January 2020 District Governor's Thoughts........

HAPPY NEW YEAR…. Let’s make this the best year yet!
Can you believe we are half way through the year? Are you happy with the what you were able to accomplish on a personal, professional and Rotarian level in 2019? If not, what are we going to change? Yes, we will be changing the Governor in six months and some of you may be looking forward to that. LOL But with the new year comes the opportunity to try again to reach our goals and objectives. The blessings of being a Rotarian seem to be endless but for me. I am most grateful to have the opportunity to work with you six more months. I hope by the end of the year, you all know how much I care about each of you.
January is dedicated as Vocational Service Month. Our organization’s greatest strength lies in the individual Rotarian. This is the time of the year to highlight the business and/or professional life of each Rotarian. The very basis of Rotary: Engaging leaders around the world, exchanging ideas and taking action, is built upon the strength of each of you. The better we know each other, the closer our bond and the more effective we can serve others.
I only have a few club visits left. What I can say is how important each and every club in District 6650 is to their community and to the world. No matter if you belong to a very small club or a very large club you are so appreciated and a real blessing to each other. Please know that our District leadership is filled with people from all the clubs that truly would like to assist you in YOUR Goals. I have heard from many clubs how they would like to join other clubs for meetings, service projects, and socials. I am so happy to hear that message. Some of our clubs do not meet every week and some are lunch clubs that change to a breakfast once a month.
Give some thought to having a joint lunch or breakfast meeting with a neighboring club or division of clubs. The more we unite the stronger we will be. The more we unite the better we can serve.
I am super excited for 2020. I believe the best is yet to be. Congratulations on a great 2019 and remember Rotary Connects the World!
Highest regards,
Dan Morgan DG 6650
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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this year's District Conference which will be held on May 16, 2020 at the Kent State University Stark. 
This year's District Conference will be a one day event which will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 8:30 p.m.
This informative event will keep you busy from sun up to sun down with .....
  • Service Project 
  • 6 - 8 Breakout Sessions
  • Social - Happy Hour
  • Distinguished Speakers
    • Justice Kennedy - Luncheon Speaker
    • Mary Beth Growney Selene - Keynote Speaker speaking on "Empowering Women in Rotary" and "Rotary Strategic Plan"
  • Entertainment
Every Rotarian, Prospective Rotarians, Spouse/Partners, Family, Friends and Neighbors are encouraged to attend this ALL DAY event.
To view this year's District Conference packages, click on this LINK!
To Register for this year's District Conference, click on this LINK!

DG Dan Morgan's December Message

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
“Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together. Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS,
Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.”
We all can be very proud to be part of such a tremendous initiative to help mankind live longer and healthier lives. Only together can we be powerful enough to make such a difference. Thanksgiving reminds us to pause and be grateful for our blessings. You are making a big difference in the world and we all should be so proud of what we are accomplishing through Rotary. Your gift of life is a gift that is given 365 days a year.  Thank you for your impact upon the world.
I am closing in on the end of my visits. I have been very touched by your kindness and hard work. Whether you are a small, medium, or large club we are blessed by each and every one of you! We are so fortunate to have so many enthusiastic Rotarians in our District.
Many Clubs have auctioned off their wine. Please remember this wine consistently earns 91 to 92 points by Wine Spectator. Please make your check out to the Rotary Foundation and sign the Contribution Form in the bag. The check and form are to be given to Lauri Coy for proofing and tallying. We will process it for you! Have fun, be generous, and remember your contributions are saving lives.
A special wish of health and happiness upon you this Holiday season. May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. One of our wishes in 2020 is to provide you with the best Rotary Experience possible.
Abundant Blessings                  DG Dan Morgan
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District Governor's Monthly Message

District Governor’s Corner July 2019

Almost all months have a theme and July is the Transition Month. We are transitioning from the tremendous success of PDG Scott Schulick, his Leadership Team, AG’s, Chairs, Committee Members, Presidents and Fellow Rotarians. Thank you for all of your hard work and accomplishments. We plan to start where the District finished and continue the progress made last year. If we continue to focus on Fellowship, Leadership, Integrity, Diversity and Service above self, we too will have an amazing year.

We hope to make this bulletin fun to read and visually enjoyable. Please send Lauri funny pictures of your Club Officers or Fellow Rotarians. We also would appreciate photos of your service projects. Please let Lori, DGE Linda, DGN Steve or I know about yours and your fellow Rotarians life events. We would like to know about any special awards or recognitions earned or given to Rotarians, or special events as: 50-year anniversaries and, babies. Please also let us know about fellow Rotarians that passed away.

This year our Presidents Elect and their clubs worked on a service project called My Very Own Blanket. There are over 17000 foster children in Ohio from 0 to age 18. Many of these children are taken from their home with only the clothes on their backs. To be given a blanket with their name and a Rotary label attached, is a moment they may never forget. It is a gift they can wrap themselves up in a find the warmth they may be missing in life. I would not be surprised that many will keep their blanket their entire life. Such an amazing gift and each one only cost $10.00. I am so proud and grateful for your hard work. District 6650 actually won a beautiful trophy for achieving first place among 5 Districts for the number of blankets submitted. Thank each and every club and family member who spent so much time making these blankets.

