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2022-2023 District Leadership

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The Rotary Club of Hudson celebrated its “changing of the guard” recently at the Blue Canyon restaurant with the swearing in of its next President and the recognition of this year’s Jimmy Sutphin Award winner. The Rotarian of the Year plaque was also presented. Each of these recognitions is part of the annual Rotary celebration banquet.
Liz Murphy, founder of Destination Hudson was chosen as this year’s recipient in honor of her contributions to the community over the past 28 years and her meaningful and compelling communications with the public regarding a variety of Hudson opportunities and events. She has been the driving force behind the Downtown Merchants for many years, seeking ways to help our small retail businesses thrive. Previous owner of the Learned Owl, Liz has always been one of our community’s most sincere and active advocates.
Liz assured the assembled that “I love Hudson as Jimmy did, and I am honored that the Rotary Club of Hudson felt I deserved this year’s award. Hudson’s spirit of volunteerism is a result of many who feel the same way. One positive that came out of Covid is that the Hudson Chamber, Destination Hudson, City and the Merchants of Hudson are working together more effectively than ever before---Jimmy would approve!”
The Jimmy Sutphin Award was established in 2015 to recognize deserving Hudson community leaders who closely reflect the Rotary “Service Above Self” standard. The initial recipient was Jimmy “Inky” Sutphin, a friend and colleague of both the Rotary Club and the community at large. Jimmy was universally loved by local citizens who benefited by his communication skills and empathy for all he encountered.
The Rotarian of the Year plaque was presented to James Yard who has been responsible for the Club’s marketing and public relations for the past five years and led the Strategic Planning Committee during 2021. He assured attendees that he has had “the privilege of simply reporting all the good deeds performed by the Club’s members”.
Regarding community service over the past year, it was recognized that outgoing President Patrick Scherer led the Club in staging a “comeback” Rotary Annual Gala that raised over $65,000, coordinated the ongoing Scout Cabin restoration project that has secured $240,000 in funding and supervised the planting of two elementary school pollinator gardens, all efforts being part of the Strategic Plan. In addition, his Speakers Committee, Chaired by John Adams, has provided highly engaging and meaningful weekly presenters throughout the year.
Father Joseph Boysel, a longtime community leader, was sworn in as the Club’s next President and promised to engage more of our young, diverse and business members of the Hudson community. He encouraged all members to invite a friend to attend one of our meetings to see firsthand what an active, sharing and congenial group we are.
Learn more about Rotary and its community projects at www.rotaryhudson.org.
The Westlake - Bay Village Rotary Art Festival took place on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Dozens of artists of various mediums participated. Food trucks provided delicious meals. Some of the over 2,000 patrons sipped their favorite cold drink in the beer and wine garden.  Musical groups performing throughout the day included classical winds, rock and jazz.
Kids and adults enjoyed a balloon artist, the artist raffle, snow cones and popcorn.
The Festival was held on the grounds of Westlake Porter Public Library. Shaun Kinley, the festival's featured artist, paints textural acrylics capturing action and energy with intensity as his works illuminate the subjects with brilliant color, stroke and substance. He was honored with a proclamation from Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. The money raised from this festival goes directly back to the community for funding such things as kitchen equipment for Meals on Wheels, college scholarships for Westlake and Bay Village high school graduates, family dinners at Ames House - Hospice of the Western Reserve, assistance to those with special needs including Best Buddies, Milestones Autism Resources and STAR Camp.
Tim Richards of Star 102.1 FM cut the ribbon to start the festival.
August 2022
My Rotary Family,
I am excited to bring you greetings from my wife, Georgeann and myself as this month we focus on Membership and New Club Development. Peter Tuttle and the Membership committee have been meeting and planning throughout the month of July and we are excited by the opportunities for growth that are seemingly boundless. The committee will be sending out further information over the next few months.

