Rotary District 7170
Imagine Rotary!

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. 
Learn About Our Causes. Get Involved. Imagine Rotary.
March 2023 Message from Rocky Martinez, District Governor 
To read DG Rocky Martinez's March message click on "Read More"
District 7170 Events
Upcoming Events
2023 District 7150 Conference, May 5-7
1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Dr. Clayton NY 13624
Conference Registration Early Discount until March 17, 2023
Reserve rooms directly with Hotel before April 4, 800-293-0718 or 315-686-1100
Rotary Hotel rate $179/room, or $199 for Riverview (after April 4 subject to availability)
Town Halls, Transparency and More To Come in CNY Rotary
All the volunteers working to build CNY Rotary would like to thank the members who took the time to attend the recent Town Hall events. The three, one-hour zoom meetings brought up many great questions about what goes into a project like this and how our work is going to translate into action. Here are a few of the common questions we heard and addressed in the meetings:

Why are our districts coming together?
The short answer is due to declining membership numbers. The long answer is that Rotary wants to have districts be of a certain size in order to justify the costs associated with supporting each district. With our three districts just barely at or below that threshold, our leaders chose a proactive solution rather than having Rotary International decide for us.

Will the President of CNY Rotary visit all the clubs like District Governors do?
Rest assured that everyone will get a chance to meet with the President of CNY Rotary. It will be more common that clubs come together for a visit, but we feel that this is a great opportunity for clubs to make new connections and establish new traditions.
CNY Rotary sounds like a really big district. Is that normal?
Broadly speaking, each of our districts currently have about 40 clubs and about 1,000 members. So becoming CNY Rotary with about 115 clubs and about 3,000 members sounds pretty big. Having a district that takes five hours in the car to connect its furthest corners is a new challenge for us, but none of this is new or unique in Rotary. Many districts cover regions far larger, like the entire state of Alaska. Some requiring boat or airplane travel. Many span multiple countries. There are leaders who must be bilingual in order to communicate with all of their members. And we are not talking about districts on the other side of the world either. You can find districts with these added travel and distance challenges right here in North America. CNY Rotary’s leadership team will be built to serve this larger footprint and in-person gatherings will be adapted to be as accommodating as possible. Thankfully we are all adept at virtual meetings, which will make it even easier to stay connected in between our get-togethers!
How do these changes impact my everyday experience in Rotary?
This is a great question! The average member is not likely to notice anything change in their club experience as we transition to CNY Rotary. Clubs will continue to operate autonomously just as they do today.
Club leaders who receive training, support and resources from the district will have new, expanded teams to work with.
There will be many more leadership roles on district committees, providing more members with rewarding opportunities to serve their fellow Rotarians. So, if you want to serve in new ways, it is great news for you!
CNY Rotary’s events like District Conference will attract a much larger crowd, which helps us attract exciting speakers and presenters to inspire us with bigger and better ways to serve.
Speaking of the District Conference, you will get an opportunity to connect with members of the CNY Rotary Steering Committee and hear the latest news at our joint District Conference in Clayton, NY May 5-7, 2023. Get details and register at!
There are more questions and answers from the Town Halls available on the FAQ’s page at
These three Town Hall meetings brought people up to speed on what work has been done so far, but there is still much more to be done. The Steering Committee will continue to provide updates like these in your district newsletters, post details to their social channels on Facebook and Instagram @cnyrotary, and update their web site with additional information as it becomes available. Please follow along to stay informed and reach out using the contact form at any time you can’t find an answer to your question.
Home Page Stories
Rotary Foundation Minute
This week's Rotary Foundation Minute is more of a visual since I'm sharing links to two of the infographics on the Rotary Foundation website.
The first shows how many district grants, disaster response grants, global grants, and programs of scale grants were given in the 2021-22 Rotary Year (that's last year, the data isn't in yet for this year.) 
The second infographic shows the breakdown of global grants by area of focus.
I hope you have a projector at your meeting this week and that you might be able to show these graphics (or bring up the Rotary Foundation website at to show your club members where the money goes that they have donated to the Annual Fund or Disaster Response Fund. You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words.
I hope these infographics spark discussion in your club. If you or your members have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me at
Until next week,

Zoë van der Meulen 
Rotary District 7170 Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Unadilla, NY
Hello fellow District 7170 Rotarians!
Happy New Year, everyone! 🥳🍾🥂 Hope you had a wonderful December holiday season with family and friends.
Please find the current Newsletter under the District 7170 tab - Newsletter tab at the top of this webpage. 
Moving on to February 💝
I am now collecting material for the February 2023 issue. Please send me your content as soon as you have something to share. This will assist me in drafting the newsletter and blocking in content throughout the month. The soft deadline is the 15th of the month, the hard deadline is by noon the third to last day of the month, followed by publication on the 1st of the month. Please refer to The Last Page of the newsletter for specific dates listed three months out. In the meantime, you can also send your materials to Brian Steele at for the website and Facebook page.
Yours in Rotary Service,

Christine Haase
District 7170 Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 6565
Ithaca  NY  14851 (for newsletter submissions/questions only please)
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! 

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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