Meet Demetri Sampas, President of Boston #7!

Demetri Sampas, is the 2023-24 President of Boston #7. 
Demetri is CEO of Mal-ID working on Artificial Intelligence in health, and the work he has been doing at Mal-ID applies to detection of Oral Cancer. Mal-ID believes that serious changes are on the horizon for how visually detectable disease states, such as skin and oral cancer, are screened and diagnosed. Oral cancer has become a global crisis, and there is a pressing need for faster screenings. Mal-ID would like to be a part of that change using AI technology.
Meet Demetri Sampas, President of Boston #7! 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Keith Harris, Interact Chair of District 7930!

September 12, 2022 Meeting 6:00-7:30 PM 
Please join us to meet Keith Harris, current Interact Chair for District 7930!
Keith Harris will visit our club to discuss the Rotary Foundation and other rotary programs.
Keith was born in Vermont but has lived most of his life in Massachusetts. He has been married to Christina for 29 years now, and they have one adult son who came to them when he was 15.
He joined the Rotary club of Ipswich in 1996 and served as president in 2001. He has held a variety of district positions since 2002, including serving as Assistant Governor, District Foundation Chair, new Generations Chair and his current role as Interact Chair. He also serves as the Interact advisor for his own club at the Ipswich High School. His wife Christina is also a Rotarian and runs the RYLA program for the district. Together they are both sustaining members, Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society of the Rotary Foundation.
In 2014, Keith combined his love of cycling and support of the Rotary Foundation and cycled cross country. The trip covered 4400 miles over 10 weeks and raised $52,000 for the Foundation. 
He has worked with young people, and continues to do so today outside of Rotary as a mentor for SilverLining Mentoring out of Boston. SLM pairs teens from foster care with caring adults who mentor them as they transition into adulthood. Deavonie grow up in Lynn - their journey is now 4 years and counting.
We'd love to have you join us for the In-Person Meeting at Club Cafe!
We have the option to order off the menu and from the bar and pay individually.
Meet Keith Harris, Interact Chair of District 7930! 2022-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

This week at Boston #7 Rotary!

Speaker meeting
Join us for our September speaker meeting, happening in person!
Time: Monday, September 12 at 6:00PM - 7:30PM
The speaker will be Keith Harris, current Interact Chair for District 7930
Keith will visit our club to discuss the Rotary Foundation and other Rotary programs.
About Keith Harris:
Keith was born in Vermont but has lived most of his life in Massachusetts. He has been married to Christina for 29 years now, and they have one adult son who came to them when he was 15.
He joined the Rotary club of Ipswich in 1996 and served as president in 2001. He has held a variety of district positions since 2002, including serving as Assistant Governor, District Foundation Chair, new Generations Chair and his current role as Interact Chair. He also serves as the Interact advisor for his own club at the Ipswich High School. His wife Christina is also a Rotarian and runs the RYLA program for the district. Together they are both sustaining members, Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society of the Rotary Foundation.
In 2014, Keith combined his love of cycling and support of the Rotary Foundation and cycled cross-country. The trip covered 4400 miles over 10 weeks and raised $52,000 for the Rotary Foundation. 
He has worked with young people, and continues to do so today as a mentor for Silver Lining Mentoring out of Boston. SLM pairs teens from foster care with caring adults who mentor them as they transition into adulthood. 
We'd love to have you join us for the In-Person Meeting at Club Cafe!
We have the option to order off the menu and from the bar and pay individually.
Questions? Susana Brown, Membership Director
Boston Rotary #7
This week at Boston #7 Rotary! 2022-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Join us for Comedy at Back Bay Social on Thursday, July 28th!

Experience the country's funniest stand-up comedians, with Boston #7 Rotary!

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Experience the country's funniest stand-up comedians, right in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay! Named a “Critic’s Pick” in the Boston Globe, the shows regularly feature headlining performers who've appeared on NetflixComedy Central, and HBO, to name a few. Offering a delicious dinner menu, top-notch selection of craft beer and unique cocktails, Back Bay Social provides a vibrant & friendly atmosphere.

July is Social Wellness Month and this means breaking out of your fixed routine and vowing to meet new people. This is because social wellness is all about your capability to bond with others and build satisfying relationships. Why is this so important? Well, the fact is, the more people you meet, the more likely you are to develop new hobbies and embark on journeys you never even imagined you would be a part of. You will get to hear new jokes, experiment, go to new places, get involved in new activities, etc. Most importantly, social relationships have a lasting impact on physical health!

Join us for Comedy at Back Bay Social on Thursday, July 28th! 2022-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Alexander Falk, Rotary International District 7930 Governor

Alexander Falk joined the Rotary Club of Marblehead in 2009, became Youth Exchange Officer the following year as he restarted the Rotary Youth Exchange program in Marblehead, and most recently served as President of the Marblehead Rotary Club in 2018-19.He has been active in various roles in Rotary District 7930 and previously served as Membership Committee Co-Chair, Assistant Governor, Major Donor Chair, member of the Public Image Committee, member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and District Youth Ex-change Chair. Alexander is a member of the Paul Harris Society. He and his wife Nora are members of the Rotary Bequest Society Level 6, and the Arch Klumph Society – Trustee’s Circle.
They live in Marblehead, MA, and are the proud parents of Calvin and Swanee Falk.
Alexander Falk founded Altova – a software company focused on developer tools – in 1992 in Vienna, Austria, and relocated to the US in 2001 to expand his business.
Alexander currently serves as President & CEO of the company. Altova employs close to 100 people, and has offices in Vienna, Austria, and Beverly, MA. 
Altova has over 5.5 million users world-wide and Altova software tools are used by 91% of the Fortune 500 companies.
Alexander holds a Diplom-Ingenieur (MSc equivalent) degree from Johannes-Kepler University in Linz, Austria, with a major in semiconductor physics.
Meet Alexander Falk, Rotary International District 7930 Governor Susana Brown 2022-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

It's Almost The 4th of July!

You are invited to join the Installation of District Officers and Club Presidents in District 7930.
As it is almost the 4th of July, accordingly, we will have a summer cookout-style dinner buffet with Danversport's own New England Clam Chowder, Warm Dinner Rolls, Strawberry Salad and Caesar Salad, Quinoa and Vegetable Salad, Watermelon Salad, Grilled Steak Tips, Chipotle BBQ Chicken, Hardwood Smoked Pulled Pork, Herbed Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob, and we will finish the evening with Blueberry Tarts and coffee/tea.
Doors will open at 5:30 and we will have cheese platters, vegetable crudites, and a cash bar for fellowship from 6:00 – 6:45 PM. A brief opening ceremony will be held from 6:45 – 7:00 PM followed by dinner starting at 7:00 PM. At 7:45 PM we will begin the installation festivities. The dinner cost per person is $65.
Accordingly, we will have a summer cookout style dinner buffet with Danversport's own New England Clam Chowder, Warm Dinner Rolls, Strawberry Salad and Caesar Salad, Quinoa and Vegetable Salad, Watermelon Salad, Grilled Steak Tips, Chipotle BBQ Chicken, Hardwood Smoked Pulled Pork, Herbed Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob, and we will finish the evening with Blueberry Tarts and coffee/tea.
Doors will open at 5:30 and we will have cheese platters, vegetable crudites, and a cash bar for fellowship from 6:00 – 6:45 PM. A brief opening ceremony will be held from 6:45 – 7:00 PM followed by dinner starting at 7:00 PM. At 7:45 PM we will begin the installation festivities. The dinner cost per person is $65.
Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923
RSVP to 

Alexander Falk

President & CEO - Altova, Inc. 
District Governor 2022-23 - Rotary District 7930
Past-President 2018-19 - Marblehead Rotary Club

It's Almost The 4th of July! 2022-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

The Transition Meeting - it's going to be fun!

Monday, June 27, 2022, is a special day! 
Join us for the changing of the guard - to thank outgoing president John K. Ferguson for a wonderful year and to welcome the incoming president - Leila Brandao Dos Santos! And if this were not special enough, we are HAPPY to enlarge our tent and WARMLY welcome transferring members from the Downtown Boston Evening Rotary Club! Plus we have a special program planned!
The meeting will be held at Club Cafe at 6:00 PM. The waiters will circulate and take orders for your choice of food and drink and each person will pay their own tab. All are welcome.  
The Transition Meeting - it's going to be fun! 2022-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Visit Thompson Island in Boston Harbor 2022-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Paul C. Shellito, M.D. History of Medicine and Surgery at MGH

Paul C. Shellito, M.D. will speak about his work and career in surgery, but will spend more time talking about what is more interesting: the history of medicine and surgery in Boston, at the MGH, and at Harvard Medical School, which goes  back to colonial times. 
Paul C. Shellito, M.D. History of Medicine and Surgery at MGH 2022-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Mark Horbag  - Understanding Global Benefits

Mark Horbag is vice president and senior consultant for the Global Benefits Practice in Lockton Northeast’s Boston office. His responsibilities include GBM management and implementation, M&A support, and global benefits financing (multinational pooling, global underwriting, captives).

Mark Horbag - Understanding Global Benefits Susana Brown 2022-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

Satya Mitra -  Financial Aspects of BRC#7

Satya Mitra will speak about Rotary in general with a concentration on financial aspects including 
Club Accounts, Check Writing, Club Fees, Club Expenses, Foundation Funds, Fund Raising, Membership Growth, Member Involvement, and a President’s Role in making a Club be Vibrant.
Satya Mitra - Financial Aspects of BRC#7 Susana Brown 2022-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

District Conference

Joint District Conference of our district 7930 and our friends from district 7910 (the west and south of Boston).
Was held at the Newton Marriott Hotel on Friday, May 6, beginning with the Paul Harris Luncheon, workshops and dinner,
District Conference David Manzi 2022-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Steve Brown - The Unfolding War in Ukraine

Steve Brown will be sharing an update of a talk he presented at the Tucson Presidio Rotary Club several weeks ago about the unfolding war in Ukraine. He will provide some historical perspective on Ukraine and Russia and share an except from his 2002 journal when he visited Ukraine on behalf of Rotary, together with current correspondence with Serhii Danylkiv, MD, a Ukrainian Rotarian, who had to flee Bucha/Kyiv three weeks ago.
Steve Brown - The Unfolding War in Ukraine Susana Brown 2022-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Francisco Barrera - Rotary Global Scholar from Mexico

Meet Frank from Mexico

FRANCISCO J. BARRERA is studying Epidemiology at the Harvard “T.H. Chan” School of Public Health

Francisco Barrera (Frank) recently finished medical school and is currently studying for a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Harvard’s “T.H. Chan" School of Public Health. His full tuition was covered with a Rotary Scholarship Global Grant.

Francisco Barrera - Rotary Global Scholar from Mexico Susana Brown 2022-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Getting to know Kathleen Frain 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Getting to Know Kathleen Frain

Getting to Know Kathleen Frain
Kathleen Frain is an experienced Interior Decorator working with clients to transform homes for over 30 years. She partners with leading industry professionals to get projects done beautifully, timely, and efficiently. Her specialties include kitchens, baths, lighting, custom drapery, space planning and more.  Kathleen's approach to the design process is simple, creative, organized and resourceful.

​Simple. Each design project begins with a consultation. At this phase, Kathleen's objective is to understand her client's goals for their space and lifestyle. 

​Creative. Kathleen's extensive experience in the design industry enables her to think outside of the box for her clients. 

Organized. All projects at KCF Interiors are meticulously done. Kathleen understands that communication is key to a sucessful project and the long-term relationships she builds with her clients.

​Resourceful. KCF Interiors is a full-service design firm which means every client's budget, big or small, is always a priority. 

