It is hard to think that we are already in February. With 5 months to go, there is still plenty to do in this Rotary Year. We do have our theme for next year, “Be the Inspiration” which our Presidents elect will hear more about at PETS, but this is still the year of “Making a Difference”. February is "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. Check out the Rotary Service Blog, Service Blog
Many things have happened in our District during the last 30 days. We had our last President’s Roundtable of our Rotary year. We had about 40 attend and had a great exchange of ideas and some information about a tree program called “Plant With Purpose”. We have agreed to match dollar for up to 2,000 so we can complete RI President Ian Riseley’s goal of one tree per member this year. Speaking of Ian Risely’s goals, I am reminding clubs to record all of your hours of service and dollars you have committed to projects and post those in My Rotary so we can complete Ian’s initiative with 100% participation. We also had two other presentations at the Roundtable. One by Pat Merriweather about the Peace Conference on June 2, Presidential Peace Building Conference - Peacebuilding Through Education and Literacy, and also one from debi Ross, our DGN about the Empower Leaders program on Saturday April 14 at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Empower Leaders - 4/14/2018.
Presidential citations are due in a few months. Remember, completing this is not just so you look good, but it allows you to set and achieve goals which will make your clubs stronger. We have been reminding you of the importance of this and hope you are all working towards a citation. Your membership will become more engaged. 2017 - 2018 Presidential Citation
Speaking of membership, we have seen a slight drop, again, in the district. Some clubs are doing a great job in recruiting, others are not. We had a 3 district membership seminar/meeting on Saturday the 27th of January. It was a great meeting and our district had 10 in attendance. It was the governor chain, two district officers and our the district membership task force. We are excited about the prospects of growing our membership and having a great partnership with districts 6440 and 6420. More to come on services, tools and training to assist in club growth.
I bet you have all hear of District Conference and Annual Meeting and I saw that many of you took advantage of the early bird discount. Well thank you, but we still have plenty of room. Click here for more information so you can see what it is all about. District Annual Conference - 5/5-6/2018 Amazing speakers, and great networking. With President Elect attendance, we have 135 so far, so please take a look and join in. For a flyer to print, Click Here. Also, join Club Pride Expo and Night, Club Pride Night Table Order
Did I mention PETS, that is coming up the first week-end of March and all of our president elects are required to be there. Make sure you are there on Friday as you will see the new Rotary Iron Lung trailer that we partnered with Districts 6440 and 6420 to purchase. This is a rolling museum dedicated to polio eradication. You can rent this for $100.00/day for your special events. The information is here.
Another big opportunity is to go to International Convention in Toronto at the end of June. We already have about 90 people from the district that will be in attendance, and the total attendance already is over 33,000. Make sure you register because if you really want to attend a close convention, this is it. The next North America/USA based conventions are 2020 in Honolulu and 2022 in Houston.
There are a few things happening in February. We have the Global Grants training and Development seminar on Saturday, February 3rd. You can register on the district website. There have been some changes and they will cover these in the meeting. On the 8th is the Oak Forest trivia night, on the 10th, Naperville Rotary has an International Service Summit and on the 15th, there are two events, the Aurora Club annual dinner and Auction as well as the 113th birthday bash downtown sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago. All of these are on the website as well, see the CALENDAR or the links below. Finally, on February 24th, there is a Young Leaders Summit in Western Springs. And more....check out the calendar and below.
Rotary Foundation giving is about on par, but remember, the good we do in our communities that comes from grants is in direct proportion to our contributions to the RI foundation. I know that many members have not contributed yet this year and some have never contributed. It is very easy. You can set up payments on a credit card for any amount on a monthly basis. If you have never donated, how about $10.00/month?
Finally, as I close this newsletter, I want to say good bye to a good friend of our District and a very committed Rotarian/Rotaracter. Dennis Evashenk is leaving the area for a new opportunity. We will truly miss his commitment to our District as well as the Rotaract Club of Chicago. If you get a moment, send him a kind thought or a message. Here's his email (email@example.com ) to make it easy for you. That is all for now.