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May 2021

 
District 6630 Rotarians and friends,
 
JOY!!
 
We can see people’s smiling faces in-person again as the restrictions are being lifted.  Clubs are planning to meet live while possibly offering a virtual hybrid option.  Remember to check with your local health department as you are planning your meetings. A reminder, no in-person Rotary meeting or event shall be mandatory for any participant who may feel uncomfortable attending because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The District is planning an in-person Banner Exchange and Awards Ceremony with a possible hybrid option on Wednesday, July 14 at 5:00 PM.  It will be held at the Keystone Shelter at West Creek Reservation in Parma, Ohio. Details and registration will be coming soon!
 
Rotary International will still be holding its events virtually until September 7.  Please register and attend the International Convention (June 12).  
 
Zones 30 & 31 Virtual Summer Leadership Seminars are taking place in July and August. Registration will open June 23rd. View the sessions/dates/times to save the dates.
 
The Zone Conference "PATHWAYS to our FUTURE" will be in-person in September in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Governor line training is September 28-30 and Conference dates are sept 30-October 3, 2021. Meet Rotarians from 13 States and 31 Districts!
 
 
Enjoy this wonderful weather and the ability to be out with people again.  I hope to see each of you at the Banner Exchange and Awards Ceremony.
 
Yours in Rotary Service, 
 
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
 
 
 
 
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District and Club Events Calendars

Upcoming District Events
Subject to change 
- All District Events will be virtual until further notice
District Membership Committee Meeting (Zoom)
Jun 17, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
 
District 6630 AG Meeting
Jun 21, 2021 6:00 PM
 
Grant Committee Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
Jul 12, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Grant Committee Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
Aug 02, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Grant Committee Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
Sep 13, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Grant Committee Meeting
ZOOM Meeting
Oct 04, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 

 
 
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ROTARY DISTRICT 6630 CONNECTIONS

May 2021

 
District 6630 Rotarians and friends,
 
JOY!!
 
We can see people’s smiling faces in-person again as the restrictions are being lifted.  Clubs are planning to meet live while possibly offering a virtual hybrid option.  Remember to check with your local health department as you are planning your meetings. A reminder, no in-person Rotary meeting or event shall be mandatory for any participant who may feel uncomfortable attending because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The District is planning an in-person Banner Exchange and Awards Ceremony with a possible hybrid option on Wednesday, July 14 at 5:00 PM.  It will be held at the Keystone Shelter at West Creek Reservation in Parma, Ohio. Details and registration will be coming soon!
 
Rotary International will still be holding its events virtually until September 7.  Please register and attend the International Convention (June 12).  
 
Zones 30 & 31 Virtual Summer Leadership Seminars are taking place in July and August. Registration will open June 23rd. View the sessions/dates/times to save the dates.
 
The Zone Conference "PATHWAYS to our FUTURE" will be in-person in September in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Governor line training is September 28-30 and Conference dates are sept 30-October 3, 2021. Meet Rotarians from 13 States and 31 Districts!
 
 
Enjoy this wonderful weather and the ability to be out with people again.  I hope to see each of you at the Banner Exchange and Awards Ceremony.
 
Yours in Rotary Service, 
 
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
 
 
 
 

"END POLIO NOW" NIGHT AT THE INDIANS 2021

WE ARE BACK!!!!

“End Polio Now ” Night at the Indians 2021

 
Once again the annual Rotary Night at the Indians can be held without restrictions. While we missed last 2020, we are glad to be back now and raising money for End Polio Now.
 
On July 22, 2021, the Cleveland Baseball team will play the Tampa Bay Rays. And Rotary will be there too—in the Terrace Club,  walk on the field with “End Polio Now “ T shirts, having the First pitch raffle and other exclusive raffle auctions. Now we just need YOU!!!
 
Please see the attached flyer and get your reservations in as soon as possible.
 
We need you at the “End Polio Now “ Indians game.
 
