April 11th Meeting
The Rotary Academy
     On Thursday, April 11th, RPS205 students, Advisors, parents, alumni and Y Staff will present “Our Rotary Academy Changes Lives” program.  Club members are encouraged to bring guests.  Members are also encouraged to get acquainted with Academy students at their lunch tables.
     Hosted by Linda Johnson, long time chair of this signature project, this program will help new and long-time members learn about the the impact of student participation in the Academy during their 8th grade year.  This year approximately 230 students from all 9 public middle schools are participating in this program which includes opportunities at Camp Winnebago, field trip to RVC, manners and etiquette training, Y led character building activities, and community service.
     Past Rotary students have reported improved confidence, improved communication skills, and improved leadership skills developed through the variety of experiential learning opportunities of the program offered throughout the school year. 
     On Thursday Members will hear directly from students who will share the impact the program has had on them.  Hannah Long from the YMCA will share her observations and survey results and a former Academy alum will share his Academy story. 
     As our Club’s Signature Project since 2002, the Academy joins our second Signature Project, Rockford Reads, also established in2002, as our second longest service projects in the history of our Club.  The longest running project was Camp Rotary which served the Rockford community during the summers of 1936-1972. 
     Academy students have openly shared how important it is to them to be able to see and interact with Rotarians.    They look forward to meeting members and guests.  Please welcome them.
April 4th Meeting Recap
     State Senator Steve Stadleman spoke on the lack of newspapers in the state and why, along with championing the Chicago-Rockford train coming in 2027.
High School Recognition
Celebrating high school students at last year's High School Recognition Event.
High School Recognition
     A favorite event is coming up, our annual High School Recognition/Scholarship program on April 25. We will honor two seniors each from area high schools who are service leaders at their schools, plus we will announce two winners of the $2,000 Burdette Anderson Scholarship Awards.
     For this special catered lunch, the price is $20 per person. Please pay Rotary Treasurer Monica Glenny by check, by PayPal @CharitableRkfdRotary or by cash. Many Rotarians generously donate another $20 to pay for students, principals and parents, as they are our guests.
     Thank you for your kindness! The lunch is catered by the University Club of Rockford.
Rotary Academy Final Event
     Below is the invitation to the Rotary Academy Final Event.  We would encourage every member to attend and show our support to the Rotary Academy students and their families.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Johnson - 
President's Message
President's Message
We have more than doubled the District Governors goal for our club!!!  Let’s keep it going!!! We have collected $588.00 so far which equals 7056 pounds.
Tuesday, April 16, University Club Guest Bartender night - all tips benefit Polio Plus.
Please feel free to bring a guest to any event - the more that attend the more possible new members and/or proceeds.
At the current time we are at less than 50% of our club goal of $15,000 .00 for donating to the Rotary International Foundation. If you have any questions about how to donate, please contact Bob Canfield.
     Pete Rundquist
3 New Members
     President Pete/Easter Bunny introduced two new members of Rockford Rotary.
     Brian Martin (left) is a Sergeant with the Loves Park Police Department.  Brian was sponsored by President-Elect Mike Forman.
     Tom Huber (middle) is retired and is sponsored by Linda Niemiec. He was previously a member of the Ripon (WI) Rotary Club.
     And of course, the Easter Bunny needs no introduction.
     Our third new member is Pam Iacullo (left) who is a member of our Wesley Willows Satellite Club.  Pam is retired and was a Special Education teacher from Schaumburg.  She is sponsored by Patty Bigger (right) who has taken over the leadership duties of the Satellite club from Dick Leighton.
     Welcome to Brian, Tom, and Pam to Rockford Rotary and we would encourage our members to welcome them to our club when you meet them. 
Future Programs
Future Programs
04-11-24 - "Students Speak Up"
                  Rotary Academy 
                  Host - Linda Johnson
04-18-24 - "Earth Day - Protecting our Earth"
                  Josh Franks, Natural Resource Conservation Service
                  Host - TBD
04-25-24 - "Honoring Our Students"
                  High School Recognition
                  Host - Helen Hill
05-02-24 - "Rockford Rocks Sports"
                  Meet the Peaches
                  Host - Steve Malliet
05-06-24 - Rotary Academy Final Celebration
                  6:00 PM  Embassy Suites
05-09-24 - Committee Meetings
05-16-24 - "Rockford Rocks Sports"
                  Meet the Ice Hogs
                  Host - Steve Malliet
05-23-24 - "Rockford Rocks Sports'
                  Meet the Rivets
                  Host - Steve Malliet
05-30-24 - No Meeting
                  5:00 - Social
06-06-24 - "Rockford Rotary Welcomes Our Youth Exchange"
                  Ciara Staly
                  Host - TBD
06-13-24 - "The Norwegian - Starting a New Business in Rockford"
                  Emly Hurd
                  Host - TBD
06-20-24 - "Calm, Intelligent Helpers"
                  Bruce Erickson, 17th Judicial Circuit Therapy Dogs
                  Host - Jim Coffey
06-27-24 - "Order of the Shelf"
                  "Vetting, Selecting, Electing Our President"
                  Host - Eric Moe
Weekly RI Foundation Message
Each week we will be publishing a message from the Rotary International Foundation.  This week's message is:
“With a [vocational training team], you also develop professional relationships between skilled individuals on both sides. The level of interpersonal engagement can’t be duplicated in another type of activity; the team members are not just colleagues but friends.”
                  Ron Smith, past governor of District 7430 (Pennsylvania)
Learn more about PDG Ron Smith’s experience in leading a vocational training team.
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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Tyler Smith
April 1
Eric Moe
April 4
Lori Gummow
April 5
Kent Mallquist
April 14
Michele Pankow
April 16
John Fridh
April 20
Michael Foreman
April 20
Janine Idstein
April 25
Join Date
Suzanne Berger
April 1, 1990
34 years
Dennis Horton
April 11, 2019
5 years
Teri Watts
April 11, 2013
11 years
Mustafa Abdall
April 13, 2023
1 year
Steve Malliet
April 13, 2023
1 year
Wray Howard
April 28, 1983
41 years
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Invocators
April 4, 2024
Hill, Helen
April 11, 2024
Berger, Suzanne
April 25, 2024
Kwiat-Hess, Kathy
April 25, 2024
Torrence, John
May 2, 2024
Norwood, Mary Ann
Mzy 9, 2024
Rundquist, Becky
May 16, 2024
Johnson, Linda
May 23, 2024
Byrnes, Dave
June 6, 2024
Dickinson, Elizabeth
June 13, 2024
June 20, 2024
Buchmann, Frank
June 27, 2024
Canfield, Bob
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