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Is Your Club thinking about applying for Grants in 2018-2019?
If YOUR club is thinking about applying for a Community Grant or Global Grant these are the requirements.
            1. President Elect attends Grant training (only one is left…. Afternoon of April 7 at   
                        Kishwaukee College.  Sign up online at rotary6420.org)
            2. Grant Chair has attended training in 2016-17 or 2017-18.  If not then they need to  
            attend training also.
            3. The club has signed and turned in the Rotary International MOU (Memorandum   
                       of Understanding, and the District 6420 MOU.
            4. Questions????  Email or call Jane Goetz, District Subcommittee Grant Chair.
                        815-343-7655              goetz_jane@yahoo.com
Grant Training Seminar - Last Chance for 2018-2019
The President Elect (PE) this year (person who is President 2018-19) and the Grant Chair for each Rotary Club in District 6420 are required to attend Grant Training if the club is going to submit a grant. 
The PE must attend each year because they are new to the office. 
The Grant Chair needs to attend only once every three years IF THE SAME person stays in that position.  If a new chair takes over then they must be trained. 
By attending a three-hour session the club will then be QUALIFIED to submit a grant.  If they do not attend, then the club is not eligible to submit a grant. This training is offered 3 times in various parts of our district. You can register online at www.rotary6420.org
            April 7             1-4                   Kishwaukee    @ Kish Community College
District Award Nominations Deadline Almost Here!
Time for District Award Nominations!
Deadline is March 31, 2018
Head over to the District Website and get those nominations in!
                  Rotarian of the Year
                  Public Image Achievement Award
                   Club Officer of the Year
Get those nominations in and share what wonderful Rotarians you have in your club!
Governor's Letter



WOW…It is March and Spring is right around the corner.  I have seen my first robin here in Sycamore.  Day Light Savings time starts March 11th.  President Elects have had 2.5 days of training at PETS this month.  District Training Assembly is set for April 7th at Kishwaukee College. 

While Spring is a time of joy and new flowers popping up, it has been a time for some of us to have lost family members and friends.  Sickness has taken a toll on the district and we have not been running quite as efficiently as we should have.  As I was told by a fellow Rotarian, patience, patience, patience.   We should be back on track by the time you are reading this. 

March is Rotary Water and Sanitation Month and District 6420 has been dedicated to working on this worldwide problem.  March 12-18 is World Rotaract Week.  March 31st preregistration discount ends for the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27.

With three months to go before I leave office, I need to remind the club presidents to continue to update their service hours on My Rotary and ensure that their club tree planting efforts will be done by the end of April.   Foundation goals are getting closer to be hit and of course you can always exceed.  I need to plug the End Polio program as there are more than a few clubs/Rotarians that have not made a contribution this year.  Remember I challenged each and everyone one of you in District 6420 to donate at least $20 for the Rotary International signature worldwide project.   If we can do this, and with the 2:1 match by the Bill Gates Foundation, we will have donated over $100,000 this year to help eliminate polio from the world. 

My, District 6420 District Conference, will be held April 28th in DeKalb at Faranda’s Banquet Hall.  Go to the District website for registration information.  A one day event starting at 7:15 am and ending with DGE Kathy’s reception after the gala dinner.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the DeKalb Red Roof Inn located about a mile from the conference site.  If staying over or coming early check this out as a very reasonable room rate has been negotiated.   Just mention you are coming to attend Rotary District 6420 Conference.



DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess at International Assembly

District Governor-elect (DGE) Kathy Kwiat-Hess and her husband Bob Hess headed to San Diego for the 2018 International Assembly.
Picture from left: DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess with her husband Bob, RIPE Barry Rassin, and 6440 DGE Julie Clark with her husband John.  

The Assembly, held over a six day period, is the training meeting that prepares district governors-elect for their roles as governor, introduces Rotary International's priorities for the coming year; and provide opportunities to network with governors-elect from around the world. The International Assembly also features engaging and informational programs for the governor-elect spouses.  In addition, Rotary International President-elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, meets with the District Governors-elect and lays out his vision and challenges for the coming Rotary year.

