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.
Board Election Results Jim Coffey 2017-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Adrienne Dempsey
Manage of  Community Relations
Rockford Housing Authority
Joined Rockford Rotary: September 15, 2016
Alan Gibby
Shelter Care Ministries
Previous Rockford Rotary Club Member
Rejoined Rockford Rotary March 16, 2017
Don Kinney
Retired Boys Scouts Executive
Joined Rockford Rotary March 18,2004
Jim Nelson 
Retired Newspaper
Joined Rotary March 3, 1983
joined Rockford Rotary May 27,2010
​​​​​​Jim Norris
Head of School at Keith Country Day
Transferred from Rotary Club of Springfield
Rotarian for 12 years
Join Rockford Rotary September 19, 2017
Jeff Smith
Physician at Mercyhealth
Joined Rotary October 27,2016
Paul VonDriska
V.P. Global Business Development and Planning
Bergstrom, Inc.
Joined Rockford Rotary: August 10, 2107
Teri Watts
Commerical Real Estate Broker
Key Realty
Joined Rockford Rotary: April 11, 2013
NOTE: Teri is currently serving on the board, filling
the final year of Jack Becherer.
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$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.
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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:
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In June 2016, when Rockford Rotary dedicated the Rotary Labyrinth in celebration of its 100th year, the goal was to provide a usable community space.  This goal was realized on December 1, 2017, when Crusader Community Health commemorated World AIDS Day at the labyrinth with a press conference and balloon launch.  World AIDS Day also marks the beginning of Rotary International's month-long focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment. (Learn more about Rotary International focus Disease Prevention and Treatment at

World AIDS Day takes place on the December 1st each year.  It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.The CDC estimates that roughly 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in eight of those are not aware that they are infected.  As a result of treatment advances since the late 1990’s, the number of people living with HIV has increased dramatically. However,

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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.
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:
Member Directory at Your Fingertips Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 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.
     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
New Member - Haddon Anderson Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
     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
Annual Super Bowl Raffle 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 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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