The Scoop - November 28, 2022
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is advocating for the best interest of abused, neglected, and dependent children.

CASA was started by a Seattle judge in the 1970s to provide an unbiased third party in child welfare situations, according to CASA Program Manager Becca Peckinpaugh. "There are representatives for Children Services, representatives for the mother, representatives for the father, but nobody that he felt was there specifically from the child's perspective." CASA of Allen and Putnam Counties was started in 2009 as a program of Crime Victim Services. They currently have more than 80 active volunteers and have served more than 700 children since 2009. In Allen County, CASA volunteers are appointed to dependency and neglect cases from the Juvenile Court. In Putnam County, our CASA volunteers are appointed to divorce and custody cases from the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court. Volunteers who want to help children go through extensive training and then are assigned to children who find themselves in court. They learn everything they can about the children, their families and their situations and then they act as the advocate for the children for the duration of their case. Becca told us that even though they have 80 volunteers, that enables them to serve only about half the children who could use CASA's help. To volunteer, contact 567-940-2272.

Christmas Party
Preparations are underway for the Rotary Christmas party!
Monday, December 19th our usual Rotary meeting will be replaced with a Christmas Party Extravaganza helping to send all of us into the holidays in the proper frame of mind! We hope you will be a part of our party this year by attending on that Monday but also sharing your generosity by donating a silent auction item, live auction item or some cash that can be used to buy items for the auction. If you can donate a prize please email Todd Benz at and feel free to bring that item to the Monday meeting and we will store it until it is unveiled to the group at the party that Monday. If you can donate a service that we need to make up a certificate for please go ahead and email as well.  If you’re giving cash, please email with your business name and amount and go ahead and give it to Todd Benz no later than Monday December 12th and we will put it to good use to purchase items for the auction. 
Please feel free to reach out to Todd Benz if you have any questions at 567-242-0371 or email at
District Newsletter
Stay up to date with everything happening in Rotary District 6600 by watching this month's newsletter.
To date, I have completed around 52 of my 62 club visits.  I have enjoyed getting to meet Rotarians across our District and learn more about the clubs and the communities.  In the months ahead, I would love to come back to visit once again.  Please consider sending me information on upcoming service projects, dedications, social events, and/or fundraisers.  If I can make it work - I will be there!

Attached to this email is the December newsletter.  Please take a few moments to review and learn about District events happening this month and in the months ahead.

Here is the link to the video newsletter:

Have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season with your clubs and your families!

Diana Savage
District Governor 6600
Pedal Against Poverty
The Pedal Against Poverty Tour has hit the road.

If you ever find yourself grinding up a hill on a bike and asking the question, ‘Why on earth am I doing this?', you’d better have a good answer. And our team has a great answer to this.

The Pedal Against Poverty tour is on day 20 of the cycling challenge. It has taken a lot of time to train and organize the entire cycle and we are happy that it has finally hit the road. 

We are looking forward to a very fruitful seven more days of creating awareness of the importance of sanitation in rural schools and also raising money to build proper toilets for the schools.

Our aim is to build 10 toilet blocks in rural East Africa.  There are so many stories of schools that have been closed down due to the lack of proper toilets. And we can change this.

With the help of donations from people like you and your rotary clubs, we will be able to reach more schools that need our help.
School toilets are important. Kids cannot possibly learn when they feel unsafe, and they cannot possibly feel safe when they are scared to go when they gotta go.

They cannot concentrate on their work when they’re worried about holding in a wee, when they’re dehydrated on a hot day, or when they’re scared their menstrual pad is going to leak.
Toilets are often seen as a joke, but the trauma experienced by these kids is real. We would like you to support a team member in the Pedal Against Poverty Nz tour. HERE.
Upcoming Events
Special Needs Christmas Party
Shawnee United Methodist Church
Dec 03, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Christmas Party
Dec 19, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Dec 05, 2022 12:00 PM
Equestrian Therapy Program
Dec 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Dec 19, 2022 11:30 AM
Dec 26, 2022
Merry Christmas!
Jan 02, 2023
Happy New Year!
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