December 21st Meeting
     Caitlin Treece will present various Victorian Christmas traditions as part of our annual Christmas program.  She is currently the Museum Educator for Midway Village.  
     Catlin attended Huron High School and graduated from Beloit College in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in History and Russian Language.  In 2009, she received a Master of Arts in Local History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  
     Prior to Midway Village, Caitlin worked at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI and the Macon County Conservation District in Mackinaw City in Michigan until November 2010.  She then worked at the Carl and Mary Koehler History Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, first as the Education Director and then as the Director prior to coming to Midway Village in March of 2016.
     Caitlin will be talking about various Victorian Christmas traditions and giving us a chance to learn about this glamorous time using 3-D objects rather than a slide show.  This will be an interesting and informative Christmas program and a chance to bring a guest or prospective member.  You are also encouraged to dress for the season (including ugly Christmas sweaters) to get us into the spirit of the season.  David Byrnes will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary host.
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:
Holiday Gathering
     22 Rotarians and their guests gathered at Nancy Kalchbrenner's house for some good food and fellowship.  Canned food was also collected to be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  A big thank you to Nancy for hosting again this year. 
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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