Sorry for the delay in getting this out to all of you. We have been at the District Conference. It was great, thank you to all who came. We had wonderful presentations that were very moving and informative. And there were awards to clubs. To see all the awards, click here - District Conference 2018 Awards
At the conference, over $900 was given to the Polio Plus campaign; $750 to "The Toilet Warrior'; $1000 to Saint Sabina Church; $1000 to the Dreamcatcher Foundation and $700 was raised for the Brian Andersen Memorial Fund. True Rotary service first hand. Thank you for your generosity. If you didn't make the conference, Click Here for the Program Booklet.
A special thank you to Jane Hopkins, conference chair, and her committee for putting on a great show.
The district annual meeting was at the conference and with the approval of the 2018-2019 district budget, $10,000 has been set aside to provide assistance to clubs for new member development. A task force has been established to develop relative activities and programs to support club growth. Charles Corrigan of the Naperville Downtown Club was elected as Governor for 2020-2021. Congratulations Chuck.
We now have ONLY 2 MONTHS left to complete our goals this Rotary year, but that does not mean the year is over. The transition of the presidents of your clubs should now be in full swing. Build your team and get those engaged who have not been in the past. Invite someone new to your club and welcome them into the fold. Tell an amazing story of the lives your club has changed for the better. Who knows, that new person may become a future leader of your club, but you have to ask them to join first. What else do we have this Rotary year? Well, I know that many of the clubs are working hard on projects, grants, special events and even planning your next year. So keep up all the good work and remember that many people and clubs have yet to make their investments into the RI Foundation or Polio Plus. We need those contributions to continue our work in our communities and around the world.
May is Youth Service Month. Meet with your Interact and Rotaract Clubs and re-connect with them. Let them know you are there for them. In fact, if they are doing a local service project, be a participant. Engage your members to have more interest in Youth Exchange and other youth programs.
What else are we doing? The district calendar has a listing of all the district events and activities along with activities of many of our clubs. You don’t see your club on the district calendar? That must be because we did not get anything from you. Send it along. The more eyes that see your event, the more opportunity you have to increase attendance. A few events that are coming up for Rotary are the Presidential Peace Conference on June 2, International Convention in Toronto June 24-27, and GE Pedro’s installation on June 30. July 20 is the Joliet Slammers Game sponsored by the Southwest Group of Rotary Clubs in our District and then we have our White Sox game on August 1 (always a great time and a way to donate to Polio Plus). Incoming Rotary International President Barry Rassin, will be at the Rotary Club of Chicago, June 5.
I will close this governor’s correspondence with something I heard the other day. It was small business week. Did you know that 50% of people are employed by small businesses? Well, they are so support their businesses. So shy am I telling you this? We want their businesses to flourish because when they do, their communities flourish. Kind of reminds me of someone else, I think his name was Paul Harris. He and 3 others came together to grow their businesses. What happened? The started an organization that has become an organization with 1,235,945 members in 35,816 clubs in 220 countries around the world. We have given in excess of 1 BILLION DOLLARS to try to eliminate polio and countless other hundreds of millions for community projects both here and abroad. I would say that from their humble beginnings in 1905, they build the foundation for an organization that not only change them and their community, but also millions of lives around the world. What a success for a locally started small business.
Enjoy the beautiful, warm weather. It sure was a long time coming.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Scott McAdam, Governor 6450, 2017-2018