Rotary Clubs Making the World Better - Service Above Self
Our New District 7230 Newsletter
What’s going on?  What’s coming up?  How can I go, participate and help?  When and where is it?  What are other clubs doing?  Should I go too?  Will it cost me anything?  How much?  How can we tell other clubs what we did?  What does the District and Club area leaders want me to know?  That’s why District 7230 is starting this newsletter.  We’ll improve over time but the best time to begin is now.  We appreciate your time and will not waste it.  Rotary’s symbol is a wheel, let’s turn it together.  
-John Ehrlich, Editor
District Governor’s Message
One of Rotary’s most successful programs is the Youth Exchange Scholarship Program (YESP).  Through several decades, many other Rotary initiatives have come and gone, but YESP has only grown stronger and more popular since 1929:  Over 9,000 students participated in YESP last year.  YESP alumni occupy leadership positions in many organizations, including the United Nations and stellar educational institutions.  Two of the RI Convention Speakers in Toronto this year were YESP alumni!
Two unique aspects of YESP merit emphasis: first, it is available to everyone irrespective of economic, ethnic, or social background.  And second, unlike some other Rotary programs, YESP is open to Rotarians and their children/grandchildren. YESP’s Short-Term Program - where families exchange visits between teenagers of the same age for three (3) to eight (8) weeks - is extremely popular.  The Long-Term Program involves a year of schooling abroad, and the preferred choice for students seriously interested in understanding another culture.  For details of both programs see and  November 1st is the 
deadline for applications for the Long Term Program for the next academic year. You’ll readily see why YESP, a phenomenal - often, life-changing - opportunity for High School students, is so successful.  After living in a different country, with people who look different, speak different, and have a different lifestyle - YESP participants appreciate cultural differences, widen their horizons, and develop lifelong international friendships while enhancing career prospects by becoming fluent in another language and developing self-confidence.  And often mature into global leaders advancing peace. 
The District is part of ESSEX (Eastern Seaboard Student Exchange), a consortium of 35 Districts. We can send students to, and receive students from, 40 different countries all over the world.  But this is possible only by Rotarians living their ideals as concerned global citizens who consider youth education and international peace one of the most important things we can advance. You and I owe it to the younger generation in our District, to give them this life-changing opportunity, and enable them to become tomorrow's leaders of the world.  If you believe - as I do - that this is one of the most important things we can do, and would like to volunteer in any capacity (hosting, counseling, screening, etc.) email me at
Congratulations to Presidential Citation Winners (2017-18)
The “Presidential Citation” is given by Rotary International “to recognize clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.” Criteria for these three priorities change yearly. In 2017-18, three of our Clubs got this recognition. Heartiest congratulations to the spirited members of these three Clubs, which were led by Presidents Dwayne Norris (Harlem), Nicolás Ariño (Metro NYC), and Alix Schnee (Yonkers-East Yonkers).
Your Club Can Win A Citation This Year
