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Start planning your World Polio Day event now
World Polio Day is 24 October. Now’s the time to start planning events in your community. You’ll find resources to help you plan and promote your event, including a sample press release and social media messages and graphics, in the World Polio Day Toolkit.

Last year, Rotarians hosted more than 4,000 World Polio Day events in 90 countries. Let’s plan even more events this year to let the world know that the fight to end polio isn’t over.

Join us on World Polio Day, and don’t forget to register your event.
 
 
 
 
Rotary announces $100 million to eradicate polio
Rotary recently gave $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio. The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative address the final, most pressing challenges to ending poliovirus transmission.
 
5 reasons why polio can be eradicated
We know that we can — and will — eradicate polio, but how can we be certain? And what makes a disease a good candidate for eradication?
 
 
Fundraising spotlight: Swim to end polio
For the past 33 years, the Rotary Club of Çanakkale, Turkey, has organized a swim meet: the Dardanelles Strait Swimming Competition. On 30 August, 600 swimmers from around the world will swim 3.5 nautical miles (approximately 6.4 kilometers) from Europe to Asia through the Dardanelles Strait. The event has been registered as a World Polio Day event to raise awareness of polio eradication.
In the news
 
 
Bill Gates and Past RI President Barry Rassin were interviewed for Forbes about the importance of our partnership in the fight to end polio.   
                     
Former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk wrote an opinion piece for The Hill to explain why it’s important for governments to continue funding the fight to end polio.
 
 
 
 
 
As a podcast guest on Voices for Vaccines and the CDC Foundation’s Contagious Conversations, PolioPlus Director Carol Pandak offered a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to eradicate polio.

As of 21 August 2019, Nigeria has gone 3 years without a case of wild poliovirus! What’s next? The entire World Health Organization African region could potentially be certified wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020.
 
 
 
 
Help Rotary eradicate polio
 
We recently announced a bold, five-year strategy to rid the world of polio, and $3.27 billion is urgently needed in order to achieve our goal. 

Will you help by donating to End Polio Now? Your contribution will be automatically tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
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One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201-3698, USA
 
 
 
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Attending Berea Rotary's annual scholarship dinner are Alexandrya Enczur, Samantha Matese and Maya Wargelin. Thanks to Scholarship Chair Tom O'Donnell for keeping tabs on all our students.
 

Berea Rotary honors scholarship winners 

Berea Rotarians hosted our scholarship winners and their families on Tuesday, July 30.
Alexandrya Enczur, a 2018 graduate of Olmsted Falls High School, attended with her father, Mark. Alex is attending Kent State and is studying medical technology.
Samantha Matese is a 2019 graduate of Berea-Midpark High School. She is enrolled at Otterbein College this fall, where she will play on the soccer team. Her major will be allied health professions and she hopes to work with disabled and injured children. Her parents Carrie and Joe Matese also attended the dinner.
Maya Wargelin also graduated from BMHS in 2019. Maya will attend Kent State to study child psychology. She plans to pursue a master’s degree after her four years at Kent. Samantha’s mother, Kathleen, also attended the dinner.
Our other scholarship recipients were unable to attend but will be scheduled for a future dinner. Joseph Wozniak, 2019, is out of town; Joseph Mendes, 2018, is working in Washington, D.C. this summer; and Samantha Rocco and Samantha Finnerty, 2016, both are working at Ohio State this summer.
Berea Rotary scholarship winners receive $500 scholarships, which are renewable for a four-year college career as long as a minimum GPA is maintained.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients.


 
 

Berea Rotary picnicks in the Metroparks

Berea Rotary President Bob Huge flips burgers and hotdogs for the annual family picnic at the Albion Woods Picnic Area in Strongsville.
Co-chef Bob Hammer warms up the beans. Thanks also to Don Voigt, our super shopper.
Rotarian Trevor Koenig brought his family to the picnic.
Rotarian Trevor Koenig brought his family to the picnic.
PDG Bev Skrzynski presents Marc West
with an Outstanding Leadership and Service Award
for his 29 years heading up the District's RYLA program.
Marc was unable to attend the Banner Exchange and
Awards Program earlier this summer.
 
 
Berea Club Linda Kramer 2019-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

Dear District 6630, Rotarians, and Friends:
 
One significant responsibility of the District Governor is to help deliver the message of the Rotary International President. That is a task I am happy to undertake.
 
As many of you know, Rotary International President Mark Maloney’s primary goal is to both develop membership and new clubs. Thinking about that now is appropriate as August is Membership and New Club Development Month.
 
I would like to focus on the idea of developing membership in existing clubs. Even this process has at least two parts: attracting new members and retaining existing members. Let us further divide the topic and look at attracting new members this month.
 
A key point to attracting new members is to recognize that, in many respects, this is a club-specific task. It is incumbent upon all members of every club and the club membership chair and committee in particular to carefully consider this topic.
 
In that process it is important the club build a consensus on its approach to new membership. It is also important that the club focus its effort so as not to dissipate the limited resources available.
 
One question that each club can ask is do we have a cohesive and active structure in place to grow the club? Is there a membership chair and/or a committee working on this? Is there adequate communication about what is to be done and how it is to be done?
 
Rotary International and the District can and do provide significant support. For instance, the District actively participates in the Rotary Leads program where information submitted to the District electronically by Rotary International regarding prospective members is promptly forwarded to the most appropriate club. Special thanks to Lance Chima of the Akron Club for his diligence in performing this task. In the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2018-2019 Rotary years, Lance placed every lead received by the District from Rotary International with a club or clubs to pursue. Nearly a dozen leads have been received since July 1, 2019.
 
In the 2018-2019 Rotary year, considerable work was undertaken by PDG Beverly and her team to develop membership. We are attempting to expand upon those actions this year. Please note that the second annual Tri-District Membership Summit will take place on October 26, 2019 at the Stanton Middle School in Kent. Special thanks to DGN Larry Lohman for arranging the site and for all the work that PDG Jim McKee, PDG Steve Zabor, and involved members of our neighboring districts are undertaking to design a challenging and useful curriculum. Details will follow but please save the date. Club Presidents, Membership Committee Chairs, and those on the Membership Committee, in particular, should attend.
 
I also highly recommend reviewing Rotary International’s Membership Resource Guide. Rotary International has a large number of publications and Learning Center online courses that provide extremely valuable information. You can locate many of these materials online at https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/learn-topic/membership.
 
 
Perhaps less well-known is this year’s Presidential Theme and Rotary Citation. The 2019-2020 Rotary Citation actually functions as a “mini strategic plan” to help build a club’s membership. The Rotary Citation contains a list of potential goals and action items that virtually any and every club can use. Further, there are goals and actions specifically designed for Rotaract and Interact clubs.
 
This document was provided to every club president and is available online at https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/office-president/presidential-theme.
 
To borrow the words of Rotary International President Mark Maloney:
 
“While the club remains the core of the Rotary experience, we are now far more creative and flexible in deciding what a club can be, how it can meet, and even what can be considered a Rotary meeting. We need to be organized, strategic, and innovative in how we approach membership, forging wider and deeper connections to our communities and forming new club models to attack and engage more—and more diverse—members.”
 
I challenge each and every member together with each and every club to look at the question of how to grow your club and thereby increase its reach, impact, and vibrancy.
 
Sincerely,
 
John Reyes
Rotary District 6630 Governor 2019-2020

Tel: 330.258.6469
Email: jreyes@bdblaw.com
 
Message from Governor John Reyes - Aug 2019  2019-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Lechko on Aug 07, 2019
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I would like to introduce you to your 2019-20 District Foundation Committee:

Jim Lechko
Foundation Chair/Paul Harris Society/Major Donor Chair
Wayne BrodnanFundraising Chair
Randy RiningerAnnual Giving Chair
Matt LiebsonGrant Committee Chair
Rick PollakPeace Fellowship Chair / Scholarship Chair
Bob JohnsonVocational Training Team (VTT) Chair
Stew BuchananPolio Plus Chair / Indians Baseball Chair
 
As you can see, I am wearing multiple hats.  If you have a passion for the Paul Harris Society or Major Donor and would like to help, please let me know.

The Foundation committee is responsible for raising funds, approving matching funds used for your club projects both locally and internationally, Vocational Training Teams and reviewing potential Peace Fellow Scholars.  Most importantly, we are here to educate you about The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

TRF raised over $395 million last year.  Three years from now, 50% of those funds are available to our District to fund both local and global projects.  These funds are knows as District Designated Funds (DDF).  The other 50% will be used to fund global projects from our district and others. 

This year, District 6630 received $117,103.16 in DDF based on our contributions from the 2016-17 Rotary year. We can designate up to 50% of these funds for matching grants of local projects.  We had 25 clubs qualify for the spending plan totaling $65,678 in matching dollars!  TRF gave an exemption this year which allowed us to exceed 50% of our 2016-17 contributions for our local projects. 

The good news is that this is probably the most grant activity we have ever seen.  The bad news is that we did not have enough money to fund all of the requests.  We were forced to scale back all grant requests to about 80% of the amount requested.  How do we fix this going forward?  We need more contributions to TRF Annual Fund.  If you are already giving, are you able to do more?  If you are not giving, can you do something?

November is Foundation month.  Please schedule a date for one of your November meetings for a TRF presentation by your club’s TRF expert!  Our Foundation committee will be meeting in August to plan for TRF presentation ideas and recommendations that we can pass along to you.
 
Jim Lechko
District 6630 Foundation Chair
2019-20
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Fellowship of Rotary around the World Connections
Rotary District 6630, Rotary RC Akron OH USA and
RC Freshwater Bay Australia
 

It is such a wonderful time when we see friends from close by Rotary Clubs and get reconnected with old friends we do not see often from other clubs in the District 6630 or 6650. The same is true when you get a call from someone “just to check” on how you are doing. I also get a warm feeling when I can call a Rotarian from another state or district for advice and council or to ask for help on a project. In late August I needed some contacts for a veteran’s project in Gainesville, Fla. How better to start than calling a Rotarian friend who served with you in the Army, now a retired Maj Gen living in Ft. Myers. After a chat Jim said he will work on some contacts, but why not just call some Rotary Clubs in Gainesville. “Brilliant!”

The next morning I received a link to an online Facebook Live meeting of the RC Freshwater Bay, Perth, Australia. Well, you who know me know I could not resist. Lady Vivian and I watched the RC Freshwater Bay meeting live, it was a great program “Sun Spots and how they affect our climate and climate change over the millennia”.Times like this remind Vivian and I of the wonderful stories told by Rotarians like PRIP Cliff Dochterman’s on “If I could be President again”, “Women in Rotary”, and so many other adventures in Rotary that have been shared by our many friends from so many close and faraway places. When I have my morning coffee in my 1 cup French Press I recall the good times with PDG Ricardo Bicaro, RC San de Bariloche, Argentina. Ricardo and I met when he was team leader of Group Study Exchange to District 6630 many years ago. Our bond is both Rotary and military, he was a retired Argentine Ordinance officer. After the team visit Ricardo and his wife hosted us for the 2000 RI convention.  PRIP Frank J. Devlyn was RI Pres. The theme was “Create Awareness – Why do I think of PDG Carlos, he carried a press with him and introduce how to make a fine cup of coffee his way, so, each morning I not only think of him, I thinks of all our friends there and “Frank Talk” by PRIP Frank, that makes me think of his short elevator talk each of you should have to share about your life in Rotary.

 
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"The Road To Leadership - Finding a Life of Purpose" is the book written by Kenneth E. Behring, founder of the Rotary Wheelchair Foundation, and is available on Amazon.
 
The Wheelchair Foundation is sad to announce the passing of Kenneth E. Behring on June 25th, 2019. Kenneth's son, David Behring, is continuing the work of his father and to this day the Wheelchair Foundation has delivered (or committed to date) 1,098,223 wheelchairs, all around the world to people in need.  Please visit the site at https://www.wheelchairfoundation.org/ to learn more about the commitment of the foundation.
 
I had the great honor to receive an award from David Behring in November 2016. 
In the picture, Diego Velasquez (International Service chair), Claudine Schooley (President-Elect) from Conejo Valley Rotary Club/California, presented a check of $42,000 to the President of The Wheelchair Foundation, David Behring. 
The Road To Leadership - Finding a Life of Purpose Claudine Schooley 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
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The lead international partners on this grant are Gift of Life Cairo and Gift of Life North East Ohio. Dr. Shawky from Cairo has been connected with our program since 5 year old “Sherouk” and her mother came to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for open heart surgery in 2007. He has done an extraordinary job in building the program in Northern Egypt. Dr. Shawky’s all Egyptian team is reaching out to underserved regions of his home country and has begun working with us to lay the foundation for becoming an outbound surgical team to begin teaching, training and equipping future partners in Kenya.
 
Our district can be proud of the roll we have played in supporting this incredible program. I personally thank you all for the many years of sustain support and commend you all for having touched the lives of so many children and their extended families though our service.
 
Ken
 
Kenneth J. Fogle, Chair
Gift of Life North East Ohio, Inc.
216-861-5151
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Posted by Reena Kanner on Aug 05, 2019

Chesterland celebrates 30 years of service and Unsung Hero

Four charter members were in attendance Pictured President Terry Palermo (charter members: Ben Pitabona, Dick Dorr, Joy Black, Fred Nevar and guest speaker District Governor John Reyes). Our chapter meets Wednesday morning at 7am.
 
On behalf of a member who could not be present, President Terry Palermo accepted the Unsung Hero from DG Reyes.  The recipient will remain a secret until they are able to personally accept the award.
 
 
 
 
 

Fill the Cruiser

Chesterland Rotary is now in its second year of organizing community Fill the Police Cruiser with items needed for USO boxes. The boxes are assembled in Chester and mailed to deployed service personal. This year food, gift cards, and money, was in access of $3,500. If you have names/address of a service deployed person please forward.

 
Chesterland Rotary Taking Action for 30 years! Reena Kanner 2019-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
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Six areas of focus - names adjusted

We’ve made changes to Rotary’s areas of focus. We’ve kept the existing six areas but adjusted three names (marked with asterisks) to better reflect the types of projects that Rotary members are carrying out. The areas of focus are now:
 
  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention*
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene*
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Community economic development*
Some of the goals of the areas have changed, and we’ve included activities that relate to the environment for most areas. The Areas of Focus Policy Statements reflect these updates.
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SANYUKA CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES CHOIR
PERFORMS FOR MEDINA SUNRISE ROTARY
Love - Influence - Rejoice
 
"'SANYUKA' is a Ganda word meaning 'REJOICE'!" exclaimed Allan Kizito, Executive Director of Sanyuka Children's Ministries in Uganda.  "My journey, from having been orphaned at 8-years old in Uganda, taken in by Christian missionaries through high school, graduating from Makerere University, founding Real Technologies Group, getting married and having our first child, winning a U.S. Department of State Green Card lottery, and being offered a job in Medina, Ohio, was guided not by not by luck or through my own energy but by the loving hand of God."
 
Kizito, now a software engineer with Ohio-based OEConnection, founded Sanyuyka Children's Ministries in Uganda in 2008, and continues his overseas mission, which offers Christ-centered child development programs that were initiated as a response to the ever increasing number of street, orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda.  Sanyuka is a Family!  It currently brings education, health care, food, clothing, a nurturing home-setting, mentoring, purpose and spiritual discipleship to 55 children who were once orphans, with many more on the waiting list. 
 