District Trainers Greg Blasiman and Jim Ondrus are working hard on our One Rotary Summit Fall Assembly. Last year we had over 100 in attendance. It was an action-packed day and enjoyed by all. We will meet this year on September 14th from 9 to 12 at Courtney’s Banquet Center in Alliance. A continental breakfast will be available. Please let Jim, Greg, Lauri, DGE Linda, DGN Steve Wilder or myself know about any training you or your club would like this year. We are so fortunate to have so many Rotarians in the District who are willing to help you with your requests.

Vicky and I have been blessed to have been invited to a number of events so far. We really enjoy the time we share with fellow Rotarians. I want to give you a heart warm thank you for attending the Awards and Installation program. I really enjoyed talking with you and your partners/spouses. For the past 29 years I have shared with my family about the kind hearts and endless willingness to serve by our fellow Rotarians and good friends. It was really a joy to have my family share the evening with all of you.

I have started my visits and have enjoyed them far more than can be imagined. If your club has not called, or emailed me with possible dates for my visit, please do so. I would like to end this brief message with a reminder that August is Membership and New Club Development Month. We have many people eager to help you with your goals of membership and new club development. Just drop me a line and we will do our best to assist.

I am so eager to watch each of your clubs as they assist in “Rotary Connects the World”.

Dan Morgan
DG 2019/20
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DGE Dan Morgan and DG Scott Schulick would like to invite you to attend the District 6650's Awards & Governor's Installation.  This event will be held on Thursday evening, July 11, 2019 at 6:30pm at The Courtney Banquet Hall, 981 East State Street, Alliance, Ohio.   
All Rotarians are invited and encouraged to attend!
$30 per person - dinner buffet - "including vegetarian and vegan options"
Bahamas Attire or Flamingo Pink Attire (in honor of RI President Barry Rassin), or Business  Attire
We will also use this event as an opportunity to have a formal installation of the the new District Governor Dan Morgan as he begins his year as our district leader.  The Rotary Clubs of Youngstown and Jackson Township will exchange the host club banner and Scott will pass the DG pin to DGE Dan.
We have invited and secured commitments from Rotary International Directors Floyd Lancia (Zones 30/31) and Stephanie Urchick (Zones 28/29.)  Floyd Lancia will be keynote speaker and officially welcome District 6650 to Zones 30/31.  Stephanie Urchick will have some special presentations as well.


One of your most important tasks is to nominate the District Governor candidate for 2021-22.  Upon selection, this person will become the District Governor Nominee-Designate (2021-22).  This is an important task.
Most of the clubs in our District have qualified individuals.  They are leaders in their club.  Many have served as President, (a requirement), Assistant Governor, are successful in their business and profession and are leaders in their church and/or community.  Our job is to select the best qualified individual!
To qualify to be nominated, he or she
  1. Must have served as a club president for a full term.
  2. Must have been a Rotarian for at least seven (7) years before taking office.
  3. Must be nominated by a resolution adopted by his or her club members (sample attached). 
  4. Of course, the candidate must agree to the commitment of serving as District Governor.
We ask that each club survey their membership and select the best available candidate.  Subsequently, you should seek his or her permission to place their name in nomination for the office of District Governor in Rotary year 2021-22.  Click on this link to view the current nomination application form.
All nominations, accompanied by the club adopted resolution, must be in the hands of the committee by 31 May 2019.
Please submit the nominations to the Nominating Committee Chair, Scott R. Schulick, at 1012 Old Furnace Rd., Youngstown, OH  44511


Registration is now open for 2019 Better Together, District 6650 & 6690 Joint District Conference.  

The 2019 Better Together, District Conference Committee has been working hard to bring you a one-of-a-kind experience.  

We are excited to welcome Past RI President KR Ravi Ravindran from Sri Lanka as our Keynote Speaker for the All-Club Lunch on Friday.  Other highlights of the Conference are:
  • House of Friendship – Meet fellow Rotarians from all around Eastern Ohio.  Discover great new service projects to bring back to your home club.  Enjoy entertainment and activities while making new friends.  
  • RO-Talks – TED Talks for Rotary.  Learn from Rotarians and Non-Rotarians about inspiring projects and ideas to enhance your Rotary experience. 
  • Workshops – A wide selection of workshops are offered to inform and educate.  Everything from Active Shooter Preparedness and Building a Stronger Club to Diversity, Adversity and Inclusion.  You might even want to check out the Mystery Workshop with DG Scott and DG Craig, it will be fun, fun, fun!
  • Morning of Service – Attendees will join with over 70 Youth Exchange Students for Hands-On service projects.  Packing meals for 3rd world countries and cutting old denim to be made into shoes for Ugandans are among the projects planned.  
  • Caribbean Dinner and Dance Party – Relax and be entertained by the Canal Winchester High School Steel Drum Band while you enjoy cocktails and dinner.  Then, we will dance to the sounds of Shakin’ and Stirred Live Band.  Be sure to wear your Island Attire!
2019 Better Together
2 Zones, 2 Districts, 106 Clubs & over 5,500 Rotarians = 1 Awesome Conference

Don’t miss it!
To view Sponsorship Opportunities for this year's District Conference, click on this LINK.
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Are you a closet artist?
Do you have a hidden talent that no one  knows about?
Donate your original artwork for auction and sale for the Rotary District 6650 Rotary Foundation Art Auction.
We are looking for Rotarians and friends and family of Rotarians to donate their original artwork for this year's District Rotary Event.  All mediums will be accepted - including paint, ceramic, pottery, fabric, needle arts and photography.
Please turn in donation forms by December 15, 2018.
All art must be submitted by January 11, 2019 (either deliver or ship to the District Rotary Office in Canton or the SOAP Gallery in Youngstown.
To view pictures of the artwork which will be auctioned off at this event, click on this link: http://rotary6650.org/index.php/artauction2019   
Are you interested in Sponsoring the 2018 Rotary Foundation Art Auction?
Click on these links to view the Sponsorship Opportunities and Sponsorship Form.