Your Club can achieve similar distinction for this year. The criteria are simple: for example (only), achieve a net gain of 1 member, a net gain in female members, and have 60% of your members report their birthdates through My Rotary – and vola! You won the Presidential Citation! For other ways to win this Citation, see­rassin-2018-19-ri-president; and
Clubs need to be in good standing, keep Club and member information updated in My Rotary, and use Rotary Club Central. Don’t know what they are?  Ask your Assistant Governor.
Coming Up:  District Events
Area 2 Clubs to Hold First Joint Meeting October 17 6-9 PM at Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua – All Clubs Invited
Area 2 joint meeting on Wednesday 10/17 to meet, greet and eat well. Members and their spouses from Bedford-Armonk, Chappaqua, Elmsford, Mt Kisco, Pleasantville, NE/Somers, Tarrytown & Yorktown clubs are invited to attend. Westchester County Executive George Latimer will be featured speaker. Best restaurant in Chappaqua, Crabtree’s Kittle House is the venue and attendees will have an amazing multiple course dinner. Call PDG Karl Milde 914-342-3068 to reserve by 10/14 email $55/person
Metro NY Club World Polio Day Fundraiser 10/24 6-9 pm
On Wednesday 10/24 the Metro NYC Club will be sponsoring a fund-raiser at 38 Parlor at 38 West 39 Street Suite 3 in NYC.  Rotary and partners immunize over 2.5 million children worldwide.  To learn more visit   Buy your ticket in advance at https:///   Cost $65
Wine Tasting Social by Club of Harlem
On Tuesday 10/23 from 6:30 to 8pm the Rotary Club of Harlem will be venturing to Hamilton Wine House at 2714 Frederick Douglas Blvd NYC. Buy your ticket in advance Learn more about Rotary Club of Harlem  Cost $10
Join Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary to Help Build a Library for Liberia Kids Saturday 10/20 6:30-10 pm
On Saturday 10/20 the Yonkers-East Yonkers Rotary Club is asking us to enjoy a concert by the oldies band Alive and Kicken at the Will Library Auditorium. 1500 Central Park Ave. Yonkers NY.  Includes a bake sale from 6:30 to 7pm.  Cost $22 plus PayPal fee
Activities at the Rotary Club of New York
The big news is that Rotary Club of New York will be moving their meetings to Rossini’s Restaurant starting Oct. 11 at noon. The address is 108 E. 38 Street NYC.  Fredlee Kaplan and Janet DiBenedetto speak on Gift of Life. 10/17 will be an International Breakfast Meeting near the UN and the 10/25 noon meeting will feature speakers from ICE-US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
North Shore Rotary Club Invites You to see Staten Island’s Best Celebrity Chefs Battle It Out on Nov. 5 at 7 pm
On November 5, 7-10 pm at The Vanderbilt at South Beach, 300 Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island NY watch as prominent community members prepare their favorite dishes for guests to sample and bid on.  Chef with the highrst total wins!  $75 Tickets for sale on Go to for more info. 
Oct. 31 – Nov. 4:  On To Bermuda
Join our Annual “On To Bermuda” from October 31 – November 4, 2018.  Network with Bermuda Rotarians, participate in a community service project, and see Bermuda highlights while frolicking and having fun!  
Questions?  Email to:
Feb. 14 – 24, 2019:  Friendship Exchange to Mumbai, India (R.I. Dist. 3141)
The District invites Rotarians to participate in a Friendship Exchange to Mumbai, India (R.I. Dist. 3141) from Feb. 14 – 24, 2019. Instead of visiting Mumbai as a typical tourist, we’d stay with local Rotarians who’d show us what’s worth seeing in Mumbai while we share their home, family, and cultural life. This makes for a meaningful and fulfilling visit, advancing international understanding and providing the opportunity for long term personal relationships. For further details, see:
District 7230 September Activity Review
Report: Zone Conference, Montreal (Sep. 17-22, 2018)

