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District 6440 Vocational Scholarship applications are now being accepted. This year, District 6440 will award 11 scholarships.  Completed application must be submitted by clubs by email or mail by April 5.  
 
Each scholarship grants $1,500 to support educational programs preparing students for vocational or technical careers attainable with less than a four-year degree.  Grants will be limited to an Associate Degree or equivalent certification programs.  
 
 
If you have any questions regarding the awards or the requirements, contact Courtney Olson.
Do you have a passion to implement a particular humanitarian project through Rotary?  As a Rotarian, you can do so through a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation, an arm of Rotary International.  It is not so hard as you think.  This article will help you get there.
 
Foundation Grants provide one of the best ways to “Do Good in the World.” They give individual Rotarians the ability to develop, initiate, and execute needs-based projects that have high sustainable and measurable outcomes and make an impact on individuals and communities.  As a result, Rotarians advance world understanding, goodwill and peace.
 
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make projects possible, funded with Foundation Grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities.
 
The Rotary Foundation maintains an excellent record with a four-star rating from the Charity Navigator.
Rotary President Elect Mark Maloney has announced that "Rotary Connects The World" will be the theme for 2019-2020.   
 
Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.

“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”

Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify segments of their community not represented in their club by creating a membership committee with diverse members.  

“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”

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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 2019 (March 7-10 and April 4-7).  Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding. 

The program brochure and application packet can be found here.

Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, in collaboration with Advocate Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center, celebrates the more than $2000 raised in the first Indoor Ride to End Polio on November 11th. 10,000 children will receive the life saving polio immunization drops as a result of the 30 minute indoor ride on stationary bicycles and the generous local citizens who opened their hearts to pledge support.
 
The Indoor Ride is part of the El Tour de Tucson held in Tucson, Arizona the past 37 years the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 8,000 cyclists from around the world gather to ride for their favorite charity. Ten years ago Rotarians joined El Tour to raise money for the eradication of polio. Rotary cyclists have raised over $45 million in donations toward that goal with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match.
There is a special bond between Rotary clubs and Operation Warm. Starting as a small project in 1998 at the Rotary Club of Longwood of Kennett Square, District 7450, it has grown into a program supported by Rotarians and other organizations across North America. District 6440 joined in in 2009.
 
Three Reasons Rotary Clubs and Operation Warm Are a Great Fit
For both Rotarians and Operation Warm, the interest that binds is the commitment of service to those in need, the love of the positive work we do and our loyalty to each other.
 
“Rotarians believe in ‘Service Above Self’ and Rotary clubs are deeply involved in their communities,” says Rich Lalley, Operation Warm’s Development Director and Past President of the Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield. Rich was introduced to Operation Warm at PETS Training in 2009.
The District 6440 Governor Nominating Committee has selected Kevin Stevens as District Governor Nominee Designate for the 2021-22 Rotary year.
 
Kevin Stevens is a member of the Rotary Club of North Chicago where he has served as President, Foundation Chair, Membership Chair and coordinator for The Rotary Humanitarian Patriot Awards and The Rotary Road Trip to Miller Park military veterans events.  He is currently the club’s Charter Organization Representative for Cub Scout Pack 621 in North Chicago.   Beyond his club engagement Kevin serves as Assistant Governor Coordinator, Assistant Governor and Veteran Affairs Liaison for District 6440.  Kevin also serves on the Midwest PETS council and is a member of the District 6440 Club Visioning team.   
Within developing countries, unsafe water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene together create a high-risk situation for school age children leading to disease and contribute to deaths from malnutrition.  Unsafe water is not only linked with health, it also affects education for children.  When they get sick from diarrhea and other water borne diseases, school attendance is severely affected.  The impact/consequences are poor education and challenges for better future. 
 
The adolescent girls in schools have unique added challenges due to lack of menstrual hygiene knowledge, resources and facilities.  Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) has three facets: replacing the silence and shame of menstruation with pride and confidence; equipping women and girls with the knowledge and means to manage their menstruation hygienically and with dignity; and providing means for the safe disposal of menstrual waste.  Providing MHM in schools encourages adolescent girls to continue their education, improving their long-term development and self-confidence.

Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.

“As individuals, we can only do so much,” Gupta said in a statement. “But when 1.2 million Rotarians work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and in the process, we can truly change the world.”

In the early morning hours of February 23, 2018, Rotarians participating in the District 6440 International Service trip departed O’Hare Airport, heading to Ak’ Tenamit in the jungles of eastern Guatemala.
 
District 6440 has had a long standing relationship with Ak’ Tenamit, which means "New Village' in the Q'eqchi' language, with both the District and Clubs within the District completing a number of projects at the site over the past several years. The school and health clinic are located in Eastern Guatemala on the Dulce River. The school includes grades 7 through 12 and there  are over  500 students enrolled in the program.
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