Filling Pantries with Hope Campaign

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Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2023-2024 District Service Project, Filling Our Pantries With Hope.  
I am humbled and excited by the generosity and support for this project by Rotarians throughout District 6420.  Given a goal, Rotarians will always strive to exceed the task at hand by providing “Service Above Self”. 
Curious to know the final number? Watch the video to find'll be blown away!
Use the press release template under the Public Image tab (files) on the District website to spread the news to your local communities.  Post the news on your social media channels as well.  
Let's get the word out!
It's been my pleasure serving as your district governor and wish DG John Hurley a fantastic year!
Filling Pantries with Hope Campaign Dave Emerick 2024-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

DG Dave Emerick's Farewell Message

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As we approach the conclusion of this Rotary year themed "CREATE HOPE in the WORLD," I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each of you. Your unwavering dedication to promoting peace and focusing on mental health has been truly inspiring and impactful. Your commitment has embodied the very essence of Rotary, demonstrating that together, we can create a brighter and more hopeful future for our communities and beyond.
DG Dave Emerick's Farewell Message 2024-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rib Fest 2024 at Viking Lanes: A Sizzling Competition for a Cause  2024-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Service Swap: Fostering Collaboration at the District Conference  2024-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Ottawa Sunrise Celebrates 35 Years! 

On June 7, 1989 the Ottawa Sunrise Club was formed when some members of Ottawa Noon saw a need for a breakfast club for those businessmen who could not easily walk away from their stores/offices at noon. Over 35 years their Toy & Book Float has collected over 17,000 books, 8,000 toys and over $11,000 to help the Salvation Army see that each child has a new toy at Christmas.
Ottawa Sunrise Celebrates 35 Years! 2024-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Princeton ShrimpFest 2024-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Princeton Rotary Club Announces “Love Our Community” Grant Recipients

A total of 15 local not-for-profit organizations have each received $1,000 from Rotary Club of Princeton through their “Love Our Community “grant program.  This year’s recipients include Barker Farm Outreach, Buddy Bags, Bureau County Fair, Bureau County Food Pantry, FurReal Heroes, Loads of Love (Open Prairie United Church of Christ), Magi Baby Chest (St. Louis Parish), Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Community Band, Princeton DAR, Princeton Ministerial Association, Princeton Theater Group (Festival 56), Royal Family Kids Camp, The Store, and Zearing Child Enrichment Center.
Princeton Rotary Club Announces “Love Our Community” Grant Recipients  2024-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Conference 2024

Rotary’s 2024 international convention was held in Singapore from May 25 thru 29.  Approximately 14,000 Rotarians from across the globe came together to celebrate the work of Rotarians in communities and on an international scale; including, but not limited to, the eradication of Polio.  Governor Dave Emerick and his wife Lori, Governor-Elect John Hurley and his wife Marta were among those from district 6420 in attendance.  
Rotary International Conference 2024  2024-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Celebrating Excellence: Public Image Award Winners Announced  2024-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

New District Public Image Chair - Cindi Gramenz 

We are excited to announce that Cindi Gramenz (Rotary Club of Rock Island) has accepted the role of District 6420 Public Image Chair effective July 1st. Cindi brings a wealth of experience and a passionate commitment to enhancing Rotary’s public image, making her the ideal candidate for this pivotal position.
Cindi has been an active Rotarian for many years, consistently demonstrating exceptional leadership and creativity in her public image initiatives. Her strategic approach and innovative ideas have significantly contributed to increasing Rotary’s visibility and engagement within the community.
New District Public Image Chair - Cindi Gramenz 2024-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Carpenter's Place

Rockton-Roscoe Club had another successful breakfast serving at Carpenter’s Place. We served approximately 65 clients.
Carpenter's Place 2024-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Pecatonica Rotary 2024 Scholarships

For the third year in a row the Rotary Club of Pecatonica was able to award four $1,000 scholarships to deserving Pecatonica High School Seniors. The Club sold Eickman Breakfast Meat Boxes (Tom Eickman is a Rotarian) to community members, as well as accepted donations to fund the scholarships
Pecatonica Rotary 2024 Scholarships 2024-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Family Meal Easter Baskets

This year as part of our grant project, the Dixon Rotary Club partnered with the Dixon Police Department, Lee County Sherrif's office, and Dixon Public Schools to obtain the names and contact information of families that would be greatly blessed for a holiday meal basket. On Good Friday, the Dixon Rotary Club assembled and delivered 50 Easter Meal baskets (Spiral Ham, potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, apple juice, and a baked pie), along with 106 Easter baskets for children in those families that include candy, chalk, bubbles, and a kite.
Family Meal Easter Baskets 2024-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

EarlyAct, Interact & Rotaract Showcase 2024

Our District is very proud to share with you the service projects and accomplishments of NINE Clubs who submitted entries for this year’s SHOWCASE! ALL NINE entries are honored by our Rotary District, of which THREE have been selected to receive $100 each toward their next service projects for outstanding achievement – CONGRATS TO JORDAN ELEMENTARY EARLYACT, PRINCETON HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT AND SYCAMORE HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT – AND CONGRATS TO ALL FOR AMAZING SERVICE ABOVE SELF ! 
EarlyAct, Interact & Rotaract Showcase 2024 2024-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Princeton Rotary Spruces Up Rotary Park

One of our regular community service activities is cleaning up Rotary Park located at the north end of Princeton near the Amtrak station. At our first clean-up of the year, the usual "sprucing up" was done, but we took it as an opportunity to place memorial stones.
Princeton Rotary Spruces Up Rotary Park 2024-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Joint Meeting Held

May 1st was a great night getting together with fellow Rotarians from Princeton, Illinois Valley Sunrise, Peru, LaSalle, and Putnam County! Thanks to our Assistant Governor, Tracy Grimmer, for spearheading the effort and making arrangements with the clubs for our second-ever joint meeting!
Joint Meeting Held 2024-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rock Island’s 50th Annual Awards Luncheon

The Rock Island Rotary Club held their 50th Annual Awards Luncheon today at the Quad City Botanical Center. Keynote speaker for the event was Andy McCray, Chief Meteorologist for WHBT-TV. Mr. McCray spoke of the critical role respect, kindness, friendliness, and always looking forward should play in our daily routines. He praised student achievements and congratulated community leaders who were honored as part of today’s program.
Rock Island’s 50th Annual Awards Luncheon 2024-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

2024 District Training Assembly

The annual district Training Assembly occurred on Saturday, April 6, at Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, Illinois, from 9-11 AM.  Sixty Rotarian leaders from across the District gathered to conduct official business, such as approving the 24-25 District budget, and to hone skills that will help their clubs serve their members and their communities effectively.  DGE John Hurley welcomed the attendees and Governor Dave Emerick encouraged everyone to register on line for the District Conference, April 26-27.

2024 District Training Assembly 2024-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

DG Dave Emerick's Message for April/May 

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Greetings Rotarians! Our District Conference is fast approaching.  Plans are being finalized, food counts are being placed, and logistics are being reviewed for any last-minute changes that could arise….and usually do.  Ciara Stahly (Loves Park) has stepped in as Conference Chair to put all the pieces of the District Conference puzzle together.  I appreciate her efforts and I am incredibly grateful for her leadership, guidance, and support!
DG Dave Emerick's Message for April/May 2024-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Excellence in Public Image: District 6420 Clubs Shine

We are thrilled to announce and celebrate the outstanding achievements of several Rotary clubs in District 6420 for their commitment to public image and promoting Rotary's core values. These clubs have gone above and beyond in demonstrating "Service Above Self" and embodying the spirit of "People of Action" throughout the Rotary year 2023-2024.
Celebrating Excellence in Public Image: District 6420 Clubs Shine 2024-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Ottawa Sunrise German Dinner

You're invited to attend the Ottawa Sunrise German Supper on April 19th 5-7PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Tickets available from any member - $15.  Contact Jane Goetz @ or 815-343-7655       
Ottawa Sunrise German Dinner 2024-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Donate Inflatable Fire Education House  2024-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Belvidere Rotary Takes Food Drive to “Souper-Star” Level 2024-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Don't Procrastinate - District Grant Requests and Final Reports Due May 15 

I'm pleased to report all Clubs have met the training requirement and are eligible to apply for up to a $1,200 District Grant for the 2024-25 Rotary year. Grant amounts must be matched by your Club and are available to support a local community project of your Club's choice for a total impactful grant of at least $2,400. The possibilities for projects are endless!
Don't Procrastinate - District Grant Requests and Final Reports Due May 15 2024-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

District Membership Training

Join us for an exciting new training program, Partnerships for Growth: Maximizing Membership and Impact, designed to help clubs leverage partnerships for sustainable growth and increased impact. Discover innovative strategies for building and maintaining effective partnerships that can enhance club's membership, extend its reach, and amplify its service projects.
District Membership Training 2024-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
IV Sunrise and L-P High School Launch Interact 2024-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Area 6 Joint Club Rotary Meeting

5 area 6 clubs will come together on May 1st for a 2nd annual joint meeting. This years speaker will be Dr Sarah Scruggs, CEO of Arukah, focusing on an approach to Mental Health. 
Area 6 Joint Club Rotary Meeting 2024-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Register Today for District Conference

Join us on April 26 & 27 for our District Conference at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 101 18th Street, Moline, IL 61265.  We will be celebrating Rotarians as “People of Action” with learning, networking, and overall recognition of service within our communities. Click to Register
Standard registration:  $125 from April 13 – 19, 2024. No registration on-site.
Register Today for District Conference 2024-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

ShrimpFest & Brew Hullabaloo

ShrimpFest & Brew Hullabaloo is planned for Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Rotary Park in Princeton, IL. There will be fried or grilled shrimp available -- served by Princeton Rotarians. 
ShrimpFest & Brew Hullabaloo 2024-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Dixon Rotary Club Shrimp and Chili Bowl Fundraiser

On March 9th, the Dixon Rotary Club hosted its annual Shrimp and Chili Bowl fundraiser. Funds raised from this event go towards the club’s literary campaign and college scholarship program. A very big thank you to all who participated and supported this event. 
Dixon Rotary Club Shrimp and Chili Bowl Fundraiser 2024-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self-Student of the Month 

Our Rochelle Rotary Club was very excited to present our first ever Rochelle Rotary ‘Service Above Self: Student of the Month’ award to Julia Livingston from Rochelle Township High School in Rochelle, IL. Julia was chosen because of her many hours given back to our community including volunteering at the The REC Center, giving her time to tutor fellow RTHS students in need, helping out at the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library, and more!
Service Above Self-Student of the Month 2024-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

Shedding New Light On The Performing Arts In Putnam County 

Sharing “center stage,” (L-R) PCHS Music/Theatre Director Natalie Hulstrom and Putnam County Community School District Superintendent Dr. Clayton Theisinger gratefully receive the donation of Putnam County Educational Foundation Board Chair and PC Rotarian Reed Wilson and Putnam County Rotary President Adriane Shore. The combined donation of $6,000 will help fund renovation of the High School auditorium’s stage lighting system.
Shedding New Light On The Performing Arts In Putnam County 2024-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

DG Dave Emerick's Message for February/March

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Greetings Rotarians! As we all know, our worldwide motto is “Service Above Self” and achieving this process can be extremely rewarding in so many ways and for so many people. Rotary Community Service in District 6420 encompasses a diverse range of impactful activities that include longtime traditional club programs and/or one-time special endeavors that target a unique project.
DG Dave Emerick's Message for February/March 2024-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

RYLA is Coming Up!!

