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Rotary International District 6450
Rotary Alert
  Monthly Report from your District Governor, Scott McAdam

Dear Fellow Rotarians:   

In Memoriam
Brian Andersen
Past District Governor

Visitation: Sunday October 8, 2017 3:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.
Celebration of Life: Monday October 9, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Adolf Funeral Home
7000 S. Madison Street 

Brian A. Andersen, age 76, of Downers Grove, passed away
on October 2nd. He is survived by his best friend and
beloved wife Caryl, sons Brian, Jr. (Barbara) and
Timothy (Julie), stepdaughter Rebecca Ralston, grand children
and great-grandchildren.

Brian was an industrial land developer, world traveler, private pilot, outdoorsman, avid skier, motorcycle enthusiast, craft beer brewer, lover of opera, good old rock and roll, symphony and theatre. Past vice president and general manager of Gee Lumber Co., former co-owner of Honda-Yamaha of River Oaks, Past District Governor of Rotary International, co-founder of the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians, charter member and past executive vice president of Moraine Valley Community College Foundation, and past chair of the Romeoville Economic Development Commission. He lived life to the fullest, never let an opportunity pass to expand his horizons, and lived by Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” 

Brian’s favorite quote from Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.” And he never did. Endless gratitude to the lung transplant team at Loyola University Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at 


It is hard to believe that our Rotary year is 25% complete.  Many clubs have made GREAT strides in the first quarter.  Our membership is growing and I am seeing many more engaged members.  At the President’s roundtable on September 21, we had  56 people in attendance.  It was a great event.  The meeting ended at 8:15, but many of you had stayed around to connect with other Rotarians until after 9:00.  It really showed a commitment from many of you to engage with your fellow club leaders.  You are all “Making a Difference”.


We have so much coming up in the next month.  RYLA is this weekend in Wisconsin.  We have Fall Training.  This is FREE for all Rotarians.  It is on Saturday, October 14 from 8-around noon.  A great place to see your friends, get more training and information and to get revitalized as we continue our Rotary year.  There is a Zone meeting for those who want to attend.  It is in Itasca and is the 27th and 28th.  More information is on our District website and on the zone website.


Please remember to keep current with your dues.  For those of you who are requesting and have Grant applications in to District, I want to remind you that your clubs need to have their goals posted on My Rotary and also have your dues to both District and RI up to date in order to receive these checks.  Also, please remember to continue to work on the presidential citation.  This is easier to get than you think if you read the requirements.  Most clubs area already doing half of the things required so let’s make it a friendly competition.  At District conference, we will hand an award for the first club to complete the requirements.  This will be one of a multitude of recognition we will present to clubs.  We will inform you next month what we will be looking for and some of the District Awards that we will present.


I have been expressing to our clubs this year the importance of messaging.  I know it seems redundant, but how we convey what we do is vitally important to membership growth as well as member engagement.  To the 56 clubs I have visited so far, thank you for being so attentive and welcoming.  I know that we will complete this year with good membership growth and changing our perspectives.


Remember, the District and its leadership is here to help the clubs have a successful year.

  • Sign up now for Fall Training, October 14th.    FALL TRAINING - 10/14/2017  

    Registration from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.; Opening Plenary 8:30; Training Sessions from 9:00 to noon: Club Secretary Training, Club Treasurer training, Membership, Grants, Foundation, Club Mission Statement

  • Bring donated coats for veterans Stand Down Day to the training.  Stand Down Day Set Up - 11/16/2017     

  • Prospective Members Webinar, sponsored by Rotary International; Mark your calendars for the webinar Hot, Warm, and Cold Leads: Engaging Your Prospective Members on Monday, 23 October, 17:00-18:00 Chicago time (UTC-6). On the registration page, you can check the webinar’s time for your time zone. 
  • Zone Institute - ChiZone - District leaders from Zone's 28 and 29 gather in Itasca for training.  October 27-29 is open to all.  If interest, explore and register at:   
  • Promote a 'get acquainted with Rotary' luncheon being held at ChiZone on Sunday, October 29th. For any prospective member, $30 per person.  Click here for more info:Prospect Outreach Program
  • Fellowships - have you joined a Rotary Fellowship?  There are worldwide fellowships for a wide variety of interests.  Locally we have the Rotary Cigar Fellowship.  Its fun, don't have to be a smoker, just come for the fellowship.  To register for the next event: Rotary Cigar Fellows - 10/12/2017
Yours in Rotary Service,
Scott McAdam
District Governor 2017-2018