Event Types

Embassy Suites Hotel Project

Oct 19, 2017

Domestic Violence in the Community

Casey Bachochin, Senior Children’s Advocate at Remedies-Renewing Lives is giving a program on Domestic Violence in the community.  October is Domestic Violence Month 

Oct 26, 2017

Rockford Rotary Club Assembly

Nov 02, 2017

Indoor City Market

Cathy is the administrator for Rock River Development Partnership, which conceived Rockford City Market, a downtown attraction that draws ten of thousands every year.  Cathy will provide an update on the Indoor City Market, and the $8 million renovations, that will augment the summer Rockford City Market activities and provide a year-round place for people to gather, enjoy music and buy locally-made items.

Nov 09, 2017
Nov 14, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Ten Houses In Ten Days

Rotarians Pete and Becky Rundquist travelled to Hawaii to assist Habitat for Humanity build 10 houses in 10 Days.  They will discuss the challenges of this effort, share their experiences in meeting other Habitiat volunteers, Rotary's support for the project, and working along side the families who will live the houses built during those 10 days. 

Nov 16, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nov 16, 2017
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2017
Nov 24, 2017 10:00 AM –
Dec 01, 2017 12:00 PM
Nov 25, 2017 10:00 AM –
Dec 02, 2017 8:00 PM

Rotary Foundation

Nov 30, 2017


Host - TBD

Dec 07, 2017

"Living with HIV" Program

Dec 14, 2017

Victorian Christmas Traditions

Caitlin Treece will present various Victorian Christmas traditions as part of our annual Christmas program.  She is currently the Museum Educator for Midway Village.   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.  

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.
Dec 21, 2017

Happy Holidays

Dec 28, 2017

Home Rule for Rockford

Three of the four co-chairs (Bill Gorski, Bobbie Holzwarth, Rudy Valdez) will be presenting at the Jan 4 Rotary event.  The co-chairs of the Our Decisions; Our Solutions Committee will present information on Home Rule. The presentation will range from defining Home Rule to examples of its pros/cons. It has been nearly 35 years since the Rockford voters have had the opportunity to decide whether or not they want to shift decision-making from the state to the local level. It is important to make an informed decision on the March 20, 2018 referendum. 

Jan 04, 2018


Jan 11, 2018

Vocational Service

Vocational Service returns after a short absence.  Jim Norris will talk about his various vocations and careers.  He has been in Rotary for over 13 years and will probably talk about some of his hobbies and travel adventures.  We dpn't want to give away too much information prior to his presentation. 

Jan 18, 2018
Jan 18, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Jan 23, 2018 12:00 PM

Inspired for the Future of Rotary

Rockford Rotarian and District Governor-elect (DGE) Kathy Kwiat-Hess will share the messages from the International Assembly and her experience in getting ready for the challenges of being District Governor in the coming Rotary year.

DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess and her husband Bob Hess headed to San Diego for the 2018 International Assembly.  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; 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.  

Jan 25, 2018

Mt. Zion After School Program

Kevin Thomas coordinates the Mt. Zion After School Program, a neighborhood based program housed in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, just 2 blocks north of the Rotary Labyrinth on N. Avon St. The After School Program works with student from K-8 on math and reading skills, while providing meals, recreation and, when needed, transportation.  Mt. Zion was central in launching the Zion West Neighborhood Association, which is part of the West Gateway Coalition.  

In April of 2017, Rockford Rotary became aware of the After School Program through the West Gateway Coalition, working with Kevin and other Mt. Zion staff, the club developed a district grant application, to supply three classrooms with furniture.  The club committed up to $4,000 and requested the maximum $2,000 from the district.  This grant was approved and the club proved the program with not only three classrooms with furniture, but was also able to provide three flat screen computer monitors.  

Kevin will provide the club with information about the program and Zion West Neighborhood Association activities.


Feb 01, 2018

Project Search

As Employment Services Manager for RAMP, Jeremy oversees the job readiness, job development and case management, including peer support and mentoring for individuals with disabilities getting into or returning to the workforce.  One of the newest programs developed overseen by Jeremy is PROJECT SEARCH a school-to-work transition program for students with disabilities housed entirely at Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue.  PROJECT SEARCH was among 21 community collaboration programs receiving the Confluence Award at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce's 2107 Confluence Honors event.

PROJECT SEARCH partners include RAMP CIL, Mercyhealth, Belvidere School District and the Illinois Department of Vocational Recreation. Students selected for the program worked in three internships over the course of one year, receiving classroom instruction and hands-on training, including goal setting and career exploration. Each student was supported by a team that included their family, an instructor, a department mentor, rehabilitation counselor and skills trainers to create an employment goal and to support their transition from school to work.

Come learn about this project and how it is changing lives in our community.

Feb 08, 2018

Rockford Aerospace: A Place to Grow

Jeff began flying at 8-years old sitting on his father's lap.  He began flying lessons four years later and at 19, he became a flight instructor while going to college.  Kaney's love flying took him into the U.S. Air Force for a decade and then into commercial flying with an international airline. So it is not surprising that when Kaney began to look for another challenge it was focused around aviation.

Starting with an empty hangar with no other employees, Jeff founded Kaney Aerospace, a Rockford-based company that specializes in engineering, manufacturing, assembly and testing of aerospace systems and components.  Today, Kaney Aerospace is housed in a 19,000-saure-foot space with 65 employees.  The company has satellite offices in Seattle; Dayton, Ohio; and England, with customers that  include Boeing, Embraer, GE Aviation, UTC Aerospace and Woodward, just to name a few.  Kaney Aerospace also takes advantage of the engineering and manufacturing expertise found in the surrounding communities.

As a member of the RAEDC, Jeff was instrumental in initiating the Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN) a consortium of companies implementing a strategic plan to increase the competitiveness of the Rockford Region for aeropspace expansion and attraction.

Feb 15, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Feb 20, 2018

Workforce Development Insititue

Feb 22, 2018
Mar 02, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Update: Year one and Forward

Mar 08, 2018

Winnebago County Helath Department

Mar 15, 2018
Mar 20, 2018

Youth Development through Urban Agriculture

Mar 22, 2018
Mar 22, 2018 11:00 AM

The Value of your Rockford Park District

Jay Sandine became the Executive Director of the Rockford Park District on June 24, 2017, when he replaced Tim Dimke.  Sandine had been assistant executive director since 2015.  The Rockford Park District maintains 4,962 acres of land, and has 179 different parks and facilities.  These are as varied Dog Parks, Community Centers, Community Pools, Frisbee Golf and Zip Line facilities, in addition, to the many golf courses that the area enjoys.  Over the years the Rockford Rotary has supported and worked with the Rockford Park District, by donating the money to buy the Trolley in 1986, through working with them to design and build the Rotary Labyrinth as our 2016 centennial project.  

Come hear Jay discuss the community value the Park District provides to the area, as well as highlight the development of a Strategic Plan to be completed in 2018.


Mar 29, 2018

Learning about Lucy

The State of Illinois is celebrating its bicentennial year.  While admitted to statehood in 1818, the state flag was not adopted until 1915. 

Alice Uphouse, is in her 35th year as a member of the Rockford Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution.  The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit founded n 1890, with three primary objectives: Historic preservation, Patriotism and Education. Ms Uphouse will discuss the history and the effort needed by the DAR to get our state flag adopted.  

Apr 05, 2018
Apr 17, 2018