In today's society, competition, greed, and entitlement challenge common sense.  Students feel the pressure in many ways: getting good grades, getting into a reputable college, and aligning themselves with the right associates.  The list goes on and on.  Is there a need to change this mentality, and where does it lie?  Students will be challenged at our 2024 edition of the District 6420 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp as they participate in discussions and activities on embracing leadership from an ethical perspective. From team-building exercises to high-quality motivational speakers, area high school students will experience a transformational weekend at RYLA 2024.
This year's event runs from May 3-5, 2024 at Lowden State Park in Oregon, IL. For more information, check out our RYLA page. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2024 and the registration link for students is here. All high school-age students in the District 6420 area are eligible.
RYLA is Coming Up!! David Dosier 2024-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendar - Morrison Rotary 100th Anniversary Celebration 2024-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Walnut Rotary Reflects 2023

During the past 12 months, the Club and its’ members have donated over $15,000 to local schools, area charities and individuals in need, as well as those affected by human and natural disaster around the country and across the world. 
Walnut Rotary Reflects 2023 2024-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Save The Date - District Conference 2024-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

From the Heart Gala- Rochelle

The Rochelle Rotary Club’s annual From the Heart dinner-auction is the organization’s premier fundraising event of the year, bringing corporations, businesses, couples and individuals together to help support important service agencies in the Rochelle area community.
From the Heart Gala- Rochelle 2024-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

2024 Public Image Recognition Program

SAVE THE DATE: District 6420 Public Image Recognition program will accept applications on March 1, 2024. In the meantime, get your club together to identify the many ways you’ve shared Rotary’s voice this past year:
2024 Public Image Recognition Program 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Celebrating 62 Years of Dedicated Service 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

RC of Rock Island's Water Project

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Rock Island Rotarians Dr. Bud Phillis and Bob Swanson display a Vestergaard LifeStraw Community Water Filter like the 288 the Rock Island Rotary’s “Western Illinois / Eastern Iowa Rotary Water Project” has provided to rural village schools in Kenya.
RC of Rock Island's Water Project 2024-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Carpenter's Place

Every quarter the Rockton-Roscoe Rotary Club serves breakfast at Carpenter's Place in Rockford. We also collect needed items for them.
Carpenter's Place 2024-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Rock Island Rotary Supports Gilda's Club

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Rock Island Rotary Club Community Grants Chairman, Frank Lambert, presents our check in the amount of $2,080 to Joy Bush, Executive of Gilda’s Club. Ms. Bush said that Gilda’s Club is now in its 25th year of serving the Quad Cities and surrounding area. 
Rock Island Rotary Supports Gilda's Club 2024-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
ChatGPT Unveiled: Demystifying AI 2024-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Members Ring for a Cause

Sterling Noon Rotary Members Dana McCoy, Keri Olson, and Christy Zepezauer enjoyed doing "the most good" by ringing the bell in support of The Salvation Army! 
Rotary Members Ring for a Cause 2024-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Kishwaukee Sunrise Awards Community Grant 

The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club recently completed its seventh year of award selections for its annual Community Grant for Children, Youth and Families of DeKalb County. The club raises money each year through the “Taste of DeKalb” event held in September, in conjunction with the Corn Classic Run, to fund an annual $10,000 grant to local non-profit organizations with a project that will directly benefit children, youth, and/or families in the county. 
Kishwaukee Sunrise Awards Community Grant 2024-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Double Your Club's Community Impact? Yes, Please!  2024-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

Student of the Quarter Award 

Wednesday, January 24, the Belvidere Rotary Club had the honor of presenting our Student of the Quarter award to Dylan Freund, a senior at Belvidere High School. She has volunteered over 100 hours to the Buc Booster Club and is an active member of the Student Council, Renaissance Club, and Theater Club.
Student of the Quarter Award 2024-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas Donations - Salvation Army

The Rotary Club of Ottawa Sunrise presented a check to Lieutenant Wayne Strayer of the Salvation Army for $600 to be used for providing food resources. Sunrise Rotary partners with the Salvation Army every year at Christmas time to collect toys and books to be distributed with the Salvation Army holiday food baskets.  
Christmas Donations - Salvation Army 2024-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary 2024-2025 Theme Revealed 2024-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

International Assembly 

District Governor Elect, John Hurley (Loves Park Rotary) and his wife, Marta, attended International Assembly in Orlando from January 7-11. Rotary’s IA is an annual training and fellowship event for 530+ governors-elect and partners from over 200 countries.
International Assembly 2024-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Princeton to Host Black Light Bingo Fundraiser 2024-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
Illinois Valley Quilts of Valor 2024-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
A Message of Hope & Peace from District Governor Dave Emerick  2023-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Announcement of D6420 Public Image Recognition Program 2023-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Selection of DGND - Tina Curtis

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Our District Bylaws indicate that upon selection of our District Governor Nominee Designate that I am to inform the Club Presidents and Club Secretaries.    
I am pleased to announce that our District's Nominating Committee met Saturday, December 2nd and selected Tina Curtis from the Rotary Club of Walnut as our District Governor Nominee Designate.  She will serve as District Governor during the 2026-2027 Rotary year.  She is currently serving as Assistant Governor from Area 7.
Selection of DGND - Tina Curtis 2023-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Putnam County Rotary Hosts Seniors Christmas Carnival

With visions of gifts, bingo, vintage Christmas movies, selfies with Santa and more, Putnam County Rotary hosted its first annual SENIORS CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL for Putnam County senior citizens. The event held Saturday afternoon December 2 also featured some great "carnival" food, including hot pretzels, nachos, cotton candy and hot dogs. 
Putnam County Rotary Hosts Seniors Christmas Carnival 2023-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Trivia Night 2023-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Eighth Annual End Polio Now Walk

The Eighth Annual End Polio Now Walk was sponsored this year by the Rotary clubs of the Sauk Valley Area: Dixon, Rock Falls., Rotaract of Sauk Valley College, Sterling Noon, and Walnut.  Twenty four Rotarians and guests braved the cold morning on October 7th to walk the Hennepin Canal in an awareness of the need to eradicate polio as a disease from our world.  
Eighth Annual End Polio Now Walk 2023-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Task Force Against Human Trafficking  2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Rockford - Service Above Self Awards

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Rockford Rotary to Honor Eight with Service Above Self and Mary Stuart Carruthers Awards

Awards Ceremony at Noon, October 26, 2023

The Rotary Club of Rockford will be holding an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 26th at noon at Veterans Memorial Hall. The Club is pleased to honor seven individuals with the Service Above Self Award, and one organization will be honored for its special project to restore the headstones of Rockfords Civil War Soldiers. The Honorable Thomas McNamara, Mayor of Rockford, will speak at the special luncheon.

Rotary Club of Rockford - Service Above Self Awards 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Rockford Rotary Polio Program

Rotarian Bob Presman gave a program on why we need to keep Polio + as our #1 Priority.  This Rotary program was started in the mid 80's with over 160 countries with polio cases.
Rockford Rotary Polio Program 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Rock Island Rotary Reindeer Ramble 5K Run/Walk December 3!  2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
2023-2024 Foundation Dinner  2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Contributions to End Polio Now

Thirteen clubs in District 6420 earned a certificate of appreciation from the Rotary Foundation for the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  This certificate indicated that each club provided at least $1500 to End Polio Now:  Countdown to History Campaign.  Only 5154 Rotary clubs worldwide made that significant of a contribution to the End Polio Now campaign.
Contributions to End Polio Now 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Literacy Campaign

The Dixon Rotary Club delivered dictionaries and thesauruses in November to our local private schools as part of our literacy campaign for the 2023/2024 school year. We had an opportunity to share with them what Rotary is and talk about the initiatives that our club participates in throughout our community.
Literacy Campaign 2023-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange - The Opportunity Of A Lifetime 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Pollinator Park Phase One 

The first phase of the new Pollinator Park at LaSalle Rotary Park got underway this weekend and was immediately capped off with the very first butterfly visit. On Saturday Rotarians and family members from LaSalle, Peru, and Illinois Valley Sunrise began construction of the pollinator ‘demonstration’ plot near the park entrance on the east side. 
Pollinator Park Phase One 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Illinois Valley Sunrise Completes Create Hope Food Drive 

Members of the Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary presented a symbolic check to Rotary District 6420 Governor Dave Emerick this week for being the 1st of 43 clubs in northern Illinois to complete the Create Hope Food Drive Challenge. Governor Emerick has challenged every Rotarian in District 6420 to contribute at least 20 pounds of food to local pantries in support of this year’s theme ‘Create Hope In The World.’
Illinois Valley Sunrise Completes Create Hope Food Drive 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute-Nine Reasons to Join Rotary

The District 6420 Membership committee has begun the process of developing ways we can help our clubs keep current members and attract new ones. If your club has had a successful membership campaign, we encourage you to share what you did with our membership committee. Please send information to membership chair Kelley Doty at
Membership Minute-Nine Reasons to Join Rotary 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Dinner 

The Dixon Rotary Club earned bragging rights for successfully winning the award given to the club with the most attendees at the Rotary Foundation dinner in November. It was a wonderful evening of fellowship and inspiration for what we can all accomplish together. 
Rotary Foundation Dinner 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Box of Hope Thanksgiving Basket Donations 

The River Cities Rotary club helped make it a great Thanksgiving for some residents of Upper Rock Island County. The club donated 214.14 pounds of food to the Upper Rock Island County Ministerial Food Pantry in Port Byron which was used in their Thanksgiving baskets.
Box of Hope Thanksgiving Basket Donations 2023-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Oregon Rotary's Angel Ball 2023-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Ways to Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month

Generous gifts to The Rotary Foundation help create lasting change in communities both close to home and around the world. Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month in November by engaging with current and prospective donors in your community and by making your own contribution to support our work. Here’s how:
Ways to Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month   2023-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Foundation Banquet

District 6420 celebrated the work of the Rotary Foundation around the globe at its annual Foundation Banquet, with 137 in attendance, a record for the event. Gathering at the McCormick Event Center in Rock Falls on November 2, attendees congratulated Foundation Chair, PDG Laura Kann, and her husband, Wick, for their recent induction into the Arch Klump Society. 
Foundation Banquet 2023-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night Fundraiser

Toluca Rotary Club is hosting a trivia night fundraiser to raise money for scholarships. It is at 6:30 pm at the American Legion in Toluca.
Trivia Night Fundraiser 2023-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
LaSalle Rotary Annual Drawdown 2023-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

DG Dave Emerick's Message for October/November

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As we find ourselves immersed in the spirit of this season, I extend warm greetings to each of you.  This time of year, holds a special place in our hearts, reminding us of the power of compassion and the joy that comes from giving. In this spirit, I wish to draw your attention to our ongoing Rotary District 6420 Service Project, "Filling our Pantries with Hope."
DG Dave Emerick's Message for October/November 2023-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

