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District 6650 Website
District Governor Mike Raulin
Pictured:  DG Mike Raulin,
RI President Ian Riseley
District Foundation Website
District 6650 Youth Exchange Program
2017-18 Assistant Governors
Division 1A - Ed Kalaher
Division 1B - Chris Shape

Division 1C - Marilyn Titus

 Division 2A - Robert Schaffner

 Division 2B - Theresa Linder
Division 2C - Dan Morgan

 Division 3A - Jon Tucker

  Division 3B - Tom Brown
Division 4A - Janet Keene

Division 4B - Linda Henderson

The District has a partnership with the Rotary Club of Canton to share administrative and office resources in downtown Canton.

The Rotary District office is located at:

116 Cleveland Ave. NW, Suite 307

Canton, Ohio 44702

(330)  452-2882

Fax (330) 452-8614

Email: info@cantonrotary.org

Lauri Coy is available to assist coordinating communications, district meetings, district archives, updating data on the Clubrunner data base and posting items on the District website.



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Summer has clearly arrived, and the Rotary year is almost over. Earlier this month, we had our annual District Conference at the Avalon Inn in Warren, Ohio. I hope many of you were able to make it to at least a portion of the conference. We had outstanding speakers, with inspirational topics and powerful presentations. We also provided a fast-paced, informative, and entertaining program. Besides the excellent speakers, we had more than a dozen brief film clips that told the Rotary story, four of the top speakers in the District Four-Way Test Speech Contest, and a blazer ceremony for the outgoing youth exchange students and talent show featuring our current inbound youth exchange students. We celebrated the achievements of our clubs and our members in several ceremonies, and most of all, we enjoyed the company of Rotarians from around the district and around the country.
It is dangerous to try to thank everyone involved because I know I will inadvertently leave someone out, but I want to nevertheless try to thank all the people who made this possible. Anthony Nacarato did an outstanding job as the conference chair, and Craig Olson did an excellent job with the program and the promotional materials. Barb Loudon negotiated the arrangements with the hotel and was one of our speakers. Lauri Coy was invaluable with registration and other organizational tasks. And more than two dozen people, mostly from the Canfield club but also from nearby clubs, were part of the planning committee and helped to carry out the event. Without them, we could not have put on the program. The Warren Rotary club sponsored an outstanding Hospitality Suite, the Youngstown Rotary club sponsored the House of Friendship (which included an Iron Lung display), and Sam Boak of the Canfield Rotary club funded our Keynote speaker (Brian Blasko). Finally, Dave and Lee Anne Perkins came all the way from Bryan, Ohio to stage manage the program, helping to move us smoothly from one element of the program to the next. For those of you who have attended All Ohio PETS in preparation for being your club’s president, Dave and Lee Anne are the behind-the-scenes wizards who make this program run so smoothly.
It took two years of planning to put on this district conference. The planning for next year’s district conference is well underway. DGE Scott Schulick will be telling you all about it next year as we get closer to the event. I encourage you to put it on your calendar early so that you can attend. There is no better way to be excited about being a Rotarian than to see all that is done in our name in our communities and around the world.
Update of District Foundation Activities: 2017-18
This has been a busy year for the District Foundation Committee. Thank you to everyone for your support. Below is a summary of our activities:
  • 2017-18 Local Grants Approved by Board: $43,519 - 29 of 47 clubs (record involvement)
  • 2017-18 Total Global Grants Approved by Board: $45,5009 (record number of projects at once)
  • 2017-18 Total Global Grants Matched/Donated for Approved Projects: $391,061
  • 2018-19 Expected Funds: $47,000 Local and $47,000 Global - $94,000
Please Note, clubs granted Local District Grants 2017-18, Final Reports are due June 1, 2018. Click HERE for a link to the required final report. Please do not wait until the last minute.
Local District Grants:
Global District Grants:
St Thomas - Boys & Girls Club Van
Dover, Jim Gill <director@doverlibrary.org>
Uganda - Acid Attack Survivors
Warren, 'Julia Wetstein' <jwetste@yahoo.com>
Uganda - Children Safe Uganda- Vocational Project
