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The District 6420 Task Force Against Human Trafficking met on September 29 and received a report regarding the Human Trafficking Legislative Taskforce Hearing that took place on September 14. We exchanged information we have discovered regarding various organizations involved in this cause. The overwhelming need that we have determined is EDUCATION. There is also a need for housing. There are many laws in place, but they are not enforced. We discussed educating judges.
 
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Galena Steakhouse, 1101 N Galena Ave., Dixon, IL. If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Toni Lucas at tonisrotary@gmail.com or call 270-703-9799. 
 
The committee will continue its work on this issue utilizing and building on the resources outlined below.

The Rotary calendar reminds us that November is Foundation month.  It is the month that many clubs make a special effort to present programs related to the Foundation and/or hold events that highlight the impressive work of our Rotary Foundation.

 

It has been the practice in District 6420 to hold a dinner in November specifically for the Foundation.  Questions often asked are “why”?  Wouldn’t it be better to just make a contribution to the Foundation that represents the cost of the dinner?  What benefit do we receive by attending, particularly given the cost of the dinner?

 

The annual Foundation dinner provides an opportunity to thank all of us who support through our contributions the Foundation’s very important projects locally and internationally.  In 2016-17, there were 102 first-time donors in our district.  One of the ways to ensure this commitment continues is to recognize you.  My personal heartfelt thanks goes out to each of the 102 because you were a big factor in a major increase in our support of the Foundation in 2016-17.  We want you to remain engaged.

The Rotary Club of Savanna recently named Ed Bochniak as their 2017 Service Above Self recipient.  The award recognizes an individual from the Savanna area for their volunteer work to make a positive change for others and our community.  Ed started as the Executive Director at the Carroll County Housing Authority in 2010.  Ed quickly became acquainted with Savanna and made Carroll County his priority.  Ed joined the Rotary Club of Savanna in 2010 and became treasurer.  Ed is involved in various groups in Carroll County which focus on the welfare of the Senior Citizens in our area.  Ed is an active member of the Carroll County Triad, is a board member for GRO (Great River Outreach) and BEST Inc. (Business Employment Skills Team).  Ed also represents Carroll County and Savanna, Illinois as a Board Member of the Illinois Association of Housing Authorities.   

 

Ed recently developed an additional food pantry for Savanna at West Manor.  Current Rotary  President Bryan McCaskey stated “Ed is the kind of man you want to be your team.  Not only does he join a club, he gets involved, networks and gives back to the community.  He takes charge and helps with the details.  He will show up for the event, and is not afraid to help behind the scenes.”Not only does Ed Bochniak volunteer his time and talents in the community of Savanna but also in Galena where he and his wife Annie reside.  Ed is a member of the Galena Zoning Board and has been involved over the years in the Galena Lions Club, St. Michael’s Parish and coaching several youth activities. 
 

Pictured with Service Above Self Recipient Ed Bochniak are Left to Right:  Daughter Emily, Daughter Christine, his wife Annie and Administrative Assistant at the Carroll County Housing Authority Patty Acree.

Here is an update on the status of the RI Polio Plus program and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) as of mid-July 2017.
 
First let me recap briefly the history of Polio Plus and Rotary International for some newer members who are perhaps not yet that well informed about this great international endeavor.
 
In 1979 Rotarians initiated a polio eradication program in the Philippines and it was successful.
In 1985 RI started the Polio Plus campaign and by 1988 it became a global endeavor with international partners.  We were off on one of the most momentous public health campaigns in humankind history since the eradication of smallpox in the world.
 
 
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