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Sterling Noon Rotary - Everyone is welcome!
Sterling Noon

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
WYCA
1st Ave and 3rd St
Sterling, IL 61081
United States of America

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 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
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Boots & Shoes - $63  50/50 -  $153
Guests -  
Student Guests - Josie Rank & Kiley Sanders - NHS
Yuzuki - 
Program - Tina Wren, President of the Sauk Valley Diversity Committee was introduced. 
Tina was invited by Rev. Christina Berry who was unable to attend today and who also serves on the Diversity Committee.
Tina shared with the group the mission and activities of the Diversity Committee.
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
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Boots & Shoes - $104  50/50 -  $123
Guests -  Dixon Rotarian, Leo Patterson
Student Guests - Louis Vargas - SHS     Gabriel Fiorini and Sierra Williams - NHS
Yuzuki - Shared that she began economics class this semester.  Host family took her to Chicago where she had Deep Dish Pizza and didn't eat for 24 hours after as it filled her up so much.
Program - Greg King introduced coach Dale Dykeman from SHS.
Dale introduced members of the SHS Class 3A State Volleyball champions. - Grace Gould, Brie Brum, Brook Brum, Lexie Rodriguez and Grace Egan.
Coach Dale spoke about the hard work the team put in to achieve their success.   Lexie Rodriguez had an opportunity to play in Egypt where they won Gold.  She was also named Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.
The community is proud of this amazing group of athletes who won State for the second year in a row.
Thanks Greg & Coach Dykeman.
 
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Club 5:05 - Jan. 30 at the Precinct.
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
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Boots & Shoes - $151  50/50 -  $107
Guests -  Dixon Rotarian, Leo Patterson
Student Guests - 
Program - Trish Klaver introduced Gwyn Bemis, YMCA Camp Benson Director. 
Gwyn shared information about Camp Benson which is located in Mt. Carroll, IL.
Thanks Trish
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
  • November is Rotary Foundation Month - Please consider contributing,
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Boots & Shoes - $113   50/50 -  $74 
Guests -  Dixon Rotarian, Leo Patterson, Cathy Binder,  Weston Henry, Director of SHS Madrigals
Student Guests - Madrigals
Yuzuki  told us she has moved to her new host family, John & Kelly Hahn and thanked the Geil family for hosting her.  She went Christmas Tree Shopping and was thrilled as it was the first time she has had a Christmas Tree.  Participated in the SHS choir program and the Madrigal Dinner and continues to enjoy participating on the bowling team.
Christy Zepezauer introduced Mr. Weston Henry, Music Director at SHS.   He in turn introduced the Madrigals.
Our Rotary Club thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the sounds of Christmas as performed by the SHS Madrigals.  Thank you Christy for scheduling this group for us to enjoy.
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Dana announced about the Short term Youth Exchange which is 4 weeks during the summer months.
  • Club reached 60% of their Foundation goal totalling, $7,056 to date.  Not too late to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Club Member Pat Pettenger is retiring from USBank after 43 years of service.  Open House is on Dec. 13 from 9am - 3pm.  
  • Boots and Shoes - Mike Sprague shred about purchasing shoe sizers for each of the sterling schools so that nurses can size the feet and contact the club for boots for winter.  Great job Mike!
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training.
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Boots & Shoes - $112  50/50 -  $92 
No Guests Today  No Students Today
Yuzuki  told us she turns 16 in ten days and that in Japan turning 16 is not a big deal as it is in the US.  she had a party of about 20 friends which she enjoyed very much.  This is finals week at SHS and she still has some studying to do.
Ed Andersen introduced Kris Noble, Executive Director of the Sauk Valley Area chamber of Commerce.
Kris was proud to announce that the Chamber had received the "Outstanding Chamber of the Year" award from the National Chamber of Commerce.   Additionally through the works of Kris and her Board they also were Five Star Accredited this year.
Both of those achievements are a testament to the commitment of Kris and her Board of Directors.   She shared their many accomplishments which illustrates the Sauk Valley Area has much to be proud of.  Thank you for your terrific work Kris!
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Dana announced about the Short term Youth Exchange which is 4 weeks during the summer months.
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training.
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Boots & Shoes - $245   50/50 -  $50 - 
Guests -  Dixon Rotarian, Leo Patterson, Rick Huber, guest of Dirk Meminger  Angie & Matt Prescott and their son Robbie.
Patty Berge, guest of John Berge
Student Guests - Madeline Ryan, Emma Frank,  Jonathan Rhode
Yuzuki - Yuzuki has joined the SHS bowling team and while she does not think she is a good bowler yet, she enjoys it and has made more friends.
Program - Jon Schemmer, SHS Head Football Coach.
Jon shared about the football program as SHS and how they feel the community support has a big impact on the success of NHS & SHS athletics.  Shared that many other teams are envious of the athletic facilities at SHS and also that the students do not take it for granted and value the facilities and equipment they are provided. The athletes work hard and the results speak for themselves.  Thanks Jon for your hard work as head coach and for sharing with Rotary. 
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Prescott Family - Our Rotary Club presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Matt Prescott in the name of his parents, Bob and Jan Prescott.   
  • Janna Groharing - Janna was inducted as a new member today!  Welcome Janna!
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
  • November is Rotary Foundation Month - Please consider contributing,
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Boots & Shoes - $61   50/50 -  $50 - 
Guests -  Prospective Member - Janna Groharing, guest of Dana McCoy
Student Guests - Megan Seacrest, Madeline Tyan, Sara Kickoff, Jonathan Rhode
Yuzuki
Program - Dave Lowe, long-time member of Sterling Noon Rotary was our speaker.
Dave shared about the importance of Rotary and the value of contributing to the Rotary foundation.  Thank you Dave for your "Service Above Self"
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
  • November is Rotary Foundation Month - Please consider contributing,
  • Mayor Skip Lee, proclaims October 24, 2019 World Polio Day in Sterling.
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No Boots and Shoes or 50/50 today.
 Russ Siefken hosted our Annual Veterans Day Program.
Thanks to John G. for lining up President General Ulysses S. Grant to attend.
Thank you to all of Veterans who attended.   We honor you and appreciate you!
 
Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
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Boots & Shoes - $79   50/50 -  $50 - 
Guests -  Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Betty Clementz from RF Rotary
Prospective Member - Janna Groharing, guest of Dana McCoy
Student Guests - NHS - Avery Meyer & Clare Sanders
Yuzuki - Yuzuki went to a concert in Iowa and while she is not a fan of country music she really enjoyed herself.  She was happy to see snow as she does not get to see snow in Tokyo.  She was saddened to share that Typhoon #19 caused much damage and 88 people died as a result of this deadly storm.
Program - Jerry Binder welcomed Joan Hermes, Executive Director of the CGH Health Foundation.  Joan thanked our club for our generosity over the years. She also shared about the many programs the foundation supports including the most recent one, the Pediatric Rehab Center.  The club passed the hat and matched $200 for a total of $541.
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Club Members wish John G. well as he recovers from surgery.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program
  • RF Rotary Greener Sale - Betty will be back on Nov. 5 to collect orders.
  • Sat. Nov. 9 - Foundation Dinner in Polo
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
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Boots & Shoes - $82   50/50 -  $50 - 
Guests -  Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Roger Wait from Sunrise Rotary.
Steve Nunez and Nolan Halla from SVCC Rotaract Club
Student Guests - NHS - Avery Meyer & Clare Sanders.   SHS - Grace Gould, Claudia Garcia, Andrea Cervantes, Sarah Kuhns
Yuzuki - Yuzuki was unable to attend due to a test.   
Program - Tim Schwingle welcomed Leo Patterson from the Dixon Rotary Club.
Leo shared his experiences attending the International Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany.  He presented many beautiful and interesting pictures of the area and the event.  They met many interesting people and would highly recommend Rotarians attending if they have the opportunity to do so.  Thanks Leo.
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Dr. John and Kelly Hahn will be the host family for Yuzuki after Thanksgiving.  Thanks John & Kelly.
  • Nov. 2 - Allen P. announced Membership meeting at CGH in the Ryberg 9:30 - 11am
  • Nov. 2 - Interviews for Youth Exchange 9 - 2 at St. John's Lutheran Church - let Dana know if you can help out.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let Carolyn know if you are bringing a guest.
  • Sat. Nov. 9 - Foundation Dinner in Polo
  • Feb. 1 - President & President Elect Training
  • March 6 - 8 President Elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
  • Club 505  - Seeking a member to coordinate this event. 
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Boots & Shoes - $189   50/50 -  $131 - Lee Kraut wins big this week - Congratulations
Guests - Janna Groharing guest of Dana McCoy, Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Roger Wait and Allen Przysucha from Sunrise Rotary.
Student Guests - NHS - Ellie Kerner & Connor McBride - SHS - Cori Chavez, Andrea Cervantes, Claudia Garcia, Grace Gould, Sarah Kuhns
Yuzuki - Yuzuki shared her week.  It was Homecoming week and she enjoyed dressing up during the week's festivities.  Had fun attending the homecoming football game as well as the dance.   Tennis season is over and she thoroughly enjoyed that as well.   
Program - Loren Schlomer introduced our District Governor, Bobbi Burke where she was welcomed with a standing ovation.
Bobbi spoke about our new theme - "Rotary Connects the World"
Spoke about three challenges for district clubs - 
1.  Think about meeting times, and venues to encourage membership.
2.  Apply for Matching district Grants
3. Think about how our club will get connected.
She congratulated us as our district exceeded the Foundation goal last year.  Thanks to our District Governor for visiting our club and sharing the Rotary Message.
 Announcements and Upcoming Dates:
  • Dr. John and Kelly Hahn will be the host family for Yuzuki after Thanksgiving.  Thanks John & Kelly.
  • Nov. 2 - Allen P. announced Membership meeting at CGH in the Ryberg 9:30 - 11am
  • Nov. 2 - Interviews for Youth Exchange 9 - 2 at St. John's Lutheran Church - let Dana know if you can help out.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let John G. know if you are bringing a guest.
  • Sat. Nov. 9 - Foundation Dinner in Polo
  • Feb. 1 - President & Presdient Elect Trainining
  • March 6 - 8 President elect Training in Itasca.
  • April 4 - Training Assembly/Officer's Training
  • Club 505  - Seeking a member to coordinate this event. 
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Boots & Shoes - $78   50/50 -  $112
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Roger Wait from Sunrise Rotary.
Student Guests  - NHS - Dean Ellorando & Kyle Tunisk SHS -  Ava Shaw
 
