Rotary District 6650
      November 2021 Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 6


District 6650 Leadership Visiting Wooster
I knew before I was selected to be Governor for RI District 6650, I needed to be prepared, as best as one can be, for challenge and opportunity that affect our district and clubs now and for our future.  As Governor, I have had the good fortune to meet with so many Rotarians and friends of Rotary, small and large business owners and leaders, civic organizations, educational communities, and local, state, and federal elected officials on what our Rotary community needs and how and why working together is crucial so we can be as impactful as possible.
Filling the role as Governor has allowed me to continue what I endeavored throughout my career in law enforcement, community service and for family: to development and maintain that relationships matter. If we have good relationships, we develop loyalty, trust, commitment, and respect, and then we can understand what challenges are and help solve problems.  I believe building good relationships allows us to attract new people to Rotary, their families, and businesses, encourages public / private partnerships, and helps our service communities move forward in an ever-changing world.
In Colin Powell’s book, It Worked for Me, In Life and Leadership, he referenced a saying from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the father of nuclear Navy, during a promotional ritual.  The words are: “Organizations don’t get things done.  Plans and programs don’t get things done.  Only people get things done.  Organizations, plans, and programs either help or hinder people.”  Colin Powell said, “A life is about its events; it’s about challenges met and overcome - or not; it’s about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet.  It’s all about the people.”  Rotary does just that—we Serve to Change Lives. Relationships matter.
Have a safe and enjoyable thanksgiving.
Thank you.   
On this Veterans Day November 11, 2021, when the entire country rises to give salute and to honor the service of all brave veterans, a feeling of deep respect and pride surges in one’s heart.

We also know that our gratitude, respect, and love can in no way match their call to duty and or the sacrifices made for the safety and security of our country. However, today we can make a new beginning by acknowledging their endless contribution and helping veterans in whatever way we can.
We stand as citizens in support of your mission to guard and protect our nation against threats from within and beyond our borders. For some citizens patriotism does not involve joining any military branch of service. However, every one of us can enlist ourselves as volunteers for the public good and services of any community work. By doing so any social work we can give back to our society is worth it, lest the sacrifices done by our veterans go unsung. Let us all together commemorate this Veterans Day by spreading the message of unity. We remember each veteran today who is or who had a role in American military service.
Today and every day, we are grateful for our military personnel and the families that support them.
Thank you,
Steve Wilder
Governor 6650
November is RI Foundation Month...
Our Rotary Foundation dollars are at work making meaningful change.
We ask our fellow Rotarians to consider supporting The Rotary Foundation not only during Foundation month in November and also throughout the year. Educate your club about the meaning and impact of D6650 giving!   Here are some ways to get the message out about how our members about all the possibilities of what Rotarians can accomplish:
  •  You’ve Got Mail! – Paul Harris Fellow Challenge.  November is Foundation Month, and you will receive mail from the D6650 Foundation regarding the Paul Harris Fellow challenge!  Please check your snail mailbox.  It’s fun. It’s easy. Find creative ways for your club to join in.
  • Use Foundation Recognition Points.
DRFC Linda Fergason will assist you with the form needed to transfer points, or if you have questions regarding your personal donor history report and recognition points. 
Linda Fergason, Rotary Club of Alliance 330.206.4899 or
  1. Foundation recognition points are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation through the Annual Fund or PolioPlus, or who contribute to sponsorship of a Foundation grant.
  2. Donors receive one recognition point for every U.S. dollar contributed to these funds. Contributions to the Endowment Fund are not eligible.
  3. Donors can transfer Foundation recognition points to others to help them qualify as a Paul Harris Fellow or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
  4. Foundation recognition points belong to the original donor until the donor’s death, unless the points are transferred, or until the donor uses them (the surviving spouse of a Major Donor may also use the points).
  5. How can you transfer Foundation recognition points? A minimum of 100 Foundation recognition points must be transferred at a time, and you must complete and sign the Recognition and Transfer Request. The points may not be transferred from individuals to a club or district.
        • Individual donors are the only ones authorized to transfer recognition points from
           their individual account.
        • Club presidents are the only ones authorized to transfer recognition points from a
           club account.
  1. Clubs or Districts can actually accumulate Foundation recognition points. Clubs can view their recognition points in the Club Recognition Summary. Districts’ Foundation recognition points are shown in the Donor History Report. 
Your contributions at work...
D6650  is participating in several global grants.
The Rotary Foundation helps clubs and districts work together to perform meaningful, sustainable service. All your clubs’ efforts have contributed to life-changing, sustainable projects that have helped people in need around the world get clean water, medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials.
FYI: Rotary Global Grant (GG2231031) This global grant application for funding to help provide oxygen concentrators for COVID relief to service hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, submitted by the Rotary Club of Saigon and the Rotary Club of Suntec City, has been approved by the Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$35,000.00. Thank you, Pete Apicella and Meena Patel.
Polio  Eradication – yes, we are “this close”.
A Different Point of View:  Rotary helps us look at life and the world with greater insight and appreciation!
With World Polio Day in October behind us and the enormous celebrations of work well done, we are not finished. Check out the “End Polio Now” informational video that you can use at any club or district meeting that has current information regarding our fight. Please use this End Polio Now Video to educate this month or next.
Did you know?
  • As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
  • Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
  • Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
  • Five out of six World Health Organization regions are now certified wild poliovirus free—the African Region, the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and the Western Pacific.
Thanks goes to the Rotarians of District 6650 and their contributions to the Foundation and the Polio Plus Program.  We are changing the world.

