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December 9 – Leadership Holiday Party – Allgauer’s Hilton – Northbrook

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February 6, 2016 - District Training: Grants Management Seminar, Membership Roundtable, Assistant Governor Training, District Leadership Team Orientation - Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College, Palatine

March 4 - 6, 2016  President-elect Training at the Westin Itasca

April 28 – May 1, 2016 – District Conference, Assembly and Youth Assembly – Lincolnshire Marriott

May 29 – June 1, 2016 – Rotary International Convention – Seoul, Korea

District 6440 News

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 2016 (March 10-13 and April 7-10).  Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.  Take a look at this video to get a feel for RYLA. A program brochure and application packet can be downloaded with the links on the story page (click on headline above).



Our district’s HealthRays project continues to gain support and attention in the Rotary world, with more than half a million dollars in funds pledged to date to bring digital x-ray technology to Guatemala!
District 6440 Rotarians are working with other Rotarians around the U.S. and the world, health care agencies and the Guatemalan government to raise money for, and install, 29 digital x-ray machines in underserved areas of Guatemala -- where they can be used to improve the health of populations in need.
So far, we have installed 3 units, and funding has been secured and installation planning is underway for 5 additional units. Each unit costs approximately $75,000.

During Gov. Rodney’s recent visit with the Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle, eight club members were honored as Paul...

Posted by Rotary District 6440 on Friday, October 9, 2015

On behalf of the District 6440 Govenor Nominating Committee, PDG Ellen Young happily reports that last evening Julie Ann Clark was nominated to be our District Governor for the Rotary year 2018-2019.  Please join the committee in extending congratulations to Julie and send her best wishes as she joins our Leadership team as District Governor Nominee Designate.
The Committee also nominated Bruce Baumberger as our Vice Governor for the Rotary year of 2016-2017.

Exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote international understanding and peace. The Rotary Youth Exchange program provides thousands of young students with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
Rotary Clubs please consider hosting an inbound student for the 2016-17 exchange year, it will be a very rewarding experience for your Club.    The deadline for submitting the inbound commitment form is October 16, 2015.
Rotary Clubs please consider sponsoring an outbound student and providing them with the opportunity of lifetime.  The deadline for submitting the outbound sponsoring form is October 16, 2015.
Thank you for your support !  Your District 6440 Youth Exchange Committee

Opportunity is knocking.  District Governor Rodney Adams and PDG Sarah Oliver invite you to increase the effectiveness of your Rotary service by gaining knowledge and building skills helpful in your current or future club or district committee position by taking advantage of one of the courses in District 6440 Leadership Academy 2015-2016 – Membership, Public Image/Public Relations, Youth Service, Rotary Organization or The Rotary Foundation.
Members of the Paul Harris Society pledge to contribute $1,000 or more per year to The Rotary Foundation. An easy way to do this is through recurring monthly donations of $85...that's less than $20 per week. Check out the impact your gifts to The Rotary Foundation have on the world.
Learn more about joining the Paul Harris Society here:

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.

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.

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.