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MJ Fitzgerald               
District Governor               
Atlanta Convention 2017
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Would you like to do business with more Rotarians?  Want to spread the word about your line of work?  Good news!  The District 7255 Rotarian Business Directory (the "Green Pages") is coming back real soon!  So if you're looking to do business with a fellow Rotarian, keep an eye out for a copy.  If you'd like to advertise, get your submission in by September 16th.  No late entries will be accepted as we're going straight to print!  To submit an entry, please click here for the submission form.
EAST MORICHES, NY – The Rotary Club of Seatuck Cove is pleased to announce its first annual Antiques & Collectibles Auction on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at South Bay Bible Church, 578 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, NY 11940. Viewing begins at 8:00 a.m., and the auction begins at 9:00 a.m.
Auctions by Wendy will be conducting the sale, and funds raised will be used for local and international charitable projects.
About 40 Rotarians, school officials, government dignitaries, and a lively audience of 120 third-grade students assembled for Babylon Rotary’s Third Annual Dictionary Project at the Babylon Memorial Grade School on March 2, 2016.
As our website and Facebook page complete their transformation into the next phase of their evolution, you may notice both will start to take on more audio-visual elements.  The District will soon also have its own YouTube and/or Vimeo channel(s).  To that end, the District needs fresh content.  Do you have a Rotary Moment you want to share?  Is your club doing a project you'd like to tell the rest of the world about?  Know a cause that could use our help?  Want to get the word out on a fundraiser, a volunteer event, or initiative?  We want both timeless entries (Rotary Moments, Club and District Committee Introductions, and the like), as well as contemporaneous ones (Ads for Fundraisers, Volunteer Opportunities, Current Project Updates and so forth).
If you have no idea how to make a video, but would like to take part in one, don't worry, we'll help!  Just email Alexander Paykin, the District's IT Co-Chair, and let him know that you would like to have a video made.  He'll work with you on the technical side and you'll be in the District's video library in no time.  As many videos as possible will be featured on the District's home page, and every video submitted will be posted on the District's YouTube/Vimeo channel(s).

Riverhead Rotary received word that their nominee (International Surgical Mission Support – New York Team), has been chosen to receive the Donald MacRae Peace Award at the Zone meeting in Winnipeg, Canada this fall.   This award recognizes and honors an individual or organization for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals of Rotary.  The ISMS NY team fulfills the Fourth Object of Rotary.  Their mission around the world is to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace through service above self.
Are you a Rotarian who considers themselves a boater or have a love of all things nautical (without ownership of a vessel))? Come join the IYFR where you can socialize with like minded Rotarians.
We will gather socially 2 or 3 times a year just for fun!

First Rendezvous will be at the Southold/Greenport Lobsterfest in Southold on July 30. Contact Connie Gevinski (cgevinski@optonline.net) for more details.

The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians is the oldest and largest of the Rotary Fellowships. It began in England in 1947 and has grown to 110 fleets, with about 3300 members in 34 countries.  All Rotarians can join IYFR. The only requirement for joining is an active interest in boating (ownership of a boat is not required). Local fleets are located worldwide; if there is not a local fleet in your area you can join our E-Fleet.  Boating with fellow Rotarians and friends is a delightful way to share ideas, improve your seamanship, provide support for Rotary service activities, make lasting friendships and practice the ideals of Rotary.
Hello fellow Rotarian's,
Thank you all for your kind words of support and enthusiasm. We are moving forward with  "District 7255, United in Service to Humanity".  We are fortunate to have had the last couple of months to get our 2 district wide projects started. 
First "Feed Long Island"- our efforts at the club level will have a tremendous impact on all of our communities. We have 80,000 children on Long Island alone that are food "insecure". That means they have 2 or less meals a day, and on weekends perhaps less. DGE Wendy Walsh- DeMaria is the Chair person. If you would like to get involved with this wonderful program please reach out to Wendy.  A1Lady@aol.com
Secondly is "Project Save a Life". New York State is #3 in the Nation in terms of Need for Bone Marrow, Organ and Tissue donations but are 50th in the nation in terms of Adult donors. We again can have a huge impact on our community. It could be your sister, neighbor or friend in need. Wouldn't it be great if we could find a match for someone on that list? By increasing pool we can save lives! Phil Renna is the Chair person here. If you would like to get involved with this program, please reach out to Phil at rennarotary@gmail.com.
There is so much to do and I'm looking forward to working with you all during this new year, with a new focus! Remember.... The District works for you!   We want to help your clubs continue to grow and affect positive in your clubs and your communities!!
Yours in service,
MJ Fitzgerald
District Governor 2016/2017
"Rotary Serving Humanity"
Celebrating 100 years of the Rotary Foundation ~ Over the Past Hundred years Rotarian's like yourself have donated over 3 Billion Dollars which have been used for service projects around the World!!! Congratulations to you all!

