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Summer beckons, and we’re coming out of the pandemic, but it’s not yet practical for us to gather in large numbers.   But we still want to have a District Conference, to celebrate our accomplishments, learn something, and especially, be inspired. Instead, this District Conference will be virtual, put on with the help of and in collaboration with a number of clubs. 

All sessions are one hour in length.  Download the District Conference Flyer, with information on each speaker.


The Libertyville Sunrise, Buffalo Grove and Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates clubs are meeting in person, and can accommodate a limited number of guests for their session.  See http://bit.ly/IN-PERSONDC6440 for information.



“Collaborating with Toastmasters will provide our members with even more opportunities to develop and improve their leadership and communication skills,” said John Hewko, general secretary and CEO of Rotary International. “In turn, members of Toastmasters can connect with more people, take advantage of new speaking and learning opportunities, and make a difference in their communities through Rotary."
”The strategic alliance with Rotary is exciting and allows both organizations to leverage our unique and similar strengths,” says Deepak Menon, Toastmasters' 2019-20 International President. “We look forward to providing our current and prospective members with ongoing additional offerings that meet their evolving needs.”

With its first unofficial meeting held in Bloomington, Ill., in March 1905, Toastmasters is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they learn how to be more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. Toastmasters’ vision for the ongoing collaboration with Rotary is to change more lives for the better, and positively impact communities around the world.

Five major public hospitals and SIAS in Guatemala have been provided essential medical equipment and personal protection accessories to benefit approximately 3,500 front line health workers against COVID-19.   SIAS (Sistema Integral de Atención en Salud) is in charge of planning for first and second level medical attention countrywide, and as such in charge of distributing personal protection equipment to health care workers.
Guatemala Sur Rotary Club in partnership with Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club received a Global grant from The Rotary Foundation for USD $300,988 to purchase and distribute the essential equipment to various facilities.
Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club responded to the needs of over 2,000 people in Cobán, Guatemala, a community hard hit by Hurricane Lota in late October 2020, and two weeks later by Hurricane Eta.   The two hurricanes resulted in flooding, mudslides and landslides leaving the inhabitants without water, food, clothing, a place to live, or jobs.  All this while dealing with Covid-19 pandemic.  The needs were fulfilled by distributing 315 packages containing food and sanitary items, each being a week’s supply per family.
Based on preliminary discussions with Guatemala Sur Club members, we learned that there were many organizations raising funds and providing help.  However, it remained unclear how these various organizations would provide help.  The details covering what is being provided, by whom, on what timeline were not available.  The Guatemala Sur club identified food as the most pressing need and vetted agencies most equipped to successfully meet the needs.  They suggested helping the village of Cobán, a community about four and a half hours north of Guatemala City.  In earlier grants we had established a relationship with residents of Cobán with the installation of a mechanical cow.  They are also on a waiting list for the installation of an X-Ray machine.
This week RI President Elect Shekhar Mehta announced to the International Assembly of District Governors Elect that the 2021-22 Rotary International theme is:
You may have already witnessed RIPE Mehta discussing his guiding philosophy that "service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth."  Shekhar suggests that Rotarians are defined by opportunities of service; not necessarily the size of the service - but the attitude of service.  This attitude is evidenced in Rotary's record - and we keep serving because we want to change lives.  As we serve we do not only change the lives of others, we change our life as well.
You can watch Shekhar's story of personal transformation and complete conversation with the 2021-22 Governors here:  https://www.rotary.org/en/shekhar-mehta-says-serving-others-changes-lives-including-our-own


District 6440 is renewing the Public Image Grant Program for 2020-2021 to spur new marketing materials and spread the great Rotary name and logo.  The Grant Program provides matching grants (up to $500 per club) for new brochures, road signs, banners, inflatable signs, logo wear, Facebook/newspaper/movie theater advertising, member recruiting materials, community fair signage and much more.  We want new positive marketing materials that bolster Rotary visibility in each community.
These new Rotary marketing materials can help your club gain positive visibility, recruit new members (a big District priority), strengthen your image and enhance community service projects. 
To understand and apply for grants, click here.
The District 6440 Nominating Committee has selected Mary Bak to be District Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year.  A member of the Rotary Club of Glenview Sunrise, she currently serves the District as Grants Committee Chair.  Mary is a past District Secretary, Assistant Governor, and Club President, has been a member of the District Visioning Team, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
The Nominating Committee also selected PDG Julie Clark of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates to be Vice-Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.  
Congratulations to Mary and Julie and thank you for your commitment to Rotary and our District! 
District 6440 Rotarians--please know that Rotary has reiterated its no tolerance for racism policy.
We are committed to our guiding principles as stated in the Four Way Test-
Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH ? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it Build Good Will and better friendships? Is it Beneficial to all concerned?
At this challenging, time let us remember our Core Values: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership. Now, more than ever, the world needs Rotary to lead the way.
-A Message from Rotary International-
The District Virtual Meeting Committee has published a new Virtual Meeting Training Resources page.  New resources include Rotary branded virtual backgrounds, a keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet for PC and Mac,, and a link to a Harvard Business Review article on keys to running great virtual meetings. You can also find our Guide Using Zoom presentation. Other resources will be added as they are identified. 
While we are staying at home, why not visit other Rotary club virtual meetings. Here's a listing of when clubs are meeting and who to contact to get the Zoom link for their meetings.   
The Rotary District 6440 Charitable Fund Inc. has been established to accept donations to fund charitable and educational activities developed and sponsored by Rotary District 6440, the individual Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 6440, and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. These include community service projects and international service projects generally in the following areas of focus.
•             Prevention and resolution of conflicts and the promotion of peace
•             Prevention and treatment of disease
•             Clean water and sanitation
•             Maternal and child health
•             Basic education and literacy
•             Economic and community development