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News from Around the District

 
 
 
 
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
Thanks to all who joined us for our 2024 District Conference and Leadership Assembly.
 
Enjoy photos from the event
 
 
Special thanks to our 2024 District Conference Planning Committee for all your work
in putting together this wonderful weekend for our 
Rotarians to connect, engage and celebrate: Create Hope in Our World.

Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
Bob Oborn
Bob Voss
Carrie Heppner
Chelsea Talty
Cheryl Warren
Dale Smith
David Jones
David Skrzynski
Jackie Minotas
Jeff Roeger
John Reyes
Julie Brandle
Julie West
Karen Melton
Kathy Berkshire
Larry Lohman
Lynda Farkas
Maureen Garnett
Mike Davanzo
Pat Kelley
Pat Myers
Randy Rininger
Rich Cole
Rich Warfield
Shelia Hedrick
Steve Warren
Tina Ingraham
This is your reminder to start filling out the forms (click here for the Word document) for the District Awards to be handed out at this year's Awards Picnic/Banner Exchange.  
 
A.Z. Baker Award .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
For clubs – points awarded for participation in Rotary (4 computation pages)

Training and Education Award for Individuals .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
For individuals who complete the educational programs of the District

Training and Education Award for Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
For clubs that excel in district leadership education and involvement

Literacy Award
For clubs that complete a number of literacy projects

EREY Award for Clubs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
For clubs that average a $100 per capita and every member donates something to the RI Foundation.

Membership Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
Based on Club Size
Given to the club with the highest gain in membership
 
Once completed, please email the form to sloopyohio19@gmail.com or send it via US mail to:
 
Kathy Berkshire
1165 Chatham Place
Rocky River, OH 44116
 
FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 7, 2024 TO QUALIFY!
The Rotary Club of Cleveland has announced that it will host a golf outing in memory of PDG and PRID Mike Johns, Sr., on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Coppertop Golf Course in Valley City, Ohio. Mike passed away on February 23, 2024, at the age of 86.
 
Mike was a Rotarian for some 48 years, first as a member and twice past president of the Rotary Club of Hillcrest and more recently as a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. He served as Governor of District 6630 in 1986-87 and as a Rotary International Director from 2007 to 2009. He was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor of the Rotary Foundation, and a Level 3 member of the Bequest Society.
 
In his professional life, Mike was a distinguished member of the monuments industry, and he served for many years as president of the Johns-Carabelli Company. He served the monuments industry as an officer and/or board member for numerous organizations, including the Monument Builders of Ohio, the Monument Builders of North America, and the American Institute of Commemorative Art. He earned the Certified Memorialist for Life designation of the Monument Builders of North America. He was a consultant on cemetery design and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. 
 
Michael was married to the former Nicolette “Nikki” Nardolillo for some 47 years before she passed away in 2007. They were the parents of six children: Michael N., Mark, Marianne, Monica, Marcia, and Michelle. Three of the children, Michael N., Monica, and Michelle now make up the fourth generation of the Johns family in the monument business as they all work for the Johns-Carabelli Company. A grandson, Michael I. Johns, joined the business in 2022 and represents the fifth generation of the family. Michael N. Johns (also known as Michael Johns, Jr.) has followed in his father’s Rotary footsteps. He is a past president of three Rotary clubs in District 6630: Chesterland, Hillcrest, and Hillcrest Sunrise. For the past several years, Mike Johns, Sr., and his partner, Carol Keck, had been actively involved in a variety of District 6630 events.
 
All District 6630 Rotarians are invited to honor PDG Mike Johns, Sr., by participating in the golf outing. The price is $95 per person, which covers greens fee, cart, lunch, and a buffet dinner. The shotgun-start scramble will begin at 9:00 a.m. Bag lunches will be served at the turn, and dinner will begin at about 3:00 p.m. For those who only want to attend the dinner, the price will be $30. Beer and soft drinks are included with both meals.
 
To register for the outing (for golf or dinner or both) or to get more information, email Cleveland Rotarian Ed Thomas at edthomascsu@gmail.com. For more details, see the flyer.
 
