Posted by Suzanne Gibson on Nov 03, 2019

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.

Jack B. Blane Gift for PolioPlus Suzanne Gibson 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Hutchings on Nov 03, 2019
Rotary International celebrated its second annual World Polio Day event on October 24th. Through the generosity of Rotary Club of Cary Grove member Dave Miller and Bernie of Liberty Outdoor Advertising, the club arranged for the installation of an outdoor sign at the entrance of Lake Julian Trout Farm. The sign is located at Route 14 and Jandus Road, is visible to traffic headed in both directions, and will bring public awareness to the End Polio Now campaign. Good work Cary Grove Rotarians!
Cary Grove Rotary Club Promotes End Polio Effort Karen Hutchings 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2019

WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 2019

WHAT and WHY: The Indoor Ride To End Polio* is a fun cycling event where riders do an indoor bike ride for 30 to 60 minutes in order to raise donations for polio eradication. Each rider donates and/or solicits donations for PolioPlus (usually $1 per minute). 

All funds raised are matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation in support of Rotary’s global efforts to eradicate polio.

WHERE: 3 different locations (Evanston, Naperville & Barrington); See details below. Riders can bike up to 60 minutes.

1000 Grove Street
Evanston, IL 60201
LA Fitness
1836 Freedom Drive
Naperville, IL 60563
Good Shepherd Fitness
1301 S. Barrington Rd
Barrington, IL 60010
Ride to End Polio in Evanston, Barrington and Naperville 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
Watch the live stream from World Polio Day! Lyle Staab 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Oct 09, 2019
WASH in Schools (WinS) is a Rotary Foundation program.  The key feature of WinS is to leverage off from water and sanitation related efforts and connect them with health, hygiene and education.  Addressing health and hygiene training while developing water and sanitation projects may have a profound positive impact on the overall health of a community while benefiting education for boys and girls.
In February 2018, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) awarded $560,000 competitive challenge grant (PG17 90001) to our team of Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, Rotary Club of Antigua, Rotary District 4250 and Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, Rotary District 6440 addressing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, (WASH) in Schools (WinS).  The program is being implemented under the direction of PRID and TRF Trustee Jorge Aufranc and Narayan Murarka.
RI President Mark Maloney visits our WASH in Schools (WinS) Program in Guatemala Narayan Murarka 2019-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Oct 09, 2019
The mechanical cow is a machine which processes soybeans, water and steam to produce a slurry that can be separated into protein rich soymilk and a solid by-product called “okara.”  Guatemala has the highest malnutrition index of 54% in children younger than 5 years old. The malnutrition in children increases the risk of decreased cognitive development and slows down the overall growth. Guatemalan children are lactose intolerant and as such do not have access to milk and cannot digest cow’s milk.  A high protein content product such as soymilk is desired to help their growth at an early age.
RI President Mark Maloney visits our Sumpango Mechanical Cow Nutrition Center in Guatemala  Narayan Murarka 2019-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

When you're committed to serving others, you can Connect The World.  A Holocaust survivor who received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor - and is also a hologram.  An expert in international mediation and conflict resolution.  A first-generation Egyptian American working to assist displaced Somalis.  An international social entrepreneur.  A corrosion engineer.  Rotary is their common thread and a catalyst for their passion to make the world a better place.  They're the speakers for the third District 6440 Youth Assembly on November 23rd.  

Join us at Forest View Education Center in Arlington Heights, for a day of inspiration, networking, collaboration, and fun.  The registration fee is $20 per participant.  Click here for more detail and registration instructions.  
Youth Conference Registration Open! Lyle Staab 2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sean Nelson on Sep 16, 2019

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.

RYLA Applications Sean Nelson 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Clark on Sep 15, 2019

This year's Fall Seminar will be full of useful tools to take back to your club to use right away.  We have great information to share on Membership, Public Image, Fundraising, International Service, ClubRunner one on one training and a Project Fair for all to participate in.  You will not be disappointed in this 1/2 day of learning and sharing.

Registration, breakfast, and Project Fair will start at 7:30. Training will conclude at noon. 

Register for Fall Training Today Julie Clark 2019-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Clark on Sep 10, 2019
The District 6440 Nominating Committee held its interviews for District Governor to serve in the year 2022-23 and selected Bill Kmiecik from the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights.
Bill has served the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights as president, vice president, treasurer and community service chair.  He currently serves on the club’s Foundation and Membership Committees as well as being on the Fun and Frolic Team.  In addition to his club activities, Bill has been an Assistant Governor and the District Annual Fund Chair for the past three years, a member of the District Visioning Team and he recently joined the District Finance and Foundation Committees. 
Bill Kmiecik Selected to be 2022-23 District Governor Nominee Designate Julie Clark 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Brill on Sep 06, 2019
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 only between November 15, 2019 and March 1, 2020.  Feel free to contact your Reviewer anytime with questions.  And learn more at the Public Image Grant Program Breakout Session at District Fall Training, Saturday morning, Oct. 19th at Harper College in Palatine.
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. 
District 6440 Announces New Public Image Grant Program  Richard Brill 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzanne Gibson on Sep 04, 2019

As Rotarians, we all horrified by the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Naturally, we want to find ways to help those impacted.
There are many Rotary initiatives that you and your club can support. More will develop over the coming days. We will work to keep this story updated with all Rotary relevant information on where you can donate and others way to help.
Hurricane Dorian Response Opportunities Suzanne Gibson 2019-09-04 05:00:00Z 1
Meet Your Governor Line Rich Lalley 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glenn Garlick on Aug 16, 2019
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!
Good Neighbor Opportunity- Salvation Army Bell Ringing Glenn Garlick 2019-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzanne Gibson on Aug 07, 2019
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.
Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International President Suzanne Gibson 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzanne Gibson on Jul 02, 2019
Name the Governors vehicle! Submit entries by July 15th to Erin, district administrator, at
Name that Car! Suzanne Gibson 2019-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Oliver on May 28, 2019
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
Be a Leader! Sarah Oliver 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

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.

Holger Knaack selected to be 2020-21 Rotary International president 2019-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Apr 24, 2019
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.
Increasing Global Grants Inter-District Partnerships  A Personal Perspective Narayan Murarka 2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 24, 2019
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!
Ride to End Polio Needs Your Help 2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2019
Those of you who have been a Club President remember how great Midwest PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) was.  Would you like to be part of the team delivering that event, and expand your knowledge of Rotary beyond our District?  We’re looking for a past-president (or soon to be past-president) to serve as an At-Large representative to the Midwest PETS Council. 
The At-Large rep attends PETS and quarterly meetings in Itasca or online, takes on tasks associated with delivering the event, and works with the Governor Elect to make PETS terrific for the incoming Presidents.  The term is three years.  If you’d like to learn more, or better yet, apply, contact DGN Lyle Staab at, or DGND Kevin Stevens, who filled this role the last three years, at  Applications close on Friday, April 26th.
Opening for At-Large Representative to Midwest PETS Council 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Feb 05, 2019
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.
Financing Rotary Foundation Global Grants – A Tutorial  Narayan Murarka 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Courtney Olson on Feb 01, 2019
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.
Vocational Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted Courtney Olson 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2019
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.”

Click here for more details.

Rotary Theme Announced for 2019-2020 Lyle Staab 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Brewer on Nov 03, 2018
Todd Bol started the Little Free Library in 2009 in honor of his late mother, and the idea spread across the country and around the world. Many District 6440 clubs participate in this literacy community service project. Bol dies this week at age 62, just weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist remembers a life well-lived.
Remembering the Little Free Library Creator Donald Brewer 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka, Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 PRID Jorge Aufranc, Francisco Viau, Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, Distracto 4250 on Sep 17, 2018
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.
Improving Health and Education for Guatemalan children through clean Water and Sanitation  Narayan Murarka, Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 PRID Jorge Aufranc, Francisco Viau, Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, Distracto 4250 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Clark on Aug 07, 2018

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.”

Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary president Julie Clark 2018-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzanne Gibson on Jul 10, 2018
RILEE--Rotary Iron Lung Education Exhibit--had a fabulous 4th of July participating in the Evanston 4th of July parade with RIP Barry as Grand Marshal.   Evanston clubs carried signs noting the many projects with which the clubs serve the community.  Great job conveying the message of People of Action!  RILEE met RIP Barry!
RILEE meets RI President Barry on 4th of July Suzanne Gibson 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Oliver on Jul 05, 2018
Application materials now are available for the District Leadership Academy Class of 2019.   We invite all club members to enroll in this outstanding online educational program and commit to graduating with this next class.
Presidents-elect, Presidents Nominee, other club board members or committee chairs, Assistant Governors, members of district committees, and anyone who aspires to serve later as a club or district leader are encouraged to seize this opportunity.
District Leadership Academy- 2018-19 Enrollment Now Open Sarah Oliver 2018-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2018
An urgent message from:
Jorge Aufranc
Director 2016-2018
Thank you very much on behalf of my Rotary Club Guatemala Sur, District 4250, but specially on behalf of the people suffering the consequences of the eruption.
Guatemala Volcano Relief- Support Needed 2018-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka, Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440; Francisco Viau, Oscar Diaz, Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 on May 09, 2018
Guatemala is the northeast country of Central America.  Sacatepéquez is one of its Departments (state) with 16 municipalities, Sumpango being one of them.  Recent study has shown that the percentage of indigenous population in this Department is high and there are more women than men.  Its main source of income, besides tourism, is agriculture including coffee, sugar cane, wheat, corn, beans etc.  For handicrafts, it is one of the most important departments where typical fabrics are made, and many typical costumes are worn by the indigenous people. There is significant poverty with very limited opportunities for employment and businesses.
Income Generation for Guatemalan Women through Microfinance Narayan Murarka, Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440; Francisco Viau, Oscar Diaz, Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to RILEE’s Charter Sponsors! Suzanne Gibson 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Wales on Apr 17, 2018
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.
2018 District 6440 International Service Project Recap  James Wales 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzanne Gibson
Join us on April 14th for Empower Leaders - a morning of leadership, mentorship, and scholarship.  Distinguished speakers from three different spheres - charity, business,  and government - will share their thoughts on leadership to mentors and their proteges.  This event is a collaboration between Rotary Districts 6440, 6450, and 6420.

Registration opens February 1st.  Mentors are encouraged to identify and sponsor promising teens and young adults who would benefit from the speakers' messages and a connection with a mentor.  Three scholarships will be awarded to proteges nominated by their mentor.  Applications are available here or at at  

Tickets, including continental breakfast, are $40 per mentor and $25 per protege. 

See for more details, and find us on Facebook as Rotary Empowering Leaders 

Questions?, or contact DGN Suzanne Gibson.  

Empower Leaders presents mentoring opportunity Suzanne Gibson 2018-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
District 6440 Rotary Clubs are asked to help identify high school candidates to participate in a Rotary-UN Model Conference.  This will be held in Chicago on Saturday, June 2, 2018, in conjunction with the Rotary International Presidential Peacebuilding Conference focusing on Education and Literacy.  The event will be at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.  There is no charge for participation, and an allowance may be made for transportation.
Student teams of three delegates from the same school, supported by an Advisor, will represent a country from the UN's membership. Preference will be given to students and schools where opportunities to participate in a Model UN Day are limited.  
Click here for more information, or contact Lyle Staab, (845-671-1223).  
Update: Model UN Opportunity for D6440 High School and Jr High Students Lyle Staab 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka, Kristine Young on Oct 23, 2017
What an honor it was that Rotary International (RI) President showed up at the Barrington (IL, USA) Breakfast Rotary Club on September 28, 2017!  President Ian Riseley made a request to attend one of our meetings.  The primary purpose of the visit was to thank our members for sponsoring a project that impressed him when he visited Guatemala with RI Director Jorge Aufranc, Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250.  Director Aufranc is longtime friend of Barrington Breakfast Club and an Honorary Member.

While in Guatemala during August 2017, President Riseley saw presentations about various Rotary projects.  A project he found most compelling was the “Mechanical Cow.”  This pressure cooker type machine processes soy beans into high-quality protein rich soy milk and fiber called okara.   These products are provided to school children in Guatemala, who often find it hard to get adequate nutrition because they are lactose intolerant. 
RI President Ian Riseley Thanks the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club Narayan Murarka, Kristine Young 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Larson on Oct 10, 2017
Our district’s HealthRays® project continues to gain support and attention in the Rotary world, with more than $650,000 in funds pledged to date to bring digital x-ray technology to Guatemala!
District 6440 Rotarians are working with other Rotarians around the U.S. and the world, health care agencies and the Guatemalan government to raise money for, and install, 29 digital x-ray machines in underserved areas of Guatemala -- where they can be used to improve the health of populations in need.
So far, we have installed 8 units, and funding has been secured and installation planning is underway for 2 additional units. Each unit costs approximately $75,000.
Rotary HealthRays®  Project: Bringing Digital x-Ray Technology to Guatemala Paul Larson 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Oct 01, 2017
The following is a transcript of a presentation given at Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club meeting on September 28, 2017
I would like to speak about our experiences and lessons learned in implementing humanitarian and educational projects in Guatemala.  These projects have produced results with positive outcomes and made impact on the lives of children, women and men in the community. 
So, what does it take to implement them. I will use five different words each starting with a letter “P” to explain.
First, some background:
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440, in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250, has been engaged in global grant projects in Guatemala since 2012-13.  We concentrated on the needs of people in one geographical area called “Sumpango,” Sacatepecaquez Department, all throughout these years and carried out several major initiatives which expanded over time in both breadth and depth. 
One of these initiatives is related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools and focused on disease prevention and treatment of children and improving hygiene conditions within the community. Here is the link for a detailed description of the project.
What does it take to do what we do?  Narayan Murarka 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 12, 2017
The D6440 Nominating Committee has selected Rotarian Lyle Staab to be District Governor Nominee Designate for Rotary Year 2020-2021.  Lyle is a member of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods and currently serves the District as Youth Service Advisor. Lyle is a past Club President and Assistant Governor.
The Nominating Committee also selected PDG Carlos Früm to be Vice-Governor for Rotary Year 2018-2019.
Congratulations to Lyle and Carlos and thank you for your commitment to Rotary and our District! 
Congratulations 2020-21 DGND Lyle Staab! 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Schuberth on Sep 09, 2017
With the recent devastation in Texas, Louisiana and Florida, many Rotarians and Clubs are looking for ways to help through Rotary. Several good options exist:
  • Contribute money to The Rotary Foundation's Hurricane Relief Donor Advised Funds. These funds will be fund local initiative as directed by senior Rotary leaders in the devastated regions. Learn more and donate here
  • Rotary's partner ShelterBox is on the ground in Texas and other areas around the globe dealing with the aftereffects of devastating flooding, wind and earthquake damage. Learn more and support ShelterBox here.  
  • District 6440 is preparing it's own relief initiatives under the direction of Bill Schuberth. Early stage planning is underway to:
    • Form one or more teams to travel to the south and provide hands on support in rebuilding efforts.
    • Creating opportunities for clubs to adopt or sponsor an effected family for a period of time.
If you and your club are interested in helping plan or participate in these initiatives, please complete and submit this form.  You can support our District efforts with a tax deductible donation here
Hurricane Relief Opportunities William Schuberth 2017-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka; RI Director Jorge Aufranc, Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 on Aug 25, 2017
The Rotary Foundation has awarded a competitive Phase I grant related to WASH in schools in Guatemala, jointly to the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 and Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250.  These clubs will now compete for the Phase II grant with a budget of $500,000.  The Areas of Focus for these grants are Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Basic Education & Literacy (BEL).
Background:  The Rotary Foundation issued a global challenge to Rotary clubs to improve education quality and access – particularly for girls – by working with communities to provide improved WASH services, teacher training, and curriculum enhancement.  The Target Challenge is being piloted in five countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.  The competitive grant process is being administered in two phases: (1) A community assessment award and (2) a project proposal award.   Further details about the Target Challenge grant are available at this link:
Our team just won the Phase I competitive award for $10,000 being one of 10 recipients among 46 participants.  These ten phase I winners will now compete for a Phase II project.   Three to five Phase II grants will be awarded in the budget range of $150,000 - $500,000.  Project Phase II objectives are described below
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) Target Challenge Competitive Grant  Narayan Murarka; RI Director Jorge Aufranc, Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 2017-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, Mark Gibson RID Jorge Aufranc, Francisco Viau on Aug 04, 2017
The following provides a comprehensive report on the "Mechanical Cow" project in Guatemala which has been led by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club with participation by several Rotary Clubs and Districts. 
Needs Assessment:
Guatemala has the highest malnutrition index of 54% in children younger than 5 years old and is the country with the highest chronic malnutrition index in Latin America and the Caribbean. The malnutrition in children increases the risk of decreased cognitive development and slows down the overall growth. This is a serious problem, mainly in rural areas of Guatemala.  Guatemalan children are lactose intolerant and as such do not have access to milk and cannot digest cow’s milk.  A high protein content product is desired to help their growth at an early age. 
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC), District 6440 in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 has been engaged in mechanical cow projects with a goal to combat malnutrition for children and establish microenterprise for women.
The mechanical cow is a machine which processes soybeans, water and steam to produce a slurry that can be separated into soy milk and a solid byproduct called “okara.”  The soy milk and okara are protein rich and are being used to combat malnutrition.
Mechanical Cow brings needed Nutrition to Children& Micro-enterprise for women in Guatemala  Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, Mark Gibson RID Jorge Aufranc, Francisco Viau 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2017
July 1 marks the beginning of a new Rotary Year, and with it new leadership teams. At a well attended induction dinner on June 28, 2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley presided as Don Brewer was sworn in as District 6440 Governor before a distinguished crowd of past, present and future Rotary leaders. 
All District 6440 Rotarians are joined by thousands around the world in thanking Past District Governor RIck Rivkin for his tremendous leadership in the past year and pledge our support to Gov. Don and RI President Ian in the coming year!
Don Brewer- District 6440 Governor 2017-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2017
Past District Governor Pamela Kerr has been honored by the Rotary International Board of Directors with the 2016-17 Service Above Self Award. The RI Board of Directors created this award to recognize those Rotarians who truly embody Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self." The Board considers this award to be Rotary International's highest honor to bestow on a Rotarian.  

