December 2020


Dear fellow Rotarians:
As the first half of our Rotary year closes, and the New Year is upon us, we look forward to continuing our service to make the world and the communities in which we live a better place.
The challenges of this year have made each of us, find creative ways in which to meet the needs in our communities, by hosting fundraisers, service events and engaging meetings with some great speakers. As past Rotary International President Ian Riseley says, “Our challenges are our strengths.”

I am grateful to be a part of such a wonderful Rotary District with members who are so very committed and dedicated. On behalf of all the people you have lent a hand to this year, thank you for your ongoing support.

May you and your families have a very Happy New Year of good health and happiness.
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
Presidents Elect Session 1 (PETS-1)
Jan 16, 2021
Grant Management Seminar (Virtual) Feb 9th
via Zoom
Feb 09, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar (Virtual) Feb 20th
via Zoom
Feb 20, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
District 6630 AG Meeting
Feb 22, 2021 6:00 PM
District 6630 Finance Committee Meeting
Feb 23, 2021 6:00 PM
District 6630 Board Meeting
Feb 25, 2021 6:00 PM
District 6630 AG Meeting
Apr 06, 2021 6:00 PM
2020-2021 District Conference: Save the Date
Cleveland Marriott East
Apr 23, 2021 8:00 AM –
Apr 24, 2021 10:00 PM
District 6630 Finance Committee Meeting
May 18, 2021 6:00 PM
District 6630 Board Meeting
May 18, 2021 7:00 PM

If your Club subscribes to ClubRunner create an event within ClubRunner and mark the event to be shown on the District website.  Your events will then appear within the Club Calendar  on both, the District Bulletin and District home page.



The Advisory Council of Past District Governors met virtually last week for their Annual Holiday Gathering.  The above captures this incredible Family of Rotary that was 32-strong in attendance and joined by a number of Spouses and Partners.  DGND Julie Brandle and Steve were formally introduced to the Council members which also included the current leadership chain in attendance. Governor Pat Myers then presented the “State of the District,” and everyone had the opportunity to share with one another on how they are doing.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed Council, willing to support however they may be needed.
On behalf of the Council of Governors, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!


Julie Brandle has been selected as District 6630 Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) in line to serve as our Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year. 

Julie Brandle is a past president of the Rotary Club of Akron and currently serves District 6630 as Assistant Governor for Summit S - Medina County Cluster, chair of the District Conference Committee, and member of the Foundation Gala committee. She has also served the District as a facilitator for the Tri-District Membership Event and chair of the public image committee.

Julie is a committed community advocate and currently serves on the boards of Kent State University's Construction Management program, the Portage Development Board (economic development), Akron Civic Theatre, Akron Urban League, Greater Akron Chamber, ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Northeast Ohio, and the Rotary Club of Akron. Julie volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. Julie is a Lifetime Gold Award Girl Scout and holds the adult honors of Women of Distinction and the Thanks Badge.

Julie is a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School, as well as Bowling Green State University where she earned a double major in Interpersonal and Public Communication and Soviet Studies and a travel grant scholarship to study in Kiev, Ukraine. She is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses, ScaleratorNEO, Leadership Portage County and is currently in Leadership Akron's Class 37.

Julie is the president and a founder of Metis Construction Services, a female-owned commercial general contractor located in Kent. Metis completes ground-up, renovation, and facilities maintenance projects throughout Ohio, along with projects currently in PA, IL, KY, MI, and NY. With over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and public relations, Julie oversees these areas of expertise for Metis along with being an integral part of the management team that designs and manages the overall business strategy for Metis Construction.

Julie is the daughter of Rich(deceased) and Leann Soika and has a brother Rich (Sharon) and sister Kristen (Orlando) and 5 nieces and nephews (Orlando, RJ, Lydia, Ardynn and Reid). Julie and her husband Steven reside in Brimfield Twp. Their daughter Kimberly is a senior Intervention Specialist major preparing to graduate in May 2021 from Bowling Green State University. 



