Rotary Exchange Student “mother” several times over.
Both will be missed.  Below are links to their obituaries.
Marie Brownell Obit - Click HERE
Joan Rice Obit - Click HERE
DISC Update - April 2024
District 7780 International Service Committee hosted a meeting on April 11, an international Café on April 6, 2 sessions at the District Training Assembly on April 20, and will present two more Cafes in this Rotary Year.
The District had a presence once again at the Project Fair in Columbia and is hoping to have more participation by the District in 2025.  They are also considering the possibility of a reverse Project Fair in the future.  The remaining DISC meetings this project year are on May 16 and June 27.  For more information about DISC and their meetings and participation in the Columbia Project Fair in 2025, contact Jeremy Gould at . Most meetings are via Zoom.
On April 6, 40 people attended the International Café via Zoom. 
District Calendar
DG Track Meeting
Apr. 30, 2024
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. UTC-04:00
DG Track Meeting
May 07, 2024
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. UTC-04:00
ShareForever 7780 Forum session one
Zoom meeting
May 08, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
May 08, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ShareForever 7780 Forum session two
Zoom meeting
May 08, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
International Cafe
May 11, 2024
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
May 13, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
DG Track Meeting
May 14, 2024
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. UTC-04:00
Foundation Committee
May 14, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May 16, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 20, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
DG Track Meeting
May 21, 2024
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. UTC-04:00
May 23, 2024 5:00 p.m.
RI Convention 2024 - Singapore
May 25, 2024 – May 29, 2024
May 27, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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