Rotary District 6650
          January 2018 Bulletin
Volume 1 |  Issue 7                           February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (January 2018)
Happy New Year everyone. I hope the holidays were special and that the prospects for the coming year are looking good for you and your family.
Time to Rethink Your Club
January is traditionally the time for making New Year’s resolutions. I am proposing that every club take steps to “consider” club resolutions, but think of them as experiments. That way, if you decide not to continue them after trying, that is fine. Rethink your club operation and how well it serves current members, encourages new members, and facilitates the functioning of the club. Rotary International long ago dropped the idea of one-size-fits-all for Rotary Clubs. For example, your club may want to meet formally twice a month instead of every week, may want to have a meeting each month devoted to working on a service project, or may want to have periodic meetings that are social and include families. It is entirely up to you and your fellow club members. Rotary International not only permits this kind of flexibility but encourages it.
Supporting Rotary Youth Programs
In less than a month, the 2018 RYLA program will be here. This is a great opportunity for high school juniors. We have just selected our outbound students for the Youth Exchange program, and they have begun their training. Rotary has the best youth exchange program in the world, providing support and training for every single student. Rotary has great youth programs, including our Interact and Rotaract clubs. If your club would like more information about any of these programs, contact me and I will put you in touch with the right people.
We are moving toward having Youth Exchange scholarships so that qualified students whose family cannot afford the expenses of youth exchange can still study overseas. We have one such student from the Wooster club, who is raising money through a GoFundMe page. If you want to help, her name is Daisie. Click on her name to go to her site.
Reaching Out Beyond the Club
One of my themes this year was encouraging Rotarians to reach out beyond their club. That could be as simple as attending one or more nearby club meetings. But I want to encourage everyone in the district to consider attending either the District Conference (held in Warren on May 10 and 11) or the Rotary International Convention (held in Toronto on June 24 through 27).
The District Conference will be on a Thursday night and Friday (ending around 4 PM). It will be a fast-paced, entertaining, and inspirational conference. We have an excellent list of speakers, including the Rotary Coordinator for Zone 29 (16 districts in 5 states and Canada); John T. Capps, who has spoken all over the country about Rotary, our own Geoff Goll, who raised more money for Polio Plus as the Zone coordinator for Polio than any other zone in the world, and Brian Blasco, author of two books and an outstanding motivational speaker. We will also have the Youth Exchange talent show and Cultural Exchange, several other speakers from the district, the district winners of the 4-Way Test Speech contest, and several recognition ceremonies. You can register online starting in late February.
The RI Convention is very convenient this year (in Toronto). You will need a passport, but you will not need to learn another language. Toronto is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city, the perfect setting for an International Convention. If you have never attended and RI Convention, you will be amazed by all that it has to offer and by how inspirational it is. I guarantee that you will leave swelled with pride for being a Rotarian.

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District 6650 Clubs Making a Difference
District Rotary Foundation
Paul Harris Fellow Challenge:  Winners Announced
Congratulations to us all. This year’s Paul Harris Fellow Challenge raised an all-time high of $27,564. Over the past 3 years, we have raised more than $75,000 for the Rotary Foundation.
Below are the winners of the contest:
Paul Harris Fellow recognition: Robert Burkey, Cortland; Steve Poullas, Youngstown
Avalon Inn Golf stay certificate: Dennis Huffman, North Canton
Centennial Wine Bottles: Daniel LaHaie, North Canton; Jeff LaFuria, Howland; Eric Axelson, Canfield; David Brobeck, Salem; James Noel, Cortland
Thank all of you for your generosity helping us “Do good in the world.”
“Operation Warm” remains a District Favorite!
Rotarians in District 6650 continued to partner with, and support, Operation Warm for a 6th year providing over 3,000 coats to children, and in some cases, adults throughout our District!  Youngstown Rotarian PDG Debbie Esbenshade (2013-14) introduced this project to Division 1(a) clubs in 2012 which raised $20,000 and provided over 1,200 coats in its first year!
Debbie chose Operation Warm as her District-Wide Community Service project in 2013 and the response was overwhelming!  Every single club (47 in all) participated either by sponsoring a coat(s), partnering with another club(s), or ordering coats directly for distribution in their own communities.  Total dollars raised during the 2013 Campaign were just dollars short of $61,700 equating to over 3,420 coats distributed throughout our district! 
This project has been supported by PDG’s Phil Mariola (2014-15), Joe Belinsky (2015-2016), Sieglinde Warren (2016-2017) and current DG Mike Raulin.  DGE Scott Schulick has already endorsed the project for 2018!  In our first 6 years, District 6650 Rotarians have raised over $360,000 and provided over 18,000 coats!
Spotlight on Your Club Projects
Club Award submissions are due in the District Office, or to PDG Debbie Esbenshade no later than Thursday, March 15, 2018 for consideration for Awards that will be presented at the District Conference. 
Entries postmarked by March 15 will be accepted.
Submission guidelines are posted on the District Website. 
Questions may be directed to PDG Debbie Esbenshade @
(330) 259-1029 or (330) 727-6315 or via email:
2018-2019 Outbound Exchange Student Class Selected
In December, District 6650’s Youth Exchange Committee conducted interviews for all students who applied to be an Outbound exchange student in 2018-2019.  Many Rotarians, and a few non-Rotarians, volunteered their time to interview the applicants and the applicants’ parents.  Fourteen students were selected to participate in the program.  The students began their training at the Wooster overnighter in January.  
Come Join DGE Scott Schulick on a bus tour to The Rotary International Convention
Save money on tolls, gas, border hassles and parking!  
Enjoy the fellowship with your fellow Rotarians and their guests aboard an Anderson Coach, hosted by DGE Scott to kick-off the 2018-19 Rotary year.  
Trip includes travel to and from the convention, refreshments both ways, and a souvenir t-shirt.
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