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Stateline School Supply Giveaway Jim Coffey 2020-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
2020-21 Committees Jim Coffey 2020-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
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District 6420 Face Shield Project Jim Coffey 2020-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
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Welcome to the 100th Year of the COG

      THE COG             Volume 100  No.  01                     July 3 2020                                

Founded: June 15, 1916     District 6420      Club No. 3092     Members: 116   Honorary  8         
 
Meetings: - Thursday Noon via Zoom - If you would like to join our Zoom Meetings,
                    contact Jim Coffey - jimc6659@aol.com
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July 9th Election of Directors

      Election of Board of Directors
 
     The election of the Board of Directors was held at the July 9th Zoom meeting.  President Dennis with the help of our Zoom guru, Bob Canfield, was able to set up the election through Zoom.  25 members cast their votes for 4 candidates.  Unlike past elections where Lyn and Judy would go through the ballots and add up the results, President Dennis was able to see the totals as the ballots were submitted.  To quote President Dennis, "isn't it cool when technology actually works!!".  The 4 new Board members, whose terms will run from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022, are (in alphabetical order) Taylor Carlin, Jim Coffey, Jennifer Stark, and Hannah Warren.  
     Congratulations to the new Board members and also thank you to the other candidates who were willing to step up and help lead Rockford Rotary.  The new Board will be appointing a member to fill a 1 year term vacancy at the July Board meeting.  Our usual procedure is to ask the highest vote getter outside of the top 4 if they would be willing to serve the 1 year term. 
     Again congratulations to Taylor, Jim, Jennifer, and Hannah.
 
 
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Rockford Rotary Dues Invoices

Dues Invoices To Be Sent Out in July
 
 
     We will be sending out our annual dues notices in July.  If anyone is contemplating resigning from Rockford Rotary, it would be wise to do it before June 30th so you will not be counted for the
2020-21 Rotary year.
 
 
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2020 Service Above Self Honorees

 
 
The 2020 Service Above Self Honorees
 
The 2020 Service Above Self Honorees were presented at the June 4th Zoom Meeting.  Dennis Horton presided over the presentations and read the accomplishments of the six individual honorees and the Mary-Stuart Carruthers Community Impact Award.  The plaques were presented to the Honorees earlier in the day and Dennis used these pictures in his PowerPoint presentation.  Here are the 2020 Service Above Self honorees.
 
The Emmanuel Episcopal Church Community Soup Kitchen
 
 
     The Emmanuel Episcopal Church Community Soup Kitchen was established in downtown Rockford nearly 40 years ago and continues to serve a genuine community need. The Soup Kitchen is open every Saturday to serve a nutritious Noon meal to those in need. There are 18 different volunteer teams scheduled throughout the year for this important outreach ministry. The Jubilee Center, Rockford’s only daytime drop-in center for adults with chronic mental illness and an outreach program of Shelter Care Ministries, serves as the host site for the lunch.
     The goal of the Soup Kitchen since its inception in the early 80’s is to provide a healthy meal on Saturday for those in the downtown Rockford area who might be without food over the weekend. Emmanuel Episcopal Church also envisioned many other churches and organizations being involved in the outreach program. Because the program serves about 150 guests each Saturday, it clearly meets a community need.
     During 2019, over 5,600 people were fed and a total of 7,500 meals were served. There is clearly a need for this program in downtown Rockford. The Soup Kitchen has been given a new challenge in 2020 due to the coronavirus. With social distancing and other precautions in place, the Soup Kitchen has modified its usual serving and dining experience. Because the volunteers wanted to continue to feed the hungry with the need even more evident, they made several creative adjustments. Since mid-March, the Soup Kitchen volunteers have been preparing and distributing box lunches at the front door of the Jubilee Center to the hungry guests.
     The Soup Kitchen is open every Saturday throughout the year and requires approximately 15-20 volunteers each Saturday. This means that about 900 volunteers have helped each year to fulfill this community need.
     This effort is lead by Emmanuel parishioners John Birnbaum and Tammy Lewis and a team of volunteers from 16 different Churches, Ministries, and volunteer organizations.
     Each team uses it’s own resources to pay for food and supplies, cooks a hot meal, serves and cleans up on it’s scheduled Saturday.
     Future plans?
     The Soup Kitchen has been operating for close to forty years under the supervision and guidance of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. It is designed as an outreach to serve the basic needs of people in downtown Rockford who may be without a wholesome meal on Saturday. The only possible change might be to add other churches or organizations to participate in this outreach program. The current churches and organizations are committed to this program because they recognize and understand the need.
     Tammy Lewis and John Birnbaum and the Soup Kitchen are truly deserving of a Service Above Self Award.  Congratulations to both of you and your organization.
 
