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Club Vice President Angela Campbell of the Rotary club of Rock Island accepted a proclamation made by Rock Island mayor, Mike Thomas, in recognition of World Polio Day. World Polio Day is October 24, 2019 and clubs are encouraged to host an event and/or get a similar proclamation from their local elected leaders at the city, county or state level. Rotary International has developed a proclamation template that clubs could use to assist local leaders in making such a proclamation. The template can be found at this link.
Our AA Sisterhood of Schools joint project with RCs and rotarians of D-4921 đź‡¦đź‡· and Sycamore Rotary Club of D-6420 đź‡şđź‡¸ moves forward to its eighth-year-in-a-row student exchange.

Do you have what it takes to make a difference?

The District 6420 Vocational Training Team Committee is looking for a few good Rotarians who can lend their time, experiences and skill sets in the development and implementation of a family- and health-related project in Combarbalá, Chile.

What is the project? The purpose of this project is to help professionals in Combarbalá develop stronger skill sets in the development and implementation of programs surrounding the health and development of young people in the community. Combarbalá educational and health professionals are experiencing challenges with young people in the community as it relates to sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS; alcohol and drug abuses; and healthy relationships. A point of fact: Chile is the only Latin American Country where the rate of AIDS infection is increasing. In addition, professionals in Combarbalá are having difficulty getting the attention from students and parents.

CONGRATULATIONS to "Rotarian of the Year" - Ruth Lee (Rock Island) and "Club Officer of the Year" - Brandy Sandburg (President of Putnam County) awarded over the weekend at District Conference.
 Other awards given out were 2018-2019 Literacy Awards, Recognitions Selections, and Public Image Awards:


Check Out Our District’s EarlyAct/Interact/Rotaract 

Showcase 2018-19 !

Our District can be VERY proud of our FOUR EarlyAct Clubs, TWENTY FOUR Interact Clubs, and soon-to-be THREE Rotaract Clubs – ALL doing amazing things within their schools, community and world!  Our District Youth Services Committee invited all clubs to showcase a project for this month’s Newsletter. NINE Clubs responded and are featured here! (click the read more button).  Congrats to Ottawa Township HS Interact, Bureau Valley HS Interact and Rochelle Township HS Interact, whose Clubs are selected to each receive a $100.00 award in this round, for use toward your next project! ALL others were truly outstanding as well!  Stay tuned for more opportunities to Showcase your Program and to qualify for future awards!

The Sterling Noon Rotary Club held its 34th Annual Student Excellence Recognition Program on April 10, 2019 at Abiding Word Church.   One hundred students from Sterling and Newman High Schools were recognized as future leaders who we will send off into the world to help make it a better place through service, good will, high ethical standards, and leadership....the ideals of Rotary.

A fun night at Mt Carroll Rotary's Denim and Diamonds fundraiser.  The evening included a buffet dinner, silent auction items, a spirited live auction, and a dessert dash.
Kuddos to the entire club for a job well done!
Two Quad Cities Rotary presidents took to 'desperate' measures to raise funds for good causes.  Without prior notice, Rock Island Rotary President Sue Cassatt and Moline Rotary President Kelly Giovanine orchestrated a 'hostile takeover' of each other's Clubs.  The Club's president would only regain 'power' if the Club met fundraising goals. 
On Monday, February 26, Sue Cassatt surprised Moline Rotary by leading their meeting.  While Club members seemed to have a tough time deciding whether they'd rather pay to get President Kelly back or pay Rock Island to keep her, they managed to raise over $250 for their Literacy Fund. 
At first lagging behind Moline's donations, Rock Island Rotary refused to be outdone with a challenge and dug deep into their wallets to raise $400 for Rotary's Polio Fund. 
Pictured is Kelly Giovanine explaining the details of the hostile takeover to a surprised and confused Rock Island Rotary Club Tuesday, February 25.  Note President Sue Cassatt is pictured on the monitor.
River Cities Rotary teamed up with their local Interact Club to build adaptive tricycles for three special needs students from their area.  The club had intended to build just one tricycle, or Tryke, with the help from the Rotary Foundation grant funds.  However, due to an overwhelming response from members, the club ended up sponsoring a total of three Trykes. 
The club had no difficulty with recruiting volunteers, with many Rotary family members coming to join in the efforts.  The special customized Trykes were purchased through Mississippi Bend Trykes, a non-profit organization that serves children and families in eleven counties in Illinois and Iowa.  
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