Welcome to our March newsletter!

‪Rotary Focus in March
District Governor March News

The early bird gets the…DISCOUNT!!  Use the “EARLY” code when you register for the District Conference until March 16 and save $10.  Another reason to register early, their first 100 people that register will be entered in the raffle for a one week stay at a 2 bedroom condo in Marco Island, Florida! Need more reasons to register for the 6440/6420 Dual Conference in Schaumburg on. April 24-25?  Here are just a few: 

  • five inspiring main stage speakers
  • 20 informative breakout sessions
  • exciting entertainment
  • free raffles
  • service projects
  • two nights of free Hospitality suites
 If you have never been to a District Conference before this would be a really great one to attend for lots of fun, fellowship and inspiration.  There will honestly be something for everyone.  Please visit the website today and check it out.  Rotary6440conference.weebly.com
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Putnam County Agri Business Day
PC Rotary will host our annual AGRI-BUSINESS DAY on March 26, honoring National Ag Week and local farmers and ag-support businesses!  The annual event brings the community together for dinner and a program of local importance. 
Putnam County currently sports (reportedly) the nation's largest greenhouse hemp production facility, as well as a dry ethanol plant whose owners are expanding into the CBD oil extraction industry --- the perfect time AND place to go public with facts vs. myths about the "growing" hemp industry!  Local banks and businesses sponsor clients and staff, Rotarians attend and sponsor FFA students, and area Rotarians and general public are welcome.  
If joining us, please email PutnamCountyRotary@gmail.com to reserve seats! 
We are creeping closer to RYLA......tomorrow is March 1 and two months after that RYLA will begin!   This year it is May 1-3, 2020 at the NIU Lorado Taft Campus at Lowden State Park, Oregon, IL
I have a link here to the Adult Volunteer form that will need to be filled out and sent to Pat Burch.   Pat's contact information is on the application.  The form is also available on the District Homepage.
We especially need overnight female volunteers (1-2 each night).  Any overnight volunteer does have to fill out a Youth background check.... a link would be sent to you to complete online.  Scott Shore and Gary Francque are the experts.  Friday evening and Saturday afternoon are two other time periods where we could use more volunteers.  

Rotary Foundation News March 2020

March is that time of year when we are all hoping and waiting for an early spring.  March is also that time of year when Rotarians moving into leadership positions receive training for those positions so that they can best prepare for their individual roles.  In that spirit, the District Foundation Committee has put together a training to help club Presidents and Foundation Chairs better incorporate the spirit of The Rotary Foundation into their clubs.  We are offering several trainings around the district to make it easy and accessible for those needing to attend.   Please contact Kathy Kwiat-Hess at kathykwiathess@gmail.com if you want to know the date in your area.

The District Foundation Committee is also looking for more individuals to serve.   There are several sub-committees under the auspices of the Foundation Committee.

Rock Island Rotary "Wines" Up a Raffle!


In her Wine Bottle Costume, Ruth Lee visited the Rockford Rotary Club last week and made a pitch for our club’s annual Wine Raffle. Even though they are over 100 miles away, Rockford Rotarians responded with $125 in raffle ticket purchases. That’s over 30 tickets! What will your club do?


Rock Island Rotary Wine Raffle.

Drawing May 26.  Need not be present to win.  Celebratory gathering at The Grape Life at approximately 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Winners select wines from The Grape Life Wine Store and Lounge, Davenport, IA
Winners can visit the store and select their own wines, or they can ask Ruth or Anne to make the selections.
Wine can be delivered within District 6420.
First Prize- $750 in wine
Second Prize - $500 in wine
Third Prize - $250 in wine

Funds raised benefit Rock Island Rotary’s community grants projects and water filter project.

Literacy on the Move!
We take literacy for granted, but even here in the USA, there's more we can do to help -- and many of our Clubs take on amazing projects, from dictionaries to reading programs, tutoring, ESL, math and science projects, and library support for young & old!  PLEASE SHARE YOUR PROJECTS WITH US !  We hope to hear from every Club in the District so that ALL can be recognized for what you do, and for what we do together as Rotarians!  ALL projects will be recognized at the District Conference in April. The deadline for submissions (on line or by mail) is Thursday March 19, 2020.  Nomination forms are short & sweet, available on line at Rotary6420.org (on left under "Downloaded Files") --
  • CLUB ACHIEVEMENT RECOGNITION - for accomplishments in four areas: PR or relevant speaker; Club donation of money or materials; Volunteer activity; & a Literacy Awareness Month activity in July, November or March
  • SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION - Annual or continuing literacy project/s or program/s
  • INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Rotarian or NON-Rotarian accomplishment supporting a Rotary Literacy Project
  • MAJIYAGBE AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE LITERACY PROJECT -- for projects that think outside the book!
ALL entries are welcome and help us share your ideas with other Clubs! Please submit by March 19, 2020. 
Would you like to serve on the District Literacy Committee? Let us know!
Belvidere Rotary to Celebrate 100 years
Kathy Schmidt
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