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District Governor Newsletter April 2019

We are emerging from a long winter into spring at last.  Spring always makes me think of new beginnings.  So it seems appropriate that April is Maternal and Child Health Month on the Rotary calendar.  This is such an important area of focus for us as Rotarians.  We are so blessed to have the resources we have to obtain good healthcare for mothers and children.  There are so many areas in our world where this is not the case.  When we give to The Rotary Foundation, we are helping to fund projects around this important cause.  Please consider making your annual donation to the Foundation soon if you haven’t yet done so.  

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District Meeting Shorts
SHOWCASE HOW WE GET OUR "ACT" IN GEAR!
District EarlyAct, Interact and Rotaract Clubs have the opportunity this month to showcase the best of their service projects! Clubs are invited to submit a photo and caption or short article to District Youth Services Co-Chair Scott Shore, DGScott6420@gmail.com, by April 20. Three Clubs will be selected to each receive a $100 District award and ALL will be featured in the District's May Newsletter!  PDG Scott says we need at least 20 entries -- so let's ALL get our "ACTS" in gear to showcase our youth and young leaders' Service Above Self !  Please also pass this along to your Club Liaisons and Faculty Advisors -- the goal is 20 entries by April 20!
District Conference -  Galena Schedule of Events
Program for District Conference (Tentative)

Friday, May 17

4:00 - 5:00      The Rotary Foundation - Laura Kann, Princeton Rotary

5:00 - 6:00      Cocktail Hour - Cash bar glass of fruit drink beside slice lemons

6:00 - 7:15      Dinner

7:30                Murder and Mayhem in a Mining Town

Saturday, May 18

7:30 - 9:00   Image result for literacy images  Breakfast , Awards - Andy Axup

                       Keynote speaker - Kelly Epperson

9:00               Hannah Warren, Former Ambassadorial Scholar - Jhoole

9:30               Rich Lally - Operation Warm

10:00             Break

10:15             India Friendship Exchange and NID - Chris VanSpebroeck (East Moline/Silvis), Larry Farley (Dixon) and Bill Bordwell (Geneseo)

10:45             Panel of Rotarians

11:15             Carter Newton - The Four-Way Test:  The Essence of Rotary International Service in Chile

11:45             Mandi Wendt, Rotary Club of Melbourne,            video - What Millennials Want

12:00             Lunch 

                      Youth Exchange Flag Ceremony

                      Arthur Dantes - Former Youth Exchange Student from Brazil

                      Public Image Awards

1:00               The Generals of Galena

          Optional activities for afternoon:

2:00 - 5:00    Wine Tasting people tossing their clear wine glasses

                      Effigy Mound Tour - Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

                      Service Project (tree planting)Image result for tree planting images

5:00               Cocktail hour - Cash Bar

6:00               Dinner

                      Awards:  Club Officer of the Year

                                     Rotarians of the Year

 7:00               PDG Kim Waters - RI Presidents’ Representative

7:30               Adam Leemans - Former Ambassadorial Scholar

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Foundation Minute
Mobile phones and simple text messages are not only used by us to update appointments, trace stock quotes, sport teams or your spouses’ where-abouts – they are now being used for the victory in the world’s largest public health initiative:  the eradication of polio.  As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy.  Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria where a single text message can save a life.  
 
Community health workers across Pakistan have received more than 5, 000 phones through a partnership with Rotary, its government as well as Telenor the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider and Eycon a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in polio eradication. It gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions needed to make to eliminate polio. 
 
Your continued support of Polioplus enables this happen.  Thank you.  
 
Ruth Lee, PDG, Foundation Chair
 
 
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