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Macomb Rotary Mini Community Project
Members colored a picture from a coloring book, signed the picture and included a note to the student.
Included in the pic are Pat Kolata, Jack Martin, Tom Stites , assistant principal Kenny Crosby, principal Kim Gillam with the Lincoln School drop off from Rotary mini community project
EAST ALTON ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP HELPS STUDENTS LEARN MORE ABOUT COMMUNITY SERVICE
Each year the club presents to roughly 25 students from the East Alton – Wood River School District, and 25 students from the Roxana School District. The Youth Service Director goes and presents to these students what Rotary is, how we help our community, and tell the students more about the scholarship that is available to them. After the presentation the students go through an interview process, and two juniors are selected from each school. The students are in the scholarship program for two years.
During the student’s junior and senior year, they learn more about Rotary, their community, and the importance of volunteering. The scholarship recipients are students who excel in other areas besides academics. The students receiving a Rotary Scholarship will be mentored by the East Alton Rotary Club. This involves the student’s participation in activities such as luncheons, special tour meetings, helping with the annual chili dinner, the annual basketball tournament, golf tournament, the soap box derby, the Halloween parade, and other volunteer opportunities.
There is a base amount to the scholarship, but the students can earn more scholarship money by helping the Rotary club volunteer with different community service projects. They also receive more scholarship money if they get on the honor roll and/or have no unexcused absences as an incentive to focus on their academics. The scholarship is paid upon graduation and enrollment to a post-secondary school. The post-secondary school can be for Career & Technical Education, Community College, or a College or University.
The East Alton Rotary Club is excited to continue on this year by doing things a little different. It is important for us as a club to instill a sense of community pride in our students.
Macomb Unveils 100th Anniversary Project
In cooperation with the City of Macomb, Illinois, the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, the State of Illinois Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition (that is promoting Illinois’ Looking for Lincoln Trail Visitor Program), the Rotary Club of Macomb provided help and financing to bring the statue to realization!
The plaque on the statue honors Rotary of Macomb and has a QR code on the plaque giving historical Lincoln information including a map of Macomb where he visited and stayed overnight while here.
Funding for the statue commemorating Rotary Club of Macomb’s 100 years came from multiple sources including: District 6460 grant, Macomb Rotary Foundation, local Rotary Club of Macomb funds (from multiple fundraising activities), private donations by multiple Club members, local bank donation, and statue foundation donated by Laverdiere Construction (owned by Club member). The other Rotary Club in Macomb, Macomb Centennial Rotary Club, will be providing the ongoing maintenance of the statue in cooperation with the Macomb Beautiful organization.
The picture below of local Rotarians shows the results of this great community effort!
Peoria Rotary Donates a "Story Walk"
Peoria Library Executive Director (and Peoria Rotarian) Randell Yelverton said “Strolling Storytime’ and Picnic’ programs would be organized around the new StoryWalk® at Lincoln Branch Library.
“It helps build literacy yet is also a fun, family activity”, said current Rotary Club of Peoria president Brad Stegall. “That really speaks to what Rotary is”.
For some twenty years, members of the Rotary Club of Peoria have been helping young Peorians to learn with reading programs for second-graders and the donation of books to children. “Helping young readers is a project truly fitting with Rotary’s focus on literacy and our motto of ‘Service Above Self’, said Martha Herm, Chair for the Rotary Club of Peoria’s Endowment Committee. In addition to helping second-graders, the club also hosts a yearly banquet for top high school graduates and awards college scholarships.
The 180 member Rotary Club of Peoria was founded in 1913, and meets weekly for lunch on Fridays. During the current pandemic, meetings are being held both in-person and on Zoom.
(Photo information – Pictured –left to right - Randall Yelverton, Martha Herm, Brad Stegall, Maggie Freitag )
Rotary 6460 Foundation Update - September 2020
We should have more money available next year and the year after that, because of your generosity in funding the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF) between 2018-2020. This is where money comes from for our annual grants and scholarships- money you contribute this Rotary year will determine what we get to distribute three years hence.
Just think of what we could do if Every Rotarian in our District donated money Every Year? At least $25 to $100 from every Rotarian would really make a difference. We had a good year last year. Last year we had 70 Rotarians who gave at least $1,000 to TRF. That was 14 more than the previous year. We had 498 Rotarians who gave at least $100, which was up 18 from the previous year, but we had a decline from 850 to 602 among Rotarians who gave at least $25 and less than $100. I understand that the economic conditions might have had some effect on giving last year and this year- but when you consider organizations to whom you can contribute to make a difference, please think of TRF as the partner that helps you, personally, be a part of the endeavors of all the Rotary clubs everywhere. Surely all of us can come up with 27 cents* per day to give to our Rotary movement. If we did that, we’d have double the amount of money to help your clubs achieve their goals.
- * 27 cents per day multiplied by 365 days in a year - $100 – voila, you’re at least a Sustaining Member! You probably have 27 cents in between the cushions of your couch. Everyone in my club has done this since 2014- It’s not that hard.
