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District 6630 Rotarians, 
The Rotary theme for March, Water and Sanitation, asks us to focus on the life changing improvements that we can make through projects to provide a more readily available and healthy supply of water to all people. Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.
While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, driving our members to also improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries. Members start by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure and then add education programs to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits. These are just a few of the ways Rotarians around the world serve this area of focus. 
A thank you - to the clubs that have invited me out for events and meetings. What fun! There are even more on the calendar and I can't wait! If you have a date to share please send it my way to my email address below. 
A reminder - PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE mark your calendars for the District Conference April 26 and 27th in Cuyahoga Falls at the Sheraton Suites. We have some fun plans underway as well as some traditions we know are meaningful for all. Come for a meal, a breakout, a day, or the entire conference! Watch for registration to go live within the week. Let's connect! 
And...finally thank you for your Service Above Self!
In Rotary Service,
Julie Brandle, District Governor 6630
Tickets: $25/person or $200 for a reserved table of 8. RSVP by April 25th. Windows on the River is located at 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland.
Rotary Club of Cleveland is excited to welcome Cleveland’s 58th Mayor, Justin Bibb, to our weekly meeting at Windows on the River, Thursday, May 2nd. All are invited to join us for lunch as we hear from Mayor Bibb on his vision for the city of Cleveland, the progress his team has made and what is coming for the future.
Event Details:
Thursday, May 2, 2024
11:30am – Welcome Reception
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Program
Tickets: $25/person or $200 for a reserved table of 8. RSVP by April 25th. Windows on the River is located at 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland.
In a vibrant display of community engagement, the Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club hosted a Membership Drive Event on February 29th, 2024, at the esteemed VFWStow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club's Membership Drive Event Draws Success Post #4738. Led by Membership Committee Chair, Brad Ruth, and his dedicated team comprising Todd Hearty, Scott Miller, Maria Ferrara, and Leslee Salhany, the event proved to be a resounding success, attracting approximately 45 enthusiastic attendees.

The event, marked by an atmosphere of camaraderie, featured an array of festivities including food catered by Pancho & Leftys, music, cornhole, and beverages, ensuring a delightful experience for all who attended. Attendees were not only treated to a jovial atmosphere but also received an insightful Welcome to Rotary presentation. This presentation, created by Maria Ferrara, delved into the rich history of Rotary, benefits of membership, and showcased exemplary works of the organization in fostering community development, service, and fellowship.

The success of the event was not left to chance but was the culmination of meticulous planning and strategic outreach efforts. The organizers left no stone unturned in spreading the word about the event, leveraging Rotarian referrals, personal engagement, and social media platforms to reach out to prospective members.
Reflecting on the event's success, Membership Committee Chair Brad Ruth expressed his gratitude, stating, "We are thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm shown by all who attended. This event was a testament to the strength of our community and the enduring appeal of Rotary's values and mission." 
Indeed, the fruits of their labor were evident as between 5 to 10 new member applications have already poured in, signaling a promising influx of fresh perspectives and energy into the Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club.

The organizers extend their heartfelt appreciation to all committee members, Rotarians, and staff of VFW Post #4738 whose unwavering support and dedication contributed to the event's triumph. Their collective efforts have not only bolstered the ranks of the club but have also reinforced its commitment to service and fellowship within the community.

As the Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club looks ahead, buoyed by the success of this Membership Drive Event, it remains steadfast in its mission to make a tangible difference in the lives of
others, one member at a time. The group now turns its sights to the next major event, the annual golf outing!

With a spirit of optimism and purpose, the Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club marches forward, guided by its enduring motto, "Service Above Self."
Delicious food from some of the city's finest restaurants will help the Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls do their good work. DG Julie Brandle was on hand to support the club and enjoyed visiting with Cuyahoga Falls Rotarian Mayor Don Walters, Club President Lisa Coates, club members Jill Kolesar, Sheila Hedrick, Shay Somerville-Shropshire, Rick Pollak, and so many others! Special shout-out to all of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber Commerce members who were out to support.
