Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $110      50/50 -  $121 - No winner today!
Guests -Brice Taylor - outbound exchange student, Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary, Josh Johnson-WACC director and potential new member, Brice Olson, guest of Gunnar Ortgieson
Program - 
Steve Munson introduced Jim Spencer, Executive Director of the Sterling Schools Foundation.  Jim spoke about the evolution of the foundation supporting both sports and academics at Sterling Public Schools.  Golden Warrior TV has been a successful venture for the foundation with sports and arts broadcast regularly and patrons subscribing for a modest fee.  This helps for raise funds for things like the Imacs used by students grades 6 - 12.  A current project is the video scoreboard that will be installed at the north end of the stadium at SHS.   Jim presented sponsorship opportunities for businesses to advertise on the scoreboard. The Sterling Schools Foundation is a huge asset to Sterling schools.  Thanks Jim for your leadership. 
News & Notes - July 31, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $97
50/50 -  $111 - No winner today!
Guests -Brice Taylor - outbound exchange student, Cheryl Faber - from RF Rotary, Josh Johnson-WACC director and potential new member
Program - 
Chris Mitchell introduced Gavin Jensen,  Education Reporter from Sauk Valley Media and son of Rotarian Tom Jensen.
Gavin shared with us how he became interested in journalism through a Media class at UW at Platteville. He spoke about his responsibilities as an education reporter for our local newspaper.  His career aspirations are to advance at the paper and/or teach the same class that peaked his interest in the industry.   We are happy to have Gavin back in our community 
Announcements:
  • Brad has sent out dues statements via email - please let us know if you did not receive yours.  Brad would appreciate prompt payment. 
  • Upcoming Rotary dates:
    • Aug. 7 @ 7:30 pm Rotary Night at Timberlake Playhouse- 
    • Oct. 13 - End Polio Walk at centennial Park in RF - registration begins at 8am
    • Oct. 13 - #1 of 3 grant trainings at CGH 9am - noon
    • Nov. 10 - Foundation Dinner at Brandywine 4 - 10pm
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
"Be the Inspiration"
Sterling Noon Rotary - July 24, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - 
50/50 -  $102
Guests -
Program - 
Mark Mench introduced Tyrell Staelens of Midwest Activity Productions a new chamber member. 
  • Brad has sent out dues statements via email - please let us know if you did not receive yours.  Brad would appreciate prompt payment. 
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
"Be the Inspiration"
News & Notes - July 17 - 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $57- great job - Dave M. & Larry
50/50 -  $89 No Winner Today
Guests -Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Josh Johnson - new director of WACC and guest of Jerry Binder
Brice Taylor - outbound exchange student
Program - 
Dirk Meminger introduced Kris Noble for the Sauk Valley Area Chamber.   Kris presented information on the "Millenial Project"  This project goal is to identify the interests of this generation to draw them and retain them in the Sauk Valley Area.    A panel of 21 - 35 year olds was established and items wee identified that would be important to this generation.  Such as; high speed internet - an investment in youth and youth activities - support for entrepreneurs - night life other than "bars".    Seems like a worthwhile endeavor for the chamber to participate in.
Thanks Kris & Dirk. 
 
  • Club Assembly on Aug. 28 - mark your calendars and plan to attend
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
"Be the Inspiration"
News & Notes - July 10, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $100 - great job - Dave M. & Dave L.
50/50 -  $81 No Winner Today
Guests - Cassidy Heffelfinger - guest of Ed Andersen winner of our Rotary $500 scholarship to SVCC.
 
Program - 
Dana McCoy presented an informative program on their trip to France.   Her son is in the marching Band at UNCC and they were invited to play at a celebratory event in Normandy marking the 74th anniversary of the invasion at Normandy.
Next year marks the 75th anniversary of this historical event and France has planned elaborate events to honor those  who invaded Normandy as a part of Operation Overlord to get the Allied armies onto the continent of Europe.  I think we all felt moved as we were reminded of the lives lost in the fight for freedom.
 
We are still needing to add another board member - please let Christy know if you are interested. 
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
"Be the Inspiration"
News & Notes - July 3, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - 
50/50 -  $69 No Drawing today
 
  • Kevin Heller will be moving off the board at the end of June and we will still need another  board member.  Please see Mike or Christy if interested
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
 
News & Notes - June 26, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $132
50/50 -  $69 No Winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary, Stacy McCaskill, guest of David Hellmich, Dir. of Small Business /Economic Outreach at SVCC- Courtney White from First Federal Bank, guest of Scott Porter, Nick Olds CGH intern and guest of Dana McCoy and Brice Taylor, Outbound Exchange Student
Program:
Dave Lowe introduced Kim Smeja, leading the fundraising team to restore the Blackhawk Statue.  the concrete statue was erected in 1908 and has deteriorated over the years.  While it continues to be a popular tourist attraction for cur area, it is in need of restoration. The Black Hawk team has been established to lead this project.   $500,000 is needed to continue the restoration project and ensure sustainability for generations to come.  Here are some ways you can donate:
1. - Credit card  https://www.ilcf.org/portal/fundraisers?PFR=8 - complete the donor page
2.  Send donations to Oregon Together/Black Hawk team PO Box 574, Oregon, IL  61061
3.  Contact Kim at 815-994-0803 or email to iamcowgirl54@gmail.com 
thanks for a great program!
Announcements:
  • Welcome to Barb Majeski, our club's newest board member. 
  • Kevin Heller will be moving off the board at the end of June and we will still need another  board member.  Please see Mike or Christy if interested.
  •          Note - Rock Falls Rotary club will be meeting off site on June 25 @ Rotary Park in Rock Falls
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
 
News & Notes - June 19, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $128
50/50 -  $57 No Winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary, Roger Wait from Sunrise Rotary and Brice Taylor, Outbound Exchange Student
Program:
Nick Lareau introduced member Gary Camarano who spoke about introducing Solar Power to Whiteside County utilizing the landfill property. Great job Nick & Gary. 
Announcements:
  • Thank you to all who worked the BBQ on June 5.  Financial update provided soon.  
  • Kevin Heller will be moving off the board at the end of June and we need a board member.  Please see Mike or Christy if interested.
  •          Note - Rock Falls Rotary club will be meeting off site on June 25 @ Rotary Park in Rock Falls
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
 
News & Notes - June 12, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $83
50/50 -  $50 No Winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary, Doug Kruzan, Associate Pastor of Worship at Abiding Word Church, guest of Scott Porter
Program:
Willie Hewitt introduced Tim Pletkovich, author of "Civil War Fathers:Sons of Civil War in World War II
Tim provided us the background story of his book which originated from a class project of his middle school students.   The book is comprised of narratives of WWII veterans whose actual fathers fought eighty years earlier in the American civil War.  Incredible historical stories.  Thanks Willie and Tim for an enjoyable program.
Announcements:
  • Noon Rotary BBQ on June 5 - Ticket price: $7.  Each member is asked to sell or purchase at least 10 tickets.  Also, don't forget to sign up to help that day.  
  • Kevin Heller will be moving on the board at the end of June and we need a board member.  Please see Mike if interested.
  • YWCA Entrance - The doors to the YWVCA will be locked at all times.  To enter the building, press the buzzer, and you will hear a chirp, which means the door has unlocked for opening.   To exit the building, press the green button to your left.   
  • Note - Rock Falls Rotary club will be meeting off site on June 25 @ Rotary Park in Rock Falls
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
 
News & Notes - May 29 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $67
50/50 -  $50 No Winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary, Mike Sullivan, guest of Jerry Binder
Program:
Wolf Koch presented today.  He provided a very interesting program on energy,  specifically relating to Biofuel Mandates and Energy Cost and Pricing.  I am certain we all learned new information from his presentation.  Thank Wolf!
Announcements:
  • Noon Rotary BBQ on June 5 - Ticket price: $7.  Each member is asked to sell or purchase at least 10 tickets.  Also, don't forget to sign up to help that day.  
  • Kevin Heller will be moving on the board at the end of June and we need a board member.  Please see Mike if interested.
  • YWCA Entrance - The doors to the YWVCA will be locked at all times.  To enter the building, press the buzzer, and you will hear a chirp, which means the door has unlocked for opening.   To exit the building, press the green button to your left.   
  • Note - Rock Falls Rotary club will be meeting off site on June 25 @ Rotary Park in Rock Falls
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
 
News & Notes - May 22, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $96
50/50 -  $50 No Winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Brice Taylor,outbound exchange student.
Program - 
Tom Jensen introduced Korey Gabler of Steel River Systems in Rock Falls.  This business is located in the former Rocket Lanes in Rock Falls.   Korey owns and operates this company which is a call center that collects on delinquent student loans.  The business has 50 employees and currently has responsibility to collect on 750 million dollars  of past due student loans.  Korey did an excellent job in explaining their process and the regulations they must follow to ensure compliance.  Thanks Korey & Tom for an excellent program.
 
Announcements:
  • Noon Rotary BBQ on June 5 - Ticket price no $7.  Each member is asked to sell or purchase at least 10 tickets.  Also, don't forget to sign up to help that day.  
  • Note - Rock Falls Rotary club will be meeting off site on June 25 @ Rotary Park in Rock Falls
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
 
News & Notes - May 15, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $95
50/50 -  No Winner today
Guests - Greg Brown, guest of John Berge - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Brice Taylor,outbound exchange student.
Deb Kelly and Mitch Lower from NHS and Jeff Gale from SHS 
Students from SHS led the meeting today, assuming responsibilities as President, Secretary, Greeters and Sgt at Arms.
Students from NHS presented excerpts from their musical Shrek.  Very enjoyable.  
Great Job students and congratulations on your successful year as seniors at your respective schools. 
 