Getting to Know Kathleen Frain 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Mickey Cockrell - Catie’s Closet

Posted on Mar 21, 2022

Mickey Cockrell CEO & Co-Founder of Catie’s Closet is an entrepreneur in the non-profit sector serving as CEO & Co-Founder of Catie's Closet. She has won numerous awards for Catie’s Closet including The MassChallenge Diamond 1st Place Award; The Celebration of Excellence Non-Profit of the Year; as well as earning a fellowship with Draper Richards Kaplan and The Social Innovation Forum. 
Mickey Cockrell - Catie’s Closet Susana Brown 2022-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Jonathan Crisol of Boston by Foot

Boston by Foot (BBF) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1976 to celebrate Boston’s rich history and architectural heritage through guided wallking tours. While Jonathan has been part of BBF for the last 5 years, he is someone that does not typically fit the profile one might expect of a volunteer. After all, he was born and raised in the Philippines and was never taught American History in his formative years. He moved to the US to pursue an undergrad degree and eventually a career in Insurance, which didn’t really intersect much with history, architecture, or culture….
Jonathan Crisol of Boston by Foot Susana Brown 2022-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Getting to know Rahul Mahendra Raj

Rahul Mahendra Raj (left) with his sponsor Satya Mitra (right).
Rahul’s presentation will focus on the Rotary Club of Bangalore Downtown and their Projects, as he feels this would be appropriate for the new president taking over for some ideas and projects that she could plan. 
Rahul Mahendra Raj  
Financial Analyst
EntrepreneurShares LLC
Getting to know Rahul Mahendra Raj Susana Brown 2022-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Valentin Crépel - Physics Susana Brown 2022-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Meet Bill Beach

Bill Beach has worked in the sports industry for over 10 years, focusing most of his career on corporate partnerships, an area that is significantly impacted by Name, Image, and Likeness rules in college athletics.
Meet Bill Beach Susana Brown 2022-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Handling Gender-Neutral Pronouns with Style

Janika LeMaitre (she/her/hers):  "Handling Gender-Neutral Pronouns with Style"
We use pronouns to refer to a person without using their name. The most common pronouns, he/she, specifically refer to a person's gender. For queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary or transgender people these labels may not fit, causing stress and anxiety. Proper pronoun etiquette demonstrates your acceptance of persons displaying these characteristics.
Handling Gender-Neutral Pronouns with Style Susana Brown 2022-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Getting to Know Leila Brandao dos Santos

Leila Brandao dos Santos is 23 years of age and resides in Boston's North End. Leila immigrated to the USA from Portugal at the age of three and is now pursuing the "American Dream". During this time she persevered, gained valuable experience, and currently she is attending the Harvard Extension School. Leila has become a great supporter of Boston Rotary #7, and she willingly volunteered to be the 2022-23 Club President. 
Getting to Know Leila Brandao dos Santos Susana Brown 2021-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

North Pole Ice

Tom Day will cover the "general state of affairs in the Arctic Ocean" and other icy places. Ice at the North Pole describes the current situation up there. The connection between melting northern ice and sea-level rise will be explained. Illustrations will include satellite photos from the last 30 years, a time-lapse video, and an overview of Earth's other large bodies of ice: Greenland and AntarcticaIn his retirement in Santa Clarita CA, Tom has studied ice at the South Pole, permafrost in Siberia. Tom likes to speak and can be contacted at
North Pole Ice Susana Brown 2021-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks for supporting Pints for Polio

This was the first year we held our own local fundraiser - and it was fun!  
Boston Rotary#7 partnered with Club Cafe during the month of October to raise funds in support of Rotary International's Polio Plus program. 
BIG THANKS to Jim Morgrage of Club Cafe for the generous contribution & thanks to the patrons who enjoyed their pints of Sam Adams Octoberfest beer!
Thanks for supporting Pints for Polio 2021-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Joan Arsenault: Rotary: People of Action


Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. We connect people:   Rotary unites more than a million people. 1.4 million members and 46,000 clubs. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. We transform communities:    We take action locally and globally. 16 million volunteer hours each year. Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions. We solve problems:   No challenge is too big for us. Nearly 3 billion children immunized against polio. For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease. Our causes: Promoting Peace - Fighting Disease - Providing Clean Water - Saving Mothers and Children - Supporting Education - Growing Local Economies - Protecting The Environment Join Leaders:   Club activities, social events, and volunteer projects offer networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections. And Rotarians can extend those networks by visiting other clubs around the globe.

Joan Arsenault: Rotary: People of Action Susana Brown 2021-11-13 05:00:00Z 0 November 15 2021,Speaker Joan Arsenault,The Rotary Foundation

Everyone's invited to Go To Theater!

At last... the live theater is open again! We're thrilled to go see an "intimate musical" at the 3:00-4:30 PM matinee performance on Sunday, November 21, 2021 ...and afterward, if you're interested, go out for "refreshments".
The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy telling her story backward while Jamie tells his story chronologically.
Everyone is welcome. Buy your own tickets to sit where you please. Apply Boston Rotary's 20% off discount code. The code can be used online or over the phone. Code: BOSROTARY21   
LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON 140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116 BOX OFFICE: 617.585.5678 WEBSITE:  Facebook  YouTube  Instagram  Twitter
If you have questions, contact 
Everyone's invited to Go To Theater! Susana Brown 2021-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Get to Know 2 New Members! 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Amarock Society

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Dr. Tanyss Munro has spent her life, with her husband, best-selling author Gem Munro, to creating a world worthy of children and youth around the world. The Munros founded Amarok Society in 2006. For their work, they were recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Amarock Society David Manzi 2021-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Boston Rotary #7 Government  Series!

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Stephen McBride is running to be a new and bold advocate for Dorchester, Roxbury, South Boston, and the South End. At only 31, he has chosen to challenge a ten-year incumbent because the status quo is no longer working for his community. District 3 deserves accessible and accountable representation. Looking ahead is not enough - we must also reckon with the policies and institutions that have led us to where we are. There is an acceptance of the status quo from our current city councilor that has left too many of our neighbors and friends behind. Stephen is running on a platform that champions an equitable COVID-19 recovery; every child's access to a fully funded public school; and safe, stable, and affordable housing, while centering racial and climate justice at every turn. Stephen is running for office because he has a fundamentally different view of the changes our community needs than the person currently in this role. Stephen believes that the City Council should be here to push for structural change. And that's why he wants to be District 3's next city councilor.
Boston Rotary #7 Government Series! David Manzi 2021-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Guatemala Literacy Project

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Thanks to the support of over 600 Rotary clubs worldwide, the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) offers educational programs to over 200,000 students in Guatemala… working to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Guatemala Literacy Project David Manzi 2021-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Mindfulness & Magic 

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Jason Gardner: Mindfulness
With Mindfulness, here are some of the good things it can bring to your life: Mindfulness helps us create space between the emotions we have and the actions we use to respond to them. Mindfulness helps us focus. Mindfulness can make us feel better emotionally and physically.
Mindfulness & Magic David Manzi 2021-09-20 04:00:00Z 0


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In August 2016, Dr. Mitra and his wife Sheema established a foundation named JOYGURU HUMANITARIAN SERVICES. This is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to serving the disadvantaged and underprivileged members of our community.

JOYGURU HUMANITARIAN SERVICES aims to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by poverty, homelessness, and other social conditions as well as blindness and visual impairment. It promotes the empowerment of women and girls around the world. And it inspires underprivileged children to realize their inner potential and to make a difference in the world.

Joy GURU David Manzi 2021-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Lyric Stage Company of Boston

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Producing theatre in the 21st century: As performing arts emerges from over a year of quarantine, there are huge challenges ahead, including the rise of Netflix, an audience eager for experiences on-demand, shifting demographics, and new paradigms in leadership. Matt Chapuran, Executive Director of the Lyric Stage Company, will share how Boston's oldest resident company stays young.
Lyric Stage Company of Boston David Manzi 2021-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly David Manzi 2021-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

2021 Rotary Club of Boston #7 Scholarship

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The Rotary Club of Boston #7 was proud to offer tuition-only scholarships for Boston residents presently enrolled in a high school program or who have graduated from any public or private high school (or GED equivalent). Scholarships are awarded based on need, leadership qualities, community and citizenship activities as well as scholastic performance. Applicants must be attending or will attend a 4-year or 2-year undergraduate college, trade school, or vocational program. Please note that we do encourage students interested in vocational/trade schools to apply.

2021 Rotary Club of Boston #7 Scholarship Annie Le Mark 2021-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Boston Rotary 7 Social!!

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Join us for an exciting and MUCH-deserved relaxing social gathering!  
Nestled just 20 feet from the oceanfront, The Anchor is Boston’s only two-story public gathering space, performing arts venue, special event setting, and open-air wine and beer garden, featuring panoramic vistas of the harbor, waterfront, and downtown skyline.
Our host at The Anchor is Chris Sinclair, who welcomes us to this beautiful setting for a very safe event. This lovely open setting is ideal for enjoying the sunset on Boston Harbor and seeing the city skyline.
The Anchor is located at 1 Shipyard in Charlestown, MA
Boston Rotary 7 Social!! David Manzi 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Hon. Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville

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Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, MA, has implemented a wide range of reforms and new programs that have earned the city many distinctions by regional and national organizations, including “the best-run city in Massachusetts” (The Boston Globe), one of the "100 Best Communities for Youth" in the nation (America's Promise Alliance), three "All-America City Awards" (the National Civic League), and the designation as one of the 15 most influential cities in the U.S (Boston University study).
Hon. Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville David Manzi 2021-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

How To Work Together When You Can’t Be Together...Shari Storm

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Social distancing creates all sorts of stressors on working relationships. Learn a few tips that you can use to ensure you interact with your co-workers, club members, or anyone else, with grace and empathy. Small changes in the way you communicate can have a long-lasting impact on the connection you have with those you value the most.



How To Work Together When You Can’t Be Together...Shari Storm David Manzi 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

The Cinderella Strategy...Graham Honaker, Author

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In 2010, Butler University's men's basketball team made a stunning run to the national championship game, becoming the smallest school to make the final in the modern history of the NCAA tournament. In 2011, they did it again. With back-to-back turns as America's favorite underdog, Butler basketball provided its university back home in Indianapolis with an unprecedented opportunity.

The Cinderella Strategy...Graham Honaker, Author David Manzi 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

World's Fastest Reader (Guinness)...Howard Berg

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Howard Berg is the world’s fastest reader (Guinness). One of the pillars of Rotary is Education and Howard is excited to share revolutionary learning strategies that will double productivity in a single online session during this Covid19 pandemic. 
World's Fastest Reader (Guinness)...Howard Berg David Manzi 2021-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Our newest Sister Club - Hyderabad North in India David Manzi 2021-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly! David Manzi 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Official Visit of District Governor, Betsy Manzelli David Manzi 2021-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Coronavirus Economics: Where is the U.S. economy headed? Geoffrey Woglom David Manzi 2020-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Learn from a Life Coach...Jason Gardner

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Jason Gardner's story is unique and his knowledge is real. He is the founder of Radical Shift Coaching is a highly respected life coach with capabilities for unlocking human potential. With a long history in magic, escapology (think Houdini), and showmanship, he is known for his ability to help people free themselves from the straight jackets they put themselves in and reach full personal potential and freedom. 

