River Cities Plans Mississippi River Cleanup
River cities Rotary Club in cooperation with the Mississippi River Runs Through US Rotary Club, is sponsoring a Mississippi River Shoreline and Runoff Area Cleanup and Debris Tracking Event from 10:00 a.m. to noon on THIS SATURDAY, April 17.
COME JOIN US!   To Participate:
1.  Get a partner or small group and choose one of four launch points:  Rotary Park 224 S Main St., Port Byron, IL; River's Edge Park, 500 Third St., South Cordova, IL; Schuler's Shady Grove boat ramp in Rapid City, IL; or Albany Municipal Ramp in Albany IL.
2.  Decide if you would like to track the debris you find using the Marine Debris Tracker on your Android or Apple phone at  Use the training guide to get familiar with the process;  Sign in using "Rotary"as the email and "Mississippi as the password.  Practice using the app before the event without uploading it.
3.  Gather gloves, boots, grabbers an optional life jacket, drinking water (reusable container) and a COVID-19 mask (in case of groups passing) to use at the event.
4.  Come to the event at your chosen launch point.  You will be assigned public access areas along the river to pick up and track debris.  Larger debris will be marked using the app for pickup by others after the event.
WELL???  ARE YOU COMING?     Email or contact Toni Lucas 270-703-9799 for information.
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Dekalb Rotary Repairs Historic Figures In Town
River Cities Rotary Donates to Fire Dept
River Cities Rotary members and volunteers with the Rapids City Fire Protection District gathered at the Port Byron Fire Station on March 29 to stock up the department's personal protection equipment supplies.  The local Rotary club applied for and received a $3000 Rotary International Community Grant and used it to purchase PPE supplies and firefighter equipment for the fire department.  Supplies included N95 masks, face shields, Nitril gloves, coveralls, shoe covers, firefighter gloves, particulate blocking hoods, and special hoods for structural firefighting.  Fire Chief Don Carey thanked the Rotary Club for the donation, noting that the firefighters will use the protective PPE supplies during community calls and patient hospital transport in order to protect the firefighters and in turn the public from COVID-19 spread.
World Immunization Week April 24 - 30
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Join us for World Immunization Week 2021
World Immunization Week is 24-30 April
Join with Rotary to promote the power of vaccines. 

During World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, join with Rotary to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation by spreading the facts about why #VaccinesWork.

With decades of experience fighting polio, Rotary plays a key role in informing people about the power and effectiveness of vaccines. As COVID-19 vaccines become more available, Rotary members are using our experience in fighting polio to help communities with their vaccination education and organization efforts. And today, because we and our partners have worked so hard, wild poliovirus remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. But to eradicate it there and to prevent a resurgence in other parts of the world, we must continue to build trust in vaccines and raise funds for polio eradication, including vaccine delivery.

This year, you can take action for World Immunization Week in three easy ways:  
  1. Download and share our new two-minute video, “Rotary Inspires Leaders in Global Health,” and show it to your clubs. In it, global health leaders like U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, and World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talk about what Rotary has achieved in the fight to end polio. 
  2. Post graphics and other content from Rotary’s World Immunization Week Toolkit on social media with the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork.  
  3. Donate to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund to help us and our partners deliver polio vaccines to vulnerable children. Your contribution will be tripled, thanks to the Gates Foundation.
Download the World Immunization Week Toolkit.
Start an online fundraiser for World Immunization Week to benefit The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Fund and share it with your network.
Fundraise through Raise for Rotary.
Human Trafficking

The latest organization fighting human trafficking that I have come to learn about is in Thailand, the faith-based For Freedom International Foundation. Their vision statement is, “Breaking chains of oppression, so that people have the opportunity to encounter Christ, live in freedom, and change the world.”

In Thailand there is an average of 52 children being sexually, physically, or psychologically abused, neglected, or exploited each day, or more than two children in every hour. More than 10,000 children are treated in hospitals each year due to violence, mostly sexual abuse. They shared these statistics:


And the CIA tells us, “The sale of women and children, not prostitution, nor pornography . . . the sale of a human being is the 3rd largest industry in the world.”

Maya Angelou said, “When we know better, we do better.” In Kathy’s famous words, “Now you know.”

AN OPPORTUNITY AWAITS YOU AT DISTRICT 6420!!........If you enjoy writing, being creative, social media (or want to learn about it), District 6420 would like to hear from you!
The Newsletter Editor position is open beginning July 1 and we want to hear from YOU!
This position is once a month, work from home, your computer, at your leisure (as long as it goes out once a month!), no meetings required!, just a reliable internet and email address.  Be as creative as you like! (within Rotary Limits) 
Experience a connection with all the District Clubs and be the first to see what they up to!  
No experience required - we will train you!
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