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Training for the Opioid Crisis
On April 7th all Rotarians in District 7190 are invited to attend the annual District Training Assembly.  This year our training theme will focus in on an issue affecting us all: the opioid crisis.
This morning event is held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.  The Training Assembly will bring in content experts to orient us all to this complex issue which is taking root in all of our local communities.  We will use what we learn about the crisis to engage our training objective: to understand and practice how to identify complex issues in our local communities and engage collaboratively with community partners. 
We will use the One Rotary Summit (ORS) design to facilitate our training.  ORS is designed to shine a light on the relationship between club membership, public image, and service through engagement with local communities and the Rotary Foundation.  In short, more members means greater service projects, more service projects means more visibility for Rotary, and more visibility leads to more members, more members leads to more grant support, etc. 
In the context of the opioid crisis, the ORS model will showcase how community collaboration can lead to a stronger public image for each Rotary club, how that image can help to identify like minded prospective members in the community, and how the Rotary Foundation might provide support and funding to assist with the community effort.  This virtuous cycle can quickly gain momentum and offer benefits to the community and the club for years to come.
More details will be forthcoming soon.  The most important detail, however, is that many clubs are already nibbling around the edge of this very complex and insidious problem which is plaguing our communities.  Some clubs are already sponsoring community forums; and, some clubs are actively engaged with partners to deliver education and support.  Other clubs don't know where to start, despite a passionate desire to help.  It reminds me of the old saying: how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.
Look for registration information and additional details coming soon.  Thank you for all you do, for your communities, for your clubs, and for humankind.  DG Fred
Countdown to the RI Convention in Toronto, June 23-27, 2018
We are about ten months away from a very exciting opportunity for Rotarians and friends from District
7190 to attend an RI Convention close to home. The convention will be held in Toronto, Canada, less
than a day’s drive from anywhere in District 7190. No need for plane tickets, or long international flights.
No language issues. This chance will likely not come again in many years! I have asked DG Fred to allow
me to help promote this great event.
The District is encouraging all Rotarians to make the effort to attend this RI International Convention.
Many Rotarians believe that you cannot truly understand the impact of Rotary without attending one of
these meetings. Don’t miss this opportunity!
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