Power of “One Rotary” on Display
||Posted by Narayan Murarka||on Apr 21, 2017||
Thanks to the collaboration between the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, D-6440, and Chicago O’Hare Rotary Club, D-6450, each of about 400 children attending Sunny Hill Elementary School in Carpentersville now have blankets, pillowcases and vanity kits.
The donation idea came from Digital Age Learning Bilingual Coach Nirda DeRose who noticed that students of poverty do not often have their own special reading blanket. DeRose felt that if students at Sunny Hill could be provided with a personal reading blanket, reading for pleasure might increase.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Guatemalan Schools
||Posted by Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, Mark Gibson RID Jorge Aufranc, Francisco Viau||on Apr 12, 2017||
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 has been engaged in global grant projects in Guatemala since 2012-13. We concentrated on the needs of people in one geographical area called “Sumpango,” Sacatepecaquez Department, all throughout these years and carried out the several major initiatives which expanded over time in both breadth and depth. One of these initiatives is related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools and focused on disease prevention and treatment of children and improving hygiene conditions within the community.
Outcome and Impact:
Nine elementary and seven secondary schools in Sumpango municipality, Guatemala are being provided clean (chlorinated) running water; 24/7 availability with local storage tank; drink and wash stations; gender specific flush toilets; septic tank; drainage improvements; repaired leaky roofs; upgraded kitchens with running water, sink and drainage; new stoves with ventilation to eliminate smoke in the kitchen and more.
Over 5000 children are benefitting from this program, considerably reducing water-borne diseases and the incidence/frequency of diarrhea, fever, fatigue and stomach worms.The availability of flush toilets has helped all, particularly female students.
Ah, if we had a world full of Rotarians…
||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Apr 02, 2017||
When two Rotarians meet, something wonderful can happen.
Rotarians Pedro and Carlos happen to live in the same town and they speak the same language (languages?) During a cordial lunch, Pedro casually mentioned he had some calculators donated by John, another Rotarian. Carlos told him he knew some children that could use them. And so, another terrific project began.
Pedro told Carlos he could only have one thousand calculators from his own allocation but he could get some more from John. Carlos knew John because he had been John’s Zone Advisor. It took just one phone call to set up a date to pick up ‘some’ calculators.
|Website Advertising Now Available||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Mar 21, 2017||
Did you know that the District 6440 website receives over 20,000 visits each year? Most from active Rotarians right here in our District.
Your business or club can now advertise on the site. Ad can be purchased to run for 1 year or 3 months. Proceeds will benefit Operations of our District, including paying for our annual ClubRunner license.
|Your Club Deserves An Award!||Posted by Kat Beringer||on Feb 19, 2017||
At this year's District Conference we will salute and recognize our clubs in 9 specific categories. Applications will be evaluated within tiers of club sizes (small, medium, large) in each of these areas. Awards will be presented at the District Awards Luncheon at District Conference on Friday April 28 and will be suitable for attaching to your club banner and posting on your club web-site and Facebook page (and other social media, of course).
Detailed award judging criteria can be found here. To submit an award application, complete the included cover page (one for each application) along with your club's narrative essay which reviews your club's performance relative to the judging criteria.
|Interact Club Members Turning T-shirts into Something Special||Posted by Rick Pumo||on Feb 18, 2017||
Batavia High School Interact Club Members are now helping dress children around the globe.
Recently, BPS101 parent Roland Imes and his friend, Geri Lemley, a seasoned seamstress, showed BHS “Interactors” how to measure and cut pants for children out of a basic T-shirt.
Mr. Imes explained that the garments not only help children in third-world countries keep warm and build self worth, but also protect them. He said that in some countries, children with little to no clothing can appear to be neglected, making them easier targets for abuse.
|Paul Harris Match Point Program 2016-2017||Posted by Sarah Oliver||on Dec 05, 2016||
District 6440 Foundation Chair PDG Sarah Oliver is pleased to announce that, once again, a most generous anonymous donor is making Rotary Foundation recognition points available to match unrestricted cash contributions to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund-SHARE. This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to become new Paul Harris Fellows. Do take advantage of this generous donation and support the wonderful work of Rotary International.
Opportunities to Help Those in Need
|Posted by William Schuberth||on Sep 16, 2016||
District 6440 is ramping up our response to disasters. Bill Schuberth is our new Disaster Relief Liaison. He is currently coordinating District responses to two disasters, one in Louisiana and another closer to home.
Donations for Louisiana flood relief are now being accepted by the District's new Charitable fund. Make a monetary contribution via PayPal:
Closer to home, long time Rotarians Dot and Bill Dustin, of the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, lost their home and all of their belongings to a devastating fire. While insurance will cover much of their loss, they are now starting from scratch and need to completely refurnish a new home.
You can help by donating items in good and serviceable condition. Our Disaster Response committee has set up an on-line spreadsheet where you may itemize goods you are offering to Dot and Bill. They are in need of anything present in a home, including furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, appliances, electronic items and entertainment equipment, kitchen utensils, dishware, pots and pans, small appliances and more. You can list your items for Dot and Bill by clicking here. Someone will shortly after you post your item.
Thank you for your generous support of those in need!
Rotary Day with Big 10 Football
|Posted by Suzanne Gibson||on Sep 14, 2016||
What a great opportunity for fellowship and community service! Join Rotarians for a tailgate party at Rotary International Headquarters garden from 3;00 pm to 6:00pm . The game begins at 6:30pm.
Buy a ticket online. Sign up for a tour of Rotary WHQ. Bring a book. Sign up to bring a dish to pass. See below for details.
RI President John Germ Dedicates New Health Rays Installation
|Posted||on Sep 12, 2016||
|RYLA Applications Now Being Accepted||Posted by Sean Nelson||on Aug 09, 2016||
Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills? If so, encourage them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats in Spring 2017 (March 9-12 and April 6--9). Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding. Take a look at this video to get a feel for RYLA. A program brochure and application packet can be downloaded with the links on the story page (click on headline above).
|New District 6440 Charitable Fund Now Available||Posted by Gov. Rick Rivkin||on Aug 08, 2016||
The Rotary District 6440 Charitable Fund Inc. has been established to accept donations to fund charitable and educational activities developed and sponsored by Rotary District 6440, the individual Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 6440, and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. These include community service projects and international service projects generally in the following areas of focus.
• Prevention and resolution of conflicts and the promotion of peace
• Prevention and treatment of disease
• Clean water and sanitation
• Maternal and child health
• Basic education and literacy
• Economic and community development
|District 6440’s HealthRays™ Project Reaches New Milestones, Including More than $600,000 in Funding||Posted by Paul Larson||on Jul 24, 2016||
Our district’s HealthRays project continues to gain support and attention in the Rotary world, with more than $625,000 in funds pledged to date to bring digital x-ray technology to Guatemala!
District 6440 Rotarians are working with other Rotarians around the U.S. and the world, health care agencies and the Guatemalan government to raise money for, and install, 29 digital x-ray machines in underserved areas of Guatemala -- where they can be used to improve the health of populations in need.
So far, we have installed three digital x-ray units in Guatemala, and if everything stays on schedule, three additional digital units will be installed this summer, bringing the total number of units that are up and running to six. Installation of a seventh unit may also be completed during the summer of 2016.
In addition to these units, which will begin operation very soon, several other installations are currently in development, including plans for eighth, ninth and tenth units. We will soon be one-third of the way to meeting our goal.
|District Leadership Academy- Unit Enrollment Now Available||Posted by Sarah Oliver||on Jul 01, 2016||
Opportunity is knocking. District Governor Rick Rivkin and PDG Sarah Oliver invite you to become one of the most knowledgeable leaders in your club and our district and thus to increase the effectiveness of your Rotary service by taking advantage of District 6440 Leadership Academy 2016-2017.
DLA 2016-2017 is a fully online program, with all research and assignment submissions being done electronically. It is comprised of six courses, each about a month in duration, covering the topics of Communications, Membership, Public Image, Youth Service, Rotary Organization and The Rotary Foundation. Each course typically involves reviewing specific resources, joining in online discussions, completing written assignments, and taking a final exam, all within the allotted time frame for the specific course.
|Year End Giving Deadlines||Posted by Mike Ericksen||on Dec 07, 2015||
As you work on your 2015 Holiday gift list and charitable donations, please note the important year end deadlines that can be found by clicking READ MORE below.
|5 Reasons to Give to The Rotary Foundation||Posted by Ellen Young||on Nov 29, 2015|
|Share Your Skills and Interests with Rotary||Posted by Rick Rivkin||on Nov 13, 2015||
|Rotary HealthRays Project: Bringing Digital x-Ray technology to Guatemala||Posted by Paul Larson||on Nov 01, 2015||
Our district’s HealthRays project continues to gain support and attention in the Rotary world, with more than half a million dollars in funds pledged to date to bring digital x-ray technology to Guatemala!
District 6440 Rotarians are working with other Rotarians around the U.S. and the world, health care agencies and the Guatemalan government to raise money for, and install, 29 digital x-ray machines in underserved areas of Guatemala -- where they can be used to improve the health of populations in need.
So far, we have installed 3 units, and funding has been secured and installation planning is underway for 5 additional units. Each unit costs approximately $75,000.
|One Rotary Summit Registration Now Open||Posted by Julie Clark||on Sep 07, 2015||
Makes plans for a great Rotary Day of learning and fellowship at the October 24th One Rotary Summit. The morning session includes new case study formatted learning on Membership, Foundation and Public Image and a separate ABCs of Rotary track for newer Rotarians interested in a comprehensive overview on all Rotary has to offer. Afternoon sessions will include round table discussions on all five Avenues of Service and a PETS Orientation for our President Elects. There is no charge to you or your club for this event, and Box lunches are available for $12 (you must order and pay in advance when you register). Please register soon; registration will close on Wednesday Oct. 21.
Register here: https://onerotarysummit6440.eventbrite.com
|Be a Gift to the World through vocational service||Posted||on Jul 29, 2015||
RI President K.R. Ravindran encourages us to use our gifts — talents, knowledge, abilities, and efforts — to make a significant impact through fellowship and service activities. Through vocational service, we champion high ethical standards in the workplace, use our professional expertise to serve others, and improve local and international communities. Here are just a few ideas for activities your clubs can undertake:
|District Governor Nomination Proposals Now Being Accepted.||Posted by Ellen Young||on Jul 13, 2015||
Do you know a Rotarian who would make an excellent District Governor? Proposals for DG Nominations for the 2018-19 Rotary year will be accepted until September 21. Candidates must have previously served as a club President. Download the nomination form here.
|Antioch Rotary Scholarship Foundation Awards Scholarships||Posted by Bill Landis||on Jul 07, 2015||
The Antioch Rotary Scholarship, Inc. Foundation recently awarded 19 college scholarships to graduating seniors from Antioch and Lakes High Schools. In addition ten scholarships were renewed to previous awardees. Four of the scholarships are in memory of Rotarians: Bill Brook, Homer and Frances LaPlant, Tim Osmond and Vern Thelen. Another is in memory of a young woman who graduated from ACHS, Juliane Kriens. A total of $27,000.00 was awarded. Selection criteria includes academic achievement, financial need, extra-curricular activities, and community service.
The Foundation has been awarding scholarships for over twenty years. In that time approximately 450 students have benefited from these scholarships valuing close to $500,000.00.
These funds have been made available through the community’s outstanding support of The Rotary Club of Antioch’s annual Pork Chop Dinner and Auction which is their primary fund-raising project.
|District 6440 Turns 100 Years Old. Let's Party!||Posted||on Jun 27, 2015|
Come Celebrate 100 Years and Beyond
|Posted||on May 15, 2015|
|Rotary Flame to End Polio||Posted||on Apr 16, 2015||
District Conference & Assembly Registration Open
|Posted by Vera Mayer||on Feb 27, 2015||
Our annual District Conference will take place April 10 - 12 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. District Assembly sessions will be on Saturday April 11. Registration is now open. Please note, there is no charge for attending any of the conference or assembly sessions; you will only pay for the meals for which you register. You can find the conference and assembly agenda here.
Join your fellow Rotarians for informative sessions and training, great speakers, our annual Youth Assembly, Rotary fellowship and fun!
Health Camps - Reaching beyond Polio in Pakistan
|Posted by Ellen Young||on Feb 24, 2015||
The following story was reported in a recent email Newsletter from End Polio Now.-- Ellen Young
By Amy Young - Senior Coordinator
Pakistan remains one of the final reservoirs in the world where the wild polio virus circulates unrestrained. One of the major challenges to eliminating the virus are the misperceptions and mistrust that persist in high risk areas of the country, places where access to basic health services and education is limited. Rotarians are helping to address these misperceptions through the implementation of health camps, where families can receive polio drops, health services, sanitary and medical supplies and important educational materials. This is having an important effect on the program, helping to drive demand for the polio vaccine and developing a public health infrastructure and leaving a legacy that will endure long after the last polio case has been reported.
