Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.



September is Basic Education and Literacy Month for Rotary.  Some how, I think that is something that is every month of the year for many of us whether we are parents or grandparents.  To read to our children is one of the greatest privileges we have.  Books are the doors to many adventures and the start of the road to success.  I asked my oldest son which book he liked the most when a young child and he said “Charlotte’s Web”.  My daughter loved “The Giant Jam Sandwich” so much I think she wore off the print and color on the pages from handling it so much. 

By the end of August I will have visited 30 clubs since July.  This has to be the best part of being a District Governor.  Every club is different in their own ways, and I can say that they all are familiar with the 5th part of the Four Way Test.  They are having fun and I have had fun in sharing some time with them.  Two clubs have come up with a different approach to fulfilling President Riseley’s request for a tree for every Rotarian.  One club is looking to sponsor breadfruit trees in Haiti and another is going to plant multiple acorns that will produce trees to be harvested 2-3 years and transplanted. 

I attended the Inbound Orientation of Youth Exchange students on Aug 26th in Loves Park.  We have a wonderful group of ten foreign students that have come from across the world, Thailand to Finland.  Kudos to the clubs that are hosting these students.  Contact Tom Brooks if your club wants more information about the program for either sponsoring an outbound student or an inbound student.

Lastly membership, membership, membership.  We are losing members at the same rate we are inducting new members.  Please help me overcome this problem.  My goal would for us to have about 1750 members by the end of my term of office. 

Let us all remember the heartbreak and tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  So much damage and destruction that we all will have an opportunity to assist in the recovery.  Whether we are individuals, clubs, or district, we all can donate money and energy in helping in Texas and Florida.  Say a silent prayer for all those affected. 


Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund

Ed Bochniak 2017 Service Above Self recipient

ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNA, IL    Service Above Self



The Rotary Club of Savanna recently named Ed Bochniak as their 2017 Service Above Self recipient.  The award recognizes an individual from the Savanna area for their volunteer work to make a positive change for others and our community.  Ed started as the Executive Director at the Carroll County Housing Authority in 2010.  Ed quickly became acquainted with Savanna and made Carroll County his priority.  Ed joined the Rotary Club of Savanna in 2010 and became treasurer.  Ed is involved in various groups in Carroll County which focus on the welfare of the Senior Citizens in our area.  Ed is an active member of the Carroll County Triad, is a board member for GRO (Great River Outreach) and BEST Inc. (Business Employment Skills Team).  Ed also represents Carroll County and Savanna, Illinois as a Board Member of the Illinois Association of Housing Authorities.    Ed recently developed an additional food pantry for Savanna at Mest Manor.  Current Rotary  President Bryan McCaskey stated “Ed is the kind of man you want to be your team.  Not only does he join a club, he gets involved, networks and gives back to the community.  He takes charge and helps with the details.  He will show up for the event, and is not afraid to help behind the scenes.”


Not only does Ed Bochniak volunteer his time and talents in the community of Savanna but also in Galena where he and his wife Annie reside.  Ed is a member of the Galena Zoning Board and has been involved over the years in the Galena Lions Club, St. Michael’s Parish and coaching several youth activities. 



Pictured with Service Above Self Recipient Ed Bochniak are Left to Right:  Daughter Emily, Daughter Christine, his wife Annie and Administrative Assistant at the Carroll County Housing Authority Patty Acree.


What DOES your Club do??

"I've heard of Rotary, but what does Your Club actually DO?"


We get asked that question by friends, neighbors, relatives & donors, …but do we have an answer?  


STEP ONE: List projects hosted or supported by your Club. 

STEP TWO: create a handout, pamphlet or poster proudly listing those service accomplishments! 

STEP THREE: Get the word out to those friends, neighbors, relatives & donors – they are all POTENTIAL MEMBERS (as WE were!) ...just waiting to be asked to help with one or more of those projects, or to add their own ideas to the list !  

STEP FOUR: Add it to your Club website, facebook page, and weave it into other social media that your members use to connect with others!


Ideas for getting YOUR projects on paper: 


Check out the new PAMPHLET TEMPLATE in's "Brand Center"… (>> Sign In >> Brand Center >> Materials >>Create Your Own) --it has everything we need to create a slick and attractive pamphlet on your own home computer using 28# paper -- AND you can insert your own project list, meeting day, place, time, and contact information! 


One Club turned their list into a TRIVIA QUIZ – “Which group of community leaders has virtually cured the world of polio, provides humanitarian service throughout the world, and does XYZ in our own community? 


Another Club listed their favorites along with meeting and contact info on a business card.


Even just a single-page typed LIST that you can hand to guests and potential members, will get the point across! 


THE CHALLENGE: Submit your ideas to District PI Chair PDG Jim Nelson 

at by Sept. 30 --- Or if you already have such a list in YOUR club, please share a copy with us so that we can share YOUR ideas with others!


So….What DOES your Club do??


Yours in Rotary,


Scott A. Shore, District PI Committee Member

Past District Governor 2016-2017


Jim Nelson, District PI Chair

Past District Governor 2015-2016


Steve Kuhn, District Governor 2017-2018



Little Free Libraries
Rock Island Rotary Club staining Little Free Libraries financed by a district community grant

Joined by Ben Milner, Volunteer from Boy Scout Troop 258 and an Early Act club member at Jordan Catholic School earns service hours by helping with our project.

Rotary Club of Savanna Surprise Visitor

The Rotary Club of Savanna had an unexpected surprise at their Wednesday meeting.

George McCaskey, Manager of the Chicago Bears.  George stopped in on the Rotary members while in Savanna giving an interview to Brian Reusch from WCCI Radio.  Brian Reusch was featured on the Fans of Section 250 and became good friends of George last year.  George stated, “Brian comes to my business every game, least I can do is visit his”.   Club members take part in a weekly 50/50 drawing that George bought a chance.  George won the chance to draw a card for the big pot.  He lost the draw, but members wished him and the Bears the best for the upcoming season.  Pictured with George McCaskey drawing the losing card is Rotary Club of Savanna President Bryan McCaskey of JoCarroll Energy.

You Could be the Next Picasso! 

Henry Rotary Club Paint Nite


The Henry Rotary Club has scheduled a FUN Paint Nite as a Fund Raiser for Community Projects.


The event will be held Saturday November 4th 6-9pm at Shandy's Pub & Grub.


It will be Cash Bar. Snacks will be available on each table. 

Tickets MUST be purchased ahead of time. The link is

The link is also posted on Henry Rotary Club's Facebook Page.

The theme that night will be Barn Board, Berries, Evergreen and Snow. Just bring yourself.

All painting supplies and aprons will be provided. Can't paint? Don't worry! The instructors give you step by step directions. This is a fun way to get out and socialize with friends and family.

Who knows, maybe you could be the next Picasso!

If you need help with registration, contact Sherry Klein @ Klein Design 309-356-1016


Where are your Youth Exchange alumni?
Where are your Youth Exchange alumni?
2-8 October is Rotary Reconnect week! This annual event is an opportunity to invite former youth exchange participants, and other program alumni to renew their connection to Rotary. Host an alumni networking night, plan a service project to take action together, or invite alumni of all ages to your next club meeting. When you stay connected with alumni, you not only cultivate new membership opportunities and network with proven leaders, you also help alumni discover new ways to give back through Rotary.
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Where Are You Staying In Toronto?



We are gathering ideas for those not yet registered for Toronto -- Please let us know where you are booked and any suggestions you have, so that we can pass along the benefit of your info to others still registering!


Send your hotel info to Toronto Promotion Chair PDG Scott Shore, -- and if still registering, check in with PDG Scott to find out where others will be!
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