District 6440 News


Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats being held March 13 - 16 and April 17 - 20.  Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.  Take a look at this video to get a feel for RYLA.

Click here for the RYLA Application.  Sponsorship fee is $325 per student if registered and paid before February 15th, and $350 thereafter.  

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here for the RYLA Everything File.


The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights staged it's sixth annual Rotary Santa Run and was able to garner this terrific news story.  Well done to all the Santas and to Race Director Ron Crawford!

2016-17 DGND Rick RivkinThe 2016-17 District Governor Nominating Committee has selected Richard (Rick) Rivkin as its nominee designate, announced Past District Governor and committee chair Mike Yesner.
Richard (Rick) Rivkin joined the Rotary Club of Northbrook in 1999 and served as President during the 2009-2010 Rotary year.  During his tenure in the club, he served as International Service Chair and continues as Webmaster. 
Rick participated in the first district mission to Guatemala in 2007 and returned to Guatemala a few years later.  In 2012 Rick organized and led a PolioPlus NID trip to India followed by a PolioPlus NID trip to Nigeria in 2013.
At the district level, Rick is an AG serving the Arlington Heights Sunset, Park Ridge, and Winnetka-Northfield clubs.
Professionally Rick is President and CEO of Saf-T-Gard International, a 4th generation family business based In Northbrook.  Saf-T-Gard is a global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment. 
Rick and his wife Helen have lived in Deerfield since 1973.  They have 3 children and 3 grand-children (soon to be 4).
Congratulations Rick!


Multi-national Project to Install Digital X-ray Machines
Formally Launched by First Lady of Guatemala and
Rotary International President-elect Gary Huang

District 6440's digital x-ray project is moving into it's next phase.  The first of a planned 29 machines has been funded thanks to a Global Grant recently approved by The Rotary Foundation.  Special thanks go out to the following clubs for their generous financial contributions to this project.  Funding the first grant are Northbrook, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Wilmette Harbor, Winnetka-Northfield, Evanston Lighthouse, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake Noon, Skokie Valley and Wheeling. Pledging support for future grants are Arlington Heights Noon, Bloomingdale-Roselle, Chicago Korean, Deerfield, Evanston Noon, Grayslake, along with contributions from Districts 660, 7150 and 7610.

ImageA press release covering a special celebration with RI President-elect, several District 6440 Past District Governors and the First Lady of Guatemala follows:

(August 26 – Evanston, Illinois, USA) Rosa Leal de Pérez, First Lady of Guatemala, will join Rotary International President-elect Gary Huang of Taiwan and other dignitaries in a ceremony Monday, Sept. 2 in Mixco, Guatemala, formally recognizing the start of an ambitious Rotary project to bring digital x-ray technology to the rural poor of the world.

Ms. Leal de Pérez  and Mr. Huang, along with U.S. and Guatemalan Rotarians, , Guatemalan government officials, foreign dignitaries, and representatives of other not for profit organizations, will unveil a plaque recognizing the project, which aims to install 29 digital x-ray machines in rural clinics in Guatemala. The first of the new machines arrived earlier this summer, and has been installed in Mixco, a community near Guatemala City. 

ImageThis month the recipients of The Rotary Humanitarian Patriot Awards were recognized in the Congressional Record, courtesy of the Honorable Brad Schneider of Illinois 10th Congressional District.

10th District Aide Ramachandra Villivalam visited the North Chicago Club on July 16th to present the event co-chairs, Dr. John Bair and Kevin Stevens, with the official certificate (see photo).  

The Humanitarian Patriot Awards Luncheon, held on May 21st at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, served three primary objectives:  Awards presentation, the keynote address on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and a brief presentation on the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.




Everything you need to know about the new Rotary Foundation Grants program in District 6440 is now available by clicking here.  District Grant applications were due by September 1.  Each club may submit a primary and secondary application.  Global Grant applications may be submitted at any time.


Each year, The District Literacy Committee asks each Rotary Club to submit a short application about the literacy project or projects they have done. The Committee evaluates the applications and awards an “Excellence in Literacy Award” patch to a small club (30 members or less) and another to a large club (31 or more).

This year’s winners are Mount Prospect/Arlington Heights Sunrise for a small club and Libertyville Sunrise, along with Rotary partners Waukegan and North Chicago Clubs, for a large club.

Congratulations to those exemplary Rotary Clubs and their outstanding literacy projects!  You can read the details of their winning literacy projects on the District web site’s Literacy page or by clicking here for the report on all of the submitted projects.

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District 6440 is proud to make available handsome and customizable "Four-Way Test Plaques" for businesses and clubs.  Each plaque can feature a color logo of the recognized business or governmental body.  Plaques cost $60 plus $7 shipping, with $15 for each plaque being donated to the End Polio Now campaign.  Quantity discounts are also available.

ImageMembers may leave, but Rotarians will die Rotarians because they understand the mission of Rotary.  The question for Rotary leaders is; “How do we convert members into Rotarians?”

The issue, brought to its basic terms, is why does anybody belong to any organization, or why does anybody do anything.  The answer is simple: motivation.
American psychologist A. H. Maslow described motivation as need fulfillment and established a hierarchy of needs.  We try to satisfy physiological needs such as hunger and thirst to remain alive, and that is the strongest motivator.  Then we provide for our safety needs with a roof over our heads and a job.  The need of belonging, of love and affection, is provided by our friends, spouses, children, and organizations.  Finally, we try to achieve self-esteem, status, recognition, and appreciation.

Rotary, and similar organizations or associations, try to satisfy the last two needs, belonging and self-esteem.  If a member does not perceive these on a continual basis, he or she leaves to find what he or she desire somewhere else.  The connection is lost, the hook is open!

What connection?  What hook?  Whatever held that person attached to that group or club!  

We remain Rotarians because, over time, our clubs hold onto us by means of various ‘hooks’.  We enjoy friendship, camaraderie in service, self-esteem, love, status, recognition, appreciation, etc.  We see all these begin to add up from the moment somebody takes an interest in us and we perceive opportunities to belong to something that is interesting, fun, fulfilling and with enough variety.  The ‘hooks’ are set and they hold us. The club is like ‘Velcro’ to us.
One of the hottest topics for clubs is how to retain current members. Clubs often lose numerous members for various reasons such as lack of interest or lack of time to commit. The first step when trying to retain members is to understand why a club loses members. Club members must analyze their club history and recognize the factors that led to the loss of members. By doing so, it becomes easier to understand what de-motivates people away from the club. So how does a club motivate its members to stay?
Share your ideas for club projects in our Forums.  This is a great way to collaborate with fellow Rotarians to help create more vibrant clubs.  We have forums to share ideas on Fundraising, Programs and Community, International and Vocational Service projects.  Pass on your idea today.

Governor Carlos has asked all clubs to make Membership their Number 1 priority.  Healthy, vibrant and growing clubs require that all members feel they have a voice in the club.  Conducting regular member surveys is one way to improve member satisfaction in Rotary and increase member retention.  There are many tools, hi and low tech, available to help.  


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