Learn from a Life Coach...Jason Gardner David Manzi 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
New England Center & Home for Veterans David Manzi 2020-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
HUNTING WHITEY...Author Dave Wedge David Manzi 2020-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Vice President, Johrita Solari

Johrita Solari is board chair and chief visionary officer of Solari Enterprises Inc., a property management company with 300 team members specializing in affordable rental housing. The company, which she co-founded with her husband, Bruce, was inspired by Rotary’s guiding ethical principles. “The Four-Way Test hangs in our lobby, and every team member sees it as they come into work,” Solari says. Johrita Solari joined Rotary in 1993. As governor of District 5320, she organized the district’s first million-dollar dinner fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation and helped it become the second known district consisting of 100% Paul Harris Fellow clubs. She has served on the committee for the Foundation’s Peace Major Gifts Initiative.
Rotary International Vice President, Johrita Solari David Manzi 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Boston 7 Social at The Anchor in Charlestown

Join us for our first in-person and socially distant event since last February! Our host at The Anchor is Chris Sinclair, who welcomes us to this beautiful setting for a very safe event from 5-6 PM.
This lovely open setting is ideal for enjoying the sunset on Boston Harbor and seeing the city skyline. The Anchor is located at 1 Shipyard in Charlestown, MA
Boston 7 Social at The Anchor in Charlestown David Manzi 2020-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Fisher House Boston...Jennifer Deluca, Advocate for Vets

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Jennifer Deluca is a tireless advocate for veterans and their families serving as the executive director of the Fisher House of Boston since September of 2010. She works hard to embody the Fisher House mission to “ease the burden of military veterans and their families during illness or injury by providing a home away from home”.
Fisher House Boston...Jennifer Deluca, Advocate for Vets David Manzi 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Million Dollar Journey...Terry Rezendes Curran

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Terry Rezendes Curran is in the leadership line for our Rotary International District 7930, as District Governor, 2021-2022
Please join the Boston 7 Rotary to welcome Terry Rezendes Curran, District Governor-Elect for our District 7930. Terry will give us an inspiring view into our District's Million Dollar Journey for the Rotary Foundation!
The Rotary Foundation, since it was founded more than 100 years ago, has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in our community and around the world. The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
Million Dollar Journey...Terry Rezendes Curran David Manzi 2020-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Protecting Our Food Supply and Our Planet...Mike Kuhn, DVM+MBA David Manzi 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
How To Improve Our Public Image...Amy Luckiewicz David Manzi 2020-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
2020 Scholarships 2020-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Boston Rotary #7 COVID-19 response

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To My Fellow Rotarians, Friends and Supporters:
As of March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic, stating that:
WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.
We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
Here in the Commonwealth, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency last Tuesday, March 11, 2020, as the number of coronavirus cases doubled in just 24 hours and rose to 92 cases. Leaders and the representatives of Massachusetts municipalities called for a coordinated and "cohesive" response to the coronavirus outbreak. 
As an active and responsible partner of the Boston community and most importantly in response to this pandemic, all club activities including service projects, committee meetings and other planned events will be postponed until further notice.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded everyone that, 
Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled. 
The challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same – it’s whether they will.  
Friends, we will do our part in promoting social distancing so all our meetings and activities are postponed for now. Rest assured that we are monitoring the situation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the CDC, and we shall continue to keep you informed. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
Yours truly,
David Manzi
President, Boston Rotary #7
Boston Rotary #7 COVID-19 response David Manzi 2020-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

The Emotional, Physical + Financial Complexities of Aging and Care

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Bill Cleary, speaker   
PLAN VS. CRISIS: Complexities of Aging and Care
1.  The emotional aspects of aging and care
2.  The physical aspects of aging and care
3.  The financial aspects of aging and care
4.  The legal aspects of aging and care
5.  The family conversation
6.  All the options for care
7.  The cost of care
8.  What Medicare and Medicaid cover?
9.  The actualities of a “Nursing Home”
10. And much more...
The Emotional, Physical + Financial Complexities of Aging and Care David Manzi 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Vocational Talk II

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Back by popular demand! Boston Rotary #7 "Vocational Talk series"!
John Ferguson, Vice President, Webster Bank and Satya Mitra, President of "The Guru Tax & Financial Services, Inc."
Also, learn about Rotary's Polio National Immunization Day, in which Satya recently participated!
Vocational Talk II David Manzi 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Restoring Earth’s Climate: How we can stabilize the climate and improve the human condition

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Dr. John L Keller’s career in atmospheric science research & development started in the early 1970s. As a Senior Research Meteorologist at AIR Worldwide in Boston, Dr. Keller developed and implemented a model for the extreme wind climate of Northwest Europe. This model is part of AIR's "EuroCAT" modeling system, widely used by the property and casualty insurance industry to manage climate risk.

Restoring Earth’s Climate: How we can stabilize the climate and improve the human condition David Manzi 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

2020 - Vocational Talk Series part 1

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Join us for our first Vocational Talk of 2020!

When a lawyer named Paul Harris, a coal dealer, a mining engineer, and a merchant tailor first met in 1905 in Chicago, they gave birth to Rotary and, by the nature of their diverse occupations, to the association’s most distinctive feature – the classification principle. Today, the classification principle, though modified, remains a cornerstone of Rotary. 

  • Parts of your job you find most rewarding and most difficult.
  • Forecast employment opportunities in your field for the coming decade.
  • Advice you would give persons entering your career field.
  • How your profession is being impacted by technology, government regulations, and environmental factors.
  • Ethical issues you face at work, and how the Rotary 4-Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct help you deal with them.
On January 15, we welcome Angela Spears and Jose Sierra to give us some insight into their careers, their journey as Rotarians as it relates to Rotary, and "Service Above Self"! 
2020 - Vocational Talk Series part 1 David Manzi 2020-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year! First meting of 2020

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Happy New Year!!
Our next scheduled meeting will be January 15 (please note it is a Wednesday, not our standard Thursday) 6:30pm-7:30pm
Fisher College, Trustees Library - 118 Beacon Street, Boston, Ma
A featured notification will be posted about this meeting shortly...
Happy New Year! First meting of 2020 David Manzi 2020-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Polar Plunge update!!

Posted by David Manzi
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Tom Hankard a member of the Belle Isle Club, which encompasses East Boston, Revere and Winthrop. 
Tom is co-chair of the 10th Annual Rotary District 7930 Polar Plunge where District 7930 is on a mission to reach the $1 million dollar mark of funds raised via this event on February 29, 2020.
Please come and here the wonderful things the Polar plunge committee as well as the Foundation on achieving the goal of $1 million dollars!
Polar Plunge update!! David Manzi 2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Veterans/Unsung Hero and Rotary  Foundation

Posted by David Manzi on Oct 24, 2019
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Special guest speaker, Lauren Baker, and Veterans Service Dog Project. District 7930 awarded a service dog to a former combat United States Marine who was injured. The Boston 7 club has donated $1,000 toward the service dog's training for this hero.

Boston Rotary#7 nominated Steven Godfrey as an Unsung hero in our community!


Veterans/Unsung Hero and Rotary Foundation David Manzi 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by David Manzi
Gail Gregory, Title IX Girls Running Club
Title IX Girls provides girls with tools, strategies, and space to manage their mental health.

Gail Gregory is the Director of Development at Title IX Girls Running Club.  In her role at Title IX Girls, Gail develops and manages fundraising campaigns, cultivates and maintains relationships with current and prospective donors, and increases public awareness of the organization. 


TITLE IX GIRLS RUNING CLUB! David Manzi 2019-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Joan Arsenault

Posted by David Manzi on Aug 29, 2019
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Please join us for a very special guest - District 7930 District Governor Joan Arsenault!
Joan will give her State of the District on September 5 at 6:30pm.
Where:  Fisher College, Trustees Library at 118 Beacon St.  Boston, Ma 
Please come and enjoy dinner and fellowship.
Cost:  $0
District Governor Joan Arsenault David Manzi 2019-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Proud to serve meals to those who served us!

Posted by David Manzi on Aug 07, 2019
Rotarians served America's Heroes at The New England Center and Home for Veterans. L to R: Friend of BR7 David Feltner, longtime member Paul Shellito, David Manzi, Past District Gov Doraiswami, Past District Gov Val Callahan.
Proud to serve meals to those who served us! David Manzi 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Boston 7 to induct new members tonight!

Posted by David Manzi on Aug 01, 2019
Come join us at 6:30pm tonight, August 1 for Fellowship, Dinner and help induct two new members into our Club!
delicious Italian food and hearty sandwiches - FREE!
Hope to see you there!
Boston 7 to induct new members tonight! David Manzi 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

BR7's First Rotary Meeting of 2019-2020!

Posted by David Manzi
We are pleased to have our first Rotary meeting of 2019-2020 tomorrow!
Please join us for food, fellowship and fun at our meeting in the Trustees Library at Fisher College located at 118 Beacon Street between 6-7pm.
Come learn about what Boston Rotary #7 has in store for this year.  New programs such as BR7 Networking events and our new Veterans Outreach Program!
I hope to see you there!
My best,
BR7's First Rotary Meeting of 2019-2020! David Manzi 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Beacon Hill Walking Tour Susana Brown 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Learn what Rotarians are doing in the Greater Boston area.

Posted by Lori Karas


Are you curious about Rotary's Community and International Service Projects? 

Please come to this presentation and learn what Rotarians are doing in the Greater Boston area and how you can participate!

This annual visit of the District Governor is always exciting!  What a great opportunity to meet 2018-19 DG, Bob Wood, and learn first-hand what projects are going on in our area and around the world!

The Public and members of Rotary are invited to this free meeting! No RSVP necessary. Refreshments will be served.

This joint meeting, hosted by the Boston and Cambridge Rotary Clubs, will take place at the Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 on Thursday, September 27 from 5:30PM - 7:30PM


Learn what Rotarians are doing in the Greater Boston area. Lori Karas 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Merrimack Valley Tragedy - Natural Gas Explosions

Posted by Lori Karas on Sep 16, 2018
I thought I would offer a community update. As you know through the news and Rotary District emails, many families in the area will remain impacted as we face a new week ahead.
Red Cross shelters in North Andover and Lawrence are in place, and as many of you know, I'm a Red Cross board member and Disaster volunteer. I've been working the North Andover High School shelter for the last 2 evenings.
You may be wondering how you can help our community members, some of whom are Rotarians.
1. Donate to the GoFundMe page provided in the District emails. (see link below)
2. Donate to the Red Cross.
3. Stay tuned to your email. In the next couple of days a district wide initiative will be announced whereby you can partake.
4. Thank you neighborhood First Responders, such as Police, Fire, and Emergency personnel, who came from near and far and have been responding to this incident 24 hours a day, just as the Red Cross has also.

Should you know someone impacted and they are not sure what to do, encourage them to go to one of the shelters. Red Cross team members are getting first hand updates and will be able to help them with, food, shelter, information, medical care/how do I get my meds? etc...

Reach out to me as well should you have questions.
Yours in Rotary 
Lori Karas
President, Rotary Club of Boston #7
First, I would like to express my thanks to all of you who have contacted the Clubs in the towns and cities involved, and to me, to offer assistance in this time of need. I have been in contact with all three Presidents of Andover, Lawrence and North Andover and want to assure you that they, at the moment, are doing everything in their power to provide service where needed. 
Both Brian Fraser, North Andover, and Marc Gillette, Andover, tell me that their Clubs have spent the last 48 hours running supplies to the shelters that have been set up in the three communities. Local assessments are still being made. The American Red Cross is firmly in place at the shelters, offering services, shuttle buses to folks that have not been able to get to their homes to get medications, check on the house, etc. Unfortunately, there are still many people that have not been allowed back.into their homes. 
I just wanted you to know that while the District is ready, willing and able to assist in any way, we must wait until the local needs assessments have been made, and wait until the three "boots on the ground" tell us how we can best help. 
I thank you for your patience. Please be assured I will let you know how we can be of service as soon as that comes to light. There is a GoFundMe page, started by Marc Gillette and it can be located at
All proceeds will go to fire victims to help them either rebuild, refurnish or start a new life. 
I am thankful, though sad, that there was only one casuaty. Susan and I send our thoughts and prayers to those in need at this hour and patiently await direction from the folks that actually know what may be needed.
Yours in Rotary, 
Bob Wood
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 7930
Merrimack Valley Tragedy - Natural Gas Explosions Lori Karas 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Let's go to the Mapparium & Eataly!  Susana Brown 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

3 Doctors from Vietnam in Boston 

Posted by Susana Brown
New Jersey Rotarians funded a Gift of Life project but they needed "feet on the street" in Boston to welcome 3 medical doctors from Vietnam. Lan, Hung and Quyen came to participate in a 30-day observation program at Children's Hospital. Rotarians in Boston and Brookline provided friendship and a variety of services, like airport transportation, settling them into rental housing, food shopping, and including them in sight seeing and social events. See more photos below.
3 Doctors from Vietnam in Boston  Susana Brown 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

Support our hardy Polar Plunger

Posted on Feb 03, 2018
I'm fundraising for Rotary District 7930's EndPolioNow campaign. It's an amazing organization!
Rotarians and their friends are working to eradicate polio from the earth and you can be part of history by donating today. 
You can find out more about the organization and make a donation here: 
Thanks for taking a moment to check it out!
Support our hardy Polar Plunger 2018-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Boston Public Library Tour + Dine at Maggiano's


