Rotary District 6650
      August 2019 Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 2


September is
Basic Education and Literacy Month
2019-20 ROTARY YEAR!
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (August 2019)
Wouldn’t be amazing if all we had to do was to raise our wand, assertively say ABRACADABRA, and all our goals would be achieved. The reality is that most good things take a lot of work to accomplish. Membership is an area of Rotary that is vitally important to focus on. August’s theme was Membership and New Club Development. I am comforted by your awareness that this is really a 365-day conscious effort to retain our members and increase our net growth. I know you believe that Rotary not only Connects the World but it also makes it a healthier, happier, more prosperous, and safer place to live.

With all of our hard work, it appears that our district grew by one member in July. However, we have been asking each club to update their membership roster and process the results to Rotary International. As a result, that action could have affected our growth numbers. Our District Membership Chairs, PDG Mike Raulin and PDG Joe Belinsky, are focusing hard on all the new membership information available to us. Please call Mike or Joe for any questions you may have.

Please remember to bring your parents or children to all Rotary events. We want to share the Rotary experience with as many people as possible. RI President Mark Maloney reminds us we must continue to change our leader styles so that younger Rotarians can serve as District Governor. With younger Rotarians comes even more children. Rotary should never compete with the time we spend with our families. Instead, Rotary should complement our family time.

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month. It is startling that over 775 million people in the world are illiterate. That is 17% of the population. Teach a person to read and you hand them the keys to unlock the world. We enable them to have a bright future and to care for their families. Through Rotary and the good work of our Foundation we build schools, teach adults to read, teach new teaching methods, and make schools healthy. Through Rotary we build proper restrooms, provide educational materials and proper nutrition. Through Rotary we reduce the disparity of gender education across the globe.

One Rotary Summit and Fall Assembly Register Today for this fast-paced morning. We will be starting with a continental breakfast at 8:30 and concluded at noon. Presidents Elect will conclude at 12:30pm. This is a great time to meet fantastic Rotarians across our District who are in the same situation as you are. You will learn fun ways to Connect, the ABC’s of Rotary, Interactive Learning through the World Café, and meet a number of District Committee Members. We will close out the morning with a very brief discussion on how to measure success. Much gratitude to our District Trainers Greg Blasiman and Jim Ondrus.
Click on this LINK to register for the One Rotary Summit and Fall Assembly!

Summer is coming to a close and Fall will be fast upon us. Please do not forget that October 24th is World Polio day. Once again, we are striving to raise 50 million dollars to close in on the end of this objective. We all look forward to the day this disease is behind us and we are focusing on our new objective.

Vicky and I thank each of you who have been so kind to us. As we work our way around the district and events, we are at awe how many people work so hard year after year on so many committees, in so many roles without any expectation of acknowledgement or accolades. They do it because they know they are making a huge difference in the lives of people in their community and around the world. We do appreciate each one of you and know that the success of District 6650 is the result of your hard work. The greatest gifts we all can offer is our time., our talents and our treasures.

Yours in Rotary,
Dan Morgan DG 6650
Rotary Connects the World


Upcoming Events

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District 6650 - Rotary Connects The World
AG Julia Wetstein's Report
I have now visited all four of my Clubs as Assistant Governor.
Of course I know my own Club very well, and we have been collaborating with Cortland Rotary for a
few years on the Ugandan Miro-Loan Program.  I have attached two photos of a recent addition to the Ugandan project.  With the support of the Cortland Club and our contact there, Dr. Bipin Patel, as well as our partner, the Rotary Club of Kampala, we were able to donate a transport van to the Blessed Survivors of BKU.  This van will be used to transport acid attack survivors to the hospital and to deliver food to them while the are convalescing in hospital.  Victoria Nalongo Namusisi  (wearing a brown print dress and sunglasses in the photos) will be visiting the Warren Club this autumn.  We will announce her presentation so that any Rotarian who would like to attend may do so.  My Club in Warren would be happy to have many guests that day!
I visited Champion Rotary for the first time.  They had a Bluegrass Music Festival for this year's fundraiser.  
Lastly, I visited the Rotary Club of Kinsman for the first time.  I would like to ask District 6650 to have a call to action to help in the aftermath of devastating flooding in the City of Kinsman.  Many homes were lost and families displaced.  Also, the homes in this area accessing well water will need funds to test each well to determine if there is save drinking water. 
To view an email sent from Marge Crupi, Vice President of the Kinsman Rotary Club detailing this disaster, click on the LINK below.
My hope is that Clubs in our District can respond to this crisis by sending support through the Kinsman Area Rotary.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Julia Wetstein
Assistant Governor  RI District 6650
To date there are 56 confirmed wild polio virus cases
There was only 33 in the world in all of 2018
PDG Geoff Goll
Dist Polio Chair
AUGUST. Campaign Kick-Off and Fundraising begins; determine distribution dates and location(s)
SEPTEMBER. Fundraising continues; begin determining sizes needed based on target demographics
OCTOBER. Order coats; begin to plan distribution date events and timelines
NOVEMBER. Coat distribution activities concluded prior to or right after Thanksgiving
DECEMBER. Wrap up; what went well, what can be done better; initial planning for 2020 Campaign
Suggested donation request: $20 per coat**
**This is based on combining your Club order with all District 6650
Rotary Club orders to ensure lowest price and maximum flexibility in quantities and sizes needed.
The Operation Warm program will be presented (briefly) at the September 14th. Fall Assembly.  I will also have a display at the Assembly and will be available for questions.
Contact: PDG Debbie Esbenshade @ (330) 259-1029 or (330) 727-6315 for additional information.
There is a new service project in District 6650 developed as a means to jump start new members’ quest to dive into “service above self”.

