February 2022 Bulletin

Volume 2 | Issue 1


January 2022
January is RI Vocational Service Month...
Our clubs throughout the district ringing the bell for good.
Good day and happy new year. I hope all of you are doing well. Amid the lengthy COVID situation we are all navigating there is always good news. On behalf of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation eight clubs in our district received special recognition and sincere appreciation from club members for their generous support of the Annual Fund.
The Annual Fund recognition comprised of clubs for who achieved:
  • Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving honors (only clubs with a minimum US$50 Annual Fund per capita contribution were eligible out of 1350 clubs who achieved this),
  • Every Rotarian, Every Year Club (clubs must have a minimum Annual Fund contribution of US$100 per capita with every dues-paying member contributing US$25 or more to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year), and
  • 100% Foundation Giving Club (clubs must have achieved ab average of US100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least US$25 to any or all the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, Polio Plus, approved global grant, or Endowment Fund.)
 Special congratulations to the following Rotary Clubs:
  • Canfield - Top Per Capita, End Polio Now COA 2020-21
  • Salem Top Per Capita, TRF Giving, EREY, End Polio Now COA 2020-21
  • StruthersTop Per Capita, End Polio Now 2020-21
  • NilesTRF Giving, EREY
  • Boardman – End Polio Now COA 2021
  • Canal Fulton – End Polio Now COA 2020-21
  • Cortland – End Polio Now COA 2020-21
  • Youngstown – End Polio Now COA 2020-21
To all our members, thank you for your support in serving Rotary to tackle the world’s toughest challenges, both in your community and across the globe.
                                             Point of Conversation / Something to think about.
If you have been in Rotary awhile, you accumulate items of clothing and pins which you not only wear while “Rotaring,” but in your everyday life. Such was the case during a non-Rotary event I was attending lately I was wearing my Rotary membership pin and this year’s theme pin “Serve to Change Lives.”
Sitting near me that day, a young man noticed my lapel pins and asked if I was in Rotary. “I sure am. Have been for years,” I replied. Boldly and with some animosity on his voice he asked, “Why would you want to do that?” Realizing his tone was more negative than positive, I replied,” because we are the world’s largest peacemaking and leadership developing movement in there is. We make a difference and create better and stronger communities here in the U.S. and around the world.
He looked at me and said, “tell me more.” My one sentence softened his tone. It planted a seed. I began to share my story. I told him how Rotary has made an enormous difference in my personal life and taught me the importance of selfless service to other people. Rotary provides an avenue for one to understand and think about the importance of truthfulness, fairness, goodwill, creating better friendships to all who concern you. I shared how I was honored to impact the lives of many of our youth through youth exchange programs, leadership conferences and volunteerism.
My story planted a seed and changed his thinking about life in general. I told him, “Rotary is everywhere, you just have to look for it in your community.” “Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know it had such a positive influence.”  What is your story? Are there opportunities where you can share your story?
If we want to grow Rotary by increasing membership, providing quality programs, creating safe and healthy environments, then a wonderful place to is by sharing our stories with others. Start the conversation and spread the goodwill of positive influences of Rotary we must honor to grow.
In cheerful service,
Steve Wilder

Thanks to those Rotarians and Rotary Clubs across the country who want to help with the destruction that the tornado caused Graves County and Mayfield Kentucky last night. Our Mayfield Rotary Club appreciates the offer for assistance.
If you want to make a monetary donation you can make a check payable to: Mayfield Rotary Club and in memo line put: Tornado Relief. Since our post in Mayfield has sustained significant damage, you can mail checks to:
John Carrico
300 Wexford Court
Paducah, Ky. 42003
May be an image of 1 person, outdoors and text that says 'Rotary District 6710 OHIO BRECKINRIDGE BULLITT SPERNCER SPERNCER SHELBY SHELBY CHRISTIAN LOGAN WARREN CALDWELL LYON RAVE Early Saturday morning, December 11, 2021, a tornado traveled 200+ miles across Western and Central Kentucky. At least 19 ounties were impacted, with Rotarians and their communities being devastated. As with any atural disaster, these families not only need financial support and resources, but basic needs as well water, food, clothing, and shelter. Monetary donations may be made to "Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund" you have questions about these donations, please contact District Governor Gail Story at'
RYLA 2022
The RYLA 2022 conference for District 6650 students has been cancelled due to maintaining the safety of all with COVID-19 protocols and the need for a new venue.
How can you help continue the RYLA program?
We are currently looking for an affordable venue that would accommodate our RYLA conference.  
  • Housing for 100 students and 30 adults.
  • Food service (breakfast, lunch and dinner) – preferably with a large dining area to serve up to 145 people at once.
  • Breakout rooms – at least 4 rooms that hold up to 30 people doing activities (not just classroom space)
  • One large gathering location to accommodate 300 people.
  • Opportunities for on-site recreational activities.
If you know of possible venues in District 6650 that you think we should explore, please share that information with Barbara Loudon.
A new venue gives us an opportunity to develop new curriculum. If you have a passion for high school student leadership development, please contact Barbara Loudon.
Thank you for your support!
Barbara Loudon
RYLA Conference Coordinator and District Chair
Rotary District 6650 Youth Exchange Committee is accepting and reviewing student applications for long-term exchange (LTEP) in the 2022-2023 school year. Rotary Youth Exchange around the world has been suspended since Summer 2020. The District 6650 committee is hopeful exchanges will be allowed to resume in the fall of 2022. Rotary International (RI) will make the ultimate decision whether to re-open the exchange program or to continue the suspension. RI’s decision will be made in the coming months.
Locally, we intend to be prepared to resume exchanges as soon as RI gives us the green light to re-start. Interested students should be aged 15 to 19 at the time of exchange. Students that apply and are accepted will go out on exchange in August 2022 pending RI’s program authorization. In the meantime, encourage interested students and their families to find more information on exchange and access to the student application through the Youth Exchange district link at the D6650 website
Rotary Youth Exchange is a reciprocal program. In order to sponsor and send outbound students, we will again rely on D6650 Rotary clubs to host inbound students. Host clubs…
*Partner with their local school district for admission and attendance of inbound students  *Arrange host families (between 2 to 4 to share each student housing through the year)          *Support hosted students with a small monthly stipend *Involve inbound students in club and community activities while looking after the well-being of the student.
Direct your questions and interest you or your club may have to be of service with Rotary Youth Exchange to D6650 Youth Exchange Co-Chairs                                                                    Bill Wood (330-284-4779;; Louisville Rotary Club          Brent Rice (330-749-7120;; Wooster Rotary Club
Let’s Step-Up Giving, Rotary District 6650!
  • Foundation contributions from our District are slowing a bit. Remember to send your contribution form in and get a chance to win a free Paul Harris Fellow.  Contact our District Rotary Foundation Chair Linda Fergason if you need another copy of the letter that was sent to you in November.
  • Make a holiday gift in name of a loved one or family member.
  • Include the Rotary Foundation in your year-end charitable giving.
  • Make a gift online at
  • Transfer Your Points!      
  • Check out the PAUL HARRIS FELLOW RECOGNITION TRANSFER REQUEST FORM and how to use points for PHF Recognition
  • An often-overlooked option... transfer points to another Rotarian, family member, to honor a deceased loved one, or a noted community leader to make them a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • The RI Support Center: 1-866-9ROTARY (1-866-976-8279) or e-mail:
Rotary District 6650 Foundation Chair
Linda S. Fergason
12938 Bayton St. NE
Alliance, Ohio 44601
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 difficult. Your account helps RI collect data: 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.
  • February 12, 2022, Saturday, District 6650 Mid-Year Assembly at University of Mount Union, 8:00 AM - Noon. Alliance, Ohio
  • April 2, 2022, Saturday, District 6650 4-way Test Speech Judging Finally at Arrowhead Golf & Event Center, North Canton, Ohio. In person as of now.
  • Saturday June 25, 2022, District 6650 Conference at Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio.
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. 

