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Sterling Noon Rotary - Everyone is welcome!

Sterling Noon

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The YWCA of the Sauk Valley
421 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL  61081
United States of America
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Dana McCoy
Jun 18, 2019
Greeters - Binder & Camarano Sgt at Arms - Coester & Gvozdjak Invocation - Berry
Dirk Meminger
Jun 25, 2019
Greeters - Haskell & Heller Sgt. at Arms - Hellmich & Hewitt Invocation - Porter
Jul 09, 2019
Greeters - Johnson & King Sgt. at Arms - Klaver & Koch Invocation - Haskell
Club Assembly
Jul 16, 2019
Greeters - Kraut & Lareau Sgt. at Arms - Lowe & Majeski Invocation - Schlomer
Mark Mench
Aug 06, 2019
Chris Mitchell
Aug 13, 2019
Steve Munson
Aug 20, 2019
Dave Murray
Aug 27, 2019

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Boots & Shoes - $111  50/50 - $114
Guests - Dixon Rotarian, Leo Patterson, Patti Berge,Jim Olson, Tony McCombie, Liz Buckwalter, Claire Milnes
Fritiof was absent due to traveling. 
Program - Barb Majeski introduced, IL State Representative of the 71st District, Tony McCombie.  Tony introduced her staff, Liz Buckwalter and intern, Claire Milnes. 
Representative McCombie shared much information regarding the state budget.  It was an informative program.  We encourage those who want to learn more  about IL finances and the IL budget to visit the state website. 
Our club was honored to have representative McCombie visit our club .
Our Annual Rotary Pork Chop BBQ was held this day.
One of our biggest ever. 
Many thanks to Gunnar and the many Rotarians and Volunteers who came out to work and support this, our largest fundraiser.
Boots & Shoes - $219 (Thanks to Bill Shaw for his generous donation)   50/50 - $105
Fritiof shared his attendance at a Cubs Game, his graduation and attending several graduation parties.  He will be leaving soon for a two week tour of the west coast.
Program - Dave Lowe introduced Alison White, Safe Passages Coordinator at Sinnissippi Centers.
Alison is employed through a grant funded by the Department of Criminal  Justice.
Alison's primary responsibility is to assist those individuals wanting to go into treatment to achieve that.  She responds to drug overdoses and counsels the individuals on entering treatment.  The Safe Passage program allows persons who are addicted to go into a law enforcement center and ask for treatment.  Alison is called and facilitates that process.  Alison shared with us that she is a former substance abuser and said everyone had given up on her and it took one person to not give up.  She entered treatment and now has completed her bachelors degree and is almost finished with her masters in clinical Psychology. 
Alison's story was an inspiring journey, and enlightened us about the drug problem facing our communities.   Thank you Alison and Dave for bringing this information to us.  
Boots & Shoes - $66     50/50 - $93
Guests -Rachel Humphreys, daughter of Rotarian Mark Humphreys visited today.  Rachel is a recent college graduate and will be starting her career in St. Louis with Edward Jones.   
 Fritiof was absent today. 
John G. announced that he and his wife LuAnn attended the District Conference in Galena and our club was awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" for our Public Image.   Thanks to Barb Majeski and Dana for their efforts to promote the activities of our club.  
Program - Nick Lareau introduced Janna Groharing, Executive Director of Sterling Main Street.
Nick moved to Sterling in 2012. He has heard a lot of stories about the "good old days" of Sterling and he has an interest in ensuring Sterling continues to move forward and joined the Main Street board as an active participant.
Janna Spoke about the goals of Main street - 1 - Bringing unique shops and dining experience to the downtown and 1 - Attract and retain Millennials.
Sterling Main street is currently surveying community members and left surveys for those interested to complete and return. To meet the needs of the community, they need to know what the community wants and needs.
Events - 
May 30 - June 27 and July 25 - Aug. 29 - Pop-Up Market
June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30 - Movies at Grandon
Aug. 2 - Hot Dog Day 
Sept. 19 - Sip into Fall
Oct. 12 - Hops on the Rock
Dec. 6 - Sights and Sounds
Every Saturday Morning 8am - noon - Farmers Market.
Contact Sterling Main Street - or 815-626-8610 or find them on Facebook
Thanks for sharing all the exciting things happening in Sterling.
Boots & Shoes - $82     50/50 - $84
Guests -No Guests today
 Fritiof shared with us that his host family purchased Wii and they were enjoying all the games it provides.  He also told us how much he enjoyed attending prom and post prom. 
