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Happy September! This month we acknowledge Basic Education and Literacy, one of the Rotary Foundation’s Areas of Focus.   On it explains, “Basic Education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, promoting peace.”
In District 7120 students head back to school, but in a new challenging way.  Students are now being taught both in-person and virtually.  
August is “Membership and Club Development month”.  It is time to focus on our club membership.  It is critical that club members feel that they are a part of the club and that the Rotary Club reflects the community it serves.  Membership month is also a great time to conduct a strategy for membership growth.
Rotary International  President Holger Knaack recently said the following about membership,  "Let’s grow Rotary sustainably. Rotary’s flexible options for participation will engage members and show the community how we’re different from any other club. Let’s celebrate that Rotary is now less about rules and more about joining together in a variety of ways besides traditional meetings."
July 1 began the Rotary New Year with the appropriate theme Rotary Opens Opportunities.
Rotary International President Holger Knaack introduced his theme in January at International Assembly for Rotary year 2020-21 as “Rotary Opens Opportunities”
He said “Rotary is not just a club that you join.  It is an invitation to endless opportunities. It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big as END POLIO NOW and also in a small community project where you plant a tree. Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone somewhere.”
At International Assembly, the District Governor Elects were asked to convey to their clubs the message that Rotary Opens Opportunities.

Such opportunities are to:
Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,
At about the time I was becoming optimistic about our medical progress in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, all hell broke loose with rioting and looting across the country, the likes of which we haven’t seen in the Rochester area since 1964.  So, what are the roles and responsibilities of Rotary clubs and Rotarians in the midst of all this?
I believe every Rotarian would adamantly deny being racist.  Racism isn’t fair, doesn’t build good will and better friendships, and isn’t beneficial to all concerned.  Rotary International advocates for diversity in our club membership.  Over the past three years our district leadership has focused efforts against poverty, drug addiction, and illiteracy.  What we have done has been good, but not good enough!
Racism is not a genetically inherited trait.  We were taught at home and at school that all are created equal, and that America is the land of opportunity.  Yet, despite the Emancipation Proclamation, despite Brown vs. the Board of Education, and despite all the civil rights legislation, there surely remains inequality and lack of opportunity.  Unfortunately, we must acknowledge that we live in a socially, educationally, and legally racist environment.
As Rotarians, let us step beyond the denial of fault, beyond the scapegoating of our ancestors and founding fathers.  Let us accept the problem for the reality that it is today and become the problem-solving People of Action that Rotarians have been for over 100 years.
Peacebuilding is one of the six areas of focus for The Rotary Foundation.  Peacebuilding is not just the prevention of nuclear holocaust or the resettlement of refugees in war-torn areas of the globe.  We must start with peace in our own communities.
I encourage each Rotary club to incorporate a community peacebuilding element into their STRATEGIC PLAN this year.  I ask you to address racism at your club and board meetings, and look at what you can do through membership, public image, and community service to correct the inequities that exist.  I invite you to partner with ROCHESTER NORTHWEST, ROCHESTER SOUTHWEST, and ROCHESTER LATINO Rotary Clubs to enhance their efforts at peacebuilding in their communities.   Also, look beyond your own community to address educational inequity, as ROCHESTER and VICTOR-FARMINGTOM Rotary Clubs have done.
Make our legacy that of peacebuilding!  
DG Dave Hannan
It is with great pleasure I announce that the District Nominating Committee has interviewed and chosen Ralph Brandt of the Rotary Club of Bloomfield, New York as the District Governor Nominee Designate. Ralph has graciously accepted the invitation to serve and has already begun her training as a member of the DG Track to serve as District Governor in the Rotary year 2022-2023.
Since joining the Bloomfield Rotary Club in 1991, he has served as  3 terms as President and 2 half-year terms. His Rotary career includes serving as Treasurer and Secretary and as a Board member for 27 years. More recently, Ralph has also served as the Assistant Governor for Area 5 for 3 years.
He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and recipient of many club awards. Ralph has also been on the Board of RL (Rotary-Lions) Concessions for 28 years.
Introducing Maggie Barnes, District 7120 Calendar Coordinator
It is my pleasure to introduce Maggie Barnes who recently volunteered to be our District Calendar Coordinator. A native of Buffalo, she graduated from Medaille College with a degree in communications. She has worked as a reporter, editor, public relations person, marketer, college teacher, and writer. She currently works for Corning Community College in the Workforce Education Department where she helps local companies get the training they need for their employees.
Maggie is also a FEMA-Certified Public Information Officer and a member of the Southern Tier Incident Management Team. She teaches crisis communication to first responders for the Department of Homeland Security.

Maggie is a passionate writer and has been published many times in Mountain Home magazine. She has won two statewide and three national awards for her articles.
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Rotary is leading the way to eradicate polio

Rotary has led the fight to eradicate polio from our earth for the past 34 years. We are "this close."  We have partnered with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments to give the vaccine to billions of children. To see what we have accomplished so far and what we still must do please go to the End Polio Now website by clicking here.