Rotary's Birthday PR Tool-Kit
|Posted by Raman Grover||on Feb 18, 2015||
Dear District Polio Leadership Team,
We are pleased to make a "tool kit" of ideas that you may want use to help promote the 110th Birthday of Rotary and 30th Anniversary of the End Polio campaign (click here to download). Past President Carlos Canseco announced the launching of Rotary's Polio Eradication effort on 23 February 1985. This was the first and largest ever privately funded international public health initiative. We are approaching the 30th Anniversary of that history making event. Three years following Rotary's initiative we were joined in 1988 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention forming the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This organization remains in tact and is the driving force behind the polio eradication effort.
Please work with your club to do something on 23 February that brings attention to the great work that Rotary has done to help end this devastating disease. Recognizing the late arrival of the tool kit, if there is insufficient time to make use of the ideas on the 23rd, please encourage using the ideas during the remainder of 2015 in support of Rotary's number one priority.
Thanks for all you are doing for the children of the world.
End Polio Now Zone Coordinator
Rotary Zone 28
Help end polio go to: EndPolioNow.org
|Be A Gift To The World||Posted||on Jan 18, 2015||
Rotary President-Elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran has announced his 2015-2016 theme at the International Assembly in San Diego.
Be A Gift To The World
Watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/Rotary6440.
|Youth Exchange Sailing Adventure||Posted by Phill Klein||on Sep 25, 2014||
District 6440 and 6450 Youth Exchange students recently enjoyed a
sailing adventure on Lake Michigan. Check out the photo album here:
District Governor 2017-18 Nominations Sought
|Posted by Sarah Oliver||on Aug 10, 2014||
Club nominations for District 6440 Governor for 2017-2018 are due on Monday, September 22, 2014. Interviews will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014. Think about new potential District leaders. You are allowed to nominate yourself, with your club’s support. Get the nomination form here.
|District Fellowship Opportunity at Ravinia||Posted by Charlotte Ogorek||on Jul 24, 2014||
Come join us for a few hours of fun and fellowship on Monday August 18th at Ravinia. Enjoy the beautiful melodies of Polio Survivor Itzhak Perlman along with stimulating conversation and updates on the END POLIO NOW campaign. Help us get the word out and become visible to other Ravinia attendees who just might want to join our cause.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and try to arrive before 6:00. Concert starts at 8:00. Purchase lawn tickets at Ravinia.org Bring your own dish/food to share.
Beautiful music. Great company. Noble cause.
Click the link below to view a map of where Rotarians will meet on the Ravinia lawn.
Ellen Young Inducted as 2014-15 District Governor
|Posted||on Jun 29, 2014||
"The inequities of our world divide us in spirit as well as in location, educational opportunities and attitudes. Rotarians try to transcend those divisions in many ways:
|Take Me Out to The Ball Game & Let's End Polio||Posted||on Jun 18, 2014||
Who's coming to cheer on the White Sox and help End Polio Now?
If you can't come, or even if you do, how about buying some tickets for Veterans?
|2014 Vocational Scholarship Information Now Available||Posted by Jeff Jerdee||on Feb 17, 2014||
District 6440 will again be awarding Vocational Scholarshis. Approximately 16 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded to full-time students enrolled in a vocational degree or certificate program at an accredited school. This award will be used for tuition only, NOT for fees, books, tools, supplies, food, travel or personal expense. Each club is allowed to submit two applicants. 10 of the 16 scholarships must be awarded to students attending non-profit educational institutions (Community Colleges) and the other 6 will have no such limitations.
|Illinois Tornado Relief Update||Posted by Rich Lalley||on Nov 20, 2013||
Rotarians throughout our district have been asking how they can help those affected by Sunday’s devastating tornados. Governor Sarah is in regular contact with Rotarians in District 6460 who are directly involved in coordinating the large and complicated multi-agency response effort. We will regularly update this story as new information becomes available.
As of the morning of Thursday Nov. 21, this is what we know:
The easiest and most useful way to respond is to provide monetary donations. This will allow those close to the scene to provide the most useful assistance to those in need. To support work by local Rotarians to help victims and address needs in all the tornado-ravaged areas in Central Illinois:
Make checks out to: Rotary District 6460 Foundation. Note "tornado disaster" in the memo line of the check.
Mail checks to:
Rotary District 6460
P.O. Box 311
Springfield, IL 62705-0311
To support work by Washington IL Rotarians to help victims and address needs just in their extremely hard hit community:
Make checks payable to: Washington Rotary Club Foundation. Note that it is for tornado disaster in the memo line of the check.
Mail checks to:
Washington Rotary Club Foundation
2075 Washington Road
Washington, IL 61571
Currently, there are no opportunities to volunteer. All slots for clean-up activity are filled and there is a substantial waiting list. If this changes and volunteers are needed, the District will put out a call for help.
While there will be a need to donated goods, at this time the collection sites are full. At this time they are not requesting any household goods or clothing. Consumables such as food, pet food, toiletries, and such will continue to be needed, but where to send them is not clear at this time. We will update when we know more.
The best places to keep abreast of recovery activity and learn how you can help are at www.illinois.gov/ready and www.facebook.com/CentralIllinoisEmergencyInformation, and by check back here regularily.
|Rick Rivkin Named 2016-17 Governor Nominee Designate||Posted by Mike Yesner||on Sep 23, 2013||
The 2016-17 District Governor Nominating Committee has selected Richard (Rick) Rivkin as its nominee designate, announced Past District Governor and committee chair Mike Yesner.
Richard (Rick) Rivkin joined the Rotary Club of Northbrook in 1999 and served as President during the 2009-2010 Rotary year. During his tenure in the club, he served as International Service Chair and continues as Webmaster.
Rick participated in the first district mission to Guatemala in 2007 and returned to Guatemala a few years later. In 2012 Rick organized and led a PolioPlus NID trip to India followed by a PolioPlus NID trip to Nigeria in 2013.
At the district level, Rick is an AG serving the Arlington Heights Sunset, Park Ridge, and Winnetka-Northfield clubs.
Professionally Rick is President and CEO of Saf-T-Gard International, a 4th generation family business based In Northbrook. Saf-T-Gard is a global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment.
Rick and his wife Helen have lived in Deerfield since 1973. They have 3 children and 3 grand-children (soon to be 4).
|Guatemala X-Ray Project Takes Next Step||Posted by Pamela Kerr||on Aug 29, 2013||
Multi-national Project to Install Digital X-ray Machines
District 6440's digital x-ray project is moving into it's next phase. The first of a planned 29 machines has been funded thanks to a Global Grant recently approved by The Rotary Foundation. Special thanks go out to the following clubs for their generous financial contributions to this project. Funding the first grant are Northbrook, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Wilmette Harbor, Winnetka-Northfield, Evanston Lighthouse, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake Noon, Skokie Valley and Wheeling. Pledging support for future grants are Arlington Heights Noon, Bloomingdale-Roselle, Chicago Korean, Deerfield, Evanston Noon, Grayslake, along with contributions from Districts 660, 7150 and 7610.
A press release covering a special celebration with RI President-elect, several District 6440 Past District Governors and the First Lady of Guatemala follows:
(August 26 – Evanston, Illinois, USA) Rosa Leal de Pérez, First Lady of Guatemala, will join Rotary International President-elect Gary Huang of Taiwan and other dignitaries in a ceremony Monday, Sept. 2 in Mixco, Guatemala, formally recognizing the start of an ambitious Rotary project to bring digital x-ray technology to the rural poor of the world.
Ms. Leal de Pérez and Mr. Huang, along with U.S. and Guatemalan Rotarians, , Guatemalan government officials, foreign dignitaries, and representatives of other not for profit organizations, will unveil a plaque recognizing the project, which aims to install 29 digital x-ray machines in rural clinics in Guatemala. The first of the new machines arrived earlier this summer, and has been installed in Mixco, a community near Guatemala City.
|Rotary Club of North Chicago Humanitarian Patriot Awardees recognized in Congressional Record||Posted by Kevin Stevens||on Jul 28, 2013||
This month the recipients of The Rotary Humanitarian Patriot Awards were recognized in the Congressional Record, courtesy of the Honorable Brad Schneider of Illinois 10th Congressional District.
10th District Aide Ramachandra Villivalam visited the North Chicago Club on July 16th to present the event co-chairs, Dr. John Bair and Kevin Stevens, with the official certificate (see photo).
The Humanitarian Patriot Awards Luncheon, held on May 21st at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, served three primary objectives: Awards presentation, the keynote address on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and a brief presentation on the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.
|2013-14 Rotary Grants Information and Applications Now Available||Posted by Bruce Baumberger||on Jul 21, 2013||
Everything you need to know about the new Rotary Foundation Grants program in District 6440 is now available by clicking here. District Grant applications were due by September 1. Each club may submit a primary and secondary application. Global Grant applications may be submitted at any time.
|Plan to Attend the Regional Success Seminar||Posted by Debbie Stacey||on Jun 14, 2013||
Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend the Summer Success Seminar:
July 27 from 8:30-4:00 at Medinah Banquets in Addison.
Register now at www.rpic28.org. $40 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.
|District 6440 Leading Multi-District Program to Provide Digital X-Rays for Guatemala||Posted by Mike Yesner||on May 17, 2013||
On May 14, 2013, leaders from District 6440 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health in Guatemala to provide 29 Digital X-Ray units to the Country. Representatives of District 4250 also participated. Thanks to District 7610 and 6600 for their financial contributions. Representing District 6440 were DG Mike Yesner, PDGs Pam Kerr and Carlos Frum and DGE Sarah Oliver. This video is from Guatemalan TV coverage.
|Excellence in Literacy Awards for 2012-13||Posted by Kaye Grabbe||on Apr 29, 2013||
Each year, The District Literacy Committee asks each Rotary Club to submit a short application about the literacy project or projects they have done. The Committee evaluates the applications and awards an “Excellence in Literacy Award” patch to a small club (30 members or less) and another to a large club (31 or more).
This year’s winners are Mount Prospect/Arlington Heights Sunrise for a small club and Libertyville Sunrise, along with Rotary partners Waukegan and North Chicago Clubs, for a large club.
Congratulations to those exemplary Rotary Clubs and their outstanding literacy projects! You can read the details of their winning literacy projects on the District web site’s Literacy page or by clicking here for the report on all of the submitted projects.
|The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club announces new Sister Club Relationship||Posted by Narayan Murarka||on Mar 23, 2013||
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 entered into a sister club relationship with the Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 on March 12, 2013 in Guatemala City. President Suzanne Gibson and President Luis Pedro Fuxet Ciani signed the agreement on behalf of their respective clubs. This formally recognizes long standing fellowship and friendship between members of the two clubs and also successful implementation of major service projects through Rotary Foundation supported Global Grants.
According to the agreement, the clubs shall:
These activities are aimed at the promotion of International Friendship, World Understanding, Peace and Goodwill through Rotary. Should your club consider creating a "sister club" partnership?
|A Bold New Rotary Project - Diagnostic Imaging for Guatemala||Posted by Pamela Kerr||on Mar 01, 2013||
It’s Already Been Tested Successfully - Rotarians in Guatemala have installed a digital x-ray system (designed by the World Health Organization (WHO)) in the Guatemala City Municipal Clinic to serve children at risk and municipal employees.
Technicians send the images to nonresident radiologists via the Internet for interpretation. U.S. Rotarians, the city government and a private technical group installed the first unit.
How It Worked - Rotarians raised the funds, engaged a manufacturer and the technical organization that installed the system. The Municipality invested in the restoration of the clinic to a level appropriate for the demands of the system and the patients.
The Guatemala Project Proposal - Install 29 additional x-ray systems in Health Centers nationwide. Who will collaborate?
This project has been designated ‘top priority’ by the President and First Lady of Guatemala.
|Let's Get Engaged: Registration Now Open of District Conference & Assembly||Posted by Mimi Altman||on Feb 01, 2013|
|Let's Get Engaged: Registration Now Open of District Conference & Assembly||Posted by Mimi Altman||on Feb 01, 2013|
|Follow Our GSE Team in India||Posted by James Runnfeldt||on Jan 19, 2013||
|Peace Scholar Named||Posted by Jill Brickman||on Jan 12, 2013||
District 6440 is proud to announce that our candidate for a Rotary Peace Fellowship has been selected by the trustees of The Rotary Foundation to earn a professional development certificate at Chulangakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This prestigious award will enable Gururaj Kumar, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, to pursue peace studies for three months during 2013.