"We are grateful to Medina Sunrise Rotary for the generous donation and to our blessed partnership with Pride One Construction of Medina," said Allan. "Please join us in building a sustainable future for these children. Our 2019 Sanyuka Vision is to promote our children's ministries tour, purchase land for a school and a development center for teaching job trade skills, with homes, a training farm, and a small business incubator. Also, we are excited about bringing the Sanyuka Children's Ministries Choir to Ohio in 2019 to share our stories, mission, and our love of God."
 
Kizito and the vivacious Sanyuka choir concluded their beautiful music and dance presentation with a heartfelt thanks to all Medina Sunrise Rotarians, whose mission is "making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures," and for joining with Sanyuka Family Children's Ministries in Uganda.  "Together, we can become the instrument in changing a life, a generation, a country, and Africa." 
 
For more information about getting involved with Sanyuka Children's Ministries, supporting the 2019 Children's Choir Ohio Tour, or sponsoring a young life, please contact:

 Allan Kizito at 312-515-7370 (mobile), or https://www.sanyukachildren.org 
PHOTO: Medina Sunrise Rotary Club & Sanyuka Ministries Children's Choir
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PolioPlus Update 
August 2019End Polio Now website 
Polio Case Count (as of 25* July) 
 
Country20172018 2019 (to date)Date of last case
Pakistan812451 July 2019
Afghanistan1421115 June 2019
Nigeria00021 August 2016
Total223356 

 

 

*In addition to the cases of wild polio virus listed above, there have been 52 cases of circulating vaccine derived polio cases in 2019. Please go to http://www.polioeradication.org/ for the latest details regarding case counts and progress. 

PROGRAM NEWS 
The polio eradication program has experienced both progress and challenges in 2019. On 21 August 2019, Nigeria will mark three years without any new cases of wild poliovirus. As the last polio-endemic country in Africa, Nigeria’s success against wild polio will open the door for the entire African region to be certified free of wild poliovirus.  Following the Nigeria three-year mark, the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) will finalize its evaluation process of the data to confirm this progress.  If the data confirms this progress, the entire African region could be certified WPV-free by mid-2020.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have experienced more cases due to issues including security and access challenges. Both governments and polio eradication partners are working to critically analyze their programs and carrying out their national polio emergency plans, which use data to identify and execute area-specific solutions.

New infrastructure, resources and coordination mechanisms, such as a planned regional hub in Amman, Jordan, are helping to enhance operational management and to provide technical support to endemic countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rotarians remain an active part of these efforts and are working to enhance government accountability and create awareness and support in target communities through coordinated social mobilization activities.


 

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Rotary Weekly
 A roundup of Rotary news
3 ways to make your club more inclusive
Katey Halliday is leading her district's effort to promote and embrace Rotary International's diversity, equity, and inclusion policy. For Membership Month, Halliday, a member of both Rotary and Rotaract in Adelaide City, South Australia, blogs about what the policy means for membership. She explains why it's importance to invite people from diverse backgrounds and include them in planning and decision making.
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This week's stories
After-hours groups increase membership

In Galen Engel's club, the same 10 people seemed to be involved in everything. As a newer member of the Rotary Club of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA, he was excited to get the rest of the club engaged, and bring in new, younger members. He found it was easier to attract members to after-hours groups that meet in different locations and times around town. Ten of the club's 11 new members this year have come from these after-hours groups. Learn more about his club's plan for expanding membership in his post on Rotary Voices.

How Rotary changes lives

What happens when you say yes to Rotary? In the August issue, The Rotarian profiles 17 people who joined Rotary to make a difference, and how it transformed their lives.

Committee to nominate the RI president
The Rotarians who will serve on the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2021-22 have been announced. 
LEARN MORE
 
Take part in our membership webinar
Join us on Wednesday, 28 August, for our upcoming webinar We Are Rotary: Advancing Women as Leaders. The webinar takes place 15:00-16:00 Chicago time (UTC-5).
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Akron Rotary Camp Regatta Amanda Warner 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
The Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament, presented by Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. will be held on July 27th. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Tourney and what better way to celebrate it than to hold it on the grounds of Akron Rotary Camp with the Menches Bros. Food Truck and beverages from our friends at the House of LaRose to help you cool off.  Please invite your neighbors and family too for some friendly rivalry, and help us make this the most successful tournament yet!
 
Please click on the following link:  bit.ly/rotarycornhole
 
Some more exciting news is our raffle for this year, open to anyone, and you don’t have to be present to win. Click this link http://bit.ly/dreamcarday to purchase your tickets for your chance at winning a one-day rental of a Ferrari or Lamborghini from Dream Car Adventures.
Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. You can designate whether you want your raffle ticket to go to the Lamborghini or the Ferrari (you can mix & match when you buy the 3 for $25 packages).
 
See you on the 27th!
 
Scott Kolligian
Co-Founder, Charity Cornhole Tournament
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Posted by David Lariviere

"Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For 25 years, Medina Sunrise Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects," stated President Shail Jain. From literacy and peace to water, food security and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents, and treasures.

 

PHOTO Top (L-R): Rob Starcher, Dale Huefner, Will Koran, Brendan Rose, Mike Davanzo, Shail Jain, Frank Festi, Becky Shotwell, Dennis Powers, Than Jain, John Verdile, Rich Pace, Daryl Kubilus, Roger Hassler, Reid Miller, Mike Morse, Kevin Wermer, Ed Jakubick, David Vogelgesang, David Loeper

Medina Sunrise Celebrates 25 Years of Service David Lariviere 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to all who turned out for a spectacular night of fundraising for the End Polio Now campaign at Progressive Field ... we raised some much needed funds while watching a wonderful baseball game and had tremendous fun socializing  with everyone.  Also thanks to everyone who donated items for the auction and sponsored the event! 
            
 
End Polio Now at Progressive Field Stew Buchanan 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Reynolds
Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, Inc., is excited to have Rotary Club of Aurora’s support of our Portage Trailblazers summer camp. Celebrating its 10th summer season, the camp is located at the Happy Day School campus in Ravenna. This summer over 300 children with special needs will be served from Portage County. Every day campers experience traditional camping activities – arts and crafts, nature, sports and leisure, and swimming. Rotary Camp provides opportunities for campers to learn and grow in a safe environment, a place where they develop friendships, learn and sing camp songs, create memories that will last a lifetime and so much more.
 
Prior to camp starting, Aurora Rotarians lended a hand to move-in equipment and program supplies, unpacked and organized everything, moved tables and chairs in preparation for the first day of camp. On July 12th, Rotarians were back at it volunteering during Carnival Day assisting campers in enjoying a variety of carnival games, face painting and even snow cones. 
 
We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Aurora for your Service Above Self partnership in providing your time, talent and treasure to help enhance our Trailblazers camp for not only our campers but their families and our camp staff. Your support is helping us to continue creating a world where there are only abilities!
 
In the spirit of camping,
 
Dan Reynolds
Director of Endless Possibilities, Akron Rotary Camp
Rotarian, Rotary Club of Akron
www.rotarycamp.org           
Thank You Rotary Club of Aurora Dan Reynolds 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

Dear District 6630, Rotarians, and Friends:
 
It is difficult to comprehend how fast the past 28 months have gone since I became District Governor Nominee Designate, and we now find ourselves in a new Rotary year. As we move from “Be The Inspiration” to “Rotary Connects The World,” we find ourselves in an exciting time.
 
Both of these themes were selected after considerable thought. While each was arrived at independently, they coordinate well and help us to continue moving the District forward as seamlessly as possible from one year to the next and from one District Governor to the next. Rotary as an institution is clearly inspiring, and much of that inspiration comes from the actions of our individual clubs and their respective activities. It is my hope and goal to use that inspiration as a motivating foundation to move forward to connect the world.
 
We have all seen the manifestation of both being the inspiration and Rotary connecting the world in the many projects that our clubs undertake. While our Shoe Box campaign begins locally, it connects us with children halfway around the world. It was only a few years ago that the Barberton Club initiated its long-running micro-lending project in Togo. More recently, the Kent Club has been continuing its good work with water projects in Latin America.
 
Our attempts to inspire and connect also involve local projects. Many clubs such as Strongsville and Green actively work with their local food banks. Others, such as Akron, work extensively with children with special needs. All of these actions speak loudly to both inspire and connect. This inspiration and connection works not only between our Rotarians, but also with our friends and neighbors locally and worldwide.
 
I was recently privileged to attend the first Grants Committee meeting of the new Rotary year. Exciting prospective grant-based projects continue to work their way through that committee and we should all extend our thanks to both the committee members and clubs for their exciting ideas and the hard work necessary to make them a reality.
 
The existence of both inspiration and desire to connect the world has been apparent in the multiple clubs I have visited as they install new officers and directors. The enthusiasm, energy, and planning have all been impressive.
 
As we move forward in 2019-2020 Rotary year, I both encourage you and stand ready to assist you as we build upon the superb accomplishments of Past District Governor Beverly and our entire team. As you know, we are moving forward from a successful District Conference, an energetic year in building membership and a remarkably successful year in advancing our many youth-oriented activities, including Rotaract, Interact, the Four-Way Test Speech Contest, and Youth Exchange programs. We have every right to be confident that we can build upon these successes and add new areas of endeavor.
 
I look forward to visiting all of the clubs in the coming weeks. In the interim, we will continue to move forward with planning for our second regionalized Membership Summit by joining together with our neighboring districts. We are also excited to explore opportunities to work in our new Rotary Zones 30-31, as DGE Pat Myers and DGN Larry Lohman recently did at the Leadership Seminar in Columbus on July 12-13.
 
Special thanks to all of those who came to the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs in Rex Lake to celebrate the Awards and Banner Exchange on Saturday, July 20, 2019. While it is impossible to thank everyone individually, special thanks to Rotary International Director Stephanie Urchick for coming to the event and adding a very special contribution. Special thanks are also due to Julie Brandle, Dan Reynolds, Mella Castner, and Amanda Warner for all of their work in planning and implementing the event. Finally, special thanks to Past District Governor Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski and her designated driver for providing the official District Governor’s Survival Kit for the 2019/2020 Rotary Year!  Click to view all Banner Exchange Photos
 
In closing, my best wishes for an exciting and successful year to come. I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.
 
Sincerely,
 
John Reyes
Rotary District 6630 Governor 2019-2020

Tel: 330.258.6469
Email: jreyes@bdblaw.com
 
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Notes from the District Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) Committee

 

It’s hard to believe, but we are almost one and a half months through the Rotary Year. Time flies when you are having fun - and we hope you ARE having fun! 

 
As your current Club leader continues to apply some of the best practices they learned in their leadership development sessions, the District LEAD committee is already working on planning sessions for the 2020-2021 Presidents-Elect. At this time, 38 of our clubs in our district have identified a President Elect.
 
The LEAD Committee is planning PETS-1 for Saturday, November 23rd t the Akron Rotary Camp. We look forward to seeing all the Presidents-Elect there, and we want clubs to send a representative if the President Elect cannot make it or has not yet been identified. In addition to District 6630 sponsored development, we ask that clubs begin the process of developing their members for future leadership roles.
 
Some of the topics we will address at PETS-1 include: Setting Club Goals, Building an Effective Leadership Team, Working with Volunteers, and more! As Presidents-Elect and clubs begin to think about their future, we encourage you to utilize Rotary International’s new Strategic Plan. This new Vision can help guide your club’s initiatives, promote Rotary, and increase membership as we look to the future.
 
 
Rotarians input helped build the plan. You may notice that the plan is different than in the past - please take time to look at it and read the message from Stephanie Urchick, chair of Rotary's Strategic Planning Committee. 
 
If you prefer to copy and paste the link it is https://my.rotary.org/en/message-strategic-planning-committee
 
If there are any additional ways the LEAD Committee can be of help to any of you personally or your clubs, please reach out to me at jayhawkrk@gmail.com.
 
 
LEAD News for August Ryan Knotts 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Regards
Mike
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
June 2019 District 6630 Newsletter 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
JUNE IS Rotary Fellowships Month
 
Those who can, do; those who volunteer do more.
                                                                                             - Author Unknown
 
Dear Family of Rotary:
 
It is impossible to even know where to begin to be able to properly thank all who have served Rotary this year in so many different capacities – no job was too big or small - for your clubs or your district.  The beneficiaries were those you served and you will forever have my utmost respect; I continue to be humbled by who you are and what you do and the lives that are better for it.  One of the notable speakers at the RI Convention in Hamburg stated that “today’s inspiration is tomorrow’s motivation.”  And that is what the Rotarians in this district have done…laid an excellent groundwork for the future.
 
Each of us owes an incredible debt of gratitude first and foremost to our Presidents of Action and their clubs, and to the hardworking District Committees, Assistant Governors, District Officers and the Advisory Council of Past District Governors. Thank you for your leadership and guidance.
 
You have turned the corner with your membership development efforts and a renewed commitment to engagement and retention, but our work has just begunMembership extension is on the horizon with communities in the district already identified for new Rotary clubs, Satellite clubs are under consideration and we continue to move forward with our planning for our “District E-Club NEO.
 
There were countless opportunities for participation provided by our Rotary clubs this year…morning, noon and night.   Excellent speakers; new club meetings structures; club assemblies; social events bringing together the Family of Rotary; humanitarian projects of every type and size; cluster meetings; and events to bring visibility to Rotary and to encourage “Rotarians doing business with Rotarians.” Fundraising events and/or projects to support your humanitarian efforts happened in every club throughout the district.  There is no possible way to capture all that has happened but simply said, there is something for everyone in Rotary.
 
Throughout the year you set new levels of excellence with your support of and participation in the awards ceremony and banner exchange last July; the membership summit followed by the charter banquet for the Rotary Club of Green in August; the Tri-District Membership Seminar in October; PETS one in November and The Rotary Foundation Gala in December; All Ohio PETS in March and the District Conference of Clubs – Inspiring People off Action in April.  Over 40 Rotarians and family members joined together earlier this month at the convention in Hamburg, Germany to celebrate Rotary and to renew old acquaintances and make new friends.   And that is just the tip of the iceberg…
 
You embraced the “53,000 Points of Light” initiative to help End Polio Now and continued your support of The Rotary Foundation in so many other ways.  Thank you for your contributions.  Numerous clubs took advantage of the opportunities “your contributions have made possible” by applying for District and Global Grants to “Do Good in the World.”  I know our own Arch C. Klumph, Father of The Rotary Foundation, looks down with heartfelt pride and appreciation.    Many of you stepped up to support our Interactor’s dream to provide the youth in hurricane-ravaged St. Thomas with a new library or to provide Shoeboxes for the Children of the Dump in Nicaragua or support to ShelterBox USA.  Only a brief look at the many lives you have helped or even saved.
 
You celebrated our youth through your support of our Rotary Youth Exchange program, Rotary Leadership Awards (RYLA), 4-Way Test Speech Contest, chartering of four new Interact Clubs with plans for more and the restructuring of some of our existing Rotaract clubs with initiatives well under way for new “community-based” Rotaract in 2019-2020.   This is in addition to the numerous other youth initiatives within each of our clubs.
 
To my Presidents of Action
 
It has been an honor to serve with you this year and hopefully help you to reflect on and celebrate your many successes – and when needed, to share in your challenges.  I have learned much from you and am privileged to have been given the opportunity to “look inside” your clubs at what makes this incredible giant called Rotary so successful.  Each of your clubs are totally different as are your needs and passions and those you serve.  That is one of the best parts of Rotary. Thank you for welcoming my husband David and I into your clubs with such warmth and friendship. 
 
