March 21st Meeting
Committee Meetings
     The March 21st meeting is set aside for committee meetings.  Committee chairs will contact their members to remind them of the meeting.  If you are not assigned to a specific committee, feel free to join us for lunch and sit in on a committee meeting.  
March 28th Meeting
Drugs in Our City - Are There Solutions?
     Dr. Ray Garcia was chosen to lead Rosecrance's medical services as Chief Medical Officer on January 1st of this year.
     In his new role. Dr. Garcia will be responsible for ensuring that all programs are aligned, and that the quality of care provided is of the highest standard.
     Dr. Garcia, who previously held the position of Senior Vice President of Medical Services, has been with Rosecrance for 13 years and carries 25 years of experience i n the behavioral health field.  He is a certified psychiatrist with expertise in addition medicine and has worked closely with patients in the first responder and veterans residential program located in Rockford.  Dr. Garcia has also served as a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rockford, where he was recently honored for his 25 years of service.
     "Dr. Garcia possesses unique qualifications as a physician and educator.  Not only will Dr. Garcia build upon the best-in-class treatment provided by Rosecrance, he will work to improve our organization's standing in the education sector and ensure we are implementing best practices to continue to provide our clients with the best care possible," said Dave Gomel, Ph.D., President and CEO of Rosecrance.  "His clinical expertise and his understanding of our organization will help us to operate smoothly, efficiently, and at the highest level."
     As his topic indicates, Dr. Garcia will discuss the problem of drugs in our city and what he feels are the best solutions to combat this problem.  This will be an interesting and informative program and one that you will want to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person at Memorial Hall or via zoom.
     Elise Cadigan will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary host.
March 14th Meeting Recap
March 14th Meeting Recap
     Our March 14th meeting featured local historian, Kathi Kresol who provided us with a number of stories about "Murder & Mayhem in Rockford".  It was an entertaining and informative program, and we thank Kathi for her presentation.   
President's Message
President's Message
The notes from the Club Assembly meeting are out. A lot of good ideas and insight into our club and its history were brought up. If you have any thoughts or ideas please share them with me (Pete) or Mike Foreman so that we may know your concerns and/or thoughts.
This week will be our committee meetings on Thursday 3-21-24. Please think about which committee you would like to help and join them. Remember you can sit at more than 1 table that day.
Check your Emails I am sending 4 new membership application out for approval this week.
We have more than doubled the District Governors goal for our club!!!  Let’s keep it going!!! We have collected $453.00 so far which equals 5436 pounds.
Tuesday, March 19th @ 12:00 will be the BOD meeting at the Community Foundation. If you have an interest in serving on the BOD please contact Mike Foreman or Pete Rundquist.
Tuesday, April 16, University Club Guest Bartender night - all tips benefit Polio Plus.
Please feel free to bring a guest to any and all the listed events - the more attend, the more possible new members and/or proceeds
     Pete Rundquist
Future Programs
Future Programs
03-21-24 - Committee Meetings
03-28-24 - "Drugs in Our City - Are There Any Solutions?"
                  Dr. Ray Garcia
                  Host - Elise Cadigan
04-04-24 - "Plans for Our Future"
                  State Senator Steve Stadleman
                  Host - Mary Ann Norwood
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
05-09-24 - 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:
Through Rotary Foundation global grants, members can support future leaders whose career goals align with fields related to our areas of focus.
These scholarships are awarded for at least US$30,000 and can fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.
A key feature of global grants is the partnership between the district or club where the person will study and the district or club in their home country.
When they return home, scholarship recipients are expected to talk with Rotary members and others about how their experiences led to a greater understanding of their host country and how they’ll continue to support our areas of focus and spread goodwill and understanding.
Do you know any students that you’d like to nominate for a scholarship? 
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
Carla Redd
March 1
Elise Cadigan
March 8
Jay Braffett
March 8
Denny Johnson
March 10
Monica Glenny
March 18
John Mecklenburg
March 20
Tom McNamara
March 29
Scott Lewandowski
March 30
Join Date
Mike Donnelly
March 6, 2003
21 years
Jim Powers
March 11, 1993
31 years
Russ Johansson
March 13, 1987
37 years
John Mecklenburg
March 14, 1991
33 years
Deb Johns
March 16, 2023
1 year
Lynn Momberger
March 16, 2017
7 years
Mary Maxted
March 16, 2023
1 year
Sedrick Robinson
March 16, 2023
1 year
Don Kinney
March 18, 2004
20 years
Lyn Allison
March 21, 1991
33 years
Janine Idstein
March 31, 2022
2 years
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Invocators
March 21, 2024
Glenny, Monica
March 28, 2024
Cadigan, Elise
April 4, 2024
April 11, 2024
Berger, Suzanne
April 25, 2024
Kwiat-Hess, Kathy
April 25, 2024
Torrence, John
May 2, 2024
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
June 27, 2024
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