The Purple Bag Project,  so named because purple is the nationally designated color for domestic violence awareness,  is a Rotary service project initiated by 2 new members of the Plain Township Rotary club -Joy Dougan and Joan Ortman.

Piloted in late April 2019, the Purple Bag Project was born to support residents of local domestic violence shelters and raise awareness of domestic violence in general.   As members of a caring community Rotarians are asked to contribute, in a small way, to the well-being of domestic violence survivors.     

Rotarians of 12 local clubs may donate items requested by the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI)  as posted on FaceBook’s “Weekly Needs List” or from a provided list of frequently needed staples (ie. toilet paper, paper towels, diapers and baby care items, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent pods, dishwasher pods, etc).

So far,  6 Rotary clubs  have hosted a Purple Bag speakers slot.  An additional 3 clubs are scheduled. The enthusiastic response by Plain Township, Massillon, Jackson, Louisville, Canton, and  Perry Township club members has been heartwarming. Over 180 bags have been collected and received by domestic violence shelters in our community.

The process is simple:
1. Each Rotarian may take one of the provided purple tote bags
2. Fill the bag with any number of items from the “Weekly Needs List” posted on DVPI’s Facebook page or from the provided list of “staples”.
3. Return the bag to the designated Purple Bag Coordinator at the next club meeting and if desired (we hope) pick up an empty tote to begin the process again.
4. The Purple Bag Coordinator will deliver the bags to the shelter or make arrangements for delivery  with Joy or Joan.

