Sterling Noon Rotary meets every Tuesday
at 12:00 noon at the YWCA Sauk Valley meeting room,
415 1st Ave., Sterling. 
Masks are required except to eat or drink. 
Please  social distance. 
Visiting Rotarians, meals are $10.00.
Monday - December 27, 2021
January 4, 2022
Happy New Year!
Rotary  International

Letter sent to District Governors and Club Presidents,

We see the decision to vaccinate as a civic and humanitarian imperative. Rotary is not a political or religious organization, it is a service organization and this is the lens through which we are advising you of our position.

  1. Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic and the emergence of new variants. Rotary endorses and strongly encourages vaccination for all individuals including our members who are currently able to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In areas where COVID-19 is surging, communities are facing extreme challenges, health systems are overwhelmed, and contentious rhetoric is dividing us. It is critical that the virus be contained so that the world may begin to heal. To that end, the purpose of this statement is to reinforce Rotary’s position.
  2. Misinformation has become an “infodemic” that hinders the fight against COVID-19. In line with our Four-Way Test, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
  3. Rotary International staff at One Rotary Center were required to be vaccinated by 10 October 2021, as a criterion for employment after that date. RI’s employee vaccination rate stands at over 99 percent.
  4. Globally, Rotary is actively engaged in assuring equity in vaccine access to all people. Our efforts have included advocacy with the G-20, and a proof-of-concept program with GAVI/COVAX to leverage our frontline experience with polio eradication to facilitate vaccine delivery in several low- and middle-income countries where Rotarians are active. While we know many clubs are already deeply involved in COVID-19 prevention, we are working on additional strategies to multiply our collective efforts. GAVI/COVAX is a partnership including WHO and UNICEF focused on global access and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
  5. Those children for whom vaccines are not currently available are at significant risk. Until vaccines are available for all children, the vaccination of adults is the best way to protect children who cannot be vaccinated. Pediatric admissions for COVID-19 are rising precipitously in areas of low vaccination.
  6. Rotary salutes health care workers everywhere as they continue to provide lifesaving services. Local recognition of these heroes by each of our clubs can help to encourage them to continue their important work. Rotary abhors any harassment and attacks on healthcare workers.
  7. Rotary and Rotaract clubs are encouraged to
    • set good examples by being exemplary role models; 
    • redouble their efforts to support COVID-19 treatment, prevention, and vaccination efforts.
  8. Vaccines have proven to be one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines save between 2 to 3 million children’s lives each year, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative estimates the polio vaccine has saved more than 19 million children from paralysis. Vaccines are safe, effective and are responsible for eliminating or controlling many other vaccine-preventable diseases such as smallpox, measles, rubella, and Ebola. And now, there is the opportunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccines.
  9. The eradication of polio remains a goal of the highest order for Rotary. We can apply the lessons we have learned in fighting polio to the efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Shekhar Mehta                                                                              John Germ
President, Rotary International                                                Chair, The Rotary Foundation

CC: RI Board of Directors & Directors-elect, TRF Board of Trustees and incoming Trustees, District Governors-elect, Club Presidents-elect, Regional Leaders, COVID-19 Task Force, International PolioPlus Committee, Communications Committee

Up-coming Hosts and Programs
(January - March 2022):
Tuesday, January 4th - Host: Christy Zepezauer
  Program: Dawn Arndt - "Penguin Projects"
Tuesday, January 11th - Host: Kevin Heller
  Program: Not available at this time.
Tuesday, January 18th - Host: Lori Lowe
  Program: Not available at this time.
Tuesday, January 25th - Host: Mark Mench
  Program: Not available at this time.
Thursday, January 27th - Club 5:05 (Fellowship)
Tuesday, February 1st - Host: Christina Berry
  Program: Black History Month Program
Tuesday, February 8th - Host: Mike Sprague
  Program: Not available at this time.
Tuesday, February 15th - Host: Nick Hubbard
  Program: Not available at this time.
Tuesday, February 22nd - Host: Dave Hellmich
  Program: Robotics Club, Sterling High School
Thursday, February 24th - Club 5:05 (Fellowship)
Tuesday, March 1st - Host: Paul Steinke
  Program: Joan Hermes, CGH Foundation
Tuesday, March 8th - Host: Ray Sharp
   Program: Not available at this time.
Tuesday, March 15 - Host: Reed Hutchcraft
     Program: Not available at this time.
Tuesday, March 22 - Host: Ron Pottoff
   Program: Not available at this time.
Tuesday, March 29th - No Noon Meeting
   Club Evening Social - to be announced.
Hosts:   As soon as you secure a program for your meeting,
please notify Barbara Majeski, Program Chair;
President Hellmich,
 and Bill McLemore, Editor.  Thanks!

Heavenly Story!!!

A couple made a deal that whoever died first would come back and inform the other if there is sex after death.  Their biggest fear was that there was no after life at all.  After several years, the husband was the first to die.  And true to his word, he managed to make contact with his wife:  “Marion… Marion…”  She answered trembling, “Is that you, Bob?”  He answered, “Yes, I’ve come back like we agreed.”  “That’s wonderful, dear, what’s it like?”  
With a happy voice he responded.  “Well, every morning when I get up I have sex.  Afterwards I go off to the golf course.  I have sex again, bathe in the warm sun and then have sex a couple of more times.  Then I have lunch (you’d be proud of me—lots of greens).  Another romp around the golf course, then pretty much have sex the rest of the afternoon.  After supper, it’s back to the golf course again.  Then it’s more sex until late at night.  I catch some much needed sleep and then the next day it starts all over again!”
“Oh, Bob! That’s wonderful!  Are you in heaven?”

“No dear… I’m a rabbit at a Robert Trent Golf Course!”


The Rev. William P. "Bill" McLemore, Editor

Assistant Club Secretary

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