Stew Buchanan
 

ZONES 30-31 CONFERENCE:  SAVE THE DATES

2021 R.I. VIRTUAL CONVENTION

REGISTER NOW
June 12-16, 2021
Virtual
Rotary International
Convention

The 2021 Virtual Convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.

This event is open to all Rotary members and participants from 12-16 June 2021. Registration fees are as follows:

  • US$65 - 8 May through 16 June

*Registration must be paid in full between 16 April and 7 May to receive the US$49 rate.

 

 

Rotary Opens Opportunities
 
Please join us for 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities, 12-16 June. 

This year’s event will connect you, virtually, with members around the world. It will open new opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. Together, we’ll inspire action, strengthen our commitments, work on our challenges, and celebrate our successes.

Visit the convention event page on Facebook to connect with other participants and share what you’re looking forward to experiencing with #Rotary21. The Virtual Convention is open to all Rotary members and participants, so invite a friend to join you or share the event with your community.
 

BALDWIN WALLACE ROTARACT CLUB

On Friday, April 23, 2021, Baldwin Wallace University’s Student Life Center and the Brain Center for Community Engagement hosted the annual Student Life and Leadership Awards, honoring several campus organizations, students, and staff.  The Baldwin Wallace Rotaract club is proud to announce that the club and its members were recognized for the following achievements.  The Rotaract club as a whole received “Service Program of the Year,” which recognizes a successful program that provided a service to the BW or greater Cleveland community, engaged organization membership, encouraged students to participate in continuous community service, and contributed to the mission and purpose of the organization and Baldwin Wallace University.  Specifically, the club was recognized for its first-ever Telethon event benefiting Action Against Hunger.  The event was held virtually and raised $1,412.30. 
 
The club is also thrilled to share that two of its members who held leadership positions in the past year were also recognized.  Graduating senior Joey Bernardo is a four-year club member and past club president.  Joey was recognized as “Outstanding Leader of the Year.”  This honor is awarded to a student in recognition of the positive impact they have made through outstanding leadership and serving as a role model for others while embodying and uplifting the university’s mission statement.  Joey exemplifies the meaning of an “Outstanding Leader.”  The club thanks Joey for his dedicated service and leadership to the club throughout the past four years. 
 
Also recognized was sophomore Kaylee McKee, who received two outstanding achievements, “BW Student Volunteer of the Year” and “Emerging Leader of the Year.”  Last year, Kaylee served as the club’s International Service Chair and organized several incredible events for club members to participate with other Rotaract organizations worldwide.  The BW Rotaract club is extremely proud of its club member’s hard work and dedication throughout the past year as they navigated COVID-19.  The club looks forward to all the wonderful activities planned for next year.
 
 
 
 

BURTON-MIDDLEFIELD CLUB

BURTON-MIDDLEFIELD ROTARY HOLDS
INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL

GEAUGA JEEP NIGHT

Friday, May 21, 2021, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM saw the inaugural Geauga Jeep Night at Madricks Tavern & Restaurant in Newbury, OH.  Over 140 Jeeps showed up to support another wildly successful Rotary fund raiser, this time for the benefit of the Geauga Veteran’s Food Pantry.  Over $10,000 was raised for the pantry along with half a truck load of non-perishable food item donations that will serve many Geauga veterans and their families.  Event chairman Jim Dvorak, a long time Rotary member who also serves as a Geauga County Commissioner and Madricks owners Brett & Leha Frederick declared the event way more successful than planned.  The generosity of the attendees and the sponsors was overwhelming and will make it far easier down the road for the food pantry to accomplish their goal of serving all veterans.
 
 All attendees had a great time socializing and comparing their Jeeps, especially after the long pandemic shutdown.  A great DJ played a stream of American pride music all evening long and there was an endless stream of door prizes and 50/50 raffle winners. This created an endless stream of winners going to the podium to collect their prizes.  The 50/50 winner was ecstatic to collect her $500 prize.  One of the highlights of the event was when the national anthem played and all in attendance removed their hats, faced the flag and sang together as Americans.
 