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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Rotary District Foundation - December 2017 

Dear Rotarians:
Congratulations to all of us on the approval of our Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) Rotary Global Grant - to provide state-of-the-art basic, advanced, pediatric, and neonatal life support education and equipment including manikins to train trainers, medical professionals, and first-responders in Honduras (read more below).
Special thanks to Rotarians Kathryn Tschiegg and Becky Jewel and the Orville Club for their efforts. Starting with just $15,000 of our District Designated Funds, they raised more than $16,000 through local clubs: Orrville, Dennison, Plain Township, Dalton, Wooster, Salem, Massillon, Canton South, North Canton, Canton, East Canton, and Stow-Munroe Falls; the host club of Santa Rosa de Copan; and a number of generous Rotarians. This was matched by over $28,000 by The Rotary Foundation providing $60,602 for this project!
Click this LINK to view the rest of this article.
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District Rotary Foundation - November Update

Dear Rotarians:
We are mid-way through Foundation month, and we have already raised a few thousand dollars through our Paul Harris Fellow Challenge ($20 donation for a chance to win a Paul Harris Fellow award).
I hope that each of you were able to watch the video with Tim & Anna presenting information on Leaving a Legacy. We can all make a difference through the Foundation now and in the future.
If you have not yet returned your donation envelope to your club leader, please do so. The contest ends on Dec 31st.
I would love your feedback on all aspects of the video and PHF challenge. Many clubs have commented positively on the progression of videos over the past few years. All three videos are available at www.Rotary6650.org. Email me at Peter@salemrad.com.
As a reminder the District Rotary Foundation Committee has approved Global Grants for several international projects this year. We would like all clubs and individual members to consider supporting these projects. Donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt and donations count towards Paul Harris Fellow status.
Empowerment of young women Mekong Delta, Vietnam - Education in the prevention of trafficking. PDG Sieglinde Warren, Do Nguyen D6600.
Assist Acid Attack Survivors in Uganda - Concentrated sulfuric acid is inexpensive weapon used in premeditated attacks leaving hundreds of women physically, psychologically, and socially scarred. Julia Wetstein jwetste@yahoo.com of the Warren club.
Children Safe Uganda – Children Safe Uganda is a child and community development organization and funds will provide vocational support for students - Kathleen Musso kathymusso528@gmail.com of the Steubenville club.
Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) - Funds will provide state-of-the-art basic, advanced, pediatric, and neonatal life support education and equipment including manikins to train trainers, medical professionals, and first-responders in Honduras - Becky Jewel bljewell@zoominternet.net of the Orville club.
Ahmadnagar Agriculture Equipment Bank - Funds will assist farmers cultivating land in Ahmadnagar, India. PDG Meena Patel durdarshan19@gmail.com.
Oholi STEM Program - Funds will create a mini science center to assist STEM education by providing equipment and education to children in the Oholi village where no science educational tools are available promoting the concept ‘Learning by Doing'. This is the village where we placed a water well this past year freeing up children to learn rather than carry water all day. PDG Meena Patel durdarshan19@gmail.com.
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 haysgws@gmail.com.
Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to email or call me with questions/concerns.
Peter Apicella, M.D., DRFC
330-207-0500 (cell)
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One-Plus-One Anniversary Gala Review

Over 200 Rotarians attended the One-Plus-One Anniversary Gala hosted by 14 Rotary Clubs of Division II, in District 6650, on Wednesday, November 15 at LaPizzaria in Canton, Ohio.  The unique highlight of the celebration was the presence of present trustee of The Rotary Foundation, Mary Beth Growney-Selene.
The Celebration, centered on the 101st year of service of The Rotary Foundation, showcasing our club’s achievements collectively and individually in our communities and those throughout the world.  Dr. Peter Apicella, District Rotary Foundation Chair, offered information about our local Foundation campaign efforts.   PDG Dr. Meena Patel highlighted unique history of Rotary's visionaries of Ohio and service of our Rotarians in District 6650, which ran parallel to that of The Rotary Foundation for all these 101 years.  The Best part of the evening was the presence of Mary Beth Growney-Selene, who addressed the Rotarians, thanked them for their service and challenged them to continue to serve.
The Rotary Clubs of Louisville and East Canton hosted a breakfast for military veterans and their families, gold and blue star families, on the morning of the gala.  Blue star mother Susan O'Conner shared her experience and agonies as the parent of five veterans and how equine therapy has been a lifesaver for several of her children.
Ken Harbaugh, a retired Navy Pilot, the founder and Past President of Team Rubicon,  a disaster relief organization utilizing the skills and talents of the military veterans, presented information on how this organization grew from 8 volunteers to 50,000, working tirelessly in USA as well as different parts of the world making a difference. 
Retired Army Veteran Brook Harless provided information on the services available to military veterans and their families at the SAM (Serving Area Military) Center.  Harless was recently inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame.  Growney-Selene thanked those in attendance for their service and dedication to advocating for and assisting our service men and women.
Growney-Selene was also treated to a tour of the new Military Family Center and learned more about how District 6650 clubs joined forces with various the Stark County Foundations and several local charities along with the Rotary Foundation global grant to raise additional funds for the rehabilitation center benefiting military veterans, first responders, and their families.  During her stay, Growney-Selene also visited the Warther Museum with Meena and toured the Pro Football Hall of Fame with PDG Dave Ewing. 
To view pictures from this event click on this LINK
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2017 Interact Conference

