Event Types

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

Water: Using Date-Driven Decision Making Tools to Meet the Future Needs

Parts of the Rockford's water system is nearing over century in age; and provides 18 million gallons of clean water daily to customers. Improving the water infrastructure while insuring a safe and adequate supply is not without challenge.  For years, Fehr Graham and the City of Rockford Water Division had a proven public-private partnership on the repair of the water infrastructure.  But now the focus is on developing a forward-thinking and fiscally responsible water infrastructure investment program for the future. In addition, this partnership is tasked with finding ways to improve infrastructure using cost-saving measures, such as data-driven decisions to prioritize projects and creative designs to minimize impact on residents.

Kyle Saunders, the watersuperintendent for the City of Rockford, and Seth Gronewold, a professional engineer with Fehr Graham, will help us understand the infrastructure needed to insure clean water and the benefits of the this partnership for Rockford residents.

Apr 26, 2018

Circle of Change Veterans' Dog Program

The goal of the Circle Of Change Veterans' Dog Program is to help military veterans work through their PTSD and other psychological issues by focusing on training and working with dogs who also have issues.  The vets work with a professional trainer.  The dogs are customers of the trainer and many are rescues, dealing with issues of aggression or withdrawal.  There is no charge for the veterans to participate in the program.  The program partners with the Rockford VA Clinic and the Madison VA Hospital.

Stephen has been in nonprofit leadership roles in Rockford for over 20 years. The majority of that time he was President & CEO of Careers, Etc. and just prior to the Circle of Change was with Rock River Training/Workforce Connection. He has been recognized by the Department of Illinois of both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars for outstanding service to U.S. military veterans.

May 03, 2018
May 08, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
May 11, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
May 15, 2018
May 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

It's Spring: Scams are Popping Up

The Better Business Bureau was founded in 1912, focused on advancing marketplace trust, consisting of 106 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the U.S and Canada.  

Dwayne Cushing will discuss some of the most common scams, where to find information and how the Better Business Bureau can help keep you from being a victim of a scam. 


May 17, 2018

Severson Dells Nature Center

Harry and Fannie Severson loved nature.  In 1975 to preserve their 369-acres family farm they donated the land to the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, and the Nature Center opened shortly thereafter.  The forest preserve feature 2.5 miles of self-guided nature trails, and a 2/3 mile hard-surface tratil that is accessilbe year-around.  Ann Wasser, Director of Education and Research, will discuss how Severson Dells Nature Center, nutures the love of nature in the young and young at heart, including music and summer day camps.

May 24, 2018

Service Above Self Awards

Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Order Of the Shelf

Jun 14, 2018
Jun 16, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jun 19, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

"What The Heck Is A Bagpipe: Anyway?


A brief history and demonstration by FPM Bob Gough / City of Rockford Pipe Band
(FPM: Former Pipe Major).  Bob will be doing an encore presentation of the RVC presentation on the Great Highland Bagpipe I gave a couple of years ago. Luckily, not much has changed in the bagpipe world since then.
Jun 28, 2018

No Meeting

Jul 05, 2018


Host - Wray Howard

Jul 12, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

Rotary International Convention in Toronto

Jul 19, 2018

News Literacy and Engagement

Host - Jim Nelson

Jul 26, 2018


Host- Linda Niemiec

Aug 02, 2018
Aug 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Rockford Roasting Company

Host - Alan Gibby

Aug 09, 2018

Rockford Public Library

Host - Alan Gibby/Paul Logli

Aug 16, 2018