Posted by Cheryl Warren
RI sends out various newsletters throughout the month. 
You can sign up/manage your subscriptions for publications at rotary.org - simply sign in, then go to news & media then select newsletters.  If you need assistance, please EMAIL ME.
Since many of you already receive these email newsletters, in lieu of reproducing them in the body of the District newsletter, moving forward you can now use the links below to download them all or individually.
I have included the story headings to help you see what is in each issue.
Download all of these (click here) OR  click on each title to download individual issues.
Ideas for strengthening membership | March 2021 (a bimonthly publication)
Membership Minute is a bimonthly newsletter that provides the latest membership trends, strategies, best practices, and resources to help strengthen membership in your clubs. The newsletter is sent to Rotary coordinators, district governors, district membership chairs, club membership chairs, club presidents and subscribers. 
  • First Programs of Scale grant awarded to malaria project
  • Nigerian Rotaractors support health clinics
  • Diverse club helps refugees in Indiana
  • Taipei virtual Convention
Helping club and district leaders achieve success | March 2021
  • World Water Day focuses on water's importance
  • Rotary and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Take a virtual tour of Rotary International World Headquarters
  • Hone your skills with Toastmasters International
  • Celebrating Paul Harris' legacy of goodwill
Engaging the next generation of Rotary Leaders | March 2021
Young Leaders in Action is a monthly source of news, resources, and event information for young leaders in Rotaract, Interact, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, and New Generations Service Exchange and Rotarians who support them. 
  • Finding courage to become a leader
  • Join the virtual Rotaract Preconvention
  • Save the date for Global Youth Service Day
  • Resources and Upcoming Events
RI PUBLICATIONS IN MARCH Cheryl Warren 2021-04-19 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Terri Speck
Vilhelm Bjarnason, a 2005/2006 exchange student from Iceland to our District (hosted by North Royalton - Broadview Heights) will be speaking at our Westlake-Bay Village Rotary meeting Wednesday, March 31  at 7:30am.  
He is currently a PE teacher at an elementary school and will talk about what he has been doing since his exhange experience and what life in Iceland is like during the pandemic.
His father, Bjarni Grimmson, will also be joining him.
Bjarni is a long time Rotarian and the incoming District Governor for Iceland.
Here is the Zoom link if you would like to join us.
DATE:    Wednesday, March 31
TIME:     7:30am
Zoom login information
Meeting ID: 971 2215 7870
Password: 228976
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,97122157870#,,,,0#,,228976# US (New York)
Terri Speck
2005/2006 DISTRICT EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM ICELAND TO SPEAK MARCH 31st Terri Speck 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Steve Warren
Kathryn Craig Honored with Unsung Hero Award
E-ClubNEO welcomed District Governor Pat Myers to their regular meeting on February 27th for the Governor’s Annual Visit.  Prior to DG Pat’s address to the Club, she presented (virtually) to Kathryn Craig, the Governor’s Citation for Exemplary Service to Rotary E-ClubNEO and its members as the 2020-2021 "Rotary Unsung Hero".  Club President Steve Warren stated that the choice was a tough decision and how difficult it was to pick one member to be singled out.
President Warren went on to say that the fledgling E-Club was halfway through it’s inaugural year and would not be here without the driving force and determination of  one of its members.  Kathryn Craig caught the smoldering ember of the E-Club idea from (at the time) DG Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski and kept it alive and burning for 2 years; doing the legwork and the research to bring the E-Club to life. 
While not trained in Website Design, Kathryn worked diligently to learn the Club Runner tools to get the website up and running … a key component for an E-Club.
Working with the RC of Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley, she pushed and pulled the E-Club across the starting line last June. Since that time, Kathryn has been instrumental in guiding the Club, delivering instructional programs for our new Rotarians and providing leadership of the two Service Projects the E-Club has undertaken so far this year.
Congratulations to Kathryn – well deserved!!

E-ClubNEO Steve Warren 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

March 2021

District 6630 Rotarians and friends,
Please join me in celebrating your leadership through this year of opportunities, at our virtual Annual Meeting and District Conference of Clubs April 22-24, 2021. For the first time we will not only meet virtually, we will be a hybrid conference by joining with three other districts in Ohio on Friday and Saturday as we all share our year, celebrate and have fun together. 
Watch for the registration link this week-end and sign up early to receive a T-Shirt to wear particularly on Friday night April 23 . 
Please note important information for annual meeting, brief schedule, letter from R.I. President Holger Knaack regarding Youth Exchange programs, the unfortunate need to cancel RYLA in June of 2021 and the many activities and opportunities in the newsletter.
Annual Meeting 
On March 8, each club received a packet of information sent via DocuSign. This packet contained directions for each club to name elector(s) to the annual meeting. The meeting will be On Thursday, April 22, 2021.  Please enter the meeting at 5:45 PM. in order to be checked in.  The meeting will start at 6PM.   
Included in the information you received were seven important documents for our District 6630 Annual Meeting. Please note that the packet was sent from DocuSign not from Mike.)
  1. Voting Certification Instructions.
  2. The required Elector Credential Certificate form. This form MUST be returned to Mike Davanzo (mdavanzo@zoominternet.net) by April 12, 2021.  This is required to be able to vote at the Annual Meeting.
  3. A spreadsheet showing the number of eligible electors for each club.
  4. The documents for the proposed District 6630 Bylaw amendments:
  5. 2018-19 Financials which had been approved via a vote in December 2020, and now need to be ratified per our Bylaws at the Annual Meeting.
  6. 2019-20 Financials which need to be approved per Rotary International at this meeting.
  7. Annual Meeting Agenda.
If you have any question about the Annual Meeting, please contact Mike Davanzo at mdavanzo@zoominternet.net or 330-441-1507
Our District 6630 Conference of Clubs
District 6630 Rotarians, please join me in a virtual Multi-District Conference of Clubs. 
We will be joining together with D6600 (NW Ohio),) D6670 (SW Ohio) and D6690 (Central and Southern Ohio).  
Thursday evening is dedicated just to our own D6630 and Friday evening and Saturday morning we are planning a fun event and interesting speakers.  You won't want to miss it!  

Thursday 4/22/2021 D6630 Only: 
6 pm  Annual Meeting 
7 pm - 8:30 pm Conference Kick-off: Recognition of those achieving 50 years in Rotary in 2019-2021 and Celebration of Life with families of those who have passed away 2019-2021
Friday 4/23/2021: 
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Enjoy a fun radio show with music, keynote speaker, trivia.  BYOB. 
Saturday 4/24/2021:
 9:00 am - 11:00 am We will have interesting speakers from around the country and world plus comments from the four District Governors. 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm District 6630 will have an exclusive breakout with our 4-Way Test Speech Contest winners / Interact-Rotaract Recognition and more!
Registration will open soon - watch your email!!

I look forward to seeing you with us at this special event.
Yours in Rotary Service, 
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
March 2021 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0


Dear Rotarians and Friends,
This is an initial invitation to join in fellowship and service with Medina service clubs, US Military Service, and Public Service to come together as a community at:

Williams on the Lake
Friday, April 2, 2021
7:00 am to 8:30 am
$12.50 per person
Thank you for your participation and support of this time honored community holiday event. Please be sure to confirm your attendance well in advance of the event. The reservation and deposit have been sent in and our hosts, Mark & Aly Williams, will expect a head count.
It is a voluntary hybrid meeting, in person and Zoom, in compliance with the Medina Health Department and Governor of Ohio's State guidelines.
We are especially grateful to: Mayor Dennis Hanwell, US Military Chaplain Reid Miller, TSgt Cody Hoffman, Father Mike Ausperk, Soloist Kimberly States, Music Director Tom Bonezzi, Medina Sunrise Rotary President Kevin Wermer, Kiwanians Roy Lehman and Alan Penn, our Medina County service clubs, and Mark & Aly Williams from Williams on the Lake.
Very respectfully,

"Committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures."
-Medina Sunrise Rotary
MEDINA SUNRISE 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0


On March 16, 2021, our Club honored students in the Manufacturing, Engineering, Skilled Trades & Health and Human Services categories.

Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
Terry Dalton serves as a member of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors and as the Club Secretary and has chaired the Rotary Scholarship Committee for about 10 years. 
About the Scholarship Recipients:
The Students of the Year recognized March 16th were Anna Gray, Jennifer Skerlong, Mary Winer, Anjana Tamang, Tam Chau, and Emma Grass.
We were pleased that four of the students were available to join our meeting [click to view recording].  

These students are extremely accomplished students and active community volunteers.

Click here to view bios of all six the March 16 recipients.

Mary Winer
Anjana Tamang
Emma Grass
Tam Chau

The container of wheelchairs for Ukraine/Letter from Diego Velasquez
Dear Claudine:
The following are the  11 ROTARY CLUBS (2 districts) that help me to get the $42,000.00 for this project.
We also have a lot of Friends and Rotarians that help me with this project.
  10. SANTA BARBARA SUNRISE RC (all clubs from District 5240 California)
  11. AKRON OHIO RC (club from district 6630).
Thank you for all the help that give me to get this project complete.
My best regards always;
Conejo Valley Rotary Club – District 5240
Past_President 2006-07,2010-11
International Chair 2020-21
All the best together in Rotary,
Claudine Schooley
ICC USA-Ukraine Chair of Section
Rotary E-Club of One World – District 5240



Welcome to The Rotary Club of Akron
Geraldine Kiefer and Ryan McCauley

were inducted March 2, 2021!

Geraldine (Gerry) Kiefer, PhD, was sponsored by her mother, Virginia (Ginny) Wojno.  
Geraldine recently moved back to Akron from Winchester, Virginia after retiring from Shenandoah University where she was a Professor of Art. Gerry has extensive art background as she is a graduate of Kent State University and earned a Masters Degree from Oberlin College and her Ph.D., Art History, from Case Western Reserve University.
Gerry was a longtime member of the Frederick County Rotary Club and the  Winchester Rotary Club.  Thanks to Ginny, she has considerable knowledge of The Rotary Club of Akron having attended several times as a guest.  Gerry said she considers herself "an Akron Rotarian since birth".
Gerry is very familiar with the Camp and looks forward to participating in events and service opportunities.  You may spot Gerry driving around town in her new car (her old one just conked out) and she is thrilled that she is able to transfer her Rotary license plates!
Gerry is a Rotary Paul Harris+5 (Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes, outright or cumulatively – or in whose name is contributed – a gift of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, PolioPlus Partners or the Humanitarian Grants program. The recognition consists of a certificate, pin, and medallion. Recipient's recognition amount level. US $2,000 to 2,999.99 - one sapphire; 3,000 to 3,999.99 - two sapphires; 4,000 to 4,999.99 - three sapphires; 5,000 to 5,999.99 - four sapphires; 6,000 to 6,999.99 - five sapphires 7,000 to 7,999.99 - one ruby; 8,000 to 8,999.99 - two rubies; 9,000 to 9,999.99 - three rubies).
She is very energetic and plans on being extremely engaged with our club through participation on various committees and service projects.

Ryan McCauley was sponsored by Dan O'Connell.
Born and raised in Stow, Ohio, and lived in Phoenix for seven years where he worked as a project manager at Bank of America.
Ryan and his wife Jessica and their one year old, moved back to the area about six months ago when he joined the family business, McCauley Financial LLC.
He is involved with the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce and through his father and brother`s work at The Hudson Rotary Club, knows a lot about Rotary and is excited to give back through our service projects.
He is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy and received his B.A. from Kent State University. 
When not working , Ryan enjoys golf and working around his new house, which is just around the corner from our Rotary Camp.
AKRON CLUB 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Peter Tuttle

The following testimonial from John Bosco is outstanding. The Nordonia Hills Club is a fantastic example of how to grow membership by 60% in a 12 month Rotary Year. How did they do it? John Bosco said "How did we get so many new members?   We asked people to join Rotary and they did".


During Rotary year 2019-2020 the Club added approximately 15 new members. The Club went from 25 to 40 and even with the Pandemic we have retained all but 3.  2 moved out of the area and 1 was not a good fit.

How did we get so many new members?   We asked people to join Rotary and they did. Getting new members, to join a club that has become stale or set in its ways, requires trying something new. We not only asked community leaders to join us, but we tried to find out the real reason they have not joined in the past.

 Many told us they had never been asked or they did not know what Rotary did. That was easy to remedy. Some, especially the younger generation, were concerned about the financial obligations and the time commitments. We tried to make Rotary affordable by changing how we charged for meals. Our regular members were prepaying for meals, so we allowed the younger members to only pay for the meals they ate. We were able to do this because we did not have to commit to a certain weekly minimum. We also waved a portion of the dues for 1 year if it would help someone on a fixed income or if they could contribute to the club in other ways such as putting our club in the local newspaper and online every week.

 In other words, we were creative. We were not afraid to go to the Board of Directors and say, let us try something new to increase our membership”.  Most of the time they said yes, and it has paid off.

 We added a new member last month because she was following our club on Facebook. She asked to attend a few meetings and then she wanted an application.  She is not only highly active, but she is inviting one of her friends to join our meeting next week.

 People have many misconceptions about Rotary. It is not like it was when I joined in the 1970’s. For example, a member is not asked to leave if they miss a meeting or two anymore. There are many ways to be a good Rotarian even if you can not attend every meeting. Rotary is no longer just a “Men’s Club “ either. Rotary membership is open to community leaders and others who want to help make the world a better place.  We must be enthusiastic participants and tell our friends and acquaintances about Rotary. 

 I was told a long time ago to let people know that Rotary can help someone fulfill their passion.  That is very true and also much easier to attain with the help of a worldwide organization.

MEMBERSHIP Peter Tuttle 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Julie Brandle
I would like to pass along this invitation to participate in this Storytelling opportunity that is hosted on the APS YouTube Channel. 

After you take a look at the directions (click here or on the graphic below) please let Megan know if you have any questions.
No need to reply but it would be great to know who decided to participate.
Happy Storytelling!
Megan A. Mannion
Library Media/SEL Learning Specialist
Ott Staff Development Center
Sylvester Small Administration Building
10 North Main Street | Akron, OH 44308
330.761.3045 | 

Julie Brandle, DGND, Assistant Governor - S Summit and Medina Cluster
Past President, Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio 
Cell 330.858.6672 | jbrandle@metisconstruction.com
VOLUNTEER TO BE A (virtual) STORYTELLER Julie Brandle 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Steve Zabor
A Night of Sunshine
The Rotary Club of Mantua
The past 12 months have been difficult for organizations that depend on fundraising to finance their community service.  When the Crestwood Middle School Sunshine Fund approached the Rotary Club of Mantua to help make up for their inability to do their in-person events we sympathized, but said we too had to cancel our own fundraisers.  Instead of leaving it at that, we decided to try a virtual reverse raffle.  Having been approached by Bob Oborn to support theirs, we reached out to him for guidance about how best to run a successful virtual event.  He was extremely helpful, and we decided to proceed.
 Knowing that Rotary and the Sunshine Fund could not do it alone we reached out to the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation (DMRC)and businesses in the Village for their support.  We were hopeful, but not confident that we could sell 150 at $100 each.  We did have on things going for us.  A good cause that the community would likely support – the Crestwood Middle School Sunshine Fund that provides financial help to students and families experiencing financial difficulty.  As we look back it is clear that being able to clearly identify who would receive most of the net proceeds helped generate support.
For publicity we utilized our personal and the school’s social media, articles in The Weekly Villager and The Portager, broadcasting through organizational email lists, and enlisting five Mantua businesses to place posters in their windows or on their counters and to sell tickets.  Two of the businesses, JAKEs Eats and Restoration 44 Coffee shop, have many local patrons and they placed table tents on their tables.
It did not hurt to have attractive prizes.  The top prize was $2,000 with $1,000, $500, $250, and $100 being the second through fifth prize.  In addition, the first ticket pulled and then every tenth one beginning with the tenth received a $50 gift certificate to one of 12 Mantua businesses.   The net revenue was more than $10,000 and two of the cash winners gave all or some of their winnings to The Rotary Foundation or the Sunshine Fund.  Half of the net revenue went to the Sunshine Fund and the other half was split between DMRC and Mantua Rotary.
During the event on March 13th, a Middle School student’s video presentation of the Pledge of Allegiance, a video of the Middle School choir singing The Bohemian Rhapsody, and presentations by the 6th and 8th grade bands provided entertainment.  And to raise the public image and to promote an understanding of the three cooperating organizations, the Rotary Club of Mantua, Crestwood Middle School Sunshine Fund and the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation had an opportunity to talk about their history, their mission and their recent service projects.
This was a wonderful event to raise the public image of The Rotary Club of Mantua, to generate a list of potential members and to raise funds for future service projects as we netted over $2,500.
CLUBS HELPING CLUBS: HOW THEY DID IT Steve Zabor 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Will Underwood
The District 6630 4-Way Test Speech Contest will be held VIRTUALLY
April 10, 2021
9AM - 2 PM
Time may be shorter.
We are working on the virtual timeline
We are in the home stretch leading up to the District Speech Contest, but we need your help!
We're asking every club that is sponsoring a student contestant to please volunteer one Rotarian to be a judge or timer on contest day (April 10). If we don't have enough judges, the contest can't happen. Please send the name and contact information (phone and email) for your club's volunteer judge to Head Judge Rachel Kerns: rkerns@habitatofportage.org
And a reminder please to send me the name, phone number, and email address for your club contest winner(s) using the Contest Entry Form (CLICK HERE) as soon as your club's contest is complete. Please include an email address for the student’s parent or guardian so that we can copy them on correspondence.
Thank you for your service.
Will Underwood
Rotary District 6630 4-Way Test Speech Contest Chair, 2020–21
Rotary Club of Kent
landline 330-968-6961
WE NEED JUDGES! Will Underwood 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by James Yard
Kent Weeklies, MyTownNEO

For many years, The Rotary Club of Hudson has featured monthly themes for weekly meeting presentations. Speakers in February included medical professionals discussing cancer research, mental health, underprivileged student mentoring and the pandemic's psychological and health impacts on children. These past programs can be viewed on YouTube Rotary of Hudson or HCTV.

March programs offered a trip through the local Arts and Culture scene with 7:30 a.m. Zoom broadcasts as follows:

  • March 10 we hosted Seema Rao, Chief Experience Officer, Akron Art Museum
  • March 17 we hosted Chris Meyers and Ali Miller, Cleveland Playhouse Square
  • March 24  we feature Dahia Fisher, Director of External Relations, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Anyone interested in joining the Zoom calls for these meetings should contact Marilyn Orr, president, at marilynjorr@gmail.com.  Check the Rotary website www.rotaryhudson.org for information about the club's activities.

Scholarship applications due March 25

The Rotary Club of Hudson will award six scholarships worth $3,000 each.  

The applications are available in the Hudson High School guidance office.  The completed applications are due to the guidance office by Thursday, March 25.  If you have any questions, contact Kathryn Sines or Dan Williams of the scholarship committee at sineskathryn2@gmail.com or jdw@uakron.edu.