RC of Quad Cities "World Polio Day" Celebration

The Rotary clubs of eastern Iowa and western Illinois are hosting a joint World Polio Day banquet on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island, Ill. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
RC of Quad Cities "World Polio Day" Celebration 2023-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

2023-24 District Service Project

Goal: donate 28,000 lbs of food to food pantries district-wide. How? Each club member donates 20 lbs of food to local pantries.Ideas: ASK pantry manager about their need,
PARTNER with local grocery stores, and INVITE local food pantry rep to speak. Deadline: June 1, 2024
2023-24 District Service Project 2023-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Taste of DeKalb Success

The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary of DeKalb/Sycamore hosted the 7th annual "Taste of DeKalb" event in downtown DeKalb on Sunday, September 24. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support an annual community grant that the club sponsors. 
Taste of DeKalb Success 2023-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Pennies for Polio in Pecatonica 2023-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant Scholarship Information

One scholarship for $30,000 will be awarded or the Fall 2024 school year. Deadline for application submission: December 1, 2023. For more information or to apply, contact Laura Davis (309) 781-5411 or 
Global Grant Scholarship Information 2023-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Belvidere Rotary Flying High!  2023-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rochelle Rotary's Christmas Fundraiser for Kids

Rochelle Rotary invites you, your friends, and your family to an evening filled with music, food, and friendship. Join us on November 17th at Salt 251 in Rochelle as we raise money for (CAN) Community Action Network’s annual Christmas shopping trip for local kids in need. Tickets will be for sale at the door. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Pease 815-562-8717.
Rochelle Rotary's Christmas Fundraiser for Kids 2023-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Register for the District 6420 Foundation Dinner 2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

The Service Companion Club - A Membership Boost for Your Rotary Club!

Does Your Rotary Club Need a Boost? Ask yourself the following questions: Is your Rotary Club seeking more members? Would you like to involve the club in more service projects? Are you looking to diversify your membership base? If you've answered "YES" to any of these questions, it's time you considered the creation of a Service Companion Club.
The Service Companion Club - A Membership Boost for Your Rotary Club! 2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
How to Create a People Of Action Campaign 2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Take Action on World Polio Day

Every year, Rotary members around the world mobilize for World Polio Day. We raise awareness of polio and gather support for our global effort to make sure that every child is protected from it. By staying tenacious, hopeful, and committed, we will make history by making polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
Take Action on World Polio Day 2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
2023-2024 District 6420 Foundation Awards  2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

And the winner is…..!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022-2023 District 6420 Awards!  This year’s awards were very competitive with as many as nine clubs or Rotarians being nominated for each award.
And the winner is…..!  2023-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Mt. Carroll Rotary Spooktacular Trivia 2023-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Partners in Wine

On October 5th at 5:30pm at old oaks winery, the quad city rotary club will host their 2nd annual “Partners in wine” event. Tickets are $50. This fundraiser includes wine tasting, silent auction, live music, food and drinks. 
Partners in Wine 2023-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Putnam County Rotary Oktoberfest - All Are Welcome!

Putnam County Rotary’s Oktoberfest event from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, October 19 at Lost Duck Tavern in Granville, welcomes all to sample German beer and authentic Oktoberfest food specialties. Beginning at 6:30 pm, Sully will guide diners through six 4-ounce pours of German lagers and ales followed by a shot of Jagermeister, and a six-course sampling of German foods including home-made pretzels, cucumber salad, spaetzel, pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, apple struedel and ginger snaps. Cost is $18 per person, or $12 for a non-alcoholic option served with German root beer. 
Putnam County Rotary Oktoberfest - All Are Welcome! 2023-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Walk for Freedom Event Ginger Thompson 2023-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

World Series of Giving Celebration

Congratulations to Princeton Rotary on winning the 2nd Annual World Series of Giving in District 6420!   It was a record-breaking year for District 6420’s giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Celebrating Princeton’s win was a great way to wrap it up.

Rotarians from Princeton Rotary and the District Rotary Foundation Committee gathered at Modern Woodmen Park on Sunday, July 16, to watch the Quad City River Bandits play the South Bend Cubs.  Prior to the game, representatives from Princeton were presented with their trophy. 

It was a fun year.  You might recall that Pecatonica won the World Series of Giving last year.  As the year was progressing it looked like Pecatonica would be heading that direction again.  And then in March Princeton took a huge leap into the lead.  Nobody could catch up to them at that point.

A huge thank you to all Rotarians in the district who recognize the importance of contributing to The Rotary Foundation and make this one of their charities of choice.  Let’s keep the momentum going this Rotary year!

World Series of Giving Celebration Kathy Kwiat-Hess 2023-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

World Series of Giving - Champions Crowned!!

Hello once again, Rotary baseball fans.  We’ve just watched one of the greatest hitting displays in World Series of Giving history.  Many of us thought last year couldn’t be equaled, let alone surpassed.  Yet here we are, up 37% in total giving and 42% in per capita giving compared to just last year.  And that, as they say, is a winner!
To likely no one’s surprise at this stage of the 2022-23 contest, the Princeton club has knocked it out of the park in terms of scoring, with over 36 runs on the board.  They are indeed our 2023 World Series of Giving winner.  Please join me in a round of very well-deserved appreciation for the outstanding commitment that the members of this club have demonstrated to the Rotary Foundation!
We will be celebrating with the trophy presentation to the Princeton club at Rotary Day at the Ball Park, to be held on Sunday July 16 at 1:00PM at Modern Woodmen Park – home of the Quad Cities River Bandits -- in Davenport, IA.  If you’d like join us for the trophy presentation (before the game) and the game itself, the following is a link to the Bandit’s website where game tickets can be purchased.
Hope as many of us as possible can come over for the celebration.
On a personal note, I want to thank each of you and your clubs for your unflinching support for World Series of Giving these past 2 years, as I am hanging it up, so to speak, as your D6420 Foundation baseball commissioner.  It’s truly been a blast to watch our clubs duke it out each month, and a privilege to bring you the inning recaps.  If you’ve “heard” a little Ernie Harwell, Bob Prince, the immortal Vin Scully, and in my opinion perhaps the greatest all-around sports announcer in history – Jack Buck – in these monthly messages. . .well, let’s just say that was far from unintended!  I grew up listening to these and other broadcast greats from the 50s through the turn of the century, and it was a treat to “borrow” several of their famous words & phrases.
Again, congratulations to the 2022-23 World Series of Giving champions -- the Princeton Rotary Club!  And on behalf of the Rotary District 6420 Foundation Committee, so long for just awhile. - Jim 'Mac' MacMurdo
World Series of Giving - Champions Crowned!! David Dosier 2023-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Public Image Webinar Announced

We do great things in Rotary, and the more we tell our members and the public about our accomplishments, the more impact we will be able to have.  That’s why it’s so important for Public Image, Membership and The Rotary Foundation to work together in all we do, and why our Public Image efforts are integral in all we do in Rotary.
That’s why our Zones 25B & 29 Public Image Team is excited to announce we are bringing back our monthly Public Image Webinar series! 
We’ve heard over the course of the fall that you wanted this content, and we listened!  These webinars will give any Rotary leaders tips, tricks, and ideas you can implement to enhance your image within your club and within your community!  Each webinar will have several components: examples of how PI/Membership/TRF work together to increase our impact, best practices that your colleagues in other districts are implementing significantly, a deep dive into a particular topic that you will find interesting, and time for Q&A and other idea sharing.
You don’t have to be your district’s Public Image Team Leader to attend…these are open to anyone in Zone/District/Club leadership, so please pass along the details to anyone you think would benefit from hearing about how we can enhance our public image (all of our members could benefit!).  We’re excited, and hopefully you are too!
Questions?  Email us at
Check out our Regional Rotary Public Image Challenge and Resource Library for more great information!
Public Image Webinar Announced David Dosier 2023-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

DGND Announced!

An announcement for all District 6420 Rotarians:
District Governor Laura Kann is pleased to announce that District 6420's Nominating Committee met and selected Melissa McCormick from the Rockton/Roscoe Rotary Club as the District Governor Nominee Designate.  She will serve as District Governor during the 2025-2026 Rotary year.  She is currently serving as our District's Public Image Committee Chair. We look forward to her leadership in this new role.
DGND Announced! David Dosier 2022-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Donate 2,000 Books to Ukrainian Refugee Children in Chicago

When Rotarians attending the District 6420 conference in DeKalb, IL on November 5 learned of the influx of Ukrainian refugee children in two Chicago schools, they sprang into action. The result is that two schools in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago have received 1,000 new books each.
 These Ukrainian Village neighborhood schools with pre-K to eighth grade age students have experienced nearly a 40% increase in enrollment from families fleeing the war in Ukraine. Rotary Club members who were gathered for the 2022-2023 District Conference donated $10,000 worth of new books in a one day fundraising event for the two schools. Usborne Books and More matched their generosity with a gift of an additional $5000 of new books bringing the total fundraising event to $15,000 in new books. Rotary District 6420 and Rotary International leadership delivered 1,000 books (20 boxes) to each of the two schools on November 28.
“I am grateful for the generosity of our Rotary Club members who made this possible in a single day”, said District 6420 Governor Laura Kann of Princeton, IL.
Rotary is an international organization of business and professional persons united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary District 6420 is made up of 43 Rotary Clubs located in northwest Illinois, with a total membership of over 1,400.
Rotarians Donate 2,000 Books to Ukrainian Refugee Children in Chicago  David Dosier 2022-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

District Conference Registration is Open!

The District 6420 conference is set for November 4-5, 2022, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on NIU's campus in DeKalb. Registration is now open (there is an early bird price, too). The focus for this year's conference is leadership and a number of accomplished leaders will be sharing their insights with us at the conference. You won't want to miss it! Click on the event in the right hand column ("Upcoming Events") to register. 
District Conference Registration is Open! David Dosier 2022-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

World Series of Giving Awards

The World Series was held during the month of June with all five division winners in hot pursuit of each other.  The winning club, Pecatonica Rotary, was celebrated at Rotary Night At The Ballpark held on August 3 at the Rockford Rivets game in Rockford, IL.  At the beginning of the game, we presented to the club members assembled the inaugural World Series of Giving traveling trophy.  While small in size, the Pecatonica Rotary demonstrated a true winning Rotary spirit by their outstanding commitment to the Rotary Foundation.


District 6420 had a record-setting year in giving to the Foundation in 2021-22 with giving to the Annual Fund at 198% of our goal and PolioPlus giving at 171% of goal.  In accomplishing this achievement, total giving to the Annual Fund and PolioPlus grew by over 40% on a total-giving basis, and by over 50% in terms of per capita giving on a year-over-year basis; also a record-setting accomplishment.  We attribute this was due in major part by our implementation of this friendly competition among all district clubs and how it kept supporting the Rotary Foundation front and center in each member’s mind throughout the year.

Pictured above are several members of the District Foundation Committee and Pecatonica Rotary members during an award presentation on August 3 at the Rockford Rivets game.

