Rotary District 6440 Newsletter
Carlos Fr�m, District GovernorApril, 2012
In This Issue
-- Governor's Message
-- The Dist. Conference Story
-- Last call for Foundation Donations
-- Vocational Scholarship Winners
-- Medium List of Noteworthy Things
-- The Polio Fight Continues
-- Inspiration from the International Convention
-- Videos for Club Officer Training
-- Clubs Meeting their Goal !
-- Ideas for Club Support and Involvement
-- New Members Welcomed
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Evanston Golf Club
Jun 29, 2012
Aug. 11, 2012
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The Rotary District 6440 Newsletter is filled with announcements, articles, and links to announcements, stories, and information about our clubs, our members and making a difference through Rotary.
Governor's Message
 2011 Theme Logo

                 334 Days


  It's humbling...   



Dear Friends in Rotary: 


     The district conference was held on April 20-22 and I received some nice comments from various Rotarians. Let me set the record straight.


     Nancy Keppel, from Wheeling, and Mike Martinez, Barrington Breakfast, co-chaired this event and had the good sense of ignoring, very politely I may add, most of my ill thought suggestions. All that went right at the conference was due to them and the great team they had working with them.


     Joe Nordstrom, from Lincolnshire Morning Star, one more time brought his substantial expertise to bear on our registration process and it went without a hitch. Stan Sherman, from Northbrook, worked on the menus and the hotel and, judging from the substantial ovation the hotel staff received, everybody was quite happy with the results.


     Vera Mayer, from Northbrook, organized a fun Hospitality Night sponsored by a sizable number of clubs recognized at the event. She was helped by Norm Levine, also from Northbrook.


     Julie Clark, from Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, and Gary Ecklund, from Barrington Breakfast, acted as Sergeants at Arms and were quite helpful guiding us from event to event. Ed Nadler, from Northbrook, kept a well trained eye on the budget and the finances and I am anxious to see the final results (bills are still coming in!)


     Luanne Triolo Newman brought a new idea to the conference, a 'Meet-Me' gathering that was so well received we were sorry time did not allowed us to hold a second one. I am sure this event will be repeated at future seminars or conferences.


     The Exchange kids were everywhere and they were delightful! Bill Summers, from Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, Chair of Youth Exchange on his final appearance (thank you Bill for all your years of service!), Martha Weiss, from Buffalo Grove, Alexis Portugal, from Barrington Noon, Rebecca Dunleavy, from Antioch, and Vera Mayer, made sure the kids were engaged particularly in the House of Friendship and at the square dance and the gala dinner.


     Alan Nerad, from Lincolnshire Morning Star, and Nancy Medin, from Northbrook, were a hit (and quite funny!) as Masters of Ceremony and kept things moving with charm and grace.


     DGE Mike Yesner, from Skokie Valley, Trainer Cynthia Tomusiak, from Fox Lake-Round Lake, and Assembly Chair Mimi Altman, from Lake Zurich, had the marvelous idea of incorporating the District Assembly into the District Conference and they executed flawlessly with plenty of information for everyone.


     I must thank also DGN Sarah Oliver, from Wilmette Harbor, for being Aide to RI President Representative Don Alhart and his wife Mary. They left delighted with our friendly and welcoming District. Mike Martinez was Aide to Speaker Katie Ehlis and he made sure she participated via Skype in a District Conference in Australia while attending ours! Quite a job!


     PDG Dave Waring, from Barrington Breakfast, acted as Aide to Keynote Speaker J.B. Pritzker and his 9 year old daughter Teddy, while Club Advisor and Webmaster Extraordinaire Rich Lalley, from Winnetka-Northfield, was Aide to Speaker, Singer, and Song Writer Jerry Mills.


     Debbie Schoendorf, from Barrington Breakfast, conducted a session where we highlighted innovations and recognized innovative clubs projects. Rick Rivkin, from Northbrook, brought his whole NID Team, including a member from another district, for a nice presentation on our first ever district organized NID trip!


     Jim Runnfeldt, from Long Grove, and Ada Kahn, from Evanston, brought our outstanding GSE Team, which made us all proud, and a charming team from District 3480 in Taipei, Taiwan.