 
Jim Nelson
 
 
     Next we recognize our 1st individual honoree… one of our own…Rotarian Jim Nelson –
     Jim was nominated for his devoted involvement in a number of organizations.
     Including Rotary there is the Rockford Park District; Veterans Administration and A Ministry of Restoration
     As you know… as a Rotarian Jim is a Paul Harris Fellow +8 and continues to donate monthly.  Jim is also a Rotary Benefactor.  He has served through Rotary Youth Exchange as a host, counselor, for over 30 years, including hosting over 3 dozen students.  Jim also works each year for the District RYLA program. He has traveled (at his own expense) to both Nigeria and Pakistan to immunize children against Polio.  Jim has built toilets at schools in the Costa Rican rain forest and been on medical missions in both El Salvatore and Peru.  He raised $15,000 for a Global Grant for a project in Peru by speaking at 8 Rotary clubs about the need.  Jim was the driving force behind the establishment of the new satellite club at Wesley Willows and is part of that and other efforts has brought in 6 – 8 new members to Rotary.
     That’s just Rotary Jim is a regular volunteer at Nicholas Conservatory as a docent for the butterfly exhibit as well as the Lorikeets (birds). 
Jim serves as a national and state representative for Veterans issues.  He volunteers every Monday at the VA Clinic in Rockford and serves meals monthly to our homeless veterans. He often visits veterans in hospitals and in nursing homes.
     Volunteering with A Ministry of Restoration:  For 8 years, Jim secured thousands of toys to be distributed at Christmas to needy children.  For 3 years he has served as a director for the Backpack Giveaway in Rockford.  In addition to working the event, Jim also provided funds for the supplies distributed to over 1500 underprivileged children in our city.
     Jim lives by the motto of Service Above Self.  He is one of Rockford’s most prolific blood donors, giving over 23 gallons to date and he continues to donate every other month. He has participated in ten “Polar Plunges” for the benefit of Special Olympics by raising over $5,000 for the charity by plunging into frigid waters in either Rockford or Lake Michigan.  Prior to relocating to Rockford, Jim also taught a class through Junior Achievement to teenagers called “Project Business” for three years.  He was honored as “Citizen of the Year in Dixon” when living in that community. 
     We congratulate Jim on being a 2020 Service Above Self Honoree.
 
