World Polio Day - October 24, 2018
Rotary Club of Rockford will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease 
Event among thousands to be held by Rotary across the globe on World Polio Day – 24 Oct.
Rotary members in Rockford are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.   
You are invited to attend a stimulating program on the world-wide work to end polio. Since 1985, Rotary International has been working to wipe out polio worldwide. Dr. Gary Rifkin, a leading infectious disease expert in Rockford, will give an overview of polio, its effects, treatment and prevention. Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green will talk on the role the University of Illinois College of Medicine plays in Rockford, especially in the area of public health, and Mr. Don Swanson, polio survivor and retired school principal, will relate his experiences with polio. Mr. David Byrnes, president of the Rotary Club of Rockford, will talk about Rotary’s role in defeating polio. Refreshments will be served after the program. This is a free event.
WHAT: Polio Awareness Program
WHO: Dr. Gary Rifkin, Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green, Mr. Don Swanson, David Byrnes, President, Rotary Club of Rockford, speakers.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.
WHERE: University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1.
“Drs. Rifkin and Stagnaro-Green are two very well respected experts in their fields and I am excited they are contributing their expertise to educate the public about polio and the effort to eradicate it worldwide. Not enough attention is being paid to this exciting development in world health,” said Dr. Jeffrey Smith, organizer of this event, a Rockford Rotarian, and cardiologist at Mercyhealth. 
Rotary has contributed more than US$1.7 billion to ending polio since 1985.
October 11th Program

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     Bob Presman is a former News and Sports Director at WROK radio in Rockford and has been a member of Rockford Rotary since 1995 

     He has been a member of the Rock River Valley Civil War Round Table for the past five years and did this presentation for the Round Table as well as for the local chapter of the DAR, two senior citizens groups in Chicago and the Center for Learning in Retirement at Rock Valley College. 

     Mr. Presman is retired and lives in Rockford with his wife Mary Ann.

     Bob will discuss why the Civil War still impacts us today and why there are so many myths about the Civil War.  He will present several statements about the Civil War and ask those assembled if they are facts or myths, followed by historians’ opinions and documented evidence.

     Mary Ann Norwood will introduce Bob and act as Rotary host.

October 18 Program
"Embracing God's call to serve in the world, Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life."
Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. We believe that every individual is a person of worth. Together Mosaic staff members, volunteers and the people we support work as partners.
Tricia Cratty is a lifelong resident of Northern Illinois with over 25 years experience in Marketing/Communications/Development.  She serves as the Community Relations Officer for Mosaic in Rockford.
Heidee Hanaman is also a lifelong resident of Northern Illinois and who has over 18 years of experience working in a variety of roles to support people with intellectual disabilities. In her current role with Mosaic, Heidee serves as the Manger of Mosaic's Host Home Program in which people with intellectual disabilities are placed in a home much like a foster care arrangement.
Mary-Stuart Carruthers will introduce our presenters and act as Rotary host.
Tour of Woodward Rock Cut Campus
“ TOUR AT WOODWARD, Thursday, October 25 at 5:00 pm
Bring a potenal new member!!!
It’s time again to explore more about the exciting things happening in our community. This time we will tour the new facility at the new Woodward- Rock Cut Campus. 
We will meet at 5:00 pm and have a tour and presentation lasting until around 6:30 pm. Then we will go somewhere (to be determined) for a social gathering. 
There is a limit of 25 total including guests, so get your name in now to get a spot. You can bring a guest.  Woodward needs to have the names of attendees before October 25. 
For questions or to send in your name and the name of your guest to John Torrence, OR sign up on our Club website calendar.  “
Rotary Scholarships


WHAT: Rockford-area candidates are being sought for two Rotary college scholarships.  Applicants must be college freshmen who plan to study abroad their junior year or upperclassmen/college graduates who want to complete a year abroad.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2018.

District Grant Scholarships are for undergraduates who seek to spend their 2019-2020 academic year abroad.  This scholarship provides funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room & board, some, educational supplies and brush-up language training, if necessary, to a maximum of $25,000. The applicant should plan to study in a vocational area that is consistent with the mission of the Rotary Foundation, “Doing Good in the World."  Part of the experience will include participating in service work with their host Rotary Club.

