What I Did at the RI Convention
     President Eric will discuss the Rotary International Convention which was held in Houston, Texas on June 4 - 8 of 2022.  The convention usually draws around 20,000 people and features many sessions to learn about various Rotary programs.
     Highlights include:
  • Admission to the convention’s opening and closing ceremonies and general sessions, where you’ll hear from inspiring and entertaining speakers, including top leaders in our organization;
  • Information breakout sessions to help you build your communication, leadership, and project management skills;
  • Opportunities to network and exchange ideas while browsing the project and fellowship booths in the House of Friendship;
  • Entertainment provided by local artists and musicians in the House of Friendship and at the general sessions;     
      President Eric has been married to Christy for 35+ years.  They have a son Philip who is married to Michelle.  They have two grandsons, Callen (6) and Beckett (1).  Philip is an Elementary School Principal and Michelle is a Physical Therapist.
     Eric was a charter member of the Macomb Centennial Morning Club from 2005 to 2021 and served as President during the 2006-07 Rotary year.
     He grew up as a PK (pastor's Kid).  His dad was a Lutheran Pastor, and his mother was an RN.  He was born in England, lived in Las Vegas, Watseka, Ottawa, Macomb, and now Winnebago, IL
     Eric attended Valparaiso University where is earned a BS in Civil Engineering.  He is a Senior Principal/Client Executive for IMEG.  His engineering experience is mainly transportation, water, and wastewater engineering.
     In his free time, he likes to travel, sing, sail, hunt, fish, x-country ski, ride his bike and of course, service to others (Rotary).
     Eric joined Rockford Rotary on June 30, 2021, and has been active on several committees during that time.  He did not hesitate to accept when asked to be President-Elect.
     While Eric will be the featured presenter, we can also expect to hear some comments from PDG Elise Cadigan and PDG Kathy Kwiat-Hess who also attend the convention.  This will be an excellent opportunity to bring a guest or prospective member to join us in person or via Zoom.