Gururaj is a native of Michigan who lives with his wife on the north side of Chicago. His leadership potential was first recognized by Rotary when his hometown Rotary club selected him to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. His academic background includes a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution, and his career has reflected his deep commitment to mediation and coalition building. He is currently a conflict management consultation and an educator at American University’s School of International service. His ability to apply his academic work to practical situations is impressive and demonstrated extensively by his professional pursuits. In addition, his good humor and personable approach will enable him to take the tools from Chulangakorn and use them effectively in the future.
|Fall Seminar Day a Great Success||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Nov 10, 2012||
This year's Fall Seminar Day was a great success. Supplies were loaded for Hurricane Sandy relief, all 72 clubs attended Future Vision Grant Management Training, we were inspired by a former Ambassadorial Scholar doing great good in the world, and everyone enjoyed meeting new Rotary friends and seeing old buddies from across the district.
The Schaumburg AM Club has provided a great recap of the day; check it out by clicking here.
|Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Announced||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Nov 06, 2012||
Governor Mike has been in contact with Rotary Districts in the New York and New Jersey areas, and has developed the following plan for District 6440 clubs who wish to contribute to the relief efforts.
Financial donations may be made to The Walter D. Head Foundation of Rotary District 7490, c/o Calisto Bertin, Bertin Engineering, 66 Glen Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. All of the NY/NJ Districts are using that Foundation as their central collection point, and redistributing the funds as needed on the ground. You can also bring your check to Medinah on Saturday for the Fall Seminar Day and Pre PETS, and turn it in at registration.
With the cooperation of District 6450, and with a special thanks to President John Glueckert of The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Sunset for providing and driving the truck, we will be collecting and loading supplies requested by The Rotary Club of Wall Street. The list of suggested supplies includes:
|Rotary Reads/Family Literacy Night||Posted by Kaye Grabbe||on Oct 30, 2012||
Thursday, November 15, 2012 is the day for “Rotary Reads/Family Literacy Night”.
This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories”. For suggestions on club activities, check out the Literacy page on this website, or use the State of IL web site. Your Club’s participation in “Rotary Reads” is an easy way to celebrate reading and encourage literacy with families, schools, libraries, co-workers. The District Literacy Committee would love to know what your club did this year. Email the Committee and tell us what you did for “Rotary Reads 2012”.
|Plan to Attend the Fall Seminar Day- November 10||Posted by Julie Clark||on Oct 16, 2012||
This fall District 6440 is once again taking a fun approach to our annual Fall Seminar with a combination of the ABCs of Rotary, PR/Communications/Social Media, Membership and Grant Management Seminars. Come join us for the annual TAILGATE EVENT!
Yes, in addition to the nuts and bolts of Rotary, we’ll have a little fun too! Wear your favorite sports team’s colors and join us for a “Pre-Game” breakfast buffet and fellowship with Rotarians from around the District before we get started with seminar activities. This year’s event will be held at Medinah Banquet in Addison on November 10th. So grab your team and huddle up for three great programs! Please plan on sending your team of at least four members from your club to ensure someone is at each of these sessions. Don’t leave your players on the bench – get them ENGANGED! Register Here. Click More for Schedule.
|District 6440 GSE Team to India Selected||Posted by Paul W. Larson||on Oct 07, 2012||
On Saturday, October 6, the District 6440 Group Study Exchange (GSE) Committee selected team members for the upcoming 2013 GSE to Chennai, India.
Team members and their sponsoring clubs are:
Lucas Heinrich, Rotary Club of Wheaton. Lucas is a graphic designer with Boost Marketing in Wheaton.
Susan Khalifah, St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club. Susan is a structural engineer with AP Engineering in Evanston.
Lisa Mengarelli, Rotary Club of Northbrook. Lisa is a marketing associate with Beacon Funding Corp. of Northbrook.
Adam Veness, Rotary Club of Evanston. Adam is a scenic designer & technical director with Light Opera Works of Evanston.
Michael Carlino of the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich was selected on Sept. 22 to serve as the Team Leader. The team will travel in India January 19 to February 19, 2013.
The District’s GSE Committee is chaired by Jim Runnfeldt (Long Grove). Outbound Team Co-chairs are Terry Desmond (Lake Forest-Lake Bluff) and Paul Larson (Evanston Noon).
Members of the Team Member Selection Committee included District Governor Mike Yesner (Skokie Valley), Ellen Young (Lincolnshire Morning Star), Mike Ericksen (Schaumburg), David Waring (Barrington Breakfast), Paul Larson and Team Leader Michael Carlino.
|Rotarians at Work!||Posted by Ellen Young||on Oct 03, 2012||
Lincolnshire Morning Star and Buffalo Grove Rotary Clubs share BBQ duties during Football Season. 9/28/12 was Lincolnshire’s turn to “man” the big grills at the Interact food station at the game. President Valerie McGhee and DGN Ellen Young are displaying their talents here – 160 burgers and countless brats and chicken breasts later, both agreed it was a great night for fellowship, smoky clothes and funds raised for Interact.
|District Governor Nominee Designate Named||Posted by Mike Yesner||on Sep 24, 2012||
The District 6440 Nominating Committee last night selected Rodney Adams of the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights to be District Governor for the Rotary Year 2015-16. Please join me in congratulating Rodney on this honor.
Rodney Adams joined the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Sunrise in 2004 and served as President during the 2009-10 Rotary year. During his tenure in the club, he served as Club Board Member, Club Service Chair and Membership Chair. After the merger of the Arlington Heights Sunrise and the Mount Prospect Sunrise in 2011, Rodney joined the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights which covered the area of both his law office and residence. He’s a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
|Sun Times Reports on Rotary's Polio Eradication & Social Media||Posted by Charlotte Ogorek||on Sep 24, 2012||
From the September 21Chicago Sun Times
Social media is playing a key role in Rotary International’s quest to make up for increasing costs and recession-wracked countries’ funding cuts to eradicate polio — just as the goal reaches a tipping point.
"We are 99 percent of the way to making polio the second disease to be ended after smallpox,' said Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus, the Evanston-based organization’s polio-eradication effort. 'We have a chance to make history as a generation by eradicating the second disease."
|GSE Team Leader Named||Posted by Terry Desmond||on Sep 23, 2012||
On Saturday our District GSE interview team selected Michael Carlino from the Lake Zurich club to be our District's GSE Team Leader to India, departing in mid-January. Our Team's alternate team leader will be Katherine(Kate) Collinson of the Evanston Lighthouse Club. We had 3 very talented applicants for the Leader position, Thanks to our interviewing team for their insights, time and service. We all thank GSE Chairman Jim Runnfeldt on his preparation and organization for our task. Additional special thanks go to Bob Paddock of the Daily Herold for allowing our tean to utilize his beautiful facility for our interviews.
|LISBON CONVENTION HOUSING PLANS||Posted by Stanley Sherman||on Sep 18, 2012||
Gov, Mike and Donna cordially invite you to join with them at the 104th RI Convention and to “Discover Lisbon”.
As one of the oldest cities in Europe, its colorful history, which offers old world charm with a modern flair, makes Lisbon an explorers’ paradise.
You can expect to experience entertaining plenary sessions, outstanding speakers and lively workshops, plus the House of Friendship, club and district exhibits and exciting HOC events.
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Superior-First Class, Radisson Blu; a 221-room, full-service hotel. Standard (25m2) room rate per night is 150 Euros (approx. $200US), double occupancy, which includes all taxes, service and breakfast daily, plus free WiFi throughout. Superior (39m2) rooms are available at 250 Euros (approx. $330US). Note: Since this reservation was made through RI’s designate, Experient, payment in full will be due on December 3. Any changes or cancellations after that date will be subject to penalty.
Please respond to Stan Sherman, the “On To Lisbon” chair, with the reservation form, or for more information, call (847) 736-6513.
Mike and Donna an look forward to being with you.
|OUTBOUND YOUTH EXCHANGE APPLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS FOR THE 2013/2014 EXCHANGE YEAR||Posted by Vera Mayer||on Sep 18, 2012||
Deadlines are fast approaching for the applications for the Rotary clubs & students wishing to participate in the 2013-2014 exchange year. Applications are due to the outbound coordinator, Alexis Portugal, by October 15th. Please contact her with any questions at Alexis@SaundersPortugal.com. Outbound interviews will be held at Cooper Middle School, Buffalo Grove, IL on Saturday November 3rd. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Alexis.
|How to Hold On To Your Members Until They Become Rotarians||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Sep 01, 2012||
Members may leave, but Rotarians will die Rotarians because they understand the mission of Rotary. The question for Rotary leaders is; “How do we convert members into Rotarians?”
The issue, brought to its basic terms, is why does anybody belong to any organization, or why does anybody do anything. The answer is simple: motivation.
American psychologist A. H. Maslow described motivation as need fulfillment and established a hierarchy of needs. We try to satisfy physiological needs such as hunger and thirst to remain alive, and that is the strongest motivator. Then we provide for our safety needs with a roof over our heads and a job. The need of belonging, of love and affection, is provided by our friends, spouses, children, and organizations. Finally, we try to achieve self-esteem, status, recognition, and appreciation.
Rotary, and similar organizations or associations, try to satisfy the last two needs, belonging and self-esteem. If a member does not perceive these on a continual basis, he or she leaves to find what he or she desire somewhere else. The connection is lost, the hook is open!
What connection? What hook? Whatever held that person attached to that group or club!
We remain Rotarians because, over time, our clubs hold onto us by means of various ‘hooks’. We enjoy friendship, camaraderie in service, self-esteem, love, status, recognition, appreciation, etc. We see all these begin to add up from the moment somebody takes an interest in us and we perceive opportunities to belong to something that is interesting, fun, fulfilling and with enough variety. The ‘hooks’ are set and they hold us. The club is like ‘Velcro’ to us.
|Barrington Breakfast Rotarian Lou Bolchazy Remembered||Posted by Suzanne Gibson||on Jul 29, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast has lost a beloved member with the passing of Lou Bolchazy this past Saturday.
Rotarians may show their love and support for Marie by attending the visitation on Monday (July 30) from 4 to 8:00pm at the Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., Wauconda. The funeral will be Tuesday July 31, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Wauconda Cemetery.Click here for the Daily Herald obituary.
Please remember Marie (a Board Member of the Club) and her family in your prayers.
|District 6440 Rotarians “Doing Good in the World”…||Posted by Narayan Murarka||on Jul 01, 2012||
Rotary year 2011-12 was an excellent year for the District Rotary Foundation. We had great success in that we used all of our DDF. This is always a joy for it means our District Rotary Clubs did many projects overseas as well as local projects through our District Simplified Grants, (See individual listing in other parts of this report). Our Group Study Team represented our District well in Taiwan. Our clubs were great hosts for our incoming visitors. The Ambassadorial Scholar was limited to one scholar for the coming year. The committee selection declined after several months, but we were able to get our second choice who agreed to serve as our scholar. She will do us proud. Thanks to the Rotarians and Clubs, our Rotary Foundation collection for the Annual Giving is estimated to be close to $400,000 exceeding our goal of $307,000. We had one new Arch Klump member and several Major Donors and Bequest Society members. Polio did very well. We lead the Zone in giving for the year and for the entire campaign.
|Congratulations Governor Mike!||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jun 30, 2012||
Rotary International President Elect Ron Burton Installs new
District 6440 Governor Mike Yesner.
Click "More" to view a slide show of the evening.
|Barrington Area Retailer Reaps the Benefits of Rotary MicroLoan Program||Posted by Narayan Murarka||on Jun 27, 2012||
Barrington business owner Todd Rhodes is singing the praises of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s (BBRC) MicroLoan program that helped his rock 'n' roll-influenced general store succeed in today’s tough economic climate. “The MicroLoan I received a year ago for Grassroots helped us achieve our sales goals 4-6 months ahead of schedule. We were able to bring in merchandise in a more efficient manner thereby increasing our sales/inventory ratio,” says Rhodes.
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s MicroLoan Program focuses on creating new sources of income and is more personal and customized to the opportunity at hand. At its core, the MicroLoan Program is about helping people working to help themselves.
|New Computer Labs Open in the Dominican Republic||Posted by Marianna Zeidler||on Jun 21, 2012||
The Rotary clubs of Deerfield, Lincolnshire Morning Star, Long Grove and Wheeling of District 6440, with the Rotary Club of Westerwald in the German District 1810 and the Club Rotario Pimentel, Duarte in the Dominican Republic in District 6040, are proud to announce the Inauguration of two new computer labs in the elementary schools in the Dominican Republic. Both labs opened with special ceremonies on June 15, 2012. This project was funded through contributions by the participating clubs and a matching humanitarian grant from The Rotary Foundation.