HUDSON CLUB James Yard 2021-03-22 04:00:00Z 0


PDG Jack Young presented at Medina Echelon Independent Living faculty on the Children of the Dump. 
Call Jack at 440-759-4000 if your Club would like a presentation.
CHILDREN OF THE DUMP 2021-03-22 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Joe Kraft
Eileen Dorsey and the Westlake - Bay Village Rotary Art Festival
Award winning artist Eileen Dorsey returns to her roots as the featured artist at the Westlake - Bay Village Rotary Art Festival.  All look forward to her visit from The Studio inside 78th Street Studios in Gordon Square.  
Dorsey is known for her oil landscape paintings.  Capturing both local landscapes and fantasy scenes in vibrant hues, Eileen Dorsey paints meditative forests of light and color. Dorsey expresses the energy of the places she visits through impressionistic or expressionistic marks. Emphasizing our connection to nature as a healing and rejuvenating experience, Dorsey’s paintings transcend reality to achieve an emotional impact.
“Best Artist” of 2020, 2019 and 2018 - Cleveland Magazine and Scene Magazine, Westlake welcomes her with pride and admiration. One can’t miss her works including murals seen on city buildings, canvases in numerous galleries and pages in periodicals from CAN Journal to Canvas and the Plain Dealer.
Westlake - Bay Village Rotary Club meets Wednesdays in the Community Room in Bay Village. Since COVID, like many others, they’ve been ZOOMing and membership continues to increase under the leadership of Dr, Scott Goggin. This non-profit festival will support education including the arts; special needs including Connecting for Kids, Milestones Autism Resources, Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, Lakeshore Day Camp, Meals on Wheels, The KnickerBocker Apartments, Hospice of the Western Reserve; Annual support to "sister club" in Chinandega, Nicaragua (clothing and school supplies for nearly 1,000 children); and the ongoing effort with Rotary International  as it continues to lead in eradicating the World of polio.
Westlake Porter Public Library and Westlake Elementary School have agreed to host the Festival https://westlakebayvillagerotaryartfest.com/ on their grounds. 
The festival will include local artists of all types.  Music, food trucks, beer and wine will be a part of the day. All are invited.
WESTLAKE - BAY VILLAGE CLUB Joe Kraft 2021-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
STOW CLUB Gail Moseley 2021-03-22 04:00:00Z 0


Please click HERE 
to view the March-April Edition of your Zone 30-31 Newsletter,
THE HEARTBEAT. Please be sure to share the zone newsletter.

Rotary International Zones 30 & 31
A community of Rotarians in the Heart of America

ZONES 30-31 NEWSLETTER MARCH-APRIL 2021 2021-03-22 04:00:00Z 0


Thanks to PDG Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski for organizing the March meeting of
the Past District 6630 Governors and our current and future Governors.


Holger Knaack
President, 2020-21
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Rotary Youth Exchange is where my heart is. As you probably know my wife Susanne and I hosted more than 40 youth exchange students over the past years.

Many Rotarians over many generations have shared in this experience, and I want to thank Youth Exchange officers, host families, and other volunteers for their contributions. Together, we’ve helped young people build an understanding and appreciation of different cultures, learn new languages and forge lasting friendships across the globe.

To ensure that our legacy continues, these valuable, life-changing experiences must build from a foundation of safety and well-being for all our students, families and communities. To that end, Rotary’s Board of Directors has been regularly monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities around the world to determine whether it is safe to reinstate the Youth Exchange program for the 2021-22 school year.

With the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and COVID-19 virus variants, inconsistent disease mitigation efforts, and the global imbalance of vaccine access – the board has decided to suspend the Youth Exchange program through 30 June 2022.

The board’s decision was informed by scientific data, global health guidance and a number of factors required to guarantee a safe, equitable and quality experience. Careful consideration was also given to ease and availability of international travel, access to medical care and insurance coverage, school delays and closure, potential financial impact on participants’ families and Rotary volunteers.

Given the global imbalance of access to the COVID-19 vaccine and the financial impact of the pandemic, many areas of the world would be unable to participate in 2021. Moving forward with only the limited number of participating countries with access to the vaccine would contradict Rotary’s core value of fairness and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our ability to meet in person is limited now, but we know that Rotary Opens Opportunities, always. Now is the time to get ready, so that when the pandemic is behind us, Rotary’s Youth Exchange program will come back stronger than before, serving a world that is yearning to reconnect.


Holger Knaack
President, Rotary International 2020-21
ZONES 30-31 CONFERENCE: SAVE THE DATES 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Eric Jolly

Motivated by other clubs that have replaced in-person fundraisers with creative virtual solutions, The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise has launched a virtual "Jewelry Raffle". The Raffle replaces our annual fundraiser dinner and auction that has been in place for 12 years.  Transactions are virtual through credit cards or the good old US Mail.

The attached flyer has all the details as well as a picture of the diamond bracelet valued at $3750. Information and links for payment are also available on our club’s website: https://www.lrrsunriserotary.org/page/raffle.

Please help us by sharing this information and/or purchasing a raffle ticket, one ticket is only $10 or you can purchase a bundle of tickets at a discount!

Thanks for your help and support,

Eric Jolly,  President, TRC Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise



LAKEWOOD-ROCKY RIVER SUNRISE Eric Jolly 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0


Medina Sunrise Rotary Receives $50,000 Anonymous Donation

The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club is deeply grateful to receive this unexpected and selfless donation, especially during these difficult times of the coronavirus pandemic. It was surely given in the same spirit of Service Above Self to which Rotary aspires. This donation will allow Medina Sunrise Rotary to carry on serving its mission of “continuing to make a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond, through our time, talents and treasures.”
"What great news this morning of this wonderful, anonymous $50,000 donation to our club!" exclaimed Toby Butt, a distinguished Paul Harris Fellow from the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club. I hope that every Rotarian and every beneficiary of our community service knows that this generous contribution comes from the heart - and represents ALL of us.
"It is an honor to belong to an organization of people like Rotarians who have shared the same core values for over 115 years. One that shares their resources and skills, uniting with others to create sustainable change by meeting needs in their communities, in the world and in themselves. How fortunate for the families and children in Medina County." -- Patricia A. Myers, Rotary Ohio District 6630 Governor, 2020-2021.
Medina Sunrise Rotary, Public Square
Medina Sunrise Rotary, Feeding Medina County
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Posted by Cheryl Maimona

What RC of Hudson Clocktower Has Been Doing

January 2021:
One of the most excited new opportunities is welcoming members of the 2020 Leadership Hudson class as members of our club.  We are looking forward to getting to know our new members and hope that they enjoy  being part of our club and learning about Rotary and its many wonderful experiences!  Thanks to all of the Rotarians who have volunteered to be sponsors. Photo: The 2020 Leadership Hudson Class, courtesy of Leadership Hudson.
Our weekly meetings provided several opportunities.
January 6, 2021  We began the month hearing from Jim Ahern, Director of Hudson Job Search which is an ecumenical effort of churches in Hudson to help job seekers find positions.  As of today, 4500 clients have found success through Hudson Job Search.  Jim is also one of the facilitators of the 4-way speech contest.
We continued our monthly segment of "When in your Life did you feel most Vibrant and Alive?"  Ted spoke of two experiences while a college student at Dartmouth and their effects on him. 
January 13, 2021  We kicked off our new book discussion group with the Leadership Hudson Alumni on the book, GMorning,GNight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Books were also chosen for February of Blink and Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladstone.  Readers are invited to read one or both books. 
Jeremy Lavoie, the Hudson High School student presented the book collection project for the  Cleveland community and prisons which has collected 9,100 books.  Books are still being collected and  can be dropped off at Jeremy's house, 7165 Colebrook Dr., Hudson by the garage.  Jeremy will also pick up books. His e-mail: pslotter@windstream.net.  The next book distribution will be during the Hudson Schools Spring break at the end of March.
January 20, 2021--no meeting so members could witness the inauguration.
January 27, 2021--Dan Reynolds, the Executive Director of the Akron Rotary Camp joined us as part of our monthly segment of "What is Rotary?".   We learned about all of the great work that is being done at the camp to provide a summer camp experience for disabled children.  
We also featured our "Business of the Month": Lager & Vine.  Cliff Cravens, owner, spoke about the experience in operating a restaurant during Covid-19 including the safety features that have been added.  Lager & Vine is our home for our meetings and has been featured on our website during the month of January.  Thanks to John Murphy. our webmaster for an excellent presentation about Lager & Vine, which Cliff very much appreciated!
Looking ahead...
February 3, 2021--11:45---Lisa Sabol, President, Leadership Hudson Board.
February 10, 2021--5:30--Book discussion group--led my Jim Knauf and Kate Schladerman. Books: "Blink" and "Tipping Point".
February 17th--11:45--Donna Skoda, Summit County Health Commissioner
February 24th--Bob Drew--2021 Tax Update.  Club Assembly:  election of officers for 21-22.
February Business of the Month--Olive My Heart.  The new owner, Gayle Creme will be speaking at the February 24th meeting.
Leadership Hudson Alumni update.  Rotarians are invited to the February 11th, 7:00 p.m. meeting at which Dr. Danielle Coombs will be speaking.  Danielle is an assistant professor at the Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  She is an author and  media commentator. 
We have a Snowman!!  Rotary Clocktower teamed with the Leadership Hudson Alumni to create a Snowman for the Hudson "Tour of Snowmen".  Downtown Hudson is overrun by snow people!  We can vote for our favorites through February 28th while making a donation to the Hudson Community Service Association.  I hope that you will have an opportunity to take the tour. Our Snowman is on Main Street in front of the Fair Trade Store.
Rotarians tackle the environment!  In June, 2020, Rotary International approved a new area of focus for Rotary: the environment, which is Rotary's seventh area of focus. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
In case you missed it, the October, 2020 Rotary has an excellent article about pollinators, which stated:  "Seventy-five percent of the world's plant species are dependent on pollinators to survive."  Without the help of pollinators, 30 percent of the food in any grocery store would disappear.
Rotary Clocktower is in discussions with the morning  Rotary Club on a joint project to create pollinator gardens within the Hudson community.  A proposal is being prepared to give to the Hudson Schools to create pollinator gardens at the schools.  Chris Foster, a member of the morning club has offered his greenhouse for the planting of the seeds.  We are exploring the possibility of offered the plants to Hudson citizens at the Farmers Market.  Pat Myers is co-chairing this service project on behalf of our club, and Ted Olson will be working with this committee as will I.  Please contact us if you would like to be involved.  
I hope to see you soon! (Virtually, at least for awhile longer)

February 2021:
I begin this month by sharing information from a recent news article which caught my attention about vaccines which included information about the importance of  Rotary in the fight to eradicate polio.   
The March of Dimes, founded by President Franklin Roosevelt, who was diagnosed with polio, funded development of the first polio vaccines, which were created in the 1950s.  Polio numbers in the U.S. fell off dramatically, with the last recorded case in 1979.
Around the world, infections were still widespread.  Rotary International and the United Nations established the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988.  The group aimed to make polio the second human disease after smallpox to be vanquished.  The alliance was joined later by more partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and it has provided more than $173 billion towards the eradication of polio. 
What did Rotary Hudson Clocktower do in February?
On February 3rd, we welcomed Lisa Sabol, President of the Leadership Hudson Board. As Leadership Hudson is the primary service project of our club, it was a good opportunity to get an update on the planning for the next class and changes being addressed by the Board.
 We also heard from Cynthia Peeples from the Emergency Overnight Shelter in Akron, a service opportunity that was brought to our attention by  2020 Leadership Hudson class members, Melanie Johnson and Jenn Scheeser.   
For our member spotlight we heard from our President-elect John Laird about his business career that took him to many different locations.  
On February 10th, our book discussion group continued with a focus on the Malcolm Gladwell books, "Tipping Point" and "Blink".  Thanks to Jim Knauf and Kate Schlademan for leading this conversation where aspects of both books were highlighted including that people can be connectors or salespeople; but raised the questions of "What is the tipping point for our club?" and  "What are our broken windows--what do we need to fix?"
Books were selected for future months---March and April:  "Start with Why", by Simon Sinek; and  May: "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown.
On February 17th, we were fortunate to have as our speaker Donna Skosa, the Health Commissioner for Summit County.  Donna reviewed various aspects of the Covid-19 vaccination process and other responsibilities of the Health District. 
We continued our monthly segment of "What is Rotary?" by Ted Olson sharing the details of the upcoming 4-way speech contest involving students from Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy. The  WRA students will compete  on Thursday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m.  Thanks to the Rotarians who have volunteered to be a judge.  All Rotarians are invited to observe the competition even if you are not a judge.   The final competition will occur on April 7th at 7:30 a.m. Thanks Ted for organizing!
On February 24th, our member  and resident tax expert, Bob Drew presented the annual and popular tax update.  Thanks to Bob for his work in providing a comprehensive overview of the tax changes in the past year!
During a club assembly, the following officers were elected for 2021-2022:
President:  John Laird
President-elect: Kate Schladerman
Co-President-elect:  Cheryl Maimona
Club Administrator:  Gerry Sawyer
Secretary:  Kathy Cybulski
Treasurer: Jake Jackson
Board member: Jim Knauf
Board member: Ted Olson
Board member: Gerry Sawyer
My best wishes to John as he continues the process of planning for his year as President which begins on July 1, 2021!
Also, during the club assembly, the 2020 Leadership Hudson class members were accepted into membership as associate members.  The formal induction of the members will occur on March 3rd.
Looking ahead...
Wednesday, March 3rd--11;45 a.m. J.R. Campbell, Executive Director, Design Innovation Initiative,Professor, The Fashion School, Kent State University; Induction of Leadership Hudson 2020 Class by District   Governor and member, Pat Myers; and Business of the Month, Amy Manko, owner of Ross Farm Mercantile.
Wednesday, March 10th--5:30 p.m.  Book Discussion: "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek. Jake Jackson and De-de Mulligan discussion facilitators.
Wednesday, March 17th--11:45 a.m. St. Patrick's Day music by Mavis; and    "Baseball!", by Wayne  Nieman
Wednesday, March 24th--11:45 a.m. Susan Licate, U.S. Census Bureau
Wednesday, March 31st--5:30 p.m.  Elaine Marsh, Summit Metro Parks Watershed Specialist: removal of Gorge Dam and impact on environment 
Borrowing from the Rotary International webinar of February 25th on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:  Be engaged! Be an example!
Cheryl M.
cell: 330-714-3624
HUDSON CLOCKTOWER CLUB Cheryl Maimona 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Charlie Fink



As a member of The Rotary Club of Aurora and co-Chair of our Fundraising Committee 2020 posed several challenges for us as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic and CDC Guidelines for safe distancing and limits to the number of people allowed for social gatherings.  Traditionally, our main fundraising mission is The Taste of The Western Reserve.  Due to the aforementioned constraints we were forced to postpone the “Taste” and in lieu of this venue were faced with coming up with ideas for alternate venues for raising money for the causes that we support, locally, nationally and internationally.  It was decided that we would research online fundraising platforms to take the place of “The Taste”.  In our search we came up with two possibilities, Q- Give and e Tapestry.  We decided on e Tapestry due to the versatility in tracking and reporting capabilities for metrics like donor profiles, real time fund tracking, transaction reporting downloadable as pdf, excel and other formats. Q- Give did not provide these capabilities.
E Tapestry is a platform designed by Blackbaud.com which requires subscribing to a minimum three year contract billable on a yearly basis.  E Tap and Blackbaud have different menus of offerings, and we decided since this was our first venture into this type of event, we would go with the basic platform which included tracking and reporting, training and online credit card transaction and funds disbursements into designated accounts, (via e commerce and Blackbaud Merchant Services), our bank account is in the name Rotary Club of Aurora Foundation. In addition to the subscription bill of $99/month plus training there are also credit card processing fees and transaction fees which are fractional percentages of the ticket purchase price.  Due to time constraints we decided to launch a Valentine’s Day 50/50 Raffle, whereby donors, (accounts) could buy tickets online by clicking on a QR code that we set up on an e-flier with a link to our website where we embedded a link to an order form that I designed through an e Tap template.
Initially the time involved to take the online training and get up to up to speed on the platform was fairly extensive, but being online you can do it from home on your own schedule which made things much more flexible.  I also set up a daily running total of ticket purchases on our Club Runner website aurorarotaryclub.org.  The Valentine’s Day 50/50 Raffle was launched at the end of December with the first ticket purchases logged in the first week of January.  We set the timeline for the drawing to expire on February 13th at Midnight with the drawing on Sunday the 14th. Over approximately 6 weeks of online ticket purchases we sold 340 tickets, our half more than covered the cost of implementing the e Tapestry platform.  Each ticket sale represented an individual transaction which logged the purchasers’ contact info including Name, Address, Phone # and e mail address. This information automatically gets uploaded into a data base which also included past donors from “The Taste” and Rotary Club members which were uploaded separately as an excel file.
I won’t say that this process was entirely seamless, as we did learn a lot along the way, including how to generate various reports which allow us to slice and dice data, maintaining best practices like not posting personal information on our Facebook page nor on our website due to privacy laws etc. and being able to reach out to past and prospective donors electronically to thank them for their past support and to encourage their continued patronage to our fundraising missions.
I would consider this new online fundraising mission a success, one which we will be utilizing on at least a quarterly basis going forward.  Feel free to reach out to me directly should you have any questions.  I would be remiss if I didn’t thank and mention fellow Rotary Club Members Cheryl Duraski Warren for her guidance and expertise in Club Runner functionality and Alex Jacobs for his desktop publishing skills in creating our flier and assistance in website maintenance.
Charlie Fink
email: charliesafety@msn.com
ONLINE FUNDRAISING TOOL TO HELP CLUBS Charlie Fink 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Cheryl Warren
RI sends out various newsletters throughout the month. 
You can sign up/manage your subscriptions for publications at rotary.org - simply sign in, then go to news & media then select newsletters.  If you need assistance, please EMAIL ME.
Since many of you already receive these email newsletters, in lieu of reproducing them in the body of the District newsletter, moving forward you can now use the links below to download them all or individually.
I have included the story headings to help you see what is in each issue.
Download all of these (click here) OR  click on each title to download individual issues.
Ideas for strengthening membership | February 2021 (a bimonthly publication)
Membership Minute is a bimonthly newsletter that provides the latest membership trends, strategies, best practices, and resources to help strengthen membership in your clubs. The newsletter is sent to Rotary coordinators, district governors, district membership chairs, club membership chairs, club presidents and subscribers. 
  • Achieve your professional development goals in the new year
  • Rotary Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity
  • World Rotaract Week is March 8-14, 2021 
  • State of Rotary's Membership
  • The 2019-2020 RI Annual Report
  • 3 ways to create a harassment-free zone in Rotary
  • RYLA fuels the creation of new clubs
  • How we held our speech contest on The Four-Way Test online
  • 3 ingredients to keep members happy
  • Nigeria conference celebrates youth, collaboration
  • Rotary remains committed to fighting polio and responding to COVID-19
  • World Immunization Week is April 24-30, 2021 | Toolkit available for Clubs
  • Rotary members persevered to eradicate wild polio in WHO's African region
  • Polio infrastructure supports contact tracing to control disease
  • Rotary in the news:  An article in WIRED magazine
Connect. Partner. Serve. | February 2021 Rotary Service Newsletter
The Rotary Service newsletter provides information to help Rotary members plan effective and inspired service projects. The bimonthly newsletter is sent to subscribers, District Governors, District Community Service and International Service Chairs. 
  • Be an everyday peacebuilder
  • Collaborate with our partners to foster peace
  • Newly recognized Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration 
  • New Leadership Development Courses
  • Connect with new fellowships
Connecting students and communities around the world | February 2021
This newsletter is a source of news, resources, and event details available every other month for those who promote global understanding through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
  • Create and take part in meaningful virtual exchanges
  • 2021 Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention to be held virtually
  • Learn about our new service-learning approach
Engaging the next generation of Rotary Leaders | February 2021
Young Leaders in Action is a monthly source of news, resources, and event information for young leaders in Rotaract, Interact, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, and New Generations Service Exchange and Rotarians who support them. 
  • Service-learning: Empower youth, change the world
  • Celebrate World Rotaract Week March 8-14, 2021
  • Why you should care about Rotary branding
  • Apply for a Rotary Peace Fellowship
A roundup of Rotary news | February 19 2021
  • How Africa achieved wild polio-free certification
  • Walking the walk on Covid-19 vaccinations
  • Peacebuilding crosses divides
  • Changing the funding model
  • Celebrate Rotary's anniversary
RI PUBLICATIONS FOR THIS MONTH Cheryl Warren 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Daniel Riemenschneider
Dan Riemenschneider, a fellow Rotarian, suggested that we share this information for venues that have been shuttered because of COVID and may not be aware of this grant. 
Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic.
Eligible entities may be live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theatre operators, and talent representatives, per the Economic Aid Act. Additionally, entities of these types owned by state or local governments (for example, museums or historic homes) are eligible to apply if the governmentally-owned entity also acts solely as a venue operator, museum, etc. and not also include other types of entities.
SHUTTERED VENUE OPERATORS GRANT Daniel Riemenschneider 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Lee Quignano


Anna Dey, the Event Creator/Director of The 24 in 24, had the honor of being named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Mentor Rotary Club, “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”
Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary International Foundation. In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Anna will join a remarkable company of persons throughout the world. This is an award recognizing those for the devotion to the ideal of goodwill, peace, and understanding, as is the shared purpose of the Rotary Foundation.
Anna wrote on Facebook "Thank you to Chester and Lee of Mentor Rotary for not only sponsoring The 24 in 24 (and Lee for running it!) but also for deeming our event worthy of such an honor." 
She added "Thank you to Chester and Lee of Mentor Rotary for coming to Smoothie King for this presentation, and for bearing with me as I was dressed in uniform and had to work this day. 🤣 My dress and choice of location are by no means intended to undermine the significance of this honor or how much it meant to accept it. I will proudly wear my pin, and I vow to continue dedicating myself to The 24 in 24 and try to make my tiny part of the world a better place.  Thank you Mentor Rotary"

Congratulations Roger Sustar! What a great Rotarian!

