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YOUTH EXCHANGE: THE FUTURE OF ROTARY
               
Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,
                In December I completed my official club presentations by meeting with the Sodus and Livonia Rotary Clubs.  That completed 69 Rotary Clubs in just over 5 months, and it was a most enjoyable experience to see the variation among clubs and communities while recognizing the similarities within the mission of “Service Above Self.”  It was also my pleasure to attend holiday parties with Livonia, Sodus, and a joint event with Ontario-Walworth and Gananda; new member induction ceremonies at Rochester Southwest and Newark; Paul Harris Fellow recognition ceremonies in Greece, Newark, Ontario-Walworth, and Gananda; fundraising events for Canandaigua and Rochester, both involving the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; and district meetings of the Governors Tract and the Milt Matthews District Governor-Elect Hospitality Program.
                On February 23 we will mark the 115th anniversary of Rotary’s founding by Paul Harris in Chicago.  Could he even remotely envision then where we would be today?  However, he did live to see Rotary become an international service organization that was growing exponentially.  We can all wonder where Rotary will evolve in our lifetimes and those of our children and grandchildren.
                In that regard, one of the greatest opportunities before us is the ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM.  The beneficiaries of this program are not just the students, but the host families, the host Rotary clubs, the school districts, the communities, and peacebuilding in the world at large.  I refer you to page 39 of the January 2020 issue of The Rotarian.  In the annual section, “What It’s Like To…,” there is an article titled, “Host Two Generations of Youth Exchange Students,” by my friends 7150 District Governor Randy Wilson and Sauquoit Rotarian Janet Wilson.  Years ago, they hosted an exchange student from India, and then years later they hosted his daughter.  It is a remarkable story, which they close saying, “If you agree to host a student from a foreign country for several months in your home, you will host them in your heart for the rest of your lives.”
                I ask each of you Rotarians to market this program within your communities and your school districts.  We need students from our district to apply to go outbound for a year, and we need families in our communities to host inbound students.  I hope every club will adopt this program part of their strategic plan.  This is not a simple project, but the rewards are lifelong.  If this will be new for your Rotary club, let’s get started now!  District 7120 has devoted Youth Exchange Committee members willing to meet with you.
                 
DG Dave Hannan
GIVE ROTARY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
               
Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,
 
                In November I met with the following clubs: Gananda, Caledonia-Mumford, Gorham, and Webster.  We held our monthly Governor’s Tract meeting in Canandaigua, and I attended the Rotary Leadership Institute at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, the District Conference Committee meeting at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, the Youth Exchange Outbound Candidate Interviews at Sunshine Campus in Rush, the ROC City Rotary Art Auction at the Historic German House, the District Nominating Committee meeting in Victor, and the Rochester Rotary Eastern Cities Dinner Planning Committee meeting at Locust Hill Country Club.
 
                At the Geneva Rotary weekly meeting on November 20, I was among Rotarians from 4 clubs who heard a presentation by Mark Rokow.  Mark is a former Geneva High Interactor who went on to American University, where he led the effort to charter a Rotaract Club with 100 of his classmates.  His efforts were recognized by Rotary International and he was one of only five Rotaractors invited to speak at the Governor-Elect Training Seminar in San Diego last January.             
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.
 
Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,
 
Every Rotarian Every YearIn October I visited the following clubs: Mount Morris, Greece, Lima, Rochester Southeast, Penfield, Pittsford, Wellsville, Honeoye Lake, ROC City, Monroe County South, University of Rochester Rotaract, Canisteo, Irondequoit, and Waterloo. 
 
We held our monthly Governor’s Tract meeting in Canandaigua, the Multi-District President-Elect Training Seminar planning meeting in Syracuse, the Leadership Development Seminar in Mount Morris, the District Strategic Planning Workshop Team meeting via conference call, the District Advisory Council meeting in Geneseo, the District Nominating Committee meeting in Canandaigua, the One Rotary Summit in Canandaigua, and the Council of Governors luncheon in Geneseo. 
 
  
A message from District Governor Dave Hannan.
(Well worth the read)
 
District Governor Dave Hannan and Pam HannanRotary Connects the World!
 
Rotary International President 2019-2020 Mark Daniel Maloney, from Decatur, AL, USA, introduced his theme for this Rotary year, “Rotary Connects the World,” in January while I was at the Rotary International Assembly for District Governors-Elect. 
 
Reflecting on that theme, I have asked myself, “What does that mean to the ‘rank and file’ Rotarian?”
 
Obviously, Rotary international leaders are traveling the globe and connecting, and club members who are active in The Rotary Foundation Global Grants process are connecting, but what about the rest of us?
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.
 
 
Welcome to 7120
Messages from DG Dave Hannan.
 
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.