Your opportunity to qualify for matching money for your local or global project is coming soon.  District 6630 will receive $94,786 in District Designated Funds as part of the Annual Fund Share program. This amount is equal to 50% of our Rotary Foundation Annual Fund contributions from three years ago (2018-19).  We can allocate up to 50% ($47,393) for local projects.  The other 50% can be allocated for global grants, polio plus and peace fellow programs.
Among other things, two club members must attend a Grant Management Seminar (GMS) to be eligible for a matching grant.  Other qualifications include:
Your club must:
  • be current on Rotary International (RI) Dues
  • be current on District Dues
  • be current on reporting for any existing grants
  • have attained $40 in per capita giving, to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund,    prior to June 30, 2021 (based on club membership as of July 1, 2020).  Your per  capita giving status may be found on your Club Fundraising Analysis report from  Rotary International.
  • submit your grant inquiry for your local project no later than May 15, 2021.
Global Grant applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
We will be holding two GMSs in February.  Due to Covid19 restrictions, we will be holding the GMSs via Zoom.  Below is the registration link on ClubRunner.  You must register to be able to attend.
TUESDAY, FEB 9 2021 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Registration Deadline:  Feb 8 at 5pm
The Zoom login link will be sent to all registrants after registration ends on Feb 8th
SATURDAY, FEB 20 2021 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Registration Deadline:  Feb 19 at 5pm
The Zoom login link will be sent to all registrants after registration ends on Feb 19th
Jim Lechko
Rotary District 6630 Foundation Chair
(440) 376 9191


Inducts First New Members
E-ClubNEO, the District’s first E-Club, marked a new milestone at their December 19th meeting when Daneysse Daniels and Kim Sanders were inducted into membership of the Club.  These are the first new members to join the E-Club since it was commissioned as a Satellite Club of the Rotary Club Northampton – Cuyahoga Valley in June, increasing the E-Club’s membership by 20% to a total of 10 members. Click to view the induction video.
 Photo L-R:  Kim Sanders and Daneysse Daniels
Past District Governor Jim McKee was on hand for the virtual meeting and conducted the Induction Ceremony. 
“We are really happy and excited to have Daneysse and Kim join the E-Club.” said Steve Warren, Chair of E-ClubNEO.  “They are both very excited to be part of the Rotary Family and both have already jumped in with both feet to assist in our service projects.  The E-Club is a great fit for both of them and we look forward to their participation and contributions to our Club and Rotary.”
For more information about E-ClubNEO, please visit or contact Club Secretary & Membership Chair Juleta Craig:
E-ClubNEO is kicking off the New Year with a new service project!  We will be creating and providing “Birthday Bags” for children served through the Portage County Department of Jobs and Family Services.    
We  will miss doing this as a group, but to remain Covid-safe we will all be assembling the bags and contents in our own homes with a goal of the first delivery being made before January 1, 2021. 
Portage County JFS would love to have enough bags for 200 children between the ages of 1-18.  The bags will contain items to help hold a birthday party for the children like cake mix, frosting, candles, birthday plates & napkins, balloons, etc.  The bags and contents will be color-themed and be age-appropriate for the various age groups, as requested by JFS.
The current plan is for E-ClubNEO to provide 20 bags per month to cover the 200 bags needed over the course of the year.
If you would like more information on the project or would like assist the E-Club in fulfilling the 200-bag commitment, please contact Project Chair Kathryn Craig:
For more information about E-ClubNEO, please visit


     The RC of Burton-Middlefield announces the start the 2021 Maple Splash Raffle to begin ticket sales 12/1/2020. 
Last year’s wildly successful raffle featuring the award of a brand new Chevy Equinox vehicle to the lucky winner, will once again give away a brand new 2020 Ford F-150 vehicle to a lucky winner. 
The vehicle is provided by the Pat Preston family of dealerships and Preston Ford in Burton, Ohio. 
Many other great prizes including individual cash prizes of $2500, $1500, and $1000, a Chain Saw Package, a Diamond Pendant, a Big Screen TV, a Snow Blower and Instant $100 cash tickets.
This year we are featuring Early Bird cash drawings in varying amounts to be awarded monthly until the main drawing in July. 
Last year over $50,000 was given away to many community organizations including food cupboards, The Red Tulip Project, Next Step, children’s meals, scouting projects, the Geauga County Historical Society and many other worthwhile organizations throughout the county.
     This year we hope to equal or surpass last years funds and continue our club’s long tradition of being an active and strong supporter of our community.