Announcements:
  • Please get your programs to Carolyn in advance so we can include in the newsletter.
  • Upcoming Events:
  • Noon Rotary BBQ on June 5 - more info to come.
  • Note - Rock Falls Rotary club will be meeting off site at the following sites on the following dates:
  •   June 25 - Rotary Park in Rock Falls
 
News & Notes-May 8, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $59
50/50 -  $63 - No winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson - DX Rotary, Brandon Schreiner, guest of John Berge and Brice Taylor, outbound exchange student.
Student Guests - NHS - Jillian Roe & Natalie Amezola
SHS - Chloe Halverson, Mitchell Petrosky, Cara Alexander, Richard Jones
Program: Reed Hutchcraft introduced Dale Pfundstein.  Dale spoke about his cattle operation with 1500 cattle on feed daily.  He and his partners have reopened the former rock River Provision butcher shop on Rte. 30 in Rock Falls,  Open 9 - 6, M-F and 9 - 1 on Sat.  You can purchase frozen pies, bundled boxes of various cuts of beef. A brand new item are the smoked roasts.  They sell to restaurants as also participate in fundraisers for local not for profits.  Thanks for a great program. 
News & Notes - April 10, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $86
50/50 -  No 50/50 today
Guests - John Mandrell - Sunrise Rotarian - Shane Beckman from Raymond James guest of John Berge and Brice Taylor,outbound exchange student.
Student Guests - NHS - Jillian Rowe & Natalie Amazola
Program: Lee Kraut introduced Dan Hawkins, Chairman of White Eagle Boy Scout District. 
Dan provided updates;  Introducing a Lion Program for pre-cub scouts for kindergarten age youth.  Girls are now able to be in boy scouts beginning with 1st grade age.  Thanks for a great program.
News & Notes - April 3, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-04-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $59 
50/50 -  $50- no winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary; Cheryl Faber - RF Rotary club - Cheryl announced Relay for Life on June 2 at Hinders Field in RF and asked for our club to sponsor as we have in years past.
Student Guests - No student guests today 
Program: David Hellmich introduced Steve Nunez and Katelyn Brown from the Rotaract club at Sauk Valley College.
This club is relatively new and is sponsored by our club, Twin cities Sunrise, Rock Falls and Dixon Clubs. The club has 2 ideals; Development Professional and Leadership skills and Service Above Self.    They also have service projects planned such as reading to students in the Morrison Schools and held a book drive so the kids may keep the books.   Planting Trees at Sauk Valley college which is a Rotary Goal as well.  Thanks for a great program.
News & Notes - March 27, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $69 Thanks to Tim & Ray
50/50 -  $50- no winner today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Student Guests - NHS - Lindsay Oswalt & Hannah Wilson SHS - Turner Garcia & Sebastian Herren.
Announcements:   Brice has had contact with his host family and learned he will actually be living in a village in the south of France called Pennautier.      
Program: David Hellmich introduced a panel of individuals discussing the Sauk Valley Community Leadership Program.   David indicated the program runs from August through May and includes the following:  Direct experience with community topics like economic development and local/state government; public speaking, strategic planning and a volunteer project.  John G. was one of the instructors and spoke about his curriculum which was using a real life situation and providing interactive discussion with the class.  Shannon Richter, was a student in the class and spoke about her experience in the class.   she indicated all of the classes were very helpful for her new position as CEO of SBM.   Thanks Dave, John & Shannon.
News & Notes - March 20., 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $105 - Thanks to Tim & Ray
50/50 -  $50- no winner today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Student Guests - Turner Garcia, Sebastion Herren, Jozlin Garcia, Hannah Wilson, Elizabeth Oswalt
Announcements:   Brice, with his parents attended his Outbound Orientation over the weekend and learned he will be going to Lamoix in the South of France.  He will arrive there on August 28 to begin his adventure.
Christina Berry provided follow-up info on Unite Service Camp - local mission program for local youth sponsored by several local churches. She distributed a flyer and sponsorship information to the club.    
Program: Kevin Heller introduced Clark Mortensen, candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff.  Clark comes from a family of law enforcement, his father being an Illinois State Trooper.  His goals are to Protect the Safety and Security of Residents; Expand and Create County Programs; Build Relationships and Resource Networks.  Thanks Clark and Kevin.
News and Notes - March 13, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $108 - Thanks to Tim & Ray
50/50 -  $50- 
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Student Guests - 
Brook Richardson, Carter Giering, Cassidy Templeton
Program: Tim Schwingle introduced Matt Birdsley, Principal of Challand Middle School to provide an update on the new addition at CMS.  The new addition is approximately 51,000 Square Feet and will house a new gymnasium as well as space to house the fine arts programs.  This additional space allows the CMS student athletes who have been practicing at Westwood to stay at CMS for practice which allows for students to finish earlier in the evening. It also allows for multiple games and practices to take place at the same time without the students having to travel off campus.   Sounds like a much needed addition.  Thanks Matt & Tim.
News & Notes - March 6,2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-03-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $89 - Thanks to Jim and John for your efforts
50/50 -  $56- 
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Guest Rotarians -Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary - Alan P.& Darryl Wahler from Sunrise Rotary 
Other Guest - Teresa Knie - Parent of guest speaker
Student Guests - 
NHS - Brook Richardson, Carter Giering, Cassidy Templeton
SHS - Madison Cornwell, Mitch Clodfelter 
New Member: Trish Klaver, Executive Director of the YMCA in Sterling, was inducted into Rotary.  We thank her and welcome her into our club and the Rotary experience.
Program: John G. introduced Keeley Knie.   Keely participated in a mission trip called "World Race" in 2017.   She visited 11 countries in 11 months.  Prior to the trip she participated in a 10 day training to prepare.   While on her trip, they connected with other organizations to help others and share gospel.   She shared with us that the experience brought her closer to her faith and allowed her to better appreciate the blessings of living in the United States.  She witnessed much poverty and living conditions unlike anything in America.  Thank you for sharing this remarkable experience.
News & Notes - Feb. 27, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $165 - funds raised will be used to send Brice to RYLA
50/50 -  $204- Congratulations to Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for Next School Year
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Guest Rotarians -Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary - still has Shrimp Boil Tickets available
Student Guests from NHS shared their future plans- Hannah N.- Computer Science and/or Cyber Operations & Abby Felps - Psychology and/or Behavioral science
Program: Pastor Christina Berry spoke about a new local mission program in the Sauk Valley. 5 area churches have come together to support a program called "Unite Service Camp".   This is an opportunity for local youth to experience mission work in their community.  The first camp is scheduled for June 5 - 8 and the project goal is to paint 5 houses in 3 days. The youth will stay at Bethel Reformed church during the experience.  The churches are anticipating the cost to be $14,000 for supplies, and resources and seeking donations.   The motto for this mission experience is"  Love God, Serve Your Neighbors, and Unite Churches."  Thank you for sharing.
News & Notes - February 20, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $37
50/50 -  $184- No Winner Today - Only One Card Remaining
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Guest Rotarians - Darryl Wahler - Sunrise Club
Student Guests - NHS - Hannah N. & Abby Felps
Program: Gary Camarano introduced Kim Ewoldsen, Executive Director of Morrison Area Development Corp. Kim spoke to an exciting program whose goal it is to "Promote Morrison as a regional arts' destination by providing a venue for local artists, to create, promote and sell original art and to foster arts' education through lessons and programs."    They have created LOFT 112,  a new facility in Morrison where this goal will be accomplished. They have currently 27 artists showing their work in LOFT 112, and are adding additional artists quickly.  The Loft is a membership organization and Kim distributed a brochure which lists the different levels of membership available.   To find out more information call 815-772-4005.  Thanks Gary & Kim for sharing.
News & Notes - February 13, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $120
50/50 -  $173- No Winner Today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student to France for next school year. 
Guest Rotarians - Bob S. from RF Rotary, selling their annual raffle tickets.  Roger Wait and Alan P. from Twin cities Sunrise Club. Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary.
Student Guests - SHS - Stella Luna  & Kassidy Kenney
NHS - Cael Sanders and Haylee Verdick
Program: Steve Munson introduced Jana Groharing, Executive Director of Sterling Main Street and Sterling Today. Jana shared that SMS needs volunteers to help with the many events such at the Wine Walk and Hops on  the Rock and the Spring Green and Clean taking place at the end of April.  Sterling Today was instrumental in turning the Lawrence building into residential lofts and at this point all have been rented.  The have also been renovating the old Mercantile Building (Bose Building).  It is ready for occupancy and is designed for primarily retail space on the first level.  Use for the upper level has yet to be determined.  Thanks Jana for providing an update on all that Sterling Main Street and Sterling today are doing to improve our community.
News and Notes - February 6, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $83
50/50 -  $159- No Winner Today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student to France for next school year. 
Guests Rotarian - Bob Songderoth from RF Rotary, selling their annual raffle tickets.  He will be back next week.
Student Guests - SHS - Joseph Sivits, Jerry Rodriguez  & Kassidy Kenney
NHS - Catalina Desmond, Hayley Verdick and Cael Sanders
Program:
Chris Mitchell introduced Kris Schmidt, candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff and Rachel Crandall his campaign manager.   Kris told us about his transition to Sterling from DeWitt, Iowa in 2001 and in 2009 he was promoted to Sergeant.  Two big problems facing Whiteside County are Opiod usage and a need for continued training/education.  Kris is married with 6 children and is passionate about his service in law enforcement.  
Thanks for a great program.
News & Notes - January 30, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $46
50/50 -  $147- No Winner Today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student to France for next school year. 
Student Guests from SHS - Joseph Sivitz (sp?) & Jerry Rodriguez
Program:
Jerry Binder introduced a panel to talk about the ne Manufacturing & Technology program at WACC.  In partnership with SVCC and area manufacturers there has been an effort to educate the public, students and adults about the opportunity for manufacturing jobs in the Sauk Valley.  WACC & SVCC have invested in purchasing two CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled Machinery) for WACC.   This partnership allows area students/adults to attend classes in the manufacturing/technology area and to intern at participating companies in the area.   This program helps to develop skilled workers for the available jobs in this industry within our own communities.  Panel consisted of Josh West of SVCC, Steve Beerdman, WACC instructor, John G. from Frantz with input from Jerry Binder and Dave Hellmich.  We are the first in Illinois to have such a progressive program and hopefully will be something others will model after. 
thanks for a great program.
News & Notes - January 23, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - No Collection Today
50/50 -  $128-
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next school year.  Brice just discovered he will be going to France. 
               Many, many guests today, too numerous to list, attended to hear the program on Ag education at SHS
 
