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We are looking at forming an Event Planning Committee in our district. 
 
We have a number of events throughout the year and are recognizing the need to have a committee of individuals who are skilled and enjoy doing event planning. 
 
If you are interested, please contact DGE Scott Shore
 
This would be a fun way to get involved in district activities and bring some creativity to our events.
 

 
 
 
David Dosier (left) and Jim Nelson of Rotary prepare to unveil the new sign on the Fairdale warning system tower.
 
Fairdale – About 20 people assembled at the tornado warning siren to recognize the funding organization, Rotary District 6420 and the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club. David Dosier, president of the Kishwaukee club, delivered some short comments to a mix of Rotarians and Fairdale residents. His comments emphasized that while they were there to recognize the efforts of Rotary, they were simply one contributor among many.
 
 
Dosier stated “Rotary is only one of many service organizations that contributed, and continue to contribute, to the recovery efforts here in Fairdale. We are one of many who donated time, money or material goods – to help the residents of Fairdale get back on their feet and, in this case, have more resources at their disposal in the future. We are one of many who stepped up to help meet the needs of a community. So while the spotlight is on Rotary for these few minutes, let me emphasize that we are proud to be part of a much larger effort.”
 
The warning siren system and tower was funded by Rotary District 6420, which encompasses over 40 Rotary clubs in the northern Illinois region, west of Chicago. The project cost approximately $16,000. The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary club served as the District’s agent in coordinating the project. Rotary District Governor, Jim Nelson, of Rockford, was on hand for the ceremony and unveiled the bronze sign that is now mounted on the tower, recognizing Rotary’s role in providing the siren system.
 
 
Fairdale residents Marcie Richardson (from left), Peggy Cline and Charlene Roach next to the new sign.
 
 
 
 
“Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much.” -- Helen Keller
 
We want to thank all the people who made the District Conference a success; their help, counsel and willingness made the event a great weekend for fellowship. 
 
While only the most hardy and daring of Rotarians braved the cold for the Friday morning golf event, it was still a wonderful opportunity to play the beautiful Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club golf course. Thank you to Loves Park Rotarians Dr. Kris Tumilowicz and Tom Brooks for organizing the event. 
 
The Friday night Foundation Dinner, highlighting Ambassadorial Scholar Jordan Groh, was attended by 52 Rotarians including spouses. This great evening included a cocktail reception to recognize all the Paul Harris Society members in the district. Thank you to Elise Cadigan (Rockford) and Claire Gierat (Belvidere) for organizing the evening, Lyn Allison (Rockford) for serving as event registrar and Leo Patterson (Dixon) for giving the invocation.
 
 
 
Rotarians of District 6420,
 
We are asking for your input regarding locations of interest for future Rotary Friendship Exchange. 
 
Please take this short survey, which will involve less than 5 minutes of your time, but give the committee valuable direction in arranging exciting and interesting Rotary Friendship Exchange. 
 
This survey will close at midnight June 15.  
 
Thank you in advance for your input.
 
Bobbi Burke and Betty Clementz, 
Co-Chairs of Rotary Friendship Exchange
 

 
 
 
Rotarians from Sycamore and Kishwaukee Sunrise tend to weeds and flowers surrounding the entrance sign to Sycamore Lake at Rotary Park, one of four project sites for Rotarians at Work Day -- May 7.
 
About two dozen members of the Sycamore Rotary Club and the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary joined forces May 7 to benefit local agencies through the annual Rotarians at Work Day event.
 
Rotarians volunteered their services to local not-for-profit agencies and special projects, lending their talents and their work to agencies in need of assistance with major tasks. 
 
Among the projects we helped out with this year:
 
 -- The Pay it Forward House had us prepare their Serenity Garden for the summer, spreading mulch on their flower beds.
 
 -- The Sycamore Park District, as part of its own Park Pride Day, had Rotarians weeding and clearing around the sign at the entrance to Rotary Park at Sycamore Lake.
 
 -- Rotarians helped prepare land near the historic Joiner Cemetery, for ceremonies to be held there on Memorial Day weekend.
 
 -- The Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association had Rotary help plant its sensory gardens at Hopkins Park; clean and put into storage all the items they'll need in the Hopkins Park Shelter for summer camp; and prepare flyers for mailing.
 
 
 
 
 
2016 Rockford Rotary “Service Above Self” winners (from left) are Pat Derry, Barbara Roman, Ian Linnabary, Nancy Kalchbrenner and Dr. Robert Head.
 
Rockford Rotary honored five “Service Above Self” winners at its annual Service Above Self awards luncheon May 12: Patrick Thomas Derry, Dr. Robert L.
Head, Nancy Kalchbrenner, Ian K. Linnabary and Barbara Roman.
 
The award recognizes both Rotarians and non-Rotarians for their volunteer work to make positive, enduring change for others and our community.
 
This was Rockford Rotary’s 38th year of the awards.
 
 
 

 
 
 
There are so many Rotarians who do outstanding work in our district.
 
Below are those who were honored with awards at the 2016 District Conference April 29-May at Clock Tower Resort in Rockford.
        
DG Jim Nelson honored three retiring District Committee Chairs for their years of service:
  • Elise Cadigan, Foundation
  • Ray Schwartz, Finance
  • Kelly Doty, Nominating
Additionally, the following clubs were given certificates for the Governor’s Challenge:
  • Rock Island 
  • Marseilles 
  • Moline
  • Kishwaukee Sunrise
 
Other winners:
  • Club Officer of the Year Award: Steve Morenz
  • Outstanding Club Project: Rock Island
  • Rotarian of the Year Award: Betty Clementz
  • Cliff Dochterman Scout Award: Kris Tumilowicz
  • Most New Members Award: Michaela VanDieren
  • Service-Above-Self Certificates: Heidi Wright, David Dosier, Mark Schuler
  • Paul Harris Fellowship: Teacher Alison Mercer-Curtis of Rochelle
   
 
Literacy winners:
  • Individual Achievement Award: Ellen Smith, Morrison
  • Majiyagbe Innovative Project Award: Rock Island  
  • Club Achievement Recognition:
    Loves Park 
    Quad Cities - Illinois 
    River Cities 
    Rock Falls 
    ​​​​​​​Rock Island 
  • Sustained Excellence Recognition: 
    Loves Park 
    Quad Cities - Illinois 
    River Cities 
    Rock Falls 
    Rock Island 
We posted earlier about our district's big winner -- PDG Bob was honored by RI!
 
And in case you missed it: See Facebook photos from the conference here.
 
 

 
 
Opportunity or obligation?
 
I think we all feel an obligation to help with our youth. We read in schools. We offer students free books and/or dictionaries. We tutor as needed, and we extend ourselves and our clubs in many different ways.
 
What is your club doing? Can you do more?
 
Our youth programing over the District is expansive, too. We have Early Act Clubs in several schools. In those clubs we work with grade school students to teach the values that we, as Rotarians, live by. What a time to work with these young, formative minds!
 
As the students get older, they can participate in over 20 Interact clubs in our district’s high schools. We provide opportunities for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development to address the physical and social needs of their communities -- and promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. 
 
For ages 18-30, there's Rotaract. We have only a couple in the district, but whether it be through a community college, a university or even a community-based club, we can work in your community.
 
At the recent District Conference in Rockford, several dozen Interactors and youth exchange students from our clubs gathered to discuss projects and pledged to continue district-wide communications. 
 
 
 
 
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