David Jones
 
 
     Our 2nd individual honoree is David Jones.  He is Co-Chair of the Rockford Area CROP Walk; a Board member of Rockford Urban Ministries; a member of Rockford Bread for the World Committee; support facilitator for Healing Pathways; an active member of 2nd 1st Church as a choir member and chair of the stewardship campaign.
     David is a retired clergyperson having served numerous Presbyterian churches in Chicago, DeKalb, and Des Plaines. He and his spouse moved to Rockford in 2005 and he quickly became active in many local non-profit organizations.
     He is Co-Chair of Rockford’s annual CROP Walk, but, as stated in the nomination the other Co-Chair will tell anyone that the David does ALL of the work. He convenes the meetings, coordinates the various committees, helps prepare and distribute the printed material to over 40 churches and to various schools, contacts numerous middle and high schools inviting students to participate in the contest to design the CROP Walk shirt, helps solicit sponsors for the event, and many other details involved in creating this walk. David has been responsible for helping to raise over $400,000 since 2006 through the Walk, and a portion of these proceeds are returned to Rockford to support the Greater Rock River Valley Pantry Coalition.
     In addition to his work on the CROP Walk, the he serves as a men’s cancer support facilitator at Healing Pathways, a cancer support organization created by the his late spouse. The pastoral skills learned, honed, and practiced as a Presbyterian minister by the David serve to comfort and spiritually heal those suffering from or recovering from cancer. HIs devotion to this organization has been instrumental in helping numerous cancer sufferers.
     In addition to the Crop Walk and Healing Path ways David serves as an active member of the Board at Rockford Urban Ministries, sings in the sanctuary choir at 2nd 1st Church, and also leads the stewardship campaign every year at the same church. Plus he also finds time to rehearse and sing with the Rock Valley Master Chorale.
     Described as a is a humble, self-effacing person, who gives credit to everyone else for the success of the local CROP Walk. Nominee is appreciative of everyone’s efforts behind this cause and let’s them know that they are responsible for its success.  David gives freely of time, talents, and treasures to those who are hungry, those who are suffering from illness, and those who need the support of a helping hand.
     David is a great example of Service Above Self and we are honored to have you as one of our 2020 honorees.
 
Linda Niemiec
 
 
     Our next honoree is also a Rotarian – The author of the nomination said -
     It’s apparent that this nominee’s volunteer commitments span the social services, education and social issues that targets children and families of all ages.  On a daily basis this person has a passion for giving individuals a helping hand.  This nominee made weekly visits to a 90-year old woman, bringing her a McDonald’s Happy Meal.  They would sit together at a window bird-watching.  Linda befriended a friend’s elderly cleaning lady by providing  on an annual basis Christmas presents for her and her granddaughter.  Linda is always finding ways to do kind acts for friends.  She started a home delivery meals drive for a friend during the time of mourning her husband’s death.  Linda acted as a patient advocate for a friend when she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer by driving her to the Mayo Clinic for further diagnostic treatment.  And she was on hand to help a friend with his early morning harvest from his huge garden prior to his weekly delivery of produce to his church’s food pantry. 
     The nomination goes on to say - In short, friends describe this nominee as honest, compassionate and first on the spot in time of need.  Service Above Self is in her DNA.
     The list of her volunteer activities is long –
     MAPS of Illinois Project Underwear - Board member - 7 years - provides underwear, socks, and t-shirts to area children who would otherwise go without.
     Promised Land Employment Services - Board member - 4 years
     Lifescape Community Services - Advisor Board - currently serving
     League of Women Voters - Member
     Rockford Rotary since 1997 - became a Paul Harris Fellow in 2016                     
     After leaving a beloved job, this nominee has never “retired” but rather moved on and forged even more connection to serve others.  Most recently this service includes:
     Mayor’s Hunger Luncheon Committee - Member of Sponsorship Committee - 2 years
     Family to Family Project - adopted a family in the Grove Public Housing area, assisting it in accessing food, furniture, and job placement - to name just a few of the services that have made a profound difference in the life of this family. 
     Laurent House Fundraising Committee - currently serving and helping to raise funds to support the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum Home and Visitor’s Center.
     Rockford Reads - volunteer - 2 years - reads weekly with three second-graders at Gregory School.
     Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom - active member for 2 years and is involved in voter registration for the 2020 election.
     It is Rockford Rotary's pleasure to present a 2020 Service Above Self Award to Linda Niemiec.
 
