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Club nominations for District 6440 Governor for 2017-2018 are due on Monday, September 22, 2014.  Interviews will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014.  Think about new potential District leaders.  You are allowed to nominate yourself, with your club’s support. Get the nomination form here.

Rotary Colleagues,

On behalf of the 50 plus veterans from our Lovell FHCC Stress Disorders Program attending the Sox Game...and the other Veterans I met at the White Sox Game last evening, I thank you for your generous contribution.  It was an amazing evening of poor White Sox ball playing....and yet great fun by all Veterans participating.  Veterans were most appreciative for the welcome and hot dogs provided by Rotary Leadership at this Event.  Veterans shared humor, fine weather, and general baseball good feelings at this Event...!
With Appreciation and Respect,
John P. Bair, Ph.D.- Rotary Club of North Chicago
Clinical Psychologist
Mental Health and Stress Programs
Lovell Federal Health Care Center


"The inequities of our world divide us in spirit as well as in location, educational opportunities and attitudes.  Rotarians try to transcend those divisions in many ways:

  • Through peace scholarships... ‚Äč

  • Through youth exchange opportunities...

  • Through the alleviation of poverty... 

  • Through the many district and international grants our district has extended... 

  • By providing clean water and education about the importance of sound hygiene to prevent disease...

  • By combating disease through vaccinations and preventable health initiatives... 

  • By empowering the next generation to take the initiative in being of service to others..."


Come join us for a few hours of fun and fellowship on Monday August 18th at Ravinia. Enjoy the beautiful melodies of Polio Survivor Itzhak Perlman along with stimulating conversation and updates on the END POLIO NOW campaign.  Help us get the word out and become visible to other Ravinia attendees who just might want to join our cause.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and try to arrive before 6:00.  Concert starts at 8:00.  Purchase lawn tickets at Bring your own dish/food to share.
Beautiful music.  Great company.  Noble cause.
Click the link below to view a map of where Rotarians will meet on the Ravinia lawn.
We are happy to announce the creation of a new speakers bureau on the District 6440 website.  This replaces the old "speakers forum" which was deactivated when ClubRunner eliminated its forums functionality.
We need Rotarians to enter speakers into the list.  If you know of a great  speaker interested in addressing Rotary Clubs, or if you have a worthwhile presentation, please post the information to the list by clicking here.  Note, if you were listed in the old forum, you need to repost your information.

Congratulations are in order for the following recipients of this year’s Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship awards.  Each winner was nominated by one of our clubs and chosen by our selection committee.  The scholarships provide a $1,500 award to be used toward tuition, books and fees at a two-year community college or trade school.  “We had an outstanding field of applicants this year”, said District Vocational Service Chair Jeff Jerdee.  “This program is a shining example of how Rotarians are assisting the Next Generation as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders.”   Please congratulate the following winners and their sponsoring clubs: 
Sponsoring Rotary Club Scholar
Bartlett Nicole Oritsejafor
Bartlett Kaitlin O'Neil
Fox Valley Sunset Robyn Neff
Fox Valley Sunset Kathy Greenquist
Glenview Sunrise Christopher Cepeda
Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Stephanie Gaidas
Libertyville Sunrise Aaron Houser
Lombard Luke Caron
McHenry Colin Ellison
McHenry Stuart Swanson
Northbrook Kyler Busch
Schaumburg AM Louis Wegner
St. Charles Breakfast  Dylan Dwyer
Wheeling Guadalupe Acosta
Wilmette Noon Kabriya Bolbolan
Woodstock Morning Mark Stroh


RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."

"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

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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?
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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