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Rotary District News

Vol. 1, Edition 10 - May 16, 2022

Information Every Club in District 6450 Can Use

  • Rotary Club of Chicago sponsors 9th Annual Chicago Woman of the Year Awards, May 24th

  • Rotary Club of Chicago co-sponsors “Ask the Expert: Ukrainian Relief/Strength in Times of Crisis”, featuring Rotary International, CEO, John Hewko, May 25th

  • 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

  • Help out D6450 with the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” bed building, June 18th in Tinley Park

  • District 6450 Installation of New Governor, Ade OnayemiJune 22nd!!

  • Want your Club to become a ShelterBox Hero?  Learn how you can achieve this before June 30th.

  • District 6450 Speaker Submission Form



On The Top of D6450 Headline News…..

Your District Needs YOUR help, quickly!!

Hey!!  It’s Back!! The District 6450 Rotary Friendship Exchange is Up and Running!
District 6450 will be hosting Rotarians from District 9125 from Abuja, Nigeria from May 28th to June 3rd.  We need your help now and are asking District 6450 Rotarians to open up their homes to one or two of these visiting Rotarians, provide lodging, some meals, and transportation to group events in the area.  A total of 15 Rotarians are expected to be in this group.  The District 9125 Rotarians will be attending the Houston Rotary International Convention following their stay in the Chicago area.

For more information, either contact District Governor Jane Hopkins at or Past District Governor and District Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair, Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson at or by phone at (773) 562-3506.

A Rousing “Thank You” From Governor Jane Hopkins to All Who Attended this Year’s D6450 Foundation & District Events on April 29th/April 30th!
Thank you to our amazing members and friends who joined us for this year's Foundation Dinner and District Conference. It was a weekend of inspiration, service, and the joy of reconnecting once again. In so many ways this year, we have all Served to Change Lives, and it was wonderful to celebrate with each and every one of you.

A special thanks to Rachel Ossyra and the Foundation Dinner Committee; and Mary Dougherty, Kathy Rak, and the Conference Committee for planning such excellent events!  Thank you one and all!

Foundation Dinner video:
District Meeting video:

Click below to view more from the 2022 Foundation Dinner:

Missed the District Conference?  You can still get your District T-Shirt, Hoodie or Zip Up Sweatshirt. 

Register and Pay Here

We’ll contact you for delivery.  Contact Linda Yates for questions at

We Need a New D6450 Interact Chairman!  
Outgoing D6450 Interact Chairman, and Incoming Governor Elect, Ade Onayemi, is seeking a Rotarian to take on the responsibility for the D6450 Interact Chairmanship. Your job will be to oversee the D6450 Interact program, ensure that Rotary International has current club and adviser contact information, as well as planning activities and leadership training events for D6450 Interact members. The term is three years at the discretion of the District Governor.  Interested?  Contact DGE Ade Onayemi at

Rotary Family Fun Day at the White Sox, July 22nd
The Annual Rotary Family Fun Day at White Sox Park is back, Friday, July 22nd! The Sox will take on the Cleveland Guardians. The game starts at 7:10 pm. Gates open at 5:45 pm.
  • Game Tickets: $35
  • Patio Party: 2 hours all you can eat & drink, $50
  • Prepaid Parking: $25 (game day parking: $27)

Details on the D6450 Headline News…..

Reminder: 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.

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For more info, contact Marga Hewko at or click here.


“Ask the Expert: Ukrainian Relief - Strength in Times of Crisis”, May 25th
The Rotary Club of Chicago invites you to join a session of “Ask the Expert: Ukrainian Relief - Strength in Times of Crisis”, co-sponsored with the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce. The featured guest will be Rotary International CEO, John Hewko. This event will be presented on Zoom. Registration is complimentary.

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For more info, contact Marga Hewko at

Reminder: 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.  
The flyer below further describes the opportunity.  Please contact Bill Johnson at or (630) 660-3489 if you have computer equipment to donate, or if you have questions.

Reminder: Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) 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:


D6450 Volunteer Opportunity: June 18th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
District 6450 will engage in a “bed building” project with the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization on June 18th.  No experience is needed for you to help out with the construction of beds.  These beds are designed for 3-17 year olds who may be victims of fire, flooding, domestic abuse, or financial struggles.

“Bedlessness” is not a real word; but it is a real problem.

Donate Here

For more information, call Michelle Balog, (815) 744-7737 or email her at

Join Us for the Installation of our new D6450 Governor — Ade Onayemi, June 22nd!
Join your fellow District 6450 Rotarians at the Installation of our new District 6450 Governor, Ade Onayemi, on June 22nd at the Abbington Distinctive Banquets, 3 South 002 IL Route 53, in Glen Ellyn, IL.

As the baton is passed, we celebrate our District’s success under DG Jane Hopkins’s leadership and pledge our support to incoming DG Ade Onayemi as his year of leadership begins.

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Reminder: 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!
It is a privilege to be a Rotarian!
Lead the way--Invite a guest and/or
Nominate a new member today!
Someone thought enough of you to invite you into the Club.
Each of us is charged with doing the same!
It's easy and it is the privilege of EVERY current member.
Start with an invite as a guest to lunch. If interested,
the application for YOU to nominate a potential
Joliet Rotary Club member is available in the
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and the Joliet Rotary Club website at
All New Member applications go to:
Brian Cedergren in person
or at

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Next:  MAY 31, 2022

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