Rotary District 7190
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7190 District Conference 2017
Friday May 5 – Sunday May 7, 2017
Courtyard Marriott, Lake George, NY

Join us for Service, Fun and Friendship
in the “New” Lake George!
Happy February! We have a busy month planned with lots of great Rotary activities. 
The Next Gen Council holds a social event on Thursday February 9 at Lucky Strike Social Club. Bowling and fun for all. Check out the district website list of events for more information.
Shenendehowa Rotary has their first annual winter Outhouse Race on Saturday afternoon February 11 at Clifton Commons. Details on the website.
Our second PETS training will be Wednesday evening February 15 at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. The first session was excellent, as will be the second session.
Saturday night February 18 is Schenectady East’s mystery dinner theater. Seating is limited. Details on the website.
The big district event this month is Friday night February 24, the annual Rotary Birthday Party. Registration is available on line by clicking on the event on our website. It will be held at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, sponsored by Ballston Spa Rotary. Join us for wine, appetizers, birthday cake and coffee! It’s a great chance to socialize with other Rotarians.
Thanks to some of our District photographers, we have two new photo albums posted on our district website. Twin Bridges President Larry Bailey took some wonderful photos at the Foundation Dinner in November, and Shen Rotarian Ed Brown did his normal great job documenting the Polio Plunge on January 1 at Lake George. Check out the albums on the home page of our district website! Thanks to PDG Melissa Ward for posting them.
Stay warm, spring will be here soon!
DG John Mucha

Something for every Rotarian

For the first time in 5 years, the Rotary International Convention returns to the USA! It will be held in Atlanta, and will feature a celebration of the Rotary Foundation Centennial. If you have never been to a Rotary International Convention, this is a great time to do it. You will have a chance to meet Rotarians from over 130 countries, and make new Rotary friends while renewing old acquaintances. In addition, you will hear about exciting club projects from around the world and share what your club is doing. The general and breakout sessions are world class and the House of Friendship offers amazing chances to learn and share. We hope that 40 to 50 Rotarians and guests will attend from District 7190. Register soon since this will be a truly popular Convention!

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Upcoming Events





Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...