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Rock Falls and Sterling Noon Rotary Clubs have joined together to promote Polio Eradication! 
The Oct. 22 walk -- a little over 2 miles for the full loop -- goes along the Hennepin Canal across Rock River on the footbridge over to Sterling and back again to the starting location at Centennial Park in Rock Falls; it's about 65 minutes with no stops.  
  • This is noncompetitive.
  • There is no registration fee, only donations of any size. However, all participants must register and sign a waiver at the large Larson Shelter to participate. 
  • T-shirts of End Polio Now will be available to participants of a minimum donation of $20, until the supply is exhausted.
  • The walk is open to the public.
  • Our members will be making donations to the Foundation to Polio Plus, and that total will then be tripled with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation promise to double our amount. These totals will be used in publicity of the walk.
  • Our goal is donations from our members and awareness for the public that polio eradication is "this close."
  • A photo will be taken of all participants illustrating 'We are this close" before the walk begins.
  • It will be held rain or shine, UNLESS there is lightning, in which case it will be cancelled for safety reasons.
Registration starts at 8:15 a.m., with a welcome from the two club presidents at 9 a.m., the photo and then the sendoff. 
I invite all of you to come to join us. Please share this information.

Our district is home to an internationally renowned Japanese garden. What else should we be proud to show off?
In planning for a team of Friendship Exchange Rotarians to visit our District 6420, we need to showcase our area. Why would a team want to visit our district? There are so many different cultural traditions, locations of interest and tourist attractions. 
To put together a trifold brochure to publicize our district, we need your help. Please send what attractions your area may have of interest to a person of another country ... and if at all possible, take the time to include a brochure, especially with color photos, so we can create a districtwide Friendship Exchange brochure that can be used to advertise what visitors might view and experience during an exchange.
Please send list and any tourism brochures to Bobbi Burke, Co-Chair of Friendship Exchange, 225 Joanne Lane, Rochelle, IL 61068-1022 by Nov. 30.  Our next meeting will be Dec. 3, when we will address formation of this brochure and what to include.
Any club that would like to have a program about Friendship Exchange may contact either Co-Chair Bobbi Burke or Betty Clementz to make the arrangements.

On Saturday, November 5, we are holding two very special events, the Foundation Gala and the Foundation Roundtable. They are being held on the same day because we have some very special guests who will be able to share their expertise with us. 
Chris and Penny Offer are past district governors for District 5040 in British Columbia, Canada. Some of you may remember them from our district conference in Rock Island three years ago. They are Arch Klumph Society members. 
Chris currently serves The Rotary Foundation (TRF) as an Endowment Major Gift Advisor and is a member of the Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative committee. This past August, Chris was part of a team which included WHO, CDC, Gates Foundation and Rotary to evaluate the polio surveillance initiative in Nigeria. 
Penny has been very active with public image work, serving as the District 5040 Public Image Chair and Zone 24 west's Rotary Public Image Coordinator. She was a representative to the 2016 Council on Legislation, and currently is district trainer. 
Together, they have participated in several international service activities, including a Polio National Immunization Day in India.
Torrential rain doesn't stop Rotarians! 

About 20 people from Districts 6420, 6440 and 6450 participated in Sunday's Rollin' with Rotary "Sidewalk to Sidewalk" clean-up project in the Ellis Heights neighborhood of Rockford.
Thanks to Rockford Rotary President Linda Johnson and District 6420 Governor Scott Shore and wife Adriane, among others pictured.

70 1/2 and forced to pay tax on IRA distributions?
Here's a BETTER idea! The IRS permits you to RE-DIRECT part or all of your IRA distributions to THE ROTARY FOUNDATION -- avoiding taxes on the amount you are required to withdraw, AND avoiding heavy penalties that could occur if you do not take required distributions in time. 
It's a win-win AND helps to support our work as Rotarians in all six areas of focus: Peace, Water & Sanitation, Child & Maternal Health, Literacy, Economic Independence & Polio/Disease Eradication!
Easy-to-use forms are available at 
Questions? Contact vicky.perez@rotary.org817-866-3401, or our District's Paul Harris Society Coordinator, Claire Gierat (Belvidere Rotary), at gieratclaire@comcast.net815-979-3200
Thank you for ALL you do!
Submitted by Claire Gierat, District Paul Harris Society Coordinator, and District Governor Scott Shore

Opportunity knocks! District 6420 is accepting nominations for District Governor for the 2019-2020 term. 
There are many Rotarians in our district who are qualified, willing and able to serve as DG – but must be nominated by our own Rotary Clubs!
Rotarians, please consider applying.
Clubs, please nominate a worthy candidate from your membership.
Qualifications include:
  • Past service as a Club President (2015-16 or earlier)
  • Member of one or successive Rotary Clubs for a total of seven years
  • Previous attendance at a Rotary International Convention
  • Member of a club in good standing (dues paid)
Further qualifications can be found in our Rotary International Bylaws, Article 16.070.
Note that candidates for Rotary District Governor do not -- and cannot -- campaign.
Completed / fully signed forms must be received by Nov. 15, 2016, by email or hard copy to each of the following Rotarians:
  • District Governor Scott Shore,, P.O. Box 418 Granville, IL 61326 
  • Nominating Committee Chair John Hurley,, 5976 Targee Trail, Roscoe, IL 61073
Mike Meyer, Frank Grove, Gary Panetta, Bob North and Mark Klein.
Savanna Rotarians spent time during a recent meeting sorting lids for Val’s Garden. 
Lids are being collected to help provide another bench for the garden area.
Kathy Christianson, Nancy Lawfer and Tammi Johnson talked to the Rotary Club about Val’s Garden and their hopes to add a pavilion, more benches and a picnic table at some point. 
Donations of plastic lids or financial donations are welcome. 
Rotarian Ann Murphy stated, “If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, they need to go look; it’s beautiful.” 
“Berms can be adopted by community groups or individuals to plant and care for,” said Kathy Christenson. “This is for the community.”
Read more about the garden here.

Louisiana National Guard Soldiers, of 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, along with the Crowley Police Department, check on local residents to make sure they are OK and to make sure they have food and water Aug. 17, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Toshiba Davis via Flickr)
As the waters recede in Louisiana, Rotary has escalated its work to help provide housing and necessities to families.
Our District Governors in New Orleans and Baton Rouge report that 160,000 homes, businesses and other buildings across 20 Louisiana parishes have been damaged by the August flooding
District 6450 in Chicago has taken the lead in coordinating donations, working with Rotarians in the affected areas to maximize the effectiveness of our support.
Please share with your club this opportunity to support an important cause.
Individual and club donations can be sent to District 6420 Treasurer Anita Papich, 5287 Sandpiper Place, Loves Park, IL 61111, payable to Rotary District 6420. Or if individual donors are seeking tax deductibility, donations can be made payable to Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation.
Clubs and Rotarians traditionally help fellow clubs' efforts, as we have been helped in the past in times of need. Please consider donating between now and Nov. 15 to this recovery effort. 
Thank you for ALL you do!

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