Said Gov. Rick, "Pam, in conjunction with her colleague PDG Carlos Früm, is the embodiment of Service Above Self in working to establish and move forward the HealthRays Rotary project. Their desire to upgrade healthcare in several areas of Guatemala became a project to install equipment in 29 clinics that the Ministry of Health indicated would cover the country."    
In remote areas a clinic technician must have a reliable equipment system that allows the radiologist at an urban hospital to access and analyze appropriate electronic images and then consult with the clinic physician. A Memorandum of Understanding with all public, non-public and Rotary partners had to be negotiated. A manufacturer for the critical equipment package had to be found. 

Reflecting her commitment to help poor and rural Guatemalans, and using her health systems knowledge, Pam was active in these launching efforts and continues to be heavily involved every step of the way.   HealthRays, as guided by PDG Pamela Kerr and PDG Carlos Früm, is a lighthouse service project for addressing health needs countrywide, showing the way Rotarians can work through The Rotary Foundation and essential partnerships with government agencies and relevant NGOs.
PDG Pam Kerr Honored by Rotary International 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Oliver on Jun 25, 2017
Application materials now are available for the District Leadership Academy Class of 2018.   We invite all club members to enroll in this outstanding online educational program and commit to graduating with this next class.
Presidents-elect, Presidents Nominee, other club board members or committee chairs, Assistant Governors, 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.
District Leadership Academy- 2017-18 Enrollment Now Available Sarah Oliver 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Apr 21, 2017
Thanks to the collaboration between the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, D-6440, and Chicago O’Hare Rotary Club, D-6450, each of about 400 children attending Sunny Hill Elementary School in Carpentersville now have blankets, pillowcases and vanity kits.
The donation idea came from Digital Age Learning Bilingual Coach Nirda DeRose who noticed that students of poverty do not often have their own special reading blanket. DeRose felt that if students at Sunny Hill could be provided with a personal reading blanket, reading for pleasure might increase. 
Power of “One Rotary” on Display  Narayan Murarka 2017-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, Mark Gibson RID Jorge Aufranc, Francisco Viau on Apr 12, 2017
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 has been engaged in global grant projects in Guatemala since 2012-13.  We concentrated on the needs of people in one geographical area called “Sumpango,” Sacatepecaquez Department, all throughout these years and carried out the several major initiatives which expanded over time in both breadth and depth.  One of these initiatives is related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools and focused on disease prevention and treatment of children and improving hygiene conditions within the community.
Outcome and Impact:
Nine elementary and seven secondary schools in Sumpango municipality, Guatemala are being provided clean (chlorinated) running water; 24/7 availability with local storage tank; drink and wash stations; gender specific flush toilets; septic tank; drainage improvements; repaired leaky roofs; upgraded kitchens with running water, sink and drainage; new stoves with ventilation to eliminate smoke in the kitchen and more. 
Over 5000 children are benefitting from this program, considerably reducing water-borne diseases and the incidence/frequency of diarrhea, fever, fatigue and stomach worms.The availability of flush toilets has helped all, particularly female students.             
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Guatemalan Schools  Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, Mark Gibson RID Jorge Aufranc, Francisco Viau 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Apr 02, 2017
When two Rotarians meet, something wonderful can happen. 
Rotarians Pedro and Carlos happen to live in the same town and they speak the same language (languages?)  During a cordial lunch, Pedro casually mentioned he had some calculators donated by John, another Rotarian.  Carlos told him he knew some children that could use them.  And so, another terrific project began.
Pedro told Carlos he could only have one thousand calculators from his own allocation but he could get some more from John.  Carlos knew John because he had been John’s Zone Advisor.  It took just one phone call to set up a date to pick up ‘some’ calculators.
Ah, if we had a world full of Rotarians…  Carlos Früm 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Mar 21, 2017
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.
Website Advertising Now Available Richard (Rich) Lalley 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kat Beringer on Feb 19, 2017
At this year's District Conference we will salute and recognize our clubs in 9 specific categories. Applications will be evaluated within tiers of club sizes (small, medium, large) in each of these areas. Awards will be presented at the District Awards Luncheon at District Conference on Friday April 28 and will be suitable for attaching to your club banner and posting on your club web-site and Facebook page (and other social media, of course).
  • Club Service
  • Club Website
  • Vocational Service
  • Governor's Pride - Interact Club Award
  • Community Service
  • Spouse/Partner Service Award
  • International Service
  • Club "Rookie of the Year" Award 
  • Youth Service
Detailed award judging criteria can be found here. To submit an award application, complete the included cover page (one for each application) along with your club's narrative essay which reviews your club's performance relative to the judging criteria.
Your Club Deserves An Award! Kat Beringer 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Pumo on Feb 18, 2017

Batavia High School Interact Club Members are now helping dress children around the globe.

Recently, BPS101 parent Roland Imes and his friend, Geri Lemley, a seasoned seamstress, showed BHS “Interactors” how to measure and cut pants for children out of a basic T-shirt.

Mr. Imes explained that the garments not only help children in third-world countries keep warm and build self worth, but also protect them. He said that in some countries, children with little to no clothing can appear to be neglected, making them easier targets for abuse.

Interact Club Members Turning T-shirts into Something Special Rick Pumo 2017-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Schuberth on Sep 16, 2016
District 6440 is ramping up our response to disasters. Bill Schuberth is our new Disaster Relief Liaison. He is currently coordinating District responses to two disasters, one in Louisiana and another closer to home.
Donations for Louisiana flood relief are now being accepted by the District's new Charitable fund.  Make a monetary contribution via PayPal:
Closer to home, long time Rotarians Dot and Bill Dustin, of the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, lost their home and all of their belongings to a devastating fire. While insurance will cover much of their loss, they are now starting from scratch and need to completely refurnish a new home. 
You can help by donating items in good and serviceable condition. Our Disaster Response committee has set up an on-line spreadsheet where you may itemize goods you are offering to Dot and Bill. They are in need of anything present in a home, including furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, appliances, electronic items and entertainment equipment, kitchen utensils, dishware, pots and pans, small appliances and more. You can list your items for Dot and Bill by clicking here. Someone will shortly after you post your item.
Thank you for your generous support of those in need!
Opportunities to Help Those in Need William Schuberth 2016-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2016
What a great opportunity for fellowship and community service! Join Rotarians for a tailgate party at  Rotary International Headquarters garden from 3;00 pm to 6:00pm . The game begins at 6:30pm.
Buy a ticket online. Sign up for a tour of Rotary WHQ. Bring a book. Sign up to bring a dish to pass.  See below for details.
Rotary Day with Big 10 Football Suzanne Gibson 2016-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
RI President John Germ Dedicates New Health Rays Installation 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gov. Rick Rivkin on Aug 08, 2016
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
New District 6440 Charitable Fund Now Available Gov. Rick Rivkin 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Larson on Jul 24, 2016
Our district’s HealthRays project continues to gain support and attention in the Rotary world, with more than $625,000 in funds pledged to date to bring digital x-ray technology to Guatemala!
District 6440 Rotarians are working with other Rotarians around the U.S. and the world, health care agencies and the Guatemalan government to raise money for, and install, 29 digital x-ray machines in underserved areas of Guatemala -- where they can be used to improve the health of populations in need.
So far, we have installed three digital x-ray units in Guatemala, and if everything stays on schedule, three additional digital units will be installed this summer, bringing the total number of units that are up and running to six. Installation of a seventh unit may also be completed during the summer of 2016.
In addition to these units, which will begin operation very soon, several other installations are currently in development, including plans for eighth, ninth and tenth units. We will soon be one-third of the way to meeting our goal. 
District 6440’s HealthRays™ Project Reaches New Milestones, Including More than $600,000 in Funding Paul Larson 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Ericksen on Dec 07, 2015
As you work on your 2015 Holiday gift list and charitable donations, please note the important year end deadlines that can be found by clicking READ MORE below.
Year End Giving Deadlines Mike Ericksen 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
5 Reasons to Give to The Rotary Foundation Ellen Young 2015-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Share Your Skills and Interests with Rotary Rick Rivkin 2015-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Makes plans for a great Rotary Day of learning and fellowship at the October 24th One Rotary Summit. The morning session includes new case study formatted learning on Membership, Foundation and Public Image and a separate ABCs of Rotary track for newer Rotarians interested in a comprehensive overview on all Rotary has to offer. Afternoon sessions will include round table discussions on all five Avenues of Service and a PETS Orientation for our President Elects. There is no charge to you or your club for this event, and Box lunches are available for $12 (you must order and pay in advance when you register). Please register soon; registration will close on Wednesday Oct. 21.
One Rotary Summit Registration Now Open Julie Clark 2015-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2015
RI President K.R. Ravindran encourages us to use our gifts — talents, knowledge, abilities, and efforts — to make a significant impact through fellowship and service activities. Through vocational service, we champion high ethical standards in the workplace, use our professional expertise to serve others, and improve local and international communities. Here are just a few ideas for activities your clubs can undertake:
  • Host a business networking event with non-Rotarian professionals in your community.
  • Offer career counseling for unemployed or underemployed adults.
  • Mentor youth with career guidance.
  • Recognize local businesses for high ethical standards.
  • Apply your professional skills to a project.
Learn more at this RI newsletter. Review the humanitarian service goals to learn how your vocational service projects can help your club qualify for the 2015-16 Presidential Citation.
Be a Gift to the World through vocational service 2015-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Nomination Proposals Now Being Accepted. Ellen Young 2015-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Landis on Jul 07, 2015
The Antioch Rotary Scholarship, Inc. Foundation recently awarded 19 college scholarships to graduating seniors from Antioch and Lakes High Schools. In addition ten scholarships were renewed to previous awardees. Four of the scholarships are in memory of Rotarians: Bill Brook, Homer and Frances LaPlant, Tim Osmond and Vern Thelen. Another is in memory of a young woman who graduated from ACHS, Juliane Kriens. A total of $27,000.00 was awarded. Selection criteria includes academic achievement, financial need, extra-curricular activities, and community service.
The Foundation has been awarding scholarships for over twenty years. In that time approximately 450 students have benefited from these scholarships valuing close to $500,000.00.
These funds have been made available through the community’s outstanding support of The Rotary Club of Antioch’s annual Pork Chop Dinner and Auction which is their primary fund-raising project.
Antioch Rotary Scholarship Foundation Awards Scholarships Bill Landis 2015-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
District 6440 Turns 100 Years Old. Let's Party! 2015-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Come Celebrate 100 Years and Beyond 2015-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Flame to End Polio 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vera Mayer on Feb 27, 2015
Our annual District Conference will take place April 10 - 12 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  District Assembly sessions will be on Saturday April 11.  Registration is now open.  Please note, there is no charge for attending any of the conference or assembly sessions; you will only pay for the meals for which you register.  You can find the conference and assembly agenda here.

Join your fellow Rotarians for informative sessions and training, great speakers, our annual Youth Assembly, Rotary fellowship and fun!
District Conference & Assembly Registration Open Vera Mayer 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Young on Feb 24, 2015
The following story was reported in a recent email Newsletter from End Polio Now.-- Ellen Young
By Amy Young - Senior Coordinator

Pakistan remains one of the final reservoirs in the world where the wild polio virus circulates unrestrained. One of the major challenges to eliminating the virus are the misperceptions and mistrust that persist in high risk areas of the country, places where access to basic health services and education is limited. Rotarians are helping to address these misperceptions through the implementation of health camps, where families can receive polio drops, health services, sanitary and medical supplies and important educational materials. This is having an important effect on the program, helping to drive demand for the polio vaccine and developing a public health infrastructure and leaving a legacy that will endure long after the last polio case has been reported.

Health Camps - Reaching beyond Polio in Pakistan Ellen Young 2015-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raman Grover on Feb 18, 2015
Dear District Polio Leadership Team,
We are pleased to make a "tool kit" of ideas that you may want use to help promote the 110th Birthday of Rotary and 30th Anniversary of the End Polio campaign (click here to download).  Past President Carlos Canseco announced the launching of Rotary's Polio Eradication effort on 23 February 1985.   This was the first and largest ever privately funded international public health initiative.  We are approaching the 30th Anniversary of that history making event.  Three years following Rotary's initiative we were joined in 1988 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention forming the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  This organization remains in tact and is the driving force behind the polio eradication effort.
Please work with your club to do something on 23 February that brings attention to the great work that Rotary has done to help end this devastating disease.  Recognizing the late arrival of the tool kit, if there is insufficient time to make use of the ideas on the 23rd, please encourage using the ideas during the remainder of 2015 in support of Rotary's number one priority.
Thanks for all you are doing for the children of the world.
Jon Stillman
End Polio Now Zone Coordinator
Rotary Zone 28
Help end polio go to:
Rotary's Birthday PR Tool-Kit Raman Grover 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Be A Gift To The World 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Sailing Adventure Phill Klein 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sarah Oliver on Aug 10, 2014
Club nominations for District 6440 Governor for 2017-2018 are due on Monday, September 22, 2014.  Interviews will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014.  Think about new potential District leaders.  You are allowed to nominate yourself, with your club’s support. Get the nomination form here.
District Governor 2017-18 Nominations Sought Sarah Oliver 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2014

Come join us for a few hours of fun and fellowship on Monday August 18th at Ravinia. Enjoy the beautiful melodies of Polio Survivor Itzhak Perlman along with stimulating conversation and updates on the END POLIO NOW campaign.  Help us get the word out and become visible to other Ravinia attendees who just might want to join our cause.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and try to arrive before 6:00.  Concert starts at 8:00.  Purchase lawn tickets at Bring your own dish/food to share.
Beautiful music.  Great company.  Noble cause.
Click the link below to view a map of where Rotarians will meet on the Ravinia lawn.
District Fellowship Opportunity at Ravinia Charlotte Ogorek 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2014

"The inequities of our world divide us in spirit as well as in location, educational opportunities and attitudes.  Rotarians try to transcend those divisions in many ways:

  • Through peace scholarships... ​

  • Through youth exchange opportunities...

