This year we have made tremendous strides towards achieving our goals, and I look forward to celebrating our progress and achievements with you at our District Conference. We are planning a tremendous celebration! This will be a fun and memorable celebration in honor of our Rotary International Centennial. My hope is that every Rotarian within our district will attend and bring a friend.

Mike Kelly
District Governor 2016-17


District Rotarians, This button will take you to the EASY LINK request page.  It will then send you  via email your auto login to DACdb so you can register for the District Conference.


$126.50  Full Conference (All meals and Reception)
$49.00  Friday Dinner Only
$26.50  Saturday Lunch Only
$26.50  Saturday Reception
$54.00  Saturday Dinner Only

Rooms Available At:

Cincinnati Marriott Northeast
9664 S Mason Montgomery Road
Mason, OH 45040

Rates: $100+tax/night  Contact hotel directly for room reservations.


7440 S. Mason Montgmery Rd  Mason, OH 45040

Schedule of Events

9:00 District Golf Outing, Shaker Run Golf Club
4:00 - 6:30 Registration
5:30 - 6:30 Fellowship and Cash Bar
6:30 - 7:45 Dinner + Opening Speaker, RIPR Gary Hollick
7:45 - 8:30 Keynote Speaker, Kathy Beechman
8:30 - 11:00 Fellowship and Cash Bar


8:00 - 6:00 Registration
8:15 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:45 Opening and New Generations
  RYE Parade of Flags
  4 Way Speech Contest Winner
9:45 - 10:30 RYE Talent Show
10:30 - 10:45 Comfort Break
10:45 - 11:30 District Business Meeting
  Introduce DGN, DGE
  Policy and Procedures
  Budget Approval
11:30 - 12:15 Memorial Service
12:15 - 1:45 Luncheon
  RIPR Message, Gary Hollick
  Keynote Speaker, Sylvia Whitlock
Saturday (cont.)
1:45 - 2:00 Comfort Break
2:00 - 3:15 Updates and Group Plenary Sessions
3:15 - 3:45 Comfort Break
3:45 - 5:30 Centennial Celebration/Social
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
6:15 - 7:00 Keynote Speaker, Clifton Taulbert
7:00 - 7:15 Comfort Break
7:15 Silent Auction Closes 
7:15 - 8:15 Conclusion
  Shoes for Orphan Soles
  RIPR Wrap Up Message, Gary Hollick
  Silent Auction Results
  Thanks and Final Remarks
  "Let There be Peace on Earth"
8:15 - 8:45 Silent Auction Pick Up + Pay
8:15 - 11:00 Fellowship Cash Bar

Clifton Taulbert was born in Glen Allan, Mississippi, a small town in the Mississippi Delta, in 1945. He graduated from O'Bannon High School in Greenville, Mississippi in 1963 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University and a graduate degree from Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. Taulbert served in the 89th Presidential Wing of the United States Air Force and has been inducted in the Enlisted Airmen Hall of Fame.

A former Oklahoma Banker, Taulbert is president and founder of The Freemount Corporation, a consulting company focused on human capital development and organizational effectiveness. Since the founding of the company, his philosophy has been embraced by such companies as Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Baxter Healthcare, Pacific Coast Gas, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and K-12 and post-secondary academic leadership around the world-from China to the Mississippi Delta.

Taulbert was chosen by CNN at the turn of the millennium to represent one of the many voices of community. Taulbert who has served as a guest professor/lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and the United States Air Force Academy said he could have failed had it not been for the community of unselfish people who surrounded his life. We should never underestimate the power of our influence on the life of others, according to Taulbert.

Taulbert has authored thirteen books, several of which are foundational to his consulting philosophy: Eight Habits of the Heart and Who Owns the Ice House-Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur [Who Owns the Ice House is part of a Kauffman Foundation sponsored education initiative to expose the impact of the entrepreneurial mindset at all levels] and more recently, Shift Your Thinking: Win Where You Stand and The Invitation-living beyond the lingering lessons of race and place. Taulbert's Eight Habits has become foundational to his work on leveraging community as an asset in the workplace, and garnered him an invitation to address members of the United States Supreme Court as a personal guest of former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.

