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Webinars This Week

Innovative Leadership with Mary Beth Growney Selene - 3/30/2020

Rotary Broadcast Center

Program Schedule: 
March 30th, 2020 through April 3rd, 2020
Zoom Any of These Meetings, Meeting Code:  571-963-0382
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Monday, Noon until 1PM, Mary Beth Growney Selene talks “Innovative Leadership”

Host:  Theresa Sperling, District Trainer, Rotary Club of Montgomery

Club Spotlight:  Rotary Club of Montgomery


Tuesday, 6:30PM until 7:30PM, Debra Baker of Morgan Stanley and Robert Westropp of AB Bernstein talk “Today’s Financial Challenges”

Host:  Chuck Corrigan, District Governor Elect, Rotary Club of Naperville:  Downtown

Club Spotlight:  Rotary Club of  Chicago:  Near South


Wednesday, Noon until 1:00PM, Pamela Brockman presents, “Learning to Breathe with Yoga”

Host:  Steven Smutny, Rotary Club of Chicago:  Near South

Club Spotlight:  The Rotary Club of Hinsdale


Thursday, 7:30AM until 8:30AM, Dr. Laura Trouille, Vice-President of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium presents “Zooniverse”

Host:  Hunter Byington, District Public Image Chairperson

Club Spotlight:  Aurora and Aurora Sunrise Rotary Clubs


Friday, 5:30PM until 6:30PM,  District Happy Hour and Name That Tune!

Host:  Chris Gerrib, Darien Rotary Club




Conducting Remote Meetings

Considering having your club board and committee meetings online.   Certainly you can do a teleconference; however, more effective is a webinar where participants are able to share their computer screen to display documents (agendas, reports) and videos.  Most service providers include option for each participant to have their camera on and thus see each other live.  There's instant 'chats' to indicate for example - whose up next, give suggestions (mute your microphone). 

Governor debi announces that the District will reimburse clubs who purchase Zoom through Rotary Global Awards. Use the discount code: "ZOOMROTARY" to save 20%!
Click Here to Purchase with Your Credit Card.

The district will reimburse for the 1 host up to an annual purchase.  Make sure to hit the 'apply' discount. An annual subscription is approximately $120 before taxes with the discount.   
You can also register for a free account, however, the maximum length of a meeting is 40 minutes.  

If they are a club of over 100 members, we'll pay for the first level upgrade.

Save your receipt and attached to an email to along with the Payment Form below. 

Payment and Authorization Form

Click here for tips and links to a number of service providers
Remote Meetings

Ideas for Club Meetings

Host an online club meeting - brown bag breakfast, lunch or dinner - everyone stays home.
Sample agenda may include:
Recruitment for getting club work completed 
A speaker - recruited to have them give a talk on a subject from their office/home - meeting host can give them 'Shared Screen' permission.
or a Rotary Video - watched together followed by a facilitated discussion on the topic of the video. 
Tip: in your internet browser search "Rotary Videos"
Rotary Video Search in Bing
Close the meeting with the Four Way Test

The Darien Rotary Club is holding a "Virtual Happy Hour", where they have invited their members to a BYOB, in their own homes, using a webinar to chat on their computers and say hello.

The latest from District Governor debi Ross -
introducing Zoom Technology for Club Meetings



Past Governor Pat Gives Advice on CoronaVirus

For all articles/emails on the Coronavirus alerts, Emailed News

March 23, 2020 COVID-19 News

Greetings - we hope this finds you, your family, and loved ones in good health.

In Illinois, starting March 21 at 5:00 p.m. central time, we are all under a Stay at Home Order through April 7. Before we were under a Social Distancing Order that allowed people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.In Illinois, please checktheIllinois Frequently Asked Questionson Stay at Home Order -

However, we know that each state is different, but we do have some common issues that are confronting all consumers, patients, nursing home residents, healthcare providers, and public health professionals.

Our next Edition will be out on Monday and will cover COVID-19 Testing and TeleHealth, which is turning out to be a lifeline for many people during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Needed Now

Hospitals across the United States are in great need for PPE, especially the N95 Masks. In addition to hospitals using N95 masks, construction companies and dental offices often times use and have a stock of N95 masks.

Unfortunately it is not a matter of purchasing the N95 masks as all hospitals have backorders in with manufacturers; there is not just enough supply to meet the growing need.

Similar to other hospital associations, the Illinois Hospital Association is making a plea to all residents and those that have connections to construction companies and closed dental offices, to bring the N95 masks to your local hospital. "We anticipate that the number of cases will increase dramatically in the coming days and weeks, exhausting all the PPE at hospitals, including gowns, gloves, eye shields and, especially, medical masks.......... PPE is critical to protecting our frontline healthcare workforce from infection when testing and treating patients for COVID-19, keeping our dedicated physicians, nurses, technicians and others in our hospitals where they are needed most." For more info,

Please reach out to your local construction companies and dental offices to make them aware of the need of their local hospital.

Long Term Care Facility (Nursing Home)/Congregate Care Assessment of COVID-19 Preparedness - Needed Now

As noted in our COVID-19 Newsletter Edition #1, nursing homes have many challenges in caring for residents that are often time in close quarters. While there are specific guidelines that have been given to nursing home administrators and staff, there have been gaps in consistent implementation of infection control and prevention. While Seattle had a high profile case, Illinois has also had a high impact COVID-19 break in infection prevention and control as have other nursing homes throughout the U.S.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is in need of focusing their staff resources to the nursing homes and congregate care (assisted living facilities) that are in need of education, training, and supplies. In particular, they are requesting that anyone that has a loved one in a nursing home, works at a nursing home, or is familiar with their local nursing home - please urge them to complete and submit the Survey to IDPH no later than March 27. Based upon responses to the survey, IDPH staff will assist the nursing homes most at risk to having a COVID-19 cluster outbreak due to not having the systems or PPE in place.

IDPH's survey, similar to many states, covers the following COVID-19 related issues:

  • Visitor restrictions
  • Education, monitoring, and screening of Healthcare Personnel (HCP)
  • Education, monitoring, and screening of Residents
  • Availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies
Infection Prevention Practices:
  • Hand hygiene
  • Use of PPE
  • Cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces and resident care equipment

Rotary News

  Spring Training and the District Conference has been cancelled due to the Governor of Illinois mandate for meetings of 50 plus people.   Refund protocols are being developed.   If you booked lodging, please call the Hyatt Lodge to cancel, at: 630-568-1234.

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Inspirational Message - Spring is Coming
Contributed by Pam Brockman
Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM

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Hinsdale Rotary in the News
Rotary Service Above Self

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  District Board is seeking prospects for Directors

The Board Nominating Committee, chaired by Jane Hopkins, is seeking prospects to serve effective July 1, 2020 for a two year term. 

Board ONLINE Application

For a PDF version to prepare for online survey, click here
Board Candidate Consideration Form
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Rent Rilee - Polio Exhibit
For more information, click here.

Rotary International Convention Cancelled

The RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 

The 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, has been cancelled due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.  about the decision.
if you follow the Read More link above you can cancel your convention registration easily.

Additional updates will be at:

Convention refunds:
Anyone who registered for the convention will receive a full refund. This includes purchases made for the Rotaract and Youth Exchange preconvention events and ticketed meal events. We will send instructions on how to receive your refund soon. For those who had already canceled prior to today, you will also receive a refund of the $50 processing fee.

You can help expedite the process by canceling your registrations online using your My Rotary account.


Rotary Goes to the White Sox 2020 Flyer to Order Tickets


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