District Welcome
District 6650 Website
District Governor Mike Raulin
Pictured:  DG Mike Raulin,
RI President Ian Riseley
District Foundation Website
District 6650 Youth Exchange Program
2017-18 Assistant Governors
Division 1A - Ed Kalaher
Division 1B - Chris Shape

Division 1C - Marilyn Titus

 Division 2A - Robert Schaffner

 Division 2B - Theresa Linder
Division 2C - Dan Morgan

 Division 3A - Jon Tucker

  Division 3B - Rodney Sutton 

Division 4A - Janet Keene

Division 4B - Linda Henderson

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

(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.



Do you have friends or colleagues who are thinking of joining Rotary but are not sure?
Send them here to learn about the Top 5 Membership Myths about Rotary.
Club Award submissions are due in the District Office, or to PDG Debbie Esbenshade no later than Thursday, March 15, 2018 for consideration for Awards that will be presented at the District Conference. 
Entries postmarked by March 15 will be accepted.
Submission guidelines are posted on the District Website. 
Questions may be directed to PDG Debbie Esbenshade @(330) 259-1029 or (330) 727-6315 or via email:  dae109@zoominternet.net
To view previous award submissions, click on this LINK.
Spring is just around the corner, but district activities are not waiting for spring. Just over a month ago, next year's club presidents met in Canton for Pre-PETS training, which introduces incoming presidents to the many responsibilities that they will face in the coming year. In less than two weeks, those same people will meet in downtown Columbus for All Ohio PETS—a day and a half of training and inspiration. I want to take this opportunity to thank and commend those of you who are leading your club this year and those of you in line to lead your club next year. Rotary clubs in this district are blessed with talented individuals who take the time to provide outstanding leadership. I also want to remind everyone that the district does more than just train our incoming presidents. On April 21, we will have a district training program that is geared to other club leaders. More details on this program will be distributed soon.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
The RYLA program took place this past weekend. I love being a part of RYLA and am so thankful for the opportunity to spend a weekend with these great kids. I want to thank Barb Loudon, Dan Moore, and all the people from the Rotary Club of Salem for making the program work so well year after year. There are a few people, like myself, who are not from Salem that enjoy being involved as well, but we all owe a debt of thanks to Salem.
I want to also thank all of the clubs who supported RYLA students this year. It is a great investment in your community. If you want to see how great an investment, invite your RYLA student(s) to your club meeting to talk about their experiences and what it meant to them. In fact, invite their parents as well. There could be some great potential members among those parents. I wish all of you could be a fly on the wall at RYLA to watch the magic of that weekend. This is yet another program of which we can all be proud!
District Conference
Mark your calendar. The district conference is just over 10 weeks from now. It will be Thursday evening through Friday afternoon, May 10 and 11, at the Avalon Inn in Warren, Ohio. This is a great facility, which hosts RYLA every year and hosted last year's District Conference with Sieglinde Warren. You will notice that the district conference will not cut into your weekend time this year. It is be just one-day, but that day is packed with high-quality speakers, programs, and events. For those of you who like playing challenging golf courses, we will have an informal golf outing at the adjoining Avalon Lakes, a Pete Dye designed course, on Thursday morning. The green fees will be $75, which is half the normal rate (carts not included in that price).
The district conference will start on Thursday late afternoon with an informal reception and a formal dinner, followed by a brief memorial service and an outstanding inspirational speaker. The hospitality suite on Thursday evening is once again sponsored by the Rotary Club of Warren. We have several outstanding speakers and programs on Friday, starting with breakfast and continuing until roughly 4 PM. Most of you should be able to easily get home for dinner on Friday and have the weekend available for the family. We will have programs that highlight RYLA, youth exchange, the Rotary International Foundation, and Membership. We will end with the exchange student talent show and song to capture the spirit of Rotary (Let there be peace on earth).
The theme of this year's conference is the Magic of Rotary. That was not my intended theme when I started planning for the conference about 18 months ago. Originally, my theme was Explore Rotary, which you may remember was my focus for my initial talk to the clubs. But it was those visits that helped me to realize that there truly is a "magic" to Rotary. Rotary clubs bring together incredible people—caring, optimistic, and talented people—who see opportunities and know how to take advantage of them to Make a Differencein the world (our RI theme for this year). I had been impressed with Rotary ever since I joined, but meeting each of you and visiting your clubs taught me so much more about the spirit of Rotary and what we can be achieve with that spirit.
I hope that all of you will be able to join us for all or part of the district conference. We have a block of rooms at a very competitive rate at the Avalon Inn and Resort set aside for the people who attend the conference. The online registration will go live in the next couple of days (www.RotaryDistrict6650.org).
Rotary Foundation:  Local Grant Update
It may still feel cold outside, but summer will be here soon and with it another Rotary year. All Local Foundation Grant reports will be due by May 15th.
If you have completed your project, please fill out the Final Report form (http://www.rotary6650.org/FinalReport.pdf) and send to me with a few pictures to publicize on the website for all to see.
To view the Local and Global Grant Projects, click on this LINK.
The Rotary Convention is an experience like no other.  We hope you join the contingent from Rotary District 6650 in Toronto on June 24-27, 2018, and remember to register by December 15th for extra savings! 
For a list of pre-convention events and schedule highlights visit: http://www.riconvention.org/en/toronto/schedule-highlights.
For more information contact:
RI Convention Chair, PDG Linda Fergason
330.206.4899 / lfergason@hotmail.com
Save money on tolls, gas, border hassles and parking!  
Enjoy the fellowship with your fellow Rotarians and their guests aboard an Anderson Coach, hosted by DGE Scott to kick-off the 2018-19 Rotary year.  
Trip includes travel to and from the convention, refreshments both ways, and a souvenir t-shirt.
To view more information on this bus tour, click on this LINK
Rotarians in District 6650 continued to partner with, and support, Operation Warm for a 6th year providing over 3,000 coats to children, and in some cases, adults throughout our District!  Youngstown Rotarian PDG Debbie Esbenshade (2013-14) introduced this project to Division 1(a) clubs in 2012 which raised $20,000 and provided over 1,200 coats in its first year!
Debbie chose Operation Warm as her District-Wide Community Service project in 2013 and the response was overwhelming!  Every single club (47 in all) participated either by sponsoring a coat(s), partnering with another club(s), or ordering coats directly for distribution in their own communities.  Total dollars raised during the 2013 Campaign were just dollars short of $61,700 equating to over 3,420 coats distributed throughout our district! 
This project has been supported by PDG’s Phil Mariola (2014-15), Joe Belinsky (2015-2016), Sieglinde Warren (2016-2017) and current DG Mike Raulin.  DGE Scott Schulick has already endorsed the project for 2018!  In our first 6 years, District 6650 Rotarians have raised over $360,000 and provided over 18,000 coats!
Click this LINK to view a brief history of Operation Warm.
In December, District 6650’s Youth Exchange Committee conducted interviews for all students who applied to be an Outbound exchange student in 2018-2019.  Many Rotarians, and a few non-Rotarians, volunteered their time to interview the applicants and the applicants’ parents.  Fourteen students were selected to participate in the program.  The students began their training at the Wooster overnighter in January.  
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 of 2018.  All who participated in the interview process were impressed by the quality of the applicants. Also, the committee thanks everyone who gave up a Sunday morning in December and assisted with the interview process.     
To view the rest of this article, click on this LINK.
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