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THE DISTRICT 7930 HISTORY

Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History

HISTORY OF ROTARY DISTRICT 7930

 

By John E. Quinn, Past President, Salem, MA Rotary Club

     And RGHF member. 

 

 

 

 

The Boston Rotary Club received its Charter on December 27, 1909, and was in fact the SEVENTH Rotary Club to be organized on Planet Earth.

 

In 1915, the Rotary world was divided up into Districts, and Lester P. Winchenbaugh of the Boston Club was elected the first Governor of what ultimately became District 7930.

 

The next city to be chartered into our District was Haverhill,  and that event took place on June 15, 1915.

 

Today there are 47 Rotary Clubs in District 7930, with a total of 2249 members. It is interesting to note that on the various dates when these 47 clubs were chartered, the District embraced 1246 members, so we have come very close to doubling our membership since 1909. 

                                         

The geography of our district has changed a few times over the years, most notably being our Zone assignments.  According to a brief history of Rotary's Zones written by PDG Ross Redmond of District 747, the division of our Rotary world into zones began in 1969 with a Regional Zone Institute in Philadelphia, at which time we were in Zone 5. Subsequent Zone Institutes have taken place in Monticello, NY, Seven Springs, PA, King of Prussia, PA, Atlantic City, NJ, Pittsburgh, PA, Newton, MA,

St. George, Bermuda, Washington, DC, Teaneck, NJ, Syracuse, NY, Tamiment, PA, Hyannis, MA, and Hamilton, Bermuda.

 

During those years District 793 was next named part of Zone 12, and is now part of Zone 31, which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and part of New York.

 

The year 1991 brought with it a new District numbering system. In some parts of the Rotary world the growth in the number of clubs, and subsequently the number of Districts was phenomenal. The result was that Rotary International simply ran out of numbers in sequence to number new Districts, and have those numbers be an indication of the location of the District. Rather than go through the process of developing an entirely new set of numbers, it was felt that the simplest solution would be to add a zero to each existing District number, thereby allowing the eventual assignment of nine additional numbers in the series.

 

At this point our District became 7930, remaining unchanged until the present date.

 

It is remarkable to note that 91 Governors have served our Rotary District over the years, and in view of the fact that 91 is close to double the number of clubs in our District, the following breakdown is submitted to indicate the clubs which provided this outstanding list of Governors.

 

Boston  .   11

Lynn      .     8

Cambridge   .    6

Beverly       4

Salem, Wakefield, Danvers, Stoneham, Winchester & Wilmington   ..     3

Malden, Lawrence, Everett, Melrose, Arlington,Winthrop, Saugus & Burlington   .2

Haverhill, Peabody, Gloucester, Ipswich, Marblehead, Medford, Amesbury, Belmont, Lexington, Revere, Rockport, Lynnfield &

Andover   1

There were 13 Governors who were elected from Rotary Clubs that are no longer members of District 7930.  That list of Rotary Clubs is as follows:

Worcester (3), Fall River (2), Providence,  R.I. (2), Pawtucket, R.I.(2), Brockton, Hudson, Mansfield & Needham.

 

Shortly after openings in Rotary became available for women in 1987, many were invited to become members of various clubs in the District, and to Karen Swaim Babin of the Cambridge Club went the honor of being our first woman Governor in 1997-98.  Since that year 3 women have served admirably in that post.

 

Athletic activity has played an important part in the great fellowship that has helped to make District 7930 famous over the years, and that has included golf, tennis, bowling, skiing, and even basketball for a while, but without question, District Softball continues to be most prominent. As far back as the 1940's this has been an ongoing source of great fun, even to the point of appointing a District Softball Commissioner each year, who has the responsibility of hiring paid umpires.

In 1974, PDG Eugene S. Ashton contributed a silver trophy that is six feet tall.  The name of the winning club is ceremoniously engraved on that trophy, and then is displayed in various locations in that city for the rest of the year.

