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Registration is LIVE for our District 6440 Annual Conference "Celebrate Changing Lives!"
Please visit our conference website and register to join us May 20-22 at Lake Geneva for an engaging, relaxing and entertaining weekend of fellowship and celebrations!
Bring your family, and bring your club banner!
>  Golfers - Bring your game for our Friday morning scramble on The Highlands!  Challenge yourself for our $10,000 Hole in One!
>  Families and friends can enjoy our off site excursions and the waterpark at Timber Ridge!  Downtown Lake Geneva is just a few minutes away if you wish to wander.  Join us Friday afternoon and challenge your friends at our Pasta Jenga and Food Art competitions - which also serves as a food drive for the Lake Geneva Food Pantry.
>  Special Conference Hotel Room Rate is available until April 19th!
>  Purchase your conference gear through the conference website as well.  All gear ordered prior to May 1st will be delivered in your conference registration bag.  Non attendees can also order gear to be direct shipped to your home.
>  Please also visit our Sponsor page and consider how you, your program and your club can benefit from supporting our conference.
>  Saturday is set up as a commuter day for those guests who are not planning to stay at the hotel.
Congratulations to the 122 Rotarian Charter Members of the PolioPlus Society  representing 39 of District 6440’s sixty seven clubs as of May 2022.
Six weeks remain to become a Charter Member.  The Roster will be updated again at the end of  June.  All donations from July 1-June 30 of this Rotary year count toward Charter Member status.
There are two steps to becoming a Charter Member—PLEDGE  to donate $100 per year until Polio is eradicated and DONATE to the Polio Fund. For more information, click here
If you or your club is not represented on this list, there is still time to be included in the June update!
Kudos to these committed Rotarians and their clubs!

Rotary International's monthly theme for April is Maternal and Child Health!

Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes. At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

Maternal and Child Health Care is also recognized as one of Rotary’s Seven Areas of Focus.

To get more information and read news about Rotary's work to promote maternal and child health, click HERE

