Rotary District 6650
       May 2021 Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 11


May is Youth Service Month
It is May. Most of us have had our COVID vaccinations and we are opening up a bit. Clubs are meeting in person. Hopefully we are starting to get out and see friends and family I want to invite every Rotarian in the district to our District Conference on June 26, 2021, we will begin with brunch at 10:30 A.M. and finish after a good lunch and speaker at 4:00. This will be a chance for us to reconnect and reset. The year of the pandemic took its toll on individuals, businesses, and organizations all over the world. Rotarians have done an excellent job of keeping their projects and good works going under less than ideal conditions. However, I would be minimizing the problem if I pretended that Rotary has felt the same since March of 2020. We long to be together. This District Conference is designed to help us reconnect, recharge, and enjoy the company of fellow Rotarians. There will be no training, and our business meeting will be efficient and short. We will have two excellent speakers. We will hear from our 4 Way Test contest winners. We will remember Rotarians who have passed away. We will honor our presidents. We will honor our centennial clubs. We will pass the title of District Governor from me to Steve Wilder. We will have two delicious meals and plenty of opportunities to visit and catch up. Please to make plans to join us. I am anxious to see all of you and reconnect.
District Rotary Foundation
Just two weeks remain to request funds for a Local Rotary Foundation Grant - REQUESTS ARE DUE ON MAY 15.
Your Club Presidents, Presidents-elect, and Foundation Chairs have been emailed information about our upcoming 2021-22 Local Foundation Grants. This current year, 30 Rotary Clubs in our District shared $51,750.00 providing funds for their communities (see below). Applications are below.
2021-22 Local Grant applications are due by May 15th (
2020-21 Final Local Grant reports are due by June 15th (
More Support for Education in Vietnam --
A few years ago, our District supported a Rotary Global Grant to provide a classroom-based library for elementary schools in Cam Lo, Quang Tri, Vietnam, under the oversight of PDG Sieglinde Warren and PDG Nguyen Do of D6600.
With that success, this past year Sieglinde and Do expanded the program to Trieu Phong District, QuangTri Province, Vietnam, with a target of 4131 children at 1st to 3rd grade levels, 2722 children at 4th to 5th grade levels, and 380 education managers, teachers, and librarians.
Now, the District Rotary Foundation Board has agreed to support a new Rotary Global Grant project in Gio Linh district, Quang Tri Province, which will target of 2399 children at 4th and 5th grade levels this year and 3971 children at 1st to 3rd grade levels next year along with approximately 362 education managers, teachers, and librarians.
In rural areas of Vietnam, parents don’t have enough money to feed their children and pay for education, so it is rare to spend money on books. The funding provided to schools does not allow purchase of books for the students. The book is absolutely precious things for children.
These class-room libraries:
  • create a reading environment: children will be encouraged to read more if they have daily access to meaningful and interesting books.
  • enrich the curriculum: having a wide range of non-textbooks in the classroom encourages teachers to incorporate diverse fiction and nonfiction books into their teaching.
  • reinforce language acquisition: classroom library provide a vast resource for diverse activities that reinforce language acquisition.
  • encourage independent reading: having books readily available in the classroom supports independent reading, personal exploration.
  • increase vocabulary: by reading a variety of texts, students’ vocabulary increases, which improve reading comprehension.
  • allow students to interact with books: a classroom library functions as a gathering place for students to meet and talk about their reactions to books with each other and teachers. These exchanges encourage comprehension and critical thinking.
Thank you Sieglinde for helping our District to make difference in the world.

Have an idea for a Rotary Global Grant?  Please contact Dr. Peter Apicella, DRFC (, or Dr. Meena Patel ( The District has funds available, and we would love to provide guidance.
PROJECT 2020-21
Habitat for Humanity Support
Homeless Veterans Program - bus passes & food
Challenge Baseball for Disabled
Canfield Middle School Special Needs Pantry
Pack the Bus Food & Clothing for Kids
Canton South
Cross-eyed Mission Cuba
Lakeview Food Pantry
Dennison Gazebo Restoration
East Canton
US Consitution Education for 4th Graders
East Liverpool
Trees - Downtown E Liverpool Improvement
School Food Pantry Support
Howland Twp
Community Food Pantry Support
Hubbard High School Scholarship
Jackson Township
High School Scholarships
Support for Local Food Pantry
Louisville Schools - Feeding Students
United Way - Community Rent Assistance - COVID-19
Inventory Software Minerva Historical Society
Dictionary Project
North Canton
Vocational Training Café for Impaired
Startzman Clinic Patient Health Monitors
Perry Twp
Assist Food Pantry
Plain Township
Picnic Shelter for Glenwood Park
Flags for Our Community
Third Grade Dictionary Project
Health & Wellness Educational Seminar for Community
Public Park Golf Course Update
Dictionary Project
Wooster High School Scholarship Program
Food & Hospitality for Underserved in Youngstown
Peter L. Apicella, M.D., District Rotary Foundation Chair, 330-207-0500 (cell)


Rotary District 6650 Conference
Live and In Person
The 2021
Rotary District 6650 District Conference
        June 26, 2021 10:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
        Holiday Inn Youngstown South 
        7410 South Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio
        Speakers: Mike Parkes and Daniel Caron
        Meals: Brunch at 10:30 and Lunch at 2:00
        Short Business meeting
        Honoring Clubs and Rotarians
        Inaugurating our incoming District Governor, Steve Wilder. 
Registration cost:
         $60 (includes meals).
All Rotarians and spouses are invited
Registration Link: 
District 6650 Club Events
Register Now!  2020-21 Rotary International Convention
I cannot believe it is already May!
The 2021 Virtual Convention will open innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, all around the world from the comfort of your own home.
Registration is now open! Before May 7, the cost to register is only $49. After that, it goes up to $65.
It is SUPER easy to register – just click here: About - 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities (
The Convention is scheduled for June 12 – 16, 2021. You will be able to connect virtually with other Rotarians from around the world. The Convention will feature live discussions with Rotary leaders and other notable speakers. Join us virtually to explore how our digital network makes our global relationships more powerful.
Together, we’ll inspire action, strengthen our commitments, work on our challenges, and celebrate our successes.
I hope to “see” you at the Convention!
Yours in Rotary,
Michelle Charles, DGN
6650 Rotary Convention Chair
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