     As you can see, the kudos does not belong to me but to a large group of dedicated Rotarians from throughout the district who worked very hard for a successful District Conference. They certainly deserve my gratitude and that of the whole 'Home District'! Thank you Friends!


     If I forgot to thank somebody please accept my humble apology.


Yours in Rotary Service,


Governor Carlos





Great Video and Award at the District Conference 


If you didn't go to Milwaukee, take a look, and take a Rotarians learning and having fun at this remarkable location.  If you did go, enjoy the recollection, especially the rendition of the "Ode to Rotary 6440".  In either case, for the video, click here.


And for Rotarian of the Year, the winner (along with the District) is Rotarian of the YearClub Service Adviser & Webmaster Rich Lalley for his outstanding service to the District with the website and the Public Relations Grant that has surpassed 23,000,000 impressions on our 200,000 target population of potential recruits.


Less than a Month left -- to Make Your Contribution to the Rotary Foundation, and make a difference! 


      There are two things which will help:

  1. Presidents and Club Treasurers should send accumulated contributions to the Foundation so your club will get credit toward this year's club goal ! 
  2. Club Members -- Give your contribution to your Club Treasurer or Club Foundation Chair, preferably by June 15.    

    Rotary Foundation Logo 

    Rotarians can also go to the Rotary International Site to find out more and to contribute on line (but if you do so, remember to  choose the Annual Fund from among the several choices, and to carefully follow the instructions, or you and your club won't get credit toward the goal.

  3. And a third thing ... for motivation, is knowing what we've done in our District with Foundation money.  To read the President's Representative's report, click here.  It's impressive.

15 Vocational Scholarship Winners Announced 


      VocationalLogoInColorCongratulations are in order for the following recipients of this year's Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship awards. Each winner was nominated by one of our clubs and chosen from a field of 35 applications. The scholarships provide a $1,000 award to be used toward tuition, books and fees at a two-year community college or trade school. "We had an outstanding filed of applicant this year", said District Vocational Service Chair Shel Hyman. "This program is a shining example of how Rotarians are assisting the Next Generation as they prepare to be tomorrow's leaders."   Please congratulate the following winners and their sponsoring clubs:


ScholarSponsoring Rotary Club
Anthony KlaprothArlington Heights-Noon   
Pablo TorresBarrington-Noon
Denis KolesnikBartlett
Giuseppe BiundoBloomindale-Roselle
Carmelo FloresFox Lake-Round Lake
Steven O'RourkeGlen Ellyn
Tyler ZborilGrayslake
Taylor RonneLibertyville Sunrise
Brooke ButtacavoliLong Grove
Alica ToedteMcHenry Noon
Samantha MoranMount Prospect /Arlington Heights
Sherice AlbrechtSchaumburg AM
Kelly DohertySchaumburg-Hoffman Estates
Teneisha HallSchaumburg-Hoffman Estates
Ryan SmidWoodstock





A short list...of noteworthy things:
  • A salute goes to the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor for already achieving and enormously surpassing their Annual Giving Goal. We can't wait to see what projects they will accomplish next year with all their matching money!
  • RI President Kalyan Banerjee has said RI will move the whole organization firmly into social media to attract the next Ed Pigg Sr., Past Dist. Governorgeneration of Rotarians.  Please join in and make social media a part of your communication efforts.
  • PDG Edger W. Pigg, 86, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.  We're thankful for Ed's service and fellowship over the years!
  • Long Grove Rotarian, Ross Spencer of Inverness, has been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his efforts during 2011 "to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disasters worldwide."
  • The Rotary Club of Carpentersville Morning has received the Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee. 
  • The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills is the Zone Winner of the 2011-2012 Changemaker Award in the Small Club Category, signed also by RI President Kalyan Banerjee.
  • To see a good local example of a posting on the new Rotary Showcase feature from RI, see the SoyCow bullet in the Ideas for Clubs, listed below.
  • The final editing of the video of Sir Nicholas Winton talkingSir Nicholas Winton about the importance of being a Rotarian is now "complete" and has been to be added to:  an organization/facility to recognize Rotarian Peacemakers who created and are creating peace, ensuring these Rotarians are recognized and their deeds not forgotten.
  • Gov. Elect, Mike Yesner, announced that Rotary International President Nominee Ron Burton and his wife Jetta will be attending our District Installation on June 29.  With the limited seating, register soon on the District website, if you have not done so already. 


