November 2020

Dear fellow Rotarians:
This month we each look forward to setting aside time to be grateful for all of our blessings, such as: having what we need, families and friends, and sharing with others.   I am grateful to be in the family of Rotary.
Rotarians, in their clubs, continue to reach out to others. They are filling and distributing Thanksgiving baskets of food, distributing supplies to schools, hospitals and a women’s shelter, raking leaves in someone’s yard, providing meals, writing notes to people isolated in nursing homes, collecting games and puzzles and taking them to Veterans who are alone in their rooms in the V.A. hospitals and more.
The gifts donated to the Rotary Foundation assist so many others even if we cannot see their faces or if they are somewhere else in the world.
What hearts of service…
I am so thankful to know each and every one of you, who care so much for others.
I wish you a healthy, happy day of thanksgiving.
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 LEAD Committee Meeting
Dec 01, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presidents Elect Session
Jan 16, 2021
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
District 6630 AG Meeting
Jun 21, 2021 6:00 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.



We appreciate those who were able to be with us for our virtual 2020 Annual Foundation Celebration. 
We celebrated our success from the 2019-2020 Rotary Year and recognized those Rotarians and Non-Rotarians who live on motto “Service Above Self,” and the 4-way Test.
Simply click here  or on the graphic below to view the event. 
We are thankful for each and every one of you and to all who have given their time, talents and treasures to make a difference through Rotary.
Pat Myers, DG
John Reyes, PDG
Jim Lechko, District Foundation Chair

Holger Knaack
President, 2020-21
Dear District Governors and District Youth Exchange leaders,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Rotary International I want to make you aware of an important update regarding Rotary Youth Exchange. At our November Board meeting we took the difficult but necessary decision to suspend both short-term and long-term Rotary Youth Exchange through 30 June 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board continues to significantly limit or suspend all Rotary activities that require travel or in-person meetings. Although we were all hopeful that the situation globally would have stabilized enough to allow districts to safely resume exchanges, there is simply still too much uncertainty. We must do everything we can to protect our students, families, or volunteers from the risks associated with this dangerous disease. As a reminder, the consequences for any district that does not follow the Board’s guidelines are consistent with the policies and procedures for unauthorized exchange programs and activities that put students at risk.

Of course I share in your disappointment and frustration, as I am myself a tireless champion for Rotary Youth Exchange, but now is the time to prove our dedication and resilience. Now is the time to show that, despite these unprecedented challenges, Rotary Opens Opportunities. Take this time to strengthen your program — review the new Rotary Youth Protection Guide, enroll in the Protecting Youth Programs Participants course in Rotary’s Learning Center, or consider ways to incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into your program. Many districts are creating virtual exchanges. Join us for a webinar on 22 January 2021 to learn more about creating your own or participating in virtual exchanges. And don’t forget about our other incredible Rotary programs such as Interact and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to keep our young people — and volunteers — engaged during this time.

Our staff are here to support you during this time by providing updated and new resources, sharing engagement strategies, and addressing your questions or concerns.  As we look to the future and prepare resume exchanges when it is again safe, please use this time to carefully review the safety guidelines and develop a crisis management plan.

Thank you again for all that you do to support Rotary Youth Exchange, and for your understanding and cooperation as we do what is necessary to keep our students safe.