The District 6630 Youth Protection Committee has been working to assist Club Youth Protection Officers in their efforts to assist club planning and execution of safe youth related activities. The District Website already contains detailed video presentations, as well as power point downloads of the September 18, 2021 youth protection training seminar. The actual policy and procedures manual is also contained on the District website.
In an endeavor to assist in using the policies and procedures manual a subcommittee of the District Youth Protection Committee has created the Best Practices for Organizing Events Involving Children & Youth (click here) for your review, study and use.
I would like to thank Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski and her subcommittee for their efforts in preparing this document.
On a different topic, District Youth Protection Officer Carrie Malotte and her team of Assistant District Youth Protection Officers have been working diligently to implement the District’s Youth Volunteer Management System, including the Youth Protection Course which is part of the system. If your club is one of the dozen or so clubs who have not responded to District Youth Protection Officers attempted contacts please do so (Carrie can be reached at CarrieMalotte@Westfield-bank.com)
John L. Reyes
Rotary International District 6630 Youth Protection Committee Chair
February 3, 1938 - February 23, 2024
Those of us who knew the late Michael J. Johns, Sr. were well aware of the enduring mark he left on Rotary, here and around the world, as well as on each of us whose lives he touched.  Here we wish to take a few moments to pay tribute to his memory by sharing just a few of the details of his Rotary journey for those of you who did not have the opportunity to meet this Rotary “giant.”
“…coach, mentor, cheerleader, craftsman, artist, teacher, scout leader, Rotarian, man of faith and service.”   These are just a few of the words used to describe Mike by his family, whom he loved above all else.  
A monument builder by vocation, he brought an incredible level of artistry to his craft that carried through into all aspects of his life.  He was also one of the most humble of individuals you could ever meet and when he spoke to you, you knew you had his undivided attention because for him at that moment, you were sure you were the only one in the room.  
In 1976, at the invitation of his father, John I. Johns, Mike joined the Rotary Club of Hillcrest where he twice served as Club President (in 1980-81 and 2001-02). He continued to serve with honor and distinction as District 663 Governor in 1986-1987 which later became District 6630.   He was then elected to a two-year term on the Rotary International Board of Directors (2007-2009) and represented RI Presidents at numerous District Conferences and Institutes in several countries around the world.   Mike, most recently, was a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland.  
He was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation, and a Level-3 member of the Bequest Society.   Mike served as a national advisor for the Permanent Fund of The Rotary Foundation (today known as the Endowment Fund) and had been a Zone leadership trainer, a leadership development trainer for District 6630, and a voting delegate to three Rotary International Councils on Legislation.  Mike Co-chaired with PDG Dave Skrzynski, the District 6630 Centennial Celebration in 2016 dedicated to honoring the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, founded by Clevelander, our own Past Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph.  Mike was also a member of The Rotary Foundation Centennial Speakers Bureau.  
His belief in the eradication of polio “so that no child would ever experience this deadly and paralyzing disease ever again” was unwavering.  The NID’s (National Immunization Days) he would say he had the privilege of participating in, both in India and Nigeria where he was able to administer the life-saving polio vaccine to the babies and children, were some of the most defining moments of his entire Rotary career.   
Mike lived Rotary’s tenet, Service Above Self, throughout his life, a life which also truly epitomized Rotary’s 4-Way Test, always leading with integrity and with grace.   Most don’t know that he sometimes drove new Rotarians to visit different Rotary Clubs so they could truly understand the impact Rotary could have on their lives with so many opportunities for service to those less fortunate and the friendships that would follow with like-minded people. He believed in the Family of Rotary, long before it was fashionable, and time and time again we have heard about the influence he had on so many people who felt so fortunate to have called him “their friend” - here and around the world. 
