August 2022 Bulletin

Volume 2 | Issue  6


June 2022
June is RI Rotary Fellowship Month...
June 2022
Dear Fellow Rotarians of District 6650,
One if the most amazing things about Rotary is that every July our organization of 1.3 million members has a complete change in leadership. This changing of the guard happens in every district all around the world. On June 25, 2022 District 6650 will welcome new leadership as well as in our 45 clubs. And the most remarkable part of all this, is how smooth the transition of leadership occurs.
We started off our year doing virtual meetings and trainings, creating challenges for our district and club organization, fellowship, fund raising, and community service projects. So we all became flexible and innovative to keep our clubs engaged and working together to become even more successful in cheerful service.
This year my goal, as your District Governor and with help from your leadership team was to:
  • Strengthen our clubs by making membership meaningful. Ensuring we meet the needs of our members, we can maintain member retention and create growth. And, each one, bring one.
  • Set a vision for your club. Maybe it was just to re-energize your club and reach out to former members you may have lost over the past two years. Ask them to come back.
  • Toot your own horn. Our clubs do incredible work and service for the betterment  of our schools, non-profits, domestic violence shelters, nature and sustainability projects, providing warm blankets and shoes for those in need and whatever we can do to improve  our local and world – wide communities. Spread the good news.
  • Create a smooth separation with the Canton Rotary Club Office and appoint Ms. Joan Cauley, Rotary Club of North Canton, as the new District Secretary.
Furthermore, I had the best intentions to visit every club in District 6650. Unfortunately, I did not complete that goal. I still plan to stop by the clubs I missed even after my year is completed.
In closing, I look forward to the opportunity to greet everyone at the District 6650 Conference on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Walsh University, Barrette Conference and Business Center. The address is 2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720.
The tentative schedule for the day is:
  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am         Registration & check in, continental breakfast
  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am         Welcome
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am          4 Way Test Speech Winners present (Sandy Lang, North Canton & Elwood Walker, Brookfield)
  • 10:00 am – 10:20 am     RYLA (Barb Loudon, Salem)
  • 10:20 am – 10:30 am     Break
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am     Youth Exchange (Brent Rice, Wooster & Bill Wood, Louisville)  presenting our seven outgoing students.
  • Youth Exchange (Brent Rice, Wooster & Bill Wood, Louisville)  presenting the seven outgoing students.                                                                                                                                    Lauren Capps: Canfield to Italy, Abby Domingo: North Canton to Italy, Aubrey Espinosa: Jackson to Japan, Hayden Michel: Wooster to Japan,                                                            Jeremy Slyczak: Kinston to Germany, Caden Summer: Alliance to Argentina, Rebecca Suy Trigg: Canfield to Spain
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am      Rotary Foundation & Polio Plus updates, (PDG  Linda Fergason  Alliance and PDG Geoff Goll,(Salem)   
  • 11:15 am – 11:30 am      Operation Warm, (PDG Debbie Esbenshade, (Youngstown)
  • 11:30 am – 11:45 am      Purple Bag / Domestic Violence Project, (Joy Dougan and Joan Ortman, Plain Township)
  • 11:45 am – 12:00 pm      Operation Pollination, (DGN Elayne Bozick, (Youngstown)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm      Break
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm        Buffet Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm          Project Smart, (PDG Sieglinde Warren, Canfield, and Larry Kenmore)
  • 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm          District finance update, Treasurer, Debbie Esbenshade, Youngstown; Assistant Treasurer, Bonnie Davis, East Palestine; Finance Chair, PDG                                                            Dan Morgan, Jackson Township)
  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm          Closing
I am honored to have served as District Governor 2021 - 2022, District 6650. You will have a wonderful and dedicated leadership team with:
District Governor Michelle Charles, 2022 - 2023, Rotary Club of Canton, District Governor-Elect Richard Tirpak, 2022 – 2023 Rotary Club of Plain Township
District Governor Designee Elayne Bozick, 2022 - 2023 Rotary Club of Youngstown
Let us do our best to support our new district and club leaders and do the best to create more opportunities for service above self for our members, our community and world-wide.
Serve to Change Lives.
Steve Wilder
Rotary 6650 District Conference
Reservations due 6/13
June 25, 2022
Barrette Business and Community Center (Walsh University)
2020 East Maple Street, North Canton, OH, 44721
Registration $50.00
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Rotary International District 6650
49682 McClure Road
East Palestine, OH 44413
  Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals to become effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship and field-study expenses.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

