Message from Governor John Reyes January 2020

Dear District 6630 fellow Rotarians and Friends:
It is hard to believe that we are now well into the second half of the Rotary year—All Ohio PETS is less than a month away and spring will soon be here! In the past, many of our families engaged in “spring cleaning” to get our homes in order for the spring and summer seasons. A similar “spring cleaning” is a good idea for a Rotary club.
A Rotary club spring-cleaning should include making sure the “administrative” and “governance” rooms in your house are in good order. Transition to a new leadership team is not that far away and it will be helpful to existing and incoming leaders that these important details have been looked after effectively.
A checklist of governance items could be long and rather tedious. But it is important to focus on at least a few basics. My list is in part based on my experience in traveling the District these past few months and meeting with club leaders. From time to time I have come across a few administrative items that need attention.
First, on a “spring cleaning” checklist would be a review of club finances and club financial procedures. All clubs, regardless of size, handle money for a wide variety of reasons whether it is collecting dues, administering fundraisers, and even collecting “happy dollars.” These activities raise a number of questions. Does your club have an effective system in place to handle these monies? Is there a Finance Committee? Does your Treasurer provide regular reporting to the club’s Board and/or Finance Committee? Good governance requires a significant financial review and periodic audit, such as when changing Treasurers. Does your club operate in that fashion? Of course, there are a number of basic accounting procedures that need to be followed, such as term limits for Treasurers, double signature requirements for check, and the like. Does your club follow these procedures? If you have not reviewed these questions, now would be a good time to do so.
Another area that suggests “spring cleaning” tasks is your club’s Form 990. The Form 990 filed with the IRS asks a series of questions about policies that your club does or does not have. While the list is somewhat long, a few are relevant to every club. For instance, does your club have a conflict of interest policy? Does your club have a document retention policy? Basic good governance strongly suggests that all clubs should have these basic policies in place, as well as others that are appropriate to individual clubs and their individual circumstances.
Assistant Governors have been circulating the new Rotary International Policy on Adult Harassment. As all of you know by now, this policy in an effective form, must be adopted by all clubs in the District. In addition to adopting the policy, all clubs in the District must also be prepared to implement it effectively. If your club has not taken active steps to meet these requirements, I ask that you do so. If you need assistance, please reach out to your Assistant Governor for support, input, and reference to further help should you need it.
Good governance is not always “exciting,” but it is critical to an effective Rotary club and to attracting and keeping good members. Good Rotary members are rarely interested in remaining with an organization that is not effectively run.
On a different note, there are sure signs of spring popping up all around us. As I prepare this article, the Cleveland Indians are only a few days away from their first spring training game in Arizona. The days are getting longer, and as noted, All Ohio PETS (AOP) is less than a month away. AOP is scheduled at the Renaissance Columbus on March 13 and 14, 2020. District Governor-Elect Pat Myers and her classmates have been busy assembling an extremely impressive list of speakers, including Mike DeWine, the Governor of the state of Ohio, Holger Knaack, Rotary International President-Elect, Rob Raylman, CEO, Gift of Life International, and David Brown, Founder/CEO of the Harmony Project. The opportunities presented by these speakers are amazing.
In addition, Pat and her classmates, together with Steve Zabor and Alison Frye, have been working on creating an excellent curriculum for both Presidents-Elect and Assistant Governors. Of course, President-Elect Knaack will be commissioning club presidents on Saturday evening, March 14, 2020. This ceremony is not to be missed.
If you have not registered, please do so today (click here). The opportunity to learn with the best is available to you and I look forward to seeing you there.
Yours in Rotary Service,
John Reyes
Rotary District 6630 Governor 2019-2020