  • Through the alleviation of poverty... 

  • Through the many district and international grants our district has extended... 

  • By providing clean water and education about the importance of sound hygiene to prevent disease...

  • By combating disease through vaccinations and preventable health initiatives... 

  • By empowering the next generation to take the initiative in being of service to others..."

Ellen Young Inducted as 2014-15 District Governor 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Take Me Out to The Ball Game & Let's End Polio 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Jerdee on Feb 17, 2014
District 6440 will again be awarding Vocational Scholarshis.  Approximately 16 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded to full-time students enrolled in a vocational degree or certificate program at an accredited school.  This award will be used for tuition only, NOT for fees, books, tools, supplies, food, travel or personal expense.  Each club is allowed to submit two applicants. 10 of the 16 scholarships must be awarded to students attending non-profit educational institutions (Community Colleges) and the other 6 will have no such limitations.
Click here for more information and here for the application.  The application deadline has been extended unti April 25th.
2014 Vocational Scholarship Information Now Available Jeff Jerdee 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Lalley on Nov 20, 2013
Rotarians throughout our district have been asking how they can help those affected by Sunday’s devastating tornados.  Governor Sarah is in regular contact with Rotarians in District 6460 who are directly involved in coordinating the large and complicated multi-agency response effort.  We will regularly update this story as new information becomes available.
As of the morning of Thursday Nov. 21, this is what we know:
The easiest and most useful way to respond is to provide monetary donations.  This will allow those close to the scene to provide the most useful assistance to those in need.  To support work by local Rotarians to help victims and address needs in all the tornado-ravaged areas in Central Illinois:
Make checks out to:  Rotary District 6460 Foundation.   Note "tornado disaster" in the memo line of the check.
Mail checks to:
Rotary District 6460
P.O. Box 311
Springfield, IL  62705-0311
To support work by Washington IL Rotarians to help victims and address needs just in their extremely hard hit community:
Make checks payable to:  Washington Rotary Club Foundation. Note that it is for tornado disaster in the memo line of the check.
Mail checks to:
Washington Rotary Club Foundation
2075 Washington Road
Washington, IL  61571
Currently, there are no opportunities to volunteer.  All slots for clean-up activity are filled and there is a substantial waiting list.  If this changes and volunteers are needed, the District will put out a call for help.
While there will be a need to donated goods, at this time the collection sites are full.  At this time they are not requesting any household goods or clothing.  Consumables such as food, pet food, toiletries, and such will continue to be needed, but where to send them is not clear at this time.  We will update when we know more.
The best places to keep abreast of recovery activity and learn how you can help are at and, and by check back here regularily.
Illinois Tornado Relief Update Rich Lalley 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Yesner on Sep 23, 2013
2016-17 DGND Rick RivkinThe 2016-17 District Governor Nominating Committee has selected Richard (Rick) Rivkin as its nominee designate, announced Past District Governor and committee chair Mike Yesner.
Richard (Rick) Rivkin joined the Rotary Club of Northbrook in 1999 and served as President during the 2009-2010 Rotary year.  During his tenure in the club, he served as International Service Chair and continues as Webmaster. 
Rick participated in the first district mission to Guatemala in 2007 and returned to Guatemala a few years later.  In 2012 Rick organized and led a PolioPlus NID trip to India followed by a PolioPlus NID trip to Nigeria in 2013.
At the district level, Rick is an AG serving the Arlington Heights Sunset, Park Ridge, and Winnetka-Northfield clubs.
Professionally Rick is President and CEO of Saf-T-Gard International, a 4th generation family business based In Northbrook.  Saf-T-Gard is a global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment. 
Rick and his wife Helen have lived in Deerfield since 1973.  They have 3 children and 3 grand-children (soon to be 4).
Congratulations Rick!
Rick Rivkin Named 2016-17 Governor Nominee Designate Mike Yesner 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Kerr on Aug 29, 2013

Multi-national Project to Install Digital X-ray Machines
Formally Launched by First Lady of Guatemala and
Rotary International President-elect Gary Huang

District 6440's digital x-ray project is moving into it's next phase.  The first of a planned 29 machines has been funded thanks to a Global Grant recently approved by The Rotary Foundation.  Special thanks go out to the following clubs for their generous financial contributions to this project.  Funding the first grant are Northbrook, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Wilmette Harbor, Winnetka-Northfield, Evanston Lighthouse, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake Noon, Skokie Valley and Wheeling. Pledging support for future grants are Arlington Heights Noon, Bloomingdale-Roselle, Chicago Korean, Deerfield, Evanston Noon, Grayslake, along with contributions from Districts 660, 7150 and 7610.

ImageA press release covering a special celebration with RI President-elect, several District 6440 Past District Governors and the First Lady of Guatemala follows:

(August 26 – Evanston, Illinois, USA) Rosa Leal de Pérez, First Lady of Guatemala, will join Rotary International President-elect Gary Huang of Taiwan and other dignitaries in a ceremony Monday, Sept. 2 in Mixco, Guatemala, formally recognizing the start of an ambitious Rotary project to bring digital x-ray technology to the rural poor of the world.

Ms. Leal de Pérez  and Mr. Huang, along with U.S. and Guatemalan Rotarians, , Guatemalan government officials, foreign dignitaries, and representatives of other not for profit organizations, will unveil a plaque recognizing the project, which aims to install 29 digital x-ray machines in rural clinics in Guatemala. The first of the new machines arrived earlier this summer, and has been installed in Mixco, a community near Guatemala City. 

Guatemala X-Ray Project Takes Next Step Pamela Kerr 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Stevens on Jul 28, 2013
ImageThis month the recipients of The Rotary Humanitarian Patriot Awards were recognized in the Congressional Record, courtesy of the Honorable Brad Schneider of Illinois 10th Congressional District.

10th District Aide Ramachandra Villivalam visited the North Chicago Club on July 16th to present the event co-chairs, Dr. John Bair and Kevin Stevens, with the official certificate (see photo).  

The Humanitarian Patriot Awards Luncheon, held on May 21st at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, served three primary objectives:  Awards presentation, the keynote address on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and a brief presentation on the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.


Rotary Club of North Chicago Humanitarian Patriot Awardees recognized in Congressional Record Kevin Stevens 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Baumberger on Jul 21, 2013


Everything you need to know about the new Rotary Foundation Grants program in District 6440 is now available by clicking here.  District Grant applications were due by September 1.  Each club may submit a primary and secondary application.  Global Grant applications may be submitted at any time.

2013-14 Rotary Grants Information and Applications Now Available Bruce Baumberger 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debbie Stacey on Jun 14, 2013


Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend the Summer Success Seminar:
  • Connect with counterparts from other Rotary districts
  • Learn about Rotary’s new digital resources
  • Gain updates about Pilot Projects, Foundation Grants, and Polio Plus
  • Learn to strengthen Rotary through the new image initiative
  • Exchange ideas with other clubs and districts

July 27 from 8:30-4:00 at Medinah Banquets in Addison.

Register now at $40 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.

Plan to Attend the Regional Success Seminar Debbie Stacey 2013-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Yesner on May 17, 2013
On May 14, 2013, leaders from District 6440 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health in Guatemala to provide 29 Digital X-Ray units to the Country.  Representatives of District 4250 also participated.  Thanks to District 7610 and 6600 for their financial contributions.  Representing District 6440 were DG Mike Yesner, PDGs Pam Kerr and Carlos Frum and DGE Sarah Oliver.  This video is from Guatemalan TV coverage. 

District 6440 Leading Multi-District Program to Provide Digital X-Rays for Guatemala Mike Yesner 2013-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kaye Grabbe on Apr 29, 2013
Each year, The District Literacy Committee asks each Rotary Club to submit a short application about the literacy project or projects they have done. The Committee evaluates the applications and awards an “Excellence in Literacy Award” patch to a small club (30 members or less) and another to a large club (31 or more).

This year’s winners are Mount Prospect/Arlington Heights Sunrise for a small club and Libertyville Sunrise, along with Rotary partners Waukegan and North Chicago Clubs, for a large club.

Congratulations to those exemplary Rotary Clubs and their outstanding literacy projects!  You can read the details of their winning literacy projects on the District web site’s Literacy page or by clicking here for the report on all of the submitted projects.

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Excellence in Literacy Awards for 2012-13 Kaye Grabbe 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Mar 23, 2013
Club Presidents signing partnership agreementThe Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 entered into a sister club relationship with the Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 on March 12, 2013 in Guatemala City.  President Suzanne Gibson and President Luis Pedro Fuxet Ciani signed the agreement on behalf of their respective clubs.  This formally recognizes long standing fellowship and friendship between members of the two clubs and also successful implementation of major service projects through Rotary Foundation supported Global Grants.

According to the agreement, the clubs shall:

  • Share successful project ideas or club programs
  • Encourage in-person visits by the other club's members
  • Plan a Rotary Friendship Exchange
  • Develop joint service projects
  • Consult with district leaders on other partnership possibilities

These activities are aimed at the promotion of International Friendship, World Understanding, Peace and Goodwill through Rotary.  Should your club consider creating a "sister club" partnership?

The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club announces new Sister Club Relationship Narayan Murarka 2013-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Kerr on Mar 01, 2013

It’s Already Been Tested Successfully - Rotarians in Guatemala have installed a digital x-ray system (designed by the World Health Organization (WHO)) in the Guatemala City Municipal Clinic to serve children at risk and municipal employees.

Technicians send the images to nonresident radiologists via the Internet for interpretation.  U.S. Rotarians, the city government and a private technical group installed the first unit.

How It Worked - Rotarians raised the funds, engaged a manufacturer and the technical organization that installed the system.  The Municipality invested in the restoration of the clinic to a level appropriate for the demands of the system and the patients.

The Guatemala Project Proposal - Install 29 additional x-ray systems in Health Centers nationwide.  Who will collaborate?

  • ImageThe Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala
  • The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala
  • The Radiological Society of Guatemala
  • All 27 Rotary clubs of Guatemala
  • The Pan American Health Organization
  • Rotary District 6440 of the United States

This project has been designated ‘top priority’ by the President and First Lady of Guatemala.

A Bold New Rotary Project - Diagnostic Imaging for Guatemala Pamela Kerr 2013-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Let's Get Engaged: Registration Now Open of District Conference & Assembly Mimi Altman 2013-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Let's Get Engaged: Registration Now Open of District Conference & Assembly Mimi Altman 2013-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Follow Our GSE Team in India James Runnfeldt 2013-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Brickman on Jan 12, 2013
ImageDistrict 6440 is proud to announce that our candidate for a Rotary Peace Fellowship has been selected by the trustees of The Rotary Foundation to earn a professional development certificate at Chulangakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This prestigious award will enable Gururaj Kumar, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, to pursue peace studies for three months during 2013.

Gururaj is a native of Michigan who lives with his wife on the north side of Chicago. His leadership potential was first recognized by Rotary when his hometown Rotary club selected him to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. His academic background includes a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution, and his career has reflected his deep commitment to mediation and coalition building. He is currently a conflict management consultation and an educator at American University’s School of International service. His ability to apply his academic work to practical situations is impressive and demonstrated extensively by his professional pursuits. In addition, his good humor and personable approach will enable him to take the tools from Chulangakorn and use them effectively in the future.

Peace Scholar Named Jill Brickman 2013-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Nov 10, 2012

ImageThis year's Fall Seminar Day was a great success. Supplies were loaded for Hurricane Sandy relief, all 72 clubs attended Future Vision Grant Management Training, we were inspired by a former Ambassadorial Scholar doing great good in the world, and everyone enjoyed meeting new Rotary friends and seeing old buddies from across the district.

The Schaumburg AM Club has provided a great recap of the day; check it out by clicking here.

Fall Seminar Day a Great Success Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Nov 06, 2012

Governor Mike has been in contact with Rotary Districts in the New York and New Jersey areas, and has developed the following plan for District 6440 clubs who wish to contribute to the relief efforts.

Financial donations may be made to The Walter D. Head Foundation of Rotary District 7490, c/o Calisto Bertin, Bertin Engineering, 66 Glen Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. All of the NY/NJ Districts are using that Foundation as their central collection point, and redistributing the funds as needed on the ground.  You can also bring your check to Medinah on Saturday for the Fall Seminar Day and Pre PETS, and turn it in at registration.

With the cooperation of District 6450, and with a special thanks to President John Glueckert of The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Sunset for providing and driving the truck, we will be collecting and loading supplies requested by The Rotary Club of Wall Street.  The list of suggested supplies includes:



hats, gloves, scarves

toiletry kits - individual size toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, soap, lotion

pantry items such as sugar, oatmeal, coffee, rice, potatoes, peanut butter, soups,

bags of apples & oranges

granola bars

can openers

Large and XL coats and hoodies

Those attending Fall Seminar Day...please...collect from your clubs this week, and bring what you collect Saturday Morning to Medinah Banquets.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Announced Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kaye Grabbe on Oct 30, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012 is the day for “Rotary Reads/Family Literacy Night”.  

This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories”. For suggestions on club activities, check out the Literacy page on this website, or use the State of IL web site.  Your Club’s participation in “Rotary Reads” is an easy way to celebrate reading and encourage literacy with families, schools, libraries, co-workers.  The District Literacy Committee would love to know what your club did this year.  Email the Committee and tell us what you did for “Rotary Reads 2012”.

Rotary Reads/Family Literacy Night Kaye Grabbe 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Clark on Oct 16, 2012
ImageThis fall District 6440 is once again taking a fun approach to our annual Fall Seminar with a combination of the ABCs of Rotary, PR/Communications/Social Media, Membership and Grant Management Seminars. Come join us for the annual TAILGATE EVENT!

Yes, in addition to the nuts and bolts of Rotary, we’ll have a little fun too! Wear your favorite sports team’s colors and join us for a “Pre-Game” breakfast buffet and fellowship with Rotarians from around the District before we get started with seminar activities. This year’s event will be held at Medinah Banquet in Addison on November 10th. So grab your team and huddle up for three great programs! Please plan on sending your team of at least four members from your club to ensure someone is at each of these sessions. Don’t leave your players on the bench – get them ENGANGED!  Register Here.  Click More for Schedule.
Plan to Attend the Fall Seminar Day- November 10 Julie Clark 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul W. Larson on Oct 07, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, the District 6440 Group Study Exchange (GSE) Committee selected team members for the upcoming 2013 GSE to Chennai, India.

Team members and their sponsoring clubs are:

District 6440 2013 GSE Team MembersLucas Heinrich, Rotary Club of Wheaton. Lucas is a graphic designer with Boost Marketing in Wheaton.

Susan Khalifah, St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club. Susan is a structural engineer with AP Engineering in Evanston.

Lisa Mengarelli, Rotary Club of Northbrook. Lisa is a marketing associate with Beacon Funding Corp. of Northbrook.

Adam Veness, Rotary Club of Evanston. Adam is a scenic designer & technical director with Light Opera Works of Evanston.

Michael Carlino of the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich was selected on Sept. 22 to serve as the Team Leader. The team will travel in India January 19 to February 19, 2013.