World Series of Giving Awards Mac MacMurdo 2022-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

District Strategic Plan 6-Month Update

From DG Laura Kann and PDG David Bills:
As you probably know, District 6420 released a new Strategic Plan in December 2021. This plan provides a blueprint for moving forward during at least the next five years and will help take our Rotary District from good to great. This Strategic Plan also strengthens our shared commitment to Rotary’s core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership and is consistent with our Four-Way Test. To make sure that the plan remains a living, breathing blueprint for our future, the District Leadership Team gathered together on July 30, 2022 to review the plan after the first six months of implementation. We wanted to make sure that the 18-Month Goals and Action Plan for each Strategic Priority were still appropriate, realistic, and achievable.
We also wanted to be sure that our District activities and the District budget remained tied to the Strategic Plan. Based on our discussions we decided to revise three Membership Goals to more realistically reflect the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our Clubs. Those changes are highlighted in yellow. We also determined which Action Plans had already been implemented. Those are indicated with a check mark in the little box next to each action. The District Leadership Team plans to meet in July 2023 to again the review the entire Strategic Plan and develop new 12-Month Goals and an Action Plan. Before then we would welcome your input about how we can make the plan better in the future for the good of Rotary.
To review the strategic plan update, look in the left-hand navigation area under "Download Files" and click on the link.
District Strategic Plan 6-Month Update David Dosier 2022-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

2021-2022 District Award Winners 

PDG David Bills provided a letter announcing the 2021-2022 District 6420 award winners. Please click on the link and read about the great accomplishments and recognition of individuals and clubs!
2021-2022 District Award Winners David Dosier 2022-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

100 Years of Service!!

Two local leaders were honored for 50 years of service each to Rotary on Thursday, June 16, in Rockford, IL. Honorees were Karl Jacobs, president emeritus of Rock Valley College and Richard T. Leighton, retired chief financial officer of Barber-Colman Co. Linda Johnson, Rotary president, presented the appreciation recognitions. The two Rotarians were recognized for their combined 100 years of service to Rotary and their local and global community. Rotary is an international organization of business and professional persons united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rockford Downtown Rotary was chartered in 1916 and has 120 members.
(Pictured: L-R Karl Jacobs, Rockford Rotary President Linda Johnson and Dick Leighton.)
100 Years of Service!! Helen Hill 2022-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

District 6420 Announces New Disaster Relief Fund

On January 22, 2022, the Corporate Board of District 6420 recommended a Disaster Relief Fund be established in the amount of $50,000. The recommendation was approved by District 6420 Rotary Clubs at the District Training Assembly on March 19, 2022. The purpose of the District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund is to provide grants to Rotary Clubs in District 6420 to support relief and recovery efforts in their local communities that have been impacted by natural disasters during the past six months. District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund Grants are awarded to Rotary Clubs in District 6420. Grants funds are used to provide basic relief and recovery items (such as water, food, medical supplies, household supplies, and clothing) or services (such as debris removal, temporary shelter, health care, mold remediation, and cleaning). Rotary Clubs may work with other organizations to complete grant activities. The maximum amount of a Disaster Relief Fund Grant is $10,000 per club per Rotary year.
In addition, District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund Grants must:
-Include the active participation of Rotarians.
-Address a local humanitarian or public safety need in the community.
-Be promoted via the local media and social media as appropriate.
District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund Grants may not:
-provide items or services already covered by an insurance policy or other established source of funding.
-involve purchase of land or buildings. -include fundraising activities for the Rotary Club or another organization.
-cover operating, administrative, or indirect program expenses of another organization.
-include unrestricted cash donations to another organization.
Unspent or surplus funds from the District 6420 annual budget will be used to maintain a balance of $50,000. In addition, donations specifically for the District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted. Fundraising activities may also be considered as needed. The District Corporate Board may determine that insufficient funds are available during a Rotary year to make Disaster Relief Fund Grants available.
District 6420 Announces New Disaster Relief Fund David Dosier 2022-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

World Series of Giving - Division Winners!

Posted by David Dosier on Jun 01, 2022
Good morning Rotary baseball fans.  Our inaugural World Series of Giving Regular Season is over, and what a season it’s been!  We’ve seen a few teams lead their divisions for nearly the entire season, while other divisions have had almost monthly lead changes.  And we’ve seen teams quite literally come out of nowhere to take their division’s lead.  It truly doesn’t get much more exciting than this, except. . .we now have five division winners who will be competing for the WSOG year-end trophy, during the month of June.  
World Series of Giving - Division Winners! David Dosier 2022-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

District Conference Follow Up

The District Conference held this past April was a big success! Thanks to all those who presented and attended.
As a follow up to the conference, here is a survey we're asking all those who attended AND DIDN'T ATTEND to fill out. This will inform future decisions about district conferences - we want to hear your thoughts! TAKE THE SURVEY HERE.
Also, here is a short video with some highlights from this last conference! Enjoy!
District Conference Follow Up David Dosier 2022-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

District Launches Polio Plus Society

What is the PolioPlus Society(PPS)?
In an effort to increase sustainable giving, the PolioPlus Society was formed to encourage Rotarians to commit to a minimum of $100/year to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is eradicated from the face of the earth.  Society members receive a special society pin. The PolioPlus Society Pledge form serves as the application and can be found here.
District 6420
  • During 2020-2021, clubs were encouraged to contribute $50/member for polio eradication through its members and community awareness programs.
  • The district PolioPlus committee will continue offer speakers and progress updates and continue to encourage ongoing club fundraisers and community awareness events.
  • If you currently contribute over $100 / year to the foundation, consider designating $100 or more of that amount to PolioPlus, thus fulfilling a PolioPlus Society Pledge.  This will also help fulfill the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) goal for your club.
  • Donations may be made through club treasurers, or directly to the Rotary International website.  Be sure to use your “My Rotary” page to ensure proper crediting to your Paul Harris account.
To learn more about the PPS, click the read more link...
District Launches Polio Plus Society Paul Stromborg 2022-03-26 05:00:00Z 0


The District 6420 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event will be returning in 2022 with its original in-person format on May 6-8 at Lowden State Park in Oregon, IL.
This opportunity is open to all high school students in District 6420, however spaces are limited.

RYLA IS BACK!!! David Dosier 2022-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rockford East / Cherry Valley Fundraiser David Dosier 2022-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

"From the Heart" Drawing is Back in 2022!

Posted by Tonja Greenfield
The Rochelle Rotary Club is sponsoring another edition of the "From the Heart Drawing" in February, 2022. Please see flyer below with more information. Download the flyer and form in the left-hand navigation pane.
"From the Heart" Drawing is Back in 2022! Tonja Greenfield 2021-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Oregon Rotary Foundation Donates $6,000

The Oregon Rotary Foundation presented $6,000 to Oregon Elementary School on December 21st.  The funds have been donated to assist in enhancing the existing libraries in each classroom.   Classroom libraries provide continual access to books and promote literacy.   The Oregon Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the efforts of achieving world understanding and peace through humanitarian and educational programs. 
Oregon Rotary Foundation Donates $6,000 Erin Folk 2021-12-23 06:00:00Z 0

District Strategic Plan Released

District Governor David Bills and Governor-Elect Laura Kann have released the District 6420 Strategic Plan. From their introductory message, "We are pleased to share with you Rotary District 6420’s new 2021 Strategic Plan. This is our blueprint for moving forward together during the next five years and for taking our Rotary District from good to great. This Strategic Plan strengthens our shared commitment to Rotary’s core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership and is consistent with our Four-Way Test." Please click through to read their message and Strategic Plan.
Want to jump straight to the Plan? Click here: Link to the District 6420 Strategic Plan
District Strategic Plan Released David Dosier 2021-12-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rock Falls Fundraiser

The 2021 Greenery Sales for Rock Falls Rotary is live! You can order through the website at through October 31 or you can submit a paper order with checks made out to Rock Falls Rotary and given to a club member by October 25. All prices include the cost of delivery to recipients within the lower 48 states ONLY.  What a great gift to send to those far away!  Any questions, contact Betty Clementz, Rock Falls Rotary, at
Rock Falls Fundraiser David Dosier 2021-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Clubs Work Together For Literacy

Three Local Rotary Clubs Support LIFE Literacy Program in Whiteside County.
Three Rotary Club Presidents and Grant Chairs presented a check for $8,000.00 to the L.I.F.E. literacy program of Whiteside County which distributes a book/month to children aged birth through age 5 through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  
Clubs Work Together For Literacy David Dosier 2021-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

World Series of Giving - Spring Training is Here!

In case you haven't heard, spring training just began! The District 6420 'World Series of Giving' campaign for Rotary year 2021-2022 is under way. Clubs will be competing against each other in terms of per capita giving to see which clubs advance to the post season next June. The top club in each of the five divisions will advance. The months of July and August are 'spring training' - a time to get your Foundation leadership team together, create goals and come up with a team strategy. Then in September, the regular season is under way! Monthly standings will be posted here on the website and on the District's Facebook site. Is your team ready! If not, it's time to dust of the cleats, take a few practice swings and get in there!
World Series of Giving - Spring Training is Here! David Dosier 2021-07-05 05:00:00Z 0


UPDATE!!!! The story below appeared on our website back in March, 2021. Since then, the August 6 session has been canceled and will be combined with the November 6 session. Please continue to help get the word out about this fun leadership webinar for our regional high school students. We plan to bring RYLA back LIVE in May of 2022!
When you think of some traditions of spring, I'm sure our annual RYLA event comes straight to mind. Each May, District 6420 normally hosts a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend camp at Camp Lorado Taft in Oregon, IL, where over 100 regional high school student leaders band together to learn a little bit about themselves, leadership and have some fun. While COVID-19 resulted in a RYLA's cancellation in 2020, District 6420 is approaching this important event from a different angle in 2021. This year we'll be hosting a virtual leadership series titled "VYRAL". 
VYRAL will include three separate virtual events highlight keynote speakers and leadership-oriented activities for our high school leaders. Students can attend one, two or all three events, which will occur on May 7, August 6 and November 6, 2021. Registration is still handled through local Rotary clubs, so we'll be relying on club presidents and members to help get the word out about VYRAL and get students signed up for the event. Our committee chair, Dave Diamond, provided a letter to club presidents about the event and their role (see it under "File Downloads" on the left hand side navigation bar.) Let's make this year's "special edition" of RYLA a success!
RYLA Goes VYRAL!! (UPDATE) David Dosier 2021-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

Playground Renovation in Belvidere

On October 14th, 2020 the Belvidere Rotary Club and the Belvidere Park District held a dedication of the newly renovated playground at Bloom Playground in Belvidere Park.  The new playground has a new soft rubber base especially beneficial to the participants of the Districts Northlands Association for Special Recreation (NASR). 

The NASR program is a cooperative partnership between the Belvidere, Freeport, and Rockford Park Districts. Through the Belvidere Special Recreation Department of the Belvidere Park District, services are provided for high quality recreation programs and services to individuals, ages 3 through adulthood, with various mental and physical disabilities who reside within Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois.  Included in the Bloom Playground is a Rotary International marble plaque in the ground by a tree and a bench by the zip line, also donated by the Belvidere Club.