This is just a little bit of what I have learned this year…
 
You have taken chances to effect change and energize your clubs and even though it may have not been as successful as you had wished…at least you tried and set the stage for the future;
 
It was a privilege to be part of your Rotary Unsung Hero presentations and witness how you surrounded those you were honoring with such love and respect and let them how important they are to you;
 
You are respectful of the old traditions, but have endeavored to create new ones – not an easy task;
 
You definitely know how to have fun…oh, yes indeed;
 
Some of you truly had to make some hard choices…and though you did it with some  trepidation, you performed as true leaders all the while trying to be sensitive to the moment and never losing sight of what was best “for the whole;”
 
Some of you were “chief cook and bottle washer” and still did an incredible job of moving your club forward – and you did a better job than you give yourselves credit for;
 
I watched clubs “circle the wagons” for their presidents when it was needed and come together as only a Rotary family can when the sadness one of us was experiencing seemed insurmountable;
 
Lastly, everyone one of you made someone’s life better, gave others a reason to hope and some a reason to believe in a future and you did it through every Avenue of Service imaginable and even some that haven’t even been thought of yet!  That is your legacy as Presidents of Action – those are your own “Rotary Defining Moments” and that is the gift you gave to Rotary this year.  Well done. 
 
District Committees
 
Your District Chairs and their committee members have worked hard to support us and our projects and activities this year with a level of dedication and commitment that helps to keep our district at the forefront of all we do.  We are all in their debt.  Their story – which is your story – needs to be told so my final project is to compile (with their help) a “Year in Review” for our district and capture some of our accomplishments and where the work must continue if the inroads we set out to achieve are to be realized. We were able to introduce some “new” committees this year to our structure and their work has only just begun! 
 
Assistant Governors
 
Simply, no District Governor could have asked for a more professional, dedicated and supportive team of AG’s – EVER.  They inspired and motivated one another (and me) and are the “eyes and ears” of the District Governor when they can’t be everywhere.  For that reason, I am introducing a new district award entitled the “Outstanding Assistant Governor Award” which will be presented on July 20.  “Thank you to each of them from the bottom of my heart.” 
 
 
THANK YOU to District Newsletter Editor Mike Johns, Jr.
 
For the past 10 years Mike Johns, Jr., Past President of the Rotary Club of Hillcrest Sunrise, has spent countless hours helping all of us to share our individual messages of service as clubs and as individuals.  This is one of the best ways to “Share Rotary” and let each other now what we are doing and find out “new ways” to be involved.  Through the years he has assembled 1,000’s of  articles and since this is his final publication, I want to take this opportunity to thank him on behalf of the nine Districts Governors who have proceeded me, and each of us in the Family of Rotary in District 6630.    This 120th District Newsletter is his final endeavor…thank you, Mike, from a most grateful District Governor. 
 
RI District 6630 Awards Celebration and Banner Exchange/Induction Ceremony
 
Please consider this your personal invitation to join my husband David and me and District Governor-Elect John and Linda Reyes at the  2018-2019 District Awards Celebration and 2019-2020 Banner Exchange/Induction Ceremonies to be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 at the Akron Camp for Children with Special Needs.   We began a new tradition last year of combining these two events into one, bringing our Family of Rotary together to celebrate the successes of the concluding Rotary year while at the same time giving a proper send-off to our new club and district leadership.  This year the host will be the Rotary Club of Akron, home to our incoming District Governor John Reyes. As I announced to my Presidents of Action last month, we are honored to be joined by a very special guest 2019-2021 Rotary International Director Stephanie Urchick to help us celebrate.
 
Looking to the Future
 
For over two years I have had the pleasure of working with John Reyes – I look forward to his leadership in the coming year and to supporting him however I can as our 2019-2020 District 6630 Governor.  He brings his own style of leadership to this role which I have a great deal of respect for – consistent and forward-thinking,  always with the best interests of the District and Rotary at the forefront in all that he does.  Our future continues to be bright with the leadership that will be provided by both 2020-2021 District Governor Pat Myers and 2021-2022 District Governor Larry Lohman.    DGE John, we are all looking forward to you guiding us as “Rotary Connects the World.”
 
In Closing
 
Volunteer service in this district is not just about doing what is expected of us, but it is a way of life…you can’t teach someone to care. Each club and its members deserve our appreciation; for the countless hours of unselfish service put forth by each of you – always supported by our families and friends – with no expectation of thanks or recognition.   That is the real gift called Rotary.
 
Thank you,
 
Your grateful Governor
 
The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers…
volunteers wear working boots, but leave a trail of angel footprints
                                                                                      - Terry Guillemets
A Letter From Our Governor June 2019 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2019
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Regards
Mike
 
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Public Relations Chair
TRC Hillcrest-Sunrise
(Cleveland) Ohio USA
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Posted on May 22, 2019
May is Youth Service Month
 
 
 
 
Dear Family of Rotary:
 
In my opinion “every month” in Rotary is dedicated to Youth Service.  Not a day goes by that at least one Rotary club in District 6630 celebrates their commitment to youth through programs such as Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and our short and long-term Youth Exchange programs, to name just a few.  After what I have witnessed this year – no one does it better.   Our Presidents of Action and their clubs, our District Chairs and their committees have all done an excellent job.      
 
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can
build our youth for the future.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
We work hard to empower our young people; provide mentoring opportunities; heroes to emulate; ethical standards to guide their business and personal lives; tracks to leadership development; scholarships to advance their education and we “give them a voice” that might otherwise not be heard with our 4-Way Test Speech Contests.  
 
“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget
to educate their hearts”
- Dalai Lama
 
We consistently demonstrate the importance of “taking care of our own.” Rotarians are fierce in their compassion for those less fortunate and continue to fight battles on their behalf when there is no one else “to be their voice.” That is one of the greatest gifts Rotarians can share with our youth and young professionals – the belief in the importance and worth of all people everywhere
 
Our youth are our future, our peacemakers and do change this incredible and complex world of ours.    If you look through their eyes, there really are no “boundaries” whether they be cultural, political, religious or geographical – they all really do speak the same language called “Rotary.” 
 
It was our District’s Interactors who had the vision to reach out their hands in support and friendship to their fellow youth in hurricane-ravaged St. Thomas, resulting in a Global Grant spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Chesterland and supported by so many.  Organized by the Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village, once again the Children of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua knew that “Rotary cares” when they received their shoeboxes filled with items that give them hope and packed with love.  Our 53,000 Points of Light initiative has, to date, because of your generosity enabled 700,000 children to receive the polio vaccine so that they need never fear the scourges of that dreaded disease ever again. 
 
I have witnessed this year the power of the youth in this district and am constantly impressed with their creativity, maturity, “take charge” attitude and ability to guide and challenge one other.   They have been my teachers and my inspiration in so many ways. 
 
We Rotarians have spent a lot of time this year continuing to ensure that our humanitarian service is sustainable, but it is important for us to always remember that our young people are what make Rotary and its future sustainable.  
 
 Thank you to each of you for your continued dedication and commitment to our youth.    
 
“The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.”
- Nelson Mandela
 
Save travels to the 40+ Rotarians and their family members who will be joining David and me at the RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany, at the end of the month – what a great representation for our district!
 
Warmest regards,
 
Governor Bev
 
Thank you District 6630!
A Letter From Our Governor May 2019 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
1.  It is estimated that in 2016 there was between 6.5 and 8.5 million people around the world made homeless by natural
    Disasters. This need has continued every year since then
 
2.  It is projected that by 2025 that figure will be 200 million people a year losing their home through natural disaster and conflict.
 
3.  In the first 16 years of Shelter Box, it has helped over 1.1 million people.
 
4.  The Goal of Shelter Box is to help 1 million people in the year 2025.  We can only do that through working in
     partnerships like Rotary and others.  
 
Challenging Global Environment - In an increasingly challenging environment we need to work around obstacles to ensure 
we can help people.  Shelter Box is not as simple as one size fits all.  We have learned this from the experts and hence the theory of change drives our decision making, With this process we need to be leaving people in a better position to continue on their road to recover.      .
 
Shelter box is active around the globe every day, all year.  In the recent years we have been deployed every single day across 21 counties working closely with various Rotary Clubs.  This is one of the key reasons why we need your continued support so that Shelter Box can continue to be there to support others in the world.  For more information, please feel feel to contact the Shelter Box USA office or PDG and Past Board member Jack A. Young. (440--759-4000 or jack1villa@aol.com
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May 2019
Helping club and district leaders achieve success
 
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Rotary Peace Symposium brings partnerships into focus
 
Rotary Peace Fellows Phillip Gittins, Hai-Ryung Sung, and Sarah Agnew at the 2016 Rotary Convention in Seoul, Korea. Participants of the Rotary Peace Symposium in Hamburg will explore how partnerships can advance peace.
 
 
 
YOUNG LEADERS
How far have we come toward the goal of expanding Rotaract?
 
 
CLUB CLINIC
Is the passport model right for your club?
 
 
 
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One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201-3698, USA
 
 
 
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Regards
 
Mike
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
April 2019 District Newsletter Mike Jr Johns 2019-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2019

Rotary International's new monthly theme for April is

Maternal and Child Health!
 
       
      Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes. At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.
 — Rotary International
Dear Family of Rotary:
 
The 2018-2019 District Conference of Clubs – Inspiring People of Action brought us together for a weekend of inspiration, Rotary information and friendship as we celebrated the work of our Presidents of Action and their clubs.    Right after the conference concluded, there was even more cause for celebration when I received the Zone 29 Membership Reports as of March 31, 2019.  Because of your continuing efforts at membership recruitment and engagement, District 6630 had a net increase of 16 members at month-end.  This is extremely significant and “didn’t just happen” – it is because of your hard work to “Share Rotary.”  Congratulations District 6630!     
 
Next month’s newsletter will have a more detailed article and pictorial, but in the meantime, please enjoy some of the special moments captured in these photos.  On Friday we  honored those members of our Rotary Family we had lost in the past year at the Celebration of Life; recognized  our 50-year Rotarians who are so precious to our mosaic;  learned a new Rotary term “Voluntold;” presented the eagerly awaited  Tri-District Membership Awards (our district won 4 of the 5 available) followed by panel discussions on membership successes and challenges and on the status of Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio.  We embraced the internationality of Rotary when we welcomed to our family our special visitors from St. Thomas, USVI and heard from a young man, now in college, who began his life as a “child of the dump” in Chinandega, Nicaragua. 
 
On Saturday at the District Leadership Assembly we brought together our club leadership to embrace the elements of a successful Rotary club and plan a direction for the coming year.  Our Celebration of Youth luncheon was a “Rotary Defining Moment” for many of us as we brought together Rotary Youth Exchange, 4-Way Test Speech Contest Winners, Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA.  And then there was the return of the Interact Carnivale!   The evening brought us the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have made significant contributions to The Rotary Foundation; learn what it  means to hurricane-ravaged St. Thomas for our Interactors to have reached out their hands in support; celebrated our contributions to Polio Eradication and our “53,000 Points of Light” initiative; and heard Inspiring words from our RI President’s Representative PDG David Bixler on “Finding Our Why.”  Both evenings concluded with hospitality and some important revelations about our Rotary Family! 
 
It is going to take me some time to properly thank all of the clubs and the members of our Rotary Family who helped make this possible, but your Governor needs to start somewhere and the best place to start is by listing the Conference Steering Committee (in no particular order) who, along with many of their family members,  each made an important contribution toward ensuring the success of the event.  I will be forever grateful to each of them for their unwavering dedication and support to this conference and to each of you.
 
Julie Brandle, District Conference Chair (Akron)
Jackie Minotas, Secretary/Timelines/Scripting (Hillcrest Sunrise)
Tracy Jemison, Treasurer/Registration (Burton-Middlefield)
Dave Hansford, Chair, Operations/Facilities (Kent)
Randy Rininger, Chair, Facilities/Signag (Port Summit)
Linda Kramer, District Secretary/Annual Meeting/Registration (Berea)
Lynda Farkas, Governor’s Aide-de-Camp/Registration (Akron)
PDG Mike Davanzo, Vice Governor/Celebration of Life (Medina Sunrise)
Julie Brouhard, District Governor’s Club Representative/Hospitality (Cleveland)
PDG Julie West, 50-Year Rotarian Celebration (Cleveland)
PDG Steve Zabor, LEAD Co-Chair/District Leadership Assembly (Mantua)
Ryan Knotts, LEAD Co-Chair/District Leadership Assembly (Hillcrest Sunrise)
PDG Cheryl Warren, Webmaster/Program Book (Akron)
PDG Jim McKee, District Chair, Membership (Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley)
PDG Bob Johnson, District Chair, Foundation (Burton-Middlefield)
Kathy Berkshire, Assistant Governor Coordinator/Registration/Sergeants-At-Arms (Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise)
Dave Jones, A/V for District Conference/District Leadership Assembly (Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley)
Chelsea Talty, District Chair, Interact/Rotaract & Youth Carnivale (Chesterland)
AG Bob Oborn, District Advisor, Interact/Rotaract & Youth Carnivale, Cluster Baskets (Stow-Monroe Falls)
AG Bob Voss, Thursday Hospitality and Celebration of Life (Chesterland)
Shelia Hedrick, Rotary Youth Exchange (Cuyahoga Falls)
Peter DeSouza, 4-Way Test Speech Contest (Aurora)
Maureen Garnett, District Chair, Public Image (Hillcrest Sunrise)
Claudine Schooley, Annual Meeting (Akron)
IPDG Amy Kapostasy, Centerpieces (Mentor)
DGE John Reyes, District Leadership Assembly  (Akron)
DGN Pat Myers, District Leadership Assembly (Hudson Clocktower)
DGND Larry Lohman, House of Friendship (Kent)
PDG Dave Skrzynski (Berea)
 
Thank you District 6630!
 
Governor Bev
A Letter From Our Governor April 2019 2019-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
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Mike
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
 
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Posted on Feb 18, 2019
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Regards
 
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Posted on Feb 16, 2019
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor
MARCH IS ROTARY WATER AND SANITATION MONTH
 
 Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in over 1,000 WASH (sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene)  projects in more than 100 countries.  Through grants from The Rotary Foundation and fundraising by Rotary clubs, our volunteers have supported water purification, hygiene education, latrine construction and waste management.  2030 is the year Rotary International hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, hygiene and sanitation.
             -Rotary International
 
Dear Family of Rotary:
 
There aren’t many aspects of what we do in Rotary that do not touch one of the most successful and sustainable areas of Rotary service – Water and Sanitation.  When we build a well; plant a tree or landscape a river bend; update an aging power plant; cut the ribbon on a sanitation
facility; help restore the quality of our local rivers and streams; help develop water treatment plants; educate our youth on the need to preserve our Great Lakes; teach our children to swim or a special needs child to fish…that is just a brief look at what “Rotary” accomplishes in District 6630 – your impact here and faraway. 
 
With clean water…food will grow and our children can eat and our teachers can teach so our youth can go on to lead productive lives.    
 
You forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one…Jacques Yves Cousteau
 
 

IT IS TIME TO REGISTER NOW! 

We are less than a month away from our District Conference of Clubs which is designed to, inform, inspire and celebrate our Presidents of Action and Rotary in District 6630.  See the registration information above with the updated At-A-Glance and Saturday District Leadership Assembly (DLA) schedule.  We are truly fortunate to be able to truly “touch the internationality of Rotary” throughout the weekend.
 
I personally invite you to hear Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith from the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Cleveland Division; and share in a discussion on Membership Development successes and Human Trafficking in Northeast Ohio; celebrate our involvement with the Shoebox Program in support of the Children of the Dump in Nicaragua.  As of press time we will also be welcoming PDG Larry Wright from District 6400 in Michigan for some additional words of inspiration and are planning for a “first-hand update” on the status of the devastation wrought by the Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria in St. Thomas, USVI. 
 