The District’s GSE Committee is chaired by Jim Runnfeldt (Long Grove). Outbound Team Co-chairs are Terry Desmond (Lake Forest-Lake Bluff) and Paul Larson (Evanston Noon).

Members of the Team Member Selection Committee included District Governor Mike Yesner (Skokie Valley), Ellen Young (Lincolnshire Morning Star), Mike Ericksen (Schaumburg), David Waring (Barrington Breakfast), Paul Larson and Team Leader Michael Carlino.

District 6440 GSE Team to India Selected Paul W. Larson 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Young on Oct 03, 2012

ImageLincolnshire Morning Star and Buffalo Grove Rotary Clubs share BBQ duties during Football Season.  9/28/12 was Lincolnshire’s turn to “man” the big grills at the Interact food station at the game.  President Valerie McGhee and DGN Ellen Young are displaying their talents here – 160 burgers and countless brats and chicken breasts later, both agreed it was a great night for fellowship, smoky clothes and funds raised for Interact.

Rotarians at Work! Ellen Young 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Yesner on Sep 24, 2012
The District 6440 Nominating Committee last night selected Rodney Adams of the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights to be District Governor for the Rotary Year 2015-16. Please join me in congratulating Rodney on this honor.

Rodney Adams joined the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Sunrise in 2004 and served as President during the 2009-10 Rotary year. During his tenure in the club, he served as Club Board Member, Club Service Chair and Membership Chair. After the merger of the Arlington Heights Sunrise and the Mount Prospect Sunrise in 2011, Rodney joined the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights which covered the area of both his law office and residence. He’s a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
District Governor Nominee Designate Named Mike Yesner 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlotte Ogorek on Sep 24, 2012
From the September 21Chicago Sun Times

Social media is playing a key role in Rotary International’s quest to make up for increasing costs and recession-wracked countries’ funding cuts to eradicate polio — just as the goal reaches a tipping point.

"We are 99 percent of the way to making polio the second disease to be ended after smallpox,' said Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus, the Evanston-based organization’s polio-eradication effort. 'We have a chance to make history as a generation by eradicating the second disease."

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Sun Times Reports on Rotary's Polio Eradication & Social Media Charlotte Ogorek 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Desmond on Sep 23, 2012
ImageOn Saturday our District GSE interview team selected Michael Carlino from the Lake Zurich club to be our District's GSE Team Leader to India, departing in mid-January. Our Team's alternate team leader will be Katherine(Kate) Collinson of the Evanston Lighthouse Club. We had 3 very talented applicants for the Leader position, Thanks to our interviewing team for their insights, time and service. We all thank GSE Chairman Jim Runnfeldt on his preparation and organization for our task. Additional special thanks go to Bob Paddock of the Daily Herold for allowing our tean to utilize his beautiful facility for our interviews. 
GSE Team Leader Named Terry Desmond 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stanley Sherman on Sep 18, 2012
ImageGov, Mike and Donna cordially invite you to join with them at the 104th RI Convention and to “Discover Lisbon”.

As one of the oldest cities in Europe, its colorful history, which offers old world charm with a modern flair, makes Lisbon an explorers’ paradise.
You can expect to experience entertaining plenary sessions, outstanding speakers and lively workshops, plus the House of Friendship, club and district exhibits and exciting HOC events.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Superior-First Class, Radisson Blu; a 221-room, full-service hotel. Standard (25m2) room rate per night is 150 Euros (approx. $200US), double occupancy, which includes all taxes, service and breakfast daily, plus free WiFi throughout. Superior (39m2) rooms are available at 250 Euros (approx. $330US). Note: Since this reservation was made through RI’s designate, Experient, payment in full will be due on December 3. Any changes or cancellations after that date will be subject to penalty.

Please respond to Stan Sherman, the “On To Lisbon” chair, with the reservation form, or for more information, call (847) 736-6513.

Mike and Donna an look forward to being with you.
LISBON CONVENTION HOUSING PLANS Stanley Sherman 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vera Mayer on Sep 18, 2012
ImageDeadlines are fast approaching for the applications for the Rotary clubs & students wishing to participate in the 2013-2014 exchange year.  Applications are due to the outbound coordinator, Alexis Portugal, by October 15th.  Please contact her with any questions at  Outbound interviews will be held at Cooper Middle School, Buffalo Grove, IL on Saturday November 3rd.  Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Alexis.
Posted by Carlos Früm on Sep 01, 2012
ImageMembers may leave, but Rotarians will die Rotarians because they understand the mission of Rotary.  The question for Rotary leaders is; “How do we convert members into Rotarians?”

The issue, brought to its basic terms, is why does anybody belong to any organization, or why does anybody do anything.  The answer is simple: motivation.
American psychologist A. H. Maslow described motivation as need fulfillment and established a hierarchy of needs.  We try to satisfy physiological needs such as hunger and thirst to remain alive, and that is the strongest motivator.  Then we provide for our safety needs with a roof over our heads and a job.  The need of belonging, of love and affection, is provided by our friends, spouses, children, and organizations.  Finally, we try to achieve self-esteem, status, recognition, and appreciation.

Rotary, and similar organizations or associations, try to satisfy the last two needs, belonging and self-esteem.  If a member does not perceive these on a continual basis, he or she leaves to find what he or she desire somewhere else.  The connection is lost, the hook is open!

What connection?  What hook?  Whatever held that person attached to that group or club!  

We remain Rotarians because, over time, our clubs hold onto us by means of various ‘hooks’.  We enjoy friendship, camaraderie in service, self-esteem, love, status, recognition, appreciation, etc.  We see all these begin to add up from the moment somebody takes an interest in us and we perceive opportunities to belong to something that is interesting, fun, fulfilling and with enough variety.  The ‘hooks’ are set and they hold us. The club is like ‘Velcro’ to us.
How to Hold On To Your Members Until They Become Rotarians Carlos Früm 2012-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suzanne Gibson on Jul 29, 2012

The Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast has lost a beloved member with the passing of Lou Bolchazy this past Saturday.

Rotarians may show their love and support for Marie by attending the visitation on Monday (July 30) from 4 to 8:00pm at the Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St., Wauconda. The funeral will be Tuesday July 31, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Wauconda Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the American Cancer Society.  For funeral information, 847-526-2115 or sign the guestbook at

Click here for the Daily Herald obituary

Please remember Marie (a Board Member of the Club) and her family in your prayers. 

Suzanne Gibson
Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast

Barrington Breakfast Rotarian Lou Bolchazy Remembered Suzanne Gibson 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Jul 01, 2012

Anthony J. Tolbert III

ImageRotary year 2011-12 was an excellent year for the District Rotary Foundation.  We had great success in that we used all of our DDF.  This is always a joy for it means our District Rotary Clubs did many projects overseas as well as local projects through our District Simplified Grants, (See individual listing in other parts of this report).  Our Group Study Team represented our District well in Taiwan.  Our clubs were great hosts for our incoming visitors.  The Ambassadorial Scholar was limited to one scholar for the coming year.  The committee selection declined after several months, but we were able to get our second choice who agreed to serve as our scholar.  She will do us proud.  Thanks to the Rotarians and Clubs, our Rotary Foundation collection for the Annual Giving is estimated to be close to $400,000 exceeding our goal of $307,000.  We had one new Arch Klump member and several Major Donors and Bequest Society members.  Polio did very well. We lead the Zone in giving for the year and for the entire campaign. 

Click here for the complete report.

District 6440 Rotarians “Doing Good in the World”… Narayan Murarka 2012-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jun 30, 2012
Gov. Mike Installation
Rotary International President Elect Ron Burton Installs new
District 6440 Governor Mike Yesner. 
Click "More" to view a slide show of the evening.
Congratulations Governor Mike! Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Jun 27, 2012
ImageBarrington business owner Todd Rhodes is singing the praises of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s (BBRC) MicroLoan program that helped his rock 'n' roll-influenced general store succeed in today’s tough economic climate.  “The MicroLoan I received a year ago for Grassroots helped us achieve our sales goals 4-6 months ahead of schedule.  We were able to bring in merchandise in a more efficient manner thereby increasing our sales/inventory ratio,” says Rhodes.

The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s MicroLoan Program focuses on creating new sources of income and is more personal and customized to the opportunity at hand.  At its core, the MicroLoan Program is about helping people working to help themselves.

Barrington Area Retailer Reaps the Benefits of Rotary MicroLoan Program Narayan Murarka 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianna Zeidler on Jun 21, 2012
ImageThe Rotary clubs of Deerfield, Lincolnshire Morning Star, Long Grove and Wheeling of District 6440, with the Rotary Club of Westerwald in the German District 1810 and the Club Rotario Pimentel, Duarte in the Dominican Republic in District 6040, are proud to announce the Inauguration of two new computer labs in the elementary schools  in the Dominican Republic.  Both labs opened with special ceremonies  on June 15, 2012.  This project was funded through contributions by the participating clubs and a matching humanitarian grant from The Rotary Foundation.

"This project is an excellent example of several clubs and districts partnering to have greater impact, and is the model that will be encouraged as The Rotary Foundation implements Future Vision," said District Governor Carlos Frum.  "Our clubs are to be congratulated on organizing a fine project that will improve educational opportunities for so many students."

New Computer Labs Open in the Dominican Republic Marianna Zeidler 2012-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ada Kahn on Jun 14, 2012

There are 61 Rotary fellowships which offer many opportunities for people to share hobbies and interests with others in Rotary and build new, lasting friendships.

Around the world, more than 32,000 Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors belong to Rotary Fellowships to enrich their Rotary experience beyond their clubs and districts. Many fellowships have specific vocations- or service-based purposes. If your club is involved in a service project related to a Rotary Fellowship, collaboration may be possible.

The two newest fellowships are the International Fellowship of Rotarian Photographers and the Rotarian Jazz Fellowship. In District 6440, the process of organizing the International Fellowship of Gardening Rotarians is under way. For information, contact Virginia Beatty:   To see a complete list of Rotary Fellowships, visit the Rotary Fellowships web page.  Print and distribute copies of the Rotary Fellowships flier to your club members.  Or, invite Ada P. Kahn, District 6440 Fellowships Chair, to visit your club with a Power Point presentation (

June is Rotary Fellowships Month Ada Kahn 2012-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Runnfeldt on Jun 11, 2012
Map of IndiaThe District 6440 GSE Committee is seeking applications for one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarian team members to travel to Rotary District 3230, Chennai, India. The 2013 team will depart January 19 and return February 19. Volunteers to help with the inbound team are also needed (click "more" for more information).
GSE Team to India- Call of Team Applications James Runnfeldt 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ronald Crawford on Jun 01, 2012
Guatemala Trip informationAs announced at the District Conference, District 6440 will again send teams to Guatemala to work at the Ak’Tenamit school where we been the last several years.

“It’s great to see how our work has improved the campus and the life of the students”, said International Service Advisor Ron Crawford. “The computer lab that we built for the girls’ campus will soon be operational and the community deck that we installed is in daily use for school activities. The tilapia farm that the Lake in the Hills club installed is yielding fish for the students’ diet and plans are being made to build other fish farms for the students and their families. Engineers Without Borders has entered into a partnership with us to assist with project design and management. This will allow us to accomplish even more in the future”.

Two teams will be sent in 2013. Team 1 departs Jan. 19 and Team 2 will depart Feb. 9.  More information and the application form are available here.

2013 Guatemala Service Trip Information Ronald Crawford 2012-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 20, 2012
PDG Edger W. Pigg, 86, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was born Feb.19, 1926 in Dade City, FL, raised in Nashville, TN and has lived in Lake Bluff since 1966. Following high school, Ed enlisted in the navy, serving on the USS Satago during WWII and was a member of the Lake Bluff American Legion Post #510. He was a 1951 graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Ed began his auto sales career with Studebaker, later becoming the owner of a Volkswagen dealership in Waukegan. He retired in 1985 and soon after joined his longtime friend in business at J.C. Forney and Co. Real Estate in Libertyville. He was a former member of the Lake Bluff Police Commission and past president of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. He was involved in the Lake County Chaplaincy Program, the Ralph Smith Foundation and many aspects of the Methodist Church. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Lake Bluff and served on the Board of the United Methodist Foundation.

Ed was a very active Rotarian, Past President of the Waukegan Rotary Club, District 6440 Govenor from 1985-86 and honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Surviving are his loving wife of 58 years, Henrietta Pigg; 3 children Katherine (Fred) Boebel III of West Alexandria, Ohio, Edgar (Barbara) Pigg, Jr. of Lake Bluff and David (Marguertie) Pigg of Riverwoods; 6 grandchildren, Frederick IV, Katherine, Carolyn, Robert, David Jr. and Emma; sisters, Mary Hartnett and Addie Martin and also numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.E. and Noi Pigg and by his brothers, Eugene and Robert.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the BURNETT-DANE FUNERAL HOME, 12O W. Park Ave. in Libertyville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at Grace United Methodist Church, 244 E. Center Ave. Lake Bluff, IL 60044.
Past District Governor Ed Pigg Passes Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheldon Hyman on May 11, 2012
Congratulations are in order for the following recipients of this year’s Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship awards.  Each winner was nominated by one of our clubs and chosen from a field of 35 applicants.  The scholarships provide a $1,000 award to be used toward tuition, books and fees at a two-year community college or trade school.  “We had an outstanding field of applicants this year”, said District Vocational Service Chair Shel Hyman.  “This program is a shining example of how Rotarians are assisting the Next Generation as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders.”   Please congratulate the following winners and their sponsoring clubs:


Sponsoring Rotary Club

Samantha Moran

Mount Prospect /Arlington Heights

Pablo Torres


Anthony Klaproth

Arlington Heights-Noon   

Ryan Smid


Steven O'Rourke

Glen Ellyn

Alica Toedte

McHenry Noon

Taylor Ronne

Libertyville Sunrise

Tyler Zboril


Carmelo Flores

Fox Lake-Round Lake

Brooke Buttacavoli

Long Grove

Denis Kolesnik


Giuseppe Biundo


Kelly Doherty

Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

Teneisha Hall

Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

Sherice Albrecht

Schaumburg AM

15 Vocational Scholarship Winners Announced Sheldon Hyman 2012-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 04, 2012

We'll be posting video highlights from
the RI Convention in Bangkok all week.

Click More to view earlier videos.
Videos from Bangkok Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Aquaponics by Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills Steve Swanson 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Keppel on Apr 22, 2012
What a great weekend Sharing the Rotary Experience at the fabulous Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Rod Pickett for sharing these wonderful images with us, and RI President's Rep PDG Don Alhart for capturing our memories in his

Ode to District 6440

 (Click more to read the entire ode by
RI President's Representative Don Alhart)

An ode to 64-40
In Milwaukee cause we care
A Rotary experience
For all of us to share
District Conference Remembered Nancy Keppel 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Apr 22, 2012

ImageAt the District 6440 Conference, Governor Carlos Früm recognized Rotarian of the YearClub Service Adviser & Webmaster Rich Lalley for his outstanding service to the District with the website and the Public Relations Grant that has surpassed 23,000,000 impressions on our 200,000 target population of potential recruits.  To compare our website with others, check the websites of any District in our two zones ( under ‘Districts’.

Rotarian of the Year Carlos Früm 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Schaefer on Apr 10, 2012

C.R “Chuck” Peterson, a founding member of McHenry’s Rotary Club and longtime local businessman, was remembered for his selfless commitment to the McHenry community.

Peterson, of Johnsburg, died Monday at Centegra Hospital – McHenry. He was 95.

“Some people will talk the talk. But Chuck Peterson truly walked the walk,” said Donna Schaefer, McHenry Township supervisor and Rotary Club member. “He was a living example of all the things Rotary teaches us about community service and ethical behavior.”

