Rotary District 6650
December 2010 Newsletter
DECEMBER 8, 2011 VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6
“Perhaps it is in
international Greetings from District Governor Jim Russell
service that the
December, and we’re half way through the year! Time flies and now is the time to
Rotary is most
review our progress, update our plans, and focus on finishing the year with strong
results in the four elements of effective Rotary Clubs. Growing membership,
conducting meaningful service projects, supporting the Rotary Foundation (programs
that their fellow
and finances), and developing Rotary leaders are the four elements of an effective
Rotary Club identified by Rotary International. With six months remaining, we
should focus heavily on getting results in each of these elements. Much progress has
and as they meet
been made but much more can be done to improve our District’s performance.
Please work in your club to insure you are meeting your goals.
they realize they
Now is also the time to make plans to attend the District Conference. Our District
Conference will be held April 29 and 30. The Conference agenda is in planning but
we know it will begin with dinner on the 29 th at Kent State Stark’s Conference
a result, Rotary
Center in Canton. This event will be the “business” portion of the Conference and
will include business meeting, recognitions, memorials, and passing the banner to
2011-12 Governor George Hays. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott
are easily made
Courtyard on Metro Center Drive for those who wish to stay overnight in Canton. On
and kept, and
Saturday April 30, we will enjoy a “Family Fun Fair” at the Stark County Fairgrounds
in Canton. This event will be very informal and will include a project fair, House of
Friendship, Youth Exchange Talent Show and Cultural Exchange, GSE Team
Presentation, Interact activities, games and events for children, and lots of fun that
is still being developed.
Please put one or both of these dates on your calendar. Wouldn’t it be great if we
could top the all time Conference attendance record for our District?
You should also consider attending the Rotary International Convention in New
Logic” song says
Orleans May 22-25, 2011. Linda and I have attended several of these conventions
and have always come away more charged up about Rotary. The entertainment,
have a simple
workshop content, and House of Friendship are always amazing. The New Orleans
solution for just
location will offer great food, entertainment and tourist activities. As always,
attendees from our District will have a “get together” sometime during the
convention to celebrate the passing of 2010-11 and to share in the excitement for
do Rotarians! It
Rotary in the future.
is called the
spirit of Rotary,
I’m including the Foundation in my New Years Resolutions. I hope you’ll commit to
and its hallmarks
increasing your support for them as well. Six months to go!
Rotary International District 6650
Ambassadorial Scholar 2011-12 Academic Year
MIDN John D. Miller
By giving $100 a John David Miller, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kinsman, has been named
year -- less than $2 District 6650’s Ambassadorial Scholar for the 2011-12 academic year. He is the son
a week -- to the of William and Linda Miller and learned from the earliest age the values of education,
Annual Programs hard work, and service. John tries to emulate these virtues and embody them each
Fund through the day. He believes hard work is both an expectation and a source of pride.
Every Year (EREY) John graduated as valedictorian from Badger High School in 2007 where he was a
initiative, Rotarians successful distance runner, competing in three different regional finals. He attended
become part of the American Legion Buckeye Boys State and American Legion Boys Nation.
mission to advance Growing up in a rural community, John always found himself looking outward at the
world world and wondering what it was like beyond Kinsman. His vision for his future is
understanding, what brought him to apply for and to receive appointments to the U.S. Military
goodwill, and peace Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. John’s father, grandfathers, and uncles all
through the served in the military. Military service seemed logical for John and he elected to join
improvement of the Navy, where he found an opportunity to serve the nation and community that he
health, the support cherishes.
of education, and
the alleviation of Service comes in many forms and military service alone is not enough for John.
poverty. Growing up he watched his parents treat their community like family, and their
example showed he the impact a person can have on a community. John knows that
the service of a few can change the lives of many. He juggles the rigors of academic
and military life to volunteer at local nursing homes and as a tutor in the Annapolis
area. He finds these opportunities to serve rewarding. He says his ability to develop
relationships with both the spirited young and the reflective old provide him with
some of his greatest lessons on life, leadership and hope.
