Rotary District 6650
      October 2017 Bulletin
Volume 1 |  Issue 4                                   November is Rotary Foundation Month
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (October 2017)
I cannot remember a more beautiful fall than this one. The weather has been simply glorious, requiring virtually no heat or air conditioning. I wish I could say that the same is true for the rest of the country and the rest of the world. But we are all aware of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico and now it is wildfires in California. You will perhaps not be surprised to hear that Rotary is involved in all of these recovery efforts because Rotary is always there when there is a need.
How Can You Help?
The Rotary Foundation have created specific funds for victim relief for each of these terrible events and others that are occurring around the world. Go to the link below to make a donation using a credit card.
Although Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, that was not the only location hit hard. The small island nation of Dominica was virtually leveled by the storm. Sheryl Figliano has been working with the Mission of Love in the Youngstown area to put together relief supplies and fly them to Dominica. You may remember that Sheryl has been traveling to this country for many years with fellow Rotarians to provide free assessment and treatment of hearing problems. She has worked with the Rotary club there to coordinate these programs and therefore has the connections to make sure that the supplies will get to the people in need.
If you would like to help with this effort, contact Sheryl to find out what is needed most. Her email is
Celebrating the Rotary Foundation
We have one of the best Foundations in the world, with a perfect score from Charity Navigator (the organization that rates charities on their effectiveness). And November is Foundation month. We hope that every club and club member will take some time during November to learn more about the Foundation, all that it does, and how it is working to change the world. Click on the following link to read about the current activities of the Foundation.
I also want to encourage people to read the Centennial book for the Foundation (Doing Good in the World). You can get it as a kindle book on (link below). It is an easy read and an inspiration. Rotary truly is changing the world in part through the support of the Foundation.
The district, under the direction of Peter Apicella, is once again sponsoring a program to encourage Foundation Giving. Pete has distributed that information to all the clubs. For every $20 that you donate to the Foundation by December 31, you will get a chance to win a Paul Harris fellowship (normally achieved by donating $1000). I want to announce that I have decided to add a second fellowship to this raffle, so two people will get Paul Harris fellowships from this drive, and everyone who contributes will be closer to that $1000 level that earns a fellowship (or second or third or more fellowship).
Celebrating Your Club
All the past district governors told me that I would really enjoy the club visits, and they were right. But the visits were more than enjoyable for me. I found them inspirational. Every club was unique and yet every club had that Rotary spirit. Whether the club was a decade old or more than a century, it had its own identity, spirit, and ambitions. Whether the club had over 100 members or less than a dozen, it played a vital role in the community.
I would love to encourage every club to find a way to celebrate its spirit, its history, its achievements, and its aspirations. It might be a program or a series of programs. It might be a special session in which members visited the sites of their achievements. It might be just a spontaneous discussion of “what I am most proud of in our club.” I was proud to just be allowed to visit your club; I want you to be as proud of your club as I am just having visited your club. Ask yourself this simple question. What would your community be like if your Rotary club had never existed?

Upcoming Events

District Rotarians have indicated they would like to be aware of Rotary activities throughout the District in order to be supportive.  This is your chance to let everyone know about your upcoming events/projects.  Please submit your information to Lauri at or 330-452-2882.

This calendar is there for you.  It is easy to add your event.
If you have administrative access to your website, please follow these directions.  If you do not have administrative access, contact Lauri at or at 330-452-2882.
On the website:
  • Go to Administration
  • On the left go to Events
  • Go to Event Planner
  • Insert your information
District 6650 Clubs Making a Difference
District Rotary Foundation
November Paul Harris Fellow Challenge – Two chances to win a PHF Award for you or a friend - Your Club President should have received a packet with a video featuring Tim and Anna discussing Rotary’s “Leaving a Legacy” program along with envelopes for donations toward the Annual Fund and Polio Plus. For each $20 donated, you will have a chance to win a PHF for you, your spouse, or a friend. Thanks to the generosity of Mike Raulin, District Governor, and Dr. Peter Apicella, Foundation Chair, two such awards will be giving this year. In addition, for each $100 donated, you will have a chance for an overnight stay at the Avalon Inn & Golf Resort, thanks to Sieglinde Warren, Past District Governor. You can preview the video here:
Local Grants UPDATE Please keep me informed of progress and send pictures of the final project for the website
Global Grants UPDATE - Please consider supporting one or several of these projects ‘Doing Good in the World’. Individual donors and clubs will receive tax-deductible receipts. Donations count toward Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
Interact Conference
District 6650 will be holding our 11th Annual Interact Conference in Salem on Saturday, November 11th. Students from throughout our District will get the chance to meet other students, exchange ideas and  learn about Rotary programs such as RYLA, Youth Exchange and Rotaract.. Students will also hear from speakers on subjects that they can be involved in after high school. Even if your Club does not currently sponsor an Interact Club, any Rotarian is invited to attend to see the good work these students do.
Tom Baringer
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