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District Governor Letter



The World Health Organization recognizes over two hundred different infectious diseases in the world.  Many of these can be controlled with adequate immunizations, clean water, and modern sanitation facilities.  We in the United States are fortunate to have all three of these at our finger tips.  Only one we have to even think about and that is immunizations.  The other two are just assumed and taken for granted.   Travel outside the United States and you will soon realize how blessed we are.  December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month for Rotary.   The emphasis is on Prevention as an old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.   For you personally, I encourage you all to be current on the immunizations your health care provider has recommend.   

I want to remind you that you have the opportunity to make your Rotary Foundation donations before the end of the year so that they will be eligible for a tax deduction.   Whether you donate to the World Fund, Shared Fund, Polio Plus, or other dedicated funds your financial assistance is crucial to the Foundation so that funding is available for Rotary Making a Difference/Humanity Helping Humanity worldwide.   And a quick reminder, the Rotary Foundation is one of the top-rated charity rated organizations by Charity Navigator.  

Clubs should be cleaning up their membership rosters by December 31st to avoid paying for a member that has left.  Rotary is most unforgiving if the individual shows up on the club roster January 1st.  Clubs also need to be completing the election of officers and updating the results on Clubrunner and My Rotary.   It makes life much easier for the District Governor train.  

We had  two very fine gentlemen pass away in the past month.  From the Loves Park Rotary Club we lost PDG Mel Sparlin 1998-1999 and from the Rock Island Rotary Club PDG Fred Luckenbill 2003-2004.  I remember Mel as a fine & supportive Rotarian and Fred….well who doesn’t have a Fred story.  Two funerals about a week apart.  I attended with many other of the District leadership the visitations and others the funeral.  Sad times indeed but we will remember them in our hearts with fondness.  Take time for a silent Rotary moment and think of them at your club.  

Lastly, Merry Christmas to all of you.  Enjoy the holidays with your family, friends, and loved ones.  While it is the season of giving, it is more about the season of sharing and caring.   I feel very privileged and honored to be your governor.   All my required club visits have been completed.  After the first of the year I will be visiting Interact/Rotaract Clubs and satellite clubs, and popping up from time to time to individual clubs.  




District Governor Nominee 2020-2021





District 6420 Nominating Committee meeting was held at CGH Hospital in Sterling, IL on Saturday December 2nd.  Two candidates were interviewed; Linda Geisen from the Dixon Rotary Club and Tom Brooks from the Loves Park Rotary Club.

Tom was nominated to be the District Governor for 2020-2021.

 Members of the committee where:  Louise Clark(Morrison), George Walker(Freeport), Clair GieratBelvidere), Dave McCully(Toluca), Randy Borio(Putnam County, and Mary Beach Wlanut).  Sue Emberson (Sycamore) was an alternate and John Hurley(Loves Park) was a non-voting member.  

District Youth Exchange Event Held in the Quad Cities

QUAD CITIES, USA – Rotary District 6420 Inbound Exchange Students had a blast during the 2017 Quad Cities Youth Exchange Weekend, held Saturday November 18, 2017. Hosted each November by the Moline, Rock Island, and River Cities Rotary Clubs the QCYE Weekend aims to provide our inbound students with a weekend of cultural experiences, fun, and an opportunity to share their exchange experiences.  

Students arrived Saturday morning in Moline and attended the Quad City Arts Festival Holiday Parade in Davenport, IA., the annual kick off of the holiday season in the Quad Cities.  After the parade students visited the Davenport Skybridge, a suspended pedestrian enclosed walkway overlooking the Mississippi River, where they learned about the Mississippi, Lock & Dam 14, and nearby U.S. Army base The Rock Island Arsenal. 

Students then attended the annual Quad City Arts Council Festival of Trees, a holiday exposition of custom designed holiday trees, crafts, and goodies, held at the Davenport RiverCenter. 

Students moved on to Moline for  a tour of the John Deere Pavilion Museum at  John Deere Commons, where students enjoyed a guided tour and learned about the importance of American agriculture and the role of John Deere Company in world business and agriculture.  Students shopped the John Deere Store where everything John Deere, including clothing, toys, and collectables is available.  The John Deere experience was capped with a short visit to John Deere World Headquarters in Moline.

Students were then treated to hours of fun and food at the Quad Cities Family Entertainment Center, Moline, where they competed in an “international bowling tournament”, enjoyed pizza & pop, fought a vigorous laser tag battle, and played arcade games.

Finally the students retired to the beautiful 100 year old Italian Renaissance style home of Rock Island Rotarians John and Sandy Daly, where they enjoyed snacks, games, and all night fellowship. Students concluded the weekend with Sunday morning breakfast before departing back to their host cities until the next district event. View memories of the weekend on our district youth exchange Facebook page – Rotary District 6420 Youth Exchange 2017-18

Thanks to Rotarians Gary Francque, Jeff Dismer, Molly Shattuck, and Mary Beth Eggers, and Rebound students Abby Quinn and Sarah Mason for hosting and driving the exchange students, and to Rotarian John and Sandy Daly for hosting the students overnight in their home. 




Loves Park Rotary Dictionary Distribution
Loves Park Rotary has distributed dictionaries to Harlem third graders for the past 13 years, approximately 525 books each year. 
This year Loves Park Rotarians , Club Literacy Chair and Ex Director of North Suburban Library District, Mary Petro; Parks Chamber Ex Director, Diana Johnson, and District Photographer Dave Smith continued this wonderful event.
Moline Holiday Hop

MOLINE – Moline Rotarians had a great time participating in the 2017 Inaugural Holiday Hop on Friday November 17, 2017 in downtown Moline! 

