Rotary District 6650
       July 2021 Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 1


July is New Leadership Month
The East Canton Rotary Club achieved 100% Paul Harris Club
“The Path Forward”
My friends. I want to welcome all of you to a new year of Rotary service for 2021-2022.  Most importantly, we owe a great amount of appreciation for the leadership exemplified by past District Governor Linda Henderson. Linda’s dedication and devotion kept District 6650 progressing, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on all our Rotary Club activities.  I consider our district very fortunate to have had Linda’s selfless service to hold us together through such trying times. Thank you, Linda.
I think we all can agree that we have undergone a multitude of experiences, emotions, life challenges, and sacrifices in responding to the effects of COVID-19. Our journey together has been long and exhausting. We truly are living through a historic time for the world, country, state, city, and our families. The vaccines have arrived and are being allocated as supplies are delivered to our health departments, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. This is great news, as they are all considered effective in combating the corona virus. 
As we look forward to 2021, our thinking does not have to be limited to the end of this year. I am also thinking about what we will be doing in 2022 ,2023, 2024, and beyond. We cannot see the future, but we can steer ourselves where we want to go. I think it is important that our clubs have plans to rebuild, reflect, revitalize, and reinforce for the present and the future. There is a popular adage often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the father of time management: "failing to plan is planning to fail." Planning is essential to achieving success in all areas of life, including our government, businesses, educational communities, for our residents, and especially for Rotary as our clubs strive to become better.
Let us work together and chart a path forward with a vision of optimism—a path that leads to healing and hopefulness, to reconnecting with each other, and to the anticipation of brighter days ahead. Please join your District Administration for a Welcome Back 6650 event on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM at the MAPS Air Museum, located at 2260 International Pkwy, North Canton, OH 44720. This event includes free admission and a complimentary meal, which will be served from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Register your club and the number of people attending with the District office by Friday, August 13, 2021. I hope to see you there.
Steve Wilder
District Rotary Foundation
I am very proud to announce that a total of $48,618.00 will be distributed to 33 clubs for local district grants, a record for our district.
PROJECT 2021-22
Appliances for Habitat Home
Homeless Veterans Food Project
Boardman Youth Baseball for Disabled
Canal Fulton
High School Scholarships
Update Gazebo on the Green
Pack the Bus - Food/Clothing for Children
Canton South
School Test Prep/Buddy Benches
Revitalize Butterfly Garden OSU Extension Office
Little Free Library Literacy Project
Operation Warm Coat
East Canton
Kindergarten Safety Program
East Liverpool
Safe Neighbors - Rehabilitate Properties
School Food Pantry
Howland Twp
Historic Society Repairs
High School Scholarships
Jackson Township
Community Scholarship
Renovate Kinsman American Legion Hall
Lake Township
Hartville Lake Community Development
Park Rehabilitation
Elementary/Middle School Student Mentoring
Community Park Restoration
Dictionary Project
North Canton
Freezer for 'Compassion Delivered' (meals for ill)
Mobile Medical Charts Startzman Clinic
Perry Twp
Perry Food Pantry Support
Plain Township
Picnic Shelter Glenwood Park
Downtown Event Support
Third Grade Dictionary Project
Community Health Screening
Park Rotary Pavillion Update
Dictionary Project
High School and College Scholarships
Support for United Returning Citizens (URC)
I must also tell you that after many years, I have decided to step down as Chair of the District Foundation Committee. I will be assisting Linda Fergason as she transitions into leadership.
It has been my pleasure to advance The Rotary Foundation cause in our District. Together we have made a difference both locally and around the world.
The District Foundation Committee has:
  • successfully educated Rotarians across the District on both local and global grants and the activities of The Rotary Foundation.
  • successfully raised funds for The Foundation with our unique fall fundraisers with Tim & Anna videos and matching Foundation Points providing both educational and enticement opportunities for members to donate. We have raised more than $250K in the past 5 years.
