Nominations Requested for 2022-2023 District 6600 Governor

District 6600 is seeking applicants for our 2022-2023 District Governor. One of the most important decisions we make as a District is choosing our future leaders. We are seeking the most qualified person for the position of District Governor. If you have a demonstrated history of leadership and collaboration as a Rotarian and are willing to share your passion and talents as our District Governor, please seriously consider this opportunity.

A Governor Nominee must:

  1. Be a member in good standing of a Rotary Club in District 6600;
  2. Be a member of a club in District 6600 that has no indebtedness to RI or the District;
  3. Have served a full term as president of a Rotary Club;
  4. Demonstrate willingness, commitment and ability to full fill the duties and responsibilities of governor;

(Complete Duties of a Governor can be viewed at Rotary International Bylaws –article 16.030)

Applications can be submitted by US Mail or E-Mail any time prior to October 17, 2019. Please note that the form requires your club secretary to attest that the club is aware of and endorses your application. Please also include a cover letter stating why you are interested in serving as District Governor.

Please send the completed application (signed by the nominee and club secretary) and cover letter by October 17, 2019 to:

PDG Deb Cheney

7851 Moundview Court

Waterville, Ohio 43566


Please direct any questions to Past District Governor Deb Cheney, Nominating Committee Chair, via e-mail to 

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged after October 24, 2019. If a receipt is not returned, please contact PDG Deb by email or at 419.306.8735. Nominees will be notified about the time of interviews tentatively scheduled for November 14, 2019.

 District Governor Nomination Form (Deadline October 17, 2019)


Past District Governor Robert Soulen 1925-2019

A message from District Governor Maris Brenner:

We are saddened at the loss of one of our Past District Governors this week, Robert “Bob” Soulen, whose home club was Mansfield, Ohio. Soulen served District 6600 as governor in 1975-76. He was Pastor and man of many talents. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Peggy, his six Children, 9 grandchildren, and his “feline” family, Danny and Gracie.

Please find the Obituary here for sharing and a reminder of the special man PDG Bob was. 

Gifts to The Rotary Foundation for a loved one and one who has given so much to Rotary our District are always meaningful. If you choose to a make a tribute donation in PDG Soulen’s name, you can use the form here. You can also donate online at

Most importantly, please keep Peggy and the entire Soulen Family in your prayers and thoughts this week.

Rotary Response to Lee County, AL Tornadoes

A message from District 6600 Governor Maris Brenner:


As expected, many Rotarians in District 6600 are wondering how to provide assistance to the Lee County, Alabama area that was devastated by tornadoes yesterday. Please read the following message below from the District Governor in District 6880 and help as you are able. – DG Maris

As many of you know Lee County suffered a devastating weather event this afternoon with significant loss of life and property damage. A tornado ripped the small community of Beauregard with a path almost a half mile wide.  Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to those who have suffered this tremendous loss.  As of 11 pm on March 3, 2019, 23 lives were lost.  A billboard in Smith Station near Opelika was lifted and landed 35 miles away in Hamilton GA. 

In the upcoming days, Rotary District 6880 will provide information on how to best help with manpower and supplies. Other surrounding counties also incurred significant damage including Barbour County which lost its airport.

If you would like to participate, please coordinate with your club president this week and have him or her prepare a list of names of individuals with contact information, availability, skills or supplies to be donated. Forward them to me at and copy me at

In the meantime, we recommend that any tax deductible donations be made directly to the District 6880 Foundation.  District 6880 will distribute the assets based on the needs determined by the nearest local clubs, including Opelika, Auburn, Lee County Sunrise and Eufaula.  You are welcome to send any personal, club, or district checks made payable to The Rotary District 6880 Foundation.   Please designate the purpose.  

You can send them to the attention of PDG Linda Mong who manages the account at the following address:

Rotary District 6880 Foundation
c/o PDG Linda Mong / BancorpSouth
30585 State Hwy 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Electronic transfer capability is under construction so for the moment checks are the best and quickest way.

Again, please keep the victims in your thoughts and prayers.