Tel: 330.258.6469
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Upcoming District Events
District Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Cleveland South - Independence
Feb 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar Feb. 22
Mayfield Heights Library
Feb 22, 2020
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
PETS-2 Webinar - Feb 27th
Feb 27, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grant Management Seminar Feb. 29
Akron-Summit County Library
Feb 29, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
All Ohio PETS RSVP at https://www.allohiopet
Mar 13, 2020 – Mar 14, 2020
AG (Assistant Governor) Meeting
Crowne Plaza Cleveland South - Independence
Apr 07, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District 4-Way Test Speech Contest
Apr 11, 2020
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It's that time again!  Any clubs wishing to participate in The District 6630 Matching Grant Program for a district or global project during the 2020-21 Rotary year must have at least two members attend a Grant Management Seminar (GMS).  Ideally, the 2020-21 President and President Elect should attend but do not have to.  It is also recommended that the club Foundation Liaison or any club member involved in the projects attend also.  All Rotarians are welcome.
Grant Inquiries for district grants must be submitted in ClubRunner by May 15, 2020
Click on the link below to register for the GMS of your choice:
Mayfield Hts. Library
9:30am - 11:30am
In addition to attending the GMS, clubs must also:
-be current on District and International dues.
-be current on reporting for any existing district or global grants.
-in order to qualify for a grant during the 2020-21 Rotary Year, your club must   have an average per capita giving of $35 to the The Rotary Foundation (TRF)   Annual fund during the 2019-20 Rotary year.
-submit the Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) from TRF and (MOUa) from   District 6630 signed by the 2020-21 President and President Elect.
-enter your Club's 2020-21 Foundation Goal on line at the Rotary International   website.
Grant Inquiries for district grants must be submitted in ClubRunner by May 15, 2020.
Grant Inquiries for global grants may be submitted in ClubRunner at any time.
Jim Lechko
District 6630 Foundation Chair



The CAVS, an exciting young team, and, The Rotary Youth Exchange students!
Come see the Rotary Youth Exchange Students participate in the “High Five Tunnel” for the CAVS players before the game with the Boston Celtics at 7pm on March 4, 2020.
Come watch Larry Nance Jr, Collin Sexton, Kevin Love , the newest CAV Andre Drummond and the rest of the CAVS team on March 4, 2020 at 7 pm against the Boston Celtics.
We have some great mezzanine level seats – Section M 203-rows 11, 12 and 13, for our Rotary and Rotary Youth Exchange game.
We will also have a pre-game get together for our group with a raffle for some CAVS items before the game. The get together will be on the Loudville level (Level 5) in the Overlook Lounge area located at the top of the escalator.  Take the escalator by the team shop on the main level to get to the Loudville area. Food and drink are available for purchase by the Overlook Lounge.
A great deal to see the CAVS and greet our exchange students.
Be sure to sign up soon for a great night at the “CAVS” game.
Any questions, call Stew at 330-607-1442.
Please see the flyer BELOW OR  


The 2020 District 6630 4-Way Test Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, April 11 at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent. Plans are well under way for another great contest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kent, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Contest Chair Will Underwood and Co-Chair Shawn Gordon have assembled an enthusiastic committee of Kent Rotarians who are working with the administration and staff of Roosevelt High School and local vendors to make this year’s contest a success. “I urge all the clubs in our district to participate,” said Underwood. “Connect with your local high schools and encourage them to sponsor student speakers. The winner(s) of your club’s contest can compete in the district contest in April. I invite Rotarians throughout the district to volunteer as judges and timers on contest day. You can reach me at"



APRIL 24-25, 2020

Registration will open soon. 

Rotary District 6630 Annual Conference of Clubs and  

District Leadership Assembly 

District Governor John Reyes 


Please join Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors from across the district as we gather at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls April 24-25, 2020 for our annual Conference of Clubs and District Leadership Assembly. The theme of this year’s conference focuses upon assisting at risk youth and the keynote speaker will be the nationally award winning Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. Watch for registration details coming soon!!!

