May 25th Meeting
Our May 25th meeting will be open for committee meetings.  Committee chairs will be contacting their members with details. 
June 1st Program
Rockford Homeless Project
     Joel Givens worked 22 years at the Rockford Police Department. He has worked in many areas of the police department. His positions consisted of working patrol as an officer, Sergeant, and a Lieutenant. Joel worked on the Tactical Drug Team, and upon receiving a promotion to Detective he moved to the Training Division training 305 officers and 43 civilians for 4 years.
     He was placed in charge of the department's Recruiting, Training, and Accreditation as a Lieutenant. Joel was selected as the Commander of the Hostage Negotiations Team, Rockford Police Department Honor Guard, and the Public Safety Response Team.
     He was an instructor and coordinator for the Citizen’s Police Academy, on the Catholic Charites Board, the Veteran’s Court Team and the Rockford Police Department Use of Force Board. Joel was a member of the International Chief’s of Police, and of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive (NOBLE).
    Joel has BA in Criminal Justice Management from Judson College. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #410, and selected Vice President of his class. Joel served in the United States Air Force for 21.5 years. (Retired)
     Angie Walker is the Homeless Program Coordinator with the City of Rockford Human Services Department. Angie received a BS in psychology from Illinois State University and a Master of Public Administration from Capella University.
     Angie oversees all homeless programs for the City including the Single Point of Entry System for a two county area. She also coordinates the planning and data collection for the annual Point-inTime count of the homeless. She leads the Homeless Outreach Team, which seeks out and engages homeless living on the streets.
     Angie sits of the board of the Northern Illinois Homeless Coalition, is the Chair of the Coordinated Entry Committee, the chair of Built for Zero: Veteran/ Chronic Committee, and the Mental Health & Homelessness Committee. 
     Rockford has been confirmed as reaching “functional zero” for both veterans and chronically homeless. Angie, along with her staff and partners, are now working diligently to end all homelessness for all in Rockford.
     Shannon Kopp is a 25 year member of the Rockford Fire Department with the City of Rockford. Prior to 2018, Shannon worked as a firefighter/paramedic before taking on her current role as Mobile Integrated Healthcare Manager (MIH). MIH provides community based health care to reduce health care utilization. This position has allowed Shannon to work closely with individuals, who struggle with their medical and mental health needs.
     Shannon’s goal is to educate and improve access to primary and preventive healthcare and basic social service needs.
     Shannon sits on several committees, such as Mental Health and Homelessness committee, Built for Zero: Veteran/ Chronic committee and Northern Illinois Homeless committee. Shannon is working hard to be an advocate to those individuals who cannot help themselves; thereby improving their quality of life.
New Member Reception
Rockford Rotary New Member Reception
When: Thursday, June 22nd.
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Where:  The University Club
              945 N. Main Street
Enjoy Rotary fellowship and get to know our new members.
Members are invited to attend for a $12 fee
(New members will be our guests)
Appetizers and a cash bar.
Payment of $12 can be made each week by either cash,
check or by credit card, see Monica Glenny or
payment can be mailed to:
Rockford Rotary Club
P. O. Box 1323
Rockford, IL 61105
Make checks payable to Rockford Rotary
Reservation and payment deadline is June 16th.
Please RSVP to: Linda Niemiec -
Hope to see you there!!
Auburn Interact Club
     The Auburn Interact Club held a party for their seniors.  Rockford Rotary provided fruit, cheese and crackers, and a veggie tray.  The Interact Club had a very active year and really appreciated the help from Rockford Rotary.  Warren Heinke was the liaison to the club.  Amanda Becker and Julie Clark were the faculty advisors.
May 18th - Lynn Stainbrook
     On May 18th, Executive Director Lynn Stainbrook gave us an update on the construction of the new library.  This included artist's drawings of what the different areas would like when completed.
Womanspace Labyrinth
Katrina and Peter Olson are pictured on the right and Elaine Herschenberger is on the left.
Elaine is the person who gave the presentation and Katrina is the one who set up the meeting.
And of course, no gathering is complete without food and fellowship.
New Member - Uma Srivastava
     At our May 18th meeting, President Eric introduced Uma Srivastava as the newest member of Rockford Rotary.  Uma is a retired psychiatrist and was sponsored by Kathy Kwiat-Hess
     We would encourage each of our members to make an effort to meet Uma and welcome her to Rockford Rotary.
Burdette Anderson Scholarship Winners
Burdette Anderson Scholarship Winners
     Since both of our scholarship winners were not present for the High School Recognition program due to conflicting obligations, we are presenting them this week.
     The winners of the 2-023 Burdette Anderson Memorial Scholarship are Jocelyn Kuntz from Guilford High School (left center) and Kyan Muhammad from Auburn High School (right center).  Susan Vetrono (left) and Linda Oshita (right), daughters of Rotarian Burdette Anderson, awarded the scholarships.  Both students will attend Northern Illinois University in the fall.  Congratulations. 
Rockford Rotary Social Events
Rotary Social Events
Habitat Women's Build. 
Friday June 2nd from 9-2 PM.
643 Lamont Lane.
Call 815-636-4573 if interested.
Coronado Theater Tour.
July 20th - Noon
Sign up at meetings
We will go to lunch downtown afterward
Rockford Rotary PayPal Account
Charitable Association PayPal Account
     Rockford Rotary Charitable Association now has a PayPal account.
     You can use this to reserve your spot at our April 27 High School Recognition Program, donate to support students and parents attending the Program, donate to our book project for the Rockford Public Library, or make general donations to the Rockford Rotary Charitable Association.
The PayPal handle is @CharitableRkfdRotary
Thank you!
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June 20
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June 22
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June 30
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Bob Canfield
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23 years
Monica Glenny
June 8, 2000
23 years
Eric Moe
June 15, 2005
18 years
Eric Fulcomer
June 17, 2004
19 years
Brian De Benedetto
June 20, 2002
21 years
Linda Johnson
June 23, 2005
18 years
Warren Heinke
June 23, 2005
18 years
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