District Governor Samuel Adams

Oberlin Rotarian Named 2021-2022 District Governor

Mary Aufdenkampe, Oberlin Rotary, has been named District Governor Nominee Designate and will serve as District 6600 Governor in 2021-2022.

Mary was invited to join the Avon Lake Rotary Club in October of 1988 and is proud to have been among the first women inducted into Rotary in the United States. She was one of only four women serving as president in District 6600 in 1992-93. Since 1998, Mary has been a proud member of the Rotary Club of Oberlin and served as its president in 2014-15. She has had many years of perfect attendance both in Avon Lake (now known as the North Coast) and in Oberlin.

Mary has served in several roles at the District level including District Vocational Service Chair, District Governor Nominating Committee, District Club Service Chair, Assistant Governor, District Group Study Exchange Chair, District Student Counselor for Youth Exchange, and District Alumni Chair. Mary also supports MESA and enjoys working with others on international service projects. She is passionate about youth programs and is serving her tenth year as Oberlin Rotary’s STRIVE Co-chair.

Mary has completed Rotary Leadership Institute Modules one and two and has attended numerous District Assemblies, District Conferences where she has serves as a facilitator and presenter over the years. She has attended multiple Rotary International Conventions and is a proud multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

Outside of Rotary, Mary supports numerous community associations including Oberlin Community Services, Oberlin Business Partners, and Oberlin Heritage Center. She is active at the First United Methodist Church of Oberlin having served as Council at-Large, lay member to church conference, Administrative Council, Finance Committee Chair, Staff/Parish Relations Committee and Membership Committee.

Mary has a diverse professional background beginning in the banking industry from which she retired after having been associated with two banks in the Pittsburgh market and Lorain County Bank. She also worked in the fashion industry and as a substitute teacher, a licensure she continues to hold in Ohio. Mary holds an Associate Degree in Fashion from the Wheeler School, a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Seton Hill University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Tiffin University.

She and her great husband Gary, a charter member of the District 6600 Ohio Pathways E-club, spend time traveling abroad and dining out.  They enjoy spending time with their three adult children and two grandsons, often sharing Rotary experiences with them.

District Governor Maris Brenner, said “On behalf of our District 6600 Rotarians, I congratulate Mary on being selected as our District Governor Nominee Designate (2021-2022). Enjoy your journey, Mary.”


One Rotary Summit Happening January 5, 2019

Join us for One Rotary Summit on Saturday, January 5, 2019. This annual event is a way for District 6600 Rotarians to network with other Rotarians and discuss the relationship between Membership, Public Image and Humanitarian Service.

This year’s One Rotary Summit content features Rotarians Jennifer Jones and Michael Angelo Caruso, as well as well-known writer and speaker, Simon Sinek.  Whether you have attended previous One Rotary Summits or this is your first time attending, prepare to be energized and inspired.

One Rotary Summit is for ALL Rotarians- there is no title or rank necessary to be a part of this day.  Gather a group from your club and join us for an awesome event! 

Registration is at 8:30 AM and Summit runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and includes breakfast and lunch. The event will be held at Owens Community College in Findlay, Ohio in the Educational Center, Room 111. This is a free event sponsored by District 6600.

Immediately following One Rotary Summit we will offer two additional opportunities from 1:30-3 PM.

  1. Graphics- Learn how to make graphics for your club using three free and easy tools. Join Alison Frye for a practical and hands on session.
  2. Presidents Elect- Did you miss a fall PE gathering or have additional questions about becoming your club’s president? Join DGE Carolyn Huston to learn all about your path to club president.


Use this link register via DacDB login 

Use this link if you do not know your DacDB login  

For questions about this event email Deb Cheney ( or Alison Frye (

Download Flyer 



Rotary Disaster Relief Efforts

Recently there have been two devastating natural disasters (Hurricane Michael and California Wildfires) in different parts of the country. Because District 6600 Rotarians are so compassionate, many have reached out asking about what Rotary is doing and the best way to help.

The Rotary Board of Trustees is asking Rotarians to support our fellow Rotarians through contributions that will directly impact those communities in needs.

You can find links for various district and club projects that you can immediately donate towards at The links to specific districts and projects is located at the bottom of the page.