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District 6440 is participating in 5 Charity Run/Walks this year, providing an easy way for Clubs and Rotarians to enjoy a family friendly morning out while raising awareness and funds for The Rotary Foundation's End Polio and Annual Fund campaigns.  The culmination of our success will be reflected in how many club and community members participate in each Sectors' Rotary Days. Sign up at the individual race website (or call your Assistant Governor) to obtain donation sheets for your club. Club Presidents, follow your weekly bulletins for more information about upcoming events -- the next few weeks will be chock-full of opportunities to expand your membership, and add to your fundraising efforts.
Here is a list of the events so far: 
  • Central Sector: LONG GROVE HERITAGE RUN/WALK - SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 and TOUR d'ARLINGTON COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE (for description click here
  • Northeast Sector: INDEPENDENCE GROVE - SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
  • Northwest Sector: CORN STALK SHUFFLE - OCTOBER 18, 2014  Website tbd
  • Southwest Sector: PRAIRIE RACE FOR ROTARY - Date and Website tbd
Mark your calendars...Get your running/walking/biking shoes...and Join in the fun.  If you've got a conflict, join the race in another sector !!

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

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.


"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.

Learn more at


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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