Posted by David Hannan
Fellow Rotarians, RI Director JEF CADORETTE, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,
Thank you for the distinct honor and privilege I have had in serving as your District 7120 Governor for a uniquely successful 2019-2020 Rotary Year.
I recognize foremost that this was not an individual achievement, and tonight I want to thank those who contributed to this success.
 
I start by thanking my family:
My wife, PAM, who was by my side every step of the way.  Almost!  The 7 breakfast clubs were not graced with her presence, because, well, Sleeping Beauty needed her rest, and 1 lunch and 1 dinner meeting were precluded by medical appointments.
Our children, their spouses, our siblings & their spouses are listed on your screen.  Thank you all!
We are a 3 generation Rotary and Paul Harris Fellow family.  My deceased Dad, RAY; my brother, RAY; and my son-in-law, DAN KELLEY, are all Paul Harris Fellow Rotarians.   
 
Thank you, Newark Rotary.
I am only the 2nd Newark Rotarian to serve as District Governor in my club’s 94-year history.  I was encouraged to pursue this position by the 1st, Past District Governor NORMA MADAYAG-REILLY and her "Executive Administrative Assistant," GARY REILLY.
I thank President HOLLY, President-Elect DONNA, Assistant Governor KEVIN, SCOTT, MARC, and all 112 members of Newark Rotary, the 2nd largest club in District 7120.
 
Thank you, as well, to all who held leadership positions this year in District 7120, and my predecessors in the District Governor tract who mentored me in my ascension through the ranks: Past District Governors BILL GORMONT, TOM ROGERS, DON MILTON, and MIKE SLOVAK.  Your knowledge, experience, energy, and wise counsel guided me through the challenges we faced this year, and I am most grateful. 
I make special note of the services of District Secretary KAREN PARKHURST, not just for exemplary work in that challenging job, but also for her mentoring of Rotarians initiating Global Grants;
District Conference Chair SCOTT HEALY, for all he did to prepare for the district conference that wasn’t;
PDG DON ALHART, the driving force behind our district exceeding an average donation of $100 per member to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation;
PDG JEFF KRANS, whose quiet work spearheading Endowment and Major Gifts, took this district over $500,000 in total giving to the Foundation for the first time ever;
PDG SCOTT MACDONELL, whose efforts as Membership Committee Chair has our District transitioning into Zone 32 as the largest of its 22 districts with 2293 members as of May 31;
and the indefatigable JULIE CARNEY, our New Generations Service Chair, Youth Exchange Committee Chair, and Rotary Youth Leadership Award Chair. 
 
Here are your Club Presidents.  I pay tribute to them all.  Each of our communities is unique, and each of our clubs are unique assets within those communities.  Leading a club is not easy, but this group has done a wonderful job.  This has been a challenging year in so many ways, and each of you proved to be up to the task.  I thank you!
I do wish to single out 3 of them.  They are at the end of this list, with an asterisk.  CORY TINSLEY, BRAD MYERS, and KATHY ALLEN are the last presidents of Rochester Southeast, Hornell, and Scottsville Rotary Clubs, respectively.  It is not easy to close a Rotary Club.  There is a right way and a wrong way to do it.  I commend each of them for doing it the right way.
 
Let me turn now to the Club Achievement Awards for this year.  These are given to clubs in the 5 Avenues of Service: Community Service, Vocational Service, Youth Service, International Service, and Club Service.  I thank Past District Governor ELLEN HUGHES for chairing this committee.  The winning clubs are listed on your screen, and I look forward to presenting their certificates at future club meetings.
District Award Winners:
Community Awards
1st Newark Cemetery Clean Up
2nd Victor-Farmington Food Pantry
3rd Canandaigua community coupon book
 Vocational
1st Clifton Springs science equipment
2nd Victor-Farmington nurses support bags
Youth
1st Avon care kits for food pantry with Interact
2nd Victor-Farmington honorary youth memberships
3rd Newark Interact sets up shelter box and explains purpose
International
1st Victor-Farmington DGE Hosting
2nd Fairport Friendship Exchange
Club
1st Newark Club Bowling
2nd Victor-Farmington use of social media
 
We also had 3 clubs with major club anniversaries: Geneva(100 years) in the Fall, and Ontario-Walworth(75 years) and Prattsburgh(75 years) this Spring, and I also have certificates to present to the latter 2 at a later date.
 
For the first time in a long time, we had a club achieve 100% Paul Harris Fellows among their club membership.  Congratulations Seneca Falls Rotary, President RHONDA JASPER, and Club Foundation Chair TIM RYAN.
 