For more information: 

Julie Brandle, District Conference Chair 2019-2020


As we approach our District Conference, let us Connect to each other by sharing our projects and experiences in the House of Friendship. This area gives our clubs not only the avenue to share their projects, but also the opportunity to meet other clubs that may be interested in helping. Many different types of media have been used for the table displays.  Fire up your imaginations and be the talk of our conference.
I have been a part of the House of Friendship at our past six District Conferences.  Each year I have set up tables for both my Club, The Rotary Club of Kent, and for the water projects that my club participates in, in El Salvador.   I have had the pleasure of talking with many Rotarians about our projects and through these discussion have been able to form new partnerships for these projects.  This has been a key fundraising strategy for our projects.  Let me ask this where else do you have the chance to reach 200 + individuals, who are focused on “Service Above Self”?   
Last year I made the challenge to our district for the clubs to be the most creative with their displays.  That was accomplished, we had 28 of the best, and most informative tables I have ever seen in the House of Friendship.  This year I am making another challenge!  This year let us all, whether you have a table or not, visit all the tables and find a club to partner with in their project(s).   Keeping in mind that this year’s Rotary International Theme is “Rotary Connects the World”.   Isn’t connecting our District the first step in connecting the world?
I look Forward to seeing you all on April 24 and 25 at OUR District 6630 Conference.
Lawrence Lohman
DGN, District 6630
Past-President, Rotary Club of Kent


This year’s Interaction event at Aurora High School hosted approximately 300 students from more than 15 different Interact clubs. It was a huge success! For this year’s district project, students almost unanimously decided to support women’s shelters by donating needed items to help the shelters run as well as help women and children get back on their feet after a traumatizing experience. Our Interact clubs have already started collecting items to donate. All items will be brought together at the District Conference of Clubs on Saturday, April 25th, and Rotarians and Interact students will spend part of the afternoon that day organizing the donations to make them ready for delivery. Please consider helping the cause by donating items or making a monetary donation as an individual or a club! There are several items that are more valuable that we need the most help collecting, and we would love the help of every Rotary club in the district. We are working on an Amazon Wishlist to share with all Rotarians that will be available soon.
Higher value items are: Twin & Full Size Sheets, Twin & Full Size Comforters, New Bed Pillows, Coffee Makers, Toasters, Pots & Pans, Baking Dishes, and Tall Kitchen Trash Cans.
Additional items: Trash Bags (13 gallon and 30 gallon), Paper Towels, General Cleaning Products, Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, Disinfectant Wipes, Liquid Dish Soap, Ziploc Freezer and Storage Bags, Bleach, Laundry Detergent, Mop & Bucket, Sponges, Hair Brushes, Hair Ties, Size 5 & 6 Diapers, Baby Wipes, Bath Towels, Shower Curtain Liners and Rings, Winter clothing, Bathing suits, Flip flops, and Pajamas/leggings.
Please contact Chelsea Talty at if you have any questions.


The theme of our Rotary year is “Rotary Connect the World”. Let’s make those connections in the program and by attending the conference!  
All Clubs, individuals and businesses are all invited to participate as sponsors in the District Conference program.  See the options below or click here!
There is a special offer only for Clubs that is  called Presidents of Action. For $100 your club can be listed in the conference program to show your support.
Registration to attend will open soon!
Claudine Schooley
Member of Akron Rotary Club
Steering Committee for the District Conference/Sponsorship


