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Three Local Rotary Clubs Support LIFE Literacy Program in Whiteside County.
 
 
Three Rotary Club Presidents and Grant Chairs presented a check for $8,000.00 to the L.I.F.E. literacy program of Whiteside County which distributes a book/month to children aged birth through age 5 through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  L.I.F.E. is supported through the United Way of Whiteside County and serves over 1600 children annually.  Presenting the check are: Betty Clementz, Rock Falls Rotary Grant Chair; Kim Gaffey, President and Grant Chair of Twin Cities Sunrise Rotary; Tom Myers, President of Rock Falls Rotary; David Hellmich, President of Sterling Noon Rotary;  Keri Olson, Director of United Way of Whiteside County; Tim Schwingle, Grant Chair of Sterling Noon Rotary.  This donation was composed of club donations and matching funds from a grant from Rotary District 6420.
 
Good afternoon again, Rotary baseball fans.  We’ve completed one inning of play and several of our clubs have achieved some major successes so far.  The standings by division follow.
 
Northeast Division – The Pecatonica, Rockford Cherry-Valley East, and Sycamore clubs are on the board with each registering a multi-base hit through the end of September – a Triple for Pecatonica and a Double for each RCVE and Sycamore.  But wait, the Kishwaukee Sunrise club led off this first inning with a Home Run!  Will they score 2 or more through 9 innings, or will one of the other clubs get hot and overtake them?  Stay tuned; this division is on fire.
 
Mid-Central Division – The Twin Cities club has lead off the first inning with a Double; great job TC!  Rochelle, on the other hand, hasn’t wasted any time pulling out the big guns; they’re already on the board with a Home Run. The remaining clubs are getting revved up; look for some real excitement in the upcoming innings from all the M-C clubs.
 
South-Central Division – The Peru club led off the first inning with a Single.  Close behind are Ottawa Sunrise and Marseilles.  Right now, it looks like the S-C division race is going to be close, stay tuned.
 
West-Central Division – The River Cities club is starting off with a bang, scoring a Double in the first inning.  Henry is close behind with a Single, with the other clubs just getting started.  Like the South-Central, this division looks like it will be a nail-biter going forward.
 
Western Division – The Western division has the most scoring clubs at the end of one, with East Moline – a Single, Quad Cities and Rock Island – both with Doubles, and Savanna – knocking it out of the park with a Home Run.   All this after just one inning of play!  This division is already red hot; don’t miss a minute of the action.
 
That’s all for now; the Foundation teams are warming up for the second inning.  Don’t miss a minute of the action!
UPDATE!!!! The story below appeared on our website back in March, 2021. Since then, the August 6 session has been canceled and will be combined with the November 6 session. Please continue to help get the word out about this fun leadership webinar for our regional high school students. We plan to bring RYLA back LIVE in May of 2022!
 
 
When you think of some traditions of spring, I'm sure our annual RYLA event comes straight to mind. Each May, District 6420 normally hosts a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend camp at Camp Lorado Taft in Oregon, IL, where over 100 regional high school student leaders band together to learn a little bit about themselves, leadership and have some fun. While COVID-19 resulted in a RYLA's cancellation in 2020, District 6420 is approaching this important event from a different angle in 2021. This year we'll be hosting a virtual leadership series titled "VYRAL". 
 
VYRAL will include three separate virtual events highlight keynote speakers and leadership-oriented activities for our high school leaders. Students can attend one, two or all three events, which will occur on May 7, August 6 and November 6, 2021. Registration is still handled through local Rotary clubs, so we'll be relying on club presidents and members to help get the word out about VYRAL and get students signed up for the event. Our committee chair, Dave Diamond, provided a letter to club presidents about the event and their role (see it under "File Downloads" on the left hand side navigation bar.) Let's make this year's "special edition" of RYLA a success!

On October 14th, 2020 the Belvidere Rotary Club and the Belvidere Park District held a dedication of the newly renovated playground at Bloom Playground in Belvidere Park.  The new playground has a new soft rubber base especially beneficial to the participants of the Districts Northlands Association for Special Recreation (NASR). 

The NASR program is a cooperative partnership between the Belvidere, Freeport, and Rockford Park Districts. Through the Belvidere Special Recreation Department of the Belvidere Park District, services are provided for high quality recreation programs and services to individuals, ages 3 through adulthood, with various mental and physical disabilities who reside within Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois.  Included in the Bloom Playground is a Rotary International marble plaque in the ground by a tree and a bench by the zip line, also donated by the Belvidere Club.

The Belvidere Club contributed $19,530 toward the purchase of the new playground equipment, which included $2,300 from their District Grant. 

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