Madricks tavern manager Alexa Shenenian and employees were kept busy serving refreshments and great food all during the event and seemed to have a great time themselves.  Their tireless efforts really helped to push the event over the top.  Major sponsors Madricks Tavern & Restaurant, Junction Auto Sales and Ohio Stream Preservation provided great financial support and brought in dozens of attendees.  The event was planned by the Burton-Middlefield Rotary organization as a build up to the huge Maple Splash Raffle drawing planned for July 3rd. at the Geauga County Historical Society grounds and the fall Geauga Jeep Jamboree held on October 10th. at the Mayfield Rd. Drive-In Theater.  The incredible success indicates it may become part of Burton-Middlefield Rotary’s annual calendar of fund raisers for Geauga County’s non-profits.

AURORA CLUB

Final  Fill A Bag, Feed a Family report
Congratulations to everyone!

By Ben Askren, Aurora Club President

After nine months of planning, re-planning and more re-planning, the My Fill a Bag team is happy to announce that, thanks to the generosity of our neighbors, a record 26,400 lbs. of food were collected. This is 2 tons more than any previous drive.

Altogether, over 400 local volunteers donated their time to make this a success.  For most adult volunteers, it was an opportunity to show their children the importance of helping others--. This is a great Aurora tradition.

Both the Volunteers of America-Aurora Food Pantry and the Aurora Family Relief Fund were very pleased with the results.

Because there was so much food collected, smaller amounts were shared with the Food for Friends pantry in Bainbridge and the Mantua backpack program.

Further, 100% of the cash donations will go toward fresh produce and will be deposited into the 2 Aurora Pantry’s accounts at the grocer of their choice.

I apologize for the delay in getting this good news to all of you. I have been focused on writing “thank you’s” and 501-c-3 letters to the over 100 families that sent in a cash donation. $8,055.00 has been received to date. (I believe that no additional donations will be coming in.)

To make this result possible, it took a tremendous effort from  many wonderfully devoted leaders and some incredible donations from local companies/Churches.

Scott McFerren, (who lives in Hudson!) was the co-chair of this drive and along with Steve Waisala and Barry Wessels, conducted planning meetings back in October of last year. This team created an entirely new way to meet Covid-19 challenges and still reduce the food collection and processing time by over 2 Hours. Despite having to collect a record amount of food, the design enabled  volunteer families to donate time but not get exhausted in the process.

Chuck Marusic is the master of transportation and again provided excellent direction for all volunteer drivers and their families.

Walden has been a huge part of the drive’s success. Jim Fisher worked closely with us and communicated everything needed to his 13 Walden association groups. Miriam and Ryan Conner, handled all the bag delivery and food pick-up in the stand alone Walden homes for the 7th straight year. And Carol Cole, once again, handled all the signage and bag deliveries (with help from Eileen Gaston)  to all the Walden condo families-- and there are almost 700 of them!!

Jeff Filarski took on the task of doing 3 straight days of food collection at the Walden mail huts. He and Mike Fritz moved about 3,000 lbs of food around during that time.

And I cannot forget the support that we are given by our Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin. She and Kris Allen teamed up to remove roadblocks at the local Aurora Advocate and enabled promotion of this event.

Mary Kohanski  and school Superintendent Michael Roberto supported every facet of this project, even to the point where teacher Mr. Logalbo brought 18 members of the football team to help move almost 700 bins (loaded with  food) to our warehouse. Melissa Foster and her school Interact- student volunteer group were great helps and one member, Lydia Schiopota, managed our social media efforts!

But this project needed other areas of help that we critical to its success.

Amy McDougald Eckard and Erik Eckard provided, at no cost, 2 huge lift-gate trucks to move a mountain of supplies and food . That was a back saver!!

John and Terri Updyke, owners of Mad Jacks and The 1815 Tavern and Grill, rewarded all the volunteers (who worked to sort and store the donated food) by providing a large variety of pizzas and salads on two different occasions.

Ann Yan, owner of Surge Industrial not only supplied us with a place to do our final sorting but also a place to store the food. Without this donation--- there is no drive.

