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Is your club planning to apply for a District or Global Grant in 2018-19?  Has your club's President-Elect attended a Grant Training Seminar this year?  Has your club's Grant Chair for 2018-19 attended a Grant Training Seminar in the past three years?  If you answered yes to the first question, but answered no to either of the next two, then this LAST CHANCE - GRANT TRAINING SEMINAR is a must for your club .... and all it takes is a 3-hours commitment to be considered a Qualified club.  
 
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The Rotary Club's of Twin River RAH and Rock Island invite you to join them for a night of fellowship, friendship and laughter the "A Little Off Key" Dueling Piano Event.  This great event is at a bigger venue this year giving everyone a great view.  The proceeds from this event will be used to support the projects of both club.

In the past the clubs have chosen projects that support children and families through literacy education, projects that allow handicapped children to experience safe play, support creative writing, shelters providing basic necessities and a safe place for abuse victims, to name just a few.

  • FREE BEER: 1st Come 1st Serve
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm
  • Individual Tickets $35.00
  • VIP Tables available for $400
VIP Tables are on the front row, seat 4, and will receive snacks and 2 drink tickets per person.  VIP Table Sponsors will be acknowledged at the event and given the opportunity to briefly speak. There are only 12 VIP tables, to reserve one of these great tables contact Sue Lerschen-Cassatt through the EVENT page. https://shar.es/1NEHzg
     
    For additional information go to the District 6420 EVENT page: https://shar.es/1NEHzg

    District Governor-elect (DGE) Kathy Kwiat-Hess and her husband Bob Hess headed to San Diego for the 2018 International Assembly.
    Picture from left: DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess with her husband Bob, RIPE Barry Rassin, and 6440 DGE Julie Clark with her husband John.  

    The Assembly, held over a six day period, is the training meeting that prepares district governors-elect for their roles as governor, introduces Rotary International's priorities for the coming year; and provide opportunities to network with governors-elect from around the world. The International Assembly also features engaging and informational programs for the governor-elect spouses.  In addition, Rotary International President-elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, meets with the District Governors-elect and lays out his vision and challenges for the coming Rotary year.

    One of the best things about Rotary is the chance to meet new people and make new friends. Every Rotary meeting provides time to share stories and connect over a shared interest of Doing Good in the World.  The picture on the above, with 6440 DGE Julie Clark, Mandi Wendt from Australia and DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess, tells that very story.

    DGE Kathy met Mandi at the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta.  She was able to reconnect in San Diego where Mandi was a plenary speaker.  

     
    Networking for a Cause in Spring Valley!
     
    Our District's newest Satellite Rotary Club was launched on  Tuesday, November 14, in Spring Valley, bringing with it opportunities for community volunteers and leaders to connect and to take action within the community and beyond. The Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club will sport less of  the formalities of traditional Rotary Clubs, hosting after-hours social gatherings and an occasional Friday  lunch meeting each month to network for the cause of community service. 
     
    The group is sponsored by IV Sunrise Rotary which serves the greater Illinois Valley area. Several members of the Sunrise Rotary Club were on hand to welcome eleven of the Spring Valley Charter members into our Rotary family.
     
    Rotarian Stan Wolf presented Charter Members with a Rotary pin and charter member materials. PDG Scott Shore, who helped in the Club's formation, presented the Charter and Rotary's congratulations on behalf of the District. Additional Charter Members unable to be present, will be installed at a future meeting. 
     
    The Club selected its officers and initial board, naming Aseret Loveland as Chair, and voted to participate initially in two projects, including help with Starved Rock Runners  "Santas On The Run" 5K run and 1 mile walk in Spring Valley on November 25 to benefit the Hall Township Food Pantry,. The Club will also partner with  IVCC students to place new "Little Free Libraries" in Spring Valley.  Additional projects will be considered as well. 
     
    Formation of a Satellite Club (with 8 or more members to start) is an excellent opportunity to expand Rotary to include younger members in their own group or to bring  networking and service to an underserved community, or to provide a new meeting time and format attractive to new Rotarians. The Satellite Club becomes a committee of the sponsor Club -- what a great way to grow your own Club's membership, too!  For more info contact our District Membership Chair, Dave McCully,  David McCully  at dmc0001@yahoo.com or email SpringValleySatelliteRotary@gmail.com
     
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    Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club's Charter Night was held November 14 at Valley Bar And Grill. Among those present were: (L-R seated) Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf, Past Rotary District Governor Scott Shore, and Charter Members Lisa Holocker, Jen Heredia, Aseret Loveland, Vickie Chiesi, (L-R standing) Jack Boroski, Steve Lamis, David Loveland, Walt Marini, Debb Lagenski, and Bob Zeglis. Several others who could not be present will be installed at the Club's next  meeting or social event. 
     Illinois Valley Rotarian Stan Wolf welcomed Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini and Economic Development Director Debb Lagenski as Charter Members of the newly formed Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club at the new group's charter event held November 14 at Valley Bar and Grill. Fellow Charter Member Bob Zeglis is in background. Eleven of the Club's initial Charter membership was installed.  Several others who could not be present will be welcomed at the Club's next  meeting or social event. 
     Vickie Chiesi is welcomed by Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf as one of eleven Charter Members of Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club on November 14. The new organization will sport less formality than a traditioinal Club, concentrating on providing an opportunity for local volunteers and leaders to connect for the cause of community service. 
     Aseret and David Loveland are welcomed by IV Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf as Charter Members of the Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club, as fellow Charter Member Steve Lamis  (left) looks on. Aseret Loveland will serve as Chair of the newly formed community service group. -- 
     

    MOLINE – Moline Rotarians had a great time participating in the 2017 Inaugural Holiday Hop on Friday November 17, 2017 in downtown Moline! 

