February 15th Meeting
Newest Research in the Successful Treatment of Mental Illness
     Hannah Warren, a Rockford native, will share her work in the cutting-edge field of metabolic psychiatry. Metabolic therapies provide a new treatment option for mental illness that addresses root causes and, in addition to symptom management, can lead to full remission and long-term healing.
     Hannah will share her personal experience of implementing metabolic treatments and putting her bipolar 1 disorder into remission, as well as provide an overview of the science behind metabolic psychiatry.
     She will present on her role as Mental Health Communications and Advocacy Manager with Metabolic Mind, a nonprofit initiative of Baszucki Group, that is transforming the study and treatment of mental disorders by exploring the connection between metabolism and brain health. Metabolic Mind and Baszucki Group were founded by David Baszucki, founder and CEO of Roblox, and his wife, bestselling author Jan Ellison Baszucki after their son Matthew put his treatment-resistant bipolar disorder into remission with metabolic therapies.
     Hannah will also share how she got involved in this field through her volunteer work with Dr. Christopher Palmer, a Harvard psychiatrist and author of the ground-breaking book, Brain Energy. Dr. Palmer recently became the founder and director of the Metabolic & Mental Health Program at Mclean Hospital, a top-rated, Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital.
     Hannah Warren is an artist, writer, and social entrepreneur. She joined Baszucki Group and its initiative, Metabolic Mind, in November 2023 as Mental Health Communications and Advocacy Manager. These organizations are focused on advancing the science of metabolic psychiatry to drive long term, systemic change in the mental health field, while equipping patients, families and clinicians with resources to implement metabolic therapies today.
     In July 2021, Hannah started ketogenic therapy and ultimately put her bipolar 1 disorder into complete remission. This experience inspired her to devote her career to disseminating the science of metabolic therapies and working to make them a first-line treatment option. Hannah serves as a volunteer with the Brain Energy Movement started by Dr. Christopher Palmer to spread awareness of the brain energy theory. Today, she actively implements treatments for neurometabolic dysfunction including ketogenic therapy, intermittent fasting, exercise and meditation.
     She has worked in the nonprofit field the majority of her career, most recently as Marketing and Development Director at Serenity Hospice and Home, a nonprofit serving terminally ill patients and their loved ones. In 2008, she founded Jhoole, an eco-fashion social enterprise that employs women in India and currently serves on its Board of Directors. She is also one of the cofounders of a Rockford-based nonprofit that operates under Jhoole’s umbrella called Inscape Collective.
     Hannah has an MA in Fashion Entrepreneurship from London College of Fashion and BA in South Asian Studies and Linguistics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She is a recipient of a Global Grant Scholarship from Rotary International, which she used to expand Jhoole and complete her master’s program. In her free time, Hannah is working on a book about her experiences titled Radiant Beast: the Mitochondrial Pathway.
     This will be a most interesting and informative program and one you will want to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person at Memorial Hall or via zoom.  Elise Cadigan will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary Host.
Paul Harris Fellow +
Paul Von Driska, Paul Harris +1, District Foundation Chair Kathy Kwiat-Hess and President Pete.
Paul Harris Fellow +1
     At our February 8th meeting, our District Foundation Chair, Kathy Kwiat-Hess filled in for Rockford Rotary's Foundation Chair, Bob Canfield who was in Florida in making a Paul Harris presentation.
     She presented Paul Von Driska with his Paul Harris + 1 pin which means that Paul has contributed at least $2,000 to the Rotary International Foundation.
     As Bob and Kathy have mentioned in the past, getting a Paul Harris Fellow is just the beginning of the journey.  After the initial Paul Harris Fellow is achieved, then each additional $1,000 contributed to the RI Foundation results in a Paul Harris +1, $3,000 = Paul Harris +2, etc.
     Congratulations to Paul on his continuing support of the RI Foundation.  
February 22nd Program
Club Assembly and Brainstorming
     The February 22nd Meeting will be a Club Assembly and Brainstorming on how to strengthen our club.  There will be no scheduled Committee meetings in February.
     We would encourage all of our members to attend and share your ideas on how to strengthen our club.  If you have attended any meetings recently you will see that our attendance is getting better but we have not gotten back to our pre-COVID attendance figures.  A wise old Rotarian once told me that once you stop attending weekly Rotary meetings, it is hard to get back into a regular schedule again.  Part of our problem was that Memorial Hall was shut down for so long and we have not recovered from that absence.  
