September 28th Program
Committee Meetings
     The September 28th Meeting will be open for committee meetings.  Committee chairs will be contacting their members with details.
     If you are not having a committee meeting, feel free to join us for lunch and some socializing.
October 5th Program
Tropical Diseases and Their Global Impact
     Gordon Eggers, Jr. is the retired President and CEO of Crusader Community Health, where he worked for 34 years.  He is also a board certified Physician Assistant, with a lifelong interest in international medicine and tropical diseases.
     Earlier in his career, he worked in the Samoan Islands, the Southern Sudan civil war, the Congo, Kazakhstan, and three years in the jungles of Papua New Guina.
     He has a Master of Public Health and joins us today after recently completing an onsite "Diploma in Tropical Medicine" from the "National School of Tropical Medicine", Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
     Gordon previously spoke to us about worldwide immunizations.  Today he is speaking about "Tropical Diseases and their Global Impact".
     This will be an interesting and informative program.  One in which you will want to bring a guest or prospective member to join us person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.  Linda Niemiec will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary Host.  
Our Youth Exchange Student - "Chama"
Surisa "Chama" Chaithammachok
     Our 2023-24 Youth Exchange Student, Surisa Chaithammachok, or Chama as she likes to be called was introduced at our September 14th Meeting by President Pete.
     Chama is from Thailand and will be living in Pecatonica and attending Pecatonica High School.  Her first host family are Peter and Kelli Kang.
     The following information was taken from Chama's Youth Exchange Application which was approximately 25 pages long and was very interesting to read.
     Chama's mother is Patchananp Yanthitiworakorn, who is a financial advisor, and her father is Chanothai Chaithammachok, who is a mechanical engineer.  She lives with her mother and grandmother in Udonthani province.   
     Her typical day at home is up at 6:00 AM to have breakfast and her mother drives her to school at 6:45 AM.  At her Donbosco High School, she has 7 subjects a day and covers 20 subjects in a year.  These include Mathematics, Thai language, Chinese language, Math in English, English listening reading and writing, social study, basketball, science, physics, biology, chemistry, psychology, computer science, history, girl guide, art, Thai dance, music, home economics, and science in English.  Each glass is about 50 minutes, and her last class is finished by 4:00 PM.  Her mother picks her up and she is home by 5:00 PM.  After dinner, Chama looks after her pet hamster, takes a shower, does homework and goes to bed.  She has been studying English and Chinese for 9 years.
     During her free time, she likes to watch movies in order to practice her English, clean and tidy her room, and cooking and spending time with her family.  On holidays, she likes to travel to Bangkok by herself to visit her cousin for a couple of weeks.  She traveled to Hong Kong with her mother and grandmother (before COVID) to visit her aunt and uncle.  She went to Hong Kong Disneyland and other Hong Kong attractions.  They also took a ferry to Macau Venetian in Asia.
     When asked what she hoped to accomplish as an exchange student, Chama said "I best wish to gain more experiences in oversea especially culture, art, new expat friends, western lifestyle and new classroom including classmate too.  Moreover, this is a chance for me to improve my English language skills in both of formal and informal styles".
     If you get a chance to meet Chama during this year, make an effort to greet her and welcome her to Rockford Rotary.  As is our custom, Chama will be presenting at least one program during the year where she will tell us about herself and her adventures as our Youth Exchange Student.
I have a big family.
I always cook food in my free time.
This is my pet.  It is a hamster.
This is my house.
District Membership Award
District 6420 Mewmbership Award
     At our September 1st meeting, Laura Kann, Past District 6420 Governor, presented Past President Eric Moe with an award for the Best Membership Growth of all the clubs in the district.  Our club welcomed 11 new members during the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.  
     Congratulations to Membership Committee chairperson Linda Niemiec and the entire committee for a wonderful job this past year.
     We are off to a great start for the 2023-24 Rotary year with two new members, Michelle Ryan for Habitat for Humanity and Maggie Kasicki from Rockford University, who will be inducted into the club at our September 8th meeting.
Service Opportunities
Service Opportunities
     - The Rock River Valley Pantry will have a collection barrel at Memorial Hall until Tuesday, October 3.  Please bring cereal for this collection.
     There is also a QR Code if you would prefer to donate money.
     Thank you, Rotarians, for your Service Above Self!
Weekly RI Foundation Message
     Each week we will be publishing a message from the Rotary International Foundation.  This week's message is:
     The Rotary Foundation transforms charitable contributions into programs that fight polio and build peace, into humanitarian projects that change lives, and into scholarships and vocational training. The funds are also used for local projects that Rotary members feel passionate about.
     As a global organization that operates in nearly every country, Rotary takes stewardship of its funds seriously and we’ve received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 14 years in a row.
     The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers helps ensure that grant funds are spent properly. In addition, trained members oversee the use of funds at the club and district level.
     Find financial details and stories about how donations are used in the most recent Annual Report.
Rotary Lunches
     Starting with our September 7th meeting, we will be having lunches at our noon meetings.  We will be starting with a package from Beef-A-Roo.  It will consist of a Wrap, salad, chips, cookie, and a soda or water.  There will bea variety of meats in the wraps.  This is a work in progress and things may change.  Lunches will start on September 7, 2023 and will be available at 11:45 AM the day of the meeting.
     PLEASE.  If you plan to bring a guest, PLEASE let us know 3 days in advance so we can make arrangements for food.  It will be your responsibility to cover the cost at $12.50 per meal.
     Pete Rundquist -
     President, Rockford Rotary
Future Programs
Future Programs
10/12/23 - "2023-2024 - A Rotary Year of Hope & Peace"
                  Speaker - District Governor David Emerick
                  The Annual Visit by the District Governor
                  Host - TBD
10/19/23 - "Why We Must Keep 'Eradicate Polio Now' As Our #1 Priority
                  Speaker - Bob Presman
                  Host - TBD
10/26/23 - "Service Above Self Awards"
                  Host - David Byrnes
11/02/23 - "Child Abuse and Human Trafficking - Doing Nothing is not an Option"
                  Host - TBD
11/09/23 - "Annual Tribute to our Veterans"
                  Host - Janine Idsrein
11/16/23 - Yaniv Attar and Julie Thomas - "Rockford Symphony's 5th Music Director"
                  Host - TBD
11/23/23 - Thanksgiving - No Meeting
11/30/23 - "Holiday Social" Hosted by President Pete
12/07/23 - Dr. Alex Stagnaro=Green and Dr. Jeff Smith
                  "The Changing Face of Medical Care and the Education of Doctors"
12/14/23 - Jay Sandine - "Our Park District Expanding Our Economy"
                  Host - TBD
12/21/23 - "Multi-Cultural Holiday Festival Music
                  Host - TBD
12/28/23 - Happy Holidays - No Meeting
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