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.
April 4th Meeting
Plans for the Future
     Steve Stadelman is an award-winning TV news anchor and father of four who ran for a seat in the Illinois Senate because his experiences as a journalist and parent convinced him of the need for fresh, common-sense representation in Springfield. Citizens in the Rockford-based 34th District elected him with 64 percent of the vote in 2012, and his public policy achievements have twice since earned him recognition as Legislator of the Year.
     In his freshman year Stadleman passed a bill to upgrade local sports facilities after first resolving a longstanding disagreement between the Rockford Park District and local union leaders over responsible bidding practices.  Subsequent efforts protected consumers, patients, abuse victims and students.  In 2019, Stadleman prevailed on two key economic initiatives that had been stalled for years:  He co-sponsored and helped pass legislation to allow a casino in Rockford and secured $275 million toward development of passenger rail service between Chicago and Rockford.
     As 2023 drew to a close, Big Three automaker Stellantis announced a nearly $5 billion investment to reopen and expand its Belvidere Assembly Plant, made possible in part by legislation Stadelman introduced and passed to provide incentives for development of the electric vehicle industry in Illinois.
     Steve will discuss some of the problems facing Illinois and what the future holds as far as State government is concerned.  Another interesting and informative program to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.  Mary Ann Norwood will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary Host.
Food Bank
     On March 21st, several Rockford Rotarians worked at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We were part of serving 205 families between 1:00-3:00 that snow day.
     Thank you to Tom Clabough, JoAn Todd, MaryAnn Norwood, Kathy Kwiat-Hess, and Becky and Pete Rundquist for helping out. 
Cart patrol in the snow!!!
What are these yellow things.  Unfortunately, Kathy left before the picture was taken.
President's Message
President's Message
Thursday, March 28th Happy hour and dinner at Prairie Street Brewery 5:00-8:00pm
We have more than doubled the District Governors goal for our club!!!  Let’s keep it going!!! We have collected $481.00 so far which equals 5772 pounds.
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 event - the more that attend the more possible new members and/or proceeds.
On Friday March 21st, we worked at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We were part of serving 205 families between 1:00-3:00 that snow day. Tom Clabough, JoAn Todd, MaryAnn Norwood, Kathy Kwiat-Hess, and Becky and Pete Rundquist
     Pete Rundquist
Future Programs
Future Programs
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:
“During my time as a Rotary scholar, I learned to look at development differently. We often think of international aid in terms of poverty reduction, and we often see poverty reduction in terms of dollars spent and earned. The anthropology of development aims to analyze global aid in another way. We pay particular attention to how initiatives play out on the ground to determine just what local communities’ needs are and how those needs might be met sustainably and, eventually, autonomously. … Rotarians understand that to have the most impact, we need to learn from other cultures. As global grant scholars, that’s what we aim to do — during our studies, and afterward.”
     — Levi Vonk, a global grant scholar and later a Fulbright fellow to Mexico
Learn more about Vonk and his work with migrants in Mexico.
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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March 1
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March 8
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March 8
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March 10
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March 18
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March 20
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March 29
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March 30
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March 6, 2003
21 years
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March 11, 1993
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March 13, 1987
37 years
John Mecklenburg
March 14, 1991
33 years
Deb Johns
March 16, 2023
1 year
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March 16, 2017
7 years
Mary Maxted
March 16, 2023
1 year
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March 16, 2023
1 year
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March 18, 2004
20 years
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March 21, 1991
33 years
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March 31, 2022
2 years
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April 4, 2024
Hill, Helen
April 11, 2024
Berger, Suzanne
April 25, 2024
Kwiat-Hess, Kathy
April 25, 2024
Torrence, John
May 2, 2024
Norwood, Mary Ann
Mzy 9, 2024
Rundquist, Becky
May 16, 2024
Johnson, Linda
May 23, 2024
Byrnes, Dave
June 6, 2024
Dickinson, Elizabeth
June 13, 2024
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Buchmann, Frank
June 27, 2024
Canfield, Bob
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