Holger Knaack
President, Rotary International 2020-21


Our R.I. President has announced that no Rotary youth exchange can occur until after June 30, 2021 because of the pandemic. Our multidistrict (OE, Ohio-Erie) is committed to doing all it can to have a short term exchange this summer and a long term exchange in the Fall 2021. We can still have a short term exchange after June 30 and the Fall exchange as well. Some say there is no way the world situation will be safe by that time. If the short term exchange cannot happen this summer, then I expect the short term exchange will be virtual as it was this last year. The long term exchange should encounter less difficulty. If the pandemic persists then, of course, there will be no exchange, except perhaps virtual. However, our multidistrict will prepare the students for the exchange even though it may have to be postponed and rescheduled. There is even discussion of raising the age limits if confronted with another postponement. With whatever adjustment is necessary, we are committed to keeping the students safe.
Covid 19 has been hard on the Youth Exchange, Last Rotary year our students have for the most part had to end their exchanges early---both the inbound and outbound. For months we had no idea when the program would resume. Of course, no one can know for sure, but our multidistrict organization, OE, is now committed to a program for 2021- 2022! Unfortunately, that decision came late, but given the state of the world, we understand. That means we must consider that both the Long Term Program and the Short Term Program are a "go" for the next Rotary year.
So, what is the upshot of all this? The upshot is HELP! We need to recruit students for the Long Term and Short Term Outbound Program NOW. For the Long Term Program we have only this December to recruit and put together applications. Unfortunately, this timeline does not appear to be flexible. The Short Program timeline is a little longer and more flexible but still presents a difficult challenge. Your District Youth Exchange Committee is asking that each Rotarian, and friends, identify high school students who are prospects for these programs and tell us about them, or better yet, make sure the student contacts one of the Committee members (see the District website) to express interest. They can express interest through the 6630 Website at the link "Youth Exchange" or contact one of us using the contact information on the website.
We do need to be realistic, so if we cannot get commitments for 2021-2022, there is always 2022-2023 and beyond. But we cannot give up on next year!
I have been with the District Youth Exchange Committee since 2013 and I can say that, in all those years, most students in the Long Term Program call their Exchange year the "best year of their life". Believe me, I am not exaggerating. But it does take a special kind of student. They must be good students, because the program really is a "study abroad program". They need to be ready for adventure and to extend their life experiences beyond their own community. They should want to open their eyes to new cultures to gain perspectives about our own culture. They should want to become fluent, or understand the need to become fluent, in a language other than English. They should want to test their own skills to be independent. They need to value the need to build
strength of character to face adversity in life and develop problem-solving skills which will benefit them throughout life. In short, they should want to be better prepared for life's challenges, whether in pursuit of a career or advanced education. There is no doubt the students come back as stronger individuals. and with a better resume. As one returning outbounder reported:" [t]he year I spent on my exchange saved my life". She is now on the path to success in higher education. Why would you not want a result like this for the young people in your family or others who you know to be good candidates? By the way, Rotarian family members and non-Rotarians are eligible!
The Program is known to many as "the Rotary scholarship for high school study abroad".-ln fact, it really is a scholarship. Rotary provides for your schooling abroad, often at a private school, and further provides for room and board with host families who have been meticulously qualified to ensure the well-being of the student. The actual value of those services has been valued at anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000. The student pays for an administrative fee of $1175, insurance for around $1000, the cost of the flights, and spending money. All of this is immensely more inexpensive than if the student would utilize a private, "for profit" organization for a year-long exchange. And, I have been personally told by State Department officials that they are not worried about Rotary. It is the "for profit" groups that produce the most trouble. We play it by the rules and do our best, through committed and fully vetted volunteers with professional backgrounds, to produce a respected and safe program.
For some, the year abroad in the Long Term Program does not fit their life plans--at least not just yet. A great way to test the waters or simply get a valuable experience with memories that will last a lifetime, is the Short Term Program. Basically, it is an eight week program., and is a family to family exchange. The American student and family are linked up with a foreign student and family. Choices are given so the families can agree they are compatible. The American student goes to the foreign family and lives . with them for four weeks (usually). Then the foreign student returns with the American
student and lives with the American family for four weeks. The students become fast friends for life and often the families visit each other. What a great way to build a close relation to those in other countries! Truly, the Short Term Program lives up to the RYE credo: we will build world peace one student (and one family) at a time. There is an administrative fee of $450 and the student must bear travel expenses. The families provide room and board. Is it worth it? Ask PDG Jim McKee whose daughter went on three separate short term exchanges during high school!
The countries we exchange with include most of western Europe, select countries in Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, and at various times Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia), and select countries in Asia,(Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and India). The students choose the countries they want for their exchange and rank them. We do all we can to make sure the students get their first choice or close to it.
Want to learn more? I am sure your prospective candidate will want more information. It is all there at "Youth Exchange" on the District website. Don't even think about it---just act. Give the gift of a life-changing experience to a deserving young person. Find that great candidate for the Rotary Youth Exchange!
Bob Heydorn, Rotary District 6630 Youth Exchange General Chair.


