District Governor's Visit
     District 6420 Governor Laura Kann will make her annual visit to Rockford Rotary on September 22, 2022.  DG Laura is scheduled to meet with the Officers and Board of Directors prior to her presentation at our regular meeting.  She will discuss RI President Jennifer Jones' goals for the 2022-23 Rotary Year and also her goals for District 6420 for this year.  Laura will also tell us what she expects from Rockford Rotary during her year.
     Laura Kann, past president and honorary member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia, has been selected to serve as Governor of Rotary International District 6420 in 2022-23.
     Laura began her Rotary journey when she joined the Rotary Club of Dunwoody on September 24, 2004, having been proposed and sponsored by Marion Bunch. She resigned from the Club on June 30, 2018. The Rotary Club of Dunwoody elected Laura to honorary membership in 2018. Highlights from Laura’s tenure as a Dunwoody Rotarian will be published in an upcoming newsletter as an “Honorary Member Spotlight.”
     Laura is now a very active member of the Rotary Club of Princeton, Illinois which she joined July 1, 2018. The Princeton Club is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2020. Laura serves on the Board of Directors and is also chair of the annual Rotary Auction for the club’s centennial year in 2020. In addition, she serves on the 100th Anniversary Committee, the Community Service Committee, and the Rotary Foundation Committee.
     At the District level, Laura serves District 6420 as the District Grant Subcommittee Chair. In that role she is conducting three annual District Grant Management Training Seminars for Club Officers throughout the District. She also was a speaker at the 2019 District 6420 Conference and the 2019 District 6420 Foundation Dinner and speaks to Clubs about a wide range of Rotary Foundation topics.
     Both Laura and her husband Charles (Wick) Warren worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Upon Wick’s retirement in December 2014, they moved from Decatur, Georgia to Princeton, Illinois to be near Laura’s mother and father. Soon after moving to Princeton in November 2014, Laura’s father, Douglas Kann, passed away in March of 2015.Douglas was a member of the Rotary Club of Princeton for over 40 years. Her mother, Lucille Kann, is now 88 years young.
     Living in Princeton, Laura continued her service responsibilities for the Dunwoody Club and Rotary District 6900. She also continued working for the CDC, making monthly trips to Atlanta, until her retirement in August 2017.
     We would encourage all of our members to show their support for the District Governor and attend this meeting either in person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.  This will also be an excellent opportunity to bring a guest or prospective member so that they can learn about Rotary.  Past District Governor Kathy Kwiat-Hess will introduce our Governor and act as Rotary Host.