We were thrilled to team up with Ashtabula Kiwanis Club to help provide this new needed refrigerator for the Good Karma Soup Kitchen here in Ashtabula!


This is a great Rotary testimonial that was published in the Times/Courier. 


On January 28th at the noon Luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Northampton / Cuyahoga Valley Mark Maloney will be the featured speaker. He will be talking about his year as Rotary International President and anything else he wishes to talk about.
We are honored and excited that Mark has accepted our invitation to join us. Mark has been advised that this meeting is one of our regularly scheduled weekly Club meetings and he has been advised that the dress for the meeting is casual.
Anyone who wishes to join this Zoom meeting should send their email address to Joe D’Avello so he can include you on the Zoom invitation for that meeting. Joe’s email is
Submitted by
Ray Krusinski
Phone: 630-222-4400


In March of 2020, Rotary International released Disaster Relief funding to help fight the Coronavirus Pandemic. Each Rotary District was to provide emergency services in their region to those most in need. Rotary District 6630 received $25,000 in funding for Northeast Ohio. All 53 Rotary clubs partnered together and decided to provide PPE to selected hospitals on the front line of fighting Covid-19.
Seven Northeastern Ohio hospitals, with the greatest needs, were carefully chosen and 1,500 PPE Level-2 medical gowns were purchased and personally delivered by the Rotary 6630 District Grant Committee representatives to each of these 7 leading hospitals:
In March of 2020, Rotary International released Disaster Relief funding to help fight the Coronavirus Pandemic. Each Rotary District was to provide emergency services in their region to those most in need. Rotary District 6630 received $25,000 in funding for Northeast Ohio. All 53 Rotary clubs partnered together and decided to provide PPE to selected hospitals on the front line of fighting Covid-19.
Seven Northeastern Ohio hospitals, with the greatest needs, were carefully chosen and  1,500 PPE Level-2 medical gowns were purchased and personally delivered by the Rotary 6630 District Grant Committee representatives to each of these 7 leading hospitals:
  • Akron Children's Hospital - Rotary Club of Akron, President Dr. Rob McGregor
  • Ashtabula Medical Center - Rotary Club of Ashtabula, President Trevor Sprague
  • Cleveland Clinic - Rotary Club of Cleveland, President Ron Felgenhauer
  • Southwest General Hospital - Rotary Club of Berea, President Linda Kramer
  • UH Bedford Medical Center - Rotary Club of Bedford, President Hazana Rivers
  • UH Geauga Medical Center - Rotary Clubs of Chagrin Valley and Chesterland, President Kathaleen McWilliams
  • Western Reserve Hospital - Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls, President Rick Pollak
"The hospitals were very appreciative for the timely front-line medical assistance and all Rotarians were proud to be able to be part of providing help to our community during this Coronavirus Pandemic," stated Patricia Myers, Rotary District Governor for Northeast Ohio #6630. "I am so very proud of all our Rotary clubs helping in the project. . Together, we make a difference in the lives of those in need both here in our community and beyond through our time, talents, and treasure. This is the Heart of Rotary. Thank you Rotarians!"
Rotary International District 6630 includes over 50 clubs of active community service leaders throughout Northeastern Ohio. We are your neighbors, community leaders, problem solvers, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more. Rotary International has over 1.2 million members worldwide. Our members join together, working for inclusiveness, equality, peace, and to help to make the world a better place.
Rotary Club of Akron
Rotary Club of Chagrin Valley & Geauga West
Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls
RC of Akron

RC of Cuyahoga Falls
RC of Chagrin Valley & Geauga West


The year 2020 has presented the ultimate challenge to the Rotary Club of Hudson, testing its strengths in engaging its members, attracting new members, presenting meaningful weekly speaker programs, raising funds for community needs, serving local youth and planning for the future.