Program:
John Berge introduced Elise Baker, Ag Ed instructor at SHS and Jessica Smith.  They shared some great information about ag education at SHS and the depth of knowledge in many areas which leads to employment opportunities in several fields.
Students, Haley Schmidt, Brooke Linton and Zach Witmer, all members of the FFA club at SHS each spoke about the learning opportunities available as a result of this program and FFA membership.  Thanks John for a very informative and interesting program.
News & Notes January 9, 2018 Carolyn Spencer 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $118.92
50/50 -  $115-
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next year
                Dan, Executive Director of Timberlake Playhouse
                 Paul, the new Creative Director of Timberlake Playhouse and his wife, Felicia -
                 LuAnn Gvozdjak - Kathy Binder - Janet Clites, Office Administrator for the Big Red Church
                 Weston Henry - Musical Director at SHS
Alex shared his experiences from the prior week.  This was Alex's last meeting and we wish him well on his travels back to Taiwan and his pending knee surgery. 
Program:
SHS Madrigals - What a talented group of young people.   Very enjoyable concert!
News & Notes Dec. 12, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $58
50/50 -  $96-
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next year
Alex shared his experiences from the prior week.  He went to Chicago with the Taylor family and helped with the Boy Scout Tree unloading and enjoyed the sights.  He shared that he will be leaving in early January to have surgery on hi torn ACL.  We are still seeking activities for Alex during the time he is here.   Ideas are: Invites to dinner (likes spicy) movie, playing video games, sporting events and day trips would be very welcomed.  If any one is traveling over winter break, Alex would be thrilled to be included even at his own expense.
Program:
Ed Anderson introduced Dr. Paul Steinke, CEO of CGH Medical Center - Dr. Steinke shared some information about CGH, such as being the largest employer in the area with 1500 employees and that they are a municipally owned hospital, one of three in IL.  During employee orientation they impress that CGH is in the business of caring and often the care provided is a defining moment in a patient/family life.   We are fortunate to have a state of the art and caring medical center in our community.
News & Notes Dec. 5, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $58
50/50 -  $96-
Guests - Leo Patterson - DX Rotary,  Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next year
Alex shared his experiences from the prior week.  He also shared that he had an MRI on his injured knee and the diagnosis is a torn ACL which requires surgery.  His plan is to go home in January and have the surgery in Taiwan.  In the meantime he will remain with his current host family.   We are seeking activities for Alex during the time he is here.   Ideas are:
Invites to dinner (likes spicy) movie, playing video games, sporting events and day trips would be very welcomed.  If any one is traveling over winter break, Alex would be thrilled to be included even at his own expense.
Program:
Ed Anderson introduced Heather Sotelo, Executive Director of the GSDC.  Heather told us the GSDC evolved from the Sterling Industrial Commission that is still in existence.  one of the reasons for its formation is as a 501c3 which has no requirements to comply with the Open Meetings Act which helps to ensure privacy of discussions.  She also shared they are moving a warehouse on the former NWSW property to the meadowlands to be used as warehouse space for local business. Heather also updated up on other projects taking place in Sterling.  Very informative  - thank you Heather.
News & Notes - Nov. 28, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $74
50/50 -  $89-
No students or guests today.
Program:
Jon Berens introduced Kat Pence from Lifescapes.  Kat is a case manager for the Adult Protective Services Program.   This programs is funded by the State of IL and is responsible for investigating reports of financial, physical, and emotional abuse as well as passive neglect.   Kat reported that they make unannounced visits and often face difficult situations where they may be in danger. They take measures to ensure their case workers are a safe as possible. Thank you Kat for sharing and providing a needed service for our community.
News & Notes - Nov. 21, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - $56
50/50 -  $81 -
Students today:  SHS - Haley Schmidt, Tyler Willman, Lila Lopez, Brooklyn Freas - NHS - Katalina Gassman & Jade Canterberry
Special Student Guest - Brice Taylor - Our outbound Exchange Student for next year.
Guests - Pam Martinez & Lou Hull-Rocha from United Way, Leo Patterson, Renee Krick and Steve McConnell, guest of Dave Lowe
Alex shared that he attended the Symphony and enjoyed it.
Program:
Carolyn Spencer and Emily Taylor updated the club on Hospice Home news.  the members then had an opportunity to enjoy the Festival of Trees.
News & Notes Nov. 14, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
 
Boots & Shoes - No Boots & Shoes Today
50/50 -  $81 - No Winner
Students today:  SHS - Haley Schmidt, Tyler Willman, Brayen Reyes, Lila Lopez, Brooklyn Freas - NHS - Kate Bonnell & Cassidy Wilson
Special Student Guest - Brice Taylor - Our outbound Exchange Student for next year.
Veterans Day Meeting - Veterans in attendance - Dave Allen, Terry Woodard, Cliff Miller, Doug Brandau, Don Olson, Dave Lowe, Renee Krick, Robert Baranski, Wolf Koch, Nick Lareau, Lee Kraut, Don Haig, Alma Austin, Tina Chamberlain, Jeff Lowe, Jim Haskell, Ed Hurley 
Program:
Christy Zepezaur introduced Retired Marine Colonel, Jim Prombo. Jim provided an inspiring message honoring our nation's veterans. together we sand the third verse of America the Beautiful which speaks to the heroes of our country.  I think we all felt proud to be honoring our veterans.
News & Notes - Nov. 7, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $140 - Good Job Russ & Kevin
50/50 -  $69 - No Winner
Students today:  SHS - Colton Conklen & Akira Tauton - NHS - Kate Bonnell & Cassidy Wilson
Renee Krick, Leo Patterson, George Kelly guest of Tom Jensen, Chris Lee, Staff Aide for Rep. Tony McCombie
Alex shared that he is still tending to his injured knee and had received an injection that morning at CGH.
Program:
Russ Spitzer introduced IL State Rep., Tony McCombie.  Tony grew up in Savanna where she served as Mayor prior to her election to state office.   Tony shared  her interest in revising some of the many rules and also in state finances.   She indicates we really need to know what goes into those numbers before we can realistically look at how to cut or spend.  Thanks Tony for taking the time to speak to our Rotary club.  
News & Notes - October 31, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $90 - Good Job Russ & Russ
50/50 -  $50 - No Winner
Students today:  Trey Morse, Ruth Emily Castillo and Sophia Brown from SHS.  Erin Vits & Ely Blaney from NHS.
Guests - Mary Stouffer from WACC, guest of Jerry Binder
Alex had a visit to Chicago which he enjoyed.
Program:
Dana McCoy introduced Rhonda Miller from CGH.   Rhonda shared interesting information about signs and symptoms of heart attacks.   There are 80,000 deaths per year and over 735,000 heart attacks per year.  50% of heart attacks occur outside of a hospital. Only 27% of those affected by heart attack are aware of their symptoms.   Rhonda told us how important it is to be aware of symptoms and to get medical help right away.   Thanks Rhonda for sharing an important message.  
News & Notes - October 17, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $90 - Good Job Russ & Russ
50/50 -  $50 -
Students today:  Trey Morse, Ruth Emily Castillo and Sophia Brown
Guests - Laura Welti
Alex shared with us about attending Homecoming the prior weekend.  Sounds like a fun time was had by all.
Program:
Tim Schwingle introduced his speaker, fellow Rotarian Leo Patterson.      Leo told us about the Rotary Friendship and Exchange Program which our District participates in. This is two week visit to stay with fellow Rotarians in their home and learn about their country and culture.  Leo shared a few wonderful stories about visiting Rotarians from India and England and others that they have visited through the exchange program.  Thanks for sharing Leo.
News and Notes -October 10, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $76 - Good Job Jerry & Ray
50/50 -  $50 -
Students today:  Logan Rocha, Sarah Ogg - Abby Nitz- Audrey Melton - James Roddy - Kaitlyn Accardi
Guests - Pam Martinez and Lou Rocha from the United Way office
Program:
Loren Schlomer  introduced Bob Sondgeroth, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties and a member of the Rock Falls Rotary Club. Bob oversees many responsibilities for the schools including compliance for fire prevention and the health, life and safety code.  Bob has implemented many new procedures during his current term and is running for re-election to continue those initiatives.   
News & Notes - October Carolyn Spencer 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $108 - Good Job DeShawn & Tom
50/50 -  $50 - No Winner Today
Students today:  SHS - Maya Reter; Katrina Sandefer; Nicki Shuldt; Lema Zayir;NHS - Kirsten Tunik; Travis Williams
Alex told us he went to a Cubs game which he enjoyed.
Christy surprised us by bringing the Chinese musical group "Manhu" to sing for us on their way to Rock Falls Middle School.
Program:
Ron Potthoff introduced Terry Costello, Whiteside County States Attorney.   Terry told us about a new project - Veterans Treatment Court.  Assisting Veterans and service members regarding substance abuse and other issues.  Sounds like a great program for our area.  
News & Notes - September 19, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $46 - Good Job DeShawn & Nick
50/50 -  $156 - Winner - Winner!!  Nicki Shuldt, one of our SHS students won the 50/50 today! Congratulations!
Guests:  Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary; Dave Ehrendts(sp?) guest of Jim Haskell; Special guest, Kathie Kwiat-Hess, District Governor Elect.
Students today:  SHS - Maya Reter; KAtrina Sandefer; Nicki Shuldt; Lema Zayir;NHS - Kirsten Tunik; Travis Williams
Program:
Scott Porter introduced Dr. Kelly Guthrie, Medical Director of the Whiteside County Health Department.  Dr. Guthrie told us about a new program which assists those addicted to Opiods  with a medication that allows for a slow withdrawal.   She informed the group that the health department clinic is a federally funded clinic and serves all community members no matter what the payer source. 
News & Notes - September 12, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $119 - Good Job DeShawn & John B.
50/50 -  $148 - no winner today
Guests:  Dr. Lori Cortez, SVCC Director of Government Grants and Community Relations- guest of Dave Hellmich
Exchange Student, Alex had another great week. 
Program:
Pat Pettenger introduced Bob Swanson and Dr. Richrd 'Bud" Phillips from the Rock Island club who spoke about their water project.   They brought an actual water filtration system and demonstrated it.   As an alternative to wells, this program has proven to be cost effective and successful. The system they demonstrated cost $300 and last 3 years before the filter needs replacing. Very interesting program Pat!
News & Notes - September 5, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $33 - Good Job Pat & Tom
50/50 -  $137 - no winner today
Guests:  Dr. Lori Cortez, SVCC Director of Government Grants and Community Relations- guest of Dave Hellmich
Exchange Student, Alex attended his first football game. 
Program:
Paul Osborn had the program, however his speaker, Tony McCombie was held up in Springfield.   Instead we had one of our new members, Greg King, tell us about himself.  Carolyn Spencer provided an update on the Hospice beds purchased with the Rotary Grant funds.   Dr. Lori Cortez also shared her background with us.   
Paul also undated us on funds received for the Sterling Schools foundation which provides for the next generation of computers for SHS and CMS.
News & Notes - August 29, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - ?
50/50 -  $125 - no winner today
Guests:  Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary Club
Kevin & Rhonda Conklen,
Exchange Student, Alex, told us about having a lot of fun over the past week and injuring his knee, which seems to be improving.
Gary Camarano was inducted as a new member.   Welcome Gary!
Program:
Gunnar Ortgiesen had the program today and introduced last year's outbound student to South Korea, Kolten Conklen.  Kolten was very entertaining a he told us about his experiences in S. Korea. From living in a rural area, to a church basement by the sea to an urban apartment, he experienced a full range of South Korean culture.   Thanks Kolten for sharing with us your journey in South Korea.
Thanks Dave for bringing us such an informative program.
 
