Rotary District 6650
Joe Belinsky
2015-16 District Governor

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District Governor: 
District Governor's 
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2015-16 Assistant Governors
 Division 1A - Scott Schulick
Division 1B - Marj Ginther

Division 1C - Chad McConnell

 Division 2A - Robert Schaffner

 Division 2B - Kimberly Weiss
Division 2C - Dan Morgan

 Division 3A - Lynn Horner

  Division 3B - Rodney Sutton

Division 4A - Janet Keene

Division 4B - Jim Emmerling

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Well, May has come and gone, and so almost is the Rotary year of Be A Gift To The World, and how you have shown your gifts, in talents, accomplishments, as well as financial!

Many great fundraising events are being held, as we progress from the snow(!) of Mid-May to the almost 90 degrees to celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends. It was also a time to remember our Veterans, and the Parade of Flags throughout communities everywhere in the District shows how much they all mean to our Rotarians. Thanks to all who participate in these projects, including the Interactors, Scouts, and Friends of Rotary.
PLEASE READ the results of the Council On Legislation. There are several important changes noted, designed to keep our organization strong and growing.
Thanks to PDGs Dennis Huffman and Bob Pattison for attending, and bringing the good news back to us.
Many exciting changes will be coming to all the clubs, as the new slate of officers prepares for the new Rotary Year, and a seasoned group of officers from this year will be available to help with the transitions, and to assist with a strong kickoff. Thanks to all the current officers, and welcome to the new ones, who will be led by the always fantastic Sieg Warren!
And, don't forget, Outgoing officers, the District will always need your experience.  We always need talent on the committees who do such a fabulous job. Please let Sieg know where you'll want to serve.
As June approaches, more than a dozen Rotarians will be returning from the Seoul Convention, with lots of stories and pictures to share with us, as well as new messages of what's happening in Rotary around the World. I can't wait to hear about it!
We've had a bang up year in Foundation, as Dr. Pete gets ready to let the Committee know about the Global and District grants to be available for more great works in '16-'17. I'm sure we'll be hearing more great stories from Tim and Anna on how you'll be using the funds.
And, it's time for all to be getting ready for the 100th Anniversary Celebration in honor of Arch Klumph and the Foundation in Cleveland. It's going to be a One of a Kind time, and in our backyard!
We'll also be getting to hear more about 'Pegasus'....stay tuned.
And, for me, one more great month to celebrate all your accomplishments with Joan and I. We've enjoyed all the hospitality, fun and friendship.

The 2016 Council on Legislation was attended by Dennis Huffman as a delegate and Bob Pattison as alternate (and delegate to the 2019 Council). Either Dennis or Bob (or both) are available for discussions of the proceedings with your board or club. Several major changes in the flexibility of meeting schedules and membership were enacted, as well as a necessary increase in dues over the next several years.
The RI Board initiated two proposals that increased flexibility for individual clubs. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. Service projects or social events may be counted as meeting attendance. The second allows clubs more flexibility in defining their membership rules and requirements. Clubs may offer additional membership types that are desired in their community, such as associate, corporate or family.  (Both passed by 4 to 1 margins).
The existing six membership criteria were removed and replaced with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community (passed 5 to 1)
These decisions do not modify the current rules of the standard Rotary Club Constitution. Clubs that want to adopt these changes will need to amend their bylaws. Clubs that wish to adhere to the traditional requirements regarding meetings, attendance, structure, or categories of membership may do so.
The $4 per year increase in dues was based on a five year financial forecast that predicted that if Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated level by 2020. The yearly per capita dues that clubs will pay to RI will be $60 in 2017/18, $64 in 2018/19 and $68 in 2019/20 (passed by over 100 votes). The 2019 Council will establish rates after 2019/20.
A Council on Resolutions will be held online annually (recommendations to the RI Board) to shorten the time and expense of the COL, which will now concentrate on enactments. 

Another great example of doing good in the community (and World) and still having lots of fun.
The Rotary Club of Alliance held their fundraising dinner at Gervasi Vineyards on Saturday night, May. 14. In addition to the superb dinner and wines, and GREAT camaraderie, drawings were held for baskets of goodies, emceed by the Master of Ceremonies, Scott Robertson, OBVIOUSLY suited for the occasion. Lots of happy recipients took home their loot....

