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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We hope all members of the future CNY Rotary districts will plan to join us for a joint conference in the spring of 2024. Dynamic speakers, breakouts that will inspire action, and a lot of fellowship will make it a worthwhile way to spend a weekend immersed in Rotary. We will celebrate our clubs, learn about new ways to serve, better understand our impact around the world, and look to the future of our region.
Please save the dates April 26-28, 2024 and watch your district communications
for the invitation to register in January!

April's message from DG Wendy
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The spring is always a busy Rotary month. This year we have the Grant Seminar via Zoom April 1st, the District Training Assembly on April 6th and the grand finale: the Multi-District Conference at the Binghamton DoubleTree April 26th – 28th. I must give a BIG shout out to Tom Overbaugh, D7170 conference chair, for sharing his expertise and experience with me and the whole committee. He’s been a life saver! We have a stellar lineup of keynote speakers from around the US and Canada. There are also several Rotarians from our District who’ll be presenting breakout sessions. We’ll also be offering some non-Rotary breakout sessions too. Are you interested in taking better pictures with your phone, or maybe learning about home brewing? Do you know about the challenges artificial intelligence brings? There’s something for everyone! Don’t forget, if you’ve never had the chance to attend the conference before, there is a scholarship program to help offset the cost. It’s on a first come first serve basis so don’t wait to get your name on the list!
Let’s not forget that April is also Environmental month in the Rotary calendar. It’s so tempting to go out on a nice day and start cleaning up the gardens. But it’s important to wait until the temperature is consistently above 50 degrees. This is because many pollinators overwinter in the dead material surrounding plants and bushes. By waiting to do yard cleanup you’ll be saving many bees and pollinators.
Finally, the creation of CNY Rotary, D7180, is almost complete and will go into effect on July 1st, 2024. Here are a few facts about the new district:
  • Approximately 110 clubs
  • Roughly 2900 members
  • Dues $35/year
  • Leadership structure is almost complete
  • Visit to learn more.
There are many members of all 3 districts who have dedicated hundreds of hours to establish a new model for Rotary in our region. My thanks to every one of them for their time, effort, and commitment to our organization.
Best regards,
Your District Governor 2023-2024
Wendy Deis
Owego Rotary Club
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January 2024

CNY Rotary News CNY Rotary President for 2026-27

The CNY Rotary nominating and executive committees are excited to announce that our CNY Rotary President for 2026-27 will be Pamela Baker Gratton. Pamela has been a member of Auburn Rotary for over a decade, is a Past Club President, and she has a lot of experience working with volunteers through in her professional life as well. If you get a chance on our Facebook page or in real life, please give Pamela a warm welcome! Below is her full bio:
Pamela Baker Gratton has been an active member of Auburn Rotary for ten years, where her leadership skills have thrived. She has served as the Club Program Chair from 2014 to the present, Club Vice President in 2021-2022, and recently held the position of Club President during the 2022- 2023 term. She is a Paul Harris Fellow. Pamela is poised to continue her journey with Rotary, eagerly anticipating her role as the CNY Rotary President in 2026-2027.
Originally from Rochester, NY, Pamela has dedicated her professional life to making a positive impact in the nonprofit sector. With a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Fredonia and a Master of Science in Education from SUNY Buffalo, Pamela has been an unwavering advocate for education and community service. In her capacity as a Non-profit Manager, Pamela has played instrumental roles at various local organizations, including Upstate Medical University, The American Red Cross of Cayuga County, Junior Achievement of CNY, and, for the past 5 Rotary District 7170 Newsletter | January 2024 4 years, the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY. Her commitment to working with volunteers has been a driving force in creating meaningful change and support for others.
Away from her professional and Rotary commitments, Pamela enjoys life in her 100-year-old farmhouse in Cayuga County that she shares with her husband Charlie. Their lives are enriched by the presence of their three accomplished adult children—RC (31), Phillip (29), and Olivia (27)—and the laughter of their four amazing grandchildren; Ali (9), Axel (5), Winston (3), and PJ (2). Their family is set to welcome a new little girl in March 2024, bringing more joy into their loving family.
Pamela’s life is a testament to the power of community, service to others, and the enduring strength found in family bonds. Pamela hopes her journey is an inspiration to those she crosses paths with as an educator, leader, and compassionate community advocate.
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You Can Still Get Involved with CNY Rotary – Start Today!

If you missed the call for volunteers last summer, fear not! The time to join committees for the 2024-25 Rotary year is now. Many key roles have been filled, but there is plenty of room for all collaborative and passionate members who wish to volunteer as part of a committee. To learn more about the positions still open, visit Click on the Get Involved tab to see details. Roles are still being defined and some committee structures are being finalized. As that happens, the “job openings” will be posted with updates shared on the website and social media channels - @CNYRotary on Facebook and Instagram.
When you visit the Get Involved tab, you will see who to contact if you have questions. You can use the form on the right side of the page to reach out and let us know what roles interest you. Not sure where you would be a good fit, but interested in helping? Contact us through the form and we can help you find a role that would be rewarding and fun.
While there will always be opportunities to hop on a committee in the future, now is the best time to get involved because committees are starting their team-building work and preparing for our training season ahead. Committees will be part of training events like Empire Multi-District President Elect Training Seminar (MD PETS) March 15- 17 and our District Training Assembly on April 6. These are key opportunities for members to learn more about the new committees, meet CNY Rotary leaders, and for us to get direct feedback from all around the region.
We hope members with time and talent to offer will consider getting involved at the CNY Rotary level in roles big and small. Everything we do is to support our fellow clubs and members. It is valuable work that ensures success in membership, grants, youth programs, public image, diversity, service, events and so much more! Visit for more information about our future region, to connect with leaders and to get involved.
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Welcome to the Rotary Foundation Minute

Today's Rotary Foundation Minute focuses on financial stewardship of grant funds. Is your club planning to apply for a 2024-25 District Grant? There is an encore CNY District Grants Management Seminar coming up on Zoom on next Monday, April 1st. To qualify for a grant in the new district, clubs need to send at least two members to one of these seminars. Register today at:

 Rotary Foundation Minute


Because grant funds come from donor contributions, it’s important for sponsors to manage these funds prudently, transparently, and in accordance with Rotary Foundation policies.

Some good ways to do that are to:

  • Follow your spending plan to distribute and use grant funds for their stated purpose and in a timely manner.

  • Make project-related payments by check or other traceable method.

  • If payments are made electronically by one person, maintain a paper record showing that the payment was approved by both signatories.

  • Maintain detailed receipts and record each transaction. Your ledger should list each transaction and note the date, the amount, and the reason for it.

  • Share information so you can manage grant payments smoothly and keep funds secure.


Thank you for helping Rotary maintain the highest level of grant oversight.

Until next week,
Rotary District 7170 Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Unadilla, NY
Hello fellow District 7170 Rotarians!
Can you believe January 2024 is over and it is now February?💗
Thanks to everyone for sending in great content!
Moving on to March 2024🍀
I am now collecting material for the March 2024 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. 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)
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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