The Foundation committee had a successful “End Polio Now” event on July 13th at the Cleveland Guardian’s game. Rotarian, Dean Thayer, from the Northampton Cuyahoga Valley club threw out the first pitch.  I would like to thank the Rotarians in District 6600 and 6650 for their participation in the event as we support each other in our efforts to do good in our communities.  I would like to thank Stu Buchanan, Polio Plus Chair from the Rotary Club of Akron, for a successful event. His planning of the event and ticket sales brought over 300 participants to the game. The raffle baskets and First Pitch tickets raised $6000 for Polio.
My club visits are underway, and I appreciate the reception that I have received from those clubs with whom I have visited.  I am grateful for the interaction so early in the Rotary year. All club visits are scheduled and can be found on the District calendar via the website.  If you would like to schedule a Governor visit to your Club meeting, Club Social event or service project, please email me at DEJRotary@gmail.com.
Our Rotary District 6630 brand is riding high on the waves of change. This year’s theme of IMAGINE is truly a driving force in our goals of “Service Above Self”. Clubs are making new community connections, planning new service projects and partnering with other organizations. Our current members have such tremendous passion and provide amazing support for our Rotary initiatives. Our core values of fellowship, integrity, diversity, service and leadership help our clubs serve their communities and attract new members.  Let’s continue to develop new service projects and opportunities that will provide value, keep our current members engaged and also allow potential members to experience Rotary.
We will also continue to build on the relationship that has been developed with our Rotaractor’s in order to grasp the countless opportunities for collaboration and sharing of knowledge as true partners within the Rotary family. As we welcome and integrate Rotaract into our club model, the district has integrated members into our district committees, provided them the opportunity to apply for district grants and encourage our clubs to partner with them for service projects.
Our LEADS Committee is busy planning programs for our clubs’ membership and leaders. Never in our history has access to knowledge been so available. The true dynamic of Rotary is now more eye catching than ever. The five districts in Ohio have planned three Multi-District sessions focused on Membership, Foundation and Public Image.  Club leaders will be receiving Save the Date flyers and are encouraged to share with members who are interested in participating.
The Public Image Committee has been busy promoting your club events through our District Website and social media platforms.  If you have an upcoming event, a story about your event or Pictures that you would like to promote, please send information to the Public Image Committee Chair Tina Ingraham.  Cheryl Warren has done a great job of redesigning the District website to enhance the look and feel to promote our District and Club projects.
If you would like to have your event pictures included in our banner please send the images to Cheryl Warren at cawarren@neo.rr.com.
Remember, support each other, look for new community connections, bring out your passion and have FUN.  Each act of kindness is cumulative in our personal growth.
Thank you.
David E Jones
Rotary District 6630 District Governor 2022-2023
Northampton Rotary Club - Past President 2017
Rotary District 6630 - Foundation Stewardship Chair 2016-2020 , RI Conference Chair 2017-2021
Cell Phone: 330.603.4107       
Email: DEJRotary@gmail.com


Dear Rotary leader,

Our joint service week with Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, and Optimist International was so successful last year, we’re doing it again!

During the week of 11-17 September, we’re encouraging Rotary and Rotaract clubs to partner
with local Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist clubs on a service project that will have a long-term impact in your community. (Use the club finder tools to locate Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist clubs near you.) To get started, work with a local social service organization or with local government officials to learn what your community needs and how you can plan the most effective project.

Tell your neighbors — and us — about your joint service project by sending out a news release, posting on social media with #CelebrateCommunity, and adding the project to Rotary Showcase

We can do more when we work together. Let’s harness the collective power of our four organizations’ 3.4 million members and Celebrate Community together.

John Hewko
General Secretary
Rotary International
This award is for the 2021-2022 Rotary year under the leadership of PDG Larry Lohman:
Dear district leader,

Congratulations on earning Global Peacebuilder recognition for your district! You’ve achieved this distinction by contributing District Designated Funds or district cash during Rotary year 2021-22 to support Rotary Peace Centers or the peacebuilding and conflict prevention area of focus.

Global Peacebuilder Districts like yours play a critical role in supporting the work of the Rotary Peace Centers and our grassroots work in peacebuilding. Each year, your district contributions are part of the funding that allows up to 130 peace fellows to study at our seven Rotary Peace Centers. More than 1,500 alumni of the peace centers program are actively making the world more peaceful, from leading local initiatives in communities to guiding policy development at the United Nations and other multilateral organizations.

In 2021, Rotary’s newest peace center at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, began welcoming its first fellows from throughout Africa. This year, The Rotary Foundation is in the process of selecting a partner university to host another new Rotary Peace Center in the Middle East or North Africa, with the first class of fellows to begin study in 2025.

Your generous contributions also support the vital peacebuilding and conflict prevention work that clubs and districts do through projects supported by The Rotary Foundation. Through these activities, your donations help train leaders, address the root causes of conflict, and build the capacity of communities around the world to overcome violence and increase their resiliency so people can flourish.

