Rotary District 7170: People of Action
Rotary is where neighbors, friends,  and problem-solvers share ideas and 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
District 7170 supports Rotary Clubs in south central New York State. 
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Notes from your District Governor
January Message from Evan Kurtz
Dear fellow Rotarians,

Welcome to 2022! In many ways there seems little change from last year. Covid is still here but clubs and Rotarians are adapting and changing as we learn what works and what doesn’t. Projects are moving ahead and new ones are getting started. Traditional fund raising events have been modified and different kinds developed. Yes, things are a bit more challenging done remotely but as more and more people get vaccinated, and as we continue to mask and social distance, our world is moving into a ‘new normal’ and Rotary will continue to “Serve to Change Lives.”

Home Page Stories
Save the date for exciting and informative zoom session on February 2 at 6:30pm featuring Earl Hunter, Jr., Founder of Black Folks Camp Too.
Black Folks Camp Too is a marketing-driven business whose mission is to increase diversity in the out-door industry by making it easier, more interesting and more fun for Black folks to go camping.
Zoom Details:
Rotary District 7170's DEI Speaker Series Featuring Earl Hunter, Jr
Feb 2, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 844 6318 3076
Passcode: cRLy9m
Join your 7170 Rotarian friends at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa in Fairport, NY, April 29, 30, May 1, 2022, at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa.
The focus will be “Rotary and Our Environment” but, like true Rotarians, we will also be having fun. Golf on the Friday afternoon, a 5k walk/run Sat. morning on trails around the grounds, and, if things go right Elvis, the king of rock and roll, will be visiting!
We are still confirming speakers but plan to be hearing from Luis Aguirre-Torres, Ithaca Director of Sustainability and Art DeGetano, Director of NOAA’s Northeast Regional Climate Center. There will be breakout sessions on topics such as: Reshaping & Redistricting, How to Move Toward a Zero Carbon Footprint, Tai chi, the Regional Clean Energy Economy, Engaging Business in the Fight Against Climate Change, Genealogy, Saving the World from Your Home (reducing, reusing, recycling), and more.
Woodcliff is a privately-owned, old-school hotel with elegant accommodations. There is a Spa, an Indoor and an Outdoor Pool, as well a Health & Fitness Center for your guest or, if you need a break, for you.
There will be displays of Rotary club 21-22 projects from around our District as well as displays explaining and reviewing aspects of Rotary such as Foundation, DEI, Public Image, Membership, Communication, and others.
Start making you plans to go! Those who arrive with 3 or more to a vehicle will be entered into a drawing for a basket of ‘saving our world’ products. Go to: for more details and the registration link.
Room reservations are made directly with the hotel. Registration for YEP students and chaperones is separate.
The Rotary District 7170 Environmental Sustainability committee is sponsoring river paddles on the Susquehanna River to increase awareness of the ecological and economic importance of our natural assets and the need to address climate change overall. There will be two short paddles and two longer paddles:
May 16: Cooperstown to Milford -14 miles
May 17: Milford to Portlandville - 8.5 miles
May 21: Apalachin to Owego - 9 miles, Hickories Park
May 22: Owego to Sayre - 20 miles, Riverside Park
In addition to these events some members and friends are interested in a trip down the length of the river (444 miles). DG Evan is trying to get other Districts along the Susquehanna interested. These river events are open to the public and other organizations. We are now addressing all the details required to develop this event: safety and communications protocols, permitting, logistics, and marketing. We want this to be a fun and informative event. Some will participate in more than one event.
We hope to have 4 clubs sponsor a reception at each of the 4 landings. The receptions can include food and information. More details will be available in the February newsletter. This event has been reported at the international Rotary Action Group, ESRAG.
For input/questions contact Kevin Millar (, Jeff Smith ( or DG Evan.
At the August 16th meeting of the Global Grants Committee, it was decided to pledge $2500 District Designated Funds (DDF) to help stop malaria in the most vulnerable villages in the country of Colombia. This area includes small, scattered communities, with often displaced indigenous people who live in extreme poverty and with no medical services. The project will eliminate malaria and thereby protect all 8,000 people who live in the region.
Although the traditional methods of controlling malaria such as mosquito nets and sanitation will be used, an important focus of the project will be the development and implementation of educational programs designed with cultural differences in mind. Separate programs will be developed for adults and for children. Ethnographic and cultural input from the community will help with program design. Educators, an anthropologist, and local healthcare experts will be involved with the planning and execution.
Your dollars to the Annual Fund will provide a better life for the people of Colombia. Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation. 
Upcoming Events
Club Members, share your news!
Promote your upcoming fundraisers and celebrate your philanthropy on the District 7170 website, social media pages and in our newsletter. Send all pertinent details to to Chris Haase, newsletter editor:
Please allow a few days for posting.