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District Governor's October Comments

Governor Steve’s October Update


It has been a very busy first three months of my year as Governor.  I have visited 41 out of 48 clubs as I start in again this month.  I will complete the club visits on November 1 when I visit my home club in Sycamore.  Again, I will tell you in my club visits I meet energetic/dedicated Rotarians providing service to their communities and have Fun doing that.  Club Presidents are dealing with the local challenges that are unique to their area.  No two clubs are alike as no two communities are alike.  I have observed all shades of Rotary and will tell you that RI President Ian Riseley would be very happy with what all of you are doing.   Rotary is not a cookie cutter organization  of 35,00+ clubs world-wide.   Our theme pin this year well represents our diversity in clubs and membership.

Important updates this month and beyond.

Oct 2-8:  Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week

Oct 24:  Rotary’s World Polio Day

Oct 30-Nov 5:  World Interact Week

Nov 4:  Long term student exchange interviews Sterling

Nov 4:  District Foundation Dinner at Brandywines in Dixon

The Council on Resolutions will begin voting on resolutions for Rotary International.  A resolution is a request to the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents.  Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.  Bob Hammon is our district representative on this council.  To view the proposed resolutions go to: my.rotary.org/cor/vote.

December 4th, the District Governor’s Nominating Committee meets at CGH in Sterling to select your 2020-2021 governor.  If you are interested in being considered for this position please contact your club president or me.  The only requirement to be considered for the position is that you must have served as a club president 2016-2017 or earlier.  John Hurley from Loves Park is the committee chair and can also be contacted (jd122@aol.com).



Rotary Club of Savanna Turns 96 Years Old!
Rotary Club of Savanna turns 96 years old

SAVANNA - The Rotary Club of Savanna celebrated its 96th year of serving the Savanna area at Manny's Pizza with a birthday cake and a renewed commitment to raise money for local college-bound students.
"Decade by decade, we've managed to do tremendous good in Savanna and in Carroll County," said President Bryan McCaskey. "We've made a really big difference in helping people and improving the quality of life in the area."
The club, founded in 1921, celebrated with a visit from Kathy Kwiat-Hess, the district governor elect for Rotary District 6420. The club also looked back at its long involvement in the community - from supporting the local schools to local organizations such as the Great River Outreach.
"There remains a lot of work to do in this area," McCaskey said. "We're looking to build this club for the future."
Some Rotary local accomplishments include:
-- A total of 93 Rotary Scholarships awarded to local high school students. Three scholarships are handed out each year -- two for one thousand dollars and one for two thousand dollars. This year's scholarships are supported in part by two fund-raisers -- a raffle at the end of 2017 and a fish fry in the spring of next year. Rotary hopes to raise at least $3,500 for scholarships.
-- Helped bring three SMART LightRaise interactive projectors for the West Carroll Middle School, which help make learning more engaging for students, replacing chalk and blackboards.
-- 40 Vocational Service Above Self Awards given out since 1989. Service above self recognizes local residents who have an outstanding record of community service.
-- Support for the Savanna Food Pantry and the Great River Outreach.
Besides local projects, The Rotary Club of Savanna also supports efforts to improve communities worldwide through Rotary International. The international organization's most recent effort has been the near elimination of polio, formerly one of the world's most dangerous and widespread diseases and which remains a threat in only three countries -- down from 125 in 1988.
Rotary International began in 1905 in Evanston. The group began with a series of weekly meetings of businessmen and professionals organized by Evanston attorney Paul Harris. Weekly meetings would "rotate" between the officers of the members. Hence the group's name -- Rotary. From this modest beginning, Rotary has grown into a worldwide organization with more than 35,000 clubs in 130 countries. Worldwide there are 1.2 million Rotarians, according to Rotary.org.
Pictured are Rotarians Matt Jones and JoEllen McCaskey cutting the cake for the clubs 96th Birthday.
Why Do We Hold A Foundation Dinner In November?




The Rotary calendar reminds us that November is Foundation month.  It is the month that many clubs make a special effort to present programs related to the Foundation and/or hold events that highlight the impressive work of our Rotary Foundation.


It has been the practice in District 6420 to hold a dinner in November specifically for the Foundation.  Questions often asked are why?  Wouldnt it be better to just make a contribution to the Foundation that represents the cost of the dinner?  What benefit do we receive by attending, particularly given the cost of the dinner?


To me, the answer to this is relatively easy.  Recognition is important.  Just take a look at the many ways the Rotary Foundation recognizes donors at various levels.  Pins, certificates, crystals bearing images of doves which represent peace, and so on.  Whether quietly and privately, or in a more public setting, we all appreciate being recognized.


The annual Foundation dinner provides an opportunity to thank all of us who support through our contributions the Foundations very important projects locally and internationally.  In 2016-17, there were 102 first-time donors in our district.  One of the ways to ensure this commitment continues is to recognize you.  My personal heartfelt thanks goes out to each of the 102 because you were a big factor in a major increase in our support of the Foundation in 2016-17.  We want you to remain engaged.


A celebration in November reinforces our commitment to the Foundation.  The dinner is the one event during the year focused exclusively on the Foundation.  It is a vehicle to exchange ideas and provide new information.  This year, our own Paul Stromborg, chair of the Districts End Polio Now subcommittee, will be providing important and current information about this continuing battle.  Our Annual Giving Officer at the Foundation in Naperville, Michelle Gasparian,  will be joining us and sharing her unique perspective as an insideras a Foundation staff member.


We are honored to have our own Mary Beth Growney-Selene with us.  A very engaging and popular speaker when she was our Rotary International Director, she now is intimately involved with the Foundation as a member of the Board of Trustees.  It is guaranteed we will benefit from her keynote presentation.


