October 19th Program
     Why We Must Keep "Eradicate Polio Now" As Our #1 Priority
     Fellow Rotarian, Bob Presman, will discuss the why he thinks we have to keep supporting the "Eradicate Polio Now" program of Rotary International. 
     In addition to Bob's presentation: 
     -  We will be awarding 7 people their next level Paul Harris Fellowship awards. 
     -  We will auction off 2 tennis balls from the Australian Open
     -  We will be selling Polio T-Shirts for $10 each
     -  We will have a free will offering to the Polio Foundation equal to or greater than the cost of a lunch ($10)
     So don't forget to bring your checkbook or cash on the 19th.
     Bob Presman is retired after having two careers as News and Sports Director at WROK radio in Rockford and as a financial consultant.  Bob is currently the President of the Rock River Valley Civil War Roundtable and has been a member of Rockford Rotary since 1995.  Bob co-founded Rotary’s Rockford Reads Program and led the program for seventeen years.  He still reads with second-graders at Spring Creek School.  Bob is a member of the district’s recently-formed End Polio Now Committee.  He is a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and was a finalist for the Rockford Register Star’s Excalibur Award.
          Bob is a graduate of Knox College where he received a B.A. majoring in economics.  After graduation he was a VISTA volunteer in the government program Volunteers in Service to America where he worked in Pawnee, Oklahoma. 
          Bob lives in Rockford with his wife, the acclaimed short story writer Mary Ann Presman.  They have two children.  Their daughter Roberta Leaf lives in Rockford with her husband Tim.  Their son Harry Presman lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife Ashley and Bob’s two beautiful grandchildren Finn and Sawyer.
     Eric Moe will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary Host. 
October 26th Program
Service Above Self Award Program
     The Rotary Club of Rockford will be holding an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 26th at noon at Veterans Memorial Hall. The Club is pleased to honor seven individuals with the Service Above Self Award, and one organization will be honored for its special project to restore the headstones of Rockford’s Civil War Soldiers.
     The Honorable Thomas McNamara, Mayor of Rockford, will speak at the special luncheon.
     Rotary’s Service Above Self Award is presented to special individuals who go above and beyond in their volunteer service to the Rockford community. Based on Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, the Award has been in existence in Rockford since 1968. More than 300 individuals have received this award to date.
     The Mary Stuart Carruthers Award was named in memory of a loyal member of Rotary who championed many nonprofit causes. For the last several years this Rockford award has been presented to an organization that has provided a special service to the Rockford community. This year’s Mary Stuart Carruthers Award will be presented to 815 Stone Scrubbers, a new, all-volunteer organization that sprang up to restore the headstones of all the Civil War soldiers buried in Rockford. Since late spring they have restored 468 headstones.
     This years’ Service Above Self Awards honorees and their organizational affiliations are listed below:
     Eric Willard
Veterans Drop-in Center
     Susan S. Carlin
Women’s Club of Rockford
     Bob and Georgia Eiss
Wesley Willows Auxiliary
     Mary Ann Norwood
Golden Apple Foundation
     Roger and Lowes Eggert
Mercyhealth Volunteer Association
     Catherine Brown
Crusader Community Health
     Kathy Vigna
Alpine Kiwanis Club
     The Rotary Club of Rockford promotes community service through volunteer and philanthropic programs in Rockford and in the world. Our Club implements such programs as Rockford Reads, Rotary Academy and high school scholarships. This fall the Club will be planting a pollinator garden at Welsh School as an educational resource on the environment.  Members also participate in Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio worldwide, provide for basic education and literacy, community economic development, disease prevention, maternal and child health, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, clean water and sanitation, and environmental remediation. For more information about Rotary International, please go to
Future Programs
Future Programs
10/26/23 - "Service Above Self Awards"
                  Speaker - Honorable Thomas McNamara,
                                   Mayor of Rockford
                  Host - David Byrnes
11/02/23 - "Child Abuse and Human Trafficking -
                   Doing Nothing is not an Option"
                   Speaker - Jennifer Cacciapaglia
                   Host - Lynn Momberger
11/09/23 - "Annual Tribute to our Veterans"
                  Host - Janine Idstein
11/16/23 -   "Rockford Symphony's 5th Music Director"
                   Speakers - Yaniv Attar and Julie Thomas
                   Host - Warren Heinke
11/23/23 - Thanksgiving - No Meeting
11/30/23 - "Holiday Social" Hosted by President Pete
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:
     Ending polio is Rotary’s main humanitarian goal, and PolioPlus is the program that supports these efforts.
     It was launched in 1985 with help from Dr. Albert Sabin, the developer of the oral polio vaccine, as a worldwide program to protect children from the paralyzing consequences of polio. Rotary later became a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
     Since then, the incidence of wild polio cases has decreased by 99.9% and the wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
     The processes Rotary helped build to fight polio have also been used to protect communities from COVID-19 and other diseases. This illustrates the Plus in PolioPlus.
     But polio anywhere is a threat to children everywhere. Only global eradication will ensure that no child suffers its devastating effects ever again.
     Learn more about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate this disease at
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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Clabough, Tom
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Maxted, Mary
cember 7, 2023
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December 14, 2023
Buchmann, Frank
December 21, 2023
Drollinger, Cynthia
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Dickinson, Elizabeth
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October 26, 2023
Johnson, Linda
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