The People of Action open house is an opportunity for the community, as well as current, new and potential Rotary members, to learn about local Rotary clubs, and the programs and projects they support.  This open house is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Loves Park, North Winnebago, Rockford, Rockford East/Cherry Valley, Pecatonica and 815. Mark you calendars for this event to be held on May 16th from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Room of the Hand N Hand Daycare Center located at 9350 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park, IL, 61111.  There will be opportunities for interaction with Rotary Members who have taken part in global service projects, and students who have participated in many of the youth focused programs. 

This is designed to be a relaxed, fun and informative evening for potential members to learn about Rotary and different clubs available to join in the area. There will be light hor d'oeuvres; and non-Rotarians completing an exhibit passport will be eligible for prize drawings. The event will showcase just a few of Rotary's global and local projects.  Participants will be able to see, touch, talk to, and hear from Rotarians and participants about:

  • 3rd World Toilet - This will be on display. Bob Newlon, Oregon Rotary, along with Jim Nelson, Rockford Rotary, recently planned a trip and installed these no/low water toilets in Costa Rica.
  • Shelter Box - Equipment will be on display. These boxes are deployed to disaster areas around the world. Each box contains a tent, cooking equipment and other items needed to maintain safety and health after a disaster. 
  • Water Straws - On display. Clean water is one of Rotary's 6 areas of focus.  These straws have been dispersed in to areas that do not have ready access to clean water.
  • Polio - Rotarians around the world are dedicated to the eradication of Polio through immunizations and surveillance. Local Rotarians will be on hand to discuss their experiences in Nigeria and the impact Rotary has made on this and other diseases through the Polio  Eradication Initiative. 
  • RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Academy  is a weekend leadership camp for 9-12 graders held at Lorado Taft Campus in Lowden State Park.  Students and other participants will be on hand to discuss this program.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange - The Long-term and Short-term Rotary Exchange programs provide opportunities for 16-18 year old students to go explore the world through cultural immersion.  Students as well as host families will be available to explain the impact this program has had on them and their families.
  • Rockford Rotary Academy - This is year long leadership program for 8th graders in RPS 205.  Coordinators and school liaisons will be on hand to discuss the high ropes courses and other challenges presented to the students over the school year. 
  • Interact - This is high school based Rotary Club providing students with opportunities to participate in local and global service projects. 

Bring a invite co-workers, friends, local business owners, or your favorite barista.  If you think they have a passion for service, they belong in a Rotary Club and you can to give them that opportunity.

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