Posted on Aug 14, 2022

Vol. 1, Edition 14 - August 1, 2022

Information Every Club in District 6450 Can Use

  • Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians needs new/used wheelchairs and walkers to send to the Ukraine now!

  • District 6450 Responds to July 21st New York State Polio Report

  • District 6450 Assembly announced, August 20th

  • Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest announces a food truck rally, August 27th

  • Greater Oak Park - River Forest - Forest Park Area Interact Club to sponsor Interact International Potluck Picnic, September 11th

  • Greater Oak Park - River Forest - Forest Park Area Interact Club will hold their Quarterly Social Justice Book Club via Zoom, September 25th

  • RYLA “Live” returns October 7th-9th!

  • Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark presents a “Totally Rad ‘80’s Trivia Night”, October 27th

  • Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast presents a Cultural and Service Visit to Sierra Leone and Ghana, Africa, October 30th-November 12th

Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians needs new/used wheelchairs and walkers NOW!
The Rotary Club of Chicagoland Lithuanians is asking for all clubs in D6450 to gather up — new, used or unneeded walkers, and adult or kid sized wheelchairs — for the thousands of innocent Ukrainian citizens who have been maimed & injured, and who are now unable to walk and carry on a normal life.

Please bring this equipment to the Lithuanian World Center, 14911 127th Street, Lemont, IL 60439, (773) 828-7100.  For more info, contact Sandra Scedrina at (773) 704-0093.

District 6450 Responds to New York State Polio Report:  Call to Action
Global Polio eradication is Rotary’s No. 1 priority. We were first with the vision of a polio-free world, which has led to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with the WHO, CDC, UNICEF, Gates Foundation and GAVI, Global Vaccine Alliance.

On July 21 we heard the concerning news of a case of paralytic polio in an unvaccinated individual in Rockland County, New York. 

Initial sequencing indicates it was a case of type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus in an unvaccinated young adult. The victim is being treated and is no longer contagious. 

As we have said for decades, polio is just a plane ride away, and now it has emerged in the US!

What We in District 6450 Can Do to END POLIO
  1. Last year we launched the District 6450 Polio Plus Society to support the GPEI strategy to END POLIO by 2026. Today, we urge all members of District 6450 to join the Polio Plus Society! We will have updated joining information on the District website by August 15, with a link in the next issue of the District eNewsletter. Donations will be matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation. Your $100 donation will provide vaccinations for 99 children!
  2. Please talk about Rotary’s signature project to END POLIO at your Club meetings, and with your Rotaract and Interact Clubs. Consider how you can raise awareness of the importance of childhood vaccination for polio in our local communities and sister communities that you work with around the world. 
For more info, please contact Polio Plus Chair Mary Dankowski,

District 6450 Assembly, August 20th
District 6450 announces the next District Assembly will be held on Saturday, August 20th, 9:00 am to Noon at the Burr Ridge Marriott, 1200 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, IL.

Keynote speaker will be Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson addressing DEI through “Practical Applications for Welcoming Clubs”.

For more info, contact Linda Yates,

Register Here

Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest announces a food truck rally, August 27th
The Oak Park - River Forest Rotary Club announced a food truck rally to be held on August 27th.

Music, family entertainment, inflatables and a beer tent will be featured at Keystone West (Depot), 401 Thatcher, River Forest, IL.

For more info, contact Leslie Gottlinger,

More Information

Greater Oak Park - River Forest - Forest Park Area Interact Club Potluck Picnic, September 11th
Event will be located at Fullerton Woods Forest Preserve, West Fullerton Avenue, west of North 1st Avenue, River Grove, IL 60171. Noon until 5:00 pm-ish.
The picnic is open to all D6450 Interactors, Rotoractors, and Rotarians along with family and friends. There is NO FEE! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and LIMITED to the FIRST 175 who respond. 

Non-alcoholic beverages, meats (both regular and vegetarian), condiments, paper goods, and grills will be provided.  Attendees are asked to sign up for and bring a dish to pass (international or family favorite).

For more information and to sign up, contact Lesley Gottlinger, or (708) 751-2821. 

Greater Oak Park - River Forest - Forest Park Area Interact Club Book Club, September 25th
The Greater Oak Park - River Forest - Park Forest Area Interact Club announces Quarterly Social Justice Book Club Zoom for Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. 

The book to be discussed is:
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

Zoom Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 891 2880 2013
Password: 075641

For more info and to sign up, contact Lesley Gottlinger, or (708) 751-2821.

RYLA “Live” returns October 7th-9th!
RYLA is going back “in person” this Rotary year!  

Get ready to nominate students to attend our District 6450 RYLA October 7th-9th at the Holiday Home Camp in Williams Bay, WI.  The RYLA team has decided to make this a soft start as we come further out of COVID, so we plan to limit participation to 50 students and are shortening the weekend to Friday-Sunday.  The cost will be $335/student.  Keep an eye out for the RYLA application which will be posted on the district website in the next few days. 

We’re also looking for 1 or 2 weekend chaperones.  If you’ve always wanted to get involved in RYLA, now is your chance.  

For further information contact Bill Zerinskas, or Linda Yates, or visit the District 6450 website.

Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark Totally Rad ‘80’s Trivia Night, October 27th
Join the Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark on October 27th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Naperville VFW, 908 Jackson Avenue for a “Totally Rad ‘80’s Trivia Night” benefiting the DuPage PADS and the Hesed House.  Single registration, $35; 8-person team registration, $225.

For more information contact Kristy Sullivan, (630) 579-3827, or Mary Morrisey, (630) 221-1755.

Register Here

Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast Cultural and Service Visit, October 30th-November 12th
Join the Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast from October 30th through November 12, 2022 for a Cultural and Service visit to the African countries of Sierra Leone and Ghana.

During this trip the D6450 group will attend the opening of a Rotary library in Sierra Leone, as a Rotary clinic in Ghana.  The itinerary and details of the trip are available below.

Registration and deposits on travel are due shortly!  For more information, contact Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson, PDG, at

Apply Here

Itinerary and Details of Trip