Meet Paul Harris at the District 6600 Rotary Foundation Celebration

Join fellow Rotarians, District Governor Maris Brenner, Rotary International Major Gifts Officer Kevin Kelley and Rotary International Founder Paul Harris on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Emerald Event Center in Avon, Ohio. (That’s no typo – meet Paul Harris in Avon on February 22!)

District 6600 is incredibly fortunate to have a rich history of giving from among its membership. Since 1957, the year Paul Harris Fellowships were formally created, District 6600 has had 5,575 people achieve this status through their personal giving or gifts made in their name. We have also had 82 Benefactors, 20 Bequest Society Members, 76 Major Donors, and 4 Arch Klumph Society Members.

All new Paul Harris Fellows, those with a new recognition level, new Major Donors and new Bequest Society Members will be recognized at this special event.

Join us for a Reception at 6 p.m. followed by our Recognition Dinner and Program at 7 p.m. We encourage clubs to make an event of it and bring a table or two to meet Paul Harris, Kevin Kelley, and DG Maris to celebrate Doing Good in the World!

Registration options for individuals, couples, and tables are available HERE. There is also a special Rotary rate available at the attached Residence Inn. Registration closes on February 18 so clear your calendar, grab some friends, and Celebrate Giving with us in Avon. Please email with any questions. See you soon!

Come to the 2018 Peace Scholar and Leadership Training Workshop

Join us for a conference to explore the idea of peace and how we can make a difference right where we are. This event features Mohammed Eid, a Rotary Peace Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Mohammed is from the Gaza Strip, Palestine one of the most beautiful places in the world, yet also the site of some of the word conflict in the world. Mohammed will share his unique perspective related to his work and home country.

The main purpose of this event is to:

  • Provide exposure to youth to the principles of peace & conflict resolution
  • Develop baseline skills of reaching agreement and finding common ground
  • How to address and resolve conflict
  • How to set goals and effectively build a team

This FREE event is being held at Owens Community College (Heritage Hall) in Perrysburg from 9 AM – 4 PM. Registration is open at 8:30 AM.

Fostering Peace in our communities and across the globe is central to the work of Rotary. And while this is important for all Rotarians, encouraging our next generation of leaders to make Peace a priority is a special charge all of us share. This event is targeted towards members of our Interact and Rotaract Clubs and young professionals but all are welcome.

Interact and Rotaract Members, Non-Rotarians – please register HERE.

Rotary Club members, please register HERE

Rotary District 6600 and the Rotary World Peace Scholar Program is proud to sponsor this event. Please EMAIL Allison Glover for more information. 

One More Rotarian Needed to Travel with Rotary to Serve Children In Belize

Rotary District 6600’s Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) Program is partnering with our district’s own Resource Centers International (RCI) to equip 18 pre-schools in Stann Creek, Belize this fall and you can join! Our time in-country will begin November 24 and conclude December 8. Plan to travel at least a day before and afterwards.

Volunteers will be asked to participate in assembling the various materials necessary to make the preschool a sustainable place of learning and community.  On October 2, MESA shipped a container of supplies including gently used computers, software, and books to be used by children in Belize. Oftentimes, RCI supports schools in Spanish-speaking countries in Central America. Belize is an English-speaking country so there is no language barrier for Rotary volunteers to prevent interaction with these children and their teachers! Information about this and previous mission trips is available HERE.

While experience as an educator is ideal, your energy, passion and enthusiasm is all we need you to bring! Basic computer skills and familiarity with Windows and software installation is also helpful. Having people skills to interact with the various school personnel, parents and ministry of education staff is perhaps the most important contribution you can make. You should be prepared to give tutorials to teachers and others.  RCI has performed this activity over 60 times in the last ten years.

A complete orientation will take place in Belize. Participants will be responsible for their own expenses which typically amount to approximately $1,000.

We are limiting participation to 10 people but we need one more as of October 4.  Volunteers need a current passport and be current on their vaccinations; suggested vaccinations are Hepatitis A & B and a Flu shot. Interested Rotarians should communicate with Sylvania Rotarian Mel Honig at by November 1 to schedule or for more information.

Your Gifts Made a Difference

We did it!

We surpassed our 2017-18 goal of $360 million and raised more than $414 million for The Rotary Foundation. Congratulations on such a successful year! We couldn’t have done this without your invaluable leadership.

Thanks to these gifts, more families will have clean water to drink, more children will go to sleep with full stomachs and peace is closer than ever! 

Watch Thank You Video

Get Ready for Foundation Month in November

Two girls wash their hands at a public faucet in Santa Maria, Guatemala.


November is quickly approaching which means that clubs and districts around the world are preparing to celebrate the great work of The Rotary Foundation. Foundation Month is a great time to highlight projects that clubs in our district are doing with The Rotary Foundation and to educate members on how the Foundation works.

Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Show a short video at each meeting in November that will help educate your members about The Rotary Foundation. Leaders can find videos here or here.
  • Ask fellow leaders to write thank you notes to new donors in their clubs. To get a list of new donors in your club, officers can log on to My Rotary and select Foundation Reports.
  • Promote our District’s updated 2017-18 Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) PowerPoint presentation as a way to educate members.
  • Use Rotary’s Event Planning Guide to help you create a thoughtful community celebration.
  • Plan an activity to get donors excited about #GivingTuesday – this is the perfect day to offer a matching points campaign to boost calendar year-end contributions by using your club’s Foundation Recognition Points. Click here for more information about using individual or club points to inspire giving.

Foundation Chairs and other club leaders can consult this one-page document listing several resources to help with club efforts. For additional support of your Rotary Foundation promotion in November and throughout the year, contact District Rotary Foundation Chair Rex Engle.

District 6600 Receives $100,000 to Match Polio Donations


Thanks to a $100,000 pledge from an anonymous donor in District 6600 and a 2-to-1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we have the chance to contribute nearly $600,000 to the End Polio Now campaign this year.

The details of the $100,000 End Polio Now match are simple:

  • Individuals who make contributions between $101 and $1,000 will have their donation matched.
  • Clubs who make a contribution of $1 or higher will have their donation matched.
  • Donations must be made by May 21, 2017 to the End Polio Now campaign.
  • Give now at

PolioPlus began 30 years ago as one Rotarian’s idea that has since spread around the globe. Polio eradication is the one common service project among Rotary Clubs everywhere. The World Health Organization celebrates World Polio Day on October 24th with the goal of educating the world about the devastating effects of this disease.

A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.  After the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.

World Polio Day happens just once a year, but Rotary’s mission to end Polio happens every day. Thank you for your donations, support and commitment to this cause. Last year District 6600 provided enough funding to immunize 164,734 children worldwide with donations over $91,840. Our donations were then matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of 494,202 children who will never experience this devastating disease.


For questions on World Polio Day:

Harry Hooyenga, District Polio Chair or Joe Ludwig, District Foundation Chair