During his time at the U.S. Naval Academy, John has been named on numerous
occasions to the Superintendent’s List, which recognizes midshipmen who excel in
military aptitude, academics, and physical fitness. In addition, John has served as a
Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and is a member
of Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.
Recently, John started Bridges Through Education Corporation, which is working to
send books and school resources to outlying towns and villages in Vietnam.
Currently John stands 21st in his class of 1,062. This high ranking permits him to
defer his five-year service commitment and pursue independently funded graduate
school opportunities. Hence his interest in the Ambassadorial Scholarship program.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Science in Political Science in May 2011, he will
pursue a Masters of Science Development Studies as a Rotary Ambassadorial
Scholar. He has found programs that suit his goals in England, South Africa and
Australia. His current undergraduate research focuses on the relationship between
taxation and representation in the developing world.
As an Ambassadorial Scholar, John wants to develop an “adopt a community
initiative.” He believes the cities of London, Capetown and Melbourne each provide
an ideal environment where affluence and poverty are situated in close proximity.
He wants to promote collaborative efforts that focus on neighborhood regeneration
through service projects, integration of college and high school students in to
schools, and mentorship programs for youth in support of a familial environment. He
understands that developing local ownership in such programs is crucial if they are
to be sustainable when he leaves after a year.
After completing his education, John intends to serve as a Surface Warfare Officer in
the United States Navy before transferring to the Maritime Civil Affairs Group, to
work in security and development in littoral regions. Upon completion of his naval
service, John plans to return to the area to serve as a role model and community
leader, very possibly as a high school instructor in his hometown.
We are grateful to the Kinsman Rotary Club for sponsoring such a remarkable
applicant. MIDN Miller will be an outstanding Ambassadorial Scholar and
representative of Rotary and District 6650. We wish him all the best.
TRF-DIRECT makes contributing easier
There is an easy way for donors in North America to contribute to The Rotary
Foundation. By enrolling in TRF-DIRECT, you can automatically transfer funds
electronically from your checking, savings, or credit card accounts to the
Once enrolled, you can choose whether to give to the Annual Programs Fund (to
support the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative) or PolioPlus (to support Rotary’s
US$200 Million Challenge). You no longer need to remember when to make your
contributions. All transactions through TRF-DIRECT are secure and will eliminate the
worry of checks getting lost in the mail.
One tax receipt is issued at the end of the calendar year for easy accounting. All
contributions count toward Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor recognition. Annual
Programs Fund contributions count toward Sustaining Member recognition.
Download the TRF Direct form from the District Web Page or contact your Club
Foundation Chairperson to enroll.
Mid-Year Assembly February 5
The District 6650 Mid-Year Assembly is scheduled for February 5, 2011 at Foltz
Community Center in East Canton. This meeting is intended for all Rotarians and
Getting to serves as an opportunity to review progress and set priorities for finishing the 2010-
know our 11 Rotary year with excellent results. While the agenda hasn’t been finalized, we
expect to discuss Awards and Recognition, Youth Exchange, District Conference,
District: Rotary Leadership Institute, and Rotary Foundation. Please put this meeting on your
schedule and plan to attend. We will start with breakfast at 7:30AM and finish by
founded by Elijah
Boardman in the
late 1780s. Around
the turn of the
railroad led to
Southern Park, a
horse racing facility District 6650 Rotary Leadership
Institute looks toward April 2, 2011
the area an early
draw for District 6650’s Rotary Leadership Institute is affiliated with seven other districts in
Youngstown Northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania that comprise the Main Line Division of the
urbanites. The fast Rotary Leadership Institute. Districts have been conducting training sessions over
food chain Arby's the past spring and fall. District 6650 conducted a Part One training in May. There
opened its first are three parts to the basic RLI program.
Boardman in 1964.