Chuck and Stella Schroeder
 
 
    Next we have Chuck and Stella Schroeder.
    Chuck and Stella approach their many volunteer roles with a quiet spirit of “service above self.” The couple brings a distinct compassion to their volunteerism, and it is worth noting that much of what they do as volunteers, they do together. Chuck and Stella have been bolstering the work and mission of Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity (RAHFH) for the last six years through their philanthropic and volunteer work. Whether they are leading the charge to assemble brown bag lunches for over 100 construction volunteers on the Habitat build site, helping raise funds at ReStore, where they both volunteer two full days each week, or advocating for Habitat’s mission, Chuck and Stella bring an unfailing spirit of kindness, fellowship, and humility.
     Chuck and Stella are described as the type of hard-working volunteers and advocates who would do any task in service to their vision for a better, more equitable community for people to live in and raise their families.
     Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity is in good company among organizations that benefit enormously from the generous involvement of the Schroeders. Chuck and Stella have brought the same conviction, leadership, longevity, and spirit of servitude to Rockford Promise’s scholarship program, United Way’s iRead program, and the RPS205 uniform co-op program, which Stella co-founded. They have both now been instrumental leaders of the uniform co-op for years, and they have expanded it from one school to three (Beyer, Ellis, and Lewis Lemon) to make sure that as many RPS205 families as possible have dignified access to low-cost uniforms.
     Both Chuck and Stella have also been very involved in their church community at Saint Mark Lutheran Church, where they both served for a number of years as President at different times. This history speaks to the leadership they bring to all of their humanitarian service endeavors.
     Where they see a need, they get involved, and where there’s not an existing structure to address a need, they create one. The Schroeders are a guiding light in the Rockford community. They demonstrate daily that through compassionate and ongoing, committed community service, individuals have the power to make community change.
     Chuck and Stella are examples of Service Above Self and we honored to have them as part of the 2020 class.
 
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New Member - Doug Mark Jim Coffey 2020-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Katrina Olson Jim Coffey 2020-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
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New Member - Jerry Egilske Jim Coffey 2020-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rockford Rotary Speaker - 4/30/20 Jim Coffey 2020-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
No Regular Meetings Until Further Notice Jim Coffey 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
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2020 Burdette Anderson Scholarship Recipients Jim Coffey 2020-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

2020 High School Recognition II

 
Rockford Christian High School
 
Enzo Marcello
 
 
     Enzo enjoys serving the community.  In fact, he's logged more than 400 hours of community service as a high school student.  He's volunteered at Discovery Center Museum, with the annual Rock River Sweep, and Helping Hands Food Pantry where he volunteers the first and third Saturday of every month.  At Christian, Enzo is a four-year member of the Key Club, serving a secretary this year, as well as a four year member of the tennis team.
     Enzo's love of the ocean and sense of responsibility for our natural resources has led him to pursue a major in Marine Science at the University of South Carolina, where he plans to continue his volunteerism. 
 
Isabella Villacorta
 
 
     Volunteer service is part of Isabella's life and helped her develop her future career plans.  She plays piano in the worship band at her church, where she also helps with the children's ministry.  Isabella is a weekly tutor at Mosaic, and a coach for the Junior Raptor soccer teams.  At Christian, she is captain of the varisty soccer team and has served as Vice-President of the Key Club.
     Through her volunteer experience, Isabella realized she has a passion for social justice, which led her to pursue a career as a lawyer for women's rights.  She plans to attend Loyola University in the fall.
 
 
Roosevelt High School
 
Luis Arreguin
 
 
     Luis has spent over 100 hours participating in volunteer activities that include mentoring elementary school students, collecting trash in the neighborhood, helping at Stroll on St5ate, and organizing family fun nights.  At Roosevelt, Luis is a Student Ambassador, a role he loves, helping at school events and wherever he is needed in school.
     During his first two years of high school, Luis attended Guilford where he was part of the cross cou ntry and track teams, performed in the fall play and spring musicals, and was a member of the fashion club.
     Luis plans to attend Rock Valley College and major in Fashion Merchandising.
 