The Club is pleased to report a successful 90th year in most regards including an evolving strategic plan for the coming years. Some of the areas embraced by the Club’s membership include the following:


  •  Weekly meetings:
Using Zoom technology, a meeting has been held every week since the pandemic “stay at home” order featuring many of the typical topics from past years. Speakers from a variety of professions, businesses and institutions provided engaging, enlightening and useful presentations that got high marks from Club members. Major topics included medical/psychological guidance, summer fun parks and activities, educator advice, local foundation focuses, major league sports insights, candidates for office debates, local business success stories and panels of our own members sharing ideas. Typical on-line weekly attendance has averaged 35 members and guests.
  • New members:
Sadly we lost a few long time contributing members, but we gained some enthusiastic participants from various professions including: John Adams, finance; Phil Butto, HHS administration; Chris Foster, Hudson Councilman; Bill Libby, veteran Cleveland Club Rotarian; Pete Spacagna, General Manager auto dealership; Jane Howington, City Manager; Keith Viers, banking; Chuck Nnabuife, home healthcare finance; and Bill McClure, retired. All have committed to becoming involved in a chosen service area of the Club.
  • Fund Raisers:
Even though we had to cancel our Annual Gala from which we generate a majority of our funds to support local causes, the Club in conjunction with the Clock Tower Rotary and EMS Outreach Hudson raised over $25,000 from the public and internally to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for Hudson EMS and Fire Departments. The Gala will return in 2021 honoring our past presidents many of whom are still active with the Club.
We also successfully solicited contributions from Club members this Fall, in lieu of our annual roses and popcorn sale, to bolster our Hudson High School college scholarship program.
The Hudson Rotary Foundation continues to contribute to community causes even though, understandably, less foundation funding has occurred this year. However, over the past 20 years, the Foundation has granted over $750,000 for Hudson area community needs.
  • Youth Education support activities:
The Rotary Club of Hudson continues to be involved with Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy educational programs.
The Service Learning class at HHS has long been supported by Rotary with funds and Club member participation. In turn, the Service Learning students participate in our weekly meetings as speakers. Many Club members join in Service Learning class exercises at the high school and local camps.
A Rotary Interact Club was recently established at WRA with the students choosing service projects in line with Rotary guidance. Both HHS and WRA participate in the Rotary Four Way Test speech contest providing entertainment and enlightenment for Rotary Club members.
Each year, multiple $3000 scholarships are granted to college bound students selected by an interviewing process involving Rotary members.
Scouting is also very important to the Rotary Club of Hudson who built the original log cabin on Main Street in 1931 and continues to support scouting activities in Hudson and at Camp Manatoc. Scouts regularly appear at Rotary meetings to report on their activities and assist with fundraising events.
  • Strategic Planning:
The Covid-19 pandemic has altered life in our community and in the Rotary Club of Hudson. Consequently, it was decided to develop a strategic plan for the next 3-5 years that would anticipate the Club’s challenges and opportunities going forward. A strategic planning committee has been meeting since August and has examined all facets of programming, membership, fund raising and community involvement. Recommendations for the future will embrace our sustainability, leadership, new member recruiting, fund raising and community commitments. A major high profile community project will probably be in our future.
We invite all who are interested in the work we do and the community and school involvement we enjoy to examine our website We are looking for a few good members!
(L-R) Rich Warfield, Kathryn Sines, Ron Strobl, Joe Avella, Alison Pfeister, George Snider, Gail Royster, Dave Basil, Jim Hackney, Andy Morris, Lee McCauley 



