District Governor September News

The District Governor is very busy visiting many Rotary clubs this month.  We look forward to a double feature next month from him in the Newsletter - stay tuned!



Rotary Foundation News September 2020

September is often thought of as a month of beginnings as summer vacations end and schools resume sessions - whatever format that takes this year.  For us as Rotarians, many new projects are underway in our various clubs.  This is also a great time to set up our individual plans for how to support The Rotary Foundation.  

The Rotary Foundation just released the figures for total giving to The Rotary Foundation last year.  The Annual Fund reached $123.6 millions dollars worldwide.  Our district contributed $151,000 to the Annual Fund.  This is because of your contributions .  Many do not know that 50% of what we contribute as a district each year to the Annual Fund comes back to us 3 years later.  That allows us to give money to clubs for district grants as well as provide funding to Global Grants.  That is exciting as we get to choose what kinds of projects we want our dollars to fund.  

District 6420 Task Force Against Human Trafficking
I recently attended a U.S. State Department webinar concerning the rise of online sex trafficking. Since March, the number of calls to the tip line have doubled! Children are online more so are the predators. MONITOR your children’s online activities. If they have an app, you should have it too. Play with your children. Learn the game. Child sexual abuse is even seen in infants! Educate yourself. This is a real problem.
In line with our motto, “Education for Eradication,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking has a Facebook page that is a great informational resource. ( Please like/follow the page and have your friends do the same. 
Each meeting of the Rotary Club to End Human Trafficking features the work being done by its members. They now have a Club Runner website where you can follow their progress.
The Mississippi Runs Through US Provisional Cause-Based Rotary Club has scheduled a Mississippi River Clean-Up Day 2020 to take place on September 26. This is a consolidated effort to remove as much plastic waste from the Mississippi River as they can. You will have an opportunity to pilot an app to document our impact on our environment. Let them know if you are interested in participating. Details of locations available on their Facebook page.
District 6420 Task Force Against Human Trafficking, Toni Lucas, Chair
Africa Eradicated of Polio!

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.

The last cases of polio caused by the wild virus in the African region were recorded in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno in August 2016, after two years with no cases. Conflict, along with challenges in reaching mobile populations, had hampered efforts to immunize children there

Now that the African region is free of wild poliovirus, five of WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the disease. Polio caused by the wild virus is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region. 

Rotary Clubs Collaborate on District Grant Project
Twin Cities Sunrise Rotary, Sterling Noon Rotary, Rock Falls Rotary & Morrison Rotary Clubs collaborated in a joint district grant project this year to provide 64 new Chrome Books to the students at the Center For Change Alternative School in Rock Falls.  With the help of the matching district grant each club presented checks of $3,000.00 each, totaling $12,000.00.  CGH Hospital and Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice partnered with our Rotary Clubs to make up the differencenot covered by the district grant.  In total, $14,620.00 was donated to make this project a reality. 
Thank you to CGH Hospital, Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice, all 4 clubs and everyone else involved for your generosity and time to make this happen!
Road Apples Happen!
Putnam County Rotary invites you to get in on the grid -- and the fun -- and the winnings -- with  purchase of a $10 square in this year's ROAD APPLE BINGO GAME ! 
       The event will be held at Boggio's Orchard in Granville on Saturday Sept. 26 at 1:00 pm. 
       We will be drawing a 450-sqare grid on pasture ground, and walking a pony over and across it, until she decides whose square she'll pick as the $1,000 winner!  There will also be cash drawings during the event! 
       The annual fun-raiser is well-suited to social distancing -- as you'll want to be nearby, but not TOO near, to the action! Better still, you need not be present to win!  
      Please help us  support our community and grant projects -- reserve your square on the grid by emailing -- or catch us on facebook!
Plano Rotary Club begins Public Art initiative and gifts the City of Plano with artistic bench project

The Rotary Club of Plano Illinois began an ongoing public art initiative in 2018 to benefit their city’s parks, business district, and public spaces, investing $6,000 to start the project.

What started as two separate visions came together in the fall of 2018 in a new public art initiative, according to Barb Nadeau, Plano Alderman and Rotarian. “I am thrilled to help collaborate this project alongside Kelly Browning, owner of Arts on Fire on Route 34.  We began to brainstorm ways to bring public art into the city of Plano over a year ago. Since then, Kelly and members of the Plano Rotary Club have collaborated to propose something amazing,” Nadeau said.

The Plano Rotary Club learned that the City of Plano Parks committee was hoping to install new benches in the nine parks throughout Plano in the summer of 2019. As part of their mission to benefit youth, the Rotarians wanted to participate and to help promote donations to improve the city’s parks.

Rockford Rotary East Cherry Valley Cleans Up!
On Saturday, August 22nd, Rockford Rotary East Cherry Valley picked up trash along East State Street in Rockford, from Perryville Rd east to the AMC Theaters.  This was the second of four Clean-up Days to which we have committed with the Illinois Dept. of Transportation for this stretch of roadway.

Kathy Schmidt
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