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Todd Bol started the Little Free Library in 2009 in honor of his late mother, and the idea spread across the country and around the world. Many District 6440 clubs participate in this literacy community service project. Bol dies this week at age 62, just weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist remembers a life well-lived.
 
There is a special bond between Rotary clubs and Operation Warm. Starting as a small project in 1998 at the Rotary Club of Longwood of Kennett Square, District 7450, it has grown into a program supported by Rotarians and other organizations across North America. District 6440 joined in in 2009.
 
Three Reasons Rotary Clubs and Operation Warm Are a Great Fit
For both Rotarians and Operation Warm, the interest that binds is the commitment of service to those in need, the love of the positive work we do and our loyalty to each other.
 
“Rotarians believe in ‘Service Above Self’ and Rotary clubs are deeply involved in their communities,” says Rich Lalley, Operation Warm’s Development Director and Past President of the Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield. Rich was introduced to Operation Warm at PETS Training in 2009.
The District 6440 Governor Nominating Committee has selected Kevin Stevens as District Governor Nominee Designate for the 2021-22 Rotary year.
 
Kevin Stevens is a member of the Rotary Club of North Chicago where he has served as President, Foundation Chair, Membership Chair and coordinator for The Rotary Humanitarian Patriot Awards and The Rotary Road Trip to Miller Park military veterans events.  He is currently the club’s Charter Organization Representative for Cub Scout Pack 621 in North Chicago.   Beyond his club engagement Kevin serves as Assistant Governor Coordinator, Assistant Governor and Veteran Affairs Liaison for District 6440.  Kevin also serves on the Midwest PETS council and is a member of the District 6440 Club Visioning team.   
Within developing countries, unsafe water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene together create a high-risk situation for school age children leading to disease and contribute to deaths from malnutrition.  Unsafe water is not only linked with health, it also affects education for children.  When they get sick from diarrhea and other water borne diseases, school attendance is severely affected.  The impact/consequences are poor education and challenges for better future. 
 
The adolescent girls in schools have unique added challenges due to lack of menstrual hygiene knowledge, resources and facilities.  Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) has three facets: replacing the silence and shame of menstruation with pride and confidence; equipping women and girls with the knowledge and means to manage their menstruation hygienically and with dignity; and providing means for the safe disposal of menstrual waste.  Providing MHM in schools encourages adolescent girls to continue their education, improving their long-term development and self-confidence.

Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.

“As individuals, we can only do so much,” Gupta said in a statement. “But when 1.2 million Rotarians work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and in the process, we can truly change the world.”

Guatemala is the northeast country of Central America.  Sacatepéquez is one of its Departments (state) with 16 municipalities, Sumpango being one of them.  Recent study has shown that the percentage of indigenous population in this Department is high and there are more women than men.  Its main source of income, besides tourism, is agriculture including coffee, sugar cane, wheat, corn, beans etc.  For handicrafts, it is one of the most important departments where typical fabrics are made, and many typical costumes are worn by the indigenous people. There is significant poverty with very limited opportunities for employment and businesses.
In the early morning hours of February 23, 2018, Rotarians participating in the District 6440 International Service trip departed O’Hare Airport, heading to Ak’ Tenamit in the jungles of eastern Guatemala.
 
District 6440 has had a long standing relationship with Ak’ Tenamit, which means "New Village' in the Q'eqchi' language, with both the District and Clubs within the District completing a number of projects at the site over the past several years. The school and health clinic are located in Eastern Guatemala on the Dulce River. The school includes grades 7 through 12 and there  are over  500 students enrolled in the program.
Did you know that the District 6440 website receives over 20,000 visits each year? Most from active Rotarians right here in our District.
 
Your business or club can now advertise on the site. Ad can be purchased to run for 1 year or 3 months. Proceeds will benefit Operations of our District, including paying for our annual ClubRunner license.
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