March 30th Meeting
Update on Rock Valley College
     Robert (Bob) Trojan was elected to the Rock Valley Board in April 2015 and in 2021 was appointed to fill a two-year unexpired term. During these years, Bob serves as the Finance Board liaison with the Administration, is Secretary and Board liaison with the RVC Foundation attending their board meetings.
     Since his election, he has been a part of RVC’s investments in the NIU/RVC Engineering program, a new Health Sciences Building in 2/6/23, 7:49 PM Fwd: Re: Bio 2/2 partnership with OSF, new Aviation Maintenance facility and curriculum, and new Advanced Technology Center. At the same time, we kept driving down tax rates, maintaining balanced budgets and recently refinanced outstanding bonds saving $7.7 million and shortening the repayment schedule by 6 years.
     Bob graduated from Chicago Vocational High School, served in the U.S. Marines; completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering from U of Illinois and an MBA from Northwestern U. He has spent his life working and managing manufacturing companies, domestic and international. He came to the Rockford area in 1990 as President of Hydroline, Inc. In 2002, he started Rockford Linear Actuation, Inc.
     Community service includes serving on boards of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Growth Dimensions, Abilities Center, Rockford Area Ventures, Community Foundation, Discovery Center, several committees involved with manufacturing, and a member of several voter referendums in Rockford and Boone County. He was a Community Member of the Rockford Register Star Editorial Board and served on 6 President Search Committees (Abilities Center, Rockford Chamber, and Rock Valley College). He has been an Award recipient of the Chamber’s Manzullo Individual Catalyst (2007), People You Should Know (2011) and the Robotics (R2OC) Make It Loud Award (2013). He was nominated for the Illinois Community College Trustee Association’s Trustee Achievement Award (2022). He is still active with the R2OC Robotics program.
     Bob and late wife Norma’s family includes three sons, one daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
     Bob will give us an update about what has been happening at RVC and what some of the future plans will include.  This will be an informative program about one of the educational gems of our community.  It will be a chance to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.
     Linda Johnson will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary host. 
April 6th Meeting
Coroner's Office Update
     Jennifer Muraski is a successful former small business owner and current community leader dedicated to the enrichment and sustainability of Winnebago County and its residents.  A life-long resident of Rockford with an unparalleled drive for providing compassionate guidance to families during times of loss and grief.
     Jennifer is a 27-year Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin, graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science with a Mortuary Science Degree.
     Jennifer's work experience includes several positions with Olson Funeral & Cremation Services in Rockford; owned Muraski Monument Company in Rockford; owned Adept Funeral Staffing Solutions, Inc. in Rockford.  On August 11, 2022, she was appointed Director of Operations for the Winnebago County Coroner's Office to replace Bill Hintz who resigned as coroner.  She ran for coroner in the November 8, 2022 election and took office on December 1, 2022.
      Jennifer is active in the community with such organizations as Winnebago County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Winnebago County Health Department, Santas's for All (formally Santas for Solitary Seniors), and the Executive Director of Safer Citizens, Winnebago County.  In addition, she is affiliated with numerous professional organizations.
     Jennifer will discuss the various duties of the coroner's office and her plans for the future.  This will be an interesting and informative program and one to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person in Memorial Hall or via Zoom.  Janine Idstein will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary host.
3 New Members
L-R - Don Kinney, Sedrick Robinson, Linda Niemiec, Mary Maxted, Deb Johns, Helen Hill, President Eric.
Three New Members
     President Eric inducted 3 new members to Rockford Rotary at the March 16th meeting.  Sedrick Robinson is the CEO of the Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Sedrick was sponsored by Don Kinney who is a retired Scout Executive.  Mary Maxted is a local realtor with Keller-Williams Realty, Inc.  She was sponsored by Linda Niemiec.  The third new member is Deborah (Deb) Johns who is a retired teacher and has some interest in the Rotary Academy.  Deb was sponsored by Helen Hill.
     Congratulations to Sedrick, Mary, and Deb as the newest members of Rockford Rotary, the oldest service club in Rockford.  We would encourage our members to make an effort to meet our new members and welcome them to our club.
Major Donor - Jim Coffey
L-R - Bob Canfield, Rockford Rotary Foundation Chair, Jim Coffey, Major Donor, and Kathy Kwiat-Hess, District 6420 Foundation Chair. 
Paul Harris Major Donor Honored
     Jim Coffey was honored as the newest Rockford Rotary member to achieve Major Donor Level of the Rotary Foundation.  Major Donor is when a member's cumulative donations reach $10,000.  During his remarks, Jim mentioned that while he contributes to local charities, especially ones that he has been involved with, the Rotary Foundation gives him a chance to donate to international causes.  He also mentioned that he looked at his RI giving history and saw that he was a member of Rockford Rotary for over 2 years before he made his first donation to the RI Foundation.  Someone must have inspired him to start giving.  So it has taken him over 23 years to reach the $10,000 level.  As a sailor mentioned, slow and steady wins the race.  His advice is it is never too late to start giving the the Rotary Foundation.
Rockford Rotary Social Events
Rotary Social Events
APRIL 14, 2023
11:45 – 1 Lunch at a local downtown restaurant to be determined
1:30 ~ 2:30 Tour of Indian Hill Manor, 6901 Kishwaukee Road. We will have a tour of this lovely estate building with time for looking at the grounds. There is a suggested donation of $15.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
5 p.m. – Womanspace Labyrinth, 3333 Maria Linden Drive at the Anjali Pavillion. Elaine Hirschenberger will give us a presentation about the development of the labyrinth. Then we will proceed to the site and walk the labyrinth.
6:15 – Dinner at Lucha Cantina, 1641 N. Alpine Road.
Both of these events are open to members and guests. If you cannot join us for the meal and event, please feel free to come to whichever is convenient for you.
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March 8
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March 8
Denny Johnson
March 10
Monica Glenny
March 18
John Mecklenburg
March 20
Tom McNamara
March 29
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March 30
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Jim Nelson
March 3, 1983
40 years
Laura Wilkinson
March 5, 2015
8 years
Mike Donnelly
March 6, 2003
20 years
Jim Powers
March 11, 1993
30 years
Russ Johansson
March 13, 1987
36 years
John Mecklenburg
March 14, 1991
32 years
Lynn Momberger
March 16, 2017
6 years
Don Kinney
March 18, 2004
19 years
Lyn Allison
March 21, 1991
32 years
Dave Cleven
March 31, 1983
40 years
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March 31, 2022
1 year
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