Rotary District 6650
         July 2018 Bulletin
Volume 1 |  Issue 1                                  August is Membership and New Club Development Month
District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (July 2018)
Happy New Rotary Year!  This year we will BE THE INSPIRATION to our clubs, our communities and our world.  The month of July is flying by quickly and I hope that all club presidents have enjoyed being installed as your club leader and that with your fellow Rotarians, you are off to a good start to be “PEOPLE OF ACTION” this year.
I’m very much enjoying getting to know the Rotarians of District 6650 as I begin my journey across the district visiting clubs.  So far, each club has been warm and welcoming, sharing their local tradition and history.  It is an honor to serve all of you and to learn about the wonderful service occurring throughout the district. Thank you all for being Rotarians.
This year, I am honored to serve as a district governor under the leadership of Barry Rassin, the President of Rotary International.  Barry hails for the Rotary Club of East Nassau, The Bahamas and announced our 2018-19 theme, “Be The Inspiration,” at the International Assembly in January where district governor training occurs.   Barry’s connection to the sea is the inspiration for the theme.  “The sea represents distance and connection.” It represents something we long for and something that is close to us.  He cites author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who wrote The Little Prince, who offered this: “If you want to build a boat, don’t start by collecting wood, cutting boards, and assigning tasks.  Start by awakening in the soul of your workers, the longing for the vast and boundless sea.”  Our task, as Rotarians, is to create the longing for a better community.  Just what would your community be without your Rotary Club?
August is Membership Extension Month, so please don’t forget to invite “a person of good character” to visit your club and consider Rotary membership.  It’s an invitation I accepted 23 years ago, and one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

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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If you have administrative access to your website, please follow these directions.  If you do not have administrative access, contact Lauri at or at 330-452-2882.
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District 6650 Clubs - Be The Inspiration
District Rotary Foundation
This year our District will be distributing $47,204 to 32 Clubs who submitted requests for Local District Grant funds provided by the Rotary Foundation. Check will be mailed directly to the Presidents of the Clubs in the next few weeks. Please see the listing below of the many worthwhile projects our Clubs are performing thanks to your generosity to the Rotary Foundation.
The District Rotary Foundation Committee has approved District Funds (DDF) for two Global Grants in India. Dr. Mena Patel <> is submitting the following projects.
If your Club or individual members wish to support one or both of these projects, we have made it easier this year. Please mail a check made out to the Rotary Foundation to my address below. I will hold the check and submit it at the appropriate time when the Global Grant has been approved thus reducing your burden to participate.
I hope all Clubs will support one or many of our Global Grants this year.
Operation Warm 2018 Time Line
JULY      Develop club theme, goals, target recipients, fundraising                   methods, identify Club liaison
AUG.      Campaign Kick-Off and Fundraising begins; determine                      distribution dates and location(s)
SEPT.     Fundraising continues; begin determining sizes needed                     based on target demographics
OCT.        Order coats; begin to plan distribution date events and                      timelines
NOV.        Coat distribution activities concluded prior to or right                         after Thanksgiving
DEC.         Wrap up; what went well, what can be done better;                             initial planning for 2019 Campaign 
Suggested donation request: $20 per coat**
**This is based on combining your Club order with all District 6650 Rotary Club orders to ensure lowest price and maximum flexibility in quantities and sizes needed.
Contact:  PDG Debbie Esbenshade @ (330) 259-1029 or (330) 727-6315 for additional information.  
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