"This project is an excellent example of several clubs and districts partnering to have greater impact, and is the model that will be encouraged as The Rotary Foundation implements Future Vision," said District Governor Carlos Frum. "Our clubs are to be congratulated on organizing a fine project that will improve educational opportunities for so many students."
|June is Rotary Fellowships Month||Posted by Ada Kahn||on Jun 14, 2012||
There are 61 Rotary fellowships which offer many opportunities for people to share hobbies and interests with others in Rotary and build new, lasting friendships.
Around the world, more than 32,000 Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors belong to Rotary Fellowships to enrich their Rotary experience beyond their clubs and districts. Many fellowships have specific vocations- or service-based purposes. If your club is involved in a service project related to a Rotary Fellowship, collaboration may be possible.
The two newest fellowships are the International Fellowship of Rotarian Photographers and the Rotarian Jazz Fellowship. In District 6440, the process of organizing the International Fellowship of Gardening Rotarians is under way. For information, contact Virginia Beatty: email@example.com To see a complete list of Rotary Fellowships, visit the Rotary Fellowships web page. Print and distribute copies of the Rotary Fellowships flier to your club members. Or, invite Ada P. Kahn, District 6440 Fellowships Chair, to visit your club with a Power Point presentation (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|GSE Team to India- Call of Team Applications||Posted by James Runnfeldt||on Jun 11, 2012||
The District 6440 GSE Committee is seeking applications for one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarian team members to travel to Rotary District 3230, Chennai, India. The 2013 team will depart January 19 and return February 19. Volunteers to help with the inbound team are also needed (click "more" for more information).
|2013 Guatemala Service Trip Information||Posted by Ronald Crawford||on Jun 01, 2012||
As announced at the District Conference, District 6440 will again send teams to Guatemala to work at the Ak’Tenamit school where we been the last several years.
“It’s great to see how our work has improved the campus and the life of the students”, said International Service Advisor Ron Crawford. “The computer lab that we built for the girls’ campus will soon be operational and the community deck that we installed is in daily use for school activities. The tilapia farm that the Lake in the Hills club installed is yielding fish for the students’ diet and plans are being made to build other fish farms for the students and their families. Engineers Without Borders has entered into a partnership with us to assist with project design and management. This will allow us to accomplish even more in the future”.
Two teams will be sent in 2013. Team 1 departs Jan. 19 and Team 2 will depart Feb. 9. More information and the application form are available here.
|Past District Governor Ed Pigg Passes||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 20, 2012||
PDG Edger W. Pigg, 86, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was born Feb.19, 1926 in Dade City, FL, raised in Nashville, TN and has lived in Lake Bluff since 1966. Following high school, Ed enlisted in the navy, serving on the USS Satago during WWII and was a member of the Lake Bluff American Legion Post #510. He was a 1951 graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Ed began his auto sales career with Studebaker, later becoming the owner of a Volkswagen dealership in Waukegan. He retired in 1985 and soon after joined his longtime friend in business at J.C. Forney and Co. Real Estate in Libertyville. He was a former member of the Lake Bluff Police Commission and past president of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. He was involved in the Lake County Chaplaincy Program, the Ralph Smith Foundation and many aspects of the Methodist Church. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Lake Bluff and served on the Board of the United Methodist Foundation.
Ed was a very active Rotarian, Past President of the Waukegan Rotary Club, District 6440 Govenor from 1985-86 and honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Henrietta Pigg; 3 children Katherine (Fred) Boebel III of West Alexandria, Ohio, Edgar (Barbara) Pigg, Jr. of Lake Bluff and David (Marguertie) Pigg of Riverwoods; 6 grandchildren, Frederick IV, Katherine, Carolyn, Robert, David Jr. and Emma; sisters, Mary Hartnett and Addie Martin and also numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C.E. and Noi Pigg and by his brothers, Eugene and Robert.
Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the BURNETT-DANE FUNERAL HOME, 12O W. Park Ave. in Libertyville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at Grace United Methodist Church, 244 E. Center Ave. Lake Bluff, IL 60044.
|15 Vocational Scholarship Winners Announced||Posted by Sheldon Hyman||on May 11, 2012||
Congratulations are in order for the following recipients of this year’s Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship awards. Each winner was nominated by one of our clubs and chosen from a field of 35 applicants. The scholarships provide a $1,000 award to be used toward tuition, books and fees at a two-year community college or trade school. “We had an outstanding field of applicants this year”, said District Vocational Service Chair Shel Hyman. “This program is a shining example of how Rotarians are assisting the Next Generation as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders.” Please congratulate the following winners and their sponsoring clubs:
|Videos from Bangkok||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 04, 2012||
We'll be posting video highlights from
the RI Convention in Bangkok all week.
Click More to view earlier videos.
|Rotary Aquaponics by Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills||Posted by Steve Swanson||on Apr 22, 2012||
Check out this wonderful video about an amazing project in Guatemala by the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills.
|District Conference Remembered||Posted by Nancy Keppel||on Apr 22, 2012||
What a great weekend Sharing the Rotary Experience at the fabulous Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Rod Pickett for sharing these wonderful images with us, and RI President's Rep PDG Don Alhart for capturing our memories in his
Ode to District 6440
(Click more to read the entire ode by
RI President's Representative Don Alhart)
An ode to 64-40
In Milwaukee cause we care
A Rotary experience
For all of us to share
|Rotarian of the Year||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Apr 22, 2012||
At the District 6440 Conference, Governor Carlos Früm recognized Rotarian of the Year – Club Service Adviser & Webmaster Rich Lalley for his outstanding service to the District with the website and the Public Relations Grant that has surpassed 23,000,000 impressions on our 200,000 target population of potential recruits. To compare our website with others, check the websites of any District in our two zones (www.zones28-29.org) under ‘Districts’.
|Charter Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry Chuck Peterson Remembered||Posted by Donna Schaefer||on Apr 10, 2012||
C.R “Chuck” Peterson, a founding member of McHenry’s Rotary Club and longtime local businessman, was remembered for his selfless commitment to the McHenry community.
Peterson, of Johnsburg, died Monday at Centegra Hospital – McHenry. He was 95.
“Some people will talk the talk. But Chuck Peterson truly walked the walk,” said Donna Schaefer, McHenry Township supervisor and Rotary Club member. “He was a living example of all the things Rotary teaches us about community service and ethical behavior.”
|Impact in Guatemala||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Apr 09, 2012||
Wrote Director Elect Celia Cruz de
"Because of the importance, value and scope of the work that Guatemalan Rotarians do, the President of the Republic, General Otto Perez Molina, attended the opening ceremony of the Conference not only to thank [visiting volunteer Rotarians]... but to put in front of the people of his country as an example, how Rotarians are working for the present and future of the nation."
Click "More" to read her complete letter.
|Special Thanks & Recognition to These Clubs||Posted by Vera Mayer||on Apr 09, 2012||
Please give a BIG THANKS to these Clubs for sponsoring the Hospitality Suites at next week's District Conference:
Arlington Heights, Barrington Breakfast, Batavia, Carol Stream, Chicagoland Korean, Elgin, Highland Park-Highwood, Lake In the Hills, Northbrook, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Skokie Valley, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wilmette Harbor and Winnetka-Northfield
|Camp RYLA March 2012||Posted by Sean Nelson||on Apr 03, 2012||
What a cool weekend! Over 130 young leaders from all over Northern Illinois gathered for the March 2012 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp in Troy, WI. They experienced three full days of inspiring and motivational workshops with some of the best speakers and small group leaders in the country. This is just a quick snapshot of their experience.
|GSE Taiwan Farewell & "Day at the Races"||Posted by James Runnfeldt||on Mar 31, 2012||
The district will host a Farewell Party for the Taiwan GSE Team and a district "Day at the Races," on Saturday, 12 May, at beautiful Arlington Park Racecourse.
Why not make this a club outing and family event?
It's the day before Mothers Day..Take Mom to the races.
|Rotary International Signs Project Partner Agreement with ShelterBox||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Mar 30, 2012||
Rotary International and ShelterBox, a grassroots disaster relief organization, signed a project partner agreement this month, allowing the two organizations to collaborate more closely to provide relief and temporary shelter to survivors of natural disasters.
“Project partner” is a special status RI gives to groups started or managed by Rotary clubs. The agreement will build on the strengths of both organizations in responding to disasters all over the world.
|Applicants Sought for World Class Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution||Posted by Jill Brickman||on Mar 26, 2012||
Rotary District 6440 is pleased to announce that The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world.
Up to 110 fellows are selected every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. Fellows study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and Thailand. Watch as several Peace Fellows discuss the program and their work.
|March 22- World Water Day||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Mar 21, 2012||
Today is World Water Day. Take a look at this video and see howHave you made your annual contribution to the Annual Programs Fund?
The Rotary Foundation is doing good in the world by providing clean water.
|Ten Reasons to Attend the District Conference And Share the Rotary Experience||Posted by Nancy Keppel||on Mar 18, 2012||
Whether you've been a Rotarian for 5 days or 50 years, our District Conference offers plenty of great reasons to attend.
1. Make new friends
2. Enjoy fellowship with old friends
3. Enjoy a weekend away in a fabulous world class hotel with fantastic food and entertainment
|Gov. Elect Mike Gets on His Knees||Posted by Rodney Adams||on Mar 15, 2012||
At last week's Presidents Elect Training, Governor Elect Mike looked to get "engaged" with the PEs. What are you doing to engage Rotarians?
|Youth Exchange Students Visit Holocaust Museum||Posted by Martha Weiss||on Feb 25, 2012||
On February 20, Buffalo Grove Rotarian David Hafft hosted a group of 35 people from District 6440 that included ten inbound exchange students and five American students going outbound to a tour of the outstanding Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. Danny Spungen, a Lincolnshire Rotarian, gave a very informative and moving description of the exhibits in the museum as the docent to half of the group.
|GSE Team Farwell Party Announced||Posted by Pamela Rosenbusch||on Feb 19, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Evanston is planning a Farewell Reception for the GSE Team traveling to Taiwan. Join them on March 11 at the Celtic Knot Public House in Evanston from 4 - 6. Details and advanced registration form are available here.
|Rotary Club of Woodstock Holiday Meals Project Featured in Video||Posted by Karin Nuelle||on Feb 16, 2012||
Here's a wonderful video produced by a Woodstock High School student about the Rotary Club of Woodstock's Christmas Clearing House project. Watch it and you'll be proud to be a Rotarian and you'll see a wonderful reason to partner with local high school students and their creative talents.
|25 Vocational Scholarships to be Awarded||Posted by Sheldon Hyman||on Jan 24, 2012||
District 6440 will again offer $1,000 scholarships to students working toward an Associates Degree or Trade Certificate. Each club in our district may nominate up to two candidates for the 25 $1,000 awards which will be awarded on April 28.
To be eligible, students must be permanent residents of District 6440; be a high school graduate, have a GED or be a non-traditional student returning to education; be accepted at a two year community college or trade school; and be nominated by a District 6440 Rotary Club. Relatives of Rotarians are not eligible. Applications must be submitted by clubs to the District Vocational Committee no later than March 15.
Contact Shel Hyman with any questions.
|Peace Through Service- RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka Announces Theme||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jan 15, 2012||
RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka 's speech announcing the theme for his year as President.
It is a great honor to be here, standing before all of you: our new district governors for the 2012-13 Rotary year.
Rotary has been at the center of my life for many years. I did not know it at the time, but the day I joined Rotary in 1975 was the day I set my first step on the path to a different future.
|Concert to End Polio in Northbrook||Posted by Vera Mayer||on Jan 14, 2012||
The Rotary Club of Northbrook and the Rotary Club of Chicagoland Korean, in partnership with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, present a concert on February 26, 2012 to support the End Polio Now! effort. Visit www.northbrooksymphony.org/rotary/ for concert information and to order tickets.
|Win $100 and Help us Win New Members!||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jan 13, 2012||
Thanks to a Rotary International Public Image Grant and contributions from 49 clubs, a Facebook Ad Campaign began January 3rd. Targeting service minded adults living in Northeast Illinois, ads like the one below appear on Facebook and link to the District's Facebook Pages, including our "Welcome" and "20 Reasons to Join a Rotary Club" page.
You Can Help!
To be effective, the campaign will need a steady stream of new ads. We're looking for help creating ads, and are offering a $100 cash prize to the Rotarian who contributes the most effective ad!
|Time to Recruit RYLA Participants||Posted by Sean Nelson||on Jan 08, 2012||
The Rotary District 2012 RYLA leadership retreats are scheduled for March 15 - 18 and April 5 - 8. These are extremely valuable and popular experiences for high school students. Take a look at this video for a look at last year's retreat.
