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From DG Laura Kann and PDG David Bills:
As you probably know, District 6420 released a new Strategic Plan in December 2021. This plan provides a blueprint for moving forward during at least the next five years and will help take our Rotary District from good to great. This Strategic Plan also strengthens our shared commitment to Rotary’s core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership and is consistent with our Four-Way Test. To make sure that the plan remains a living, breathing blueprint for our future, the District Leadership Team gathered together on July 30, 2022 to review the plan after the first six months of implementation. We wanted to make sure that the 18-Month Goals and Action Plan for each Strategic Priority were still appropriate, realistic, and achievable.
We also wanted to be sure that our District activities and the District budget remained tied to the Strategic Plan. Based on our discussions we decided to revise three Membership Goals to more realistically reflect the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our Clubs. Those changes are highlighted in yellow. We also determined which Action Plans had already been implemented. Those are indicated with a check mark in the little box next to each action. The District Leadership Team plans to meet in July 2023 to again the review the entire Strategic Plan and develop new 12-Month Goals and an Action Plan. Before then we would welcome your input about how we can make the plan better in the future for the good of Rotary.
To review the strategic plan update, look in the left-hand navigation area under "Download Files" and click on the link.
PDG David Bills provided a letter announcing the 2021-2022 District 6420 award winners. Please click on the link and read about the great accomplishments and recognition of individuals and clubs!
Two local leaders were honored for 50 years of service each to Rotary on Thursday, June 16, in Rockford, IL. Honorees were Karl Jacobs, president emeritus of Rock Valley College and Richard T. Leighton, retired chief financial officer of Barber-Colman Co. Linda Johnson, Rotary president, presented the appreciation recognitions. The two Rotarians were recognized for their combined 100 years of service to Rotary and their local and global community. Rotary is an international organization of business and professional persons united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rockford Downtown Rotary was chartered in 1916 and has 120 members.
(Pictured: L-R Karl Jacobs, Rockford Rotary President Linda Johnson and Dick Leighton.)
On January 22, 2022, the Corporate Board of District 6420 recommended a Disaster Relief Fund be established in the amount of $50,000. The recommendation was approved by District 6420 Rotary Clubs at the District Training Assembly on March 19, 2022. The purpose of the District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund is to provide grants to Rotary Clubs in District 6420 to support relief and recovery efforts in their local communities that have been impacted by natural disasters during the past six months. District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund Grants are awarded to Rotary Clubs in District 6420. Grants funds are used to provide basic relief and recovery items (such as water, food, medical supplies, household supplies, and clothing) or services (such as debris removal, temporary shelter, health care, mold remediation, and cleaning). Rotary Clubs may work with other organizations to complete grant activities. The maximum amount of a Disaster Relief Fund Grant is $10,000 per club per Rotary year.
In addition, District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund Grants must:
-Include the active participation of Rotarians.
-Address a local humanitarian or public safety need in the community.
-Be promoted via the local media and social media as appropriate.
District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund Grants may not:
-provide items or services already covered by an insurance policy or other established source of funding.
-involve purchase of land or buildings. -include fundraising activities for the Rotary Club or another organization.
-cover operating, administrative, or indirect program expenses of another organization.
-include unrestricted cash donations to another organization.
Unspent or surplus funds from the District 6420 annual budget will be used to maintain a balance of $50,000. In addition, donations specifically for the District 6420 Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted. Fundraising activities may also be considered as needed. The District Corporate Board may determine that insufficient funds are available during a Rotary year to make Disaster Relief Fund Grants available.
Good morning Rotary baseball fans.  Our inaugural World Series of Giving Regular Season is over, and what a season it’s been!  We’ve seen a few teams lead their divisions for nearly the entire season, while other divisions have had almost monthly lead changes.  And we’ve seen teams quite literally come out of nowhere to take their division’s lead.  It truly doesn’t get much more exciting than this, except. . .we now have five division winners who will be competing for the WSOG year-end trophy, during the month of June.  
The District Conference held this past April was a big success! Thanks to all those who presented and attended.
As a follow up to the conference, here is a survey we're asking all those who attended AND DIDN'T ATTEND to fill out. This will inform future decisions about district conferences - we want to hear your thoughts! TAKE THE SURVEY HERE.
Also, here is a short video with some highlights from this last conference! Enjoy!
What is the PolioPlus Society(PPS)?
In an effort to increase sustainable giving, the PolioPlus Society was formed to encourage Rotarians to commit to a minimum of $100/year to the PolioPlus Fund until polio is eradicated from the face of the earth.  Society members receive a special society pin. The PolioPlus Society Pledge form serves as the application and can be found here.
District 6420
  • During 2020-2021, clubs were encouraged to contribute $50/member for polio eradication through its members and community awareness programs.
  • The district PolioPlus committee will continue offer speakers and progress updates and continue to encourage ongoing club fundraisers and community awareness events.
  • If you currently contribute over $100 / year to the foundation, consider designating $100 or more of that amount to PolioPlus, thus fulfilling a PolioPlus Society Pledge.  This will also help fulfill the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) goal for your club.
  • Donations may be made through club treasurers, or directly to the Rotary International website.  Be sure to use your “My Rotary” page to ensure proper crediting to your Paul Harris account.
To learn more about the PPS, click the read more link...
The Oregon Rotary Foundation presented $6,000 to Oregon Elementary School on December 21st.  The funds have been donated to assist in enhancing the existing libraries in each classroom.   Classroom libraries provide continual access to books and promote literacy.   The Oregon Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the efforts of achieving world understanding and peace through humanitarian and educational programs. 
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       Laura Kann
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