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The Rotary District 6440 Community Service Committee is working to organize a large group of Rotarians to participate in the annual  Salvation Army Radiothon at Woodfield Mall on Friday December 6. If we can provide volunteers to ring the bells and work the donation kettles at each entrance to the mall from 10 am - 8pm, we will not only provide needed relief to many in-need families through the Salvation Army, we will also reap public image rewards and goodwill through the radiothon recognition and  large scale presence Rotary will have at the mall.  
We need many volunteers! Each of the mall's ten entrances needs 2 volunteers.  With ten one hour shifts, 100 Rotarian volunteers will completely meet the need. Will your club step up and send at least one team of two?
Please make your commitment today. Let us know the names and contact info for your volunteers, and which shift(s) they will work. Deadline for signing up is October 11.  Sign up today by clicking 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.
The Rotary District 6440 Leadership Academy provides a great personal development opportunity for Rotarians wanting to serve with greater impact in their club or the district. The program is a six-and-a-half-month series of courses (no course in December) that covers RI Communications, Membership, Public Image, Youth Service, RI Organization, and The Rotary Foundation. 
Several program alumni discuss their experience with the District Leadership Academy in this video. 
Learn more and enroll in the 2019-20 program at https://rotary6440.org/page/dla/

Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.

The Nominating Committee’s decision follows the resignation last month of President-nominee Sushil Gupta due to health reasons. Knaack will officially become president-nominee if no other candidates challenge him by 31 May.

PDG Jack Blane truly was passionate about helping Rotarians understand the power of working through The Rotary Foundation to benefit those in need.  When he passed away on February 19, 2018, he left behind a legacy of enormous financial support for TRF and many thousands of hours of work on behalf of PolioPlus.
Jack’s efforts as a Rotarian on behalf of ridding the world of polio took him to over 25 countries to work with clubs, districts and governments.  His first experience with this deadly disease had been as a youth at a Boy Scout camp where some friends became paralyzed from contracting polio and a few died.  At that time 1,000 young people a day were falling victim to polio worldwide.  In the past year, there were fewer than 35 cases of polio, and the virus remained endemic in only three countries. While the job is not done, we are truly “this close” in the “countdown to 0”.
Although Jack no longer is with us, his commitment to working through The Rotary Foundation is commemorated with this Jack Blane Challenge program to encourage club members throughout the district to become more supportive of TRF. 
The challenge is simple.  Any Rotarian who never has earned recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow can have his or her check for $500.00 that is made out to The Rotary Foundation matched with 500 points from Jack so that she or he receives the first Paul Harris Fellow pin.  If that Rotarian has made some prior contributions but has not yet reached the $1,000 level, then this new $500.00 plus Jack’s match will be the beginning of work towards the second level of PHF recognition.  Contributions can be for support of Annual Fund SHARE or of PolioPlus.
    District Governor Elect Suzanne Gibson​ will be riding in the next El Tour de Tucson​ Ride to End Polio to support Rotary International​'s efforts to End Polio Now​. Rotary District 5500​ is raising funds to be the ride's TITLE SPONSOR. This would increase awareness of Rotary and our mission to eradicate Polio and the number of Rotarian riders in El Tour, thereby increasing pledges and resulting in record-setting fundraising for PolioPlus and the eradication of Polio once and for all. You can support this great Public Image and fundraising initiative by donating to this Go Fund Me campaign. DGE Suzanne will be very grateful for your support!
    Do you have passion to initiate a particular project through Rotary?  Did you know there is a way to pursue this by applying for a Rotary Global Grant?  It is not as hard as you think.  These 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.
    My name is Narayan Murarka, from the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club in District 6440.  I had the privilege to sponsor, on behalf of my club, six major global grants in Guatemala in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250.  The total budget for these grants is $1.2 million over the last eight years.   I had also an opportunity to serve as Global Grants Chair for District 6440 Rotary Foundation Committee for five years.  As a result, I have gained some experience from the ground level about the Rotary Foundation and how global grants work.
    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.
    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.   
    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