Contact Sean Nelson with questions.
|Interact Club Plans Service Trip to Tanzania||Posted by Mike Schwert||on Jan 06, 2012||
The District 117 Interact Club in Antioch is organizing a service trip to Tanzania next June/July, and is opening this opportunity to other Interact and Rotary Clubs in the District.
Kerri Elliott, one the club's Interact Faculty Advisors, is in Tanzania for a one year sabbatical. She is a Director of EdPowerment . She has made contact with the local Rotary Club in Moshi and will become a member of that club with plans to maintain membership in Antioch once she returns. Nancy Clutter, our other Faculty Advisor, will also be going. More information is available here and on this You Tube video. If we get enough interest from the District we will schedule the trip. For more information, contact Mike Schwert.
|President Representative PDG Don Alhart to attend District Conference||Posted by Nancy Keppel||on Dec 17, 2011||
Past District 7120 Governor Don Alhart has been appointed by Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee to be his Representative to our District Conference to take place between April 20 and 22 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the famed Pfister Hotel.
A Hall of Fame Broadcaster PDG Don is a five time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in television broadcasting. He and his wife Mary live in Penfield, NY and he is the news anchor for 13WHAM station in Rochester, NY.
|J. B. Pritzker to Keynote District Conference||Posted by Nancy Keppel||on Dec 17, 2011||
The District Conference Committee announced today that J. B. Pritzker, entrepreneur, technology venture capitalist and philanthropist, will be the Keynote Speaker at the District Conference on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Mr. Pritzker is a business and civic leader and a leading advocate for civil rights and young children in poverty.
|Ellen Young Selected for District Governor Candidate for 2014-15||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Dec 12, 2011||
The District 6440 Nominating Committee last night selected Ellen Young of the Rotary Club of Lincolnshire Morning Star to be candidate for the post of District Governor. If elected by the clubs, she will serve during Rotary year 2014-15. Please join me in congratulating Ellen on this honor.
Ellen Young joined the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Noon Rotary Club in 1991, and served as its President during the 1998-1999 Rotary year. During her tenure in the club, she served as Treasurer, Club Board Member and International Service Committee Chair. When Ellen changed employers in 2002, she became a member of the Winnetka Northfield Rotary Club, where she served as Membership Chair and a Board member of the Club and Foundation.
|Can You Help a Youth Exchange Student with His Service Project?||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Nov 30, 2011||
A message to Rotarians and Clubs in District 6440 from one of our Youth Exchange Students:
I am Miguel Perez Nieva, an 18-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange student from Aguascalientes Mexico. My sponsor Rotary club is San Marcos Aguascalientes and I am hosted by Elgin Breakfast. As a special Christmas gift to my home country, I am seeking new or gently used blankets for a poor community in Aguascalientes.
The San Marcos Rotary Club regularly helps the people there. Please involve your members in this unique international service opportunity by donating blankets by Wednesday Dec. 14. The San Marcos Rotary Club will pay the shipping fees from Elgin. For more information, including pick up and delivery options, please contact me at 331-222-1805 or Mark Billings with Elgin Breakfast at 847-660-3457.
|Medical X-Ray Project in Guatemala Moving Forward||Posted by Pamela Kerr||on Nov 27, 2011||
District 6440 project to provide WHIS-RAD X-Ray equipment to medical clinics throughout Guatemala is making great progress.
The X-Ray Project Team Members attended the opening of the Radiological Society of North America meeting at McCormick place and met with high level representatives of Phillips, Siemens, GE and SEDECAL to discuss the upcoming issue of a Request For Information (RFI). The RFI will be offered to potential suppliers prior to issuing a Request For Quotes (RFQ) to ascertain their level of interest and their ability to supply equipment and services.
|Lake Zurich Rotary Halloween Bash Raises Thousands for Charity||Posted by Nancy Shepherdson||on Nov 15, 2011||
On Saturday night, about 110 costumed revelers descended to the dungeon at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich to celebrate Halloween at the Lake Zurich Rotary Club’s Rockin’ Halloween Bash. By the end of the evening, more than $12,000 had been raised for the Lake Zurich food panty and other charities the Rotary Club supports. And local businesswoman Lynn O’Brien, dressed as coffee pitchman Juan Valdez, had walked away with the honors for best costume.
|Images form District Seminar Day||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Nov 06, 2011|
|Wilmette Harbor RC Hosts Disability Group Picnic||Posted by Walter Reed||on Nov 01, 2011||
Some weeks ago, when the weather was still beautiful, The Wilmette Harbor RC Vocational Service Committee hosted some 20+ members of the Young Adult Program group of the North Shore at a barbecue in Wilmette's Gilson Park. The group consists of adults with disabilities and holds weekly program meetings, based in Glencoe. The universal reaction from the group was "when are you holding the next one?" Committee Chair George Vandervoort (in red shirt, bottom left photo) and Susan Kozak (at right in striped T-shirt) were the organizers.
Click "more" to see more photos.
|2014-15 District Governor Nominations Due December 5th||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Oct 31, 2011||
Nominations continue to be accepted for the post of District Governor for the 2014-15 Rotary year. The application form may be downloaded by clicking here, and are due to Gov. Carlos Früm by December 5th. Candidates will interview with the District Nominating Committee on December 12th. This is an outstanding opportunity to serve.
|District 6440 Leads the Way in Foundation Giving!||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Oct 29, 2011||
This is how District 6440 stack up in comparison with other districts in Zone 28 since the start of The Rotary Foundation:
#1 in total donations since 1917
#1 in Endowed Funds with almost 25% of total
#1 in Arch Klumph Society members (>$250K) with more than 1/3 of total
#2 in Major Donors
#3 in Paul Harris Society members
#1 in Sponsored Scholarships
#1 in Grants with almost 25% of total
We contributed $15,205,052 since 1917. That’s 16% of the total for our Zone!
We should be mighty proud of ‘The Home District’! Thank you for your contributions!
|2012 Group Study Exchange Team Begins Prep Work||Posted by Ada Kahn||on Oct 29, 2011||
The GSE Team has its first meeting to prepare for next March's trip to Taiwan.
For a left to right: in green dress is Nermina Krnetka, sponsored by R C of Skokie Valley; in the black short sleeves is Team Leader Ada P. Kahn, R C of Evanston; in the red shirt is Betty Wang, sponsored by Wilmette Harbor R C; and in the black top is Jessica Angelos, R C of Gurnee. Not in picture: Jacqueline Salemi, RC of Carol Stream,
|Looking for New Members? Consider hosting a Rotary After Hours.||Posted by James Uszler||on Oct 17, 2011||
The Mount Prospect - Prospect Heights Rotary club recently initiated a monthly Rotary After Hours at the local Bar Louie. Usually held on the third Monday of the month, the group has had a successful fellowship and social gathering in addition to bringing awareness of Rotary to new members of the community. In addition, they plan to open the event up to neighboring rotarians who might need to do a make-up. While there is no formal program, Jim Uszler, President of the club brings along his laptop, so Rotary International information is at his fingertips through the Wi-Fi connection at the restaurant. Usually appetizers and libations are purchased by participants not the club but larger clubs might have their own suggestions on how they want to handle this. Does your club have an interesting membership idea? We'd like to hear from you so we can share it with others. The District 6440 Membership Team
|Local Rotarian in the News||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Oct 09, 2011||
|District Wide "Four-Way Test Speech Contest" for High School Students||Posted by Sheldon Hyman||on Oct 02, 2011||
October is Rotary International Vocational month and we are considering running a Four Way Test Speech contest for high school students. We need your Club's commitment and comments.
|GSE Team Selected||Posted by Paul W. Larson||on Oct 01, 2011||
At a meeting chaired by GSE Outbound Co-Chair Paul Larson, from the RC of Evanston, a committee selected the following members for the Group Study Exchange Team to District 3480 in Taipei, Taiwan:
The Team will be lead by Ada Kahn, of the RC of Evanston. The GSE General Chair is Jim Runnfeldt of the RC of Long Grove. Congratulations to the whole team and the committee.
(Clock wise from top left Betty, Jessica, Jackie, Nermina, center Ada)
|Register for the Fall Seminar Day. Don't Delay to Save.||Posted by Julie Clark||on Sep 17, 2011||
Don't Delay! Early Bird Registration Extended for November 5 Fall Seminar Day.
Register by October 10th for Early Bird rate of $35.
(After Oct. 10, registration will be $45)
|Sarah Oliver Selected District Governor Candidate for 2014-15||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Sep 15, 2011||
PDG Bruce Baumberger informed me that the District Nominating Committee met last night, September 15, 2011, and select Sarah Oliver, from the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor, to be the candidate for District Governor 2014-2015. I wish to congratulate Sarah, our District Treasurer, for her achievement. I have worked with her many times and I am delighted she was chosen because she is an excellent Rotarian dedicated to the advancement of our District and the causes of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
|Message from RI President Kalyan Banerjee||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Aug 28, 2011||
My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary,
We have a color for the 2011-12 Rotary year, and that color is green. Why green? Because green is the color of spring, of new life, of bright leaves bursting forth from spreading branches. And there is no doubt that it is time to “green” Rotary – to lift our deepening pallor of gray and replace it with brighter shades of green.
|Park Ridge Rotary Helps Welcome Students Back to School||Posted by Patricia Ahern||on Aug 23, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Park Ridge recently assisted students at Maine East High School create a "welcome" mural featuring a "welcome" greeting in 16 of the most frequently spoken languages at the school. In all, there are more than 50 languages spoken at Maine East, a school with on of the most diverse student populations in the U.S.
Pat Ahern, president of the Park Ridge Rotary said, "To be able to partner with a school that includes all kinds of people in studying and learning makes us very proud." The club provided both financial and hands on assistance for the project, with the support of a District Simplified Grant.
|Welcome Rotary Youth Exchange Students to District 6440!||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Aug 23, 2011||
|Bear Down! Register Now for the Bangkok Convention & Win Bears Tickets.||Posted by William J. Ferreira||on Aug 19, 2011||
Going to the RI Convention in Bangkok? If so, register by August 27 for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Bears vs. Browns NFL pre-season game on Thursday September 1. Two pairs of tickets will be raffled off to District 6440 Rotarians who register for the convention before August 27. Email PDG Bill Ferreira after you register to participate in the raffle.
Discounts on airfare are available from several airlines. Learn more.
|Four-Way Test Plaques Available for Clubs and Businesses||Posted by Courtney Olson||on Aug 14, 2011||
|Four-Way Test Plaques Available for Clubs and Businesses||Posted by Sheldon Hyman||on Aug 14, 2011||
|How to Improve Membership||Posted by Mike Yesner||on Aug 12, 2011||
One of the hottest topics for clubs is how to retain current members. Clubs often lose numerous members for various reasons such as lack of interest or lack of time to commit. The first step when trying to retain members is to understand why a club loses members. Club members must analyze their club history and recognize the factors that led to the loss of members. By doing so, it becomes easier to understand what de-motivates people away from the club. So how does a club motivate its members to stay?
|“Forums” Allow Clubs to Share Project Ideas||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Aug 06, 2011||
|Discounts Available to Bangkok||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jul 29, 2011||
The 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Click here to learn more about why you should.
Discounted airfare for the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok is available from Thai Airlines, United Airlines and the Star Alliance partners are offering 10-15% discounts off of economy class airfares and up to 20% off of business class airfares for convention attendees. Use Airline Event Code – UA03S12.
Check out this video to learn more
|Club Builder Award Applications Being Accepted||Posted by Pamela Kerr||on Jul 26, 2011||
This year Governor Carlos will submit a candidate to RI for the Club Builder Award. The candidates proposed by clubs must have:
Please submit the application to Past District Governor Pam Kerr by October 1. The award will be presented by the RI President’s Representative at the District Conference in April 2012. More information is available at www.rotary.org/awards.
|Breakfast, Lunch, or Service?||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Jul 26, 2011||
Why did we join Rotary? I don’t think Rotarians join just to eat breakfast or lunch. Surely some misguided ‘members’ join to pass business cards. But Rotarians join to serve. ‘Members’ may leave you but Rotarians will be with us forever.
We heard it many times: “I want to give back”, “I want to help my community”, “I want to work helping others!” That’s Rotarian speaking!
So, let’s give an opportunity to others to join us. Invite friends and neighbors to help you with your next community project. After a few more invitations they may even ask you to join you for breakfast or lunch!
We are all responsible for growing Rotary. Let’s do our part.