Global Peacebuilder Districts like yours are invaluable to Rotary’s peacebuilding initiatives. Thank you for your continued generosity in support of this important work!
Our Rotary E-Club of Northeast Ohio is again selling Dizzy Ducks, thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Port Summit.
This is a traditional event for Port Summit, where they send hundreds of toy rubber ducks down the river, with the "winner" receiving a $1000 grand prize!
Please let me know if you would be interested in some Dizzy Ducks for the chance to win, and to benefit our Rotary Clubs!

Fall Quarter Programs
Our Planning Committee has chosen four of Rotary International's Causes to guide our programs this year.  The first,  Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and second, Fighting Disease, are underway now.  Saving Women and Children and Promoting Peace will follow.  These critical issues provide focus for Rotary's work , and learning more about how they are implemented through the world is helpful to new members and to experienced Rotarians as well.  Join us to learn more about the impact that Rotary has in the world!  

We are building a Little Free Library!

In partnership with member Sarah Brittingham and her Cub Scout troop, our club is preparing to build and help stock a Little Free Library. 
The Library, to be located at the Methodist church in Ellet where Sarah's Cub Scouts meet, will be filled by a Cub Scout book drive conducted soon. 
Watch for more information on how you can add books to this project as we evolve.  
Join the fun at the
13th Annual Cornhole Tournament benefiting
Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs
Join us for Rotary Camp’s 13th Annual Cornhole Tournament, presented by Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. The tourney will be held on August 27, 2022 at 9:30am on the grounds of Akron Rotary Camp, in the beautiful Portage Lakes! 
Sign-up your team today for either the Skilled Ringers Division ($90) or the Recreational Division ($60). Winners walk away with cash prizes! Also participate in an Air-Mail toss or Long-Toss for some bragging rights and awesome giveaways! Bring your friends, neighbors and family for a fun day! All registered players will receive a food voucher from the Menches Bros. Food Truck, and an ice-cream station. Beverages from our friends at the House of LaRose will be available for purchase to help keep you cool.
There are multiple ways to support this great event to benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs by registering to play, participate with a sponsorship or recruit teams. Your participation will continue to strengthen the Camp's mission of Creating a world where there are only abilities!
Any questions? Please call Rotary Camp at (330) 644-4512.
Thank you in advance for helping us to make this a successful tournament
to support Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs!
We are looking forward to seeing you at the event!
Scott Kolligian
Co-founder and Chair
Annual Cornhole Tournament

Dan Reynolds
Director of Endless Possibilities
Akron Rotary Camp

Rotary Club of Fairlawn’s 11th Speakeasy Fundraiser
Is October 29th, 2022
The Rotary Club of Fairlawn will host its 11th annual Speakeasy Fundraiser on October 29, 2022, from 6:00 -11:00, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.  The Rotary Club of Fairlawn joins forces with Akron Children’s Hospital, Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, Blick Center, and The Fairlawn Rotary Foundation to make this a very special event. This year’s Community Service Award will be presented to William Considine for his service and dedication to our community.
The Rotary Club of Fairlawn has raised over $1 million for children in this community and around the world since 1964.  The Speakeasy event is the club’s major fundraiser. Its purpose is to help fund special projects for local charities. Through the Fairlawn Rotary Foundation, this year’s proceeds will help local organizations that support children’s education, health, and welfare.  As this year’s recipients, Akron Children’s Hospital, Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer foundation, Blick Center, and the Fairlawn Rotary Foundation will receive proceeds from this event.  At our last event, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn raised over $60,000 for local organizations.
The Speakeasy fundraiser will be a fun-filled evening of dancing to a live band in a nostalgic speakeasy atmosphere. The ticket price of $125 per person includes a sit-down dinner, an oral and silent auction, a cash bar and a “best-dressed” costume contest. Raffle tickets for many wonderful gifts are also available for purchase. Of course, the real winners will be the children of our community.
The Rotary Club’s efforts to support local charities and build goodwill throughout the community stem from Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.”  Rotary’s compassion stretches well beyond Akron as it works to combat polio, poverty, and illiteracy on national and international levels. Rotary focuses on service projects encompassing peace and conflict prevention and resolution, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, and economic and community development. To purchase event/raffle tickets or make a donation to the Speakeasy fundraiser, visit www.speakeasy.fairlawnrotary.com.  For additional information, please contact Johnathan Roberts at 757-377-7896 or at Johnathan.w.roberts@gmail.com
Corporate sponsorships start at $395, and program advertising starts at $75.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to help, please send your check to the Fairlawn Rotary Foundation, Inc, at P.O. Box 13063, Fairlawn, Ohio 44334.  The Fairlawn Rotary Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3).   
CDC guidelines, state, local and venue requirements are to be in effect on the date of the event. ###

