District 6420 Newsletter March 2021

Big Birthday at Pecatonica Rotary
Linwood Fredrickson recently turned 90 and was celebrated at the Pecatonica Rotary Meeting.  As a longtime Rotarian and a former employee of Rotary International, Linwood shares his vast knowledge and experiences with Rotary with us during each and every meeting.  Happy Birthday Linwood!
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.


Pectonica Rotary Serving Up Breakfast In A Box
Pecatonica Rotary is holding a fundraiser to provide funds for our high school scholarship program.  Last year, we awarded seven Pecatonica High School seniors with college scholarships ($750.00 each). This year, we are selling Breakfast Meat Boxes, or “Scholarship Boxes” as we are calling them, from our local processor, Eickman’s Processing. Each box costs $40 with a percentage of the cost going to Rotary. There is still time to order a box!  Reach out to club president Marilyn Wilke at 708-508-1453 for more information!
 Pictured is Tom Eickman, Rotarian and grandson of founding member Merlin Eickman, holding a Breakfast Box.
Do You Love Wine? Have You Got Your Ticket?



  The Rock Island Rotary Club has held an increasingly successful “Wine Raffle” for the past four years.  Last year, even the pandemic could not prevent the event from breaking all previous sales records.  With this year’s prospects being a net income of $5,000 or more, Rock Island Rotarians decided to establish an ongoing beneficiary for the annual proceeds.  That beneficiary will be the students of Rock Island, Milan, and areas of Moline that attend Rock Island High School.  Working with the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation, the Rock Island Rotary “Service Above Self Scholarship” was established. The first scholarship will be granted this May. Rock Island Rotary established the scholarship criteria which states the Scholarship was established to encourage "Service Above Self," the principal motto of Rotary International. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student who can demonstrate how they provide assistance to family, friends, colleagues, and/or the community. Using "Service Above Self" as a theme, the recipient will submit an essay featuring how they incorporate Rotary's 4-Way Test into their daily life.  Additionally, a written recommendation must come from a teacher or staff person who can speak to the applicant's devotion to helping others. Special consideration is given to students who have a 2.5 GPA or above. 

Kathy Schmidt, Newsletter Editor
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