Tyesha Bingham
 
 
     At Roosevelt, Tyesha has developed leadership skills and fell in love with course work pertaining to law and service.  She's volunteered at Spectrum Progressive School, helping younger students select and wrap Christmas gifts for their parents.  She has also worked with students at Haskell ELementary, helping them learn patience and how to work together on a school improvement project.  Tyesha spend many hours setting up and helping at Stroll on State.  Plus, she is a great mentor to her peers, encouraging them toward graduation.
     Tyesha's gola is to become an attorney and to continue to help those in need.
 
 
 
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2020 High School Recognition

2020 High School Recognition
 
Because of the stay-as-home orders, we were not able to have the High School Recognition meeting on April 23, 2020.  So instead, we will publish the names and bios of the 18 students who were selected by each of the 9 High Schools in the Rockford area.  Each school nominated an outstanding male and female student to represent their school.  They appear in the same order that we would do if we were actually meeting at Memorial Hall, alphabetically by school name.
 
Auburn High School
 
Zeke Stockton
 
 
     Attending Auburn's Gifted Academy, Zeke co=-founded the Debate Club and is a member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations.  He has accumulated several awards, including Knight of the Year for baseball during his junior season.
     During his free time, he volunteers at the Rockford Pro-Am,  was an election judge for the Rockford Board of Elections, and coaches T-Ball for the Boys and Girls Club.  After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in the field of law.
 
 
Victoria Wu
 
     Music is an integral part of Victoria's life.  She is the founder and teacher of the Salvation Army After School Music and Piano Program as well as a member of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra Volunteers.  Currently, she is also co-captain of the Varsity Tennis Team.
     Victoria was selected to participate as a member of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee.  She has enjoyed this honor to collaborate and engage with her peers on topics affecting the educational programming for our entire community.
 
Boylan High School
 
Zachary Farson
 
 
     An avid volunteer, Zachary has completed 150+ hours of community service during his four years at Boylan.  Some of these activities include leading a 2-day work retreat, working with Alpine Fireside Health Center staff and patients to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease, helping at the Rockford Wheelchair Basketball Tournament annually, and performing on-site work for the Corpus Christi Monastery of the Poor Clares.
     After graduation, he intends to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Carroll University.
 
 Abigail Kielty
 
 
     Currently, Abigail is Student Body President and participates in many activities, including National Honor Society, Math Team, Cheerleading, Student Ambassador, Choir, Ablaze, and Key Club.  She was also recognized as Homecoming Queen.
     Abigail balances her time between work and volunteering: she started her own tutoring business where she helps kids after school, and she also co-chaired the First Step Against Alzheimer's Event at Alpine Fireside Health Center, where she worked with nursing home leadership and residents.
 
East High School
 
Tairiq Bailey
 
 
     Fascinated by the field of Physics, Tairiq plans to pursue a career as a scientist in a particle accelerator laboratory.  While he has always enjoyed the sciences inside the classroom, his love of running and track has filled his time outside of the classroom.
     One of his most pivotal moments of his high school career was during his sophomore year in Mississippi.  He was invited to participate in Youth Leadership-Jackson, a program offering select students the opportunity to learn behind-=the-scenes how a city like Jackson operates. 
 
Alondra Covarrubius
 
 
     High school has taught Alondra many lessons that go beyond the curriculum.  Through cheer and activities within Student Commissions, she has learned to lead and collaborate with her peers.
     With the goal to major in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Alondra plans to attend Western Illinois University in the fall.  She will be the first person in her family to attend college.  Thankful for the opportunities that Rockford has given her and her family, she would like to return to the Rockford community as a lawyer or police officer.
 
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No Meetings in March

No Meetings in March!!!
 
Since all meetings have been cancelled in March and part of April, President Alan will be sending out weekly e-mails with updates.
 