To quote John F Kennedy, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” As we are almost two-thirds through the Rotary year, what have you learned? What have you learned in your current position? What have you learned as you prepare for your next position? How have you used what you have learned to inspire others to unite and take action to create lasting change? There are a myriad of opportunities for you to make a difference through Rotary. In the next few months we have several leadership opportunities for Presidents-Elect to get ready for their year as club president, including planning with their leadership team.
After a successful Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS-1) at the Akron Rotary Camp in November, our next development opportunity is Presidents-Elect Training Seminar 2, via webinar, at 7:00 PM on February 27 (PEs who attended February 17th are welcome to join in again if they wish). We will revisit PETS-1, discuss how you use club evaluation to drive results, and outline future opportunities and deadlines.  Presidents-Elect only need to attend one of these sessions and they can sign up on the District 6630 website (click here)
Closely following PETS-2 will be All Ohio PETS in Columbus March 13-14. This is an opportunity for you and you significant other to participate in Rotary leadership sessions, get inspired by successful leaders, network with Presidents-Elect from all five of Ohio’s Rotary Districts, and plan for a successful club year. If you have not already done so, register today (click here)
In April, we will have the District 6630 Annual Conference of Clubs and District Leadership Assembly from Friday, April 24 through Saturday, April 25 at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. On Saturday morning, during the District Leadership Assembly (Saturday morning), you will have one more formal opportunity to network with fellow Presidents-Elect and learn important information from District Governor-Elect, Pat Myers. While Presidents-Elect will have their session, club leaders will have the opportunity to learn about successful club initiatives related to Community Service, Youth Programs, Unique Fundraising Ideas, Best Membership Practices, and What is the Club’s Brand. At the conclusion of these sessions, club leadership teams will be given time to gather, discuss what they learned, and plan for the 2020-2021 club year. In order to be successful, it is imperative for club leaders to attend. Conference Registration will be available on the District 6630 website shortly.
As I have previously mentioned, I strongly encourage you to visit the Learning Center on Rotary International’s website to find courses that can help you and that you can share with others (  An additional bit of information can make the difference in recruiting one more member, running a successful club meeting, or making a lasting impact through service.
If there are any additional ways the LEAD Committee can be of help, please reach out (


Meetings - Weekly
Schedule - Please check calendar on website for off-site meetings and community events.
Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
5185 Gateway Drive
Medina, OH  44256

Medina Sunrise Rotary is honored to be invited back this year to judge the St. Francis Xavier School Science Fair," stated David Lariviere. Rotary representatives Dr. Reid Miller and Linda Glass joined other local judges in the highly competitive Ohio Academy of Science program for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
Mrs. Christina Bresnahan, Middle School Science Teacher, has supervised the Science Fair for 18 years at St. Francis Xavier School which has been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Winner of the Innovations in Catholic Education Award, and 2019 Recipient of the Thomas Edison Governor's Award for STEM Education.
"Beginning in October, the 157 Science Fair projects began to take shape as an integral part of the popular science curriculum," said Mrs. Bresnahan. St. Francis Xavier School is proud to be among those schools which continue to submit its top students to the Regional, Invitational, and State Science Fair competitions in the following categories: physics, behavioral science, biology & microbiology, chemistry, botany, earth science, mathematics & probability, zoology, and engineering.
STREAM in Action - Principal Mrs. Danene Beal:
“I am so very proud of our school community, including our staff, students and parents for their commitment to making St. Francis Xavier School a leader in STREAM education - in recognition of its outstanding Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM) curriculum. Good luck to our 2020 Science Olympiad Team and congratulations to all!”
For further information, please contact Mrs. Christina Bresnahan: 330-725-3345, 


