June 13th Program
The Norwegian - Starting a New Business
     Emily Hurd is the owner and operator of The Norwegian, a restaurant in Rockford's North End. She renovated her building at 1402 N Main Street for 3 years before opening her restaurant just prior to COVID, which she navigated by turning her space into a temporary indoor market.
     When not at the restaurant, she is a mother, a wife, and a singer-songwriter that has released 19 full-length studio albums of original songs.  Her tunes have appeared on television's NCIS, 90210, The Good Wife, Melrose Place, and Life Unexpected.
     Emily will talk about the problems of starting a business in Rockford and trying to operate during COVID.  This will be an interesting program and one to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.
     Doug Mark will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary Host.
June 20th Program
What Is A Therapy Dog?
     Bruce Erickson is the CEO/Founder of the 17th Judicial Circuit Therapy Dog Volunteers, Inc.  He and his 4-year-old golden retriever, Remi, make up on of the current 24 dog and handler teams of the organization.
     Bruce received an Associate Degree in Electrical Science from Rock Valley College and worked as a Construction Electrician in his former life before therapy dogs became his focus in life.
     He was an Army National Guard Lieutenant for 6 years; Bone Marrow Courier for MNDP for 18 years; CASA volunteer for over 15 years; has been a member of Alpine Kiwanis for over 10 years and served as President and as a Lieutenant Governor; a Youth Director at St. Mark Lutheran Church for 2 years; and has worked with the Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts for 48 years.
     Bruce and his wife have three children and 6 grandchildren.  In his spare time, he loves to travel with his wife, scuba dive, go camping and enjoys time with the grandkids.
     The reason he started the Therapy Dog Program is that he enjoys working with children and adults that might need assistance in the courts and other locations around our county during stressful times.
     As you will find out his organization is involved with more than the 17th Judicial Circuit Courts.  They are also involved with over 25 schools, the Family Peace Center, Rockford Police Department, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, the Rockford 911 Center, and many other organizations.
     Bruce will talk about how an idea and his first dog Bella turned into the organization that exists today including the problems he encountered along the way. 
     This will be an interesting and informative program and one to invite a guest or prospective member top join us in person at Memorial Hall or via zoom.
     Jim Coffey will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary host.
Solar Conference & Expo
President's Message
President's Message
     PLEASE don’t forget to pay your Rotary Club dues invoice that came out on May 1, 2024. If you cannot find the email – please check your club runner account. You may pay half ($155.00) now and the other half in November if you would like. It is important that we collect the Dues invoice money before July and January each year so that we may pay our Rotary International dues.
     Summer "Save the Date" July 18th for a summer meeting/party at noon for Chama as she will be leaving to go back home on the 20th.
     Also, we will have a social event at the Rivets game that night (7/18) with other Rotary clubs from the area.
     We are also signed up to be greeters at City market on Aug 23rd so please save the date- we need 15-20 volunteers the day to greet people at the market.
     Pete Rundquist
New Member Reception
New Member Reception open to all Rotary Members and their Guest(s)
When: Thursday, June 27th Time: 5:30-7pm
Where: The University Club, 945 N. Main Street, Rockford
Enjoy Rotary fellowship and get to know our new members! Members are invited to attend for a $20 fee that includes appetizers and one drink ticket.
Payment can be made at each week’s Rotary meeting with a sign-in sheet, pay either by cash $20, check, credit card PayPal use “handle”: @CharitableRkfdRotary.
Make checks payable to: Rockford Rotary. Checks can be mailed to: Rockford Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1323, Rockford, IL 61105
Reservation and payment deadline is June 21st
Future Programs
Future Programs
06-13-24 - "The Norwegian - Starting a New Business in Rockford"
                  Emly Hurd
                  Host - Doug Mark
06-20-24 - "Calm, Intelligent Helpers"
                  Bruce Erickson, 17th Judicial Circuit Therapy Dogs
                  Host - Jim Coffey
06-27-24 - "Order of the Shelf"
                  "Vetting, Selecting, Electing Our President"
                  Host - Eric Moe
                  5:30 - 7:00 PM  New Member Reception
                   University Club - 945 N. Main St
                   Open to all members and their guest(s)
                    $20 to cover appetizers and 1 drink ticket
07-18-24 - 12:00 PM - Summer Meeting/Party
                   We will be having a party for Chama
                   who will be leaving to go back home on the 20th
07-18-24 - Rotary at the Rivets Game
                  Area Rotary Clubs will be seated in one section
                  More details to follow - Just a note that
                  Thirsty Thursdays are celebrated with $2 Domestic Beers          
08-23-24 - Greeters at the City Market
                  We will need 15 - 20 volunteers to greet people at the Market
Weekly RI Foundation Message
Each week we will be publishing a message from the Rotary International Foundation.  This week's message is:
Giving online is the easiest and fastest way to ensure that your year-end gift is received in time.
Visit and sign in to My Rotary to ensure that you and your club receive appropriate recognition for your contribution. If you need help, call the Rotary Support Center at +1-866-976-8279.
Together, we can make lasting change in the world!
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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June 1
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June 13
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June 16
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June 18
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June 20
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June 20
Becky Rundquist
June 21
John Goddard
June 21
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June 22
Bob Canfield
June 30
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24 years
Monica Glenny
June 8, 2000
24 years
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June 15, 2005
19 years
Brian De Benedetto
June 20, 2002
22 years
Linda Johnson
June 23, 2005
19 years
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June 23, 2005
19 years
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April 25, 2024
Torrence, John
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May 16, 2024
Johnson, Linda
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June 6, 2024
Dickinson, Elizabeth
June 13, 2024
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Buchmann, Frank
June 27, 2024
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