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In case you didn’t have a chance to visit Philip Case’s table in the Hall of Friendship at the District Conference, I’m sharing a link to his fundraising page which also includes his story.  https://give.loveyourbrain.com/philip
 
Last year he had a sledding accident that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) along with a number of broken bones. 
 
He is a very appreciative of the support he received during his recovery from the Love Your Brain organization and is riding his bike across the U.S. starting this month to raise $ for their foundation.  He would also be appreciative of any Rotarians who could provide an overnight place to stay for him on any legs of his journey. 
 
Below is a photo of Philip and his HOF display and one of his route (click on the photo to enlarge it).
 
Julie West
Rotary Club of 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 VFW  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."
 
Capping a week of sunshine and hope, Rotarians from Northeast Ohio gathered at the District 6630 Conference of Clubs to honor Toby Butt for 50 years of Service Above Self and perfect attendance!
Together, with his wife Chris, Toby's leadership and his many contributions to our local and global community were recognized at a special luncheon.
 
"Toby and Chris have been a living legacy, representing the call for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing," stated Kerry Gregoire, President of Medina Sunrise Rotary. 
 


 
 
PHOTO (LtoR):
Dr. Michael Davanzo, Kerry Gregoire, Chris & Toby Butt, Dr. Shail Jain, Daniel Thiel, David Lariviere
DG Julie Brandle enjoyed a delightful club visit with the members of the Rotary Club of Mantua at Restoration 44 Coffee Company, where club meetings are held Thursdays at 6:30pm.
 
Just when you thought the evening couldn't get any better, Jake's offered up delicious comfort food including meatloaf and mashed potatoes! Yum!
 
This small and mighty club does so much for their community!
 
If you live and/or work in Mantua, they would love your help!
 
The Akron Club welcomed Sammy Kay Smith, Ryan Miller and Matt Long.  Thrilled to have these three new Rotarians join our roster!
Photo L-R: Akron Club President Tom Knauer, Sammy Kay Smith, Ryan Miller,  Matt Long, and sponsors, Dr. Rob McGregor and Brian Kosarko.
 

"Hello Everyone!"


We are Rotary Youth Exchange Students from northern Ohio Districts 6600 and 6630. Since August of last year, we have been involved with intensive language and cultural training courses as we prepare to study abroad for an exciting school year as Rotary Outbound Scholarship Students. We are honored to have been accepted as Rotary youth ambassadors and presented with our official scholarship blue blazers at the Rotary District Conference of Clubs:

OWEN BASS (Garfield HS), from Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary, will be going to INDIA.
ABIGAIL SZYNDLER (Maumee HS), from Hillcrest Sunrise Rotary, will be going to CHILE.
MEADOW MARUNA-PLICKERT (Grand Valley HS), from Jefferson Rotary, will be going to POLAND.
ASMIT MEHTA (Oberlin HS), from Westlake-Bay Village Rotary, will be going to TAIWAN.
LUKE SMILLIE (Bay Village HS), from Westlake-Bay Village Rotary, will be going to THAILAND.
KAMDEN STOLLSTEIMER (Tinora HS), from Westlake-Bay Village, will be going to HUNGARY.

We were fortunate enough to attend many Rotary club’s weekly meetings and community service projects, and witness first hand the true purpose of this world-wide service organization, “Service Above Self.” Everyone with whom we have come in contact, in the preparation of this exchange, has been very helpful and truly made the process fun and intriguing. They have been supportive of the decision to study abroad and have done everything needed to make the idea come true. We are very grateful for all the support we have received from our parents, and everyone else who has made this dream a reality.