New CEO of ShelterBox International
Sanj Srikanthan
Past District  6630 Governor Jack Young, USA ShelterBox Hall of Fame member and former ShelterBox USA Board of Director was one of the presenters at the February 20th Anniversary Celebration of ShelterBox International in Las Vegas, Nevada.  During the conference, he met with the new CEO of ShelterBox International, Sanj Srikanthan of Cornwall, England.
Before Sanj joined ShelterBox International, he was the Senior Vice President of the International Rescue Committee for 10 years, worked at the United Nations office for coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, a Captain in the British Army and was the Emergency Field Director for responses in Mali, Liberia, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.
20 years after ShelterBox was started by Rotarian Tom Henderson in Cornwall, England and with Global Rotary support, it has developed into an independent International Disaster Relief Organization that specializes in Emergency Shelter.  In 2010 PDG Jack Young and Rotarian Marsha Pappalardo were invited by the founder to come to the UK to visit ShelterBox International offices and the place where it started with the vision of one Rotarian.
During the first 20 years of its supporting those individuals  who have lost everything during a disaster, the staff and volunteers throughout the world, several key points are noted.
     1.  ShelterBox has supported over 1.5 million people around the world with emergency shelter
     2.  We have supported communities in 100 countries 
    .3.  We have responded to over 300 disasters in the world.
     4.  We have responded in the Philippines more than any other country, (27 times)
     5.  Our work in Syria is the largest and longest running response,  Since 2012 ShelterBox has helped over
          250,000 people during their conflict.
     6.  ShelterBox is a cutting Edge Charity that hand delivers Emergency Shelter and Tools.
     7.  Right now there are around 88 million people who have been displaced by Natural Disaster or Conflict.
     8.  In 2019, we have responded in 11 countries and provided aid to over 145,000 people.  
Jack gave a special thank you to all of the Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, friends of Rotary and the young people  who were concerned about helping those in the world who truly have needed our help during difficult times.
Rotarians and Rotary Clubs have been a significant part of the fellowship who has been able to help ShelterBox carry on its mission as a project partner of Rotary International.  It also should be noted that our partners in the field include:
     A.  United Nationals Human Refugee Council
     B.  International Federation of the Red Cross
     C.  International Organization for Migration
     D.  Handicap International
     E.  Habitat for Humanity
Along with this ShelterBox has received the high est Ratings from Charity Navigator (4 Stars) and was nominated in both 2018 and 2019 for the Nobel Peace Prize.  For those who would like more information on ShelterBox and how they can support this effort or who would like to have a speaker, please contact PDG Jack Young at 440-759-4000 or
Pictured above L-R:
 Beth Palmer, Founding member from the RC of Lakewood Ranch Florida who first brought ShelterBox to the United States and contacted Jack about serving on the board of directors in 2005.
Sanj Srikanthan, New CEO of Shelter Box International.
PDG Jack Young, Former Board of Director for ShelterBox USA and Hall of Fame Member.
Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox Deployment Update
Twenty years ago this year this year there was a gap in Emergency Shelter.  ShelterBox was created by a Rotarian in England to fulfill that need.  Today we are still passionate to see a world whee no family is without Shelter.   Our volunteers are at the heart of our mission and working with Rotary is both an honor and pleasure.
The Philippines:  We have finished our latest distribution.  After back to back disasters (3 earthquakes in October and 1 Typhoon in December) ShelterBox has provided over 4,200 families with Shelter
Syria:  We are finishing our distribution this month and will have provided aid to over 4,400 families. Since 2012, we have provided shelter to well over 50,000 families.
Ethiopia: Millions of People have been forced to flee their homes to the violent crimes and climate change. We have helped shelter over 3,000 families with Shelter Aid.
Nigeria:  Since 2009 the extremist group Boko Haram has been committing deadly attacks across Nigeria. The conflict in Nigeria continues to impact structures/villages and 7.7 million people are in need of shelter.  We have helped provide over 12,500 families in various camps with basic shelter.
Cameroon:  An area that is also supporting refugees, we have provided housing for over 7,000 families in several areas.
Somaliland:  Severe drought is devastating thousands of families forcing many of them to leave their homes and move to other parts of the country.  We have been able to support over 4,000 families with the basic items found in the shelter box to help them survive.
I have been asked about several other disasters occurring in the world.  At this time we have not been asked by the country to become involved.  Most of you know that before Shelter Box can go into a disaster area, we have to be invited into that country by the government.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  (Jack A. Young, SB USA Board of Director 2007-14 440-759-4000 or  
We still need your advanced support so that we can respond in a timely fashion when we can help those in need.
Jack A. Young, PDG and SB USA Board of Director 2007-14


Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Students enjoy a fun winter afternoon on the toboggan chutes and warming up with hot cocoa in front of the fireplaces at the Chalet in Strongsville. "They are midway through their academic year, 2019-20, living with their host families and attending schools in North East Ohio," said Robert Heydorn, Ohio Erie - District 6630 Chairman. "We are very proud that these highly qualified international students have been selected to be with us as we continue our year of adventure with the inbound, outbound and rebound students, families and Rotarians.  I am delighted by how well they are speaking English now, and wish them a safe, happy and exciting spring term. They are all splendid representatives of their respective countries and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program."
Alexis Lewis - Cuyahoga Falls, Auri Gaston - Cuyahoga Falls, Elin Na - S. Korea, Serena Abritta - Spain, Konsta Keranen - Finland, Christian Hoefman - Germany, Sergio Neto - Brazil/Medina, Thomas Packard - Aurora, Giulia Giugianpletro - Brazil, Kylee Maibach - Wadsworth, Jacob Vogelgesang - Medina/Chile, JP - Chile/Medina, Lydia Olin-Hitt - Akron, Viet Nguien - Cuyahoga Falls, Audrey Caroll - Akron, Casie Ackerman - Hudson, Phakawan - Thailand, Zoe Mayeur - France, Margaux Faure - Belgium, Juliet Aini - Aurora, Estefania Orpheu - Brazil, Zoe - Belgium, Julia Syme - Medina, Patrick Kelly - RYE, Bob Heydorn - RYE, David Vogelgesang - RYE, David Lariviere - RYE


Lydia Olin-Hitt (US to France) , Elin Na (S. Korea), Auri Gaston  (returned from S. Korea) prepare itineraries of their home town or host town.
Learning a song in Portuguese.
Teaching/learning Korean and Finnish:  Elin Na, Auri Gaston, Konsta Keränen
Learning Thai and German:  Phleng Theerawatananon, Christian  Hoefner,Audrey Carroll,
Molly  Kleintop, Zoé Mayeur, Margaux Faure, Lydia Olin-Hitt, Juliet Pintos, Claudine Schooley (Rotarian)
RYE students writing notes of gratitude
Phakawan Theerawatananon, Zoé Mayeur, Sergio  Neto, Auri Gaston and Juliet Aini  present "Be First"
Molly Kleintop, Audrey Carroll, Elin Na , Margaux  Faure, and Gulia present one of the Six Be's


"Congratulations to Willoughby Rotarian, Judge Larry Allen who was named The Rotary Club Of Willoughby's Citizen of the Year.  Along with decades of service to his community as a Rotarian and judge, Judge Allen also serves on the Board of Directors for Ohio Living Breckenridge and the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Pictured with Judge Allen is Rotary Club of Mentor Past President Elfie Roman and District 6630 Assistant Governor for Lake County, Bob Fratino along with his wife, Lake County Treasurer, Lorraine Fende."




Wow, “give where the need is greatest”, amazing how 6 little words can mean so much! When we give to The Rotary Foundation, we fuel our service projects not only locally but around the World. Projects that support our six areas of focus; Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy. In other words,” we’re giving where the need is greatest”. Help support our humanitarian activities from local service project to global initiatives, by donating to The Rotary Foundation Annual fund.
Annual Fund contributions are eligible for the following donor recognition opportunities: Every Rotarian/Every Year; Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member; Paul Harris Fellow; Paul Harris Society; Major Donor; Arch Klumph Society.
Please join me this year and every year by supporting our Foundation. Visit our Foundation needs our support to give where the need is greatest- donate today!
Randy Rininger TRC of Port-Summit, District 6630 Annual Giving Chair


It's Pancake Breakfast time in Burton. If you are looking for a special breakfast, you have found the right place at Burton Middlefield Rotary's Sunday morning breakfasts with all  you can eat pancakes. We will be serving every Sunday in March (March 1, 8, 15, 22  and 29, 2020).

Pre-purchase tickets online here (SAVE 5% online discount).