October 11 was the #DayOfTheGirl, introducing and celebrating Rotary People of Action: Champions of Girls' Empowerment. This distinction recognizes the honorees' commitment to improving girls' access to education, health, and sanitation and hygiene resources, as well as their work to create environments where girls can flourish.
In November, Clubs are reminded to update their membership data through My Rotary or their club management systems by January 1 to ensure that their club invoices will be accurate. Getting a My Rotary Account is not that difficult. Having an account helps RI collect these things: demographic information, a primary and secondary email address, and your membership number (If you do not have this, your club secretary will have it.)
Go to the Rotary International web site ( At the top click My Rotary Below the red “Sign into My Rotary” box there is another that says, “Create an Account.” Click on that. Follow the instructions and put in the required information. In 24 to 48 hours, you will receive an email that will instruct you further about your account. After that you can just click the red “Sign into My Rotary” box; put in your email and password to access your account.
Using My Rotary Web Site
• Sign in to your My Rotary account
• At the top hover over Learning and Reference
• On the left you will see “Learning by Role”
• Click on “Club Roles”
• Here you will be able to see the duties of club presidents, secretaries, treasurers, and committee chairs.
• Go back to the home page and hover over “News and Media”
• On the far right there is a list of resources you can use to produce Rotary information for your club. Have a look at it.
• Back on the home page hover over “Manage.” Here is the Brand Center that will help you if you want to use the Rotary Logo. There are rules that govern the use of the logo.
• Hover over “Manage” on the left you will see “Club and District Administration”.
• Click on “Rotary Club Central” Here you will find a lot of information about membership for our club.
• In Rotary club Central click on the menu icon and then click on the “Goal Center”.
Hope this helps.
Rotary Zone 30 Director Nomination

Dear district governors and club presidents in Zone 30

In accordance with RI Bylaws section 11.020., the Nominating Committee for RI Director in Zone 30 recently certified that it selected Rotarian Rhonda E. Stubbs, a member of the Rotary Club of Maryville, as a RI director in 2023–25. Rotarian Stubbs has stated that she is willing and able to serve as director, if elected.

RI President Mehta will declare Rotarian Stubbs as director-nominee from your zone on 1 December 2021 unless another qualified Rotarian has been duly proposed as a challenging candidate before 1 December. Any club in your zone at its regular meeting may adopt a resolution proposing a challenging candidate for RI director, provided that the challenger was among the candidates previously considered by the Nominating Committee. The following procedures must be followed to propose a challenge to the Nominating Committee’s selection:

The club must submit a resolution to the governor, signed by the club president or secretary, naming a candidate who was previously suggested to the Nominating Committee.

  1. The governor, either at the district conference or through a ballot, asks each club in the district if it concurs with the challenge resolution. If a majority of clubs in the district concur, the governor will forward the challenge to the general secretary by no later than 1 December 2021. Any challenges received by the general secretary after 1 December or that are incomplete cannot be considered. 
  2. If a valid challenge is received, the Secretariat will prepare and distribute an electronic ballot by 31 December, listing the choice of your zone’s Nominating Committee and any challenging candidates who were endorsed by a majority of the clubs in the district.