Application timeline

Rotary Peace Fellowship applications for the 2023-24 academic year are now being accepted. Candidates have until 15 May to submit applications to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary endorsers must submit endorsements to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Find endorsement instructions.

Access for additional information.

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
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.
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has urged members to become more involved in-service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own. be able to do more through service, Rotary needs to increase membership. Membership has hovered around 1.2 million for the past two decades. Thus, Mehta has challenged Rotary District and Clubs to be catalysts to help increase membership to 1.3 million by 1 July 2022 through his Each One, Bring One initiative which asks every member to bring one person to join Rotary within the remaining year.
Club Leaders, I know you are doing a wonderful job on empowering your members to share Rotary with others! It is inspiring to see what Rotary Clubs can do when we prioritize the member experience and give members the tools to invite others to benefit in the same way. Below, you will find tips for success and a sample timeline to take your Each One, Bring One campaign to the next level as we turn the calendar into a new year. Every Rotary Club is unique, so feel free to adapt, customize and dream up your own creative ideas!
Implementation Tips
Consider hosting a community “open house” to celebrate your members and the community you serve. Clubs are encouraged to replicate “Meet Rotary” for in-person
events or virtual gatherings. It is a high-impact event that highlights the important work of Rotary while identifying opportunities for others to get involved.
As the Rotary year ends, think about ways your club might continue to engage with current and future members.
Thank you.
Governor Steve
Rotary District 6650 Youth Exchange Committee is accepting and reviewing student applications for long-term exchange (LTEP) in the 2022-2023 school year. Rotary Youth Exchange around the world has been suspended since Summer 2020. The District 6650 committee is hopeful exchanges will be allowed to resume in the fall of 2022. Rotary International (RI) will make the ultimate decision whether to re-open the exchange program or to continue the suspension. RI’s decision will be made in the coming months.
Locally, we intend to be prepared to resume exchanges as soon as RI gives us the green light to re-start. Interested students should be aged 15 to 19 at the time of exchange. Students that apply and are accepted will go out on exchange in August 2022 pending RI’s program authorization. In the meantime, encourage interested students and their families to find more information on exchange and access to the student application through the Youth Exchange district link at the D6650 website
Rotary Youth Exchange is a reciprocal program. In order to sponsor and send outbound students, we will again rely on D6650 Rotary clubs to host inbound students. Host clubs…
*Partner with their local school district for admission and attendance of inbound students  *Arrange host families (between 2 to 4 to share each student housing through the year)          *Support hosted students with a small monthly stipend *Involve inbound students in club and community activities while looking after the well-being of the student.
Direct your questions and interest you or your club may have to be of service with Rotary Youth Exchange to D6650 Youth Exchange Co-Chairs                                                                    Bill Wood (330-284-4779;; Louisville Rotary Club          Brent Rice (330-749-7120;; Wooster Rotary Club
Clubs are reminded to update their membership data through My Rotary or their club management systems by January 1 to ensure that their club invoices will be accurate. Getting a My Rotary Account is not difficult. Your account helps RI collect data: demographic information, a primary and secondary email address, and your membership number (If you do not have this, your club secretary will have it.)
