Welcome to our March newsletter!


District Governor Monthly Letter

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.


Foundation Board of Trustees Moving with the Times

At their January 2019 Board of Trustees meeting, some very noteworthy changes were made. The new vision statement was reiterated.

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

People UNITE, people TAKE ACTION, people CREATE LASTING CHANGE.  That’s what Rotarians do.  It happens around the world, it happens in our own communities, and we as individual Rotarians are changed because of what we accomplish through Rotary.

Some specific changes enacted by the Trustees include:

Calling All District Nominations
It is time to start thinking about nominations for two very important awards our district presents at the District Conference.  One is for Club Officer of the Year.  If you know of an officer in your club (or in any of our district’s clubs) who you feel does an outstanding job in their role as club officer, please complete the nomination and send it to us.
The second award is for Rotarian of the Year.  This is an individual who you feel really exemplifies what it is to be a great Rotarian.  If you know of one or more of those individuals, please complete and send that form in. (Forms are available on
the District Website)
Deadline for nominations is March 31.  Please send all nominations to DG Kathy Kwiat-Hess at kathykwiathess@gmail.com or 228 Hilton Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107.
Thank you!
DG Kathy
Peace Building in Refugee Settlements
Through a recent webinar, I learned about a new partnership which involves the American Refugee Committee, the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, and Rotary.  The initiative responds to Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Area of Focus.  The primary presenter was Amanda Ottman, a Minnesota Rotarian, Past Rotary Peace Fellow, and employee of the American Refugee Committee.  Her presentation was very educational and inspiring.  
Foundation Minute
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  It expands access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.  An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care and poor sanitation – all of which can be prevented.  
In Haiti where maternal and infant mortality is the highest in the world, Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep for midwives and volunteers to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
In Chennai, India, Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness training where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
And in Nigeria, Rotarians launched a three million dollar, five-year pilot program to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries, and since 2005 they have repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.  
Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen – Thank you.  
Craft Beer and Wine Tasting
Saturday, March 23th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brandywine Banquet & Event Center,
441 IL Route 2, Dixon (5 miles East of Sterling)
We are featuring many craft breweries and local wineries. We are adding to the beer lineup from last year that featured Bent River Brewery, Crystal Lake Brewery, Lena Brewing Company, Pecatonica Brewing Company, Odell Brewery, Ballast Point Brewery, Wide River Winery & Hawk's Mill Winery.
Mt. Carroll Rotary Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser

Princeton Annual Auction
Princeton Dash for Cash
Kathy Schmidt
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