Thanksgiving Trivia and Stuff
Thanksgiving Stuff
Referred to as the "pumpkin capital" of the U.S., what town is home to the Libby's pumpkin canning plant? Answer: Morton, Illinois
What year did "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" debut on television? Answer: 1973
According to Macy's, how many people attend the attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York each year? Answer: 3.5 million.
Are pumpkins technically a fruit or a vegetable? Answer: Fruit
According to Guinness World Records, how much does the world's largest pumpkin pie weigh? Answer: Made in 2010, the record-breaking pie weighed 3,699 lbs
What holiday was the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade commemorating? Answer: Christmas
Which retailer was the first to host a Thanksgiving Day parade? Answer: Gimbels department store hosted a Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia in 1920, four years before Macy’s held their first.
Which U.S. Founding Father famously referred to turkeys as "a bird of courage"? Answer: Benjamin Franklin
Which two NFL teams have played a game on Thanksgiving Day since 1966? Answer: Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys
How long is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route? Answer: 2.5 miles
How many passengers were on the Mayflower? Answer: 102
When was the first Thanksgiving feast held? Answer:  November 1621
What was on the menu of the first Thanksgiving? Answer: Venison, goose, duck, fish, and porridge or bread made from corn
Where did the Pilgrims settle? Answer: Though the Mayflower initially landed off the coast of Cape Cod, they ultimately settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
How long did the first Thanksgiving feast last? Answer: Three days
How many Pilgrims were at the first Thanksgiving harvest feast in 1621? Answer: Approximately 53
How many turkeys are consumed each Thanksgiving? Answer: The National Turkey Federation estimates Americans eat about 45 to 46 million on Thanksgiving.
True or false: Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday of the year. Answer: False. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the busiest time for travel with upwards of 90 to 100 million Americans traveling during that time, according to AAA.
Which state produces the most cranberries? Answer: Wisconsin.
What do Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon and Taylor Swift all have in common? Answer: According to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, they’re all descendants of passengers or crew on the Mayflower.
True or false: Pilgrim Monument is located at Plymouth Rock. Answer: False. The Pilgrim Monument is located in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
November 30th Meetings
November 30th - No Meeting
5:00 PM - Happy Holiday Hour(s)
                 Prairie Street Brewery
Future Programs
Future Programs
11/30/23 - No Regular Meeting
                  5:00 PM - Happy Holiday Hour(s)
                                   Prairie Street Brewery 
12/07/23 - "The Changing Face of Medical Care and
                    the Education of Doctors"
                   Speakers - Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green &
                                     Dr. Jeff Smith
                  Host - Elise Cadigan
12/14/23 - "Our Park District Expanding Our Economy"
                  Speaker - Jay Sandine, Executive Director
                  Host - Paul Von Driska
12/21/23 - "Multi-Cultural Holiday Festival Music"
                  Rockford Music Academy
                  Host - Elise Cadigan
12/28/23 - Happy Holidays - No Meeting
Weekly RI Foundation Message
Each week we will be publishing a message from the Rotary International Foundation.  This week's message is:
The Paul Harris Society recognizes people who commit to contributing US$1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved global grant. The society’s purpose is to honor and thank people for their generous and ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris Society contributions count toward several different kinds of individual recognition, and members receive a chevron-style pin and a certificate. Members are also listed in the Paul Harris Society Report.
Ask me for a Paul Harris Society membership form to provide this ongoing support to the Foundation!
A Salute to Veterans
Veteran's Day Program
     At our November 9th meeting, Rockford Rotary honored Veterans with an outstanding program.
It started with the Rockford City Honor Guard posting the colors including the flags from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and the Marine Corps.  Following the posting of the colors, our National Anthem was played, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Janine Idstein welcomed everyone to our "A Salute to Veterans" program.
The invocation was given by Police Chaplain Pastor Dan Herman.
The Veteran Welcome was given by Aaron Booker, Marine Corps Veteran and Winnebago County Board Member.
The Keynote address "Veterans Helping Veterans" was given by Sean West, a veteran and the newly appointed Executive Director of the Veterans Drop-in Center.
Three Rockford Rotarians, who were in attendance were presented a lapel pin by a member of the Honor Guard and a Certificate of Appreciation for their service by Janine Idstein.  Each of the veterans were given a chance to talk about their experiences in the service.
Bob Canfield talked about serving as a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam including flying Bob hope to one of his shows and on another mission, getting shot down.  He obviously survived and made it home.
Jim Coffey talked about being told by Rockford College to "join the Navy and grow up" after spending three years majoring in beer and bridge.  So, he did and spent a year on an aircraft carrier and two years on an LST in Japan shuttling members of the various services from Japan to Viet Nam.  All while spending most of his time in front of a typewriter.
John Fridh graduated from the Army Finance School as #1 in a class of 320 and in typical Army fashion was assigned to a unit with no Finance Office and had to spend the rest of his time in Minnesota!
Rockford Rotarian Veterans Roger Maggio, Tom Scoville, and Kent Mallquist were not in attendance and will be given their certificates and lapel pins at another time.
Eight Veterans who were not members of Rockford Rotary, including two members of the Honor Guard, were also presented with Certificates of Appreciation and Lapel pins in recognition of their service.
The "Armed Forces Salute" was played next, and the veterans stood while their anthem was played.
Janine Idstein gave a final thank you to the veterans and President Pete Rundquist presented our speaker, Sean West with a Rotary coffee mug.
A special thank you to Janine for putting this wonderful program together.  Speaking on behalf of the veterans, we all appreciated it. 
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
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Member Birthdays
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December 2
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December 14
Lyn Allison
December 16
Dick Lunde
December 17
Stephanie Scardon Bradley
December 17
John Kleber
December 21
Mary Ann Norwood
December 24
Darlene Furst
December 25
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December 30
Join Date
Carla Redd
December 2, 2021
2 years
Dave Rydell
December 5, 1985
38 years
Kent Mallquist
December 7, 1967
56 years
Ross Robbins
December 8, 1966
57 years
Michele Pankow
December 9, 2021
2 years
Pete Rundquist
December 10, 2015
8 years
Denise Noe
December 16, 2004
19 years
John Fridh
December 23, 1982
41 years
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Set-Up and Take-Down
October 19th
Moe, Eric
October 26th
Carlin, Taylor
November 2nd
Clabough, Tom
Meeting Greeters
October 12, 2023
Thacker, Beth
October 19, 2023
Todd, Jo An
October 26, 2023
Foreman, Michael
November 2, 2023
Norwood, Mary Ann
November 9, 2023
Shelain, Suzanne
November 16, 2023
Maxted, Mary
cember 7, 2023
Johansson, Russ
December 14, 2023
Buchmann, Frank
December 21, 2023
Drollinger, Cynthia
Meeting Invocators
October 12, 2023
Dickinson, Elizabeth
October 19, 2023
Moe, Eric
October 26, 2023
Johnson, Linda
November 2, 2023
Buchmann, Frank
November 9, 2023
Todd, Jo An
November 16, 2023
Kwiat-Hess, Kathy
December 7, 2023
Maxted, Mary
December 14, 2023
Niemiec, Linda
December 21, 2023
Ryan, Michelle
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