Governor's Update - March 2021
Warmer days have arrived, and the snow is disappearing. Every day more people are receiving a dose of one of the COVID vaccines, and we can begin to imagine our lives returning to normal.
A few of our Clubs have begun to meet again in person, usually offered a virtual attendance option. We urge caution, social distancing, hand cleansing, and masking for our gatherings.
It is time to start planning safe, socially-distant projects that carry out our mission of Service. Below, you will see opportunities to do so.
Do an Earth Day Project!
Clubs are invited to plan outdoor clean-up events for the week of Earth Day 2021, especially on Saturday, April 24th.
The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is a multi-district plan to focus Rotarians’ attention to all 5 of the Great Lakes and streams and waterways feeding them. Our goal is to make this the single largest cleanup event ever planned and coinciding with Earth Day 2021 on the Great Lakes Watershed. The Great Lakes contains almost 20% of the world’s fresh water and is arguably the largest source of fresh water on the planet. It borders 8 states and 2 Canadian provinces and has 9,577 miles (15,323 kilometers) of shoreline. So far 15 Districts, 100’s of Clubs, and thousands of Rotary volunteers (Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors) have agreed to participate.
Every Club can plan its own event. Please keep District Environmental Committee chair Manon Lyketsos informed to help publicize your activities. This can be a great way to get family members, friends, and folks who are not yet Rotarians involved in a hands-on service activity.
Contact Manon for more information.
A Rotary Day of Wellness and Service - Saturday, May 22
It has been a stressful year year, thanks to COVID, and the idea of this day is to 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. During the virtual part of our District Conference, we will share your photos and video clips of the many activities that take place that weekend.
Examples of wellness activities – Club members walking together in a park or along a local river, a group outdoor yoga or meditation activity, or a group bike ride.
Examples of service activities – an Operation Pollination project, a park clean-up project, or working with a food pantry to distribute food.
The goal is to have hundreds of our Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and friends of Rotary active on the same day – Saturday, May 22. (Activities can also be scheduled for the following day, Sunday, May 23.)
To encourage participation, we are offering $100 per Club (including Rotaract and Interact clubs) to pay for any costs associated with your activity that weekend. Clubs are encouraged to collaborate. Please provide DG Chuck with the details of your event (time, place, description, contact person) by March 31, 2021, so we can publish a list of the activities being offered.
Rotary Day of Wellness and Service
Join Our Pledge to Support
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
Welcome to our Newest Rotary Clubs!
We chartered two new Rotary Clubs recently!
The Rotary Satellite Club of Kankakee-Iroquois County was approved on February 1st! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bradley-Bourbonnais, the new Club will attract members throughout the River Valley. Not limited to any one community, but reflective of the area. Hence the nickname – Rotary 609.
This Club is positioned as a Club of action, involvement, and empowerment. Meetings will be at locations and times that are most convenient for the members. Initiatives and interactions will be those as identified by the Members as most critical to the Kankakee and Iroquois County area.
For information, contact Charter Chair Emily Browning, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chartered on March 3rd was the Rotary Club of Chicago Citywide Service. This Club will act like a passport club, meeting virtually or in person once a month to consider Club business and plan events, and then doing hands-on service projects once or twice a month in the Chicago area. The Club chartered with 29 Rotarians, most of whom are new to Rotary.
For information, contact Jim Wales, the new Club's Charter President: Email: Jim Wales.
Congratulations to both Clubs!
Register NOW for District Conference!
Due to COVID, our District Conference in 2021 will be a virtual event.
That doesn't mean we can't have fun, anyway!
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
"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
COVID Relief Projects
Rotaract and Interact Projects
Optional Afterhours Social Event
District Annual Meeting
Highlights of our Rotary Day of Wellness and Service
The first 300 to register for District Conference will receive a
Conference swag bag containing:
a District Conference 2021 pen
a District 6450 "Birthplace of Rotary" pin
a small hand sanitizer
an informational packet on Fellowships and Club events
a Conference Program
seed packets for Milkweed or other pollinating plants
information on a special District Conference discount to Russell Hampton
2 raffle tickets for fabulous prizes, and more!
The first 100 to register will receive all of the above,
plus 2 extra Raffle tickets, plus additional surprises!
District Governor 2020-21
mobile: (630) 853-9461
Rotary International District 6450, Inc.