On Saturday I encourage you to join us for the District Leadership Assembly and then help celebrate ALL OF OUR YOUTH in so many ways including the 4-Way Test Speech Contest Winners – Youth Exchange – RYLA – Interact and Rotaract  throughout the luncheon and the afternoon’s Interact  Carnivale!   As of press time it has been confirmed that both the Interact Advisor and Interact Club Vice President from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in St. Thomas will be in attendance  to help celebrate our Interactor’s dream for a Literacy Project in their school!  Throughout the conference we are honored to have in attendance our RI President’s Representative PDG David Bixler and Julie; and we also will be celebrating our Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and our 53,000 Points of Light Polio Eradication Program.  SEE YOU IN APRIL!
 
Best regards,
 
Governor Beverly
 
A Letter From Our Governor March 2019 2019-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2019
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor
FEBRUARY IS Peace and Conflict
Prevention/Resolution Month
Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children.  We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life.   Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.  Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Source: Rotary International
 
Happy Birthday Rotary.  This month is dedicated to the celebration of peace and the 114th anniversary of the founding of Rotary International on February 23rd - World Understanding and Peace Day.  I don’t believe Rotary’s founder, Paul P. Harris, or our own Arch C. Klumph, Father of The Rotary Foundation, had any idea at the time the true significance of their visions for “Service Above Self” and “Doing Good in the World” and the impact they would have on this world for generations to come, for all eternity.
 
Polio eradication, the largest global public health initiative in the world, contributes to peace each and every day.  Bringing light into some of the furthest outreaches of the world, and yes, Rotary does stop wars to immunize its children.
 
Rotary’s Peace Fellowships. In just over 10 years, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,200 fellows. Many of them now serve as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations. Our district was at the forefront of the formation of this program when 2000-2001 District Governor Jim Frame of the Rotary Club of Mantua stood on the stage at the RI Convention in San Antonio representing us as one of the few charter districts from around the Rotary world who supported the development of the World Peace Fellow Program. 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.  The long-term exchanges represent a full academic year and the short-term program can take the form of several days up to three months. There is no better opportunity for our youth to experience another culture, learn a new language and develop life-long friendships all under the umbrella of the Family of Rotary. 
 
Our community and university-based Rotaractors (ages 18-30) are part of a network of over 10,904 Rotaract Clubs representing over 250,000 Rotaractors in 189 countries  and our Interactors (ages 12-18) are represented by over 20,372 Interact Clubs with 468,556 members in over 159 countries.   When our Interactors reached out to the youth in hurricane-ravaged St. Thomas, with the help of Rotary clubs throughout the district, they raised over three times their initial goal of $10,000.  This $33,000 resulted in the development of a Global Grant worth $141,000 sponsored on their behalf by the Rotary Club of Chesterland. It helped rebuild their library for their high school and the community.  Just another example of reaching out with understanding and support make their “world” a better place.
 
Our Rotary Youth Exchange Students, our Rotary Peace Fellows and our Interactors and Rotaractors…these are our peacemakers and they do change our world
 
Many of you may remember Mother Teresa has had a profound effect on my life and I wanted to share with you one of my favorite quotes and the significance of a world without peace.
 
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other. 
                                                                                          - Mother Teresa
 
As a Nobel Peace Prize recipient in 1979, she devoted her life to working with the “poorest of the poor” in the slums of Calcutta and donated all of her winnings to those she served.  Mother Teresa continues to be an inspiration to this day.
 
I couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming District Conference of Clubs, April 12-13, 2019 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott.  Woven throughout the mosaic of the weekend will be RI President Barry Rassin’s theme of “inspiration” with a “touch of the Islands” throughout.  We have assembled one of the finest Planning Committees – ever – led by District Conference Chair Julie Brandle of the Rotary Club of Akron.   As our Club Presidents already know, this year we will be holding the Celebration of Life on Friday, before the Annual District 6630 Business Meeting, effectively reducing the conference by a day and giving more of the Family of Rotary the opportunity to remember those we have sadly lost in the last year.  Friday’s speakers will include Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith, FBI – Cleveland Division and we are awaiting final confirmation of attendance by one of the “Children of the Dump” from Nicaragua who is now in college; a shining example of the result of the support provided by so many clubs in our district for the Shoebox Program.   Our afternoon education sessions will lead off with a panel of Rotarians representing some of best “new member development and engagement programs” this year in our district.  PDG Membership Chair Jim McKee will be announcing winners of the Tri-District Membership contest at lunch.    Friday evening will conclude in the Hospitality Suite sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chesterland.            
 
Saturday morning begins with the District Leadership Assembly featuring a wide-array of programming for all Rotarians and guaranteed to Inspire to Lead - Empower to Achieve…And Have Fun. Watch for further details that will be forthcoming in the near future from the District 6630 LEAD Committee co-chaired by PDG Steve Zabor of the Rotary Club of Mantua and Ryan Knotts of the Rotary Club of Hillcrest Sunrise.
 
Saturday’s luncheon is a Celebration of Youth featuring our Rotary Youth Exchange Students, a presentation by the District 6630 4-Way Test Speech Finalists, Charter Ceremony for new Interact and Rotaract Clubs and a segment on our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp – all guaranteed to inspire you.
 
The afternoon will feature the RETURN of the acclaimed “Carnivale” sponsored by our District 6630 Interact Students featuring games guaranteed to make you laugh, intrigue and inspire!  $20 will get you 20 game tickets and the net proceeds will go to support this year’s Foster Care Project selected by our students at Interaction 2018. How fitting that this weekend celebrates “Global Youth Service Day.”
 
As of press time, special plans are “in the making” in the hopes that we can bring one of the Interactors and an adviser from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, the beneficiary of the Global Grant Literacy Project, to meet in person our Interactors to share what it means to have their support and their outreach.
 
And further late breaking news…Dave and Laura Diffendal of the Rotary Club of Cleveland have generously offered to provide four nights at one of their “incredible” resorts in Belize as an auction item on Saturday to provide further support for Polio Eradication.  Saturday evening will give us the opportunity to honor those who have recently become Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and the chance for an update on the “53,000 Points of Light” Polio Eradication Initiative.   We will also be welcoming PDG David Bixler and Julie from District 6080 in Missouri as the RI President’s Representatives for President Barry and Esther to this year’s District Conference of Clubs.  PDG David is his district’s Rotary Foundation Chair and Zone 31’s Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator.     I know we all look forward to welcoming them to our Rotary Family.
 
Above is a brief overview of the proposed schedule of events for the District Conference.    
 
Warmest regards,

Governor Beverly
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Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

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Posted on Jan 22, 2019
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor
 
 
January is
Vocational Service Month 
ROTARY’S SECOND
AVENUE 
OF SERVICE
 
Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to: aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation; recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and; contribute their vocational talents to the problems and   needs of society.
 
Happy New Year Family of Rotary!
 
This month we celebrate what I believe is the fundamental tenet of what guides us in our Rotary mission; the foundation of our beliefs and our ethical standards in both our personal and professional lives – Vocational Service.   Please click on this link to go to Rotary International’s brochure about this important Avenue of Service – valuable information if you are a new or newer member to Rotary.
 
It is about dignity, integrity and respect - for one another; for our individual businesses and professions; for the differences in each of us and the uniqueness of our individuality; for those we serve who many times have no place else to turn.  It is an ethical consciousness which gives us a barometer in which to measure the appropriateness of our words, thoughts and deeds. 
   
It is all about our service to our youth through our Interact and Rotaract Clubs, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), 4-Way Test Speech Contest and Youth Exchange programs which gives each of us a path to guide and mentor these young people.  The opportunity to offer programs to enhance and develop their leadership and life skills; to give them a voice when they might not otherwise be heard; to assist our youth “outside of the programming circle;” and to share our culture, our families, our way of life and our precious freedoms.
 
It is about the Four-Way Test that was adopted by Rotary International in 1943 and is recited at club meetings throughout our district and around the Rotary World and has been translated into over 100 different languages. 
  
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives.  One of the world’s move widely quoted and printed statements of business ethics is the 4-Way Test which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI President) when he was asked to take charge of a company who was facing bankruptcy.  This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of this company is credited to this simple philosophy.   This year’s District 6630 4-Way Test Speech contest is on Saturday, April 6 at Aurora High School.  Please click on this link to go to the district website page for all of the details.  Winners will once again present their speeches at the District Conference of Clubs.  
 
And it is about “Rotarians Doing Business with Rotarians,” one of the founding principles of Rotary. We have made some valiant attempts in the past to develop a directory of the businesses and professions of our Rotarians within District 6630 to be accessible by our members. The article on page 10 (click to go to the newsletter) is once again an introduction to such an initiative – voluntary in nature. Let’s see if we can make this happen whereby we provide a service to all Rotarians…just one more value to membership in Rotary. Not every club can possibly have representation in every vocation, but there just might be a Rotarian in an-other club who can offer the service or expertise you need. Because if you can’t do business with a Rotarian, then who can you do business with?  
 
There is not a Rotary club in this district that Vocational Service does not touch or is not an integral part of their mission.
Thank you to each of you.
 
I look forward to seeing you at the District Conference of Clubs on April 12-13, 2019 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott when we will come together to celebrate each of you.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Governor Beverly
2018-2019
District Conference of Clubs
INSPIRING PEOPLE OF ACTION
April 12-13, 2019
Cleveland Airport Marriott, Cleveland, OH

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RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

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RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Download 2019-20 theme logo and materials

Download the 2019-20 Presidential Theme and Rotary Citation brochure

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Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Posted on Dec 22, 2018
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor

Dear Family of Rotary:
 
Each of us receive so many letters at this time of year asking us to “open our hearts” and please give special thought to those in need. But that is what Rotary does each and every day of the week… during every month of the year. Thank you to you and your families on behalf of all those you serve. One of our greatest strengths… our secret weapon, is us and how we lead our lives, how we treat others and how we shine the light on those in need – that is our gift to the world and no one does it better.
 
On our computers, iPads and phones we continuously see opportunities to “press here to donate,” “click here to give” and “push here to contribute.” We have those same buttons in Rotary, but on the other end is your Foundation doing your work through your club in your community and around the Rotary World.
 
We will End Polio Now…as we continue to dig wells to bring fresh water to those who have none — so food can grow and people can eat and our children can learn and make their way toward a better life. That is just a sampling of who and what we are.
 
We had a record-breaking turnout for the December 6th Foundation event when we came together in friendship for fun, great food AND desserts to truly celebrate “Doing Good in the World” (see the article on page 3. The highlight of the evening was when John Daily of the Rotary Club of Akron was inducted into the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. John is pictured here with Frederick T. “Rory” McGuire, the grandson of Arch C. Klumph, and Kevin Kelly, Zone 29 Major Gifts Officer. Our Rotary Family, as always, demonstrated incredible generosity and on behalf of PDG Amy Kapostasy and myself, thanks you to everyone who had a part in its success. 
 
SAVE THE DATE for the 2018-2019 District Conference of Clubs, April 12-13, 2019 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott (an undiscovered jewel of a property) when we will come together once again as People of Action.
 
At the end of my letter are just a few of the ways Rotary touches the lives of others that I once shared with my own club and with the 2018-2019 Club Presidents as we prepared for this year – these Rotary leaders are truly my personal Inspiration.
 
I wish each of you and your families and friends, Peace, Joy and Hope. These to me are Rotary’s most precious gifts offered by each and every Rotary club in this district, and the men, women and our Rotary youth who give so much of themselves in so many ways. I know that to be true because I have seen it first-hand.
 
Governor Bev
 
This is Rotary
 
When a youth who has gone unnoticed and is bursting with so much to say, finds a voice in our 4-Way Test Speech Contest — that is Rotary;
 
When a family comes to a food pantry trusting that what they receive is fresh and healthy and there were loving hands that have sorted and watched over what they feed their children and themselves — that is Rotary;
 
When a child first holds a dictionary and sees in their hand the power of the written word, and then realizes it is something to call their own — that is Rotary;
 
When a hospital patient undergoes life-saving surgery and the “gift” from our Blood Donor Days flows through their veins, gives them strength and helps them heal — that is Rotary;
 
When the eyesight of a grandfather is restored in a far away village in India so that he can see the smile of the grandchild he is holding in his arms — that is Rotary;
 
When a victim of human trafficking is handed new clothing and sees that the tags are still on, something to call their own and the first step to recovering their dignity — that is Rotary;
 
When the temperature of the water is perfect for the young child to exercise his limbs and experience the freedom from pain that sometimes only the sanctity of water can provide — that is Rotary;
 
When a first responder is honored for their heroism “above and beyond” the call of duty with no thought to themselves, and an individual is celebrated for their belief in and work towards world understanding and peace — that is Rotary;
 
When our scouts can run free at camp, inhale the fresh air and never have to look over their shoulder to see what is behind them — that is Rotary;
 
When that life-saving drop is placed in the tiny mouth of the infant whose trusting mother smiles with tears in her eyes, and then embraces you with a strength that you can’t even fathom — that is Rotary.
 
Thank you, Rotary!
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Posted on Nov 19, 2018
Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor

FOR THE PURPOSE OF
“DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD”

“The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone. If we work on marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary…we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity.” 
— Arch C. Klumph, Father of The Rotary Foundation 

 

November is the month when Rotarians world-wide have historically focused on The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and when we as Americans pay tribute to those men and women who have served with honor and distinction in the US Armed forces in war and in peacetime, and particularly those who have given their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, so that we as a nation remain free.  

Veteran’s Day originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I which occurred 100 years ago “on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.”     In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veteran’s Day.    I have been so impressed with the number of programs that so many of our Rotary Clubs have designed to honor “and thank” our Veteran’s not just during November, but throughout the Rotary year.  
Thank you to our Veteran’s and those who are in active duty today, and your families, for your “Service Above Self.”
 
It was during World War I at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA in 1917, that 1916-1917 RI President, our own Arch C. Klumph (Past President of the Rotary Club of Cleveland) called for the formation of an endowment for the purpose of “doing good in the world.” Shortly thereafter, Past President Arch’s dream was realized when the first donation of $26.50 was received from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri. In the last 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent over $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects locally and around the world. The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
You may have seen Rotary’s recent announcement that “for the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.  The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.  ‘We are extremely honored to be recognized,’ says Foundation Trustee Chair Ron Burton.  It represents the hard work and dedication of countless Rotarians throughout the world.  They know their gifts will be used for the purpose for which they were given and that they will, indeed, make a real difference.’  The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.”  
 
Rotary’s 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.  It can save a life.  A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents.    Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2. 
- The Rotary Foundation
 
Your gifts to the Annual Fund and/or Polio Plus, will be included in our District’s giving totals for the Rotary year.  And one-half of those funds given will come back to us in three years for use in funding District and Global Grants.  In addition to EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) one of the easiest ways to contribute to The Rotary Foundation is through a bequest – by naming The Rotary Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or your retirement plans.
 
Here is a link to our “53,000 Points of Light” District 6630 Polio Eradication effort.  With 27 new cases of polio as of January 1 (Afghanistan/19; Pakistan/8), we have now surpassed 2017 where we saw a total of 22 new cases of WPV1.   Thursday, December 6th is also when we as a district come together to honor The Rotary Foundation and pay tribute to those clubs and individuals who have made significant contributions in 2017-2018.  It is a party of the “first order” to celebrate “Doing Good in the World” with a Live and Silent Auction, Decadent Dessert Dash and a contest for most creative costume! See all of the details below!  Registration is open - CLICK HERE or go to www.RotaryDistrict6630.org.    
 
