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In today’s world one in four victims of slavery are children, and 10 million children are considered slaves!  300,000 child soldiers are forced to fight wars, 700 million women alive today are married as children, and 17.2 million children are working as domestic workers.  A new partnership with the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and Freedom United is giving Rotarians a chance to do something to stop it.   Freedom United is a nonprofit organization that has mobilized millions of partners, activists and advocates through online campaigns to convince governments and companies to end slavery. 
 
Through its website, Rotary clubs of any size can sign up to form “freedom rings,” which raise community awareness of slavery while sharing information with one another through an online platform.  Freedom United helps Rotary clubs plan a two-hour community event by arranging speakers that can include experts, survivors, and representatives of local nonprofits that are already fighting modern slavery.  One of these rings in Chattanooga, Tennessee is planning a gala fundraiser; in Raleigh, NC a walk/run to raise awareness is planned.  And another ring is organizing a “red sand project,” where volunteers sprinkle red sand in the cracks of city streets to represent all the people in the world who are enslaved.  And in Johnson City, New York – purple pinwheels were planted in a major traffic circle.
 
Support from People in Action to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you. 
 

We gave several award to Rotarians and friends of Rotary at the District Conference. 

Past District Governor Lana Rouff was honored with a Rotary Service Above Self Award. This award, given by the Rotary International Board of Directors recognizes volunteer service. Congratulations, Lana!

The District also honored Rick and Michael Sands as Paul Harris Fellows...

On May 18,19, and 20, Rotarians representing 31 of the 44 clubs in our Rotary District came to SUNY Oneonta to have fun and be inspired. From a pre-conference FUN Bus tour of Otsego County to a service project to youth exchange talent and much, much, more, we got together to recharge our batteries.
 
Enjoy some photos of this conference.

If you planted tree peonies last April after Gov. Richard's fundraiser, they are most likely blooming right now. Richard, along with the Rotary Club of Johnson City, celebrated the beauty of these plants at the first annual Tree Peony Festival. The festival featured artists, musicians, and, of course, tree peonies. Enjoy some photos from the event.

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?

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

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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.  

 
 
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