Posted by David Manzi on Nov 10, 2017
Join us to kickoff the 2017 Holiday Season at a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Boston's great gems, the historic Boston Public Library. After the tour, we will head a few blocks East to Maggiano's Little Italy for amazing Italian food!
Thursday, November 16, 2017    
 (SOLD OUT) 4:50pm-6pm Private Tour of the Boston Public Library starting at the Dartmouth Street entrance
 (REGISTRATION OPEN) 6:30pm-8:30pm  Dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy at 4 Columbus Avenue, Boston
Our private tour of the Boston Public Library begins when we meet our guide in the McKim Vestibule at the Dartmouth Street entrance. 
“Behind the scenes of Boston’s greatest gems” are social networking events are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Boston #7.                                                                This event is open to people with an interest in Boston Rotary: members, families, friends, guests, prospective members. 
$50.00 per person for the all-you-can-eat-dinner.
To sign up and pay online, click on the event in the calendar listing for Nov. 16, 2017
Boston Public Library Tour + Dine at Maggiano's  David Manzi 2017-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

United Sound Concert at Symphony Hall

Posted by Lori Karas
This concert is going to be an incredible event at the one of the most prestigious music halls in the world!!!
Rotarians helping Rotarians...please support United Sound's Julie Duty, the Executive Director of United Sound
and a Rotarian from the Mesa West Club in Arizona ! 
United Sound Concert at Symphony Hall Lori Karas 2017-11-04 04:00:00Z 0 Baseball,Boston Pops,Boston Red Sox,Boston Symphony,Bronson Arroyo,Cincinnati Reds,Dave Matthews Band,Jeff Coffin,Rotary,Theo Epstein,icon,jazz,legends,special needs

Celebrating Boston's Red Cross Volunteers

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
#RedCrossReady  Four Boston Rotarians attended Prevent & Prepare.  
L-R  Past President David Manzi, Past President Shiela Lally, Current President Lori Karas and Past President Susana Brown
Lori Karas is a Chapter Board Member of the Red Cross of Massachusetts and active member of The Women Who Care committee of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, which annually organizes one of the largest networking events in the Commonwealth. In the tradition of founder, Clara Barton, the event was developed to help raise awareness and garner support for the critical programs provided by the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.
This year two individuals were honored who exemplify the mission of the American Red Cross. 
Dr. David R. King, a Mass General surgeon who used medical savvy from years at war to help victims of traumatic injury promotes the use of modern tourniquets, which, if used properly, are effective in stopping massive bleeding without loss of limbs. 
Joseph E. Finn, Boston Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department was introduced by Lauren Baker, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Red Cross volunteer.  Commissioner Finn praised the American Red Cross for partnering with Boston Fire to install 1,000 smoke detectors for the elderly community. Early warning and early detection save lives from fast burning fires.
Celebrating Boston's Red Cross Volunteers 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Hepatitis Zero Expedition 

Posted on Jul 24, 2017
The Hepatitis Zero Expedition, which is a project of the Hepatitis Eradication R.A.G., the newest Action Group to be recognized, has already journeyed through all of South and Central America. This mission is travelling around the world with two brothers Fred and Jose, Rotarians and roving Ambassadors of the project, spreading information on Hepatitis C prevention, on board their Toyota Land Cruiser. They will spend about four years touring five continents, covering 120,000 miles and more than fifty countries. In each stop on their way Fred and Jose are meeting with the Rotary community, explaining about the disease and the campaign, how Hepatitis C sufferers can seek treatment, and recruiting future Ambassadors for the Hepatitis Eradication Rotary Action Group.
Hepatitis Zero Expedition Shiela Lally 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Let's Cook and Serve Others!

Posted on Jun 13, 2017
We invite you to sign up to participate in community service along with other volunteers and Boston Rotarians at The Women's Lunch Place.
"A warm glow and sense of connection aren’t all you get from volunteering: It can improve your mental health and help you live longer too!"  Website:
Since 1982, thousands of Boston's poorest women have found refuge and welcome at the Women's Lunch Place. The Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable day time shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. They treat women with dignity and respect, and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs. They are open six days a week, year-round, to offer food, friendship, and a full spectrum of advocacy and support services to each of their guests.
What we do: Food preparation, Serving meals, Cleaning up. The meal at lunch time consists of high-quality, freshly prepared dishes, including meat or fish, fresh vegetables, fruit, and dessert. Menus are planned to emphasize nutritional content and diversity. Food preferences are accommodated, and vegetarian alternatives are available at every meal. Unlike traditional soup kitchen food service, which generally fulfills a woman’s basic nutritional needs, the Women’s Lunch Place, offers a restaurant-style lunch with volunteers serving guests who are seated at tables in the dining room. There are fresh flowers on each table and china plates and flatware. Lunch is more than a meal at the Women’s Lunch Place. It is an important part of renewing a guest’s self esteem and providing her with a sense of dignity and normalcy.
Requirements: A heart-felt desire to be of active service to others in our community.  
Date: Second Tuesday of each month Time: Serve for as long as you can between 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  
Location: 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
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Community Solar

Posted on Jun 07, 2017
Solar costs have decreased by 80% since 2011 and, for the first time, solar can save ordinary households money on their electricity bills. Yet, 80% of Americans are effectively locked out of the solar market. These households include those who rent their homes, own a condo, have inadequate credit, or possess a non-optimal roof (e.g. a roof covered by a tree or facing the wrong way). The problem is especially severe among low-to-moderate income families, who disproportionately are unable to avail themselves of solar savings due to high credit minimums and long contract lengths required by solar financiers. 
Solstice’s mission is to put affordable solar within reach of every American. We do this by connecting households to solar farms in their neighborhood and by researching new financial inclusion mechanisms through the Department of Energy. With your help, we can democratize clean energy and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

Our guest speaker, Steph Speirs, is a social entrepreneur and community builder with years of operational experience at d.light India, Acumen Fund, the White House National Security Council, and the Obama for America field campaign. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and holds a BA from Yale and an MPA with distinction from Princeton, and she is a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
Visitors welcome! Everyone should please register for the lunch meeting by clicking the link on the calendar. 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017  from Noon - 1:30PM
Fisher College - Trustees Reading Room - 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
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SOLD OUT! Springtime Stroll Around Lake Waban - Sunday, April 30

Walking around Lake Waban in Wellesley on a Sunday afternoon is our springtime adventure! All are welcome to join the hike!  Mark your calendar for 3:00PM on Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

We will meet at the Shellito's house at 3:00 pm. Then we'll make a 10 minute drive together across town to Lake Waban, which is adjacent to Wellesley College. There is a 2.5 mile walk around the lovely lake. Afterward we will return home for drinks and members* will enjoy a simple supper.

Please pre-register using the link on calendar page. *Seating space limits the number to 20 members/guests for supper.

If you're on the fence about joining the club, do it NOW so you can participate! Contact Membership Director: Susana Brown

SOLD OUT! Springtime Stroll Around Lake Waban - Sunday, April 30 Paul Shellito 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

April 5 - Dr. Allana Da Graca​

Posted by Lori Karas on Apr 05, 2017

On April 5th, our speaker is Dr. Allana Da Graca​, the author of Tomorrow Can't Wait, a forty-day book that is about conquering fear and stepping over personal challenge. Her talks are dynamic and engaging and have Q&A time for viewers. Her presentations are unique in that she typically get the audience moving while discussing the challenges that hold individuals back.

Dr. Allana Da Graca is an educator and artist who loves to inspire individuals to become the very best they can be. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended the Sharon Public Schools as a Metco student. She navigated between the urban and rural realities of young adulthood and became involved in the civic engagement of her community. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and freelanced at Black Entertainment Television. A teacher at heart, Dr. Da Graca attended Emerson College where she researched and developed an educational project as the Director of  the Circle of Girls program. She taught young adults the value of education, persistence and civic responsibility. She extended her love for community and served the Irish Immigration Center as a Cross Cultural Organizer bridging communal ties through brown bag lunches and community events like the annual Black and Green.

Dr. Da Graca has taught at  Lesley University, Bauder College (Kaplan), Allied University, and Walden University. She has taught hundreds of students about the gift of communication and the challenge of creating a digital footprint. She continues to write and produce indie books, academic publications, and digital courses as a way to extend the belief that anyone can persist towards reaching new personal heights. She has led lectures, webinars, panels, workshops, presentations, collaborations and more. Dr. Da Graca is the recipient of the Robert C. Ford fellowship and contributing author of the first Encyclopedia of Online Learning. She is an active member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Board of Directors.

Please register and pre-pay $20 for lunch meeting on the Calendar. In addition, books will be available for sale.

The meeting will be held from April 5, 2017 from Noon - 1:30pm at Fisher College in the Trustees Reading Room, 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116.  

April 5 - Dr. Allana Da Graca​ Lori Karas 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Thanksgiving  Social & Service Project Update

Our Thanksgiving Social and Service Project assembled food baskets
Rotarians and members of the Rotaract Club gathered to assemble Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need.
The baskets were delivered to Rosie's Place and the Huntington YMCA.
Thanksgiving  Social & Service Project Update Shiela Lally 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

"The Gatekeeper" - by fellow Rotarian, Kathryn Smith - September 9, 2016

Rotarian Kathryn Smith will be speaking at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. about her new book “The Gatekeeper.” This is the first biography of Missy LeHand, personal secretary to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. LeHand, who worked for Roosevelt for more than 20 years, was with him all through his polio fight and helped him establish the polio rehab center at Warm Springs, Georgia in the 1920s.
“Missy was the one person who truly believed in FDR’s dream for a rehab center at Warm Springs,” Smith said. “She served as his hostess there, and handled all his business related to Warm Springs and his polio foundation when he was in the White House.” LeHand was the de facto chief of staff at the White House, a post that has never been held by a woman, before or since. FDR valued her as a confidante, adviser and friend.
Smith and her book, which is being published September 6 by Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone imprint, will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Rotarian magazine. Club members are invited to attend her talk and signing at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge. For more information, visit
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Meet Boston Legend Larry DiCara with the Rotary Club of Downtown Boston - July 12, 2016

Posted on Jul 11, 2016

Larry DiCara is the ultimate political insider and among Boston’s most recognized attorneys and civic leaders. For over 50 years he has represented owners and developers before the Boston Redevelopment Authority and most every other city and state agency in the Commonwealth. He'll reflect on these 40 years of change in Boston--through the good and the bad. In his political memoir Turmoil and Transition in Boston, published by Hamilton Books, he tells the personal and political story of Boston's rise to national prominence in the 20th Century. Read more about this fantastic speaker here.

You will hear more than a fabulous speaker at this meeting--you'll connect for good with trustworthy professionals in a way that no other association offers. Just by attending you'll help fund the Rotary Foundation which is one of the world's largest humanitarian charities with other 2,000 active projects worldwide. 


July 12, 2016, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Light Hors d'Oeuvres served.
Dress code is business casual / professional.
Buy Tickets Now - They'll Go Fast


Central Bistro

34 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02110
Meet Boston Legend Larry DiCara with the Rotary Club of Downtown Boston - July 12, 2016 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
April 30th Esplanade Cleanup Day Service Project was very productive and a lot of fun! 2016-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

April 29th Rotarians volunteered for Fair Foods helping bag produce for distribution!

Posted on Apr 28, 2016

"Let's buy the kids a new truck", urges Fair Foods founder, Nancy Jamison.  Their old truck has hauled millions of pounds of food transferred from a larger truck. Without the small trucks, they could not deliver to as many places as they have.

Surplus produce is grocery store quality fruits and vegetables that for various reasons never reaches the grocery store. A store may order more produce than it ends up needing, trucks may be too full to ship all of the ordered produce, or shipments can be delayed or arrive too early due to weather, market fluctuations, and equipment malfunctions. Often, entire pallets of usable food will be refused by markets because some items have slight cosmetic imperfections.

