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At the 2021 Rotary International (Taipei) Convention, an RI director will be elected by club members in our zone.  This director will serve on the RI Board in 2022–24.

Clubs wishing to submit a qualified Rotarian for consideration by the Nominating Committee for Director in your zone must follow the following guidelines:
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DISTRICT 6440 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
CLASS OF 2021
 
Application materials now are available for the District Leadership Academy Class of 2021.   We invite all club members to enroll in this outstanding online educational program and commit to graduating with this next class.
 
Club board members or committee chairs, Presidents Nominee, Presidents-elect, District assistant governors and committee chairs, members of District committees, and anyone who aspires to serve later as a club or district leader are encouraged to seize this opportunity.  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.
As Illinois moves into Stage 4 of reopening, Rotary Clubs are asking how and when they should resume in-person meetings. Our Rotary Zone has prepared a comprehensive guide for club boards to use as they work through this process.
 
The guide identifies challenges, action steps to consider, a leadership discussion guide, how to create a decision tree, how to create a communications plan, and provides additional useful resources. You access the comprehensive guide by clicking here
Congratulations to these 20 Rotary Clubs for their outstanding performance this past year! And special recognition to the 12 clubs honored with Distinction. Let's give a round of applause to the Club Presidents, their leadership teams and members for being People of Action being Vibrant Rotary Clubs!  
 

Looking for interesting speakers for your club meetings? Why not feature one of The Rotary Foundation's premier programs by having a Peace Fellow Alum make a presentation? 

These are tremendous people doing great work to build peace in the world. Many are currently working on COVID-19 Relief programs and many others work in creating more social justice in our world. 

The Rotary Peace Fellow Alumni Association has created a database of alumni willing to provide interactive talks, webinars and lead virtual town hall discussions for your members.

  • You can learn about the data base on how to request speakers here.
  • View profiles of all alumni in the database here.
  • View a listing of alumni working on social justice here.
  • View a listing of alumni working on COVID-19 here.  
To request a Peace Fellow Alumni to speak at your club, complete and submit the form found here
District 6440 Rotarians--please know that Rotary has reiterated its no tolerance for racism policy.
 
We are committed to our guiding principles as stated in the Four Way Test-
 
Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH ? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it Build Good Will and better friendships? Is it Beneficial to all concerned?
 
At this challenging, time let us remember our Core Values: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership. Now, more than ever, the world needs Rotary to lead the way.
 
-A Message from Rotary International-
Rotary and Toastmasters working together creating opportunities for professional growth of both Rotary and Toastmaster members
 
RI President Mark Maloney recently released this announcement about the partnership between Rotary International and Toastmasters. This is a wonderful opportunity for our members and members of Toastmasters clubs. While we are very early into our relationship, our members are encouraged to learn about Toastmasters, visit their clubs, invite Toastmaster members to our meetings as visitors and speakers, and seek synergies where our clubs working together can make an impact for members and the community.
 
From RI President Mark Maloney:
 
I am excited to share some good news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.
The District Virtual Meeting Committee has published a new Virtual Meeting Training Resources page.  New resources include Rotary branded virtual backgrounds, a keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet for PC and Mac,, and a link to a Harvard Business Review article on keys to running great virtual meetings. You can also find our Guide Using Zoom presentation. Other resources will be added as they are identified. 
 
While we are staying at home, why not visit other Rotary club virtual meetings. Here's a listing of when clubs are meeting and who to contact to get the Zoom link for their meetings.   
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