District 6440 News


"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... ‚Äč

  • 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..."


Who's coming to cheer on the White Sox and help End Polio Now? 
If you can't come, or even if you do, how about buying some tickets for Veterans?

We are happy to announce the creation of a new speakers bureau on the District 6440 website.  This replaces the old "speakers forum" which was deactivated when ClubRunner eliminated its forums functionality.
We need Rotarians to enter speakers into the list.  If you know of a great  speaker interested in addressing Rotary Clubs, or if you have a worthwhile presentation, please post the information to the list by clicking here.  Note, if you were listed in the old forum, you need to repost your information.

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 by our selection committee.  The scholarships provide a $1,500 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 Jeff Jerdee.  “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 Scholar
Bartlett Nicole Oritsejafor
Bartlett Kaitlin O'Neil
Fox Valley Sunset Robyn Neff
Fox Valley Sunset Kathy Greenquist
Glenview Sunrise Christopher Cepeda
Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Stephanie Gaidas
Libertyville Sunrise Aaron Houser
Lombard Luke Caron
McHenry Colin Ellison
McHenry Stuart Swanson
Northbrook Kyler Busch
Schaumburg AM Louis Wegner
St. Charles Breakfast  Dylan Dwyer
Wheeling Guadalupe Acosta
Wilmette Noon Kabriya Bolbolan
Woodstock Morning Mark Stroh


RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."

"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

Learn more at Rotary.org.


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!


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. 


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.

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.
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?
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.  


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