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Thursday, November 18
District Governor Nominations
due January 3, 2011
Save the dates ...New Orleans RI Convention -
May 21-25, 2011 (register by 12/15 for savings)
The Rotary District 6440 Newsletter is filled with
announcements, articles, and links to announcements,
stories, and information about our clubs, our members and
making a difference through Rotary.
The calendar year 2010 is rapidly coming to a close,
so there are several things to bring to your attention as we enter
the last two months of the year:
Foundation month - November is Foundation Month, an
opportunity for us to appreciate the "crown jewel"
of our organization that enables us to do so much good in the
world. Every dollar that each of us contributes to the
Foundation changes lives in meaningful ways. Please
include the Rotary Foundation in your year-end charitable
- As we enter the holiday season, our thoughts turn to giving
gifts to family, friends and colleagues. As a
Rotarian, you are empowered to give one of the most meaningful
gifts, an invitation to join Rotary. It's a unique gift
given only by Rotarians. Who will you invite?
Leadership - Even though we are only 1/3 into the current
Rotary year, club nominating committees are working on the
list of club leaders to serve in 2011-2012. One of the
best ways to serve Rotary and to learn more about the
organization is to say "yes" when asked to
Convention - Our next international convention will be in New
Orleans next May - "Let the Good Times Roll
Again." This is the best way to experience the
internationality of Rotary and it's relatively close to home,
the last convention in North America for several years.
So, read about the convention plans at www.rotary.org/convention.
Then be sure to register before December 15, when
the registration cost goes up. We have a block of rooms
for District 6440 at the Embassy Suites - contact Stan Sherman
at 847-480-3450 for reservation information.
- eYellow Pages - Would you like
Rotarians to patronize your business? Then sign-up at www.rot6440yp.org for
the District 6440 eYellow Pages BEFORE December 31, for a FREE
12 month listing.
I look forward to seeing you at our Fall Seminar Day
on November 13. The details about the day and registration
information are at www.rotary6440.org.
Let It Snow ! ... We'll be inside for
the"6440 Tailgate Event" (Fall Seminar Day)
It's coming down to the final play and we're hoping
you're in the game. Are you registered for the District's
Fall Seminar Day?
You still have a few days to register for the November 13th
event. Kick off begins with registration at 8:00 AM, a buffet
breakfast starts at 8:30 AM. Pre-game pep talk by Governor
Bruce and RI Director-elect Betsy Demaray will set the stage for
educational sessions focused on Membership, RI Foundation, ABCs of
Rotary, and Public Image/Communication.
Here's your opportunity to set the game plan for your
own Club. We have over 30 presenters (including many of your
fellow Rotarians!) that will share insights, ideas, and successful
strategies that will help you develop your Club into a winning
It's easy to sign up: Go to the District's website and
register by noon on Monday, November 8. We'll be posting the
agendas for each of the breakout sessions soon to help with your
last minute planning.
look forward to seeing you at the kickoff of District's Fall
Seminar Day - at Medinah Banquets 550 North Shriners Drive Addison.
Rotary Interact Clubs
Are On The Move
cluster meetings are being scheduled for those who were unable to
attend the Interact gathering in September. Contact Sam
Martinez, Interact Advisor, 847-565-9278, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get your updates and/or to
schedule in an Interact club visit.]
is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to
18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which
provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and
self-supporting (per RI website ).
Interact project is planned for the District
Conference. An updated list of Interact clubs and
contacts is now available on the district web site.
Also, be sure to enter the Interact video contest. For
details, see the information at the link: http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/News/Pages/100816_news_videocontest.aspx.
Send a copy of your Interact Club's video to Sam Martinez, your
Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects,
one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.
Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships
with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:
leadership skills and personal integrity
helpfulness and respect for others
the value of individual responsibility and hard work
international understanding and goodwill
of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary
service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and
geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.
Work Yet To Do for End
The Gates Challenge Campaign to finally eradicate
polio has been underway for nearly 3 full years and District #6440
has answered the call with resounding enthusiasm. District
6440's clubs have raised a total amount of $427,944 as of October
25th (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 5th
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%
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. As
Rotarians it is our job to carry the message of hope to parts of
the world which don't usually touch our everyday lives. As
Rotarians, consider whether it is our duty to respond when a child
in Tajikistan, India, Pakistan, Nigeria or Afghanistan gets polio
because the vaccine didn't get to them in time? We have
a duty as Rotarians to do more than others to address issues of
disease, world hunger, clean water, literacy and peace because we've
been made aware of these needs - and we have a network of support
throughout our Rotarian world. The difference is, we have the
financial means, the imagination and the operational knowhow to get
things done - when the need exists and persists, as it does now.
