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Date: 11/1/2021
Subject: Message from Jane Hopkins, District Governor 6450 - Nov. 1, 2021
From: Rotary International District 6450

Dear Members of District 6450,

Welcome to November!  This month’s newsletter is filled with many opportunities, I hope that you find something of interest as your review it. 

Turkey/Thanksgiving Food Giveaway
As we move toward our national Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to give you a final reminder regarding our district food giveaway with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, November 16.  Today, Monday, November 1, is the final day to let us know of your club’s financial intent to participate. Donate online here.

To date we have the following clubs participating:

  • Elmhurst
  • Naperville
  • Joliet
  • Chicago Financial
  • Chicago
  • Hinsdale
  • LaGrange
  • Little Village
  • Darien
  • Chicago Near South
  • Oak Park-River Forest
  • Oak Lawn
  • Montgomery

 Special thanks to the following individuals making their own contributions to this initiative:

  • William Planek
  • Deborah Mascitti
  • Ade Onayemi
  • Mark Zerinskas
  • Chuck Corrigan
  • Lesley Gottlinger
  • Karen Perez-Young
  • Brenda Pino
  • Sue Quinn
  • Jody Robinson
  • Barry McKeown
  • Kathy Rak
  • Roni Corne
  • Marian Stricker
  • Adler Law Offices
  • Amy Hopkins
If you find that we have credited you or your club in error, or if your name or your club name is missing, please let us know so that we may make the corrections needed.  Volunteer sign up information will be sent out later today to those participants listed above.

District Governor Nominations Due
For those of you interested in leading District 6450 into the future, the deadline is approaching for the selection of our District Governor for the 2024-2025 Rotary year.  Applications are due by 5pm, November 5, 2021. Visit the District website for more information.

Fall Training
This year’s fall training sessions will be held virtually and spread throughout the months of October and November. There is still time to sign up for sessions on public image, ideas for literacy projects, club treasurer and secretary training, and an introduction to vocational service. Presidents-elect can also attend President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) Orientation to get ahead in their required training. All attendees from the sessions will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card of the recipient’s choosing! Register today on our District Website.

Service Trip to Guatamala
The Chicago Citywide Service club is coordinating an International Service hands-on service trip with partner Rotarians in Guatemala, April 23 -May 2. This trip is open to Rotarians (and their partner/spouse/friend) from Districts 6450 and 6440. Limited open spots remain, please share with your club members and if are interested, they should submit an application asap.  Contact Jim Wales, President, Rotary Club of Chicago Citywide Service.

Mental Health Task Force Round Table
Our District Mental Health task force held a round table presentation led by Dr. Lisa Pinto at the Rotary Club of LaGrange this past week.  Presenters were Rotarians Dr. Caroline Morrison; Pam Brockman, Sr. Faculty, International Association for Human Values; Melanie Jones, MA, LPC, ACCHT; Jason Dugan, Chicago Police Department;  and Rotary International Director-Elect Pat Merryweather.  The recording of this presentation will be available to view, please contact the district for information.  Also, Melanie Jones will be coordinating some COVID fatigue support groups for the district.  For further details contact Lisa Pinto or Melanie Jones

Trafficking Liaison
There is a group in our RI Zone currently discussing Human Trafficking and sharing information on initiatives to stop it in our region and internationally.  If you are interested in possibly serving as a liaison for our district with this group, please email me,

Rotary District 6450 Matching Grant Opportunity, Application on D6450 Website
A new district grant is available for clubs to apply for, encouraging clubs to combine a membership drive with service. Download Application

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
The annual leadership retreat for high school aged youth will be held January 28-30, 2022. This year’s event will be held in a hybrid format, as the committee is excited to bring the success of last year’s virtual offerings to the traditions of our in-person programming. One day will be fully in-person at The Corral in Western Springs. Applications for youth will be ready to send out to clubs by 11/19.

November is Foundation Month
Let’s celebrate doing good in the world together by ending polio now and forever!

I invite you to join the District 6450 Polio Plus Society to help support Rotary’s promise and strategy to achieve and sustain a polio-free world by 2026 by making a pledge to donate $100 each Rotary year to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund. To become a Charter Member – Homestretch Hero, make your pledge and donation by December 31, 2021. Over 100 District members have already joined as Charter Members, and their donations will provide vaccinations for over 9,990 children! If all of our District members joined, we would be able to protect over 164,000 children from polio! We can do it with your help. Click here to join now.

Charter Members will receive a specially designed, limited edition Recognition Pin. They will also receive special recognition at District Rotary Foundation events, including the 2022 White Sox Family Fun Night. Please contact District Rotary Foundation Chair, Rachel Ossyra, or Polio Plus Chair, Mary Dankowski, with any questions.

remember to support The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund!
Your gifts are so important to Rotary’s mission to Do Good in the World. They help us transform lives around the world through our service projects and Peace Centers. If you have not already done so, please join our Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Year-End Giving Campaign.

If you need any help celebrating Foundation Month - such as a speaker, ideas, information - please reach out to District Rotary Foundation Chair, Rachel Ossyra, Polio Plus Chair, Mary Dankowski, Paul Harris Society Chair, Rick Thiernau, or Grants Chair, Pedro Cevallos, They will be delighted to help you! 

for a festive and friendly venue for your Rotary Club’s Holiday Party?

Look no further!

The Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation is now accepting reservations to use the Paul and Jean Harris Home as the setting of Rotary Club meetings, parties and receptions. 

The Paul and Jean Harris Home is located at 10856 South Longwood Drive in the Beverly/Morgan Park area of Chicago.

Paul and Jean Harris hosted countless Rotarians and other friends in their Home in the years they lived there, and they would be delighted to see Rotarians once again using the Home as a gathering place, fostering Rotary friendships.

The Harris’ Home has been extensively and lovingly repaired and restored to its condition in the 1940s. Paul and Jean Harris lived there from 1912 to 1947.

A spacious new addition in the rear of the Home has a great room that accommodates groups of up to 50 guests.

There is a $500 fee to use the Home for Holiday gatherings. This fee includes the cost of cleaning the Home before and after your event, and any setting up or taking down of tables and chairs. Mainly, it helps pay for the continuing restoration and upkeep of this unique part of Rotary’s history. 

Please contact Cheryl McIntyre to make a reservation and to discuss use of the Home for your Club’s gathering.

Cheryl can be reached via:
phone: (734) 735-6649

The Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation is an independently run organization.

Thank you all for your continued service in Rotary and your communities, and please let us know if we can be of assistance as you Serve to Change Lives.

Jane Hopkins
District Governor
Rotary International District 6450

Rotary International District 6450, Inc.
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