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District 6650 Website
District Governor Sieglinde Warren
Pictured: PDG Larry Warren, DG Sieglinde Warren, RI President John F. Germ, Judy Germ
District Foundation Website
2016-17 Assistant Governors
 Division 1A - Scott Schulick
Division 1B - Chris Shape

Division 1C - Chad McConnell

 Division 2A - Robert Schaffner

 Division 2B - Kimberly Weiss
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:

203 Cleveland Ave. NW

Canton, Ohio 44702

(330)  452-2882

Fax (330) 452-8614


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.


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 or Tom Baringer at

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/ or Aletha Carver at (330) 614-1367/  

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:, 330-2070-0500 (cell).

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: . 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: ). There are also sponsorships available. Visit the website: for more information.  Please contact PDG George Hays ( 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 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 ( ) or PDG Phil Mariola ( ).
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 to find out more.
Thank you all for your support of the Foundation.
Peter L. Apicella, DRFC,, 330-207-0500 (cell).


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