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From The Editor
WOW!surprise   Thank you to all the clubs that contributed to this months newsletter - I think we set a record for number of stories and photos!
I apologize for the delay in newsletter delivery to you but technical issues/hiccups and a Presidential Election were happening!laugh
Keep the good stuff coming!  It's so exciting to see how Rotarians are making a difference locally and nationally.
Belvidere Rotary Renovates Playground in a BIG WAY!

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. (Click on link below for more!)








Tree Donated in memory of Rotarian
 Rock Falls Rotary and members of the Art Johnson family gathered at Rock Falls Rotary Park on Minkel Street to dedicate a memorial tree in honor of member Art Johnson who had been a member in Rock Falls Rotary for over 40 years. 
Art had been a past president and active member. especially in  supporting the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Daughter Kathy Paugh and husband Keith Peugh (either side of tree in back row) with Art's grandchildren and great grandchildren were in attendance as Rock Falls Rotarians shared their  respect for Art as a Rotarian. 

Annually, Rotary’s Council on Legislation receives and reviews numerous resolutions proposed by Clubs and Districts from around the world. Those adopted by the Council are then referred to the RI Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees for their consideration. Each Rotary District has one representative on that Council. PDG Scott Shore as our Rep for 2020-2023 and PDG Steve Kuhn as Alternate, have reviewed 31 proposed Resolutions to cast our District’s vote on each by November 15. The resolutions can be found at https://my.rotary.org/en/cor/vote If you have any comment to share in regard to these pending Resolutions, please share those comments by email to DGScott6420@gmail.com before November 10.
Subjects of this year’s batch of proposed Resolutions include, among others: renewed focus on professional development and vocational service, suggested changes to the Four-Way Test, Rotary sponsorship of EarlyAct Clubs, whether Rotary’s non-political policy will continue to prohibit RI from taking a stance on such matters as climate change and nuclear arms controls, whether or how we will address needs arising due to COVID-19, and whether our women/child health focus might be expanded to also address senior health issues. 
You may access the website above for the full text of all pending resolutions. Our own Clubs also have the ability to suggest Resolutions and triennial Legislation. Those procedures are outlined at https://my.rotary.org/en/document/how-propose-resolutions-council-resolutions and https://my.rotary.org/en/document/how-propose-enactments-council-legislation.   
This is our opportunity to be heard on a wide variety of subjects. PDG Scott encourages all members to share your comments, concerns or questions so that this process is ours, collectively, as District 6420 Rotarians.
District 6420 Club Interact News

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to Interact Clubs worldwide as school systems are forced to impose strict guidelines to protect students and staff.  

With strict guidelines in place within Moline School District #40, Moline Rotarians feared that school clubs would be unable to function. A combination of modified in-person and remote learning made it difficult for school club members to meet and conduct activities. But the students and faculty advisors at Moline High School found ways for its Interact Club to meet and to get going on some great projects.

Putnam County Rotary Donates to End Now Polio
As we now hope for a vaccine for COVID-19, we can imagine the helplessness, pain and loss felt by millions of families world-wide in the 1950’s before a vaccine was found to prevent a different pandemic called polio. And even 25 years after that discovery, the polio virus continued to kill or paralyze as many as 1,000 children daily -- commonly within days of exposure. As we Rotarians know, still today --  more than 60 years after Drs. Salk and Sabin’s discovery of two such vaccines, new infections are reported in some countries, and the world remains at risk of a resurgence.
Clubs with our Rotary District have been an important part of the global effort to eradicate the world of polio, raising funds and awareness of the disease. Members of Putnam County Rotary will add $1,000 this month in recognition of World Polio Day on October 24. 
Letter of Gratitude
Greetings all,
    In an attempt to get this letter to you immediately, I’m sending a picture of it & it may take some effort to enlarge and read it. However, I assure you that it is soooo worth it. 
     Dean Stagnaro-Green is an honest & straight forward leader. His 12 hour days have lengthened with the onset of Covid as he plays a key role in the health of northern Illinois residents. 
      For us to receive such a detailed & heartfelt “thank you” from him is a much appreciated confirmation that our Rotary Clubs are needed and are making a significant & positive impact in the northern Illinois area. 
     Please read this to your clubs. We may have had our wings clipped by Covid but we are still flying...and flying together!!!

District Grant and Mount Carroll Rotary Partner on Historic Renovations
Mount Carroll Rotary Club members, from left, Mike Risko, Anna Gray, Barbara Brierton and Wayne Brooks stand next to the Hackberry tree donated by the Club and planted on the grounds of the historic Mount Carroll Stone House Memorial Park ($300).  The windows for the Stone House were funded through a Rotary District and Mount Carroll Rotary Club grant ($3,000).
Stop by this beautiful new historic park when you visit Mount Carroll.

District Foundation News

November is designated The Rotary Foundation month.  Typically this is the month we have our annual District Rotary Foundation Dinner, a time when we focus on what we have accomplished through projects and contributions to the Foundation the previous year.  Unfortunately we are not able to have the event this year due to COVID.   Given that, we thought a great way for our members to celebrate this year would be to contribute the $35 they might have paid to attend the dinner to the Foundation.  Please consider doing that if you haven’t already.  Next year we hope to celebrate in a big way!

Clubs Step Up with End Polio Now Projects

October 24 was World Polio Awareness Day and clubs throughout the world participated in projects to raise awareness of and raise funds for End Polio Now.  District 6420 had numerous clubs participate in projects.  There were two separate End Polio Now walks.  The first was held on October 12 in Rock Falls.  This walk has been going on for a few years and there are now 5 clubs involved:


Rock Falls



Twin Cities


The weather was picture perfect and camaraderie was good.

Rockton/Roscoe Rotary held its first End Polio Now walk on October 24 at Hononegah High School.  It was chilly but sunny and there was definitely a lot of good cheer and enthusiasm as participants walked.  A special Facebook video was posted which you can see by going to the Rockton/Roscoe Rotary Club’s Facebook page.  (click for more awesome clubs)

Rotary Grove in Honor of Club Members
Mount Carroll Rotary Club planted 22 maple trees in honor of each of the Club member as part of an International Rotary project to reforest our planet.  
Retired Ag and FFA advisor, Dan Hartman, WCHS FFA students and Rotarian Ralph Kennedy partnered to create the sign and Club members tended to the trees. Rotary Grove is located on the West Carroll Middle School campus.
Pictured from left, Anna Gray, Ralph Kennedy, Ann Crouse, Wayne Brooks and Diane Manikowski.

Rock Falls Rotary Donates Hats and Mittens
Rock Falls Rotarians donated children winter hats,  mittens and gloves to each of the elementary schools in Rock Falls.  Members of the Community Service Committee sorted the items and delivered them to schools in preparation for the cold weather.  Shown in the photo are Rotarian Jeff Gray (left) and Pam Erby (right) presenting the donation to Montmorency School Secretary Lynette Springman (center).  

Kathy Schmidt
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