For more information on Rotary Youth Exchange, please contact your local Rotary club or visit our website: https://www.rotarydistrict6630.org/sitepage/youth-exchange

PHOTO (L to R):
Owen Bass, Abigail Szyndler, Meadow Maruna-Plickert, Asmit Mehta, Luke Smillie, Kamden Stollsteimer

On March 18, I had the honor of attending the Boy Scout Troop 99’s Court of Honor Awards ceremony held at Big Creek Park in Chardon.  The ceremony is a bi-yearly program to honor scouts for their rank changes and the badges they have earned over the past six months.  Approximately 20 scouts from Troop 99 in Newbury attended and took part in the ceremony that recognized a broad range of accomplishments of their efforts. 
 
After the Scout and Scouter awards were presented, Dave Terrill and I from the Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield presented a special Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Assistant Scout Master Bob Brooker.  The Paul Harris award is given to Rotarians in recognition of their contribution of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Additionally Rotary Clubs will use the award to recognize Rotarian members for special humanitarian service to the community.  Finally, the award may be presented to members of the community that have demonstrated extraordinary levels of service and giving to their community.  Bob has demonstrated his service to Troop 99 over the years as well as by his service to the FBI.  
 
Last fall, Bob gave a presentation to Burton Middlefield Rotary about experiences he and his fellow FBI field office members had during the 9-11 attacks in New York city.   As part of the New York City FBI field office, Bob was located about two blocks from where the twin towers stood. As that day’s events began to unfold, Bob and other team members heard the planes crash into the towers and the first tower collapse. As they began to understand the severity of the strikes from news on TV, Bob and other team members began to make their way to the twin towers against a mass group of people that were fleeing the scene.  As they approached the towers and could begin to see the destruction, they were forced to seek shelter as the second tower collapsed.   
 
After regrouping with the rest of the FBI field office, Bob and fellow FBI agents began working with other first responders to assist people in need, getting people evacuated from the area, and making sure the area was secured. 
 
Soon the FBI’s task turned from the immediate response of helping people at the scene of the two collapsed towers to the search for clues explaining happened and for the black boxes from the planes that struck the towers. Bob spent almost six months sifting through debris, interviewing witnesses at all hours of the day and night, and working to try to come up with anything that could help explain exactly what happened. Though they never did find the planes black boxes, Bob shared what he witnessed and how people in New York came together during the days, weeks, and months after the attacks and people would line the bridge into Manhattan holding signs and waving flags thanking the first responders as they would head back into the city each day to continue their mission on investigating this tragedy.  
 
Burton Middlefield Rotary is very grateful for all the work that Bob and other first responders did during 911 as well as for our military men and women who stepped up and continue to step up to serve and protect our county. After hearing about Bob’s experience in New York as well as for his tireless work with Scout Troop 99. The Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield felt Bob Brooker deserved a Paul Harris Fellowship Award as a true community hero. Burton Middlefield Rotary is truly grateful for his service.
 
Photo (l-r)BMR member, Bob Johnson, Paul Harris Fellowship Award recipient Assistant Scout Master Bob Brooker and BMR member Dave Terrill.
 

 
Another engaging week of community service for Medina Sunrise Rotarians began at the Windfall School in Medina with a lively basketball game of young athletes representing Empower Sports.
 
"Empower Sports is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to providing sports and exercise programs for children and adults with physical and cognitive challenges," said founder and Executive Director Tom Heines.
 
Our vision is that all athletes with special needs would have access to meaningful sports and exercise programs that foster inclusion, diversity, tolerance and friendships between those with disabilities and their typically-functioning peers. Founded in 2011, Empower Sports hosts year-round programming which serves more than 300 families in Northeast Ohio.  We are grateful for the generous support and participation form Medina Sunrise Rotary which partners with us to have a positive impact in the community, helping children in need, and making a difference.
 
"When you empower someone, you turn a disability into an ability.  You transform doubt into confidence. You allow the impossible to become possible."
 
 
Yours in Rotary Service -
David Paul Lariviere, COI
District 6630 RYE Outbound Scholarship Chair 2022-2023
OHIO-ERIE ROTARY MULTI DISTRICT YOUTH EXCHANGE
District 6630 PI Co-Chair 2022-2023
mobile 330.421.2225
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Akron had an enjoyable time Tuesday evening recognizing 15 graduating seniors from the Akron Public Schools. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Michael Robinson, Jr. Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, and an Akron Rotary Club member.
 