To register online for Governor MJ's conference:
The yearlong celebration of The Rotary Foundation and 100 years of Doing Good in the World culminates at the Atlanta convention.   

In addition to an unparalleled lineup of speakers, entertainment, and events, this year’s convention offers once-in-a-lifetime activities, including:

  • Special movie screening of “Gone With the Wind” at the historic Fox Theatre
  • The inaugural Rotary International Film Festival
  • Memorable Foundation centennial festivities

Atlanta is a gracious, warm-hearted city whose rich history and modern, thriving metropolitan area offers something for everyone. Plan now to:

  • Visit family-friendly attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium
  • Enjoy Southern cooking during Restaurant Night
  • Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the King Center

celebrate in the city where it all began:

  • Explore The Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit
  • Attend the “Doing Good in the World” book signing
  • Enjoy a special centennial birthday party
To find out more about the convention, to register online, or for resources to help you get the most out of your trip, visit www.riconvention.org

This Year's Theme
Clubs: News/Stories/Events
Southold and Greenport Rotary Clubs are holding their 25th annual  Lobster Fest  this Saturday, July 30, at Founders Landing, on Terry Road in Southold.  Tickets are  just $50 ($55 at the door) and include either a steak or lobster, mussels, corn, potato, coleslaw and watermelon.  Kids are just $7.00 and  that includes  a hot dog or  hamburger, corm and watermelon, lemonade or iced tea.  The location is  beautiful, on the water with dancing  under the stars from  5:00 til 9:30. This is a real  family/community event and not to be missed. Call Barbara at 631-298-5868 for tickets.  To get there  take Rt  25 east through  Southold, and turn  right on Hobart Road (a one way  street with the grateful Deli on the east corner).  Follow that to the end and you will be at the Lobster Fest!
Congressman Lee Zeldin will be discussing Veterans Affairs at a community networking event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Seatuck Cove on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at JC’s Restaurant, 2 Country Club Drive, Manorville.
The Congressman brings unique insight to veteran’s issues. He is not only an Army veteran, but he continues to serve today as a Major in the Army Reserves. In addition, our Congressional district has the highest population of veterans by county in New York State and one of the largest in the entire country.
Join us for Northport Rotary's "Wine in the Courtyard 2016" August 11, 2016 at the Vanderbilt Museum and Mansion, featuring over 100 wines, food from local restaurants, beer and food pairings in our new Beer Garden, music, self-guided tours of the Jazz Age Eagle's Nest Mansion, raffles, games and more.  Enjoy spectacular views of Northport Harbor with all areas covered in the event it is anything other than usual delightful summer evening.  The event will include musical groups, games and activities to   Event tickets ($100) are available online at www.NorthportRotary.com. or at the LaMantia Gallery on Main Street in Northport.
The Rotary Clubs of Southold & Greenport are proud to announce their 36th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the beautiful Island's End Golf & Country Club, East Marion, N.Y.  Sign up begins at 11:00A.M., followed by lunch and a "Shot Gun" start at 1:00P.M.  Dinner & awards follows golf at the Club.
Kris Kringle 2nd Annual Lobster Bake, Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 3pm to 8pm at Camp Pa Qua Tuck, Center Moriches, NY.
Sponsored by the Moriches Rotary Club for the benefit of the Kris Kringle Fund, a fund that benefits local families in need during the holiday season. Event tickets $45 a person for Lobster (only 300 dinners available for purchase in advance), $10 for burger or hot dog.
The Locust Valley Rotary Oktoberfest, which was first held in 1976, is back this year by popular demand. It will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 1 to 7 PM at Thomas Park in Locust Valley. Oktoberfest is fun for the entire family – food trucks, beer, children's activities, a German (oompah) band with dancers in the afternoon and DJ music into the evening. The modest $5 per adult entry fee will be waived for anyone who buys a ticket to the 50/50 raffle at the door. Raffle tickets also can be purchased in advance at $20 each or 6 for $100. Sponsorships and tee-signs are also available. If you or your club would like to support Oktoberfest, Locust Valley Rotary's major fundraising event for the year, please contact club treasurer Ed O'Neill ateonwealth@gmail.com.