News & Notes - August 22. 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $62 - Great Job Pat & Ed!
50/50 -  $114 - no winner today
Guests:  Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary Club
Dave Koster, Kolten Conklen, Tim Schlegel and our new exchange student, Alex from Taiwan.  Welcome Alex!
Cheryl Faber from the RF Rotary and representing Relay for Life. Cheryl presented a certificate recognizing our sponsorship of the Relay for Life 2017.
Greg King was inducted as a new member.   Welcome Greg!
Program:
Dave Murray had the program today.   He introduced Ryan Kurth a Medic for the NW Rescue Air Evac located at the Whiteside County Airport.   They are staffed with a helicopter pilot who is also  an EMT, a critical care paramedic and a critical care nurse.  They are a community based organization and not attached to any hospital.  They partner with Med Evac and offer a membership program, where for a $65 annual membership, members are able to use the services for medical transport for no additional charges.  Sounds like a great deal! 
Thanks Dave for bringing us such an informative program.
 
News & Notes, August 15, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $38 - Great Job Pat & Ron!
50/50 -  $107 - no winner today
Guests:  Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary Club and Kay Fulfs Gayler from the Dixon, California club.
Greg King and Gary Camarano - prospective members
Program:
Steve Munson had the program today.   Wolf Koch presented  on the Sauk Valley Community Concert Association.  He shared the 2017-2018 schedule and played pieces from each of the upcoming artists.   Membership details are as follows- $45 for individual, $100 for families, and $20 for youth.  The association is encouraging new members to ensure the program will continue.
More information is available at svcca.org
 
News & Notes August 8, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $94 - Great Ray and Ed!
50/50 -  $88 - no winner today
Guests:  Greg King - prospective member
Ag - Cheryl Faber from RF Rotary, Rhonda & Kolten Conklen,  Mrs. Tom Burns,
Ed presented scholarships to SVCC to recipients to Anne Austin and Xena Trujillo
sad Sad face to see Eye leave us - this was her last meeting.   smiley  Happy face because we loved having Eye with us this past year.    Safe travels Eye and we look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Program:
Steve Kuhn, District Governor - Steve is from the Sycamore club.  He served in the Air Fore from 1963 to 1990, leaving as a Major.  Trained as a Physician assistant and has been in that role for 42 years.   Married for 42 years.   Goals for Rotary under his term are:
  • Plant a tree, one for each member
  • Report Service Hours and Club Donations
  • Grow Membership
Rotary International continues its  worldwide fight against Polio, devoting 50 million over the next 3 years, with a 4 to  match by the  gates Foundation.
The Rotary Motto this year is "Rotary Making a Difference"
Thanks for being here Steve and sharing your vision and that of Rotary.
News & Notes - July 25, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $94 - Great Job Willie and Steve!
50/50 -  $79 - no winner today
Guests;  Greg King& Gary Camarano -  prospective members
Doug Vandersee, Bob Sondgeroth-RF Rotary, Rhonda & Kolten Conklen
Eye shared with us her trip with other exchange students.   She had a terrific time.
Program:
Dr. Mark Mench introduced Dr. Paul Steinke, CEO of CGH Medical Center.   Paul provided many interesting statistics regarding the hospital such as:
Employment - 1500  Physicians - 70 Physcians and 4- NPs and PAs Volunteers - 300-400  Daily cost - 500 Thousand to run the hospital/clinics daily
CGH is a municipal hospital.   Of 222 hospitals in IL, 30 are municipal.   Thanks Dr. Mench for bringing this program today.
News & Notes - July 18, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - No Boots and Shoes today - but huge thank you to Bill Shaw for donating $40
50/50 -  $69 - no winner today
Guests  Greg King-prospective member
Bill Shaw, Al Przysucha, Leo Patterson, Rhonda Conklen and Kolten Conklen.
Kolten recently returned fro S. Korea and share how much the experience meant to him.  He will be returning in the near future to tell us more about his experience.
Program:
Chris Mitchell introduced Whiteside County Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi who introduced Deputy Rollie Elder.   Rollie shared lots of interesting information about the K-9 unit and his German Shepherd.   These dogs go through an extensive 12 week training before being assigned.  He shared some experiences with his dog.  After the meeting many in the group were able to meet the dog outside and see the new specially outfitted vehicle that was purchased through a grant.   Thanks for a great program Chris.
News & Notes July 11, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $901 Great Job Ed & Dave!
50/50 -  $60 - not winner today
Guests  Greg King-prospective member and Nathan Wright
Eye told us all about her trip to the West Coast. 
Program:
Dana McCoy introduced Tracey Aude, RN,MSN,NP-C,  and is the Medicare Navigator for CGH.    Tracey assists Medicare eligible persons in ensuring they receive all of the wellness benefits they are entitled to under their Medicare benefit.   Thank you Tracey.
News & Notes - June, 27, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $90  Great Job Paul & Dave!
50/50 -  Gunnar Wins $74 and donates it all back to the Rotary Foundation - thanks Gunnar!
Guests  Greg King-prospective member
Program:
Jim Haskell introduced Dick Linville, owner of Beltway Scales in Rock Falls.   Dick provided  information on the solar panel system he uses as a primary power source for his personal residence.   He showed photos of solar panel installations at his daughters farm and his son's residence.   It was enlightening to learn that his excess solar power is banked at the power source and his is credited for that when he needs it.   He showed us one of his electric bills that for $1.87. Obviously it works well for him and his family.  Thank you Dick.
News & Notes - June 20, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $130  Great Job Paul & Dave!
50/50 - $64
Visiting rotarians:  Leo Patterson & Darryl Wahler
Program:
Barb Majeski introduced Terry McGuire, Senior Vice President of Halo Branded Solutions.   Terry provided an enlightening update on the progress of their new building construction in Sterling.  167,000 sf, with 67,000 being office space and the remaining space their warehouse.   He spoke about the company's significant growth and their need to hire approximately 250 new people over the next 5 years. Halo sells and supplies promotional products across the nation and they rank 5th in their industry.  Thank you Terry.
News & Notes, June 13, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $130  Great Job Steve & Chris
50/50 - $123  Winner!  Winner!  Pastor Jeff Coester was the big winner and he donated all of his winnings to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you Jeff!
Guests Today:  Leo Patterson -
Program:
Dave Lowe introduced Diana Verhulst, CEO of the United Way of Whiteside County.  Diana shared with us about her background, growing up in Stephenson County, then spending 30 years in California and coming back home to the area.  We are pleased to have her heading up the United Way organization.   Thank You Diana
 
News & Notes - May 30, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $215  Great Job Steve & Jerry
50/50 - $113 No Winner today
Guests Today:  Leo Patterson - We are so glad to have you back Leo and to see you in good health.
Dana's guest is Amber Rasmussen - Intern at CGH
Eye shared with us about her weekend where she experienced Kayaking for the first time and a dance recital.
Program:
Wolf Koch spoke about the Hopewell civilization and the Hopewell mounds at Sinnissippi Park in Sterling.  Wolf shared interesting facts about building and trade within this civilization over 2000 years ago.  Very interesting Wolf - thank  you
 
News & Notes - May 23, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - $73 Fun and Frolic from the student day
50/50 - $102 No Drawing today
Guests Today:  Bill Shaw and Gary Camarano
Program:
Christy Z. introduced Mackenzie Hopping as our program today.  Mackenzie is an artist and does art therapy.  She is so interested in art history, that she decided to research the history of artists from Sterling & Rock Falls.   She provided information about the history of several local artists.   Her dream for our area is to develop a music academy and has identified the former National Manufacturing Building as an excellent location for an art program.   Mackenzie is a welcome addition to our community.  Mackenzie has an art exhibit at Woodlawn Arts Academy, May 19 from 5 - 6:30pm.   Thank you Christy & Mackenzie
 
News & Notes May 16, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - No Fun and Frolic today
50/50 - $102 No Drawing today
 
Student Meeting
Students facilitated the meeting today and did a great job.   Students from SHS entertained us with their beautiful voices.  It was an enjoyable meeting.
 
News & Notes May 9, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes - No Fun and Frolic today
50/50 - $102 No winner today
 
Membership Day Meeting
8 guests were present
Greg Baise, President & CEO of the IL Manufacturer's Association gave a nice program on the state of manufacturing in IL and the number of jobs lost in recent years.  He provided insight on the challenges we are facing and the importance of needing improvement.
 
