Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment month for Rotary. How appropriate that the individuals who went to India with District 6450 and participated in a National Immunization Day while they were there just got back. Kudos to Chris VanSpeybroeck of East Moline, Bill Bordwell of Geneseo, and Larry Farley of Dixon! I can’t wait to hear all about it. This is such an important area of focus in our organization. I encourage you to go to the RI website and explore some of the wonderful projects being done around the world.
 
Speaking of the RI website, they have redesigned the Learning Center. It is easily accessible and you can learn more about each of the club officer positions. Simply go to rotary.org/learn.
 
This is a great time to be doing on-line shopping instead of being in the craziness of the mall. While you are on-line, you might explore Rotary Global Rewards. This is a great program Rotary offers with deals ranging from discounts to proceeds going back to the Foundation. Amazon is one of the companies offering that option. If you are an Amazon shopper, you can set up your account so that each purchase you make throughout the year benefits The Rotary Foundation.
 
I have had the opportunity to visit our satellite clubs in Galena, Spring Valley, and Oak Crest in DeKalb. I will be visiting the 815 Club this month. Each of these clubs is doing some fantastic things and offer another way for people to be involved in Rotary. You might consider that option in your area. It is a great way to attract those who are unable to attend your regular meeting.
 
The District Conference Committee is actively working to ensure a fun and rewarding conference. Rooms are now open at the De Soto House in Galena for registration. You can call them at 815-777-0090 to reserve your room. Be sure to tell them you are part of the Rotary Conference.
 
I wish each of you a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.
 
DG Kathy