Rotary District 6650
         March 2019 Bulletin
Volume 1 |  Issue 7                                                     April is Maternal and Child Health Month
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (March 2019)
They say March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb?  As I write this on March 31, it feels more like the lion with snow and temperatures below freezing!  As we embark on April, we begin our last quarter of the Rotary year together and finalize the many ways we can "Be the Inspiration" to our clubs, our communities and our world.  April is Maternal & Child Health and Welfare Month, and I know that across the district Rotarians are working in many ways to embrace this month's theme in so many on-going projects.
The most important event coming up is in less than two weeks......the District Conference!  Better Together 2019 will be our joint district conference with District 6690 on April 12-13 and the Hilton Columbus Polaris.  If you have not registered, you will surely miss a great celebration of Rotary and Rotary fellowship.  The conference committee has been working diligently to produce a conference that is different than what you have experienced with a new format, special programs and speakers, and two hands-on service projects.  I truly hope that all of you will join me in Columbus for our conference this year!
As we approach year-end, information will be forthcoming about this year's District Awards to be held at a special dinner on July 11. Additionally, I will be sending reminders for all clubs to submit their completed goals to receive a Rotary International Presidential Citation.  And finally, I hope that many of you will consider attending the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg in June.

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 - Be The Inspiration
District Governor Scott's Club Visits
Rotary Club of Champion - Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Rotary Club of Poland - Interact Charter Ceremony
Youth Exchange Trip to NYC
Registration is now open for 2019 Better Together, District 6650 & 6690 Joint District Conference.  

The 2019 Better Together, District Conference Committee has been working hard to bring you a one-of-a-kind experience.  

We are excited to welcome Past RI President KR Ravi Ravindran from Sri Lanka as our Keynote Speaker for the All-Club Lunch on Friday.  Other highlights of the Conference are:
  • House of Friendship – Meet fellow Rotarians from all around Eastern Ohio.  Discover great new service projects to bring back to your home club.  Enjoy entertainment and activities while making new friends.  
  • RO-Talks – TED Talks for Rotary.  Learn from Rotarians and Non-Rotarians about inspiring projects and ideas to enhance your Rotary experience. 
  • Workshops – A wide selection of workshops are offered to inform and educate.  Everything from Active Shooter Preparedness and Building a Stronger Club to Diversity, Adversity and Inclusion.  You might even want to check out the Mystery Workshop with DG Scott and DG Craig, it will be fun, fun, fun!
  • Morning of Service – Attendees will join with over 70 Youth Exchange Students for Hands-On service projects.  Packing meals for 3rd world countries and cutting old denim to be made into shoes for Ugandans are among the projects planned.  
  • Caribbean Dinner and Dance Party – Relax and be entertained by the Canal Winchester High School Steel Drum Band while you enjoy cocktails and dinner.  Then, we will dance to the sounds of Shakin’ and Stirred Live Band.  Be sure to wear your Island Attire!


2019 Better Together
2 Zones, 2 Districts, 106 Clubs & over 5,500 Rotarians = 1 Awesome Conference

Don’t miss it!
Now Accepting Nominations for District Governor Nominee Designate 2021-22 
District 6650 Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for District Governor Nominee  Designate for Rotary year 2021-22.
Most of the clubs in our District have qualified individuals. 
They are leaders in their club.  Many have served as President, (a requirement), Assistant Governor, are successful in their business and profession and are leaders in their church and/or community.  Our job is to select the best qualified individual!
To qualify to be nominated, he or she
  1. Must have served as a club president for a full term.
  2. Must have been a Rotarian for at least seven (7) years before taking office.
  3. Must be nominated by a resolution adopted by his or her club members (sample attached). 
  4. Of course, the candidate must agree to the commitment of serving as District Governor.
We ask that each club survey their membership and select the best available candidate.  Subsequently, you should seek his or her permission to place their name in nomination for the office of District Governor in Rotary year 2021-22.  Click on this Link to obtain the current nomination application form 
All nominations, accompanied by the club adopted resolution, must be in the hands of the committee by 31 May 2019.
Please submit the nominations to the Nominating Committee Chair, Scott R. Schulick, at 1012 Old Furnace Rd., Youngstown, OH  44511
District Rotary Foundation - Update
About 140 Rotarians from our District attended the first ever Art Auction at the SOAP Gallery on February 1. With over 65 pieces of art waiting to be purchased, nearly everyone was able to go home with something new! Everyone there enjoyed great music by Youngstown musician J.D. Eicher and delicious pasta and salad. The evening was fun and casual and offered many opportunities to meet and mingle with our fellow Rotarians. The top bid went to a limited-edition bottle of Jack Daniels which was purchased during the live auction portion for $2,000 and earned the buyer TWO Paul Harris Fellows. The quality of the art donated for the event was hugely impressive and there were only a few pieces that did not sell. This event netted slightly over $9,000 for the Rotary Foundation – of which a portion of that will come back to our District in the coming years. Thank you to all who donated their talents, purchased program ads, came to the event and purchased art. A huge thank you to the committee who made the event run smoothly!  -- Michelle Mullaly
Thanks on behalf of The Rotary Foundation and our District goes to Michelle Mullaly from the Canton Club and her team of Rotarian volunteers for their efforts at this event.
To view pictures from the Art Auction, click on this LINK
HS Banjo Player Needed As Youth Exchange Ambassador
If you’re aware of a talented HS banjo player who might be interested in becoming part of a STEP (Short Term Exchange Program) next year (2019-20), we have a place on the NE Ohio team for such an individual. The project calls for 18 student musicians, choral singers, artists and chess players to exchange with counterparts from St. Petersburg, with the Russian team coming here to NE Ohio for 10 days around the Thanksgiving break, and the NE Ohio team to return the visit to St. Petersburg around the Easter break in April a year from now. This peace building exercise is meant to demonstrate what the next generation might offer to raise the level of trust between the people of both countries. Each instrumentalist, artist, singer and chess player has a counterpart on the other team, and Rotary sponsors will assist each with a $500 stipend to make the two exchanges practical. The families of the students in both countries will be hosts for the incoming counterpart students in true Rotary exchange student fashion. We are now team building over the Canfield, Boardman and Youngstown school districts. But we need a talented banjo player and family willing to be part of the project –the balalaika is the approximate counterpart of the banjo (native instruments). Please check with your members and friends for such a talent.
We can do this! Thank you!   
Save The Date -  July 11, 2019
District Awards & Governor's Installation Dinner
DGE Dan Morgan and I would like you to please save the date for District 6650's Awards & Governor's Installation. 
This event will be held on Thursday evening, July 11, 2019 at a location central to the district. 
In order for clubs to have more time to prepare submissions for district awards, we are extending the deadline and soon you will be receiving information from PDG Debbie Esbenshade who is chair of the District Awards Committee.  District awards will not be held at the district conference, but at the District Awards Event.
We will also use this event as an opportunity to have a formal installation of the the new District Governor Dan Morgan as he begins his year as our district leader.  The Rotary Clubs of Youngstown and Jackson Township will exchange the host club banner and I will pass the DG pin to DGE Dan.
We have invited and secured commitments from Rotary International Directors Floyd Lancia (Zones 30/31) and Stephanie Urchick (Zones 28/29.)  Floyd Lancia will be keynote speaker and officially welcome District 6650 to Zones 30/31.  Stephanie Urchick will have some special presentations as well.
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