The Rotaract Club of Baldwin Wallace University has a Buy a Mask...Donate a Mask event. 
BUY a Mask…DONATE a Mask!
One Mask Sold = One Mask Donated to those in need at the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men's Shelter.
  • $5.00 Each
  • Tie-Dye Masks by the Rotaract members
Scan the QR code on the flyer to get yours or visit
Feel free to donate both masks purchased! 
If you want to keep one, you may pick it up at the Student Life Center, 2nd floor of Strosacker Hall, 120 Tressel St., Berea, OH
Checks can be made payable to Baldwin Wallace University Rotaract and can be sent to 275 Eastland Road Berea, OH 44017
Joey Bernardo
Accounting and Finance
Budgeting Chair/Student Government
VP of Events/Accounting Association
Treasurer/Senior Class Officers


Young Leaders in Action
Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
Show how your Interact club takes action
Share how your Interact club members are taking action across the globe, in your community, and in yourselves in the 2020 Interact Awards.

NEW this year, we’re inviting Interact clubs to submit a video, photos, and/or an essay showcasing their club’s service projects or leadership development activities.  

Submit your nomination by 1 December 2020 for a chance to be named “Best Video,” “Best Photo,” or “Best Essay” and receive funds to support your Interact club’s next project. Rotary clubs, Rotaract clubs, teachers, and parents can all work together to make your Interact club’s vision a reality.
Share your Rotaract expertise
Share your expertise at the 2021 Rotaract Preconvention in Taipei, Taiwan! Submit a breakout session proposal or volunteer to be a sergeant-at-arms or social media ambassador by 1 November

Rotaractors, Rotarians, Rotary alumni, or Rotary partners may propose breakout sessions. The Rotaract Preconvention is currently scheduled to be an English-only meeting. 
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Resources & Events
Note: This list is informational only and does not constitute an endorsement of any event. Please contact event organizers for details. 

16-18 October 2020
Erbopech 2020

5-9 June 2021
Hong Kong

11-12 June 2021
Rotaract Postconvention
Taipei, Taiwan

12-16 June 2021
Rotary International Convention 
Taipei, Taiwan

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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


During a recent stay for medical challenges at Wade Park VA and rehab at their Cares Tower, PDG Jack Young had the opportunity to talk with Vets and staff.  Since the cares towers unit was completely shut down to visitors due to COVID the morale and hope was low.  

The Veterans did have some board games, CD’s and puzzles but one can only use the same item so many times before they become boring.  They did receive a virtual TV and headset and PDG Young was asked to be the first Vet to use it, but only one Vet at a time could participate.

With the conversations he had with the Vets, PDG Young saw a need to secure more new games, CD’s and puzzles to be used by the Veterans. Because of COVID, no used items can be accepted by the VA.  ONLY BRAND-NEW ITEMS can be accepted.

With that PDG Young contacted Andrew Mangels of the RC of Westlake-Bay Village to see if he could have several clubs help get items for the VA.  He also asked Rotarian Marsha Pappalardo if the Rotary Club of Brunswick might be willing to help as well.

In addition, he was talking with PDG Jack Harig who is a Veteran and works with Veterans and asked if he could possibly do the same thing in the Akron area.  

With that PDG Jack Young talked with Courtney Mashits of the Wade Park VA Volunteer Services about the need for these items.  Thus, they scheduled the first delivery of items from the Rotary Clubs of Westlake and Brunswick for Thursday, November 19.   PDG Jack Young met PDG Jack Harig and presented the items to Volunteer Services.  Over 25 new games, etc., were delivered to the VA.

In addition, PDG Harig contacted Julie Brandle and Linda Farkas of the RC of Akron and they are collecting items from the Summit County S-Medina County Cluster to be delivered to the VA Hospital the first of December.

PDG Jack Young that this process and suggestion is only designed to help those Veterans who are hospitalized and served our country.  These types of games give them hope during their time in the hospital.

