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COVID was sent burning by the Rotary Club of Naperville Downtown.

It's not too late to support two local charities with your donations.



The Rotary Clubs in the Chicago area and The Peace School are pleased to announce the award winning Peace Poetry Challenge recipients and share their poetry.  The students in elementary, middle, and high school submitted poetry focused on "What Does Peace Mean to Me" from their personal, community, and world views.  Over 180 written or Spoken Word poetry was submitted in response to the Peace Poetry Challenge.

The student poetry inspires hope, while at the same time, reminds us of the challenges that our students face and the changes they wish to happen. The list of award winners and their written poetry follows along with some of the Spoken Word award videos.

A special "thank you" to the students that contributed their thoughtful and heartfelt poetry and to the teachers and parents/guardians that supported and encouraged the students.  We also are grateful and thankful for all of the poetry reviewers and to the sponsors of the financial awards, especially Naperville Rotary Charities.


Poetry Theme:  “What Does Peace Mean to Me” is the focus of the written or Spoken Word video poetry.  

Elementary School Award
First Place:
McKenzie of Kerkstra Elementary School

Second Place: Andrew of Kerkstra Elementary School
Third Place: Lily of Lee R. Foster Elementary School   

Middle School Award for Written Poetry: 
First place: Olivia of Elm Middle School 
Second Place: Julia of Bret Harte Middle School 
Third Place: Aarav of Skinner West School
Third Place: Norah of Skinner West School
Third Place: Samantha of Horace Greeley School

Middle School Award for Spoken Word Poetry:  
First place: 
Marlina of Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy

High School Award for Written Poetry:  
First place: Tiffany of Tinley Park High School 
Second Place: Kayla of Tinley Park High School

Third Place: Jessica of Southland College Preparatory School
Third Place: Adanma of Whitney Young High School

High School Award for Spoken Word Poetry: 
First place: Aniyah of DRW College Prep

  Second Place: Oswaldo of Whitney Young High School 
Third Place: Karina of Chicago Academy
Third Place:
Jamar of Kenwood Academy

Go here to read the winner's work. 

Coming up in January:
  All Award winners will be able to participate in a live webinar, with their parent or guardian permission, where they will recite their poem or show/share their spoken word video.


Pioneers for Polio Campaign

Great news - we have reached our target for our Pioneers for Polio Campaign, and then some! Our goal was $30,000, and including our local matching grants we raised over $51,000! With matching from the Gates Foundation and all of our local matching included, we raised over $153,000 for End Polio Now in the month of October!

We thank each and every Rotary Club and individual Rotarian who contributed. District 6450 has great Rotarians who realize the importance of supporting The Rotary Foundation's mission to End Polio Now!

Many thanks to PDG debi Ross, our District Polio Chair, for her outstanding efforts reaching out to all of our Clubs!

District 6450 receives multiple Zone awards for

Foundation giving for 2019-20!

The awards were presented on November 17th to recognize Districts within Zones 29 and 25B for support of The Rotary Foundation in 2019-2020. Key speakers were Rotary International President Nominee, Jennifer Jones, Rotary International Director Suzi Howe, and Rotary Foundation Trustee Jorge Aufranc. The evening was moderated by PDG Pat Merryweather-Arges, of the Rotary Club of Naperville, who serves as a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and who will serve as Rotary International Director beginning in 2022.

Awards received:

2nd in Zone for percent of our Rotarians who gave at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation last year (EREY): 60%

2nd in Zone for percent of our Rotarians who are members of the Paul Harris Society

3rd in Zone for total giving to the Foundation per capita: $292 per Rotarian

Check out our Panel Discussions 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.

Listen to our dynamic discussion with Rotary Foundation Cadre, Wade Nomura, on how Community Assessments improve the impact and sustainability of global grants. Wade draws on his extensive experience working on 200 charitable projects and 50 international project missions. Rotarians can apply these learnings to ensure our projects are as successful transforming lives, as possible.

Jennifer Jones Selected to Serve as Rotary President in 2022-23!


Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been  nominated to become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor.

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The Rotary Network is a platform for Rotarians to find jobs, access career counseling, network for business, share ideas, join a Rotary Fellowship - Rotary Means Business, and gain financial insights to grow your business in the face of a pandemic. 

To have someone present information on The Rotary Network to your Club,
please email RotaryNetwork @  

Check out The Rotary Network HERE.

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

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