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We have a lot going on in Rotary District 7170!
(if the video greeting doesn't play for you, check it out on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2NrbR8eB6uA)
We're getting into what I like to call 'Rotary Season.' As you may be able to tell from this newsletter, we have a ton of club and district activities coming up in February and March (and beyond.) Let me highlight a few that you won't want to miss.
Saturday, February 24th at 7:05 pm is Rotary Night at the Binghamton Devils hockey. I'll be there, and I hope you will, too. Tickets are available by calling 607-722-7367 or online by clicking here

If you are a club President Elect, now is the time to register for President Elect Training Seminar - March 16-17 in Syracuse. Visit this page for more information and to register.
The District Conference is our opportunity to celebrate all of the success we've had throughout the year. This year, it's May 18,19, and 20 at SUNY Oneonta. Register today!
Rotarian of the Month
Ted Wolf
Ted joined Rotary in 2013 following a successful career as a small business owner.  He immediately became active, participating in all club service projects and social events.  He eagerly participates in the club’s annual holiday food drive and shopping event for disadvantaged youth, the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle Party fundraiser and the Dick’s Open service project. 
Ted quickly joined the club leadership ranks.  He constantly is looking for ways to expand the scope of existing events and willing to explore new initiatives.  He is serving as club president this year.  Under his leadership the club, in collaboration with the United Way of Broome County launched the inaugural Halloween Costume Exchange Party, an event that allowed low income families the opportunity to get gently used costume for their children. 
Ted is a second-generation Rotarian.  His father, Charlie Wolf, was a member of the Vestal Rotary Club.  Ted’s rotary sponsor is past District Governor, Richard Matsushima.  In an ironic twist of fate, Richard’s sponsor was Ted father Charlie!   During Ted’s time as a Rotarian he has attended two Rotary International Conventions; Seoul, South Korea in 2016 and Atlanta in 2017.  He plans on attending this year’s convention in Toronto.   He values the training opportunities the conventions provide to develop and grow as a Rotarian.

Want to recognize a dedicated Rotarian?

Interested in achieving the Rotary (Presidential) Citation?

Here are some resources for you:
  • District People of Action Awards - these awards will be given to individual Rotarians, and Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Community Corps members. Find out more by clicking here.

Come enjoy dinner and dessert pies in Unadilla.
Thursday, March 15
Unatego High School (new, bigger location - 2641 NY-7, Otego, NY 13825)
Tickets are $10 ahead of time and $12 at the door
(all tickets good for 1 adult and 1 child under 10)

Enter our dessert pie contest flyer attached!

Multi-District President Elect Training
March 16th & 17th at University Sheraton
Syracuse, NY
President Elects, Assistant Governors and other “people of action” the program for this year’s event will prove to be fun, inspirational and instructive. 
A message from DGE Jeff Smith


5oo+ Tompkins households receive donations of warm winter clothing

The Ithaca Rotary Club wrapped up its 25th annual Share the Warmth campaign in mid-December. In collaboration with Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga, donations of new or gently used winter clothing were gratefully collected, sorted, and distributed across the area by volunteers from a number of sponsoring partner organizations.

Over the two week distribution period in early December, 527 Tompkins County households received warm winter clothing through the annual Share the Warmth project.  A total of 4,307 items – coats, boots, hats, blankets, sweaters, gloves, scarves and other cold weather gear – were distributed to those in need.

Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga and the Ithaca Rotary Club extend thanks to all Share the Warmth volunteers and partner organizations: the Ithaca, Dryden, and Trumansburg Rotary Clubs; Cornell University; Ithaca College; and Finger Lakes ReUse (whose truck fleet and staff picked up and dropped off the donated items).  

For more information about Share the Warmth, please email chair Loralyn Light at ll48@cornell.edu. Additional information about the Rotary Club of Ithaca may be found at www.ithacarotary.com.

Vestal Rotary Helps Children Shop
On December 27, 2017 a group of elementary aged children were provided a shopping opportunity at Kohls on the Vestal Parkway.  35 Children, selected by Vestal School District staff participated.  Each participating child was paired with a Rotarian or Friend of Rotary.  Children, assisted by an adult, shopped for clothing and shoes using a list provided by the parent(s).   Each child was allocated $125 of merchandise.  Kohls added an additional discount to increase the purchasing power of the allocation.


Kirsty Roefs, a Unadilla resident and owner of House of Consignment, has been hosting monthly charitable collection drives since November 2015.

This month, Roefs is making area cancer patients the drive beneficiaries because, she said, a previous cancer care drive fostered such strong community support and made a significant impact. Roefs has partnered with the Bassett Cancer Treatment Center of Oneonta to distribute the collected goods.