Even though we've been quite challenged with all of the COVID restrictions, the Rotary Club of Mentor has continued to follow through with community projects.
Our Grant Project
Hand Sanitizer Dispenser deployment throughout the Mentor School District facilities / Research, Procurement, Delivery and Installation of Hand Sanitizing Dispensers / Completed September-October 2020 / Mentor School District, Mentor, Ohio 44060.
With the current COVID-19 and possible future pandemics, Mentor Schools had a need to dramatically increase sanitation for those using school facilities.  The Mentor Rotary Club proposed a large-scale project to supply sanitizing station dispensers and initial fills of the same for all school district classrooms and needed common areas.  Mentor club rotarians sought out, negotiated the purchase, coordinated the delivery and assisted with the installation of sanitizing stations throughout the Mentor School District.  The Mentor Rotary Club worked directly with the Mentor School District's Superintendent and Director of Business Operations, to ensure the stations met any guidelines and/or standards/specifications that are permitted by the State Dept. of Health or any other regulatory bodies that oversee school facilities.  A total of 750 wall mounted hand sanitizing stations have been strategically placed in every classroom and specified common areas.
Approximately 8,600 people directly benefited from this project.  Mentor Public Schools is a suburban school district that serves more than 7,600 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from the City of Mentor and the surrounding communities of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Concord Township, and Kirtland Hills. The school district operates seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one state-of-the-art specialized school for students with autism, with just under 1,000 employees.
"Kids Christmas Party"
Another Seasonal program which is very near and dear to our Mentor Rotarians' hearts is the annual "Kids' Christmas Party''.  This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mentor every December for the past 35 years!  With the cooperation of the Mentor School District, the Mentor Club provides a day with Santa complete with a mobile petting zoo and presentation from "Jungle Terry" a chance to build a wooden toy in Santa's Workshop followed by a pizza party and gifts from Santa!
Each year, Mentor School District students in the "Mentor Structured Language Program" have an opportunity to write a letter and share some gift ideas with Santa. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions curtailed this year's event due to remote learning.  However, that didn't stop Santa!  For the 35th year, Mentor Rotarians helped Santa make Christmas dreams come true for these very special children.
Thanks to our long-time Mentor Rotarian Ed Peltz for starting this project 35 years ago! Patsy Hixson, coordinated this year's event with plans to continue as the Mentor Rotarian chair for the coming years! We thank Patsy for her leadership, coordination and hard work, the Mentor Roatrians (elves) for providing our special students' gift requests, the Mentor Schools for their help for allowing this event to continue, as well as Mentor Schools bus drivers for volunteering to deliver the presents and Santa for riding along!!!
Other projects and events of note:
3rd Grade Dictionary Project:
All 3rd Grader students in the Mentor, Perry and Madison school districts as well as the area parochial and private schools received their very own dictionaries. The Mentor Rotaraians coordinate the purchase and deliveries of these dictionaries accompanied by a short in-school presentation. The presentation introduces Rotary to the students and then presents the dictionaries to the students for promoting literacy. This year's chair was Wayne Brodnan, Mentor Rotary Club.
Shandle Family "Be The Match" Campaign:
The Mentor Rotary Club adopted this program to build awareness of the National Marrow Donor Program and Registry.  We also raise funds to assist the National Be The Match organization with those qualifying individuals who wish to be tested and added to the National Bone Marrow Registry!
When one of Mentor Rotary's long-time member and past President's (Cliff Shandle) daughter was stricken with the life ending battle from leukemia, Cliff and his wife (Shirley) made a vow to help others by building awareness of this National Program.
This year, the Mentor Rotary Club, under the banner of the Shandle Family "Be The Match" program, sponsored one mile of a 24 mile in 24 hours event.  This 24 In 24 event, held at Classic Park, Home of the Lake County Captains, allowed the Mentor Rotary Club to reach out to 200 runners, their friends and families as well as all the other community and sponsoring organizations via print and virtual media.
Best Regards and Merry Christmas!
Chester Karchefsky, Jr., PMP®
President 2020-21
Rotary Club of Mentor
The Installation Crew
Sterling Morton Delivery
Repacking in 3 hours

Dictionary Labeling & Repacking in 3 hours
Be The Match Campaign - 24 In 24


What GENEROSITY in Stow!!!
The Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Munroe Falls Adopted 12 Local Family's In Need this Holiday Season!!!!
Over $6000 Was Donated to this project!!!!!
Thank You to The Stow High School Soccer Team for help packing these items!!!!!!