The Belvidere Club contributed $19,530 toward the purchase of the new playground equipment, which included $2,300 from their District Grant. 

Playground Renovation in Belvidere Claire Gierat 2020-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Awards Community Grants

The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club of Sycamore/DeKalb recently completed its fourth year of award selections for its annual Community Grant for Children, Youth and Families of DeKalb County. The club raises money each year through the “Taste of DeKalb” event held in September, in conjunction with the Corn Classic Run, to fund an annual $10,000 grant to  local non-profit organizations with a project that will directly benefit children, youth, and/or families in the county. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, both the fund-raising efforts and the Taste of DeKalb event were impacted, resulting in reduced awards for 2020 to $5,000.
The Taste of DeKalb event, originally scheduled for September 26, 2020, has been canceled, but that didn’t stop a number of community-minded business and individual donors from still contributing to the community grant. Because of their generosity, we are thankful to have awarded $5,000 to deserving projects in the county. 
Awardees for 2020 include AdventureWorks, the Regional Mobilization Access Program (RAMP) and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. AdventureWorks was awarded $2,500 to support its Little Adventurers program, which is a social-emotional kindergarten readiness program for four- and five-year-olds. RAMP received $1,500 to support Project SEARCH, a unique work immersion model for at-risk high school students with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from school to work. The Northern Illinois Food Bank received $1,000 to support its Backpack Program and provide 125 food-filled backpacks to students facing a risk of hunger.
Rotary Club Awards Community Grants David Dosier 2020-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year!!!

The Rotary year starts every July 1 and with it comes new leadership at the global level and often down to the club officer level. The new Rotary International President is Holder Knaack of Germany. To read more about him, click here. Each year new leaders step up and bring their perspectives and talents to bear on meeting the year's challenges in making a difference in our world. This year's theme is "Rotary Opens Opportunities". What opportunities will Rotary open for you this year?
RI President Holger Knaack and his wife, Suzanne
Happy New Year!!! David Dosier 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Nigeria is Polio Free!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria polio free, leaving the devastating disease endemic in only two countries of the world; Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary continues to push this disease towards extinction! To read the entire story, follow this link.
Nigeria is Polio Free! David Dosier 2020-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Nigeria is Polio Free!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria polio free, leaving the devastating disease endemic in only two countries of the world; Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary continues to push this disease towards extinction! To read the entire story, follow this link.
Nigeria is Polio Free! David Dosier 2020-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Statement on Racism David Dosier 2020-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Virtual Conference David Dosier 2020-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Service Month! David Dosier 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Meeting Fun!

As Rotary clubs across the country adjust to new conditions, many are turning to online, virtual meetings. If your club is doing this, here is something to add a little fun to the meeting.
Virtual Meeting Fun! David Dosier 2020-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Stay Home, Stay Safe! David Dosier 2020-03-24 05:00:00Z 0

Ending Polio and Coffee!

Sycamore Rotary Club and Coroco Coffee have teamed up to raise money for the End Polio campaign.  We had a table at the recent multi-district PETS, sampling Coroco Coffee blends (bourbon coffee was very popular), and felt the reception was very favorable with requests from other district clubs to attend one of their meetings and talk about the project.  7% of every sale will go to the End Polio fund.  More information is available at
Ending Polio and Coffee! Paul Stromborg 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Celebrates 115 Years of Service! David Dosier 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Did You Know? Steve Kuhn 2020-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

Short Term Exchange Students from Argentina

Six short term exchange students from Argentina joined the Sycamore Rotary Club for a meeting on January 22, 2020. The exchange is coordinated through the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Sur in Argentina. The students will spend six weeks with area host families and then this summer their American counterparts will visit them in Argentina. Short term exchange is a great way for area youth to experience another culture, both as a host and as a guest!
Short Term Exchange Students from Argentina David Dosier 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

RYLA is Coming!

Each year, District 6420 hosts The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, also known as RYLA. RYLA is a Rotary Club sponsored event for students in grades 9-12 to attend the weekend camp where they will gain valuable leadership skills and make new friendships. The 2020 RYLA weekend will be held at the Lorado Taft Campus in Oregon, Illinois from Friday, May 1st through Sunday the 3rd. Students participate in a number of engaging activities centered around leadership development and they get to hear from a number of motivational speakers during the weekend. The camp also promotes many values of Rotary, to include selfless service, teamwork, creativity and inclusion. For the past two years, we've been at near max capacity...interested students should contact their local Rotary club about applying and local Rotary clubs should be seeking them out! Now is the time! Watch the 2019 RYLA video here.
RYLA is Coming! David Dosier 2020-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary at the Rose Parade!

Rotary once again had a Rose Parade Float submission this year. Picture is above. The operating budget for the float is $100,000 yet this is the only Rotary advertising you will see on TV.  The Tournament of Roses is viewed by over 70 million viewers around the globe each year with over 700,000 in attendance.  Rotary International does not fund this endeavor as it is the generosity of fellow Rotarians across the country that have made this a tradition for well over 35 years.  The Rotary Rose Parade Float won the Princess Award in 2017 and 2018.
Rotary at the Rose Parade! David Dosier 2020-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects. Following are some suggested activities to undertake during Vocational Service Month:

  • Devote a meeting in January to examine the second Avenue of Service, including The Four-Way Test and The Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions. After expanding members' awareness, solicit their input in planning projects for the remainder of the year.
  • Introduce a "mini-classifications talk" series in which each member gives a five-minute talk on his or her vocation. Schedule one speaker for the beginning of each meeting until everyone has made a presentation. The purpose of these talks is to promote vocational awareness among Rotarians and help them recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations.
  • Present a vocational award to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards. Promote the presentation within the community, and consider making it an annual October event.
  • Invite experts to give a presentation on the vocational needs of the community and develop a project in response to those needs. Possible projects could focus on developing character, providing career information to youth, mentoring small businesses, or organizing workshops that provide employees with new skills.
  • Encourage club members to put their vocational skills to work as a Rotary Volunteer. Volunteer opportunities are available on ProjectLINK, a valuable resource that lists many vocational projects that clubs and districts can also choose to support financially or with donated goods. ProjectLINK also includes examples of successful vocational service projects that Rotary clubs can model as they plan their own activities.

For more information, visit * or contact RI staff at

January is Vocational Service Month David Dosier 2019-12-30 06:00:00Z 0
Disease Prevention and Treatment Month David Dosier 2019-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Community Grant Impacts

Posted by David Dosier on Nov 29, 2019
Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Grant Makes an Impact
For the past three years, the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary has funded a $10,000 community grant focused on children, youth and families of DeKalb County. One 2019 recipient, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), recently provided some feedback on the impact of the grant. CASA provides advocates for abused and neglected children who are involved in some type of legal process. Being an advocate requires a good deal of specialized training and CASA's grant submission requested funding to increase their capacity for training additional, much needed, volunteers to meet the needs of the children and youth of DeKalb County.
From the Director of CASA, Jill Olson, "Thank you again to the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary for its grant to CASA.  We have begun our Fall Advocate Training Class and I am attaching a few pictures for you to share with your members.  Our class has 6 new volunteers and is being taught by 2 of our staff members.  The classes include 30 hours of training using the National CASA Association Guided Learning Curriculum which is a new version this year.  This curriculum uses a number of video exercises as part of the instruction so the addition of the laptop, monitor and big screen TV has been a great addition and has permitted us to set up the training in our offices.  These new trainees will be completing their training in mid November and will be sworn in by the DeKalb County Juvenile Court in early December.  Our next training class will begin in the spring of 2020.
We appreciate the support of your Rotary Club in helping us to create the best possible learning environment for our advocates.  Effective advocacy for the abused and neglected children in DeKalb County is essential in order to carry out CASA’s mission of a safe and permanent home for these children as soon as possible.  Thank you for helping us to do this."
According to Heather Hilleshiem, president of the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club, "This is exactly the type of local impact we hope to make on our community through this grant each year. We're funding this grant primarily through our annual "Taste of DeKalb" event in September and our hope is that the popularity and success of that event in years to come will allow us to increase the value and impact of our grant."
Community Grant Impacts David Dosier 2019-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Code of Conduct Steve Kuhn 2019-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

November is Foundation Month!!

Posted by David Dosier on Nov 03, 2019
Hey District 6420 Clubs, 
November is Rotary Foundation Month - how will your club recognize and celebrate this year? Some ideas include a Foundation fund-raising event, Foundation-related programming at club meetings and attending the District Foundation Dinner on November 9, to name a few.
November is Foundation Month!! David Dosier 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Polio Type 3 Eradication!

Posted by David Dosier on Oct 25, 2019

A historic announcement was given on October 24th, World Polio Day:

The World Health Organization’s declaration of the eradication of WPVtype3.

Now on to eradicating WPVtype1 which means we would eradicate polio world wide!


Polio Type 3 Eradication! David Dosier 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Proclamation

Posted by David Dosier on Oct 15, 2019
Club Vice President Angela Campbell of the Rotary club of Rock Island accepted a proclamation made by Rock Island mayor, Mike Thomas, in recognition of World Polio Day. World Polio Day is October 24, 2019 and clubs are encouraged to host an event and/or get a similar proclamation from their local elected leaders at the city, county or state level. Rotary International has developed a proclamation template that clubs could use to assist local leaders in making such a proclamation. The template can be found at this link.
World Polio Day Proclamation David Dosier 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Walk 2019 Betty Clementz 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2019 David Dosier 2019-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Never Forget 9/11 2019-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
2019 Council on Legislation Changes Kathy Kwiat-Hess 2019-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Looking for a few good Rotarians?

Posted by Carter Newton on Jun 04, 2019

Do you have what it takes to make a difference?

The District 6420 Vocational Training Team Committee is looking for a few good Rotarians who can lend their time, experiences and skill sets in the development and implementation of a family- and health-related project in Combarbalá, Chile.

What is the project? The purpose of this project is to help professionals in Combarbalá develop stronger skill sets in the development and implementation of programs surrounding the health and development of young people in the community. Combarbalá educational and health professionals are experiencing challenges with young people in the community as it relates to sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS; alcohol and drug abuses; and healthy relationships. A point of fact: Chile is the only Latin American Country where the rate of AIDS infection is increasing. In addition, professionals in Combarbalá are having difficulty getting the attention from students and parents.

Looking for a few good Rotarians? Carter Newton 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

District Conference Awards

CONGRATULATIONS to "Rotarian of the Year" - Ruth Lee (Rock Island) and "Club Officer of the Year" - Brandy Sandburg (President of Putnam County) awarded over the weekend at District Conference.
 Other awards given out were 2018-2019 Literacy Awards, Recognitions Selections, and Public Image Awards:


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Denim and Diamonds a Sparkling Sucess

A fun night at Mt Carroll Rotary's Denim and Diamonds fundraiser.  The evening included a buffet dinner, silent auction items, a spirited live auction, and a dessert dash.
Kuddos to the entire club for a job well done!
Denim and Diamonds a Sparkling Sucess 2019-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Newsletter April 2019

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We are emerging from a long winter into spring at last.  Spring always makes me think of new beginnings.  So it seems appropriate that April is Maternal and Child Health Month on the Rotary calendar.  This is such an important area of focus for us as Rotarians.  We are so blessed to have the resources we have to obtain good healthcare for mothers and children.  There are so many areas in our world where this is not the case.  When we give to The Rotary Foundation, we are helping to fund projects around this important cause.  Please consider making your annual donation to the Foundation soon if you haven’t yet done so.  