Have you surveyed your members recently?
|Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jul 23, 2011||
Governor Carlos has asked all clubs to make Membership their Number 1 priority. Healthy, vibrant and growing clubs require that all members feel they have a voice in the club. Conducting regular member surveys is one way to improve member satisfaction in Rotary and increase member retention. There are many tools, hi and low tech, available to help.
|Community Health Initiative in Guatemala Underway||Posted by Pamela Kerr||on Jul 22, 2011||
Rotary District 6440 and the Pan American Health Organization jointly pre-publish “Diagnostic Imaging in the Community- A Manual for Clinics and Small Hospitals”
Rotary District 6440 and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) jointly have pre-published on the Internet a diagnostic imaging reference manual “Diagnostic Imaging in the Community- A Manual for Clinics and Small Hospitals.” The manual is authored by Dr. Philip E.S. Palmer and Dr. Gerald Hanson who are internationally recognized for their work with PAHO and WHO (World Health Organization) in radiology and radiologic safety.
|Public Image Campaign Fund Progress||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jul 19, 2011||
District 6440 is asking clubs to support a public image campaign fund. All clubs are asked to contribute $100. We will apply for a Rotary Public Image Grant, which will match our funds $3 for every dollar we spend. Plans are to run an awareness building campaign on Facebook targeting service minded adults living in our district.
Thanks to these clubs for agreeing to contribute: Antioch, Arlington Heights, Barrington Breakfast, Bartlett, Batavia, Buffalo Grove, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Central DuPage, Chicago Korean, Deerfield, Dundee Township, Elgin, Elgin Breakfast, Elk Grove Village, Evanston Lighthouse, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glenview Noon, Glenview Sunrise, Grayslake, Gurnee, Highland Park-Highwood, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, Lake in the Hills, Lincolnshire Morningstar, Lombard, McHenry, McHenry Sunrise, Mount Prospect Sunrise, Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg AM, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Skokie Valley, St. Charles, St. Charles Breakfast, Villa Park, Wauconda, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wilmette, Wilmette Harbor, Winnetka-Northfield, Woodstock, Woodstock Morning.
We still need a few clubs to help? Email email@example.com with your pledge.
|DG Carlos Video Series||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Jul 13, 2011||
This is the first in an on-going series of short video messages produced with Gov. Carlos and local Interactors. This is an example of simple, unedited videos that can be incorporated in ClubRunner to enhance a webpage.
|eYellowPages Program to Support District Public Image Campaign||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jul 05, 2011||
Over 250 local Rotarians have listed their businesses in our year old District 6440 eYellow Pages Program. It is a great resource for Rotarians looking to do business with Rotarians. The current pricing structure is as follows: Basic listing = $25 per year; Premium listing = $120 per year. Please pay renewals with a credit card when prompted by the eYellow Pages system at your approximate renewal date.
All funds collected will help fund District Public Image campaigns designed to increase Rotary's profile in our communities. Anyone interested in helping with this program is encouraged to contact District Public Image Chair Luanne Triolo Newman. You may list your business by clicking: eYellowPages website.
|An Open Letter From Governor Carlos||Posted by Carlos Früm||on Jun 30, 2011||
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
In every organization there is always a struggle. The internal elements that make the organization grow and succeed collide, over time, with the realities of a changing external environment.
|Charter Celebration for Interact Club of Willow Brook High School.||Posted by Sam Martinez||on Jun 28, 2011||
This week’s Installation Dinner of the Rotary Club of Villa Park featured the Chartering Ceremony of Interact Club of Willowbrook High School. The new club chartered with 19 student members.
|Northwest Suburban Rotarians Partner with Guatemalan Members on Global Grant||Posted by Narayan Murarka||on Jun 21, 2011||
By Narayan Murarka and Suzanne Gibson (Barrington Breakfast)
Seven area Rotary Clubs – members of Rotary International’s District 6440 are working closely with Sterling Rotary Club, Sterling, Illinois, part of District 6420, to deliver on a recently approved Rotary Foundation Global Grant valued at approximately $60,000. The aim of the grant is to make a lasting positive difference in the lives of impoverished rural communities in Guatemala. Because Rotary International is a network of volunteers with a common mission of “Doing Good In the World,” the Illinois contingent is partnering with Guatemala Sur Rotary Club, part of Rotary District 4250, in order to have the knowledge and expertise in-country to make the investment a success.
|2012 Group Study Exchange Travels to Taiwan||Posted by James Runnfeldt||on Jun 11, 2011||
The District 6440 GSE Committee is seeking applications for one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarian team members to travel to Rotary District 3480 in Taipei, Taiwan. The 2012 team will depart March 17 and return April 16, in time for our District Conference. Volunteers to help with the inbound team are also need (click "more" for more information).
Applicants for team leaders should be seasoned Rotarians with significant leadership experience, deep knowledge of Rotary and the District and be regular attendees and/or participants in District Conferences and Seminars. Applications are available here: Team Leader Team Member Employer Endorsement Form
Team member applicants must live or work within District 6440, be between 25 & 40 years of age, have been engaged in their profession / vocation for a minimum of 2 years and not related linearly to a Rotarian. All Applications are due by September 17, 2011.
|Ambassadorial Scholarship Application Due July 1st||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Jun 10, 2011||
Applications for Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships for the Academic Year 2012-2013 are due to be submitted to the District by July 1, 2011. All applications must be submitted by a local Rotary Club on behalf of the applicant and must include a signed endorsement of the local Club. More information about the Ambassadorial Scholarships and the application forms may be obtained on the Rotary International website,
|District 6440 Receives Convention Attendance Award||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 23, 2011||
With the largest number of members attending the convention from Zone 28, District 6440 was awarded recognition presented to Gov. Bruce by RIVP Tommy Thorfinson and convention chair and Future Vision Vice Chair Ron Burton. Also present was DGE Carlos.
|RI Covention Updates||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 22, 2011||
For those of us who could not attend the
RI Convention in New Orleans, video updates
can be found by clicking "More."
|Short Term Youth Exchange Opportunity||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 11, 2011||
Do you or any of your friends have a teenage daughter interested in learning about life in another country? If so, check out this short term Youth Exchange opportunity.
18 year old Clarissa Hashimoto from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, in Mexico would like to do a short-term summer exchange with a girl from District 6440. Clarissa is ready to come to Illinois anytime between mid May and mid July. She will enter the University of Guadalajara on July 25th. She has a brother, Francisco, 21 years old. Her hobbies are ballet, tennis, and sports. Clarissa is available to come here for a 4 or 5 week period or as long as you wish within the time period mid May through mid July. After staying with a local family, their daughter would go to Clarisa's home for four to five weeks.
A one way exchange is also possible if hosts can't send their daughter on such late notice.
Contact Rick Kuehn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|The Power of Well Chosen Words||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 07, 2011||
If you've ever wondered about the power of well chosen words to motivate action, take a look at this video. It's a great reminder that it's not only what you say that's important, but how you say it.
|New Clubrunner iPhone App now available||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 07, 2011||
Clubrunner has released a new iPhone and iPad app. Easily access home page stories, your club membership directory and locate clubs near your current location. For more information and to download the app, visit Clubrunner's webisite here.
|Rotary Friendship Exchange Opportunity||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on May 02, 2011||
Rudy Welvers, President of the Rotary Club of Huntley, has been appointed next year’s District Friendship Exchange Coordinator. His first task will be to arrange the hosting of eleven British Rotarians visiting our good friends in District 6420. These Rotarians will visit our District only from September 25 to September 28. Obviously they wish to visit Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston among other things.
If you are interested in hosting some of them please contact Rudy at email@example.com . If you have never hosted foreign Rotarians be prepared for a great experience. They are just like us, only they speak with an accent! ("Come to think of that, some of us speak with an accent!” , said Gov. Carlos).
|Photos from the just completed District Conference||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Apr 30, 2011||
Are you included in these photos?
|Are you prepared for your Rotary Club meetings?||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Apr 25, 2011||
Are you, like a Boy Scout, ‘always prepared’? Last week, I arrived a little early to our club meeting. We are a lunch club and as I entered the room, I noticed a few new faces, sitting at a table, writing something. Then it hit me – we had two new members being inducted/installed. This was a good opportunity for a PR photo opportunity, I thought to myself. I grabbed my Smartphone and went to the Facebook login and snapped, then uploaded a picture. My caption was “Future Rotarians....like in the next half hour”. We started the meeting and while everyone got up to go to the buffet, I ran down the hall to my office. My Facebook was open on my computer and I saw we had a response to the newly-posted photo. “How do I join? Where are the meetings?” were the questions posed.
Now, really, how hard was that? How difficult was that to snap a photo and post it? How much effort did it take to give it a quick caption? The answer is: that was easy.
Are you prepared for some PR for your club? It doesn’t have to take hours of preparation. You don’t always need a licensed photographer or award-winning writer. It takes you! Get the word out – show what your club is doing. You never know who may be reading.
-Luanne Triolo Newman, Rotary Club of Carol Stream
|The Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood Marks the 20th TABU Exchange with the Rotary Club of Belfast||Posted by Jan Smith||on Apr 24, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood celebrated its 20th TABU exchange with the Rotary Club of Belfast commencing on March 23. TABU (To Achieve a Better Understanding) began during the troubled times in Northern Ireland with the goal to create a better mutual understanding between different communities by studying conflict resolution. This includes finding ways to break down barriers among people, particularly young people, and learning how to reconcile differences.
|District 6440 Vocational Scholarships Awarded to 21 Applicants||Posted by Jan Smith||on Apr 24, 2011||
District 6440 received 48 applications for vocational scholarships, which are awards of $1,500 to be used toward a two-year post-secondary program. An "excellent group" of applicants was interviewed on April 16, with 21 scholarships awarded (six more than last year).
|Rotary Club of Wheaton Visits Orphanage In Dominican Republic||Posted by Jan Smith||on Apr 20, 2011||
Four members from the Rotary Club of Wheaton, Jeff Pringle, Cathy Hetrick, Kurt Parent and Sheri Billing, and four Wheaton College students, from the newly formed Wheaton Rotaract Club, recently returned home from a weeklong service trip to the Dominican Republic. The group visited three separate Kids Alive International orphanages in Caraballo, Constanza and Jarabacoa.
|Vocational Training: Building a Better Future for Guatemalan Youth||Posted by Narayan Murarka||on Apr 12, 2011||
This is third of four articles related to the Guatemala Global Grant #25333.
“Helping those who are trying to help themselves” is the theme for a new Vocational Training Center in Guatemala. Seven District 6440 Rotary Clubs, together with the Sterling Rotary Club, Sterling, IL (District 6420), are delivering on the promise made possible by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant valued at approximately $60,000. The Illinois contingent is also partnering with Guatemala Sur Rotary Club (District 4250) to make a lasting difference in the lives of rural Guatemalan youth and adults.
|Group Study Exchange Team from South Africa Arrives!||Posted by Jan Smith||on Apr 06, 2011||
Rotary District 6440 will host a Group Study Exchange Team (GSE) from Rotary District 9320 in South Africa over the next month. The in-bound team led by Rotarian John Roberts, a retired computer literacy professor from East London, Eastern Cape Province is comprised of four professionals from different areas of South Africa. Team members are:
Celine Morolong, a public relations officer for the provincial government, from Kimberly, Northern Cape Province
|RI Approves District 6440 Incorporation||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Mar 27, 2011||
Gov. Bruce received word March 16, 2011 that Rotary International has approved District 6440’s Application for Authorization to Incorporate. In reality, it was our District’s Request for Authority to file with the Illinois Secretary of State “Articles of Amendment” to comply with RI Rules and Regulations for incorporation and to change the name from “Rotary District 6440”, an Illinois Not For Profit Corporation, to “Rotary International District 6440, Inc.”, an Illinois Not For Profit Corporation.
|A GSE South African Success Story||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Mar 26, 2011||
The following article was contributed by Deborah Bloom of the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka and a member of the District 6440 Group Study Exchange to South Africa:
When I applied to be a team member on the Group Study Exchange (GSE) to South Africa exactly one year ago, I had recruitment on the brain. Student recruitment that is.
The Hadley School for the Blind is an international nonprofit organization and the largest provider of distance education to blind and visually impaired adults worldwide, serving 10,000 students in more than 100 countries. GSE would be the perfect vehicle to generate awareness for the school and recruit new international students to study with us, especially because while we have students from South Africa, we didn’t have any that lived in District 9320. So the vocational aspect of the trip to South Africa was very important to me and to Hadley President Chuck Young, who also happens to be a Rotarian wth the Winnetka-Northfield Club.
|Concert to End Polio Raises $100,000||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Mar 24, 2011||
The Concert to End Polio, which brought together Rotarians and friends of Rotary in Chicago on 7 March, raised more than $100,000 for Rotary’s efforts to eradicate the disease.
