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5000 golfers playing 3000 courses in 50 countries to raise $750,000 to eradicate Polio, in February!
Want to be a part of that?  In Illinois?  In FEBRUARY?image
Sure!  We've partnered with X-Golf, a chain of upscale golf simulators with locations across the District - Downers Grove, Glenview, Libertyville, Schaumburg, Geneva, and Algonquin.  
We'll all be playing the back nine of Pebble Beach Golf Links, unanimously rated the #1 public course in the US.  You choose to play as an individual, or as a member of a scramble team.  Tell us who you want to play with, or we'll assign you to a group.  There will be (small) prizes for the best individual score for women and men, and for the best scramble score.
You decide which location you want to play at and tell us your preferred time (daytime or evening during the week, or weekend).  We'll work with the X-Golf location to schedule your group. 
The cost?  $100 gets you nine holes on the simulator, a memento, and provides a $50 donation (credited to you and your club) to PolioPlus.  This event is open to your non-Rotarian friends and family.  They can request a tax receipt for their donation; but if they don’t want one, we’ll credit you.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  Expect your round to take between two and three hours.  
Registration deadline (which we're somewhat flexible on) is Wednesday, February 9th.  
SIGN UP HERE.  And if you have questions, contact either Lyle Staab at gov.lyle@rotary6440.org (845-671-1223), or Thor Davidson at gov.thor@rotary6440.org (479-841-2290).

Vocational Service focuses on:

- Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
- The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
- The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.

During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects. Following are some suggested activities to undertake during Vocational Service Month:

  • Devote a meeting in January to examine the second Avenue of Service, including The Four-Way Test and The Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions. After expanding members' awareness, solicit their input in planning projects for the remainder of the year.
  • Introduce a "mini-classifications talk" series in which each member gives a five-minute talk on his or her vocation. Schedule one speaker for the beginning of each meeting until everyone has made a presentation. The purpose of these talks is to promote vocational awareness among Rotarians and help them recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations.
  • Present a vocational award to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards. Promote the presentation within the community, and consider making it an annual October event.
  • Invite experts to give a presentation on the vocational needs of the community and develop a project in response to those needs. Possible projects could focus on developing character, providing career information to youth, mentoring small businesses, or organizing workshops that provide employees with new skills.
  • Encourage club members to put their vocational skills to work as a Rotary Volunteer. 

For more information, visit www.rotary.org * or contact RI staff at vocationalservice@rotary.org

