Welcome to our October newsletter!

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District Governor News

Are we having fun yet?  As our new Rotary year gets rolling and we get to work, I hope all of the club members and officers remember to have fun! I know, there are goals to set and achieve, projects and fundraiser to plan and execute, meetings to attend, but are you having fun?  I promise you fun is contagious and if it looks like you are enjoying what you are doing others will gravitate to you.  As I travel the District visiting Clubs I am impressed by how busy everyone is and what fantastic events they are planning,  We have four Clubs that are celebrating centennial anniversaries this year!  I can’t wait to celebrate with them.

 
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World Polio Day is October 24 - What will you be doing?
END POLIO NOW WALK

The Rotary Clubs of Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling Noon, twin Cities Sunrise, and Walnut are hosting the Fourth Annual End Polio Now Walk at  Centennial Park, 510 East 11th Street in Rock Falls on Saturday, October 12 at 9:00 a.m.  Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Larson Shelter where coffee and rolls will be available. 

Any donation of $20 or more will receive an End Polio Now T-shirt as long as the supply lasts.  A short program about polio eradication and photo of all participants will be taken before the walk along the Hennepin Canal begins.  The walk is open to the public and no registration fee is charged.

Any Rotarian who wishes to participate and also donate to Rotary Foundation should write a check to Rotary Foundation with their Rotary ID number and club name  on the memo line.  Their donation will be sent into Rotary International to the Polio Plus Fund and recorded to their Foundation account, but also will be used in the publicity of the funds collected through the End Polio Now Walk.  Any questions, contact Betty Clementz of Rock falls Rotary at tbclementz@gmail.com

 

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Foundation News October 2019
October is the month of World Polio Day.  As I write this piece for the October newsletter, I was just informed that two new cases of polio were reported in the Philippines.  Both of these were young children.  The type is a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2.  No cases of wild poliovirus were discovered.  Thus, the Philippines’ polio-free status is not at risk.  However, this is still disheartening.  
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POLIO UPDATE

October Polio Note (from Rotary International Polio News)

It’s been three years since health officials last reported a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria. The milestone, reached on 21 August, means that it’s possible for the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region to be certified wild poliovirus-free next year.

Nigeria’s success is the result of several sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of thousands of health workers, and strategies to immunize children who previously couldn’t be reached because of a lack of security in the country’s northern states.

“Rotary, its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Nigerian government have strengthened immunization and disease detection systems,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. He adds: “We are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.”

 

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District Grants Seminar THIS MONTH
District Grants Available for 2020-2021
 
When and where are the District Grant Management Seminars going to be held?
October 19, 2019 in Rockford at the Rock River Valley Blood Drive from 9:00-12:00
February 15, 2020 in Sterling at the CGH Medical Center from 9:00-12:00
April 18, 2020 in Princeton from 9:00-12:00
 
What are District Grants?  
District Grants are intended for small-scale, short-term activities that address humanitarian needs in your community.All Clubs in District 6420 are encouraged to apply for a District Grant.
 
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District 6420 Membership Attraction/Retention

Need some fresh ideas for membership attraction or retention?  Don't miss this meeting complete with coffee and pastries!   

October 12th - 9:30 - 11:30 at Liberty in Peru

November 2 - 9:30 - 11:00 CGH Hospital, Sterling

????  Contact David McCully .  dmc0001@yahoo.com
IS YOUR CLUB SMARTER THAN ROCK ISLAND ROTARY?
IS YOUR CLUB SMARTER THAN YOUR FELLOW ROTARY CLUB???? 
 
DO YOU ACCEPT THE ROCK ISLAND ROTARY CLUB CHALLENGE??? 
 
Come join the fun!  Let's see which club goes home with the Traveling Trophy for the Smartest Rotary Club!
We are selling raffle tickets in conjunction with our Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser
Tickets are for $5 each or 5/$25.    Winners will be drawn at our Trivia Night .
 
 
LaSalle Rotary Centennial Celebration - COMING SOON!
La Salle Rotary will be having their Centennial celebration May 1, 2020?  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!  Details will be finalized at a later date
 
Zone 2019 in Kansas City
PDG Steve Kuhn with RI President Elect Holger Knaack at Rotary Institute 2019 in Kansas City.
Kansas City Zone 2019
Picture of attendees.  DG Bobbi Burke, DGE Tom Brooks, DGN Dave McCully, Vice Gov. Steve Kuhn, and new District Trainer 2021-2022.
ARE YOU A MUSICIAN?
Fellow Rotarians. Do you love music and want to be of service to Rotary Districts 6440 and 6420?  On April 25, a band made up of Rotarians will play at the District Conference in Schaumburg at 5 p.m. or so on Saturday. Song list to be determined when we have all the band members and instruments compiled. All levels and instruments are welcome, from beginner to professional. We will probably hold one or two practice sessions before we play. If you are interested please email Mike Martinez and let him know what instrument you play. He can be contacted at martinezillini@yahoo.com . If you have already signed up, no need to sign up again.
BULLETIN EDITOR
 
 
Kathy Schmidt
keschmidt77@gmail.com
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