Rotary District 7170

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to 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
  • Protect the environment
Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas and take action on our world’s most persistent issues. District 7170 supports Rotary Clubs in South Central New York State. 
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May's message from DG Wendy
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
During last weekend’s District Conference, DG Elise, DG Whitney, and I were asked to talk about the past, present and future of Rotary. When I sat down at my laptop and thought about the past, it conjured up thoughts of nostalgia, like pecan pie at Thanksgiving or parades on Memorial Day. Then my mind drifted and it seemed a bit pessimistic. I remembered hearing comments like, “it was so much better when….” or, “We always do it this way …..”
What I’d like to remind you is that looking at the past is a sign of progress. Remember when we listened to music on a record player, now we ask Alexa to play our favorite song. Or when there was a single telephone in the house and now there’s one in everyone’s pocket. We only need to look back 40 years when women weren’t allowed to join Rotary and now, thanks to Sylvia Whitlock, you have 3 women serving as your District Governors.
Paul Harris started Rotary as a means of networking, exchanging ideas and developing friendship amongst colleagues in his community. It wasn’t long before the vision of volunteerism and humanitarian service was their guiding light. At each turn, our founding fathers looked for new opportunities and expanded their reach from their beginnings in Chicago to around the globe.
From the first service project, the public toilet, to the first donation to the ‘Society for Crippled Children’ in 1930, Rotarians have been committed to service. As our organization continued to grow, we sought out new opportunities to address the challenges in our world. Rotary International President, Arch Klumphs’ creation of The Rotary Foundation, an endowment for “doing good in the world”, provided the financial means to carry out our mission. In the 40’s, we adopted the 4-way test. The 60’s gave birth to the first Interact club and group study exchanges. In the 70’s Rotary Youth Exchange was adopted as an official program and RYLA worked with students to develop leadership skills, problem solve and improve communication. Our signature project, eradicating Polio, remains our top priority.
Tradition and rituals give us a powerful link to the past providing a sense of identity and can be handed down from generation to generation. Traditions also provide a sense of stability and comfort that help us connect with our roots.
By valuing traditions, we honor the people who came before us. We can see this in Rotary when we achieve Paul Harris Fellow recognition, or when we celebrate ‘people of action’. For some clubs’ tradition can be singing a song or happy dollars. For some families, such as Lizzy’s, it can mean being a 3rd generation District Governor. Traditions are good, but change is inevitable and a sign of progress. Yet, there are some things that will never go out of style:
  • our motto “Service above self”,
  • the 4-way test and,
  • the rotary wheel, our mark of excellence.
Your District Governor 2023-2024
Wendy Deis
Owego Rotary Club
District 7170 Events
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Building CNY Rotary

