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


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.

The District 7190 Peace Summit for Youth, organized using the World Café Model, will encourage our youth to explore deeper thought and awareness regarding the issues affecting peace worldwide. The objective is to create an environment where the youth generate all the content and develop the relevant outcomes for the day. Our keynote speaker will be Anne Kjaer Riechert, a Rotary Peace Scholar. Riechert is owner and managing director of an IT training school for Syrian refuges in Berlin, West Germany.

The Summit is open to high school students throughout the greater Capital Region, including our nine Interact clubs, Youth Exchange, and Rotary Youth Leadership. The intent is to reach into every high school where there is a Rotary club in the community.  This not only provides students the ability to participate through Rotary sponsorship but also affords a learning opportunity about Rotary.

Funds are being raised and volunteers are being recruited.  If you are interested in knowing more, please contact DG Fred at  
Peace Summit for Youth 2017-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Daniels
Greetings, Rotarians!
This year's Rotary Night at the Joe saw a great turnout and a great baseball game.  Not only were there almost 200 people representing Rotary in attendance, and not only was there a great cheer for the 25 named Rotarians of the Year, but the game saw a tie-breaking walk off grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning by a hitter who just came onto the team that very day to win the game for the ValleyCats.  Incredible!
And so it is that community minded volunteers come onto our Rotary team every day, eager to be put into the Rotary rotation with every great intention of smacking it right out of the park.  As District and Club leaders, it is our job to put these great new Rotarians into the hitting rotation, encouraging them to swing for the fence, inspiring them to believe that even though they haven't even learned everyone's name they can, in fact, save the day.
Each of these new Rotary team members started their journey way back, when someone taught them the values associated with teamwork, like service above self, and gave them the faith that they truly can make a difference.  Each of them will likely tell you that there was a person who really leaned in, taught them how to see the "pitch" and pick their moment, spent the time that it took to address their uncertainty, and gave them the chance to excel. 
Which brings me to the Peace Summit for Youth on November 12th.  This District project will give regional high school youth a chance to consider issues of peace as they see them in their schools, on their streets and in their world.  It gives them a chance to speak to their anxiety, be heard by their peers, encourage each other, and learn.  And it gives our Rotarians a chance to lean in, listen carefully, inspire… and learn from these young voices. 
Some years from now one of these young people may be brokering a cease fire, leading a neighborhood movement to take back the streets,  or crusading for tolerance in their local school district… making peace.  And, they will be leading Rotarians across the world into the future.
Thank you for all you do to lean in, inspire and lead.  DG Fred
From the Governor's Desk Fred Daniels 2017-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
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 Susan A. Austin on May 20, 2014
As the 2013-14 Rotary Year winds down we look back at the accomplishments of the entire district with pride.  The District Conference was a huge success and has reinvigorated those that attended.  We had 31 of our clubs in attendance, 153 attendees including 16 young Rotarians from Interact, RYLA and Youth Exchange.
We had 23% of our clubs earn the Presidential Citation.  100% of the clubs have donated to both Polio Plus AND the Rotary Foundation Share funds.  Our RI President's Rep. PDG Sara Jane Feldman from District 5490 in Arizona (The Grand Canyon District) was amazed at the amount of things we had planned and managed to end every session early with nothing being deleted.  We even had time built in for folks to walk about the town.
But enough of what HAS been accomplished and on to what WE STILL NEED to Accomplish.... 
From the Governors Desk Susan A. Austin 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more.


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Posted by William Nathan on Sep 30, 2011

Clubs and District Flood Relief Efforts:   Individual clubs have shown great concern in responding to the recent damage.  Highlights are: Schoharie County, reported by AG Area 6 Garry Wilkins of the Middleburgh club  Middleburgh suffered much damage, but financial and volunteer support has resulted in much clean-up progress.  Almost every business in town has or is planning to re-open.  The volunteer effort of hundreds has been heartwarming.  The Southern Saratoga Interact Club was among those, doing so by providing a team to help on Saturday, September 24.  Longer term needs exist in both the school and library:  replacement of equipment in the school’s Tech classroom and of children’s books and other equipment in the town library.  The community is also conducting a lawn sign campaign to support local merchants...  read more in this month's Toolbox

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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. 

Notes from the Governors Desk Susan Austin 0
Member Resources Melissa Ward 0
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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