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.
April 2023 Message from Rocky Martinez, District Governor 
To read DG Rocky Martinez's March message click on "Read More"
District 7170 Events
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Building CNY Rotary
April 2023
Across our new district, there is a great deal of buzz as work continues towards building CNY Rotary. The Steering Committee continues to make progress and several of the transition action groups have submitted plans for moving forward.
Of critical importance, the process for nominations and elections has been approved. This process will guide our activities as we work to identify future leaders. Succession planning is important, which is why electing and training a Rotarian to serve as District Governor, or President in our case, happens well in advance of a person's term. The first President of CNY Rotary will be Lizzy Martin who will fill the role from July 2024-June 2025.
Soon it will be time to identify the person to serve as President after Lizzy. There is a nomination committee consisting of Past District Governors, Past Club Presidents and Assistant Governors from each current district (7150, 7170, 7190). The committee will put out a call for nominations to all clubs along with a position description and frequently asked questions.
Look for more information about the nomination committee and the nomination process in the next few weeks. There are also many additional opportunities to serve our new district as a committee member or leader. Each Rotarian has a way to be of service and we hope you will consider how you can join us as we build this new district.
Lastly, we are excited to welcome you to our joint district conference in May. The weekend offers the chance to engage in fellowship and learn more about the projects each of our districts has been engaged in this year. Registration closes soon, so head to to sign up today!
Remember you should all be following CNY Rotary on Facebook or Instagram (@cnyrotary) and you can get answers to frequently asked questions at
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Rotary Foundation Minute
This week's Rotary Foundation Minute is more of a visual since I'm sharing links to two of the infographics on the Rotary Foundation website.
The first shows how many district grants, disaster response grants, global grants, and programs of scale grants were given in the 2021-22 Rotary Year (that's last year, the data isn't in yet for this year.) 
The second infographic shows the breakdown of global grants by area of focus.
I hope you have a projector at your meeting this week and that you might be able to show these graphics (or bring up the Rotary Foundation website at to show your club members where the money goes that they have donated to the Annual Fund or Disaster Response Fund. You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words.
I hope these infographics spark discussion in your club. If you or your members have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me at
Until next week,

Zoë van der Meulen 
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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