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Kevin Thomas coordinates the Mt. Zion After School Program, a neighborhood based program housed in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, just 2 blocks north of the Rotary Labyrinth on N. Avon St. The After School Program works with student from K-8 on math and reading skills, while providing meals, recreation and, when needed, transportation.  Mt. Zion was central in launching the Zion West Neighborhood Association, which is part of the West Gateway Coalition.  

In April of 2017, Rockford Rotary became aware of the After School Program through the West Gateway Coalition, working with Kevin and other Mt. Zion staff, the club developed a district grant application, to supply three classrooms with furniture.  The club committed up to $4,000 and requested the maximum $2,000 from the district.  This grant was approved and the club proved the program with not only three classrooms with furniture, but was also able to provide three flat screen computer monitors.  

Kevin will provide the club with information about the program and Zion West Neighborhood Association activities.

 

Kevin Thomas
Feb 01, 2018
 
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As Employment Services Manager for RAMP, Jeremy oversees the job readiness, job development and case management, including peer support and mentoring for individuals with disabilities getting into or returning to the workforce.  One of the newest programs developed overseen by Jeremy is PROJECT SEARCH a school-to-work transition program for students with disabilities housed entirely at Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue.  PROJECT SEARCH was among 21 community collaboration programs receiving the Confluence Award at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce's 2107 Confluence Honors event.

PROJECT SEARCH partners include RAMP CIL, Mercyhealth, Belvidere School District and the Illinois Department of Vocational Recreation. Students selected for the program worked in three internships over the course of one year, receiving classroom instruction and hands-on training, including goal setting and career exploration. Each student was supported by a team that included their family, an instructor, a department mentor, rehabilitation counselor and skills trainers to create an employment goal and to support their transition from school to work.

Come learn about this project and how it is changing lives in our community.

Jeremy Munson, RAMP Employment Services Manager
Feb 08, 2018
 
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Jeff began flying at 8-years old sitting on his father's lap.  He began flying lessons four years later and at 19, he became a flight instructor while going to college.  Kaney's love flying took him into the U.S. Air Force for a decade and then into commercial flying with an international airline. So it is not surprising that when Kaney began to look for another challenge it was focused around aviation.

Starting with an empty hangar with no other employees, Jeff founded Kaney Aerospace, a Rockford-based company that specializes in engineering, manufacturing, assembly and testing of aerospace systems and components.  Today, Kaney Aerospace is housed in a 19,000-saure-foot space with 65 employees.  The company has satellite offices in Seattle; Dayton, Ohio; and England, with customers that  include Boeing, Embraer, GE Aviation, UTC Aerospace and Woodward, just to name a few.  Kaney Aerospace also takes advantage of the engineering and manufacturing expertise found in the surrounding communities.

As a member of the RAEDC, Jeff was instrumental in initiating the Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN) a consortium of companies implementing a strategic plan to increase the competitiveness of the Rockford Region for aeropspace expansion and attraction.

Jeff Kaney, CEO, Kaney Aerospace, Inc.
Feb 15, 2018
 
Feb 15, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
The Board of Rockford Rotary meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
 
While space is limited, club members are welcomed, as long as they provide notice to the club president or Executive Assistant one week in advance to ensure adequate seating. 
Feb 20, 2018
 
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Marcus Hill, Resident Services Manager
Feb 22, 2018
 
Mar 02, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
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Chairman Frank Haney, WInnebago County Board
Mar 08, 2018
 
Dr. Sandra Martell
Mar 15, 2018
 
The Board of Rockford Rotary meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
 
While space is limited, club members are welcomed, as long as they provide notice to the club president or Executive Assistant one week in advance to ensure adequate seating. 
Mar 20, 2018
 
Deb Crockett & Yatte Moore
Mar 22, 2018
 
Please plan to attend the March 22nd Rotary Membership Committee meeting at 11 am. Kindly RSVP to this email your plans to attend. Kind regards, Linda
Mar 22, 2018 11:00 AM
 
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Jay Sandine became the Executive Director of the Rockford Park District on June 24, 2017, when he replaced Tim Dimke.  Sandine had been assistant executive director since 2015.  The Rockford Park District maintains 4,962 acres of land, and has 179 different parks and facilities.  These are as varied Dog Parks, Community Centers, Community Pools, Frisbee Golf and Zip Line facilities, in addition, to the many golf courses that the area enjoys.  Over the years the Rockford Rotary has supported and worked with the Rockford Park District, by donating the money to buy the Trolley in 1986, through working with them to design and build the Rotary Labyrinth as our 2016 centennial project.  

Come hear Jay discuss the community value the Park District provides to the area, as well as highlight the development of a Strategic Plan to be completed in 2018.

 

Jay Sandine, Exec. Director, Rockford Park Dist.
Mar 29, 2018
 

The State of Illinois is celebrating its bicentennial year.  While admitted to statehood in 1818, the state flag was not adopted until 1915. 

Alice Uphouse, is in her 35th year as a member of the Rockford Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution.  The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit founded n 1890, with three primary objectives: Historic preservation, Patriotism and Education. Ms Uphouse will discuss the history and the effort needed by the DAR to get our state flag adopted.  

Alice Uphouse
Apr 05, 2018
 
The Board of Rockford Rotary meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
 
While space is limited, club members are welcomed, as long as they provide notice to the club president or Executive Assistant one week in advance to ensure adequate seating. 
Apr 17, 2018
 

Parts of the Rockford's water system is nearing over century in age; and provides 18 million gallons of clean water daily to customers. Improving the water infrastructure while insuring a safe and adequate supply is not without challenge.  For years, Fehr Graham and the City of Rockford Water Division had a proven public-private partnership on the repair of the water infrastructure.  But now the focus is on developing a forward-thinking and fiscally responsible water infrastructure investment program for the future. In addition, this partnership is tasked with finding ways to improve infrastructure using cost-saving measures, such as data-driven decisions to prioritize projects and creative designs to minimize impact on residents.

Kyle Saunders, the watersuperintendent for the City of Rockford, and Seth Gronewold, a professional engineer with Fehr Graham, will help us understand the infrastructure needed to insure clean water and the benefits of the this partnership for Rockford residents.

Kyle Saunders and Seth Gronewold
Apr 26, 2018
 
H.S Recognition Awards/Burdette Anderson
May 10, 2018
 
 
The Board of Rockford Rotary meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
 
While space is limited, club members are welcomed, as long as they provide notice to the club president or Executive Assistant one week in advance to ensure adequate seating. 
May 15, 2018
 
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May 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
Service Above Self
Jun 07, 2018
 
Jun 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
The Board of Rockford Rotary meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
 
While space is limited, club members are welcomed, as long as they provide notice to the club president or Executive Assistant one week in advance to ensure adequate seating. 
Jun 19, 2018
 
The Board of Rockford Rotary meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are held on the 3rd floor of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
 
While space is limited, club members are welcomed, as long as they provide notice to the club president or Executive Assistant one week in advance to ensure adequate seating. 
Jul 17, 2018