District Governor Newsletter April 2019 Kathy Kwiat-Hess 2019-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
World Interact Week Scott Shore 2018-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Greenery for Sale

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Rock Falls Rotary Takes Orders for Fresh Greenery for Holidays through October 31
Orders for the annual sale of fresh greenery shipped anywhere within continental United States are now being taken  by members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club.   
The perfect holiday gift for that someone far away that you want to remember.  All orders are prepaid by check to Rock Falls Rotary.  Greenery arrives the week after Thanksgiving. 
 To guarantee your order is included, please send an order blank of  what item(s) with full shipping address of recipient and any message you want included along with a check for that amount made out to Rock Falls Rotary, PO Box 902, Rock Falls, IL 61071. 
To guarantee inclusion in the order, all orders must be postmarked no later than October 30.  Orders may also be given to any Rock Falls Rotarian. 
Any questions, contact Betty Clementz of Rock Falls Rotary at
Holiday Greenery for Sale Betty Clementz 2018-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Message

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May is Rotary Foundation Youth Services Month and it was celebrated by 120 district youth who attended RYLA on Saturday May 4th at Larado Taft Campus just outside of Oregon, Illinois.  The weather was the best and the kids there were out going, friendly, and full of ideas and energy.   See Louise Clark’s writeup this newsletter

My District Conference was held at Faranda’s in DeKalb on Saturday April 28th.  Lots of Rotarians coming and going but it is estimated that over 140 individuals attended the meeting for some length of time.  People came after breakfast and left after lunch, came to lunch but left before dinner, and people who just came to the evening dinner.  The speakers were outstanding.  Bethany Lerch, a former Rotary Ambassadorial & Fullbright Scholar definitely left an impression on those who heard her talk.  She meet with the exchange students and they were in awe over her.   Other speakers including Kevin Stephens, Teressa Wasonga, Toni Lucas, PDG Shannon Sheffel certainly held everyones attention.  DGND Tom Brooks had the exchange students talk about their experiences.  PDG Ruth Lee moderated over ongoing projects in our district ranging from Rock Island’s African water project to Rochelle’s school project in India.  All this with stops along the way with projects in Morocco and Uganda.  

Jim MacMurdo supervised a very impressive silent auction that brought in over $4000 to the Rotary Foundation with that money going to the individuals Foundation accounts.  See his report.   We gave out 8000 Foundation points to lucky drawing winners.  Let’s see matching funds and more Paul Harris Fellows.  

On the day before the conference, 25 hardly and dedicated Rotarians tackled the task of going over the District’s Strategic Plan that was established in 2013 at Bob Hammon’s district conference.  Key items were reviewed and requalified.  New action plans were written up.  These will be reviewed by the DG line & District Corporate Board and prepared for an awesome  set of goals for DG Kathy Kwiat-Hess’s governor year starting July 1, 2018.  

Special notice:   Chad Anderson, our Global Scholar in South Africa, has been published in the Malaria Journal for the work he has been doing.  If interested in reading about it; the link is

The Northern Illinois Rotary’s iron lung was on display at the district conference.  It is currently housed in Spring Grove, Illinois.  You can rent it for $100 a day of usage.  Travel day before and after are not charged.  Go to: for registration and information.  

Remember the RI Presidential Peace Conference meeting June 2 in Chicago.  Go to My Rotary for registration information.              

District Governor's Message Steven Kuhn 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

You're Invited

Posted by Ian Riseley
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Dear Peacebuilders,

I am delighted to invite you to the Education and Literacy Peacebuilding Conference, taking place in Chicago on 2 June, to discuss successful strategies for empowering youth and communities to reduce violence through access to safe and quality education for all students.

A strong foundation in education and literacy is essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging economic and community development, and creating more peaceful, thriving communities. Hosted by Rotary Zones 28 and 29, the organizers have planned an outstanding program where we’ll discuss the relationship of education, peace, and the role of youth and educational programming in mitigating conflict.

Join community members from throughout the world, education professionals, students, and other thought leaders to explore local, national, and international peacebuilding opportunities through education. You will leave the conference motivated to expand existing efforts or initiate new ones locally and abroad.

I look forward to joining you in Chicago for the final of six peacebuilding events we are holding around the world, as we come together to Make a Difference by discussing challenges and identifying opportunities to address some of the most pressing concerns of modern times.


Ian Riseley
President, Rotary International
You're Invited Ian Riseley 2018-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship Application

Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to We thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your continuous support in educating the Rotary network about the fellowships!
2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship Application 2018-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

West Carroll Senior Scholarship Raffle Fundraiser

Posted by JoEllen McCaskey
The Rotary Club of Savanna has announced a Raffle Fundraiser that will begin March 14th with five days of drawings scheduled for the week of April 30th.  The Club sponsors three scholarships for West Carroll High School seniors each year.  The General Scholarship is $2000.  The Berneice Hussey Scholarship is $1000.  The L.B. Hussey Scholarship is $1000. 
The Scholarship focused Raffle will provide 25 chances to win for a $20 ticket.  Tickets will be sold up to the final day of the drawing.  Each day the week of April 30th 5 winners will be drawn and announced on WCCI Radio.  Each day’s winners will be returned to the pot to be eligible for the following days drawing, making it possible to win more than once with one ticket.
West Carroll Senior Scholarship Raffle Fundraiser JoEllen McCaskey 2018-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

District 6420 Rotary work in Chile Update

Update on Chile projects


Having spent two weeks in Chile this past November, I want to share with you the impact of our–the members and clubs of District 6420–work in this country and the reputation we are gaining as an engaged, thoughtful group of people.


The work of District 6420 has been made possible by the generosity of Rotarians of this district. It started with the Rotary Club of Galena establishing a Twin Club arrangement with the Rotary Club of Combarbalá, Chile. With the help of some fundraising and a Rotary grant, public restrooms were built in the town square, Plaza de Armas, en Combarbalá.. There have been many other small and large projects through the years.


Carter Newton poses for a photo with teachers and students after spending time in the English language computer lab in Combarbalá, Chile. A District 6420 Vocational Training Team program project in 2015 provided funds for the computer lab.
District 6420 Rotary work in Chile Update P. Carter Newton 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess at International Assembly

Posted by Linda E Gerber
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District Governor-elect (DGE) Kathy Kwiat-Hess and her husband Bob Hess headed to San Diego for the 2018 International Assembly.
Picture from left: DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess with her husband Bob, RIPE Barry Rassin, and 6440 DGE Julie Clark with her husband John.  

The Assembly, held over a six day period, is the training meeting that prepares district governors-elect for their roles as governor, introduces Rotary International's priorities for the coming year; and provide opportunities to network with governors-elect from around the world. The International Assembly also features engaging and informational programs for the governor-elect spouses.  In addition, Rotary International President-elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, meets with the District Governors-elect and lays out his vision and challenges for the coming Rotary year.

One of the best things about Rotary is the chance to meet new people and make new friends. Every Rotary meeting provides time to share stories and connect over a shared interest of Doing Good in the World.  The picture on the above, with 6440 DGE Julie Clark, Mandi Wendt from Australia and DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess, tells that very story.

DGE Kathy met Mandi at the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta.  She was able to reconnect in San Diego where Mandi was a plenary speaker.  

DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess at International Assembly Linda E Gerber 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Jerry Flaming and wife Carolyn Honored 

Posted by John Hurley
Rotarian Jerry Flaming and his wife, Carolyn, were recognized at the January 9 meeting of Loves Park Rotary for achieving the status of Major Donors with the Rotary International Foundation.

Rotarian Jerry Flaming and wife Carolyn Honored John Hurley 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Have you registered for Toronto?

Posted by Scott Shore
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Have you registered for the upcoming International Convention in Toronto??
Once you have registered....Check out the EXTRAS and EVENTS on the Convention Website and on facebook - 
(send a request to join the group)
--- and check out the December Newsletter linked on facebook and also  linked here! (Hotel info included too!)  See you in Toronto where there will be "Inspiration Around Every Corner."
Have you registered for Toronto? Scott Shore 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Harvard Rotary Club featured in Rotarian Magazine

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I hope that all of you have had a chance to read the January 2018 Rotarian magazine.
look at page 16 and 17.  
Harvard Rotary Club, a small but dedicated club, is featured for their community garden project.
Give President Mike Morris and his members all a pat on their backs.  
Great work...shows what the challenges we have in rural Illinois and how we all
work to over come them.
Steven Kuhn
District Governor
Harvard Rotary Club featured in Rotarian Magazine Steve Kuhn 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Loves Park Rotary Club Awards Presented

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At the Loves Park Rotary club’s December 19 Holiday Banquet, the following awards were awarded

Pastor Bobbie Sheets, Riverside Congregational Church, Machesney Park, was given the 2017 Service Above Self award from Loves Park Rotary for his service to the community and being a speaker for many years at the District 6420 RYLA Conference.

John Hurley, Assistant Governor, Area I, was selected as Loves Park Rotarian of the Year. Hurley has been Club President of Loves Park Rotary twice and Chair of the District Nominating Committee.
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Posted by Jim Nelson
Have you ever attended a Rotary International Convention?  Would you like to learn more about Rotary and meet other Rotarians with similar interests?  Consider Zone 28-29  CELEBRATION ZONE.  It's a bit like a mini-International conference.
Our Zone celebration is a gathering of 28 US Rotary Districts held in the Fall each year.  District 6420 is one of those districts.
This year the celebration will be held  in
September 26-30, 2018 
Leaders of our Zones will gather in Erie and celebrate Rotary and all we do.  If you are a club or district leader or maybe a Rotarian interested in becoming more involved 
Governor Steve Kuhn
Steve will be happy to share program information as well as costs, hotel sites etc.
Come and join us in Erie!! (Pennsylvania) 
CELEBRATION ZONE Jim Nelson 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Iron Lung Education Equipment- RILEE

Posted by Jim Nelson
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Vice governor Jim Nelson and Governor Steve Kuhn attended a Northern Illinois Rotary function recently to see the new iron lung the three Northern Illinois Rotary districts purchased.
The iron lung will be available to our clubs and to the district. To see about availability, contact Governor Steve to see about having it for your function.  There is a fee. It will be housed in a trailer that can be towed to your site.
Rotary Iron Lung Education Equipment- RILEE Jim Nelson 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Chartering of SV Satellite Rotary Club