News & Notes - May 2, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
News & Notes April 25, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $176 Great job Dave Hellmich & Jerry Binder
50/50 - $88  No winner today
 Student Guests - Lakin Waldschmidt - NHS  future plans include attending college on a softball scholarship and entering the nursing field
Maddie Ferris - NHS future plans include attending Knox college, playing volleyball and studying speech pathology
Eye shared with us that she attended several birthday parties and did some shopping in the Quad Cities.
Rotary Guests - Roger Wait of the Sunrise Club
News & Notes April 11, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $35 Great job Wolf Koch & Russ Spitzer
50/50 - $76  No winner today
 Student Guests - Carly Hansen - SHS,     Lakin Waldschmidt - NHS and  Maddie Ferris - NHS
Eye shared with us weekend.  On Sunday she moved to her new Host Family - the Conklins.
Program -     Tom Jensen introduced Jim King, Jr. President of IFH Group.   Jim gave an interesting presentation about the history of his business started by his grandfather and father and the evolution to where the company is today.   The employee population in their company has grown to about 200 people between their company in Rock Falls and their recent acquisition in the state of Washington.  Some of the product they make:  cylinders used on the space shuttles, Hydraulic and fuel tanks, boxes used inside the Red Box Machines and Coinstar coin machines. They do custom work for several big name companies.   It was good to hear about the growth and success of a company founded in Rock Falls.   Thanks Jim.
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.    
  • Student Excellence Event is scheduled for April 19 at Abiding Word Church @ 6:30pm - PLEASE ATTEND
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
  • June 6 is our Rotary BBQ.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be posted in the newsletter.
News & Notes April 4, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $130 Great job Ed & Tim
50/50 - $67  No winner today
 Guests today - Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary - Announced Shrimp boil  on April 1 at KC in Dixon 5 - 8:30 pm   tickets are $20.  Proceeds go to youth.
 Gary Camarano, Whiteside County Economic Director
  Guests of Sauk Valley Bank - Ron Gerken, Kelly Keaschall, Kurt Downs, John Kinney, Luke Larson 
Eye shared with us her exciting to Florida with her host family during spring break.
Program -     Gerry Binder introduced Dr. Jon Mandrell from Sauk Valley college.   Jon shared information about the revival of an Ag curriculum at SVCC.  Sauk offers a broad Ag curriculum designed to
develop students interested in the many fields of agriculture prepare for employment.
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.    
  • Student Excellence Event is scheduled for April 19 at Abiding Word Church @ 6:30pm
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
  • June 6 is our Rotary BBQ.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be posted in the newsletter.
News & Notes March 28, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $46  Great job Ed & Nick
50/50 - $178  Ron Potthoff was the big winner and he generously donated $100 back to the club.
 Guests today - Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary - Announced Shrimp boil  on April 1 at KC in Dixon 5 - 8:30 pm   tickets are $20.  Proceeds go to youth.
                           2 students from Newman High School were in attendance today.
Program -     Gunnar introduced Andrew Stutzke and Kyle Morgan.  Andrew is the weekend meteorologist at WIFR in Rockford.   Andrew and Kyle have a website at Sauk Valley Weather.com.   He shared that the site had 27,000 followers during a recent storm.  Thanks for a great program.
Announcements
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.    
  • Student Excellence Event is scheduled for April 19 at Abiding Word Church @ 6:30pm
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
  • June 6 is our Rotary BBQ.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be posted in the newsletter.
News & Notes March 21, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $33  Great job Tim & Ed
50/50 - $171 No winner today.
 Eye shared with us about her week.
Guests today - Betty Clementz - RF Rotary
                           Darryl Wahler - Sunrise Rotary
2 students from Newman High School were in attendance today.
Program -     Steve Munson introduced John Booker, Lieutenant with the Whiteside County Sheriff's Department.   John shared with us the responsibilities of the department, courthouses, jails, civil process serveing, patroling the county, kitchen and cooks for the jail population.   They cover a significant amount of territory and in 2016 accumulated over 540,000 miles.  Other programs the department is proud of are, the Giving Tree, DARE, Safe Passages, Fishing Derby.   Not only do they provide safety for our county, they give back to the community and are friends of youth.  Thanks John.
Announcements
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.    
  • Student Excellence Event is scheduled for April 19 at Abiding Word Church.  
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be posted in the newsletter.
News & Notes - March 14, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $96  Great job Tom & Ed
50/50 - $161 No winner today.
 Eye shared with us about her week.
Guests today - Le Hartman & Chris Noble
Program -     Dave Hellmich presented the program on the Sauk Valley Community Leadership Program.  He introduced Le Hartman who facilitates the program and Chris Noble who participates. The program is a 9 month program where participants develop their skills in leadership and learn about community, community service and government.  Tuition is $600 and includes lunch.
Announcements 
  • Fundraiser for Centennial Auditorium   American English performing this weekend.   Tickets are $20
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.    
  • Student Excellence Event is tentatively scheduled for April 19.  More to follow.
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be posted in the newsletter.
News & Notes March 7, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $42
50/50 - $141 No winner today.
 Guests - Grace Ely & Kelsey Simpson from NHS                     
Program -     John Gvozdjak introduced Gary Camarano, Whiteside County Economic Development Center Director.   Gary spoke about goals for Whiteside County, such as Growing the economy faster than the population, by attracting new business, Grow existing businesses and the county having many programs in the works.
Announcements 
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.  Still time to register.  
  • Student Excellence Event is tentatively scheduled for April 19.  More to follow.
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be posted in the newsletter.
News & Notes - February 21, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $35 - Great Job - Reed & Tom!
50/50 - $133 No winner today.
 Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Laura Welty
              No Students today
Eye shared with us her weekend in the Quad Cities and a quiet Sunday relaxing.  
                     
Program -     Erin DeSutter introduced her program about participants in the drug court program in Whiteside county.   Deb Robinson from the probation department shared about the assistance she provides to the participants.   Erin introduced two participants in the program.   Kelly who shared her journey that led her to drug court and now, as a program graduate, she assists others in the program.   Another participant, Jamie, also spoke about her journey.  Kelly is currently in Stage 4 of the 5 stage program.  Both of these brave women provided powerful testimonials of how they have been helped and supported in this program.   It was a moving program and one that we were proud to bear witness to. Thank you Erin.
Announcements 
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.  Early bird registration extended to Feb. 19. 
  • Student Excellence Event is tentatively scheduled for April 19.  More to follow.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
News & Notes February 14, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $44 - Great Job - Reed & Tom!
50/50 - $123- No winner today.
 Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Angie Schneider from the Sterling Township
              Students- Jimmy  and Samantha from NHS - Amber & Zina from SHS
Eye was her to tell us all about watching the Stingray Conference Swim Meet in Rockford on Saturday. 
                     
Program -   Larry Cooper introduced Brian Tribley from Firehouse of God Ministries.   Brian provided background on his calling to serve and how he began his ministry in Rock Falls.   He spoke of the work they do as a part of their Service Outreach Program and homes they provide for area men in need.   Firehouse of God ministries will also operate as a chapter of the  "Pink Heals"  Tour, a national organization. Thanks to Brian and his congregation for all they for the community as a part of their ministry.
Announcements 
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.  Early bird registration ends on Feb. 15. 
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes Feb. 7, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $48 - Thanks Reed and Tom
50/50 - $151 No winner today.
 Student Guests - Grace Ely & Kelsey Simpson from NHS     
Other Guests - Janet Freed. Dave ODell from the Morrison Rotary club         
 
Mike Sprague received a certificate for completing the Rotary Grant Training.
Jan Anderson was presented a check to cover travel expenses for Eye whom she recently took to Florida with the RF exchange student.       
Program -     Bob Hawkins introduced Benjie Phillips and Juan Gomez from SHS. Through Tech Zone at SHS they created a video about the Buddy Bags program .   They showed the video and spoke about the creative process.    The video was very successful and after posting it to facebook it generated donations for the Buddy Bags program.  Announcements 
  • District Conference is April 28 - 30 at Starved Rock.  Still time to register.  
  • Student Excellence Event is tentatively scheduled for April 19.  More to follow.
  • Membership Day is May 2 - Speaker Greg Baise from the IL Manufacturer Association.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be posted in the newsletter.
News & Notes - February 28, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $95 - Great Job - Jerry & Scott!
50/50 - $112- No winner today.
 Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Laura Welty, spouse of Lee Kraut.
              Students- Jimmy from NHS - Amber & Zina from SHS
Eye was her to tell us all about her awesome trip to Galena, IL.  She also moved to her new host family, Corrine and Paul Sandefer after having a wonderful time with her former host family the Schlegels.
                     
Program -   Pastor Jeff Coester  introduced Dan Hawkins attorney from Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson.   Dan provided a presentation on the Philmont Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico, one of several extreme camps in the United States for boy scout survival training.     It certainly sounded like an intense experience and not for the faint of heart.  Thanks Dan.
Announcements 
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes Jan. 31, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $62 - Great Job - Ray & Pat!
50/50 - $101- No winner today.
 Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary and Roger Wait from Sunrise rotary
              Students- Sonia Barrientos from SHS - Mary Jensen and Cate Payne from NHS
Eye was absent due to illness.
                     
Program -   Gerry Binder introduced Dr. John Mandrell from SVCC and John Gvozdjak.  They provided an interesting presentation on the Multicraft Extended Internship Program.  Local Manufacturing partnering with SVCC to bring a first-class education  in Multicraft technology and the opportunity to earn a Degree and a paycheck with on-the-job Training. 
Announcements 
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes - Jan. 24, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $73 - Great Job - Jerry & Scott!
50/50 - $95- No winner today.
 Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary
              Student Anthony Diaz from SHS
Eye told us all about what she did over winter break.  Seems she enjoyed herself with movies, friends, shopping and other fun activities.
                     
Program -   Jon Berens  introduced Dr. Everett Miles.   Dr. Miles is the a Radiation Oncologist and Medial Director of the Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center.   Dr Miles recently retired from the U.S. Navy on Dec. 31, 2016 after serving 35 years.  He shared with us new techniques in Radiation Oncology.  He will be a great addition to the team and to the area.
Announcements 
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes Jan. 10, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $94 - Great Job - Jerry & Nick!
50/50 - $85- No winner today.
No Guests today
                     
Program -   Lee Kraut introduced Speakers from Hospice of the Rock River Valley - Cynthia Stringer is the Grief Counselor for Hospice and spoke about what she does to help our families through the grieving process. Becky Highbarger is the Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice and spoke about how volunteers are used in  Hospice and the training they receive.   Both individuals are also Social Workers.
Announcements 
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes Jan. 3, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $32 - Good Job!
50/50 - $76 - No winner today.
Student Guests - Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand told us about her activities this week.
                      Guests -          Sunrise Rotarian Darryl Wahler
                                             Kathy Binder
                                             Tim Schlegel and Weston Henry and the SHS Madrigal Choir
                     
Program -   SHS Madrigals entertained us with beautiful holiday music. .  
Announcements 
  • Mike Sprague announced State Farm is seeking another agent - Call Mike if you know of anyone.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes Dec. 13, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $51- Good Job Dana & Dirk!
50/50 - $63 - No winner today.
Student Guests - Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand told us about her activities this week.
                      Sarah Davis & Hannah Jones from NHS.
Guests -          Dixon Rotarian Leo Patterson and his guest Lisa Costello
                      Pam Martinez from United Way
                       Laura Kraut
Farewell to our friend Tony Miller.  Tony, you will be missed.  
Program -   Ed Andersen introduced Kevin Mullen from Sterling Steel, LLC.   Kevin is the President of Sterling Steel and is the third generation employee of Northwestern Steel & Wire.   Kevin showed a video which illustrated how the rod and wire is made from scrap metal at the plant.   The wire is primarily used to make bed springs and welding rods.   Sterling Steel's largest customer is Leggett & Platt.  
Announcements 
  • It seems Jon Behrens was volunteered to serve as our club's Youth Exchange Officer. Congrats Jon!
  • Dec. 13 is our last meeting for the year.  The SHS Madrigals will be here to entertain us.
  • Christine Mitchell is stepping down as Treasurer after having served us very well for many years.   Brad Zacharski has agreed to serve as our new treasurer.   He will officially assume his duties in January.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes Dec. 6, 2017 Carolyn Spencer 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $86- Good Job John G. & Tony M.!
50/50 - $95 - Jon Berens was the lucky winner today.  Congratulations Jon!
Student Guests - Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand told us about her activities this week.
 