Rogers Sustar is the founding member of AWT (training center for skilled manufacturing workers).  Roger Sustar and AWT received the Lake County NAACP 2020 Selma C. Award! A special thank you to
NAACP Lake County for this special award.
MENTOR CLUB Lee Quignano 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Rick Pollak
Dear Rick & the Rotary District 6630 Grants Committee,
Thank you again for your support of University Hospitals during this unprecedented pandemic and especially for safe guarding the health of UH front line caregivers.  Here’s a quick update from UH Geauga’s Supply Chain manager on the importance and value of the 1500 Level II Isolation gowns the Rotary contributed to us in 2020:  
The gowns arrived at UH Geauga Medical Center just in time for the largest surge of COVID patients seen yet which took place in mid-December.  Upon receipt of the donation, the Rotary gown supply was used immediately to replenish our disaster stock which we were depleting during a very stressful time.  COVID was heating up and the isolation gowns we were ordering were not meeting the demand.  Usage of the gowns was skyrocketing- we were literally just getting enough to make it through by using safety stock from Corporate Supply Chain.
As the vaccine rolls out across Ohio, I know everyone is anxious to get on with vaccinations when available for your age group and to learn what is next.  Below are links to register for vaccines and to Monday’s webcast with UH experts which is always proactive, informative and often encouraging.  I hope it helps. 
Thank you again for supporting UH!
Sincerely, Emilie


Akron Rotary Chili Open Raises


The generosity from all of our fellow Rotary Club members, sponsors and volunteers made this Chili Open a monumental success. 

The celebration for 31st Chili Open Classic took place this past Saturday, February 6th. 
The total amount raised this year was $315,961(photo was taken prior to the final tally)! 

Our presenting sponsor Wayne Homes has been a part of the Chili Open since 1993.  This year they stepped up their support with a matching raffle ticket purchase which resulted in $7,420 in raffle ticket purchases.  Wayne Homes leadership also presented the Chili Open with a $5000 donation in addition to the presenting sponsorship.  Thank you again to all the sponsors listed below in this newsletter.
Congratulations to our raffle ticket winners:
1st Prize:   
Rhonda Mele       
Vandevere Sponsored 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS
2nd Prize:
Keith Anstine
S Group Sponsored 55" 4K Smart LED TV
3rd Prize: 
Julie Lehman
Steve Warren Sponsored FOX Sports Ohio Media Package
Snowmania Winner
David Miller
Our club members went above and beyond in securing sponsorships, camperships, raffle ticket sales, donations, and silent auction items.  It was truly a remarkable day to celebrate as a club.

Mark your calendars for the 32nd Chili Open on Saturday, February 5, 2022 where we hope to be back at Hale Farm.













We welcomed two new members
Steve Bossart and Zach Prosser!

Steve Bossart was sponsored by Julie Brandle.  Steve has been attending our meetings routinely before his induction.
He is the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Coleman Professional Services and has over 30 years of professional experience, his past 14 years were in the healthcare and behavioral health industries.
At Coleman, he leads a team that includes regional development and marketing executives and grant writing staff.  He is also charged with exploring avenues to expand the Coleman business throughout the state.
He has an established history in the nonprofit sector of our community and is very passionate about community service and philanthropy.  
Julie wrote, "Steve embodies the word service. He is optimistic and enthusiastic about serving others".

Steve is very involved with his fraternity, Delta Chi, and serves as an alumni advisor.
He is married to Lorrie and they have two young children.
Steve earned a degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Zachary (Zach) Prosser is not new to the Akron Rotary Club, he was a member of our Club previously but had to step away temporarily and is thrilled to be back. 
He was originally sponsored by Sam Lupica and recently, Tom Knauer helped him get back into our Club.
Zach and his wife Heather life in Stow.  He leads a very busy professional life.  He has completed his tenure as the president of a nonprofit coaching organization, and now remains active as Lead Pastor in North Hill at Celebration Church. He also founded Zach Prosser Coaching and is a Master Facilitator and Coach Trainer. 
As a trainer, Zach provides International Coaching Federation (ICF) approved coach training to those desiring to utilize coaching skills either professionally as a coach or those looking to advance their skills in leadership.  He received the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Young Leader Award (Prague) and the ICF Chapter Recognition Award (Dublin).
In addition, he is now the Director of Coaching & Coach Training for Emerge in Akron.
He shared that he "always enjoyed being a part of  Rotary and the projects and is looking forward to re-engaging and serving". 

Akron Rotary Foundation & Akron Rotary Members Help Refugio de Ancianos San Cristobal in Medellin 

Claudine Schooley shared the following thank you sent to the Foundation and Club Members.  The report of how the funds were used along with photos are also included below their thank you.

Rotary Club of Akron
District 6630 Ohio
Mrs. Claudine Schooley
Dear Rotarians,
As legal representative of the Refugio de Ancianos San Cristobal in Medellin I wanted to express my deepest appreciation for your kind donation to our institution.
Your donation is very important and will help us maintain a dignified and brighter life for our 60 seniors, all of them coming from a previous life of neglect and abuse.
Please remit our appreciation for your generosity to the members of your club.
Warm regards
Teléfono 216 16 58 - 216 16 40
Nit 890 984 879-8
Personería Jurídica 12191
Report on the $500 donation from Akron Rotary Foundation
When Claudine Schooley first reached out to me about a donation to buy food for families on the dam where the Alberto Chedrani School is located, they were suffering from the pandemic. Many people lost their jobs, others could not even leave the area due to government restrictions.
Then, in November, two tropical storms impacted Honduras within 10 days. The general area of the dam was among the hardest hit, and thousands of families lost everything in the floods.
2020 was a truly tragic year, and this year will be complicated, too. This is why I am so happy and grateful for your donation of $500 for food for poor families on the dam. It brings a ray of hope in a time of great suffering. Thank you so much for allowing us to serve.
With the funds, equivalent to 12,192 Lempiras, we purchased 300 lbs of rice, 200 lbs of beans, 50 lbs of coffee, 82 lbs of sugar, 144 lbs of wheat flour, 75 lbs of spaghetti, 50 lbs of fat, 50 tomato sauces and 270 lbs of corn flour. This is the basic Honduran diet. The kids at El Refugio packed 50 bags for equal number of families. We think that each bag feeds a family of six for up to a week.
We distributed the bags all along the dam, all the way from the beginning to the school. We handed one bag to each mother or grandmother present and took many pictures.
I hope you can feel how happy these families are to receive your gift.
Again, thank you so much for your kind donation.
AKRON CLUB 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Steven Bugenske

Club Donates $2,000 to Community Partners

The Rotary Club of Nordonia Hills presenting a $1,000 donation to Joyce Hunt, Executive Director of The Emergency Assistance Center.
The Rotary Club of Nordonia Hills presenting a $1,000 donation to Michael Wolfe, Director of Nordonia Campus Life.
Steve Bugenske, President of The Rotary Club of Nordonia Hills, presented $1,000 checks to two cherished community service organizations, The Emergency Assistance Center and Campus Life, aligned with the club’s goal of serving the community.  “The services provided and the ethics that both The Emergency Assistance Center and Campus Life live by perfectly align with what Rotary is all about.  It is a privilege to support both organizations!” said Bugenske.
The Emergency Assistance Center volunteers Tom Dirmyer and Vini
Ventura unloading supplies.
The Emergency Assistance Center provides food, clothing and personal hygiene items to Northern Summit County neighbors in need. First and foremost a pantry, it provides a monthly 7-day supply of food to feed the hungry. They serve those in need of emergency help, as well as those in the service area who need continued help.  According to Joyce Hunt, Director, “This generous donation comes at a critical time when so many families are experiencing difficulties, often for the first time, brought on by COVID-19.”  www.teacenter.org
Nordonia Campus Life outing to SkyZone
Campus Life is a program of Youth For Christ, a non-profit organization that has been active throughout the United States for over 65 years, with over 1,000 sites located throughout 40 states. Campus Life Nordonia Hills combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools through bi-weekly meetings, fun trips and events.  The program is open to every student regardless of their race, gender, religious beliefs, or economic circumstances.  Per Michael Wolfe, Director, “This generous donation will go towards Nordonia students as we offer bowling, sky zone, laser-tag etc. which does cost something per family. We have never left a student out of anything based on finance thanks to partners like the Nordonia Rotary.” www.nordoniacampuslife.com
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  Right here in your community, your local Rotary Club generously donates funds, time, labor and love for numerous vital endeavors such as upgrades to the Veteran’s Memorial Park, Safety Town, Student of the Month, The Chuck Sterling Scholarship Fund, and so much more!
NORDONIA HILLS CLUB NEWS Steven Bugenske 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Glenn Gable


I have been a member of Solon Rotary for 11 years. 
One of our yearly events is to honor our first responders in the City of Solon. 
This year was virtual, but Solon Rotary Club sponsored a dinner prepared by Rollhouse for the Police and Fire. 
This is a picture of my drop off to the Police, they were so thankful and I am honored to be part of this club and all we do.
SOLON CLUB Glenn Gable 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Steve Zabor
The Rotary Club of Mantua and the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation have joined together to organize a virtual reverse raffle on March 13th. 
  • First place - $2,000,
  • Second Place $1,000
  • Third Place $500
  • Fourth Place $250
  • Fifth Place - $100.
  • Other prizes include $50 gift cards for Mantua Village businesses for the first number drawn and every 10th number beginning with the 10th and ending with the 140th. 
Only $100 per ticket!
Only 150 tickets sold.
The Crestwood Middle School Student Sunshine Fund assists students and families with basic housing and nutritional needs as well as for pay-to-participate fees, field trip fees and clothing needs that cannot be met with the existing CMS Clothing Closet. There also may be times that families also need access to fuel to heat homes or gasoline to transport students.
  1. Go to  https://www.revitalizemantua.org/ to purchase via PayPal, or
  2. Visit one of these five Village of Mantua stores Restoration 44 Coffee Shop, Jake’s Eats, Bibury & Co., Crooked River Florist, and R44 Butcher and Baker
  3. Contact Steve Zabor at MantuaRotary@Gmail.com
Thank you for your support of your Community and Crestwood Families in need.
HUGE REVERSE RAFFLE WITH HUGE PRIZES! Steve Zabor 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Larry Lohman on Feb 01, 2021
I am very happy to announce and share with you the 2021-2022 Rotary Theme.
President-elect Shekhar Mehta encourages members to be changemakers and announces his theme for the 2021-2022 Rotary year, Serve to Change Lives.
RI President-elect Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving other is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.
During PETS-1 our guest, Ivan, focused on this very topic regarding projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua. 
I look forward to living this theme with you during 2021-2022.
Your Partner in Rotary Service,

Larry Lohman

2020-2021 Rotary International District 6630 Governor Elect
Home Club:  Rotary Club of Kent, OH USA

2021-2022 PRESIDENTIAL THEME ANNOUNCED Larry Lohman 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 6630 PETS -2 Larry Lohman, DGE 2021-01-27 05:00:00Z 0


Leadership Hudson Alumni Association Snowman 2021First and Main area of Hudson has been overrun by snowpeople! The Hudson Shop Local/Shop Hudson team's "Tour of Snowmen" is well underway in downtown Hudson.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to get out to see more than 60 decorated snowmen located throughout First and Main, vote for their favorites (click here), and patronize local businesses from January 24 through February 28.
Be sure to find the Leadership Hudson Alumni/Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower snowman (pictured here) while you're out!


Posted by Kathaleen McWilliams

At the beginning of January, a committee of two Chagrin Valley Rotarians...Jeff Griff & Mary Ann Ponce,  on behalf of the Club Board met to hash out the details with a “Gift” we wanted to give the Rotary Clubs in our District 6630.
Rotarian Mary Ann actually founded the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 11 years ago...a tribute to her 20 year old son, a filmmaker who died of cancer.
For the past 5 years, the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club has sponsored a special Award...”Service Above Self” that embodies the Rotary Motto. So Jeff Griff suggested we offer all 4 films to our District Rotary Clubs...no charge because it is the right thing. The films can be viewed on line during the whole month of February! 
Service Above Self Award Winner: In Case of Emergency
Three Runners-Up:  “A Flash of Green”, “Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses”, “My Father’s Brothers”
CDFF is Celebrating our Partnership with Rotary! 
With 4 Great Films for February
How to Watch
Log in to the Rotary account at this link-   http://watch.chagrinfilmfest.org/
Enter this Email and Password for Access:
Password: CdffRotary
Download the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival TV App on Roku or Apple TV to access all your films with the same Email and Password. 
CHAGRIN VALLEY CLUB Kathaleen McWilliams 2021-01-25 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Larry Faulhaber


The Citizens of Rocky River and visitors to the Umerley Hall Books for Kids Donation Bin have generously supported this Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Project.  The photo above shows just one of the twice a month pick up of books from the Bin.  Club members, Patty Boesken, Carol Barrett and Club President, Eric Jolly are shown unloading the Bin for delivery to the Book Bank in Ohio City.  The Book Bank reports that over 3,500 books have been collected from the Bin since its installation by Civic Center staff in August 2019. 
The Books for Kids project is a national program that was established in 1986. It is founded on the belief all children have a right to books and deserve dedicated spaces where they can read.  The project is designed to expand access to books in the places where children learn, live, and play, and to empower adults to read alongside them in order to develop lifelong literacy skills during the most critical years of their development.
The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank mission is to foster literacy and a love of reading by distributing free books to children in need through collaboration with community organizations.  The Kids’ Book Bank opened in February 2016 to receive, manage, and distribute truckloads of books every month. About 30% of their books come from the community. The rest come from online used booksellers.
The Rocky River Kids’ Book Bank outdoor collection bin, just one of several around the Cleveland, provides a place where community members can deposit new and gently-used children’s books that they are no longer using.  The Book Bank distributes the donated books through over 1,000 partner organizations who work with children and parents to encourage them to read.
The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary appreciates the continued support of Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst, who arranged for the Bin installation and promoted book donations for this worthwhile project.  The staff at Rocky River Civic Center, Mike Balla and Bob Holub, selected a location and arranged for the installation of a pad for the Kids’ Book Bank collection bin.  It is located on the Memorial Hall side of the Don Umerley Civic Center, on the way to the Rec Center entrance.
The Sunrise Club is one of two Rotary Clubs in Lakewood and Rocky River.  One Club meets on Mondays at Noon and the other meets on Wednesdays at 7:30am.  Both currently meet on Zoom, but hope to soon resume meeting at the Umerley Hall of the Rocky River Civic Center located at Hilliard and West 210, behind Rocky River City Hall.  Both Clubs follow the motto of Rotary – Service Above Self.  The Books for Kids project, in partnership with the Kids’ Book Bank, is just one of Rotary’s many Community, Vocational, Youth and International projects.
You are invited join with the men and women of Rotary and add your time and talent. 
Contact Kathy Berkshire at sloopyohio19@gmail.com. For more information about the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, visit www.kidsbookbank.org and find them on social media.
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Rotary in Review
22 January 2021
A roundup of Rotary news
Help on wheels
During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda, strict travel restrictions were making it difficult for some pregnant women to get to a hospital to deliver their babies. After reports that some mothers and their babies had died, the Rotary Club of Rubaga, Kampala created a free transportation program, retrofitting a member’s vehicle into a makeshift ambulance. The club provided more than 75 rides before travel restrictions were eased. They continue to support mothers and children through health events that provide free dental, optical, and reproductive health care. It's just one example of how clubs around the world have been stepping up to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
   This week's stories   
Share your COVID-19 related efforts
Rotary clubs are encouraged to use the collective knowledge of vaccine safety and efficacy we have gained through our polio eradication experience to support vaccination education and outreach in your communities. Clubs are also encouraged to engage with our current polio eradication partners WHO and UNICEF at the country level where applicable to offer Rotary’s support to COVID-19 response activities, and to partner at the local level with health departments and other agencies. Let the Rotary world know what your club or district is doing to support COVID-19 vaccine introduction efforts by sharing them on Rotary Showcase.
Why Rotary branding matters
It might seem like a small thing, but a logo that isn’t used properly can create confusion and mistrust. When clubs use Rotary’s logos consistently and properly, we maintain a global Rotary brand that members, donors, and the public can trust. In the first of a series of Rotary Voices blog posts on this topic, Rotary’s brand specialist Liz Thiam explains why clubs should use the Rotary logo correctly in their communities.
Virtual Presidential conference in Nigeria
Join RI President Holger Knaack and Nigerian Rotaractors during a virtual conference 22-24 January celebrating the power of Rotary and Rotaract working together as partners in service.
What's new in the Learning Center
In the Our Logo: Representing Rotary course in the Learning Center, learn why Rotary's visual identity and logos are important and how you can use them to best represent Rotary. My Rotary login required.
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We can't hold our regular fundraiser this

Valentine's Day, but you can help out virtually!

The Rotary Club of Aurora is holding a 50/50 raffle for Valentine's Day. The deadline to enter is Feb. 13 at midnight and the drawing will be on Valentine's Day. 

The drawing will replace the Aurora Rotary's biggest fundraising event this year, which was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Tickets are $20.
You can access the entry form here.


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Posted by Steve Warren
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.
Go to https://my.rotary.org/en/member-center/rotary-global-rewards
(you will be asked to sign in to the RI website to access this)
Select All Offers and click on Earn Cash back or donate cash back (Cash Back Mall) 
You will then sign up with iGive and select your club (just below the page header)
You will have the option to place the iGive feature into your browser but it is not mandatory.
It also keeps a running total of what you have raised. 

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Posted by Bob Oborn
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!!!!!!
WHY I AM SO PROUD TO BE A ROTARIAN! Bob Oborn 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jack Young
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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Posted by Doug Kohl
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
(click on the picture for a larger view)
ROTARY ON JEOPARDY! Doug Kohl 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0


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 (blackvalvemedia.com) 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


Posted by Chester Karchefsky
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
MENTOR ROTARY MAKING GREAT THINGS HAPPEN Chester Karchefsky 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0


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


Posted by James Yard

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 www.rotaryhudson.org. 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 


Posted by Ray Krusinski
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 drilledeagle@yahoo.com.
Submitted by
Ray Krusinski
Phone: 630-222-4400


Posted by Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
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!
ADVISORY COUNCIL OF PAST DISTRICT GOVERNORS Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Steve Warren
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 www.eclubneo.org or contact Club Secretary & Membership Chair Juleta Craig:  craigjuleta@gmail.com.
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:  craig.kathryn2008@gmail.com
For more information about E-ClubNEO, please visit www.eclubneo.org
E-ClubNEO INDUCTS MEMBERS & STARTS NEW SERVICE PROJECT Steve Warren 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0


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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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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.


