IS it December already? Where did the first five months of the rotary year go? November was Foundation Month and I trust that you were all thinking about the good that we do in the world. We cannot do that without contributions to the foundation. But to me, every month is foundation month as we should always be thinking of the great impact the Rotary Foundation has on the lives of those we serve.
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. Keep this in mind if you are thinking of your year-end donation. The Polio Plus Fund would be a good place to start. I know that we continually hear about this, but there are still cases popping up and we really want to win this battle. As I have mentioned before, our district, along with districts 6440 and 6420 purchased an iron lung with a trailer and lots of information and graphics. This will be made available to any Rotary club for their function for the cost of 100.00 for the day. This is a great way to tell the Rotary story about our Polio immunization efforts.
Speaking on donations, remember, we now have a new Charitable Foundation for the district. Contact the office if you want more information on this. This may be a useful tool for your next fundraising event.
There is not a lot on the District Calendar for the month of December. There is a grants committee meeting on the 9th and the Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Club has an ugly sweater night on Thursday the 14th. All are invited and you can get information on our calendar.
The district is always looking for individuals interested in serving at the board and committee levels. If you are someone or know someone who fits the bill, please contact the district or me personally so we can help you achieve that goal. Also, for our clubs, now is the time to complete your elections for the upcoming year. Do you have your president determined for the 2018-2019 Rotary year? Do you have a succession plan, the plan that I discussed with our presidents at both PETS and the club visits? This can be very helpful to help insure continuity and growth within your club. On December 5th, there is a live webinar on US Club and District Liability Insurance at 1:00 pm CST.
District Conference is coming up on May 5 & 6. There are some great speakers and it will be a conference to remember. January 12th is the deadline for early bird registrations.
Also for your information, there is now an online course about youth protection. This is something that officers and members both may want to look at. It is on the RI website in the learning center and is titled “Protecting Youth Program Participants”.
Finally, I would like to say from my wife Veronika and myself, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and anything else I may have forgotten to the entire District. In these crazy, sometimes warped times, we can reflect on the many blessings that we truly have. We are extremely fortunate. Embrace the season and surround yourselves with family and friends.