Program - Greg King introduced Joel Penne, Coachof the SHS Chess team.
Coach Joel brought several players from the team and shared their accomplishments.
     Won Sterling Invite 2 times - 2 times conference champs - ICCA 2A state champs - National champions
He spoke a lot about the progression of the team.  Told us about Niko, an exchange student from Poland, who was also the Polish Junior Nationals Champion.  Niko was able to help the team improve by sharing his skills and  his leadership of his teammates.  Coach Penne was also named Coach of the year in 2014.  Thanks for sharing, Coach Joel and Greg. 
Boots & Shoes - $101     50/50 - $72
Guests - Leo Patterson, Dixon Rotary  
 The club gave a big thank you to Deb Kelly from NHS and Jeff Gale from SHS.  These are the individuals who are responsible for getting the students here each week so they can share their stories and future plans.   Thank you for your efforts!
Fritiof shared with us that he was pleased to be back visiting the club after his accident.  Additionally he is pleased to now be able to eat without pureeing his food.   We continue to wish him well on his future surgeries.
Program - 
This was the annual meeting where students participate by assuming club responsibilities.  This year it was Newman High School students who assumed the responsibilities of greeters, Sgt. at Arms, Fun and Frolic, Invocation and the club Presidents role.  They did an excellent job.
Sterling students had the responsibility of providing the program and they didn't disappoint as the  Challand Middle School eighth grade choir entertained us with excerpts from "Grease" and the band "Queen". 
Link to District Newsletter - We made the newsletter, below is the link!
Boots & Shoes - $48     50/50 - $60
Guests - Leo Patterson, Dixon Rotary  - Linnea Koch
Student Guests  - Aaliyah Gaffey - SHS - Aaliyah informed us she will be going to the northern area of Italy near Milan.  Exciting News
NHS - Alex Whelan, Lexie Wether, Sydney Christophersen
SHS - Emalia Dunkel, Isaiah Ryan
Fritiof - Absent today due to an appointment.
Program - Lee Kraut
Lee introduced Rotary member, Wolf Koch and his spouse, Linnea.   They shared their trip to  Bosque del Apache in New Mexico which is a National Wildlife Refuge.   They told us about the Sandhill cranes and the many snow geese which inhabit this region.  They both shared their amazing photography of the cranes and snow geese.  Their photos are beautiful and were enjoyed by all.  Thanks Wolf & Linnea!
Boots & Shoes - $83     50/50 - $53
Guests - Leo Patterson, Dixon Rotary 
Student Guests  - Aaliyah Gaffey - SHS - Aaliyah will be our outbound exchange student to Italy
NHS - Drew Ackeman, Alex Whelan
SHS - Emalia Dunkel, Valerie Villareal, Nikki Collin, Isaiah Ryan
Fritiof - Thanks to Tom and Michelle Jensen for hosting a well attended open house for Fritiof, his father and his sister.  
Sadly, the next day, Fritiof was injured playing baseball when he was accidentally struck by the baseball bat.  Fritiof has significant healing to do, but fortunately no life threatening injuries.     We miss you Fritiof and look forward to a speedy recovery for you and having you back at our meetings. 
Program - Gunnar Ortgiesen - BBQ - BBQ - BBQ  on June 4.
This is our only fundraiser we do and we need everyone's help.   All proceeds go to support our donations to local groups, such as Rotaract, the SHS Chess Club, SHS Bots, The Student Excellence Event are a few examples.   This year, we will once again apply for a matching district grant along with Morrison and Rock Falls to support the Summer Manufacturing Camp for youth partnering with WACC and Woodlawn Arts Academy.
BBQ To Do List for Club Members!
  1. Sign up to help.  If you missed the sign up sheet, it will be there each week!!!! 
  2. Each Rotarian is responsible for purchasing or selling 10 tickets at $7 each.  It is our responsibility as club members.
  3. Thank Gunnar for his efforts to put this together. 
Boots & Shoes - $83     50/50 - $50
Guests - Leo Patterson, Dixon Rotary and Patti Berge, spouse of Rotarian John
Student Guests  - Aaliyah Gaffey - SHS - Aaliyah will be our outbound exchange student to Japan
Fritiof was absent as his family is arriving today
Program - Dave Hellmich.  Dave introduced Le Hartman, facilitator for the SVCC Community Leadership Program and Andrew Katchberg, one of the class participants.
The program is intended to build leadership skills, broaden knowledge of local region and unlock potential as an effective leader in our community. The program runs August through May.   Le spoke to us about her role as facilitator and her skills at managing the program and speakers.  Andrew is a participant and shared about how helpful the program is to him in building his skills as a leader and learning about the community.  Thanks for a great program.