  • increased local grant fund utilization across the District with now three-quarters of Clubs involved.
  • increased grant support across the globe.
We have had recent Rotary Global Grant projects providing funding for several classroom-based libraries for elementary schools in Vietnam; oxygen concentrator for India; advanced life support equipment and education in Honduras; farmers cultivating equipment and goat farming in India; a women’s diagnostic center in Sri Lanka; 600 portable computers for schools in India; acid-attack survivor support in Uganda; mini-science centers in India; ophthalmic equipment for The Rotary Clinic in Kashmir, India; a Boys & Girls Club van in St Thomas; a hospital-based dialysis center in the Philippines; and our Military Family Veterans Center in Louisville and GiGi’s Playhouse Global Grant in Canton, Ohio.
I have made so many friends in Rotary. I thank you for your support.
Sincerely - Dr. Peter Apicella, past-DRFC (
Welcome Back 6650 Event
      August 29, 2021
      1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
        MAPS Air Museum
         2260 International Pkwy
         North Canton, Ohio  44720
 Registration cost:
       Free admission
       Complimentary Meal (served from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm)
All Rotarians and spouses are invited
End Polio Now Event At Progressive Field
Come join your fellow Rotarians from District 6650, District 6630 and District 6600 for a night of fellowship on Thursday, July 22, 2021, to watch the Cleveland Indians play the Tampa Bay Rays.  The gates will open at 6:00 pm and the first pitch will be at 7:10 pm.  
This Rotary event includes access to the 4th Floor Terrace Club, dinner and Pepsi products, exclusive raffles and silent auctions.
All tickets include a contribution to The End Polio Campaign.
2021-22 District 6650 Governor Steve Wilder
Stephan B. Wilder
Mayor, City of North Canton     
      Stephan B. Wilder began his esteemed law enforcement career with the City of North Canton in 1981 as an unpaid auxiliary officer. In 1983, he was hired as a part-time patrolman.  His full-time service to the citizens of North Canton began in 1986 when he became a full-time patrolman, followed by his appointment to Lieutenant in 1996, and later to Chief of Police in May 2011. Stephan’s exemplary years of service have been characterized by hard work, dedication, and a strong sense of community.
      After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Kent State University, Stephan went on to obtain a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University in 2010.  His education also includes the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police and Command and the Ohio Police Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Leadership College.  He was honored at Northwestern University with the Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award, which is given to a student who best displays the dedication, devotion, ethics, sense of justice, and other professional values that exemplify the kind of leadership needed in law enforcement community and was also inducted into the Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. In addition, Stephan has been the recipient of the Silver Antelope Award in Scouting, Honorary Lifetime Member North Canton Jaycees, and the 2014 North Canton Chamber of Commerce Service Appreciation Award.    
      After retiring from the North Canton Police Department in 2017, Stephan continued to serve the community in many civic and professional organizations, including the North Canton YMCA, the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary International. He joined Rotary as a founding member of the Rotary Club of Plain Township on May 1, 1984. He served as its President from 1992-1993. He joined the Rotary Club of North Canton on May 1, 2010, where he will serve as District 6650 Governor in 2021-2022.  He maintains memberships in the Ohio Association Chiefs of Police, Mayor’s Association of Portage, Summit & Stark Counties, and the Boy Scouts of America Buckeye Council.
      Beyond his participation in these organizations, Stephan still felt a strong desire to serve his community in an even greater capacity. Thus, he began campaigning in early 2019 for his current (and perhaps proudest) role as Mayor of the City of North Canton, taking the oath of office on December 1, 2019, at the stroke of midnight.  He and his wife Mary have been married for 41 years.
      Mayor Stephan B. Wilder’s vision and goal for his beloved City has remained constant throughout his life: making North Canton a better place to live, work, and grow.  His greatest aspiration is to foster a community where people unite to create a positive, lasting change in the community.
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