District 6420 Newsletter May 2021

SHOWCASE YOUR EarlyAct, Interact Rotaract Projects!
Hello to all "ACT" Faculty Advisors and Rotarian Liaisons!
It has been another difficult year for all service organizations, including our local Clubs -- but some have found opportunity to start up or continue some GREAT projects. This is YOUR chance to showcase (unmask?) your students' efforts!
Please e-respond by Friday May 9th with a line or two about your EarlyAct, Interact or Rotaract projects from this year, and a picture or two if you have any to share!  We will SHOWCASE all projects in the mid-May Rotary District Newsletter, along with our District picks for THREE $100 cash prizes to help with your NEXT projects! 
Attached is our collection of submitted projects and pictures, together with announcement of our three Club cash winners from last year!   As I said then, this is even MORE inspiring given our present circumstances -- when we have more need to connect and more community needs that only together can we address.
Also recall that we, as faculty advisors and Rotarians, need to keep the doors of opportunity open by providing guidance in handling elections for next year, recruiting incoming students to be a part of our amazing organizations, and providing opportunities to serve others locally and globally.  
Please share the attached with your Clubs -- with appreciation for ALL they do... and ...... 
Thanks for ALL you do TOO !
Leadership Update for District 6420
Rotary District 6420 is pleased to announce that Melissa McCormick has been named District Public Image Chair. Melissa is the current President of the Rockton-Roscoe Rotary Club. Melissa’s energy, enthusiasm, and expertise in the field makes her a great addition to our district leadership team. She and her Public Image Committee will be important resources for all our clubs as we ramp up our public image efforts to help support membership and the Rotary Foundation in District 6420.
District 6420 is also pleased to announce that Tracy Wright, of the Princeton Rotary Club, has been named District Secretary. This position was previously held by Melissa McCormick. In her career, Tracy has been involved in several large group leadership positions. Her experience and expertise will be an asset for the District 6420 Corporate Board.
District 6420 is proud and pleased to have Melissa and Tracy join our district leadership team in these two very important positions.
Putnam County Rotary rolled two ideas into one this year -- service AND membership!  The Club hosted a Virtual Open House in February, seeking volunteers for six pending projects, receiving very positive response from the community. One of the projects for which participants could sign up, was the Club's Rotary Readers Project, inspired by other Clubs going "virtual."  
Literacy Chair Adriane Shore sought volunteers willing to video their reading of primary and elementary level books to be posted on the PC School District's distance-learning platform, available to teachers and parents. The first group of readers met at the Primary School, with the assistance of the school's tech director. A second session was held in lieu of a Program upon the Club's return to in-person meetings, in March. The tech director then launched his own session at the Primary School, bringing in ten school administrators and teachers to add more readings to the bank of available videos, and he plans another session for the Elementary School. Each session sports the Rotary sign as a backdrop, begins with a Rotary introduction, and ends with Rotary's thanks, giving a consistent look to the videos.  
Results:  24 videos so far, 170 views in the first two weeks -- and three new members including the school’s tech director and two volunteers who enjoyed being engaged in service -- more than a 10% increase in membership for PC's small club!  The proof is in the reading -- it's not just kids who benefit when it's beneficial for ALL concerned!
Photo: PC Rotarian Reed Wilson helps PC Rotary "go viral" with the Club's Virtual Rotary Readers project.
PC Rotary Fundraiser Needs Your Help!
District Clubs and Rotarians can get in on this! Putnam County Rotary's annual 50-50 Raffle tickets are on sale now -- $25 / ticket, only 200 to be sold, with 50 weekly drawings each DOUBLING the winner's cost - AND you can win again!  Even better, your purchase helps us fund our grant projects, scholarships, dictionaries project, support of two Interact Clubs, Christmas projects for senior citizens, PC Rotary's two Little Free Pantries and more!  To purchase tickets, email 
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

WASH-RAG Virtual Summit

WWS13V WASH in Healthcare Facilities

 The 2019 WHO/UNICEF report on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCFs) outlined the stark inadequacy of WASH services in HCFs around the world, especially in least developed countries. Access to safe WASH is required to prevent and control infections, and ensure safe treatment of patients, staff and families. Learn about WASH in HCFs and what your club can do to help address this critical issue. 

 LEARN how your club can help to address the urgent need for improved WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene, cleaning and waste management) at Healthcare facilities.

Register today for the WASH Rotary Action Group Virtual Summit!

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River Cities Cleanup Project

On Saturday, April 17, members of the Albany Riverfront Development Committee joined with members of River Cities Rotary in a river cleanup project co- sponsored by the Mississippi Rivers Runs Through US Rotary Initiative, United Nations Environment Program, Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative, and the National Geographic Society, in conjunction with the University of Georgia. As part of that citizen science initiative, the volunteers used a marine debris tracker app to log what was found and where it was found. The coordinated volunteer effort in Albany gathered enough trash from approximately one mile of shoreline to fill three dumpsters. Finds included two mailboxes, several tires, and a door, among other more mundane things.

River Cities Rotary coordinated river cleanup in four areas – Cordova, Port Byron, Rapids City, and Albany.   

BRAVO River Cities!

Kathy Schmidt, Newsletter Editor
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