Rotary District 6440 Newsletter
Sarah Oliver, District GovernorOctober, 2013
In This Issue
-- Governor's Message
-- Fall Seminar Information
-- On To Sidney Australia Convention
-- Joint Effort Results in Peace Hall of Fame
-- Rotarians Acknowledged
-- Idea - Example of Practical Needs in Your Community
-- Idea -- Follow Through and Keep Eyes Open
-- A List of Short, Noteworthy Things
-- Our "Numbers" for Foundation Giving
-- Welcome to Our New Members!
Quick Event Information
 See additional information about these events in this newsletter and on the District website at:
 Fall Seminar is Nov. 2nd
PETS and Grants Training, too. 
 at Medinah Banquets, Addision 
(click link for info) 
Plan early to attend -- make suggestions,
consider your side trips.

(click link for info) 
Quick Contact Links
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   2013-2014 RI Theme Logo


Our Zones 28 & 29 Institute "Imagine Pittsburgh" earlier this month was an exciting and inspirational experience. Our Rotary International Director Mary Beth Growney-Selene and her team planned top notch training sessions, recruited fabulous speakers for the plenary sessions, and provided fellowship opportunities at every turn.  


I was very proud to see District 6440 honored once

Gov. Sarah Photo

again for outstanding support of The Rotary Foundation, our Rotary Foundation. 2012-2013 Governor Mike Yesner and District Rotary Foundation Coordinator Mike Ericksen made multiple trips to the stage as we were recognized in Zone 28 for total giving (#1), for per capita giving (#2), and for Annual Fund giving (#3) and received a special award for our unparalleled cash contributions for End Polio Now.


Our tailgate-themed November 2nd Fall Seminar Day is fast approaching, and content details of the four training tracks continue to be refined. Beginning with breakfast and the opening plenary session, each participant then will follow his or her chosen training track for the remainder of the morning.   One option is the Grant Management Seminar for using District Grant or Global Grant money during 2014-2015. In person completion of this GMS by at least one member of the club is mandated by RI.  


A second option is the Membership Engagement track geared towards current and future club membership committees, and a third is the track focused on Public Image/Public Relations as a tool for strengthening your club. The fourth is, of course, our ABCs of Rotary for newer members (or almost members), who will expand their horizons by learning more about Rotary outside their home club. Show off your school colors during the mid-morning fellowship! 


It may be hard to imagine since this Rotary year is not half over, but November 2 also marks the beginning of training for 2014-2015 Club Presidents. After Fall Seminar Day, Dist.Gov.Elect (DGE) Ellen Young will gather with presidents-elect for a fellowship lunch and Pre-PETS (Presidents Elect Training) to give them a good start on preparing to lead their clubs next year. Pre-PETS requires a separate registration from that for Fall Seminar Day.


Are you planning to go to Sydney for the 2014 RI Convention? The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel has been chosen as our District 6440 group housing site there, and requests for one of the limited number of rooms available and deposit checks go our "On To Sydney" Chair Stan Sherman. Also, the Zones 28 & 29 Convention Promotions Committee has begun to share ideas about places to go and things to do either before or after the Convention.


By the time you read this newsletter, two thirds of my Official Visits will have been made. I look forward to seeing more of you at your home clubs in the coming weeks and to joining a large enthusiastic group of you in school colors at Fall Seminar Day.


Thank you for being part of my Rotary family.


Governor Sarah


Fall Tail Gate (and Seminar) is a Week from This Coming Saturday...Learn to Help Your Club Build membership, Manage grant money, Use public relations efforts, or Learn what Rotary is today.
Fall Seminar Logo and Link
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...November 2 at Medinah Banquets.  It is our major training program this season to help clubs become more impactful in their service activities.   


Long-time member or new, join us: Badge pickup begins at 7:30 AM and breakfast at 8:00 AM.  It's also our Pre-"Presidents Elect" Training (Pre-PETS), and our Grants Management Training required for clubs. 


Each attendee signs up for only one of these tracks. Ask your club president about this event.  Note: Presidents Elect should also register for "Pre-PETs". 


Wear your school's colors! 

On To Sidney -- Limited Rotary Housing, Use Reservation Form Now


The room rate for the bulk of the reserved rooms is $270 per night with breakfast, wi-fi, taxes and service included.


Gov. Sarah writes, "Wally and I cordially invite you to join us in Sydney, Australia, for the Rotary International Convention that will take place from June 1st to June 4th, 2014."  Get started on a great visit to the convention and the country "down under"-- get more information and the room reservation form by clicking here.  One change this year -- breakfast isn't included with the room rate. 


