Rotary District 6420 Literacy Committee
District 6420 Literacy Committee and Guests: (left to right), front: Laura Kann, District Governor; Andy Axup, District Literacy Chair; Adriane Shore, Putnam County; back: David Emerick, District Governor-Elect; Scott Shore, PDG, Putnam County; John Hurley, Loves Park; Bob Brown, Sycamore   

          For the first time in 2 years, the District 6420 Literacy Committee met in person to review strategies for increasing district clubs literacy participation in our post-Covid world. The committee reviewed the annual District Literacy Awards and discussed possibilities for an International District Literacy project (more details to come). Under the continued strong leadership of Committee Chair Andy Axup, Quad Cities Rotary, the following committee members: John Hurley, Loves Park; Adriane Shore, Putnam County; PDG Scott Shore, Putnam County; and Bob Brown, Sycamore; met in Dixon to review 2022/3 literacy plans and awards. Unable to attend were: Mark Spiegelhoff, Sycamore and Kelley Doty, River Cities.

          Additionally, new District Governor, Laura Kann and District Governor-Elect Dave Emerick visited the Literacy Committee meeting, literacy being a Rotary initiative that is important to many of the 48 clubs throughout the district. One of Laura’s key initiatives for her Rotary Governor year is “Nothing Reads like a Book” whereby each Rotarian is asked to donate a book to a local library. The opportunities are opened to more than the conventional school and public libraries. Clubs are challenged to be creative when considering libraries in senior facilities, home schooling, hospitals, clinics, etc. Governor Laura recognizes the importance of a society that is literate…and that Rotary, with its broad reach, can positively impact members’ communities.

          The District Literacy Committee strongly endorses the “Nothing Reads like a Book” initiative and challenges all District 6420 Clubs on their own literacy projects!