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, learn@learnmail.rotary.org. 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. 
We're on Facebook
Rotary’s Learning Center is now on Facebook! Visit us there to find updates about what’s available, new courses, and more.
Training Tip
The best way to access the Learning Center is by using Google Chrome as your web browser. If you still can’t get to it, you may need to clear your browser’s cached images and cookies. Find step-by-step instructions below on how to do that. If you still can’t sign in to the Learning Center after that, send a screenshot of your error message to learn@rotary.org.
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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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Posted by Jack Young
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 Jack1villa@aol.com.  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

SECOND DONATION TO VETS AT WADE PARK Jack Young 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0


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
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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. 
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Posted by Jim Lechko
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
MATCHING GRANT MONEY FOR YOUR ROTARY CLUB 2021-22 PROJECT(S)! Jim Lechko 2020-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

AKRON CLUB: We can't let what we can't do, interfere with what we can do! 


Our Club is very excited that one of our members and Past President, 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. We are very proud of Julie and all she does to support Rotary!  You can read more about Julie in the article above.  

We have had a very busy month - we hosted our 106th Annual Meeting, and had some great speakers. We record our presenters at our virtual meetings and post them to our YouTube channel and website (click to go to our YouTube channel).
Here are a couple you may enjoy

Our Annual Meeting 
The Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Akron was conducted on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 The purpose of our Annual Meeting is to announce the election of Officers and Directors for the Club, the Rotary Camp Board, and the Akron Rotary Foundation  (See the results below), provide an update of the Club’s financial condition, an overview of the past year’s activities, and potential goals and activities for the next year. 
Shared below is a synopsis of the Annual Meeting presentation.
Financial Report for the fiscal year July1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:
The year ended with the Club in a positive financial position.  The 990 has been filed and is posted online accordingly.
Achievements in 2020:
While the past year has been challenging with the onslaught of COVID 19, the Club has much to be proud of.
Membership:  As of November 30, 2020, the Club has 136 Active Members (plus 3 approved/pending induction)
Club Activities: 
New Council of Chairs meeting monthly, new Risk Management Committee meeting monthly, broader approach for Virtual Speakers.
Creation of Diversity team including a small socially distanced service project with PPE distribution to minority owned businesses.
A sampling of the Club’s Service to the Community projects:  Shoe Box Project, Paul Harris Award Presentations, Assisted Urban League in PPE Distribution, James Bond virtual cocktail party, Together but Apart - # Akron Rotarians hiking the Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree (made Fox News), ICC launched with former Club member Claudine Schooley leading the effort, virtual service project – Interview Coaching for North High School Seniors, Collaboration to plant trees with Davy Tree and Akron Public School Supply Distribution, Planting of Monarch Butterfly garden at Rotary Camp, End World Polio Day activities,  Kicked of 2021 Chili Open fund raising,  Rotary Disaster Grant award presented PPE to Akron Children’s,  Coordinating Akron Rotary Holiday outreach.
2020 – 2021 Outlook:
Optimism – Glass Half-full, Victim versus forward thinking.
Revisit our Strategic Plan and move forward on our various goals and strategies.
And finally, quoting Dr. McGregor “We can’t let what we can’t do, interfere with what we can do!”
Our Newly Elected Officers and Directors

The Rotary Club of Akron

Executive Team:  July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 
  • President:  Steve Buie
  • President Elect: Lynda Farkas
  • Vice President: Tom Knauer
  • Secretary: Terry Dalton
  • Treasurer: Michael Gladysz
Directors:  July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024
  • Doug Kohl
  • Katerina Papas
  • Laura Smiley
  • Michael Shearer

The Akron Rotary Foundation 

Directors: Terms as noted
  • Doug Kohl (two-year term ending 12/31/2022)
  • Mark Krohn (three-year term ending 12/31/2023)
  • Dan Riemenschneider (three-year term ending 12/31/2023)
  • Jeff Sitz (three-year term ending 12/31/2023)

The Akron Rotary Camp

Directors:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022
  • Tim DelMedico
  • Michael Gallucci
  • Nick George
  • Pam Kiltau

It's good to have fun!!

During our December 15th meeting, we added more fun by having a virtual "Holiday Top Contest".  President Rob McGregor had secret judges who selected the Most Stylish, Most Original and Tackiest.
At our Holiday Gathering December 15th, members were encouraged to wear their holiday tops.  We had some great spirit and fun before doing the virtual tour with Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. 
Secret judges awarded for Tackiest, Most Unique and Classiest.  Here are screen shots of some of the participants (we did our best - sorry if some are blurry or small!) you can click here to watch the video to see all of them!
The winners were:
  • Tackiest:  Steve Buie with a Santa hat and elf sweater outfit and Wanda Whipkey with her Christmas light necklace and sweater
  • Classiest:  Rob McGregor with his bow tie and cummerbund
  • Most Unique:  Cheryl Warren as Mrs. Claus deferred her award so we could give out TWO for Tackiest!
H​​​ere are a few of the fun photos ...

What? You can’t make it out to the event. While we sincerely appreciate everyone’s donations of time, money, and prizes, the children whose summer you help make unforgettable are the ones who are truly grateful!
Purchasing raffle tickets at our website (click here)  is a great way to show your support and help the Rotary Camp.
The Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, in cooperation with the Akron Area YMCA, offers camping experiences for children and adults with disabilities.
Raffle drawing will be held at the Chili Open Purchase raffle ticket(s) at $20 per ticket for your chance to win the following prizes. 1st Prize: 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS from The VanDevere Bunch 2nd Prize: 55-inch 4K Smart LED TV courtesy of S Group, Inc. 3rd Prize: Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio Behind-the-Scenes Media Package at a 2021 Cleveland Indians Game. Includes four diamond box seats and behind-the-scenes tour. Choice of dates to be provided by Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio.
You can also qualify for a chance to win $50,000!!!
Any individual purchasing five (5) Chili Open raffle tickets (for a total of $100.00) will be automatically entered into the Chili Open SNOWMANIA drawing for a chance of winning $50,000. This is in addition to the five (5) chances for the regular drawing.
For SNOWMANIA to go live we need 6-inches of newly fallen snow accumulation on February 20, 2021 between 12:01am and 11:59pm at the Akron-Canton Airport, Ohio as independently determined by Weather Command.
The qualifying winning ticket for SNOWMANIA will be drawn on February 6, 2021 at the Chili Open. Winner need not be present.
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Posted by Bob Johnson
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.


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. 
BRANDLE SELECTED TO SERVE AS GOVERNOR IN 2023-2024 2020-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
GEAUGA WEST VP IN THE NEWS 2020-12-20 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by David Lariviere on Dec 14, 2020
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
ASHTABULA CLUB HELPS SOUP KITCHEN Trevor Sprague 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Steve Warren
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If you have questions regarding the program, feel free to contact me via EMAIL (click here) or 216-538-1012.
Happy Shopping - 
Steve Warren
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This message contains an offer for videoconferencing to help you stay connected during this time. You’ll also find an easy way to shop online for holiday gifts while giving back to Rotary.
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Posted by Cheryl Warren
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
FIND & SHARE A SPEAKER - NEW WEB PAGE Cheryl Warren 2020-11-25 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by David Lariviere
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! 
SHELTERBOX SENDS AID David Lariviere 2020-11-25 05:00:00Z 0




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!!

PAINESVILLE CLUB NEWS 2020-11-25 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Sharon Lerch
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.
CLEVELAND CLUB Sharon Lerch 2020-11-25 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bob Heydorn
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.
GIVE A STUDENT A GIFT OF A LIFETIME Bob Heydorn 2020-11-25 05:00:00Z 0


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:  https://a.co/dFuovVo.
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 danr@akronymca.org.
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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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!
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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.
BEREA CLUB NEWS Linda Kramer 2020-11-25 05:00:00Z 0


The Club was pleased to be able to participate in the Disaster Relief Grant and delivered PPE to University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center.
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Posted by Trevor Sprague
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 
ASHTABULA NEWS Trevor Sprague 2020-11-22 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Marsha Pappalardo
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 (Jack1villa@aol.com or 440-759-4000)

Photo L-R. : Courtney Mashits, VA Volunteer Services; PDG Jack Young; PDG Jack Harig
Yours in Service - 
Marsha Pappalardo 
HELPING OUR VETERANS Marsha Pappalardo 2020-11-22 05:00:00Z 0


We appreciate those who were able to be with us for our virtual 2020 Annual Foundation Celebration. 
This event 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  to view the event and celebrate the spirit of giving! 
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


Posted by Joey Bernardo
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 tinyurl.com/RotaractMasks
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
BALDWIN WALLACE ROTARACT Joey Bernardo 2020-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

February 2021

Dear fellow Rotarians:
Spring is coming! I can almost see the early spring flowers popping up and birds are making their nests. With many of us starting to receive our vaccines, there is hope filling the air. My friends are taking hikes in the parks.
Thank you, my fellow Rotarians, for keeping safe through this year of a pandemic and for finding opportunities to reach out to lend a hand to others.
I often say, this is what we do – who we are, we continue to find opportunities to connect, unite and take action.
Rotary International (R.I.) has been taking opportunities this month to address two important priorities, Diversity, one of our 5 core values for 116 years, and the new focus, the Environment, which will be elevated to become the seventh area of focus of R.I. as of July 1, 2021.
  • Environment:  Rotarians around the globe have become increasingly concerned about the environment and the need to work together to ensure that when addressing clean air, water and sanitation, peace and conflict prevention, curing and preventing disease, the underlying conditions in the environment provide that opportunity.  Gary Huang, the chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees, said “Rotary is a global group of problem solvers with diverse talents.” Therefore, the Foundation has made the Environment the seventh area of focus and has established guidelines in the grant funding models with applications now available for funding beginning July 1, 2021. Click here to access the Areas of Focus Policy Statement.
  • Diversity: Rotary has always united with other countries and cultures around the world, whether to eliminate polio, support exchange students and youth programs, peace fellows, global grants, and more.  R.I. President Holger Knaack said, “we should be proud that Rotary reflects so many cultures, generations and lived experiences, and offers the potential for countless leaders to tap into those experiences to make a difference.”
R.I. has established a task force to prepare a concrete plan to make sure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained in everything that we do and reflected in the actions we take.
The inability to hold an in-person District Conference is not stopping our conference committee from planning a celebration of all our clubs on April 22-24, 2021.
We have an exciting opportunity to join with other districts in Ohio for a portion of our own District Conference. During the joint sessions, we will be able to showcase our District and have some fun together. 
In our stand-alone District Conference sessions, we will feature our Four-Way Speech Contest, Celebration of Life honoring all Rotarians who have passed away the last two years, 50-Year Rotarian Celebration honoring those members who belonged to Rotary for 50 years, Interact and Rotaract.  We will also conduct our Annual Meeting. Registration will open soon.
I am so impressed with everything going on in the District, that I encourage you to read the entire Newsletter to see everything that is happening in Our District.  I am so proud to be a member of Rotary with each of you.

Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
February 2021 2020-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

January 2021

Dear fellow Rotarians:
As we enter a new year and reflect on the last year, we are filled with hope of a “new” year – even though January 1 is just the day after December 31.  My reflections are of sitting in a third-grade classroom learning about Orwell’s book “1984” and wondering if I would live to see the year 2000. Now here we are in 2021.
This last year we each shared life-changing events in lives all over the world, in our communities and in ourselves. We realize how precious life itself is, and true to our shared values, I see Rotary members reaching out and lending a hand to others, protecting each other by being safe and careful, and sharing our resources.
Every Rotary meeting I attend, I feel such a sense of pride and gratefulness for being a Rotary member with each of you. To quote an Assistant Governor “Covid did not stop our clubs.” Everywhere in the district, clubs have found ways to assist people in their communities with needs that the pandemic brought, whether it is food, PPE, school supplies, protection for front line workers in hospitals, fire departments, or in nursing homes. Everyone learned new tech skills to facilitate meetings and fundraisers and found opportunities to meet the challenges. Fellowship is so important to us. We like to be with our friends, but we put safety first and learned to depend on our health departments’ guidance while we wait for vaccines.
Many of you have asked if I have had further guidance from Rotary International regarding in-person meetings. I have not received an update since the one stating that as a representative of R.I. I was to not attend club meetings or hold any district events until December 31, 2020, and to suspend Youth exchange programs until June 30, 2021. We were notified that the International Assembly of District Governor’s elect will be held virtually From February 1-11.  The District has held virtual meetings for all Presidents-Elect training and Interaction. Moving forward we will continue to hold virtual meetings for:
• Grants management seminars Feb. 9, 2021 and Feb. 20, 2021
• PETS-2 February 18, 2021
• All Ohio Presidents-Elect Training March 11-13, 2021
• Four-Way Test Speech Contest April 10, 2021
• District Conference of Clubs April 22-24, 2021
• District Leadership Assembly (dates to be announced)
R.I. President Holger Knaack informed the District Governors last week that an announcement will be forthcoming regarding whether the International Conference scheduled for Taipei in June will be held in person or virtually.
As District Governor, my strong recommendation is that you continue to work with your local health departments and your club legal advisors as you consider events and meetings.
Check out all of the exciting things happening in our clubs in the newsletter this month and contact those of us volunteering this year in positions, such as Assistant Governor, public image and membership committees, for support and ideas for your clubs. We are all here to serve and we love to celebrate and share good news and creative ways each of you are staying connected.
And yes – have a healthy, and happy year.
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
January 2021 2020-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

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
December 2020 2020-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

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
November 2020 2020-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

October 2020

Dear Rotary Friends,
The beautiful fall weather has been such a pleasure.  Even with a pandemic, and the unrest in our nation, we Rotarians remain true to our values, support each other, our communities and others around the world.  We seek peace, conflict resolution, healing, education, supporting local businesses, respecting our environment and each other.  I feel so fortunate to know each of you.
You have heard me say “we are where we are supposed to be at this time, now.”  Dr. Robert McGregor, President of the Akron Rotary Club and Chief Medical Officer of Akron Children’s Hospital, formed a risk assessment team of Akron Rotary members who have medical, legal, and insurance expertise.  They utilized a risk assessment rubric and system for the club members to use when making decisions of what their risk of exposure is to COVID if attending or holding an in-person gathering.  He graciously offered to share this rubric with each of you (click here and if it appears small simply increase the view size).
The Annual International Assembly of District Governors Elect to be held in February 2021, will be virtual.  When we hear any further guidance from Rotary International regarding Club meetings, we will let all of you know.
We are looking forward to celebrating your contributions to the annual fund and toward continuing the fight against polio on November 19th at the virtual Foundation Event.
The Membership Committee has exciting plans and programs in place. What a team!  Invite one of the members to speak to your club – contact chair Peter Tuttle at ptuttle@ptcdi.com.  They are also working hard under Jim McKee’s leadership, as Club Extension, to assist clubs by reaching out to former members who have left in the last few years for various reasons, letting them know what is happening in the Rotary world.
We are starting to list in the newsletter speakers that others may want to schedule for their clubs.  When you have a great speaker – please send their contact information and details to Cheryl Warren at RotaryDistrict6630@neo.rr.com (see the article below).   In Lake County, three of the clubs, Chardon, Painesville and Mentor are holding joint meetings with exceptional speakers.
Congratulations to the “Unsung Heroes” in clubs:
  • Jim Lechko, Lakewood-Rocky River
  • Barbara Stettnisch, Strongsville
  • Dr. Joseph Boydel, Hudson
  • Gayle Woodrow, Painesville
  • Terry Dalton, Akron
  • Tom Kaser, Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley
  • Marc West, Berea
I love seeing photos when they are taken and posted – remember to send them in to RotaryDistrict6630@neo.rr.com to include in the newsletter.
In this season of thanks for all we are blessed with; I am thankful to serve with you in Rotary fellowship.
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
October 2020 2020-11-09 05:00:00Z 0


Greetings District 6630!
Here is a ShelterBox update and invitation for all Rotarians in District 6630 to “An Evening to Experience ShelterBox”
ShelterBox continues to respond during the global pandemic and we have added hygiene items and PPE to our distributions where needed.
Join us online for “An Evening to Experience ShelterBox”
An Evening to Experience ShelterBox
8:00 - 9:00 PM ET
This event is free; registration is required. https://www.ShelterBoxUSA.org/Virtual

Join ShelterBox for an hour of inspiration, highlighting the lifesaving work you have enabled and the lives your support has transformed.
2020 Global Humanitarian Service Award presentation to Rotary International.
This event is free; registration is required. https://www.ShelterBoxUSA.org/Virtual
Distributions completed in Philippines and Vanuatu
Philippines: Typhoon Vongfong (known locally as Ambo) devastated communities across Eastern Samar in the Philippines earlier this year. The destruction caused by the typhoon and the torrential rain that it brought with it affected nearly half a million people. ShelterBox quickly responded, working closely with our partner Terres des Hommes (TdH) to provide essential aid items to families whose homes were destroyed by the powerful typhoon. We distributed tarpaulins and rope, as well as additional household items which will enable families to rebuild their homes and provide a private space to protect themselves from the threat of coronavirus. Post-distribution monitoring was completed in late September, drawing our fourth response in the Philippines since March to a close.
With Tarpaulins and other household items families can begin the process of recovery after Cyclone Ambo.
Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu earlier this year devastating communities across the country. The catastrophic cyclone decimated everything in its path as it tore across Vanuatu. It also damaged food crops and infrastructure. We have been working with our local partner CARE Vanuatu to get much-needed ShelterBox aid to 2,000 families. In September, the final distributions in South Pentecost were completed. These distributions targeted any remaining gaps identified after post-distribution monitoring. Families received tarpaulin, rope, tools, solar lights, and kitchen sets.
READ MORE HERE https://www.shelterboxusa.org/home-page/news/vanuatu
Distributions underway in India and Tanzania
India: When Cyclone Amphan hit India’s coastal regions of West Bengal and Odisha earlier this year it destroyed 1.7 million homes. The cyclone was the strongest to hit the River Ganges Delta since 1999. We quickly responded, working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to distributed essential aid items to 1,400 families in the Sundarbans, one of the worst affected areas. Throughout September distributions of tarpaulins and rope, household items and hygiene kits have taken place. The hygiene kits include masks, soap, and a bucket to support families in preventing the spread of coronavirus. India is currently dealing with a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases. To ensure the safety of staff, volunteers, and the people we are supporting, our trusted partner Habitat for Humanity India ensured mitigations against the spread of the virus throughout the response.
Distribution site for Cyclone Amphan response
Tanzania: Torrential rain and flash flooding across the south-east regions of Tanzania earlier this year resulted in thousands of homes being severely damaged or completely washed away. This has forced families to resettle to camps on higher ground. We have been working with the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) to support families who lost their homes to the flooding. Throughout September TRCS completed distributions of shelter kits and solar lights to families displaced by the flooding. To mitigate against the spread of coronavirus, the number of people present at distributions was limited, social distancing was promoted on site and handwashing stations were made available. Post-distribution monitoring began at the end of September.
Tanzanian Red Cross preparing demonstration of aid package supplied by ShelterBox.
Protracted Responses to conflict displacement
Did you know over 79 million people are displaced right now due to conflict? That is the most in recorded history. ShelterBox has earned two Nobel Peace Prize nominations for our work helping families displaced by violence and war.
Cameroon: Violent Boko Haram attacks, extreme weather conditions and the impact of coronavirus in the Lake Chad Basin have resulted in a dire humanitarian crisis in the Far North region of Cameroon. The area now hosts over 114,000 refu­gees and more than 320,000 internally displaced people. To add to the already critical situation, heavy rains throughout September have seen thousands of people affected, with the region being one of the worst hit in Cameroon. We have been working with our trusted partner IEDA Relief in the Far North region to support families who have been forced to flee their homes. In September, we completed distributions which included 743 tents with household items including wa­ter carriers, kitchen sets and blankets, 560 shelter kits, 2,000 tarpaulins and rope, and additional household items for fam­ilies with added vulnerabilities. We are now beginning our next project in the Minawao refugee camp. PDG Louis Turpin, D7210 NY, is looking for Global Grant partners to help fund this work. He can be contacted atrotary.turpin@gmail.com
Ethiopia: Rapid political and social reform in recent years and an increase in inter-communal and secessionist violence across Ethi­opia have led to volatile patterns of displacement. Conflict, drought, flooding, an infestation of locusts and now the coro­navirus pandemic continue to be key drivers of humanitarian needs across the country. It is reported that more than two million people in Ethiopia need shelter assistance. Throughout September, we have continued to work with our trusted partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and distributed tarpaulins, rope, and essential household items to 3,500 families.
ShelterBox and IOM distribution in Ethiopia
Syria: There is still no end in sight to the conflict and violence that continues in Syria. The focus is now on the last opposition stronghold of Idlib in the North West of the country, where up to one million people have fled their homes since December.
As well as the constant fear of violence, families displaced have the added threat of coronavirus to add to their worries. We have continued to work with our trusted partners ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation throughout these difficult times. In September, we helped 800 families with shelter and household items. We are now planning the next project a winter response in Syria with ReliefAid which will include shelter, household items, and warm clothing for children.https://www.shelterboxusa.org/syria
Online speakers available for club and district meetings and events
Looking for a presentation or keynote address? Need video to share at your next event? Send me a note with your requests and I will be sure to get it scheduled. We have curriculum for PETS and District training and leadership learning events. Contact me for more information btobin@shelterboxusa.org
ShelterBox USA
Bill Tobin
Rotary Relations Manager