The event also helped increase awareness of polio, which many don’t realize is still a threat to children in parts of the world. Learn more at www.rotary.org
|Lake in the Hills Rotarians Off to Guatemala to Set Up an Aquaponic System||Posted by James Wales||on Mar 23, 2011||
Fourteen members of the Lake of the Hills Rotary Club will spend eight days in Ak'Tenamit, from March 26 through April 3, assembling a combined hydroponic and aquaculture system that will grow edible greens and tilapia fish at the same time.
|Magazine on North Shore Picks 'Outstanding Rotarians'||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Mar 21, 2011||
Make It Better, a magazine that covers a number of North Shore communities, sponsored an outstanding Rotarians contest through all the local Rotary clubs in their northern suburban footprint. Click here to see their selections.
|Elgin Symphony Orchestra + Rotary = End Polio Now||Posted by Jan Smith||on Mar 16, 2011||
The Rotary Clubs of Elgin Noon, Elgin Breakfast, Dundee Township and District 6440 are teaming with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra to raise funds to End Polio Now through a program called Gershwin in Blue.
|Spanish language books needed for the Ak’Tenamit school library. Bring books to District Conference.||Posted by Jan Smith||on Mar 16, 2011||
You’ve heard of the great work District 6440 Rotary clubs have been doing at Guatemala’s Ak’Tenamit school for Mayans. Last year, the clubs built a library and the school obtained tables and library quality chairs but the library is still woefully under stocked. So, collect those Spanish language texts from your high school and college days that are languishing in the attic, the Spanish language books and magazines you can get donated from your local bookstore or library, and all your spare change. At the District Conference in April, there will be collection bins at the registration booth for the materials and a change jar at the Ak’Tenamit Book Drive table in the House of Friendship. All funds collected will be used to purchase supplemental Spanish language books.
|Mechanical “Cow” Brings Needed Nutrition to Guatemalan Schoolchildren||Posted by Jan Smith||on Mar 14, 2011||
By Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, John Meier (Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club). This is second of four articles related to the Guatemala Global Grant #25333.
The idea of a “mechanical cow” may seem like the stuff of science fiction stories, but for some impoverished Guatemalan schoolchildren, it’s a real-life dream come true. Seven northwest suburban Rotary Clubs – members of Rotary International District 6440 – together with membership of the Sterling Rotary Club, Sterling, Illinois, part of District 6420, are delivering on the promise made possible by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant valued at approximately $60,000. The Illinois contingent is partnering with Guatemala Sur Rotary Club for in-country expertise to make a lasting difference in the lives of rural Guatemalan children.
|Personal Reflections on an Evening with Polio Survivor and Violinist Itzhak Perlman||Posted by Paddock, Jr., Robert||on Mar 13, 2011||
Monday's Perlman This Close Polio concert had an inspiring aspect which I thought I'd share with members of the district. The music was great, and so was the fellowship. Even as Rotarians we sometimes find meeting strangers somewhat intimidating. Monday's event reminded me it was worth the effort.
|Don't Miss Ina--Celebrity Chef and Polio Survivor--at District Conference||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Mar 13, 2011||
Gov. Bruce met this weekend with District Conference speaker Ina Pinkney, who is speaking at the Paul Harris Luncheon on Friday, April 29, and he quickly came to the realization that this will be a “don’t miss” session for all Rotarians.
Ina, a celebrity chef who owns and operates Ina’s Kitchen in Chicago’s trendy West Loop Market District, is a polio survivor who dramatically portrays the long-term effects of polio…effects that are just now becoming apparent to thousands of Americans who contracted polio in the 1940s.
Articles about Ina have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and several local papers and magazines, and she has lectured on entrepreneurship at Northwestern, DePaul, and the University of Illinois. She has also appeared frequently on local television.
If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, scheduled for April 28 - May 1 at the Marriott Lincolnshire, you may do so right now by clicking here
|DG's Message: WHIS-RAD in Guatemala--a Bigger, Better, Bolder Project for Our District||Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org||on Mar 07, 2011||
On February 12, District Governor-elect (DGE) Carlos Früm, District Governor-nominee (DGN) Dick Larson, Past District Governor (PDG) Pam Kerr, International Service Co-Advisor Larry Kanar (also Governor's Special Representative to Guatemala), John Vanden Brink and I participated in a history-making meeting in Antigua, Guatemala.
Present were representatives of the Pan-American Health Organization, Guatemalan Ministry of Health, Office of the President and Guatemalan Rotarians. Participants discussed the ongoing operation of the world's first WHIS-RAD digital x-ray equipment installed at the Municipality of Guatemala City Clinic. The Guatemala Minister of Health, Dr. Ludwig Werner Ovalle Cabrera, and his staff provided a well-organized, comprehensive report that justifies country-wide installation of 29 digital x-ray systems networked into six regional hospitals.
|Kids Against Hunger "Food for Haiti" Hands-On Project Planned for District Conference||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Mar 03, 2011||
As part of the district’s long-term commitment to the recovery effort in Haiti, New Generations plans their first hands-on project at the District Conference on Saturday, April 30. We will be partnering with Kids Against Hunger to pack highly nutritious meals which will be sent to Haiti. Rotary clubs of District 6440 are encouraged to participate as well as support Interact Clubs and Youth Exchange by sponsoring one or more students.
At the conference, Interactors and Youth Exchange students will be joining with Rotarians and Rotoractors in a program sponsored nationally by Kids Against Hunger, whereby they will be packing boxes of food destined for the earthquake-ravaged villages of Haiti.
|Libertyville Sunrise’s Project in Rural Nigeria Draws Plaudits||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Mar 03, 2011||
By Teri Dreher
For the third consecutive year, members of our Libertyville Sunrise RC traveled to rural Umuagwo, Nigeria, to present a two-week medical/dental clinic at Ohaji Medical Center. We partnered with the Altadena, CA. Rotary Club, whose members joined us the second week, presenting a four-day entrepreneurial education program to local college youth. Both projects were a huge success and received much praise from those impacted as well as from local and national leaders.
|New Club Officers Train for 2011-2012 Duties||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 28, 2011||
For two days at the end of February, Rotary club leaders from northern
Presidents-elect training (PETS) took place on Friday and Saturday with a range of topics. District Governor Elect Carlos Früm stressed the need for Rotarians to take chances, to look for new ways of doing things, and to encourage true involvement rather than simply meeting attendance. Leaders were given tips to make their clubs more vibrant and forward-thinking, not locked into the Rotary of past generations. By embracing creativity clubs can attract new members, who will in turn breathe new life into clubs.
|Reminder: Vocational Scholarship Application Deadline is March 15||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 28, 2011|
|RI 's General Secretary-Designee Attends First District Club Meeting||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 28, 2011||
|Why We Join Rotary and Why We Stay In||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 27, 2011||
The chart below is based upon research as to why Rotarians are Rotarians:
Are we addressing the needs of each age group in our Rotary Clubs? All of our Rotarians have their reasons for remaining in Rotary. It is important that all of these needs, of each of our Rotarians, are met. As we look to build a stronger Rotary, our Club leaders need to review this list and include all of members in the planning and execution of all five Avenues of Service to create a BIGGER BETTER and BOLDER Rotary.
-- DGE Carlos Früm (from the Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator Newsletter)
|District Rotarians Earn Presidential Awards as ShelterBox Volunteers||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 23, 2011||
District 6440 Rotarians Donna Gulley (Northbrook), Ross Spencer (Long Grove), Andy Kuby (Northbrook) and Reese Mates (Barrington Noon) have been recognized by President Barack Obama and ShelterBox USA with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for the team's efforts during 2010 to provide shelter, warmth, and dignity for survivors of natural disasters worldwide.
|The Frum Team Trains for the 2011-2012 District Year||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 18, 2011||
DG-Elect Carlos Frum held his first training session of the district leadership team for the Rotary year that begins July 1.Click here to read all about it and to discover why green eggs and ham were on the breakfast menu.
|Registration Opens for 2011 District Conference||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 05, 2011||
You can now register online for District 6440’s 2011 conference, to be held April 28 – May 1 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, conveniently located in the middle of the district, according to Charles Bartling (Evanston Lighthouse) and Nancy Keppel (Wheeling), conference co-chairs.
The conference is designed to appeal to three segments of the district’s Rotarians:
--New members who have never before attended a district conference;
--Long-time members who are eager to renew networking contacts with Rotarians from clubs other than their own; and
--Present and future club leaders who are seeking bigger, better, and bolder ideas for enhancing the programs of their clubs.
The conference kicks off Thursday evening, April 28, with a performance of the former Broadway smash musical, 42d Street, at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre. It concludes with a brunch Sunday morning. In between are sessions devoted to such areas of Rotary as community and international service, ambassadorial scholars, group study exchanges, youth exchange, and the New Generations avenue of service.
|We Are 'This Close' To Eradicating Polio||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 27, 2011||
Rotary International has released a new video that updates Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio. Click here to watch it.
|2011-12 RI Theme: 'Reach Within To Embrace Humanity'||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 16, 2011||
District Governor-Elect Carlos Frum filed this report Monday from San Diego:
I am pleased to inform you that earlier today, RI President-Elect Kalyan Banerjee announced the 2011-2012 theme," Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.”
The theme announcement was made during the opening plenary session of the International Assembly, the annual training event in San Diego for incoming district governors.
In explaining how he came to choose the theme, President-Elect Kalyan said: "In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves, and within ourselves. Once Rotarians find their inner strength they can accomplish great things in their communities and around the world."
Go to the Rotary International website to learn more, and to see the new logo. I look forward to working with you during 2011 -2012 to improve and rejuvenate Rotary.
|RYLA Season is Here!||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 12, 2011||
|Mike Yesner is Nominating Committee's Pick for 2013-2014 DG||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 12, 2011||
At its January 11 meeting and following interviews with candidates who had submitted applications for the office of district governor, the District 6440 Nominating Committee selected Mike Yesner of the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley to be the District Governor-Nominee-Designate.
He would serve as District 6440 Governor for the 2013-2014 Rotary year, following Carlos Frum in 2011-2012 and Dick Larson, 2012-2013. Please note that the committee's selection is effective as of March 5, 2011, at which time Mike will become the official DGN-Designate.
Then there will be several more steps required in the Rotary world before he will be able to assume the office of our district governor on July 1, 2013: RI certification of the District 6440 nomination; the election as DGE at the 2012 RI Convention; and his actual attendance at the Zone GETS training in 2012 and all the DGE training sessions at the 2013 International Assembly.
|Rotarians Have Contributed More Than $18 Million to Haiti Earthquake Relief||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 11, 2011||
In the year since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Rotary clubs in Haiti and around the world have launched and supported projects to help the country rebuild and recover. And as the New Year began, Rotary clubs started a $200,000 initiative to implement cholera prevention programs in response to the recent outbreak of the waterborne disease, according to a news release from Rotary International.
Rotary clubs worldwide have contributed more than $2 million to a special fund with an emphasis on Rotary projects that address the issues of education, sustainable housing, and the need for prosthetic limbs. To date, 53 projects have been approved for funding, a majority of them education-related. Haitian Rotary clubs help identify local needs and assist in coordinating and overseeing the projects.
Barry Rassin, a Rotary leader from the Bahamas and a Haiti Earthquake Relief fund manager, says that when donated supplies and services are factored in -- including emergency relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake -- Rotary clubs have provided more than $18 million in aid to Haiti.
|Park Ridge Couple Donates $100K to TRF for Polio Eradication||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 11, 2011||
About 500,000 more children will receive the polio vaccine, thanks to Ed and Jean McCabe of Park Ridge.
Taking advantage of the recently passed legislation that allows retirement assets to be donated without paying income tax, they gave their entire maximum limit, $100,000, to The Rotary Foundation to be used for polio eradication. Coupled with the Gates Foundation’s challenge match, this will vaccinate 500,000 children.
Speaking from their Florida winter home, Ed, a member of the Rotary Club of Park Ridge, was passionate that these funds “be used now.” He vividly recalled the 1935 polio outbreak “which affected everyone, even if they did not contract the virus.” He spoke about the 2007 District Conference where they had lunch with Bill Gates, Sr., who with their challenge grant “gave new breath to donors.” A Rotarian since 1971, it was many years before he gave money to The Rotary Foundation, he said.
“Many Rotarians think once they became a Paul Harris Fellow that they complete their [Rotary Foundation] financial obligation," said Ed McCabe. "That is not true. I hope more Rotarians give to our Rotary Foundation, to step up to the Gates Challenge.”
|New RI & TRF Annual Report Features District 6440 Project!||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Dec 20, 2010||
The new 2009-10 RI and TRF Annual report has just been released, and features photos and stories about District 6440's work in Guatemala.
The cover of the report features Isabel Gutierrez de Bosch, the first female Rotarian in Guatemala. DGE Carlos Frum reports that she hosted our first district team to Guatemala with a dinner at her home and she visited District 6440 a few years ago. She is very dedicated to the ‘girls’ hosted by her foundation. She chaired the first emergency committee of the Guatemala city clubs to assist the victims of hurricane Stan.