Christ Community Chapel, (Pastors Mark Lile and Todd Iannetta led this effort) did four-color printing on 6,000 letters  and 100 posters and also provided a location for us to process and store (for a week) all the food donations. They also provided the location for the registration of all the events.

Many churches pitched in to help roll bags like Cornerstone Church along with Christ Community Chapel/Aurora, The Church in Aurora, and especially Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Thank you Jeff Botos, Mary Corrigan and Father Conoboy. You helped so much in so many areas.

As always, Aurora’s incredible group of instant volunteers--- the Rotary Club of Aurora, provided all 6,000 bags that were delivered and volunteers from their membership.

Dave Pavlick of Pavlick Marketing, provide the most unseen but critically needed support—financial donations to pay for the cost associated with running the drive. For years Dave has chosen to be the “anonymous donor” that help keep the operations side afloat. He is a previously “unheralded hero”.

Finally, everyone has seen the over 700 bins that we use to collect food. Those bins have been donated by the wonderful people at Akro-Mills in Seville, Ohio.

How generous is that company to donate to families far away in Aurora?!?!?!

As all of you (that were kind enough to read this far) can see, an effort like this takes the help of many people. We all know that the effort is worth it because our neighbors in need won’t have to worry about feeding their families. Ultimately, that is what this whole project is about.

Remember how many families would suffer if all of us did not take the time to make a difference.

Thank you to everyone who pitched in to help this past year. (If I missed your name or gift---I apologize.)

God bless all of you,

Bruce
Bruce Harris, Executive Director – Food2Share Inc.


By Ben Askren, Aurora Club President

 
Dear Fellow Aurora Rotarians,
 
Melissa Foster and her Interact kids have been very busy this year, and we just wanted to let the Club see all the activities they participated in.  They were show cased at the multi-district conference that was held a couple of weeks ago.  
 
From all the members of the Aurora Rotary Club, "We Salute You" Interact Club!!!  Thanks for taking part in so many important events. 
 
This list includes all opportunities provided by AHS Interact Club, it does not include volunteer/service work that students sought out and completed on their own.
 
Stuff The Bus September 21 & 22 (3
 
Save Promis Club Virtual event Oct 21
 
Halloween Drive Through Oct. 29 (20 students)
 
Rake and Run November 7th (96 students)
 
Say Leadership Virtual workshop Nov. 10th
 
Interaction Day Virtual event Nov. 14th (5 students)
 
Cleveland Food Bank Dec. 3 (11 students)
 
Christmas Caroling at nursing home (20 students)
 
Polar Express Event Dec 5 (10 students)
 
Stuffed care packages for Foster care Jan. 29 (12 students)

Created Valentine cards for kids in Foster care and Elderly Feb. 10 (over 350 cards)
 
Decorated cafeteria for Valentines Day Feb. (3 students)
 
Sweatshirt collection for those suffering from homelessness March 12-collected 15 sweatshirts
 
Virtual Peer tutoring All year(several students)
 
Holy Angels PSR classes All year (9 students)
 
Four Way Speech Contest (1)
 
Virtual National Youth Summit April 17 (7 students)
 
Fill a Bag, Feed a Family May 2021(Several students)
 
City Wide Clean up (18)
 
Car Wash for Believe in Dreams(15 students)
 
Making Sandwiches for St. Herman’s Homeless shelter
 
Mulch Day at Tree Museum
 
 

 
By Charlie Fink, Aurora Club 
 
For more information please go to aurorarotaryclub.org where we will post a link for registration and ticket purchases on June 30th.

BEREA CLUB

Berea Rotary is a sponsor of the 2021 Grindstone Festival
We will staff a table July 3-4 at Coe Lake
Games – Prizes – Rotary Information
 

 
 
Berea Rotary makes three more KIVA loans
 
Kiva Chair Matt Lombardi reports that he made three Kiva loans, bringing our total to 842 loans with a value of $21,100. Matt says activity has been really low with COVID affecting entrepreneurs around the world. The number of countries we are able to make loans to have been limited and those countries have the greatest risk for currency exchange loss. Since we are running low on capital investment, Matt says he has been very selective with loans.
The most recent loans were made to Paraguay, Nicaragua and Vanuatu (a new country never before offered for Kiva loans). The loans were made for general store supply capital (2) and food production supply capital (1).