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.
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

Please share your club’s stories by the 5th of the month for inclusion in the next monthly bulletin 
Community Project to provide food to those in need in our community. We provided food to prepare their holiday meal as well as staple food items to prepare breakfast and lunch the week that school is out. 74 families were provided assistance.

At the November Canfield Rotary pancake breakfast members of our Interact Club helped to make the day a great success. Over 20 Interact students welcomed community members, provided place settings, and served attendees.
Pictured are Interact members Sophia nelson and Maria Socciarelli.
The Cortland Rotarians participated in Operation Warm thanks to the coordination by club members, Jo Taylor, Donna Zuga, and Past District
Governor Debbie Esbenshade of the Youngstown Club. Students in need of winter coats from the Lakeview Local School District will receive these coats in time for the cold winter weather.
November was a busy month...
Sponsored horse & carriage rides during Cortland’s Small Business Saturday, Christmas lights in Rotary Park
The club hosted their 56th annual pancake breakfast on November 13th and served around 500 guests.
Join us for this annual fun event. Snow golf, silent auction, reverse raffle, food and drink.
Support needed via sponsorships and auction donations.
Wreaths across America on Saturday December 18th. Over 100 volunteers placing 2500 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Calvary Cemetery. Newly elected Perry Twp. Trustees Lisa Nelligan & Matt Miller attended and participated in the wreath laying.
The club hosted their annual 25th Annual Turkey Trot on November 25th.
Perry Rotary members enjoyed visiting all Perry Local Elementary School classrooms for a visit from Santa, The Grinch, Frosty & Ralphie who delivered candy and holding joy to the kiddos!
Are you feeling lucky?!
Join the Rotary Club of Plain Township for "Let the Good Times Roll" Casino Night and Auction  
Saturday, February 12, 2022, at La Pizzeria.
This year we will be raising money for three worthy non-profits: • Whole Latte Love Café Inc. • Domestic Violence Project Inc • Aunt Susie’s Cancer Wellness Center for Women Inc.
Tickets: $60 per person. Includes One Casino Game Play, appetizers and desserts, Professional Casino Games, Silent & Chance Auction, Raffles, 50/50, Wine Pull, Cash Bar and more!
Professional Casino Games: Blackjack, Poker, Roulette Wheel, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold Em’, Craps Table and Let It Ride Casino game earnings “funny money” will be exchanged for chance prizes worth at least $50. (No cash payouts.)
Purchase tickets online at (small fee for credit card processing) or from any Plain Township Rotarian.
The club had a great day decorating the bridges in the Village and even had a chance to grab a picture with the Poland Express!
SALEM ROTARY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
The Salem Club celebrated 100 years of service on November 20th...Congratulations!
WOOSTER ROTARY...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The club held their annual food drive for People to People in conjunction with the College of Wooster basketball team and the Al Van Wie Rotary Tournament. A clinic was held for kids in grades 3-6. Food donations were accepted for participation in the clinic and entry to the basketball games.
The Fourth Annual 2022 Groundhog Beerfest being held by the Rotary Club of Youngstown on January 29, 2022.
There will be two sessions on that date, 12:00-4:00 PM and 5:00-9:00 PM          
Tickets are available online through the Stambaugh Auditorium box office and are $70 for the VIP sessions and $50 for the General Sessions.                                                                                                                                           
Sponsorship opportunities available.                                 
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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