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My gosh, how can it be April already!!!
This means that our District Training Assemblies and Grants Management Seminars are right around the corner. This is your chance to learn tips and techniques that will help your Rotary Club and make your life easier. Plus, if you are going to apply for a District Grant (and I hope you are planning to) then a member of your club must attend the Grants Management Seminar. We have three options to choose from (click on the links below to get more info and to register.)
My video greeting is short this month, because I've included a longer video that we took at president-elect training in Syracuse. A group of 'people of action' helped renovate the Salvation Army shelter in Syracuse. A special thanks goes out to Jason Browne from the State College Downtown Rotary Club for producing the video!
And, if you haven't registered for the District Conference yet (it's May 18, 19, and 20) you want to do that NOW!
Congratulations to Muriel Stone of the Rotary Club of Fleischmanns-Pine Hill for being named April's Rotarian of the Month.
Muriel embodies the Rotary motto of 'service above self'. We thank the Catskill Mountain News for allowing us to share this wonderful article about Muriel.
District Training Assembly
This year the District training Assembly will take place in three locations.
April 14: SUNY Broome – Libous Room in the Decker Health Building
This assembly will be for just District and Global Grants.  The District Grant seminar will begin at 9:30 am and end at noon.  The Global Grant session will be held from 12:30 to 3 pm.
April 21: Dryden High School
The complete District Training program will be provided from 8:30 for registration to noon and will include District Grants.  The Global Grant program is only provided on April 14.
April 28: SUNY Oneonta – Morris Hall
The complete District Training program will be provided from 8:30 for registration to noon and will include District Grants.
A continental breakfast and a light lunch will be provided.  There is no charge for the District Training program
Some changes are being made in the agenda to reflect the new strategies of RI.  An agenda for April 21 and 28 is below.  
There are some exciting changes taking place in Rotary.  These events will be well worth your time.  This training is appropriate for any member of Rotary, Interact, Rotaract and Rotary Community Corp.  Prospective members can also attend.  Go to www.rotarydistrict7170.org to register.

The District Conference is our chance to come together and celebrate our success in 2017-18
Register today by clicking here.

Registration options:

Just announced! Rotarians attending their first District Conference can register at the discount price of $110 for the Full Conference. Choose the First Time Attendee package on the registration page. HURRY - only 40 first time packages available!
$160 for Full Conference
$35 Friday Only
$100 Saturday Only
$35 Sunday Only

The 2018 District Conference is May 18 - 20 at SUNY Oneonta

Tentative Conference Schedule (will be updated as details are confirmed)
Greetings from Youth Exchange…
It’s been a busy month and many activities have happened to our students.  Many have participated in school musicals and concerts, as well as playing basketball and cheerleading.  Kudos to all our kids for their involvement.  Any club not hosting a student is welcome to invite one or two to a club meeting and hear a little about their country and how life is going here in the US. Please let me know if you are interested in a guest speaker. I also, am available to talk to Boards or clubs about Youth Exchange and would hope that new clubs may be pleased to join our hosting clubs in this wonderful adventure.
Pictures are of our last orientation where languages were spoken as Inbounds and Outbounds gathered to learn all they could about hosting countries and culture.  Food is always a good way to relax and staff enjoyed it too.  Thanks to Dryden, Cortland Breakfast and Cortland RCs for hosting this event.  The YWCA was great and the food was better!!
We have some great news to share.  Downsville has been accepted to host a student this coming year and Bainbridge RC has offered to be the official hosting club.  Walton students have shown in interest in hosting as well at their school, so perhaps in the future that might be a possibility too.  YE is expanding slowly and gives so much to our students, communities and Rotary—when will YOU become a part of it?  Vera Sosnowski, Chair
Cortland Breakfast Rotary Club “GIVES IT UP!”
The Cortland Breakfast Rotary Club has always been youth-focused when it comes to their charitable giving.  This year, seven (7) of their members formed a “Shavee” team and participated in the March 10th St. Baldrick’s Foundation annual fundraiser at the Red Jug Pub in Cortland.
Rotarians from the eastern part of District 7170 got together to connect and discuss Rotary in their area. It was arranged by the Rotary Club of Milford and at least eight clubs were represented. 
The keynote address was given by Dr. Ashok Malhotra and Linda Drake of the Ninash Foundation. Ashok is a well-known (and recently retired) professor from SUNY Oneonta who has dedicated his life to helping educate poor children in India. Through his foundation, he has established schools in three communities in India. The hope is that local Rotary clubs, and clubs we have connected with in India may be able to come together with the Ninash Foundation in an education project.
This light-hearted evening also featured a fan favorite - Rotary Jeopardy with Tom Rathbone.
On May 20th at 8am, we're going to run (or walk) to End Polio Now.
If you're a Rotarian, you know that we've been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years. We are 'this close', and need your help to finish the job. Sunday, May 20th is the final day of the District Conference at SUNY Oneonta, and the run/walk will start at 8am on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Options include a 5k or 1 mile course. Registration is $20 ahead of time and $35 the day of the event, all proceeds will be donated to the PolioPlus fund at The Rotary Foundation. This is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so invite friends who aren't Rotarians to join you to END POLIO NOW!
Or, print out the registration form (download link on the left)
Rotary Club of Cortland Creates Kid Zone
In its People of Action Campaign
            The Rotary Club of Cortland likes “hands on” projects – especially when we have close ties to the organization that benefit from our efforts.  This month, club members spent several days transforming the basement of our local Salvation Army Center from a dreary space into a bright, colorful welcoming “Kid Zone” for the 50 or so young people who visit the Center during a typical week.  It’s one of many projects being organized by a committee formed to plan events celebrating the Club’s 100-year anniversary.  Doug Larison, Past District Governor, is chairing that committee.   Earlier this year, he invited Club members to come up with ideas for projects to celebrate the Centennial.  Lt. Rebecca March, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Cortland, is a Club member.  Her idea for this project received an enthusiastic response from Doug’s committee and the Club’s Board of Directors.  
Rotary Leadership Institute
On March 10th Rotarians from near and far attended the Rotary Leadership Institute in Owego. Everyone came to learn more about Rotary and its various functions. 
2018 Graduates

Matt Adler  RLI District Chair  Owego

Victoria Collazo   Binghamton Noon

Tom Latini   Endicott

Jo Ann Wickman   Cortland Noon

Richard Matsushima    Vestal

Lisa McCafferty   Owego

Mike McCarthy   RLI  – Northeast - Regional Vice-chair

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.

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.)

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?

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.  

April 2018
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