Dear Club Presidents:
District news for you:
District Conference - Save the Dates
District Conference this year will be unlike anything we have done previously. This is out of necessity, due to COVID, but it really is an opportunity to make it more inclusive and accessible than ever before. We know that the cost of District Conference has kept many Rotarians away in the past. This year, it will cost nothing to participate. That's right - free!
We will conduct a virtual event for the most part, but will encourage in-person, hands-on and safe activities as a preliminary event (see Rotary Day of Wellness and Service below).
The dates to put on your calendars -
Thursday evening, June 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Friday evening, June 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday morning, June 5, 8:15 - 10:30 am
For Thursday evening, we are planning a night of "Telling Our Stories," sharing the highlights of Club projects throughout the year.
Friday evening is Awards Night, where we will recognize the outstanding work of individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs that we are witnessing this year.
On Saturday morning, we will take care of business at our Annual Meeting. We will have a memorial service for our departed friends in Rotary. And, we will hear from Rotary International Direct-Elect, Nicki Scott, a past District Governor for our District, speak on "The Future of Rotary." Not to be missed.
More details to come, so stay tuned!
Rotary Day of Wellness and Service
We want to make District Conference a shared experience, despite the fact is 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.
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 the 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 Lake Michigan, group outdoor yoga or meditation, or a bike ride.
Examples of service activities – an Operation Pollination project, a park clean-up
project, working with a food pantry to distribute food.
The goal is to have hundreds of 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.
Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup - April 24
Speaking of planning an outdoor project -- think about joining hundreds of Rotarians who live in Districts that border of of the Great Lakes to do a clean-up project on Saturday, April 24 (right after Earth Day).
Any park or beach along Lake Michigan would be a great location. Contact the Park District or beach manager to see if they have any program planned that day, or if you can plan your own.
Let us know if you schedule a clean-up event and if you will accept volunteers from other Cubs.
Operation Pollination - Take the Pledge!
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
3rd Annual International Conference and Expo for
Water and Waste Management -- February 24-26
Rotarian Prakash Tata has arranged for a very generous discount for any Rotarian registering for the conference, reducing the fee from $100 to just $20. Follow directions below.
This conference will have many professional from the United States and India, with several tracks of interest. Visit the web page for more information. The Conference runs February 24 to 26, 2021.
Go to www.waterandwastemanagement.org
Go to Registration Form
Registrant to Fill in the necessary information
Put WWMDist6450 (Coupon code)
The 100.00 registration fee will drop to $20.00.
Pay the amount by a credit card.
Half of the fee ($10.00) will be donated back for District environmental projects!
Thanks for reading, and keep up the great work you are doing!
District Governor 2020-21