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Rotary District News

Vol. 1, Edition 9 - May 2, 2022

Information Every Club in District 6450 can use!

District Volunteer Opportunity
Bed Build - Sleep in Heavenly Peace
June 18, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The District 6450 Community Service Committee is pleased to announce that we are hosting a Bed Build for Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Tinley Park on June 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  What is a Bed Build you ask?  Here is great information on Sleep in Heavenly Peace:

Sleep in heavenly peace or SHP as it is often abbreviated is a 501 C3 nonprofit organization made up 100% of volunteers. Every penny we raise goes directly towards the expenses needed to build more beds for children in need ages 3-17. We service victims of fire, flooding, domestic abuse relocation, financial struggles and many more. We always say there are so many reasons that can lead to the need for a bed and SHP is here to help. Child “Bedlessness” is not a real word but it is definitely a real problem. 

There is no experience needed to step in and help their core volunteers during a community Bed Build event. If you or your club are interested in volunteering, please contact Michelle Balog at 815-744-7737 or  

We are also looking for clubs to sponsor the event to help with the purchase of materials.  You can donate online to Oak Forest SHP with the link below or with a check made payable to Sleep In Heavenly Peace with Oak Forest Chapter in the memo.  Checks can be brought to the bed build event.
Dave King from the Oak Forest Chapter has a wealth of knowledge on SHP, and he is happy to share or present to your club.  We are also including a video from a recent event so that you can see a bed build in action.  Dave can be contacted at 708-921-8551or

  • Rotary Friendship Exchange, May 28th - June 3rd
  • D6450 Annual Meeting, via Zoom, set for May 16th
  • Hinsdale Rotary announces the 2022 “Bikes for Military Kids” program, May 21st
  • Second Annual Little Village 5K Race for Peace, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Little Village will be run on May 21st
  • Rotary Club of Chicago sponsors 9th Annual Chicago Woman of the Year Awards, May 24th
  • Naperville Rotary leading computer donation drive.  Get that old gear to them!
  • Rotary Action Group Against Slavery announces RI International break out session, June 6th in Houston, TX
  • Want your Club to become a ShelterBox HERO?  Learn how you can achieve this before June 30th.
  • District 6450 Speaker Submission Form

Rotary Friendship Exchange is Back! 
Believe it or not, Rotarians are moving around the world again and we here in District 6450 have an opportunity to help herald back in this dimension of Rotary fellowship. We have been asked to host a group of Rotarians from District 9125 (based out of Abuja, Nigeria) who will be attending the International Convention in Houston June 4th - 8th. Tentatively, there are going to be 15 people in total and they are tentatively planning to be in our District from May 28th - June 3rd.

What is needed first and foremost is for Rotarians to step up and open their homes to host one or two of the visiting Rotarians. Hosting would include providing comfortable lodging, some meals and providing transportation to and from group meet-up points for daily activities. Hosts are not limited to these things and often involve their guests in activities taking place in their households and communities. As a result, hosts and guests from Rotary Friendship Exchanges often become life-long friends, if not "unofficial" members of the family and possibly business associates. 

If you think that you might be interested in serving as a host for our Nigerian guests before the Convention, please don't hesitate to reach out to Past District Governor and District Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson either via email or phone as soon as possible, or via phone at (773) 562-3506.


Rotary District 6450 Annual Meeting to be held via Zoom, May 16th 
We will be conducting the annual business of the district as well as giving out some club and individual awards.  All district members are welcome to attend and club voting delegates are required. You can read more about the business of the annual meeting and assigning voting delegates at this link: Rotary District 6450 Annual Meeting Notice.  Register here:  Annual Meeting Registration.  

For more info, contact Linda Yates at:

“Bikes for Military Kids” Sponsored by Hinsdale Rotary, May 21st
For the fourth year in a row, the Rotary Club of Hinsdale, in cooperation with the USO of Illinois, will present 100 brand new bikes and helmets to the kids of active Illinois military.  The program will run on US Armed Forces Day, May 21st from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and be presented at the Community House of Hinsdale. 

Costs for bikes and helmets are up this year due to inflation and supply chain issues.  If your club would like to help support this Hinsdale Rotary event, please contact Tom Norton at

Use this link or QR code to donate to the 2022 “Bikes for Military Kids” program:

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2nd Annual Little Village 5K Race for Peace, May 21st
The Rotary Club of Little Village announces the 2nd Annual Little Village 5K Race for Peace on May 21st.  Volunteers are needed to staff the race route and help administer the event.  For more info, contact Pam Brockman at


9th Annual Chicago Woman of the Year, May 24th
The 9th Annual Chicago Woman of the Year Award is to be presented by the Rotary Club of Chicago on May 24th at the Union League Club. Honorees this year are: Kelly Fair, Polished Pebbles; Deloris Jordan, James R. Jordan Foundation; and Jennifer Soble, Illinois Prison Project. Pre-Registration is required: For more info, contact Marga Hewko at or click here:


Naperville Rotary Leading Computer Donation Drive
The Rotary Club of Naperville is leading a collaboration with Comp-U-Dopt to collect used computers to be refurbished and distributed to families in the Chicago area that don’t have computers in their homes.
Naperville Rotary invites all District 6450 clubs to join in this collaboration.  We are working with Comp-U-Dopt to collect used computers and any type of computer equipment, except for printers.  
Please contact Bill Johnson at or (630) 660-3489 if you have computer equipment to donate, or if you have questions.


Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) Announces Houston RI Break Out, June 6th
Session Breakout: Monday, June 6th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB), Room 372

Interested in hearing the latest from the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery?  Check out the RI breakout session that will be held at the Rotary International Convention in Houston on June 6th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  For more information go to:


ShelterBox HERO
Want your Club to become a ShelterBox HERO?  Here’s how you can achieve that—
A ShelterBox HERO is any Rotary Club that has committed to making an impact in worldwide disaster response by giving $1,000, $3,000, or $5,000 to that effort within the Rotary year.

Currently, in Rotary International Zone 29, our District 6450 is ranked #2 of the 16 districts in our Zone.  So far, during this Rotary Year, D6450 has committed $22,360 to worldwide Shelter Box Disaster Relief.  
Can your Club help push D6450 into first place in Zone 29?  If so, you must act before June 30th, 2022.  Check out how you can accomplish that here:

For more info, contact Bill Tobin at (916) 616-6973.


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2022 DRIVE TO 125!
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