Clifton L. Taulbert is a trustee of the University of Tulsa has been recognized international by the Sales and Marketing Academy of Achievement, the Library of Congress, the NAACP, Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow and has been a recipient of the Jewish Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Richard Wright Literary Award. The Freemount Corporation is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma,with his wife Barbara Taulbert

Kathy Beechem is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and returned to that area after several years in Washington DC.  She is a graduate of Thomas More College and completed her master’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana as well as doing graduate study in business at George Washington University in Washington DC. Beechem is a graduate and former faculty member of the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Kathy retired from US Bank as an Executive Vice-President. She was responsible for the management of US Bank’s metropolitan markets branch offices in seventeen states and managed more than 11,000 employees in 1200 retail banking offices including traditional branches, grocery store branches and branches within corporate sites. Beechem was honored for her achievements by YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2002, one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by US Banker trade magazine in 2004, receiving the New Century Leadership Award by the Greater Cincinnati United Way in 2006, The Alumni Association Citizenship Award from Thomas More College in 2009 and being chosen as one of the Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year in 2011. In 2012 She was the first recipient of the “Live the Legacy” award from United Way.

Before entering the field of banking, Beechem spent more than 10 years in the retail industry. Originally trained as an educator, she spent several years teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She has also consulted in human resource management for a variety of clients.

Kathy is very involved in the community and especially has a passion for “kids at risk” and for the overall empowerment of women. She was named to the United Way of America’s Woman’s Leadership Council and co-founded the Greater Cincinnati United Way‘s Women’s Leadership Council. She is former Chair of the Board of the Greater Cincinnati YWCA as well as the Chair of the Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center Community Advisory Board. She is former Board Chair of Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates, member of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Board and the 4C’s.

Kathy’s husband, Pete Nadherny, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005 at which time both Kathy and Pete retired from their jobs.  Pete died in January of 2008. Kathy took his place as a school board member at Alliance Academy of Cincinnati, a Charter K-8 school. She started the grief support group at Crossroads and wrote a book, So Far, So Good about Pete’s journey and her role as his caregiver. The book is published by Strategic Book Group and can be found at spbra.com/kathy beechem. Kathy went back to work and is currently a pastor and the Multi-Site Director  at Crossroads Community church.

Dr. Sylvia Whitlock was born in New York City but was educated through high school in Kingston, Jamaica. After returning to New York City she earned a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. Sylvia worked for the United Nations as a Statistical Clerk at the Secretariat Building in New York before moving to California to start a career in Education.

In California, she earned a Masters Degree, cum laude, in Education from Cal Poly, Pomona, and a Ph.D., cum laude, in Education, from Claremont Graduate School. Subsequently, she earned another Masters Degree, in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Azusa Pacific University. After that time, she began a second career as a therapist and is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California.

In 1982, while an Elementary School Principal in Duarte, CA., she was invited to join the history-making Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte. Dr. Whitlock became President of that club in 1987, the year the United States Supreme Court ruled that the club be reinstated, thus making her the first woman in the Rotary World to head a club as President. She has served as President twice, Secretary, Treasurer, and Foundation Representative. At the district level, she chaired the Four-Way Test Speech committee for six years, chaired the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee for six years, chaired Simplified Grants for two years and received a Service Award from DG Don Aikin. She has been an Assistant Governor, presenter in Governors Institutes, and speaker in Rotary Clubs conventions and meetings, here in the United States and abroad, including South Africa and Jamaica.

Dr. Whitlock is multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and Member of the Bequest Society. Also, she has received numerous awards and recognitions – too many to name. I will just mention one. In 2013, she was named Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association.

Silent Auction

In 2016 many 6670 Rotary Clubs participated in this great project and we would like 100% participation this year! Commit to providing a basket filled with goodies for our Silent Auction. Proceeds will benefit Polio Plus.


Shoes for Orphan Souls (SOS)

District 6670 is entering the 10th year of collecting SHOES! In 9 years we have collected almost 10,000 pairs of shoes for the underprivileged children in the world. Thank you to all Rotarians who were involved and celebrate this milestone! Let’s make this our best year ever!

WHY? The need has increased in the past couple of years from 143 million to 153 million of children forced to live in extreme poverty. The shoes we collect provide the opportunity for a child to receive an education as most schools require them to have a pair of shoes to attend, and protect their feet from the rocky terrain the walk on to fetch water, eliminating cuts leading to parasites and disease.

Buckner SHOES For ORPHAN SOULS...not only providing shoes for orphans and children living in extreme poverty, but the connection with these children leads to further assistance through BUCKNER in various ways! WE ALL make a difference and hope your club will engage in the business of collecting shoes and socks this year!

33 clubs participated last year collecting over 3000 pairs of shoes, almost 2500 pairs of socks, and $1500! That is our Rotarian spirit to serve in a big way! Consider involving your INTERACT and ROTARACT clubs. Several clubs are excited for the opportunity to engage in this important service project, and it also is a good way to connect the youth to your club!