District 6420 Newsletter February 2021

New Boots and Shoes in Sterling
Sterling Noon Rotary Club was proud to deliver over 100 pairs of boots and shoes to local students in need from Sterling Public Schools! The club donated over $3,500 to this worthy cause.
DeKalb Rotary Celebrates 100 Years!
LOTS of stuff going on with DeKalb Rotary Club. Today (22 January) is exactly 100 years from the formation of the club. DeKalb Mayor Smith named today DeKalb Rotary Club Day (see proclamation below). 
DeKalb Rotary Club has taken on a centennial project  - returning the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Clock to working order. This clock was dedicated in February 1921, less than a month after the formation of the DeKalb club, so we both turn 100 this year. The clock has not worked in years. It is a beautiful landmark on the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. The specialist who examined it told us he has never seen one quite like it and it is worthy of being in a museum. We need to raise a significant amount of funds to pay for the repair. We ask people to follow us on Facebook ( and to visit our website ( Donations are gratefully accepted. 
Foundation News May 2021

We are in the final two months of our Rotary year.  This is a great time to make your donation to The Rotary Foundation if you haven’t done so yet this year.  It is so easy to do on-line by visiting and clicking on the Donate button.  It is very user-friendly and quick.  You need to have established a My Rotary account if you don’t have one and then you are good to go.  You can set up recurrent giving however you would like that to happen, e.g., monthly or bi-annually.  It is safe and secure.

You can also find the Rotary Contribution Form on My Rotary’s Annual Fund page that you can print out and mail with a check if you are not inclined to give on-line.  Rotary’s Support Center staff is always very helpful if you have questions or concerns.  Their number is 1-866-976-8279.

The work being done by clubs in our district is impressive.  It is inspiring to read the final reports coming in on District Grants.  We are also continuing to pursue a couple of Global Grants in addition to those we have contributed some of our District Designated Funds to.  All of this would not be possible without the contributions made to the Annual Fund.

Our top 3 per capita clubs at this point are:

Princeton in the lead at $223.30.

Ottawa Sunrise is in second place at $186.97.

Rockford East is in third place at $165.22.

Stay tuned for details soon on our baseball-themed competition for our next Rotary year to put a bit of fun in our Rotary giving.

Thank you for all you do to support The Rotary Foundation.  We are in this together.

Kathy Kwiat-Hess

Loves Park Valentines Day Chocolate Sale
The Loves Park Rotary V-Day Chocolate Sale  - While this events timeline has passed, we wanted to share with you the idea.
Kathy Schmidt, Newsletter Editor
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