     The other service club I belong to meets at the Hoffman House and they were only shut down for a few weeks, so we were able to start meeting again and our weekly attendance recovered quickly because members did not have time to get out of the habit of regular weekly meetings.
     So please attend either in person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom (818 6271 6717 - password 713380) and share your ideas to strengthen our club.
Two New Members
     Two new members were inducted into the Wesley Willows Satellite Club recently.  The new members are Brett Nelson who is the Chief Financial Officer for Wesley Willows and Jeff Reinke who is the VP of Advancement for Wesley Willows.  Pictured above are L-R - Patty Biggers, Brett Nelson, Frances Salinas, who sponsored the two new members, and Jeff Reinke.
     Welcome to Brett and Jeff and congratulations to Frances for sponsoring them.
President's Message
President's Message
We are off to a great start with our District wide food drive! We have collected $238.00 so far which equals 2860 pounds of food ( NIFB gave me the figure of $1.00 equals 12 pounds of food). If you would like to help with this project, but do not attend regular meeting you can always send Monica a check (Rockford Rotary Charitable Assoc.) marked Food Drive
Save the Dates:

February 22 - Club Assembly and Brainstorming on strengthening our club. No scheduled Committee meetings meeting in February.
February 23 - ICE HOGS game, Please get your reservations and money. $55.00/person into Pete or Monica by Feb 14th
February 29 - Celebrate Jim Coffey's 21st Birthday  - no meeting that day, meet at Prairie Street at 5pm
March 1 - Wine Tasting - Artale, $20 entry - all goes to Rotary Charitable. We are looking for a couple of people to collect money at Artale that night.
Tuesday, April 16, University Club Guest Bartender night - all tips benefit Polio Plus
Please feel free to bring a guest to any and all the listed events - the more attend, the more possible new members and/or proceeds
     Pete Rundquist
Future Programs
Future Programs
02-15-24 - "Newest Research in the Successful
                    Treatment of Mental Illness"
                  Hannah Warren
                  Host - Elise Cadigan
02-22-24 - Club Assembly
02-29-24 - No Meeting
                - 5:00 PM Rotary Social - Prairie Street Brewing Company
03-07-24 - "Rockford Concerns - Finding Solutions"
                  Mayor Tom McNamara
Weekly RI Foundation Message
Each week we will be publishing a message from the Rotary International Foundation.  This week's message is:
The Rotary Foundation has spent more than US$3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects around the world. Rotary members can work with communities through Foundation grants, and two key options are district and global grants.
District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Your district chooses what activities it will fund with these grants, such as humanitarian projects, scholarships, youth programs, or vocational training teams.
Global grants fund large, international activities with sustainable and measurable results in Rotary’s areas of focus. These can include humanitarian projects, scholarships for graduate-level study, or vocational training teams.
Learn about another kind of grant next week!
Rotary Lunches
     Starting with our September 7th meeting, we will be having lunches at our noon meetings.  We will be starting with a package from Beef-A-Roo.  It will consist of a Wrap, salad, chips, cookie, and a soda or water.  There will bea variety of meats in the wraps.  This is a work in progress and things may change.  Lunches will start on September 7, 2023 and will be available at 11:45 AM the day of the meeting.
     PLEASE.  If you plan to bring a guest, PLEASE let us know 3 days in advance so we can make arrangements for food.  It will be your responsibility to cover the cost at $12.50 per meal.
     Pete Rundquist -
     President, Rockford Rotary
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February 2
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February 2
Ruth Little
February 4
Jo An Todd
February 7
Beth Thacker
February 15
Don Kinney
February 21
Cynthia Drollinger
February 28
Larry Carlson
February 28
Jim Coffey
February 29
Join Date
Helen Hill
February 1, 1995
29 years
Becky Rundquist
February 5, 2015
9 years
Terry Anderson
February 5, 1977
47 years
Scott Lewandowski
February 9, 2012
12 years
Daniel Ross
February 10, 2022
2 years
John Torrence
February 14, 1991
33 years
John Goddard
February 18, 1993
31 years
Bob Gough
February 19, 1998
26 years
Jim Coffey
February 19, 1998
26 years
Phil Dierstein
February 20, 1986
38 years
John Kleber
February 28, 1984
40 years
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February 1, 2024
Howard, Wray
February 8, 2024
Presman, Bob
February 15, 2024
Von Driska, Paul
February 22, 2024
Maggio, Roger
March 7, 2024
Berger, Suzanne
March 14, 2024
Logli, Paul
March 21, 2024
Glenny, Monica
March 28, 2024
Cadigan, Elise
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