BARBERTON CLUB

PLEASE JOIN US ON AUGUST 6, 2021

Register by July 23rd

 

HUDSON CLUB

Rotary Membership Allows Hudson Citizens to Get Involved

 
Want to lead or participate in a community project? The Rotary Club of Hudson offers many opportunities to give back to our community while enjoying the programs, events and social interaction with like-minded Rotarians. Many levels of involvement are available as a Club member.
 
Recently concluded Rotary Club of Hudson strategic long-range planning established eight committees for leading and participating in Club activities. All Rotary members are encouraged to contribute their experience and knowledge to one of the committees for the betterment of our community.
 
Following are brief descriptions of Rotary’s working committees, their tasks, projects and expected results:
  • Programs Committee--responsible for Rotary’s monthly theme and weekly speakers. Expectations include engaging community/business leaders and accomplished youth for weekly presentations.
  • Community Service Projects Committee--responsible for major undertakings such as the Scout Cabin refurbishing, Ellsworth School pollinator garden and other conservancy efforts. Expectations are to maintain a high profile of service to Hudson.
     
  • Youth Leadership Development and Education Committee--responsible for HHS Service Learning and college scholarships, the 4 Way Speech Contest, the WRA Interact Club and local Scouting. Expectations are to promote and sustain all of Rotary’s youth programs.
     
  • Community Health and Safety Services Committee--responsible for charitable projects including support for Gift of Life NEO, Hudson EMS, Hudson Food Bank and Hudson Job Search. Expectations are for the continued support of the critical services of the community and assistance for those in need.
     
  • Fund Raising Committee--responsible for the Annual Gala, the Fall Fund Raiser and Fine Day. Expectations are that significant funds will be raised to support the Hudson Rotary Foundation’s many grants to community causes.
     
  • Membership Development Committee--responsible for recruiting, orienting and mentoring new Rotary members. Expectations are that the Club’s growth will continue and include increasing numbers of women and minorities.
     
  • Community Events Committee--responsible for Rotary’s involvement/support of annual community social events and celebrations such as Santa on the Green, Art on the Green parades and concerts. The expectation is that Rotary will continue to be an “involved citizen”.
     
  • Marketing and Public Relations Committee--responsible for continuing communications with the community regarding all Rotary activities. Expectations are that Rotary will be prevalent in local publications, Facebook, YouTube, HCTV and on the Rotary website.
 
As an example of the cross section of Hudson citizens joining the Club, here are some of Rotary’s newer members:
 
  • Phil Butto--Treasurer of Hudson Schools
  • Terry Bortnik--real estate professional, Humane Society
  • Chris Foster--Hudson Council, publisher, bee keeper
  • Nikki Kowalski--Hudson Council, graphic arts marketing, Leadership Hudson
  • Geoff Korff--entrepreneur, lawyer
  • Pat Goetz--MD psychiatry
  • Jane Howington--City Manager
  • Chuck Nnabuife--home health care finance
  • Bill McClure--retired, Bikes for Christ
  • Bill Libby--veteran Cleveland Club Rotarian
 
In addition to these newer members, the Rotary Club of Hudson includes educators, business owners, financial advisors, attorneys, accountants, printers, foundation principals, food retailers, hospital executives, marketers, entrepreneurs and retired professionals anxious to contribute their ideas and skills.
 
Joining Rotary is easy. All citizens concerned with the welfare and social communications in the community are welcome to apply by contacting Mike Swain at swainmp1448@gmail.com. A simple application, a casual interview over coffee and an expression of your interests will suffice to establish your candidacy.
 
