Rotary District 6650
         May 2018 Bulletin
Volume 1 |  Issue 11                                                                       June is Rotary Fellowships Month
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (May 2018)
Summer has clearly arrived, and the Rotary year is almost over. Earlier this month, we had our annual District Conference at the Avalon Inn in Warren, Ohio. I hope many of you were able to make it to at least a portion of the conference. We had outstanding speakers, with inspirational topics and powerful presentations. We also provided a fast-paced, informative, and entertaining program. Besides the excellent speakers, we had more than a dozen brief film clips that told the Rotary story, four of the top speakers in the District Four-Way Test Speech Contest, and a blazer ceremony for the outgoing youth exchange students and talent show featuring our current inbound youth exchange students. We celebrated the achievements of our clubs and our members in several ceremonies, and most of all, we enjoyed the company of Rotarians from around the district and around the country.

It is dangerous to try to thank everyone involved because I know I will inadvertently leave someone out, but I want to nevertheless try to thank all the people who made this possible. Anthony Nacarato did an outstanding job as the conference chair, and Craig Olson did an excellent job with the program and the promotional materials. Barb Loudon negotiated the arrangements with the hotel and was one of our speakers. Lauri Coy was invaluable with registration and other organizational tasks. And more than two dozen people, mostly from the Canfield club but also from nearby clubs, were part of the planning committee and helped to carry out the event. Without them, we could not have put on the program. The Warren Rotary club sponsored an outstanding Hospitality Suite, the Youngstown Rotary club sponsored the House of Friendship (which included an Iron Lung display), and Sam Boak of the Canfield Rotary club funded our Keynote speaker (Brian Blasko). Finally, Dave and Lee Anne Perkins came all the way from Bryan, Ohio to stage manage the program, helping to move us smoothly from one element of the program to the next. For those of you who have attended All Ohio PETS in preparation for being your club’s president, Dave and Lee Anne are the behind-the-scenes wizards who make this program run so smoothly.

It took two years of planning to put on this district conference. The planning for next year’s district conference is well underway. DGE Scott Schulick will be telling you all about it next year as we get closer to the event. I encourage you to put it on your calendar early so that you can attend. There is no better way to be excited about being a Rotarian than to see all that is done in our name in our communities and around the world.

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.

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District 6650 Clubs Making a Difference
District Rotary Foundation
Update of District Foundation Activities: 2017-18
This has been a busy year for the District Foundation Committee. Thank you to everyone for your support. Below is a summary of our activities:
  • 2017-18 Local Grants Approved by Board: $43,519 - 29 of 47 clubs (record involvement)
  • 2017-18 Total Global Grants Approved by Board: $45,5009 (record number of projects at once)
  • 2017-18 Total Global Grants Matched/Donated for Approved Projects: $391,061
  • 2018-19 Expected Funds: $47,000 Local and $47,000 Global - $94,000
Please Note, clubs granted Local District Grants 2017-18, Final Reports are due June 1, 2018. Click HERE for a link to the required final report. Please do not wait until the last minute.
Help Support Our YEP Scholarship Fund and Thank You to our Host Clubs
For Rotary Exchange year 2018-2019, District 6650 has 13 students currently preparing to participate in the Outbound Youth Exchange Program.  It has been our policy not to deny a student this wonderful opportunity merely because he or she cannot afford the costs associated with the program.  Even though Rotary’s exchange student program is one of the most affordable, the cost is significant, averaging approximately $5,000 - $7,000 per student.

In order to financially assist some of the students accepted into the program, the Youth Exchange Committee established a scholarship fund in 2014.  Thanks to the generosity of many clubs, and individual Rotarians, we have been able to raise funds to assist our Outbound students in need.    
We are again asking clubs and individual Rotarians to support the scholarship fund.  The scholarships have a significant impact on a student’s ability to participate in the program by removing some of the financial burdens associated with airfare, health insurance, and other fees.  All funds awarded are paid directly to the service providers after the prospective Outbound student successfully completes the training required to participate in the program.
Rotary International Convention - June 24-27th
The Rotary Convention is an experience like no other.  We hope you join the contingent from Rotary District 6650 in Toronto on June 24-27, 2018, and remember to register by December 15th for extra savings! 
For a list of pre-convention events and schedule highlights visit:
For more information contact:
RI Convention Chair, PDG Linda Fergason
330.206.4899 /
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