Posted by Kathy Kwiat-Hess on Mar 01, 2019

As we head into March I am guessing each of you is as anxious to see spring as I am.  It has been a trying winter, but there continues to be a lot of wonderful work happening around the district between fundraisers and service projects.  Congratulations to all of you for continuing to be the inspiration.

March is Water and Sanitation Month in Rotary.  We are so fortunate to live in a place where we don’t worry about having clean water.  As Rotarians we are very much aware of how many people throughout the world do not have this good fortune.  There are some wonderful projects being funded through  global grants around the world helping in this effort which is another good reason for contributing to The Rotary Foundation.  As we are just a few months away from the end of this Rotary year,  we need to be aware of where we are at in reaching our goal in contributing to the  Foundation.


March 11 - 17 is also World Rotoract Week.  We have an active Rotoract Club at Sauk Valley College.  In addition, we have two Rotoract Clubs being formed, one at Illinois Valley Community College and the other at the University of Illinois School of Medicine.  RI President Barry Rassin has encouraged us to look at Rotoract Clubs as a good way to ensure the growth of Rotary moving forward.  We are definitely headed in the right direction.

With spring approaching, we are also closer to our District Conference being held in Galena on May 17 and 18.  If you have not yet reserved your room, be sure to contact the De Soto House at 815-777-0090 and mention you are with the Rotary conference.  Registration for the conference will be open mid-March.  Watch for a communication about this.  We are very excited about what we have planned so I hope you can join us.

The RI convention being held June 1 - 5 in Hamburg, Germany, still has early-bird registration until March 31.  The discount price will end then so be sure to get registered soon if you plan on attending.  Our district will gather at the convention at the Old Commercial Room restaurant on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:00 PM.  Let me know if you plan on joining us.

Thank you for all you do for Rotary and continue to Be the Inspiration!

DG Kathy Kwiat-Hess