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Congratulations Dave Bensley
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District Governor 2019-2020
Dave grew up in Sherburne and attended the State University College at Cortland where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies.  He began his teaching career in Central Square where he taught Middle School Social Studies for 6 years.   While at Central Square, Dave earned his Master’s Degree in Education at Cortland State. 
In 1973, Dave accepted a position at Sherburne-Earlville Central High School teaching middle school social studies.  In 1990, Dave left the middle school and began teaching American History at the High School in Sherburne.  In 2000, at the age of 50, Dave went back to Cortland State and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in School District Administration and was appointed to the position of High School Principal at Sherburne.  He served in that position for the next 5 years, retiring from education in 2000.  He has worked part time for the Burgess-Tedesco Funeral Homes from 2000 to present.
Dave is married to Diane, who retired from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 2001, and has two children, Wayne and Wendy.  Wayne, who teaches forensic science at Alfred State, lives in Alfred, New York with his wife Julie, who teaches high school math at Alfred-Almond High School, and children Jennifer and Samuel.  Wendy, who home schools her two children Derrick and Abigail, lives in St. Inigoes, Maryland with her husband Chuck, who is a senior chief in the U.S. Navy.
Dave joined the Sherburne Rotary Club in 1995, where he has served as President from 1999-2000 and 2010-2011.  He has served as the Club Secretary from 2012 to the present.  He has also served as the Club’s Foundation Chair, Youth Exchange Chair and as a member of the RYLA committee.  Dave’s favorite Rotary program has been the Youth Exchange Program which he was involved in from 1995 until 2015 at both the local and District levels, serving as District Youth Exchange Chair from 2005-2007.  Dave has also been involved with the District’s Visioning Program.  He currently is serving as Assistant Governor for Area 1. 
In addition to Rotary, Dave has been an active member of the Earlville Volunteer Fire Department since 1974. Dave was an advanced EMT and co-owned an ambulance service in the late 1980’s. He has also served on the Town of Hamilton Planning Board and the Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund Board of Directors.  His hobbies include bicycle riding, hiking, physical fitness and do-it-yourself projects (he and his wife built their own home in 1974).
This is a video from the Foundation Dinner
The Youth Exchange committee is seeking help to update our website and keep things current. Someone out there must be good with websites...  It's not a huge commitment, but someone needs to take time to see how it works, update it and then keep dates, names, happenings current.
For more information on this, please contact Vera Sosnowski at veraski@yahoo.com
I am writing this update after just finishing the half-way point in my club visits.  I am truly enjoying my visits with all of you and hearing about your unique strengths and plans for the future.  In this update, I want to focus on the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.
The 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation is a major milestone for one of the best humanitarian organizations in the world today.  This entrepreneurial journey began with a small meeting of fellowship in 1903.  Today we are an organization of over 1.2 million in over 200 territories and countries.  Our results are measured in lives saved, gallons of clean water, conflict resolution and hope for the future.  The Polio Plus story alone is a testament to the power of sustained focus and collaboration that is achievable.  The skills we have honed in this journey can be applied to some of the greatest challenges we face here at home and across the world.
I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve as District Governor.  To have this honor during the 100th anniversary is truly special and I am committed to making our District, bigger, better and bolder.
Foundation Minute for Week of January 16th
Neal Beard is a member of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  For the past eleven years, he traveled to Honduras with many other Rotarians to help with numerous Rotary humanitarian projects in the southwestern part of Honduras near the Pacific Ocean and in the mountains along the Nicaraguan border.
To reach these projects he had to travel down a long mountain road that connects with the Pan-American Highway.  The road leads him to a suspension bridge called the Choluteca Bridge.  It was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1935- 1937 and resembles the Golden Gate Bridge.   It still exists and controls the flow of traffic from Guatemala to Panama.
According to Rotarian Beard, the bridge serves as a metaphor for the work his club does in Honduras where they try to be a bridge between the advances and prosperity that are enjoyed in the United States and the less advanced conditions and poverty that lies on the other side of the bridge.    
For Beard, it is like traveling back in time about 50 years.  It reminds him of the poverty and conditions of his early childhood when some homes did not have electricity. -when they had to rely on the charity of others, when most of their clothes were used and given to them - a time when his family raised most of their food, milked cows, slopped hogs and raised chickens - a time when although they were happy they did not know about the prosperity that many enjoyed beyond their kin.
Helping people of Honduras have a better, healthier life is rewarding to him; it is a way of going back and helping those similar to those individuals of his youth.  He states” You can’t pay back all the people who helped you become who you are, but you can pay it forward and help others – that is the reward of Rotary’s humanitarian service in our world.”
Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation allows this to happen. 

What's Going on in Your Club?

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All this is possible through the use of our District 7170 website – and it’s easy. Just send all pertinent information (date, time, place, event, and cost – if any) to Cindy Kain at goddess48@aim.com.


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January 2017
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