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.  L.I.F.E. is supported through the United Way of Whiteside County and serves over 1600 children annually.  Presenting the check are: Betty Clementz, Rock Falls Rotary Grant Chair; Kim Gaffey, President and Grant Chair of Twin Cities Sunrise Rotary; Tom Myers, President of Rock Falls Rotary; David Hellmich, President of Sterling Noon Rotary;  Keri Olson, Director of United Way of Whiteside County; Tim Schwingle, Grant Chair of Sterling Noon Rotary.  This donation was composed of club donations and matching funds from a grant from Rotary District 6420.
Clubs Work Together For Literacy David Dosier 2021-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

World Series of Giving - 1st Inning

Good afternoon again, Rotary baseball fans.  We’ve completed one inning of play and several of our clubs have achieved some major successes so far.  The standings by division follow.
Northeast Division – The Pecatonica, Rockford Cherry-Valley East, and Sycamore clubs are on the board with each registering a multi-base hit through the end of September – a Triple for Pecatonica and a Double for each RCVE and Sycamore.  But wait, the Kishwaukee Sunrise club led off this first inning with a Home Run!  Will they score 2 or more through 9 innings, or will one of the other clubs get hot and overtake them?  Stay tuned; this division is on fire.
Mid-Central Division – The Twin Cities club has lead off the first inning with a Double; great job TC!  Rochelle, on the other hand, hasn’t wasted any time pulling out the big guns; they’re already on the board with a Home Run. The remaining clubs are getting revved up; look for some real excitement in the upcoming innings from all the M-C clubs.
South-Central Division – The Peru club led off the first inning with a Single.  Close behind are Ottawa Sunrise and Marseilles.  Right now, it looks like the S-C division race is going to be close, stay tuned.
West-Central Division – The River Cities club is starting off with a bang, scoring a Double in the first inning.  Henry is close behind with a Single, with the other clubs just getting started.  Like the South-Central, this division looks like it will be a nail-biter going forward.
Western Division – The Western division has the most scoring clubs at the end of one, with East Moline – a Single, Quad Cities and Rock Island – both with Doubles, and Savanna – knocking it out of the park with a Home Run.   All this after just one inning of play!  This division is already red hot; don’t miss a minute of the action.
That’s all for now; the Foundation teams are warming up for the second inning.  Don’t miss a minute of the action!
World Series of Giving - 1st Inning David Dosier 2021-10-03 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:


District Conference Awards 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

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


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

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



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

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

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
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

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

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.
Loves Park Rotary Club Awards Presented 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0


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
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

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
District Genealogy Committee Looking for items PDG Eldon Leemhuis 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Scott Shore
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?

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

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
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.
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Rotary Club of Savanna Turns 96 Years Old!

Posted by JoEllen McCaskey
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