Program - Ron Potthoff introduced, Dawn Young, Whiteside County Recorder
Dawn has been the County Recorder since 1981 and was first elected in 1996. She explained much about how things are recorded in her office.   They file 30 - 40 documents per day and all documents are micro filmed.  Recording fees are $43.  All county residents are able to sign up for Property Fraud Alert for free, which alerts them of any activity regarding their property.   Her job is very interesting and we thank her for sharing.
 Announcements:
  • Club 505  - Seeking a member to coordinate this event.
  • Oct. 12 - Polio walk beginning at Centennial Park at 9am.  Registration at 8:15am.  Meet at the Larson Shelter. See Tim Schwingle to order a t-shirt.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let John G. know if you are bringing a guest.
  • Host Family - Host family needed for Yuzuki beginning after Thanksgiving.  See Dana if interested. 
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Boots & Shoes - $73   50/50 -  $114
Guests - Janna Groharing guest of Dana McCoy, Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Roger Wait from Sunrise Rotary.
Student Guests - Ellie Kerner, SHS and Connor McBride - NHS
Program - Ed Andersen on Rotary and Leadership
ED, a Rotarian since 1979 shared with the club his years as a Rotarian and how important it has been to his life.   Thanks Ed for your many years of service as a Rotarian and for sharing your story.
 Announcements:
  • Club 505  - Seeking a member to coordinate this event.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let John G. know if you are bringing a guest.
  • Host Family - Host family needed for Yuzuki beginning after Thanksgiving.  See Dana if interested. 
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Boots & Shoes - $169   50/50 -  $?
Guests - 
Student Guests  - Moira Roddy - Dean Ellorando - Kyle Turink - Cori Chavez - Whitnie Garriott - Ava ShawSHS  Joselyn Reed and Nate Ahlers - NHS
 