The club has a very relaxed attendance requirement recognizing that many busy professionals and parents of young children might find it difficult to participate every week. The current Zoom broadcasts of weekly meetings will also continue after the pandemic has subsided and the Club returns to in-person sessions.
 
You are invited to join our Zoom meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 am to enjoy one or more of our programs. Our website www.rotaryhudson.org features our upcoming speakers. Please contact Marilyn Orr, President at marilynjorr@me.com for a link. We look forward to meeting you.
 
 

KENT CLUB

  • Kent Rotary Foundation made four awards at its recent meeting. Portage County Literary Association received $2000; Tree City Preschool received $2350 to replace their playground. The Girl Scouts received $3063 to help sanitize and create a safe environment for camping this summer and Edible Kent received $735 to support its community garden, which provides homegrown food to local residents at no cost.
  • President Randy announced that we will likely go back to in-person meetings at the Kent United Methodist Church starting in late June.
 

AKRON CLUB

THANK YOU TO THESE PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS

 
The Akron Club proudly recognized and thanked the following individuals whose outstanding generosity to the The Rotary International Foundation (TRF) demonstrates a spirit of giving which helps sustain and improve the lives of others. 
 
Each of these members recently reached a new milestone in their donor legacy as multiple Paul Harris Fellows (PHF).  
 
Photo Left to Right:
 
Nathanael Billow - Paul Harris + 2
 
Dr. Robert McGregor - Paul Harris +3
 
Dr. Douglas Hausknecht - Paul Harris + 4
 
John Margida - Paul Harris + 5
 
  

 

ROTARIANS GET AKRON ROTARY CAMP READY FOR THE SEASON!

 
Thank you to everyone that came out for our Spring Clean-up days at Rotary Camp!  Camp looks great and we appreciate all your hard work and energy to help us get ready for summer! Our first group of staff will be moving in next week into freshly clean cabins.
 
Thank you again, and we hope to see you back sometime this summer!
 
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
 
 

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Akron!
DONNA SKODA, MS., RD., LD

Donna Skoda was sponsored by Cheryl Warren and has presented to our Club as well as many others throughout the area.  
 
She is married to Dennis Skoda, CPA, CGMA who is a Financial Executive. Donna's mother Phyllis, who is 93, also resides with them in the Akron area.
 
She has spent the past 25 years rescuing Pug dogs and currently has five, Peyton, Beijing, Lucy, Fefei and Barron. She enjoys gardening and cooking her favorite is Italian dishes.
 
Donna serves as the Health Commissioner for the Summit County Public Health.  She has worked in community based public health programs for over 25years. Her current responsibilities include overall management of the health district including the assessment and epidemiological components within the Health District, data and information systems and general strategic planning for the health district in the community.  She has served as staff for the Summit 2020: A Quality of Life Project from the beginning and continues to assist with the local management.
 
Previously, she was employed in Cuyahoga County for 15 years implementing community-based programs in the areas of nutrition and many other areas in public health,  the  community and within hospital systems.  She is a registered, licensed dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.
 

 

Rotarians Spotted at Akron Zoo Wild Asia Grand opening

 
Photo L-R: 
Julie Brandle, DGND,
 ran into fellow Rotarians,
Geraldine Kiefer and Ginny Wojno
at the
Akron Zoo Wild Asia Grand Opening!
 

MEDINA SUNRISE CLUB

KATELYN RUPERT - EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR - BSA TROOP 7507

 
Katelyn Rupert, daughter of Tim (Medina Sunrise Rotary) and Cindy (Brunswick Rotary), was presented with her Eagle Scout Award, Scouting's highest honor, this afternoon, surrounded by Scout leaders, her family and close friends at the Medina First Christian Church.
 