If you attend the celebration in November, you will take away a renewed commitment to the work of the Foundation.  I look forward to seeing all of you.


Together, we truly are better.

Ruth Lee, PDG, DRFCC

District Grant Training Seminar Dates
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 at least 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 this 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 only have to attend one of these times.  Choose the date that fits your calendar!!
            October 14    9-12                 Sterling           @ CGH Medical Center
            February 24    9-12                 Rockford         @  Rock River Valley Blood Center
            April 7             1-4                   Kishwaukee    @ K Community College
Is This Guy For Real?
Is this guy for real ?? 
(the one in red, that is...)
FIND OUT IN TORONTO!  Join 50,000 of your closest friends for a Rotary experience of a lifetime, June 23-27!   Rotary’s bringing this year’s RI Convention to our doorstep – just 600 miles away – an easy drive AND you can visit Niagara Falls on your way! 
Sign up by December 1 to get in on the drawing for a $100 DISTRICT REBATE – and you'll cash in on a$150 earlybird registration discount per person, too!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER !.... And for more info, contact District Promotion Chair PDG Scott!
Stoned Kaos gives presentation to the Rotary Club of Savanna
Local artistis and business owners Henry Matthiesen III and Jennifer Arand pose with Rotary president-elect Gary Panetta and President Bryan McCaskey. Matthiesen and Arand appeared at The Rotary Club of Savanna's 96th birthday celebration and meeting at Manny's Pizza. Matthiesen and Arand own Stoned Kaos Art Gallery, 327 Main St. Twelve regional artists are featured at the gallery, one of the city's newest businesses. Featured artwork includes tie-die clothing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography and much else.
District 6420 Task Force Against Human Trafficking Meeting
District 6420 Task Force Against Human Trafficking will hold its next meeting,
                              Sunday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Galena Steakhouse, 1101 N Galena Ave., Dixon, IL.  
District 6420 Task Force Against Human Trafficking
The District 6420 Task Force Against Human Trafficking met on September 29 and received a report regarding the Human Trafficking Legislative Taskforce Hearing that took place on September 14. We exchanged information we have discovered regarding various organizations involved in this cause. The overwhelming need that we have determined is EDUCATION. There is also a need for housing. There are many laws in place, but they are not enforced. We discussed educating judges.
Stacy shared a list of resources she received at the Legislative Task Force Meeting. Toni shared resources she learned of at the RI Convention in Atlanta. 
The Rotary Clubs of Springfield and West Springfield, VA have joined forces to create an awareness program in their middle and high schools and their community college. We will register with their group to indicate that we are interested in partnering with them and interested in a similar program in our community. 
District 5180 in Sacramento has a project in place regarding this issue. We will also contact this group and attempt to make contact with the State Attorney' General's Office representative. We will also contact the Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and ask for their list of the task forces which exist in each county in Illinois.
We discussed conducting a District 6420 educational meeting for all district clubs. The goal would be education, first and foremost, but also to have a Task Force representative within each club. We talked about preparing a packet to give out at that time so that club representatives could take that back to their clubs and begin an education campaign in their area.
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Galena Steakhouse, 1101 N Galena Ave., Dixon, IL. If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Toni Lucas at tonisrotary@gmail.com or call 270-703-9799.
OUR ROTARY FAMILY, THAT IS....... and they are waiting at the door to greet us this coming JUNE 23-27, 2018 !    Inspiration around every corner... and the beauty of Canada at our doorstep -- just 600 miles from home!   FIRST TIME ATTENDERS -- You 'll be AMAZED by the Rotary energy in the room, by the global impact of 35,000 Clubs doing what we do and more, and by the experience of making friends from all over the world!  REGISTER ASAP at  RIconvention.org to get in on earlybird pricing AND a chance to win a $100  REBATE in our District Drawing on December 1st!  
Already registered? Where are you staying?? Email PDG Convention Promotion Chair Scott Shore at  DGScott6420@gmail.com to let us know... So far, Toronto Intercontinental and Sheraton Center are the running District favorites. SEE YOU IN TORONTO !
Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears  -- Sunday, November 12
The Northern Winnebago County Rotary is raffling off two (2) tickets to the Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears, Sunday November 12, 2017 game.
To get your tickets and a chance to win contact any Northern Winnebago County Rotarian.
Tickets are $20 (twenty dollars) for each chance. 
Drawing to be held, Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
Rockford Rotoract Pup Crawl
pictures from Rockford Rotoract’s fundraising pup crawl..
Don't you just love the message :)
There is
Good in
The World
Save the Date!    Saturday, December 9, 2017
Breakfast with Santa     hosted by Northern Winnebago County Rotary.
Pancake Breakfast  -   Photo with Santa  -   Write and mail your letter 
Engaging Your Prospective Members Webinar
Did you know that almost 19,000 visitors to Rotary.org have expressed interest in joining Rotary since July 2016? Rotary staff alerts districts to these prospects through the Membership Leads page on My Rotary, and districts, in turn, assign them to clubs. 

By asking about joining, these aspiring members are telling us that Rotary offers a unique experience and that they want to learn more. Are we doing everything we can to engage with them and ensure that their experience with Rotary is positive?

Mark your calendars for the webinar Hot, Warm, and Cold Leads: Engaging Your Prospective Members on Monday, 23 October, 17:00-18:00 Chicago time (UTC-6). On the registration page, you can check the webinar’s time for your time zone. 

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. All registrants will receive a copy of the slides and a recording of the presentation afterward. 

After the webinar, you’ll be able to:
•    Respond to leads in the way that works best for your club
•    Check and update the status of a lead online
•    Apply best practices for effectively following up on leads, and working with your district 
•    Find prospective members that are waiting to hear from your club
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Colene Vivian
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