David and I wish each of you a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Warmest regards,
 
Bev
 
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Regards

 

Mike

 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Public Relations Chair

TRC Hillcrest-Sunrise

(Cleveland) Ohio USA

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

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Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor

Dear District 6630 Rotarians and Friends:

It is hard to believe how quickly the first three months of the 2018-2019 Rotary year have simply flown by – something that each and every Past District Governor warned me about. This phenomenon happened when I was a Club President, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised - so none of the 2018-2019 Presidents of Action should be either. I would not take back a moment, though I wish sometimes there were more hours in the day and I had the ability to be in more than one place at a time. That is the hardest part for me – to not be able to attend all of the incredible club events and projects that are occurring each and every week in this district.

I have completed two-thirds of my club visits as of this writing, or 34 of 53. I will regret when they are over. If everyone in this district could look “through my eyes for a brief moment” – they would be overwhelmed by and disbelieving of the number of humanitarian projects there are and have been in District 6630 since its inception and the millions of people whose lives have been made better for having been touched by Rotary. It is life-changing to even think about and something I am in awe of each and every day. Our Club Presidents are energetic, “forward thinking” and engaged as agents of inspiration and change for their clubs and communities.

This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again. — Paul P. Harris, Founder, Rotary International.

August was Membership and New Club Development Month and the efforts in place by many of our clubs to Share Rotary and bring in new members have resulted in positive growth with a net increase for our district as of September 30th. Congratulations! Attracting new members is important for growth and new perspectives, but now it is incumbent upon each of us to engage these new Rotarians and help lead them to their own “Rotary Defining Moment.”

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” - Harvey S. Firestone, American Businessman

October is Economic and Community Development Month and Rotary International shares the following: Nearly 1.4 billion employed people  live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

This is woven into the mosaic of all of our clubs and takes many different forms whether within our own communities or serving a need across the ocean. That is Rotary and that is what our clubs do.

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. In less than two weeks, on October 24, Rotarians from around-the-world will come together “as one” for this year’s commemoration to continue to place emphasis on the elimination of this crippling and debilitating disease. Please see the different articles included in this newsletter not only detailing the history of Polio Eradication, but also answering some common questions from Rotarians on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

In the coming days you will receiving information on a special initiative that has been launched in our district on Polio Eradication. In conclusion, I want to share some thoughts with you from my husband, PDG Dave, on Polio eradication. He actually will probably be quite surprised to see it appear here with his byline.


Governor Beverly

As I reflect on World Polio Day, October 24, 2018, I find Rotary's investment amazing. If you ask almost any Rotarian they will say PolioPlus started in 1985 and that is true. Others may say it started in 1979 when 6 million children in the Philippines were vaccinated with a grant from Rotary, that is also true. However, if you look into the history of our Rotary District alone, you will find that the effects of Polio were foremost in the minds of Rotarians and their Clubs. Without exception every Rotary Club chartered before 1960 and most chartered after that, supported significant programs for children crippled by Polio. From Camp Cheerful and Akron Rotary Camp to major support of local county schools for crippled students, and in one case inventing and producing self-powered wheelchairs to provide mobility to those not able to walk. Even as we approached the New Millennium and Polio had been eradicated from the Americas, Rotarians of District 6630 never took their focus away from this debilitating disease. Some traveled overseas to administer vaccines, some sent wheelchairs, crutches and other equipment to help those already affected and just as important most raised or gave money so that all of these efforts were possible.

It is believed that Polio has been affecting humans for 3,000 years and untold millions of children. Thanks to Rotarians around the world, just like us in Northeast Ohio, we are only 19 cases away from removing this terrible disease from the face of the earth.

Please take the occasion of World Polio Day to make others aware of these efforts, and the importance of eradicating this debilitating disease.

PDG David Skrzynski
Chair, District 6630 International Service Committee

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Regards
 
Mike
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Public Relations Chair
TRC Hillcrest-Sunrise
(Cleveland) Ohio USA
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor
District 6630 Family of Rotary:
 
After just a little over two months into this Rotary year it is YOU, the Presidents and your Rotary clubs, that keeps me energized and focused.  The Rotarians and their families are People of Action of the first order and each of you have hit the ground running in your projects and activities. I have been welcomed with such warmth at each of my club visits – it is absolutely the best part of being your District Governor.
 
The plans that many of the clubs have shared with me for membership development and engagement are outstanding (please see the September message that appeared on Facebook from President Barry on page 13 of the newsletter).  I have watched with interest and pride at the new member inductions that are already taking place in this new Rotary year - some of which I have been honored to take part in.    The next step of course is engagement and leading them to their own “Rotary Defining Moment” (see page 2 for this month’s example). 
 
Mark your calendars for the afternoon of October 21ST as details are currently being finalized for a “joint” Membership Seminar with Districts 6600 and 6650 for our Club Membership Chairs, Presidents and Presidents-elect.  You will be hearing directly from our District Membership Team on this important “next step.” 
 
September is “Basic Education and Literacy” month.   More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  That’s 17 percent of the world’s population.    Rotary’s stated goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education and increase adult literacy.  Every club in this district is engaged in some way in this important Area of Focus.  Every time you mentor one of our youth…work with advocates to offer a community literacy program for adults…provide a  scholarship….sponsor a 4-Way Test Speech Contest….put a dictionary into the hands of a young child…host a Free Little Library…or read to a senior whose eyes can no longer see…that is the Gift of Rotary.
 
The initiative launched last month to seek out our Rotary Alumni within our clubs is taking form and an important part of my Governor’s message as I make my visits.  Please see the article on page 7 that talks about “Rotary Reconnect Week” scheduled for October 1-7 that ties directly into our efforts.  Find these young people who were the beneficiaries of your club’s programs and see if Rotary is still a part of their lives and if not, find out why!  Our Interactors, Rotaractors, Youth Exchange Students and former GSE and Ambassadorial Scholars, for example, are ALL critical to the future of Rotary and integral to world understanding and peace.
 
Thank you for Being the Inspiration to me. 
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Thanks.
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor
District 6630 Family of Rotary:
 
I am privileged to have already been a part of so many different club events and as I began my official visits, I am finding energized clubs who are working hard, having fun and simply enjoy being with each other and have firm plans in place to do more. This doesn’t happen just by chance, but because we have engaged and informed Rotarians who have a passion for what they are involved in and are supporting.
 
August is Membership and New Club Development Month. This is something that is everyone’s responsibility – not just the president or club membership chair – and should be part of everything we do each and every month.
 
Rotarians are People of Action and the busiest people I know. As with anything, if we find the value in what we are doing, we make the time to do it. See this month’s “My Rotary Defining Moment” on page 3 - these are the types of messaging we should be sharing when describing what Rotary means to each of us. Many times the reasons we have stayed in Rotary are not why we initially joined.
 
See RI President Barry Rassin’s membership message on page 10 and the RI Membership Minute for August on page 4 that highlights many of the same ideas and tools that we have shared with our presidents over the past year. As a reminder, Rotary has a series of membership courses available in the new Learning Center and all these resources and more can be found at https://www.rotary.org/membership. Don’t forget to follow-up on those membership leads that are being forwarded to your club about individuals who have asked to be contacted by an area Rotary club to become involved.
 
During my visits some of you have heard me speak about the importance of seeking out our Rotary “alumni” to find out what they are doing and if Rotary is in their lives and if not, why not! On page 5 [of the August newsletter - CLICK HERE] is the launch of that initiative. Our youth who are the graduates of our programs and beneficiaries of our Rotary support are our future in the United States for membership growth. Let’s find them and then never lose contact with them again. In the September newsletter another “new” approach to membership extension in our district will be focused on. Interact is continuing its growth with three new clubs on the horizon and plans are underway to expand Rotaract in our district.
 
During this month we will be finalizing plans for a regionalized Membership Summit joining together with neighboring districts. This will be by no means a singular approach – we will follow this up with our own programming tailored just for our district. This cannot be accomplished in just one year as you all know – it will be a multiyear effort and beyond. A number of you have asked to see the agenda from our July “brainstorming” meeting and I have attached it so you can “make it your own” when doing your own strategic planning for membership development and engagement.
 
In the words of Paul Harris, Rotary’s founder, “This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” 
 
Be sure you take the time to write your own Rotary story – your own defining moment and your own INSPIRATION. Share this gift of Rotary with someone else.
 
As of press time, the Charter Celebration of the Rotary Club of Green of August 10th has just occurred and was an outstanding success! We were honored to have Rotary International Director Robb Knuepfer, Jr. in attendance to conduct the Charter Ceremony and induction of Charter Members. I was honored to induct President Kristen Lewis and her 2018-2019 officers. Congratulations Rotary Club of Green, Ohio USA! What an incredible way to start out Membership and New Club Development Month with this new addition to our Rotary Family that was a direct result of a partnership between our district and District 6650! I encourage you all to take a moment to reach out to and welcome them to Rotary.
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Thanx to all those who contributed this month. Please note this month's newsletter is actually 16 pages long. I apologize to those who submitted the articles on pages 13-16 as they do not appear in the table of contents, operator error, sorry.
 
The deadline for submissions for the September edition will be Friday 9/7.
 
Regards
Mike
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski
2018-19 District Governor

Happy New Year to the Family of Rotary of District 6630!

Rotary Year 2018-2019 has kicked off with excitement and a true spirit of inspiration. The Rotary clubs in District 6630 haven’t missed a beat and I have already witnessed firsthand what I already knew – that we are the premiere district in the level of our dedication and commitment. There is not a day that goes by that a life is not better for having been touched by Rotary.

I am honored to be your District Governor and privileged to be guided by a team of Club Presidents “on the move” who are truly People of Action. They are a force to be reckoned with…they are energized and committed to working hard and having fun while doing it. They are diverse in almost every way imaginable representing a multitude of generations, vocations and avocations… all with a single goal in mind. They all want to leave this Rotary year a little bit better than they found it and it is my goal to help them do just that. When you receive their call – please answer it. They can’t succeed without you and I can’t do it without them.

Rotary International President Barry Rassin “believes Rotary still is the organization Paul Harris originally envisioned…a place where people from every corner of this earth can come together to become something greater than themselves.” He wants the impact that we have on our communities and around the world to be sustainable and is committed to strengthening our public image and the use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

President Barry believes in our youth…as we do in this district. One of his focuses this year is to strengthen Rotaract and encourage Rotaract Clubs and their members to “take the next step.” There are already plans under way for two new Interact Clubs and we are committed to a renewed focus on our involvement in the Youth Exchange program. See President Barry’s letter and use this link to be connected to his speech at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto (On to Hamburg, now, of course!)

Our District 6630 kicked-off the new Rotary year on July 12 with our annual End Polio Now event at Progressive Field with the Cleveland Indians! Once again, the Children of the World “won” because of your generosity even though the Indians didn’t. Those darn Yankees! We are so appreciative of the participation from our surrounding sister districts, but especially District 6650.

Last Thursday, July 19 was a wonderful gathering of the Family of Rotary and the incredible leaders we have in our district. Governor Amy (2017-2018) and I appreciate so many of you being in attendance to honor those who were committed to Making a Difference last year and to celebrate those who will Be the Inspiration in 2018-2019. It was also a very special opportunity to be able to recognize and honor so many of our Past District Governors and their spouses and partners who have stood by their side. The August Newsletter will include coverage of the event! Thank you to my Home Club – the Rotary Club of Cleveland - for all your support.

We have another extremely important celebration coming up that doesn’t occur very often within the life of a district and that is the chartering of a new Rotary club. Please come and support the Rotary Club of Green on Friday, August 10.  We are honored that RI Director Robb Knuepfer will be in attendance to officiate over the charter ceremony. This is a unique example of membership extension as it is a result of a partnership between District 6650 and District 6630! All the details are located on page three of the newsletter.

We all know we are at an important crossroads whereby Rotary as a whole, particularly in North America, needs to continue to find ways to engage its members and grow its membership base. Additional “hands and voices” increases our influence and ability to “do good in the world.”

Since I promised our Club Presidents “the how” (they already know “the what and the why”) we kicked off the year with the first of several membership initiatives by conducting a brainstorming session on the “state of membership” in District 6630.

We will be sharing these results with you as well as the plans that are in process for a regionalized Membership Summit joining together with Districts 6600 and 6650. In the meantime, a recommendation they felt particularly strongly about was to include in our monthly newsletter, effective immediately, a feature entitled “My Rotary Defining Moment.” This is that moment in time in our Rotary journey when it became clear as to what Rotary truly means to each one of us – why we stayed, what ignited our passion and inspired us to do more. And isn’t that what we should each be doing...helping our new and newer members to find their own Rotary Defining Moment? See page thirteen for the first installment! Our August newsletter will contain information about additional district programs that support membership development and engagement.

Rotary started paying it forward about 100 years earlier than it was fashionable…we not only join to serve a need in our communities and around this incredible and challenging world of ours…but we also join to take care of each other and we always receive more than we could ever give. That is what a family does. That is the gift called Rotary.

 

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Please enjoy the final District 6630 Newsletter of the 2017-2018 Rotary Year (click to view). I hope your club had as successful a year as our club did. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all those who served in a leadership position over the last year. Best of luck to those who are beginning their leadership year. Thanks to all of those who contributed to this month's edition. The deadline for the July edition will be 7/21.
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Sgt-at-Arms
TRC Hillcrest-Sunrise
(Cleveland) Ohio USA
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Hope you enjoy this month's Rotary District 6630 Newsletter.  Thanx to all those that contributed.  For those that haven't, what's stopping you?  What's your club been up to?  Have an upcoming event that you would like other Rotarians to support?  Let us know. 
 
If you are putting your event into your Club's website powered by ClubRunner, be sure to click "Show Event on District Website" and it will be automatically placed into the Club Calendar of Events on the District site.  But also send it to me and it will get added exposure in the newsletter.
 
The deadline for February edition will be February 16th. FIRM FIRM FIRM!   
 
Regards
Mike
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Interaction 2017
“Together We Can”
Saturday, November 4th 
New Time: 10:00am – 2:30 pm
 
 
2300 4th Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
(Follow signs for parking on Stow Street)
Schedule of Events
 
  • 9:30 – 10:00am – Registration and pick up your t-shirt.  Please bring non-perishable foods for our food drive.
  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Ice breaker.  Get to know each other
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Interact club introductions
  • 10:45 – 11:00 – Cameron Gable – Short term exchange student talks about his time in Germany.
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Scott Snyder – Talks about making homemade rocking horses for children of fallen heroes.  Military, police and Fire.
  • 11:30 – 12:15 – Lunch and get to know each other
  • 12:15 – 12:40 – Long term Youth Exchange Students
  • 12:45 – 1:15Pm – Annal Vyas – “How do I know if I make a difference”
  • 1:15 – 1:30 – Jenna Kull, Emily Clark & Jasleen Gill – Their RYLA experience and how it helped her grow as a person.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 – Discussion to choose our annual District Service Project
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Vote on service project, take group pictures, clean-up, say goodbyes
Doughnuts, Pizza, chips and water will be provided.  We ask that each participant bring non-perishable food to donate to our local food bank.  T-shirts designed by CFHS Interact will be given out to those who sign up by Friday, October 20th.  This should be our biggest event this year; please sign up as many as you can from your club. 
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We will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets at the Cleveland Browns home games.

These tickets will benefit Shoes and Clothes for Kids and help us at the same time! 

This is a WIN, Win!! (maybe not for the Browns).  
All ticket sellers must be 18 years of age or older.