 

The list of accomplishments of the various clubs in District 7930 is literally endless.  Significant contributions have been made in the ongoing battle to eliminate Polio, to help provide Pure Water for The World, Summer Camps for kids have been created, playgrounds have been built, Homes for refugees have been provided, contributions have been made to shelter the homeless, to provide ambulances for use in World Wars 1 & 2, to providing housing, vans and kitchens for our Boys & Girls Clubs, contributions to High School Bands, and by making College & Vocational Scholarships available to hundreds of worthy students.

 

There can be no question that the long time activity of District 7930 is but a microcosm of the positive impact that Rotary International has had on the betterment of our fragile planet.

By multiplying the accomplishments of District 7930 by the 530 Districts established by Rotary International, it is very close to impossible to visualize the tremendous force for good that can be attributed to Rotary.

 

This brief history of District 7930 is respectfully submitted as a tribute to Rotary for all it has done over the past 102 years.

 

  

ROTARY CLUBS IN DISTRICT 7930, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER BASED ON DATE OF CHARTER

                                                          Number of Charter Members

BOSTON      December 27, 1909   .   N.A.

 

HAVERHILL  ..   June 15, 1915       N.A.

 

LYNN   ..   March 1, 1918       83

 

SALEM, MA     March 1, 1918       30

 

MALDEN   .   January 1, 1920   ..    24

 

PEABODY   ..   March 20, 1920       24

 

LAWRENCE     March 26, 1920   .    25

 

BEVERLY   ..    April 1, 1921   .     24

 

EVERETT      May 12, 1921   .    25

 

MELROSE   ..   November 1, 1921   ..    25

 

CAMBRIDGE  ..   MAY 1, 1922   ..    25

 

WAKEFIELD   ..  September 28, 1922   ..    25

 

GLOUCESTER ..  May 1, 1923       22

 

DANVERS  . May 11, 1923   .     18

 

IPSWICH     May 11, 1923   .     22

 

MARBLEHEAD .. May 11, 1923  ..     17

 

STONEHAM  .. May 11, 1923   .     18

 

MEDFORD   December 13, 1923  ..     25

 

READING     December 13, 1923  ..     25

 

SOMERVILLE ..  January 22, 1924       23

 

ARLINGTON   April 15, 1924  ..      23

 

WOBURN   ..   April 15, 1924  .       25

 

AMESBURY ..  March 2, 1925  .       22

 

WINCHESTER .. April 28, 1927         23

 

CHELSEA   . January 31, 1928       23

 

BELMONT  . February 9, 1928        23

 

LEXINGTON  February 11, 1929  ..     16

 

SWAMPSCOTT. February 20, 1931  ..     23

 

WINTHROP  June 23, 1938        22

 

REVERE  ..  December 15, 1938  .     21

 

WILMINGTON..January 1, 1944  .    48

 

SAUGUS  May 16, 1951  ..    35

 

NORTH READING..December 7, 1954  ..    35

 

ROCKPORT  .. February 9, 1955  ..    21

 

BURLINGTON..  May 16, 1958  .     33

 

LYNNFIELD  . January 29, 1963  .     27

 

TOPSFIELD/BOXFORD/MIDDLETON-June 2, 1966   26

 

SALEM, NH/METHUEN  ..  June 2, 1971      24

 

WEST ROXBURY .. September 13, 1971     25

 

EAST BOSTON  .. February 13, 1974     29

 

HAMILTON/WENHAM  .. November 13, 1991 ..   40

 

ANDOVER    June 7, 1995  ..   43

 

MARBLEHEAD HARBOR.. September 16, 1996 .   38

 

GREATER SALEM, NH .. February 1, 2002    21

 

MANCHESTER/ESSEX .. February 1, 2002   23

 

NORTH ANDOVER .. February 1, 2002  ..  55

 

GREATER GEORGETOWN .. June 17, 2002   20

 

BURLINGTON BREAKFAST .. October 18, 2005 .   22

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