Rotary District 7190
Serving New York's Capital District
and Beyond


Posted by Fred Daniels
Hope and Fear
A week ago, just before Christmas, I wrote an email to all Rotarians in District 7190 about Hope.  It was a good theme for the time of year. a time when most people and most faith traditions are celebrating in some way or another.  And, I always had in mind that I would follow my email about Hope with an email about Fear, which would be timed to coincide with the beginning of a new year - 2018.
Not to suggest for even one minute that we all should be fearful about this coming year.  Quite the opposite, actually.  It would be too easy to succumb to fear, in a time when lots of our community and political discussions are focused on division and not unity, on differences between us and not the values that we commonly hold.
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking in front of a group of elementary school students from Giffen Elementary School in Albany.  The Albany Rotary Club had organized an assembly event for the kids, and asked the chorus from the Beverwyck Senior Living Community to come and sing Christmas carols with them. When I got there Moses Kunda (Pres, Albany RC) asked me to speak for 5 minutes to the students.  I hadn't really expected that, but I told him I would. 
A very small group of singers from the school got up to sing a few songs, which gave me a moment to think about what I might say. And that's when I spied one of those fantastic Rotary pull up banners across the way, up on the stage, proudly displaying the Four Way Test.  So I decided that I should try to explain to them about the Four Way Test and how important it is in the lives of Rotarians. 
When it was my time I stood up and pointed to the banner.  I asked them if they always told the truth and asked if telling the truth was an important thing to try to do.  Yes!  And what did they think about fairness?  How did they feel if someone treated them unfairly, and did they feel better about themselves and others when things seemed to be fair?  Yes!  What about friends?  Wasn't it great to have friends, to play with and be with and do nice things for?  Yes!  And how about this big word - beneficial?  What did that mean?  It means that we can all do things which help other people out.  Isn't it good when someone helps us out?  Yes!
When I was done I inducted them all into Rotary on the spot, making them junior Rotarians, and encouraged them to remember that telling the truth, being fair, making good friends, and helping others were good things to do all the time.
And then I sat down.
From the Governor's Desk Fred Daniels 2017-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
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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We are People of Action melissa ward 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
On November 12, 2017, District 7190 Rotarians will host a Peace Summit for Youth in Mechanicville.

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world and acting as ambassadors for peace. In today’s global climate, our youth are anxious. Anxious about international relations, terrorism, America's position in the world, their personal future, and how they fit in. The Peace Summit for Youth will provide a forum to express their concerns and work collaboratively to consider pathways to peace – peace in their schools, on their streets, and in the world.


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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!
Registration is closed.  Contact DG John Mucha with any questions. 
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Posted by 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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Posted by Melissa Ward on Apr 21, 2011
Rotary eClub of Northeast USA:  Still looking for charter members.  We need 25 members to go live - Visit us at for more information.  Our goal is to help keep thousands of Rotarians stay involved, informed, inspired and connected. 

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The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

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Posted by Susan Austin

Governor's Visits are Underway, Foundation Questions Abound

This past month many of you have welcomed me into your clubs.  I have had a chance to meet some of you and look forward to meeting the rest of the District over the next two months.  With the Official Visits underway, I have found that so many of you have questions regarding how the new Rotary Foundation model "Future Visions" is working.  I am proud to report that we have experienced a record number of grant requests and in amounts that exceed our total of funds available.  I hear, every day, of service projects that you are doing and changing lives both in our local and global communities.  Keep up the great work.  We will be looking for more grant applications in January that may be the grants you will be doing next year.  Training is set for March 1, 2014 for the qualification process that now requires two people from each club get trained for that club to move forward with grants next year.  PLAN AHEAD is the message that we are receiving from RI and it makes good business sense to do so.  I am looking forward to supporting you as you find more innovative ways to get things done.  Best wishes as we move through 2013-14 and thanks again for your continued Rotary Service,  YOU TRULY ARE ROTARIANS. 

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Posted by Susan Austin

I would like to personally thank those members and friends of District 7190 who took time away from their personal New Year's Day Celebrations to attend or participate in one of the many Bowling parties or the Polio Plunge on Jan 1 this year.

While figures are not completely in, it looks like you really wanted to "Tell The Governor To Jump In The Lake".  At last count, between pledges and money collected, we are hoping to top $ 20,000. raised for our "Polio Plunge and Bowl over Polio" event.  Watch the February Toolbox for final figures and pictures.

As you know, when that money gets in, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching $2 for every $1. making our impact so much more (They will add $40,000 making a $60,000 total when we reach the $20,000 figure).

PDG Anne Cargile and her team did an outstanding job on this one and they deserve our District's gratitude.ENDPOLIONOW_4p

It was fun and DGE Dave is planning something for next year so keep tuned and plan now to join us on January 1, 2015

From the Governor's Desk - Polio Plunge Thanks Susan Austin 0
Posted by Susan Austin

As we progress toward the Holidays, we should take the time to look at the things we are thankful for.  We belong to a world wide organization that specializes in putting service first.  As Rotarians we have the unique opportunity to help, not only our local communities, but also to be a force for peace in the world.  I recently read an article that stated:  How can we expect peace to come when there is hunger, sickness and unsanitary living conditions in a large part of our world.  I think that the author of that article got it right.  But all is not lost, in Rotary we CAN make a difference.  We can work to help those who need clean water, food and health care.  We CAN be a force for change AND peace.  How?  We can take the time to read about what is being done for others in our Rotarian magazine and look for ways to join the fight for peace.  We can help fight Polio through donations.  We can fight for clean water and better living conditions through the use of our District and Global Grants AND we can donate whenever and whatever we are able to the Rotary Foundation to help other Rotarians join our fight.

So as we are sitting at our tables with our Thanksgiving meal spread before us, let's take a minute to be truly thankful that we have the advantages we do and let's take another minute to really think about how we can help those that don't.

I wish all of you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving and, whatever Holiday you celebrate, I wish you joy and PEACE. 

From the Governor's Desk - November 18, 2013 Susan Austin 0
Posted by Susan Austin
Welcome Rotarians to the new Rotary year where we will celebrate the theme:  Engage Rotary/Change Lives.  Our new RI President, Ron D. Burton, has asked us to put Rotary to work, offer the hand of membership to the people we know, and change lives through our service projects.  We will find when we do this, the life we change the most is our own.  We look at the world from a different angle and we start to understand the possibilities that the Rotary world can offer.  I hope all of you will join me this year in looking for ways to invite new faces in to our clubs and new clubs in to our District.
Notes from the Governor's Desk - July 10, 2013 Susan Austin 0
Posted by Melissa Ward


June is fellowship month:   Fellowship: : companionship, company,  community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience,  the state of being a fellow or associate, a company of equals or friends : association, the quality or state of being comradely

Community:   a unified body of individuals: as: state, commonwealth, the people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly : the area itself <the problems of a large community, an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location

We, as Rotarians are then a Fellowship Community - we share common interests and are in the company of friends where ever we go....  

Read this month's tool box

Notes from the Governors Desk - June 2013 Melissa Ward 0
Posted by Melissa Ward
District 7190 representing the Capital Region of New York has been partnered with District 4430 of Brazil.

Tentative Travel dates are as follows:
- U.S. team - D. 7190:
      BR to output : 26/april/2013                       return to U.S.: 27/may/2013
               (teams will be together in Brazil between the 27-april /7-may)
- Team BR -D. 4430:
       U.S. output to: return to 8/may/2013        return to BR: 7/june/2013
             (teams will be together in the U.S. between the 28-may/6june).
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