Rotary District 7170
Imagine Rotary!

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. 
Learn About Our Causes. Get Involved. Imagine Rotary.
January 2023 Message from Rocky Martinez, District Governor 
To read DG Rocky Martinez's January message click on "Read More"
District 7170 Events
Upcoming Events
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district leadership development program whose mission is to strengthen Rotary Clubs through quality leadership education.
The overriding goal of the courses for club Rotarians is to create ENTHUSIASM for Rotary by opening the world of Rotary outside of their own club and showing them the great potential of Rotary service for the benefit of the world that can be furthered with excellent leadership in our clubs.
“Having leadership skills does not alone assure good Rotary leadership. An effective Rotary leader must also have Rotary knowledge, perspective about where Rotary has been,
where it is now going, and a vision of what Rotary can be.”
 The current recommended curriculum for 2022 has the following course sessions:
The Purpose and Structure of Rotary
Engaging members
The Rotary Foundation Goals and Programs
Practice Ethical Behavior
Project Implementation
Effective Communications
Rotary Opportunities
Making a Difference
Attracting Members
Targeted Services
Public Image and PR
Insightful Planning at the Club Level
Vocational Service/Expectations
International Service
Building Connections
Rotary Action Groups
The course varies each year to provide Rotarians with continued education.
This year’s topic:
Our district will be holding our annual RLI workshop on Saturday, March 4th, 2022, at The Johnson City Senior High School, 666 Reynolds Road, Johnson City NY  13790 at 7:30 AM to 3:30PM with breakfast and lunch provided.
The cost of this event is $35.00 per person for Rotarians in District 7170. 
I am providing the link below to help assist with registration. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or by calling me. Time is moving quickly and RLI will here before you know it. Payments received after March 1st will be subject to a $10 late fee. 
(On the left, click on “more info” under RLI NEA Seminar - Dist. 7170 - Johnson City High School March 4th, 2023) If you need help with your login information, please email Donna Rinaldi at
Thank you, 
Matt Adler 
Owego Rotary
District 7170, PDG, Membership Chair 
607-625-2668 (home) 
607-765-6853 (cell)
Ukrainian Benefit Concert
Please join us for a concert to upgrade school bomb shelters in Lviv, Ukraine.
The concert, sponsored by the Ithaca Rotary Club, will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St. A silent auction featuring local artists will be held during intermission. The concert is free and open to the public — donations to the project for Ukraine will be accepted at the door.
We hope to see you there, and please invite your friends and family!
2023 District 7150 Conference, May 5-7
1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Dr. Clayton NY 13624
Conference Registration Early Discount until February 28, 2023
Reserve rooms directly with Hotel before April 4, 800-293-0718 or 315-686-1100
Rotary Hotel rate $179/room, or $199 for Riverview (after April 4 subject to availability)
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Rotary Foundation Minute
Last November, I encouraged Rotarians in District 7170 to give to The Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday, which is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This was part of global campaign by The Rotary Foundation to ask Rotarians around the world to support The Rotary Foundation in their year-end giving.
The Rotary Foundation has now released the total figure of how much was generously given on 11/29 and that number is $1,111,000. They have not broken this down by zone, district, or club, but I will try to get this from them and share it with you later. If you participated in the Giving Tuesday campaign or have donated to The Rotary Foundation at another time, thank you for your generosity.
Until next week,

Rotary District 7170 Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Unadilla, NY
Hello fellow District 7170 Rotarians!
Happy New Year, everyone! 🥳🍾🥂 Hope you had a wonderful December holiday season with family and friends.
Please find the current Newsletter under the District 7170 tab - Newsletter tab at the top of this webpage. 
Moving on to February 💝
I am now collecting material for the February 2023 issue. 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, followed by publication on the 1st of the month. Please refer to The Last Page of the newsletter for specific dates listed three months out. In the meantime, you can also send your materials to Brian Steele at for the website and Facebook page.
Yours in Rotary Service,

Christine Haase
District 7170 Newsletter Editor
P.O. Box 6565
Ithaca  NY  14851 (for newsletter submissions/questions only please)
We are sad to announce that Cindy Kain has decided to step down as District Governor Elect for personal reasons. We thank Cindy for all that she has done the past two years as she has been an asset to the DG Track. Cindy will continue to be an active member serving on several committees and the transition team to CNY Rotary. Cindy has requested that DGN Wendy Deis move up to the DGE position, and Wendy has accepted the position. 

Wendy joined Rotary in 2010 as a member of the Owego, NY club. She has held many leadership positions include Club President, Foundation Chair and Program Chair. Wendy has served the District in many capacities including Foundation Area Director, Grant Committee Member and Public Image/Social Media point person. Wendy is also a member of the transition team for CNY Rotary, serving as the Liaison for the Public Image Committee. 

Wendy is celebrating 30 years of marriage to her husband Tim; they have one adult daughter Melanie. In Wendy's professional career she worked in the Intensive Care Unit as a Registered Nurse.  In 1984 she moved to Philadelphia to work as an Organ Procurement Coordinator for the cities 6 transplant centers.  She was then recruited by the University of Pittsburgh working in organ procurement and later for the CT Surgery in the Heart and Lung Transplant Program. Wendy has been happily retired for the last 14 years. 

Please help us congratulating Wendy on accepting the District Governor position for 2023-2024. We believe that Wendy will be a great District Governor continuing the leadership and message of Service Above Self throughout our district and transition to CNY Rotary. 

Congratulations Wendy! 

The Multi-District Membership Committee is bringing you another installment of Membership Monday, but this time it’s in a short video. As a continuation in their series of highlighting the five pillars of a vibrant and growing club, this month we’re talking about strengthening club leadership.
We interviewed some experienced Rotarians to get their best tips for strengthening leaders in our clubs and we hope you find it helpful. Check out (18) Strong Rotary Leaders - Part II - YouTube for four and a half minutes of inspiration.
Matt Adler, PDG, Owego Rotary
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