Rotary District 7170: People of Action
Rotary is where neighbors, friends,  and problem-solvers share ideas and 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
District 7170 supports Rotary Clubs in south central New York State. 
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Celebrating Gains in Equality
September Message from District Governor, Matt Adler
100 years ago, this past month, the United States ratified the 19th amendment guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote – a hard fought victory in the movement toward gender equality. The reality is, progress toward gender equality has remained slow in many ways, including in Rotary. When I first became a Rotarian in 1984, women were not allowed to join as members. I remember being in my 20s and thinking how archaic that was but not sure what could be done. Fortunately, there were other Rotarian’s already fighting to change those rules including the Rotarian’s of Duarte, California.
Established in District 530 in 1952, the club’s charter was unceremoniously revoked by Rotary International in 1976 when they violated Rotary’s bylaws by inviting women to join. Undeterred, the club renamed itself the Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte and its members began a quest to right this wrong...
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The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Southern Tier YP Summit is still happening, in a brand-new innovative format! They’ve re-designed the conference to take place as a completely virtual experience while also offering it as a small, 50 person conference at the Double Tree Binghamton. This day is the biggest opportunity in the Southern Tier for young professionals from all backgrounds to come together for meaningful conversations, leadership development, and personal growth. The full-day gives YP’s countless options to engage with each other, including:
  • Nationally-known Keynotes and Featured Speakers
  • Virtual breakout rooms
  • Roundtable discussions with community leaders
  • Live-streamed webinars
  • Live-streamed Trivia with Prizes
  • And so much more!
The line-up of high-quality speakers and topics are timely for the young professional ranging from diversity and inclusion, mental health, and building habits for success, so that attendees can come out stronger and re-energized in their career and personal growth.
Don't miss this opportunity on October 15 by registering for a virtual or in-person ticket. Learn more.
Rotary has a new area of focus — supporting the environment — after a unanimous vote by The Rotary Foundation Trustees and the RI Board of Directors. Rotary has long supported activities that sustain the environment, and in the past five years we have allocated $18 million to such projects through global grants tied to other areas of focus.
Adding the environment as a distinct cause formalizes our longtime community-based efforts and will give Rotary members more ways to increase our global impact and expand our reach. The Foundation is developing the eligibility criteria for grants in this area of focus and will have more information beginning in October. It will start accepting global grant applications focused on the environment on 1 July 2021.

Statement from Rotary International

At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.

Club Members, share your news!
Promote your upcoming fundraisers and celebrate your philanthropy on the District 7170 website, social media pages and in our newsletter. Send all pertinent details to to Cindy Kain at
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