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May 2017

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All of Long Island, New York, U.S.A.

MJ Fitzgerald               
District Governor               
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The Seatuck Cove Rotary Club
Cordially invites you
To the Installation Dinner of :
District Governor Wendy Walsh/DeMaria
ALL District and Club Officers
Saturday June 3, 2017
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. w/ Entertainment, and Live Auction
Rock Hill Country Club
105 Clancy Road
Manorville, NY 11949
$75.00 per person 
Checks made payable to Seatuck Cove RC
mail to Geri Nigg
57 Tuthill Point Rd.
East Moriches, NY 11940
For info: call Geri Nigg- 516-971-8248
Pat Blake- 631-874-4100
Muriel Corcoran- 631-878-1122
  1401 State Rte. 10
Hanover, NJ  07981
United States

PETS is our Presidents Elect Training Seminar, held in conjunction with 6 neighboring Districts, in Whippany, New Jersey. The main concept is to share knowledge and ideas with hundreds of our fellow Rotarians.

Each and every Rotary Club is required to be in attendance, or to send a representative to PETS. 

This year's curriculum is new, the facilitators are new, the best of all, the guest speakers are new, creative, innovative, current, and excited to be bringing a very different Rotary to the table. 

We are privileged to have Rotary International President Elect Ian Risely from Australia sharing this years theme "MAKING A DIFFERENCE". We have Rotary International Director Dean Rohrs from Canada, surely brining the room to the edge of their seats. We have PDG Drew Kessler from Stony Point, NY, sharing his method of empowerment and business in todays Rotary, Mitty Chang from California, who at 29, owns and operates his own company, and has the largest Rotoract Club in the US.  We have David Foreward, who wrote the book on the Rotary Foundation, and PDG John Capps, who will thoroughly entertain you with his whimsical way of bringing Rotary into every home and heart. Past Rotary International President Rick King will share his view on bringing the older generation up to speed with the millennial. They are as eager as we are to show you why we are now "People of Action". Rotary International is releasing a brand new publicity campaign geared at attracting new members, new ideas, and new attitudes for Rotarians, due out in June, for our new year. 

Please register at: petsmidnortheast.org

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50046/Event/presidents-elect-training-seminar#sthash.EMUlVA1W.dpuf
My fellow Rotarians:
On Saturday, May 6th we will conduct our second food packaging day in cooperation with The Outreach Program.  This had been tentatively scheduled for March 4th, which did not leave us enough preparation time, so we have rescheduled.
Locations are being finalized in Riverhead, Ronkonkoma, Huntington and Queens for the 10am to noon timeframe.  So you can start recruiting volunteers from your own clubs, Interact clubs, churches/synagogues/mosques and community groups like Kiwanis, Lions, KofC, fire departments, etc.  As in November, each volunteer will be asked to pay $40 to cover expenses and will produce, on average, meals for 200+ people.  Volunteers will be able to take a box with them at the end...if they have a specific beneficiary in mind.  Otherwise, please identify organizations to which you can deliver the product, or who can pick it up at noon.  Last time, our beneficiaries included local soup kitchens, food pantries, religious organizations, after-school programs, backpack programs, veterans and Long Island Cares. 
Our goal is to prepare meals for at least 60,000 of our neighbors in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.  To accomplish that we will need 80 to 100 volunteers per site.  In November we had 296, so this is definitely achievable...with YOUR help.  Then, the 296 came from 24 clubs...only 31% of clubs took part!  I am asking for each club to participate at whatever level is feasible for your members. 
My thanks to the Assistant Governors for their anticipated help in your upcoming recruiting efforts and to the following Rotarians for their identification of locations:  PDG Tony Civitano, President Beth Hanlon, President Jeff Browne and Past President Greg Fitzgerald.
Yours in the spirit of Rotary,
MJ Fitzgerald
District Governor, District 7255
District Chair, International Convention 2015/16 and 2016/17
Past President, RC of Huntington 2012/13
Imagine if your charitable drives could run year round?  What if you could have a coat drive that ran in the spring, when many people are clearing out their closets and then keep gathering coats all summer and fall, so that come winter-time, your club is ready to distribute hundreds of warm coats.  Maybe your club does a shoe drive - perhaps a purse drive - or children's toys?  But how can you run a drive for such a long time?  Where would you put all of the donated items?  We have the solution!
The Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club has partnered with Westy's Self Storage in East Northport, to create a centralized repository for Rotary charitable donations.  
The 2016-17 RYLA youth committee would like to say thank you to district 7255 for allowing them to come to the conference this year. From swimming in the Atlantic ocean during mid October and crashing high school homecomings to seminars and lectures this was truly an unforgettable weekend. Please sit back and watch this weekend from the youth committees perspective. We are so honored we are able to represent the youth of Rotary. P.S. District 7255 really knows how to have a good time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Filmed and edited by Juneve Porciello
Check out photos from the District Conference here!  Photos are still being compiled so email the IT Chair (Alexander Paykin - alexander@paykinlaw.net) to submit photos or videos for the site...
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

Esma Rusinovci (pictured) from Kosovo is just one of over 27,000 children that have received lifesaving heart surgery through the Gift of Life, a program that started in Manhasset Rotary in District 7255.  And in Manhasset there is yet another opportunity to help more children from December 1st to December 4th.

