Rotary District 7170
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Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to 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
  • Protect the environment
Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas and take action on our world’s most persistent issues. District 7170 supports Rotary Clubs in South Central New York State. 
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November Message from Rocky Martinez, District Governor 
Dear fellow Rotarians,
It is hard to believe that I’m one-third the way through my Governor year and it seems like I just got started. I have enjoyed every minute in this role. I want to make sure everyone thinks about family and friends in the next couple of months as we take time to celebrate the holidays with them...
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Rotary Foundation Minute
Each year, The Rotary Foundation funds grant projects in our local communities and around the world. Because of your generosity, our school children have food to eat over weekends and during breaks, clubs have helped improve public public parks and recreation areas, and we have brought clean drinking water to villages around the world. These projects, and more, were possible because Rotarians from District 7170 supported our Rotary Foundation and participated in Foundation grants.
Rotary has a fundraising initiative called Every Rotarian, Every Year. The goal is to increase both fundraising and Rotarian engagement with the Foundation. If every Rotarian gave at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation, think of what we would accomplish!
This Giving Tuesday (Tuesday, November 29) please consider supporting YOUR Rotary Foundation so that together we can keep "Doing Good in the World." Donate today by visiting
Thank you for your generosity,
PDG Zoë Vandermeulen
Rotary District 7170 Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Unadilla, NY
This Giving Tuesday, Donate To YOUR Rotary Foundation by visiting

Rotary District 7170 Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Unadilla, NY
On June 30, the Rotary Club of Carapachy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, delivered equipment and software for the Perinatal Training Center located in the Hospital and Maternity Santa Rosa in the Municipality of Vicente Lopez.  The Center is a fundamental tool to improve pre and postpartum of pregnant women and newborns through simulation and training. Through a Rotary Global Grant, our District 7170 is pleased to have supported this project through its donation of District Designated Funds.  
The President of The Rotary Club of Carapachy, Alejandra Ferriol,  thanked us in a recent e-mail and stated, “… this Global Grant placed Maternity in one of the highest positions in our country, as well as the professionals who manage it and that many doctors and nurses are competing to be able to carry out their training in it. “
Submitted by Lana Rouff, Global Grant Chair
We are sad to announce that Cindy Kain has decided to step down as District Governor Elect for personal reasons. We thank Cindy for all that she has done the past two years as she has been an asset to the DG Track. Cindy will continue to be an active member serving on several committees and the transition team to CNY Rotary. Cindy has requested that DGN Wendy Deis move up to the DGE position, and Wendy has accepted the position. 

Wendy joined Rotary in 2010 as a member of the Owego, NY club. She has held many leadership positions include Club President, Foundation Chair and Program Chair. Wendy has served the District in many capacities including Foundation Area Director, Grant Committee Member and Public Image/Social Media point person. Wendy is also a member of the transition team for CNY Rotary, serving as the Liaison for the Public Image Committee. 

Wendy is celebrating 30 years of marriage to her husband Tim; they have one adult daughter Melanie. In Wendy's professional career she worked in the Intensive Care Unit as a Registered Nurse.  In 1984 she moved to Philadelphia to work as an Organ Procurement Coordinator for the cities 6 transplant centers.  She was then recruited by the University of Pittsburgh working in organ procurement and later for the CT Surgery in the Heart and Lung Transplant Program. Wendy has been happily retired for the last 14 years. 

Please help us congratulating Wendy on accepting the District Governor position for 2023-2024. We believe that Wendy will be a great District Governor continuing the leadership and message of Service Above Self throughout our district and transition to CNY Rotary. 

Congratulations Wendy! 
Rotary Internation on recent polio detections in U.S., Europe
August 18, 2022

The recent detection of the vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 case in New York, USA, and isolates in several environmental samples collected in London are stark reminders that as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. It also highlights the importance of vaccination as the only form of protection against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases and the work that needs to be done in our communities to encourage the uptake of vaccines. Also, as the world gets closer to zero wild poliovirus cases, it is increasingly important to track all forms of the virus wherever they may appear, including in polio-free regions.

The U.S. is still considered low risk for paralytic outbreaks of polio due to the high level of vaccine coverage across the population. If a child has received the entire course of vaccines, the risk of becoming paralyzed by polio is negligible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 92.6% of children aged 24 months are fully vaccinated against polio, slightly below the 95% World Health Organization target.

The best things countries can do to protect themselves from polio until the disease is eradicated from the world are to: maintain high vaccination coverage and robust disease surveillance and be ready to respond in the event of an outbreak to minimize the risk and consequences of polio re-introduction or re-emergence anywhere.

The world currently has a unique opportunity to stop virus transmission for good. Still, all parties, including donors and country governments, must re-commit to polio eradication by fully supporting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) 2022-2026 strategy. This focuses on adopting an emergency posture while generating greater accountability and ownership from country governments to eradicate wild polio and end variant poliovirus (cVDPV) outbreaks.

Rotary, a global service organization with over 1.4 million members, has been at the center of the worldwide effort to eradicate polio for over three decades. Every year, through our funding partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary commits $150 million to the global effort to eradicate polio. We have contributed more than $2.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to end polio forever. Together with our partners, we engage communities everywhere to encourage high vaccination rates, immunizing over 400 million children annually. More than 20 million people are walking today who otherwise would have been paralyzed because of our efforts and those of our partners in the GPEI.

The time for urgent action is now. A new vaccine has been deployed – novel oral polio vaccine 2 (nOPV2) – which is more genetically stable to stop outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus effectively. With sustained political and financial commitments, the GPEI is confident that we can achieve a world in which no child is paralyzed by polio again.

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 (18) Strong Rotary Leaders - Part II - YouTube for four and a half minutes of inspiration.
Matt Adler, PDG, Owego Rotary
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