Rotary District 6440 Newsletter
Sarah Oliver, District GovernorAugust, 2013
In This Issue
-- Governor's Message
-- Our Youth Exchange Students
-- Next Step for X-ray Project
-- Paul Harris Match
-- Changes in Club Operations
-- Membership Follow Through
-- Response to Polio Reappearance
-- Northwestern Football
-- Idea: Oswego Project
-- Idea: Palatine Project
-- New Website Design for Rotary International
-- A List of Short, Noteworthy Things
-- Think Sidney Convention 2014
-- Welcome to Our New Members!
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The Rotary District 6440 Newsletter is filled with announcements, articles and information about our clubs, our members and making a difference through Rotary. 
  Governor's Message
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Although the days still are very warm, children have returned to school all over the district and fall sports are on the docket.Gov. Sarah Photo


For our Rotary clubs, it is a time to welcome inbound youth exchange students and look towards more involvement with the local Interact club, a time to plan fellowships and expansion of service, a time to build on club member stories to attract potential members.


I have completed about a third of my Official Visits so far and have enjoyed every one of them. The richness that is the tapestry of our clubs continues to amaze and inspire me. Long-time Rotarians and the newest members actively share their ideas, talents and time to explore ways that their clubs can increase awareness of Rotary service and fellowship and succeed in increasing both.


A district Membership Task Force has been formed to think outside the box about increasing membership and to develop tools and procedures that reflect best practices for adding new members to the Rotary Family and for engaging both those new ones and the current ones who remain a bit on the sidelines. Chaired by DGN Rodney Adams and including DGE Ellen Young, Membership Chair Jim Uszler and PDG Mike Yesner, the task force will continue to work closely with the district Membership Committee to assure that clubs have the support they need to address their membership concerns.


The first equipment installation of the planned-for 29 with our Guatemala X-ray Project has been completed, and RI President-elect Gary Huang will officially inaugurate it in a few days. Project Chair PDG Pam Kerr and Vice-chair PDG Carlos Fr�m will join the First lady of Guatemala, the Guatemalan Minister of Health, some of our Rotary and non-Rotary partners and others for the celebration. This machine has been operational for several weeks now and providing an exciting improvement in health care for its poverty-stricken community.


I look forward to spending time with more of you soon as I continue my Official Visits and remind you that your district team wants to assist you however we can.


Yours in Rotary Service,


Governor Sarah

Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange Students 2013/2014
Rotary Youth Exchange students 2013-14 enjoyed meeting each other at Party in Northbrook Saturday August 24th. Thank you to hostess Vera Mayer who made it a great afternoon for all.

Next Step for the X-ray Project -- Guatemala's First Lady and RI's President-Elect Gary Huang at Official Launch this Monday, Sept. 2 !

District 6440's digital x-ray project is moving into it's next phase. The first of a planned 29 machines has been funded thanks to a Global Grant recently approved by The Rotary Foundation.  Special thanks go out to the following clubs for their generous financial contributions to this project: Northbrook, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Wilmette Harbor, Winnetka-Northfield, Evanston Lighthouse, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, Skokie Valley and Wheeling. 

Giving a moving description of early use, Juan Carlos Botr�n in Guatemala wrote, "The machine had not even 24 hours running time and already had good stories. We hope to have many more, in many other places."  To read the rest of his comments, click here.

To read more about this special celebration which will include several 6440 Past District Governors, click here.


"Sooner than Later" is Possible Thanks to a Paul Harris Match... Paul Harris Medal

Once again a generous Rotarian in our district has offered for a limited time to match $500 contributions to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund/SHARE so that fellow Rotarians can achieve Paul Harris Fellow recognition more quickly.  Contact your club Rotary Foundation chair.

Some Changes in Club Operations  

We all feel it's Important to us to Involve those who care in our community and build awareness of Rotary.  Sometimes even our "Rules" can have an impact.


Gov. Sarah informed club presidents that Rotary's Council on Legislation made decisions that affect some aspects of RI, district and club operations.  To see some examples, click here.   

August has been Membership Month -- Let's follow through, sharing the Fun and Rewards of Rotary Membership   

Click on this video from Greg Rubens -Evanston Lighthouse.    

Your friends doing good things throughout Chicagoland and worldwide!
Your friends doing good things throughout Chicagoland and worldwide!


