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.
     Haddon graduated from Rockford Lutheran High School in 2006.  He earned a BS in Sociology from Cedarville University in 2010 where he played basketball and served as a resident assistant.  He went on to obtain a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Moody Theological Seminary in 2014.
     Haddon is married to Julie and they have a foster son Richard, age 9; Adelyn, age 4; and Cameron, 6 months.  He enjoys family, sports (particularly basketball and reading.  He serves on the I.D. Pennock Branch Advisory Council of the YMCA.  He has traveled to Scotland and would love to go to China.  He really enjoys trying local restaurants, particularly pizza places.
     We would encourage our members to make an effort to introduce yourself to Haddon and welcome him to Rockford Rotary
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If you are new to Rockford Rotary or just haven't been able to sign on to the Rockford Rotary website, contact Jim Coffey @ or 815-222-9168.
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     Our club is again selling raffle tickets for the opportunity to attend this season’s Super Bowl.  Purchasers of the raffle tickets, which are $5 each or five (5) tickets for $20 will be eligible to win the following prizes:
     Grand Prize Package - Two (2) tickets to the 52nd Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN; 4 nights lodging at Suite on
          Summit, St. Paul, MN,   and $1,000 cash.
     Second Prize - $1,000
     Third Prize - $500
     Note: The Grand Prize winner will be drawn first. Only one prize awarded per entrant.  The Grand Prize Drawing Party will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM. Winners will be contacted as soon as possible after the winning tickets are drawn.
     As a partnering club we support the Indian Rocks Rotary Foundation selling the tickets, with 50% of the ticket sales being retained by our club through the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association.  It is the committee’s goal to sell at least 800 tickets.
     Russ Johansson, Past President, Rotary Club of Rockford
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     Last year, we pulled together a fun, last minute holiday event for members and our significant others  - thought it might be nice to plan ahead this year.  So let’s toast the season together at my house again on Thursday, December 14.
     We will have the beverages set up and an empty table so please bring your favorite appetizer or dessert to share.
In true Rotarian spirit, we will have a spot to drop food for N. IL Food Bank drive to help those less fortunate this time of year.  Most needed items: Grains, Whole Grain Cereal, Oatmeal, Whole Grain Pastas, Brown Rice, Dry, Whole Beans, Lentils, Canned Chicken (In Water),  Canned Tuna (In Water), All Natural Peanut Butter,  Canned Fruit in Juice, Low Sodium Canned Vegetables, Instant Breakfast Drink Mix (No Sugar Added), Low Sodium Pasta Sauces, Low Sodium Soups 
     THURSDAY,  DECEMBER 14, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm Open House 3702 Fairway Place, Rockford    Next to the back parking lot (which is the place to park!) of Montessori, formerly Marsh school.  Near Alpine & Spring Creek. 
     Please RSVP to Nancy if you plan to attend, so we have some idea of numbers!  Thanks – Nancy  815-262-3216
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Golden Apple is seeking volunteers to read and score portfolios submitted by Golden Apple teacher nominees.  This is the next step that comes after a teacher is nominated for a Golden Apple Award.  Teachers write a portfolio that includes a personal essay, they tell us about their teaching background, and volunteer readers help us to read and score them.  Each portfolio is read 6 times and the scores lead us to narrowing down our field of candidates to 20 finalists. New volunteers are required to attend a training from 4 - 5 p.m. on Friday December 1 at Rockford University where you can pick up your portfolios to read or if that doesn't work into your schedule, we can find a time to meet one on one for a training.  Evaluations are due back to us that Tuesday, Dec. 5 and can be dropped off or emailed or faxed. Lots of reading -- but interesting and valuable reading.  Contact Golden Apple at 815-226-4180 or with questions or to sign up to volunteer.
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Crusader Community Health announced the recipients of the annual Spirit of Caring Awards at its 45th Anniversary Evening of Caring event, Friday, October 20, 2017 at Giovanni’s. The event, attended by 500+ supporters, recognized 45 years of caring at Crusader Community Health.

The Crusader Community Health Foundation initiated the Spirit of Caring awards in 1992 to honor special individuals and organizations in our community who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in caring for others. A special Spirit-of-the-Future Award honors persons 40 years and younger for their caring efforts was added in 2014. This year, eleven individuals and fourteen organizations were nominated for the awards.

Ruth was recognized as a committed and dedicated volunteer who has taken on leadership roles and helped foster the success for many organizations in Rockford. She has been actively involved in seven boards, many as board president, over the past 30+ years. Because of her decades of service and leadership to these organizations, she helped establish projects, programs and relationships that make our community a better place to live. 