m: 916.616.6973
w: www.shelterboxusa.org

SHELTERBOX INVITATION 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0


Clubs are seeking speaker suggestions so we want to try share with each other.  
If you have hosted or heard a speaker you think would interest others, please let us know! 
Since we are meeting virtually, we can invite speakers from anywhere!
We will publish them in each newsletter.  
Please send the name and contact information for the speaker to:  RotaryDistrict6630@neo.rr.com with the subject line SHARE A SPEAKER. 
Here are a few examples: 
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Baldwin Wallace University and Director of the Cognition, Brain & Language Lab. pledwidg@bw.edu  440-826-3173
Find a Club near you to contact https://www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club
Click to meet Mr. Taylor
His theme throughout the presentation was “people driven excellence.” Mr. Taylor is an American business executive, dynamic speaker, and leadership guru. He is the CEO and President of LinkedXL, a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm. Mr. Taylor spent 30 years with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT), serving as Director of North America Manufacturing and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. As the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Goodyear, Mr. Taylor led diversity and inclusion strategies for 64,000 employees across the 22 countries where Goodyear operates. Mr. Taylor has been called upon by universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to drive and sustain effective results through embracing the culture and enabling employee ownership.
Don't forget about people within our own District who would love to present as well (https://rotarydistrict6630.org/districtorganizationchart )  Jim Lechko, Foundation Chair; Rick Pollack, Peace Fellows; Jack Young, ShelterBox; Cheryl Warren, ClubRunner and MyRotary; to name a few!!
THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION has speakers available for virtual appearances at Rotary Clubs.  The FTC protects economic markets by investigating and prosecuting deceptive advertising and unfair methods of competition and by providing free resources for individuals and businesses.  As part of its education mission, attorneys, investigators, and paralegals from the Commission’s Cleveland office routinely speak on topics such as Coronavirus scams, privacy, scams that target small businesses, and much more. 

Contact: Jon Kessler at 216-263-3436 or JKessler@ftc.gov.
We’re also available for presentations to regional and state (or nationwide) Rotary meetings.  
SHARE A SPEAKER . . . 2020-11-04 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Julie Brandle
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Collection 
Hello fellow Rotarians!! Recently PDG Jack Young stayed in the VA Hospital for an extended period due to a recovery from surgery. (I spoke with him yesterday and he is doing quite well!!)   During his stay he found that the VA was in a sorry state when it came to entertainment for its patients, our US Veterans. 
You know it didn't take long for Jack Harig to rally the Rotary troops to begin gathering these much-needed items.  Spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Brunswick and the Summit County S-Medina County Cluster, the needed items include: 
Crossword/Sudoko/word find books (new, wrapped is not necessary) games, puzzles, and crafts all new, original factory sealed. Games (single use or multiple players). Other needed items are socks with tread (not regular socks) & non-skid slippers, 3 blade or better razors, 3 in1 body wash/shampoo /conditioner (White Rain or Arm and Hammer Brands at the Dollar Tree) and men's deodorant and underwear (sizes M, L, and XL). Items will be delivered to the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center for Thanksgiving with the goal of helping keep minds and bodies active and stimulated and letting our veterans know we welcome them home.
Want to help?  Please deliver items to the Rotary Club of Akron 4460 Rex Lake Drive Akron, OH  44319 or ship direct to the same address ATTN:  Mella Castner - VA 
Want to make a monetary donation for specialty purchases as needed? You can always donate direct (click here). Please use 1002 (General Fund) when asked where to use the funds specifically. 

Make A Difference: E-Donate 
The new E-Donate service allows community members who wish to give back to Veterans a quick, safe way to pledge their support online. You choose the medical center, the amount, and the account. E-Donate, a new online donation option at http://go.usa.gov/2zJV provides community members who wish to give back to Veterans at a VA medical center a simple and safe way to pledge their support to the account of their choice.  We have known for years that our citizens want to show their support to the service members who defended their freedoms. While not everyone will have the time to volunteer, now anyone can take five minutes online to thank Veterans in any number of ways. The E-Donate option allows donors to select from a number of accounts at the medical center they wish to donate to.  Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administrative costs are appropriated, so donors can be sure 100 percent of their donations go to the accounts they select and the Veteran patients they are choosing to support. People would be amazed if they could see how far their dollar goes toward making a difference in the lives of the people who dedicated themselves to us first. Donors can use the E-Donate button below.  Donations can be made by credit or debit card or directly from any US bank account.  The actual donation is made through a secure website of the U.S. Department of Treasury Department.  A minimum of $5 is required for online donation. 
Questions?  Julie Brandle, AG Summit County S-Medina County jbrandle@metisconstruction.com
DONATIONS NEEDED! Julie Brandle 2020-11-04 05:00:00Z 0


On behalf of ShelterBox Ambassador PDG Jack Young, the following Clubs have been extended our appreciation and congratulations on receiving ShelterBox HERO recognition for Rotary Year 2019-2020.
Your support is very much appreciated. 
These clubs are listed on our HERO page www.shelterboxusa.org/hero
1.6 million people have been sheltered since 2000, we could not have reached them without clubs like yours.
COVID 19 has not stopped our efforts, your help has provided aid to over 87,000 people so far in 2020.
Thank you for being a ShelterBox HERO!

A ShelterBox HERO is a Rotary Club that has committed to making an impact in worldwide disaster response by giving $1,000, $3,000, or $5,000 within the Rotary year.

HERO Clubs enable ShelterBox to have the resources and time to be ready when disaster strikes by allowing ShelterBox to purchase and pre-position aid in or near countries where we respond often, resulting in a more efficient and timely response.

There are three HERO levels:
Bronze ($1,000); Silver ($3,000); and Gold ($5,000)

District 6630 is honored to have
one silver and seven bronze recipients.

To become a HERO, funds must be sent directly from the Club or a combination of gifts from individual members all sent in together.

We ask that all gifts specifically state “HERO Gift” on the check or accompanying note. Gifts via the HERO program will be designated to Deployment Essentials, directly and quickly aiding families in need.

SB-HERO Donation Form


When a Club becomes a HERO Club, they will receive a certificate and a HERO digital badge for their website. They will also be listed on this webpage.

Upon the third year of consecutive giving, Clubs will receive a banner reflective of their giving level.

Upon the tenth year of consecutive giving, special recognition will be ordered.

Read about ShelterBox’s partnership with Rotary.

Read the  HERO FAQs

Questions? Email rotary@shelterboxusa.org




Dear district leader,

Congratulations on achieving Peacebuilder recognition for your District! You’ve achieved this distinction by donating District Designated Funds to help Rotary Peace Fellows become catalysts for peace around the world.

Peacebuilder Districts like yours play a critical role in supporting the work of the Rotary Peace Centers. Each year, DDF contributions are part of the funding that allows up to 130 peace and development leaders to study at one of our seven Rotary Peace Centers. Starting in 2021, Rotary is offering a yearlong certificate program at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, the site of our newest peace center.

More than 1,300 alumni of the peace centers program are actively building a more peaceful world, through work that ranges from leading grassroots initiatives to helping guide policy development at the United Nations and the World Bank.

Peacebuilder Districts like yours contribute to this important work. Thank you for your continued generosity and support of the Rotary Peace Centers!


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Rotary in Review   
2 October 2020
A roundup of Rotary news
Educating during a pandemic and beyond  
For years, Rotary clubs and districts have been using Rotary Foundation global grants to work with our partners to expand access to learning, realizing that education is a pathway out of poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic, with school closures, loss of jobs, and social distancing, has threatened to reverse some of those gains. Learn how Rotary and partner organizations are pivoting to meet the challenges imposed by the pandemic, including supporting remote learning. And find out how you can make sure your grant project has the desired impact and leads to sustainable outcomes. 
This week's stories 
Tunji Funsho named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People 
Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, joins 100 pioneers, artists, leaders, icons, and titans as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. TIME recognized Funsho for his instrumental leadership and work with Rotary members and partners to achieve the eradication of wild polio in the African region. Read more
Your passport to adventure  
Youth Exchange students often say their experience abroad was the best time of their lives. The program can be life-changing for Rotary members as well. Read more
Service Above Self Award
Nominations are now open for Rotary’s Service Above Self Award. The award honors Rotarians – and now also Rotaractors – who help others by volunteering their time and talents.  
Get ready for Reconnect Week 
Learn how you can reach out to alumni and keep them connected during Reconnect Week 5-9 October. 

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To Place Your Order, Visit:
Available for Pickup: October 17th 9:00am- 12:00 pm
My Home Healthcare
3572 S Arlington Rd 
(new to drive thru)
All Proceeds Benefit the Rotary Club of Green and Future Community Projects
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Brand News
Ideas for Strengthening Rotary's Brand                 October 2020
NEW! Videos Added to Rotary's Public Service Announcement Campaign

Rotary's newest PSA video, Rotary Responds, shows how Rotary members take action in times of crisis. Visit rotary.org/brandcenter to download and share Rotary’s latest PSA video.
Get more information on how you can get involved in this exciting campaign at the U.S. Public Service Announcement Campaign Learning Topic on the 
Learning Center.
What's New on the Brand Center?
Template for Virtual Meeting Backgrounds
Create your own club-branded virtual meeting background with our new Template for Virtual Meeting Backgrounds. It’s easy to use and takes a few minutes to create. It can be found under Club Resources in the Materials section.

Watch the video "Anytown," to find new ways to adapt and grow Rotary membership.
"Voices of Members," shows members from around the world and their COVID-19 projects.

Find Rotary Face Mask & Hand Sanitizer Guidelines and new End Polio Now Logo Visual Guidelines in the Guidelines section of the Brand Center.
 What's New on the Learning Center? 
Promoting Your Club as People of Action

Take this course to learn how to build awareness of Rotary and the impact your club makes ins the community by promoting your club as people of action.
Our Logo: Representing Rotary 

Learn how you can strengthen Rotary's brand by using logos in accordance with our global guidelines. This course will show you how to customize your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact logo for your club, district, or zone.
Virtual Convention Breakout: The Rotary Brand

Learn about the importance of promoting Rotary to the public in a consistent and compelling way. This presentation includes in-depth discussions with experts on how clubs can strengthen and protect our brand.
People of Action helps define Rotary for those who don’t know us.  Describing and showing Rotary members taking action in their communities creates a personal connection with the public and expands our reach.

Do you have an example of your club taking action in your community? Submit your story, and you might be featured in an upcoming ad, newsletter, or convention breakout!
Rotary International
One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201-3698, USA
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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

Do you have an upcoming event to add to this list? Email us at newgenerations@rotary.org.
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians, Do you remember the last time you were able to attend a District 6630 Rotary event and not have to spend any money?
Register for the Annual Foundation Awards Celebration to celebrate our success and recognize those Rotarians and Non-Rotarians who live on motto “Service Above Self,” and the 4-way Test.
There is no registration fee and of course no cost for dinner! Further, there will be no GoFundMe event via the internet either, but you must register to attend!
Please plan to grab your favorite beverage and snacks and join us via Zoom November 19, 6:30-7:30. Pre-Registration is required to attend. Also note our special guest is Rotary International President-Nominee Jennifer Jones.
Click here to now. You may also find the registration link on the District 6630 Home Page. I look forward to seeing all of you via Zoom on November 19.
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Medina Patriots Day Celebration Inspires

by Bob Finnan The Gazette
Sep 12, 2020 12:15 AM
MEDINA — The Patriots Day ceremony on the 19th anniversary of Sept. 11 was inspiring to many Friday at the 9/11 Memorial behind Medina Fire Station 1.
On a marble slab, Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, is quoted by saying, "Let's roll."
He led the charge on the flight to stop the terrorists from possibly crashing into the White House. The plane then crashed in Pennsylvania after flying over Medina County.
Before leading the charge, he recited the Lord's Prayer and the 23rd Psalm with the other passengers. Psalm 23 reads: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
Medina's David Lariviere, of the U.S. Army, said he's heard the actual flight recordings from that day and that Beamer's words make the hair on his neck stand up.
"He was appealing to someone higher," he said Friday after the ceremony.
Lariviere said next year's celebration will be extra special when a group of ministers will consecrate the memorial.
"It will be on sacred space or hallowed ground," he said.
Medina Sunrise Rotary President Kevin Wermer said the ceremony Friday was to memorialize the people involved in that fateful day. He and his wife were both born Sept. 11 the same year. They were in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on 9/11.
"Ever since that day, we've not celebrated our birthday on that day out of respect for what happened," Wermer said.
He said they celebrate their birthday the following day.
"It all changed for us in 2001," Wermer said. "This is a remembrance for those we lost. We want to honor their sacrifices."
Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said Medina's 9/11 Memorial was dedicated July 28, 2018. The Sunrise Rotary's Dr. Kelly Low raised funds to build the memorial.
"It seemed fitting and proper (for it to be located behind the fire station)," Hanwell said. "It will continue to be a lasting memorial. We can pass this on to future generations."
A steel beam from one of the Twin Towers in New York City is the main focus of the memorial.
"9/11 has touched each of us in some way," Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
MEDINA SUNRISE NEWS David Lariviere 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Steve Zabor
In November of 2010, when I was our district’s Governor Elect, I traveled to Nigeria as part of a Rotary Project Safari led by Elise Cadigan from Rockford, Illinois.  During our two weeks in Nigeria we visited many Rotary Clubs and talked about the projects they have done and those they were hoping to be able to initiate.  It was in Kaduna, Nigeria that I was first able to administer polio vaccine.  My memory of the young mother holding her baby while I squeezed two drops into her child’s mouth will never fade.  Later in the trip we visited Dr. Tunji Funsho’s home and I was able to spend the night there and to share a meal with him.  We talked about the difficulties faced by the polio eradication effort in Nigeria and the efforts in place to overcome those challenges.  Primary among the challenges he mentioned was the presence of Boko Haram.  Their goal was to create an Islamic state and reverse the Westernization of Nigeria.  They were opposed to the immunization process.  At one point it looked like Nigeria would be declared polio free until a little more than four years ago a child escaped from Boko Haram and was discovered to have polio.  During my brief time with Dr. Funsho I could see firsthand his passion for Rotary’s effort to create a polio free world and his understanding of the challenges that had to be overcome.  The achievement of a polio free Nigeria is extremely significant and this recognition is well deserved.
TIME 100 recognized Funsho for his instrumental leadership and work with Rotary members and partners to achieve the eradication of wild polio in the African region.
Dear Rotarians/ International PolioPlus Committee members/ Directors and Trustees,

It is with great pride that we inform you that one of our own has been named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Just a few moments ago, Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair was named to the TIME 100 list for his critical leadership in working with Rotary members and our partners to achieve a wild polio-free Nigeria and eradicate the wild poliovirus in the African region. He is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for our work to eradicate polio.

You can view Dr. Funsho’s profile on the TIME website here.

Dr. Funsho is a member of the Rotary Club of Lekki in Lagos, Nigeria and is Past District Governor of District 9110 and member of the International PolioPlus Committee. Dr. Funsho is a cardiologist with a lifelong commitment to building a healthier world. As Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair since 2013, he has built on the work of his predecessors by leading PolioPlus efforts in Nigeria. Working alongside his fellow Rotarians, Dr. Funsho has built awareness for the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary and our fight to end polio.

The TIME 100 list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Dr. Funsho joins the list with some of the most important and well-known public figures in the world who have been past recipients of the honor: heads of state such as Angela Merkel, religious figures like the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Bono, philanthropists like Bill Gates, and activists such as Malala Yousafzai.

Dr. Funsho stands on the shoulders of the countless women and men of Rotary who have dedicated their lives, their time, and their money to Rotary’s top priority of eradicating polio. This honor is not just a testament to his work, it is acknowledgment that Rotary members make a difference in the world—one that is worthy of international recognition among the world’s most distinguished leaders.

Every Rotarian can be a leader in the fight to eradicate polio. We hope you’ll use this recognition of Dr. Funsho and Rotary as an opportunity to put renewed energy and focus into creating a world where no child ever again has to be paralyzed by the poliovirus. We’ve come so far into our fight to eradicate polio, and we’ve made incredible progress in the face of enormous challenges. As we join in congratulation to Dr. Funsho, let’s join together and deliver upon our promise to End Polio Now.

Holger Knaack                                                                                        K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                                                Chair, The Rotary Foundation



FOX 8 News Aired Feature on Akron Club Social Project

Thank you to FOX 8 producer Rachel Inch for airing our 

Lets be Social...Apart

social project initiative featuring several
Akron Rotarians who have already participated.
The below story from Katy provides you with all the details!
Let's be Social . . .Apart
Posted by Katy Miller
Hello Rotarians!
Well, since we can't be social in person yet, how about a fun way to be active and social in tandem with your fellow Rotarians?
Here is a fun idea I came up with as your Social Chair to participate in the Summit County Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree together but apart.
As Julie Brandle, our Assistant District Governor shared, The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.  This seems like an opportune time to get out there and reconnect with our local environment,  Maybe a project that supports this focus will come to mind as you are enjoying our park system.
This years theme for the Fall Hiking Spree is From Fields to Forest.  This year, the Fall Hiking Spree celebrates the rich history of the properties they proudly manage for our enjoyment and their successful return to nature. Take a journey on this year’s spree and explore the former farms and fields that are now forests.  
As you hit the trails, snap a picture on your trail of choice, pre hike, while on the hike or post hike and send to me,  You can email me, text me or post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #AkronRotaryHikes
Each week I'll collect the photos and post to our Rotary Club of Akron FB Page and our Akrotarian to see your fellow Rotarians out taking advantage of our amazing park system.  
Please remember that if you choose to hike with fellow Rotarians while distancing, please keep your distance in your photo!  I will not be featuring photos that don't follow social distancing guidelines.