It is time to Serve and Grow!
Jump on board for the Governor's Month of Service Challenge!  
It's pretty simple, and the impact will be incredible!
Check you email for details and bring your project ideas to your next club meeting!  
FROM:  DG Kevin Stevens
March 24, 2022
The conflict in Ukraine and the resulting desire to offer help and assistance through Rotary has resulted in a number of options that the District is making available for D6440 Clubs which have not used all of their District Designated Funds (DDF) for 2021-22.  The attached file shows how much your club has left, if any; see the column highlighted in blue. 
By District policy, this DDF can normally only be earmarked for Global Grants, and to do so requires an equivalent cash match.  The club forfeits any DDF Eligibility unused by June 30.
However, it’s an extraordinary year.  
The Governors Line and the Grants Committee have agreed to renew the opportunity that was offered last year to utilize DDF without a requirement for a cash match
How Much DDF does my Club have available for a Global Grant? Here is a link to the DDF eligibility by club as of 3/18/22.  DDF Eligibility 2021-22 as of 3.18.22 The “blue column” shows your club’s available DDF. 
What does that mean to your club?  Options are available: 
  • Your club can donate your DDF eligibility to one of three Rotary Foundation causes:
    • the Disaster Response Fund
    • End Polio Now Fund, or 
    • Peacebuilding (supporting Rotary’s Peace Institutes and Peace Fellows program).  
  • HOW CAN WE MAKE A DONATION?  Submit your designation via this form: 
Special Note:  Donate your DDF to the Disaster Response Fund prior to April 23 to benefit the Ukraine War Relief efforts. If your club DDF contribution is guided to the Disaster Relief Fund after April 23 but before May 31, 2022, it will be directed to the general Disaster Response Fund. 
  • If you want to support a fellow D6440 club, there are multiple clubs working to submit Global Grants. Please contact Randy Wear, Global Grants Chair, globalgrants@rotary6440.org, for information.  They would appreciate your DDF.  Please consider their proposal if approached.
    • Submit your request for Global Grant DDF to the District Grant Committee VIA THIS FORM.  Only submissions received by 5/31 will not require a cash match.  
    • Inform the Club originating the Global Grant how much DDF you will contribute to their project.
We’ve scheduled a short Zoom meeting for Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00pm, to answer your questions on this opportunity.  Connect here. If you need it, the Meeting ID is 869 7615 3618, and the Passcode is 095152. The session will be recorded for those of you unable to attend. 
We encourage your club to put its money to good use.  Make a decision, fill out the forms, and submit.  The District will confirm receipt of your forms. 
And should you have questions, contact Grants Committee Chair Mary Jablonsky, mljablonsky@comcast.net or Global Grants Chair Randy Wear (globalgrants@rotary6440.org or 847-878-8008).
District 6440 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) conference is back! Sixty amazing, fun and wonderful high school students from Northeast Illinois are engaging and elevating at Camp Edwards in East Troy, Wisconsin. Applications for our April 7-10 conference are still being accepted through your local Rotary Club. More information can be found at THIS LINK!
Rotarians and Friends:
Please see the below message to our District 6440 community regarding support for Ukraine.
Thank you for your inquiries and all you do as servants to humanity!
Kevin Stevens
March 5, 2022
Dear Rotarian,
Over the past several days we have been stunned by the unfathomable devastation being wrought on the people of Ukraine. While the destruction and human toll is heart wrenching, I am once again inspired by the impulsive desire of Rotarians to provide support and comfort.
Many members of District 6440 are inquiring how we might best support efforts in this crisis. We have evaluated several ongoing activities and communicated with Rotary leadership seeking guidance how you as individuals and/or clubs may take action. In that spirit I am writing this email to inform you of several ways that you and your Rotary club can provide aid. This is certainly not all inclusive, and we encourage you to support any legitimate humanitarian efforts as you may desire.
1. For those who would like to donate through the District 6440 Charitable Fund we have activated an online Ukraine donation portal. Once we have collected significant funds we will determine where to best contribute for relief efforts. Please select option one at this link to donate through District 6440: https://form.jotform.com/62386028569971
2: Our River Cities club has a well established relationship with the Rotary Club of Kyiv International and is directly supporting their efforts on the ground providing food, blankets, hygiene and baby needs. The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield is supporting this effort with the opportunity to expedite your charitable donation using this secure link or texting Aid4Ukraine to 44321. Checks can also be made payable to Rotary Club of River Cities and delivered to club treasurer Alex Todd at Prospect Heights Library, 12 Elm Street in Prospect Heights, 60070. The club goal is $5,000.00 by Tuesday. Can we double that?
3. Rotary International partner Shelter Box is fully engaged and on the ground in Ukraine. You can learn more about their objectives and directly support their efforts here.
4. Last but not least, the Rotary Foundation has established a specific Ukraine Disaster Response Channel supporting humanitarian efforts. Clubs in the region and offering direct support can apply for expedited grants of up to $50,000.00. The Foundation also provides guidance on additional opportunities and an update on partnerships and efforts that RI is engaging. For more information and to support this specific campaign visit THIS LINK.
In the coming weeks and months, there will certainly be additional opportunities to provide support. Please keep an eye on your inbox and the District Facebook page - we will provide more information when practical as it becomes available.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me - and I thank you in advance for your benevolence.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is the main organization supplying local food pantries and other deserving organizations through the Collar Counties. It’s a great body that many Rotary clubs support.
While many Fox Valley and West Suburban Rotary Clubs regularly help at the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Geneva location, the organization would love to have Lake County Rotarians volunteer at their Park City site, just south of Gurnee.  It could be a great club service project that can include the youth groups we support and non-Rotarian helpers.
Please consider organizing a project to meet their need. Contact the Park City location for more information:
NIFB – North Suburban
440 Keller Drive
Park City, IL 60085
Telephone: 847-336-3663
Fax: 847-693-3087
Want to tell hundreds to thousands of qualified local businesspeople and community leaders why your Rotary club would be great for them – and get their names and contacts?
Our District 6440 has developed a new Membership Development Program to help clubs generate qualified member leads.  We’re offering this as a Pilot Program now, hoping that three or four clubs will participate, and expand it later to all District clubs.
The campaign places "Join Rotary" Internet ads on the computers, phones and tablets of hundreds-to-thousands of your local Chamber of Commerce members, once or twice per day for two months.  If someone clicks on it, they'll see a one-minute landing page video for your Rotary club where the club president summarizes your club and shows four or five pictures of your best service projects and fundraisers.  If interested, viewers click to enter their name, email address and phone -- and this lead goes directly to your Membership Chair. 
(We can make this work if there are two or three clubs in your suburb who participate together.)
District 6440 is renewing the popular Public Image Grant Program for 2021-2022 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 APPROVED 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. And our District could reduce your cost.
To understand and apply for grants, click here.
We are excited to launch the District 6440 PolioPlus Society to support Rotary’s promise and recently announced endgame strategy to achieve and sustain a polio-free world. We encourage all District 6440 members to become a Charter Member today! 
PolioPlus Society members pledge to donate $100 per Rotary Year to the Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Fund until the world is certified polio-free. To become a Charter Member, make your pledge and donate $100 to the PolioPlus Fund by June 30, 2022.
Charter Members will receive a specially designed limited edition Recognition Pin! They will also receive special recognition at District Rotary Foundation events.
The District 6440 Nominating Committee has selected Thor Davidson to be District Governor for the 2024-2025 Rotary year. A member of the Rotary Club of Wheaton, he currently serves the District as Assistant Governor and his club as Public Image Chair. Thor is a past President of the Wheaton club, and has been a Rotarian for 20 years.
The Nominating Committee also selected PDG Rodney Adams of the Rotary Club of River Cities to be Vice-Governor for the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  
Congratulations to Thor and Rodney, and thank you for your commitment to Rotary and our District! 
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