Global Grant Scholarships are available to students who will pursue a graduate degree abroad during the academic year 2019-2020.

It is a minimum $30,000 award for one academic year. Applicants must closely align their curriculum and future career plans with an Area of Focus of The Rotary Foundation:

Peace and Conflict Resolution; 

Disease Prevention & Treatment; 

Water & Sanitation;

Maternal & Child Health; 

Basic Education & Literacy; 

Economic & Community Development.    

      The awardees will also be responsible for performing a service project abroad consistent with their area of study. 

Both scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and good will, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries where Rotary Clubs are located. 

​​During their studies abroad Rotary scholarship recipients will be​“Ambassadors of Goodwill” through appearances before Rotary Clubs & Districts, schools & civic organizations.

Scholars will represent Rotary International, the United States, and their community and their sponsoring Rotary Club as they work to further international understanding. 

HOW:  ​For more information on applications, please contact:

             Elise Cadigan, or 815-985-8300

WHEN:  ​The deadline for submitted applications is September 30,2018.


The Rotary International Scholarships program is the world’s largest privately sponsored university scholarship program of its kind. Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence, the program has sponsored over 40,000 Rotary Scholars to study abroad since it began in 1947. 

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rockford Rotary was chartered in 1916, is the oldest service club in Rockford, and has 121 members. 

Weekly New Member Presentation
     President Dave Byrnes is asking some of our newer members (at least new to him), to come up each week and say a few words about themselves and say a little bit about how the 4-Way Test and Service Above Self impact their work life.  Here is a list of the members who have agreed to speak.
     09/13/18 - Haddon Anderson
     09/20/18 - Bif Buchan
     09/27/18 - Daniel Sommer
     10/04/18 - Rudy Valdez
     10/11/18 - Ehren Jarrett
     10/18/18 - Brandy Lavender
     11/01/18 - Nina Kuljanin-Thompson
New Member Orientation Team - 2018-19
     The Membership Committee is pleased to announce that the past presidents who served last year are returning this year.  As in the past, each one will orient new members two months starting in July.  They are Suzanne Berger (July & Aug.); Elise Cadigan (Apr. & May); Bob Canfield (Dec. & Jan.); Mike Donnelly (Oct. & Feb.); Russ Johansson (Sept. & Jun.); and Linda Johnson (Nov. & Mar.).
     Each person brings his or her passion and expertise to the discussion of important information about what it means to be a part of Rotary International and Rockford Rotary.  The goal is to have new members believe they made a great choice in joining us and know how honored we are to be joining them. New member installation will occur the same day as orientation meetings.
     Special thanks go to Judy Cooper, club administrator; Lyn Alison, board secretary; and Dave Byrnes, club president, for their support throughout the year.
New Membership Dues Option for Spouses and Partners
The Rockford Rotary Board, on January 23rd, approved a new membership dues option for Spouses and Partners who want to join Rockford Rotary together.  With this new policy prospective new members have three ways to join Rotary: as an individual; in a Corporate group; or with their spouses or partners.  Potential members, regardless of which category, must still be sponsored by a current Rockford Rotary member, complete the club's application and be approved for membership.  All members are expected to support the goals and objects of Rotary through service at the club and district level, as well as, through annual giving to The Rotary Foundation and Polio Now fund.
The goal of these additional membership options is to attract new members, allowing Rockford Rotary to more in both our local and global communities. The more people to help, the more we can DO GOOD IN THE WORLD.
Both of these policies can be found at under the Members Only tab, but can be accessed without a password.
They can also be viewed here:
ClubRunner Help?
Do you need help getting into 
If you are new to Rockford Rotary or just haven't been able to sign on to the Rockford Rotary website, contact Jim Coffey  at or 815-222-9168.
NOTE: You must use the primary email indicated in your profile.  If you no longer have access to that email, contact the Judy or Lyn to up-date your information.
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