Our continued support of the Fight Against Polio is important!


For insights into the battle and the current situation, read the story in The Atlantic, "Why Polio Just Became a Global Health Crisis-and a Global Governance Crisis". Our continued fundraising is important.


The International Convention -- Inspiring comments from Bankok


You can get a taste of what the Convention sessions were like by viewing RI videos.  Click on the one shown below for an overview.  Here are some recommended highlights in addition to the overview:


  • The House of Friendship opening.
  • Dr Muhamad's talk about "social businesses"
  • The speeches by the RI President and Pres. Elect give poignant views into their personalities.




Highlights from the closing two plenary sessions
Highlights from the closing two plenary sessions






Videos available for club officer training (and the rest of us who want to find out more) --

The training consists of two parts. 
  • Video 1: RI Resources for Club Leaders: this part explains what Rotary International and the Europe/Africa Office in particular have to offer Rotary clubs (staff support, publications, the Rotary Website, Member Access).
  • Video 2: Club Leaders' Responsibilities to RI: this part explains the minimum standards for Rotary clubs, the Semi-annual Report and the use of the Rotary Marks. It also provides information on how to build a club's online presence.

They are also available as a Windows media video file or as a PowerPoint file (without voice-over); ask your club president.

Congratulations to clubs making their 2011/2012 Goal!


At PETS last year (Presidents Elect Training), all the Presidents agreed to set a goal for the year of one net new member per club.  That was the only District goal set.  Congratulations to the following clubs for achieving their goal already (and especially to their Presidents):



Arlington Heights

Barrington Breakfast



Buffalo Grove

Carol Stream

Des Plaines

Dundee Township



Lake Forest-Lake Bluff

Lake Zurich

Lincolnshire (Morning Star)



Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights

Mundelein-Vernon Hills*



Rolling Meadows

Skokie Valley

St. Charles

St. Charles Breakfast

Villa Park



*Special congratulations go to Glenview Sunrise, Mundelein-Vernon Hills, and Palatine for showing an outstanding net gain of six members each! 

Ideas for club support and involvement
  • Why send students to to RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership conference?  Read the letter from St. Viator student Santiago Sordo-Palacios for insights into what the experience means to participants -- click here.
  • Lake in the Hills Rotary Club holds a Ribfest every year that has been quite successful. The District recommends considering the event to showcase what Rotary does for the community (both local and international). There is a tented area that will be having booths set up specifically to show Rotary projects.

Clubs interested in showcasing a project they have done are encouraged to participate. There is no cost for the clubs to have a booth there. This may be a great way to promote Rotary showing the good work Rotary does and perhaps attracting potential members (the event draws from a wide area).   The dates for the event are July 5, 6, 7 & 8.



If interested or for more information, contact Steve Swanson at, hm. ph. 847-651-2041.



  •   SoyCowThe SoyCow is providing soy protein nutrition for theSoy Cow in Guatemala fr Barrington elementary school students and the community, and it's a on-going business! It's a Barrington Rotary Club project with the participation of Evanston Lighthouse, Dundee Township, Palatine, Lake In The Hills, Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers, Barrington Breakfast, Sterling, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates and Guatemala Sur.  To see this posting on Rotary Showcase, click here.  It's also a great example of how the Showcase works.









A Warm Welcome To Our New Members !
ClubFirst & Last Name
BartlettAmitabh Mittal
Central DuPage AMJ. PatrickNelson
Evanston LighthouseIreneSandler
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary ClubRichBrandel
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary ClubHappieDatt
Libertyville SunriseStephenKershner
McHenry - SunriseCarlVallianatos
St. Charles BreakfastTomTarvis


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