Rotary District 6650
        April 2019 Bulletin
Volume 1 |  Issue 8                                                     May is Youth Service Month
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (April 2019)
"April showers bring May flowers,"  is a rhyme we all learned as youngsters.  The days are getting longer, slightly warmer (LOL), and filled with more and more sunshine.  I sure am ready for the nice weather to be here.  April has been a good month for the District as we began with our Four-Way Speech Contest, and then traveled to Columbus for the Joint "Better Together" District Conference.  If you missed the conference, you really missed something good!  Past RI President K.R. Ravindran was the keynote speaker and presided over the opening lunch with 300 Rotarians present.  Our Youth Exhange students dazzled the audience with their talents, and Rotary fellowship was everywhere.  Three service projects were completed where we packed 43,000 meals for Mission of Love, patterns were cut out to make shoes for SoleHope thanks to AG Janet Keene and Kelly Darney of the Rotary Club of Salem, and notes were written to vets through Honor Flight.    Our silent auction proceeds will provide $4,500 to the Military Family Center in Louisville. Thank you to our planning committee, especially co-chair Shannon Tirone of the Rotary Club of Boardman for all of the hard work to make the conference a success.
As I write this, DGE Dan Morgan will be undergoing heart bypass surgery and will have a significant recovery.  Please keep Dan in your prayers in the coming weeks and months.  We look forward to his speedy recovery as he prepares to be our district governor on July 1.
I want to give you a few updates as you plan for the remaider of your term and items that I hope you will consider completing:
I really encourage and hope that every Rotary Club and Interact Club will submit completed tasks to achieve the Rotary Presidential Citation or Citation with Distinction.  I happened to review this with a club president the other day and realized they had accomplished all of the necessary requirements.  All you need to do is submit.   I know that your club's have accomplished so many of these tasks.  I suggest assigning one of your officers or club members to assist.
Soon, I will be forwarding information to you regarding the District Awards for clubs.  Do you know that in some categories in years past, NO club has even submitted.  Again, it takes a little time to submit, but I know that you have great projects that should be considered.  Here's a link to the award descriptions:
We will be hosting a new event this year to present awards.  The event will be a District 6650 Awards Ceremony and District Governor's Installation.  The event will be open to all Rotarians in the District and be held on July 11, 2019 at Courtney's Banquet Center in Alliance, OH which is the center of the district.  Incoming Rotary Internation Director Floyd Lancia will be the keynote speaker and welcome us to Zones 30/31.  I will also pass the governor's pin and host club flag to DGE Dan.  
So, keep being the inspiration!  I'm happy to visit your clubs in the final quarter and attend any events you would like me to be at if my schedule permits.  I leave for the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany on May 31, and I'm proud to represent all of you on behalf of our district!
Keep up the great work you are doing!
Scott R. Schulick
District Governor

Upcoming Events

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District 6650 Clubs- Be The Inspiration
District Governor Scott's Club Visits
Four Way Speech Contest Winners
Visit to the newly organizing Rotary Club of Lake Twp.
District Conference
District Rotary Foundation - Update
I am excited to announce that our Rotary District 6650 is expecting approximately $40,000 in Local District Grant funds this upcoming Rotary year of 2019-20. I have emailed all Club Presidents and Presidents-Elect along with Foundation Chairs about out Local Grants and how each Club can take advantage of these funds. If you did not receive an email, let me know at the address below.
This current year, 32 Clubs shared more than $40,000 in Local Grants to do good works locally (see summary below). Please make sure your Club’s Grant Application is sent by the deadline of May 15th. The current year Final Reports are due by June 15th.
The Club President-Elect and Foundation Chair or other club member are required to take an online qualification educational webinar at, and all projects must comply with Rotary Foundation requirements. Funds will be available in mid-late September.
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Refer questions to the District Foundation Committee Chair, Dr. Peter Apicella, 330-207-0500.
District 6650 Four Way Speech Contest Winners
The annual District 6650 4-Way Speech Contest was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019.  Co-Chairs for this event was Elwood Walker (Brookfield Rotary) and Sandra Lang (North Canton Rotary)
Four places were awarded as follows:
First Place: Gregory Halley, Canfield Club   
Second Place: Simon Bailey, Perry Township Club
Third Place: Alex(Alexandra) Nicholson, Plain Township Club
Forth Place: Dominic Adams, Youngstown Club
Save The Date -  July 11, 2019
District Awards & Governor's Installation Dinner
DGE Dan Morgan and I would like you to please save the date for District 6650's Awards & Governor's Installation. 
This event will be held on Thursday evening, July 11, 2019 at Courtney Banquet Hall in Alliance, Ohio
In order for clubs to have more time to prepare submissions for district awards, we are extending the deadline and soon you will be receiving information from PDG Debbie Esbenshade who is chair of the District Awards Committee.  District awards will not be held at the district conference, but at the District Awards Event.
We will also use this event as an opportunity to have a formal installation of the the new District Governor Dan Morgan as he begins his year as our district leader.  The Rotary Clubs of Youngstown and Jackson Township will exchange the host club banner and I will pass the DG pin to DGE Dan.
We have invited and secured commitments from Rotary International Directors Floyd Lancia (Zones 30/31) and Stephanie Urchick (Zones 28/29.)  Floyd Lancia will be keynote speaker and officially welcome District 6650 to Zones 30/31.  Stephanie Urchick will have some special presentations as well.
PDG Bob Pattison's Report of the 2019 Council of Legislation 
The Rotary International Council on Legislation convened on April 14th,   2019 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago.  There were 532 certified member delegates present out of the 538 world-wide districts comprising Rotary International.  There were 116 enactments considered to amend the RI constitutional documents and 1 position statement seeking to authorize the RI Board of Directors to take appropriate action to change RI’s tax status to a 501 ( C )( 3 ) tax-exempt organization. The Board will not pursue this matter if the IRS will not continue to accept local Rotary clubs and districts as 501( C )( 4 ) organizations.  46 enactments were adopted, 55 were rejected and 15 were withdrawn from consideration. The position statement was adopted. 
Shelter Box Cyclone Idai Update
Last week, the Malawi government put out a renewed call for international help, saying that at least 1 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai.
After weeks of heavy rain, floodwaters remain high. Crops that were just about to be harvested have been completely wiped out. Herds of livestock are gone. Authorities are also concerned about possible cholera outbreaks from dirty water. ShelterBox prepares, every day, to support families with emergency shelter and other essential items.  
Our team is in Malawi working to support families after the cyclone devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.  Truckloads of ShelterBox aid has arrived after being flown from Dubai to Malawi last weekend (7 April), and we will be helping thousands of people in the coming weeks. Our support includes emergency ShelterKits so families can repair or create shelter, as well as water filters and mosquito nets to protect themselves from diseases.  
ShelterBox is proud to be part of the logistics sector in Malawi – a group of humanitarian agencies who join forces to help get aid on the move. This means that our aid has been trucked from the airport and stored locally using resources provided by the World Food Program.  As Rotary International’s project partner for disaster relief, we’re also in close contact with the District Governor Hutch Mthinda. Rotary District 9210 is the most affected, covering Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
ShelterBox USA has received financial support from 2 Rotary Clubs in District 6650 totaling $2,000 USD so far this Rotary year. THANK YOU! With help from more clubs, or if district funds are available, we can reach more families in Malawi and our other disaster responses around the world.  Please encourage your club leaders to support ShelterBox USA. Complete the District Challenge! Thank you.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Bill Tobin
Rotary Relations Manager, ShelterBox USA
Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills CA. D5180
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