May 2024

CNY Rotary News

Let’s Get Ready for CNY Rotary
We’ve been working on and talking about CNY Rotary for almost two years now, but the time to become official is drawing near. On July 1, we will be CNY Rotary and our three current districts will be retired. What does that mean for the average member? By and large, this change will not impact your day-to-day Rotary experience. Clubs will continue to meet and serve as they always have, but there will be a few changes that you need to know. Please read on for some information to help you and guide you on where to go with questions.
Communications & News
If you want to find information about our district online, you will want to visit This has been our website for more than a year and will serve as our online hub moving forward. Your current district websites will automatically redirect you there starting in July, just in case you forget. Around mid-July that we will have finalized the merging of our three current accounts into our new CNY Rotary ClubRunner, which will give the website a new look and be your new portal for logging into ClubRunner. Watch for emails and social communications once that is complete.
The June edition of this newsletter will be the final edition in this format. Starting in July, we will transition from one monthly publication to a section of the website that is constantly refreshed with new articles all the time, called the CNY Rotary News Network. This will make it possible for clubs, Rotary programs and CNY Rotary committees to submit articles and event information at any time. We will post your submissions to the Rotary News Network and share it across our social channels. Members will receive a monthly email with a roundup of headlines currently on the Rotary News Network and a reminder to engage with that content on our website. We encourage all to follow us on social media to stay connected to important information, inspiration and educational materials as well. Check back next month for details on how you will be able to submit your news to us.
Area Representatives
Moving forward, Assistant Governors will now be called Area Representatives (or Area Reps, for short). Your areas, or a small group of clubs geographically grouped together, are not likely to be changing right away, but could be modified slightly in the future. Most Area Reps will remain the same, except for some whose terms were scheduled to end this June. Your club leaders will be notified about your new Area Rep. They will be in touch to conduct their usual visits and check-ins. The role of the Area Rep is essentially the same as it was previously and they are someone you can count on when you need help or resources. Never hesitate to reach out to them when you have questions or concerns!
Inauguration Celebration
At our recent Tri-District Conference at the DoubleTree in Binghamton, the first ever CNY Rotary Inauguration was held with quite a bit of fanfare thanks to a lively crowd. Incoming President Lizzy spoke about the process of creating our new leadership team, everyone got to meet the executive board and leadership council members, the President line was pinned and made official, and she provided a look at what’s to come, featuring three important points:
  1. Official club visits as you may have done with District Governors before will now be an Official Area Visit, where you will get together with the other clubs in your area for a social gathering to meet with President Lizzy. If you have ideas on something fun in your area, a venue that could accommodate your event or any thoughts on what might make for a great, new tradition for you and your neighboring clubs, reach out to your Area Rep right away. They will work with Lizzy and the Events Committee to set these up for late summer and fall, and it is best to get something on the calendar sooner rather than later! It is encouraged that this event would replace your club’s meeting for that week where it makes sense. She also offered to meet with club boards on zoom if your leadership team would like one-on-one time with her. You can reach out to schedule that at any time.
  2. Watch for a video to be released that will be the “official visit” presentation with information from Rotary International’s incoming President Stephanie Urchick, more about our theme The Magic of Rotary, and more about Rotary’s Action Plan. Clubs will be encouraged to use this video as a program early in the Rotary year and to share with members who can also watch on their own time.
  3. If your club has a special event – a milestone charter, a large service project, a treasured tradition – please send the invitation to that ASAP to get on President Lizzy’s calendar. Other members of the executive board will also attend your special events whenever possible.
Conference 2025
The dates and location for next year’s conference were revealed. Please save April 4-6, 2025 to join us at the Hilton Downtown in Albany, NY. Many details are still to be determined, but the weekend will definitely include our annual Learning Assembly on Friday morning. The hope is that combining the two events will make them more accessible as we will not ask members to give up two weekends in April. If you wish to join the planning committee for Conference 2025, reach out to chair Sam Netzband at
Connect with us!
If you have questions or concerns, you can reach out to us anytime at We will also host two more Town Hall sessions on May 7 and June 4 at 7pm on zoom. They are open to all who want come learn about the latest news and ask anything. Consider making sure someone from each club attends and can take the information back to your members! Click here to register for the Town Hall zoom link. You can pre-submit anonymous questions here. You are also welcome to reach out to any of our executive board members at any time. Click here for our current org chart with email information for each leader.
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Hello fellow District 7170 Rotarians!
In this issue, there is more information about how news and announcements will be collected and shared within CNY Rotary starting July 1st. Be sure to check that out!
Moving on to May 2024 🌷🪻🌼🌹
I am now collecting material for the June 2024 issue—the last one for D7170, so let’s make it especially great! Please send me your content as soon as you have something to share. This will assist me in drafting the newsletter and blocking in content throughout the month. The soft deadline is the 15th of the month, the hard deadline is by noon the third to last day of the month. Specific dates are listed on The Last Page of the newsletter for easy reference.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Christine Haase
District 7170 Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 6565
Ithaca  NY  14851 (for newsletter submissions/questions only please)
Welcome to the Rotary Foundation Minute

Did you know that The Rotary Foundation has its own crowd funding platform called Raise For Rotary? Here's more info:


Rotary Foundation Minute


 Raise for Rotary is The Rotary Foundation’s peer-to-peer fundraising platform. 

Members, donors, and participants use it to create fundraisers for birthdays, athletic challenges, and events like World Polio Day. You can quickly post fundraisers and updates on social media to raise awareness about your favorite Rotary cause.  

The platform is available worldwide in English and accepts U.S., Canadian, and Australian dollars, with more language and currency options in the works. Contributions from members are credited to them and contributions from nonmembers are credited to the organizer’s club. 

Since Raise for Rotary was launched in 2020, more than 2000 events have generated more than $1.5 million for the World Fund, PolioPlus, the Disaster Response Fund, and Rotary’s areas of focus.

I'll see you at the District Conference!

Until next week,
Rotary District 7170 Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Unadilla, NY
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