 VISIT THIS LINK to access the online application for this year’s Cooperative District Grant Program.  Create a consortium of three to ten clubs to pursue a local project addressing one of the seven areas of focus, and apply for a match for each club’s spending up to $1000. 
A bonus of 10% will be added to the District DDF for projects focused on Empowering Girls; SEE HERE for ideas. 
District 6440 is renewing the popular Public Image Grant Program for 2021-2022 to spur new marketing materials and spread the great Rotary name and logo.  The Grant Program provides matching grants (up to $500 per club) for APPROVED new brochures, road signs, banners, inflatable signs, logo wear, Facebook/newspaper/movie theater advertising, member recruiting materials, community fair signage and much more.  We want new positive marketing materials that bolster Rotary visibility in each community.
These new Rotary marketing materials can help your club gain positive visibility, recruit new members (a big District priority), strengthen your image and enhance community service projects. And our District could reduce your cost.
To understand and apply for grants, click here.
The Rotary Clubs of Barrington Breakfast, Carol Stream, Evanston Lighthouse, Northbrook, North Chicago and Lake Zurich are pleased to partner with Asian Americans for Advancing Justice to bring Bystander Intervention Training to District 6440. The training is free, but registration required. Click here to register,    
JOIN US on on February 17th at 7:00pm!
Over the past several days we have been stunned by the devastation through a large area of the Midwest.  While the destruction and human toll is heart wrenching, I am inspired by the impulsive desire of Rotarians to provide support and comfort. 
Many members of District 6440 are inquiring how we might best support efforts for recovery in the areas affected by this week's extraordinary weather event.  We have communicated with Rotary leadership in effected areas seeking guidance how you as individuals and/or clubs may help provide comfort and support.  In that spirit I am writing this email to inform you of several ways that you and your Rotary club can assist the individuals and communities who were impacted by these storms.
1.  For those who would like to donate through the District 6440 Charitable Fund we have activated an online donation portal.  Once we have collected significant funds we will determine where to best contribute for relief efforts.  Please select option one at this link to donate through District 6440:  https://form.jotform.com/62386028569971
2:  You have seen the town of Mayfield, Kentucky sustained extremely devastating impact.  Mafield Rotary Club President John Carrico provided the following information to directly support efforts in Midway:
You can mail checks to the following address :
Mayfield Rotary Club
P.O. Box 485
Mayfield, Kentucky 42066
If you want to send water please send it to the following address:
Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds
1004 Ky. 121
Mayfield, Ky. 42066
Contact Person: Allison Sloan Morris
Cell: 270-559-6301
If you want to send supplies other than water send to:
ACE Compressor
245 Kentex Drive
Mayfield, Ky. 42066
Contact Person: Allison Sloan Morris
Cell: 270-559-6301
John indicated that the are not yet in a position to accept volunteer efforts, and will keep us posted as those opportunities arise.
3. Western Kentucky is served by Rotary District 6710, and my counterpart District Governor Gail Story recorded a video message which you can view here:  https://youtu.be/RI_wUnil3oM
District 6710 has established a disaster relief fund for those who wish to donate to a Rotary effort there:
Rotary District 6710 Relief Fund
7906 Westover Drive
Prospect, KY  40059
District 6710 leadership originally recommended that financial contributions be made to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. a fund established by the state government at this link: https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief   
Additionally, the Interact Clubs of District 6710 are working on a drive to collect supplies.  For more information on how to participate in this drive, please contact Kaitlyn Flowers at kedwards.rotary@gmail.com
4. As you know, significant damage occurred in Edwardsville, Illinois. Most of the coverage of the storms in Edwardsville has focused on the Amazon facility where six lives were tragically lost and many more injured, but there was also damage to residential areas impacting citizens' homes.  Rotary Club of Edwardsville President Brent Garner has advised that the best organization to donate to at this time in order to support Edwardsville is the Relief Fund of the Edwardsville Community Foundation. The link to give to the ECF Relief Fund is here: https://edwardsvillecf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1033
5. Additionally, many individual families in and near Edwardsville have established fundraising campaigns for their own funeral, medical, or housing expenses. District 6460 Governor Ryan Byers provided a listing from the Jacksonville Journal-Courier of those funds with donation links, which you can view here: https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Here-are-some-GoFundMes-set-up-to-help-tornado-16700477.php
6. Dresden, Tennessee is a small town (population 3,500) that was also hit particularly hard. The Rotary Club of Dresden, through Past District Governor April Lieberman, has established a relief fund that they will use in assisting victims. You can make a donation online at this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dresdentornado via Venmo to @DresdenRotaryTornadoReliefFund or by mail to Dresden Rotary Club Tornado Relief Fund, P.O. Box 652, Dresden, TN 38225.
7. Last but not least, to assist specifically with these storms and with other natural disasters across the globe, the Rotary Foundation has established a Disaster Response Fund through which Rotary clubs can apply for disaster relief grants of up to $25,000.00. Donations can only be made to the grant fund generally and not to specific disasters, however I am aware that several clubs in areas impacted by this weekend's storms are planning to apply for these grants. Donations can be made online here: https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund
Thank you for making your way through this message.  It was somewhat lengthy, but I believe necessarily so. In the coming weeks and months, there will certainly be additional opportunities to aid these and other communities. Please keep an eye on your inbox and the District Facebook page - we will provide more information as it becomes available.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me directly - and I thank you in advance for your benevolence.

Yes, it can be a challenge to know where and how to start, so just start and be the difference! The following clubs did just that with their projects this fall. 