The District 6650 Interact Conference was held at the Salem Community Center November 11th. Nearly 150 participants representing 17 schools were in attendance. The students shared their community service projects, learned about RYLA, Rotaract and Youth Exchange. They also heard from speakers on Cuba, The Disney Internship Program, the state of Global Communications, careers in journalism and from District Governor Mike Raulin
Co-Chairs for the event were Gina Dermotta(Salem) and Tom Baringer(Struthers)
Tom Baringer
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1st. Annual YSU Rotaract End Polio Now 5K

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Are you are runner or know a runner. Please come out and support the new Rotaract club at Youngstown State University. They are having an END POLIO NOW 5K run on Sunday, October 29th. Halloween costumes for runners are welcome! Event Flyer 
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11th. Annual Interact Conference - November 11th

District 6650 will be holding our 11th Annual Interact Conference in Salem on Saturday, November 11th. Students from throughout our District will get the chance to meet other students, exchange ideas and  learn about Rotary programs such as RYLA, Youth Exchange and Rotaract.. Students will also hear from speakers on subjects that they can be involved in after high school. Even if your Club does not currently sponsor an Interact Club, any Rotarian is invited to attend to see the good work these students do.
Click on the following links to view the 2017 Interact Registration form and 2017 Interact Agenda.
Tom Baringer
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November is Foundation Month


Arch Klumph said that the purpose of the RI Foundation was to “do good in the world.” By any reasonable standards, the Foundation has lived up to that promise, and the best is yet to come. Our Foundation is one of the best run in the world, earning perfect scores from Charity Navigator. But perfect scores are not good enough for Rotarians; we want to do even better. We now focus on six areas of needs, and every project is designed to be sustainable long after we complete a project. The areas of focus are:
  • Promoting Peace
  • Providing Clean Water
  • Saving Mothers and Children
  • Supporting Education and Literacy
  • Growing Local Economies
  • Fighting Disease (Polio and so much more)
In the past, the district has had one or more district-wide programs to celebrate Foundation month. We will not be doing that this year. Instead, I would like every club to devote at least one November meeting to the Foundation. Perhaps your club’s Foundation Chair or someone else in the club who is knowledgeable about the Foundation could speak about the many programs supported by the Foundation. There are some wonderful film clips on YouTube and on the Rotary International website that can be played for your club. Learn about the Foundation and you will want to be a part of it.
Last year, our district gave over a quarter of a million dollars to the Foundation (more than $125/per member). That was up $50,000 from the previous year. Part of this legacy stems from a relatively small number of incredibly generous members, and I want to thank every one of those members. But most of that generosity was the result of the majority of members from our district contributing what they can to the Foundation. The decision to contribute should be yours, but if you would like information about how to contribute, feel free to contact me.
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Operation Warm, Inc. was founded in 1998 by Dick Sanford, a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Longwood, PA which still supports the project to this day.  Operation Warm has provided  over 2 million coats and operates in all 50 states.  96% of all funds raised go directly toward the purchase of coats.
These new coats provide more than just warmth.  They allow children to attend school on a regular basis, they improve their self-esteem, and allow their families to spend money on other critical essentials such as food, medical care, rent and fuel.
Operation Warm was introduced to District 6650 in 2012 by then DGE, Debbie Esbenshade from The Rotary Club of Youngstown and Clubs in Division 1a in conjunction with the NE Ohio Ford Dealers Association and Cumulus Broadcasting.  That first year, 703 coats were distributed to our local Salvation Army. 
Operation Warm was the District Project in 2013 during Debbie’s year as District Governor and clubs in our district, along with the NE Ohio Ford Dealers raised almost $63,000 and provided over 3,200 coats to children throughout District 6650 --- in fact, EVERY club in our district participated that year!!  Since 2012, participating clubs in our District have provided over 15,000 new coats to kids in our district!
Contact PDG Debbie Esbenshade  (330-727-6315) if your club would like to participate this year!!  Orders must be placed with Debbie by October 11th.

World Polio Day

October 24 is World Polio Day. I know that several clubs have plans to celebrate, including the Youngstown club. I am looking forward to attending their ceremony on the 24th. I encourage clubs to recognize World Polio Day, perhaps with a brief program at your regular club meeting. Whatever you decide to do, let the media know. This is an incredible Rotary story. Just over 30 years ago, Rotary declared their intention to wipe out Polio, and over those 30 years, we have cut the rate from just over 360,000 new cases a year to less than a dozen (a 99.97% reduction). We worked with more than 100 governments, inoculated 2.5 billion children, negotiated cease fires to allow us to go into war zones to an inoculate children, and in the process we built an infrastructure and set of procedures that will be the model for fighting global disease for decades. Need another reason to be a proud Rotarian? This certainly is a good one.
If your club does not have someone who is comfortable being a media spokesperson for the Polio Plus effort, let me know as soon as possible. We have several knowledgeable people in the district who would be delighted to spread the word beyond Rotary. The program held in Youngstown last year got excellent press coverage.
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Do You Know a Student Who May Be Interested in Being an Outbound Exchange Student?

