April 13th Meeting
Club Assembly/BOD Election
Our April 13th meeting will be a club assembly, led by President Eric.  We will also be holding an election for four directors of the Board of Directors.  This is important because these members will be leading the club for the next two years.  We will also be naming the President-Elect who will be President in 2024-25.  We would encourage all of our members to make an effort to attend this important meeting. 
April 20th Meeting 
US/China Relationship In Manufacturing
     David Rydell joined, what was then Bergstrom Manufacturing Co., in 1963 when he graduated from college. Prior to that he had worked at the privately held company when not in school. David's degree was in finance. His first officer position was treasurer in 1966. He became the President in 1986, and the Chairman of the Board in 2005.  Dave received his BA in Finance and Accounting from Augustana College.
     Dave has been a member of Rockford Rotary since December 5, 1985. 
     Dave is very involved in the community and serves on numerous boards in the greater Northern Illinois area. Past and current involvements include, but not limited to:
  • Past Board Chair for Swedish American Hospital and current board member
  • Past Board Chair for Rockford University and current board member 
  • Past Board Chair for the Center for Sight and Hearing 
  • U.S Bank current board member 
  • Rockford Rescue Mission Steering Committee
  • Transform Rockford Advisory Board
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • United Way of Rock River Valley, Chaired 2005 campaign
  • Rockford YMCA
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois 
  • Midway Village and Museum

     As indicated by the topic, Dave will discuss the US and China relationship in Manufacturing.  Such topics as the effect of China's no-fault policy with regards to closing down facilities at the slightest outbreak of COVID.  This has greatly disrupted the supply chain and resulted in a shortage of things like microchips and other parts that are essential to manufacturing in the United States.  He will also discuss how Bergstrom has worked around these shortages and managed to keep from shutting down their facilities.

     This will be an interesting and informative program and one you will want to invite a guest or prospective member to jopin us in person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.  Elise Cadigan will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary Host.

April 6th Meeting
April 6th Meeting - Easter Fun
     Our April 6th meeting was an interesting and informative presentation by Winnebago County Coroner, Jennifer Muraski.  In addition, Peter Rabbit showed up to add a little Easter cheer and provide some of the 5th part of the 4-Way Test - "Will It Be Fun".
This is the Port Isabel (Texas) Rotary Club's "Five Way Test".  Our Past President and Past District Governor, Kent Mallquist is a member of the Port Isabel Club.
Our Presenter, Jennifer Muraski and host Janine Idstein with Peter Rabbit.
Host Janine Idstein, Jennifer Muraski with her gift, and President Eric.
Is Peter Rabbit after my job???
Rockford Rotary PayPal Account
Charitable Association PayPal Account
     Rockford Rotary Charitable Association now has a PayPal account.
     You can use this to reserve your spot at our April 27 High School Recognition Program, donate to support students and parents attending the Program, donate to our book project for the Rockford Public Library, or make general donations to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association.
The PayPal handle is @CharitableRkfdRotary
Thank you!
Food Bank Fun
Fun at the Food Bank
     This group along with Tom Clabough worked volunteering at the Northern Ill Food Bank Friday afternoon. They say we served 245 families in 2 hours, not a bad afternoon.
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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April 1
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April 4
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April 5
David Draeger
April 6
Bill Pratt
April 11
Kent Mallquist
April 14
Michele Pankow
April 16
John Fridh
April 20
Michael Foreman
April 20
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April 25
Dave Cleven
April 27
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Suzanne Berger
April 1, 1990
33 years
Dennis Horton
April 11, 2019
4 years
Teri Watts
April 11, 2013
10 years
Wray Howard
April 28, 1983
40 years
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