Welcome to our August newsletter!

District Governor News

Are we having fun yet?  As our new Rotary year gets rolling and we get to work, I hope all of the club members and officers remember to have fun! I know, there are goals to set and achieve, projects and fundraiser to plan and execute, meetings to attend, but are you having fun?  I promise you fun is contagious and if it looks like you are enjoying what you are doing others will gravitate to you.  As I travel the District visiting Clubs I am impressed by how busy everyone is and what fantastic events they are planning,  We have four Clubs that are celebrating centennial anniversaries this year!  I can’t wait to celebrate with them.

District Grants Seminar THIS MONTH
District Grants Available for 2020-2021
When and where are the District Grant Management Seminars going to be held?
October 19, 2019 in Rockford at the Rock River Valley Blood Drive from 9:00-12:00
February 15, 2020 in Sterling at the CGH Medical Center from 9:00-12:00
April 18, 2020 in Princeton from 9:00-12:00
What are District Grants?  
District Grants are intended for small-scale, short-term activities that address humanitarian needs in your community.All Clubs in District 6420 are encouraged to apply for a District Grant.
Rotarians Beat the Heat at the Ball Game
On July 18 eleven Rotary clubs from Illinois and Iowa came together for some fun at the ballpark. Four clubs from Davenport, Bettendorf, and North Scott represented the Iowa side of the Mississippi River, and Rotary District 6000. The Illinois side of the Quad Cities included the six clubs in Area 8 of District 6420: Moline Rotary, Rock Island Rotary, East Moline-Silvis Rotary, Quad Cities Rotary, Milan Area Rotary, and the Twin Rivers RAH club. Also, the River Cities club participated from Area 9.

The game was held at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, and featured the Class A Midwest League’s Quad Cities River Bandits vs the Dayton Dragons. Officially, the clubs sold 271 box seat tickets, even after refunding some tickets due to the weather. The temperature at game time was 97 degrees with a heat index of 112. The overall turnout was not great, but all that attended had a great time.

Mark Mayeski, President of the Rock Island club, and George McDonial, President of the Quad Cities club, threw out the ceremonial first pitches. David Emerick, President of the East Moline-Silvis Club was interviewed and did a great job representing all things Rotary to those in attendance. Governor Bobbi braved the heat to be present, and was introduced to the crowd. Jodie Corey Behrens, President of the Moline club served as chairperson for the event and provided publicity and Rotary information for the video board at the ballpark.

This event was a fundraiser for each club. The River Bandits provided half price tickets, and each club made $4 per ticket sold. Congratulations to committee member John Oliger, representing the Rock Island club, who was responsible for selling the most tickets.
Rotary Foundation Chair Update

I have the pleasure of serving as the District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for the next 3 years.  PDG Ruth Lee has done an excellent job of laying the groundwork for a smooth transition and change in leadership.  We have put together a great team of chairs for the various subcommittees that are part of the Foundation Committee structure.

We are looking for individuals to serve on a few of these subcommittees.  We need a few more people for the following:  Annual Fund, PolioPlus and Scholarships.  Please contact me if you want to serve or know of someone else who might.

One of my goals for this year is to have every club identify a Foundation Chair.  This should be a person who can serve as a cheerleader and inspire club members on the importance of giving to The Rotary Foundation.  If your club has not yet identified such a person, please do so soon.  I would really like to work with each of the Foundation chairs throughout the district.  

Our district did well in our giving this last Rotary year.  I believe we can continue to improve on that.  When I traveled the district last year as DG, I spoke about The Foundation being the lifeblood for the good work that we do as Rotarians throughout the world.  Without Foundation giving, most of that work could not happen.  Our committee is more than happy to come to your club and do a program on The Rotary Foundation and the various components that fall under The Foundation.    Please contact me if you are interested in a program.  We will also be reaching out to clubs throughout the year.

Remember:  Rotary Connects the World!


Kathy Kwiat-Hess

Friendship Exchange from Louisiana cancelled

Rotary Friendship Exchange update

Unfortunately our partner team in Louisiana will not be sending a team in September.  They would prefer to wait until we reschedule the exchange with us visiting them in the spring and they will send a team here in the fall.  Thank you to all the dedicated Rotarians that have been planning for this exchange.  The committee appreciates your dedication.

DG Bobbie Burke

Kathy Schmidt
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