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Rockford

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Memorial Hall
211 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL  61101
United States
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On July 11th, Rockford Public Schools Board of Education presented Rockford Rotarian Bob Presman, ROCKFORD READS Committee Chair, with a Certificate of Recognition for his work with ROCKFORD READS.  In the 2016-17 school year, 170 community volunteers worked one-on-one with second grade students throughout the RPS 205 system.  
 
ROCKFORD READS is a community volunteer reading program initiated by Rockford Rotary in 2001 to enhance the literacy development of second grade students in the Rockford Public Schools.  The volunteer and student read aloud to one another increasing the student's reading and language skills.  Since the programs inception over 3,000 students have benefited from working with ROCKFORD READS community volunteers.
 
To learn more about ROCKFORD READS or to become a ROCKFORD READS community volunteer visit the ROCKFORD READS page on the Rockford Rotary website.
What do 4 rakes, 4 loppers, 1 mower have in common?  They are the tools of People of Action and that action was to rake, trim, weed and mow the yards of two houses on N. Central Ave. as part of Project 1013.  Project 1013 is a week long community clean up event that works with the West Gateway Coalition area on the west side of Rockford.  http://www.project1013.org/  
 
The work was started in the cool of a beautiful Saturday morning, with 16 workers made up of Rockford Rotary and Rockford Rotoract members, their friends and families.  We picked up our shirts, received our assigned houses, collected our tools and headed down the street...what a sight...Sergio pushing the mower and the rest of us carrying tool. 
 
While we had to watch out for poison ivy, and there was some evidence of snakes in the area, we broke up into two teams making quick work of both houses. It was great to have so many new members join in the day.  While we were tired, and maybe a few of us a little sore, we enjoyed the day in Service Above Self as we worked to be a part of the community. 
 
Photos of the day can be found in the photo album 2017 Project 1013.
 
PDG Robert (Bob) Newlon (Oregon Rotary Club) and IPDG Jim Nelson (Rockford Club) just returned from Costa Rica where they assisted local rotarians and community members to install UDDT (urine diversion degradable toilet).  The Rockford Rotary club, as well as several other clubs in District 6420, contributed to the cost of the supplies.  Bob and Jim paid their travel expenses and/or were hosted by fellow Rotarians and community members during the project.  These toilets were installed where there are no facilities or where old facilities have been abandoned. The toilets will divert human waste away from water supplies, supply fertilizer for gardens and crops and, most importantly, provide women and girls needed safety and privacy at night. 
President Linda Johnson had a busy night on June 1st at the University Club on North Main Street. After socializing with a large number of Rotarians including new Rotaract members, she introduced the new members from the 2016-2017 Rotary year. 10 of the 14 new member added this year were on hand to tell us about themselves and why they joined Rotary.
 
President Johnson then formally chartered the new Rockford Rotaract Club, by presenting Rockford Rotarian Zach Buchanan, Rotaract advisor, and Bryce Johnson, Rotaract President, with the club's official Rotaract Charter. Each of the Rotaract members in attendance introduced themselves.  Rockford Rotaract meets at 6:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at Owly Oop (a sports pub on the second floor of the UW Sports Factory) 305 S. Madison St., Rockford, IL.  In the weeks between meetings members meet for non-mandatory social gathering, fun activities or community service projects.

Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.  In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities.
After being in office for all of three weeks, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, visited Rockford Rotary to give us an extensive look at his vision for the future of Rockford.  He presented some of the positive things that are happening like; the Sport Core upgrades, growth in downtown businesses, renovations of buildings that include living spaces. He also did not shy away from the difficulties he and the city council will face when developing the cities' budget.  With essential services like police and fire making up close to 75% of the city budget, there isn't a lot of areas to cut, especially when things like deferred maintenance on fire stations and aging police cars. 
 
At the end of the presentation, President Linda Johnson and sponsor Rotarian Tom Michalowski present the Mayor with his Rotary pin and name badge making him an Honorary member of Rockford Rotary.  He thanked the Rockford Rotary, expressing his gratitude for the honor.
 
 
 
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Speakers
Club Assembly
Jul 27, 2017
Planning for the coming year with Committee Reports
Britney Lindgren, Rockford Art Deli
Aug 03, 2017
Building a Business in Downtown Rockford
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Aug 10, 2017
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Aug 17, 2017
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Aug 24, 2017
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Aug 31, 2017
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Steve Kuhn, District Governor 2017-18
Sep 21, 2017
District 6420 update