Click here to read the Northwest Herald's story.

Charter Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry Chuck Peterson Remembered Donna Schaefer 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Apr 09, 2012
Wrote Director Elect Celia Cruz de 
Dir.Elect Celia Cruz de Giay
Dir.Elect Celia Cruz de Giay
Giay in her capacity as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator:

"Because of the importance, value and scope of the work that Guatemalan Rotarians do, the President of the Republic, General Otto Perez Molina, attended the opening ceremony of the Conference not only to thank [visiting volunteer Rotarians]... but to put in front of the people of his country as an example, how Rotarians are working for the present and future of the nation."  

Click "More" to read her complete letter.
Impact in Guatemala Carlos Früm 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vera Mayer on Apr 09, 2012
Please give a BIG THANKS to these Clubs for sponsoring the Hospitality Suites at next week's District Conference:

Arlington Heights, Barrington Breakfast, Batavia, Carol Stream, Chicagoland Korean, Elgin, Highland Park-Highwood, Lake In the Hills, Northbrook, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Skokie Valley, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wilmette Harbor and Winnetka-Northfield
Special Thanks & Recognition to These Clubs Vera Mayer 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sean Nelson on Apr 03, 2012

What a cool weekend!  Over 130 young leaders from all over Northern Illinois gathered for the March 2012 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp in Troy, WI.  They experienced three full days of inspiring and motivational workshops with some of the best speakers and small group leaders in the country. This is just a quick snapshot of their experience. 
Camp RYLA March 2012 Sean Nelson 2012-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Runnfeldt on Mar 31, 2012

The district will host a Farewell Party for the Taiwan GSE Team and a district "Day at the Races,"  on Saturday, 12 May, at beautiful Arlington Park Racecourse.
  • $25.00 covers, the $8.00 cost of admission, $12.00 box seat charge, a $15.00 food voucher for lunch at the 3rd Floor Bistro and a donation of $5.00 per person, to The Rotary Foundation, by Arlington Park.
  • Reduced prices for children and tickets available at, use Ticket Code ROTARYGSETEAM before May9th for discount. 
  • Contact Jim Runnfeldt, GSE General Chair (312-259-7906), for additional information.  
Why not make this a club outing and family event?
It's the day before Mothers Day..Take Mom to the races.  
GSE Taiwan Farewell & "Day at the Races" James Runnfeldt 2012-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Mar 30, 2012

ShelterBox with childrenRotary International and ShelterBox, a grassroots disaster relief organization, signed a project partner agreement this month, allowing the two organizations to collaborate more closely to provide relief and temporary shelter to survivors of natural disasters.

“Project partner” is a special status RI gives to groups started or managed by Rotary clubs. The agreement will build on the strengths of both organizations in responding to disasters all over the world.

Rotary International Signs Project Partner Agreement with ShelterBox Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Brickman on Mar 26, 2012

Rotary District 6440 is pleased to announce that The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. 

Up to 110 fellows are selected every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. Fellows study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and Thailand. Watch as several Peace Fellows discuss the program and their work.

Applicants must be endorsed by a local Rotary Club and District.  Contact Jill Brickman if you need more information about the District's application process.  Applications are due to the District office by June 1.

Applicants can learn more about the program at

Applicants Sought for World Class Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution Jill Brickman 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Mar 21, 2012
Today is World Water Day. Take a look at this video and see how
The Rotary Foundation is doing good in the world by providing clean water.
Have you made your annual contribution to the Annual Programs Fund? 

March 22- World Water Day Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Ten Reasons to Attend the District Conference And Share the Rotary Experience Nancy Keppel 2012-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Adams on Mar 15, 2012
At last week's Presidents Elect Training, Governor Elect Mike looked to get "engaged" with the PEs.  What are you doing to engage Rotarians? 
Gov. Elect Mike Gets on His Knees Rodney Adams 2012-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martha Weiss on Feb 25, 2012
ImageOn February 20, Buffalo Grove Rotarian David Hafft hosted a group of 35 people from District 6440 that included ten inbound exchange students and five American students going outbound to a tour of the outstanding Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie.  Danny Spungen, a Lincolnshire Rotarian, gave a very informative and moving description of the exhibits in the museum as the docent to half of the group.  

Youth Exchange Students Visit Holocaust Museum Martha Weiss 2012-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Rosenbusch on Feb 19, 2012
The Rotary Club of Evanston is planning a Farewell Reception for the GSE Team traveling to Taiwan.  Join them on March 11 at the Celtic Knot Public House in Evanston from 4 - 6.  Details and advanced registration form are available here
GSE Team Farwell Party Announced Pamela Rosenbusch 2012-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karin Nuelle on Feb 16, 2012
Here's a wonderful video produced by a Woodstock High School student about the Rotary Club of Woodstock's Christmas Clearing House project.  Watch it and you'll be proud to be a Rotarian and you'll see a wonderful reason to partner with local high school students and their creative talents.

Rotary Club of Woodstock Holiday Meals Project Featured in Video Karin Nuelle 2012-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheldon Hyman on Jan 24, 2012
ImageDistrict 6440 will again offer $1,000 scholarships to students working toward an Associates Degree or Trade Certificate.  Each club in our district may nominate up to two candidates for the 25 $1,000 awards which will be awarded on April 28.  

To be eligible, students must be permanent residents of District 6440; be a high school graduate, have a GED or be a non-traditional student returning to education; be accepted at a two year community college or trade school; and be nominated by a District 6440 Rotary Club.  Relatives of Rotarians are not eligible.  Applications must be submitted by clubs to the District Vocational Committee no later than March 15.

An information sheet is available here, and the required application may be downloaded by clicking here

Contact Shel Hyman with any questions. 

25 Vocational Scholarships to be Awarded Sheldon Hyman 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jan 15, 2012
ImageRI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka 's speech announcing the theme for his year as President.
Good morning.
It is a great honor to be here, standing before all of you: our new district governors for the 2012-13 Rotary year.
Rotary has been at the center of my life for many years. I did not know it at the time, but the day I joined Rotary in 1975 was the day I set my first step on the path to a different future.
Before I joined Rotary, my view of the world was narrow. I was the fourth of eight children. We were poor, and so was nearly everyone we knew. I had never met anyone who was not Japanese.
Peace Through Service- RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka Announces Theme Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vera Mayer on Jan 14, 2012
The Rotary Club of Northbrook and the Rotary Club of Chicagoland Korean, in partnership with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, present a concert on February 26, 2012 to support the End Polio Now! effort.  Visit for concert information and to order tickets.
Concert to End Polio in Northbrook Vera Mayer 2012-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jan 13, 2012
Thanks to a Rotary International Public Image Grant and contributions from 49 clubs, a Facebook Ad Campaign began January 3rd.  Targeting service minded adults living in Northeast Illinois,  ads like the one below appear on Facebook and link to the District's Facebook Pages, including our "Welcome" and "20 Reasons to Join a Rotary Club" page.
You Can Help! 
To be effective, the campaign will need a steady stream of new ads.  We're looking for help creating ads, and are offering a $100 cash prize to the Rotarian who contributes the most effective ad!
Win $100 and Help us Win New Members! Richard (Rich) Lalley 2012-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sean Nelson on Jan 08, 2012

The Rotary District 2012 RYLA leadership retreats are scheduled for March 15 - 18 and April 5 - 8.  These are extremely valuable and popular experiences for high school students.  Take a look at this video for a look at last year's retreat.

RYLA brocures and the "2012 RYLA Everything" file, including student application form and FAQs, can be downloaded by clicking on the links.

Contact Sean Nelson with questions.

Time to Recruit RYLA Participants Sean Nelson 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Schwert on Jan 06, 2012
The District 117 Interact Club in Antioch is organizing a service trip to Tanzania next June/July, and is opening this opportunity to other Interact and Rotary Clubs in the District.   

Kerri Elliott, one the club's Interact Faculty Advisors, is in Tanzania for a one year sabbatical.  She is a Director of EdPowerment .  She has made contact with the local Rotary Club in Moshi and will become a member of that club with plans to maintain membership in Antioch once she returns.  Nancy Clutter, our other Faculty Advisor, will also be going.  More information is available here and on this You Tube video.  If we get enough interest from the District we will schedule the trip.  For more information, contact Mike Schwert.
Interact Club Plans Service Trip to Tanzania Mike Schwert 2012-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Keppel on Dec 17, 2011
ImagePast District 7120 Governor Don Alhart has been appointed by Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee to be his Representative to our District Conference to take place between April 20 and 22 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the famed Pfister Hotel.

A Hall of Fame Broadcaster PDG Don is a five time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in television broadcasting.  He and his wife Mary live in Penfield, NY and he is the news anchor for 13WHAM station in Rochester, NY.

President Representative PDG Don Alhart to attend District Conference Nancy Keppel 2011-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Keppel on Dec 17, 2011
The District Conference Committee announced today that J. B. Pritzker, entrepreneur, technology venture capitalist and philanthropist, will be the Keynote Speaker at the District Conference on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  Mr. Pritzker is a business and civic leader and a leading advocate for civil rights and young children in poverty.
J. B. Pritzker to Keynote District Conference Nancy Keppel 2011-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Dec 12, 2011

ImageThe District 6440 Nominating Committee last night selected Ellen Young of the Rotary Club of Lincolnshire Morning Star to be candidate for the post of District Governor.  If elected by the clubs, she will serve during Rotary year 2014-15.  Please join me in congratulating Ellen on this honor.

Ellen Young joined the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Noon Rotary Club in 1991, and served as its President during the 1998-1999 Rotary year.  During her tenure in the club, she served as Treasurer, Club Board Member and International Service Committee Chair.  When Ellen changed employers in 2002, she became a member of the Winnetka Northfield Rotary Club, where she served as Membership Chair and a Board member of the Club and Foundation.

Ellen Young Selected for District Governor Candidate for 2014-15 Carlos Früm 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Nov 30, 2011
 ImageA message to Rotarians and Clubs in District 6440 from one of our Youth Exchange Students:
I am Miguel Perez Nieva, an 18-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange student from Aguascalientes Mexico. My sponsor Rotary club is San Marcos Aguascalientes and I am hosted by Elgin Breakfast. As a special Christmas gift to my home country, I am seeking new or gently used blankets for a poor community in Aguascalientes.
The San Marcos Rotary Club regularly helps the people there. Please involve your members in this  unique international service opportunity by donating blankets by Wednesday Dec. 14.  The San Marcos Rotary Club will pay the shipping fees from Elgin. For more information, including pick up and delivery options, please contact me at 331-222-1805 or Mark Billings with Elgin Breakfast at 847-660-3457. 
Can You Help a Youth Exchange Student with His Service Project? Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Kerr on Nov 27, 2011

ImageDistrict 6440 project to provide WHIS-RAD X-Ray equipment to medical clinics throughout Guatemala is making great progress.

The X-Ray Project Team Members attended the opening of the Radiological Society of North America meeting at McCormick place and met with high level representatives of Phillips, Siemens, GE and SEDECAL to discuss the upcoming issue of a Request For Information (RFI).  The RFI will be offered to potential suppliers prior to issuing a Request For Quotes (RFQ) to ascertain their level of interest and their ability to supply equipment and services.

Medical X-Ray Project in Guatemala Moving Forward Pamela Kerr 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Shepherdson on Nov 15, 2011
On Saturday night, about 110 costumed revelers descended to the dungeon at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich to celebrate Halloween at the Lake Zurich Rotary Club’s Rockin’ Halloween Bash.  By the end of the evening, more than $12,000 had been raised for the Lake Zurich food panty and other charities the Rotary Club supports.  And local businesswoman Lynn O’Brien, dressed as coffee pitchman Juan Valdez, had walked away with the honors for best costume.
Lake Zurich Rotary Halloween Bash Raises Thousands for Charity Nancy Shepherdson 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Images form District Seminar Day Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walter Reed on Nov 01, 2011

ImageSome weeks ago, when the weather was still beautiful, The Wilmette Harbor RC Vocational Service Committee hosted some 20+ members of the Young Adult Program group of the North Shore at a barbecue in Wilmette's Gilson Park.  The group consists of adults with disabilities and holds weekly program meetings, based in Glencoe.  The universal reaction from the group was "when are you holding the next one?"  Committee Chair George Vandervoort (in red shirt, bottom left photo) and Susan Kozak (at right in striped T-shirt) were the organizers. 

Click "more" to see more photos. 

Wilmette Harbor RC Hosts Disability Group Picnic Walter Reed 2011-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Oct 31, 2011
ImageNominations continue to be accepted for the post of District Governor for the 2014-15 Rotary year.  The application form may be downloaded by clicking here, and are due to Gov. Carlos Früm by December 5th.  Candidates will interview with the District Nominating  Committee on December 12th.  This is an outstanding opportunity to serve.
2014-15 District Governor Nominations Due December 5th Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Oct 29, 2011
ImageThis is how District 6440 stack up in comparison with other districts in Zone 28 since the start of The Rotary Foundation:

#1 in total donations since 1917
#1 in Endowed Funds with almost 25% of total
#1 in Arch Klumph Society members (>$250K) with more than 1/3 of total
#2 in Major Donors
#3 in Paul Harris Society members
#1 in Sponsored Scholarships
#1 in Grants with almost 25% of total

We contributed $15,205,052 since 1917.  That’s 16% of the total for our Zone!

We should be mighty proud of ‘The Home District’!  Thank you for your contributions!

District 6440 Leads the Way in Foundation Giving! Carlos Früm 2011-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ada Kahn on Oct 29, 2011

The GSE Team has its first meeting to prepare for next March's trip to Taiwan. 

For a left to right:  in green dress is  Nermina Krnetka, sponsored by R C  of Skokie Valley; in the black short sleeves is Team Leader Ada P. Kahn,  R C  of Evanston; in the red shirt  is  Betty Wang, sponsored by  Wilmette Harbor R  C; and in the black  top  is Jessica  Angelos, R  C of Gurnee.  Not in picture: Jacqueline Salemi, RC of  Carol Stream,
and Alternate team member Nicole Jacobson, Waukegan R  C

2012 Group Study Exchange Team Begins Prep Work Ada Kahn 2011-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Uszler on Oct 17, 2011
ImageThe Mount Prospect - Prospect Heights Rotary club recently initiated a monthly Rotary After Hours at the local Bar Louie. Usually held on the third Monday of the month, the group has had a successful fellowship and social gathering in addition to bringing awareness of Rotary to new members of the community. In addition, they plan to open the event up to neighboring rotarians who might need to do a make-up. While there is no formal program, Jim Uszler, President of the club brings along his laptop, so Rotary International information is at his fingertips through the Wi-Fi connection at the restaurant. Usually appetizers and libations are purchased by participants not the club but larger clubs might have their own suggestions on how they want to handle this. Does your club have an interesting membership idea? We'd like to hear from you so we can share it with others. The District 6440 Membership Team
Looking for New Members? Consider hosting a Rotary After Hours. James Uszler 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Local Rotarian in the News Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheldon Hyman on Oct 02, 2011
ImageOctober is Rotary International Vocational month and we are considering running a Four Way Test Speech contest for high school students.  We need your Club's commitment and comments.

  • Encourage the study, application and communication of the Four Way Test as a moral and ethical model for behavior, decision making, and practice by means of a speech contest for high school students.
  • Generate more awareness about ethics by students, teachers, parents, Rotarians and others.
  • Promote a positive Public Image for Rotary and Interact.
District Wide "Four-Way Test Speech Contest" for High School Students Sheldon Hyman 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul W. Larson on Oct 01, 2011
At a meeting chaired by GSE Outbound Co-Chair Paul Larson, from the RC of Evanston, a committee selected the following members for the Group Study Exchange Team to District 3480 in Taipei, Taiwan:
  • Jessica Angelos, sponsored by the RC of Gurnee
  • Nermina Krneta, sponsored by the RC of Skokie Valley
  • Jackie Salemi, sponsored by the RC of Carol Stream
  • Betty Wang, sponsored by the RC of Wilmette Harbor 
The Team will be lead by Ada Kahn, of the RC of Evanston.  The GSE General Chair is Jim Runnfeldt of the RC of Long Grove.  Congratulations to the whole team and the committee.  

