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Posted by Debbie Stacey on Jun 15, 2013
Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend the Summer Success Seminar:
- Connect with counterparts from other Rotary districts
- Learn about Rotary’s new digital resources
- Gain updates about Pilot Projects, Foundation Grants, and Polio Plus
- Learn to strengthen Rotary through the new image initiative
- Exchange ideas with other clubs and districts
July 27 from 8:30-4:00 at Medinah Banquets in Addison.
Register now at www.rpic28.org. $40 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.
Posted by Mike Yesner on May 18, 2013
On May 14, 2013, leaders from District 6440 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health in Guatemala to provide 29 Digital X-Ray units to the Country. Representatives of District 4250 also participated. Thanks to District 7610 and 6600 for their financial contributions. Representing District 6440 were DG Mike Yesner, PDGs Pam Kerr and Carlos Frum and DGE Sarah Oliver. This video is from Guatemalan TV coverage.
Posted by Kaye Grabbe on Apr 30, 2013
Each year, The District Literacy Committee asks each Rotary Club to submit a short application about the literacy project or projects they have done. The Committee evaluates the applications and awards an “Excellence in Literacy Award” patch to a small club (30 members or less) and another to a large club (31 or more).
This year’s winners are Mount Prospect/Arlington Heights Sunrise for a small club and Libertyville Sunrise, along with Rotary partners Waukegan and North Chicago Clubs, for a large club.
Congratulations to those exemplary Rotary Clubs and their outstanding literacy projects! You can read the details of their winning literacy projects on the District web site’s Literacy page or by clicking here for the report on all of the submitted projects.
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Mar 24, 2013
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 entered into a sister club relationship with the Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 on March 12, 2013 in Guatemala City. President Suzanne Gibson and President Luis Pedro Fuxet Ciani signed the agreement on behalf of their respective clubs. This formally recognizes long standing fellowship and friendship between members of the two clubs and also successful implementation of major service projects through Rotary Foundation supported Global Grants.
According to the agreement, the clubs shall:
- Share successful project ideas or club programs
- Encourage in-person visits by the other club's members
- Plan a Rotary Friendship Exchange
- Develop joint service projects
- Consult with district leaders on other partnership possibilities
These activities are aimed at the promotion of International Friendship, World Understanding, Peace and Goodwill through Rotary. Should your club consider creating a "sister club" partnership?
Posted by Pamela Kerr on Mar 02, 2013
It’s Already Been Tested Successfully - Rotarians in Guatemala have installed a digital x-ray system (designed by the World Health Organization (WHO)) in the Guatemala City Municipal Clinic to serve children at risk and municipal employees.
Technicians send the images to nonresident radiologists via the Internet for interpretation. U.S. Rotarians, the city government and a private technical group installed the first unit.
How It Worked - Rotarians raised the funds, engaged a manufacturer and the technical organization that installed the system. The Municipality invested in the restoration of the clinic to a level appropriate for the demands of the system and the patients.
The Guatemala Project Proposal - Install 29 additional x-ray systems in Health Centers nationwide. Who will collaborate?
- The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala
- The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala
- The Radiological Society of Guatemala
- All 27 Rotary clubs of Guatemala
- The Pan American Health Organization
- Rotary District 6440 of the United States
This project has been designated ‘top priority’ by the President and First Lady of Guatemala.
Posted by Jill Brickman on Jan 13, 2013
District 6440 is proud to announce that our candidate for a Rotary Peace Fellowship has been selected by the trustees of The Rotary Foundation to earn a professional development certificate at Chulangakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This prestigious award will enable Gururaj Kumar, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, to pursue peace studies for three months during 2013.
Gururaj is a native of Michigan who lives with his wife on the north side of Chicago. His leadership potential was first recognized by Rotary when his hometown Rotary club selected him to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. His academic background includes a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution, and his career has reflected his deep commitment to mediation and coalition building. He is currently a conflict management consultation and an educator at American University’s School of International service. His ability to apply his academic work to practical situations is impressive and demonstrated extensively by his professional pursuits. In addition, his good humor and personable approach will enable him to take the tools from Chulangakorn and use them effectively in the future.