Go to the Rotary International web site ( At the top click My Rotary Below the red “Sign into My Rotary” box there is another that says, “Create an Account.” Click on that. Follow the instructions and put in the required information. In 24 to 48 hours, you will receive an email that will instruct you further about your account. After that you can just click the red “Sign into My Rotary” box; put in your email and password to access your account.
Using My Rotary Web Site
• Sign in to your My Rotary account
• At the top hover over Learning and Reference
• On the left you will see “Learning by Role”
• Click on “Club Roles”
• Here you will be able to see the duties of club presidents, secretaries, treasurers, and committee chairs.
• Go back to the home page and hover over “News and Media”
• On the far right there is a list of resources you can use to produce Rotary information for your club. Have a look at it.
• Back on the home page hover over “Manage.” Here is the Brand Center that will help you if you want to use the Rotary Logo. There are rules that govern the use of the logo.
• Hover over “Manage” on the left you will see “Club and District Administration”.
• Click on “Rotary Club Central” Here you will find a lot of information about membership for our club.
• In Rotary club Central click on the menu icon and then click on the “Goal Center”.
We’re just a few months away from the Rotary International Convention, which takes place 4-8 June in Houston, Texas, USA. In this issue of Convention News, you’ll find updates about breakout sessions, exhibitor space, Houston activities, and our COVID-19 protocols.
Please visit and join the 2022 Rotary Convention Facebook event page for the latest news.
New breakout sessions added
More than 3,000 people responded to a survey in February about what kind of convention breakout sessions they’re interested in. As a result of their feedback, we’ve added a number of sessions, including ones focused on member engagement, service projects, and leadership skills. You can find highlights of the program on the breakout session page.
More details about the breakout program will be available in May.
Secure your space in the House of Friendship
At the convention, the House of Friendship is where people gather, make connections, learn, and shop. If you want to sell merchandise or showcase your club or district’s projects, consider joining our exhibitors in Houston. For information and booth pricing, visit the Host Organization Committee’s website or write to Debbie Elias at in the House of Friendship is filling up quickly, so secure your spot now!
COVID-19 protocols
Rotary International will follow the recommendations for safe gatherings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone who is attending in person will need to either submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or provide a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival at the convention.  CDC travel guidelines can be found HERE.
You’ll receive an email soon with instructions about how and when to submit your proof of vaccination or test results.
Host Organization Committee events
Don’t miss the unforgettable experiences awaiting you in Houston! Choose from music, magic, visits to world-class museums, a tour of the famed Space Center Houston, and more.
Visit to learn more about all these events and to purchase tickets.
The Rotary Foundation donor events
Registration is open for The Rotary Foundation’s donor events. Donors who are registered for the convention will receive invitations by email for the events they’re eligible for.
•             The Rotary Foundation Donor Summit | 6 June | Doors open at 13:00
•             The Rotary Foundation Unity Ball | 7 June | Cocktails at 19:00
•             The Stars Align in Houston dinner | 7 June | Cocktails at 19:00
Visit the donor events page to learn more about these exciting opportunities and register by 15 May.