Polio Eradication News 

Although Somalia had been polio free since 2007, the outbreak occurring now from wild virus coming into the country totaled 100 confirmed cases as of August 14.  With a $500,000 Rapid Response Grant from The Rotary Foundation and US$15.3M in funds from the United Kingdom, immunization of up to 6.1M people in that at-risk region of Africa began immediately.   


The probability of outbreaks in previously polio-free areas is included in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative Strategic Plan developed jointly among the GPEI partners, and everything possible continues to be done to limit this one in spite of areas in Somalia with no effective government control.    

Get Your Tickets Now! ...and Roar with Rotarians for Fellowship and Football
Join your fellow Rotarians next Saturday, September 7, for a visit to Rotary International Headquarters in downtown Evanston, and then the Northwestern vs. Syracuse football game. 

RI has agreed to open the building for tours for us that Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Limited free parking is available in Rotary International spaces in the garage adjacent to RI HeWildc-Syr Helmetsadquarters.  Please get information ahead of time from Sandy Morganstein at

Transportation between Headquarters and Ryan Field has been arranged. Game tickets begin at $15, and should be purchased at; Select Tickets; Promotions enter NUROT. or call 888-467-8775 x7847 and ask for Amy. For additional information, contact Dick Peach at and click here.


Idea: Thinking of Club Projects?  Here's an example -- Oswego Rotary Shares a Youth Safety Story

The Rotary Club of Oswego, Illinois, in neighboring District 6450 worked with public safety personnel, psychologists, counselors, and classroom teachers to address the issue of teenage drinking and driving in their community.   


The video they produced for the project illustrates the emotional toll on first responders from tragic accidents, and the program has helped reduce accidents involving younger drivers.

Oswego Rotary Safety Video
Click on Picture To See Operation Impact Video

If you are interested in learning more about this successful community project, contact the Rotary Club of Oswego through their website


Idea: ...and a Project in Palatine.


To celebrate its 5Rotary Park Palatine0th anniversary, The Rotary Club wanted to come up   with a way to give back to the Palatine community.   


The Palatine Rotary Club and the Village of Palatine are working together to create Rotary Plaza, which will contain landscaping, benches, a flag pole and an electronic sign that will let people know what events are happening around town.  Read more by clicking Trib Local 


RI Homepage Art
New home-page slides like this help tell Rotary's story -- click the image to see more.

Registration is simple.  Click, follow, register ... and explore the impressive new site design and graphics.

A List...of Short, Noteworthy Things :


  • Condolences -- to Past District Governor Mike Ericksen and his family on the loss of his mother, and to Administrative Assistant Kristina Laib on the passing of her father John Bettini. 
  • Rotary International Friendship Exchange gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.  If interested in learning more, contact Jim Wales at  See the handbook by clicking here.

  • The Rotarian Peace Hall of Fame on Oct. 3.  This 5-club project will have its opening ceremony at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie.  Sir Nicholas Winton, currently 104 years old, is a Rotarian and was featured in the December 2008 Rotarian Magazine for his remarkable work in saving children in WWII.  For a description of a movie about it, click here.
  • November 2 is Fall Seminar -- a great event for new and longer-term members to kindle the excitement of Rotary.  It's conveniently located in Addison at Medinah Banquets.  The day will begin with a breakfast plenary session and include tracks for ABCs of Rotary, PR/PI/Social Media, and Membership Development.  Club dues cover four members for these morning seminars.  For information, click here
Beginning to Think About 2014 Convention in Sydney

It definitely is not too early to begin thinking about a trip to the RI Convention in Sydney, June 1-4, 2014.  You are guaranteed warm hospitality from our Aussie hosts, inspiring speakers at every session, and many opportunities to experience Australia and share fellowship with Rotarians from throughout the world.   


For a sampling of what's in store, see the latest convention newsletter from our Zones 28 & 29 planning team by clicking here.


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


ClubFirst NameLast Name
Elk Grove VillageMary EllenLarson
Glen EllynSueMartin
Highland Park-HighwoodCynthiaPlouche
Lake in the HillsDoreenRuzanski
Libertyville SunriseBrianMcMurrough
North ChicagoEricGallagher
Skokie ValleyLamanTasch
St. CharlesJimRingness


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