Membership Minute
December 2020
Ideas for strengthening membership
Looking ahead to 2021 — important year-end updates
This year has been a challenging one, and 2021 brings hopes for better times and new opportunities. In-person meeting possibilities remain limited in many places, but now is the perfect time to visit and connect with other clubs around the world through online meetings and virtual events. The newly improved Club Finder tool can help with this. Don’t forget to update your club meeting information (time, place, meeting language, and whether your club meets in person, online, or both) so fellow Rotarians and clubs can easily find you.

Every January, we see a significant increase in inquiries about
joining Rotary. District and club leaders, these future members are waiting to hear back from you. Remember to follow up with these prospective members and ensure that their experience with Rotary is a positive one. Consider generational or other cultural communication preferences when contacting them. Some prospective members may prefer phone calls, while others might be more likely to reply to a text message.

Whether it’s by building new relationships or helping expand Rotary’s reach, a new year is the ideal time to set new goals and work toward achieving them.  
Recognizing exemplary service to The Rotary Foundation
The Distinguished Service Award honors individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Foundation and received the Citation for Meritorious Service at least four years earlier. If you know someone who fits this description, tell your district governor. District governors can nominate candidates between 1 January and 28 February. Write to us at if you have any questions.
Improve your communication skills to be a more effective leader
Communicating effectively can help you get ahead in the workplace and in life. Sharpen your communication skills with these new courses in Rotary’s Learning Center (My Rotary login required): 
These courses, developed exclusively for Rotary by Toastmasters International, include assignments that put your new skills into practice and peer evaluations that expand your knowledge through collaboration.
Rotaractors promote diversity, equity, and inclusion 
Rotaractors from the Big West Rotaract MDIO, California, USA, are having much-needed conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Find out how they are helping implement DEI practices in their district, learn more about Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement, and see how you can put it into practice to create positive experiences. 
Why I finally joined a Rotary club
Even though she’s been involved with service for much of her life, Erin Maloney held back from joining Rotary for many years because the traditional club model did not appeal to her. Her thinking changed when she attended the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention. Read about the three things that convinced Erin to join Rotary. 
More from our blog
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This is a picture of our second delivery of items at the Wade Park VA Hospital this past week.

Due to the help of DGND Julie Brandle, Linda Farkas and PDG Jack Harig,  I was able to make our Second delivery of games, puzzles, CD’s to our Vets who are experiencing health issues.

I delivered the items to the office of Cortney who is the manager of volunteer services at the hospital.  In the 2 deliveries I estimate our District thus far has donated over $700 of new board games, puzzles, CD’s and video items.  Remember they must be new items.  Due to Covid 19 the VA cannot accept paper type books.

Hopefully we can make this a total District 6630 wide project to help our Veterans and have all clubs participate in some fashion.  Sine the first article in our newsletter, I have already received two additional Rotary clubs contact me as to how the can help.

For more information as to how you or your Rotary club can help, please contact me at 440-759-4000 or  Best wishes to you and your family for the Holidays and remain safe.

Yours in Rotary Spirit and Friendship,

PDG Jack A. Young, 2005-06



Jim West of the Tallmadge Rotary Club received a very prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his vocation as a Realtor. 
Congratulations Jim!!


Young Leaders in Action
December 2020
Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
Nominate your outstanding project
Does your Rotaract club or district have an outstanding project? Nominate it to the 2020-21 Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards to receive recognition from Rotary International and inspire others around the world to take action! 

Awards will be granted to one winner in each of the six designated geographic regions. Awards will also be granted to international winners for a project submitted by a single club, and a project by more than one club, an entire Rotary district, or a multi-district project. The international awardees will receive US$1000 for future project activities. 

Here's how to get started: 
  1. Identify one project. Choose your best club, district, or multidistrict project.
  2. Collect photos and videos. Include photos, social media posts, media coverage, and videos of your members in action.
  3. Submit your nomination by 1 February 2021.
  Taking Action  
Vote for your favorite video
Which video will be the 'Fan Favorite' in the 2020 Interact Awards? Anyone can vote for their favorite video every day, once per day through 18 December 2020!

