December 14th Meeting
     Shelton Kay, a native of Shaker Heights, OH, came to Rockford, IL to attend Rockford College.  He has since spent all of his adult life serving the Rockford community.  He graduated in 1977 with degrees in Psychology and Education.  The following year, he began teaching in the Creative and Performing Arts Program of the Rockford Public School District.
     Once he concluded his teaching career, he transitioned into community health work.  He joined Crusader in 1993, serving as a case manager in the early days of the Living with HIV (LWH) Program.  He became manager of the LWH program in 1998, and was named the Director of the Community Services Division (which consisted of both the LWH and Healthcare for the Homeless Programs) in 2005.  In 2015, he was named Crusader’s Vice President of Community Relations and is part of Crusader’s Execuve Management Team.
     Shelton’s commitment to being an advocate for the underserved is unparalleled.  As the director of the Community Service Division, he goes above and beyond to ensure that his team of medical providers, nurses, case managers, and outreach workers are meeting the needs of patients and improving access to and the quality of care for the some of our clinic’s most vulnerable patients.
     Under his direction, Crusader’s Community Service Division has received local recognition from the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and others.  He embodies the mission of Crusader Community Health—care within reach.  His approachable demeanor and can-do attitude, make him a beacon of light to patients and clients who often face very dark times.
     Shelton’s presence in the community is felt far and wide.  Rockford’s mayor appointed him as Chairmen of the Homeless Task Force.  He also currently serves on the Board of the Rockford Dance Company and is an active member of Transform Rockford.  He’s previously served on the Illinois HIV Prevenon, Care, and Planning Group, The board of the Rockford-area Red Cross, The Rockford-area Arts Council and the Winnebago County Workforce Investment Board.
     He has no plans of slowing down—he knows that the needs are still great and the work is still necessary.
     This will be an interesting and informative program and a chance to bring a guest or prospective member.
Board Election Results
     The Election for Directors of Rockford Rotary was held at the December 7th regular meeting.  The following members (in alphabetical order and not vote count) were elected to serve a two year term on the Board starting July 1, 2018:
     Adrienne Dempsey
     Don Kinney
     Jim Nelson
     Jeff Smith
     We would also like to congratulate all 8 members who agreed to run for the positions.  We appreciate your desire and willingness to serve as a leader of this club.
Second Installment of Club Dues due by December 22
If you opted to split your annual Rockford Rotary dues into 2 payments the second payment is due now and must be received December 22, reminder billings were sent out Nov. 30th.   You may also view your account balance by logging into Member Access on the Rockford Rotary website . 
Once you have log into the website select Member Access from the home page, and then select My Clubrunner from the Gray banner.  A blue banner will appear below that gray banner.  Select MY ACCOUNT BALANCE.  If you have a balance, you can pay online with a credit card by clicking on the MAKE A PAYMENT button, OR you can write and mail a check for balance.
Make checks out to:  Rockford Rotary
Mail to:   Rockford Rotary Club
                 P.O. Box 123
                 Rockford, IL  61105
To view step-by-step instructions on viewing and pay bills on-line click on the link below:
Rockford Rotary Holiday Gathering
     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
Empty Stocking Volunteers
Thank you to Rotarians: Wray Howard, Dave Byrnes, Linda Gerber, Becky Rundquist and so-to-be Rotarian, Brandy Lavender for volunteering to register kids for the Empty Stocking holiday gift project offered by the Rockford Register Star. Crusader Community Health each year organizes volunteers at its five main locations for kids to sign up for the annual toy giveaway.
Thanks for sharing in the joy of the season and lending a hand to make sure that area children receive a special gift during this holiday!
Linda Niemiec, VP Development, Crusader Community Health
Dick Rundquist Bell Ringers
$935.88 collected by Rockford Rotary!!!
Thank you to the Rotarians & family members who volunteered to Ring Bells for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle.  The total collected at Woodman's was $462.34 and the total for Schnuck's was $473.54
And a big Thank you Pete and Becky Rundquist who chaired this volunteer opportunity again this year.  
This year the Red Kettles were located at Woodman's on McFarland and Schnuck's on Mulford.  As you can see from the picture of Dave McClelland and Dick Leighton this is a fun way to spend two-hours. You can not have a bad day when your being thanked for volunteering and getting to watch young children put money into the Red Kettle.  And if you were one of the lucky Ringers you might have been joined by some students who sang or played Christmas music.
This is one of the wonderful volunteer opportunity that truly keeps you a warm, even if it is cold outside.
New Member Semi-Annual Report
     Halfway through our Rotary year is a good time to express our appreciation to the new members and their sponsors who are expanding our club and its service to others.  Just a reminder that our new members are wearing red Rotary name badges until each person has completed a few requirements that are designed to acclimate everyone to Rotary as quickly as possible.  Upon completion of these requirements, each new member will receive the customary blue badge.
     We ask the sponsors to assist their new member(s) in completing the red badge program soon so that the temporary red badges can be re-issued to future new members hopefully joining us in the new calendar year. We also encourage all club members, including our new members, to invite and sponsor more people in the months ahead to enrich Rockford Rotary.
            New Member                     Sponsor
Jay Braffet                                    Linda Johnson 
Paul Von Driska                          Linda  Johnson
Corporate Members:                Nancy Kalchbrenner
   Ehren Jarrett    
   Earl Dotson Jr.    
   Heidi Dettman    
   Kelly Monson
Jennifer Stark                              Mary Ann Norwood
Rudy Valdez                                Jim Nelson
Jim Norris  (transfer)                 Linda Gerber
Daniel Sommer                         Elise Cadigan
Haddon Anderson                    Linda Gerber
Brandy Lavender                      Linda Gerber
  *Dec. Installation
Miss Manners @ West Academy
     Greetings from West Middle School, where students in our  Rotary Academy Program have tons of fun (and so did we) mastering their silverware, napkins,  and polite conversation lessons as part of their Academy leadership-building during November.
     They will be ready to show us and their parents at our clubs Final Event in May, 2018 at Giovanni's. Exact date to be announced soon.  All club members are encouraged  to attend one of the most fun and inspiring events of our Rotary year.
     Stay tuned or more pictures of other middle school experiences.
     Elise & Daniel
The Rotary Foundation
     Almost $17 million includes gifts of $50 to major gifts of over $1 million from members in 25 Rotary Districts from New York to Nebraska, and southern Canada.  The Rotary Foundation continues our legacy of giving for the Community & Global Grants so desperately needed because members make yearly contributions, small & large. 
     Rockford Rotary is in Zone 28!   
     What opportunities we each have to “Do Good in the World”.
Member Directory at Your Fingertips
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:
ClubRunner Help?
Do you need help getting into 
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 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.
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December 24
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December 29
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December 30
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December 22, 2005
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December 23, 1982
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