Program - Christy Zepezauer introduced Mary Ellen Wilkinson, Board President for Woodlawn Arts Academy.   Mary Ellen shared information about the new Wood Shop at the academy. 
Announcements 
  • Seeking someone to serve as the club's Youth Exchange Officer.
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  •  
 
News & Notes Nov. 29, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $100- Good Job John G. & Jim H.!
50/50 - $85 - No winner today
Student Guests - Annie McCoy NHS
                           Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand told us about her activities this week.
Rotary Guests - Leo Patterson from the Dixon Club
                        Darryl Wahler from the Sunrise Rotary Club
 
Program - Brad Zacharski introduced Jana Groharing from Sterling Main Street . Jana told us about the upcoming activities for Seasonal Sights & Sounds including Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26., Dillon Home Christmas Walk, Dec. 2- 4, Holiday concert at the Big Red Church on Dec. 1, Breakfast with Santa at Sterling Moose on Dec. 1 and "It's a Wonderful Life" production at First Presbyterian church Dec. 2 - 4. 
Announcements 
  • Seeking someone to serve as the club's Youth Exchange Officer.
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  •  
 
News & Notes - Nov. 22, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   $200- Good Job John G. & Jim H.!
50/50 - $76 - No game today
Guests - Maura Harrison and Annie McCoy NHS
              Anthony Valentino from NHS
             Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand told us about her activities this week.  
So sorry I missed listing Wolf Koch and Lee Kraut as Veterans last week. 
Program Thanks to the club for allowing Hospice of the Rock River Valley to host the meeting at our Festival of Trees event.  We hope you all had an opportunity to check out the trees and the Country Store.
Carolyn gave a presentation on the status of the Hospice Home, indicating construction will begin this week.   She also thanked the group for their generous donation of $200. 
Announcements 
  • Seeking someone to serve as the club's Youth Exchange Officer.
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
 
News & Notes, Nov. 15, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes   - Good Job John G. & Jim H.!
50/50 - $76 - No winner today
Guests - Ryan & reed Blackburn from SHS
              Mike Powers & Aiden Bollman from NHS
             Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand told us about her activities this week.  
Many Veterans here today - I tried to capture all of their names, and I apologize if I missed someone.  
BILL GRISWOLD - JIM PROMBO-LARRY BERGE-TERRY WOODARD - MEGAN HIGHSMITH-ED HURLEY-DAVE "DOC" WILLIAMS - BILL SHAW - DON OLSON - WATSON SMOOT - DAVID GEIL - STEVE SIEFKEN - LOWELL GRUMMERT - KORY GABLER - SKIP LEE - JIM HASKELL-TONY MILLER - D HAUN
Program
Andy Thornton introduced Ret. Col. Mike Durham.    Col. Durham gave an eloquent and moving presentation about our nation's veterans and the debt we owe them.   I am certain many of us were moved by his heartfelt words.   To quote his definition of a military chaplain  “The chaplain takes care of the heart of the soldier, for without a cared-for heart, he will not fight.” - God Bess You Col. Mike
Announcements 
  • Seeking someone to serve as the club's Youth Exchange Officer.
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  • NOV. 15 MEETING AT NORTHLAND MALL
 
News & Notes Nov. 8, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -$129  - Good Job John G. & Jim H.!
50/50 - $60 - No winner today
Guests - Mike Powers & Aiden Bollman from NHS
              Jay Pyzynski  From Comcast Media
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand was not present this week.  
Bob Sondgeroth from the RF Rotary club was here to share news about the annual Greenery Sale. 
Program
Mike Sprague introduced Jackie Inman, Rock Island Center Director of the USO Illinois.    Jackie spoke of some of their programs, such as Military Spousal Night, Suppers for military personnel whose family are not with them, Frank 'n Friday,  and many other support activities to support our  military personnel.   Jackie indicated their organization is primarily funded though donations. 
Announcements 
  • Veterans Day Program- Nov. 8 - Remember to invite a Veteran to Rotary -Or if you know a Veteran who is not able to attend, you could tell the club about that Veteran and take them a Poppy.
  • Tony Miller announced he will be relocating in January.  He will be the Labor Attorney for the US Marines at camp Pendleton. Tony serves as our Youth Exchange Officer and we will need to replace that position.   We are happy for Tony and his family yet he will be missed greatly.
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  • Rotary Foundation Gala at Deer Valley on Nov 5 - go to District website to learn more.
News & Notes Nov. 1, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -$114  - Good Job Ed & Christina!
50/50 - $59 - Rachel Spencer once again chose the winning card, King of Hearts to win $59.   $9 was donated back and she received $50.  Congratulations Rachel!
Guests - Elise Palsley & Teagan McKenna from NHS
              Rachel Spencer, Ryan and Reed Blackburn from SHS 
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
Bob Sondgeroth from the RF Rotary club was here to share news about the annual Greenery Sale.  Take a moment to check you email as it has been sent to you and he will be back next week to collect orders and payment.
Program
Russ Spitzer introduced Beth Fiorini, Executive Director of the Whiteside County Health Department.  Beth spoke about their Dental clinic that serves both youth and adult and their Behavioral Health Program which is rapidly growing. Thank you Beth. 
Announcements 
  • Veterans Day Program- Nov. 8 - Remember to invite a Veteran to Rotary -
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  • Rotary Foundation Gala at Deer Valley on Nov 5 - go t District website to learn more.
News & Notes - Oct. 25, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -$105 - Great job Ed & Christina   Funds donated to The End Polio Walk, Sat. 10/22
50/50 - $136 - Student Rachel Spencer picked the 10 of clubs  on behalf of Jerry.  They donated $36 to boots and Shoes and Rachel gets a check for $100.  Congratulations.
Kallie Zuidema , Kinsy Zacharski and Rachel Spencer from SHS
Teagan Mackenna and Elise Pasley from NHS
Guests today - Judy Lowe, Patty Berge, Kris Noble, Keri Olsen and Carol Siefken
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
Program
Russ Siefken introduced Jonathan Ketz Good Morning Quad Cities Co- Anchor.  Jonathan is the third generation of family to work at WQAD.  His grandfather being Jim "King" Ketz whom many of us remember.  Jonathan rises early, at 2am to start his work day at 3 and be on the air at 4:30am.   Thanks Jon for providing us a behind the scenes look at the life of a news anchor.
Announcements 
  • Veterans Day Program- Nov. 8 - Remember to invite a Veteran to Rotary and let Kevin know so we can order lunch accordingly
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • End Polio Now Walk - Centennial Park in RF, Sat. Oct. 22 @ 9am..Registration from 8:15 - 9am - No registration fee, donations only. Talk to Time S. if interested.
  • Rotary Foundation Gala at Deer Valley on Nov 5 - go to District website to learn more or see Kevin.
 
News and Notes - Oct. 18, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -$102 - Great job Ed & Christina
50/50 - $122
2 students from SHS -
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
A big thank you to Dr. Mench for "freshening up" our flag display.  It looks great!
Program
Jerry Binder introduced Joan Hermes, Executive Director of the CGH Health Foundation. Joan thanked us for our donation and introduced Erika Adams, Nurse Navigator for the CGH Women's Health Center.    Erika shared with us how a patient can come to the center to obtain their mammogram and receive their results the same day and also be assisted with coordinating any further appointments treatment, etc. Erika we applaud your work at CGH!
Announcements 
  • Veterans Day Program- Nov. 8 - Remember to invite a Veteran to Rotary
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • End Polio Now Walk - Centennial Park in RF, Sat. Oct. 22 @ 9am..Registration from 8:15 - 9am - No registration fee, donations only. Talk to Time S. if interested.
  • Rotary Foundation Gala at Deer Valley on Nov 5 - go to District website to learn more or see Kevin.
 
News & Notes Oct. 11, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -$316 for the CGH Health Foundation - Club will match $ for $   - Good Job Jerry & Christina!
50/50 - $109
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Club
2 students from NHS - Meghan & Chris
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
*****Congratulations to our newest member - Chuck Spence - Welcome****
Program
Tim Schwingle introduced Principal Matt Birdsley from Challand Middle School.    Matt spoke about a new program at CMS, where the day begins with groups of students (18-20) with a teacher taking time to start their day in a positive way   They discuss current issues, common courtesies and provide a positive welcoming environment to begin their day.  We applaud Matt and the CMS team for their innovative and caring thinking. Thank you! 
Announcements 
  • Veterans Day Program- Nov. 8 - Remember to invite a Veteran to Rotary
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  • End Polio Now Walk - Centennial Park in RF, Sat. Oct. 22 @ 9am..Registration from 8:15 - 9am - No registration fee, donations only. Talk to Time S. if interested.
  • Rotary Foundation Gala at Deer Valley on Nov 5 - go to District website to learn more or Kevin.
News & Notes - Oct. 4, 22016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -$125  - Good Job Jerry & Tom!
50/50 - $100
Guests - Leo Patterson from Dixon Club
3 students from SHS and 2 students from NHS
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
*****Congratulations to our newest member - Chuck Spence - Welcome****
Program
Loren Schlomer introduced Scott Shore, District Governor. It was a pleasure having the DG visit our Rotary Club and to hear him speak so passionately about Rotary.   Thank you DG Scott Shore. 
Announcements 
  • Veterans Day Program- Nov. 8 - Remember to invite a Veteran to Rotary
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
  • End Polio Now Walk - Centennial Park in RF, Sat. Oct. 22 @ 9am..Registration from 8:15 - 9am - No registration fee, donations only.
  • Our club will be collecting for the CGH Foundation next meeting - Oct. 4.
  • Rotary Foundation Gala at Deer Valley on Nov 5 - go t District website to learn more.
News & Notes - Sept. 27, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  56 - Good Job!
50/50 - $86
Guests - Chuck Spence from Hughes Resources 
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
Program
Ed Saunders introduced Gene Johnston, from the environmental Services Division f the Whiteside County Health department.   Gene spoke about the 10 programs their department is in charge of reviewing,.  Food safety is the largest with 390 establishments in the county serving food. 
Announcements 
  • District Governor will be here on Sept. 27
  • Membership co-chairs Gunnar and John G. have been busy and announced the following:
  • Veterans Day - Nov. 8 - Invite a Veteran to Rotary
  • New Member Day Program - TBD - ideas for a keynote speaker that day would be welcomed.
  • Try to get your programs to Carolyn well in advance so they can be placed in the newsletter.
News & Notes Sept. 20, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 44 - Good Job Jerry & Nick!
50/50 - $75
Guests - Chuck Spence from Hughes Resources and Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
Program
Ron Potthoff introduced Chief Danny Langloss from the Dixon Police Department.   Chief Danny shared with us about their Safe Passage Program.  The program is designed to help persons addicted to opiates obtain treatment without fear of prosecution.    The Chief indicated they have a 60% success rate to date.   He also  stated Opiate related deaths is the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States.   Thanks Ron for this informative program.
Announcements 
  • District Governor will be here on Sept. 27
  • Stay tuned for more information about Rotary's campaign to immunize against Polio in India taking place January 6-8, 2017.
News and Notes Sept. 13, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 30 - Good job Pat & Christy!
50/50 - $62
Guests - Chuck Spence from Hughes Resources
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand shared her experiences from the prior week. 
Program
Scott Porter introduced Giselle Hamm, Program Manager for "Mapping the Future of Your Community".   This is a program of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs and is housed at Western Illinois University.   the program is a strategic visioning and planning process for rural communities to create a long-range vision for the economic development of their community and a plan of action for achieving it.  Thanks Scott for a great program.
Announcements 
  • District Golf Outing is September 13 - see Kevin for more information
  • District Governor will be here on Sept. 27
News & Notes, Sept. 6, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 68 - Good job Ed & Christy!
50/50 - $178 - Christy Z. was the big winner today and donated $30 back to Rotary
Guests - Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary Club
Chuck Spence from Hughes Resources
Kay Ferris guest of Steve Munson
Hannah Edwards - Campaign Manager for Tony McCombie
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand spoke to the club for her first time and did an excellent job!
Program
Paul Osborn introduced Tony McCombie from Savanna, candidate for representative of the 71st district.  Tony works in Real Estate and is the current mayor of Savanna.  Tony told the group about her background and then spent some time answering questions.   Thanks Paul for a great program.
Announcements 
  • District Golf Outing is September 13 - see Kevin for more information
  • District Governor will be here on Sept. 27
 