Be mindful that clean up projects are more than just picking up the trash. Invite Interact clubs and the community to join you and discover new partners. Be sure to identify and record what and how much you collect. Useful apps like clean swell or marine debris tracker can make this easy. And be sure to leverage that data with the press and your local governmental agencies.
Rotary Club of Batavia- Fox River Clean Up
“It gave us a great sense of accomplishment to clean up our Fox River” said, Teri Dykhuis, the Batavia Rotary Club Environmental Chair. She and her fellow Batavia Rotarians participated in the ‘It’s Our Fox River Day’ Clean Up sponsored by the Friends of the Fox River (friendsofthefoxriver.org) on Saturday September 18. “We cleaned up trash, tires, car parts, tarps and even a wagon wheel,” claimed Dykhuis. "It was a great day to serve!"
We are excited to launch the District 6440 PolioPlus Society to support Rotary’s promise and recently announced endgame strategy to achieve and sustain a polio-free world. We encourage all District 6440 members to become a Charter Member today! 
PolioPlus Society members pledge to donate $100 per Rotary Year to the Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Fund until the world is certified polio-free. To become a Charter Member, make your pledge and donate $100 to the PolioPlus Fund by June 30, 2022.
Charter Members will receive a specially designed limited edition Recognition Pin! They will also receive special recognition at District Rotary Foundation events.
By now you’ve received a few e-mails with information on this year’s Fall Training Day, One Rotary Summit. If you’ve already registered- thank you. I’ll look forward to seeing you in person or virtually.
If you’re still on the fence, here are a couple more reasons that I think this will be a good use of your time. We have lined up some great speakers!
Jennifer Jones will be joining us as our keynote speaker. If you haven’t heard Jennifer speak, she is always engaging and inspirational. What I am especially excited about beyond the fact that she is the RI President-Elect, is that she was one of the originators of the One Rotary Summit concept- so I am sure she will get us off to a great start.
Also joining us will be Chicago legend, Ina Pinkney. You may know Ina as the “Breakfast Queen” but she is also a polio survivor and a gifted speaker who will inspire us as we head into World Polio Day.
Here are the details:
One Rotary Summit will be a hybrid event
Saturday morning, October 23rd
If you attend in person,
Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine
We will be following Harper’s policies and State guidelines for Covid:
In order to meet social distancing capacity requirements, in-person registration is limited and will be closed when we reach capacity.
Masks will be required
Only fully vaccinated Rotarians should plan to attend in-person
If you attend via ZOOM, the program will start at 8:15. The Zoom link will be sent out to all registered attendees on October 22.
Register via the link on my One Rotary Summit emails.
The District 6440 Nominating Committee has selected Thor Davidson to be District Governor for the 2024-2025 Rotary year. A member of the Rotary Club of Wheaton, he currently serves the District as Assistant Governor and his club as Public Image Chair. Thor is a past President of the Wheaton club, and has been a Rotarian for 20 years.
The Nominating Committee also selected PDG Rodney Adams of the Rotary Club of River Cities to be Vice-Governor for the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  
Congratulations to Thor and Rodney, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary and our District! 
“Collaborating with Toastmasters will provide our members with even more opportunities to develop and improve their leadership and communication skills,” said John Hewko, general secretary and CEO of Rotary International. “In turn, members of Toastmasters can connect with more people, take advantage of new speaking and learning opportunities, and make a difference in their communities through Rotary."
”The strategic alliance with Rotary is exciting and allows both organizations to leverage our unique and similar strengths,” says Deepak Menon, Toastmasters' 2019-20 International President. “We look forward to providing our current and prospective members with ongoing additional offerings that meet their evolving needs.”

With its first unofficial meeting held in Bloomington, Ill., in March 1905, Toastmasters is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they learn how to be more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. Toastmasters’ vision for the ongoing collaboration with Rotary is to change more lives for the better, and positively impact communities around the world.

This week RI President Elect Shekhar Mehta announced to the International Assembly of District Governors Elect that the 2021-22 Rotary International theme is:
You may have already witnessed RIPE Mehta discussing his guiding philosophy that "service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth."  Shekhar suggests that Rotarians are defined by opportunities of service; not necessarily the size of the service - but the attitude of service.  This attitude is evidenced in Rotary's record - and we keep serving because we want to change lives.  As we serve we do not only change the lives of others, we change our life as well.
You can watch Shekhar's story of personal transformation and complete conversation with the 2021-22 Governors here:  https://www.rotary.org/en/shekhar-mehta-says-serving-others-changes-lives-including-our-own


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