Most significantly, the inside front cover (shown here) features our District 6440 service project team working on the construction of a library building at Ak’Tenamit. In addition, the report features an article about Ak’Tenamit on page 10.
|District's Clubs Lead the Nation in Coats to Needy||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Dec 16, 2010||
As the weather in Chicagoland turned “frightful," local Rotarians took action to “Give the Gift of Warmth” to area children living in need. In partnership with Operation Warm, Inc., 13 clubs in District 6440 planned and executed community service projects to provide new winter coats to low-income children, making District 6440 the top district in the U.S. in terms of the number of clubs partnering with Operation Warm and in the number of children receiving new coats. “This is but one more example of the power of Rotary and the excellence of the clubs in District 6440," said District Governor Bruce Baumberger. “Last year District 6440 led the nation in number of clubs partnering with Operation Warm; this year we led in the number of children served. It is simply outstanding. I’m proud of all the clubs that participated.”
|District Clubs Provide Digital X-ray System for 8,000 Children in Guatemala||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Dec 12, 2010||
Six Rotary clubs in District 6440 and District 4250 in
|Wilmette Club Collects 15,000 Books in Literacy Campaign||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Dec 12, 2010||
The Rotary Club of Wilmette has gathered some 15,000 books in the North Shore community that it intends to deliver to inner-city Chicago students as part of a literacy campaign by the club. The activity was featured in an article on the TribLocal website. To read the full story, just click here.
|Birds of a Feather Flock Together on Rotary Fellowships||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Dec 05, 2010||
Give yourself the gift of global friendship. Reach across continents and build a bridge. One person at a time can do this by participating in any one of more than 55 diverse Fellowships officially recognized by Rotary International.
Rotary Fellowships are shared interest groups that bring together Rotarians from around the world. Do you collect stamps, play chess, run marathons, do quilting and fiber art? Are you a traveler, sailor, canoer, curler, birdwatcher or golfer? Some Fellowships hold meetings in conjunction with annual Rotary International conventions. Others host activities before or after conventions. For example, the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship has organized a tour starting in Memphis and on to New Orleans.
|Still a Ways To Go on Polio Eradication||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Nov 04, 2010||
The following report to the district was written by Ellen G. Young (Lincolnshire Morning Star), who is chair of the Polio Challenge for District 6440:
The Gates Challenge Campaign to finally eradicate polio has been underway for nearly three full years and District 6440 has answered the call with resounding enthusiasm. District 6440’s clubs have raised a total of $427,944 as of October 25 (before the on line-giving initiative was tabulated), including $30,000 in DDF funds during last year. Your generosity and selfless support has put us in fifth place among 58 Rotary districts in the U.S.—a feat for which our district is immensely grateful.
But we’re not finished yet – we need 100 per cent participation to finish the job – to raise awareness and enthusiasm in our clubs, among our friends and acquaintances, in our communities and across our entire Rotarian sphere of influence.
|How Northwestern Rotaractors Helped Peru Quake Victims||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 30, 2010||
Northwestern University Rotaractor Emily Chow wrote the following account of the club's international service trip to Peru last spring. For more information about the club's activities, District 6440 Rotarians are invited to visit the club's web site.
On August 15, 2007, central Peru suffered an earthquake that went down in history known as the Pisco Earthquake. Measuring in at a staggering magnitude of 8.0, the earthmover and the following four-meter tsunami caused extensive damage to the city of Pisco and the surrounding area, damaging more than 80 percent of the homes in Pisco and killing roughly 600 people.
Houses fell and families struggled with the aftermath, living in makeshift houses constructed of cardboard, scrap wood, and plastic. Government aid left a lot to be desired, and some families did not have access to food and water for four days.
|Ambassadorial Scholar Candidates Announced||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 18, 2010||
District 6440 will be well represented by these fine four young adults who seek opportunities for service and promotion of international understanding. If approved by Rotary International, they will study abroad as representatives of Rotary in the academic year 2011 - 2012.
And the winners are:
|Kanar Named Special Rep for Guatemala Relationships||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 18, 2010||
Governor Bruce Baumberger recently appointed Larry Kanar (Northbrook), International Service Co-Advisor, as the District 6440 Special Representative for Guatemala Relationships. This is because:
|Welcome, New Rotarians||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 18, 2010||
The district leadership welcomes the following Rotarians who joined their clubs recently:
|District Reserves Rooms in New Orleans for RI Convention||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 10, 2010||
If you've never attended a Rotary International convention, you should know it's a big one, and there are never enough rooms close to the action for everyone who wants one. But if you're coming from District 6440, you're in luck, as the district has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Embassy Suites, just a short distance from the Convention Center. Here's how to reserve one of these rooms:
|60 Minutes Segment Includes Rotary's Partnership with Gates Foundation To Eradicate Polio||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 10, 2010||
|New District 6440 eYellow Pages Now Online||Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley||on Oct 04, 2010||
District 6440 has launched a new eYellow Pages directory to encourage Rotarians doing business with Rotarians. Visit www.rot6440yp.org to find Rotarians doing business you can support.
Between now and the end of the year, Rotarians can sign up for a free one-year listing on the directory. Go to the site, click on the Sign Up button, complete the information, and you will be listed. After December, annual listings will cost $25. Go ahead and post your free listing right now!
Premium banner listings are available for $120 per year. These listings will rotate with other premium listings on the District 6440 home page, selected club pages and the eYellow Pages home page.
Please consider choosing to do business with Rotarians, who share your ethical standards and values, as exemplified by the 4-Way Test.
|District Governor Nominations due on January 3, 2011||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Sep 30, 2010||
It’s time for District 6440 Rotary clubs to be identifying members they would like to propose for district governor in 2013-2014. As stated on the RI website, “district governors provide leadership, motivation, and guidance to Rotary clubs under the general supervision of the RI Board of Directors. Governors act as officers of RI, fostering achievement in their district at the club level. Under the District Leadership Plan, district governors prepare for and execute their duties over a three-year period.
|A Network Gala for Literacy Enthusiasts||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Sep 30, 2010||
District Literacy Information Night at the Schaumburg Library on September 22 provided a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow Rotarians from clubs throughout District 6440. Past projects were reviewed. Projects currently underway as well as those being considered for the future were also discussed. The most frequently repeated request was for literacy information. As a result, the District Literacy Committee is pleased to share the following suggestions:
|A Plea for More Support for Long-Term Recovery Efforts in Haiti||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Sep 15, 2010||
PDG Jack Blane filed this report addressing the need for additional District 6440 support for Haiti relief efforts:
As reported in a recent district newsletter, Rotarians in our district provided strong support several months ago in response to the Haiti earthquake, primarily in the form of ShelterBoxes (top district in the world!). At that time, we also committed to support long-term recovery to be funded by a District 6440 Haiti Relief Fund. The lack of daily news about the conditions in Haiti creates the feeling that life in Haiti has returned to normal. That is definitely not true.
|Serving as Your Governor Has Been a Life-Changing Experience||Posted||on Jun 05, 2010||
It has been an honor to serve you, my fellow Rotarians in District 6440, as your Governor. This past year has been an experience-of-a-lifetime and I would not trade it for anything in the world. I have shared, debated and learned much about Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian. Yes, this experience has changed my life and has made me a better person and a better Rotarian.
|Welcome To Rotary Club of McHenry-Sunrise||Posted||on May 09, 2010||
Welcome to a new club in District 6440: The Rotary Club of McHenry-Sunrise.
|Conference Attendees Learn of Fifth Avenue of Service||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Apr 30, 2010||
Rotarians in attendance at District 6440's 2010 Annual Conference in Lake Geneva were among the first to learn of the addition of New Generations to Rotary's legendary Avenues of Service.
|How Do You Feel About Wearing the Rotary Pin Every Business Day?||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Feb 10, 2010||
There's a lively discussion going on within the Rotary group on Linked-In.com that may be of interest to all District 6440 Rotarians.
|RI President Kenney Receives Key to the City From Evanston Mayor||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 30, 2010||
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented John Kenny, President of Rotary International, the Key to the City of Evanston during RI's Board of Directors meeting on January 28. Rotary International moved to its Evanston headquarters on Sherman Avenue in 1987, and the City of Evanston has welcomed its commitment to the community ever since.
|New Theme: 'Building Communities--Bridging Continents'||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jan 18, 2010||
Rotary International President-elect Ray Klinginsmith has announced the theme for his 2010-2011 Rotary year: "Building Communities - Bridging Continents."
|Six Clubs Achieve District Membership Goal; Will Yours Be Next?||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Dec 16, 2009||
Governor Bill announced that, as of Dec. 17, six clubs have already met the requirements to obtain the ECEQ1N Award for the year. The goal is to grow membership by 1 net new member per club per quarter (every club every quarter 1 net, or ECEQ1N).
|Tell Us About Your Literacy Projects||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Nov 30, 2009||
District 6440's Literacy Committee is striving for 100 percent club participation in literacy projects this year. In connection with that goal, it is surveying each of our district's clubs in order to compile a list of each club's current club literacy projects.
|Status of Matching Grants||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Nov 29, 2009||
As of the end of August 2009, The Rotary Foundation is no longer funding matching grants for this Rotary year. That does not mean you cannot do an international project. Matching grants can still be submitted, with club and district money, but there will not be a match from The Rotary Foundation. .
|TRF Rates High on 'Top Ten' List||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Nov 10, 2009||
The Rotary Foundation is ranked third among "10 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of" by the website, Charity Navigator.
|'Operation Warm' Offers Deal on New Coats||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 01, 2009||
Does your club purchase new winter coats as part of a "holiday gift shopping for families in need" project? Operation Warm, a Rotarian founded non-profit charitable organization, would like to help.
|Google The Rotarian||Posted||on Sep 08, 2009||
Rotary has teamed up with Google to make nearly 100 years of The Rotarian available free online. Full-color, searchable scans of all issues of the magazine from 1959 to 2008 are now available through Google Books. More to come. Click on this link, then click on the "Browse past issues now" link at the bottom of the article. Some of the ads are as interesting as the articles.
|You Can Meet the Governor's Challenge||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Jul 23, 2009||
Individual Rotarians can compete for Governor Bill's Challenge by doing things such as wearing your Rotary pin, completing a make-up at another club, inviting a friend to a Rotary meeting, and becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
|Help for Club Treasurers and Foundation Chairs||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Dec 11, 2008||
December is a big month for charitable contributions, and The Rotary Foundation offers help for club treasurers and foundation chairs to ease the transaction process.
|How To Organize a New Club||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Dec 09, 2008||
"Like anything worth doing, starting a new club takes some work," writes Dennis Dinsmore, PDG District 6330, in the December 2008 issue of Member Tips, the membership newsletter of RI zones 27 and 28, of which District 6440 is a part.
|How To Get a Rotary License Plate||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Sep 29, 2008||
We are just over 100 signups away from having a Rotary license plate available in Illinois. You can find the application by clicking here. The Secretary of State's office requires a minimum of 850 requests before we can design the actual plate. There is a $25 upcharge for each plate each year. In the first year, $10 will go to The Rotary Foundation for each plate. Thereafter, $23 will go to The Rotary Foundation for each plate. A person does NOT have to be a Rotarian to purchase a plate.
|Discussion Forums for Rotary Leaders||Posted by Chuck Bartling||on Oct 15, 2007|
|There's Still a Ways To Go on Polio Eradication||Posted by Chuck Bartling||
The following is a report to the district by Ellen G. Young, District 6440 Polio Challenge Chair:
The Gates Challenge Campaign to finally eradicate polio has been underway for nearly three full years and District 6440 has answered the call with resounding enthusiasm. District 6440’s clubs have raised a total of $427,944 as of October 25 (before the on line-giving initiative was tabulated), including $30,000 in DDF funds during last year. Your generosity and selfless support has put us in fifth place among 58 Rotary districts in the U.S.—a feat for which our district is immensely grateful.
But we’re not finished yet – we need 100 per cent participation to finish the job – to raise awareness and enthusiasm in our clubs, among our friends and acquaintances, in our communities and across our entire Rotarian sphere of influence.
|Regional Foundation Success Seminar Is Sept. 16 in Glen Ellyn||Posted by email@example.com||
The Regional Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Success Seminar for Districts 6420, 6440 and 6450 will be held at the Abbington Banquet Hall in Glen Ellyn on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 3:00 -8:00 p.m. – see the attached agenda and registration form for details. This is an opportunity for district leaders, committee chairs and members to be updated about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Topics include:
Please send the registration form by September 8 so you can be part of what promises to be an excellent Rotary Success Seminar!