We will keep Rockford Rotary members informed.
No Meetings in March Jim Coffey 2020-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rockford Rotary Satellite Club of Wesley Willows Jim Coffey 2020-02-29 06:00:00Z 0
March 19th Program Jim Coffey 2020-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
March 12th Program Jim Coffey 2020-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Opportunity - RAISE Program Jim Coffey 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Opportunity - Haight Park Jim Coffey 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
March 5th Program Jim Coffey 2020-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Wine Tasting Results Jim Coffey 2020-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
February 27th Program Jim Coffey 2020-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Wine Tasting Jim Coffey 2020-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship Jim Coffey 2020-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
February 20th Program Jim Coffey 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Women's Basebasll Museum Jim Coffey 2020-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
February 13th Program Jim Coffey 2020-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
February 6th Program Jim Coffey 2020-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
January 23rd Program Jim Coffey 2020-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
January 9th Program Jim Coffey 2020-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
New Member - Bill Coller Jim Coffey 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
New Member - Kimberly Moore Jim Coffey 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
December 19th Holiday Sing-A-Long Jim Coffey 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rockford Rotary Scholarship Winner Update Jim Coffey 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Winter Clothing Request Jim Coffey 2019-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Former Rotarian - Charles Canfield Jim Coffey 2019-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
2019 Excalibur/Excelsior Awards Jim Coffey 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Jim Coffey 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
December 19th Program Jim Coffey 2019-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
December 12th Meeting Jim Coffey 2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Rose Parade Float Jim Coffey 2019-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
December 5th Program Jim Coffey 2019-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
November 21st Program Jim Coffey 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
November 14th Program Jim Coffey 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - James O'Rourke Jim Coffey 2019-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
November 7th Program Jim Coffey 2019-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
October 31st Program Jim Coffey 2019-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Rockford Rotary's Book Fair
 
On Saturday, October 26th, we are having On Saturday, October 26th we are having a book fair at Barnes and Noble as a fundraiser for Rockford Reads. We will get a certain percentage back in the way of gift cards that we can then use to purchase books for students who are part of Rockford Reads.  If we make enough, we would really like to purchase a book for every 2nd grader in RPS 205. 
     Attached please find the voucher to use either in the store on the day of the book fair or on-line.  You can purchase on-line with the voucher starting October 26 until October 31 and we will get that credit.
     We have several celebrity guest readers lined up to read to children that day at the book fair.  We will also be raffling off some items at 4:00 that day at Barnes and Noble.  We would love to have you join us.  Either way, please support this program by purchasing books, etc. on October 26th. 
     Please also share copies of the voucher with friends and family.  This would be an excellent time to do some early Christmas shopping.
 
Thanks for your support.
 
Kathy Kwiat-Hess
 
Barnes & Noble Book Fair Jim Coffey 2019-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
October 24th Program Jim Coffey 2019-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
October 17th Program Jim Coffey 2019-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Peace Lecture Jim Coffey 2019-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Nellie Miller Jim Coffey 2019-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
October 10th Program Jim Coffey 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
October 3rd Program Jim Coffey 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Guatemala Literacy Project Jim Coffey 2019-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Day at the UN Jim Coffey 2019-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Bryan Davis Jim Coffey 2019-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
September 26th Program Jim Coffey 2019-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Saman Butt-Hsnif Jim Coffey 2019-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
September 19th Program Jim Coffey 2019-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
September 12th Program Jim Coffey 2019-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Lori Poppen Jim Coffey 2019-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Amy Ekstrom Jim Coffey 2019-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellows Jim Coffey 2019-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
September 5th Program Jim Coffey 2019-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
2019-20 Officers Approved Jim Coffey 2019-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
August 29th Program Jim Coffey 2019-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
August 22nd Program Jim Coffey 2019-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
August 15th Program jim Coffey 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
August 8th Program Jim Coffey 2019-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Saman Butt-Hanif Jim Coffey 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Dues Invoices Jim Coffey 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Sheryl Thogerson Jim Coffey 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
August 1st Program Jim Coffey 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
July 25th Program Jim Coffey 2019-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
July 18th Program Jim Coffey 2019-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
July 11th Program Jim Coffey 2019-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self Awards Event Jim Coffey 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Anisha Grimmett Jim Coffey 2019-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
June 27th Program Jim Coffey 2019-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
June 20th Program Jim Coffey 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
New Member Reception Jim Coffey 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
June 13th Program Jim Coffey 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
May 30th Program Jim Coffey 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
News from the District Conference Jim Coffey 2019-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
June 6th Program Jim Coffey 2019-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Presidential Road Trip to Holland Michigan Jim Coffey 2019-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
May 23rd Program Jim Coffey 2019-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Academy Final Event Jim Coffey 2019-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
May 16th Program Jim Coffey 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
May 9th Program Jim Coffey 2019-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Karl Arvidson Jim Coffey 2019-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
May 2nd Program Jim Coffey 2019-04-21 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Dennis Horton Jim Coffey 2019-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
High School Recognition Program Jim Coffey 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
April 25th Program Jim Coffey 2019-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
April 18th Program Jim Coffey 2019-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Golden Apple Foundation Banquet Jim Coffey 2019-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

