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District Governor June News

It is hard to believe we are rapidly approaching the end of the Rotary year!  It has been such a unique year as we have adjusted to Rotary under quarantine.  I am so proud of all the clubs that have overcome the challenges of meeting virtually.  As I look back over the year and especially the last few months, I am really struck by what we have accomplished during this time rather than what we have missed.  Ok, so we didn’t have a District Conference or District Training Assembly, but we still managed to approve a budget and reach 100% of our Foundation goals!  The Rotarians in District 6420 have overcome an ongoing struggle with technology as we have been pushed (in some cases kicking and screaming) into the 21st Century!  I think we have learned a whole new way to do Rotary.  It is possible to have a speaker join your meeting from any place in the world!  During our isolation we have truly learned how to connect with the world!


Everythings Coming Up Roses

Did you know that every year since 1980 Rotary has had a float in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade? This float is a source of great pride to Rotarians attending the Rose Parade and those watching around the world.  Indeed, the parade is watched by approximately 700,000 people along the parade route, more than 37 million individual television viewers in the United States, and millions more international viewers in more than 200 countries.   What a great way to share Rotary’s message with the world about all of the great service we provide!

The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee is composed of more than 75 Rotarians from more than 25 Districts and has seven sponsoring Districts. The goal of the committee is to promote 

2020 Tournament of Roses Parade

Rotary Foundation News June 2020

I can hardly believe it is June already.  Where did this Rotary year go?  Amazing things have happened throughout our district despite being home the last few months.  And, speaking of June, if you haven’t yet met your contribution to The Rotary Foundation for this year, now is the time to do so.  You can designate your funds to go to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or the Disaster Response Fund.  Contributions to any of those funds allows you to earn credit toward your Paul Harris recognitions.

What Have You Been Doing in Quarantine?
Here is the feedback I received after the last newsletter - thank you for sharing!
Naomi Schultz, Belvidere Rotary - The closet is clean. The kitchen is spotless. I’ve done my share of books. Not to fond of TV these days. We have the beauty of our communities to explore. Gas is cheap. Get in the car and count the Blessings of your Community. 
Dr. Joan E Cole - going thru contact lists/address books & mailing personal cards w/personal notes 
Jim Nelson - Tom Foolerywink
Youth Exchange Suspended For Coming Year

Saturday afternoon on April 18th,  your District Youth Exchange leaders, Club Youth Exchange Officers and Councilors met online and have to report that sadly, due to the viral uncertainties that lay ahead, our District has determined that we cannot safely participate in Youth Exchange this coming year. You can imagine our disappointment that after over 40 years of District involvement, we must suspend the program for a year.

Chairman, Megan Skelly is informing Central States of our decision that was made in the interest of safety for our students. She is heart-broken but knows that her goal of giving each student the best exchange experience possible, is NOT possible under our current circumstances.

Our Short-Term Exchange program leaders Kerrylyn Whalen Rodriguez, Craig Beintema and Scott Shore came to the same conclusion about a month ago.

Some additional items decided:

  • Those Students who have applied this year will be deferred to next year if they wish. No immediate decision needs to be made, but the offer is to remain open to each student. (click more for add'l read)
Rotary Youth Exchange 2019-20 D6420 Inbound Class. District Governor Elect Tom Brooks, Emilia - Germany, Antonio (Toni) - Spain, Prach (Pun) - Thailand, Lucas - Belgium, Yuzuki - Japan, Valentina - Columbia, Emil - Finland, Carolina - Bolivia, Yen-Tung (Annie) - Taiwan, District YE Chair Megan Skelly, Photo by Gary Francque
COVID 19 and End Polio Now

I have talked in the past of the ‘Plus’ in the Polio Plus campaign.  Now in time of this global COVID-19 pandemic, we can see how the same health delivery infrastructure developed for the End Polio campaign, is now being put to use in the fight against the pandemic.

In Pakistan:  The polio team is providing assistance across the entire country with a focus on awareness raising and improved surveillance.  They are modifying the existing polio data management system to include data management for COVID-19 as well.  Through cascade training an additional 6,250 health professionals have been sensitized on COVID-19 and the regional polio reference lab in Islamabad has been providing support for COVID-19 testing.  As elsewhere, contact tracing and improved testing in six reference labs are improving their ability to meet increased demands.

How Well Do You Know Your District?
THANK YOU ROCK ISLAND ROTARY FOR THIS GREAT CHALLENGE!   (What else are you gonna do in quarantine!smiley)
Match the club name with the historic fact.   See how many you can do without using google.   
Send me the number you answered (before google) and the winner gets a ticket in the Rock Island Rotary Wine Raffle!  Drawing in a few weeks
for wine!  Ready, Set, GO! 
(Sorry RI Rotary, you cannot participate since you have already seen this!).     Answers in next months newsletter.

Kathy Schmidt
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