In 2009, then District Governor John Bosco created the “Michael J. Johns Lifetime Achievement Award” with 12 Rotarians to date having received this distinguished honor, including Mike himself in 2015.   A recent recipient, PDG Bob Johnson, shared that “Mike’s words spoke from this trophy of things like leadership, humility, integrity, empathy and more, but the most meaningful of all was the word - friend.”
That Mike passed away on Rotary’s Birthday - World Understanding and Peace Day - was a fitting tribute to this incredible humanitarian who has left a lasting legacy through his and his wife’s, the late Nicolette “Nikki” Johns, six children, fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was so moved when a Water Well was dedicated to Nikki’s memory in Nigeria.     The last fourteen years of his life Mike shared with his fiancé Carol Keck, providing both of them with treasured extended families and the opportunity to travel and enjoy life, always making new friends along the way.  
During the Celebration of Life service, the many facets of Mike’s life were beautifully woven together in the homily when the priest used the history of the Rotary wheel to connect the main ingredients of Mike’s life - family, faith, career and service.  
To quote Mike, Jr. (third generation Rotarian) from the exquisite eulogy he delivered at his father’s service:  “Dad took Will Roger’s words ‘A stranger is just a friend I have not yet met’ to a whole new level.   The smile that came to his face when greeting a friend, old or new, would warm your heart like no other.”  And later he shared “My Dad, our Dad, or ‘Mr. Rotary’ as so many people called him, left the world a better place like few other people could, just by being himself.”
Last Friday evening at the opening banquet of All Ohio PETS in Columbus, Rotary International President-Elect Stephanie Urchick paid tribute to the memory of two past RI Directors who had recently passed away, Theodore “T.D.” Griley from the Rotary Club of Newark, OH/District 6690 and our own Mike, who had been a close friend of hers for many years.   She shared stories of past Rotary friendships, events, and wisdom Mike had imparted, and closed her remembrances by sharing a quote which appeared on something Mike gave her after his wife Nikki passed away in 2007.  It was a small smooth granite stone that said “when someone you love goes away, you’re left with memories and those memories become your treasure.”  
Michael J. Johns, Sr. was everyone’s treasure. 
The District has created a photo library archive in honor of Mike.
If you have photos you would like added, please email them as attachments to us by clicking here
Heights Rotary of Greater Cleveland hosted breakfast with the birds at the Shaker Lakes Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. They attracted a large crowd and many former District Governors were present. This supports the environmental efforts in the area along with Rotary.
Got pancakes ?? Yes they did.
The annual All Ohio President Elects Training Seminar (PETS) occurred on Mar 15 and 16 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus.  Our All Ohio PETS is considered a model for multi district PETS, and we have had the honor to host the Incoming Rotary International President as an evening speaker and commissioning officer for our Ohio incoming Club Presidents for several years.  This year it was our privilege to host Rotary International President Elect Stephanie Urchick.  RIPE Stephanie discussed her goals - membership development, local peacebuilding and continuity of leadership.  She inspired and motivated us all with her speech on Friday evening.  In addition, RIPE Stephanie was able to stay with us until after lunch on Friday, enabling many President-elects, Rotarians and district leaders to meet with her.  She took part in one of the learning sessions and made some notes of her own to share.
Although we always have great energizing speakers, the real highlight of the session are the four learning sessions (Innovate, Collaborate, Engage and Inspire) where our facilitators lead discussions with groups of President-Elects.  Our predecessors have shown us that the best ideas are in those seated around the table, not in a PowerPoint.  In our district meetings after these four sessions, these interactive learning sessions again were received very positively.  As an observer of our Presidents Elect through the weekend, I could clearly see the energy and excitement to lead develop in the eyes of our incoming Presidents.  You have a great team of club leaders coming!!!
An interesting behind the scenes story - last fall, Jason Brown, our morning session speaker, asked us what we wanted him to talk about.  We suggested "how do we make Rotary Irresistible?"  Jasion mentally wrote the speech while driving from a North Carolina PETS evening speaking event to All Ohio PETS the night of March 15.  He delivered it at 9 AM March 16.  It was an energetic, fun, thought-provoking and informative speech that had absolutely no indication that Jason was delivering it for the first time with no rehearsal.