Chicago area Rotarians have been working to eradicate
Polio since the early 1950's when they provided refrigerated
transport to safely move the newly developed Salk vaccine from
manufacturing sites to the cities where anxious families awaited a
chance to get a protective dose of vaccine for their
children. Chicago Rotarians responded again in the mid 1980's
when the Polio Plus Campaign was launched to try to eradicate the
disease in our lifetimes. We've been challenged again by Bill
Gates to finish the job - and we're "This Close" to doing
it - by the end of 2012. With $150 million of the $200
million challenge grant raised so far, and a great showing thus far
in the campaign, we each need to take a personal interest in this mission,
considering how we might have felt in 1952 when the disease was at
its height, and empathize with the worried parents overseas as
though we were there ourselves.
As Rotarians, isn't it our responsibility to go the
extra mile to put the needs of others ahead of ourselves - to
mobilize our communities to solve problems and make our
neighbors aware of their global responsibilities - to share
Rotary's vision of improving the lives of people throughout the
Rotarians world-wide realize that "Mankind is our
Business" and that now is the time to pull together to finish
the job of eradicating Polio.
THERE'S STILL TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! You and
your Club can claim a share of Rotary's legacy to eradicate Polio.
Ellen G. Young
District 6440 Polio Challenge Chair
Know someone who Loves
and Serves Rotary? Nominate for Dist. Governor !
If you know someone has served well, who has a vision
for Rotary, and can motivate and organize other, consider
nominating them for District Governor. It's a great
opportunity to use skills to benefit others, here and abroad.
It's an honor for both the person and the club. January
3 is the deadline.
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.
Theft - some words to the wise.
[From 10/28/10 Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary
meeting notes of presentation by police Cmdr. John Kleffner]
ID theft is so big that gangs have realized that they
can make more money via the Internet than from mugging
someone. They try to stay under $10,000. An example was
the recent food store debit card problem in the news -- card
number and "pin" numbers were taken...and the card was
used in Germany!
In the last year, Lincolnshire PD has arrested
people in six different states. One thief had an off shore
bank account which cannot be touched for over a million
dollars. Aggravated identity theft is against someone
over sixty years old; the PD has a special way of tracking these
crimes, and do.
Tips -- Shred everything-even the address page on your
magazines! Check your credit cards and your
credit score. A fifty dollar charge to 1000 people amounts to
a lot of money. If someone is selling magazines, do not write
them a check, use cash instead so that they will not get your routing
Also, guard your credit cards from children giving
out your numbers. Report your ID theft even if you
have been reimbursed -- this creates helpful a paper
trail. If your card has been compromised, do report it
because your police department can trace it -- a stolen
credit card can sometimes lead to tracing the thief
through video cameras.
And for older youth --
Rotaract Group from Northwestern Worked in Peru !
note: Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young
men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or
university based, and they're sponsored by a local Rotary club.
This makes them true "partners in service" and key
members of the family of Rotary.
As one of Rotary's most
significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more
than 8,200 clubs in about 170 countries and geographical
areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.]
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% 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.
Three years later the city still stands in rubble. Muros
de la vergüenza, walls of shame, hide evidence of the
earthquake's damage, serving as a temporary fix but also acting as
a constant reminder that the city is far from full recovery.
At the end of March, members of the Rotaract Club of
Northwestern University decided
to go to Peru for their fourth annual international service
trip. "Going to Peru opened up my eyes to the pure
goodness that resides in many of us," Rotaracter Paris West
said. "The experience I had in Peru will forever live with me
and I can state without a shadow of a doubt that I will return to
Pisco and to finish the job I had initially wanted to achieve: to
change the world with the help of like-minded
learn more about our service trip, view Rotary International's
short documentary, "Journey to Pisco" on Vimeo.
Needs Assessments Will Be
Needs assessments help clubs make better plans and
have a greater impact on their communities, avoid duplication of
efforts and,like Sokham's Rotary club, discover new opportunities
When Paphassone Sokham became community service chair
of the Rotary Club of Kona Mauka, Hawaii, USA, the first thing she
did was try to figure out exactly what kind of service her
community needed. "I just asked every community service
program that was willing to talk to me, 'What do you need, big or small?'"
she says. "I knew it would just open everything up for me if I
did a community assessment."
Needs assessments (see a sample
survey form by clicking here) such as surveys, asset
inventories, and focus groups should look at both a community's strengths
and weaknesses in order to identify not only what needs to be done,
but what resources are available to help make it happen. Consider
looking at things such as residents' skills and challenges, other
organizations that can provide resources, existing infrastructure,
and club members' skills, talents, and interests.
two-week period, Sokham visited many of the organizations,
compiling a list of their needs. Her club narrowed down the list of
ideas to come up with one or two community service projects each
month, such as donating a table for counselors to use at a child
abuse center and helping the hospital where Sokham works recycle
its old computers. Sokham says that conducting a needs
assessment had another, unforeseen, benefit - increasing Rotary's
visibility, even among groups the club didn't end up working with.
"The greatest part was going out and talking to people. Some
didn't even know what Rotary was. It was like, 'You do this kind of
thing?'" she says. "It was really fun."
from Rotary Leader,
November, 2010 issue.