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Governor's Corner
December 2022

Wow! How is it already December? The first six months of the Rotary year have FLOWN by! A most sincere THANK YOU to all of the Clubs and individuals who supported our Night for Ukraine event. Over 250 people attended and enjoyed amazing Ukrainian food and entertainment. I am proud to say that we have netted over $100,000! We have sent $25,000 to the Kiev region to help rebuild a school and $25,000 to the Kharkiv region to help build shelters for the many of hundreds of currently homeless residents. We will also be sending $50,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Speaking of The Rotary Foundation, you should be receiving soon (if you haven’t already) a form for you to make your personal gift to the Foundation. Rotary asks for a $100 per person gift, but I would just love to see every Rotarian in our district donate something - just whatever you feel comfortable doing. Remember, when you donate to the Annual Fund at The Rotary Foundation, 50% of that money returns to our district for us to give out to our Clubs for local grants.

This past month, I made a few more visits - Champion’s Paint n’ Sip fundraiser, a club visit in Newcomerstown, and made shoes for children in Uganda with the Rotaract Club of Salem. It was a great month, and I am looking forward to several upcoming Edible Auctions!Until next time, I hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you all in the new year!

DG Michelle

Operation Pollination
Planting a pollinator garden at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County is just the start of the Rotary Club of Warren’s Operation Pollination activities. The 10-by-10-foot garden was installed in June as Christine Cope was completing her presidency of the Warren club. Local monarch butterfly expert Susan Sexton of Youngstown advised on plant selection to draw and feed pollinators. Rotarians and members of AWL’s board and staff did the planting.
Cope is President and CEO of United Way of Trumbull County. She was building toward the pollination project throughout her Rotary presidency by sharing positive environmental news snippets during weekly club meetings and newsletter items, distributing seed packets, and inviting speakers to address topics related to Operation Pollination. The club is willing to start pollinator plots “anywhere we can as long as we have capacity,” Cope said. To her delight, a pending site is at Ultium Cells, the electric battery manufacturer in Lordstown. A company representative spoke at Cope’s President’s Night event about environmental responsibility and Ultium’s goal to grow a pollinator garden on land it owns. A collaboration began to germinate.
Cope describes herself as an environmentalist and nature lover. “I see habitat being taken away and its effects on wildlife,” she said. “All life on earth is dependent on [humans] changing course, in big or little ways.”As a photographer, she sees subtle changes in nature that can be captured through her lens. “When you’re out there, nothing is more beautiful,” she said. “We are stewards of this Earth. The harm we have done is what we must undo.”
She is encouraged by Operation Pollination and “the collaboration – we are all finding one another,” she said. Collaborators include master gardeners, landscapers (for their understanding of native plants), land banks, business leaders and educators.
What is your pollination story? Send information to Elayne Bozick at emsbozick@gmail.com for inclusion in a future District 6650 newsletter.
District Grant for Ukraine
 
DISTRICT 6650 HELPING UKRAINE
Our district received a $25,000 disaster relief grant from The Rotary Foundation. Here are a few pictures from Kharkiv, Ukraine on how they spent the funds for their citizens in need.
RI Monthly Theme
December is RI Disease Prevention Month...
 
 
Quote of the Month
 
Photo of the Month
 
 
Rotary...What We Care About
 
INTERACT CONFERENCE
Students from Austintown, Boardman, Canton McKinley, Canton McKinley Early College, Columbiana, East Palestine, Salem and Struthers attended the District 6650 Interact Conference in Salem on November 12th. The students exchanged ideas, worked on team building learned more about Rotary programs and shared lunch.
 
 
Rotary International Leaders 2022-2023
District Clubs in Action
 
ALLIANCE ROTARY
Trista Todd, vice president of marketing and development for CommQuest Services, presented Rotarian and Alliance Area Development President Rick Baxter and Alliance Rotary Club President Eric Taggart with a check for a little more than $1,000, which was the club’s portion of earnings from the Run for Hope 5k held on Labor Day.
 
BOARDMAN ROTARY
We were honored to present two of our local elementary schools with coats for students in need as part of the Operation Warm program. Roll Rotary! 💙💛
 
CALCUTTA ROTARY
Calcutta Rotary out in cold collecting for East Liverpool Salvation Army.
 