The first overnighter of the Youth Exchange Year was conducted on August 19-20, at Camp Stambaugh, in Canfield.  We welcomed 17 Inbound Exchange Students to District 6650, provided orientation, processed paperwork, and introduced them to their fellow Inbound students for the 2017-2018 year.  The next overnighter will be sponsored by the Sugarcreek Club on September 30 – October 1. 

We are also starting to recruit for the 2018-2019 Outbound class.  Applications may be accessed and completed at District 6650’s Youth Exchange website.  Applications are due by October 1.  We will be conducting interviews, for the Outbound class, on December 3 and 10 at Louisville High School.  If you would like someone from Youth Exchange to visit your school and discuss the Outbound Program, please contact Bill Wood (330) 284-4779 or Aletha Carver (330) 614-1367.  
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District Rotary Foundation

November Paul Harris Fellow Challenge – Two chances to win a PHF Award for you or a friend - Your Club President should have received a packet with a video featuring Tim and Anna discussing Rotary’s “Leaving a Legacy” program along with envelopes for donations toward the Annual Fund and Polio Plus. For each $20 donated, you will have a chance to win a PHF for you, your spouse, or a friend. Thanks to the generosity of Mike Raulin, District Governor, and Dr. Peter Apicella, Foundation Chair, two such awards will be giving this year. In addition, for each $100 donated, you will have a chance for an overnight stay at the Avalon Inn & Golf Resort, thanks to Sieglinde Warren, Past District Governor. You can preview the video here: www.Rotary6650.org.
Local Grants UPDATE Please keep me informed of progress and send pictures of the final project for the website www.Rotary6650.org.
Global Grants UPDATE - Please consider supporting one or several of these projects ‘Doing Good in the World’. Individual donors and clubs will receive tax-deductible receipts. Donations count toward Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
To view the Global Grant Projects click on this LINK.
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District Rotary Foundation

Local Grants UPDATE –
  • Current year’s grant reports are due June 15, 2017:  Final grant reports are now do. Upcoming grants will not be released until the report is completed and received by Dr. Apicella. Please complete the information at http://rotary6650.org/FinalReport.pdf  
The Military Family Center
Rotary Global Grant Districts 6650 (Northeast Ohio) and 3131 & 3132 (India)
A Collaborative Effort between District 6650, Pegasus Farm & Walsh University
The Background: The idea of Rotarians from District 6650 serving veterans and their families originated from a Jackson Township Rotarian at the Field of Heroes in Jackson Township on Memorial Day 2012. As Taps was being played and a flag previously flown over Afghanistan was waving against the fleeting light of sunset, this Rotarian knew that Rotary could find a way to make a difference.
With that inspiration, the Rotary club of Jackson Township began a project called, “Serving Families of the Fallen,” to assist families that had lost their loved ones in combat (Gold Star Families). One Gold Star father told the group about the ability of horses to heal the physical and emotional wounds of war. It has been shown that equine therapy provides a holistic approach to the physical, occupational, and emotional needs of those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
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Support Our YEP Scholarship Fund and Help Us Get the Word Out About STEP

For Rotary Exchange year 2017-2018, District 6650 has 16 students currently preparing to participate in the Outbound Youth Exchange Program.  It has been our policy not to deny a student this wonderful opportunity merely because he or she cannot afford the costs associated with the program.  Even though Rotary’s exchange student program is one of the most affordable, the cost is significant, averaging approximately $7,000 per student.
In order to financially assist some of the students accepted into the program, the Youth Exchange Committee established a scholarship fund in 2014.  Thanks to the generosity of many clubs, and individual Rotarians, we were able to raise funds to assist our Outbound students in need.    
We are again asking clubs and individual Rotarians to support the scholarship fund.  The scholarships have a significant impact on a student’s ability to participate in the program by removing some of the financial burdens associated with airfare, health insurance, and other fees.  All funds awarded are paid directly to the service providers after the prospective Outbound student successfully completes the training required to participate in the program.
We cannot award these scholarships without the support of our clubs and individual Rotarians.  We ask that you again consider donating to this worthy cause.  Even if your club is not participating in YEP by sponsoring an Outbound or hosting an Inbound student, a donation to the scholarship fund is another great way to support YEP.  Donations may be made payable to District 6650 YEP and mailed to Bonnie Davis at 49682 McClure Road, East Palestine, Ohio 44413.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bill Wood at (330) 284-4779 or Aletha Carver at (330) 614-1367. 
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District Rotary Foundation - January 2017