The problem with surplus produce is that unlike canned goods, which could be resold or redistributed later, produce will spoil if it sits too long. Rather than letting good food go bad, our partners donate their surplus to us so we can distribute it the same day.  Learn more about

April 29th Rotarians volunteered for Fair Foods helping bag produce for distribution! 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

January 23 - the Polar Plunge Fundraiser to Stop Polio Now!

Posted on Jan 22, 2016

A big shout out to the hundreds of amazing people who participated in the Polar Plunge on Saturday. January 23, 2016.
Whether you plunged, donated or cheered us on, thank you! Just shy of $71,500 with a $10,000 surge over the weekend! 
Thoughts from a Plunger
Well the Polar Plunge happened yesterday. It was surreal, really. Its one thing to go in the water - but the 25° temp and the 40 mph winds had whipped up the surf, which just happened to be at an astronomically high level. Even if any of us had still thought we could stay in for very long, the riptides put an end to that.
Still - load and loads of fun. I don't know if it was the weather or if the wind really saps the body heat that much more, but this is my 5th plunge, and I don't remember any of the others being so brutally cold as we got out of the water and headed back to change. Even the sand was more ice than sand.
Christina and I joined the Interactors at Village Pancake House to warm up. Best Hot Chocolate I've ever had! 
Keith Harris
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Anglea Pitter - Harnessing the Power of LinkedIn

Posted on Sep 14, 2014
Angela Pitter is Principal/Founder at LiveWire Collaborative. LiveWire Collaborative partners with small businesses and professional service consultants to engage social media and turn their passions into profits!

An accomplished technology professional, Angela has over 20 years of experience in high-tech. She lives at the intersection of technology and people with an uncanny ability to connect people with technology in a unique, humorous and non-intimidating manner.  Angela believes collaboration is the cornerstone for building authentic relationships and enhancing your sphere of influence. Hence the formation of LiveWire Collaborative, because technology is only a means to an end! LiveWire Collaborative currently conducts workshops at Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce, Newton Adult Education Center and Center for Women Enterprise, Boston.  

Angela has spent the past 25 years in high-tech, most recently at Hewlett Packard Corporation, and brings extensive experience leading cross-functional global teams and products/services to the market.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds both her M.S. in Administration and B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University. ​Angela is a Board Member of the Newton School Committee and served as Technology Committee Chair​. She and her husband have three terrific sons.  (617) 612-5576

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Boston Rotary Author Series- Andra Watkins: To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

Posted on Sep 09, 2014


To launch her book, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether LewisAndra is the first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Fifteen miles a day. Six days a week. She finished her trek in 34 days. While she walked the Trace to launch her novel, she ended up having a life-changing adventure with her 80-year-old father.

Andra is a Past President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is District Communications Chair for District 7770-Eastern South Carolina, a two-time Rotarian of the Year, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member and recipient of her District’s Distinguished Service Award.

For more information about Andra, you can visit her website at You can purchase her novel at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBook and Kobo, or you can buy an autographed paperback copy after her talk.

Boston Rotary Author Series- Andra Watkins: To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Roy Balfour,"Imagine going home from the hospital and leaving behind your newborn child in the critical care ward."

Posted by Susana Brown on Mar 15, 2014
ImageImagine going home from the hospital and leaving behind your newborn child in the critical care ward for weeks or even months until they are healthy.  Now, thanks to web cameras, families can view their babies in the critical care unit 24/7 using a computer, Internet-connected TV, or smart phone. “These cameras are wonderful. They helped ease my mind, especially at night,” said Tracy Dennison, mother of a newborn who spent time in the UMass Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/NICU in Worcester, MA.

The web cameras allow free access through a secure connection to parents, siblings, and extended family so they can view their newborn at any time and from anywhere.  American military families have benefited and one uncle even dialed in from a Navy ship in the Persian Gulf to get to know his new nephew.  When a Chinese mother gave birth to tiny twins, who were placed in the critical care unit, the web camera allowed her husband and family in China to see them.

“This Rotary service project is an example of a local effort with wide community support that has a global reach,” said Roy Balfour. He would like the Rotary Clubs in Suffolk County to get involved and expand this web cam project to five hospitals in Boston. “It’s important to recognize that when Rotary Clubs carefully select projects in which the community sees value, there’s a domino effect because people have a personal connection. It has been an amazing experience to watch how news of the special web cameras has spread. There are nine hospitals in Massachusetts with neonatal intensive care units; the other eight hospitals have heard about what Rotarians have done in Worcester and they want to install web cameras in their infant incubators. This is a project that touches people’s hearts. We followed a basic Rotary principle,” Balfour explained. “Do careful community assessment to identify a need that both the community and Rotarians see value in doing.  Public relations then become a more natural process, through stories the community relates to and wants to support.  It also generates a sense of Rotary pride that members like to share with others who see the impact value of becoming a Rotarian. What started as a single club project has evolved to include 12 clubs. The operative word is ‘engaging’ Rotarians in something that has a multi-community impact.”

“Hospitals are financially constrained and sometimes cannot ramp up projects like this as quickly as we would like. It’s amazing how the Rotarians stepped up to get club support and rally local business and philanthropic leaders to jump start the completion of our goal of providing a fantastic service to families . . .  wherever they are.”, said Dr. Alan Picarillo, chief, Division of Neonatology Medical Director, NICU at UMass Memorial Medical Center, who initiated the UMass webcam program.  See 3 minute video:



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Help Wanted - YearUp on 60 Minutes

Posted by Susana Brown on Jan 25, 2014
Boston Rotary has been a long-time supporter of the stellar youth education programs of YearUp that was founded by Gerald Chertavian. The organization has been honored at our Governor's Prayer Breakfast and we have donated scholarships to their students.
If you missed 60 Minutes, you can watch the inspirational story about YearUp on
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Congratulations on the POLAR PLUNGE!

Posted on Feb 22, 2013

On a wintry Saturday morning, our new club member, Shiela Lally, Dean of Students at Fisher College, participated in the Polar Plunge in Gloucester to raise funds to End Polio Now. There is still time to support her, so bring your $5 donation to the next meeting! To date, Rotary District 7930 has raised over $60,000 for The Rotary Foundation's goal to End Polio Now! 


L - Shiela is to the left of the white bear. R - Shiela is at the front leading the charge! 

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A "sweetheart" of an event - we loved it!

Posted on Feb 12, 2013

Feb. 13th was an Evening of Wine & Cheese and Chocolate & Art 

at the elegant Ballroom at Fisher College, 1 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

The proceeds raised will benefit the Boston Rotary Scholarship Fund

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Spotlighting (L) Randi Siu and her APPASSIONATA! series of paintings featured fun, energetic impressionistic hearts in bold color combinations and textures.  Also there was a raffle of 3 framed Giclee prints that were donated by (R) Suzanne Schultz Gallery in Boston

The induction of new members into the club was conducted by Susana Brown along with Tom McGovern, Eileen O'Connell and David Manzi.


Shiela Lally, Dean of Students at Fisher College  +  Glenn Quirion, Owner of Sweet Tooth Boston Bakery

Meghan O'Connell of Create and Coordinate, a full service event design company, prepared a delightful pairings of wine, cheese, crackers and chocolate to spotlight the Valentine theme.


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Attention GLOBAL SCHOLARS Applicants

Posted on Jan 31, 2012
Rotary District 7930 will be providing a $30,000 scholarship to one individual to study abroad in one of the 99 Rotary Future Vision Districts.

The successful scholar will be expected to complete a service project and study one of the following 6 Areas of Focus:
1) disease prevention and treatment
2) peace and conflict resolution/prevention
3) basic education and literacy
4) economic and community development
5) maternal and child health
6) water and sanitation
The application deadline is March 1, 2012. You can download the form at

Contact Amy at for additional information.
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Can’t Wait to Explore the Boston Harbor Islands!

Rebecca Schultzberg is a Senior Philanthropy Officer for Thompson Island Outward Bound, a Boston nonprofit that provides outdoor learning programs for public schools students on its Island campus in the Boston Harbor.

Meredith O’Connell has over a decade of experience with mission-driven work focusing on systems, communication, & strategies that enhance an organization's visibility and impact.

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SOLD OUT!  Charles River Cleanup 4/29


This is the 18th year that CRWA has organized the Charles River Cleanup Day. This popular event has reached its quota of 3,000 volunteers who will pick up trash at sites along the Charles River while enjoying a spring morning. 

Other ways you can help: volunteer in your local community to pick up trash in your neighborhood or park!


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Rotary's 6 Areas of Focus

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~ Peace and conflict prevention/resolution  ~ Disease prevention and treatment  ~  Water and sanitation  ~  Maternal and child health ~  Basic education and literacy ~  Economic and community development

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation recognize these six areas of focus as organizational priorities, and there are countless ways that Rotarians can address these needs locally and internationally. Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of these six areas.

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Who, What, Where, When:

Welcome to Boston Rotary - a respite from emails, texting and FaceBook!  We come together as educators, health professionals, and community & global business members for face-to-face camaraderie while sharing our talents and visions for community service. 
To phone: 617.426.7133.
To email:  Communications Director
To mail:    Rotary Club of Boston, 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
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Brandon Jellison - The Benefits of Massage

Brandon Jellison, Massage Therapist and president of Authentic Body, presented his personal journey and made a case for massage therapy as a means to promote health versus luxury. “Isn’t Massage a luxury?" On the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. “ Mayo Clinic website. Brandon believe that the human body is fundamentally healthy and massage therapy can reduce and remove many causes of physical and emotional stress. He then suggests that with less mental stress and physical pain people are more likely to be kind and collaborative with others. In order to further leverage these positive effects of his efforts, he works with productive members of society and people in positions of power, hence an office on Nantucket island and on Boston’s Newbury Street. This naturally led to a discussion about common situations such as poor sleep habits or the effects of nutritional decisions. There was discussion about neck and shoulder tension as well as low back pain and how those situations can be skillfully relieved through what Brandon calls his Orthopedic Sports Massage. Additionally Brandon is happy to provide receipts for his personalized services which can then be submitted to HSA or insurance companies, but doesn’t accept any

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Community Service at The Women's Lunch Place

Members of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 participate in monthly service project at the Women's Lunch Place. Members of the club prepare and serve the day's lunch of delicious freshly cooked food.
The Women's Lunch Place was established in the 1980's by Jane Alexander and Eileen Reilly.They met in the 1980s while volunteering at the Pine Street Inn, an overnight shelter for men and women in Boston. Distraught by the overwhelming needs of the women they encountered, they dreamed of creating a place to offer these and other women with nutritious, home-cooked meals and a place to call home during the day. At the time, few resources existed specifically for this population. Homelessness was on the rise due to changes in the state's mental healthcare system.
The mission of the Women's Lunch Place is to provide a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. We treat women with dignity and respect and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs.The Women's Lunch place serves approximately 150 women daily and is open six days a week Monday through Saturday from 7:00am - 2:00pm. A continental style breakfast is available from 8:00am - 10:00am, and lunch is served restaurant style at 12pm.
If you are interested in participating in our next service event at the Women's Lunch Place please contact our club Community Service Director.

Photo courtesy of the Women's Lunch Place. 



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John Ribeiro, Chairman of the Committee to Repeal: "Vote Yes to Repeal the Casino law"

Posted by José Sierra
John Ribeiro is the Chairman of the Committee to Repeal the Casino Deal.  The Committee was formed in November 2011, in response to the passage and signing into law of the "Expanded Gaming Act."
Massachusetts is the 39th state to legalize casino gambling in the country.  The evidence is overwhelming that casinos do not provide an economic boost for their host communities.  The industry is in decline across the country and they enjoy a parasitic relationship with the states that welcome them.  The very character and culture of Boston, Massachusetts and the region will be put at risk, if casinos are allowed to open.  
Before one casino opens its doors, the Massachusetts Gambling Commission has created a mess of the entire selection process.  The whole roll-out has been embroiled in controversy. 
Two of the gubernatorial candidates have a different take on the pending referendum.  They might have had some coaching from some of their key advisers.  
Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity, on November 4th, to stop casinos before they can even get started.  John will share what he's learned about how casinos impact communities and why we should vote to repeal this flawed law before they gain a foothold in our Commonwealth.
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Bruce Smith - Growing ROWING on the Charles River


Community Rowing has become an important component of positive social change in Boston. With 30% growth every year for the past four years, more people are healthier and connected through on-the-water activity than ever before.