Katelyn's Eagle Scout Court of Honor began with a welcome from Diana Strong of Troop 7507 who introduced Scoutmaster Renee Strong for the official award of Eagle Scout.  Following the Eagle Scout Charge and special presentation address from Eagle Scout Aidan Kocab. The ceremony concluded with a benediction and outdoor reception, "Becoming an Eagle Scout is just about the only thing you can put on your resume age age fifty that you did at fourteen -- and still impress."  -- Randy Pausch
 
 

 

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS


FEEDING MEDINA COUNTY WELCOMES UBC YOUTH MINISTRY

 
United Baptist Church of Brunswick's Youth Ministry Team provided many helping hands and hearts this morning with the Feeding Medina County Free Food Distribution held at the Medina County Fairgrounds.
 
Katie Fuerst, FMC Executive Director, personally welcomed the UBC Youth and thanked the many FMC Volunteers, including: Rotary, Kiwanis, CERT, Ohio Army National Guard, 3-M, Hope Church of Brunswick, POPE, and our many Veterans who continue to serve our community.
 
Volunteers sang "Happy Birthday" to Jeff Sottile, who just recently joined Feeding Medina County and Katie reminded everyone of the popular "Pizza Palooza on Public Square" -- on June 19th.
 
Ohio Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Jeff Cain led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and wished, "Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2021!"
 
PHOTO:
United Baptist Church of Brunswick Youth Ministry, Staff Sergeant Jeff Cain, Katie Fuerst, Dan Meogher
 

LAKEWOOD ROCKY RIVER SUNRISE CLUB

LAKEWOOD ROCKY RIVER ROTARY DOES BECK CENTER BEAUTICATION PROJECT

Members of the two Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Clubs got together on May 8 for the annual yard and garden clean-up project at the Beck Center for the Arts, in Lakewood, Ohio.  Beck Center is a performing arts and arts education organization. It is the largest theater and arts center on Cleveland's West Shore, educating and entertaining over 65,000 people per year.   They brought their rakes, hoes, shovels, brooms, and wheel barrows for a morning of hard work.  The garden beds around the Beck building were raked of leaves and other debris from the winter, and mulch was put down.  The front lawn was mowed and raked.  As the theatre and classes open up, visitors will get to enjoy the fresh new look.
 
Pictured above is the hard-working Rotary Crew led by Project Chair, Bill Gaydos, seated in the center of the bench on the right side of the photo.  Other members of the Sunrise Club who worked on the project were Chuck Drumm, Bob Hamed, Eric Jolly, Mallory Mertz, Jim Penning, and Jim Rowe.  Joining from the Noon Club were Mark and Cindy Bacon, Curt Brosky, Doug Cooper, Jon Fancher, and Jim Harris.
 
For many years, Rotary and its members have supported Beck Center.  The Beautification project was started over ten years ago by the Sunrise Rotary Club.  Now it is a project of both Lakewood Rocky River Clubs.  Beck Center and the Noon Rotary Club also cooperate on an annual Speech, Music, and Art competition for students from the public and private high schools in Lakewood and Rocky River.  Artwork submitted by students is normally on display in the Beck Center first floor gallery area for several weeks in the spring for the public to view.  Due to the Theater closing this year, the art exhibition was not held.
 
Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise supported Beck Center with a project that involved buying masks and hand sanitizers.  These items will be needed to comply with current State guidelines as the Center opens up its class and theatre programs.   Funds were provided for the supplies from a special Rotary Grant program.  Club members did the unpacking and sorting of the supplies and putting them in places for easy access for the people using the classrooms and theatres. 
 

SHELTERBOX USA

Together, with our incredible family of supporters worldwide, ShelterBox has officially provided aid to 2,000,000 people across 100 countries.

While we supported the first million people in the first 15 years, you have helped us reach our second million in the space of just 5 years!

From the Caribbean to Cameroon, all the way to the Philippines and Vanuatu, you have helped transform the lives of 2 million people after disaster. This achievement would not have been possible without the generosity of individuals like you and our global network of partners that go the extra mile to help us reach more people.

District 6630 Past District Governor, Jack Young, is in the top 5 of highest individual fundraisers for ShelterBox and credits the members of his district for their ongoing support!

 

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RI PUBLICATIONS IN MAY

RI sends out various newsletters throughout the month. 
 