News & Notes Aug. 30, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 64  - Good job Ed & Christy!
50/50 - $167 - No winner today!
Guests - Bill Abate and Estella Metcalfe
Exchange Student - Warisa Leepromrat (Eye-Eye) from Muang Rayong, Thailand was here for the first time.  She will be staying with Mike and Dana McCoy.
Program
Gunnar introduced Jerry Fleagle, Executive Director of the Hoover Presidential Foundation.  
Jerry provided an interesting presentation on 20 things to learn about Hoover.
Announcements 
  • 25 Rotarians attended the event at Hawkins-Cassens on Aug. 16.  
  • Mike Sprague announced the Sauk Valley Sun will soon be featuring an article on our Boots & Shoes Program.
  • District Golf Outing is September 13 - see Kevin for more information
 
News & Notes - Aug. 23, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements 
  • Thanks to all who attended the Food Bank fundraiser at Hawkins-Cassens Insurance Tuesday. 
  • Thanks to Bob and team for hosting. 
 
News & Notes - Aug. 16, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 96  - Good job Ed & Jerry!
50/50 - $156 - No winner today!
Announcements 
  • No Meeting at the YWCA on Tuesday, Aug. 16.  
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear their Rotary shirt and attend the Fundraiser for the Food Bank at Hawkins-Cassens Insurance.  Come out for Food and Fun!
 
News & Notes - Aug. 9, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 66  - Good job Ray & Dirk!
50/50 - $129 - No winner today!
Guests:  Pastor Kirk & Stephanie Neugebauer - of Messiah Lutheran Church - Visitors
              Amber Beveroth  - guest of Paul Osborn
              Dick Houston - Retired RFHS teacher - guest of Dave Murray
 
Program was hosted by Dave Murray 
Dave introduced Nicole Frampton - History teacher at RFHS. 
Nicole developed an interest in the Holocaust and has developed her education on this subject as well as other genocides in the world.
She has traveled to several concentration camps in Poland and through her connection with other educators was able to see things that are not typical of the average tourist.  
We applaud Nicole for recognizing the importance of educating our youth on these horrific times in history to raise awareness and encourage kindness to others.
Thank you Nicole.
Announcements 
  • Kevin announced our club Vice President, Mike Sprague and new board member Gunnar Ortgieson.  Congratulations!
  • Board continues to research lunch options.  August 2 is Angelo's.
  • Dave Murray announced that on July 27, 28 & 29, there will be B17-B24 & B25 planes at the airport to view and ride in.   Thursday is the full day of this event so mark your calendars to attend.
  • Mike Sprague announced the Newman Golf Outing on Sat., July 30.   It is filling up fast, so call now to enter a team. 
  • Bob Hawkins announced Aug. 16 as their annual Fundraiser for the Food Bank - Come out for Food and Fun!
 
News & Notes - July 26, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 64  - Good job Jerry & Scott!
50/50 - $118 - No winner today!
Guests:  Jeff Spitzer - Marketing Director at Sterling Park District - Guest of Russ Spitzer
              Hayley & Nick Ceruzzi - Grandchildren of Ed & Jan Anderson
              Elliott Jensen - Guest of Tom Jensen
              Dawn Castillo - Guest of Chris Mitchell
              Pastor Kirk & Stephanie Neugebauer - of Messiah Lutheran Church - Visitors
              District Governor Elect, Steve Kuhn, visited the club today
Program was hosted by Dirk Meminger 
Dirk introduced Paige Tom, Director of Marketing for Sauk Valley Bank.
Paige gave an informative presentation on the "Pokeman Go" game phenomenon.  She told us it took only 6 days to become the most popular game available.   While most of the club had heard of this game and some  had downloaded it, few, including myself understood it.   Thanks Paige!     
Announcements 
  • Kevin is pleased to announce our club Vice President, Mike Sprague and new board member Gunnar Ortgieson.  Congratulations!
  • Tim Schwingle recognized Russ Spitzer as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Also Jan(+2 member) and Ed Andersen (+3 member) who contributed in the names of their grandchildren Hayley and Nick. Congratulations!
  • Board is still researching options for lunch.  Until determined, July 26 by Candlelight and August 2 by Angelo's.
  • Dave Murray announced that on July 27, 28 & 29, there will be B17-B24 & B25 planes at the airport to view and ride in.   Thursday is the full day of this event so mark your calendars to attend.
  • Mike Sprague announced the Newman Golf Outing on Sat., July 30.   It is filling up fast, so call now to enter a team. 
  • Bob Hawkins announced Aug. 16 as their annual Fundraiser for the Food Bank - Come out for Food and Fun!
 
News & Notes - July 19, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Boots & Shoes  -  $ 64  - Good job Jerry & Scott!
50/50 - $118 - No winner today!
Guests:  Jeff Spitzer - Marketing Director at Sterling Park District - Guest of Russ Spitzer
              Hayley & Nick Ceruzzi - Grandchildren of Ed & Jan Anderson
              Elliott Jensen - Guest of Tom Jensen
              Dawn Castillo - Guest of Chris Mitchell
              Pastor Kirk & Stephanie Neugebauer - of Messiah Lutheran Church - Visitors
              District Governor Elect, Steve Kuhn, visited the club today
Program was hosted by Dirk Meminger 
Dirk introduced Paige Tom, Director of Marketing for Sauk Valley Bank.
Paige gave an informative presentation on the "Pokeman Go" game phenomenon.  She told us it took only 6 days to become the most popular game available.   While most of the club had heard of this game and some  had downloaded it, few, including myself understood it.   Thanks Paige!     
Announcements 
  • Kevin is pleased to announce our club Vice President, Mike Sprague and new board member Gunnar Ortgieson.  Congratulations!
  • Tim Schwingle recognized Russ Spitzer as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Also Jan(+2 member) and Ed Andersen (+3 member) who contributed in the names of their grandchildren Hayley and Nick. Congratulations!
  • Board is still researching options for lunch.  Until determined, July 26 by Candlelight and August 2 by Angelo's.
  • Dave Murray announced that on July 27, 28 & 29, there will be B17-B24 & B25 planes at the airport to view and ride in.   Thursday is the full day of this event so mark your calendars to attend.
  • Mike Sprague announced the Newman Golf Outing on Sat., July 30.   It is filling up fast, so call now to enter a team. 
  • Bob Hawkins announced Aug. 16 as their annual Fundraiser for the Food Bank - Come out for Food and Fun!
 
News & Notes - July 19, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 81  - Good job Russ & Ray!
50/50 - $101 - No winner today!
Guests:  Jeff Spitzer - Marketing Director at Sterling Park District 
                 Bob Sondgeroth from RF Rotary
             Rhonda, Colton & Katy Conklen - Colton is the outbound student heading to South Korea
             Cheyenne Smith (Sterling and Kirsten Sommers (RF) - Rotary scholarship Recipients - Both will be attending SVCC in the fall.
Program was hosted by Tony Miller 
Tony announced our inbound exchange student will be from Thailand and arriving 8/15.  Her first host will be the McCoy family. Thank you Mike and Dana.
Tony then introduced Caleb McCoy and Antoine Dumontet, who are participating in the Rotary Short Term exchange Program this summer. 
Antoine is here from Yvetot, France and Caleb will be visiting France and staying with Antoine's family.    Caleb is excited to see historical sites and architecture in France while he is there.  Antoine is involved in triathlons and likes to garden.  He said everything in the United States is large, houses, cars, etc.   Antoine taught Caleb how to make crepes while here.  We are honored to sponsor these young men in this program.    
Announcements 
  • Our club still needs a Board Member - Contact Kevin at rrca@essex1.com if interested.
  • Tim Schwingle presented Mark Mench a 3 time Paul Harris member and Kevin Heller and 2 time Paul Harris member.  Congratulations Mark and Kevin for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
  • RF Rotary will begin meeting at Harvest Time Church in Rock Falls.
  • Mark your calendars for the RF Rotary Corn Boil on July 19.
  • Board is still researching options for lunch.  Until determined, July 19 will be catered by Arthurs, July 26 by Candlelight and August 2 by Angelo's.
  • Chris Mitchell presented Patrice with a gift and a thank you for her many years of catering to the club.
  • THANK YOU PATRICE!
 