Over 400 Rotarians, including 12 from our District, attended the “People Coming Together” Conference of Zones 24 & 32 in Montreál from September 17-22, 2018. The “District Conference on steroids,” as RI Director Jeffry Cadorette put it, featured spell-binding speakers such as Paul Chappell, an Iraq war veteran who now advances “peace literacy skills”, and Alan Mallory, who kept us riveted with the story of his successful trek to climb Mt. Everest, with his family. In addition to Rotary speakers, the Conference also featured breakout sessions for the District Governor string with their contemporaries, and informative interactive sessions for Rotarians on significant issues such as The Rotary Foundation and Young Professionals, in addition to opportunities galore for networking.

An added highlight this year was an exciting “House of Friendship”, which, in addition to the mix-and-mingle opportunities, bar and coffee, and vendors, also featured fascinating culinary shows. Knowledgeable chefs demonstrated truffle making, wine/cheese pairing, and even an interactive craft beer presentation by acclaimed Canadian brewer Charles BierBrier. Congratulations to PDG Lora Hugelmeyer for the initiative in organizing this House of Friendship: it was certainly friendly, even without the alcohol!

Our District received special recognition for the highest per capita annual PolioPlus fund giving in Zone 32, thanks mainly to the April 21, 2018, dinner and entertainment organized by Yonkers - East Yonkers Rotary Club. Congratulations to the entire membership of that Club, with special mention of their President Alix Schnee, for their tireless efforts in organizing this highly successful event. Special Thanks to District 7230 Polio Chair Shahid Latif who chaired the event, together with Yonkers _East Yonkers Club team coordinated, promoted, and organized the huge attendance and generous donations by non-Rotarians. And to cap everything, Polio Chair Shahid's family bought an auction item for  $15,000 to PolioPlus!  And for their hard work they all were honored with the Paul Harris Fellow awards.

Our District 7230 is in Zone 32 (the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia north), one of Rotary International’s 34 Zones. Zone 32 routinely collaborates with Zone 24 (Canada, Alaska, and Washington State) to support us with educational and networking opportunities for the DG string with a Zone Institute. . In a salutary change, the “Zone Institute” was converted this year to a “Zone Conference” open to all Rotarians.
Asst. Gov. John Ehrlich, a first-time attendee, was so impressed with the Conference that he exhorted Rotarians to “mark your calendars for the next Zone Conference in Niagara Falls from September 19-21, 2019.” See
District 7230 Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors were out in force during September. Thank you "people of action" for improving your communities and keeping Rotary a visible force for good where you live & work!
Community Day in Chappaqua NY
Imagine your local Rotary Club threw a party and the entire town came.  That’s what happened on September 15 in Chappaqua NY on Community Day run by The Rotary Club of Chappaqua NY.  Not only did the event raise money for local charities, it brought the community together with lots of smiles and good cheer.  “Be The Good” was this year’s theme, a very Rotarian state of mind.
Chappaqua Rotary Blood Drives
The Rotary Club of Chappaqua NY also runs two all community blood drives each year. On September 15th 57 stopped by the Blood Bus to donate.  Here I am with the Town Supervisor who donated and also with a recent Town Board board member who also gave. The dog is not mine.  I was watching it while another resident was giving blood. Dog walking, babysitting, Rotarians do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Rotary Club of Croton-On-Hudson
September 23 brought together Croton-On-Hudson for the annual auto show which featured far more than cars. Nowhere else on the Hudson do you have cars, trucks, balloons in the shape of cars and even a chili contest all thanks to the Rotary Club.
Rotary Club of Cortlandt Manor Touch-A-Truck
Touching trucks brought families together thanks to a park full of vehicles assembled by the Rotary Club of Cortlandt Manor on September 16.  The little ones sure enjoyed climbing around.
Rotary Clubs of Hamilton, Pembroke, St. George’s and Sandy’s
Bermuda’s four Rotary clubs, Rotary exchange students [past and present], students [ages 11-17] from the Island’s three Rotary Interact clubs and young adults [ages 18-30] from the Rotaract Club came out in force to collect 17 bags of trash, 9 bags of recyclables and 3 abandoned bikes from Rocky Bay Park in St. Georges.
Rotary Club of Harlem Back to School BBQ
The Rotary Club of Harlem cooked (jambalaya!), grilled, and shared some delicious food in Manhattan’s Riverside Park on Saturday, September 22. Very thankful for donations of paper, pencils and dollars too!
“End Polio Now:” National Immunization Day (NID) In India
NIDs are the spearhead of Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign. Every child in the country is vaccinated that day, with a massive  coordinated mobilization of resources from Rotary and our partners in this venture. As every Rotarian who has participated in an NID will affirm, it is unique: adorable children who lunge for a hug when you vaccinate them, tearfully grateful parents who cannot do enough to “thank you”, and wonderful hosts who ensure your continued
safety and comfort. All for doing your part in saving children and the planet from the scourge of Polio. Participating in NID is an experience that will enhance your pride in being a Rotarian!
Many of our Rotarians have been enthusiastic in participating in an NID in India. In response, I hunted out, and share, this information. The next NID in India is on February 3, 2019. The following persons are organizing NID trips, and if you interested, you should contact
them immediately:

1. Nancy Barbee:
2. Anil Garg:
3. Elias Thomas:
4. Hajra Wilson:
5. Jolene R. Bortz:
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