DISTRICT 6650
           December 2022                          
December 2022

Wow! How is it already December? The first six months of the Rotary year have FLOWN by! A most sincere THANK YOU to all of the Clubs and individuals who supported our Night for Ukraine event. Over 250 people attended and enjoyed amazing Ukrainian food and entertainment. I am proud to say that we have netted over $100,000! We have sent $25,000 to the Kiev region to help rebuild a school and $25,000 to the Kharkiv region to help build shelters for the many of hundreds of currently homeless residents. We will also be sending $50,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Speaking of The Rotary Foundation, you should be receiving soon (if you haven’t already) a form for you to make your personal gift to the Foundation. Rotary asks for a $100 per person gift, but I would just love to see every Rotarian in our district donate something - just whatever you feel comfortable doing. Remember, when you donate to the Annual Fund at The Rotary Foundation, 50% of that money returns to our district for us to give out to our Clubs for local grants.

This past month, I made a few more visits - Champion’s Paint n’ Sip fundraiser, a club visit in Newcomerstown, and made shoes for children in Uganda with the Rotaract Club of Salem. It was a great month, and I am looking forward to several upcoming Edible Auctions!Until next time, I hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you all in the new year!

DG Michelle

November Foundation month was kicked off with a fabulous District Event  -"A Night for Ukraine" just a few weeks ago. For those who were able to attend, the emotional and heartfelt evening will stay with us for a very long time. 
We recognize that the dollars raised through this event will be used wisely to help the people of Ukraine - with our fellow Rotarians at the helm. The ensemble of speakers, guests in attendance, incredible Ukrainian food and entertainment, and the beautiful venue at St. George's Serbian Church created a truly memorable occasion for our District. We sincerely thank all our clubs in 6650 who were able to financial support the event and thank all who were a part of this meaningful day. 
We decided to wait until just after Thanksgiving to launch this year's District Foundation Paul Harris Fellow Challenge since we just completed a big fundraiser earlier in the month.  The PHF Challenge mailing was intended to be in your mailboxes this past Monday - right after the Thanksgiving holiday - but our printer needed a few extra days to complete the job. Watch your mailboxes, as your letter will arrive any day!
There are several ways you can participate, which are outlined again in your letter this year. I will gladly help you navigate your way to the next Paul Harris Fellow level, assist with your matching points and how to award them, and/or help you complete the form. Please call or text me anytime with your questions. 
Most of all, remember the tremendous impact the Rotary Foundation giving has in our local communities and throughout the world. A significant portion of our Foundation giving comes right back to D6650 in grants, and this is an important and impactful detail to remember.
Thank you, fellow Rotarians! We hope you continue your year-end giving through our Rotary District Foundation. For those who want to wait until 2023 to make a gift to D6650 Foundation, we will graciously accept those gifts, as well.
Sincerely yours,
Linda S. Fergason
District Rotary Foundation Chair
Rotary Club of Alliance 
April 8, 2023
TIMELINE 2022-2023
See Homepage Download Files for more information
December 2022:  Contacts should be made to high schools Club competitions should be completed. Names of local club winners must be submitted to Elwood Walker
                             or Sandra Lang
March 1, 2023:     Club competitions completed
March 15, 2023:   Names of District Club winners submitted to Elwood Walker or Sandi Lang
If your Club is not participating this year, we would appreciate it if your Club would contact one of us as soon as possible with that information. It will save us from contacting your Club. We want all the contestants to be listed in the program, but each year someone shows up that we were not expecting.           
It is the Club's responsibility to be sure that their contestant is registered.
April 8, 2023                 District Competition at Fairways at Arrowhead
9:00am-1:00pm            Location: Arrowhead Golf Club
                                     1500 Rogwin Circle,SW North Canton, OH 44720
For more information, contact:
Elwood Walker:                                                              Sandra Lang:   
1301 Custer Orangeville Road (PO Box 88)                  2924 Cloverhurst Street, NE
Brookfield, OH 44403                                                     Canton, Ohio 44720       
Home Phone: 330-619-5174                                          Phone: 330-432-4706
Cell Phone: 330-718-6210                                             E-Mail:                            
Planting a pollinator garden at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County is just the start of the Rotary Club of Warren’s Operation Pollination activities. The 10-by-10-foot garden was installed in June as Christine Cope was completing her presidency of the Warren club. Local monarch butterfly expert Susan Sexton of Youngstown advised on plant selection to draw and feed pollinators. Rotarians and members of AWL’s board and staff did the planting.
Cope is President and CEO of United Way of Trumbull County. She was building toward the pollination project throughout her Rotary presidency by sharing positive environmental news snippets during weekly club meetings and newsletter items, distributing seed packets, and inviting speakers to address topics related to Operation Pollination. The club is willing to start pollinator plots “anywhere we can as long as we have capacity,” Cope said. To her delight, a pending site is at Ultium Cells, the electric battery manufacturer in Lordstown. A company representative spoke at Cope’s President’s Night event about environmental responsibility and Ultium’s goal to grow a pollinator garden on land it owns. A collaboration began to germinate.