And I have banners in waiting for the clubs listed as 100% donors to The Rotary Foundation, Every Rotarian Every Year donor clubs, the top 3 average per capita donor clubs, and End Polio Now Certificates of Achievement clubs.  Thank you all for your generosity.
100% TRF Giving 2018-2019:
Belmont
Gates-Chili
Gorham
Irondequoit
Red Jacket 
Every Rotarian Every Year Club 2018-2019:
Irondequoit
Red Jacket
Annual Fund Per Capita 2018-2019:
1st Place: Bloomfield, $676.20
2nd Place: Rush-Henrietta, $445.72
3rd Place: Caledonia-Mumford: $439.29
End Polio Now Certificate of Achievement 2018-2019:
Avon
Canandaigua
Corning
Fairport
Geneva
Greece
Newark
Red Jacket
Scottsville
Victor-Farmington
 
On your screen now is a list of the 26 clubs, out of the 66 in our district, that have met the requirements for this year’s Rotary Citation for achievement in Uniting People and Taking Action.  I am proud to see that this is up from 7 clubs last year, and more may become eligible.  I look forward to visiting your clubs to present these certificates.
 
It is now my pleasure to announce 2 Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions for outstanding work done in District 7120 this year.  At some point I will visit their club and make a formal presentation. 
The first is a PHF +1 recognition.  I mentioned her earlier for her tireless work with the Youth in our District during this most challenging year.  Congratulations, with extreme gratitude, to Avon Rotary’s President-Elect, JULIE CARNEY.
I’m not sure what it was like in the Carney household, but JULIE and I had several extended phone conversations about our inbound and outbound Youth Exchange students, as well as the planning for our RYLA program on the RIT campus.
Occasionally, my wife, PAM would comment, “That was a long call,” to which I would reply, “JULIE, from Avon Rotary.”  PAM then asked, “And what was JULIE from Avon Rotary wearing?”  Then me, “Khakis, of course!”
Anyway, JULIE’s husband, JIM CARNEY, was not just a bystander this year.  He was on the job all week last summer for the RYLA program and with much of the Youth Exchange activities all year long.
 
For that, JIM CARNEY, and all that you do in Avon and around the district, we recognize you as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Congratulations, and thank you, Jim.  I hope you will wear your Paul Harris Fellow pin proudly to your Avon LIONS Club meetings. 
 
As most of you know, I took on Education & Literacy as an initiative districtwide this year, recognizing that “Education is the ticket out of poverty.”  Each club that I visited was given a check for $100.00 with a request to generate a program in education and literacy in their community, and to report back to me how the club used that money.  Of the 70 checks, 61 were cashed.  33 clubs reported back, and 32 clubs used the money for education and literacy.  I evaluated the reports based on innovation, impact, and public image.
The proceeds from the District Golf Tournament last September were earmarked for this Education and Literacy, and I thank the Co-chairs of that event, Newark Rotarians Gary Reilly and Scott Healy.  Net proceeds were $6,693.45, and will be distributed as shown on your screen.
I must tell you about the action taken by the Rotary Club of Watkins-Montour.  It rivals the parables of “the loaves & the fishes” and “the investment of talents.”
Watkins-Montour used their $100 to buy NYS Lottery tickets and other items to create a raffle basket.  They sold raffle tickets for $5 each.  That generated $800 in income, which was divided between Schuyler County Head Start Program and a private preschool program called “My Place.”  Furthermore, the winner of the raffle basket was a club member, who pledged half of his Lottery winnings back to the club.  I haven’t heard back on how many millions that was.
For their innovation, impact, and public image, the Rotary Club of Watkins-Montour is being awarded $1000.  Congratulations Club President GLENDA GEPHART.
And congratulations to all the clubs who invested in Education and Literacy this year.
$1000.00:
Watkins-Montour
$400.00:
Dansville
Irondequoit
$300.00:
Clifton Springs
Corning
Dundee
Elmira Heights
Penn Yan
Red Creek
Wayland
$200.00:
Avon
East Rochester
Honeoye Falls-Mendon
Lima
Lyons
Palmyra-Macedon
Rochester Northwest
Rush-Henrietta
Victor-Farmington
Wellsville
Wolcott
$100.00:
Caledonia-Mumford
Canandaigua
Elmira
Greece
Naples
Newark
Penfield
Prattsburgh
Red Jacket
Rochester AM
Rochester Latino
 
I conclude by expressing my gratitude to all of you who are here tonight for the support you gave me throughout the year.
I ask that you renew your commitment to “Service Above Self” in the coming year to provide my successor, District Governor-Elect LINDA KOHL, with the financial and human resources she will need to lead this vibrant district in another very productive year of Uniting People and Taking Action.
 
Dave Hannan
District 7120 Governor 2019-2020