Rotary District 6650
     May 2020 Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 10


May is Youth Service Month
ZONE 2019-20
District Governor's Corner
May’s Message from the Governor,
Who would have thought our world would be turned upside down, the freedom and control of our lives immediately ceased by the COVID-19 Virus? Now is the time for Rotarians to shine! Now is the time to start at home with our own members. We are a family and as such please reach out to one another. Many of our members are having trouble obtaining financial assistance. Many small businesses will not make it out of this terrible time. If possible, please support your local small businesses and Rotarians. Most importantly, if you hear of a Rotarian who has become ill from to Covid-19 please extend our Rotary family support to their family.
Thank you all for all the wonderful things you are doing around the district. Flags are being flown, food donations given, and PPE being made. You are making a difference and I am so proud of our Rotarians in District 6650. Compassion given, in periods like this, makes all the difference in the world to someone in need.
This is Youth Services month. Rotary focuses on the development of young people up to the age of 30. We do this through our programs such as Rotartact, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange and New Generations Exchange Program. Investing the development of a young professional can definitely change the world.
Rotarians are leaders and as such now is the time to plan for our future. We can not go back to yesterday but we can look forward to tomorrow. We have learned many new ways of doing things and very effective platforms of virtual communication. I assure you that Rotary International is learning as well. Yes, they too will come out of this as a stronger healthier organization.
Be extra safe, continue social distancing, and we will talk again soon.
Dan Morgan
DG D6650 Rotary Connects the World
District Rotary Foundation - - Update
These are certainly difficult times in our own homes, communities, country, and around the world.
Rotary is here to help.
The Rotary Disaster Response Fund helps districts around the world respond to disasters including COVID-19. The fund accepts online contributions at
Clubs may also use Local District Grant funds to support local activities like purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), thermometers, ventilators, or other items to donate to medical professionals or community members who are in need. If unsure, contact a local healthcare facility and ask what they can do with your club’s donation.
If your club has not yet spent its current Local District Grant, you may redirect those funds to a project to assist with the needs in your community.
If you would like to spend next Rotary year’s Local District Grant funds now for a current project of support, you can do so and reimburse your club’s expense in Aug when the funds arrive. Contact me to find out how much your club may be eligible for.
Rotary has a larger Disaster Response Grant which can provide a fast and effective way to respond to local events including COVID-19. Each district can apply for one grant (of up to $25,000) to address COVID-19, depending on the availability of funds. If you have a need in your community, please let me know.
Covid-19 and World Communities
-Article submitted by: PDG Meena Patel
I just came back from India bringing with me these images of covid-19 lockdown.
India News Paper Headlines:
“India Fights Corona. Behavior is a function of culture, seldom to do with affluence”    -------
People making effort to follow orders to wear mask.
--- I live in a village. We live in a hut but many times I sleep in the open with my dad and my brother. I do not know what is Corona but my mom said I have to put mask on when I am outside. She helped me make this one.
--- We live in a village. Corona is killing people so we have to wear mask our prime minister says. I do not have money to buy mask or cloth to make one. So I use leaf of a Banyan tree to cover the nose and mouth for me and my little brother. 
Newspaper Headings:   
                                                                                                            “Covid-19 lockdown in Mumbai is for 20 million humans but peacocks, India’s National bird, are happy roaming and dancing in the deserted streets of Mumbai”.  Click here to view the video of the peacocks dancing in the streets.
    Spotted Dear in the parks of Pune never seen before.
                  Peacocks roaming in Mumbai streets
Beautiful Sunrise never seen so beautifully because of heavy pollution of larger cities all the time.
“Pollution index of Mumbai and Delhi is far better now. Thanks for no vehicle traffic”.
                                                                                                                                            Meena Patel   
District 6650 Rotary Club Projects
2019-20 District Awards
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to showcase the projects that your club has completed throughout the 2019-20 Rotary year.
District award submissions can be mailed or emailed to PDG Debbie Esbenshade, District 6650 award chairperson at:
  • 34 E. Western Reserve Rd., Unit 2, Poland, Ohio 44514; 
The deadline for submitting your club's submission is Friday, May 22, 2020.
Winners will be announced no later than June 15, 2020.  
Click on the following links to view the descriptions/criteria and rubrics for this year's District awards.
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