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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Year End Reflections
December Message from District Governor, Matt Adler
As we enter the holiday season after a year of unprecedented challenges, I think it is important to pause and reflect on 2020 and some of the good moments we have had – and despite everything, there have been many. Here are my top 5:
1. I have had the honor of serving as your District Governor: I kicked off 2020 by attending the International assembly to complete my DG training and had the opportunity to meet fellow DG elects from around the world. While this isn’t the year I imagined and I wish I had the chance to spend time in person with each of you, it has been a privilege to be your DG and to witness the incredible work you are all doing, even in the face of this pandemic.
2. Our clubs stepped up for our communities: The pandemic has caused social, economic and health crises across our communities and our clubs have stepped up to help those in need. We have really demonstrated the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” Many clubs have given their funds as well as members giving out of their own pockets to address hunger...
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Diversity and Inclusion aren't just media buzzwords! Organizations that are inclusive and welcoming to those with varied characteristics and experiences have been proven to to be more creative, faster at problem solving and have better engagement of their members.
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Learn more about this important topic a special presentation hosted by our district in partnership with Districts 7120,7150 and 7190.

Join moderator Dr. Sim Covington, Jr., and explore the experiences of 6 panelists around diversity, equity, and inclusion January 18, 2021 at 7 PM. 

Panelists will be asked to share how their identity has impacted their lived experience in America and in Rotary. The evening will include an opportunity for Q & A with our panelists.
Register today:
Last month  the Foundation Committee along with support from Elizabeth Davis (TRF), Brian Jester, Mary Surdey, Nancy Potter, George Gull and Matt Whitman created an educational video about The Rotary Foundation. We have it up on YouTube. It is a great program for your Club to use to educate them about the Foundation. Two more educational videos are in the works for the spring.
Foundation Education 101
As the year ends it is a great time to make that contribution to The Rotary Foundation. Thank you and happy holidays!
A broader understanding of the many aspects of Rotary leads to stronger clubs, which can then better serve our communities and our world. 
In response to the changing world situation our District has restructured its training program to be virtual this year. Key topics will include Foundation (7 Key Areas of Focus); Grants; and Public Image (getting active on social media). More details available in the December Newsletter.
Sharing our expertise has always been a part of Rotary and helps us build great friendships and connections.
District 7170 has immediate need for help with finance and information technology. If you have the skills &/or interest in either of these topics, please consider giving back to Rotary and our communities by sharing your talents and enthusiasm.
Assistant Treasurer- No experience necessary but a banking or CPA background would be ideal. This is a multi-year position with a potential to becoming the District Treasurer.
District IT Managers- An opportunity for multiple Rotary members with this new position. Sharpen or increase your skills working with one or more of these applications: Zoom, Club Runner, Facebook, Eventgroove, Instagram, etc. Help train other Rotarians bringing them into the 21st century! Join a zoom meeting Wednesday, 13 Jan 2021 at 6:30 pm to learn more about the opportunity to work as part of this District team. 
For details contact your District Governor Elect , Evan Kurtz, or 607-423-2693.

Statement from Rotary International

At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.

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. Send all pertinent details to to Cindy Kain at
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