    Sponsored by the Moline Centre business group and Midwest National Bank the Holiday Hop featured 40 businesses, restaurants, and other organizations celebrating the start of the holiday season with shopper specials, arts, crafts, food and refreshments, and fun activities for kids. Trolley buses helped folks “hop” around downtown. 

    In support of the downtown business community Rotary Club of Moline hosted a Holiday Hop stop at Rotary Plaza, Moline Rotary’s community park located in the 1600 block of 6th Avenue. Rotarians in full elf costume helped Mrs. Claus provide hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes to downtown shoppers while the Moline High School chorus sang holiday carols. The Holiday Hop provided a great opportunity for Moline Rotarians to support the community and talk to folks about Rotary. 

    View photos of the Rotary Holiday Hop event on Moline Rotary Club’s Clubrunner web site page, www.molinerotary.org  under Photo Albums / 2017 Holiday Hop. 

    MoRo Santa Elves

    Loves Park Rotary has distributed dictionaries to Harlem third graders for the past 13 years, approximately 525 books each year. 
     
    This year Loves Park Rotarians , Club Literacy Chair and Ex Director of North Suburban Library District, Mary Petro; Parks Chamber Ex Director, Diana Johnson, and District Photographer Dave Smith continued this wonderful event.
     
               
     
     

    QUAD CITIES, USA – Rotary District 6420 Inbound Exchange Students had a blast during the 2017 Quad Cities Youth Exchange Weekend, held Saturday November 18, 2017. Hosted each November by the Moline, Rock Island, and River Cities Rotary Clubs the QCYE Weekend aims to provide our inbound students with a weekend of cultural experiences, fun, and an opportunity to share their exchange experiences.  

    Students arrived Saturday morning in Moline and attended the Quad City Arts Festival Holiday Parade in Davenport, IA., the annual kick off of the holiday season in the Quad Cities.  After the parade students visited the Davenport Skybridge, a suspended pedestrian enclosed walkway overlooking the Mississippi River, where they learned about the Mississippi, Lock & Dam 14, and nearby U.S. Army base The Rock Island Arsenal. 

    Students then attended the annual Quad City Arts Council Festival of Trees, a holiday exposition of custom designed holiday trees, crafts, and goodies, held at the Davenport RiverCenter. 

    Students moved on to Moline for  a tour of the John Deere Pavilion Museum at  John Deere Commons, where students enjoyed a guided tour and learned about the importance of American agriculture and the role of John Deere Company in world business and agriculture.  Students shopped the John Deere Store where everything John Deere, including clothing, toys, and collectables is available.  The John Deere experience was capped with a short visit to John Deere World Headquarters in Moline.

    Students were then treated to hours of fun and food at the Quad Cities Family Entertainment Center, Moline, where they competed in an “international bowling tournament”, enjoyed pizza & pop, fought a vigorous laser tag battle, and played arcade games.

    Finally the students retired to the beautiful 100 year old Italian Renaissance style home of Rock Island Rotarians John and Sandy Daly, where they enjoyed snacks, games, and all night fellowship. Students concluded the weekend with Sunday morning breakfast before departing back to their host cities until the next district event. View memories of the weekend on our district youth exchange Facebook page – Rotary District 6420 Youth Exchange 2017-18

    Thanks to Rotarians Gary Francque, Jeff Dismer, Molly Shattuck, and Mary Beth Eggers, and Rebound students Abby Quinn and Sarah Mason for hosting and driving the exchange students, and to Rotarian John and Sandy Daly for hosting the students overnight in their home. 

     

     

       

    The Rotary Clubs of Savanna and Mt. Carroll join together to provide each third grader from the West Carroll Primary School with a dictionary for their own personal use that they will be able to use for a lifetime.  Rotarians across the word have given over 14 million dictionaries since 2002.  Literacy and children have always been a priority for Rotary.  Giving dictionaries to students is one way for Rotary to enhance literacy skills at an early age. A dictionary is an essential tool and investment in learning.

     

    Pictured:  Rotarians pictured with the third graders:  Bob North, Gary Panetta, Ed Bochniak.

    Giving and Grants
    November, 2017Take action to create positive change locally and globally
    Boosting scientific literacy in Taiwan

    Using a global grant, the Rotary Club of Taipei Pei-An, Taiwan, and Rotary District 3700, Korea, supported efforts to improve science education for public school students in rural Taiwan. At one school, students have flown kites to learn about math and engineering.

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    Share meaningful stories that inspire giving

    In November, we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month and the good work our members do in their communities and around the world. In the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Rotarians are filling a gap in social services to aid struggling families. Learn how the support of Rotarians helped one woman go from homeless to a homeowner with a master’s degree. To inspire giving, share this story or other stories about the impact your club and district are making through Foundation grants.

    Support The Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday is a global movement for charities and individuals to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. On 28 November, join the community of donors that support Rotarian projects around the world by making an online gift to The Rotary Foundation. Online giving is a fast, secure way to help families and communities that need it most — no wrapping paper required!

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    Good afternoon everyone.  David McCully checking in to introduce myself to all club leadership across District 6420.  Effective immediately, I am your Chairperson of Membership and truly look forward to working closely with current Presidents, PE's and Club Membership Chairs.  
     
    We have some work to do on the membership GROWTH front but it's doable and as I like to say, "let's have some fun with it."
     
    In 3 days time I will be sending a communication to Clubs that outlines an Event that I sincerely hope you'll embrace in late winter/early spring of '18 to bring people in to your Clubs, show off what you do and build the roster.  Again, very doable and something to enjoy with our guests who visit.
     
     
     
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