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