Special Thank You
Thanks to John Gvozdjak and his family for the excellent job planning and hosting the Student Excellence event.   We thank all the Rotarians who participated and attended, 23 of our club members in all.  This event should make us all proud to be a member of the Sterling Noon Rotary.
Apologies:  Modest newsletter due to absence of secretary.
Boots & Shoes - ?       50/50 - $22
Guests - 
Student Guests  
Fritiof - 
Program - Josh Johnson - Whiteside Area Career Center
Boots & Shoes - $93        50/50 - $50
Guests -  Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary & Roger Wait from Sunrise Rotary
Student Guests  No student guests due to spring break
Fritiof - Fritiof shared that he is on the SHS tennis team and feels his game is improving.  He plays doubles and has his first tournament soon. Hes been very busy and enjoying all the new opportunities he has experienced. Thanks Fritiof!
Program - Christina Berry introduced Pastor Gary Dekoekoek.   Gary  provided information on the Unite Camp which is a movement of teenagers who UNITE for a 1/2 week of fun, service and worship.  Teens in grades 8 -12 come together to paint houses in our communities for those who may not be able to do it for themselves.  
This year's event is June 4 - 7, 2019.  Cost to students is $50, although scholarships are available for those who need assistance with this fee.  In 2018 this group painted 5 homes in Sterling & Rock Falls.  
There is a Facebook page where you can obtain more information and the website address is  Applications to participate or to apply for your home to be painted can be found at the website. 
This group is a blessing to our local youth and to our community,  Thanks Christina & Gary.
Boots & Shoes - $136
50/50 - $50
Guests -  Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary - Leo has tickets to their Shrimp Boil on April 13 at the KC Hall - Traci Wilhelmi
Student Guests  SHS -Luke Steinke NHS - Olivia Boesen & Patrick Powers
Fritiof - Fritiof shared that he attended a Leadership day for Student Council and also that he had been ill the prior week.  He was excited to share that the SHS Chess team won Nationals in the unrated division.   He is starting tennis.  He also has been practicing playing guitar accompanying fellow classmate,  vocalist Anna Mohr and they will be performing at Open Mic night at Beans and/or Air Play.  Thanks Fritiof.
 Program - Tom Jensen introduced Jake Lipka, Tennis Pro at Sterling Park district.  Jake provided us with a written history of the Westwood Racquet facilities since 1971.  Very interesting to see the progression and changes that have occurred.  Jake has introduced many new programs to Westwood, such as partnering with the Midwest Youth Tennis Association, learning and tournament opportunities for 10 & under youth, cardio tennis, adult drills, mixed doubles on Sundays from 1 - 3, youth single day tournaments.   Court #1 is now a smart court which allows for players to review their technique and data.  Free youth tennis is offered in the summer for ages 4 - 9.  They are also redoing the 9 outdoor courts.   Jake indicated that Pickleball is a fast growing game across the country and in our community as well.      Jake did a great job informing us of the many opportunities Westwood has to offer for tennis and pickleball.  Thanks Jake and Tom.
Boots & Shoes - $343
50/50 - $254  WINNER! WINNER! Steve Munson
Steve donated all of his winnings to Boots &Shoes Fund.  Thank You Steve!
Guests -  Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary - Leo has tickets to their Shrimp Boil on April 13 at the KC Hall
Student Guests  SHS -Matthew Valentino, Rainbow Allen NHS - Olivia Boesen & Patrick Powers
 Program -Reed Hutchcraft introduced Dr. Ryan Anderson, from SVCC.   Dr. Anderson spoke about the Ag curriculum at the college and the many advances made within the past 18 months.  They have added Transfer Degrees, split the curriculum into Animal Science and Agronomy/Ag Business.  They have added Ag certificate programs and partner with businesses on externships which allow students to work and earn salary/benefits while attending school. He spoke of adding chickens to the program and hope to add goats as well.   Sauk will host 8,  4 day long Ag Mechanic workshops for Ag teachers soon.  It was interesting and exciting to hear about all of the advances in the Ag curriculum at SVCC.  Dr. Anderson's presentation was informative as well as entertaining.    
Boots & Shoes - $165
50/50 - $220
Student Guests  SHS -Matthew Valentino, Rainbow Allen & Luke Steinke   NHS - Julia Ardis and Katherine Crisham
Fritiof was at a leadership session and asked his host Tom Jensen to report for him   Fritiof has an orchestra concert on Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm and Choir on March 7 at 7:30 pm at Centennial Auditorium.  No charge to attend and he would appreciate Rotarians attending.    