The store remains The next training for District 6650 will be Saturday April 2, 2011, at the Foltz
open on Route 224 Community Center in East Canton, Ohio. The session will be from 8:00 am to 3:00
near the Southern pm. This training will feature a Part 1 and a Part 2 session.
Park Mall. Bernie
Kosar, the former Registration materials will be available soon on the District 6650 website
Cleveland Browns www.rotarydistrict6650.org and the RLI Main Line Division www.rlimainline.org.
up in Boardman.
District 6650 offers a one time per club scholarship for a Rotarian to attend an RLI
session. Participants have found the RLI sessions to be relevant, interesting and
focused. The training is designed to be interactive and is aimed at preparing
Rotarians to lead at the club level and beyond.
For more information about the Rotary Leadership Institute, contact Larry Warren at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-757-3631.
4-Way Test Competition Timeline
December 2010: Contacts should be made to high schools
know our March 11, 2011: Club competitions should be completed
March 12, 2011: Names of local club winners must be submitted to Pat Potter
March 19, 2011: District Competition at The Fairways of North Canton, 1500
Rogwin Circle SW, North Canton, Ohio 44720, 9:00 – 1:00
In 1817. the Note: Contestants should arrive between 8:30 a.m. and
Separatists, or 8:45 a.m. the day of the contest for registration and position
Zoarites, emigrated assignment. At registration, please submit a copy of the
from the kingdom
speech and the permission slip signed by the school
of Württemberg in
Germany due to
from the Lutheran
church. It was a For more information download additional information from the District website or
communal society, contact Pat Potter (consultant), 1462 Pleasant Hill Rd. NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio
with many 44663, email@example.com; home: 330-339-3937; cell: 330-268-3703 or fax
German-style Elwood Walker, District Chair, at (330) 448-4847; home: 448-8275; office: (330)
structures that 448-1500; firstname.lastname@example.org.
have been restored
and are part of the
Zoar Village State
are presently ten
The Zoarites had
5,000 acres (20
km2) of land sight
unseen and used
loans to pay for it.
They spent several
years in the 1820s RI Convention in New Orleans
digging the Ohio Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Rotary International Convention in New
and Erie Canal and Orleans May 22 –25, 2011. Pre- convention activities begin on May 19. The Opening
thus were able to Plenary is scheduled for the afternoon of May 22 and the closing Plenary is set for 4
pay off their loans
on time with much PM on the 25th, with plenty of great information and entertainment in between! PDG
money to spare. George Windate is arranging our traditional District get together. We hope to see
you there. Rotarians can use their Member Access account at Rotary International to
register. A quick reference guide for registration is included in your November
News from the frontline:
know our Sieglinde Warren, Division I-A
The Power of One: Meena Lisa
The town was
founded in 1828
and incorporated as
a city in 1875.
Nearby clay pits
supported a pottery
industry; the W. S.
formed in 1909
The power of Rotary can overcome
from the East
many obstacles that are placed in the way of service to others whether these
obstacles relate to geography, culture or politics.
operated in the
Witness Meena Lisa who was a mainland China exchange student to Boardman
town until the
during the 2009-2010 school year. Meena Lisa was not a Rotary exchange but
attended Boardman Rotary meetings with her class mates at Boardman High
East Palestine was
School who were with the District 6650 Youth Exchange program. Meena Lisa
participated in service projects sponsored by Boardman Rotary and was captivated
by the power and scope of what Rotary does.
was changed to
"East Palestine" as
Upon her return to China in the summer of 2010, she was determined to continue to
part of a religious
do the good work of Rotary. Except for Hong Kong, there is but one Rotary club in
Mainland China. It is a provisional club in Beijing and is not open to Chinese
that area such as
Pennsylvania, Enon Undaunted, Meena made contact with the leadership of the Beijing club and is now
Valley, involved in the many activities of Rotaract. Recently she was involved in a drive to
Pennsylvania, etc. collect food for the needy in the city. In Meena’s words: “It's an event Rotaract
Famous natives Beijing and Shanghai held for food donations to local orphanages. For Food drive
include Bob Hope itself, we did such a great job. We collected over 35 shopping carts of food
and several donations from 3 local supermarkets. And I do believe now that we can really
professional influence others by helping, in order to make Beijing a better place to live for
athletes. everyone. And I see the kind side of everyone Chinese. (It would be unusual for
Chinese to even talk about charity yrs ago, and now they are "giving"!)