Program - Scott Porter introduced Terri Porter.
Terri shared her story on her mission trip to the Darien Jungle in Panama.  Thank you Terri for your good works and for sharing your story.
 Announcements:
  • Club 505  - Seeking a member to coordinate this event.
  • Oct. 12 - Polio walk beginning at Centennial Park at 9am.  Registration at 8:15am.  Meet at the Larson Shelter. See Tim Schwingle to order a t-shirt.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let John G. know if you are bringing a guest.
  • Host Family - Host family needed for Yuzuki beginning after Thanksgiving.  See Dana if interested. 
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Boots & Shoes - $189   50/50 -  $82 
Guests - LaSalle Rotarian - Chris Wren, Honorary Rotarian - Bill Shaw
Student Guests  - Tessa DeJonge and Moira Roddy - SHS  Joselyn Reed and Nate Ahlers - NHS
Yuzuki - Yuzuki told us about visiting Chicago with other exchange students.  They stayed in a very large house with a pool and a good time was had by all.  She wants us to let her know if we want to know anything about her country and she will share that with us.
Program - Pat Pettenger introduced Chief of Sterling Police, Tim Morgan.
Tim spoke about the new Cannabis laws in Illinois.  How this impacts the city and law enforcement. 
 Announcements:
  • Club 505  - Seeking a member to coordinate this event.
  • Oct. 12 - Polio walk beginning at Centennial Park at 9am.  Registration at 8:15am.  Meet at the Larson Shelter. See Tim Schwingle to order a t-shirt.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let John G. know if you are bringing a guest.
  • Host Family - Host family needed for Yuzuki beginning after Thanksgiving.  See Dana if interested. 
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Boots & Shoes - $165    50/50 -  $50 
Guests - Sunrise Rotarian - Roger Wait, Dixon Rotarian Leo Patterson and RF Rotarian Bob Sondgeroth
Student Guests  - Tessa DeJonge - SHS and Joselyn Reed and Nate Ahlers - NHS
Program - Gunnar Ortgieson introduced Bob Sondgeroth
Bob presented information about the motorcycle ride to raise funds for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  It is an amazing group of riders who are passionate about riding but more importantly the good work of St. Jude's hospital.
The club passed the hat and raised $889.  The club added $111 to make it $1,000.  Thank you members for your generosity.
 Announcements:
  • By-Laws - A members meeting was held, where a quorum was present.  A motion was made by Dave Hellmich to approve the by-laws as presented.  Second by Tim Schwingle.  Motion carried.  Now the club is able to proceed with incorporation.
  • CONGRATULATIONS! - It was noted at the meeting that new member Bill Mclemore celebrated his 50th anniversary in Rotary. So pleased to have Bill and Lori in our club.
  • Club 505  - Seeking a member to coordinate this event.
  • New Members - Mike Banks and Greg Banks were inducted into our club.   Welcome Mike and Greg. 
  • Oct. 12 - Polio walk beginning at Centennial Park at 9am.  See Tim Schwingle if interested in ordering a t-shirt.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let John G. know if you are bringing a guest.
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Boots & Shoes - $153    50/50 -  $50 
Guests - Greg Banks, guest of John Berge
Student Guests - - Emma Rapp, Abby Aitken, Tyler Hanson and Emelia from Germany, RF Rotary Exchange Student
Yuzuki- Yuzuki attended a wedding party which she enjoyed although it was a 10 hour drive.   She was also able to meet another exchange student from Japan, with whom she was able to speak her beloved Japanese.
Program - Mark Mench introduced Larry Schuldt, Executive Director of the Sterling Park District.  Larry provided a history of Westwood and then facilitated a tour of the buildings and grounds.
 Announcements:
  • The members congratulated Jim and Carmen Haskell on their 68th wedding anniversary.
  • Club 505 had 10 attendees - still seeking a member to coordinate this event.
  • Sept,. 10 - By-laws vote - please review draft that was sent out by John G. and plan to attend on Sept. 10 as a quorum is required to approve. 
  • Sept. 10 - Induction of Mike Banks and Greg Banks
  • Oct. 12 - Polio walk beginning at Centennial Park at 9am.  See Tim Schwingle if interested in ordering a t-shirt.
  • Nov. 5 - Veteran's Day Program - let John G. know if you are bringing a guest.
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Boots & Shoes - $129    50/50 -  $50 
Guests - Dixon Rotarian, Leo Patterson - Sunrise Rotarian, Roger Wait  
Personal guests - Jeff Gale, guest of Kevin Heller Mike & Greg Banks, guest of Russ Spitzer - Pete Dillon, guest of Dave Murray
Program - Dave Murray introduced Julian Vandevelde of Moxie Solar. 
 Announcements:
  • Sept. 3 - Meeting at Westwood, 1900 Westwood Drive in Sterling, Building #2 - Door is locted directly west of the outdoor tennis courts.
  • Sept,. 10 - By-laws vote - please review draft that was sent out by John G. and plan to attend on Sept. 10 as a quorum is required to approve. 
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Boots & Shoes - $95     50/50 -  $50 
Guests - Dixon Rotarians, Leo Patterson & Emily Taylor (Brice's mom), Adin Taylor (Brice's dad).  
Rock Falls Rotarian Bob Sondgeroth and his guest Rhonda Conklen.
Personal guests of John Berge were prospective members, Mike and Greg Banks, owners of Moore Monument Company.
Student Guests - Our inbound student, Yuzuki Hosai from Japan., RF Inbound student, Emelia from Germany our outbound student Aaliyah Gaffey and our returning outbound student from last year, Brice Taylor
 
