June 27th Program
Bye Bye Pete          Hello Mike
Roast Master Paul
Order of the Shelf
     Our annual tradition of the "Order of the Shelf" will continue this year with Roast Master Paul Logli leading the festivities as we "welcome" Mike Forman as our 2024-25 President.  This should be a fun meeting because Paul and his gang will be using material that they dug up on the Internet.  Please join us for the fun in person at Memorial Hall or via zoom.
     Disclaimer:  The editor and staff of the COG have not verified that Paul Logli will be the Roast Master this year, because we are getting lazy in our old age, so we just copied last year's article.  
President's Message
President's Message
 This is my last Presidents message.
Thank-you to everyone for your support and help over the past year, I believe that our club is headed towards becoming stronger and more vibrant. Thank-you to Kathy Kwiat-Hess, Tyler Smith, Frank Buchman, and Lynn Momberger for your service as a Board of Director for our club. Thank-you to all the committee chairpersons for leading your committees to help make our club stronger. I especially want to THANK my wife Becky for helping and supporting over the past year.
I would like to welcome to the Board of Directors: John Mecklenburg, Becky Rundquist, Mary Maxted, and Steve Malliet for 2-year terms and John Torrance to fill a 1-year seat. Over the summer a committee will work on revising-updating the current Bylaws and bring the changes to the membership in the fall. We also plan to continue the lunch program next year.
Please give our next President Mike Foreman the help and support you have shown me over the past year.
Don’t forget: The New Member reception on Thursday at the University club at 5:30 to 7:00PM. $20.00/person
"Good Bye" party for Chama on July 18th also
Rockford Rivets Baseball game on July 18th $38.00/ person
Committee meetings on July 25th and August 15th
Hope to see you Thursday
     Pete Rundquist
Youth Exchange - Host Families Needed
Rockford Rotary Youth Exchange – Need Host Families
The main purpose of Rotary Youth Exchange is to help inspire young leaders to become international ambassadors to serve as catalysts for peace and social justice in their local communities and throughout the world, long after their exchanges end.
We now have confirmation of who our Rotary Youth Exchange student is for academic year 2024/25. Timeo Paolo Gimbals is a boy from Belgium. He will be a senior. His native language is French, but he does speak and read English. He was rated fair in speaking and good in reading. He is passionate about science and the animal world and plans to study veterinary medicine after his exchange year. He also plays basketball, is a runner and plays the piano and drums.
Rotary works with the students to obtain their student Visas from the State Dept. before purchasing the roundtrip ticket for their year abroad. Rotary also requires every exchange student to purchase a specific health insurance policy that Rotary specifies. Rotary also provides host families and the exchange students with training to help develop an excellent relationship that will last a lifetime.
We are looking for host families that live in the Rockford School District as RPS205 is willing to be the host school at any one of the four RPS205 high schools. If you know someone that might be interested, please contact
Paul Von Driska at 815.222.6748 or
Thank you! 
Ruth Little Recovering
Ruth Litte and Suzanne Berger
     Ruth Little, a 35-year member of Rockford Rotary, has had a couple of medical setbacks recently and has not been able to attend our Thursday meetings.
     Suzanne Berger visited with her recently and said that she could use a little cheering up with cards or phone calls or e-mails.
     You can contact Ruth at 4264 Uram Lane, Rockford, IL 61101   OR
     815-222-0864  OR
New Member Reception
New Member Reception open to all Rotary Members and their Guest(s)
When: Thursday, June 27th Time: 5:30-7pm
Where: The University Club, 945 N. Main Street, Rockford
Enjoy Rotary fellowship and get to know our new members! Members are invited to attend for a $20 fee that includes appetizers and one drink ticket.
Payment can be made at each week’s Rotary meeting with a sign-in sheet, pay either by cash $20, check, credit card PayPal use “handle”: @CharitableRkfdRotary.
Make checks payable to: Rockford Rotary. Checks can be mailed to: Rockford Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1323, Rockford, IL 61105
Reservation and payment deadline is June 21st
Solar Conference & Expo
Future Programs
Future Programs
06-27-24 - "Order of the Shelf"
                  "Vetting, Selecting, Electing Our President"
                  Host - Eric Moe
                  5:30 - 7:00 PM  New Member Reception
                   University Club - 945 N. Main St
                   Open to all members and their guest(s)
                    $20 to cover appetizers and 1 drink ticket
07-18-24 - 12:00 PM - Summer Meeting/Party
                   We will be having a party for Chama
                   who will be leaving to go back home on the 20th
07-18-24 - Rotary at the Rivets Game
                  Area Rotary Clubs will be seated in one section
                  More details to follow - Just a note that
                  Thirsty Thursdays are celebrated with $2 Domestic Beers 
07-25-24 - 12:00 PM - Committee Meetings
08-15-24 - 12:00 PM - Committee Meetings        
08-23-24 - Greeters at the City Market
                  We will need 15 - 20 volunteers to greet people at the Market
09-05-24 - First Meeting of 2024-25 Rockford Rotary Year
Weekly RI Foundation Message
Each week we will be publishing a message from the Rotary International Foundation.  This week's message is:
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation this past year!
The need for the Foundation’s programs never stops, and the need for your support and participation continues as well. The Foundation will keep changing lives long into the future.
Let’s be proud of our accomplishments during this amazing year!
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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bob Fredrickson
June 1
Lori Poppen
June 13
Jeff Smith
June 16
Paul Von Driska
June 18
Frank Buchmann
June 20
Linda Niemiec
June 20
Becky Rundquist
June 21
John Goddard
June 21
Kristin Krieger
June 22
Bob Canfield
June 30
Join Date
Bob Canfield
June 8, 2000
24 years
Monica Glenny
June 8, 2000
24 years
Eric Moe
June 15, 2005
19 years
Brian De Benedetto
June 20, 2002
22 years
Linda Johnson
June 23, 2005
19 years
Warren Heinke
June 23, 2005
19 years
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Invocators
April 11, 2024
Berger, Suzanne
April 18, 2024
Kwiat-Hess, Kathy
April 25, 2024
Torrence, John
May 2, 2024
Norwood, Mary Ann
May 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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