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Morning – "ONE ROTARY SUMMIT"  - Designed to engage Rotarians with fresh new thinking so you can walk away with hands on tools to help strengthen your club’s membership, public image and involvement in Rotary Foundation fundraising and programs. ABC's of Rotary will also be offered. Afternoon round table sessions will offer an opportunity to discuss the five Avenues of Service with Rotarians from around the District.

Afternoon - PETS Orientation (formerly Pre-PETS) - For all current club presidents-elect and assistant governors 

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

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

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

Makes plans for a great Rotary Day of learning and fellowship at the October 24th One Rotary Summit. The morning session includes new case study formatted learning on Membership, Foundation and Public Image and a separate ABCs of Rotary track for newer Rotarians interested in a comprehensive overview on all Rotary has to offer. Afternoon sessions will include round table discussions on all five Avenues of Service and a PETS Orientation for our President Elects. There is no charge to you or your club for this event, and Box lunches are available for $12 (you must order and pay in advance when you register). Please register soon; registration will close on Wednesday Oct. 21.

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:

RI President K.R. Ravindran encourages us to use our gifts — talents, knowledge, abilities, and efforts — to make a significant impact through fellowship and service activities. Through vocational service, we champion high ethical standards in the workplace, use our professional expertise to serve others, and improve local and international communities. Here are just a few ideas for activities your clubs can undertake:
  • Host a business networking event with non-Rotarian professionals in your community.
  • Offer career counseling for unemployed or underemployed adults.
  • Mentor youth with career guidance.
  • Recognize local businesses for high ethical standards.
  • Apply your professional skills to a project.
Learn more at this RI newsletter. Review the humanitarian service goals to learn how your vocational service projects can help your club qualify for the 2015-16 Presidential Citation.

The Antioch Rotary Scholarship, Inc. Foundation recently awarded 19 college scholarships to graduating seniors from Antioch and Lakes High Schools. In addition ten scholarships were renewed to previous awardees. Four of the scholarships are in memory of Rotarians: Bill Brook, Homer and Frances LaPlant, Tim Osmond and Vern Thelen. Another is in memory of a young woman who graduated from ACHS, Juliane Kriens. A total of $27,000.00 was awarded. Selection criteria includes academic achievement, financial need, extra-curricular activities, and community service.
The Foundation has been awarding scholarships for over twenty years. In that time approximately 450 students have benefited from these scholarships valuing close to $500,000.00.
These funds have been made available through the community’s outstanding support of The Rotary Club of Antioch’s annual Pork Chop Dinner and Auction which is their primary fund-raising 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.

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.