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 27th Program
Uplifting Meeting - High School Recognition
     Need a feel-good boost? Attend the April 27th High School Recognition event, our club’s annual way to honor high school seniors for their commitment to service.  And two seniors will each receive the $2,000 Burdette Anderson Scholarship to help them with their college plans. The scholarship is given in memory of Rotarian Burdette Anderson’s family. His daughters, Linda Oshita and Susan Vetrono, will award the scholarships.
     Enjoy a delicious hot lunch buffet catered by the University Club of Rockford. Sit with the high school seniors and their proud parents. You will be so impressed with the students who were selected by their schools.  The students, their parents and principals are guests of Rotary; so thank you, Rotarians, for your support.
     Let’s show the high school seniors how much we appreciate them by attending this meeting in person!
Two New Members
Two New Members
     At our April 13th meeting, President Eric welcomed two new members to Rockford Rotary.  Steve Malliet, President and General Manager of the Rockford Rivets baseball team was sponsored by Linda Niemiec.  Mustafa Abdall from Solutions Business Center and a Rockford Township Trustee was sponsored by Elise Cadigan.  
     We would encourage our members to make an effort to meet our new members and welcome them to Rockford Rotary.
Steve Malliet, Linda Niemiec, Mustafa Abdall, Elise Cadigan and President Eric.
Indian Hill Manor Tour
Indian Hill Manor Tour
     On April 14th, eleven Rotarians and their guests had a great tour of the Indian Hill Manor.  It was preceded by a fun lunch at Prairie Street Brewing Company.  There were a few folks who came for one or the other.  A good time was had by all.  
     Mark your calendars for May 17th which will be our tour of the Womanspace labyrinth followed by dinner at Lucha Cantina,
Rockford Rotary Social Events
Rotary Social Events
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.
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
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