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Date: 12/23/2020
Subject: Rotary - District Update - December
From: DG Chuck Corrigan

Governor's Update - December 2020
At the halfway point in the Rotary Year, we look forward with hope to 2021. Rotarians in our District continue to serve, to fundraise, and to open opportunities for others.

Merry Christmas 2020

Have a Joyous Holiday Season!

However you celebrate this Holiday Season, may it be filled with joy and peace.

In 2021, may Santa bring us all:
  • a safe and effective COVID vaccine
  • the comfort of family and friends
  • hugs from children and grandchildren
  • the growth of positive peace in our communities
  • children safely back in school
  • safe in-person Rotary Club meetings, fundraisers and events
  • the ability to safely travel, dine out, get a haircut, and leisurely shop
Not too much to ask, we hope! 

Start Planning for an Earth Day Project
District 6450 is joining Districts that surround the Great Lakes to plan clean-up activities around Earth Day.
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22nd, but Clubs are invited to plan outdoor clean-up events for any day that week, especially on Saturday, April 24th.
We hope to have hundreds of Rotarians from all of those Districts to be out that day cleaning up areas in the Great Lakes Watershed.
For us, that means along Lake Michigan from the beaches in Rogers Park in the north to South Shore and Rainbow beaches in the south.
Every Club can plan its own event. Please work with District Environmental Committee chair Manon Lyketsos to coordinate and publicize your activities.
This can be a great way to get family members, friends, and folks who are not yet Rotarians involved in an inexpensive hands-on activity.
Contact Manon for more information.

Club Dues Update
Your District Board of Directors has agreed to a dues credit equal to $20 per member, reflected on the dues invoice issued to each Club on February 1st. To be eligible for this credit, your Club needs to be up to date on its current dues, have selected your President elect, submitted your required annual goals for this year, and be compliant with the District's Youth Protection Policy. All of these can easily be achieved, so we hope that every Club can take advantage of the dues credit.
For a club of 20 members, this will be a savings of $400, which can be passed along to the Club members or used for a Club project or donation. It is up to your Club to determine how it is used.
This credit is available because our District, due to COVID, will not be paying for all of the expenses that were budgeted for the year, and we do not wish to collect funds we will not need to spend.
Contact District Governor Chuck Corrigan if your have any questions.
Cell: (630) 853-9461

District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee


The District Board recently agreed to form a District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.


That committee will have its organizational meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, January 5th, at 6:30 pm. About a half-dozen Rotarians have already expressed interest in serving on this new committee, but all are welcome to join the Zoom and consider joining the committee.

The inaugural meeting will include planning of the scope and mission of the Committee, so if you have an interest in this area, now is the time to participate!

Topic: District 6450 Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Organizational Meeting

Time: Jan 5, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US)


Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 571 963 0382

Passcode: 1905


Club President's Roundtable -
January 5, 6:30 pm
Club Presidents and all District leaders, Assistant Governors, and Club Presidents-Elect are invited to our quarterly virtual Club Presidents Roundtable. 
This is a chance to share ideas and information on upcoming events, and to hear the latest on District and Rotary International news and activities.
Please feel free to join in.

Topic: Club Presidents Roundtable

Time: Jan 4, 2021  6:30 PM Central Time (US)


Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 571 963 0382

Passcode: 1905

Help Plan our District Conference!
Due to COVID, our District Conference in 2021 needs to be planned as a virtual event.
That doesn't mean we can't have fun, anyway!
Please join our virtual planning meeting for Virtual District Conference 2021 on Thursday, January 7th, at 6:30 pm.
Many hands make light work, and the more the merrier!

Topic: District Conference Committee Meeting

Time: Jan 7, 2021  6:30 PM Central Time (US)


Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 630 853 9461

Passcode: Fun2021

Help Grow Rotary!
Ever heard of a Rotary Passport Club?

A passport club is an alternative Rotary Club for those who do not wish to meet as often as a typical Rotary Club, but instead get together for hands-on service activities organized by their members or working with another Rotary Club. Several individuals have come together to form a Rotary Passport Club centered in Chicago within Rotary District 6450, incorporating flexibility with a strong focus on hands-on humanitarian service. Rather than weekly meetings with programs and/or speakers, this Club will have at a minimum two to three "meetings" per month. One of the meetings will be a social/planning meeting and the remaining meetings will be hands-on service projects.  Members will commit to engage in at least 40 hours of hands-on service per year. Passport club members will be encouraged to attend District Conferences, the RI Convention and other training events and to attend club meetings elsewhere in the District to identify potential service partnerships and to connect with other Rotarians.

The goal is not to draw members from other Clubs in the District, rather to attract individuals who cannot join a traditional Rotary Club.

The ultimate goal is to increase Rotary membership in general and create an army of volunteers to work on the many issues’ Rotary addresses!

You likely know former Rotarians, retirees, professionals whose schedules preclude participation in a traditional Rotary Club, and couples wishing to consider a shared Rotary family experience, who might be interested in the Passport Club. Encourage them to consider it.
For information, contact Rotarian Jim Wales, the new Club's organizer:
Jim can be reached by phone or email:
Email: Jim Wales
Cell: 847-815-9459

Speaking of membership, Rotary District 6450 is actively seeking to grow Rotary and Rotaract in our District. A few of our Clubs have lost some members during this pandemic, but most Clubs are either adding members (16 clubs) or holding steady (20 clubs). We have great members, and there are many great people out there who are looking for something like Rotary.
Assistant Governor Talei Thomson recently shared that his club (Maywood-Proviso) has added a net of three great new members. As an example, he mentioned Jourdan Sorrel. Jordan helps small businesses, local governments and nonprofits stay focused and connected while executing large-scale programs. Jourdan is an ardent supporter of inclusive economic development and supplier diversity as the Director of Public Policy and Research for Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore. Welcome, Jourdan, and all of our new members to Rotary. You've made a great decision!
District Membership Chair Linda Kemp and her committee members would be thrilled to work with your Club to plan ways to grow.
New Clubs are being planned. Mera Johnson is heading that effort, and she has had formational meetings with folks looking to establish a Latinx club in the Aurora area, and a District-wide Veterans club. Please let Mera know if you can help recruit people to join these fledgling clubs;
Mera's email: Mera Johnson

Chuck Corrigan
District Governor 2020-21
mobile: (630) 853-9461
To schedule a Zoom meeting with DG Chuck, go to: Schedule a Zoom with DG Chuck
Rotary International District 6450, Inc.