Rotarians are invited Holiday Special Event at Americana Manhasset benefiting Gift of Life, Inc., Gift of Life, NY (Verrazano), Russian GOL and Gift of Life International. 

Gift of Life Programs will benefit from those who shop at Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza from Dec 1st to December 4th getting 25% of their purchases donated back to Gift of Life when you register for the Champions for Charity at AmericanaManhasset.com.  Plus you can bring your friends and eat and drink at special receptions held at Brooks Brothers on November 30th from 5 pm to 8 pm and Hermes on December 1st from 6 pm to 9 pm.  (Brooks Brothers has extended its participation in Champions for Charity from November 27th to December 4 and is offering discounts up to 40% on some items).


The link below will give you the basic information on Champions for Charity.


By now, everyone has heard about the devastation in Haiti.  There are areas that have been cut off from access, others where all of the crops and livestock have been destroyed.  At the District Conference, we all heard that there are countless communities where there is quite literally, not a goat left standing.

We have two projects currently available to our district, which need immediate funding:

Last Tuesday, Frank and Robbie made another trip into JFK airport, this time to pick up a 9-year old girl Esma and her mom Habibe.  Esma will get her surgery on Oct. 5th at St. Francis Hospital.  Please keep her in your prayers.  
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
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).
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!
This Year's Theme
Clubs: News/Stories/Events
It was a shock to me to first discover that I have Bladder Cancer. I was without symptoms and the cancer was found while I underwent a routine ultrasound test, due to an enlarged prostate to make sure I properly void my bladder. The alert technician saw something and my urologist immediately sent me for a CT scan which clearly showed the tumor and the resulting biopsy showed it was malignant. Thankfully it was discovered early and was non-invasive.
After my operation I underwent two years of BCG treatments which involved injecting the TB Bacteria into the bladder through the urinary track, to get the body’s immune system to attack the cancer cells. After the two years, I was followed up (and still am) with cystoscopies, CTs and quite expensive lab tests. I have to undergo these procedures for at least a total of ten years. I have been fortunate to have negative results now for 4 1/2  years.
After my diagnosis I looked into the cancer and was shocked to learn that BC is the fourth most common cancer amongst men, sixth among women (who tend to lose their bladder more often) third most common amongst fire fighters, fourth most common amongst veterans and approximately 17,000 Americans die every year from this disease. Interestingly enough it is the first cancer treatment to use the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer by injecting into the bladder the tuberculosis bacteria (BCG). That method has been used for the last 40 years and is still the first line of defense today for non invasive BC (My sister was treated with BCG over 30 years ago). While it seems that lately more research has begun especially to find similarities between bladder cancer mutations and other cancer mutations, this cancer is way down in the list of research money. My sister succumbed to lung cancer ten years after the BC Diagnosis and treatment.
My Wife and I became involved in raising awareness by joining the Bladder Cancer Awareness Network (BCAN) to lobby Congress first to declare May as Bladder Cancer Awareness Month and later to try and get Congress to raise research funding for veterans through the DOF. Now we are taking it a step further.
On May 21st 2017  we will be championing and participating in a walk in Central Nassau County sponsored by the Central Nassau County Rotary Foundation, to increase awareness of Bladder Cancer and help raise funds for research and support of its victims. We will be walking in memory of my sister Naomi...
Naomi’s Story: I was told people don't like to talk about diseases under their belt, and so it was another surprise to find out that my sister of blessed memory Naomi in whose memory we will be walking, also had Bladder Cancer. I knew that she had cancer but did not know it was BC. It was treated with BCG just like me. Ten years later Naomi was diagnosed with lung cancer and I remember that there was a lot of talk about connections without conclusions. Now thanks to research grants by BCAN Hospitals are sequencing tumors to find common mutations. One such common mutation was found in BC and breast Cancer.
We hope and pray that raising awareness and more research grants will bring about better and earlier detection. We hope that mutation analysis will bring about common medication and cancer fighting technology.
Thank you, thank you. 
Rotary International District 7255
2nd VP Central Nassau County Rotary 
Central Nassau County Rotary Foundation Treasurer
Email: ronyrotary@aol.com
The Bay Shore Rotary Club, led in the project by Virginia Bull, has just celebrated the graduation of their service dog, aptly named "Rotary" from CCI.  He is now off for another year of training and will then be paired with a disabled person.  This is their 2nd dog, and they have taken this initiative because the cost is so high, and the Lions Clubs have stepped back from this project. The cost for a Guide Dog is upwards of $5,000.00, and the training is upwards of $20,000.00. They have really done a beautiful service to their community. Guide dogs are a blind persons life line for living any type of “independent” lifestyle.  Click the Read More button to check out the graduation photos...
With 50 volunteers clad in event t-shirts, the Kings Park High School cafeteria was converted into 4 assembly lines, each making well over 2,000 meals.  With dozens of students from KPHS, joined by a handful of Interactors from Commack High School, a half dozen Rotarians from Ronkonkoma and a bunch from Commack-Kings Park, the event went off without a hitch.  Thanks to the amazing help from Outreach, we were able to provide these meals at a cost of 25 cents per hungry child served.  Check out the video HERE.
This event was a practice run and was inspired by the End Hunger on Long Island event that the district has scheduled for November 12.  Keep an eye out for announcements on the final times and locations for the November 12th event, and help the district reach its goals...  The major event in Kings Park High School will be scheduled for sometime in the spring.  Keep an eye out on the district calendar for future announcements...
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.