Or call Stan Sherman, 847-726-6513, On To Sidney Chair.  The newest newsletter from Past Dist. Gov. Holly Callen, Zone Convention Promotions Chair, includes much information about what to see in Australia before or after the Convention (click here).

Dedication Event a Joint Effort of Several Rotary Clubs  


The Rotary Peace Hall of Fame is the effort of a joint project by the Lincolnshire Morning Star, Barrington Breakfast, Skokie Valley, Northbrook and Evanston Lighthouse Rotary clubs.  To read an article about the effort and the first awardee, click here.  Our congratulations are extended to the clubs and their members who made this possible. 


Dedication of The Rotarian Peace Hall of Fame,Thursday, September 26 in the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie.

Rotarians Acknowledged for Lives Well-Lived    

 Receiving Distinguished Citizen Awards, Rotarians Sam Harris (Northbrook), Ed and Jean McCabe (Park Ridge), and Kris Stabler Nieman (Arlington) shared meaningful thoughts about life.  They were among the honorees at the Northwest Suburban Boy Scout Council's fund-raiser dinner in Palatine October 4.  


These awards for being active in community service remind us of opportunities in life for living the 4-Way Test and Rotary Service.  To read some of their comments and thoughts about life, click more... 


To see a recent listing White House-recognized Rotarians who have been Champions of Change, click here.    

Idea -- Think of Practical Needs in Your Community     
McHenry Rotary Club presented the Rev. Lori M. Lowe, Priest-
Rev. Lowe (left) receives $1,000 check from McHenry Club Pres. Tom Webb at 10/3/13 Club Mtg.
in-Charge of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with a check for $1,000 for the St. Paul's Diaper Bank Partnership. The Diaper Bank serves as a collection point to supply over 16 local charities with much needed diapers for infants, the disabled and the elderly.   Phyllis Mueller, Director of the program, points out that almost all resources for these people, of limited incomes, are not covered for diapers and that they depend on the Bank and its partners to help with this critical need.

Idea -- Follow Through ...and Look for New Ideas 


Above is a photo from Bread Street, a store near Melbourne, Australia: an example of embracing an idea.

Click the image to go to our Facebook page for comments, some discussion and to see what other clubs in our area are doing.
A Short List...of Short, Noteworthy Things:
  • Somewhat redundant announcement, but important for the work we do -- For your club to get matching money from the Rotary Foundation, one or two members of the club must complete the Grant Management Seminar on November 2.  Last year's certification doesn't count for 2014-2015.  It's needed to apply for a small project gant, or to join another club or clubs in applying for a Global Grant for a larger project.   
  • Rotary has a # 1 priority -- it's ending polio.  Our tasks in that effort are straightforward:  (1) Increase public awareness of our eradication campaign, (2) Raise funds to reach the finish line.  By taking every opportunity to increase public awareness, we can raise money from our communities rather than collecting it just from our wallets.  Gates matches our contributions with $2 for each of our $1s.  For programs or ideas, contact chair Charlotte Ogorek at  

  • Rotarians from Around the World Support Rotary's Efforts --
    Indian philanthropist and businesswoman, Rajashree Birla, has announced a new $1 million gift to Rotary for polio eradication.
    Read more by clicking here
  • Rotarians Recognized as Distinguished Citizens --  Kris Stabler Nieman (RC Arlington Heights), Ed and Jean McCabe (RC Park Ridge) and Sam Harris (RC Northbrook) were acknowledge for their service to their communities over many years.  To read about them and some of their lessons learned, click here


"Thank You" and The Numbers -- Our Level of Foundation Giving, more than $980,000, is Tops In Our Rotary Zone !


Said PDG (Past Dist. Gov.) Mike Yesner, "At the recently concluded Zone Institute in Pittsburgh, 6440 walked away with top Foundation honors for 2012-13.  A heartfelt thank you to PDG Mike Ericksen, our Foundation Chair, Annual Giving Co-Chairs Mark Parisi and Jackie McGuire, and End Polio Now (EPN) Chair Charlotte Ogorek, as well as to every Club Foundation Chair, EPN Chair, and participating Rotarian.


"Our overall level of giving, at more than $980,000, was tops in Zone 28.  We were second in per capita giving, and third in Annual Fund.  Our total of more than $206,000 in cash contributions for EPN was far and away the highest across both Zones 28 and 29.  No other District exceeded $75,000."


Let's keep up this great work.  The "Now" in End Polio Now means your  continuing your contributions to EPN is important...and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give $2 for every $1 given by Rotary. 

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


ClubFirst NameLast Name
Crystal Lake DawnbreakersKatieCiepierski
Glen EllynBobHutchinson
Mundelein-Vernon HillsBenjaminHedge
St. CharlesTonyKramp


Bob Paddock