 
Students being recognized were: Public Service Pathway – Nadia Lee, Fabian Mathis, and Peighton Valentine; Health and Human Services Pathway – Aubrey Rock, Meliyse Sandidge, and Serena Xiong; Business, Marketing & Information Technology Pathway – Ke-Aira Ferguson, Rupesh Kami, Sanjil Magar, Ashley Tojil, and Al-Linaye Blake; and Manufacturing, Engineering & Skilled Trades Pathway – Justin Barnes, Isabella Baughman, Jacob Flossie, and Cameron Hinkle.
 
A big Thank You to the Akron Rotary Foundation for funding these scholarships each year, and to the family members and school personnel who have been so instrumental and  encouraging the success of these amazing students.
 
 
Yours in Service,
 
Terry Dalton
Akron Scholarship Chair
Akron Club Secretary
DG Julie Brandle was on hand with the camp team and Rotary Club of Akron, OH members tonight to celebrate the unveiling of Smashing Century Ale, the beer celebrating 100 years of Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. Congratulations on 100 years! Thank you Hoppin' Frog for helping fundraise for camp in this generous way.
 
 
 
 On Tuesday, 3/19/2024, the Rotary club of Burton-Middlefield (BMR) finished their 2023/2024 District matching grant project with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.  The project consisted of the purchase of two new AED devices that are carried in sheriff’s cruisers and used by their first responders at the scenes of accidents or medical emergencies.  The devices were similiar to the dozens of units that BMR purchased in 2005 with funds from their “Victorian Potting Shed” project that raised $60,000 at the time.  AEDs were installed in all sheriff’s vehicles and other law enforcement cars at this time.  Over the years some of these units have worn out and become inoperable so BMR revisited the situation and decided to purchase two new units through funds from a matching grant they received from the grants committee of Rotary District 6630.  The District matches funds dollar for dollar with money earned by the various Rotary clubs.  Criteria for receiving a grant is that Rotary members have to take an active part in the grant so Rotarians Brian Brockway and Kathy Vatty set up and worked one of the training sessions put on by sheriff’s office staff and deputies.  Thanks also to Carole Cashion, another Rotarian, who wrote and submitted the grant for BMR.
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)
 
Sincerely,
 
John L. Reyes
Rotary International District 6630 Youth Protection Committee Chair
 
 
 
 
 
MICHAEL J. JOHNS, SR.
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
Past-President
Rotary Club of Mentor
Create Hope In The World
 
330-968-7683
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Kent Morgan, Scholarship Chair of Medina Sunrise Rotary welcomed the 2024 High School Graduating Class recipients of the "Service Above Self" and "Walter Kanieski Vocational" Memorial Rotary Scholarships.
 
Following an inspirational address by Rotarian Don Spicker, which highlighted his personal reflections of Rotary's positive influence in his career and the continuing legacy of "Excellence, Service and Leadership," Kent Morgan presented a $2,000 scholarship to each of the college-bound students: 
 
Vocational Scholarship - Case Hummel (Highland)
  • Madelyn Kost (Buckeye)
  • Edwin Ortiz (Buckeye)
  • Emma Bazemore (Cloverleaf)
  • Avery Kott (Cloverleaf)
  • Kelly (Highland)
  • Braden Schuck (Highland)
  • Madelyn Emrickan (Medina)
  • Cameron Rogazzo (Medina)
And in closing, Club President Kerry Gregoire congratulated the scholarship award winners and their families, expressing every confidence in their future success and said, "We are thankful for the generous contributions from our community to Medina Sunrise Rotary Club which made these scholarships possible and for the 1.4 million Rotarians worldwide who show continued faith in youth, that today’s scholars will become tomorrow's community and world leaders."
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2022-2023 District Leadership

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The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.

We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.
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PEACEBUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION

Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.

DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.

WATER. SANITATION, AND HYGIENE

More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

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Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

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