May Programs
May Programs
     May 2024 is going to be "Rockford Rocks Sports" month.  Steve Maillet who is President and General Manager of the Rockford Rivets baseball team will be coordinating the programs in May.
     As of press time, the schedule was as follows:
     May 2, 2024 - Meet the Peaches
     May 9, 2024 - Committee Meetings
     May 16, 2024 - Meet the Ice Hogs
     May 23, 2024 - Meet the Rivets
     This will be a fun series of meetings which we have never tried before.  Since we have Steve as a member we decided to use his expertise and connections and let him put together this month's programs.  More details will follow in future editions of the COG.
High School Recognition Recap
High School Recognition Recap
     Our April 25th meeting was our annual High School Recognition program.  This year we featured 7 schools including Hononegah High School for the first time in the long history of this event.  Just from memory, there were 3 furure Doctors, 2 teachers, 2 lawyers, a music teacher, a child psychologist, and a computer scientist among others. 
     The highlight each is the awarding of the two Burdette Anderson Memorial Scholarships worth $2,000 each.  In order to qualify for these scholarships, each of the recognized students is required to write an essay.  The essays are judged by the committee and Burdette Anderson's daughters, Linda Oshita and Susan Vetrono.
     After each school's male and female students are recognized the scholarship winners are announced.  Sue Vetrono announced that Conner Magnuson from Rockford Christian High School was the winner of the first scholarship.  Linda Oshita then presented Sofia Korasick from Guilford High School with the second scholarship.  Sofia also won the informal "smile of the group" award for a great smile.
     Congratulations to all of our honorees who give us hope that we have some great leaders for the future.
We had a great turnout for this special event.
President Pete welcomes everyone to our meeting.
Helen Hill is the Master of Ceremonies and announced the precedures which will be followed to keep the meeting running smoothly.
Boylan students Ryan Starck and Simona Caruana with Rotarian Roger Maggio,
Rotarian Paul Von Driska and East students Benjamin Gibbons and Isabella Galvan.
Rotarian Jeff Fahrenwald and Guilford students Kassandra Carpenter and Blake Falcione.
Harlem students Zachary Nelson and Alyssa Fulton with Rotarian Mary Ann Norwood (in the middle).
Rotarian Nellie Miller with Hononegah students Sofia Korasick and Gabriel Kohl.
Rockford Lutheran students Emma James and Brenden Nelson with Rotarian Becky Rundquist.
Rotarian Deb Johns with Rockford Christian students Connor Magnuson and Jor'ae Beaver.
Burdette Anderson's daughters Linda Oshita and Sue Vetrono with the scholarship winners, Sofia Korasick and Connor Magnuson.
President's Message
President's Message
What a Great celebration last Thursday with the High School Recognition Program. The students we honored just reinforce my belief that there are great kids and students out there. Thank you to all who helped with the celebration. Congratulations to the Burdette Anderson scholarship recipients: Sophia Korasick (Hononegah ) and Connor Magnuson (Rockford Christian).
We have our next celebration of students on May 6th when we have the Rockford Academy dinner.
This week we start our sports month off with Meet the Peaches.     PLAY BALL!
There was a small group of us who traveled to Moline and the District 6420 Conference this past weekend .There were ideas exchanged and gathered along with having a little fun time.
     Pete Rundquist
New Member Laura Eakman
New Member - Laura Eakman
     At our April 18th meeting, President Pete inducted Laura Eakman as the newest member of Rockford.  Laura was sponsored by Elise Cadigan.  We would encourage all of our members to meet Laura and welcome her to ROckford Rotary.
     Laura Eakman currently serves as Executive Director of The Music Academy in Rockford, a non-profit community music school offering traditional and Suzuki instruction for all ages. Prior to her work in Rockford, she founded Suzuki Strings of Manhattan where she ran a Suzuki Program, Summer Chamber Music Camp and conducted the local youth Orchestra. Additional past experience includes serving as Chair of the Strings Division for the Community School for the Performing Arts at Kansas State University and teaching with El Sistema Colorado which serves primarily disadvantaged students in the Denver Area.
     Laura received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she served as Erika Eckert’s teaching assistant and studied chamber music with members of the Takacs Quartet. Her doctoral thesis, Teaching the Violin with Purpose: strategies designed to foster musical, cognitive, and social development in low-income students, has been a resource for El Sistema sites, and has been adapted to suit the Suzuki philosophy in articles and pedagogy workshops.
     An avid freelance and chamber musician, Laura has performed throughout the United States and internationally. As a chamber musician, Dr. Eakman has collaborated with the assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Michelle Kim, as well as renowned soloist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. She has worked with the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company, performed with new music ensembles in Colorado, and was a founding member of the Avant Duo, Kylian Quartet, and Camus Quartet which toured the Netherlands in 2009.
     Laura's pedagogy training has included Suzuki registration with Ann Montzka-Smelser as well as classes and workshops with Mimi Zweig of Indiana University; she enjoys enrichment courses and is always learning as a teacher and pedagogue.
Laura's sponsor, Elise Cadigan, presents her with her Rotary lapel pin.
Paul Harris Society New Member
Paul Harris
Paul Harris Society New Member
     In order to become a member of the Paul Harris Society is very simple.  You just have to agree to contribute $1,000 each year to the Rotary International Foundation.  At our April 18th meeting, Bob Canfield, RI Foundation chair, became a member of the Paul Harris Society.  Talk about leading by example!!  He was presented his certificate and pin by PDG and District 6420 Foundation Chair Laura Kann. 
     It has also come to our attention that Rockford Rotary is only half-way to our goal of $15,000 for the Rotary International Foundation.  If you have any questions about how to contribute, contact Bob at .
Bob Canfield and District Foundation Chair Laura Kann.
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 - 
Future Programs
Future Programs
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:
The Programs of Scale process awards funding to successful member-led programs so they can implement larger, higher-impact initiatives in our areas of focus.
Each year, The Rotary Foundation grants one Programs of Scale award of US$2 million to a club- or district-sponsored program that has proven its effectiveness and is ready to expand.
The programs need to use sustainable, evidence-based methods and have outcomes that can be measured. This allows us to track our progress and share what we learned in order to increase our impact — one of our Action Plan priorities.
Learn more about the Programs of Scale process. 
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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Buchmann, Frank
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