Paul Harris Fellow Challenge - and the WINNERS are:
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award:  Suzette Matthews – Canton Club.
  • Centennial Wine Bottles:  Sue Giambroni – E Liverpool, Bill Trigg – Boardman, Craig Young – Canton, Shawn Dougherty – Canton, and Canton South Club – general donation by club.
  • We raised $24,500 for The Rotary Foundation. Thank you all for your support of the Foundation.
Global Grants UPDATE – Water Project for Maharashtra, India: PDG Meena Patel has been visiting India and took some pictures of our OHOLI well site. This village is deprived of nearly-every natural resource required to meet and maintain basic standards of life. Every day, women spend half of their working hours collecting water over long distances and climbing lots of steps (more than 5 to 6 trips a day for their family). After age 35, the women are exhausted and unable to continue this work. This has led to cases of socially unfavorable family polygamy with the sole objective for someone to gather water. The well was recently dug and is being installed.
Local Grants UPDATE –
  • As your club completes this year’s project, please send the final report to me. All Final Reports are due June 15, 2017http://rotary6650.org/FinalReport.pdf
  • Next year’s Local Grant Requests will be due May 15, 2017. I will send information to your incoming President-elect in February.
    • Your club’s President-elect and Foundation Chair or other club member must complete the required online qualification educational webinar at http://www.rotary6650.org
    • The project must comply with Rotary Foundation and District recommendations.
    • The project must utilize a separate checking account to handle funds and receipts must be maintained. Any significant conflicts of interest must be discussed with the District.
Military Grant - UPDATE:  There has been a lot of activity on the Pegasus Project to assist Military and First Responders. More will be shared as this project comes to fruition. If you would like to help please contact PDG Meena Patel (durdarshan19@gmail.com ) or PDG Phil Mariola (philmariola22@gmail.com ).
Have a Global Grant Project in Mind?  If you or your club has a Global Grant projects in mind, please let me know. Visit our website at http://Rotary6650.org to find out more.
Thank you all for your support of the Foundation.
Peter L. Apicella, DRFC, Peter@salemrad.com, 330-207-0500 (cell).
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2017-18 Outbound Exchange Student Class Selected

In December, District 6650’s Youth Exchange Committee conducted interviews for all students who applied to be an Outbound exchange student in 2017-2018.  Many Rotarians, and a few non-Rotarians, volunteered their time to interview the applicants and the applicants’ parents.  Sixteen students were selected to participate in the program.  The following students began their training to be an Outbound exchange student at the Wooster overnighter in January:
Grace Aey – Canfield – Germany
Olivia Anderson – Orrville – Chile
Megan Belanger – Salem – Belgium
Joshua Bowen – North Canton – Germany
Molly Conser – Salem – Brazil
Emily Ellway – Youngstown – Argentina
Evan Gamble – Salem – Japan
Todd Gordon – Wooster – Argentina
Kelly Hamilton – Massillon – Switzerland
Maya King – Youngstown – Japan
Jonathon Lagaras – Champion – France
Adrianna Morgione – Canfield – Italy
Vidalia Porter – Strasburg – Spain
Luke Shephard – Louisville – Belgium
Alexander Thompson – Wooster – Belgium
Jacob Vogelgesang – Jackson Township - Chile
These students will complete four months of outbound training classes, at the monthly Inbound Exchange Student overnighters, and begin departing for their host countries in July and August.  All who participated in the interview process were impressed by the quality of the applicants. Also, the committee thanks everyone who gave up one or two Sunday mornings in December and assisted with the interview process.    
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those clubs that are currently hosting Inbound students.  We are not able to participate and have a successful program without the assistance of clubs from around the district.  THANK YOU!!  On another note, we are still looking for clubs to host Inbound students in 2017-2018.  If your club has not confirmed whether it will host an Inbound student, please contact Aletha Carver at (330) 614-1367 or acarver@kwgd.com or Bill Wood at (330) 284-4779 or wmawood@juno.com and let us know your decision.  To date, we have only heard from a handful of clubs and since we must have a one-for-one exchange, we need additional clubs to assist with hosting duties. 
Also, last year District 6650’s Youth Exchange Committee started STEP (Short Term Exchange Program).  This short-term exchange occurs over the summer months.  An American student is paired with a student in a foreign country and spends four weeks with that student’s family. At the conclusion of the four weeks, the foreign student returns to the United States and stays with the U.S. family for four weeks.  We had six students participate in the program last summer exchanging with the countries of Germany, Italy, France, and Mexico.  All students had a great experience.  If you know of a student who may be interested in the STEP, please have them contact Bill Wood.
Finally, just a reminder that our Inbound exchange students prepare a cultural fair and talent show for the District Conference.  It is always one of the highlights of the conference so if you plan on attending, please join us at both of these events.
Aletha Carver and Bill Wood,
Co-Chairs, District 6650 Youth Exchange Program   
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District Rotary Foundation - - Centennial Update