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Nov 11, 2012
This year's Fall Seminar Day was a great success. Supplies were loaded for Hurricane Sandy relief, all 72 clubs attended Future Vision Grant Management Training, we were inspired by a former Ambassadorial Scholar doing great good in the world, and everyone enjoyed meeting new Rotary friends and seeing old buddies from across the district.
The Schaumburg AM Club has provided a great recap of the day; check it out by clicking here.
Posted by Mike Yesner on Sep 25, 2012
The District 6440 Nominating Committee last night selected Rodney Adams of the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights to be District Governor for the Rotary Year 2015-16. Please join me in congratulating Rodney on this honor.
Rodney Adams joined the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Sunrise in 2004 and served as President during the 2009-10 Rotary year. During his tenure in the club, he served as Club Board Member, Club Service Chair and Membership Chair. After the merger of the Arlington Heights Sunrise and the Mount Prospect Sunrise in 2011, Rodney joined the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights which covered the area of both his law office and residence. He’s a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
Posted by Charlotte Ogorek on Sep 25, 2012
From the September 21Chicago Sun Times
Social media is playing a key role in Rotary International’s quest to make up for increasing costs and recession-wracked countries’ funding cuts to eradicate polio — just as the goal reaches a tipping point.
"We are 99 percent of the way to making polio the second disease to be ended after smallpox,' said Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus, the Evanston-based organization’s polio-eradication effort. 'We have a chance to make history as a generation by eradicating the second disease."
Posted by Courtney Olson on Aug 15, 2011
District 6440 is proud to make available handsome and customizable "Four-Way Test Plaques" for businesses and clubs. Each plaque can feature a color logo of the recognized business or governmental body. Plaques cost $60 plus $7 shipping, with $15 for each plaque being donated to the End Polio Now campaign. Quantity discounts are also available.
Posted by Stanley Sherman on Sep 19, 2012
Gov, Mike and Donna cordially invite you to join with them at the 104th RI Convention and to “Discover Lisbon”.
As one of the oldest cities in Europe, its colorful history, which offers old world charm with a modern flair, makes Lisbon an explorers’ paradise.
You can expect to experience entertaining plenary sessions, outstanding speakers and lively workshops, plus the House of Friendship, club and district exhibits and exciting HOC events.
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Superior-First Class, Radisson Blu; a 221-room, full-service hotel. Standard (25m2) room rate per night is 150 Euros (approx. $200US), double occupancy, which includes all taxes, service and breakfast daily, plus free WiFi throughout. Superior (39m2) rooms are available at 250 Euros (approx. $330US). Note: Since this reservation was made through RI’s designate, Experient, payment in full will be due on December 3. Any changes or cancellations after that date will be subject to penalty.
Please respond to Stan Sherman, the “On To Lisbon” chair, with the reservation form, or for more information, call (847) 736-6513.
Mike and Donna an look forward to being with you.
Posted by Carlos Früm on Sep 02, 2012
Members may leave, but Rotarians will die Rotarians because they understand the mission of Rotary. The question for Rotary leaders is; “How do we convert members into Rotarians?”
The issue, brought to its basic terms, is why does anybody belong to any organization, or why does anybody do anything. The answer is simple: motivation.
American psychologist A. H. Maslow described motivation as need fulfillment and established a hierarchy of needs. We try to satisfy physiological needs such as hunger and thirst to remain alive, and that is the strongest motivator. Then we provide for our safety needs with a roof over our heads and a job. The need of belonging, of love and affection, is provided by our friends, spouses, children, and organizations. Finally, we try to achieve self-esteem, status, recognition, and appreciation.
Rotary, and similar organizations or associations, try to satisfy the last two needs, belonging and self-esteem. If a member does not perceive these on a continual basis, he or she leaves to find what he or she desire somewhere else. The connection is lost, the hook is open!
