Have you checked out your roster picture lately?  Does it look a bit out of date?  Are you not dressed well?
Here is your chance to update your roster picture and get a free professional head shot you can use for business, social media, or whatever.
Tom Clabough will be taking pictures on April 5th starting at 11:30 AM.  Be sure and wear business attire and you can get a professional head shot done for nothing.  If you were to go to some other professional photographer, you would spend big bucks, now is your chance to get it done for free.
So, new members and old who want to update your roster picture, come by at 11:30 AM on Thursday, April 5th in the room behind the sign-in table.
Roster Pictures Jim Coffey 2018-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Flag Project Volunteer Request Jim Coffey 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Flag Project Jim Coffey 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
The Wine Tasting Event on March 2nd raised $1,242.00 for the Rotary Academy.  Congratulations to Zach Buchanan for his efforts to put this fundraiser together.  And thank you to all who attended and made this event as success.
Rotary Wine Tasting Jim Coffey 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
2 New Members Jim Coffey 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
New Member -Ben Read Jim Coffey 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
New Member - Will Wege Jim Coffey 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Coffey on Feb 10, 2018

The badge boxes may have found a home at Auburn High School JROTC program, thanks to Colonel David Draeger.

Found A Home!! Jim Coffey 2018-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Eric Fulcomer for becoming Rockford's newest Paul Harris Fellow and to Roger Maggio for his continued support of the Rotary International Foundation.  Roger is now a Paul Harris +3.
Paul Harris Fellows Jim Coffey 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor-elect (DGE) Kathy Kwiat-Hess and her husband Bob Hess headed to San Diego for the 2018 International Assembly.

Picture from left: DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess with her husband Bob, RIPE Barry Rassin, and 6440 DGE Julie Clark with her husband John. 

The Assembly, held over a six day period, is the training meeting that prepares district governors-elect for their roles as governor, introduces Rotary International's priorities for the coming year; and provide opportunities to network with governors-elect from around the world. The International Assembly also features engaging and informational programs for the governor-elect spouses.  In addition, Rotary International President-elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, meets with the District Governors-elect and lays out his vision and challenges for the coming Rotary year.

One of the best things about Rotary is the chance to meet new people and make new friends. Every Rotary meeting provides time to share stories and connect over a shared interest of Doing Good in the World.  Pictures are 6440 DGE Julie Clark, Mandi Wendt from Australia and DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess, tells that very story.

DGE Kathy met Mandi at the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta.  She was able to reconnect in San Diego where Mandi was a plenary speaker.  

DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess at International Assembly Jim Coffey 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda E Gerber on Jan 27, 2018
The Chicago Rotary International Peacebuilding Through Education and Literacy will be held on June 2, 2018 at the Chicago South Shore Cultural Center established in 1905, the same year Rotary International was founded by Chicagoan Paul Harris. The South Shore Cultural Center is located on Lake Michigan and is in the heart of Chicago.
This is one of 6 Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences, host by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, around the world in 2018.  Chicago is the only site for the U.S. based Peacebuilding Conference focused on Peace through Education and Literacy.  The Peacebuilding Conference in Chicago will highlight the many opportunities we all have to build peace through education and literacy locally and globally.
Be Inspired --- Learn about the many innovative ways Rotarians and other groups are Peacebuilding through Education and Literacy

Form Partnerships - There will be many opportunities to meet and develop partnerships as there will be over two dozen organizations sharing their best practices in effecting peace

Take Action - You will leave the meeting inspired, excited to develop partnerships, and ready to take action in Peacebuilding through Education and Literacy
Peacebuilding Through Education and Literacy Conference Linda E Gerber 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda E Gerber on Jan 27, 2018

ClubRunner announced the release of an all-new ClubRunner mobile app that now includes both Club and District Information. The App is available through Google Play Store and the Apple App store for you smart phone or iPad.  All you need to do is search for ClubRunner (The logo will be a white CR with the blue background).  Note: If you are already using the ClubRunner App you will need to update the app or reinstall the latest version to get these features. 

When you install this app you will be asked to sign in with your Rockford Rotary member log in and password. After you log in you will automatically be connected to the both the Rockford Rotary and District Directory. In addition to the Rockford Rotary information you will now be able to view District Executives, stories and up coming events.

Another exciting feature is the ability to access the District's club directory from your phone.  You can check out a club's meeting time/day, upcoming events and executives. It just got easier to find neighboring clubs for make-ups or coordinating communication for projects.

From time to time you will need to refresh the app to ensure you have access to the latest information, including new club members.

To learn more about this app you can watch a youtube clip at: https://youtu.be/eAqGVrHj25E or to learn more about the new District Features go to the clubrunner blog: https://iloveclubrunner.blogspot.ca/2018/01/introducing-clubrunner-district-mobile.html

District Information Now Included on Mobile App Linda E Gerber 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda E Gerber on Jan 26, 2018
The Rockford Rotary Board, on January 23rd, approved a new membership dues option for Spouses and Partners who want to join Rockford Rotary together.  With this new policy prospective new members have three ways to join Rotary: as an individual; in a Corporate group; or with their spouses or partners.  Potential members, regardless of which category, must still be sponsored by a current Rockford Rotary member, complete the club's application and be approved for membership.  All members are expected to support the goals and objects of Rotary through service at the club and district level, as well as, through annual giving to The Rotary Foundation and Polio Now fund.
The goal of these additional membership options is to attract new members, allowing Rockford Rotary to more in both our local and global communities. The more people to help, the more we can DO GOOD IN THE WORLD.
Both of these policies can be found at http://www.Rockfordrotary.org under the Members Only tab, but can be accessed without a password.
They can also be viewed here:
New Membership Dues Option for Spouses and Partners Linda E Gerber 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Coffey on Jan 20, 2018

     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.    

New Member - Beverly Broyles Jim Coffey 2018-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Coffey on Jan 11, 2018
     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.    
New Member - Dr. joan e. kole Jim Coffey 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
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
     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.
New Member - Haddon Anderson Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Do you need help getting into www.rockfordrotary.org? 
If you are new to Rockford Rotary or just haven't been able to sign on to the Rockford Rotary website, contact Jim Coffey  at jimc6659@aol.com or 815-222-9168.
NOTE: You must use the primary email indicated in your profile.  If you no longer have access to that email, contact the Judy or Lyn to up-date your information.
ClubRunner Help? Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Have you ever wanted to contact a member by phone or email but didn’t have their information?  Well, if you have a smart phone or iPad, you can get the Rockford Rotary Directory and other information right on your phone or iPad.  All you need to do is go to your Apple or Android app store and search for ClubRunner (The logo will be a white CR with the blue background). 
When you install this app you will be asked to sign in with your Rockford Rotary member log in and password. After you log in you will automatically be connected to the Rockford Rotary Directory. In addition to the member directory, you will be able to see upcoming events, speakers and board meetings, as well as, club executives, board members and committee members.  Form time to time you will need to refresh the member's area of the app to ensure you have access to information of new members.
To learn more about this app you can watch a youtube clip at: https://youtu.be/eAqGVrHj25E
Member Directory at Your Fingertips Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0


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 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

National Night Out at Dahlquist Park LEG 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rockford Public Schools Recognize ROCKFORD READS LEG 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
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.  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.
4 Rakes, 4 Loppers, 1 Mower LEG 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
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. 
Clean Water through Sanitation in remote Costa Rica LEG 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0