Pre-purchase tickets now on sale. 

Please be sure to print your receipt to bring to the pancake breakfast.



Are you warm-hearted and willing to freeze your body to raise money for kids with special needs?  Join us on February 29 for the 17th annual Polar Bear Jump benefiting Akron Rotary Camp.

Too cold to jump? No worries, - the Chili Chicken will jump for you! Every donation counts!
Join the fun on:
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Portage Lakes State Park at the Swim Beach
5031 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319
  • $30 minimum donation to register
  • Raise $100+ and receive an event t-shirt
  • Raise $500+ and become a VIPB (Very Important Polar Bear)
Your donation will allow us to continue to offer assistance to families in need. No child is ever turned away for their inability to pay. In 2019, we provided over $170,000 in financial assistance.
Special thanks to the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump for helping us to create a world where there are only abilities! Hope to see you on February 29.

What a Great Way to Celebrate our 30th Year!!

$300,353 raised for the camp!!!!


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Rotary Service and Engagement news
February, 2020
Creating a more peaceful world
Through service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are addressing underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, poor access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

During February, which is Rotary’s Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month, you can build peace and mitigate conflict:
  1. Incorporate conflict resolution and mediation into service projects that involve local schools, orphanages, workplaces, and community centers.
  2. Support groups that are at risk of violence or persecution by providing relief to those who have fled areas of conflict.
  3. Participate in fellowship and service activities with Rotary clubs in other parts of the world to promote greater international understanding.
  4. Recruit candidates for a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Up to 100 peace fellowships are offered each year at Rotary Peace Centers at universities around the world.
  5. Support your district’s participation in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, which sends students ages 15 to 19 abroad to live in another culture and build international bridges.
  6. Join your district’s Rotary Friendship Exchange program to experience service, fellowship, or a profession in a different country while making new friends and fostering international awareness.
  7. Start an Intercountry Committee: a network of clubs or districts in two or more countries that strengthens global goodwill and service.
Below are some resources to help you get started.
Take action
Bring your project ideas to life with guidance from a Rotary Action Group:
Get support for your initiatives from these partners, too:
  • The Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank, helps Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary alumni address the causes of conflict and create conditions that foster peace. Use IEP’s Rotary Peace Academy — a free, online learning platform that includes interactive lessons and tools — to learn how to apply new peacebuilding methods and mobilize communities to address underlying causes of conflict. Learn more and contact the Rotary-IEP coordinator to get involved
  • Mediators Beyond Borders International works with clubs, districts, and Rotary alumni to build a more stable future by improving a community’s capacity to heal from conflict, reconcile differences, and prevent the escalation of issues. MBBI trains Rotarians, Rotaractors, and alumni to be peace facilitators and project leaders who can assist clubs with community assessments and peace projects and connect them with peacebuilding resources. Learn more (PDF) and contact MBBI to get involved.
  • Peace Corps provides opportunities for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to work alongside U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, training in humanitarian development to empower communities and connect them to resources that can brighten their future. By working together on water and sanitation, economic and community development, or basic education and literacy projects, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Peace Corps volunteers lay the foundation for peace, stability, and prosperity. Read the Rotary-Peace Corps partnership fact sheet and inspirational stories of Rotary members who have been affected by the partnership.
Join the conversation in a peace-related discussion group and post your club’s completed project on Rotary Showcase.
Building Positive Peace in Venezuela
Through real statistics, Positive Peace helps identify the factors that make societies peaceful, prosperous, and resilient. As a professor of law, Mauricio R. Pernía-Reyes, president of the Rotary Club of San Cristóbal Metropolitano in Táchira, Venezuela, saw this as an opportunity to use data and tested procedures to start building Positive Peace in his community.
Read more about his efforts.
Some of our newest fellowships
Working together for peace
The Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni Association aims to unite peace fellow alumni, increase their networking opportunities, and facilitate their collaboration with clubs and districts to promote peace around the world.

