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The following story was reported in a recent email Newsletter from End Polio Now.-- Ellen Young
By Amy Young - Senior Coordinator
 

Pakistan remains one of the final reservoirs in the world where the wild polio virus circulates unrestrained. One of the major challenges to eliminating the virus are the misperceptions and mistrust that persist in high risk areas of the country, places where access to basic health services and education is limited. Rotarians are helping to address these misperceptions through the implementation of health camps, where families can receive polio drops, health services, sanitary and medical supplies and important educational materials. This is having an important effect on the program, helping to drive demand for the polio vaccine and developing a public health infrastructure and leaving a legacy that will endure long after the last polio case has been reported.

 
 
 
Dear District Polio Leadership Team,
 
We are pleased to make a "tool kit" of ideas that you may want use to help promote the 110th Birthday of Rotary and 30th Anniversary of the End Polio campaign (click here to download).  Past President Carlos Canseco announced the launching of Rotary's Polio Eradication effort on 23 February 1985.   This was the first and largest ever privately funded international public health initiative.  We are approaching the 30th Anniversary of that history making event.  Three years following Rotary's initiative we were joined in 1988 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention forming the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  This organization remains in tact and is the driving force behind the polio eradication effort.
 
Please work with your club to do something on 23 February that brings attention to the great work that Rotary has done to help end this devastating disease.  Recognizing the late arrival of the tool kit, if there is insufficient time to make use of the ideas on the 23rd, please encourage using the ideas during the remainder of 2015 in support of Rotary's number one priority.
 
Thanks for all you are doing for the children of the world.
 
Jon Stillman
End Polio Now Zone Coordinator
Rotary Zone 28
Help end polio go to: EndPolioNow.org
 

 
Rotary President-Elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran has announced his 2015-2016 theme at the International Assembly in San Diego.
 
Be A Gift To The World
 
 
 

 
 

Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats in Spring 2015 (March 12-15 and April 16-19).  Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.  Take a look at this video to get a feel for RYLA.

2015 Program information is available by clicking here.

 

 
 
On October 16, 2014, 9 representatives of the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills departed for a service project in Cusco Peru. The project, in partnership with the Rotary Club Julio J. Delgado of Cusco, consisted of several projects at the Huillicipata School located in a small Andean village outside of Cusco and the Chicuchas Wasi Alternative School for Girls located in Cusco, Peru. The projects involved building a greenhouse, rebuilding worm compost concrete sections, assisting in painting murals on walls, repairing class furniture, repairing a carport awning and tilling and planting a field for vegetables. The project received a district grant to help offset costs of materials. The labor was completed by the 9 representatives of the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills along with members of the Rotary Club Julio J. Delgado of Cusco along with members of their Rotaract Club.
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights just finished their annual Thanksgiving Basket Packing project, but this year added a new twist.  For many years they did the basket packing at Arlington Park, but the contact there retired so they needed a new venue.  This gave the club an opportunity to do things a little differently, so they did a joint service project with the Rolling Meadows Interact Club, and the Arlington Chamber's Young Professionals.  It was a big success on all fronts and definitely lowered the demographic profile of the project.
 

 
 
Promote your business to Rotarians with a listing in District 6440's eYellowPages.  A basic listing is only $25 per year.  Upgrade to premium listing with an interactive banner for only $10 per month, and your banner will also be featured on the District Website.  Sign up today by clicking here.
 
Even if you don't have a business to promote, you can support this program by doing business with your fellow Rotarians who promote their businesses on our eYellowPages and website.  Next time you need professional services or a shopping for a local business, check out our eYellowPages first.  You can't go wrong doing business with someone who lives by the 4-Way Test.
 

 
 
The 2017-2018 District Governor Nominating Committee has selected Donald Brewer as its nominee designate, announced Past District Governor and committee chair Sarah Oliver. 

Donald was introduced to Rotary while in India in 1984 where he was a speaker on the American legal and jurisprudence system. He has been a Rotarian for 22 years, and a charter member, since June, 1992, of the Algonquin Lake in the Hills club, now the Algonquin Club. 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 

 
 
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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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