New Member - Brandy Lavender
The Club welcomed a new member at the December 21st meeting.  Her name is Brandy Lavender and was sponsored by Linda Gerber with the classification of Account Executive.  Brandy is the second new member who found us through the Internet.  Brandy is an Account Executive for Gallagher Benefit Services and is a consultant for employer sponsored health and welfare plans.  Previously, Brandy was the Office Manager for the locally founded Employers' Coalition on Health, and as an Accounts Receivable clerk for Cincinnati Tool Steel, both in Rockford.
     She graduated from Belvidere High School and attended Rockford University.  She is married to Bryant Benavides and they have two children, Michael age 10 and Stephanie age 8.  She enjoys reading novels based on historical events and people.  She loves music and comedy but mostly enjoys spending time with her family and providing her children with new and exciting experiences like Medieval Times, Legoland, and Six Flags.
    Brandy is a member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Network of Professional Women, the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce, and IGNITE.  She also volunteers for the Rockford Golden Apple Foundation.  She welcomes opportunities to volunteer at her children's schools, Seth Whitman Elementary, and Caledonia Elementary.  At work, she looks for and coordinates volunteer events for her office staff.  Each year, she participates in her company's annual holiday volunteer event.  Last year, her company volunteered at Resources for Community Living in Arlington Heights.  In 2015, they volunteered at Easter Seals in Villa Park. 
     Brandy has travelled to Cancun, Mexico, several destinations in Florida, San Antonia, Texas, and several destinations in Wisconsin.  Her future travel plans include Ireland, Italy, Spain, South America, California, Georgia, New York, and Alaska.  An interesting note is that Brandy is the oldest of nine children, including 7 brothers and 1 sister!
     We would encourage our members to make an effort to introduce yourself to Brandy and welcome her to Rockford Rotary.
New Member Semi-Annual Report
     Halfway through our Rotary year is a good time to express our appreciation to the new members and their sponsors who are expanding our club and its service to others.  Just a reminder that our new members are wearing red Rotary name badges until each person has completed a few requirements that are designed to acclimate everyone to Rotary as quickly as possible.  Upon completion of these requirements, each new member will receive the customary blue badge.
     We ask the sponsors to assist their new member(s) in completing the red badge program soon so that the temporary red badges can be re-issued to future new members hopefully joining us in the new calendar year. We also encourage all club members, including our new members, to invite and sponsor more people in the months ahead to enrich Rockford Rotary.
            New Member                     Sponsor
Jay Braffet                                    Linda Johnson 
Paul Von Driska                          Linda  Johnson
Corporate Members:                Nancy Kalchbrenner
   Ehren Jarrett    
   Earl Dotson Jr.    
   Heidi Dettman    
   Kelly Monson
Jennifer Stark                              Mary Ann Norwood
Rudy Valdez                                Jim Nelson
Jim Norris  (transfer)                 Linda Gerber
Daniel Sommer                         Elise Cadigan
Haddon Anderson                    Linda Gerber
Brandy Lavender                      Linda Gerber
Member Directory at Your Fingertips
Have you ever wanted to contact a member by phone or email but didn’t have their information?  Well, if you have a smart phone or iPad, you can get the Rockford Rotary Directory and other information right on your phone or iPad.  All you need to do is go to your Apple or Android app store and search for ClubRunner (The logo will be a white CR with the blue background). 
When you install this app you will be asked to sign in with your Rockford Rotary member log in and password. After you log in you will automatically be connected to the Rockford Rotary Directory. In addition to the member directory, you will be able to see upcoming events, speakers and board meetings, as well as, club executives, board members and committee members.  Form time to time you will need to refresh the member's area of the app to ensure you have access to information of new members.
To learn more about this app you can watch a youtube clip at:
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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January 5
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January 8
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January 11
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January 13
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January 13
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January 17
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January 26
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January 27
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Dave Byrnes
January 1, 2000
18 years
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January 1, 2000
18 years
Ruth Little
January 5, 1989
29 years
Bob Fredrickson
January 7, 1982
36 years
Paul Logli
January 7, 1982
36 years
Brent Brodeski
January 9, 1997
21 years
Julie Thomas
January 12, 2012
6 years
Bill Pratt
January 13, 2000
18 years
Dave McClelland
January 15, 1970
48 years
David Kase
January 15, 1972
46 years
Rich Mears
January 16, 1995
23 years
Rhonda Sunden
January 22, 2009
9 years
Tom Scoville
January 22, 1987
31 years
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