Sponsored by the Moline Centre business group and Midwest National Bank the Holiday Hop featured 40 businesses, restaurants, and other organizations celebrating the start of the holiday season with shopper specials, arts, crafts, food and refreshments, and fun activities for kids. Trolley buses helped folks “hop” around downtown. 

In support of the downtown business community Rotary Club of Moline hosted a Holiday Hop stop at Rotary Plaza, Moline Rotary’s community park located in the 1600 block of 6th Avenue. Rotarians in full elf costume helped Mrs. Claus provide hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes to downtown shoppers while the Moline High School chorus sang holiday carols. The Holiday Hop provided a great opportunity for Moline Rotarians to support the community and talk to folks about Rotary. 

View photos of the Rotary Holiday Hop event on Moline Rotary Club’s Clubrunner web site page, www.molinerotary.org  under Photo Albums / 2017 Holiday Hop. 

MoRo Santa Elves

Chartering of SV Satellite Rotary Club
Networking for a Cause in Spring Valley!
Our District's newest Satellite Rotary Club was launched on  Tuesday, November 14, in Spring Valley, bringing with it opportunities for community volunteers and leaders to connect and to take action within the community and beyond. The Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club will sport less of  the formalities of traditional Rotary Clubs, hosting after-hours social gatherings and an occasional Friday  lunch meeting each month to network for the cause of community service. 
The group is sponsored by IV Sunrise Rotary which serves the greater Illinois Valley area. Several members of the Sunrise Rotary Club were on hand to welcome eleven of the Spring Valley Charter members into our Rotary family.
Rotarian Stan Wolf presented Charter Members with a Rotary pin and charter member materials. PDG Scott Shore, who helped in the Club's formation, presented the Charter and Rotary's congratulations on behalf of the District. Additional Charter Members unable to be present, will be installed at a future meeting. 
The Club selected its officers and initial board, naming Aseret Loveland as Chair, and voted to participate initially in two projects, including help with Starved Rock Runners  "Santas On The Run" 5K run and 1 mile walk in Spring Valley on November 25 to benefit the Hall Township Food Pantry,. The Club will also partner with  IVCC students to place new "Little Free Libraries" in Spring Valley.  Additional projects will be considered as well. 
Formation of a Satellite Club (with 8 or more members to start) is an excellent opportunity to expand Rotary to include younger members in their own group or to bring  networking and service to an underserved community, or to provide a new meeting time and format attractive to new Rotarians. The Satellite Club becomes a committee of the sponsor Club -- what a great way to grow your own Club's membership, too!  For more info contact our District Membership Chair, Dave McCully,  David McCully  at dmc0001@yahoo.com or email SpringValleySatelliteRotary@gmail.com
Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club's Charter Night was held November 14 at Valley Bar And Grill. Among those present were: (L-R seated) Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf, Past Rotary District Governor Scott Shore, and Charter Members Lisa Holocker, Jen Heredia, Aseret Loveland, Vickie Chiesi, (L-R standing) Jack Boroski, Steve Lamis, David Loveland, Walt Marini, Debb Lagenski, and Bob Zeglis. Several others who could not be present will be installed at the Club's next  meeting or social event. 
 Illinois Valley Rotarian Stan Wolf welcomed Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini and Economic Development Director Debb Lagenski as Charter Members of the newly formed Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club at the new group's charter event held November 14 at Valley Bar and Grill. Fellow Charter Member Bob Zeglis is in background. Eleven of the Club's initial Charter membership was installed.  Several others who could not be present will be welcomed at the Club's next  meeting or social event. 
 Vickie Chiesi is welcomed by Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf as one of eleven Charter Members of Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club on November 14. The new organization will sport less formality than a traditioinal Club, concentrating on providing an opportunity for local volunteers and leaders to connect for the cause of community service. 
 Aseret and David Loveland are welcomed by IV Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf as Charter Members of the Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club, as fellow Charter Member Steve Lamis  (left) looks on. Aseret Loveland will serve as Chair of the newly formed community service group. -- 
Congratulations to Kerrylyn Rodriguez, Freeport Rotary, for winning the $100 "instant cash rebate" in the drawing held Dec. 1 for those registered by that date!
"And there's more!" We will have a second drawing for a bottle of Rotary Foundation Centennial Wine, winner to be selected from those who register by  December 31st! Click HERE to register!
For those registered ... Click HERE to sign up for the ZONE PARTY on June 23 at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Click HERE for info on Host Hospitality events and options! For further info contact District Promotion Chair, PDG Scott Shore, DGScott6420@gmail.com.
Our whole Rotary world is just over 600 miles from home -- See you there
District Genealogy Committee Looking for items
The District Genealogy Committee has in its file, a copy of every district directory since 1973-1974 except Governor John Doak's year of 1975-1976 and Governor Alvar Berghust's year of 1977-1978.  If by some chance Governor Edwin Greenway was the first governor to do a directory, there may not have even been directories for 1975-1976 and 1977-1978. 
If any of our veteran Rotarian's would happen to have the two district directories mentioned, the committee is more than willing to beg for them, even if it would be just long enough to make a copy for the district archives. 
Please contact 
PDG Eldon Leemhuis
To All
Wishing Everyone and their families, a very Merry Christmas,  Happy Holiday, and a safe and wonderful
New  Year!
May 2018 be a year of service, sharing, growth, and success for all Rotary Clubs and their communities!
Bulletin Editor
Colene Vivian
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