 Program - Tim Schwingle introduced Joan Hermes, Executive Director of the CGH Health Foundation.  Joan shared that she has been the director for 27 years.   She shared with us the many important programs the Foundation supports. Our club passed the hat and raised $391 and the club matched $200 for a total of $591.   Thanks for members generosity. 
Boots & Shoes - $147
50/50 - $198
Guests - Allen Przysucha and Roger Wait of Sunrise Rotary. LuAnn & Katie Gvozdjak
Student Guests  SHS - Shelley Saathoff   NHS - Julia Ardis, Michael Frank and Katherine Crisham
Fritiof shared how much he enjoyed his role in Mama Mia and thanked everyone who attended. They raised $900 at the Pizza Ranch fundraiser. Moves this week to his new host family, the Jensens.  His parents are visiting around April 18 and will be attending a Rotary meeting.  
 Program - John G. hosted the program, the SHS Robotics Team. John introduced Mr. Rivera who shared information about the program which has only been in existence for a few years.   Students on the team shared with us their roles on the team and how they anticipate these skills to be helpful in their future. The group then demonstrated their robot which was extremely impressive.    Thanks to the SHS Robotics team. 
Boots & Shoes - $73
50/50 - $177
Guests - Bob Sondgeroth - RF Rotary
Student Guests  SHS - Shelley Saathoff   NHS - Brady Moran, Michael Frank and Kyle Yde
Fritiof encouraged us all to attend "Mama Mia" at SHS where he is playing one of the Dads.  Spent last weekend with the Taylor family sledding in Wisconsin.  Still has tickets for the Piano concert also at SHS.  Because Verizon has an international plan, he is looking for someone with a Verizon plan who will allow him to share for the remainder of his stay. 
 Program - Kevin Heller was the program.   Kevin shared interesting information about himself and his background including how he became involved in becoming a wresting coach. He also brought two of his wrestlers with him and shared stories about their successes.. Good job Kevin! 
Short newsletter as I was not able to be at the meeting.
Boots & Shoes - Good Results                50/50 - $154
Fritiof  spent time in Florida. 
 Program - David Hellmich introduced Mike Stevenson, Athletic Director for Sauk Valley Community College. .  
Boots & Shoes - $42                50/50 - $130
Guests -  Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary
Student Guests  SHS - Samantha Spaulding, Aleya Gaffey, Julia Hoffman, Alyssa Marquez  NHS -Jacob Rude, Brady Moran
Fritiof  shared with us that he spent time at the Majeski household and did some snowmobiling.   The chess team also won conference and will be going to state.  Fritiof will be going along as equipment manager and provide team support.  He will be attending student exchange event in Galena this weekend. 
 Program - The program was our member Gary Camarano, Whiteside Area Economic Development Director.  Gary showed us two new marketing videos.  Viedo 1 illustrates the opportunities for new business in our area.   Video 2 illustrates the quality of life in our area.  Both are excellent tools to market our communities and we thank Gary for sharing.  
Chocolate Rendezvous Ticket Raffle next week - At next weeks meeting we will be raffling tickets to the SVCC Foundation Chocolate Rendezvous.  Buy a few more 50/50 tickets and your ticket may be drawn to win a ticket to this event - $50 value.  Proceeds benefit Boots & Shoe Fund.
Boots & Shoes - $120
50/50 - $117
Guests -  Lori Cortez -SVCC, Alan Przysucha-Sunrise Rotary, Dave Abele - Morrison Rotary, Mike Albert - Rock Falls Rotary
Student Guests  SHS - Gretchen Gould and Jessica Cain   NHS - Brie Rosengren and Jacob Rude
Fritiof was  in the Dells with the McCoys then meeting Schlegels in Chicago. Saw the Louisville Slugger Museum.  Visited the shooting range with Tim Schwingle.  Selling t-shirts for Student Council.
 Program - Jerry Binder introduced David Hellmich, President of SVCC and Lori Cortez, Director of the SVCC Foundation. 
Dave spoke about the value and importance of Community Colleges and how fortunate we are to have such an excellent one available to our communities. Lori spoke about the Foundation and a new program being instituted, "Sauk Promise Program".  The goal is to raise awareness of the value of college to youth as young as elementary school.  The program will be introduced to area schools and after participating students meet 5 criteria they may be eligible to 3 yrs of education at SVCC.  SVCC Foundation will be kicking off a 12 million dollar campaign in the spring with an annual sustainability campaign of 500,000 annually.   Great Program!