Please note RI Bylaws section 13.010., which in part states:
Rotarians shall not campaign, canvass, or electioneer for elective position in RI, or allow any such activity, for either themselves or others. Unless expressly authorized by the board, this prohibition includes any distribution or circulation by themselves or others of brochures, literature, letters, materials, electronic media, or other communications to any clubs or members of clubs.
Any candidate who undertakes, or on whose behalf is undertaken, unauthorized and improper activities to further his or her candidacy is in violation of the bylaws and may be disqualified by the RI Board. 
Thank you in advance for your adherence to these procedures. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Corporate Governance staff at

John Hewko
General Secretary, RI

Interact News
Show us how your members are taking action across the globe, in your community, and in yourselves through service-learning. Start your service-learning journey by completing our service-learning course then share your experience in the 2021 Interact Awards. We are accepting videos, photos, and essays as part  of the Interact Awards. Nominations will be accepted from 1 September 2021 at 00:00 Chicago Time (UTC-5) until 1 December 2021 at 23:59 Chicago Time.
Each club may submit (1) video, up to (3) photos, and/or (1) essay.
Awards will be given for best video, best photo, and best essay. One (1) club will be awarded in each category and receive a financial award from Rotary International to support the Interact club's service project, as well as an award plaque and letter from the Rotary International President.
As Rotary members, we use our connections to create lasting change in our communities and around the world. And although we’ve all faced the challenges of the pandemic for the past year and a half, we’ve continued to take action, solve problems, and make a positive impact.
We are optimistic that we can gather in person to explore new opportunities for friendship and service at the 2022 Rotary International Convention, 4-8 June in Houston, Texas, USA. We invite you to join us!
At the convention, you will:
• Develop new friendships and strengthen old ones
• Share your Rotary experiences and learn more ways to get involved
• Find inspiration in the family of Rotary
Register now to take advantage of our reduced rate, available until 15 December. You’ll be able to cancel for a full refund, minus a $50 per person administration fee, until 30 April.
Don’t miss this chance to strengthen your passion for Rotary.
Visit for more information. 

Dear 2021-22 Rotary District Leaders, Governors, Youth Exchange Chairs,  Youth Protection officers)

Thank you for attending the youth protection webinar on 6 October. If you were unable to attend live, a recording is available (English only).
We also encourage you to review the resources covered during the webinar, if you have not already. These resources will help you and other Rotary members in your community provide for the safety and well-being of youth program participants. All are available in Rotary languages unless noted otherwise.

Publications & Resources in My Rotary

Webpages Courses in the Learning Center
  • Preventing and Addressing Harassment: This course reviews Rotary’s policy on a harassment-free environment and will help Rotary members learn how to create such a setting in their clubs.
  • Protecting Youth Program Participants: This course will help Rotary members learn how to apply and address youth policies in their clubs and districts. Youth protection policies may not prevent all incidents, but they can support the young people participating in Rotary programs and reduce negative outcomes.
Videos (English only)
Please reach out to with any questions. Again, we appreciate your cooperation and commitment to Rotary’s zero-tolerance policy against youth abuse and harassment.

Rotary Youth Protection

On October 13, 2021, the Rotary Club of Plain Township took part in the Glenwood project celebration which consisted of a new pavilion and the planting of 20 trees at the Glenwood Intermediate School.  Our club has committed to donating $50,000 to the project.  The original plan, which started seven years ago, was to put in a retention basin and to create a green space.  However, it grew to include the pavilion and much more is planned for the future.  We are grateful to all the community partners that worked together to make this happen: The Plain Local School District, the City Engineer and the City of Canton. We hope it will be enjoyed by many children for generations to come.
CORTLAND  ROTARY                                   
On October 13 members assisted in hosting "Meet The Candidates Night" at Lakeview High School for all Lakeview school board candidates.
Pictured 3rd from left is Dr. Lance Grahn, Cortland Rotary Past President who is running for the school board.

On October 23 members did cleanup and performed winter preparation of the pollinator garden at the OSU Trumbull County Agriculture Extension.   
On October 28th our club presented our District 6650 grant check for $2500.00 to Compassion Delivered for an additional freezer. The organization prepares and distributes free healthy meals to Stark County residents dealing with a life threatening or terminal illness. Pictured l-R are clib president Debra Mars, Compassion Delivered founder Amanda Anschutz and board president Todd Tolson.
Steve Wilder, Rotary District 6650 Governor, visited with members of the Rotary Club of Austintown at their weekly meeting on October 28.  He recognized the many activities of the club, founded in 1968.  Encouraging present members to bring a new member or help a current member return to active participation was the message Wilder emphasized.  Pictured above is District Governor Steve Wilder receiving a book in his honor to be placed in the Austintown Elementary Library from Austintown President Gary Reel.  The club meets weekly at Coach's Burgers, Thursday noon.  Visitors are always welcome.  The group is sponsoring a Night at the Races on November 12 at IHM Parish Hall. 
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District 6650 Contact Information
Joan Cauley. District 6650 Secretary
Phone: 601-654-4720
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2376
North Canton, OH 44720