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Rotarians around the world focus on basic education and literacy. 
The Rotary Clubs of Savanna and Mt. Carroll teamed up to purchase and give dictionaries to all the West Carroll third-graders.
Pictured with the excited students are Mt. Carroll Rotarian Mike Risko (from left) and Savanna Rotarians Stan Schleuning, Gary Panetta, Frank Grove and Bob North.

Zones 28 & 29 Atlanta Promotion Chairs Holly Callen and Mike McCullough have announced a fun contest to support YOUR District registration efforts.
The contest rules are simple. Prizes will be awarded to the top five districts in Zones 28-29 who have the largest percentage of membership register between June 7, 2016, and March 31, 2017. 

In other words, if a district has 2,000 members (as of the July 1 RI Membership report) and 100 people register and pay (including spouses & guests), the registration percentage is 5 percent. Because the contest is based on a percentage of membership, it is fair to all 28 districts, regardless of size. 
Registration has just opened for next year's Zones 28 and 29 Institute -- "ChiZone 2017" to be held Oct. 27-29, 2017, in Itasca (near Schaumburg).
Sign up by Oct. 29 and save $50! 
True to the adage that we can do SO MUCH MORE TOGETHER, our Rotary District is among 28 districts in Zones 28 and 29 that come together to exchange ideas in a big way at our annual Institute.
To register at that early discount price of $175 (not including hotel), go to or email -- and join the excitement with Rotarians from across the upper United States and southern Canada.

District 6420 Governor Scott Shore presents a 25th Anniversary certificate to charter members Betsy Smith and John Countryman with club President Elect Marshall Boyle. 
The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a small celebration dinner to commemorate its 25th year of service to local communities and the world.
The club was chartered in 1991 as a third Rotary club option in the DeKalb/Sycamore area. The DeKalb Rotary Club and the Sycamore Rotary Club had existed for some time, but this third “joint” club between the two cities was a new venture that year.
The idea, according to Kurt Schweitzer, one of the charter members, was to appeal to young professionals and make it easier for them to join Rotary while minimizing impact on their careers and family time. The DeKalb club meets on Monday evenings and the Sycamore club meets on Wednesdays at lunch time. This new club would meet at 7 a.m. and end promptly at 8 to allow people to get to work on time. The name “Kishwaukee” was selected as common ground among the two primary communities.
As I wrap up our club visits this month, I continue to be amazed and enthused about all that we accomplish within our clubs and, working together, throughout the world. We truly are "serving humanity" in so many ways, locally and globally! 
Thank you for your warmth and hospitality shown to me as well as Adriane on the many occasions she has been able to accompany me on our "Magical Rotary Tour!" 
It is now our opportunity, as Rotarians and within our clubs, to take ROTARY SERVICE to the next level in Foundation support, membership growth and engagement of community members in what we do. This Foundation Centennial Year provides the perfect launch pad for social media posts, news articles, open house events and community fundraisers that raise awareness of what we can accomplish together. Please share your ideas and projects with me -- and by posts in the next editions of our Newsletter (click HERE to submit!) 
Clubs large and small can offer students ages 15-19 the opportunity to spend next summer with a student from another country – four weeks here and four weeks there!  
STEP ONE: Decide how many students your club will sponsor @ $300 each. 
STEP TWO: Let your community know that your Rotary Club can make SUMMER YOUTH EXCHANGE happen in your community! Get the word out to local high schools, foreign language teachers, Interact Clubs and local papers – a chance to showcase our “international” side.
Need help getting there? We have brochures, sample press releases, morning school announcements, and even one-one contact with any students & parents interested! Students can apply in December or early January.
Beautify your garden, yard or a local park AND support the Foundation!
District Governor Scott Shore's counterpart in Rotary District 7170 (New York), Richard Matsushima, is putting his Japanese connections to work for the Foundation and invites us to participate.
Members pay $20 per starter plant -- $10 to the grower in Daikonjima, Japan, and $10 to your own Foundation account.
Clubs and individual donors can select their quantity and color: yellow, pink, red, purple or white. We will receive shipment this spring in time for planting, for distribution at our District Assembly or District Conference in April. 
Let DG Scott know how many & what colors you or your Club want to order by Oct. 15 ($25 after that date), and he'll take it from there!

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.

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