Let's Join Those Dam Rotarians in India - February 2020!

We invite you, your club members and families to join us in India in Feb. 2020, to participate in a Water Conservation project: the construction of a check-dam at the edge of the Thar Desert.
Note: Your club’s contribution to the project costs is not required, as it will be funded by a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation, with generous DDF participation from RI Districts in Australia and USA.
  • Check-dams, once built, require little or no maintenance or recurring costs.  Each year, the Dam will trap monsoon rainwater which otherwise flows away without benefitting the local people. The retained water will trickle down through the Earth’s layers to raise the Groundwater table in this area over the next few months: well in-time to boost crop production over a ten sq.km radius from the very next year - and for many decades ahead! 
  • With one Masterstroke, this mega-project will strike at the core of social deprivation to provide:
Sustainable Incomes
Sanitation & Health
Education & Equal Opportunity
  • For Rotarians and their families, this project will provide a unique opportunity to:
Discover Incredible India
Connect the World
Make a Difference
Be the Inspiration for local communities
  • Centuries of failed crops had crushed the Will of the local people to participate in projects for the general good of their communities. Since 2010, Rotarians from around the world have joined us on these projects to help the local people for a few days in the construction these dams. Our hands-on participation, as well as the success of these projects, is changing this defeatist perception.
  • Many Rotarians have enjoyed these projects, and the connect with India, so much that they come year after year. Nearly twenty years ago,  when I traveled to India for the very first time to immunize children against polio, I found a part of my soul in Incredible India!  Each year since then, I have led these teams of Rotarians from all over the world for hands-on work on multiple projects in India. We have changed the lives of thousands of villagers. Our Lives, too, have been changed forever - by the warm welcome and rich traditions of the people of India that reveal ancient, abiding, universal Truths.
  • For those with a time constraint, one of the trip options includes only the Project section. For others who would like to explore more of the magic of India, a combination of extension tours is available before and after the project. The extension tours have been carefully crafted to present not only the fabled Art & Architecture of ancient India but also the Living Cultures of India today.
For more information on how you can participate, please follow the link here.
Call for District Nominations!
Acting for Governor Andy, it is my pleasure to announce that District 7780 is looking for nominations from clubs for District Governor, Finance Committee member, and Council on Legislation (COL) Representative. Three "Call for Nominations" documents with specific information on each office are attached. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2019. Sample resolutions for each office will soon be posted on the District Website under the Downloads section along with additional documents related to the District Governor and COL positions.  If you have questions you may contact Governor Andy or myself, Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Lawrence K. Furbish
Past District 7780 Governor

Club Members may access the nominations documents here.
One of the great things about being a part of Rotary is when we start something. 
On Feb 1, 2017, then club President Frank Reinhold invited Rob Drugan to  speak about Marina's Miles 5K run on Apr 8th in Durham.  Rob invited the club to consider sponsoring the run in honor of Marina Slavin, an athlete at ORCSD and UNH, who died unexpectedly of a heart problem.  President Elect Andy Corrow encouraged the Club to pursue sponsoring the race. 
Because the Club said yes, Marina's Miles was formed.  Marina's Miles has issued a scholarship to an graduating ORHS student every year.
The Club has been a major sponsor of Marina's Miles for every year.
This week Marina's Miles made a contribution to a Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Fund. 
When a group of like minded people come together, great things happen.

Little Free Library 

"Reading matters and together, we can make a difference."

As of August 21, 2019 DGB Rotary has installed 3 new Little Libraries!
Extra special thanks to member Phil Albright (pictured below) for all his hard work on this project!

Durham Great Bay Rotary Club is passionate about promoting literacy.  To further our goal of promoting literacy, we introduce the Little Free Library Project. 

Why Little Free Libraries?  

Benefits of this program include providing kids, UNH Students, businesses and local residents books to engage in reading more.

As it states on the Little Free Library website the impact can increase visibility within the community while making a contribution to book access.

Great way to promote literacy and have it woven within the fabric of our local community.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; Little Libraries have been called “mini-town squares.”

How can you make a difference?

We are looking for Business owners or individuals who may want to sponsor, become a steward, or host and maintain a location for a Little Free Library.

We are looking for books for donations.

Do you have enough space?

They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books.
Libraries can be as small as a bird house up to as big as a sitting bench that you can purchase or we can make.
Every Little Free Library we set up will have the option be registered to the World Map on this site; https://littlefreelibrary.secure.force.com/mapPage 
Want to make a difference?
Contact Sarah Cormier, your local Rotarian for DGB Rotary at scormier017@gmail.com or call/text 207.459.0201
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