Youth Exchange is forever busy. 
We have had our first Outbound orientation and it went very well.  Students were excited, and parents looked positively overwhelmed with all they heard and learned.  Enjoy the snippets from the students’ monthly reports.  I try to not correct spelling/grammar because it makes it theirs unique, so last month’s was a bit goofy.  The only word I regret is that I spelled Exchange wrong. (it’s called typing…)  I hope you are enjoying your students.  Please have Outbounds give you some news about where they are.  Any club looking to have an Exchange Student as a program, please free to let me know and I’ll work on arranging it. These kids have so much to give and share.  Your club would love it.   433-2207 or veraski@yahoo.com   Yours in Service, Vera
Oneonta Rotary Organizes 29th Annual Ross Cordell Wrestling Tournament
Snow, ice and cold couldn’t pin Oneonta Rotary's 29th Annual Ross Cordell Invitational Wrestling Tournament! Almost all of the 18 scheduled teams were able to make it to the two-day tournament which was held on January 5th and 6th at the Oneonta High School, Oneonta, NY.
Over 30 years ago, Oneonta Rotarian Ross Cordell, a dedicated wrestling aficionado, approached several club members with an idea to hold a first-class wrestling tournament. The club embraced the vision and the Ross Cordell Wrestling Tournament was born. Today, the Oneonta Rotary Club organizes the event through a Tournament Committee of Club members, representatives of the Oneonta High School Athletic Department and interested members of the Greater Oneonta Community. Proceeds from the event assist athletes to go to sports camps and have paid for a new wrestling mat.
With the successful completion of the tournament, the Oneonta Rotary Club is looking forward to holding RYLA interviews and carrying out the annual spring Roadside Pick-Up.

Is Rotary visible in your community?

Need to get the word out about your local Rotary club?

Download an application and apply today for a District Public Image Grant. 

In addition to the chance to meet and greet thousands of Rotarians from all over the world, the Toronto convention gives you the opportunity to enjoy what the Economist Intelligence Unit calls the fourth most livable city in the world. (That’s out of ALL the cities in the world.)

August is Rotary Membership Month. 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!

                 PDG David Flinn

Fellow Rotarian Dave Flinn, Ithaca Rotary, passed away on Saturday, December 23, at around 2:00 p.m. Jeff True sent the following remembrance:

Dave was the epitome of a Rotarian. He joined our Ithaca Club on July 1, 1966, and was an active member for over 51 years. Of late he served on the Club Orientation Committee.

He was President of the Club in 1972.

He was our District Governor in 1989 — one of the younger to serve at the time.

And he believed in the work of the Rotary Foundation, earning the first of many multiple Paul Harris Fellows in 1976. Continuing into the future he will leave additional resources as he become a Foundation Benefactor in 1989. And he always looked forward to attending the next Rotary International Convention.

We, and Rotary, have lost a lifelong Rotarian who committed himself to 'Service Above Self' for decades. He will be missed.

David was Age 79.
Owego Rotarian since 1965
G. Fred Beaudry III
May 10, 1930 – January 3, 2017
Fred was born in Cortland and grew up in Homer. After some college, he was drafted into the Army. Following that, he married his sweetheart, Yvonne, and became a marketing representative for a Syracuse insurance company. Fred began coming to Owego to call on a local insurance business. The Beaudry family, by then with three children, moved to Owego in 1963. Fred became a partner in that local insurance company. Now called The Partners Insurance Company, it is a large and active business today.
Fred was invited to join Owego Rotary in 1965. He had always wanted to be a Rotarian. His grandfather was a charter member of Cortland Rotary. And his father, uncle and brother also were Cortland Rotarians. In addition, wife Yvonne’s father was a Rotary District Governor. Fred served Owego Rotary Club loyally and actively over the more than 52 years of his affiliation. He became secretary of the club and later served as club president. He was the longtime chair and member of the information committee for prospective and new members, and Fred also was an ace poinsettia salesman for the club’s annual fundraiser. He was a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and also named Yvonne a Paul Harris Fellow.
An enthusiastic golfer and gardener, and always active in his community, Fred’s contributions beyond Rotary were many. He held active leadership positions in Tioga County Boys & Girls Club, Tioga United Way, Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 and the Tioga County Historical Society. However, he was proudest to be part of Rotary. He believed in community service and promoting peace and fellowship. Fred was a gentleman and a wonderful example to club members over his 52 years as an Owego Rotarian and he will be missed.

What's Going on in Your Club?

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

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

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.  

February 2018