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Join fellow Rotarians March 9 for a Quad Cities dueling pianos event, "A Little Off Key." 
 
This unique event at River Music Experience, 129 N. Main, Davenport, is hosted by Rock Island Rotary and Twin Rivers Rotary Afters Hours. Spend a night listening and singing along to your favorite hits.
 
Doors open at 6 p.m., with the pianos playing at 7:30.
 
New this year: Two ticket options, $45 for standing room only or $60 for a guaranteed seat.
 
Admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and dessert.
 
VIP tables are available for purchase. The cost is $400 for a table with 4 seats near the piano action.
 
Entertainment is provided by Fun Pianos!, a traveling dueling pianos group.
 
Money raised from the event will support local youth programs and other Rotary projects.
 
For more information, contact Sue Lerschen-Cassatt at SLerschen-Cassatt@FirstStateIL.com.
   
 
 
Get your game on for this year's DISTRICT GOLF DAY Friday, April 28, at Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Course on US Highway 6 -- just off I-39 between LaSalle and Utica ... and on your way to this year's District Conference in Utica!
 
Tee times begin at 10 a.m. REGISTER ONLINE! Cost is just $80 including green fees, cart, lunch and two drink tickets. The format is 18-hole regulation / best ball -- with a few contests built into the fun!
 
We also welcome HOLE SPONSORS @ $100 for clubs, businesses and individuals to get in on the action. Net proceeds will be added to conference donations to the Rotary Foundation and to Rotary flood relief efforts in Louisiana!
 
Come for the golf, stay for the District Conference! Click on each link above for more.
 
 
Enjoy this year's District Conference April 28-30 at Starved Rock State Park in Utica!
 
Click HERE to register ... and HERE to see the highlights, activities, entertainment and speakers that will all come together at "The Rock!" 
 
Dixieland Jazz on Friday, Zydeco on Saturday, beignets & muffallettas, awesome Rotary and youth presenters, hikes & park activities and more! 
 
Register ASAP; space is limited. Find more info HERE!
 
 
 
 
Rotarian Charles Owens, Rotarian Gina Schlosser, Henry Mayor Doug Wilson, State Rep. Ryan Spain, Rotarian Mike Steele, Rotary District 6420 Governor Scott Shore and Henry Rotary President Sherry Klein
 
The Henry Rotary Club Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast was held Jan. 29 at Henry Grade School.
 
Over 500 people attended and raved about how wonderful it was this year. Starting at 5 a.m., Rotarians worked strategically on getting the pancake batter just right and the sausage cooked to perfection.
 
Jim’s IGA in Lacon made the sausage this year using the Rotary’s “secret” recipe. State Rep. Ryan Spain and Henry Mayor Doug Wilson served pancakes, and State Sen. Chuck Weaver greeted and sat with patrons. Rotary District Governor Scott Shore with wife Adriane also came and enjoyed the great breakfast. All proceeds from the breakfast go toward community projects. 
 
 
State Rep Ryan Spain serves pancakes to State Sen. Chuck Weaver. 
 
 
Incoming Club Secretaries: Interested in knowing more about what you can get out of My Rotary? Several webinars can help you navigate the different online tools available for your use.  
     
Wednesday, 1 March, 10:00 am, Chicago time (UTC-6) 
Learn how Rotary Global Rewards gives back to the Rotary Foundation while you save on your next trip. 
     
Wednesday, 8 March, 10:00 am, Chicago time (UTC-6) 
Learn the basics of entering data in your Club Management System. Ensure data is linked to the RI database, allowing you to spend less time on administrative tasks and receive an accurate club invoice. 
     
Tuesday, 14 March, 10:00 am, Chicago time (UTC-6)
Learn the basics of these three online tools, how they relate to each other, and how you can use them to enhance your club's service projects. 
     
Wednesday, 5 April 10:00 am, Chicago time (UTC-6)
Learn about the Grant Center which features a new look and a streamlined grant application.
     
Wednesday, 26 April 10:00 am, Chicago time (UTC-6)
Learn how to get the most from your My Rotary experience with the Learning Center, Shop, and the Document Center.
    
For questions, contact Learn@rotary.org.  
   
     
 
 
Greeted by their hosts and District Governor Scott (middle) & Adriane Shore at O'Hare International Airport are: Students Arsenio and Francisco, sponsored by Bolivar Rotary Club, Sebastian, Victoria and Manuela, sponsored by Santo Rosa Sur Rotary Club, and also two school staffers, Candela Bueno of Santa Rosa and Vanesa Tello of Bolivar. 
 
Two teams of exchange students arrived Jan. 23 from Argentina: one team hosted by their exchange partners in Sycamore and the other in Putnam County.
 
The Sisterhood of Schools program "exchanges" students and accompanying teachers or school staff members who travel during their summer vacation  -- which is now for Argentinians. They will spend six weeks here, leaving March 5. Likewise, our outbound teams from Sycamore and Putnam County will head south in May or June for a similar period. The program was launched several years ago by Rotarian Guillermo Salas of Buenos Aires, who had been a Rotary Exchange Student in Sycamore in his youth. This year marks the expansion of the program to additional communities within our district. 
 
The program allows for a true cultural exchange and an opportunity for team members to connect with students, families, Rotary Clubs and Interact Clubs throughout their hosting districts. Interested for next year? We have many more opportunities ahead!
 
And in case you didn't see it, The Daily Chronicle had nice coverage.
 
It's awards season! Time for your "photo opp" in front of the Rotary wall.
 
 
Now is the time to nominate your fellow Rotarians in your club and across northwestern Illinois for District 6420 awards -- to recognize their service and important contributions.
 
You can find all awards and downloadable forms on the left side of our website under District 6420 Awards:
  • Rotarian of the Year
  • Club Officer of the Year
  • Outstanding Club Project
  • New Rotarian of the Year
  • Best Newsletter
  • Best Website
  • Best Use of Facebook/Social Media
  • Public Image in the Media
Deadline is March 16; send to Jennie Broecker, jenniebroecker@gmail.com
 
And under the Literacy category...
  • Individual Achievement
  • Club Achievement
  • Majiyagbe Innovative Project
  • Sustained Excellence Recognition
Deadline is March 16 as well; send to Andrew Axup, axupandreww@sau.edu.
 
Please spread the word through your club meetings and communications as much as possible.
 
Thanks much!
 
You didn't miss it after all! 
 
Our three northern Illinois Rotary Districts came together Jan. 23 to present "The ABCs of Rotary" -- a program for new Rotarians to learn LOTS in a SHORT amount of time.
 
Now it's yours to enjoy, and to share with new members, on VIDEO!  District Govs. Scott Shore, Ron Broida and organizer Rick Rivkin hosted with 6420 presenter help from PDG Ruth Lee and AG/District Trainer-elect Jim MacMurdo. Thanks to all who attended and participated.
 
 
District Governors Scott Shore (6420), Ron Broida (6450-Chicago) and Rick Rivkin (6440-suburbs) thanked all participants for attending. 
 
 
DG Scott Shore, DGND Bobbi Burke (left) and DGN Kathy Kwiat-Hess were among those hosting the reception for Rotary leaders following the ABCs event at Rotary Headquarters in Evanston.
 
 
DG Scott and Adriane Shore (center) had an opportunity to meet RI President Nominee Sam (left) and Norah (right) Owori of Uganda and to visit with Rotary Director-Elect Rob Kneupfer (in background) while at the RI Reception. President John Germ, President Elect Ian Riseley of Australia and Vice President Jennifer Jones of Ontario were also present, with their spouses. 
 
 
 
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