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 March 2021

Hopefully we are all finding signs of spring and encouragement as we enter March.  It has been a trying winter for all between the harsh conditions and continued restrictions with COVID.  I am amazed at the dedication and resiliency of many of our clubs who have continued to do good work in their communities despite all this.

Most of our clubs are planning their grant projects for next year and are attending Grants Management Trainings in preparation for that.  In addition, we have been holding new trainings for club Foundation Chairs and Presidents on how to access and use pertinent reports on My Rotary to help in their roles.

The Rotary Foundation has had to make some changes in how they are funding grants moving forward in the next Rotary year.  The number of global grants around the world has increased 100% since 2013/14.  That is amazing!  Think about the number of projects that is happening around the world as Rotarians continue to do what they do best.  However,  the amount being contributed to the Annual Fund has only increased 6% in that same time period.  Thus, you can see why we need to be sure we continue to support The Rotary Foundation now more than ever.


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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