Rotary District 6650
      July 2017 Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 1


District Governor's Corner
Governor’s Column (July 2017)
Hello everyone. This is my first governor’s column. I am writing it in advance because by now I should be busy with my official visits to the clubs. I am excited about those visits. Every past district governor told me that they loved their club visits. And why not? District 6650 has 46 great clubs, each providing support to their communities and beyond. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful group, and I hope that you are too.
I have personal priorities in mind for this year, and I will be talking about that as part of my club visits. They can be summarized in three words: Explore, Share, and Enjoy.
Explore. One of the best pieces of advice that I received when I first joined Rotary was to reach out beyond my club to see how truly amazing Rotary was. I encourage you to do the same. Visit nearby clubs, meet other Rotarians, and see how Rotary attracts wonderful people. Attend district events and volunteer to get involved in district activities. I can tell you that you will meet incredible people at the district level. Explore Rotary through their website ( and their YouTube channel. Rotarians truly are “Making a Difference” in the world (our theme for 2017-2018). Finally, if you can, attend a Rotary International convention. The 2018 convention is in Toronto, one of my favorite cites to visit and a short distance from anywhere in our district. You can find out about the Toronto convention and register at
Share. Let people know about us. Invite your friends and colleagues to be your guest at one of your meetings. Pick a meeting with a good speaker and make sure you introduce your guests to some of your members. Don’t put pressure on them to join right away. That is a bit like asking someone to marry you on the first date. Let them get to know you, and let them know that if they want to learn more, you would be happy to tell them more. Show your Rotary affiliation by wearing a Rotary shirt, jacket, or pin. Post the Four-Way test in your office or get a Rotary license plate. I have met more than a dozen people from all over the country simply because I was wearing something Rotary or they were. I enjoyed meeting every one of them.
Enjoy. Rotary is both rewarding and fun. We support each other like siblings, and also tease one another in a good-natured manner, also like siblings. Who says you have to wear sackcloth and ashes to make the world a better place. Rotarians change the world and their community while wearing a smile (as well as some more traditional clothing). Think about how appealing that makes us as a group.
Membership Challenge
Under DG Sieglinde’s leadership, our membership grew last year. We were one of the few districts in the United States that did grow. My priority this year is membership growth. My official visit talk is designed to sing the praises of Rotary membership, so I hope that you will invite friends and colleagues to my club visit. In fact, I hope that you will invite guests regularly. If your club has a lot of guests, some will want to become members and you will grow.
I have agreed to give each club that achieves a specified membership growth in 2017-2018 a Paul Harris Fellowship. The criteria for receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship is a net growth of 10% (with a minimum net growth of 5 people). Although this is a challenge, it is achievable for every club. The key is to reach out and invite people to your meetings and then make them comfortable when they attend. Not everyone will want to join, but many will.
Creating Satellite Clubs
Right now, my energies are focused on completing my official club visits, but shortly, I want to talk with selected clubs about whether they might be interested in sponsoring a satellite club that meets on a different day and time. I am hearing from Rotarians around the district that many potential new members are interested but find that traditional lunch meetings are just too difficult to fit into their schedule. I would love to offer alternatives, such as breakfast or early evening meetings, and perhaps meetings without the cost and time associated with a meal. Rotary clubs attract amazing people, people who care about their community and the world. We do not want to exclude potential members because our meeting times are times that they cannot make. If your club is interested, contact me now and we can begin to talk about it.
DG Mike Raulin

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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District 6650 Clubs Making a Difference
District Rotary Foundation
As we begin a new Rotary year, the District Rotary Foundation Committee has approved Global Grant funds for a number of international club projects from our District.
We would like the all clubs in the District to work with together to support these projects both financially and by any means they can. Please contact the Rotarians below for more information.
  • Assist Acid Attack Survivors in Uganda - Julia Wetstein  of the Warren club.
  • Children Safe Uganda – vocational support for students - Kathleen Musso of the Steubenville club.
  • Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) - Advanced Life Support equipment (ALS) and education (manikins, airway, EKG, BP, tubes) - Becky Jewel of the Orville club.
  • Oholi Agriculture Equipment Bank - To assist farmer cultivating land (remember we provided a water well last year). PDG Meena Patel
  • STEM in India - Create Mini Science Centers to assist education of science and technology (STEM) by providing equipment and education to children in villages where no science educational tools are available and promoting the concept ‘Learning by ‘Doing to help to develop new scientists for the future. PDG Meena Patel
  • School Sanitation in Chennai, India - Assist in providing sanitation facilities in 32 schools in Madras Coromandel, India, which are being rebuilt with 19 partner clubs. PDG George Hays
Welcome the 2017-18 Inbound Exchange Students
It’s that time of year again, the Youth Exchange Committee and participating clubs in District 6650 are gearing up for the arrival of our 2017-2018 Inbound class.  This year, clubs in the district will host students from Chile, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, France, and Argentina.  The committee would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the following clubs who will be hosting:  Orrville, Louisville, Salem, Jackson Township, East Palestine, Wooster, Alliance, Canfield, Canton, Champion, Massillon, Minerva, Dover, and Boardman.  Without the commitment from these clubs, we would not be able to host the number of students that we do each year.

Also, on July 29, the Youth Exchange Committee will be conducting a session for our recent Rebounds so they can discuss their experiences abroad with other Rebounds and discuss the challenges they face in readjusting to life in the United States or as we in Youth Exchange call it, “reverse culture shock.”  On this same date, we will also be hosting a “Bon Voyage/Welcome Home” Party to recognize our Rebounds and to wish our Outbounds a wonderful year abroad.

East Liverpool Rotarian, Linda Henderson, to be DGND 2020-2021
Twelve  Past District Governors and District Governor Nominee, Dan Morgan, attended the East Liverpool weekly Rotary meeting to announce that East Liverpool Rotarian, Linda Henderson, had been selected to be District 6650 Governor for the the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  
Linda joined the East Liverpool Rotary Club in 2005.  Linda is a past president of the East Liverpool Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and is presently the Assistant Governor for District 6650, Division 4B.   Linda has been chairperson of the Youth Exchange Committee, Membership Committee, and the Foundation Committee.  Linda has also served on the District Training Committee.
Linda and her husband Fred currently live in East Liverpool.  They have two grown daughters, Lori Price (Bruce) of Snohomish, Washington and Heather Keeton (Vince) of Tobaccoville, North Carolina.  They also have five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
To view Linda's full biography and pictures of the induction, click on the "View More" tab below.
Start Thinking about RYLA
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is about 7 months away, but work is already underway to make it another fantastic weekend for student attendees. We hope that every club will sponsor at least one student this year. We have been very close to 100% participation from the District 6650 clubs the last few years. We charge the club a flat fee for each student that covers expenses, and we do not charge students or their families anything.
We are always looking for Rotarians who would like to be a part of the RYLA program. If you would like to be a facilitator, working with the students during RYLA, or just learn more about what would be involved, contact either Barb Loudon ( or Mike Raulin ( Anyone who wishes to be involved is welcome, but we could especially use female and/or minority-group facilitators. We like to have as much diversity as possible among the facilitators to show by example the diversity found among leaders.
We will be contacting clubs about RYLA in just a few months. Please respond quickly in committing to sponsoring students and then in recruiting students and getting their names to Barb Loudon. It is an incredible task to organize 100 students, get all the paperwork completed, arrange the roommate assignments, coordinate with the hotel, and plan all the events for the RYLA conference. The earlier we get the names of the students, the easier it is to complete all of these tasks in time for the event. Thank you in advance for your support of the great program.
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