(Clock wise from top left Betty, Jessica, Jackie, Nermina, center Ada)
GSE Team Selected Paul W. Larson 2011-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Register for the Fall Seminar Day. Don't Delay to Save. Julie Clark 2011-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Sep 15, 2011
ImagePDG Bruce Baumberger informed me that the District Nominating Committee met last night, September 15, 2011, and select Sarah Oliver, from the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor, to be the candidate for District Governor 2014-2015.  I wish to congratulate Sarah, our District Treasurer, for her achievement.  I have worked with her many times and I am delighted she was chosen because she is an excellent Rotarian dedicated to the advancement of our District and the causes of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
Sarah Oliver Selected District Governor Candidate for 2014-15 Carlos Früm 2011-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Aug 28, 2011
My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary, 

We have a color for the 2011-12 Rotary year, and that color is green. Why green? Because green is the color of spring, of new life, of bright leaves bursting forth from spreading branches. And there is no doubt that it is time to “green” Rotary – to lift our deepening pallor of gray and replace it with brighter shades of green. 
Message from RI President Kalyan Banerjee Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Ahern on Aug 23, 2011

The Rotary Club of Park Ridge recently assisted students at Maine East High School create a "welcome" mural featuring a "welcome" greeting in 16 of the most frequently spoken languages at the school.   In all, there are more than 50 languages spoken at Maine East, a school with on of the most diverse student populations in the U.S. 

Pat Ahern, president of the Park Ridge Rotary said, "To be able to partner with a school that includes all kinds of people in studying and learning makes us very proud."  The club provided both financial and hands on assistance for the project, with the support of a District Simplified Grant.
Park Ridge Rotary Helps Welcome Students Back to School Patricia Ahern 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Rotary Youth Exchange Students to District 6440! Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William J. Ferreira on Aug 19, 2011

Going to the RI Convention in Bangkok?  If so, register by August 27 for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Bears vs. Browns NFL pre-season game on Thursday September 1.   Two pairs of  tickets will be raffled off to District 6440 Rotarians who register for the convention before August 27.  Email PDG Bill Ferreira after you register to participate in the raffle.

Discounts on airfare are available from several airlines.  Learn more
Bear Down! Register Now for the Bangkok Convention & Win Bears Tickets. William J. Ferreira 2011-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Courtney Olson on Aug 14, 2011

District 6440 is proud to make available handsome and customizable "Four-Way Test Plaques" for businesses and clubs.  Each plaque can feature a color logo of the recognized business or governmental body.  Plaques cost $60 plus $7 shipping, with $15 for each plaque being donated to the End Polio Now campaign.  Quantity discounts are also available.

Four-Way Test Plaques Available for Clubs and Businesses Courtney Olson 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheldon Hyman on Aug 14, 2011

District 6440 is proud to make available handsome and customizable "Four-Way Test Plaques" for businesses and clubs.  Each plaque can feature a color logo of the recognized business or governmental body.  Plaques cost $60 plus $7 shipping, with $15 for each plaque being donated to the End Polio Now campaign.  Quantity discounts are also available.

Four-Way Test Plaques Available for Clubs and Businesses Sheldon Hyman 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Yesner on Aug 12, 2011
One of the hottest topics for clubs is how to retain current members. Clubs often lose numerous members for various reasons such as lack of interest or lack of time to commit. The first step when trying to retain members is to understand why a club loses members. Club members must analyze their club history and recognize the factors that led to the loss of members. By doing so, it becomes easier to understand what de-motivates people away from the club. So how does a club motivate its members to stay?
How to Improve Membership Mike Yesner 2011-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
“Forums” Allow Clubs to Share Project Ideas Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jul 29, 2011


The 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Click here to learn more about why you should. 

Discounted airfare for the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok is available from Thai Airlines, United Airlines and the Star Alliance partners are offering 10-15% discounts off of economy class airfares and up to 20% off of business class airfares for convention attendees.  Use Airline Event Code – UA03S12.

Zone 28 & 29 also has special airfare packages available with Cathay Pacific Airways, with round trip tickets at $1,474 per traveler.  Click here for more information.

Zone 28 & 29 will also again offer a dinner cruise.  Click here for more information.


Check out this video to learn more
about Bangkok and the convention.  

Discounts Available to Bangkok Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Kerr on Jul 26, 2011
This year Governor Carlos will submit a candidate to RI for the Club Builder Award.  The candidates proposed by clubs must have:
  •  Personally recruited at least five members who are active Rotarians at the time of nomination
  •  Participated in Rotary training in their club
  •  Participated in at least one meaningful club-level vocational service project
  •  Attended at least two district meetings in the three years immediately preceding nomination
Please submit the application  to Past District Governor Pam Kerr by October 1.  The award will be presented by the RI President’s Representative at the District Conference in April 2012.  More information is available at
Club Builder Award Applications Being Accepted Pamela Kerr 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Jul 26, 2011
Why did we join Rotary?  I don’t think Rotarians join just to eat breakfast or lunch.  Surely some misguided ‘members’ join to pass business cards.  But Rotarians join to serve.  ‘Members’ may leave you but Rotarians will be with us forever.

We heard it many times: “I want to give back”, “I want to help my community”, “I want to work helping others!”  That’s Rotarian speaking!

So, let’s give an opportunity to others to join us.  Invite friends and neighbors to help you with your next community project.  After a few more invitations they may even ask you to join you for breakfast or lunch!

We are all responsible for growing Rotary.  Let’s do our part.

Breakfast, Lunch, or Service? Carlos Früm 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jul 23, 2011
Governor Carlos has asked all clubs to make Membership their Number 1 priority.  Healthy, vibrant and growing clubs require that all members feel they have a voice in the club.  Conducting regular member surveys is one way to improve member satisfaction in Rotary and increase member retention.  There are many tools, hi and low tech, available to help.  
Have you surveyed your members recently? Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Kerr on Jul 22, 2011
Rotary District 6440 and the Pan American Health Organization jointly pre-publish “Diagnostic Imaging in the Community- A Manual for Clinics and Small Hospitals”
Rotary District 6440 and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) jointly have pre-published on the Internet a diagnostic imaging reference manual “Diagnostic Imaging in the Community- A Manual for Clinics and Small Hospitals.” The manual is authored by Dr. Philip E.S. Palmer and Dr. Gerald Hanson who are internationally recognized for their work with PAHO and WHO (World Health Organization) in radiology and radiologic safety. 
Community Health Initiative in Guatemala Underway Pamela Kerr 2011-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jul 19, 2011
Fundraising Thermometer

District 6440 is asking clubs to support a public image campaign fund. All clubs are asked to contribute $100.  We will apply for a Rotary Public Image Grant, which will match our funds $3 for every dollar we spend.   Plans are to run an awareness building campaign on Facebook targeting service minded adults living in our district.

Thanks to these clubs for agreeing to contribute: Antioch, Arlington Heights, Barrington Breakfast, Bartlett, Batavia, Buffalo Grove, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Central DuPage, Chicago Korean, Deerfield, Dundee Township, Elgin, Elgin Breakfast, Elk Grove Village, Evanston Lighthouse, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glenview Noon, Glenview Sunrise, Grayslake, Gurnee, Highland Park-Highwood, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, Lake in the Hills, Lincolnshire Morningstar, Lombard, McHenry, McHenry Sunrise, Mount Prospect Sunrise, Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg AM, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Skokie Valley, St. Charles, St. Charles Breakfast, Villa Park, Wauconda, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wilmette, Wilmette Harbor, Winnetka-Northfield, Woodstock, Woodstock Morning.

We still need a few clubs to help?   Email with your pledge.

Public Image Campaign Fund Progress Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Jul 13, 2011
This is the first in an on-going series of short video messages produced with Gov. Carlos and local Interactors.  This is an example of simple, unedited videos that can be incorporated in ClubRunner to enhance a webpage.
DG Carlos Video Series Carlos Früm 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jul 05, 2011
Over 250 local Rotarians have listed their businesses in our year old District 6440 eYellow Pages Program.  It is a great resource for Rotarians looking to do business with Rotarians.  The current pricing structure is as follows: Basic listing = $25 per year; Premium listing = $120 per year.  Please pay renewals with a credit card when prompted by the eYellow Pages system at your approximate renewal date.

All funds collected will help fund District Public Image campaigns designed to increase Rotary's profile in our communities.  Anyone interested in helping with this program is encouraged to contact District Public Image Chair Luanne Triolo Newman.  You may list your business by clicking: eYellowPages website.
eYellowPages Program to Support District Public Image Campaign Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carlos Früm on Jun 30, 2011
Dear Fellow Rotarians:

    In every organization there is always a struggle.  The internal elements that make the organization grow and succeed collide, over time, with the realities of a changing external environment.
An Open Letter From Governor Carlos Carlos Früm 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Charter Celebration for Interact Club of Willow Brook High School. Sam Martinez 2011-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Jun 21, 2011
By Narayan Murarka and Suzanne Gibson (Barrington Breakfast) 


Seven area Rotary Clubs – members of Rotary International’s District 6440 are working closely with Sterling Rotary Club, Sterling, Illinois, part of District 6420, to deliver on a recently approved Rotary Foundation Global Grant valued at approximately $60,000.  The aim of the grant is to make a lasting positive difference in the lives of impoverished rural communities in Guatemala.  Because Rotary International is a network of volunteers with a common mission of “Doing Good In the World,” the Illinois contingent is partnering with Guatemala Sur Rotary Club, part of Rotary District 4250, in order to have the knowledge and expertise in-country to make the investment a success.

Northwest Suburban Rotarians Partner with Guatemalan Members on Global Grant Narayan Murarka 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Runnfeldt on Jun 11, 2011

The District 6440 GSE Committee is seeking applications for one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarian team members to travel to Rotary District 3480 in Taipei, Taiwan. The 2012 team will depart March 17 and return April 16, in time for our District Conference. Volunteers to help with the inbound team are also need (click "more" for more information).

Applicants for team leaders should be seasoned Rotarians with significant leadership experience, deep knowledge of Rotary and the District and be regular attendees and/or participants in District Conferences and Seminars.  Applications are available here:  Team Leader  Team Member  Employer Endorsement Form

Team member applicants must live or work within District 6440, be between 25 & 40 years of age, have been engaged in their profession / vocation for a minimum of 2 years and not related linearly to a Rotarian.   All Applications are due by September 17, 2011.

2012 Group Study Exchange Travels to Taiwan James Runnfeldt 2011-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jun 10, 2011
Applications for Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships for the Academic Year 2012-2013 are due to be submitted to the District by July 1, 2011. All applications must be submitted by a local Rotary Club on behalf of the applicant and must include a signed endorsement of the local Club. More information about the Ambassadorial Scholarships and the application forms may be obtained on the Rotary International website,
Ambassadorial Scholarship Application Due July 1st Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 23, 2011
With the largest number of members attending the convention from Zone 28, District 6440 was awarded recognition presented to Gov. Bruce by RIVP Tommy Thorfinson and convention chair and Future Vision Vice Chair Ron Burton.  Also present was DGE Carlos.

District 6440 Receives Convention Attendance Award Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 22, 2011
For those of us who could not attend the
RI Convention in New Orleans, video updates
can be found by clicking "More."
RI Covention Updates Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 11, 2011

Do you or any of your friends have a teenage daughter interested in learning about life in another country?  If so, check out this short term Youth Exchange opportunity.

18 year old Clarissa Hashimoto from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, in Mexico would like to do a short-term summer exchange with a girl from District 6440.  Clarissa is ready to come to Illinois anytime between mid May and mid July.  She will enter the University of Guadalajara on July 25th. She has a brother, Francisco, 21 years old. Her hobbies are ballet, tennis, and sports.  Clarissa is available to come here for a 4 or 5 week period or as long as you wish within the time period mid May through mid July.  After staying with a local family, their daughter would go to Clarisa's home for four to five weeks. 

A one way exchange is also possible if hosts can't send their daughter on such late notice.

Contact Rick Kuehn at for more information. 

Short Term Youth Exchange Opportunity Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 07, 2011
If you've ever wondered about the power of well chosen words to motivate action, take a look at this video. It's a great reminder that it's not only what you say that's important, but how you say it.  
The Power of Well Chosen Words Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
New Clubrunner iPhone App now available Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 02, 2011

Rudy Welvers, President of the Rotary Club of Huntley, has been appointed next year’s District Friendship Exchange Coordinator.  His first task will be to arrange the hosting of eleven British Rotarians visiting our good friends in District 6420.  These Rotarians will visit our District only from September 25 to September 28.  Obviously they wish to visit Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston among other things. 

If you are interested in hosting some of them please contact Rudy at .  If you have never hosted foreign Rotarians be prepared for a great experience.  They are just like us, only they speak with an accent!  ("Come to think of that, some of us speak with an accent!” , said Gov. Carlos).

Rotary Friendship Exchange Opportunity Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Photos from the just completed District Conference Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Apr 25, 2011

 Are you, like a Boy Scout, ‘always prepared’?   Last week, I arrived a little early to our club meeting. We are a lunch club and as I entered the room, I noticed a few new faces, sitting at a table, writing something. Then it hit me – we had two new members being inducted/installed. This was a good opportunity for a PR photo opportunity, I thought to myself. I grabbed my Smartphone and went to the Facebook login and snapped, then uploaded a picture. My caption was “Future in the next half hour”. We started the meeting and while everyone got up to go to the buffet, I ran down the hall to my office. My Facebook was open on my computer and I saw we had a response to the newly-posted photo. “How do I join? Where are the meetings?” were the questions posed.

Now, really, how hard was that? How difficult was that to snap a photo and post it? How much effort did it take to give it a quick caption? The answer is: that was easy.

Are you prepared for some PR for your club? It doesn’t have to take hours of preparation. You don’t always need a licensed photographer or award-winning writer. It takes you! Get the word out – show what your club is doing. You never know who may be reading.

-Luanne Triolo Newman, Rotary Club of Carol Stream

Are you prepared for your Rotary Club meetings? Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Smith on Apr 24, 2011
The Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood celebrated its 20th TABU exchange with the Rotary Club of Belfast commencing on March 23. TABU (To Achieve a Better Understanding) began during the troubled times in Northern Ireland with the goal to create a better mutual understanding between different communities by studying conflict resolution. This includes finding ways to break down barriers among people, particularly young people, and learning how to reconcile differences.
The Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood Marks the 20th TABU Exchange with the Rotary Club of Belfast Jan Smith 2011-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Smith on Apr 24, 2011
District 6440 received 48 applications for vocational scholarships, which are awards of $1,500 to be used toward a two-year post-secondary program. An "excellent group" of applicants was interviewed on April 16, with 21 scholarships awarded (six more than last year).
District 6440 Vocational Scholarships Awarded to 21 Applicants Jan Smith 2011-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Smith on Apr 20, 2011
Four members from the Rotary Club of Wheaton, Jeff Pringle, Cathy Hetrick, Kurt Parent and Sheri Billing, and four Wheaton College students, from the newly formed Wheaton Rotaract Club, recently returned home from a weeklong service trip to the Dominican Republic.  The group visited three separate Kids Alive International orphanages in Caraballo, Constanza and Jarabacoa.
Rotary Club of Wheaton Visits Orphanage In Dominican Republic Jan Smith 2011-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Apr 12, 2011
This is third of four articles related to the Guatemala Global Grant #25333.