You can sign up/manage your subscriptions for publications at rotary.org - simply sign in, then go to news & media then select newsletters.  If you need assistance, please EMAIL ME.
 
Since many of you already receive these email newsletters, in lieu of reproducing them in the body of the District newsletter, moving forward you can now use the links below to download them all or individually.
 
I have included the story headings to help you see what is in each issue.
 
Download all of these (click here)  OR  click on each title to download individual issues.
 
 
A roundup of Rotary news | May 2021
 
Membership Minute is a bimonthly newsletter that provides the latest membership trends, strategies, best practices, and resources to help strengthen membership in your clubs. The newsletter is sent to Rotary coordinators, district governors, district membership chairs, club membership chairs, club presidents and subscribers. 
  • Members in Ontario, Canada volunteer at largest vaccination center
  • Day in the life of a vaccination volunteer
  • About Youth Service Month
  • Measuring our impact
  • Survey to be part of DEI assessment
    Engaging the next generation of Rotary Leaders | May 2021
     
    Young Leaders in Action is a monthly source of news, resources, and event information for young leaders in Rotaract, Interact, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, and New Generations Service Exchange and Rotarians who support them. 
    • Celebrating Youth Service Month
    • Join the 2021 Virtual Rotaract Preconvention
    • Build strong intergenerational relationships
    • Service-learning resources now available in languages
     
    ROTARY PEACE CENTERS | May 2021
    Making communities around the world more peaceful and vibrant | May 2021 
    • Join the Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association Annual Conference
    • Generous gift funds new Rotary Peace Center
    • Rotary Peace Fellow sheds light on multicultural identities in Japan
    • Register for the Intercountry Committees (ICC)

    FIND & SHARE A SPEAKER  - NEW WEB PAGE

     
    We have added a new webpage to help clubs find and share speaker information. 
     
    This is only effective with your input.  The page will include speaker names and contact information submitted from Clubs.
     
    To submit a speaker name:  On the page is a short form you can complete with the speaker name and information. 
     
    After you submit that form we will post the information. 
     
     
    If you need help, just let me know!
     
    Cheryl Warren, PDG
    Website Administrator
    330-495-9814

    WHAT IS A ROTARY FELLOWSHIP?

    Rotary Fellowships consist of members who share a common interest in recreational, sports, skills, foster vocational development. And enhance the Rotary experience by exploring interests while developing connections around the world.

    OVERVIEW

    Help participants make lasting friendships outside their own club, District or country.
    Advance Rotary's public image and identity
    Serve as an incentive for joining Rotary and for maintaining active membership.

    ORGANIZATION

    Functions independently of Rotary International by establishing their own rules and requirements
    Are open to Rotarians, their family members, as well as participants and Alumni of all Rotary and Foundation programs.

    For additional information on Fellowships please feel free to contact District Fellowship Chair PDG Jack A. Young.

    Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians Past InterAmerican Region Chair (2018-20) for North, Central and South America.

    Member of Rotary Fellowship for Past District Governors.

    Jack1villa@aol.com
    440-759-4000

    NEWSLETTER ARTICLE SUBMISSION DEADLINES

    Deadlines for your articles for the are below (these are always subject to change at the discretion of the District Governor)
    • June 18, 2021
    • July 19, 2021
    • August 20, 2021
    • September 20, 2021
    • October 18, 2021
    • November 19, 2021
    • December  17, 2021
    • January 20, 2022
    • February 18, 2022
    • March 18, 2022
    • April 18, 2022
    • May 20, 2022
    • June 20, 2022
    HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE:
     
    1. Email content to rotarydistrict6630@neo.rr.com with DISTRICT NEWSLETTER ARTICLE SUBMISSION in the subject line. 
     
    2. Remember to include your name, the club name, and send pictures and flyers as attachments. Include the names of those in the photos too!
     
    3. Be certain that you have permission to use the photos, and for anyone who is under the age of 18, please confirm that you have a parent/guardian release on file.

    Due to the electronic nature of the e-news, we cannot guarantee content will remain formatted as sent, but will do our best.
     

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