Possibilities for peace
With all that’s going on in the world today, it’s understandable that some may be disheartened - but peace is possible.  And Rotary members can lead the way in creating more peaceful, resilient, and inclusive societies. Take part in the Rotary Presidential Conference Houston: Serve to Bring Peace, 3-4 June. Learn about the important role that each area of focus plays in creating environments where peace can happen, and how each of those efforts are meeting the many challenges to peace in today’s world – from climate change, pandemics, and forced migration, to polarization in our communities. Find out more about the presidential conference and about the humanitarians and peacebuilders who’ll be there to inspire you.
Register for the presidential conference today and share on the event’s Facebook page.

Engage with Rotaract
Join us for the Rotaract Preconvention, 3-4 June, to meet Rotaract and Rotary leaders from around the world, learn more about how Rotaract members are taking action to make sustainable change, share tips and ideas, and gain valuable professional skills.
Register for the Rotaract Preconvention now. Watch for our Know Before You Go email, arriving in May!
Please share your club’s stories by the 1st of the next month for inclusion in the next monthly bulletin 
The club presented a check for $2,000 to Shelly Aumend and the Rev. Becky Evanoff, representing The Vine United Methodist Church food pantry. A $500 donation was also presented to Ryan Patterson, a professor of theater at the University of Mount Union  Capstone courses bring together students of different majors to work on a community focus project. the class took on the first phase of fixing up railings along East Broadway near Rodman Public Library.
Annual Shred Day...
A beautiful afternoon for our Canton City Schools Interact Clubs final service project of the year helping with outdoor clean up at the First Ladies National Historic Site
We celebrated a year of service, fellowship, and growth at our end of year Interact banquet. It was a wonderful event where we celebrated accomplishments, discussed new ideas for next year, and recognized our graduating seniors. Rotary VP Paul Hervey spoke to the kids and the club sponsored the meal and presented Interact sashes to the seniors!
72 fleece blankets made by Canfield Rotarians for Making Kids Count. MKC's goal is "to make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual needs".
Cortland Rotary hosted the annual Lakeview High School Senior Honor Students Breakfast in May.
Dover club president Tiffany Fox and DG Steve Wilder. District 6650 will miss you Tiffany!
The club delivered 137 blankets to an organization called MKC (formerly Making Kids Count) which  provides Comfort Kits in duffel bags to children being removed from their homes in ten northeast Ohio counties.
The Sandman is back again! This Hubbard Rotary project provides new sand for your child's sandbox. We will be taking orders until June 6th. Delivery date TBD. We have a limited number of slots. To sign up, follow this link. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at
Rotary Club of Jackson Township's annual fundraiser, Vintage Jackson, a Wine & Bourbon Tasting Event was a success.
Proceeds from Vintage Jackson will benefit Coleman Health Services’ Crisis Stabilization Unit and Mobile Response Team.
Almost 1,300 flags going up as you read this across the Louisville community. Thank you for supporting the Rotary Flag program!
New Rotary park benches were purchased with the club's RI grant and installed in the Municipal (Brock) Park.
Save the Sweet 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.
NC Character Counts presented North Canton Cares Pantry in May
in recognition of their communal efforts as a Business of Character.
Dedicated Rotarians (and two mini helpers) enthusiastically gathered to assemble flags for our premier fundraiser. Club members drilled holes in poles while others reinforced fabric edges for stability during inclement weather, and a crew attached crisp new flags to sturdy poles to be ready for put-out 2022
Photo Op from the club's 55th annual pancake breakfast.
Thank you to Boy Scout Troop 2, who helped us put flags up in the community!
Celebrate 'IMAGINE ROTARY'  by joining together at a district social. The Rotary Car-Cruise social event will be held at Gervasi Vineyard from 5p-8p on Wednesday, July 6th rain or shine. We encourage you to bring out your 'Garage Queen' as Rotary Club of Salem is sponsoring the Gervasi Car-Cruise and will be showcasing Rotarians' Cars in their pavilion. Every one is welcome to attend this event even if not bringing a vehicle to participate in the Car-Cruise. This event is a free admission and will have a 50/50 raffle. It is highly encouraged to make a reservation in advance if choosing to dine at one of their many restaurants on property.
The ROTARACT group through Columbiana County Career and Technical Center and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salem…  A Rotaract member was diagnosed with breast cancer and the club designed t-shirts to support her in her battle.  We call ourselves the SUPPORT SQUAD and surprised her by all wearing the shirts to class.  We presented a survival kit for her treatment and $510.00 collected from our members.  The students are all nursing students and live everyday practicing the motto, Service above Self.  
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources presented representatives from Struthers City Schools and Struthers Rotary Club with a certificate recognizing Struthers Elementary School as a WILD School Site.
Day 3 of the Solar and Retained Heat Cooking Workshop in Eldoret sponsored by Rotary Club of Warren.
The Great Trail Council was presented with a $22,000 check from the Rotary Club of Youngstown to refurbish and utilize the pool at Camp Stambaugh. The Club made it’s first donation when they provided initial funds when the pool was built in 1963.
Youngstown City School District (YCSD) is thrilled to announce the first annual Spring Arts Festival in a collaborative partnership with the Rotary Club of Youngstown and Students Motivated by the Arts (SMARTS).
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District 6650 Contact Information
Joan Cauley. District 6650 Secretary
Phone: 601-654-4720
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2376
North Canton, OH 44720