Rotary District 7170
People of Action
Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas and take action on our world’s most persistent issues. We work together to 
  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
District 7170 supports Rotary Clubs in South Central New York State. 
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Notes from your District Governor
August Message from Rocky Martinez
Dear fellow Rotarians,
I have one month under my belt as your District Governor and what a month it has been. August is Membership Month, and the Empire Membership Team has put together a video on the five pillars of a vibrant and growing club. We’re talking about strengthening club leadership. They interviewed some experienced Rotarians to get their best tips for strengthening leaders in our clubs and we hope you find it helpful. Check out the video below for four and a half minutes of inspiration!
I have started club visits, and this is one of the most rewarding opportunities I have experienced. It has been such a pleasure meeting “new to me” Rotarians and learning....
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Custom license plates bearing the Rotary emblem are now available on the NYS DMV website listed here:
If you want personalized plates, you are limited to 6 characters and should check your desired sequence at this website:
To order you must submit a DMV application as well as a proof of membership form (Please have a club officer sign proof, a template is available) The design and fee structure for the new plates are shown below.

The Multi-District Membership Committee is bringing you another installment of Membership Monday, but this time it’s in a short video. As a continuation in their series of highlighting the five pillars of a vibrant and growing club, this month we’re talking about strengthening club leadership.
We interviewed some experienced Rotarians to get their best tips for strengthening leaders in our clubs and we hope you find it helpful. Check out this video for four and a half minutes of inspiration.
May 1st was the initial deadline for District grant applications and May 15 is the final deadline when the completed application and all supporting documentation must be submitted to Cindy Burger.
The grant application forms for Community and International District grants are posted on the District website – click on Foundation, then on Grants.
If your club is interested in pursuing a Global Grant, please contact Lana Rouff at . Global grant applications can be submitted any time through the year but someone from your club needed to have attended the Global Grants seminar on March 8.
If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Burger or Catrina Ruling, 2022-23 District Grants Committee Chairs.
Rotary District 7170 Paddle Event Registration
Rotary District 7170 is conducting 4 paddle events on the Susquehanna River defined below.  These events are open to the public.  The purpose is to enjoy our natural assets and to learn more about environmental sustainability.  There will be an event party for each event with snacks, and drinks.  Rotary and other environmental sustainability organizations will have information available. 
The fee is $10.00 per adult (18 and over) to help defray costs.  The fee is good for any or all events   Children under 18 are free. 
A waiver of liability is required for each participant and should be brought to the event
The cut-off date for registration is three days prior to each event.  Checks should be made out to Rotary District 7170.
1.  May 14: Crumhorn Lake to Portlandville – 9 AM, 3.5 miles (about 1 hour) or Goodyear Lake at Stillman Cove 6.5 miles (about 2 hours).  Event party at Crumhorn Lake.
2.  May 15: Crumhorn Pond to Portlandville or Goodyear Lake – Same as above
3.  May 21: Apalachin to Owego – 9 AM, 9 miles (about 3 hours), Apalachin Boat Launch to Hickories Park.  Event party at Hickories Park.
4.  May 22: Owego to Sayre – 9 AM, 20 miles (about 6.5 hours), (Hickories Park to Riverfront Park).  Event Party at Hickories Park. 
To get a register form & waiver please contact Jeff Smith, or call 607-754-0673. You will receive an email or phone call at a later date to verify final details of the event. 
We will also provide guide for cleaning your canoe or kayak of invasive species.   Any questions can be directed to Kevin Millar at or call 607-687-3263.
Payment is made at the event.
Upcoming Events
Club Members, share your news!
Promote your upcoming fundraisers and celebrate your philanthropy on the District 7170 website, social media pages and in our newsletter.
Email all pertinent details for newsletter promotion to Chris Haase, 7170 Newsletter Editor to:
Email all pertinent details for social media and webpage promotion to Brian Steele, 7170 Public Image to: 
Please allow a few days for posting.