Rotary District 6440 Newsletter
Sarah Oliver, District GovernorDecember, 2013
In This Issue
-- Governor's Message
-- HealthRays Guatemala
-- Vote Charity Miles
-- Idea - Type A's and B's Affect Club Atmosphere
-- Youth Training Available
-- A List of Short, Noteworthy Things
-- Welcome to Our New Members!
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Governor's Message   2013-2014 RI Theme Logo

The ground is blanketed with snow, and the temperature cycles between cold and colder as winter kicks off in Chicagoland. Clubs throughout the District are working hard and having fun while raising money at holiday events and organizing to deliver warm coats and hats, new shoes, wrapped presents of toys and books, and baskets of food to brighten the season for needy children and their stressed families.  December is a time of sharing and opportunity and famGov. Sarah Photoily.


United Airlines again this year is sponsoring a giveaway of a large block of miles to the non-profit organization that can garner the most votes from supporters. Rotary International is in second place at the moment, and every vote is important to help us gain ground and garner more miles in support of our service around the world. Each of us can vote every day, and each of our friends can vote every day, at if we let them know that we need their help. It's quick; it's easy; and it helps all of us to serve others better.


I have completed my Official Visits now, and I enjoyed them to the last. Every club includes Rotarians who are committed to their communities and to communities far away and whose work brings inspiration and excitement to the rest of us. New members are jumping into the water and bringing new ideas and strategies to help everyone reach a far shore. Long-time members are welcoming the newcomers and working to blend those ideas and strategies into successful expansions of their service traditions.


As you contemplate and plan your end-of-year charitable contributions, I ask you to remember that our Rotary Foundation absolutely is unique and is the vehicle that facilitates most of our service work. A portion of your contribution to the SHARE option within the Annual Fund comes back to you later through the district to be used as your club decides in support of either local or international projects. Your contributions to PolioPlus are matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation so that you can invest $1 and make $3 become available to End Polio Now.


As our meeting schedule becomes less full for a few weeks, I wish you and your loved ones relaxing and enjoyable times together in travels or at home. Thank you again for being part of my Rotary Family.

Governor Sarah


What is Rotary
HealthRays: Guatemala?       

"Rotary HealthRays: Guatemala" is the unique project launched by Rotary District 6440 that aims to bring digital x-ray technology to people in need in Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in Latin America.

To see the brochure, click Page 1, then Page 2.

There's a great website about it to be found at


Get Charity Miles to Help Rotary Service 

Between now and the end of the year, vote for Charity Miles for Rotary International from United Airlines Vote for RI today and every day through December 31, and get others to vote daily by sharing this link immediately with family and friends through Facebook, e-mail, Twitter, etc. Each person can cast a vote each day on every device connected to the internet, including phones and tablets. 


You can help Rotary provide transportation for surgical teams to conduct heart surgery and train local doctors, for children to receive essential surgery for correction of birth defects, and for disadvantaged high school students to experience Rotary Youth Exchange.  You can vote every day, and each of your friends can vote every day; and your votes and their votes can improve the lives of many children and families throughout the world.

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May we find and give
Peace and Joy, through our Rotary Families and Service this Holiday Season.          
Idea -- Retaining Members: Can Type A's Work with Type B's ?      
We know Rotary is a wonderful opportunity through which to enjoy service to others.  And it's an opportunity for us to grow as individuals.  But sometimes without such growth we put at risk the achievement of our goals.  Have you heard some members or potential members say something like, "I don't need more conflict, I get enough elsewhere !"

We Rotarians are an independent lot.  Some of us have that Type A personality, some have Type B, and most of us are trying to succeed in our vocations by using our strengths.  But Rotary is a team effort requiring our different personalities to work together.

Using the 4-Way Test can be a tool for self-reflection so A's can get along with B's, and B's with A's.  Both can grow in their interpersonal skills as we work together to serve, and help grow club membership as well.  

RYLA Applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Retreats are Now Being Accepted.

Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats being held March 13 - 16 and April 3 - 6.  Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.  Take a look at this video to get a feel for RYLA:


Rotary District 6440 2012 Camp RYLA
Rotary District 6440 2012 Camp RYLA

Click here for the RYLA Application.  Sponsorship fee is $325 per student if registered and paid before February 15th, and $350 thereafter.  

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.


Short List...of Short, Noteworthy Things:
  • Maine East Rotary Interact will be on WGN-TV @ 6:20 am Friday, 12/20/13, as they present 750 toys for the Toys for Tots drive.  To read more, click here.  
  • ...and Interact Student Selected to Leadership Team --    John  

    Syed Matin 

    Schwan  [] wrote, "It has been a Red Letter Week for Rotary Interact. Syed Matin was on the front page of the Daily Herald today! He was recognized as a member of the 2013 Daily Herald Leadership Team. This is quite an honor...What an awesome accomplishment for a young man that makes all of us associated with Rotary Interact and Maine East proud!  For the front page article explaining the honor (click here), as well as the DH profile of Syed (click here). 

  • Curious to Learn More About Our ClubRunner software and site? Visit the ClubRunner Website by clicking here  
  • Shelter Boxes Money Used in the Philippines -- Gov. Sarah writes, "I am delighted to report that the district matching money for ShelterBox purchases has been fully used, and that some of those clubs and many others made additional contributions to ShelterBox without the match.  Thank you to all of you who are helping ShelterBox reach its goal to house 4000 families in devastated areas in the Philippines." 

We Welcome New Members to The Best Service Organization in the World


ClubFirst NameLast Name
Arlington HeightsRobertArnold
Barrington NoonJeffWitt
Buffalo GroveStevenCasstevens
Fox Valley SunsetMichelleCasaus
Long GroveJamesDopler
McHenry - SunriseMatthewColby
Rolling MeadowsTraceyCrawford
St. Charles BreakfastBeckyMcCabe




Bob Paddock