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Foundation Minute for Week of June 18th

What is a Paul Harris Fellow?  First of all, Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and in 1957, under the direction of Arch Klumph, President of Rotary in 1916-17, the Paul Harris Fellow was established.  The recognition is given to individuals who contribute financially, or have contributions made in their name, of $1000 to the Annual Fund, Polioplus, or an approved foundation grant.  Recognition consists of a certificate and a pin.

 

Paul Harris Fellows can also be given on behalf of someone through Foundation Recognition points or through a combination of points and outright donations.  Points are given for every dollar contribution to the Foundation. Since the creation of the Paul Harris Fellow over 1.6 million people have become Paul Harris Fellows.  

 

Join your fellow Rotarians in financially supporting The Rotary Foundation by becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.  Thank you.

It's my last Governor's Greeting, and the final month of the Rotary year. What an honor it has been serving as your District Governor! I've said it before, the very best thing about this year has been the time I've spent visiting clubs. From this perspective, I could see the amazing things each and every club does for their community and the world. Our local area is much better off because of you!
 
We have a lot of club activities coming up this summer, and many of them are highlighted in this newsletter. I've also done some recaps of the District Conference - the awards, the service, and the FUN! If you didn't make it, this will give you a taste of what you missed.
 
Finally, the District Pass the Gavel is on Tuesday, Jun 19th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Stella Luna Ristorante in Oneonta. More details are available here. Please join me in cheering on Jeff Smith as he begins his year as District Governor.
 
All the best,
DG Zoë
Tom Hynes and his wife live in Roxbury, NY and have since the early 1970's. Tom's first interest in Rotary came about as a resident of Schenevus, NY. The Schenevus Rotary Club at one time had a scholarship program that provided interest free loans to local students. Tom used a loan from the Schenevus Rotary to attend Mortuary School. He is the owner and operator of Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville, New York. Tom has also been the Roxbury Town Supervisor for over 30 years.
 
Because of his early involvement with Rotary, he has been a Rotarian in Roxbury since 1971. He has been Roxbury Rotary Club president several times. Tom and his wife raised 4 sons in their home on Main Street in Roxbury and reside there to this day.
 
Congratulations, Tom!
July 3-4 will see plenty of activities at Highland Park in Endwell New York.

July 3 at 7:30 pm the Binghamton Philharmonic will perform a concert "Pops in the Park".  This yearly event is free to the public.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show.

On July 4 starting at 2 pm there will be a day of music, food, children's events ending in the Area's largest fireworks show.  Visit the Endwell Rotary Tent where we feature root beer floats, strawberry shortcakes and pizza.  We are located next to the stage.  We are also sponsoring a public health day in the auditorium along with Union Volunteer Emergency Squad.  Get trained in CPR and pick up Rotary information on the Opioid challenges.

The creation of a Park in Endwell was the charter project for Endwell Rotary.

We gave several award to Rotarians and friends of Rotary at the District Conference. 

Past District Governor Lana Rouff was honored with a Rotary Service Above Self Award. This award, given by the Rotary International Board of Directors recognizes volunteer service. Congratulations, Lana!

The District also honored Rick and Michael Sands as Paul Harris Fellows...

Photo by Adam Baker
 
2018 ITHACA ROTARY COMMUNITY FIREWORKS SET FOR JULY 3
 
Please consider the following for your Summer 2018 and/or June-July Calendar of Events. A more detailed announcement will be issued about 30 days before the event.  The 2018 Ithaca Community Fireworks is hosted by the Ithaca Rotary Club and the City of Ithaca, and will take place at Stewart Park. Thank you.
 
Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks at Stewart Park:
Tuesday, July 3, 2018.      Rain date: Thursday, July 5, 2018
On May 18,19, and 20, Rotarians representing 31 of the 44 clubs in our Rotary District came to SUNY Oneonta to have fun and be inspired. From a pre-conference FUN Bus tour of Otsego County to a service project to youth exchange talent and much, much, more, we got together to recharge our batteries.
 
Enjoy some photos of this conference.

If you planted tree peonies last April after Gov. Richard's fundraiser, they are most likely blooming right now. Richard, along with the Rotary Club of Johnson City, celebrated the beauty of these plants at the first annual Tree Peony Festival. The festival featured artists, musicians, and, of course, tree peonies. Enjoy some photos from the event.

 
 
Deposit Lumberjack Festival
The Deposit Lumberjack Festival will be held Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21. This is an annual event that celebrates the rich history of forestry in Deposit. Thousands attend. The Deposit Rotary Club's biggest fundraising activity occurs at that time. The Rotary Clam Bar is known for its steamed clams, shrimp and beer. In years past district Rotarians would attend the event and help Deposit Rotarians at the clam bar. Like many clubs in the district, we have lost members. However, during the past few years attendance a the festival has increased, as has the business at the Clam Bar. 
We are hoping that we can recruit some members at other clubs who might be interested in giving us a hand with our fund raiser.
 
Interested parties can contact me for more information regarding the kinds of help we are looking for.
 
Thanks
Jim Ficurilli
 
607-467-2350

Did you know that one excellent way to recruit new Rotarians is to hold an Open House or Membership Mixer?

Here are some tips and a link to an invitation letter that you can customize for your club.

DG Zoë and Membership Chair Matt are enthusiastically promoting Open Houses in the District, and would like to help your club hold one. Contact us to get yours scheduled today!

What's Going on in Your Club?

Does your club have news to share with the clubs around the district?

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Would you like your fundraiser to appear on the District 7170 Calendar?
                           
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Would you like to promote something your club is doing with other clubs in your area or the entire district?

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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.

 

Please allow a few days for posting on the web site.  

 
 
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