Cope describes herself as an environmentalist and nature lover. “I see habitat being taken away and its effects on wildlife,” she said. “All life on earth is dependent on [humans] changing course, in big or little ways.” As a photographer, she sees subtle changes in nature that can be captured through her lens. “When you’re out there, nothing is more beautiful,” she said. “We are stewards of this Earth. The harm we have done is what we must undo.”
She is encouraged by Operation Pollination and “the collaboration – we are all finding one another,” she said. Collaborators include master gardeners, landscapers (for their understanding of native plants), land banks, business leaders and educators. 
What is your pollination story? Send information to Elayne Bozick at for inclusion in a future District 6650 newsletter.
Our district received a $25,000 disaster relief grant from The Rotary Foundation. Here are a few pictures from Kharkiv, Ukraine on how they spent the funds for their citizens in need.
December is RI Disease Prevention Month...
Students from Austintown, Boardman, Canton McKinley, Canton McKinley Early College, Columbiana, East Palestine, Salem and Struthers attended the District 6650 Interact Conference in Salem on November 12th. The students exchanged ideas, worked on team building learned more about Rotary programs and shared lunch.
Please share your club’s stories by the 1st of the next month for inclusion in the next monthly bulletin 
Trista Todd, vice president of marketing and development for CommQuest Services, presented Rotarian and Alliance Area Development President Rick Baxter and Alliance Rotary Club President Eric Taggart with a check for a little more than $1,000, which was the club’s portion of earnings from the Run for Hope 5k held on Labor Day.
We were honored to present two of our local elementary schools with coats for students in need as part of the Operation Warm program. Roll Rotary! 💙💛
Calcutta Rotary out in cold collecting for East Liverpool Salvation Army.
Canfield Rotary saw the resumption of a popular club program that recognizes the accomplishments of students in the Canfield Local School District. The Canfield Local Schools “Students of the Month” awards for September were presented by Rotarian Joe Knoll, Canfield Superintendent, and the students’ respective principals. The students also received a yard sign to spotlight their recognition. 
A great day for our Interact conference! Canton Rotary has TWENTY-ONE Interactors attending!
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night at our Christmas Paint & Sip! We are so thankful for all of you and the support you have for our club! A huge thank you to The Blank Space for letting us use your awesome space! 
We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Operation Warm and provide coats for Dover Elementary students.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Rotary Halloween Party. Thank you to the Little Sandy Creek Ruitans for the hot dogs, thank you to Arrowhead Orchard for the apples, also thank you to anyone who donated any items to the event. Thank you to the East Canton Marching Band for their musical entertainment.
We celebrated the life of a long-time Rotarian, Ken Smith, with his wife and daughters today with a dedication of a bench and tree in his memory at Aljancic Park. A Rotarian since the 1970s, a popular teacher, and founder of the Rotary flag program in Louisville among many other activities, we will continue to put Service Above Self like our motto says and the way Ken lived his life.
We hope some time at the park, resting on the bench or sitting under the tree (in a few years) inspires you too!
Members hard at work on the "pocket park" project with Habitat for Humanity
Each year the Minerva Rotary Club organizes a Halloween parade and party for the Minerva community. The parade marches up Market Street and concludes at the Community Building where Minerva Rotary provides refreshments and costume judging. This year over 200 children and adults participated.
Orrville Rotarian Beth Fuller, club coordinator of 2022 Operation Warm project, shows a sampling of new winter coats presented to Orrville Middle School Principal, Mr. Dave Sovacool. Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club Executive Director, Josh Nolan, was happy to receive winter coats delivered by Beth Fuller.
Turkey Trot 2022
The Perry Rotary Club is selling wreaths for this year’s Wreaths across America event on Saturday, December 17 of this year. Although it’s still summer and winter seems to be in the far distance, it’s time to order your wreath(s) today! Wreaths are 15.00 each. Please buy one for a relative, a friend, or a veteran’s family. Our goal is to be sure that all 2500 veterans buried at Calvary Cemetery receive a wreath upon their headstone this December.
Members of our club dropped off 75 winter coats to Poland Schools as a part of Operation Warm. These coats will ensure all students in our local school district have a coat to wear this winter.
Rotarians gifted 1,200 reusable shopping bags to be used specifically for Salem area residents benefiting from the services offered at Salem Community Pantry!
Salem Community Pantry provides food and personal care items at no cost for individuals and families living in the 44460 zip code. Rotary is grateful for their continued efforts in making Salem a better place!
Our club is participating in the holiday celebration in downtown Steubenville. The flags represent "Rotary International" and many of the countries where we have clubs or provide vital services through Rotary Foundation Global Grants.
Club members celebrated the Holidays by collecting toys for the Urban Missiono and having caricatures drawn by Clarence Butler Caricatures.
The Struthers Rotary held a Career Day luncheon for 50 members of the Struthers High School Interact Club on November 15th. Each speaker discussed aspects of their profession and job opportunities to the students.
Our rotary exchange students ran in United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties Heart and Ghoul this weekend...Izumi got 2nd place in the 5k!!!!
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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