He also hopes that after the second Delivery in December that all clubs in Rotary District 6630 can help with items or cash donations to the VA.  This would send a special message from our district to all individuals in Ohio that Rotary really cares about those who have served our country.

As a final note, PDG Young has also shared this process with are Rotary Friends in Michigan, PDG Larry Wright and past Rotary International Director Mike McCullough to see if they may want to do the same thing in their district.  As a final note, the reason for sharing this information with the district is to give back to those Men and women who have served in the military to defend our freedom.

Special thanks to PDG Jack Harig and Andrew Mangels who have helped make this process a reality. For more information, please feel free to contact PDG Jack A. Young ( or 440-759-4000)

Photo L-R. : Courtney Mashits, VA Volunteer Services; PDG Jack Young; PDG Jack Harig
Yours in Service - 
Marsha Pappalardo 


Rotary Club of Cleveland
Community Service Award
Honoree: Brandon Chrostowski
Jennifer Kelly, Chair Community Sevice Commitee and Brandon Chrostowski
Each year, the Community Service Committee selects and individual or organization who has demonstrated, in both their professional and personal life, outstanding “service above self” in the greater Cleveland community.  This year’s recipient was Brandon Chrostowski, Founder, President and CEO of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute.  Brandon was chosen because he has selflessly helped so many people restart their lives and find purpose through his motto, “Every human being, regardless of their past, has the right to a fair and equal future.”  He has created a program where formerly incarcerated adults are trained to work in EDWINS fine French cuisine restaurant, EDWINS Butcher Shop and EDWINS Bakery.  Brandon’s program gives these individuals a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for a successful reentry.  EDWINS Leadership Institute had a recidivism rate of less than 1%.
On a Zoom call, Jennifer Kelly, Chair of the Community Service Committee, gave Brandon the award live from EDWINS Bakery.  Then Brandon spoke to the Club and discussed the mission and goals of the program, why it has been successful, and future plans moving forward.  Members had a lot of questions, and there was a lively Q&A discussion after Brandon’s talk.  It was a great opportunity for Club members to understand how EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute is positively impacting the Cleveland community, the east side’s vulnerable neighborhoods, and attracting national accolades for his efforts.  There was also discussion regarding how the Rotary Club of Cleveland can work with EDWINS moving forward via community service and vocational service avenues.  This program was one of the year’s best and was well-received by the members.




The Rotary Club of Painesville along with its community partners (Laketran, Fairport Harding High School, LCE Federal Credit Union, Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce, First Federal Lakewood Concord Branch, and Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood)"Fill the Bus" to help those in need living in the Painesville and Mentor areas.


Thank you St. Gabriel Food Pantry for everything you do for those in need in our community!!


Ashtabula Rotarians presenting 1,500 gowns to ACMC staff. Richard Trice, VP, Clinical Services,  Bart Millard, ACMC Maintenance,  Trevor Sprague,  Ashtabula Rotary  President,  Jacquelyn DiFore, Chief Nursing Officer and Mary Lou Howe, Ashtabula Rotary Foundation Treasurer. 
I wanted to take a moment to update the club on some service projects we are working on.
First, we we delivered hospital gowns to ACMC.  Thank you to Mary Lou for all the work on this. (Photo)
Feed Our Vets collection items were under way during November.
The club will be adopting a family in the Halo program for Christmas. Please contact Greg Church or Bruce Schlosser if you would like to be more involved in interviewing the family, purchasing gifts, wrapping gifts, or putting together food items.
It's great that our club, despite Covid-19, continues to serve our community! Thanks for all you are contributing in time, talent, or treasure to help our club serve!
Yours in Service 


The Club was pleased to be able to participate in the Disaster Relief Grant and delivered PPE to University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center.


Berea Rotary president Linda Kramer and past president Bob Huge present 1,500 isolation gowns to Southwest General Health Care Center in Middleburg Heights. Distribution Manager Pat Neal said the donation was very much needed and greatly appreciated.


