Rotary District 6650
Joe Belinsky
2015-16 District Governor

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District Governor: 
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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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DG Joe's Message
April 2016

April's over, and what a great month for District 6650! April 9th saw both the Rotary 4 Way Test Contest sponsored by the North Canton Rotary Club AND the First Annual One Rotary Leadership Seminar.

On a bitter cold, snowy day, our Speech contest participants still found their way to North Canton, where Nate Ackerman of Tusky Valley High School, sponsored by the Bolivar Zoar Club, took home the trophy for First Place. Congrats, Nate, and coach Carrie Spina!

Strong finishers and runners-up were Michael Pirovolos, sponsored by the Canton Club, Carson Markley, sponsored by the Canfield Club, and Jermaine Brack, sponsored by the Plain Township Club. Winners, and Future Rotarians all - Congratulations!

Meanwhile, DGE Sieglinde Warren, led a weather-brave group of 60 to East Canton's Foltz Community Center for a morning of learning and sharing, and a special presentation by Julia Wetstein of the Warren Club, and Dr. Lou Picard, from the University of Pittsburgh, on a most worthy project . Thanks to all the presenters and participants.

April 29 and 30th saw almost 150 Rotarians, guests and youths enjoy the sights and delights of Tuscarawas County. Friday evening saw the gathering at the WARTHER  Museum in Dover. Greeted by the sagacious lineup of PDGs, and future DGs, and beautiful spouses ( yes, that DOES include Bruce Fergason!), Rotarians were treated to a special, hand-cut-in-house 'Rotary Celebrates Tuscarawas County' wooden commemorative pin.

 After a brief welcome in the Auditorium, and the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to First Lady Joan Belinsky by Foundation Chair Dr. Pete Apicella, everyone began the migration through the museum to see the fabulous carvings of Mooney Warther. Along the way, they stopped at the many way stations to sup upon the fantastic offerings of fine foods and desserts from the Tusc County Restaurateurs, and drink the fine libations from Canton Brewery and Breitenbach Winery.

As if that wasn't enough, troubadours from Trumpet in the Land, dressed in early 19th Century garb, and affecting accents from that era, regaled us all with stories from the early years of the County.

The evening there was finished off with a Luminary Salute to those Rotarians in the District who passed away this year. We'll see you all in the Great District Conference in the Sky one day...

Afterwards, many retired to the Hospitality Room at the Country Inn and Suites for further libations, eats, and music, dancing and FUN! (The theme for the weekend).

Saturday, we were graced with displays at the Tusky Valley Middle School, followed by a short Business Meeting, and Resolutions prepared and  delivered by the erudite PDG Dallas Woodall, Esq. Each participant also received a special 'Be A Gift to The World' padfolio to take their notes for the day.


Our speakers included our RI Representative PDG Peter Simonsen from Taxachusetts, er, Massachusetts, who reminded us all of the fantastic giving our District Rotarians make to the Foundation, Polio Plus, etc. Thanks to Peter Simonsen and lovely bride Diane for visiting and enjoying our hospitality.

Along the way, Dee Grossman and Jon Elsasser treated us to the history trivia of the County, and Zoar.

Also, 18 year old, and VERY successful Social Entrepreneur Hart Main told us of his journey from 13 on in developing ManCan, a successful candle company with male accents, which not only exceeded $1million in sales last year, but has donated much earnings to charities, including thousands of cans of soup (to get containers for the candles!). He's now a full time student at Kent State University, and says he expects to complete his Econ degree in 3 years! Way to go, Hart!

PDG Deb Esbenshade did her usual fabulous job of presenting the District Awards, even while on crutches! What a trooper! only seemed like Canton Rotary won every award...

In our Salute to Youth, Tusky Valley Superintendent Mark Murphy talked of the great work of getting high schoolers better prepared for life through their service through the Interact Club. This sentiment was echoed throughout the district by the leaders of more than 200 Interactors.

We then had the always rollicking talent show from our visiting Exchange students. Singing, dancing, joking, and making us cry with their rendition of John Lennon's 'Imagine'. Thanks for everything, students and our Rotary Leaders who guide them so well all through the year!

Finally, DG Joe gave over the DG pin and Governor Home Club Banner to DGE Sieg.

I Can't thank enough the incredible planning and execution job done by the Committee of Terri Davis, Pam Sprowls (a non-Rotarian, but great Friend of Rotary), and Sharon Long, Club President of Bolivar Zoar.  They got a lot of help in the delivery from AG Rodney Sutton, CVB Executive Director (and New Philly Rotarian) Dee Grossman, Emcee Jon Elsasser, and the members of the Bolivar Zoar club and Interactors who helped, as well as those manning the displays.

And, thanks to ALL of you, and your spouses and partners, for attending and making it such a FUN weekend, as planned.

Hard to believe, but DGE Sieg says next year's shebang at the Avalon Inn in Warren will be even better! Knowing Sieg, it'll be a great time - can't wait!


