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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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Speakers
Host-Dave Hellmich - Program - Nik Jakobs
Jul 23, 2019
Greeters - McCoy & Meminger Sgt. at Arms - Mench & Mitchell Invocation - Munson
Dave Hellmich -Member Profile/Mark Humphreys
Jul 30, 2019
Greeters - Munson & Murray Sgt. at Arms - Ortgiesen & Pettenger Invocation - Berry
Host - Barb Majeski
Aug 06, 2019
Greeters - Potthoff & Schlomer Sgt. at Arms - Schwingle & Sharp Invocation - Porter
Host-Chris Mitchell - Sterling American Legion
Aug 13, 2019
Greeters - Porter & Siefken Sgt. at Arms - Spitzer & Sprague Invocation - Coester
Host: Steve Munson Program - Brice Taylor
Aug 20, 2019
Greeters - Steinke & Zepezauer Sgt. at Arms - Andersen & Andersen Invocation - Berry
Dave Murray - Blair Gretter on Solar Power
Aug 27, 2019
Greeters - Berens & Berge Sgt. at Arms - Berry & Camarano Invocation - Schlomer
Gunnar Ortgiesen
Sep 10, 2019
Pat Pettenger
Sep 17, 2019
Ron Potthoff
Oct 01, 2019
TBD -
Oct 08, 2019
Loren Schlomer
Oct 15, 2019
Tim Schwingle
Oct 22, 2019
Ray Sharp
Oct 29, 2019
 

Home Page Stories

 
No Boots & Shoes or 50/50 Today-   
Guests - Prospective Members - Lori Lowe & Bill McLemore
 
Club Assembly- 
Club President John G. led the club meeting today. We covered a lot of topics, too many to list in the bulletin.  However we will distribute the minutes next week for your review. Some important items worth mentioning here are:
  • Mark Humphreys was nominated by Chris Mitchell to serve on the board and it was unanimously approved.
  • Scholarship - our scholarship was renamed the "Sterling Noon Rotary" scholarship.
  • BBQ - This years BBQ was the largest ever with a profit of $8,831. 
  • Club 5:05 - Beginning a monthly social event - more to come on this. 
  • Membership - Every member is responsible for membership
  • Don Olson - Don has retired from Rotary after 33 years and our membership awarded him Honorary Membership so that he may attend meetings as he is able.  
 
No Boots & Shoes Today-   50/50 - $163
Guests -
Roger Wait and Allen Przysucka, Sunrise Rotary
Betty Clementz - Rock Falls Rotary
Leo & Linda Patterson, Dixon Rotary
Prospective Members - Lori Lowe & Bill McLemore
Julia Mothkovich, guest of Dana
Exchange Students:
Brice Taylor - Sterling Noon, last years outbound to France
Fritiof - Sterling Noon, inbound from Sweden
Flavien Dupont - Rock Falls Rotary, last years inbound from France
Agustina Lescoins, Love Park Rotary, last years inbound from Argentina
Aaliyah Gaffey, Sterling Noon, Outbound to Italy
Kimsy Spreeman
Host Families in Attendance
Emily Taylor
Michelle & Tom Jensen
Jodi Gaffey
Tim Schlegel
How exciting to have so many guests today!!!
Program - 
Fritiof provided an interesting powerpoint of pictures of his time in the USA.  His presentation certainly illustrated how many experiences he had and how much he enjoyed himself.  His words of advice for the other youth exchange students in attendance were "to say yes to new experiences". 
TomBrooks, District 6420 Youth exchange Director   - Tom shared many interesting facts about the youth exchange program and his many years as the director.  He has enjoyed his time in this role and in 3 years will move on to District Governor of our district.
Thanks Tom.
 
No Boots & Shoes Today-   50/50 - $149
Guests - Brice Taylor and his dad, Adin Taylor Jr.   We are so pleased to have Brice back home from France and happy to have his dad here today.
Roger Wait and Allen Przysucka, Sunrise Rotary
Mayor Skip Lee and his guests, prospective members, Lori Lowe and Bill McLemore
Aaleya Gaffey
Fritiof Shared about how much he is enjoying baseball and will be presenting on July 9 about his year in the USA.
Program - Dana McCoy received the Frank Broderick award in 2005 and was here to tell us about her connection with Rotary.   Dana has been a dedicated Rotarian, traveling on several trips to dig wells and vaccinate children against polio.  Dana is definitely an outstanding example of Service Above Self.  Thank you Dana for your belief and commitment to Rotary.
 
 
Boots & Shoes - $106  50/50 - $135
Guests - Teri Porter, Bryce Olson
Fritiof was absent
Program -  John Berge introduced Dirk's program today, Cindy DeLafuente, Kim Martin and Susie LeMay.   This group are eager to organize activities and events for individuals needing assistance because of developmental disability.   They spoke about the Sparkle program, which paired youth with Newman students to teach cheerleading where the youth could then perform at athletic events. They currently have a choir and have hosted proms and other activities.  They need help from the community/businesses to organize and formalize activities, events and jobs for individuals who tend to fall through the cracks of life that we all take for granted.  My sister is developmentally delayed due to trauma occurring during her birth and I applaud their efforts and hope others do as well.  Thank you Dirk for scheduling this valuable program on a great need in our community.
 
 
Boots & Shoes - $133  50/50 - $126
Guests - Dixon Rotarian, Leo Patterson, RF Rotarian, Cheryl Faber
Fritiof was absent due to traveling. 
Program - Dana Mccoy introduced Deb Keaschall from CGH.  Deb has served on the CGH team for 24 years and is currently the Auxiliary/Volunteer/Chaplaincy Program Manager and Ethics Coordinator.   Deb spoke about the auxiliary and its long history of 72 years and the many things they help with including the patient  volunteer program, managing the gift shop, fundraisers and purchasing items for CGH such as the holiday lighting. .  She shared an inspirational story of Charles Plumb, a pilot during the Vietnam War who parachuted from his damaged plane and was taken captive and held as a POW for 6 years.   He shares the story of meeting the person who packed his parachute.  And he ties that to a presentation he gives about "Who Packed your Parachute?".  Deb illustrated how volunteers at the hospital pack parachutes each day in helping patients and families at CGH.   Thanks Deb for sharing.  
 
 
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 - www.sterlingmainstreet.org 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!
https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50144/Stories/sterling-rotary-recognizes-students
 
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 saukvalleyunite.org.  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!
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Tim Schwingle
    July 23
  • Christy Zepezauer
    July 25
  • Wolf Koch
    July 27
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Terri Porter
    July 27
Anniversaries:
  • David Hellmich
    Linda Hellmich
    July 1
  • Lee Kraut
    Laura welti
    July 3
  • Gunnar Ortgiesen
    Jessica
    July 7
  • Dirk Meminger
    Jenny
    July 13
Join Date:
  • Steve Munson
    July 1, 1989
    30 years
  • Jeff Coester
    July 15, 2008
    11 years
  • Mike Sprague
    July 17, 2012
    7 years
 
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