Each Rotarian of each local Rotary club has an opportunity to, as Mother Theresa said,
 “Do small things with great love”
Joy Dougan
Canton Rotarian, Michelle Mullaly, named District Governor for 2022-23 Rotary Year
Past, present, and future Rotary District Governors attended the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Canton to announce that Canton Rotarian, Michelle Mullaly,  had been selected to be the District 6650 Governor for the 2022-2023 Rotary year.
Michelle Mullaly has been President & CEO of the Canton Symphony since May 2011. Michelle holds a BA degree in Music History and Theory from Hiram College. She serves on Malone University’s President’s Advisory Council, the Leadership Stark County Alumni Board, as Treasurer for the boards of The Friends of the Summit (91.3 FM). She recently finished her term as President for the Rotary Club of Canton. In Rotary, her creation of the Oktoberfest fundraiser earned The Roland Luhman Community Award in 2016 and her Pack the Bus food project for Canton city school children earned The Bryce Kendall Club Avenue Award in 2018. She is a graduate of the 27th Class of Leadership Stark County and is a member of Woman's Impact, Inc. In November 2018, Michelle was inducted into the Stark County YMCA’s Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2012, YStark, a division of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, honored her as one of the top Twenty Under 40 leaders in Stark County. She lives in Bath Township with her three children: Benjamin, Nathan and Ryan and two golden retrievers named Henry and Bea.
While it is true that the first Rotary club founded in Chicago in 1905 had a primary objective of promoting the business interests of its members, it quickly changed to “Service To The Community”.  This service orientation has been Rotary's guiding star ever since. 
Our district was not far behind.  The Rotary clubs of Youngstown and Canton were chartered in 1915, a fateful year for more than just that reason. In that year, Arch Klumph -- member of the Rotary club of Cleveland, sponsor of the Youngstown and Canton clubs, and an increasingly important leader of Rotary more broadly -- put into motion his ideas for how to organize Rotary as a service organization.
1. Arch played a major role in writing the constitution of Rotary International in 1915.
2. Arch thought about creating the Rotary districts according to the regions the clubs were getting chartered in order to have better administration.
The proposal was passed at the convention of 1915 and districting occurred during the year 1915-16. 
All of Ohio was in RI District 7.
( The first Rotary club - - RC of Chicago was in District 8).
Today we have 6 of our clubs who have entered a 2nd century of service. Two more clubs, RCs of Dover and Salem are at the doorstep of the 2nd century. And 17 more clubs will be completing 100 years of service in the next decade.
This is amazing!!!
We are proud of all our clubs for their leadership to serve.
The Rotary clubs of the past century got involved in helping their communities during the challenges of that century, whether they were wars, the Great Depression, earthquakes, fires or floods.
In addition, Polio was a dreaded disease of that century in America. The Rotary clubs worked with the parents and the children crippled with that disease to offer them comfort, support and equipment like wheelchairs. 
With the changing times of the second century of Rotary's life, our challenges have changed as well. 
1. We do not see polio crippling our children in the USA any more.
2. Soldiers and their families bear the costs of war, in a society that does not fully appreciate their burdens.  There is no military draft as in every war before Gulf I, therefore the general population is not aware of the horrors and silent agonies and devastation of military families. Twenty-two Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are committing suicide every day even today. And they are from only one percent of the population that voluntarily joins armed services. Therefore 99% percent of our communities do not fully understand problems the families face silently.
3. More households have both mom and dad working, making it harder to spend quality time with their children despite their desire to do so.
4. There is an increasing number of single parents that are raising the families, also making it harder to spend quality time with their children despite their desire to do so.
5. Social media is creating tremendous pressure and mental and emotional stresses for our kids as early as in middle school, a difficult age for anyone.
6. The opioid crisis has skyrocketed.
7. To fulfill their role of educating, schools and teachers must more and more fill the role of families -- which they are not equipped to do.
8. Mobility of young people in the family -- whether upward or outward to new opportunities -- has left many parents and seniors lonely with depression and secondary health issues.
- - -  and many more problems we can point out if we do thorough community assessment.
I am enclosing “Zach’s Story” in this article. Zachary Davis was a son of a Rotarian, intelligent, talented, expressive happy kid, growing up in a loving, supportive, economically sound family.
Things changed in the middle school.
Zach’s mother’s pain and agony are easy to understand but Zach’s message to the kid is very hard to ignore.
  • Click on this LINK to view Zach's story
What can we do as Rotarians?
1. Evaluate needs in the community. The Rotary Foundation’s “Future Vision” plan has great guidance in community needs assessment. In fact it is the first compulsory step before the foundation even accepts the application for grant consideration This new tool is very important one for the successful undertaking of any Community Service Project.
2. Design a project: While designing a project, it is important to consider joining hands with other organizations with similar goals, involvement of Rotarians and not just writing a check.  
Include beneficiaries with their input while planning/executing the project.
3.Implement the project: Sustainability, measuring the impact, use professional strengths of the Rotary members are important aspects to consider during and after the implementation of the project.
To give an example:
We are all aware that our state of Ohio is facing opioid crisis. Often we get the sad news that High School kid has committed suicide due to overdose or killed in a car accident because of driving under influence of drug or alcohol.
* These young kids come from poor as well as from well to do families.
* They are from so called broken families as well as from loving, close-knit families.