High School Recognition

 
Rotary’s High School Recognition event on April 11 will culminate with the awarding of Burdette Anderson Memorial Scholarship by Burdette’s two daughters, Susan Vetrono, left, and Linda Oshita, right. They are shown with last year’s winners. 
High School Recognition Jim Coffey 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Notice of Board of Director Election Jim Coffey 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
New Member - Kelly Epperson Jim Coffey 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Framing Hope 2019 Jim Coffey 2019-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
March 28th Program Jim Coffey 2019-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
April 4th Program Jim Coffey 2019-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
March 14th Program Jim Coffey 2019-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Wine Tasting Jim Coffey 2019-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
February 28th Program Jim Coffey 2019-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
February 21st Program Jim Coffey 2019-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
RYLA - Great Service Experience with Youth Jim Coffey 2019-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
February 7th Program Jim Coffey 2019-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
February 7th Program Jim Coffey 2019-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Foundation/Polio Plus Update Jim Coffey 2019-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
January 31st Program Jim Coffey 2019-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
January 24th Program Jim Coffey 2019-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self Nomination Form Jim Coffey 2019-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self - 2019 Jim Coffey 2019-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
January 17th Program Jim Coffey 2019-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Barbour Rotary Academy Jim Coffey 2019-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
January 10th Program Jim Coffey 2019-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Rundquist Bell Ringers Jim Coffey 2019-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
New Member - Benjamin Buchanan Jim Coffey 2018-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
December 20th Program Jim Coffey 2018-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
December 20th Program Jim Coffey 2018-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians @ Fun/Work Jim Coffey 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
December 13th Program Jim Coffey 2018-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
2018 Excalibur Winner - Rosemary Collins Jim Coffey 2018-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
District Conference Needs (Volunteers) Jim Coffey 2018-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
December 6th Program Jim Coffey 2018-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
General Borling's Presentation Jim Coffey 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving From a Turkey's Perspective Jim Coffey 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Garden Jim Coffey 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
November 29th Meeting Jim Coffey 2018-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Jim Coffey 2018-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
November 15th Meeting Jim Coffey 2018-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
January 16th Program Jim Coffey 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Mayor's Hunger Luncheon Jim Coffey 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
November 8th Meeting Jim Coffey 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
November 1st Meeting Jim Coffey 2018-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Academy Schedule for November Jim Coffey 2018-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Academy Schedule for Camp Winnebago Jim Coffey 2018-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Orientation Team - 2018-19

     The Membership Committee is pleased to announce that the past presidents who served last year are returning this year.  As in the past, each one will orient new members two months starting in July.  They are Suzanne Berger (July & Aug.); Elise Cadigan (Apr. & May); Bob Canfield (Dec. & Jan.); Mike Donnelly (Oct. & Feb.); Russ Johansson (Sept. & Jun.); and Linda Johnson (Nov. & Mar.).
    
