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Happy New Year!

I hope your Rotary year got off to a good start.  Did you make any new resolutions for this year?  You might not think about it at this time of year but your club President and Board have set goals (the same as resolutions) and will be working hard all year to achieve them.  Rotary International President Mark Maloney will be awarding a Presidential Citation to all clubs that complete a very achievable set of goals.  Want to know more?  Ask your club president what the goals are or go to the RI website and check out the Presidential Citation in the Brand Center.  Then ask how you can help your club complete them.  Below is the link.

Mark Maloney also set the theme for this new Rotary year.  I personally think it is kind of a no brainer…Rotary Connects the World!  In fact Rotary has been connecting the world for over a century!  I think gives us all a great opportunity to think about how we personally are connected in Rotary.  We can connect within our clubs in many different ways, we can connect by collaborating with other clubs and we connect with the world when we participate in a global grant or donate to the Rotary Foundation.  

I had a great opportunity to get connected with several clubs in the Quad Cities at a baseball game in Davenport.  We even connected with some clubs outside of District 6420.  Thanks to all the Clubs and Rotarians that took the effort to plan and promote this event.  I hope it will become an annual event.  Pictured is DG Bobbi Burke and Rotarian Tiffany Hogan.

  

Please let me know if you or your club have any plans to make new connections.  Who knows, there might be someone trying to connect with you too!

Enjoy summer and get connected!

Bobbi, DG

District Grants 2020/2021
District Grants Available for 2020-2021
 
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.
 
How much money is available?
A maximum of $1500 will be available to each Club in District 6420 for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.Matching club funds are not required but strongly recommended.
 
How does a Club get a District Grant?
The process is easy!  Make sure that your President Elect (the person who will be President during 2020-2021) attends a District Grant Management Seminar during the 2019-2020 Rotary year and that your Club’s Grant Chair has attended the District Grant Management Seminar during the last three years. Then complete a short application that is due on May 15, 2020.  The District Grant Management Seminar will cover all of the requirements and procedures for obtaining a District Grant.           
 
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
 
You can sign up at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50144.  There is no charge.
 
How can I get more information about District Grants?
Contact the District 6420 Grants Sub-Committee Chair – Laura Kann – from the Princeton Rotary Club at 678-315-2406 or LKK1@comcast.net.
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

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Kathy Schmidt
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