Michael Kahoe was inducted on August 2, 2022.  He was sponsored by Tom Knauer.  Tom shared that Mike understands the importance of public and community service and enjoys
working on behalf of the residents of the state. He is passionate about serving and desires to focus more of his time working locally to improve the lives of residents in Akron and surrounding communities.
Mike is the Northeast Ohio Regional Liaison for Lt. Governor Jon Husted.
He was born and grew up in Bath and Richfield Ohio.
He was involved in helping a number of nonprofit organizations throughout high school. In 2019 he was elected to the Revere Board of Education and in 2021 was appointed to the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Board of Education.
He also serves on the governing board for the Revere Class of 2020 scholarship, where they reserve funds to send a special needs student to a summer camp each year. 
He enjoys cooking, traveling, and running.   He is training for his first half marathon in August.  He said "I am joining Rotary to meet other people invested in the community and find new ways to give back."

A party was held for our outgoing President Steve Buie on Friday, July 29, 2022 was great fun!!
It was a beautiful setting at the camp overlooking the lake and the weather was absolutely perfect.
Past President (2020-2021) Dr. Rob McGregor organized the event and treated Steve to a bagpiper to celebrate his Scottish heritage.

The Akron Club Rotary Youth Exchange Committee welcomed Yara Martin and her host family, Keith, Tonya, Samantha and Carston Kramer, July 31, to a typical American potluck picnic.  It was a Great opportunity to get to know Yara and her host family. Samantha leaves for Brazil August 9. 
Berea Rotarian honored for 50 years in broadcast industry
Bob Hammer, treasurer of the Rotary Club of Berea, was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Central Great Lakes Chapter’s Gold Circle.
The Gold Circle recognizes those who have served the broadcast industry for 50 years.
Inducted along with Bob were Leon Bibb of Channel 3 News, Harry Boomer of Channel 19 and Carl Monday of Channel 8.
Bob began his TV career in 1966 as studio lighting director, stage manager and cameraman at KAKE-TV in Wichita, Kansas. He was 19 years old. A year later, he was promoted to producer/director of the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
Over the years, he worked at stations in Toledo, where he first teamed up with Leon Bibb;. Fort Myers, Fla.; and Cleveland. He founded Hammer Production Co. in 1993, producing award-winning commercials.
“How important it is to make a difference,” Bob said in his acceptance remarks. “Make that significant contribution.”
Over the past 56 years, Bob directed 25,000-30,000 TV commercials, specials and events.  You may remember some of these tag lines: “Ed Mullinax is a friend of mine.” OR “My dad wants to sell you a car now.” OR “You get a square deal with every square yard.”
He is executive director of the Central Great Lakes Chapter and is responsible for producing the regional Emmy Awards programs. He also is a national trustee of NATAS.
Bob joined Rotary in 2000. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Farewell Letter
Hello everyone, my name is Dustin Haffner and I will soon be studying abroad in Villavicencio, Colombia, through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Before I begin my journey abroad, I would like to acknowledge and thank those who have supported me and allowed for this opportunity to be possible.

First, I would like to thank Rotary for all that they have done this past year to prepare me for this adventure. None of this would be possible without the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club, who will be sponsoring my studies abroad. I was fortunate enough to attend many of the club’s weekly meetings and community service projects, and witness first hand the true purpose of this organization, “Service Above Self.” Everyone with whom I have come in contact, in the preparation of this exchange, has been very helpful and truly made the process fun and intriguing.

Next, I would like to thank the Community of Medina. Over the years, I have been provided with many great opportunities and have been connected with many great teachers, coaches, and friends. I am truly grateful to have grown up in such a supportive community. Finally, I would like to thank my parents. They have been supportive of my decision to study abroad ever since I first mentioned the idea to them, and have done everything needed to make the idea come true for me.