CANFIELD ROTARY
Canfield Rotary saw the resumption of a popular club program that recognizes the accomplishments of students in the Canfield Local School District. The Canfield Local Schools “Students of the Month” awards for September were presented by Rotarian Joe Knoll, Canfield Superintendent, and the students’ respective principals. The students also received a yard sign to spotlight their recognition. 
 
CANTON ROTARY
A great day for our Interact conference! Canton Rotary has TWENTY-ONE Interactors attending!
 
CANTON SOUTH ROTARY
 
CHAMPION ROTARY
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night at our Christmas Paint & Sip! We are so thankful for all of you and the support you have for our club! A huge thank you to The Blank Space for letting us use your awesome space! 
 
DOVER ROTARY
We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Operation Warm and provide coats for Dover Elementary students.
 
EAST CANTON ROTARY
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Rotary Halloween Party. Thank you to the Little Sandy Creek Ruitans for the hot dogs, thank you to Arrowhead Orchard for the apples, also thank you to anyone who donated any items to the event. Thank you to the East Canton Marching Band for their musical entertainment.
 
JACKSON AND PERRY TOWNSHIP ROTARY
The President of the Perry Township Rotary, Mark Martin, presented our very own Laurie Miller with the Jackson Rotary Club's half of the earnings from our recent Night at the Races 2022 event. Each club took home over $10,000 from this successful event!
 
LOUISVILLE ROTARY
The 57th Annual Rotary Club pancake day was another success. Proceeds go to local projects and to help eradicate Polio from the globe.
We celebrated the life of a long-time Rotarian, Ken Smith, with his wife and daughters today with a dedication of a bench and tree in his memory at Aljancic Park. A Rotarian since the 1970s, a popular teacher, and founder of the Rotary flag program in Louisville among many other activities, we will continue to put Service Above Self like our motto says and the way Ken lived his life.
We hope some time at the park, resting on the bench or sitting under the tree (in a few years) inspires you too!
 
MASSILLON ROTARY
Members hard at work on the "pocket park" project with Habitat for Humanity
 
MINERVA ROTARY
Each year the Minerva Rotary Club organizes a Halloween parade and party for the Minerva community. The parade marches up Market Street and concludes at the Community Building where Minerva Rotary provides refreshments and costume judging. This year over 200 children and adults participated.
 
ORRVILLE ROTARY
Orrville Rotarian Beth Fuller, club coordinator of 2022 Operation Warm project, shows a sampling of new winter coats presented to Orrville Middle School Principal, Mr. Dave Sovacool. Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club Executive Director, Josh Nolan, was happy to receive winter coats delivered by Beth Fuller.
 
PERRY TOWNSHIP ROTARY
Turkey Trot 2022
 
The Perry Rotary Club is selling wreaths for this year’s Wreaths across America event on Saturday, December 17 of this year. Although it’s still summer and winter seems to be in the far distance, it’s time to order your wreath(s) today! Wreaths are 15.00 each. Please buy one for a relative, a friend, or a veteran’s family. Our goal is to be sure that all 2500 veterans buried at Calvary Cemetery receive a wreath upon their headstone this December.
 
PLAIN TOWNSHIP ROTARY
 
POLAND ROTARY
Members of our club dropped off 75 winter coats to Poland Schools as a part of Operation Warm. These coats will ensure all students in our local school district have a coat to wear this winter.
 
PLAIN TOWNSHIP ROTARY
 
 
SALEM ROTARY
Rotarians gifted 1,200 reusable shopping bags to be used specifically for Salem area residents benefiting from the services offered at Salem Community Pantry! Salem Community Pantry provides food and personal care items at no cost for individuals and families living in the 44460 zip code. Rotary is grateful for their continued efforts in making Salem a better place!
 
STEUBENVILLE ROTARY
Our club is participating in the holiday celebration in downtown Steubenville. The flags represent "Rotary International" and many of the countries where we have clubs or provide vital services through Rotary Foundation Global Grants.
 
Club members celebrated the Holidays by collecting toys for the Urban Missiono and having caricatures drawn by Clarence Butler Caricatures.
 
STRUTHERS ROTARY
The Struthers Rotary held a Career Day luncheon for 50 members of the Struthers High School Interact Club on November 15th. Each speaker discussed aspects of their profession and job opportunities to the students.
 
WOOSTER ROTARY
Our rotary exchange students ran in United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties Heart and Ghoul this weekend...Izumi got 2nd place in the 5k!!!!
 
YOUNGSTOWN ROTARY
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
 
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