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These are Rotary's seven Areas of Focus


Rotarians are dedicated to causes that improve lives, increase understanding among the people of the world,
grow peace, create a better world, and end diseases such as polio forever.

Rotarians:

Promote Peace
Fight Disease
Provide Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Save Mothers and Children
Support Education
Grow Local Economies
Protect Our Environment

Learn more here.


Rotary Day of Wellness and Service

We want to make our District Conference a shared experience, despite the fact it will be mostly virtual. To get us out, active and together, we are encouraging every Club, by itself or working with other Clubs, to plan either a wellness or a service event for Saturday, May 22nd. (Activities can also be scheduled for the following day, Sunday, May 23.)

Let's do something for us (wellness) or for others (service) in a safe, socially-distant manner. Rotaractors, Interactors, family members and other non-Rotarians can be invited to join. The goal is to have hundreds of our Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and friends of Rotary active on service and wellness events at the same time. During the District Conference, we will share your photos and video clips of the many activities that take place that weekend.

Each Club should designate someone to take photos and videos of your project. Once they have captured the event, please upload/download your pictures and videos to this Dropbox folder:

Dropbox for Photos and Videos
 
We will put together a special video of the district wide event for the District Conference. 

Please provide DG Chuck with the details of your event (time, place, description, contact person). 


Here are the Day of Wellness & Service projects planned by our Clubs:

Aurora - May 22 - 9:00 am - "Coffee & Yoga" - Yoga in the Park at Lincoln Park in Aurora

Bradley-Bourbonnais / Rotary 609 - May 22 - "Paddle or Pedal" - kayak or bike ride

Brookfield-Riverside - May 22 - Fill the Fridge event

Chicago Citywide Service - May 22 - Hike & Cleanup - Northerly Island, Chicago

Chicago Heights / Park Forest - "Stroll & Roll" - benefiting New Star Service

Chicago Lakeview - May 22 - "Rise & Stride" benefiting Rise Against Hunger - Donate

Chicago Near South - May 22 - 2:00 pm - Outdoor Pilates class - Ping Tom Park, Chicago

Chicago Little Village - June 5 - 5K Race For Peace (Carrera Por La Paz) - 8:00 am - La Villita Park, Chicago

Chicago Rotaract

Chicago Southeast - May 22 - Volunteering at food pantry - Windsor Park Lutheran Church

Darien & Downers Grove - May 22 - 9:00 am - Walk & cleanup & yoga - McCollum Park, Downers Grove

District 6450 - May 22 - 2:00 pm - Relax, Renew and Re-Energize! - virtual relaxation techniques with Pam Brockman - Relax With Rotary Zoom Link - passcode: Rotary6450

Elmhurst - Gardening with residents of Greencastle Home, Elmhurst

Hinsdale - May 15 - 10:00 am - Bikes for Military Kids - Community House, Elmhurst

Kankakee - May 22 - 9:00 am - Club member walk in Kankakee

LaGrange - May 22 - 9:00 am - LaGrange Centennial Park cleanup and pollinator planting

Naperville - 5/16 to 5/23 - "Week of Wellness & Service" - several service projects, blood drive (5/23)

Naperville After Dark - 5/22 - 9:00 am - Bike Ride for Polio, Fredenhagen Park, Naperville

Naperville Downtown - 5/22 - Operation Pollination planting

Oak Forest - 5/23 - Community Garden speaker - local naturalist

Oak Lawn Healthcare - 5/23 - Ronald McDonald House (Oak Lawn) - planting of pollinator plants

Oak Park / River Forest - 5/22 - Walk and Cleanup with Interact Club - Fullerton Woods (River Grove, IL) - 9:00 am - noon; box lunch follows. Register in advance - bookgramma@gmail.com

Orland Park - Walk & Cleanup - Orland Grasslands - 8:00 am - noon

Paul Harris Memorial - 5/22 - cleanup

Paul & Jean Harris Home - 5/23 - cleanup of grounds - Comely Bank

Romeoville - 5/22 - 8:00 am - cleanup of O'Hara Woods Preserve with Interact Club

Rotary/One (Chicago) - 5/23 - kayak river/lake cleanup

Woodridge - 5/23 - 10:00 am - Outdoor yoga class - the Pavilion at Woodridge Park District Athletic Recreation Center






District Conference 2021 will be virtual. 

REGISTER NOW for District Conference 2021

Thursday, June 3 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Friday, June 4 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 5 - 8:15 to 11:00 am


Cost: FREE!

Thursday:
"Telling our Stories"
Highlights of our Club and District projects in 2020-21
Early Childhood Education
iPads for Nursing Homes and Hospitals
Simple Schools Global Grants
Environmental Projects
COVID Relief Projects
Rotaract and Interact Projects

Friday:
"Awards Night"
Club Awards
Individual Awards
Featured Speaker: Harold Green, Chicago Poet and Spoken Word Artist
Optional Afterhours Social Event - BINGO

Saturday:
District Annual Meeting
Memorial Service
Highlights of our Rotary Day of Wellness and Service
Featured Speaker: Rotary International Director Elect and Past District Governor, Nick Scott on "The Future of Rotary"

District Conference 2021 Information



Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

Rotarians and friends celebrated Earth Day 2021 with
cleanup events on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The Rotary Club of Chicago Six Corners led a clean-up of Margate Park, Chicago. 
The Rotary Club of Chicago Citywide Service and
the Chicago Rotary Club coalition headed up a clean-up of Grant Park, Chicago.
The Rotary Club of Aurora Sunrise cleaned at Jericho Lake, Aurora.

Some photos of the events: 
Slideshow
Earth Day 2021

Join Our Pledge to Support

Operation Pollination

 

District 6450 is a proud supporter of Operation Pollination. The District has pledged to take action to support pollinators in our area, and to encourage others to do so as well. We encourage every Rotary, Rotaract, Interact and Early Act Club in our District to sign the Operation Pollination Pledge, Plan a project, and get others in your community involved.

Read our Operation Pollination - District Resolution

Sign our Operation Pollination - Pollination Pledge

 


Direct from the Director - COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, answered our questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations in Illinois.

Watch the recording on YouTube:

COVID-19 in Illinois - Town Hall Meeting


Check out our Panel Discussion on Early Childhood Education and Community Assessments

Hear our expert panel discuss why early childhood development is so important, how their programs improve outcomes for children, how COVID is impacting education and development, learn how we can address inequities in our communities through these programs, and how Rotarians/Rotary Clubs can make a lasting difference in the lives of many.

Go here to view or click on the image below.






Rotary adopts Supporting the Environment
as the Seventh Area of Focus!


The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: Supporting the Environment.

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

Supporting the Environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on July 1, 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus. 


A message on Rotary and Social Justice
from DGE Chuck Corrigan

Social Justice and Rotary





Calendar of Events

Post your club event on the district calendar by emailing news@rotary6450.net.
Check out the District Calendar for club events, there's something going on somewhere almost weekly.

Click on Date for Full Details. See District Events & Calendar For All Annual Activities and Meetings. 


Upcoming Events
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CONTACT THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TEAM


Rotary International 
District 6450, Inc.
400 E. Randolph St., #2305
Chicago, IL 60601
Office@rotary6450.org 


Virtual Office - Voicemail Only:

Please leave message, it will be forwarded to the appropriate leader
(312) 857-6450

The Charitable Foundation of Rotary 6450, Inc.
400 E. Randolph St., #2305
Chicago, IL 60601