Anyone who finishes the whole spree, and sends me a copy of their completed form will be entered into a drawing for a Fall Basket of goodies! 
Here are the links of the form and trail choices.
Sign up/download Form~
Let's get out and enjoy the Fall season together....apart!
Thank you, 
Katy Miller, Akron Club Social Chair

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Posted by Marilyn Orr
Father Joe Boysel Honored as Hudson Unsung Hero
When DG Pat Myers visited the club on September 16, she awarded the District Governor's Citation to Father Joe Boysel.  Fr. Joe has been a member of our club for only 9 years, joining in February 2011.  We are better because of his kindness, clarity and gentleness.  He humbly brings us a message of hope and inclusion.  This award is made at the discretion of the Club President and it was a very easy decision for President Marilyn.  And we surprised him!  Even better!  It is an award well deserved.
HUDSON UNSUNG HERO Marilyn Orr 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Mary Lou Howe
Ashtabula Rotary Club Supports
Kingsville Public Library Summer Programming
For many years the Ashtabula Rotary Club has supported Kingsville Public Library’s summer movie night with a contribution of $1,000.00.  This year, due to social distancing challenges, the Library staff created an outdoor event for families to enjoy safely.   Ashtabula Rotary was very pleased to continue our contribution for this new event.   Rotarians were introduced to the project at the August 12 Rotary Meeting via Zoom by Mariana Branch, Director and A J Petro, Adult Services Coordinator of the Library.  A written description of the program was provided in their August 10 press release:
The Kingsville Public Library is excited to announce the opening of Ashtabula County’s first StoryWalk® on August 21st located in Kingsville Township Park across from the library. StoryWalk® is a creative and engaging way for everyone to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. The pages of the children’s book, “Stella Fairy of the Forest” by Marie–Louise Gay, have been transformed into signs with reader questions and ideas for an interactive experience. This activity was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and has continued to develop with the help of Rachel Senechal, from Montpelier’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea. “We wanted to find another outdoor library activity for the community to enjoy when we realized the summer outdoor movies would need to be postponed until next year for public health and safety. With the support of the Kingsville Township Trustees, allowing us to set up in the park, and the generosity of Rotary Club of Ashtabula, funding the purchase of materials and books, it was the perfect time to introduce this StoryWalk® activity,” said Mariana Branch, Director. “Our creative library staff also decided to hold the Imagine! Storybook Cover Contest to have a creative display of oversized 3-D book covers around the library and near the park to view.”
A virtual ribbon cutting will take place on Facebook at 10am on Friday the 21st and both the StoryWalk® and Storybook Cover Park will be open for the public to enjoy by walking through or driving by during the month of September. To make this grand opening extra special, popular book characters will be waving to visitors who are driving through Storybook Cover Park on Academy Street from 10am-11am. Visitors may stroll through the park starting at the sidewalk into the park on Academy Street and follow the numbered signs. Caregivers with children are encouraged to read the story out loud and have the children answer the active reader questions. Social distancing is requested from all visitors participating in these activities.
Submitted by
Mary Lou Howe
Ashtabula Rotary
ASHTABULA CLUB NEWS Mary Lou Howe 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Linda Kramer
Nostalgia time as Rotary revisits music of the 1960s
John Fred and His Playboy Band
were part of the
One-Hit Wonders of the 1960s.
Thanks to Dr. Joel Keller for sharing his video presentation of One Hit Wonders of the 1960s to Berea Rotarians on Tuesday, Sept. 22. We were tempted to dance and sing along.
Dr. Keller, a retired podiatrist, has collected videos and musical history from the early days of Rock n Roll. He coupled that with history of the times to give a nostalgic trip back to high school and college days – at least for some of us.
Music included these Oldies: “Teen Angel” by Mark Dinning, “Mother-in-Law” by Ernie K-Doe, “Hey, Baby” by Bruce Channel, and instrumentals such as “Stranger on the Shore” by Acker Bilk, “The Stripper” by David Rose and “Telstar” by the Tornadoes.
John Fred and His Playboy Band ended our night with “Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)” – a parody of the Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
All of these performers and their recordings were One-Hit Wonders – never to appear on the Top 40 charts again. But, hey, they were great for those Sock Hops and class reunions.
Guest Sharon Lerch from the Rotary Club of Cleveland recalled that her husband’s brother-in-law was Jamie Lyons of the Music Explosion, a garage band from Mansfield. Their one-hit wonder was “Little Bit ‘O Soul,” which reached No. 2 on the charts.
Jim Walters said a friend’s local band was just getting started in the 1960s when a newcomer named Peter Thorkelson applied as a keyboardist and guitarist. He was rejected but went on to be Peter Tork of The Monkees.
If you have stories of your own encounters with One-Hit Wonders, save them for next time. Dr. Keller was a huge hit and we’ll have him back.

We make five more Kiva loans
Matt Lombardi, Kiva chair, made five more Kiva loans, bringing our total to 817 loans with a value of $20,475.
The recent loans were made to Guatamala, services; Paraguay, personal use and food; Rwanda, agriculture; and Nicaragua, retail.
The loans were made to support clothing resale supplies, food supplies for vending, agriculture supplies and retail beauty supplies. There also was a new venture – the ability to refinance and consolidate debt and take advantage of low interest rates.
All loans were made to individuals who are going into their third loan cycle or higher.
BEREA CLUB NEWS Linda Kramer 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


Rotary Leader
Helping club and district leaders achieve success
Why growing membership is so important
One of the most important things your club can do is nurture and sustainably grow your membership. Surveys have shown that prospective members are attracted to our clubs that offer them flexible formats. It’s also critical to encourage participation by offering people service projects that create lasting change in their communities. See some of the ways that clubs are being innovative and watch this video about the importance of providing a variety of formats for potential members.
Get ready for Reconnect Week
During Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, 5-11 October, Rotary members and alumni will gather to share their experiences, network, and exchange ideas for staying involved in Rotary. Join the action! Create a post on social media and tag it #RotaryReconnect. Hold a virtual meeting with alumni to share ideas. Invite an alum to speak at your online club meeting. Read inspiring profiles of alumni who are making a difference. And visit our Reconnect Week page for even more ideas.
Rotary Representative Network helps us succeed globally
Rotary shares a humanitarian mission with the United Nations to advance peace and improve the lives of those most in need. Helping Rotary strengthen this connection is the Rotary Representative Network — volunteers who are appointed annually by the RI president to represent Rotary to the United Nations, its specialized agencies, and other international institutions. The network advocates for polio eradication and other humanitarian issues. Members of the Rotary Representative Network also serve as the lead organizers of Rotary Day at the United Nations
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Posted by Robert Rees
Club Installs Informational Plaques on Ohio Tow Path Trail
In spite of the numerous events of 2020 taking place this administrative year, the Rotary Club of Barberton, Ohio is doing all it can to make things better for our community and its citizens.
First, with the help of matching funds from the Rotary district and R.I., the Club was able to support the installation of three (3) informational  plaques along the Ohio Tow Path Trail. While we recognize all of the Club members for their efforts in providing the necessary funds, we thank all of the people responsible for making this endeavor possible.
Tow Path Trail off Snyder Ave.
Club members at the Ribbon Cutting:
L-R…Ann, Barb, Dave, Rick, Vic, Bob & Dustin
The group was joined at the Ribbon Cutting by the Barberton Hearld newspaper which published a great story about the signs and Rotary’s help in funding them. The Mayor, William Judge along with additional representative from the community and the Barberton Library which assisted in the research for the signage.

Barberton Rotary Cleans UP!
(Monthly at McCafferty Park)
The Rotary Club of Barberton has taken on the responsibilty of physically cleaning up the community. Weather permitting, during the Club’s last meeting in each month, the members of Barberton Rotary put on masks and gloves and clean up one of the City’s Metro Parks used a great deal by young people.
Unfortunately because of its relative remoteness, it collects a good bit of trash and junk. Rotary cleans up the Playgounds, picnic area, and the parking lot of unacceptable forms of debris. We get precious little community recognition, but the smiles and laughter of the kids who can now play in a safer, cleaner environment, really make up for that.
Rick, Ruth, Ann, Dustin
(Thank you folks)
BARBERTON CLUB NEWS Robert Rees 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe to raise awareness about our work to eradicate polio for good. If we stay committed to making progress, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

In our fight to end polio, we’ve used our collective strength to defeat this devastating disease in almost every part of the world. This year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus – showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. Wild poliovirus still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

Let’s Take Action
A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together. With the challenges to vaccination programs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more crucial that Rotary continues to build awareness and raise funds for polio eradication.

Join the effort to vaccinate children and end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event for your community. In 2019, Rotary members held more than 5,900 events in 136 countries. This year, online events and activities will allow us to expand our reach even more and inspire others to join us.

Not sure how to take action for World Polio Day? From virtual event ideas to social media posts and photos, the World Polio Day Toolkit can help you start planning and promoting your activities now.
World Polio Day Online Global Update
Mark your calendars to watch Rotary’s World Polio Day Online Global Update on 24 October. New this year: Those who register World Polio Day events by 15 October can download the 2020 global update program early – a week before World Polio Day.
OCTOBER 24th IS WORLD POLIO DAY! 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Donald Faulhaber
Marty Harris Named Unsung Hero
(Note: this ceremony took place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but was just recently submitted to the District news, hence members are not socially distanced or wearing masks.)

The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary club was pleased to honor Marty Harris with the 2020 Unsung Hero Award.  Marty is a Charter member of the club which was chartered in 2007.   Her husband, Jim was District 6630. 1993-1994.  She is a Club Past President, and Chair of the Club’s International Service Committee.  She has been the coordinator of the Rotary International Rotary Student Exchange Program for the Sunrise Club since it started.  Prior to the founding of the Sunrise Club, Marty spearheaded that program for her husband Jim’s, Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Club.  Marty has a passion for supporting youth. This passion drives Marty to go above and beyond expectations.  During her career as a Lakewood High School Counselor, she continuously encouraged students to expand their connection to the world by signing up the Rotary Student Exchange program.  Students spend nearly one year in a foreign Country living with host families, going to school, and learning the culture of the country.
The Sunrise Rotary has hosted students from Brazil, Germany, Poland, Japan, and Norway.  Marty ensures that our club is compliant with strict Rotary and US Government requirements.  She finds good homes for incoming the Sunrise Club exchange students, and often helps find host families for the Other Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Club.  Marty connects the students to the community, sports, and Club members.  Over the years, Marty has formed a special bond with exchange students.  Most keep in contact with the local club through Marty, and often return for a visit to sponsoring Club.  She also gets invited to significant events, like graduations and weddings.
In addition to the Rotary Exchange, Marty steps up, whenever the club needs volunteers, from leading portions of the sunrise Club’s annual fundraiser, to sorting toiletries for local charities, like Trails for Hope.  Recently, she arranged for the installation of a Rotary sponsored Mini Food Pantry at her Church, the Lakewood United Methodist Church.  It provides emergency food of church members and neighbors in need.  She works with church youth to keep the Pantry filled.
Past President, Lynda Carter says, “The Sunrise Club is fortunate to have Marty’s passion and positive can-do attitude in the club. She defines the standard for a Rotary’s Unsung Hero through service to the community and club that is outstanding but often goes unnoticed.”
Photo - Past District 6630 Governor, John Reyes; Past Sunrise Club President, Lynda Carter; Unsung Hero Marty Harris
LAKEWOOD ROCKY RIVER SUNRISE UNSUNG HERO Donald Faulhaber 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jack Young
Dolls to Nicaragua
Another 105 Dolls for the House of Unwed mothers in Nicaragua will be on its way to Nicaragua this year.  Helen Shurance, now 94 years old from Seville, Ohio has hand crochet 105 more dolls to be sent the children of the Dump this year.  After an article appearing in the local newspaper several years ago, she contacted PSG Jack Young and wanted to help in some small way.  Therefore, during this time she has sent over 500 hand made dolls for the new born children at the Women's pregnant shelter in Chinnendega, Nicaragua.  
This year at 94 years young she continues her dedication to this process for the women and children that our district has supported since 2006.  During the Governors year, PDG Bev presented her a special award at the RC of Wadsworth meeting as a Rotary supporter of what we do as Rotarian's.
This year Helen could not be at a RC Meeting with all that is going on, but still continued her commitment in doing something for these children in Nicaragua.  We thank her for her dedication and wanting to help others during her 94 years of service.
Jack A. Young, PDG 2005-06
American Nicaragua International
Hope and Relief Foundation - Board 
of Directors 2007-21      
DOLLS FOR CHILDREN OF THE DUMP Jack Young 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bob Oborn
The Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls, like many other clubs, has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus.  We went from in person meetings to virtual meeting in March as the pandemic gripped our nation.  We had to cancel our golf outing scheduled for June due to the virus.  We have two main fundraisers that fund all the great things our club does.  The golf outing and our reverse raffle.  After cancelling the golf outing we were wondering how we would do the reverse raffle that usually has over 250 people in attendance.
Our board met virtually as we discussed our options for the reverse raffle.  We began talking about holding it virtually, but had no idea how we would do it.  It came to us that we may be able to do it by Zoom.  With the proper license with Zoom, we could have virtually an unlimited amount of participants.  While our traditional reverse raffle had side board betting and a Silent Auction, we had to limit what we could do.  We decided to sell 150 tickets at $100 per ticket and have three prizes.  First place would be $2,000, 2nd and 3rd place would be $500.  We wouldn’t be able to pool the last five into sharing, as that would have been too difficult.  Now we had to figure out how we would sell the tickets.
We decided we would do it word of mouth.  If a person was interested, we would mail them a ticket with a self-addressed envelope included to mail back the stub and the money.  The stub would include their name, phone number and email address.  The latter is important as that is when we need to do the virtual raffle.  We started by selling the first 125 tickets as we did not know how it would be received.  We found out quickly that people are still quite generous and want to help clubs that do good things.
One thing that our club has that made this event a success is great members who care.  One member; Dick Hall, was very impressive.  Dick sold over 55 tickets himself!  Virtually all our member stepped up and bought and sold tickets.  In a little over one month we were completely sold out.  We have collected over half of the money, and each day more comes in.  We also collected gift cards donated by our members for prizes.  The first person out, every 10th ticket and the last two tickets out before the prize winner all would get a gift certificate.  Those were donated as well.
As far as the actual drawing, our club has a reverse raffle board.  We will stage this at the community center in Stow, where we will have 5 members, socially distanced, who will draw the numbers.  We have not quite figured out what we will broadcast the Zoom meeting with, but my daughter has volunteered to do it by her phone!
So that is our story.  We have all had our lives turned upside down by the pandemic.  Rotarians are a special breed.  We find ways to help in any situation.  Although this raffle will be way different, we will still be able to fund all our projects.  I hope our event goes smoothly, I am sure there will be glitches.  But in the end, we continue to give back due to the generous hearts of our participants.
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Bob Oborn
Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls, Fundraising Chair
Rotary District 6630 Assistant Governor and Rotaract Chair 


Dear fellow Rotarians,
I appreciate very much your love and support to the poor people of Vietnam through the Chicken raising project. A final report is being filed.
I am very excited to share with you the video of the project which is just finished by Hearts For Hue, our cooperating agency in Vietnam.
In January 2020, we had 30 Rotarians visit this project which is included in the video.
Together we make a difference in Vietnam.
Yours in Rotary,
Do K. Nguyen
Always Grateful to be a member of
Rotary Club of Maumee, District 6600, Rotary International (www.rotary.org) since 1995
The D.O.V.E. (Development Of Vietnam Endeavors) Fund since 2000 - www.dovefund.org
PS: Please feel free to share this video with your clubs/Districts
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Posted by Steve Warren
Beautiful sunshine beamed down on Sunday, August 30, as the members of recently commissioned Rotary E-ClubNEO completed their first service project.  The members gathered  at the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs on scenic Rex Lake in Summit County.   With masks on and plenty of room to social-distance in the spacious picnic pavilion at the Camp, the E-Club members set about packing shoeboxes for the "Children of the Dump" in Chinandega, Nicaragua.
The eight members of the club loaded 15 boxes with clothing, footwear, bath and hygiene supplies, along with school supplies plus some toys and games.  It took some creative packing skills and a lot of coaching from some members who have packed the shoeboxes before, but everything fit and is now on its way to the new owners.
Once the boxes were finished, everyone broke out their picnic lunches and the group had a chance to chat, enjoy the lakefront scenery, talk Rotary, kick around ideas for the next service project and just get to know each other.  For some of the members, this was the first time they had met in person!  Another great day to be a Rotarian!!
If you, or anyone you know is interested in joining Rotary E-ClubNEO please email us at RotaryEClub6630@gmail.com.
Yours in Rotary Service
Steve Warren
2020-2021 EClub-NEO President
Caleb Robinson
Lulu McKee
Assad Khaishgi
Kathryn Craig
Juleta and Tom Craig
Celeste and Randy Rininger
Linda Boardman
Steve Warren
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End Polio Now
August 2020
African region declared free of wild poliovirus
The World Health Organization’s African region was officially certified free of wild poliovirus on 25 August. This milestone comes four years after Nigeria — the last polio-endemic country in Africa — recorded its final case of wild polio. It’s a significant step forward in the fight to eradicate polio and protect the world’s children from this paralyzing disease.

This incredible achievement is the result of a decades-long commitment by Rotary members, working with our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), African region leaders, and millions of dedicated health care workers and supporters. Read more.
Take action for World Polio Day
Get ready for World Polio Day on 24 October by promoting awareness, raising funds, and planning club events. This year, calling attention to our efforts to eradicate polio is as important as ever.

We’ve shown that we can defeat this devastating disease, as five out of six regions are now free of wild poliovirus — but the fight is not over. Wild polio still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

This World Polio Day, let’s take action to help end polio for good. Download the toolkit for resources to help you host a virtual event for your community, share information over social media, contact your local media, and more. Don’t forget to register your event on EndPolio.org. New this year: Clubs and members that register their events will receive early access to the downloadable World Polio Day program.
Successful events in a virtual world
Rotary clubs in Canada are sharing their model for holding a successful online event for World Polio Day. Using local education and technology resources, community involvement, and compelling guest speakers, 10 clubs in District 7070, Ontario, Canada, began collaborating in 2018 to host a creative and meaningful livestream event each year. Get inspiration from their experience to plan and promote your club’s virtual outreach for World Polio Day. 
Rotary in the news
Rotary members who are survivors of polio are talking about their experiences and the parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary member Shirley Griffin reflects on having polio as a child in an interview with AARP.org, and discusses her efforts with Rotary to raise funds and administer vaccines in the fight to end polio.

A media trip to India with Rotary for a National Immunization Day program inspired this article in Forbes that covers India’s efforts to mobilize country-wide vaccinations. The piece then explores the similarities and differences between polio and COVID-19, with interviews from polio survivor Ann Lee Hussey, Rotary member and past district governor, and Peter Salk, president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and infectious disease professor at the University of Pittsburgh. His father Dr. Jonas Salk developed one of the two polio vaccines.

Despite immense challenges, India was declared wild polio-free in 2014. In a column that appears on the India-based news platform The Quint, Rotary’s India National PolioPlus Committee Chair Deepak Kapur explains what it took to achieve that success in eradicating wild poliovirus, including mass vaccination campaigns organized by thousands of Rotary clubs across India. Kapur also emphasizes the need to remain dedicated to global polio eradication so that children stay protected from polio and other diseases.
  Your donation goes further to eradicate polio  
Rotary is committed to raising $50 million per year to end polio, with every dollar matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thanks to our generous members and donors, we reached our 2019-20 PolioPlus fundraising goal.

We need your continued help to keep raising $50 million annually. With every contribution multiplied, your donation goes even further to help us reach children in every part of the world with a polio vaccine as well as other life-saving vaccines and health care.
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One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201-3698, USA
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Posted by David Lariviere
John Shulan recently spoke at the Medina Sunrise Club.
The heavens are coming into focus with the new Rotary Observatory at the Bath Nature Preserve.
Astronomy aficionado and Bath resident John Shulan took up the Rotary Club of Fairlawn’s challenge to build an observatory with confidence. The president and co-founder of the Summit County Astronomy Club met it with a lot of help from friends. Shulan says the Summit County Astronomy Club’s more than 370 meetup.com members with a $1,500 annual expense budget have been generous in their memberships, making them some of many to help bring the project to fruition. The observatory is located at the Bath Nature Preserve in Bath Township, promising to bring the celestial world into focus for community residents and visitors.
"It is a beautiful Universe," exclaimed John. Our very own Summit County Astronomy Club is a 501(C)3 organization to create curiosity about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math through exploration of the Universe. Star-gazing with the Rotary Observatory at Bath Nature Preserve on announced nights and Solar observing at various locations.
BATH NATURE PRESERVE & ROTARY OBSERVATORY David Lariviere 2020-08-27 04:00:00Z 0



The World Health Organization’s African region is officially
certified free of wild poliovirus!

Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority. After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio. 

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Posted by Mella Castner

Fellow Rotarians, it's that time again! Help Akron Rotary Camp earn $ to send kids to Camp! Save your ACME receipts from August 6 to December 26 to earn some Community Cash Back on ACME Fresh Market Store Brands. Receipts can be mailed or dropped off to Akron Rotary Camp, 4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319. As always, thank you for your support!




Mella Castner
Director of Development
Akron Rotary Camp
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH 44319
330.644.4512 ext. 3206

SAVE YOUR ACME RECEIPTS TO HELP SEND KIDS TO CAMP Mella Castner 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0


"Feeding Medina County's mission has grown from supporting 15 to 32 schools," stated Executive Director Sandy Hinkle.
When we learned that our Wednesday morning work session which packs meals for children was in desperate need  of volunteers, the call went out overnight.  St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church & School responded with whole families arriving just in time to complete the work of packing meals to feed so many children in Medina County who are food insecure.
Along with our wonderful helpers from St. Francis Xavier, we were joined this morning by Air Force Tech Sergeant Cody Hoffman, US Military Chaplain Dr. Reid Miller, retired Buckeye Schools Superintendent Kent Morgan and his daughter, the Medina Sunrise Rotary, and our Feeding Medina County & Medina County School District volunteers.
Thank you all for your community support of Feeding Medina County!

When Staff Sergeant Jeff Cain, of Medina's Ohio Army National Guard, reached out to the community for help with this morning's Feeding Medina County Free Food Distribution at the Medina County Fairgrounds, the response was truly inspiring.
Jennifer Webb, the Director of Ministry and Communications at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, efficiently mobilized parishioners, her husband Craig, 20 players on the Medina High School Basketball Team and their coaches.
"It was wonderful to have so many volunteers come out to help," said Mrs. Webb. "We were especially grateful to the Medina High School Boys Basketball Team and their coaches for all their friendly help and teamwork at the Fairgrounds with the Feeding Medina County food distribution.This is our hometown and we are proud of it. Thank you Medina!"
Jennifer Webb, Director of Ministry & Communications
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Medina, Ohio


Posted by James Yard
Rotary’s 2020 Awards go to SAGE Community and Retirepreneur founders of services for Seniors.
In 2015, the Rotary Club of Hudson established the Jimmy Sutphin Award to recognize a deserving Rotarian or Hudson Community leader who most closely reflects dedication to the “Service Above Self” Rotary standard.
The initial recipient was Jimmy “Inky” Sutphin, a friend and colleague of both the Rotary Club of Hudson and the Hudson Community. Jimmy was universally loved by local citizens  who benefited by his communication skills and his empathy for all he encountered.
The Sutphin Award once again recognizes a local leader who has made a difference in so many lives in our community.
The criteria for consideration of an individual for the award include:
✔ Is actively involved in the Hudson community(not necessarily a resident).
✔ Exhibits the general objectives of Rotary in his/her personal and business life.
✔ Exhibits the ideals of the 4-way test in his/her personal and business life.
✔ Demonstrates leadership qualities.
✔ Makes a significant impact on the overall community.
✔ Demonstrates creativity and initiative.
✔ Demonstrates responsibility and dependability.
✔ Doesn’t have to be well known, but could be an “unsung hero” doing good deeds throughout the community.
The 2020 recipient of the Jimmy Sutphin award is Iris Whittington Gold, founder of Hudson’s SAGE Community a senior outreach program dedicated to lifelong learning. SAGE stands for stimulation, adventure, growth and education for like minded intellectual seniors. It is built on the premise that seniors “need more as we stay older longer”. The program grew out of an initiative by Cuyahoga Community College where Iris started its first Senior Adult Education program employing college students, advisers and educators. 
After a period of 12 years living in Savannah, Ga., Iris returned to Ohio settling in Hudson and reuniting with Tri-C to develop an Encore Campus Hudson Lifelong Learning Program. Three years later, the program became a non-profit organization changing its name to SAGE Community. Iris led this evolving program for 13 years and loved being involved with Hudson seniors. Her SAGE friends describe her as an inspirational shepherd with the “disposition of a warm puppy”.
We are fortunate to have such a qualified and dedicated leader in our community.
The Rotary Club of Hudson was additionally pleased to bestow its annual Rotarian of the Year award on Club member Donna Kastner, who has also dedicated her recent years to local seniors by launching the Retirepreneur, offering guidance to forward thinking executives for establishing new income generating professions in retirement.
See www.Retirepreneur.com. for networking and upcoming conferences.
Donna was recognized by Rotary for leading the Club’s transition into the stay-at-home Covid-19 period by establishing ZOOM meetings and educating its 55 members in the subtleties of on-line protocols. With Donna’s hands-on assistance, the Club continues to feature weekly community speakers and to conduct the Club’s community service projects. Donna leads the Rotary flock with kindness, patience and and a determination to bring all into the cyber communication age. It has been a great success!
To view replays of the weekly Rotary meetings, please go to YouTube Rotary Hudson.

Rotarian of the Year

The Rotary Club of Hudson was additionally pleased to bestow its annual Rotarian of the Year award on Club member Donna Kastner, who has also dedicated her recent years to local seniors by launching the Retirepreneur, offering guidance to forward thinking executives for establishing new income generating professions in retirement. See www.Retirepreneur.com for networking and upcoming conferences.

Kastner was recognized by Rotary for leading the Club’s transition into the stay-at-home COVID-19 period by establishing Zoom meetings and educating its 55 members in the subtleties of on-line protocols. With Donna’s hands-on assistance, the club continues to feature weekly community speakers and to conduct the club’s community service projects. Kastner leads the Rotary flock with kindness, patience and and a determination to bring all into the cyber communication age. It has been a great success.

To view replays of the weekly Rotary meetings, see YouTube Rotary Hudson.

HUDSON ROTARY HONORS MEMBERS James Yard 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0


Headwaters Trail Pollinator Garden
Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation and the Rotary Club of Mantua
Pollinators (Bees, Butterflies, Birds, Bats, Beetles, and Moths) are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops. We all depend on these industrious pollinators to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat.
Unfortunately, the numbers of both native pollinators and domesticated bee populations are declining.  They are threatened by habitat loss, disease, and the excessive and inappropriate use of pesticides.
Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation and the Rotary Club of Mantua contracted with Alexia Paul’s Re-Ecology LTD to design and install this initial phase of a pollinator garden in Mantua near the bridge over the Cuyahoga River along the Headwaters Trail.  Alexia grew up in Hiram and her company specializes in landscape architecture and ecological stewardship. 
There are 22 species of native plants in this garden that will take two or three years to be fully established.  Please be patient and watch for change as the plants take hold and pollinators begin to arrive.  When in full display this garden will serve the pollinators well and will be an attractive addition to our landscape.
                      Ironweed with a Monarch Butterfly               
The Southern half of the garden
MANTUA CLUB EMBRACES NEW AREA OF FOCUS Steve Zabor 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0



The Rotary Club of Brunswick and the Residents of the Cities of Brunswick and Brunswick Hills showed their appreciation and support of our First Responders through our drive-by at Brunswick City Hall on Sunday, August 23, 2020, next to the Police Station.

We were pleased to have Ohio State Senator Larry Obhof, Ohio House of Representative Steve Hambley, Brunswick City Manager Carl DeForest and Brunswick Hills Trustee Mike Esber will be in attendance. The Medina Gazette dent a reporter and we appeared on the Channel 5 News!

Our Proclamation from the Ohio Senate (click to view larger)

Here are some photos in case you missed it…

Past District Governor Jack Young works to attach one of the two Rotary Club of Brunswick Inflatables (available for purchase through TRC Brunswick!) to the beautiful trucks provided by Dave Tenny.
Don and Terry Kammer pose with their signs of support.
TRC Brunswick President Mike Sheppard poses with Senator Larry Obhof, President of the Ohio Senate.
City Manager and TRC Brunswick Vice President Carl DeForest.

Marsha Pappalardo and Jack Young
"In The News"
Brunswick Community Magazine
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ShelterBox issued a press release recognizing PDG Jack Young
Brunswick area volunteer, Jack Young, has been recognized by the US Presidential Administration and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA, with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2019 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to natural disaster or fled because of civil conflict.
With help from Young’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization provided shelter and life-saving supplies to more than 145,000 people in 11 countries, including Paraguay after severe flooding, Malawi after Cylone Idai, Syria to support families affected by conflict, and many others.
“The lifesaving work of ShelterBox is only possible because of our inspiring volunteers like Jack Young, whose service in their communities is ensuring families made homeless by disaster and conflict situations have access to essential shelter and supplies.” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “This distinction truly sets him apart as someone committed to serving others and making the world a better place.”
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. Additionally, the organization’s kits and boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and mosquito nets. More than shelter, these items enable families to recovery following disaster, providing a way to keep communities and families together and allowing them the space to focus on the future.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Donald Trump. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.


Posted by Linda Kramer
Toastmasters, Rotary have lots in common

Founded in 1924, Toastmasters International has a lot in common with Rotary International, said Alicia Smith-Kirk, the newly elected director of Toastmasters District 10, which encompasses northeast Ohio. In many ways, she is the equivalent of the District 6630 governor.

Smith-Kirk told Berea Rotarians on Aug. 4 via Zoom that, like Rotary, Toastmasters is global with similar objectives. It is diverse and inclusive with the education component a priority. “Leadership in the community is dominant,” she said.

The main focus of Toastmasters is public speaking and making members comfortable with composing and delivering a variety of talks. Speeches are evaluated. “We have um and er counters,” Smith-Kirk said.

Rotary and Toastmasters announced last year a new collaboration with Toastmasters adding to the Rotary leadership training partnership. The two groups have put together a series of eight courses to improve public speaking and leadership skills. The courses can be found on the RI web site.

Smith-Kirk, who used to be a dancer at the Cotton Club in Harlem, said she became involved in Toastmasters in 2012. “I love words. I love listening to people speak. I wanted to get better, to get my message across,” she said. “I stayed in the club because of the leadership opportunities. You can grow and learn.”

Smith -Kirk, who lives in Berea, is a member of Westlake Toastmasters. It meets 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays – now via Zoom. The district is in the process of forming a Berea Toastmasters Club.

Smith-Kirk invited Rotarians to visit a Toastmasters meeting and Marc West invited her to speak to Rotaractors at BW. Young people tend to speak very rapidly and older folks often have a hard time understanding what they are saying. Smith-Kirk said that may be because of social media. “They are used to posting and learning quickly,” she said. For teens and young adults, verbal communication is not a priority.

For more information, visit www.district10.org, www.toastmasters.org or contact Smith-Kirk at districtdirector@district10.org or 216-219-9619.

Lou Groza Charity Golf Outing
Thursday, Sept. 3
Bunker Hill Golf Course
3060 Pearl Road, Medina
Shotgun start 9 a.m.
18 holes of golf, lunch at the turn, beverages & snacks
Awards & Prizes
For more information:
(440) 236-9055
All proceeds benefit Scholarships for Berea-Midpark High School students, Dictionary Project for 4th graders, Shred Fest & Electronics Roundup, Food Pantries & other community projects.
Supported by the Cleveland Browns
BEREA CLUB NEWS Linda Kramer 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0


Christmas in July!
On July 25th, 2020 the Rotary Club of Kent held an online event that was created and produced by club members to remain socially active while being physically distanced. The event was a variety show complete with musical features, live skits, and pre-recorded segments intending to entertain. Keeping in line with putting service above self, multiple components of the event were designed to raise money for the club’s foundation account which in turn provides it right back to the community by way of accessible grants. A special part of the program targeted a collection for Kent Social Services, a community organization serving meals to those in the community who are in need. Kent Social Services, like many non-profit public resources, has been challenged significantly as typically reliable volunteers are understandably unavailable through the pandemic.
More than 60 Rotarians and friends participated, and over $11,000 was raised in this 90-minute extravaganza. Co-hosts Alyssa Mazey and Todd Kamenash worked with a planning committee to develop content and incorporate a positive spirit sorely needed in our current times.
Pictured is a before & after of co-host Todd Kamenash, who agreed to have is full and luscious head of hair shaved if the participants raised $1,000 for Kent Social Services. As you can see, the goal was met and Charlie Kamenash (Todd’s son) did the honors!


Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2022-23 President of Rotary International are: Robert L. Hall, Dunwoody, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bradford R. Howard Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Per Høyen, Aarup, Gelsted, Denmark; Peter Iblher, Nürnberg-Reichswald, Zirndorf, Germany; Ashok Mahajan, Mulund, Mah., India; Sam Okudzeto, Accra, Accra, Ghana; Eduardo San Martín Carreño, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; Takeshi Matsumiya, Chigasaki-Shonan, Chigasaki Kanagawa, Japan; Michael K. McGovern (secretary), Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; José Alfredo Pretoni, São Paulo-Sul, São Paulo, Brazil; Saowalak Rattanavich, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand; Hendreen Dean Rohrs, Langley Central, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth M. Schuppert, Jr (chair)., Decatur, Alabama, USA; Ravindra P. Sehgal, Belur, West Bengal, India; Noel Trevaskis, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Australia; Giuseppe Viale, Genova, Genova, Italy; and Chang-Gon Yim, Daegu-West, Daegu, Korea.



The updated My Rotary is here!
Welcome to the improved My Rotary!

Completing your club administration tasks just became much easier. The My Rotary site is now faster and easier to navigate. It has enhanced search functions and streamline workflows. Plus, it’s accessible on all mobile devices.

Ready to begin using the updated My Rotary? Get started here:
  • Create a My Rotary account (if you don’t already have one). To access the new site, you’ll need to sign in to your My Rotary account.
  • Update your club profile. With the new My Rotary, you can add when your club meets, how often, where, and even whether the meeting is in person or virtual. You can also add club officers, contact information, and the meeting language.
  • Create your own profile (and encourage your members to do the same). Add your personal, club, and contact information, and then adjust your privacy settings to indicate what information you want to share and with whom.
  • Download resources. Go to the My Rotary: Club Administration course in Rotary’s Learning Center to download how-to guides that will help you use the new My Rotary.
  • Try the search function. Use the enhanced club and member search to find a club to visit or to connect with someone you met at a Rotary International Convention or district assembly.
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Posted by Dana DeCapite
At the beginning of her exchange, her parents had planned to join her in the US following her HS graduation and travel in the states before all returning back to Brazil.  Because of COVID-19, the family's plans to travel here were cancelled.  Starting in March, the family went back and forth as to whether it was necessary to bring Giulia home immediately or "wait and see".  She ended up finishing her virtual learning and graduating here in the US.  Then, starting in early June, her family decided to book a ticket to bring Giulia home.  After many cancelled flights, she made it out of the US on July 2, 2020
The picture was taken upon arrival back in Brazil--as her parents greeted her at the airport.
Giulia Cintra Fernandes Giampietro (pictured right) and herAdriana Maria Cintra Fernandes Giampietro (pictured left).


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Rotary Service and Engagement
August, 2020
Rotary Opens Opportunities
As RI President Holger Knaack declared at the Rotary International Assembly earlier this year, Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather an invitation to endless opportunities. Rotary Opens Opportunities — everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere, said Knaack. Rotary opens pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects. Rotary opens leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections.

Knaack continues to encourage Rotary to be open to new approaches and embrace change. In 2020-21, he recommends that every club have at least one strategic planning meeting. At that meeting, members should use Rotary’s Action Plan to guide their discussions, asking themselves what they want their club to be like in five years and how they can bring more value to their members.

The 2020-21 Rotary Citation will recognize clubs’ accomplishments that are related to Rotary’s strategic priorities and make a positive difference in their communities. Encourage your clubs to work toward the citation’s goals.
  Membership and New Club Development Month  
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, a time to recognize our members and the amazing work they do in their communities. In 2020, Rotarians around the world are finding ways to open opportunities, showing their incredible commitment to making the world a safer and better place. Read their stories.

Membership Month is also a time to consider how people can engage with Rotary. Learn about how you can grow membership through service, develop leaders, find new opportunities to network, and build a community within Rotary’s global family.
2020 Rotary Virtual Convention breakout sessions
Rotary’s first-ever virtual convention attracted more than 60,000 registrants and 175,000 viewers during its weeklong program. The robust participation shows that Rotary members are finding ways to experience key parts of Rotary’s annual international convention, fellowship and fun, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the cancellation of the in-person convention that had been planned for Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, this year.

Virtual breakout sessions covered topics like how to engage members online, how to plan events that are better for the environment, growing Rotary with new club types, using digital trends to engage with millennials, and others.

Learn more about planning and implementing projects that make an impact. The recordings of several breakout sessions from the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention are now available. You can also view the slide presentations and find other materials from these sessions in the 2020 Virtual Convention Breakout Presentations topic in the Learning Center.
Also, read the general secretary’s report to the 2020 convention for details on how we continue to be guided by Rotary’s Action Plan.
State of the Urban Forests in Akron and Cleveland Julie Brandle 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0


Why It’s Worth Your Time! How It’s Different from Other Training!
This will be a unique opportunity to:
  • network online with other Rotarians;
  • get a quick, 20 minute overview of four key Rotary initiatives;
  • take a deeper, 60 minute dive into one of six specific areas of interest;
  • get a quick, 15 minute update on Rotary’s progress toward global Polio eradication;
  • hear a humorous and motivational message about Rotaract;
  • get new ideas on building your club’s membership;
  • hear from the Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta or Foundation Trustee Ian Risely;
  • get tips on leading your Rotary or work team through a crisis;
  • support our Zone service projects
  • and more, all without having to pay for registration, meals, travel or lodging!
The 2020 Virtual Summit is what we used to call our “Zone Institute”. It is designed to let Rotarians share information, build connections, and exchange ideas about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
Our 2020 Virtual Summit will start at 8:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time) on Saturday, October 10 th and will wrap up at 3:30 p.m. when the last breakout sessions conclude. The entire event is online, so you’ll incur no travel, lodging, or food costs.
In the morning, we’ll get updates on our final push to end Polio, timely thoughts on diversity, an energetic pitch on “Do Goodery”, and learn how to be better leaders in times of crisis and disaster. For first-timers, there will be quick overviews of Rotary’s Membership, Public Image, and Rotary Foundation initiatives.
Afternoon breakouts chosen at registration, will engage you with in-depth discussions about our new Area of Focus, Supporting the Environment, Grant ideas for your club or district, engaging younger members, continuity in planning from year-to-year, public speaking, and more.