WELCOME to our newest members who were inducted today!  Lori Lowe and Bill MclemoreThey both bring a long and interesting history of their Rotary involvement and we welcome them into our club.  
Program - Steve Munson introduced our last year's outbound student Brice Taylor. 
Brice presented many photos of his experience in the Southern part of France. He included photos of his host families, all the delicious food and pastries he enjoyed.  He also shared many American things with his French friends such as, Elf on the Shelf and hanging stocking on the fireplace.  Everyone enjoyed his presentation.  Welcome Home Brice and thank you for sharing your adventure.  
 
 
 
 
Boots & Shoes - $103
50/50 -  $50 
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary  Outbound student - Aaliyah Gaffey
We welcomed our inbound student from Japan, Yuzuki Hosai.  We look forward to having her with us for the next year.   
Please be sure to greet her and welcome her each week.  
Program - Dave Hellmich & Barb Majeski
Sterling Rotary and Social Media
Barb took us through how to find our club on Facebook and liking the page and sharing the posts with our contact lists.
It was stressed that if you are not interested in Facebook that is Ok.
You can access information by going to our Website - sterlingilrotary.com
Our website is a part of ClubRunner which is provided to clubs by Rotary International.  The club pays a small annual fee to utilize ClubRunner.  we currently use ClubRunner to bill dues to members, create and archive the weekly bulletins and track membership.
Dana sent out instructions recently on how to access ClubRunner.
To look up your Foundation giving information, www.rotary.org and create an ID and password on that site.  Your id is your email address and you can then choose your unique password.  
Dave also showed us how to download the app, Club Locator.  Great to use when you are traveling and looking for a club to attend.
Thanks for sharing this valuable information with the club membership.
 