Read more.


Aloha Rotary District 6630:
Please join us at the 2020 Rotary International Convention, 6-10 June in Honolulu, Hawaii, to find and share your aloha. We hope to make it the most memorable convention yet and, with your help, have a record number of members from around the globe attend.
  • Be inspired by world leaders, philanthropists, and celebrities during general sessions.
  • Learn about international and local projects, enjoy live entertainment, and sample regional cuisine within the House of Friendship.
  • Experience the heart of Hawaii through a rich mix of cultures, cuisines, and traditions.
  • Explore thought-provoking topics and learn skills to strengthen your club through lively discussions, seminars, and workshops.
  • Connect with people of action from around the globe.
  • Form new friendships that last a lifetime.
As you plan your trip Consider:
Travel - Save between 2-10% on select airfares* when booking convention travel with United Airlines and select members of the Star Alliance network.
Visit the United meetings travel page and enter ZHJA582224 in the Offer Code box to receive your discount.
Accommodations - Get the best value in Honolulu by booking your hotel through Experient, Rotary’s official housing partner.
 See a full list of hotels and check current availability.
Other benefits of booking through Rotary’s official housing partner include:
  • One low rate, including taxes and fees
  • Transportation to convention facilities provided by Rotary shuttle service
  • Amenities including free Wi-Fi (vary by hotel, so please review the hotel description)
  • Discounted resort fees
  • Support before, during, and after your stay, including hotel staff who can answer questions about event hours and transportation
  • Options to fit every budget
  • Flexible payment options
  • Ability to manage your reservation online
Registration - If you have not registered consider the following dates and registration timelines
16 DECEMBER 2019 -
31 MARCH 2020
online, mail, fax
10 JUNE 2020
online, on-site
  • Rotarian
  • Spouse of deceased Rotarian
  • Rotary club or district employee
  • Guest age 31 or older
  • Rotarian 30 or under
  • Guest age 19 to 30
    (discount only available through paper form)
  • Rotaractor
  • Non-Rotarian alumnus
David E Jones
Rotary District 6630 on to Hawaii Chair


End Polio Now Indians game
July 29, 2020 against the Kansas City Royals.
The flyer is being finalized and will be out soon.


Save up to 20% at, Harry & David, The Popcorn Factory, and more for Valentine’s Day. Rotary will receive up to 8% of your purchase. Use the promo code ROTARY at checkout.
New offers provide up to 5% cash back on purchases from more than 2,000 retailers. You can keep the cash or donate it to Rotary.
Rotary will receive up to 5% of your purchase price. Bookmark this special link — — and use it every time you shop.
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A roundup of Rotary news
Toward a more lasting peace
With a new peace center at Makerere University in Uganda, a complete reimagining of the professional development certificate program, and ambitious plans for the future, Rotary's peace program is advancing the push for global harmony. Read about the changes to the program, including the launch of the first peace center in Africa. Apply now for the class of 2021-22.
People of Action around the globe
The Rotary Club of Manila Magic and the Rotaract Club of Manila inaugurated monthly medical visits at a child care center in Tondo, one of their city’s most crowded and hardscrabble slums. The program taps volunteer professionals, including five doctors. Hundreds of patients have benefited from the visits and from medicines purchased by Rotarians and their families. Read more in our monthly roundup of club activities.
Australian Rotarians respond to brushfires
Rotarians in the coastal community of Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia, answered the call when the country’s brushfires began burning close to home. Contacted by Emergency Management Services to help, club members provided meals for volunteer firefighters for a month and sorted and distributed relief supplies once the fires were contained.
Grant model receives favorable reviews
A survey of Rotary members conducted in 2018-19 to evaluate The Rotary Foundation grant model showed that a vast majority of respondents were satisfied with the grant model. 
View the latest Annual Report
The 2019 Rotary International Annual Report is available. Check it out online.


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