Assuredly just small steps, but nevertheless powerful in the scope of reality. A small
seed has been planted but with proper nurturing it will grow. That seed was sown
by Boardman Rotary by its welcoming of a student thousands of miles from home
and sharing the passion of service to others. It was transported to China by a
young woman with high ideals.
Rotary helps ordinary people accomplish extraordinary deeds. So with Meena Lisa
as she plants the ideals of Rotary in her native land.
The Rotary Club of Youngstown (through its Youngstown Rotary Foundation)
recently donated $25,000 to the Youngstown OH Wow Children’s Museum. $5,000
per year will be distributed for 5 years. The official opening date of the Roger and
Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will be May 12, 2011.
Pictured left to right in the photo are:
Newton Falls is
Steve Kristan – Rotary Club President
home to the second
Becky Keck – Rotary board member
Richard Hahn – Rotarian and past board member
bridge in Ohio,
Carol Chamberlain – Rotary Club Treasurer
Ron Faniro – Rotary Club Secretary
Suzanne Barbatti – Oh Wow Museum Executive Director
the Mahoning River
Carol Sherman – Rotarian and past board member
in 1831. According
to a Postal Service
Falls, OH (44444)
is one of three Boardman Rotary
nationwide with all
five digits being On Sunday, 19 December, members of Boardman Rotary delivered 50 baskets to
identical. The other needy families in Boardman. Family names were collected for the club by the local
two are parts of schools, and each basket contained $55.00 worth of food, including a ham, milk,
Arlington, Virginia bread, cereal, some breakfast food, snacks for school and all the fixings for a holiday
(22222), and meal.
Minnesota (55555). Pictured are members of Boardman Rotary, the family of Rotary and one of their
Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive
Part of Christmas in any community is the ringing of the bells at the Salvation Army
kettles. Clubs in Division 1 A stepped forward to brave the winter winds and snow
as they “manned” the kettles again this year.
Pictured Poland Rotary President, Matt Maxwell and Rotarian Hank Conrad in front of
the Walgreen’s store in Poland. Other Division 1 A clubs that rang for the Salvation
Army included Boardman, Canfield, Austintown and Youngstown.
The village of
founded in 1814 by
Abraham Shane at
the intersection of
two Indian trails
State Routes 39
and 93). This Youth Exchange Students as Teachers con’t.
surpassed in size Our Youth Exchange “teachers,” Florence Aegerter from Switzerland, hosted and
and stature by sponsored by the Rotary Club of Boardman, and Laura Schmidt from Germany,
Sugarcreek (then hosted and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Youngstown, read Clement Moore’s “A
known as East Visit from St. Nick” in tandem with Charn Creed’s first grade class at Hilltop
Shanesville, but Elementary in Canfield. The children recited each verse in English, followed by the
renamed based on German version read by Laura, where the students picked out words that they
Sugar Creek) when recognized.
the railroads came
in the mid-19th Pictured is Laura reading to the class.
settled by Swiss
immigrants and is
known as “Little
Division 1A International Service Project: El
Seven Rotarians and friends of Rotary are finalizing their trip to the Love and Hope
Ministries Orphanage in El Salvador which will take place between January 12 th
and the 17th. Kelly, home for a holiday visit from the orphanage, shared
information about the orphanage at a recent Boardman Rotary meeting. She also
met with the team to provide information about the area, as well as what the team
can expect in terms of food, shelter, and travel.
