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It's less than a week to the start of the virtual 2021 Multi-District Conference but you can still register and plan to take part in a gathering with Rotarians from parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island. 
Pull up a comfortable chair in front of the computer on Thursday and Friday evenings, April 29 and 30, and Saturday morning, May 1 for a great selection of events that will enhance your Rotary experience:
  • Inspiration to build diversity, equity and inclusion in your club, and more
  • Information to help recruit and retain new members, and more
  • Fellowship (yes, it can be done online -- join in Thursday evening to see how!)
  • Fun including a trivia contest Friday evening, and Saturday's premiere showing of bloopers from the videos featuring Mermaid Charlene and Neptune Marc
Hey all you seafaring Rotarians in 7950 and landlubbers in 7890 --
It's Tina Tuna here, the fish with legs bringing you the latest update on your Multi-District Conference with legs.
Now you're probably thinking: what the [bleep] does it mean for a district conference to have legs?
I'm so glad you asked.
It means the benefits will stay with you long after the few hours you spend at the virtual event April 29 - May 1. Benefits like:
  • Inspiration to build diversity, equity and inclusion in your club, and more
  • Information to help recruit and retain new members, and more
  • Fellowship (yes, it can be done online -- join in Thursday evening to see how!)
  • Fun including a trivia contest Friday evening, and Saturday's premiere showing of bloopers from the videos featuring Mermaid Charlene and Neptune Marc
Speaking of the lovely mermaid and Neptune, you can catch their latest video report here. (I've got a big part in it, too!)
When you turn off your computer at the end of the conference, you'll have a big leg up on the latest tools for building Rotary in your community.
But first you need to register. Click here to check out the schedule and meet the speakers. Or click here to go straight to the online registration form.
I promise you'll be hooked.
Best --
Our District Conference is coming up quickly, and we invite all to join! Please see below for some exciting highlights:
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It's been over 30 years since Rotary undertook the massive challenge of eradicating polio worldwide, and just in the past year Africa has been declared free of wild polio.
So how close are we to the goal line and what will it take to get us across it?
That's what we'll learn from Rotary International PolioPlus chair Mike McGovern in the opening keynote address of our virtual Multi-District Conference, Thursday evening, April 29.
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How did peace strategies learned in Thailand improve law enforcement in Philadelphia? And what does that mean for us as Rotarians in New England?
Join Inspector D. F. Pace for this provocative presentation on Saturday morning, May 1 -- the concluding day of our virtual Multi-District Conference.
This year's multi-District Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, April 29, Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1.  Registration is now open! Please view the extensive registration brochure under 'Download Files', or click here.
The conference will be entirely virtual, and will be held:
Thursday, April 29, 2021: 6:15 - 8:45pm
Friday, April 30, 2021: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday, May 1, 2021: 8:45 - 11:30am
ShelterBox reached 200,000 people in 2020, bringing the total served since our founding twenty years ago to over 1.7 million people sheltered. We could not have reached them without the club and district support like yours. Your sustained help enables up to be better prepared to respond quickly and efficiently to reach families when disaster or conflict damages or destroys their home. Here is a link to our 2020 Year in Review https://www.shelterboxusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-YEAR-END-FINAL-COM.pdf
District 7890 is being recognized for your help over our first 20 years as being one of the Top 20 all-time Rotary District supporters of ShelterBox USA! This is a cumulative total from clubs and other district giving. Your certificate of appreciation is attached.
If you did not get a chance to attend our virtual event “An Evening to Experience ShelterBox” you can watch it here. The event includes reports from around the world and stories from those we serve. www.shelterboxusa.org/virtual
On behalf of ShelterBox President Kerri Murray, our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and especially the families we’ve helped, thank you!
Bill Tobin
Rotary Relations Manager
ShelterBox USA

Rotary Opens Opportunities

RI President-elect Holger Knaack’s theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.

Download 2020-21 theme logo materials

Statement from Rotary International

At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.

Rotary International is closely monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and continuously assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events, and members.

Your health and safety are always our top priorities. 

In the near term, Rotary International recommends that districts and Rotary and Rotaract clubs meet virtually, cancel, or postpone meetings and events following the advice of national and local health officials. 

Rotary encourages members and their families to take precautions to protect themselves from contracting the virus by: washing your hands often and thoroughly, putting distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, and staying home if you are sick.

Find more information from Rotary International here
Registration and insurance documents for the June 6 RYLA event are currently available under 'Download Files' on the left side of our website. 
Please see the attached YouTube links for two television programs that are ready for distribution.  Both programs should be of interest to the general public.
The program on THE HOPE INITIATIVE should be of particular interest to the Law Enforcement,  Emergency Responders, and those working in  addiction treatment.
The program on the Brain and Addiction will be of value to youth, educators, social workers,  and those parents and professionals who are working to prevent addiction or respond positively to those who are already suffering from the disease of addiction.
Please feel free to share these video with your local public access television stations and anyone in your community who is concerned with the Opioid Crisis   As a Rotary project, these programs are being offered  to the public at no cost.
Please contact Rotarian Dave Mangs for more information.
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