Suzanne Gibson has been a member of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club since 2008 where she has served as President (2012-2013)  International Chair and Membership Chair.  She led a Vocational Training Team to Sumpango (2015), Guatemala and served as Assistant Governor to Lake Zurich, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg A.M.
Suzanne received the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s President’s Citation for Outstanding Service and Dedication Award (2015- 2016) and the District 6440 Shining Light Award in recognition of humanitarian service (2015). She was Rotarian of the Year (2011) and during her presidency the club received the Presidential Citation.
Suzanne  participated in the January 2017 NID in Melegoan, India, Friendship Exchange to South Africa  2017 and Friendship Exchange to Taiwan 2018.  At the International Convention in Toronto(2018), Suzanne and Mark were panelists in the presentation Fun & Value in Friendship Exchange.
Suzanne is a member of the Paul Harris Society and she and Mark are Major Donors.
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Several clubs are using phone trees to get in touch with all of their members, especially those that do not regularly utilize email. The idea is the one member calls three or for others, who then call three or four assigned members, who then call three or four other members. The trick is for each member to know who to call. To help with that, here is a simple Excel file you can use to create a phone tree for your club. Download here to get the file. Add member names and phone numbers to each cell as marked. Once you have this filled in, you can send by email to those high in the tree. 
The Rotary District 6640 Foundation Committee is proud to announce an opportunity for your club to participate in a special grant program targeting immediate community needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. District 6440 will immediately make up to $40,000 in District Designated Funds (DDF) available as matching grants for club responses to the current public health crisis.
The District is offering Clubs the ability to access these funds to meet the immediate COVID-19 related needs in your community. Our goal is to make the application process as simple as possible; the grant use purposes to be as broad as possible, and the issuance of checks to be as soon as possible! Read on for details.

In this uncertain time, we understand family and work are top priorities. When your thoughts do turn to Rotary, District 6440 stands ready to support you and your club. 
For many of us, our Rotary family is also an important part of our lives. These friendships connect us to our communities and the world and provide avenues for soul enriching service.
All our clubs cancelled in-person meetings for the foreseeable future. But that does not mean we need to give up on our regular fellowship opportunities. In fact, several clubs already met this week, virtually, using Zoom. I participated in several, and can report that for most participants it was a welcome connection with friends, opportunity to catch up, and to begin making club plans for our “new normal.”
Zoom is a very easy to use and powerful communications platform for holding virtual meetings. For many of us, it is new, and seems a bit challenging. It was for me. But I tried using it, and now use it all the time - for Rotary and even to connect with family. I encourage you to give it a go!
And District 6440 will underwrite the cost for your club to have a one year Zoom Pro account! Read on to learn more.
Pat Merryweather, PDG Rotary District 6450, has been asked by the Illinois Department of Public Health to write a weekly newsletter for dissemination to Rotarians. The IDPH is trying to reach every person in Illinois and felt that Rotarians are community leaders and have a great outreach. Pat has been on the IDPH Infections Disease Committee for ten years. Read on for useful information on the COVID-19 and International Perspective. Read on for information on Everyone's Role, Symptoms, Stop the Spread, and Why Social Distancing is Important.
Rotary International President-Elect Holger Knaack has announced Rotary's theme for 2020-2021.  Speaking at the International Assembly in San Diego, he revealed the theme in a speech to 529 District Governors-Elect who will lead Rotary's 1.2 million members worldwide.  Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.  You can read or hear his speech, and download the theme logo and materials, at
District 6440 Rotary Clubs are beginning to submit Public Image Grant applications. This story will share how some of our club are using the grant.
The Rotary Club of Elgin purchased pop up banners to use at community events.
The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield has installed 2 new "Rotary Meets Here" signs at the Community House where they meet and is running an ad in the annual Chamber of Commerce Community Guide. 
The Rotary Club of Wilmette formed an evening Satellite Club with eight new members at the Bottle Shop Dec. 3rd.  While the main Rotary Club of Wilmette has 48 members and meets noon Wednesdays at the Wilmette Golf Club, the evening Satellite Club appeals to interested neighbors who work downtown or can’t get away from suburban responsibilities mid-day.  It recognizes the busy workloads and personal schedules of many Wilmette-area adults who can now fully participate in the world’s oldest and largest service organization at a convenient time.
The Satellite meets at 7 pm twice monthly at a member’s home, office, local winery or restaurant.  Its members are full Rotarians and will participate in Rotary Club of Wilmette activities and service projects (including their own), and all of Rotary International.
District 6440 is introducing a new Public Image Grant Program to spur new marketing materials and spread the great Rotary name and logo throughout our communities.  The Grant Program provides matching grants, up to $250 per club, for new brochures, road signs, banners, inflatable signs, logo wear, Facebook/newspaper/movie theater advertising, member recruiting materials, community fair signage and much more.  Grants help reimburse clubs for outward-facing materials reaching the general public.
This memo summarizes the program and provides links to make it happen.  Please remember that clubs should first check with their District Public Image Reviewer to make sure their project qualifies – and submit applications before June 15, 2020.  Feel free to contact your Reviewer anytime with questions.  
In sum, these new Rotary marketing materials can help your club gain positive visibility, recruit new members, strengthen your image and enhance community service projects. 
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440, in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250, has made positive and meaningful impact for the population in the Sumpango Municipality, Department of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala.  This was achieved by implementing two major global grants (GG25643 and GG1411300) awarded by the Rotary Foundation with a total budget of $350,000 USD over the last eight years.
Partnerships and alliances have been the major building blocks in achieving success based on excellent relationship with the local and national governments, school authorities and the community.  This also is an example of  cooperation and collaboration between Rotary clubs and districts.

Barbara Blane Toney, daughter of beloved Rotarian Jack Blane has announced The Jack B. Blane Gift for PolioPlus—a $500,000 donation to the PolioPlus Fund. The first $100,000 has been released to the Rotary Club of Wheeling and the club will receive full credit for the donation.  The funds will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of $1.5 Million dollars!  The gift was announced to the International PolioPlus Committee on World Polio Day at Rotary International. Family members attending the surprise announcement  at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Wheeling were John Blane, Jack's son, and Tony Guerra, Jack's son-in-law.  Also attending the ceremony were Wheeling Club President Bruce Piepenbrink. District Governor Suzanne Gibson and Harvey Newcomb III, Director of Principal Gifts, TRF.

We are indebted to the Blane family for their continued dedication to the eradication of Polio--a cause so very dear to the heart of Jack Blane. It is the family's hope that District Rotarians will be inspired by Jack's generosity and give freely to the PolioPlus Fund.

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 Fall 2019 (November 14-17) and Spring 2020 (March 12-15 and April 2-5).  

The program brochure and application packet can be found here.

Shekhar Mehta, of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2021-22. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Mehta acknowledges that current membership trends are a challenge and says that membership development should be Rotary’s highest priority. He believes that focusing on regional plans, successfully transitioning Rotaractors into Rotary clubs, and increasing diversity and female members could yield a 5 percent net growth in membership each year.
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.
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