Rotary District 6650
       December 2016 Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 6


January is Vocational Service Month
District Governor's Corner

So many of you answered the call from the Salvation Army and spent hours in the cold, the rain and also in sunny weather ringing the bell.
What a fabulous group of Rotarians you are!  Just think of the number of volunteer hours District 6650 Rotarians spent helping the Salvation Army fulfill its mission! 
There is quite an interesting history to the Red Kettle story.  The story below was taken from the Salvation Army website.
Thank you for all you do for Rotary! 
Wishing you all a very joyous holiday season!
Be safe, stay healthy and enjoy friends and family!



 Red Kettle History

In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome -- funding the project.
Where would the money come from, he wondered. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city's poorest individuals on Christmas Day. As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called "Simpson's Pot" into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.
The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.
Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area. That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.
Captain McFee's kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.


Upcoming Events

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District 6650 Clubs Serving Humanity
District Rotary Foundation
Happy Holidays and thank you on behalf of The Rotary Foundation for your generosity this past year.
CENTENNIAL UPDATE – Paul Harris Fellow Challenge:  So far we’ve raised nearly $10,000 for The Rotary Foundation. Please be sure to remind your members to complete the donation envelopes and return them to me by January 1 for a chance to win a Paul Harris Fellow award and Centennial wine bottles. If you want to see the video again, it is on the home page at
GLOBAL GRANT REQUEST – Dialysis Center Support for Mataashakahoy, Philippines - PDG Jim Russell and Elayne Bozick along with past-GSE team leader Tato (PDG Dimayuga Fortunato, District 3820) have asked us to help support the operations of a Dialysis Center in the Philippines. The goal is to erect a large LED screen in the center of the city and utilize sponsored advertisements to generate funds for the Center. Our District has approved $10K DDF toward the grant to purchase and erect the sign to help the Dialysis Center to remain viable. If your club would like to support this project, please contact Elayne at
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