District Governor January News

With the holidays behind us you may be wondering what we have to look forward to besides a long cold winter.  You must be forgetting that it is awards season!  The Golden Globes, the Grammys, the Academy Awards, the Majiyagbe Award.  If you are wondering what the Majiyagbe Award is, you should check out the Literacy Awards and other exciting Awards on the District website.  You may not be a voting member of the Actors Guild but you are a Rotarian with a vote!  From the Majiyagbe Award for an Innovative Literacy Project and a host of other literacy awards, to Club Officer of the Year and Rotarian of the Year, now is the time to start thinking of who you and your club want to nominate! 

Let’s make the 2019 – 2020 Awards season one to remember.  Awards will be given out on Saturday afternoon of the District Conference, so make your nominations soon (the deadlines are in March) and reserve April 24 and 25 for the Conference. You will have plenty of time to practice your acceptance speech between now and then!  More about the Duel Conference next month.


QC Illinois Rotary Supports Salvation Army
The Quad Cities Illinois Rotary Club braved the cold, cold evening of December 14, 2019 to ring the bell for
the Salavation Army at the Moline Hyvee.  Pictured are Rotarians Paul Neder, Toni Gasper, and Jay Pearce.

Rotary Foundation News 2020

Happy New Year from your District Foundation Committee!  As a new year and a new decade begins, it is a good time to reflect on what our priorities are for the upcoming year.  And, of course, we believe that giving to The Rotary Foundation is a priority for each of us as Rotarians.  The Rotary Foundation has a system in place with Rotary Direct that allows you to set up your giving in a way that works for you.  When you decide on the amount of your annual donation to either the Annual Fund or PolioPlus, you can set it up to be monthly, bi-monthly or annually.  Whatever is easiest and make the most sense for you.  Make getting your account set up on My Rotary one of your New Year’s resolutions.

The Foundation Committee will be working with club Foundation Chairs and Presidents-Elect in March and April to be sure each club has the resources it needs to inspire club members to give to the Foundation.  We will be traveling to different areas to make the training accessible and hands-on in a small group.

We are also encouraging clubs to look closely at the possibility of getting involved in a Global Grant.  There are hundreds of opportunities out there in various parts of the world to get involved in Rotary globally without reinventing the wheel.  There are projects in the works that are looking for partners.  Do some exploring on Rotary Showcase and to see some examples.  If your club is interested, contact Laura Kann, our Global Grants Chair, at

Wishing each of you a peaceful and fulfilling New Year!

PDG Kathy Kwiat-Hess, District Rotary Foundation Chair

District Grants Seminar Mark Your Calendar!
District Grants Available for 2020-2021
What are District Grants?  
District Grants are intended for small-scale, short-term activities that address humanitarian needs in your community.All Clubs in District 6420 are encouraged to apply for a District Grant.
How much money is available?
A maximum of $1500 will be available to each Club in District 6420 for the 2020-2021 Rotary year. Matching club funds are required.
How does a Club get a District Grant?
The process is easy!  Make sure that your President Elect (the person who will be President during 2020-2021) attends a District Grant Management Seminar during the 2019-2020 Rotary year and that your Club’s Grant Chair has attended the District Grant Management Seminar during the last three years. Then complete a short application that is due on May 15, 2020.  The District Grant Management Seminar will cover all of the requirements and procedures for obtaining a District Grant.
When and where are the District Grant Management Seminars going to be held?
February 15, 2020 in Sterling at the CGH Medical Center from 9:00-12:00
April 18, 2020 in Princeton at the Prouty Building from 9:00-12:00
You can sign up at  There is no charge.
How can I get more information about District Grants?
Contact the District 6420 Grants Sub-Committee Chair – Laura Kann – from the Princeton Rotary Club at 678-315-2406 or
QC Illinois Rotary Sponsors Santa Visit
A visit with Santa, the Elves and the Snow Princess at the Moline Hyvee Store on Saturday, December 7, 2019  was enjoyed by many children.
Drinks, snacks, and party bags, were free to all children courtesy of the QC Illinois Rotary Club.
Kathy Schmidt
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