Pictured from left to right:
Row 1: Penny May, Salem Rotarian; Kelly Moore, from the Love and Hope
Orphanage; Sheryl Figliano, Project Coordinator
Row 2: Shelly LaBaerto, Boardman Rotary President; Marc Coleins, Austintown
Rotarian; Frank, Salem Rotarian; Elizabeth Shobel, recent KSU grad and affiliated
with the Centers for Hearing Care; Sieglinde Warren, Canfield Rotarian; and
Clubs will no
paper versions of
Form in October
to report officers
information; Canfield Rotary Cruze Project
through Member An exciting opportunity by Canfield Rotary is being held to provide support for
Access by 10 Hospice of the
March Valley. Tom Pauley, project chair, said that the Cruze will be purchased through
Greg Greenwood at Greenwood Chevy who will hold the car for us until the drawing
on Labor Day at the Canfield Fair.
Tickets are $20 each, and are available from all Canfield Rotarians.
Pictured is the actual car which
will be in production this month at Lordstown. With all the “bells and whistles,” this
Cruze is valued at more than $27,000.
Michael Bollas, Division I-B
Keith Rising, Musical Director, and his
Madrigal Singers from Warren G Harding High School were guests recently at
the Rotary Club of Warren weekly meeting to present their Holiday Music Program .
The students are Juniors and Seniors of a diverse group that includes all facets of
student life at Warren G. Harding H.S.. They have won high honors in Solo &
Ensemble Completions and perform many concerts during the Holiday Season. The
group left to a standing ovation after singing their final number, "Joy To The World".
The Rotary Club of Warren recently held their annual “Children’s Christmas Party” at
Enzo’s Restaurant in Warren, Ohio. The Club invites special needs children in the
Warren area presenting them with gifts, a buffet luncheon, live music (made up of
local Rotarian musicians), holiday characters, and candy.
Interact students from Warren G. Harding helped out by passing out the gifts and
wearing the costumes of several holiday characters. Even the Mayor of Warren,
Michael O’Brien, was on hand to introduce each child and present them with their
Children’s Rehabilitation Center
Members of the Rotary Club of
District Office Warren visited the Children’s Rehabilitation Center to present the children
Contact Info: who couldn’t make it to the annual “Children’s Christmas Party” with gifts from
217 Second St. NW
Canton, Oh 44702 Left to right: Dick Aurand, Committee Chairman, Nick Verina, President, Earl Brown,
(330) 452-2882 Committee Member, Denise Rubano, Pre School Teacher, and Bob Foster, Executive
F (330) 452-8614 Director of the Rehab Center.
Interact Students from
Warren G. Harding H.S. with Warren Mayor – Michael O’ Brien.
Mark Flake, Division IV-A
East Palestine Rotary Auction
The East Palestine Rotary Club held its15th Annual Christmas Auction on Friday,
November 26, 2010, (day after Thanksgiving) at 4:00 o'clock P.M. Doors opened at
3:00 o'clock to preview merchandise.
New Christmas merchandise, collectibles, name brand toys, and a large variety of
other merchandise was auctioned. Donations from local merchants were also be
The auction was held at the same location as in years past: East Palestine
Elementary School Cafeteria, 195 West Grant Street, East Palestine, Ohio, 44413.
Proceeds benefit the East Palestine Social Concerns and the East Palestine Rotary
Club which sponsors many community events which include the Memorial Day Bike
Parade, Cross Country, Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Friday
Night at the Movies at the City Park, Career Day, Harry S. Laber Award, Community
Yard Sale, Student Loans, World Affairs, RYLA, Interact, Youth Soccer and Youth
Exchange Program. The East Palestine Rotary Club also participates in the Cancer
Relay for Life, National Night Out, Toys for Tots Car Cruise, 4 Way Speech contest
for students, and Dog Days.
The Rotary Club had food available during the evening which included hot dogs,
coney dogs, hamburgers, sloppy joes, nachos and cheese, the "works", walking
tacos, chips, cookies, candy, and hot and cold beverages.
Our Interact has grown and they help out quite a bit at our events.