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Pioneers for Polio Campaign - 2020

We have before us an amazing moment in Rotary history.  Today we celebrate the election of Jennifer Jones as the First Woman President of Rotary International.  Jennifer will lead our organization in the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  

With a history of exceptional service to Rotary and as Co-Chair of the END POLIO NOW—Make History Campaign she aims to raise $150 Million for the effort. 

We in District 6450 would like to help her achieve that goal.  Please join us by making a donation to Rotary’s Polio effort today.  

View 2020 Pioneers for Polio Pledge (PDF)

Donate TODAY!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
12:10-1:30 pm Central time


Join District 6450 & Rotary Club of Chicago for this spectacular event!


Call for Nominations -District Governor

It is time, once again, to begin the process of selection for our next District Governor. The candidate will serve our District, the Birthplace of Rotary, for the 2023-2024 Rotary calendar year. Information on the expectations and responsibilities of this role along with all necessary and applicable documents can be found by visiting the Governor Nominating page below. READ FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE...

The deadline for submission is Friday, November 6th, 2020 by 5:00PM.

Governor Nominating Page 

Watch our Panel Discussion on Early Childhood Education

Hear our expert panel discuss why early childhood development is so important, how their programs improve outcomes for children, how COVID is impacting education and development, learn how we can address inequities in our communities through these programs, and how Rotarians/Rotary Clubs can make a lasting difference in the lives of many.

Go here to view or click on the image below.

Please share this video with non-Rotarians with an interest in this area to see how Rotarians are People of Action.


All Chicago area students are invited to participate in a Peace Poetry Challenge sponsored by Rotary International Clubs in Chicago (District 6450) and The Peace School.  Students can put in poetry their thoughts on what “Peace Means to Me.”

Participants:  Elementary, Middle, High School Students

Poetry Theme:  “What Does Peace Mean to Me” is the focus of the written or Spoken Word video poetry.  Videos are limited to a maximum of two minutes.

Elementary Award:  
First place $250; Second Place $150; Third Place $100

Middle School Award for Written Poetry: First place $250; Second Place $150; Third Place $100

Middle School Award for Spoken Word Poetry:  First place $250; Second Place $150;
Third Place $100

High School Award for Written Poetry:  First place $250; Second Place $150;
Third Place $100

High School Award for Spoken Word Poetry: First place $250; Second Place $150;
Third Place $100

  Monday, November 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. for written poetry and two minute spoken word video.

Award Recipients:
  Awardees will be notified by December 11, 2020.  Award winners can participate in a live webinar, with parent or guardian permission, where they can recite their poem or show their spoken word video.

Reviewers: The reviewers of the submissions are Rotarians and members and partners of The Peace School.

Submit your written or spoken word poetry by clicking here or copy this email address into your email program - to . Download the submission forms here for a PDF and here for a Word Doc. Send no later than Monday, November 16, 2020.  Please complete the Peace Poetry Challenge information form with your submission that is attached.

:   All submitted written poetry or spoken word poetry will always be solely owned by the student.

  Please submit to Pat Merryweather-Arges Click here!.


Apply NOW for a District Membership Development Grant!

August is Membership Development Month on the Rotary Calendar. For Rotary Year 2020-21, District 6450 has allocated $7,500 from its reserves to bolster Clubs' membership development efforts. Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 6450 may apply for $250 membership grants, limit one per Club.

DEADLINE TO APPLY is October 30, 2020. Applications will be processed as received, and grant funds may be exhausted before the deadline to apply.

Grant funds can be used for membership development activities, which can range from new member recruitment events, marketing and public image activities designed to grow membership, software or equipment intended to be used for membership development, or other activities that are designed to grow Rotary or Rotaract.

ALL GRANT FUNDS MUST BE USED AND A FINAL REPORT SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 31, 2020, or the Club must refund the grant to the District.

To apply, complete the online application form, being sure to enter "Submit" at the end.
You will be notified if the grant application is approved, and if so, payment will be promptly issued to your Club.

When your Club has spent the funds, please report back to the District Governor or District Membership Chair what was done with the grant funds, and tell us the results of the project. A final report form will be emailed to the person applying for the grant when the grant application is approved.

Here is a link to the application form:

District Membership Grant Application

Jennifer Jones Selected to Serve as Rotary President in 2022-23!

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been  nominated to become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor.

Read more:


The Rotary Network is a platform for Rotarians to find jobs, access career counseling, network for business, share ideas, join a Rotary Fellowship - Rotary Means Business, and gain financial insights to grow your business in the face of a pandemic. 

To have someone present information on The Rotary Network to your Club,
please email RotaryNetwork @  

Check out The Rotary Network HERE.

Rotary adopts Supporting the Environment
as the Seventh Area of Focus!

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: Supporting the Environment.

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

Supporting the Environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on July 1, 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus. 

A message on Rotary and Social Justice
from DGE Chuck Corrigan

Social Justice and Rotary

Calendar of Events

Post your club event on the district calendar by emailing
Check out the District Calendar for club events, there's something going on somewhere almost weekly.

Click on Date for Full Details. See District Events & Calendar For All Annual Activities and Meetings. 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


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