Explore this year's submissions in the 
video gallery. Click on the thumbnail of your favorite to see the "Vote" button. Don't forget to share the video with your friends, family, club members, and advisors!
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Apply to serve on the NEW Interact Advisory Council
There's still time to apply to serve on the Interact Advisory Council. Submit your application by Sunday, 20 December 2020 at 11:59 PM UTC-6 (Chicago time) for the opportunity to share your voice and advise the Board of Directors of Rotary International. Current Interactors and recent Interact alumni are welcome to apply.
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Connect with Rotaractors around the world
Join Rotary International President Holger Knaack for a presidential conference series focused on opening opportunities for both Rotaract and Rotary members.

The first virtual presidential conference is hosted by Rotaract Brazil MDIO, 15-16 January 2021. Sessions will be in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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The Jingle Bell Gala is our main fundraiser for the Brunswick Rotary so we couldn’t just let it go this year! We usually hold it the second Thursday of November but since we needed to do it virtually this year we decided to move it to the first Thursday in December.  We still got sponsorships and in return we made sure that their names and logos were on our Facebook page as well as our Website and they were all listed in the online catalog.  Taking pictures of “baskets” doesn’t do much since they are hard to see so we didn’t worry about things being in a basket with a bow but rather one of our members, Deb Wasylko, who owns Baskets Galore, is trained in “staging” so she offered to do the photography for the online catalog.  Things were laid out so you could see items. 
In order to do an online catalog along with a 50/50 raffle, a lottery tree raffle and a raffle for a diamond necklace that was donated by member Dave Wiant of Wiant Jewelers, you need a “program”  We used Ready Set Auction.  Yes we paid for it but it’s good for a year so we will be using it to do a 50/50 Raffle for New Years Eve!
On the day of the event we were blessed to have Evan Prunty of Black Valve Media ( who brought all of his equipment and we were set up like a real TV studio!  We were live for one hour where we thanked all of our sponsors and talked about club projects and did the drawing so people could watch. This was live on Facebook and Zoom.  This made it very professional.  We were able to use part of the hall at St Ambrose for the live studio.  Then the next day we set up in the same hall and from 5:00 – 7:00 people could pick up their items (part of the production was on our website to view).
This system lets people know if they have been outbid, you send them an invoice immediately when the bidding closes and they pay on the secure website.  The money was deposited directly to our Foundation checking account. You can print reports of who hasn’t paid so you don’t give them their items if they haven’t paid. You can also run reports by winners so if Joe Smith got 5 items, they will all be listed under his name! This makes it so easy to pull the items together for pick up! It also gives you the dollar amount you sold!
In October we did our Pig Roast Reverse Raffle virtual. This one we did ourselves on Zoom and Facebook Live. We sold tickets like always the people drove through and picked up their meals which we had packaged family style. They could pull up and buy side board tickets or purchase 50/50 tickets without having to leave their car. Then they went home and ate while watching the reverse raffle!  We actually made $2500 more than we’ve ever made before! Tickets sold out very quickly!
So don’t let the virtual stop you. This year more than ever there is such a need in our communities! We can’t help if we don’t have the money to help!!
Yours in Rotary Spirit and Friendship
Marsha Pappalardo, Rotary Club of Brunswick


On December 2, the following question was part of the Jeopardy! show. Unfortunately, the contestant didn’t know the answer.
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Doug Kohl
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Rotary Training Talk
December, 2020
Training Rotary leaders around the world
Happy Holidays from Learning and Development
What's new in the Learning Center
When you receive messages from Rotary’s Learning Center, they’ll soon come from a new email address, These messages will include reports, information about courses you’re enrolled in, or notifications about new courses. Be sure to add this address to your list of contacts to keep these messages from being directed to the spam or junk mail folder. 
New Learning Plans for District Leaders
District Training Committee Intermediate
District Rotary Foundation Committee Intermediate
District Rotaract Committee Intermediate
District Public Image Committee Intermediate