November Club Celebration:  DG Sieglinde has been visiting the clubs in our district and hinting at our upcoming Foundation Centennial Celebration to be scheduled by each club during Foundation month in November.
Each club is to show a special video, purchase a celebration cake, sign a birthday card which will be sent to Ghana Obaatan Women’s Hospital, auction off a Centennial bottle of wine, and participate in a new Paul Harris Fellow Challenge. We raised $25K last year with that contest.
A flier is located at: http://rotary6650.org/centennial.pdf . A packet will be mailed to each club President in mid-September.
October 23rd, Cleveland Celebration:  There are still concert seats available for the Foundation Celebration in Cleveland, October 23rd, featuring the Cleveland Orchestra. Dinners seats are also available for donors to the Foundation (please complete the Pledge form by September 30th: http://rotary6650.org/pledge.pdf ). There are also sponsorships available. Visit the website: http://www.trf100.org/ for more information.  Please contact PDG George Hays (haysgws@gmail.com) with questions.
Local District Grant Funds:  We are awaiting funds for our Local DDF Grant projects which arrived at the end of August last year. District 6650 is to receive nearly $50,000 to distribute to our local clubs. These monies will provide support for:
•Book/Dictionary/Thesaurus Projects from Dalton, Newcomerstown, Niles, Salem, Struthers, Wooster. STEM program support from East Canton. Scholarships for Local Students in Hubbard. RYLA scholarships from Louisville. “Get Connected Initiative and Literacy with Technology” support from Wooster. 
•Community park trail from Alliance. Park septic system from Carrollton. Rotary House renovations from Dennison. Park concession/restroom from Kinsman. Lincoln Park Pavilion restoration from Massillon. Rotary Pavilion restoration in Block Park from Minerva. Park support from Niles. Park restoration with landscaping/lighting from Poland. Park signage from Rittman. Wick Park Pavilion renovation from Youngstown.
•Habitat for Humanity support from Boardman. “Operation Save a Life” smoke detectors from Canton. Police K-9 unit support from Canfield. Attractive trash containers for downtown East Palestine. Life-saving vests for paramedics in Jackson Township. Community kitchen toiletry drive from Struthers. Community announcement sign from Sugarcreek.
•“Operation Warm” coats for children from Dover. Support for needy families in Niles. “Forming YOUth” healthy choice/leadership education from North Canton.
•Third-world mission eye exams from Canton South. Honduras biomedical engineering from Orrville.
Visit our website at http://Rotary6650.org to read about and view pictures of current and past projects.
Military Grant Update:  There has been a lot of activity on the Pegasus Project to assist Military and First Responders. More will be shared as this project comes to fruition. If you would like to help please contact PDG Meena Patel (durdarshan19@gmail.com ) or PDG Phil Mariola (philmariola22@gmail.com ).
Have a Global Grant Project in Mind?  If you or your club has a Global Grant projects in mind, please let me know. Visit our website at http://Rotary6650.org to find out more.
Thank you all for your support of the Foundation.
Peter L. Apicella, DRFC, Peter@salemrad.com, 330-207-0500 (cell).
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2016-17 Youth Exchange Program

The Youth Exchange Program is well underway for 2016-17.  On Saturday, August 20, the Inbound students had their orientation and first overnighter at Camp Stambaugh.  This year’s class of Inbound students represents the following 13 countries:  Denmark, Italy, France, Brazil, Switzerland, Belgium, Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, Chile, Spain, Argentina, and Japan.  District 6650 has 14 Outbound students.  They have been departing to their host countries since early July, with a few more to depart by early September. 
The Youth Exchange Committee would like to thank the following Rotary Clubs for hosting Inbound students this year:  Jackson Township, Canfield, Wooster, Canton, Poland, Boardman, Millersburg, North Canton, Sugarcreek, East Canton, Massillon, Louisville, Salem, Orrville, Minerva, Champion, and Dover.  We know finding host families can sometimes be challenging so thank you for stepping up and agreeing to participate in the program.
The Committee would also like to recognize those Rotary Clubs that host overnighters for the Inbound students.  These clubs always plan a fun evening for the students and many of the following clubs have participated for years.  They include: Boardman, Sugarcreek, East Palestine, Malvern, Minerva, Wooster, Youngstown, and Dover. 
Finally, it’s the time of year where we need to start identifying students who may be interested in participating in the Youth Exchange Program for 2017-18.  Any student interested in applying must complete a long-term exchange application found at District 6650’s Youth Exchange website.  The application is lengthy so interested students should start the application process now because applications are due by October 31, 2016.  Applicant interviews will be conducted at Louisville High School on December 4 and 11, 2016.  District 6650 also recently started offering short-term exchanges.  An interested student must complete the short-term exchange application also found at District 6650’s Youth Exchange website.  Short-term exchanges are reciprocal four-week exchanges that occur over the summer months. 
If you have any questions about the application process for either program or would like to volunteer to serve as an interviewer in December, please contact co-chairs Bill Wood at (330) 284-4779/wmawood@juno.com or Aletha Carver at (330) 614-1367/acarver@kwgd.com.  
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District 6650 - Interact Conference

Preparations are in progress for the 2016 Interact Conference.  The Conference will be held on Saturday, 5 November 2016 at the Salem Community Center.  Registration and a continental breakfast will start at 8:30 with the program beginning at 9:00 and ending at 1:00.
Who should attend?  
  • Interact members and their advisors
  • Rotarians interested in starting an Interact Club in their local high school
  • Students interested in Youth Exchange
  • All Rotarians involved with Interact
Registration will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.  For additional questions or concerns contact Gina Dermotta at  gdermotta@aol.com or Tom Baringer at tbarin13@aol.com.
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Louisiana under State of Emergency:  Rotary Can Help

