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ROTARY IN UKRAINE
Just one year ago, in March of 2021,  this beautiful Rotary Peace Square was dedicated in Kiev, Ukraine. In Ukraine, Rotary is represented by 52 clubs in different cities of Ukraine and has almost 1000 members. There are 9 clubs in Kyiv.
I wonder...does it still exist?
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District Governor's Corner
May 2022
Folks,
Good day. I continue to receive request for information on how a Rotarian or club can provide financial assistance for Rotarians suffering from the war in Ukraine.  I share with the following statement form Rotary International:
“Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation stand with the United Nations General Assembly in expressing grave concern at “the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, in particular at the reports of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation.”
As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary takes a proactive stance toward peacemaking by addressing the underlying causes of conflict.
We support recent UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine. This aligns with Rotary’s deep commitment to promoting peace through dialogue and conflict resolution.
We are working beside our partners in the international relief community to help provide resources to the more than 10 million Ukrainian refugees forced to flee the field of battle.”
Rotary International Board of Directors
Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees
In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.
To this end, The Rotary Foundation has approved:
  • Now through 30 June 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants of up to $50,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing.
  • During this same period, other impacted Rotary districts that wish to offer support to refugees or other victims of the crisis can apply for $25,000 grants from the Disaster Response Fund.
  • Now through 30 April 2022, Rotary districts can transfer unallocated District Designated Funds (DDF) to support the Disaster Response Fund, directly supporting these Ukraine-specific humanitarian grants.
  • Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
  • Although the Disaster Response Fund will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs.
  • We are in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare for and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries.
  • ShelterBox, our project partner for disaster response, is in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to explore how it may offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies.
  • The Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration is also mobilizing its resources to assist in this crisis.
More than 2 million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Visit My Rotary and follow Rotary on social media to stay updated on how clubs can get involved and what actions Rotary members have taken and the impact it has had for people in the region.
For all other questions and to obtain more information, please contact the Rotary Support Center at rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.
Youth Service
As we transition from this source, I want to bring to your attention that RI May’s theme focuses on Youth Service. The following are several avenues of service to youth that Rotarians connect in and club support. 
Interact Club
Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills and learn about the world through service projects and activities.                                                                                                  Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA is a leadership development program for young people who want to learn new skills, build their confidence, and have fun. Events range from one-day seminars to weeklong camps.                                              Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.                            New Generations Service Exchange
New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.
You can learn more about these opportunities for youth by signing in to your my.rotary.org account. Thank you for participating and supporting these youth programs.
 
My time as District Governor is winding down. However, I am still trying to visit as many clubs as I can before my term is completed. Please keep in mind that the District Conference is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. I hope to see you there. See the attached information to register.
Serve to Change Lives,
Steve Wilder
 
                                                                                     
 
Rotary Responds to the Ukraine
ROTARY RESPONDS to the Ukraine
Disaster Relief to the Ukraine:
In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.
To this end, The Rotary Foundation has approved:
  • Now through 30 June 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants of up to $50,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing.
  • During this same period, other impacted Rotary districts that wish to offer support to refugees or other victims of the crisis in their district can apply for $25,000 grants from the Disaster Response Fund.
  • Now through 30 April 2022, Rotary districts can transfer unallocated District Designated Funds (DDF) to support the Disaster Response Fund, directly supporting these Ukraine-specific humanitarian grants.
  • Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
  • Although the Disaster Response Fund will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
In addition to support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs.
  • We are in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare for and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries.
  • ShelterBox, our project partner for disaster response, is in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to explore how it may offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies.
  • The Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration is also mobilizing its resources to assist in this crisis.
More than 2 million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Visit My Rotary and follow Rotary on social media to stay updated on how clubs can get involved and what actions Rotary members have taken and the impact it has had for people in the region.
For all other questions and to obtain more information, please contact the Rotary Support Center at rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.
In addition:
Funds can be mailed directly to Rotary International, 14280 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693. To verify the address, any questions can be directed to the Rotary Support Center. Ph # 1 (866) 976-8279.  Your Rotary club can send a donation in the name of the club. The attached forms need to be filled out by the club.
District 6650 is in the process of committing $25,000 from our District Designated Funds for the Ukraine Disaster Relief effort.
All Ohio PETS
 
 
Operation Warm
Operation Warm” remains a District 6650 Favorite!
    Rotarians in District 6650 continued to partner with Operation Warm for a 10th year providing coats to children, and adults throughout our District!  In spite of the lingering effects of the pandemic, our District partners raised $45,504 to purchase 2,616 coats!   District partners include the Rotary Clubs of Youngstown, Cortland, Columbiana, Canfield, Brookfield, Orrville, Dover, Austintown, Poland, Girard/Liberty, Steubenville, and for the 4th year, Victory Christian Center’s Boardman, Liberty, New Castle and Warren campuses.  It was a very challenging campaign due to worldwide shortages and extended shipping and transportation delivery issues.
     Youngstown Rotarian, Debbie Esbenshade (DG2013-14) introduced this project to Division 1(a) clubs in 2012 and since it’s inception, our D6650 campaigns have raised roughly $490,000 and provided 25,200 coats and has been supported by all District Governor’s since then.
Besides the direct benefit to our recipients, Rotary Clubs especially like the fact that all coats stay in our district and directly affect our constituents!
 