“Helping those who are trying to help themselves” is the theme for a new Vocational Training Center in Guatemala. Seven District 6440 Rotary Clubs, together with the Sterling Rotary Club, Sterling, IL (District 6420), are delivering on the promise made possible by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant valued at approximately $60,000. The Illinois contingent is also partnering with Guatemala Sur Rotary Club (District 4250) to make a lasting difference in the lives of rural Guatemalan youth and adults.
Vocational Training: Building a Better Future for Guatemalan Youth Narayan Murarka 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Smith on Apr 06, 2011

Rotary District 6440 will host a Group Study Exchange Team (GSE) from Rotary District 9320 in South Africa over the next month. The in-bound team led by Rotarian John Roberts, a retired computer literacy professor from East London, Eastern Cape Province is comprised of four professionals from different areas of South Africa.  Team members are:

Celine Morolong, a public relations officer for the provincial government, from Kimberly, Northern Cape Province
Russell Molyneux , a geological engineer, from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province
Ivan Steenkamp, a transportation and security professional, from Kimberly, Northern Cape Province
Lara Tozzi, an educator and school administrator, from East London, Eastern Cape Province

Group Study Exchange Team from South Africa Arrives! Jan Smith 2011-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Mar 27, 2011

Gov. Bruce received word March 16, 2011 that Rotary International has approved District 6440’s Application for Authorization to Incorporate. In reality, it was our District’s Request for Authority to file with the Illinois Secretary of State “Articles of Amendment” to comply with RI Rules and Regulations for incorporation and to change the name from “Rotary District  6440”, an Illinois Not For Profit Corporation,   to “Rotary International District 6440, Inc.”, an Illinois Not For Profit Corporation.


RI Approves District 6440 Incorporation Chuck Bartling 2011-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Mar 26, 2011

The following article was contributed by Deborah Bloom of the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka and a member of the District 6440 Group Study Exchange to South Africa:


South African boy using a braille writerWhen I applied to be a team member on the Group Study Exchange (GSE) to South Africa exactly one year ago, I had recruitment on the brain. Student recruitment that is. 


The Hadley School for the Blind is an international nonprofit organization and the largest provider of distance education to blind and visually impaired adults worldwide, serving 10,000 students in more than 100 countries.  GSE would be the perfect vehicle to generate awareness for the school and recruit new international students to study with us, especially because while we have students from South Africa, we didn’t have any that lived in District 9320. So the vocational aspect of the trip to South Africa was very important to me and to Hadley President Chuck Young, who also happens to be a Rotarian wth the Winnetka-Northfield Club.

A GSE South African Success Story Chuck Bartling 2011-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Mar 24, 2011

The Concert to End Polio, which brought together Rotarians and friends of Rotary in Chicago on 7 March, raised more than $100,000 for Rotary’s efforts to eradicate the disease.

The event also helped increase awareness of polio, which many don’t realize is still a threat to children in parts of the world. Learn more at

Concert to End Polio Raises $100,000 Richard (Rich) Lalley 2011-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Wales on Mar 23, 2011

Fourteen members of the Lake of the Hills Rotary Club will spend eight days in Ak'Tenamit, from March 26 through April 3, assembling a combined hydroponic and aquaculture system that will grow edible greens and tilapia fish at the same time.

The goal of the project is to produce tilapia to feed approximately 500 students in the Ak' Tenamit school, to supplement the rice and beans that they eat now. Eventually the community hopes to use extra fish to barter for other goods.

Lake in the Hills Rotarians Off to Guatemala to Set Up an Aquaponic System James Wales 2011-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Magazine on North Shore Picks 'Outstanding Rotarians' Chuck Bartling 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Smith on Mar 16, 2011

The Rotary Clubs of Elgin Noon, Elgin Breakfast, Dundee Township and District 6440 are teaming with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra to raise funds to End Polio Now through a program called Gershwin in Blue.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra + Rotary = End Polio Now Jan Smith 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Smith on Mar 16, 2011
You’ve heard of the great work District 6440 Rotary clubs have been doing at Guatemala’s Ak’Tenamit school for Mayans. Last year, the clubs built a library and the school obtained tables and library quality chairs but the library is still woefully under stocked. So, collect those Spanish language texts from your high school and college days that are languishing in the attic, the Spanish language books and magazines you can get donated from your local bookstore or library, and all your spare change. At the District Conference in April, there will be collection bins at the registration booth for the materials and a change jar at the Ak’Tenamit Book Drive table in the House of Friendship. All funds collected will be used to purchase supplemental Spanish language books.
Spanish language books needed for the Ak’Tenamit school library. Bring books to District Conference. Jan Smith 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jan Smith on Mar 14, 2011
By Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, John Meier (Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club).  This is second of four articles related to the Guatemala Global Grant #25333.

The idea of a “mechanical cow” may seem like the stuff of science fiction stories, but for some impoverished Guatemalan schoolchildren, it’s a real-life dream come true. Seven northwest suburban Rotary Clubs – members of Rotary International District 6440 – together with membership of the Sterling Rotary Club, Sterling, Illinois, part of District 6420, are delivering on the promise made possible by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant valued at approximately $60,000. The Illinois contingent is partnering with Guatemala Sur Rotary Club for in-country expertise to make a lasting difference in the lives of rural Guatemalan children.

Mechanical “Cow” Brings Needed Nutrition to Guatemalan Schoolchildren Jan Smith 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Personal Reflections on an Evening with Polio Survivor and Violinist Itzhak Perlman Paddock, Jr., Robert 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Mar 13, 2011

Gov. Bruce met this weekend with District Conference speaker Ina Pinkney, who is speaking at the Paul Harris Luncheon on Friday, April 29, and he quickly came to the realization that this will be a “don’t miss” session for all Rotarians.


Ina, a celebrity chef who owns and operates Ina’s Kitchen in Chicago’s trendy West Loop Market District, is a polio survivor who dramatically portrays the long-term effects of polio…effects that are just now becoming apparent to thousands of Americans who contracted polio in the 1940s.


Articles about Ina have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and several local papers and magazines, and she has lectured on entrepreneurship at Northwestern, DePaul, and the University of Illinois. She has also appeared frequently on local television.


If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, scheduled for April 28 - May 1 at the Marriott Lincolnshire, you may do so right now by clicking here

Don't Miss Ina--Celebrity Chef and Polio Survivor--at District Conference Chuck Bartling 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by on Mar 07, 2011
On February 12, District Governor-elect (DGE) Carlos Früm, District Governor-nominee (DGN) Dick Larson, Past District Governor (PDG) Pam Kerr, International Service Co-Advisor Larry Kanar (also Governor's Special Representative to Guatemala), John Vanden Brink and I participated in a history-making meeting in Antigua, Guatemala.

Present were representatives of the Pan-American Health Organization, Guatemalan Ministry of Health, Office of the President and Guatemalan Rotarians.  Participants discussed the ongoing operation of the world's first WHIS-RAD digital x-ray equipment installed at the Municipality of Guatemala City Clinic.  The Guatemala Minister of Health, Dr. Ludwig Werner Ovalle Cabrera, and his staff provided a well-organized, comprehensive report that justifies country-wide installation of 29 digital x-ray systems networked into six regional hospitals.    

DG's Message: WHIS-RAD in Guatemala--a Bigger, Better, Bolder Project for Our District 2011-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Mar 03, 2011

As part of the district’s long-term commitment to the recovery effort in Haiti, New Generations plans their first hands-on project at the District Conference on Saturday, April 30. We will be partnering with Kids Against Hunger to pack highly nutritious meals which will be sent to Haiti.  Rotary clubs of District 6440 are encouraged to participate as well as support Interact Clubs and Youth Exchange by sponsoring one or more students. 


At the conference, Interactors and Youth Exchange students will be joining with Rotarians and Rotoractors in a program sponsored nationally by Kids Against Hunger, whereby they will be packing boxes of food destined for the earthquake-ravaged villages of Haiti. 

Kids Against Hunger "Food for Haiti" Hands-On Project Planned for District Conference Chuck Bartling 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Mar 03, 2011

By Teri Dreher

For the third consecutive year, members of our Libertyville Sunrise RC traveled to rural Umuagwo, Nigeria, to present a two-week medical/dental clinic at Ohaji Medical Center. We partnered with the Altadena, CA. Rotary Club, whose members joined us the second week, presenting a four-day entrepreneurial education program to local college youth. Both projects were a huge success and received much praise from those impacted as well as from local and national leaders. 

Libertyville Sunrise’s Project in Rural Nigeria Draws Plaudits Chuck Bartling 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Feb 28, 2011

For two days at the end of February, Rotary club leaders from northern Illinois gathered in Schaumburg to train for the upcoming year.


Presidents-elect training (PETS) took place on Friday and Saturday with a range of topics.  District Governor Elect Carlos Früm stressed the need for Rotarians to take chances, to look for new ways of doing things, and to encourage true involvement rather than simply meeting attendance.  Leaders were given tips to make their clubs more vibrant and forward-thinking, not locked into the Rotary of past generations.  By embracing creativity clubs can attract new members, who will in turn breathe new life into clubs.


New Club Officers Train for 2011-2012 Duties Chuck Bartling 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Reminder: Vocational Scholarship Application Deadline is March 15 Chuck Bartling 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Feb 28, 2011

John Hewko, who takes over as general secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation on July 1, was in Evanston Feb. 28 and March 1 to meet with key staff personnel at the organization's world headquarters. While in the district, he attended the March 1 meeting of the Evanston Lighthouse club, along with Gov. Bruce Baumberger, DGE Carlos Frum, and PDG Pam Kerr.


Hewko, an attorney, was an international partner from 1992 to 2004 at the Chicago law firm, Baker & McKenzie, where he specialized in international mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, and other international corporate matters. He participated in the development of the firm’s Moscow office and was the managing partner of its offices in Kyiv and Prague.  While in Ukraine in the early 1990s, he assisted in the development of the initial draft of the new Ukrainian constitution and was a charter member of the first Rotary club in Kyiv. 



RI 's General Secretary-Designee Attends First District Club Meeting Chuck Bartling 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Feb 27, 2011

The chart below is based upon research as to why Rotarians are Rotarians:

0-5 Year Rotarians

1.  Networking

2.  Professional Development

3.  Service with Peers

6-20 Year Rotarians

1.  Service to Community

2.  Maintain Friendships

20+ Year Rotarians

1.  Maintain Friendships

2.  Service to Community

3.  World Peace


Are we addressing the needs of each age group in our Rotary Clubs?  All of our Rotarians have their reasons for remaining in Rotary.  It is important that all of these needs, of each of our Rotarians, are met.  As we look to build a stronger Rotary, our Club leaders need to review this list and include all of members in the planning and execution of all five Avenues of Service to create a BIGGER BETTER and BOLDER Rotary.


   -- DGE Carlos Früm (from the Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator Newsletter)


Why We Join Rotary and Why We Stay In Chuck Bartling 2011-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Feb 23, 2011
District 6440 Rotarians Donna Gulley (Northbrook), Ross Spencer (Long Grove), Andy Kuby (Northbrook) and Reese Mates (Barrington Noon) have been recognized by President Barack Obama and ShelterBox USA with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for the team's efforts during 2010 to provide shelter, warmth, and dignity for survivors of natural disasters worldwide.
District Rotarians Earn Presidential Awards as ShelterBox Volunteers Chuck Bartling 2011-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Feb 18, 2011

DG-Elect Carlos Frum held his first training session of the district leadership team for the Rotary year that begins July 1.Click here to read all about it and to discover why green eggs and ham were on the breakfast menu.


The Frum Team Trains for the 2011-2012 District Year Chuck Bartling 2011-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Feb 05, 2011

You can now register online for District 6440’s 2011 conference, to be held April 28 – May 1 at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, conveniently located in the middle of the district, according to Charles Bartling (Evanston Lighthouse) and Nancy Keppel (Wheeling), conference co-chairs.

The conference is designed to appeal to three segments of the district’s Rotarians:

                --New members who have never before attended a district conference;

                --Long-time members who are eager to renew networking contacts with Rotarians from clubs other than their own; and

                --Present and future club leaders who are seeking bigger, better, and bolder ideas for enhancing the programs of their clubs.

The conference kicks off Thursday evening, April 28, with a performance of the former Broadway smash musical, 42d Street, at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre.  It concludes with a brunch Sunday morning. In between are sessions devoted to such areas of Rotary as community and international service, ambassadorial scholars, group study exchanges, youth exchange, and the New Generations avenue of service.

Registration Opens for 2011 District Conference Chuck Bartling 2011-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
We Are 'This Close' To Eradicating Polio Chuck Bartling 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Jan 16, 2011

District Governor-Elect Carlos Frum filed this report Monday from San Diego:


I am pleased to inform you that earlier today, RI President-Elect Kalyan Banerjee announced the 2011-2012 theme," Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

The theme announcement was made during the opening plenary session of the International Assembly, the annual training event in San Diego for incoming district governors.  

In explaining how he came to choose the theme, President-Elect Kalyan said: "In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves, and within ourselves. Once Rotarians find their inner strength they can accomplish great things in their communities and around the world." 

Go to the Rotary International website to learn more, and to see the new logo. I look forward to working with you during 2011 -2012 to improve and rejuvenate Rotary.   

Yours in Rotary Service,


Carlos Früm

2011-12 RI Theme: 'Reach Within To Embrace Humanity' Chuck Bartling 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Jan 12, 2011

The RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) experience for high school students is upon us. The first session was held the weekend of March 10 - 13 and the second session is April 7 - 10 at Edwards Camp and Conference Center near East Troy, WI. The camp is owned by the Elgin YMCA. For the Who, What, Where, When and How, click on the link in the left column. The cost to clubs sending high school students to RYLA is $325 per student. Students who attend RYLA find it to be a life-changing experience. If you need further information, contact Sean Nelson at

RYLA Season is Here! Chuck Bartling 2011-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Jan 12, 2011

At its January 11 meeting and following interviews with candidates who had submitted applications for the office of district governor, the District 6440 Nominating Committee selected Mike Yesner of the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley to be the District Governor-Nominee-Designate.

He would serve as District 6440 Governor for the 2013-2014 Rotary year, following Carlos Frum in 2011-2012 and Dick Larson, 2012-2013. Please note that the committee's selection is effective as of March 5, 2011, at which time Mike will become the official DGN-Designate.

Then there will be several more steps required in the Rotary world before he will be able to assume the office of our district governor on July 1, 2013: RI certification of the District 6440 nomination; the election as DGE at the 2012 RI Convention;  and his actual attendance at the Zone GETS training in 2012 and  all the DGE training sessions at the 2013 International Assembly.

Mike Yesner is Nominating Committee's Pick for 2013-2014 DG Chuck Bartling 2011-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Jan 11, 2011

 In the year since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Rotary clubs in Haiti and around the world have launched and supported projects to help the country rebuild and recover. And as the New Year began, Rotary clubs started a $200,000 initiative to implement cholera prevention programs in response to the recent outbreak of the waterborne disease, according to a news release from Rotary International.

Rotary clubs worldwide have contributed more than $2 million to a special fund with an emphasis on Rotary projects that address the issues of education, sustainable housing, and the need for prosthetic limbs. To date, 53 projects have been approved for funding, a majority of them education-related. Haitian Rotary clubs help identify local needs and assist in coordinating and overseeing the projects.

Barry Rassin, a Rotary leader from the Bahamas and a Haiti Earthquake Relief fund manager, says that when donated supplies and services are factored in -- including emergency relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake -- Rotary clubs have provided more than $18 million in aid to Haiti.

Rotarians Have Contributed More Than $18 Million to Haiti Earthquake Relief Chuck Bartling 2011-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Jan 11, 2011

About 500,000 more children will receive the polio vaccine, thanks to Ed and Jean McCabe of Park Ridge.