Under the joint leadership of Staff Sergeant Jeff Cain and Sergeant First Class Steve Callahan, of Medina's Ohio Army National Guard, and Sergeant Andrew Simons of the U.S. Marine Corps, this morning's Feeding Medina County Thanksgiving Food Distribution at the Medina County Fairgrounds was truly inspiring.
Before the light of dawn, five eager new Marine Corps Recruits - "poolies" - all from Medina County reported for duty, along with Jennifer Webb, the Director of Ministry and Communications at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Medina County ESC Superintendent Dr. Bob Hlasko, Kiwanis, Rotary, CERT and many faithful FMC volunteers who came out to help the hundreds of families experiencing food insecurity here in Medina County.
"It was wonderful to have so many volunteers come out to help during this busy time of year," said FMC Executive Director Sandra Hinkle. "We are especially grateful to the the men and women of the U.S. Military for their friendly help and teamwork during the pandemic with the Feeding Medina County food distributions. Thank you to U.S. Marine Corps Commander Major Brian Hubert who made a special trip to be with us this morning to support our mission. Thank you all for your service. We could not have made it through this year without all of you. Happy Thanksgiving Medina!"
FMC Volunteers
USMC Volunteers
Staff Sergeant Jeff Cain

Medina Sunrise Rotary
Honors Sandra Hinkle - Feeding Medina County
Medina Sunrise Rotarians joined together in virtual fellowship on Thursday evening, via ZOOM, for the annual NE Ohio District 6630 Rotary Foundation Awards Gala to honor Sandra Hinkle, Executive Director of Feeding Medina County.
Along with Rotary International and Ohio District Officers, Sandra Hinkle was presented with Rotary's prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award, in recognition of her service and leadership with Feeding Medina County and for her tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Congratulations from a grateful community, Sandy!


We are currently accepting donations of toys and gift cards for our annual Holiday Party on December 20th.  Like all of us, our campers’ and their families’ lives have been completely turned upside down this year. This year’s Holiday Party for Camp will most likely be a drive through event due to COVID-19 precautions but for many of our campers it is the only time they see Santa, so our goal is to make it as joyous as possible.  Help us spread a little joy by purchasing a gift that Santa can share or a gift card for groceries.
Here is the link to our Amazon wish list:
Gift cards in any amount from major stores such as Target, WalMart, ACME, and Giant Eagle are also being accepted. 
Gift cards and donations can be mailed or dropped off at Akron Rotary Camp, 4460 Rex Lake Dr., New Franklin, OH  44319. Questions? Call camp at 330.644.4512 or email Dan Reynolds at
Dan Reynolds
District Executive Director
Akron Rotary Camp
YMCA Camp Y-Noah

Wanda Whipkey, Co-Chair






Although the Chili Open will look different from previous years due the impact of COVID-19, and whether you choose to attend in person or virtually, your gift will make a significant impact allowing us to continue to serve the vulnerable youth in our community. 

The annual fundraiser represents 30% of operating costs to the Rotary Camp's annual budget.   This ensures that no child is turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. We are extremely thankful to our Chili Open Presenting Sponsor, Wayne Homes for their continued commitment to the camp.


Each raffle ticket includes $25 in discounts: 

There are great chances to win the following prizes: 

  • 1st prize is a 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS, or $13,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch!
  • 2nd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks!
  • 3rd prize is a behind-the-scenes media package at a 2021 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren!  

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Aid is on the way!
With help from the Philippine Navy, ships are being loaded up with aid in Cebu. This aid, headed to the Bicol region of the Philippines, will be delivered to families affected by Typhoon Goni. Aid should be start arriving to families this weekend.
Thank you to all our amazing supporters who helped make this possible with your generosity and compassion! 


We hope you will take advantage of the special offers available to Rotary Members through Rotary Global Rewards. 
If you have questions regarding the program, feel free to contact me via EMAIL (click here) or 216-538-1012.
Happy Shopping - 
Steve Warren
Happy holiday season
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Deadlines for your articles for the 2020-2021 are below (these are always subject to change at the discretion of the DG)
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  • May 20, 2021
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