Community Rowing, Inc.(CRI)  is the largest rowing outreach organization in the world, introducing more than 5,000 rowers to the sport every year. As a coach, Bruce Smith has coached crews at five world championships, and the lightweight eight that he co-coached in 2009 won a silver medal in Poland. In addition to his duties as executive director, Smith has developed numerous new rowing communities around the United States, including two new boathouses in downtown Chicago​

As the Executive Director of Community Rowing since 2008, Bruce has tripled operating income from $900,000 to more than $3 million dollars, increased participation across all programs by more than 100%, and created several innovative initiatives to transform CRI into the largest and most effective rowing club in the United States. In addition to programming increases, during the worst economic downturn in five generations, Bruce completed a capital campaign to raise $16 million for the Harry Parker Boathouse and closed the campaign in two years, a full year ahead of schedule. Bruce also founded the Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing (IRL@CRI), the country's first masters-level program designed to bring the sport of coaching to a new level of professional development. With more than 150,000 rowers in the United States, the sport needs well rounded coaches and leaders, and the IRL provides a year-long education program to develop that leadership. Bruce was named "Administrator of the Year" in 2010 by Rowing News Magazine.

Community Rowing is located in the stunning Harry Parker Boathouse on the bank of the Charles River in Boston. With beautiful balconies overlooking the water, windows that frame the setting sun and provide a stunning 150 degree view of the River, CRI’s venue is the most elegant and inviting new space in Boston. Recognized by the Boston Globe as the best new building in the city.   Harry Parker Boathouse 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA. 02135 617.779.8267

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Michael Richards - Science Camps of America


Michael Richards is the Founder and Executive Director of Science Camps of America (A Non-Profit organization). This first ever educational Science Camp is located in Hawaii. Science Camps of America was founded to provide teens with the opportunity to immerse themselves in fun, hands-on science education in a summer-camp setting and at the same time enrich them with educational experiences not found in the traditional classroom setting, allowing students to become more active in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Science Camps of America also provides scholarships and financial aid for young adults in their communities.

High School students explore the volcanoes, rocks, forests, ocean and skies of the Big Island of Hawaii. In what has been called "nature's greatest laboratory", they see science come to life as they experience geology, oceanography, ecology, climate, and astronomy, "up close and personal". Practicing scientists will share their stories and show them the latest gear they use to further their work. They gain an understanding of our world that will surely have a life-long affect.

Michael Richards, Executive Director

Science Camps of America, Inc. a non-profit corporation
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Jeffrey Doretti: New Member Vocational Talk


Jeffrey Doretti​ is the Sr. Director of Operations at the Cambridge Institute of International Education. The organization has partnerships with over 200 private and public schools in 40 states creating strong international programs and bringing diverse groups of students to high schools in the United States. The goal of The Cambridge Institute is to increase the international profile of American educational institutions and to promote cultural exchange by cultivating relationships among youth in countries with mature, burgeoning, and rapidly changing economies. In the past 15 months the business tripled its operations and grew staff five times over. Now supporting 10 global offices, the Cambridge Institute of International Education, and their sister companies, offer domestic home stay, academic support, tutoring, college counseling, international school partnerships, short term exchanges, summer camps and capital improvement fundraising.

Mr. Doretti has focused on strengthening operations for educational outfits and brought new services to the global marketplace for the past 25 years. Previously, Jeff worked at Road Scholar,  Child Care Management Design & Training Specialists, Action For Boston Community Development, Inc. He is a graduate of Boston College and received his Masters in Education from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania.

For the past 11 years, Jeff and his Partner have lived on their boat in Boston Harbor. As small business owners managing their Imagine Charter Company and local real estate, they have been able to raise $20,000 through fundraising for Boston service organizations. Jeff has a love for the ocean and the Boston Harbor islands. He has been a Big Brother for 21+ years. Jeff currently serves the Rotary Club of Boston #7 as Vice President and International Service Chair.


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Dave D'Arcangelo Candidate for Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Some people think running against a longtime incumbent is a daunting task. Not Dave D’Arcangelo. He’s faced the kinds of challenges that put it in perspective. Diagnosed with a rare eye disease called Retinoschisis that left him legally blind at a young age, Dave has been twice elected Councilor at-Large in the City of Malden, and built successful careers in both the public and private sector over the past two decades. Now he wants to use this unique combination of experience to serve as Secretary of State and bring a much-needed, fresh perspective to state government. 

Dave’s public sector experience includes working in the Administrations of three Governors and in the State Legislature, as well as serving on the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Rehabilitation Council for two terms under both Governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick. Outside of government, Dave founded and serves as Managing Director of Arc Angel Communications, a public relations and social media firm. Prior to that, Dave was the Chief Communications Officer for M & L Transit Systems, Inc. and the Regional Development Manager for CSI Support & Development Services. 

Dave has served in many other charitable and volunteer leadership positions, including Past President of the Malden Rotary Club, Member of the Suffolk University Communications and Journalism Alumni Board, Member of the Malden Chamber of Commerce, Board of Arc of Middlesex East, Board of Tailored for Success and on the Braille Literacy Advisory Council. Dave has decades of experience with elections, a core responsibility of the Secretary of State’s Office, working and volunteering for dozens of campaigns and serving the City of Boston as an Election Officer, Warden, Clerk and Inspector. Dave, 43, lives in Malden with wife Lisa and his daughter. He is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University, where he recently served as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications and Journalism Department.


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Matt Chapuran of the Huntington Theatre Company - "New play development"


Matt Chapuran is the Institutional Giving Manager at the Huntington Theatre Company, a national leader in the development of new plays, having produced more than 100 New England, American, or world premieres to date. The industry of new play development continues to evolve. Learn about the pathways that a new play can often take before being fully produced by a regional theatre company.

Matt is responsible for a one million dollar charitable portfolio from corporate, foundation, and government donors, which supports the Huntington’s overall operations, education and community programs and its new play development. Previously, he was the managing director of Stoneham Theatre, a 350-seat venue with Greater Boston’s fifth largest performing arts audience, as ranked by the Boston Business Journal. He is a graduate of Emerson College and Boston College and teaches improv for Babson College’s MBA program’s Creativity module.

Matt Chapuran, Institutional Giving Manager, ImageHuntington Theatre Company - Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award

Office: 281 Huntington Avenue | Boston, MA 02115  617 273 1514 Direct

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Michael Duff of the American Cancer Society

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Michael Duff, Senior Representative for Community Engagement with the American Cancer Society spoke to the Rotary Club of Boston #7 members on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Fisher College. 

 For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, the American Cancer Society helps people stay well, helps people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

Here in Massachusetts, ACS funds over 100 researchers at local hospitals, and runs two Hope Lodges locations, where patients can stay free of charge as they undergo treatment. American Cancer Society provides patient support programs, educational programs, and has a cancer information line available 24/7. In addition, ACS is active in legislative efforts advocating for cancer patients. Learn more about the American Cancer Society and their live-saving work in Massachusetts.

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Boston Rotary Author Series: Rev. Denise DeSimone

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Reverend Denise DeSimone is an author, motivational and inspirational public speaker, and workshop leader, with an extensive background in Interfaith Ministry, and a wide range of holistic healing practices.  Denise's first book, From Stage IV to Center Stage is an extraordinary story of courage, strength and inspiration.  Her story is one of extraordinary courage, strength, and deep spirituality. 
Her journey began the moment she opened her eyes in a post-op ward to  the words, “You have cancer. A very aggressive cancer in your  throat/neck and you need to move on this immediately.” Within days of  receiving this news she was given 3 months to live.That was 7 years ago! 
Denise approached her cancer treatment using her own unique  combination of alternative therapies, music, allopathic medicine, a deep  belief in “the possible”, and God. She is not just surviving she  is thriving.  From Stage IV to Center Stage- singing the national  anthem at Boston’s Fenway  Park prior to a Red Sox game - this is a  story everyone must hear for none amongst us will escape loving someone  who has been touched by disease. The trajectory of her life has shifted  tremendously as she is now an ordained Interfaith Minister. She travels  the country extensively offering ceremony, speaking, and teaching  workshops.  Denise lives in the moment -- continually open to what God  has in store for her next.  In her own words: "Every day is a gift and each day I open this gift with a heart full of gratitude."
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Robert Steele - Author of The Curse

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Author and former Congressman (2nd District, CT) Robert Steele wrote The Curse, which is a novel set against the explosion of casino gambling that hit Connecticut during the 1990's, when two Indian tribes built the world's two biggest casino's in the southeastern corner of the state.  WBZ's Dan Rea calls the novel "powerful" and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro describes it as "compelling and epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed". This book comes at a time when the Northeast is becoming saturated with casinos and casino border wars are intensifying, Connecticut's casino revenue is plummeting and there is growing pressure to legalize internet gambling.
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Day of Service at the Women's Lunch Place

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June 10, 2014 as members of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 served guests of the Women's Lunch Place from 11am-2pm. The Women's Lunch Place is located at 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.

The Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. They treat women with dignity and respect and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs. The Women's Lunch Place is open from Monday through Saturday from 7:00am until 2:00pm. A continental style breakfast is available from 8:00am - 10:00am, and lunch is served restaurant style at 12pm. Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and are located offsite.

To learn more about the Women's Lunch Place and how you can give please visit :

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Ryn Miake-Lye - Transforming Health Care in the Public Interest.

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Ryn is the founder and principal of two independent practices, ScienceDriven (founded 2004) and Build from Scratch to Last (founded 2011). For over 20 years, she has grown expert innovation. ScienceDriven serves clinical and scientific innovators who need to preserve their unique strengths and translate their vision into reality. Build from Scratch to Last applies principles of biologically inspired systems to help founders/pioneers carve their own paths, create repeat-championship leadership teams, and get their services into broad use. 

Ryn holds a BSc with honors from Caltech in biology. After a Thomas J. Watson fellowship on Ischia, she earned a PhD in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. The breadth of her curiosity about experimental discovery, combined with American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowships at Caltech, served her well as Reviews/Senior Editor at Cell. From 1993 to 1998, she helped found Harvard Medical School's Dept. of Cell Biology as Director for Research and Administration. At Millennium Pharmaceuticals, she learned the passionate discipline of delivering on target, on time and on budget--ranging from concurrent strategic alliances to enterprise discovery pipeline reports to drug development infrastructure initiatives. Ryn loves her adult family, helping through Rotary's "Service above Self", and noodles of any ethnicity.

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Ken Lambert, President of Keep Sound Minds

Ken Lambert, President of Keep Sound Minds, also known as "Kaleigh, Shane, and Marci for Mental Health Awareness", was formed in 2008 as a result of the untimely and tragic deaths of three loved ones.  KSM is a 501c3 nonprofit charity aimed at improving society's handling of mental illness throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 
KSM's main goals are:​
1. General education of the public, regarding mental illness basics. ​
2. Increased police training in regards to mental illness interactions in the field. ​
3. Psych hospital discharge requirements and protocols, including adequate follow-up measures
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Dr. Thomas McGovern, President of Fisher College - Higher Education

Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, President President McGovernof Fisher College and Rotary Club of Boston #7 member  will speak Wednesday on the topic of Higher Education.

Thomas M. McGovern, Ed.D. was appointed the eighth president of Fisher College in October 2007, following over three decades of educating Fisher students and spearheading the College's expansion into a baccalaureate institution through his oversight of the management program. During his tenure at Fisher College he has distinguished himself as an innovator and visionary leader, fueling Fisher's evolution into one of the fastest growing institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. McGovern's tenure as President is marked by a variety of successful leadership and professional achievements, including an increase in enrollment and retention, facility expansion, and the growth of degree offerings.