What connection? What hook? Whatever held that person attached to that group or club!
We remain Rotarians because, over time, our clubs hold onto us by means of various ‘hooks’. We enjoy friendship, camaraderie in service, self-esteem, love, status, recognition, appreciation, etc. We see all these begin to add up from the moment somebody takes an interest in us and we perceive opportunities to belong to something that is interesting, fun, fulfilling and with enough variety. The ‘hooks’ are set and they hold us. The club is like ‘Velcro’ to us.
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jul 01, 2012
Rotary International President Elect Ron Burton Installs new
District 6440 Governor Mike Yesner.
Click "More" to view a slide show of the evening.
Posted by Narayan Murarka on Jul 02, 2012
Anthony J. Tolbert III
Rotary year 2011-12 was an excellent year for the District Rotary Foundation. We had great success in that we used all of our DDF. This is always a joy for it means our District Rotary Clubs did many projects overseas as well as local projects through our District Simplified Grants, (See individual listing in other parts of this report). Our Group Study Team represented our District well in Taiwan. Our clubs were great hosts for our incoming visitors. The Ambassadorial Scholar was limited to one scholar for the coming year. The committee selection declined after several months, but we were able to get our second choice who agreed to serve as our scholar. She will do us proud. Thanks to the Rotarians and Clubs, our Rotary Foundation collection for the Annual Giving is estimated to be close to $400,000 exceeding our goal of $307,000. We had one new Arch Klump member and several Major Donors and Bequest Society members. Polio did very well. We lead the Zone in giving for the year and for the entire campaign.
Click here for the complete report.
Posted by Marianna Zeidler on Jun 22, 2012
The Rotary clubs of Deerfield, Lincolnshire Morning Star, Long Grove and Wheeling of District 6440, with the Rotary Club of Westerwald in the German District 1810 and the Club Rotario Pimentel, Duarte in the Dominican Republic in District 6040, are proud to announce the Inauguration of two new computer labs in the elementary schools in the Dominican Republic. Both labs opened with special ceremonies on June 15, 2012. This project was funded through contributions by the participating clubs and a matching humanitarian grant from The Rotary Foundation.
"This project is an excellent example of several clubs and districts partnering to have greater impact, and is the model that will be encouraged as The Rotary Foundation implements Future Vision," said District Governor Carlos Frum. "Our clubs are to be congratulated on organizing a fine project that will improve educational opportunities for so many students."
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on May 05, 2012
We'll be posting video highlights from
the RI Convention in Bangkok all week.
Click More to view earlier videos.
Posted by Nancy Keppel on Apr 23, 2012
What a great weekend Sharing the Rotary Experience at the fabulous Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Rod Pickett for sharing these wonderful images with us, and RI President's Rep PDG Don Alhart for capturing our memories in his
Ode to District 6440
(Click more to read the entire ode by
RI President's Representative Don Alhart)
An ode to 64-40
In Milwaukee cause we care
A Rotary experience
For all of us to share
Posted by Mike Yesner on Aug 13, 2011
One of the hottest topics for clubs is how to retain current members. Clubs often lose numerous members for various reasons such as lack of interest or lack of time to commit. The first step when trying to retain members is to understand why a club loses members. Club members must analyze their club history and recognize the factors that led to the loss of members. By doing so, it becomes easier to understand what de-motivates people away from the club. So how does a club motivate its members to stay?
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Aug 07, 2011
Share your ideas for club projects in our Forums. This is a great way to collaborate with fellow Rotarians to help create more vibrant clubs. We have forums to share ideas on Fundraising, Programs and Community, International and Vocational Service projects. Pass on your idea today.
Posted by Richard (Rich) Lalley on Jul 24, 2011
Governor Carlos has asked all clubs to make Membership their Number 1 priority. Healthy, vibrant and growing clubs require that all members feel they have a voice in the club. Conducting regular member surveys is one way to improve member satisfaction in Rotary and increase member retention. There are many tools, hi and low tech, available to help. |
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