* Parents do not know when the problem with drugs starts
* The schools and teachers are not equipped with handling the situations, and
* Law enforcement does not have consistent supportive program catering to these needs.
These are our kids!
They are the future communities of ours. If they do well communities will stay strong.
The parents could be any of us or our neighbors or friends.
Can we partner with the parents, the schools, and our law enforcement community and figure out what could be our role as professionals, business people and service minded members of our Rotary clubs?
Can we work with our kids before they are tempted to experiment with drugs?
Before  that first try could prove devastation to the child as well as for the family?
Yes, we can and yes we should!
We can serve as mentors to middle school children.
Dover Rotary club had a good idea and Dover Middle School became a wonderful partner for 7 years, (1997-2004), till the principal changed and the dedicated teacher was transferred to another school. It was Passport Club for 3 grades of Dover Middle School.
It was passport to the bright future.
It was passport to reach heights like an eagle.
It was passport not to forget the roots and the family values.
Charter morning of Passport club in Dover Middle School. President of the club addressing the members.
Seated facing the club members school superintendent Dr. Mona Fair, teacher Buffy Monteith and Meena
Officers taking oath of the office they will lead for the year
“Computer Fridays” at Middle School Computer lab. Thirty five seniors used to come every Friday to learn computer skills from Passport Club members.
Students studied about Iraq, Afghanistan as their cousins, uncles and aunties were deployed there and students had lot of anxiety about the wars in 2003-04.
Presentation at the district conference. Each member represented a nation where child poverty was a problem
ROTARY Float at Christmas Parade in Dover Passport Club members represented Christmas Around The World in 2001. Note the flags around the world on the float.
This was the front page of the scrap book of one year of passport club.
Students not only blossomed but showed the nurturing that took place at the club. They are grateful that the time their teacher and Dr. Patel spent with them was very much appreciated by the students. This is not just the global literacy but it is building the character as well.
We Rotarians have plenty of opportunity to work with High School students as well.
We can be role model to High School students.
We can be part of “Shadowing Program”.
We can design and undertake few service projects involving them, showing children their potential, appreciating their talents, and guiding them if needed, before they think about experimenting with those life threatening choices.
Your comments and input is appreciated. I know some of our clubs are already undertaking projects with the involvement of Rotarians and the kids in the community.
Please let me know and we will share with rest of the district.
Meena Patel
District Community Service Chair
Save the Date
Re-chartering of the Lake Township Rotary Club
The re-chartering of the Lake Township Rotary Club, formerly Lake/Green, will take place on Saturday, 19 October from 4:00-6:00 at the Military Family Center of Pegasus Farm, on 5495 Meese Road, Louisville.
Additional information will be forthcoming.
Tri-District Membership Seminar
The 2019 Tri-District Membership Seminar will be held on Saturday, 26 October, at Kent Roosevelt High School.  More information will be forthcoming.
Your club president and club membership chair (and committee members) will be contacted in August by the District Membership Chair, PDG Mike Raulin, to see what your club membership needs are.  The Tri-District Membership Seminar Committee wants to hear from you and develop a program where you can interact with Rotarians from the three northeastern Rotary Districts, have fun, and leave with tools and ideas of how to grow membership.
District Rotary Foundation - - Update
Local Foundation Grants - “The Check is in the mail!”  District 6650 received $55,600 in Local District Grant funds this Rotary Year, and the checks have been sent to your Club Presidents. If you have not received the funds, please contact me. A summary of the projects funded by the Clubs in our District is shown below. Please keep me informed of your progress and return the Final Report ( when complete.
October 24th is World Polio Day - thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will hold events and fundraisers to recognize our progress in the global fight to end polio. We plan on having each club auction a wine bottle like last year which raised $15,000 for Polio.
November is Rotary Foundation Month - I will be mailing you a flash drive with a short 8-10 minute computer video for Club display and envelopes for the Paul Harris Fellow Challenge fundraiser. This has raised over $100,000 over the past 4 years. This year, we will have a generous Rotarian who will provide a Foundation Point match for donations made above $100 so members can more easily achieve the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow status.
Need help creating a Rotary Global Project from an idea? Local Rotarian and Past District Governor Dr. Meena Patel has been elevated at the Foundation and is willing and able to assist. Please email her at
District 6650’s Global Reach - Did you know that our District can be very proud of our international work through The Rotary Foundation?
We currently have ongoing Rotary Global Grant projects providing funding for classroom-based libraries for elementary schools in Cam Lo, Vietnam; advanced life support equipment and education in Honduras; farmers cultivating land in Oholi, India; 600 portable computers for schools in Marthwada and Palghar, India; acid-attack survivor support in Uganda; mini-science centers in India; ophthalmic equipment for The Rotary Clinic in Kashmir, India; a Boys & Girls Club van in St Thomas; mobile children day centers (creches) at the construction sites in Pune, India; a hospital-based dialysis center in the Philippines; and our Military Family Veterans Center in Louisville, Ohio, which opened this fall.
Since January, we have added funds to assist creating a Women’s Diagnostic Center in Sri Lanka, GiGi’s Playhouse in Canton for children with Down’s, and providing Goats in Oholi, India. (descriptions at end of document).
Please feel free to email or call me with questions/concerns.
Peter Apicella, M.D., DRFC
2205 Pearce St, Salem, OH 44460
330-207-0500 (cell)
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