Taking advantage of the recently passed legislation that allows retirement assets to be donated without paying income tax, they gave their entire maximum limit, $100,000, to The Rotary Foundation to be used for polio eradication.  Coupled with the Gates Foundation’s challenge match, this will vaccinate 500,000 children. 


Speaking from their Florida winter home, Ed, a member of the Rotary Club of Park Ridge, was passionate that these funds “be used now.”  He vividly recalled the 1935 polio outbreak “which affected everyone, even if they did not contract the virus.”  He spoke about the 2007 District Conference where they had lunch with Bill Gates, Sr., who with their challenge grant “gave new breath to donors.”  A Rotarian since 1971, it was many years before he gave money to The Rotary Foundation, he said. 


 “Many Rotarians think once they became a Paul Harris Fellow that they complete their [Rotary Foundation] financial obligation," said Ed McCabe.  "That is not true.  I hope more Rotarians give to our Rotary Foundation, to step up to the Gates Challenge.”  

Park Ridge Couple Donates $100K to TRF for Polio Eradication Chuck Bartling 2011-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Dec 20, 2010

The new 2009-10 RI and TRF Annual report has just been released, and features photos and stories about District 6440's work in Guatemala.

The cover of the report features Isabel Gutierrez de Bosch, the first female Rotarian in Guatemala.  DGE Carlos Frum reports that she hosted our first district team to Guatemala with a dinner at her home and she visited District 6440 a few years ago.  She is very dedicated to the ‘girls’ hosted by her foundation.  She chaired the first emergency committee of the Guatemala city clubs to assist the victims of hurricane Stan.

Most significantly, the inside front cover (shown here) features our District 6440 service project team working on the construction of a library building at Ak’Tenamit.  In addition, the report features an article about Ak’Tenamit on page 10. 

You can see the entire report here.  You can learn more about the February 2011 service trips to Guatemala here.

New RI & TRF Annual Report Features District 6440 Project! Richard (Rich) Lalley 2010-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Dec 16, 2010

As the weather in Chicagoland turned “frightful," local Rotarians took action to “Give the Gift of Warmth” to area children living in need.  In partnership with Operation Warm, Inc., 13 clubs in District 6440 planned and executed community service projects to provide new winter coats to low-income children, making District 6440 the top district in the U.S. in terms of the number of clubs partnering with Operation Warm and in the number of children receiving new coats.  “This is but one more example of the power of Rotary and the excellence of the clubs in District 6440," said District Governor Bruce Baumberger.  “Last year District 6440 led the nation in number of clubs partnering with Operation Warm; this year we led in the number of children served.  It is simply outstanding.  I’m proud of all the clubs that participated.”

District's Clubs Lead the Nation in Coats to Needy Chuck Bartling 2010-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Dec 12, 2010

Six Rotary clubs in District 6440 and District 4250 in Guatemala, with matching grants from District 6440 and the Rotary International Foundation, have installed a digital X-ray system to provide primary diagnostic imaging for street children, municipal employees, the elderly, and low-income patients in Guatemala City. While digital imaging systems are commonplace in medical practice in industrialized countries, these systems are still in the early adoption phase in developing countries. This digital X-ray installation represents a pioneering effort, in which Rotary is a leading partner, to establish a pilot site for demonstrating the feasibility and clinical application of the technology.


District Clubs Provide Digital X-ray System for 8,000 Children in Guatemala Chuck Bartling 2010-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Dec 12, 2010

The Rotary Club of Wilmette has gathered some 15,000 books in the North Shore community that it intends to deliver to inner-city Chicago students as part of a literacy campaign by the club. The activity was featured in an article on the TribLocal website. To read the full story, just click here.

Wilmette Club Collects 15,000 Books in Literacy Campaign Chuck Bartling 2010-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Dec 05, 2010

Give yourself the gift of global friendship.  Reach across continents and build a bridge. One person at a time can do this by participating in any one of more than 55 diverse Fellowships officially recognized by Rotary International.

Rotary Fellowships are shared interest groups that bring together Rotarians from around the world.   Do you collect stamps, play chess, run marathons, do quilting and fiber art?  Are you a traveler, sailor, canoer, curler, birdwatcher or golfer?   Some Fellowships hold meetings in conjunction with annual Rotary International conventions.  Others host activities before or after conventions.  For example, the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship has organized a tour starting in Memphis and on to New Orleans. 

Birds of a Feather Flock Together on Rotary Fellowships Chuck Bartling 2010-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Nov 04, 2010

The following report to the district was written by Ellen G. Young (Lincolnshire Morning Star), who is chair of the Polio Challenge for District 6440:


The Gates Challenge Campaign to finally eradicate polio has been underway for nearly three full years and District 6440 has answered the call with resounding enthusiasm.  District 6440’s clubs have raised a total of $427,944 as of October 25 (before the on line-giving initiative was tabulated), including $30,000 in DDF funds during last year.  Your generosity and selfless support has put us in fifth place among  58 Rotary districts in the U.S.—a feat for which our district is immensely grateful.


But we’re not finished yet – we need 100 per cent participation to finish the job – to raise awareness and enthusiasm in our clubs, among our friends and acquaintances, in our communities and across our entire Rotarian sphere of influence. 

Still a Ways To Go on Polio Eradication Chuck Bartling 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Oct 30, 2010

Northwestern University Rotaractor Emily Chow wrote the following account of the club's international service trip to Peru last spring. For more information about the club's activities, District 6440 Rotarians are invited to visit the club's web site.


On August 15, 2007, central Peru suffered an earthquake that went down in history known as the Pisco Earthquake. Measuring in at a staggering magnitude of 8.0, the earthmover and the following four-meter tsunami caused extensive damage to the city of Pisco and the surrounding area, damaging more than 80 percent of the homes in Pisco and killing roughly 600 people.


Houses fell and families struggled with the aftermath, living in makeshift houses constructed of cardboard, scrap wood, and plastic. Government aid left a lot to be desired, and some families did not have access to food and water for four days.

How Northwestern Rotaractors Helped Peru Quake Victims Chuck Bartling 2010-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Oct 18, 2010
District 6440 will be well represented by these fine four young adults who seek opportunities for service and promotion of international understanding. If approved by Rotary International, they will study abroad as representatives of Rotary in the academic year 2011 - 2012. 
And the winners are:
Ambassadorial Scholar Candidates Announced Chuck Bartling 2010-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Oct 18, 2010

Governor Bruce Baumberger recently appointed Larry Kanar (Northbrook), International Service Co-Advisor, as the District 6440 Special Representative for Guatemala Relationships.  This is because:

Kanar Named Special Rep for Guatemala Relationships Chuck Bartling 2010-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Oct 18, 2010

The district leadership welcomes the following Rotarians who joined their clubs recently:

  • Barrington Breakfast: Marie Bolchazy & Lou Bolchazy
  • Buffalo Grove: Dan Schimmel
  • Elgin: Robert Spellmeyer
  • Elk Grove Village: John Rotary
  • Evanston Lighthouse: Spero Konstan
  • Geneva: Sheavoun Lambillotte
  • Glen Ellyn: Katherine Borello
  • Glenview Sunrise: Allen Winston
  • Grayslake: Denise Kindle
  • Mt. Prospect Sunrise: Lindy Westerfield
  • Northbrook: Gretchen Oschman
  • Park Ridge: Richard Darr 
  • Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates: Leo Miller
  • Woodstock: Tracey Gasparian 
Welcome, New Rotarians Chuck Bartling 2010-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Oct 10, 2010

If you've never attended a Rotary International convention, you should know it's a big one, and there are never enough rooms close to the action for everyone who wants one. But if you're coming from District 6440, you're in luck, as the district has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Embassy Suites, just a short distance from the Convention Center. Here's how to reserve one of these rooms:


District Reserves Rooms in New Orleans for RI Convention Chuck Bartling 2010-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Oct 10, 2010


60 Minutes Segment Includes Rotary's Partnership with Gates Foundation To Eradicate Polio Chuck Bartling 2010-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Oct 04, 2010


District 6440 has launched a new eYellow Pages directory to encourage Rotarians doing business with Rotarians.  Visit to find Rotarians doing business you can support.   

Between now and the end of the year, Rotarians can sign up for a free one-year listing on the directory.  Go to the site, click on the Sign Up button, complete the information, and you will be listed.  After December, annual listings will cost $25.  Go ahead and post your free listing right now! 

Premium banner listings are available for $120 per year.  These listings will rotate with other premium listings on the District 6440 home page, selected club pages and the eYellow Pages home page.

Please consider choosing to do business with Rotarians, who share your ethical standards and values, as exemplified by the 4-Way Test.
New District 6440 eYellow Pages Now Online Richard (Rich) Lalley 2010-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Sep 30, 2010
It’s time for District 6440 Rotary clubs to be identifying members they would like to propose for district governor in 2013-2014.  As stated on the RI website, “district governors provide leadership, motivation, and guidance to Rotary clubs under the general supervision of the RI Board of Directors.  Governors act as officers of RI, fostering achievement in their district at the club level. Under the District Leadership Plan, district governors prepare for and execute their duties over a three-year period.
District Governor Nominations due on January 3, 2011 Chuck Bartling 2010-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Sep 30, 2010

District Literacy Information Night at the Schaumburg Library on September 22 provided a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow Rotarians from clubs throughout District 6440.  Past projects were reviewed.  Projects currently underway as well as those being considered for the future were also discussed.  The most frequently repeated request was for literacy information.  As a result, the District Literacy Committee is pleased to share the following suggestions:

A Network Gala for Literacy Enthusiasts Chuck Bartling 2010-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Sep 15, 2010

PDG Jack Blane filed this report addressing the need for additional District 6440 support for Haiti relief efforts:

As reported in a recent district newsletter, Rotarians in our district provided strong support several months ago in response to the Haiti earthquake, primarily in the form of ShelterBoxes (top district in the world!).  At that time, we also committed to support long-term recovery to be funded by a District 6440 Haiti Relief Fund.  The lack of daily news about the conditions in Haiti creates the feeling that life in Haiti has returned to normal.  That is definitely not true.

A Plea for More Support for Long-Term Recovery Efforts in Haiti Chuck Bartling 2010-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2010
It has been an honor to serve you, my fellow Rotarians in District 6440, as your Governor. This past year has been an experience-of-a-lifetime and I would not trade it for anything in the world. I have shared, debated and learned much about Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian. Yes, this experience has changed my life and has made me a better person and a better Rotarian.
Serving as Your Governor Has Been a Life-Changing Experience 2010-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome To Rotary Club of McHenry-Sunrise 2010-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Conference Attendees Learn of Fifth Avenue of Service Chuck Bartling 2010-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
How Do You Feel About Wearing the Rotary Pin Every Business Day? Chuck Bartling 2010-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Jan 30, 2010
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl presented John Kenny, President of Rotary International, the Key to the City of Evanston during RI's Board of Directors meeting on January 28. Rotary International moved to its Evanston headquarters on Sherman Avenue in 1987, and the City of Evanston has welcomed its commitment to the community ever since.
RI President Kenney Receives Key to the City From Evanston Mayor Chuck Bartling 2010-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
New Theme: 'Building Communities--Bridging Continents' Chuck Bartling 2010-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Dec 16, 2009
Governor Bill announced that, as of Dec. 17, six clubs have already met the requirements to obtain the ECEQ1N Award for the year. The goal is to grow membership by 1 net new member per club per quarter (every club every quarter 1 net, or ECEQ1N).
Six Clubs Achieve District Membership Goal; Will Yours Be Next? Chuck Bartling 2009-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Nov 30, 2009
District 6440's Literacy Committee is striving for 100 percent club participation in literacy projects this year. In connection with that goal, it is surveying each of our district's clubs in order to compile a list of each club's current club literacy projects.
Tell Us About Your Literacy Projects Chuck Bartling 2009-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Nov 29, 2009
As of the end of August 2009, The Rotary Foundation is no longer funding matching grants for this Rotary year. That does not mean you cannot do an international project. Matching grants can still be submitted, with club and district money, but there will not be a match from The Rotary Foundation. .
Status of Matching Grants Chuck Bartling 2009-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
TRF Rates High on 'Top Ten' List Chuck Bartling 2009-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Oct 01, 2009
Does your club purchase new winter coats as part of a "holiday gift shopping for families in need" project? Operation Warm, a Rotarian founded non-profit charitable organization, would like to help.
'Operation Warm' Offers Deal on New Coats Chuck Bartling 2009-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 08, 2009
Rotary has teamed up with Google to make nearly 100 years of The Rotarian available free online. Full-color, searchable scans of all issues of the magazine from 1959 to 2008 are now available through Google Books. More to come. Click on this link, then click on the "Browse past issues now" link at the bottom of the article. Some of the ads are as interesting as the articles.
Google The Rotarian 2009-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Jul 23, 2009
Individual Rotarians can compete for Governor Bill's Challenge by doing things such as wearing your Rotary pin, completing a make-up at another club, inviting a friend to a Rotary meeting, and becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.

You Can Meet the Governor's Challenge Chuck Bartling 2009-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Help for Club Treasurers and Foundation Chairs Chuck Bartling 2008-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Dec 09, 2008
"Like anything worth doing, starting a new club takes some work," writes Dennis Dinsmore, PDG District 6330, in the December 2008 issue of Member Tips, the membership newsletter of RI zones 27 and 28, of which District 6440 is a part.
How To Organize a New Club Chuck Bartling 2008-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling on Sep 29, 2008
We are just over 100 signups away from having a Rotary license plate available in Illinois. You can find the application by clicking here. The Secretary of State's office requires a minimum of 850 requests before we can design the actual plate. There is a $25 upcharge for each plate each year. In the first year, $10 will go to The Rotary Foundation for each plate. Thereafter, $23 will go to The Rotary Foundation for each plate. A person does NOT have to be a Rotarian to purchase a plate.
How To Get a Rotary License Plate Chuck Bartling 2008-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Discussion Forums for Rotary Leaders Chuck Bartling 2007-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Bartling

The following is a report to the district by Ellen G. Young, District 6440 Polio Challenge Chair:

The Gates Challenge Campaign to finally eradicate polio has been underway for nearly three full years and District 6440 has answered the call with resounding enthusiasm.  District 6440’s clubs have raised a total of $427,944 as of October 25 (before the on line-giving initiative was tabulated), including $30,000 in DDF funds during last year.  Your generosity and selfless support has put us in fifth place among  58 Rotary districts in the U.S.—a feat for which our district is immensely grateful.


But we’re not finished yet – we need 100 per cent participation to finish the job – to raise awareness and enthusiasm in our clubs, among our friends and acquaintances, in our communities and across our entire Rotarian sphere of influence. 

There's Still a Ways To Go on Polio Eradication Chuck Bartling 0
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The Regional Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Success Seminar for Districts 6420, 6440 and 6450 will be held at the Abbington Banquet Hall in Glen Ellyn on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 3:00 -8:00 p.m. – see the attached agenda and registration form for details.  This is an opportunity for district leaders, committee chairs and members to be updated about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.  Topics include:
  • Your TRF and RI Support
  • RI Strategic Plan
  •  The Future Vision Plan Update/Pilot District Experiences
  • Polio Eradication Update - Your Responsibilities in Meeting the $200 Million Gates Challenge Goal
  • RI - Bigger Better Bolder Clubs
  • DINNER - RI Vice President Tom Thorfinnson
  • Our Public Image and Public Relations
  • Rotary and Rotary Foundation Alumni-Resources for the Future
  •  Our Rotary Foundation Goals -What are They?  How do we Meet Them?
  • Membership Development, Retention & Extension
Please send the registration form by September 8 so you can be part of what promises to be an excellent Rotary Success Seminar!
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