We need to have 25 ticket sellers for the following dates:

Register for December 10 - Click here

Ticket sellers will need to arrive at 8:45 am at the Browns stadium at the gate on the Northeast part of the stadium/ marked staff parking.
Parking and meals are included for all ticket sellers.
We will be done selling tickets by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Instructions will be provided the Friday prior to the game for all registered volunteers. 
You cannot volunteer unless you register in advance.

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Another Rotary year has come to a close. Thanx to all of you who have assumed leadership rolls over the last year and those who will be stepping up this year. Also a special thanx from me to all those who have made this year's District Newsletters what they were by contributing to the cause. Please enjoy the last newsletter of the year (click to open).
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Written by District 6630 Historian Edward G. Thomas, this 148-page softbound book covers Arch’s life from his early boyhood in Conneautville, PA, through his life in Cleveland, OH, as a successful business man, a military enthusiast, an aspiring musician, a civic leader, an iconic Rotarian, and a dedicated family man. The book includes numerous photographs showing Arch at various stages of his life. Many of the photographs were provided by family members and have never been published before.
 
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Please enjoy the December Edition (click to open/download) of your District Newsletter (better late than never). Remember this Newsletter would not be possible without your Clubs' contributions. If your club hasn't submitted anything recently, we'd love to hear from you. If you are regular contributors, keep up the good work! The deadline for the January Edition will be 1/20.
 
Here's wishing all of you and yours a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!!
 
Warmest Regards
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Young Leaders in Action
 
 
 
Celebrate World Polio Day this 24 October
 
 

Celebrate World Polio Day this 24 October

No child anywhere should suffer the crippling effects of a completely preventable disease. And that’s why we need your help—now more than ever—to finally put an end to polio. This 24 October join the entire Rotary world to celebrate our fourth annual World Polio Day. Discover all the ways you can help us finish the job:
  • Advocate. Download the World Polio Day tool kit and join our worldwide network of End Polio Now advocates.
  • Amplify. Show your support for the final push to end polio with our social media graphics.
  • Connect. Host a community gathering to get everyone involved and tell us how you’re taking action—register your event.
  • Give. Support volunteers and Rotary staff from around the world cycling up to 104 miles in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication.
 
 
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Please enjoy this month's Rotary District 6630 Newsletter (CLICK TO OPEN PDF). Two special notes... Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of page 5 for all the Centennial Celebration Information you may need and on page 11 for District Governor Nomination Forms.
Thanx to all who contributed. Have a safe Labor Day Weekend! The deadline to submit for the September Edition is 9/16.
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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As the 2015-2016 Rotary year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection.  I am so humbled to have served as your District Governor this year.  It seems like yesterday when I was writing my first Governor’s article and now it is my last. 
 
It has been a sincere pleasure getting to rekindle old friendships and make so many new ones.  I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to work with so many amazing individuals throughout this District. I heard incredible and inspiring stories of service projects, attended numerous fundraisers and have seen the impact that our clubs are making to improve the quality of life for someone else. 
 
Our Members.  Our Strength.
Volunteers truly change the world – you don’t wait around for someone else to make the difference – you are the someone else!  There is a passion among our members ― an enthusiasm, drive and commitment that brings positive change to our local and international communities. It takes special unselfishness to get your hands dirty, go where no one else wants to, and give of your time, talents and treasures.   All of our 52 clubs are accomplishing our mission of Service Above Self and have indeed been A Gift to the World during the 2015-2016 Rotary Year and will continue this spirit.  Thank you for your dedication and the pride you all exhibit in who we are as Rotarians. 
 
A Team Effort.
Transition from year to year only works when you have a team.  This District has worked diligently to build consistency from year to year. To do this, we work as a team with our past, current and future governors, assistant governors and committee leaders.   We are blessed to have a great and dedicated team in District 6630 and because of this, our future is in good hands moving forward.  We might not make sweeping and sudden changes, but we make lasting changes bit by bit, one step at a time. It’s the little changes added up together that influence generations upon generations and help us keep this District strong.  
 
Champions of Change:  District 6630
This was a year of change and our District ‘Rocked the Change’ including at our District Conference!!   Change comes in many forms – from the flexibility for our clubs (approved by the recent Council On Legislation) to all of the new technology being implemented.  We have diligently worked with Rotary International and our District leaders to strengthen communications to help clubs understand the changes, any impact on members and the purpose for the change.  Embrace the changes and the new opportunities that your clubs face as the new Rotary Serving Humanity continues to define our efforts as the best service organization in the world!
 
Your indelible marks of love and compassion are a Gift to the World.  Thank you for your friendship and the honor of working with you during the 2015-2016 Rotary year. 
 
Your Partner in Rotary Service –
 
Cheryl Warren
Rotary International District Governor 2015-2016 | Home Club:  Akron, Ohio
Tel  330.495.9814  |  cawarren@neo.rr.com | www.RotaryDistrict6630.org
 
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Please enjoy this month's newsletter. Thanx to all those who took the time to share what's going on. The deadline for the June edition will be 6/10.
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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District 6630
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Make Your Club Meeting THE Place to Be!!   

 
Member engagement in the club, its activities and programs is vital. By “engagement” we mean that a member is committed to one or more of the club’s programs or activities as evidenced by his or her participation or monetary support – an investment of time, talents or treasures.
 
Attendance at the weekly meetings of the Club is one of the extremely important aspects of Rotary membership.  Attending the meetings directly affects our Rotary experience. Good meeting attendance – if not perfect attendance – is important and a noble goal. It builds goodwill and better friendships and is beneficial to all concerned. I just happen to think that Rotarians should attend meetings because they want to and are interested in being there ---- not because of our rulebook!  Members may not always realize that meeting attendance is an important measurement tool for club leaders. It reflects if members enjoy the club and the meetings.
 
Almost every Rotarian I know is very busy. We all have business or family obligations that make meeting attendance difficult at times. Most clubs tend to point fingers at non-attending Rotarians as “bad Rotarians.” On the other hand poor attendance says as much – or more – about the club as it does the individual. Often clubs with poor attendance are not giving the members what they want and that is something clubs must recognize and can fix!
Club leaders – you should be paying attention to membership records - but use them to assess the club, not condemn the Rotarian. Then have the courage to make the changes that the members want and you will make them raving fans of the Club and all its meetings and activities.
 
Your club might just need to dust itself off and create a vibrant atmosphere.  It can be done. 
 
Is your club attractive enough – is it fun, does it provide value to members – to keep members coming to meetings?
 
Talk with the members - those who are and are not coming and ask them:
 
 "What is the club not providing to members that it should be?"
 "What can we do to improve your Rotary experience in our Club ?" 
 
Focus on what you can change.  And remember - one size does not fit all. What works for one club may not work for your club. Be flexible and open to trying new ideas.
Start by looking at:
 
            - Location
            - Meeting time
            - Speaker lineup
            - Communications
 
Here are examples of what some clubs are doing:
1. A lunch club offered an alternative breakfast meeting with great success. Members who had not been able to be at the lunch meeting for years showed up!  Now they are considering a Satellite Breakfast Club.
2. A morning club meets at various locations each week - they "Rotate". To keep people informed they simply put it on their website and in their newsletters. Visitors are directed call before visiting the club for their "rotating" meeting location.
3. A lunch club holds cocktail parties at least quarterly and encourages people to bring a friend. There is no presentation, just a warm welcome and an opportunity to connect with one another.
4. Another morning club started a monthly after-hours gathering for emerging leaders in the community.  Rotarians are encouraged to bring a non-Rotarians with them.
A well run Rotary club has meetings and events that members attend because they want to, not because they have to. They participate because they want to spend time with their friends, because the meetings are fun, because of good programs, or especially because they know they will be greeted warmly and made to feel welcome – which is increasingly unusual in our impersonal computer-based world!
Need more assistance or ideas to re-energize your meetings?  Call Lance Chima, District Membership Chair at 330- 388-8892 or via email lance@chimatravel.net or me at 330-495-9814 or at cawarren@neo.rr.com.
Watch for our upcoming District events - they are a great place to exchange ideas with fellow members from our 52 clubs!! www.rotarydistrict6630.org
Other resources for you:  Strengthen Your Club Video (on Vimeo)
Your partner in service -
 District Governor 2015-16
 Home Club: Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio 
 
 
Contributions to this article from my friends and fellow Rotarians: Brent Rosenthal, Assistant Rotary Coordinator (Membership) Zone 30; PDG, Membership Chair  District 6690 and Lance Chima, Membership Chair, District 6630
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Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter (click to open). As always thanx to all those that contributed. As a reminder, when submitting articles... PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, CLUB NAME AND COMPANY NAME IN THE BODY OF THE ARTICLE NOT JUST IN YOUR EMAIL. The deadline for the January edition is 1/15. 
 
Please keep the following in mind:
We accept article ideas about club and district successes, including fundraisers, publicity efforts, service projects, and membership drives. Please include descriptions, high-resolution photos, and contact information in your email. Due to the high volume of submissions, we cannot promise to feature your story.
 
PLEASE USE “ARTICLE FOR DISTRICT NEWSLETTER” IN THE SUBJECT LINE
 
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Sgt-at-Arms
TRC Hillcrest-Sunrise
(Cleveland) Ohio USA
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter (Click to Download). As always thanx to all those that contributed. As a reminder, when submitting articles... PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, CLUB NAME AND COMPANY NAME IN THE BODY OF THE ARTICLE NOT JUST IN YOUR EMAIL. The deadline for the December edition is December 12th, period.
 
Happy Thanksgiving to All
 
Regards
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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I hope you enjoy this month's District Newsletter (Click to open). Thanx to all of those who contribute and those that take the time to read it. When submitting articles, please include the following info in the article itself: your name, club name and business name. The deadline to submit for the November Edition is 11/14.

Regards

Mike

Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630

 
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Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter (click to open). Thanx to all those who contributed. Mark your calendar, next month's deadline is Sept. 12th.

In an effort to promote vocational awareness in Rotary please be sure to put the author's name, Club name and Company name in all articles submitted (not in the email it is attached to).

Have you created your listing in our District's eYellow pages? I have!

Click the link to enjoy the newsletter and remember there are embedded videos and other goodies in all of the images.

Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.

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Please enjoy this "short and sweet" April District Newsletter (click to open). Thanx to all who contributed. This publication is not possible without your input.
Regards
Mike
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
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The District 6630 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Committee encourages your club’s involvement in sponsoring local high school juniors (who will be seniors in September 2015) for the upcoming leadership camp at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.
 
The RYLA Committee has planned a five-day leadership conference for high school juniors who are aspiring young leaders. The conference will be held June 14-18, 2015 at BW. The program will enhance the student’s leadership skills through lectures, hands-on participation and recreation.
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Posted by Bob Johnson on Feb 07, 2015
The VTT project involving Rotary District 6630, Akron Children’s Hospital and Gift-of-Life-Northeast Ohio is still going strong.  The intensive six week training program at ACH that involved 7 health care specialists from St. Damien’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti last October is about to enter its second phase.   Watch the video from phase one.
 

A team of eight specialists from ACH including:
 
     Dr. Jeff Kempf – Emergency Physician, Dir. Of Pediatric Global Health Partners
                                   And team leader
     Dr. John Pope – pediatric intensivist
     Chris Weisbrod – hospital administrator
     Jenifer Fitch – hospital administrator of global health
     David Kahajda – biotech specialist
     Cassie Karish – pharmacist
     Erin Rosen – PICU nurse  (pediatric intensive care)
     Tracy Herstich – PICU nurse
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Posted on Jan 18, 2015

PRESIDENT- ELECT URGES ROTARY MEMBERS TO 'BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD'

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."  All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."Highlighting Rotary's biggest challenge, the eradication of polio, Ravindran said, "A future without polio is a gift that we have promised to the children of the world. And indeed it is a gift that we will give."

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ROTARY DAYS
2015 Charity Bicycle Ride
May 30, 2015
Along the Western Reserve Greenway Trail
In Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties
 
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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
AREA FIRST-RESPONDERS
 
                                                                                                                    
Participants can start anywhere/anytime between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the 44 mile route of the
Western Reserve Greenway Trail
  Distances are determined by the Participants.
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Posted on Jan 01, 2015
Recently the American Nicaragua Hope and Relief International Foundation held their annual meeting in Chinnendega, Nicaragua. Elected for his third 3 year term as a Director was District 6630 PDG and past President of the RC of Conneaut, Jack A. Young.  There are two separate Boards who work together to support the children of the dump in surrounding communities  in Nicaragua.
 
Pictured is PDG Jack Young [7th from left] and members of both Board of Director's
 
One Board is the Chinnendega 2001 Board of Directors which is comprised of local business and community leaders in Chinnendega which oversees the trade school and other schools on a day to day basis.  The second Board is the American Nicaragua Hope and Relief Foundation, a 501 C-3 Foundation in the United States consisting of Rotarians throughout the United States and is responsible for assisting the funding and donation process to the Children in Nicaragua.  Both Boards work together to insure the success of the process.
 
American Nicaragua Hope & Relief Foundation John (Jack) A. Young 2015-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 29, 2014
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Please enjoy this month's Newsletter (click to view). Please be sure to click on the links to articles and videos by clicking on the images.
 
The Rotary logo on page 2 will take you to discussions about using social media in your club.
 
If you click on the Rotary Foundation logo on page 4 it will take you to a page that will either help your Club find an International Project to help fund or funding for your existing project. 
 
There area few more as well. As always, thanx to all those who contributed to this month's edition. Here's wishing one and all a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous and Giving New Year.
 
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Rotary Youth Exchange: An Opportunity of a Lifetimes 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2014

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION RISES ON EXPERT LIST OF TOP NONPROFITS

The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's  of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary's mission.

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As always, many thanx to those who contributed this month. If you didn't contribute, perhaps you'll have something next month.
 
Regards
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
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Posted by Bob Johnson on Oct 12, 2014

The time is fast approaching for submitting the names of candidates to be interviewed for the position of District Governor for the 2017/2018 Rotary year.  The deadline is Friday, Nov. 14th. to have applications sent in.  This is a very important appointment for our district and identification and selection of the right person is crucial to District 6630 continuing its line of excellent leadership that we have been lucky to have received over the years.

Forms can be accessed by CLICKING HERE    The depth of good potential leaders is out there.  Please help us identify this person and offer them this wonderful and rewarding opportunity of a lifetime.  Applications should be sent to:

 

             Robert Johnson

             Chair-2014 Nominating Committee

             14372 Broadwood Dr.

              Burton, OH   44021              

NOMINATIONS FOR DISTRICT GOVERNOR – 2017/2018 ROTARY YEAR Bob Johnson 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Aug 28, 2014
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You are invited to view Susan Colville-Hall's photo album: Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation
Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation
Rex Lake, Akron, Ohio -
Aug 29, 2014
by Susan Colville-Hall
Erie-Ohio Rotary District Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation at Akron Rotary Camp - Rex Lake
Message from Susan Colville-Hall:
Photos of the fun our exchange students and committee members had at the Erie-Ohio Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation. All photos of our Akron video-recording project on Host Families and Returning Outbound Students. Hope you can join us next year!
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Why didn't somebody tell me that February only had 28 days? Please enjoy this month's edition.
CLICK TO OPEN NEWSLETTER.
Please note the request for speaker information on page 3 as the notice is not listed in the table of contents
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Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor, District 6630
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RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."  "There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.
 
 
Order theme materials from the Rotary Shop
 
Read comments from the incoming class of district governors on Rotary Voices
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Dear Rotarians and Friends of Rotary:
 
Rotarian Dave Diffendal participated in a Polio Immunization Day
on Sunday in India...this is a photo his wife Laura shared with us taken just after
he had administered two "life-saving drops" of Polio vaccine
helping to keep the children of India "Polio-free." 
India was declared Polio-free last Monday - below are entries from
Rotary International's Facebook page about this momentous occasion.
   
