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District 6440 News

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.

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Providing scientific expertise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of Rotary's polio eradication partners.

At a recnt event in CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, Rotary International Director Robert Hall and our own PDG Jack Blane talked with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and toured the facility.

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. 
District 6440 and 6450 Youth Exchange students recently enjoyed a 
sailing adventure on Lake Michigan.  Check out the photo album here:

Rotary has a long and rich history.  Check out the Rotary Global History Fellowship.  Their website is dense with interesting history about Rotary (it's a great source for a Rotary Minute for your weekly meetings).  Here's a video from their site:
Rotary has dozens of "Fellowships" which provide an easy way for you to connect with Rotarians with similar interests and hobbies, and they are all available for you to join.  Learn more at


"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..."

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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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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