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The People of Action open house is an opportunity for the community, as well as current, new and potential Rotary members, to learn about local Rotary clubs, and the programs and projects they support.  This open house is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Loves Park, North Winnebago, Rockford, Rockford East/Cherry Valley, Pecatonica and 815. Mark you calendars for this event to be held on May 16th from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Room of the Hand N Hand Daycare Center located at 9350 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park, IL, 61111.  There will be opportunities for interaction with Rotary Members who have taken part in global service projects, and students who have participated in many of the youth focused programs. 

This is designed to be a relaxed, fun and informative evening for potential members to learn about Rotary and different clubs available to join in the area. There will be light hor d'oeuvres; and non-Rotarians completing an exhibit passport will be eligible for prize drawings. The event will showcase just a few of Rotary's global and local projects.  Participants will be able to see, touch, talk to, and hear from Rotarians and participants about:

Have you checked out your roster picture lately?  Does it look a bit out of date?  Are you not dressed well?
Here is your chance to update your roster picture and get a free professional head shot you can use for business, social media, or whatever.
Tom Clabough will be taking pictures on April 5th starting at 11:30 AM.  Be sure and wear business attire and you can get a professional head shot done for nothing.  If you were to go to some other professional photographer, you would spend big bucks, now is your chance to get it done for free.
So, new members and old who want to update your roster picture, come by at 11:30 AM on Thursday, April 5th in the room behind the sign-in table.
Past President Linda Johnson introduced out newest member of Rockford Rotary, Martha Miller Byrnes.  If the name sounds familiar, she is the wife of our next President, David Byrnes.  
Martha Miller Byrnes is Manager, Special Events, for Alzheimer's Association's Rockford office. During her career, Martha has been a writer/editor, public relations or marketing professional for many organizations including Rockford College and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. 
She was raised in the New England shoreline town of Clinton, CT.  A Gold Award Girl Scout, she was in the third coeducational class at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, earning her bachelor's in English.
Martha and David met when both worked at Salem College, Salem WV. She also studied journalism and higher education administration at West Virginia University. She serves as Regent of Rockford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteers at Midway Village Museum. David and Martha have been married 36 years.
They have a grown son and twin daughters, a daughter- and a son-in-law, and one granddaughter (so far!)
We encourage everyone to meet Martha and welcome her to Rockford Rotary. 

District Governor-elect (DGE) Kathy Kwiat-Hess and her husband Bob Hess headed to San Diego for the 2018 International Assembly.

Picture from left: DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess with her husband Bob, RIPE Barry Rassin, and 6440 DGE Julie Clark with her husband John. 

The Assembly, held over a six day period, is the training meeting that prepares district governors-elect for their roles as governor, introduces Rotary International's priorities for the coming year; and provide opportunities to network with governors-elect from around the world. The International Assembly also features engaging and informational programs for the governor-elect spouses.  In addition, Rotary International President-elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, meets with the District Governors-elect and lays out his vision and challenges for the coming Rotary year.

One of the best things about Rotary is the chance to meet new people and make new friends. Every Rotary meeting provides time to share stories and connect over a shared interest of Doing Good in the World.  Pictures are 6440 DGE Julie Clark, Mandi Wendt from Australia and DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess, tells that very story.

DGE Kathy met Mandi at the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta.  She was able to reconnect in San Diego where Mandi was a plenary speaker.  

The Chicago Rotary International Peacebuilding Through Education and Literacy will be held on June 2, 2018 at the Chicago South Shore Cultural Center established in 1905, the same year Rotary International was founded by Chicagoan Paul Harris. The South Shore Cultural Center is located on Lake Michigan and is in the heart of Chicago.
This is one of 6 Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences, host by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, around the world in 2018.  Chicago is the only site for the U.S. based Peacebuilding Conference focused on Peace through Education and Literacy.  The Peacebuilding Conference in Chicago will highlight the many opportunities we all have to build peace through education and literacy locally and globally.
Be Inspired --- Learn about the many innovative ways Rotarians and other groups are Peacebuilding through Education and Literacy

Form Partnerships - There will be many opportunities to meet and develop partnerships as there will be over two dozen organizations sharing their best practices in effecting peace
Take Action - You will leave the meeting inspired, excited to develop partnerships, and ready to take action in Peacebuilding through Education and Literacy

ClubRunner announced the release of an all-new ClubRunner mobile app that now includes both Club and District Information. The App is available through Google Play Store and the Apple App store for you smart phone or iPad.  All you need to do is search for ClubRunner (The logo will be a white CR with the blue background).  Note: If you are already using the ClubRunner App you will need to update the app or reinstall the latest version to get these features. 

When you install this app you will be asked to sign in with your Rockford Rotary member log in and password. After you log in you will automatically be connected to the both the Rockford Rotary and District Directory. In addition to the Rockford Rotary information you will now be able to view District Executives, stories and up coming events.

Another exciting feature is the ability to access the District's club directory from your phone.  You can check out a club's meeting time/day, upcoming events and executives. It just got easier to find neighboring clubs for make-ups or coordinating communication for projects.

From time to time you will need to refresh the app to ensure you have access to the latest information, including new club members.

To learn more about this app you can watch a youtube clip at: https://youtu.be/eAqGVrHj25E or to learn more about the new District Features go to the clubrunner blog: https://iloveclubrunner.blogspot.ca/2018/01/introducing-clubrunner-district-mobile.html

The Rockford Rotary Board, on January 23rd, approved a new membership dues option for Spouses and Partners who want to join Rockford Rotary together.  With this new policy prospective new members have three ways to join Rotary: as an individual; in a Corporate group; or with their spouses or partners.  Potential members, regardless of which category, must still be sponsored by a current Rockford Rotary member, complete the club's application and be approved for membership.  All members are expected to support the goals and objects of Rotary through service at the club and district level, as well as, through annual giving to The Rotary Foundation and Polio Now fund.
The goal of these additional membership options is to attract new members, allowing Rockford Rotary to more in both our local and global communities. The more people to help, the more we can DO GOOD IN THE WORLD.
Both of these policies can be found at http://www.Rockfordrotary.org under the Members Only tab, but can be accessed without a password.
They can also be viewed here:
Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Rockford


Service above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Memorial Hall
211 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL  61101
United States
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Meeting Responsibilities
2017-18 Meeting Greeters
February 8, 2018
kole, joan
February 15, 2018
Broyles, Bev
February 22,2018
Broyles, Bev
March 1, 2018
Scoville, Tom
March 8,2018
Byrnes, Dave
March 15, 2018
Heinke, Warren
March 22, 2018
Gibby, Alan
March 29, 2018
Sommer, Daniel
April 5, 2018
Broyles, Bev
April 12, 2018
De Benedetto, Brian
April 19, 2018
Norwood, Mary Ann
WInter Labyrinth Clean-Up - Monthly
New Member Orientation - Month of
January 2018
Canfield, Bob
February 2018
Donnelly, Mike
March 2018
Johnson, Linda
April 2018
Cadigan, Elise
May 2018
Cadigan, Elise
June 2018
Johansson, Russ
April 2018
Upcoming Events
Kyle Saunders and Seth Gronewold
Apr 26, 2018
Water: Using Date-Driven Decision Making Tools to Meet the Future Needs
Service Above Self
Jun 07, 2018
Service Above Self Awards
January 19, 2018
Jan 14, 2018
January 12, 2018
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January 5, 2018
Dec 31, 2017