One of the best things about Rotary is the chance to meet new people and make new friends. Every Rotary meeting provides time to share stories and connect over a shared interest of Doing Good in the World.  The picture on the above, with 6440 DGE Julie Clark, Mandi Wendt from Australia and DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess, tells that very story.

DGE Kathy met Mandi at the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta.  She was able to reconnect in San Diego where Mandi was a plenary speaker.  

Important News and Updates 

Dear fellow Rotarians,

Did you know that only five percent of Rotary’s members are under the age of 40? It’s an alarming statistic, and one that should prompt all of us to take action. Engaging Younger Professionals, a new online toolkit, helps clubs understand this important demographic and rethink membership, from a broad perspective down to a tactical level. It’s a great starting point for clubs that want to broaden their membership but don’t know where to start.

Telling Rotary’s story is an essential part of bringing in the new members Rotary needs to thrive. Our new People of Action video, “What We See,” and more information on the People of Action campaign, are now available to download from the Rotary Brand Center. Contact PR@rotary.org if you have any questions.

Of course, the best support for our public image is the work that is Making A Difference around the world, every day. I’m excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application, the process for selecting the social change leaders who will earn either a fully-funded master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities around the world. Up to 100 fellowships will be awarded for the academic year, and the application deadline is 31 May 2018. District officers play a key role in selecting applicants

If you are planning on applying for a global grant next year, remember that starting 1 July, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team will be required to conduct a community assessment first. The club or district will complete the Global Grants Community Assessment Results form and upload it with the global grant application, found in the Grant Center. You may use district grant funds to conduct the assessment. For more information on assessments, see Rotary’s Community Assessment Tools.

If you’d like to apply for a global grant but don’t know where to look for an international partner, we’ve put together some resources to help:

  • Rotary Ideas, a platform that allows you to request partners, materials, or international support and contributions;
  • Rotary discussion groups, a forum for clubs to exchange project ideas and request assistance;
  • Rotarian Action Groups, members and others who are experts in a particular field and who help club and district projects;
  • Intercountry committees, networks of Rotary clubs or districts in two or more countries working together on service projects, sponsoring new clubs, or other activities;
  • Project Fairs, regional events that Rotary districts host to encourage international friendship and collaboration; and
  • Rotary Fellowships, independent, social groups that share an interest in a hobby, recreational activity or profession.

If you need more help, or just have questions, staff members are happy to work with sponsors to pre-review applications, give feedback or advice, and help redesign projects into something eligible for funding. Staff are also available to come to training events. (Depending upon our budget, hosts may need to subsidize the costs.)

Finally, one last reminder about our Tree-Planting Challenge this year. I’ve asked every Rotary club to have one tree planted for each member by 22 April 2018, which is Earth Day. If you haven’t planted your trees yet, there’s still time!

Don’t forget to log into Rotary Showcase to report the trees you’ve planted. I look forward to learning how many Rotarians have come together through this challenge, Making A Difference for a better planet Earth.


Ian Riseley
Rotary International President, 2017-18

World Water Summit 10
Have you registered for World Water Summit 10?
If not, go www.wasrag.org and register now!
10 More Reasons
Register by March 31 to get in on the last EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT --
and DGN Bobbi Burke (who knows her travel stuff!) offers thest tips -- adding  to the Rotary experience of a lifetime: 
(1) Hop-On & Hop-Off a City Tour Bus!  (2) The Canadian National Tower and rotating restaurant, (3) Museums such as the Royal Ontario Museum and Bata Shoe Museum, (4) SHOPPING in the markets, outlet malls, and a 16-mile underground concourse of shops and restaurants, (5) Theatres and Music venues everywhere! (6) St. Lawrence Market - a destination for tasty ethnic delights; (7) the Distillery Historic District with galleries, cafes and boutiques, (8) CASA LOMA --- a Victorian Castle in the heart of town! (9) LOTS o' Sports, from baseball to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and (10) you can enjoy many of these sites AND the Zoo or Ontario Science Center with a Toronto City Pass!  
For more detail click on the link under "Download Files" at Rotary6420.org -- See you in Toronto!
For more detail contact Bobbi Burke at bobbi.burke6420@gmail.com-- See you in Toronto!
Bulletin Editor
Colene Vivian
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