Boots & Shoes - $98
50/50 - $108/
Guests -  Leo Patterson of Dixon Rotary
Student Guests   No student guests today.
Fritiof was  in the Dells with the McCoys then meeting Schlegels in Chicago. 
 Program - John Berge introduced Jerry Schnake, volunteer at the Reagan Home and Paige Toms, Board Member. 
Jerry shared a few interesting stories about the Reagan family when they lived in his boyhood home in Dixon.  The home receives about 8,000 visitors annually as a popular visitor site in our area. Also shared the cost of upkeep on the home.  Paige shared a bit about their campaign to raise funds to support the home and continued maintenance costs.   We will be hearing more about this soon. 
Feb, 8 a fundraising event is scheduled with Michael Reagan as the keynote speaker.  More to come on this event.  Thanks for a wonderful program.
Boots & Shoes - $63
50/50 - $94
Guests -  Leo Patterson of Dixon Rotary, Cathy Binder, Tim Schlegel, Alan Pzysucha from Sunrise Rotary,  and Samantha O'Keefe
Student Guests  NHS - Hannah Dixon SHS - Jessica Payne & Gretchen Gould
Fritiof shared stories of his past week.   Went to see a Holiday Light Show, CMS Choir concert, Christmas at the Taylors and participating in a music concert at SHS that evening.       Program - Mr. Weston Henry led the SHS Madrigals in a beautiful performance enjoyed by all.   Wonderful concert.
Boots & Shoes - $85
50/50 - $85 
Guests -  Mark Humphreys, Jana Jacobs, Leo Patterson of Dixon Rotary and Roger Wait of Sunrise Rotary
Student Guests  NHS - Hannah Dixon and Bree Rosengren
Fritiof shared stories of his past week.   Fritiof had a quiet weekend as he was under the weather.   Almost missed Rotary today as he was in the nurse's office napping and they almost forgot to wake him.  He auditioned for the school play, Mama Mia and received the part of Bill.   We look forward to seeing Fritiof in his acting debut on the stage.                        Program - Jon Berens intorduced Heather Wittenauer, Principal of Jefferson School.  Heather spoke to us about the summer reading program which they would like to continue but would need funding.  The  program provides 8 books to Kindergarten and first Graders throughout SPS5 along with a schedule for completing the books.  The package includes a book bag, reading light and other items donated by Halo.  The books are returned and reused for the next year.   This program allows the kids to maintain their reading skills over the summer months. 475 students participated in the program.   This sounds like an important program for our youth.   Nice job Heather.
Boots & Shoes - $103
50/50 - $67 
Guests - Jana Jacobs Mark Humphreys and Carter Schlegel
Student Guests  from NHS were Khloe, Emily Schaab.
  Fritiof shared stories of his past week.   Went golfing and bowling with the Schlegels.  Played the base drum at the football game.  Shared the Swedish tradition of Gingerbread House making competition and indicated he would have the Schlegel family participate.                                  
Program - Tim Schwingle introduced Linda Giesen from the Dixon Rotary who provided the program on the Rotary Foundation.
Linda spoke to the 6 areas of focus, Promoting Peace, Supporting Women & Children, Fighting disease, Providing Clean Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Supporting Education and Growing Local Economies. The goal is to have every Rotarian give a minimum of $100 this year to the Foundation.    Brad distributed forms to sign up for auto withdrawal from your checking account for those interested.  Thanks Linda for your important message.
Boots & Shoes - $110
50/50 - $77 
Guests - Mark Humphreys and Laura Welty
Student Guests  No Students today
Fritiof shared stories of his past week.   Enjoyed two Thanksgiving dinners, at Taylors and Schlegels. Went Black Friday shopping and indicated spent a lot of time waiting.  Enjoyed cutting down Christmas Tree.  Went to Wisconsin to meet Brice's host family sister who will be an incoming exchange student.  Attended the International Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Leo Patterson family.  Fritiof will be heading to a chess meet later today.      Busy, busy, busy....                        
Program - Ed Andersen was our program today sharing his trip to China.  Was fortunate to travel with his neighbor who has much experience traveling to China.  He shared a lot of information about visiting Shanghai and Beijing.  Also was able to see the Terracotta soldiers.   Showed many great pictures and highlights of their trip.  Very enjoyable presentation - Thanks for sharing Ed.
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    Terri Porter
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    June 1, 1999
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    June 11, 1974
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    June 23, 2017
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