Amazing picture...he just gave the baby in his arms a polio vaccine!
 
 
END Polio NOW – A Polio Free India
(Excerpts from Rotary International’s Facebook page)
  
  "India was a country where it was once thought polio could never be eradicated." 
 
On Monday, January 13, 2014 India was declared POLIO FREE!  In 1988, the forty-first World Health Assembly adopted a resolution for the worldwide eradication of polio. Here are some polio certification facts: Regions as a whole are certified as polio free. For certification, all countries in the Region need to not register a case of wild polio for 3 years in the presence of high quality surveillance. The formal process for certification of polio eradication was established in 1995 at the first meeting of the Global Certification Commission (GCC). There are National Certification Committees (NCCs) who focus on analysis at the country level. In SEARO, each of the 11 member states has a NCC. All Regions have a certification commission. For SEARO there is the South-East Asia Regional Certification Commission which comprises eleven global and regional experts. It is this commission that can certify the South-East Asia Region as polio free. Three Regions (Americas, 1994; Western Pacific, 2000; Europe, 2002) have already been certified as polio free.
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Posted by Mike Jr Johns, Jr on Jan 02, 2014
Yes ladies and gentlemen it is finally here. CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE NEWSLETTER.
 
I apologize once again for being tardy. Between the Holidays and some technical difficulties... well anyway. I'm sure you will enjoy this month's edition. There is some excellent information, videos etc so be sure to click on the Rotary icons and all the documents that are too small to read because they all open into larger more readable versions. If they are icons they link to some informative videos. Thanx to all of you who contributed this month. 16 pages may be an all-time record. I am hoping to stick to Jan 11 for the next deadline.

 
Regards
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
December 2013 District 6630 Newsletter Mike Jr Johns, Jr 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patrick Kelley on Dec 03, 2013
On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 5:13 AM, Jenny Sur wrote:
Dear Rotarians, 
 
I want to start by saying Thank You. Without your help I wouldn't be where I am right now. Although I'm just 1 kid out of the hundreds you have assisted on sending abroad, you all will always be the people who helped change my life. I often think about how different my life would have been had I not left just 3 short months ago, and how happy I am that I left the States. Of course my trip has been bumpy, but I always knew you all would do your best to help me. Knowing I had the support of my new friends, family, and Rotarians meant a lot to me. 
 
I remember my first day like it was yesterday. My journey started off with me almost missing my 1st airplane due to a mix up of gates. Thankfully I got to my plane on time and I made it to Chicago where I met up with other exchange students coming to South Korea too. I knew that by stepping on each airplane I was further giving up my version of "comfortable" and "normal" for the unknown. Nothing was a guarantee. I stepped on each airplane with my back straight and all the confidence I had. I spent the 14 hour plane ride talking with the other exchange students, we compared our different "correct" versions of saying each word, and sleeping. Once we arrived in Seoul we took a few extra minutes to say our goodbyes to each other, knowing once we walked out of the terminal we would be instantly separated. My host family treated me to a large feast at their daughter's favorite restaurant my first night. It all tasted delicious. 
 
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Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Nov 19, 2013
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Please enjoy this month's edition of the District Newsletter. Thanx to all those who contributed to it. If your Club has not contributed anything lately (or ever) I hope you will try to in the future.  Let's all take a minute and be thankful for what we have and remember those who might not be as thankful. The deadline for the Dec. edition will be Dec 13th.

Regards and Happy Thanksgiving!!
 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630


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Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Oct 28, 2013
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Please enjoy this month's Newsletter (click to open). Thanx to all those Clubs and individuals that contributed. Be sure to click on the Rotary wheel to see a re-broadcast from World Polio Day. Special thanx to those that contributed to the article on pg 7.

click the link as indicated...

Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 

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Governor's Challenge Robert Johnson 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Weaver on Oct 27, 2013

While Americans are preparing for flu season, we shouldn't forget global diseases that are less visible -- yet far more devastating -- that require the world's attention.

To many Americans, diseases like polio and measles may seem to be threats of the past. But they continue to cripple and kill children in other parts of the world.

World Polio Day, which we recognized on October 24, is a reminder that even though this disease is gone from the United States, it must not be forgotten.

Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan have not yet been able to stop the transmission of polio. This has far-reaching consequences for all countries, including the United States. As Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said, "Polio anywhere in the world is a risk everywhere in the world."

Polio is a highly contagious disease that moves quickly and does not respect borders. Countries, especially those with a low immunization level against polio, are at risk of importing the disease. A recent outbreak in the Horn of Africa is a sobering reminder that until polio is eradicated, pockets of outbreaks will continue to paralyze children for life.

We must put an end to this devastating disease.

 

There IS Hope Mary Weaver 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Zabor on Oct 22, 2013
Emmy Award-winning actress Archie Panjabi talked about her work as a Rotary ambassador for polio eradication on World Polio Day, 24 October, at a special Livestream presentation by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health. The 90-minute event – World Polio Day: Making History; was held before a live audience at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus.

The event features an overview of the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Panjabi will join world’s leading expert on polio eradication, Dr. Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization; Dennis Ogbe, polio survivor, Paralympian, and ambassador for theUnited Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to promote child immunization; and Dr. Robert Murphy, professor of medicine-infectious diseases at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
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Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Sep 29, 2013

Please Click Here or on the link below to enjoy the September District 6630 Newsletter

Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter. Thanx to all of those who contributed. To those Clubs that have not... maybe next month? Click the link...

Regards

 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 

 

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2013 Grand Foundation Event - Save the Date! 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
August 2013 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Jul 23, 2013

Welcome to the new Rotary Year. You have a month of it under your belt so far. Please click here to enjoy this month's District Newsletter. Be sure to click on the photos and images for interesting links to stories and videos etc. Thanx to all of you who contributed this month. If your Club didn't submit anything this month, perhaps you can make an effort for next month. I'm definitely interested in what your Club has been up to. Just click here or the link below to open this month's edition.

 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

Assistant District Governor

Cuyahoga County NE

District 6630

 
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Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Jun 30, 2013

Hope you enjoy this one. Thanx to all you contributors. Congratulations to both incoming and outgoing Club Officers. 
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Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630




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June 2013 Rotary District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Partners with the Cleveland Indians Cheryl Warren 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2013
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Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter. CLICK TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD.  


As always, thanx to those who contributed! Please try to support the events hilighted in this edition.
 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 

 


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Posted by Cheryl Warren on May 20, 2013

Congratulations to all of our 2013 winners! 

1st Place:  Jimmy Miller - Stow-Munroe Falls High School
Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Stow
Topic:  Derogatory Speech


2nd Place:  Shanti Fencl - Eastlake North High School
Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Willoughby
Topic:  Immersion in a Language



3rd Place:  Nikhil Goel - Gilmore Academy
Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Hillcrest (Sunrise Club)
Topic:  Energy Ethics



Honorable Mention:  Melissa Gramajo
Sponsor: The Rotary Club of Cleveland
Topic: Education


Honorable Mention:  David Ludick 
Sponsor: The Rotary Club of Aurora
Topic: Importance of Family

2013 4-Way Test Speech Contest Winners Cheryl Warren 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Apr 28, 2013
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My mother always told me, "Good things come to those who wait." Hope you enjoy this month's District Newsletter (click to open). As always, thanx to those of you who helped by contributing. For those of you who have not, there's always next month!
Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

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April 2013 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Mar 23, 2013
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I hope you enjoy this month's edition of The District Newsletter (Click to Open). Secretaries of Clubs who have not provided the District with email contacts for your members or that do not use ClubRunner please forward this and every Newsletter to your members. Thanx to all of you who submitted articles this month.

Regards


Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630

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March 2013 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2013-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Register to Golf at Quail Hollow During The District Conference!! Timothy W. Wright 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arne van der Heyde on Mar 19, 2013

Int-286 Last Saturday's Interact District Dodge-ball Tournament was a big success with Interact clubs fielding 11 Dodge-ball Teams!

Congratulations to the winning team, the "Slendermen", from North Royalton Broadview Heights! As the winners they got to choose International charity to receive all the proceeds from the event - their choice to send the proceeds to Polio Plus will help immunize hundreds of children against polio!

Every one had a great time playing dodge-ball, eating pizza, and socializing.

Having a great time, raising funds, and completing an International project. Another stroke of genius put together by the Interact Club of North Royalton Broadview Heights - they deserve congratulations too!

Congratulation to the Winners of the Interact District Dodge-ball Tournament!!! Arne van der Heyde 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Feb 24, 2013

At long last... Hope you enjoy this month's Newsletter (click to open).  I am hoping to have an earlier deadline for the March issue (say March 11th). Thanx to all of you who contributed this month. Here's hoping that some of the clubs that have not contributed to this point might submit something for the March Newsletter.


Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630

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Discover the world of Rotary Cheryl Warren 2013-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2013
RI President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14.

He unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.

'Engage Rotary, Change Lives' is 2013-14 RI theme 2013-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Jan 23, 2013
Sorry for the late publication of this month's newsletter - CLICK TO VIEW. There is more information in this edition than I can remember. Thanx to all of you who contributed. There are over 40 live links to Fliers, Documents, Photographs, Additional Websites and so much more. Also this month's edition actually contains a Newsletter in a Newsletter (The ClubRunner Newsletter that is). There are actually 16 live links in that story alone. Hope you enjoy this one. Do consider supporting one of the Club fundraisers promoted in the Newsletter. Please be thinking about your submissions for the February edition. Tentative deadline will be Feb 3rd.

WHEN SUBMITTING ARTICLES BE SURE TO SEND THEM TO ME AT THIS ADDRESS: stonecut@sbcglobal.net FOR YOUR INFORMATION ANY ROTARY EMAIL THAT YOU RECEIVE FROM mailservice@clubrunner.com could come from anyone using the District email service SO DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLY TO THAT ADDRESS.  IF YOU HAVE SENT ME ARTICLES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PUBLISHED IT IS LIKELY BECAUSE YOU SENT THEM TO THE WRONG ADDRESS AND I HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING. I WILL ALWAYS CONFIRM I RECEIVED ARTICLES SUBMITTED (USUALLY WITHIN 3 DAYS OR LESS) SO IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE CONFIRMATION PLEASE RESUBMIT. I WOULD RATHER GET THE SAME SUBMISSION TWICE THAN MISS ONE.

Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630

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January 2013 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
The Final Battle Against Polio? Julie A. West 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Dec 15, 2012
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Happy Holidays to all. I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter - Click to Open. Thanx to all of you who contributed. Please remember the family of the late, Past Rotary International Vice President and Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, Lou Piconi who passed away on Thursday in your prayers. I was very fortunate to be able to call him friend. He will be missed around the world. That is the power of the family of Rotary.

Warmest Regards of the Holiday Season

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 

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December 2012 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Being A Rotarian Cheryl Warren 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
My Rotary, My Passion Cheryl Warren 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie A. West on Dec 06, 2012
Your vote could help Rotary give airline miles for humanitarian projects -- and be first this year for United’s 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway!

Until 25 December, vote daily for Rotary on each of your devices such as laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. Charities receive a portion of the miles based on the percentage of the overall vote they receive. So forward the link http://10millioncharitymiles.com/charity/39 to everyone you know.

Last year, we took second in the contest, receiving 2.5 million charity miles. We’re in fourth now and need your votes!
Posted By Antoinette Tuscano
Vote to Help Rotary Give Airline Miles for Humanitarian Projects Julie A. West 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Nov 20, 2012
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Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful to all of you who contributed this month! Remember, there is not enough tryptophan in turkey to account for your Thanksgiving nap! Follow this link to find out the truth. http://7CZ.r.mailjet.com/jtVjHxH1/1P9VEw/g2WBoJ/www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-tryptophan 

Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630


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November 2012 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Nov 05, 2012
More Sandy Relief information - this is the information from NY, NJ, and CT Districts that I tried to share below...

This just in (via DG Melissa Ward) from DG Bonnie Sirower (NJ) - it's truly heart breaking

Dear Rotarians and other Friends…

A week after the storm, things are slowly starting to return to what is now taken for normal. But we have another nor'easter that will hit our region tomorrow, bringing with it wet snow, heavy winds and flooding. We all fear that any progress made thus far will be undone by this new storm.

At a District 7490 Staff meeting last night that 75 District Staff, club Presidents and members attended, DG Joan Vas of District 7500 (Ocean, Monmouth and Burlington Counties), DG John Andrews of District 7460 (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties) and Matts Ingemanson, DGE from District 7230 (Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester, Bronx and Bermuda) all gave reports on their districts.

Joan reported on the devastation that hit her district, with many towns washed away, including the iconoclastic Seaside Heights Amusement Park. People are without homes or infra-structure. Many roads were washed away. Even government buildings have been washed away. John Andrews told us that Brigantine was pretty much wiped off the map, and that there were 3,000 refugees from the storm stranded in shelters in Atlantic City. Matts talked about the despair on Staten Island, where homes were swept away and 19 lives were lost. In my own District, the towns of Little Ferry, Moonachie and Carlstadt were totally inundated. The water came in so fast at 2 pm in the morning after a berm broke by the Hackensack River that even emergency personnel had to be rescued.

About 40% of us (this author included) still have no power, and there are very LONG gasoline lines, as deliveries cannot get through and many gas stations have no power.

As Rotarians, we are participating in VOAD, the Volunteer Organizations Aiding in Disasters. This group is holding a daily conference call so that we can all coordinate our efforts to provide supplies and volunteers.

Where to bring donated items
We have established three warehouses in our District to which donors from all over may bring supplies.
Sandy Relief Information in NY, NJ and CT Cheryl Warren 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Oct 15, 2012
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Thanx to all of you who contributed to this month's Newsletter. Hope all of you enjoy it! Click here to view.
Maybe next month your Club or District Committee will have something worth sharing. 

Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630

 

 To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
Oct 12 Final.pdf

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http://7CZ.r.mailjet.com/GhC1DFLv/1zRZ20/cTMA27/www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/34128ac8-373d-4673-ba53-b8871692176e.pdf

October 2012 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Through the Lens Photography Article - Issue 2 October 2012 Cheryl Warren 2012-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
September 2012 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie A. West on Aug 25, 2012
First Place - Toss the First Pitch and Paul Harris Recognition: Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski. Rotary Club of Cleveland (rumor has it that Dave Diffendal will throw the First Pitch).

Second Place - two Club seats for future game: Ken Laino, Rotary Club of Cleveland

Third Place - autographed baseball: Patricia Myers, Rotary Club of Hudson Clock Tower

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who purchased tickets.
News Flash!! Winners of the First Pitch Raffle are... Julie A. West 2012-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Aug 12, 2012
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Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter (click to view). Be sure to click on all the photos, documents and images; the bugs are out and they all lead somewhere. Pay special attention to the Helpful Resources for Club Officers and the Weekly Update Documents. Not only do they enlarge when you click on them, but they also contain links to great resources as well. Thanx to all of you who took the time to submit articles. Click the link to view the Newsletter.

Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
 
To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
Aug 12 final rev.pdf

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http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/615f4b0f-cee8-42fe-a248-201d4e747df1.pdf

August 2012 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Meet New Canine "Rotar"... Cheryl Warren 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Jul 28, 2012
On July 8th at the Nature Center of Shaker Lakes, the incoming District Governor Julie West was inducted by PRID Director Mike Johns Sr. and the “Home Club of the District Governor” banner was passed from the Rotary Club of Mantua to the Rotary Club of Cleveland.  Outgoing District Governor Steve Zabor was thanked for his year of service and presented with his Past District Governor pin.   Photos courtesy of Bob Prevette.