Fun with Paul Harris Points
There seems to be a big mystery about how Paul Harris Recognition Points work. In 1957, TRF established the Paul Harris Fellow recognition as a way for clubs to recognize anyone you want by contributing $1000 to TRF. Since 1957, millions of people have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows, many of whom are non-Rotarians. The points program is a more recent idea. When you or your club donates money to TRF, you also accumulate Recognition Points, which you can transfer to someone
(Rotarian or not). If you transfer at least 1000 points, or if your points which you transfer allow the transferee – added to his or her lifetime contribution totals—brings that person above $1000 in total giving – the transferee becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. One of the Rotarians in my club recently donated her points to recognize a local community business leader at our club’s meeting. The recipient works hard to help small downtown business owners and has helped shepherd them through the COVID nightmare. She was very moved and appreciative of our club’s recognition of her efforts. She promised to join our club at a time where her schedule might allow.
I’ve recognized my wife; my best friend who is a local broadcaster and supporter of youth sports; my golf buddy who is a scratch bowler – long time Jazz DJ – pianist and great pool shooter – who is also blind; the son of one of my club’s members who helps us on civic projects before he was an outbound RI Exchange student; and several of my fellow Rotarians who gave annually to TRF- just so they’d get to PHF sooner. It’s fun to honor people this way, and it doesn’t take away from your own recognition or lifetime donor totals.
A lot of you have built up serious points’ in your Donor accounts. Why not use the points to recognize someone in your community or your family who inspired you or who makes a difference for others? It can be a wonderful moment in a club meeting to invite someone and make a presentation like this.
To find out your own Donor Recognition level, go to rotary.org, log into My Rotary ( if you haven’t done that before, you need to register, which takes a minute ), then go to The Rotary Foundation tab, and click Rotary Foundation Reports . Under Individual Reports you’ll see a section called Contributions & Recognition and you’ll see “Donor History Report”, click the link that says “View Report” to view your contribution history and your available Foundation Recognition Points for transfer.
Make donations, then use your points. A Paul Harris Fellow award makes a great stocking stuffer. It builds goodwill and better friendships and is beneficial to all concerned.
Happy Autumn, everyone! To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, “May this mighty scourge of the Pandemic speedily pass away”. Stay healthy and Grow Rotary. -- BB
District 6460 Sponsors Computers for Progress International Project
District 6460 is giving our Rotary Clubs and Rotarians the opportunity to participate in an international project to provide a total of 35 computers to three middle schools in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. This exciting project to provide computer literacy was selected from approximately 200 proposed projects in the 100 in 100 initiative, celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Mexico. We are seeking to raise $10,775. The size of the project precludes the ability to qualify for Global Grants.
I will be providing additional information in the coming weeks. One of the schools is Carlos Marx Middle School, which is the oldest middle school in Progreso. 600 students attend classes in the morning and 300 students in the afternoon.
Our District has been participating in a number of Global Grants along with the majority of Districts in Zones 30-31 that provide for improving the quality of life through such services as kidney transplants, pacemakers, provision of hospital equipment, clean water, and education for impoverished people in Mexico City. The 100 in 100 project expands the area served to all seven Rotary Districts in Mexico.
Contributions may be sent to:
Bill Smith, Treasurer
Rotary District 6460 Foundation
800 Wythe Road
Springfield, IL 62702-3351
For additional information about this project or opportunities to have your Club sponsor one of the other possible projects please contact PDG Steve Hopper, email@example.com or at (309) 333-0375. I am also willing to speak to your Club about Heart 2 Heart and the 100 in 100 program if you wish.
Rotary District 6460 Scholarship Recipients
Haley Nieuwkoop from Manito, Kenna Armstrong from Oquawka, Lauren Stidham from Jacksonville, and Sophia Roth from New Berlin were each winners of $3,000 scholarships from Rotary District 6460. The process included submitting an application and then being selected for an interview. The interviews were held on July 11 in Jacksonville, IL.
Haley Nieuwkoop is the daughter of Jack and Julie Nieuwkoop. She graduated from Midwest Central High School in 2019 and now attends Illinois College in Jacksonville. Her major is elementary education.
Lauren Stidham of Jacksonville, graduated from Jacksonville High School in 2019 and now attends Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her major is Business Systems Analytics and Economics
Sophia Roth of New Berlin, graduated from Springfield High School in 2018 and now attends Illinois College in Jacksonville. Her major is Biology with a concentration in Physiology. Sophia is the daughter of Stephan and Melissa Roth.
Kenna Armstrong of Oquawka, graduated from West Central High School, Biggsville in 2018 and now attends Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. Her major is history education.
Frisbee Golf Tees at LaVista Park
The following was recently reported in The Advantage. "Tempertures in the 90's did not deter Alton Godfrey Rotary members who gathered Tuesday at LaVista Park to lay disc golf tees. Club members Bill Moyer, Dennis Wilson, Tim Hinrichs and Jim White scraped, dug, leveled and packed the tee areas on Tuesday in prep for laying concrete. Disc golf player Tracy Smith and Jason Enos of Smart Choice Auto joined club members to work on the project. Village of Godfrey's Doug Schnur manned the front loader. Alton Godfrey Rotary and local businesses are contributing funds and materials."
Each year Rotarians contribute to The Rotary Foundation for the purpose of "doing good in the world." These funds are invested by Rotary International for three years with the investment proceeds used along with member annual dues to fund the operation of the organization.
After the three year investment, these funds are returned to each District as District Designated Funds to be allocated to purposes chosen by each district. One of the choices of Rotary District 6460 is Club Grants. This is the grant program the Rotary Club of Alton-Godfrey participates in annually. In addition to the club raising and contributing funds to The Rotary Foundation, the club budgets a matching amount for the project. Many previous projects are described on our website and most of the club's projects in its 99 year history have been fully funded by the club's fund raising efforts.
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