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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! 
Now’s the time to get ready for Rotary Youth Exchanges starting July 2022.  Club Commitment forms are due October 1st.
 
District 6440 is seeking Clubs willing to host for 2022-23 School Year.  A special $1000 kickoff District fee discount if being offered for the first 10 students hosted.  To qualify clubs must submit Club Commitment Forms for Hosting by October 1.
 
We are also seeking students interested in experiencing one of the two exchange programs.   The deadline for club approved candidate preliminary applications and the Club Commitment forms for Sponsoring are October 1 for 2022-23 Long Term Exchange program and December 1 for 2022 Summer Reciprocal Short-term Exchange program. Clubs are requested to vet the candidate by interviewing the student and families before agreeing to sponsor a student. 
 
Checkout the Rotary Youth Exchange page for instructions, forms, brochures, presentations and videos to help plan for exchanges, and find students & host families.   Remember to adjust the preliminary application with your club information before sharing the document and/or link to your website with your local High Schools.
 
A word about Covid-19:  Please note that the safety and welfare of all participants and volunteers of Rotary Youth Exchange is important.  We will proceed with program only if we are comfortable and feel confident we can provide safe and enriching exchanges. Therefore, we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation and will adjust or cancel the program if needed.
 
If you need further assistants or have questions, please contact us at RYE.Chair@rotary6440.org.
“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.

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.
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 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