With his strong background in strategic planning, President McGovern is responsible for directing a college-wide strategic management team that boasted the largest enrollment in the school's history, as well as the addition of seven baccalaureate degrees. He is currently moving Fisher College toward its first master's degree offering. Furthermore, Dr. McGovern has demonstrated his commitment to, and concern for, the larger community beyond Fisher College while President. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. McGovern has supported the launch of Fisher's Military to Management initiative that offers financial benefits and flexible degree options to veterans and active military personnel seeking higher education.He is also an advocate of the college's athletics program, and a strong supporter of Fisher alumni, encouraging engagement in the life of their alma mater.

Prior to his entry into the field of higher education, Dr. McGovern had established himself as a leader in the field of transportation management. As the former Governor's Representative (GR) for Highway Safety and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Governor's Highway Safety Bureau (GHSB), Dr. McGovern has extensive experience in research-based highway safety programs and administration. Capitalizing on his highway safety experience, he launched the Fisher College Transportation Safety Initiative. This initiative supports all standards and problem areas as identified by the National Traffic
Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), educating students and the community on the dangers of distracted driving and safe driving habits. Also rooted in his strong belief in and commitment to public safety, Dr. McGovern created the Center for Leadership and Public Service (CLPS) in 2007, a division of Fisher College that encourages and inspires students to pursue careers in public safety and criminal justice through real-life research projects and work experience.

With respect to his educational background, professional training, and academic expertise, Dr. McGovern holds a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University's School of Management, a Master's in Public Administration from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.

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Michael Prager, author, speaks on Sustainability

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Most people interpret sustainability as a planetary issue. Author Michael Prager does too, but argues sustainability ought to be a top consideration for any decision, not only regarding the planet but oneself. Michael illustrates his contention with his own primary example of personal sustainability, having maintained a 155-pound loss for more than 20 years.




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Victor McKen from The Young Men's Success Series Mentoring and STEM Program to speak today

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Raytheon is supporting YMSS through the Employee Resource Groups and the Raytheon MathMovesU initiative. Working with students to raise their level of understanding in STEM concepts and teaching the Concepts of Physics will help to identify those students who will be interested and committed to start and maintain a U.S. First Robotics team.

Direct fiduciary support is pending the organization filing and obtaining a 501c3 designation from the IRS and maturation of the STEM Program to compete in U.S. FIRST Robotics competitions.  

 Victor McKen is currently an Operations Quality Engineer for the Patriot Land Vehicles Value Stream. In this role Victor is responsible for leading Defect Prevention Team meetings, managing the Red Rack and coordinating the Material Review Board for Non-Conforming material. The Value Stream is responsible for 4 different international programs (KSA, UAE, KWT and TWN) and includes contract types ranging from Foreign Military Sales to Direct Commercial Sales. 

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide. 

Victor’s career in Raytheon began in 1995 with Raytheon NCS as an Integrated Logistics Support Engineer, focused on providing support to the Cooperative Engagement Processor design team. His roles progressively increased in responsibility to include producing documentation describing tracking and system interface requirements for several radars and between the CEP and the Data Distribution System (DDS). Subsequently, Victor became a Systems Engineer analyzing performance of data fusion and tracking algorithms used in the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system. 

Victor’s next assignment took him to the nation’s capital where he produced radar algorithm documentation for the Missile Defense National Team B, describing ballistic missile tracking algorithms in all phases of flight. This assignment was with Raytheon IIS. Victor transferred to Raytheon IDS where he served as the engineer responsible for the Command and Control, Battle Manager, Communications (C2BMC) for architectural design of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. 

Victor’s next assignment was as a Material Program Manager for the Consolidated-Contract Logistics Support (C-CLS) Program, where he was responsible for implementing the Performance Based Logistics (PBL) strategy focused on developing a supplier base focused on performance based outcomes. 

Victor entered the Enterprise Cross-Functional Rotation Program in 2011, where his first assignment was as a Contracts Manager. Victor was responsible for administering 3 Department of Defense and 1 Direct Commercial Sales Contract. 

Victor’s second assignment was as a Financial Analyst for the C-CLS Program. As a Financial Analyst, Victor had responsibilities in Program Control, Financial Planning and Analysis and Task Order Closeouts. Program control responsibilities included providing Earned Value Management for the GBR-P and the AN/TPY-2 test radars. 

Victor has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical niversity/Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL.
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Peter Griffin - Stress Free Moving

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Rotary Club of Boston #7 member Peter Griffin spoke on the topic of Stress Free Moving. Eventually everybody moves...and some people more than others! Peter Griffin will share ideas on how to keep the stress levels down and choose a moving company that serves you best. You will get a better handle on the differences in services and hear some interesting stories he has collected during his 40 years in the moving industry. Peter Griffin, President of AST (Advanced Storage and Transportation, Inc.), is a Certified Moving Consultant in Massachusetts. He has served as Director of the Massachusetts Movers and Warehouseman’s Association and has an A+ score with the Better Business Bureau (no complaints ever filed). AST is the first and only licensed moving broker in Massachusetts.

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Saritin Rizzuto - Casa Myrna

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Saritin Rizzuto began a distinguished career in the non-profit sector over twenty years ago, when as a teen, she worked as a peer leader for the department of public health. Her goal was to go into communities with at –risk youth and educate them about violence prevention, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. Saritin found her path then, and has spent what seems like every waking  moment “doing for others”.

She has worked in a variety of settings that reflect her passion and commitment to improving the lives of others- as a teen health educator, an advocate for the disabled, in support of AIDS advocacy and combating domestic violence. Saritin’s work has been as tireless as it has been compassionate, working both out in the community and in-house in program administration. Her broad interest, knowledge and effectiveness have benefited local, regional and national organizations and all the people they serve

Even now, working at Metro Credit Union as a Community Relations Manager, Saritin takes on the traditional role of her job as only she can, finding the time to incorporate community organizing and building partnerships to benefit low income and emerging populations.

Saritin’s many accomplishments have her in high demand as a leader and champion of other causes. She is a board member of Casa Myrna, North Suffolk Mental Health, The East Boston Social Center, The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Hill Community College Adult Education Advisory Board. She’s a Past President of the Chelsea Rotary Club and her most recent effort to organize Latino businesses to join and have a voice in the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is proving highly successful.


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Sister Joyce Khoury - Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) in South Boston

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Sister Joyce Khoury SND will join us from the Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) in South Boston.  NDEC is a premier adult education and workforce development agency.  Offering programs in  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Distance Learning, High School Equivalency, Alternative High School Diploma and Citizenship, NDEC strives to “provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.”

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Jason Hartz - Creative Avoidance

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Jason Hartz spoke about "Creative Avoidance & Why We Spend Time Doing Other Things Instead Of Growing Our Business". "Winners take charge, they are pro-active, and they control their destiny. They don’t procrastinate."

Over the last 12 years Jason has used the Sandler Sales Method to successfully open, own and grow three top performing businesses. During that time he has also managed a successful sales force. Jason's passion is helping other business owners, sales managers, and CEO's use the tested Sandler method. From his main training facility in Waltham and around the state he provides professional development and unique sales and sales management solutions to the challenges faced by salespeople, sales managers, executives and other professionals who must build a client base for their services. 


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Suneel Dhand, Doctor + Author - Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha

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Suneel Dhand spoke about the fascinating science behind healthier living.
"Feel great, energetic and ready to take on the world: Fascinating science behind healthier living"

We’ve all heard the advice: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, take in more whole grains, get outdoors, exercise, try to be positive… It all sounds very familiar. However, what isn’t always apparent is the actual scientific evidence behind the recommendations. Unfortunately, modern medicine is too much about treating disease rather than prevention and health promotion. This talk will give you an idea of the medical science that underlies your level of wellness and the compelling reasons for incorporating healthier habits into your daily lifestyle. Whether we’re talking about lowering your chances of illness, feeling more energetic, or simply getting a better night's sleep—enable yourself to feel great by making some simple and natural everyday choices that will dramatically improve your well-being. From what you are eating to how you are thinking, steps that will leave you feeling healthier, happier and empowered.Dr. Suneel Dhand is board-certified in internal medicine. He was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Suneel went to medical school at Cardiff University and then moved across the pond, completing his internal medicine residency in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently lives in Boston, and practices as a hospital medicine physician. Suneel held a faculty position with the University of Massachusetts Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, regularly teaching medical residents and students. He has authored numerous articles in clinical medicine that have been published in leading medical journals, covering a wide range of specialty areas. He has also authored chapters in the “5-Minute Clinical Consult” medical textbook. His other main area of interest is preventive medicine and wellness, and he is the author of two well-being books; High Percentage Wellness Steps, and the historical fiction book, Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha.


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End Polio Now!

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Thank you to all who supported our Polar Plunge! Polio cases have declined rapidly since 1985, but the fight isn't over. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, and for as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against the virus for life. If we don't finish the fight right now, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed by polio in the next 40 years. Learn more at

Photo: Polar plunge today in Gloucester! Thanks for all that gave to a great cause!

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Author Seth Sherwood - “Trains Make U-turns, 5 Simple Steps to Get Your Life on Track”

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Seth Sherwood is the founder and president of the non-profit organization Family Reading Inc. The mission of this enterprise is to help families become literacy leaders. Seth recently released his book, “Trains Make U-turns, 5 Simple Steps to Get Your Life on Track”. His keynote speeches are based on the concepts discussed in his book.
In his leisure time Seth enjoys playing guitar, soccer, golf and tennis. He also loves spending time with his children. In April of 2013, Seth returned to New England and currently works as a performance consultant and trainer with Dale Carnegie of Greater Boston.



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Next Step Living - Helps Boston residents become more energy efficient and save money

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Next Step Living is partnered with the City of Boston for the Renew Boston Program. This is a city wide initiative to help Boston residents become more energy efficient, save money, and create cleaner home environments.

Next Step Living works closely with Mass Save to provide home owners and renters with no cost home energy assessments (HEA). This shows the residents where they are loosing energy (old insulation, drafty windows, leaky attics, etc.) and how they can improve these along with incentives and programs to make the switch highly affordable. 
During these Home Energy Assessments our advisers also provide immediate energy saving tactics such as free light bulbs, adjustable thermostats, and low-flow shower heads.
When we do Renew Boston presentations our primary goal is to discuss and find solutions to customers home energy problems. The first step here is signing customers up with the no cost home energy assessments. We then present to your guests about the Mass Save program and how they can take immediate advantage! 
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Paul Deletesky of Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.

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MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro  and volunteer Paul Deletesky of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. spoke December 11, 2013.

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), will speak on the need for adoptive families for children in state foster care. If you’ve seen Wednesday’s Child on WBZ-TV with Jack Williams, you’ve already seen some of MARE’s work. 

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) was founded in 1957 to bridge the gap between children in state foster care in need of adoption, and adults looking to adopt. MARE has found permanent families for over 6,000 children so far, and has been recognized as a leader in adoption recruitment and information. MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro was honored as an “Angel in Adoption” in October 2013 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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Javier Gutierrez of the Boston Public Health Commission


Please join us on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 as Javier Gutierrez of the Boston Public Health Commission speaks about how individuals and small business owners can navigate the Affordable Care Act. The Mayor’s Health Line at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) was awarded funding from the MA Health Connector to help individuals and small businesses understand new health insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act. The BPHC will help individuals and small business owners find affordable coverage that meets their needs. Staff from the Mayor’s Health Line at BPHC will lead the outreach efforts along two fronts – enroll the uninsured in coverage and transition those with certain types of coverage into new options.  Open enrollment will last until March 31, 2014. As state-certified Navigators, the Mayor’s Health Line staff is here to provide outreach, education, and enrollment activities across Boston. Contact the Mayor’s Health Line for help with your insurance needs: 617-534-5050.


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Dave Caruso, Financial Editor of WBZ

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Dave Caruso, Financial Editor at WBZ News Radio spoke to the club about "Getting Organized: A talk on lifestyle, the psychology of money." 

According to CBS Boston "Through the years, Dave has steered hundreds of clients with hundreds of millions of dollars through two major crashes, five bear markets, 3 recessions, countless financial crises, and dozens of fads and trends in the investment world. Dave’s professional credo is “to educate and motivate people about money so that they can achieve their dreams.” Dave can be heard daily on WBZ-Radio 1030AM as the Financial Editor, reporting pre-market opening comments and the weekly recap.