DG Joe


  Rotary Club of Bolivar-Zoar
  The Little Club that Could - DID!!!
District 6650 Conference 2016
The District Conference of 2016 is over and it is now time for reflection. We at the Bolivar-Zoar Rotary Club would like to take this opportunity to share our experience and send out a great big thank you to the many people who helped make this event a success.
There are two words that best describe our experience, Revealing and Rewarding.
The event preparation revealed to us the dedication and hard work that was necessary for past host clubs to bring these events to fruition. The reward for us is our becoming part of this group of Rotarians who have shared these experiences.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who helped us along this journey.
Thank you :
  • Members of other local clubs who generously gave of their time and insight.
  • Warthers Museum for providing a wonderful venue for the Friday night Gala and  Tuscarawas Valley school district for coming to our rescue when we needed a facility large enough to accommodate both Rotarians and energetic and exciting exchange students.
  • Food vendors, we can all agree that they were definitely the “hit” of the weekend.
  • Speakers and presenters, who provided information and entertainment.
Most of all we want to thank you, the Rotarians who attended the event. We sincerely hope that you perceived the event as a “Gift to You” and a “Gift to the World.
Sharon L. Long
President – Rotary Club of Bolivar-Zoar

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


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,

This is the third year for District 6650’s Youth Exchange Scholarship Program.  With your generous assistance, over the past two years, we have been able to assist over 10 students with the costs incurred in becoming an exchange student.  The majority of the funds have been used for airfare expenses.  All funds collected for the year are disbursed to our Outbound students based strictly on financial need. 
Every year, District 6650 has outstanding students apply to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  For Rotary exchange year 2016-2017, we have 14 students going abroad to the following countries:  Italy, Spain, Denmark, Chile, Switzerland, Portugal, France Taiwan, Germany, Belgium, and Brazil.  Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the most exciting, rewarding, and life changing experiences that our students embark on in the district.  Our students return personally richer from their exchange year, ready to take on new challenges with maturity, independence, and new found confidence.  Simply put, Rotary Youth Exchange presents a very special opportunity. 
Although the program is less expensive than many other exchange student programs, some students still struggle to raise the necessary funds to participate.  The average cost for a student participating in District 6650’s youth exchange program is $5,000, excluding optional trips.  These fees cover a student’s outbound training, blazer, pins, business cards, medical insurance, visa, passport, and airfare. 
Some of our students work a part-time job, receive assistance from their church, community organizations, and extended family members in order to meet the financial commitment to participate in the program.  However, for some, even that is not enough to help them make ends meet.  District 6650’s scholarship fund fills that gap. If your club is not currently involved in the exchange student program, this is an excellent way for your club to do so.   
A three-person committee, comprised of members not currently serving at the district level, in the youth exchange program, review financial documentation to determine a student’s financial eligibility and level of need.  Funds are distributed only after a student successfully completes outbound training and all funds are paid directly to the business and/or government agency providing goods/services.
If your club would like to donate to the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Fund, please make a check payable to “Rotary YEP Scholarship” and mail it to our Assistant District Treasurer:  Bonnie Davis, 49682 McClure Rd., East Palestine 44413.  We will also accept checks from individuals wishing to donate.  Please watch future newsletters to learn how much money was donated and the ways in which you assisted our Outbound students in District 6650.  If you have any questions about the scholarship fund, please contact Aletha Carver at (330) 614-1367.    

The annual District 6650 Four Way Speech Contest was held at Arrowhead in North Canton on April 9, 2016.  
The winners and sponsoring clubs were:
1 st.    Nate Ackerman         Bolivar/Zoar 
2nd.    Michael Pirovolos      Canton
3rd.    Carson Markley         Canfield
4th     Jermaine Brack         Plain
The Judges were Larry Warren, Deborah Ebenshade, Timothy Haught.
Pictured from left to right: Timothy Haught, Deb Ebenshade, Nate Ackerman, Carson Markley, Jermaine Brack and Larry Warren
Not Pictured: Michael Pirovolos

The Hoover High School Robotics Team 4121 qualified for the national FIRST competition in St. Louis.
Club Vice President Jason Smith presented the team with a check for $500.00 to help with their trip.

Run Because You Can!
The Rotary Club of Millersburg will host the 5K/10K/kid's fun run which is scheduled for May 21, 2016.
This event will benefit Harvest Ridge, Holmes County Ag Society and Rotary International Polio Plus.
To view more information on this event, click on this link.

The “Taking Back First Street Park”  project is really taking shape in Rittman. We Will be putting up a handicap swing and security cameras and lights this spring. We are also getting a lot of support from other clubs in town as well as the city ! The project is bringing much need publicity for Rotary as well as bringing the community together for a project.
The Poker/Euchre tournament was a great success raising most of the money for the security installment ! A good time was had by all…
The poker tourney deep in competition … and the top three poker players !

Wooster Rotary is pleased to host a delegation from the central region of Ukraine for a week beginning April 22. Delegation representatives come from the fields of agricultural production, food processing, and marketing as well as community government. While in Wooster the delegation will tour various farms, food processors, and marketers to view current US agricultural techniques. They will also meet scientists and professors from The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC) and Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) who will share about their research.
The Ukrainian delegation visit to Wooster is coordinated through the Open World Leadership Center ( Open World is an agency that promotes understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and countries formerly part of the Soviet Union. Further, Open World has the goal of exposing delegations of leaders to American democracy and the US free market system. The mission of Open World meshes well with the Rotary object to build understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship. Rotary clubs around the US have hosted Open World delegations and Rotary is recognized by Open World as a primary sponsor of its activities.
While in Wooster, our Ukrainian guests are living with the families of Wooster Rotary Club members and getting exposure to American culture while gaining valuable vocational experience. The delegation is pictured with several Rotarian hosts as they toured Amish country on April 23.

The Rotary Club of Salem
Our club served 168 meals at The Banquet of Salem on 3/28.
On 4/19 we learned more about Yellow Brick Place, which supports and educates cancer patients and those closest to them by providing individual and group services in our tri-county area.
The numbers are in for our Fat Tuesday event.  We were able to raise $1,730 for the Salem Community Food Pantry.



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.