A multi-district council working together to achieve Rotary's motto of
Service Above Self
in Northern Illinois
Illinois Rotary was formed in 2013 to join the districts in the
Northern Illinois region to work together on public relations,
training, major service projects, major events, overlapping club areas,
and much more.
The Rotary motto, Service Above Self, conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization's members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.
The new multi-district council is not a "super district" but an expansion of the concept of "One Rotary" where more than 200 local clubs work together to achieve Rotary goals.
a joint project of
has lived a life of great humanitarian service. Her first life
was dedicated to saving lives by breathing for polio patients; in her
second life, she served as an exhibit at the G.Whiz Children’s Museum
in Sarasota, FL; and now will enter a third life as a mobile
museum serving northern Illinois. Charter
Sponsors have funded RILEE’s preparation for her third life of service:
her custom trailer, her graphic design, her insurance, her license, her
care and feeding.
Inspired by the trailer designed by Roger Frank, Upper Eden Rotary Club, England and featured in the Rotarian Magazine in February 2017, the quest began to secure an iron lung for District 6440 and with collaboration with Districts 6450 and 6420, the project came to fruition.
The Iron Lung Task force emerged to tackle the puzzling challenges of how to display RILEE, how to make her available to clubs and how to care for her. Thank you to Donald Brewer DG 6440, Scott McAdam, DG 6450, Steve Kuhn,DG 6420, Suzanne and Mark Gibson, Kat Beringer, Paul Metivier, Rick and Helen Rivkin, Carol Wells, Linda Borton, Sarah Oliver.
It is our ardent desire that RILEE will spark an emotional connection between our youth - the post polio generation - and Rotary’s signature international project, polio eradication and inspire donations to the End Polio Now campaign.
RILEE has two salient messages to deliver:
• As long as one child is diagnosed with polio, every child in the world is at risk, and
• Immunizations must continue for at least three years after the last diagnosed case.
RILEE is now ready for display at your Rotary events.
Visit www.rotary6440.org and click on RILEE in the events bar on the left, or by visiting our Facebook page Rotary District 6440 Iron Lung.
Naperville and Aurora Rotary Clubs
Keep up the Push to Eradicate Polio
Click here for the full story from the Chicago Tribune and Autora Beacon-News.
Rotary International President Barry Rassin meets RILEE
Representing northwestern Illinois, from Rock Island to the far western suburbs, north to the Wisconsin border and south to Peoria
Click on map for more information about Rotary District 6420
Representing northern and northeastern Illinois suburbs, from Lake Michigan to the far western suburbs and from the Wisconsin border south to Batavia
Click on map for more information about Rotary District 6440
Representing Chicago and the western and southern suburbs, extending west to the Aurora area and south to Kankakee
Click on map for more information about Rotary District 6450
Founded in 1905 right here in Northern Illinois, Rotary is recognized as the world's first volunteer service organization. Today, Rotary flourishes worldwide with over 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
The following six areas of focus are considered the priorities of Rotary worldwide:
The first four Rotarians: Silvester Schiele, founder Paul P. Harris, Hiram Shorey, and Gustavus Loehr, circa 1905-1912
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We are THIS CLOSE to eradicating polio forever. Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases of polio from 350,000 annually to only 22 worldwide in 2017, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort. Follow this link to help us with the final push to eradicate polio forever.