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Dale Smith
District Governor Elect (DG 2024/2025)
Rotary International District 6630
Rotary Club of Mentor
Create Hope In The World
WANTED:  Rotarians who have an interest in Youth Exchange from a District perspective
WHY: To maintain a successful and sustainable Program, we need to have bench strength.
WHAT: District Youth Exchange Committee Roles
Summary of duties for each District Youth Exchange Role:
  • Outbound (OB) Long Term Chair – First point of contact for all Current and Future Outbounds to manage any Student, Parent or Host Club issues.
    • Talk with prospective outbound students to explain program. Handle all application paperwork, from registration through country assignment
    • Be familiar with what is required of a student applicant
    • Promote interest in OB Exchange
    • Process completed applications by November or early December
    • Conduct interviews of the OBs and their parents, to satisfy yourself that the student and parents are fully committed to a successful exchange
    • Collect from the applicants the application processing fee
    • Help prepare the OB student for departure to their Host country
    • Review the OB student’s monthly reports while they are abroad
    • Maintain communication with the OB’s family while the student is abroad
    • Participate in a debrief session when the OB student returns
    • Encourage their participation in subsequent Youth Exchange events
    • Attend District Conference of Clubs to assist with OB Investiture Ceremony and assist with the Parade of Flags Ceremony, as needed
  • Short Term (STEP) Chair - First point of contact for all Current and Future STEP OBs to manage any Student or Parent issues
    • Talk with prospective STEP students to explain program. Handle all application paperwork, from registration through country assignment
    • Be familiar with what is required of a student STEP applicant
    • Promote interest in STEP Exchange
    • Conduct extensive interviews of interested students and all family members at their homes
    • After the match by O-E, notify OB students of their assignments. After matches are confirmed on both sides, the families can be in contact with each other and can decide on the dates of Exchange and can make travel arrangements.
    • Collect from the applicants the application processing fee
    • Conduct STEP OB Orientation prior to departure
    • Conduct STEP Inbound Orientation upon the Inbound STEP student’s arrival
    • Encourage STEP student participation in subsequent Youth Exchange events
    • Attend District Conference of Clubs to assist with OB Investiture Ceremony and assist with the Parade of Flags Ceremony, as needed
  • Inbound (IB) Chair - First point of contact for all Current and Future Inbounds to manage any Student or Host Parent issues
    • Encourage clubs to Host IB students
    • Ensure the willing club has an approved Youth Protection Officer in place
    • Ensure the willing club meets Hosting requirements by identifying a Youth Exchange Officer and a Counselor (RYE Volunteers)
    • Review and confirm approval and vetting of each RYE Volunteer and Host Family application prior to IB student placement
    • Prior to an IB’s arrival, receive from the hosting club, the completed required documents in order for the IB to obtain their DS-2019 Form
    • Provide, timely, the required documents referenced above to the Country Contact for the IB student
    • Provide additional training to RYE Volunteers prior to IB Student arrival
    • Confirm arrival of IB student and that the arrival is documented in the system of record for RYE (YEAH Database)
    • Ensure IB Orientation is conducted and documented
    • Ensure RYE Volunteer and Host Family additional training is conducted and documented during IB Orientation
    • Confirm that the IB has a valid visa and full return airline ticket to their home country with complete flight details documented in YEAH
    • Confirm all post arrival tasks have been completed and documented by the RYE Volunteers
    • Ensure YEAH Database is up to date and contains accurate information
    • Ensure trailing Host families are approved and vetted prior to IB Student move
    • Ensure required reporting is completed by the RYE Volunteers throughout the Exchange Year
    • Promote interest in the Program
    • Coordinate and plan RYE Group Events that are sponsored by the District and/or clubs
