Rotary District 6650
      November 2017 Bulletin
Volume 1 |  Issue 5                                   December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (November, 2017)
I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was blessed to join Sieglinde and Larry Warren and their family for Thanksgiving. Not only were both of them excellent district governors, but they are great friends and wonderful hosts. Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family and for contemplation about all the things that we we have been given.
Rotarians seem to naturally give thanks for the opportunities that they have had, and I am thankful for how Rotarians use those opportunities to be successful and in the process make the world, their communities, and their families better. Moreover, Rotarians give the ultimate thanks by routinely paying it forward.
We are almost done with Foundation Month, but the Paul Harris Fellow Challenge continues through the end of December. See the article on the Challenge in this newsletter. The Rotary Foundation is one of the best in the world and is consistently ranked in the top ten by just about everyone because we do so much and spend our money so wisely. Our district has over 500 sustaining members of the Foundation (those who give $100 or more every year), over 40 Paul Harris Society members (those giving $1000 or more every year), and more the 75 major donors (those who have given cumulatively more than $10,000 over their lifetime). Please consider supporting this great Rotary program.
Keep Us Informed
Please note two elements of this newsletter. The calendar lets you publicize events that are coming up in your club. It is part of the newsletter and can also be accessed on the district website. If you need help in posting an upcoming event, contact Lauri in the district office. We also have a story entitled District 6650 Clubs Making a Difference in which any club can tell us about a recent project. I hope that your club will take a few minutes to tell the district about what you are doing. Having just visited every club, I can tell you that the projects around the district are nothing short of amazing.
Happy Birthday
Two clubs celebrated significant Rotary birthdays this month. New Philadelphia celebrated their Centennial, and Brookfield celebrated their 40th birthday. New Philadelphia was the very first Rotary club established in a smaller town. Arch Klumph not only established the Rotary Foundation during his tenure as Rotary International President, but he argued strongly for extending Rotary beyond large communities to any community that wanted to be part of the Rotary movement. The Warren club with be celebrating its Centennial in January (see Upcoming events in this newsletter).
Return Visits
Now that I am done with my official visits, I am enjoying making return visits to clubs as my schedule permits. This month alone, I have been able to visit the Turkey Trot in Perry Township, the Foundation Gala put on by Division 2 clubs, the Hubbard Auction, the Niles play, and the Malvern overnighter. I also spoke to the Warren club to celebrate Foundation month. I hope that I will be able to visit as many of the clubs in our district in the 7 months that are left in my term as district governor.
Happy Holidays
Whatever holiday you celebrate, let me wish you and your family the very best of the holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

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
Dear Rotarians:
We are mid-way through Foundation month, and we have already raised a few thousand dollars through our Paul Harris Fellow Challenge ($20 donation for a chance to win a Paul Harris Fellow award).
I hope that each of you were able to watch the video with Tim & Anna presenting information on Leaving a Legacy. We can all make a difference through the Foundation now and in the future.
If you have not yet returned your donation envelope to your club leader, please do so. The contest ends on Dec 31st.
I would love your feedback on all aspects of the video and PHF challenge. Many clubs have commented positively on the progression of videos over the past few years. All three videos are available at Email me at
One-Plus-One Anniversary Gala
Over 200 Rotarians attended the One-Plus-One Anniversary Gala hosted by 14 Rotary Clubs of Division II, in District 6650, on Wednesday, November 15 at LaPizzaria in Canton, Ohio.  The unique highlight of the celebration was the presence of present trustee of The Rotary Foundation, Mary Beth Growney-Selene.
The Celebration, centered on the 101st year of service of The Rotary Foundation, showcasing our club’s achievements collectively and individually in our communities and those throughout the world.  Dr. Peter Apicella, District Rotary Foundation Chair, offered information about our local Foundation campaign efforts.   PDG Dr. Meena Patel highlighted unique history of Rotary's visionaries of Ohio and service of our Rotarians in District 6650, which ran parallel to that of The Rotary Foundation for all these 101 years.  The Best part of the evening was the presence of Mary Beth Growney-Selene, who addressed the Rotarians, thanked them for their service and challenged them to continue to serve.
Interact Conference
The District 6650 Interact Conference was held at the Salem Community Center November 11th. Nearly 150 participants representing 17 schools were in attendance. The students shared their community service projects, learned about RYLA, Rotaract and Youth Exchange. They also heard from speakers on Cuba, The Disney Internship Program, the state of Global Communications, careers in journalism and from District Governor Mike Raulin
Co-Chairs for the event were Gina Dermotta(Salem) and Tom Baringer(Struthers)
Tom Baringer
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