Steubenville, Kathleen Musso <kathymusso528@gmail.com>
Honduras - Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) – Advanced Life Support equipment (ALS) and Education
Orville, Becky Jewel <bljewell@zoominternet.net> 
India - Oholi Agriculture Equipment Bank – Assist Farmers Cultivating Land 
Meena Patel <durdarshan19@gmail.com>
India - STEM - Mini Science Centers
Meena Patel <durdarshan19@gmail.com> 
India – Sanitation in Madras Coromandel - 19 partner clubs
George Hays <haysgws@gmail.com>
Vietnam - Empowerment Through Education - Prevention of Trafficking
Sieglinde Warren <suwarren19@zoominternet.net>, Do Nguyen D6600.
Vietnam - Classroom-Based Library for Elementary Schools in Cam Lo, Quang Tri
Sieglinde Warren <suwarren19@zoominternet.net>, Do Nguyen D6600.
India - Children & Adult Literacy in Marthwada and Palghar - 600 portable computer projector and mini PC systems for schools
Meena Patel <durdarshan19@gmail.com>
Philippines - Hospital-Based Hemo-Dialysis Unit in the Province of Marinduque
Elayne Bozick <emsbozick@gmail.com>
District Rotary Foundation Committee 2017-18:
Peter Apicella, Chair, Elayne Bozick, Marj Kreiling, Jeff Neidig, Bob Gorman, PDG Geoff Goll, PDG Phil Mariola, Gregory Blasiman, PDG Joe Belinsky, PDG Sieglinde Warren, DG Mike Raulin, DGE Scott Schulick, and DGN Dan Morgan
Please feel free to email or call me with questions/concerns.
Peter Apicella, M.D., DRFC
330-207-0500 (cell)
For Rotary Exchange year 2018-2019, District 6650 has 13 students currently preparing to participate in the Outbound Youth Exchange Program.  It has been our policy not to deny a student this wonderful opportunity merely because he or she cannot afford the costs associated with the program.  Even though Rotary’s exchange student program is one of the most affordable, the cost is significant, averaging approximately $5,000 - $7,000 per student.
In order to financially assist some of the students accepted into the program, the Youth Exchange Committee established a scholarship fund in 2014.  Thanks to the generosity of many clubs, and individual Rotarians, we have been able to raise funds to assist our Outbound students in need.    We are again asking clubs and individual Rotarians to support the scholarship fund.  The scholarships have a significant impact on a student’s ability to participate in the program by removing some of the financial burdens associated with airfare, health insurance, and other fees.  All funds awarded are paid directly to the service providers after the prospective Outbound student successfully completes the training required to participate in the program. 
We cannot award these scholarships without the support of our clubs and individual Rotarians.  We ask that you again consider donating to this worthy cause.  Even if your club is not participating in YEP by sponsoring an Outbound or hosting an Inbound student, a donation to the scholarship fund is another great way to support YEP.  Donations may be made payable to District 6650 YEP and mailed to Bonnie Davis at 49682 McClure Road, East Palestine, Ohio 44413.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bill Wood at (330) 284-4779 or Aletha Carver at (330) 614-1367. 
Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to the following clubs for agreeing to host an Inbound student during the 2018-2019 exchange year.  We know finding host families can sometimes be a challenge so we, at YEP, truly appreciate your efforts in hosting these students.  The hosting clubs are:  Millersburg, Salem, Alliance, Wooster, Jackson Township, East Palestine, Boardman, North Canton, Canfield, Youngstown, Dover, Wooster (hosting two students), Champion, Louisville, Massillon, and Minerva.  Many of the clubs listed above are the same clubs that host overnighters for YEP.  We would also like to thank those clubs.  A lot of work goes into planning the overnighters for our Inbound students and again, YEP appreciates your efforts.
As you can see, it takes support from around District 6650 to ensure that these students have a memorable year in the United States.  Many thanks to all who help! 
The Rotary Convention is an experience like no other.  We hope you join the contingent from Rotary District 6650 in Toronto on June 24-27, 2018, and remember to register by December 15th for extra savings! 
For a list of pre-convention events and schedule highlights visit: http://www.riconvention.org/en/toronto/schedule-highlights.
For more information contact:
RI Convention Chair, PDG Linda Fergason
330.206.4899 / lfergason@hotmail.com

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