    • Attend District Conference of Clubs to coordinate the Parade of Flags Ceremony for all Youth Exchange students and assist with OB Investiture Ceremony, as needed
  • General Chair - Overall program coordination with Committee members to meet the goals of the program
    • Be familiar with the duties of the other Chairs, as you are to oversee their actions, and circumstances may dictate that you take charge of some issue
    • This role is the District’s liaison with the O-E Multi District
    • Coordinate the response (documentation) needed to the Department of State Audit (bi-annual)
    • Attend the spring and fall O-E Multi District meetings, as well as the July meeting at Otterbein University
    • Attend District Conference of Clubs to facilitate Investiture Ceremony for OBs
    • Develop ways to recruit OB, IB and STEP applicants
    • Enlist clubs to sponsor OB and STEP students and host IB students
    • Advise Sponsoring and Host clubs of their respective obligation and commitment
    • Participate in training provided to RYE Volunteers, Host families and Students throughout the Exchange year
    • Provide guidance, as needed, to IB Chair and/or RYE Volunteers throughout the Exchange year
    • Clear early returns through the O-E Chair and Country Contact and report early returns as required to RI
    • Provide periodic reporting, as requested, to District Board of Directors
  • District Youth Exchange Trainer - Coordinate with General, Inbound and Outbound Chairs to plan all training.
    • Prepare, plan and conduct IB Student Orientation Weekend Training (Annual)
    • Prepare, plan and Conduct 3 additional weekend training sessions for IB, OB and ROTEX students
    • Attend District Conference of Clubs to conduct training session for IB, OB and ROTEX students and assist with students
    • Be familiar with what is required of Hosting and Sponsoring clubs
    • Be familiar with OB (long Term and STEP) application requirements
    • Promote interest in the Program
If any of the above roles sound interesting to you and/or you would like more information, please reach out to any one of the current District Exchange Committee Members below:
Pat Kelley, RYE District General Chair - ryepatrickkelley@gmail.com ; cell: 330-233-7200
Shelia Hedrick, RYE District Inbound Chair & Compliance Officer -  ryesheliahedrick@gmail.com; 330-414-2501
David Lariviere, RYE District Outbound Chair - rye6630.david@gmail.com; cell: 330-421-2225
Susan Colville-Hall, RYE STEP Chair and District Trainer - rye6630susan@gmail.com; cell: 330-714-3765
Christina Potter, RYE District Trainer - christinapoteer73@gmail.com; cell: 330-998-1693
The Berea Rotary Club Foundation presented a check to the Berea City School District for $2,810 to benefit the TLC Rooms at Berea-Midpark High School and Berea-Midpark Middle School. The TLC (Titans Loving Care) Rooms provide clothing, personal hygiene items and school supplies to students in need.
The donation was the result of a District Grant, which was matched by the Berea Club.
Photo:  Berea Rotary President Linda Kramer presented the check to Amanda Slyder, assistant principal of Berea-Midpark High School; Sarah Kolis, counselor at the high school; and Dawn Sansone, 5th grade counselor at the middle school.
The eight clubs from the N Summit Cluster partnered with NAMI Summit County and Community Support Services in providing Welcome Home kits to clients. This one-time service is provided to individuals who are actively seeking mental health treatment and being housed for the first time.
The clients are provided with a list of general household items primarily for kitchen bath and bedrooms. They select the items they are in need of and NAMI creates the Welcome Home kits from these lists. Each kit costs approximately $350.
As mental health has been a priority for both District 6630 and Rotary International, Annette Oborn, President of the Stow Munroe Falls Club selected this as the N Summit Cluster project for the year. Each of the clubs provided funds that were matched by the district for a total amount of $5,000.
Our goal was to assemble 15 total kits on Friday February 23, which just happened to be World Rotary Day! NAMI had 12 clients awaiting household items so those were provided which came in significantly under budget. So, we are scheduling a second round for later in the spring.
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