Visiting our House of Friendship will allow you to dive deeper into a variety of Rotary experiences, shop our vendors and network with old and new friends.
There is no registration fee, so be sure to invite others in your club and district to join you in attending. If you can do so safely, you and others may want to get together in one place to watch on a big-screen TV, where you can also enjoy each other’s company. We look forward to seeing you virtually on October 10th.
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Please refer to our Zone Website for additional event details and updates. Let's all Take Rotary By Storm!
Floyd Lancia
Rotary International Director Zones 30-31 2019-21
Catherine Taylor Yank
2020 Zone Summit General Chair

For questions contact registrar
Jill Pietrusinski


ZONES 30 & 31 VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2020-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
AURORA CLUB NEWS 2020-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

September 2020

Dear Rotary friends,
Welcome to fall of 2020.  We have all shared in beautiful weather and are now looking at how we proceed.
How fortunate we are, as people who hold onto our core values of service, integrity, diversity, leadership and fellowship, at this time of this particular year. I am so proud of how each of you are adapting and reaching out to others in your clubs, communities, and even in the world.
Fellowship is important to us, just as protecting each other from disease and harm.  We want to be together, to laugh and care for each other, and work on projects together. Many of you are reaching out to me for my position, and what I am hearing from RI, as to in-person or virtual meetings and events.
While I understand that members are eager to meet in-person, please be aware that as the Rotary International and District’s representative, I have been advised to attend all club meetings and events, virtually, until Jan. 1, 2021.  I have no ability to authorize nor to publicize, an in-person event or meeting, until January 1, 2021 at the earliest. If we receive any further guidance from Rotary International, I will share with everyone in the district.
As District Governor, I very highly recommend that clubs seek advice from legal counsel and the City or County Health Department for advice and confirmation that you are following legal and government guidelines. As promised, please refer to the side bar for an update on recently adopted state legislation regarding “limited immunity”’ (House Bill 606) prepared by Past District Governor John Reyes.
What an honor to read about a fellow Rotarian Dr.Tunji Funsho being recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his work eliminating Polio. The entire continent of Africa is now polio free. Past District Governor and Vice-Governor 2020-2021, Steve Zabor, had the privilege while distributing polio drops to children, to stay at his home. Read his account following this letter.
World Polio Day is Oct. 24.  Clubs across the district are planning fundraisers and programs to bring awareness of Polio and the work that is being done around the world to finally eliminate this disease. If you need some ideas and resources follow this link.
We may be meeting virtually but that does not stop Rotarians from honoring veterans and unsung heroes, focusing on the environment by installing interpretive signs in the parks, working with a library to continue the summer movies, having virtual fund raisers, sending shoes boxes, learning leadership skills, and still having fellowship fun.  Rotarians find a way!!
I look forward to  virtually seeing you October 10, 2020 at the Zone 30-31 Institute and on November 19, 2020 to celebrate you, as a donor to the Rotary Foundation, as we continue to raise funds  to end polio and to address needs in our communities and around the globe.
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
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August 2020

Dear Rotary friends,
Membership! We hear about membership often, and this month is Rotary membership month.
What does it mean?  To me, it does not mean a number. To me it is personal – it is being with a group of people that I like to be with. People who share the same values; but, may be entirely different in what political party they belong to, what their religion is, what they look like, how much money they have– to me, it is their heart. Together we serve others in our community and around the globe, with integrity, truth, and respect.
How great it is to be with people with hearts like this – to laugh together, cry together, seek ways together to meet needs of others with whatever gifts and talents we have. It is amazing to see suddenly how much it satisfies our own needs. That is why I am a Rotary member.
As I virtually attend club and cluster meetings – I see everyone doing just that, even though we are living through what some call “a seismic shift” in how we are living and functioning because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Clubs and members are still doing what we in Rotary have long done – all because of who we are and the core values we all share.
The people serving as your district officers and chairs are also seeking opportunities to solve any problems of clubs dealing with change due to the pandemic. Joining with two other districts in northern Ohio, for the third year in a row, a virtual Tri-District Membership Workshop will be held on two dates, Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 23 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Registration is on the District Website – below the newsletter. You can sign up for one or both of the virtual workshops, which will focus on keeping members engaged and clubs vital, Rotary work and service, sharing joy, and what to do next to keep the momentum.
If you see opportunities in your club or community for others to join together or with you, contact Peter Tuttle, District Membership chair, and PDG Jim McKee, District Club Extension chair and past Membership chair.
Many of the clubs are sharing what they are doing as you will see as you scroll through the newsletter.  It is impressive to see that Rotarians are honoring first responders, feeding schools and people in their communities, providing dictionaries, working at and supplying food banks, starting a pollinator garden, working with other community organizations such as the Urban League and Social Service Agencies, other districts efforts around the globe to assist with needs caused by the pandemic.
I am so proud to be part of this organization.
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
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July 2020

Dear fellow Rotarians and other Friends:
The district’s Rotary club Presidents and I have been preparing all year to assume the titles and responsibilities of our year, in order to lead our clubs and the district.  We are honored to have been chosen, and have realized that some of our longstanding club and district events and traditions have to be set aside. So, how do we function in our clubs and communities while following the laws and keeping all safe during this year? It is stretching us in a difficult time.
But we are Rotarians, and this is what we do, when we see a need or challenge among our communities and others. As the cover of the August issue of The Rotarian magazine says, “This is our moment.” “We do the hard work – we bring people together-we solve problems.”
As R.I. President Holger Knaack’s theme says, “Rotary Opens Opportunities,” your district, club, and international officers are seeking from you and others new ideas for opportunities of service and yes-even virtual fundraising in order to meet the needs of others.
The district website will illustrate the opportunities. One such opportunity on the home page of District 6630 is the sign up for the Zone 30-31 seminars – easy to do and they have been very helpful and free – no travel and no cost to register. Note the time zone it is one hour later for us. In addition, Zone 30-31 will be holding a virtual summit on October 20, 2020. It is free and virtual.
Remember the great Tri-District Membership Summit last year?  We are building on it this year on September 15 and September 23, 2020. Look for the registration soon.
Every time I talk with a club President, I am so impressed with all the creative activities, and ways you are reaching out to each other and to your communities with offers of help. The sharing of these ideas may be very helpful opportunities to others in your cluster of clubs and can be shared throughout the district.  The district public image committee is always ready to assist you. All of our current officers and chairs can be found by clicking here.
I wish each of you and your families, a safe and successful year.
Pat Myers
District 6630 Governor 2020-2021
c. 330-388-2635
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We raised over $13,500!!!  


  Akron Club Members Stepping Up To Help The Akron Urban League  

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Project

The Akron Urban League is part of an initiative with all Urban Leagues in the State of Ohio to assist with the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for those in need in our community.  We have received hand sanitizer and over 7,000 masks to give away. The corporations of Proctor & Gamble and Cleveland Whiskey teamed up with The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) and the Greater Cleveland Urban League, to manufacture and provide these needed items to cities across Ohio served by Urban Leagues. All of that is wonderful news and this is where we come in! 

This week, the staff will fill 500+ 12 oz. bottles with hand sanitizer so that we can distribute to households, but we also have gallon containers that will be distributed to minority businesses, churches, non-profit agencies, etc.

Our members will distribute the PPE on Tuesday, July 28th and Saturday August 1st from 11am – 3pm in the AUL parking lot. 

Sanitizer kits will be loaded into car trunks that pull in so that there is “no touch”. 

A flyer will be distributed this week to WFD clients, minority businesses, barber shops, hair salons, day cares, AMHA, Head Start, non profits and churches, inviting them to register and plan to drive through and get their FREE PPE. 

If you have questions about this project, please contact - jbrandle@metisconstruction.com or 330.858.6672

AKRON CLUB NEWS 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0


David Lariviere has successfully completed the Local Coordinator Training (U.S. Department of State) course in Public Diplomacy  and federal regulations governing the Exchange Visitor Program with a score of 100%. 

CONGRATULATIONS 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0


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The updated My Rotary is coming soon
From General Secretary John Hewko 
An updated My Rotary that’s faster, easier to navigate, and accessible on your mobile devices launches later this month. What can you expect from this improved site? Quite a bit.

Here are five ways the new My Rotary will make your job as a club officer a bit easier:
  1. Streamline accounts with ease. The updated registration process makes it possible to match existing records and eliminate duplicate accounts for the same person.
  2. Quick access to your club pages. When a member signs in, their home menu will provide access to pages that display information about their club, including its finances, goals, and reports. As a club officer, you can easily update meeting information, add club officers, and make changes to your club’s roster right from your homepage.
  3. Add detailed meeting information. Not only can you add the time, place, and format of your club meetings, you can also list the many ways your club interacts. This level of detail makes the new meeting search capabilities more robust.
  4. Find members and clubs quickly. Looking for a Rotarian you met at the Rotary International Convention? Thinking of visiting another club’s meeting during your vacation? You can use My Rotary to search for a member or club. Member profiles may include a person’s name, club, role, and contact information, depending on their settings. Club profiles, which are displayed on a map, include meeting times, locations, and the meeting language.
  5. Secure your personal information. When you create your member profile, you determine what information you want to share and with whom.
Learning resources will be available
Next week, the My Rotary: Club Administration course in the Learning Center will have how-to guides that will help you use the new My Rotary.
Get ready

If you don’t already have a My Rotary account, create one now.


Posted by Jack Young
On July 8, our Zones 30 and 31 had set up a zoom meeting with Past Rotary International President and Scout Icon Cliff Dochterman from his retirement home facility in California.  His presentation was about his  experiences as a Rotarian and Past Rotary International President in 1992-93..  After the meeting, Cliff and I talked further about some of his experiences, especially since he had lived in Ohio for several years.  Marsha and I have know for a number of years and he is one of the finest and down to earth person that I have known.
Since he had lived in the Buckeye State for several years, it was great to go over some of the memories.  Cliff later became a club member of the RC of Berkley, California and it so happened that I lived in Barstow, California for several years when I was in the Air Force.
Cliff at the age of 94, shared several additional comments about his  time in Rotary and serving the world.  AS everyone knows, he was not only a Rotarian but a youth and adult leader in Scouting, receiving a number of honors and awards.  Just listening to his sharing stories is an honor and time that I will always remember.  When I do an new installation of Rotary Club Officers, I use several of Cliff's comments to share with the club  . regarding his devotion to Rotary and Scouting.
I suggest that if you have anyone in your Rotary Club who has gone above and beyond in serving both Rotary and Scouting, may I suggest you consider nominating them to receive the special Cliff Dochterman International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarian award.  If selected that person will always have a cherished peace of history and it will be a special part of your life.  
There is no question that everyone in the IFSR loves and admires him and is grateful for the selfless example Cliff sets for "Service Above Self"  From the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians from all over the world, we wish Cliff all of the best and thank him for his service to Rotary and our youth.
Jack A Young,.PDG 2005-06
Ohio Rotary District 6630
International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians
Chair 2018-20 InterAmerican Region (North,
Central and South America)l     


Posted by David Lariviere

Medina Rotarians among VIPs who welcomed Ms. Wheelchair USA July 20, 2020.
City of Medina and Medina Creative Housing was first official stop for new Ms. Wheelchair USA and titleholders.


A wonderful story was published in the Medina-Gazette (click here to view)

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell – Speaker/ MC

Executive Producer Ms. Wheelchair USA Lowery Lockard

Executive Director Client Services Dane Foundation Patty Moser

Congressman Anthony Gonzalez Representative Brandon Gibson

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce Kimbler

US Navy Commander, Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack

Medina County Commissioner William Hutson

Medina County Prosecutor Forrest Thompson

Main Street Medina Board Kevin  Rych

US Military Chaplain Dr. Reid Miller

Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty

Past Judge Ms. America  Lynda Bowers

President of Medina Sunrise Rotary Kevin Wermer

Rotary International Director for Wheelchairs in Latin America Jack Young

President of SACS Consulting Tim Dimoff

Operations Director of Medina TV & Videographer Miles Reed

Rotary Youth Exchange Student (Medina Sunrise Rotary) Sergio Neto from Brazil and his host brother Medina High School Freshman Dominik Takacs (son of Joseph and Judit Takacs) worked together with Sergeant Jeff Cain and the Ohio Army National Guard, and other volunteers from Feeding Medina County to pack 1,000 Weekender bags of food for children in Medina County.
Sergio, flew over 4,000 miles from his home in Londrina, Brazil, to study as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student at Medina High School (2019-2020).  Graduating this spring, he and his family were honored to learn that he had been accepted into one of the US News & World Report's Best Ranked Colleges of Engineering at the University of Toledo.
"Rotary represents 'Service above Self'," said Sergio and his host brother Dominik. "We volunteered over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and wanted to help out today during our summer break because there is still such a great need in Medina County among some of the students who would go hungry without Feeding Medina County."
Sergio added, "I learned always to say, 'Obrigado' -Thank you.  Thank you to my parents. Thank you to my teachers and friends. And thank you to Rotary for helping make my dreams come true in America!"
Sergio Neto and Dominik Takacs
Sergeant Jeff Cain & the Ohio Army National Guard
Feeding Medina County Weekender Program Volunteers
Dane Sandridge, VP at Sandridge Food Corporation and Board Member of Feeding Medina County, thanked Medina Sunrise Rotary, the Ohio Army National Guard and all the Feeding Medina County volunteers this morning who worked together for the weekly packing of 1,000 Weekender Bags for children in Medina County.
"As Sandridge celebrates 50 years in Medina as a family business, we were happy to donate the large walk-in freezer to Feeding Medina County. My family has helped shape our core values of being a caring environment for all our employees and customers.  Dad (Mark Sandridge, CEO of Sandridge Food) grades our executive team on our values and how we contribute to our business, customers, employees and our community. He says that when you have a family business, you have the privilege of running it the way you want. It’s not just passing it down to family members. It’s about creating a close family with everyone you work with."
Dane Sandridge, VP and brother Jordan Sandridge, COO
Feeding Medina County Weekender Program Volunteers

Sgt-Jeff Cain and the Ohio Army National Guard are honored by Medina Sunrise Rotary for "Service above Self" to Feeding Medina County during the C-19 pandemic. 


MEDINA CLUB NEWS David Lariviere 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0


The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club successfully led the Cuyahoga County Northwest-Lorain County Cluster in receiving a District Matching Grant to secure funding for the purchase and installation of a walk-in freezer at the headquarters of the Trials for Hope.  Pictured above are representatives of the Clubs involved.   Jason Pickering, Trials for Hope project coordinator and member of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise, Adam Sonnhalter, Assistant Governor of the Cluster and member of the North Ridgeville Club, Johnathan Gray, Executive Director of the Trials for Hope, Marjorie Corrigan of the Lakewood Rocky River Club, Mallory Mertz, Treasurer of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Club, and Eric Jolly, President of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Club.
Director Gray started out by passing out trial size toiletries; soap, toothpaste, shampoo, at homeless camps in Cleveland. The homeless were so appreciative of Johnathan’s outreach, that they remarked “you give us hope”. Johnathan formalized his outreach forming the non-profit: Trials for Hope. Eight years later, Trials for Hope is bringing fresh produce, non-perishables and toiletries to hundreds of homeless individuals/families in poverty every week.
With the gift of this walk-in freezer, the organization will be able to expand its outreach to the homeless and needy on the near west side of Cleveland with frozen meals and other items that will be stored in the freezer.  Director Gray was able to show the group that the freezer was already nearing full capacity of items that will be distributed in the next few weeks.
The District Grant programs gives local Rotary Clubs the opportunity to take advantage of their support of the Rotary International Foundation.  In the case of the Freezer, $2,800 was received as Matching Grant Funds as part of the total cost of the purchase and installation of the freezer for Trials for Hope.
Sunrise Rotary Members will also continue to support Trials for Hope by helping out monthly at food and toiletry item packing.  This is just one of the many Community, Vocational and Youth Service Activities of the Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Clubs.  A Noon Club meets every Monday and a morning club meets every Wednesday, both at Don Umerley Hall of the Rocky River Civic Center. 
Stop in or contact Kathy Berkshire at sloopyohio19@gmail.com to learn more and find out how you can join with men and women in your area to give back through service in your community, and internationally.


Posted by James Yard
Rotary Helps Rescue Hudson EMS
Over $6000 was raised to help Hudson EMS purchase Personal Protective Equipment
Rotary is teaming with various Hudson community organizations to support the EMS first-responder volunteers as they deal with Covid-19 emergencies.
The Rotary Club of Hudson hosted Hudson EMS and Fire Chief Jerry Varnes on April 22 who spoke of the EMS response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and its severe impact on the operations and supply needs of the department. The news was alarming. In prior years, EMS used approximately 5 N-95 medical grade protective masks per month. But then, many emergency calls did not require the use of extensive Personal Protective Equipment(PPE).
With the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic, each patient encountered requires the use of PPE by each member of the EMS response team. The needs of the department have grown exponentially. Early in the pandemic, a large shipment of masks was received but subsequent orders have been placed on back order. A request made to the Strategic National Supply resulted in only 8 masks received. All items routinely required by safety forces (masks, gloves, gowns, eye protection, etc.) are in need. Unfortunately, an EMS volunteer actually contracted the virus from a patient and had to be quarantined for two weeks.
Chief Varnes expressed gratitude for previous donations of hand sanitizers, masks, face shields, gowns and gloves received from various community members and organizations. Asked after his Rotary presentation: “Is there anything we can do as a club to support your efforts?”, Chief Varnes requested financial support to establish a 90 day supply of necessary Personal Protective Equipment for all safety departments. The Rotary Club of Hudson took that as a call to action. Together with the Rotary Clocktower Club and the generous support of Northwest Bank, University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, the Tobin Family Foundation and the Rotary Club of Hudson Foundation, Rotary will provide a substantial grant exceeding $6000. This contribution will enhance the efforts of an upcoming direct letter appeal to individual Hudson citizens by the President of EMS Outreach of Hudson, Heidi Schweighoefer.
The President of the Rotary Club of Hudson, Marilyn Orr and the President of the Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower, Cheryl Maimona “welcome the opportunity to participate in this important outreach for the EMS volunteers and are very thankful for the service they provide to the Hudson community”.
A video of Chief Varnes’ presentation to the Rotary Club of Hudson can be viewed below or on YouTube by clicking here or Facebook Rotary Club of Hudson.
HUDSON CLUB NEWS James Yard 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of Wadsworth recently hosted a city-wide paper shredding event in conjunction with the City of Wadsworth. On a rainy Saturday morning, we had 18 Rotarians, Interact students and friends of Rotarians get together for a 3-hour event and it was declared a very successful event. Cars were lined up more than hour before the event was scheduled to start and we collected 14,500 lbs. of paper! Our club plans to do it again in the spring for the community.
Tim Manion, Past President
Rotary Club of Wadsworth
WADSWORTH CLUB NEWS 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jim Lechko
Here’s what’s happening in the Foundation Committee:
Grant committee:  The Grant Committee has been hard at work the last couple of months reviewing the grant inquiries submitted by clubs throughout the District hoping to obtain matching grant funds for their club projects.  It looks like our total District Grant Spending Plan will include grant requests from 20 clubs totaling $57,476.
To qualify for matching grants, clubs must do the following:
Have at least two club members attend a Grant Management Seminar
Be current on reporting for any existing grants
Be current on District and International dues
Have Foundation goals entered in Club Central
Have a level of $35 per capita giving to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund based on club membership as of July 1st of the previous Rotary year.  $40 for the 2020-21 Rotary year for grant requests in the 2021-22 Rotary year.
Disaster Response Grant (DRG) The Rotary Foundation (TRF) made Disaster Response Grants available to Districts around the world for projects focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Grants were for up to $25,000 and funded by the Disaster Response Fund.
District 6630 applied for a DRG earlier this year but all available funds had already been used.  When additional funding became available, our grant request was approved.
We surveyed the clubs in the district to determine the needs of the local hospitals.  Several clubs responded to our request for information and it was determined that level 2 safety gowns which can be used throughout the hospital except in surgery was the common need among the hospitals. 
We will be purchasing somewhere between 7700 – 7800 gowns to be distributed between seven local hospitals that indicated a need for assistance:
Akron Children’s Hospital                             
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Southwest General                                        
University Hospital Bedford
University Hospital Geauga
Western Reserve Hospital
Ashtabula Medical Center 
This project should be completed by the end of July.
Foundation Giving:  Here is a summary of the District 6630 contributions to TRF for the 2019-20 Rotary year:
Annual Fund: $204,195
Polio Plus:      $121,579
    Other Funds:  $20,675
Endowment Fund:      $0
Total Giving:       $347,169
This represents a slight increase from the 2018-19 Rotary year total of $347,028.  All Rotarians are to be commended for their ongoing commitment to TRF even during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis where many of us have been challenged financially due to loss of jobs.
Other TRF stats
  • We have 68 Paul Harris Society members in the District.  The PHS members have committed to contributing a minimum of $1,000 annually to the TRF Annual Fund and/or Polio Plus.
  • We have 153 Benefactors who have committed to leave at least $1,000 to TRF through Estate Planning.
  • We have 36 Bequest Society members who have committed at least $10,000 to TRF through Estate Planning.
  • We have 57 Major Donors who have contributed a minimum of $10,000 to TRF.          
  • 3,734 all- time Paul Harris Fellows in the District
  • We have 87 Rotarians who participate in Rotary Direct, an au