Linda Niemiec, Vice President Development, Crusader Community Health, received the Danny K. Davis Achievement Award, one of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association’s Awards of Excellence, at an award ceremony on October 20th.

The award was presented to Ms. Niemiec for her 27 years of outstanding service to Crusader’s mission. She developed the Crusaders Health Foundation into the area’s premier non-profit foundation.  Gordon Eggers, Crusader President & CEO, noted that, “Through her tremendous work ethic, grantsmanship and philanthropic efforts has raised many millions in donations that have built and renovated clinics that now total eight locations in northern Illinois.

Linda Niemiec, a certified fund raising executive, has been the Vice President of Development at Crusader Community Health since 1989. She is a member of the Crusader executive management team and is responsible, along with the Crusader Community Health Foundation Board of Directors, for planning, organizing and managing all fundraising programs for gifts, grants, planned giving and pledges from individuals, corporations and foundations to benefit the needs of Crusader Community Health.

Crusader Community Health is a community based, not-for-profit, Illinois Corporation, whose mission is to serve the Rock River Valley area with quality, primary health care for people in need. During the past year more than 54,000 individual patients were served at one of eight Crusader Community Health locations.

Posted on Aug 14, 2017
So just how does furniture get a new life?
It all started last year when Rockford Rotary had to vacate its office of over 20 years.  While cleaning out the office not only were there pictures of many past member, and pictures of current members when they had more hair, but also some wonderful wooden office furniture. The furniture was donated to the club by Rotarian Darlene Frust.
This furniture was so well made and still so beautiful, the club knew it would make a great addition to someone's office.  It was decided the club would try to find another non-profit who would give the furniture a new purpose.  Enter the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) who offered to adopt the furniture, promising to give it a wonderful new home.  The RSO was renovating office space and the furniture would not only be a great addition to their office, but it also save them over $1500. While there is no record of how the furniture was moved to the Rockford Rotary office, we do know that it took several young men from Youth Build to move it out.  So in the spring the furniture was moved from the Rotary office to the RSO offices and with the completion of the renovations later in the summer, a conference table with four chairs, a cadenza, and a desk began a new life. 
"Thank you to the Rockford Rotary for generously providing these pieces to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.", said Julie Thomas, RSO Ex. Dir. "As a non-profit, in-kind contributions are essential to keeping our revenue focused on producing quality performances and education programs."
And that, is how furniture gets a New Life.
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Posted on Aug 14, 2017
We call it the Family of Rotary for a reason.  Because like a family, we are interconnected and willing to go above and beyond for each other.  This was never more evident then over the last two months.
As the 2017-18 Rotary year began it was discovered that Warren Lowry had earned a PHF+1 in late 2015, but had moved away before it could be presented to him.  We knew that Warren had move to Holland, Michigan, but we had long ago lost his forwarding address.  However, never under estimate that power of the Rotary network. 
With a little research it was identified that Holland, MI had two Rotary clubs. Because all clubs are required to update their leadership data annually so it can be listed in the R.I. directory, and the directory can be accessed through the member section of the, the president and email of each club was available.  Armed with just club contact information and knowing nothing more than our lost Rotarian's name, emails went out...Was Warren a member of your club?
Now, the real magic of Rotary began.
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Posted on Aug 01, 2017

National Night Out is observed annually throughout the United States on the first Tuesday in August. It is a community police awareness-raising event held on the same night in communities throughout the United States; and this year 10 Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Rockford were there to man the two Bounce Houses.

This year's event was held in Dahlquist Park.  The Rockford Police Department (RPD), in partnership with the Neighborhood Network of Rockford, host the event with activities, food and informational displays. The Rockford Police Department had many large vehicles for the kids to see, K-9 and Martial Arts demonstrations and even a van for art.  Many community organizations had tables to hand out information about programs for families and students.  In addition, the kids could sit in a race car, enter raffles, get give-aways and even have their face painted. 

The Rockford Rotarians had a great time talking with parents as they watched the children run between the two houses to slide, climb, toss a basket ball, and bounce on and around obstacles.  One heroic Rotarian even had to perform a rescue by climbing up the slide to retrieve a very scared little girl.

It was a great night and all the volunteers agreed they wanted to be part of year's event.

To see photos of the night click on the link:  PhotoAlbums/2017-national-night-out

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Posted on Jul 13, 2017
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.
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Posted on Jun 24, 2017
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.  
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.
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Posted on Jun 05, 2017
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. 
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Posted on Jun 05, 2017
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.
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