Most importantly, a lot of organizations were benefited by the evening:
Pegaus Farm (soon to be home to our Veterans help)
Stark Kids
Rodman Library
The Canton-Akron Food Pantry
Hot Stove Baseball
Local school districts
Fire Pup
Stark Parks


Read about East Canton Rotarian, Renee Powell as reported in the Plain Dealer:

Announcing the very first Dutchcraft Truss-Pole Barns Direct Charity Golf Outing!
Saturday, July 16th, at The Edgewater Golf Course, 2401 Fox Ave. SE, Minerva, Ohio.
Shotgun starts at 8:00 a.m., Player check-in begins at 7:00 a.m.
Lunch following the outing.
For more information on this event, click on this LINK

When: June 2, 2016
Time: 5pm to 7:30pm
Where: First Christian Church, Heritage Hall Auditorium
6900 Market Ave. N, Canton, Ohio 44721
What: Samples from 25+ local vendors
Come taste, try and enjoy local cuisine as a way to support local restaurants, local jobs and the Rotary Club of Plain Twp! Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12, and free to those 5 and under, and include unlimited samples and live entertainment. This event is being presented as a partnership with the New Work City Foundation.  TomTod Ideas will be the beneficiary of our 1st annual event. 
Pre-sale tickets are 2 for $25.  Purchase tickets from any Rotarian or online at 

Rotarians Jon Tucker and Becky Jewell  from the Orrville Rotary Club present a check for $35,000 to Don Noble for our support of the Rails to Trails Program. The money will go towards creating the Orrville Trailhead here in town.
It is a project the club has been passionate about and have been working on for some time.

On May 20, 2016, PDG/PP David Ewing presented the Rotary International Major Donor Gift Recognition Award to PDG/PP Robert Pattison and his wife, Janice Pattison.
The Rotary Foundation recognizes those individuals or couples whose combined personal giving has reached US $10,000, regardless of the gift designation.  Major Donors may elect to receive a crystal recognition piece and pin(s) commemorating the gift at each new recognition level.


Rotary Club of Steubenville presented “Service Above Self” awards to graduating seniors on Friday, April 15.  Students completed a formal application and essay describing what Service Above Self meant to them.  Led by Rotary member Christine Hargrave committee members reviewed and chose the winners who each received a $500 cash award.  Jefferson County Schools represented  included Steubenville High School, Indian Creek High School, Toronto High School, Edison Local High School, Catholic Central High School, Buckeye Local High School, Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, Jefferson County Christian School and the Jefferson County Home Schoolers.  Joining the students for a photo was President Cory Wingett and committee chair Christine Hargrave.


Dr. Peter Apicella, District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, has created a new website to highlight our District Foundation activities at The new website highlights both Local and Global Grant activity and includes an interactive webinar to provide qualification for Rotary Foundation Grants. Rotary documents on the Grant process is available in the Document Center.
“As Local District Grant projects are completed this year, information and photos will be posted for all to admire,” said Dr. Apicella. “The site will archive all the Foundation work we do as a District and in our local clubs to provide ideas for future and collaborative projects for all of us.” Please e-mail to Dr. Apicella about information for inclusion on the website.
Refer questions to Dr. Apicella, DRFCC,, 330-207-0500 (cell).
LOCAL DISTRICT GRANTS 2016-17 – Application Due May 15, 2016:
Our District is expecting approximately $80,000 in Local District Grant funds this upcoming Rotary year of 2016-17. Your club should have received information about the anticipated amount of funding available to your club.  If not, contact Dr. Apicella, DRFC, at the address below. 
The incoming President-Elect and Foundation Chair or appointed member must be qualified to receive Rotary Foundation Grants through an interactive webinar at our new District Foundation website at The Rotary Memorandum of Understanding and Grant Application are also available on the website. Applications, forms, and education are due by May 15, 2016.
Last Year’s Grant Reports are due June 1, 2016:
•      Complete the Individual Project Report. (click HERE for the form.) You must print the form and sign it.
•      Enclose a copy of bank statements, invoices, and cleared checks for the project.
•      Email at least one photo highlighting the project to (for inclusion on our new website )
•      Please remember, clubs must complete the attached forms in order to be eligible to receive 2016-17 Grant funds.
Refer questions to Dr. Apicella, DRFCC,, 330-207-0500 (cell).

Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration: October 23, 2016
In 1917, Arch Klumph, the sixth President of Rotary and Founder of The Rotary Foundation, said, “There should be a realization that Rotary is greater than any one man in it, or any single club; Rotary is not a local movement but a world force.”
On October 23rd, 2016, the home District of Arch Klumph in nearby Cleveland will be hosting a special celebratory concert performed by the Cleveland Orchestra with dinner to follow including featured speakers Rotary International President-Elect John Germ and The Rotary Foundation Chair-Elect Kalyan Banerjee.
All Rotarian, spouses, and Friends of Rotary are invited to attend the special afternoon concert at Severance Hall. Great seats are still available at - click the gold CONCERT button.
Rotarians and Friends of Rotary who have or will make a gift or commitment of at least $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 will be eligible to be honored as a Centennial Celebration Donor at the Centennial Celebration Dinner. Please complete the Pledge Form at and return it to PDG George Hays. You will be contacted when tickets are available.
We anticipate that rooms will be available at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center which will be the site of the dinner. Check the Centennial website for updates at
You may contact George W. S. Hays at  with questions.
Thank you. Peter L Apicella, M.D., DRFCC,, 330-207-0500,



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.