     Each person brings his or her passion and expertise to the discussion of important information about what it means to be a part of Rotary International and Rockford Rotary.  The goal is to have new members believe they made a great choice in joining us and know how honored we are to be joining them. New member installation will occur the same day as orientation meetings.
 
     Special thanks go to Judy Cooper, club administrator; Lyn Alison, board secretary; and Dave Byrnes, club president, for their support throughout the year.
 
 
New Member Orientation Team - 2018-19 Jim Coffey 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Dave Byrnes - 2018-19 President

Due to the scheduling of the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Rockford Rotary held it's Annual Order of the Shelf meeting on June 14, 2018.  Immediate Past President Linda Johnson, in her last official duty, acted as Roastmaster.  She performed her duties quite well considering her what she had to wok with.  We did learn a lot about the life of Dave Byrnes and in the end it was determined that he was indeed fit to serve as the 2018-19 President of Rockford Rotary.  
 
Congratulations to Dave and we wish him well as he guides the club for the next 12 months.  
Dave Byrnes - 2018-19 President Jim Coffey 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

New Member - Beverly Broyles

Posted by Jim Coffey on Jan 20, 2018
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     Beverly Ashley Broyles was born in Alameda, California and received a BA Degree in Art from San Jose State University and a MS Degree in Art Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She has lived in Eugene, Oregon; Marlow on Thames, England; Chelmsford and Concord, Massachusetts; Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee; Hallowell, Camden and Kennebunk, Maine; and now lives in Churchill’s Grove, Rockford, Illinois.    

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New Member - Dr. joan e. kole

Posted by Jim Coffey on Jan 11, 2018
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     Dr. joan e. kole brings past RI experiences to her latest role as one of our newest members.  During her tenure as a previous member, she was our club’s Youth Exchange Officer; chaired the Service Above Self Committee (mentored by Charles Holzworth); and she may also have served on a Nominating Committee.  She presented a program in conjunction with Elaine Harrington (some of you may remember Elaine) on distance learning (thank you David Byrnes) and did complete her doctoral degree work (2005 - 2009) and was awarded her Ph.D. from Union Institute & University.    
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New Member - Brandy Lavender

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The Club welcomed a new member at the December 21st meeting.  Her name is Brandy Lavender and was sponsored by Linda Gerber with the classification of Account Executive.  Brandy is the second new member who found us through the Internet.  Brandy is an Account Executive for Gallagher Benefit Services and is a consultant for employer sponsored health and welfare plans.  Previously, Brandy was the Office Manager for the locally founded Employers' Coalition on Health, and as an Accounts Receivable clerk for Cincinnati Tool Steel, both in Rockford.
     She graduated from Belvidere High School and attended Rockford University.  She is married to Bryant Benavides and they have two children, Michael age 10 and Stephanie age 8.  She enjoys reading novels based on historical events and people.  She loves music and comedy but mostly enjoys spending time with her family and providing her children with new and exciting experiences like Medieval Times, Legoland, and Six Flags.
New Member - Brandy Lavender Jim Coffey 2017-12-29 06:00:00Z 0

New Member - Haddon Anderson

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     The Club welcomed a new member at the November 16th meeting.  His name is Haddon Anderson and he was sponsored by Linda Gerber with the classification of Executive Director.  Haddon has been the Executive Director for Stateline Youth for Christ since September of 2016.  Prior to that he was the assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Rockford Lutheran High School.  He was a career coach/work-study coordinator at the Lydia Urban Academy in Rockford.  From September of 2012 to August of 2016, he was the Youth Pastor at Stonebridge Church.  From 2012 to 2014, he was a featured columnist for the Bleacher Report and was an NBA writer, specializing in coverage of the Chicago Bulls.
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