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 PRID Mike Johns installing and congratulating DG Julie West

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IPDG Steve Zabor Pinning DG Julie West
District Banner Exchange Cheryl Warren 2012-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Jul 27, 2012
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Greetings Rotarians:

I know you all have been anxiously awaiting this month's District Newsletter. Well, we had some technical difficulties this month. Because of these difficulties you will not be able to zoom in on the photos in this edition as you usually would. You can still click on the Rotary emblem and logo as well as the attached documents to get larger, downloadable versions or to be taken to a great video and some Rotary/Olympic news. I hope you enjoy it. Club Secretaries, please forward the newsletter to the rest of your Club if your members' email addresses have not been submitted to the District. If you are not sure, please forward it anyway. Remember, the purpose of the Newsletter is to share what your Club is doing and see what is going on outside of your Club. To read the Newsletter just CLICK HERE. If you find the print is too small to read you can enlarge the document (depending on what pdf reader you are using the actual methods vary) Please send articles for the August Edition no later than Aug 5th.

Regards
Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630

To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
July 12 Final.pdf

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:
http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/a56c5613-87e7-4d21-930d-20f8ccefabdc.pdf

 

 


July 2012 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Jun 23, 2012
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Governor Zabor hosted his year end picnic at Turkey Ridge pavilion at The West Woods in Geauga county. He recognized those who assisted him during his year as Governor and was presented a beautifully framed certificate of appreciation to recognize his service to Dustrict 6630. Attendees enjoyed great fellowship and food in a lovely setting.
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Update from Turkey Ridge Cheryl Warren 2012-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
June 2012 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on May 20, 2012
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Please enjoy this month's newsletter. Click Here to View The Newsletter

Also please be advised that the deadline for June articles will be June 2nd FIRM!! So please email your articles ASAP. Thanx for reading and for your support.

Regards


Mike Johns, Jr.
Charter President
District 6630


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http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/9eb386ef-c46f-4050-9444-7583f795bbe8.pdf
May 2012 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Apr 29, 2012

Congratulations to all of our winners! 

1st Place:  Ashwin Rane - Solon High School
Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Solon
Topic:  Talking 


2nd Place:  Conner Hooper - Rocky River High School 
Sponsor: Rotary Club of Lakewood/Rocky River
Topic:  Remodeling American Policy


3rd Place:  Joy Schaeffer - Strongsville High School
Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Strongsville
Topic:  Addiction


Honorable Mention:  Monica Mehta - Western Reserve Academy
Sponsor:  Rotary Club of Hudson
Topic: Fearing Embarrassment



Honorable Mention:  Jasmeen Randhowa - North Royalton/Broadview Hts. High School
Sponsor: Rotary Club of North Royalton/Broadview Hts.
Topic: The Medias Mind Control

2012 Four Way Test Speech Contest Winners Cheryl Warren 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
April 2012 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
District 6630 March Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Mar 16, 2012

The Group Study Exchange Team from District 3202 in India arrived safely Saturday the 17th of March. They are a great team and we will have a wonderful experience learning from them.

Study Exchange Team Arrives from India Cheryl Warren 2012-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Feb 21, 2012
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For the past three years, Rotary clubs have illuminated landmarks and iconic structures around the world with the humanitarian group's dramatic pledge to End Polio Now. This year's round of light displays takes on added significance due to the progress Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have made in India. In January, India -- until recently an epicenter of the crippling childhood disease -- reached a historic milestone by marking a full year without recording a single new case.

Rotary Lights Up the World Cheryl Warren 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Feb 16, 2012
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Please enjoy...click here to download   There are several video links in this month's edition including a link to Rotary Radio where you can watch and listen to past programs. Thanx to all of you who support the newsletter by submitting articles etc. This month's is 13 pages worth. I'll bet DG Steve is glad we are no longer printing and mailing! Remember it was on Feb 23rd 1905 that Paul Harris gathered with three friends to hold the first ever Rotary meeting. Happy Birthday Rotary!

Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 

To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
Feb Final.pdf

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:
http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/577be672-b795-4ac7-80a5-ab922dbd019a.pdf
February 2012 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Feb 14, 2012

This video shows how SKYPE can be used at a district orientation to introduce current Inbounds on their exchange to Outbound students getting ready to depart for their year abroad.

SKYPE helps D6630 with Outbound Student Orientation Cheryl Warren 2012-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
January 2012 District Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2012-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Dec 16, 2011
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanzaa, etc... I hope whatever Holiday Tradition you hold dear fills you with the spirit of the season! Hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. Thanx to all of you who made this edition what it is by taking the time and sharing your Rotary experiences with other members of the District. I hope to hear from more of you next month!!
CLICK TO VIEW NEWSLETTER 

Warmest Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630


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http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/4862a8d1-3491-4605-98a9-8b6d7b361223.pdf
December 2011 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Nov 16, 2011
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Hope all of you Veterans got the recognition you deserved last week! This month's newsletter has a couple of articles written by Rotarian veterans.
CLICK TO VIEW NEWSLETTER NOW!

Please check out all the links from photos etc. Please note the clipart flag and cornucopia don't lead anywhere. Please remember that this newsletter is a vehicle by which all Rotarians and Clubs can share interesting items with the rest of the District. As far as I am concerned any Rotarian may make a submission (your club leadership may think differently so you may want to ask first). My requests for articles go to every member in the District's database so don't worry that I have contacted the wrong person from your club. The "right" person was contacted too. Just remember when submitting article to consider the readership... Would you find this article interesting if it came from a different club? Hope you enjoy the newsletter and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving... no premature napping at the dinner table!

Mike Johns, Jr.
Charter President
TRC Hillcrest, Sunrise
(Cleveland) Ohio USA

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http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/22ae207f-3f43-4065-8b03-c92d6564d8cf.pdf


November 2011 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Videos from Rotary International Cheryl Warren 2011-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Oct 22, 2011
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I hope you enjoy this month's District Newsletter.  Remember it's an empy shell until clubs in the District contibute. Thanx to everyone who did so this month. Please be sure to find all the links.  I think everyone should be especially moved by the 2 videos embedded in the Rotary emblem links. I think the videos are quite good (you may also veiw them on our District home page). Also, once you get to Rotary International's own YouTube channel, you can check out some other great videos. You can even link to them from your clubs' own websites. Remember, the deadline to submit articles is about the end of the month before the newsletter is published (end of October for November Edition). You usually get a little latitude on that. Keep in mind that if you have an event you want publicized, if it is before the 20th of the month be sure to submit for the month before's edition.

Regards

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 

 
To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
Oct 11 Final.pdf

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:
http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/cf5eb479-0d69-4b94-aaeb-28fd7f39f9b5.pdf

October 2011 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Sep 11, 2011
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Enjoy this month's District Newsletter.  Don't wait 'till the last minute to send in your articles for the October edition.

To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
Sept 11 final.pdf

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:
http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/841e3d7e-f1ee-4341-b568-1c8a108b22c3.pdf

Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630
September 2011 Disrict 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Aug 15, 2011
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Please enjoy this month's District Newsletter. Thanx to all for your submissions. Please have articles for the Sept issue to me by Aug 30th.

Thanx

 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 


To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
Aug 11 final.pdf

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:
http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/cd702b54-3e1c-4a06-859a-a63829e6780c.pdf
District 6630 August 2011 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Jul 19, 2011
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Hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. To download and view the attachment, please click here.

Please start sending me your submissions for the August edition. The cut-off for the August edition is July 30th. Be sure to click on the photos and graphics for links to larger images or even videos. The student bios on page 6 and 7 do not enlarge.

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630


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http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/5c3ba629-488b-49e4-b504-b1f77fbacb5d.pdf

District 6630 July Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Jun 15, 2011
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Hope you enjoy this month's edition. Click here to read. Sorry to be so late! Be sure to click on the images for enlargements or links to interesting features. Please send your June articles as soon as you can. We would like to publish the June Newsletter in the first half of the month. And as always, THANX FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUPPORT! Club secretaries, be sure to distribute to your Club's members! 

 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

District 6630 June Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by BARRY HOLLIS on May 23, 2011

 Victoria (Akron Exchange Student) and Brenda (Strongsville Exchange Student) attended the 8th grade "Dare program" graduation party for Strongsville students. They were invited by Jay Dzurilla, Past District Governor for RD 6630 2006-2007.

 
     

   

 

 

 

Exchange Students Enjoy "Dare Program" BARRY HOLLIS 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Hope you enjoy this month's edition. Sorry to be so late! Be sure to click on the images for enlargements or links to interesting features. Click to view May 11 Final.pdf


Please send your June articles as soon as you can. We would like to publish the June Newsletter in the first half of the month. And as always, THANX FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUPPORT! Club secretaries, be sure to distribute to your Club's members!

 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630


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http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50069/Eml/3c92e146-e46a-423a-90bc-292968d064c6.pdf

DISTRICT 6630 MAY 2011 NEWSLETTER Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
District 6630 Exchange Students Enjoy An Akron Aero's Baseball Game CHERYL WARREN 2011-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Apr 18, 2011
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Click to view this month's newsletter.   Also - my apologies to the members of TRC Bedford for not getting this flier into the April newsleter. Please Click Here and save the date for what promises to be a great event!!! 

Please submit your May articles soon!! Don't forget to sign up for the District Conference. Registration deadline has been extended! Also be sure to click on the Rotary International icon in this edition. It may take a minute to load but you will get a preview of the electronic version of The Rotarian Magazine.

Thanx to all of you who submitted articles for this month! Also thanx to the many Rotarians who took the time to comment on the new format of delivery for the newsletter, glad you like it. Club Secretaries, be sure to forward the newsletter to your members.

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630


DISTRICT 6630 APRIL NEWSLETTER Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 6630 MARCH NEWSLETTER Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Feb 19, 2011
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CLICK HERE and enjoy this month's newsletter! Send me new articles for the March edition as close to Feb 23rd as possible. Thanx to all of you who updated your Club Executives and Directors on the District website. For those of you who forgot, please do so ASAP.

Thanx

 

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

DISTRICT 6630 FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER Cheryl Warren 2011-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
District 6630 December 2010 Newsletter Mike Johns 2011-01-23 15:46:01Z 0
Posted by Johns, Jr, Mike on Jan 21, 2011
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Hope you enjoy this month's edition - Click here to open! Please be sure to submit articles for the February edition as close to my Jan 23rd deadline as possible. Remember, there is no newsletter without YOU! Also please be sure your club has updated all the email addresses (and other info) in the club executives sections on the District Website. Finally, Club Secretaries, be sure to forward this newsletter to all of your members. Thanx for your help again in making this Newsletter possible.

In addition to the newsletter here is a snapshot from the district website which shows the number of current club officer emails registered with the district. Then below it is a snapshot showing the same listing for next year's officers.  The more complete the list, the better the communication. So please do your part and get your Club's info updated!

  

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

 

District 6630 January 2011 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2011-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Jr. Johns on Sep 27, 2010
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My appologies for being so late with this month's newsletter.  The October issue is guaranteed to be on time provided all of you submit new articles as soon as possible. As we have already passed the deadline for submission I ask you all to act quickly! There are a lot of links in this month's edition.  Some to photos, some to web articles and some to documents, so be sure to find them all by moving your mouse over graphics, links and small documents. There are some great shots from the Tall Ships Festival but they take a bit to load.  Enjoy! Click Here to View

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

District 6630 September Newsletter Mike Jr. Johns 2010-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2010
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Greetings Rotarians.  I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter.  CLICK HERE and be sure to move your cursor over the graphics and photos as they will take you to larger images, videos and other interesting places.    While looking at the Rotary video on YouTube (another link) be sure to sign up for a subscription to Rotary's own YouTube Channel.  That way you can receive new videos as they are released.  Please remember to distribute this and every newsletter to the rest of your club every month as I only have access to specific members (officers) of your clubs.  Also be sure that all your email info for officers is in place under the define club executives section on the District Website.
Finally remember that my PUBLISHED Deadline for article submissions is the 23rd of the month for the next month's edition ie Aug 23rd for the September Edition so please start submitting articles for that newsletter as soon as possible!!  Just use this as your guide... If another Club submitted this article, would I find it interesting?  Typically you should expect the Newsletter about mid-month.

  Mike Johns, Jr.

Editor

District 6630

Newsletter

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Click here and enjoy this month's newsletter.  For those of you who are receiving the newsletter for the first time, be sure to move your cursor over the graphics as they will take you to larger documents, videos and other interesting places.  While on the RI website be sure to sign up for the electronic newsletters that RI offers.  You can also go through member access to set up this and other great features.  While looking at the Rotary video on YouTube (another link) be sure to sign up for a subscription to Rotary's own YouTube Channel.  That way you can receive new videos as they are released.  Please remember to distribute this and every newsletter to the rest of your club every month as I only have access to specific members (officers) of your clubs.  Also be sure that all your email info for officers is in place under the define club executives section on the District Website.
Finally remember that my PUBLISHED Deadline for article submissions is the 23rd of the month for the next month's edition ie July 23rd for the August Edition so please start submitting articles for that newsletter as soon as possible!!  Just use this as your guide... If another Club submitted this article, would I find it interesting?  Typically you should expext the Newsletter about mid-month.

July 2010 District 6630 Newsletter Johns, Jr, Mike 2010-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 04, 2010

On July 1, 2010 Stew Buchanan was inducted as Governor for District 6630 at an event hosted by his home Club in Akron, Ohio.  As his first official duty, he then inducted Janet Williams as the 2010-2011 Akron Club President. 

   

  

 

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Governor John Bosco made the announcement at the District Assembly that t he nominating committee has selected James Lechko of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River to be the District Governor for 2012-2013.

 

Congratulations Jim!! 

 

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Posted by Cheryl Warren

For Clubs with Interact Clubs or those interested in starting one...

 

Interact Video Contest 2012: Past, Present or Future?

The 2012 Interact video contest is underway! This year Interactors can choose one of these three the...

The 2012 Interact video contest is underway! This year Interactors can choose one of these three themes:

1. Past: The unbelievable history of my Interact club (bonus points for interviews with past Interactors)
2. Present: Five ways my Interact club makes the world a better place
3. Future: Interact 2062 -- How Interact will change the world in the next 50 years

Submit your entry by 3 December 2012. Read the official rules (http://tinyurl.com/interactvideocontest) and fill out the online entry form (https://rotary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0Dm2wyoizUFCSgJ) when your video is read to submit.
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Congratulations to all of our winners! 

1st Place:  Joy Schaeffer
Rotary Club of Strongsville
Topic:  National Debt 

2nd Place:  Divya Thomas
Rotary Club of Chagrin Valley
Topic:  Intelligence

3rd Place:  Paul Krause
Rotary Club of Parma
Topic:  Renewable Energy

 

Honorable Mention:  Mary Kazec
Rotary Club of Chesterland
Topic: Brothers

Honorable Mention:  Benjamin Pykare
Rotary Club of Cuyahoga Falls
Topic: Time Management

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There are links to photos, some to web articles and some to documents, so be sure to find them all by moving your mouse over graphics, links and small documents. Enjoy! Click Here to View 

Mike Johns, Jr.
Newsletter Editor
District 6630

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There are a lot of links in this month's edition.  Some to photos, some to web articles and some to documents, so be sure to find them all by moving your mouse over graphics, links and small documents. There are some great shots from the Tall Ships Festival but they take a bit to load.  Enjoy! Click Here to View

Mike Johns, Jr.

Newsletter Editor

District 6630

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