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Paula Lucas of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Paula Lucas is the Founder & Executive Director of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, AODVC, and the Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA.  Her memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman’s international journey of survival, was released by Summertime Publishing on October 17th. Paula discussed her 14 year international journey that led her to her life work, the issue affecting Americans living or traveling overseas who become victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and the wraparound services available for victims.
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Donna Dodson, Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibit at the Christian Science Plaza

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"Convergence: Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibit at the Christian Science Plaza until Oct. 31, 2013"
The Rotary Club of Boston is delighted to welcome, Donna Dodson, to speak on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Donna will highlight the Boston Sculptors Gallery's first outdoor exhibition of monumental, site-specific artworks is co-sponsored by The First Church of Christ, Scientist.  In a convergence of imagination and civic pride, over two dozen art installations from Boston Sculptors Gallery members are on display on The Christian Science Plaza until Thursday, October 31, 2013. 
Dodson is a sculptor who created two pieces pieces in the exhibit and they celebrate the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Fierce and protective as wild animals, but loving, warm and human, Tiger Mothers stand guard near the Children's Fountain on the Christian Science Plaza. They are a tribute to Amy Chua's book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  
In the large exhibit, each sculpture speaks to its architectural surroundings, activates the site that inspired it, and creates a unique destination for the Boston community to see contemporary art. Following on the heels of the newly built Contemporary Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts and as a celebration of the newly designated statewide Fenway Cultural District (established March 20, 2012 by the Massachusetts Cultural Council), this exhibition carries forth the vision to draw attention to visual art of the moment and promote its prominent place in the life of the city. The public is invited to enter, look, think, hope, dream, and be a part of the experience.
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Steve Stein, Executive Director of the Boston Debate League

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Steve Stein, Executive Director of The Boston Debate League (BDL), spoke about how debate is changing the educational experience of Boston Public School (BPS) students.

The BDL’s programming is unique among the city’s after-school programs in that it targets middle and high school students and blends competition and fun with rigorous academic work. Debate provides an engaging, educational opportunity that actively cultivates social and academic skills. The BDL presents debate in a variety of ways so as to reach a broad spectrum of students, from those already highly achieving to those who are off-track academically and at risk of dropping out.

This year, 20 schools are participating in the BDL and the league anticipates 750 debaters this year, with an average of 35 debaters per team – the largest average team size of all urban debate leagues in the nation. 


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Retail Banking

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The second of the 2013-2014 series of craft talks by club members featuring RETAIL BANKING

What are some of the ethical issues bankers face and how do banks compare on these points…Branch Locations…Hometown Feel…ATM's…E-Banking…Fees. 

TIP: Did you know that under Mass. Elders and Minors state law, Massachusetts state-chartered banks are required to provide no cost checking and savings accounts to any persons sixty-five years of age or older or eighteen years of age or younger.  Some federally chartered banks also have special accounts that may offer reduced or limited fees.

Greg DoolittleVice President/Branch Manager  Webster Bank Glenn K. Rosengard, Vice President/Branch Manager  Eastern Bank Lucia E. Millan, Vice President/Sales Manager  TD Bank


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Dirk Hermans, "The First 10 Clubs of Rotary"

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Dutch author, Dirk Hermans, is traveling to the United States this summer to collect data for his new book on the origins of Rotary and Polio Plus.  Dirk plans to meet at the first 10 Rotary Clubs and hold interviews, meet the members, leadership and get a sense of the make-up of the Club.

It is a great time for some of our most seasoned members to participate and share knowledge and a great opportunity for our newer members to hear really great things about The Rotary Club of Boston and our impact on Rotary around the United States and the world.

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Brian Geisel, "Web apps, mobile apps and mobile sites: What are the differences and do you need them?""

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Brian Geisel, CEO Geisel Software led us in a vendor-neutral and purely educational program.Brian is a former radio host and a world-renowned expert in mobile and web app development. He is getting ready to embark on an international speaking tour, but he's stopping by to speak to the Rotary Club of Boston #7 first!

1. The differences between web apps, mobile apps and mobile sites.

2. Pros and cons of popular platforms: iPhone vs. Android, etc.

3. Which types of businesses are ripe for mobile apps, mobile sites or web apps.

4. How to find a great app developer (includes specific recruiting Websites, what to look for as far as skills, etc.).

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Kevin Walsh, Comcast Sports Net Sportscaster

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Kevin Walsh,Comcast Sports Net Sportscaster and friend of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 spoke to the club about his new book The Perfect Catch.

According to the description of Walsh’s latest on Amazon, here’s what you’re in for: “What does it mean to be a good brother, a good son and a good father? The Perfect Catch should be mandatory reading for anyone searching for those answers. It’s not just a book for men, it’s a book for mankind. It’s about breaking through male pattern insecurity and awkwardness and forming lasting bonds that actually come quite naturally to the women in our lives. Mixed in is some really good fly fishing and travel involving three adult brothers and elderly father. And just like the steelhead trout which are returning to the same river to spawn, the Walshes are returning to their roots as a family, as men, and for what could be their last time. In the end, 73-year-old Bob Walsh catches the fish of a lifetime; the greater takeaway is the admission of past failures, the casting away of old grudges and reeling in of new opportunities to bond with ties as thick as blood.That’s what makes Kevin Walsh’s thrilling new book The Perfect Catch.”


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Sarah Maisonneuve, Founder of Wildlife Connection

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Sarah Maisonneuve, Founder Wildlife Connection spoke on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Rotary Club of Boston #7.
The Mission of the Wildlife Connection is to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and promote the conservation of natural resources, particularly of elephants. They aim to do this by both reducing the costs and increasing the benefits to local people of living nearby elephants.Elephants are the largest land animals on earth, and have a long and complicated history of co-existing with humans. They are known and admired by many of us for the deep social bonds they share with one another, their long memories, and their extraordinary intelligence. To others, their value is measured by the almost insatiable market demand for their ivory. For most rural Africans who share the landscape with them, elephants are known above all to be extremely dangerous and destructive, where they are a notorious threat to people’s lives, and livelihoods. PhD Candidate Sarah Maisonneuve will share her experience during the past 5 years working with local communities in rural Tanzania, who struggle to coexist with elephants. You will learn about the drivers and consequences of human elephant conflict in East Africa. You will also learn about some of the novel approaches being tested to mitigate this conflict, designed to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and protect elephants. To learn more please visit:

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Rotary Night at Fenway Park!

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Rotarians from around New England enjoyed an exciting game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on September 4, 2013. It was a possible preview of the American League Championship Series which will determine who represents the AL in the World Series. There were discounted price on great seats and we rooted for our Red Sox during the final weeks of the season. 

Our District Governor John Hall, District Governor Elect Peter Simonsen, District Governor Nominee David Manzii and many other great Rotarians  were there! Ticket Prices - $49.00 3rd Base Infield Grandstand #29


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Greg Doolittle was inducted into the the Rotary Club of Boston #7 on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at our lunch meeting.

Greg is the Vice President/Banking Center Manager at  Webster Bank in Boston and will serve as the clubs Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms.

Please introduce yourself to Greg at the next meeting and join me in welcoming him to the Rotary family.




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 ImageAt Wednesday's meeting new member Jose Sierra was inducted into the Rotary Club of  Boston #7. Jose moved to Massachusetts from New Jersey in 2007.  He joined Fish & Richardson P.C. as a Principal in the life sciences practice group. At Fish, Jose represents individuals and companies under investigation and handles intellectual property,whistleblower and commercial litigation matters. He was formerly employed as the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer at Sepracor Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company in Marlborough, Ma.  In 2009, the Company was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo, a Japanese pharmaceutical company and the Company was eventually renamed Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  he left the Company in September 2010 when he joined Fish & Richardson P.C. Please introduce yourself to Jose at our next meeting and join me in welcoming Jose to the Rotary family.(pictured below member sponsor Susanna Brown and John Hall, District Governor pin new member Jose Sierra.)



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International Service is such a fascinating topic.  As a Rotarian, in the 1.2 million member Rotary family, I am always amazed at what we can accomplish.  President Elect Ron is doing a marvelous job leading the way with this project.  It was also great to hear from Dr. Sue Crawford at IMEC about the process of gathering the supplies and preparing them for shipment.  Going to IMEC and volunteering to help prepare the shipment of supplies sounds like a great service project.   Who's In? 

Next week Governor John Hall will be with us.  He is going to talk about all the exciting things going on around the district and how we can be a part of Engaging Rotary and Changing Lives.  Please join us for this informative meeting on Wednesday, July 24th.  Until next week, Please stay cool in this heat wave and be sure to drink lots of fluids. 

Your President,

John K. Ferguson



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Ian Stevenson..................................Birthday July 26

Paul Shellito................................Anniversary July 12


Rotary Club of Boston Sponsors Boston Rotaract Club with Clean Water Project In Guatemala

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The Rotary Club of Boston has provided Boston Rotaract with a generous donation of $250.00 towards their clean water project. A group of Boston Rotaract members will be traveling to Guatemala at the end of the month as part of an ongoing clean water project. On the trip they will be working with Mayan Families to provide aid to remote and underprivileged villages around the town of Panajachel where they will help deliver and install water filters. Clean water has been their main fundraising goal so far, but they are also contributing cooking and medical supplies. This trip represents a collaboration among Boston Rotaract, Chicago Rotaract, and Club Rotario Guatemala Sur and therefore Boston Rotaract highly values the support of the rest of the Rotary family here in Boston.

Boston Rotaract is making a final fundraising push this week before their trip. Please help them reach their goal by donating today. Donations can be made online by following this link:  or you can make a cash or check donation by contacting Eric Steinlauf, Rotaract President at Thank you in advance for your support.

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John Ferguson officially started as president of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 on July 1, 2013. John led his first official club meeting on Wednesday, July 10th and held his first board meeting Thursday, July 11th. We are looking forward to a phenomenal year under John’s leadership. John is pictured above with Immediate Past President Lucy Millan as she was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

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In response to Marathon tragedies, what are Boston Rotarians going to do?

In light of the tragedies at 2013 The Boston Marathon, we are holding an open forum to identify ideas for projects that can help our city heal. We welcome Rotarians and visitors for a great discussion of ideas that we can put into action for Service Above Self.

Please join us after work on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:15-7:30pm.  $20 pp. Beverages and light supper will be served at the Boston Rotary office, 20 Park Plaza, Suite 633, Boston, MA 02116 (Bring your ID for security check).  Note: NO lunchtime meeting on May 1st.


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2013 Interfaith Breakfast was excellent and well attended


The Rotary Club of Boston’s 49th Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast was held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel’s Imperial Ballroom. The Interfaith Breakfast brought together prominent business, professional, political, religious and community leaders for two hours of fellowship, music and reflection. The Rotary Club of Boston began sponsoring the Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfasts around the time President Dwight Eisenhower was in office. In Boston, it was meant to mirror the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, an event that is held every year to give religious, political, social and business leaders a chance to build relationships that might not otherwise be possible.

In 2013 the HONOREES were chosen to represent Rotary International’s areas of focus. They included: Victim Rights Law Center (Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution), Fenway Health (Disease Prevention and Treatment), Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (Water and Sanitation), Risa S. Rosengard Foundation, Inc. (Maternal and Child Health), Mother Caroline Academy and Educational Center (Basic Education and Literacy), Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (Economic and Community Development),Wellness, Inc.’s Alphabet Fitness Project (Boston Rotary #7 honoree)

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Rotary Club of Boston #7 Responds to 4/15/2013 Boston Marathon Bombings


The Rotary Club of Boston #7 is assessing the community’s needs in response to the 4/15/2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Donations are welcome. Thank you for trusting us to shepherd the funds. We will put them to very good use.

Contributions are being accepted by our Boston Rotary Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3), and should be designated for the Marathon.  Checks made out to Boston Rotary Charities Fund should be mailed to the Rotary Club of Boston, 64 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116.  Online contributions use the PayPal button below.

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