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Networking for a Cause in Spring Valley!
Our District's newest Satellite Rotary Club was launched on  Tuesday, November 14, in Spring Valley, bringing with it opportunities for community volunteers and leaders to connect and to take action within the community and beyond. The Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club will sport less of  the formalities of traditional Rotary Clubs, hosting after-hours social gatherings and an occasional Friday  lunch meeting each month to network for the cause of community service. 
The group is sponsored by IV Sunrise Rotary which serves the greater Illinois Valley area. Several members of the Sunrise Rotary Club were on hand to welcome eleven of the Spring Valley Charter members into our Rotary family.
Rotarian Stan Wolf presented Charter Members with a Rotary pin and charter member materials. PDG Scott Shore, who helped in the Club's formation, presented the Charter and Rotary's congratulations on behalf of the District. Additional Charter Members unable to be present, will be installed at a future meeting. 
The Club selected its officers and initial board, naming Aseret Loveland as Chair, and voted to participate initially in two projects, including help with Starved Rock Runners  "Santas On The Run" 5K run and 1 mile walk in Spring Valley on November 25 to benefit the Hall Township Food Pantry,. The Club will also partner with  IVCC students to place new "Little Free Libraries" in Spring Valley.  Additional projects will be considered as well. 
Formation of a Satellite Club (with 8 or more members to start) is an excellent opportunity to expand Rotary to include younger members in their own group or to bring  networking and service to an underserved community, or to provide a new meeting time and format attractive to new Rotarians. The Satellite Club becomes a committee of the sponsor Club -- what a great way to grow your own Club's membership, too!  For more info contact our District Membership Chair, Dave McCully,  David McCully  at or email
Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club's Charter Night was held November 14 at Valley Bar And Grill. Among those present were: (L-R seated) Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf, Past Rotary District Governor Scott Shore, and Charter Members Lisa Holocker, Jen Heredia, Aseret Loveland, Vickie Chiesi, (L-R standing) Jack Boroski, Steve Lamis, David Loveland, Walt Marini, Debb Lagenski, and Bob Zeglis. Several others who could not be present will be installed at the Club's next  meeting or social event. 
 Illinois Valley Rotarian Stan Wolf welcomed Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini and Economic Development Director Debb Lagenski as Charter Members of the newly formed Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club at the new group's charter event held November 14 at Valley Bar and Grill. Fellow Charter Member Bob Zeglis is in background. Eleven of the Club's initial Charter membership was installed.  Several others who could not be present will be welcomed at the Club's next  meeting or social event. 
 Vickie Chiesi is welcomed by Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf as one of eleven Charter Members of Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club on November 14. The new organization will sport less formality than a traditioinal Club, concentrating on providing an opportunity for local volunteers and leaders to connect for the cause of community service. 
 Aseret and David Loveland are welcomed by IV Sunrise Rotarian Stan Wolf as Charter Members of the Spring Valley Satellite Rotary Club, as fellow Charter Member Steve Lamis  (left) looks on. Aseret Loveland will serve as Chair of the newly formed community service group. -- 
Chartering of SV Satellite Rotary Club Scott Shore 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

District Youth Exchange Event Held in the Quad Cities

QUAD CITIES, USA – Rotary District 6420 Inbound Exchange Students had a blast during the 2017 Quad Cities Youth Exchange Weekend, held Saturday November 18, 2017. Hosted each November by the Moline, Rock Island, and River Cities Rotary Clubs the QCYE Weekend aims to provide our inbound students with a weekend of cultural experiences, fun, and an opportunity to share their exchange experiences.  

Students arrived Saturday morning in Moline and attended the Quad City Arts Festival Holiday Parade in Davenport, IA., the annual kick off of the holiday season in the Quad Cities.  After the parade students visited the Davenport Skybridge, a suspended pedestrian enclosed walkway overlooking the Mississippi River, where they learned about the Mississippi, Lock & Dam 14, and nearby U.S. Army base The Rock Island Arsenal. 

Students then attended the annual Quad City Arts Council Festival of Trees, a holiday exposition of custom designed holiday trees, crafts, and goodies, held at the Davenport RiverCenter. 

Students moved on to Moline for  a tour of the John Deere Pavilion Museum at  John Deere Commons, where students enjoyed a guided tour and learned about the importance of American agriculture and the role of John Deere Company in world business and agriculture.  Students shopped the John Deere Store where everything John Deere, including clothing, toys, and collectables is available.  The John Deere experience was capped with a short visit to John Deere World Headquarters in Moline.

Students were then treated to hours of fun and food at the Quad Cities Family Entertainment Center, Moline, where they competed in an “international bowling tournament”, enjoyed pizza & pop, fought a vigorous laser tag battle, and played arcade games.

Finally the students retired to the beautiful 100 year old Italian Renaissance style home of Rock Island Rotarians John and Sandy Daly, where they enjoyed snacks, games, and all night fellowship. Students concluded the weekend with Sunday morning breakfast before departing back to their host cities until the next district event. View memories of the weekend on our district youth exchange Facebook page – Rotary District 6420 Youth Exchange 2017-18

Thanks to Rotarians Gary Francque, Jeff Dismer, Molly Shattuck, and Mary Beth Eggers, and Rebound students Abby Quinn and Sarah Mason for hosting and driving the exchange students, and to Rotarian John and Sandy Daly for hosting the students overnight in their home. 




District Youth Exchange Event Held in the Quad Cities Gary Francque 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Moline Holiday Hop

MOLINE – Moline Rotarians had a great time participating in the 2017 Inaugural Holiday Hop on Friday November 17, 2017 in downtown Moline! 

Sponsored by the Moline Centre business group and Midwest National Bank the Holiday Hop featured 40 businesses, restaurants, and other organizations celebrating the start of the holiday season with shopper specials, arts, crafts, food and refreshments, and fun activities for kids. Trolley buses helped folks “hop” around downtown. 

In support of the downtown business community Rotary Club of Moline hosted a Holiday Hop stop at Rotary Plaza, Moline Rotary’s community park located in the 1600 block of 6th Avenue. Rotarians in full elf costume helped Mrs. Claus provide hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes to downtown shoppers while the Moline High School chorus sang holiday carols. The Holiday Hop provided a great opportunity for Moline Rotarians to support the community and talk to folks about Rotary. 

View photos of the Rotary Holiday Hop event on Moline Rotary Club’s Clubrunner web site page,  under Photo Albums / 2017 Holiday Hop. 

MoRo Santa Elves

Moline Holiday Hop Gary Francque 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

District Genealogy Committee Looking for items

The District Genealogy Committee has in its file, a copy of every district directory since 1973-1974 except Governor John Doak's year of 1975-1976 and Governor Alvar Berghust's year of 1977-1978.  If by some chance Governor Edwin Greenway was the first governor to do a directory, there may not have even been directories for 1975-1976 and 1977-1978. 
If any of our veteran Rotarian's would happen to have the two district directories mentioned, the committee is more than willing to beg for them, even if it would be just long enough to make a copy for the district archives. 
Please contact 
PDG Eldon Leemhuis
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Posted by Scott Shore
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Congratulations to Kerrylyn Rodriguez, Freeport Rotary, for winning the $100 "instant cash rebate" in the drawing held Dec. 1 for those registered by that date!
"And there's more!" We will have a second drawing for a bottle of Rotary Foundation Centennial Wine, winner to be selected from those who register by  December 31st! Click HERE to register!
For those registered ... Click HERE to sign up for the ZONE PARTY on June 23 at the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Click HERE for info on Host Hospitality events and options! For further info contact District Promotion Chair, PDG Scott Shore,
Our whole Rotary world is just over 600 miles from home -- See you there
ON TO TORONTO -- AND STILL SAVE $75 ! Scott Shore 2017-12-17 06:00:00Z 0
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Are You Following?

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Are You Following Rotary District 6420 on Facebook?
If not you're missing out!
Come check it out....
Events - Stories - Pictures - and more  of District and local Club activities
and Rotarians showing what Rotary is....
Are You Following? 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Giving and Grants: Students fly kites to learn science

Giving and Grants
November, 2017Take action to create positive change locally and globally
Boosting scientific literacy in Taiwan

Using a global grant, the Rotary Club of Taipei Pei-An, Taiwan, and Rotary District 3700, Korea, supported efforts to improve science education for public school students in rural Taiwan. At one school, students have flown kites to learn about math and engineering.

Share meaningful stories that inspire giving

In November, we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month and the good work our members do in their communities and around the world. In the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Rotarians are filling a gap in social services to aid struggling families. Learn how the support of Rotarians helped one woman go from homeless to a homeowner with a master’s degree. To inspire giving, share this story or other stories about the impact your club and district are making through Foundation grants.

Support The Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global movement for charities and individuals to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. On 28 November, join the community of donors that support Rotarian projects around the world by making an online gift to The Rotary Foundation. Online giving is a fast, secure way to help families and communities that need it most — no wrapping paper required!

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District Governor's Message

Posted by Steven Kuhn

November Governor’s Newsletter


Wow, 47 clubs + 1 satellite club visits completed since July 1st.   I will be making my official visit to my home club soon.   I can certainly stand by the Four Way Test and say that all the clubs make sure that they are having fun.  That and the motto Service Above Self have motivated Rotarians across the district to be active in their clubs and communities.  Rotarians Making a Difference.

November is Rotary Foundation month.  I encourage all to consider their donations to the Foundation for the many programs that are covered and most especially for the Polio Plus campaign.  Remember to get your donations in before the end of the year so that you will be able to take a deduction on your taxes. 

As District Governor I get to make announcements and take bows for the many things the district does.  This month I am honored to announce the 2016-2017 Foundation awards.

Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving in the district:

1.      Rock Island Rotary Club with $284.84 AF Per Capita

2.      Sycamore Rotary Club with    $239.80 AF Per Capita

3.      Loves Park Rotary Club with   $237.83 AF Per Capita

One of only 5,034 clubs worldwide to attain status as Every Rotarian, Every Year and one of only 4,136 clubs worldwide to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club goes to Savanna Rotary Club.  The only such honored club in District 6420.

Eight clubs contributed $1500 or more to the End Polio Now campaign.  The following clubs are so honored:  Galena, Granville/Putnam County, Kishwaukee Sunrise, Rock Falls, Rockford, Rock Island, Sycamore, and Toluca.

The District Governor Nominating Committee meets December 2nd in Sterling.  If any qualified Rotarian has the desire and wants to learn what it takes to meet the committee then please contact me soon.  The deadline for applications is November 15th. 