Brief History of Operation Warm
     Operation Warm began in 1998 when retired business man Dick Sanford, a member of the Rotary Club of Longwood, District 7450, Kennett Square PA, read a newspaper story about children waiting for a school bus on a cold February morning without adequate winter clothing.  Moved by the story, Dick went to a local store and purchased every children’s coat they had, and arranged through his Rotary Club to personally give the coats to children in need at the local school.  This directly led to a club project the next year, and a District wide project in 2000. 
     Dick was incredibly moved by the impact the coats had on children and their families, and decided he wanted to do more.  So, like happens with many a Rotary Club project (e.g. ShelterBox), he formed a non-profit company (a 501c3 public charity) called Operation Warm and began building the program. Naturally, District 7450 Rotarians were among the early supporters, but in order to grow, support was sought from many partners, including private and corporate foundations, governmental agencies, churches and many caring individuals. 
 
District Grants
The oxygen concentrators have been purchased for Vietnam and are on the way to help the people. Our fellow Rotarians and community members are so thankful for our partnership.
 
 
District Clubs in Action
DISTRICT CLUBS IN ACTION
Please share your club’s stories by the 1st of the next month for inclusion in the next monthly bulletin 
email: rotarydistrict6650@gmail.com
 
BOARDMAN ROTARY
The club approved the funds to provide five Ukrainian families Shelter Box homes.
 
CANAL FULTON ROTARY
Mother of All Races 5K Run or Walk and 10K Run!
Saturday, May 7th - Northwest High School - 8AM Start!
Registration is now open - www.MotherofallRaces.com
 
CALCUTTA ROTARY
The Calcutta Rotary recently donated to the St. Clair Township police department for their effort to secure an additional K-9 officer. The donation was for $2,500. Pictured are Officer Keith Hilderbrand along with Rotary President Doug Sanford and Officer Josh Jackson and Noras.
 
CHAMPION ROTARY
Our Champion Rotary Bunny breakfast was a huge success!! Thank you to everyone!!

DOVER ROTARY
The Club donated $2,500 to help with this a new community project at Dover Park. – connecting the park pavilion with the playground area at Deis Hill….a “walkway through the woods”.
 
EAST LIVERPOOL ROTARY
 
JACKSON  TOWNSHIP
Join us for the Rotary Club of Jackson Township's annual fundraiser, Vintage Jackson, a Wine & Bourbon Tasting Event.
This year, proceeds from Vintage Jackson will benefit Coleman Health Services’ Crisis Stabilization Unit and Mobile Response Team.
is through events. Vintage Jackson is one of our largest fundraisers that benefits a local organization each year.
Tickets for Vintage Jackson are $70 in advance or $75 at the door. An additional fee applies for Bourbon tastings.
www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-vintage-jackson-wine-and-bourbon-tasting-event-tickets-272285873377
 
A beautiful sunny day to pick up trash in our fair city. These folks picked up 35 bags of trash this morning to make the city a little brighter. We challenge you to continue the clean-up efforts.
 
NILES ROTARY
Save the Date!
Strawberry Festival...Thursday, June 9,2022 6:00-8:30am
The club is planning for its summer fundraiser and community awareness project. The club is partnering with the McKinley Memorial summer concert series and with be selling strawberry shortcake and ice cream to raise funds for their high school scholarship program. The community is invited to enjoy strawberry shortcake and a lawn concert by the Girard String Band.
 
PERRY TOWNSHIP ROTARY
 
PLAIN TOWNSHIP ROTARY
The club had the honor of presenting ($7000.00 each) checks to our Casino Night benefactors...Whole Latte Love Cafe, Domestic Violence Project, and Aunt Susie's Cancer Center.
 
 
STEUBENVILLE ROTARY
The club labeled 29 boxes of dictionaries for delivery to the 3rd grade students in all the Jefferson County schools.
 
WARREN ROTARY
The Warren Rotary Foundation is sponsoring a fireless cooking workshop to be presented by Grace and Camily Wedende for the members of St Joseph Christian Community in Eldoret.
District 6650 By  the Numbers
   
1800+
Total Active Members
   
46
Clubs
   
$50,000+
Annual District Grants
Stories
 
District 6650 Contact Information
District 6650 Contact Information
Joan Cauley, District Secretary
Email: rotarydistrict6650@gmail.com
Phone: 601-654-4720
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2376
North Canton, OH 44720
 
Find us:
www.district6650.org
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