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Welcome to the District 7170 Website !

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Home Page Stories
The Rotary Foundation was named the world's outstanding foundation for 2016 by the Association of Fund-raising Professionals (AFP). 
This award is very significant and comes during the 100th anniversary.
Applications for District Grants
Just a reminder that applications for 2017-18 District Grants are now being accepted for community and international projects.  Up to $2500 can be awarded for projects in your community and up to $5,000 for an international project.  The applications are due no later than May 31st and can be found on the district website:  Rotarydistrict7170.org – on the right side of the home page. 
In order to qualify for a grant your club must have a $50 per capita combined giving to the TRF Annual Fund and Polioplus as of June 30, 2017.   This is $15 higher than last year.!  And at least one individual from your club must attend one of the upcoming grants management seminars - April 1st in Oneonta and April 8th in Dryden prior to submitting the proposal.   Registration for these seminars will be posted at a later date on the website. 
Incomplete applications will not be accepted – nor will any application submitted by a club whose previous year’s project report is due.  Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for further requirements on the application.   
Send your applications to LanaRouff@gmail.com and if you have any questions, please contact Lana Rouff, Grants Chair at LanaRouff@gmail.com
Grant Committee:
Lana Rouff, Chair
Doug Larison - PDG
Richard Matsushima – DG
Zoe van der Meulen - DGE
Jeff Smith - DGN
Jean Cadwallader
Richard Griffis
Sheila Abbey
Ray Baker
Don Tuttle

Please join us for a panel discussion of Opioid-Addictions related to sports injuries.

This discussion will be held on Tuesday, February 21st with a snow date of Tuesday, February 28th, in the Maine-Endwell Middle School Auditorium.

Doors open at 5:30pm for food and information. Full panel discussion will begin at 6:00.

Confirmed panelists are:
*Dr. Richard Chomyszak, DC
*Dan Sheffer, Sports Trainer
*Amy Sleeper-Terboss, PT
*Joshua, Person in Recovery
*Brought to you by County Legislature Jason Shaw, Endwell Rotary Club, Maine-Endwell Central Schools and Lourdes Youth Services*
Rotary District 7170 Conference
May 4-7, 2017
The Inn On The Lake
                                                                                     Canandaigua, N.Y.
                                                                                                                                               Click here to register
Congratulations Dave Bensley
Rotary District 7170
District Governor 2019-2020
Dave grew up in Sherburne and attended the State University College at Cortland where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies.  He began his teaching career in Central Square where he taught Middle School Social Studies for 6 years.   While at Central Square, Dave earned his Master’s Degree in Education at Cortland State. 
In 1973, Dave accepted a position at Sherburne-Earlville Central High School teaching middle school social studies.  In 1990, Dave left the middle school and began teaching American History at the High School in Sherburne.  In 2000, at the age of 50, Dave went back to Cortland State and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in School District Administration and was appointed to the position of High School Principal at Sherburne.  He served in that position for the next 5 years, retiring from education in 2000.  He has worked part time for the Burgess-Tedesco Funeral Homes from 2000 to present.
Dave is married to Diane, who retired from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in 2001, and has two children, Wayne and Wendy.  Wayne, who teaches forensic science at Alfred State, lives in Alfred, New York with his wife Julie, who teaches high school math at Alfred-Almond High School, and children Jennifer and Samuel.  Wendy, who home schools her two children Derrick and Abigail, lives in St. Inigoes, Maryland with her husband Chuck, who is a senior chief in the U.S. Navy.
Dave joined the Sherburne Rotary Club in 1995, where he has served as President from 1999-2000 and 2010-2011.  He has served as the Club Secretary from 2012 to the present.  He has also served as the Club’s Foundation Chair, Youth Exchange Chair and as a member of the RYLA committee.  Dave’s favorite Rotary program has been the Youth Exchange Program which he was involved in from 1995 until 2015 at both the local and District levels, serving as District Youth Exchange Chair from 2005-2007.  Dave has also been involved with the District’s Visioning Program.  He currently is serving as Assistant Governor for Area 1. 
In addition to Rotary, Dave has been an active member of the Earlville Volunteer Fire Department since 1974. Dave was an advanced EMT and co-owned an ambulance service in the late 1980’s. He has also served on the Town of Hamilton Planning Board and the Howard K. Finch Memorial Fund Board of Directors.  His hobbies include bicycle riding, hiking, physical fitness and do-it-yourself projects (he and his wife built their own home in 1974).
This is a video from the Foundation Dinner
The Youth Exchange committee is seeking help to update our website and keep things current. Someone out there must be good with websites...  It's not a huge commitment, but someone needs to take time to see how it works, update it and then keep dates, names, happenings current.
For more information on this, please contact Vera Sosnowski at veraski@yahoo.com
I am writing this update after just finishing the half-way point in my club visits.  I am truly enjoying my visits with all of you and hearing about your unique strengths and plans for the future.  In this update, I want to focus on the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.
The 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation is a major milestone for one of the best humanitarian organizations in the world today.  This entrepreneurial journey began with a small meeting of fellowship in 1903.  Today we are an organization of over 1.2 million in over 200 territories and countries.  Our results are measured in lives saved, gallons of clean water, conflict resolution and hope for the future.  The Polio Plus story alone is a testament to the power of sustained focus and collaboration that is achievable.  The skills we have honed in this journey can be applied to some of the greatest challenges we face here at home and across the world.
I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve as District Governor.  To have this honor during the 100th anniversary is truly special and I am committed to making our District, bigger, better and bolder.
Foundation Minute for Week of February 20th
For many weeks the Foundation Minute has concentrated on where your donations are going.  Your gifts have filtered successfully into a myriad of sources – those being the Areas of Focus:  Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education and Growing Local Economies.  Some of your contributions have been made by the traditional check, by credit card or even by Rotary Direct.   Now Rotary offers another way of giving – one that benefits The Rotary Foundation by reducing administrative costs, transforming contributions into grants faster, reaching a younger donor base and allowing Rotarians to respond through spontaneous giving.  It also benefits you as Rotarians by processing your donation more quickly, eliminating lost checks, sending donor recognition sooner and giving the donor more credit card rewards. 
What is this method?  It is giving online!  Very simple – go to Rotary.org and press give!!  It is as easy as ordering a book off Amazon or even a  kitchen gadget or a car!  With the ability to accept online donations in fifteen currencies The Rotary Foundation currently is beginning to see a trend in online giving, and encourages you and non-Rotarians to join the ride!  Its fans are convinced it’s the right choice. 
And now back to your regular scheduled program!  Thanks for your generosity. 

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 2017
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