District Governor's Message Steven Kuhn 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

STEP - Short Term Youth Exchange Program 

Posted by Kerrylyn Whalen Rodriguez
Short Term Youth Exchange Program -ages 15 to 19.
Rotary Short-term exchanges last from a few weeks to over a month and often take place when school is not in session. On average it is a 4 week stay between the months of May and September.  It involves and American student exchanging with a foreign student and each of their respective families. Both are matched by our Rotary Team and then the final approval comes from the respective families. The countries we are using this year are Argentina, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany.  We have been in the past able to place in Sweden and Japan but there is no guarantee of the country of exchange. The student and the family are both very involved in the exchange. There is a mandatory training session in March 2018 in Rock Falls for the student and parents. The student needs a sponsoring Rotary Club. There is an official Rotary Club application currently on our District website that the student and family must fill out. After that, the student submits 4 copies to the sponsoring Rotary Club. The Club will be responsible in deciding who is approved and then will pay $300 to the District for each student they are sponsoring. The 4 applications need to be signed by the Club president and YEO and sent  with the $300 check by December 31st, 2017 to Kerrylyn Rodriguez, 1251 W. Stephenson St. Freeport, IL 61032. Questions can be directed to her at 815-541-5660.
The cost to the student is airfare, insurance, and travel costs. The host family usually picks up the cost of the extra student while they live with them. Some Rotary Clubs give a stipend of $1000 towards airfare. Average cost of student varies but usually is the airfare which the family arranges on their own.  
Each Rotary club can choose how many students they want to go. It is recommended to do an interview. Craig Beintema of Freeport Noon Rotary  cell 815-541-0754 can assist in helping any club start the process.
STEP - Short Term Youth Exchange Program Kerrylyn Whalen Rodriguez 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Dictionaries to West Carroll Third Graders

Posted by JoEllen McCaskey

The Rotary Clubs of Savanna and Mt. Carroll join together to provide each third grader from the West Carroll Primary School with a dictionary for their own personal use that they will be able to use for a lifetime.  Rotarians across the word have given over 14 million dictionaries since 2002.  Literacy and children have always been a priority for Rotary.  Giving dictionaries to students is one way for Rotary to enhance literacy skills at an early age. A dictionary is an essential tool and investment in learning.


Pictured:  Rotarians pictured with the third graders:  Bob North, Gary Panetta, Ed Bochniak.

Dictionaries to West Carroll Third Graders JoEllen McCaskey 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome David McCully Chairperson of Membership

Posted by David McCully
Good afternoon everyone.  David McCully checking in to introduce myself to all club leadership across District 6420.  Effective immediately, I am your Chairperson of Membership and truly look forward to working closely with current Presidents, PE's and Club Membership Chairs.  
We have some work to do on the membership GROWTH front but it's doable and as I like to say, "let's have some fun with it."
In 3 days time I will be sending a communication to Clubs that outlines an Event that I sincerely hope you'll embrace in late winter/early spring of '18 to bring people in to your Clubs, show off what you do and build the roster.  Again, very doable and something to enjoy with our guests who visit.
Welcome David McCully Chairperson of Membership David McCully 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Outbound Youth Exchange

Posted by Gary Francque
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STERLING, IL – Rotary District 6420 is fortunate to have had numerous outstanding high school students who were interested in being chosen as 2018-19 Outbound Youth Exchange Students. On Saturday November 4th eleven student candidates and their parents were interviewed by District Youth Exchange Team members at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling.  

The D6420 interview teams, consisting Rotarians, Rebound students, and host parents, was led by District Youth Exchange Chair Tom Brooks and Outbound Coordinator Dave Smith. The teams were impressed with the accomplished students and the support of their parents. All eleven candidates were approved as District 6420’s 2018-19 class of Outbound Exchange Students.  Congratulations students, and thank you to all of the Rotarians from our district clubs who have worked so hard to make Youth Exchange successful!




2018-2019 Outbound Youth Exchange Gary Francque 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Task Force Against Human Trafficking

The November 5, 2017 Task Force meeting was held at the Galena Steak House in Dixon, IL. Due to light attendance, the meeting focused primarily on what we have discerned to date. Several more organizations have been discovered. Representative Adam Kinzinger recently held a forum to discuss this issue. We will make contact with his office to maintain a flow of information.
Toni spoke with DG Steve Kuhn at the Rotary Foundation dinner. At a recent zone meeting, Steve learned that similar task forces exist in those zones. Steve will get contact information for those zones to Toni who will then contact each of them to learn what, if anything, is happening in their clubs and attempt to coordinate efforts.
Our task force continues to seek members who want to be actively involved in efforts to combat slavery and human trafficking. Anyone who merely wants to be kept informed of what is happening is directed to the District 6420 Newsletter. We will report via the newsletter. One thought regarding our newsletter presence was to have one paragraph concerning the reason for our committee and one paragraph highlighting one particular organization working on this problem.
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Galena Steak House, Dixon, IL. Please RSVP to Toni no later than January 7, 2018.
Task Force Against Human Trafficking Toni Lucas 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Foundation Minute

Posted by Corliss Klaassen
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Foundation Minute for Week of November 13
Rotary has added two service partners that offer clubs new ways to collaborate with other organizations and strengthen their projects. They are Habitat for Humanity and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
Habitat for Humanity has a long history of working with Rotarians and Rotaractors to build homes for families in need, and provides opportunities for hands-on community service.  Their values are closely aligned with that of Rotary, and the desire to help others run deep in both organizations.
This is very much the same with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.  Both Rotary and the Agency bring together government and non-governmental agencies, academics and private providers to plan and implement sustainable eye care programs.   They promote greater awareness of the need for eye clinics and blindness prevention activities.
Working together and networking accomplish Rotary’s theme of “Making a Difference.”  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you for your generosity. 
DDF Funding Needed:  The Rotary Club of Millmani is seeking funding for the Munaini Primary School Library in Kenya.  Contact Prof. Gikiri Thuo at
Foundation Minute Corliss Klaassen 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Loves Park Rotary Receives Foundation Award

Posted by John Hurley
At the November 4  District  Foundation Dinner, John Hurley accepted the award for Loves Park Rotary for being third highest per capita giving club to the RI Foundation last year, from PDG Scott Shore. 
Loves Park Rotary Receives Foundation Award John Hurley 2017-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

How to write an article with pictures using clubrunner

A Wreath If you are the clubrunner editor in your club you will want to add pictures to your story.  The easiest way to do that is to use one of the layout templates when you are writing the story. This allows you put a picture (or pictures) into the article and then type around it.

You will first have to save your photo as an image or photo in clubrunner. This might seem like a hassle, but this will allow your club to have a record of the photo or image for future uses and ensures that the photo link is not lost from your story.  
Select the template format you want to use and upload the picture into the photo area. If you have a lot of photos you might want to consider placing your photos into an album and then linking the album at the end of the article, so everyone can see the photos and you don't have to try to resize them for the article.  If you are going to have a photo in your article you might want to reconsider a thumb nail image, or at the very least use a image different then that photo used in the article.
If the photo in the article is too large, click on the photo and select image properties.  This will take you to another window.  You can resize the photo two ways:
1. To keep the same aspect ratio, make sure the little lock is "locked" and change either the height or width.
2. To change the aspect ratio, (make it wider or taller) make sure the little lock in "unlocked" and change both the height and width until you have the size you want.
And finally, when putting together an article for your clubrunner website, type the article into the actual clubrunner story format by clicking on the add a story.  This is important for several reasons.
How to write an article with pictures using clubrunner 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Savanna Turns 96 Years Old!

Posted by JoEllen McCaskey
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Rotary Club of Savanna turns 96 years old

SAVANNA - The Rotary Club of Savanna celebrated its 96th year of serving the Savanna area at Manny's Pizza with a birthday cake and a renewed commitment to raise money for local college-bound students.
"Decade by decade, we've managed to do tremendous good in Savanna and in Carroll County," said President Bryan McCaskey. "We've made a really big difference in helping people and improving the quality of life in the area."
The club, founded in 1921, celebrated with a visit from Kathy Kwiat-Hess, the district governor elect for Rotary District 6420. The club also looked back at its long involvement in the community - from supporting the local schools to local organizations such as the Great River Outreach.
"There remains a lot of work to do in this area," McCaskey said. "We're looking to build this club for the future."
Some Rotary local accomplishments include:
-- A total of 93 Rotary Scholarships awarded to local high school students. Three scholarships are handed out each year -- two for one thousand dollars and one for two thousand dollars. This year's scholarships are supported in part by two fund-raisers -- a raffle at the end of 2017 and a fish fry in the spring of next year. Rotary hopes to raise at least $3,500 for scholarships.
-- Helped bring three SMART LightRaise interactive projectors for the West Carroll Middle School, which help make learning more engaging for students, replacing chalk and blackboards.
-- 40 Vocational Service Above Self Awards given out since 1989. Service above self recognizes local residents who have an outstanding record of community service.
-- Support for the Savanna Food Pantry and the Great River Outreach.
Besides local projects, The Rotary Club of Savanna also supports efforts to improve communities worldwide through Rotary International. The international organization's most recent effort has been the near elimination of polio, formerly one of the world's most dangerous and widespread diseases and which remains a threat in only three countries -- down from 125 in 1988.
Rotary International began in 1905 in Evanston. The group began with a series of weekly meetings of businessmen and professionals organized by Evanston attorney Paul Harris. Weekly meetings would "rotate" between the officers of the members. Hence the group's name -- Rotary. From this modest beginning, Rotary has grown into a worldwide organization with more than 35,000 clubs in 130 countries. Worldwide there are 1.2 million Rotarians, according to
Pictured are Rotarians Matt Jones and JoEllen McCaskey cutting the cake for the clubs 96th Birthday.
Rotary Club of Savanna Turns 96 Years Old! JoEllen McCaskey 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Ed Bochniak 2017 Service Above Self recipient

Posted by JoEllen McCaskey

The Rotary Club of Savanna recently named Ed Bochniak as their 2017 Service Above Self recipient.  The award recognizes an individual from the Savanna area for their volunteer work to make a positive change for others and our community.  Ed started as the Executive Director at the Carroll County Housing Authority in 2010.  Ed quickly became acquainted with Savanna and made Carroll County his priority.  Ed joined the Rotary Club of Savanna in 2010 and became treasurer.  Ed is involved in various groups in Carroll County which focus on the welfare of the Senior Citizens in our area.  Ed is an active member of the Carroll County Triad, is a board member for GRO (Great River Outreach) and BEST Inc. (Business Employment Skills Team).  Ed also represents Carroll County and Savanna, Illinois as a Board Member of the Illinois Association of Housing Authorities.   


Ed recently developed an additional food pantry for Savanna at West Manor.  Current Rotary  President Bryan McCaskey stated “Ed is the kind of man you want to be your team.  Not only does he join a club, he gets involved, networks and gives back to the community.  He takes charge and helps with the details.  He will show up for the event, and is not afraid to help behind the scenes.”Not only does Ed Bochniak volunteer his time and talents in the community of Savanna but also in Galena where he and his wife Annie reside.  Ed is a member of the Galena Zoning Board and has been involved over the years in the Galena Lions Club, St. Michael’s Parish and coaching several youth activities. 

Pictured with Service Above Self Recipient Ed Bochniak are Left to Right:  Daughter Emily, Daughter Christine, his wife Annie and Administrative Assistant at the Carroll County Housing Authority Patty Acree.

Ed Bochniak 2017 Service Above Self recipient JoEllen McCaskey 2017-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Savanna Honors Rotarian Ann Murphy


Pictured Left to Right: seated-Mike Meyer, Rotary Club of Savanna President; Ruth Lee, District 6420 Foundation Chair; Helen Kilgore, District 6420 Assistant Governor; Standing-Pat Murphy; Honorary Rotarian and Paul Harris+3 Ann Murphy; Beaver Miller, WCCI.

The Rotary Club of Savanna recently named Ann Murphy as an Honorary Rotarian.  This designation is for a person who has distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals.  Ann is only the 3rd club member to receive this designation of honor. 

Rotary Club of Savanna Honors Rotarian Ann Murphy   JoEllen McCaskey 2017-08-06 05:00:00Z 0