I am very grateful for all the support I have received from my parents, and everyone else who have made this dream a reality.
PHOTO (l to r):
First Lady Georgeann & Rotary District 6630 Governor David Jones, Justin Haffner,
Rotary Youth Exchange Counsellor Anna Guy-Leach, Medina Sunrise Rotary Club President Kevin Lauterjung
"Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime to make peace in the world, one student at a time," stated Dustin Haffner, a Senior at Medina High School, sponsored by the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club. Dustin will be departing on August 23rd, to live and study in Colombia, in the 2022-- 2023 school year.
Whether you are a student, interested in making an exchange, a potential host family for a youth exchange visitor, an interested community member or a volunteer in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Rotary Youth Exchange is a worldwide program designed for youth between the ages of fifteen and eighteen.  It is a Rotary organization made up of professional people in all walks of life who are experienced and dedicated to the youth exchange program. If you are interested in the opportunity to become a foreign exchange student, or to host one, you can assure yourself that you will be immersed in an experience like no other. You will build international friendships and connections that often last a lifetime, as well as discover new characteristics of yourself that will enhance  your self identity. The knowledge you acquire will often be an important tool in your future and will uncover opportunities for the entirety of their lifetime. Rotary’s youth exchange program is not a study abroad program, it is much more. It is a unique opportunity to enhance your life and that of others with the goal of achieving  peace one student at a time.
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a premier international student exchange scholarship program for qualified students in secondary school. This scholarship's value currently exceeds $35,000 per student.
Since 1929, Rotary International has sent highly qualified young people around the globe to experience new cultures, instill service above self, develop leadership, promote international understanding and world peace, and become youth ambassadors of their local communities. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Rotary is a fully accredited member of CSIET - Council of Standards for International Student Exchange: http://www.csiet.org.
Burton-Middlefield Rotary Club Begins a New Year
Every year, the Burton Middlefield Rotary Club (BMR) sets aside the agenda for a regularly scheduled meeting for what is called the “Change Over Banquet”. The purpose of this banquet is to induct the next president, review previous year’s achievements and award exceptional service.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, the BMR held their 72nd Change Over Banquet at Welshfield Inn in Troy Township, Ohio. Beverly Goodridge, president 2021-22 passed the gavel to Michael Valentino, incoming president 2022-23. Bob Johnson read the oath and swore in Mike and the new Board. BMR’s newest member, Jeff Pascoe was inducted and pinned by his wife Kelly.
In review, it was a whirlwind year with Beverly Goodridge at the helm. She detailed many Club accomplishments, challenges and awarded those who were instrumental in making the year a grand success.
Brian Brockway was awarded "Rotarian of the Year" because of his steadfast service and support.  Kim Breyley received the "Service Above Self" award for stepping up the BMR’s public presence.  A new award "Rookie of the Year” was given to newer member Carole Drabek for her great work in scheduling programs for this past year. A Paul Harris Fellowship was given to member Carole Cashion for her exemplary work in writing and acquiring grant money for some club projects. Bob Varga was recognized as a community service chairman. The tremendous value of the Maple Splash Raffle in generating operating funds for the club was noted. It was Larry Fox and Kathy Vatty that made sure this event happened. Larry initiated the fundraiser and continues to lead; Kathy took on the Maple Splash Festival as chairwoman ensuring a fabulous event.
A final presentation was a scrapbook put together by Secretary Bob Johnson for Beverly full of highlights of the Club's very productive year under her leadership. BMR members are indebted to Beverly for her year of service and look forward to a productive year with Mike as president.
Beverly Goodridge and Brian Brockway
Beverly Goodridge and Carole Cashion
Bob Varga and Beverly Goodridge
Carole Drabek and Beverly Goodrich
Kelly Pascoe, Jeff Pascoe and PDG Bob Johnson
Looking to promote your upcoming fundraising event?  We may be able to help! Our group has just begun working with a new PR tool (Event Vesta) to help clubs share details of their public fundraising events to various free community calendars around Northeast Ohio. 
We have limited opportunities available each month.  While we cannot guarantee each request, we will do our best to help each club in your efforts! 
If you would like your club’s event to be considered by the P.I. Committee, please email Tina Ingraham for details: tina@marketing101adv.com
Our team requests a lead time of 6 weeks prior to the event date.
Thank you!
Tina Ingraham
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We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.
Through  and other resources, we help clubs focus their service efforts in the following areas.


Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.


More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.


More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.


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, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.


Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.


Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.


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