News & Notes - July 12, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 36  - Good job Russ & Reed!
50/50 - $89 - No winner today!
Guests:  Jeff Spitzer - Marketing Director at Sterling Park District 
               Leo & Linda Patterson visiting Rotarian from Dixon Club
Program was hosted by Mark Mench 
Dr. Mench introduced Leo and Linda Patterson.  They shared details of their Rotary trip to Guatemala.  They went to help with a school for Jr. High/High School age youth.   They took computers and supplies such as nails, as these are difficult to come by.    Thanks Linda and Leo for all you do for Rotary.   
Announcements 
  • Our club needs a Board Member - Contact Kevin at rrca@essex1.com if interested.
  • John Berge has offered to host a Family Fun Day for our club on July 30.   Before finalizing we need to determine interest.  Contact Carolyn if you would be interested in this event  carolyn@hospicerockriver.org.
  • RF Rotary will begin meeting at Harvest Time Church in Rock Falls.
  • Mark your calendars for the RF Rotary Corn Boil on July 19.
 
News & Notes - July 5, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 80 - Good job Kevin and Jerry!
50/50 - $70
Guests:  Kris Noble was a guest of Russ Siefken
 
Program was hosted by Dana McCoy
Dana introduced the directors form Woodlawn Arts Academy for the production of "Forever Plaid".
Four local young men entertained us with some musical numbers from the show.   Show is scheduled at 7pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday a the outdoor theatre at Woodlawn.
Thanks to Collin Zollinger and Evan Lobdell from Sterling, Gavin Long from Rock Falls and Kyle McCoy from Morrison for a very entertaining performance.
 
Announcements 
  • It is with regret that we announce July 12 as Patrice's last day as our caterer. She has sold her building.  We will be seeking other options and if anyone has any thoughts please share with any board member.
  • At the board meeting on June 21, the board approved Giving Policy for donation requests.  A copy is attached to this email.
 
News & Notes - June 22, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 65
50/50 - $58
Guests:  Leo Patterson
Michelle Valesquez - Exchange student from Mexico a few years ago.,  She was here visiting her host families and enjoying activities.  She updated us on her life as she enters her third year of medical school.  She expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to be our exchange student and was sincerely touched by her experience.
 
Program was hosted by Barb Majeski
He introduced Ryan Venema, Chief of Emergency Services at CGH Medical Center.   Ryan informed us about what the ambulance and first responders do in and for our communities. It was very informative.  Thank you Barb.
 
Announcements 
  • Thanks to all who helped make the Rotary BBQ a success!
  • Leo announced the Dixon club now meets at Mama Ciminos in Dixon, across from the Telegraph office.
 
News & Notes June 14, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 88
50/50 - Pot of $166 was won by Jim Hsskell - Congratulations!
 
Program was hosted by Dave Lowe
He introduced Gary Cook Chief of the Sterling - Rock Falls Fire Department.
Gary provided us insight into the workings of our fire department.  Good job Gary!
 
Announcements 
  • June 7 - Rotary BBQ
 
`News & Notes May 31, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 95
50/50 - Pot is up to $146
 
Club Assembly
Kevin brought the group together to sign up with the committee chairs for their duties on June 7. 
Kevin also passed out BBQ tickets for each Rotarian to sell.
 
Announcements 
  • Photo was taken on May 13 with the Payless team and all the shoes that were ordered for local youth.   Great Job Mike!
  • June 7 - Rotary BBQ
 
News & Notes May 17, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 126
50/50 - No drawing this week 
 
Program by Rotary Students
Thank you to the students from Sterling and Newman High Schools for running the meeting.   Everyone did a fantastic job.  The performance from Newman's production of  Cinderella was excellent.
Thank you students.
Announcements 
  • Mike Sprague provided an update on the Boots & Shoes program.   He and two Payless Store employees visited the Sterling elementary schools and fitted 38 pairs for youth in need of shoes for summer. Thank You Mike for your efforts!
  • May 17 - Club Assembly
 
News & Notes May 10, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 92
50/50 - $23  
 
Program by Nick Lareau
Thank you Nick.
 
Announcements 
  • May 10 meeting is Student Program Day at Woodlawn Arts Academy
  • May 17 - Club Assembly
 
News & Notes May 3, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Annual Rotary Student Excellence Banquet was held on April 27
Approximately 72 students were recognized for excellence.
It was a large crowd, an excellent venue and great food.   A wonderful opportunity to recognize the youth of our community and to greet their families. 
A HUGE thank you to Steve Munson who has coordinated this event for over 20 years and to John Gvozdjak who will be our coordinator going forward.
 
Announcements 
  • May 10 meeting is Student Program Day at Woodlawn Arts Academy
  • May 17 - Club Assembly on Rotary BBQ
News & Notes April 28, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 159
50/50 - $20  No one selected the 4 of Spades for the pot of $121.00
 
3 students - 2 from NHS and 1 from SHS
 
Program by Wolf Koch
Wolf provided a very interesting program about Climate Change.  
Thank you Wolf.
 
Announcements 
  • Annual Student Excellence Banquet on April 27 at Abiding Word Church at 6:30
  • No Meeting on April 26.
  • May 10 meeting is Student Program Day at Woodlawn Arts Academy
 
News & Notes April 19, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 83
50/50 - $29
 
Judy Gonzalez - guest Rotarian 
 
Program Introduced by Jeff Coester
Jeff  introduced Carol Deibert, who has been President of Rock River Valley International Fellowship for 40 years.   Carol spoke about the three programs orchestrated by our local group.  
International Thanksgiving Program
College Student Groups
International Visitor Leadership Program.   The group is always looking for host families.   Thank you Jeff and Carol.
 
Announcements 
  • Annual Student Excellence Banquet on April 27 at Abiding Word Church at 6:30.  More to come on this.
  • No Meeting on April 26.
  • May 10 meeting is Student Program Day at Woodlawn Arts Academy
 
News & Notes April 12, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 114
50/50 - $19
 
Leo Patterson guest Rotarian from Dixon Club
Michelle Jensen - guest of Tom Jensen
Gary Camarano - guest of David Hellmich
Program by Tom Jensen
Tom introduced his daughter Alena Jensen who works at Happy Tails.   She told us about their programs and that the shelter is a "no-kill" Shelter.  She introduced Biscuit from the shelter, a 3 years pit bull mix, who enjoyed herself despite not being to eat any of Tim's lunch.  Thankss Tom.
 
Announcements 
  • Annual Student Excellence Banquet on April 27 at Abiding Word Church at 6:30.  More to come on this.
  • No Meeting on April 26.
  • May 10 meeting is Student Program Day at Woodlawn Arts Academy
 
News & Notes Apr 5, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 114
50/50 - $19
Guests:
Michele Jensen- guest of Tom Jensen
Gary Camarano-guest of David Hellmich
Leo Patterson - Visiting Rotarian
Program:
Tom Jensen introcduced his daughter Alena.   Alena works for Happy Tails and provided an overview of their programs and how their shelter operates as a No-Kill Animal Shelter. She brought Biscuit, a 3 years old pit bull mix and he enjoyed himself despite not being able to eat any of Tim's lunch. Thank you Tom. 
Announcements:
  • Annual Student Excellence Banquet on April 27 at Abiding Word Church at 6:30.  More to come on this.
  • NO MEETING on APRIL 26 due to student banquet that week. 
  • May 10 meeting is Student Program Day at Woodlawn Arts Academy
 
News & Notes April 5, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 60
50/50 - $22
 
Leo Patterson guest Rotarian from Dixon Club
Tom Burns brought guest Mary Ellen Burns
 
Reed had the program and introduced Eric Scheaffer, IT expert form Sterling Federal Bank.  Eric spent some time explaining how easy it is for the "bad guys/gals" to hack into computers.  He also provided some great tips for keeping your home and work comupters safe.  Thanks Eric. 
 
Announcements 
  • Annual Student Excellence Banquet on April 27 at Abiding Word Church at 6:30.  More to come on this.
  • Leo announced the Dixon Rotary is holding their annual Shrimp Boil/Chili Bowl Fundraiser on Sat., Apr 2, 5 - 8:30pm at the KC Hall on W. 3rd St in Dixon.  Proceeds support youth scholarships.
  • May 10 meeting is Student Program Day at Woodlawn Arts Academy
 
Sterling Noon Rotary - March 29, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 20
50/50 - $20
 
2 student guests from NHS and 1 from SHS today
 
Thanks to Kevin Heller for putting together a great program on a last minutes notice.
He introduced several speakers and members of the wrestling team.  
Announcements 
  • Steve Munson announced the Annual Student Excellence Banquet on April 27 at Abiding Word Church at 6:30.  More to come on this.
  • March 22, Rotary Pins on sale for $1 - See Erin at the Greeter table.
  • Dana McCoy announced the Short Term Youth Echange program had training last Saturday.  Three students participating, from Morrison, Rock Falls and Sterling.
  • Please take note of upcoming responsibilities as there will be no newsletter next week.
 
News & Notes March 15, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $ 51
50/50 - $20
 
2 student guests from Newman today
1 Guest- Curt Dahlgren
 
David Hellmich introduced the speaker, David Buchen, the new Director of the Center for Small Business Development.
Mr. Buchen spoke to the value and importance of this type of progrom for our community.
The program provides a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepeneurs.
 
Announcements 
  • Steve Munson announced the Annual Student Excellence Banquet on April 27 at Abiding Word Church at 6:30.  More to come on this.
  • March 22, Rotary Pins on sale for $1 - See Erin at the Greeter table.
 
News & Notes March 8, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  -  $139  WOW
50/50 - $23
 
2 student guests from Newman today
1 visiting Rotarian - Leo Patterson from Dixon club
 
The 9 of Hearts was selected by visiting student Morgan Ely and she won $112. Congratulations!
Kevin Heller had the program today and introduced Scott Shumard, City Manager for Sterling
Scott provided an interesting program on the State of the City.
 
News & Notes March 1, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carolyn Spencer
Boots & Shoes  - $82
50/50 - $101
 
1 student guest today
2 visiting Rotarians - Curt Dahlgren,  Leo Patterson who brought guest, Scott Oster
 
Ed Andersen was the program today.
Ed spoke about the Rotary scholarship program.
Three types of scholarships for studies outside of the United States.
    District Sholarship for college undergraduate or grad student- $25,000 used for tuition, air fare and living expenses
    Global Scholarship - $25,000
    Peace Fellowship for graduate students - $30,000
We do not have any current applicants and if you are aware of any interest, please refer to Ed.
Thanks Ed for an interesting program.
 
 
News & Notes February 23, 2016 Carolyn Spencer 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

Sterling Noon Rotary Pork BBQ - June 2, 2015

President Andy Thornton presents "Head Hog" Kevin Heller with the "Thanks for Bringing Home the Bacon" award for a very successful BBQ fundraiser!
Willy Hewitt works on the bagging and serving committee, preparing the sandwiches!
Jerry Binder, Scott Porter, and Sarah - Our Exchange Student from Sweden serves the meals at the drive up.
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