Louisiana under State of Emergency:  Rotary Can Help
From CNN:  The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy. "Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now," said Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross' vice president of disaster services operations and logistics.
"This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate that recovery will cost at least $30 million -- a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation." In one part of Livingston Parish, more than 31 inches of rain fell in 15 hours. The US Coast Guard, National Guard, local emergency responders and even neighbors have helped rescue more than 30,000 residents and 1,400 pets.
Ronald J. Broida, District Governor 6450, Naperville, Illinois, has asked our District to partner with him and other Districts to assist in home repair.  District 6450 is part of our Rotary Zone 29, and the District Governors of 2016-2017 have worked together on a number of projects.   “There are 40,000 homes that have been damaged as a result of the flooding.  To repair these homes, the existing drywall and plywood has to be removed promptly or mold sets in and the building is ruined.” District Governor Broida would like to coordinate the distribution of funds with our Rotary District to purchase the materials that would assist in the reconstruction of homes.
District Governor Sieglinde Warren would like all clubs to consider a donation of $100-$1000 toward this humanitarian project. Rotarians are encouraged to personally assist as well. Funds can be sent to the Salem Rotary Foundation, a not-for-profit, and tax receipts will be issued for personal donations.  Please respond by September 30th.
“Together we can make a difference.”  Please make checks payable to The Salem Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 1244, Salem, OH 44460. E-mail: Peter@salemrad.com, 330-2070-0500 (cell).
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DG Joe Belinsky

Joe joined the Bolivar Zoar Ohio Towpath Rotary Club in 2007, and became President of the Club in 2011-2012. He'll serve as District Governor in 2015-16.
He currently serves on several Committees in the District, and has facilitated several events on behalf of the Learning Committee. This includes this year's PrePETS for the District, and PETS for the State of Ohio.
In addition, he has served on several community projects, on behalf of the Club. Included are several 'work days' on behalf of the Club, such as rebuilding the Erie Canal Towpath, 5k events, cleanups, fix-ups, and plantings and the Financial Education Seminars with Tusky Valley High School and our Rotary club.
He serves on several Boards, and has been President of 3 civic associations. Joe has also volunteered for many charity and community events, including serving yearly as a Room Captain for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction dinner.
Joe earned his BA from LaSalle University, MBA from Kent State University, and a Certified Business Advisor certificate from the University of Toledo. He currently serves as Certified Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. In this role, he helps budding entrepreneurs develop their business plans and startups, and experienced small businesses to grow and provide employment in their areas.
In previous lives, Joe had a long career in entrepreneurship, including working with thousands of small businesses globally for Goodyear and Sun Oil Co., as well as his own companies.
On the family front, wife Joan has served as his rock through many moves for business, and being his helpmate for Rotary activities. Together they enjoy being with their kids and grandkids.
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Outbound Youth Exchange Scholarship Fund

For Rotary Exchange year 2015-2016, District 6650 has 18 students currently preparing to participate in the Outbound Youth Exchange Program.  It has been our policy not to deny a student this wonderful opportunity merely because he or she cannot afford the costs associated with the program.  Even though Rotary’s exchange student program is one of the most affordable, the cost is significant, averaging approximately $7,000 per student.
In order to financially assist some of the students accepted into the program, the Youth Exchange Committee established a scholarship fund in 2014.  Thanks to the generosity of many clubs, and individual Rotarians, we were able to raise $7,400.00 to assist our 2014-2015 Outbound students. 
We are again asking clubs and individual Rotarians to support the scholarship fund.  The scholarships have a significant impact on a student’s ability to participate in the program by removing some of the financial burdens associated with airfare, health insurance, and other fees.  All funds awarded are paid directly to the service providers after the prospective Outbound student successfully completes the training required to participate in the program.
We cannot award these scholarships without the support of our clubs and individual Rotarians.  We ask that you again consider donating to this worthy cause.  Donations may be made payable to District 6650 Rotary Youth Exchange and sent to Bonnie Davis at 49682 McClure Road, East Palestine, Ohio 44413.  Please note on your check that the funds are for the Outbound Youth Exchange Scholarship Fund.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bill Wood at (330) 284-4779 or Aletha Carver at (330) 614-1367. 
Thanks for your support!  
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Rotary District 6650 Conference- April 24th - April 25th

Register Now for The Rotary District 6650 Conference!
Click on following link to register for this year's District Conference: 
To view a list of hotels in the area, click on this link.
To view the agenda for this year's District Conference, click on this link.
To view information on this year's District Conference, click on this link.
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District Office – A Resource for 6650

Posted by Lauri Coy on Feb 27, 2012

The District has a partnership with the Rotary Club of Canton to share administrative and office resources in downtown Canton.

The Rotary District office is located at:

116 Cleveland Ave. NW, Suite 307
Canton, Ohio 44702

Phone (330)  452-2882
Fax (330) 452-8614
Email: info@cantonrotary.org

Lauri Coy is available to assist coordinating communications, district meetings, district archives, updating data on the Clubrunner data base and posting items on the District website.


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Rotary Clubs Must File with IRS!

Posted by James Russell on Jul 27, 2010
All Rotary Clubs in our District must file with the IRs prior to November 15 in order to maintain their exemption from US Income Tax. Access the download file to get the details.
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Visitor Count

Posted on Feb 27, 2009
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Rotary Leadership Institute

Posted by Lauri Coy
A District 6650 Rotary Leadership Institute session will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Foltz Community Center in East Canton.
To Register for this training session, click on this link.  
Registration costs for one participant per club will be underwritten by District 6650.
More information is available from Larry Warren larrynsig@zoominternet.net .  Phone 330-757-3631.
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