 
 
 
Boots & Shoes - $105
50/50 -  $50 
Guests - Yuzuki Hosai moment included her adjusting to the size of Sterling coming from the large city of Tokyo. She joined the tennis team and school starts on Aug. 14 which she is looking forward to.   
Program - Chris Mitchell introduced Jerry Beranek, retired from Gold Star FS.  Jerry is representing the Sterling American Legion.  The Sterling Legion is celebrating their 100th anniversary and has about 300 members.The Legion provides much to the community by making donations to various civic and community funds, they provide the Honor Guard at Military Funerals. The Legion also participates in celebrations including Veteran's day, Memorial Day and Pearl Harbor Day. Legislation was just passed that now allows any veteran to become a Legion Member. Additionally there is a group for children of Veteran;s called Sons of American Legion as well as the Legion Auxiliary.  In celebration of their 100th Anniversary, there is an open house planned for September 21 and a gold outing planned for Sept, 7.  Thanks Jerry for sharing about this prestigious organization honoring US Veterans. 
 
 
 
 
Boots & Shoes - $188
50/50 $183   Chris Mitchell drew the winning card and donated $50 back to the club.   congratulations Chris. 
Guests - Roger Wait from Sunrise Rotary
Outbound student - Aaliyah Gaffey
 
Program - Dave Hellmich 
Member Profile, Mark Humphreys
Mark shared hi background with the group.  His family includes his spouse, Carol, his daughter Rachel who recently started working at the corporate office of Edward Jones. in St. Louis and daughter Lauren, recent grad of SHS and soon to be student of U of W, to be a teacher.
Mark shared his his story of starting his own business, MCR Technologies Group, Inc. His business has been extremely successful and adding the web based technology has increased his market share.   Thanks Mark for sharing your remarkable story.  
 
Boots & Shoes - $202    50/50 $173   
Guests - Prospective Members - Lori Lowe & Bill McLemore
Outbound student - Aaliyah Gaffey
Gunnar's guest - Bryce Olson
Katie, Nik, Margo and Dave Jakobs
 
Program - Dave Hellmich 
Dave introduced Nik Jakobs of Jakob Bros Farms who presented "Ag Under Pressure"
After living away from home and working in finance, Nik moved home 6 years ago to work in the family business.
He spoke about how this spring has been challenging because of the record amounts of rain, particularly in April. 
He spoke about three areas that impact farming, Climate, such as the wet spring, Economics - the political environment  and Social - the growth of urban areas impacting the "family farms".  Nik's presentation was informative, interesting and current.  Thank you Nik and Dave.  
 
 
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!
 
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.
 
 
Boots & Shoes - $64
50/50 - $58 
Guests - Jana Jacobs Craig Bowen, - Emily Taylor, Cynthia Stringer & Karen Voss from Hospice - Mark Humphreys
                                       
Program - Cynthia Stringer, Bereavement Counselor from Rock River Hopice and Home spoke about the bereavement service that hospice provides to the families of Hospice patients.   Each family is assessed for how they may be dealing with their personal grief.   A plan is put in place depending on their individual needs.  Sometimes it requires ongoing counseling, or participating in a grief group, or just an occasional touch base.   Every family receives  mailings during the 13 months following the passing of their loved one.  As a medicare certified Hospice, they are required to provided these services for every family for 13 months and there is no reimbursement from Medicare for these services. Karen spoke about the 29th annual Festival of Trees and encouraged  all to take a moment and check it out.  
The hat (stocking) was passed and with a match from our club a, $392 donation was made to Hospice.   Thanks for your generosity.
 
Secretary was absent so no meeting information available.
Boots & Shoes - 
50/50 - $50 
Guests - 
Student Guests                                               
Fritiof -  Fritiof moving to new host family, the Schlegels.  
Program - Mike Sprague introduced Colonel Michael Friedlin, a 1974 graduate of SHS.   Michael gave our Veteran's Day program.
 
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