All district committee members should be encouraged to start with District Committee Basics learning plan.  More learning plans are coming soon and additional courses will be added to these learning plans as they are created. 
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Thank you Sandy Hinkle for six wonderful years of service, growth, leadership and love to Feeding Medina County!
Grant Swain, Cloverleaf HS Senior - National Honor Society Dennis Powers, Medina Sunrise Rotary Secretary Rev. Dr. Reid Miller, U.S. Military Chaplain Mark Rahija, Pres/CEO Datamark Technologies Kevin Wermer, Medina Sunrise Rotary President


We are pleased to name António Guterres as the recipient of Rotary’s highest recognition: The Rotary Award of Honor for the United Nations' significant contribution to international understanding and goodwill. Click to learn more about Rotary at the start of the United Nations 


The following is excerpted from Carol Crimi's award speech presenting the Glenn Saltzman Award For 2020:

Dr. Glenn Alan Saltzman was a member of the Rotary Club of Kent for many years serving as Club President during the 1980-1981 Rotary Year.  As a husband, father, grandfather, Navy Captain, educator and Kent community leader, Glenn was known as a man of conscience and humor who touched the lives of everyone with whom he came into contact.  Dr. Saltzman tirelessly donated his time and expertise to multiple local area organizations and causes during the many years he lived in the Kent community.  It was through his vision that the seeds of the Kent Rotary Foundation were planted, and it was through this Foundation, using proceeds raised by the Kent Rotary Club and other private donations, that many local and area organizations have been financially helped.  Dr. Saltzman’s legacy is celebrated today with this award, given each year, to the individual who exhibits those traits that were endeared in the man himself; integrity,  compassion,  vision and pride in professional accomplishment.
Todd Kamenash,  and Alyssa Robinson, on behalf of the Kent Rotary Foundation Board of Directors, I am honored to present you with the Glenn Saltzman Award for 2020 tonight.  We have only one question:  We are all wondering what you do the two of you do with all your spare time???
In addition to a certificate of Award for both of you, as a means of further honoring you both, the Foundation Board has pledged to donate the sum of $500.00 to the charity of your choice.


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


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The global pandemic has made the past year difficult, particularly for disaster affected families around the world who have lost their homes and are unable to socially distance.
Despite the challenges posed by coronavirus, ShelterBox served 200,000 people (that's 40,000 families!) across 13 countries with emergency shelter and life-saving aid and hygiene supplies.
Without you, none of this would be possible.
Thank you for standing with us in a time when having a place to call home is more important than ever.
PDG Jack Young 2005-06
Ohio Rotary District 6630
Shelter Box USA
Board of Director 2007-14
Past Chair-Rotary Relations Committee 


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Rotary in Review
11 December 2020
A roundup of Rotary news

Doing Good through the World Fund

The Rotary Foundation World Fund enables Rotary members to take action for lasting change in their communities and around the world. Last year, a record amount of funds were released supporting 490 district grants and 1,359 global grants. Your generous year-end gifts help replenish the World Fund and ensure members can keep doing life-changing projects in their local communities and globally. Read Trustee Brenda Cressey’s blog post for more information on how you can help.
   This week's stories   
3 ways to create a harassment-free Rotary
All Rotary leaders, including club presidents, are provided with annual training on Rotary International’s policies on maintaining a harassment-free environment. But it’s not just up to leaders to ensure that harassment is not tolerated at meetings, events, and activities. Learn what every member can do to help.
In pursuit of social justice
Many Rotarians and guests heard Xavier Ramsey speak at the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto. The Chicago Rotarian and founder of Justice Informed speaks eloquently about the key to creating an equitable society. Learn more about this inspiring young leader and what he has to say about race relations
Foundation Trustee Hipólito S. Ferreira dies
Ferreira, an accomplished engineer in Brazil, died on 25 November. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Contagem-Cidade Industrial and served RI in many capacities including RI director. During his term as president of the Brazilian Association of The Rotary Foundation, donations doubled. Read more
We're taking a holiday break
There will not be an issue of Rotary in Review for 25 December, while we take a short break for the holidays. We will be back with more exciting news about Rotary on 8 January. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a joyous new year.
RI directors-nominee declared
Rotary International President Holger Knaack on 1 December declared six Rotary members to be RI directors for 2022-24. Read more
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